Blue Swirl Acrylic Pen

April 1, 2008 - 9:07am

Today is my friend, Sandie's birthday (Happy Birthday!) and I gave this pen to her this weekend when she was over at my house. People either love the way this pen looks or they hate it. I have really small hands so the larger grip end is hard for me to hold. But I do like how this particular acrylic material turned out.

Blue Pen

Blue Pen

I was also given this Art Award from Lorie the other day! Thank you for thinking of me Lorie! This is the Arte Y Pico award. The award is given to bloggers who share their art creations through blogging. Here are the rules...

  1. You have to pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.
  2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
  3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
  4. Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

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Art Award

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Andi

  

Ipodabella

April 2, 2008 - 10:42am

This is Ipodabella. I think she is really cute. I got a couple images of her from a swap I did. I made this card really simple. I have a number of images I colored just to try out my new markers and then I was adding them to cards. This is one of them! :) I added some glitter to the clear baubles to make them stand out a little more. I love this effect. Enjoy!

(I apologize for the crappy picture. I have been a little lazy with my picture taking recently.)

Andi

Bella Card

  

Bella Bin

April 3, 2008 - 6:00am

This is my bin/tin I have been using for my Bella images. I used to keep my bella stamps in here until Sandie gave me my wonderful binder for them. This first picture is a picture of the top of it. I used an image I had with all sorts of stamping girls on it and added some flowers. Then I used some crystal gems in some of the flowers and added loads of glitter.

Bella Bin

This is the front of the tin. I wanted this to be the front so I can have more images in the bin. I used stampingbella on the front and added some ribbon and glitter as well as more gems. This way I know which way my tabs are facing. I would undoubtedly always open it backwards if I didn't have this on the front.

Bella Bin

And this is what I have on the inside. I cut up a bunch of index cards and used the tab punch. I cut the tab in half and glued it to the index card. I also printed labels with all of the bella names on it. I only used the ones I have images of for now and when I get more, I can add to it. I also have a couple tabs in there for words and miscellaneous images. (And yes, I know they aren't in alphabetical order...I decided I didn't care after working on this for hours!)

Bella Bin

I am so exited to have these more organized. I think it will be much more useful this way! Enjoy!

Don't forget that tomorrow is Featured Crafter Friday! You won't want to miss this special lady!

Andi

  

Featured Crafter Friday

April 4, 2008 - 5:00am

Featured Crafter

Meet Lauren Meader!

  

Grumpabella

April 5, 2008 - 6:00am

This is one of my favorite Bella images. I wish I could use it for everything, but I don't know how I would use it for a thank you card. (Which is something I need to make more of right now.) Anyone have any brilliant sentiment ideas for Grumpabella as a thank you card?

I used my photo corner punch from Stampin' Up!. I just love this punch. This was another image I had sitting around that I had colored when I first got my new markers. I also love this color combo lately. I am predominantly a black color person, but I have lately been liking things in brown. This will cause problems as I do not own brown shoes. Just black. Scary! :) Enjoy!

Andi

Bella Card

  

Eh....

April 6, 2008 - 6:00am

Eh is what I have to say about these cards. Well, this first one is ok. Nothing that I think is fabulous or anything, but not so bad. I used a large scallop circle for the flower and stuck a smaller scallop and "joy" embellishment in the center.

Bella Card

This one I just don't like how it turned out at all. I think the colors of the bella are too bright for the card background. Nothing came together well on this card and I wanted to show it with another one because I couldn't justify giving this card it's own post! I loaded on tons of glitter to try to cover up the colors. So I guess, it really sparkles and that is good! Enjoy...if you can! :)

Bella Card

Andi

  

Jammybella

April 7, 2008 - 6:00am

This is a cute new Bella I have and she just looks so darn comfy! I colored her a while ago and made a number of cards at one time. You can probably tell from the slight resemblance to a couple of the previous cards. I love the way the photo corner punch looks behind the image. I also like the flowers in the opposite corners. This is a really simply layout, but the pattern card adds enough other action to this otherwise simple card. Bella also has glitter on all of the flowers in her jammys and on her slippers. And the pink matches in person much better than this picture showed! Enjoy!

Andi

Bella Card

  

Monkeys

April 8, 2008 - 6:00am

I bet you can hardly believe it...a NON-bella card! :) I love this Changito image from Stampendous. I made a few 3x3 cards and added different sentiments on each. They say "thanks a bunch," "hang in there," "hi," and "go bananas." I had the first two sayings and the other two I put together with clear letter stamps. I added a couple baubles and put glitter on them. I have no idea what I am going to use these for, but they were fun to do! Enjoy!

