Monday, February 8, 2016

Lori Whitlock Creative Team February Blog Hop

 Hi friends - welcome to Lori Whitlock's February 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 that is available through today so make sure to stop back there!
 For my projects I chose to do a couple of fun fold Valentines Day themed cards using Lori's adorable Flip Swing cards found on the Silhouette Design Store here: 3D Flip Swing Heart and 3D Flip Swing Bracket and on the Lori Whitlock SVG shop found here: Flip Swing Card Set 3.
These fun cards are really easy to put together. I am using the fabulous Sweet Things Collection from Doodlebug Design for my papers and embellishments. What I love about these cards, besides the fun interactive flip element is that you can decide to just decorate the fronts:

or the insides too - just cut some extra hearts and labels for the inside.

 I loved how these turned out and can't wait to give them to my sweethearts this weekend! Hopefully I have inspired you to create a set just like this for your Valentine!

Make sure you check out Lori's promotions she has going on with this month's blog hop - she always has such great sales- don't forget to check them out!

 Lori is also giving away a $20 gift card to her SVG shop so don't forget to enter the raffle!a Rafflecopter giveaway =

Thanks for stopping by!  Next stop is Courtney's darling blog!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Doodlebug Design Sweet Things Treat Bag Toppers

Hi Doodlebug fans -up on the blog today I am sharing with you my Sweet Things project. I just love Valentines Day -mostly because it's a holiday that is filled with fun candies and sweets to give to people you love so I thought that it would be fun to do some treat bag toppers featuring all the darling icons and papers from the Sweet Things collection. 

Let me give you a little tutorial on how you can make a batch of these for your own. 

First gather up your supplies.  I am using snack size Ziploc bags to hold my treats and they measure about 6 1/2 inches by 3 1/4 inches. For the base I cut a piece of cardstock 4 inches by 6 1/2 inches. I also used a piece of pattern paper from the 6x6 paper pad. I cut the pattern paper 1 3/4 x 6 inches. 
 I also used one of my favorite sheets of pattern paper from the collection - It is called Sweet Nothings and it has these awesome sentiment strips on them that I used for the sentiments for my toppers. 
 Then I gathered up some icon stickers, fancy frills and other various embellishments to decorate the toppers.

To make the base, score the 4 x 6 1/2 inch piece of cardstock at 2 inches on the 4 inch side.

Next, place a piece sticky strip on the 2 bottom edges of the cardstock.
Now you can decorate the toppers. For this one I added a typewriter sticker from the Icon Sticker Sheet, a chevron Fancy Frill, a clothespin with some white and gray bakers twine and a Heart from the Shapes Sprinkles pack.
Finally, take the backing off the sticky strips. Add some of your favorite candy to the bag and seal it up. Take the backing off the sticky strips and add the topper to the bag.
Here are some close ups of a few other bags that I did up. I had a lot of fun with this line. Hopefully I have inspired you to whip up a batch of these for your Valentines this month. Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Personalized Valentine Stickers by Tya

Hi friends - It's Tya and today I am sharing with you a tutorial on how to custom make your very own Valentines Day Stickers! Recently Lori came out with a few darling sets of Print and Cut Valentines with the cutest icons on them. So I thought it would be fun to make some matching stickers with the same icons on them and add a little personal touch to them by saying who they were from as well!

 Let me show you the steps on how I did this!
First off gather your supplies - I used some Double Dot papers from Bo Bunny for my enevelopes, some Silhouette White Sticker paper and some buttons for decor.
First step-
Pull up the files in the the Silhouette Software - I used the Butterfly and Heart Valentine file for my project.
Using the Print and Cut feature - I printed out my cards.
Next I ungrouped the images until I got the Butterfly and Heart Image all by themselves.
Now I want to draw a circle around the shapes to make the outside of the sticker, so I took the Ellipse tool and made a 3 inch circle around both shapes.
Next, I typed out my sentiment using the Type Tool - I used the LW Simple Dot Font. I added the sentiment onto the shapes.
 Next , using the Ellipse Tool again, I drew a 2 .75 inch circle.Drag that circle into the larger circle and center. Using the Line Style Tool, changed the line from solid to dashed to make it look like it was a sewn edge. You don't necessarily have to do this step but I thought it was fun. :) Now go ahead and duplicate the shapes to fill your sticker sheet.
Next we need to make sure that the only lines that the Silhouette is going to cut is the outer line as shown, so go to the Cut Settings tab and make sure you click on every part of the sticker and make sure that the inside shape, sentiment and dotted line circle do not get cut by clicking No Cut. Then select the outer line and select cut edge. This way the only line that will get cut is the very outer edge.

