Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Card (production line) with Melinda

Can you believe it's 'that' time of the year again and I'm still scratching my head and wondering where the past 12 months has gone? And as per last year and the years before that, I have left my Christmas card making until the very last minute. I promise myself every year that I will be better prepared... to no avail. So, to hasten the process I decided that a little bit of order needed to be in place and I set about making a complete production line of my card making.

First step was to cut and fold all the white backgrounds for each card and also the white top layer for decorating. Then I chose four patterned papers from the 'Here Comes Santa' collection that would co-ordinate with a particular colour for each collage circle of embellishments.

I placed a drinking glass upside down onto the top white piece for each card and traced around it using an embossing tool to score the line into the card stock which you can just see in the above picture. That was my guideline for laying down all the embellishments. I literally tipped all my embellishments onto my desk and sorted them into each individual colour so I could just motor my way through adding them to each card. I also lined up all my sprinkles in colour order too!

I'm still clinging to my stash of Doodlebug tiny rub-ons as I use them on almost everything I create including the sentiments on each of these cards.

Using foam pop dots I placed the white decorated piece onto the patterned paper piece and pierced the stitching holes through both sections.

I then hand-stitched each card using a white embroidery thread.

Lastly I adhered the top stitched and embellished section to the base card with foam pop dots. I like each layer to be dimensional.

How adorable are the Christmas Doodle-Pops which make perfect additions to each card as they are also dimensional with several layers.

Creating cards in a procession line is such a time saver as you aren't consistently picking up different tools. Everything is in order of each process and you can move quickly through the steps to have your cards finished in no time at all. 

Thanks for stopping by today, and I do hope that you haven't left your cards as late as I have. Stay safe this holiday season.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas Gift Set with Brigit

Hello and welcome - it's Brigit here today and I'm thrilled to be sharing my very first project as a new designer with Doodlebug.

I have a cute gift set to share using some of Doodlebug Designs new cut files from the Silhouette Online Store and Lori Whitlock , these are from the Here Comes Santa Claus collection. I used a box from the store to create the mailbox gluing the front and a back piece onto it.

For the card I just created an offset of the back layer and welded an offset of the envelope. The paper used is from the Here Comes Santa Claus essentials kit and Here Comes Santa Claus petite print assortment.

Lori Whitlock is giving one lucky fan a chance to win the entire 'Here Comes Santa' cut file collection. Head over to the Lori Whitlock Instagram page for further details and entry into this wonderful prize package.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday Mini Album by Traci Penrod

Hi everyone!  It's Traci, from Artsy Albums, back to share a new project with you. I created a mini album that will make a wonderful gift for family or friends this Christmas!  I used the new Here Comes Santa collection.  It's super cute with bright reds and greens and adorable Santas and reindeer.   I made the album 8"x 8" so that lots of special memories can be tucked inside. 
Aren't the new Odds & Ends die cuts just the cutest??  I just love their size for mini albums.  I added some cute silver glitter sprinkles to the wheels, although the picture doesn't show all of the sparkle they add to the page.
I also love the pops of light blue and pink in the papers -- my Christmas pictures will match no matter what color everyone is wearing!
I tucked some 4x6 cards into a pocket page and will add photos to the back of these.  Other products I used in this album were: 12x12 Collection Kit 6x6 Paper pad 12x12 Petite Prints Assortment Ladybug Chunky Twine Lily White Card stock If you are interested in making one of these albums for a gift this year, a limited number of pre-cut album kits will be available in my Artsy Albums shop.  You can visit my blog today for details on the kits.   Have fun creating gifts this season!  Homemade presents are always well received!
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