Monday, December 31, 2012

A Good Day for the Jar..

... My friend Susan told me about a "Good Day Jar" she saw on Pinterest. and I love it.. she said at the beginning of each year you get a new jar, and throughout the year you fill it with notes about good days.. then at the end of the year you read them all!

Well I'm throwing today into next year's jar...

This morning I sent some CHA samples to Globecraft&Piccolo hoping they'd like them enough to display! .. They chose all SIX! :D AND they invited me to demo in their booth! 

I also got a call from Carolyn @ Amazing Mold Putty -- and I'll be demoing in THAT booth as well!! 

My CHA Badge came...




New Years Eve!! + 2012 in Review

I can't believe it's the end of 2012.. I have to admit I was a little nervous about the 21st (you know.. nut jobs n all), but it all went over just fine and we're still here to ring in 2013 :) 

I've got a few projects out and about for CHA samples and publication hopefuls that I haven't been able to share.. but I can't WAIT to show them to you! I did a four mini canvas piece for May Arts, A couple of super cool jewelry pieces for Globecraft&Piccolo, and submitted a few pieces to different mags!

I've also jumped head in to teaching classes, and even though the first one wasn't live, it sure had an awesome turnout!! THANK YOU! I've since acquired a webcam and the next class will be LIVE :) Stay tuned for details!

But I'd love to take the time now to review the last year and share with you my favorite 10 projects from 2012 :) 

This was for the Crop Chocolate Chocolatiers Tag exchange :) I sent my to the DT leader.. Amber! what a super cool honor :)

May Arts had a huge blog hop with all of the Ribbonistas around "Christmas Trees" This was my post! I had a ton of fun making a tree that can sit on my mantle. I love the vintage feel it has and that pop of color at the top! 

We hosted a large Halloween hop at Viva Las VegaStamps! - It was hard for me to pick a favorite from all the tags... but this one is awesome!

 A journal page/scrapbook layout - lots of inky fun!
 This layout is about Gabe's first pillow♥
 and this one is all about me! 
 This tag set was for May Arts.. but is definitely my favorite set so far!
 This is a set of journal pages... I was honing the techniques that Ania Debrowska taught us in California in July
And this tag is from a swap that VLVS! did with Gauche Alchemy. ♥

And my first journal page that's based on my family. 

I can definitely see a "STYLE" represented above, but I have no idea what it is. Maybe it's "DeeDee's Style" ? 

Anyways.. I look forward to 2013 crafting and arting long into the night! I thank each of you who have come along with me so far on the journey and wish you all well on your own endeavors next year♥

Saturday, December 22, 2012

For the love of handmade...

I am such a WHORE for handmade embellishments!!

I participated in a local craft show last week which gave me the opportunity to create some new goodies!!

Check them out:

Corrugated clouds!

Oh YUM.. Beaded clouds

New fabric flowers! - I lovingly call these "Raggedies" 



and Sunburst

Corrugated tags

and Corrugated Hearts

What do you think?? ♥♥

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ribbonista Blog Hop!!

(apparently my post neglected to go live as scheduled.. I apologize!)

Good Morning and welcome to my stop on the Ribbonista Hop!! I decided to share with you today a brand new tradition I've brought to my little family...


I start with a tube of some sort (old wrapping paper tube, toilet paper, paper towels.. you name it, it works!), then I cover it in vintage patterns, fill it with each person's favorite candy, close it off with ribbon..... and decorate with ribbons, tags, buttons and christmas stamps!

And this is the pile of my Christmas Crackers!!
All supplies used: May Arts ribbons (about 8 different kinds!), Viva las VegaStamps!, vintage buttons, archival ink, Embossing powder, distress ink, kraft paper, distress markers. 

Don't forget to leave comments everywhere (and back at the May Arts blog!) for your chance at the big prize!! 

Keep on Hoppin'! 
DeeDee - you are here!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tag Swap

I recently participated in a tag swap with a bunch of girls from the newest Design Team I have the privilege of calling myself a part of... The Crop Chocolate Design Team :)

Here is the tag I sent to my secret tag receiver :) 

It's made with Viva Las VegaStamps! images (handwriting background, chevron, holiday cheer), May Arts ribbon, UmWowStudio hat pin, Authentique paper, a vintage button, cheese cloth, and distress stains (Walnut stain, barn door, festive berries)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ribbon Catchup!

