Thursday, March 26, 2015

Inspired by Challenge : Banner - Doodlbug Design Team

 Hi here Doodlebug fans! Over on the Doodlebug Design Blog this week we are doing an Inspired by Challenge. I adore using my Doodlebug products to make cute home decor items for my home ,so when I was on the hunt for the perfect wreath for my door to celebrate spring I came across a lovely paper banner wreath designed by Mendi Yoshikawa and knew I found just what I was looking for! Here is Mendi's wreath:
 And here is my wreath:

I adored Mendi's use of all of the awesome pattern papers that come in each of the lines.  I used the fronts and backs of several of the pattern papers,from the Hello Sunshine line just as Mendi did.

 Instead of the stars, I added some flowers from the Spring Flower Craft Kit. I also added some buttons and glitter sprinkles to the centers of the flowers. The darling little bee and butterfly are from the Icon Sticker sheet. 

 I also did a banner that I cut out from my Silhouette with the letters that spell Spring from the Hello Sunshine Icon Sticker Sheet. Add some twine and some cute little mini clothes pins to complete the banner.

So that's my project! Thanks Mendi for the inspiration! And be sure to stop by the Doodlebug Design Pinterest Boards to get some inspiration of your own! There are so many wonderful projects on there to get inspired by and make your very own! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fun Washi Tape Borders

Hi there friends - thanks for stopping by - I am up today on the Doodlebug blog continuing our Washi Tape Challenge week with a fun way to use washi tape as a border. I will teach you 2 techniques today that would work great on cards or layouts both - so here is what I did!

The first technique I want to show you is to use a border punch with your washi tape. This technique combines two of my favorite products that I use all the time on my projects, so why not combine the 2 of them right? So I found 2 of my favorite border punches and then 4 different swiss dot Washi Tapes and 4 thin stripe Washi Tapes in colors that match my papers. Here are the steps to creating this border.

1-  Place the Washi Tape on the edge of a length of cardstock. See the excess Washi on the edges? Leave those on and wrap them around the back edges of the cardstock. When we go to take the tape off of the cardstock these excess edges will make it easier to pull the tape off the cardstock after we are done punching it out.
2- Punch out the border.
3-Punch all the way across the paper.
4- Very carefully peel the Washi Tape from the cardstock. Go nice and slow so you don't rip the tape and start peeling the tape off  along the back edges with those excess edges we did.
5 - Layer your tapes on the card front.
6 - This is the card with all the different tapes on them.

The next technique is a Washi Tape Ruffle. This is such a darling technique and so easy to achieve..

1- Cut 2 strips of Washi tape. Make sure that you make the tape bigger than what you are going to layer it on. Because we are gathering the tape, it needs to be bigger to adjust for that.
2- Place the 2 tapes together with the sticky sides on the inside. ( This was a little tricky - thank goodness the washi tape is so forgiving. If you don't get the edges straight the first time - or the 5th time like me - it is easily repositioned. ) :)
3- Add some strong adhesive tape to the underside of the paper you are adding the border to. Take the Washi Tape and just start gathering it. It doesn't need to be even, I just started gathering and went until I got to the end of the Washi Tape.
4- Here is the completed ruffle. Isn't it fun? You could probably add more layers of Wahsi Tape as well if you would like to.

I hope I have inspired you to look at all those rolls of Washi Tape you have and decide to use them on some fun borders like I did. Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy crafting!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Lori Whitlock Creative Team - March Blog Hop

Hi friends - welcome to Lori Whitlock's March Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Cathy's blog or you can start at the very beginning at Lori's blog where you can pick up this darling freebie!

Today I decided to share with you a digital scrapbook layout featuring my 3 cute little leprechauns and one of the cutest St. Patrick's Day set of digital papers and elements out there! I used the St. Patrick's Day collection  and the Life Templates SQ set 5 for my layout,  both of which can be found on Snap Click Supply.  This was the perfect set to highlight this fun photo shoot I did of the kids a few years back. I am working on a holiday digital layout album and using the Life Templates make it so quick and easy- so I knew I needed to add this one to my album for sure. Take a peek!

I added lots of fun digital elements from the kit including the pot of gold, the St. Patrick's Day title, the horseshoe, shamrock and Lucky Day sentiment. I had fun with my journaling as well by including some word boxes with cute St. Patrick's Day sayings on them. I added a few other embellishments and journaling spots from the Good Life Cards + Words set (17) , Life Cards March (So Lucky to Have You) , Let's Play Elements (arrow) and the brads and ribbons are from the Basics Embellishments Set.

You can find all of Lori's digital elements on sale over on Snap Click Supply.

And all of her SVG files are on sale now through March 15th so stock up!
Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $20 gift card to Lori's online shop. Your next stop is Chrissy's darling blog. Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday, March 9, 2015

