Monday, October 20, 2014

Winter Themed Cards

We had such a fun weekend! My brother and his family were in town for a long weekend visit. I love it when they are in town. We spend all the time we can with them while they are here. My kids love spending time with their cousins. They spend hours and hours and hours in the sandbox at my parents playing with cousins. The amount of sand that those kids were covered in was amazing. I loved hugging all those sand covered kiddos. Nothing makes me happier than spending the weekend with all of my family.
Unfortunately, a long busy weekend was the perfect storm for me to end up with some complications from my treatments...so I landed in Urgent Care yesterday. Yesterday was rough! I was really really frustrated and just mad. Today is a new day and I'm doing better. I'm excited to spend some time at my desk creating. That's the best medicine for me!
Today I'm happy to share a couple of cards that I created with the Carta Bella Bundled Up collection. This collection is perfect for winter photos, perfect! It's full of shades of blue with just a splash of red! It's adorable!
These cards were so easy to create! It's simply a few stickers, a doily, and some patterned paper backgrounds. I did stamp the sentiments on these cards but the stamped sentiment could easily be replaced with sticker sentiments to make them even easier.
Isn't that snowman adorable?!?!
 And who doesn't love a cup of hot chocolate in the winter? I know that's one of the only things I like about winter.
Happy Monday! I'm hoping you can spend some time creating too!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Bella Blvd

I've dreaded writing this post...really dreaded it! Since I've started designing in the scrapbook industry there have been a lot of teams that have come and gone. I've had very few (actually only one) bad experiences. Overall I've loved my design team work. In 2012 I took a chance and applied for my first manufactures design team, Bella Blvd. I was completely shocked when I got the invitation to join the team, I screamed when I got the email. Little did I know that I would grow to love that company and being a part of their design team. I designed for Bella for two years. Recently, I stepped down as a designer for Bella Blvd. That decision was the hardest decision I've had to make thus far in my scrapbooking career. I know, its just a design team. There are tons of design teams and manufactures, but I fell in love with Bella! They took a chance on me and believed in me enough to add me to their design team. I fell in love with their products, the owner of the company, and their design team coordinator, AND the many amazing designers I've had the opportunity of working with. When the time came for me to decide whether or not I would keep designing for Bella I really wanted to find a way to stay on the team. When it became apparent that it was time for me to move on, I was heartbroken. I can't imagine what the coming weeks/years will be like for me without Bella design team assignments. I will still work with their products because I truly do love them. I just won't have projects on their blog anymore.
Today I'm sharing with you some of my favorite projects from Bella Blvd:







In case some of you are wondering about me saying goodbye to many of the companies that I've been designing for, in no way am I stepping away from scrapbooking or designing professionally. I'm simply shifting my focus onto projects for a handful of manufacturers and putting more focus here on my blog. You will simply find my Bella Blvd projects here rather than on the Bella Blvd blog.
Is there a scrapbooking manufacturer that you love?