Sunday, September 4, 2011

September Giveaway and First Monday Projects!

Members of the Designer Crafts Connection Blog group post projects on the First Monday of each month and to celebrate we also have a giveaway!  The theme for the month of September is parties, baby showers, wedding showers, etc., basically anything to do with decorating for a celebration.

We recently celebrated my granddaughter's 3rd birthday.  The party theme was a monumental decision.  Were we going to decorate with Tinkerbell and Fairies, or Princesses.  She eventually decided she would be a princess and hold court from a big bounce castle in the back yard complete with water slide.... perfect for the hot weather we've had all summer.  For this party I made a garland, or rather pieces for a garland.  We ended up hanging them individually from the light fixture over her party table.

Garlands are normally hung across a window, but since we'd been to Disney World earlier this year, I had photos of Jovie with her favourite princesses and decided to put the photos on the back.  I used a Spellbinders Nestability® die to cut the decorative rectangles from white glitter cardstock then using pink, blue and yellow glitter cardstock, I glued a colored rectangle to the center of each of the decorative ones.  I covered white chipboard letters with glitter, then glued one to the center of each rectangle.

I printed photos of Jovie with each of the princesses, plus two additional photos, cut them to size and glued one at the back of each piece.

I could easily have made a garland by attaching the pieces together with a ribbon at each corner.  Bakers twine is ideal, but there are lots of things to use depending on the "look" of your banner.  Embroidery floss works well for something delicate and there's an unlimited number of colors to choose from, plus check out decorative yarns, silk ribbons and more - all with "sparkle".

Banners and garlands are a great addition to any party decoration, whatever the celebration.  Now let's continue our celebration with a GIVEAWAY!


We have something special this month - a set of Scrapbook Soup, Series 100 DVDs!  Scrapbook Soup is now airing on your local PBS TV channel.  Check your local listings and if it isn't listed, call the station and request it!  Program managers always like to hear what their viewers want to watch. 

To enter to win, list the names of the Designer Crafts Connection blogs where you see the Scrapbook Soup logo here in my comments section.  To see all the blogs, click on the "hop forward" button wherever you see the blue DCC logo in the sidebar.  Keep on hopping and you will end up back here where you can add your comment. The winner will be announced on September 15th, so y'all come back now.........

Yours truly,
Julie :)


  1. Anonymous9/04/2011

    Have been following the hop forward buttons. I got to the Scrappin' Cricut Blog and not a hop forward or backward button to be found. Where do I go from there? I someone would let me know somehow I would appreciate it, as I would like to enter the contest also. My email is

  2. Sorry. Minor blip. It's fixed :)

    I think it's taking me in circles.

    I'm stopping because it keeps going in circles.

  4. First let me say that I have found a new love. Last weekend I went to Fayetteville, TN to a weekend of painting with friends and we did cards and such. The first time for me and I had a blast!
    Now to start buying the things I need.

    Here are the sites that had the logo:
    Carol Heppner's Studio

    Thanks for sharing!
    Donna Talerico

  5. Some great projects out there!! Love your banner too- the individual hanging letters are a great thing!

  6. I found only 4!,,, and Great hop! Great projects! Wish we could get Scrapbook Soup here! have to wait for it on BYU I reckon! I miss seeing your shows. I still watch the repeats of Scrapbook Memories! <3 it! at

  7. Anonymous9/08/2011

    Sure wish I could see you here in Arizona!! I miss my daily papercrafting "fix".

  8. Very cool ! Love the projects you show. :)

  9. Anonymous9/10/2011


  10. Anonymous9/10/2011

    B.C. Designs
    Bzzy Little Bee

    That's all I could find anyway it kept bringing me back to B.C. Designs instead of your blog.


  11. We have 2 PBS stations in Denver. I have called them both several times, sent emails directed to several individuals in different departments AND sent snail mail! I made lovely cards to score some brownie points with them. Promising to send a bigger and better card if they could see to the request of keeping my ceative juices flowing. I even posted notice in a local scrapbooking store to get people to call or email our 2 stations and put the pressure on. Please put me in for the drawing! I want soooo badly to watch the new series!!! Help!!!

  12. Here's my list of Scrapbook Soup logos:

    Life in the Craft Lane - Julie McGuffee
    Carol Heppner’s Studio – Carol Heppner
    Stampin’ Queen Creations – Lisa Rojas
    Art in Entertaining – Cindy Rippe
    Creativity Stirs the Soul – Ann Butler
    BC Designs – Becky Conley
    Bzzy Little Bee – Flores Tanis

    Thanks for the fun hop - learned a lot too! LOL!

  13. Anonymous9/12/2011

    I requested your show on PBS, I hope they listen,:D