Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Winter–it may be breezy, but it is beautiful!

Hi there! Halloween is next week, are you ready for the festivities? My husband and I don't have kids yet, so we are looking forward to seeing our little neighbor friends all dressed up in their costumes. 

I am loving our sneak peek at the Christmas products! I don't know about you, but it is one of my favorite holidays!  

So, speaking of Christmas paper, did you enjoy the Storybook collection yesterday? You may need that collection as well as this one:

Take a closer look: 


Are you in love yet? 

We've got one last preview for you tomorrow—be sure to check it out then! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Winners and videos!

Hi everyone!

Are you ready to see more Christmas stuff?  We've got a fabulous range of products going into Jo-Ann Stores this year.  They can be split into 3 categories—Christmas and Winter, Storybook Christmas, and Winter in the Woods.  All of these ranges will be available in stores and online starting November 1st.

Here is a short video I made with my phone—what do you think of this set?


As seen in the video, these  are the Storybook Christmas-themed items.  The 12"x12" stack includes 40 sheets, the 6"x6" double sided stack has 24 sheets, the tag stack has 24 tags, and the wrapping paper measures 10-1/2"x30".    

Just wait until you get your hands on them—the beautiful reds, creams, and greens will have you longing for the excitement of the season!

We'll have another video for you tomorrow, but until then, we want to announce the winners from our blog hop! picked the following winners:


Love your designs!

So many adorable projects and tons of inspiration! Well done everyone!!!

Can't wait to hop and see more cool projects!

Thank you for a fun, inspiration filled blog hop!

Cute projects. Thanks for the chance to win!

What a fun card!! Love all the inspiration from the DCWV fans!
Off to go and visit the dt teams blogs!

Be sure to send your address (no P.O. boxes please) to me at: meganlloyd (at) DCWV (dot) com.  

See you tomorrow!

Monday, October 20, 2014

It's Monday again...and did someone say CHRISTMAS????!!!

Hello friends! Did you all have a fabulous weekend?  Mine was full of family and food...isn't that usually how it goes with family (lots of yummy food)?  I was supposed to finish sewing a costume for my nephew.  There is always this week, right? 

Thanks to everyone that submitted an application for our design team!  We can hardly wait to get started reviewing them all!  


The wait is over! We can FINALLY do our Christmas reveal!!! 

Let's start with a picture: 

Is that enough to get you started?  Oh wait, you already saw that picture! Lets try again:

Is that better?

Come back tomorrow for the blog hop winners AND a video!

Happy Monday!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Too Cute to Spook Halloween Hop is here!

Hello and welcome to the DCWV Too Cute To Spook Halloween Hop!!

TODAY the current DCWV Design Team is bringing you a group of projects that were made using the newest, cutest DCWV Halloween stack, Eek-a-Boo! Halloween is quickly approaching and it's time to turn your spooky crafting up to high gear!

For our blog, we took submissions from you AND our design team members!  Here are the fun projects we received:
Card by Emily
Halloween hat by Monique Leslie
Layout by Casey Lane
Layout by Susan Stringfellow
Embellished treat tin and necklace from Joy Hager
Mixed Media tag from Michelle Hodges

Before you leave to go to the next blog, leave a comment below.  We will choose 3 participants as the recipients of free product!!  Winners will be posted on Tuesday. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

This is real life friends!

Have you ever noticed that crafting usually happens in the midst of chaos?  I think it's because we have to pull out enough "stuff" to "get the job done."   Sometimes it brings some peace to the chaos of life, allowing us to keep moving forward feeling creative, crafty, complete.  Other times, it aggravates the chaos.  We feel less crafty, more criticized, less complete.  

I had a moment like the latter (less crafty, etc.) yesterday and I didn't do a very good job at bearing that burden "well."  At the end of the day, I made it home to my husband and got some much needed hugs from him.  My heart felt as big as the heart on the box below.  

Like the makeshift studio? The product is piling up in my office!!
Don't you love it when that happens? Whether it be a hug from a spouse, call from a parent, letter from a friend...they all feel nice and warm.  

Be sure to share your expressions of love with paper, cards, boxes, little gifts...and big ones too.  We can all use them, especially when we least expect them!  

The box and bling featured today on the blog are currently available at Jo-Ann Stores across the US, as well as online.  Use them to embellish your next gift for a friend or family member!

A close-up

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blog hop coming up!

