January 12, 2008

Ohhhhhh Bella Girl.......

My personal card stash is BARE, nuthin' there! I desperately needed to stamp some birthday cards and some general friendship cards. I had colored these Stamping Bella stamps some time ago so I pulled them all out and got to work PRONTO! But first I created this *graphic* image type card using a Lizzie Anne circle Happy Birthday stamp and some other word stamps that I've collected over the years. Oh, and the new backgrounder lined paper stamp that Lisa Strahl designed for Cornish Heritage Farms. I dearly love stamps that are graphic in nature........word stamps, office type supplies, grid paper, lines, circles, shapes. And I really love word stamps that incorporate images in them or make a design like this Lizzie Anne circle stamp used on the card below. Oh, and the tab punch by Stampin' Up!, LOVE it! The card below was inspired by a scrapbook layout I saw on the Two Peas website. Always gotta stamp the envy too.
Then I moved on to my Bellas using a similar layout with the lined paper backgrounder stamp on a simple white base card. I haven't used a white base card in forever but I love the simplicity of it. You can zoom in to see all the different sentiment stamps I used. Don't you just love to see an entire little collection of cards together. That just makes me HAPPY! I love when I get to mass produce. And NO ONE else gets these cards, they're all mine to send out to friends and family. Here's some close up shots of some fun details. I used the SU! tab punch to make a file folder look on this card. *the good stuff* stamp is from Creative Imaginations. All scallop layers are from Spellbinders. Coloring is done with Copics.
How bout this little flag I made on this card below. I simply stamped a sentiment, cut it out with scissors and snipped the ends to make a little flag...attached with a flower brad.
And this sentiment from Stampin' Up!, I love it. I stamped the matching *thank U* sentiment on the inside of the card.
Well, my table is a wonderful mess now, piled up with colorful scraps and all kinds of word stamps. I was not a good girl......I left my mess out! So today, I have to clean that up and then I promised Jordan that we'd make some Valentine decorations. She's been patiently waiting since I told her last night. I better get to movin' girls, I can't keep my girl waiting!!

Tip of the day: When you use satin/silky type ribbons on your cards, the ends fray right? I use a clear glue on the cut ends and let it dry. This keeps the ends from fraying any further. There is actually glue formulated to use on fabric and I remember using something called Fray Check in college on my sample boards, do they still make that? Any ol' clear glue will work though.

20 comments:

Donna said...

you're the queen of mass production! I love your cards, all the little details are what set your cards apart from the rest! thanks for the tips & like your new banner!

Pam Speidel said...

Ohhhhhhh Michelle! This is one awesome collection of Bella cards. WOW! Each and every one has such special detail. I'm in awe of your talent! :) Smiles, Pam

Melissas said...

Great cards! Fray Check can be purchased in any sewing store - I moved my bottle from my sewing stash to my craft table! A tiny bottle goes a loooooooong way :)

Sandra Smart said...

I love these cards! The look of the notepaper behind the image is awesome! Great job.

Chris said...

Great cards. You are such an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing.

My name is Michelle said...

WOW Michelle, great job. Those are two bellas I can't wait to get my hands on. LOVE THESE CARDS!!!

Shawn said...

you're cards are so cute! I just found your blog and love all of your creations! I love my fray check it works wonders on everything!

Kristi said...

Oh I want one...LOL Great job. Love these.

cyndi said...

these are very very cute! and yes they make fray check!

Jennifer Buck said...

So cute!

Stacey said...

These are beautiful!! But of course, I ALWAYS LOVE your work anyways! :)
Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Patty said...

These are just too cute! You really do a good job, got a very good eye for coordination colors, patterns etc. I'm envious!

Yep, you can still buy fray check.. I've got a bottle,wanna borrow it? :)

Michelle said...

Wow! Great cards - they are so fun!

Mistylynn said...

These are totally adorable. Love the paper. Who is it by?
Misty

Kerry said...

Fun cards!!! Which bellas are you using? I couldn't find them.

Bouncy, Flouncy, Fun,Fun, Fun said...

Wow! These are great!

Debby Winters said...

What great cards! I have no bellas yet but now I really really want some!

Elizabeth V. said...

WOW! These are fab...now I want to play hookie from work and play with paper. Thanks for sharing!

Ila said...

Gorgeous!!...every one of them!!

kerry davis said...

I only dream of being 1/10th as creative as you are! Your blog is the most inspiring thing and I am always so gung-ho to get busy stamping and making a ton of cards...
Thanks for EVERYTHING!!!!
Kerry

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