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Sunday, June 25, 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 incredible summer stamps that will all be available for purchase on Friday, June 30th in the Stamping Bella online store.  I'm so excited to be able to share TWO sneaky peeks with you today. Let's dive right in! 

For this release, Emily is releasing a few backdrop stamps that are absolutely perfect for scene building. I like that you can use these both horizontally or vertically depending on how you crop your card. In case you are wondering, it is smaller than an A2 size card. Another line of stamps that are being released are called "Littles." These are interactive, exchangeable and all have matching dies to make creating a scene super easy. Here's my first card for today. It incorporates both the BEACH BACKDROP stamp as well as the SANDCASTLE LITTLE SET. 

I first stamped the BEACH BACKDROP onto a piece of Bristol Smooth White Cardstock. I then grabbed a few different colors of Distress Oxide Inks to do a little ink blending. I masked off the beach, water, and sky separately and removed the masks as I ink blended each section. Once the initial layer was complete, I grabbed a wave stencil and laid it across the card. I then used a slightly damp paper towel to activate the Distress Oxide ink in just the ocean section. If you're not familiar with this inks they don't react like regular Distress inks. The wet spots turn a little chalky and I love the look of it. They also blend amazingly! I did this same process again but with a cloud stencil on the sky portion. I laid this portion aside and got to work on my images.

I stamped all ten images in the SANDCASTLE LITTLE SET and colored them with my Copic Markers. I then fussy cut each image and started to put them together on the backdrop to see what worked best with each other. I ended up only using 7 images but as you can see this set really makes scene building easy! Once I had the images in place, I adhered everything down to the stamped backdrop panel. I then chose a piece of stripey cardstock that had fun summery colors and cut it to the size of a A2 card base. Because the BEACH BACKDROP is slightly smaller than a A2 card, I adhered this panel on top of the card base and had a nice little border around it.

What's a summer card without fun SUMMER SENTIMENTS? Emily thought about that too and there's a great new set filled with gorgeous sentiments just ready for summer cards. I stamped a sentiment in black ink onto a piece of white cardstock. I used a cross stitched border die to give it some interest and then matted it on the top and the bottom with some pink patterned paper.   For the finishing touches, I added a bunch of little dots in several different shades of brown Copics to the sand to give it a more textured look. Then I pulled out my Stickles and Glossy Accents to give some shimmer and shine to the shell, her sunglasses and the sun. I also decided to give her a "yellow polka dot bikini" so I grabbed my white gel pen and added some tiny little dots to her suit. And lastly, the duck was just begging for googly eyes!!

Here's a closer look at the little details:

For my second card, I used the BEACH BACKDROP vertically and the new ICE CREAM AND LEMONADE LITTLE SET. This time I decided to use my Copics to color in the backdrop. I stamped the image onto a piece of X-Press It blending paper and used Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink to ensure the lines wouldn't bleed since I was using a ton of marker. Once that was complete, I stamped and colored all of the images from the ICE CREAM AND LEMONADE LITTLE SET and spent a few minutes rearranging and figuring out which ones I wanted to use.

I wanted to create a place to tuck in a shell so I took a exacto knife and cut a slit in the top of one of the beach mounds. I then arranged my images and adhered them to the background. For the sentiment, I used a Fishtail Flag Frames die from MFT to create the strip for the sentiment and border around it. I adhered the border down and popped up the sentiment strip to give it a little more dimension. For the sun, I didn't want to just stamp it onto the backdrop so I stamped it onto a piece of vellum and then fussy cut around it. I popped this up but only put the foam in the center of the sun so the edges naturally curled up a bit. It gives a really neat look and makes it look like the sun is floating a bit.

Once I had finished this panel, I matted it with a piece of teal cardstock and adhered it to a top folding A2 sized purple polka dot card base. For the final touches, I applied Glossy Accents to the little girl's sunglasses and I added Stickles to the center of the, the tops of the waves, and to some of the accents on the girls' swimsuits. Here's a closer look at the card:

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 Friday, June 30th! I'll be back tomorrow with more sneak peeks for you! So excited so share!

Supplies for Sandcastle Card:

Supplies for Ice Cream & Lemonade Card:

Friday, June 23, 2017

Bellarific Friday - Photo Inspiration

Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing a card that I made for the Bellarific Friday photo inspiration Challenge which was the gorgeous marbled cake below. I'm loving the marble trend that's going around and I couldn't wait to incorporate it into my design. 

