Friday, November 27, 2009

Something funky

I'm a bit late, but I think not many people will notice cause we're not all in the same time zone, lol! It's Bellarific Friday, and I am only posting at the end of the day, as I said, it is in Johannesburg, but luckily in lots of other places the day has only just started.

This week our challenge was a sketch, by our very own Dana. If you have seen the sketch you will know that it was a bit of a challenge for me, cause my card does not look a lot like it should. Sometimes I LOVE sketches and sometimes I am SO challenged by them. Anyone else got that little problem?

I used Suzette Ketto for this week's card, and decided on doing something a little different and funky, cause that's exactly what this image is. I coloured her with prisma pencils and blended with sansador (gamsol or grumtine). Then cut the image with nesties and layered it on nesties. I made some distressed embellishments. I like distressing, but I have to be careful not to get too carried away, lol! It is often very useful to distress if you make a mistake!!

That's pretty much it for this post. I am very glad to be home and so looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up to. I have not had any time yet to catch up and while I was away absolutely no time to visit any blogs. Can anyone tell I am suffering from withdrawal symptoms. Luckily you can't see me shaking, haha!

Go on over to the Bella blog later and go get inspired by all the stunning entries this week. I get so inspired week after week.

Lastly don't forget the Bella party, contest, hop... it's going to be so much fun.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Stamping Bella's Having a Birthday

******* I'm alive and back in the land of the living. My Cape Town trip is over and I have missed out on lots, but more importantly, I need to share some VERY exciting and important news with you all. So read on. ********

Stamping turns 3 on December 7th and we're celebrating with a Birthday Bash contest, blog hop and a new release!!!

Birthday Bash Contest:
We're looking for the most delish creation in Bellaland!!! Let your creativity guide you to create a project that celebrates Bella's 3rd Birthday. You must use only Stamping Bella stamps in your creation and you can choose to use any of the lines that Stamping Bella offers.Upload your project to Splitcoast using the keyword "BELLABDAY3" before the deadline of 10pm EST on Saturday, December 5th. The Bella Babes will scour the gallery for the most delish project in Bellaland. Only projects that are uploaded to the Splitcoast Gallery before the deadline, using the keyword, will be considered for the grand prize.Grand Prize: The winner will receive the entire new release from Stamping Bella, a value of lots of mooooolah!!!!! The winner will also be featured as a Guest Bellarific Babe on Bloggabella during the month of January. The winner will be announced on Bloggabella on December 7th.

Birthday Bash Blog Hop:
You're invited to join the Birthday Bash Blog Hop on Saturday, December 5th. Please use any Stamping Bella images and sentiment for your blog hop post. We’re celebrating all the adorable lines that Stamping Bella has to offer!!! Your post should go live at 10am EST on Saturday, December 5th.

Prizes??? Of course!!!!
Three gift certificates for $100 in Bella Bucks gift certificates will be hidden along the hop, but we’re not telling you where so be sure to leave some love as you hop!!! But wait...there will be another $100 in Bella Bucks given to one random blog hop participant so be sure to sign up for the blog hop on THIS THREAD in the Stamping Bella Forum on Splitcoast. Get all your friends to sign up too because we know they’d love a chance to win a Stamping Bella Shopping Spree! Let’s make this THE BIGGEST Bella blog hop EVAH!!!! The winners will be announced on Bloggabella on Monday, December 7th.

Birthday Bash Release:
Em has an awesome release planned for the Stamping Bella Birthday on December 7th featuring a little bit from MOST of the artists!! So be sure to pop onto Bloggabella on December 7th to see all the new rubbah goodness along with the winners of the Birthday Bash blog hop and contest.

Feel free to add this birthday bash photo to the sidebar on your blog to let everyone know you’re coming to the Bella Birthday Bash! Please link the photo back to THE BIRTHDAY BASH THREAD on Splitcoast for all the Birthday details.

I cannot imagine why anyone would not want to participate, so what are you waiting for!

Friday, November 20, 2009

A Bella and a HUGE house

I have a Bella and a HUGE house to share today. But first, has anyone missed me yet!!? I'm not back, just joining in the Bella fun. I hope you all have too.

This week's theme was anything Bella, any of the Bella characters and there sure are a lot to choose from. I decided to use Savvyshoppabella. Don't you just love those legs that go on forever, wish I had legs like that, lol.

I coloured her with prisma pencils, blended with sansador (gamsol or grumtine), and cut her with a nestie - yeah I know, so what's new. I added some glamour dust with my quickie glue pen, and added a button with a little bow on top. Sorry the photo is a bit dark.

Now for the HUGE house! When I look out of the window of my study this is the house I see, way on top of the hill. The drive way towards the house looks like the great wall of China, lol! I took some pictures yesterday cause I so wanted to share this phenomenon with you all. I know there are lots of big houses everywhere, but this one just looks so interesting. I just looked up at it again now, and I've been blinded by the sun shining on one of the many windows.

Okay maybe it's just me who's fascinated by this, but it is such an interesting house, wish I could see it inside. I wonder if they are going to light it up like a Christmas tree at Christmas time. Of course I can't help but wonder how many little animals' habitat was destroyed with the construction of this monstrosity :-(

Well that's it for today, just had to share that. Have a great Friday!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Such a cutie

That's what this little image is, a real cutie, and I used her for my Bellarific Friday card. It was a wild card this week, so it was really easy to make something, lol!

