Friday, November 29, 2019


One of the things I love about Christmas cards is trying to create something new and unique for every card I send out. It's not always an easy task, but I just love sitting down on December 1st and laying out all of this year's creations in front of me and choosing "the one" that will go to the people on my card list. Being able to play with stamps from Doodlebug has made this year's card creations a breeze (I cannot tell you enough how much I love Doodlebug stamps)! Not only can you mix and match between the many stamps in the coordinating sets from Christmas Magic, you can also use a bit of stamping "magic" to create some unique scenes! Want to know how - I've got you covered with a little tutorial below!

Simply start by grabbing your Doodle Stamps, your favourite stamping tools and a stack of sticky notes. There are all sorts of great stamping tools that can make this process a bit easier, but these basic supplies will do the trick, especially when you are just starting out.
Your first task is to create your masks. Masking is simply a process of overlapping stamped images so some appear to be in front of others. For my image, I wanted the little elves to be in the foreground of my image, with a little present behind them and a tree in the background. Think of it like three layers. You will need masks for any stamps that are going to be in the foreground or middle ground. For my image, this meant I needed masks for the little elves and the present. To create the masks, simply take a sticky note and stamp your image onto the end of the note that has the glue. This will create a little removable stamp you can place down and remove as needed. Don;t worry about fitting the whole stamp on the sticky portion - as long as it has some glue on the back, your mask will work. Fussy cut around the image with a good pair of scissors and you are all done creating your mask. Note: I also use removable labels to create my masks. You can buy these at any office supply store. They work a little bit better than a sticky notes because the glue covers the whole mask. But to be totally honest, sticky notes work great too!
Once you have your masks cut out, simply place them down on your paper, deciding where you would like each image to go. Since I didn't need a mask for my tree, I just used the stamp itself to help with placement. Just make sure it is clean!
Now its time to start stamping. You will start by stamping the images in the foreground (front) first and will work backwards. I stamped the little boy elf first, leaving the girl elf mask in pace so I could be sure they were spaced properly.
Then I lifted up the mask for the girl elf and stamped the image. My foreground was now complete.
It was time to cover up those stamped images with the masks so I could continue to work backwards in my design.
The little present was the image I wanted in the mid-ground. Moving it slightly up to make it look like it was further back, I stamped it down in the middle right over top of the masks for the elves. It's a little hard to see in the picture, but the lines for part of the present are now stamped on top of the boy elf's candy cane. Once I lift the mask, that line will be gone and it will appear to go behind the candy cane. But don't lift those masks yet - there's more stamping to go!
Now that the present was also stamped, I covered it with the mask that matched. It was time to stamp the tree. To show you what is happening, I actually took this picture before I inked up the tree. You can see that when I do stamp it, the lines will go over top of the present and elf masks.
Voila - you can see how the tree is actually stamped on top of all of the other stamps, but when you remove the masks... looks like it is behind them! Christmas magic indeed!
From there, grab your favourite colouring tools and have fun finishing off your little scene (and yes, that is snow - real snow - in my picture! Not even a snow storm can get in the way of a crafter)!
Oh, and for my favourite tip - make sure you hang on to your masks! I simply flip over my stamp packaging and place them on the back. That way, any time I want to do some more masking, I can skip some of the steps and get right into stamping!
So there you have it! With a little bit of "magic" you can create all sorts of fun scenes with your Doodle Stamps. Oh, but fair's a bit addictive once you get started!
Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have any questions about the tutorial in the comments below!

Doodlebug Products Used:
Christmas Magic collectio
Christmas Magic Doodle Stamps
 Petite Prints
Other products:
Sticky Notes
 Alcohol Markers
White cardstock

Thursday, November 28, 2019


The Doodlebug Design Christmas Magic collection is just simply adorable and perfect for documenting Christmas memories. I love the mix of yellow, pink, and aqua combined with the traditional red and green colors. And I couldn't wait to create a page with the adorable die cut Santas from the Odds & Ends die cut pack! 

