Thursday, June 30, 2011

Spotlights from Ribbon & Lace Challenge

Hello fellow Belles 'n Whistles friends and Happy Thursday to you all! Today I like to show you some cards that caught my eye from our Ribbon & Lace Challenge (which is NOT our ongoing challenge)

The first card is from 'hellerlittle' using 'Sisters' :

Next is Adeline Ng with this adorable card using SweetArt Girls 'Happy Mail':
And last but not least Judy with the adorable 'Lilypad Dreams':
Thanks for stopping by today and if you want to have a cahnce on being featured as a spotlight on our inspirational blog upload your creations to our Gallery and/or enter our fortnightly challenges! We now accept all Elisabeth Bell stamps in our challenges. Our current challenge theme is "Wing it" and you still have time to enter! Please click here to go to our BnW Challenge Blog!


Monday, June 27, 2011

from the garden

Hello dear friends, and happy monday! This is Kathrin and today I am sharing a little greeting from the garden.

The stamp I used is

A Blossom For You

from the Sweet Art Girls.

I went with a blue, grey and white color theme and love the soft touch this gives the image. The round sentiment says "garden greetings" and in the middle it means "sowed in spring, grown in the warm sun, watered by the rain, nourished and cherished by me - to make you happy". I think this is wonderful with this image and a little flower picked in your own garden.

I put some Brushed Pewter Crackle Paint to the edges of the papers, the coloring was done with these Copics:

Okay, I am off to enjoy the sun. My girls had two weeks of vacation and it was raining all the time - and today when school re-starts it´s sunny and really hot. Oh, how unfair is this!
Only 5 more weeks to go until the summer holidays - really keep my fingers crossed those will be better!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Hello friends!  Vicki here to show you a fun little creation I've made!
This will be my last post as a Belles n' Whistles DT member, but I would like to say thanks for making me feel welcomed onto the team.  I really enjoyed my time as a DT member, but it's time for me to move along little doggie! :)
This darling little girl is from the SweetArt Girls Collection and she's called Giddyup Horsey!
I thought this would also be a great card for a July 4th type of theme because of the red, white and blue color combo on my creation.  I've had this western style paper for quite a while, so it was fun to get out and use some of it for this.  I've tried out the crackle paint along the edges of my paper and added a few embellishments that I thought would look "western" to match my theme here.

You can always stop by my blog to see other Belles n' Whistles creations any time!  I will always adore these darling stamps!!  Thanks again for having me along for the ride!  It's been fun!
HUGS and BLESSINGS to you all!! :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

happy vacation

Hello ladies!

Happy vacation - this is what this card says. And I can tell you - I could really use some too. My husband had 1.5 weeks off but instead of relaxing and taking some family time we (finally) re-did our bathroom. It´s still not finished and I can´t stand the dirt everywhere in the house anymore. So I made this vacation card and am just dreaming of really being able to enjoy the summer. Okay, not that there is any weather to enjoy so far.LOL

The saying means something like to "leave all cares behind" and so even if you aren´t able to go on a trip far away you can have your little holiday buy just sitting there, enjoying nature and thinking about whatever comes to your mind. Just like this cute little fairy seems to do. She´s listening to the birds and sounds of nature, smelling the flowers and just dreaming the day away. Maybe a little later she´ll lay in the grass and watch the clouds...

This cutie is called "Fairy Fond Thoughts" and this name is so perfect for her. Of course she needed to be colored in pink, always the first color that comes to my mind when I think of fairies. And of coures I also had to add a bunch of Stickles to her wings... I love how they just let the color shine through and remind me of dragonfly wings...

So, I am wishing all of you a wonderful day and if you have a chance to - take the time to leave all cares behind, even if it´s just for a few minutes!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wing it.....

is the theme of our newest BnW Challenge! Hi Belles 'n Whistles Fans! Hope you all had a fab start into the new week! Yesterday a new fortnightly challenge started over at our BnW Challenge Blog! Kathy is our host this time and she wants to see wings on your project! So come all and lets play with wings and join in on the fun!

The cute Fairy Wishes stamp is colored using Distress Inks. This cutie is out of stock at them moment but I'm sure Summer will have it back on the shelf shortly! DP is from Prima's paper pad Sweet Fairy. Other embellies I used are: flowers, pearl swirl, glitter, dragon fly and fairy charm, metal butterfly, gauze, ribbon and lace. The Swirl die is from Marianne Design and the pearls on the swirl are made using a Viva Decor Pearl Pen. To see more detailed pictures click HERE.

Thanks for visiting us here today and I hope to see your creations over at the  BnW Challenge Blog !


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Highlights from the gallery

Hello Friends!
Have you visited our gallery lately?
If not, I hope you find some time to do that.
It is so many beautiful creations and a lot of inspiration there.
Here are two beautiful cards from the gallery

The first card I want to show you is made by Marcea.
I love the beautiful colours she have used. The colouring is amazing.
A wonderful decorated card.

The second card I want to show you is made by Mo.
She has used my favourite colours on the card.
The cute image is wonderfully coloured.
I love the way she has decorated the card.

Thank you Marcea and Mo for publishing your cards in the gallery

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Hope you all are doing fine. This is the time that we all want to spend as much time as possible outdoors - right? So when do you get the time to craft or do you just take a Summer break?

Well - I do craft - but during the evenings when hubby and son are sleeping...hihi.....
Here's a card that I  made for a little girl's (cousin to my nieces) Christening. I used the supersweet image
Sweet Dreams for my card.

