Carta Bella Paper: Baby Boy Blocks

Last month, I had the pleasure of creating a fun project for a baby boy using the adorable Carta Bella Paper “It’s A Boy” collection … and I realized that I neglected to share it here on my blog.

I really enjoyed making this one! It’s been a LONG time since I’ve made anything for babies! 😀 I decided to make a series of stacked gift boxes that you could fill with little goodies for the baby, and then can be displayed in his nursery afterwards. Here’s a look!

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I created the blocks from Kraft Designer Cardstock using my electronic cutting machine. Next, I selected a mix of fun papers from the It’s A Boy 6×6 Paper Pad and Dots & Stripes Paper Pad. The scale of these patterns are PERFECT for a project like this!

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Each panel of each block is decorated with a little scene or vignette.I used a mixture of stickers, die cuts, chipboard, and embossed cardstock to make each one come alive with dimension.

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The stuffed animal shapes in this collection are especially cute! Baby will have so much fun learning each of the animals names. I couldn’t resist tying a little bow around each of their necks.

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Even the stars feel like they are twinkling with the addition of shiny enamel dots.

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As an added bonus, the tops of each block open easily, so that mom and dad can store a few extra cotton balls or cotton swabs inside.

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SUPPLIES: It’s A Boy Collection6×6 Paper Pad6×6 Dots & Stripes Paper PadElement StickersEphemera PackChipboard AccentsDecorative BradsEnamel DotsNatural White Linen Designer CardstockKraft Designer CardstockMini Triangles Embossing Folder, Silhouette Cameo machine, Adhesives, Scissors, Light Brown Distressing ink

If you are on the hunt for ADORABLE baby collections for a project you are working on, be sure to check out Carta Bella’s “It’s A Boy” and “It’s A Girl” collections … they are as cute as can be!

Thanks for taking a look! See you next time!

JanaBold

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Reasons We Love Mom Gift

As a child I always loved sifting through my mom’s purse looking at all of her “treasures.” Her sunglasses, wallet, checkbook, lipstick, candy …it was a magical world of grown-up fun. Grandma’s purse was the same way. Grandma always had a stick of gum to share and usually brought along a roll of Ritz crackers and squeeze cheese for the grandkids. 🙂 So when I was brainstorming about a fun way to package treats for a mom this Mother’s Day, I naturally thought of purses!

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I used the BasicGrey Mint Julep collection to cut out this purse on my Silhouette Cameo. Such pretty feminine papers in this collection! The purse file is from SVGAttic and can be found HERE. The flower is included as part of the file. The leaves are from a Christmas set by SVG Cuts. I used one of the Mint Julep stitched brads as the flower center.

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I accented the purse’s handle with  a border sticker and made a tag out of one of the stickers from the Mint Julep Elements Sticker Sheet.

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When you open up the purse you will find a pocket containing a little card for mom.

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I filled the purse with “Riesen” candies (I found these at Dollar Tree) and then wrapped each candy with a strip of pretty patterned paper. On the inside of the patterned paper we wrote all the REASONS we love mom/grandma and why we think she is so SWEET. (Can you tell I love punny gifts?! 🙂  )

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This gift would be so fun to give mom or grandma … or even a close girlfriend any time during the year!

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Thanks for letting me share!

JanaBold

Thankful

Hello friends! It’s been awhile. I didn’t mean to let this few-and-far-between blogging pattern take hold of me, but lately, I just haven’t been feeling very chatty. I HAVE been creating though … can’t stay away from that … so I will try and catch up and load those projects here on the ol’ blog. 🙂

I know Thanksgiving seems like old news now that Christmas is on it’s way … but I do have a couple of Thanksgiving projects to share, if that’s alright with you. 🙂

SUPPLIES:
BasicGrey Serenade collection: Serenade Chemise Paper, Serenade Bustle Paper, Lucille Selvage Paper, Lucille Pin It Paper, Serenade Element Stickers, Serenade Alphabet Stickers, Serenade Printed Chipboard, Serenade Mixed Brads

I used the Serenade collection (Loooove!) to scrap some snapshots from last year’s Thanksgiving. We were actually planning on driving three hours to my sister’s home for the weekend. Before we left, I decided to cook an impromptu turkey dinner just for our little family. The kids were so excited! The girls drew a banner to hang on the mantle and my son created placecards on the computer for everyone. We had a great time cooking everything together. My husband quickly snapped these shots with his cell phone of our time together and I’m so glad he did! The next morning four of us woke up with the flu and we ended up staying home and never had an “official” Thanksgiving dinner with our extended family.

