Friday, October 28, 2016

DCWV plus Pink and Main!


Hello! Hope you're having a great day full of crafty inspiration! 
I decided to make a card and a layout today. I'm on a heat embossing kick and I had so much fun embossing with the Pink and Main stamps. They stamp so clearly, the embossing turns out great. Even the detailed handwriting. Color me impressed! 

This card features the DCWV Autumn Leaves 6x6 stack, Blue Moon Beads flower and twine and Pink and Main Thankful stamp set.
I always like to have cards on hand because I always seem to need one when I don't have time to make one! Especially during holiday season.


This layout is about my daughter's first time in a corn maze. She loved it, even at that young of an age. This maze is in a pumpkin patch that has lots of sun flowers but somehow, they never make it into the photos I print. I decided to emboss some sunflowers in the background and then I just had to do the hearts because I love this photo and memory so much. 


 This layout uses the Autumn Leaves 12x12 and 6x6 stacks and the Pink and Main Sunflowers and Thankful stamp sets.


The Thankful stamp set is very versatile because it has phrases that can be used for general thankfullness (is that a word? hehe). 


Here's a close up of the background sunflowers and hearts. I also stamped this little phrase because it was hot, summer like, weather when this photo was taken right around this time last year. 


Hope you leave here inspired to do something crafty :)
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Halloween Party Fun!

Hello! Anyone have a Halloween party planned? 

I do and I've been busy making decorations. By the way, 
I have a cute little helper for today's post: 



If you're having a party, these stacks are a MUST. 
I was able to quickly make these cute decorations very quickly thanks to these 2 stacks:





Here's a sample of the cool stuff I made. 


The bats in the background are simply popped off the stack and taped to fishing line and the line is secured to the display board. 
I also took a couple bats and put them on sticks. They can be used as props in a photo booth :) 


Here's my little helper showing you these props. 
Surprisingly, she loves that paper cat!


The hats are cool because they can be used as treat holders, photo booth props, or party hats! Just staple some elastic to the sides for a handle or to secure on your head. 


These treat containers from the Lia Griffith stack make great goody bags to hand out at a party! 


I added the tiny bats with wire so they look like they're flying in front of the house. 
Feel free to get creative with these awesome stacks, they cut out a lot of the hard work, so it gives you more time to embellish and get creative. 

Hope you have a great week!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

October stack-a-holic challenge

It's that time again! DCWV's Stack-a-holic challenge was recently posted on the blog. 


Here is my take on the sketch: 


I use the stateside stack for this photo about my friend's first visit to California. She dreamed about visiting Death Valley and here we are in the salt flats at bad water. 

I used Modeling paste and the Stateside stencil set for the title 'here we go.' 
The dots are an older DCWV stencil. 

I hope you get to play this month. 
As always, there is also a card sketch if that's what you're into ;) 



Friday, October 7, 2016

Friend Friday with DCWV and Chameleon



Hello! Welcome to Friend Friday! We've teamed up with our friends at Chameleon for blog hops and giveaways the first 3 Fridays of this month. 

For my project I decided to use one of my favorite DCWV stacks: Jet Black 


Jet Black is black and white with gloss resist and includes a couple solid glitter pages. 
I love it because I can use it as is or change it by adding color.

These Chameleon pens were perfect for adding just the right amount of color to my layout: 


I started this layout by choosing a photo that I really love but have had a hard time scrapping. 
The photo is a bit grainy and it's been hard to find papers that match the photo, story and mood. 

I picked my favorite journaling cards and started coloring them. I decided to go with an ombre effect by touching the tip of the marker to the mixing chamber for 5 seconds and using the lightest tone in the middle of the cricles and larger flowers.


I played around with my photo and the papers until I was happy with the basic layout. Then, 
I cut the circles journaling card in half and had it stretch across my layout behind the photo and other cards to create the illusion of a larger piece of paper. 

The word 'Today' and some of the words in the background are colored using an ombre effect as well. I used the lightest tone on the bottom of the letters and the darker tones towards the top. This adds just a little more interest :)


I added my embellishments and used the black Chameleon marker to outline around the hearts paper. I used the mixing chamber to have my outline vary in tone from gray to black. I like the slightly imperfect, distressed look that it gives the layout. 



I was beyond excited to get to play with Chameleon pens. I love the concept because I love getting different tones with just one marker. There is definitely a learning curve and I practiced on coloring pages until I felt confident in my ability to use the markers effectively. I also watched Chameleon's youtube videos on their website. I think it's well worth it to educate yourself on how to properly use these markers to get the most out of them. But they are definitely well worth it! 

Enjoy the blog hop and good luck winning those prizes!!!