Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Changeabelles Collection!

Welcome to the Belles ‘n Whistles Blog Hop release for the newest set of stamps to come our way…the Changeabelles Collection! Not only are they the newest creations drawn for Belles ‘n Whistles by our favorite artist, Elisabeth Bell, they are a new concept for Belles ‘n Whistles altogether! If you're hopping along with us, you will be embarking on a short tour showcasing a highly versatile, very cute set of interchangeable images, hence the collections name, The Changeabelles! The Belles ‘n Whistles fabulous Design Team will show you their lovely creations, putting these wonderful new stamps to use. The images you’ll find consist of several main character images that can be used alone or can be complimented with any of various, all-occasion Changeabelles Accessories…the possibilities are numerous!

This brilliant collection will be available for pre-order in the Belles 'n Whistles store later today with shipping beginning next Monday, October 4th!

Come with us now on this blog hop through the wonderful Changeabelles Collection! Be sure to leave a comment at each member’s blog that you visit…one lucky winner will be selected from each member’s blog to win the stamp of their choice from the new collection! Return here at the end to leave a comment here as well...let me know what you think! You could win the complete set of 12 stamps found in The Changeabelles Collection…whoooo hooooo!

Off you go now! Be sure to visit each of the Belles 'n Whistles DT blogs. And if you should encounter any hiccups along the way, check back here to continue your journey!

10. Aud
11. Gini

Additional Blogs to visit (Guest DT):


We hope that you'll join us!
Summer =)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Happy Fall Season

Happy Tuesday Everyone! September is almost over and last Thursday was officially the start of Fall season. Whew! Where has the Summer gone! Time is just flying! And because of Fall is in the air  I'd like to show you a creation today I did using fall colors.

I chose 'Tania baking' for my card. I think she is just perfect for a fall themed card. I can picture her baking a yummy apple pie...hmmmm can you smell it already? LOL!  ;-)

The DP I've used is from an older Basic Grey paper pad called Archaic. Again I colored my image, which was stamped onto Cryogen White paper, using my Copics.


I also added some bling with rhinestones and rhinestone swirls.




Thanks for visiting us here today and I hope I could put you in some  fall mute already ;-)
Please don't forget to upload all your Belles 'n Whistles creations  into our GALLERY. This is also the source where we pick most of our "Spotlights"!!!!!!

Hugs,

Monday, September 27, 2010

Challenge: Clean and Simple (CAS)

Hello and welcome to this Monday's Challenge!

but before showing you the DT's cards,
the winner of last week's challenge is...

#14 - Kerri Michaud

Congratulations Kerri! 
Please email Summer to claim your darling stamp!

For this week how about some Clean and Simple (CAS) cards?


Here are beautiful samples from the DT...


Iris



Jodi


Lilian


Lynda

Rosette

We would like to encourage you to add your entries to the
Belles N Whistles gallery
so we can all ooh and aaahh at one place ;)

Thanks for stopping by and we are looking forward to your gorgeous entries!
Have a wonderful day!

Please remember - You must use a
Belles 'n Whistles image in order to qualify.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

A taste of Autumn...and Christmas!

Hello Blogging Buddies,
Has everyone (except Elise in Las Vegas) gotten a taste of Autumn yet?
We have had some refreshing temperatutes here in the south central plains,
the humidity has dropped, if only for a moment,
and the brisk breeze is beginning to bring the leaves off of trees.
This is my favourite time of year; mild temperatures, lots of harvest bounty to bake with, beautiful wildflowers abound, and time to get on that seasonal crafting!!

And just in the knick of Holiday crafting time, Belles 'n Whistles has converted some of last years seasonal favourites into wonderful, clear photopolymer and I couldn't wait to get my inky little fingers on them!! This image is called Rockin' Around and you can find it HERE.


I just adore Elisabeth Bells sweet little images!! She includes such charming details in her images, like Belle on her rocking horse, with her little bare foot sticking out from behind the pony, in real life, I don't know that I could resist giving those feet a tickle!! And her teddy has joined her for the ride, now what could be cuter??? When I was a little girl, I dreamed of waking up to finding a rocking horse under the Christmas tree!! This, I suppose, is what it might look like at the lucky little ladies house who DOES get that rocking horse for Christmas, lol!!


