Blog Hop Winner!


Carta Bella's first blog hop was so much fun.  Thank you to everyone who took part and left comments!

A big congrats to Stampinlara!
Thanks so much for your comment!

stampinlaraSeptember 25, 2012 8:20 PM
WOW, gorgeous! Love your entire blog, such talent! Thanks so much for sharing all of your creative projects.. LOVE!
Thanks to the random number generator, #94 was chosen and you are the lucky winner of a Carta Bella Paper Collection Kit of your choice. Please send me an email( with your address and which collection kit you would like to receive!

Thanks again everyone, and have a great weekend!



Altered Chalkboard Easel

I've had this chalkboard easel from Jenni Bowlin, sitting on my shelf for awhile.  I decided to turn it into a countdown to Christmas board.  Did I just say Christmas?!  I was actually tempted to make it a countdown to Halloween board, but Christmas won out!  I couldn't bring myself to start counting down yet, so I just put a winter saying on it!

This is my altered board:

I first painted the red wood with black acrylic paint.  I then covered the front with patterned paper (Authentique's Peaceful collection). I cut out the greenery with Sizzix's Decorative Strip Die, Festive Greenery and the pine cones with my Sizzix Tattered Pinecone die.  I think this is why the Christmas theme won out, I never get tired of using this pine cone die with all my projects, but usually as a flower, so it was nice to make the pine cones.  The decorative strip die has so many great small elements, that this is a favorite of mine also.  The bird and large flower were cut out from patterned paper. After inking all the paper pieces, I added in some clear micro beads and Crackle Accents on the bird and foliage.

There's a chalk pencil that comes with this board also, so I made a small holder on the back to hold it.  I also covered the back of the board with patterned paper.

Thanks for stopping by!





Today I'm sharing a layout using Carta Bella's collection, "Alphabet Junction".

This is such a cute line, how can you resist banners and hexagons! I love the cardstock and chipboard stickers too, which I used quite a lot of them on this layout.  I like sewing across the top of my banners and to get it even, here's a tip.  I cut out the banner from paper, except for the tops.  I leave about 1/8" of paper connecting them together.  I sew along the whole strip of banners, just below the connecting paper.  After sewing, I snip the paper off at the top.  
When I look at this photo of my oldest son and daughter, I can't help but think how fast time flies!  That little redhead is a fashion designer in New York and her big brother is a creative director in Melbourne, Australia.  They live so far away, thank goodness I still have my youngest living here!

Have a great day,


A Halloween Banner

Looking for ideas on how to make a Halloween banner?  Today Carta Bella Paper has a tutorial on their blog featuring a halloween banner I made.  Hope you visit me there!
If you haven't already, there's still time to enter for the chance to win a Carta Bella paper collection of your choice.  Just leave a comment on the Carta Bella Blog Hop post (previous post) and visit the other designer's blogs for a chance to win on their's too!
Have a great day,

Carta Bella Paper Blog Hop

Welcome to the Carta Bella Paper Design Team Blog Hop!  Join our Design Team on their individual designer blogs as they share their current projects using Carta Bella paper products.  Follow the blog hop list below to hop from one blog to the next.  ONE winner will be selected from EACH BLOG to receive a Carta Bella Paper collection kit of their choosing.  To qualify for the drawing, please leave a comment on each corresponding blog.  All comments are due by midnight EDT on Thursday, September 27 to qualify.
Winners will be announced on each blog on Friday, September 28, be sure to check back to see if you won!
My Carta Bella project that I am sharing today, is a cone made with the Paris Girl collection:

I purchased a paper mache cone (about 10" long) from my local craft store and covered the outside with  the backside of the patterned paper "French Dots".  The inside was painted with craft paint.  The Sugar and Spice label is one of the element stickers, which I stuck to plain chipboard and cut out, then inked the edges.  To make the ruffled trim, I cut a strip of crepe paper and machine stitched a gathering stitch down one side.  Gather the crepe paper, judge how big you want your circle and tie the two thread ends together.  To glitter the edges, I just put a strip of white glue on a scrap piece of paper and dab the edges of the crepe paper into it.  Sprinkle your glitter on the edges and set aside to dry.  The ruffles on the top are all made with Paris Girl paper.  For the black ruffle, cut your strips (these were about 1" wide and I think I cut out 3 strips) and again machine stitch a wide gathering stitch along one edge.  The secret to gathering paper without ripping it is, wet the entire strip.  I blot it with paper towel and gather it gently and let it dry.  This paper was so nice to work with!  For the pleated pink paper, I scored my strips first, folded, then stitched along the bottom edge to hold the pleats together.  I dipped the top edge just a little bit in water and bent the pleats down, then let dry.  The strip above the pleated ruffle was a strip punched out with a border punch.  Ink your ruffle edges and adhere to the top of your cone.  Adhere a thin strip of paper in between the black and pink ruffles. I hot-glued tulle to each inside edge for a handle and wrapped a little piece of ribbon around the point of the cone.  These cones make great gifts and they are so easy to create!
Here's another one I made, but instead of a hanging one; I cut about 4" off the bottom and glued the cone to a chipboard circle base covered in patterned paper.
I used the "chocolate sticker" from the Paris Girl Alpha Sheet for my front, so I thought, filling it with chocolate makes it a perfect gift!  The base was finished off with little dots of Liquid Pearls.  I loved working with this line; the combination of pink, black and grey is gorgeous!
Don't forget to visit all of the Design Team's blogs, their projects are amazing!  Remember, leave a comment for your chance to win a collection kit!
Hope you're enjoying the blog hop, your next stop is the Carta Bella Paper Blog!
Have a great day,

