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Friday, September 8, 2017

Bellarific Friday Sketch Challenge

Happy Friday Crafters! It's been a somewhat stressful week here in Florida with Hurricane Irma on her way. I'm glad to switch focus for a few minutes and share a funky little card for this week's Bellarific Friday Challenge. We were given the fantastic Mojo Bella sketch below as inspiration. I love the Tiny Townie Garden Girls and I wanted to use the Orchid girl in a unexpected way. I googled Orchids and found the gorgeous orange, pink and yellow one below. I didn't realize they came in such bright and unique color combos so I knew I had to use this one as inspiration! 



I just can't put away my Copic markers! Maybe next week I'll try... So I grabbed a piece of X-Press It blending paper and stamped the image in Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink. Using the photo as a guide, I chose colors that matched and did my best to recreate the design of the flower. It was definitely a challenge and if I had to color it again there are some things I would change. 

I decided to just go with the flow and try not to pick apart every little fault I saw. I wanted to make her "dress" a bit more special so I pulled out some Stickles in yellow, orange, and pink and applied them originally in detail spots but then I got carried away and just about covered the entire dress, lol! What can I say? I'm addicted to sparkle! 


I set aside the image so that the Stickles could completely dry and focused on creating the background. I really like the stacked squares in the sketch so I turned to my patterned paper stash and selected bright papers that matched the orchid. I cut the yellow paper using my paper trimmer and the white piece using a stitched rectangle die. I then pulled out my new favorite dies, the MFT Mod Square Stax to add a bit more interest to the corner squares. 

I had originally arranged the pieces on a plain black card base but it didn't feel special enough. I looked through my background stamps and decided to use the MFT Etched Tribal Stamp. I prepped the black card base using the EK Success Powder Tool since I was using so much embossing powder. This tool ensures that the embossing powder only sticks to the ink. I stamped the image in Versamark clear sticky ink, covered it with clear embossing powder and set it with my heat gun. I just love the subtle detail this tone on tone trick supplies. 

After assembling the card base, I turned my focus back to the image. I fussy cut the image, leaving a small white border around it. I then mounted her to the card base using foam tape. I really like how she didn't completely fit inside the frame. It made her look like she's popping off the card. To finish it off, I grabbed a few black enamel dots and that was it! 

Here's a closer look at all that Stickles sparkle! In real life you can tell that the glitter is different colors. It really enhances the Copic coloring. 


Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog and see how the rest of the Design Team used the sketch as inspiration. I love using sketches and it's neat to see how others interpret them. 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 Bellarific Friday challenge is one of my favorites - Create Your Own Background. You can use stamps, papers, embossing, dies, and more! Just get creative and join in the fun! 

To all of those in Florida that are also facing Irma, I send you positive vibes. Florida Strong! See you next time!



Monday, September 4, 2017

Stamping Bella Fall Release Day!

Hello Crafters! Today's the day! The new fall release for Stamping Bella is now available in the online store. There are some adorable autumn and Halloween images along with a few more Garden Girls. The Chrysanthemum Girl is everything! I can't wait to go shopping! 

For today's card, I'm using another one of The Littles scene stamps called THE LITTLES HEDGIE AND HIS ACORNS. Like yesterday's card, these scene stamps already combine several of The Little Bits images so that you don't have to mask and plan. You can just stamp and go! If you want to recreate this scene with single stamps, you'll need the Little Bits Fall Fruit set. I also used the new FALL SENTIMENT set. This is an essential set for all of your Halloween and autumn sentiments. A must have for sure!



So I've been on a Copic kick. It's always been my favorite medium to color with and I just couldn't resist using them to create some texture on this adorable image. I stamped the image onto X-Press It Blending Card with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink. This combination gives me the best results when I use Copic Markers. After doing basic coloring, I went back and added details by adding little dots to the mushrooms and some lines to the acorns. I also used Nuvo Pale Gold drops on the large dots on top of the mushrooms. (Note: I did this after I ran it through my die cutting machine! If you do it before you'll have smashed dots!)

Here are the Copic colors I used:


I created a top folding A2 size card from Neenah Dessert Storm cardstock. This is my favorite "fall" themed card base. It goes with all of the fall color schemes and it not a stark as white. I chose a few pieces of patterned paper for my background and adhered them to the card base. I used a die cut to create the frame for the image and popped it up using foam tape. 

Next I stamped the sentiment and cut a fishtail banner end using my scissors. I then trimmed down patterned paper to make another fishtail banner to place behind the sentiment strip. I used my tiny attacher stapler to connect them and then adhered them flat to my card base. I wanted to add one more detail so I grabbed some May Arts twine, tied a bow and glued it to the sentiment strip. That finished up my card!

