Welcome To The Gold & Cork Blog Hop with Tombow USA & DCWV~

Gold & Cork

It’s two days filled with gorgeous projects using GOLD and CORK!

You probably came here from Jaclyn’s blog , but if you happened to just stumble across my blog make sure you go to the DCWV Blog to start at the beginning! Or better yet head to the Tombow Blog and catch all the projects from Friday.

I wouldn’t want you to miss a thing.

Insta Tombow

Guess what you get when you combine DCWV Insta Fun products, Tombow Adhesives and two snap happy girls armed with a new Instax camera?

Insta fun~

Insta Fun

It came as a bit of a surprise when Ashlyn asked an Instax camera for her birthday this year.

Little did I know that she and Hartly had secretly been using mine, so I gladly got her an adorable pink one to call her own.

After opening it those two had the best time taking picture after picture.

In fact I think they went through most of my supply of film.

So, I decided they needed an Insta Fun album to put all their pictures in.

A few close-ups~

Insta Close Cover

After cutting the various layers of my insta camera  out of papers from the DCWV Gilded Stack I used the Tombow Foam Tape to give it lots of dimension.

I love the thickness of this foam tape.

I’ve been know to double up on other brands to get the lift I like, but it wasn’t necessary with this tape.

Insta Close Camera

To keep my insta camera in place I used the Tombow Adhesive Dots that come in bright colors to adhere it to my cover.

Please tell me you’re just as excited as I am about that.

I can’t tell you how many glue dots I’ve lost or thrown away by accident thinking they were trash simply because they’re clear.

Insta Close Charm

I’ve managed to get several of the pictures added to the album.

The pages~

Smile

I tried heat embossing a stamped image on to the DCWV Cork paper and I think it looks fabulous.

Just keep in mind to be gentle when applying heat to the cork.

As you can see their pictures are quite random, but I love that they’re out there taking them of things that interest them.

Friends

There will be more pages added to the album once I talk the littlest into it.

Currently she has them all displayed around the house. Oh my.

And now let’s talk about some PRIZES!!

To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until March 31st at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 1st 2015. Tombow will be giving away: Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, NEW Tombow Foam Tape and everyone’s favorite the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue!

DCWV will be giving away: The DCWV Gilded Stack, a 4×4 Cork Stack, Insta Kraft Album, Accordion Album and a set of Birthday Photo Props!

Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and DCWV on Facebook.

And if that’s not enough…I will be giving away a DCWV Insta Fun Prize Pack to one lucky winner here on my blog too!! Yippee!!

Your next stop is Latrice Murphy, so keep on hopping.

In case you get lost while hopping:
DCWV Blog
Jessica Pascarella
Britt Bass
Jennifer Priest
Jaclyn Rench
Sara Andrews~ that’s me
Latrice Murphy
Tessa Buys
Yolie Burke
Karen Jiles
Marie Browning
Karla Der
Lisa Lahiff
Tina McDonald
Tombow USA Blog

I used~

DCWV Insta Fun Kraft Album, DCWV Insta Fun Printed Cardstock, DCWV The Gilded Paper Stack, DCWV The Foil Cardstock Stack and DCWV Christmas & Winter Box Of Cards, DCWV Cork Stack

Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, Tombow Foam Tape and Tombow Adhesive Dots

Mama Elephant Purrfect Pair and Photo Bomb Stamp Sets

Blue Moon Beads Camera Charm, Tim Holtz Heart Charm, Kelly Purkey Alphabet Stickers, Bella Blvd Punch Enamel Dots, Studio Calico Badges, Amy Tangerine Washi Tape, Paperchase Ribbon and Twine, VersaMark and Embossing Powder

Insta-camera Cut file by Sarah Hurley

Happy Teddy Bear Day!!

What you don’t celebrate Teddy Bear Day?

Well, we do.

Or at least one of the elementary school classes does.

Every year my Mom goes and reads to the children several teddy bear stories and usually give them a little bear treat.

