Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Mornin' hens! Did you all have a good weekend? This was a holiday weekend here in the states so I made the most of my THREE DAYS off by enjoying some R&R with my DH! On Saturday we went for a ride on the Harley and ate lunch at a little hometown cafe in a town about an hour away. Then yesterday, we took a little ride down the river in our boat. We even had a picnic lunch on the bank. Yum! We had a GREAT time and I SO needed it! Not to worry, I did find some time to fit in a little crafting and this is one of my little creations. I have a another GRAD that I needed a card for this year, so I whipped out "DIPLOMABELLA" from Stamping Bella. I stamped her onto some of Bella's Bestest Paper and colored her with my Copics. This DP is from a small K&Company pad that I picked up at Michaels a couple of months back. I just LOVE that gingham print!! Ok, so I matted "Diplomabella" on some SU Night of Navy and then adhered her to the DP. I added a little white border in between the two DP's and then finished with this pretty satin ribbon tied in a cute bubbly bow! Whatcha think? Think she'll like it? I hope so! Just a reminder for those of you who'd like to play along in this week's Bellarific Friday at Stamping Bella.... the theme is "MASCULINE". Grrrrrr-grrrrr! LOL! Ok, that's it from the hen house today!

I thought I'd leave you with a few pictures I took from our little trip down the river. Even though it was a holiday here in the states, there were very few boats out and it was SO peaceful. We were sure it would be packed but we only passed a few other boats enjoying the beautiful day.

Yep, that's YOURS TRULY sitting in the front of the boat in the shade (with my hair a total wreck I might add!). Pffft! Sort of reminds me of Katharine Hepburn in the African Queen. Bwah-ha-ha-ha!! Ok, I hope you all have a great day! {{{hen hugs}}}

Rubber Stamps - Stamping Bella; DP - K&Company; CS - Bella's Bestest Paper, SU Night of Navy, Prisma Yellow; Border Punch - Martha Stewart; Copics; Ribbon - WalMart

Friday, May 27, 2011

Rah! Rah! Ree! Kick 'em in the knee....

Rah! Rah! Ras! Kick 'em in the..... other knee!!! Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!! Had ya goin' there didn't I?

I made this little card for my friends daughter who just graduated college. She's such a sweetie and I wanted to send her a little something to CONGRATULATE her! Hey, what better way to show how excited I am for her than a cheerleader? Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net Woo-hoo!

This little cutie is "PomPomabella" from Stamping Bella! I stamped her onto some of Bella's Bestest Paper and colored her with my Copics. I matted her with some SU Early Expresso and stitched around the edges. This week's Bellarific Friday theme was Kraft, Navy and Green. Well as you hens know, Kraft is MY THING so this challenge was right up my alley. Hey, take a look at this cool ribbed Kraft CS that was a gift from my good friend in Switzerland. Not sure what it's really used for but it's super cool. Me LOVEEE gifts!! Tee-hee! Ok, so then I found this DP from We Are Memory Keepers in my stash and thought it would work perfectly for this color challenge. Then to finish up, I added the sentiment, also from Stamping Bella and tied on some Baker's Twine from The Twinery with a button on top.

Okee dokee, that's it from the coop... Be sure hop over to Bloggabella and check out what the rest of the Bella Babes came up with. I'm sure they'll inspire you, without a doubt! Wanna play along in next week's Bellarific Friday challenge? If so, the theme is "Masculine"! So get those Father's Day cards ready and send your project photo by email to emily@stampingbella.com to be entered. You could win some cool Bella Bucks just for entering! Whoot-whoot! Have a wonderful weekend! {{{hen hugs}}}

Rubber Stamps - Stamping Bella; CS - SU Kraft & Early Expresso, Bella's Bestest Paper; Copics; Button; Twine - The Twinery; Gelly Roll Glitter Pen; Ribbed Kraft CS

Thursday, May 26, 2011

TKT #51 Winners!!!

CONGRATULATIONS Sue, Mary, Jenny and Sarah!!

Take a look at each of their FABULOUS creations!!

Wow Smiley Smilie Smileys Smilies Emoticon Emoticons Animated Animation Animations Gif Pictures, Images and Photos See, what'd I tell you??? WOWZERS, right? I think they're just jaw droppin' GOR-JUSS! Thank you ALL for playing along this week! You have no idea how much I enjoy looking at all your wonderful projects! You sure are some KRAFTY hens! Y'all are makin' it TOO hard for this chicken to pick my TOP CHICK PICKS..... {say that three times real fast!} LOL! Be sure to click on each of the thumbnails above and you can check out their winning project in FULL view and get all the card details as well. Leave 'em a {{{hen hug}}} while you're there too, k? Thank you again for playing along and I hope you all have a TEE-RIFIC Thursday!! {{{hen hugs}}}

Monday, May 23, 2011

Hot Tub LuLu!

