Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fairy Tales Collection: Birthday and Thank You Cards by Courtney Lee

I am LOVING these three new collections from Doodlebug - like can't-keep-my-hands-off-the-cuteness love. :) Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here with some cards fit for a princess. I love this trio. They make me so happy! The colors in this collection are fantastic and as purple doesn't make it into a lot of collections I LOVE that it is part of this one. 

I thought it might be fun to show you a bit of my creative process and I will mention it below. I wasn't "planning" on showing you this so excuse the messiness but this is "truth-blogging" I suppose! :)

When I get a new collection and I am brainstorming I draw sketches of the cards with notes of things I am inspired by. Here were my three original sketches separated by washi tape as I just had to see those cute prints on paper. Watch how much the last one changed!

Happy Birthday Balloons

I started with the mini icons as my inspiration. I wanted to do something with those darling balloons that were smiling at me! 

I grabbed this multicolored polka dotted paper: appropriately named "fairy fetti" (LOVE) and was originally going to put my design on plain white paper. I just felt "blah" about it and switched to the petite prints! Voila! Pizazz! I stitched along the edge in purple thread at the insistence of my 3 and 4 year olds. :) 

So.... I wanted to add a rainbow as originally I was going to use the rainbow striped paper. On the back of the fairy fetti paper are 4x6 cards. One of them has a long rainbow on it. It almost killed me but I cut that rainbow out of that darling card. Then I trimmed it down to size. See the castle spire in the rainbow? I covered it up with a balloon. 

Some twine, the sentiment from the mini icons and some sparkle sprinkles finished off this cute card! I am always in need of birthday cards and now I have a "go to" line for girls! 

doodlebug: petite prints: cupcake swiss dots (5052)

Happy Birthday Hearts

My second card started with a concept of just putting 6 hearts in a row and putting one letter in each one to spell out "thanks". This is what it evolved into! I fell in LOVE with that rainbow heart and I knew I wanted it to be my center. I layered the big and little hearts from the odds and ends around it tucking them behind and adding pop dots as I desired.

Then I added the sentiment and the heart sprinkles (LOVE) and remember that rainbow paper I was obsessed with? Yep. I got it in here as the background paper. I felt like it wasn't standing out enough so I grabbed a purple pen and just outlined everything for emphasis. This is one of my favorite cards I have made in a while! I cannot wait to give it away to someone special!



Last but not least. You wouldn't believe the transformation from concept to completion on this card. Have you ever have an idea that you just couldn't make work? The iterations on this made this work and I am sooo happy with the result! I'll show you part of it. :)

Okay so after the first failed idea, I fussy cut with a thin border around the whole image to give it a shadow. This was SUPER hard for me as there is no getting the stickers back, etc. etc. I had one shot and if I didn't like it, I super messed it up. .....I did not like that either (LOL) so on my THIRD attempt, I cut around the whole thing super tight. I love it. Then I just had to figure out what to do with it!

I loved this purple polka dotted paper as well as the bright polka dots on white so I layered those to ground the center image. I used the skinny font on top of the presents and under the hat and added that adorable swirly cupcake, the strawberry and mini enamel dots from the shaped sprinkles. The rainbow is from the icons and the clouds are from another shaped sprinkles pack. Those amazing glitter sprinkles were added last in random spots on the back layer. There are so. many. sparkles. in those sprinkles.... love. I finished it off by adding the unicorn cute clip!


Here they are again and I hope you grab this super fun, happy, and bright line and make a bunch of amazing birthday/thank you/summertime/Mother's Day/just because cards!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fairy Tales Collection: Cupcake Shaped Mini Album by Traci Penrod

