Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Guests Treat Baskets

Hi everyone!  Shellye here today with a quick and easy idea for those guests who drop by during the holidays!

I have filled a small box made from Santa Express paper with four treat baskets, but you 
can make a few extra for refilling.  

For each of the treat baskets I started with a 6" circle.  
Score each circle at the 2" and 4" mark; turn and repeat, making sure to keep the lines even.

Cut along the four vertical score lines just up to the intersecting line.  Fold flaps and glue in place.  These can also be cut from a square piece of 6X6 paper, but I really liked the curved edge created by using the circle shape.

For the handles I've used tinsel garland.  Punch two holes in the sides and string through.  You can also try pipe cleaners, ribbon or wire.  Tie on a whimsical bow, add a tag from the Christmas Tags Craft Kit and finish off with a hand-tied button.

I made a simple box by cutting a 8.5" X 8.5" swatch of paper and then scoring at 2" and 6.5" twice by turning the paper.  Fold in on the score lines, cut a flap at each corner and glue in place.  

Embellish the front of the box with any of the cute stickers from Santa's Express and don't forget to add some of the sparkly Sprinkles.  
Sit the goody filled treat baskets out so that visiting guests can grab one before they head home.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Handmade Cards Are The Best!

Hello there!  It's starting to feel like Christmas around here which means it's a great time to get caught up on creating all your Christmas cards!
Up first I have a card using the darling gingerbread image from the collection.  I cut my sentiment from the "very merry" paper.  This sheet has so many darling images and sentiments that are perfect for cards!  For my snow I cut a strip of lily white dot sugar coated cardstock and then punch one edge with a scalloped border punch. To finish it off, no project ever feels quite complete without a little bling so  I embellished the stickers with pearls and jewels.  
My next card would be perfect for mass producing.  It was quick and easy to make and best of all it's a great design for using up little bits of leftover paper.  I think you could easily create multiples by just substituting the gingerbread with other darling characters from the collection (like Mr. & Mrs. Claus, Snowmen, reindeer, etc.).
My train card is also great at utilizing leftover paper scraps. I think this design would go especially quick with the use of a small square punch (which is now on my wish list). 
My last card uses the Christmas tree gift tag as a focal point.  I punched my sentiment from that same "very merry" paper and then embellished my tree with various sprinkles.  I adore the Christmas Tags Craft Kit in this collection--They really have some many fun uses!
I hope I've inspired you to pour yourself a mug of hot cocoa, put on the Christmas music and gather up Doodlebug's new Santa Express collection to enjoy some of your own card-making fun!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful: Using Up Your Bits & Pieces

Hello and happy Friday... it's Melinda with you today and I'm continuing with the 'thankful' theme by not only sharing my layout but also adding a few ideas to help you get the most from your product.

Firstly, let me introduce you to my Mum and my littlest man Teddy. I'm incredibly grateful they share such a loving bond because Teddy only has his Nanna (on my side) and sadly never met his Poppy.

DESIGN | Now, let's work on making the most of every inch of product! Design plays an important role because the right design will enable you to use left over pieces of paper no matter what the size or what collection. By adding punched shapes or strips of patterned papers you are able to use up even the smallest of left overs as long as you keep the colours complimentary.

ODDS & ENDS | I mounted my photo onto several pieces of plain card stock as I had a few odds and ends of stickers that I wanted to slip behind each layer and then add a mini paper clip to tie it all together.

ALPHAS | I don't know how many times I've thought of a wonderful title for my page and then realised I didn't have enough alphas to create the words which is extremely disappointing. Your title doesn't always have to be the largest font on the page so drag out those rub-ons or smaller stickers and come up with a subtle title for your page. Whatever works for you!

CLUSTERS | Adding clusters of embellishments to your work is another way you can make good use of your supplies and helps to add dimension and interest to the page. I layered the leaves using foam pop dots which was an ideal way to hide the fact that two of the underlying leaves had been cut in half to use on another project.

