Monday, December 9, 2013

when one door closes...

Beware. Long post! :)

The first thing I want to tell you about is that today marks Day 1 of Pink Paislee's big 12 Days of Christmas countdown event! Swing over each day to see projects, inspiration, PDF's to download, free stuff and giveaways! We are sharing projects made with the new Snow Village line by Pink Paislee all this month, and here is one I made recently with this line...

Pics are from last Christmas, putting up the tree, special ornaments, etc. With a circular design like this, you could add even more photos if you'd like. I love the way you can add a bunch of the patterns as well with this type of repetitive design, yet it's still clean and has a bit of white space to let your eye rest! I used cream cardstock under the patterned papers with a 2" circle punch to help them stand off from the white a bit more and slightly offset them.

I used the Snow Village 12 x 12" papers, the Snow Village clear stamps (stars and snowflakes in the background), the Kre8tive Kit (chipboard title and stickers), and some Luxe chipboard stars.


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Another layout made with the Snow Village line. I used the collage paper in the background and just added a few things over the top... the photos, a title, a couple of ribbons and chipboard stars, and the arrow clear stickers.

I love these canvas stickers from Snow Village (berries.) As you can see, I colored one of the stars and some of the Artisan ribbon with Heidi Swapp's Color Shine in Chartreuse.

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In other news, I have a Snow Village layout on the front cover of Scrapbook Trends' December 2013 Issue!



And last, but not least...

Some of you have been asking what my news is regarding my design teams, and I'm sorry I haven't posted sooner, but I've been up in the air about a few things the past couple of weeks. You may have heard that American Crafts has acquired Pink Paislee. This is happy and sad news for me all at the same time! I've known Rebecca since 2005 and have been designing for her since she owned an online store called Create My Keepsake. When she opened Pink Paislee 6 years ago, she asked me to follow her to her new company. She was the first one who gave me a chance to join a paper manufacturer team, and I've always felt very dedicated to Pink Paislee. It has made me so happy to see its success over the years and to have been such a huge part of that success! Unfortunately, my role as Design Team and Blog Coordinator will be gone as of January, as part of the acquisition. I won't lie...I'm truly sad about this. Sad that my role with Pink Paislee has come to an end after all these years. But I know that all things happen for a reason, and I want to thank Rebecca and Barry for all they've done for me. They are very genuine people, have been so good to work for the past 8 years, and I'm so happy for them as they move to Utah and continue their journey with American Crafts. I can happily say I put my ALL into my time with Pink Paislee and feel proud that they've been so successful. Can't help but feel PP's success was in part because of me. :)

I have also decided not to renew my contract with Studio Calico. Their contract has changed for next year, and after giving it some thought, it just doesn't fit with what I need right now. I do love Studio Calico and the trends they set! They are always one step ahead of the game and always fun things happening there. I will still pop in and chat and ooh and aaah over the fabulous gallery there!

So where does this leave me? To be quite honest, I'm not sure, which is why I've been putting off publishing this post. My plans right now are continue crafting, hopefully stay on with Papertrey Ink and stamp my heart out (if they will keep me), and maybe begin some plans for stamp design concepts. When one door closes, another opens, so I'm looking forward to seeing what doors will open next. I am a little excited to craft JUST FOR FUN again as well!

I'll be back shortly with another Snow Village project. If you're still with me, thanks for reading my long post today...

41 comments:

Audrey Pettit said...

Hugs to you, Danielle! I know change is hard... Seems like so many things are changing in the industry these days. Does make me sad, too. But you are an amazing designer, and I know many great things lie ahead for you! I'm looking forward to watching it happen! :)

Diana Fisher said...

I loved working with you Danielle and have always admired and ooohhed and aaahhhed over your work. I know the time to craft without assignments will be liberating until your next BIG announcement is made. :)

yvette said...

I love your blog Danielle, and will follow even if you are doing craft "JUST FOR FUN" your work is always beautiful and I enjoy seeing whatever you make. I find loads of inspiration from you. And yes doors do always open....and you can afford to be choosy!

