Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November Stack-a-holic challenge

You have a few more days to get in an entry for the DCWV Stack-a-holic challenge for November. Check it out here. Megan from DCWV picks out a few winners at random. Email her your entry at meganlloyd(at)dcwv(dot)com 

Here's my LO to inspire you to play along!

This is the LO sketch:

There is also a card sketch if you're interested 

That's it! I wish you lots of luck if you decide to enter!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Give Thanks

I got one of those plastic, hollow half pumpkins at Michaels and I knew I wanted to make a decoration for fall, I didn't know exactly what I was going to make, but I knew I wanted it to light up. That part of crafting is so much fun! Knowing that you want to work with something without having every detail planned. 

I designed the cut file with the brother ScanNCut Canvas online tool.
I used some fonts and shapes provided as well as some files designed by Wilna Furstenberg

I cut it on to a gold paper from the DCWV Mercury glass stack and backed it with a brown orange tinted vellum from the DCWV Premium 5 Pack papers. 

I used a doily as a guide and layered leaves all around the edge. there is a mix of 99 cent store leaves, DCWV DIY Project pack of leaves and I tucked in some of the mercury glass cuts. 

Since I wanted my pumpkin lantern to light up, I placed 3 LED tealights inside but I needed a way to take them in and out to turn them on and off. I used a couple of these Tombow fastener tabs, I just cut them in half lengthwise and width wise and placed them where the edge of the pumpkin meets the paper. now I can remove the paper easily!

Here it is, lit up! I'm so pleased it worked out! 

I'll use it as a decoration on a little buffet table I have, maybe at the thanksgiving table...if there's room!  Have a wonderful end of the week!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mercury Glass for the holidays

Have you seen the new Mercury Glass stacks that are out at AC Moore? The paper is so beautiful and it makes anything extra special.

I cut this simple bell and sentiment with my Scan N Cut. The mercury glass paper cut beautifully in my machine. I like that it actually looks like glass. I added a ribbon bow on top of the paper bow and there is something very pleasing about the contrast of the textures.

These ornaments are very easy to make. I used a cut file from SVG attic. However, ornaments like this can be made with any cut file or shape that you can fold in half easily. I cut 4 of the present and 8 snowflakes. 

I folded the cut ornaments in half and adhered them to each other one half at a time so that one half of the last ornament would be glued to one half of the first ornament. 
These are so simple, but the mercury glass paper makes them look way more special!

Hope I inspired you to get crafting for the holidays! 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DCWV and May Arts Blog Hop

DCWV and the Ribbon Resource (May Arts ribbon) are teaming up for a Blog Hop full of Holiday Craft ideas. 

This Christmas I have a very curious and mobile toddler, so I'm already starting to make ornaments that are not breakable. In case she gets to them, which is guaranteed to happen. 

Look at how beautifully that white paper shines when it catches the light!

I used the patterns and paper from the DIY Ornaments stack. The ornaments stack also includes die cut snowflakes that are super easy to put together. 
The gold and red papers are from the Christmas DIY Favor Boxes project stack. 
The trees in the background come in the Winter Village stack.

I scanned the patterns into my ScanNcut and then used my Scor-pal to score the patterns as indicated. I taped them up with Scor-tape and used May Arts ribbon to hang them. 
The Ribbon really makes all the difference! 
Look at that cute moose ribbon, that's my favorite :)

I even used it on a layout for the DCWV sketch challenge (coming soon!)

I love the texture and detail the May Arts ribbons give my LO.
The snowflakes are also from the DIY Ornaments stack. 

Thanks for hopping along. I hope you got inspired to craft :)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Whovian Birthday

So it's been a long time since my baby turned one. I haven't shared her birthday decorations yet because...
1. we were so busy we forgot to take photos of the decorations!
2. the few photos that were taken are scattered over different cameras.
3. She's a handful!

Here are a couple things which I kept long enough to take another photo:

These are large chalkboard banners from DCWV and the rose was made with the 11x17 stack using the template on the back cover. 
Because what's a Doctor Who party without a Rose?!

I promise we were able to see this better outside during the party. I used the DCWV banners DIY project stack, the chalkboard banners DIY project stack, the Stardust stack, The 16x20 neutrals stack and the Glitzy Glitter stack.
 I printed that tigger in the tardis and fussy cut it.

I can't believe she's 1! I used the stardust stack for this one. I outlined the edges of the O and E with white chalk to help them stand out and give them a soft glow. Did you catch the Tigger Doctor and the tardis peeking from the N? 

These were just a few of the decorations I made. I was in a mad rush a week before her bday, trying to get it all done. Remind me to keep it simpler next year!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Holiday House

I would like to show you how I made this little holiday house with the new DCWV DIY Project Stack Favor Boxes (Christmas edition!).

I scanned the house favor box template in to my scan and cut and saved the file. Then I loaded the mat with the paper I wanted to use and Voila! A beautifully cut house! 
The scaned image showed a few imperfections, but I decided to try anyway and the imperfections were really minuscule. The scanned image was hyper detailed. I'm glad I tried it anyway!

I used my Scor-Pal to crease as indicated on the template and folded using my bone folder. I used Scor-Tape to secure it all together because I know it will hold.

Since the paper in the stack is double sided, I used the squares that were cut out from the windows to embellish the chimney and make it look like it was made out of bricks. I used a red pearl for the door knob.

I attached the chimney to the roof using a piece of clear tape. I folded the tape inside the chimney like a 'U'. The sides of the 'U' are stuck to the inside walls of the chimney. The outer bottom of the 'U' is the sticky part of the tape and it's what attaches to the roof. 

I find this allowed the roof to open a little wider. It allowed more flexibility where the chimney joins the roof. 
I needed it to be wide enough to put an electronic tea light inside. 
I'll be using it as a  Christmas decoration because having decorations that are not breakable is important when you have a one year old. 

This doesn't have to be a favor box, It can be an electric tea light holder, a tree ornament or part of a Christmas village scene. 

And made with different DCWV paper, wouldn't this look beautiful  as a spring house? or a Valentine's house? or a haunted Halloween house just like I used it here:

What would you make with this house?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Halloween Fright House

 Hello! Today, I want to show you how I take full advantage of the DCWV DIY Holiday Project stacks year round. 
I used the Christmas Favor Boxes stack to create a House shaped favor box for Halloween! Yes! Halloween! I used the 12x12 Spooky Delight stack to make the house. I covered the door with washi tape and added an enamel dot for the knob.

I cut a couple strips of the cemetery paper from the 12x12 stack and glued them back to back. Then, I folded them around the house to make it look like there’s a cemetery behind it. 
The foreground is from the Spooky Delight 6x6 stack. I used a craft knife to cut the tombstones and bus almost to the bottom of the paper, then I folded it up so they would stand. 

The little house is the container for a necklace and earring set I made with these blue moon beads Holiday Fright charms.

There's an electronic tea light in there too so the recipient can use it as a lighted decoration. 

I tried taping the necklace to the roof but decided to wrap the chain around it instead. 

I'll have a Christmas house for you next week! Stay tuned!