Friday, June 28, 2013

A Few Happy Projects

Happy Friday everyone! I am getting a late start on the blog today, been working on some projects for a quick deadline. I am so happy it is Friday and that we will be sticking around close to home. Seems like we have been gone a lot lately and it's nice to have a weekend at home...in your own comfy bed :) I hope you all have some fun weekend plans and that you are all working on your June Stack-a-holic Template Challenge entries! Remember they are due to me by Saturday night!

Today I wanted to quickly show a few projects that I love using the Sunday Afternoon Stack. Remember, this one is out at Michaels right now. Our team has had so much fun with this stack! They keep blowing me away with every entry! Don't take my word for it, check them out!


Sara's darling pocket cards can be found HERE. Love that Silhouette pocket, I have used it myself!


Karen's cute card can be found HERE. Love the layering :)


Sara's happy layout can be found HERE. Banners are still all the rage!


Rita's layout can be found HERE. Love her personal artsy touch to her project. Very "Rita" :)

Have a wonderful afternoon!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Video: New Boxes of Cards

Hey guys! Hope you are enjoying your week! Things are busy around here. I can't believe it is July next week! Where does time go?! 

THANK YOU for all of your sweet responses to Sunday's blog post! Karen has reached out to me and I know she is writing up a little something for you to thank you! You definitely made her feel better about everything, I knew you would!!! You guys are AWESOME!!

Reminder- Saturday is the deadline for June's Stack-a-holic Challenge! Get the details HERE and get your submissions in. I have gotten some great entries and hoping we get even more before Saturday. I love seeing your creations with the sketches! So inspiring!


Yes, can you believe it!? Another video of new products that will be hitting store shelves soon! These will be available at Jo-Ann starting in July. Today I have a video showing you some awesome new Boxes of Cards. I love these...a total bargain & great designs. See the video HERE to see these 7 great Boxes of Cards!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Need YOUR help!!

Ok. Today's post is very important. Important because we have all been there. We have all felt rejected in some sort of way.

Let me back up....

My sweet friend Karen who happens to also be on our Design Team has been feeling discouraged. She keeps submitting projects to magazines hoping to get published and her work hasn't been chosen. I know how she feels and a bet a lot of you have been in the same boat. If not in this exact way, some other way where you have felt not good enough.

When I saw Karen's blog post HERE, I knew I wanted to give her cards a time to shine! PLEASE leave me a comment either on this blog or Karen's blog post and give her a little love!

I mean, come on. How cute are these cards? How could you not pick them!?


{sunday afternoon stack}


{my sunshine stack}


{my sunshine stack}

Keep your chin up, Karen! You are an amazing crafter and if you don't feel the love from the publishers, feel the love from US!!!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Video: New Stacks @ Michaels!

Shhhhh....want to know a secret?




{click photo to enlarge}

 I am giving YOU the first look at 7 new stacks coming to Michaels in July! Watch THIS video to see them up close and personal!

Let me know what you think!



Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pretty Primrose

Have you seen this beauty yet?


This is the Primrose Stack that is out at Michaels right now. Such a beautiful stack! It is a great combination of delicate prints and colors. If you are looking for a soft, feminine stack, this is just for you! Would you like to see some pretty projects using the Primrose Stack?


Design Team member Karla made this gorgeous layout of her mom and a longtime friend. I love how she layered the prints under the photos. Very beautiful! See more of Karla's layout HERE.


When I saw this stack I knew that DT member Hilde would make some gorgeous projects with this one. And I was right :) Hilde made this great, feminine card. Her trademark flowers fit right in. Love it!



And team member Britt also made a gorgeous card! I love how she used a different, unexpected shape as her card base. This stack is full of so many great prints! It really is easy to make a fabulous card like this. Britt's card can be found on her blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! Come back on Friday for a VIDEO of some new stacks! Yay!


Monday, June 17, 2013

Linen Closet Debut

Hey there! Thanks for coming by the blog today! Another Monday is here. Back to work and the daily grind. Working hard to make it to the next weekend :) This will be a fun week for me. I will be at the Utah Arts Festival on Thursday and Friday in Salt Lake City doing a DCWV Make & Take. My friends from Michaels will be there too so I am excited to see them! If you are in the Utah area, come on up to the Festival and bring the kids! Our M&T will be for kids along with lots of other activities planned for them. My boys are pumped to come up and check it all out! You can get more info on the Utah Arts Festival HERE.


Today's fun projects are from the new Linen Closet Stack that I showed you last week in THIS video. It will be at Jo-Ann Stores at the end of June so watch for it along with the updated Green, Far East & Citrus Stacks.


