Saturday, July 22, 2017

Odds & Ends Challenge: Cards by Courtney Lee

Hello everyone! This is Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here with a couple of cards really showcasing the AWESOME Odds and Ends!

I chose some super fun critters and wanted all of these friends to hang out together. 

I kept my background really simple, but with texture (you'll get a close up in a minute) and did some paint splattering and embossing using a stencil and some embossing paste.

The goal of using a long and skinny card was to get as many friends on there as possible. 

I added some of the shape sprinkle leaves here and there to add some extra dimension and I popped all of my zoo animals.

I grabbed this little blue bird sticker from waaaayyy back and added it to the top of the turtle shell. It just seemed to me that the turtle wanted to carry a friend on his back.

I always say that I LOVE the details that doodlebug does. Did you notice the striping on the parrot's feathers? Also, I grabbed the happy birthday phrase from the 12x12 paper named elephant parade. I LOVE all the sentiments that get tucked in there!

Here is that close up that I promised you. It is really tough to show in photographs but it is clear embossing paste in a star pattern.

Here is my second darling card where I wanted to make kind of a totem pole of adorable zoo critters.

Okay, so here is a funny story... I got ALL the way done and stamped a sentiment on the bottom.... and my stamping came out terrible... so.... I cut out this sentiment from the 6x6 paper pad and just popped it right on top! whammo! shhhh... don't tell.

Isn't this tiger darling? I only popped the tiger here and I tucked a few of the leaves from the odds and ends pack behind him and added a matte sprinkle for some emphasis. 

Mr. Monkey, how your cross hatching on your tummy thrills me. I handed him a shape sprinkle banana because he looked hungry and the smiling banana has me smiling too!

There are SOOO many odds and ends that you get with each pack. It is an incredible value. There are 73 in this package! I hope you pick some up and make a bunch of things too!

at the zoo: elephant parade double sided cardstock (5658)
at the zoo: odds and ends (5600)
at the zoo: shape sprinkles: zoo friends (5554)
at the zoo: shape sprinkles: jungle leaves (5555)
at the zoo: matte sprinkles (5546)
at the zoo: 6x6 paper pad (5691)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Odds & Ends Challenge: Meow Layout by Mendi

Hello Doodlebugs!  It's Mendi here with a scrapbook page made almost entirely with the Odds and Ends pack and some of my favorite tone-on-tone papers from the Kitten Smitten collection.   I adore all the die-cuts that comes in the Doodlebug Odds & Ends collections.  They are stuffed full of so many darling pieces perfect for embellishing your projects.  For my layout today, I thought it would be fun to take my die-cuts to the next level by adding some special touches to them.
Doodlebug Design: A Smitten Kitten Cat Layout showing 4 ways to dress up Odds & Ends Die-cuts by Mendi Yoshikawa
Embellishment Opportunity #1: Add Glossy Accents by Ranger over the top of a die-cut after it's been adhered to your page for a bit of shine (just make sure you can set your project aside afterward so you don't run a sleeve through it before it's had time to dry).  ;)
Doodlebug Design: A Smitten Kitten Cat Layout showing 4 ways to dress up Odds & Ends Die-cuts by Mendi Yoshikawa
Embellishment Opportunity #2:  Wrap the die-cuts with thread or baker's twine to add extra texture and a touch of realism (or as an alternative, stitch around them on your sewing machine).
Doodlebug Design: A Smitten Kitten Cat Layout showing 4 ways to dress up Odds & Ends Die-cuts by Mendi Yoshikawa

Embellishment Opportunity #3:  Add a touch of glitter using Stickles glitter glue or by adding some liquid adhesive and sprinkling with Doodlebug's Sugar Coating Glitter.
Doodlebug Design: A Smitten Kitten Cat Layout showing 4 ways to dress up Odds & Ends Die-cuts by Mendi Yoshikawa

Embellishment Opportunity #4:  Pop up die-cuts with foam tape to add extra depth to your project and create interest with the shadows.
Doodlebug Design: A Smitten Kitten Cat Layout showing 4 ways to dress up Odds & Ends Die-cuts by Mendi Yoshikawa
I hope I've inspired you to take a closer look at these amazing die-cut packs.  They really have so many fun possibilities!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Odds & Ends Challenge: Mini Tag Cards by Wendy Sue

Hi Doodlebug Friends!  It's Wendy Sue Here today, sharing a quick and easy little project that is made even easier with these cute "Odds & Ends" from the "Dragon Tails" collection!


I love giving handmade cards, but sometimes a simple tag will do.  I combined the two with these little folding tags, and the little pieces from the Odds & Ends pack made it super easy!

Here's a look at the process!  Start by cutting a small card into a tag shape.  You can do this with a metal die, a digital cut file, or even by hand!


 Now cut the same tag shape from patterned paper.  I used papers from the 6x6 paper pad, and I chose some of the monotone, more subtle patterns.  Place these on the front of the little card.


You'll want to gather some of the small pieces from the Odds & Ends pack.  Add these to the front of the tag/card with foam adhesive dots.


Tie some chunky doodle twine through the top of each card.


And, for an extra little touch, add a small piece to the inside of each tag/card with foam squares.  In this case, I used the small stars:


Here's a quick look at all of the supplies you'll need for this fun project:


And a closer look at all of the tags I whipped up today:








And don't forget an extra little something for the inside:


How will YOU use the Odds & Ends?  Please share your ideas and link us up in the comments!!

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