A Little Bear Love~

We have TWO big birthdays coming up in our house this week.

So, it was the perfect time to get the new DIY Project Stacks from DCWV.

To see all of them check out the new product reveal videos.

Luckily I got the DIY Project Stack Favor Boxes, since I just happen to need two boxes to hold the perfect gift for two sixteen year olds….cash.

Did you think I was going to say car keys? Ha.

All of the DIY Project Stacks are filled with fabulous patterns, vibrant colors and even templates for various projects.

Since I have the cutting abilities of a four-year old, I used my Brother Scan & Cut to scan the Take Out Box Template.

Scan 1

I cut it out of several of the papers from the stack.

Scan 2

Then it was a simple matter of scoring, gluing and decorating them.

My boxes~

Bear Box Close 2

A close-up~

Bear Box Close

Can you tell I just got a new stamp set from Mama Elephant?

And I’m crazy about the bears in the Bear Hugs set.

So I also made a coordinating card using the patterned papers from the DIY Project Stack Flowers.

My card~

Bear Card

The bright colors and fun patterns made it so easy to stamp and cut my images and quickly assemble my card.

A close-up~

Bear Card Close

I think that star patterned paper is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

All together~

Bear Box Set

Okay, I think all of these stacks are quickly becoming my favorites.

Did I mention most of the papers are double-sided? Squeal.

Make sure you check out the DCWV blog to see all of the new releases from JoAnn Stores and to see what the other designers come up with.

I used~

DCWV DIY Project Stack Favor Boxes, DIY Project Stack Flowers from JoAnn Stores
Mama Elephant Bear Hugs Stamps & Dies, Landscape Trio, Sew Fancy and Stitched Sky Dies
Teresa Collins Cut ‘n Boss, Brother Scan & Cut, EK Layered Heart Punch

It’s Mail Time!!

A certain little girl and I were quite busy this weekend making Valentine’s Day cards for her upcoming Nursery School party.

We had all sorts of plans for her cards, but they all changed once I showed her several of the Disney Valentines.

We printed and organized them Friday night.


Saturday morning Hartly organized them again and signed each one while I was busy making envelopes using the We R Memory Keeper Envelope Punch Board.

I love that thing.

At least once I read the directions.


After we had all the cards and envelopes ready to go it was quickly decided that she needed something to store them safely in. Sigh.

So we grabbed a DCWV Kraft Mailer Box, The Winter In The Woods Stack and a cute Lettering Delights image and got busy.

Bear Box

A close-up~

Bear Box Side

Now everything will stay perfectly organized~


Heaven knows we don’t want anyone getting the wrong Valentine after we spent a lot of time deciding just who would get which one.

And I mean a lot of time.

Now that she’s got her very own Valentine Box, maybe I’ll get the one I made last week back.


A close-up~

xoxo side

But, somehow I doubt it.

I used~

DCWV Kraft Mailer Boxes, DCWV Premium Paper Collection 5 Pack, DCWV The Winter In The Woods Stack 6×6, DCWV Insta Photo Fun Die Cut Cardstock Cards, DCWV Gems
Amy Tangerine Washi Tape, Ribbon, Enamel Dots, Thickers, Sequins Papertrey Ink Sprinkles Make It Market Kit Dies, Mama Elephant Pandamonium Stamps,
Lettering Delights Squawk Box Bear cut at 5.75″

Hello Mouse & Co. 2014~

And goodbye procrastination. He he.

I’ve decided that starting your former Disney vacation album right after you book your next Disney vacation might not be the best way to record all those memories.

So, I am a bit excited to say that I have officially started my Disney 2014 album.

My layout~

Hello Mouse 2014

I wanted everything to compliment rather than compete with my picture of Cinderella’s Castle taken when we first entered the Magic Kingdom, so I chose a textured paper and vellum prints from the DCWV Premium Paper Collection 5 Packs.

The Premium Paper Collection 5 Packs are filled with various types of specialty papers including textured, foil, vellum, burlap and laser cut papers.

A few close-ups~

Hello Mouse 2014 Close 1

Hello Mouse 2014 Close 2

Using a Mickey punch and several papers with different textures and finishes I was easily able to make my coordinating Disney embellishments.

If you’ve been to Disney lately, you know that you come home with lots of little collectibles like trading pins and even now your Magic Band, so I decorated a DCWV Kraft Nesting box to house some of Hartly’s little trinkets.

Hartly’s Mouse House~

Mouse House

Mouse House Side

With just a few bits, pieces and some washi tape her box was ready.

And since she also knows the Nesting Box set includes 11 more boxes that’s a good thing, because it looks like I’ve got more to make.

Oh boy.

