Monday, May 31, 2010

Sending you Cupcakes!


Happy Monday Belles 'nd Whistles Divas!!

How was your weekend? And for those who celebrate Memorial Weekend.. did you have some family time? Or more time to play? :)

We don't celebrate it here, but I had a lovely weekend, with some time to make this creation to share with you. I made it for a sister of mine, who celebrated her Birthday this month, and I made her this Cupcake card. What do you think about it?

It is coloured in Distress inks, and features one of your favourite Belles 'nd Whistles stamps: Cupcake. If you like her and don't own it yet... HURRY UP and grab her while you can. This morning there were only 9 left in the Store!! And I can't promise you you will find her available just after that!! :))

Remember the fantastic challenge we have going on, you have another week to enter (till Sunday), the prize for a lucky duck is too fantastic to bow out, don't you think?! Read the details by clicking on the title which is on top of this blog.

More details and close ups of this card will be up on my Blog later today. Have a lovely week, and keep safe!

So what you're waiting for?! Click away to Summer's Store

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hearty Thanksgiving

Hello! I am one of the new girls in the Belles'n Whistles design team. My name is Audhild and I come from Norway. I am so happy to be a part of this team. Today I will show you the card I made for the design team call. If you have visited my blog or looked at my design team application, you have already seen my card.

I have used the stamp Hearty Thanksgiving. The image is coloured with distress ink, refillers.
I have sewed around the image and the pattern papers. The edges are inked with distress ink, vintage photo.

I have decorated my card with roses, leaves, a napkin, pearls and some tickets. I have added stickles on the roses and parts of the image.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Wishes Do Come True

Hello Friends!  My name is Elise and I'm also one of the new girls here!  Oh gosh, everytime I think about being a part of this lovely group ... I get tickled silly all over again!

I remember the moment I saw my name as one of the new DT's ... oh how I wish I video recorded it!  I was like a girl who just spent a whole day in a candy store ... and ATE the entire store!  LOL!  I jumped up and down, shouted with glee, my heart was pounding a mile a minute ... I mean, I looked like some crazy girl!  And my 3 year old son started jumping up and down with me, and saying, "Yayyyy mommy!  Yayyyy!"  And he didn't even know what he was cheering about!  LOL!  In the meantime, my hubby just sits and stares at us like, "Is this family MINE?!"  hehe!

Well, when I started thinking a bit more clearly, I knew exactly which stamp I'd use and what kind of card I wanted to make.  My wish had come true as being chosen as one of the lucky girls .. therefore I thought it was quite fitting that I use "Wishes".   Isn't she just ADORABLE!  I LOVE her!!!

This card was made for Summer and all the DT's.  Thank you ever so much for welcoming me into your lovely and never ending laughter family, and for making my wish come true!  I am honored beyond words to be surrounded by infinite sweetness and talent!!!

Here's to Wishes Do Come True:

Oh look at this little cutie pie ... looking a little Marilyn Monroe-ish with her cute dress flipping up with the wind!!!!! And remember ... everytime you see a wishing well, a fountain, a wishing pond, heck ... any star in the sky will do too ... remember to make your wish, because ... Wishes DO come true!!!!!

Thank you for visiting us here at Belles 'n Whistles!  And we'd LOVE for you to play with us in our new challenges!  We can't wait for you to ink up your stamps and see what you create!  Yayyy!

Big Hugs to All of You!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lifes a beach.......

Good Morning!!!
(I am so happy to be posting here as
a DT member! Thanks to all for the
congrats!! I really appreciate them all!!)

Anyways after having temps in the 90's
yesterday I thought the image for today
was quite fitting!

She looks nice and cool doesn't she?
I just adore this sweet image and loved
coloring her in! I went again with
a shabby style and decided to go along
another card with handmade flowers.
This color combo is a bit different for
me but the papers were perfect!

I have used twinkling h20's and distress
inks to color Belle in.

Don't forget you have until Sunday June 6th
to play along in the challenge here.
I can't wait to see all your gorgeous creations!
Have a lovely day!!


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sunshine and Apples

Hi! I'm Gini and this is my first post as part of the Design Team! I am so happy to share with you a card made using Sunshine and Apples from Belles N Whistles. I live in the mountains of North Carolina, and apples are one of our main products. We have an Apple Festival every year at Labor Day - so this stamp just makes me smile!

