WELCOME TO BLOGABELLA

bzzzzzzzzz (sound of a machine buzzing)

to my dearest and wonderful and QUIET sistahs

Where oh where have you been?  you don’t write… you don’t call… ARE YOU CHEATING ON ME?  come on.. cough it up… which blogs are you all visiting??? The same ones I have been visiting too probably..LOL!

So for the past 2 days I have been working SO DILIGENTLY on my packaging.  I have been thinking about it for a very long time.. my packaging needs “OOMPH”.. needs a little “PIZZAZZ” (you all know I love that word).. something that screams SISTAH or BELLA.. well I must tell you.. after alloting the time (which I don’t have) and bringing my Nickabella with me for the meetings, it has been created!  OMG.. I cannot wait for them to be printed cuz they are too cute for words.. actually they are edible (Oh did I mention 1 week on Weight watchers and did not lose an ounce?  I have been cheating for the last 2 days hoping to trick the scale.. that the MORE you eat, the MORE you lose.. think that’ll work? double HMPH).

So my ‘printing guy’ has moved his office which used to be at a retail location and is now at manufacturing site… needless to say, in this heat, we ventured over to their windowless, claustrophobic, basement office with no air conditioning… Yesterday’s meeting was brutal.  I thought nicky would pass out.. literally.  I figured she wouldn’t want to come with me today for the followup meeting but she did…. I was wondering.. if she was so hot yesterday, why on earth would she come again today?

We get to their office today and smell the presses and are stuck in a 2*2 room (what I do for my sistahs.. ) and are sweating and all of a sudden I hear  the whir of a machine go on.. something that sound like this “BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ” (say it out loud… I know you are aren’t you).. I look at Nicky and am 100% totally and UTTERLY mortified.  I mean THIS was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  I wanted to actually be placed in one of those presses and never come out.  Nicky WHIPPED OUT this battery operated FAN out of her purse.. yes, you read me correctly.. a BATTERY OPERATED FAN in the middle of our meeting and just HELD it in front of her face.. COULD YOU BELIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEE it?  I tried to ignore this.. I swear I did.. and I actually gave her SEVERE EYEMAIL to no avail and tried to forget about this.. and I kinda did.  About a half an hour later.. it dawned on me again.. I looked at her and said.. do you understand that you took out a mini fan from your purse turned it on (honestly, at that moment it sounded like the LOUDEST noise I have ever heard) and just held it to your face?? LOLOLOL.. she shrugged and said that she was hot and there was nothing wrong with it.. and that ALL YOU SISTAHS would agree with her 🙂  Do you think we have fun when we are together??????

So that’s my story for the day..

oh and did I mention that i posted booboobella (cuz you nurses out there wanted a non-baby nurse) and I posted babybellafella (TO DIE FOR).. thought I would make you read through the whole post before I rewarded you . 

Please don’t leave me like that again… i need comments.. SHOW DA LOVE sistahs

Big time missed you 🙂

Mwah!

Em

you SOOOO punny sistahs

Just wanted to let you know that fun was had this weekend :).. lots of kiddie time and even an extra day to spend with them (long weekend over here)..!  Lots of stories but soooo tired right now.. Wanted to let you sistahs know that I have updated and added to the “you’re punny” section and put some more sentiments up!

Mwah mwah mwah! I miss you!! Haven’t heard from many of you for a while

g’night

Me.

So I had to make a wedding card (mmmm wedding cake)

and of course had to scramble and this is what I came up with.. again, very simple but cute, no?  Check out my new Bellas rose tree border!  I just lovey that one.. it makes such a statement.  I also used this sentiment found here.  I used brilliance twilight black?  Is that a colour?  I will have to check at home but it is like a sparkly charcoal grey…. Don’t ask me about these fantabulous emBELLAshments cuz this was a sneak peak to what’s coming… they are SO SPARKLY and BAUBLY and cute.. so just salivate for now cuz once they are here… you in BEEG TRUBBLE.. lol.

