Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Is it time yet?

Hey friends!!
The anticipation in this house is huge! The boys can not wait for Christmas and I added a song to my playlist that represents the feeling perfectly! It's the song from the Target commercial. LOL! We are just about ready-just need to do some last minute shopping, clean the house a bit and get ready for Uncle Matt's arrival. I have a cookie exchange with my girls Wednesday night (or as Pete calls it-Chardonnay night-haha!) I am a lot less stressed with so much crossed off my list. And i have come to the realization that not everything needs to be perfect. Why put that kind of pressure on myself-right?

Here is a Prima mini book I made using their Christmas papers, flowers and clear BAB pages. I just love the red-it's so vibrant! I mixed aquas, pinks, lime green and reds together to match the papers. This was really fun to create. I stamped some swirls using aqua colored paint and then added silver swirls too. Then added a mix of silver ribbon with lace and more ribbon on the book ring too.

I still have to add photos to the pages but it's easier for everyone to see how I put the book together without them for now. More flower clusters and cute little bling images throughout the book and areas for journaling.

I used the white backing from the snowflake Voila felt strip and layered bling snowflakes over it. All of the paper edges were distressed a bit. I also used ribbon and lace for a decorative touch to border the page. Brads and centers adorn some of the flower centers too.

It was so fun mixing and matching the flowers. Adding silver leaves and sparkly centers give a holiday feel from ordinary flowers. And another piece of snowflake backing was added to the background too.

I love the look of the felt aplhabet-it's soft and bold at the same time. And the hot pink color matches the paper too. And it wouldn't be right if I didn't add an oversized ribbon here and there too...

Can't wait to add some holiday photos to this little beauty! Thanks for stopping by! I will have another holiday project post before the big day. Hope you all have a fun creative week...

xoxo Cari

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Candy Wreath for the holidays!

Hey friends!
I finally made my candy wreath video! Time has been slipping away and I wanted to get this done for everyone. I have been busy each day with work and getting ready for Christmas-but it's all good! I hope to share a few more ideas with you before the craziness really starts!

If you are looking for a cool gift idea-these candy wreaths are great for offices, housewarming, neighbors and more! This is also a great project for older kids that want to make gifts too.
They are really easy to make and inexpensive too! I like to shop for the candy at dollar stores, Target, grocery store, etc..And if you want to make a lot of them-go to Sam's club for large containers. I hope you enjoy the video and let me know if you have any questions in the comment section-I am happy to help!

For the Candy Wreath-you will need:
Wire Hanger-the brass ones, not the white
Wire Cutters
Ribbon Pieces-to hang it
Hard Candies-with twist tied ends (like the starlight mints)-I tend to get about 7 bags to make a few wreaths.

Candy Wreath Tutorial with Cari Fennell from Cari Fennell on Vimeo.

Have a great day!!
xoxo Cari
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Prima Mini Album

Hey friends!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Did you shop on Black Friday? I did not, but I did end up at the mall yesterday to take Bryan to the skate park. Matt is in town from NYC and we took him over there to see Bry skate. I had Matt bring his camera home so we could take some photos and maybe make a couple videos! He has a Canon 7D-it's amazing and I am totally jealous! We took a couple pics of Bry skating and some video too. I also took some pics of a couple projects and i plan to make a scrap video or two.

Here is a mini album I have been reunited with! I made this for CHA Winter 2010 for the release of our Canvas Build A Books. They kept it for some shows to display. I made it literally right before I went to the show so I never took any pics of it. Now that it's home, I photographed it so I could share it here. And I used Matt's camera-they came out pretty good.

I mixed some old book paper with Prima's Shabby Chic and Raspberry Tea collections. I cut out some images-the birds and roses, then mixed them in with flowers, velvet leaves and pearl swirls. The chip letters were Glimmer Misted with Walnut Gold and placed in the flower center. I added an unusual color combo of ribbons to the book rings-but they work with my color scheme. Burnt orange and light pink.

The first two pages inside: I layered some patterned papers with more book paper. I stamped the frame and and label on patterned papers then cut them out to use as a page accents. I added a mix of flowers that match the soft color scheme. I think it adds more interest when you add bolder colors to the mix as long as they don't overpower the pages.

Here I added more bold flowers with lots of paper layering. I cut out some of the images from the patterned paper, added chipboard elements with cream lace and more gold crystal swirls. I aslo stamped the bird on the left page, bottom right corner and some butterflies above the flower cluster on the right.

