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it’s Bellarific Friday sistahs!

and the theme for this week is BIRTHDAY WISHES!

Let’s see what our baberoonis came up with shall we?

AliceWERTZabella used EDNA loves ICE CREAM

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Angelabella used EDNA WITH A CUPCAKE ON TOP

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Faye-WJ-abella used UPTOWN GIRL POSH

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Kerribella used PETUNIA gets a PIGGYBACK

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Lesliebella used OWLIVER loves to CELEBRATE

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Sandiebella used UPTOWN GIRL PAISLEY has a PREZZIE

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Shelabella used TINY TOWNIE BLOSSOM loves BALLOONS

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TracyBELLA used Petunia has a PARTY

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TracyMACabella used LEO the LION STUFFIE

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hows DAT for inspiration???

Now let’s look at da sistahood!

For our INLINKZ contributions, check out the AMAZING cards at the bottom of THIS POST!

and now for our EMAILED contributions!

 

How’s DAT for inspiration?

Now for next week’s theme?

use WASHI TAPE or RIBBON on your creation!

For more information on how to enter our challenge CLICK HERE.

MWAH to da sistahs who love BELLARIFIC FRIDAY!


it’s WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS WITH.. on THURSDAY! LOL

Hiya sistahs.. I don’t know what’s with ME and WEDNESDAYS but for some reason I can’t get my act together and post  LOL..

This is our last week with PAULABELLA and her PHENOM cards and I can’t wait to share her creations today.  Dont worry.. this isn’t the last we see of Paulabella .. LOL.. I put her hard at work!

I hope these cards inspire you to create!

Here’s Paulabella’s card using MAIL CHICK stamp and CUT IT OUT bundle

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and here is her card using TINY TOWNIE HEIDI needs a HUG

what’s so cute about this stamp is that the chick giving the flower on the left is a separate stamp in the set :)  These chicks? I just CANNOT.

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Seriously there are no words except I CAN’T EVEN.

I hope you “CAN’T EVEN” too.

Mwah

Em

it’s VIDEO TUESDAY!

Hiya sistahs!

today I decided to make a video which ended up a bit longer than anticipated LOL.. there were a few interruptions and I am still learning how to edit so please forgive me LOL

If you haven’t subscribed to our channel, please do!

In this video, I use our CARDSTOCK MATCHER stamp.. I have had a lot of questions on this stamp so I finally decided to show you how to use it!

I hope you enjoy the video!
MWAH!

Em

It’s MARKER GEEK MONDAY !

Thank you for joining me again for another colourful start to the week! If you missed my first pencil related post last week, make sure you check it out HERE to see some tips on using your coloured pencils together with alcohol based markers.

 

Today I’ve got a little 2-for-1: Stamping Bella’s adorable and fun Nice to See You Petunia stamp coloured using two different popular coloured pencil brands. I chose this image so you would get some colour combo ideas for both Petunia Pig and the Cool Chicks (they honestly pop up everywhere, getting into mischief) whether you’re a Prismacolor or Polychromos lover! You can find this stamp in the Woodsies section on the Stamping Bella website, along with more Petunia Pig images and some other A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E animals.

 

If you’re a devoted Copic user you may want to refer to the following posts for colour combos:

 

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Prismacolor Pencils Vs Polychromos Pencils

 

The main difference between the two brands is that Prismacolor pencils are wax based and Polychromos pencils are oil based. Polychromos pencils will not build up a wax bloom and so can be layered more than the Prismacolors. This is probably more evident if you are colouring larger detailed pieces with lots of layering.

 

As I mentioned in last week’s post, my first attempts in the wonderful world of colouring were made with Prismacolor pencils. I was gifted a full set around nine years ago, and I still have that same set (ditching them for markers does increase the lifespan of your pencils significantly 😉 ). They are great pencils, and I have loved them, except for one thing: breakage. I often feel like I only have to look at them the wrong way and the leads break. Sharpening them has always been an exercise in anger management, and I gather from reading various forum threads and blog posts in recent years that the problems have increased due to what appears to be poor quality control.

 

Faber-Castell’s Polychromos pencils do not have similarly brittle leads. They are easily sharpened to a very fine point and they hold the point well (obviously if you are very heavy handed, you will break the point on any pencil). This is one advantage that is great for stampers, as we often work in small detail areas. The glasses on the chicks in today’s image would be a good example. Overall the Polychromos are my personal preference and are the pencils I reach for most often.

