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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bellarific Friday - MojoBella Sktech

Hello Crafters! Happy Bellarific Friday on Sunday! It's been a busy week and I'm finally able to sit down and blog this adorable card featuring one of the Stamping Bella stamps from the Fall release called SQUIDGY WITCHY TRICK OR TREATER. Isn't she just the cutest? This week we were challenged with a nice sketch from MojoBella. Here's my take on the sketch:

I stamped the image using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink onto X-Press It Blending card. I selected my colors by using the Doodlebug Paper pack called October 31st. I love the mix of lime greens, purples and teals in that pack. After coloring up the little witch, I die cut the image with a standard Square die. I decided to add accents of Firefly Green stickles to her hair, Gold Stickles to the buckle on her hat and orange stickles to the eyes & inside of the pumpkin. She needed a little more sparkle so I coated her dress with Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen. 

Here's the Copic colors I used. (The two yellow missing labels are Y38 & Y35)

Before I started coloring, I selected the 5 different pattern papers I was going to use from two Halloween Doodlebug paper pads: October 31st and Boos & Brews. I cut a stitched square that was just a tad lager than my image from plaid paper. For the for other squares, I used My Favorite Things Mod Square die. I love these dies as they have two rounded corners and two standard corners. It provides so many different looks based on how you turn the squares. The rectangle one is pretty neat too!

I lined up the 4 background squares and adhered them to a slate gray card base. I applied foam tape to the center panel and popped it up on the card. For the sentiment, I used one from the Stamping Bella Fall Sentiment set. I stamped it in versamark clear ink onto a piece of black cardstock. I then used Ranger purple embossing powder and heat set it. I decided to cut the sentiment apart and stagger them on the left hand side of the image panel. To finish it off, I added a few enamel dots in corresponding colors.

Here's a closer look including that wonderful shine from the Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen. It's always hard to capture but I got it this time!

Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog to how the other Bellas interpreted the MojoBella sketch. 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 Challenge is to use CIRCLES. It can be with dies, punches, images, etc. Use your imagination and have fun! I hope you all have a fantastic week! Be back soon!

(P.S. Inlinkz the service I used for my product links is going out of business. I'm in the process of trying to find a new service. The one that is replacing Inkinkz is not user friendly. Once I find one I promise the links will be back! Thanks for your patience!)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy Stamping Bella Holiday Release Day!!

Hello Crafters! Today is the day! All of the new Stamping Bella holiday images are available in the Stamping Bella store! Get your list ready and go shopping! I have mine and I can't wait to get my hands on some of these precious and festive images. Did I mention there is a 15% off coupon code that you can use towards your new stamps?!? Scroll to the bottom to get it!

I wanted to share one last card from the new release. This is a gorgeous Tiny Townie stamp called RITA and her REINDEER. She's sooo sweet!

I colored Rita using my Copic markers. I used a stippling or dot technique to give her scarf the appearance of being fluffy. I could picture these two out in the snow and thought she definitely needed a warm scarf. After coloring her, I used a MFT Mod Rectangle die to cut out the image. Next I stamped the sentiment, using this perfect one from the new HOLIDAY SENTIMENTS set. It fit perfectly in the space right below her leg.

My color inspiration for this card came from the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter collection. I just loved the blues, teals and grays. So I decided to use one of the papers to mat the image. I cut it using a larger MFT Mod Rectangle die and popped up the image using foam tape. My card base is made from a soft navy cardstock and I decided to pop up the plaid piece as well. This gave the card a nice layered look.

For the finishing touches, I coated her hat and boots with Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen, added yellow Stickles to the star, and applied Glossy Accents to the reindeer's nose and hooves. Here's a closer look at some of the details:

Copic Colors: Reindeer - E29, E27, E25, E23, E77, E74, E71, C9, C6, C4; BG75, BG72, BG70; Star - Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11
Girl - E000, E00, E02, R20, YR23, YR21, E51, BG13, BG11, BG10, BG57, BG53, C5, C3, C1, C0

So go pop over to the Stamping Bella store and get shopping! Don't forget to use the code joy2017 for 15% off! Happy shopping! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Stamping Bella Holiday Release Sneak Peek #5!

