Christmas hop

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Good morning crafty friends!  It is definitely  Christmas “looking” around here at SCS! DCWV layouts, cards and now – pillow boxes!  I am in the Christmas spirit!

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DCWV has teamed up Eileen Hull this month to share some fun projects, and today I get to be part of the last round of projects to showcase!  When it comes to Christmas, I definitely love to give presents over gift cards, but sometimes, gift cards really do make sense.  So why not cover use a pillow box to house those little treasures (or other little treasures for that matter)?  These pillow boxes were a breeze to create.  I simply used a pattern I found online, traced, cut, scored and folded.  The paper is DCWV’s Christmas Plaid stack, and it’s a beauty (available at JoAnn – the cover image doesn’t do it justice!)!  I love the contrasting colours in this stack! I used a 2″ band of paper for contrast, and then cut some leaf shapes with my Cricut.pillow-box-closeup

And then I grabbed my new Eileen Hull Twist and Style tool and had some fun with some Christmas twine to add as an embellishment.  Okay, this is so cool – I think I have spent more time with the tool trying to figure out the physics of what is happening, but essentially it will create this twisted look not only with twine, string or ribbon, but also with wire!  On this project, it made sense to use something soft, but think of the cool effects you could get on a decor item or for stems of paper flowers.  Or, and my two girls love it too because they can make little friendship bracelets in a jiffy!

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I am looking forward to tucking these cuties in the tree!

Now, it might be the last day of the hop, but there is still pretty inspiration to be seen!  make sure you pop on over to the DCWV blog to check out the other projects and to leave a comment for your chance to win some goodies!

Thanks for stopping by!

Pumpkin fun

Halloween has become a fun crafting time for me. I am not really into the scary and graphic part of the holiday, but since my littles can along, I have found the cute and even pretty in the holiday as well!  Slowly, more and more Halloween is creeping into my house!

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So, when I saw the fun Haunted Village kit from Lia Griffith, I thought it was worth a go!  I picked up a craft pumpkin from Michaels (actually two – the first one was too small), and then got to work punching out shapes and gluing them together!

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I added some copper lights in the background to light up the whole display. I raised the base for the house up (I just cut out a round piece of paper and added a bit of flower foam underneath)  so I could hide the switch and battery case underneath…all we need is some dry ice for a foggy look! ;) pumpkin-bats

And to top it off, I added a bit of white glitter to the top of the pumpkin and some of the bats cutouts that were also in the kit!

No need for a fancy cutting machine or special folding skills – this one is really all about the paper a glue!  And if the idea of putting the display inside the pumpkin is a bit overwhelming, there are three different building and other shapes so you can just set it out on a shelf and create a little town!

Thanks for stopping by!

Pink and Main and DCWV blog hop

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Good morning crafty friends!  Today, I have a fun new fall themed project to share with you courtesy or two great companies – Pink and Main and DCWV.  Both companies teamed up to bring you tonnes of fall inspiration, and the design teams have been busy!  After all, what do you get when you put great stamps and dies together with cute paper – crafty goodness of course!

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These little milk carton treat containers are my contribution to the inspiration.  I was looking for a way to highlight different types of stamps together with different patterns of papers, and treat containers seemed like a great fit!

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These cute little character stamps are from a set called Wild About You which I coloured up with my trusty Copics.  And there is a perfect set of dies to match each which makes the tags for this project a breeze!  Having said that, I did decide to forgo the use of the die for the little owl so I could actually use another stamp from another set called Thankful for the little branch he is sitting on.This was also the stamp set that I also used for the cute sentiment on the main part of the carton.

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if you are wondering about the pretty paper used for the tags and cartons, these all came from a pretty DCWV stack called Autumn Leaves. This stack does not disappoint.  the patterns are subtle, the colours are clean and crisp and there is plenty of opportunity to create contrast with the dark navy and pretty wheat colours.  And while this stack definitely has a fall feel to it, there is enough variety in the patterns, colours and textures that it is a great general use stack as well!

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So there you have it!  Now, this is a blog hop, so you know that means there are prizes to be won!  So you will want to make sure that you check out the Pink and Main blog as well as the DCWV blog to see what is in store over there.  Lisa is up next, so go check out her darling project!  

Yolie 

Jenifer

Pamela 

Pam 

Karen H  <<— You are here!

Lisa 

Jessica 

Karen J 

Karla 

Katka 

Thanks for stopping by!

Blog Hop

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Sometimes change is good.  Okay, sometimes a little bit of change is good.  Okay, let’s be honest – I am not a person who typically likes change at all.  But sometimes, change is good.  Like today’s change!

If you have ever visited SCS before, you will know that I love to colour.  So today’s project isn’t all that different from that standpoint.  But what is different is my tool (or rather, tools) of choice.  Typically my colouring happens with stamps with a particular brand of alcohol marker.  Today, my colouring took place with a great colouring image from DCWV (yes, you heard me – DCWV has colouring stacks in their Color and Create series) and a really cool set of markers from Chameleon who generously sent me a set of 5 blue tone pens to play with.  If you haven’t seen these markers before, they are a really cool concept.  Each pen can be used to create a range of tints so you can create all sorts of fun effects.  While I have to admit that I was a little intimidated to give them a go at first, I cannot tell you how easy I found them to work with.

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I played around with creating gradients, texture, depth, highlights and I have to say that I loved every part of the way the image turned out.  Not only are the pens a great tool, but this set of blues is a very pretty range!

At first, my plan was just to use the two tools for some “non-project” colouring fun (sometimes a girl just has to colour for the sake of colouring), but I loved the quote and the way the colouring turned out so much that I mounted the image on some black cardstock, a beautiful patterned piece from the Minty Lace stack and added it to an 8×10″ frame backing.  Simple, clean and I love that the project was never actually meant to be one!  It’s a great reminder of why I craft in the first place.

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So, make sure you head on over to both the DCWV and Chameleon blogs for more great projects from both teams!  Talk about eye candy (and maybe a giveaway too).

Thanks for stopping by!