Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Let us inspire you: New products for Fall and Halloween!!

Hello friends!  How are you doing?  Feeling crafty today?  I'm totally getting the itch...need to clean out my craft room though if I want to get much done.  Then again, if I wait until I get enough that for cleaning, I might not be crafting until next year.  A girl can dream, right?

With our changes here at DCWV, we haven't found a way as of yet to do videos for new products.  We are working on a solution to that problem, as many of you have mentioned you miss seeing them.  In the meantime, however, we want to show you some new covers for our most recent releases.  

As some of you have mentioned on our Facebook page, there are several new products that are now in Joann stores.  Fall and Halloween have arrived  (seriously...this year is FLYING!!)!  

To start, there are prints and solids in 12"x12".  Here are the covers with some print/color swatches on the front: 

Doesn't the Sweater Weather stack make you want to pull out the hot chocolate?  I know I'm ready!  And the Eek-a-Boo...maybe we shouldn't start on just how cute it is!!  You'll want to pick up a stack for your Halloween party decor, themed pages, party invites...ok, so you may need 2 stacks with that list!

Projects from the Eek-a-Boo Stack

There is a coordinating 8.5"x11" printed stack that you should be sure to pick up as well.  It adds great texture to your projects, complementing the prints and solids in the stacks shown above.  

These fabulous Fall prints will be ideal for your themed projects, whether you use them to complement the above stacks or to stand on their own.  

As always, we've tried to provide you with a variety of matstacks for your more delicate and detailed crafts.  Whether you need solids or prints, we've got your seasonal needs covered!

Are you wondering how to embellish your projects? What about how to simplify your home decor items? Let us put your mind at ease with these beauties!  

No matter your crafting experience, there is a project just waiting to be made.  Whether you are going to make some elaborate party decor, cards for the season, home decor displays, or themed scrapbook pages, be sure to visit your local Joann store to get started.  Don't have one near you, click here to start ordering online.

Projects from the Sweather Weather Stack

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Technique Tuesday-Thinking Ahead

Today my post is going to be short and sweet....well short anyway. This last weekend I put together 2 wreaths as a demo for a show we attended. I want to share with you how I prepared for assembling 2 wreaths in 2 days. 

In planning for the months a head.... know the season where we want to be creative and make decorations that no one on the block but you will have. The season where I think everyone wants to show off their talents by making everything....ya know the  Christmas Holiday season. Here are some tips to have a jump on your wreath idea by preparing things before you are to busy.

I've noticed in some crafting businesses they are bring in holiday and seasonal items already. Crazy right! Start to pick up things now that might fit into you wreath designs. The smaller Christmas and miniature items, small signs "Santa or North Pole", etc. work great on wreaths. 

Decide the flowers you might want to add to your wreath. You can find many flower patterns on the web. Look for "free printable templates or patterns for Christmas flowers. These sites will have many flowers that can be layered and stacked in a wreath.

Here are a few things to help you prepare to make a paper holiday wreath:
 -pre-cut desired paper in your choice of flower.
 -glitter or ink the edges of the flowers that you want to use on wreath.
 -use a fun technique to create a great layering effect: fold or score, scrunch or    
  crumple, crimp flower petal's. You could use many techniques in one wreath which will 
  bring in many dimensions to the wreath. 
 -Use foam squares, wire, brad's, jute, ribbon, feathers, pom-pons, wood cutouts,  
  banners, to add more dimension.
 -choose a ribbon to hang your wreath up with in the same color tones of your paper
  stack has in the color palette. Don't have the ribbon over power your wreath. 
 -if your using a foam wreath wrap it in some type of fabric so your foam won't melt if
  you  are using hot glue sticks.

If you want to add in other fun looks to your wreath try these tools out.
 -fringe scissors
 -paper punches
 -electronic cutting machine items
 -deco edged scissors
 -distressing tool

Thank you for stopping by today. Have fun looking for those wreath ideas and we will visit some ideas in the months to come. See you soon this is Celeste signing off. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

It's in the can!

