Thursday, December 29, 2011

Out with the Old, In with the New + giveaway

Well this will be our last post for 2011. We've had a ball this year introducing you to a new blog and new design team. So let's have a little fun with this last post and combine with with a fun giveaway of our favorite 2011 products...some paper, some twine and our popular Create-a-Card program. Read the details below our inspiration....

Out With The Old Me...In With The New
by Tiffany Hood

Journaling Reads: This year I turned 30 and I decided to change my life - I tried things I’ve never tried before - I made myself more important in my life - I made tough decisions - I fought for what I wanted - I decided life was too short - I became more confident - I finally understood how important it was to take care of myself - I lost 20 pounds because I made up my mind that I could and that I was worth it - I went outside my comfort zone broke down my barriers I found myself. - No more insecurity - No more doubt - I can do anything I put my mind to - I will not live another day with regret - I will reach and fight for every dream I have - I will love myself, and love others - I am confident, beautiful….I am proud to be me

2011 Stitched with Love-A Year in Review
by Elizabeth Carney
I took a cue from the Nifty Notions collections to use the title and theme of “stitched with love” throughout my 2011 year in review layout. It fit perfectly for our little family and what we did over the year. It was a fantastic year for us, full of life and cheery and using the fun colors in this collection worked perfectly!

Supply List: Doodlebug Shin-Dig cardstock stickers Ladybug; Doodlebug Nifty Notions Cute Cuts; Doodlebug Doodle Twine Beetle Black; Doodlebug Icons cardstock stickers Nifty Notions; Doodlebug mini rub-ons Candy Shoppe Beetle Black; Doodlebug Doodles cardstock stickers I love you Beetle Black; Doodlebug Fancy Frills Nifty Notions

Last 2011 Giveaway: 
We're going to make this simple. Leave us a comment or post on our Facebook wall that LOVE Doodlebug!! We'll announce the winner "next year" on January 2nd. Happy New Year!! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Out with Old, In with New...2012 Goals, Grey Hair & Party Ideas

2012 Goals by Jessy Christopher

Supply list: Petite Prints bumblebee dot-grid, Petite Prints cupcake daisy-stripe, Nifty Notions doodle-cut, Nifty Notions cardstock stickers (icons), Nifty Notions cardstock stickers (fancy frills), Nifty Notions boutique brads, Welcome Home cardstock stickers (icons), Bon Appetit cardstock stickers (icons), Ladybug Garden cardstock stickers (icons), Color Wheel cardstock stickers (icons), Paper Frills bumblebee, Doodle Twine ladybug, Shin Dig cardstock stickers beetle black, Candy Shoppe stickers bon-bon, Doodle Pops sweet cake, Doodle Pops maple, Doodle Pops posie patch

Out with the Grey by Monique Liedtke

In this case "out with the old, in with the new" is about my hair color. I've never been very happy with my hair color, but now that it's slowly starting to turn grey, I dislike it even more. So every now and again I go to the hairdressers to get it colored, especially for Christmas!

Materials used:  patterned paper: Santa's Workshop and Petite Prints, Cardstock Stickers: Santa's Workshop, Doodle Twine, Buttons, Jewels, Doodle-Pops (a Christmas Tree), Alpha Cardstock Stickers: Candy Shoppe.

New Year's Party Ideas by Sherry Cartwright

We will have a little celebration to ring in the new year!!

Our ensemble includes:  mini top hat; 2012 headband tiara; invitation; napkin rings; frame; straw decoration; banner; confetti; clock decoration. And Sherry will have more pictures of these posted on her blog today. 

Supply List:  Petite Prints Daisy Stripe patterned paper - swimming pool; Petite Prints Daisy Stripe patterned paper - beetle black; Petite Prints Dot Grid patterned paper - bumblebee; Petite Prints Dot Grid patterned paepr - beetle black; Sugar Coated dot cardstock - lily white; Sugar Coated cardstock - swimming pool; Sugar Coated cardstock - bumblebee; Doodle Twine - beetle black; Shindig alpha stickers - beetle black; Sugar Coated brads - bright assortment; You're Invited cardstock stickers - beetle black; Headlines Collection cardstock stickers - celebrate

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday Tutorial: Pocket Page Layout

Welcome back!! We're so looking forward to this week on the blog as we talk about "Out with the Old and In with the New" for the New Year! We challenged the Doodlebug Design Team to focus on topics that fit this theme in one way or another. We're thankful for Ro for starting us off with this great tutorial on how she created this fun pocket page layout.

