Thursday, October 30, 2014

We missed you!

We missed you yesterday!  We hope you enjoyed looking at the projects from Rita, Karla, Tessa, Thomisia, Sara, Karen, Britt, and Rachel while the blog was down.

Speaking of yesterday, were your ears burning? During the day, we took some time to discuss our fans (YOU!) as well as what we can do to better serve you.  We've been in a state of transition for a moment now, but we're getting ready to add more fun features to the blog (more inspiration, tutorials, video blogs, new product features, etc.).  

Thank you for your support during this time—we so appreciate you!

It's been a while since we've done a giveaway.  Before all the sugary sweets and party time starts tomorrow, enter below to win some new product!  Leave us your name and as well as a brief description of what fun plans you have for the weekend.  12 (yes, 12!) winners will be chosen tomorrow!

Have a great day! See you back here tomorrow!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Time for a change!

Hi everyone!  It's Karen from ScrappyCanuck Studios and I am here today to share a confession with you.

Earlier this year, I made a little burlap and cork inspired banner for spring and Easter.  It was pretty cute, but as I looked at it still up on my fireplace mantel this last weekend, I decided that it was probably time for a change (especially given the snow that was in the forecast for the coming week here in Calgary). So I decided to grab the amazingly cute Eek-a-boo stack, and do a little crafting!

 I know that we have showcased this stack a lot over the last little while, but it really has stolen my heart (and that is saying something because I am not really a Halloween person)!  It's colourful, fun and playful, with enough visual interest that the patterns do all the work on any type of project!

Isn't this paper awesome!?

To create the banner, I simply cut each piece of patterned paper to 5 1/2" by 6 1/2" and then trimmed the bottom.  Each piece was then matted onto black cardstock and the letters were added. I then cut apart one of the patterned sheets into 1/2" strips and added those across the top edge for a bit of contrast.  After punching holes, I tied it all together with ribbon from May Arts, and I was all set!  

Now the real question is - how long will this one stay up on my mantel! ;)  
 Have a great week and a fantastic Halloween!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Now that Christmas has been revealed...

Is everyone ready for Halloween??!! What preparations will you be making this weekend?  I, for one, will be finishing my nephews costume...and then I will be resewing the bed for our dog (in addition to other things of course), so no paper crafts for me.

I do know that at least 8 very talented women will be hard at work (as I'm sure you will be too)!  One of them, Britt, sent me a link for Day 2 of her 13 days of Halloween cards.  Check it out below:

Whether you are preparing costumes, party favors, additional decorations, or gifts, there are several great projects that can be created to make your memories unique and fun.  Speaking of projects, I just did another search on Pinterest and look what I found:

The possibilities are endless! 

Here is to a happy, fun, productive, and restful weekend—you deserve it all! 

***Design team results will be posted late next week***

Thursday, October 23, 2014

One more look at Christmas...for now!

It has been SO fun to read your comments this week in conjunction with the Winter in the Woods and Storybook Christmas items.  We work hard to make products that we hope you enjoy...and really, wait until you get your hands on these! They are even better in person!

So...we have one more video for you today.  This set is called Christmas and Winter.  It includes prints from both the Storybook Christmas set as well as Winter in the Woods...and adds more to them as well!  Here is a group shot:

And the video? Here it is: 


We'll have more up close looks at the products and prints after Halloween, as well as a load of project ideas and inspiration.  Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Winter–it may be breezy, but it is beautiful!

Hi there! Halloween is next week, are you ready for the festivities? My husband and I don't have kids yet, so we are looking forward to seeing our little neighbor friends all dressed up in their costumes. 

I am loving our sneak peek at the Christmas products! I don't know about you, but it is one of my favorite holidays!  

So, speaking of Christmas paper, did you enjoy the Storybook collection yesterday? You may need that collection as well as this one:

Take a closer look: 


Are you in love yet? 

We've got one last preview for you tomorrow—be sure to check it out then! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Winners and videos!

Hi everyone!

Are you ready to see more Christmas stuff?  We've got a fabulous range of products going into Jo-Ann Stores this year.  They can be split into 3 categories—Christmas and Winter, Storybook Christmas, and Winter in the Woods.  All of these ranges will be available in stores and online starting November 1st.

