Monday, September 1, 2014

Polished to Perfection - SSSC234

Today's card is a birthday card for a lovely young lady who loves purple, pink, teal and manicures!  I love making cards with the recipient's "loves" in mind.  The sketch is Karen's SSSC234 but I changed the circle element to an oval to fit the image.



I stamped Polished to Perfection onto Bella's Bestest paper with Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured her with copics.  I added a generous amount of crystal effects to the nail polish bottle for shine.


For the sentiment strip I just repeated the stamp "Happy Birthday" in Grape Jelly ink and added a trio of buttons along the edge, as in the sketch.  I added a bit of bling with a teal brad in the middle button, because you can't have too much bling!


On the inside I did my fav fishtail flags in co-ordinating papers.


Here are the copics I used.


Cheerio.....Leslie

Stamps:  Polished to Perfection (MFT), LJD Birthday Greetings (MFT)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, Grape Jelly (MFT), copics
Paper:  Bella's Bestest paper, retired SU designer paper, Taken with Teal (SU), Lovely Lilac (SU), Pixie Pink (SU)
Other:  Oval STAX 1 & 2 die-namic (MFT), Fishtail Flags die-namic (MFT), Lattice embossing folder, buttons, twine, rhinestone brad (SU), crystal effects

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bellariffic Friday - Sketch 17

It's Bellariffic Friday and this week we had another sketch which I loved.


It was a fairly easy sketch and I tweaked the banner just slightly. 

 
I stamped Uptown Girl Faith the Fairy onto Bella's Bestest paper with Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured her with copics.  I used a circle nestie to cut her out and then popped her up along with the banner.  To soften the white edges I sponged some distress ink and of course used my Wink of Stella pen for some "fairy dust"!
 
 
On the inside I kept it simple because the sentiment that comes with Faith was perfect on its own.
 
 
Here are the copics I used.

 

Be sure to check out the rest of the BellaBabes and the Sistah's cards for this week on Blogabella.  Next week's Bellariffic Friday challenge is an easy one - PAPER PIECING - which I love to do.  It's easy to play along - just ink up any current (check the website) Stamping Bella image, and email your card to Emily by next Thursday for a chance to win some Bella Bucks. 

Cheerio.....Leslie

Stamps:  Faith the Fairy, Make a Wish (sentiment on front, MFT)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Tea Dye", copics
Paper:  Bella's Bestest paper, Certainly Celery (SU)
Other:  Circle nestie, First Place Award Ribbon die-namic (MFT), Wink of Stella pen

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy Anniversary Diane and Rick!

This is another special order card - for a 26th wedding anniversary.  When I looked up that anniversary it said the colour was lavender so that was my starting point.


I used my new Big Numbers (I know these are going to be well used) die-namic, cut out two of each number and glued them together for a bit more stability.  I covered them with my Wink of Stella pen to give them some glitter and then a generous layer of crystal effects.  I love the end result!


The background is embossed with the fishnet stencil and I added the "26" to a circle and then over a paper doily.  It seemed to be missing something so I added a flower, then another and then another!



The sentiment is stamped on vellum and just wrapped around the card base.  I am really happy how this came together and wish Diane and Rick many more years of happiness!

Cheerio.....Leslie

Stamps:  CS About Anniversaries (MFT) Ink:  Steel Gray ink (MFT) Paper:  Bella's Bestest paper, Grape Jelly (MFT), Grapesicle (MFT), vellum paper Other:  Big Numbers die-namic (MFT), circle nestie, doily, flowers (SU), wink of stella, crystal effects,

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sweet Sunday Motorcycle - SSSC233


It was a lazy Sunday morning here so I played along with Karen's SSSC233
 
 
This card is for a man so I couldn't go all girly with buttons or bows so for the circle and flower part of the sketch I used the number 50.  The strip across is from Blueprints 1 and I thought it looked a bit like a road for the motorcycle.  I cut the 50 from Big Numbers and popped them up for some dimension.
 
 
On the inside I used the retro squares die-namic in some co-ordinating paper and then just stamped off once with the chocolate chip ink to give the motorcycle a lighter look.


