WELCOME TO BLOGABELLA

BELLA what? BELLA WHAT? it’s BELLARIFIC FRIDAY SISTAHS!

How ya dooeenk?

Let’s discuss some winnahs from last week’s entries!

Winnah for CONTRIBUTIN’ ($20 in BELLA BUCKEROONIS) goes to

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Here are your random numbers:

3- KERRI BOUCHER! you win!!!! email me and I will send you your VOUCHAH!

Timestamp: 2011-07-15 17:08:14 UTC

Now for a COMMENTAYTIN’ winnah! ($10 in BELLA BUCKEROONIS)

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Here are your random numbers:

29-LINDA SEELEY!!! YOU WIN SISTAH!! email me and will send your vouchah, or put it in the til for ya!

Timestamp: 2011-07-15 17:10:31 UTC

Ok now down to BIDNISS..

This week’s challenge was to use a BELLA and/or a STELLA in your work… READY? SET?  LETSSSS GOOOOOO!

Let’s see what da BABEROONIS came up with!

Cathabella used SNEAKY SNEAKY BIRTHDAY BELLA

Ebrubella USED ELIZABELLA

Lindabella used COSMOBELLA

Danabella used GOSSIPABELLA

Robinabella used GIFTABELLA WITH HAT

Paulabella used PEEKABOO STELLA

Jeaniebella used STELLA’S MESSAGE TO YOU

Paulineabella used STELLA DIGS IT

Tammybella used STELLA THINKS SHE CAN COOK

Jessabella used I-WISH-I-LOOKED-SO-GOOD-ON-A-BIKE-A-BELLA

Is that EYE CANDEE or what????????

Let’s see what the SISTAHOOD came up with

Angela used BOOKWORMABELLA

JENN B used HIPPIECHICKABELLA

Jessica K used LEANING TOWER OF STELLA

Julie R used SNOWBUNNYBELLA

Kerri B used STELLA NEEDS A PREZZIE

Lynn M used LATTEBELLA

Margo used COSMOBELLA

Maria used I-WISH-I-LOOKED-SO-GOOD-ON-A-BIKE-A-BELLA

Olga used EXECUBELLA

Stephanie H used TOPIARYBELLA

Tanya used TEDDYBELLA

Violet V used WREATHABELLA

How’s DAT for da EYE CANDEEEE????

Next week’s theme is a SKETCHY POO by EBRU!  (that rhymes no?)

Don’t forget Monday’s ART JOURNALING POST… STAY TOOOOONED..

Mwah to da sistahs who wanna paint

Em

Since my muse is back, I decided to play a little…

I went to Starbucks this morning and as I loaded (lol) myself back into the car, I got this VISION.  I don’t know how it came to me but I had to play around and make this card.. I got to the store and I had to go immediately to our back table (do NOT pass go, do NOT collect $200).. and I had to “get this out”…LOL.  Honestly, have you ever driven somewhere and you were so focused on something that you don’t know how you got there?  Well that was me today…

Since having begun art journaling, I have become much “braver”.. braver in colour choices, braver in composition.. braver in expectations etc.  and honestly, it has been liberating.  and no matter how much you are shaking your heads (LOL).. I am going to somehow convince you that you must join this journal journey with me.  Stay tuned for Monday’s post which will explain to you HOW you will be joining this journey with me….(you really have no choice sistahs)

Ok back to my playing.  I decided I wanted to make myself a “pallette”.. so I took my bella’s bestest paper  and I took some removable tape or artist tape and i made myself a rectangle with the tape on the paper.  Once that was done I took a few stamps in front of me and decided which ones inspired me at the moment… and the winners were… ECLECTIC #8 TICKET FULL BACKGROUNDJULIE’S SPRING BUTTERFLIES, and I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE.  Initially I wanted to use my  I AM SCRIPT stamp as the background but it was sold out.. and I am so happy it was, because I was able to really play with the ECLECTIC #8 stamp.. I am IN LOVE with this stamp.. it is the perfect perfect background.  Not offensive, not in your face.. just PERFECT.. I cannot wait for the I AM script to come back in so I can play with that!!