Hello Crafters! Today I have two more cards to share with a final sneak peek of the new Stamping Bella which will be available tomorrow! Eeek! I can't wait to get my hands on some of these adorable new images. Both cards today use the spunky and fun LITTLE BITS SET OF ELVES. This set has three different elves and some fun accessories to pair with them. Also, available are the Cut It Out coordinating dies and remember if you bundle them you save 15%! So onto the first card!

I drew my color inspiration from the Doodlebug paper pack Santa's Workshop. It's full of greens, red, pinks and teal. Such a fun Christmas combo! I colored each elf with my Copic markers keeping a coordinating flow between each of their outfits, think 90's boy band or girl group, lol! I thought the sentiment would look nice almost as a ground shadow so I stamped right below the images and colored a shadow above it. This sentiment is from the new HOLIDAY SENTIMENTS set. 

 I cut the image down to size using a stitched rectangle die and matted it with a scalloped rectangle die cut from a patterned paper in my inspiration pack. I then covered the card base with a polka dot paper that brought all of the colors together. I mounted the image piece popping it up with foam tape. For the finishing touches, I used my go to Marvey Snow Pen for their hats, Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to some of their outfits, tiny rhinestones on the gingerbread man and finally Glossy Accents on the ornament after a heavy coat of the sparkle pen. 

Here's a better look:

Copic Colors: Skin - E31, E50, E00, E20; Clothes - YG01, YG03, YG05, BG15, BG13, BG11, RV17, RV14, RV13;
Candy Cane - R39, R37, R35, C1, C00; Ornament - G07, G05, G03, Y18, Y13; Gingerbread - E57, E34, E13, E31

I couldn't get enough of these elves so I decided to make an easy little card using the LITTLE BITS SET OF ELVES and SANTA’S SNACK set. I created the scene by masking the milk, cookies and note and then added my little elf to hold the note. I colored him up with my Copic markers using traditional Christmas colors. I wanted to create a tag card so I die cut the image using a dotted tag die. I selected a coordinating plaid paper from Lawn Fawn and die cut the tag again. I mounted the second tag to the first with foam tape skewing it slighting so that it would peek out from under the top tag. I then grabbed red and green twine and tied a little bow on the tags.

For the background, I went with a solid red card base and did tone on tone stamping with a simple background stamp from MFT. I next mounted the tags with additional foam tape onto the card base. For the finishing touches, I again used the Marvey Snow pen for the fuzzy bit on his hat and I had to apply Glossy Accents to the little glass. Here's a closer look:

Copic Colors: R39, R35, R37, G19, G07, G05, G03, E00, E51, E31, T2, T1, 0, E57, E35, E31, E40, BG0000

Click below to check out the Stamping Bella blog for one last sneak peek leading up to the HUGE holiday release on Tuesday, October 10th! That's TOMORROW!! Remember this is also your last chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the shop. Just leave a comment on the post on the Stamping Bella blog in the link below. I'll be back tomorrow for a bonus post!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Stamping Bella Holiday Release Sneak Peek #4!

Hello Crafters! Today's sneak peek is full of Santa images and the cutest reindeer EVER!! When I saw these little creatures, I just knew I had to stamp a gazillion of them. Okay well maybe not a gazillion but definitely 9! First up is the  LITTLE BITS Santa’s GIFTS set. 

Ahhh! I can't even with these reindeer! They are just so darn cute. I stamped out 9 little reindeer and I wanted to color each one a different brown so I decided to reference this awesome chart that the wonderful Marker Geek created. If you haven't heard of Marker Geek, where have you been? She's the talented gal who colors all of the Stamping Bella sample images and she's AWESOME! 

After coloring every little reindeer, I fussy cut each one. Let me tell you, this was not a quick and easy task. The good news is that the Cut It Out dies will be available so you will not have to labor like I did, lol! Once they were cut out, I took a Memento black marker and ran it around the edges you that the images looked like I cut perfectly. This is a great little tip to hide any mistakes while cutting. I also stamped and colored Santa, his sled and the presents and fussy cut each one. I then arranged them and adhered them together. 

