Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ornamental Ideas Day 2

Here's a few more ornamental ideas from our design team...

Reindeer Ornaments
by Wendy Sue Anderson

When we were first married someone gave us a dated holiday ornament as a wedding gift.  It's always one of my favorite ornaments to hang on our tree each year.  I thought it would be fun to create a set of ornaments that would be cute to commemorate a "first Christmas together."  This idea could easily be adapted to baby's first Christmas, or just a dated ornament.  Or just a cute addition to any tree - date or not!

Suppy List: North pole icon stickers, north pole 6x6 paper pad, teensy type cardstock stickers (ladybug), doodle twine (christmas)

Loopy Christmas Ornament
by Stephanie Buice

Supply List: Mini Pearls:Christmas assortment, Doublesided Cardstock:North Pole, doodletwine: Christmas assortment, Cute Cuts:North Pole

Holiday Rosette
by Aphra Bolyer

Supply List: North Pole Santa's Scarf Cardstock, North Pole Playful Pines Cardstock, North Pole 6x6 Paper Pad, North Pole Cardstock Sticker Icons, North Pole Jewels, North Pole Mini Pearls, Christmas Doodletwine.

Note: Aphra also used the Cricut Expression and Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge to make the rosette.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ornamental Ideas Day 1

We are excited to share some "ornamental" ideas with you this week. We've given our design team the task of inspiring you with their ideas for holiday ornaments. Whether or not you use them to hang on your tree to as a beautiful accent on a gift, we hope to inspire you!

Bird Ornaments 
by Jing-Jing Nickel

Supply List: north pole: frames cardstock sticker, in a flurry, playful pines, santa's scarf, 6x6 paper pad; doodle twine: christmas; mini jewels: ladybug, lily white, limeade assortment; doodlepops: poinsettia, snowflake, wreath, flurry; other: Maya Road chipboard birds

Sweet Scene Ornament
by Kathy Martin

Supply List: North Pole Ornament; North Pole Collection: In a Flurry, Cute Cuts, Cardstock Stickers; Doodle Twine: Christmas; Mini Pearls: Christmas Assortment; Mini Pops: Tiny Pines, Snow Buddies

Pockets & Shadow Boxes
by Sherry Cartwright

I love, love, love handmade Christmas presents and ornaments and cards and gifts and ... love the heart, soul and love that go into each handcrafted item. I made these two ornaments to share on our tree this year.  I envision a second Santa ornament being made and each containing a letter from my kiddos.

Hop on over to my blog for more details about these ornaments.

Supply List:  north pole collection: christmas cheer cardstock, cardstock stickers and frames stickers; mini card, flocked/velvet cardstock, doodle twine, adhesive jewels and metallic glitter

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: 3D Christmas Tree by Monique

Hello Doodlebug Fans, Monique here with a quick Christmas Tuesday Tutorial.

I don't know about you, but in November and December I'm always terribly busy and although I would love to create some handmade Christmas cards or ornaments very often I just don't have the time!

Last year I decided that this year it would be different! I was going to start early and create handmade Christmas cards for my family and friends and create some decorations for our tree.... BUT .... of course I totally forgot about my resolution and didn't start early at all!

Because I still want to create some homemade cards and decorations, I decided on this super quick AND fun technique:

1. Gather your supplies: one sheet of doublesided Christmas paper (I used "Holliday Tweet" from Santa's Workshop) and a circle cutter.

2. Cut 4 circles of different sizes:

3. Fold them once:

4. Fold them twice:

5. Fold them a third time:

6. They should look like this:

7. Adhere them to a card (I added a glue dot in the middle of the fold so the circle would stay open too wide):

8. Stitch allong all 4 sides of the card, add a sentiment and a little sticker to the top of the tree and you're done!! Easy Peasy!

But, wait there's more! I said cards and ornaments ... and this technique is easily translated from a card to an ornament, look:

1. Punch the same 4 circles and fold them the exact way as you did above:

2. Instead of adhering them to paper, you simply string a piece of Doodle Twine through them and then you'll have this:

That's it!! Easy Peasy!

Hope you like it!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Santa's Workshop, North Pole and Petit Prints; Cardstock Stickers: Icons from Santa's Workshop and Doodles "Merry Christmas".

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tradition Layouts and Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Doodlebug Design. We are thankful for our blog followers, customers and retail partners and hope you enjoy time today surrounded by people you love!

We thought it would be fun to share some layouts focused on traditions since this time of year we focus on many traditions with our families.

Upholding The Tradition
by Melinda Spinks

One of the most memorable traditions I remember whilst growing up were the games of backyard football and cricket. It was almost always played when the cousins came over for Christmas or family get-togethers and was a very 'serious' competition! Well not really, but it was allot of fun and one of the rare times when the adults would stop working and just play! I decided to really focus on the colours of the photographs and create a whimsical style page to run with the theme of fun and frivolity and I'm just loving 'brads' at the moment which added that extra touch of whimsy.

Supply List: Petite Prints - Daisy Stripe (Bumblebee); Petite Prints - Dot Grid (Ladybug, Limeade, Tangerine); Fancy Frills Cardstock Stickers (Bumblebee, Lilywhite); Hopscotch Cardstock Stickers (Lilywhite); Jack and Jill Alphabet Rubons (Beetleblack); Doodle Twine (Halloween Assortment); Expressions Rubons (Playful); Chunky Brads (Bumblebee, Ladybug, Limeade, Tangerine); Mini Brads (Bumblebee, Ladybug, Limeade, Tangerine).

St. Maarten Tradition
by Monique Liedtke

Monique created a layout about the "St. Maarten" tradition they have in The Netherlands. It's a bit similar to Halloween: in the evening of November 11children carrying lanternsring the bells of neighbouring housessing a song and ask for sweets. For this page she used the Halloween collection "Haunted Manor".