Here is a short video I made with my phone—what do you think of this set?


As seen in the video, these  are the Storybook Christmas-themed items.  The 12"x12" stack includes 40 sheets, the 6"x6" double sided stack has 24 sheets, the tag stack has 24 tags, and the wrapping paper measures 10-1/2"x30".    

Just wait until you get your hands on them—the beautiful reds, creams, and greens will have you longing for the excitement of the season!

We'll have another video for you tomorrow, but until then, we want to announce the winners from our blog hop! picked the following winners:


Love your designs!

So many adorable projects and tons of inspiration! Well done everyone!!!

Can't wait to hop and see more cool projects!

Thank you for a fun, inspiration filled blog hop!

Cute projects. Thanks for the chance to win!

What a fun card!! Love all the inspiration from the DCWV fans!
Off to go and visit the dt teams blogs!

Be sure to send your address (no P.O. boxes please) to me at: meganlloyd (at) DCWV (dot) com.  

See you tomorrow!

Monday, October 20, 2014

It's Monday again...and did someone say CHRISTMAS????!!!

Hello friends! Did you all have a fabulous weekend?  Mine was full of family and food...isn't that usually how it goes with family (lots of yummy food)?  I was supposed to finish sewing a costume for my nephew.  There is always this week, right? 

Thanks to everyone that submitted an application for our design team!  We can hardly wait to get started reviewing them all!  


The wait is over! We can FINALLY do our Christmas reveal!!! 

Let's start with a picture: 

Is that enough to get you started?  Oh wait, you already saw that picture! Lets try again:

Is that better?

Come back tomorrow for the blog hop winners AND a video!

Happy Monday!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Too Cute to Spook Halloween Hop is here!

Hello and welcome to the DCWV Too Cute To Spook Halloween Hop!!

TODAY the current DCWV Design Team is bringing you a group of projects that were made using the newest, cutest DCWV Halloween stack, Eek-a-Boo! Halloween is quickly approaching and it's time to turn your spooky crafting up to high gear!

For our blog, we took submissions from you AND our design team members!  Here are the fun projects we received:
Card by Emily
Halloween hat by Monique Leslie
Layout by Casey Lane
Layout by Susan Stringfellow
Embellished treat tin and necklace from Joy Hager
Mixed Media tag from Michelle Hodges

Before you leave to go to the next blog, leave a comment below.  We will choose 3 participants as the recipients of free product!!  Winners will be posted on Tuesday. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

This is real life friends!

Have you ever noticed that crafting usually happens in the midst of chaos?  I think it's because we have to pull out enough "stuff" to "get the job done."   Sometimes it brings some peace to the chaos of life, allowing us to keep moving forward feeling creative, crafty, complete.  Other times, it aggravates the chaos.  We feel less crafty, more criticized, less complete.  

I had a moment like the latter (less crafty, etc.) yesterday and I didn't do a very good job at bearing that burden "well."  At the end of the day, I made it home to my husband and got some much needed hugs from him.  My heart felt as big as the heart on the box below.  

Like the makeshift studio? The product is piling up in my office!!
Don't you love it when that happens? Whether it be a hug from a spouse, call from a parent, letter from a friend...they all feel nice and warm.  

Be sure to share your expressions of love with paper, cards, boxes, little gifts...and big ones too.  We can all use them, especially when we least expect them!  

The box and bling featured today on the blog are currently available at Jo-Ann Stores across the US, as well as online.  Use them to embellish your next gift for a friend or family member!

A close-up

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blog hop coming up!

As a bonus for us, we'd love to feature your projects on our blog in conjunction with the hop.  If you've got a Halloween-themed project that you've made (please send those made with the Eek-a-Boo stacks) that you'd like us to show off, please e-mail them to meganlloyd (at) DCWV (dot) com.  

Submissions need to be in by tomorrow night (Thursday) at midnight.  We can't wait to see what you've made!!  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Have you been on Pinterest lately?

I go through phases with Pinterest.  I'm addicted.  I don't have time to think about it.  I remember it exists and think "I'll just get on for a few minutes."  An hour later, I realized I got sucked in.  Again.  