Next I focused on the background. First, I cut a piece of Bristol smooth white cardstock then I pulled out Distress Oxide inks in Black Soot, Faded Jeans and Wilted Violet and ink blended them using a round foam tool. I love these inks and they blend like butter especially on the Bristol paper. After getting the look I wanted, I pulled out Copic opaque white and an old paint brush. I put a little bit of the opaque white on an acrylic block and added a little bit of water. I then used the paint brush to flick splatters onto the background. This is my favorite way to add "snow" or "stars" to background scenes.

Once my background was complete, I started to arrange Santa and his reindeer. The card base is 4x6 as I needed a bit more space than an A2 size to fit the scene. Once I had the images in place, I adhered all of the reindeer flat and added a bit of foam tape to the sled and Santa. I wanted to somehow connect the reindeer to the sled so I pulled out a spool of then gold thread. Next I carefully and meticulously glued and connected the thread to each little reindeer with Multi medium matte glue. Once that had dried, I stuck red and green gems to each one. 

I wasn't quite sure how to incorporate a sentiment, so I decided to go simple and cut Ho Ho Ho from a alphabet die in gold foil paper. I thought my Santa was missing something so for the finishing touch, I added Stickles Frosted Lace to his hat and coat. Let me tell you, this was not a quick card to make. I spent quite a bit of time getting it right but I'm so happy with the outcome! Here's a better look at all of the little details. 

Copic Colors: Sled - R39, R46, R24, R14, E27, Y26, Y13, Y11; Presents - YG09, YG06, YG00, Y17, Y15, Y11, BG18, BG13, BG11, B26, B28, B24;
Santa - R39, R46, R24, E11, E02, E00, T9, T7, T5, T2, T1, T0; Snow - C1, B0000, 0; Reindeer - See link above to Marker Geek's Chart!

Next up is the fantastic LITTLE BITS SANTA and his CHIMNEY set. What Emily AKA Stamping Bella has done is create tons of options. For example, you can create your own scenes using Little Bits sets or buy them already put together with the Littles set. For example, you can purchase the LITTLES  SANTA has ARRIVED set and not have to piece everything together like I did below. You choose whatever option makes the most sense for your crafting style and time.

I stamped and colored the Santa and chimney images with Copics. I then fussy cut each image and ran a black Memento marker around the edge. I added Marvey Snow marker to Santa's hat and coat and heat set it to create a puffy look. I'm just loving this for all my holiday cards!

Here's a look at the Copics I used for this image:

For the background, I ink blended Black Soot and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink to create a night sky. I then ran the piece through my Big Shot using the MFT Snowfall Vertical background die to create the snowy backdrop. For the roof top snow, I cut two pieces of white card stock using MFT Snow Drifts die. I created a A2 size top folding card base from a piece of 110 lb cardstock. I adhered the snowy night scene and before adhering the snow drifts, I stamped and embossed a sentiment from an older Stamping Bella set called RUDOLPH, THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, AND THE CHICKS. Once everything for the background was in place, I slid in Santa and his Chimney. To complete the scene I added Stickles icicles to the snow mounds. Here's a better look at the dimension:

Click below to check out the Stamping Bella blog where everyday this week there will be more sneak peeks leading up to the HUGE holiday release on Tuesday, October 10th! Today's peeks from the Design Team are sooo cute! See you tomorrow for another sneak peek!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Stamping Bella Holiday Release Sneak Peek #3!

Hello Crafters! I'm back today with another sneak peek from the upcoming Stamping Bella holiday release! The Design Team doesn't get to see every stamp for the release so I look forward to seeing the release countdowns each day. It's a little like Christmas morning, lol! Today's peek is full of the cutest stamps ever which include Squidgys, those mischievous Chicks and this adorable TINY TOWNIE FRIDA. I also used a sentiment from the HOLIDAY SENTIMENTS set. This is a must have set with tons of great phrases.