Love this layout made my DT Member Sara. And I may or may not have felt exactly like this today! I love this print from the Linen Closet Stack that has the patterns inside the honeycomb design. I love seeing the mixture of colors and patterns. See more of Sara's layout HERE.


Design Team Member Hilde also used the same honeycomb print to create these beautiful cards. The gold foil on these sheets just seems to pop right off the card.


And I love this card because it shows how you really don't have to do much to make a fabulous card with our papers! Our designers do all the hard work, you can just mix and match elements to make a great card anyone would love. Hilde's cards can be found on her blog HERE.

We are all lovin' this stack so I'm sure you will be seeing lots of great inspiration using Linen Closet! 





Friday, June 14, 2013

Father's Day Ideas

TGIF my friends! Ready for another summer weekend? We sure are! Seems like our June weekends are packed with fun stuff! Love that about summer. Work hard, play hard. 

And don't forget it is Father's Dad on Sunday! I have a fun project idea and a card that you could make for a special guy in your life. 


Design Team member Sara made THIS amazing mini album using old photos of her grandfather, father and uncles. She used the Timeless Type Stack which goes perfectly with the feel of this album. I think this is an example of how the right photos and the right stack can really take on a life of their own!


She hardly needed to add any embellishments, the photos and paper tell the story.


She left room for journaling for her father to complete. This will become a family heirloom that generations will enjoy! There are more pages you can see on her blog as well. Thank you, Sara, for sharing this with us!


Karla made this fun card that would be great for Father's Day! She used the new Green Stack which is coming to Jo-Ann at the end of the month. I love how clearly you can see the grid pattern that is woven into this paper. It is so cool, you have to see it!

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and Father's Day! Make it a good one!

See you back here on Monday :)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Video: New Stacks at Jo-Ann!


Are you ready?!

We are coming into a big season of NEW PAPER! In the next few months, you will see lots and lots of new stacks in your favorite stores. It's just that time of year!

Today I have a video you can see HERE that shows 4 new updated stack! Check it out and meet the NEW & IMPROVED Citrus, Far East, Green & Linen Closet Stacks!

And don't forget to leave me a comment on this blog post letting me know what you think! You never know when I may surprise you with some winners :)

Monday, June 10, 2013

DCWV loves MCC!


I am SO EXCITED to finally announce this!

My Craft Channel {MCC} has picked up a TON of our newest stacks to sell in their online store! 

Why do I love this? 

1. The 12x12 stacks are selling for 25% off the retail price. 

2. MCC offers international shipping. So many of our fans live outside of the USA and have a hard time finding our stacks where they live. 

3. In the store, each stack has a video that I have filmed so you can see exactly what the stack pages look like and also some great projects made with the stack for more inspiration. We didn't have to do this but we really wanted you to see what you are getting!

To shop, click HERE and then "SHOP" at the top and then "DCWV STACKS" on the left.

And visit MCC's Facebook page to participate in their daily stack giveaway this week!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Sunday Afternoon on a Friday Morning


Hey, hey, hey! We made it to Friday! Big plans this weekend? We will be with family but will for sure be doing some fun stuff. What about you? Family time? Outdoor time? Crafting time? 

I have some winners from Tuesday's giveaway. Are you one of the lucky Stack-a-holics who will be getting a prize box? Congrats to:

What a joyful summer collection. The Oma layout is fabulous. I really love it. Thanks

AND


Totally fun! I love the bright colors and the flowers are awesome! tfs Tami

Send me your addresses so I can send you some goodies!
{erinmadsen@dcwv.com}

If you are wanting to get some DEALS this weekend, I have a coupon code for you for DCWVDeals! Use code: SUMMERLOVIN to get $3 off a $30 order. If you haven't seen the Epic & Awesome Packs on there, check them out. Can't believe the prices are so low for 300 sheets of cardstock! Coupon will expire on Wednesday.


Look who's in the spotlight today! One of our favorites, Sunday Afternoon. The team has had so much fun creating with this stack! Lovin' these projects :)


Emily made this darling altered journal. How happy is this?! That cloud paper is just too cute. Period.


This would make a great gift item too. I mean, who wouldn't love getting this with their name on it?! See more of Emily's project HERE on her blog.


Loving this layout made by Britt. The layered paper strips are so fun but I really love the cute playing card and stamps!



 If you haven't seen it yet, Sunday Afternoon has tons of cute elements to cut out and add to your pages and projects. See more of Britt's page HERE.


If you are doing Project Life, check out Sarah's pages. She used the Sunday Afternoon matstack to fill in her page pockets. I think it turned out great!


See more of her pages HERE on her blog post.

