Friday, March 27, 2015

DCWV and TOMBOW Blog Hop!

Hi and Welcome to the Gold and Cork Blog Hop with Tombow USA and DCWV! We have 2 days full of gorgeous projects using GOLD and CORK! You should have come here from the Tombow USA Blog , which is also the first stop on this hop!

I created a mini album for my friend Donna that holds photos from our summer trip to Charleston, South Carolina. The main products I used are a DCWV mini kraft album, DCWV kraft Insta Photo Fun pages, DCWV Insta Photo Fun inserts, DCWV Gilded Stack, DCWV embellishments, TOMBOW Xtreme Adhesive, Tombow Dot Runner, and Tombow Mono Multi Glue.

The main products used in my mini album
Now time for some photos! I'll explain more as the photos go on...

I kept the cover very simple. I included three butterflies from Crate Paper's "Notes n Things".

This is the first page of the album. Of course before we could have a weekend away in Charleston, we had to spend some time in the craft room! I wrote a little note on the inside cover to my friend :)

I'm not going to make you look at EVERY single page, so I'll pick out my favorites. I got really happy with my Janome Sew Mini sewing machine for this project.

I used some of the DCWV photo inserts to create little 'shaker' pages throughout the album. I filled parts of the clear pages with sequins and wood veneers, then sealed the page by sewing it shut.

The Gilded Stack comes with some fun cut apart journal cards. This one say "Thank you very much for the difference you  make in my life". They are such a great addition to a cute mini like this!

I sewed on some Dear Lizzy Thickers for my Charleston, SC title page.

I paired some fun puffy stickers from Pink Paislee's "Solstice" collection with the DCWV Insta Photo Fun kraft pages. 

Here's another sequin shaker page I made with the 4x4 DCWV insert. 

For every photo page, I adhered the photos to the cardstock using Tombow Xtreme Adhesive. Chipboard pieces (like the star and circle pieces) are adhered with Tombow Mono Multi Glue.

The chipboard pieces here are from Teresa Collins. They were adhered with Tombow Mono Multi Glue. I backed them on colored square pieces from the DCWV Insta Photo Fun embellishment packs.

In the back of the album I included some brochures and maps from historic places we visited.

There are A LOT OF PRIZES going on for this weekend's hop!!!!! To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until March 31st at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 1st 2015.

Tombow will be giving away: Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, NEW Tombow Foam Tape and everyone’s favorite the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue!

DCWV will be giving away: The DCWV Gilded Stack, a 4x4 Cork Stack, Insta Kraft Album, Accordion Album and a set of Birthday Photo Props!

Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and DCWV on Facebook.

Your next stop today is BECKY SPRINGER! Happy hopping!



Janome Sew Mini Sewing Machine
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombow XTREME Adhesive
Tombow Mono Dot Adhesive Runner Refills
Tombow Mono Dot Adhesive Runner
Canon Semi Gloss Photo Paper
Doodlebug Assorted Sequins (12 colors)
Studio Calico Tiny Stars wood veneers
Studio Calico Hearts and Arrows wood veneers
Fiskars Rotary Paper Trimmer

DCWV Gilded paper stack
DCWV Insta Photo Fun 4x4 Kraft and Black paper
DCWV Insta Photo Fun 4x4 Kraft and White paper
DCWV Insta Photo Fun 2 ring Mini Album
DCWV Insta Photo Fun 2x2 page inserts
DCWV Insta Photo fun 4x4 page inserts
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Crop on the Cape Photos! + Winner

Over the weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend my FIRST EVER crop. This wasn't just any small crop, it was Crop on the Cape! 253 amazing women coming together to enjoy the hobby that they love. I am SO glad I went and loved the company I was with (thank you Lynn, Kathy, Donna, Donna, Donna, and Donna for welcoming me into your group!) Yes, there were 4 Donnas in our group :)

The same weekend at the crop, Paper Issues was also hosting an online crop filled with challenges and games. I completed 7 layouts over the weekend, each one inspired by one of those challenges. THANK YOU to Paper Issues for all the inspiration!

Now as you may have guessed, this will be a super photo heavy post! Sit back, relax, and enjoy :)

Kathy, me, and Lynn with all of our stuff. Our table was Edgartown :)

Lynn, me, and Jenn... the artsy fartsy girls! Love these ladies <3

Oh ya... it snowed on the first day of spring. The view from our hotel room.

Now onto some layouts! My first (and maybe favorite) layout was for the Paper Issues "Selfie" challenge. Create a layout that has a picture of yourself.

I used papers from Maggie Holmes and Heidi Swapp 'September Skies'. The rub ons (black hearts) are from Crate Paper 'Kiss Kiss', and all embellishments are from the new Simple Stories 'I Am' collection.

