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Friday, April 28, 2017

Bellarific Friday - Photo & Color Inspiration Challenge

Happy Friday Crafters! I hope everyone has had a great week and looking forward to a nice weekend. Today I'm sharing my card for this week's Bellarific Friday Challenge which was to use inspiration from the following photo and color swatches. I immediately knew I wanted to use the TINY TOWNIE RACHEL LOVES THE RAIN stamp. 



For this card I decided to do a bit of water coloring. I recently picked up an entire set of Tombow Dual Brush Pens and I was inspired after watching some amazing videos from Amy Rysavy using them. By the way, if you have never checked out her blog Prairie Paper & Ink or her YouTube channel you have to. She's hilarious, relatable and makes gorgeous cards!

I cut a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper down to an A2 size and then heat embossed the image using Versafine Onyx black ink and clear embossing powder. For marker water coloring, I typically scribble the marker onto a laminated piece of white card stock and pick it up my paintbrush, but I went bold and applied the marker directly to my image. (I probably wouldn't have done this if I didn't watch Amy have such success in it, lol!) But to my amazement these markers work brilliantly with water. I colored them into the areas I wanted shadows and then used my lightly damp paintbrush to draw the water out. I think you have to be careful with the amount of water as some of these pens are highly pigmented. I definitely want to play around with them some more. After coloring the entire image I fussy cut around it leaving a base at the bottom that was the same width of a A2 size card. 

I knew I wanted to create a rain shaker so I started with another piece of the Canson XL watercolor paper cut to an A2 size and used a rectangle die to cut out a thin border. I then adhered a piece of acetate to the border to create my window. I cut thin strips of foam tape and doubled them up around this border piece to create my area to hold the shaker bits. I also added foam tape behind the image to give it more stability. I would always recommend this for large shaker windows. 

Next I focused on the background. Since the watercolor paper isn't bright white, I decided to forgo my standard white card base and just cut a top folding card from the Canson XL watercolor paper. It's heavy weight and perfect for card bases. This also meant that I could create my background right on my card base skipping a step and simplifying it. I'm all about that!

Another recent purchase I got was the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. I'm absolutely loving their smooth chalky texture and knew I wanted to create the stormy sky using them. I smooshed the two blue inks onto my glass work surface and spritzed them with water. I then used a wide brush to give the background a water wash. I next picked up the colors using even strokes to create a nice stormy sky look. Because I'm impatient, I used my heat tool to dry it completely between washes. Next I created ink splatters using the two blues and heat set them as well. Lastly I grabbed my Distress sprayer and left water droplets all over the piece. I let them sit for about 15 seconds and then picked up the access water with a paper towel. This created a nice matte distressed sky background. 

Since it's such a larger shaker window I decided to adhere some dew drops to my background so that when the card it held upright you still see some sparkle behind the image. Just remember to do this before adhering your shaker frame! (Ask me how I know...) Once those were in place, I filled my window with sparkling clear sequins, seed beads, little diamonds from Honey Bee Stamps, and iridescent confetti. I carefully adhered my shaker frame and then gave it a good shake to make sure everything was secure. That's my favorite part of creating shaker cards! 

I wasn't loving the plain white frame I had originally so I cut out another frame from a piece of rainbow plaid paper and adhered that on top. This truly brought everything together and helped it better match the inspiration photo. I added Stickles, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella and some dots to her top using a white gel pen. 

Here's a close up of the background and the bits inside:


There is a great sentiment that comes with this stamp but with the way I positioned the image I was not going to have enough room for it in it's entirety. So I grabbed my scissors and cut it up! (I know some of you are cringing but I swear the stamp is okay!) I stamped the "when skies are grey" portion with versafine black ink onto a piece of coordinating purple paper and heat set it with clear embossing powder. I also used a black versafine marker to add three little dots to the end of the sentiment and heat embossed them too. This way everything matched. I decided to cut the sentiment into two strips and positioned them behind the little girl. I really liked how this looked and I thought it helped tie in more of the purple color. 