Tee-hee! I wish this were me! I can so see myself lounging around with my umbrella after a nice soak in a hot tub!! Ahhhhh! Now wouldn't that be the life?? Hmmmmm, this sorta sounds like somebody I know... *snort!* YOU know who YOU are! Pfffft!

Ok, so this is Ida LuLu from Stamping Bella. Isn't she a doll? I just LOVE those glasses of hers! SO stylish, don'tcha think? I need to get me a pair of those! Tee-hee!

I began my little card by stamping Ida onto some of Bella's Bestest Paper and colored her with my Copics. I stitched her to some SU Basic Black CS and adhered her to this DP from an old DCWV paper pad I had. I decided I didn't want to use any busy designer paper on this card, so the focus would be on the image entirely. I did add some Glossy Accents to Ida's glasses and also stamped my sentiment on the background paper as well. To finish, I tied on this pretty satin ribbon and added a few black brads with this fun flower accent for a little added interest. Simple but oh so cute!

Now don't forget, you hens still have time to play along in my That's Krafty Thursday #51 challenge. Be sure to link your project before Wednesday at 7:00pm EST for a chance to be crowned this week's Krafty Chick! Awwwwk! For all the details, check out my TKT #51 post below. Oh and for those of you who'd like to play along in this week's Bellarific Friday challenge, the theme is Kraft, Navy and Green! Woo-hoo! There ya go, another TWO-FER challenge! To play in both challenges, link your card to my TKT #51 challenge AND also send it as an attachment by email to emily@stampingbella.com for submission into this week's Bellarific Friday challenge.

Okee dokee, that's it from the hen house today! Hope you all have a MAH-VELOUS Monday! {{{hen hugs}}}

Rubber Stamps - Stamping Bella; DP - DCWV; CS - SU Real Red & Basic Black, Bella's Bestest Paper; Copics; Ribbon - Ellen Hutson; Glossy Accents; Brads; Flower

Friday, May 13, 2011

That's KRAFTY Friday??

Ummmm, ok that was WEIRD!! I have no idea what was going on with Blogger yesterday but my That's Krafty Thursday #51 post went live and then later in the day Blogger "UN-POSTED" it, if that's a word! I dunno, but I just put it back on line now. That was strange.... {*Alfred Hitchcock music*} Now, I know there were a few of you hens that had linked your projects yesterday before Blogger went down, so if you don't mind, please double check to be sure your project is still there and if not, pleeeeease resubmit it. I'd hate to miss out on admiring your BEE-YOO-TI-FUL work!!

Ok, so if my That's Krafty Thursday #51 post didn't get you in a KRAFTY mood, how 'bout this doosey??? I just LUUUUVE these two gals! Now of course I could hardly wait for this week's Bellarific Friday, cuz the theme was....... KRAFT!! Ahhhhhhh, my fav!! Betcha never guessed that, huh? So, if you hens made a card for Em's Bellarific Friday challenge, go ahead and link it up to my TKT 51 challenge too! No sense in wasting any of those KRAFTY skills of yours. LOL!

For this little BFF card of mine, I stamped "huggybellas" from Stamping Bella onto some Bella's BESTEST paper and colored it with my Copics. I matted it with some SU Basic Black and stitched around the edges. This DP is from Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1934 collection and of course, the cardbase is SU Kraft! I finished it up with the perfect sentiment (also from Stamping Bella), with a flower and a button on top! I don't know what it is about Kraft with Black, but it's one of my favorite color combinations. The black just POPS off that Kraft doesn't it? Ok, now it's your turn.... Be sure to link your KRAFTY project(s) below on my TKT #51 post. I can't wait to see what you hens come up with. Wanna see some more KRAFTY projects? Pop in over at Bloggabella and see how KRAFTY those Bella Babes can be. I'm sure they'll have something that's sure to inspire you! Next week's Bellarific Friday theme is a sketch by my talented sistah Paulabella!! Ain't it cute?

In case you don't know, it's super easy to play along in Bellarific Fridays. Just use any Stamping Bella stamp and the Bellarific Friday theme of the week, then just email your project to emily@stampingbella.com How easy is that? And just think, if you add some Kraft colored cardstock to it, you can enter it in my That's Krafty Thursday challenge too! Wooot-wooot! Okee dokee, that's it from the hen house today, AND I'm sorry to say.... for next week as well. Yep, I'll be MIA but it's only for a week, so no worries from da hens, k? Do this chicken a BIG favor and have LOTS of TKT entries waiting on me when I get back! Puh-leeeeeeease? Tee-hee! Have a WONDERFUL weekend! {{{hen hugs}}}

Rubber Stamps - Stamping Bella; Copics; DP - Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934; CS - Bella's Bestest Paper, SU Basic Black & Kraft; Border Punch - SU; Button; Twine; Paper Flower; Tag Punch - Martha Stewart

That's Krafty Thursday #51

Mornin' hens! Ready for another That's Krafty Thursday challenge? It's been a whole two weeks so it's time to GET KRAFTY!!

