and the WINNER is……………

Joann!  Ryan (my hubby) took the plunge and decided to be the judge.. he wanted to see how women think and what kind of nonsense (as he says it) they can come up with and he liked them all but chose Joann’s.. I think the part of her little girl sitting on her lap ‘got him’.. so Joann… send me an email and let me know which bella you would like!  On the house!


Congrats and I will host yet another contest very soon!


Merry holidays everyone


Guess where I was yesterday??


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hello my wonderful ’10’ (this is including a little girl who sits on her mother’s lap and watches the pretty girls on my website).

I went on an overnight ‘excursion’ with my hub to the Niagara falls resort casino.. what fun!  This gag card I made is actually made with the room key.. (*giggles*).  Just wanted you all to know that I ‘think’ cards at every opportunity!  I see upholstery, I think of a layout.. wallpaper (does that still exist?  Actually I think it is making a comeback), beauty products.. you name it.. I think it ‘in a card’.. do any of you think that way?  When I knew I hit rock bottom was when Nicky and I were in the parking lot of our LSS and we both look down and see a shiny buckle.. we both took a dive for it and then realized how disgusting that really was and LAUGHED our brains out…  no words were exchanged and we never spoke about this again.. LOL.

The hearts in the background of the card and the sentiment (I use this all the time) are authentic though!  All STAMPING BELLA.. you got it!  I just felt like having fun today!

 We had lots of fun in Niagara.. We went crossborder shopping.. had a coffee in peace.. played a little at the casino (ok LOTS).. and it was just fun to get away.

 That is my today candy.. hope you *LOVE* the layout (hee hee) and the image and just remember… NEVER stop thinking cards.. that’s what keeps us going!!

I will announce the contest winner later today.. my husband is deciding what the best ‘lie’ is.. maybe he’s not the best judge…

 Toodles to you 10


Sorry I am soooo late

hello my now dear 9

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First I would like to apologize for the lack o’ valentines images… it’s been a crazy crazy weekend….My daughter Jayden has been soo sick.. and a ‘magnet’ so I was unable to do much in terms of work this weekend.. My DS Tyler has more of a social life than I do , and he was at birthday parties all weekend.  Having said that.. I have put in some images in my “jumbo words and fillers” category and I am still putting a few more in to complete the collection.  These are **SO MUCH FUN**!  when you don’t feel like making a fancy embellished card but just want to make a BOLD statement.. this is the way to go.. I fell in love with this when I designed it and the rest is history.  I don’t have much time to blab today as I have to pack!  I am just going on an overnight ‘jaunt’ with hubborama until Wednesday.. can’t wait!  But no worries, orders are a priority so anything ordered will be shipped the next day!  Even if I have to stay up all night (I am up working anyway).  I promise that Valentines will be up soon so please check every day.. I don’t think you will be disappointed!

 This card was designed and executed by Nicky Manel (my design team-LOL) and I just love it.  You will be seeing a lot of her work on my website as we share the same mind, talk stamping and just have a wonderful relationship.. oh and yeah, I think her work is ‘a’ight’.  Actually I will be posting a link to her DVD INK IT UP!.. just go on the link and click.. they are the cutest bloopers ever!  But I will do a critique on the DVD at some point.. perhaps when my audience reaches ’10’..LOL

 Ok, I digress.. this card was made with my JUMBO HAPPY and my FILLER-Birthday.  in black cardstock and soft lilac Marvy Ink.. She also used my 3 roses  ( I LOVE THIS STAMP) and coloured it in and GLITTAHED it, just the way I like it :).. that’s my girl Nick.  Oh and don’t forget the little stitched ribbon around the neck of the vase.. I LOVE IT!!

I hope you all love it too.. and promise to write more when we meet again



for my fellow canadians, eh!

I have had several appreciated questions about my Canadian currency converter button or lack thereof.  For professional reasons, I had to launch my site on a certain day without certain things in place.  For instance, my Canadian currency button.  As important as this is to me (being a proud Canadian), it has taken me a lot longer to have this done than anticipated. Too long, if you ask me.. but I am at someone’s mercy and it is out of my control.  Trust me, everyone, when I tell you that if I were in my control, it would have been done a while ago!  The Canadian button is being worked on as we speak, actually even before we have begun speaking! 

I have taken that into consideration and decided to lessen my shipping rates to compensate for the currency conversion until I have it ready!

I will keep you posted as to when it is ‘live and kicking’.. until then, there are alternatives we can discuss ( and have discussed with many of you already),  so please feel free to write the maple-leaf-bella herself!

 Thanks for all of your understanding



what to do to do to do….


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My dearest 8–perhaps another repeat customer so I may have 9 on Monday!  YIPPEEEE

It’s Friday..and the first night of Chanukah… SO EXCITED… what tool should I buy myself to celebrate? (*giggles*)… Already have my EYE on a purse.. hmmm just what I need.  The great thing about shoes or purses are that they always fit AND if you need a BIGGER size, you don’t get aggravated or depressed!  So what.. I am now a size 10 shoe rather than a 9.  Do you get depressed?  NOPE.  Same with stamp supplies.. they always *fit*– LOL.  Next week, I promise to get more into the card making techniques and I have to concentrate on posting more images on my site.. lots and lots more. So, we will wait for next week for the juicy stuff.  Now I would like to confer with all my fellow crafters.. How many times have you gone to the cash at your LSS or Michaels or any hobby store and recite the following mantra “my husband is gonna divorce me if he finds out that I spent this”.  I think I have said this line about 6543 times and counting SO… thanks to my mentor and design team member Nicky Manel (you will see her work here next week), I have learned several ways of dealing with this issue.  Namely, creative accounting.

