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CH- WHAT? continued

Hiya sistahs

I am sitting here in my family room.. watching a cartoon cuz I am too lazy to get up and change the channel and my kidlets are in bed.. how pathetic is THAT?

Well, I promised I would share some stories and some pictures so here goes.. it may be a little longwinded (I know, hard to believe)

So first of all, it took us a whole day to get to california.. we took 3 planes.. Toronto to Chicago, Chicago to Denver, and Denver to Santa Ana.. it was a LOOOONG day sistahs but we were so excited to see goodies and people that we haven’t seen in a long time that it was well worth it!

A couple of things we saw along the way the store below was in the Denver airport

I mean how could I resist.. the name AND A MAKEUP STORE? I have died and gone to heaven!

I mean how could I resist.. the name AND A MAKEUP STORE? I have died and gone to heaven!

 

Nicky and I travelled first class and let me TELL you that it was a gift… the seats are NICE AND WIDE.. Nicky and I played the WILL THE SEATBELT FIT AROUND US game…LOL.. and they always did! LOL (Phew!).. if you read my CHA post last year, we discussed the red carpet for first class.  It is an amazing thing really.. you feel like ROYALTY.. see below..

I mean, wouldn't YOU feel like royalty on the red carpet?  do you even SEE the red carpet? lol

I mean, wouldn't YOU feel like royalty on the red carpet? do you even SEE the red carpet? lol

We finally arrived at the hotel and were COMPLETELY wiped. It was draining and all we wanted to do was go to sleep so that we can be fresh for the show.   We had a very nice suite with 2 rooms and 2 baFrooms and we were ready to call it a night.  I run to her and ask her if she is able to find her blinds?!  We only had sheer curtains and I was getting increasingly angry that we would have to sleep without a blind and the sun would shine in our eyes in the a.m.  SO I decided to be CRAFTY and attached my curtains with a bella pin ( a bit upside down)

this is me being CRAFTY

this is me being CRAFTY

 

wide angle shot of my "craftiness"

wide angle shot of my "craftiness"

Nicky says that she too can’t find her blinds.. so I am just ready to scream.. I call the main desk, start packing my clothes to move, they send the maintenance man to our room, he walks to the windows and casually pullllls the blinds across the window and make the room nice and dark.. I say.. did you just put those curtains in??? he looked at me like I was some KOOK and said no ma’am.. they were always there.   Well I was sure we would stump him when he got to Nicky’s room but sure enough, he pulls the curtains to reveal a blind.  It was RIGHT IN FRONT OF US!! we were VERY humiliated..LOL

The next day was the show and a great time was had by all.. we bought LOTS of goodies.. you know me.. I won’t reveal until it starts trickling in and once it does… WATCH OUT! we got beautiful papers and other goodies.. so stay tuned and please tell your scrappy friends too that I will have the newest and the BESTEST stuff.

Here are some pics from the show

could absolutely NOT resist this baby.. and the daisy in her hat.. and the sling... and her face and pout.. and her stunning mother :)  SO CUTE I had to stop! wouldn't you?

could absolutely NOT resist this baby.. and the daisy in her hat.. and the sling... and her face and pout.. and her stunning mother 🙂 SO CUTE I had to stop! wouldn't you?

the above picture has Nicky, Me, Keri Lee Sereika, Anna Wight and the owner of Whipper Snapper designs.. am I LUCKY or WHAT?

Terri Conrad (former designer for Webster's Pages-- LOVE THAT PAPER), Me, Nicky and Shannan Teubner (STEUBY!!)

Terri Conrad (former designer for Webster's Pages-- LOVE THAT PAPER), Me, Nicky and Shannan Teubner (STEUBY!!)

 

kim hughes (love her), me, and Julie Ebersole (Love her too)

kim hughes (love her), me, and Julie Ebersole (Love her too)

 

Yup.. that's Linda from AMUSE artstamps.. LOVE her and LOVE her stamps!!

Yup.. that's Linda from AMUSE artstamps.. LOVE her and LOVE her stamps!!

