Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Santa Express: A Work of Heart Layout

Hello Doodlebugs!

I can't begin to express my excitement at working with this year's Santa Express collection!  It is filled with so many beautiful patterns and darling images!  And can I just gush over how much I love the addition of the bubblegum pink and swimming pool?!
For my title I layered a circle over one of the darling new doilies and arranged my letter stickers using parchment paper (a trick I learned from the amazing Melinda Spinks). To from a little border along the top of my page I used the reverse side of the tags from the Christmas Tags Craft Kit inspired by a wonderful Scrapbook Generation's sketch.  I love how these tags are double sided!
To decorate my little tag embellishment I punched out a 1-3/4" circle from the very merry paper.  A little stitching, star jewel, a snip of a border sticker and some washi tape and I was done with my simple tag.
To complete my visual triangle I have a third little grouping in the bottom right-hand corner of my layout using my favorite Doodlepop from the collection.  Isn't that sweet tree irresistible?!  To form my border along the bottom I used a strip of pistachio lace washi tape--I love how at a glance it looks like I die-cut a fancy border, but in a fraction of the time!
I hope I've inspired you a bit today!  I can't wait to see what you create with this fun collection!
Supplies:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Santa Express: Wish List & Receipt Keeper


Shellye along with a cute and fun Santa Express 
Wish List & Receipt Keeper
I love functional organizers especially during the hustle and bustle of the
Christmas season!  

For an extra-sturdy organizer, start with a rectangle piece of chipboard for
the front and back covers.  Cut desired patterned papers to a matching size
and adhere to the front/back.  Trim out the edge of the chipboard in Doodle Twine.

Mat the front with other fun papers and use die-cuts, foam adhesive 
and punch-outs to add dimension.


On the back of the Christmas Confetti Double-Sided Paper, you will find a
notebook-style paper that is divided into six grids and labeled
"christmas wish list".  I cut the grids apart and added the names of 
our family members with Doodle Type stickers.  

On the backside of each list, add a Treat Bag with high-tack adhesive tape.
This will house receipts.

Embellish the pockets as desired.
Punch a hole through one corner of the covers and lists and bind
together with a ring.  
The finished keeper will measure around 4X6; store it inside a plastic
baggie or large envelope if you plan on carrying it along in a purse!

Thanks for joining us today at Doodlebug Design.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Santa Express: Winter Village Houses

Although Halloween is just around the corner, I can't help but dig into my Christmas papers and supplies and start creating projects for Christmas.  Amanda here today with a super cute project that you can make to dress up a holiday mantel, table, or even use as a centerpiece.

I love making miniature paper crafts and houses are my favorite crafts to make.  I die cut and assembled two houses and a church to be the start of my winter village.  (These cut files can be found in the Cricut library as part of the Winter Woodland cartridge.)

The best part of these houses is that they can each be lit with a single battery operated tea light.  The houses look great lit during the day, but look especially stunning at night.  The addition of vellum to the windows softens the glow and makes the houses look warm and inviting.

The short green house is my favorite.  I die cut each roof from sugar coated cardstock to make them look as though they were covered with a fresh layer of snow.

Each building has a contrasting door.  Although I was tempted, I refrained from adding too many extra details to the houses so they wouldn't distract from the glowing lights.

The stripey church looks so inviting!  I also added vellum inside the doorways of the houses so the tea lights would be well disguised.  You can easily turn these little houses into a play set (like this one) by leaving the vellum out of the doors.

Add vellum inside the windows and doors before you fold and assemble the houses.  Cut pieces of vellum so they overlap the windows about 1/4" on each side and adhere with a tape runner.

The houses look bright and cheery when lit during the day.  Create more houses in a variety of colors to create a larger winter village.  Add trees, critters, and a backdrop to add more drama to your scene.
Happy creating!

Amanda

Supplies:
Santa Express collection
Sugar Coated cardstock

Friday, October 17, 2014

Santa Express: DIY Mini Gift Bags by Aimee



Putting these little guys together was a snap. I found the Christmas Reindeer Bag cut at the Silhouette Design Store and just knew they would be absolutely adorable made with Doodlebug's Santa Express.