Enjoy the card.. I hope you likey and I will post throughout the weekend ( I HOPE).. it is a long weekend here!

love and mwahs to da YUMMY sistahs

Em

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SMMMAAARRRRTTTTT CARTTTTTTT

Hiya eggrolls (that’s what I am craving now),

you sistahs were asking me about the smmmarrrt cart.. welllll.. if you want one you can  get them at www.bigbasketco.com.  Tell Erik Metzger that you spoke to Em @ Stamping Bella and he will hook you up!

Hope this helps the budget 🙂

 Someone had a GREAT Idea, to keep the cart near your desk with all your essentials in it.. I am gonna do that tonight!

MWAH

Em

 

emBELLAshment cards

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 Ok tootsie rolls (aka sistahs… aka you can tell I started weightwatchers as I am addressing you all as FOOD),

I have uploaded 2 cards to show you how much I LOVEY these charms.. Nicky is working on a bunch more to show you innovative ways to use them.. GO NICKY (no pressure)..

For the first card, I used the knit sweater charm (which i LOOOOOVE by the way.. the detail is amazing) and my purl gurl stamp on a plain white card using bellas BEST PAPER, used Romance Bazill and a pink and white sheer ribbon.. that’s it.. tres simple.. used grey versafine for the sentiment.  For the second card I used my chef’s hat and rolling pin charm–the teeny tiny rolling pin hanging is TDF and my NEW sentiment.. I call it the “squooshies” Life is how you bake it.. you can use chefabella with it too! (notice the FOOD THEME HERE?)

I hope you love them as much as I do 🙂

 Mwah to the tootsie rolls-chocolate bars-pepperoni pizzas-bread with butters-you get the ideaS

Em

 

ok I did it.

you sistahs have BEEN SOOOO GOOOD that I decided to post bookwormabella.  Check out her worm and her glasses.. could you not just EAT her (if you click on the magnifying glass, you will see the 2 sentiments)?  I know I can.  Charms will be done tomorrow! and I am hoping to get some samples up… Having lotsa fun sistahs.  I hope you are on this crazy ride with me.. cuz I am really up to lotsa good….

COME WITH ME….. k?

 Mwah!

Em

hiya tootsies

I am still uploading those charms.. LOL.. as I unwrap each one, I get all excited again and it makes it worth the effort..LOL.  Check out the Barbecue.. it has teeny tiny hamburgers on it! LOL.. that is SO me.  I have added the empty bottles to my site which has the felt tip dauber where you can put your gamsol, or odorless mineral spirits.. you can put a WASH in there, bleach.. you name it, you can put it in there.. hope that helps (I have been getting requests!).. what else?  hmm.. I have been working on some backgrounds.. so you will see them trickle in, along with THE COOLEST sentiments.. I didn’t even announce this one, but people found it!  I LOVE it (and the font).. so more in that style is coming throughout the week.. I will try to make my announcements!

Here’s a card that our very own Nickabella made.. I LOOOOOVE IT!!!  It’s using the new Bella reverse polky dot background

 

let me know if you lovey?

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signing off..

Roger 10-4

MWAH!

Me.

OMG sistahs

Hiya everyone!!!!

The day has come.. actually there is SO MUCH MORE coming so stay tuned.  Over the next 2 days I will be launching something BIG… something I LOVE.. something I totally believe in.  I will be launching a HUGE Bella Card Charm line.  I think I have over 80 that will be posted!! They are all designed to match with the bella line… Cards will be coming throughout the week showing how versatile they are.  I made it my mission to have them hand cast here in Canada by a wonderful company I have discovered.  The quality and detail is PHENOM, they are light in colour AND light in weight made of a beautiful pewter.  The great thing also is that they are almost 97% lead free if not more so that makes them totally wearable! (Will try to make samples). 

I also have some stamps to launch too

 I miss da SISTAHS..!

Mwah!

ME.

