Sunday, December 3, 2017

A Quick Project: Winter Themed Book Marks

I needed to create 24 Winter themed book marks...
and I needed to create them ASAP.
(Emphasis on the ASAP part)

So...
I got out a few stamp sets that had Winter-like images..

I chose the stamps that I wanted to use...
Got out some ink...some markers...
my MISTI and Cutterpillar Pro 
Some card stock for stamping...
and metallic card stock for matting..
a Stampin Up Tag Topper punch...
1/8 inch Scor-Tape
some gold cording and an assortment of ribbon...
and I got to work.


and...
this is what I whipped up....at lightening speed...
6 of each of these...

Using the MISTI for stamping most of the images little project a breeze.
I stamped the smaller images like the snow flakes..cardinal..and the two tiny snowmen 
with an acrylic block.
I wanted hints of color here and there...
and use the same color palette for all of the book marks.
Some were finished with ribbon...
Some were finished with gold cording.

I really enjoyed creating this little project...
and they were a hit with the recipient as well.

My next plan is to create some tags. to use on our Christmas gifts.
The tags will have the same image combinations...
but the tags will be larger..(wider and shorter) than the book marks.

Thanks for stopping by today...
Have a wonderful Sunday my crafty and creative friends!
Michelle



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Baby Bears for Twins

Hello my crafty and creative friends!
I haven't shared a card with you in a while
because...
I haven had time to create a card in a while.
My daughter asked me to create a card for newborn baby twins...
So I made sure to get myself into the studio...
and enjoyed creating today's card.

I knew that I wanted to use a stamp set that I have had since it first came out...
but had never inked up....
Stampin Up's BABY BEAR.

I also knew that I wanted to create the card in some soft vintage-like colors
I chose three ink colors for the bears..
some dotted print paper...
my Clarity Stencil Brushes
some LCI Kraft card stock for matting..
and this is what I came up with.



I stamped the bear on the left first...
Then masked him..and stamped the bear on the right.
I chose a sentiment from the Baby Bear stamp set
and
Background color was added with ink pads and Clarity Stencil Brushes


I stamped the bows onto the dotted print paper and hand cut them.
Next I inked the edges to finish the bows
and added Clear Wink of Stella to each bow for some shimmer.

I positioned the bows with foam dimensionals.
The print and the image layer were matted with the Kraft card stock
and the image layer was positioned with fun foam.

My daughter was very happy with the finished card
and loved the soft vintage colors that I chose.
as opposed to using l pink and/or  blue..
(familiar and traditional baby colors)

I'm so glad that my daughter had a card request..
because it forced me to make time for card making.

It felt great to spend some time in my studio
and I'm already thinking of my next little project request...
Winter themed bookmarks!

Thanks so much for stopping by today...
Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!
Michelle.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Wedding Wishes...A Card for a Friend

I've been off resting...
hoping to kick the butt of a flu-type of thing that I've had all week.
while I was doing lots of "NOTHING"...
I had lots of time to think about cards that I'd like to create
when I was feeling better...and able to spend time in my studio again.

Today...I'm sharing one of the cards that I had been thinking of.

First on the list when I got back into the studio
 was a wedding card that a friend asked me to create.
I had all week to envision the card in my crafty little head...
and finally..when I felt a little better...I went right out to the studio 
to make the vision I'd been holding in my head..become a card!

To create this 5x7 card I used the following:
Haute Wedding Dress stamp set (by The Ton)
Loose Peonies stamp set (by the Ton)
Versamark Ink and Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
Gansai Tombi Starry Colors
Luminarte Twinkling H2Os
and LCI Metallic card stock for matting.

I started out by stamping and heat embossing the Haute Wedding Dress image.
I water colored the image and background with Twinkling H2Os


While the water colored image was drying
I created a background print with the Loose Peonies stamp set.
The I did a wash of gold from the Starry Colors collection...and let it dry.
Then...I stamped the peony images and leaves onto the same piece of card stock.
I added some color and shading to the peonies and leaves with twinkling H2Os
and let the piece dry completely
while I cut and prepared the 5x7 card...and metallic matting layers.


