Thursday, April 26, 2018

Embellishming Focus | You're Sew Cute Layout by Anita + Process Video

Today I’m sharing a layout with lots of little embellishments and all about my sewing machine.
and what better way to do that with a sewing machine cut file from the so punny cut file Collection.

I started off with creating the sewing machine, I cut out all the bits in the colours of patterned paper I decided on and put it all together..Then it was time to create the layout 

I added a strip of patterned paper 3 quarters down the cardstock and added some washi tape and a border sticker over the bottom of the washi tape.
Next I add the sewing machine just off center so I had enough room to add my photo just underneath the needle of the machine so I looked as if I was sewing on it.
I added a few patterned papers behind my photo for layers and a mini doily in between 

Next I started adding some embellishments, button for the knob on the front, Sprinkles for the cheeks, little Chit Chat bubbles, tiny flower Doodle Pops and those cute little die cut sewing thread spools with a little pair of scissors.

At the bottom of the strip of patterned paper
 I added another scallop border sticker to add a bit more pink 
And then to finish off the layout I added more Tiny Heart Sprinkles. 

here is my process video on how I created my layout and sewing machine.

Product list used 


5834: tiny hearts shape sprinkles 
5903: so punny odds & ends
5904: so punny chit chat 
4605: lily white mini doilies
4004: cupcake sprinkles 
5764: mini hearts cute clips
2470: Cupcake Boutique Buttons
5076: rainbow swiss dot petite print assortment pack
5606: hats off! this & that sticker 
5561: happy hearts washi tape
5641: rainbow love double-sided cardstock 
5491: spring things this & that sticker
5503: spring-a-ling double-sided cardstock 
5506: april showers double-sided cardstock 
5579: flower friends mini doodle-pops

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Embellishing Focus | Mother's & Father's Day Cards by Karen

When I first started using Doodlebug papers, I was always struck by how cute and polished the patterned papers were. Everything coordinated and it was so easy to pull a cute project together in minutes. And then I discovered the world of Doodlebug embellishments and the truth is that I have never looked back. Almost all of my cards are made with Doodlebug papers and embellishments because, well - together they create something extra special. Let me show you what I mean. With Mother's Day and Father's Day coming down the pipe, I decided to get a head start on my cards using the great new collection called Down on the Farm. By pairing up a couple of cute die cuts from the Odds and Ends and Chit Chat collections together with some patterned paper, I was starting to lay out some cute little cards... this once called "From All of Us Kids". Cute, right? But look what happens when I add just a few more embellishments - mini doilies, a few Sprinkles; and some mini paperclips. All of a sudden my card has gone from cute to cute AND polished! These are three products that make their way onto almost all of the cards I make. They add a punch of texture and I often use them to tie colours together across the card. The mini doilies are the perfect size for standard A2 cards, and can be used to frame some cute die cuts or Doodlepops. The Sprinkles; can be used to fill in some background space or to anchor a banner piece, and given that they come in so many sizes in a package, you can shake things up by mixing and matching or by choosing one size to work with on your project. And if you want something similar that is a bit more feminine looking, try the; Jewels for a sparklie embellishment. Oh, and don't forget the mini paperclips. Now look, if you know me at all, you will know that I am obsessed with stationary products, so these little cuties are right up my alley. But from a card-making perspective, I can always find just the right spot on the card to fill with a clip or two. Like the Sprinkles, they add some great texture and a pop of colour right where you need it, without taking away from the cute images that are the focus of the card. And by using these three embellishments in different ways, you can have a whole set of cards that are pulled together but totally unique!
I dare you to find one of my Doodlebug projects that doesn't feature at least two of these cute embellishments. They really are part of my card-making toolkit. And if they are not a part of yours yet, I dare you try them out and see if, like me, you never look back!
Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Karen

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Embellishing Focus | Surprise Explosion Box by Traci

If you are in the mood to play with lots of embellishments, an explosion box is a great project!  
This cute box will make such a great gift ... and it's so much fun to make!  Not only is the box itself a unique gift, but you can tuck another small present down inside.
Once you remove the lid, the box folds open to reveal lots of layers and cute embellishments.  I also plan to add photos on some of the blank pages.
For the outside of the box, I added pattern paper and stickers from the adorable Dragon Tails collection.
The Odds & Ends were perfect for these pages ... just the right size!
Is that little dragon clip not the cutest?  He's hanging out on the edge of a treat bag that I cut down and re-glued to fit my small page. 
What would a mini album be without a few adorable boutique buttons?
And sprinkles!!  My all-time favorite embellishment ... especially the glitter ones :)
I finished up the box by hanging some mini garland around the lid.   Here is a link to the Explosion Box cutting file I used for the base layers (I cut all of the pattern paper by hand) and a similar cutting file by Lori Whitlock.  Have fun with this project!

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