Next, I stamped the first part of the sentiment on the inside of my card heat embossing it as well. Since my card base was watercolor paper I decided to focus on the "sunshine" and create a little sun around the image. I used Distress Oxide ink for this so that it matched the look of the front of the card. Don't be afraid to mix up your sentiments. I try not to get stuck with a sentiment size. I make it work for me instead of working around it. You'll be surprised on what you come up with if you think "outside the sentiment." Here's a peek at the inside of the card:


I was super inspired by this inspiration image and the rest of the Bellas were too! Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog and see what amazing cards the rest of the Design Team created. Also, if you would like to participate in Bellarific Fridays for a chance to be entered into a monthly drawing to win some Bella Bucks click on the link below for more details.

Next week's Bellariffic Friday challenge is a free form challenge. Use any current Stamping Bella stamp and go crazy!  Hope you join along and create something with us! Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon!







Friday, April 21, 2017

Bellarific Friday - Birthday/Celebration Theme

Happy Friday crafters! I'm sorry I've been MIA for a few weeks. I got the opportunity to work on a large television production at work which completely consumed my life, lol! But I'm sooooo happy to be back into crafting mode and excited to share my card for this week's Bellarific Friday challenge which was a Birthday or Celebration card. 


My inspiration and color scheme for this card came from the Echo Park Party Time paper pack. I just loved the color combo and decided to pick my Copic colors by matching them to the pack. You can download and print out a really neat color matching chart from the official Copic website. You print the chart on your favorite marker paper. Then color in each swatch and write the color on the line next to the box. Once that's done, you punch out the hole with a standard hole-punch and you can place an image under the holes to help you match colors accurately. It's brilliant! Here's a link to get your very own: Color Match Chart


Once I had selected the best colors, I stamped the image onto a piece of X-press it blending card using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink. As you know, this is my go-to Copic coloring combo which always gives me the best results. After coloring her, I decided to fussy cut leaving a small white border around the whole image. Here's a look at the colors I ended up using for the image:


For the background, I decided to use this fun somewhat neutral piece that had a nice happy birthday script written across it. I then selected a piece of striped paper that used all of the colors that inspired me and I layered that beneath the neutral piece. I liked how that looked but it was missing something so I decided to bring in a small strip of black and white dots as a border and that that really brought the whole background together. After adhering all of the patterned papers to my card base, then positioned my image and glued her down flat. 

Next, I wanted to bring in a sentiment. This set doesn't come with one so I grabbed another Stamping Bella set that had the perfect sentiment and heat embossed it onto a piece of coordinating card stock. I cut it down to fit the card base and gave it a little flag end for more interest. I decided to pop this up with foam tape as it would provide a nice "ground" for my image. Once that was in place it was time for my favorite finishing touches: Sparkle & Bling!

I added a ton of Stickles to each frosting layer of the cake. To be honest, I wasn't completely happy with the way I had shaded the frosting. The reds I had chosen didn't blend perfectly, so this layer of sparkle helped hide it a bit! To make her polka dots pop a bit more, I used a white gel pen on each one and then added some light green Stickles to the ruffle of her dress. I also used a little bit of my Spectrum Noir Clear sparkle pen on the present. (I couldn't help it, lol!) To finish off the card, I pulled in some Cartwright's transparent iridescent sequins for a little bit more color on the background. Here's a final close up of some of these little details:


I really liked the way this card came together. I use to be afraid of mixing patterns but I've learned to love using a coordinating paper pack as inspiration. There were created to be used to together and really make card design a breeze! Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog and see what fun celebration cards the rest of the BellaBabes created. Also, if you would like to participate in Bellariffic Fridays for a chance to be entered into a monthly drawing to win some Bella Bucks click on the link below for more details.