Here are the last two pages with more stamped labels, paper layering and flower clusters. A little bit of bold color tucked in there with velvet leaves and bling. All of the paper edges throughout the album are distressed and I sprayed Walnut Gold Glimmer Mist very lightly over all of the pages for a subtle aged look.

I am so happy to finally share this mini with everyone-I hope it inspires you to create one of your own! I have another I have been reunited with, so I plan to share that one soon!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend! I hope it's a creative one!
xoxo Cari

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Christmas Wreath class on Live with Prima!

Hey friends!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend! The Syracuse area has been blessed with lots of sunshine and decent temperatures, so the yard work is in full force. We have very large trees in our yard, so we have had a blanket of leaves covering the grass everyday. We rake and then the next day, it looks like we never raked the day before-it's crazy! And frustrating. And we may get in trouble for all of the leaf piles taking up half the road in front of our house.

And last week, Bryan had to do a big project on his family origins. Each night last week, we worked on it a little at a time and he had to write a summary about his family. I gave him some information and would talk it over with him, then he had to write it in an essay. I told him Pete's Grandfather came from Ireland for a better way of life and that he still has relatives living there. The sentence that Bryan wrote was: He came over to America from Ireland to find better relatives. LOL...I laughed so hard.

This week-I have a Live with Prima class scheduled on Thursday, November 18th on ustream.com at 9:30pm EST. I will be making a Paper Wreath and I will also show two other examples of wreaths made from different Prima products. They are all easy to recreate and they will make amazing gifts too. The show takes place on the Prima channel on ustream where we have lots of Prima classes we have broadcasted before. There are so many amazing classes on there fill with techniques and project ideas. See the link below.

Here is the paper wreath. It looks like a lot of work, but it really is easy. I will give you all of the instructions on how to make one, all of the supplies and cool techniques that you can use on many other projects as well.

This wreath is so pretty and so simple. There are lights incorporated within the flowers and it looks so elegant when it is lit up. I will show you the base I used and some important tips using the lights and flowers.

The third is a spray wreath made from vines. I bought the base at a local craft store and then embellished with Prima leaves and Gold flowers. There are many tips and techniques included in this class along with the assembly of leaves in the center.

The class is taking place on November 18th at 9:30pm EST. It will last about and hour to an hour and a half. It is going to take place "Live"-I will be broadcasting from my home and I can answer questions during the show. There will be moderators on the chat to help answer any questions you may have about the products used for the projects.
If you can't make the scheduled broadcast, no worries! We record all of the shows, so you can go to the Prima channel and watch the show anytime you want. Scroll down the page and you will see all of the previously recorded shows listed in order. AND-create a free account so you can log in and participate in the chat. We also giveaway a Prima prize at the end of the show-we choose a random winner from all of the chat participants-so log in and chat away for a chance to win. The ladies that come to the show are so friendly and amazing. You will make new friends on there for sure!
Here is the Prima channel on ustream where the show will take place:
I hope you can join me for the show! We will have so much fun!
OK-end of ramble and I will be back soon with more projects!
xoxo Cari

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cards for the season...

Hey friends!!
Has everyone adjusted to daylight savings time yet? I have finally-just yesterday but I am still a little off with it getting dark out so early. I am making dinner earlier now because of it and it seems strange to have that extra time at night after dinner is over. With extra time on my hands, I took Bryan to Target last night for feetie pajamas! He loves them and his feeties from last year are a little small. Not to mention the holes that have appeared in the feet. I laugh at the fact that he still insists on wearing them long after the toddler years have passed. The High schooler that was working the register at Target said he loved his feetie pj's for the longest time and now owns a Snuggie because he misses them-LOL! I couldn't believe he confessed such a thing to a total stranger (because-as we all know-teens are too cool to talk to Mom's let alone their love for feetie pajamas and now snuggies). But I guess some boys will always be little boys at heart.

I have some seasonal cards I want to share with you. Some are more involved than others, but they are all easy to recreate if you plan to make several for this time of year to send out to loved ones. I made some of them recently and some are from past seasons that I still love... I will try my best to explain the techniques used to create these cards as well as the exact products so you can give them a try.

