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it’s BELLARIFIC FRIDAY sistahs!

I hope you’re having a great week and I so hope you are loving all of our posts… I think they are so amazing ifidosaysomyself LOL

We are all in Montreal again.. we helped settle my father into the rehabilitation facility for his hip AGAIN.. and therapy has begun AGAIN.. it seems like he is recovering at a more rapid pace this time but his mindset is still quite negative so it is VERY tough..  but we are plowing through it hoping things will get better.  Meanwhile we are enjoying the city .. actually showing the kidlets where we are from.. from our old houses where we lived to restaurants we went to as kids to McGill University where I graduated from.. going for walks and of course ending almost every night with this..  please note MAJOR DIET STARTS in AUGUST LOL.

Ryan discovered this ice cream place called “LA DIPERIE”… omg the concept of this place is that you order vanilla soft serve, then they have 30 hot dips to dip the vanilla into… dips like coffee crisp.. dulce de leche.. oreo cookie, banana, … AND THEN.. wait for it… wait for it… they dip THAT into any TOPPING you want.. like oreos.. coffee crisp.. hazelnuts.. fleur de sel.. lavender.. smarties.. you name it.. is that INSANE OR WHAT?

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Here’s Tyler with his OREO dip and OREO TOPPING

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Here’s Jayden with her COOKIE DOUGH dip and OREO TOPPING.  I CANNOT EVEN…

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we also tried to teach the kids about the Montreal “joie de vivre”.. just the feeling I used to have growing up… We randomly walked into this restaurant and found Ryan’s oldest friend and his family.. we pulled tables together, drinks flowing.. laughing.. reminiscing.. it was just the therapy and nostalgia I needed.. We then went to St. Viateur bagel at 11:30 PM.. a Montreal institution.. and couldn’t help MAWING (it’s my word for shoving down my throat) the FRESH HOT WOOD BURNING OVEN BAGELS …. sooooo good.  If you ever have a chance to visit Montreal you HAVE to go to St. Viateur.  Promise?  k

Now on to our regular show 🙂

Today’s Bellarific Friday theme is CHRISTMAS in July

AliceWERTZabella used PENGUIDEER

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Carlabella used UPTOWN GIRL QUINN

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Danabella used PETUNIA loves CHRISTMAS

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FAYE-WJ-ABELLA used Uptown girl EVE under the MISTLETOE

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Kerribella used THE CHOIR

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Sandiebella used UPTOWN GIRL EVE under the MISTLETOE

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Shelabella used MAGGIE with PENGUIN AND  Edna Blows a kiss SIGN BASE

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and Stephabella used UPTOWN GIRL EVE under the MISTLETOE

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How’s that for some Christmas Cheer?  LOVE.

Check out our INLINKZ contributors at the bottom of THIS post

and now for our emailed sistahood contributions!

here’s Gail’s card closed

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and then  when you open it she used MERRY EVERYTHING!

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Heather used SANTA EXPRESS

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Lynda used SINGIN so BEAUTIFUL

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Amazingness!!

Now for next week’s theme?

a MOJOBELLA sketch!

use any CURRENT Stamping Bella image following this sketch and send it ovah!

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It’s DESIGN TEAM THURSDAY with STEPHABELLA!

Stamping Bella DT Thursday with Stephabella - Dimensional Images Cardmaking Tutorial. Click through to read the tutorial!

Hey everyone!

Steph here! Today I’m sharing some inspiration on how to give your stamping a fun 3-D decoupage effect!

I’ve made a couple of 3-D decoupage effect cards before- see my card below with Tiny Townie Bonnie Loves Bows

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This time I’m using Uptownie Winnie Looking Out The Window…

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Firstly, you need to look at the image to see what you need to stamp out to create the layers. Here I decided to stamp out:

  1. The complete image for the base of the image
  2. The complete image
  3. The window box and foliage
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On the 1st image, I coloured the entire image and paper pieced the curtains. I didn’t worry too much about the quality of colouring on the frame, window box and foliage as these will be covered by other layers.

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On the 2nd image (see left here), I coloured the frame and the window box and foliage (not worrying too much about the quality of colouring on the window box and foliage as this will be covered by a final layer). I then cut out the frame and the window box and foliage.