Andi

Monkey Card

  

From A Friend

April 9, 2008 - 6:00am

I was given these cards by Sandie when she was over at my house a couple weekends ago. These were a couple cards she had on hand and thought I should have. The first is a bella card. I love how sparkly it is! She put so much glitter on the dress and the colors are great!

RAK Card

The next is a waterfall card. I had never seen one of these in person and it's so cute. You pull the ribbon at the bottom and it shows each of the pictures that are hidden as you pull on the string. This starts with lemons...and moves to a cocktail! How cute. Thanks, Sandie!

RAK Card

RAK Card

RAK Card

RAK Card

RAK Card

Andi

  

Hot Pink Pen

April 10, 2008 - 9:02am

This is probably my favorite pen so far! I made this one for myself and I use it all the time. It's made out of acrylic and is so soft and smooth. And hot pink of course! I have made a couple other wood projects recently that I will have to get on here soon. :)

Also, don't forget to come by tomorrow for Featured Crafter Friday. This lady is quite talented. And if there is someone you would like to see me feature, let me know and I will try to get in touch with them. Or if you want to see your face and work up here....let me know! :) Have a great day.

Andi

Pink Pen

  

Featured Crafter Friday

April 11, 2008 - 5:00am

Featured Crafter

Meet Jillian Winters!

  

Baby Shower Cards

April 12, 2008 - 5:00am

My hubby's step mom needed some baby shower invitations made for her niece's shower coming up. I was more than happy to help her out! This is a bit of an unconventional style for shower cards, but I thought the new mom would like them. I made 15 of them for her, so I included a picture of the pile of them! I love how big piles of cards look. I attached the flowers and added glitter to the middle of them. I also attached small safety pins to the card and added glitter to those, too. They look really cute! :) The stork also has a bunch of glitter on it...I love glitter...can you tell? :) I used some Martha Stewart clear stamp letters for most of the words and I used a clear stamp from the $1 for the word "baby". I have to say that I love the clear letters. They were a pain to take apart at first, but they are so useful! Enjoy!

Andi

Shower Card

Shower Cards

  

I Have A Job!

April 12, 2008 - 6:00am

Yesterday I accepted a legal secretary position and I couldn't be happier about it! I have been spending some time figuring out what sort of job I would like and applying to various places. This was something I didn't want pass up. I will do my best to keep up with everything on my site. I do a lot of future posts (meaning I can set them to post anytime I want) and tend to do a week's worth at a time or so. So I shouldn't get too behind. I may have to modify the frequency of the Featured Crafters as I transition back into the working world. Some of you may know that I have been working from home for over 4 years. I am ready for this new challenge and exciting new adventure. I just wanted to let you know and thanks for your patience!

Andi

  

Rock On!

April 13, 2008 - 5:00am

I love this image! This is Rockabella. I don't have this stamp, but I got some images from Sandie. I colored her guitar with gold stickles. Actually, I think the color of the stickles was platinum, but it looks gold (it has silver and gold in the bottle...which is more than you wanted to know I am sure)! I put the stickles on a couple clear baubles on the card, too. I love that I can make the baubles any color I want them! I used the clear letter stamps from Martha Stewart for the sentiment again. Enjoy!

Andi

Bella Card

Bella Cards

  

Bright Fluffles

April 14, 2008 - 6:00am

I just love this image from Stampendous. I haven't used it in a while and I am definitely going to be sure to take it out more often. I really need to make some more "thank you" cards. I never seem to have enough! I think if I were to do this again, I wouldn't round the corners on the bottom of the pattern paper. I added the ribbon as a last minute addition and wished I had left those edges square. But with the ribbon over it, it's hard to tell. So I am worrying about nothing! :) The flowers have stickles in their centers, stickles are in the center of each scallop on the circle and the baubles have stickles on them, too! Enjoy!

Andi

Fluffles Card

Fluffles Card

  

Birthday Fella

April 15, 2008 - 6:00am

I made this card for a guy friend of ours who recently had his birthday. I used Beerafella and wanted to make him a bit more birthday-festive. I used a tiny cupcake and hat stamps that I had from some $1 bin clear stamp sets. I cut them out and attached them to the card. I glued the cupcake right over the beer the fella is holding because I wasn't sure it was going to work. I am quite pleased, though. I haven't done anything like this before, but it was so much fun! I guess I need to do a little more thinking outside the box so I can come up with some more creative things like this one! I could have left the beer off the image or put the sentiment over it, but since this particular friend likes beer, I wanted to leave it in! Enjoy!