When the water coloring had air dried on both pieces..
I put the card together...
and this is what I had!
(A card that was exactly as I had envisioned it to be..in my crafty little head!)


 had to take lots of photos to capture the shimmer on the image
 and the floral background.
The gold embossing and shimmery water coloring are so pretty
(Thanks to the Gansai Tombi paints and Twinkling H2Os) 


Lately...I've been creating quite a few backgrounds of my own
as opposed to using print paper.
The more I do this...the more I am liking it.
You can see the shimmery peony background in this photo...
and the metallic card stock matting.


I used fun foam to position the matted image

I stamped the sentiment with a combination of stamps from 
The Ton..Hero Arts and Concord & 9th

I'm very happy with how this card turned out
an am hoping that my friend is happy with it as well.

Thanks for visiting today my crafty and creative friends!
Have a marvelous Monday!
Michelle.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Let the Turkeys Show You to Your Seat

We are a small family...
Sometimes...Holidays at our house is just the 3 of us...
But..this doesn't mean that I don't keep family traditions...and recipes...
and I never forget to add some personal touches...or go the extra mile...
to make the day memorable.
So..to get started on Thanksgiving plans...
I decided to create a small decorative piece and place cards....
 for the brunch table.

I started out with creating a gold double loop bow
with my DecoFun Bow Maker...
(*The little bow maker that I credit with making a bow maker out of me!!
Me!!...The person who was never able to make a bow...until a few weeks ago...
When I got this fabulous Bow Maker.)
So..I made my double looped bow
(Literally in less than 5 minutes...start to finish)

Next...I stamped the Creative Visions large turkey...and 3 smaller turkeys 
onto ivory LCI Metallic card stock
I cut some small lengths of ribbon
I punched out some tiny tags
and then...
I put all of the parts and pieces together!


And...
This is what I whipped up...
A little decorative tabletop piece...and matching place cards



I think that the bow makes this peace...
and I like the simplicity of stamping in cocoa ink over ivory metallic card stock.

I matted the turkey with chocolate brown metallic card stock...
a nice contrast to the ivory metallic card stock...gold ribbon and bow...
and a nice complement to the cocoa ink.
The Thanksgiving banner was created with Lawn Fawn's Bannerific stamp set
The sentiment words are from the Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday stamp set


and...
I created a place card for each of us...
As it turns out...We will be sharing Thanksgiving dinner with my best friend and her family...
so...this weekend...I'll create 5 more place cards for everyone who we will share the day with)


I really enjoyed putting this little project together...
and am looking forward to creating a few more place cards
for everyone that we will share Thanksgiving dinner with.

I can't help thinking that without my handy little Bow maker..
This project would have been made..
but the beautiful bow would be missing.

If you're wondering where my DecoFun Bow Maker 
and this beautiful ribbon came from...
take a peek at The Ribbon Place.... HERE

Thanks for visiting today...
I'll be M I A for a while..
I've got the flu...and am feeling really crummy...
Aches from head to toe...killer throat and ear pain....sick stomach...and feeling weak
(I'll just have to use my time in bed to think of some ideas for the cards I'll create next week!)
I hope that you've escaped this season's early flu that's going around...
and that you have a wonderful day!
Michelle.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

GIVEAWAY WINNER!!.... and...Thanksgiving Inspiration from a Bow Making Tool

We have a WINNER!
Theresa D'Amico...

Your name was pulled out of Gary's baseball cap late last night
as the winner of the beautiful HELLO Catherine Scanlon Designs Stamp Set!
Please email your mailing info to me at: tobellissimacards@gmail.com

                      

CONGRATULATIONS THERESA!


and now...
It's time to share today's project!
Since getting the DecoFun Bow Maker
I've been enjoying the fact that I can now make bows! 
(Something that I was never able to say before)

and..
While I am a passionate and dedicated card maker...
I'm finding that being able to make perfect bows 
has inspired me to use some of my creative time working on "other" paper crafting projects!