I used~

DCWV Premium Paper Collection 5 Pack, DCWV Kraft Nesting Box Set, DCWV Insta Photo Fun Foiled Cardstock Stack
EK Success Mickey Punch, Enamel Dots, Simple Stories Say Cheese Die Cut Elements, October Afternoon Gray & Crème Mini Market, Root Beer Float Thickers, Washi Tape
Cricut Mickey & Friends for the large kraft Mickey head

I Got A Love Letter~

Well, actually two.

Have you seen the new Marquee Love Letters from Heidi Swapp?


As soon as they were available at my Michaels I picked up the letters S and A.

I thought about waiting to decorate them when the new coordinating tapes and glitter came out.

So, they sat looking rather plain~

Letter S

But then the idea came to me to use the same spray paint on them that I had used on my DCWV deer.

My S~

Letter S finished

Isn’t it fabulous?

Several others in this house thought so too.

One even ran off with my letter A.


Looks like we’ll be headed back to Michaels for more Love letters.

I used~

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Letter S, Antique Gold Spray Paint

Dear Santa~

I got your letter.

Well, actually Hartly got your letter.

And boy, was she excited.

Are you absolutely, positive you have her on the right list?

Just kidding. Kind of.

After receiving Santa’s letter Hartly, Ashlyn and Holden all had to write him back as well as complete their Christmas lists for him and especially for me.

So, I thought it would be nice to have a special keepsake box to store all these letters and lists.

Dear Santa

I started with a plain, kraft Mailer Box from DCWV, covered it with prints from the DCWV Candy Cane Lane Stack and added my die cut Santa plus a few embellishments.

A few close-ups~

Dear Santa Box Close

Dear Santa Close Up 3

I cut strips of matching paper to cover the sides and then ran ribbon around it.

Dear Santa Close Up 2

As you can see I have a great love of Pop Dots.

And I’m quite enjoying using my Wink Of Stella to add sparkly touches of glitter.

With the letters tucked in~

Santa Box with Santa letter

Now all we need to add is the letter from the Big Guy when he hopefully comes to our house tonight.

I better go stock up on milk and cookies.

Merry Christmas everyone!!

I used~

DCWV Medium Square Kraft Mailer Box, DCWV Candy Cane Lane, DCWV 12×12 Jewel Colored Cardstock Stack, DCWV 6×6 Jewels Textured Cardstock Stack
Cricut’s Seasonal Characters for Santa cut at 7″
Twine, Jingle Thickers, October Afternoon Chalk & Slate Mini Market Alpha, Jingle Bells, Clear Wink Of Stella, Celebrate It Ribbon

A Little Christmas Cheer~

One of my Facebook Groups decided to have a Secret Santa Swap and you know me… I just had to join in.

What’s more fun than shopping for crafting supplies?

Especially if you use my shopping plan: buy one for them and one for you. He he.

I made my partner a Christmas tray~

Christmas 2014 Tray

I left plenty of room for her to add pictures, memorabilia or whatever she’d like.

I have to say that I just love the Santa images found in the My Mind’s Eye Joyous collection.

A few close-ups~

Christmas 2014 Tray Close 1

Christmas 2014 Tray Close 3

Christmas 2014 Tray Close 2

To add a bit of texture I used a piece of stenciled burlap that you might remember from this post.

I also embossed a journaling card and used lots and lots of Pop Dots.

Want to see what I got from my partner, the super talented Gina Piazza?

A wreath for my deer~


And yes, every bit of that wreath is made from paper. Swoon!

I used~

My Mind’s Eye Joyous Collection including 6×6 Paper Pad, Decorative Brads, Advent Tags, Decorative Tags
The Paper Studio Wooden Memory Tray, DCWV Burlap Paper, Stencils, Faber Castle Whipped Spackle, Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter, Teresa Collins Santa’s List Borders, Cricut Script Embossing Folder

Welcome to the DCWV and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Winter blog hop~

Join DCWV and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®  December 8th ~ 12th as both blogs will be sharing fun winter projects featuring products from both companies.

Check in each day on both blogs for chances to win lots of fabulous prizes.

And who doesn’t like prizes?

Over the years I have made several seasonal wreathes to hang in our breakfast nook; however, my hubby has repeatedly pointed out that I have not yet made a Winter inspired one.

My wreath~


He can’t say that now. He he.

I used two prints from the DCWV Candy Cane Lane Stack to cut my poinsettia.

I wanted a vintage look to my flowers, so I used Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Butterscotch Gelatos to age them.

Making 2

I used a paint brush to paint the Gelatos mixed with water onto the petals.

This was also the perfect time to shape my petals while they were damp.

Since this wreath  is for Winter I thought it needed a bit of sparkle.

Making 4

Okay, maybe a lot of sparkle.

I used Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Glaze to coat the petals and then sprinkled them heavily with Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter.

Making 5

I will warn you that if you attempt this be prepared to have glitter everywhere.

Currently my craft room looks like Tinker Bell has been here.

Then it was simply a matter of hot gluing my flowers together and onto the wreath.

