Friday, July 29, 2011

July: Stack-a-holic Template Challenge WINNERS!

Oh today's post is so hard!

I am feeling soooo guilty! Last night I went through all of the submissions for this month's challenge! All I can say is, wow. I seriously could have EASILY had a Top 20 this month!! You blow me away! I feel so bad picking a Top 10!



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




This was probably my hardest month to pick my favorites. I couldn't believe how great y'all did with the 2 page layout!! I feel like a meany-pants but I have to pick my top ones. But luckily I will let my little boy giving me a number between 1 & 10 to decide a winner :)

Here are my top 10 this month...Remember, click on the photo for a bigger view!!



Celebrations Stack by Yanely Abreu
The banner pieces work perfectly with the photos and papers!


Mod Retro Stack by Kristy Luccketta 
(I am a sucker for dressed up dogs lol)



Ultimate Stack by Angela Alexander
Love how it was altered for a 8 1/2 x 11 layout


Eco Stack by Kathy Perry
Who would have guessed this was the Eco Stack used?!


Tis' the Season Digital Stack by Amber McBurney
Fun having a digital version!


Flower Shower Stack by Tracy Thompson


Nantucket Stack by Amy Jo Middleton
This one just makes me happy!


Linen Closet Stack by Sandy Lewis
Love how the soft colors match the mood of the title


Dots, Stripes & Plaids Stack by Brittany Kohl
love the rounded edges instead of the banner pieces


Downtown Loft Stack by Mandy Stallins
Great, unique color combination

One of the reasons why I love these challenges,  it allows you to break into your stacks, old or new, and create! I love seeing some of my older, favorite stacks used. Like Downtown Loft & Mod Retro! So fun...it's like running into an old friend at the grocery store :)

Out of these TOP 10 I want to pick a winner...so my little guy picked a number between 1 & 10....

Congratulations to...
Sandy Lewis!
Send me your address and I will get some of our newest stacks sent right out to you!!
erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com

Can't wait to see what you do next month! I will get the layout posted next week :)

Have a fabulous weekend!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A few of my favorite....

Hey everyone! I hope everyone is having a great week! Are you coming down from your CHA high last week when you got to see everyone's new releases?? ;)

I wanted to share a few of my favorite pages from the booth with some of our new stacks. 


This one was made with the Tattered Time Stack. Look at these hand cut flowers! Amazing!!



Oooh and this one....


This one was made with the Lemon Flower Stack. Love the honey comb and the bees!!!! I am totally going to make one of these pages :)





And this darling one is made with the new Collage Musings Stack. Love this page and love the picture of this little guy! He is growing up so fast!!!



I love looking at all of the unique, handmade elements on these pages. So inspiring to me! 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this month's template challenge! I will post my top 10 and a winner on Friday :) See you then!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Midnight Spell Advent Calendar

Wow oh wow. I think I am recovered from CHA!! Yesterday was a Utah State holiday so I got an extra day in the weekend. Loved relaxing & spending time with my little family this weekend. I needed it so bad! But today is a new day, ready to tackle some new projects & super excited about some stuff coming my way!! 

I wanted to share with you the class that I taught last week in Chicago! We had so much fun and I knew you would want to see what we made :)



This group was hilarious, I think I laughed at least 1/2 of the 2 hour class!!!


Teaching is my passion! I love any chance I get to do it :)

So here is what we made!


It is a hanging Halloween "Trick or Treat" Advent Calendar made out of the Midnight Spell Stack. Each little envelope holds either a "trick" which your family has to do, or a "treat" of a little candy that you put in. So fun!


Here are the instructions and the two downloads! Have fun creating!! Tomorrow is your last day to enter into this month's Stack-a-holic Challenge!! I will post the winners on Friday!!




Friday, July 22, 2011

Pictures from CHA!

Hey everyone!
I am home...but not recovered yet lol!!! I got home at about 2am last night...after a long day of being at the booth and traveling!! Delays, delays. Yuck! I slept in, promised myself I wouldn't work today, but then remembered that my blog friends want to see pictures! So this is all I am doing today, see how much I love you! Here are some of my favs from our time in Chicago!


What you see when you walk into the Exhibit Hall! Best spot ever :)





Handmade paper ornaments covering Christmas trees! Love them! They were all a huge hit with everyone! There will be individual tutorials for every single ornament so don't worry, we gotcha covered!!
  

Very amazing and LOTS of work :) WTG Meg!


A living room all ready for Christmas Morning!








Every little detail is perfect! Love this room :)


New Designer Stationary lines...this is what all of the women are getting for Christmas from me this year!


Everyone was so excited for the marriage of DCWV & Blue Moon Beads :) I predict by the next CHA show, you will be blown away by how fashionable our beads and jewelry will be! This has been Nancy's "baby" so you know it's going to be fabulous just her!


New holiday line, "Winter Soiree"


Another new line, "Amulet"


Some of my favorite girls!! Ash, Gloria & Sandie. All Customer Service Reps!


Megan from Marketing takes an order.


My direct boss, Dave! This is so going to be his Match.com profile pic :)


Our VP, Jeremy, giving us his traditional first day pep talk. Super fab boss too :)


Taught an awesome class using Midnight Spell Halloween Stack. A Halloween advent calendar. I will show pictures and instructions next week :)


Me, Amy & Megan


SUCH A FUN CLASS!! Laughed my head off for 2 hours :)


We had a CHA birthday girl! Happy Birthday, Iliana :)


Love working for these two :) Jeremy & Christina! And they actually met at CHA and are now married and have 2 super cute little ones. 


Jake our IT wiz & Valerie our HR Director


Gloria, Ashlee & one of our favorite customers, Yamille from Puerto Rico!

We had so much fun and loved having a great response to our booth, brand and products! That is what it's all about :) Came home loving me job, this company and my co-workers even more. Was that possible??! Exciting things coming. HUGE exciting things. Secret things for now. But it will come out. Thank you for being such loyal DCWV fans! We love you!!!