 

To keep the images as similar as possible for comparison purposes I used Zest-It Pencil Blend as a solvent on both images, however my general preference when working with the Polychromos pencils is to colour purely with the pencils, using them to blend rather than solvent and blending stumps. This is also very achievable with the Prismacolor pencils, but because of the points mentioned above, I don’t enjoy the process nearly as much.

 

Join me next week for a fun look at colouring with pencils on a budget. You may be surprised at the results!

 

MWAH!

 

~Elaineabella

it’s BELLARIFIC FRIDAY!

Hiya sistahs!  Well yesterday was really a shock with the announcement of PRINCE passing away.. being a 70’s child.. the 80’s being my teenage years.. Prince was a VERY important part of it LOL.  Sheesh. So young.  So sad.

In Montreal, (my hometown), they lit up the city hall in Purple to remember Prince.. how COOL is DAT?

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RIP Prince.

Now for Bellarific Friday and some happier JUJU…

our theme for this week was a MOJOBELLA sketchypoo!

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let’s see what our Baberoonis came up with shall we?

AliceWERTZabella used PETUNIA thinks she’s a PREZZIE

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FAYE-WJ-ABELLA used Uptown girl LOLLY and her BROLLY

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Kerribella used TINY TOWNIE FAIRY best friends

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Lesliebella used THE STUFFIE GANG

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Sandiebella used IRON CHEF CHICKS

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Shelabella used EDNA loves ICE CREAM

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Stephabella used THE STUFFIE GANG

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Tracybella used SANFORD the Birthday Boy STUFFIE

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TracyMACabella used Gardening CHICKS

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Aren’t these AMAZINGGGGGG???

And now for our PHENOM sistahood!

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Jayne used THE THREE AMIGAS

 

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Tina used Tiny Townie SALLY and her SNAIL

So much fun!!

And now for next week’s theme?

BIRTHDAY WISHES!

Ink up any CURRENT STAMP (make sure it’s available in our store) and make any card with a BIRTHDAY WISHES theme and email to me or add to our INLINKZ below!


inspiration EVERYWHERE!

Hiya sistahs!
Just wanted to show you a little something I found in the dollar store. I love walking up and down the aisles in there… the craft section.. the stationery section.. office supplies.. I always find something to play with!

This week I found these amazing wood veneer stickers! They came in different shapes.. I opted for the classic round and oval shapes.

I found them in our local dollar store chain called DOLLARAMA.

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arent they cute?

So I says to myself.. self?  wouldn’t these be AMAZING to stamp on?  Kinda like textured Kraft paper (I LOVE coloring on Kraft)

So I decided to take my black archival ink.. you can use Staz On too I’m sure.. and stamped SLICK CHICK :)

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is he not deelish? and that tuft of hair he slicked back?  LOVE.

I then took out my Prismacolor pencils and decided to colour him in..  it was really fun.. nice and smooth.  and love to see the pop of colour!

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I then decided to use my mineral spirits.. some graphite and more pencils to just experiment and play.  Did this come out perfect?  nope.. because I was playing!  And I had so much fun playing!  I realized I really do love colouring on this veneer and THAT was what the experiment was about.. it’s the JOURNEY sistahs.. DA JOURNEY!  I an going to stick him in my journal because it’s always nice to receive flowers isn’t it? LOL.

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I will continue to play with my veneer shapes.. experiment.. maybe gesso it.. maybe try watercolors.. copics.. let’s see where this takes me!

So what I am saying is… always look around for inspiration and PLAY!  Take risks.. wonder..  and you will see how much fun that process can be!

Mwah to da sistahs who love da DOLLAH store and taking risks  as much as I do :)

Em

It’s MARKER GEEK MONDAY!

So many of you have requested info on working with pencils, that although markers are my personal “go to” medium I’m doing my best to create some pencil related content for you! I do love using coloured pencils, and in fact many moons ago they were my first love for colouring stamps. I’m quite enjoying getting reacquainted, so although I am not ready to hang up my marker bag watch out for some fun coloured pencil posts here and there.

 

In this first pencil related post I’m showing you one way to mix your pencils and markers to get great results for your coloured images. I have used one of the most popular pencil brands – Prismacolor – which were the pencils I started with years ago (I still have the same set) together with my Copic markers. NOTE: any alcohol based markers will work for this.

 

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As you can see, because the marker base allowed me to concentrate on shading and detail colouring with the pencils I was able to get some deeper, more vibrant colours overall. In the first example, I was reaching the limit in terms of being able to layer with my pencils, because I had to work fairly hard to get a nice base coverage to work from, this resulted in a less vibrant look.

 

Using markers as a base for pencil work can reduce the time it takes to colour an image like this with larger open areas for colouring.