I love looking at a stamp for it’s different attributes.  Is there a stem that I love?  a basket?  A petal?  Is there a beautiful face, gorgeous hair I would like to highlight?  How about just a shingled roof, or a pair of shoes?  Once you open your mind and look at this  house stamp (as an example)  and see it as “MORE” than just a house.. a whole new world will open up to you.  The house can be just a beautiful front door, a funky lopsided roof, a window etc…  You will see what I mean in a second :)..  When you stamp on a piece of paper smaller than an image you will be surprised at what new elements you see!

So having said that (aside from the yucky iphone shot), I want you to see what I came up with.  I had a BLAST making it.. no worries at all.. just pure, blissful  stamping.

I also wanted it to be a kind of vintage-y feel in terms of colors.. (kinda like the 70’s avocado and brown) colors that I grew up in :). so I WHIPPED out my PRISMACOLOR pencils and mineral spirits and blended away :).. and the RED that I layered the pumpkiny colour with?  I would have NEVER mixed those colours together in the past.. but I became BRAVE.  and I LOVEY da results!

I love seeing the front of the bicycle with the basket only.. I love the portion of the butterfly.. and of course I love the GOLD dots and RED POPPY dots I used on the bicycle tire and the body of the butterfly

So that’s the SCOOP.  The evolution of my COLLAGE-Y (is that a word?) card. 

Hope you love it.  Hope you are inspired.

Now go take out a stamp.. and look at it in a different way… and show me the results.. I am RIGHT HERE!  see me?  Waiting.

Mwah

Em

 

wanna get SMASHED? LOL and a BLOG CANDY WINNAH!

I KNEW I would get your attention.. I JUST KNEW-I-T.  LOL.  Ok so there is this Ek SUCCESS SMASH CUH-RAZE going on… if you don’t know what a SMASH book is, I recommend you watch this video.  I am in LOVE with this video.  I want to MARRY this video.  hmph.  I have watched it about 10,465 time, have made my friends watch it (friends who are not even INTERESTED in knowing what a SMASH is.. now want “a SMASH”.. or to get SMASHED as I say it 🙂 ).. My kids have watched this video..  Frankie has watched this video.. well you get the idea.  Not only is it ADORABLE and CUTE and YUMMY and has a GREAT song, I admire this video for it’s marketing value.  It hooks you right in at “hello”… kinda like me, no?

Ok take a looky if you have 2 minutes to spare.. and sing out loud.. n’k?

http://youtu.be/_PFsArr4Z1s

Basically what a “smash” journal does is it removes the ANGST that comes along with the “fear of the blank page”.  These are kind of a hybrid book between an art journal and a scrapbook and a daily “log book”.  It is a PHENOMENON.  NOT ONLY is it a BOOK but it has tons of embellishments, clips, bookmarks, stickies, pockets.. OMG.. it’s SMASH HEAVEN.   Bellaland had 45 books and they all sold in 2 days.. so basically this post is a TEASE.  and I am sorry but I MUST educate you before my NEXT shipment comes in 🙂 LOL.

If you would like to see great samples of what people do with their SMASH journals.. take a looky here

The smash book comes with a handy dandy pen on one side and glue stick on another for those emergency moments where you just HAVE to glue something in your journal.. so if you collect a business card, a receipt etc.. you can just glue it in right away.  The pages in the book (I believe there are about 6 different styles) are SO adorably (is that even a word?) decorated.. and it is just so much fun to fill in.. ( just ask my friend/customer COREY.. she just pulled an all nighter with her daughter filling it in and had a BLAST doing it!)  so whether you would like it themed (summer holidays).. or just an everyday memory..it is truly an amazing thing. 

This book is basically meant for pen and ink.. so what I do is, I keep my messy art journal on it’s  own for learning new techniques and expressing myself artistically (will do another post on this).. and the Smash journal is more for writing and memorabilia.. I truly believe that these journals that I keep will be a legacy for my kids.. either they will appreciate how crazy I am, or they will really doubt that I was even human.. (OMG JUST GIGGLED OUT LOUD..)..

