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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's for your Valentine!

Happy Valentine's Day FotoBella Fans!  Apryl, design team member joining you today!  With three kids in school that means I needed to get ALOT of Valentine's ready for their school parties!  Eighty to be exact.  Oh my.  So, naturally I turned to my faithful Silhouette Cameo to be the crafty hero.  

The kids and I found this cute file here:  To my surprise it was a Print and Cut File, yay!  But, to let the kids get their hands in the mix, I also let them cut some of the shapes out with scissors.  I mean, that's part of the fun and adds to the handmade charm. We picked up some fun holiday pencils at the dollar store and  got to work assembling these beauties.  With the help of American Crafts adhesive bundle, we had it done in no time.  

The kids love them, and the best part is they get to share a unique Valentine with their friends!  Hope you have a fabulous and creative day! 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Remember Valentine's Day when you were in grade school?  
We usually made a Valentine "mailbox" in Art class, then on Valentine's Day, our classmates would drop a Valentine into it!  It was always so much fun to open our Valentines, and the day was made sweeter if candy hearts were inside the envelopes!

As card makers, we never outgrew the joy that we first experienced back then, and most of us are sending Valentines to our friends and loved ones to this day!  The FotoBella Design Team is no exception! We exchanged Valentines this year and today are sharing them with YOU!

Jeri's card for Jessica 
Jeri's card for Jessica was made using  
Simple Stories Posh.

The inside has a journaling spot!
Jeri even made a pink coordinating envelope!  
Jessica's card for Apryl 
This beautiful card features the January and February 
Julie Nutting Doll Paper Packs,
and the Love Clippings Notecards, all by Prima.
The heart pendant adds such a sweet touch!
The layering detail gives her card dimension.
 Apryl's card for ReNae
Apryl used the Simple Stories "Beautiful" Collection.
This card has five beautiful patterned papers.
Apryl embellished her card with chipboard and stickers from the collection.  
They added just the right touch!

ReNae's Card for Jeri

ReNae created this card using the Julie Nutting Doll Cling stamp called "Lots of Love"
ReNae's son Bif colored the images with colored pencils and the card was made with paper from Julie Nutting Blush Collection, all by Prima.
Sequins and a sentiment added the finishing touches!

We enjoyed sharing our Valentines with you!  
From all of us at,
Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Together Card

Ok everyone, tell me how phenomenal the new Carta Bella Welcome Home Collection is!

The more and more I work with this collection the more I fall in love with it!

So, my parents 41st anniversary was coming up and I thought this home-themed collection was made for a heart felt card for them!

Find the full Welcome Home Collection at

Friday, February 2, 2018

Go Red for Women Art Journal Page

     Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Drea with the Design Team, sharing my art journal page created with some goodies from in honor of this day.

     I started by masking a piece of lace cut into a heart with Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain. Then I stamped along the heart with Prima Marketing's Garden Fable Stamp using Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, colored with Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain. The title was made with some older Bo Bunny stickers, with a coat of red Stickles on "red". 

         I also applied red Stickles to the butterflies, stamped with Bo Bunny's Flutter Stamp.

     Prima Marketing's Princess Zara Stamp was embossed with Ranger's Rainbow Sparkle Embossing Powder,  and inked with Ranger's Jet Black Archival Ink onto heavy white cardstock. Her skin was colored with Distress Spray Stains (Antique Linen, Wild Honey, and just a tad of Vintage Photo). Then I used Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain, Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain, Candied Apple Distress Ink, Black Soot Distress Ink, and Aged Mahogany Distress Ink to color her in with Prima Marketing's Watercolor Brush Pen Set. Finally, I used red Stickles again to add some sparkle to the flower centers.

          Thanks for looking, and shop!



Monday, January 29, 2018

Gather Layout

Gathering around the dinner table is so important!

Hi everyone, Jeri here!

I think eating dinner together is so valuable.
We taught my brother and sister in law to make Pho at home! So their first time trying it themselves, they sent me pictures.
Of course, I'm going to scrap it!

My Carta Bella Welcome Home I Want It All Bundle was perfect for this layout, with all the home themed prints and embellishments.

I love how this turned out! I just wish I could have tried their Pho!!

Grab this collection at

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

National Handwriting Day is Today!

National Handwriting Day was invented by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) and is celebrated every year on January 23rd.  This date was chosen since it is the birthday of John Hancock, the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. His bold, confident script is arguably among the most recognized, earning "John Hancock" a place in the dictionary as a euphemism for one's signature.
According to WIMA, “Handwriting allows us to be artists and individuals during a time when we often use computers, faxes and email to communicate. Fonts are the same no matter what computer you use or how you use it and they lack a personal touch. But handwriting can add intimacy to a letter and reveal details about the writer’s personality.

Since the art of Handwriting is now almost obsolete in today's technological world (which is full of spell checks and easy-to-change fonts and font sizes), National Handwriting Day lets us all take a step back and realize what a pencil, hand, and paper can do.

What can we do to improve our handwriting?  One way is to write a letter or send a card!  Letters are much more personal than a simple email. Don't make them all say the same thing; say different things to different people, and even try to reminisce about fun things you did in the past.

Paper crafters know the importance of handwriting!  Many of us practice calligraphy and have developed our own unique style.  Others of us, (me included) enjoy making and sending cards! So today I want to share a handmade card I made to send to my Mom...and inside I will write a handwritten note.  It's so much more personal than an email, and who doesn't love receiving mail? 

I used the Bo Bunny "Flowers" stamp today.  I stamped my card using my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform  It makes stamping so easy and if you don't get a perfect coverage, you simply stamp again!  I stamped my flower image using the Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink Pad.  Then I covered it with Gold embossing powder by Vicki Boutin.

I matted the image on gold paper and stamped a sentiment using a stamp from my personal stash.  I tied a bow with gold ribbon and adhered gold sequins with liquid glue.

I decorated the envelope with the Bo Bunny Fillagree foil transfers. The foil transfers are so pretty, and add a special touch to your project.

WIMA has a few suggestions to celebrate Handwriting Day:
  1. Write a letter. Whether it's to someone near or far, show someone you care by taking the time to write them a handwritten letter.
  2. Read a book. It may not be writing, but it shows appreciation of writing. Some of today's most noted authors prefer pen and paper to create their novels including J.K. Rowling, who drafted her famous Harry Potter series on napkins.
  3. Practice your "John Hancock."  A personalized signature represents your identity.
  4. Start a diary or journal.  University of Texas at Austin psychologist James Pennebaker contends that regular journaling strengthens immune cells and reduces stress.
So why not celebrate Handwriting Day with  We have a large variety of paper, pens and writing instruments to make it easy and lots of fun!

Happy Creating!

Friday, January 12, 2018


How is everyone's New Year going?

Mine has been full of change.  My husband and I have moved back home to Utah from California.  We moved from busy Southern Cali to a small and very quiet town. Not to mention SNOW!

The best part is being near family though.
I have been making my 2 nephew's scrapbook since the first one was born 5 years ago. So when I found out my nephew got a stamp set for Christmas I couldn't wait to scrapbook with him.

Tayvin used every stamp in his set, and while I was cutting them out he drew the cutest little picture. I asked him what it was a picture of. He said it was me standing outside and looking at the mountains. Boy he is observant, because I have done this every day since I have been here.

I think our scrapbook page turned out pretty cute!!
He has asked me when we can scrapbook again. I told him now that I live here, we are going to scrapbook all the time!

This Welcome Home Collection by Carta Bella was the perfect collection to create a 'welcome home' layout!