We spent lots of time with Kim from My Favorite Things and Alma from the cat’s Pajamas.. LOVE YOU SISTAHS!

That’s pretty much it in terms of pictures.. on our way back to Toronto, and in the John Wayne airport, I decided that morning to wear EVERYTHING THAT HAD dangles, metal, rhinestones, skulls.. all in one outfit.  Sure enough, the second I went through security, I set off a KAJILLION alarms.  I was thinking to myself.. why didn’t i wear my sweats? of ALL days!!!  So they keep on making me walk in and out and in and out and finally they took me aside to a type of “holding” cell where they had to frisk me.. all of a sudden I am in a compromising position and see ANGELA from unity stamp co.  she says HI EM and i wanna crawl under a rock with hands midair and legs spread apart..LOL

All in all a phenom time was had.. although I must say I am happy to be home and was even happier when I walked into Bellaland yesterday 🙂

Mwah to da sistahs who will come and visit

Em

CH-what? (LOL)

So I have been back for 37 seconds and it seems like I was in california forever ago 🙁

I missed my sistahs!! and have lotsa surprises!!

Well,  first of all I forgot my memory card reader at home so I will have to upload pictures tonight or tomorrow 🙁

met soooo many people.. had SUCH a great time sistahs but I wished that each and every one of you were there!  Nicky and I laughed pretty much for 5 days straight.. lots of goofy things happened (of course).. I got sick (of course), met some icons whom I admire (of course) and ate a lot (of course).

I just wanted to let you know that I am home safe and sound and miss you lots and have lots to share..

will write a proper post later tonight 🙂

****unfortunately, later tonight will have to be tomorrow.. have misplaced my cardreader.. GRRRRRR

mwah to da sistahs who are as goofy as we are

Em

Ryan MADED me do it – gift with purchase while I am gone

So Ryan says to me.. what am i supposed to do with da sistahs you are “leaving behind” while you are at CHA?  so I “says” (lol) back to him.. “TAKE GOOOOOOD CARE OF THEM”.. so he says to me “should we do something nice so they don’t miss you too much?” so I “SAYS” to him “sure”! So here it is sistahs!

I am leaving tomorrow for sunny california to do some shoppin’!  I will miss you terribly and try my BESTEST to take pictures and post from there.. BUT.. i may not be able to cuz I have computer issues when I am away.. but I promise I will try!  I will be selling 2.25″ pins with funky designs that you will be able to collect!  After this gift with purchase sale is over, I will be posting them for sale on the website.. I have LOTS up my sleeve! I designed this set and I just LOOOOVE IT!!!  Sale starts today 🙂

For every order from:
$30-$49.99 – You will receive a new bella 2.25″  LOVE pin and a coordinating mix of charcoal and pink  LOVE donuts… YUM

have you ever seen the "got milk" ads? well that is what inspired me.. the picture does this no justice and looks amazing on a black bag.. YUM!

have you ever seen the "got milk" ads? well that is what inspired me.. the picture does this no justice and looks amazing on a black bag.. YUM!

sparkly sprinkly yummy!

sparkly sprinkly yummy!

OK now, if you spend

$50.00-$74.99–  you receive a pin and the donuts AND a set of LOOOOVE flatbacks

DEELISH OR WHAT? ready to go on your page (has the foamdot)

DEELISH OR WHAT? ready to go on your page (has the foamdot)

Now if you spend

$75+– you receive “the whole kit and LOVE caboodle”– you get the pin, the set of flatbacks, the donuts,  and a beeeyootiful pocket mirror.. check it out!

is that not PHENOMALICIOUS? check out the MWAH mirror for your purse! YUMMALISH

is that not PHENOMALICIOUS? check out the MWAH mirror for your purse! YUMMALISH

Did Ryan not have DA BESTEST IDEAR EVAH??

Mwah to da sistahs who LOVE da LOVE collection

Em

Dianne is in DA HOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSE!