Next week's Bellariffic Friday challenge is a photo inspiration challenge using the image below. I just love all those colorful umbrellas and I can't wait to create something for "April Showers!" Hope you join along and create something with us! Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon! 






Thursday, March 30, 2017

Stamping Bella Release Preview - Two New CHICKS Stamps!

Greetings Crafters! Only one more sleep until the Stamping Bella release! Do you have your wish list yet? I definitely do! These will all be available for purchase TOMORROW Thursday, March 30th at the Stamping Bella shop. Today I'm sharing two new Chick stamps. The first one is called Wedding Cake CHICKS and it's super cute!


I stamped the image with Simon Says Intense black ink onto my go to Copic paper, X-press it blending card. I kept the coloring pretty simple using a limited color palette. I knew I wanted to add some sparkle so I choose to cover the cake with Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen and I added pink and blue stickles the ribbons, hearts and various other elements. One of my favorite things to add to the chicks is a bit of glossy accents on their beaks. It just gives them a little more dimension. Lastly, I used a clear Copic Spica pen to add some highlights to the confetti. It just gave it a little bit extra. 

Here's a closer look at the details and also what Copic colors I used:


I bought this great DCWV Wedding Stack that's white paper with a white pearl printed design on it. It gives this beautiful soft shimmer that's perfect for wedding cards. I selected a piece with a heart pattern because it matched the fun of the image. I cut it down to size and adhered it to a square card base. I then cut a stitched scalloped frame from a piece of blue card stock and trimmed the image piece to fit into the frame. I popped this up with foam tape so that it stood just a little higher than the frame. I really like this look and plus it adds dimension to the design. For the last bit of embellishment, I grabbed a few blue enamel hearts and scattered them around the scene. Here's a closer look at the card:


My final sneak peek card is one of my favorites! It uses a stamp called Mother's Day Chicks. Isn't that the sweetest image? They are so cuddly and you can almost feel the love between them. 


I started by, you guessed it, coloring the image with my Copics, lol! The ink is Simon Says Stamp intense black and the paper is X-press it blending card. For embellishment, I used a tiny bit of stickles on the mom's flower and applied glossy accents to their beaks. 

Here's a closer look at the details and colors I chose:


For the layout, I decided to cut the image using a stitched circle die. I then cut a piece of purple card stock using a fun die from Lil' Inkers called Fringe Scalloped Circles. It makes this neat cut that allows you to pop up the fringes which makes such a neat design element. I adhered these two pieces together and then selected a beautiful pattern paper from Pebbles called Tealightful. I cut it using a stitched rectangle die to match the circle stitching and added it to a card base that I made from Neenah Desert Storm Paper. I liked how the neutral color went with the patterned paper. The finishing touch was adding the sentiment so I stamped it on a piece of peach card stock which I trimmed down to a strip and cut flag ends to create a fun little double ended banner. Here's a better look at the card:


Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog today for one last sneak peek leading up to the big release TOMORROW Thursday, March 30th! Today's peeks include more Chicks and some super unique Danielle Donaldson images. And don't forget to get your shopping list ready!




Monday, March 27, 2017

Stamping Bella Release Preview - Squidgy Cowboy, Cowgirl and Cactus

Howdy Crafters! The Stamping Bella New Release preview continues today with a wonderful collection of western Squidgy stamps. These will all be available for purchase on Thursday, March 30th at the Stamping Bella shop. The first stamp is a handsome Cowboy Squidgy. 


I colored the image with my Copic markers using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink and X-press it blending paper. I chose to use some browns in different shades to mimic the look of leather. My hat got a little over saturated but in the end I could live with the color. Next, I fussy cut the image leaving a little white border around him. Good news, this image has a coordinating Cut It Out die so you wouldn't have to fussy cut if you didn't want to! Here's a look at the colors I used:


This little cowboy reminded me of Woody from Toy Story so I wanted to use this fun red bandanna paper from the Imaginisce Heartland Farm Collection for the background. I felt he needed something to ground him in the scene so I cut a frame from white card stock using MFT's Stitched Rounded Square Frames. I popped it up using foam tape and fit the little cowboy into the corner.