The little tags on the front are backed with the wonderful Sprinkles Vellum and made the perfect background for the sentiment.


I used the new clothes pins to keep the bags closed at the handle and added a tag from the Fancy Frills sticker sheet.


Thanks for joining us today! Be sure to keep stopping by the blog each day for more inspiration with the Santa Express collection! You'll be sure to love each project!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Santa Express: December Daily Album

Hi Everyone...it's Kathy today with my first-ever December Daily mini album!  I've always been a bit intimidated by the thought of taking on a December Daily, but the new Santa Express Collection made it so easy!  I started out with a Doodlebug Plain & Simple Chipboard Album.  I love how the pages are all different!  I covered the pages with some of the fun papers from Santa Express.  I also created a few extra pages using Doodlebug Textured Cardstock so that I had enough pages in the book. I then went to work decorating! I kept my cover fairly simple using the Merry Tree Doodlepop as my center.  I used some Limeade Teensy Type letters for my title.


I then went to work on the next 25 pages using all the goodies in the Santa Express Collection... take a peek!


Don't you LOVE the Holly Berries Sprinkles Shapes??!!!!

Doodlebug's Doilies were a fun addition to the album as well...the colors are perfect!

I created a tie envelope using Lily White Sprinkles Vellum.  I plan on putting some cookie recipe cards inside! (I make cookies every year for the neighbors!)  Of course I embellished it with some cute Gingerbread people!

The Limeade Chevron Treat bag worked perfectly with Santa Express too!  I used one to create a pocket for a journaling tag.

I also created an ornament shaker and filled it with some coordinating Doodlebug Sequins!
I will say that my album came together MUCH quicker than I expected, and I'm really happy with the results!  And now for a freebie for you!  I created a cut file for all of the number flags in my book, and would love to share it.  Click here to download your copy!  That's it for me today.  Be sure to keep checking back to get more Santa Express inspiration from the design team!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Santa Express: Counting Down To Christmas

Hello out there in doodlebug land! Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here with a 3-d advent calendar!

I have a thing for advent calendars. My parents worked their bums off and most of the time my advent calendar was the highlight of my year (presents-wise). Sometimes I had a piece of See's Candy in a box and other times I had bobby pins or rubber bands. My dad even would put comics in a few of the boxes. Sometimes there would be a pair of earrings or a small necklace in the 25 box! I loved it and I want to bring that magic to our kids as well! 

When I saw Santa Express I knew that I wanted to use this collection to make an advent calendar that would last me years and years. So without holding back, I dove in!

As pictured above, the advent calendar is made up of 5 "houses". This is the first. It holds the first 11 boxes and stands 12 inches tall. The papers are a mix of 12x12 and the 6x6 pad. The solids are also doodlebug! They just released a whole solids line to match their cardstock! LOVE it! 

The whole first house was inspired by "gumdrops". I loved this ginger babies paper! I used doodlebug chunky sugar coating over the top of my solid to give it a glistening look. I also ran the little white shutters through my Xyron and covered them with the regular sugar coating that doodlebug makes. And... they already make glittered alpha/numbers so I used a bunch of those all over my project.

So.. here is a funny story... I didn't want to cut out all the little numbers... and doodlebug had glittered alphas. So I just made the cuts and held up my candy shoppe doodlebug alphas - and they fit!! PERFECTLY! Check it out! :) And isn't that tree doodle-pop darling?! Those sprinkles on his front are so much more scrumptious in real life!

Well HELLO there gingerbread man!!!! I wanted one peeking out from behind a door because I thought my girls would think that was funny. So I put baby powder on the back to de-stickify my little man (thanks to Wendy Sue-Anderson for that tip!) and then adhesive on his front bottom of his body and stuck him to the door. It's SO weird to put adhesive on the front! It feels like you are doing something wrong! 

Just showing you how big the boxes are. They are really sizable! Those bottom boxes (10 and 11) can easily hold little race cars.

Here comes box 12. I loved that little girl reindeer and who doesn't love candy canes!? I finished it off with some teensy type alphas in ladybug for the numbers. 

