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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bellarific Friday - Use a Die Challenge!

Happy Saturday! Today I'm sharing my card for this week's Bellarific Friday Challenge. We were asked to use a die cut in our design. I love dies so this was an easy and fun challenge for me. I chose one of the new January release stamps called Fairy Tale Squidgies. They are just the sweetest couple!

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For this card, I decided to pull out my Daniel Smith 238 watercolor dot card. If you've never tried these watercolors, I highly recommend them. Typically they come in individual tubes of watercolor paint and they can be pretty pricey so the sampler sheets are a great deal. Easy to store too! I slid mine into page protectors to keep them safe from potential water spills on my desk. You may think a drop of paint wouldn't last very long, but you'd be surprised. I've had mine for over 6 months and I still have lots and lots left. They are such a high quality that it doesn't take much water to reactive the colors so they last much longer that you'd think. 

Below is a picture of what the dot cards look like. I colored a little bit next to each dot so I'd know how the color would turn out when I painted. I'm a big believer of trying different mediums including watercolor palettes. I think I have like 5 or 6 different ones. Each one of them is special in their own right. One day I'll have to do a review of all of the different palettes I have. 


Anyhoo, back to the card, lol! I stamped the image onto a piece of Smooth White Bristol card stock in black Versafine ink and heat embossed it with detail clear embossing powder. This give you a little "bumper" when water coloring so that the colors don't bleed as easily. After coloring the image, I used the corresponding Cut It Out die to cut out the image of the little couple. (You can also get a stamp and die bundle which saves you 15%.) 

For the background, I used a cloud mask that I made using a cloud die cut. I applied the color with my Copic airbrush system. This method creates the softest looking clouds.

For the castle, I used a fun new die from My Favorite Things. I cut out the castle from a piece of Neenah Desert Storm. For the bricks, I placed a stencil over the pieces and used an ink blending tool to apply brown ink. I then adhered it all together and added a little red flag on top. 

For the grassy hill, I used a Lawn Fawn stitched hill die and then drew on little patches of grass using my Copic markers. I adhered all of the scene pieces and added my little couple in the front. The sentiment was stamped in black Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I grabbed a few sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to add a little sparkle. Because I can't stop at just "a little bit" of sparkle, I also applied Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen to the princess and some blue stickles on the knight's plume.

Here's a close up of the details:


I'll admit, I'm definitely more proficient with shading with my Copics but I like to try getting that contrast with my watercolors. Practice makes perfect, lol! Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog to see what the rest of the BellaBabes have done. 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 hope you join along and create something with us! Have a wonderful weekend and I'll be back soon! 



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day - Stamping Bella Stamp of the Month

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope everyone is having a day filled with hugs and love! Today's card uses the Stamping Bella stamp of the month called Uptown Girl Catherine Nibbling Chocolate. And who doesn't want to nibble chocolate? She is just the cutest and I absolutely love her frilly dress! And guess what? She's 20% off all month long! 


I started by stamping the image in Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink onto a piece of X-Press Copic paper. My color scheme was inspired by the traditional colors of Valentine's Day. I've been practicing coloring pleats and I'm not sure this is completely successful but definitely getting closer! Practice makes perfect! Here are the colors I used:


After coloring, I trimmed the piece down and matted it with a piece of pink foil paper. I then chose a fun heart pattern paper for my background to tie in the colors of her dress. I wanted to add a little bit of texture so I grabbed a piece of lace trim from my stash. I taped the edge of the lace onto the back of the matted image and then adhered that to the card base. It added a nice little girly touch!

To finish my card, I picked out a handful of translucent enamel hearts and scattered them around the image. I then added a little bit of purple stickles to the lacey trim on her dress. It dried a bit brighter than I was wanting but in the end I think it worked well with the heart paper in the background. Here's a closer look at some of the details.


Be sure to pop over to the Stamping Bella shop to pick up Catherine. Clink the link below. Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon! 



Friday, February 10, 2017

Bellarific Friday - Sketch Challenge

Happy Bellarific Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week. It's definitely been a long one and I'm so looking forward to having a weekend to play in my craft room. This week's challenge over on the Stamping Bella blog was to use the following MojoBella sketch and below is what I came up with. 


