Saturday, July 11, 2009

Belles N' Whistles Sneak Peek Puzzle Piece 6!

Oh, can you feel the excitement building up for the release of Belles N' Whistles? I can hardly wait and we're so excited to be part of this exciting adventure for Summer and Elisabeth Bell! Well, let me add to your excitement!

Belles 'n Whistles

Here comes the 6thd puzzle piece of the Belles And Whistles sneak peek! I'm so thrilled to be the lucky gal that gets to reveal another piece of this beautiful and fun stamp! And you could be the lucky one to win it if you follow a couple of guidelines. You can read more and see the other pieces of the puzzle revealed on the Store blog. If you haven't already guessed and left a comment on my fellow DT sisters, including the amazingly talented Elisabeth herself, then and then make your way back around our Design Team's blog and you will be in the draw to win this lovely stamp when it comes out. All of us are so excited to get busy in bringing these adorable stamps to you. We're talking major cuteness on it's way to you!
Follow the Store's Blog and Store site (and the Roses on Paper DT.. including me, of course! :)) for more updates! Meanwhile go and have a peek at Elisabeth's SASS gallery, and see if you can find this cutie! And get ready for some planning on how thin your checkbook is going to be!

Please make sure to keep checking back because I'd hate for any of you to miss out on this or any of the other cuties being released for Belles N' Whistles! But to hold you over, I've got this sweetie from Roses on Paper by The Greeting Farm, Wild West Anya from Roses on Paper.

She's colored with copics and I added a bit of stickles to her boots and vest. Even cowgirls sparkle! I used some Scrapper's Floss and BasicGrey Bling for the pearls and in the middle of the flowers. I used my new Retro Flower punch from EK Success and my paisley cuttlebug folder to give the card a bit of texture. The paper is from Debbie Mumm and I just adore it! Sure hope you do too!

Card Ingredients:

Wild West Anya, BasicGrey Bling, copics, Paper by Debbie Mumm, Scrapper's Floss, charms, SU ticket punch, nestabilities, Paisley cuttlebug folder, Coredination Paper, EK Success Retro Flower Punch.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Scrappy Frog's Challenge Blog - Under the Sea

If you know me, you know I'm a lover of all things that have to do with the beach and ocean. Mermaids fall into that category! And you should also know that I love all things Stamping Bella. I have been dying to use this Underwatergoddessabella forever! When Scrappy Frog's Challenge Blog Design Team was tasked with doing an under the sea card, I had to do her! Stop on over and see the gorgeous cards and projects my designing buddies came up with!

I love this paper and hate that I cute the name off of it already! I colored her with copics and added some Shimmerz, Stickles, and Spica glitter Pen to her. I sponged around her with some blue chalk and used some charms and Scrapper's Floss instead of ribbon. I love these Prima Flowers and the Bella Baubles and Kaisercraft Pearls and sea shells just seem to finish her up.

It's gorgeous weather (finally!) here in Maine today and a perfect day to have a mermaid swim up to the beach. Gosh, wouldn't that be exciting? Hope everyone has a great weekend. I'm so excited because I'm going to the Red Sox game on Sunday with my daughter and just can't wait! Too much fun!

Card Ingredients:
Underwatergoddess-Bella from Stamping Bella, Paper from stash, Bella Baubles, copics, Shimmerz, Stickles, Prima Flowers, Blue Moon Charms, Kaisercraft Pearls, Scrapper's Floss, Spica Glitter Pen.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Tack N' Peel and Birthdays!

Today is another glorious day for me because my granddaughter, Allie, is one year old! Just when you think you can't possibly love anything more than your own children, along comes a grand child and you learn to love in different and deeper way. There's something just so precious about one of your own children's children. The amazement and wonder in life returns and we are given the gift of hope again. Oh, I do love my girls! Above is a picture of Allie and below is a picture of Emma, my oldest granddaughter by 16 days, and Allie together in their one year old picture together. Yes, I am a blessed woman! I think they're just too adorable for words!

Now I want to share not a card but my favorite, and for me, my most essential product in stamping - Tack N' Peel. You can get it from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD) and it's only $9.00, it's the best deal around! I think everyone who deals with unmounted stamps should have and use this. I'll tell you why. It saves me a ton of time, space and money. I cover all my acrylic blocks with it and when I want to stamp, I pull the protective covering off, slap my stamp on, stamp and go. I don't have to worry about keeping the cling or E-Z Mount on the back of my stamp covered up so it doesn't get destroyed or stays sticky or worry about my stamps sticking together. I don't have to think about the space that is taken up by wood or even by the thickness of E-Z Mount. I figure for each unmounted stamp I have with nothing on the back, I can store two of them for the size of one stamp with E-Z Mount on the back of it and can store 4 to 6 more than I can with my wood mounted stamps. Don't know about you but I'm all for being able to have more stamps! I don't have to worry about cutting down my E-Z Mount to fit my stamp so my scissors don't get all stuck together and I don't have to clean my scissor blades as much. And you can use it with your stamps that already have E-Z Mount or some type of foam on the back. When you think the adhesive is giving away, just wash it with some mild liquid soap and water and set it somewhere to air dry and the stick comes right back! It lasts forever so I hope you'll consider the great advantages of this great product.

I had to cover up a new acrylic block I have so I thought I'd show you how quick it is to put on and how versitile Tack N' Peel is.

Here are my supplies:
Tack N' Peel
Acrylic Block
Sharp Scissors

Lay your acrylic block on the piece of Tack N' Peel and trace the block with a pencil.

This is what it will look like.

Then cut the outline out.

Pull off the yellow side of the protective paper.

Place the adhesive side to the block and press out all the bubbles.

I pulled back the clear protective covering.

Place your stamp on the block and ink and stamp your image. I took these pictures so you could see how strong the adhesive is. I just laid my stamp on top of the acrylic and it immediately stuck!

If you have stamps mounted on E-Z Mount or some other type of foam, you can use the same block on either side. I usually just place my foam mounted stamps on the side of the acrylic block that has the protective covering on it and it will stick and stamp just fine!

I love this product as much as I love my cuttlebug and think everyone should use it! So save yourself some time, money and space and get a great acrylic block and some Tack N' Peel and go to town stamping!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Try It Out Tuesday - Wish I was there!

I know it's Tuesday and I hate to confess that I've had to beg off this week. My daughter and her family were here and we celebrated the babies first birthday, I've had to work both jobs overtime because of new upcoming projects for the school and three people on vacation at the bowling alley and trying to catch up for Nichole's wedding in just 5 weeks. I'm feeling really horrible, but bear with me. Make sure to stop by Follow Your Heart and see all the gorgeous pages my ever so talented Design Team buddies have come up with though. Inspiration everywhere!

The ever talented and challenging Suzanne Dean challenged us to scrap a page using either a Victoria Case for SCACD or one of the Anki's Sweethearts 2 stamps. I have to confess that I'm not a scrapper. I've done like 3 or 4 pages my entire life and it's scared me to death! My dear friend Lynn is a beautiful scrapper and I don't think I could ever pull something together and off like she does. But I'm going to try this summer. I said that last year, but I'm committing to trying! Tiffany is going to be back up in less than 10 days and we're going to scrapbook together and I promise to have a page ready. I can tell you that I'm coloring up a storm and promise to have something to share in a day or two.