On the 3rd image (see right here), I coloured the window box and foliage and cut out. I then cut out a piece of acetate to fit the window

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I then made the rest of the card and stamped out the accompanying sentiment. I attached the acetate to the second layer of window frame using very thin (3mm) double-sided tape and assembled all the layers using 3-D foam pads

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You can see the layers here. I just love the effect it gives. Doesn’t she look so dreamy??!!

Hope you enjoyed this week’s tutorial and have fun creating your own 3-D scenes! x

it’s Wonderful Wednesdays With

Sandy Allnock-abella (lol)  I love how that sounds!

Hello again, sistahs! I’m Sandy Allnock – and I’m back again! This is installment #2 in the Bella 2.0 series this month…and I’m so grateful Em invited me to guest all through July!
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I wanted to give her some dimension in her face, as well as play with that pretty hair, so I got out my copics to have some fun. If you want to see some other ROCKING color combinations and techniques, be sure to see what Elaine did HERE. She’s my Copic hero! Watch my video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I’ll be back next Wednesday with another video – see you then!
SandySig PS In case we didn’t meet last week – I’m a crazy colorist and I post a couple videos a week, so if you’re a visual learner, come on over and visit on my blog and YouTube channel and we can have some fun. Oh and be sure to visit on Instagram too…since I’ll be sharing more Stamping Bella fun there all month, too!

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Marker Geek Monday: Copic Colouring a Ruffled Skirt Step by Step and Colouring Video

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! It’s me -Elaineabella – here to share some more colouring tips with you for Marker Geek Monday. Today I’m answering a request from last week’s comments section, where Annette asked for help with frilly/ruffled skirts like the one our adorable Tiny Townie Bree Loves Buttercream is modelling. I hope this helps, Annette!

If you missed last week’s post take a look when you’re done here, especially if fabric folds/pleats have been giving you a headache: Marker Geek Monday: Copic Pleats and Folds with Step by Step and Colouring Video.

Visit my Marker Geek Blog where you can find a card today featuring Tiny Townie Bree and watch a quick video showing how I coloured the whole image.

Step by Step Copic Colouring a Ruffled Skirt

Copic Colouring a Ruffled Skirt by Marker Geek ft Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Bree. Click through to read the article and watch a video!

The key here is not to aim for perfect blending. Lay down colour with a squiggly motion, creating irregular strokes following the curly puffy shapes in the image. This will give you a nice textured effect.. Use the lines in the image to decide where the shadow areas will be, and create some nice contrast between these and the highlight areas. It is this that will create real interest and bring the image to life. Don’t overthink it! In fact, before you start colouring try practicing on a scrap piece of paper, creating squiggly slightly messy textures, this will help you to loosen up before you get started on the image. Most importantly, as always, have fun!

Ruffled Skirt Copic Colouring Video

I have also put together a video showing how I coloured the ruffled skirt Bree is wearing. Like my Copic Hair Colouring Video and my Copic Pleats and Folds Colouring Video this video has only been sped up slightly, to allow you to see more clearly how I colour.

Tiny Townie Bree Loves Buttecream Copic Colour Map

Here is a full Copic Colour Map for the Tiny Townie Bree Loves Buttercream colouring featured in the videos. Remember that if you purchase Stamping Bella stamps you can obtain colour maps for the versions shown on the product packaging – go HERE to find out how to do that. Between those and the bonus colour maps featured here on the blog, you can build up a great library of colour combinations to try out with your own Copic collection.

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Bree Loves Buttercream Copic Colour Map by Marker Geek. Click through to read the article and watch a video!

Over To You!

If you try out the techniques shown in this post with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! We would love to see the results and hear how you feel about them. Show off your creations in the comments below and even better, share your own favourite tips with us. Let’s talk colour!

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above.  To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday as a hashtag.

Until next time, HAPPY COLOURING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

it’s BELLARIFIC FRIDAY!

Hiya sistahs Hope you had an amazing week!

