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it’s BELLARIFIC FRIDAY sistahs!

and its a DOOZY.  What a week.  We were in Montreal for the long weekend last weekend.. my father is doing a bit better.. and the convincing of him moving to Toronto seems to be working.  There’s still tomorrow for minds to be changed LOL.  Now after coming back from the long weekend we noticed that one of are cats was really not doing well.. not eating.. lying down .. lethargic.. no sparkle in his eye.. not eating.. not drinking.. it was horrible.  He is now in the animal hospital being hydrated.. he may have pancreatitis.. and I CAN”T EVEN discuss what the cost has been so far.  Phooey.  Blech.  Terrible.. the money hurts but seeing poor Jasper being “lumpy” was a bit worse.  hmph.

ANYHOO that’s been my week.  Hope yours has been a bit bettah.

This week’s theme was a SKETCHYPOO.

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let’s see what our baberoonis have come up with shall we?

I have to start with Sandiebella’s because it pretty much sums up how I feel right about now LOL

Sandie used one of our CHICKS who couldn’t EVEN..  Yup.. THASSSSS me!

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AliceWERTZabella used BUDDING CHICK CUT IT OUT and RUBBER STAMP BUNDLE (remember when you buy the bundle you save 15%!)

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Danabella used CHICKS with a SPRINKLE ON TOP

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FAYwjABELLA used Maisy and Madeline have some tea

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Lesliebella used MILTON

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Kerribella used OWLIVER loves to CELEBRATE

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Shelabella used SLICK CHICK

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Stephabella used CUPCAKE THIEF

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Tracybella used EDNA with a CUPCAKE ON TOP

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TracyMACabella used OWLIVER loves to celebrate CUT IT OUT and RUBBER STAMP BUNDLE

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How’s DAT to put a smile on your face?  Seeing all of these makes me feel better :)

Now for our sistahood!

Check out our INLINKZ contributors at the bottom of THIS POST

Please remembah sistahs.. always use a CURRENT stamp on your entries!  If you would like to enter and don’t know how, click HERE for information :)

Now for our EMAILED contirbutions

Now for NEXT WEEK’S THEME?

USE YOUR FAVORITE EMBELLISHMENT on your card using a current stamping bella image… do you love washi? ribbon? veneer embellishments?  Take out your stash and make a card for us!  would love to see!

Mwah to da sistahs who love bellarific fridays


it’s DESIGN TEAM THURSDAY with FAYE-WJ-ABELLA!

Please read with an English accent. Thank you!
Every once in a while, I like to give the Copics a rest (I figured they deserve it.) and dig out the Pencils. (I used Polychromos here.) I love colouring with Pencils, (Sssssssh, don’t tell the Markers!) I enjoy how the resulting rough texture of Pencil on paper, is so different to the buttery smoothness you get from colouring with Copics. Ummm, mmm.

Anyhoo. Instead of just colouring with Pencils, I thought I’d play around with colouring in Pencil, on different coloured card and comparing the results. I know. Far out!

So, first things first. I used white card, (booooooring, in a coloured card experiment, I know, but, we need a base line, Peeps.) kraft card and black card.

In the case of the white and kraft cards, they both had a bit of tooth, or texture to them, which is great for Pencil work. The black card was lovely and thick, but it was smoother and so didn’t take as many layers of Pencil before the fibres broke down.

I used the exact same Pencils on each of the images, but, on the kraft and black card, I put down an initial layer of white Pencil First. Who said that was cheating?!

Alrighty then, here’s Tiny Townie Penelope has a Pencil on white card…

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Isn’t she adorbs? Luuuuurve her. Here she is again, this time on kraft card…

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Oh my, she’s sooooooo cute. Let’s just have another little peek at her…

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Did you notice how I stamped the image in different coloured inks on each coloured paper? Yep, I live life on the edge. Rock ‘n’ Roll, Baby!

So, you can’t have three Penelopes sitting on the desk with no party to go to. Better sort that out. Look, all the same, but different. Oooooooooh…

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Well done on keeping the English accent going all the way though! Have a great day. Hugs xx

it’s MARKER GEEK MONDAY!!

Monday again! Seriously, I’m getting a little freaked out about the pace at which these Mondays are coming around. Somebody stop the ride, I want to get off for a minute!

 

If you’re joining us for the first time you may want to check out the previous Marker Geek Monday posts HERE.

 

This week I’ve got a little video for you. You can watch me colour one of our recent releases, the lovable and totally squishable EDNA. She’s got her own section on the website, because y’know, she’s a bit of a diva. 😉 Today’s image is MEET EDNA.

Here’s a bonus colour map so you can colour along! (See HERE for instructions on obtaining the main colour maps for Stamping Bella images.)

 

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I used one of my “go to” hair colour combos, which you can find in this post HERE along with a few others!

 

For past Stamping Bella colouring videos, you can check out this THIS PLAYLIST over on my Marker Geek Youtube Channel!

