Thursday, March 27, 2014

For all of you Julie Nutting fans....

Hey Friends!
I am headed to Brazil in a couple days and I am looking forward to the nice warm weather, seeing good friends and a Prima filled week with classes, demos, will be so fun!

Today, I wanted to share a really fun book I created for CHA, using the Julie Nutting chipboard house book with dolls, flowers and all kinds of pretty things! This book was a labor of love-cutting out all of the girls, choosing just the right colors and making it wonderful!

I used Prima's Free Spirit collection throughout the book. I love the bright colorful images in this line and it worked perfectly with the doll stamp images.

I mixed and matched an assortment of flowers throughout the pages-it was so fun to put them together!
I stamped and cut out the card sized dolls to add to the flower clusters-they look so cute!

The ATC pads made adding the backdrops for photos so easy! I just popped them up with foam squares and distressed the edges for a shabby look...

Don't you just love the girls mixed in with the flowers? All of the hard work cutting out the small images was well worth it!

The binding rings in the book make it so easy to work on pages and then add them in as you go...

I hope you like this project and it inspires you to create something beautiful! I will be back with more fun projects when I return from my trip! Have a great day!
xoxo Cari
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Art Venture Canada!

Hey Friends!
Sorry it has been so long since I have posted. I have been a busy girl, creating projects for upcoming events in April and I wanted to share a couple of my projects I am teaching in Cornwall Ontario, for Art Venture Canada, 2014.

I have two layout classes that weekend, April 11th-13th. I will be using never before seen Prima collections, that will be released in April. They are really stunning collections and I was so excited to create with them...I know the attendees are going to have fun with them too...

These layout were created with the new Time Traveler collection-so many vintage elements in this line that really make it so diverse. I used current photos of my brother Matt and his finance Dawn. But you could also use it for heritage, anniversary or for travel of course...


For the second class-we will create with the new Seashore collection. It has earthy color tones with vintage images from the sea. It also has generic papers that can be used for masculine or heritage themes too.

I am showing the layout within the frame, because the 12 x 12 wood frame is included in the kit for this class. Perfect for displaying in your home. You can use the frame to showcase any layout--switch it out when you have a new masterpiece to display....

I have so many cool techniques to share in both classes using the new Color Bloom sprays Prima just released. These sprays will be shipping in April too. But the attendees will be the first to "play" with these new art mediums on their projects, along with other goodies!

If you are interested in attending this amazing event, check out all of the details here: Art Venture Canada-Registration and Info

It's only about a 3 1/2 hour drive for me from Central New York....such an easy route too!
Feel free to email me with any questions:

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Cari :)

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Little snow house and an ornament to share!

Hey Friends-
It's been a while. Things have been busy in the Fennell household and I have been getting ready for the holidays of course! My shopping is finished, cookies are made and the house is decorated. So next week-I will be able to relax and spend some time at my table crafting-yay!

Tonight, I am hosting the Live with Prima show. I am altering a sweet little paper mache house with paint, paper, glitter and other goodies. Join me here to see the live show or the recorded version after it has aired. This little project is a fun, easy-last minute gift to create in time for the holidays. i also think it would be sweet to leave it displayed for some of the winter months too.

The little paper mache houses can be found at Hobby Lobby. They have a few sizes to choose from and this is the smallest one they have. I just love seeing the Putz houses all over Pinterest and they inspired me to create this project. If you don't happen to have a Hobby Lobby near by-no worries! There are several templates all over the internet, so you can create your own. You can use cardboard or cereal boxes to use as your base. Check out this blog: Cart Before the Horse She has an adorable template for the little houses she made.

Here is the show info along with everything you need to recreate this house:

Little Snow House with Cari Fennell
Thursday December 19th at 6:30pm PT/ 9:30pm ET

This little house is the ideal project if you are looking for a last minute gift idea. Not to mention how sweet it would look as part of your d├ęcor through winter months, long after the holidays are over. It can hold any number of gifts inside, or it can be used as a luminary with battery-operated candles. It provides so many possibilities and, best of all, it’s so fun to create!

Prima Products:
891756-Chalk Edger-Pastel Peach
557157-Tivona Rose
(2)-890735-Shabby Chic Resin-Windows
551506-SIIC 18 pc
571689-Lil Missy
844080-Songbird-Title It or any pretty light teal paper you have :)

Extra Materials:
Paper Mache House-Hobby Lobby
Tan Paint
Crystal Glitter
Mini Deer-Michaels-Art Minds Mini Embellishments
Glue-Mod Podge, Fabri Tac


I am also sharing a sweet little ornament that I created using some of my Prima stash and fun finds. I just love Anna's Mechanicals to use for all kinds of altered projects! Her large bottle cap was the perfect base for my ornament.  

I used a circle punch and some teal paper to cover the inside of the bottle cap-about 2in. punch worked with the largest cap in the pack. Then I colored the bottle trees with Prima chalk edgers to add a tint of color to the white trees. Then I pressed the back of the trees flat and glued them to the background. A small one and a medium one. 

Then I used modge podge at the bottom and sprinkled with some "snow". Then I glued the little deer between the trees and added a ribbon. Thats it! So easy and fun to create. 

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time...
xoxo Cari
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