I was feeling adventurous and decided to try a technique that I'm fairly new at - No Line Copic Coloring. This style is definitely a challenge for me but I'm enjoying practicing it. To begin, I stamped CAKEABELLA V.2.0 in a Copic friendly beige ink onto a piece of X-Press It paper. I used my MISTI and stamped it a few times to make the lines more visible. Let me tell you, the light ink does it's job as it's nearly invisible, lol!

I used the dark to light method of coloring to help me see the image better. I feel that I nailed this on her clothes and the cakes. Where I struggled was with her face. I used a Copic mulitliner to try and trace her eyes. I wish I would have had a brown one because I think this would have made it less contrasting and blended better with the image.

Overall I wouldn't say it was too bad for my second attempt at No-Line Coloring. I just need to keep practicing and playing around. I think a critter image may be a bit easier. After I was finished coloring, I fussy cut the image. On a side note, there is a coordinating “CUT IT OUT” die available for this stamp. You get a great deal if you bundle them.

Next I turned my focus to the background. I had this gorgeous marble paper in my stash and it matched closely to the inspiration image. I also had some corresponding paper that was spotted with rose gold accents similar to the gold accents on the cake. I decided to combine the two to create the background for the image. The marble paper was a bit too bright and it drowned out the image. To tone it down, I grabbed a piece of vellum, wrapped it around the marble piece and secured to the back with some scotch tape. This also added an additional element of  matte texture that I really liked.

The image then looked a bit plain adhered to the background so I grabbed some rose gold thread and created a little messy nest. I use to use this technique quite a bit and really like the look it provides. I popped the image up using some foam tape and adhered it to the little thread circles. Lastly, I added a few rose gold sequins to try everything in and give it some bling.

Here's a closer look at the coloring and the little details:

Hop over to the Stamping Bella blog and see what the rest of the Design Team created using this fabulous image as inspiration.  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.

I'm so excited for next week's challenge!! It's a shaker or spinner card! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. Hope you join along and create something with us! Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Sketch Challenge for Bellarific Friday using Dragons!

Hello Crafters! It's time for another Bellarific Friday challenge on the Stamping Bella blog. This week's inspiration was the great Mojo Bella sketch below. I decided to pull out the SET OF DRAGONS stamps and the coordinating "CUT IT OUT" dies. These are some of the cutest images! (On a side note, you can bundle the Cut It Out dies and stamp set for a 15% savings! Awesome!) 

Here's what I came up with:

I wanted to create a masculine card this week so I chose my color scheme from the adorable Dragon Tails paper pack from Doodlebug. There are some precious patterns, perfect for a little boy's card. I stamped three different dragons with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink onto a piece of X-Press It Copic blending paper. I used the Copic color match chart to pick my markers. I love how easy this chart makes picking markers to closely match cardstock. Check out a previous post I did that showed an example of this chart, here. I used a dot technique to give the dragons the look of texture and scales. This is any easy thing to do to bring creatures to life. After my images were colored, I used the coordinating "Cut It Out" dies to cut the images. 

Here's a look at the colors that I used:

I cut a piece of plaid paper from the Dragon Tails pack down to size matching the inspiration sketch. I adhered this in place on the card base. I then chose a coordinating piece of gray stock and used a MFT die called Stitched Triple Peek-a-Boo Window & Edge to cut out the circles. I applied foam tape to the back of the gray piece and adhered white cardstock behind the windows. This gave me a more neutral background for the dragons. I adhered each dragon to the windows using a mix of foam tape and tape runner. I wanted certain areas of them to be popped up and others to be flat. Once that piece was completed, I adhered it down to the plaid paper and card base. I grabbed a few different sizes and colors of enamel dots to accent the windows. 

I chose a sentiment from the DRAGON SENTIMENTS stamp set and heat embossed it onto a piece of orange cardstock. I wanted something a little more interesting than a standard banner so I grabbed another MFT die called Fishtail Flag Frames and cut the sentiment out. I like the little frame this die creates. It gives it a little more umpf. To complete the card, I grabbed my glossy accents and highlighted the dragons' little spikes and I also applied some Spectrum Noir clear sparkle to the wings. Here's a closer look at the dimension and details of my card:

Hop over to the Stamping Bella blog and see what the rest of the Design Team created using the MojoBella sketch. There are some amazing designs today! 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 LOVE/WEDDING/ANNIVERSARY card using a CURRENT Stamping Bella Stamp! Hope you join along and create something with us! Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Stamping Bella Stamp of the Month for June

Happy June! I can't believe we are in summer and almost half way through 2017. Good news is a new month brings a new Stamp of the Month over at Stamping Bella. This month's stamp is an adorable Stuffies stamp called ELLIE LOVES PHANT and it's 20% off all month long! I love these little critters and I'm sure you will too! Click the link below for more information. 


