Jan 05 2009

Bella Rose Valentine

This card serves as either a Valentine or a Thinking of You card. I like when cards can serve double duty!!! I played the Featured Stamper challenge over at SCS today to case Julie Ebersole — fun!!! This is the card I chose to case. I added a lot more to my card than the original, bothin terms of layers and embellishments,but you can certainly see the same layout used. Here it is:


I love making this type of card. It’s really quite easy and fun. There is hardlyany stamping involved, one small sentiment, and the rest is just playing with pretty paper! I used my Heart Nestabilities for the focal image, a Martha Stewart Lace Punch for my scalloped border, and some pretty ribbon and pearls for embellishments. It’s just a matter of playing with pattern and layering. To me this is kind of fun, lazy day type of stamping!!! I don’t worry about much stamping and just let all the pretty things, paper, pearls and ribbon, take center stage!!! Something I enjoy anyway!


Here’s a closeup of the stick pin I made. Kind of hard to see, but I hope you can. These are all things I got from Sabrina. Refer to this post. The stopper on the botton is an earring back from JoAnns and it was silver. I colored it with my darkest brown Copic and it now blends in with the copper colored pin just fine!!! Gotta love those Copics. They come to the rescue so often!!! This particular pin was in a new batch of things Sabrina sent me — I’ll get the maker of it and link here shortly.

Stamps: Retired SU Gentle Greetings

Paper: SU Pink Pirouette and Bella Rose DP

Ink: SU Basic Brown

Accessories: May Arts Sheer Ribbon, Kaiser Pearls, Spellbinders Heart Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Lace Punch, SU Piercer and Mat Pack, Pins, Beads and Earring Back, Glue Dots, Glue Runner from Joans Garden

On another note, my stamp room is such a mess I can barely stand to be in it and it is adversely affecting my creativity immensely. I have to stop everything and just take some time to clean it up and organize again. I’ve always wanted to do photos of my stamp room to share here — not that it is so great and wonderful, because it is just very average — but I know I enjoy seeing the stamp spaces of others, so just thought some may be *snoops* like me — LOL!!! In an effort to keep me on track with my cleaning down there, I decided to photo my room in small sections, day by day, as I get each little area cleaned up. Then when it’s all done I can do a room shot so you can put it all together. Kind of a backwards way of doing it, but the hope is that if I feel I need to post a photo here each day, maybe that’ll keep me working — LOL!!! That’s my goal, anyway!!! Hoping to have a little glimpse of my room for you tomorrow and I’ll continue to squeeze in as may simple creations as I can!!!

Thanks much for checking in!!! I truly do appreciate it!!! Hope to see you soon!!!

57 responses so far

57 Responses to “Bella Rose Valentine”

  1. Beautiful Sharon! I love the heart and pearls. Enjoy cleaning the stamp room. I actually did mine 2 weeks ago. Found all kinds of stuff, threw out a lot and I HAVE to alter all this stuff I have sitting her to alter I have vowed. ha-ha

  2. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, what a beautiful card! I love the colors and everything about it.
    Great job!

    And, I can’t wait to see your stamping room!!!!! I think everyone is feeling the same way….must get that stamping area organized. We will
    look forward to your progress!


  3. Lisa Brown says:

    Beautiful card, Sharon! And, I look forward to seeing your craft room. I know exactly how you feel about having to stop and clean up/organiz! Sometimes I just can’t work due to my creative mess!

  4. Elena says:

    Very beautiful card! I love the colors! Ribbon is so elegant!
    I would like to see your craft room Sharon!

  5. Renée says:

    totally love the paper, love the card and your pretty pin!!

    I love “snooping” through pics of others’ craft rooms, gives me great ideas for how to use and organize mine!!

  6. Cindy H. says:

    Beautiful card!! I love the colors and especially like how you placed the pearls in the heart – sort of looks like they move within the heart, lol. Love the beautiful stickpin and lucscious bow. TFS

  7. barb schram says:

    Playing with paper! Embellishments and ribbon! What can be better than that? LOVELY card, Sharon! I know what you mean about the craft room! I too, find it helpful to see other work spaces/rooms and appreciate those willing to share! Can’t wait to see!

  8. Vicki says:

    WOWZER! Sharon, this is totally gorgeous!! WOW!!

  9. Becky says:

    Omigosh! This is sooo gorgeous! Beautiful!

  10. Love this dual purpose card!! Such pretty paper! I need to pull mine out for some valentines too!! I also love your idea of teasing us with pictures of your stamp room! So fun! Can’t wait to see them all!

