Friday, August 31, 2012

August Stack-a-holic Challenge Winners



Wow, what a fun month August was!! I know all of you were super busy and I appreciate everyone who participated in this months layout & card challenge! You all did an awesome job!!

If you missed our April's layout sketch, here it is. Thank you, Susan from Sketch Savvy!



And here is your Top 10 for the layouts! You guys make it pretty much impossible to choose!




Gini Cagle / Tradewinds Stack



Kerri Yarus / Bewitched Stack


CJ Johnson / A Type of Art Stack


Teri Chesney / Snapshot Stack


Rachel Hermansen / French Country Stack


Yukiko Yamawaki / Lemon Flower Stack


Rocio Alcocer / All About Boy Stack


Marjeen Nation-Susott / Edumacation Stack


Michelle Dooley / All About Boy Stack


Cristy Napier / Gilded Orchard Stack

Great job, ladies! And for the card sketch...


Thank you, Got Sketch? for letting us use one of your awesome sketches!


Scrapper Maya / Summer Dream Stack


Pamela Haskin / Painted Petals Stack

Renee Wallace / Snack Stack


Jessica Marin / Bewitched Stack


Deborah Robinson / Guy Stack


Terri Szymanski / Citrus Stack


Vivian Sung Soon Keh / Homespun Stack


Angela Mueller / Serenity Stack


Abegaile Valencia / Baby Boy Stack


Amy Thompson / Gone Wild Stack

I have 2 winners chosen from random to receive some fun paper goodies from DCWV! 

Congratulations to

Marjeen 

&

Deborah


Email me your addresses and I will get your prizes right out to you! 
{erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com}

Have a fabulous holiday weekend! 
I will be back on Tuesday with September's sketches! 


Thursday, August 30, 2012

For Our Stack-a-holics in Brazil!


DCWV NA BRAZIL SCRAPBOOKING SHOW

Nós da DCWV estamos mega feliz em fazer parte desta Edição de número 10 da maior feira do segmento em Scrapbook, a Scrapbooking Brazil Show!E como este ano será o melhor ano desta feira, nós também queremos e iremos fazer parte!Entre os dias 03 e 06 de Setembro nós estaremos lá na feira demonstrando nossos lançamento e ....
MAKE AND TAKES totalmente free!!!! Sim, grátisssss....e como fazer para 
participar?!
---> Curtir a fan page da DCWV no Facebook
---> Deixar um recadinho neste blog dizendo : Hello from Brazil!!!
---> Curtir nosso blog!!!
Então.....espero vocês por lá!!
Até breve!!

Blue Moon Beads Design Team Call




We are thrilled to announce the addition of a 
Blue Moon Beads Design Team 
for 2012-2013!

Our team at Blue Moon Beads has always prided ourselves with being the leading manufacturer of quality beading and jewelry making products at reasonable prices. We are looking for a dedicated Design Team to help promote our brand for the upcoming year. The successful applicants will need to work well with deadlines, direction within a team environment and always produce projects of a high standard.

Our Blue Moon Beads Design Team will commence as of the 1st of November 2012 and run till the 31st of October 2013.

Being a part of Blue Moon Beads Design Team you will…
            Receive a regular supply of Blue Moon products including new releases of bead lines. Occasionally, you will receive our home décor, stationary and paper products.

            The opportunity to be featured regularly on the Blue Moon Beads blog which is coming soon!
           
If you are chosen to be one of the 12 members of the Blue Moon Beads Design Team, you will agree to the following responsibilities:
            Create (1) necklace, (1) bracelet, (1) earring piece and (1) craft project including beads each month. These projects will be put on the Blue Moon Beads blog and social media sites.

            Maintain your personal blog and link to the Blue Moon Beads website/blog using our products on your projects and linking.

            Actively promoting Blue Moon Beads which includes an active presence on       
            social media sites.
           
            If requested, special projects for shows, catalogues, promotional items and trade shows.

If the above description sounds perfect to you, we want you to apply!
Please forward the following information by September 30th 11:59pm EST via email > erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com with ‘Blue Moon Beads Design Team Application’ in the subject line. **Please note that no late submissions will be accepted.

- Full name, address, daytime/evening phone number and email address.

- Recent photograph & short biography on why you want to be a part of the Blue Moon Beads Design Team.

- Links to your online gallery or blog.

- List of any other design teams you have been on or are still with.

- Four Photos of your work which (1) of each: a necklace, bracelet, earring and craft project. The projects are to show that a majority of Blue Moon Beads products have been used.

 ** Make sure your photos are no bigger than 500kb each.

We welcome submissions from Blue Moon Bead fans from all around the world! There will be no international restrictions on this design call. 

The 2012 – 2013 Blue Moon Beads Design Team of 12 members will be announced on October 15th, 2012!

Good luck!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bewitched Madness

It's Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the changing of seasons. Well...it's coming here in Utah. I have actually had to break out my hoodie a couple nights ago! That taste of fall and the promise that it's coming! I love it :)

Halloween will be here before we know it! It has a way of sneaking up on me. I wanted to share a few darling Halloween projects from our Design Team using the Bewitched Stack from Jo-Ann Stores!


This first one is just TOO CUTE! Karen Hanson seriously blew me away. These little witch legs are so cute and guess what they are made out of? Pool Noodles!


The matching ribbon and tag just completes this project. To get more details on how she made it, visit her blogpost HERE.


Karen also made this adorable card with treats in it! I love how the "Boo" words are filled with treats. And the Reeces Pieces are the perfect colors to match her card :)


See Karen's blog post HERE to see how she created it!



Have any of you made a Halloween Tree like Sara? I think I may need to copy this idea! I love all of the little ornaments that were made with the Bewitched Embellishment/Sticker Pack. So easy and so cute!! Sara's blog post featuring this project can be found HERE.