Yep,  she SHO’ is.  I have spoken about Dianne before.. She is our in-house SCRAPBOOKING director and has been buggin’ me for MUMFS (months said by my little Jayden) to start going heavy into scrapbooking and I HEMMED and I HAWED (LOL) and finally decided.. yeperooni.. thaSS what I’s gonna do!  As I mentioned, we will be opening www.scrappingbella.com but it is still a work in progress so we will try to amalgamate the scrapbooking shtuff into this site for now.  You will notice the “GET SCRAPPIN'” button on the left of the home screen.. this is where all the new goodies.. there and under PAPER.. I am determined to get da BEST and da NEWEST and da MOSTEST uniQUEST stuff.. This will be posted in the WHAT’s NEW section and in the scrappy section.. ARE YA HAPPY NOW DIANNE?? LOL.

Dianne will KILL me for tooting her horn but she honestly is PHENOM.  Her main passion is Shabby Chic.. that is her passion but her ability to change her style is incredible.. she can go GRAPHIC (wait til you see February “INSPIRATION”).. has been published and has been seen on TV.  She has a major following here in Ontario and holds very very unique classes.  I will be posting February classes in a few.

Ok, so we are talking about “INSPIRATION”.. Dianne will be creating  Limited EDITION monthly “INSPIRATIONS” including stamped images, embellishments etc.  I absolutely LOVE this one and all of them that she is working on… we will only be making 10 of each and then BYE BYE inspiration..LOL

Here’s Dianne’s Jovial January Inspiration

is this not FRESH and FAB-O?

is this not FRESH and FAB-O?

you receive a picture of the layout and contents and then you are off to work your magic.  We hope you LOVEY them..

So please tell your scrappy friends.. (ahem.. not CRAPPY friends..LOL) about the scrapping stuff being uploaded daily.. It is TOO MUCH FUN!

Mwah to da sistahs who will miss me when I am at CHA… 3 more sleeps!

Em

LOL on the last post- and a little bit of flatback candy :)

Here is DA WINNAH of DA CANDY!!! Arianne please email me your info!!

  1. Arianne Says:
    Being flatbacked would be amazing!
    They sometimes just get in the way! ;0))

Here are your random numbers:

57	

Timestamp: 2009-01-20 18:19:03 UTC

Ok, this one is gonna discuss some new goodies… I have A DOOZY of another funny post on Monday

I have new flatbacks in!  I have had a KAJILLION emails on how to put them on a card etc.. so here is a little visual

picture is HORRENDOUS.. used the wrong lens.. but you see the new wobbly daisy black and white embellishment and a popdot or 41.. LOL

picture is HORRENDOUS.. used the wrong lens.. but you see the new wobbly daisy black and white embellishment and a popdot or 41.. LOL

this shows you the back of the embellishment.. there is still a bit of a "dome" but a popdot allows them to be stuck down to your card or layout

this shows you the back of the embellishment.. there is still a bit of a "dome" but a popdot allows them to be stuck down to your card or layout

Voila! ready to be applied

Voila! ready to be applied

Can I tell you how much I LOOOOVE these embellishments? you have NO IDEA!!   they are small and cute and yummy

these are the 2 new ones I posted today.. and there will be more colors available next week! They will also be available as pins, magnets or zipper/purse pulls

and

pictures DO NOT do these justice :(

pictures DO NOT do these justice 🙁

Here are some Nicky Samples of da FLATBACKS…

YUM OR WHA?

YUM OR WHA?

need I say MO'?

need I say MO'?

Since the Cruise we have also had many emails asking about the 3.5″*3.5″ glassine envelopes we used… wellll

they are HEEEEERE!

cute no?

cute no?

So post a little commenty and you can win each of my new flatbacks and a package of the envies.. s’aright? s’ok?  contest closes sunday night..so let the PEANUT GALLERIES BEGIN!! LOL

Mwah to da sistahs who wish they were FLATBACKED (hmph I know I do :))

Em

POTATO POTAHHHHTO

LOL.. I am already starting this post off giggling.. LOL.. unfortunately it is at the expense of someone very special to me… My mentor, My friend, My confidante… yep, our very own NICKABELLA. (LOL).. how annoying is it when someone is telling you a story and you have to stop and laugh.. well that’s what I am doing now and the sad thing is.. you probably won’t even find it funny. hmph.  Just wanted to let you all know that i DID get the ‘ok’ from Nicky to recount this tale.

