Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pretty Corset Tag!

Hello CANDi people! Today I am bringing you a pretty, CANDi corset tag made with the Prima Almanac  collection and Newsprint CANDi!

Here is a sneak peek!:



Hop on over the the Craftwork Cards CANDi blog and take a look!



Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Card Trio – Hampton Art

I am a busy little bee today! So, if you are looking for the Eleventh Day of DCWV, please click HERE!

But, if you have come here for a little Hampton Art inspiration, look no further.  I am super excited to bring you a sneak of this post because I’ve done something a little different this time.  I wanted to give you some inspiration and encouragement to get you through this last day of holiday crafting.


This is one of three unique cards I’ve made that coordinated and could be used as a set, but that are not exactly the same.

Head over to the Hampton Art Blog, see the full reveal and scroll all the way down to the bottom to read some tips I’ve listed about keeping your holiday crafting simple, streamline, and still interesting!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your comments mean so much.

Have a happy holidays, a merry Christmas, and a wonderful new year!

Keep it royal!

On the 11th Day of Christmas with DCWV…

Eleven Pipers Piping!


Good day and welcome to day eleven of the 12 Days of DCWV! That jolly elf is on his way soon and I almost can’t wait for him to arrive!  But, for now I will have to bide my time and be a patient girl.

The project I am sharing with you today was a much bigger undertaking than I thought it would be, but I am SO pleased with how it turned out!  It is a mantle luminarie.  Each panel has a die cut sandwiched between two sheets of tissue and when you put flameless candles behind them they have a beautiful glow. 


These photos were taken in a lower light so you could see how pretty the soft glow is.


I actually don’t have a mantle but this is intended to sit above the fireplace.


Here are some close-ups:


There are eleven panels, one to represent each piper.


It came out just as I pictured it! I hope this has inspired you on this wonderful Christmas Eve.

Thanks for stopping by and remember, it is so GOOD to be queen!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

December WEEKLY–A December Album for the commitment challenged! (DCWV)

Good morning and happy weekend!


So, let’s get right to it.  Every year I get caught up in the December Daily buzz that happens in November.  The different Christmas collections fresh from the store, the youtube videos, the blog hops – I love it all.  What I don’t love is the obligation I KNOW I would feel if I spent all that time on an album that was meant to chronicle each and every day of December until Christmas.  I don’t have children and my dogs will only put up with my shenanigans for so long.  I just don’t have the inclination or variety in my life to take pictures like that.  But, I’m a scrapbooker and I DO take more than the average number of pictures in December.  So, I decided to go ahead and make a December album that I could have a hope of actually completing.  And thus, my December WEEKLY was born.


In this album I do something I almost NEVER do in any of my other scrapbooking: I used my own handwriting in all my titles.  I do journal in my own handwriting, but I hardly ever use it for big, visible things like the title.  (Confession: I had to write this about a million times before I got one I was happy with!).


Though I love the whimsical images and trendy fonts in The Crafty Christmas Stack I thought it needed something non-stack related to give it a little pop. So, I added this 1” red satin ribbon from Michael’s. 


This stack has lots of gloss and shine! Also that unexpected soft blue throughout gives it a little modern spin!


As you can see, there are hidden pockets in some of the pages because I used envelopes to build my album (They are A2 envelopes).


I love how kraft paper takes distress ink. I used vintage photo distress ink throughout the book and I think it makes each page so warm.



There are so many fun tags in The Crafty Christmas Stack that I could have made this book two times over! The coordinated tags really allowed me to put the book together quickly.


I ADORE all the mixed fonts in this stack! I think the page with the large “A Very Merry Christmas” on it is my favorite.


This page also houses a pocket that I plan on using to tuck a little accordion book with all the Christmas day and Christmas ever photos.


This large holly leaf on this paper is so pretty – I used it for the back page of my album!


I’ve already started to fill my book with photos and it is looking great! I’m very happy that I’ve been able to participate in one of my favorite paper crafting traditions without the guilt, pressure, and obligation of a DAILY December album.  I SO understand why people love December Daily, and now I can take part in all the excitement!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Check out the DCWV diary for more inspiration throughout December!

If you like what you see here, please follow me, friend me on Facebook and follow my Pinterest page! (Links on the sidebar!)

Also, don’t forget about my giveaway! HERE (Open till 12/22/12 to US residents!)

Have a great weekend and keep it royal, people!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hampton Art and DCWV Holiday Hop Day 2–Modern!

