Monday, December 11, 2017

Mix It Up Challenge: Santa Airplane Wall Decor by Jennifer Beason

Looks like Santa has ditched his sleigh and is taking to the skies in his new airplane. Guess he doesn't mind all those cookie crumbs in the cockpit! :)
Hello everyone. Jennifer here and today I'm kicking off the Doodlebug "Mix It Up" Challenge. The team and I were tasked with creating a project mixing two or more collections. Since Christmas is almost here I thought I'd get another festive project done for my shop and complete my assignment at the same time.
For this project I mixed 4 of my favorite Doodlebug Christmas collections, Milk & Cookies, Here Comes Santa Claus, Polar Pals, and Sugarplums.
The Santa in plane and cloud are DB cutting files. Both pieces were cut out of wood then chipboard and foam were used to add layers. Don't you just love those half-eaten cookie stickers... too cute!!!
Because Doodlebug uses their signature colors in all their collections, mixing the old and the new Christmas lines together was easy.
I added some chunky and regular twine to Santa's hat and some fun twine pom-poms.  I also used a little white twine detail on the plane as well. Die-cuts, stickers, and candy shaped sprinkles were added to the cockpit for Santa to snack on.
Wooden snowflakes were painted and glittered then attached to the back of the cloud with some strong twine.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Don't forget to come back tomorrow for more "Mix it Up" ideas. Happy Holidays, everyone! Jennifer

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Holiday Gifts: Chocolate Christmas Wreath by Melinda

Chocolate always seems to creep it's way into our Christmas decorations, whether hanging from the Christmas tree or adorning a garland strung across a doorway. However, considering our Christmas here in Australia is in the middle of Summer the chocolate never lasts until December 25... "oh mum, it was melting I promise"!

Now I will fully admit this wreath isn't being gifted to anyone other than my doorway because I cannot bare to part with it now that it's made. And I'm already down one chocolate in the few hours it's being hanging as Master 5 cannot help himself. But hey, it's Christmas after all.

I purchased a foam ring for the base and then used three of the super cute Milk & Cookies cut files to create the pieces I needed to put the wreath together.

Then it was a matter of layering all the holly leaves and snowflakes to cover the foam before attaching the little Christmas puddings. I also decided to use Sprinkles for the eyes and cheeks instead of the flat paper pieces of the cut files as I thought the extra dimension would add to the sweetness of the little faces.

To finish the wreath I added the chocolate Lindt balls with foam pop dots... this is definitely not a time to be using a glue gun when chocolate is involved.

 Thank you for stopping by today, I hope I've given you some ideas for your Christmas decorations, especially if you plan on adding yummy chocolate.

Melinda Spinks

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Holiday Gift Tags by Wendy Sue

Hello, Doodlebug friends!  It's Wendy Sue here today, sharing my latest "milk & cookies" creation!  Can you tell how much I love, love, love this collection?  I couldn't wait to start creating a set of Christmas gift tags for my niece and nephews this year and the cute images in this collection are perfect for kid gift tags!  Here's a peek at the set:

christmas gift tags by @WendySue for Doodlebug Design

The cute "odds & ends" are the perfect size for little gift tags - and adding their names is super easy with the teensy type stickers!

christmas gift tags by @WendySue for Doodlebug Design

Of course, I had to add some extra cute patterned paper, so I cut one tag from patterned paper and one from white cardstock and layered them together.

christmas gift tags by @WendySue for Doodlebug Design

The chunky twine gives just the right amount of extra color and texture to each tag.

christmas gift tags by @WendySue for Doodlebug Design

And, of course, those little cute clips are the perfect addition to the top of each tag.

christmas gift tags by @WendySue for Doodlebug Design

You'll notice lots of foam adhesive dots behind the odds & ends, because that's just how I roll.

Okay, now you've seen the tags, look how amazing they are on a plain wrapped gift:
christmas gift tags by @WendySue for Doodlebug Design

christmas gift tags by @WendySue for Doodlebug Design

christmas gift tags by @WendySue for Doodlebug Design

christmas gift tags by @WendySue for Doodlebug Design

You know what they say: brown paper packages tied up with string (and a doodlebug tag on top) - definitely one of my favorite things!

Happy holidays (and tag making), friends!

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