I think I distressed this card every way possible - tearing, shredding, inking with distress inks, glimmer mist. I even distressed my ribbon that I used to make the flower, with ink and glimmer mist, to make it match my DP papers a little better. Don't forget to enter our DIY flower challenge at the BnW blog. You could win a $25 gift certificate to Belles N Whistles! How is that for a sweet prize?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Belle Watering!

Hey there, everyone! I am Andrea, one of the new girls here at Belle's 'N Whistles. I am so excited to be here and to be a part of this amazing group of ladies. I am already having a blast with these gals and look forward to getting to know you all, as well. For my post today, I have used an adorable stamp called Watering. I think she is so pretty! I wanted to go with something a little softer on this card, so I used some papers with delicate patterns and soft colors. I think purple and yellow are gorgeous together. I colored this adorable stamp with Prismacolor Pencils and OMS. I have also added some Twinkling H2O's to the colored image for shimmer, as well as some glamour dust to the flowers to add a little sparkle. I added a bit of stickles to this little doll so she would shine! I hope you like her! Have a wonderful day, everyone!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Time For a Challenge!

Whooo hooooo everyone! Welcome to the very first Belles 'n Whistles Challenge, hosted here on our very own Belles 'n Whistles blog! =) It's about time we do some Belles-'n-Whistles-only challenges, don't you think?! We will hold a new Belles-'n-Whistles-only challenge every other Monday here...we hope you'll be joining us for the fun! You have time to enter until Sunday June 6th at 6pm EST.

The theme for our very first challenge was thought up by one of our newest DT members, Kathy Page. The absolutely talented Kathy would like everyone to create a project incorporating D.I.Y. Flowers! Create a flower or two to embellish your Belles 'n Whistles project then be sure to enter our first challenge! ;) Remember, the challenges held here will require that you use a Belles 'n Whistles image in your entry, so be sure to use a Belles 'n Whistles stamp please!

To get things jumpin', the randomly selected winner of this first challenge will win a $25.00 gift certificate to shop at Belles 'n Whistles. Uh-huh....$25.00!

Sorry! You have between now and Sunday, June 6th to enter! The winner as well as our second challenge will be posted on Monday, June7th!

There has been a new categorie added in our Belles 'n Whistles Gallery only for Challenge entries! Make sure you visit our Gallery and upload your entry there as well!

Here's to the start of more wonderful Belles 'n Whistles fun! Check out the beautiful creations by the Belles 'n Whistles Design Team!

(Used a cuttlebug die)

(Used punches)

(Used Nellie Snellen punches)

(Used Spellbinders and grungepaper)

(Used punches and stickles)

(Used punches and Sizzix Die)

(Used punches)

(Used punches, Grunge stamps and Glimmer mist)
(Used Marianne Design dies)
(Used Nestabilities)

(Used crochet flowers and premade roses)

(Used Quickutz and Flower punches)
We hope that you'll join us!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Shake It Up!!

Hey there!! I hope all of you are doing well on this wonderful Friday! Today I'm sharing a card using one of my favorite stamps from Belles n' Whistles called Beary Big Hugs. I just LOVE this stamp and this time decided to make a shaker card with it. I used to create lots of shaker cards when I first began stamping. One of the fun things about them is that you can add all kinds of things you want to be inside your shaker box.
Here's a different view of the card to show that I have added some dew drops in various colors to match the card.
A closer look at the image, and items in my shaker box. I also added some glitter and red beads. I plan to create more of them since it has been a while. For more details please stop by my blog.
I wish all of you a wonderful weekend, and hope you will join us back here on Monday for something NEW and fun!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A New Calendar Page - Belles 'n Whistles Style

WOW - Can you believe the month of May is almost over???  I can't - Where has the time gone?

We certainly have had a lot of stuff going on here this month, haven't we?  We have new DT members, and today I'm going to show you a new Calendar page for my Birthday Calendar.  Everyone is busy busy busy, so I don't think I have more than just my own to show you today.  Speaking of busy.....  You are definitely going to want to stop back here on Monday for something new to do....  =)  That's all I'll say about that for now!  ha ha

If you haven't had a chance to welcome our newest DT members, I have links here.  Give them a nice warm Belles 'n Whistles Welcome!  I can assure you, the inspiration that they bring will amaze you!