I just love the Stamping Bella new release and I knew I had to color up this adorable stamp called Tropical Squidgies. What's neat about this set is that you get three stamps: the sentiment and the image in two different sizes. How cool is that? I used the smaller size to fit the sketch. I stamped it onto a piece of X-Press It blending card with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink. I then grabbed a myriad of Copics to bring the little squidgies to life. Here's a snap of the colors I chose:


After coloring the image, I cut the piece down to fit the sketch. I was really inspired by a new paper pack I bought from Pebbles Inc. called Sunshiny Days. It has these beautiful tropical colors and prints and went perfectly with the Tropical Squidgies. I cut three different designs into sizes that fit with the sketch. I then layered them up and adhered them together. I grabbed a piece of pink grosgrain ribbon that matched the flower and tied it around the entire card. I taped it down and then adhered the entire piece onto A2 size white card base. My finishing touches were some enamel dots and a little bit of glossy accents on the girls sunglasses. Here's a little close up of the details:


Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog to see what the rest of the BellaBabes created using this fun sketch. 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 to use a Stamping Bella "CUT IT OUT" die on your card or simply ANY DIE OR PUNCH you are inspired to use. I hope you join along and create something with us! Have a wonderful weekend and I'll be back soon! 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Bellarific Friday - Photo Challenge

Happy Weekend Crafters! My card today is for this week's Bellarific Friday challenge based on the gorgeous photo below. I used one of the new Stamping Bella stamps called TINY TOWNIE GARDEN GIRL LILAC. Isn't she precious??



For this card, I choose Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers as my coloring medium. I find I get the best results with these markers when I use Bristol Smooth White cardstock. I also don't apply the markers directly to the paper. I color the marker onto a piece of laminated white card stock and use a paintbrush with a tiny bit of water to apply the color to the image. This helps me control the vividness since Zigs are highly saturated. Once completed, I fussy cut the image, added a little bit of stickles to the center of the flowers and Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to the leaves. 

Next up I focused on the background. I drew inspiration from the photo and wanted to create a tone on tone brick wall. To do this I grabbed some translucent embossing paste and a stencil. To create a smooth surface for the frame, I cut a piece of masking tape the size I needed and put that down before covering the card base with embossing paste. The trickiest part was peeling up the mask. You have to do it before it dries or it will be stuck permanently. I used a pair of craft tweezers to help me with this task.

Once the embossing paste was dry, I die cut the frame from a piece of gold foil and adhered it into place. I then used some dimensional foam tape to pop up the Tiny Townie. I needed a small sentiment, so I pick this one from another Stamping Bella set called BUDDING CHICK RUBBER STAMP. The finishing touch was tying a bit of pink ribbon around the bottom. 

Here's a close up of some of the details and textures:


Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog to see what the rest of the BellaBabes created using inspiration from the photo. 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 ANYTHING GOES. I hope you join along and create something with us! Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon! 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Bellarific Friday - Friendship Challenge

Happy Bellarific Friday! (Or Sunday, lol!) It's been a crazy week at work so I finally have a few quiet moments to upload my card for this week's challenge. The theme was FRIENDSHIP and I knew just what stamp I wanted to use...


When I first saw this stamp CLOSEUPS "CLINK" I felt it was begging to be a shaker card. I started by coloring the image with Copics. Once that was complete, I used an exacto knife to carefully cut out the portion of the glasses where the liquid was and then backed that area with a piece of acetate to create my shaker windows. I next grabbed some foam tape and built up my shaker areas. I used a double layer of foam tape since I knew I was using seed beads and those shake better with a bit more room.

One of my favorite adult beverages is a Moscato Wine Spritzer so that's what I chose to recreate. I used a peachy yellow color in the background of the shaker window and covered it in the beautiful Pink Champagne Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. It's so sparkly in person and when I added the seed beads it looked just like the refreshing spritzer!

For the rest of the card, I chose some pretty teal papers and created two frames around my shaker window. I heat embossed the sentiment in white and adhered it to the top of frame. For my finishing touches, I added glossy accents & Spectrum Noir clear sparkle to some of jewelry. I then used Nuvo Jewel Drops in Grey Mist on the bracelets to make them look a bit more like sterling silver. I'm loving the new jewel drops because they dry translucent with just a hint of color. If you haven't tried them, I highly recommend them!

Hop over to the Stamping Bella blog and see what the rest of the BellaBabes created using the theme of "Friendship." 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 really beautiful image below. I already have some ideas of how to interpret it and can't wait to get started! I hope you join along and create something with us! Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon! 