                              Jen Chapin   
                              Tamara Tripodi
                              Pam Brown  
                              Natasja Verbeek
                              Jan Hobbins    That's me!
                              Carta Bella Blog


A tag or two...

to share with you today.  I've been anxious to use my new Stamper's Anonymous Classic stamps (love these!) and what better way than to use them on tags!  Here's my first tag:

I used the corner frame from Classic's #7 set for this one.  I lightly inked my tag cut out from Tim Holtz's tag die with Frayed Burlap distress ink first.  Next I stamped my image with black Archival Ink, then embossed with clear embossing powder.  Since I seem be to addicted to Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst sprays, I decided to use Golden Doubloons next on my tag.  But instead of spraying directly on my tag, I sprayed my mat and swiped my tag through it.  Before I did that though, I thought let's add in some magical powder from Lindy's  to give my spray a few shots of different color.  See those dark speckles everywhere?  When the powder didn't dissolve, I realized that it was embossing powder that I had added!  Anyways, I just used my heat gun to melt it and I don't mind how it turned out.  Since I love this color of embossing powder (Lindy's Midnight Gold), I poured small amounts along the edge,
applied heat, and while hot, pressed my stamp in it.  I also did this on my little Tim Holtz playing card.
I then inked my tag a big more with Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint Distress ink, added in a tissue paper flower, cut out with Tim Holtz's Tattered Flower Die and sprayed, then crunched up, and metal embellishments.  I also dyed my ribbon with sprays and Distress stain.  I've been backing my tags with colored cardstock (this was Coredinations colored Kraft paper), and just trim so there's about 1/8" mat around the edges.  I seem to make a mess on the backside all the time, So this covers it up.
On my next tag, I used the dragonfly from Classic's #1:
I love  this stamp!  Again, I lightly inked my tag, with Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, and Broken China.  I then stamped my image with black Archival ink, and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I sprayed the tag with Lindy's Golden Doubloons.  After it was dry, I applied Crackle Accents to the left side of the Dragonfly.  For my flower, I took a metal Graphic45 flower and ran it through my machine with an embossing folder.  It didn't emboss accurately because of the thicker metal, but more or less gave it a bumpy look.  I've had a set of Ranger's Patina paints (Weathered Copper) and hadn't used them yet, so I decided to color my flower with them.  You don't need very much, (I wouldn't use nearly as much next time, just a drop of each color) after the flower dried, which was quite fast, I sanded it to let the metal show through.  To finish off my flower, I cut out some leaves and sprigs from the Sizzix Festive Greenery Sizzlit strip die, embossed with Lindy's Midnight Gold embossing powder and adhered behind the flower.  Add in some dyed ribbon, and again I backed the tag with cardstock.
I have a few more projects that I made for the Scrapbook Carnival this past weekend to share with you, but I will save those for later this week!



Halloween will be here....

before we know it, and I love making decorations for the season.  Today I have a tutorial on the Sizzix Blog where you can find out how to make this:
Hope you visit me there!



It's already time for Urban Scrapbook's September Monthly layout challenge.  I don't know where this summer has gone!  There were so many things that I wanted to do, but with our unusually hot weather this summer, I just didn't feel like doing anything in the heat.
This month the kits include patterned papers from Glitz and FabScraps.  If you like the vintage look, you will love this kit!  We all had the chipboard word "Memories" so there are some great heritage layouts on display at the store.  The dress form diecut is also from FabScraps.  The pocket envelope is cut from the Sizzix Tim Holtz envelope die with the movers and shapers butterfly die, paper flowers with the Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die (my favorite!) and the On the Edge Scrollwork die was used on the brown paper behind the photo.
This photo is of my husband's great-grandparents taken about 1900 in Wales.
Make sure you check out the other layouts from the Design Team, they are fabulous!
Have a great weekend!

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