As a bonus for us, we'd love to feature your projects on our blog in conjunction with the hop.  If you've got a Halloween-themed project that you've made (please send those made with the Eek-a-Boo stacks) that you'd like us to show off, please e-mail them to meganlloyd (at) DCWV (dot) com.  

Submissions need to be in by tomorrow night (Thursday) at midnight.  We can't wait to see what you've made!!  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Have you been on Pinterest lately?

I go through phases with Pinterest.  I'm addicted.  I don't have time to think about it.  I remember it exists and think "I'll just get on for a few minutes."  An hour later, I realized I got sucked in.  Again.  


Is that so bad?  I guess it's up for debate.  

I've been doing research for work on Pinterest, so I thought I'd check out the pins that we're tagged in.  There.Are.Tons. They can be found by searching for "DCWV" or "Die Cuts With A View."  

Here are some of the projects** I especially enjoyed:

There were many other awesome projects—you should check them out!

I love being inspired, don't you? 

**All images pulled from a search

Monday, October 13, 2014

What does a design team call, Halloween, and Christmas have in common?

How random is that—a design team call, Halloween, and Christmas?!  They don't have much of anything in common if you ask me!  

However, they are all happening this week on the blog!  First of all, friday is the last day to submit your application for our design team call, so be sure to send us your information by then (here is the official list of what you will need to send in).  Second, we are doing a design team hop this weekend!  Our designers have prepared a load of fun Halloween crafts to share with you, to inspire your upcoming get-togethers, neighborhood treats, and more! 

As for Christmas...there are more reveals coming this week!! Be on the lookout!   
Until then, here is some inspiration for your Monday morning.  Mine started out cold...but after some hot chocolate, I'm doing MUCH better!

Have a great day!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Yes, this is happening. Christmas.

I have another Christmas teaser for you today, but this time it is the stacks that are going into Michael's Stores.  Can you tell what they are yet?

Can you tell I'm excited for the holidays?  I shouldn't be—too much to do before they get here!  But it is one of my favorite times of the year.  

Happy Friday friends—see you back here Monday!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bling it on!

Thanks to technology (and all the things that happened before it stopped me from posting yesterday), we've been gone for a few days.  We hope you have been busy crafting or doing something else fun too!

With the arrival of Christmas in our warehouse, I've been busy packing up several shipments to members of our blogging network.  I'll share their reviews as they come up; they will start November 1st!

Until then (or until I can officially reveal the stack covers here), I've been trying to busy myself with other things.  Last week I took a trip to our local Jo-Ann store.  We have 2 new product groupings that went into all their stores this month and I wanted to see how they looked on the shelf.  

Presenting: Bling sheets!

At the store closest to our office (Orem, Utah), I found the metallic and clear shades of "bling."

Now, if you haven't seen these yet, you're probably thinking "What in the world?!"  When we received our first batch of samples in the office, our designers were asking the same type of questions... and more!  

"How do they cut?"
"What can we put them on?"
"Will they be better than the original rhinestones?"

After creating several projects, they were IN LOVE!  Just what did they love? Well...their list included the following:

Ease of use
Added dimension
Variety of colors

Many of these sheets cut with ease into various straight-edged patterns—just take your scissors and cut in-between the rows of gems.  The "rock salt" items don't cut quite as cleanly into straight lines--but they still can be cut with a pair of handheld scissors.

So...what did we make?  Here is a quick peek: 

We'll have loads more on the inspiration side of things soon!  Until then, be sure to check out which color pallet of products is in your store.  There is a wide range—green, red, purple, black, clear, gold, and more!

Monday, October 6, 2014

September Stack-a-holic results!

Hello friends!  Did you have a great weekend?  What did you do for fun?  I spent some time sewing bags for craft kits going to cancer patients (remember this post?).  I hope to share more of the process with you sometime soon; it has been fun! 

One other quick reminder before we share the Stack-a-holic results for last month—don't forget about our ongoing Design Team call (here are the details).  Applications are due October 17th by 11:59pm MST.

Now, onto the fun stuff!  We had some great submissions this past month!  I'm trying something new to make them easier to see all at the same time—photoshop collage. *Note: Be sure to click on the collage to see it in a larger format* 

Here is the page sketch:

Here are the page submissions:

Here is the card sketch:

Here are the card submissions:

These are awesome, right?!!

Here are the winners; each one will receiving a stack 
(*picked at random from the list of submissions):

Andrea Johnson (Page submission)
Beverly Jordan (Card submission)
Fransiska Irina (Page Submission)
Joy Hager (Card Submission)

Thanks for your great pages and projects; you are such talented individuals!  