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Bellarific Friday - Sketch Challenge

Happy Weekend Crafters! Today I have a fun interactive card to share with you for this week's Bellarific Friday Challenge which was the following Mojo Bella sketch. I was inspired by the circle in the sketch and thought it would be a perfect spot for a spinner element.




I started by selecting an image where I could incorporate a sentiment on the back. This little MAIL CHICK image was perfect! I stamped the image onto a piece of X-Press It blending card with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink. I then inked it up again but used a baby wipe to take off the details in the middle of stamp so I was just left with a blank envelope. I did some super simple Copic coloring on the two images and then fussy cut them out. I had to hold them back to back to ensure that they were very close to matching. I could have done some mirror stamping to make it perfect but it definitely would have taken some time. I think I got them pretty close and I was satisfied with the results. I also added a bit of glossy accents to the chick's beak and some Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen to the little heart. 

Here are the colors I used and a close up of the details:


Next, I chose my background patterns, cut them down to size and adhered them to my card base. I then selected a window circle die cut that had some fun stitching detail and lined it up in the center. When I ran this through my die cutting machine, I made sure the cutting plates were not on the back panel of the card base so that one, I would NOT cut a circle in the back of my card, and two, I wouldn't have any indents or lines from the cutting plates on the back panel. Important step, lol!

Once the circle was cut, I trimmed down a piece of white card stock just slightly shorter than the A2 size panel and cut another circle. This was for the inside of the card so that I would be able to hide where I adhered the thread. You need to cut this panel a little bit shorter because if it's the exact same height your card won't close nicely.

Next, I assembled my spinner element by sandwiching a piece of silver thread between my two envelope images. You have to make sure the thread is longer than you need so you have some wiggle room and can adjust and cut it down to size.

I then laid the image with the thread across the inside of the card panel and centered it over the circle. I pulled the thread fairly tight and used some scotch tape to hold the top and bottom pieces secure. I then added a piece of white grosgrain ribbon across the front wrapping and taping the ends onto the inside panel to secure them. Next, I adhered the white panel with the circle on the inside of the card panel covering where I had taped the thread and ribbon. This provides a nice clean inside when the recipient opens the card. 

Here's a peek of what the inside of the panel looked after it was complete. 


Now for the fun part! Before you close the card, you turn the spinner element a few times to get it "wound up," then close the card. When the recipient opens it the image will spin around showing the sentiment. Here's card in action:

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So fun!! I just love adding little interactive elements to cards. It something unique that is a "wow" for the person receiving it. Hop over to the Stamping Bella blog and see what the rest of the BellaBabes created using this sketch as inspiration. 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 "FRIENDSHIP." This should be a super fun one and an opportunity to create something for the special friend in your life. Hope you join along and create something with us! Oh and if you haven't heard, the new release images are available on Monday, Janaury 16th!! WOOO HOOO!! Check out all of the sneak peeks on the Stamping Bella blog and be sure to pop over to the store Monday to go shopping! Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon! 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Stamping Bella Release Preview - XO Squidgy

Hello Crafters! Only three more sleeps until the new Stamping Bella release will be available! I can't wait! The design team doesn't get to see every stamp so it's fun to see what we haven't seen. OMG those little unicorns!! They will be mine soon, lol! 

But today I'm sharing another sneak peak of the cutest little Squidgy with an XO! 


For this image, I choose to use my Copics (Shocking, I know, lol!). I colored up the little squidgy and then colored the XO. I was NOT happy with the outcome of the letters so I decided to turn it into an opportunity. I stamped the image again onto a piece of patterned paper and fussy cut the XO. I then paper pieced it onto the image and added a bit of shadows with my Copics. Voila! A certain disaster turned into a much cuter option. Here's a look at the colors I used:


I die cut the image using a wonky rectangle frame. For my background, I grabbed a super neat We R Memory Keepers Next Level Embossing folder with a heart pattern and ran a piece of red cardstock through my BigShot. I love these embossing folders. The results are very 3-D and really pop! The image seemed to fade a bit when I had it just over the embossed piece so I grabbed a piece of striped cardstock and layered that behind. This definitely completed the whole look. 

For my finishing touches, I used red, pink and black stickles on various parts of the image as well as a good coat of my Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen on her dress and some glossy accents on her shoes. Here's a close up...just look at that glitter shine on her dress! Love it!


Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog everyday this week for more sneak peeks leading up to the big release on Monday, January 16th! 3 more days...almost there! I'm be back tomorrow with my Bellariffic Friday card. See you then!