Cheerio.....Leslie

Stamps:  Diagonal Stripes background (MFT), Motorcycle (unknown)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip (SU), Grout Gray (MFT)
Paper:  Bella's Bestest paper, Chocolate Chip (SU), BoBunny "Welcome Home"
Other:  Blueprints 1 die-namic (MFT), Big Numbers die-namic (MFT), Retro Squares die-namic (MFT)

Friday, August 22, 2014

BIG SALE at Stampingbella ... and Bellariffic Friday - Inspiration 9


It's Bellariffic Friday but before I get to the challenge for this week Emily is having a big sale!  25% off everything!!  Click here to check out the details.  Now is the perfect time to get all those images on your wish list....and at 25% off!!  Okay, back to our inspiration photo for this week.
 
 
You might have spied my card "in progress" on last week's Bellariffic Friday post photo of the messy table :)
 
 
I used several of the colours from the inspiration photo for my card.  Again, I was just playing at the time and didn't keep track of the exact colours of my sprays.  I started by spraying a few different colours of Dylusions sprays over the Sun Ray stencil and of course my new fav, crème brulee cream as the final spray for the perfect sunshine sparkle. 
 
 
Then I stamped Seniorita Harriet onto Bella's Bestest paper with Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured her with copics.  I fussy cut her out and popped her up so she looks like she's just floating in the water.  I added some glossy accents to her glasses...wait, are those glasses or goggles? :)
 
 
Be sure to check out the rest of the BellaBabes and the Sistah's cards for this week on Blogabella.  Next week's Bellariffic Friday challenge is Sketch 17.

It's easy to play along - just ink up any current (check the website) Stamping Bella image, and email your card to Emily by next Thursday for a chance to win some Bella Bucks. 

Cheerio.....Leslie

Stamps:  Seniorita Harriet, PI Hula Girl (sentiment)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, copics
Paper:  Bella's Bestest paper,
Other:  Fishtail Flags Layers STAX die-namic (MFT), Sunray stencil (MFT), Dylusions sprays, Crème Brulee Cream spray (Lindys Stampgang)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sweet Sunday Butterflies - SSSC232

I really liked the card Tracy made (click here to see it) for Karen's SSSC232 so I decided to CASE it slightly, starting with rotating the sketch.  


I used my Insert it Insta-Frame die for the layered piece and popped up the butterfly on top.  I love these butterflies and love the look of a vellum one behind the intricate cut one.  Of course I had to give it a spray of Crème Brulee Cream mist for some sparkle and folded the wings gently for some dimension.


I finished it off with the sentiment and a little flag banner on the left.  I left off the button from the sketch as these will be mailed and Canada Post doesn't like buttons!  These came together so quickly that I made three - now I'm all set for the rest of this month's birthday cards!

Cheerio.....Leslie

Stamps:  LJD Birthday Greetings
Ink:  Steel Grey (MFT)
Paper:  Baja Breeze (SU), Fancypants "Parkbench", vellum
Other:  Fancy Butterflies die-namic (MFT), Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX die-namic (MFT), Insert it Insta Frame die-namic (MFT), Crème Brulee Cream spray

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bellariffic Friday - Sketch 16


It's Bellariffic Friday and this week we had another sketch to work with. 


I went TOTALLY out of my comfort zone on this one!
 
 
I have recently returned from a wonderful visit with my friends Danabella and Karen Motzabella!  Dana pulled out all her fun stamping stuff including new sprays and textured pastes which I have been intrigued with.  We spent most of one day getting messy and dirty - just look at Dana's thumbs...

 
...and if her hands weren't bad enough just look at the table!
 
 
I had so much fun just playing and getting messy that I didn't keep a list of exactly what I used to make my card.  I can't remember the exact colours, companies, etc., but it included a stencil, textured paste, distress inks and Lindy's Stampgang sprays.  I stamped the sentiment  from Uptown Girl Maybelline Loves Mail onto Bella's Bestest paper  and embossed it with black embossing powder.  I then sponged some distress ink around the oval and added a rhinestone to each side.
 