I've been in the Autumn mode lately...
creating lots of Autumn-y cards../
Thanksgiving cards  ...cards with Autumn leaves...
and Autumn-like inspiring quotes.

Today...I'm sharing a small non-card project...
It's Autumn-y...and allowed me to make a bow!

 I started out with the larger of this Creative Visions turkey stamp
(I have plans already for the smaller turkey...so stay tuned)

In addition to the large turkey stamp....
I got out my DecoFun Bow Maker...
some gold ribbon from The Ribbon Place
Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
and some gold cording.
I also used the Fawn Fawn Bannerific stamp set 
and a Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday sentiment set.

I stamped the large turkey image and colored it with Copics
and cut it out.
Next, I stamped and cut out the banner...and the word "Happy" separately
I created a gold bow...
and cut and scored a small base card using LCI dark brown metallic card stock
I positioned the turkey so that it extended beyond the top of the base card.
The sentiment banner was positioned with foam dimensionals.
I used a brown marker to edge the word "Happy" with brown ink
then positioned it with foam dimensionals.
Next...I attached the double looped bow to complete this piece.
I attached the completed piece to a long narrow wood pick/skewer 

I've chosen to use this as a floral pick...for a pot of Mums
and will write a Thanksgiving greeting on the inside of the card.
This piece can also be used as a gift bag tag.
I am thrilled with the bow...and still can't believe that I can now make bows!
for making a bow maker out of bow-challenged me!
PS...This gold double looped bow took me approximately 4 minutes to make
Honestly.
That's an amazing thing for me...who was never able to make a single loop bow...
never mind  a double loop bow!

I really enjoyed creating this floral pick/gift bag tag/card...
and am looking forward to creating more ribbon and bow related projects 
in the future.
I've already got plans for the smaller turkey image...
and would love it if you visit again tomorrow 
to see what Ive got up my crafty little sleeve!

If you're wondering where you can find the DecoFun Bow Maker...
It's right HERE...at The Ribbon Place!

Thanks for visiting today my crafty and creative friends!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Michelle

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

One More Catherine Scanlon Treasure and a Fast Giveaway!

I was having such a good time creating cards 
with Catherine Scanlon's new release stamp sets a few weeks ago...
I (thought) that I was really organized...
Creating cards...taking photos...
Sharing cards every day at my blog.
The week passed so quickly.
I was happy with how the week went...and how excited so many people were about the stamps...
and especially for having discovered Catherine Scanlon Designs Stamps via my blog!

And then it happened.
I realized that I forgot to create a cards & share one stamp set with you.

So I am back today to share a card created with the forgotten stamp set!

and...
I've got a GIVEAWAY as well!
A fast..."Post a comment today...and a winner will be announced tomorrow" kind of giveaway.
**So don't forget to post a comment below..and check back tomorrow to see who the winner will be!

I'll also share a link to the July Catherine Scanlon Week re-cap blog post
in response to some inquiries I've received about that.
If you've become a lover of Catherine's designs...
You won't want to miss taking a peek at the July re-cap.
Please note: I won't be offended when you come back and tell me that I am a huge enabler!
I hear it all of the time.


But first...I'd like to share the card

The forgotten stamp set is called HELLO.
This fab stamp set comes with a large floral image with lots of fantastic detail
and an assortment of 3 sentiments.


I chose to stamp the image with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink.
I colored the image with a combination of Copic Markers
with an overlay of Polychromos pencil blending on the flowers and larger leaves.
The pencil shading was blended with a colorless blender pen/marker
I brushed background color on with Clarity Stencil Brushes
and ink lifted from ink pads.
The image is matted with deep purple metallic card stock (LCI).
The larger mat layer is a print that looks like shades of purple water coloring
I stamped the sentiment then hand cut and matted the sentiment.
The image layer and the sentiment were positioned with fun foam
for added dimension and a sturdy lift.


