Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Years Eve!!

Happy New Years Eve!! Can you believe the decade has come to an end?? I have a feeling that 2011 will serve me well so I am just {excited}!!!

Wanted to share the "thank you" gift that I am taking to a party that I am attending tonight. So quick. So easy. I promise you can do it in 20 minutes!! I used some perfect papers from the new Celebrations Stack. 



The paper is 4 inches x 9.5 inches and scored at 8 inch mark. Punched a circle punch to fit in on the top. Decorated the front with glitter paper and brads. The framed die cut is one of Tim Holtz Sizzix dies. My party hosts are not drinkers so I used Sparkling Cider but you could easily do the same with some bubbly :)

I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year!!! I can't wait to see what 2011 brings to all of us!!

Back on Monday!! Be safe!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Texas Vintage :)

Hello Thursday! You are back so soon!!

Don't you just love holidays? This week has been quiet at home. Time for me to work. Watch the massive amounts of snow coming down in Utah. Listening to my boys movies in the background. Making hot chocolate for cold little hands after playing outside. Lots of Jammie Days :)

But I love this time at home when it's quiet and I can work in peace. The next 27 days is {CRUNCH TIME} until I leave for CHA in Los Angeles! Our booth is going to be SO NEW AND DIFFERENT it will for sure be the talk of the show! I can't wait to make a video showing you everything once I am there!! So here is a new page I made with the new Vintage Collage Stack...remember this new one has new prints and new colors :)


This stack is available right now at your local Michaels Arts and Crafts stores!


These pages are awesome because all of the design work has been done for you. You can simply add a photo and a little journaling and have a fabulous page. Can you pick me out in this picture??


Yes that is me sitting on my Daddy's lap in front of the home I grew up in. {Dallas, Texas}


All I added was the photo and the "love" tab and brads. Everything else is part of the page!


This stack is so fun for those vintage photos that you have! And my photo above is about 27 years old and that is about vintage as I have in my possession :)

Have a fabulous New Years this weekend!!! May 2011 be everything you want it to be!! Back here on Monday :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Lovin' Immortal Love!

Wow! What a whirlwind of a weekend!! I took yesterday off so today is my "Christmas Aftermath" day :) Things are clean and picked up, it's just the sugar coma and food overload I am fighting!! But that is just one of the things I love about Christmas :) 

Something fun to announce! I know you have been waiting forever to get your hands on the Immortal Love and Dots, Stripes and Plaids Stacks that I showed you HERE. Well I am excited to tell you that your Jo-Anns stores all have them and will be putting them out on shelves any second! I am starting to hear of some sightings but I know every store does things their own way. But I am pretty confident that all of the stores should have them on the shelves within the week. They are just making room and clearing out the Christmas Stacks!! 

I wanted to share a page that I made using Immortal Love. And guess what, there is no vampire or werewolves anywhere on the page!! :)

This is my best friend, Aubrey and her new fiance, Matt!! I have waited a loooong time for her to find a man good enough for her and I think she has found him :)


And his family business is a Harley Davidson Shop.....ahhh that is just smokin' hot :)


Love all of the gorgeous red prints that I punched out with a heart punch and inked the edges. I hand cut the big white heart outline. 


I {love} this page!!! Love the paper, love the colors, love this girl!! 

Won't this stack be perfect for Valentines?!! Go check your local Jo-Anns stores to see if it's in! And as soon as I see it in stock on joanns.com I will post it on Facebook :) I love feeding your paper addiction!!

Have a fabulous day!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas from the entire team at DCWV!! We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday and New Years!! 

And just because I completely forgot to show you until now...my December chalkboard wall!!




And my Diet Coke tree just because it's cute. DC ornaments are pretty hard to find!!! LMK if you ever see any :)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Letters to Santa...

Tonight is the night.

We will see if our letters to Santa made it to the North Pole. We put them in the big red mailbox with "Santa" on it at the local post office. Garrett, the Postmaster, promised he would make sure they arrived in time.



This is a very serious tradition at our house. Gotta make sure the letter is just right.


This year, we wrote our letters on a cute paper from the 180 sheet Christmas Stack from Jo-Anns. The lined paper with "Dear Santa," at the top was just what we needed.


Oh can my boys stay 3 & 6 forever?? They really are the perfect little ages and the perfect best friends. I have so much to be thankful for right now!!!