Hi everyone ... It's Traci, and I'm back with my project for the ADORABLE new Fairy Tales collection.  This time, I created a birthday album in the shape of a cupcake using one of Doodlebug's new cut files.  You can find the cupcake in the Silhouette online store, if you use a Silhouette machine, or in Lori Whitlock's SVG shop if you use any other cutting machine.
I cut the front and back covers out of thin chipboard four times.  I adhered the 4 pieces together to make the covers more sturdy.  After cutting and adhering the pattern paper pieces, I adhered limeade chunky twine around the edge.
I had so much fun with the stickers and die cut pieces.  The unicorn is the cutest Doodlebug critter ever!!  
I also love the shape sprinkles.  I almost wanted to save that little strawberry, but it looked so cute on top of the ice cream I left it there.  I'll have to get another package so I can get another strawberry, LOL.  
I added an adorable treat bag to one of the pages and tucked a photo mat inside.  On the last page I created a little 2x2 flip-up card for photos, and adhered three boutique buttons at the bottom of the page.
This was such a fun mini album to make.  I hope I've inspired you to create a mini album using cutting file shapes ... so many possibilities!  Happy crafting!  Doodlebug products used for this project: 12x12 Fairy Tales pattern paper Limeade Chunky Twine Shape Sprinkles Rainbow Heart Sprinkles 6x6 Fairy Tales Paper Pad Fairy Tales Mini Icon Stickers Fairy Tales Odds & Ends Swimming Pool Treat Bag Doodle Twine Birthday Girl Glitter Sprinkles

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fairy Tales Collection: Birthday Girl Layout

Hi everyone! It's Karen, and today it's all about unicorns and rainbows! When you live in a house with two little girls aged 6 and 7, you can't help but squeal a little bit when Doodlebug comes out with a collection like Fairy Tales! When I first saw this collection, I knew exactly what picture needed to get scrapped. Not too long ago, one of my daughters received a unicorn helmet for her birthday (I know, I want one in my size too). Given that this collection celebrates birthday as well as unicorns, it was perfect match. Tada! When I first saw this collection, I decided to play a bit with the colouring on the photo (after I finished squealing). I recoloured the photo to black and white, leaving the helmet in full colour. It was then ready to make its debut on a this fun interactive layout featuring some cutout star shapes, and perhaps the cutest die cut unicorn you will ever come across... ...conveniently found in the fabulous Odd and Ends die cuts! And then, just because I seem to have a problem with limiting myself to only one photo on a layout, I added a little fold over to display... ...even more pictures! This would also be a fun place to include some journaling or even memorabilia from and event for party! The title was a breeze with even more die cuts from the Odds and Ends pack (seriously, can Doodlebug make scrapbooking any easier?!) and after a bit of hand lettering and numbering, I was all done... ...but not with the collection! Because as I was creating this page, my other daughter was also creating right beside me. And when she revealed her creation featuring some of the amazing rainbow washi tape from this collection and some bumblebee mini doilies, I couldn't believe how creative her use of the tape and doilies was. So I quickly snapped a picture of her proudly showcasing her creation... ...and then quickly set off to print the picture and use her very own ideas on a layout featuring her ideas... ...including a larger version of the washi tape rainbow bordered with some journaling... ...and then some modified bumblebee mini doilies topped off with some bumblebee jewels for some texture and shine! Can I just say that this collection really is worthy of a spot at the end of the rainbow. I guarantee that young, old, or somewhere in between, working with this collection will bring a smile to your face! In fact for me, it became an opportunity to not only capture some fun memories, but make new ones! So what are you waiting for? Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Karen

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fairy Tales Collection: Happy Little Kitty Layout by Anita Bownds

Hi there, Doodlebug fans...
Anita here today sharing a couple of layouts using the new fairy tales collection 
Don't you think that this collection is just so adorable !!

For my first layout, I was thinking bright, fun happy 
and the great thing about this collection you can use it for any kind of layout really it doesn't have to be birthday 
The first patterned paper I chose for the border of my layout just popped behind the white cardstock it so reminded me of a big lolly pop 
Then I thought I would really like to have flowers on my layout so I used one of the cut files I designed and backed it with patterned paper using pink and green 

Here you can view my process video 

I also cut a few shapes in different sizes out of the patterned paper and did some layering 
I added brads to add dimension and a different texture to the layout along with machine stitching around the border 

I cut a few pendant bits of patterned papers to tuck behind my photo and adding the flowers on 2 corners of my photo 