 

Have a fantastic, colourful week. Remember to experiment, then pop back and share your results here with us on the blog or over on Instagram using #markergeekmonday ! We love to hear from you, so don’t be shy.

 

MWAH!

 

~Elaineabella

it’s BELLARIFIC FRIDAY sistahs!

YAY!! I LOVE FRIDAYS!!

And off I go to Montreal again to visit my dad for the long weekend

this week’s challenge was an inspiration photo

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SOOOO pretty and can be interpreted in so many different ways… the wedding theme.. the floral theme.. the colors.. the stance.. you name it, it works!

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

AliceWERTZabella used TINY TOWNIE BONNIE loves BOWS stamp and CUT IT OUT Bundle

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Danabella used our CLOSEUPS “I DO”

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FAYE-W-J-ABELLA used UPTOWN GIRL MELANIE THE MODERN BRIDE

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Kerribella used TINY TOWNIE BONNIE LOVES BOWS

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Lesliebella used closeups “I DO”

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Sandiebella used our MASON JAR OF FLOWERS STAMP and CUT IT OUT BUNDLE

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Shelabella used TINY TOWNIE BONNIE loves BOWS

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Stephabella used UPTOWN GIRL BRIGITTE the BRIDE

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Tracybella used our MASON JAR OF HEARTS stamp and CUT IT OUT BUNDLE

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TRACYMACabella used UPTOWN GIRL BRIGITTE the BRIDE

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These are soooo BEEYOOTIFUL arent they?  *DROOLWORTHY* I say!

Here are some cards from our SISTAHOOD!

 

 

Such gorgeous cards.. so little time LOL

Now for NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE

a MOJOBELLA sketch!

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Mwah to da sistahs who LOVE Bellarific FRIDAY


It’s DESIGN TEAM THURSDAY WITH….

Lesliebella!

It’s my turn for Design Team (DT) Thursday and today I’m going to show you how I combined two different Stamping Bella images to make a “new” image.  This was a special order birthday card for a little girl who loves purple and does many types of dance including ribbon dancing.

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I combined two stamp sets to make this card for her. 

 

(Tiny Townie Fairy Best Friends)

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and 

 

(Tiny Townie Tiny Dancers)

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I coloured up the left Tiny Townie Fairy with copic markers.  I used the matching Cut It Out and then cut off the other Fairy so I was left with this image

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Then I coloured up one of the ribbons from Tiny Townie Dancers and fussy cut it out.  This is what it looked like.

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I added it over the Fairy’s hand to cover up the fact that I’d cut off the other fairy – LOL.  I popped up both the image and the ribbon for some dimension.  Here’s a closer look

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I love making custom order cards for people and combining different Stamping Bella images makes it easy!

 

I’ve made many cards combining images and sentiments.  Here are just a few

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Make a Wish Hoppy Poppy image with partial sentiment from Milton

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Uptown Girl Curly Clara Needs Your Address with sentiment from Uptown Girl Sunny is Stylish.

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Pampered image with sentiment from Uptown Girl Serena Has a Sign.  (This was a thank you for a spa gift card I received)

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Uptown Girl Fiona Loves Flowers image with sentiment from Uptown Girl Brittany the Birthday Girl.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this DT Thursday and you look at your stamps differently now and find ways to combine images.

 

Cheerio…..Leslie

it’s MARKER GEEK MONDAY!

Time for another Marker Geek Monday! Hopefully a splash of colour will help banish the Monday blues. 😉

 

If you’re joining us for the first time you may want to check out the previous Marker Geek Monday posts HERE.

 

This week I’d like to encourage you to play with your markers (or other colouring mediums) and see how you can achieve variety and interest in your colouring with a limited palette.

 

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As you can see, I’ve been having fun with MONIQUE LOVES MACARONS, one of the fun Stamping Bella Uptown Girl images. This one is perfect for testing out how using markers from one main “combo” in different ways can create different results. On each stamped image I have taken one main Copic combo and used markers from it on each macaron to create an attractive, eye-catching stack.

 

I’d also like to remind you that your results with the same combos are likely to be different. The look you achieve with your markers will vary depending on how heavily you apply the ink, how much you layer, the order in which you use the markers in a combo, the paper you use etc. This is the beauty of Copic markers – you can build a great deal of depth and variety of colour with quite a limited selection of markers. So, if your collection is still in the early stages, or you are just about to get started, don’t be disheartened! You can have a lot of fun with less markers than you might think. 😉

 

If you don’t have the colours I’ve used, grab a combo of markers you do have and try something similar with those.

 

Top Tips:

  • If there is a big gap between some of your markers (or they just don’t blend nicely), like Y11 and YR23 in my examples below, use the “tip to tip” blending method to help blend. This technique involves picking up some of the ink from your darker marker on the nib of the lighter marker, and using that as your mid-tone to blend on the paper. You can either pick the ink up directly from the marker nib, or scribble some ink onto an acrylic block first.
  • If you have difficulty creating the depth you would like in shadow areas, use your greys to help out (see HERE for some tips on greys).

