Monday, July 25, 2011

Vintage Paper Bag Mini Swap

Hello friends and visitors!!
Welcome to my blog.
I have made something so fun..and have it linked up to Simon Says Stamp and Show...anything goes!!
So step by their blog and see all the fabulous DT work...and entries!
This is a paperbag mini album that I am doing for a swap at
Here is the front cover...I think I may have done some earlier posts with this, but it is finished now.
The image is from Gecko Galz and it was our July Bella Muse
at Bella Creations.  That FABULOUS brown Flower was made by my sister Bella...Carla.  Feel free to stop by and grab this image to play with.
Here is the back of my Mini album
This sweet yellow Rose is one of my favorites that I found at the
Graphics Fairy.  The stamping is done using a stamp that I drew, and hand carved.  I used some May Art trim..(green leafy trim) throughout this mini, because it is one of my favorite!!
I wrote a sweet little message to make it more personal for the one receiving it in the swap.
Here are some inside photos
The pink roses are one's I painted in GIMP, and used my Silhouette SD to cut no fussy cutting for me!!
  All stamping is done in vintage photo with stamps I drew and carved myself.
The doily and some of the patterned papers came from the 
Southern Charm Bella Creations kit.  You can find it in the right column on our blog.  It is a FABULOUS kit!!
A journal tag that I created using my Silhouette SD and a Gecko Galz image.  Some more stamping..and as well some doodles with a perfect medium pen..and perfect pearls in perfect copper!  My fav!!
Here is the photo side.
Pattern Paper from the Bella kit.  All flowers (except flat digital ones) came from the Flying Unicorn Store.  Charms I found on Clearance at Michaels a while back :-)
Another Shaped Tag I created using the Gecko Galz image.  PP from the Bella kit..and some more of my stamps.
Here is the journaling side
I finally used the Dress Form that I drew and created into a stamp using the Teresa Collins stamp maker.  It looks awesome on this tag.
Here is a shot of the binding
I used Cardboard to create my cover.  I punched two holes with my Crop a Dile big bite and slid in a Timmy bronze D ring to hold the fabby trims.
Some of the tags that slide into the top of the mini.  The pink rose is one I painted in GIMP.  One side is for a photo..the other side for Journaling.  I added Flower embellishements to these.
Some more tags
I created this tag using the book paper that comes in Alda's flower packages that you FUN!!  Alda owns the Flying Unircorn.  Pansy from Geckogalz...and Rose and leaves on the pansy are from Graphics Fairy.
Some of the inside pages....
Pictures can slide under that brown ribbon :-)
Inside front cover.  New image from Gecko Galz...and fabric and polka dot pp from the Southern Charm Bella Kit.
Inside back album cover.  I love using seed beads as my centers for flowers.
Another pocket to hold photos..tags...etc
Shaped Photo Matt above
flip side...shaped Journaling spot below
Oh...and a sneak peak at what is to come from 
Gecko Galz in August.
This is one of the fabby images ..I used it to create a tag for this album
How can you NOT love this Maniquin???
Here is the flip side
Here are the cards I created earlier this month....
Crafter's Companion Sponsor gave us some fabby fairies to play with..just click the link and it will take you to that post to see the front of the is the insides.
I added them to my mini album.  The person who gets it..can use them to hold a photo and some journaling...or mail them out to a loved one :-)  That large rose is one I painted in GIMP.
Please check out my 
Gimp Tutorial Page.  I promise it is easy peasy..and FREE.
Here is the other card
These images are all from Graphics Fairy.
So glad you stopped by and sorry about the Long post!!
Hope you enjoyed my mini album...and it inspires you to create and share!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Gecko Galz and Bella Creations Oh la la Tag

Hello friends and Visitors..and Welcome to my Blog. has been a short while since I have posted.  I have been a busy!
So..on to some fun!
I created this Gorgeous tag using the image(s) provided by
I used GIMP to paint my dancer..and add pansies to her headpiece and skirt, (If you would like to learn how to use the free program GIMP just click on the link above).
I also used GIMP to create a flower place around my Tiny Dancer.  You can find them Here.  LeeAnne has a great sale going 4 Collage sheets, get the 5th free!  Here Digital collage sheets are sold two sheets per set (for $2.00).
Here is the one I used to create my frame

So this set would be $2.00.  Here are the die cuts I created from the images..on my Silhouette SD below.
Here is my finished Tag
I created two stick pins...for the Bella Uniqe Stick Pin Challenge.  Please check it could win an awesome prize!!
Here are some close ups...
The pink flowers on the sides...and little white rosebuds all came from The Flying Unicorn.
A few more close ups...
 One last picture of the finished piece...
I am linking this up to The Shabby Tea Room.  This week they have a beautiful inspiration photo...and they ask that you use a charm! The DT has some great inspiration pieces...So give them a visit!
 Have a great Day!!