This first card is one of my all time favorites. I used an acrylic set from Sassafrass Lass. The deer is so adorable and I really love their images. I used Adirondack Dye inks-Lettuce, Terra Cotta and Espresso. The sentiment is from Hero Arts and the rest is Sassafrass Lass. The ribbon is from Creative Impressions-love that dot ribbon! All cardstock is from Bazzill. Punch two holes in the card crease and run the ribbon through it. The tree branch and the deer are stamped slightly off the card front.

This next card is such a fun Christmas card to make. I used Prima felt-the trees come in a long stirp where you get five on a strip. I peeled off the backing to expose the adhesive, and loaded it with silver glitter. Then I attached the felt piece with Fabri Tac to the card front. I used Christmas Fancy paper and green lace (cut down the center length wise) from Prima. I cut a long cardstock strip and knotched out the ends. Then I stamped a sentiment on a rectangular piece of cardstock and I tucked the lace behind the top and bottom of the strip-then adhered to the card below the tree.

Sorry for the crappy photo of this card :P I love this one and had to share because it is so easy to make several of these. I can always tuck a photo of the boys on the inside with a nicely written note. All of the stamps used on this card are from Amuse Art Stamps. They are cling mounted rubber stamps-you get the quality of stamping with Red Rubber and the ease of seeing where you are stamping when mounted on a clear block. Apply Shabby Shutters and Peeled paint ditress inks to the holly-light to dark color wise. You always want to add the lighter color first. Stamp off the card front on the top left. If there are areas that did not take the ink well-take a waterbrush or a small brush dipped in water and smooth out the ink in the areas that need color filled in. If you ever stamp and there is an area that is missing ink-that is a sure way to fill in with color. You can also take the brush direct to the ink pad to pick up more color to fill in too. Stamp the sentiment and berries with Ladybug Memento ink-a nice red-and add red stickles to the berries. I will try to post a better photo of this card.

Here is an easy fall card that I just love! The pumpkins and sentiment are from A Muse Art stamps. The pumpkins are a clear set that come with Jack O Lantern faces to stamp over the pumpkin images. But in this case-I just wanted the pumpkins. I applied Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge distress inks to the pumpkins and then added peeled paint to the stems. I applied the ink pad direct to the stamps. I stamped the pumpkins slightly overlapping one another. Then punch out with a 2inch circle punch from MArvy. Then a scalloped punch from green cardstock. Adhere the two circles together using foam tape. Apply the green patterned paper from A Muse onto the orange card font. Adhere the lace across where the orange and green meet, stamp sentiment on lower right of card and then apply the prepared circles. I used a dark orange for the sentiment but I recommend using Walnut Stain or Vintage photo Distress Ink for it instead.

Here is another fun card to create! Stamps on this card are also from A Muse Art Stamps-the large snowflake and the sentiment. Cut out a rectangle of heavier cardstock or watercolor paper. I used some scraps from my leftover Paintable paper from Prima. Stamp the snowflake twice using Distress Emboss ink, then sprinkle with clear or white embossing powder. Tap off the excess powder in a tray or coffee filter, heat set. I stamped off the image on the top right and lower left of the card. Now-the image will act as a resist once the embossing is done. Take Distress inks-Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Chipped Sapphire and apply over the snowflakes. You can use your foam distress tool or apply the ink pad direct to paper. Start light to dark with ink colors. There is a slight variation in colors once they are all applied and the technique works perfectly leaving you with white snowflakes! Add Prima E-Line pearls to the snowflake centers and then staple you sentiment at the top left of the card front. I stamped the sentiment with Chipped Sapphire. Adhere to green cardstock-or....take white cardstock card base and apply Crushed Olive Distress ink to the outer edges (direct to paper or with ink blending tool, and adhere snowflake piece to the card front. Then finish off the card with Dazzling Diamonds or Irredescent Gold Glimmer Mist-light mist!

This next card is so easy and it has a store bought look! Create a card base from Olive colored cardstock. Adhere A Muse patterned paper to the center-I cut it 5in x 3 3/4in, tie a white ribbon around the card and finish with a bow. Stamp a large snowflake using Versafine Chalk ink-Sea Breeze on cream cardstock, then A Muse Madeira stamp in Versa Tea Leaves over the center of the snowflake-then punch out with Marvy circle punch. The snowflake stamp I used is no longer available BUT-Hero Arts just came out with a snowflake cling set that will work great! Punch out a scalloped circle from same color olive cardstock and adhere both circles together. Adhere over the ribbon and add a pearl to the center. The ribbon is a basic silky ribbon I found rolls of in the dollar ribbon bin at Michaels.

