Tuesday, November 25, 2014

So Thankful Layout and Video!!

Hello there people!  

I know that all of our American fans are gearing up for Thanksgiving tomorrow!  And, I know that many of you are SUPER busy with all your prep - BUT everyone needs a break from the frenzy, right!?  Of COURSE you do!  And, if you're here, that means you are spending your precious break time with us, which makes us feel SO thankful!

Now, let's make that Thanksgiving Eve break a great one!  I have used several new products from DCWV to create a whimsical, autumn layout - complete with some festive feathers and a beautiful photo-real background.

Let's take a quick look at some of the supplies I used for this project:

DCWV's new fall stack: Sweater Weather (6x6 & 12x12)

DCWV Mini Adhesive Mirrors: Stars

DCWV 12"x12" Template: Damask
DCWV's Stencil: Damask


Now, I loved the rustic beauty of the leaf 12x12 paper that I chose for my background and pretty much all of my choices for everything else referenced that paper.  I love how the light plays out the leaves and the different colors all blending together to create this rich, abundant pattern.  I went with those themes that this paper made me think about: rustic, handmade embellishments, whimsical surreal patterned letters, and soft metallic and mirrored elements that catch the light.

Please take a look at how I created this layout:

PLEASE take a second to SUBSCRIBE and LIKE my video - it means so much when you do!

And here are the photos for more viewing pleasure:

It was easy to create such texture using the various special material stacks available.

I loved how the bits of white picked up all the veins in the leaves.

(Please click to take a closer look!)

Thanks so much for sharing a few minutes with me today - we are so thankful for you, the DCWV fans.  I think I can speak for everyone on the DT and say that we are so encouraged by your support and your comments on each of our projects.  For all the love you show us - thank you.

And, to those in the USA - have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Later people!

Thanksgiving project: Day 5

Thanksgiving is almost here!  All month I have been writing in my Gratitude journal for everything I am thankful.  As I sat at the kitchen table, I looked towards the mantel and realized it was missing something. I quickly realized it was in much need of a banner; a simple reminder of the season, be Thankful 

Today, I am sharing the Thankful Banner featuring the Sweater Weather 6"x6" stack.

Here is a list of items you will need:

1. DCWV Sweater Weather 6" x 6" stack
2. Mini clothespins
3. Dimensional adhesive
4. Wire garland or twine
5. Die cutting machine
6. Ink
7. Sponge dauber

Choose your favorite patterns, I chose patterns that will coordinate with my existing decor on the mantel, setting aside the wood grain pattern paper to cut the letters.  

Using my Cricut, I sized a triangle to fit the 6" x 6" paper and cut 8 triangles.  
I used the Copper Black font, sized the letters to fit 4 onto one sheet of 6" x 6" paper.

If you do not own a cutting machine, you can hand cut the triangles and letters.

Next, ink up the sponge dauber and ink the edges of all the cuts.  

Add dimensional adhesive to the letters and place one on each triangle.  
Use the mini clothespins to attach onto the wire garland or twine.

This is a super quick project to make; you can easily make this banner less than 30 minutes. 
Add the banner to your mantel, dining area or if you are serving Thanksgiving dinner buffet style, dress up the buffet table with the banner. 
I hope you enjoyed my project.

On behalf of the DCWV team, we want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving; be Thankful.  

Abundant Blessings,

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thankful thoughts

Hey there creatives, Rita Barakat here! Today I wanted to share a little box I made.
I used the burlap stack and DCWV stacked boxes to make this sweet little box that can be used for a gift box, maybe as a place setting at your Thanksgiving table, or to collect wonderfully thankful thoughts.

On Thanksgiving we all take turns sharing what we are thankful for, we even do it with ABC's just for fun (for example if it was my turn and the letter was F, I would be thankful for family). Having those thoughts on paper year after year would be fun to look at later. I think I will collect those thoughts and put them in that little burlap box!

What family traditions do you have this time of year? Surely we all have much to be thankful for!
(a step by step tutorial for this box can be found on my blog .)

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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for 
DCWV, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, The Crafters Workshop, Deflecto and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving projects: Day 3

People! Thanksgiving is next week!  Can you believe it? Once we move through the Thanksgiving holiday, we'll be running to Christmas.  Before the holiday craziness starts, be sure to plan out a few crafts to keep the creativity high and the stress level (hopefully!) low.

Here is a fun page from Karen, one of our newest design team members:

Don't forget to make time to take pictures and scrapbook your memories.  You will thank yourself later!

