Friday, November 26, 2010

It's a White Out

Happy Friday - I hope all of you in the States had a wonderful Thanksgiving and survived the shopping!!  Some stores here are having Black Friday sales, but I don't think I will be hitting them, although my mother in law is in town so we will be shopping.

This weeks Bellariffic Fridays theme was an all white card (aside from the image) This challenge was really a challenge for me!  I love my colours, pattern paper & layers - I even tried to suggest allowing coloured base layers but the babes shut me down (I did notice they said you all could have more leeway then me!)

I inked up one of my Christmas images that hasn't been introduced to mementos ink - Snowman with a birdie on top and stamped on bella's bestest white paper.  In some ways it was fun not to have to think about the colours I chose for his hat & scarf - I went with purples and grey (you know grey in the new black). I made the birdie red for a cardinal since they seem to be a holiday bird.  For the snow I used liquid applique and glamour dust glitter.

I layered the image on white cs cut with nesties and layered that on white cs that I embossed with cuttlebug's snowflake embossing folder.  I stitched around this layer & added the white ribbon and layered it on my final piece of white cs, on the bottom of this piece I used my ek success snowflake border punch.   I must confess I made 10 in total, but the rest had a few black layers on them!

Next weeks Bellariffic Fridays theme is SNOW - somehow, somewhere on your card you need snow.  Email your card to Em by Thursday to be included next Friday and you could win some bella bucks

Em is running a BLACK FRIDAY SALE!!   for EVERY order OVER $50 you will receive 5 free stamps (we choose) included in your order!!  The retail value can be up to $50!  all for FREEEE!
The sale last until Monday night!!  Head on over to Stamping Bella to take advantage of this sale AND there won't be any line ups! 

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a fantastic day


copics: E55, E57, E59, R27, R29, YR15, YR16, N0, N4, BV08, V99 YG67

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Birthday Wishes

Today is my oldest brothers birthday and I remembered to make him a card!!  It even managed to get in the mail, but the timing may be a little off!

I started with Taylor's sketch from Friday (TESC134) and used TE's Whimsical Wishes Make a Wish stamp set.  I stamped the cake plate & cake onto neenah ultra smooth paper and coloured them with copics.  I used a clear glaze pen on the plate to give it the look of glass.  On the cake I used some crystal stickles on the top icing, an atyou spica pen fro the swirls.  On the bottom layer of the cake I used the clear atyou spica pen on the circles and for the icing along the bottom I used adirondacks dimensional pearls is espresso.  I paper pieced both the cake plate and cake onto the cream oval, the cake I popped up with dimensionals.

The ds paper is from my stash of BG 6x6 pads called arcahic - this is a favourite of mine for masculine cards.  I added some chocolate ribbon and  some bella dots (they weren't the exact brown I wanted to I coloured them with copics & presto a perfect shade!!) - I did forget to round the corners, but aside from that I was true to the sketch!

Thanks for stopping by- have a fantastic day


copics: e44, e47, e49, yr13, tr15, b0000, b000, e40, e41, e42

Monday, November 22, 2010

Birfday Cake

Today I don't have a Christmas card to share (which is going to be a rare thing the next few weeks!!)

I used Mercy's sketch from a few weeks back (MTSC99) and stamped Izzie has a birfday cake onto bella's bestest paper.  The image is coloured with copics, but again I am trying to learn how to shade with pencils (it's a learning curve!!)  The ds paper is from the paper loft called well worn.  The ribbon is from an awesome store Kar & I stopped at on our way back from NY to her house - The Great American Stamp Store; they had SO MUCH RIBBON it was overload on the senses!!  On the polka dots I added some black micro fine glitter, and on the icing I used some glamour dust glitter.

This weeks Bellariffic Fridays challenge is a white only card - just some colour on your image!  I must tell you this is definitely a challenge for me, I love my colourful layers!!  Email your cards to Em by Thurs to be included & you can win some bella bucks.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day


copics: R0000, R00, R11, R20, R21, YG03, E0000, E000, E00, E21, R20, Y21, Y23, N0, N3, E44, E47, E49 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Brown paper packages tied up with strings....

these are a few of my favourite things!!  Actually if it's a package I'm partial to the beautiful teal blue Tiffany boxes :)

I LOVED this weeks MFT challenge (MFTWSC11172010) because it's to the Sound of Musics Favourite things song.  Every Christmas we would watch the Sound of Music (to the complaining of my brothers!!) so I was ready to play along!

I used Mercy's sketch from this week (MTSC100) and inked up one of my many neglected PI girls - Presents for you from MFT.  The image is stamped with mementos ink coloured with copics, on her coat I used some tiny rhinestones for the buttons.  The ds paper is from Pink Paislee called tinsel town.  I used cuttlebugs snowflakes embossing folder on the cardstock.  I added a ribbon and a dienamics snowflake with a rhinestone in the middle

I managed to make 6 of these sweet girls so I am slowly getting my holiday cards done!