I have stamped the image 4 times and decoupaged it, adhering the images to each other with foam dots and colouring with distress inks, I also ran a gray pencil around the edges of the images to soften up the lines of demarcation, they can look a little harsh if they are left white. The snowflake panel was distressed in vintage photo, the DP is from last years Magnolia paper and the flowers, lace and ribbon are from my stash!!


Thanks for stopping by to visit my project, I really appreciate your time and thoughts!! I am completely thrilled to be "working" if you can really classify stamping as work, as a guest for Belles 'n Whistles, the stamps are as sweet as can be and so are the lovely ladies on the bnw design team!! Thank you Summer and the BnW team for allowing me this great pleasure!!

Hugs, Stephanne

Friday, September 24, 2010

It's Your Day

Hi everyone, I'm Liza and this is my first GDT post on the Belles 'n Whistles blog. The inspiration came to me for this card while I was making some cupcakes the other day....but all I can say is that I wish my cupcakes had turned out like hers!! I think I have a long way to go before I can achieve that!!! lol!
This gorgeous stamp is called
Cupcake'>http://bellesnwhistlesstamps.com/">Cupcake and I have coloured her with
copics. The DPs are my all time favourite from Papermania and the doily has been
cut with a Marianne Creatables die. The sentiment is from Crafty Sentiments and
I have finished off with some ribbon, jewels and some pink and blue stickles on
her hat.

Supplies
Card/Paper: White, blue and pink card, Papermania - Blueberry Hill
Stamps: Belles'>http://bellesnwhistlesstamps.com/">Belles 'n Whistles - Cupcake,
Sentiment - Crafty Sentiments
Colouring: Copics - E00, E11, R20, E50, E51, E53, E31, E25, B93, B95, B97,
RV000, RV10, RV13, R37, B00, B23, YG03, YG67, C1, C3, W1, W3,W5, W7, 0
Embellishments: Ribbon, jewels, stickles
Tools: Sewing machine, cuttlebug, Marianne Creatables die
Thanks for looking x

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Boo......

Good Morning!!
With some new Halloween papers and
a bag of candy corn it was hard to
resist making a Halloween project!

I have always wanted to make one of
those "Boo" treats for the neighbors so
this is what I came up with:


To sum it up your supposed to fill the box
with some candy, put it on your neighbor's door
and then ring the bell. Then you run and hide
so they don't know who it was from!
I think this is such a cute idea especially
if you have a group of neighbors that
you get together with and what not!

I knew this cutie would be perfect!!
I paper pieced her outfit and the pumpkins.
The trim and pumpkins was done
with an old book page.


I went over most of the lines with my glitter
pen and to the stars I added some Rock
Candy stickles to get the shiny cracked look.

This is what is inside and a little poem I
found while searching for "Boo" poems.


I have had this sentiment sitting
around and finally found a good
use for it! I stuck it to the back of the box:


Well this is my first Autumn thing I have
created thus far!! LOL I was just
stuck and wanted to keep using my
pretty soft colors!! But I am happy
with how it turned out!!

Well thanks so very much for stopping
by and I hope you all have a
wonderful day!!

:)Kathy




Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Who doesn't like Recipes???

Greetings, and Good Morning...  Here we are, Wednesday already... This week seems to be flying by.  I like the idea of that.  =)

I have a little something to show you today.  I was just playing around the other night, and created this picture, using this Gorgeous "Warm Apple Pie" Stamp that was released last Fall.   After creating this scene, I decided I didn't want to use it for a card.  So after the entire image area was done, I sat here just looking at it, and BANG, it came to me, that this would make an adorable front to a booklet.  So I set out to make a simple book, and use it as a recipe book. 

So out came the pieces of hard cardboard, some cardstock, some glue, and all sorts of cutting objects. LOL.... I decided on making this a 10 page recipe book.  Of course leaving the recipe pages blank, so that later favorite recipes could be written in.


The spine was done in an accordion type of fold, and the edge binding was covered with lace.  I have taken 2 different pictures of this book, obviously the front, and then one picture of what the inside looks like.  All of the pages are pretty close to being the same, other than the fact that I doodled with red pen differently on each page along the plain colored blue cardstock.  Well.. enough of my chatter, I think I will just SHOW the pictures.



I know it's a little hard to see, but on the actual recipe pages, I have some 2 different Belles 'n Whistles images faded into the background.  "Cooking with Nana" and Belle with her Cupcake.  These pages, are placed this way so that each section that is laying open, will show both recipe card images.