Alright, now on with this months Calendar Page:
May is usually a great time to start being outside more, and even serving drinks to those hard workers doing yard work, right?  So I thought I would use "Lemonade Anyone" for this months calendar page.  She's just such a little doll, and I have missed using her!  I love the bright cheery colors of the papers that I used, so I colored her to match, and added my punched flowers to the page.

I used a Martha Stewart edge punch for the borders on the yellow and the orange papers.  Isn't it just so cool?  I love that punch!  The letters that spell out the month, are stamps from Stampin' Up called "Notebook Alphabet".  My son actually stamped them for me, and then I colored them, and cut them out.  I thought they would look cool on little circles.  They really seem to pop out at you!  I love it!

I have to say, I'm really getting in to making these calendar pages.  I should just go ahead and do the rest of the months in the year so that I can finally assemble it!  But..... TIME.... Time is always a factor when it comes to things like that! 

Okay, I think I've said enough, if you want to create a calendar page, you can grab the template on the right side toolbar.  Don't worry about the month that is written there, it can be changed, or you can remove it completely like I did for this one.
Don't forget about our Galleria, we'd love to see the work that you create. 

Wishing you a Whistling Day!  =)


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Let´s have a drink

Belle is really enjoying the warm and sunny weather at her end of the world. She loves to be in the garden, sit in the sun and look at all the flowers that are growing in her garden. Can there be anything better?
But the sun made her thristy and so she went in her kitchen to make herself a fresh and yummy lemonade. Those lemons come from her garden and are just picked from the big lemon tree that also give such a nice shadow. Can you here the sound those ice cubes are making when touching the glass?

I didn´t use those typical summer colors on my card but "Lemonade Anyone" from the very first Belles´n´Whistles collection is showing everyting that makes a perfect summer day. That dotted flower was just perfect to go with how I colored the bow in her hair and could there be any better embellishment than some slices of lemon?

As always Belle is very generous and is going to share her cocktail with all of you. So, pick a glass before they´re all gone!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Still more gifts....

How are you doing all today? Well Anki talked about our ongoing challenge over at the combined challenge blog yesterday and that it is all about gifts this time. Anki you did a great job on your project and picking the theme for the challenge, I had a blast doing my gift bag. And because it was so much fun I decided to make another gift. This time I altered a tin can. It is one of the containers Prima flowers come packed in.

I used Tea Time as my image (part of it to fit my lid). I colored it using my Copics and did all the distressing with distress inks Brushed Corduroy and Bundled Sage. The flowers are from Prima and to add a little sparkle I used Stickles Stardust.

The DP is from Basic Grey's newest collection Capella, right now available at Roses on Paper. A few more photos and some info on the Copics used will be available a little later today on my blog here

I hope I could inspire you a bit to stop by at our Roses on Paper & Belles 'n Whistles combined challenge blog and join us fore this fabulous challenge!
Love & Hugs, 

Monday, May 17, 2010

Gift time over at RoP/BnW

Happy Monday to you all!

We are on our way back from Z├╝rich when you are reading this.
Therefore this is a very short post from me to let you know about the challenge over at RoP/BnW.

This time it was my turn to set the challenge - so what do I want you to create? Gifts in anyway you like.

I decided to do this giftbag that I think is just perfect and very quick to put together. I found the tutorial a long time ago over at Angie Juda's blog. She's one talented lady.

Well - her you have the result. Hope you like it and that you stop by our RoP/BnW blog and join us.

Tons of hugs!


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Hawaiian Time...

*** The latest EB digi reveal will be posted below this message so scroll down later (OOOPS...not midnight but 6 p.m., Arizona time) to see the wonderfully cute new digi, available from Elisabeth Bell's blog. ***

I did say that this post would come on Friday, May 14. And though it is already Saturday in many areas in the world, it is still Friday here in Hawaii. This posting is being done on what we locals here would say is "Hawaiian Time". Not only do I mean literally, by the time here in Hawaii, but I mean figuratively too. To be running on "Hawaiian Time" means that you are running late. So apologies to you all again, for my running on Hawaiian Time!

Gosh each of you submitted wonderful work! You've nooo idea just how hard it was to sift through all of the gorgeous entries and choose only a handful! Really! That's why, as with all of the TOUGH decisions, the task was left up to the Belles 'n Whistles DT! Thank you ladies! ;D

Without prolonging the agony and suspense, I'll begin the announcement here...

