Thursday, December 29, 2011

Crown Class on Live with Prima

Hey Friends!
I have a live class tonight on Live with Prima! I am making this Paper Crown with lots of blingage, flowers and more! These are super fun to make and I can't wait to share it with everyone on the show.

The show will air tonight at 6:30pm PT/ 9:30pm ET and 1:30pm Sydney on 12/30 since they are a day ahead....
And all of the shows are recorded, so if you can't make it to the live broadcast, you can view it later when you have the chance.



Here is the link to the class on Ustream and this is also where you can see the recordings: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/primaflower


Hope to see you there!

xoxo Cari
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

More Holiday Ideas!

Hello friends-
How's your December going?
I hope all of the holiday planning is going well for you and you're not too stressed.
I have certainly been busy and I know it's going to keep getting busier as I get further into December. Decorations are up and the house looks great. Shopping on the other hand-not even close to being done. The thought of Christmas cards makes me cringe, since I havent even started them. I have had the urge to create a lot lately....but just not Christmas cards. Not yet anyway...

Instead-I have created some projects that I want to use for gift giving. I made some gift card holders out of Prima packaging and decorated a cute paper mache house I picked up at Hobby Lobby.

I have some Christmas decorations that I decided would make great templates for the gift card holders. I traced them onto the packaging, cut out and did some sewing (badly I might add) around the edges. I used a cream colored thread and did a straight stitch using a denim needle. I colored the Prima resist canvas using two different Glimmer mists-Apple and Olive Vine-spraying the lighter first....The canvas pieces are from the North Country Collection...love them! I kep the backing on them so they could "hang off" the edges a bit. I sealed over the top with some Multi Medium by Ranger.

I added a strip of Printery patterned paper along the top of the stocking. Then around the paper I added lace, twine and seam binding. In the middle of the bows, I added a glittered snowflake and a vintage button. The tag was punched out from cream paper and I stamped the little sentiment from the North Country Stamp set by Prima. All of the edges were inked with Vintage photo too...


I also traced a mitten and went along the same route for decorating as I did for the stocking. This time I sprayed canvas snowflakes and changed out the lace as well. The sewing on this one is a bit better than the last....there is hope for me yet :)



I added a little piece of lace at the top of both thinking that maybe after giving them as a gift card holder-they could later be used as ornaments or tags...so giving them something to hang them with is a good addition just incase.



This little house was found in the paper mache section at Hobby Lobby and it was priced at 2.99. What a deal! And sometimes they have that section at 40% off, so to hit that time frame is even better! I painted it with a cream colored acrylic paint and lined the inside of the house with light colored paper....because....I want to add a little LED light-the little tealight kind-to the inside. They dont get hot and the lighter paper will illuminate the light a bit better... I added Printery paper to the sides of the house and a banner across the front to cover where the top meets the bottom. The top lifts off and I wanted to cover the seam. Then I covered it entirely with crystal glitter...looks like sugar.


I now want to make 20 of these...I really do. Perhaps I will or I might remember that I have Christmas cards to make....haha!




Thanks again for stopping by and I will be back soon with more ideas...


xoxo Cari

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

LWP class tonight...

Hey friends-
I am making these tags on Live with Prima tonight! I decided to make them into a class since everyone liked them so much...
Here is the class information:


Wintery Tag Set with Cari Fennell
Tuesday, December 6th at 5:00pm PT/ 8:00pm ET/ 12/7-1:00am GMT/ 12:00pm Sydney Aus.


Glitter glass flakes, Platinum embossed images and blissful sentiments are what you will find on each one of these vintage style tags. Join Cari as she creates 8 original tags using Prima stamps, flowers and more, just in time for the holidays!