We are heading to Montreal this week to take care of some loose ends.. and to really show my kidlets where we grew up.. yes they are 11 and 14 but every time we go in, it’s to someone’s house.. to visit etc.  I want to show them where we lived.. where our schools were.. the olympic stadium.. the old port.. beaver lake.. st. sauveur.. some fun stuff.. and at the end of that week we are going to Cape Cod for 5 days.  I CAN’T WAIT!  OF course I will be online at all times.. and of course you won’t even know I’m gone… LOL but just wanted to share what I’m up to!.  Oh another thing I’m up to?  AN AMAZING FANTASMAGORICAL holiday release!! Yup.. I’m aiming for mid august… and If I tell you how amazing it is.. I mean it’s AMAZING!  And yes I am like the GIRL who cried wolf because I say it all the time LOL.. but my stamps are my babies ya know 🙂

Ok enough blabla.  Let’s begin our Bellarific Friday show

This week’s theme was a MOJOBELLA sketch created by JULEE Tilman from VERVE

her sketches are amazing no?

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I must begin by saying that our TRACYMACABELLA has stepped down from the team.  I can’t even.  really.  I love TracyMACabella so much and her work is BAR NONE amazing!  She has lots of things on the go at the moment and she needs to focus on them and I totally understand… BUT I’M A SAD BELLA.  I wish Tracymacabella ONLY amazing things and she will ALWAYS have a spot with us whenever/if she is ready to come back.  MWAH TRACYMACABELLA.  WE LOVE YOU!!

AliceWERTZabella used TINY TOWNIE HAYLEY the HERO

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Carlabella’s card using Harry the Stuffie loves Happy mail

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Danabella used TINY TOWNIE AMANDA is AWESOME

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Faye-WJ-abella used UPTOWN GIRL ISABELLE loves ICE CREAM

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Kerribella used MILK AND COOKIES

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Sandiebella used CHRISTMAS PENGUINS

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Shelabella used UPTOWN GIRL POSH has a PRESENT

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Stephabella used UPTOWN COUPLE BELLA and BARNEY have a BBQ

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Amazingness no?

Check out our contributions on INLINKZ at the bottom of THIS POST

And now for our Sistahood emailed contribution!

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Fay used WIZ

and now for NEXT WEEK’s THEME?

CHRISTMAS IN JULY!  Just use any Stamping Bella Christmas Themed stamp or Christmas papers with a bella stamp and off you go!


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It’s DT THURSDAY with

AliceWERTZabella!

Alice made a GORGEOUS card for us today with her amazing NO LINE technique!  She uses ANTIQUE LINEN Distress Ink and Copic markers.. and she works her magic!

On this card she used our Tiny TOWNIE ANABELLE needs your ADDRESS

Anabelle is such an amazing stamp because as you see, you can put a die cut message in it.. you can use your favorite stamp sentiment in it.. you can even use it in your journal with your thoughts of the day!  So versatile, ifidosaysomyself

here’s the closeup just showing you the detail and how beautiful it is.. kind of like watercoloring no?

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and here is the final card… I just love it! I hope you do to0!

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MWAH

Em

 

It’s Wonderful Wednesdays with…..

SANDY ALLNOCK!!! 

Ya know, da sistah who created the amazing HEX CHART

da sistah who colours so beautifully in every medium out there?  Ya THAT Sandy Allnock. mmhmm

 

Hello sistahs! I’m Sandy Allnock – and I am so stinking excited to be guesting here on the blog all month! A little about me for those who I haven’t yet met: I color all the things. Yes, #allthethings. Give me any stamp with lines and I’ll go at it with some coloring medium or another! I create a couple videos a week, so if you’re a visual learner, come on over and visit on my blog and YouTube channel and we can have some fun. Oh and be sure to visit on Instagram too…since I’ll be sharing more Stamping Bella fun there all month, too!Sandy Allnock Fixing Coloring Mistakes

The first installment in my four Bella videos uses Beachabella – I’m first off jealous she rocks a bikini like that. But I also wanted to share some mistakes I made along the way with my Copic markers. Oopses can be our best way to learn, and since I make a lot of them – well, heck, I’m a learner extraordinaire! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I’ll be back next Wednesday with another video – see you then!
SandySig

it’s CRAZY TOOSDAY sistahs!

and you know what that means?  CRAZY PRICES for handpicked images for 24 hours only! These prices do not include the “CUT IT OUT DIES” but it makes buying them even more tempting.. BWAHAHAHAHA

Crazy  Tuesday happens every FIRST tuesday of the month and it’s SO MUCH FUN!  It’s a great way to continue your collection.. to start your collection.. to start a collection for someone else?  To start a gift pile?  Or simply to be able to have a little retail therapy without the guilt!

