About Me

My name is Daniela Costa and I am a Scrapbook Designer and Educator. I am currently a Design Team member for Authentique Paper. I do guest spots and special events for lots of fun companies! I provide Scrapbooking and Mixed Media classes in the Northern California Bay Area. I do commission and private classes as well. Just contact me

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Alpha Stamps "The Bunny House" and "Farmhouse Mini".. My first official post... EEEEKKKKK!

I am so excited to share with you my creations with the Alpha Stamps March Kit!  This kit is incredible, the colors, the variety, it's just beautiful! I've used elements from the Farmhouse collection, Chipboard House Box, and the most incredible Chipboard windows and doors.  I've also added the darling mini flowers, and the acrylic flower on top of the house.  **See full supply list link at the bottom of this post The box comes with two small holes on each side, so I weaved some wire, along with the seam binding and now I have the Bunny House!

Let's take a look at some of these little elements a little closer! 

I covered the entire box with the fantastic whitewash wood paper from the Farmhouse Collection.  I then cut out vintage Easter Eggs from the Eggs and Easter Collage Sheet, along with my little bunny peeking out the door below.  I used gold paint I had in my stash to paint the chipboard door and window.  If you notice, I wanted my little bunny to show off a bit more cause he is soo cute, so I cut out the window portion of the door.  I also added a mini paper hinge on the door and it does open and shut.  

My next little project is Farmhouse Mini.  I used the Mini House Album with more of the Farmhouse Collection.

I can't' tell you how excited I was to play with this.  I love little things, and this just takes the cake!  Using more of the chipboard windows which I painted gold, I added the mini roses on the bottom.  I punched holes on the sides of the House Album and tied a ribbon through them to complete the album. 
Throughout the little album, I've added photo mats, cutouts from collage sheets, and ephemera from the scrapbook paper.  

Here is a close up of the little windows with flowers and then a side view of the little mini.  I absolutely LOVE making these types of miniature things.  

Below are a few photos of the inside of the little mini.  It's amazing what you can fit inside one of these little House Mini Albums. 

Thank you so much for looking at my take on the March Alpha Stamps Kit!  I am so honored to be on their team, and am really excited for whats to come.  Make sure to support small business and pick up a March Kit with all the extras!  

Monday, March 4, 2019

Springtime Banner with Dreamy - By Daniela Costa

Hello Friends!  Daniela here to share with you a really fun "Spring" Banner made with the "Dreamy" collection by Authentique Paper.  This collection is just what we needed on these cold dreary days.  I know we are all dreaming of Spring weather and sunshine.  This collection definitely puts you there!  From beautiful florals and Butterflies to darling cutouts of sweet girls with wings, there are so many things you can do with it!

I had a Chipboard Banner just waiting to be made so I decided to use the Dreamy collection and make this Spring Banner.  I love to layer the Authentique Papers as they all coordinate so beautifully together.  I've used tearing, inking and lots of pop foam on each panel to give it lots of depth and dimension.  I also pulled out my flower stash, buttons, and some dies that would work well with my theme, rosettes and butterflies!

As you can see on the first two letters, I've done a bit of layering of each of the pieces.  Tearing and inking all the edges really makes each layer and paper stand out from each other. The top layer if the beautiful floral paper.  I've tied twine and added a charm, plus a mini bouquet of flowers.  For the P I've added a Rosette along with some butterflies dies to compliment the panel.  Lots of inking and pop foam on all of these as well!

For the R I've layered and inked all my edges.  I've also found a great metal Butterfly in my stash of charms and it matches perfectly for the banner.  On the I, I've added twine some die cut butterflies from the paper and some buttons. 

The last two panels follow the first, with more butterflies in the paper and a metal one, along with a beautiful Rosette made from the paper and another mini bouquet of flowers.  
I had so much fun making this banner and it sure brought a little sunshine to our dreary rainy weather.  I hope you'll make yourself a beautiful Spring Banner with the Dreamy collection!  

I had to add this photo of my little Ginger.  She is always being a cute little puppy and this morning was no different.  As soon as I went to hang the Banner to photograph it, she was trying to grab it right off the couch!  Silly Girl!  
Have a wonderful week everyone!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

I'm a Alpha Stamps Design Team Member!

I'm so excited to share with you that I've been asked to be a part of the Alpha Stamps Design Team.  If you don't know about Alpha Stamps, please go follow them EVERYWHERE!  (links below)

When I first started crafting waaaaaay back in 2002 or so, I fell in LOVE with Mixed Media, and anything I could alter.  As styles changed and as I changed, I always had loved doing those projects, but wasn't able to do it as much.  I am so excited to be doing it again!  I received the most beautiful Design Team Box.  I can't WAIT to share this with you!  Think Altered Mini EVERYTHING!  Collage Sheets, Metal pieces and charms, beautiful ribbons... oh my lord... 

So, if you have a cup of coffee and have some time, go through their blog, website, Instagram give them some love and be ready for really fun whimsical things!  I'm over the moon excited, honored and you'll LOVE it too!  


Website: Alpha Stamps
Blog: Alpha Stamps News
Instagram: Alpha Stamps
Facebook - Alpha Stamps Home

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!

I absolutely LOVE all the papers and embellishments around Valentine's Day.  Authentique Paper does it perfectly every year. 

All of us on the Authentique Design Team are sharing some projects for Valentine's Day using the gorgeous "Romance" collection by Authentique Paper.

I just can't get enough of this paper, I keep making things! 
First up is this darling Treat Box by Lynda Kanase of Sizzix.  It makes all these different animals.. more to come, but how CUTE is this Unicorn Box?  I love it so much.  Pair it with the darling Romance paper and I am giving this one to my mom..