This year’s treat~

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Teddy Bear buttons and colorable tags that can be used as a bookmark.

And guess who made them all?

Me.

And my little helper.

A close-up of the tags~

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I used the writing feature on my Cricut Explore to draw the bear from Teddy Bear Parade and to add the sentiment.

A little time saving tip is to make sure all your writing elements are the same color.

If not, you will be having to hit that little Cricut Go button continuously.

That is exactly what my little helper did.

She kept hitting that silly little button every time it blinked.

And it blinked a lot.

The buttons~

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I used an adorable bear image from Miss Kate’s Cuttables to make my buttons.

These are 2.5″ making them the perfect size for the little ones.

According to my Mom not only did the kids loved them, but they had a fabulous Teddy Bear Day!

I used~

Bazzill Smooth White Cardstock, Cricut Black Pen, Teddy Bear Parade, Miss Kate Cuttables Bear Image, American Button Machine

You’re Pretty Much My Favorite Of All Time In The History Of Ever.~

Yep, that’s pretty much how I feel about this little girl.

All my children actually.

But, this is the littlest’s Hello 2015 album.

And this is the picture she chose for its start~

Smile Page One

Oh my.

However the next picture which I chose is just cuteness overload.

My little panda~

Page Two

I continued the panda theme by using Mama Elephant Pandamonium stamps to create a panda and sequin filled pocket to compliment my other card filled pockets and flair badge.

Page Three

The pages together~

Page Two &Three

The DCWV Insta Photo Fun Pocket Pages, Die Cut Cardstock Cards and Mini Stacks make completing these pages so quick, easy and fun.

It’s a perfect way to let my four-year old help with creating her own album.

Now if she’d just return with my tape runner. Sigh.

I used~

DCWV Insta Photo Fun Album, Insta Photo Fun Pocket Pages, Insta Photo Printed Cardstock, Insta Photo Fun Diecut Cardstock Cards
Mama Elephant Pandamonium Stamps cut with the Brother Scan & Cut, My Mind’s Eye Cupid’s Arrow Enamel Shapes, Pretty Pink Posh Marshmallow Sequins, Papertrey Ink Chunky Glitter, EK Layered Heart Punch
Handmade Flair Badges:
You’re Pretty Much Phrase by Lori Whitlock
Today by Simple Stories

Hello 2015~

Happy New Year!

Have you seen the new DCWV Insta Photo Fun Collection at Joann’s? Swoon.

As soon as I did I ran right out and purchased it.

Insta Fun~

Hello 2015 Insta Fun

A lot of it.

Needless to say December was filled with keeping up with my December Daily album, so it all just sat.

Unless you count the times I had to chase down a certain 4 year old who was determined that at least one of the albums was hers.

So, I decided she was right.

Hartly’s Hello 2015 album~

Hello 2015 Cover

Each month she and I will pick out several pictures to add to her little album.

The Insta Fun pocket pages are perfect for Instagram sized pictures like 4×4, 3×3 and 2×3 pictures.

You know how that little girl loves a selfie.

And let me tell you she is super excited about this project.

The side~

Hello 2015 Cover Side

She even chose the adorable little bear for the cover.

A close-up~

Hello 2015 Cover  Up Close

Thinking the “Oh the places you’ll go” phrase was perfect for the start of a new year I made a bit of Dr Seuss flair.

Now if you’ll excuse me, someone is already asking when we’re going to add the pictures.

That girl.

I used~

DCWV Insta Photo Fun Album, Insta Photo Fun Foiled Cardstock
DCWV The Basics Stack, The Basics Stack Brights & Pastels, The Jewel Colored Cardstock Stack
DCWV Gem Stickers
Kelly Purkey Alphabet Stickers, Clear Wink of Stella
Beary Special Valentine Bear from PPbN Designs cut at 3.3″
Kolette Hall Dr. Seuss phrase for handmade flair

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~

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~

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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

 

Live Simply, Dream Big~

Be grateful, give love & laugh lots.

