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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Altered Glass Decanter using Ciao Bella Prolea Rice Paper

Ciao Bella Prolea Rice Paper
Altered Glass Decanter made with Prolea Rice Paper

Hello Crafty Friends! It’s ReNae again! When my design team packet this month revealed the Ciao Bella “The Muse” paper collection, I was thrilled! Designing beautiful projects would be easy with all these unique floral papers! Last week I created a beautiful card made with the gorgeous 12 x 12 Prolea flower patterned papers. This week I created a beautiful altered glass decanter using the Ciao Bella Prolea Rice Paper which I am showing you today!

This high quality transparent rice paper features pretty pink protea flowers. It is versatile, strong and durable. This paper can be used on many surfaces, including paper, cardstock, wood, and today’s project, glass! Ciao Bella rice paper is perfect for all decoupage and mixed media projects as you will see!

The Project:

Today’s project is a decorative candle decanter for the bedroom or bathroom.

Altered Glass Decanter Decanter using Prolea Rice Papers

The Supplies Needed for the Prolea Rice Paper Decanter

Before you paint the jar, you will need to apply a primer so the paint sticks to the jar. The Stamperia Primer has a nice creamy texture and works great! You will also need to choose your background color. I selected Prima Marketing Art Alchemy-Liquid Acrylic Paint in Titanium White.

Next, select the Rice Paper. Ciao Bella Prolea Rice Paper is perfect for all decoupage and mixed media projects. As I mentioned above, the transparent rice paper features pretty pink protea flowers. It is easy to adhere to your project and will not disintegrate. No prep is needed! Colors stay bright, and it will not fade or wash off in contact with water. (This was a must, since it is going to sit on the bathroom counter.) Finally, you need glue. To adhere the Ciao Bella Prolea Rice Paper to the jar, I used Stamperia Rice paper glue. This glue is a thin liquid and dries quickly with a satiny sheen.

Making it Prettier

The remaining supplies I used for decorative purposes. I selected Nuvo Expanding Mousse, Barefoot Beach Sparkletz by Buttons Galore & More, and Ranger Liquid Pearls to embellish my altered jar.

The Nuvo Expanding Mousse is perfect for adding unique textured details to your projects. It provides a lustrous shine thanks to the highly-pigmented mica powder. You can use it as a normal embellishment mousse with or without a stencil. If a heat tool is used, the mousse will expand and then dry to bubbling crackle texture.

The Sparkletz by Buttons Galore & More are so versatile! I used them to add sparkle and pizzazz to the jar. They can be used on a card or as shaker bits in a shaker card! To give a 3-D and elegant opalescent look, embellish the Ciao Bella Rice Paper with Liquid Pearls. Dot, draw, outline, color-in, write, glue, border and paint. It can be used as a color wash too and is perfect for holiday and wedding decorating. The squeeze bottle features a fine nib dispenser tip for superior flow control. I used it for adding gold luster to my project.

Creating the Altered Decanter with Prolea Rice Paper

To create the Altered Decanter I selected a candle jar from Christmas that had burned all the way down. The jar was large and cylindrical. After melting the wax from the jar, I washed it in the dishwasher on “hot“ to remove all remaining wax. It was now sparkling clean and ready to alter.

Make sure your jar is clean and dry

The first step was to wipe all the dust from the glass decanter making sure it was clean and free from any debris. I applied one coat of Stamperia primer to the glass jar and allowed it to dry completely. After the primer was completely dry, I applied the Prima Marketing Art Alchemy-Liquid Acrylic Titanium White directly on top of the primer. Using a sponge dauber to apply the paint ensures even coverage. Setting it aside, I allowed it to dry.

Then I began preparing the Ciao Bella Prolea Rice Paper. I prepped the images of flowers I wanted to use by tearing apart sections, drawing around the area with a paintbrush and adding a bit of water, (do not make too wet). I gently tore the images away from the main sheet. Tearing the rice paper is recommended instead of cutting with scissors as the edges can be blended easily into the project.

Ciao Bella Prolea Rice Paper
Applying the Rice Paper glue

I applied the Ciao Bella Rice Paper floral images with Stamperia Rice Paper Glue glue to the glass surface. It was really fun to see this project come to life! It‘s almost like planting a flower garden then watching the flowers bloom!

Icing on the Prolea Rice Paper Cake!