This last card is another easy and fun card to make. I stamped the background with a Hero Arts background stamp called Dots and Flowers. I inked it up with Distress embossing ink-then removed some of the ink from the outer edges of the stamp. Aplly the stamp to Kraft colored cardstock, sprinkle with fine gold emboss powder by Ranger, tap off excess and heat set. Punch out two circles using Marvy punches from white and red cardstock-and adhere together. Then Adhere two layers of Poinsettia flowers with leaves. Add a pearl to the flower center. The flowers can be found in a round tin at Michaels-they include leaves too. Use a coupon if you want and you have a fabulous tin after they are all gone.

I hope you liked this segment on cards! I have many more card ideas to share with you that are easy and fast for the holidays, so be sure to check back soon!
Have a great day!
xoxo Cari

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Another layout for Ally Scraps

Hey everyone!
I can't believe it is the last week in October! This fall season has flown by and November is knocking on the door. The leaves have been spectacular, the weather has been amazing and the boys are so excited for Halloween! I love Halloween too. I am going to get some fun photos this weekend when we carve pumpkins, visit some friends and they get dressed up.
Here is my final project for Ally Scraps, with pictures of Frank eating berries in the yard in her bare feet. Love her little pony tales too. :) I used October Afternoon papers, Sass A Frass Lass papers, die cuts, bling and my new edge punch!

I love tying bows around my layouts and the buttons add the perfect final touch. I slid the diecuts under the bow with silver gems on each flower petal. All of the paper edges are distressed and inked with vintage photo distress ink. I used Thickers for the title with sticker labels. I used a journal card from OA too.

Ally Scraps is such a great online store with new products arriving all the time. And their shipping is super fast too!
Check them out here: http://www.allyscraps.com/
OK-back to work now! Be back soon with more to share!
xoxo CAri
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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fall decor using Prima...

Hey friends!
Hope everyone had a good week and the weekend holds lots of creative time for you.
I did some shopping for the boys this week-they needed clothes! I am always amazed at how fast they grow out of things. Bryan is still a twig-so his waist is tiny but his legs keeps getting longer. And Jack is filling out everywhere! He is getting taller by the day but still hasn't reached his mama-ha! Oh and his long hair is gone again-no more surfer dude look-and he looks so much older all of the sudden...I am going to take a couple of pics this weekend.

I was shopping at my local M's and found some cute pumpkins on sale. I knew they would look great with some Prima flowers and bling. I added the flowers using Fabri Tac, I tied some toulle around the stem and created a tag from left over paper. The word is stamped and embossed on the tag-I used Distress Emboss ink with black fine powder and heat set. Then I added gold powder to the edges and heat set that as well.

I love the crackled look on the purple pumpkin-it looks so cool! I added just a bit of flowers and leaves, careful not to over power it with flowers because of it's size.

To finish it off-I added black swirls around the top. I adhered them with a little extra glue to make sure it stays when packing it away.

These look pretty cool on my buffet. I love the pop of color added to my decor for the season-just like the orange leaves I am seeing outside right now. And this project was so easy to do!
Thanks for stopping by! I have more projects to share including a layout I created for Ally Scraps...be back soon!
xoxo CAri

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Another project for Ally Scraps and Live with Prima class!

Hello friends!!
I have officially cleaned out my scrap space! I was a huge mess from a couple months of traveling, classes, and preparing projects for upcoming events. It feels so good to have it cleaned up and everything is put away in it's place. I went out and bought new baskets from Michaels that were 50% off to house my Glimmer Mist and paints. They are called Harvest baskets, but they are very simple and look perfect on my shelves. I will post pics later. It literally took a whole day... And now to clean the rest of my house...sigh.

OK-onto more news! I am hosting a Live with Prima class Tuesday Night! YAY! I am going to make a Halloween banner using all kinds of Prima goodies, including lace, Little Boo papers and more. I have several techniques to share that I think everyone will like and I think this would be a nice addition to your Halloween decor...it's so fun to make and really easy too! The class is free and it airs at 6:30pm PST/9:30pm EST.

