Friday, March 30, 2012

Top 10: March Stack-a-holic Template Challenge


*To be entered in our weekly stack giveaways, leave a comment on each blog post throughout the week. Leave me a comment each time you share our blog post on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! Winners will be chosen at random from comments from the entire week combined. 
4 entries per post per person*



Another month and another challenge! Next month will be our ONE YEAR anniversary from when we started our challenges! You have made this one of my favorite parts of my jobs. I love being inspired by your creativity and our wonderful stacks!! I announced it on Facebook but will tell you now, starting in April, we will have a page challenge and a card challenge to participate in! Can't wait!

If you can't remember, this was the template from Sketch Savvy that we used for March's challenge.



Amanda Knight-Bodine / Grade School Stack


Karla Der / Heirloom & World Traveler Stacks


Susan Wingfield / Chateau Lavender Stack 


Vanessa Gutierrez / Heirloom Stack 


Dayna Sabrina / Dots, Stripes & Plaids Stack 


Kerry Lewis / Celebration Stack 


Jessica Baker / Rock Star Stack


Suzanne/ Pipitone / Heirloom Stack


Ester Turner / Lemon Flower Stack 


Cindy Valasquez / Coral Couture Stack

Aren't these amazing! I wasn't surprised to see 3 pages using the Heirloom Stack! If you haven't seen it yet, it's available at Jo-Anns and it's an awesome 180 stack! So versatile, I will never part with mine!

And on to our {random} winner, Congratulations to:

Kerry Lewis!

Email me at erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com and I will send you some stacks right away! Thank you to everyone who played this month! There were so many great entries, everyone should be proud of the pages you submitted! Get ready, April's challenges will be posted on MONDAY!

Have a fabulous weekend!! And don't forget to check out our DCWV Deals site!! I want to hear what you think of our new adventure!!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

DCWV Deals is open for business!



The wait it finally over. My buddy, Darin over in the warehouse is ready to start shipping your deals right out to you!!!

DCWVDeals.com is open and ready for your business!! Stacks, stationary, wall vinyl, beads and MORE have majorly discounted prices and are ready to ship to you with a flat $5.95 shipping rate. 

Take a look and “like us” on Facebook to be the first to hear of the new deals that Darin finds for you!


And if that wasn't exciting enough, here is a coupon code that will give you 15% a purchase on DCWVDeals.com

CODE: ERINDLS1

Happy Shopping!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tutorial: Tropical Bead Flowers


*To be entered in our weekly stack giveaways, leave a comment on each blog post throughout the week. Leave me a comment each time you share our blog post on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! Winners will be chosen at random from comments from the entire week combined. 
4 entries per post per person*

Hey everyone! So have you noticed that on the last 3 Wednesday's, I have been posting tutorials of projects from our CHA booth? I'm seeing a little trend here ;) I hope you are enjoying them! So many people worked so hard on creations that were displayed in our booth. We love that you want to learn how to make them too!!

Today's tutorial is on these cool beaded flowers. They even look like star fish to me :)



Here is a closer look. I can't believe how gorgeous our Blue Moon Beads are! They look like little pieces of art. 


Tropical Bead Flower


Supplies & Tools

·      BLUE MOON BEADS: IVORY SHELL BEADS, BROWN SHELL LEAF BEADS, CHAMPAGNE-COLORED SEED BEADS, 10MM ROUND NATURAL PINK BEADS, MEDIUM ROUND CHAMPAGNE SWIRL BEADS, 1 1/2" FLAT ROUND PENNANT, 2 1/2" CLEAR GLASS LEAF PENNANT, ASSORTED NATURAL-COLORED BEADS
*NOTE: ROUND PENNANT NEEDS TO HAVE HOLES IN IT SO THAT WIRE CAN BE WEAVED THROUGH AVAILABLE SPACES
·      32 GAUGE BEADING WIRE
·      BEADING PLIERS