For those that are hosting parties, a banner is an easy item to add to the decor...one that can be constructed in minutes or with several hours of effort.  Another of our newest design team members, Jenifer, created this fun banner for Fall: 

Now, for the winners from our Spellbinders blog hop!  They are:

I love all of the projects. But, I especially love the album.

Thank you for the inspiration! Sometimes with the pressure of holidays I can dry up with ideas and I NEED inspiration. THANKS!!

love love love...DCWV are my fave papers, everything is beautiful with them, I totally love that memory, book, the frame is lovely too :)

Fabulous designs from your team!

Great projects!! I love Tessa's album, tons of pictures to help recreate! great hop!!

Love blog hops and these projects are fab :)

Please e-mail me with your address (meganlloyd(at)dcwv(dot)com) and I'll get your prize out in the next two weeks!

Wishing you a fun and productive weekend (being productive DEFINITELY includes time for rest and relaxation!)!  See you back here next week!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving crafts: Day 2

Isn't burlap a staple for Fall (well...Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer)? Recently, Celeste (one of our in-house designers) created this fabulous altered clipboard using burlap to make a pocket.  Wouldn't this be perfect for keeping your gratitude list close at hand?

Check out how both May Arts Ribbons are a perfect complement to the burlap!  They are a staple product for completing many of our projects. 

Speaking of the necessities, cards are definitely a must for this time of year!  They are circulated more in November and December than the other 10 months of the year.  They vary in their form and content—Christmas cards with family photos, Thanksgiving notes, New Years wishes, etc.—and they are numerous!  

With that in mind, what would be a better gift to a friend or family member than a handmade card?  Lisa, one of our newest design team members, created this little beauty:

Isn't it so much fun?!  And you can put it together in minutes—what is better than that?

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for another installment of Thanksgiving-themed projects!  In the meantime, however, be sure to participate in the last day of the Spellbinders blog hop (see this post from Tuesday for our projects).  There are great prizes to be won!  (We'll announce our winners tomorrow)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Projects for the end of November: Day 1.

Need a project for Thanksgiving? We've got you covered!  Our new design team has been busy working on gratitude projects for the month.  In fact, we have several to share with you over the next several days.  That way, if you see one you want to use as inspiration, you'll have just enough time to make what you need to before the end of next week! 

Lets start with Sharon's table decor project and tag.  

To create the candle wrap, Sharon took scented sticks and broke them off at varying lengths.  Once she had enough sticks, she attached them in place using Xyron high tack double-sided tape.  After the sticks were attached, she added more double-sided tape around outside (only in the area the corrugate paper would go).  She then added a band of natural-colored corrugate paper, leaves and flowers from her craft stash, and a title "plaque" with burlap and additional corrugate. 

For the tag, she took her "leftovers" from the candle and layered them together as shown. Aren't they so fun?!

We'll leave you with one more project for the day.  Sara created a fabulous layout with her youngest as the main focus.  She used a fun little moment of twirling as a time to be thankful for her gifts. 

For more details, click here.

Have a great day!  Hope you'll join us tomorrow for more fun Thanksgiving crafts and gratitude projects! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Let the blog hopping begin!

Hello friends! Happy Tuesday to you!  

We are so excited to participate in this fabulous blog hop lead by Spellbinders! 2 of our designers were sent some of their newest goodies on the market to see what they would come up with using our paper.  Tessa used hers to create a fun Christmas memory book for her youngest daughter who is experiencing her first Christmas this year (she's just under a year old).

The book features paper from the Storybook Christmas Stack, the Winter & Christmas card stock mat stack, and the printed burlap 6"x6" stack.  We can't forget a shout out and a big thank you to our friends at May Arts for the ribbon!  For more details on the book construction, as well as a tutorial for the tag, check out her blog post here.

In contrast to the above project, Rachel used the Winter in the Woods stack to create her fun frame display.  

Be sure to check out her blog post here to see how it all came together. 

Now, as with all great blog hops, there is a chance to win free stuff!  If you curious on what you can win, as well as how many times you can enter, be sure to click here. To fulfill your entry requirement from our blog, click here to fill out the entry form.

Now, as for a giveaway from us (can never have enough right??), we'd love to share a box of Christmas cards with you! Leave a comment below and we'll pick 4 winners (they will be announced Thursday)! 

Have a great day!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Crafting or bust?!

Hi everyone!  It's Karen from ScrappyCanuck Studios  and I am so excited about the post that I get to share with you today.  DCWV has a great new project available at JoAnn, and we get to have some fun sharing it with you today.

If you are a fan of Pinterest, you will already know that faux animal busts are big in the crafting world right now, and DCWV has made it so easy for you to jump in on the trend!  This collection, called DCWV's Wall Zoo, features a great selection of animals (a bear, moose, rhino, and giraffe to name just a few), that are all made from easy to assemble cardboard pieces.  These kits will have you accenting your home with 3D character in no time!

