From all of us at Bella Blvd, we want to wish you and your families a very happy Thanksgiving! We all have so much to be thankful for in our lives, and today is all about focusing in on those things and taking the time to really appreciate all that we have.
Welcome to "What's New Wednesday"! Every Wednesday, our designers will be sharing projects using the latest and greatest products from Bella Blvd. Especially our newest collections, which our designers are having so much fun creating with!
I love the new Hello Autumn collection for its vibrant colours. But I also love the touches of neutral that allows me to ground my crazy ideas! The fussy cut leaves, layered in cluster groupings, and the woodgrain panel at the top of my page, have been used to create a magical garden for the mythical creature in the photo (my son pretending to be a unicorn!). The Hello Autumn Treasures & Text alphas have a wonderful whimsy about them and were perfect not only because the colors coordinated with my photo. And the fussy cut stars from the Lucky Starz patterned paper collections, were added to reinforce that the hint of magic might be at play.
Supplies: Hello Autumn: Treasures & Text, Falling Into Fall, Borders, Gatherings; Lucky Starz: Carrot Starz, Surf N Turf Starz
I have loved these two owls from the moment I first saw them! I knew that I wanted them both to be the stars of the Thanksgiving card that I send to my mom! Being in a different state, we don't always get to be together for the Holidays but I like to send her special cards when we are apart. I'm sure she will love these two cuties as much as I do!
Supplies: Hello Autumn: Falling Into Fall, Borders, Treasures & Text, Trinkets, Paper Pieces, Chipboard Icons; Designer Tape: 12mm Combo
For this card, I gathered some of my favorite items from the Christmas Cheer collection: Paper Pieces, Ciao Chip chipboard pieces, a sticker, and a couple of borders! For embellishment, I added some twine and a few scattered sequins. For some added dimension, I popped up a couple of the layers using foam tape.
Tis the season for a happy harvest and to create fall projects with Bella Blvd’s Hello Autumn collection. This card began with the Daily Details ‘Happy Harvest’ card in hand. Once my focal piece was decided on I started mixing and matching paper and accents until I liked the combination and placement of things. When I mix papers and accents together I like them to have contrasting colors so things stand out individually.
When you’re a child Christmas is all about the presents, but as you get older you realize it’s really about family, the cozy home you’re sitting in on Christmas morning and your pet that’s jumping through the wrapping paper! It’s also about enjoying the creative process of making and sending handmade cards.
Supplies: Christmas Cheer: Reindeer Games, Merry & Bright, Paper Pieces, Treasures & Text
My daughter has been asking and asking and asking for a hat. Not what kind of hat, just a hat. So when I stumbled on the free ear flat hat pattern (found HERE), I totally knew this would be FUN! It came together pretty easily and I let her pick out which puppy from Puppy Park she wanted on the front of her hat. She loved the hat and immediately asked for "cozy pants" to wear with her hat. Cozy pants are PJ’s in my book. I actually used a boy’s pants pattern (found HERE) because I really loved the fun cuff. As you can see she loved them too!
Supplies: Bella Blvd Puppy Park fabric by Riley Blake Designs; Fusible Fleece; fur lining; elastic & notions
Owl Tooth Fairy Pillow, by Kathy Frye.
My 5 year old granddaughter needed a Tooth Fairy Pillow and she likes Owls, so together we designed and made these little Tooth Fairy Pillows. We used the Snapshots line of fabric, and she loved the little hearts! We 'fussy cut' little flowers from the flower print fabric for the owls eyes, and used the little floating green leaves as the noses and appliqued the pieces to the pillow fronts. We also added some trim to the front of the little pockets. The back of the pillow has two pieces of fabric sewn together, with an opening in the seam for stuffing the pillow. They look pretty cute on her bed!