Prima Products:
890940-Comfort Craft Distress Tool
551391-Say It In Crystals
550134-Tiny Alphas-Alla Prima
551049-North Country Stamp Set
547547-Cute As A Button-Precious
553821-Mulberry Paper-Printery
540272-Innoscence Collection
552480-Avon Rose-Printery
551155-North Country Reflections
553456-Vine
527075-Velvet Leaves

Extra Materials:
Cream and Black Seam Binding
Ranger Platinum Emboss Powder
German Glass Glitter-Silver
(8) Avery Manila Tags
Circle Punches-variety of sizes
Lace
Old Book Paper
Ranger Distress Ink-Vintage Photo
Ranger Distress Emboss Ink
Snowflake Punch
Scissors
Twine
Glue and Adhesive

See the class here on the Prima channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/primaflower

Hope to see you there!
xoxo Cari
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

More Christmas Tags!

Hey friends!

So it seems like I am on a tag kick lately, but I am having so much fun! I wanted to change up the look from the last set and go brighter. (Speaking of last set-I am going to remake those beauties on Live with Prima for December...so stay tuned for the class info in a few days.) Sorry these photos look slightly crooked, I have no idea why except to say my photog skills need improvement...


I used Avery Manila tags as my base for all of them-covering them with a mix of book paper, patterned papers and solids. I also spent some time fussy cutting the deer out of the patterned papers...I love the images so I cut several...and then only used three. So I have more to use if I want to expand this set.

I used papers from Basic Grey and We R Memory Keepers. I used the Accu Cut machine from my LSS to cut some snowflakes and a darling little tree. They were cut from scrap chipboard. The flowers are all Prima as well as the leaves, along with the tiny type alphabet and red/clear crystals. All of the paper and tag edges were inked with Vintage photo Distress ink to tone down the bright colors...just a bit.




This first one is covered with old book paper and then I added patterned paper strips along the left side. I glued the deer at the bottom right of the tag, then added the circles and finished it off with flowers. I combined ribbon and bakers twine at the top and finished off the flower with crystals...



I covered this tag entirely with book paper, then added a punched edge to the bottom backed by a strip of red paper. The snowflakes were covered with glitter glass-a mix of silver and gold together-then topped with Wheatfields Glimmer mist to make the glitter look aged. The sentiment is from A Muse and it was pop dotted onto the front.


This next tage was also covered in old book paper, then I added a strip of patterned paper at the bottom. I punched out some circles using my Marvy punches, adhered and lopped off the side that was hanging over. I placed my deer over the circle, added little letters to the top of the and then my flowers with leaves. Add scraps of ribbon to the tag tops.....


I covered this guy with patterned paper, added a bit of book paper to the center and added my chipboard tree. Then I added the bling as ornaments and tied twine with ribbon at the top. Finished off with a cute little button. So easy!

I covered the tag with solid paper and added a banner down the center. I punched more circles and layered different sizes together. Then I placed my deer off to the right and finished with flowers.
This one is patterned paper with book paper added to the bottom 1/3 of the tag. I wrapped a ribbon around where the two papers meet and also wrapped bakers twine a few times below the ribbon. I covered the chipboard snowflake in glitter and added a super cute Jenni Bowlin button to the center. Then I added my sentiment from Tiny alpas over the twine...


Thank you for stopping by...I appreciate it and I hope you enjoyed tag segment -part two.
I shall return with more projects and the Live with Prima Tag class info.
xoxo Cari
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas Tags!

Hello friends!
I just got back from my trip to Australia and New Zealand! It was an amazing experience and I plan to share lots of photos with you as soon as I get them downloaded. My computer crashed while I was away and now everything is being transferred to our other computer. So once I get everything settled-I will download and share.

But in the meantime, I did manage to get my documents transferred yesterday, including some new Christmas tags I made before I left for my trip. The colors are non-traditional and very soft. I stamped, embossed, layered and glittered to my heart's content. I made eight all together and I am really happy with the way they turned out. So I am sharing them with you today...

The base of the tags are plain ole manila shipping tags. I used Prima's Printery and Romantique papers, which happened to be the inspiration for the color combo you see throughout the tags. I also used Kraft and Cream cardstock, as well as old book paper. I included a complete list of supplies at the end of this post. Each tag is unique and it was so fun to mix and match as I created them....