  11. Barb says:

    Oh my gosh! This is sooooo pretty!!! Love it!


  12. Betty says:

    Sharon, this is beautiful!!!! Love the pin and the earring back stopper. Wow!!!!! That is a good tip. I so know what you mean about craftrooms. Mine is scarry. It has been awhile since I sorted paper pieces and parts. They pile up pretty quickly. I think it is an all day job now. Doing it in sections sounds like a plan. Great work!!!!!

  13. oh my word! You’re going to have to keep this one in mind for next year’s favorites. I love it!

  14. Jerri Kay says:

    A beautiful card Sharon, I love how you make magic appear with simple designer paper, not that this paper is simple, but that you have a way of making everything look so easy, even though I know it isn’t! Am I making any sense . . . LOL!

  15. Billie myboys says:

    Sharon, this is beautiful, love the bow and pin. Due to your inspiration and the help of your Sabrina, I bought the works over the last few weeks and just today put it all together and organized my beads, pins and earing backs so I to can have “pretty” pins like you

  16. Lana Edwards says:

    Awesome card that I am absolutely gona case!
    I am eagerly awaiting your photos of your room. Thank you so much for sharing so much!!!!

  17. Julie Masse says:

    What a beautiful card! Love the colors, the design and those beautiful pearls!! Wow!! 🙂

  18. Gail S. says:

    Beautiful card! I love the pink and chocolate together! When you get done cleaning your stamp room, will you come over and organize mine????

  19. Jennifer says:

    How beautiful! I can barely walk in my craft room right now; well, on side of it anyway. I have a large execute desk, a matching console, and 4 6-ft tables on one half of the room. Every surface is covered, and I mean covered, with my “stuff”. It looks like a craft bomb went off up there. My daughter and I had to clear a path and push one of the tables out of the way so that we could play the WII. ACK!!!!

  20. Love it! It’s a beautiful card!!!

  21. rebecca says:

    Beautiful card/lovely ribbon/such nice touches. I’m hoping to catch your fever and start cleaning up my own area(s). You’re all about inspiration — and I’m all about following it!

  22. Robyn says:

    Hi Sharon!… Have just discovered your amazing blog! I liked it so much I gave you an award! Hope it will introduce lots more Aussie stampers to your site!

  23. StampinCathy says:

    Your card is just amazing! I want to see this stamp room where all the MOJO comes from.

  24. Angie Marion says:

    I love this card! beautiful colors!

  25. Carla (cmsuto) says:

    Your card is just gorgeous, Sharon! I love the soft pinks with the chocolate! The embellishments are so beautiful! I spent yesterday trying to clean up my craft room – it was a disaster after all the holiday cards and projects! I’m not done, but I can at least see my desk! TFS!

  26. Carol says:

    (Sigh) ……….this card is so beautiful and truly a work of art. (Easy, says Sharon) Well Lady – it’s only easy for people who have the gift! Sorry to be so gushy but your cards are such an inspiration – I’d love to have a whole magazine with just your ideas. Thank you for sharing them!

  27. Cheryl says:

    What a stunning card!!! I love the combination of Chocolate and pink.You really know how to make elegant cards.

  28. Kathie says:

    Beautiful Card! And a good time of year to clean craft rooms, I was doing the same and found lots of undone projects!! Onward right?! Have a great day.

  29. Stacy says:

    Beautiful card! I love that beautiful sheer ribbon.
    Love your idea to photo the room bit by bit. At my house, I would never get the “whole enchilada” since I can never keep an area clean for more than a day! LOL! I’m sure you’ll inspire us to get our areas cleaned up!

  30. joyk says:

    Gorgeous card………love everything about it!

  31. Sabrina aka okimom2girlz says:

    Wowser, Sharon, you just blow me away with your creativity!!! This is my all time favorite color combination. I don’t know what is is about brown and pink it is just gorgeous. I see I have to hook you up with some more beads :D:D:D:D!!!!!!! Let me tell you I have found these spacer beads and they double function as spacer beads and little thingies (can’t think of the right word here,LOL) that you can put under brads. Not too big, just right.
    Did you get the corsage pins? Like some of the other ladies that posted before me, I would like to see a picture too of your craft heaven. It just has to be heaven with all of those heavenly creations that come out of it :D.


  32. Norine says:

    so very pretty love the color combo and I also would love to see your room. I like looking at all the diff craft spaces

  33. Tammy H says:

    What a gorgeous card. The papers are gorgeous and all the details are so pretty! Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to get back to stamping. With Christmas and having family here (what a blast we had), I didn’t get a chance to stamp over the holidays and now I need my fix. LOL Happy New Year!