Pocket Page Layout by Ro Philippsen

1 - Fold a cardstock  12x10 inch in half, like the image.

2 - Creasing the cardstock into 4 equal parts of 3 inches each.

3 - Fold the sheet in half and using a punch, punch semi-circles, as the picture below.

4 - Then glue forming four pockets.

5 - Make four tags that fit inside pockets.

6 - Now glue your pockets on your background.

7 - And embellish your layout.

Supply List: Ladybug Garden Collection - ladybug garden-sugar coated; fancy frills-cardostock sticker; all in row-cardstock; daisy days-cardstock; ladybug garden-doodle cuts; ladybug garden-cute cuts; jewels: ladybug and bumblebee; buttons: ladybug assortment;chunky brads: ladybug; chunky brads: bumblebee; cardstock alphabet stickers limeade.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Doodles Card Sketch Take Three....

One last take on our December Doodles Sketch....

We originally posted our December Doodles Card Sketch on December 7th, in case you missed the ideas you can read that post here

We posted a "Take Two" group of ideas earlier this week on December 21st, click here if you missed it.  

And here's our last. These cute cards were created by Monique Liedtke. You can catch more of her great ideas on her blog:

Supply List: Create-A-Card (A6 swiss dot assortment), Santa's Workshop Patterned Paper, Doodles (Merry Christmas), Doodle-pops (Santa, Mr.Penguin), Santa's Workshop Cardstock Stickers, Sugar Coated Cardstock, Mini Jewels (Ladybug, Limeade).

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Doodles 12x12 Sketch Take Two!

We are sharing more great inspiration featuring Karan from the Sketchabilities blog layout sketch this month. We hope these ideas inspire you to create great holiday memories!

Christmas Day by Ro Philippsen

Supply List: Christmas - doodle twine; pretty poinsettias; little helpers; holiday tweed; jolly dots; santa's workshop; santa's workshop 4x6 cut-outs; santa's workshop 4x6 cute-outs;candy cane lane; christmas tree; boutique buttons; glitter assortment.

Merry Christmas by Jessy Christopher

Supply List: Santa's Workshop Teeny Toys; Doodle Twine Ladybug; Sugar Coated Cardstock Sweet Pea; Doodle-Pops Mr.Penguin; Doodle-Pops Snowflake; Doodle-Pops packaging (snowflake); Doodle-Pops Rudy; Santa's Workshop Cute-CutsSanta's Workshop Cardstock Stickers (iCons & Fancy Frills); Santa's Workshop Candy Cane Lane; Santa's Workshop Snowfall

Christmas Cutie by Stephanie Buice

Supply List: Santa's Workshop doodle cut, santa's workshop pretty poinsettias, petite prints grasshopper daisy-stripe, santa's workshop christmas cut out, jewels limeade, ladybug and lily white, doodle- pops O'christmas tree

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Doodles Card Sketch Take Two!

Here's our Doodles Card Sketch for December again and some inspiration from our design team. We introduced this Card Doodle to you earlier in the month, you can check it out here if you missed it.

Ho Ho Card by Jing-Jing Nickel

Supplies Used:
Create-a-card A6 dot assortment
Paper frills in Lilly White and Ladybug
Santa's workshop Jolly dots, cute cut, cheery chat
Fancy frills: Santa's workshop
Doodle-pops: santa

Thanks Card by Kathy Martin

Winter has just begun and I already have spring fever! What’s a girl to do? Break out a colorful, floral collection of papers and accents, like Colorwheel from Doodlebug Designs and craft up something fun!

Supplies Used: 
Pocket Full of Posies
Fancy Frills
Create-A-Card – Slim Filagree Assortment
Simply Sweet Mini Rub-Ons – Beetle Black
Mini Jewels, Lilac, Cupcake, Beetle Black
Boutique Buttons – Limeade Assortment
Boutique Brads – Cupcake Assortment
Doodle Twine – Beetle Black

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday Tutorial: Multiple Photo Layout

by Nancy Damiano


Every year I take dozens of pictures of the kids in our family opening gifts. And every year I'm disappointed in the photos - they're dark, blurry or use lots of flash. While I'm practicing becoming a better photographer in low-light situations, I needed to find a way to showcase all of these not-so-great shots. The pictures aren't perfect, but the expressions in those little faces and the memories are!

The best way to showcase lots of pictures (and make not great ones look better) is to print them out in smaller sizes. I started out by making a grid of circles with my die cutting machine that measured 2". 