After the Stamperia Rice Paper glue dried completely, I embellished the decanter with the Sparkletz, Nuvo Mousse and Liquid Pearls. Adding these embellishments was like adding icing to a cake! I loved the way it turned out! This project only took about three hours to complete! if you attend this project, please remember to work in a cool dry workspace with plenty of fresh air so that your project dries quickly and evenly!
Please give this project a try using Caio Bella Prolea Rice Paper and some of your leftover candle jars from the holidays! it’s a fun and easy way to make a home decor piece for you or for a friend!

Ciao Bella Prolea Rice Paper Decanter

So until next time, Happy Creating!


Saturday, February 27, 2021

Graphic 45 Blossom Tag

Hey crafty friends! Jeanne here today to share a large tag that I created using the Graphic 45 Blossom Collection from Fotobella. This kit has so much left even after already creating my previous projects. I also hadn’t used my doll stamps lately so thought this smaller Julie Nutting planner stamps would be great for this. Here is what I’ve come up with!

Creating this Graphic 45 Blossom Tag

I began by cutting a piece of scrap chipboard from my stash to 4 x 7.5 inches. I made it into a tag shape. After choosing the papers from the 8x8 paper pad included in this kit, I adhered the paper onto the chipboard using Helmar Acid Free Glue which is a favorite. Then using my brayer over the paper to spread the adhesive evenly.

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Graphic 45 Blossom Bundle

I took a piece of card stock from the kit and made my own reinforce hole and adhered that onto the tag . Brought over the Graphic 45 Blossom ephemera pack, stickers, & embellishment pack and picked out what I would be using on my tag. I then adhered some Prima Market flowers that I felt matched very well. Then added a piece of white lace , ephemera and embellishments and adhered them.

Working with Julie Nutting Doll Planner Stamp

For my stamped doll, I put the stamp on my Tim Holtz stamping platform. I cut some white card stock from Brutus Monroe which is pretty thick, and used Brutus Monroe Raven Detailed Ink and stamped one of the Julie Nutting planner dolls. These are smaller than the average doll sizes, these measure 4 in. height. I used some Copic markers to color the skin, hair and shoes. Then, stamped the doll stamp onto one of the beautiful Graphic 45 floral papers then cut it out and adhered it with some foam dots onto my colored image. Many of you know this as paper piecing, which I love doing.


I finished this off by adhering my stamped image onto my completed tag . Finally picked out a couple colors from the fibers from the kit into the reinforced hole I had added at the beginning and that’s it!

I must say that I really enjoyed creating this large tag especially playing with my Julie Nutting Doll stamps. I am not very good at coloring but I do want to learn how to do shading, and blending. In the meantime I will keep paper piecing! I hope you are inspired with my project, and please run over to to purchase a Graphic 45 Bundle or other great supplies! Till next time...



Products used for this project:

Graphic 45 Blossom Collection

Friday, February 26, 2021

Altered Storage Box for the Craft Room

Altered Storage Box
Storage Box with Graphic 45 Princess Papers

Hi crafty friends! Most crafters I know (myself included) have so much stuff in our craft rooms that it is sometimes hard to keep everything organized. Today, I am going to share with you a quick way to alter a storage box to beautifully store some of your craft supplies. The best part is that you probably already have the supplies in your craft room to make this project! If not, head over to the FotoBella online store and pick up some fun papers from their large collection.

If you’re anything like me, you hold on to empty boxes “just in case.” An altered storage box is the perfect way to recycle those boxes and get organized, too. To make this project, you can use any size box. I have a leftover chipboard box from Christmas that I will repurpose for my storage box. Next comes the fun part: selecting the papers. I am using the Princess collection from Graphic 45, which I purchased from FotoBella. Check out the FotoBella online store for other papers you might like. Don’t forget to pick up some coordinating paint, like this gold paint I used for my storage box.

Cutting the Papers

First, use the paint you chose to paint all of the edges of the box on the outside. Don’t forget the bottom. While waiting for the paint to dry, select the papers you want to use. I am choosing one pattern for the bottom of the box and a second pattern for the lid. One of the best parts of using any of the Graphic 45 collections is that the papers all coordinate so well.

For the papers on the bottom, measure the dimensions of your box and cut your papers 1/8” smaller to allow for a border. I wrapped my paper continuously around my box using long strips. However, you can also cut one piece for each of the four sides of the box and glue separately. Next, measure the dimensions of the lid and cut your papers 1/8” smaller. If you are using distress ink, make sure to ink the edges of all the cut papers. I am using Scattered Straw by Tim Holtz. I also want to use one of the beautiful princess images and postage stamps that come with the collection.