I added a little sugar sprinkle to her bow. Every girl needs a little sparkle. :)


This is one of those times where you are going to have to trust me. This is so much cuter in person! It didn't photograph well, but it's almost edible! Some of the close-ups will give you a better idea, but trust me: Hansel and Gretel totally want to live here. :)

The peppermint striped corner sticker is from the santa express this and that stickers

Have you seen this "twine" font!?! So perfect for Christmas and Valentines' Day especially! :) 

Here is a close up of the sugar coated doors and the little paper clip with the gumdrop. "Not my buttons! Not my gumdrop buttons!" (the gingerbread man in Shrek.. anyone? Anyone? Bueller?)

I had to get that cute santa paper in there somewhere! But the boy and girl reindeer paper on door 15 and 21 is probably my favorite. 

This little scene ended up being so much fun. On box 22 are 4 stickers: well, three stickers and a mini doodle-pop. Don't you just want to get on that train!? I may have a sweet-tooth problem right now. I blame doodlebug. tee hee! :) 

I was worried I was being too mono-chromatic with this box and then it ended up being my favorite. I actually re-cut the door. I had a different pattern on it, but I LOVED this blue Christmas word print and wanted to make sure it got showcased. It was a great decision to re-cut it! :) 

I just had to incorporate this lamppost from the icons somewhere. I loved it from the first! I wanted a bold number on this box so I whipped out my bon bon chippers and voila! 

Did you all see these holly berries sprinkles shapes!?! LOVE them!!! hoarding them. Polka dots. On the leaves. Oh my goodness. 

Hi! I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs! And doodlebug! :) My father-in-law 3-d printed and painted this Olaf for Emmaline. He fit perfectly in the 24 box! :) 

Okay, I may have lied earlier.. this patchwork paper and the train papers may by my favorite. Maybe I should just stop trying to find favorites. :) 

The cut came with a clock, but I liked the idea of stamping my own on there and using the big sugared sprinkle shaped arrows that doodlebug makes to emphasize that it was after midnight and Santa might come at any time!

This little scene was the first that I did. I just HAD to use Mrs. Claus and that gingerbread house on the icon stickers sheet! 6 stickers make up this little scene and I left just enough room to finish it off with the ladybug chippers to emphasize Christmas day!

The 25 box is huge! Here it is with some of Emmaline's musical instruments!

Well, if you have hung out with me this long, THANK YOU! If you have ANY questions about the project, I am so happy to answer them! You can email me at CourtsCraftsBlog@gmail.com. 

I used almost every paper in the collection, 9 different types of alphas, almost all the sticker sheets and a whole bottle of glitter - and I love it. I hope you do too and this inspires you to create something that you will have for years to enjoy and doodlebug just makes it that much more fun! 

bugs used:
doodlebug: sugar coating assortment (1476)
doodlebug: chunky sugar coating assortment (2049)
doodlebug: ladybug doodle twine alphabet sticker (3121)
doodlebug: Christmas mini paperclips (4493)
doodlebug: santa express icon sticker (4373)
doodlebug: holly berries sprinkles shapes (4400)
doodlebug: bon bon chippers (4511)
doodlebug: lily white candy shoppe cs sticker (2050)
doodlebug: merry tree doodlepop (4433)
doodlebug: teensy type alphas in ladybug (3428)
doodlebug: christmas sprinkles (4399)
doodlebug: santa express this and that stickers (4365)
doodlebug: santa express: jolly gingerbread mini doodle-pops (4431)
doodlebug: bon bon hopscotch cs sticker (1740)
doodlebug: gold arrow sprinkles (4221)
doodlebug: ladybug chippers (4512)
paper:
doodlebug: santa express: sweet santas (4341)
doodlebug: santa express: ginger babies: (4339)
doodlebug: santa express: baby deer (4342)
doodlebug: santa express: merry mistletoe (4340)
doodlebug: santa express: very merry (4337)
doodlebug: santa express: christmas confetti (4343)
doodlebug: santa express: season's greetings (4338)
doodlebug: santa express: holiday treats (4344)
doodlebug: santa express: gift giving (4346)
doodlebug: santa express: evergreens (4347)
doodlebug: santa express: 6x6 pad (4385)


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