When I first saw this stamp, I knew I wanted to put these two in a snowy scene. What better way to do that then to create a shaker card! I stamped and colored the image using my Copic markers. I added some details to the snowman's scarf using a white gel pen and sparkles to her skirt with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen. 

Next I focused on creating my shaker window. I started by trimming down the image piece to just smaller than an A2 size card. I then die cut a piece of striped paper using a stitched frame die from MFT. I trimmed down a piece of acetate to fit within the frame and adhered it using a tape runner. I then cut foam tape into small strips to fit just within the frame size. I doubled it up so that my shaker bits would really shake around. I loaded up the window with Stampendous Shaved Ice glitter. It's a bit more iridescent than I was expecting but it seemed to match the colors pretty good. I adhered the image panel to the back of the frame sandwiching the glitter and completing my shaker piece. 

I adhered the entire shaker piece to a green card base. For the sentiment, I stamped "warm wishes" onto red card stock and then used a Lawn Fawn Fancy Folded Banner die to create this neat pop-up 3-D banner. Here's a closer look at the card:

Copic Colors: Snowman - B0000, B000, BV000, 0, G19, G14, G05, T7, T5, T3, R29, R24, R27, YR18, YR15, YR12;
Girl - E000, E00, E02, R20, E57, E13, E34, E31, R85, R83, R81, YG25, YG23, YG21, Y17, T5, T3, BG11, BG13, BG15

Click below to check out the Stamping Bella blog where everyday this week there will be more sneak peeks leading up to the HUGE holiday release on Tuesday, October 10th! Enjoy the awesomeness from the rest of the Bella Babes! See you tomorrow for another sneak peek!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Stamping Bella Holiday Release Sneak Peek #2!

Hi Crafters! Today I have not one, not two, not three but FOUR sneak peeks to share with you. Warning: This is a heavy photo blog post! The stamp sets that I'll be sharing today are the FIREPLACE BACKDROP, LITTLE BITS: SANTA’S MANTLE, LITTLE BITS Santa kids and PETS, and LITTLES-GINGERBREAD GIRL. Let me tell you, the Little Bit collections and backdrops are so much fun to play with. The combinations are endless and I truly enjoy creating fun little scenes. First up is a card that uses three of sets and allows you to peek into the scene before opening the card. It's a fun surprise for the recipient.

I started by coloring the fireplace scene with Copic markers. This was not a quick color, lol! I think it took me about an hour to complete. I tried to focus on the little details like the wood plank floor, texture in the carpet, and the personalize photos on the wall. Next I stamped all of the individual elements and colored and fussy cut each one. I didn't want a white border because it needed to blend in seamlessly with the background. In case you didn't do the perfect cut, be sure to run a black marker around the edges. This helps make the images look like you are an expert cutter! 

I wanted to give the fuzzy parts of the stockings and the hats some texture so I pulled out my Snow pen. This was one of my favorite purchases from last year. You color on the marker and then use your heat tool to puff it up. You think watching embossing powder set is magical, then you HAVE to try this pen! It's truly spectacular, lol!

After coloring and adhering the inside of the card, I turned my focus to the front. I cut a top folding A2 size card base from 110lb white card stock. I then grabbed a brick wall stencil and taped it down to my craft sheet. I pulled out several different brownish red Copics and decided to use my Copic airbrush machine to create the look of old bricks. I really love how this turned out! Next, I grabbed a window die and positioned it so that when you looked inside you would see parts of the scene. I ran the card through my die cut machine but made sure to open it up so it didn't cut straight through the back of the card. The window die came with some accessories such as shutters so I decided to use them all to create a three dimensional element. I adhered everything into to place including the inside piece and of course couldn't resist adding stickles and glossy accents to a few areas. 