Please join me on Prima's Ustream channel to see this class and join the chat here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/primaflower

Explore Mini Album;
Here is another project for Ally Scraps! This album has to be one of my favorites to date. I just went for it! I used October Afternoon Fly A Kite and Thrift Shop papers, mini book and journal cards. Ribbons, tags, pebbles and Kraft envelopes too.
I painted the covers in Lettuce green using Adirondack acrylic paints by Ranger. I layered paper, a journal card and a big ribbon on the cover. The ribbon is one of my very favorites by May Arts. They come in a variety of colors and I use them all the time.

For the pages inside, I cut out large rectangles of various patterned papers and used a scallop punch around all of the paper edges. Then I created a pocket for each page by sewing the flash cards to the papers.

I distressed the paper edges and inked them with Vintage photo Distress Ink by RAnger. I layered journal cards with Kraft envelopes and patterned papers. I also used the label stickers by OA for extra journal spots and titles.
I tucked tags and journal cards into the page pockets throughout the album. Simply add some ribbon pieces to the tops of the tags with little trinkets like page pebbles.
The envelopes can be used for extra journaling or photos too.

I love the vintage look of those journal cards-they are too sweet! I added some scalloped circles and ribbons to layer with them as well as buttons and bling.

Now this little book is ready for photos and jouranling! I really love how it came together.
Most of the supplies I used can be found at Ally Scraps! They have such an amazing shop with tons of goodies to choose from! Check them out here: http://www.allyscraps.com/
And their blog has loads of inspiration and fun challenges: http://allyscrapsblog.blogspot.com/
Thanks for stopping by! I will have some fall treats coming your way.
xoxo Cari
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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hey hey!

What is the world coming to? Blogging twice in one week? I know-crazy! It is late at night right now but I am too jazzed up to go to bed. It's been quite a week but a very productive one I must say. Live with Prima has a ton of great stuff coming up and i have been working hard at getting everything organized through December. We have some amazing designers joining us for some awesome Prima classes in the next couple of months. Claudine Helmuth-yes-the amazing collage artist-will be guest designing on October 26th! I am so excited to have her on the show. She will rock it!

Sharon and I were in Minnesota this month for Scrapfest at Mall of America. It was so fun and crazy busy! They set up the entire event throughout the mall, with classes, make and takes, demos and crops. It was so wonderful to meet so many scrappers from all over that area! And i got to meet the one and only Kathy (kathask) and her super sweet Mom during the show. I was so glad to meet them in person--love them! Here is a photo Kathy's Mom took of us after the Prima workshop. Thanks for the photos girl!

AND----I am guest desiging for AllyScraps.com this month!!!!!!! Thanks Dana for the invite!
They have such a great online store-they have been around for quite a while! Lots of goodies in their shop, a great blog full of ideas (so inspiring) and a nice quaint message board that you won't get lost in. So friendly over there!

Here is a link to the site:

oh and they are giving away prizes for just commenting on their blog--how cool!

They sent me a generous goodie bag of products from October Afternoon and Maya Road. Here is a minibook I made using their Canvas Pocket Album and Farm Fresh paper line from OA. I just fell in love with this adorable paper line. I think I may have to give this little album to Gavin...
Lots of layering with papers, pins, alphas and more. I just love the charms too.
I decided to leave the canvas plain-I really like that way...

Here are a few pages inside. More papers, labels and cute little animals everywhere. And nothing is complete without some ribbon and flowers.

The pockets are little pages included in the little book-how cute are they? I added some stickers and stapled a little phrase at the bottom. And more pins with charms. The charms are little fruits and birds and butterflies that come in all colors.

This is the other side of the pocket page with flowers tucked underneath the flower stickers. And a sweet little journal card with added embellies. Oh and i see the cow's fanny from the next page-LOL! Never realized that when I took the photo...haha....

OK-getting tired now! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you liked my little book and i have another project I just completed for them that I will share soon. If you can't wait for me to post-head on over to their blog to check it out...http://allyscrapsblog.blogspot.com/
Night friends!
xoxo CAri

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Another layout to share....