I want to wish you, along with the entire DCWV family, a very Happy Holiday and Happy New Year!!!   Take the time these next couple of weeks to make incredible memories & take lots of pictures so you will have plenty to scrap in the New Year! :)

Merry Christmas, my sweet friends!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cute Neighbor Gifts

My neighborhood is like a little family. We all go to school and church together. We help raise each other kids as we trade babysitting and play dates. We go on group adult dates monthly and girls nights much more frequently :) I am so lucky to live in a neighborhood like this. It really is one of my biggest blessings!! Since I have about 30 neighbor gifts to deliver (I tried to cut my list down but didn't have the heart!!) I needed something easy and inexpensive. And I never do treats since we always end up with SO much treats I want to die!!!

So this year, I purchased a bunch of our Le Creme Box of Cards. They are $10 retail and I got 4 gifts out of each box. I broke them down to 10 cards and envelopes and put them in a cellophane bag.



Tied some fabulous May Arts ribbon and a tag. I got the little glitter ornaments at Target a pack of 30 at the dollar spot!! 


I designed the tags in Photoshop Elements and printed them at Walmart at Persnickety Prints, my all time FAVORITE printing service.


These would also be great thank you gifts for co-workers, teachers, birthday gifts for friends, really anyone!! I love the Le Creme cards because the prints are so versatile.

Two days til Christmas....are you ready?? If you aren't, just pretend and sit back and relax :)

See you tomorrow!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My top 3 DCWV gifts...

So do you have a lot of scrapbookers on your list for Christmas this year?? If you do, these are my top 3 favorite gifts to give!! If you still need a few things, order these today! If you are done with your shopping, keep these ideas in mind for gifts that you might need throughout the year!


I love these things!! For $30, you get an album, cardstock, printed paper, and all the embellishment to make a coordinated scrapbook!! And the hard box that it all comes in is awesome for storing extra supplies. They come in the following lines: Linen Closet, High School, Grade School, Citrus, Natural, Tahiti Beach, Cafe Med and Safari Kids and they are all in stock at Scrapbook.com




Love these Box of Cards! We have them in TONS of different designs. They have our pretty prints on the fronts and backs, and they are blank inside. I use them for EVERYTHING! Sending a note to Troy's Kindergarten teacher, when I owe a friend some cash, quite thank you's, a note with a gift card for a present. If you have them, you will use them. I promise!!


#3 Wall Accents Peel & Stick

These peel and sticks are awesome for gifts!! They are removable so you can take them off when you need a change! The holiday ones are fun because you can put them up for the holiday and take the down after and re use them the next year. These are available at Target and there are TONS of different designs to choose from!


Monday, December 20, 2010

DCWV knows how to party!!

Oh what a fun weekend!! It was kicked off with a bang at our DCWV Holiday Party!! It was held in a hotel ballroom with a yummy, yummy dinner. They made us earn our prizes this year with "Minute to Win It" themed games! A presentation of service awards. And always lots of gracious words from our owners. We are so lucky to work for this company!!! Here are some of my favorite moments....

Our own Santa Claus (Darren) as our MC. Look at those prizes!!


Gloria, one of our Customer Service Reps with her 3 year Service Award!


A "Minute to Win It" game...moving the yellow cup to the top. Go, T.C!! (one of our Graphic Designers)


Caught Santa dancing....


Megan mastering her game....she ended up with a huge TV and an iPod!! You go girl!!


All of the fabulous "bosses" competing for one good prize!


Krysta, one of our Home Division product developers, with her cute date.



Me & Ashlee, our International Customer Service Rep. Our husbands are buddies so we got to double date :)


Thank you to our Human Resource Director, Valerie, for planning another incredible holiday party!!! 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 7: Christmas Combo Bag Topper

So it's only Thursday. Darn. 

I am SO ready for tomorrow!! It is our DCWV Holiday Party!!! Gourmet dinner, dancing, lots of chatting and TONS of prizes!!! There will be 120 DCWV employees with their guest... fingers crossed hoping to go home with something fabulous prize!! (And yes, my fingers and toes will be crossed :) It is so great working for a company who values every single one of it's employees. DCWV is that company and so much more!!! I will sneak in my camera (of course!) to take some pictures to share on Monday!

I am so sad that this is the last Sizzix Blog Hop Post! It has been so fun seeing all of the different ways that these dies are used, and I loved using the dies with all of my DCWV papers!!  Today's project is a way to wrap up some small gifts. Let's face it. If you haven't done any wrapping yet, you should probably take the "easy route", right?? :) The topper was cut from the Sizzix die and I glued paper together to make a little pocket/bag. You could do this topper with a cellophane bag as well.