I am... Enjoying the little things, so loved, and Unapologetically Me. Lynn took this photo of me at the Crop with her fun Fuji Instax camera.

I spilled red wine on my layout... but I loved the story behind it, so I kept it and even highlighted it.

This layout was created for the Paper Issues Use a Song Lyric Challenge. The Bruno Mars song 'Uptown Funk' was played multiple times a day from a table near us... and it just got to be a little too much. Again, this page has a story behind it and I love that. The photo is of the Edgartown table holding up their wine cups! CHEERS!

Papers in this layout are from the DCWV "Honey Chic" stack. Embellishments were from a grab bag I was sent, but some are from the Simple Stories I Am collection.

This layout was for the Paper Issues Stitching challenge. This was my FIRST TIME EVER using a sewing machine for a layout. Thank you Kathy for teaching me what to do! I'm officially addicted.

These photos are from my summer trip to Portland, Maine. All papers are from the Carta Bella 'Ahoy There' collection and embellishments are from Pink Paislee 'Solstice'.

The 4th layout was for the Paper Issues Free Cut File challenge. I used this free file for the entire background of my layout.

I cut around the outside edges so the full layout is bordered with the cut file. I cut a lot of circles and filled in some of the spaces. I also added stamping from a Technique Tuesday stamp set. All papers are from Carta Bella 'Ahoy There'.

This layout was for the Paper Issues 'Alphabet Soup' challenge. I covered a sheet of cardstock with these foam phrases by Amy Tangerine, covered it all up with Gesso, then covered that in Gelatos. It's a pretty messy layout, and definitely not my favorite, but it was really fun to put together.

All papers are again from the Carta Bella 'Ahoy There' collection.

Next up is a layout inspired by the Paper Issues Sketch challenge. I really like how this one turned out. And it all came together really quickly!

Patterned papers are from Carta Bella 'Ahoy There' and embellishments are from Pink Paislee 'Solstice'. Photos are of the Portland Head Light and my hubby and puppy :)

You've made it to my last layout! Woohoo!!! This was for the Paper Issues 'No Cardstock' challenge. Every piece of paper is this layout comes from DCWV 'Seaside Yacht' stack (sold exclusively for Michael's stores). Embellishments and rub-ons are from Pink Paislee 'Solstice'.

I had the fabulous opportunity of sitting next to Donna Bryant during the crop. The talent in her fingers is beyond amazing! I scraplifted this layout design from a page she created at the crop. Thank you Donna!

I had such a great time and I hope I can join in the fun again next year!!! Thank you to the awesome women at Crop on the Cape, and thank you to the ladies at Paper Issues for putting together all these great challenges!


I used to select the winner. Congratulations to SHERRY BUTCHER! Please email me your mailing address to rwkrafts(at)gmail(dot)com to claim your goodies!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Easter Hop Day 5 - CAS

Hello and welcome to Day 5 of our new 5 for 5 Easter Blog Event!  Each day our designers will post an Easter project based on that day’s theme. Today’s theme is CAS! Some of us are even offering prizes, so be sure to leave comments on each of links below for details on how to win!

This is the LAST day of our Easter hop. The designers have been incredible and made some beautiful projects. Make sure you stop by and visit each of them for some springy inspiration :)

This adorable stamp set by My Favorite Things "Somebunny" is perfect for a clean and simple card. I just stamped each of the little images out and colored with Copics. I created a very simple scene of the bunny pushing her flower cart, while the flowers get blown away in the wind.

I used Liquid Applique on the little tail and covered her dress with clear Wink of Stella. Pretty cute card, I must say! ;)

Time for Prizes!!!! I'm doing something a little different for this giveaway. You have up to 5 chances to enter for each blog post! The winner will be chosen on March 23rd so you'll have plenty of time to leave comments throughout the week!

As you can see, I got a little shop-happy at Target!! I'm giving away this goodie pack shown above. AND if you've ever won before you KNOW that I will throw in a whole lot more stuff. But this is what I can promise ;) Easter mini gel pens, pretty normal pens, Easter chevron page flags, pretty jeweled feathers, watercolored gift tags, fun erasers, and mint sticky notes. PLUS whatever else I decide to throw in.

How to enter:

1) Leave a comment on this blog post
2) Subscribe to via bloglovin, feedly, rss, email... whatever you'd like. Leave a comment telling me you did!
3) Subscribe to my YouTube Channel Here! Leave a comment telling me you did
4) Follow @rwkrafts on Instagram and leave a comment telling me you did
5) Let's be Facebook friends! Find me at and leave a comment telling me you did!

NOW go visit the other designers!!

Rachel Kleinman - (me!)
Jessica Frost-Ballas –

ETA: linking up to Paper Issues Eggcelent adventures link up!

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