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What’s a Pocket Letter you ask?

Oh Sistahs.. how much do I love stationery, papers, pens, agendas.. planners.. you have no ideaR.  Once thing I love even more, is receiving mail.  Sometimes I order goodies just so that I can get that jittery excitement when I go to my mailbox and see a package addressed to me! I then proceed to hyperventilate a little.. and carefully open my package to see the goodies I ordered.  Even though  I KNOW what is inside the package, it is still so nice to open.. spread the goodies out.. sniff them a little (DONT JUDGE ME)… and then stare at them for a while.  LOL.  Yes I know I am strange.  But I ALSO know that some of my sistahs are as much into this as I am.. (I AM NOT JUDGING LOL)

So every night, I review my YouTube subscriptions with my headphones while my family watches hockey or does their own thing.. its MY time too ya know.. and I just get lost in these videos watching how people set up their planners.. watching people colour.. hand letter… stamp.. It helps me decompress and also inspires me to no end.

One of the lovely ladies I feel I know (it could be deemed stalkerish but I would rather call it hmmm… an admirer.. ya..an admirer.. that’s me)..

this is her channel.. her name is Cara from AKCaraboo.. you can find her channel HERE.  I just love her videos :)

So I watched THIS video and got INTRIGUED

SO THEN… during the same DECOMPRESSION time.. I decided to search POCKET LETTERS on YouTube and OMG… the videos were ENDLESS!!!

So I watched THIS ONE (I believe she is the “creator” of this type of mail) LOVE HER

and watched THIS ONE..  

I loved her style.

Well it then became a deep hole of pocket letters..LOL.. and I decided to make my own for 2 very special people.  I’m not naming any names here… but you will soon see who you are :)

So basically what a pocket letter is, is a business card/trading card/sports card holder where you embellish each rectangle and include some goodies in each pocket along with messages… SO. Fun. for REALS.

Analog communication is so special I find.. I also find USING MY STUFF instead of HOARDING MY STUFF is even more special… this made this project even MORE fun because of this!

I used our stamps.. I used my stash of papers.. I used wooden veneer pieces.. I used letter stickers.. I used my punches and dies for embellishments.. I used vintage pieces from my stash… OMG Sistahs… this was FUN!!!

here are a few little snippets of my pocket letters without giving too much away :)

What’s a pocket letter WITHOUT A HOPPY POPPY in the center of it? hmmmmm?

I used some stashed stickers.. a printed the quote at the bottom left and sized it and slipped it in a pocket.. used some older stashed cards (like the sassafras umbrella card top middle)… LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED making this!  have I mentioned that lately?

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One of the ideas I got from the videos was to include my favorite tea.. so I whipped up a teabag with my favorite leaves… YUMMALISH!.. oh and the little blue tissues you see peeking out from behind the pocket under the “fragile” pocket are the cutest little tissues I needed to include.  Just HAD to.

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I thought this quote was so cute.. also found it in one of my sticker hoard pile LOL.. thought it was so cute.  Yes.. it’s crooked.. because EVERYTHING I happen to stick down always seems to be at an angle.. don’t get me started.. hmph.

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Yes, another thing I “collect” and LOVE are vintage photobooth pictures.  I have them EVERYWHERE.. even have a board on pinterest with interesting vintage photos.  They just make me smile.. and sometimes they are a perfect depiction of my mood LOL.  This little baby in the photo below.. I love how the parent didn’t know how high to put her so that the photo wouldn’t be the WHOLE curtain in the background LOL.. I love her expression.. I just love her LOL.  I also have her photo in my journal.  She makes me smile :)

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So now here’s a little peek on the back side or the “Stuffies” that are in the pockets.. There are the balloon tissues.. I found some cute tags at Michaels bargain area that I thought were just PERFECT.  I bought the little postits from the dollar store.. and the little kraft envelope I bought and put some goodies inside :) Fun no?

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and OF COURSE everyone needs a mini pink pocket knife for their tool kits and mini flat doilies no?

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So that is the eye candy for today!  I am going to introduce this on our FB group and see if anyone would like to organize this among da sistahs!  I think it’s fun to have pocket letter pals no?  Everyone needs one.. or a few… me thinks.

Mwah to da sistahs who love pockets.

Em

 

It’s Bellarific friday sistahs!

Hope you had a great week!  I see that most of you took advantage of our CRAZY TOOSDAY sale!  It’s such a great deal isn’t it!?

Our Facebook group is HOPPIN’ sistahs.. so if you ever need a crafty friend.. wanna share a card.. a favorite tool.. a favorite stamp.. need to be enabled or need to enable othah sistahs.. come and join!  I was FLOORED yesterday with all the gorgeous creations!   You can join here 

Now for this week’s AMAZING challenge.. Amazing BABEROONIS and AMAZING sistahood contributions.  Ready Freddy?

