Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Beautiful...

Hello friends!

I'm still busy, busy getting ready for the new release at Sweet November Stamps tomorrow. So while I work on new cards I figured now was the perfect time to share one of the cards colored during a past Live coloring video. This is the one featuring Octavia Softsand taking a quick siesta on the sandy ocean floor with a school of little fish swimming over her. I really enjoy all the Lives but this one had such great feedback from those watching and all their suggestions came together to create a really beautiful version of Octavia that I just adore. It's always awesome when creative minds come together to collaborate and share ideas like that, it just makes me love our little crafty community even more. :)

Alrighty, time for me to get crackin'. I hope to see you back here tomorrow for the new Cats Rule release!
  

Supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Copic X-Press It
digital stamps- Sweet November (Octavia Softsand and sentiment)
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Copic markers:
sorry, I didn't keep a list but you can see the colors used here

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

3 Wishes...

Hey there!

Between work and getting ready for a couple upcoming releases I just didn't have time to create a new card for today. Instead I am sharing one of the extra cards that I made for the May release over at The Greeting Farm using the 3 Wishes stamp set. This fun genie has such an interesting pose that it inspired me to stamp the bottle tipped on its side so that she could lean against its wide base. And because she needed someone or something to be winking at I grabbed a mirror stamp and flipped the cute little monkey from the set so that he appeared captivated by whatever song and dance she is doing. I then colored in a cave of wonders around them, full of gold and gemstones to help tell the story. All in all this was a fun one to put together. :)

Toodles! 
Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Catherine Pooler
pattern paper- unknown
stamps- The Greeting Farm (3 Wishes), My Favorite Things (Mirror Image)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Memory Box scallop border die
Kaiser Craft gems
Sharpie extra fine white pen
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Sakura stardust glitter pen
Ranger glossy accents
gold thread
Copic markers:
skin- E21, E33, E25, R21
hair- BV02, BV04, BV17, BV25, BV29
clothes- BV02, BV04, BV08, V01, V12, RV52, RV55, RV63
bottle- V01, V12, V15, V17, Y02, Y21, Y26, E39, RV06, BV08
monkey- E30, E31, E34, E55, E57, E47, E93, B63, B66, BV08
background- Y00, Y02, Y21, Y26, E39, BV31, BV02, BV13, BV04, BV08

Monday, July 6, 2020

Make a splash...

Good morning!

I've been playing with more of the Sunshine Lake cuties from Purple Onion and once again I mixed and matched them with some older Stacey Yacula stamps in my collection. The new Lake Background is setting the scene once again but rather than having it extend all the way across this slimline card I instead colored in a sandy sloped beach in the foreground for my party of beach goers to enjoy. August, the turtle and Sampson, the bear are both relaxing on their beach towels while Cosmo, the bear is getting ready to join Peony, the mouse out in the cool water. The rest of the beach scene was filled with items from the Happy Trails collection, like the beach chair, toys and shade umbrella. The old and the new work so seamlessly together and that just makes me all kinds of happy. :)

I'm also entering this card into the new new There's a Stamp For That challenge that Danni started over on Facebook. The theme this week is slimline or summer and here I've got both, LOL!     

Laters!
Supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Catherine Pooler
stamps- Purple Onion Designs (August, Cosmo, Peony, Sampson, Lake Background, Beach Chair, Beach Toy set, Beach Umbrella and Sunshiny sentiments)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
Copic opaque white
Ranger glossy accents
Copic markers:

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Celebrate with a bang...

Hi there!

I'm back on the Bellarific blog today with a Scenic Saturday card for all our sistahs celebrating the 4th of July holiday today. For as far back as I can remember, a delicious barbecue cook-out has always gone hand in hand with late night fireworks and good times with family and friends during this summer celebration. So when I got my hands on this cute Uptown Couple Bella and Barney's Barbecue I knew they would make for the perfect 4th of July card. Well, almost perfect. Their family got a little addition when I added the Teeny Tiny Townie who originally holds the 'V' in the Love set. All I had to do was wipe away the ink from the large letter in her hand before stamping then replace it with a hamburger that I colored in. Now the whole family is ready to celebrate... and eat! The yard/park background was colored in by hand as I drew inspiration from many of the parks and outdoor venues here in my little corner of Washington state where you can't shake a stick without hitting a pine tree. So even though this year's celebration will be a much smaller affair due to Covid 19 at least I can be as fun and festive as I want to be on my cards. ;)   

Stay safe and stay crafty my friends!

Supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Catherine Pooler
stamps- Stamping Bella (Uptown Couple Bella and Barney's Barbecue and Teeny Tiny Townie Love)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Copic opaque white
Ranger glossy accents
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
barney hair- E37, E47, E49
barney clothes- C00, C1, C2, C3, E40, E81, E84, B04, B16, B37, R24, R46, R89
burgers- E50, E31, E55, E23, E29, YG25, Y17, E04
bella hair- E50, E51, E53, E55
bella clothes- C00, C1, C2, C3, 0, T8, R24, R46, R89, B37
teeny hair- E33, E35, E57, E79
teeny clothes- C00, C1, C2, C3, 0, B05, B18, B37, R46
barbecue- C00, C5, C7, C10, R43, YR15, R35, W6, T4, T6, T9, C2, C4
background- YG05, YG17, G99, YG95, YG97, YG99, G94, YG01, YG03, YG25, YG63, B000, B00

Friday, July 3, 2020

Strike up the band...

TGIF my friends!