I got the little lulu stamps a couple months back but have only recently coloured some up. They are so easy to colour, cause there isn't that much to colour :-) Actually at first I thought that was going to make it a lot more difficult, but it actually wasn't. Left more time to make more cards, hehehe.

I coloured Henrietta Lulu with prisma pencils, blended with grumtine (gamsol or sansador) and cut her with a nestie. I used the fiskars threading water border punch for the sides, and I must say I really like that look. Oh the image was mounted on 3D tape.

I have never had a problem with Friday the 13th and have never thought that it was unlucky at all, but I got a call at 5am this morning from an unknown number, it turned out to be my mother, who is on holiday with a friend. She phoned to tell me that they had been robbed while they were sleeping. It is so sad that one cannot even go on holiday here, even then you are a target! So I am not feeling too cheerful right now and don't have much more to say.

There is one bright side to this day, it is my friend Paula's birthday, one of our super super talented Bella Babes. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAULA. I hope you have a wonderful day and a great trip to the Niagara falls!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cake Anyone

I am going to be short and sweet, yeah really, promise.

This is another super cute image from Stamping Bella, called cheffa HUGGABUG. I LOVE the huggabugs, probably as much as I love Stella... shhhoooo... don't tell Stella, lol! They are designed by Christy Croll, if you have some time go visit her blog, she is an amazing artist. Any chance of some more huggabubs Christy?

I coloured my little chef with prisma pencils, blended it with grumtine (gamsol or sansador), cut a nestie frame and framed it, added a bit of glitter, and some brads. That was pretty much it, easy, short and sweet.

Well I told you I was going to be quick tonight, it's 11:09pm and I want to go get my beauty sleep. There is no rain, which means no thunder and lightning, which should mean - YEAH, a good night's sleep, whooohoo.

Hope you haven't forgotten about the Bella challenge for this week, it's that wild card remember, you can do whatever you like!

..............night sleep tight

Sunday, November 8, 2009

I can't sew

I cannot sew to save my life, so please don't look at my sewing on this card too closely. Actually I don't think one can miss it, lol! I went somewhat skew, and the funny thing is, usually the cards look better in real life, which is true in this case too, cause this photo makes it look SO much worse than it really is. Honest!!!

For this card I used a sketch my fellow Bella Babe Paula used some time ago. I have been eyeing it for ages now, and finally today I decided to use it. I also decided to enter this card in for the Crafty Catz challenge, this week their theme is dottie. See all the dots on my card, if you can draw your eyes away from my sewing, you'll see it, honest.

The image is a reasonably new one from Stamping Bella called Henriette Lulu. There are a few of them in the range, and they are just adorable. Go see, but be warned you will want them, all! I coloured the image with prismacolor pencils, blended it with grumtine (gamsol or sansador), and cut it with a round nestie. The sewing was done with my mother's sewing machine, and I love sewing on cards, just don't do it often cause 1. I'm bad at it, and 2. the sewing room is upstairs and my hobby room is down stairs. Lazy, I know.

This week's theme at the Bellaland is ANYTHING - ** A WILD CARD **. Isn't that cool, you can do whatever your little heart desires. I love the idea, except now I have to think.

That's it from me for tonight, I am ready for bed, and the thunder is not fun at all. We get really bad thunder hear in Jo'burg, and even though I should be used it, after ALL these years, lol, it still frightens me.

Sweet dreams, when you get there.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Tangled Stella

It's Friday, and this week I am REALLY happy to say that. It's just been one of those weeks where I could've stayed in bed rather than having to face life. No particular reason, everything is just hunky dory, but I was just so not in the mood.

This week's theme for da Bellarific Friday was Christmas/Winter. I went with Christmas and used Tangled Stella. I love Stella, she is my most favourite of the Stamping Bella range.

I coloured Stella and her lights with my prisma pencils and blended it with grumtine (gamsol or sansador). I cut her out with an oval nestie and matted the image on a scalloped oval nestie. What was card making life like before nesties came along! I added some extra effects with my glaze pen and glamour dust with my quickie glue pen, and that's pretty much it.

I guess I got to be off and try face the world again... work is waiting, funny how it never gets tired of waiting and goes away, lol!!

Now hop on over and go see all the gorgeous designs by my fellow Bella Babes and of course all of you, I hope you participated.

Enjoy your weekend.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Here comes the bride!

and NO it is definitely not me... LOL!!!

My cousin phoned me and asked for a wedding card. This is what I came up with. I have to admit formal style cards are a HUGE challenge for me. I never know what to do to make it formal, and to stick to white only, like I've done here, is also a challenge. I sure hope she likes the card, if not, there are luckily shops who sell them, hehehe.

This stamp is from Stamping Bella and it's called Bridalpartybellas. I coloured the image with my prismalcolor pencils, blended it with grumtine (gamsol or sansador), added lots of glamour dust with my quickie glue pen, it's a wedding card, it has to have lots of shine doesn't it. I used the swiss dot cuttlebug template again, told you I loved it. The border was done with a martha stewart punch. Lastly the sentiment is also from Stamping Bella, perfect isn't it.

Did any of you do the blog hop!? I did, it was such fun and I got so much inspiration. I also enjoyed 'meeting' so many new crafters. It seems there are loads of us out there. Probably a good thing or no-one would be making loads of craft products now would they.

That wraps up this post. It's Sunday night again, and it's November already, unbelievable how fast the time goes. I wonder if we'll ever figure out why. It's strange how we never have enough time yet we have all these time saving devices.

Have a great week.


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