Hello and welcome to day two of the two-day DCWV/Hampton art Holiday Hop!

DCWV and Hampton Art are two companies that go above and beyond to provide a wide selection of products from classic, to vintage, to trendy and modern. So, when we decided to team up it was only natural that we would want to show you some variety.

Day #2 of our hop is all about Modern! If you love trendy, cute and clean, or bold, saturated and artsy these ladies have created some beautiful projects to inspire you!

If you have come here from Emily’s Blog then you're on track! If not, you should go back to the DCWV blog  and start the hop from there!


Now, today I have for you, two modern cards made with the Hampton Art “Dreams and Wishes” stamp set, Clearsnap Metallic Colorbox Que and Cranberry ink and the DCWV “Heirloom Christmas” stack!


On the first card I used several sentiments and small images from “Dreams and Wishes” to create a holiday subway art panel.  Subway art is not only very popular and trendy, it is also SUPER easy to create using a clear stamp set!


On the second card I used a big, bold flower cut from a sheet of “Heirloom Christmas” cardstock and three large notch-end banners.  The flower draws your eye and the banners create movement from the large image over to the sentiment on the right side.


To me, the word “Modern” means hip, trendy, and bold.  I chose to feature subway art, notch-end banners, and chevron print – some of the most trendy ideas right now. But, new ideas will become popular and those ideas will change the way crafters and designers think of the word.  I love that element of modern design – it’s ever-changing.


I hope you’ve enjoyed my little corner of the hop! Now, to the part you’ve been waiting for – the PRIZES!!!  We have a total of FIVE prizes up for grabs because these companies are SO AWESOME!

Hampton Art is giving away two prize packs.  Today’s pack includes the stamp set I used, “Dreams and Wishes” and a selection of Clearsnap ink! (Visit Day 1 of the hop to see the other prize pack!)


DCWV will be giving away a goodie box of holiday papers to three lucky hoppers!

The more blogs you visit and comment on , the more chances you have to win – so keep hopping!!!


Thanks for hopping along with us today!  Next you should be on your way to Thomisia’s Blog for more holiday inspiration!!!

Keep it royal people!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Modern Christmas CANDi Ornament!

Good Morning!  I’m so happy to be back with you today to share a super cool and modern Christmas tree ornament! Here is a sneak peek:


CANDi Used: “Rainforest” and “Newsprint”

CANDi is available: HERE

Yeay! Hop on over to the Craftwork CANDi USA blog and take a look at the full project with all the details!!


Don’t Forget about my 100 followers GIVEAWAY!


Keep it royal people!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Party Time Tuesday #98–Kid’s Christmas!

Looking for my 100 followers giveaway? GO HERE!

Hello party people! Good morning, I hope all is well in your world this fine Tuesday!
Now, onto our challenge for this week at Party Time Tuesdays!

The Challenge:

Kid’s Christmas

The Inspiration:

I figure there isn’t another thing kids like more on Christmas than a wrapped gift…when it’s still wrapped it has so many POSSIBILITES!

Thanks to Flonz Stamps for the frame stamp and the sentiment.  Love this sentiment set!
Thanks for popping by today! Don’t forget that my giveaway is open until the 22nd! 

Keep it royal people!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Heartstring Designs DT + 100 Followers Giveaway!

Hello cropstars!  I’m so excited to bring you some awesome news!  As of today I am officially part of the Heartstring Designs Kit Club DT!  The business is under new ownership and our first official kit will be the January 2013 Kit!

I’m so excited to be on the team – I’ve been hoping to design for a kit club in order to build my skills mixing and matching different products!


Get your social media on with Heartstring:

Please go over to the Heartstring Designs BLOG at meet the whole team (and follow the blog for lots of inspiration and info on the kits)! HERE

HDKC is also on Pinterest! and so am I! (I’m a MAD pinner, dude.)

Heartstring Pinterest: HERE
MY Pinterest: HERE
Like FACEBOOK instead?  Well HSD and I are both on FB as well! 
Heartstring Facebook: HERE (Word on the street is there is a GIVEAWAY on the HSD Facebook page!)
MY Facebook: HERE


Wasn’t that SO exciting!?  Well, if you’ve stayed tuned all this time hoping for some paper eye candy, I am here to oblige.  Here is one of my favorite pages of 2012 (This page won me a Kindle Fire!):


I’m SO happy to be on the brink of bringing you some great new inspiration in 2013.  But first, December.  This week is going to be a busy one! Come back all this week because I am sharing my December album (DCWV) a new PTT challenge, and a DCWV/Hampton Art blog hop (worlds DO collide!).
Thanks for coming on this awesome journey with me everyone! I appreciate each and every one of you. 
So....I decided to do my very first giveaway! I recently reached a SUPER important milestone (I think) - I reached 100 followers!  I got some bits and bobs together and decided to send it to one lucky crafter*!
(The items include: A big stack of 4x6 mat papers (DCWV), A cute 6x6 album, winter stickers, flowers, stick pins, ribbon, jewel trim,a Super Stick glue stick...and anything else I feel like putting in there before I seal it!)

