Another Sugar Nellie Challenge!

I had this card done and mailed out over a week ago because it was for a Halloween Birthday. I haven’t supplied the deets for this card yet because unfortunately I have been under the weather for weeks now and just can’t seem to kick it. Anyhoo, I do want to try to participate in a few challenges and I just love the Sugar Bowl Challenge. All of the deets for this card are written down for me to add later, but I did use Stampin Up Cardstock, K & Co DP and Copics for coloring.I hope to participate in more challenges soon since I have a nice collection of Hanglars going on along with my Maggies but I just don’t feel like I have the ability to compete out there. I feel like a wee one with all of that talent floating around~smile~
I hope you enjoy my card…the 10 year old boy who got it loved it:-)

p.s. be sure to check out the Sugar Nellie blog where they have all kinds of new releases going on!!! I just can’t wait to get my itchy fingers on the new Simply Adorable stamps!


My Sugar Nellie’s Came Today!

I have been waiting for my order to complete my card for Challenge #45  at the Sugar Bowl and when it finally came today I fell in love with this stamp!!

I had ordered the whole set of Sassy Girls figuring that I would definitely use one of those….waiting on pins and needles when they come on the very last day of the challenge, right, but I really had to use one of the stamps from this set since the theme was Autumn.

I guess I’ll use one of my girls next go round. Here is my card, hope you like it.  I will be back later with all of the deets on it.  For now I have to go fix dinner.



A New Sugar Nellie Card

Hello all….Sorry I haven’t posted anything for a while.  I have just gotten over pneumonia, bronchitis (still coughing though) and a serious, nasty sinus infection.  Let me tell you…it definitely kicked my butt.

Anyhoo, I just finished a card for my Grandaughters birthday and thought I would share it with you.  I just love all of the Sugar Nellie stamps but these Manga girls are adorable.My camera skills need a little work…or a lot I guess LOL.  This picture really doesn’t capture the personality of the card.

Mia, our granddaughter, is a princess…just ask her!  So the only color that will work for this princess is PINK.

Unfortunately there are things on the card that you probably can’t really see.  I made it a point to make the image sit exactly on the edge of the bottom layer of paper.  Also I used glossy accents to puff up her hair bow and then I ended up pretty much hiding it by framing the Manga image.  I have texturized her boots with copic blending solution on a piece of old terry cloth. Last I framed her to set her off and make her kind of pop out at you…which worked but I had to soften that just a bit with some whitewashing on the borders  of the frame.

I then added gems with my new I-Rock tool, to the top of the frame to make it kind of look like a Crown.  Last but not least I added this awesome flower that I received from Jacque. It’s from Wild Orchid flowers and I just added a little yellow stickles to give it some zip.

Materials used: Stampin Up Pink Pirouette cardstock, the DP is DCWV Sweet Stash. I used Nestabillities Labels 10 and Imaginisce assorted bling and the tool. Wild Orchid Paper Flower.

Copics used: E000 E00 E21 R20
RV000 RV11 RV14 RV34 RV09
Y21 Y23 YR21 YR23
E35 E29 E25

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy my SugarNellie card made with the sweet little Manga Girl image. I gladly accept any and all comments where I need to improve.  Please take the time to let me now what you think of my card and what I could do to improve it.

I’m going to enter this card in a new challenge group called Southern Girls Challenge where the challenge right now is Anything Goes!  In case you’ve never been here before that is my goal…to enter challenges since I’m very new to them.




House Mouse – Red-Orange-Yellow

Just a quick post today for a very quick card I made last night.

The House Mouse Challenge is Red-Orange-Yellow and I wanted to participate this time.

Then last night around 9pm I remembered I had to get my brother’s birthday card made for Monday….yikes! Yes, I knew it was his birthday but I have been sick with “Acute, nasty, bronchitis”. This was the doctor’s official diagnosis, lol, but I really do have to agree with him.

I put this card together way too fast, and it shows, and my brother is stuck with a mouse, with these colors and this layout so that I could enter 3 challenges with one card.  Sorry Chuckie)-:  Sure hope he likes mice.