Directions

1.    REMOVE 5 SHELL LEAF BEADS AND 5 IVORY SHELL BEADS FROM THEIR STRANDS. REMOVE 5 MEDIUM ROUND CHAMPAIGN SWIRL AND 6 NATURAL PINK BEADS FROM THEIR STRANDS AS WELL.
2.    BEGINNING WITH A LONG SECTION OF WIRE, WEAVE IN AND OUT ONCE AROUND ONE SECTION OF THE ROUND PENNANT, LEAVING BOTH ENDS ON THE TOP.  THREAD ON A LEAF BEAD AND REWRAP AROUND THE ROUND PENNANT.  THREAD ON 5 SEED BEADS, A PINK BEAD, 4 SEED BEADS, THREAD BACK THROUGH THE PINK BEAD, AND ADD 5 MORE SEED BEADS.  THREAD BACK DOWN THROUGH THE ROUND DISK ON THE BOTTOM AND BACK UP. 
3.    CONTINUE THE ABOVE PROCESS, ADDING MORE SHELL BEADS, SEED BEADS, ROUND BEADS, CLEAR SPACER BEADS, ETC. UNTIL YOU’VE MADE A ROUND ARRANGEMENT AROUND THE TOP OF THE DISK. 
4.    FINISH OFF THE FLOWER BY ATTACHING A LARGE GLASS LEAF PENNANT TO THE BOTTOM WITH WIRE.


I hope we have inspired you to create your own little pieces of art! Have a wonderful day :)



Monday, March 26, 2012

Summer Dream & La Bella Rouge Layouts

*To be entered in our weekly stack giveaways, leave a comment on each blog post throughout the week. Leave me a comment each time you share our blog post on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! Winners will be chosen at random from comments from the entire week combined. 
4 entries per post per person*


Welcome to another Monday! We are happy around our house because it's SPRING BREAK! Even though we woke up to hail and snow! But the rest of the week is supposed to be nice so I guess it's not too bad ;)


Did anyone else see Hunger Games this weekend?? Oh man. I have never been to such an intense movie! I loved the books but not sure if I would have liked the movie if I had not read the book. I think it may have been too much for me to not have warning about the story line! But hubby & I loved it and are seeing it again tomorrow night :) If you saw it, what did you think?!

Today I have some bright, cheery layouts to show you! They are both amazing!! 


This one was created using Teenage Dream Stack. It is perfect for the "tweens" in your life and even for your summer photos! Those flowers are so fun, would be great on a card too!


I love all of the little details in these pages. Just when you think you saw it all, something else stands out!


This layout was created with the La Bella Rouge Stack. It reminds me a lot of the popular Street Lace Stack just with some different colors and a few new designs. Love the purple mixed with the leopard print. Animal prints aren't going anywhere!!


LOVE those roses!!


I have a couple winners from last weeks blog comments! Email me at erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com and I will get some fabulous stacks right out to you! Don't forget to keep the comments coming! I love reading your responses :) Congrats to: 

Mrs Nancy is so pretty!!! I wish I could go.....Ok now she told us the bird cage is made out of spoons....how cool is that....need to know how....Thank you for sharing.....love it.....
DCWV is my favorite paper to use...I love it....


AND

'Love these layouts!! Oh, and the detail and the elements make them extra special!!


Have a fabulous MONDAY!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Fling Candy Cover


*To be entered in our weekly stack giveaways, leave a comment on each blog post throughout the week. Leave me a comment each time you share our blog post on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! Winners will be chosen at random from comments from the entire week combined. 
4 entries per post per person*

Happy Friday! Another weekend is here. I guess that's a plus when life is so busy...the weekends come fast! And I think I will have a happy little boy running home from the bus stop today. SPRING BREAK! And with record high temps this weekend, we are happy around here!

Just a quick project to show you today using the popular Spring Fling Stack available at Jo-Ann Stores right now. This has become a huge seller and I am not really surprised ;)


I created a quick cover for a box of candy that I picked up. I simply measured the width of the candy box and trimmed my paper down to that size. Wrapped the paper around the candy and adhered it. And then decorated the front with a piece of paper from the Chalkboard Stack and some twine. 


Sent it off to school with my little guy for a special teacher.