Tag 1: I covered the tag with old book paper and then added a strip of printery at the bottom with twine. I stamped with Prima's new North Country stamp set-using the tree here, embossed with Platinum emboss powder by Ranger and cut it out. I layered with circle punches and snowflakes covered in silver glass glitter. The tree is popped up with foam tape, a small sentiment was added over the twine using Prima tiny type alphabet and finished off with seam binding for the bow. All edges of the papers and tags were inkedwith Ranger Distress ink-Vintage photo (my very fave)...


Tag 2: I covered the tag with patterned paper, added another strip to look like ribbon, then stamped and embossed little snowflakes randomly over the papers. I wrapped twine around it length wise, dotted around the snowflakes with Prima bling and added a small sentiment at the bottom. I added a punched circle over the twine, decorated it with a poinsettia, leaves and a glitttered snowflake....finish off with black seam binding at the top.




Tag 3: Cover the tag with patterned paper and another paper strip down the side, with Prima lace. Stamp and emboss joy from the stamp set and add to punched circle layers-use foam tape to pop them up. Sprinkle with glittered snowflakes and add a Cute As A Button at the top with twine and ribbon. Add bling to the snowflake centers to finish them off.




Tag 4: Cover the tag with old book paper, add lace at the bottom and tie twine with ribbon at the top. I stamped the sentiment in the smallest circle, embossed and layered with multiple circles I punched from various cardstock and papers. Add small roses around the circles with a snowflake and leaves. Then finish off with the button at the top.




Tag 5: Cover the tag with Printery paper and tie a fat ribbon around it lengthwise. Tie some twine around the ribbon knot and adhere the circles over the ribbon. Add a Prima puffball flower to the circle with a snowflake in the center and some leaves.....easy!






Tag 6: Cover the tag with paper and add a strip of another pattern along the bottom. Stamp the deer onto paper, emboss and punch out. I placed the circle off the side of the tag and trimmed off the overhang. Tie a piece of black seam binding around the tag and add flower with snowflake over the bow. I stamped a small senitment onto the cardstock strip and tucked it in around the bow.



Tag 7: Cover the tag with patterned paper and add strips of paper going down the center of the tag, knothced at the bottom to look like ribbon. Create a rosette from patterned paper strips and punched circles. Add more punched circles to the rosette center with a snowflake. Tie a double bow from black seam binding at the top-I love the multi ribbon look.....




Tag 8: Cover the tag with patterned paper and add layers of punched circles to the center of the tag. Stamp, emboss and cut out a tree to place in the center of the circles. I sprinkled some bling on the tree for extra sparkle. Tie a bow below the tree with seam binding and add a snowflake to the bow center. Then stamp a sentiment on a paper strip, create a banner and place just below the ribbon.




These tags were so fun to create! I hope they inspire you to create some of your own for the upcoming holidays. I plan to wrap some gifts in plain kraft postal paper and add these to embellish the gifts with silver and gold ribbon....maybe-hehe....if i can part with them.



Here is a list of supplies:

Prima-

North Country Cling Stamp Set

Printery Paper Collection-Love Ledger, Page 4, Signature

Romantique Paper Collection-The Courts

Tiny Alphabet-Alla Prima

Powder Puff Flowers-Cassie

Poinsettas and Leaves

Avon Flowers-Printery

Say It In Crystals-Faceted Crystals-551391

Cute As A Button- Crocheted Buttons

Prima Lace-Cream



Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Ranger Platinum Emboss Powder

Ranger Distress Emboss Ink

Black and Camel Seam Binding

May Arts Gold Ribbon-Crushed Gold

Twine

Manila Tags

Kraft and Cream Cardstock

Marvy Circle Punches-Scalloped and Plain

Silver Glass Glitter-Wendy Andersen

Chipboard Snowflakes

Thanks for stopping by and check back for more updates soon! I have another set of tags to share that are brighter with lots of color....coming soon!


