Friday, November 30, 2007

Doodles for Daniel

Hey all... I just wanted to inform you of something so cool in Bella Land. Em{the Stamping Bella} had ran a contest asking for Doodles. Well, she choose the winner and she choose well.

Sharon Gregory won with some wonderful doodles, and she has dedicated to them to her son who lost his battle with Cancer at the age of 15. You can read Sharon's story HERE, and you can see the doodles that are new stamps available from Stamping Bella HERE.

A portion of these sales will go to a Cancer Foundation of Sharon's choosing.

How cool of Em to do and how perfect the doodles are. I think they are so Bella-esque!!


I've been working on Gift items lately. My aunt ordered 5 sets of cards to give as gifts and these are the first of them. I know the recipients and it's still hard to have ideas. This one, I know she likes Cows, so I went with TAC's What's Moo! set. I love coloring so this was fun. However, matching the colors with the DP I picked was harder! LOL... I think the DP was in my stash and it didn't have a name on the back. I used some light green Bazzill and then Groovy Guava from SU!. The ribbon was from my share, and then the brads I got as a gift. I think they are Making Memories.

So I have one set done and packaged up - 4 more to go! LOL...

Then I've also had to work on a Birthday gift. I know the recipient reads this but it's in the mail and I also know she'll rip it open as soon as she gets it!! She can never wait!! LOL...

This shows the cards packaged already and they are all similar to this one...a little variation on each one to make them special. I've been wanting to try a Monogram set for some time, so I tried it here. The *L* is actually a stamp from my Quickutz. When I got my QK it came with some stamping foam and rockers {think acrylic blocks that rock back and forth} and tells you how to die cut your own stamps. Super cool huh? So I can create my own word stamps!

That's what I've been up to. It's bitter cold so I plan to stay in and work on some more sets. Stay tuned for them and maybe some more fun cards!!

Have a super weekend - TGIF!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2007


ARGH!!! Don't bother me until I've had my coffee!
LOL - I do sometimes feel this way, esp. on weekends when I want to sleep in and the kidlets want to get up early! So watch out for GrumpaMOM!
I made this card for the Bella Color Challenge on the SCS forums.
I used Barely Banana and Real Red. On the RR mat you can see I used Julie's CropaDile dry embossing tutorial. It may take me awhile to get used to it and get it perfect, but I like the look it gives!
Grumpabella is from an image swap and I colored her robe yellow and red too. I used ARGH from my new Pirate set from Sweet and Sassy stamps. And the ribbon was from my share this past spring.
I hope you venture over to play with us on our challenges. They are a lot of fun!
Also mark your calendar for December 7th - that will be THE BELLA BALL, where Em is celebrating her 1 year anniversary from opening the Stamping Bella website! I am sure that it will be great fun!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Merry Bella

Merry Bella!!

I am getting more into that Holiday Spirit...I did some online shopping yesterday so maybe that's what I needed.

I worked on the Bella Sketch Challenge last night.
You can see it HERE. This one was a challenge for me....I just didn't like the tabs on the left hand side, but I do like the outcome.

Wreathabella was from my Image Swap I got this week. She was fun to color!

I used TAC holiday paper (that is sold out!) and so I didn't have to use two types of paper on the background. I used Glorious Green Cardstock for the main card and the matting. The Red tape is from Heidi Swapp and the sentiment is TAC Tag Tidbits.

Come join us on the Bella Forums tomorrow for a Color Challenge!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Sweet And Sassy Stamps

I got three packages in the mail today. I love to see the yellow slips our PO puts in our makes me smile a lil more!

One was for Greg :( One was my Bella image swap - I now have tons more images to sort and then play with! Yeah!

And one was my order from Korin at Sweet and Sassy Stamps. Korin is super nice to deal with and makes the cutest stamps. I met her/found her stamps through the Bella Group...she's a SISTAH!

