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ISSUE NO. 7 NEWSLETTER august-september 2012

august-september 2012

letter from carina Since our last newsletter, I have attended two tradeshows, introduced a new sewing pattern and fabric line, ended my Tips for Rockin’ Illustrator series at, revived a series of digital products entitled “Vintage Carina,” and was part of the launch of a brand new paper company, Carta Bella. To top off all these wonderful creative endeavors, I also announced that I was

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expecting baby #3. Our household has been busy to say the least. Despite the busy schedules, I have gone out of my way to have my camera handy for all the wonderful moments. At the very last minute (to be precise— two days before giving birth), I decided I would regret not having a few photos showcasing my pregnant belly. The photo above comes to you from that last minute photoshoot.

You’ll notice this issue is filled with a lot of images and a lot less text. This is proof that there was a lot of time spent behind the camera. I hope you enjoy seeing what we were/ are up to at Carta Bella, in my studio (the promised photos are in this issue!), and get your own creative juices flowing.

Carina Gardner CGInc. Owner & Designer

table of contents page 3 SongBird™ Fabric Line page 5 New Sewing Pattern page 6 Sewing Pattern Distributors page 7 Introducing Carta Bella Paper Co. page 18 Photo Opt in Carina’s Studio page 31 Carina Gardner TV page 33 Free Downloads page 35 CG Studio Calendar page 36 Wholesale Information

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introducing SongBird™ fabric collection Carina’s newest line—SongBird™ hit fabric stores June 2012. SongBird was designed for Riley Blake Designs. This collection was featured in Carina’s Spring Quilt Market Booth in Kansas City May 2012. You can see more photos of this booth and collection on Carina’s blog at: www.carinagardner. com/2012/05/25/quilt-market2012-kansas-city/ Check out all the fabrics in this line by visiting the SongBird™ Digital Magazine. Retailers can purchase this line by visiting: www.rileyblakedesigns. com/.

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Carina Gardner’s Booth Spring Quilt Market 2012 Kansas City page 4

new sewing pattern We introduced our first CG mini sewing pattern—The Kimono Skirt. We are excited about this new size of pattern (pocket-sized!) because it lends itself to easier patterns and quicker projects. This pattern comes in sizes XS-XXL (2T-10) and includes approximate Euro sizing. The Kimono Skirt includes both kneelength and maxi skirt versions. As always, metric charts and a glossary are included with the patterns. This new mini pattern retails for $8.95. Retailers can purchase this pattern from any of the The new mini pattern features Carina’s SongBird™ fabric line for Riley Blake™. You can see all of the Carina Gardner patterns including yardage and descriptions on the website at www.carinagardner. com/sewing-patterns/.

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sewing pattern distributors We have added new distributors for our sewing patterns. If you are a retailer, please feel free to contact these distributors to purchase Carina Gardner Sewing Patterns. This is our entire listing of distributors at this time. Feel free to visit our wholesale page at wholesale/ for more on Carina Gardner wholesale products. Carina Gardner Inc. 2025 Stratford Drive Salt Lake City, Utah 84109 phone: 385.204.4054 fax: 888.370.3113

Christensen Wholesale 106 East 13200 South Draper, Utah 84020 phone: 801.816.0540 888.768.8454 fax: 801.816.0542

Checker Distributors 400 W Dussel Dr., Suite B Maumee, OH 43537-1636 phone: 1-800-537-1060 fax: 1-800-258-6416

Petersen-Arne 4310 West 5th Ave Eugene, Oregon 97402 phone: 541.485.1406 800-547-2509 fax: 541-485-3459

Brewer Quilting and Sewing Supplies 3702 Prairie Lake Court Aurora, IL 60504 phone: 800-676-6543

Moda/United Notions 13800 Hutton Drive Dallas, Texas 75234 phone: 1.800.527.9447 fax: 1.800.468.4209

Creative Smocking/ CS Distributing 2336 NW 5th St. Bend, OR 97701 phone: 800-424-2232 fax: 541-383-8908

Notions Marketing 1500 Buchanan Ave SW Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507 phone: 1.800.748.0250 fax: 1.800.678.3400

Home Sew 1825 West Market Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 phone: 610-867-3833

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introducing Carta Bella Paper Company Carina Gardner, Inc. was excited to be a part of the launch of Carta Bella Paper Company on May 1st, 2012. Carina joined the company as the Creative Director. This brand-new scrabooking company debuted with Carina’s collection Beautiful Moments™—a line featuring textured papers and stickers. A new division of Carina Gardner, Inc., CG Design Firm, was created to design product for Carta Bella. Currently, Carta Bella lines feature artwork from Samantha Walker, Deena Rutter, and Melanie Ritchie. These lines were featured at Summer CHA in Chicago. Carta Bella Paper is a sister company to Echo Park Paper. All of Carta Bella’s papers are printed on 80 lb. textured cardstock. Carta Bella’s current list of releases are as follows: Beautiful Moments™ by Carina Gardner Paris Girl™ by Samantha Walker All Hallow’s Eve™ by Carina Gardner Alphabet Junction™ by Melanie Ritchie Merry & Bright™ by Deena Rutter Christmas Day™ by Carina Gardner Designer Cardstock™ by Carta Bella

Beautiful Moments™ sticker press check in Salt Lake City

Coming Soon: Traditions™ by Samantha Walker Winter Fun™ by Carina Gardner Devoted by™ Carina Gardner Visit to learn more about the designers part of CG Design Firm. Visit to see full collections currently available!