Has it really been almost a month since I posted? Sheesh!
Sorry for that. I am constantly told to post more often and I really should! It's really about not taking the time to do things for myself and this effects me in all aspects of my life right now. I have a "to-do" list about a mile long and I have been unmotivated to create lately. I think knowing there is so much on my plate, I get overwhelmed and it causes me to shut down. I think I need to just set aside some time to organize and gather my thoughts. I need to think about one thing at a time, it will be much more productive and a lot less overwhelming.
Wish me luck on this new plan!
OK-onto the project! Here is a layout I created in my hotel room at CHA. I wanted to experiment with Prima's new masks and I just love the Hot Air Balloons! The background paper is a piece from the new Fairy Flora Collection. It was a subtle design so I thought it would work really well for the masking. I sprayed the mask a few times, creating a border on the left. I used Olive Vine Glimmer Mist and then added dabs of glue around the images for the glitter. I sprayed Vintage Pink around the background to warm up the color pallete.
This is a photo of all the Fennell kids on the fourth of July. We take a photo every year out on the dock at the lake when we are all there. It's really the only time of year we are all together for a photo like this. Everyone is so busy and spread out everywhere, so we take advantage of this opportunity.
I layered papers behind the photo and then added the flowers. I chose colors from the photo to compliment it-none of the kids "match" but this works! I love the color palette.
The new bling leaves added a lot of interest to the flower clusters without overwhelming it. I also love the texture and font of the new alphabet Prima released. So fun to use!

And here is a close up of the sprayed areas. I sprayed heavier in some spots than others. I didn't want it to look perfect and that was the look I was going for.
OK-so thats all for now. I do have a mini album i want to share too. I think it needs to be posted all on it's own. I will upload it in a couple of days. Right now-I need to finish some work and get myself ready for some creativity.
Thanks as always for stopping by! I LOVE the comments!
xoxo Cari

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Friday, September 3, 2010

New layouts and more!

Hey friends!!!
I hope everyone is having a great day and you have something fun planned for the weekend! We are headed to the Lake for some R&R with Family and friends. I am so looking forward to it. Our last hoorah before school begins. Sigh...I don't love the school schedule and even though the boys are a pain in my fanny sometimes-I do miss them when they go back. But thats changes soon after they start and I my house to myself :)

This month, I have been asked to guest design for Dusty Attic-they make the most amazing laser die cut shapes! They are a company out of Australia and fairly new in the industry. I think they are going to be big because their products are gorgeous and so fun to use! Check out their site-they have some many amazing samples that they share in their gallery--it is very inspiring!
Check them out here:

Here are a couple of layouts I made for them this month. I created this layout titled "Sweet" using their butterflies and corner accents. I painted the butterflies in 3 different colored acrylic paints. Then spritzed them with water to make the paint flow over the surface. Then I covered them with the Rock Candy paint and inked them as well. I added some black pearls to the bodies.
All of the papers, flowers and lettering is from Prima, Flights of Fancy Collection.
After it was finished, I sprayed the entire layout with Wheatfields Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels-love that color! It added a bit of an aged look that I was going for.

The decorative corners-I inked up with Distress Embossing Ink by Ranger, sprinkled gold embossing powder over the surface and then heat set. The surface looks like brass or gold metal-I love the way they turned out. I also painted the tab that the title is placed on with Tan acrylic paint from Claudine Helmuth.

This is the second layout i created for them titled "Love You":I used two larger decorative brackets. I painted them in tan using Claudine Helmuth's paints, then layered them with a coat of Distress Rock Candy crackle paint. Then I applied Vintage photo distess ink to bring out the porcelain type crackling on the pieces.

Then I cut apart the Ornate frames and put two cots of Green Apple smooch over the pieces. Then tucked them around the flower clusters to make them look like 3 dimensional leaves.

All of the papers are from the Raspberry Tea paper collection by Prima. The flowers are also Prima- Caravan, Queen Anne and Tea Roses. I added De Vine felt stems to add to the layering of the scrolled pieces. The letters are from their new alphabet collections too.

Love the sprinkled suger look of the flowers and the sparkle of the scrolls I painted from the Ornate frames. It all came together so well!

My Live with Prima class at Stampin & Scrappin Time in Bridgeport NY was fabulous until I saw that Ustream had deleted a large portion of the taping...UGH!!! But no worries! I re-recorded it and they tried to sabatoge it again but I rallied! The retaping is in two part segments on the Prima channel on Ustream.

Here are the links if you want to watch! I don't have any make up on or my hair done-LOL!

It was planned at the last minute!

Part 1: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/8985488

Part 2: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/8986089

And here is a photo of me and Holly from my original show night! She is wearing one of my crowns-which she looks fab by the way-and she made me these awesome cupcakes for the show! Loved them!

OK-thats all for now! I will be back with more news, projects and more!

xoxo CAri

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Hello everyone!
And happy Friday! I have class lined up for tonight on Live with Prima and another project from CHA to share too. And then I hope to get more projects finished for next week. This post is kind of wordy-sorry for that!

