Today we are sharing some free-for-all projects from our designers, where they have free reign to use whatever collections they like as they create layouts, cards, and altered projects.
“Smile On” card, by Laurie Schmidlin.
I love to make my kids cards to slip into their backpacks on the first day of school. They have come to expect it! This year my daughter will be a senior in high school and I wanted to make her card bright, fun, and encouraging. A perfect fit for Bella products! I used supplies from the Daily Chevies collection and embellishment stickers from the new Snapshots collection. I love how they all coordinate!
Daily Chevies: Chevy Bell Pepper, Chevy Pickle Juice; Snapshots: Everyday Bookplates, Captions; High Five Alpha Stickers: Piggy Punch; Crochet Hearts: Bell Pepper
“Halloween Owl” card, by Laurie Schmidlin.
This fun owl is probably my favorite image from the new Trick or Treat collection. He is absolutely adorable! I "stitched" together two different Trick or Treat patterned papers with a bit of coordinating paper peeking through the middle. For embellishment, I added one of the new Paper Pieces, stickers from the Alpha+Bits sheet, a Crochet Heart, and a Bella Button!
Trick or Treat: Leaf Storm, Spooky Town, Paper Pieces, Alpha+Bits; Crochet Hearts: Orange Hearts; Button Market: Outdoors
"Tractor Man”, by Becki Adams.
Halloween is such a fun holiday and Trick or Treat is the perfect collection for documenting Halloween especially if you have kids. The daily details Trick or Treat cut apart sheet is my favorite part of this collection. I’m going to have to have to buy lots of extras of this paper.
Trick or Treat: No Brainer, Happy Owlween, Spooky Town, Daily Details, Alpha+Bits, Paper Pieces, Captions, Tabs; High Five Alpha Stickers: Black-White
Jewelry Tray, by Jennifer Edwardson.
I'm always looking for different ways to use everyday items so when I saw this wooden serving tray at our local market I knew I could have some fun with it! I started by painting it with black chalkboard paint. It took a few coats but was dry and easy to work on in about 4 hours. NOTE: it takes about 3 days for chalkboard paint to fully set before you can write on it with chalk.
I started by adding the white hooks to the bottom. This tray was made from bamboo and was quite soft so instead of screwing the hooks through, I simply adhered them with my hot glue gun. Because I was only adding jewelry to the hooks, the glue would hold just fine.
I covered some mini clothes pins with designer tapes and wrapped a few coordinating colors around the handles too. I then chose a few patterned papers, cut them into squares and rain them through my laminating machine. I trimmed off the excess and then punched tiny holes in each for the earrings. Because the earrings are so light the clothespins hold them up no problem. I added a bit of embellishment to a couple of the clothespins and a few cute cuts just because.
I am a huge fan of the High Five Alphabet stickers, especially the tiny typewriter ones, so I labeled a few of the hooks to give Emma an idea of what to hang where.
Of course I had to make good use of the chalkboard paint so I added a couple of fun messages to her and then surprised her with a few new pieces of jewelry for her board – she absolutely LOVES it!
Birthday Girl: Sugar Rush, Celebrate, Borders, Cute Cuts, Party Dress; Baby Girl: Alpha+Bits; Sand & Surf: Cute Cuts, Miniatures; High Five Alphabet Stickers: Piggy-Punch, Gulf; Button Market: Fruit Punch; Designer Tape: Ice Stripe, Hot Pink Dot, Pickle Juice Dot, Gulf Dot, Yellow Chevron, Polka Dot Combo
Fridge Magnets, by Jennifer Edwardson.
I've had these cute little Maya Road 'bottle caps' sitting on my desk for ages and finally got the chance to work with them! I love all the sweet images that Stephanie creates for each collection and wanted to find a unique way to enjoy them every day. My fridge is always covered top to bottom with lists and photos and my kids' artwork so I created some fun magnets to hold up the bits that are on display.
I adhered the magnets onto the back of the bottle caps first. They were self-adhesive and I put a few on each cap to make sure they'd hold several pieces of paper at a time.
Each one is very different but represents all the things we have on the fridge at any one time. I used stickers in the center of one, chip shapes in a couple of others and punched circles of patterned paper in a few as well.
For the 'tree' magnet I adhered designer tape to a piece of cardstock and punched out little circles and adhered them to the 'petals' of the flower shaped bottle cap. Buttons, flags and miniatures stickers were perfect for a few of them as well.
For the last 3 magnets I precision cut the heart, sunshine and puppy from the Cute Cuts and ran them through my laminator. Once they cooled, I cut them out again and added magnets to the back. Super cute and completely strong enough to hold the kids' next painting to the fridge!
Sand & Surf: Cute Cuts; Ciao Chip Elements: Clouds, Family Words; Making The Team: Chipboard Icons; Tail Waggers & Cat Naps: Chit Chat Chipboard, Cute Cuts, Alphas+Bits, Pampered Pet; Honey I'm Home: Labels Additions Stickers; Family Dynamix: Chit Chat Chipboard, Chipboard Icons; Button Market: Masculine Mix, Checkers, Orange Stars; Designer Tape: Pickle Juice Stripe; Flags: Home Sweet Home, Dog