Here is a 2 pager that I did in my PINK smash book… I Have this obssession with doors and windows.. (among other things *ahem*).. so I decided to download some images from PINTEREST that really expressed what I was feeling at that moment, printed them out and SMASHED (oh that felt so good) them in… I stamped, and wrote as well..

take a lookie.. here’s my pink SMASH book :).. still in it’s pristine plastic (which I didn’t know I should remove..LOL)

Here is my double paged spread.. pictures of the doors :).. the SMASH TAPE, the smash CLIP

Here it is closeup 🙂

Here is my journaling page.. I USED JULIE’S JOURNALING LABELS and JULIE’S WORDS to LIVE BY which I just love :).. I also doodled with a black permanent marker

 I GOTS to tell ya.. I had SUCH a good time with this.. have already continued working on it.. and will DEFINITELY KEEP YOU POSTED!!

Now for a WINNAH of the LOVE COLLAGE stamp 🙂

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

13-CATHY P! you win the stamp!  please email me and I will send you the stamp!

Timestamp: 2011-07-12 20:08:02 UTC

So what do you think of the smash?  you lovey?

Mwah to da sistahs who wanna get smashed.. cuz I do 🙂

Em

it’s BELLARIFIC FRIDAY sistahs!!!

and we are expecting a BEEYOOTIFUL weathah this weekend!!  I am here preparing for an August release and  I think you will all faint when  you see what I have in store for you… OMG OMG OMG… I know I say this every release (lol) but this time I REALLY REALLY MEAN IT! (LOLOL)

Ok now that I teased.. let’s discuss some winnahs shall we?

Winnah for last BELLARIFIC FRIDAY

COMMENTAYTAH ($10 in bella bucks)

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Here are your random numbers:

23	- JENN B! you win!  please email me and I will send you your vouchah!

Timestamp: 2011-07-08 14:52:57 UTC

Now for a CONTRIBUTIN’ winnah ($20 in bella bucks)

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Here are your random numbers:

5- LYNN M you win!  email me and I can put the $20 in your account!

Timestamp: 2011-07-08 14:54:35 UTC

Now down to BIDNISS

BELLARIFIC THEME FOR THIS WEEK WAS USING RIBBON on your card

I will announce the winner for the LOVE COLLAGE stamp on Monday.. make sure to place a comment HERE for your chance to win!

Let’s see what our BABEROONIS came up with!

Paulabella is BACK!  WOOHOO!  she used SAIDIE by Mo Manning

Paulineabella used FUNKY POTTED FLOWERS

Jessabella used PERK ME UP PEEPS

Lindabella used IVY KETTO

Tammybella used VEGGIEBELLA

Robinabella used A LITTLE SMOOCH

Ebrubella used LULU’s MORNING FIX

Cathabella used RUSTIC WINDOWBOX

Danabella used a PIXIE from SET A

Jeaniebella used BRONTE and LOUIS

now how’s DAT for da EYE CANDEEEEE? HMMMMM??

Now let’s see what our  sistahood came up with !

Beth N used LULU LOVES POPPIES

Karen D used 3 SEPARATE DAISIES

Kerri B used PATSY PIXIE

Lynn M used FELIX HAS A FLOWER

Margo S used FLOWAHBELLA

Olga used TUMBLING DAISIES (discontinued)

Regan used LOVE COLLAGE

Stephanie H used TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY-ABELLA

Violet used TANGLED STELLA

now how’s DAT for da sistahood?

Next week’s theme is  use a BELLA or a STELLA on your card!! I Expect to see lotsa entries!!

Mwah to da sistahs who lovey FRIDAYS!

Don’t forget to leave a comment here for your chance to win $1o in bella bucks! and if you contribute a card, you have a chance to win $20 in bella bucks!

MWAH MWAH MWAH

I LOVE ME AN AMERICANO (misto that is)

but I also am IN LOVE WITH THIS SONG!!! If you ever want your muse going.. BLAST this song sistahs.. you will paint, draw, stamp, dance, sing.. you name it!