I used a few different alphas to create my title in the same colours 
As well as a die cut from the odds and ends pack 

Product used
5608 fairy tales this and that cardstock sticker
2360 bright assortment chunky brads
093 bright assortment mini brads
5598 fairy tales odds and ends
5635 rainbow ribbons
5634 pixie dust
5639 magical unicorns
5643 princess polka-dots
5641 rainbow love
5433 citrus gingham linen
For my second layout 
I was inspired to use this hot air balloon after drawing it to use as a cut file. I started by backing it with rainbow love 
Then I backed my white cardstock on to over the rainbow 

Then I used the bright assortment doodle twine in yellow and separated the yellow 
and the white using 2 strands of twine to hand stitch the balloon 

For the basket I used the light purple magical unicorns and add a another cut file flower and popped a little cute unicorn in the basket 
Adding a rainbow heart sprinkle in the middle and I also backed the little ribbons on the side of the basket with pixie dust 

I then added my photo to the side of the balloon 
I used one of the word die cuts from the odds and ends pack for my title 

I add die cut clouds at the top of my balloon ,so cute don't you think!!

Then lastly I added a few little dots from sweet treats shape sprinkles 

Product used
2983 bright assortment doodle twine
5550 rainbow hearts shape sprinkles
5551 sweet treats shape sprinkles
5598 fairy tales odds and ends
5636 over the rainbow
5639 magical unicorns
5634 pixie dust
5641 rainbow love

I hope I have inspired you to not only use this collection for birthdays 
Happy crafting..xx

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fairy Tales Collection: Rainbows & Unicorn Creative Cards by Brigit Mann

Hello Doodlebug fans, it's Brigit here today sharing a couple of birthday projects I made using the new Fairy Tales Collection.  What a fun happy collection this is, the unicorns are so adorable and so is everything else!!  I can't wait to make some projects with the cut files.

I made a shaker card using a rainbow of doodlebug sequins and some beads, since the sticker is on top of the acetate I put a generous amount inside so it would shake really good.  I used a bag from the Silhouette Design Store and added the rainbow and clouds from the odds and ends pack to create the handle.  All the stickers are from the icon sticker sheet.

That background paper is so cute, it has a little bit of everything in the collection on it.  This saying is so sweet, I think everyday should be a rainbow and unicorn kind of day!

The green and polka dot paper is from the rainbow swiss dot petite print assortment pack.

The cupcake box is from the Silhouette Design Store and the birthday hat card is a die from My Creative Time.

I added a couple of the birthday girl glitter sprinkles and one of the rainbow heart sprinkles.  The twine is from the bright twine pack which has 6 different colors.

Another twine color from the bright pack, more glitter sprinkles and a cupcake boutique button.

I actually make this really quick using a die from My Creative Time because I just love this paper so much.  All those colorful happy balloons bunched together, it's so adorable!!

I hope you've enjoyed these projects, thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 17, 2017

NEW Dragon Tails SVG & Silhouette Cut Files: Birthday Cards by Wendy Sue

  There are some fabulous new DRAGON TAILS Cut files
released today in the Silhouette Store and the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop
We've included links to both types of files below! Then keep scrolling to 
see the wonderful project by Wendy Sue.

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Hi Doodlebug Friends!  It's Wendy Sue here, with some super fun birthday cards, created with the "Dragon Tails" cut files and collection!

I loved the birthday treat cut files and had to use them for all of my projects!  The first card was made with the cake & candle file.  Here's a closer look:

I just love how the candle sticks up above the card - and isn't that flame paper just perfect for the candle?!?  Of course I opted to double up the flame and use a foam dot to pop it up!

 Here's how I used the cupcake with a candle to create a few more cards:

And those cute little vikings are the perfect way to wish a little boy "Happy Birthday!"

Finally, I used the icecream cone cut file to create these little gift card holders:

I cut down the little paper treat bags to work as gift card holders, glued to the back of the ice cream.

I love the detail cut for the cone:

I'm excited to have my birthday card collection beefed up and ready for all of the cute boys in my life!
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