Andi

Fella Card

  

Monkey Duo

April 16, 2008 - 5:00am

This is another Stampendous image in the Changito line of stamps. I love how happy these little monkeys look. There are so many sentiments you can use with this card. But I chose to use nothing! I used my cuttlebug to emboss the dots on the bottom and added a couple flowers attached to circles which are raised on mounting tape. It's just a happy little card...and kind of makes me want to dance! Enjoy!

Andi

Monkey Card

Monkey Cards

  

Job Update

April 16, 2008 - 1:02pm

I wanted to give a little update on work! It's so fun! I am really liking what I do. I am learning so much and I am a bit overwhelmed with it all, but I have confidence that it will all start making sense soon. This is only my 3rd day and people that have been here 10+ years are still learning something new everyday! So I am just scratching the surface! But I am still going to get a featured crafter up this week. I would like a little input on your part. I will give you a few options.

  1. Would you prefer if I continued to do this every week (in which case I may solicit a little help from the crafter in picking some of their own projects to feature...it takes a long time when I am picking them out myself).
  2. Do a post every other week...say first and 3rd Friday of the month.
  3. Once a month...maybe the first of the month or the first Friday of the month or something.

So please give me a little input as to what you would like to see. I am open for any option, I would just like to see what the readers would like the most! Have a great day!

Andi

  

Fashionista

April 17, 2008 - 5:00am

This is Fashionistabella. I got a couple images from Sandie and I just love this image. I am definitely going to need to get some more from her. There is a sentiment you can get that says "friends come in all shapes and sizes" that I think would go so perfectly with this stamp. I just might have to get them one day! I used another newer cuttlebug folder on this one. I can't remember the name...texture something. (I'm too lazy to look it up!) I was a little bummed that the blue on her tape measure bled when I added the glitter. But I am guessing that many of you wouldn't have noticed had I not just pointed out my mistake! :) I also mounted the image on mounting tape too make the image "pop" a bit. Enjoy!

Bella Card

And don't forget to come by for Featured Crafter Friday tomorrow. I have yet another amazing lady to share with you!

Andi

  

Featured Crafter Friday

April 18, 2008 - 5:00am

Featured Crafter

Meet Jen del Muro!

  

Pink Rocker

April 19, 2008 - 6:00am

This is another Rockabella card. I couldn't resist. She was just so much fun to play with. I never even considered getting her until I was given some images to play around with. And since I love pink so much I had to be sure I used lots of it. I made the little circle flowers with some cutting. I may have to do a tutorial on those or something. I saw them out in "blog-world" a long time back, but I don't remember where? Anyone interested in knowing how these little flowers are made? Enjoy!

Andi

Bella Card

Bella Card

Bella Card

  

HuggyBellas

April 20, 2008 - 10:27am

This is a card I made with Sandie in mind. I sent her this card after coloring it to look like us! She loves green, so I had to put her in a green dress. She also has blonde curly hair. I have long brown hair (although not as long as it used to be) and I would totally wear this outfit! I added all sorts of glitter; to the dots, to the ribbon on "me", to "Sandie's" dress....it's such a cute card in person! Oh, and I used the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder on the green dotted strip. Enjoy!

Bella Card

Bella Cards

Andi

  

Oops!

April 21, 2008 - 6:00am

Have any of you ever had one of these days? I put the card together...all the finishing touches...everything. Then I go to stand up the card and CRAP! It's upside down! I felt so dumb. I actually sent this off before taking a good picture of the card close up. Since this was for my friend who went shopping for work clothes with me. So I cut off the back to the card and sent it as a postcard. Oops. I guess it was just one of those days! :)

Bella Card

Andi

  

Cards From Friends

April 22, 2008 - 6:00am

This was a card I got from Sandie that she sent me after I got my new job! Sandie was a Legal Secretary, so she knows all about my learning curve and is a great resource for any questions I have. Thank you for this sweet card, Sandie.

RAK Card

This card is from Colleen which I also got for getting a new job. It's so pretty in person. Thank you so much for thinking of me, Colleen!

RAK Card

This is from Carol who was a Featured Crafter a while back. She sent me this great card! It's so bright and colorful. Sorry it took me so long to post this, Carol!