 
The background was made with the stencil and some textured paste.  After it was dry I sponged it with some distress inks and then put the stencil back on and gave it a final spray with Crème Brulee Cream spray which gives it a pretty sparkle (hard to see in the photo).  I love the softness of the sponged distress inks and how they just seem to melt into each other.  After trying these textured pastes and spray, I will admit, I'm liking them more than I thought....now I just have to get over the "mess" I will make with them :)
 

Be sure to check out the rest of the BellaBabes and the Sistah's cards for this week on Blogabella.  Next week's Bellariffic Friday challenge is a gorgeous inspiration photo!  


It's easy to play along - just ink up any current (check the website) Stamping Bella image, and email your card to Emily by next Thursday for a chance to win some Bella Bucks. 

Cheerio.....Leslie

Stamps:  Maybelline Loves Mail
Ink:  Black Versafine ink, Tim Holtz distress inks
Paper:  Bella's Bestest paper, black cardstock, purple cardstock
Other:  Stencil, textured paste, black embossing powder, Crème Brulee Cream spray (Lindys Stampgang), purple rhinestones

Friday, August 8, 2014

Bellariffic Friday - Uptown Girls


It's Bellariffic Friday and this week the theme was "Uptown Girls".  There are SO many fab Uptown images that it was really hard to choose!  I decided to use Flora  - she's so cute with her bicycle - just perfect for summer!
 
 
I stamped Flora  onto Bella's Bestest paper with Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured her with copics.  I sponged some clouds in the background.


I also added a bit of sparkle with my Wink of Stella pen and tried a new bow design.


On the inside I kept it pretty clean and just stamped the sentiment (which comes with the image).


Here are the copics I used.


Be sure to check out the rest of the BellaBabes and the Sistah's cards for this week on Blogabella.  Next week's Bellariffic Friday challenge is another sketch.
 

It's easy to play along - just ink up any current (check the website) Stamping Bella image, and email your card to Emily by next Thursday for a chance to win some Bella Bucks. 

Cheerio.....Leslie

Stamps:  Flora the Cyclist
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, Bashful Blue (SU), copics
Paper:  Bella's Bestest paper, Bashful Blue (SU), Certainly Celery (SU), Lilybeedesign "Persnickety"
Other:  Wink of Stella pen, corner rounder punch, ribbon

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Happy 50th Anniversary


A 50th wedding anniversary is something to be very proud of and I was so happy to be asked to make this card for my BFF's parents!
 

There was very little stamping on  this - just the sentiment.  Gold is the theme for a 50th anniversary so I used it in the paper, the cord and the rhinestones.  I traced the numbers onto the gold paper and cut them out veeeeery carefully :)
 
 
The cardstock behind was embossed for some texture and I added the sentiment on a vellum banner with a trio of rhinestones.  I made three flowers from some MFT die-namics and added gold rhinestones to the middle of each.  The gold cord is just wrapped around three times.
 
 
I do hope they have a lovely celebration and wish them many more years of happiness!

Cheerio.....Leslie

Stamps:  CS About Anniversaries (MFT)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black
Paper:  Bella's Bestest paper, Gold glitter paper, MME Miss Caroline "Fiddlesticks", vellum cardstock 
Other:  Lacy brocade embossing folder (SU), Rolled rose die-namic (MFT), Hybrid camellia flower die-namic (MFT), gold rhinestones, gold cord (SU)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Bellariffic Friday - Sketch 15


It's Bellariffic Friday and this week we're up to sketch #15.
 
 
I haven't inked up a Diane Duda image lately and I felt this one worked nicely with the sketch.
 
 
I stamped "I carry your heart with me" onto Bella's Bestest paper with Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured her with copics.  Her hair extends just a bit out of the circle and I added a touch of glitter to her heart with the pink atyou spica pen. 


Here are the copics I used.


Be sure to check out the rest of the BellaBabes and the Sistah's cards for this week on Blogabella.  Next week's Bellariffic Friday challenge is "Uptown Girls".  So ink up any Uptown image and email your card to Emily by next Thursday for a chance to win some Bella Bucks.  I love those Uptown girls - the tough part will be choosing one!

Cheerio.....Leslie

Stamps:  I carry your heart with me
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Tea Dye", copics
Paper:  Bella's Bestest paper, Certainly Celery (SU), Soft Suede (SU), pattern paper from my scrap bin (unknown)
Other:  Circle nesties, rick rack ribbon, pink Atyou Spica pen