Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wall Art Wednesday!!

Hey everyone!! Having a good week?? I sure am...sooo busy! Big deadline on Friday before the holiday weekend. My office is covered in Halloween goodness. I can't wait to show you what I have been working on! When the time is right...like closer to Halloween, lol :)

Today's post may be my favorite wall piece that I have featured so far! I love how I customized it to fit our family....Let me show you :)


This is an incredible {huge} peel and stick that features the entire world!


"Vintage World Map" is available at most Kohl's stores and retails for $39.99.


There are 3 sheets of peel and stick. I'm not gonna lie...when I opened it up I thought, "Wow. This is gonna take some time. Looks like a puzzle!" But I promise it is WAY easier than it looks! 


This handy little map shows you exactly where everything goes....so it ends up like this!


So cool and stunning! For sure a conversation piece :) But I wanted to make it a little more special for my boys. I put it up in one of our hallways down at their eye level....


Needed some adhesive cardstock and a little circle punch....


I added little circles to the places that my boys have been. Yes Texas, Oklahoma and Disneyland is it for these munchkins....Disney Cruise to Mexico is coming up tho :) My dad travels a ton for work internationally so we are going to add little yellow dots for the places that Papa visits. The heart is over Utah, where we live :)


So excited for this! The boys were so cute checking out "the world" :)

Once again, another slam dunk for DCWV Home! These designers amaze me and what they can come up with for my walls! Love it :)

Back on Friday with something super special to me :) See you then!!


Monday, June 27, 2011

June Stack-a-holic Winners!

Happy Monday friends!!

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! We had a lot of fun spending time outside and being together as a little family :) The best kind of weekends if you ask me!

Can't believe another month has gone by and I get to share some of our entries from this month's challenge! You guys amaze me! I love seeing your creative spins on a given template. So fun :)


If you didn't see the challenge, I asked everyone to create a layout using this template:


We had tons and tons of entries this month!! Thank you for all of them! 

Here are my top 10 this month...



Animal Cracker Stack by Sandee Allen


Songbird Stack by Monique Fox


Black Current Stack by Karen Hunter


Tis the Season Digital Kit by Andrea Jones


Doodlin' Around & Citrus Stacks by Christine Rotheker


Mariposa Stack by Chris Dring


Athletic Stack by Kathy Gillon


Rockstar Stack by Nicolle Kramer


Street Lace Stack by Jessica Pitcher


Midnight Spell Stack by Rebecca


Out of these TOP 10 I want to pick a winner...but of course I am way to nice to pick a "favorite" so I used random.org to give me a number between 1 and 10....

Congratulations to...
Nicolle Kramer!
Send me your address and I will get your goodies right out to you!!
erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com

And we have one more winner from Friday's giveaway that I announced on the blog. This winner will get our newest stacks, All About Me & College Musings. Plus the Mediterranean Stack!! Did you guess right? ;)

Our winner for this is:

Laurie said...


90,000 prints?!? Oh my!!! And I bet I have at least a quarter of them!!! lol But I have to agree that it looks like the Cafe Mediterranean stack, another fav! Can't wait to see the new ones!!!!
Laurie--send me an email too with your address! erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com

Thanks again to everyone for playing!! You guys amaze me!!! I will post July's challenge next week :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Giveaway: Pick a Stack, Any Stack #1

It's Friday!!!

I hope y'all have some fun weekend plans! Our weekend will include a night camping in the mountains, hubby playing in a co-ed softball tournament and dinner with friends. Sounds perfect to me :) 

Yesterday I spent the day in the office which are days that I {love}! Saw the new stacks that will be available at Michael's in September. Got my hands on the Halloween and Fall lines that will be in Jo-Anns. (YES there is a 180 sheet stack, people have been asking!) And of course, the hustle and bustle of creations for our CHA booth next month. It is busy, busy in the office!!! EVERYTHING that I saw, I adored!!!! You know I always show you things as soon as I am given the go ahead :) 

Here is a sneak peak at our 2 new stacks that we are releasing at CHA next month...

All About Me Stack
&
Collage Musings

This add is in the new Scrapbooks Etc. Magazine. I will share a video next week with an even better look at these two cute newbies! 



{click on ad for a better view!}

One lucky winner will be winning these two stacks + one more mystery stack.....want to know how??!