Lots going on recently that I haven't had a chance to post about!!!

Last week I showed a vintage inspired wooden spool ornament on the May Arts blog. 

Click here to see all the instructions and a video on using a walking stitch and ribbon to create really cute and simple flowers!

Also on the May Arts Radar... this week there's a HUGE ALL RIBBONISTA blog hop full of Christmas inspiration and giveaways!! Be sure to start at May Arts for all the details, new stops each day! (visit me on Friday!) 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Winter Wonderland Reveal!

Because it took me a few days to pull this together I've decided to forego the sneak peeks and just show you this month's kit!!

Winter Wonderland:

The main kit includes:
3 Layered embellishments (I had fun with these last month!)
A wire bird's nest
A wire tree
1 corrugated tag
2 corrugated glittery primitive hearts
2 music note paper primitive hearts
3 gray flowers
1 large fabric flower in blue and cream
1 medium blue paper flower
1 embellished clothespin
1 six inch layered banner in gray and music note
3 glittery gray clouds

The Resin Add On Kit:

The sunlight was gone when I got to these photos... but it's three icicles (they've got a gorgeous layer of glitter), a large frame, two resin clouds, and a flower bunch. 

Email me @ to order yours :) Same pricing as normal! $18 for the main kit, $3 for shipping to US, $5 for shipping Canada, $6 for shipping anywhere else. $10 for the add on kit no extra shipping ♥

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Wintery Steampunk style gift tag!

Hello Everyone!! You could have come here from two places today, and I welcome you ALL!
Today I'm participating in leslierahye's A Very Merry Holiday Steampunk Blog Hop! I've got a cute wintery steampunk style gift tag to share, which by chance was made with Globecraft & Piccolo products (from where some of you may have come from!)

Here is my steampunky wintery style gift tag: 

It's made with G&P Piccolos, G&P Enamel Gels, May Arts ribbons, tin foil, acrylic paint, and kraft paper. 

A little sneak of what's waiting over there ;)

I'm also giving away a set of resin embellishments that would pair up wonderfully with any type of gift tag you need to make! Leave a comment to be entered :)

And If you've come via the Blog Hop be sure to hop along and see all the wonderful projects up today!! 



Sneak Peek! - Winter Wonderland

I know this sneak peek is a little while in the making, but I've been really busy catching up from last month's HUGE class/kit combo and getting stuff ready for CHA.

But! Here is your first sneak peek :) Expect a lot of sneaks very fast, and a huge reveal on Sunday!

Stop by tomorrow for a fun post with Globecraft & Piccolo + May Arts + and I'm finally participating in one of leslierahye's fabulous blog hops!

Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree...

Hello :) If you're here from the May Arts blog today, welcome :) if you're not you might want to take a peek over there, as the Ribbonistas have put together some FABULOUS Christmas tree inspired ribbon projects!

With a 2 year old running around the house I didn't think it would be very smart to put up a whole tree this year, but I've always REALLY loved decorating a mantle and so made my own smaller tree out of paper and ribbon :)

Start with a piece of 12x12 cardstock, in this case I used a piece of tan colored Echo Park. Roll it into a cone, and cut the bottom so it sits flat. Grab your favorite May Arts ribbon and wrap the cone. I used SD01, and purposely made it uneven to get a little vintagy home feel. I then wrapped a section of vintage tinsel from Pink Paislee around it and glued an UmWowStudio flower on top. 

As a final step I used May Arts Burlap Twine SM10 to wrap around the tree and tie on the letters J O and Y from Pink Paislee. LOVE! 

I love this baby on my mantle! I also linked this beauty up @ CropChocolate in their weekly challenge for Thankful + twine. I'm thankful for being crafty enough to still participate in Christmas even when I can't have a tree, lol :) 

Monday, December 3, 2012

A boy and his daddy♥

This layout is over on the Viva Las VegaStamps! blog today 

Using the Chicken Wire stamp, May Arts ribbon, Prima goodies, UmWowStudio flowers, Silks paints by Luminarte, a stencil by Creative Imagintions, Paper by BoBunny and Echo Park, Distress ink, a brad, eyelets, and floral beads.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Introducing... WINTER WONDERLAND!!