For the sentiment, I stamped it onto a piece of solid white card stock and adhered it across the bottom of the card. To finish everything off, I added glossy accents to the sheriff badge on his hat and his little buttons. I thought his buckle was missing something so I added a blue star confetti peice to the center.

Here's a closer look at the details:


Now every Cowboy needs a gal so up next is the adorable Cowgirl Squidgy. She is just so precious and I couldn't wait to color her up in pink!


Again I used my go to Copic combo of Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink and X-press it blending paper. I wanted her to be a rhinestone cowgirl so I created a jean vest, pink dotted skirt and super sparkly accents with her scarf, boots and hats.

Here's a closer look at the details and colors I used.


I cut the image down to size and matted it with a piece of plaid paper. To give the card base a little more texture, I decided to do tone on tone stamping with a denim background stamp. I love how this helped tie in the western theme a bit more.

I absolutely love this sentiment and I wanted to feature it on the front of the card. Because it was a bit big I had to figure out a creative way to incorporate it. I stamped it onto a strip of white card stock and adhered it across the bottom of the card. 

I added the matted image by popping it up with some foam tape. That allowed me to be able to slip some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins under the edge and use them to highlight the sentiment. Here's a closer look at the card:


The last card I'm sharing today uses the Cactus Squidgy stamp. I knew when I saw this one that I wanted to create a dessert sunset and make it reminiscent of an old postcard. To do this I grabbed a few different colors of distress ink, blending tools and a piece of distress watercolor paper. This is my absolute favorite paper for ink blending because the blends end up so smooth. For the sand, I used a few different light brown Copics and did the dot technique to create some sand like texture.


Next up was the Cactus. I colored it was several different greens and then gave it a nice coating of Spectrum Noir clear sparkle. I wanted to fussy cut it without leaving a white line but in doing so I'd lose the little spiky bits. To get both, I fussy cut the cactus and used a black marker to trace around the image so that no white edges would be seen. I next stamped the image onto the background piece and popped up the colored cactus using some foam tape right over the flat stamped image. What this does is give dimension and you will still be able to see the spiky bits. 

I next chose a piece of striped paper that corresponded with the southwestern color scheme I was going for and adhered cut pieces to the top and bottom of my card base. For the final touches I added a few yellow and orange sequins to highlight the simple sentiment of "Howdy." Here's a better look at how sparkly the cactus is. I just love that!


The great thing about all three of these sets is that they come with a large and small image along with the sentiment. They also have "Cut it Out" dies available and to save money you can get them in bundles. 

Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog everyday this week for more sneak peeks leading up to the big release on Thursday, March 30th! Today's preview features even more adorable Squidgys! I just can't get enough of them. 


I'll be back Wednesday with TWO more sneak peeks to share! 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Stamping Bella Release Preview - The Chick Who Was A Lamb

Hello Crafters! The Stamping Bella release date is almost here! As I mentioned yesterday this release is full of beautiful spring images that will all be available for purchase on Thursday, March 30th at the Stamping Bella shop. Today's image is a hilarious Chicks image called "The Chick Who Was A Lamb." He must not have gotten the message! I just love the Chicks line and this one is so fun!


I colored the image with my Copic markers using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink and X-press it blending paper. Next, I fussy cut the image leaving a little white border around the chicks. Let me tell you, this one was a bit challenging but worth it! Good news, this image has a coordinating Cut It Out die so you wouldn't have to fussy cut if you didn't want to! Here's a look at the colors I used:


Next I cut a A2 size card base and instead of using patterned paper, I decided to do a little ink blending as a highlight. I grabbed Broken China Distress Ink, a dot stencil and my Claritystamp Stencil Brushes. I really like using these brushes as they give a softer look than a blending tool. I first stenciled on the dots and then removed the stencil. I went over the area lightly with my brush to add a haze of blue to mimic the look of sky. I really liked how it turned out. It's a subtle effect that has high impact. 