Saw this last night on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE with my favorite, MELANIE, and when I heard this song…? OMG it was LOVE at first SOUND!!

Ok, I know I should be posting more craftiness, and I promise I will cuz I will be blasting this all day .. (it is now also my ringtone.. so if I don’t answer you know it’s cuz I wanna hear da SONGY)

mwah to da sistahs who DANCE AND SING!

Em

just sayin’

if you have never read these pigeon books.. run, I SAY RUN (said like Foghorn Leghorn).. to your nearest bookstore with a java and you will LAFF at this bird… Jayden and I have a BLAST with this pigeon..LOL.

and YES, I need help.

and HAPPY 4th of JULY to my American SISTAHS!

And don’t forget to place a comment on the post below to be eligible to win our LOVE collage stamp

P.P.S. Place a comment on the BELLARIFIC FRIDAY post to be eligible to win $10 in Bella BUCKEROONIS

P.P.P.S  RIBBON THEME for BELLARIFIC FRIDAY this week

P.P.P.P.S.  me thinks my MUSE is coming back

P.P.P.P.P.S.  How annoying am I?

P.P.P.P.P.P.S. MWAH

Em

Omg I am blogging from my iPad whilst (still love that word) watching tv

Sistahs sistahs.. Where has my muse gone? I am anxiously awaiting it to return. I have been so busy painting and mixed media-ing.. Will show you the fruits of my labor next week. How have you been?
We are off tomorrow for Canada day. Happy Canada day to all my Canadian sistahs!

Whilst (lol)!- had to sneak it in somewhere- you are waiting for me to find my muse, take a lookie at Cath’s MOXIE FAB WORLD blog (moxie fab world and you may find a stamp you may recognize and if you post a comment, you may just win one … Soooo 2 chances here sistahs.. Leave a comment on my bloggypoo and on Cath’s bloggypoo and you have two chances to win our LOVE COLLAGE stamp…

Mwah to da sistahs who wanna win!
Em

it’s BELLARIFIC FRIDAY and my BIRFDAY!

I have now reached the age that my grandfather has referred to.  The age that he always said he was. Jak Benny remained 39 forever.. do you think I can too?

We had a little partay at work and had the BEST time.. thank you Denabella and Helenabella

They bought me a gorgeous necklace that I wanted so badly from LUXE DESIGN

they got me a toggle necklace with these two amazing charms

want this for a tattoo

and

love this SKULL

Ok enough about me…. (not really LOL)… let’s move on to our LATE Bellarific Friday entry (sorry)

Let’s begin with some winnahs from last week!

Winnah for commentaytin goes to ($10 in bellarific bucks)

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Here are your random numbers:

24-DEBBIE B you win!  please email me and I will send you your voucher....

Timestamp: 2011-06-25 14:47:13 UTC

and the winner for CONTRIBUTIN’ goes to

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Here are your random numbers:

6-REGAN you win!! please email me for your moolah

Timestamp: 2011-06-25 14:54:42 UTC

Ok now let’s discuss this week’s challenge!  a BEEYOOTIFUL sketch by Jeaniebella

Let’s see what our BABES came up with!

Cath G used CUPCAKE PRINCESS VIOLET

Paulineabella used BEERPEEP

Danabella used ARTHUR

Ebrubella used a PIXIE from SET A

Lindabella used ABBY

jeaniebella used SOCCERMOMABELLA

Robinabella used BOOTS

Tammybella used AMPLEETUDE

Now is that EYE CANDEE or WHAT????

Now let’s see what da SISTAHOOD came up with!

Ashley used a MERMAID from 3 BABY MERMAIDS UNDER THE SEA

Corey used DIPLOMABELLA

Jenn B used ARTHUR from ARTHUR AND ANNIE

Jules used LOVEBEETLE HUGGABUGG

Lynn used BELLARINA

Maria H used TEACHABELLA

Maryann used POMPOMABELLA

Mckenna da minibella used DAYDREAMABELLA

Rachel used WOOFIN IT UP

Rosanne used PEACHY PIXIE

Tanya used GRILLAFELLA

Ulyth used JAVABELLAS

Violet used CUTESY ORNAMENT

Now how was DAT for eye candy??? GORGEOUS SISTAHS!!!  I hope this motivates others to contribute!