 

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There’s something quite satisfying about seeing all those colourful macaron stacks! Another great image to play with would be the MACARON BOUQUET stamp.

 

Have a fantastic, colourful week. Remember to experiment, then pop back and share your results here with us on the blog or over on Instagram using #markergeekmonday ! We love to hear from you, so don’t be shy.

 

MWAH!

 

~Elaineabella

It’s BELLARIFIC FRIDAY!

Hiya sistahs,

so sorry for the late post… was driving again from Toronto to Montreal to visit my father.. He is recovering but this weekend will be the talk that he should move to Toronto.  Wish me luck sistahs!

For this week’s theme we had a MOJOBELLA sketch

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

First an announcement.  We are saying goodbye to Angelabella as she has a huge job and responsibility at work.  I LOVE Angela to pieces and want to thank her for all the hard work, loyalty and love she put into our amazing team.  We all wish Angela lots of luck with her new amazing and exciting responsibilities at work!

AliceWERTZabella used MARCHING CHICK

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Danabella used MAKE A WISH HOPPY POPPY

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FAYE-W-J-abella used Edna blows a kiss Stamp and CUT IT OUT DIE bundle

 

Kerribella used Edna blows a KISS STAMP and CUT IT OUT BUNDLE  AND Edna blows a kiss DAISY BASE STAMP and CUT IT OUT and Edna blows a kiss SIGN BASE stamp and CUT IT OUT bundle

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Sandiebella used SLICK CHICK

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Shelabella used OWLIVER loves to CELEBRATE

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Stephabella used MARCHING CHICK

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TracyBELLA used GARDENING CHICKS

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TracyMACABELLA used IRON CHEF CHICKS

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Are these AMAZING OR WHAT?  hmph.  if I only had a mm of the talent that our sistahood and our baberoonis have!

Now check out our INLINKZ contributions at the bottom of THIS POST for this week’s contributions

and now for our SISTAHOOD’s email contributions :)

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Nancee used HONEYBEAR STUFFIES

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Rachel used BENTLEY gets BLOWN AWAY

 

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Susan used SWEATY CHICKS

AMAZINGNESS!

Now for next week’s theme?

an inspiration photo! Use the floral theme.. wedding theme.. color scheme.. whatever inspires you sistahs!

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It’s DT (design team) Thursday!

Hiya sistahs.. every Thursday, Our DT baberoonis will contribute to my blog by making projects to inspire you!  I hope you LOVE DT Thursday as much as I do :)

MWAH!

Em

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Hi everyone!  Michele here. Today I’m sharing tips for adding dimension to our images.  It’s easy with two or three extra stamp impressions, a bit of foam tape and a sharp pair of scissors.

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In looking at Stamping Bella’s lovely new Uptown Girl, Melanie the Modern Bride. I decided to pop up the bottom portion of her dress as well as her bouquet.

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I first stamped a full image onto X-Press It Blending Card. On a second panel, I stamped the bouquet portion and then the skirt portion of the dress.

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On the full image, I colored her hair, skin and skirt. When I pop up portions of an image, I always color the bottom layer as sometimes that portion can still be seen along the edges, beneath the raised area. Here, it probably isn’t as important because the area is basically white. I used this opportunity to shade in some pleats and to ensure that’s what I wanted to show on the top layer. (Consider it “practice.”)  J

Once I was satisfied with the shading, I colored the separate partial/skirt image the same way.

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Next, I did the same thing with the flowers. I colored the flowers on the full image, then the smaller portion to be cut out later. My first intention was to cut out the hanging ribbons as well but then I decided that was insane and only used a portion of that piece (which you will see in a bit).

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Once the extra pieces were colored, I carefully cut out each using sharp scissors, cutting right up to the line. Notice that I left a portion of the flowers at the top of the cut out skirt. By including a bit of that area, I avoid cut lines showing once the smaller flower image is adhered over top. I also nipped off the hanging ribbons from the bouquet, leaving the loops to pop up along with the flowers and the ribbons to hang below.

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For a realistic look, I wanted the bottom edge of the skirt popped up with the top edge adhered flat.  So on the back side of the skirt along the bottom edge, I placed pieces of X-Press It ½” foam tape, and I applied liquid glue at the waistline. A piece of foam tape was adhered to the back of the flowers as well.

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Aligning the top and bottom edges, I carefully adhered the skirt, applying pressure to the top portion to secure the liquid glue.

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I adhered the flowers, carefully aligning with the flowers below.

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I die-cut an oval frame from Blending Card, embossed the dotted lattice design then added foam tape around the back and adhered over the image.  (I used Blending Card instead of card stock for the oval panel so that the whites would be a perfect match.)

You can add loads of interest to your work by popping up areas of the design, small or large. I hope you’ll give it a try!

Thanks so much for visiting!