Cris Cunningham said...

I know another door will open for you Dani. Just keep believing! By the way, I remember Create My Keepsake- you were the card designer for that club, right? Hugs!

Diana said...

Danielle-I have loved your projects for a while now and am sorry to hear about the situation with Pink Paislee. I hope you continue your beautiful creations because you truly do inspire me. Keep us posted with any new endeavors. BTW...I LOVE the layouts in this post.

Jessica Noethlich said...

I'm so sad to see you leave Pink Paislee and Studio Calico... :'( BUT I'm also very excited for what's ahead of you! :) Many more wonderful opportunities will be headed your way in the future and I'll support you with whatever you choose to do! Big hugs, my friend!!! xo

Tiffany Hood said...

You are an inspirational designer and any company would be lucky to have you. Good luck to you in your future endeavors, and I'm sad to see you go. Change is hard. Just wait, the next door is getting ready to open....

Nina Yang said...

All the best, Danielle! You are an inspiration.

Wida said...

first these pages are AWESOME! I am so fortunate to have met you, I feel like we have so much in common and look forward to much fun with you :)

Gayatri said...

Danielle, you are an amazing designer. I have been following your work at Pink Paislee since my scrapbooking days and then at PTI. I am lucky to work with you at Studio Calico. Like you said, sometimes it is exciting to craft just for fun. I am on the same boat and enjoying it. I am sure there is a door opening soon for you:) You are an inspiration and I am a great fan of your work :) All the best for your future.

Laurel said...

Hugs to you. You are an amazing designer and I am sure will be scooped up somewhere!

Cathy said...

Love these pages and I will follow you wherever you go..such an inspiration in this industry! Can't wait to see what the future holds for you!

Patricia Roebuck said...

This makes me so sad to hear. You are such an inspiration and I know you enough to know you are an amazing coordinator. So sorry. Hoping new opportunities open, cannot imagine they wouldn't, and many more successes. Congrats on the front cover! Your LOs are just as amazing as your cards. I need to pin these!

xo
Patricia

Live a Life EXTRAordinary said...

Dani! I love your inspirational work and your scrappy heart and I am confident that your designs will continue to be appreciated and your talent noticed. I look forward to seeing what door/doors are opened to you next! xo

Rett said...

Don't cry that it's over..smile because it happened :) The question is...who do you want to design for? Take a well deserved break, and continue to follow your dream. Go after what you want. My money is on you!

Anonymous said...

First, I love your layouts! They are all just fabulous!! With all the changes you're making, remember you're very talented and I know it won't be long before you find something that thrills and stimulates you creatively! I will continue to follow and be so very inspired by your blog regardless of which company you work for. Enjoy your freedom while you can and the very best of luck finding your heart 's desire!

Donna Bolo said...

You're awesome, Danielle! You inspired me a lot more than you'll ever know lol! :D Even before becoming one of the digi ladies for Pink Paislee, I've been stalking your blog already :P With your talent, a lot of doors will open for you! <3

Holly Saveur said...

Sorry to hear about this Danielle...hope that the next door that opens for you will be a very good one..which brings so much joy !
HUGS Holly.

Angela said...

Big changes are always a bit sad...but life has always many surprise for the ones who believe!!!! :)
So, I'm shure there will be many doors opening in the future!
I'll be here to wait and see what wondwrful things you'll create!
Hugs to you :)

maria f. said...

You are so talented so of course the next good thing will come along. You turned me on to Pink Paislee with your wonderful work. I'm sure there are other cases of that. I've heard others leaving the Studio Calico family - I think the product is amazing but that must mean the company is not. Wonder if this will hurt sales in the long run...

Lucy Abrams said...

Many many doors will be opening to you, I am sure. You are one of the most talented in the industry.
Wishing you huge successes in 2014, wherever you may go.
x

LynB said...