Isn’t that perfect for this time of year?

A time to be thankful and to count our many, many blessings.

One of my greatest blessings~

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Hartly has been asked to be a flower girl in Tori’s wedding next year.

She is taking this responsibility very seriously.

So much that we found the dress Ashlyn had worn as a flower girl, some rose petals and went outside to practice.

And when you have on a pretty, frilly dress you have to practice your twirl. Right?

A few close-ups~

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I used several patterns from DCWV Sweater Weather Stack to create my large die cut title.

LIve Close Up 1

I also used the DCWV Fall & Halloween Fall Leaves as a base layer for my picture matted with a sheet of embossed vellum.

I love the shine from both the leaves and paper.

It matches how much this little girl shines in our lives.

I used~

DCWV Sweater Weather, Foiled Vellum 6×6 Stack, Fall & Halloween Foil Leaves
Heidi Swapp Stamps, Twine, Teresa Collins Sequins, Cricut Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, TC eBosser
Koellete Hall Live Simply Phrase cut at 9″, Silhouette,

A Little Halloween Fun Hanging Around The House~

Yesterday Hartly and I were looking for a bit of fun.

She’s been under the weather the past few days, so I thought I’d make her a little Halloween friend.

Introducing Bones~

Bones

Knowing that a four year old would be playing with him I used DCWV Chalkboard Stack paper.

It’s thicker and has a coating that makes it more durable than normal cardstock.

And she loved him!!

Hartly trying to find the perfect spot~

Skeleton-Hartly

We even decided to give him a little heart. Awww…

He’s got heart~

Bones-Heart

Of course around 5:00 a.m. when she couldn’t sleep, she wasn’t too fond of her new friend.

So, I’m still debating whether or not to make the witch she requested.

I used~

DCWV Chalkboard Stack and The Basics 6×6 Stack Brights & Pastels
EK Layered Heart Punch, Ribbon and Brads
Lori Whitlock Halloween Skeleton

Exploring Print Then Cut~

If you’re like me and many other Cricut Explore owners you’ve probably been doing a bit of exploring with your machine’s new print then cut feature.

Seriously, I have been printing then cutting everything in sight.

I started simple with the three bears~

Print-Bears

Cute, right?

And yes, I need dimension.

I have to layer and use pop dots!!

With my bears looking so good I decided I was ready to make flair buttons with all those adorable Cricut images from my favorite cartridges like Create A Critter and Teddy Bear Parade.

My first two attempts~

Print-Flair-Cricut

These weren’t so good.

I originally calibrated my Explore with the kids’ new Canon Pixma printer.

Needless to say I think I loaded my paper incorrectly leading to the buttons looking “off” color.

So I switched back to my Epson R2000 printer, and still I wasn’t very happy with the print quality.

The images look blurry.

The Epson buttons are on the left and the Cannon on the right.

To show you exactly what I mean I have buttons printed with my Epson using Lettering Delight images and the Silhouette Studio software.

Print-Flair

Do you see a difference? I do.

A close-up~

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However, I understand that the Cricut images weren’t originally made for this purpose where many of the Lettering Delight images were.

Especially the Lettering Delights graphic sets.

Hmmm…maybe I’ll add those to my To Try In Design Space List.

I also think the larger your image, the better the quality.

Panda-palooza~

Print-Panda

So what’s a girl do when she wants to decide which machine to leave sitting in the place of honor on her desk?

She tries them with the same image~

Print-Fairies

The fairies above were created with the Silhouette, with the Cricut with bleed on and with the Cricut without the bleed.

After much studying and debate with my son and Facebook friends I like the printing from the Silhouette a teeny, tiny bit better as it appeared to use more or thicker ink.

And her eyes look sharper. More crisp.

However, the cut quality was far better with the Cricut Explore.

My Silhouette left a tiny white border where the Explore did not.

