Thursday, December 17, 2015

Insta Photo Fun!

Hello! Check out these new DCWV Insta Photo Fun products. I love the purple/black/gold combo! 

The Insta Ring Albums come with matching papers, including foiled vellum, stickers, and die cuts.
I used the matte gel medium to adhere one of the vellum pages to the cover of the album. I spread it on with an old, used gift card. Then I carefully placed the vellum on the gel medium. I made sure the hole for the ring matched up. I used the gift card to smooth out the vellum as I adhered it.

Then it was time to decorate the cover. I used the Insta Photo Fun Quotes stack and cut 2 of the 2x2 squares. I cut the heart with the stripes just a little on each side and layered it on top of the purple square. Then, I adhered the Happy Day sticker, star banner and arrow tab from the ring album set. I cut the XO from a transparency in the Insta Photo Fun Quotes stack.
 I like to tie ribbons on the ring albums because it’s a fun accent that adds texture and softness.

Wouldn’t this be a cute gift for that person who is on the edge of starting a crafty hobby? Give them the stickers that go with this and entice them even more! Although, fully decorated, it would also make a great handmade gift for anyone who has some photos to showcase :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas Shadow Box

I have a Shadow box project to share with you. I have a couple of these and I like to change them up for each season. Here is my Christmas Shadow box.  

 I used the Hand Painted Christmas and Merry Memories stacks. So, if you have both Joann’s and Michaels near you, don’t be afraid to pick up both of these stacks. They work well together for sure! Both the background papers are from the Hand Painted Christmas and the birds are from the Merry Memories stack. I fussy cut them and they came to life right away.

I adhered them with pop dots. I stacked 2 dots together on some birds and used only one on others to vary the heights. I curved some of the branches just a little bit to give them more dimension.
It was surprisingly quick to make and it looks much more complicated because the papers are so beautiful and detailed! I can’t believe December is here!!! Are you decorating for the holidays? I'd love to see :)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

DCWV and SVG Attic The Magic of Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome to the SVG Attic-DCWV The Magic of Christmas blog hop! We are so excited to have you join us today!

At each stop of the hop we hope you will be inspired by the creativity of the design teams of SVG Attic and DCWV. You are sure to find many wonderful projects that will be at the top of your Christmas crafting lists!

You should be arriving from Tanya's blog. If you happened across this post out of order, please head to the SVG Attic blog to start at the beginning of the hop.

Here is what I created for the hop:

I cut this card at about 4 inches high and added some ribbon on the top loop. The recipient of this cute card can use it as an ornament too!
Recipe:  DCWV Hand-Painted Christmas Stack
Mercury glass (berries)
May Arts Ribbon

I also made a scrapbook page about baby's first Christmas last year. 
We had fun taking lots of photos. I'm not so sure she had fun. Haha!

Recipe: DCWV Merry Memories Stack
DCWV Hand- Painted Christmas Stack

I mixed prints from both stacks. I love the mix of traditional and more whimsical Christmas prints and designs. 

I love the look, that this title gives my page. It's definitely a welcome break from letter stickers. 

Now how about some blog hop prizes??

2 Christmas paper stacks from DCWV

$20 Gift Certificate to SVG Attic

1 Christmas paper stack from DCWV

What do you need to do to be eligible for these amazing prizes?

1. Become a follower and/or email subscriber of each blog in the hop.

2. Leave some comment love at each stop. You can do so until midnight on Sunday, November 29th to be eligible for the prizes.

3. If you do both of the above, check back at the SVG Attic blog and/or the DCWV blog for the winners on Tuesday, December 1st.

We would also love it if you would stop by the SVG Attic and DCWV Facebook pages and give us a "Like"!

Here is the complete blog hop lineup:
Karla (You are here!)
Lisa  (Go here NEXT!)

I hope you have enjoyed this stop on our hop! Be sure to head on over to the other stops for more Christmas inspiration. Comment and become a follower to be eligible for the prizes!

SVG Attic currently has all of their files on SALE for Black Friday/Cyber Monday! Stop by their website at to purchase their SVG files at amazing prices.  Also, DCWV papers are on sale at Michael's stores right now, so stock up so you can create all of the fun things you saw today!

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!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Grown Up Treat Bag

Hello! Oh my. Time flies! It's Ocotber. How?! Ugh! 

So here we go, let's get started with the Halloween crafting!
 I have a quick little treat bag idea you can make with a couple of the papers from the new Spooky Delight stack out at Joann Stores.
This one is for my husband…let’s hope he doesn’t see this!

To make part of the bag, I used the ghost lines paper because it reminded me of Pac Man ghosts and he loves Pac Man. I scored it and folded it like in the image below. I used a Fiskars Punch on the top to get the pinked edge.
The finished bag measures 9” high, 7” long and 2” wide.

On the bottom, I cut some of the creases to make tabs.
I folded them up and secured them with Scor-Tape

For the front panel of the box, I cut the trick or treat paper the same size as the bag base and used the pinked edge punch on the top. I lined the edges with scor-tape and taped the two pieces together.

I cut this fun label out of the stack and added it to the back. I popped it up on 3D foam. I think he’s going to get a kick out of that.

Here are the treats. That pencil is going to be fun for his desk J He loves anything Blood Orange flavored. How appropriate for Halloween!

To make it more fun, I stapled this topper to the bag of candy. It’s the folded scrap left from the trick or treat paper. I made sure the bit with the candy was visible on the bottom left corner. Then I added another tag from the stack.

Are you packaging any Halloween goodies? I’d love to see what you made!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

DCWV and Spellbinders Whimsical Woodland Blog Fest

Today, I'm up on the DCWV Blog with a fall page for the Whimsical Woodland Blog fest with Spellbinders. I got to work with these cute mushroom dies from Spellbinders. I love the texture that I got after I ran them through with the embossing plates on my artisan explorer machine. 

The page with the starry sky from the Spooky Delight stack gave me a good starting point for my background. I die cut the mushrooms from the Harvest House stack and added them on the bottom as an anchoring point for my title.

I used the Spooky Delight 12x12 stack, the 6x6 Harvest House stack and the 12x12 Premium Vellum with foil stack to cut the circles. I Love the gold foil on vellum and it was tough to capture in a photo. 

I'm saving this page for the photos of our first pumpkin patch visit. I don't feel the need to add pumpkin embellishments anywhere because there will be plenty of pumpkins in the photo. I've always loved mushrooms. They are super cute and as versatile as butterflies. 

I will include the journaling right on top of the title and to the right of the title if I need more space. I want the whole page to flow from the moon to the mushrooms.

The circles with the words in them are the tag pages you can cut apart in the Harvest House 6x6 stack.  

I put my circle die right over the tags, washi taped it and ran it through my artisan explorer. I like being able to see exactly what I'm going to diecut.

Having them peek out around and over  my  photo will give my page more interest and connection to the title.

Thanks for making it this far! Make sure you go to the DCWV Blog to enter the giveaway and get a coupon code to use on the purchase of the woodland dies.