DT member Sara was the first on to give one of these projects a go.

With a little help from a family member and some simple gold spray paint, this beauty was together and up on Sara's wall in no time.  For more details, go check out what Sara has to say over on her blog! Rumor has it that this deer is slated for a Christmas makeover in the near future.

Now, in my family, we are slightly less "outdoorsy" and a little more, well..."princessy" (well, one particular five year old is anyway).  So instead of tackling a moose or a deer, we decided to give the unicorn a go!

I started this unicorn by painting all the pieces white and sprinkling on some fine glitter before we assembled the pieces (being careful not to paint over the number so I could figure out how to put it together).  I actually had my daughter in on the fun painting pieces and finding numbers for me. Once the main bust was assembled I decoupaged some paper on the backing for the unicorn using the Little Miss stack (also available at JoAnn), and then used my Cricut to cut out some flowers.

We topped off the unicorn horn with some gold glitter, and she was all set for her new home!

Now I did hit a bit of a hiccup when my daughter asked why the unicorn only had a head!  I simply told her that she is supposed to look like she is coming through a magical spot on the wall!  ;)

So what do you think of these great new 3D animals?  Next up on my project list is a rainbow coloured giraffe for daughter number two who is less "princessy" and more "cars, rainbows, animals and monster trucks"!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Gratitude month: A journal

Hello friends!  Did you have a great week?  We sure hope so!  

We hope to make it a little sweeter for 3 people!  Here are our winners from Wednesday:

I live in upstate NY, but I wish I could be there. I would have so much fun!

wish I could be there...

Wish I could be there but I live too far away. Thanks for a chance to win.
Be sure to email me at meganlloyd (at) dcwv (dot) com to claim your prize!

Now—onto a new project. We have our first Guest Design Team member post today!! Mahe joins us from Pakistan with a fabulous Gratitude journal project. Just as a side note,  this girl specializes in taking the "unwanted" (and even the "wanted") and making it into something fabulous.  Learn more about her here.

Hello Everyone! My name is Mahe Zehra and I am a new guest designer for DCWV. I am a mixed media and paper crafter with a passion for upcycling. I am SO excited to share my first post with you. I would love to hear what you think of my project; do let me know if there is anything in particular you would like to see more of!

To make the book, you will need:

1. DCWV Coral and Navy Stack
2. DCWV Bohemian Sunrise
3. Blue Moon Beads
4. Scissors
5. Grateful Printable
6. Glue
7. Ribbons
8. Flower Embellishments

1. Take the papers shown in the picture above (cut from 12"x12" papers) from your stacks (the pink flowers and the quote are both from the stacks). The base I cut out measured 5.5 inches by 9.5 inches. I scored the middle spine making sure each side was 5.5 inches by 4.5 inches. That gave me a spine that measure 0.5 inches.

2. Next, I glued the yellow paper that measured 4 inches by 5 inches. I left a larger margin along the bottom. I then glued the quote and the flower.
  3. I finished the cover by adding another embellishment cut out from the Coral and Navy stack. It was folded and glued along the top edge of the cover. Then came some ribbons and flowers.

4.I punched two holes in the spine in the top and bottom. Then I took a string of beads and attached them to the holes in the spine. You can do this with any sort of bead strand.

  5. Download the I AM GRATEFUL PRINTABLE from my website at this link  

  6. You can choose to use color printouts or even black and white ones (shown below). Cut the printable in half and make sure you trim the top and bottom to make sure your page measures 5.25 inches in length and around 5.5 inches in height.

  7. Now fold each paper and glue the pages together. This is very simple to do. Fold the page that starts with Monday in half and fold one that begins with Friday. Now put some glue on the Friday page and glue both folded parts together so that you get a small ‘book’ like shown in the images below.

 8. Keep gluing the pages together. I do this so that my pages are reinforced and to give them more crafting possibilities (i.e. if I want I can use my book not just as a journal but also as a smash book). If you are grateful for a friend you met – you might like to add a picture to the book instead of writing in it. So the double pages glued together are great if you want to do things other than journaling in your book.

  9.  Once the pages are all glued together—One Monday page and one Friday page—you can put some glue on the inside spine of the book and attach the pages to the cover.

  10. That’s it! You’re done.

Use your book to keep track of your happy moments. This book is great to read again or recap when things are looking a little bleak. I routinely go back to mine and read about all the nice things that happened to me over the past few weeks when I need a pick me up!

Hope you enjoyed this project!