Here was our challenge.  A sketchypoo!

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Let’s see how our amazing baberoonis interpreted da sketch!

angelabella

Angelabella used Petnunia has a Party.. Petunia is getting LOTS of love in our FB group!

 

 

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and here’s the inside :)

emily

I joined in this week and used “THE RIGHT SHOES”.. because EVERYONE needs them no? If you look on FB you will see the difference in both heels both before shading and after shading.. it’s an amazing difference!

lesliebella

Lesliebella used Valerie in Love

stephabella

Stephabella used Uptown girl MARCELLA goes to the MASQUERADE

tracybellaONEOFMYPEEPS

Tracybella used ONE OF MY PEEPS

tracymacabella

TracyMACabella used Ramona and Teddy in a BALLOON

Seriously I think I drooled a little.

Now for our amazing DROOL WORTHY Sistahood!

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Angela used uptown girls Pattie and Dottie

michelle

Michelle used UPTOWN GIRL AUDREY

are these not UNBELIEVABLE? OMG… I LOVE OUR SISTAHOOD!!!

Now for next week’s challenge?

A very easy one.. “BIRTHDAY WISHES”.  Use any current Stamping Bella stamp and make a card for someone’s birthday .. and VOILA!  Oh and then please send it to me LOL

For a refresher about entering our Bellarific Friday challenge.. you can read about it HERE

Mwah mwah mwah!!

Hope to “see ” you Monday.. I have a new project to share!

Em

 

 

 

It’s CUHRAZY TOOSDAY sistahs!

every first Tuesday of every month, we offer a few of our stamps at a RIDICULOUSLY low price :)… It’s a way to say THANK YOU for your loyalty over all these years and it gives an opportunity for my sistahs to stock up for gifts or to add to their collection :)

 

You deserve a little retail therapy yes? :)

 

Here are our stamps on sale today only.. 24 hours.. that’s it and then POOF it’s gone :)

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Mwah to da sistahs who love a good juicy sale :)

Em

It’s Bellarific Friday on Saturday NIGHT sistahs!

Hiya sistahs :)

So sorry for the late post.  We are celebrating Passover here.. had my in laws from Montreal here celebrating.. it’s been CRAZY!  I hope you are all having a wonderful Easter and/or Passover weekend :)

Ok let’s talk BIDNISS.  We had an amazing Sistahood turnout this week. You just wait until you see all the amazingness!

AND let’s announce our MARCH Contributin’ sistah winnah (say that 100 times fast) shall we?

Winnah is… :

JAYNE!:  please email me and I will send you your $25 vouchah! WOOHOO!

Ok now for this week’s theme we had “STITCHING” on your card using a current Bella image!   But we have a treat from our BABEROONIS!  Every FIRST FRIDAY of every month, our BABEROONIS feature a card with our STAMP OF THE MONTH!  SO this week’s feature is UPTOWN GIRL REBECCA LOVES TO READ… she is 20% off all month long :)

Here we go!

danabella

Danabella’s card

kerribella

Kerribella’s Card

 

lesliebella

Here is Lesliebella’s card

sandiebella

Sandiebella’s Bookmark!

 

stephabella

Stephabella’s card

TracybellaREBECCA

Tracybella’s card

tracyMACabella

TracyMACabella’s card

If these cards don’t inspire you to use Rebecca.. I don’t know what will LOL.. They are STUNNING!!!! (if I do say so meself :))

And now for our amazing sistahood following  the STITCH theme!!

 

 

fayS

Fay used NICE TO MEET YOU HOPPY POPPY

nancee

Nancee used Uptown girl BIANCA

terri

Terri used SNOOKUMS

How’s DAT for eye candy hmmmm?

Now for next week’s theme? a SKETCHYPOO!

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just plug in a CURRENT Bella image in this sketch and POOF!  card done.  LOL

Yes I wish it was that easy LOL

Can’t wait to see your creations!

MWAH!

Em

 

 

 

Yes. I am obssessed.

hiya sistahs!

My “deal” with myself at being creative every day seems to be working!  I have seen so many cute projects online using a laminating machine (a laminator?  that sounds like the TERMINATOR  LOL).

