Monday, October 31, 2011

Great Vacation Passport Covers

Hello my friends! Hope you had a great weekend! I just got home late last night from the Michaels Cruise! I can't wait to tell you all about it and show you lots of pictures! But today...it's unpacking, laundry and LOVING on my babies :)

I wanted to share one of the projects that we worked... Great Vacation Monogram Passport Covers.



I love this idea! Why shouldn't your passport be so darling and personable?!

Supplies
Great Vacation Stack
Paper Trimmer
Scissors
Ink Pad
Needles
Matching Thread
Xacto Knife/Mat
Scotch Tape

Instructions
Trim paper to 5 inches x 7 1/4 inches. Fold in half. Hand cut or use cutting system to make on large monogram letter. Ink around edges and adhere to center of the front of the cover. Using the needle, poke holes evenly all around the letter. Use needle and thread to straight stitch around the letter. Tape down loose thread ends. Insert into the acrylic cover. Insert passport.

You shouldn't have to take your passport out of this cover when you go through security, it should be thin enough! 

Well I will be back on here tomorrow morning with our big, huge announcement that you have been waiting for!! Yippee...gonna have some HAPPY Stack-a-holics tomorrow :)


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Simply Autumn Fall Wreath Tutorial

Still crusin'! And having FUN, FUN, FUN :)

I wanted to show you one of the classes that I am teaching on the ship! This is the cutest paper crafted wreath made from the Simply Autumn Stack!


It just makes me oh so happy :)


Wanna make one?! Here are the instructions :)


Ooooh, look who it is!
I hope you are keeping up with Darin's hints on our Facebook page! November 1st is almost here!

Have a fabulous day, everyone :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sizzix Fresh Vintage Blog Hop

Well I am STILL on my Michael's Cruise adventure! I hope you are enjoying the posts that I set up while I am away!

I was excited to participate in another Sizzix Blog Hop! I always love seeing what die they send me to work with :) I have quite the collection of Sizzix and I love all of the dies! 

They sent me the Scoreboard XL Suitcase to play with. I decided to leave off the little handles and make it a cute little box. And it is the perfect size for some recipe cards! I used the new
 Recollections Sugar Plums Stack.


Love that cute little Gingerbread Man!


I glued my patterned paper to the chipboard before I ran it through the machine. Much easier in my opinion. I just used a thin coat of liquid glue and let it really dry. 


And if you want the yummy bread recipe, you can find it HERE! This would make a sweet little holiday gift. And seriously, this bread is SO GOOD!!

Click on the Sizzix Blog Hop button on the left side of the blog to hop on to the next project! Or click HERE for an entire listing :)


Have a great day!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Jingle Bells Tile Coasters

Hello my friends! Hope you had a great weekend! Right now I am on the Michaels Cruise representing the best paper company in the world...our own DCWV Inc. :)

I wanted to share one of the projects that we are working on... Tile Coasters made from the Recollections Jingle Bell Stack.


These are SO dang cute in person! And super inexpensive and easy to make! 

Supplies
Jingle Bells Stack
4x4 Tiles
Felt Pads
Paper Trimmer
Scissors
Mod Podge
Foam Brushes
Clear Spray Paint
Newspaper

Instructions
Cut paper down to 4 inches x 4 inches. If you want to use several patterns of paper, cut down to 1 inch x 4 inch strips. Apply Mod Podge with a foam brush to the entire tile. Make sure you get all the way to the edges. Press your trimmed paper into the tile. Apply pressure to the paper as it dries, smoothing out any bumps of air. Allow to dry. Apply 3 coats of clear spray paint to the tile. Allow to dry. Add felt pads to 4 corners of the bottom of the tile. 

These are going to be my neighbor and teacher gifts this holiday season! They are so fun to make and the possibilities are really endless. 

Have a great day!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Michaels Project Center

Another Friday is here! Are you as happy as I am?? :) Well I am EXTRA happy this Friday because tomorrow is the day that my co-worker, Amy, and I leave for the Michaels Cruise! Today will be busy, busy as I pack and get every last little detail crossed off my list. And there will be LOTS of hugs with my little guys. Usually, my work trips are 5 days at the most. This one is NINE! Gonna take my little brag book with me to show them off to everyone :)

I have a winner from Wednesday's giveaway! I have LOVED going through all of the comments on the blog and on Facebook getting your feedback about the new release! Sounds like lots and lots of happy Stack-a-holics out there :) Congratulations to

Callis Crafts said...
Oh I want them now :))))

Email me your address {erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com} and I will get your prize out to you as soon as I get back from the cruise! You may not hear from me right away but I promise to get it out the first week of November :)



I was lurking around the Michaels website the other day and wondered if all of you knew about all of the project ideas that are on the website? We are constantly creating new projects that can be showcased on their site. If you go to the Michaels website and click on "Projects" at the top, this is what you will see.