Now what to do with all those fairies floating around?

Make a card~

Fairy

A close-up~

Fairy-Close-up

And what’s better than a fairy on a stick?

One that wobbles!!

And one last tidbit of information.

I love, love, love the fact that if I print then cut a PNG file, the Cricut Explore automatically sets the cut lines.

Print-Noah

There’s no having to trace or set cut lines. Yippee!!

So…what do you think of the Cricut Explore Print Then Cut?

Do you have as many images as I do just laying around waiting for a project?

Any tips you’d like to share?

I used~
American Crafts White Textured Cardstock, Epson Presentation Paper, Recollections Craft It Glassine Bags, Paper Straws, Gems
American Button Machine, Silhouette Cameo, Cricut Explore, Epson R2000, Canon Pixma MG7120
Images from Lettering Delights and Cricut Library

You Make Me So Happy & Love You~

It’s a new month which means it’s time for the DCWV Stack-a-Holic Sketch Challenge. Yippee!!

With Erin currently on vacation she let little ol’ me pick the sketches. Woo hoo!

And it seems like I went a little crazy.

As in Circle Crazy!

The layout sketch~

Page Maps May 2014  Layout Sketch

Once I saw that pie chart I knew this was the sketch.

So, I grabbed my Vintage Collector stack along with the Vintage Basics and Mat Stack and pulled out all the pinks I could find to make my own.

My layout~

You-Are-My-Happy

Just don’t ask me how many pie charts I actually made.

Seems I was having measurement issues again. Sigh.

A few close-ups~

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You-Are-My-Happy-Close-5

Then I simply had fun layering all the various Vintage Collector Embellishments and added a bit of stamping to complete my layout.

And now the card sketch~

PageMaps April 2014 Card Sketch

See I told you I went a little Circle Crazy!!

But, look at all the opportunities to use patterned paper and that’s exactly what I did.

My card~

Love-You

I began by making my own circle template by welding circles together in Cricut Design Studio and cutting it with the Explore.

Then I simply used my circle punch for the various patterns to fill the template.

This gave me the change to use all those fabulous patterns found in the Bohemian Sunrise stack.

A few close-ups~

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I added a simple love you sentiment and was done.

Now I hope you’ll go a little Circle Crazy with me and join in this month’s Stack-a-Holic Sketch Challenge.

I used~

You Make Me So Happy~

Vintage Collector

DCWV Vintage Collector Stack, Vintage Basics Stack and Vintage Collector Mat Stack
Vintage Collector Embellishments including Charms & Brads, Cardstock Stickers, Bottle Caps, Acetate Hearts, Alphabet Stickers
Studio Calico Stamps, Dear Lizzy Date Stamp used with Color Theory Well Red Ink
Silhouette Pie Chart Image cut to size

love you.~

Bohemian Sunrise

DCWV Bohemian Sunrise Stack
CM Circle Punch, Corner Rounder and Simply Iconic Stamp
Cricut Explore to custom make the circle cut out

The Snow Glows White~

On the mountain top.

I know you know the rest.

I think it’s a requirement if you have either small children or grandchildren in your house.

And that is why I made an Elsa card for a Frozen fanatic birthday girl.

My card~

Frozen

I used the single layer SVG images from Lettering Delight to print and cut my images using the Silhouette.

I then layered them on polka dot paper form DCWV’s Coral & Navy Stack thinking it looked like falling snow.

A close up~

Frozen-Close-Up

I added a bit of bling using DCWV gems and stars.

Of course with a four-year old in the house, I couldn’t make just one.

Hartly-Frozen

I guess you can tell Hartly had a little fun with the stars. He he.

And if you’re looking for me, a certain little girl has requested the rest of the Frozen game.

Oh boy!

I used~

Coral & Navy

DCWV Coral & Navy Stack, DCWV Gems and Stars
Lettering Delights Ice Princess and Ice Princess Party Cut Its using the Silhouette