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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Birthday thanks

I needed several thank you cards recently, so they needed to be relatively quick to make :)

I haven't done water colouring in years and since it's been popping up recently out in stamping blog-land, I decided to get out my Peerless Watercolours and have a go.  


I used SU watercolour paper and painted on three colours letting them "bleed" into each other.  It really looked quite a mess when it was wet but once it was dry it looked lovely.  Here's a close up of the colours.


I used the Fancy Butterflies die-namic, cutting out one from the watercolour paper and glued another butterfly cut from vellum cardstock behind.  The "thanks" die was cut out twice and glued on top of each other to make it thicker.  I then covered it with crystal effects.  I like the way the butterfly is slightly bent - kind of looks like it's ready to fly away.



I quite enjoyed getting the watercolours out....you really can't go wrong with them.

Cheerio.....Leslie

Paper:  Watercolour paper (SU), Only Orange (SU), Vellum cardstock (SU), DSP retired (SU)
Other:  Peerless Watercolours, thanks die (SSS), Fancy Butterflies die-namic (MFT), crystal effects

Friday, July 25, 2014

Bellariffic Friday - Inspiration 8

It's Bellariffic Friday and this week we are up to Inspiration 8. 
 
 
I knew I was going to make a Christmas card to add to my 'very poorly stacked Christmas cards for 2014 box' and I decided to use both the colours and the wreath from the photo.


stamped Hannah with Wreath (which is on SALE now at Stampingbella!) onto Bella's Bestest paper with Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured her with copics.  I kept this card very basic with no embellishments because I thought Hannah should be the star of the card.  I added some chunky glitter to the snowbase but it's hard to see and of course my Wink of Stella pen added bits of glitter here and there.  Her little buttons are tiny rhinestones and I added some stickles to the holly berries.


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 #15.
 
 
Why not stamp along with us?  It's easy - 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:  Hannah with Wreath
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, copics
Paper:  Bella's Bestest paper, Authentique "Wonder"
Other:  Wink of Stella pen, Xmas Red Stickles, rhinestones, chunky glitter

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bellariffic Friday - Sketch 14 - Pia and Luke get married!


It's Bellariffic Friday and this week we had a sketch to work with.
 
 
I LOVE making special order cards that I can customize in some way, and this was one such card. 


I stamped Uptown Couple Brett and Brenda Get Married onto Bella's Bestest paper with Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured them with copics.  The colour theme for Pia and Luke's wedding is fuchsia and teal so I added a pop of that colour on her shoes!  I also did their hair colour as close to the real thing as I could.


The sentiment was stamped on a piece of vellum cardstock and lightly misted with glimmer mist.  I added a couple of paper roses on either side and because it's a wedding card there had to be lots of glitter and rhinestones :)


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 Inspiration photo - don't let the Christmas photo freak you out - you can choose to make a Christmas card or just take the colours or any element from it. The choice is all yours.  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:  Brett and Brenda Get Married
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, copics
Paper:  Bella's Bestest paper, Taken with Teal (SU), Razzle Berry (MFT)
Other:  Tied Together embossing folder, Mulberry paper mini roses, glitter, Wink of Stella pen, Tattered Angels glimmer mist, rhinestones

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sweet Sunday Penguins - SSSC227

I played along with Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge (SSSC227) and since I am so behind on my Christmas cards for this year, I decided to add one more to my stash.


I stamped two of the cute images from Penguin Pals onto Bella's Bestest paper with Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured them with copics.  They were super fast to colour.  I added some glitter to their hats and repeated the musical notes across the top.  I followed the sketch adding a little button with a hemp cord bow.


Here are the copics I used.


Cheerio.....Leslie

Stamps:  Penguin Pals (Taylored Expressions)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, Blu Raspberry (MFT), copics
Paper:  Bella's Bestest paper, Blu Raspberry (MFT), Pixie Pink (SU), blue notecard, Echo Park "Holly Jolly Christmas"

Other:  Decorative Label punch (SU), button, hemp cord (MFT), glitter

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Starbucks - MFTWSC184


Those of you that know me, know I love my Starbucks and especially the store I go to every day before work - I love the staff there!  Last Thursday they did an amazing thing for me and some of my co-workers and I knew I had to make them a special thank you card.  I used this weeks MFTWSC184 sketch but rotated it once.
 
 
I stamped the image onto Bella's Bestest paper with Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured her with copics.  The sentiment is stamped with Kraft ink onto the Fishtail Flags die-namics and wrapped some baker's twine around the top.  I coloured the cups as close to a real Starbucks cup as I could.  I was "forced" to go out today and get a Starbucks just to be sure I had the colours right :)
 
 
Here are the copics I used.
 
 
I can't wait to give it to them tomorrow morning!

Cheerio.....Leslie

Stamps:  ALM Miss you a latte (MFT), Vertical Greetings (MFT)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, Kraft ink (MFT), copics
Paper:  Bella's Bestest paper, Real Red (SU), Crumb Cake (SU), Coastal Cabana (SU), Fresh Prints DSP (SU)
Other:  Scallop circle nestie, Pierced circle STAX die-namic (MFT), Fishtail Flags STAX die-namic (MFT), Fishtail Flags Layers STAX die-namic (MFT), red bakers twine