So everyone has a forte, right?  not sure what mine is but NIcky is a great friend, a wonderful cardmaker, friend etc.. but a memory for people’s names?? not-so-much! LOL

So it may have been last year some time, I waltzed into work late and Nicky was dealing with a customer… so I breeze by and nicky says “Emily.. have you met AILEEEEEN?” I am always pleased to see a new customer in the store so I drop my jacket and say “Hi AILEEEEN,welcome to Bellaland”! She graciously says thank you.   So Nicky continues to serve her, showing all of our goodies and continues saying “AILEEN have you seen this? Aileen have you seen that? and I pipe in “OMG AILEEN you NEED to have this!!”.. “Aileen proceeds”  to the cash, thanks all of us profusely and is on her way.

Later that evening I receive a blog comment from a lady stating that she was in our store and was SOO excited to meet all of us and had great customer service etc. SIGNED?  ELAINE.

I call nicky up and I say to her “Nick, are you sure the new lady who came to our store was AILEEEEN (which I think we said about 8976 times when she was there..LOL).. Nicky says ABSOLUTELY.. I asked her name and she said AILEEN. I said ok. maybe the OTHER lady in the store was Elaine. Hmph.

About a week later, “Aileen” comes back into the store. and nicky greets her “AILLLLEEEEENN”! (OMG i am cracking up right now).. And “Aileen says HI!”.. i then mosey on over to her and ask her.. could your name POSSIBLY be “Elaine?” cuz I got a comment on my blog blablabla.. she says Yes, my name is ELAINE.  LOL.. So I say to her WHY DID YOU NOT CORRECT US after the first KAJILLION times we called you AILEEN?  She just says, I couldn’t do it.. I knew you would figure it out at some point 🙂 LOL.  Elaine/Aileen has become a very important part of Stamping Bella.. We LOVE her to pieces and has become a wonderful friend!  We hope you  are enjoying your cruise Elaine/Aileen! (I still call her that).

Second story again was with another new customer who came from out of town to visit and shop.. Nicky greeted her and started speaking to her and called her “GAYLE”… so after a long conversation, Nicky introduces me to her.. “Emily meet Gayle”… “Gayle” looks at nicky and says her name is “Maria”.. LOL.. ( I am LMAO right now).. I look at Nicky and say.. HOW the HECK did you get GAYLE from MARIA? LOLOL.. she looks at me and says, I DUNNO.. so Maria looks at us and says that her sisters’ name is gail if that helps? LOL..

That Nickmeister.. she CRACKS me UP.

Last story happened yesterday.. which triggers this post.

These 2 lovely women walk into the store.. Nicky gets up and recognizes them and loudly says “DOOOORRRISSSSSS” how are you? where have you been? blablablabla.. They continued talking (LOL) and “doris'” sister in law whispers to Nicky.. “HER NAME IS DARLENE”… LOL

Did you find this funny? I hope so cuz I am Laughing.. if you don’t find it funny, please don’t tell me.. LOL

On a bIdnIss note:

Just posted my FAVORITE paper company that I am selling.. I just find it a remarkable array of papers, the quality of the paper is exquisite.. Needless to say.. I am MAJORLY in love… with a sheet of paper.. or 2 🙂

The line is called COLLAGE PRESS and you can find them all in my “What’s New section” here

More stuff to follow tomorrow 🙂

Mwah to da sistahs who remember MY name

Em

Honestly

How hilarious was the last contest? OMG.. I PEED in my pantZ with some of the comments… I loved the “Emily you are so skinny” mantra.. as it is SO FAR FROM THE TRUTH..LOL.. But it was fun to read.  I thank you all so much for participating.. it means the world to me that people care enough to take time out and actually post something.  I wish it was more consistent!