I started with a piece of Lemon Floral-Graph Petite Prints patterned paper at the top of the page. I wanted to loosely create a 'scene' where the Santa in the chimney die cut was at the top of the page like he is up on the roof. I embellished around him with adorable elves Mini Icons Stickers. The Tiny Heart Shape Sprinkles add a sweet little accent. I then used the Abigail Alphabet Stickers in Bon Bon to start my title with 'Here Comes...'.
​ And of course I had to include one of my favorite die cuts in the Odds & Ends pack ~ the banner! I embellished it with the Holly & Pine and Peppermint Twist Enamel Shape Stickers for a little fun added dimension. I then embellished around the photos with more Odds & Ends pieces and Tiny Heart Shape Sprinkles stickers.

For my 'inside the house' scene below I then used the Christmas tree cut file from the Doodlebug Design Santa in Car Cut File and my die cut machine to cut out the tree. I embellished it with Odds & Ends shapes, Enamel Stickers Shapes, Mini Icons Stickers, and Teensy Type Alphabet Stickers. Isn't that winking Santa Claus die cut just the cutest?! 
​ Thanks for stopping in today! I hope I have inspired you to grab some of the Christmas Magic collection and document some of your favorite Christmas memories!


Doodlebug Design Products Used:
​ Christmas Magic Collection
​ Abigail Alphabet Stickers in Bon Bon
​ Teensy Type Alphabet Stickers in Ladybug
​ Santa in Car Cut File

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


I must confess that I have made quite a few of these adorable, adorable "Snow Globe Treat Jars" over the last couple of years.  After receiving the collection of "Christmas Magic" Collection, I knew that I must make another!
You may choose to use any-sized jar really.  For mine today, I have a one gallon apothecary jar that I found at Wal-Mart.  They're very inexpensive and can be used for all types of displays.

First, I placed a strange of battery operated (white line) mini lights and added flaky snow as I wound the lights inside.

After creating the nice mound of snow, I added a handmade gingerbread house using the 6X6 paper pad, white glitter cardstock for the roof and other fun components from the collection! All sides of the little house were embellished.  One may decide to add a battery-operated tea-light (some have timers, which is very handy!) if the windows are cut-out.

I placed the Doodle-Pop snowman onto a trimmed paper straw and gently poked him down in to the snow.  For the trees, I cut two various-sized "cones" and then added a few Sprinkles.

To the top of the jar I added a fun and whimsical bow and embellished the center with one of the die-cut tags and a mini clip decorated with a heart sticker.  The ideas are literally ENDLESS when you have so much Doodlebug yummy to pick from:)

If you don't have a die to create your own gingerbread house, simply use a box and then create a tent style top for the roof.  There are also many pre-made houses on the market that are very easy to cover as desired.  These look so cute in various sizes all lined up on a table top or shelf...have fun!

Thank you for joining me today!

Doodlebug Design Product:
Christmas Magic Collection
Cupcake Chunky Twine
Doodle Pops
Mini Clothespins
Lily White Sugar Coated Cardstock

Tuesday, November 26, 2019


Are you loving all the Christmas Magic inspiration from the design team? So many awesome projects from cards, layouts and home decor! The possibilities are endless with this collection! Today I want to share a 12x12 layout with you using one of the new Doodlebug Design cut files that will be available very soon! I love big title cut files that can be easily backed with pattern paper.
I love the big impact it makes on a page and that you can get so many pattern papers and colors on one layout. I also struggle with coming up with titles for my layouts so using these title cut files really helps me out!
I started out with a white background and also cut my cut file out on some white cardstock. I backed the file with papers from the Christmas Magic 6x6 paper pad. The 6x6 paper pads are perfect for backing the cut files. The prints are on a smaller scale so they are perfect for backing cut files! I always pop up my cut files from the background so that I can tuck in odds & ends and stickers behind the cut file. Using a mix of different embellishments on the layout gives the layout texture and interest. I love that Doodlebug offers a wide range of embellishments! I printed my photo out in black and white. I love that this cut file provides the perfect opening at the top to add a photo! I am documenting my creative holiday weekend I hosted a couple of weeks ago! We had a fun holiday photo backdrop and we took a lot of silly photos! The Christmas Magic collection was perfect to document this photo! Here is a look at my competed layout using the Christmas Magic collection!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Doodlebug Products Used:
Christmas Magic Collection
 White Cardstock