She's coloured with copics. Added the pattern on her outfit with my white ink gel pen.
DP from my local craft shop. Lace and pearls from my stash. Flowers from SCACD.

Also - a quick reminder - Summer is having a SALE over at BnW for the Snowbabies collection. It's valid until June 30th - make sure that you check it out.

Kramis and looking fwd to hear from you

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Touch of Summer Cheer....

Greetings Belles 'n Whistles fans...  I do believe I have completely lost my marbles... or maybe it was my "flip-flops"...  I have a little story to tell you, before I show you something I altered just for Summer. 

Some of you may know already, that I work at a school for special needs kids, with severe behavioral problems.  If you don't know it, guess what?  NOW you DO! ha ha...

About a month ago, a girl who used to work there came in for a visit, and she brought at least 3 HUGE bags of "FLIP FLOPS"  Every single pair were brand new, and still had their plastic hangers on them, and tied together the way that they have them in stores.  She knew someone who wanted to donate them.  Many of the kids got to take several pairs, but they only were in smaller kids sizes...  Well that still left us with oodles and oodles of "Flip-Flops".  Well... I was determined that I WOULD find a way to do something with a pair of flip-flops.... 
Sooooo..... HERE COMES SUMMER!!!

It's a Flip Flop Wall Hanging - isn't it so summery, and fun?  I used "Little Best Friends" from Elisabeth Bells Digital Gallery, as well as "Tube Wear" and "Bronzing Beauty" from Belles 'n Whistles.  I thought this would be a fun decoration to hang up during the Summer Season.

Rather than having the back of one flip-flop overlapping the other, I traced it with a marker where I wanted it to overlap, and then used a hot knife to trim one of the flip-flops, so they would fit perfectly together.  I then used Hot Glue, to connect them, so it's now all one piece.  The rest is self explanatory, as I'm sure you can see, it was just all about layout and embellishing.  I coated the sign that says "Welcome Summer" with clear crackle paint for effect. 

Sooooo, there it is, one of my craziest of altered items, but ohhhh it was SOOOO MUCH FUN!!!  and SEE?  I knew I would find a nice use for those flip-flops.  =)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Citrus Splashin' Summer!!

Are you feeling HOT HOT HOT where you live?
In the Midwestern United States, we are certainly feelin' the heat with record temperatures!
So I thought I might interest you Belles n' Whistles fans with a fun little creation today to soothe some of those sweltering heat waves!
They are having a fun time cooling off in the pool underneath that bright sun! :)
I've used the darling Splashing Good Times stamp and took out the sun stamp from the Dessert, Mr. Sun and Fishbowl stamp set of the Changeables Collection to make a fun Summer Splash Scene.
I've colored the image in with my Copics markers and added some chalk for the grass and sky areas.  Of course I topped it all off with lots of sparkle and shine!  As you can see, my main theme here are the Summer colors with sort of a "citrus" feel.  So if you are feeling a bit hot, why not stay inside and get your Belles n' Whistles stamps out to play!  There is always a really fun challenge going on that started Monday over at the Belles n' Whistles Challenge Blog...hope you stop by to check it out and play along!!

I've entered this card in a couple of fun challenges going on:
*Belles n' Whistles - lace or ribbon or BOTH!  (I've got both across the center of my card!)
Paper Play - Summer Citrus Splash
DYSU? - orange
Sweet Stampin' - Playing in the Summer Sun
The Corrosive Challenge - Summer Colors
A Spoonful of Sugar - Here Comes Summer

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today!!  Hope you've enjoyed my card and don't forget to subscribe to our blog here so that you don't miss a single inspirational project from the Belles n' Whistles DT as well as fun things that happen right here on the blog!!  Hope to see you around! :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Hello there!  Hope you're all enjoying the beginning of a new week wherever you are!  :)  We are getting such a lovely treat in Las Vegas .. the weather here has been wonderful!  We'll enjoy it now before it starts hitting 110 - 115 degrees!  lol!!!

Today I've made a card using Belles Strawberry Tea.  She is so adorable taking such great care of her teddy bear friend.  :)

Well, I do hope you'll stop by our Belles 'n Whistles Challenge Blog and join us in our current challenge .. "Use Ribbons or Lace or Both" .. how easy is that?  :)  We'd love to see you there!

Thank you so much for stopping by .. have a most beautiful day!!!


Friday, June 3, 2011

A fairy dance

 Good morning to all of you.
 It is Friday and weekend. This means that I can spend some time at my crafting room. I have so many beautiful fairy stamps that I can use om my cards.
This time I have used "A fairy dance". Isn't she beautiful?
 The image is coloured with distress ink, refillers. All the edges are inked and sewed. I have used some stickles, star dust, to the fairys wings. I have decorated my card with a lot of flowers and pearls. I have also added a napkin, charms, tag, ribbon and lace.
Thank you for stopping by.
Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Masc. card.....

Good Morning!!
I had to make a card for my nephew ~ which
I dread! LOL They just aren't so pretty but it needed to be done!
I have to admit that I don't have much paper for them either!

I decided to go with "Wheeling By" and I have put a present in his wagon.
As far as boy images go I just really like this one and pick him up
for every boy card!! LOL I will have to change him out soon
as I can't use him for the same cards 2 years in a row! haha

The image was colored with distress inks and twinkling h20's.
I went around every edge with a glitter pen but I was not
able to capture that in the picture!!  I won't complain that the sun
was just to bright to put the card in it!! (But it was!)

Anyways thanks so much for stopping by and I hope
you all enjoy the day today whatever you may be doing!