I hope you love these projects as much as I do! Can't wait to bust out all of my Halloween decorations and get my house all ready!! Do you think that would speed up FALL??! 

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Family Painters Tray

Hello everyone! Did you have a good weekend? Mine was bittersweet. I am off to a funeral today. More on that at the end of my post. It was a weekend of family and reflecting for me. Which is always nice to have time to regroup and refocus.

I first want to pick a couple of winners from last week's blog comments. Remember to keep the comments coming, you never know when you will be picked to receive free stacks! Winners: email me your addresses right away! {erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com}

Congratulations to:

Great projects Sara, congrats on the DT post. I love the layout with the Safari Kids paper. I think I'm going to have to see if I can still buy it! 
Thanks, hugs, Jess

AND

It's so nice to have pictures of the first day of school. I wish I had some when I was in school. Have a great year kids!


I am excited to show you today's project. This weekend I crafted {for me}, not for work. But I still wanted to show you ;) I needed time to sit and look at my family's cute pictures. And this has turned out to be a special project for me!

I picked up a 7 Gypsy Painter Tray at my local crafting store and it seriously sat in my office for A YEAR! I knew I wanted to make something special with it for my bedroom, but I just didn't have the time and to tell you the truth, the tray kind of scared me a little bit! It was something different and new for me and I wasn't even sure where to start with it. 


I did something that I rarely do! I used 3 different stacks on this project. Yes, I know, I know. You guys probably mix up your stacks all the time. But I don't know why, I always just use one stack on a project since the papers inside all seem to coordinate. I wanted this tray to match my bedroom perfectly so I used prints from Coral Couture (turquoise prints), Sweet Blossom (coral prints) and Forever & Always (grey chevron). 


All of the bits and pieces of embellishments were all little things in my drawers. You know the things you buy but you aren't really sure what to do with them ;) They ended up working perfect on this project.


I added two vellum quotes from some of our DCWV Quote Stacks that have been around FOREVER! They really just make the tray perfect. My new favorite quote, "There is no remedy for love but to love more." 


This was the perfect project for me to work on this weekend. My husband had a tragic death in his family, his cousin passed away only 1 mile from our home in a horrible construction accident. He left behind 4 gorgeous daughters.  Most all of my husbands family still lives here and is very close. It has been tragic and heartbreaking, but we have already seen his death bring together an already close family. Family is the most important thing on this earth! I have hugged my kids tighter and have been kinder to my husband. A long life is not a guarentee. We must treasure each day!

I will remember this as I look at these sweet pictures on my bedside table.

Have a wonderful day :)


Friday, August 24, 2012

DT Spotlight: Sara Andrews


Happy Friday! This week really flew by for me! It's amazing how much more productive I am with my kids in school :) Imagine that!! The kids are loving their new teachers and classrooms so I must say, it's been a successful week! 

I have been excited for today's post! As you know, this summer we announced our first Design Team Call. And at CHA in July we announced our first ever Stack-a-holic Design Team. It was a company wide vote for the members and I have to say, we ended up with a diverse, humble and adorable group of 12 ladies! They received this invitation in the mail...


and luckily they all accepted! I am going to feature one of our 12 members every month so by the end of the year, you have gotten to know each of the girls! So starting with August, we have Sara!



Here is a short bio from Sara to get to know her a little better!

"I am a working mother of thirteen year old twins and a two year old and a coach's wife, so I stay fairly busy chasing all of them around.  However, within the last year and a half I rediscovered my love of paper crafting and wonder daily why I wasted all that free time I had before the littlest came along.  During this time I also discovered DCWV.   In fact, I would only admit under duress how many stacks I actually own.  I have fallen in love with the wonderful prints, patterns and themes and found the weight of the paper works so well with both my Cricuts and Silhouette." 

You can find Sara's blog here: http://www.sarawandrews.com/ She has a great eye for color...I absolutely love all of her work!

Check out a few of her fun projects!


An adorable card using "Mod Retro Stack"


Gorgeous wreath with "Blossom Song Stack"


A fun box using the "Snapshot Stack"


I love this layout with "Safari Kids" Stack. How cute is her little girl with her zebra shirt on?!

I will feature another one of our awesome DT members next month. They really are a dream team!

Have a wonderful weekend! See you back here on Monday!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Scrapbook USA Fall Expo



It's that time of year!!

The Scrapbook USA Expo will be in Sandy, Utah next month! I know there are lots of Utah & Idaho and even Nevada Stack-a-holics coming up for the big event. I wanted to give everyone a heads up to get the weekend on your calendar. And don't forget to either print or save this VIP Pass to get even better savings in the booth! 


By bringing this pass to our booth, you will get special pricing on items and even FREE stuff! We will let you know the exact specials when the weekend gets a little closer. 

Friday, September 28
10am-Midnight
&
Saturday, September 29
10am-6pm

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

More info will be coming...we can't wait to see you there!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

2012 School Days

Backpacks packed...
 

New outfits laid out...


Teacher gifts crafted :)


It must be the First Day of School!

 


These two little guys were SO excited to get up and go to school....and the main reason why?


They have the BEST teachers ever! I'm so lucky to already be friends with both of their teachers already. I can't be sad about sending them off when I know they are in such good  hands :) 2nd Grade & Kindergarten...WATCH OUT! The Madsen Boys have arrived :)


Check out these DARLING Back to School Banners that Sarah Hamer aka Pink Cricut created for her little ones with the Grade School Stack! I love how we both have the same aged kids!! The big "2" and "K" ;)


Such a cute idea!! Especially once the pictures are scrapbooked!


I hope you all have a wonderful day!! I know I am enjoying my peace and quiet...until the school bus heads this way! ;)