RAK Card

This was a RAK I got in the mail recently from Joan. I wasn't expecting it at all! Those are the best cards! Thank you so much, Joan! This card is just adorable!

RAK Card

Andi

  

Primas Galore

April 23, 2008 - 6:00am

I made this card for a friend of a friend who had a terrible tragedy in her family. I don't know her very well, but have met her a couple times. I wanted to be sure to send a card to her, though. I hope her family gets peace and closure soon. Enjoy!

Flower Card

Andi

  

Flower Tutorial

April 23, 2008 - 1:03pm

I have gotten a few replies wanting a tutorial for the flowers I posted on this post, so I will try to get that done very soon! Thanks for interest! :)

Andi

  

Birthday Fishes

April 24, 2008 - 6:00am

My dad's birthday was last weekend and I wanted to give him a fun card. He is, by far, my best customer when it comes to buying cards. So I knew he would like whatever I made him. He likes to fish, so I knew I had to use this image. (The image is Fishafella from Stamping Bella.) I outlined the image with gray after coloring it in. I added some Crystal Effects to the fish and the worm. It's so cute in person! I also used the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder on top of some adorable lure paper. Enjoy!

Fella Card

And the card was a huge hit! He loved it!

Andi

  

Featured Crafter Friday

April 25, 2008 - 6:00am

I am going to skip this week of Featured Crafter Friday. I am going to have a great lady to share with you next week. I have not decided how frequently I am going to do this, but it just so happens that this one will fall at the beginning of the month. So we'll see what sort of time I get after that. But have no fear....I am not ending them all together by any means. Have a great weekend!

Andi

  

Docabella

April 25, 2008 - 7:00am

This is Docabella and I think it is just perfect for a get well card. My Mother-In-Law hurt her back earlier this week and I thought this would be a good time to ink this little lady up! I used a sketch layout from Beate's site. I didn't enter the contest she was having with this layout but I still wanted to give it a try. I think I will definitely try this one again. It was fun to play around with. I also love the colors...It fits well with a "get well card" because of how cheery it is! Enjoy!

Bella Card

Bella Card

Bella Cards

Andi

  

Lady Bugs

April 26, 2008 - 7:33am

This is an adorable image from Stampendous. I got this one from a friend I just love it. I think all of the Fluffle images are adorable! I used glitter paper for the green and yellow paper and used my Swiss Dots CuttleBug folder on the bottom. There is also a little glitter on the flower petals. Enjoy!

Kitty Card

Kitty Cards

Andi

  

Hanna With Tools

April 27, 2008 - 5:54pm

This is a new set from Hanna Stamps called "Tool Time". I just love this set! I had to have her because my Sister-In-Law, my hubby's mom and Step-Mom all are very good with tools. I am also much better with them than I used to be. So this is just so much fun! I love it and can't wait to use her more! Enjoy!

Hanna Card

Hanna Cards

Andi

  

Have A MFT Day

April 28, 2008 - 6:00am

This is a recent release from My Favorite Things. I am so excited to use this for Mother's Day. Now I just have to find some time to actually make some cards! I am still really tired when I get home from work, but it's getting better every day! I put a bunch of glitter on the shirt and then stamped "Have a Spendiferous Day" on the bottom. Enjoy!

MFT Card

Andi

  

Kitty in a Pot

April 29, 2008 - 6:00am

When I first saw this image from Stampendous a while back I thought it was cute. I fell in love with it when I realized the kitty had one of the leaves in its mouth. I just cracked up! I also love how guilty the kitty looks for eating the flowers! I think the card turned out really cute. I can't wait to play with this image more. Enjoy!

Kitty Card

Kitty Cards

Andi

  

Busy Busy....

April 30, 2008 - 4:52pm

Sorry I don't have anything to show you today. I worked on a couple things last night, but wasn't really in the mood. So I am not very pleased with what I came up with. I am hoping to get a little more craft time in soon. And I promise I haven't forgotten about the flower tutorial. :) I am starting to be more comfortable at my job and I think things will start to be more normal soon! I just get home and am so tired...I have no creative juice right now! But I am hoping that will change soon!

I am also working on the Featured Crafter Friday post and you will definitely want to stop by for that! She's a wonderful lady and becoming a good friend, too!

I am off to watch my hubby play softball! Speaking of my hubby...he just got a new job, too. I am so excited for him! And I know this is something he really wanted! There are all sorts of changes going on at our house! Have a great rest of the day.

Andi