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the tales of DESPEREAUX and some EYE candy and BLOG candy

Sistahs!

Happy new year to you all!  We had a great new years eve.. wanna know what we did?  K, I’ll tell you.  My girlfriends Caryn and Melissa and I ordered dinner and went to Mel’s house ( Oh ya, the kidlets and the hubs’ were there too 🙂

We each had our laptops and our toys (IPOD ITOUCH’s) and were downloading applications (including the price is right and deal or no deal) and then we tried to figure out how to download movies.. this was not an easy feat sistahs.  We all didnt know how to do it.. we were figuring out brakelite, squidoo (??) and other websites to facilitate these downloads to no avail.. Melissa is stil downloading her first movie..lol and it is 3 days later.  Needless to say, I MISS that dining room table where lots of laughter, drinks and cake was shared by all!  We had an absolutely FAB-O time.. New Years day, a group of our friends went to see the tales of DESPEREAUX.. a new movie out for the kidlets

who can resist this FACE????

who can resist this FACE????

I am in LOVE with this little gentleman.. and that is WHO he is.. a little gentleman full of bravery and fearlessness.  Not your “typical” mouse i tell ya. The movie itself is a  little long but just looking at that mousie’s face makes it well worth it.  So if you have little ones that would enjoy this movie, please take them and give a SMOOCHIE to despereaux from DA BELLA will ya?

Guess what we did after DA MOVIE?  We returned with our laptops to Mel’s house and resumed positions at that fateful dining room table and ate leftovers.  We still tried to figure out HOW TO DOWNLOAD da movies and laughed throughout cuz it didn’t work.  hmph.  double hmph.

Some new years resolutions

Be happy with who I am. (and diet)

Enjoy EVERY moment (and diet)

Save money (keep dreaming AND DIET)

create BEEYOOOTIFUL things (and diet whilst (lol on the whilst) doing so)

be kind to others (and diet but don’t make the others diet)

Take more photos (and then look at them to make sure I diet…LOL)

Keep bringing in the most amazing finds and great product (and diet)

Give charity (food so i can diet)

What are your resolutions?  A little blog candy for you (contest closes Monday night)  if you tell me what you resolve to do in 2009

here’s some nicky EYE CANDY for you… I just ADORE these cards.. is she not da BEST?

is she not adorable???

is she not adorable???

love, love LOVE!!!

love, love LOVE!!!

when you open this card it says "i missed your birthday".. goes with all the words in the "no fair girl" set

when you open this card it says "i missed your birthday".. goes with all the words in the "no fair girl" set

so how’s DAT for a little eye-blog-despereaux candy?

mwah to da sistahs who love little white mousies named Despereaux

Em

happy new year to ALL my SISTAHS!!!

My dearest sistahs

I am so sorry i have been MIA lately but have been “cookin” up some surPRIZES.. do you forgive me???

I will be releasing my new valentines images next week and OMG… you will RE-HEALLY freak out.. there will be a bella, some stellas (LOLOL), some HUGGABUGGS and some bittyblooms.. OMG.. it will be a REAL treat.. I PROMISE!!

I will also be releasing more embellishments which I am totally in love with 🙂

This is a beautiful end to year 2 of Stamping Bella online.  It is with EXCITEMENT and LOVE and PASSION that I greet 2009 and TRUST me sistahs, I will try my BESTEST to make 2009 the BESTEST year EVAH!

so Mwah to YOU my loyal sistahs for helping me continue my passion and sharing all of your experiences, likes and dislikes, passions and dreams with me.

have a healthy and happy and SWEET new year

Em

These are a FEW of my NEW favorite thingsssss

raindrops and roses and whiskers on kittens… (did everyone know that the sound of music is ONE of my FAVORITEST MOVIES EVAH??)… going to buy tickets to see it live here in Toronto (hint hint Ryan)

Weekend was great.. we went to see Disney on Ice with the kidlets.. aside from taking the subway and having to walk 67 miles to get to the DARK theatre (we were late) and almost falling down 85 CONCRETE stairs to find our seat.. it went GREAT! LOL.. this kids really enjoyed it.