We are going to play a new game that I thought up in my head last night in bed ;)

"Pick a Stack, Any Stack"

I will show you a close up photo of a print from one of our stacks. It could be a stack from this year, a year ago, 5 years ago....I gotta make it a little challenging :) Leave me a comment telling me your guess of the stack. On Monday, I will pick a random winner who will win the featured mystery stack along with our 2 brand new releases that I mentioned. Sound fun?? :)

So here is our picture....


Do you know where this print belongs?? I heard at the office that in our DCWV history, we have designed over 90,000 prints which are in our archives! CRAZY!!!! So this print is 1/90,000 :) But I am confident that you can figure it out!!! 

Also, today is the last day to enter in the June Stack-a-holic Template Challenge! Winners will be featured on Monday!

Good luck!!! Have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Happy Birthday America Class

‎*UPDATE* All stores WILL be offering this class! Stores have begun scheduling this class. Registration begins this weekend. So look for sign ups then :) So sorry for any confusion!!! -Erin

Morning my friends!!!

I hope everyone is enjoying their week!! We are halfway through the weekend!! Seems to be going fast for me this week...and tomorrow is my day at the office and I always look forward to those days :) Hope all of you are making this week great!!

Ok. Y'all know that I {love} classes! Teaching them and taking them! Teaching is my passion...but I also love sitting down to create a project and being inspired by someone else! Another reason why I love this hobby so much :) 

I just saw some pictures from a class that Michael's is offering right now at their stores and HAD to give you a little peaky peak ;) Because they are teaching with my current FAVORITE stack!!


This is a little taste of what you will create at your local Michael's Store at their current 

"Happy Birthday America Class"! 

The class creates decorations and table setting for your 4th of July party or BBQ! And guess what stack the class uses....everyone's favorite Nantucket Stack! I have seen all of the pictures from the class and trust me, you want to take it :) 

So all of you who have a local Michael's, go into your store to get more details and to sign up! And then post on our Facebook page some pictures of your projects and how you liked the class!! 

Have a fabulous day, everyone!!! See you back here soon :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Photoreal Seasons Stack Projects!

Hey guys!

Hope everyone is enjoying their week!! I have been working on a million little things that all add up to long days in my office! Funny how that works :) But I am loving what I am doing...as I always do :) But it is pretty weird to be working on so much HALLOWEEN in the middle of summer!! lol :) Fun!!

I wanted to share a couple of quick projects using our current "Photoreal Seasons Stack" that is at Michael's right now. 



I love to see complete projects using the photoreal papers because I think some people may look at them and wonder how to incorporate the papers into the project that they are working on. I love these two projects and wanted to share them! I think they capture the photo real look in a very cool way!


One is a recipe book and the other is a frame. I love how vibrant the colors are in this stack! Here are some step by step instructions. And as always, you can really use any kind of DCWV stack in creating your projects!


Autumn Recipe Book
SUPPLY LIST
  • DCWV Phororeal Seasons Stack 
  • Stand-up Photo album with rings 
  • Assortment of brown ribbon in varying widths and lengths, including: •••”, 3/8” and 5/8”, with the longest piece at least 24” in length and the shortest 3 •••” in length. 
  • Seasonal rub-on 
  • Alphabet stickers 
  • Paper crafting adhesive 
  • Hole punch (slightly larger then rings) 
  • Paper trimmer 
  • Scissors 
  • Pencil 
  • Ruler 


PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

1. Take out 2 coordinating prints. Set one aside. 

2. Separate photo album from rings. Set sheet protectors aside. 

3. Using the cover and back section of the photo album as a template, trace around both with your pencil so that you will have exactly enough to cover both pieces (will need 3 pieces total to cover the front and both sides of the back). Cut out. Cover the front side of the photo album cover as well as the front and back sides of the back cover. Punch holes in the appropriate places so that they will slide back onto rings. 

4. Adhere two pieces of coordinating brown ribbon directly to front, tucking excess around onto the back. Embellish the front with desired rub-ons and alphabet sticker sayings. 

5. While top section is off, measure, cut and attach amount needed to cover base of album stand. *Tip: If possible, remove section of rings that attaches to base for easier application. Finish off base by adhering thin ribbon around the outside edge. 

6. Put album parts back onto the rings. Tie a ribbon in a knot to the left ring. 

7. Finish off book by slipping your most delectable recipes into the different page protectors. 


    Sunflower Frame & Quote 

    SUPPLY LIST
    • DCWV Phororeal Seasons Stack 
    • 11 •••” square frame 
    • 5/8” coordinating ribbon (need approximately 30” of ribbon) 
    • Coordinating vellum quote 
    • Papercrafting adhesive 
    • Paper trimmer 
    • Scissors 
    • Craft knife 
    • Pencil 
    • Ruler 



    PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Take out 2 sheets of the same print. Set one aside. 

