Thursday, August 16, 2012

Carta Bella, Cricut, and Close To My Heart, Oh My!

I've been wanting to play with the Paris Girl collection from Carta Bella, and I finally find some time yesterday to make a sweet little project.  It's a mini-album from the new CTMH-exclusive Artiste Cricut cartridge, and I chose to make it for my niece who just had her first baby.  I figured it could be a cute little brag book to show off some fabulous pics from her first photo shoot.  Here's the outside:

It's slightly angled, and if it were turned 90 degrees, it would look a bit like a purse.  But since the binding is on what would be the purse bottom, I decided to use sheer ribbon to tie in the pages, and leave it to open book style.

The great thing about this mini-album is that the Artiste cartridge makes it super easy to cut and assemble.  Once you choose your size for the outside (the largest piece), you cut all of the pages at the same size and everything lines up perfectly for binding.  This album is on page 58 of the Artiste handbook, and on page 36 of the assembly handbook.  The outside is cut with the 3-D Object feature key, and the 4 page shapes are cut with the Accent 1 & Accent 2 keys (both regular and Shift).

Now, on to the detail shots:
Rolled flower also on the Artiste cartridge - pg. 54, feature key Accent 2.

The book opened - I used a velcro closure on the flap.

The mats for the photos are all cut the same size, 2.75", so the pictures can all be trimmed to 2.5" square.  They are cardstock from my stash - I believe the pink dot is Bazzill but the shiny silver I do not recall.  Embellishments are stickers from the Paris Girl collection, a Stardust gelly roll pen, and various colors of Sparkles from Close To My Heart.  Sheer ribbon from my stash.

If you are interested in that Artiste cartridge collection, I would love it if you choose to order yours from me!  If you order on my website and join the gathering for Artiste orders before you check out, you have a 1 in 10 chance to WIN your cartridge!  (You can add additional product to your order, but only the Artiste cartridge total purchase price will be reimbursed if you win.) There is also a National Stamping Month special good through September 30: purchase a cool double stamp set for only $5 with any full-price order of at least $35

Thanks for stopping by today - I'd love to see your comments on this little project.  And I hope to see you again soon!


  1. I love your project! The papers and embellies are so pretty! TFS.

  2. This is sooooo cute, Lori!!! I love it! And I neeeeeeeed that cartridge!


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