Monday, July 11, 2011

New GIMP Challenge Blinkie

Hello Friends and Visitors!
Today I thought I would make a fun blinkie to share with all of those who have taken part in my First GIMP Challenge over at
I used some fun images from both
GIMP Badge
So if you completed the first challenge, please send me a message and I will send you the code for this fabulous Gimp Blinkie!!
I do have a time limit over at Bella Creations for individuals to win a little RAK from me...but if you would like to take part in the challenge so you can earn this blinkie...just follow the link below
to get all the directions!!
Heather's GIMP Challenges
I promise using GIMP can be fun and rewarding!  You don't even have to be that computer savvy. 


Saturday, July 09, 2011

Bella Tres Chic Challenge: Graceful

This month the Tres Chic Challenge at Bella Creations
is Fabulous!!
First off ....the style is Romantic...and I have done a sketch! 
 If you have purchased the July "Southern Charm" Kit from Bella's,
you will find the die cuts of the ballerina and Birdie song below,
in this month"s kit..
(I created the die cuts specifically for this kit and the sketch)
This month's kit has patterned paper from Melissa Frances..the 
5th Avenue papers.  Please check out the link above to see all the beauties you will receive in the kit.
Here is my take on the Sketch
I created the die cuts using Graphic Fairy Images,
My Ballerina die cut is backwards...because when I was cutting her out..I had the image both facing left and right..and this one turned out...while the other accidentally ripped.  Here are some close ups
All the flowers were from the kit or made with paper from the kit and cut on with my Silhouette SD (except for the two tiny brown roses..those are from my stash).  
I used the sweet sequins from the kit to add some sparkle just above the fabulous Gecko Galz Ballerina Image.  This is the image that you can use in my Sister Bella DT Member Helene's 
July Oh La La Challenge.
Here are some more closeups
Here are some lovely journaling spots..just got to figure out what I want it to say....I created my own mask and inked around them with vintage photo to create some of the flowers images on the paper.  I then used perfect pearls to to outline the petals..and freehand some leaves.  
I used antique buttons for the flower centers.
I just loved using the sequins to create flower centers..and the flower shaped sequins to create tiny flowers.  I inked all the flowers that came in the kit with vintage photo.  Here you can see more of my hand doodled leaf details....and sparkly heart gem.
I created this cute little stick pin using the fabric piece that came in the kit...and a pin that I had in my stash.  You can see some of my masked flowers.
Here is a close up of some sequin flowers and the Bella Ballerina die cut I created.  You can see some of my perfect pearls doodle leaves too :-)
The kit this month is Fabulous!! 
Beautiful papers!
I am linking this layout up to 
Flutterbywednesdays!  Please check out their site...lots of inspiration there!!


Bella Fairies

This month the Bella Tres Chic Challenge 
at Bella Creations is being sponsored by the fabulous 
Crafter's Companion!!  They will be giving away the prize below to one lucky Bella.  
Talk about fun..the Crafter's Companion sent Lacee the creator of Bella Creations one of these same kits for her to split up and send to the DT to play with. I just LOVE this kit.  A girl can create a lot of beautiful things with this kit!!
Here are some of the things I have created.
I used the fabulous pink fairy and butterfly stamp to place on one of the inside pockets of my mini album.  I have some other pages in my album that I used goodies from this kit..I just need to get photos.
Here are a few cards and envelopes that I created using my share of this fabulous Card kit.
I used the stamps that I received to stamp (black stazon ink) all over one of the envelopes from the kit.  I used a paper flower I created..and some lace to dress it up just a tad.  Ranger's Distress inks in Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick and Vintage photo were used.
I used the same inks on the card itself, and then used one of the rub ons..."Have a wonderful day"..and one of the fabby 3D fairys, butterfly and gems.  I made another paper flower and added some trim and leaves.
Here is another card.  This time I used Ranger's Distress ink in Vintage photo, the butterfly stamp, rub on and fairy image as well as the card base came from the kit.  
This card uses the cute little fairy rub on, gems, card base, stamps and photo corners that came in the card kit.  The LOVE brown stickers came from the Bella Creations July Kit which you can purchase on the Bella Creations Blog.
The Tres Chic Challenge this month is simply to create a stick pin.
I created two here on my mini cover below..the first one is the cute pink flower pin (from my Bella July Kit) with beads from my stash.
I used a Tim Holtz pin to create the second one below.  I just added some glass beads from my stash.
Hope you check out the Challenge at you have the opportunity to win the fabulous gift from Crafter's Companion.


Friday, July 08, 2011

Bella Creations "Southern Charm Kit"

Hello Friends and visitors...I just got home today from a short vacation.  I will have to say it was fun, but I am glad to be home.
Right before I left..I created these projects using the
Here is my Bella Muse project.  I used the 
This is a mini album cover.  The Ballerina image is from
Gecko Galz and I just altered it a little.
You can use this image and create something fabulous for our 
Here is an up close of my image.  The frame is also from Gecko Galz, and I inked it, used some glimmer mist..and Utee to make it all pretty and glitzy.
The Paper from the kit is the fabulous Melissa Frances 5th Ave papers!  The Fabric that I used as binding, flowers, leaves and pink stick pin...all came in the Southern Charm Kit.
The awesome brown flower was made by our own Bella DT gal..
Carla!  I loved it so much..she is making me a LOT more..:-)
Here is a photo of the inside...
The inside is not quite I will post photos of it as soon as I have them.
Have a great day!