Don’t forget to post a comment for your chance at winning $10 in Bella bucks.. and to participate in the next challente for a chance at winning $20 in bella bucks!

Thank you all for the comments on the VLOG.. I read them all to Jayden and she was so happy that she asked when our next one was..LOL.  Tyler is ready for HIS debut.  I think it is going to be so much fun.. so whether you wanted them or not, you will be getting them..LOL.

NEXT WEEK WE ARE OFF for the long weekend so no Bellarific Friday.. so JULY 8th CHALLENGE is to use RIBBON ON YOUR CARD

Have a GREAT day sistahs .. BE CREATIVE.. GIVE HUGS..

MWAH MWAH MWAH!

Em

to VLOG or not to VLOG.. THAT my sistahs is the question…

YOU can let me know… aside from a DESPERATE need to go to the hairdresser.. and a DESPERATE need to learn how to EDIT.. and a DESPERATE NEED to lose weight LOL (that will be another VLOG).. let me know if you like this format?  Of course I will write as well.. but this was kinda fun…

Oh and the mentioned PINEAPPLE? you can’t so much see it in the video…

ok and the CPS comment?  please pretend you never heard that..LOL.  and also please remember that da BELLA has no FILTAH so what you see is what you get.. and honestly? Jayden knows more than her name and Dena’s name..LOL

Oh and also?  This is new TRIAL  software I tried out so you see the watermark through the whole thing.

What a disaster.

*sigh*

mwah mwah mwah!

It’s BELLARIFIC FRIDAY!

Hiya sistahs!

I hope you had a great week and that you didn’t laugh to much at my video below 🙂

Let’s discuss some winnahs from last week’s bellarific Friday!

Winnah for COMMENTAYTIN’ ($10 in bella bucks) goes to

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

15-Karen you WIN!  please email me and I will send you your VOUCHAH!

Timestamp: 2011-06-17 15:22:31 UTC

Now for a CONTRIBUTIN’ winnah! ($20 in Bella BUCKEROONIS)

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

1-angela P you win! please email me for your $20 vouchah!

Timestamp: 2011-06-17 15:35:53 UTC

and NOW for this week’s challenge!

HERE COMES SUMMAH!  Let’s see what our BABEROONIS came up with!

Lindabella used LULU LOVES POPPIES

Ebrubella used  LACIE with ICE CREAM

Robinabella used PATSY PIXIE

Tammybella used RUSTIC WINDOWBOX by Mo Manning

Danabella used LITTLE UMBRELLA

Jessabella used ANNIE from ARTHUR AND ANNIE

Cathabella used CLARA LULU

Paulineabella used BEACH HUT AND BALL

Are they GORGEOUS or WHAT?

Now for da SISTAHOOD!

Cathy C. used CLARA LULU

Corey R used FLOWER GARDEN

Jenn B used MAVIS BUILDS A SANDCASTLE

Jennifer R used TATIANA KETTO

Jules used I-WISH-I-LOOKED-SO-GOOD-ON-A-BIKE-ABELLA

Lynn M. used BEACH HUT AND BALL

Margo S. used TATIANA KETTO

Mckenna the mini bella used DAISYBELLA

Michele the minibella's momma used LOVEYBELLA

Regan used BEACH HUT AND BALL

Stephanie H used IDA LULU

Tanya A used ELIZABETH LULU

Violet V used PAISLEY LULU

now is that EYE CANDEE OR WHAT?!

Don’t forget to place a comment on this post for a chance to win $10 in Bella Buckeroonis!

and if you would like to submit for next week’s challenge, you can have a chance to win $20 in Bella bucks!!

Next week’s challenge is a sketch by JEANIEBELLA!

Gorgeous and FUN, no????

Mwah to da sistahs who are feeling “sketchy”

Em