Hmmmm, what more can I tell you about this?  Ohhhh You should probably know that this whole idea was definitely a "Fly by the seat of my pants" project.  I had no template, I had no tutorial, and REALLY had no idea how it would turn out.... So what you see is what you get.  Probably the next time I do something like this, I might actually have some ...Ummm... "Better" ideas for it.. ha ha ha...

I brought this book with me to school today, so that I could doodle in the inside, when I had some free time.  Well wouldn't you know, the kids in our classroom all wanted this book.  Imagine these 9 and 10 year old kids wanting this?  I told them that maybe we could do something similar for an art project.  So of course NOW we have some happy kids.  The girls in the classroom of course want these adorable Belles images all throughout their book.  Hmmmm, do I dare to let them use my stamps ???  YIKES!!!

So now that I have bored you all with my stories about School kids, I think I will stop all this jabbering.  I hope that you have enjoyed my little recipe book.  If anyone has any booklet ideas for these adorable Belles 'n Whistles stamps, I know that we'd all LOVE to see your creations.  Belles Photo Gallery always likes to get new things entered there.  *wink*

Have a WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY!!!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Little Sweetheart

Hello Friends!!!  Hope you're having a great start to your week!  Today I'm using a card with the image Eden with Teddy.  Awwww, she's soooo sweet!  She looks like she could be about a year old or just a wee little older? 

Sigh ... this is yet another image that makes me reflect back on all the moments of my little boy at that age.  But you know, when he was that age, he never did have a favorite stuffed animal or blanky that he had to have with him at all moments?  Hmmmm .. the only favorite thing he had was his THUMB that he stuck in his cute little mouth.  I guess he figured .. it's something that can go EVERYWHERE he goes, it only takes a minute to wash and he still gets to hold it, and it will never get old.  LOL!  And uhhhh ... he's just turned 4 years old, and oh gosh, that thumb is still his best friend.  LOL! 

Well, here's my card:




Well, thank you for visiting us here, and please don't forget to take part in our "Clean and Simple" challenge this week!  :)  I know you want to!  lol!  And there's still the entire week to whip something up ... so go on and get busy and treat yourself to some craft time with us!  :)

Hugs,
Elise

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fall is Near...

Hello everyone! I'm so excited to be making my first offical post as a GDT member. I'm in full fall mode now so I broke out this darling Scarecrow and Little Wizzard image. I think it sends the perfect sharing message don't you.


I colored up the image with copic markers the dusted the edges with chalk ink. I used one of the new Nestabilities dies from Spellbinders called Wonkey Squares. I thought it was perfect for a little ghostly flow to a Halloween card. Along with the little batty touch the EK Success punch added to the trim. The DP is from Basic Grey's Eerie paper pad.

I was thinking the other day about time and how fast it seems to go by. My baby turned 16 last week and I can remember quite clearly her first Halloween costume and all the ones since as well as all her older brothers. Now, I find that I am being told by my grandkids what they want to be for Halloween. That's what makes me smile most about these wonderful Belles 'n Whistles stamps. It's the tradition they seem to portray and all the good memories they bring to mind with just one look. I hope they bring you the same joy.

Have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting!

Mary Frances

Friday, September 17, 2010

friday - finally


Happy friday to all of you! I know, it´s been a long time since I made one of our daily posts... I´ve been on vacation, enjoying a trip to the States. But now I´m back - and glad that friday finally arrived!LOL School re-started this tuesday for our part of Germany and so this week was quite stressfull. And this is why this post is named "friday -finally"! ;O) The weekend is near and I can see myself having the time to sit on our porch, enjoying a cup of coffee and a yummy cupcake. And that´s what inspired me to make this card.

"Just for you" - meaning just for me in the case of the coffee and cupcake - goes wonderful with this little cutie holding the cupcake. To me it always looks like she´s thinking one last time if she should have this yummy sweet treat for herself or give it away. ;O) She´s well educated and so I know she will give it to a friend to sweeten up his/her day. But do you know those gifts you are going to make but kind of want to keep them for yourself? I think for Belle that cupcake is one of those gifts.

I used Copics for coloring and to give the card a touch of being covered with sprinkles I´ve added silver glitter to the edges of the papers and the leaves and flowers.
The saying is by Stampin´Up - it usually has a second line saying "so you don´t have to share". This would have been perfect but it was really big and so I decided to cut it off and just go with the "just for you" part. With this we keep it as a secret that Belle thought about taking a bite! ;O)

I am wishing all of you a wonderful weekend - and if you have the chance to take the time to enjoy a coffee - or tea if you prefer that - and a little cupcake to treat yourself!

