Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween from Doodlebug Team

All of us at Doodlebug wanted to take 
a moment to say 
Boo from the Crew!!!!

....we begged, pleaded and threatened our team and staff with requests for their Halloween photos from the past and a few stepped up.


Monique...a very long time ago
(and yes she's a Gnome)
Tiffany again...she loves Halloween!! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Mini Album Binding Technique

Hello Doodlebug fans! It's Tuesday and that means we have a new tutorial for you! For today I (Monique) thought it would be fun to create a mini album from scratch, using both the cards and envelopes from a package of Create-A-Card.

Here's what we will be using for the base of the mini, the embellishments will follow later on: one package of "Create-A-Card" A2 polka dot assortment and 1 sheet of crushed velvet cardstock.

And here are the instructions:

1. Cut a strip of your crushed velvet cardstock measuring 4.5" x 12" and score two folds in the middle of the strip (= the spine of your album). I scored the lines approx. 0.5 cm left and right of the 6" written on the top of my score board. Because the crushed velvet cardstock is rather heavy I used my ruler to make sure the scoring bone stayed in it's "lane".

2. Next fold an accordion, using a scrap of cardstock (whatever you have lying around) the same width of your album, to hold the envelopes. Score 7 folds (3 up, 4 down) to hold 4 envelopes. I folded a few more and then trimmed off the excess.

3. Choose 4 envelopes and trim off the flap.

4. Add a bit of adhesive to the bottom of the back of the envelope and place in accordion.

5. Use your sewing machine to adhere the envelope for "real". Now it will never come loose!

6. Do this for all 4 envelopes:



7. Now it should look like this:

8. Next adhere these envelopes to the cover, again using the sewing machine (can you tell I love my sewing machine?). First place the cover open on the table, take the pile of envelopes and adhere the back of your last envelope to the inside of the cover using adhesive. Fold your mini closed and sew everything together! Make sure you don't make your stitches too small otherwise your cardstock will break. If I would do it again, I would use a bigger stitch, but luckily this held too.

9. Next we'll create the inserts of the envelopes. Choose 4 cards and trim off the back (we won't be needing these any more).

10. Insert the 4 fronts in the envelopes and then it will look like this:

The base of your mini is now finished and you can start embellishing!

Here's a collage of what I did. For the entire album I used papers from the new "Haunted Manor" collection ... not very spooky at all, right? If you use the back side of these papers they are perfect for non-Halloween projects!

For more detailed photos, please visit my blog CREATING {NON}SENSE.

This is it! Thanks for visiting Doodlebug's blog today and hope you'll have a happy scrappy day!!

Supplies: Patterned Paper "Haunted Manor", Crushed Velvet Cardstock, Create-A-Card A2 polka dot assortment, Cute Cuts from Colorwheel and Haunted Manor, Doodle-Pops "Flutter", Hampton Art/Doodlebug Stamp "Sweet Backgrounds", Stamping Ink "ColorBox/Doodlebug Bubblegum",  Alphabet Stickers "Hopscotch" (on the cover) and lots of Teensy Type, Fancy Frills and two different ribbons. Other supplies: pages torn from an old book and a tag.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Use Circles on your Happy Mail Challenge 2

There's still one day left to submit your projects...let's all get crafty!! 
Welcome to Happy Mail Challenge 2. (click here to read about Happy Mail) You are invited to play along with us by following the challenge and uploading your card to this blog post using the inlinkz tool below.

CHALLENGE: Use two different sized circles on your HAPPY MAIL.
GIVEAWAY AND PRIZE DETAILS: To participate upload your Happy Mail card (using the inlinkz tool below) by 10/27/2012 midnight PST. Everyone that uploads their Happy Mail card is entered into the giveaway for the prizes below. Winners announced 11/2/2012 on Happy Mail challenge 3.
  1. Doodlebug goody box
  2. $20 BPC gift certificate 
  3. Design Workshop eBook by Lisa Dickinson

What is the Happy Mail Campaign?
Starting Sept 1 2012, I Stacy Julian , declare that I will make and send 365 handmade cards with handwritten notes. Now I do not want to do this along and I know with your enthusiastic support, we can do this. Join me in a pay-it-forward Happy Mail movement where people rediscover the joy of sending and receiving handwritten communication (with a stamp).

