Wednesday, July 30, 2008


My name is Deborah....and I am a Bella-aholic. Group shouts back..."Hi Deborah". I know, I know, almost every project or card I have posted lately is Bella related. I can't help it, I try to resist, I take my other stamps out and oogle (is that even a word?) them from time to time, I even play with the other stamps a little, getting a little ink on them, even going so far as coloring them in. Then I feel guilty, like I am abandoning my dear Bellas. I am not strong and I fall off the wagon and go right back to the Bellas. I admit it, it's a sickness.

So here are a few notebooks that I finished last night, and yes they have Bellas on them. ;) This first one I made for my 4 year old niece. She picked out the paper on her own. I think it is from K&Company but I am not positive. Then she squealed when I showed her the Tinkerbella stamped image. Shhh....don't tell anyone but I have the same reaction. The primas are from the Prima Calypso tin collection, Costa Bright. The chipboard letters are from K&Company. I also added stickles to the stamped image. I made this second notebook for Caitlin. She has quite a few child safe websites that she plays Webkinz and Build-a-Bear...that she needed a notebook to write down her passwords, usernames and website particulars. So I created this for her. The stamped image is Clickabella (I received her from a Bella stamped image swap...which is where most of my Bellas come from as I only own a handful...for now) and the background paper is from K&Company, called Sparkly Sweet Blue Paisley Glitter. I used the same collection of primas that were mentioned in he above notebook. I added tabs from my SU round tab punch.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Scott and I spent this past weekend in Vegas to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We had SO MUCH fun! We walked up and down the strip, went into every casino, ate entirely TOO much food, but the best part of our trip was seeing Cirque Du Soleil!!! It was the most AMAZING show EVER! If you ever have a chance to see it I would strongly suggest it. We purchased tickets at the last minute, the morning of the show, as a anniversary present to each other and it was the best spur of the moment decision.

Here are a few highlights:

1) Statue of Liberty in front of New York New York.

2) Regretfully we did not take a picture of how this looks all lit up at night. Gorgeous!

3) Our gondolier. He was extremely funny and encouraged us to smooch often. Which we TOTALLY did...much to the dismay of some little boy that we happened to share the ride with.

4) Outside photo of the Venetian.

5) Indoor fountain garden at the Bellagio.

6) The Eiffel Tower Restaurant.

7) Excalibur at night.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Here is a quick notebook that I whipped up for one of Caitlin's friends. It's her birthday tomorrow and Caitlin is going to surprise her with a few gifts and a cake that Brittany is making for her to give Jamie. I love making these notebooks. They are so easy to do.

The notebook is a composition notebook that I bought from the Walmart. Right now you can buy two notebooks for $1. The stamp is a Bella Stamp called "Huggybella". The patterned paper is from K&Company. It's called Sparkley Sweet Giant Paisley. The primas are from the Prima Calypso Tins, Costa Bright. I love these primas. They are so brightly colored and you get so many in the tin. I can't recall who makes the chipboard letters but if you can't tell from the pic, they are sparkly. I love ALL things sparkly!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I'm sure you have all experienced this on more than one occasion. The more you look at a project the more and more you come up with ways you can improve upon it. It's not that I disliked how Brittany's notebook turned out. I just thought it was a little on the plain side. She also realized that she would need something a little bigger to write down recipes, tips and hints. So I made her a complete new set of notebooks. The larger one for her recipes and other things she needs to take note of and the mini one for her to keep in her purse with a list of the items she already has so she does not double up while shopping for supplies.

I bought the composition notebook at the dollar store and the smaller notebook was purchased at target for $1. I covered both with paper from Chatter Box, their Scrap Walls line, Loft Bias Plaid. I love that paper. On the larger notebook I used Creative Cafe's Classified Alphabet. You can not tell in the picture but the letters are felt and so soft. I also used Jolee's for the mini silverware attached to the primas with a little bling brad. The tabs on the larger notebook are punched with my SU Round Tab punch.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Here is a quick little notebook that I made for the new baking chef in our family. Yep, it's a Bella....I'm sure I have mentioned before that I am addicted to Bellas...right...yes I'm sure I have. This is Chefabella. I do not own her yet, I received her in a Bella image swap, but I think I will need to purchase her soon.

I made this little notebook for Brittany to keep track of all her tools and supplies that she is acquiring for her new found passion.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Our Brittany has discovered a wonderful new hobby that she just loves!! She loves baking. She wants to go to culinary school after she finishes Sierra and is hoping to make a career out of her new found passion.

So here it is, her very first cake. Isn't it just too cute?! She did such a good job and we think she has quite the talent for it. It also tastes as good as it looks.

I am helping her out with a blog of her own so that she can showcase her cakes as she makes them. So if you have a sweet tooth you may want to check out her blog listed to the right under "Brittany".


The girls and I (Arianne & Caitlin) had a blast on the 4th of July making mini albums with pictures from our River Cats outing. I printed out in triplicate all of our favorite pictures from that day and the three of us each made our own album. It was fun to see the same photos take on a different look in each of our projects. The albums were made with a pack of coasters that we bought from the dollar spot at Michael's.