Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Christmas is....

still a ways off but I figure this year I will get an early start. I usually wait 'til the last minute to make my cards so I decided this time around that I will make a card a week, 3 of the same design (or more if I love it) starting now!! If I do this until mid November I should have all the cards that need to be mailed done...notice I am focusing on the long distance ones...those that get hand delivered aren't as least not to me in December...I'm sure I'll be stressing then..LOL

I used snowball fight for this card and MME laundry line paper. I watercoloured the image with SU's Rose Red, Soft Sky, and River Rock for the boots (don't you just love it when everything coordinates!!). Although it doesn't really show in the picture, I used Bella's watercolour glitter on the snowman and snowballs. The layers are Soft Sky and Rose Red with some Soft Sky ribbon and 3 gem stones under the sentiment. I'll be using this card for the people Jessie needs to give cards to...School Teacher, piano teacher, swim coach...go figure, these are all "hand delivered" not ones that need to be mailed.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Goin' to the Chapel...

No, not me...I did that 13 years ago!! A friend asked me to make a wedding card for her and specifically requested a Bella.

I stamped the image and coloured my fella in with copics...then I stamped it again on sugared paper with stazon and cut out the dress for Bella. I popped it up to make it look fuller and layered it on some metallic gold paper. I ran a piece of shimmery white paper through my Big shot and layered it on gold as well. Some ribbon and string of pearl baubles in the corners and I was done.
You may have noticed I no longer post links to Stamping Bella and other stores where I buy some of my a demonstrator for Stampin' Up! I am not allowed to link to any direct competitors...even on my own personal I won't...but if you ever have a question all you have to do is ask and I will gladly tell you!!!
Thanks for looking!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

How about a Fella...

I always tend to make "girlie" cards so I never have a "guy" card around when I need it...not that I need that many but better to be prepared... I made a bunch of fellas so I would have them on hand..this one is on it's way to Germany so I even wrote the word "beer" in german...although seriously, I think a case of beer speaks for explanation needed!!

I stamped the image with Mementos black and coloured in with my copics...still trying to use up scraps I have lying around so this is an old piece from the Wild Asparagus line...I still love this paper (and although this was a scrap, I probably have 10 more sheets of the same pattern...just in case ya know...LOL).

The layers are SU's River Rock and Blue bayou (both retired) and I found some brads in my massive bin of embellishments (have I mentioned I collect those too..) that match the river rock perfectly!!

Thanks for looking!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009


How fun!! I've never participated in a blog hop like this before so this is a first for me...hopefully I do everything right...LOL. If you are just starting're at the wrong spot...go to the beginning and start Em's Blog and then just keep hopping 'til you get to the end (the next stop is posted at the you have to read the whole thing).

For my card today I used Gertie Lulu from (of course...GRIN) Stamping Bella. I coloured the image to match the paper I chose... Memory Keepers - White Out Line. The image is layered on a slightly larger Bashful Blue and outlined with glitter. I added blue satin ribbon down the length of the card and popped a bow so it would layer over the image. Sting of pearl baubles and a quick Happy Birthday finished the card

How about a prize? In addition to the fabulous eye candy, we have decided to hide a prize somewhere along the hop! One pre-selected blogger will draw a random winner from the comments on her post, and the winner will receive a $25 Gift Voucher to Stamping Bella!!! The fun part is...we're not telling you who it is! So as you hop, make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win!! We will announce the winner on Monday in the Splitcoast forum.

MWAH!Thanks so much for stopping by! Now it's time to hop on over to

Friday, September 25, 2009

Time off for Good Behaviour...

Yup, I gave myself some time off...I got a ton of stuff done yesterday (you cleaning) so I decided I deserved a break...actually I took two!!

I made a card in the middle of the day...well it closer to the end of the day but my day went to 12pm last night so it was kinda the middle...LOL and my second break was to watch the season premiere of Grey's Anatomy...I LOVE that show!! The only bummer is that I missed the first 20 minutes...The kids have swim practice on Thursday nights so by the time they are in bed it is after 9:00
I'm so excited with my card today (you know..the one I made yesterday)..I used one of the new releases from Stamping Bella (did you see them all...they are fantastic!!!) I also used a set that I have had for weeks but haven't used (no time ya know...) from Taylored Expressions.

Okay, okay, enough babbling..on with the card!! I used Betty Bookworm ( one of the gajillion new releases...seriously, there are a ton!!) and paired her up with a sentiment from the "the Places you'll go" set. This set is amazing...I love Dr.Seuss and there are a bunch of quotes from his book "Oh, the Places You'll Go" as well as a few others (they're good too!!). My friend Nancy designed the set for Taylor and I think it is amazing...I just can't wait to use the other sentiments!! I coloured in the image and layered it on SU's chocolate chip, the background is pink passion and certainly celery and a piece of striped (I love my stripes) paper from Memory Keepers-Tiffany's Line. I pierced around the edge of the card and added the sentiment to the bottom. I used 6 hot pink crackle dots to finish it off.