This week's challenge was "free form." I stamped the image onto a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper using versafine onyx black ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I decided to use my Tombow markers for a little bit of watercoloring. I applied the marker directly to the paper then used a slightly damp paintbrush to pull the color out. These markers are so blendable with water and I love the contrast you can get with just one color. Here's a closer look of the colored image along with the colors I used. 

I made a conscious decision to go masculine with this design. So I chose to focus on the image and keep everything else simple. I selected a piece of blue striped paper and I cut it down to slightly smaller than an A2 size card. I then pulled out a circle die and cut a window near the top. I applied foam tape to the back of the striped paper and adhered my elephants to the center of the window. This gave it a little more dimension. 

I pulled out a bit of natural twine and wrapped it around the patterned piece securing it with tape on the back. I tied a double bow onto the twine string for added interest and texture. All of this was then adhered to a A2 size card base that I created from a piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. Lastly, for the sentiment I stamped it onto a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper in Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder so that it matched what I had done with the image. 

Here's a better look at the dimension and details on the card. 

Hop over to the Stamping Bella blog and see what the rest of the BellaBabes created with this month's Stamp of the Month. It's so fun to see what all of us come up with for the same stamp. 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 fabulous (MOJO)bella sketch below! Hope you join along and create something with us! Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon! 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bellarific Friday on Saturday - Photo Challenge

Hello Crafters! Today I'm sharing my Bellarific Friday card on Saturday, lol! It's been a crazy week and I finally get to slow down and enjoy this long holiday weekend. This week's challenge was a fabulous photo of a bicycle basket containing some yummy treats. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to use the UPTOWN GIRL FLORA AND HER BICYCLE stamp set. 

My color scheme was inspired by a piece of patterned paper from the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day pad. I really like this pad because it is accented by rose gold foil which is my current obsession. I stamped the image using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink onto a piece of X-press it Copic friendly paper. I then grabbed the following Copics and got to work coloring up the image. 

Once the image was complete, I used a stitched rectangle frame die to cut the piece down to size. I knew I wanted to use this floral paper as my background and when I placed the image down it got a little bit lost. So I decided to mat the image with some rose gold foil cardstock. This helped the image to pop off the patterned paper a bit more. 

I love the sentiment that comes with this set. I stamped it using Versafine Onyx Black ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I cut a little flag banner on one end and matted it with the same rose gold foil that I had used on the image. I liked the way it tied the two together. Before popping up the sentiment with foam tape, I grabbed some peachy hemp twine and tied a little bow on the end of the sentiment strip. For the finishing touches, I added some sparkling clear sequins, Stickles, Glossy Accents and of course my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen. Here's a closer look at the details:

Be sure to click over to the Stamping Bella blog and see what the rest of the BellaBabes came up with using this photo as the 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 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!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Bellarific Friday - Using Kraft Paper

Happy Friday crafters! I'm sooo excited for the weekend! It's been a long week and I'm looking forward to some R&R&Crafting this weekend! Today I'm sharing my card for this week's Bellariffic Friday challenge over at the Stamping Bella Blog which was to use Kraft paper in the design. Here's what I came up with:

I usually use Prismacolor pencils when coloring on Kraft but today I decided to try out my Copics. When using Copics on Kraft you have to test them out first since the color comes out differently than on standard white paper. I found that the colors were duller and more muted. So once I decided which ones to use, I got to work coloring up this adorable stamp called TINY TOWNIE SUSIE THE SUCCULENT. I just love her and the entire line of Garden Girls! They are fun to color and are so versatile. I did decide to go with Prismacolor pencils for her skin since the Copics I typically use for skin disappeared into the Kraft paper. I love the way you can mix both mediums. They work together flawlessly.