Is that so bad?  I guess it's up for debate.  

I've been doing research for work on Pinterest, so I thought I'd check out the pins that we're tagged in.  There.Are.Tons. They can be found by searching for "DCWV" or "Die Cuts With A View."  

Here are some of the projects** I especially enjoyed:

There were many other awesome projects—you should check them out!

I love being inspired, don't you? 

**All images pulled from a search

Monday, October 13, 2014

What does a design team call, Halloween, and Christmas have in common?

How random is that—a design team call, Halloween, and Christmas?!  They don't have much of anything in common if you ask me!  

However, they are all happening this week on the blog!  First of all, friday is the last day to submit your application for our design team call, so be sure to send us your information by then (here is the official list of what you will need to send in).  Second, we are doing a design team hop this weekend!  Our designers have prepared a load of fun Halloween crafts to share with you, to inspire your upcoming get-togethers, neighborhood treats, and more! 

As for Christmas...there are more reveals coming this week!! Be on the lookout!   
Until then, here is some inspiration for your Monday morning.  Mine started out cold...but after some hot chocolate, I'm doing MUCH better!

Have a great day!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Yes, this is happening. Christmas.

I have another Christmas teaser for you today, but this time it is the stacks that are going into Michael's Stores.  Can you tell what they are yet?

Can you tell I'm excited for the holidays?  I shouldn't be—too much to do before they get here!  But it is one of my favorite times of the year.  

Happy Friday friends—see you back here Monday!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bling it on!

Thanks to technology (and all the things that happened before it stopped me from posting yesterday), we've been gone for a few days.  We hope you have been busy crafting or doing something else fun too!

With the arrival of Christmas in our warehouse, I've been busy packing up several shipments to members of our blogging network.  I'll share their reviews as they come up; they will start November 1st!

Until then (or until I can officially reveal the stack covers here), I've been trying to busy myself with other things.  Last week I took a trip to our local Jo-Ann store.  We have 2 new product groupings that went into all their stores this month and I wanted to see how they looked on the shelf.  

Presenting: Bling sheets!

At the store closest to our office (Orem, Utah), I found the metallic and clear shades of "bling."

Now, if you haven't seen these yet, you're probably thinking "What in the world?!"  When we received our first batch of samples in the office, our designers were asking the same type of questions... and more!  

"How do they cut?"
"What can we put them on?"
"Will they be better than the original rhinestones?"

After creating several projects, they were IN LOVE!  Just what did they love? Well...their list included the following:

Ease of use
Added dimension
Variety of colors

Many of these sheets cut with ease into various straight-edged patterns—just take your scissors and cut in-between the rows of gems.  The "rock salt" items don't cut quite as cleanly into straight lines--but they still can be cut with a pair of handheld scissors.

So...what did we make?  Here is a quick peek: 

We'll have loads more on the inspiration side of things soon!  Until then, be sure to check out which color pallet of products is in your store.  There is a wide range—green, red, purple, black, clear, gold, and more!

Monday, October 6, 2014

September Stack-a-holic results!

Hello friends!  Did you have a great weekend?  What did you do for fun?  I spent some time sewing bags for craft kits going to cancer patients (remember this post?).  I hope to share more of the process with you sometime soon; it has been fun! 

One other quick reminder before we share the Stack-a-holic results for last month—don't forget about our ongoing Design Team call (here are the details).  Applications are due October 17th by 11:59pm MST.

Now, onto the fun stuff!  We had some great submissions this past month!  I'm trying something new to make them easier to see all at the same time—photoshop collage. *Note: Be sure to click on the collage to see it in a larger format* 

Here is the page sketch:

Here are the page submissions:

Here is the card sketch:

Here are the card submissions:

These are awesome, right?!!

Here are the winners; each one will receiving a stack 
(*picked at random from the list of submissions):

Andrea Johnson (Page submission)
Beverly Jordan (Card submission)
Fransiska Irina (Page Submission)
Joy Hager (Card Submission)

Thanks for your great pages and projects; you are such talented individuals!  

See you back here tomorrow for more fun projects with paper!