Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fairy Tales Collection: Birthday and Thank You Cards by Courtney Lee

I am LOVING these three new collections from Doodlebug - like can't-keep-my-hands-off-the-cuteness love. :) Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here with some cards fit for a princess. I love this trio. They make me so happy! The colors in this collection are fantastic and as purple doesn't make it into a lot of collections I LOVE that it is part of this one. 

I thought it might be fun to show you a bit of my creative process and I will mention it below. I wasn't "planning" on showing you this so excuse the messiness but this is "truth-blogging" I suppose! :)

When I get a new collection and I am brainstorming I draw sketches of the cards with notes of things I am inspired by. Here were my three original sketches separated by washi tape as I just had to see those cute prints on paper. Watch how much the last one changed!

Happy Birthday Balloons

I started with the mini icons as my inspiration. I wanted to do something with those darling balloons that were smiling at me! 

I grabbed this multicolored polka dotted paper: appropriately named "fairy fetti" (LOVE) and was originally going to put my design on plain white paper. I just felt "blah" about it and switched to the petite prints! Voila! Pizazz! I stitched along the edge in purple thread at the insistence of my 3 and 4 year olds. :) 

So.... I wanted to add a rainbow as originally I was going to use the rainbow striped paper. On the back of the fairy fetti paper are 4x6 cards. One of them has a long rainbow on it. It almost killed me but I cut that rainbow out of that darling card. Then I trimmed it down to size. See the castle spire in the rainbow? I covered it up with a balloon. 

Some twine, the sentiment from the mini icons and some sparkle sprinkles finished off this cute card! I am always in need of birthday cards and now I have a "go to" line for girls! 

doodlebug: petite prints: cupcake swiss dots (5052)

Happy Birthday Hearts

My second card started with a concept of just putting 6 hearts in a row and putting one letter in each one to spell out "thanks". This is what it evolved into! I fell in LOVE with that rainbow heart and I knew I wanted it to be my center. I layered the big and little hearts from the odds and ends around it tucking them behind and adding pop dots as I desired.

Then I added the sentiment and the heart sprinkles (LOVE) and remember that rainbow paper I was obsessed with? Yep. I got it in here as the background paper. I felt like it wasn't standing out enough so I grabbed a purple pen and just outlined everything for emphasis. This is one of my favorite cards I have made in a while! I cannot wait to give it away to someone special!



Last but not least. You wouldn't believe the transformation from concept to completion on this card. Have you ever have an idea that you just couldn't make work? The iterations on this made this work and I am sooo happy with the result! I'll show you part of it. :)

Okay so after the first failed idea, I fussy cut with a thin border around the whole image to give it a shadow. This was SUPER hard for me as there is no getting the stickers back, etc. etc. I had one shot and if I didn't like it, I super messed it up. .....I did not like that either (LOL) so on my THIRD attempt, I cut around the whole thing super tight. I love it. Then I just had to figure out what to do with it!

I loved this purple polka dotted paper as well as the bright polka dots on white so I layered those to ground the center image. I used the skinny font on top of the presents and under the hat and added that adorable swirly cupcake, the strawberry and mini enamel dots from the shaped sprinkles. The rainbow is from the icons and the clouds are from another shaped sprinkles pack. Those amazing glitter sprinkles were added last in random spots on the back layer. There are so. many. sparkles. in those sprinkles.... love. I finished it off by adding the unicorn cute clip!


Here they are again and I hope you grab this super fun, happy, and bright line and make a bunch of amazing birthday/thank you/summertime/Mother's Day/just because cards!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fairy Tales Collection: Cupcake Shaped Mini Album by Traci Penrod

Hi everyone ... It's Traci, and I'm back with my project for the ADORABLE new Fairy Tales collection.  This time, I created a birthday album in the shape of a cupcake using one of Doodlebug's new cut files.  You can find the cupcake in the Silhouette online store, if you use a Silhouette machine, or in Lori Whitlock's SVG shop if you use any other cutting machine.
I cut the front and back covers out of thin chipboard four times.  I adhered the 4 pieces together to make the covers more sturdy.  After cutting and adhering the pattern paper pieces, I adhered limeade chunky twine around the edge.
I had so much fun with the stickers and die cut pieces.  The unicorn is the cutest Doodlebug critter ever!!  
I also love the shape sprinkles.  I almost wanted to save that little strawberry, but it looked so cute on top of the ice cream I left it there.  I'll have to get another package so I can get another strawberry, LOL.  
I added an adorable treat bag to one of the pages and tucked a photo mat inside.  On the last page I created a little 2x2 flip-up card for photos, and adhered three boutique buttons at the bottom of the page.
This was such a fun mini album to make.  I hope I've inspired you to create a mini album using cutting file shapes ... so many possibilities!  Happy crafting!  Doodlebug products used for this project: 12x12 Fairy Tales pattern paper Limeade Chunky Twine Shape Sprinkles Rainbow Heart Sprinkles 6x6 Fairy Tales Paper Pad Fairy Tales Mini Icon Stickers Fairy Tales Odds & Ends Swimming Pool Treat Bag Doodle Twine Birthday Girl Glitter Sprinkles

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fairy Tales Collection: Birthday Girl Layout

Hi everyone! It's Karen, and today it's all about unicorns and rainbows! When you live in a house with two little girls aged 6 and 7, you can't help but squeal a little bit when Doodlebug comes out with a collection like Fairy Tales! When I first saw this collection, I knew exactly what picture needed to get scrapped. Not too long ago, one of my daughters received a unicorn helmet for her birthday (I know, I want one in my size too). Given that this collection celebrates birthday as well as unicorns, it was perfect match. Tada! When I first saw this collection, I decided to play a bit with the colouring on the photo (after I finished squealing). I recoloured the photo to black and white, leaving the helmet in full colour. It was then ready to make its debut on a this fun interactive layout featuring some cutout star shapes, and perhaps the cutest die cut unicorn you will ever come across... ...conveniently found in the fabulous Odd and Ends die cuts! And then, just because I seem to have a problem with limiting myself to only one photo on a layout, I added a little fold over to display... ...even more pictures! This would also be a fun place to include some journaling or even memorabilia from and event for party! The title was a breeze with even more die cuts from the Odds and Ends pack (seriously, can Doodlebug make scrapbooking any easier?!) and after a bit of hand lettering and numbering, I was all done... ...but not with the collection! Because as I was creating this page, my other daughter was also creating right beside me. And when she revealed her creation featuring some of the amazing rainbow washi tape from this collection and some bumblebee mini doilies, I couldn't believe how creative her use of the tape and doilies was. So I quickly snapped a picture of her proudly showcasing her creation... ...and then quickly set off to print the picture and use her very own ideas on a layout featuring her ideas... ...including a larger version of the washi tape rainbow bordered with some journaling... ...and then some modified bumblebee mini doilies topped off with some bumblebee jewels for some texture and shine! Can I just say that this collection really is worthy of a spot at the end of the rainbow. I guarantee that young, old, or somewhere in between, working with this collection will bring a smile to your face! In fact for me, it became an opportunity to not only capture some fun memories, but make new ones! So what are you waiting for? Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Karen
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