The following ladies are cordially invited to join the Belles 'n Whistles DT as permanent members, if they so choose to accept:

Now I know we had said 4 would be chosen...we decided we needed 5. We also decided that we are in need of Guest DT members. This is a list of ladies we'd like to ask to help us as guests this year....each will be a guest for approximately 2 months and would be contacted prior to the new release they will be helping with, should they accept:

Would all of you named ladies please contact me when you are able? I'll check in with each of you to see if you are still willing/able to join the Belles 'n Whistles DT and will further explain (for the Guest possibles) the details of a GDT position.

I thank each and every one of you deeply for applying to this DT call. You've no idea just how hard this was, so much so that I don't think I want to have to do this again, ever. LOL! Just kidding...we'll have to look for more Guests for 2011 and will replace DT as needed throughout the year.

Many thanks to you all for your inspiring and lovely work! Belles 'n Whistles would be lucky to have each and every one of you as DT...if only we could!

Aloha and a wonderful weekend to all,

Presenting you...

without further adieu...

Little Rapunzel!!!

Isn't she cute, as I had told you yesterday?! Oh Elisabeth has really outdid herself again, and that cute look won my heart straightaway! And form the comments you left me yesterday, it seems that it won YOU over as well!

You can purchase this cutie patootie here

I had so much fun colouring her, she is a darling! And can be use for lots and lots of ideas, gift ideas, and cards for all occasions.

This is what I did with her, and you'll find details on my blog as for what papers, etc I used.

This is talented Iris' card. Isn't she goegeous with those soft tones as well? You have our word that this digi is so worth having!

edited to add some more samples from the DT 

Here are two gorgeous cards from our wonderful Lynda: 

And here is our amazing Lils project:

Have a lovely day, and good luck for the DT call. It was sooo difficult choosing, but for those who won't make it this time, you will have other lovely chances with BnW DT, it won't be our last! :)

Summer will be back with the definite names soon!! She's naughty, keeping you all in suspense!!! :)

Hugs, and happy weekend!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Decisions, decisions...

Well, I know there are many of you who are anxiously awaiting the results of the DT call. I thought I'd better get on here and post a little something!

It's May 14th, Friday morning here in Hawaii, 7:55 a.m. to be exact. I'm going to disappoint you all now by telling you that I'm still in the process of formulating all of our thoughts and that I'll be back online, later today to post the final results of the Belles 'n Whistles' DTs grueling task of decision making.

Please check back again...I know you will! ;D

A happy Friday to you all!

New Stamp Available in a few hours time

Yes! You read right!!

First of all Happy Friday!! Yes... TGIF again!! :) We all could do with a less tight day or two.. I definitely need it :))

BUT I know we Belles 'nd Whisles DT already have an excited weekend ahead of us!! The wonderful Elisabeth.. Bell of course, who else!! :) has offered us the opportunity to work with a NEW, DARLING, LOVELY, HEART MELTING digi image that will be released today Friday 14th at 6pm Arizona Time (for those in Europe and around it will be Sat, tomorrow 3am)

I had soo much fun colouring her, and Elisabeth adopted her straightaway! :) lol
You want to see it now??

No, sorry but I can't!

Ah, now you're giving me the the long face and tantrum treatment huh?! Can't!! Okay.. let me ask Elisabeth if I can show it to you?... *off to hop form one continent to another* ...


...*back!!* Phew... THAT was a run! I asked her.. but she shook her head. And you know how gorgeous is that Elisabeth with those beautiful eyes!!

I had to ask her again, and I told her that "it's FOR OUR BEST BELLES 'ND WHISTLES fans!! .. They are great, they are cool, they are awesome.. and they LOVE YOU!!"

And you know what.. she smiled her beautiful smile and told me I can show you a sneak peek! YAY!! Is it true Elisabeth? You ARE great!!

But what is more important is that Elisabeth and my other BnW DT sisters will show you our full cards on our blogs.. and most important, you will be able to get the digi stamp from HERE

HERE is the sneak peek!

NOW.. if those eyes don't win you over... I don't know what does!!!

Now I need to go and rest.. you got me tired runnin off to Elisabeth to show you this.. but I KNOW IT WILL BE WORTHED!!!

Let me know if you are looking forward to it!!
Even her name is so cute.. but all this info will be available HERE... THE SAME TIME... TOMORROW!! I'LL BE HERE WITH THE FULL REVEAL!

