Sunday, January 3, 2010

New projects!

Hello friends!
Phew...the holidays are over and the boys return to school tomorrow, and I need to dismantle Christmas in my home. It was a whirlwind of a month in December but it was fabulous. I really hope you all had a nice time too. I went to NYC with Sherry to visit my brother-we had a blast but it went way too fast. I didn't get to see a couple of people I had planned to meet up with-sorry Julie:(
But I plan to go down again soon. I had cookie exchange and party with great friends, my FIL came to visit which was so nice and then Matt came home for Christmas. We did a secret santa exchange and breakfast at work-loved it! The kids had a great time-they loved their gifts and they loved having family here too.

We managed to do Christmas without using a single credit card!! That is a major accomplishment and no surprise bills in January. Plus-I don't want to give any more of my money to those greedy credit companies. There are seriously robbing people with outrageous finance charges and putting everyone in horrible positions.

It's snowing here like crazy... I love these days when I have no where to go and I can stay in sweats all day. And of course update my blog a little bit. I have a couple of projects to share.
This mini book will hopefully make an appearance on BG today-just waiting for the admin to post a thread so i can get it up for the girls. This was the November 2008 project kit that I purchased from Wendy last year. I had to have it! The fabrics, vintage finds, all of it was too good to pass up! I created a mini book and i just love how it turned out! Can't wait to share more with everyone. I'll give a hollar when it's posted...

And this little house book came together like nothing else I've made. I knew what I wanted to do in my head but I never expected it to come together so nicely. Prima featured it on their blog and then Donna Downey decided to feature it too....very cool! I appreciate that so much!
And of course I had to post it on my own blog as well.

I used two canvas houses for the covers. They come already stitched and ready to use for whatever you like. I made the pages inside from Prima packaging (remember the kraft packaging?) I decorated it with canvas tabs, tags and buttons, Prima roses, paper leaves, pearl centers, lace and more! Oh and i also sprayed it with Walnut Gold glimmer mist to give it an aged look--love that stuff!

AAAAnnndddd...I got my CHA box from Prima!!! They have out done themselves again! Hard to believe they can keep coming out with better stuff. Every release is more amazing than the last. They will start showing sneak peeks on their blog January 4th so be sure to keep checking back to see what they made. Here is the link:
I can't share until they give me the OK, but I promise to post layouts and projects I've made using all of the new goodies when they give me the green light!!!
Thats all for today! Enjoy your Sunday, relax, create and leave the house work for tomorrow..
xoxox CAri

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Rebecca said...

Hi Cari,

My name is Rebecca. I work for Donna Downey. Would love to talk with you about the possibility of teaching a mini workshop at the Inspired event in May. Email me at if you're interested.

Unknown said...

Cari, your blog is beautiful! I love your work, your blog is featured today on

PS congrats on the comment above mine!!! How exciting

Steph Devlin said...

hey cari .... happy new year. just thought i would drop by and see what beautiful creations you have been putting together. can't wait to see what you come up with for 2010. keep well and happy.
steph xo

Pretty Arty said...

love this big bow!!!
happy new year to you !!

Lucy Edson said...

Happy New Year, Cari!!

Love the house album....absolutely fabulous!!!

You lucky girl!! Can't wait to see the new Prima!

Shelley said...

you are so friggin amazing! I cannot WAIT until you can share the goodness i witnessed you create on Saturday!!! It was GREAT to see you Saturday!!!

phamil said...

OMG, the new stuff is soooooo gorgeous! And I love your doggie page!!!! I can't wait to see this stuff in person~! Glad you had a good Christmas too!!!

Sonya said...

Your work is totally gorgeous!!

Sonya said...

Your work is totally gorgeous!!

Unknown said...

your album is stunning!!! it's my dream to touch it once :)

Shemaine Smith said...

We did Christmas on cash this year too!!! We took a stand and cancelled several of ours as well. Feels good! Wish you were closer, I'd love to take a class from you :)