Saturday, August 19, 2017

Off the Page Challenge: Cupcake Holders & Toppers by Courtney

Hello everyone and welcome to our Off the Page Challenge here at doodlebug design! This is Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts showing you how I jazzed up some cupcakes for my daughter's 5th birthday party.

I used a cupcake holder cut file and cut it quite a few times. I loved the way the stars were cut out and added some personality to the cupcake holders.

The real star of this display were the odds and ends though! Aren't they darling!? I just hot glued them to some toothpicks and pushed them in.

I tried to place the tooth pics so most of the rainbow stars would just be shooting out of the cupcakes. :)

She loved them and so did the guests and it was really a quick project!

I hope you are all enjoying this special challenge and find some time to make something today!

doodlebug: fairy tales: rainbow ribbons (5635)
doodlebug: fairy tales: rainbow love (5641)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Off the Page with Kathy - Doodlebug Fabric + Doodlebug Cut Files = Fun!

Hi Everyone!  It's Kathy today with my Off the Page project.  I've been hoarding Doodlebug Design Fabric for quite some time, and I thought that the Off the Page Challenge would be the perfect chance to break into my stash!  I made this pillow for my daughter's dorm room using some fabrics from the Under the Sea Collection, some Santa Express Stripe Green Fabric and the Cactus - Fun in the Sun Cut File available here in the Silhouette Store and here in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop.  Take a peek....

I will say, I was nervous to cut fabric with my Silhouette, I had never done it before, but it really wasn't difficult.  There is just a little prep work involved to get the fabric ready for cutting. First, you want to add your fabric pieces in a plastic bag, and soak with fabric stiffener.  I used Terial Magic. Make sure the fabric is soaked through.

Let your fabric hang dry for about 15-20 minutes.  It won't be completely dry.

Take the damp pieces of fabric and iron between 2 silicone craft sheets or parchment paper. ( this is to protect your iron and your ironing board cover)  the heat will dry the fabric and make it stiff like a piece of paper.

Your fabric is now ready to be cut.  In my case, I did one extra step.  I added Silhouette fabric stabilizer.  This was so that I could iron the fabric pieces on to my pillow case.  You do not need to do this if you just wish to sew the fabric.  I cut a piece of the stabilizer slightly smaller than my fabric piece, ironed it on then trimmed the excess fabric.  My fabric is now ready to be cut.

If using a Silhouette, you want to use a fabric blade for cutting.  

Start by peeling the paper backing from the stabilizer off of the fabric.

Add the fabric to your cutting mat and feed into your Silhouette.  Add your design to the Silhouette Design Studio, size as desired.  Change your settings to Fabric - thin like cotton, and set your blade as recommended.  (I set mine to 4)  then send to cut.

Just like any design, peel away the extra and you have your design!  I did this for all of the Cactus pieces.

Once all my pieces were cut, I ironed them on to the front panel of my pillow case.  You want to start with the bottom most layer, then add the top next layers as you go along.  (I made my own envelope pillow case using the tutorial here, but you can also purchase them pre-made.)

My pillowcase was ready to be stitched together at this point, but first I added some stitching around the different applique pieces to make them a bit more sturdy, better for a dorm room!  

I then finished stitching the envelope pillowcase together and added a pillow form!

My daughter was thrilled and is excited to add this to her dorm room  decor!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Off the Page Challenge: Unicorn Birthday Party by Caroli

Hello peeps, how are you? Caroli here and today I want to share a project I made using some Doodlebug goodness.

This month the Design Team was challenged to make an off the page project and I really loved this idea! Since I'm currently working on the birthday party of my little girl -which happens to be Unicorn themed- I decided to use gorgeous Fairy Tales collection to make some stuff for the party.

First thing I made is this invitation card. I kept it simple because later I will scan it and use it in a digital format, including the party information (when, where, what time) and send it to friends and family.

The card says #Isicumple9, which means "Isi turns 9" and is the hashtag I will use for the party related pics, so friends and family can find them all together on Instagram. 

I also decorated some white paper bags I will use to give some party favors to the little ladies attending to the event. I used this cute unicorn crown cutfile and some cardstock and patterned paper from Doodlebug.

Finally, I made some masks, which I also decorated with the unicorn crown cutfile. I bet all the little girls (and probably also the not so little ones!) will love to wear these 

Here is the full set. I love how cute and sweet they are! 

I am working in some other paper projects for this party, also using Doodlebug Design stuff, if you want to see how the party comes out you can follow me on Instagram, I'm @papelisima.

Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Off the Page Challenge: Coffee with a Friend Mini Album

When was the last time you created a project about you and your girlfriends and/or sisters?   It had been a while for me, so I decided to use one of my favorite Doodlebug collections to make one.   Cream & Sugar was perfect for my mini because I love the colors and nothing in my world happens before I have coffee, so .....
Coffee IS always better with a friend!  Now, I don't have photos of me and my besties drinking coffee together.  I should, because it happens ... but it's an album about friendship, and since I have lots of those photos, it works!
How cute are those Doodlebug coffee mugs?!  Odds & Ends are one of my favorite embellishments.
The little journaling spot at the top of the page was cut from a sheet in the 6x6 paper pad.  I always get 12x12 and 6x6 papers ... both sizes come in handy for any project.
For the pages, I just cut the base coffee cup out several times using Doodlebug's Coffee To Go Cutting file, (also available as an SVG file in the Lori Whitlock SVG shop) made an internal offset of the shape, and cut the offset out from different pattern papers.  Then I punched a hole in the top corner and added some chunky twine (which, by the way, is another thing I don't think I could live without)!
Life IS sweet, and I can't imagine it without my friends.  I will tell you a few stories about these ladies over on my blog today so I hope you'll stop by Artsy Albums :)
Thanks for visiting Doodlebug's blog.  This project was made for our design team's "Off the Page" challenge.  I hope you'll visit each day to see more fun projects from everyone on the team.  Until next time, happy crafting everyone! Supplies used: Cream & Sugar 12x12 collection kit Cream & Sugar 6x6 paper pad Cream & Sugar Odds & Ends  Chunky Twine Cake Shoppe Shape Sprinkles