Enjoy the transition between what was and what will be....!!!! You are such a talent and inspiration Danielle. You're the cream that will always rise to the top!!!!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Big hugs to you!!! You are such an inspiration to so many of us and your work has always been such a jumpstart for me... so happy to see you stay on with PTI and I am a subscriber to your blog so I know I'll still see all of your amazing work! Thank you so much for your inspiration!
Lisa

Keshet said...

I'll miss your designs with SC and pInk Paislee, but look forward to seeing what you'll do next--I'm sure it'll be great!

Suzanne said...

Danielle, you are so super talented and anyone would be lucky to have you on their team! I am sad to hear of these changes, but I know even more great things are ahead for you. I just love coming here to your blog - you're an inspiration! Thank you for sharing all your talents with us!

Alyssa S said...

Beautiful work! Of course, PTI will keep you!! You do amazing things for them :) Sorry to hear of your losses but excited to see where this new road will take you!! :)

Angi Barrs said...

Your creativity is such an inspiration to me. You have done beautiful work for both companies. I will continue to visit your blog for sure!!! :)

Loly Borda-Towery said...

You are so right, when a door closes several will open for you. Hugs for you, I know your creativity and generous spirit is going to take you to a great success whatever is you do next. Best wishes and time to craft for fun again!

SheriE. said...

When I read the blog title I was worried that you would be leaving PTI. I love your take on all the designs. I have enjoyed seeing your designs also for Pink Paislee and Studio Calico and will miss those. But I did catch the possible stamp design and that is exciting. It will be fun to see what unfolds before you.

Betty Sue said...

I love all your beautiful creations and wish you all the best in 2014!! Good things will come!

Leigh Penner said...

Okay, first of all, Danielle, these layouts are stunning! I love this line (I bought the whole kit -- love it!!) and love what you did with it!
I'm so sad to hear that you won't be designing for Pink Paislee or Studio Calico anymore.... I always love everything you post on your blog -- you're so talented! I'm happy to hear though that you're staying on with PTI!
Take care!

Anya said...

Your layouts are GORGEOUS! I might scraplift some:) I love seeing your pages, they are always so inspiring! Best wishes to you!

Anonymous said...

Your work is Gorgeous & Different! I've always been inspired with your pink paislee projects & if I was ever on the fence about spending for a particular product from them, seeing your projects Always pushed me over and had me running to hunt down pink paislee items! I hope that PP remains true to its brand & I hope they consider bringing you on board to keep us all in inspired! Enjoy your holidays.Anna

Dana F. said...

I'm sad you won't be designing for both of the teams. Your work is amazing and so inspiring! It's been a pleasure to have worked alongside you this past year and I'll continue to check in here and see what you have up on your sleeves next. I love the idea of you designing your own stamp collection :) Happy Holidays! xo

Linda E said...

I think I first stumbled on your blog from Pink Paislee and have been following you ever since. Your cards and layouts are always inspiring and I love how you do both since I am both cardmaker and scrapbooker. I will continue to follow your blog. I know great things are in store for and!

Rebecca said...

You know we want you to stay but we understand if you decide it is time to say good bye. I really hate raiding this post.

Rebecca

Kim M said...

You are one of the best and will always have a following all of your own. I have enjoyed your work/creativity for years. Keep shining!

Kathy Mc said...

Bummer for you, Danielle, but I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason. You will have another door open for you when the time is right. In the mean time, keep us inspired with all your lovely creations. And PTI is very lucky to have you…and so are we!

Marisa G said...

I love all of your creations Danielle! I'll keep following your blog, as yours are always some of my favorites no matter whose products you use. Best wishes.

Heather Leopard said...

I ooh and ahh over your projects all the time and I am certain that you have made your mark on PP and all its success. I wish you the best with whatever adventures await you.

Mimi H. said...

Danielle, you are so creative, inspiring, and a great enabler in all the products you use. I hope you will continue to share your projects. They are like eye candy. And any design team would be lucky to have you. Good luck in all you pursue.
Hugs, Mimi