Peace-Cari

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Reminder: Buffalo Classes!

Hey friends!
Just wanted to post a reminder about the classes I have coming up this Saturday at Buffalo Stamps and Stuff in Amherst NY! These two classes are really fun and the kits are packed full of Prima goodies...the cost of the classes are worth what you get in product alone and the bonus is you get to spend time with me-LOL! Space is limited and there are a few spots left, so sign up as soon as you can...

Contact the store if you're interested. Here is the website with phone number, class info and more:
http://www.buffalostamps.com/classdescriptions.htm

Romantique Layout Class - $25.00
Join Cari to create a gorgeous two page layout using the brand new Romantique Collection from Prima. The soft color palette is perfect for any theme, from baby to wedding or heritage photos too. We will be using a wide variety of wonderful Prima products to complete these pages, such as chipboard elements, felt and of course-flowers!
Sat. Oct. 22nd- 10-11:30

Winter Bliss Mini Album-$45.00
Is it possible to use the words winter and bliss together in upstate NY? It is now! This gorgeous mini album will be the perfect setting for those upcoming holiday or winter photos. We are going to use a mixture of glitter, stamping, die cuts and gorgeous Prima products to create this one of a kind project
Sat. Oct. 22nd- 12:30-3:30


Hope to see you there! And feel free to ask me any questions-OK?

Have a great day!

xoxo Cari



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Thursday, October 6, 2011

My Heritage Layout

Hey Friends!
October is here and I have such an incredibly busy month! And I am going to try and keep my blog updated as much as possible. I have so many things I want to create, closets need to be cleaned out, leaves are falling...and I am getting ready for my trip to Australia! I leave on October 26th and I can not wait! I will miss out on Halloween, which I love and I know the boys are bummed about it, so I am going to get the decorations out in full force...Bryan is going to help!

I have this layout to share, using the Printery Collection from Prima. I love the color palette of this line and the designs are beautiful. I added a very specific color scheme to compliment my family photo. There are a lot of little details added throughout the design. This is a family portrait of my husband as a toddler with his Dad, Mom and baby brother...I adore this photo. I have lots of layering going on behind the photo, with vintage book paper and patterned paper with trim. I love the softness that the trim adds around the photo.


The mixture of flowers add a great impact, but without overpowering the colors of the photo and papers. I love to mix different types of flowers to add interest and texture to the design. I used Ceylon (Attic), Avon Roses, Aglow Leaves, Solitare (Pure) and Powder Puffs ( Cassie) flowers. Then a bow made of seam binding was tucked in among the flowers...



I added chipboard accents and tiles tucked in among the flowers. I love the way they add interest and texture within the flower clusters. Then I sprinkled some colored crystals around to draw your eye across the page. And my absolute favorite element that I used are the Antique Mirrors...they make the perfect backdrop for my title..I cant say enough about them-if you get the chance to grab some-do it!


So that's all for today! I will be back with more goodies and ideas that I hope will inspire you to create some fabulous projects of your own!

xoxo Cari




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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Updates, Classes and Good Stuff...

Hey Friends!
September is coming to an end and I am actually glad to put this month behind me. For some reason, it has been challenging. I like to be organized and have things in order, both at home and work wise. But unexpected situations arise and everything just gets jumbled. I can handle one or two things, but it has been constant and it seemed like there was no end in sight.....sheesh! It doesnt take much to feel buried underneath it all.

However, I took it in stride, came up with solutions or realized I had no control and let it go. I know this all sounds vague, but the details arent important. What is important, is whether or not you are going to let it all get to you. I made a decision for each and every situation, whether I was going to allow it to get the best of me or not. And my answer is-absolutely not. It's the only control I had and I wasn't about to squander it. So just when you feel like you are losing control, regain it. It's the best thing you can do for yourself. I feel even better just writing about it here.

So now...it's all good. I have a lot to look forward to and that will be my focus going into October! I have some upcoming classes that I wanted to let you know about incase you might want to join me....We will have so much fun-I promise! And my kits are jam packed with Prima goodness...seriously.....loaded!