On the left hand side, there are lots of different categories that you can look through. You can find lots of ideas with DCWV paper under the Scrapbooking/Off the Page section. 

I love how each project has instructions and a supply list to make it easy for you. 

I have gotten several emails lately asking if I had any project ideas for some of the new Michaels Recollections Stacks. This is where you can find them! If you get a chance, look around the site and tell me what you think! Are there any types of projects that you would like to see more of??

I leave tomorrow and I have the blog posting throughout my trip showing you some of the projects that we will be working on the ship. I wish ALL of you could be there with us :) 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Big Announcement: November 1st!

If you haven't been on our DCWV Facebook page in a while, you are missing some big news :)

We at DCWV have something big up our sleeves! A big announcement will be made on November 1st. It's something you have been asking us for and something that ALL of you will be excited about!

You will want to best friends with my buddy, Darin. Let me introduce you to him....




Doesn't he look so nice?! 

Darin will be giving hints leading up to the announcement so if you are oh so curious, head over to our Facebook page to stay updated! And if you aren't already a "fan", it's the best way to stay in the loop with all of our big news!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Video of New Jo-Anns Stacks



You have been patiently waiting to see NEW stacks!! And the wait is over!

  HERE is the video for the new goodies that will be at Jo-Anns stores at the end of October!! Some of them are already for sale at Joann.com! Search "dcwv" in the search box and then sort by "New Products" to see the newest products.

Leave me a comment on this post telling me your TOP 3 favorite products and I will choose a winner on Friday to send a box of goodies to! I can't wait to hear your favorites :) 

ENJOY!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Snowflake Ornament Tutorial

Hey, hey, hey! Did everyone have a great weekend?? I sure hope so! We didn't do anything over the top...spent time with friends and watched A LOT of football. Basically it :) I am ready to hit this week in full force! So much to do before I leave town on Saturday for the Michaels Cruise...need to get caught up on a lot of things PLUS get my family situated for me to be away for 9 days! Needless to say, this week will be busy. But I wouldn't have it any other way!

Loved reading all of your comments from Friday! Sounds like y'all are pretty darn excited to see some new products :) I will post a video on Wednesday showing you some of the new products coming to Jo-Anns! Only a couple more days! I wanted to pick a winner from the giveaway on Friday. Congratulations to: 

Scrapthat said...

Christmas! I soooo want to do a December daily this year! Inspire me!

Email me your address {erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com} and I will get some goodies right out to you!

Here is another ornament tutorial for you! These snowflakes are so cute!


Templates can be downloaded HERE and HERE. You can also use your personal cutting system to cut out the snowflake and it would be even easier :)

And as a bonus...


This little guy is easy, easy. HERE is a template if you want to make a reindeer ornament :) He would be cute with a little red pom pom as a nose!

Well I am going to hit my emails and Facebook and answer questions that you have sent me! Love being so connected to our fans! If you ever have any questions, send me an email or leave a comment on the DCWV Facebook page!

Have a great day! See you on Wednesday on our Sneak Peek Day!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Midnight Magic Poison Bottles + a Giveaway!

Another Friday is here! Are they flying by for you as quickly as they are for me?? Fall is in full swing and I am loving it! 

I am hoping to have a video for y'all next week showing you the new releases that are coming to Jo-Ann's in a couple of weeks! Their Christmas & Winter lines are almost here! Plus some new non-seasonal goodies....3 AWESOME 180 sheet stacks and some stacks with some new textures that you have never seen from us before. I'm going to be at the office on Monday and keeping my fingers crossed I can get my hands on everything so I can make a complete "sneak peek" :)

Wanted to share another great Halloween idea that you can use in your home. I used the Recollections Midnight Magic Stack from Michaels. There are also a couple die cut stacks that match this line which I used as well. 


All of the jars are from Michaels as well. All I did was wrap a strip of paper around the middle of the jar, add the poison label and tie some ribbon around the top! They are so cute displayed in a cluster.



Love the colors in this stack! 


I feel like we haven't done a giveaway in a while...so leave me a comment on this post telling me what you are most excited to see from the sneak peek video next week! Y'all are going to LOVE this new stuff! Have a great weekend and I'll see you here on Monday!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New Class at Michaels!

Hey guys! Having a good week?? Sure hope you are! Things are going great on my end...just staying busy, getting last minute details taken care of for our Michaels Cruise next week! Sure excited for that :) Starting to work on CHA booth ideas and projects. It will be here before we know it...especially with the holidays coming up :) Life around here is good!

When I saw these photos, I KNEW that I had to share them with y'all!! They are so dang cute! 


Michaels is offering a new class called Altered Canvas Trio. Basically, you get to use your creativity and create paper art that can be displayed on canvas for your home!  


This is an example of what you can do in the class, using our new Paper Dolls Stack. I love the detail that Michaels Instructor Mary Bordeaux used. Wouldn't this look so cute in a little girls room?!




