Hi all, Happy weekend! I have a fun weekend planned - I get to go out on the town tonight and stay in a hotel! I have to say: I LOVE staying in hotels. It's the best. I have a nice steak dinner to attend on Sunday as well, so I am ready for some yum! I ...

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  1. Bellarific Friday: Shower!
  2. SFYTT and Lulu
  3. Bellarific Friday: Our 7th Sketch for thisYear!
  4. A Pixie from Paulabella
  5. Bellarific Friday: Spring or Easter!
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Bellarific Friday: Shower!

Hi all,
Happy weekend!  I have a fun weekend planned - I get to go out on the town tonight and stay in a hotel!  I have to say: I LOVE staying in hotels.  It's the best.
I have a nice steak dinner to attend on Sunday as well, so I am ready for some yum!
I hope everyone has some great plans as well...

Welcome to Bellarific Friday!  Our challenge this week was to make a shower card - you could have done a baby shower, bridal shower, or something with rain on it!  Em doesn't mind.

Here's mine:
My card base is Bashful Blue CS.  My papers are from an SU DSP pack - can't remember the name, but it's definitely old.  All the mats are black.  I also added some white machine stitching to one of the layers, along with some green Martha Stewart pearls.  I rounded two of the corners on the bottom layer.  The layer just underneath the image is DSP cut out with Label 18 Nesties.

I stamped the lovely BridalPartyBellas on Bella's Bestest Paper using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I coloured them mostly with Copics and added some shading with my Prismacolor Pencils.  I cut them out with Label 4 Nesties and added some Wheat Versamagic sponging inside the stencil.  I also added a bunch of glitter dots all around, and all over the bride's dress.
I totally love these girls - absolutely perfect image!!!

Next week's challenge??? Our 8th sketch challenge for this year!  Make a card using any of the images sold at Stamping Bella and the layout below.  Send it to Emily (emily@stampingbella.com) by Thursday night, and you will be entered to win some Bella Bucks (aka, free product), and your card will be published on the Bloggabella!  We love seeing what you come up with!


Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!
    

SFYTT and Lulu

Hi all,
Hope everyone is having a lovely Easter weekend - did you make a bit of craft time in the midst of the cooking and company???

I decided to play along with a sketch out there in blog land.  Have you ever played along with Jen del Muro's Sketch For You To Try (SFYTT)???  She's got some really great layouts, and she has an amazing design team!

Here is the sketch for April:

Here's my take:
My card base is white CS.  My patterned papers are from SU's Nouveau Chic DSP pack, and my mats are all black. 
I also added some Dew Drops to the corners of the smaller panels.

I stamped Clara Lulu onto Bella's Bestest Paper using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I coloured her with Copics, and added shading with Prismacolor Pencils and OMS.  I cut her out with Classic Circle Nesties and added some Wheat Versamagic sponging inside the stencil.  I backed that with a die cut from the Spellbinders Parisien Motifs set - very intricate and lacy, but the circle covers most of it.
I added a bunch of glitter dots all around her and I added some yummy butterflies punched out with my Martha Stewart punch.

Don't forget about our Bellarific Friday challenge this week: showers!  Make a card for a bridal or baby shower, or something with rain on it!

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!
    

Bellarific Friday: Our 7th Sketch for thisYear!

Hi all,
Well, looky here...I had computer problems again.  My posts are supposed to go live at midnight on Fridays, and my internet was giving me trouble yesterday.  So, I wasn't able to schedule my post, and I wasn't able to send my card to Emily!

So, all is in working order, and I can continue on with my schedule!  Phew.

So, first off, Happy Good Friday!  We get a holiday today, and I'm stoked to get a long weekend!  And Happy TGIF!

So, our Bellarific Friday challenge this week was to make a card with the sketch below:

Here's mine:

I went for a really simple card - all neutral colours.  My cardstock is all Sahara Sand, my patterned papers are from SU's Manchester pack, and my mats are black and white.  Sometimes, I really like the neutral palette - you could also do it with Kraft paper - also really effective.
The butterfly is from Martha Stewart - I am in LOVE with her embellishments!

I stamped Posie Pixie onto Sahara Sand CS using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and coloured her totally with Prismacolor Pencils and OMS.  I only used my black and white pencils, and also the Cool Gray 90% pencil.
I added a bunch of glitter dots all around her for some girly sparkle!

Next week's challenge???  A Shower Card! Just make a card for a bridal or baby shower, or there can be rain in the image!  Use any image sold at Stamping Bella, and send to Emily (emily@stampingbella.com) by Thursday night.  You will be entered to win some Bella Bucks (aka, free products) and your card will be published on the Bloggabella!

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!
    

A Pixie from Paulabella

Hi all,
I hope you had a great weekend, and are ready to face another work week!  I suspect this one will be easier than most because most of us should get a long weekend coming up - thanks to Good Friday!  I'm definitely looking forward to that.

Hopefully, you got a chance to get crafty this weekend - I know it can be hard with all the errands to run and chores to do.  Sometimes it's a good idea to just relax with some colouring, KWIM?

Well, I did get to play a bit.  I was looking through my drawers for some paper, and I found some supplies I hadn't used yet from a colouring class that Paulabella did when she visited Bellaland!  I'm sure you all know by now that she is the colouring queen!  So I had to colour it up and post it!

The base is just white, and she chose the plaid paper with the pink mat.  I don't know what brands they are - she prepared them for us before the class.

She also pre-stamped Paisley Pixie (assuming it was on Bella's Bestest Paper, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink).  I coloured her completely with Prismacolor Pencils and OMS, as per her awesome instructions, and I added some Bisque sponging around the outside.
I added some machine stitching around both layers, and that was it!

Don't forget about our Bellarific Friday challenge this week to use the sketch below!


Have a great week!

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!
    

Bellarific Friday: Spring or Easter!

Hi all,
Welcome to another Friday!  Things are changing at work, and I'm gonna be a lot more tired in life, I suspect.  We shall see how long I can last at my current speed...

But, let's look towards the weekend - happy thoughts!

It's Bellarific Friday!  Every week, we get a challenge where we can use our Bella images, and come up with a project!  So, this week, our theme was to make a Spring or Easter card - perftect timing, no?

Here it is:

I actually only used white cardstock!  For any coloured cardstock that you see, it was white, sponged with ink.  So, the lower layer was sponged with bashful blue ink and matted on white (both punched with my Ticket Corner punch), and I wrapped some white satin ribbon around it. 

I stamped Row of Eggs With Bunny onto Bella's Bestest Paper using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I coloured it with Copics, and added shading and grass with Prismacolor Pencils and OMS.  I added some Wheat Versamagic ink around the edges, and some glitter spots all around the image.  I added a bunch of fun Thickers to the top as the sentiment for a different texture.

Copics used:
*Yellow Egg and Flowers: YR21, Y35, Y38
*Green Egg: YG11, YG13, YG09
*Purple Egg: BV0000, BV04, BV08
*Orange Egg: YR61, YR04, YR07
*Bunny: E40, E41, E43, E30, E31
*Pink Flowers and Butterfly: R20, R43, R46

Next week's challenge??? Our 7th sketch for this year!  Just make a card using the below sketch and any image sold at Stamping Bella and send it to Emily (emily@stampingbella.com) by Thursday night.  You'll be entered to win some Bella Bucks (aka free stuff), and your card will be published on the Bloggabella!


Have a great weekend everyone!

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping by!
    

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