The cardstock is Stampin Up Dusty Durango, the DP was in a little gift pack so I don’t know but sure wish I had more. Colored with copics E00, E33, E35, E37, R20, C8, Y15, Y18, YR15, YR18, YG63 and multiple spicas. The ribbon is just from my stash and the bling is from K & Co.

The challenges I would like to enter this card in are:

House Mouse & Friends Red-Orange-Yellow
CPS Card Sketches
Lexis Creations Yellow & Orange (looks like I missed out on this one)

I’ve never entered multiple challenges before so I hope I have done it right…if not somebody please let me know….I appreciate any and all help with my card making.



Tim Holtz Tutorial Update & Happy Mail!

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all having a great weekend. Personally I have found a lousy sore throat and cold somewhere and it has kept me in bed all day.
However when I just checked my blog I was amazed at the over whelming number of people interested in this little rosette.  I just made another one and it took me about 3-4 minutes just so you have an idea how long it takes.  This time I cut the paper with a scalloped edge before I cut the strip size I wanted to use.  I also went down a little in size to 1″.  I will put the pictures here in the order of how I made the Tim Holtz type Rosette.  Also, I used light weight paper because I was just trying this out and Tim I believe uses 80lb paper for this.Since I have already listed the supplies and steps in the post before this one I thought this picture would be enough.  As you can see I held the Rosette closer together in the middle this timeAfter I finished this one I decided to dress it up a bit so I found a clear button to fit the center.  I then colored the button with my copic C35 and tied a piece of crochet thread in the middle of it.As you can see it definitely finishes it off…I love it.  The finished size of this is 2 1/2″ and I’m sure you can make it any size you want.  In Tim’s video he shows where he has cut some of these in half to make a bunting like you would see for the 4th of July.  You just have to make sure the cut side is covered with chipboard to prevent it from coming apart.

Now on to my happy mail!!!  Today I received a package from none other than Jacque.  If you have not seen her work you are missing some of the most beautiful work out there.
I was lucky enough to need a baby girl card when she was offering one….oooh it’s going to hurt to give this up.Even the inside of her cards are a work of art!!!This came in a plastic box that is just perfect for giving to the lucky mommy.Not only did she send me the card though, as if that’s not enough right…..she also sent me some Wild Orchid Crafts flowers which is totally awesome because I have never used any before.  Of course I am off to make her a thank you card…but I’m scared to death…my cards look like a 5th grader’s compared to hers.

Thank you Jacque, and thank you to everyone that takes the time to look here.  Please let me know what you think of my tutorial…don’t you just love it with the button.

That’s all for now.  Time to go rest and take care of this yucky cold.



A Card For Bella

Bella Tucker is an 8-year-old girl who attends South School Elementary in Londonderry, New Hampshire.  Bella came down with a near fatal infection on Easter Sunday. Doctors gave little hope for this third graders’ survival, but after five days in a coma she miraculously survived.
Unfortunately, her survival from this infection was not without significant cost.  The infection caused extensive tissue damage, and on April 27, 2010, Bella underwent quadruple amputation surgery and is currently facing an extremely long and hard recovery at Children’s Hospital in Boston with extensive rehabilitation to follow, as she learns to live life without her limbs.
Bella is part of a gymnastics team with the daughter of a fellow stamper.  As  a stamping community everyone is reaching out in any way they can.  You can help support Bella and her family too by visiting http://www.bellatucker.org/

There are, as always, generous hearts out there holding Blog Hops for Bella.  If you would like to make a card for Bella please do and then visit Denise to start the hop for this week and get the address for Bella’s card.  I hope every one of you will find it in your heart to give to this beautiful little girl.

This is my card for Bella.  She is a Sugar Nellie called Fragile Beauty stamped on Neenah paper.  Then I colored my own background with my copics to match the image (it took time but it was great fun).  Cardstock is Stampin Up Regal Rose, Purely Pomagranate and Basic Black.  I used two border punches and a little heart charm and of course bling:)
I tried to show you a better shot of the punches and bling but it didn’t work very well.  The copics used are:  E50  E51  R20, YR23  Y21  Y23, RV32  RV34  R39, G14  FYG2, B21  B23, Y06  YR04, E31  E35, Spicas.

