Thursday, March 8, 2012

spotlight on dcwv | a layout and a giveaway!

Die Cuts with a View (better know as DCWV) has long been on of my favorite paper manufacturers. I can remember stalking the aisles (and online store) of my not-so-local JoAnn (long before we had one here in Huntsville) waiting for their new stacks to be stocked, and I know I'm not the only one out there who still has Christmas, Spring, and Summer stack paper in their stash, along with a plethora of other themed collections from years past.

DCWV has certainly grown a lot from the days of the 180 sheet paper-weight stacks, and while they still produce some of those bargain pads, today's crop of "Stacks" contain much thicker paper (we're talking cardstock weight here!) and often incorporate rich additions to the prints such as foil and glitter. The number of sheets in a stack has been reduced accordingly, but the overall quality and style has been amped up so that each sheet is so very usable. Many of the stacks also have coordinating cardstock and mat (4x6) stacks available, with the cardstocks containing a mix of textured, glittered, pearl, and even metallic finishes.

DCWV's paper collections have also become less theme-centric and more about design and style, making them that much more versatile. I was amazed at their booth at CHA and delighted when they sent me a few stacks to work with after the show, including the new Coral Couture stack.

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Coral is one of the hottest colors in the scrapbooking world right now, and the Coral Couture stack combines both the pink and orange sides of this lovely color with aquas, yellows, and vintage-style floral prints for a sophisticated-yet-shabby look.

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Today I've got a layout that I made with this collection to share, and next Monday be on the lookout for a Project Life page featuring Coral Couture, as well!

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DCWV's stacks contain a nice array of both small and large prints, giving you plenty of variety to choose from when creating a layout. Here I framed up a photo of my niece, Natalie (munching on cookies that I'd baked the evening before while visiting her family in D.C), with some large flowers that I cut from one of the collection's papers. I layered them up with a few strips of the smaller prints and threw in a few doilies for a little added dimension.

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Just for fun, here's a shot of the piece of paper that I cut into to get all of those flower embellishments...

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...and this is what it looked like when I was done! It looks totally different on the layout, right? Sometimes you have to step back and take a different look at a pattern (or in this case pieces of a pattern) to see how they can work on your project.

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If you want to try the Coral Couture stack for yourself, you can find it at your local JoAnn store (mine had it on sale for $9.99 last week...just sayin'), and Amazon.com also carries the entire Coral Couture line here.

And now for the super fun part! DCWV has generously offered to give one lucky reader a set of Coral Couture paper, including both the 12x12 patterned paper stack and the 12x12 cardstock stack! To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Entries will close on Sunday night, March 11, and I'll contact the winner Monday morning (so please make sure you leave your email address somewhere on the comment form for me) to get you all set up to have the goodies shipped out to you. Updated to add: By request of DCWV, entries are limited to residents of the US.

Thanks for stopping by today, and good luck to all who enter!
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