I'm continuing to have fun making 4th of July inspired cards and this time I pulled out the older Strike Up the Band set from My Favorite Things. I've actually had this set for ages and shamefully this is the first time that I've inked it up. I think one of the things that always held me up is that half of the bunnies in the band march to the left and the other half march to the right, that's fine on a smaller card but I wanted to have them all playing together on this long slimline. I ended up pulling out my handy dandy mirror image stamp to flip three of the bunnies so they were all marching to the right. In the background I added balloons from the Beary Special Birthday set and confetti from the Birthday Buds set to help frame my sentiment and add a festive air to the card. I don't know about you but I can just hear them playing "You're a Grand Old Flag" as they march on down their parade route. :)

Alrighty then, have fun this weekend but be safe! 
Supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Copic X-Press It
stamps- My Favorite Things (Strike Up the Band, Birthday Buds, Beary Special Birthday and Mirror Image)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
Sharpie extra fine white pen
Copic markers:
road- N3, N4, N5
sidewalk- W2, W3, W5
banner- C00, C1, C2, C4, 100
trees- YG05, G07, G99, E89
pine trees- G94, G99, E89
grass/hills- YG03 YG25, YG17, G94, YG63, G43, G85
sky- B0000, B00, 0
bass drum bunny- E50, E30, E31, E43, R00, R30
snare drum bunny- C00, C1, C2, C3, R00, R30
cymbals bunny- W0, W1, W2, W3, W4, R00, R30
clarinet bunny- E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, R00, R30
trumpet bunny- T0, T1, T2, T3, T4, R00, R30
conductor bunny- E50, E81, E43, R00, R30
balloons/uniforms- R000, R20, E22, E24, E27, R29, R89, B000, B21, B23, B24, B26, B29, C00, C1, C2, C3,C6, 100, 0
instruments- Y02, Y21, Y26, Y04, YR23, Y26, E39, E40, E81, E84, C2, T3, T7, T9, E55, E57, W1, W3
 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Sparkle and shine...




Hello friends!

Guess who we recently found hiding in the Sweet November Vault? These two Patriotic Pixies that where originally released back in 2012, Betsy and Patti! Both of these cuties have been given a fresh update and are once again available as digital stamps in the Sweet November Stamps shop.  

Betsy shines as brightly as the sparklers that she loves to twirl and spin. It's easy to mistake her for a firefly at times but she takes that as a compliment. The way that Betsy dances across the meadow all nimble and quick turns each of her movements into a mini light show that is a joy to behold.
Pixie Patti's fireworks fly higher and sparkle and shine longer than anyone else's. Her magic touch creates colors and images in each burst of light that will leave you oohing and ahhing, never wanting the show to end. 
  
Don't forget to check out the Friends of Sweet November Stamps group on Facebook for even more Patriotic Pixie inspiration from Melissa and Tee! 
You can also find us on Instagram @sweetnovemberstamps and don't forget to use the #sweetnovemberstamps any time you share a card or project using SN images so we can see all of your beautiful makes! 


Betsy supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Copic X-Press It
digital stamps- Sweet November (Pixie Betsy), The Greeting Farm (4th of July Decor set)
ink- Studio Calico sunny day
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Sharpie extra fine white pen
Copic markers:
skin- E11, E13, E04, R00, R20, R22
hair- T5, T7, T9, 100
clothes- B93, B95, B97, B99, C00, C2, C3, 0, R22, R24, R27, R29
background- YG01, YG03, YG25, YG63, G94, G99, YG00, YG17, G46, B00, B41, B32, B45

Patti supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Copic X-Press It
digital stamps- Sweet November (Pixie Patti)
stamps- My Favorite Things (Fireworks)
ink- Studio Calico sunny day, clear blue, black and lime light, Papertrey Ink royal velvet, pure poppy, orange zest, Versamark watermark
Hero Arts detail white embossing powder
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Papertrey Ink sentiment dies
Sharpie extra fine white pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- E55, E57, E79
clothes/firework- B91, B95, B99, R22, R27, R29, R89, B04, B16, B26, B37, B39, C00, C0, C1, C2, C4, 0

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A holiday that sparkles...

Hello, hello!

It's kinda hard to believe that it's July 1st already but here we are. This definitely has me crafting with Independence Day in mind as I create cards this week but I enjoy the challenge of taking stamps that have nothing to do with the holiday and making them work for fun and festive scenes. So when I pulled out my binder of Hello Bluebird stamps and spotted the Besties set with all those bunnies and bears with their backs turned I could just imagine them capping off a fun-filled day by watching a glorious fireworks display together. I did a bit of masking to put them together in a different configuration then I really stepped outside my comfort zone for the background and grabbed ink pads and blender brushes rather than my go-to Copic markers. Once my bursts of color where all inked on I took the Copic Opaque White and sketched in all the sparkles. The sentiment was frankensteined together using the Sparkles Script set. The set doesn't include the word 'that' so I had to stamp letters individually until I spelled it out for my sentiment to work. All in all I think they look like a happy bunch all decked out in their red, white and blue. :)

Have a good one!   
Supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Catherine Pooler
stamps- Hello Bluebird (Besties set and Sparkles Script set)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Papertrey Ink raspberry fizz, orange zest, bright buttercup, hawaiian shores, plum pudding and royal velvet, Studio Calico lime light, clear blue and sunny day, Versamark watermark
Hero Arts detail white embossing powder
Trinity Stamps slimline stitched card panels die
Trinity Stamps slimline scalloped card panels die

Sharpie extra fine white pen
Copic opaque white
Copic markers:
grass- YG03, YG25, YG17, YG67, G94, G99
sitting bear- E55, E57, E79, B24, B37, B39
standing bunny- E30, E31, E43, E34, C0, C2, C4, R46, R89
sitting bunny- W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, N2, N4, C0, C2, C4, B24, B37
standing bear- E35, E27, E79, C0, C2, C4, R46, R89