Supplies: Bella Blvd Snapshots cotton fabrics by Riley Blake Designs; thread; fusible web for applique; poly fiberfill stuffing; decorative trim
I had so much fun making these fabric coasters. I think I’m going to make a stack of them for everyone for Christmas gifts. I love that they are absorbent and if they get dirty or stained just throw them in the wash.
The method to making them is really easy. Basically you just want to cut strips of fabric that are all the same length. The widths can be different or exactly the same size. I start with strips that were 6” long. I really wanted the houses to be the center focus of the coaster, so I cut that strip first. Be sure to have a 1/4” seam allowance on the top and bottom of the strip. In my project, I didn’t want the top of the houses cut off, so I made sure that I cut carefully.
To create the other two strips of fabric I actually cut a piece of the doodles fabric into a 6" x 6” square. I cut a bunch of them at the same time with my rotary cutter. The ones that I didn’t use for the front of the coasters, I used for the back of them. So then I cut my 6” x 6” squares into strips, again making sure to leave enough for a 1/4” seam allowance. Place the top piece of fabric and the middle strip, right sides together, and sew a 1/4” seam. Iron open the seams. Then sew that piece to the remaining strip from the 6 x 6 piece, following the method described above. Once you have your strips sewn together, then cut your fabric piecing into a 6” x 6” square. You will have extra height to cut off.
Then cut 6” x 6” squares from fusible fleece. Iron the fleece to your 6 x 6” backing piece. Make sure to iron it on the wrong side of the fabric. Then stack the pieced square upside down on top of the back square with the fleece side down. Starting on the bottom and about a 1 1/2” from a corner, sew a 1/4” seam all the way around the square, pivoting at the corners. Stop stitching about 2 inches from where you started. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and the end. Clip your corners with your scissors. Make sure not to cut your seam.
Flip your coaster inside out, pushing out the corners with a pointed too. I use a metal knitting needle. Iron it thoroughly and tuck the opening edges inside as you press. I always use a little strip of Thermoweb Heat N Bond to close the opening before sewing so I don’t need to worry about it popping open as I am top stitching. Top stitch a 1/8” from the edge all the way around the coaster. I also stitched in the ditch where my pieces were sewn together to give it a little more stability.
And there you go. A quick little project for your home or to gift. With all of the wonderful Bella Blvd fabric out there, you could make quite a variety of fun coasters.
Supplies: Bella Blvd Snapshots fabric by Riley Blake Designs; Fusible Fleece; Thermo O Web Heat N Bond Light; Thread; Sewing Machine or Sew by Hand
Riley Blake Designs markets our fabrics under Stephanie Hunt as the designer. When purchasing or searching the Riley Blake website it's actually easier & more efficient to find the Bella Blvd fabrics under "Stephanie Hunt" as the artist.
Welcome to Monday Morning Challenge, where we offer up a challenge, and share with you our designers take on that challenge. Today we asked our designers to create layouts about what they're thankful for.
"Thankful Doesn't Even Begin To Cover It", by Katie Rose.
I didn't have to think twice about what I am thankful for this year. As I have mentioned before, we almost lost my husband this summer from a heart attack. So this layout is for how thankful I am for all the moments we have had with him since then. I used different sized strips of patterned paper from the Hello Autumn line, inspired by a quilt I had seen on Pinterest. Since there was so much color going on with the patterned paper I decided to use all black and white photos. I also used pop dots under my photo strips, though it is hard to tell from these photos. I added stickers and stitching to finish it off.
Supplies: Hello Autumn: Borders, Perfect Pick, Day Dream, Time To Rake, Falling Into Fall, Daily Details, Autumn Floral, Trinkets, Treasures & Text; Sienna Chipboard Alpha: Pickle Juice; High Five Alpha Stickers: Green
For many of us, our family and friends are what we are most Thankful for. I snapped this photo of my son on my birthday. I was thankful that I had him to spend the day with and even doing one of my favorite activities, pumpkin picking. Since he is the most important part of not only this layout, but also what I am thankful for, I printed the photo on a glossy piece of white card stock at 8.5" x 11". I wanted his presence to be larger than life on this page.