Lots of stuff going on  in our Splitcoast Forum (If you are not a part of that group yet, you TOTALLy should be.. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? K are you a member yet? lol)  there are some PHENOM sistahs over there.  There are contests, and prizes and challenges.. it is really a fun place to be!

We are even starting a book club there (the last book I read was the Friday night knitting club by Kate Jacobs.. LOOOVED it.. and will soon be reading her second book called Knit Two.. I am now reading the book Q&A.. the movie Slum Dog Millionaire was made based on this book)..  We even have  a crockpot recipe exchange.  I am SOOOOO in love with my crockpot.. I told Ryan that if I wasn’t married to him…. LOL..Since I have started a low carb way of life (AGAIN).. it is really a handy tool and the food is YUMMALICIOUS!!

If any of you have and love your crockpot and have some amazing websites/recipes, why don’t you share? post a comment or email me or post it on splitcoast.. HOW MUCH FUN WOULD THAT BE?!

Mwah to da sistahs who are also in love with theirs… crockpots that is

Oh Oh Oh oh oH! I FORGOTTED!

did you see the chichi FLATBACKS? OMG OMG OMG.. I am in LOVE with them!!

I wish you could jump into the screen and seethese in person.. pictures nevah do it justice!  I love these bittyblooms.. available in magnets, flatbacks, pins and zipperpulls

I wish you could jump into the screen and seethese in person.. pictures nevah do it justice! I love these bittyblooms.. available in magnets, flatbacks, pins and zipperpulls

Em

ITS ALMOST HHHHHHHHEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRE (release and RELEASE CANDY)

And the WINNER IS…

Here are your random numbers:

368

Timestamp: 2009-01-12 17:45:05 UTC

  1. Maureen Wong Says:
    You are gorgeous and should never change!! MWAH!!!

    LOVING the new images!!

Maureen you are the WINNAH! email me as soon as possible to collect your information and send your goodies!!

I wanted to thank everyone for their comments.. I laughed so hard at some of them.. not to be believed!

MWAH to da sistahs

wHOOOOOOO wantsta (LOL) see EYE candy to go with the RELEASE CANDY??  Check out what the marvelous and talented and skinny NICKABELLA  made!

how cute are these using the new spellbinders large curved rectangles?  kraft paper? mineral spirits? lyra colored pencils? YUMM-O

how cute are these using the new spellbinders large curved rectangles? kraft paper? mineral spirits? lyra colored pencils? YUMM-O

yummy big fat juicy buttons, lyras, Basic Grey Urban Prairie's patterned paper...YUMMMMMM

yummy big fat juicy buttons, lyras, Basic Grey Urban Prairie's patterned paper...YUMMMMMM

Lyra colors.. twitterpated PAPERS! and of course the I heart you sentiment!

Lyra colors.. twitterpated PAPERS! and of course the I heart you sentiment!

could you just EAT HER??????????????????? I mean, HONESTLY.

could you just EAT HER??????????????????? I mean, HONESTLY.

idn't it great to be different?  LOVE this card

idn't it great to be different? LOVE this card

and yet another set of zipper pulls, magnets, flatbacks or pinpacks 🙂  LOVE these things.. ADORE these things.. WANNA MARRY these things (sorry Ryan)

LOOOOVE. hmph.

LOOOOVE. hmph.

Lotsa new stamps being released tomorrow!!!!

SO who wants one of each stamp released?? hmmmmmm? who wants it????  There are LOTS being released and the retail value will be highhhhh…. (said in a teasy singsongy voice)

SO.  Here’s what you have to do.  WRITE A COMMENT. k? say hi. tell me how skinny I am (lol).. tell me how skinny YOU are.. I really don’t care what you say.. just SAY. K?

I will keep this contest going till sunday night.. This will also be the post that I update tomorrow with the new releases.

Mwah to da sistahs who write a comment about NUFFING  (that’s “nothing” for people who have just ‘met’ me).

Em

Owlies and Daisies and Branches oh my!

***THE WINNAH OF THE RESOLUTIONS POST was MIESJE!!!  Lisa was in my shop today from Oshawa and I made her choose a numbah so she chose her favorite numbah 16!!***

congrats Miesje!  email me please!