I've been contemplating over a Pirate set for some time. I live with two lil scallywags here so I figured I could make some cards for them and even scrapbook pages for when we watch Pirates of the Caribbean and we dress up to watch it.

So here is my first card. I stamped the image after masking the treasure map. I pulled out the scrap bucket and I know I got this DP and the textured paper at my LSS before she closed, but no name...sorry. I also cut notches and distressed them before putting it all together. I loved adding the eye patch at the end's totally cute! So I can add this to the pile for kids birthdays!

This second card was uber simple! Stamped the treasure chest on some Kraft CS, matted on Wild Wasabi and then some Bazzill and Viola! Perfection!

David choose the sentiment for this one.

Another simple yet cute card.

Now on to my favorite set....Chocoholic! You know that's me!! There are so many fun possibilities for this set. But since time was running short on play time tonight I started off with the cake. I punched it with my Oval punch and had this scallop one here. Once again dug through the scrap pile and found this old SU! paper from last spring and matted on some CHOCOLATE Bazzill CS. Tied up with May Arts ribbon and stamped the sentiment on Kraft.

It looks so yummy I could eat it! Too bad the boys finished off our Chocolate Cake after dinner. Ok, I don't need it....right.....

Bella Calendar Swap

I joined a Calendar Swap on the Bella Yahoo Group and finally got them sent out today. I had to made 4 of three months, and got March, September and October.

These are my pages. I've sent them to our wonderful hostess Tangii and she'll bind them up and send them back! I am super excited to get them and when I do I'll post them all!!

March - Bubblebella
Cardstock - Wild Wasabi, Stamping Up!
DP - Autumn Leaves
Felt Flower - Queen and Co.
Misc. Brad and Glitter

October - Witchybella
Cardstock - various purple, black & orange scraps, Bazzill Green
Magic Mesh

September - Minivanabella
Cardstock - Soft Sky, old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
DP - Fall Flowers, Stampin Up!
American Crafts Ribbon, misc, brads
Sentiment, TAC - Tag Tidbits

Sunday, November 25, 2007

My Fun Tree

I am really having a tough time getting into the Holiday spirit. It just seems to be coming too soon and I'm not really ready I guess.

However I did set up the decorations and the tree this weekend.
I've been working on things, but mostly gifts that I can't post.

This was a project I did get done that I can show you.....

Our local radio holds an auction where you can call in a bid on things that stores have traded for ad time. Long story short, I bought this tree there! I know...what a dork, but I knew it could be used and I was right!!

My angel on top is non other than Snowbunny Bella! In her spectacular pink parka and matching boots.

I've had these clear ornaments and simply rolled up some TAC paper and stuck them inside. Tied some funky ribbon to the branches, and decorated the bottom with some queen and co. fun felt.

A super fun decoration for my crafting room!


Friday, November 23, 2007

{Angel News}

Just a small Angel post!

Off the side ---------------------------------------------------------->
You can see my Angel Happenings. I have links to specials there.

Remember that the discontinued list will expire the end of December, so if you want to order anything email me and I'll get it ordered for you.

There is also a link to the Stamp of the Month and the Oh My Golly paper and stamp set promotion. Plus the celebration continues to get double hostess and double customer rewards!!

Super Surprise boxes are almost gone too! $50 for over $200 worth of goodies!! WOW!!!

Black Friday

Are you totally stuffed from yesterday or what? Never plan to eat again? Yeah, til lunchtime rolls around huh? LOL...aren't we funny? We gorge ourselves, but we don't ever stop!

Sorry I didn't post a Happy Thanksgiving yesterday...I hope you had one. I am thankful for so much and more than I could ever type. But I also thankful for having the creativity and being able to share it here. I've met some wonderful gals through the online craft world and it's been so awesome this last year to blog and share things. Living in a small town, it's not always every one's cup of tea to see what I made, so being able to share with those who appreciate it is wonderful.