St. Patricks Day Treats - Lori Whitlock Design Team Projects

Hi everyone - its Tya here to share with you a fun set of St. Patrick's Day treats just in time for all your little leprechaun festivities coming up. Lori has a darling new St. Patrick's Day Digital Collection over on Snap Click Supply that I used to spruce up a simple cupcake and a soda bottle. I used the Print and Cut feature on my Silhouette on both of these projects - it's one of my favorite things to do with my Silhouette and Lori's files. Here is what I did-
 First off - let's start with the Cupcake Stand - here is a quick tip for you. As you can see, the original cut file had just a simple scallop edge. I wanted to make the cupcake stand a little more festive , so I went in and found a shamrock from one of my favorite Lori cut files and went in and replaced the circles in the scallop edge with the shamrocks. The wonderful thing about owning a Silhouette is that I can mix and match and customize my cut files to fit a theme or holiday. It was simply a matter of ungrouping the orginal shape, deleting the circles and replacing it with my resized shamrocks instead. Super easy and think of all the different shapes you could substitute - hearts for Valentines Day or stars for the 4th of July - the possibilities are so fun!
Here are a few close ups -
 Check out the cute cupcake wrap and here is a better photo of the shamrocks that I added instead of the scallop circles.
 I did a print and cut of the Kiss Me I'm Irish sentiment and made it into a cupcake topper with the help of  a scallop circle and a some button and twine. Add a green Pixie from Doodlebug Design - and you have a custom made cupcake topper!
Next up I decided to grab a green bottle of Sprite and add a bottle label and a custom sentiment to the label that I made with the beautiful Vintage Font for the Shamrock Soda. I added a polka dot shamrock with an orange button and some twine to finish it off. I also added a scallop border punch to the top and bottom edges of the sentiment.

So that's all there is to my projects. I love taking basic everyday items like cupcakes and Soda bottles and using my Lori Whitlock shapes to fancy them up and make them fun and festive! Thanks for stopping by!

Digital Shapes and Papers -
St. Patrick's Day Collection - Snap Click Supply

Shapes used: (All on or Silhouette Design Store unless otherwise noted)
-Nested Scalloped Circle
-Bottle Label Tag - Flag
-LW Vintage Font
-5 Clover Shamrocks (Silhouette) Lucky Set (Lori
-3D Cupcake Stand
-Scalloped Cupcake Holder

Friday, February 20, 2015

Easter Sunday Layout - Doodlebug Design Team Project

Hi there friends - it's my turn up on the Doodlebug blog today to showcase a fun and festive Easter layout featuring the new Easter Parade line. A fun tradition that I have carried on from my own childhood  is to get a fancy new outfit for Easter Sunday. I loved going shopping with my own Mom for a frilly, beautiful dress to wear on Easter - so I had to capture the memory and tradition with my own kids.

I decided to make a little Easter scene along the bottom edge of my layout - I cut a grass border out with my Silhouette and then added some eggs and flowers and jellybean stickers from the Icon Sticker Sheet - Oh and I couldn't resist adding some of the darling animals that come with this line as well - 2 darling girly animals and one handsome little guy - just like my own kids :) Bright Glitter Sprinkles were added for a bit of dimension and sparkle.

A cute little bluebird by a birdhouse sticker added a nice touch on the side of my layout.
 I then topped it all off with a few banner shapes cut from some of the lovely pattern papers and the Easter Sunday title is from the 4x4 Bunny and Friends pattern paper. I love using these for titles - so handy! 
Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cutting Acetate with Silhouette - Lori Whitlock Design Team

Hi friends - today I am here to show you a fun technique using acetate! I am a sucker for cute packaging so when I was pondering about what to do my tutorial on for this month I knew I wanted to share this one with you. I decided to do a couple of colorful St. Patrick's Day Favors to show off this technique. It just wouldn't be the same if you couldn't see the Skittles and Gold Coins that these boxes hold, so when you really want to show off what is inside your packaging or if your treats fit a holiday or a theme like my treats do, acetate is the way to go!  It may seem basic and easy, but it is so fun to use something other than cardstock and pattern paper when using our digital cutting machines.

I use this brand of acetate (also know as transparency film) for my projects. It cuts beautifully in my Silhouette machine.  Apollo Transparency Film

Apollo® Plain Paper Copier Transparency Film, Clear, 8 1/2in.(W) x 11in.(H), 100/Box
Here are the steps to my project -
1- Open up Silhouette program. 
2- Find the 2 box cut files and place them in the workspace.
When deciding what boxes to use from Lori's library - I chose to use 2 of my favorite boxes to use with acetate. I love these boxes because they require no gluing - which can be tricky with acetate because a lot of the adhesives show through so these boxes were perfect. I used the Santa Petal box (minus the "santa" parts) and the No Glue Gable Box. I used some of Lori's darling Hang Tags well.
Links below

3- Since the acetate is fairly thick, I used the textured cardstock settings (Blade Depth 6, Cutting speed 3, Thickness 33. I also checked the Double Cut box to make sure that the cuts are nice and deep and this also helps when you go to fold up the boxes. 
Here are the boxes up close - I used Doodlebug Design's Happy Go Lucky line for the paper and stickers.

So my challenge to you is to go pick up some of this fun medium from your local office supply store and try your hand at this fun technique. Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hello Sunshine Home Decor

 Hi there Doodlebug friends -today I am here to share with you my Hello Sunshine project. Its been kind of cloudy and gloomy here around my neck of the woods so I though I would cheer up my space with a couple of bright and cheery home decor projects featuring this darling line.
First up is this adorable watering can that I found at my local craft store. It's a perfect container for all the different sizes and shapes of flowers that come in the Spring Flowers craft kit.

 I added some glitter sprinkles, some buttons and some flower sprinkle shapes for fun.

 And how cute is Mr. Snail here along the bottom?
My next project is just a simple frame that I used some of the adorable pattern papers for the background and banners and the sun and cloud stickers with the happy, smiling faces -they add just the right touch! One of my favorite pieces of this line is the rainbow washi tape - I added a strip along the middle of the page with a scallop border punch cardstock strip as well.

 I adore the 4x6 cards that come with this collection. They were perfect for the sentiment that I wanted to frame - I really do love Spring! I added a flower and wheelbarrow sticker to the card as well as some fun sticker letters and a sticker heart. Glitter sprinkle finish the frame off with just the right amount of sparkle :)

Hopefully I have inspired you to use your paper crafting supplies to decorate your home and add a splash of Doodlebug color and happiness to your home! Happy Crafting everyone and thanks for stopping by!