If you haven't already picked up this stack, RUN to Michaels and grab it before it's gone! I promise you will thank me later :)

Next will be LOTS of fun...I will be sharing some new project videos starting on Wednesday! Who's ready for NEW PAPER?! 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

June Stack-a-holic Template Challenge

Hey there! Wednesday is here. Middle of the week. Hump Day. We gotta look at the positive right? 2 days behind us, 2 days ahead and then we are ready for a weekend :) Want a peek at what we were up to last weekend? 

Exploring Capital Reef National Park in Utah! It's only 2 hours from my house, are you jealous? We had a great time hiking, exploring, hiking, eating, hiking and siting in the hotel's hot tub :) Totally proud of my "non-athletic" parents for hiking 7 miles in sand to see this waterfall. Proof that they love me since I begged them to do it! 

Ok, back to business.

I know you have been waiting for this month's challenge? How do I know this? Because I have been getting asked in emails and on Facebook..."Is there a challenge this month?" Way to keep on my tail! Only a few days behind but today is the day! It's the 5th day of the month and I have your challenge all ready to go!

If you haven't played along in our challenges before, we would love to have you! Here's what we do. Use the sketch below to make a fabulous layout using one of your favorite DCWV stacks. Take a picture, put it on our DCWV Facebook page or email it to me!  {erinmadsen@dcwv.com}

You have until June 29th this month. Lots of days to get your craft on! I will feature 10 pages and 10 cards on the blog and pick 2 random winners. We love seeing all of the fun takes from the same sketches. I know you will love the inspiration too.

So...are you ready?


Sketch Savvy is the source for our page sketch this month. I love all of the little details in this sketch. It's fun sometimes to focus on 1 photo on a layout. Want to see my take on it?



I used the new Green Stack that will be out in June at Jo-Ann. It complimented this photo from our recent camping trip perfectly. Our family sure loves the outdoors! 

Here are a few more examples of how our Design Team used the sketch. They are fabulous!


Sara Andrews / Celebrations Stack


Karen Hansen / Birthday Wishes Stack


Karla Der / Colorful Life Stack


Rita Barakat / Baby Boy Stack

And now for the June Card sketch.


Our sketch is from Page Maps, so many great card sketches on there!



Here is mine...I used a new product that you haven't seen yet! Berries & Craft Box of Cards. When I saw it, I just LOVED it! So fresh. Don't worry, you can get your hands on it at the end of June at Jo-Ann :) You don't have to wait too long!

Here is another idea from Jan!


Jan Garber / Whimsical World Stack


And I want to announce our winners from last week's giveaway featuring the Miss Provo Pageant! Congrats to:

#3 is my favorite. Love how she uses such splashy happy colors. This must be how she feels during this exciting time of her life. Good luck to each of the gals.


AND

#3 - love how this will go amazingly with a Photo of the contestant. Colors and textures are fantastic.
All the frames show a job well done!!!



Send me your addresses! Congrats again! {erinmadsen@dcwv.com}

I can't wait to see all of the great entries this month! Have fun creating and be sure to send your project photos over to me!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Fiesta Forever & Ever

Well summer is here! My kids are out of school. They are trying to stay busy so they don't have to get into the "I'm Bored Jar". We are planting our garden, planting bright flowers in the yard. Yes, summer is here!

If you are looking for some bright, FUN papers to use this summer, I have just the stack for you!


Have you seen the Fiesta Forever Stack? It is out at Jo-Ann right now and is selling like ice cream straight off the ice cream truck :) Hey, I was going to say "selling like hotcakes" but thought this was more appropriate lol!


What I LOVE about this stack is simple. Bright colors and amazing patterns. Check out this awesome two page layout that DT member Dayna Sabrina created. See, it screams FUN right?! 


The bold colors and patterns are on full display here. Can you see your own summer pictures on these layouts? I know I can! See more of Dayna Sabrina's layout on her blog HERE.


Dayna Sabrina also made these fun cards too. How fun would it to be to get this card in the mail? This stack also makes the perfect birthday cards.


HERE you will find even more views of Dayna Sabrina's cards.


I love this project for a lot of reasons. Design Team member Karen gave her first hand at a mixed media project. I love it when we try new things and step out of our comfort zone a little. Karen did awesome! The Fiesta Forever Stack was the perfect, bright background for her cute black and white photos. 


This was a gift for Karen's mom who the kids call Oma. So sweet to see them holding the letters of her name in the photos. Such a great gift idea! See more of Karen's project HERE on her blog.

Want to win 3 DCWV Stacks and maybe even the Fiesta Forever Stack? ;)

Leave me a comment on this blog post for a chance to win!