Supply List: patterned paperDoodle twinejewelsframes cardstock stickerscute cuts all from the Halloween collection "Haunted Manor"Teensy Type (beetle black) and Fancy Frills (tangerine).

Dear Santa Letter

Supply List: North Pole Santa's Scarf; North Pole Playful Pines; North Pole In A Flurry; LadyBug Shin-Dig letters; North Pole Party Banner stickers; North Pole Icons; Flurry Mini Doodle Pops; North Pole Doodle twine; Limeade Jewels  Assortment

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Holiday Bottle Tag

by Ro Philippsen
It is already time to prepare Christmas gifts for family and friends, and nothing more sweet than fabricate custom souvenirs. Today I'll show you how to make a beautiful tag that you can do to keep a bottle of wine or other beverage.

1 – You will need two strips of paper measuring:

2 - Rounding the corners of one end of two strips.

3 - They should look like.

4 - With a circular punch, stick one end of the two strips.

5 - And cut the other end in "V", and you have two equal strips the image below.

6 - Glue the smaller strip on the biggest.

7 - And fold as the image below, about 3 inches.

8 – And now you need just embellish it.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Mail Challenge 4: Twine

Welcome to Happy Mail Challenge 4: Tie some twine on your Happy Mail card and send it to someone you love (click here to read about Happy Mail). Come play with us and link up your own creations of incorporating TWINE into your Happy Mail over on BPC website. Here's some ideas on what you could create. 

Now you do not "have to" knit your twine like Melinda did, but WOW this is one way of incorporating twine on your Happy Mail!!
by Melinda Spinks
 Use it to accent around an opening to your card.
by Jing Jing Nickle
Sherry Cartwright created this fun holiday Happy Mail and told us, "I love sending and receiving something fun in the mail.  Bills or advertisements just don't cut it.  So, this year, I started sending some happy mail [a la Stacy Julian, Big Picture Classes and Doodlebug Design].   I used the Happy Mail challenge 4 -- tie it up with twine! as a starting point for this card.  I used white doodle twine and tied it in a simple bow.  Nothing fancy, but still delightful."

by Sherry Cartwright

Here's the card Monique created for this challenge. She made a Christmas card using the twine from the North Pole collection:

Go take the challenge and send some happy mail!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Blessing Gratitude Journal

Blessings Gratitude Journal
by Tiffany Hood

Gratitude Journals are a great way to record what your family is grateful for each year.  In this journal, there is a pocket for each year, and tags for each family member to fill out and place in the pocket.  It will be fun to look back in a few years and remember what everyone wrote.

Supply List: Plain and Simple Chipboard Album-Scallop Eyelet, Expressions Rub Ons-Thanksgiving, Boutique Trims-Tangerine Assortment, Sugar Coated Adhesive Chipboard-Bumblebee Hopscotch Alphabet (heart), Candy Shoppe cardstock stickers-Bon Bon, Doodletwine-Bon Bon, Doodletwine- Primary Assortment, Doodletwine- Brights Assortment, Boutique Buttons- Bubblegum, Tangerine La-Di-Dot Cardstock, Bumblebee Dot-Grid Cardstock, Bubblegum Chenille Cardstock, Bon Bon Chenille Cardstock

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Blessings that Count Layout Inspiration

Blessings Framed Layout
by Wendy Sue Anderson

Supply List: headlines: adventurous, thanksgiving, fall; expressions: thanksgiving; doodle twine: bon bon, swimming pool, tangerine, bumblebee; sugar & spice 6x6 pad; haunted manor 6x6 pad, boys only 6x6 pad; teensy type: tangerine; fancy frills bumblebee, tangerine, swimming pool, bon bon.

Blessed Layout
by Jessy Christopher

Supply List: hello spring (essentials kit, spring mini pearls, fancy frills sugar-coated cardstock stickers, 6x6 paper pad), doodle twine (bon bon), shin-dig cardstock stickers (tangerine), doodle-pops cardstock sticker (butterfly)

Blessings Count Layout
by Kandis Smith

Supply List: Petite Prints Collection; Thanksgiving Expressions Rub on; Bon Appetit Fancy Frills; Boutique buttons Tangerine Assortment; Bon Bon Candy Shoppe letter stickers; other: machine stitching, photos.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Thankful Fortune Cookies

by Stephanie Buice

It is a tradition in our family that at our Thanksgiving dinner we each go around the table and say what we are thankful for. While there are so many things I appreciate about each member of my family I wanted to let them know one main thing about them that I am thankful for. I wanted to do something a bit different this year, so I went to pinterest for some ideas. I found some fortune cookies and just had to find a way to incorporate them in our meal and this is what I came up with... Thankful Fortune Cookies.

Although these took a couple tries to get the hang of, once I got the folds down they came together quickly.

Here's How:

Step 1: Cut out 4.5 inch circles from double sided cardstock (One circle= one cookie). Fold circle in half creasing only the center, do not fold along the entire length.
Step 2: Open your circle and insert thankful message into the cookie center.
Step 3: Push in center of your cooking to form the center fold. Place your adhesive on one side of your crease.
Step 4: Pushing in the center of your cookie continue folding until it's shaped like a fortune cookie. Press together the ends to make them stick together.
Step 5: Make your flags by wrapping double sided cardstock around toothpicks and placing adhesive in the center to hold them together, then add your names. ( I printed mine for lack of enough of each letter but Teensy Type or mini rubons would have been perfect!)

Step 6: Insert flags into the centers of your fortune cookies, positioning them so they will sit flat on each person's plate.

There you have it! These were simple to make, did require many supplies and will add a personal touch to your table making each person feel welcomed, valued and loved. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving :)

Supplies: Double sided Cardstock (petite prints)
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