Here's a close up...
Look at all of those fantastic details!
(A dream for card makers like me...who love to color and shade and blend)

Isn't HELLO  beautiful?
If you'd like to see more of Catherine's beautiful stamps at work..
These are just a few of many cards shared in the July re-cap blog post

Don't forget to leave a comment below
to be in on tonight's giveaway!
(I'll toss the names of those who comment into a hat...
and will pick a winner...he old fashioned way...
I'll post the winner's name... here at my blog tomorrow)

Thank for visiting today, my crafty and creative friends!
Have a terrific Tuesday!
Michelle.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Last of the Leaves

I can't make any promises
because I really do love creating Autumn themed cards...
BUT...
I'm thinking that the card that I am sharing today
may be the last of the Autumn leaf cards.


Today's leafy and Autumn-y card is about as CAS as it gets!

I used one stamp from CTMH's Autumn Splendor stamp set to create the leafy panel.
This card included using dye ink and Distress Oxide Ink(s).
I chose bronze LCI Metallic card stock for matting
and...a great quote stamp by IO (Impression Obsession)
I brushed ink onto the the sentiment piece with Clarity Stencil Brushes.
I used multiple inking layers and stamping 
to create the stamped shadowy dimensional look of this card.


So there you have it...
what is probably my last Autumn-y looking card
(with the exception...of course...of what I may whip us for Thanksgiving!)

I hope that you've enjoyed these last few days of the Autumn cards 
that I've created and shared...
and that maybe...you've also found a little bit of inspiration here at my blog!

Have a wonderful day, my crafty and creative friends
and thanks for visiting!
Michelle

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Separation Anxiety....My Inability to Part with Some of my Cards

I have been in my happy place...
making cards!
and as if that's not awesome enough...
I've been making Autumn cards.
and..
If that doesn't put me over the top with card-making-glee...
I have  been water coloring.
All of this together?
For me? 
WOWZER.
That's all I can say...
WOWZER.

I got out some water color paper...
Ken Oliver Colorbursts...Distress Oxide Inks...and Luminarte Twinkling H2Os...
Some Sparkle n Sprinkle Gold embossing powder..
Some Brutus Monroe Penny embossing powder...my heat gun...some daubers...
some LCI metallic card stock...
a few IO (Impression Obsession) quote stamps...
Stampendous' Jumbo Leaves stamp set...
and...
 I had some fun!
LOTS of fun!

and..
here's what I whipped up!
These...
*Backgrounds created with Distress Oxide ink..misted with water
*Stamped leaf images...heat embossed
*Leaf images painted with Twinkling H2Os



and one other piece....
stamped...and "painted"...
no heat embossing
just stamped with ink.
(I forgot to take a photo)

I took 3 of the four panels...and created cards with them.
One...remains as shown above...
I haven't used it to create a card
because I am having separation anxiety...
It's sitting next to the studio work table..
where I can look at it whenever I want to..
touch it.. and hold it...
and think about keeping it....
just as it is.

But...I DID create 3 cards...
and I can share them with you now.

The colors and the shimmer and the embossing
the metallic card stock matting
and the Oxide ink background all  make me so happy.
THIS is my kinda card...

Here's a close up..
Look at the gold embossing..
and the shimmer from the Twinkling H20s!
This is what I call gorgeousness!


This card makes me feel the same way...
Happy Happy Happy!
I'm loving the muted look of the  background son each of today's cards 
(created with Distress Oxide ink) 


and a close up


This version is just inked...no heat embossing.
(I like this...but...I'm partial to the heat embossed pieces)

I am so happy with the finished cards
however...
I have a dilemma

Separation anxiety
I can't bring myself to create a card with this one...
because I love it so much

I told my daughter that I was going to put it in a little frame...
and keep it...forever.
It's the only one that was heat embossed with Brutus Monroe's PENNY Embossing powder...
and I LOVE the leaves..and how they turned out with the H2O) colors that I blended.
I also love that the leaves look like they are floating on the background
I need to keep this.
Just as it is.