An optional step here is to cut papers for the inside of the storage box. I am choosing to leave my box plain inside since the box is in good shape. However, cutting a few pieces of cardstock to match your papers will give the box a more finished look.

Decorating the Storage Box

Once the paint is dry, begin with the storage box base. Adhere your papers to all four sides. If you are wrapping your paper like I did, start in the center of one side and try to make sure the end of the paper is not on the corner of the box. Line up the second piece and continue covering your storage box. Then, cut a piece of paper to cover the bottom of the box. I am using plain cream cardstock rather than the decorative paper for my bottom. Once cut, glue the paper onto the bottom of the box and set aside.

For the lid, begin by gluing the paper to the top. I am using one of the beautiful princess images and postage stamps from the collection. I cut out three postage stamps and backed them with chipboard to give them dimension. Also, I matted the larger image on cream cardstock. Next, position the image onto the box lid and glue into place. Add the smaller postage stamps on top of the main image. I cut a small border strip and added it to the top of my storage box lid to give it a bit of pink color.

Close Up of Postage Stamps and Flowers

Finally, choose some embellishments that compliment your project. I am using the Graphic 45 metal dies to create a flower out of coordinating paper. Also, I selected small pink flowers from my stash. FotoBella has a great selection of flowers to choose from! To finish off my storage box, I added Diamond Stickles to the flower petals and on the borders of the postage stamps.

Large Flower Made with G45 Metal Dies

What’s Inside My Storage Box

I am making my box specifically to hold all of my new Julie Nutting doll stamps. I purchased several of these stamps recently from the FotoBella online store and need a storage box for them. Since my craft room is pink, the Graphic 45 Princess collection was the perfect paper line for this project! I selected a box that is the perfect size for my stamps, too. However, the nicest part about altering a storage box is that the possibilities are endless! You can alter just about any box and use any papers. I hope you will give it a try soon. Mix and match, get creative with it, and have fun!

Storage for Julie Nutting Doll Stamps

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Prima Fruit Paradise Fresh Start Inspirational Canvas

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Greetings! Chris here sharing this adorable inspirational canvas I created to adorn my work office. Prima’s Fruit Paradise has so many beautiful papers, so creating this inspirational canvas was easy!

Gather your Supplies

Prima Fruit Paradise A4 Paper Pad

Prima Fruit Paradise 4 x 6 Journaling Card

Pearls, lace, 6 x 8 burlap canvas, bird and branch die or cut outs, brown card stock

Creating Your Own Inspirational Canvas

Pull out your I Want It All Bundle, and lets go!

Start, by trimming 2 pieces of the Cherry Blossom papers from Prima Fruit Paradise A4 Paper Pad to fit your canvas. Set 1 piece aside to serve as your base.

Now, detail cut Cherry Blossoms from 1 piece of your Cherry Blossom papers from Prima Fruit Paradise A4 Paper Pad. Use dimensional adhesives to adhere on top of coordinating blossoms on your base paper. I love the detail that doing this adds to your project.

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You can see below how much dimension and depth adding these pop up blossoms adds to your project. Adhere your base paper to your inspirational canvas. Use your choice of adhesive, and make sure you center the piece.

Adhere lace around the outside of your Cherry Blossom Base. Add pearl trim around edges, like shown in my picture below.

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Die cut Bird from Prima Fruit Paradise A4 Paper Pad and branch from brown card stock. Add to your inspirational canvas with dimensional adhesive. Cut “Everyday is a Fresh Start” from your Prima Fruit Paradise 4 x 6 Journaling Card. I included the little butterflies when I was cutting the sentiment. Next, banner cut the edges of your sentiment and Add to your canvas to finish. You can se all the dimension is this canvas. I hope you enjoyed this Canvas! I can’t wait to hang it in my office!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

How to Use Stamperia Texture Moulds with Cream Paste

Greetings! Chris here today and I am excited to show you How to Use Stamperia Texture Moulds with Stamperia Cream Paste.

This year I treated myself to a little Fotobella Christmas present of Stamperia Moulds and decided they would be a perfect start to my journal I am creating this year. I admit I was a little intimidated by the texture moulds! But they are so fun and easy to use... So I thought I would show you how easy they are to play with.

My Fotobella Christmas Present


Stamperia Texture Moulds

Stamperia’s Cream Paste

Pallet Knife

Creating with your Moulds

Start by grabbing your Stamperia Texture Moulds and Stamperia Cream paste and a pallet knife. Just a note you need to plan ahead a bit as this step will take 12-24 hours to dry. So I like to create a few at a time so they are always ready to go when I create.

stamperia texture moulds, fotobella

Apply a thin layer of Stameria’s Cream Paste to your Stamperia Texture Mould.

The thin layer first allows you to insure you have the entire Stamperia Texture moulds filled. After all the Mould is filled apply a generous layer of Cream Paste extending outward to the smooth areas of the texture plate. You should not be able to see the texture when its wet.

stamperia texture moulds, fotobella
Sections of this mould need more paste

You can also only add paste to certain sections of the Stamperia Texture Mould like I did for this project. Just be sure to extend the paste to the smooth edges for easy removal.

stamperia texture moulds, fotobella

Let the paste dry in the mould overnight.

Removing your Project from the Mould

Your paste will shrink as it dries and you will be able to see the texture in your mould. Begin by gentling peeling up around the edges of the mould. GO SLOW. If you encounter any stickiness to the mould, WAIT its not dry enough.

Peel slowly. Use the flexibility of the mould to help you. just keep peeling and the entire project will come out all in one.

Once finished you can use as is, paint it, ink it and even cut it up as desired for use on your project. The finished design is flexible enough to be applied on a curved surface! Stay turned for a few projects using my mould impressions.

Monday, February 15, 2021

3 X 3 Boxed Card Set Using Graphic 45 Blossom Collection

Hello crafty friends!! Today I am on the blog to share with you these handmade card box sets. The design team package I received from Fotobella was a kit that included the Graphic 45 Blossom 8x8 paper pad, ephemera and journaling set, stickers and chipboard set & coordinating card stock. Also, came with some ribbons, fibers, buttons, rhinestones, metals, and sequins. Everything you need to make some great handmade cards!

Making of the 3x3 Graphic 45 Cards

I began, by choosing and cutting the variety colored card stock that came in this kit. First, I cut a 3x12 inch strip from the colored card stock. Then cut that at 6 in, getting two 3x6 pieces. I cut all of the pieces first, after that, I scored all of those pieces in half. So on the long side, the 6 in. side, score at 3 inches.

Once you have all of your card stock cut and scored, I then chose and cut papers from the 8x8 paper pad of Graphic 45 Blossom collection. I cut up some of the sheets that had a variety of sentiments, tags, etc. Then picked out which I wanted to used as my background, or base piece. These, I cut almost to the 3 inch mark, leaving about 1/16 of an inch from 3in. I then took all of the variety of base pieces I had cut, I distressed all of the edges using Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I adhered everything using Helmar 450 Quick Dry Glue.

Envelopes for 3x3 cards

Before adhering those down, I cut some plain white card stock from my stash for the inside of the card bases, I also used this same card stock to create my envelopes. First I cut the card stock 7 X 4 1/4, score horizontally at 1in, 4 1/2, turn vertically score @ 1/2 on both sides. You are then going to cut off the the rectangles on both ends of the piece. (X marked on those on my video). Once I finished cutting all of them, I then used some non brand double sided 1/4 inch tape, I have also used liquid adhesives as well.

Finishing the Graphic 45 Cards

To finish off my Graphic 45 cards, I used some of the ribbons, buttons, and other items from the embellishment pack that came in this kit from Fotobella.

For the boxes, I followed a great tutorial from PootlesPapercraft. She has quite a few videos on different project ideas, and they are very easy to follow! I have a playlist of her tutorials, you will love how simple they are!

I hope that my video and written instructions made sense. Even though this collection from Graphic 45 isn’t my style, but these make great gifts to friends who love bright colors like this! Stay tuned for my next project. Till then check out the rest of the Fotobella Design Team create inspirational projects!

Happy Crafting


Graphic 45 Blossom Bundle

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Ciao Bella’s “The Muse” Inspires Creativity

Ciao Bella’s “The Muse” collection wants us to ponder, “Can a muse reverse roles and become a writer, with an intimate look to her soul through the magic of her own words?“ Every woman knows the answer.

ReNae here today with a fun project I hope inspires you!

The Muse by Ciao Bella
Close-up of details

In the fall of 1948, Ernest Hemingway traveled for the first time to Venice, Italy. While there, he fell in love with Adriana Ivancich, his last muse. Theirs was a surprisingly long relationship, wherein she inspired him, even though he was 30 years her senior. Even though he hadn’t published a novel in nearly a decade, she inspired him to complete “The Old Man and the Sea.” She was also the model for Renata in “Across the River and into the Trees.”

Just as Adriana inspired Ernest Hemingway to write novels, this gorgeous patterned paper “The Muse” inspired me to create a beautiful greeting card! Just look at all the beautiful patterns in “The Muse” collection!

Beautiful papers

Making the Card

To create today’s greeting card, I selected a floral pattern from Ciao Bella’s “The Muse” Limited Edition Paper Pad. This 12 x 12 pad has some of the most gorgeous floral prints I have ever seen! They are printed in Italy with organic inks on forest-friendly certified paper. Like all Ciao Bella paper collections, these papers are all about Italian high quality. They feature versatile patterns and styles, perfect for a variety of projects and applications...such as greeting cards!

Once I decided on the print I wanted from my background, I selected some floral images from “The Muse Limited Edition Paper Pad” and using a detail scissors, I fussy-cut out the printed image of a flower pot and several beautiful flowers and grapes, along with the image of a painting.

Fussy Cut Images from The Muse Collection
Card elements

To elevate the images I decided to use a die I had in my personal collection and cut out a mat from the “The Muse Patterns Pad” which is a 12”x12” Collection of eight double sided papers with beautiful patterns and solids (a total of 16 different designs). I die cut a strip using rose gold foil and adhered it to the mat. Once all my elements were cut out, I inked the edges with Ranger Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick and Peeled Paint. Now was ready to assemble the card!

Inside sentiment

Assembling “The Muse” Card

I adhered the floral pattern paper to the card base. Then placed the foil strip and mat to the center of the card base with dimensional adhesive. Next, I arranged the flower pot, flowers, and image of the painting to create my focal point. To add some sparkle to my card, I adhered several gems to the front of the card from the “Buttons Galore & more” Sparkletz embellishments pack.

The finished card

To complete the card, I adhered one of the sentiment panels from the pattern paper paper. It reads “I want to write things that people want to feel.” I love that sentiment because that’s the way I feel about the cards that I create! When someone receives one of my handmade cards, I hope they feel the love I’ve put into it. And when I use the Ciao Bella “The Muse” exceptionally beautiful patterned paper collection, I believe they will!

Head over to and grab your supplies today!


Saturday, February 13, 2021

Sir Vagabond Faux Layered Scrapbook Layout from FotoBella

Hi There! Lynda from Scrapbook with Lynda back to share my last scrapbook layout using the Sir Vagabond collection.

Easy Sir Vagabond Faux Layered Scrapbook Layout

This layout looks like I spent hours selecting, distressing and layering paper, but I didn’t! This layered look paper is part of the paper pad, so all I did was tear it out of the pad.

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Yup, it was just that simple to create this vintage, steampunk background and I just love the look.

Creating a Hand Lettered Title to Match the Sir Vagabond Paper

I didn’t have any letter stickers that match the Sir Vagabond paper, so I made a hand lettered title for the layout.

Using a pencil I drew Doc on a piece of cream cardstock, then traced the outline with a black permanent ink pen. It looked a bit plain, so I filled in each letter with a fun pattern.

Gave it a bit of an aged look by inking it with brown ink in a random way. The unevenness of the inking gives it an aged look.

Steampunk Embellishment Clusters

Nex,t I started working on the clusters to create a diagonal line of sight through the Sir Vagabond scrapbook layout.

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Love how this little cluster nestles in the corner of the layout.

Layered a couple die cut shapes with a clear die cut gear to create this little corner cluster.

Tucked a clear die cut from the Sir Vagabond collection under the photo, then added a die cut of the man himself.

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The final cluster is also a die cut layered with a clear die cut. Simple, but looks great! With such a busy paper I decided to keep the embellishments on the page simple.

This is the last of my three layouts using the Sir Vagabond collection. It’s fun collection to work with. I’ll be back again in March to share more paper crafting with you. In the meantime, you can see more of my work on Instagram or by following me on Facebook.

Happy Scrapping!

Scrapbook with Lynda