For more photos of Summer CHA 2012, please visit Carina’s blog at: www.carinagardner. com/2012/07/21/summer-cha-2012-review/ Summer CHA 2012 in Chicago— Melanie Ritchie, Carina Gardner, & Samantha Walker page 7

Carina’s Quilt Market booth was used to display the new Carta Bella Collections

Comfy chairs were included in the design of the booth since Carina was 35 weeks pregnant! page 8

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You will notice that many of the photos featured in the Carta Bella marketing materials are taken in or around Carina’s home. Samples are printed and created in Carina’s studio. You might even notice a number of family photos featured in the layouts (Carina does double duty—scrapbooking AND work!). Follow Carina’s instagram @carinagardner to see sneak peeks at future collections and projects Carina is working on.

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Want to see us build the booth in under 3 minutes? Check out this great video of all of us putting together the booth for Summer CHA on the Carina Gardner TV Channel by visiting page 16

photo opt in Carina’s Studio Photographed by Carina Gardner, Susan Haglund, and Josh Gardner I have been promising a sneak peek into my studio for some time now! So here it small space where a lot of magic happens. These photographs were taken in varying stages of my recent pregnancy. How small is the space, you ask? The studio is about 9 ft x 11 ft which means every bit of space must be functional. In order to accommodate all the paper, fabric, accounting files, sketchbooks, computers and sewing machines, every piece of furnture offers storage and/ or surface space. Inventory (like CG Sewing Patterns, paper samples, and fabric samples) are stored outside the studio. The main piece of furnture in the room is a Kimball office desk that I repainted turquoise. I found this piece at an antique store in Salt Lake City.

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Meetings, kid-time, scrapbooking, sewing, and many late nights of designing all happen at this desk. My favorite wall is behind the desk. The wallpaper is a recolored master fabric print from my Songbird™ Collection. The Great Wall (www.greatwallonline. com) prints all my wallpapers including the one in my studio and my tradeshow wallpapers. From the red chandelier to the Bertoia chair to the comfy reupholstered wingback chair, everything in this studio is either “functional” or “beautiful” (thank you, William Morris). Despite the small space, I still managed to squeeze in four chairs, a six-foot desk, and four different dresser/drawer pieces (one is under the table). It is a wonderful place to work, play, and be creative! Enjoy!

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Carina Gardner TV We have started filming a new series of youtube videos showcasing products and ideas from the studio. Our hope is that these videos will inspire you to create. The first four videos concentrate on the the new lines at Carta Bella. Videos to come include tutorials on the sewing patterns and other fun crafting projects. Coming soon: Episode 5: High Tea Soiree Bodice Tutorial. Visit to see new episodes and giveaways! Click on the images here to link to the videos.

Episode 1: Introducing Beautiful Moments

Episode 2: Paris Girl Card

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Episode 3: Summer CHA 2012

Episode 4: All Hallow’s Eve Decor

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free downloads Here are a few of our more popular free downloads since our last newsletter. To see a full listing of downloads, please visit REVERSIBLE BLOUSE & DRESS + Includes pattern and instructions + Video included with Cindy Cloward of Riley Blake Designs on how to make this pattern! watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MM976csQ7Q

ALBUM BRACKET & FLOWER PATTERN + Includes jpgs and silhouette files for cut outs + Video included on examples of this album watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MM976csQ7Q

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DOUBLE RINGED PINCUSHION + Includes pattern and instructions

ALL HALLOW’S EVE BAT AND SILHOUETTES + Includes jpgs and silhouette files for cut outs + Video included with Lindsay Moore on how to use these cut outs! watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MM976csQ7Q

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calendar august 2012

sewing patterns reprint of high tea soiree dress instructions & kimono skirt paper All Hallow’s Eve™ Collection by Carina Gardner and Alphabet Junction™ by Melanie Ritchie ship at Carta Bella family The Gardner Family will welcome a new baby!

september 2012

paper Christmas Day™ by Carina Gardner and Merry & Bright™ by Deena Rutter ship at Carta Bella

october 2012 on-going

paper Winter Fun™ by Carina Gardner Traditions™ by Samantha Walker ship at Carta Bella

classes Illustrator 101, Illustrator 102, Illustrator 201 and Tips for Rockin’ Illustrator

november 2012

digital scrapbooking Monday new releases 25% off Wednesday $1 & 50% off select digital goods

december 2012

digital Carta Bella digital scrapbooking products debut

paper Devoted™ by Carina Gardner ships at Carta Bella

january 2013

tradeshows Visit Carina at the Craft and Hobby Show in Anaheim, CA fabric Remember™ Collection ships for Riley Blake classes Art of Digital Design 2 begins (sign up at Registration will open November 2012

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wholesale information fabric Carina Gardner’s fabrics are manufactured by Riley Blake Designs. Riley Blake Designs 468 West Universal Cir. Sandy, UT 84070 p | 888.768.8454 f | 801.816.0542

sewing patterns Carina Gardner’s sewing patterns are manufactured by Carina Gardner, Inc. Carina Gardner, Inc. 2025 Stratford Dr. Salt Lake City, UT 84109 p | 385.204.4054 f | 888.370.3113 e |


Distributors include: Carina Gardner, Inc. Brewer Quilting and Supplies Christensen Wholesale Checker Distributors Creative Smocking/ CS Distributing Home Sew Moda/United Notions Notions Marketing The Pattern Peddlers Petersen-Arne

Carina Gardner papers are manufactured by Carta Bella Paper Company, LLC. Carta Bella Paper Company 1177 South 1680 West Orem, UT 84058 p | 855.261.2361 f | 891.404.5211 e | or lindsay

digital products and classes Carina Gardner’s digital products and classes are available at

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love your creativity

Carina Gardner Newsletter Issue No. 7  
Carina Gardner Newsletter Issue No. 7  

Carina gives you an inside glimpse into her studio and the launch of Carta Bella Paper Company.