Today I shared this project on the DCWV blog - my first post as part of the DCWV design team! The DCWV DIY Wall Zoo collection has assorted cardboard animals and I chose to decorate this faux moose bust.
To decorate, I traced the cardboard pieces onto paper from the Winter in the Woods and Christmas and Winter stacks. This paper combination is great, with gorgeous colors and assorted chevrons and woodgrains. I then carefully cut the paper and glued them onto the pre-cut, numbered, and ready to assemble cardboard pieces.
I'd be lying if I said this didn't take some time. It was a sloooow process cutting the paper for the various shapes, but I wanted to be careful and ensure they all fit together accordingly. I just started watching Game of Thrones so I had that to entertain me in the background while I traced, cut, and glued. After the paper was glued, assembling the cardboard pieces was pretty easy.
The finished moose now hangs in my craft room and I love looking at it from different angles!
I'm a week into my holiday staycation and I've been crafting up a storm. I've done a bit of scrapbooking, but mostly sewing. This time last year I was frantically trying to finish a surprise quilt for my sweetheart. I had spent months working on it when he wasn't around and I gave it to him for Christmas. He proclaimed it the best gift he's ever gotten and still raves about it. However, I have since taken a respite from sewing and haven't quilted anything in a year. During this break I've rekindled my love of sewing. I made some quilted pot holders that I started a year ago and finally finished. I also made two messenger bags, which I'd never done before. The first was a gift for the DIY gift exchange that we do at our annual holiday party.
The second was a bag I created for myself, but I may end up giving it away. I think I want to try another one with a longer strap and possibly incorporate a zipper. Although, I love these fabrics and may end up keeping it after all. Decisions, decisions.
Here's a shot of the inside, which has a bunch of pockets and a key ring holder.
For the first time ever I got it together to make and send Christmas cards! Granted, not many, and I waited until the last minute to get them in the mail, but it happened. With the busyness of work this time of year, the holidays always sneak up on me. Now I'm on break and it finally feels like Christmas around here. Here's a series of eight cards I created using various DCWV products. For the first two, I started with cards from the Christmas Winter Foil & Kraft Box. Then, I die cut a tree out of Holiday Glitzy Glitter Stack and layered strips of paper from the Candy Cane Lane Stack behind it.
For these cards I placed the die cut glitter Christmas tree upon more layers of paper from the Candy Cane Lane Stack. I fussy cut the sentiments that are already glitter embossed.
For the next set, I continued the theme of the first two cards and I layered paper behind the trees. However, this time I used paper from the Storybook Christmas Stack and the Foiled Vellum Stack.
Through out the Christmas card series I also used black paper from the Embossed Foil Paper Stack and added the DCWV Adhesive Mirrors to all the trees.
Perhaps next year I'll start crafting cards earlier and get more sent out to folks? It could happen! Visit the DCWV blog for more holiday inspiration from my fellow design team!
Here's the latest Creative Scrappers layout! This is a baby Bruno photo, likely taken about 8 years ago. How is that even possible? She's always been a ball of energy, but she's suddenly started to show her age, tiring out quickly when we play ball and going to bed early every night. She's my first dog, raised from a puppy, and I want her to stay my baby forever. Getting a dog was truly one of the best decisions I've ever made. We have two now and I have to stop myself from getting a pack of them.
This layout was inspired by Creative Scrappers Sketch 284. I used my new silhouette cameo and the circles within circles cut file from this month's sponsor, 17turtles. To win a $20 gift certification to the 17turtles Etsy Shop all you have to do is create a layout using Sketch 283 and/or 284 and enter them on the Creative Scrappers blog. The deadline to submit your layout is December 31st.
I've wanted to use the Heidi Swapp September Skies collection and I chose this photo, because Bruno's harness matches the background paper perfectly. Truth be told, I have a love/hate relationship with this layout. It did not come together easily or quickly. I added gesso, modeling paste circles, and watercolor to the background, but decided it was too bright. I almost scrapped the background all together, but kept trying to salvage it. I added more gesso to tone it down. Still, it was bugging me. I kept playing around with embellishments before finally adding layers upon layers of flower die cuts in one area. I decided to continue collaging flowers along the edges. It's grown on me, but I still waver between thinking it's too busy and really enjoying the overall effect.
Look at that adorable dog embellishment! It's perfect for a layout with one of my french bulldogs. So cute!
Welcome to the DCWV and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Winter blog hop! From December 8th-12th 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. I'm excited to be participating in m first blog hop and sharing my Christmas Countdown, a holiday inspired mixed media creation!
I started with a pre-gesso'd canvas and used the Faber-Castell Gel Medium to glue torn papers from the DCWV Candy Cane Lane Stack.
I then used the black Faber-Castell PITT Pastel Pencil to add color and depth to the edges of the papers. I like these pencils, because they don't leave a dusty mess and blend easily with your fingertips.
Next I cut off bits of Faber-Castell Gelatos (black and metallic silver) and mixed them with the Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle. I used two different DCWV templates (dots and numbers) to stencil the gelato/spackle combination and the spackle itself onto the canvas.
To display the number of days remaining until Christmas, I die cut an oval out of black cardstock, painted it with Faber-Castell Chalk Board Paint, and added the DCWV frame adhesive mirror on top.
I die cut "Days Until Christmas" out of the DCWV Holiday Glitzy Glitter Stack and outlined around it using the Faber-Castell PITT Soft Brush Pen. I use this pen on just about every project, including all my scrapbook layouts, to ink the edges in black and help items stand out.
Lastly, I fussy cut the flowers out of the DCWV Candy Cane Lane Stack paper and added fabric flowers on top.
There you have it! That's how I made this mixed media project using lots of DCWV and Faber-Castell products. Check back on the DCWV blog every day this week to see what my fellow designers have been up to, leave comments, and win some great prizes!
It's my first post as part of the DCWV design team and I'm here to share a couple cards I made for this month's DCWV December Stack-a-holic Challenge! Here's my card featured on the DCWV Blog.
This card was inspired by the sketch by my fellow Design Team member, Tessa Buys. It's a fantastic sketch and I followed it pretty closely. Want to play along? Upload your card or layout to the blog for a chance to win!
The card itself is from the DCWV Brights Solid box of cards. I used my Cameo to cut a star and then added strips of paper layered behind the star. It's a great way to show off all the papers from the DCWV Vintage Basics stack. I've used this stack for so many projects and I'm going to be sad when I run out of it. I layered a couple more pieces of Vintage Basics behind the star, as well as some vellum from one of my new stacks, DCWV Foiled Vellum. I sewed on the "birthday" title cut from black cardstock, stapled a twine bow, and added some wood veneer stars. Seeing as if I'm running low on birthday cards and I like to have several on hand, I made another in different colors and some slight changes.