Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy, Happy News!


So happy to announce that I have been fortunate enough to be asked to stay on another term with Doodlebug Design! They have become like a family to me and I am absolutely thrilled to be back! So look forward to a bright, happy, sparkly year full of lots of Doodlebug projects on my little old blog! ! Here are the rest of my new friends! Stop by their blogs as well and say hi! Thanks for stopping by!

Jennifer Beason  FL

Kathy Skou  MA

Lori Allred UT (DT Coordinator)

Mendi Yoshikawa WA

Piali Biswas NJ
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Stephanie Buice  AL

Tya Smith UT

Traci Penrod GA

Wendy Sue Anderson  UT

Melinda Spinks  Australia       

Silvia Barrera Mexico              

Vicki Boutin Canada          

Have a wonderful day and visit us on the Doodlebug Design blog for lots of inspiration!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My Craft Channel - Mass Card Production Tips

Do you have your Christmas cards mailed out yet? Feeling rushed? Let me show you a couple of tips to help you with your mass production of cards.Thanks for stopping by and tune in every week to my Paper Crafting Tips show on My Craft Channel when I share with you more of my favorite paper crafting tips :)

Custom Card Sentiments - a Silhouette Tutorial for Lori Whitlock Creative Team

 Hi everyone- I am here to share with you a fun and easy Silhouette tutorial! I love using Lori Whitlock's Silhouette shapes in all sorts of fun ways. Today I wanted to share with you how to add a custom sentiment to a card front.

For my card base I used Lori's A2 Snowflake Ornament Card that you can find here in her SVG shop and here on the Silhouette website.

As you can see, I removed the snowflake from the card front and added some festive holiday sentiments on my card front instead using the handy subtract tool in the Silhouette software. Let me show you the steps that I followed to make the cards.
1- Ungroup the shape and delete the snowflake.

2- Grab the card front. Using the Draw a Rectangle tool, draw a 1.5x4.5 inch box right in the center of the ornament.
3-Open the modify window, select both shapes, and then click on subtract.

4-You will now have the top and bottom section of the shape with a space in the middle.

5- Type out your sentiment. I typed the word Merry in all capitals using the LW Block font I downloaded from the Silhouette store. I suggest using block fonts, or fonts with a serif on them for this technique. I also like to use capital letters just to make things easy and even. Resize your sentiment so that the letters slightly overlap the top and bottom lines of our space we cut out of the middle.

 6- Select  just the top section of the ornament, right click and click on make a compound path. This keeps the hole in the top section of the ornament.

7- Select the whole shape, right click and select Weld. You can see now that the shape of the ornament is still intact, and we added a custom sentiment to our card front - this is a fun way to add a personal touch to your cards and to get more use from your card shapes.

Here are all the cards I made using this technique. For this card, I used the Merry Christmas flourish phrase found here and here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share this tutorial with you! I hope that you will give this nifty technique a try!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Lori Whitlock December Blog Hop

Hello friends - welcome to the December Blog Hop with Lori Whitlock's Design Team! You should have arrived here from Cathy's blog

If you need to know the order of the hop - please refer back to Lori's blog.

I have always been a huge fan of Lori's work on the Silhouette site. I bought so many of her cut files because I love anything 3D when it comes to paper crafting so when Lori had her design team call I knew I had to be a part of her team. Well I am a couple of months into being on her team and I have fallen in LOVE with her digital elements so I decided to try my hand at a couple of digital scrapbooking layouts to showcase just how darling her digital designs are as well. I adore the Christmas Cheer line that you can pick up from Snap Click Supply. 

I used these files to make my layouts: 

And just in time for you to try your own hand at some digital scrapbooking fun, stop by Snap Click Supply
and take advantage of this discount today!
Also-  Hop on over to Lori's online shop where you can take advantage of this awesome deal this week. And also pick up the darling freebie ornament shape while you are there!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Make sure to stop by all of my fellow design team member's blogs and see what we've all been up to this month!
Chrissy's blog is your next stop!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Gift card holders with a fun twist - Doodlebug Design

Hi Doodlebug friends! Happy Holidays! Today I am  here to share with you my take on this weeks assignment of using Doodlebug's awesome products for gift giving. I have a lot of hard to buy for people on my gift giving list, so when in doubt of what to get - I go the gift card route! Honestly, I LOVE getting gift cards - then there is no hassle of having to return a gift LOL! One thing that I do love to do with my gift cards though is to make a fun handmade gift card holder to put them in, so today I will show you my latest idea.

When I saw these cute card holders from my favorite Silhouette Designer, Lori Whitlock - I decided to alter them a little bit.  I loved the box design, but decided instead of the tea lights, I would add a tasty little treat in place of the candles and then place the gift card inside the top section that opens like a card.
You can find the cutting file for your digital cutting machines here Tea Light Christmas Card or a PDF here Tea Light Christmas Card if you would like to recreate these for your own.I used some tags from the Christmas Tags Craft Kit, a St. Nick Doodlepop, a Merry Tree Doodlepop,and some stickers from the Santa Express Icon Sticker sheet. Here are my holders :)
 To add the M&M's to this card, add a little piece of acetate to the window section to hold all the candies in.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. If you are looking for a fun way to spice up your gift cards - give this fun technique a try! Happy Crafting and Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 1, 2014

My Craft Channel -Paper Craft Tips - Gift Bow from paper scraps

Hi Blog friends! Man - I have been so behind in posting my Paper Craft Tips that I do on My Craft Channel! So today, I am catching up and showing you all this fun and easy on how to make a gift bow with just a few paper strips. Thanks so much for watching and Happy Crafting!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Frosty Friends Repurposed Winter Wreath

Hi There Doodlebug Friends!Today I am here to share with you my Frosty Friends project for Doodlebug Design. I just adore this line so much!  So - I just have to say that I am so blessed to be surrounded by such inspirational and creative friends - I was totally inspired to make my project after I saw my amazing friend and Doodlebug Design Team Coordinator Lori Allred demonstrate how to make this adorable and absolutely super creative way to make this cute wreath on one of her upcoming My Craft Channel segments. If you haven't checked out her awesome Inspired by Pinterest shows you should!
Now at first glance this looks like just an ordinary wreath - but let me show you what I used to make it - you will be amazed :)
 This wreath is make using a 12 inch foam wreath form and these microfiber dusters (like a Swiffer) that I picked up from the local Dollar Store!  I LOVE how the dusters resemble a flock of fluffy snow! Perfect for the Frost Friends line!

To make the wreath you just need to peel apart the duster portion. It comes apart very easily and you will get 2 of the strips like the one above, out of each duster.  Then simply hot glue the dusters around the wreath form until it is completely covered.

I then had a lot of fun using all sorts of elements from the Frosty Friends line - I cut out a huge paper snowflake from my Silhouette digital die cut machine and then layered a snowman from the Mix and Match Snowman Craft Kit. I added some stickers from the Frosty Friends This and That Sticker sheet and the Icon Sticker sheet.
 I then added some folded paper rosettes and topped them with some cute winter critters from the Frosty Friends Doodlepops. I also added some Winter Sprinkles and some Sugar Coated Cardstock circles that I punched out with some paper punches and added Snowflake Doodlepops and beautiful white buttons tied with bakers twine.

 Thanks for stopping by today and don't be afraid to think out of the box when it comes to crafting! I had so much fun repurposing the dusters into a fun and fluffy winter wreath! Happy crafting!