To add a bit more dimension and texture I embossed several petals cut from the DCWV Foiled Vellum Stack and added throughout the paper flowers.

A few close-ups~

Wreath Close Up 1 Wreath Close Up 4 Wreath Close Up 3 Wreath Close Up 2

I hope you will check out all the projects featured during the DCWV and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Winter blog hop.

Leave a comment here telling what your favorite Holiday decoration is by midnight Sunday December 14th for your chance to win a DCWV prize pack filled with Christmas Stacks and other DCWV goodies from me.

A random winner will be announced Monday December 15th.

Good luck!

I used~

DCWV Candy Cane Lane Stack, Foiled Vellum Stack

Faber-Castell Memory Craft Glaze and Butterscotch Double Scoop Gelatos

3D Poinsettia Image by Amanda McGee, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Folder, Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter, Grapevine Wreath, Ribbon


Oh Deer~

What have I done?

Well, I’ll tell you it all started with this little DCWV package from Joann’s.


And I had a little help from this guy too.


Holden took a time out from all his teen boy things like homework, texting and watching TV to put my little deer together.

Here he is all assembled~


We decided that to match my room a bit better (and my unicorn) he needed to be gold.

A quick spray with gold spray paint.


And he’s perfect!



I’m thinking he might need some lights, a red nose and possibly a wreath for Christmas.

So, you’re probably wondering what the big problem is?

Now hubby thinks his real deer head should go on my scrapbooking room wall. Yikes!

I used~

DCWV DIY Wall Zoo Deer, Gold Spray Paint

It’s A Spooky, Ooky, Haunted House!!


Okay, maybe it’s not so spooky, ooky.

It’s more cute and adorable.

Recently I participated in a House Swap over on the Cricut Circle message board.

Why buy one house for the swap, when you can buy three just in case you need a back up?

Please tell me I’m not the only one who does that.

Anyway, Hartly quickly claimed one of those extra houses and decided that it was time to decorate it.

It seems she liked DCWV’s new Halloween stacks from Joann’s as much as I did since she chose to use the Eek-a-Boo Stack for her house.

Hartly’s spooky, ooky haunted house~


I used black corrugate sheets from the Fall & Halloween Corrugate Stack to give the roof a bit of texture and character.

What’s a spooky, ooky haunted house without a ghost hanging about?




And can we talk about DCWV now having sequins? Swoon!

The pack includes black, orange, and gold sequins, but it also has gold stars and spiders. Woo hoo!

The spiders made perfect little touches for my windows.

A close-up~


I kept the decorations rather simple, since I knew this house would be in the hands of a four year old.

Currently Cinderella is living in it with Prince Charming.

I think that means she likes it. He he.

A behind the scenes making of Hartly’s spooky, ooky haunted house~

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I used~

DCWV Eek-a-Boo Stack, 6×6 Eek-a-Boo Stack, Fall & Halloween Corrugate Stack, Fall & Halloween Sequins, DCWV Gems
Paper Mache House, Black Coal Ink, Adirondack Pitch Black Dabber, Paper Studio Flowers, Papertrey Ink Home Made Stamps
Brother Scan & Cut

It’s A Charming Good Time At The Book Fair~

So, step right in.

Once again the ladies over on the Cricut Circle Message Board have challenged and inspired me to get out of my comfort zone.

This time with a house, mini album and chunky charm swap.

Yes, I said a house swap!

And yes, I was extremely intimidated by it with its windows and peaked roof.

But, with a bit of trial and error this is what I made for my partner, Colleen~


If you know anything about Colleen, it’s that she is head over heels in love with her new niece Kaylee.

So I thought a children’s inspired house and mini would be perfect for her.

I think she might have a picture or two of little Miss Kaylee lying around. He he.

Also perfect for my project was October Afternoon’s new Public Library Collection.

My house~


There was no way I was attempting to hand cut the paper for the windows already in the paper mache house, so I used Papertrey Ink window stamps and the Brother Scan & Cut to cut them for me. Easy peasy.

Then I simply had fun layering all the stickers, chipboard pieces, buttons and brads in the collection.




My Mini Album~









Once again I simply layered the various pieces from the collection with other embellishments hoping to leave enough room for her pictures.

My chunky charm~


Anytime you find a dancing bear on a ball you just have to add it to a children’s book themed project. Right?

Or at least that’s what I told myself. He he.

For the best tutorial on how to make a chunky charm, please visit this YouTube video.

She even shows you exactly what supplies you need.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little book fair.

I think I’ll go enjoy a good book. He he.

I used~

October Afternoon Public Library Collection, Paper Mache House from Hobby Lobby, Papertrey Ink Home Made Stamp Set, 7gypies Book Cover, Assorted Tim Holtz Embellishments, Spare Parts Flowers, Enamel Dots
Blue Moon Beads, Blank Slate Charms, Spare Parts Charms