Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Doodlebug's Leap Year Blog Hop

We couldn’t resist the idea of doing our first official “Blog Hop” on “Leap Year Day.” We have a great group of designers helping us spread the word about Doodlebug and our products and we are hopping with enjoyment to work with them and share with you!
We'd like to invite you to join us as we have a Hopping Good Time today!
FIVE lucky winners will receive one of everything in our Hello Spring collection!
Here's what you have to do to win:
  • Start here, at the Doodlebug Blog and “hop” on over to every blog you are sent to (be sure to hop in order).
  • Leave a comment on each blog.
  • At each blog, you will be directed to another blog. Be sure to visit and comment on each blog, to increase your chances of winning!
***IMPORTANT: Begin the blog hop at the Doodlebug blog so you make sure you visit each blog.***
  • When you hop back to the Doodlebug blog, leave a comment saying that you are done AND email us that you’ve completed the HOP and send us your shipping address to:
Our blog hop will close Friday, March 2, 2012 at 6:00am.
We will announce the winners on Friday afternoon on the Doodlebug Blog.

So let's get hopping...HOP on OVER to Kandis Smith's Blog next. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Quick & Easy 3D Flowers

by Sherry Cartwright

I’m not sure about the weather in your neck of the woods, but I think spring has sprung in our area.  We’ll still experience some cooler temps, but the sun is shining more and more each day and the trees and flowers are already in bloom.

When I think of spring, I think of a fresh, new start of my most favorite season and I dream of all the beautiful blooms that will be peeking through the ground and leaves.

I love flowers!

And, I love using flowers in my crafts even more.  They can bloom anytime and through any season.  

The first flower was inspired by last week’s mix & match challenge.  I used a rainbow of Doodlebug Design papers I had lying around.  I piled them in the order in which I wanted my flower.  Using punches in my collection, I punched shapes --- the circles, a scalloped circle, a medallion and a sun. 

Once you’ve punched the shapes you want, lightly ink the edges.  This will add a bit more dimension and definition to each layer.  

Stack the shapes from bottom to top and pierce through center of each layer.   Add a colorful brad.

Cut two leaf shapes from Petite Prints and adhere to back of flower with glue/glue dot. 

Very simple, but very cute and colorful, flower. 

Doodlebug Design supplies:  Petite Prints, Nifty Notions Sew Plaid, Sweet Cakes Berry Sweet and Lots of Love cardstock, Ladybug Garden Doodle cardstock and sugar-coated brad


The next flower uses Colorwheel Collection - Pocket Full o’ Posies as the base for the flower.  I originally thought I’d use the sunshiney yellow, but opted to alternate the colorful flowers and the yellow printed paper. 

Gather your supplies ---- Doodlebug Design paper of your choice and a sheet/piece of green, a Paper Frills border and a black velvet brad.  

Punch five scalloped circles.  Stack in order desired. 

Pierce through center of all circles and add brad.

Now is the fun part of shaping your flower.   Lift edges of first circle and crinkle the paper, pulling upward slightly.

Repeat that crinkle process for the next three rows, too, leaving the bottom circle fairly flat.  

When all circle / petals are crinkled, the flower will be full and resemble a mum or carnation.  

Cut leaves from green paper and adhere to backside of flower.  

And, the finished card:

  Doodlebug Design supplies:  Create-A-Card Filigree, Petite Prints, Colorwheel Collection - Pocket Full o’ Posies cardstock, Paper Frills, black brad, doodle twine, Thank You cardstock stickers

Some other ideas for flowers using Doodlebug Design products:

   Layer a brad through buttonhole of boutique button. Add handcut paper leaves [or use a heart sticker to mimic leaves]. 
   Punch circle.  Use a Fancy Frills sticker border and shape into circle.  Add boutique brad. I found it easiest to use the loop or scalloped borders for these flowers.
   Use Paper Frills and roll into flower shape. 
   Use doodle twine in circle to make a lollipop / stylized flower.  
   Punch circle for base.  Add adhesive or glue dots to circle and loop twine back and forth to make petals.  Top with another punched circle and embellish.
   Place four or five heart stickers in circle, points of heart to center.  Add brad.  
   Use doodle twine to make pom-pom flower.