YET ANOTHER CHA ANECDOTE

LOL.. I am already beginning to giggle thinking about this moment.. Nicky and I were walking the show and low and behold I see something lime green at the corner of my eye.  Well sistahs you know that me and lime green?  we get along REAL good.  So I immediately LEAP (picture me as a bellarina..NOT A CHANCE) towards this color.  I nearly fainted.  HONESTLY. I whip out my camera and start chatting with the owners of the booth.. they look at me as if I am on CRACK (I know yet another shocker) as I was SO excited about their product.  They start demoing and showing me how AMAZING this thing was.. and I agreed and told him I had one already….

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Yup, you got it.. it’s the SMARRRRRTTTTT   CARTTTTTTTTTT.. yet mine has blue yucky baskets.  hmph.  If I woulda known that there was green out there.. who woulda THUNK IT???  Are you sistahs laughing your heads off yet?  So I had to ‘splain to the guy that I was in love with his product and actually wanted to marry it.  so this is me IN HEAVEN with these 2 guys.. they thought I was in love with them but little did they know that that baby sitting in front of us was the object of my obssession….

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 well that’s my story for the night

mwah!

love love love the sistahs

Em

 

where do I begin?

OK, this may be a little long winded.. so bear with me (is it BEAR or BARE?  neither look quite right).

Nicky and I had a fantabulous time.  Flight was great.. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to find her in the airport but lo and behold, as I reached the baggage claim area, I see this pink mass approaching me with an ear to ear grin… IT WAS HER!!! How excited WAS I?????  We get our baggage and head for the hotel room.  At this point, Nicky and I were FULLLL of energy.  We check in, and get our room and take a look at this pic

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 ok, so you see the speck of a person at the END OF THE HALLWAY???? well that was where our room was… LOL.  Nicky said that it was too far from the elevator, I say to her NAAAHHH.. it’s good exercise.  Let me tell you by day 4, we almost CRAWLED on our fours to get there..LOL!

Well, I was OBSESSED to see a stamp store there, and go to target and go to a stamp store so we paid a taxi to drag us to all these places.. I can’t even TELL you how much that was but I almost put my house up for a second mortgage!!  We went a wonderful store called Stampology where the owner, Dave was a RIOT.. just like one of us!!  He made us feel right at home, told us to DITCH the cabby and took us back to the hotel! (I bought 2 of the new sets of twinkling H2Os there.. SO MUCH FUN!! Anyway, I could go on and on about this but I will moooooveeee on.

Lisa Strahl, who has become a close friend over the last 6 months, stayed at the hotel and called me when she arrived.. she came to our room (5 doors down from hers LOL.. and HERS WAS CLOSER TO THE ELEVATOR) and we hugged and hugged.. we were looking at eachother in awe like “I CAN”T BELIEVE WE FINALLY MET!!” and we were inseparable since.

 This picture was from the morning before I set foot at the CHA

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Is she STUNNING or what?? (she is the sexy blondabella next to the brunettabella which is ME).. So talented as well but I digress.. lots to talk about. Here is a pic of Nic and Lisa and me… How can a bella put dress pants on all floofy and flowy with a pair of crocs??? LOL

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Now HOW DEELISH is my nickabella? she is DA BOMB baby!!!!Mwah to my Nicky.  I would be absolutely lost without her 🙂

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Ok, so we went to CHA.  I was a newbie at this CHA business and all Nicky did was warn me as she saw that my patience was thin.. LOL.  I have no patience to sit at make and takes, I no likey waiting in line.. the usual TYPE A behavior.  So instead of walking in the CHA and starting to walk it, we decided to go for brekkie..LOL!  We went to the cafeteria and sure enough we meet MORE people.. Ellen Hutson (OMG can you believe???).. she is as AMAZING WONDERFUL BRILLIANT CREATIVE PHENOM as you would think.. and TALLLLL did you think she was tall?  I didn’t expect THAT! LOL , At the table there was also Karen Lockhart who has an AMAZING line of stamps.. so scrumptious and deelish and beautiful.. she draws the couture fruit and veggie dresses and she has the most amazing (my favorite actually) cupcakes you have ever seen.. and her colouring?? OMG.. Nicky and I are tempted to fly to Seattle to take a class!  Then comes MOI and then Ellen and then the gorgeous redhead Trudee Sauer, the AMAZINGLY talented Debbie Olsen and the PHENOM sistah whom I love to pieces Michelle Wooderson.