I spritzed the background paper with walnut ink and then began building my page by matting each photo on a different pattern paper. I adhered the photos side by side used the large floral sticker and layered border stickers to “connect” everything. The title was created with the chipboard letters that come with the Printed Chipboard.

I printed my journaling out on a transparency and added it to a journaling sticker. A few brads and more chipboard pieces here-and-there complete the page.

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Growing up, my mom always left little treats for us kids on the kitchen counter for almost every holiday. They were so much fun to wake up to! When I saw this pilgrim hat cut on the Silhouette site, I knew it would be the perfect little container to hold a few treats for my kids. I added glittery yellow Stickles to the buckle and then created a couple of “feathers” to tuck in the hat band for additional color. The feathers were actually created from a free tropical leaf cut available on the SVGCuts.com website HERE. (On a side note, SVG Cuts has 28 pages of free designs available to download … be sure to go check them out HERE. WOW!)

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I also created a pilgrim card for each of them. It was fun to write each of them a note and tell them all kinds of gushy-lovey reasons why I am thankful for them. 🙂 How cute is that pilgrim cut?! This one can be found in the Thanksgiving Harvest set at Lettering Delights. The card design was inspired by THIS CUTE HALLOWEEN CARD created by Jin of UnderACherryTree.com.

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Next, I created a couple of Pie shaped gift boxes filled with candies. I took one to my parents and one to my husband’s parents to thank them for having us over for Thanksgiving Dinner at each of their houses. The pies are so much fun to make! I’m thinking I’m better at making a paper pie than a real one! LOL! You can find the file for the pie in the Fall Harvest SVG Kit at SVG Cuts.com. My girls begged me to make each of them a pie as well and they have been using them in their play kitchen, pretending to bake them in the oven. LOL!

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And then finally, I used this free SVG file by Lettering Delights (find them on the blog www.underacherrytree.com HERE) to create these tiny little pumpkin purses filled with candies for a few of my gal pals at church. In addition to the SVG file you can also download a PDF for the gratitude cards. (I plan on adding one or two to a future Thanksgiving/Fall page!)

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Thanks for taking a peek at my work! I’m so happy you came by today. 🙂

Take care!

Back-to-School Projects

I have a couple of back-to-school projects to share with you today. Remember the schoolhouses that I made for my kids’ teachers? I filled them with chocolate chip cookies and a customized bottle of hand sanitizer. They were so easy and so much fun to put together!

The apple is actually floating inside the bottle, and then the teachers’ name was applied to the front with yellow vinyl. I cut the apple on my Cricut Expression machine using the Create a Critter cartridge. I cut two apples for each bottle, one regular and then one mirror imaged. I applied the mirrow image to the back of the first apple because the artwork is going to be viewed from both sides.

Next, I placed the vinyl apple inside a 4.5″ x 6.5″ YourStory laminating pouch and ran it through my YourStory Laminating and Bookbinding machine (you can fit two apples in each pouch). I trimmed the lamination down to the size of the bottle with the apple centered in the middle, rolled it up and stuck it inside the bottle of hand sanitizer. (You will need to create your icon with vinyl or text-weight paper so that it is flexible enough to roll up. Cardstock is too thick.) I then used the pump to unroll the laminated apple inside the bottle and position it in place. Add the teacher’s name to the front of the bottle (I used the free digital cartridge Cricut Craft Room Basics), tie a ribbon and add a button to the top and you have a cute, easy gift for your child’s teacher!

Heck! You could even make these for co-workers for Christmas or to gussy up your guest bathroom. 😀 FUN! I seriously can’t wait to make more of these! Maybe I should create a “Hand Santizer of the Month Club” for my children’s teachers and send them a new bottle each month. LOL!

Next, I have a scrapbook page that I created for the My Mind’s Eye Blog. For this page I used the super cute Six by Six Two “School Daze” paper pad with a few sheets of On the Bright Side paper.

I love how the new 6 x 6 paper pads come with a sheet of coordinating icons that you can cut out and use on your projects.

I created the title on my Silhouette Cameo machine using artwork I found on the Silhouette site. I cut the title out on four different colors of cardstock, cut them apart and then layered them together on the black base.

I just LOVE this time of year. I think I’m going to head off to the school supply sales and see what deals I can score before everything is gone. 🙂

Happy Scrapping!