Here are some better looks at all of the little details:

 Copic Colors: Garland - G85, G43, G46, R89, R39, R32, R35; Wall - E19, E09, E27

Copic Colors: Fireplace - E19, E09, E13, E55, E53, W7, W6, W5, W4, W2; Mantle - E29, E31, E34, W5, W4;
Fire - YR09, YR04, Y19, Y13, Y15;  Logs - E47, E44, E34, E30; Rug - R37, R35, R39, G46, G46, G40;
Floor - E37, E33, E31, W2; Wall - E53, E51, E50; Frames - Y28, Y26, Y23;
Cat - YR27, YR24, YR21, YR23; Dog - T7, T5, T3; Hats - R39; R37; R35

Next up was a super simple card made with the LITTLE BITS SANTA KIDS AND PETS set. These little kids are so adorable! I colored them up with my Copics and then used a double stitched oval die to cut them out. I recently bought a jar of WOW! White Puff embossing Powder and decided to try it on their hats. This powder has larger granules than your standard embossing powder so you have to heat set it first from the back so you don't blow it off your image. I applied versamark ink by using a versamark pen. I did have to do two coats of the puff powder to ensure full coverage. I don't hate the look but I definitely like the look of the snow marker better. I think the puff powder would look great sprinkled on trees in a nature scene, something where you don't need full coverage.

I chose a pretty blue cardstock and used a scalloped oval die to create a mat for the kids. For the background, I cut a piece of holiday patterned paper down to size and matted it with the same blue cardstock. I wanted  texture so I grabbed a coordinating ruched blue ribbon and wrapped it around the back panel before adhering it to my card base. I popped up the oval panel on the center of the ribbon. For the finishing touch, I add a little enamel heart in between the kids. Here's a closer look at the puff powder and other details:

Copic Colors: Skin - E00, E000, E02; Girl Hair - Y28, Y26, Y23, Y21; Boy Hair - E57, E33, E35;
Girl Clothes - RV17, RV14, RV13; Boy Clothes - B04, B06, B01, BG11, BG13, BG15

For today's last card, I used the LITTLES-GINGERBREAD GIRL stamp. What is neat about the Littles line is that the images are already put together for you. Easy peasy! You can build this same scene using the LITTLE BITS SANTA KIDS AND PETS set as well as the LITTLE BITS ELF set which will be shown later this week. But if you don't have the time or patience for masking, I definitely recommend using the pre-made Littles sets.  

After coloring up the image, I pulled out the snow marker again and created that awesome fluffy look on the hats and the dress. Next, I cut the image out leaving a small white border all around it. Now, if you don't have the time or patience for fussy cutting, almost all of these Littles and Little Bit images have coordinating Cut it Out Dies. Emily AKA Stamping Bella really thinks of everything!

Next I focused on my background. I decided to create a snow globe shaker card by using a arch die and free cutting a base. I backed the globe portion with fun patterned paper and filled the shaker window with a mix of seed beads, sequins, star, confetti and snowflakes. Before adhering the snow globe base which I cut from foil paper, I tied a piece of twine around it to give it a little something extra. I then popped that up right on the edge of the window. 

I adhered the image under the popped up base making sure it was center in the globe. For the sentiment, I die cut the word merry from red cardstock and the heat embossed Christmas in white onto a piece of black cardstock. I trimmed this down and then applied both of the words to the top of the card. Here's a better look at the card and all of the dimension and texture. I just love it!

Copic Colors: Skin - E02, E00, E000; Hair - E29, E25, E31; Dress & Hat - R29, R17, R14, T5, T3;
Cat - YR27, YR24, YR23, YR21; Cookie - E95, E93, E97, E99, W5, W2, W1;
Candy - YG17, YG25, YG21, YG23, R29, R17, R14, BG0000, BG01

Click below to check out the Stamping Bella blog where everyday this week there will be more sneak peeks leading up to the HUGE holiday release on Tuesday, October 10th! Enjoy the awesomeness from the rest of the Bella Babes! See you tomorrow for another sneak peek!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Stamping Bella Holiday Release Sneak Peek #1!

Hello Crafters! Today I have something super fun to share...a sneak peek from the upcoming Stamping Bella Holiday Release!! You guys are going to LOVE the cuteness in this release. I had so much fun working with the new images and I can't wait for you to see it all!

First up is a beautiful backdrop stamp appropriately named WINTER backdrop and the most adorable stamp ever called  LITTLE BITS “WINTER TREE” and “DEERBALL." 