Happy Monday! It's Thomisia and I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend.
Today, I'd like to share something that I've upcycled to create a project using Burlap Neutrals.
 For this, I covered a can with a sheet of the burlap and then trimmed it with beads.
 I used my manual die-cut machine to cut flowers from the burlap sheets.
This material works great for these.
With a little further embellishing, I made a great addition to my crafting space.
Do you ever use your crafty skills to re-purpose items?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Back to School Teacher Gift

Hello Stack-a-Holics!
This is Karla with a gift idea for this back to school season. I can't believe summer is ending already! I'm a teacher and summer is really my favorite season because I get much more scrapping time :)

 This school year, help your child's teacher get organized with these burlap hanging pockets. I used the DCWV printed burlap stack in 12x12 and a bit of the chalkboard stack. 

You can gift this with a box of chalk or a DCWV chalk marker so the teacher can write the contents of each pocket. The chalkboard paper is like a real board. You can erase the chalk/chalkmarker with a damp napkin and re-write. You can also include an extra little treat to help the teacher unwind after a long first day of school.
Maybe a gift card to a coffee shop or the movies? 

These pockets can actually be a gift for anyone that needs a little organization. 

By the way, if you want to gift this to a male teacher, just leave out the ruffles and the flowers. I promise it still looks good :) 

To make these hanging pockets, I used my sewing machine to sew along the sides of the pockets and to attach the ribbon. It super easy to sew through the burlap paper. For a full tutorial you can visit my blog at

Here's a quick look at how I made the flowers (excuse the lighting in my craft area):

I started by misting the back of  a 12x1.5" piece of burlap paper.

When it's nice and pliable, I folded it in half then started rolling it like this: 

I kept rolling it until the end, flatened it a bit, and secured it with Tombow extreme adhesive. Power tabs or glue dots work well also.


Hope your week has been great so far. 
Yay! It's Friday :)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

ABC Flashcards

Happy Thursday Stackaholics! This is Rachel joining you all today for another fun back to school project. This time I had the younger students in mind and created some cute ABC flash cards.

I really love this project, especially working in a preschool, I can image the kids would love it too! I used the adorable illustrations from the Alpha Zoo stack, available at Michael's.

Once I cut the alphabet animal pictures, I then backed them on various pattern papers from this stack. Then I cut them all out again! This gave each card some more strength and of course a fun pattern on the back.

There is another page in the stack filled with these silly phrases to match the animal pictures. I cut them up to add to the back of their coordinating card.

The cards are hole punched and added to a basic O-Ring. This makes them easy to remove and mix up for the kids. Here are a couple more photos of the illustrations, because they are just way too cute not to share!

The Narwhal in a Necklace might be my favorite :) I hope you are all ready for back to school! Thanks for joining me today!

<3 Rachel

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Artistic "ABC" Sign for Back-to-School!

Hello everyone! Britt here with a sweet and artsy back-to-school banner that I created using DCWV's Special Materials stack - Canvas.

I wanted to see how these canvas sheets took some mixed media materials.  I wanted the banner to look a little bit like a child colored and splashed color all over it.  So, I cut three triangles from the canvas, and sprayed each one with a different primary mist color.

As I let each piece dry completely I used a ruler to draw some simple block letters and cut them out.  I frayed them around the edges and outlined each one with little dashes to represent a stitch.

I mounted each piece to a stiff piece of cardboard and then set eyelets in a decorative pattern around the edges.  I tied little bows in through each eyelet and strung the banners on coordinating pieces of twine.  

Finally, I hot-glued the letters to the middle of the banners and FINISHED!

Here is a photo of the finished banner:

I love the artsy, crafty quality that it has and I could totally see this above the door of an elementary school art room!

I'm going to give this to a special teacher that works part-time with me. I hope she likes it!

Have you ever made anything special for a teacher with your DCWV stacks?  Let me know what you made in the comments!

Happy Scrapping!