(1) as you see in the attractive picture above (hey at least the garbage can is PINK!), you can easily just crumple up the bill and flick it carelessly into the trash.. and BURY IT. (you can light on fire as well, but this is quite dangerous)

(2)  You can take your goodies to the cash and simply pay a portion in cash and the rest on credit, get two bills, make sure that the lower bill is the cash bill and keep that one in the bag.. come home with a *BIG GRIN* on your face and say to your beloved “CAN YOU BELIEVE WHAT I BOUGHT FOR $20??”  little does he know that the other $180 bill is stuffed in the bottom of your purse.

 (3) you can leave the goodies in the car til your lovey goes to sleep and THEN, ONLY THEN, dressed in holy ratty pj’s run to the car when no one is looking, grab the bag and STUFF and I mean STUFF into your closet.  When you take it out and he happens to ask you when and where you got it (if he cares) then you will have a look of SHOCK and HORROR on your face and say “THIS OLD THING?”.. ALWAYS works..

 These are my FAVES but they are getting old so if anyone wants to share their creative accounting tips, it would be my honour to learn from you.. need to freshen up the excuses!

 Toodles and love to all

Have a PHENOM weekend and I will *see* you on Monday!




you would read a blog about an eraser? 


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Hello Extravagant 8! 

Today is considered “useless” day in my books.  By “useless” I mean I-SO-CAN’T-GET-ANYTHING-DONE-SO-I-WILL-TALK-ABOUT-AN-ERASER-DAY.  I ran around dropping off my son, picking up my son then dropping him off again (only to pick him up YET AGAIN-LOL).  I stopped at my LSS to celebrate Hannah’s birthday (one of my stamping group ladies) and we all ate, shmoozed,ate drank and ate (sounds like my driving schedule! *giggles*)  Anyway enough about me cuz CLEARLY I can go on and on and on!

 I wanted to talk about this BIG TICKET ITEM for sale on my website!  I just love this eraser I swear.. it is soft and gummy yet firm enough to even get into close corners!  I use it to erase my chalk *errors* and the paper comes out soooo clean that you wouldn’t believe there was anything there in the first place!  important stuff huh?  But really, it is important cuz without it, you would have one helluva messy card!  Another use for it is to smudge your chalks.. fun to play around and make backgrounds!

 So, I thought I would post something today.. Something brain candyish that you really don’t have to focus on and HERE IT IS!

Off to cut, stuff, and index.. til the wee hours of the night….

 toodles to my 8!


a swirly hearty wednesday to all!

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Hi fabulous 8!  (my audience has exploded! *giggles*)

I am on my way to get my 3 new bellas made (nope, not telling)!! SO EXCITED you have no ideaR! Picked up lots of rubbaH yesterday so should be packing and posting more stuff today!  Valentines is almost done and should be on line (fingers crossed) by Monday!

Here is a happy card I made using my swirly heart and tombow markers to colour in.  I just love tombows for their translucency and ability to get into small areas without streaking.. OH and their wonderful, amazing colour palette… just love those tombows!  So I coloured each swirl in by hand in different colours, stamped it on my “bella coated paper” with Black memories ink, layered it on my “romance” by Bazzill and then layered that on my ultimate fave Bazzill colour “parakeet”.  YUM!  Then, I FINALLY used my scalloped scissors made by fiskars.. have had a small obssession with the ‘scallop’.  Everything I have bought for the past 2 months has been scalloped in some way..LOL; paper, scissors,trimmers,templates,punches.. hmph.  So I scalloped the bottom of the parakeet leaving some room for my ‘thinking of you’ sentiment and I stamped it with my swirl to match the heart (shhh don’t tell anyone but if you get my swirl border, you have one or two extra swirls that you can cut off and use for your background) . 

Before I layered it, I looked into my organized (not) drawer of ribbons and found this spectacular little bit of pink satin and voila!  

 Now my question to all of you right now is… what do you think happened after I made this card?

 Yup, I had to go and by about 600 yards of every different colour satin ribbon.  Hmph.


toodles to you

have a great day


I need a stiff….. DRINK!


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Hello six of you

I am so tired and needing some sleep but am so *juiced* by this card that I had to share.. oh and by the way, I have no idea what sleep is.. I am always awake and inspired and creating and emailing and surfing.. hmm a full time job me thinks!  This card actually was inspired by Julie Ebersole – one of my faves around – and her love for ‘tinis.  I was out shopping (for a change) and saw this AMAZING paper (Karen Foster Designs) that I thought Julie would love and her love for my Cosmobella… what a treat to pair the two together!! Of course had to send it to her!  Oh and my curly “cheers” sentiment which makes me happy too!

I am obssessed with the Mineral Spirits technique (I am posting a kit on my site cuz I love it so much–called the bella spirits and blender and sanding block) and I actually tried something new!  I usually use a beautiful coated paper that works amazingly with the technique AND is cost efficient-(will be selling as well) but THIS time.. THIS time I used hot press water colour paper.. OMG. OMG. OMG.. it was spectacular.  The prismacolor colored pencil just ‘melted’ and ‘blended’ into the paper… what a treat (V.V.V. expensivo)! And of course Black Memories ink (my fave) and quickie glue pen and sparkle.. otherwise known as GLITTAH.  LOVE IT!!!  do you think I had fun with this card????

 Toodles to all six of you and have a phenom day

(Oh I think we are up to 7-my mother in law is reading too *giggles*- I better behave)