Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Weekend Inspiration

Can you believe Easter weekend is finally here? It's a little late this year I think. Or maybe last year it was just super, super early! But it's been on the horizon for our family for a good long while and we are excited to be with family and friends on the beautiful weekend. I hope all of you do the same! Before we take off for the weekend, I wanted to share a few last Easter crafts that would be fun to put together before the holiday.


How darling is this cute framed bunny that Angela made? She used the Vintage Collector Stack and I love that springy chevron print. It's just perfect. Love the stitching around the edges too. Ang gives great instructions on her blog HERE so you can make your own at home.


Karen made this adorable Easter banner using our Cork Pastel Stack and our 12x12 Colored Burlap Stack! When I saw this I thought, "Why didn't I think of that?!" I am always a little behind hee hee! There is a fabulous trick that Karen pulled on us with this banner, but you will have to go to her blog HERE to see what it is!


And Amanda made this beautiful card that would be perfect to give as an Easter card. I love the textures on this card, Very beautiful. 

I hope our week of Easter & Spring Inspiration has been as fun for you as it has been for us. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kids Craft: Hello Spring Doorhanger

Are you loving all of our Spring & Easter inspiration this week? It is so fun to take time to show bright, cheery and fresh projects for you using some of our newest Stacks. 

Today's project has a funny story.


My boys LOVE to have something fun and seasonal on their bedroom doors, usually something that they have made. They asked if we could make a craft for Spring for their door and of course I said, "Yes!" Any reason to craft with my kids :) We we saw something similar on Pinterest and decided to take a paper plate and turn it into a Bird in a Nest.


We used the Bohemian Sunrise Stack for the patterned paper base. Then the Fiber Stack for the bird (they wanted yellow birds) and cork for the beak. They gathered sticks in the yard to hot glue on and alphabet letters to add a message. When we finished it, my 9 year old looked at it and said, "It could either be a bird in a nest, or a duck in a muddy pond." I laughed and laughed because it was so true! They loved how they turned out and it will be a fun memory to think of when they see them on their doors.

 


I will be back on Friday with some of our last, fun Easter projects for you so make sure you come by then. Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Technique Tuesday: Spring Edition!

Are you ready to bring the bright colors of spring into your home? I have an easy craft project for you that will liven up even gray, cloudy, spring days. The vivid colors in the Double Sided Cardstock Stack feel like a spring celebration to me. So this stack was the perfect choice to make a colorful flower garland. Each page from the stack has a coordinating color on the backside making the layered flowers have fun mixtures of colored petals.


To make your own flower garland you will need these supplies:
  1. DCWV Double Sided Cardstock
  2. Large flower paper punch
  3. Small circle paper punch
  4. Glue (optional)
  5. Baker's twine
  6. Felt balls (You can make your own from wool roving available at most craft stores, or buy the felt balls finished.)
  7. Large needle or wire
The garland is simple to make in a few easy steps. First punch flowers from cardstock. Second layer the flowers together, (adhere with glue if desired), and punch a hole in the center. Third thread the flowers and the felt balls onto twine. Tie knots in the twine on each side of the flowers. Enjoy!


Tip: Turn the paper punch upside down to see exactly what you are punching.


Flip some of the paper over to the backside to get pretty color variations in the flower petals. You can secure the flowers together by adding glue between the layers if you would like.


Tip: You can substitute a piece of wire in place of a needle for those times that the twine is to thick for the eye of the needle.


You can make similar spring garlands with other shapes like butterflies, dragonflies, clouds, kites, eggs, birds, bunnies...whatever spring shapes you like best.


  Thanks for stopping by this beautiful spring day. Happy crafting!
-Kathy Dobson

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hopping for Easter

Hey Stackaholics! I'm back from a little R&R weekend! Hubby had a business trip and I put myself in time out and tagged along. Swimming, shopping and the spa were on my checklist and everything got marked off! It's amazing how good it feels to be rested on a Monday morning.

I have been getting tons and tons of questions on when our next Utah Warehouse Sale will be...I finally got all the details and wanted to share so you could mark your calendars! I am going to try and do something special for those out of towners who won't be able to make it in person...stay tuned!


Our warehouse sales always have big deals and major savings, no wonder people are always asking when the next one is going to be :)

I have a happy little face to share with you today...


Um hello?! How cute is this paper bunny!? DT member, Sara, made it with the DCWV Chalk Fun Stack and her new Cricut Expression. That bowtie...so cute!


It is a 3D box that you can actually fill with treats or goodies. Sara got the file that cut it from SVGCuts which is a great online store. Check her blog HERE for more details.

I am going to be sharing fun Easter & Spring projects with you all week, it's going to be fun and you won't want to miss it. See you back here tomorrow for Technique Tuesday: Spring Edition!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cork Memo Board

Hello there! So glad you could come by the blog today! I have a great idea for a home decor piece that you could add into your home. It uses this beauty, Cork Pastel Stack. Have you seen the fun prints on the 12x12 cork sheets? Beautiful!


Design Team Member, Angela, picked up this inexpensive photo collage frame. It was meant to have photos in each of the openings. Angela found this frame in the right color for her project but if you found a black or white one, you could easily spray paint it the color you want.


Instead of just putting photos in the frame, Angela added 4x6 squares of Printed Cork with some cardboard behind it. That way it will hold the push pins and notes and memos as needed. I love the extra quote too! She made this as a wedding gift, you can get all of the details HERE.