Here's a closer look at the details:


Now, get your lists ready and make sure you get your hands on your favorite new sets. Click the link below to go straight to the shop.

Have fun and happy shopping!








Sunday, September 3, 2017

Stamping Bella Release Preview - Sneak Peek #3!

Hello Crafters! I'm back with another sneak peek from the new Stamping Bella Fall Release. As you can see there are some beautiful fall images and if you hop over to the Stamping Bella blog you'll see adorable Halloween images as well. All of these new sets will be available TOMORROW, Monday, September 4th in the Stamping Bella online store. Eek! I can't wait! My list is VERY long!

For today's card, I'm using the THE LITTLES PUMPKIN FRIENDS stamp. This is a Littles scene stamp. These one step stamps make scene building super easy! It combines several of the Little Bits sets so you don't have to mask and plan and all of that! For example, if you wanted to create this image on your own, you'd have to use stamps from the Little Bits Fall Fruit set and the Little Bit Nature Collection. Emily aka Stamping Bella, has taken all the hard work out and created these pre-made scene stamps, which I love! Huge time savers!



I started by stamping the image onto a X-press It Blending card in Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink. This is my go-to combo for coloring with Copics. I choose the accents colors base on the Echo Park paper pad called A Perfect Autumn. It uses a hint of teal which is so unexpected for this season. After coloring the image, I added a few little dots to her scarf using an orange Spica pen to give it a little sparkle. Next, I grabbed my scissors and fussy cut around the entire image. There is a "Cut It Out" die for this image so you won't have to fussy cut! It comes in a bundle with the stamp and saves you both time and 15%! Win Win!

For my card base, I created a top folding A2 size card using Neenah Dessert Storm cardstock. I pulled out three different patterned papers from the Echo Park A Perfect Autumn pad and cut them down to the desired sized. I adhered these all together but using a bit of scotch tape on the back. I then pulled out some May Arts natural twine in Burlap. I secure one end to the back of the card using scotch tape and then wrapped it around the panel a few times to get the desired look. Next I adhered this panel to the card base. I applied foam tape to the back of the image and positioned it on the card. Since the patterned paper had fall sentiments, I didn't need to add a separate one so I just finished the card off with a few enamel dots. Easy peasy!

Here's a closer look at the card:


Be sure to pop over to the Stamping Bella blog and see more sneak peeks as the design team continues to countdown to release day on September 4th! You can also enter for a chance to win some Bella Bucks! I'll be back tomorrow to share one more new release card!








Saturday, September 2, 2017

September Stamp of the Month for Bellarific Friday

Hello Crafty Friends! Can you believe it's September? I'm so excited because fall is my favorite time of year and I just can't wait for all of the great things that come with it! A new month brings a new Stamp of the Month over at Stamping Bella and this month it's the gorgeous TINY TOWNIE AUTUMN LOVES AUTUMN. All month long you can pick up the stamp, the die and the bundle for 20% off. 

And while you are placing your order, don't forget the new Stamping Bella release will be available on Monday, September 4th! Check out the Stamping Bella blog for more sneak peeks!



I really wanted to make Autumn the star of the card so I decided to keep it simple and focus on the fun fall colors and details in the coloring. I used my go to Copic combo of Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink and X-Press It Blending Card. I selected a fall palette of reds, oranges, greens, browns and yellow. Once I had finished the image, I went back and added some details with my Spica glitter pens and also a dotting technique to add texture to the mushroom and the dirt. This is a super easy way to add the little something extra. Here's a look at the markers that I used to bring Autumn to life.


After stamping the sentiment, I wanted to give the image panel a bit more interest so I grabbed my new obsession, the MFT Mod Rectangle dies to trim down the image panel. I also ran a piece of copper foil paper through my die cutting machine using the next largest Mod Rectangle die. I matted this to the back of the image so that there was a neat pop of copper shine framing it. For the card panel, I adhered a matching plaid patterned paper to the base and then popped up the mod rectangle panels with foam tape. To finish off the card, I used a few matching enamel dots to highlight the sentiment. Here's a closer look at the shimmer:


Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog and see the rest of the Bellas created using this gorgeous fall stamp. All of the samples make me want to grab a pumpkin spice latte and roll around in some fall leaves! 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 Bellarific Friday challenge is the fantastic Mojo Bella sketch below. Hope you join along and create something with us! And don't forget, the new Stamping Bella release will be available on Monday, September 4th! Come back tomorrow to see another sneak peek of the new release! See you tomorrow!







Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Stamping Bella Release Preview - Sneak Peek #2!

Hello Crafters! I have two more fantastic stamps to share from the new Stamping Bella Fall Release. This round of stamps is full of incredible Fall and Halloween images that will all be available for purchase on Monday, September 4th in the Stamping Bella online store.  I'm so glad that Stamping Bella is releasing more gorgeous backdrop stamps. These are absolutely perfect for scene building. I also like that you can use these both horizontally or vertically depending on how you crop your card. They are just a little bit smaller than an A2 size card.

For today's card, I'm using the LITTLE “BITS” NATURE COLLECTION and FALL BACKDROP. When I saw this little fox and the pile of leaves I just knew I had to make a card where the fox was jumping around and playing. So I decided to make a card with an Action Wobbler. 




I started my card by focusing on the backdrop. I decided to use my Copic Airbrush system as it covers large spaces much quicker than straight coloring. I also find it uses less ink and looks smoother. This is the first time I created an entire background using it and I think I will definitely be doing more airbrushing in the future! I did utilize some masking to make sure the colors didn't overlap. I also added details using my markers traditionally such as the dots on the path. I then swiped my colorless blender over the sky to give a cloudy appearance. I really like how that turned out. 

After finishing the backdrop, I moved onto my images. I colored the leaves and fox using my Copic markers and fussy cut around them leaving a small white border. The good news is that you won't have to fussy cut as all of the new Little "Bits" collection have matching dies available. I can't wait to pick those up! Such a time saver!

Next, I adhered a piece of coordinating plaid cardstock to my card base. I then cut down my background image and adhered that to the patterned paper. I decided to pop up the pile of leaves with foam tape. I like the dimension this gives. My little fox went on a Action Wobble. I used the smallest ones available and still had to cut it down. I stuck this on my card and then arranged the two loose leaves next to the image. 

Lastly, I stamped my sentiment onto a piece of white cardstock and cut a flag end on one side. This was then popped up with foam tape and accented with enamel dots. Below is a video of the card in action. I just love watching these wobblers in slow motion. So much fun!

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So I had to share this next video as "what not to do" and also for a little laugh. I highly recommend applying a stronger adhesive on the back of the image especially if you have to cut the Action Wobble smaller. If you don't, this is what will happen.

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Be sure to pop over to the Stamping Bella blog and see more sneak peeks as the design team continues to countdown to release day on September 4th! You can also enter for a chance to win some Bella Bucks! I'll be back in a couple days to share another sneak peek.











Monday, August 28, 2017

Stamping Bella Release Preview - Day 1!

Hello Crafters! Guess what time it is...It's Stamping Bella New Release Week! All week the Design Team will be counting down and sharing inspiration for the new release images. This release is full of gorgeous Fall and Halloween images that will all be available for purchase on Monday, September 4th in the Stamping Bella online store.

For today's sneak peek, I get to share some of the new Little "Bits" stamps. What you ask are Little "Bits?" Here's the perfect explanation from Stamping Bella herself:
"First thing I would like to talk about is the NEW differentiation between our LITTLES and our LITTLE “BITS”.  After the success of our  last release with the introduction of our new “LITTLES” collection (which will now be called “LITTLE BITS”, we have decided to introduce our LITTLES collection.  Ok.. so basically the LITTLES collection means that the images are COMPLETE.. it’s a “SCENE” ready to stamp and create.  Our LITTLE BITS are our  sets including “bits” or pieces for you to create your own scene/image.  Little “BITS” can be combined.. even our LITTLES can be combined with our “BITS” too!   CLEAR AS MUD? LOL."
So with that in mind, I get to share the LITTLE BITS FALL FRUIT collection. Isn't that little hedgehog just the cutest?? This set also includes an adorable little girl all ready for fun fall activities!



I colored the image using my Copic markers and then fussy cut around them leaving a small white border. The good news is all of the Little Bits have coordinating CUT IT OUT dies that you can purchase separately or in a bundle for a great deal! I decided to create a fun shaker window to back my scene using a arch die cut from MFT. I filled it with red, green and gold sequins and seed beads. I always try to incorporate seed beads into my shaker cards because they make the best noise! The sentiment is from another new set which will be highlighted later this week. 

Click below to check out the Stamping Bella blog where everyday this week there will be more sneak peeks leading up to the big release on Monday, September 4th! I'll be back tomorrow with another sneak peek for you! So excited so share!





Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bellarific Friday - Thinking of You Card

Hello Crafters! This week's Bellarific Friday Challenge was to create a "thank you" or "thinking of you" card. I've been dying to use the precious Cave Kids stamp since the last Stamping Bella release came out and this was the perfect challenge for it. Aren't they adorable??


To create the scene, I started by stamping the image onto X-Press It Copic paper using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink. I also stamped some plants from the Cave Kids Add On Set. I picked my colors using inspiration from the Echo Park Dino Friends paper collection. Instead of going classic leopard print for their outfits I decided to go with light red and blue. I wasn't sure how it would look at first but I really love how it looked in the end. 

After coloring the images, I decided to make the background using my Copics too. I have a wide tip BG10 marker that I used to cover the sky portion quickly. I then used my regular BG10 marker to color close to the images. To create a bit of a cloud effect, I pulled out my colorless blender 0 and just colored some swirls. For the grass, I used several different greens and then flicked patches of grass in varying shades. Below are the Copics I used in this image:


I used one of the new MFT Mod Square dies to cut the image down to size. I wanted to give the image a frame so I lined up two of the Mod Square dies and cut a frame from a piece of wood grain cardstock. In the process, I lost almost all of the plants I had stamped and colored!

Next, I turned to creating the background. I cut a card base that was 5" x 5" from heavyweight white card stock. The piece of plaid paper was my inspiration for the colors but alone it was a bit too plain. I decided to quadruple mat it used 4 different colors of cardstock. This took some patience and careful paper trimming. Each layer is about a 1/8 larger than the next. I really love the way it turned out! It also gives it a bit of dimension without using foam tape. Perfect for mailing! 

To finish up the card I grabbed my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen and covered both of the kids leopard print outfits. I also grabbed dark blue and dark red Copic Spica pens to add some shadows to the inside of each of the spots. It's subtle but noticeable in real life. I then applied glossy accents to the girl's little bone and some brown Stickles to the inside of the flower. Lastly, I pulled out two enamel heart stickers in corresponding colors and added them to either side of the flower.


I really adore how this card turned out. These Cave Kids are just the cutest!! Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog and see what the rest of the Bella Babes created using the card theme. 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 Bellarific Friday challenge is the fun photo inspiration below. You can use the image, the colors or both in your card design. Get creative and join in the fun!  Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon!


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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bellarific Friday Sketch Challenge

Hello Crafters! I hope everyone has had a wonderful week. It's been a bit overcast and rainy here in Florida so I decided for this week's Bellarific Friday challenge I'd bring in some sunshine with a bright yellow palette. This week's challenge was the fantastic MojoBella sketch below and I decided to play with the adorable Tiny Townie Garden Girls Daffodil. She's so sassy and fun! 



I started this card by stamping my image in Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink onto a piece of X-Press It Blending Card. This is my go to combo for coloring with Copic Markers. This was a simple image to color and it used a limit number of Copics. To make it pop a bit more, I pulled out a couple Spica glitter pens and used the dot technique to add shimmer and texture to the shadow areas. It actually looks like her dress could be covered in sequins in real life. The camera just can't pick that detail up. Here's a look at the colors I used. 


After completing the image, I used a stitched rectangle die to cut it down to size. I next focused on the card panel. I grabbed a piece of bright yellow cardstock that I had in my stash and cut it to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 which is the exact size of an A2 card. I then used a double stitched circle die positioned on the corner of the yellow cardstock. I ran this through my Big Shot and because it was a double stitched die, it left the stitching detail on the negative piece which is what I was using. I then decided on a patterned piece of cardstock, cut and adhered it my card base. I applied foam tape to the back of my yellow piece and adhered it to the card base. Now I had a fun peek-a-boo window and some neat dimension to my card.

I next adhered my image piece to the card base matching the sketch in the challenge. I had to use both foam tape and tape runner since a portion of the image is over the window area. For the sentiment, I wanted something that was vertical so I chose to go with a simple "THX" using a few die cut letters. I cut them out on a scrap piece of X-Press It blending card and grabbed the same green Copics I used in the image to color an ombre on each letter. I like creating my own colored cardstock like this when I need something to match perfectly to an image. It's quick and easy. I adhered those into place, again using a mix of foam tape and tape runner. For the final touches, I covered each letter in Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen and glued on a few little yellow sequins.

Here's a close up view of the card and you can almost see the sparkle those Spica pens add to her dress!


Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog and see the rest of the Design Team created using this sketch as inspiration.  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 Bellarific Friday challenge is to make a THANK YOU or THINKING OF YOU card! Be sure to use any CURRENT Stamping Bella stamp. Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon!