Ok, onto BIDNISS…. I am so EXCITED to launch these new embellishments.  I can GUARANTEE you that there will be 60 kajillion (plus or minus a few kajillion) sets coming out…  They are called BELLA’s  BACKED BADGES… BACKED is the operative word.. We have magnetic backs, zipper pulls, flatbacks and pinbacks 🙂  back back back back back..LOL

nickabella worked her magic incorporating the bella badges on the 2 cards shown.  They are magnets!

nickabella worked her magic incorporating the bella badges on the 2 cards shown. They are magnets!

Have I  mentioned how in love with them I am?  they will be offered in ZIPPERPULLS, PINBACKS, MAGNETS and FLATBACKS

here is hippiechickabella flatback in the center of a flower (sorry for the glare :( )

here is hippiechickabella flatback in the center of a flower (sorry for the glare 🙁 )

zipper pull on Dena's Jacket :)

zipper pull on Dena's Jacket 🙂

zipperpulls on my purse

zipperpulls on my purse

These designs will be available in MAGNETS, PINS, ZIPPERPULLS

zipperpull samples

zipperpull samples

DO YOU  LOVEEE THESE?? I LOVVVVE THESE!!!!

You can find them all here in the what’s new section

The hippie chick set– did you know that this year is the 50th birthday of the peace sign?  This one is my tribute

Huggabugg set- need I say more?

butterfly set

Mwah to da sistahs WHO LOVE these embellishments…

you wanna just SNUGGLE them.

EM

SNOWED IN!!!! oh, and some blog candy

Sistahs,

SARAH PENDERGAST.. COME ON DOWN!! you and your kitty story win the contest 🙂  (#42 picked by mr. fella here)

Mwah!  Email me and we will work out da DEETS

EM

sorry I haven’t written in a while.. I was SOOO EXCITED to release something new and *POOF* a blizzard.. they are calling it “STORMAGEDDON”.. LOL.. have you evah?  We had to close the store early and not sure about if we can open tomorrow.. weather permitting!

So Monday,  we will be launching new embellishments and BOy will you be happy.. we are thrilled!!

So how about we give out a christmas gift certificate of $50 on monday to the store 🙂  whaddya think?

I need some funny stories to keep me company on this BLECHHY day..

so put a comment in and if you feel like telling a story, please do 🙂

as you know I read each and every comment and i just love them all!

mwah to da sistahs who are in sunshine and yummy WEATHAH

contest ends sunday night 🙂

Em

head on straight?

Check (kinda)…

All Ducks in a Row?

Check (kinda)…

Ok.. this has been a lovely monday so far…

listen to THIS story by the ‘braindeadabella.’

I have been suffering with diverticulosis as you all are WELL aware..LOL.. so of course I have been in and out of the doctor’s office when I had my flare up 3-4 months ago… So I get this call from my doctor’s office advising me that I have an appointment with a dr. so and so.. located at so and so address and my appointment is in a week (today)… I was kinda scared and didn’t wanna know what it was about.. so I just “accepted” that I had this appointment and planned around it.

Then I started to get curious..

So I called the doctor so and so at such and such a numbAH.. and it was a voice mail saying absolutely nothing about who he is..

So I let it go.

THEN… I looked up on the internet last night the doctors name to see if I could get a HINT.

Found out today that I had the doctor’s name wrong.

So this morning, while Ryan was driving me downtown today TO THE DOCTOR’s.. I felt I really should know who he is and what he does.

So I call again.  And I listen to the WHOLE message this time… mentioned something about breast clinic.. blablabla

I panic.

I call my DOCTOR to see who this doctor was.. the receptionist couldn’t answer me.  Had no idea (Note to self, change doctors)

I panic.

Finally we get there.. and BLUSHING and APOLOGIZING for being such a STOOOPID girl I humbly asked why I was there and what the doctor specialized in.

“He’s a general surgeon”

PANIC.

So she saw my face and told me I was there to just discuss my “condition”.

Hmph.

What a day.

I toldja I had a good one 🙂

Mwah to da sistahs who NEVER panic and NEVER NEED TO

Em

I’m BACKKKKKKKKK

Ryan and I had a GREAT week!  Lots of fun.. LOTS of learning.. talk about information overload!  I am not sure my brain has NOT worked that hard since Mcgill University..LOL

So I have to unwind my brain.. remove it.. shake it up a bit.. and I will be back to normal by Monday 🙂

Here’s a little tutorial  for you 🙂

I will be giving this to tyler and jayden’s teacher’s .. Hope you enjoy!