Supplies: Hello Autumn: Falling into Fall, Gatherings, Daily Details, Paper Pieces, Treasures & Text; Max: Treasures & Text; Lucky Starz: Treasures & Text
Happy Friday everyone. I have a fun treat for you today: It's this year's version of my thankful album!
This year's album is inspired by Instagram. With so many of us snapping photographs with our phones, and editing them with a touch of our finger, I thought it would be fun to have an "Instagram-sized" (4x4" square) mini album this year! For those of you that are new to my Thanksgiving printables, they are super easy! Just click to download using the links below, print out on solid card stock and trim. Then, at your family gathering each guest can complete a card, filling in the blanks for a person (ie. my mom), a place (ie. my home) and a thing (ie. my iPod) he or she is grateful for. Then create a finished mini album by printing your 4x4" Instagram photos (I personally love to use instaport.me) and adhering them to the backsides of your printables!
You should have plenty of time to print these out and trim them up before your family get together this year! All the work is done for you.
Welcome to Trending Thursday, where we pick something we are seeing trending within the scrapbooking industry and ask our designers to focus on that trend as they create their projects to share with you. This week we are focusing on confetti pockets!
I wanted to make a pocket out of a word, so I cut the Santa title out of patterned paper on my Silhouette, lining the back of the title with some vellum. I also cut “confetti” from various Bella Blvd papers with my Silhouette and then added them behind the vellum area, over a piece of white cardstock so that the confetti peeked through the title. I stitched all around the cut out title to keep the confetti in place!
Supplies: Christmas Cheer: Jingle All The Way, Treasures & Text, Borders, Christmas Crew, Merry & Bright, Reindeer Games, Paper Pieces, Making Spirits Bright; Lucky Starz: Scallop Starz; Tiny Tots: Love to Learn; Freestyle Sophisticates: Freestyle Pickle Juice; Christmas Countdown: Paper Pieces; High Five Alpha Stickers: Pink-Red; Button Market: Aqua Flowers, Pickle Squares
Confetti reminds me of birthdays, and I thought the Molly collection was perfect for a birthday girl themed layout. For my confetti, I punched some shapes from patterned paper, and combined them with some of the little 'bits' from the paper pieces. I used a memorabilia pocket to hold the confetti, matted it on patterned paper, and stitched on a polaroid frame.
Supplies: Molly: Refuse to Sink, Sketch with Style, Unlimited Text, Treasures & Text, Candid Cards, Paper Pieces; High Five Alpha Stickers: Color Wheel; Classic Calendars: Treasures & Text; Designer Tape: Chevron Combo; Flags: Birthday Girl 1, Birthday Boy 2
Paper Pieces die-cut cards are fun to accent with a clear window and a few sequins for a unique shaker card! I trimmed a small piece of acetate and adhere it behind the heart opening with high tack adhesive. Next I cut a backing of patterned paper to go behind the window. Before attaching, I carefully placed a few sequins on top of the acetate. The backing was attached with foam adhesive. I also added a couple of larger snowflake sequins; for those, I tacked them into the corners of the heart and allowed the round sequins to move loosely.
Supplies: Christmas Cheer: Merry & Bright, Jingle All the Way, Reindeer Games, Trinkets, Treasures & Text
Re-purpose domed, clear packaging and create an easy snow globe card! Die-cut a circle cut-out that's just a bit larger than the packaging and use it as a frame. Attach a cute icon or sentiment behind the dome and fill with seed beads, sequins, etc. Use a high-tack adhesive or adhesive dots when you get ready to assemble. A border or twine around the dome helps to hide any areas that aren't hidden by the circle frame.
Supplies: Christmas Cheer: Christmas Crew, Daily Details, Borders, Treasures & Text, Paper Pieces; Button Market: Red Flowers