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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Make Your Own Sunshine!

Recently, DCWV sent me a new stack called Blossom Couture available now at Hobby Lobby.  If you have ever had a chance to stop by my blog, you will know that I use a lot of bold and bright colours when I am crafting.  But this new soft, crisp, clean stack has me wanting to do away with the pinks and purples and embrace cream, teal, green, grey and white full time!  Let me tell you – this stack is a beauty!


For this layout, featuring my youngest daughter with her toothy grin (and complete with one of those new walker head bruises),  I decided to showcase one of the pretty journaling tags available in the stack as a title for the layout.  I really love these tags for both the graphics and the well placed embossing that takes each of them from flat to fabulous!

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On top of all the embossing, you will also find all sorts of great patterns, blossoms, and a touch of foiling on elements like a great page filled with alphas. And this stack, with its neutral colours, is perfectly complimented with some of DCWV’s specialty material stacks like the Printed Corrugated cardstock.


Finally, I wanted to share with you one of my favourite parts of this new stack – a page that includes a couple of beautiful cards that you can cut out, fold and use just as they are!


It’s hard for me to give away anything but a homemade cards now, but I have to admit that sometimes I find myself pulling one together at the last minute.  This is a great combination of quick and homemade.  While the designs are pretty enough on their own, you can also embellish them a bit with products like DCWV adhesive pearls  or even a bit of ribbon and you are set to go.  Add one of the cute tags from the same page on the inside of the card, and no one will know that it took you less than 5 minutes to pull it together.

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Well, that’s it for me today!  I am off to finish another layout that I started with this stack.  Thanks for stopping by today!