Friday, October 31, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Martha is an awesome teacher. I can't wait to take her next class where she promises to show me what to do with the oh so cute new Sassafrass papers. She always brings her students candy, which I was enjoying this afternoon. Check out Maratha's blog here. Here is a link to Craft Fancy.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
This card, featuring yogabella, came from Theresa Haire. Theresa was my "send to" partner in the May Postabella exchange. I love the green mat - it kind of looks like mine! Bellas top is nice and glittery, just like my favorite instructor likes to wear for TurboKick. The radio has a metallic sheen to it, too. It looks like the same medium Kandi used for Bella's car, above. Ladies, what are you using for this? I need some of them to feed the mess on my desk! Thanks, Theresa!
Pam Gaynor sent me this beauty. I've always wondered how Pam's cards looked in person. I was pretty sure from the pictures that I've seen that she embossed the image with black and then colored it. Really cool. That's how it looks. The embossing gets shiny - perfect for blingy Bella! This would also solve my continual feathering problem with my Copics. The background rosy red is embossed with the Floral Fantasy Cuttlebug folder. Sad to say, I have this folder and I don't think I've used it. I really need to, it is lovely, as is i-wish-i-looked-so-good-on-a-bikabella.
clickabella arrived in today's mail from Laurel Seabrook. My June Postabella card travelled all the way to Prospect Heights from Port Alberni, BC. Wow. That is about 2,161 miles. This is the first time that I have seen paper piecing in person. It seems so simple, but somehow I've been intimidated to try it. I am not sure that you can see that the two sentiment circles to the left are covered in iridescent glitter, as are Bella's shoes and necklace. I love it.
Somewhere in the mess are these cool little clips I bought so you can make a wall hanging out of individual pictures. I thought this would be so cool to do with cards and it looked like it would work, but I haven't seen them in months. I promise to keep cleaning. I also know there are at least two cards still MIA. One from Katie Cotton and another from Kim Docktor.
This last picture is a very precocious 10-year old trying to get in on the picture taking. Isn't Brian handsome? (BTW, I believe that is a Transformer weapon in his mouth, if you were wondering.)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
She hasn't eaten a bite. Hopefully, she'll feel comfortable enough to eat by this evening. She is doing better with doorways, but didn't like the thunder this morning at all. Tobie and Monty didn't like the thunder either!
Sunday, June 1, 2008
OK. So as usual, I am a bit behind. I have signed up for Postabella where every month we get a sketch and are assigned a sistah (or two) to send a card to. Well, being the perfectionist I am, if I am given a sketch, I MUST do the sketch. I had trouble wrapping my brain around the May card. Last week, the lightbulb went off - instead of stitching, ric rack! I had to mount a ton of new Bellas from my last order, and somehow Grumpabella came out. All the papers are from my mom's scrap bin in her basement. I think she turned out cute, and hope that everyone does, too.
The April card was a problem as the sketch had a dimension for the box where the Bella is. Again, given a direction, I am hard pressed NOT to follow it. My first several attemps to get all of Flowahbella's curls in the designated size box failed. The sketch also called for four one inch circles. Wouldn't you know that I have NOTHING that makes a ONE inch circle. 1-1/4, 1-3/8, smaller, sorta one inch, but NOT one inch. Grrr. Well, I played around with that one for a while. The first draft ended up being my mom's Mother's Day card. I still wasn't quite happy with it, so when I finally sat down to finish this, I dropped the designated size for Bella's box. I made her box fit her shape, so all her curls are included. Since she is a party girl, she has glitter in her hair, too! I kept the circles, but changed them to flowers. The flowers are from the Stampin' Up! Pretties kit. I dabbed them with Tempting Turquouise and put yellow brads in the center for a little extra color. I stole the leaves from something in my mom's embellishment box, but I think they are from Making Memories. Bella's boots are colored with a turquize Glaze Pen which makes them look like patent leather. Too cool!! I learned this tip from a stamping store I recently visited in Chicago called Stamp On In. They were using the black Glaze Pens to make black patent leather boots. I have a black Glaze Pen as of yesterday, so be on the lookout for some black patent leather boots!
Hopefully, I won't be so late with my June card. Procrastination, rather than Marie, should have been my middle name.
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