I have two classes coming up in Buffalo, NY at Buffalo Stamps and Stuff. The classes are going to take place on October 22nd. The first is a double page layout, using Prima's Romantique Collection. I need to take a photo of the layouts to share with you. I plan to take photos of it today. Just putting the finishing touches on them before I do..but here is the class information in the meantime:

Romantique Layout Class: $25.00
Join Cari to create a gorgeous two page layout using the brand new Romantique Collection from Prima. The soft color palette is perfect for any theme, from baby to wedding or even heritage photos too. We will be using a wide variety of wonderful Prima products to complete these pages such as lace, felt embellishments and of course-lots of Prima flowers!
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And this is the second class! We are going to create a Holiday Mini Album! Here are the details....

Winter Bliss Mini Album-$45.00
Is it possible to use the words "winter" and "bliss" together in Upstate NY? It is now! This gorgeous mini album will be the perfect setting for those upcoming holiday or winter photos. We are going to use a mixture of glitter, stamping, die cuts and fabulous Prima products to create this one of a kind project! This would make a lovely gift and you could include photos from last Christmas for someone you spent the holidays with last year!





Here is the website for Buffalo Stamps and Stuff. It has store hours, location and class information!



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I will be heading to Australia on October 26th for a two week tour for Prima! Sharon Laakkonen and I will be traveling together, teaching classes all over Australia and a jaunt to New Zealand too...I am so excited! Here is a look at the project I'll be teaching-I am in love with it and I hope everyone there will enjoy it too!



Here is the main website with all of the travel information and where I will be throughout the tour!

Check it out here: http://yourcreativejourney.wordpress.com/prima-road-show-nov-1-nov-11-2011-schedule/


OK-so that is it for now...I will be back very soon with some sneak peek photos of the Romantique Layout class!

xoxo Cari


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Friday, September 9, 2011

Another stamped project...

Hello friends!
I just want to say--thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments on my wreath project for the Prima blog hop! You all really know how to make a girl's day! I have another holiday project to share with you and I was originally going to post step by step instructions on how to re-create it, but I ended up doing a video on it instead! I think it worked out better in my honest opinion...

Jamie could not do her show last night on Live with Prima last night because of the major power outage they are experiencing. So I did this project in place of it and rescheduled her for Monday night. I didnt want everyone to show up for a class and not have anything to watch. I refuse to let that happen!

I created this framed wreath for the Prima booth at CHA summer. I wanted to show a new idea using one stamp set and creating an image using multiple stamps mixed together...This piece is actually 8x11 in size, but I recreated it in 12x12 format on the show. I mixed trees, flourishes and snowflakes in a circular formation to create a "wreath" image. The stamp set I used is the North Country Cling Set by Prima. The background paper is called Hedgerow from the Romantique Collection by Prima.



I used a mix of colors from my stash of Distress Inks by Ranger. The greens are Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint. The blues are Stormy Sky, Broken China and Faded Jeans. I also showed an example of colors you could use together in reds too, if you wanted to change up the color pallette a bit...

This is a close up shot of my original project where you can see the detail in the stamp images...

Sooooo.....you can watch the video here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/17150833

I include tips and tricks on how to use your stamps, other inks you may want to try and more!
Hope you enjoy it!

I will be back soon with more projects! Have a great weekend...
xoxo Cari
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Prima and Tattered Angels Blog Hop

Hello friends!
Welcome to my blog for the Tattered Angels and Prima blog hop!


Tattered Angels and Prima are partnering again to share some fabulous ideas on how to incorporate their products into your projects...

I created a wreath that it is perfect for the upcoming holiday season and of course you can change the colors to fit your own color scheme to work with your home decor. This is really easy to do!

I colored Prima's Kraft packaging (from our Clear Paintables Collection) with Tattered Angels Apple Glimmer Mist. I love the dark olive tones with the soft pearl shine that it created. It's fun to experiment with various colors on neutral backgrounds to see the different results. All of the cones are glued onto a styrofoam wreath base.