So I am thankful to those of you who come by and read my blog. I hope you continue to do so and I will continue to provide you with eye candy!!

For today's eye candy. I CASE'd these from Jen at Pieces of Me. I thought they would be so fun and easy and I am always looking for that!

I simply used some clear ornaments that I got last year and cut strips of the Dashing DP, rolled them up and pushed them into the top.

They really turned out just cute!!

Today is Black Friday Shopping! You goin'? My mom and I did that one year and people in the city were so rude!! It's not nearly as bad here in Po-Dunk, so I might venture out. I plan to call my friend for coffee and then David needs a new winter coat and then I either need to clean the garage to find the boys' snowboots or buy new ones. I swear I put them away last spring, but I did so in a way that I can't seem to find them. I cleaned out all of the closets and storage room Wednesday, so now it's the garage time. What a way to spend the day huh?

Have a great weekend readers...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

This could be me today

This could be me today - IF I looked as cute as SnowbunnyBella!

But the point is that it snowed here and I could dress like this! Instead, I wear big ole packs, a bulky coat, & my mustang winter beanie. LOL...but we can dream through Bella.

I cleaned out some of my papers and kits that are half gone and found this fun paper. I would love a green coat like this. (see living through her!!)

I also got some new brads this weekend and they worked perfectly. The RicRak was also the last of the kit as well. Super cute and simple!

I am having fun with SnowbunnyBella and Sandie Laursen sent me some more images and some matching Cuttlebugged papers! Thanks Sandie!!

I used the paper and them colored her in light blue. I used my Glitter Glue to make her *white* parts shimmer and the snow underfoot as well.

I will most likely be off the blog tomorrow. We are going to my parent's for the day to stuff our faces! Hope you have a great day with your family!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sweetwater Calendar Class

Hi ya readers!! I had the best craftin' day yesterday. Jenn Stevens came from Kalispell and put on a couple classes. I can share this one, but not the other's a gift!! It was just super to spend the day creating something fun and new! I've added the pics here, but if you want to see them up close, just click on them. They are super cool....we all wanted to totally copy here's to the T, but we did vary too.
I bought a second one to make for a gift's still in progress on my table downstairs.

Enjoy and see you tomorrow!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Finale of Holiday cards

Here are the last two cards I made last Friday. My finale of Holiday Cards that are simple and sweet. You can scroll down to see more of them

The card on the left is made with Rose Red cardstock, Dashing DP, Old Olive CS, punched and then the smaller circles are punched out as well. Then I used the MM rub ons and the green ribbon is from the fibers.
The card on the right uses the CTMH santa again and more of the same papers. Like I said, simple and sweet and I can mail them out now.
Ack, seriously, it's almost that time isn't it! I really cannot believe that it's so close to Christmas.
So, why not leave you for the weekend with my Holiday Wish you know me, you are all saying that it was only a matter of time! LOL...
(If you click on them it will take you to where you can purchase these items!! HINT HINT!!)
OK, so those are the top wants for me
Needs, nothing really...I am pretty thankful for the great family I have, three healthy kids, a caring hubby, helpful and loving parents and a nice warm home to gather in. I think me needs are fed.
Have a great weekend...I'll be back a posting Monday (I'll be scrapping on Saturday so be prepared for that!!)

Bella Color Challenge and Stamp Club Cards

OK, late...but we have got our computer fixed and it's running so much better now!

Today I posted the Bella Color Challenge on the SCS Bella forum. It was Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Tempting Turq. and Lovely Lilac. Bright colors. I thought that would be fun since most of us have been making fall colored cards lately.

I used Shopabellas (a neglected stamp) and loved coloring them so bright!! I stamped some speckle on the Rose Red and then spots from Eclectic Backgrounds on the Lilac. I found this FRIENDSHIP charm and some more green ribbon.

Now as promised yesterday some cards and creations from Tuesday's stamp club.

We made these cute lil boxes at the club. They are super cute for giving lil gifts or even gift cards!