So cute for a quick "thank you" or "thinking of you" gift. I am always needing those :)


Thank you to everyone who participated in our "Pin It & Win It" giveaway on Tuesday! We hope you keep following DCWV on Pinterest and enjoy all of the stack-inspiration on there! For our winner of the Chalkboard Stack & the Spring Fling Stack, Congratulations to:  

Great simple gift project. I repinned it. I love that you put the 'Pin it" button at the bottom of your posts too!

Please email me {erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com} and I will get your paper right out to you!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nancy on the News


*To be entered in our weekly stack giveaways, leave a comment on each blog post throughout the week. Leave me a comment each time you share our blog post on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! Winners will be chosen at random from comments from the entire week combined. 
4 entries per post per person*

The Scrapbook USA Expo will be in Sandy, Utah tomorrow! DCWV Founder, Nancy Hill, has been busy making the rounds on the news channels showing fun paper crafting ideas! I thought some of you may want to see what we've been up to :) 


Watch Nancy on ABC4 Good Things Utah HERE

And if you are coming to the Expo, don't forget to bring your VIP pass!


Here is what you will get if you bring the pass with you at checkout:

1. Free small paper crafting product (sticker sheet, chipboard embellishment, small card pack, etc) with purchase.
2. Free spiral notebook with $10 purchase
3. Free vinyl wall art with $20 purchase
4. Free 12x12 cardstock stack with $30 purchase *while supplies last

Friday, March 23rd
10am-Midnight
&
Saturday, March 24th
10am-6pm

Use the code DIE2 for a discount on your tickets. You can buy them HERE online.


Can't wait to see you there!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tutorial: Wrapped Roses


*To be entered in our weekly stack giveaways, leave a comment on each blog post throughout the week. Leave me a comment each time you share our blog post on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! Winners will be chosen at random from comments from the entire week combined. 
4 entries per post per person*

Good morning! I hope you are enjoying your week, can't believe it's Wednesday already! This week is busy which equals "fllllyyy by" :) But next week is my little guy's {Spring Break} so I kinda don't mind this week moving fast. Can't wait to have him home with me for 9 days and not having to share him. You kinda miss that once they are in school all day! PLUS my baby was registered for Kindergarten yesterday which turns me even more into a Mama Bear who wants to keep her cubs close. Where does time go??! Crazy, crazy!

I have a fun tutorial for you today! This gorgeous birdcage was on display in our CHA booth and it was a huge hit! Wouldn't it be gorgeous as a table centerpiece for spring?? This tutorial is for the wrapped roses which don't need a template and don't need to be cut out perfect!! Love that, right??

Note: In this photo, we used the DCWV Home product Domestic Bliss Decorative Trim in Vintage Wall Roses. You can pick this up at your local Jo-Anns. Instead of using paper, we took two pieces of the contact paper, removed the adhesive and put it back to back and then cut it out. But if you don't have the Decorative Trim, you can definitely use any of your stacks to make this rose with paper. It works just the same! 



Wrapped Roses

Supplies & Tools

·      DCWV 12”X12” STACK
·      6” CIRCLE TEMPLATE
·      1 1/2" CIRCLE PUNCH
·      PAPER CRAFTING ADHESIVE (*RECOMMEND HOT GLUE)
·      SCISSORS
·      PENCIL

Directions

1.    SELECT A PRINT FROM THE DCWV BLACK CURRANT STACK.  TURN THIS OVER TO THE WHITE SIDE AND TRACE A 6” CIRCLE ON THE BACK.  CUT OUT. 
2.    CUT A SPIRAL PATTERN IN YOUR CIRCLE UNTIL YOU REACH THE MIDDLE. PUNCH OUT A 1 1/2" CIRCLE WITH THE PUNCH.
3.    USING THE IMAGE AS A REFERENCE, BEGIN CREATING YOUR FLOWER BY TAKING THE MIDDLE SECTION AND WRAPPING THE PAPER AROUND ITSELF.  CONTINUE WRAPPING UNTIL YOU REACH THE END.  MANIPULATE THE FLOWER (WRAPPING TIGHTER VS. WRAPPING LOOSER) UNTIL YOU REACH YOUR DESIRED LOOK.  ADHERE YOUR FLOWER TO THE CIRCLE PUNCH.
4.    REPEAT AS NEEDED.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!! Be back here tomorrow :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

DCWV is officially on Pinterest!