I wanted to use it for my journal as well as paper projects…  Whenever we go to the bookstore, my girl child always bugs me for a bookmark and I REFUSE to spent $6 on one.. it’s ridiculous!  I decided to use my LAMINATOR (said like AHHHHnold) and make her one instead.  Ok, this probably cost me 865$ to make but it was fun… ok? LOL

This was my test one for myself.. gonna make her some to give to her teacher and her friends… she’s dying to get her little hands on that machine. LOL

I used Uptown girl Betty loves Books and I used some sticky letters to remind me that I should READ MORE and SURF LESS.  Before I go to bed every night, I have a book waiting for me to dive into.. but nooooooo Emily can’t read.. she has to go on YOUTUBE and watch crafty videos.. or surf pinterest etc.. LOL.  So then I am stimulated and don’t sleep all night LOL.

Here she is.. this machine is AMAZING I tell ya!

I already made a “dashboard” for my Midori journal..

If you have any other ideas of what to do with da LAMINATOR… please put it in the comments.. would love to hear!

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Mwah!

It’s an AMAZING Bellarific Friday sistahs!!!

Oh how I love sitting down with my coffee and posting all the submissions.. it gets my juices flowing.  People always ask WHY oh WHY don’t you use “MR. Linky”.. so people can add their own submissions and less work for you!  Well.. It is a lot of work.. over 2 hours per post.. sometimes way more.. but Mr. Linky is no where NEAR as nice as seeing all the cards in front of you… well worth the effort no? Me thinks so.

So this week’s theme was a sketch!

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I loved working with this sketch.. ok, I didn’t follow it to a “t” but still had fun with it!  It’s all about interpretation.. and I LOVE seeing how all da sistahs interpreted the sketch!

HERE WE GOOOOOOO!

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Here is my card… I used NATURE’ S SILHOUETTES (the dragonfly) and BIG WORDS ONCE SHE STOPPED RUSHING… I just loved combining the stamps .. the solid with the script. The BIG WORDS are so much fun to work with.. can be such an easy card and at the same time, you can build on it and make it “fancy”!

sandiebella

Sandiebella used BABY BOW

stephabella

Stephabella used UPTOWN GIRL BUBBLES

tracynacabella

TracyMACabella used our Woodsy BEDELIA

AMAZING no??? LOVE!

And now for our  AMAZINGLY PHENOMALISH Sistahood!

angelaBrown

Angela used BIRTHDAY HAMSTER

MaryLynn

MaryLynn used ONE OF MY PEEPS

NanceeP

Nancee used SENIORITA BEVERLY

 

AMAZINGNESS!! LOOOOVE when we have lots of contributions!

Next week’s theme?

STITCH IT UP!  Use real or faux stitching on your card while using a CURRENT Stamping Bella stamp and you’re good to go!

Mwah to da sistahs who will get CRAFTY!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @stampingbella

and on Twitter @stampingbella

and Like our STAMPING BELLA page on Facebook!

Mwah again to da sistahs who love social media

Em

It’s bellarific friday!

Oui oui? ooh lala? comme ci comme ca?

Yes I am taking this week’s challenge a bit literally LOL.

Check out our inspiration sketch this week and you will see why I am speaking francais!

Here is this week’s challenge

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SEEEE?  I’m not crazy yet sistahs!

Let’s see what our amazing baberoonis have come up with shall we?  I love to see how everyone is inspired differently by the same photo!

danabella

Danabella used UPTOWN GIRL FLORA

 

I mean COME ON sistahs… Are these INSANELY amazing or what?!  hmph.  Wish I was half as talented!

And now for our AMAZING sistahood! With some new sistahs and even a mini sistah in this group! WOOHOO!

indigojaynedaughter

Jaynes little 7 year old Indigo (LOVE LOVE LOVE that name!!) also used Uptown girl Madison and her margarita

NanceeP

Nancee used Seniorita Harriet (I would also love to float in a glass of wine LOL)

WOWZA!  Are those amazing or what?  I love to see what inspires people AND I love to see the same image used multiple ways!  Phenom sistahs!

Now for next week’s theme? a SKETCH!

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Can’t wait to see your creations!

MWAHHHHHHHHH

Em

 

 

 

Some inspiration :)

Hiya sistahs!

So I made myself a promise this year… one promise is to take care of myself.. treat my skin with amazing products.. lose weight.. you know, the usual LOL.. and to try my best to put on a bit of makeup every day.. just for an extra “feel good” experience… I rarely wear make up and when I do I feel so good.. so why not start the practice again, ya know?

The second thing I promised myself is to be more creative.  To try my best to create something every single day.  A card, to colour.. journal.. something for ME.. and of course for my sistahs :)

With out distribution having moved to the U.S… I have so much more time to actually create.. to talk to my sistahs.. to instagram.. to facebook.. to TWEET (even though it’s not my favorite platform).. you get the idea ;)

So today’s creation used the stamp “Petunia Thinks she’s a prezzie”… Petunia decided to be a “ham” and to be on her own for this image.. so I removed her chick friends and focused just on her (she’s a bit bossy that way)

you can find Petunia Thinks she’s a PREZZIE HERE

And here’s a simple card I created using just her :)

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Enjoy!