Now, grab some Doodlebug products and make your own gardenful of colorful blooms!  

If you make any of the flowers from, or inspired by, this tutorial, please let us know in the comments or on our facebook page.   

Monday, February 27, 2012

Hello Spring Card Inspiration + Giveaway

We are so excited to finally see more and more of the new Hello Spring Collection arriving in our warehouse! We're hoping to start shipping it out to our awesome retailers by the end of the week. So we're celebrating! 

New Hello Spring BADGE

How would you like to WIN IT before you can BUY IT?  Scroll down past our cute cards to learn more...


Giveaway Details:
Did you see the cute new BADGE we created above? Replace your online profile picture with this new blog badge and be sure to leave a comment. We'll be watching this week to see who is posting comments and on Facebook about Doodlebug. We'll announce the winner by the end of the week!! 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Join us for True Scrap 3

April 20-21, inspiration is coming to YOU in the form of True Scrap 3

True Scrap is an online LIVE paper crafting event 
produced by Lain Ehmann, bringing together the biggest names in the industry 
  • Becky Higgins 
  • Noell Hyman
  • Nic Howard 
  • Nichol Magouirk
  • Ana Cabrera
  • Kelli Crowe
  • Tiffany Tillman.... 

and more in an online environment for two days of crafting, fun, and community, all for one low price. 
Connect, learn, and laugh -- 
and get full replays of all 15 classes! 
For more info, visit

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mix & Match Day 2

So Lucky by Aphra Bolyer

Doodlebug buttons are my absolute favorite!  There are so many lovely shapes and colors.  You can mix and match all your leftover buttons and brads from previous projects to create a St Patrick's Day home decor piece complete with a glittery shamrock.

Supply List:  Bubblegum Boutique Buttons Assortment; Ladybug Boutique Buttons Assortment; Tangerine Boutique Buttons Assortment; Limeade Boutique Buttons Assortment; Swimming Pool Boutique Buttons Assortment; Beetle Black Paper Frills; Lucky Doodle-Pops Sticker; Beetle Black Jack and Jill Cardstock Stickers.

Fun Girl Layout by Ro Philippsen

I mixed "Classic Collection", Colorwheel Collection", "Ladybug Garden Collection", "Nifty Notions Collection".

Supply List: Nifty Notions: sew plaid, cross stich, nifty notions, cute cuts, cardstock stickers, doodle-cut; Classic Collection: meadow, classic 4x6 cut-outs; Colorwheel Collection: cardstock stickers, flutter scrapbook safe; Ladybug Garden Collection: cardstock stickers, cute cuts; Others: buttons - limeade and swimming pool; jewels - ladybug and swimming pool; alphabet stickers - limeade

Scalloped Card Trio by Wendy Sue Anderson

 Thinking of You Supplies:  Swimming Pool A2 Polka-dot card; Birthday Celebration Doodle-cut paper; Cake & Ice cream cute cuts; Cake & Ice cream fancy frills; Welcome Home Icons; Swimming Pool Doodle Twine; Swimming Pool Mini Jewels; Thinking of You multicolor doodle stickers
Happy Birthday Supplies:  Tangerine A2 Polka-dot card; Monster Mania paper; Color wheel cute-cuts;  Bon appetit cute cuts; color wheel icon stickers; bon appetite fancy frills; Happy birthday –multicolor doodles cardstock stickers; Tangerine mini jewels; beetle black mini jewels; tangerine doodle twine
Thanks Supplies:  Limeade A2 Polka-dot card; Cake & Ice cream doodle-cut paper; Ladybug Garden cute cuts;  Welcome Home cute cuts; bon appetite fancy frills;  limeade doodle twine; thank you multicolor doodles cardstock stickers; it’s a girl multicolor doodles cardstock sticker; limeade mini jewels

2011, Year in Review by Monique Liedtke

As last year was an eventful year for us I decided to do a double layout with all the high (and low) lights of it. Doodlebug's lines are perfect for this as there are papers and embellishments for every event you can think of!  