Thanks for stopping by


copics: RV17, RV34, R20, E000, E00, E21, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, YG03, YG21 

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Christmas Sketch

Happy Friday!  Today's Bellariffic Friday challenge was a sketch by our own Cathabella.  

For my card I decided to work on some more Christmas cards; I still need A LOT so I made 7 - why 7 because I used up all my little pieces of bella's bestest paper and that's how many I had.  Christmas Peeps is stamped with mementos ink and coloured with copics.  I added some shading with my prismacolour pencils (still trying to get comfy with that!!).  ON the tree decorations I used a clear glaze pen and on the star I added some glamour dust glitter.  The ds paper is from my stash of holiday paper by my minds eye.

Be sure & pop by Bloggabella to see the rest of the of the babes creations & what the sistahood did with the sketch.  Next weeks Bellariffic Fridays challenge is an all white card - yep just colour up you image and layer it on white.  I have tried to suggest allowing 1 colour, but the other babes vetoed that!!  Email your cards to Em by Thursday to be included & you could win some bella bucks!!

Thanks for stopping by


copics: E0000, E00, E11, R24, R27, E42, E43, E44, E47, YG63, YG67, BG72, RV11

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Blast From the Past Blog Hop

Today I'm playing along with Taylored Expressions Blast from the past blog hop.  The theme was fall, but I must say it's a winter wonderland outside my house!

For my card I inked up a tree from TE's Whimsical Wishes Branching Out stamp set.  The tree is stamped with mementos ink and I added some shading on the tree with copic markers.  On and round the tree I used prisma pencils for the colour of fall trees on and around the tree.  The ds paper is from basic greys Curio which I stitched onto brown card stock.  The sentiment is from TE's Whimsical Wishes Fresh Flowers set.

Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Today is the wonderfully talented Nancy McKinney's birthday and in celebration of that we have a birthday blog hop for her!  If you came from Carolina's blog you are on the right path, if not please hop over to the start at Karen's blog.

For my card I used Karen G's Sweet Sunday Sketch from this week (SSSC93) as my inspiration.  Izzie has a Prezzie from Stamping Bella is stamped on bella's bestest paper and coloured with copics.  For the shading I did use some prismacolour pencils.  I paper pieced her jacket and hairband with the ds paper cosmo crickets circa 1934.  I stitched around the layered pieces and added some prima flowers and a button.

Thanks for stopping by, the next stop on the birthday hop is the very talented Charmaine Ikach!!  I've posted the list in case you missed anyone!

Have a great day - 


copics: BG10, BG12, Y21, Y23, E43, E44, E47, R24, R27, E0000, E000, E00, E21, R02

Friday, November 12, 2010

Swirly Christmas

Happy Friday!!  Today's Bellariffic Fridays theme was to make a Christmas/Holiday card - I'm happy to say I made 17 of them; I know odd number but I didn't like the colour on the first on so it was eliminated.....

I picked Swirly hills with trees up last weekend at Stamping Bella; every time I see someone use it I wonder why don't I have this image?!  It's perfect for Holiday cards instead of specific Christmas cards (I need some of each to send out)  The image is stamped with mementos ink onto bella's bestest paper and coloured with copics and primsacolour pencils (see that Linda & Paula?!)  I added lots of glamour dust glitter for the snow effect on my card. I embossed the cs with cuttlebugs snowflakes and the ds paper is from 3 bugs in a rug; I love the non traditional holiday papers!

Don't forget to stop by the other Babes blogs to see their holiday creations & Bloggabella to see the sistah's cards!

Next weeks Bellariffic Fridays theme is a sketch (don't we all love sketches?!) designed by our own Cathabella!!  Email your creations to Em by Thursday to be included and you could win some bella bucks!

So after making my 17 cards yesterday I checked to see how many I had done (I totally failed at 1 a week this year) 45 complete - and I think I only need 100......

Have a great day - I think I will be working on more Christmas cards!!


copics: YG17, Yg25, E44, Y06

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Lest we Forget 
Nov 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada in honour of our military vets and current soldiers.   I have always worn a poppy, as has my hubby but I was saddened today when I was out & realized that the majority of people don't wear them so I came home inspired to make a card in honour of all our soldiers.

Em introduced Green Bean Baby by Ellia military men & women for both Canada and the States soldiers and I think that's pretty amazing!  I chose GI Jane (what can I say I wanted to colour her hair)   Canadian GI Jane is stamped with mementos ink onto bella's bestest paper and coloured with copics.  For the ribbons in her hair I used an atyou spica pen to give her some girlie touches and for the buttons I used silver viva decor (a little something I picked up when I was at Stamping Bella on Saturday) The ds paper is from basic greys archaic line; one of my favs

I'll be back on Friday with my Bellariffic Friday's card - holiday or Christmas; you have until Thursday afternoon to email Em your card to be included.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you take a moment to remember our Veterans & those men in women currently serving in the military.


copics: E0000, E000, E00, E21, R02, 41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, YG91, YG93, YG95, R24, R27, W5, W7 

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Yes I am exhausted from my 11 days away from home!!  It all started on the 27th when I took the red eye (yes I'm insane & I won't be doing that again!) to my BFF's.  The concept of the red eye seems good until I don't sleep (maybe an hour) and I refuse to nap when I get there so by early evening I am pretty entertaining to Kar & her hubby!!