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Off the Page Challenge: Candy Bar Sliders by Karen Hanson

Good morning Doodlebug fans! It's Karen, and today I am so excited to share an project for the design team's Off the Page challenge. While I have to admit that scrapbooking holds a dear place in my heart, I really do love creating all sorts of paper projects, so I was so excited to create a project for this challenge. And given all the cute new product that has made it's way to shelves this year from Doodlebug, this project had fun written all over it!
Now I do have to admit that this project - Candy bar sliders (or chocolate bar sliders as we call them up here in Canada) - are not new for me. I make these a lot! The are perfect little giveaways at birthday parties, but also make great thank-you gifts for friends or teachers or coworkers.
They are as simple as creating a sleeve out of paper that fits around the candy bar you chose (the textured cardstock is my favourite for the sleeve as it is sturdy and will withstand the ribbon being pulled in and out..oh, and the colours are amazing), and then embellishing them up!
 I used the adorable Fairy Tales collection for these little thank-you sliders that we gave to the grownups who attended my daughter's birthday party. It has perfect birthday-themed paper that I simply matted with white cardstock... ...created a little coordinating tag with some more cardstock, a piece of patterned paper (Item:5638 - sweet celebration), my favourite mini paperclips and a bit of doodle twine...
...and then topped off with a mix and match cupcake and cones die cut adhered with some foam adhesive for a bit of dimension.
They are simple enough that you can create a whole stack of them at a time to give away when someone around you deserves a little thank-you or perhaps just needs a little smile! Oh, and I guarantee that making them will be just as much fun as giving them away!
So there you have it! When you are itching to make a project that doesn't involve a picture, give these little cuties a go! Because really, the only thing better than chocolate is chocolate wrapped in Doodlebug! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Karen

Monday, August 14, 2017

Off the Page Challenge: Nutcracker by Jennifer Beason

Hello, Doodlebug fans!  The design team and I have been challenged to share an "off the page" project. If you've seen my work before you know that's pretty much all I do. So I feel like I'm kind of cheating a little bit. (lol) But hopefully, you'll be inspired to try using your DB supplies for other types projects, as well as layouts.
I decided to use this assignment to get started on my Christmas projects. I know! I know! It's only August, but I'm planning on making a few of these for my Esty store, so I'm getting a head start.
For this Christmas countdown Doodlebug cardstock, patterned paper, round sprinkles, sequins, stickers, and die cuts were used along with some other crafty supplies including the Nutcracker which is available from Hobby Lobby, for about ten dollars. The original base of the Nutcracker was removed and replaced with a paper mache box.
After painting the head and hat, a cardstock zigzag border was cut on the Silhouette and glued in place along with a thin strip of patterned paper. I hand cut the eyebrows and mustache from cardstock and glued them to the head, the cheeks were painted on, and the mouth was created with my Silhouette software, then cut out and applied. Black sprinkles were used for the eyes, I added a spot of white paint to each one to add a little life. The hair and beard were made from pieces of a feather boa, that were trimmed into shape. Be will have tiny feathers flying everywhere if you decide to try this at home. :)
I couldn't decide on what patterned paper to use for the jacket, so I used a mixture of papers from the Polar Pals collection. The buttons are layered silver sequins and tiny black sprinkles.
The cute penguin stickers were mounted to some thick chipboard before attaching them to the chipboard countdown sign.
The painted boots were dressed up with strips of gingham-linen cardstock and small circles cut from patterned paper.
The base of the Nutcracker was painted inside and out and holds the chipboard numbers to countdown the days until Christmas. Hope you have had fun seeing how I used my Doodlebug supplies on this project. Thanks so much for joining me, please come back tomorrow for some more "off the page" inspiration. Jennifer :)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Stitching Challenge: Puppy Love String Art Layout with Tya

Hello there Doodlebug fans! It's Tya and I am here closing out the Stitching Challenge with a fun layout. I have always loved the String Art technique and thought that it would be fun to carry that over to a layout. With the help of my Silhouette and lots of yummy Doodlebug Bakers Twine I came up with this fun layout.

To make this layout I started with a piece of white cardstock. I used the Rhinestone feature on my Silhouette and found this cute "Love" cut file found here . I simply changed the line to the smallest rhinestone size setting on my Silhouette and the program changed the lines into tiny little holes that were the perfect size for the thicker baker's twine. After I got the letters cut out, I set out using a few different colors of twine and started random stitching the letters. This really is a super fun technique! One tip that I would offer up is to outline your letter with stitching and then start with the criss crossing of the twine - you can read the letters a little bit better when you do this. Here are some close ups of the layout:

Hopefully I have inspired you to give this fun technique a try! I loved using the adorable Puppy Love line to make this layout - it was the perfect collection for these fun puppy pictures that I had! Happy crafting to you all! Have a great weekend!

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