Hugs,
Kathrin aka Kruemel

Thursday, September 16, 2010

In the Spotlight and Septembers Calendar page!!!

Greetings, and Happy Thursday!!!

I was browsing through "Belles Photo Album"  and I found some awesome creations that are definitely "Spotlight Worthy".  So I decided to combine a little Spotlight time with my September Calendar page today.

You see what happens when all of these darling cards are in one general area?  I can browse and drool over all your awesome designs.  I just know that Little Belle must be in her glory to have such an amazing Photo Album dedicated to her!!! 

So here we go... Look what I found?

This one was submitted by "JanesLovelyCards"...  If I remember correctly, this one was located in the "Handmade Flowers" challenge section.  Isn't this GORGEOUS????




Next we have a beautiful card by "Janie"  this one was submitted for the Lilac color challenge.  Just look at that beautiful coloring, and those delish papers...  All the lacy edges on this card are the perfect addition to an already FANTASTIC card.




This one was submitted by "Gregs Girl"  WOW - do I need to say anything more about this beauty???  Beautiful layout, absolute Gorgeous coloring, and all those awesome layers and lacy edges.  Simply BEAUTIFUL.




Check out this SUPER FANTASTIC easel card that was submitted by "TaraG"  I believe this one was for the "Color Red" Challenge.  Wow I honestly don't even know what to say about this, just a fabulous card.  The layers, the flowers, ohhhh, just everything, look at all the detail.  Absolutely FABULOUS!!!



And last but not least, we have this scrumptious creation submitted by "Vanja" for the "Everything Goes" challenge.  The coloring, the aged edges and those chocolatey colors just remind me of Molasses cookies or something... Makes me want to bake, that's for sure.  Simply DELICIOUS Vanja!!!



Thank you so much ladies for all of this wonderful inspiration, and for sharing your works of art in "Belles Photo Album"  I love seeing people sharing the inspiration, and utilizing the photo gallery this way.  =)

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Okay, now for my Belles 'n Whistles September Calendar page.  I did something just a little bit different this month...  You will notice the image, or shall I say the images....  I combined the darling little "Belle with Teddy" from none other than "Belles 'n Whistles" and then added "I Love You This Much" Digi image from Elisabeth Bells Digital Collection.
Now in reality, the designer of both images is Elisabeth Bell, BUT... here at Belles 'n Whistles, for challenges, etc. We can only use Belles 'n Whistles images to qualify for prizes etc.

But don't these two darling girls look like they are meant to be together???  I just couldn't resist combining them.



I decided not to embellish this page too much, simply because I felt that it was already busy enough, with the printed papers and all, and I really didn't want to subtract from these adorable girls.

I hope you all join in once in a while and create a calendar page of your own.  We'd love to see what you do....   There is even a section in the Photo Gallery to upload your calendar pages....  I would love to see some inspirational pages in there.  =)   You can get your Calendar template by clicking on the link on the right side bar of THIS Blog... 

Okay, that's all from me today, thank you for sticking with me through this long post.  Thank you again ladies for your fabulous creations and congratulations on making it into the Spotlight here at Belles 'n Whistles.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Prayer Journal



Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all! I was asked if I could make a Prayer Journal for a little girl and what stamp could be more perfect than 'A Childs Prayer' from our 'Forever Young' collection?! I just love this stamp! 


I colored it using my Copics and used matching DP from Basic Grey. My guidlines were pink, no flowers and use glitter and glitz very sparingly. Whew...that is always a challenge for me - no flowers and sparingly with glitter...LOL. But I think I kept up to the requests. ;-)

Thanks for stopping by  today and don't forget to join our ongoing challenge with the fantastic theme: Lace & Frills.


Hugs,

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Are you ready for those fall colors?