Here's a peek of what Copics I used for the image:

After finishing the image, I cut the piece down to size and rounded off the top left corner for a little bit of added interest. I then picked a sentiment from the Garden Girl Flower Sentiments set. I stamped and heat embossed it in proximity to my image. Next, I choose a green stripey piece of cardstock from a great Authentique paper pack called Cheerful. It's such a bright and happy summer pack. I cut the paper down to A2 size and layered my Kraft piece on top. I'm glad I laid it out before adhering because this is when I realized that I needed a little bit more color. 

I grabbed some American Crafts hemp twine in a coordinating pink and wrapped it around the green piece a few times securing it on the back of the panel with some tape. I then tied a double bow and cut the ends down a bit. I adhered everything to my card base and added a few little finishing details. Of course I had to add clear Spectrum Noir sparkle on the succulent bits and then a few little dots with my Nuvo Crystal Drops in Carnation Pink. It perfectly matched the twine!

Here's a closer look at the details:

Hop over to the Stamping Bella blog and see how the rest of the BellaBabes used Kraft paper in their designs. Some of them are AMAZING with pencils on Kraft. 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 challenge. Use the image below to inspire your design. Hope you join along and create something with us! Have an awesome crafty weekend and I'll be back soon!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Orlando 2017

Hello Crafters! A week ago today, my Mom and I attended the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo. I look forward to this show because there are lots of great vendors and the classes are fantastic. I wanted to do a little review/recap of the event along with sharing my haul. So let's jump right in!

Day One - Friday, May 5, 2017

I received a wonderful surprise from my Mom for the Expo. She had taken my Owl Be Crafty logo and had it embroidered onto polos! I can't believe I have official shirts now! So fun!

Anywho, we started Day 1 off with a early morning class taught by Krazy Kreations called "Copic - Intro to Coloring." My mom is just starting out learning to color with Copics so we chose this class for her so that she could get some good basic tips. I share what I have learned with her but it's always great to get more tips and tricks from experts. 

Here's a peek at what we worked on during class:

After class we had some time to shop and grab some lunch before our next workshop which was by Technique Tuesday (taught by Nicole Peterson) called "1, 2, 3...Let's Add Some Interactivity." I was pretty excited about this class because I love to make my cards interactive and I'm always looking for new ways to surprise the card recipient. 

For this class we got to play around with some new products from Technique Tuesday's line of Animal House stamps. These are the cutest stamps and they have some of the punniest sentiments. I later found out that the line is also a monthly subscription. I decided to give it a try so I'll be sharing more of their stamps in the future. 

We learned 5 different interactive techniques during class including slider, spinner, pull tab, pop-up and wobbler. I've made most of these cards before but I enjoyed learning a couple new tips and tricks.

First, if you don't have an action wobbler you can make your own using a piece of wire. You wrap it around a pencil to form a coiled spring and then you can attach it to the card and the image. The owl card below is an example of that. Genius!

We also learned how to make a custom pop up card by making just a few little folds on the inside. No fancy dies or even cutting. You can see below where the little foxes were popped up on the corners. Very easy and fun!

Here's a snapshot of the cards we assembled during class. I still need to add a few sentiments and embellishments but they are almost good to go. Definitely a super unique and fun class!

Our final session of Day 1 was the Latest and Greatest Card Swap. This is a workshop where you make 16 cards in advance based on the given theme. You then get to swap with the other participants in class so that you walk away with 15 new cards. The 16th card is placed on display and the group votes on the "Most Appreciated Card." 

I participated in the swap for the first time last year and I was so nervous! It's scary putting your work out there for others to judge. It was a great experience though and this year I knew more of what to expect. My Mom on the other hand was definitely nervous since it was her first time. I assured her it would be fun and once in there with other crafters she would see it was a supportive not competitive group of ladies. 

For our session the theme was to use the colors purple & yellow OR a "Get Well" or "Thinking of You" card. Here's the cards we made for the swap. I love seeing these side by side because you see our different styles. I am definitely more of a cutesy, clean and modern style and she is totally feminine and shabby chic! Her cards are always so beautiful and delicate looking. I also love her attention to detail with the matching stamp on the envelope. 

We were able to get some pretty neat cards from the other swappers. It's cool getting to see other styles and be inspired by new techniques. There were more than 15 swappers in the workshop so I couldn't get every card. Below are the cards I was able to grab. I especially love the little chicken soup card. Such a cute idea with the foil spoon. 