Sometimes its good to sit down and go through your supplies and look at what you actually have hiding away in those drawers and cupboards and hopefully I've given you a couple of ideas to get you started.

Happy Camper Collection
Friendly Forest Collection
Rub-on Sentiments & alphas
Mini Paperclips

Winter Wonderland Wreath

When I received my box of new goodies from the sweet people at Doodlebug I fell in LOVE with the Mix & Match Snowmen from the Frosty Friends Collection. These are just too cute and fun - I had to make something that everyone could look at all the time. 

I started off with a foam circle wreath (from Michaels) and wrapped it with white yarn (also from Michaels). I secured the ends of the yarn using a touch of glue with a hot glue gun. It probably took me about 15 - 20 minutes to completely wrap the wreath. 

Next I picked out a patterned paper for the background in my wreath and cut a circle using my Cameo. Before I glued the paper to the back of my wreath (using a hot glue gun again) I added some snow along the bottom of the circle cut from white cardstock. I choose a few prints from the coordinating 6x6 paper pad to cut out some fun trees and added some sparkle with pretty chunky Doodlebug glitter. 

Once I had my background complete, I added my awesome little snowmen onto the front of the wreath. When I put these guys together I layered them using foam stickers to give them really fun dimension. I love that you are able to mix and match all their accessories! 

I used the super fun new Mini Clothespins to hold my banner. I love to use them to hold my twine! 

My kids were super excited about this project and we are going to love having it on display in our living room!! 

I hope you were inspired to create today!! Thanks for checking out my project using the super fun Frosty Friends Collection

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Frozen Inspired Layout "Warm Hugs"

Hello Doodlebug friends! Aimee here today with a layout that I'm so excited about. My family and I recently went on a Disney cruise and were thrilled when we found out that Elsa and Anna were on board! Well, maybe not the boys but my sweet girl and I were! I was even more excited when I realized the colors of the Frosty Friends Collection matched my photos perfectly!

Have you all checked out the new Chippers? They are so easy to use and a perfect addition to all of the Doodlebug alphas! I just love to use all of the different sizes of alphas to make a unique looking title.

The new glitter Sprinkles are so cute and adds so much to any project! I love the look of them!! And check out the "frozen" tab.....perfect for my layout!

Aside from all of the gorgeous pattern papers in this collection I LOVE all of the glitter.....glitter on the papers, glitter in the Sprinkles, and glitter on these adorable little snow covered trees!

Thanks for joining us today! I know you have been lovin' all of inspiration the Doodlebug girls have been showing! This collection is gorgeous and fun to use! Be sure to get yours for all your wintery projects!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thankful: Combining Friendly Forest & Happy Camper Layout

Today I'm sharing with you lovely crafters on how the Happy Camper & Friendly Forest lines go so well together. As the theme for the projects revolve around being thankful, I'd like to share with  you'll a layout I created featuring the two blessings in my life, my baby girls :) I am thankful for having them in life. They bring immense joy and never fail to lift my spirits on a trying day. Here's my layout featuring them..

Some Close Ups

Materials Used:

4364: friendly forest this & that sticker
4370: friendly forest icon sticker 
4371: friendly forest fancy frill sticker
4436: fall mini clothespins 
4327:fall festival double-sided cardstock
4477: happy camper this & that sticke
4475: happy camper icon sticker
4486: field of flowers double-sided  cardstock

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thankful 4 My Sous Chef Layout

I LOVE the colors in both of these collections and as soon as I saw that beautiful shade of purple I immediately thought of these pictures with my sweet girl in her purple and blue pajamas helping me cook. I had to have a turkey and love how he turned out using the 6x6 pages. The eyes are Beetleblack mini jewels and the nose is from the Bumblebee Arrow Sprinkles package.

Another eye catching title using a couple of the different Doodlebug alphas!

I needed some more embellishments to dress up my layout so I pulled out all of the stickers and Sprinkles from both of the collections and can I just say "WOW!"

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed another example of just how gorgeous both of these lines work together!
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