I stamped the the word using large Alpha letters onto a cream paper strip and embossed with gold powder. The center paper is accordian folded paper strips from Prima's Fairy Flora Collection. You can build as many layers as you see fit to create the look you are going for!

If you would like to see how I made a similar version of this and for other wreath ideas, watch my video here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/10944334



I clustered the flowers with sprigs of leaves and swirled crystals. The swirled crystals are colored with Glimmer Glam to add sparkle and customize the color I needed. I used Prima's Temple Leaves, Winter Branches, Roosevelt Flowers, Grande Dame Flowers and Glitter Sprays in Gold. It is fun to mix and match lush flowers with a variety of leaves and branches.


Here you can see a close up of the colored Kraft packaging and more crystal swirls that have been colored!
And at the end of the project, finish off the entire projects with light sprays of Wheatfields Glimmer Mist for an aged look!



This project was so fun to create! I hope it inspires you to create one of your own or maybe even as a gift for someone with a new home or for the holidays...

Head on over to the Prima blog for a chance to win a fabulous prize pack (photo of the prize is at the top!) filled with Prima and Tattered Angels goodies! All you have to do is comment, let them know who is super inspiring from our hop and you are entered to win!
http://prima.typepad.com/prima/2011/09/its-a-prima-tattered-angels-blog-hop.html#comments
Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo Cari
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Stamping on a Layout

Hello friends!
Surprised? I am working hard on keeping my blog updated and fresh. Summer is coming to an end in a week and a half, Bryan started baseball this week and we are thinking about back to school. Well-I am thinking about it anyway..:) The State Fair starts tomorrow and we are planning on going to enjoy the unhealty food, grouchy Carnies and poorly dressed fair goers...it's always entertaining!

I am sharing a layout today, of Cassidy, my sweet lab! I did a lot of stamping around this layout using the new Alla Prima Cling stamp set with the matching papers. I used acrylic paint from Ranger, to stamp with-I love using paints rather than inks, because they seem to show up so much better on a larger area like this 12 x 12 layout. I stamped a small journal spot and branches at the top left with clustered some flowers. The paint colors are Aqua and Lettuce from Adirondack line. They matched perfectly!

You can also see a funky branch going along the top right, with another journal spot and more branches. I think it's important to repeat some of the images through out the design, but not all are necessary. As long as the colors match-then you are good to go!

You can see the title stamped onto a journal spot and a few more branches on the photo too. I like cutting the journal spots in half, having one part at the top and another at the bottom to make them looked like they are continuing from top to bottom. The lush trim from prima make the perfect border along the bottom of the photo too.. The teal flower you see is from the Collette Collection-love the wired gems in the center!


You can see more of the branches peeking out from behind the flower cluster-they are subtle yet they add bits of green that is needed around the flowers. I added the new gorgeous bling swirls in teal, that sparkle like you wouldn't believe. They are faceted, so it catches the light at all angles...they look lit up!


So if you would like to try your hand at stamping with paint-you wont need a lot, just apply with a foam brush-you can coat your stamps evenly. Practice on scratch paper to get used to it-it's a lot wetter than ink. Wash your stamps under warm water as soon as you are finished. Otherwise-it's a pain to get it out later!




Thanks for stopping by!


xoxo Cari


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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Shabby Tin and Book Project

Hey friends!
I have a great project to share today. This is my project that I created for the Color Connections event that took place back in May. I thought it was about time I share it with you! I didnt end up teaching the class myself, but I heard everyone enjoyed making it. It's a Vintage style tin with a book inside.