To give you some inspiration to get you started, here's a little card I made for my niece. She just found out that she's gonna be a MOM! Now wasn't that the BESTEST Mother's Day present ever? I'm so happy for her! So I decided I HAD to ink up "Pregabella" from Stamping Bella. I just LOVE her! I stamped her onto some Bellas' Bestest Paper and colored her with my Copics. I cut her out with my scalloped oval Nesties and sponged some chalk ink around the edges. I adhered her to this cute DP from October Afternoon's Report Card which I think has a nice "baby feel" to it too. To finish, I stamped the sentiment, also from Stamping Bella and added this satin embossed ribbon tied in a cute bubbly bow! I hope she likes it!

Okee dokee, that's it from the hen house today! I hope you'll find time to play along with the hens during the next few weeks in my That's Krafty Thursday challenge! The only requirement needed to enter my little challenge is to use Kraft Cardstock somewhere on your project! Yep, that's it! SUPER EASY right? Just think, YOU could be crowned the next KRAFTY CHICK!! Just link your card below by 7:00 pm EST on May 25th. Come on and play along..... I can't wait to see how KRAFTY you hens are this time! Awwwwwwk! {{{hen hugs}}}

Rubber Stamps - Stamping Bella; CS - SU Kraft, Bella's Bestest Paper; Button; Ribbon - Michael's; Copics; Nestabilities

Monday, May 9, 2011

Just call me "Trailer Trash!"

Tee-hee!! OMG, isn't this a hoot? A co-worker of mine wanted a card for his sister who LOVES to go camping. He told me that when she and her husband go, it's like a HUGE party with the other folks in the campground! He says, they ride from campsite to campsite on their golfcart, and stop in, visit a spell and have a beer, or two, or three..... you get the picture! So as I'm listening to him tell me this with total AMAZEMENT in his voice, I'm thinking, "yeah, so what? Ain't that what everybody does?" ROFL! Seriously, if you've never camped in a campground, you haven't LIVED! Now that's the life.... laid back and EASY livin'! Oh well, just call me "TRAILER TRASH!" LOL!!!

Ok, so here's how I made this little cutie. I started with an older set from Whipper Snapper called, "Great Outdoors". I stamped the travel trailer in the foreground first and then masked it for the second trailer behind it. Then I masked both and stamped the trees in the background. I colored the scene with my Copics and used some DP from the October Afternoon Campfire collection as the backdrop. I thought it came together well and he LOVED it when I gave it to him. He said it was exactly what he wanted. Yay! I do LOVE it when I get it right and can make a card to truly FIT a person. Okee dokee, that's it from the hen house today. Oh, and don't forget to pop in today over at Stamping Bella. Emily has a SURPRISE release today! Woot-woot!! Be sure to check it out.... I just bet I'm gonna be starting a new WISH list of "must haves!" Shhhhhh, don't tell!! Have a MAH-VELOUS Monday! {{{hen hugs}}}

Rubber Stamps - Whipper Snapper; CS - Neenah Classic Crest, SU Early Expresso; DP - October Afternoon Campfire; Copics; Baker's Twine; Twine

Friday, May 6, 2011

It's a BLOOMIN Bellarific Friday!

Mornin' hens! FLOWERS, flowers and more flowers! It's a "bloomin" Bellarific Friday! LOL! Today's BF theme was ummmmm, yep you guessed it, FLOWERS! Tee-hee! How perfect, April showers brings May flowers right? Yay! So I went diggin' through my Stamping Bella images and found this little cutie that hadn't seen any ink yet! Eeeeek! How can that be? Well, I had to remedy that right away, so I stamped "Patsy Pixie" onto some Bella's Bestest Paper and colored her with my Copics. This DP is from an old Basic Grey collection I had and I LOVE the colors in it. I know I'm such a sucker for neutrals but I really liked how the violets, oranges and greens tie into it. VERY pretty don'tcha think? Ok, so after I was done coloring, I cut it out with my oval Nesties and leaving the die in place, sponged around the edges with distress ink. I matted the DP with some SU Cajun Craze and even used my SU border punch along the vertical edges. To finish, I added this crocheted lace and topped it off with this champagne colored satin ribbon tied in a cute bubbly bow. This will be my MIL's Mother's Day card. I think she'll LOVE it!

I'm also using this card as part of this week's Catered Crop FTR 11 challenge.

