Saturday, April 21, 2007

Cruisin' with Bella

As soon as Emma announced this Bella I just HAD to have her. And thankfully, my wonderful friend and upline Rachel bought her for me for my bday!! :-)

My first car out of college was a brand new 1993 Toyota Corolla. How boring!! So, several years later (well, I guess only about 4) when I decided I wanted a new car, my then boyfriend (now husband) didn't balk too hard at the idea of me getting a convertible. Actually...I had fallen in love with the Toyota Celica. It was such a CUTE car! All rounded, with big bug-eyed headlights. I HAD to have it.

Oh, I did my due-diligence. I test drove the Mitsubishi Spider, the BMW Z3, the Mazda Miata, but nothing compared to my wonderful little Toyota. So, I bought one! It was all black, with a black leather interior, cloth top, and glass rear-window. I LOVED that car with all my heart, and when I was driving, we were one. Have you ever had that kind of relationship with a car where your thoughts of what you want the car to do seem to magically get transferred to the car? I imagine that is how it is for people who have their own horse when riding. For me, the best way to spend a sunny afternoon was to take my car for a drive on the winding roads up in the Santa Cruz mountains with the top down. That was my zen!

Of course, in 2002 (just 4 short years later) when I got pregnant, I could barely get in and out of the car at just 5 months, so I had to sell it and trade in my fun, carefree lifestyle for a Subaru Forrester. Oh well!

Ok...sorry for the rambling. I guess the news that my Sisters just bought a brand new Porshe 911 has me waxing poetic over sports cars. I think I just need to go rent one and take it for a drive on the autobahn this summer....maybe I'll drive down to Strasbourg.

So, Cruisabella. I colored her with my blender pen again (gotta fill up those aquapainters...and find my missing one!) and ink refills. I based it loosely on SCS sketch 118. I decided that angular cut piece would make a cool road. I drew the lines with my white gel pen, then added the sentiment from Loads of Love Accessories in some HPH, and it was good to go! Hope you enjoy!!

Oh, almost forgot to add - when I showed cruisabella to my husband to get coloring advice, he looked and said "looks like a '67" to which I said "Stingray, right" and his response was "no, just a corvette, they didn't call them stingrays back then." Guess it's a guy thing!

Stamps: Cruisabella by Stamping Bella, Loads of Love Accessories
CS: Old Olive, Basic Black, Confetti White
Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Basic Black, Real Red, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Yoyo Yellow
Acc: Zig Painty Pen, Hodge Podge Hardware, White Gel Pen, Blender Pen



  1. Hi Jana,

    I love your Bella card. You did an awesome job with the color of the car.

    I could identify with your having to give up a car that you loved once you became pregnant. :)

    I enjoyed your rambling very much.


  2. Love this Bella stamp! I too had a Toyota Celica in college - LOVED that card - bright red, 5-speed, sunroof, fat tires and all that jazz. Sucked in the winter, but I was stylin' :-)

  3. What an adorable Bella card! And I love the road!

  4. I just have to have this bella. I love your card. My first car was a triumph GT6. I stil have it parked. One day it will drive again....

    Charmaine G

  5. I just bought this stamp(my first bella) I cant wait to get it. I have a sebring convertible and I love it when I have the wond guard on and the boot I get so many looks....I guess I am in my second childhood. Love your blog I visit everyday and I have your blog on my blog roll hope you dont mind

  6. Ohhh Love it Love it Love it!!! Hmmm I don't have her yet...will have to add her to my wish list;) You did a great job girlfriend!

  7. gotta get this stamp!!! Love your card, to me she is driving on the wrong side of the road but that is cause we drive on the different side to you LOL - she is right for driving in the US - hehehe

  8. Looks awesome...she's a pretty fun stamp!


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