I'm really enjoying creating Autumn cards...and sharing the with you here.
I'll be back again tomorrow with a few more Fall cards...
See you then!

Thanks for stopping by..
Have a great day, my crafty and creative friends!
Michelle.



Saturday, October 28, 2017

Autumn Leaves...

I'm still in Autumn-mode...
having a great time creating cards with some inking...and some stamping..
and a Fall look

I've got 4 cards to share with you today...
2 of each card...
All created with dye ink...Distress Oxide Ink and Luminarte Twinkling H2Os.
I also used wood grain card stock as a base layer mat
and vellum for matting the inked leaf and sentiment pieces.
The four sentiment pieces were brushed with ink...with Clarity Stencil Brushes.
The leaf stamp set is a retired CTMH stamp set called Autumn Splendor

I also decided to stamp with the twinkling H2O's directly onto the wood grain card stock.
I wasn't sure if it would turn out okay..
but thought...Why Not?
if it's awful..it's not a big deal..
I'll just toss it into the trash and do something different.
BUT..I got a great surprise!
The H2O stamping on the wood grain card stock 
looked like a foiled shimmery tapestry!
I loved the look...and used it on each of today's 4 cards.

So...here are the 4 cards...
2 birthday
and 2 with a quote.
(I'll share individual close ups  below)

First up...The Happy Birthday cards
(I am sharing both ONLY because I want you to see the color variations in background
of the leaf pieces...
all created with the Distress Oxide Ink(s))
I love the glow of red on this card.
You can also see the stamping on the wood grain in this photo...
The shimmer of the H2Os on the dark brown wood grain card stock is fabulous...
The leaves were stamped with dye ink....
right over the Oxide ink background piece...after it had air dried....
 I held this card in my hand....and tipped it into the light for this photo..
trying to capture the shimmery shine of the H2O stamping
and a close up of the tapestry look of the stamping
You can also see the vellum matting nicely in this photo.

This is the second birthday card...
The leaf piece has less of the red undertone...



The next 2 cards...have a really nice Bob Hope quote...
the same inking...stamping..and vellum matting.
Again..the card are identical
with the exception of the inking differences on the leaf pieces.
I also added splatters some H2o's on the card stock for some extra shimmer

and...
the 4th and final card...
same design...same quote...
same stamping...
but I wanted to share the photo to show you the differences in the inking.


It's been great creating Autumn cards.
I am very much an Autumn girl...
I love everything about Fall...
The changing leaves...the weather...nature's color palette...
I've enjoyed creating cards that reflect my love of Autumn.

Thanks for visiting today...
Don;t forget to check in tomorrow to see the next Autumn cards that I will be sharing!
Have a great Saturday!
Michelle.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Inking...Stamping...and Shimmering Autumn Cards

I have been having the best time in my studio these last few days!
I've been creating with dye ink...Distress Oxide ink...and Twinkling H2Os.
I had no plan...other than just enjoying experimenting...
with a goal of creating a few Autumn-looking cards.

Over the next few days...I'll share a a small assortment of cards with you...
each created with an Autumn look...
with an assortment of inks...and H2Os

I used a retired CTMH stamp set...
(Autumm Splendor)
an oldie stamp set that is one of my favorite leaf stamp sets.
Matting was done with LCI Metallic card stock
I felt like a mad scientist in my studio
creating and experimenting..layering..mixing..and blending
and then sitting back to see what the final results were.

Today I'd like to share, with you...how I created this card
(I actually made two of this card)
Many people have told me that they aren't familiar with Luminarte Twinkling H2Os 
so I thought I;d give you a little bit of info about stamping with H2Os
(By the Way...Luminarte is now called Colourate...
and soon...colors will be sold in pans..not pots.)