The snowflake is the Supersize Snowflake and I really like it. At first I thought Bonny had traced it off looks so cool on these!

Then we created the tags using the Tags on Board set. Another one I passed by but really like. I love the swirls and how most of those stamps work with a punch in the book. Nifty huh?

And lastly, these are the cards I received in our exchange. There is 10 of us plus Bonny (our demo) and then we make one for the Ronald McDonald house. It is fun to exchange and get some fun ideas from everyone.

OK, better get going..

Happy Craftin!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

{Holiday Cards part2}

First off, I got some great goodies last Friday from my November JT RAK friend Dottie K. Isn't that card cute!!

There is some Martha Stewart cards and envies, some funky fibers, a roll of spotted ribbon and a lil punch. Also there was some MM rub ons that I used up before I snapped this picture, and then the lil TO/FROM cards she made! So cute!

Thanks again Dottie!!

I used most of the goodies Friday at my party, so I didn't get a pic before hand.

Here are some of the cards I made. This image is from CTMH (thanks Khristi) and the paper is all SU!. You can see the ribbon and fibers and rub on words that Dottie sent me.

More simple and easy to reproduce cards.

Last night was stamp club and we made a cute box, I'll post later today. I'll also post the last of my holiday cards tomorrow.

Happy Craftin'!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

{Bella Fun!!}

What a great mail day for me!!

First, Lorie Ames sent me some Snow bunny Bellas!! I love this Bella! I am wishing I could be bundled up like her right now. It's soo cold here.

For this card I used Crate Paper, CTMH brads and the sentiment and image are StampingBella, both sent to me by Lorie. I colored her with my markers and I think that she needs some bling on her somewhere. I'll have to tweak it some.

Also at the mail today was my order from Stamping Bella. I wanted the hot knife so bad and finally caved. I got it and the package of replacement blades. It works super well. I used it on my new Cupcakeablla.

I also got a Bella Identifiah, which I placed on my tote bag. Now you know Katiebella is here!! LOL...

For the Cupcakeabella card, I used some Bazzill paper and Bo Bunny DP. I stamped her on the DP and cut it out for her dress too. I love it. I think I need to find something more for the cupcake to make it pop. This card is the tent card style, and it's a RAK for my friend Tangii.

OK , I am off to get ready for Stamp Club. I was ready til I had to play with my new stuff!!

{Holiday Cards part1}

Good Morning!
I am happy to report I am feeling better today. Not so sore throat! Yeah! Still plan to take it easy today and tomorrow tho. We can't afford for mom to be out of commission!
I made these cards on Friday night at my party. The set is from the TAC Holiday catalog, Trendy Holiday Tags.
The cardstock and DP are from Stampin' Up! (Real Red, Old Olive and Dashing) The fibers are Making Memories. I inked up the edges too on the DP.
Very simple cards to mass produce for the holidays. And they are sneaking up!
Tonight is Stamp Club. I'll be back tomorrow to post what we create there! Have a crafty day!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Sweet And Sassy Stamps

Have you seen these? Sweet and Sassy Stamps

I just got off the phone with Korin and she is super sweet! Yep, I placed an order too! Ugh... Oh well, they are fun... I got Chocolaholic and the Pirate set for my swashbucklers. If you order, kindly tell her I sent ya! And be watching for my awesome cards to come with these sets!!

OK, back to work!