I popped up the chicks with some foam tape and applied them to the edge of the card. For the sentiment, I stamped it onto a piece of coordinating blue card stock, cut a banner edge and wrapped it around the card base. For the finishing touches, I added stickles to the bunny ears and tail and then a bit of glossy accents to the chicks little beaks. Here's a closer peek at the details:


Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog everyday this week for more sneak peeks leading up to the big release on Thursday, March 30th! Today's stamps features lots of precious Easter images. Those Squidgys! OMG! 

I'll be back tomorrow with THREE sneak peeks for you! So excited so share!



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stamping Bella Release Preview - Daisy Squidgy

Hello Crafters! Guess what time it is...Stamping Bella New Release Week! So excited to be able to share a little sneaky peek with you. This release is full of beautiful spring images that will all be available for purchase on Thursday, March 30th at the Stamping Bella shop. The first image I get to share is the adorable Daisy Squidgy! This set comes with three stamps: one large and one small image plus a sentiment. I'm absolutely loving the Squidgy line of stamps and so glad that there are more with this release!


I colored the image with my Copic markers using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink and X-press it blending paper. Next, I fussy cut the image leaving a little white border around her. Good news, this image has a coordinating Cut It Out die so you wouldn't have to fussy cut if you didn't want to! Here's a look at the colors I used:


Next, I focused on the background of my card. I choose a beautiful patterned paper from Crate Paper's Cute Girl collection as my inspiration. I decided to use My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 to give it a little bit of interest. For the card itself, I chose a piece of Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue card stock. It looked a little plain so I decided to grab a background stamp from My Favorite Things called Swiss Dots and do tone on tone stamping with Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue ink. It's a subtle effect that adds a little bit extra to the design.

For the sentiment, I die cut a banner from Avery Elle's Pierced Banner Layered Dies and stamped the sentiment in black ink. I next popped up the patterned paper piece with foam tape to add some dimension. I adhered the banner using foam tape on the half that wasn't on the flower piece so that it would lay flat. Lastly, I adhered the little Squidgy and added some Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle to the daisy and Stickles to the edge of her dress. Here's a closer look at some of the details:


Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog everyday this week for more sneak peeks leading up to the big release on Thursday, March 30th! Today features another round of those gorgeous garden girls. I can't wait to get my hands on those!

I'll be back tomorrow with another fun sneak peek for you!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bellarific Friday Challenge - Just Add Glitter

Hello Crafters! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I'm a couple days behind because we've been super busy at work but I finally got a few free moments to post this week's card for the Bellarific Friday challenge which was to use glitter and sparkle! I decided to use this great Stamping Bella Closeups stamp called "I Do."


I stamped the image in Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink onto a piece of X-press it blending paper and colored it with my Copics. I cut it down to size and mounted it onto a piece of striped glitter sparkle paper. For my background, I cut a piece of this gorgeous white pearlescent patterned paper and wrapped three pieces of solid sheer white ribbon around it. I mounted the matted image to this piece and then adhered everything down to a solid white card base. 

Now it was time to add the sparkle and shine! I choose to use Spectrum Noir clear sparkle on her dress and a good amount of Crystal Stickles on her bow and trim. I used tiny little pearls on her buttons to give them a bit more dimension. Lastly, I added Glossy accents to his buttons and the little heart. Here's a better look at the details:


Hop over to the Stamping Bella blog and see how the rest of the Bellas incorporated glittery goodness in their designs.  Also, if you would like to participate in Bellariffic Fridays for a chance to be entered into a monthly drawing to win some Bella Bucks click on the link below for more details.


Next week's Bellariffic Friday challenge is the great photo board below. Hope you join along and create something with us! Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon!