Monday, August 8, 2011

Bella got a Facelift!

The Bella Blvd. blog has gotten a complete makeover. I don't know if you've seen it lately, but check it out here! Laura is doing a great job! Stephanie has decided to to re-introduce the original "Artistas" this week...and guess who's featured today, along with the Fabulous Gail and Allyson! Check it out!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Another Layout...Another Winner!

Here's another CHA layout I did for Bella using Too Cute to Spook. I love the thunder clouds in this line spooky! It's a little dark - a little hard to photograph, but here it is...

The winner of yesterdays Christmas Wishes giveaway is....Margie

Margie said...Ohhh-your boxes are so sweet! They would make a great home dec project for the holidays, or to hold a gift (inside a gift)!

Margie - email me at with your mailing address and I will send your package right out!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

And the winner is.......

The winner of the Too Cute to Spook and Finally Fall paper is...Lori

Lori Said...Those samples are so adorable, Beth! You are so creative! They would make such great gifts!!

Lori- please email me at with your address so I can send the goodies out to you!!!

Everyone else- Check back tomorrow to see if you are a winner of the Christmas Wishes package!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Christmas Wishes and Another Giveaway!!

Introducing "Christmas Wishes", the new Christmas line from Bella Blvd. This line is so much fun to use! You can check out the whole collection here!
I was assigned two projects with this line, an altered project and a layout...check them out!

First, I made this bow - never did this before, but after googling it, it was super quick and simple.

The bow goes on top of this box...

And this box goes on top of this box...

And this box goes on top of this box...

And here's the finish project.....

My layout is of my niece and nephew, Rebecca and Evan. I love this picture of them!!

Wanna win some of this?? Look at it all...just leave a comment below and a random person will win it all on Monday. Don't forget to check back to see if you're a winner!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Win it before you can buy it!!!!

One of the awesome perks of being a Bella Artista, is being able to see and create with brand new product that no one has ever seen before. I LOVE it when I get the box with all my goodies in it! Stephanie is so generous with her product and give us so much that it is near impossible to use it all, sooooooooo, I decided to share!! Yippie!!

Today, I am showing you some pictures of projects I've created for the Bella Blvd. CHA booth. I will showcase the Too Cute To Spook line and Finally Fall line. Stop on back tomorrow for another chance to win a whole bunch of Christmas Wishes!!!!

Don't you just love this witch's boot???? I saw these boots all custom painted and with such cool decorations and detail, and decided I had to have one. I contacted the person that made them and asked if I could purchase one completely bare. She agreed, and within a few days I had a naked paper mache witch's boot. I took it from there and painted it and decorated it with the Bella Too Cute to Spook line. It was a bit of a challenge since the boot is not flat. It was a bit difficult getting all the paper placed without it bubbling up. But all in all, I was very happy with the result! I made a couple other projects using this line, but you'll just have to come on back to check it out!!

This layout is on my beautiful cousin, Athena. Can you believe she is only eleven???? WOW! I just love these pics of her, and it was so easy using the Finally Fall line with so much to choose from!!
Here is a little wine bottle box I created. I love all these paper mache products that are available now, and you can bet our store will soon be stocking them!! I loved creating this with the Finally Fall line.

And look at all these lovely goodies I'm giving away! Just leave a post below and I will pick a random winner on Sunday the 17th - that's right, you may win it before it even ships into stores, since it is not shipping until mid August!! Don't forget to stop back tomorrow to try and win some more and on Sunday to see if you are a winner of this....

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sneek Peaks!!

I have been crazy busy lately between the daycare, extra hours at The Scrapbook Store, and Designing CHA projects for the Bella Blvd booth. But, I am happy to say I've completed all of my CHA projects and even threw in an extra little project.

All week Bella Blvd. has been releasing peeks of their four new lines they will be introducing at this summer CHA show in Chicago. It's so exciting to be a part of such a great team, and I just love playing with all the product when it's still top secret. Below are a few sneak peeks of my projects. You're gonna just love the new lines. Like all of the other Bella lines, these will not disappoint!!! Check out the Bella blog here to see the complete collections, and be sure to stop back and check out my blog tomorrow for some COMPLETE projects that will be revealed. Oh yeah....

And I'm also gonna have a giveaway you won't want to miss!!!

Too Cute to Spook

Finally Fall

Friday, July 8, 2011

Another Layout!

This is a layout I did for Bella Blvd using the Cricut Expressions. My cute little nephew, Evan, is so photogenic...just love those cute little freckles!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

So many Great Ideas!!

It's not too late to check out all the fantastic crafty ideas over at the Bella blog! There are so many amazing projects to create!! Moving on with the Cricut team up, below is a little Wedding Planner I made for my daughters up-coming wedding. I made it out of a file folder and Bella Sophisticates line. Once folded, the folder created four pockets for me to put the tags into. On each tag is a wedding fact with different categories on each tag. It turned out cuter than I expected and was so much fun to make! Keep checking back for more ideas!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Provo Projects!!

These projects were so much fun to make, and I learned so many new techniques!! These are some of my projects that are featured on the Bella Blvd blog! Check them out and be ready to be amazed at so many other projects done by so many talented people! Teaming up with Cricut has been a blast!!!

I used the Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge to make this cute little treat jar!

Here's a card gift set using the quilling sets by Provocraft - so much easier to make than it looks!
And a simple card made by using the Cuttlebug embossing folders!

Check on back for some more great ideas! Thanks for stopping!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Loads of Inspiration Coming Your Way!!!

Teaming up with Maya Road was so much fun last week, that we decided to do it again, this time with Cricut Circle. For those of you that may not know what a team up is, it's when two companies work together and combine their products to create something unique. So, for this team up, Bella was given Cricut product and Cricut was given Bella product. Then the designers of both companies get to work. One of the great benefits of being a Bella Blvd Artista is all the wonderful product you receive to create with, especially the product you wouldn't typically buy or use. Not that I don't like the product, but sometimes I just don't know what to do with it.

I have to admit, I have never used a Cricut before this assignment, but I've always loved what other people have created with it. It always seemed a little too putzy for me. For this team up, I used the Cricut Expression, the embossing folders for the Cuttlebug, and a quilling tool. I had so much fun, and I was amazed at just how simple it was to use. I have to say, my personal favorite was the embossing folders. I couldn't believe how it changed the whole look of the cardstock and how easy and reasonable this technique was.

All of the Artista's had many projects to create for this team up - and all of them will be featured on the Bella Blog all this week, thru Saturday. If you feel like it, stop by the Cricut site here and see what their design team has been up to. Be sure you come back and check out my creations!

Day One: Check out this super adorable 4th of July Wand that Sheri Feypel made - she's so creative!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Final day of Team UP!!!

It's the final day of the Maya Road and Bella Blvd. team up. My mini is featured on the Bella blog today. This book is filled with a few of my daycare kids having a great time playing in the bright sunshine!! I loved working with Maya Road and the Bella Sunny Happy Skies line!!

Tell me these kids are not the cutest ever!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Team Up and a Giveaway!!!!

All week Bella Blvd. is teaming up with Maya Road and two of my projects will be featured, along with so many talented people. If you get a chance, hop on over to Bella and Maya Road for some great inspiration (and a fantastic giveaway)!!!

This is a layout of my cute little nephew, Evan. I remember always thinking that I never wanted his baby teeth to fall out because they were the cutest little "Spongebob" teeth. While his smile is still the cutest, I have to say I really miss those little teeth! I'll be posting some more layouts I've done with the Mr. Boy line soon!!

The Awesome Giveaway over at the Bella Blog!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A New Chapter for a Dear Friend

I moved into my current neighborhood back in 1988. Within the first year, I had met and became friends with my neighbor, Penny, who lived across the street. We pretty much became instant friends with her and her family. Her son, Michael, and our daughter, Alyssa, became best friends and continued to be throughout their childhoods and even into adulthood.

Penny and I had a lot of the same interests and hobbies and still do. If I ever need anything, anytime, no matter what or when, Penny is always there. She's such a trooper, more so than I, and is always willing and able to do anything.

I've trusted her completely with with many real life moments, both good and bad, and many secrets.

The past few years Penny has had a tough time, and yet, she has overcome so much. I am so very proud of her and I continue to be inspired by her and admire her deeply.

As of this coming weekend, Penny will no longer be my neighbor. She has made a very brave decision to move on and out on her own. I helped her a bit tonight, and plan to help her more over the next few days. This is so small and minute in comparison to what she has done for me over the years. I will truly miss my neighbor, and I know it will take a bit of getting used to, but I guess this gives us an excuse to have more "girls nights".

I have many friends, but few of them like Penny. She is truly a gift and I feel blessed to have her in my life. Thank you, my friend, for all that you've done for me and continue to do every day. I have no doubt you will be very happy and will continue to inspire me with your strength, positive attitude, and courage. Love you tons!!!

Penny sitting out on her new balcony at her new patio furniture.