• Fall Traditions

    There is something really magical about fall in Oregon! I think what I love most about this beautiful state is that there are actual distinguishable seasons. And fall just happens to be one of my favorites!

    I love all of the fun fall activities and traditions that we've created through the years. Like going to the Pumpkin Patch with our good friends and their kiddos...

    or apple picking in Hood River...

    or more pumpkin patch adventures with family...

    or spending time outdoors surrounded by all of the beautiful fall colors.

    I want to remember all of the special memories from our fall traditions. Especially with it being the our little man's first fall.

    To document some of these awesome memories, I created a couple of Project Life layouts using the Stampin' Up Happiness Is Project Life Card Collection and the Happiness Is Accessory Kit. It was so much fun to play around with this card collection and document some fall memories all at the same time! I just love the simplicity and the gorgeous colors in this kit!

    If you would like to learn more, visit my Stampin' Up! website for more information about the Project Life Card Collections and Accessory Kits. 

  • Gum Ball Machine Costume

    This crafty Mama was going to take the easy route for baby boy's first Halloween, and decided to get a cute little owl custume we found at Costco. I was totally okay with this and happy to not have the stress of making a costume.

    That was until I was inspired by an adorable costume idea that I saw on social media yesterday. I had everything on hand at home except for some pom-poms and gray felt, and I knew it would be quick and simple to create. 

    After a quick trip to Jo Ann's for some pom-poms and felt, and about an hour of hot glueing pom-poms onto a beanie (and some burnt fingertips), we had a pretty rad handmade costume for our little man!

    Supplies needed:

    • gray felt
    • black felt
    • colored pom-poms
    • hot glue gun and glue
    • handmade stencil for the numbers
    • scissors
    • red onsie
    • black pants
    • beanie

    I may be biased, but it really doesn't get much cuter than this!

  • Bows & Tags workshop

    I am super excited to announce my Bows and Tags Workshop that is coming up real soon! Check out my flier below for more information.

  • Livin' in the Moment

    One of my favorite ways to preserve memories is to create photo/video slideshows. I have made slideshows for our wedding, birthday occasions, anniversaries, and just for fun! It's a great way to share a lot of photos or videos in just a few short minutes. Add a fun tune and you've got a special keepsake! Here are some examples of some fun slideshows I've put together.

    2012 our year in review from Danielle on Vimeo.

    snowshoeing adventure from Danielle on Vimeo.

    Growin' baby from Danielle on Vimeo.

     Creating slideshows are just one of the photo services I am offering here at Candid D. If you have an upcoming event or would like to document a special time in your life, please contact me and we can discuss the details. I'd love to help!

  • It's twins!

    It's twins!

    "No Mom, sorry to dissappoint you, but it's not twins." At least that's what we told my Mom last October after we had our first ultrasound. I think she was so excited to finally become a Grammy that she was really hoping it was twins. Ha!

    Yesterday, I had the opportunity to make these fun onesie baby shower invitations for a client having twin baby girls. We used my template from a previous invite I had made, but customized it a bit to her preferences. So fun! I think they turned out pretty darn cute!

    and right now... I am so thankful I only have one fussy teething baby to try and comfort.

  • Project Life, What Is That?

    Some of you may have noticed I have a couple of Project Life products in my shop, and you may be wondering, "what the heck is Project Life?".

    Well... Project Life is a very simple memory keeping system designed by Becky Higgins. I have been documenting the everyday moments with the Project Life System for a couple of years now, and IT ROCKS! It takes all of the stress and time out of scrapbooking, while still creating an awesome keepsake album.

    I was so excited when Stampin' Up and Becky Higgin's collaborated this spring, because I love both of these company's products! So, I did what any crazy-addicted Project Life fan would do. I signed up to be a Stampin' Up demonstrator so that I can sell it!

    Yesterday, Stampin' Up published this awesome video demonstrating how Project Life system works. It really is that simple and awesome!

    Stampin' Up offers five Project Life collections right now. I will be posting some of my Project Life pages  to show some examples of this rad memory keeping system. If you are interested in learning more, you can check out my Stampin' Up Demonstrator site, here. Starting in October, I will be running workshops and parties with opportunites to earn free product. You can contact me on the contact section on my website or email me at if you are interested in trying it out. Stay tuned!

  • cappuccino please

    Isn't it funny how inspiration can find you in the most random places. That happened to me this morning after leaving one of my favorite coffee shops. I saw this fun sidewalk art and was instantly inspired.

    I was inspired to make some coffee art, not in cement of course, but that would be a fun project too!

    I remembered I had created a fun typographic vinyl collage in my old house and decided to replicate it.

    So during naptime (that's when I get to play!), I whipped up some of these vinyl collages. I displayed mine on the wall next to our coffee bar at my old house, but these would also be fun framed, on a wood sign, or on glass or mirror surface. So many possiblities!

    These will be added to my shop soon! So how do you take your coffee?

    Cappuccino or mocha for me please.

  • Frogs & Snails...

    After spending the morning helping my dear friend make a design plan for her nursery, I was inpsired to make some nursery wall art. So while my little man finally decided to take a nap this afternoon, momma got to work!

    I have this inclination that my friend is having a boy so I made some "frogs & snails" wall art for a boy's nursery. I hope to create some "Sugar & Spice" cut outs for a girl's nursery as well.

    These die-cut prints are 9"x9" and fit perfectly with this IKEA RIBBA frame. This would make a great baby shower gift! Just sayin'...

    You will be able to see these in my shop later tonight. Send me a message if you'd like a different color than shown in the photo. 

  • Welcome!


    Welcome to Candid D! I am super thrilled to finally announce the launch of my new small business and website. This creative consulting business idea has been on my mind for years, and it is really exciting to see it come to life!

    My hope is to use this blog as a way to document and share some of the projects and creative adventures I have been working on for clients and for myself. Please take some time to explore the Candid D website to learn more about me and the creative services that I offer.

    Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to helping you with your next creative project! - Danielle