Here's the FTR11 recipe:

Pattern Paper – stripes, flourishes, leaves, polka-dots
Colors – yellow, green, white, and kraft
Stamps and Stickers – flowers/daisies, bicycles, leaves
Color Mediums – Brown ink, Tombow and Copic markers
Embellishments – ribbon, stickers, glitter/Stickles
Tools – die cuts, Bind-It-All
Techniques – Make a matching stationery set, embellished notebook and/or matching envelopes
Theme – "Just a Note" or all occasion cards

Now it's super easy to play in the Follow The Recipe challenges. Just use at least one of the above ingredients and link your card up over at the Catered Crop. To give you an idea, I've highlighted those ingredients I've used on my card above. Hey, why not make it a TWO-FER.... if you use a Stamping Bella image and some KRAFT CS, you can enter into both the Catered Crop challenge AND next week's Bellarific Friday challenge which just happens to be KRAFT! Oh-oh, wait a minute... my That's Krafty Thursday #51 challenge begins May 12th too! WOWZERS, make that a THREE-FER!! Ahhhhh, my kind of week!! ROFL! Okee dokee, that's it from the hen house today! Hope you hens have a WONDERFUL weekend! {{{hen hugs}}}

Rubber Stamps - Stamping Bella; CS - SU Kraft & Cajun Craze, Bella's Bestest Paper; Copics; Nestabilities; Clear Glaze Pen - Sakura; Ribbon - Ellen Hutson; Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Vintage Photo; DP - Basic Grey; Crocheted Lace - Paper Studio "Spare Parts"

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Nurses Day is May 6th!

Hopefully, my little chick doesn't see this post before she gets this card! Eeeeek! Sometimes that happens ya know! *sigh* But I told her "no blog peeking" this week (tee-hee!) so I'm hoping it'll still be a surprise when she gets it. I'm always on the hunt for nurse images and when I saw this little gal from Prairy Fairy Designs, that was it! I HAD to have her! Those fat little cheeks and glasses just CRACK me up! Did ya check out that syringe and bed pan in her hand! OMG, she's hilarious!

I started by printing the image onto some Classic Crest CS and colored her with my Copics. I stitched her onto some SU Real Red CS and then matted her to this great Stampin Up DP. And get this, the ribbon... it was tied on a gift my little chick bought me last year and I saved it. PERFECT, right? Tee-hee! Ok, then I printed this sentiment and punched it out with my circle punches and added this little felt flower underneath. I think it sort of resembles the flowers in the DP, don't you? Sooooo CUTE! I hope she likes it!

Okee dokee, that's it from the hen house today! Don't forget to tell a nurse "Happy Nurses Day" on Friday! I know it's not said often enough, but we appreciate all that you do! {{{hen hugs}}}

Digital Stamp - Prairy Fairy Designs; CS - Neenah Classic Crest, SU Real Red; DP - Stampin' Up; Punches - Circles (Creative Memories, EK Success); Ribbon - Scraps; Decorative Clip; Copics

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Blog Candy Winner!!

We have a WINNER!!! Woot-woot!! Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net The winner of my yummy BLOG CANDY is:

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Vicki Wizniuk said...
Love your blog... I follow you through Google Reader. Would love to win this SB die set! Thanks so much for the chance. :)

April 5, 2011 1:23 PM

CONGRATULATIONS Vicki!! Send me your snail mail addy and I'll send your CANDY on it's way!!

Thanks SO much for playing along in my BLOG CANDY giveaway! You hens are AWESOME!
{{{hen hugs}}}

Monday, May 2, 2011

Howdy hens!

Yippee ki yay!! LOL! Ok, I know it's Monday but at least you can start your week off right by takin' a gander at this here card. At it purty?? OMG, I just LUUUUV this card. This is one of the images from my last Stamping Bella order and I've been dying to use it. I began by stamping "giddyupabella" onto Bella's Bestest Paper and colored her with my Copics. This DP by Flair Designs, are single 12x12 pages I picked ages ago at my LSS. It ties in perfectly with this image don'tcha think? I really liked the cowgirl image on the bottom of the DP, so I thought I'd add some twine to the lasso in her hand to show off the sentiment. Looks kinda cool huh? I haven't made an elongated card in some time now so this kinda worked out in my favor, giving me room for the sentiment, DP design and the image. I matted the image with some SU Early Expresso and punched the top and bottom with my Martha Stewart border punch. I adhered it to the DP and stitched around the edges. I finished with a few brass brads and that's it! I really had no idea in mind when I began this card but it all sorta fell into place as I was cutting the DP. I LOVE it when that happens!! Yee-haw! Have a MARVELOUS Monday! {{{hen hugs}}}

Rubber Stamps - Stamping Bella; CS - SU Early Expresso, Bella's Bestest Paper; DP - Flair Designs; Copics; Brads - Recollection; Border Punch - Martha Stewart