I have an announcement that I’m sure is going to get your crafting wheels turning. You might ask, what could be better than a blog full of ideas and tutorials?
How about a place where you can scan through all of them at once?
Do you see where we’re headed with this?
That’s right. DCWV is now on Pinterest!

For those of you that haven’t found this little gem just yet, Pinterest is a virtual corkboard where you can pin ideas, inspiration, and about a million other things.
We’ve started off with a few boards and pins to spark your interest. And we’ll continue adding new ideas as we release them on the blog and other sites.

Here is the announcement straight from corporate:


DCWV Inc., one of the country’s leading paper crafting, home d├ęcor, bead/jewelry, and stationery companies, is proud announce the start of their Pinterest page.  Here, viewers will be able to view virtual pinboards full of ideas and tutorials perfect for updating the home, refreshing scrapbooking pages, planning parties, and so much more!

And if that isn't exciting enough, we have a "Pin It & Win It" giveaway! It's easy to enter. Go to our new Pinterest page www.pinterest.com/DCWV and follow us. Then, go to the Home Decor Tutorial Board and find the pin labeled "DCWV Chalkboard Flower Pot". Repin it! Then leave me a comment here letting me know that you did it. That's it! I will pick a winner on Friday and send them the Chalkboard Stack & the Spring Fling Stack which were both used to make that project :)

Happy Pinning!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Serenity LOVE

*To be entered in our weekly stack giveaways, leave a comment on each blog post throughout the week. Leave me a comment each time you share our blog post on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! Winners will be chosen at random from comments from the entire week combined. 
4 entries per post per person*

Oooh, another Monday. I can handle Monday after having a wonderful 3 day weekend in Vegas! Yes, yes, I survived a girls trip to Vegas :) Me, my mama, sister & family friend needed a little getaway. Lots of yummy, fancy meals. French Macaroons. Cirque Du Soleil fabulous-ness :) I can for sure handle Monday after a weekend like that ;)


I have 2 gorgeous layouts to show you that use the Serenity Stack! You should be able to find this stack at Jo-Ann Stores right now. I love the copper foil that is on these pages. It really is a great stack to have in your collection for when you really want your photos to pop off of the page. Check these layouts out! 


Love the dandilions, butterflies and flowers. It really is "serene" :)



And this layout shows a few of the pages that have a beautiful purple foil accent on them. It's a deep purple which is so pretty! This layout also uses the shimmer cardstock which is in the matching Serene Cardstock Stack. Can you see how pretty the hearts are in that specialty paper?



Beautiful! This picture really captures that shimmer well. 


And I can't forget...I need to pick a few blog post comment winners from last week! Email me {erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com} and send me your address for some paper goodies. Congrats to:


I love this stack!!! Love the wall plaque!!!



AND



Wow how Cool is this Love love the Butterfly love all your papers I always use DCWVthanks for sharing and the chance to win.abbraddock@msn.com
I shared

Have a wonderful Monday!!! 


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Spring Fling Plaque


*To be entered in our weekly stack giveaways, leave a comment on each blog post throughout the week. Leave me a comment each time you share our blog post on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! Winners will be chosen at random from comments from the entire week combined. 
4 entries per post per person*

TGIF to all of my favorite Stack-a-holics! Do you have big weekend plans? 
Traveling? 
Relaxing? 
Scrapping? 
Watching March Madness? 
Tell me what you are up to! I will let you know what I am up to on Monday ;) But I know it's going to be a fun, fun weekend :)


As you have probably guessed, I am loving the new Spring Fling line which is at Jo-Ann Stores right now! The whole stack just screams SPRING and HAPPINESS to me! I love it when I see a stack and I instantly know that I want to use it for seasonal home decor decorations in my house. I have lots of spring pretties lining my shelves and tables. And I knew I wanted to create something with this stack to display. 