See you back here tomorrow for more fun projects with paper! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

October Stack-a-holic Challenge

Hello! Tessa here with the honor of introducing our October Stack-a-holic Challenge! With the Eek-a-Boo and Sweater Weather stacks in mind, I created brand new sketches just for you DCWV fans. Let's take a look!

The layout sketch plays to the papers in the Eek-a-Boo stack with designs in the corners, but feel free to interpret that cute haunted house however you'd like. In my take, I flipped the sketch and used the cauldron paper:

Sara created an embellishment cluster with a glitter frame and paper ribbons:

Our card sketch is inspired by the textures and a traditional fall motifs of Sweater Weather:

In my take, I used one of the 3x4 cards from the stack as my sentiment:

Britt's beautiful card plays on the layers of patterned paper and features a butterfly instead of leaves:

As you can see, there are many directions you could take these sketches. You don't even need to use the theme suggested by each sketch - try a "playing in the leaves" layout or a Halloween card. The choice is yours and we can't wait to see what you create!

When you have created your layout and/or card, please email photos to Megan at meganlloyd (at) DCWV (dot) com by October 31st. The top 12 entries will be featured on the blog! Good luck and happy paper crafting!

PS - Looking for our September Top 12? Stay tuned! We are putting that fabulous post together and will share soon!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Design team call!! Design team call!!

We hope you are just as excited as us for a design team call!  Our team has worked so hard for the last 2 1/2 years and we will be honest...we are hoping to get as diverse and fun of a team put together for this next round! 

So, what are we looking for?  We want dedicated, talented, and fun-loving individuals!  We want people that are excited about paper crafts AND beads!  We want those that are falling in love with (or have a long standing affection for) the DCWV and Blue Moon Beads brand.  

In short, we want YOU!

In order to apply for the team, please submit the following information:
  1. Name
  2. Photo
  3. Craft or beading story (how did you get started, what keeps you going?)
  4. Blog information (i.e. address, followers, etc.)
  5. Additional social media platform information (i.e. Pinterest, Instagram, etc.)
  6. 1 image of each of the following: scrapbook page, card, mixed media project, and/or jewelry project (the previous project can count for this as well)
  7. Comfort level with the above-listed projects
  8. Comfort level with creating videos
If chosen for the team, you will receive:
  • Opportunity to be considered for team leader position*
  • New product packages at least 4 times a year
  • Regular features on the DCWV blog
  • Opportunity to complete select projects* that will be in print
  • Additional blog traffic
*Compensation will be awarded for these two items; that information will be shared when the offer to be part of the team is sent.

In return, we would need you to:
  • Be committed to participate on the team for up to 2 years
  • Display high level of proficiency in crafting across various medias
  • Help build the DCWV and BMB following on various social media platforms 
  • Create and post projects 3 times per month (one post will be on the DCWV blog); this will imply the ability of us to use these projects as needed for other crafting requests
  • Participate in an online focus group once a month
  • Additional projects per availability
In regard to beads, this is the first time we've tried to incorporate them into our paper team. You do not need to be a paper crafting expert to be considered for a bead/jewelry position; rather, you need to be "very fluent" in beads to be considered for a bead/jewelry position, with added experience in paper.  

So...ready to get started?  You have from today, October 1st, until midnight, October 17th, to submit your application.  Please e-mail them to meganlloyd(at)dcwv(dot)com.  You, along with several of our current team members, will be considered very carefully for these positions.  

We can't wait to hear from you! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Big be continued another time...

That's right peeps—I got word today that I rushed in to teasing you with the Christmas paper products for Joann Stores.  I'm sorry for that—I hate when people tease me about anything.

I will try and hold you over for a few weeks though with a few things:

  • New paper in Hobby Lobby
  • Christmas paper in Michaels
  • Design team call

That's read it...a design team call!  I'll have more details for you in a few days, but I wanted to let you know that you should finally be on the lookout!  This team will be structured a bit differently than the last—different requirements, different set up, etc.  We are so excited and we hope you will be too! So, please be aware that this opportunity is coming because we'd love to hear from everyone that is interested.  

In the meantime, who loves burlap?  What about printed cork?  Corrugate? Check out the new products over at Hobby Lobby!



Please forgive me for these videos—my phone was the most handy "video maker" I had available at the time.  Have you seen these yet though?  Put any of them to good use on a fun craft?  We'd love to hear about your experiences with them!

Have a great day!