Day Two - Saturday, May 6, 2017

Day 2 started out really early because we had to line up to receive our golden tickets. These were only given out between 8:00-9:00AM and enabled you to enter into VIP giveaways from some of the Expo vendors. There were some awesome packages available. Unfortuanely, we didn't win but it was still fun finally getting our golden tickets! (I always think about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!)

Our first class on Day 2 was by Heartfelt Creations called Delicate Vellum Florals. I'm not familiar with Heartfelt Creations but learned quickly they have quite the following. Their products are very different from my go to style but it was neat getting to try something new.  I was looking forward to learning more tips on working with vellum and this class did not disappoint. We we taught how to create dimension by using a rounded stylus to roll leaves and flowers on a foam mat. So cool! You can do this not only with vellum but cardstock as well. We also got to work with Prills. I had never heard of these but they are tiny round pearl accents that can glued in the center of flowers for a super cool look. I will definitely be using some of these techniques in the future.

Here's a look at what we made during the class:

Our final workshop of the weekend was from Bee Creative called Watercolor Basics. I love to watercolor and I'm always looking for new mediums to use. My Mom doesn't have that much experience with watercoloring so she was looking forward to learning all sorts of new options for coloring. Our facilitator was the fabulous Karen Bremer. I took a class from her last year and I love her style of teaching. She's funny, laid back and provides the best tricks for crafting. 

In this session we got to play around with Spectrum Noir Aqua markers, Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils, Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens, Gansai Tambi paint pallette, and Tim Holtz Distress crayons. I was excited because I had never used the Aqua markers or AquaBlend pencils before. The markers were pretty neat because they had a super fine tip on one end and a brush nib on the other. Personally I like my Tombow's better, but these are definitely a better price point. I really liked the AquaBlend pencils. They were super easy to blend and gave me the best results. I own a full set of the Derwernt Inktense watercolor pencils and these are just as good. Again, a better price point too. 

I purchased some of the Tim Holtz Distress crayons when they first came out but just couldn't seem to figure out the best way to use them. I was hoping to fall in love with them during this class and maybe learn how to better use them in my crafting.  Unfortunately, I still don't think I'll use them. I love all of the other Distress products especially the Oxide Inks (obsessed!!) but these crayons just don't seem to do it for me. Oh well, I tried! 

As for the other two products we used (Gansai Tambi palette and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens), I own them and love them. The Gansai Tambi palette is so smooth and rich. I also love the gold and pearlized paints for splatter techniques. Definitely worth the cost to have this in your supplies. As for the sparkle pens, if you follow my blog you'll know I can't resist using the clear sparkle pen on almost every card. They provide the best shimmer. Karen showed us how to use these pens with water so create an awesome shimmer effect. I'll definitely try this in the future. 

Here's a peek at the different mediums we played with along with the large floral stamp we got to take home. This will be a great stamp to play around with using the techniques we learned. 

I feel like I learned something new in every workshop we took. It's my favorite part of the Expo. I would definitely recommend taking a class or two if you attend one. It adds to the overall experience. 

My Haul

Of course I couldn't leave out what I purchased! Here's a quick look at my haul:

Because we took classes we did receive some great coupons and freebies from the vendors. Just another perk of the workshops. I spent quite a bit on some Hero Arts stamps & dies from the Bee Creative booth. Hero Arts recently released some sea and ocean themed stamps and I was happy to get my hands on them. I was also able to pick up some MFT and Echo Park dies from the Nicole Peterson booth. She had taught our Interactive class and provide a great coupon. 

The one thing I really love is the ability to buy products I wouldn't normally buy online such as Pink & Main, Eyelet Outlet, Elizabeth Craft Designs, Art Impressions, Rubbernecker Stamps and Queen & Co. I picked up quite a few items from each of those booths. I also was able to pick up some Nuvo Products from Sprinkle & Sparkle. I've been using the Nuvo glue and I love it! It may overtake Multi Medium matte for my favorite sequin adhesive. 

Below I have tried to link to all of the products I picked up just in case you're interested in more details or would like to purchase some for yourself. 

Overall our experience at the Expo this year was fantastic! There's nothing like spending time with my favorite person and doing our favorite activity. It was a nice early Mother's Day extravaganza! I can not wait until 2018 to do it all over again. I think we successfully conquered the Expo!

Until next time carfters! Have a great weekend!