Second up is a Mini Album I made from scratch.  Its a 6x6 album with lots of flips, flaps and pockets.. Filled with the Romance paper, it will be perfect to document my love.

Finally, a Flip Flap Album!  It wouldn't be Valentine's Day without a great Flip Mini for you!  These are so much fun to make and I have this one available in my shop.  The Art Life Shop

Thanks for visiting, make sure you go visit my other Authentique Paper Designers!  Happy Valentine's Day Friends!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Hello Friends!  Daniela here with a really fun home decor project using the new QUEST line by Authentique Paper!  This line has everything you've ever wanted in a travel line.  Airplanes, maps, signs, luggage tags (even RIO) (by the way I'm from RIO), and so much more fun ephemera.  It features a beautiful bright RED and gorgeous blue.

I've had this wood frame sitting in my craft room for a long long time.. just never felt the urge to use it until today.  I was so inspired by the papers and the theme.  I just grabbed a pile of photos from a trip a few years ago, and got to work.  

This is an all wood frame and I've painted it with Dylusions Postbox Red paint.  

It has 3x4 and 4x6 in openings so I just started decorating each box which was so much fun!  The photos I get are 3x3 sized so I can practically use them anywhere. It also gives me more room to decorate each box.  I just love the vintage elements of this paper line.  From the saluting woman to the beautiful floral patterns, this line has something for everyone.  I've grabbed a few charms from my stash, and Tim Holtz Sizzix dies, which matched perfectly and made some new embellishments with my dies and the papers in this line. 

For this top left part of the frame, I fussy cut the "globe" and then adhered it onto another 3x4 piece.  I tied a little red twine with a heart charm around the globe.  I popped out the "marker" piece and had a small hole punch which fit it perfectly.  Adding pop foam and distress ink pulls all these pieces together.

For the bottom left of the frame, I used one of the 3x4 cutouts of the sentiment and added a puffy heart sticker I had in my stash.  For the 3x4 on the very bottom, I pulled out my Tim Holtz Sidekick Mini Dies, and used paper from the collection.  It features two planes, a world, suitcase and stamp from one of the papers.  I also added a manila tag from my stash with a little memo of where/what we were doing.

This below is the middle right of the frame.  I loved the sentiments on the 3x4 cutouts and I've used a lot of them on this frame.  I've also used the Tim Holtz world dies and cut it out with the papers from the line.  It turned out so cute in these papers!  
Now, I'm ready to hang this darling frame up.  I think I want it right in the hallway.  It as a great trip to Hollywood, just me and my son.  These papers make it so easy to document a trip.  The elements all work so nicely together, whether you've just taken a weekend away or flown across the world, QUEST will be the perfect paper line for you to use!
Have a great week friends! 
Daniela Costa

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Hello Friends!  Daniela up here on the Authentique Paper Blog today, sharing with you a fun tag set I made using the Nostalgia collection.  I am working with the very talented Lynda Kanase and she designed these darling stamp and die sets.  Pairing them with this Authentique Paper is a perfect fit.

I wanted to add a little homemade flair to the Christmas Tree this year, so I decided to add these tags in random places.  The Die set has a piece to make a slot so you can place something inside.  I wrote "love" notes to my family.  On Christmas morning, I'll give each of them their tags.  I love being able to take out my scraps bag, a darling die set and make up something fun. 
For this tag, I used the die cut twice on the paper.  Once on the patterned paper and using the "slot" die, then using the same die with kraft paper to put behind the patterned paper.  This way the slot works as a pocket!  I decided to stamp and emboss, then add a little ribbon, and extra strip of paper, and whalla, super cute sentiment tag done.  

For this tag I used Gold embossing powder which just makes the paper "pop"!  I made the little tag by hand that goes into the pocket slot.  This one I have a little love note for my husband on the back of the tag.  

For this final tag, I made another little tag to go into the slot for my son.  I hope my family enjoys these tags.  They look pretty cute on the tree!  
If you'd like to know more about this darling Stamp and Die Set, come by my blog for more details! 

Have a wonderfully creative day!  Daniela  

Monday, November 12, 2018

Handmade Album Featuring "Jingle" by Authentique Paper

Good morning friends! I'm up on the Authentique Blog sharing with you a Mini Album!
I'm so excited to share with you today a beautiful Christmas Album featuring the gorgeous "Jingle" line by Authentique.

This line is just vintage gorgeous with a little cat and doggy flair!  I LOVE this element to the collection!

I've been having a hard time finding premade albums that I really like and are all the sizes I want.  I decided to make my own!  This is not your typical hidden hinge or 12 hour process... I just formed it with thick chipboard.
I wanted a good size that wasn't overwhelming, but big enough that I can decorate fully, and have space for photos and journaling.  My album ended up being 6x8" and I've made 3 different types of pages.  Using all the darling papers and embellishments, I've decorated this album to the hilt, and also have plenty of pockets and spaces for photos etc.

As you can see, this page is smaller than the rest.  This gives some depth to the album and shows off the papers so much!
Lots of pockets and flip ups to add your own special touches.  

 The vintage Animal elements in this collection is so cute!  Look at this page with all the vintage stamps featuring Dogs and Cats.  I just adore it.
More pockets, more cute embellishments, to cover your pages.  The dog Christmas is the BEST.  I'm a dog person so this one really speaks to me! 

I think this is my favorite part of the book, the spine!  I've added a little hang loop and a Christmas charm.  I've also decorated the spine with all the cardstock stickers from the page as well.  

This darling album will be taught at Memories for the Making in Lodi this SATURDAY November 17th, 10am.  Call the store to reserve your space today! 209-333-7577.