Sistahs,

Today has been a VE-HERRRRY biZzy day at da Bella’s!  We have created more embellishments for your enjoyment 😉

Introducing Daisybella and Owlies embellishments (available in pinbacks, zipperpulls, magnets and flatbacked embellishments).. We are IN LOVE with them and the goal is to introduce a new set every week! ok, maybe every 2 weeks 🙂

Our lovely and talented Nickabella has created these masterpieces with them.. Oh, ahem, and a little tutorial will be included in this entry

Here are the owlies and daisybella embellishments available in our brand new what’s new section!  You will notice a little difference in our website .. a little easier to navigate and less cluttered! I am working on it this week so please bear with me.. but the new stuff is in the what’s new section!

these are available in flatbacks, pinbacks, magnets and zipperpulls.  We are also able to accomodate bulk orders and custom.. so if you want 10 of 1 style, we can do it!

these are available in flatbacks, pinbacks, magnets and zipperpulls. We are also able to accomodate bulk orders and custom.. so if you want 10 of 1 style, we can do it!

also available in bulk and custom.. Tiddly has outdone herself!

also available in bulk and custom.. Tiddly has outdone herself!

is this ADORABLE?? love the flatbacks here (or magnets) do you lovey????

is this ADORABLE?? love the flatbacks here (or magnets) do you lovey????

close up of the sampler card.. LOVE IT!

close up of the sampler card.. LOVE IT!

another closeup.. couldn't resist

another closeup.. couldn't resist

and here is the owlie card.. tutorial to follow!

LOOOOOOOVE this card.. with the green pearls and the COLORING OF THE BRANCH? you just wait!

LOOOOOOOVE this card.. with the green pearls and the COLORING OF THE BRANCH? you just wait!

closeup of da OWLIE..

closeup of da OWLIE..

And now for Nicky’s Faux-Watercolour-Straight-ON-da-RUBBAH-with MEMENTO Markers-TECHNIQUE

prepare your tsukineko memento FABO markers and solid stamp of choice

prepare your tsukineko memento FABO markers and solid stamp of choice

we chose our branch with birdie stamp and Memento markers included in arizona canyons and greenhouse sets We just LOVE these markers as they are waterbased, fade resistant ,sheer yet pronounced (if that makes sense).. you can colour right on the rubbah AND they match all the inkpads!!!! (all the colors of the inkpads should be up tomorrow) There are 4 other sets available that you can find in our what’s new section

Color the branch with the rich cocoa memento marker directly on da rubbah

Color the branch with the rich cocoa memento marker directly on da rubbah

Nicky colored in all the leaves with the lighter green NEW SPROUT

Nicky colored in all the leaves with the lighter green NEW SPROUT

Now color in the side of each petal with a darker green (bamboo leaf memento)

Now color in the side of each petal with a darker green (bamboo leaf memento)

Now with the lighter marker (NEW SPROUT) like when using the Copics, feather out towards the inside of the image to soften the darker line

Now with the lighter marker (NEW SPROUT) like when using the Copics, feather out towards the inside of the image to soften the darker line

and then she HUFFS and she PUFFS and SHEEEE BLOOOOWS the stamps! LOL.. if you put marker on rubbah, esp. dye based, it dries rather quickly.  So to remoisten, we HUFF on the stamp to get all the juices flowing again.  I will never forget my first class with nicky and she did this.. I LAFFFED my head off..LOL!

and then she HUFFS and she PUFFS and SHEEEE BLOOOOWS the stamps! LOL.. if you put marker on rubbah, esp. dye based, it dries rather quickly. So to remoisten, we HUFF on the stamp to get all the juices flowing again. I will never forget my first class with nicky and she did this.. I LAFFFED my head off..LOL!

VOILA!  A bEEyOOtiful Branch and leaves with depth.. LOVE IT NICKABELLA!

VOILA! A bEEyOOtiful Branch and leaves with depth.. LOVE IT NICKABELLA!

Mwah to da sistahs who love to Huff and Puff

EM