Supply List: Patterned Paper: Surprise Party, Colorwheel, Santa's Workshop, Sweet Cakes and Petite Prints; Alpha Stickers: Candy Shoppe; Die Cuts: Bon Appetit; Stickers: Sweet Cakes, Santa's Workshop, Welcome Home; Fancy Frills: Birthday Celebration, Sweet Cakes, Welcome Home; Doodle-Pops: Pinwheel, Grad Cap, Set Sail and Wedding Cake; Doodle Twine: Valentines.

It's a Girl Card by Jing-Jing Nickel

Supply List: Nifty notions: sew plaid; Doodle twine: Valentines assortmentBoutique buttons: cupcake and limeade assortmentdoodles cardstock stickers: it's a girl multicolorsweet love: doodle cutcolorwheel doodle cutsundae stripe cute cuts: notions, sweet lovesweet cakes 6x6 paper pad

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mix & Match Team Challenge

We are so excited to share more amazing inspiration for our Mix & Match week. Be sure to leave a comment on which project is your favorite!! 

Card Set by Kathy Martin

Supply List: Create-a-CardCherished Card; Welcome Home Icons; Nifty Notions Cute Cuts; Mini Jewels – Swimming Pool; Colorwheel Icons; Simply Sweet – Swimming Pool; Boutique Brads – Birthday Celebration
Supply List: Congrats Card; Welcome Home Icons; Create-a-Card; Welcome Home Doodle Cut; Nifty Notions Icons; Welcome Home Cute Cuts; Mini Jewels – Swimming Pool and Tangerine; Doodles Card Stock Stickers – White Congrats; Colorwheel Icons

You by Jessy Cartwright

Supply List: Ladybug Garden: Cute cuts, Cardstock stickers (icon), Bon Appetit: Die-cut paper, Apron strings paper, Cardstock stickers (fancy frills), Petite Prints: Daisy Stripe Limeade paper,Dot grid bon bon paper, Doodle pops (pink posie, buttercup)

Summer by Melinda Spinks
Doodlebug co-ordinate their products so that they have a base set of colours that are used for each collection along with embellishments etc. So when the task was set to mix and match from one collection to another it felt that anything and everything went together so I decided to simply grab a bit of this and a bit of that and 'go for it'.

Supply List: Colorwheel - Fancy Florals, Pocket Full o' Posies; Cut Outs - Classic, Santas Workshop; Cake & Icecream - Fun Fetti; Petite Prints - Bubblegum, Lilac, Limeade, Swimming Pool, Tangerine; Glitter Cardstock - White Rainbow Dot; Headlines - Summer Time; Headlines - Summer Time; Candy Shoppe Mini Rubons - Beetle Black; Chunky Brads - Bright Assortments.

Sketch Book by Nancy Damiano
I need a place to keep all of the design sketches I jot down while I'm out and about. I cut this file folder with a die cutting machine using Petite Prints patterned paper. I decorate the cover with mini polaroids and some of my favorite patterns. The Boutique Brads added just the right touch and still kept my project simple and easy to carry around.

SUPPLY LIST:  Boutique Brads: Nifty Notions. Paper: Petite Print Swimming Pool, Colorwheel Pocket full o' posies, Hometown, Window Box. Hopscotch Alphabet in Swimming Pool. Jack & Jill Rub-ons in Beetle.

You & You by Sherry Cartwright

One of the signature and timeless design elements of Doodlebug Design is their rainbow of colors.  While some manufacturers tend to change their color palette with trends and from year to year, Doodlebug keeps its color choices consistent.  The same rainbow of colors that were chosen years ago are still the same, with some additions, as when the company started.  THAT makes it super easy to mix and match products easily.   It always matches!  

Patterned papers: Fruit cocktail; Apron strings; Nifty Notions sew plaid; Nifty Notions cross stitch; Ladybug Garden all in a row; Colorwheel pocket full of posies; Colorwheel connect the dots; Monster Mania assorted cut outs; Monster Mania hallow’s eve; Monster Mania monster dots; Cake& Ice Cream hip hip hooray [bright]; Santa’s Workshop holiday tweed; Santa’s Workshop cheery chat; Sweet Cakes lots of love; Sweet Cakes berry sweet; Homespun welcome home; Petite Prints  dots / grid – lilac; Petite Prints daisy / stripe – bumblebee; Bright taffy stripes; Petite Prints dots / grid – limeade; Petite Prints daisy / stripe – limeade; Petite Prints daisy / stripe – swimming pool; Petite Prints dots / grid – tangerine; Petite Prints dots / grid – blue jean; Petite Prints daisy / stripe – bubblegum; Classic collection elegance 