Since we did Christmas last month, we'll move towards winter this month :) 

Winter Wonderland:

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sneak Peek + Upcoming Class!

I want to show you a super sneak peek on something I'm working on!

and depending on the feed back it may be my next class.. which will be LIVE!! I just got my new webcam in the mail :D

Anyways! Onto the sneak peek:

Working on a piece for the May Arts Winter 2013 CHA booth ♥

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Good Morning♥

Hope all is well for each of you :)

Just a couple of announcements/news!

1) All the Kits for December Dailies and UmWowStudio embellishments have been mailed :D - I know a few days later than I had intended but they should all be to their destinations by Saturday!! The PDF is almost finished!

2) I can't wait to show you some stuff I've been working on of my own!

3) Today the announcement for the Globecraft & Picollo DT is up - I'm super honored and excited to continue working with this fab product! 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

We have WINNERS!!!

Thank you so much for all the sweet comments left on my blog hop posts over the last week! and I have some winners to announce :) 

For a set of Crimson Serendipities we have...

Wow, I love these. TFS.

Rhonda Miller!! 

And a set of 3D Embellishments goes to..

Love the look, captures an essence of a down home Christmas, with a pop of bling.

Michelle Wells!!

ladies, just send me an email @ with your shipping address and I'll get those out ASAP :) 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Handmade For The Holidays!

Hello!! Welcome to my cozy little spot on this ginormous wonderful blog hop!

I'm super honored to be a part of it here representing such FABULOUS companies.

Today's blog hop list looks like this:
Donna Salazar Designs –
Eileen Hull for Sizzix
Globecraft Memories –
Kristin Wilson – Graphic 45 -
Jennie Garcia - Tombow -
Gini Williams Cagle - Hampton Art -
Sabrina Alery – Clearsnap –
DeeDee Catron - Globecraft Memories - (You are here!)
Michelle Grant – Donna Salazar Designs - (Go here next!)
Emily Lanham – Authentique Paper -
Emma Jeffery – Fiskateers -
Natalie Clause – The Twinery -
Alberto L Juarez – Graphic 45
Jennifer Priest – Clearsnap –
Heather Conklin – Authentique Paper -

Are you ready to see my project???? 
 Today I've put together some super fab Christmas themed tags to display on a mantle. I've attached them to a chicken wire backed picture frame. They can easily be removed and attached to gifts, or hung on the tree as ornaments too!

Joy Tag:

1) Cut tag shape from a piece of Authentique's Peaceful collection. Distress edges.

3) Create "Puff ball" for the snowman's hat from The Twinery's Maraschino twine. Glue in place using Tombow adhesives.
4) Cover snowman's scarf in liquid pearls. Glue snowman to tag using Tombow adhesives.
5) Punch tag using Fiskar's Tag punch from Authentique's Festive collection. Distress edges.
6) Punch ornament using Fiskar's ornament punch from kraft paper. Distress edges. Stamp with Hampton Arts stamp
7) Layer punched pieces on top of tag and under flower from UmWowStudio.
8) Finish with Joy letters.

Merry Tag:
1) Cut tag using Authentique's Festive collection. Distress edges.
2) Remove the middle section of the Christmas Tree ornament from Globecraft & Piccolo. Distress. Dot the tree with liquid pearls to represent ornaments and glitter the bottom section like snow. Glue to tag using Tombow adhesives.
3)  Tie a knot in a 5 inch section of May Arts ribbon and The Twinery's Maraschino twine. Glue to tag.
4) Finish with Merry letters.

Noel Tag:
1) Cut tag from Authentique's Festive collection. Distress edges.
1) Remove bits from by Globecraft & Piccolo. Distress edges. Glue to tag.
2) Punch two ornaments from Authentique's Peaceful collection using Fiskar's Ornament Punch. Stamp punches with Hampton Art stamp. Distress edges. Glue to tag using Tombow adhesives.
3) Finish tag with wooden letters. 

Hope you enjoyed my little stop :) Don't forget to leave comments everywhere you go for chances at tons o' prizes! Including this:

I'm also giving away a prize of my own :) 
I'm giving away a set of flowers from this month's handmade embellishment kit! Leave a comment on this post, follow the blog, and follow UmWowStudio on facebook to be entered :)

Your next stop is Michelle Grant for Donna Salazar Designs -