Thursday, November 6, 2014

Christmas Card Series Coming

I just ordered a bunch of Christmas stamps and dies from Simon Says Stamp. They should be arriving today. This weekend will be all about cards. I haven't made cards in a while. I didn't even make cards last Christmas and I felt bad for that. So this year, I'm going to go all out. The plan is to try new techniques, work with new tools, to just think outside the box. Since I don't have a ton to make, I can spend a little extra time on each. I guarantee no two cards will be alike. I cannot mass produce cards. It goes against my DNA. If a customer asks for a set of duplicate cards, I can do it, but I get bored very quickly (I think the ADD takes over after the first card, which sparks ideas for a new card. Since I am mass producing, that idea has to wait. Then the second card in the duplicate set sparks even more ideas, etc. By the time I am finished, my head is just swimming with so many ideas I'm about to burst.) Sorry, I digress.

OK, back to the Christmas cards. I will post one card a day until I run out of cards to post or Christmas arrives. Not sure which will be first. The fun part will be that my friends and family will see them, but not know which card they will receive. So, they get to enjoy all the cards and guess which belongs to them. (I'm sneaky that way).

To add to the fun, I won a surprise package from DCWV. I have no idea what will be in the package (even more exciting), but I'm sure there will be wonderful products I can use.

So stay tuned, lots of fun project shares to come. I might even get brave and do a video or two. We will just have to see how it all works out.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,
Dana


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spookalicous Bundle, Not Just For Halloween

I love it when collections are so versatile, that even though they have a specific theme, there are plenty of elements and color choices that they can be used for any occasion.

I made two layouts with the new awesome Spookalicous kit by Sheila Reid at Pixel Scrapper. This kit has plenty of Halloween themed items and colors. However, the colors and some of the elements can be used in many different ways.


My first layout is a traditional (or maybe not so traditional) Halloween Layout, Featuring my "Little Vampire."  I love the colors in this kit. There are enough colors that I could have chosen to go with the traditional blacks, oranges, greens, and purples, but I loved the way the other colors match her costume. 


The second layout is a costume layout, but not Halloween. It is a spring layout that features outfits for a concert at school were each class dressed as a different era and sang songs from that era. The bright colors from this kit worked perfectly to reflect the spring theme. Notice I used the "die cut" fun page from the kit, to make a journaling spot. The fun pages are actually 12 inches wide, but I thought the shape would make the perfect label. Even though the graphics are created one way, doesn't mean you have to use them that way. You have the option to resize as you see fit. 


There were plenty of non-Halloween elements to chose from, which made it super easy to do this layout in about 15 minutes from planning to posting. Did I mention I love how quickly I can do a digital layout verses a traditional layout. This would have taken me hours to do traditionally because of the fear of wasting supplies. Not a problem with digi supplies; they never run out, so you have total creative freedom. Plus, if you don't like something, you don't have to rip elements off the page, you just hit delete and start over. 

I hope you visit Pixel Scrapper to see all of the wonderful freebies and full kits available. You won't be disappointed.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,
Dana

Sunday, October 12, 2014

My First Tangle

With so much going on lately, I haven't had any "official" crafting time, but there is no way I could not do some form of art. So I've been doodling. I was having so much fun, then I realized what I was doing (and had been for years) actually had a name, Zentangles. So, I started researching and realized there is a huge list of official tangles and tutorials for most all over the web. 

I watched a few videos and read about Zentangles and all the "rules." However, rules in art are not always Zen, so I just took what I saw and did my own thing. I am quite pleased with the results. This an art form I can do anywhere, anytime, with very little expense. 

Below is my first complete, shaded Zentangle. I think it is pretty good for my first. 












Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,
Dana

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

MIA this week

Just wanted to leave a quick note letting you know that I may be MIA this week. I've been on the road for work and I have finals Friday. So, it will probably be a non-crafting week. However, I plan to be at it hot and heavy this weekend and for the next couple of weeks. Then my last "semester" of college. Eight more weeks and I will be done. I can't wait for December 20th to get here. Then, LET THE CRAFTING BEGIN!!!

Have a great week,
Dana

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Winner Is....

I want to thank everyone who visited my page, commented on my videos and just made the past few years a success. I'm so glad I found my way back to crafting and that my blog allows me to share my creations with you.

There were some great suggestions for digital kits. I think I can come up with some you gals and guys will like.

Now, for the winner. Random.org chose...

MamaGames: "Thank you for your part of the train. :) As for the contest - this is weirdly specific but I would love some kits that include animals and autumn colors. My kids go to at least 3 annual events like Boo at the Zoo where they are having some kind of fall- or Halloween-themed event at an animal park, and I need something that combines both ideas! ~laugh~"

MamaGames, yes your request was very specific, but I like it. I would never have thought of a Halloween Zoo themed kit. Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I will see what I can do. 
I also sent you an e-mail asking for your address so I can send your goodies to you. If I don't hear from you by October 10th, I will chose another winner. So don't miss out. 

Again, thank you to all my visitors and stay tuned for more fun to come.
Dana