This is the first Autumn inspired piece that I created.
I painted H2O's...in assorted Fall colors ...onto the stamps...
with a small water color paint brush.
I stamped each leaf onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth card stock..
holding the stamp down on the card stock for a moment...
to let the H2Os transfer nicely from stamp to card stock.
I made certain not to press too hard on the stamp....
NOTE:*Pressing too hard when stamping with the H2Os can distort the stamped image..
and can cause the image to look like a random blob of color...
as opposed to a beautiful stamped image.
The shimmery mica shine of Twinkling H2Os is amazing!
I tipped the card stock into the light ...trying to capture the shimmer for you, in this photo.
After the stamped images had dried (they dried very quickly)
I brushed background color onto the stamped card stock
with Clarity Stencil Brushes and ink lifted from ink pads.
I created 2 of these stamped panels.


I stamped this beautiful IO (Impression Obsession) sentiment...
stamped it with Rich Cocoa Ink (Memento)
I brushed ink onto the sentiment piece.
Next...I matted the sentiment and stamped piece with bronze metallic card stock
I chose a bronze metallic card stock for matting
and...
Wha-la!
A shimmery Autumn card!

Here's a close up
*Gotta love Ralph (Waldo Emerson)
He always knows just what to say...and how to say it!


I am very happy with this card.
It turned out exactly as I had imagined it...in my mind.
I LOVED stamping with the H2Os...something I haven't done in a while.
Me + H2Os = a Wonderful Reunion!
We've ben apart for too long!
and now...
We're back together!

This card kicked off my start of creating some Autumn cards...
I'll have a few more cards to share with you over the next few days..
So...
Don't forget to stop by tomorrow
Thanks for visiting...
Have a fabulous Friday!
Michelle

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Mini Halloween Apothecary Goodie Jars

I'm still working on a few small Halloween projects.
As I mentioned the other day...
None of the projects are huge extravaganzas...
They're just simple little projects...
Each one being perfect for an evening of creativity in  the studio.
It's ince to have a project finished at the close of an evening..
and being able to start fresh...with a new project...the following day.

So...
Today, I'm sharing a quickie Halloween project
2 Mini Halloween Apothecary Goodie Jars.

For this project I created two bows with my latest new toy...
The DecoFun Bow Maker.
(For mote info about the DecoFun Bow Maker...go HERE
I've been so thrilled with FINALLY being able to make prefect bows
since trying the DecoFun Bow Maker for the first time.... a few days ago.
Now...I can't stop making bows...(haha)
I had a little more of the Halloween ribbon that I used for the book marks
so I used that ribbon for today's bows.

Before the bow making, though...
I stamped and colored a pumpkin and a ghost image with Copic markers.
I cut them out...and positioned them off to the side of a punched mini tag
and
I added a length of heavy embroidery thread to each finished tag
so that I'd be able to tie the tags to their jars.


Here's a first look at the mini jars...with their bows!
Yes!!....I made those bows!...
Me!...A previously bow-challenged person!
After I finished being in awe with my bow making...
I filled the jars with Tootsie Rolls (orange jar)
and Halloween Hershey Kisses (purple jar)


Here's a close up..
(because I have to show you my perfect little bow!)
YAY me!
You can also see the tag nicely in this photo.


and...
the purple jar....with the little ghost tag

and...
Here's what the back of each tag looks like...
(White...so I can write To & From on each tag)

This was a fun little project to work on...
I like to have a few special little Halloween goodie items ready and waiting
on Halloween Day...because there is always an extra special trick or treater that we see ..
or who stops by at our home
and who we enjoy giving something special to. 

(I actually may take the candy out of one of these jars.
and re-fill it with mini dog treats for a friends dog.)
Or..maybe I'll just make another jar...
and leave these two as they are!

My week of little Halloween projects has been a productive... fun...
and creatively relaxing week
and Ive enjoyed sharing these quickie projects with you here at my blog.
and....
I finally conquered my lifelong "bow issues"

Thanks for stopping by today...
Have a fabulous day!
Michelle