The second I saw the "Deerball" I knew I had to make him slide down the hill! I started by coloring the Deer and the background using my Copic markers. I then fussy cut the deer, leaving a small white border around him. I trimmed down the background panel to just smaller than an A2 size card base so that I could have a border around the entire image. I selected a sentiment from another Stamping Bella set called OWLIVER that I felt went perfectly with this card. I heat it embossed it just over the little house.

Before adhering the panel down, I grabbed a Lawn Fawn slider die and positioned it onto the hill. I ran this through my die cut machine and voila a nice little channel for my Deer to roll down. Next, I pulled out a spin & slide disc from MFT and adhered it to the back of my Deer. I positioned the disc into the slider track and then adhered a small circle I had punched out from white card stock on the other side of the disc. This now allows the deer to spin and slide up and down the slider channel.

Next I applied a double layer of foam tape to the back of the background piece being careful to leave enough space around the slider channel. I find that a double layer of foam tape ensures that the image will slide more freely. Once that was complete, I attached a piece of plain white cardstock to the back so that the white would help make the slider channel blend into the background. Then I placed tape runner all over the panel and adhered it to my card base which was covered with piece of navy subtly patterned cardstock. 

For the finishing touches, I added some clear stickles to the snow back to give it a glistening feel. I also used  Frosted Lace stickles to add a snow effect on the roof top and trees. I love the way this looks when it dries. Instant snow!

Here's a look at the little Deerball in action!


Click below to check out the Stamping Bella blog where everyday this week there will be more sneak peeks leading up to the HUGE holiday release on Tuesday, October 10th! I'll be back tomorrow with another sneak peek for you! 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bellarific Friday - Photo & Color Inspiration

Hello Crafters! I'm so happy to be back with another Bellarific Friday post. The last week and a half has been a bit stressful. I'm in Orlando and was affected by Hurricane Irma. We lost power for four days and are finally getting back to some normalcy. For me that means spending some time in my craft room. This week's challenge for Bellarific Friday was a gorgeous color combo. I picked up the new TINY TOWNIE GARDEN GIRL CHRYSANTHEMUM and could not wait to color her. She was one of my favorites from the new release and did not disappoint. 

I stamped the image using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink onto a piece of X-Press It blending card. This is my go-to combination for coloring with Copics. I chose colors based on the photo and layered them on her dress and hat. When selecting what colors to place next to each other, I made sure that if they overlapped they wouldn't create a muddy color. For example, I kept the yellow away from the purple. These two colors create a really ugly brown. The purple, blue and pink all blend nicely and actually look better mixed a bit. For her skin tone, I didn't use my go to colors and tried something a bit darker. I thought this went really well with the bright colors. I also used one of the new to me florescent colors. I love these and just need to figure out the best combos to use them. The FV2 went really well with BV04 and BV02.

Here's a look at all of the colors I used. 

Once I finished the coloring, I fussy cut around the image leaving a small white border. If you don't like fussy cutting, you can purchase the coordinating "Cut It Out" die and it would produce the same look. I wanted the little image to be the center of the card so I decided to go with a graphic and simple background. I grabbed cardstock that corresponded with the photo colors and die cut them using a long stitched rectangle die. I then adhered them to the card base in a pattern that I thought would work best. I popped up the girl using foam tape and adhered her into place. I chose a sentiment from another Stamping Bella stamp and stamped it into place on the yellow rectangle. 

I thought it needed just a little bit of bling and chose three different colors of enamel dots to highlight the sentiment. Now you know I can't forget the sparkle! I grabbed Copic Spica markers in coordinating colors and added sparkle dots to each layer of petals. I also used my clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to smooth out the dots. It's super hard to capture on camera, but in real life it's sparkly, textured and gorgeous! 

Here's a closer peek:

Be sure to check out the Stamping Bella blog to see all of the colorful cards the rest of the Bella Babes created. I seriously love this color combo and will definitely use it again! 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 Challenge is to use CHOCOLATE! Yes, that's right, chocolate. It can be a chocolate stamp, chocolate paper, white chocolate paper, chocolate patterned paper, whatever inspires you! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I'll be back soon!

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!