This is Prima's large tin they used as packaging for some of their flowers. I applied gesso and tan paint to the surface, allowed it to set and then finished it off with a coat of Glimmer Glam-Golden Goddess. The glam acts as a protective coat with it's laquer finish. I love the sparkles in it too-it adds a cool effect to the overall look. It does take some time to set, so I left it to dry over night. I lined the inside with Botanical paper from Prima, then added Eminence flowers, Cottage Blossoms, Tissue tape from Tim Holtz and a cute metal frame from Pink Paislee. I also added some green leaves that I painted with Dirty Martini Glam for sparkle and to darken them a bit, to a rich moss color.

The book for the inside is made using patterned paper. I decorated the cover with Crocheted flowers, lace, with chipboard pieces and images cut out from a sheet of the Botanical paper. There is an entire sheet of postcards and emphemera that you can cut out and use as accents for the project.

I also added seam binding with Vintage Trinkets and twine to the binding of the book. And I used bling branches to add sparkle around the flowers-I cut them apart all the time to make them go further on any project. I added Wheatfields Glimmer Mist to the entire book and inked all of the paper edges with Vintage Photo distress ink.





I used three pieces of 12 x 12 paper, cut down to 9 x11 to create the pages. I scored the center and glued the papers back to back
I added tissue tape along all the edges of the pages.





Every page is decorated a little differently, with flower clusters and chipboard pieces tucked in around them. I also added more pieces of emphemera cut from the paper too. All of the leaves were painted with the Dirty Martini Glimmer Glam throughout the book, just like I did with the leaves on the tin cover.






I love the Botanical papers. Each page is unique yet the look is cohesive throughout the project. And because the inside of the tin is deep, it allows you to have bulkier pages without them being squished when the tin is closed. Here is the a look at the last two pages of the homemade book.







I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at this project. It was a lot of fun to put together and I am really happy with the way it turned out. This is a major class with so many steps, but totally do-able!


I will be back soon with more projects from CHA.


Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Long time- no see!

Hello friends!
Summer has been wonderful and so busy, at the Fennell household. I apologize for not posting in a while but that's what summer does to you...it gets you outside, planning trips with family, enjoying waterparks, sleepovers, boat rides and cookouts.

I was also consumed with the trade show, CHA in Chicago. It was very hot. It involved a ton of hard work, as always. But ended after spending a week with my Prima family and a fabulous dinner at Gibsons. There may have been a night out, involving a cheesy dance club, including Alicia's fab skills of cutting the rug and some Jersey Shore wanna be's. But no one was there........ so, it didnt really happen :)

I have some of my layouts to share that I made using Prima's new releases at the show. The products were a huge hit as always and many compliments were made on ALL the samples displayed in the booth....every single one! The DT knocked it out of the park this summer and I was very humbled, placing my projects next to their's on display....

This first layout is of Gwen, the miracle baby. She looks so sweet. I remember her in the hospital, wearing a cotton ball as a diaper...she was tiny to say the least. To see her like this, makes me smile. I needed to make a layout for Nic and this was the perfect time. The Pixie Glen line was not my favorite at first, but now I love it! I also used some of the new Shabby Treasures metal embellishments (painted pink frame and lantern), Melody flowers and new canvas leaf vines with pink sticthing. I also added some little stamped images, here and there as well.


Here, you can see the metal frame close up, with a sweet little Pixie image and flowers.



This is sweet layout of Bryan using the Londonerry Paper Collection, with coordinating embellishments. There are so many cool things to cut out of this paper line to use as accents for your projects. It can be used for masculine or feminine projects and even heritage too.






Here, you can see some of the new leaves, tiny treasure metal trinkets with a mix of flowers, clustered around the edges of the photo. I also used an old book cover for the background to frame in the photo and to add a little interest with the pop of red.






I made my own medal with a chipboard accent, scallopped circle from packaging, green ribbon and placed his name in the center with new alphas. I really enjoy making my own embellishments for my pages and this one has to be my faveorite to date....





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***Coming up:


Next Tuesday, August 16th, I have a Live with Prima show coming up! I am making my Happy Tag book project and ending with a little Ruby Violet cuff demonstration.....I may even give one away! :0


Thanks for stopping by-I appreciate it so much!

xoxo Cari

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