Fall has always been my favorite time of the year! So I am thrilled when I can start breaking out all of those autumnal colors! For today's card, I used Smile. Wouldn't you like to just hang out and enjoy the beautiful leaves?

hugs,
Gini

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lace and Frills Challenge

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Hello everyone! I hope this day finds you all happy and well. :) It's Monday, so time for a new Belles 'n Whistles challenge! But, before I get started on the challenge info, how about we pick a winner of the last challenge??
Are you ready??
The lucky winner of the color challenge is........................................................................
Congratulations! Please contact Summer to receive your free stamp!
Now, for this challenge, I am asking everyone to make a project with lace and frillies on it. (just lace and whatever else ya got :) I just love seeing lace on cards, so I thought this would be a fun challenge. You have until Sunday, the 19th to enter! One lucky winner will be chosen at random to win a Belles 'n Whistles stamp of their choice! Please remember, this is a Belles 'n Whistles stamp challenge ONLY. No other images will be entered in the drawing. We can't wait to see what you all come up with!

And now, check out the inspiration from our DT girls!
Elise

Gini

Kathrin
Andrea
Kathy

Aud


Liza (GDT)





Friday, September 10, 2010

Happy Friday

Happy Friday to all of you.
I am so happy that I got to play with this cute stamp, a little fairy. Earlier I have coloured this fairy with a blue dress, but I think she is beautiful in green too.
I have added stickles to the wings. I have used 3 different patternpapers, and decorated the card with flowers and pearls


I wish you all a beautiful weekend, and hope some of you will participate in our weekly challenge.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

In the BnW Spotlight

Hej!

Time for another cute BnW Spotlight project. It's always so much fun to Google or to look in the BnW photo gallery for new cute and wonderful inspirations from you ladies out there in the blog-world.

I must say - I fell in love right away when I saw this cute little Halloween bag made by the supertalented Anne. Make sure that you visit her blog - her work and colouring is just amazing!

Amazing - right? So what Halloween projects are you working on? Do you have anything ready with the BnW images to show us? Please let us know - because we love to see what you create!

Kram and Stunning work again Anne!

Anki

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

When you wish upon a Star........

Good Morning!!

"When you wish upon a Star,
Makes no difference who you are.
When you wish upon a star
your dreams come true!"

LOL That is what came to my
head when I was coloring in this
adorable image!!!  She reminds
me of a Disney character and of
course that song screams at
me when I think Disney!!


Anyways, back to reality!! haha
I had to make another birthday card for
another special girl and this image was perfect!
The whole wish thing fit right in so that is what is
on the pull out tag!! (I forgot to get a pic though!!)
She is colored with distress inks and twinkling h20's
and then alot of stickles are around her for a
more magical look! I know I got carried
away with this one!! hehe
I also added a good heaping of distress crackle
paint again to all my edges.
I really just wanted to make it as
sweet as possible!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I
hope you all have a wonderful day!!

:)Kathy

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sweet Dreams

There is nothing sweeter than a baby when he is sleeping. Even now that my nephew is four years old, he still looks like a little angel when he slows down long enough to fall asleep. I used the stamp Sweet Dreams from the Forever Young line. I love how this stamp can be used for a boy or girl depending on how you color it.

hugs,
Gini

Monday, September 6, 2010

A Warm Color Challenge

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Good Morning, and Happy "Labor Day" for those of you in USA.

Lynda here, posting todays challenge for you.  I think you're going to love this one, I know I love it, probably because this was my challenge idea.  ha ha

But before we get to that, I have a winner to announce from last weeks "Back To School" Challenge. 
Drum Roll Please.....  


and the winner is.....
..
..
..

Congratulations Sonya... 
And your card was so creative... I love it!
Please email Summer with your details so she can
send you your wonderful  prize!!

Wow Random.org probably thought I was joking when I entered the numbers 1-4,  LOL...  I couldn't believe that there were only 4 entries last week.  Where did everyone go?  Come on lets beat that number this week, I have confidence, we can do this!!!  RIGHT?

We are having a color challenge.  Along with September, comes change, kids going back to school, apple picking time, and at least here in NY state the leaves on the trees start to show signs of changing colors.  So I wanted to do a color challenge using  "Summer Sun" - "Real Red" - and "Olive Green"  trying to keep the colors as close to these as possible.




So there you have it,  do you think you're up for the challenge?  2 Simple rules to follow.
#1 Use your favorite Belles 'n Whistles Stamps,
#2 - incorporate these colors, 

now go to it, and show us what you have....  Of course we would like to encourage you to not only enter your link here but also post your card in the Belles 'n Whistles photo gallery.  Belle truly enjoys looking at your creations in her own "album"  (Link is located on the side bar)


This is what the DT girls came up with using this cool color combination.