I LOOOVE this COASTER

this is the coaster as you get it in the package...and I cut a GIGA circle in Pink Cardstock

this is the coaster as you get it in the package...and I cut a GIGA circle in Pink Cardstock

punch out Lattebella with mega scalloped circle punch, colour in Lattebella (or any BELLA image..LOL)with copics (or any other medium) and glitter her up!

punch out Lattebella with mega scalloped circle punch, colour in Lattebella (or any BELLA image..LOL)with copics (or any other medium) and glitter her up!

put it all togethah and there you have it! a FUNKY and CHUNKY coastah.. kinda like it's maker..LOL

put it all togethah and there you have it! a FUNKY and CHUNKY coastah.. kinda like it's maker..LOL

Hope you enjoy the tutorial!

you can find the coaster in the what’s new section and the punches

Mwah to da sistahs who will enjoy their weekends with a brain IN their head while da bella rests hers!

Thank you to ALL DA SISTAHS

for celebrating our anniversary! It was DA BESTEST anniversary EVAH!!! we hope you lovey your goodies! Ryan and I are away now learning some new things/products that will be a phenomenal addition to our current line!! IT should be introduced in early 2009 and you are SURE to be pleased.  We are SOOO impressed with what we will offer you that it will be sure to knock your socks off!!  I just wanted you to know that I am away on training and will try to post as much as I can but if you don’t “hear” from me.. you know why!

Mwah to da sistahs who are as EXCITED as we are of what’s to come!
Em (and Ry)

happy release day to me.. happy release day tooo me

happy RELEASE DAY TOOOO MEEEEEE.. happy release day TOOO ME…  actually to US!

I am starting to post MAJOR goodies right about now.. I will continuously add stuff to this post.. so grab a coffee and enjoy!

What we have decided to do for our anniversary is that for orders beginning today until Monday Dec 8th We will be giving away some special anniversary BELLA DOTS collections and MINI BELLA stamps.  These collections will only be available for this weekend and then that’s it 🙂

For all orders over $30(subtotal before shipping) you will receive 2 mini bella stamps and 2 sampler jars of dots chosen for our anniversary 🙂

For all orders over $50– you will benefit from our any time any where $4.99 shipping deal AND you will receive 4 mini bella stamps and 4 sampler jars of Bella’s Dots chosen for our anniversary

For all orders over $100– you will benefit from our any time any where $4.99 shipping deal AND you will receive 6 mini bella rubber stamps AND 6 sampler bottles of Bella’s dots.. the COMPLETE limited edition set.

**THIS IS AN ONLINE OFFER ONLY**

I have posted one of my many hanging BLOCKS (you will remember the limelight one here)..

well I have added my funky plants hanging BLOCK online which is SUPERB for a gardening page or for any card.. I have started trying my BESTEST to put in samples with the stamps.. so if you click on CLICK FOR MORE IDEAS.. you should start seeing samples with the images!

Here’s nicky’s little 3 by 3 cutie patootie card using these funky plants 🙂  LOOOOOVE IT!

cute no?

cute no?

adding more as we speak.. STAY TOOONED get the POPCORN and enjoy!

meet

i-deserve-a-tip-abella– she is AMAZING! You can put any sentiment on her tray to display your message to the recipient!

bingodabbabella– Amazing as a GOOD LUCK CARD!  Love this sentiment to go with her.. sooo bella-esque!

you likey da bellas? MORE TO COME!

have you met peony BITTYBLOOM?

and the lovely and cutesy hollyhock BITTYBLOOM?

I LOOOVE THESE TREES!! I can’t stop staring at them!!

skinny SCRIBBLE tree with a mini!

fat SCRIBBLE tree with a mini!

OK SO THIS IS TOTALLY MY JAYDEN (3.5 yrs old) and her MAMA (36.5 yrs old)  I LOOOOVE this stamp (am I not SO ANNOYING? but really it’s true.. they are all my faves). This stamp can be used in any situation.. the sentiments are included.. and it’s just about the unjust things that “can happen”.. the “I can’t believe” can go right under her and the corresponding “situations” can be stamped inside the card!