FIRST ENTRY: Comment on this post and tell me what you want for Christmas! AND post the giveaway on your sidebar (if you have a blog!)
ADDITIONAL ENTRIES (comment for each additional thing you do!):
1: Become a Follower (Please only if you will continue to follow after the giveaway!)
2: Follow on Pinterest, Facebook, and/or Twitter! (Links on Sidebar!)
3: Share the giveaway on your favorite social media platform!

*(This one is only for US residents! Sorry to any international readers! (The next one will be international - when I'm not also buying Xmas presents!)
(PS: If you have any trouble commenting to enter the giveaway, please email your entries to )

It's a good day, right!? And remember – it is SO good to be queen! So keep it royal people!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Hampton Art and Cheery Lynn Designs


Welcome to Hampton Art & Cheery Lynn Designs Holiday Blog Hop Week! We are so excited to be swapping product with such an awesome company!
This hop has a holiday theme and we’ve chosen some of our best products to be showcased by some fantastic designers to give you a bundle of inspiration all week long. We are celebrating the holidays and I’ve made a set of vintage gift tags for you today!

I used The Cheery Lynn Designs dies: Holly Lace Flourish, Holly Leaves, and Cuties 4.

I used the Hampton Art stamps:  Santa’s List, Nutcracker Sweet 1, Elegant Merry Christmas, Believe in Christmas, and Holiday Dreams and Wishes (See the Catalogue: HERE).

I used Clearsnap Dye Ink: Wicked Black, Golf Course, and Fireberry.



I love the way these dies are so intricate.  This holly flourish die is SO beautiful!


I was really pleased with how clean this Santa stamp came out.  He’s very intricate and I think he looks just wonderful! I did age the tags with distress ink and the Clearsnap dye ink really held up well to all the blending. I think this will be my go-to ink to use with distress ink.  I used the holly leaf die to make the PERFECT poinsettia – I could have made this flower over and over it was so easy!


I hope you visited all the other inspirations post over this last week! If not, take a look at the Hampton Art Blog and the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog!

What’s a hop without a prize!? It’s your lucky day… or week really! both companies will be giving away a prize all you have to do is comment on the blog posts to be entered to win, it’s that easy!  Winners will be drawn at random. Commenting will close at 8am EST on Sunday, December 9th with winners announced on the Hampton Art and Cheery Lynn Designs Blog Monday the 10th



Trust me, you TOTALLY want to win this prize! Thanks so much for stopping by to see my project today! Scroll down to get your comment on! Then head on over to Cherry Lynn to get some holiday dies and head to or even your local Michaels to get your hands on some Hampton Art stamps!

Keep it royal people!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tips for Ten Minute Tags! (Party Time Tuesdays #97–Tags)


Hello pink paper people!  I’m here with another Party Time Tuesdays! challenge.  AND I wanted to give you some tips on how to speed up the process of making gift tags that look impressive, but take you almost no time at all!

The Challenge:


The Inspiration:


The Tips:

#1: Decide on all your supplies before you start.

- When you are crafting for the holidays, time is usually not your friend.  The key to making the most of the time you have to craft for the holidays is to make the whole process more streamline.  When you narrow the options for paper, stamps, and tools you eliminate the time it takes for you to make each individual decision. 

For example: If you are making twelve tags, choose a group of six papers, three wood mounted stamps, one tool and one clear stamp set.  Do not deviate from these supplies when you begin making your tags.

#2: Restrict yourself to only a few colors.

-It is easy to get caught up in all the amazing colors and patterns available for holiday crafting.  You might want to make every tag different in theme, color, and design and that’s awesome! But, you’ll find that the time you spend on that might be more than you bargained for.  So, look briefly through your supplies and ask yourself – “Self, what product do you LOVE the most this year?”  When you have answered that question, choose a few colors (try for one neutral and no more than three other colors – one base color, like white, cream, and kraft you get for free!)  and mainly choose supplies that go with that color scheme.