Do you watch Rachel Ray? I try to b/c she is so funny! And she says Yummo alot! So I stole it from her.
These are my cards for my Stamping Up! stamp club tomorrow night. Perfect for the week before Thanksgiving huh?
I received these images from a couple gals on the yahoo group and I wanted to make invites with them, but didn't want to invite anyone here for turkey day. LOL...I still don't know what we are doing that day! Anyway, I made them for the ladies in my club....and they are blank inside! LOL...
Chefabella is from Stamping Bella, the DP is from Creative Memories...I found it in my stash, the CS is SU! and the ribbon from my bulk buy this last spring. The sentiment is also Stamping Bella and I punched out with my word window punch and put the sentiment behind it.
Today I am paying for my long, busy weekend. I woke up Saturday with a sore throat and b/c I didn't stop, it's gotten worse, so I am taking it easy today. The OCD part of me is dying to clean up but I know I need to stop for the day and rest.
Happy Craftin'

Saturday, November 10, 2007

PMS Parties - Mostly *S*

I had so much fun last night at our PMS party. My good friends, Khristi, Mary and Barb came over to stamp, chat and eat! No pizza this month, no margaritas but lots of stamping and other food.

They were here until almost midnight!! I loved it and they did too.

This card is funny to me. I got this sentiment as a Gift With Purchase from TAC, and wondered what to use it on. A -ha...the ladies thought this would work! I think it does too...I mean 2 people in a sock!! Seriously! (too much Grey's here!!)

So I colored it and I see that I forgot to shadow it. I shared that tip that night and we are all in agreement that it is an awesome finish to Bellas!

The cardstock and DP is all Stampin' Up! This was my color theme for the night.

I have more cards to share, but lots going on. Today we hit the craft fair, no I didn't do a booth. Greg is out of town. Then this afternoon I took the 3 kidlets(+ 2 friends) to see THE GAME PLAN. I loved it. They were all tired and wanted to go home. But it was a funny movie. I always think of the Rock from wrestling and Greg repeating his Can you SMMMEEELLLLL What the Rock is Cookin'? So it's funny to see him on Disney Channel and on these movies! Defiantly one we will watch again.

Now we are off to family supper and tomorrow is my Grandpa's 85th birthday party. I'll be back Monday!!

Happy Craftin'

Thursday, November 08, 2007


In 1979 (the year you were born)
Jimmy Carter is president of the US
A major accident occurs at a nuclear reactor on Three Mile Island near Middletown, PA
An American Airlines DC-10 loses its engine and crashes seconds after takeoff, killing 275 people
Hurricane David kills over 1200 in the US and the Dominican Republic
Some 90 people, including 63 Americans, are taken hostage at the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran
The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan
ESPN starts broadcasting
Aaliyah, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Norah Jones, Heath Ledger, and Kate Hudson are born
Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series
Pittsburgh Steelers win Superbowl XIII
Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup
Kramer vs. Kramer is the top grossing film
Sophie's Choice by William Styron is published
"My Sharona" by The Knack spends the most time at the top of the US charts
The Facts of Life premiers">What Happened the Year You Were Born?

Be Merry

This card is a CASE I saw on the Bella Yahoo Group. Using Presentabella as a Christmas card instead of a birthday one! I thought how smart! I tried to find the poster and I can't, so I am sorry I can't give the credit.

I used the DP Dashing from Stampin Up! and Rose Red and Wild Wasabi CS> The sentiment is from TAC and the ribbon was in my stash...I think it's SU! too. I paper pieced the presents on there and used some Puffy Paint for the top of the santa hat.
Tomorrow night is my 2nd PMS party here at my house. Then I'll have much more to show you.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


Cheers to a Tuesday and half way through the week already.
Did you know that it's 2 weeks to Thanksgiving???? What the hey? I am so not ready.
So Cheers...let's have a CosmoBella!!
Monday was the Sketch Challenge by Jamie (jaymerz on SCS) on the Bella Forums on SCS. I loved this sketch and completing another challenge this week!!
The DP here is Artic Frog and the cardstock is all Bazzill. The ribbon is American Crafts, sentiment is TAC, tabtidbits, and my fun charm from StampingBella. Love it!!
I sent this to my November JT Rak-ette.
Thanks for stopping by today. See you tomorrow!!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Super Saturday Challenge

4 posts in one day?!?!?!!? You bet!!

This card is for Jen70's Super Saturday Challenge on her blog Stamping Therapy.