 

When working with Prismacolor pencils I tend to use Zest-It Pencil Blend with paper stumps to blend. This is an alternative to odourless mineral spirits such as Gamsol.

 

My preferred paper for pencil work varies, but when using a solvent to blend I use a fairly smooth paper like the Winsor & Newton Smooth Surface Cartridge pad (100lb/220gsm) or a Bristol Board. Basically, a fairly smooth surface with a little “tooth”. The more “tooth” or the rougher the paper, the more layers of coloured pencil you should be able to add.

 

When using alcohol markers purely as a base layer, it is better to prioritise your paper choice for pencil work. If you aren’t doing any marker blending, you don’t need a paper that works well for that but you will want one that takes pencil nicely. The papers mentioned above work really well for this. If you intended to use pencils to enhance or tidy up details on an image coloured mainly with markers, you would need to choose a paper that works well for marker blending.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this first look at incorporating pencils! Next week I will be showing a comparison of some different pencil brands, so watch this space…

 

MWAH!

 

~Elaineabella

 

it’s Bellarific Friday!

Hiya sistahs!  I have to say when I scroll through the blog, it makes me so happy to see little nuggets sprinkled throughout the week.  I am going to try my best to keep that up!  Do you like it too??

Well it’s friday… time to think of what diet to start on Monday LOLOL.. and also a GORGEOUS… OUTSTANDING… roundup of INSPIRING creations!

Our theme this week was an INSPIRATION photo.. so anything that inspires you from this photo is an entry!  The colours.. the floral theme.. the crafty theme.. the sewing theme.. you get da picture

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Let’s see what our baberoonis came up with shall we?

AliceWERTZabella used our MASON JAR of FLOWERS Stamp and Cut it out bundle (did you know that if you buy our CUT IT OUT die and matching stamp as a bundle, you save 15%?  just sayin’)

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Danabella also used our Mason jar of Flowers STAMP and CUT IT OUT bundle

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Same image.. 2 completely different looks.. that’s why STAMPING IS MAGICAL sistahs!!!

Faye-W-J-abella used MEET EDNA CUT IT OUT and STAMP BUNDLE

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Kerribella used TINY TOWNIE HEIDI needs a HUG

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Lesliebella used the BUNNY WOBBLE and the PEONY stamp and CUT IT OUT BUNDLE

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Sandiebella used I HEART YOU

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Shelabella used Tiny Townie FAIRY BEST FRIENDS

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Stephabella used Edna blows a kiss and her SIGN BASE

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Tracybella used TINY TOWNIE DOROTHY the DREAMER

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TracyMACabella used our TINY TOWNIE BONNIE loves BOWS STAMP and CUT IT OUT DIE BUNDLE

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Aren’t these AMAZING sistahs?

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And now for our AMAZING SISTAHOOD!

First, please click on THIS LINK.. scroll to the bottom and you will see all of our INLINKZ contributions!  They are AMAZING!

And now for our emailed contributions!

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Christine’s card using Edna blows a KISS. I got so excited yesterday that I posted it a bit early lol

 

Mari

Mari used FLOWER GARDEN

Amazing contributions!! thank you my sistahs!!!

Now for next week’s theme?

A MOJOBELLA SKETCHYPOO!!!

MojoBella sketch 9 - April 22

If you are not sure how to enter our challenge, please CLICK HERE for instructions

Mwah to da sistahs who don’t need to think of monday diets LOL

Em

 


recap/inspiration THURSDAY!

Hiya sistahs!

I just love posting stuff from da sistahood.. so I think I am going to go through our FACEBOOK GROUP and on INSTAGRAM (if you tag @stampingbella and #stampingbella) once in a while and share the GORGEOUSNESS here.. ok?  you DOWN wit dat?  Ok good.

First I wanted to show a card I spotted on FB by Deborah Deruyck using Uptown girl VIENNA on her VESPA… these pleats?  I CANNOT.  If someone doesn’t teach me how to pleat RIGHT NOW I am gonna have a conniption (sp?) fit.  LOL

How stunning is this? so clean and crisp no?  Thank you so much Deborah for sharing this with us.. you are so talented!

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I also wanted to share a card by the talented Christine LEVISON.. using EDNA blows a KISS.. I LOVE EDNA!!!! and CHRISTINE!  Christine told me her mom’s name was Edna so our character holds a dear place in her heart :)  I love stories like that!

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Thank you so much ladies for thinking of Stamping Bella before you sit down and create :) it means the world to me!

MWAH and see you tomorrow for bellarific friday!

it’s not too late to enter.. check out the inspiration photo challenge HERE

Em