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The act of opening an invitation should inspire the same delight and anticipation as a lovingly wrapped gift – Cristina Re

I am far from being an expert in the paper crafts field but I am truly passionate about ‘creating an experience’ each time someone opens a card, unwraps a gift or reads an invitation.   In fact I apply this to everything in life… Creating an ambience and theme at an event (even if it’s just coffee at my place) is something I thrive on… My intention is to help people feel special and loved… There are so many elements that help inspire this thought… At the top of the list is Cristina Re‘s incredible DIY paper range, accessories and flagship store.  Her collection is delectably beautiful, featuring a diverse range of colours and styles from ‘garden-party green to French provincial blue.’

It’s not only the paper, but more so the experience of arriving at her boutique, Where a Girl Goes (WAGG). As Cristina says,

“It’s where a girl goes for high tea with friends. It’s where a girl goes to spoil herself and her loved ones.”

I just love spending time in the store… The experience starts by perusing the spectacular paper range of vintage patterns and decorative designs inspired by “the world’s finest homes, palaces and galleries.”   To truly experience the beauty of the store, you must try the tea and of course a macaroon!  I think I enjoy these macaroons more than the ones in Paris!

A few months ago I did a workshop at the Paper Academy at WAGG.   My girlfriends and I had a wonderful day filling up on plenty of creative ideas and tricks of the trade!  Below, I’ve included some of the work I completed during the course as well as some other recent pieces.   The night before the course my friends surprised me by giving me my birthday present a week early!  They were afraid that I would buy everything in the WAGG store so they wanted to give me my gift earlier just in case… They had bought me the paper trimmer, craft knife, decorative scissors and even Cristina’s printing software ‘Print Station’ featuring a variety of templates and tutorials to get you started on your paper craft journey!  And I have not looked back since!  Thank you to my amazing friends, to my incredibly cute husband (who just bought me some Cristina Re teacups and lemongrass tea for Mother’s Day, plus a few macaroons hehehehe) and of course – to the team at Cristina Re who never fail to impress!  You’re all unbelievably talented!  I can’t wait to do another workshop real soon!

Here’s some of my recent paper creations… XOXO

Sending love, light and glorious paper your way,

– Carina xoxo


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I have just been enchanted by this beautiful award winning portrait of Baz Luhrmann by Melbourne Artist Vincent Fantauzzo.  (Go Vinnie!)

This raw piece is incredibly poignant because it is a portrait of a man who is so obsessed by passion and extravagant, enduring love stories who appears to be terribly vulnerable and exposed.   On a deeper level it exemplifies the interconnection between Baz’s key subjects in film – ‘Romance and Tragedy.’   I believe vulnerability is a beautiful thing… It keeps us alive… It keeps our feet on the ground and makes us truly able to connect and love others…

VINCENT Fantauzzo has won this year’s Doug Moran National Portrait Prize for his painting of Baz Luhrmann. The prize, which is worth $150,000, is the most lucrative painting prize in Australia. Fantauzzo says the work, entitled Baz Luhrmann Off Screen, shows the famous director in a vulnerable moment. – Herald Sun


Love, light and vulnerability to you,

Carina xoxo

"Offscreen" - Baz Luhrmann Portrait

Vincent with his award winning portrait of Baz

Baz alongside his portrait

Check out Vincent’s other amazing work at http://www.vincentfantauzzo.com/

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