    2. Take out back of frame and lay this on the back side, center, of the first sheet. Trace around it with a pencil and cut out. Apply this directly to the inside back section of your frame. 

    3. Cut your second sheet to the exact size as the frame. Use your remaining section (the edge of the page) and trace around the inside of the section onto the back of the 2nd sheet. Cut out this section and adhere this directly to the frame. 

    4. Using your remaining paper scraps, cut out different petals from the flowers (at least 9). Use your pencil to create a curl in the flower. Adhere the inside point of each petal to the corresponding section of the flower. 

    5. Add a vellum quote to the inside, on the right-hand side of the frame. 

    6. Finish off frame by tying ribbon around frame.

    Thanks for stopping by!! See you back here on Friday :)

    Monday, June 20, 2011

    I spy with my little eye.....

    I spy with my little eye...
    some great DCWV projects on the web from YOU!!!!


    The famous and one of my favorite places for inspiration "Tip Junkie" Laurie Turk showing a how-to blog post in creating these cute DCWV paper covered frames! Great project for a party or outing with young girls!! Too bad I don't have any ;)



    LOVE how Susan Stringfellow created a layout based on the cover of the Nantucket Stack! So cleaver and adorable!! Love all of her work!


    I was shocked when I figured out this layout from Sandra Rosario came from the "Hittin' the Books Stack" which is a school themed stack! Love the Disney freak idea :) And love how versatile our stacks are! Disney layout with a school stack? I think so :)


    Darling birthday card from Corri Garza that was posted on our Facebook page...LOVE the colors and that cake on this card. I want to get this in the mail :)



    Marcia Magnuson (TOP) & Karla Der (BOTTOM) showing off their stack collections on our Facebook page! I count 29 & 26....if anyone else has more, post your picture on our FB page :) I am never giving up my stack total!!! 7 years with this company...ahh yeah you can figure that out ;)

    So make sure that you share your creations on your blog or our Facebook page! You never know when I could feature YOU right here!! 

    We love our Stack-a-holics!!!!

    Back on Wednesday!!!

    Thursday, June 16, 2011

    4th of July Wreath

    Hey everyone!

    It's a rainy, dreary day here in Utah. I don't mind a rainy, summer day once in a while. The kind of day where you wake up, shower and put on clean jammies knowing you won't be leaving the house that day. Not that I did that this morning or anything... ;)

    I have been busy working all morning on something for my front door that would scream SUMMER and 4th of July! I love how my project ended up, even though it was not my vision starting! I love it when that happens...when creativity completely takes over!

    I used my favorite patriotic stack....The Nantucket Stack which is at Michael's stores right now!


    And I surprised myself and used my new Sure Cuts A Lot program. Love how easy it is to cut ANY SVG file from my computer! Including fonts :) And I surprised myself and didn't even have to watch any of their how to videos, figured it all out by myself. Super easy!


    Here is my wreath! The stars are 3D and really pop off of the wreath! I wrapped a foam wreath form with May Arts ribbon and added several paper stars. I sanded and inked the stars a little bit too.


    The SVG files for the stars came from the kit Made in the USA

    I love how the wreath turned out! I am loving my paper creations on my front door. It's the first thing people see when they come over and it's always a great conversation piece into my true passion for paper crafts and scrapbooking! I feel so lucky to do what I love every single day :)

    Well now that I did some fun stuff today, it's time to be a grown up and clean up my office. I need a new organization system for sure. We'll see how far I get today :) 

    Have a great day, my friends!!


    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    Wall Art Wednesday-Mirror Wall Embellishments

    It's Wall Art Wednesday!!

    I always love showing you the latest things from our DCWV Home department! They are always coming up with the coolest things to put on your walls...and trust me, my walls are covered with their stuff and I always get so many compliments!

    Today, I wanted to show you some darling {Mirror Wall Embellishments}

    They are mirror pieces in the shape of dragonflies! Available at ShopKo, Jo-Anns & Target. There are all kind of designs and the prices range from $12.99-$16.99.


    They are so cool for your wall...but the small ones would be darling on a card!!!


    I put a few around a mirror in our guest bathroom...I only used probably 1/3rd of the package! Love how just a few really stand out.


    Thanks for stopping by today! See you very, very soon ;)


     

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    Father's Day Jar

    Hey friends! 

