Last Month, The Scrapbooking Studio in Bloomington, IL asked me to design with The Christmas Day collection by Carta Bella. This collection is simply stunning. I love the simple vintage feel to all of it. Every last piece reminds me of Christmas past. Think of the Christmas Past ghost from A Christmas Carol and you get the idea of the lovely pages by Carta Bella. You can find pictures of the complete collection at:
The first item I designed was a Christmas ornament for my tree. I loved this little Santa and had to play with him first. I used a small flat Canvas as the base. It is layered with paper and stickers from the collection. All of the edges were distressed with Tim Holtz Iced Spruce Distress Ink. I even added some Ranger Glossy Accents to the stars and lantern to make them more dimensional. The gold ribbon finished the project off nicely.
After the ornament, I decided to make a canvas. Mixed media and canvases is where my projects seem to go toward eventually. This canvas is perfect to display on a mantel or even give as a homemade, from the heart, Christmas gift.
I adhered a piece of the Carta Bella paper to a 6x6 canvas and then painted the edges of the frame and paper with Claudine Hellmuth's Traditional Tan Acrylic Paint. The embellishments on the front of the canvas are all stickers from the collection. Some of them are popped up with Zots to give the entire project more dimension. The edges of the canvas were distressed with Tim Holtz Aged Mahogany Distress Ink. I tied the ribbon around the entire edge of the canvas like a Christmas package.
The next thing I designed was a scrapbook page showcasing my kiddos in front of the Christmas tree last year. I loved the Naughty and Nice chipboard pieces for this project. It hit the nail right on the head. LOL.
You know your kids are getting old when you have to make them sit on the floor and not stand in front of the tree. I'm not sure I would see the tree if they stood up. They are all getting way too tall.
The last items I designed for The Scrapbooking Studio were two Christmas cards. Perfect for anyone on your Christmas card list!!
I hope these items inspire you to stop into The Scrapbooking Studio in Bloomington or Moline and check out Carta Bella and all the other wonderful Christmas lines now in the store. So beautiful and so much fun!!! Now, I must get back to work!!!! I have 50 Christmas cards to design today for my own Christmas Card list. Ready, Set, Go!!!!!!!
Have a very Merry Christmas!!! God bless us, everyone!!!