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Monday, August 7, 2017

August Stamp of the Month for Bellarific Friday

Hello Crafty Friends! I can not believe it's August! Where on earth is this year going? A new month brings a new Stamp of the Month over at Stamping Bella and this month it's the absolutely precious BEDELIA the BUNNY. All month long you can pick her up for 20% off. How could you say no to that sweet little face? 





I chose watercolor as my color medium this week. I started by stamping the image onto Strathmore watercolor paper in versamark clear ink and then heat setting it with gold embossing powder. I then decided to pull out my dusty Distress markers. They use to be my go to for watercolor several years ago and it was nice to use them again. They are super easy to use and very cost effective. 

My palette is a laminated piece of white cardstock. I use to use an acrylic block but it could be hard to see the colors clearly. With the laminated cardstock you can clearly see what colors you are using plus it's a breeze to clean and so easy to take with you for on the go crafting. I scribbled the colors I wanted, applied a tiny squirt of water from my Distress sprayer to wet it, then applied the color with my favorite brush the Silver Black Velvet size 2. 


After the image was complete, I used a rectangle die to cut the piece down to size. Next I focused on my card base. I selected a beautiful piece of floral patterned paper for the background. I then pulled out some gold foil cardstock so that I could die cut a stitched frame and a mat for the image. I knew I wanted to use the thanks die but was having a hard time with placement. I just happen to lay it across the image and realized that the little bunny could hold it. I pulled out my exacto knife and sliced around her paws. I then slid the thanks die underneath and secured it into place. I adhered this to the gold mat and thought it could use one more layer so I added a piece of dark purple cardstock. All of these layers along with the gold frame were adhered to my standard A2 size card base. 

Next it was time for embellishing! I pulled out some gold sequins in various sizes and adhered them around the scene. I applied clear Wink of Stella to the thanks word die and also to the purple flowers on her head. You have to have a light hand when doing this because the Distress markers will reactive with the Wink of Stella. A dab will do you! Here's a closer look at some of the sparkle and shine:


The set comes with a great sentiment that I definitely wanted to incorporate so I decided to showcase it on the inside of the card. I stamped the sentiment in black and then stamped the image in a coordinating purple ink. And that finished my card!


Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog and see the rest of the Bellas created using Bedelia!  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 Bellarific Friday challenge is the fantastic Mojo Bella sketch below. Hope you join along and create something with us! Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon!







Friday, July 28, 2017

Bellarific Friday - Beach Photo Challenge

Happy Friday Crafters! It's been a long week and I'm looking forward to the weekend. I was inspired to use one of the newest Stamping Bella images for this week's Bellarific Friday challenge which was the beautiful beachy photo below. This stamp is called Tiny Townie Mermaid and she is so much fun to color. I'm looking forward to trying different color schemes and have a whole family of little mermaids!



For this card I started creating the background first. I stamped another a new image from Stamping Bella called Under the Sea Backdrop in Versafine Onyx black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder onto a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper. I grabbed a stack of Distress Oxide inks and got to work inkblending the background. If you haven't tried these yet I highly recommend them! They blend like butter and are just so unique. 

I used a heat tool to set the ink and then sprinkled on water droplets. After letting the water sit for a few seconds I blotted it with paper towel. Since Oxide inks are water reactive it leaves behind super cool chalky looking spots. It's perfect for an underwater scene. For the sand, I used Copics to add some texture with dots in various shades of yellowish tan. I colored the foliage using Distress Oxide inks smooshed onto an acrylic block and applied it with a water brush. I then used a rectangle die to neatly trim the background to just smaller than an A2 size card. I adhered this to a card base that had a cute purple wave pattern. 

I wanted more detail in the image so I decided not to watercolor her but pull out my trusty Copic markers. I selected orange and yellow tones to give a nod to the inspiration photo. (Markers shown below) After coloring, I fussy cut around the image and used foam tape to pop her up in the scene. To add the appearance of scales on her tail, I applied dots of yellow and orange Stickles. I also wanted to add a little more sparkle so I used Wink of Stella on the plants, shell and bubbles. 


To complete the card, I grabbed a cute sentiment from the Under the Sea Sentiment set, stamped and heat embossed it directly onto the background. Lastly, I decided to add a few little bubbles which I adhered with clear Stickles so they sparkle too!

Below is a closer look at some of the details. 


Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog and see the rest of the Design Team created using this fantastic summer image. 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 Bellarific Friday challenge is free form! All you have to do is use a current Stamping Bella stamp and your imagination. Sky's the limit! Hope you join along and create something with us! Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon!




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