    I swear I say this all the time...but seriously? It's the middle of JUNE?! Why does time go so fast?!
    I am in the middle of making Father's Day gifts for this Sunday! I can't believe Father's Day is already here...but we LOVE Father's Day :) BBQ's, being outside and showing Daddy how much we love him!

    This year, we are keeping things simple! I saw a project similar to this on a blog but I did my own thing with it :) I knew that I wanted to use the Guy Stack which is still a staple for anything "Dad" in my craft room!


    I bought a simple jar at Walmart for less than $5 and simply handcut pieces of paper and pieced them together. First the tie, then the two collar pieces and finally the collar strap that goes around the jar. Then I added a little patterned paper on the top.


    The patterned paper that I used for the tie "screamed" Grandpa's tie to me :)


    This was so easy! You could fill the jar with anything that you want!

    Thank's for stopping by today! I will be back tomorrow with another "Wall Art Wednesday" 
    See you then :)


    Friday, June 10, 2011

    DCWV Inc's {BIG} News :)

    Here it is...our big news! This has been in the works for a looooong time and we are all SO excited to be a part of a company who is always trying to push themselves to be better and do more! So proud to be a part of DCWV Inc!
                            ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    For Immediate Release           
    Contact:  Pam Manela
    In House Public Relations
    212 477 4600

    DCWV Inc. Acquires Blue Moon Beads
    PROVO, UTAH—June 10, 2011—DCWV Inc., one of the country’s leading home decor, paper crafting, and stationery companies, announced today that it has acquired  the assets and intellectual property of Blue Moon Beads, a supplier of fashion forward, hand-crafted beads and jewelry based in Southern California .  Offering a wide array of high quality and exotic beads and coordinating components from artisans based around the world, Blue Moon Beads will operate as a division of DCWV Inc. and continue to operate a large portion of the business from its California offices.  

    Mike Hill, CEO of DCWV Inc., said, “We see this acquisition as a natural progression for the company as it further solidifies our position as an industry leader in design and innovation.  It underscores our commitment to diversifying our product offerings while maintaining the highest level of standards with regard to quality, functionality and aesthetics.” 

    “We believe Blue Moon Beads is an ideal fit for DCWV, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with them,” said Nancy Hill, founder of DCWV Inc. “Not only are we adding a great line of new products to our existing line of DCWV products, we also have the privilege of assuming a great team of experienced and seasoned professionals.  This is a very exciting time for our company.”  

    About DCWV Inc.
    Based in Provo, Utah, DCWV Inc. was founded in 1995 by Nancy and Mike Hill. The company designs, manufactures and sells innovative, quality products to the paper crafting, scrapbooking, home d├ęcor and stationery markets. In 2005, DCWV was included in Inc. magazine’s “500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies" list and was named the #1 Utah-based company. Its products are differentiated by their quality, on-trend look and feel, innovation and customer-respected brand name.

    For more information on DCWV Inc., please contact Pam Manela of In House Public Relations at 212 477 4600, or pam@inhousenyc.com.  .

    June: Stack-a-holic Template Challenge

    Hey everyone! TGIF!

    First off...I PROMISE you that our big announcement is coming! I am being told that it will be ready anytime! But I will give you a hint....it has nothing to do with stacks. It has nothing to do with another scrapbook company. That's all I can say! Love hearing all of your guesses tho :) I will be on standby all weekend and if I get it, I will post it here on the blog first, I promise!!!

    Today I am announcing our new Stack-a-holic Template Challenge for 
    JUNE!


    I will give you the template...you make the page. Share it on our Facebook page, share it on your blog and send a link or email it to me at erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com. You have until June 24th to submit your page. I will pick my "Top 10" submissions to share on the blog and I will  pick a random winner from those 10 for an awesome prize! Wanna play??!

    Here is your template from Susan at Sketch Savvy!



    I played with the Mademoiselle Stack this time which is available at Michael's stores...it is a total girly stack with great colors and awesome prints!!!


    For my sketch, I wanted to use 4 horizontal photos instead of 2 vertical photos. So I did 4 photos at 2x3 so they would fit the 4x6 spots. I used some of my favorite photos of me and my best friend who just passed away, Amberly. 

    {click on page to enlarge}


    I love making pages with a sketch! For some reason, it gives me somewhere to start instead of staring at an empty page forever :) Check out Sketch Savvy for even more sketches! 

    So get out your favorite stack and some photos and come play with us this month! Remember, you have until June 24th to get me your finished pages! 

    Have a fabulous weekend everyone! I will be back on Monday :)