It’s Halloween Week…

…and I have all sorts of fun to share this week!  Banners, cards, treat containers, wreaths and even a little tutorial!

First up is a little banner I created for the DCWV blog today!  Now if you haven;t been over there to have a look, you won;t know about my confession.  I actually created this banner to replace the one that was on my mantel until this last weekend – an Easter/Spring banner. Yes, it’s true, I am a bit behind…the only real question is – will this one still be up at Christmas? 

I really love this banner!  The patterns on this paper from DCWV’s Eek-a-boo stack and really bright and colourful, and the 3/4″ Chevron twill ribbon from May Arts is a favourite!

With assembly, the whole project was finished in under an hour, and there were no fancy cutting machines involved (just my good old, old, old, Friskars paper cutter).  So there is still time for you too (not that YOU would have a banner from Easter still up in your house)!

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to pop by again this week for more Halloween fun!

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Hello and welcome to the DCWV Too Cute To Spook Halloween Hop!!

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Okay, I have a bone to pick with all of you – why didn’t you tell me how much fun it could be to decorate for Halloween! Up until this last year, I have not really been a “Halloween person” – spooky and scary is not really my thing.  But this year, I have discovered the cute in Halloween, and I am hooked!  Why didn’t you tell me before now???!!!

TODAY the current DCWV Design Team is bringing you a group of projects that were made using the newest, cutest DCWV Halloween stack, Eek-a-Boo! Halloween is quickly approaching and it’s time to turn your spooky crafting up to high gear!

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I decided to use one of my favourite prints from this stack for a bit of witchy fun. With a bit of Modge Podge in hand, I was able to cover and then embellish a cardboard witches hat that I found at my local craft store.

Blog-Hop-fullNow, while I am not a witch (well, most days anyways), I did think that any witch with any sense would want a hat with a bit of bling, right?  I used some of the awesome spider confetti and black sequins from DCWV’s Halloween embellishment pack to add that extra something to the tulle and paper ribbon.

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Oh, and my favourite part – the skull!  This is actually a piece from DCWV’s skull wall hanging set, but by adding some embossing powder, it ended up being a perfect finsihing touch for the hat.  Now I just need to find a good place in the house for it!

All of the ladies on the team have amazing projects for you today!  Make sure you take the time to visit and comment – we have some goodies up our sleeves for 3 lucky winners! Comments are open through Monday, and we will announce the winners on Tuesday over on the DCWV blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

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A Ribbonista in the making?

Hope-fullOften times, I am asked about my style as a crafter!  While I am never sure how to answer that question, one thing is for sure – I am a bit of a ribbon addict.  There is something about the texture, colour and dimension of ribbon – the perfect choice can really take a great project and make it extra special!

If you’ve seen any projects here on the blog before, you will know that my favourite ribbon company is May Arts! Whether I am using some of my favourite chevron stripes or some of the beautiful crochet ribbons,  May Arts ribbons add a finishing touch to almost every project I create.  So when Betheny from May Arts posted about a design team call, I was oh, SO tempted to throw my hat in the mix.  So, here we go!

One of my favourite recent projects was a home decor project that teamed up  some chalkboard paint, a stencil, gesso and some black and white chevron ribbon (382-34-10). The ribbon in this project wasn’t only functional, but worked to tie together the balck and white together.

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This second project I decided to showcase was created as part of an “unconventional valentines”-themed tea party that I created this last Valentine’s day.  This project was particularly fun because I got to play with a variety of ribbons – including, 1.5″ Grosgrain stripes in TG34,  AX17 – 7/8” Satin Cut Outs (hearts) and 376-1-03 – 1 Inch Grosgrain / Satin Edge Ribbon. Created simply by covering some cardboard with paper and beautiful ribbon, who knew it could be so easy to have a cupcake stand to match any party theme!

Finally, because this is a position for tutorials, I had to include a project with a stepped out tutorial!  I chose an interactive card – another one of my favourites!

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Well, there you have it!  Three fun projects that I hope will get me into round two of this design team call. Keep your fingers crossed for me! Thanks for stopping by!

Spring into Easter

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The other day, I was thinking about playing with some of the great textured papers from DCWV, included the fun printed cork and the beautiful coloured burlap sheets.  I figured that an Easter banner would be a nice way to brighten up these dreary spring days, but I figured that if I put in all that work, it was a shame to only be able to have it up for a couple of days.  Then it hit me – why not make a double sided banner?!

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In fact, “SPRING” and “EASTER” turned out to be the perfect match! :)  I did play with the patterns a bit – using the same pattern in different colours for the Easter side, and mixing up the patterns for the Spring side.  I also embellished each side a bit differently just for some variety.

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Just a note – when I first envisioned this banner, I had actually planned to add a few 3D flowers.  But as I started creating, I realized that because the banner was double sided, I really needed to keep both sides quite flat so the banner would hang properly.  I am actually really glad that I went clean and simple.  There is so much great texture going on with these supplies, and I think it really keeps that at the forefront.  And anyway, spring here in Canada is pretty bare bones, so it works well! ;)

Well, that’s it for me!  I promised Easter projects and I do have more for you (including a cute little treat container), so be sure to come by again this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

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