Stop by your local Michaels Store to find out when they are offering the Altered Canvas Trio Class to create a paper crafted masterpiece on canvas! And with the holidays right around the corner, these would make an incredible, personalized gift.

Thanks for stopping by today! Head over to our Facebook page, we are trying to hit 10,000 fans this week :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Angular Cone Ornament Tutorial

Hello again! And Happy Columbus Day! My hubby is a banker so I am using this as a good day to get lots and lots done while he entertains the 4 year old and does laundry :) Yippee!! 

My 1st grader was sure impressed by learning about Columbus last week at school. He asked me "Do you think Columbus was scared or excited or both when he went out on his boat?" Love watching him learn new things and really put thought into history! So cute :)

Well I think I only have 1 more ornament tutorial after this one! LMK if you were waiting for one that you didn't see. I have loved getting your feedback from these and am so glad it has inspired you to mix in a few handmade ornaments to your tree this year :)


This is a great general template to have on hand! You could use this cone for a number of different things. These are so cute filled with little treats or candy and on top of a present. You could really embellish them and make them fancy :)

You can download the template HERE


Have fun with this one!

I'm off to the office tomorrow to discuss final plans on our CHA booth for January! I am so anxious to know what our theme will be! We always seem to out do the show before :) Don't even ask cause I won't say a word until you see it in January!! Or my butt would be FIRED and we don't want that!!

Have a great Monday! See you back here on Wednesday!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Midnight Magic "Boo" Frames

Happy Friday! 

Another week has come and gone! We are starting to really see fall and winter here in Utah...we had snow here yesterday! Luckily, it melted pretty quick :) Last night, we headed down to the local pumpkin patch to get our pumpkins and gourds for the season.


I love my little guy's new smile now that he has lost his tooth! And his necklaces crack me up too....(1) Tooth Necklace which he stores his tooth in, lol. (2) His medal from joining the "100 Book Club" at school. He read 100 books in his first month of 1st grade! Proud little guy :) 

Anyway, he had a lot of fun enjoying the cool weather and getting ready for fall!

I am pretty much in love with today's project! It is sooo easy, affordable and DARLING! I used the new stack at Michaels, "Midnight Magic".


Love these colors...blue and purple mixed in with the classic orange and black.


I purchased cheap gold frames from the local superstore for $3 a piece and I spray painted them black. I framed the 4x6 print then glued the inked orange letters on top of the glass. Added some rhinestones and ribbon bows and that was it!


I think I may have to make a few sets of these for my friends with October birthdays! They will love them :) Aren't they darling?? 

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Can't wait to see you back here on Monday :) 

Happy Fall, Y'all!! 


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October: Stack-a-holic Template Challenge

Well it's that time of the month again.
No, it's not what you think! hee hee :) It's time to announce the October Stack-a-holic Template Challenge! I am so excited to show you this one for a few different reasons :)


Here is the template! Here's the run down: Use one of our DCWV Stacks and create a page based on this template. Email me a photo {erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com}, post a photo on our Facebook page, or post photos on your blog and email me a link. You have until October 29th! I will go through ALL of them and post a top 10! From those 10, I will pick a random winner to get 3 of our newest stacks mailed to them! Wanna play?? 

Here is this month's template from Susan at Savvy Sketches!


I wanted to use the Great Vacation Stack which is at Michaels right now. But get this, my page has NOTHING to do with vacation or travel :)



I love the colors of this stack! I used some photos of my little guys first tooth that he just lost. I used solid color patterned papers from the stack. I just love how bright and fun they are.


Another great layout to use some scraps or those matstacks!


I seriously can't get enough of my little boys! They are sooooo cute :)


Well I seriously CAN'T WAIT to see what you create!! This challenge is by far my favorite thing about the blog! I am so blown away by what you can create with our stacks. You are amazing!! Back on Friday with a fun Halloween project! See you then :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Handmade Paper Stocking Tutorial

Hello!! 

Did everyone have a great weekend?? I had one of the best ones in a long time! Celebrated my husband's birthday and had lots of family time. Oh and my football team won at the last second with a catch right in front of me. SO exciting :) But yes, overall it was a great couple of days! Ready for pretty quiet week where I can get lots and lots accomplished! Wish me luck ;)

I have another holiday tutorial which is lots of fun! I still have a few more ornaments that I will finish tutorials for but I wanted to share the paper stocking that we had hanging on our mantel at CHA.


I think these paper stockings are SO cute! And you could really have fun with them making them for gift packaging or for decorations.


Here is the tutorial and you can download the template HERE.


Excited for a big day in the office tomorrow! Lots to get done and after tomorrow, I will have EVERYTHING shipped off to our cruise boat for the Michaels Cruise that I will be teaching on later this month! It's been a lot of work but we are going to be making the CUTEST projects which I am SO excited about!! Can't wait :) Hoping to see some of you on the ship, can't wait to meet everyone!

Have a great day! Back on Wednesday with October's Stack-a-holic Template Challenge!