The next morning we got up early to go on our road trip, since Karen moved to the Boston area we always try to go somewhere when I visit - this year Hoboken to see Carlos Bakery!!

Karen suggested we go & see Jodi (Stamping a Latte) since we were so close.  We headed across the bridge, checked into the hotel, had a snack then went to Jodi's - Ann Kranitz was there too & we laughed and talked so much that night my throat hurt the next morning .  I met Jodi's hubby, girls & Edward :)  I can't wait until the next time we all get together!!  Seriously a few time I had no idea what Jodi was saying because of her accent - she said I totally sound Canadian eh!! 

All good things must come to an end so I left my BFF's and stopped in Toronto on my way home.  It was a quick stop to see my old neighbours & their kids, but when I mentioned to Lindabella I was making a quick stop in TO she co-ordinated a little babarooni rendezvous!! YES can you believe it?!  Paula left her house early Sat morning & picked up Cath, and Linda picked up Pauline so I could meet them all and we could hang out.  Ebru was able to pop into Bellaland & Em was a wonderful host.  My wonderful friend Leslie came with me & her & I were in awe of the babes - she even got to take an Izzie coloured by Linda home!!  The girls were all very productive & coloured, I sat & yacked & watched & begged Linda & Paula to share some of their knowledge with me!  They offered to have me colour but I was not colouring around such greatness!!   Again all good things must come to an end; the babes packed up & headed home & I headed for the airport for my flight home.

I had hoped to try my pencils today (Paula was very encouraging) and do some shading like Linda showed me, but I did so much shopping when I was away (great success with my BFF & at one of my favourite shops in TO) that I spent the day re-organzing my closet.  Hubby told me to get some new clothes while I was away, but I don't think he thought I would take him so literally!!

I'm going to stamp tomorrow - we'll have to see if there are pencils on the next project or not!  Don't forget this weeks Bellariffic Fridays theme is Holidays or Christmas - email Em your cards by Thursday


Friday, November 5, 2010

Retail Therapy

Happy Friday!!  This weeks Bellariffic Fridays challenge was a 1, 2, 3 challenge - 1 image, 2 pattern papers & 3 embellishments; what a fun challenge!!

Since I've been at my BFF's in the Boston area we've been doing a lot of shopping so I thought Savvy Shoppabella was fitting for my card!!  Really we've been carrying bags like her & our butts are as spectacular as her's (really I wouldn't fib!)

Savvy Shoppabella is stamped with mementos ink onto bella's bestest paper and coloured with copics.  For my ds papers I used basic greys max & whiskers.  For my embellishments I used some ribbon, prima flowers and some aqua bella bonbons.  I actually added an extra little embellishment to my card because I'm a bit of a rebel (and I like pretty things)

Don't forget to stop by Bloggabella to see the rest of the sistah's creations and make sure you hop over the the rest of the babes blogs for their 1,2,3 cards.

Next weeks challenge is to create a Christmas or Holiday card.  Email your creation to Em by Thursday to be included in next weeks Bellariffic Friday & you could win Bella bucks!!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day


copics: E0000, E00, E02, E21, R02, BG05, N0, N1, N3, BG72, BG275, YR20, YR21, YR23, E41, E42, BG93, BG96, E44, E47, E49 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hello Laddie

I made this card for my dad and totally forgot to post it - what the heck?!  I mean how could I forget?! My dad played in the Nelson Pipe Band all my life; we grew up listening to the bagpipes and two of my brother joined the band (one piper one drummer) so I had to have this Laddie from TGF!

The image is stamped with memento's ink and coloured with copics.   The DS paper is from Basic Greys Joival collection.  I added some black rhinestones on his jacket and metal on this hat (that's so not what it's called!!) to finish the card off.

I hand delivered this card to my dad in the fall - he thought it was fantastic.  When I was a kid I  didn't think I liked the pipe band music, but now when I hear the pipes anywhere my foot starts tapping!

Thanks for stopping by &  have a great day


Monday, November 1, 2010

November Calender

For my calender page this month I inked up one of my neglected Huggabugg stamps. I love this line but confess with so many stamps from Stamping Bella they have been ignored too much!

I used Stampah huggabugg because this is crunch time for all my Holiday cards so I will be a stamping bug! The image is stamped with memento's ink and coloured with copics. I added some glamour dust glitter to her wings, and some tiny rhinestones on her antennas. The ds paper is basic grey's Phoebe & I paper pieced her dress.

This weeks Bellariffic Fridays theme 1-2-3 - 1 image, 2 patterned papers & 3 embellishments.  Email your cards to Em by Thursday to be included- remember you could win some Bella Bucks!

Have a great day & happy stamping!


copics: E0000, E000, E00, R02; R81, R83, R85; YR000, YR14, YR15; E37, E55, E59; R0000