I guess I was feeling a little chatty today....Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I WISH....

I could claim credit for the beautiful card I'm showing you today...but I can't...I can claim credit for having wonderfully talented friends though!!!

This card is the one Dana made me for my Birthday (hand delivered at Bellaland)...I posted a link to the one Karen made me in my Birthday post on Sept 17th (so go check it out if you haven't)...I've been waiting for Dana to post this one but she hasn't yet so I'm doing it!!

I might have posted it sooner but in all the excitement I left my cards and couple of other things at the store. Ryan (he's such a sweetie!!) mailed them out to me...they finally arrived yesterday so I can get on with the posting!!

Thanks for looking...even though all the credit goes to Dana on this one

Friday, September 18, 2009

Time for Tea

I'm meeting my good friend Jenny for tea today...Chai Tea Latte at Starbucks to be exact!!! It was Jenny's birthday on the 6th but I haven't seen her so today is the day she gets her card. We've been friends for 26 years, well we lost touch for a while but now we talk all the time!! She turned 40 this month too...I can laugh at her 'cause she's older than me... by 11 days...LOL

I couldn't post the card until today 'cause she follows my blog and I didn't want to ruin the surprise and have her see the card in advance.

I used Presentahbella for her card and did a quick colouring job with copics. Once The image was coloured I added some diamond Ice baubles to the present. The papers are all scraps from my bin (its a big bin of scraps and I'm trying to use it up!!) Inside I stamped the sentiment "A BIG Happy Birthday" is the big 40 after all.

So now I'm off to meet Jenny for Tea...then I'm off to continue painting the barn...trying to get it done before the end of the weekend...wish me luck!!!

Thanks for looking...Hey did you notice I posted a picture of me???

Thursday, September 17, 2009


YUP, today is the day I turned the big one...and so far my day has been FABULOUS!!!! I should mention though, after today I'm 29 again...ok maybe 35 is more reasonable...GRIN!!

I woke up to a house FILLED with streamers and balloons...I mean filled...they were taped to the coffee machine, the computer, my toothbrush, my cell phone...well you get the picture. My DH stayed up late last night to do all this, and of course the kids were in heaven with all the balloons they get to play with. You can't walk into any room right now with out banging against or tripping over balloons.

I also got to see my good friend Dana at my fav place...Bellaland...I got a card from her and one from my friend Karen (click here to see the FABULOUS card she made me!!!)...not to mention some Bella Bucks to spend. I'm just waiting for Leslie's card's in the mail...right Leslie...LOL.
So I got home from my visit and thought I should continue painting my barn...yes I have actually started that project which was supposed to happen ohhhh about 2 months ago...and I decided since it is my Bday I would make a card instead...I only have about 1/2 an hour before I have to go get the kids so I had to make it quick...

I decided to ink up a fella (since I have a bunch and they are almost all brand new)...I coloured him in quickly with copics and layered with some scraps I found in my bin. It took all of 10 minutes...I think this post actually took longer to write...I guess it is a little long...but I'm allowed today!!!

Thanks for looking!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Another Birthday card

It feels like all I do lately is make birthday cards...which is ok 'cause it has to be the best reason to give a card!! This one is for the little girl who lives next door, she is super cute and is probably the best friend my son has...only because she tolerates his bossiness!!

I used Fabby from Stamping Bella and coloured her in to match the patterned paper (cut with the giant scallop circle for the Big Shot). I used a lilac DCWV textured paper for the background and then used my SU circle punches to make all different sizes of circles which I then glued onto the lilac background. Fabby is layered on SU's Certainly Celery and popped up.
I like the way it turned out...perfect for a 6 year old!!
Thanks for looking!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Shopping...anytime, anywhere

So, I actually did go shopping...but it was last week, I just haven't managed to sit at the computer to write about it. My cousin Vicky is in town for a couple of weeks (visiting from Germany) so of course we went on a shopping spree in the states. We came back over the border with my trunk FULL of stuff...prices here are at least half of what they are in Germany!!
I made this card ('cause of course shoes were among the many things we bought..LOL). I finally got around to using one of my MFT sets called "Window Shopping"...unfortunately my wallet can attest to the fact that I didn't just window shop...GRIN!!

Vicky needed a gift card holder so I made this for her to bring back to Germany...(that would be why you probably don't understand the word in the circle!!)
I used SU's Old Olive, More Mustard and Bashful Blue for the layers. A small scrap of Creative Imaginations paper was all I could manage to fit but the stripes in it matched the colours I chose so perfectly I had to fit it in somewhere. I water coloured the image and added some Apricot Baubles from stamping Bella for some bling. I did the sentiment on my printer and punched it out with SU's 1 1/4 circle punch.

Thanks for looking!!