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 I am gonna go through the photos first and then I will tell you my thoughts on CHA (no photos of products just ideas from the bella’s head)

next image is with Nick, me (how NICE is my lipgloss..OMG), Megan Hoeppner (Assitant editor to Papercrafts Mag)–otherwise known as DA BOMB FO’ SHO’– , Trudee and Lisa.. cute pic, no?

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Ok, so we go to the show.. walk around.. and I stumble upon one of the actual companies which started my stamping ride (I think I own every one of their stamps).. They are the gang at RUBBER SOUL… Their stamps are AMAZING… don’t walk.. RUN to their website and buy!! Dani broke the ice by putting a temporary skeleton tattooo on me and then photographing me.. after that, we were BFFFFF’s.. it’s like we were one and the same?!  I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE HERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR and I want you to infiltrate her blog (on home page of site) and just keep writing her comments to prove that YES, there ARE people reading her blog..LOL .. so just write that Em said to say hi! LOL.

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  I was a newbie at this CHA business and all Nicky did was warn me as she saw that my patience was thin.. LOL.  I have no patience to sit at make and takes, I no likey waiting in line.. the usual TYPE A behavior.  So instead of walking in the CHA and starting to walk it, we decided to go for brekkie..LOL!  We went to the cafeteria and sure enough we meet MORE people.. Ellen Hutson (OMG can you believe???).. she is as AMAZING WONDERFUL BRILLIANT CREATIVE PHENOM as you would think.. and TALLLLL did you think she was tall?  I didn’t expect THAT! LOL , At the table there was also Karen Lockhart who has an AMAZING line of stamps.. so scrumptious and deelish and beautiful.. she draws the couture fruit and veggie dresses and she has the most amazing (my favorite actually) cupcakes you have ever seen.. and her colouring?? OMG.. Nicky and I are tempted to fly to Seattle to take a class!  Then comes MOI and then Ellen and then the gorgeous redhead Trudee Sauer, the AMAZINGLY talented Debbie Olsen and the PHENOM sistah whom I love to pieces Michelle Wooderson.

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I am probably jumping all over the place but hey, I am SO excited about this!!

I think I am gonna post more pics as the week progresses so now I thinky I am gonna tell you my thoughts on CHA… n’k?

 I was very excited to go and see all the yummalicious things.. there was plenty of eye candy.. lots of colours, lots of different flairs and flavors; I soaked everything in the first day.. checked some booths out etc.. second day I was ready to form an opinion.. as a cardmaker first and foremost, I appreciated all the eye candy but I felt that there wasn’t anything for me to SINK my teeth into.. YKWIM?  I was a little disappointed? (shrieks from everyone)… OF COURSE I was ABLE to find goodies for the sistahs… and Nicky and I just didn’t stop talking about our inspirations, the direction this company should go in, the diverse ideas etc.. and BOY are you sistahs in for some good times… I definitely WAS inspired at this show and really need to go to the winter show as there are more booths… became completely obssessed with COPIC MARKERS which you can read about on Ellen’s blog and I must OWN ALL 311 COLORS… ya mind? so that is something COMPLETELY worth looking into.. YUM!!  I am not about to give away what i ordered.. How could I??!?!? BUT what I can promise you is that I am gonna have a HUGE line released next week which is not from CHA but from before.. so STAY TUNED.  So those are my thoughts… the highlight of this trip was Not really the show but the bonding that went on.. I mean, having a room full of the most talented people ever?  I was in awe the whole time.

More to come tomorrow..

sorry for being long winded.. if you have any questions just post them in the comments and I will respond to you…..

MWAH TO ALL THE PATIENT SISTAHS

love love love you all

Em