Thinking about Halloween…


Halloween has become so much for fun since I had kids.  Really – it doesn’t get any better than being able to dress them up in fun costumes like cute little monkeys and fuzzy little skunks!  And while I never thought that Halloween would be a favourite crafting time for me, between cute treat containers and adorable layouts, I am hooked.


Come on over to the DCWV blog to see more details on this 12×12 layout created with the Halloween Night stack. I guarantee you will see one cute spook!

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I have eye candy for you!

Okay look, I know that I am usually all about the bright and the bold, especially in terms of color, but today I need to share two layout I created using a beautiful, but in no way bold stack from DCWV called Minty Lace (this one is available at AC Moore).



Both of these feature pictures of my little gals.  The pictures themselves were more subdued than the regular bright pink, purple and blue that they are usually wearing, so they were a perfect match with this stack.  MInty-Lace-1-lettering MInty-Lace-2-angled

MInty-Lace-1-doodling MInty-Lace-2-embellishments I even did a bit of doodling and lettering on these – I was brave!  For some reason, I have no problems doodling and lettering on cards, but it seems so much scarier on layouts!  perhaps it’s the size?!  Perhaps I just need more practice!


If you would like some more details on this stack, head on over to the DCWV blog today.  I have some details about the stack listed there.

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Sketch fun with DCWV

I love working with sketches – I find they make scrapbooking and card making fast and easy.  I used to worry that the layout wouldn’t feel like my own, but I realized quite quickly that I didn’t need to to take all elements of sketches – sometimes I flip or rotate them, sometimes I take one element from them, sometimes I just use the sizes of papers as a guide.  In any case, I find that using a sketch quickly gets me past the point when I stare blankly at my pictures and supplies.


Each month DCWV hosts a sketch challenge.  They post a sketch for both a card and layout and challenge you to use your materials and get crafting.  There are goodies up for grabs too.  So if you are feeling like crafting, need  sketch to get the juices flowing, than the DCWV August Stack-a-holic challenge might be for you!

Okay, now you might be thinking – ummm, Karen, that doesn’t look anything like the sketch!  To some degree, you are correct!  I actually decided to rotate the sketch 180 degrees, using the flowers and fruit to create the focal point like the sun does in the sketch.  Then, I simply took some of the elements (flowers instead of the title; little flower on the banner pieces instead of a heart) and I was all set.  Oh, and can I just say that this fruit themed paper from the DCWV Watercolor stack is really all sorts of cute (You can get it at JoAnn – it was on sale last time I checked).  


So, if you are interested in the challenge, make sure you head over and check out the post.  You will find the card sketch there as well, and amazing samples from the team (including a card from me).

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Hearts are not just for Valentine’s Day!

Hello crafty friends!  Today, I wanted to do a quick little share with you of a layout that I created for May Arts! 

This was a little picture I grabbed of my oldest daughter with the very first stuffie that I purchased for her (His name is Mr. Mouse just in case you were wondering)!  It’s a simple one, but I love the colours and simple textures on this one!  The paper is from DCWV and I used both the  ¾” Pink Satin Hearts (AX-17) and my all time favourite ribbon –  ¾” Twill/Chevron in pink (382-34-17).  If you would like more details, come on over and see the post here.  

You know, it never fails to amaze me how much I still really love scrapbooking images of my girls!