For Whom the Bella Toiles

Stampin up belle toile

Yes, I'm a literature geek (BA, English, won't say the year 🙂 and find humor in that title (think Ernest Hemingway).  I simply couldn't resist.  However, I'm just as passionate about stamping and am finding plenty of uses for the Bella Toile background stamp, including my last post.

Also, topping my list of things I adore, is Stampin' Up!'s exclusive Top Note die.  After stamping Cameo Coral card stock with the Bella Toile background (Riding Hood Red Ink), I zipped it through my Big Shot with the Top Note die for this delightful design.   TIP:  Look closely at the details of the tiny dashed border . . . all minature cuts made by the die. 

Both the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Stampin' Up!'s exclusive dies(and more) will be available to order on-line here beginning September 2.  Check out these candy bag toppers I created with the same Top Note die.  I just love versatility!

The flowers are from Stampin' Up!'s Pretties Kit, dyed to matching using a Riding Hood Red Ink Refill (just a few drops in a bit of water) and a So Saffron Marker.  TIP:  I prefer the markers for speed and less mess–but since there aren't Stampin' Up! markers for the In colors, I used the reinker for the red flower.

The sentiment (Fundamental Phrases) was stamped with Riding Hood Red and popped out using a Small Oval Punch.  TIP:  Experiment with stamping on colors other than Vanilla and White (note red on cameo with the Top Note above) . . . the combinations are endless.  I adhered it with Stampin' Dimensionals for a snug fit and placed a Hodgepodge Styled Silver Label Holder on top.  Two Pretties clear rhinestone brads deck the sides. 

The flowers are assembled using a Pretties clear rhinestone brad and one of the new Filigree Designer Brads.  Cutie.  The 5.5 x 4.25 base of Riding Hood Red Textured card stock provides a rich backdrop to the bling!

Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary

Stamp Set:  Bella Toile Background, Fundamental Phrases
Paper:  Riding Hood Red Textured, So Saffron, Cameo Coral
Ink:  Riding Hood Red, So Saffron Marker, Riding Hood Red Ink Refill
Cool Tools:  Big Shot, Top Note Die, Small Oval Punch
The Perfect Touch:  Designer Brads (Filigree Assortment), Pretties (Flowers and Clear Rhinestone Brads), Hodgepodge Hardware Styled Silver Label Holder, Stampin' Dimensionals

NEED A CATALOG?   All items listed above are current in Stampin' Up!'s Fall Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog (over 200 pages).  You can download the entire catalog (click the butterfly photo) for free on my right side bar or click here to order your own copy.


  1. This card is so cheery! I loved your title too, very clever… I’m still smiling. I memorized that John Donne piece I won’t say how many years ago and still like it!

  2. Michelle M. (mcstamperNE)

    LOVE your title to this post (I’m an English major, too). I had been wondering if the Top Notes die would fit on a “regular” card front, so thanks so much for posting this lovely project!

  3. Beautiful. That die looks great!

  4. Mary, this is just gorgeous!!! Thanks for the details…love your *TIPs*!!
    Blessings, Maria

  5. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of the BigShot diecuts you’ve teased us with.:)

  6. Colleen Moreland

    Mary, I love this card. I love the stiching effect also. You did great!!
    The colors are wonderful, very cheerful!!

  7. Great card, Mary That top notch die looks so awesome!! Can’t wait to get that one. Great card, nice bright colors!!

  8. Beautiful Card! I enjoy how much fun you have describing them and making them!

  9. Colleen Kramer

    Oh so pretty! I think the Bella BG and the top note die were made for each other!

  10. Mary – this is so beautiful!!! Love the new flower hardware!!!

  11. Bright and beautiful Mary!

    The top notch die looks like you could use this in many different ways. It would be good for scrapbooking. I could see this as a background for a picture or use it to journal on. The possibilities are endless!

  12. I’m trying to resist something in the new catalog, but, Mary, you make it nearly impossible. Added the die, added the papers, added the ink. My Wish List is 109 pages long.

  13. Grace Lange-Way

    Hi Mary:

    I can’t wait to see the dies for the Big Shot. I absolutely love what you’ve done with this card. Just gorgeous!

  14. This is just gorgeous Mary! I LOVE the colors! I didn’t think I wanted the Big Shot at first but now I am thinking it is probably going to be a must have! I love everything you create with it! I have a question for you though. Do you know if we can use embossing folders with it? I have been wanting a cuttlebug but think a big shot would be better (especially if I want to demo it). Thanks for your help! 😀


  15. WOWW, your card is so beautiful!!!
    God bless

  16. Marie Donnelly

    Mary, I laughed out loud at the title of that post!!!
    Really pretty card!

  17. She’s back!!! Beautiful card, it was worth the wait. Can’t wait to get that die to make bag toppers for all the holidays.

  18. Love this top notch die! You keep tricking me with that background stamp. I keep trying to figure out what DSP it is. 🙂

    Check out my post today… but please don’t feel obligated to play along. You’ve been nominated twice this week.

  19. Love this top notch die! You keep tricking me with that background stamp. I keep trying to figure out what DSP it is. 🙂

    Check out my post today… but please don’t feel obligated to play along. You’ve been nominated twice this week.

  20. Ohhhhhh, Mary….this is stunning! I love the saffron flower with the pink and red of the rest of the card. Gorgeous!

  21. Mary, I browse your blog daily and it is on the top of my list of favorites. You do beautiful work. TFS.

    I am particularly thankful for the Big Shot samples since I just received mine and have not played that much. I look forward to tomorrow’s post 😉


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