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.

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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).  

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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).

Thanks for stopping by!

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An office makeover tutorial!

We recently tackled a home office makeover in my home!  Given that my hubby works from home, it was time that the space became something more than a dumping ground.  A new room in my house isn’t complete without a paper project (or two or three), so I decided to add a little paper and glue in here too!

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Essentially, I simply took some old wooden magazine holders that we had kicking around the house and gave them a facelift with some shiny embossed paper.  This paper is from DCWV and is currently available at Hobby Lobby.  Called Embossed Metallic, it is thick, shiny and perfect for decoupaging!

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Here’s how you can recreate the look:

Embossed Foil Magazine holders

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  1. Using your wooden or cardboard magazine holder as a template, trace one of the largest sides onto a sheet of 12×12 Embossed Foil paper. Make sure to center the holder in the middle of the paper so the edges will wrap around the front and back, and to line up the top of the holder with the top edge of the paper. Cut out.
  2. Repeat with the opposite side of the magazine holder. You should now have two pieces that cover the largest sides of your holder and warp around both the front and back of the holder.embossed foil 2
  3. On both pieces, use a scoring board to score a line at the front and back edges of the paper where the paper wraps around the holder.embossed foil 3
  4. Using decoupage paste, apply an even layer to your magazine holder and then to the wrong side of your paper. Place the paper onto the holder and smooth down gently with your hand. If you get some paste on the foil side of the paper, just take a slightly damp paper towel and wipe it off.embossed foil 5
  5. Once the sides have dried, use the front of the holder to trace a piece that will cover the small surface. Depending on the size of your magazine holder, you may be able to use scraps from step 1 for this piece. As you are cut, move in about 1/16” from the line you drew. This will ensure that the piece is about 1/8” smaller than the surface of the holder.
  6. Lining it up with the top edge of this side, decoupage the piece in place. Allow drying time before proceeding to the last side.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the back side of the magazine holder.embossed foil final 2
  8. Although the texture and foil finish to the paper provides great detail, you may want to embellish further by taking a different color from the foil pack and creating a 3D flower or other shape. Adhere to the holder with an adhesive dot.

These have found a little home on the shelf for packing and shipping materials and I have to say that I am pretty fond on them.  I need to find some other products to cover with this paper – it is pretty awesome! let me know if you have some ideas!

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Pretty prickles?

Okay – so I have a question for you – can prickles be pretty?

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I recently received a DIY project stack from DCWV called Paper Plants and it is filled with templates and papers to make a bunch of cacti!  Cactus seem to be all over Pinterest and Home Decor sites right now, and while I have always liked them (even the one that I used to own that would prick me all the time), I’m curious about the trend!  Are you a fan?

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Come on over to the DCWV blog to see the finished piece I create with this stack.

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More bang for your buck!

Last week, I posted some cards created with stamps from Tiddly Inks that I thought were a great deal.  In each case, Christy packaged images together, so one purchase really meant many images to colour.  Well, the image I am featuring today is a brand new set that packs tremendous value – especially if you love mermaids!

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Amy and her Mini Friends actually include 6 cute stamps for you to use!  This one was my favourite because she reminds me of a my youngest daugher who is not only a huge fan of Ariel, but also of Nemo! july-29-cu I used my favourite Copic hair combination (E13, E15,E18, R69) to give a auburn look – I love the warmth and depth of this combination. I kept the colouring on the rest of her body fairly simple, although next time I think I would add some purple to the tail to give some more dimension!  All in all, I’m happy with the way this one turned out, and the Pebbles paper that I used is a perfect fit!

We are on a quick Tiddly Ink vacation this week, but will be back on Tuesday with a new challenge – one that this card would actually fit quite well into – stay tuned!

In the meantime, have a great day (hopefully a sunnier one than we have here in Calgary).  Thanks for stopping by!

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