NO FAIR girl

Remember when we were little kids and we had tin cans with wires and pretended they were telephones? LOL.. well CHRISTY DAHHHLINK from tiddly inks brilliantly thought this up

meet RUMOR HAS IT! (with sentiment)… This would go with anything.. that it was your birthday.. that you are prego etc.. LOVE IT!

Stella bella bo bella banana fanna fo fella FEE FIII FOOO FELLA… STELLA!

stella thinks she can cook

birthday cake with a stella in it

New ORGANIC embellishments (lol) .. yes they are made of wood and I LOOOVEY THEM!  you can find the large and the small here

MORE FABULOSO FLOWERS by the amazing and talented Tanya from HIGH ON CRAFT! I LOOOVE THEM!

funky irises

flourishy irises

windblown quartet

Here’s a couple of samples that nicky made (phenom!) and a mini tutorial on random stamping with Windblown Quartet!

does this stamp not make the most beeeyootiful generic card? LOVE IT

does this stamp not make the most beeeyootiful generic card? LOVE IT

mini random stamping tutorial using our windblown quartet

stamp the windblown quartet the first time on a corner of your cardstock

stamp the windblown quartet the first time on a corner of your cardstock

where there is a little gap or "v" in the original impression, stamp the windblown quartet a second time

where there is a little gap or "v" in the original impression, stamp the windblown quartet a second time

stamp a third time in the "V" to create a beeeyooootiful pattern

stamp a third time in the "V" to create a beeeyooootiful pattern

voila! beautifully and perfectly randomLY stamped

voila! beautifully and perfectly randomLY stamped

final result! and if you ever want to hide a spot? just punch a circle, stamp a sentiment and voila!

final result! and if you ever want to hide a spot? just punch a circle, stamp a sentiment and voila!

Ok I couldn’t resist.. LOL.. I bought one of these and brought them home.. if anyone knows me.. they know how much I LOVE hello kitty.. so here she is in big shot form .. we only have a couple in stock.. trying my hardest to get more!

could you FAINT? honestly! there's some bling in there too!

could you FAINT? honestly! there's some bling in there too!

For the SCRAPPY stampers out there.. these would be so cute on cards and for journalling… I LOOOOVE these stamps made by the Wonderful and TALENTED Jan Dolby! (stella’s creator!)

check out whowhatwherewhenwhy 5 individual stamps.. YUMMMM!

SOO SOO SOOO EXCITED

We have decided to release our goodies tomorrow. YUP TOMORROW.  CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??? We are having a special bellaversary day in our store on friday and I just wanted to make sure I had TIME to load everything!  so that’s what I decided.  Yup.. gonna load tomorrow.

We will also have some surprises as well so stay TOOOONED.

How HAPPY does this card make me?

always remember how BEEYOOTIFUL you are :)

always remember how BEEYOOTIFUL you are 🙂

Mwah to da sistahs who WILL stay tooooned

Em

happy bellaversary to us.. happy bellaversary to us.. HAPPY BELLAVERSARY TOOO USSSSS

happy bellaversary to us!

This Friday is our 2 year online bellaversary.. can you believe we have been together that long?? LOL.. and we still get along like sistahs?? LOL.. just kiddinK

Friday night we will have a big party on our SplitCoast forum here :).. contests and challenges will be had and some great prizes!  So will you come and celebrate? please?

So I decided since it is our bellaversary that we will have to release some stamps no?  So you will have 2 BELLAS, 2 TIDDLY’s, and 2 STELLAS! Maybe more… we shall see 🙂  There will also be an extra surprise on Friday to celebrate!

so stay TOOOOOOOOOONED

EDITED TO ADD: Couldn’t resist posting my new CHARM BRACELET stamp!  I am IN LOVE with this image.  It comes with 3 charms that you can stamp anywhere on the bracelet and 3 sentiments!  More charms to come!  This stamp is great for a girlfriend… for a loved one.. for a sweet sixteen.. YOU NAME IT!

these are using my silver baubles and brand new sassafras paper.. YUMMMOOOO!

these are using my silver baubles and brand new sassafras paper.. YUMMMOOOO!

using same paper and bonbonS

using same paper and bonbonS

Mwah to da sistahs who are as excited as I am!

Em