  34. Barb S. says:

    WOW!! Beautiful….I love the colors. I need to become “sabrina’s” friend too.!! LOL! Either that or I could just “walk behind her” at the stores!! LOL! Now, about that craft room cleaning…when you get done…give some pointers oh how to keep it straight and how you “file” things..you know..what goes where and what makes everything easiest to get to(or remember where you put it..ahahaha!!) Thanks for always sharing such beautiful works of your heart! Barb Shelton

  35. Laurel says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  36. Just beautiful Sharon! So romantic and sweet!

  37. Charlene says:

    Sharon..another gorgeous creation. I’m almost finished cleaning up my room and I so know what you mean about not wanting to be in there….I just know I couldn’t create something that beautiful if my room was in a mess…another testiment to your creative genius.

  38. Sherry says:

    Sharon, you have outdone yourself…..again! What a beautiful card.
    Your talent constantly amazes me. I need to clean up two stamping
    areas….before my DH throws me out of the house….LOL! Not a fun
    part of the creative process…..but a very necessary one. Thanks
    for sharing your lovely work.

  39. Amy B says:

    OMG! this is so PRETTY! I love it!!!! You are so very talented!

  40. Bev J. says:

    Beautiful card-I love the color combo.

    I really look forward to seeing your crafting room. I am very interested in a good storage system. My shared space is a retired bedroom that is the A. office-a desk along one wall where I pay bills, etc.; B. my crafting space-I use the office desk to stamp and put my cards together; C. computer/printer room on a desk along opposite wall; D. sewing/ironing room-sewing machine and ironing board up all the time; E. shelves above the sewing machine for stamps, supplies, etc. so space is tight.

    Thinking in terms of going to more wall storage. My desks are actually 6 ft. long pieces of butcherblock counter tops set on file cabinets which work very well-just need to clean out some of the file drawers which would be extra storage. tfs

  41. Rose Ann says:

    Oh my…your Valentine is soooo gorgeous, Sharon!! Beautiful papers, edging, ribbon, pin…everything!!

  42. Just beautiful, Sharon, as are ALL of your creations! I have the Bella Rose DSP, but not those dies and I’m NOT buying any more for a good long time!! hahaha!

    Keep the prettiness coming and I can’t wait to see your craft room!


  43. Gladys says:

    Loved your card today. Just beautiful.
    Looking forwards to seeing your room.

  44. Darlene says:

    Sharon this is so beautiful. I love the chocolate and pink and the pin is gorgeous. I love hearts and so instantly I fell in love with the way you did the hearts here. Thanks for sharing another wonderful creation with us.
    If this is what you do when your creativity is adversely affected and you can barely stand to be in your craft room then we are in for a real treat once you have your room cleaned up and organized again. 🙂
    I’m looking forward to seeing your craft space.

  45. Lisa P says:

    This is simply gorgeous!

  46. Janet Sisk says:

    Love the card! I can SO relate to you and your craft room. Mine is a big mess, too. Every time I go in with intentions of organizing and cleaning I just get overwhelmed and walk out again. UGH! I sure hope you have better luck than I have so far.

  47. Lisa Graves says:

    This is such a beautiful card!

  48. Heidi Brawley says:

    Wow! This card is just absolutely Gorgeous!! So elegant looking!!!! Great Job!!!

  49. marisa (whiterockmama) says:

    Loved this when I saw it on SCS and loving it just as much, if not more, when I’m seeing it here. Absolutely gorgeous card!!

  50. Desiree says:

    Very beautiful card!!!

  51. leslierich says:

    Oh, that’s so pretty, Sharon! So much style! I just love it!!! You’ll feel fabulous after you clean your stamp room. I can’t wait to see photos! I’m a snoop when it comes to other folks’ stamping spaces.

  52. Danielle says:

    I love pink and brown! This card is just gorgeous…ooh that sumptuous ribbon!

  53. This is beautiful Sharon!! I love the softness of it!!

  54. mt23stamper says:

    Victorian, delicate pinks and chocos, but earring back from Joanne’s place, lovin it! To think, I spent my most recent coupon for adhesives!! Now, a new designer cause on tap for some more mature cards in that stash going to Pat / Cards4Kids at Children’s Hospital. Wonderful tidbit! Gorgeous, eyecatching, just a treat to behold kind of card.

  55. lagatton says:

    This is so gorgeous. Thank you for your inspiration.

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