Friday, May 29, 2015

Where have I been?

Hello friends!
I have not blogged in ages. Work, life and traveling have ruled my world. Jack is getting ready to graduate from high school, Bryan is in baseball mode for the season and work is always busy! So all is great in our world...just super busy!

And speaking of traveling-I will be heading to Cornwall on June 12th and I will be spending the weekend at Auntie Em's! Emma invited me to teach Prima classes and I am so happy to see my friends up north...

Here are the classes I have on the schedule (all the prices are in Canadian dollars). Call the store to reserve your spot, 1-613-938-4888!


Card Class Friday, June 12th 6pm
Build A Card Buffet:
Cards are so fun to create and even better when you can add your own special touch. Each card you create in this class, will be customized by YOU! I will share techniques and ideas on the base of the cards and then you are free to add any embellishments you like to finish it off. You will also have an opportunity to try the new watercolor pencils, stamp with new images, play with art mediums and choose from a large variety of gorgeous embellishments.

Sparkle and Shine Layout Class
Saturday, June 13th ~ 9:30am
Let’s explore a variety of elements to create the perfect background for our layout. We will add interesting layers and dimension using a variety of mediums, tools and embellishments to customize this project. Cari will guide you through each and every step using stencils, pastes, color bloom sprays, stamps and more for a one-of-a-kind look that is sure to make your photos shine!

Lush and Layered Layout
Saturday, June 13th ~ 2pm
Join Cari for this multi-layered layout class, filled with lush flowers, cameos and greenery. All of these elements together will make the perfect backdrop for your special photos. Plus I have a few surprises up my sleeves for adding extra photos or hidden journaling within our “garden”. Don’t miss out on this class filled with techniques and neat ideas.

Vintage Chic Canvas Album
Saturday, June 13th ~ 6pm
This gorgeous little album will be the perfect backdrop for those special occasion photos-new or old! On the canvas covers, we will create a dimensional background plus add a subtle color scheme and finish it off with a beautiful cluster of flowers! On the inside of the book, we will create custom pages and adorn them with floral and pearl embellishments with a hint of glitter throughout the book. We will have so much fun creating these little masterpieces with all of the Prima pretties packed in this kit!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I really hope to post more often from now on and share what I am up to! Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mixed Media Collage Canvas on Live with Prima

Hello friends!

I am adding a post about my Live with Prima show that I hosted tonight and I have a little giveaway too! At the end of the show-I announced that I would be giving away the second canvas I made on the show, so here it is!

I created this lovely garden style canvas using brand new Prima flowers, glitter, vellum butterflies, bling and more!

You can see all of the steps and techniques right HERE on the show! So leave a comment and I will choose a random winner from the comments on Monday the 19th at 12:00am ET. Open to all!

And here is a list of products that I used. Some are new and will be in stores in February and some are available now, ie: Color Bloom Sprays, 12x12 Bamboo stencil, threaded wire, glass beads, pastes and gels.

Prima Products:
962715-Midnight Blue Glitter
961688-Glass beads-Licorice
579401-SIIC Timeless Memories
579746-Wood with Gold Foil-Hearts and Phrases
573898-Cobalt Color Bloom
573782-Soft Teal-Color Bloom
573850-Lime Wedge-Color Bloom
580322-Deep Teal-Color Bloom
961411-Modeling Paste
961381-Art Basics 3D Gel
572013-Wire Thread-Sage
572174-12x12 Bamboo Stencil

Extra Materials:
8x8 inch canvas from JoAnns
Palette Knife
Fabri Tac

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you enjoy the class...xoxo Cari

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Winter Wonderland Jars

Hello friends!
This is the time of year I love to craft...I just love making Christmas projects! And I had this little jar of Mini Wood Dolls that were begging to be used...

In the Mini Wood Doll jar-you get an assortment of guys and gals, for different seasons, holidays, styles and themes. First of all-they are adorable on their own! But of course you want to customize them for your projects too.

There are 30 dolls in the jar, so you have a variety of dolls to choose from and use for multiple projects. I tested and colored the dolls with a variety of markers and pencils to see what effects I can get on the wood surface.

Here are the top choices for coloring:

1-PITT Pens by Faber, especially the White. This white pen showed up the best but  you did need to add more than one layer. It is also a great primer before adding colors.

2-Sharpie Glitter Paint Pens-so fun and glitzy! The sparkle is amazing as well as the color.

3-Permopaque Pens by Sakura-the color sits on top of the wood and color stays true. These are harder to find in stores

4-Colored Pencils-these work well-but dont press too hard-the wood begins to splinter.

5-Copic Markers-color is good and you have lots of choices colorwise too.


Prepare the dolls! Cut off the little circle at the top with scissors. I dabbed the now bare cut off area with a dark brown ink to match the rest of the sides of the doll. Walnut Stain Distress ink by Ranger is a perfect match. Color as desired...test colors on the backs of the dolls to see how they will look.

Once you have your little people colored and "dolled" up for a project-the sky is the limit! I found these jars at Target in the dollar section and in Michaels. I needed to find jars that were plain-no designs and minimal script on the glass.

Wash the jars before creating your project. They are dirtier than they look-inside and out. I bought sets of little sisal trees at Hobby Lobby and Michaels. I got the green ones and added an accent color by spraying them with Lime Wedge Color Bloom spray. The two-tone green looks cool and matched the colors of green I used on the wood dolls too.

Gather up fun trims, twine, ribbon and little accents to add to the tops of the jars.  

Wouldn't these be cute to give to a family and dress up the dolls to look like their kiddos? 

I punched out paper circles using my Marvy circle punch, then hot glued the dolls and trees to the paper. Test the size of the circle to make sure it will fit in the jar first-adjust size as needed.
Add a strong glue to the bottom of the jar and slip the whole scene into place. Then add enough snow to cover the paper and bottoms of the trees and dolls.

Add pom-pom trim around the lid using a strong glue along with bakers twine and cute button. A tag with a stamped sentiment would be nice too!

Add two or three trees varying in size for added interest. I love the look of clustered trees.

This little jar is the actual packaging the wood dolls come in. For this, I glued the tree and deer to the paper circle and glued the scene to the lid of this jar. Add snow to the glass, then place lid on top of glass and turn upside down. The little deer can be found at Michaels in the miniatures section with the Christmas stuff. Four come in a pack and the brand is Art Bin.

So here they are, bunched together, looking so cute and festive. You could add stringed lights around them or display on a pedestal or tray grouped together.

Hope you enjoyed this post and it got you inspired to create some of your own! 

911041-Julie Nutting Wood Dolls-Prima
573850-Lime Wedge Color Bloom Spray-Prima
Sisal trees, Deer and Ball Jars-Michaels
Fake Snow-Michaels, Hobby Lobby
Bakers Twine-May Arts
Green Dot Ribbon-Creative Impressions
Skinny Green Trim-Amuse Studio
White Pom Pom Trim-JoAnn's
Hot Glue Gun
Fabri Tac or Quick Grip Glue by Beacon
Walnut Stain Distress Ink by Ranger

Thanks for stopping by! xoxo Cari

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