Happy Weekend BnW stars!! :)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Summer with Bronzing Beauty

Summer - that´s something we here in Germany can only dream of at the moment. It´s cold and rainy since a few weeks now and so I have to admit that I am a bit jealous when I look at Belle and that nice sun tan she got already. And can you see those freckles in her cute face? I just love them! And so she is prepared for another fun day under the sun - and of course she also brought her sun lotion and wears her nicest swim suit - you never know who you are going to meet!

The colors I used on my card were totally out of my comfort zone since I really struggle with those bright green tones - but I gave it a try and liked it! And the sketch was one, our very own Jacque created for the birthday challenge at Friday Sketchers. Hun, I loved it!!!

Our DT call ist now closed - and we will have a hard time picking the new members. WOW, you all amazed us with your work and all the FABULOUS creations you made. Thanks to each and every one of you for sharing them with us and entering our DT call! It was so nice to see Belle and her little friends on so many different creations and looks, colored in different styles and used on so many different projects!

Okay, and at the end: it´s father´s day here in Germany today. So, if you are a male stopping by here today: Happy Father´s Day to you!!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lazy Summer Days

Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day! First of all I like to remind you that today is the last day of our Belles 'n Whistles Design Team Call! If you haven't entered yet you can still do so till tonight! See all the conditions of application and enter HERE! 

For my card today I was inspired by the already nice and warm/hot weather we are having here in Florida.  So I decided to make a bright and summery card. And also one of my favorite card styles, an easel card, just love 'em.  The cute image is called 'Goggles' from Belles 'n Whistles latest collection Spring, Cleaning & Summertime available HERE. I colored the sweet little boy with my Copics and the DP is all Bo Bunny. 

Border Punch is from Martha Stewart and the Sentiment is from Magnolia which I got from Roses on Paper.
I set highlights with Stickles, Flower Soft and a Pearl Pen and added Jolee's and outline stickers to embellish.

Here is a close up of the cute little boy:

More detailed pictures and a list of Copics used you'll find on my blog here.

I wish you all a wonderful day and good luck to all of you who entered our DT call! 


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Birthday Wish From Belle!

Greetings everyone!  I hope you are well! 

Are you all getting those entries in for the DT Call?  I know we are all excited to see the creativity using these darling Belle stamps.  =)  Remember the deadline is Wednesday.  So hurry and enter, you never know, YOU could be the one posting here one day!  =) 

Okay, enough about all of that...  I have a sweet card to show you today.  I have to say that I tried so hard to come up with a new idea, but my mind just wasn't working properly.  (But then again, does it ever?)  LOL
So I decided to stick with creating a card!  I used "Tea Time" and tried to keep my card and coloring in soft hues.  If any of you know me and my coloring style, SOFT is not usually me!  LOL  So this was a tiny challenge for me.  I am quite pleased with the outcome.

I decided that instead of using several different DP's I would stick with just ONE print, and 2 shades of solids.  Also very much NOT LIKE ME! 

I had a difficult time matching paper in the teal color, so I simply inked some to match that teal using Stampin' Up ink.  Those became my border papers around the printed DP.  Oh Oh, and the little tabs at the top of the image are also inked paper strips.  I really love the way they look there.  So anyway, I used simple Beige and Brown textured paper from DCWV and a White paper doily that I inked with Antique Linen Distress ink.  The sentiment is computer generated, and the flowers are punched.

But Belle.... Dear Sweet Belle.... Doesn't she look like she's truly enjoying herself with her tea?  I know I would LOVE to have a stump like that to sit on, and just go sit and get away from all of lifes little stresses, and enjoy some tea and listening to the sounds of nature. 

But anyway,  now you see that a lot of extra embellishments were not necessary to complete this card, just a few basic things, and I have to say that this has got to be one of my favorite cards to date.  Maybe I should save it, and give it to myself for my birthday!  ha ha.... Imagine that? 

You know that reminds me.... I think I'm getting the short of end of the deal when it comes time for my birthday.  My mother always has me make cards for everyone in the family.  She sends them all, (Males & Females) my handmade cards, but when it comes time for my birthday, I get a store bought one..... What a rip off.... I think I'm going to have to protest!  ha ha

Okay, I guess that's all the blabbering I have to do for today, I hope you've enjoyed my card today, and don't forget, we'd love to see what you create using our sweet stamps.  You never know when your creation will show up in the spotlight!  =)

Have a Beautiful Day!