Great idea, Ang!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How To: Photo Frames

Before we get into our fun blog post, I {Erin} have a big favor to ask! We have worked hard creating THIS SURVEY all about Paper Crafting and Scrapbooking and we would love your help in answering the questions. By doing these surveys, you are helping us develop the right projects for YOU and what you would like to see. I know it takes a few minutes, but getting your feedback is the only way to make sure we are producing the products that you want to see in the stores! Plus, we always pick random winners for free stacks from those who take the survey. Again, you can get to it HERE and it should only take you 10 minutes or less. Thank you in advance!



Good evening! I'm so sorry about the late time in having this "Tip and Techniques" post to you. It's been one busy, busy day.  I came up with a tip that I know will help you in making a 3D object for your scrapbook pages or any project that you want to have a frame included on. This last couple of days I've made quite a few frames and this is on my mind and in my hands. I hope that this will help you out in one project or another.


For any handmade frame you can use cereal boxes, back and front of you scrapbook paper stacks, chip board, craft foam. anything that has the ability to hold a shape and be stable.


mark your dimensions

  

After you have chosen your material for the frame determine the measurement of your frame.
Cut our the frame carefully. Cover the top of your frame with your favorite paper. Set aside. I will be showing you 2 different ways of making a frame.


In this first type cut 1/2" strips out of scrap paper and score in half. Add glue to one side of the strip, laying the folded edge 1/8" from the edge atop your frame. Add 3 more strips to your frame, leaving one side open which will allow you to slide a picture into.


this is what the frame should look like with the open side.


Measure a backing for frame if desired slightly smaller that the area inside the glued on strips. Add glue on all 4 sides of  the backing. Lay on top of the frame inside of the frame area and fold down the strips to the backing.

                                     
   Add glue to all sides and your ready to glue in place.


Add photos as desired. 

Next is the other type of frame mounting that I've used. 


After you decide the size of frame you will use on piece of paper use the pattern layout and cut and score as recommended. You will need to score and cut off corners as pointed out above. This is the quickest way if you want to have you backing the same colors as your frame. 


        Score all edges and glue all side of the backing. Fold sides in and lay on the bottom side of frame.

                                      
 Glue on all 4 sides and you can lay down on project.

       
   Again as in the other process you can slide in your picture. I think either way is easy.  In the first method you don't have to add in the backing paper. If you leave off the backing of this method your project below will show through when a picture is not in place. 

     Happy crafting. Good night, I'm going home!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bonjour!

Bonjour Stackaholics! 

Ready for a little "french" inspiration ;) Have you seen this new stack at Hobby Lobby yet?


It is fresh, fun and bright for Spring! And if you have traveled to France, it's a must have.


Karla created this darling card with the stack. There are lots of cute phrases that you can cut out and add to cards. I always love when the hard part is done for me by the DCWV designers :) And seriously, those yellow hearts? So cute!


Karla also made this layout with photos from a trip to Paris. On her blog post HERE you get a little idea of how much Karla loves the Eiffel Tower! 


Angela made these beautiful cards with the Boutique Vintage Stack. The floral prints are to die for. So even if you don't have France photos laying around to scrap {LIKE ME!} you can still love this stack!


There are some awesome mustache prints of paper in the stack too! Which is funny because a friend asked me the other day if I had any mustache paper she could use for a project. I need to find out what she is up to creating! Angela also made this layout that you can see HERE on her blog. Mustache Day? Oh yeah!


And when I first saw this card from Sara, I immediately just loved it!!! So funny. See how she made the card HERE.

Remember, this stack is out now at Hobby Lobby so stop by and see it in person!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

April's Stackaholic Challenge

Hey everyone! It is Saturday and I am updating the blog, weird huh! I had a busy week last week and another busy week ahead so I am taking any extra minute that I have to get some work in! The house has been quiet today and I have enjoyed getting tons and tons done! I love a productive Saturday :)

Real quick, I wanted to share with you my personal Facebook page! Many of our Stackaholics have been requesting my profile on Facebook and I wanted to do a page about ME that all of you could "like". On my personal page, I will be posting projects, recipes, crafts...all kinds of fun! And of course, I will keep you up to date on all things DCWV. Find the page HERE!

I ended up having to go to the office yesterday and April's challenge didn't get posted. I am so sorry, please forgive me! But that's what I am up to right now so you can get crafting this weekend!


On to our Challenge! Here is our layout sketch. It is AWESOME! I am going to have to find more sketches from Kristine since I loved this one so much. Find her website HERE.

Here is the page I created with it...


I used the Brooklyn Stack which is out at Michaels right now. Boy, I love it even more after playing with it! Great stack for masculine pages...which is what I need so much of the time.

The DT was busy all week working with the sketch too. Here is what they came up with!


Tessa / Cork Pastel Stack


Britt / A Type of Art Stack


Angela / Honey Chic Stack


 Karla / Chalk Fun Stack

Love them all! And for our card sketch...


This sketch is from Page Maps. If you are ever looking for a major amount of sketches, that is your place!


I used the Alpha Zoo Stack to make this little boy birthday card. I love the colors and the fun vibe of this stack. So darling!

Here are some more card examples from the fabulous Design Team.


Karen / Alpha Zoo Stack


Britt / Freshly Picked Stack


Angela / Chalk Fun Stack


Thomisia / Boutique Vintage Stack

If this challenge doesn't get you excited to jump into your pile of stacks, then something is wrong with you ;) If you haven't played with us before, here is the deal! Make a page, card or both using a DCWV Stack and post a photo of your project on our Facebook Page HERE or email it to me (erinmadsen@dcwv.com) The deadline this month will be April 29th at 11:59pm. I will pick a Top 10 for layouts and a Top 10 for cards and two winners will be chosen by random. It's so fun to see all of the different submissions. If you have any questions, just shoot me an email or ask on the FB page. Lots of Stackaholics have been playing for years and can help!

Have a wonderful weekend and stop back here on Monday!