 

it’s Bellarific Friday!

And so much amazingness lined up for my sistahs!  We have new sistahs  participating.. ohhhh it’s gonna be sooo much fun!!

Now for this week’s theme.. a sketchypoo!

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

angelabella

Angelabella used our new BIG WORDS stamp “STOP RUSHING”

danabella

Danabella used “stop rushing”.. I think they planned this LOL

emily

I used make a wish Hoppy Poppy

kerribella

Kerribella used BIRTHDAY HAMSTER

sandiebella

Sandiebella used UPTOWN GIRL BAILEY has a BABY

 

stephabella

Stephabella used LOVE YA

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Tracybella used RAMONA goes FISHING

tracymacabella

Tracymacabella used SPIT HAPPENS

SO GORGEOUS!! Did you “guzzle ” your coffee yet?  hope you have a few more sips!

Here is our amazing wonderful phenom beautiful sistahood cards!

amandaF

Amanda used FLOWER FOR A TRUE FRIEND

angelabrown

Angela B used uptown girl AUDREY loves MAKEUP

fay

Fay used VALERIE IN LOVE

janelle

Janelle used UPTOWN GIRL FAITH THE FAIRY

jayne

Jayne used Uptown girl Lily does Laundry

kris

Kris used SNOOKUMS

margoS

Margo used UPTOWN GIRLS VICTORIA and JULIETTE

MaryLynn

Mary Lynn used Uptown girl LUCILLE

MichelleW

Michelle used Uptown girl MOLLY makes a detour

sonja

Sonja used Uptown girl Sabrina loves the SPA

tracyCollins

Tracy used Uptown girl JAYDEN loves to Journal

How amazing are these!! WOOHOO sistahs!

Now for next week’s theme? An inspiration photo!

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use the colour scheme.. use the wine glass.. use Paris… whatever inspires you!  As long as you use a CURRENT stamping bella image (you can check it in our search box on our website) you are good to go!

Can’t wait to see your creations!

Mwah to my sistahs

Em

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

it’s Bellarific Friday! ohboyohboy

my FAVORITE part of the week :)  yours too?  This week we had lots of excitement!  We had our Crazy Tuesday sale which was INDEED crazy LOL.. and now bellarific friday?  Could a sistah ask for more?  hmmmm?

but FIRST,

let’s announce a FEBRUARY Contributing WINNAH!

LIZ you win! from our Feb 13th post! MWAH!  Email me and I will send you your 25$ vouchah!

Ok now for this week’s theme… the theme this week for our BABEROONIS was to showcase our STAMP OF THE MONTH, Birthday Hamster , and to use WASHI tape in their creation, to inspire you if you already have the stamp, or to inspire you if you were contemplating the stamp ;).    Birthday Hamster is 20% all month long :) So let’s see the gorgeousness that they came up with. You will NOT be able to resist this little creature :).

Angelabella

Here is Angelabella’s card

Danabella

Here’s Danabella’s card

emily

here is my card :)

kerribella

and Kerribella’s card

sandiebella

and Sandiebella’s card

stephabella

and Stephabella’s card

Tracybella

Tracybella’s Card

TracyMACabella

and finally TracyMACABELLA’s card!

And NOW for our sistahood using WASHI TAPE or Ribbon in their creations!  We had a great turnout this week sistahs! please keep it up, I LOVE IT!!!

angelaB

Angela used JILL IS TWO

beverly

Beverly used MILK AND COOKIES

fay

Fay used Maisy and Madeline have some tea

janelle

Janelle used UPTOWN GIRL QUINN and her BOOTS

Linda

Linda used Uptown girl PAISLEY has a PREZZIE

margo

Margo used LULU LOVES POPPIES

maryLynn

MaryLynn used Uptown girl OPAL the OPTIMIST

Natalie

Natalie used UPTOWN GIRL VIENNA on her VESPA

pauline

Pauline (abella) used ESPECIALLY FOR YOU PETUNIA

 

 

sonja

Sonja used UPTOWN GIRL LOLLY AND HER BROLLY

stephanie

Stephanie used Petunia has a PARTY

susanK

Susan used UPTOWN GIRL BENTLEY gets BLOWN away!

I am SOOOOO impressed with our sistahood!  I love each and every entry.. AMAZING!!!

Now for next week’s theme?

a fun Sketchypoo!

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For instructions on how to participate in our challenges, click HERE.

Would love for you to come and play with us!

MWAH!

Em