The challenge was a Birthday Card with shades of pink and brown. Yum, I love those colors, and after this week, realized how few birthday cards I have done up.

I used the set from SU!, Blooming with Happiness. I stamped in black and colored a few flowers pink, the pedestal brown and topped it with Sparkles.

The DP is Autumn Leaves and Cardstock is SU! Close to Cocoa. (Um, that makes me want some Hot Cocoa....or candy)

The ribbon is May Arts and I used my new slit punch to make the slit. (ha aha!)

Another Sketch Challenge

But not really a good one. I am not the best at following sketch's to a T. So just go with me here OK?
Jen at I{heart}toStamp gives up a Sketch for you to try.
Similar to my WSC card huh? Well, when it's out it gets used up OK. LOL...
The only extra here is the sentiment is from TAC's TagTidbits.
The only thing I don't like is the image is too big for the sketch, but I like this card.

Bella Babe Contest

This card is for the Bella Babe contest on the Yahoo Group. Last month, I posted a challenge and had to choose a winner. It was tough but in the end I picked Lynn (Lynn in St. Louis from SCS) and she posted this months challenge.
That was to use 3 layers, 2 embellishments and 1 sentiment. Well, as you can see I layered her up. I've never used this Bella image, but I just got them and thought they were fun. The DP is SU!'s Fall Flowers. The cardstock is Bashful Blue and Wild Wasabi.
The Embellishments were the organdy ribbon seen on the striped papers, and the bling flowers that Lindsey sent me. The sentiment is from SU! Swell News.
I am anxious to see who wins this one, yet after looking I know it's going to be a tough choice!! Wow...these Bella Babes are talented!!

Weekend Sketch Challenge

I was actually working on some challenges today.

This one is from Beate's WSC26 on her blog Fresh and Fun.

I am not so excited about this card and the sketch together, but I like the card. I used the set Heart Sings from TAC. I love these snowmen, but unfortunately this set will be discontinued at the end of the year.

I used some new DP from SU!, Dashing and the cardstock is Rose Red and Old Olive. I really had a hard time finding the papers to match it well enough, which irritates me, being that it's all SU! Hmm....

Saturday, November 03, 2007

My clean room

Well, not spotless, but cleaned up!

I had to clean it yesterday b/c (a) it was bugging me and (b) we are getting water meters put in and the pipe is in my room. As much I didn't want the meter installed, I have no choice, and also don't want to lose any installers in my room!

This is walking into my room and my desk. Up close of my desk. I put my TAC stamps in CD holders so I swiped our CD storage that was just a collector of junk up stairs. I got the paper rack when our LSS closed. I love that!
This green desk I got from a friend a long time ago. I had to move it in to give me more surface room and I have my tools, glues in the top drawer. My images and CM cutting stuff in the middle drawer. And all other goodies that don't have a place to go in the bottom drawer. In the purple tub next to it is my DP.
I have 2 white file cabinets and the top drawer of this one is my SU! papers sorted my color and color family.
This medicine cabinet was in our bathroom when we moved in. We have a big mirror now, so I scavenged it for my punches, EB powders and other lil stuff.
This is in the cubby space and holds my wood mounted stamps, paints, big tools, things to be alters, papers and more. Kind of my catch all.
This lil rolling cart is under/next to my desk. I have my loose ribbon in the top drawer, brads and eyelets in the next drawer and scrap papers in the bottom.
Then this is the wall opposite my desk. The tall bookcase holds all my completed items to sell/give away and alter ables. Also is my sewing desk. My dad got that table for me for my birthday a few years back and I love it. It was full of goodies!!! As for the pink tree I am trying to think of Bella ornaments to display on it. Fun huh?

That's all. I am getting the crew fed so I can send them to the Football game, get Mc down for a nap, slap another coat of paint on the floor and head down to play!! Lots to do and I can't wait!!

Hits since January 18th, 2007