Now we are ready to print the sticker sheet out. Load the sticker paper into the printer. Add registration marks and select the "White Sticker Paper" setting on the Silhouette and then print it out. The settings that are preset for this type of paper are perfect. Here is the paper all printed and ready to cut.
And here are the stickers when then have been cut out.
Next , using pattern paper cut out the envelopes.
Now you are ready to decorate your envelopes with the stickers. I added some fun buttons and twine to fancy them up a bit.

That's all there is to it! If you are tired of boring, store bought Valentines cards, give these cute cards and stickers a try. This would be so fun to let your kids help with the decorating of the envelopes. Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting!

Monday, January 25, 2016

"Hoppy" Valentines Day

Hi everyone - today I am sharing a fun Valentines Day gift set featuring a couple of new cut files from Lori. Lori has the knack for creating the cutest little critters and when I saw these cute frogs I "jumped" at the chance to create this fun set. I made the Frog Lip Balm Holder and the Frog Treat box.
First up this the Frog Treat Box. I used a basic dot paper in a few different shades for the box. I added some black enamel dot eyes and topped the treat bag filled with what else- gummy frogs- with a print and cut "Hoppy" Valentines Day sentiment using the LW Dandy Font and a ticket shaped tag in the 5 Layered Shapes file.
Next up is a fun lip balm holder with the same papers and accents- the red EOS holder was the perfect touch.
Make sure to stop by Lori's shop and check out all the new Valentines Day critters - - they are so cute and a nice little surprise for your Valentine! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Polar Pals Collection: Winter Gift Set by Tya Smith

Hi there Doodlebug fans - Today I am here up on my blog with a cute Winter themed gift set using the adorable new Polar Pals line. I have a very good friend who just loves winter - so I thought it would be great to make her this fun little set telling her thank you for being my friend.
I got out my trusty Silhouette Cameo and found a few winter themed cut files that I loved. First off is this fun fry box treat holder:
 I used some snowflakes from the Craft kit and layered them on the front of the box. The snowflake is finished off with a sprinkle in the center.
I also made this cute little tag to go on the bag using some stickers from the This and That sticker sheet and a darling purple penguin from the Icon sticker sheet. I finished the tag off with a shaped snowflake sprinkle and some lilac chunky twine.

Next up I did a gift card holder. I loved this darling mitten shape and how it fit perfectly with the Polar Pals theme.
 I again used some snowflakes from the Paper Craft kit and finished the snowflake off with a white sprinkle. Then I added again some lilac chunky twine to the loop.

Lastly I did a simple card with a thank you sentiment.
 More Icon stickers were used for the Snowman and the snowflakes. They also again have a sprinkle for the centers. The stripes are from the Fancy Frill sticker sheet. To tie all the projects together - some more lilac chunky twine was added to the bottom edge.
That's all there is to it! I used these files for my projects found on the Silhouette store:
-Snowflake Thank You Card by Lori Whitlock
-Mitten Gift Card Holder by Lori Whitlock
-3D Snowflake Box by Lori Whitlock 
 Thanks so much for stopping by! Hopefully I have inspired you to create a fun winter themed gift set of your very own! Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Lori Whitlock Creative Team January Blog Hop

Hi friends - welcome to Lori Whitlock's January Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Kathy's blog or you can start at the very beginning at Lori's blog where you can pick up this darling freebie that is available through today and she is also doing a gift card giveaway if you comment on her blog so make sure to stop back there!
 I have always been a traditional scrapbooker and while I still love playing with pattern papers, and brads and stickers, I am finding myself wanting to get some of my events that I have a lot of photos of in my albums, and digital scrapbooking has made this really easy for me! Today I am sharing a pocket photo spread of a fun tradition that we started doing a few years back with my husbands side of the family. Every year we head up to the mountains and all 30 of us rent a huge house and spend the weekend together. We love to build snowmen, have snowball fights and go tubing. The dad's are experts at building the most thrilling tubing hills with jumps and turns! It is so fun watching everyone. So that's what I based my layout on for this blog hop. Here they are!

Here are a couple of close ups

If you haven't ever had a chance to check out Lori's awesome digital scrapbooking supplies on Snap Click Supply - don't wait any longer - and stop by and check them out! I am in love!

I used the following files to make my layout-
(All found on Snap Click Supply)
-Winter Wonderland Kit
-Life Templates Square Set 1 
-Basics Embellishments Set

Hopefully I have inspired you to pick up some cute digi scrapbooking files and start the year out getting all those pictures in the albums!

Your next stop is Chrissy's darling blog!  

Make sure you check out Lori's promotions she has going on with this month's blog hop - she always has such great sales- don't forget to check them out!