I hope you enjoy this card and you get busy and make one for Bella too.  If I can make one anyone can LOL.  I am very bad about making cards as you can all see from my blog.  I’m trying to get better about it though.



A Card For The Hanglar Challenge

I know it has been way too long since I have posted any cards but I hope to change that soon.  I finally have a craft area and it is beyond wonderful ~smile~

This is my very first time trying to post all of the ingredients I used on my card so please bear with me.

This card was made specifically for the Challenge at the new Hanglar Challenge Blog.

If you are going to check out the Hanglar blog you will also be interested in the blog candy going on at Iris’s blog because she is wanting to spread the word about the new blog too.  Be sure to check out both of the links…I’m sure you’ll be glad you did.

I used Stampin Up cardstock – Purely Pomegranante from the ’07-’08 In Colors and Old Olive.  The DP was K & Company “Classic K”.  The wreath was made from Spellbinders Eyelet Pendant and then just folded and the flower is one that I crocheted myself.  It was all colored with copics which I am just learning how to use. (Actually I am going to a class tomorrow to learn how to use them….the trainer is Debbie Olson yippee!!!)

Skin E00, E01, R02
Top & Hat RV11, RV32, RV34
Bottoms G21, G24, G63
Pot & Hearts R39
Hair & Shoes E31, E33, YR20, YR24
Blender O
Spica’s for a little sparkle

Did I do this right?  I hope so because it was a little intimidating for me.  Hope you enjoy the card and I’ll be back soon with more.  Before I go though I want to share a close up of the flower I crocheted, well, just because I guess;

While I wasn’t making cards I was making a bunch of flowers and decided it was time to try and use one.

Thanks for looking and I hope you have an awesome weekend.  I know I will….Copics – here I come ;0)



A New Card

I decided to make a card using some kind of fibers.  For those of you that know me you understand just how difficult this is.  Well, I must say this isn’t exactly what I had in mind when I started out but at least I used fibers!!!  Plus green and orange are two of my favorite colors so the card turned out okay.  If it’s a total eyesore……………………someone please be honest enough to tell me.bella-cards-394

bella-cards-395The stamp is Stamping Bella’s Lottie & Gussie Gabalot.  The paper is SU (bold brights) and I colored the image with my copics.  Used my nesties and obviously plenty of fibers that I received from my Bella sistah Danyel.  The inside of the card was done with SU’s Happy Everything stamp set.


A Birthday Card!

I had to make a card for my SIL’s birthday that is coming up.  Always difficult for me to make cards for men but I keep on trying.  I got this image from one of the swap’s I was in a while ago and this was the only one left.  You know what that means…no wiggle room for mistakes.bella-cards-391

bella-cards-392I’m pretty happy with the way the card turned out.  I have decided I like the look of cards that have been decorated on the inside too so I wanted to give it a try.
The paper is SU Purely Pomegranate, Pacific Point, Basic Blackand the DP is from the DCWV Fall Stack.  I used my Copics for coloring.


Happy Sweetest Day!!!

Happy Sweetest Day everyone.  I just wanted to say hello and share the card I made for hubby.  He just had a birthday and I bought his card from Hallmark.  You would have thought it was the end of the world.  He said I didn’t think he was good enough for one of my personal cards.  Sooo not true, I honestly thought he would prefer a perfect card.  Anyway, I decided to make his Sweetest Day card and I must say he absolutely loved it!!!This card was so much fun to make but the image is so large there isn’t room to add much else to the card.  To perk it up a little I added some stickles…the stickles really pop but it doesn’t show very well in this picture.  The stamp is a Happy Hopper and the cardstock is SU basic black, chocolate chip and yoyo yellow all colored with copics.

My Sweetest Day gift came in the mail today.  Actually it’s something I purchased myself.  A couple of nights ago I was on-line and decided to check out eBay just for the fun of it.  I came across a buy it now auction for Stamping Bellas for $20 and free shipping.  Take a look at what my twenty dollars got me.