For example: The paper I chose for these tags was kraft with traditional red and green patterns.  I decided that I would go with red (color 1) and black (neutral) for my ink and then chose a green (color 2) printed paper as my main patterned paper base.  And (you’ll notice a theme starting!) Do not deviate from these colors.

#3: Get familiar with batch tasking.

-If you’ve never heard of batch tasking before, here it is, in a nutshell: it is the opposite of multi-tasking.  Batch tasking is an old concept with a new buzz-word nick name. Basically, instead of trying to make something from start to finish, creating each little detail as you go, you group each step and completely finish before moving on to the next. The reason it works has to do with, what I like to call, “The Satisfaction Factor”.  The more you feel you’ve accomplished, the more accomplished you feel. (AND if you don’t have time to do everything in one sitting, batch tasking allows you to walk away temporarily before a project is finished and still feel like you came to a good stopping point!)

For example: When I was making my tags I batched my tasks.  First I made both tag bases, then both tags and then PUT THOSE TOOLS ASIDE. Then I stamped everything I wanted to stamp on both tags and PUT THOSE TOOLS ASIDE.  I punched both holes at the same time and finished both tags with the hemp twine and PUT THOSE TOOLS ASIDE.  I was able to speed up my productivity and keep my workspace organized without sacrificing quality in my final product. (And, as always) Do not deviate from your system no matter how tempted you might be. ; )

#4: (The most IMPORTANT tip) Don’t be afraid to throw the rules out the window.  In fact, just don’t be afraid.

-The most important thing about crafting is that it’s fun.  You create homemade things for the holidays because you love to craft and it gets you in the spirit of the season to make pretty things that celebrate your family and your life.  If these tips make that creative process torture for you – don’t do them.  These tips are not the “right” way to make quick tags – they are MY way to make quick tags that make ME happy.

(“But, BRITT, you said Do not deviate!”)

Well, yes, that is true.  But, take everything I say with a grain of salt.  When I was in college studying music and theatre, there was one idea I learned that has applied to almost every aspect of my life.  Learn the basics.  Learn the basics so well that you can say them, do them, act them, and sing them in your sleep. And only then, when you hold those basic ideas in the palm of your hand, can you begin to bend and mold them into something different.  Only then, can you become the artist that you have the potential to be. 

For example: When I was done with my tags, after I had narrowed my products, chosen my colors, and batch-tasked my assembly, I had some pretty cool tags that I was really happy with.  I picked them up and started to walk out of the room toward my camera – and then I spotted it.  That brand new Studio Calico Mr. Huey white mist bottle was calling my name.  It wasn’t part of the plan.  It wasn’t even one of my original chosen colors (I’d already used my “free” choice: kraft).  But something in me, a little voice, told me ‘just do it.’ I held the mist up in front of my tag, knowing it might be a bad decision, and misted without fear.  That little voice, is the artist.  And she is fearless. 


So, whatever “basics” work for you and make you happy, hold onto them, memorize them, and let them give you focus.  Then, spray the mist, be fearless, and Do not deviate.


Oh yeah, and keep it royal people. ; )


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Monday, December 3, 2012

Holly Jolly–DCWV

Good afternoon! I wanted to share a layout with you today made with the DCWV “The Evergreen Stack”.


I love all the metallic and shiny prints in this stack.  This stack manages to be trendy and classic all at the same time.


I love the way the title turned out – it’s so glittery and beautiful!



The Evergreen Stack

The Christmas Cardstock Stack


Dies: Holly Leaf and Holly Branch: Cheery Lynn Designs

Punch: Bubble Scallop: Fiskars

Stamp: Journaling Brackets: Stampendous


Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you will visit the DCWV blog and see what inspiration is to be found there as well!!

Keep it royal people!!

Project Round-Up!

Yeeehaw!!! Hello paper people! I’m coming to you today with a round-up post.

I have been posting a lot of sneak peeks lately and I wanted to post full reveal photos and the links to where you can read all the details and instructions!

Here are my two November projects for my first month on the Craftworks Card CANDi USA team!

CANDi-Coated Love:



‘Tis the Season (Lots of Dots!):



I also JUST posted a sneak peek for a Hampton Art Card!

Kraft Medallion Card:



I have been busy! And I have more to come very soon! Look for some DCWV love coming later today and then my Cheery Lynn Dies + Hampton Art project feature on Friday!

Thanks for stopping by! Keep it royal, people!