I left room in the center of the aqua patterned paper so that I could tie twine in the center. I was able to use 7 photos in a small, compact space and still showcase the excitement of opening gifts. I placed the Santa's Workshop stickers on white cardstock, filled the rest of the circles with photos and backed the entire grid on kraft cardstock. 

This is a quick and easy way to showcase some of the many photos you're sure to take this Holiday season!

Supply List:
Santa's Workshop: Cardstock Icon Stickers, Border Sticker
Doodle Twine: Christmas Assortment
Headlines: 'tis the Season
Expression Rub-on: 'tis the Season
Mini Jewels: Ladybug 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Announcing the new Sweet Cakes Collection

We thought it would be fun to take a break from all our holiday plans and look at something simply too sweet to resist. Ask your local retailer for this collection because the new Sweet Cakes Collection that is shipping now! 

We mixed velvety reds, parfait pinks, whisked in some white with a pinch of silver and ended up with a batch of “sweet cakes™”! This delightful new grouping has plenty of sugar coating to satisfy your sweet tooth. It comes complete with sugar coated double-sided cardstock, double-sided cardstock, cute cuts™, essentials™ kit, all new collection packs, sugar coated cardstock stickers, doodle-pops™, and a new spool of doodle twine! Adding this assortment to your supplies will be  the icing on the cake! 

After the holidays we'll ask our Design Team to inspire you with some fun, 
yummy inspiring ideas featuring the Sweet Cakes Collection

Friday, December 16, 2011

Guest Designer: Vicki Boutin + Bonus Workshop

We are so thrilled to welcome a dear friend and very talented designer Vicki Boutin to the Doodlebug blog today. She agreed to share a darling workshop she taught recently with you our followers and you're in for a TREAT!! Welcome Vicki!

Let me share a little bit about my friend Vicki....
Vicki Boutin comes from a background in graphic design and fine arts and she has always been passionate about creating pretty things! Her love of colour, texture, funky patterns and photography lead her to the discovery of scrapbooking and paper crafting. She has not looked back since! [Read more...]

Be sure to visit Vicki's darling blog for more great inspiration:

Now for Vicki's darling workshop featured the Santa's Workshop Collection.

Easy, Detail, Expert Layout Workshop Featuring Santa’s Workshop 
Supply List is at the end of these instructions.

Cutting instructions:
Swimming Pool dot Grid paper- 12” x 1” piece, 11 ½” x 4 ¾” piece, punch a 12” border piece                            and cut to 12” x ¾” strip, 7” x 4 ½” piece
Grasshopper dot-grid paper- 10 ½” x 4 ¼” piece, 4 ¼” x 6 ¼” mat
Ladybug daisy-stripe paper- 11” x 2” piece, three 3” x 3 ½” mats, ½” x 2 ½” piece
Santa’s Workshop Doodle-cut paper- cut a 6 ¾” piece and a 4 ¾” piece           
Santa’s Workshop Cut Outs (aqua side)-12” x 4 ¼” piece, 11 ½” x 6 ½” piece
Little Helpers paper- 4 ¼” x 3 ¼” mat, two 1 ½” circles
Candy Cane Lane paper- punch a 12” border piece and cut to 11 ¾” x 1”, cut a 7 ½” x 5” mat
Pretty Poinsettias paper- cut TWO 6” x 4” mat, punch two 1” circles    
Snowfall paper- punch a 12” border and cut to 12” x ½”, cut two 2 ½” x 2 ¼” mats, cut a 6 ½” x 3 5/8” mat, punch three 2” circles, two 1 ½” circles and one 1” circle from the striped side
White cardstock- 7” x 2 ½” piece

To create the Detail layout This Winterful Day:

  1. Add the 6 ½” x 11 ½” piece of the aqua circle patterned paper to the left side of the grid side of the Limeade dot-grid paper.
  2. Measure and mark 1”, 1 ¾” and 2 ½” from the top right edge and the bottom right edge of the 4 ¾” x 11 ½” Swimming pool dot paper.  Using a Crop-A-Dile or hole punch, create three notches at the top and bottom of the strip.  These notches will hold the twine.
  3. Stamp three large snowflakes on the 2” striped circles.  Stamp two medium sized snowflakes on the 1 ½” circles.  Stamp one small snowflake on the 1” striped circle.
  4. Add two green eyelets to the top and bottom of each stamped circle.  Cut three 12 ½” pieces of the red twine.  Thread the stamped circles on the twine and add them to the notched sections on the Swimming Pool dot paper.  Secure with tape. Add foam squares under the three large circles and adhere the remaining circles.
  5. Add the Swimming Pool dot paper to the right side of the layout.
  6. Round the top two corners of the 11” x 2” red striped paper and attach it vertically 4 ¾” from the right side of the layout. Slide the red scalloped reindeer diecut under the bottom left of the red striped paper.  It may need to be trimmed first. Layer the aqua grid punched border vertically 7 ¼” from the left side of the page.  Add the aqua snowflake border 4 ½” from the right side of the page.  Add the green striped glitter border on top of the punched borders.  Cut the red scalloped edge from the presents glitter border and add to the right of the green striped border.
  7. Add the “let it snow” diecut to the red scalloped diecut.
  8. Attach the 4 ¼” x 6 ¼” green dot mat and the 4 ¼” x 3 ¼” green grid mat.
  9. Punch three photo corners and add them to the green dot mat.
  10. Add title, red pearls to snowflakes, brads to red striped paper and journal strips.
  11. Photos: 4” x 6”, 4” x 3”
 To create the Easy layout Christmas:

  1. Attach the 12” x 1” strip of the Swimming Pool dot paper ½” from the bottom of the white grid paper.  Add 12” x 4 ¼” piece of aqua circle paper above the Swimming pool dot paper.  Layer the 4 ¾” piece of the green Doodle-cut paper to the top of the page.
  2. Slide the “Christmas” scalloped diecut under the top right corner of the Doodle-cut paper.
  3. Attach the pink striped glitter border along the bottom of the Swimming Pool dot paper and attach the red striped scalloped glitter border above the Swimming Pool dot paper.
  4. Add the green and white striped loopy border along the seem of the Doodle-cut paper.
  5. Add the green and red punched circles at the left side and right side of the Swimming Pool dot paper and add an aqua eyelet at each end.  Add two pieces of red twine and tie a bow.
  6. Round the upper left and upper right corners of the 6 ½” x 3 5/8” blue striped mat and attach it to the left side of the Doodle-cut paper at the top of the page.
  7. Round the upper left and upper right corners of the 6” x 4” red and white dot mat and layer over the blue striped mat.
  8. Add bracket diecuts and present stickers.
  9. Add twine to two buttons and attach to page.  Add journaling strips.
  10. Photo sizes: three 3” x 2 ½”, 5 ½” x 3 ½”
To create the Expert layout Our Christmas:

  1. Attach the green Doodle-cut paper to the bottom of the Aquamarine cardstock. 
  2. Round the top corners of the 10 ½” x 4 ¼” dark green dot paper and attach it to the top of the layout, above the Doodle-cut paper.
  3. Attach the 11 ¾” x 1” striped border vertically 4 7/8” from the top of the layout. 
  4. Add the 7 ½” x 5” pink and red flower mat ¼” from the top of the page a 1” from the right side of the page.
  5. Stamp the snowflake pattern on the 7” x 4 ½” aqua grid mat and layer it over the pink and red flower mat.
  6. Cut a wave horizontally through the 7” x 2 ½” white cardstock with a craft knife.  Layer the pieces at the bottom of the aqua grid mat.  Add the stickers and yellow star.  Add red pearls to large snowflakes.  Doodle on the two “snow” hills.  Attach four brads to the corners of the red and pink flowered mat.  Wrap aqua and green twine around the brads.  Add a bow.
  7. Trim the green bracket diecut and add the “Christmas” stickers.  Handwrite “photos”.  Slide the diecut under the winter “scene”.  Trim a piece of the pink and red scalloped diecut and add Thickers.  Attach it to the page.
  8. Trim a 3” piece and a ¾” piece of the white dotted glitter border and add them above the striped border.
  9. Add the 6” x 4” red and white dot mat and the two 2 ½” x 2 ¼” mats to the layout.
  10. Cut three flag banners and attach them to the upper left corner of the layout.
  11. Add twine to buttons and attach to the page.
  12. Add journaling strips.
  13. Photos: 5 ½” 3 ½”, two 2 ¼” x 2” 
Supplies Needed:
Doodlebug DesignsSanta’s Workshop 12 x 12 papers- Little Helpers, Candy Cane Lane, Pretty                                              Poinsettias, Snowfall
                                 Santa’s Workshop- Doodle-Cut, Cut outs, Cute Cuts, Fancy Frills and Icons
                                 Santa’s Workshop- buttons, brads
Doodlebug Designs: Petit prints-Grasshopper dot-grid, Limeade dot-grid, Ladybug daisy-stripe,
                                                         Swimming Pool dot-grid
Doodlebug Designs: twine- 3 yards each: ladybug, swimming pool and limeade
Core’dinations Cardstock: Aquamarine
American Crafts: Lax Thickers- Powder
Queen and Co: red pearls
Other: grid paper, white cardstock, yellow star