What is Happy Mail?
Happy Mail is a concept that we started with the launch of Big Picture Classes in 2005. We wanted to connect with our members in multiple ways. When you register for an account at Big Picture Classes we ask you some unusual questions, such as what is your favorite candy bar? your favorite color? Using those answers and with the help of our BPC team we randomly mail out happy mail to members. In fact when we celebrated our 5-year anniversary we sent out 500 happy mail packages to 500 Big Picture members all around the world. We continue to package and send happy mail out to our members throughout the world.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bling that Thing....Layout Inspiration

Halloween Bling Layout

When you have a house full of little boys, it seems the opportunities to "bling things up" are pretty rare (luckily I do have one daughter in the mix too) I take advantage of every opportunity to add a little bling when I can. That's why this project was extra fun - the Halloween Jewels and Halloween Pearls not only add bling, they add bits of brightly colored fun and interest! I added jewels randomly to my polka-dot background paper and I just love how it turned out. You'll find little pearls on each side of the "O" in my title and if you look closely you'll even notice the cute jack-o-lantern on the bottom has some pearly black eyes of his own! Have fun adding jewels and pearls to your next layout, especially if you normally shy away from the bling!

Supply List: haunted manor: night owls paper, witchy way paper, cob webs paper, gallery of ghouls paper, spooky type paper, cute cuts, icons stickers; halloween mini pearls, halloween jewels, beetle black doodle wine, tangerine teensy type, limeade fancy frills

Bling Christmas Layout

Now let's skip over Halloween and start thinking about the holidays....
Bling Christmas Layout

Supply List: happy holidays: doodle-cut, cute cuts, winter wonderland, doodle-pops: snowman, mini doodle-pops: flurry, jewels: christmas assortment, north pole: 6x6 paper pad, icons cardstock stickers, cute cuts, jack & jill alphabet, rub-ons: beetle black

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bling that Thing Creations

Spider Web Blinged Card
by Sherry Cartwright

Who says pink isn't for Halloween?   I've used pink as the base for this card and added in some traditional color to pull it altogether.

The spiderweb was made using the dotted line from the borders cling stamp set.  The best thing about cling, clear and unmounted stamps is that they are flexible and plyable.  Move them, bend them and make 'em work for you.   Once the spiderweb was stamped, I cut it out and mounted to a square piece of sugarcoated cardstock using foam adhesive.

I added the owl to the top and the spider hanging from its bow.   It's a fun way to tie the two elements together -- literally. I added lots of jewels and pearls to fancy up the card -- eyes of the owl, spider eyes and dew drops.
Supply List: sticker - haunted manor; trick or treat thought bubble - monster mania; candy corn brad - halloween boutique brads; doodle  twine - beetlebug

Halloween Altered Frame
by Kathy Martin

Supply List: Haunted Manor Collection, Night Owls, Spooky Type, Cute Cuts, Card Stock Stickers – Frames, Spook-A-Dot, 5x5 Altered Frame - Halloween, Mini Doodle-Pops: Spidies and Pumpkin Pals, Jewels: Halloween Assortment

Happy Halloween Card
by Melinda Spinks

Supply List: Monster Mania Doodle-cut; Sugar Coated Cardstock - Bumblebee; Doodle Pop - Batty; Mini Jewels - Lily White, Bumblebee; Doodles Cardstock Stickers Happy Halloween - Lily White; Candy Shoppe Mini Rubons - Lily White.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Tri-Fold Glitter Card

“Boo To You” Tri-Fold Glitter Card
by Tiffany Hood

In honor of my favorite thing in crafting- BLING- I decided to make a super sparkly Halloween card.  This tutorial will show you two techniques: how to make the card base, and how to make the glittered spiderweb.

First, you’ll start with a 5 ¼”x11” piece of cardstock

Mark 2” up from the left bottom corner

Then you’ll use your paper trimmer to cut from the top right corner to the 2” mark you made.

Place your cardstock upside down as shown into a score board. Score the cardstock at 4” and 7 ¾”

Accordion fold as shown

Then, you can cut additional pieces if desired to change the patterns of some of the panels.  Here, I cut a black piece that I will embellish.

Emboss the cardstock piece with a spiderweb embossing folder

Your paper will now look like this

Now you’ll need Doodlebug’s new Metallic Glitter, a Tidy Tray, and either a glue pad or a glue pen

You can either press the glue pad over the embossed image (if the ink pad is new and juicy)

Or you can draw over the embossed areas with a glue pen.  This technique takes a bit longer but works better.  (If you use a glue pen, work in small sections adding glue and then adding glitter so the areas don’t dry before the glitter is applied)

Hold cardstock over a Tidy Tray and pour glitter over wet glue.  Tap off excess into Tidy Tray and then put excess glitter back into jar.

Now you’ve got a cute glittered spiderweb!

Embellish as desired with  twine, stickers, ribbon, and die cuts.

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