Products used:The Christmas Combo Stack (available at Jo-Anns Stores)

May Arts Ribbon & Fibers


{You can continue on the blog hop journey by going to my "Sizzix Blog Hop" button to the right an click on "forward". Or you can see a list of all participants here! Have fun! 

Thank you to the Sizzix girls for asking me to partisipate in this swap!!! There is nothing I love more than Sizzix dies and DCWV paper!! 

Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Someone besides this cute little guy is happy right now....



Congratulations to:



Chereazy said...

Loved the video! I also LOVE the Formal Affairs stack! It will be perfect for my wedding (and all the wedding I have been too!). I also love the world travelers stack. Perfect for Europe (and I agree, it would be great for military too, my husband has been to A TON of places, and they pages look great for his military travels as well!)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A New Guy in the House

One of my favorite things about Christmas is my Gingerbread Tree!! It makes me sooo happy :)


 I have quite the collection of little guys from all over the place. I only buy one of each man so I have a great assortment!! It is so fun looking for them whenever I see tree decorations. Here are a few of my favorites...



We all have one with our names....



We all have one that looks like a gingerbread cookie with our initial...


in honor of my Texas birth right :)



I made a new little guy for my tree this year! 


 I found this cookie cutter at the grocery store for $1. I cut strips of paper from the Christmas Mat stack and stuck it to the back of a scrap of adhesive cardstock. I traced the cookie cutter, cut it out and clued it to the back of the cutter.


Punched a hole in the top with my Crop-a-dile and strung some ribbon. All ready for my tree!!


I love handmade ornaments and I love how easy this guy was!! You could use any colors of paper or any shape of ornament. A great kids project too!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!! Back with a winner of our giveaway tomorrow!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

New Video of Jo-Anns Stacks!


Welcome to another Monday morning!!!

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!! Mine could not have been more perfect. A big family wedding which means lots of visiting, eating, hanging out and celebrating!!! I managed to squeeze in a little time in the office, a pedicure and a trip to Hobby Lobby so I think it was a pretty successful weekend :)

We have another winner from the Sizzix Blog Hop post!! Congratulations to a loyal blog follower:

JD said...
My favorite holiday tradition is spending Christmas Eve with my husband... after church, we put on new holiday pjs, bake pizzas, take a picture in front of the tree, watch a holiday movie, and then exchange gifts before going to bed. It's perfect every year! ~ JD ~ jdscricuteering{at}gmail{dot}com
   
Email me at erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com and give me your address and I will send you your Street Lace & Colorful Life Stacks!! I promise you will love them and hoard them forever!! ;) Try to use them just a little...or buy a second stack to hoard!!

I shared a post a few weeks ago showing you some of the new goodies coming to Jo-Anns. Well I filmed a video giving you a better look at the SIX stacks that will be in stores when the Christmas stacks clear out but they are already available on the Jo-Anns webiste. My post showed you 4 stacks so you have to see the video to see the 2 bonus ones! And I *promise* you want to watch this video!! ;) 

You can watch it HERE on our YouTube Channel!!! Can't wait to hear what you think!!! Have a fabulous Monday!! Back soon with Christmas ideas all week!!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 6: Christmas Combo Money Holder

15 days til Christmas.....say what??!!!

Oh I want this month just to sllloooww down! I have to many Christmas things to show you and not enough time!!! PLUS next week, I will be sharing a video showing you a closer look at the new Jo-Anns Stacks that are available on their website right now! They will be in the stores once the Christmas stacks are gone. THIS POST shows you 4 of the new stacks but my video will show you 2 additional stacks that you haven't seen yet! 

Well it is Week 6 of our fun Sizzix Blog Hop!! One more week! Can't believe it!! This week we were given pieces that make a mini album. I am still working on wrapping my last few Christmas gifts so I used my front and back cover of the album and made a card. I used this fun stack that is available at Jo-Anns right now!







Products used:
The Christmas Combo Stack (available at Jo-Anns Stores)




May Arts Ribbon

Liquid Adhesive


And since it is December and we are in the mood for giving.....
Who wants to win  2 free 12x12 stacks!!

and a


Here is how you can win:

1. Post a comment on this blog post telling me what your favorite holiday tradition!
2. Become a follower of this blog (leave a separate blog post telling me this)
3. "Subscribe" to our blog (leave a separate blog post telling me this.)
4. Share my giveaway on your blog/social media site 
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*Follow our 
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Winner will be posted on Monday!

{You can continue on the blog hop journey by going to my "Sizzix Blog Hop" button to the right an click on "forward". Or you can see a list of all participants here! Have fun!