Shared product:
Hero Arts Stamps:  Snowflake CL562

Tools: Fiskars: Circle punches- 1”, 1 ½”, 2”, Upper Crest border punch, corner rounder
           Photo corner punch

Tools You'll Need: 12x12 paper trimmer, ruler, fine tipped scissors, Crop-A-Dile, black stamping ink, acrylic block, wet and dry adhesive, craft knife, cutting mat, adhesive foam squares, tape.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Santa's Workshop Home Decor Ideas

Santa's Workshop Village Tiffany Hood

This is a fun home decor project that would also make a great gift idea.  I love giving homemade gifts, and I love creating holiday crafts for others.  I used the "Santa's Workshop" collection and cut the houses using my Cricut and the My Community cartridge.  I assembled the houses and then traced them onto wood and cut them out.  Using Mod-Podge, I decoupaged the fronts onto the wood pieces, and then used "Aleene's Glitter Snow," "Diamond Dust" and Doodlebug's Chunky Glitter to make the "snow" on the rooftops and the ground.  Full details and detail images can be found on my blog today.

Supply List: Santa’s Workshop sugar coated cardstock stickers; Santa’s Workshop fancy frills sugar coated cardstock stickers; Santa’s Workshop Cute Cuts; Holiday Tweed double-sided cardstock; Cheery Chat double-sided cardstock; Jolly Dots double-sided cardstock; Candy Cane Lane double-sided cardstock; Petite Prints cardstock- Grasshopper dot-grid; Doodle-Pops cardstock sticker- O Christmas Tree; Doodle-Pops cardstock sticker- Wreath; Doodle-Pops cardstock sticker- Little Helper; Doodle-Pops cardstock sticker- Poinsettia; Doodle-Pops cardstock sticker- Snowflake; Boutique Brads- Happy Holidays Assortment; Boutique Brads- Christmas Candy Assortment; Sugar Coating Chunky Glitter- Lily White

12 Days of Christmas Advent by Stephanie Buice

This 12 days of Christmas Advent calendar was a fun project to make, and using my silhouette made it super easy! 

I had to play with the shapes a bit to get the ones I wanted, but after that all there was left to do was to cut them out and sew them together to form the "pockets". This project took a bit of time but it was so worth it, the Doodlebug's Santa's Workshop collection is so cute and fun who wouldn't want it displayed in their home?

Supply List: All patterned paper from Santa's workshop collection.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

More Holiday Gift Ideas from Aphra, Melinda and Wendy

Merry Christmas Shadow Box Decor by Aphra Boyler

Supply List:  Bubblegum Petite Prints Paper; Santa's Workshop Candy Cane Lane Paper; Santa's Workshop Teeny Toys Paper; Santa's Workshop Fancy Frills Stickers; Santa's Workshop Sugar Coated Cardstock Stickers; Sweet Love Fancy Frills Stickers; Poinsettia Doodle Pops Sticker; Snowflake Doodle Pops Sticker; MultiColor Merry Christmas Stickers; BonBon Doodle Twine; Christmas Doodle Twine.

Christmas Lolly-pop Tree by Melinda Spinks
Coming up with the perfect gift at Christmas time can be such a hard task as most people have everything they need. So, I decided to get a little bit creative and make an edible gift that can be used as a table centrepiece in the lead up to Christmas and then demolished (slowly of course) piece by piece.

Supplies Used: Santa's Workshop cardstock - pretty poinsettias, little helpers, cheery chat, assorted cut-outs, candy cane lane; Sugar Coated cardstock - Vanilla.
Gift Box and Gift Card Set by Wendy Sue Anderson
I thought this little gift set would be perfect for teacher gifts.  The box is filled with little chocolate treats and topped with a paper bow.  The little pocket will hold a fun gift card.  Something for now and something for later. J

 Supplies:  Santa’s Workshop Cute Cuts, Santa’s Workshop Icon Stickers, Santa’s Workshop fancy frills, Santa’s Workshop Candy Cane Lane paper, Santa’s Workshop Cheery Chat paper
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