Live with Prima on the Road!! This is my Joy Mini Album I am going to create tonight for my class. I am teaching this class for Prima at my local scrapbook store called Stampin & Scrappin Time in Bridgeport NY. It's just 15 minutes outside of Syracuse. I will have a classroom full of attendees and it will be aired "live" at the same time for anyone around the world to tune in and watch from home.

Here is the store from where i will be teaching! It's really quaint and artsy-and everyone there is soooo helpful and friendly!
Their blog: http://stampinscrappintimeny.blogspot.com/

Class time: 7:00pm EST, 6:00pm CST, 5:00pm GMT, 4:00pm PST

You can watch the class live from here: http://www.livewithprima.com/live.html
or log into ustream.com and see it here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/primaflower

Everyone is welcome to join in on the chat! Create a free account on ustream and then log in. Search "prima flowers" and click on the Prima logo to see the class and chat box. You can tune in anytime you want and if you can't make it for the show-we record all of them so you can watch it at your leisure.
I will create this project from start to finish. There will be some clever ideas incorporated into each page and fun techniques too!
This is a mini album made from Prima packaging. Prima has an amazing Go Green Concept program where all of our packaging can be re-used for all kinds of projects. It's like getting free product when you purchase our flowers or embellishments.

If you love this project and would like to purchase a kit for yourself to recreate it-kits are available here:
Brand new CHA Summer 2010 products are in this kit, so you can be one of the first to have these new goodies in your hands! How cool is that?
Here is a list of the kit contents and kit price-
In this Kit:
841959 – Annalee 6x6 Paper Pad-New
534950 – white lace, 1 yard
537821 – Symphony Blend Orange
536527 – Gem Alphabet Sticker Turquoise
541651 - Annalee Journaling Chipboard-New
535292 – SIIP Swirls with Flowers Pink-New
542276 – Clementine Olivia-New
542238 – Clementine Bella-New
532086 – Velvet Rose Leaves Baby Blue
537005 – Devines – Orchid Bush
535544 – Mini Rose Bright Teal
PE-002-23P – Mini Rose White
535551 – Mini Rose Lime
Kit Cost: $55.00

I hope you can join me and chat with us during the class! We are going to have so much fun!
Here are a couple peeks at the book I will be creating:

And I have another layout to share with you! This layout of Kate is one of my faves to date. She is such a sweetie! I used Prima's brand new Paisley Road paper line from CHA. I mixed in a bunch of goodies such as, chipboard embellishments, Coordinating flowers, page pebbles, pearl swirls and a cute butterfly. This layout has tons of layering added. I cut out flowers and shapes, then attached them with foam tape for the dimension.
All of the paper edges are distressed and I added some dynasty centers here and there to the flower centers.

Here's a close up of some of the details. Paper cut outs mixed in with flowers, pearls and chipboard.

I will be back after the weekend with more news and goodies to share!
And I hope you can make it to my class! I would love to see everyone there!
Have a great weekend everyone!
xoxo CAri

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Hey there!
I hope everyone is having a nice relaxing weekend! I unfortunately, have been cleaning and organizing! My family room in the basement was a disaster and it was long over due. It took me almost the entire day to work on it. Today will be the same, more cleaning. But it feels good to get it done.

Thank you so much for commenting for the blog candy. I used the random integer website to choose a number and here is the result:

True Random Number Generator Min: 1 Max: 19
Result: 6
The winner is Fryne!!! Congrats!
Fryne said...
oh my godness! I totally adore your style and those flower clusters you make :)
E-mail me with your address so I can send out your goodies!
I promise to have blog candy again soon, so make sure to check back when you can, for another chance to win more goodies. :)
And -I wanted to share more projects with you. These are some hair combs I decorated with new Prima flowers called Autumn Harvest. I just love the purples and blues mixed together. I mixed in some blue mulberry leaves and gold temple leaves too. Fabri Tac worked really well to hold everything together.
Unfortunately, one of these lovelies dissappeared at the show. (insert sad face here) But I can always make more and someone must of really really wanted it. And the funny thing is-if they had asked, I probably would have given it to them anyway.

The possibilities are endless for a project like this. You could mix and match all kinds of flowers for any occasion.

Thanks for stopping by-I'll be back soon with more news and projects!

xoxo Cari

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