Colorful by Elizabeth Carney
Supply List: Colorwheel Fancy Florals papers, Classic Moonlight papers, Cut-Outs Colorwheel 4x6, Cut-Outs Colorwheel assorted, Colorwheel Connect the dots papers, Monster Mania Pumpkin Patch papers, Monster Mania papers, Doodlebug Jewels Beetle Black, Icons Colorwheel, Icons Classic, Doodle-Pops cardstock stickers, Doodlebug Hopscotch cardstock stickers, computer font Century Gothic, Glimmer Mist, Doodlebug Fancy Frills cardstock stickers cake & ice cream, Doodlebug Sweet Cakes Sweets papers.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: U & Me Wooden Frame

by Monique Liedtke

About once a month I visit the local garden centre and what I like most about it, is that they have this corner full of home decor items. I particularly love all the hearts they have. They come in different materials and sizes and when I saw this white wooden one, about 10" x 12", I knew it had endless possibilities. 

Here's what I did with it: 
1. Gather your supplies: the heart you want to alter, Doodlebug's Sweet Cakes line (patterned paper, twine, diecuts and cardstock stickers), jewels and mini jewels, ribbon and Shin-Dig alpha stickers. Furthermore some ink and your tools: trimmer, scissors, pencil, punches, dies & diecut machine, 2 nails and a hammer:

2. Place the heart on the paper you want for the background. Use a pencil to draw around the heart, cut it out and ink the edges.
3. Embellish with jewels:

4. Hammer 2 nails in the back of the heart and add twine.

5. Choose diecuts & stickers and punch out some figures to embellish the heart:

6. Adhere the paper to the heart (I used tacky tape), tie a ribbon to the heart so you can hang it on your wall and add the embellishments. I finished by adding a title. The Shin-Dig letters are just the perfect size!

7. Hang a photo on the twine, using two mini clothes pins. Make a little banner and hang in front of your photo, tie this twine also to the 2 nails on the back of the heart.

8. And you're done! Here's a close-up of the embellishments:

Hope you'll like it!
Thanks for stopping by Doodlebug's blog today!

Hugs, Monique

Monday, February 20, 2012

Mix & Match Week Begins!!

Welcome to our first Doodlebug Mix & Match Week! We are going to mix up the product and show you how perfectly it matches. Our team text extra care to make sure that product you bought last year still coordinates with products you bought yesterday. We're going to show you how to take a great mix of product throughout this week and inspire you to match our creativity!!

Let's get started by showing off one of my favorite projects from our Design Team that was sent to us from Tiffany sure to comment if you love what she created!!

Happy Together by Tiffany Hood

This layout was a ton of fun to make.  I wanted to do something to showcase Doodlebug's beautiful core colors.  For this layout I used products from the Welcome Home, Santa’s Workshop, Colorwheel, Nifty Notions, Cake and Ice Cream, and Mother Nature collections as well as products from Doodlebug’s core collections of buttons, brads, and word stickers. I love how everything from every collection coordinates!

For this layout I used products from the Welcome Home, Santa’s Workshop, Colorwheel, Nifty Notions, Cake and Ice Cream, and Mother Nature collections as well as products from Doodlebug’s core collections of buttons, brads, and word stickers.  

Supply List: Boutique buttons, boutique brads, brads, chunky brads, sugar coated brads, and crushed velvet brads in ladybug, bubblegum, cupcake, tangerine, bumblebee, limeade, swimming pool, and lilac.  Nifty Notions Collection, Cake and Ice Cream Collection, and Bumblebee assortment mini jewels.  Colorwheel Collection icons cardstock stickers, Mother Nature Collection icons cardstock stickers, Happy Birthday multicolor Doodles cardstock stickers, Together Headlines cardstock stickers, Maple Doodle-Pops cardstock sticker, Welcome Home Collection Doodle Cut cardstock, Santa’s Workshop 4x6 cut-outs cardstock, petite prints swimming pool daisy-stripe cardstock
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