Here is my spring wood plaque! I painted my scrap wood piece with celery colored spray paint. Well my sweet hubby did ;) I glued down a piece of paper for my background.


To make my flower petals: I cut a 2 inch x 6 inch long piece of patterned paper and folded it in half lengthwise. Hot glued the ends to make a petal. Make sure you glue the petals on so that the folded end is facing up so you have a nice, clean edge. I glued the petals down to make a flower and glued a accordion circle on top.


Added a button and a few cut out sayings from the stack and there you have it! Super simple and it looks so cute on the table! These pictures really don't do it justice. Much cuter in real life along with every other craft, right? ;)

I hope you like it and it gives you a little SPRING in your Friday. Have a wonderful weekend! I know I will ;) See you here on Monday!




Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Scrapbook USA Next Weekend!

*To be entered in our weekly stack giveaways, leave a comment on each blog post throughout the week. Leave me a comment each time you share our blog post on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! Winners will be chosen at random from comments from the entire week combined. 
4 entries per post per person*

It's almost here! The Scrapbook USA Expo will be in Sandy, Utah next weekend! I know there are lots of Utah & Idaho and even Nevada Stack-a-holics coming up for the big event. Wanted to remind everyone to either print or save this VIP Pass to get even better savings in the booth! 



Here is what you will get if you bring the pass with you at checkout:

1. Free small paper crafting product (sticker sheet, chipboard embellishment, small card pack, etc) with purchase.
2. Free spiral notebook with $10 purchase
3. Free vinyl wall art with $20 purchase
4. Free 12x12 cardstock stack with $30 purchase *while supplies last

Friday, March 23rd
10am-Midnight
&
Saturday, March 24th
10am-6pm

Use the code DIE2 for a discount on your tickets. You can buy them HERE online.


Can't wait to see you there!

Tutorial: Beaded Butterflies


*To be entered in our weekly stack giveaways, leave a comment on each blog post throughout the week. Leave me a comment each time you share our blog post on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! Winners will be chosen at random from comments from the entire week combined. 
4 entries per post per person*

Hello!! Thanks for stopping by the blog! Today is a quiet day in the office for me. And I may or may not be working in my jammies ;) Doesn't happen too often but when I don't have to leave my house other than to get a Diet Coke at the gas station, it's pretty tempting! I am working on a fun, spring home decor piece for the blog on Friday. It's turning out so cute! Can't wait to show you :) 

I am back today with another tutorial from our CHA booth. Remember this gorgeous tree covered in butterflies, beads & jewelry? 


There were some gorgeous beaded butterflies mixed into the tree. I think these would be so fun and easy to make and mix into your spring & Easter decorations. You could use any color paper and really customize them to your space. 



Beaded Butterflies

Supplies & Tools
·      DCWV BRIGHTS CARDSTOCK STACK
·      DCWV BUTTERFLY TEMPLATE
·      BLUE MOON BEADS: BLUE GLASS BEADS
·      PAPERCRAFTING ADHESIVE
·      CRAFT WIRE
·      BEAD PLIERS
·      SCISSORS
·      PENCIL

Directions

1.    PRINT AND CUT OUT THE BUTTERFLY TEMPLATE.  TRACE DESIRED SIZES ONTO YOUR CHOSEN SHADES OF CARDSTOCK AND CUT THEM OUT. *NOTE: FOR EVERY SMALL BUTTERFLY, YOU WILL NEED A LARGE ONE (AND VISE VERSA).
 
2.    ADHERE THE BODY OF ONE SMALL BUTTERFLY ONTO THE BODY OF A LARGER ONE; REPEAT UNTIL YOU’VE GLUED YOUR BUTTERFLIES TOGETHER. 

3.    STRING BEADS ONTO YOUR CRAFT WIRE AND ATTACH THEM TO THE BODY OF THE BUTTERFLY.  REPEAT UNTIL FINISHED.


I know the template doesn't include the intricate butterfly piece on the top layer. You could use a electronic cutting machine for that, use your Xacto knife to make your own pattern or simply just use a full wing piece on top. It is still a beautiful, creative element!

Have a wonderful day!!