Can you believe my luck?  The listing had been up for less than an hour and it was about 3:00a.m. – not too many shoppers at that time.  I told hubby please do not get me any flowers this year for Sweetest Day because I have been buying my own presents more often than he knows.  Besides, if he’s going to spend money, get me a gift card not flowers that are going to die in a week right?  That’s all for now…I hope all of you have a great weekend ahead of you.  The weather here is glorious, the hot tub was delivered today, the electrical will be hooked up tomorrow, and we will be in it tomorrow night.  You know my weekend looks bright!!!

Hugz 🙂


New Bellas & Little Monkeys Storage System!

Well, here it is about 2:00 a.m., the middle of the night. and I am writing my blog.  This is actually my usual time for writing.  So if things are a little quirky or don’t make sense the fact that it’s waaay past bedtime could have something to do with it.  However, at this time, nobody is calling my name for anything, the dogs are snoring and even my phones aren’t ringing.  This is the most peaceful time of my day and I cherish it. How about it…are there any more night owls out there like me?

Anyway, I had to make a card for our daughter’s birthday party which is this Sunday.  Since I am not going to mail it to her I went outside of the traditional 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 size card I usually make.  This card is 5 x 5 which gives you quite a bit of room to decorate versus the smaller cards.  Not that it matters much to me since I still consider myself lucky just to complete a card.  Another problem with making different shaped cards is where do you get the envelopes to fit them.  I bought a tool at Archiver’s that helps you make envies any size you want them and it also helps you make your envies in what I would call a 3-d effect pattern.  It raises the sides of the envies about 1/8″ deep all around (great help for mailing cards with embellishments on them).  I have already made a few of my own envelopes and it is quite simple to do.  I just used my white cardstock paper and used red double sided sticky tape on all of the seams.  I wish I had thought to take a picture of one of them before I mailed them out but I didn’t.  Maybe next time.  All I can say is that I get my white cardstock (Georgia Pacific) from Sam’s Club for $7.22 for 250 sheets of paper.  This paper makes the most durable envelope I have ever seen.  This is my Daughter’s B-Day card and as I said it’s 5 x 5.  The shopping is so her, and that’s exactly what she has asked for…money to shop.






This card is for the Whiff of Joy card Challenge for this week.  The only stipulation is to use fall colors on this card.  This card is stunning in person but unfortunately my camera does it no justice.  Either it’s too old or I have let the grandchildren drop it one too many times.

The second photo shows the colored leaves that I put on the inside of the card.  It was just so brown it needed something.  This card has been made with SU Chocolate chip, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and the DP was from a matstack of Debbie Mumm.  Everything was colored with my Copics with the exception of the inside of the card.  That was done with my SU markers on a stamp so that I could just huff on it to make it stamp (oops so was the grass on the front of the card).















I have included pictures here of my Little Monkeys Storage System for all of your loose acrylic stamps.  It is an awesome way to keep them organized without having to dig through drawers for them.  The set comes with 6 cards and sleeves that measure 8×8 and I ordered an additional set of 3 sleeves.  I can already see that I will need more but what a wonderful way to keep everything organized

and easily accessible.[

I hope all of you are having a blessed week and I will try my best to have a great one too.  Before I forget, I would like to thank Kim for sending me her awesome blog candy…yes I was the lucky winner of that one.  Thank you to Debby for the awesome Halloween card (with scent – yummy) and thank you to Jacquie for another one of her awesome cards.

As I have said over and over Bellas are the best!!!

Hugz to all 🙂



Where It Starts

So… this is the card that hooked me:

My 50th Birthday Card.
My 50th Birthday Card.

A very dear friend of mine sent me this card for my 50th birthday.  I had to find out what stamp she used and what she colored it with.  Thus the beginning of bellas and copics.  So far I have only made a few bella cards myself and I must admit they aren’t the greatest but they are certainly fun.  Here is my first card! (Look familiar?  Copying is flattery right?)