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to check out the CRAZY prices.. go to our website.. it’s on our front page!  It sure is CRAZY!

Happy shopping sistahs!

Marker Geek Monday: Copic Pleats and Folds Step by Step with Colouring Video

Another Monday rolls around, bringing with it a whole new week of possibilities and colour! It seems much better when you look at it that way, right? Positivity through colour!

This week I’m addressing a topic that I know many of you have been hoping for: Pleats and Folds. I have used Copic Markers for this post, but the approach will be similar for other mediums too. Whatever medium you use, hopefully this post will help you start to visualise how you can break down the colouring and approach adding pleats and folds to an image.

As of this week I’ve added an extra element to Marker Geek Monday. Over on my own Marker Geek Blog you can find a card featuring today’s image, along with a bonus Copic colouring video showing how I coloured a background for the image. When you’re done here, I invite you to pop on over and check it out: Flowersbehindmybackabella Simple Copic Background with Video. While you’re there I invite you to subscribe or bookmark the blog for regular Stamping Bella inspiration!

Step by Step Copic Colouring Pleats and Folds on Flowersbehindmybackabella

The Flowersbehindmybackabella rubber stamp from our recent release is perfect for practicing adding pleats and folds to an image. That dress offers lovely open space to colour in and get creative. The lines of the image offer some hints at where you might place the creases, without boxing you in with black lines. This makes it a little bit easier to “go with the flow”. Plus she’s quite simply a gorgeous image, perfect for numerous occasions.

If you have trouble visualising the marker strokes, keep on reading this post to find a Copic colouring video that should help! To see the Copic colours used, read on to the end of the post where you will find a Copic Colour Map for this image.

Marker Geek Monday Colouring Pleats and Folds with Copic Markers on Stamping Bella Flowersbehindmybackabella. Click through to read the article, watch a video and get full Copic marker colour info!

Pleats and Folds Copic Colouring Video

I have also put together a video showing how I coloured the folds in the dress of Flowersbehindmybackabella. Like my Copic Hair Colouring Video last week this video has only been sped up slightly, to allow you to see more clearly how I colour.

Flowersbehindmybackabella Copic Colour Map

Here is a full Copic Colour Map for the Flowersbehindmybackabella colouring featured in the videos. Remember that if you purchase Stamping Bella stamps you can obtain colour maps for the versions shown on the product packaging – go HERE to find out how to do that. Between those and the bonus colour maps featured here on the blog, you can build up a great library of colour combinations to try out with your own Copic collection.

Stamping Bella Flowersbehindmybackabella Copic Colour Map by Marker Geek

Over To You!

If you try out the techniques shown in this post with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! We would love to see the results and hear how you feel about them. Show off your creations in the comments below and even better, share your own favourite tips with us. Let’s talk colour!

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above!  To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday as a hashtag!

Until next time, HAPPY COLOURING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

 

 

it’s BELLARIFIC FRIDAY, and the FIRST OF JULY and OUR STAMP OF THE MONTH is ANNOUNCED!

our stamp of the month is Edna Blows a Kiss

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this stamp is so awesome.. first because she’s EDNA of course.. and also she comes with the separate kissy lips, fairy dust and cloud.. just amazing.. NOT ONLY THAT..  BUT WAIT.. THERE”S MORE… she has a matching CUT IT OUT DIE..AND some bases to perch her on.. she has a DAISY BASE, a CLOUD BASE, a SIGN base… could anyone ask for more?

Not only is it bellarific friday but every first friday of the month, our BABEROONIS come up with amazing samples using that stamp.  HERE WE GO!

Here’s ALICEWERTZabella’s card
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Danabella’s card

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FayeW-Jabella’s card

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kerribella’s card

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Lesliebella’s card

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sandiebella’s card

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Shelabella’s card

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and Stephabella’s card

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How’s that for AMAZINGNESS!!!

and now for our sistahood!  The theme was  GLITTER AND BLING!

Take a look at the bottom of this POST to see our INLINKZ  contributions!

Here’s Carlabella’s card using BRIGITTE the BRIDE

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Here’s margo’s card using seniorita GLADYS the SUPERHERO

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Stephanie used I’ll ALWAYS HAVE YOUR BACK STUFFIES

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and for next week’s theme?

a MOJOBELLA sketch!

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mwah!