Other Products Used:
 Silhouette Cameo

Monday, November 25, 2019


Have you been naughty or nice? I can honestly say that I have been good most of the time this year. 
I would like to share my planner set up in my Bubblegum Daily Doodles Travel Planner with the Christmas Magic Collection.
I just love looking at the side view of my TN. I love all the layering and all the embellishments that makes my TN complete.
 "Pocket Love"
 I added the twines to hold the ornaments pieces which gives it that 3D look. I also scattered some adhesive enamel dots sprinkles.
Dear Santa....I have been good most of the year. It's the time of the year where kids enjoy writing letters to Santa and making their list. The gifts aren't the most important thing about it but the joy and the excitement when creating a wish list. It's also the surprise of whether my kids will be receiving what's on their wish list.
Last year, I created a fun way to keep my kid's wish list in my TN. I decided to create another one this year. I started of by cutting different 12x12 papers in the size of the insert. I also picked papers from the 6x6 pad that I just folded in half and stuck in between each papers.
I cut the 12x12 double sided paper with a bunch of tags so my kids can write their wish list in the back. I punch a hole and added the pink twine so that they can be easily pulled out.
I decorated each page with odds & ends, stickers and washi tape. I also used some square adhesive label pockets to hold the tags where my kids wrote their wish list.
 You know me, I love layers and layers. I just started layering papers, tags and stickers to decorate each pages. 
 There are also plenty of space in my pages to add pictures and journal entry later on.
Wouldn't it fun to go back through the years when your kids are older to show them their wish list while growing up? It also shows what kind of toys are popular during the time they created their list.
What's on your wish list this year? Will you be creating one this year? Thank you for stopping by and I hope I was able to inspire you. See you next time.


Sunday, November 24, 2019


I am always on the hunt for a cute holiday wreath! This year I decided - why not make my own with the adorable Christmas Magic collection! I have always loved bright, happy colors in my holiday decor, so this year it was a no-brainer to create a handmade wreath that I can customize with my favorite colors! 
So this wreath is made up of a few of my favorite pattern papers from the collection and then a few coordinating Petite Print papers. I followed this tutorial I found on Pinterest to make the wreath:
CURLY PAPER WREATH TUTORIAL. It came together in just over an hour! It looks like it takes longer - but once you start curling the paper strips and then pinning them to the wreath form - it really does go by quickly. I used a 12 inch round foam wreath form as my base. The paper strips measure 1/2 inch x 12 inches and so you can get quite a few strips from one piece of paper. Then came the fun part- DECORATING!!

I used several different die cuts from the Odds and Ends - Mr. and Mrs. Santa are seen peeking out from behind the "Merry Christmas" sentiment that is found in the Chit Chat die cuts. I layered the pieces with some foam tape and then glued them to the wreath. I used a couple of Holly and Pine Shape Sprinkles for some dimension.
 I knew when I saw these cute banners in the Odds and Ends I needed to use it on a project. I added a couple of Peppermint Twist Shape Sprinkles to the cupcake and the present. I also added a couple of Mini Clothespins to the ends of the banner.
  I thought I needed another little character to the wreath so I added the cute elf riding a reindeer die cut just above the banner. He is so cute!!
To finish decorating the wreath I found a few of the Ornament die cuts from the Odds and Ends and glued a few of them all around the wreath. I did add a few of the Tiny Heart Shape Sprinkles to the ornaments for a little pizazz!
I seriously love how this wreath turned out. This was my first time making a wreath like this and I can see myself making many more with other Doodlebug collections! Thanks a bunch for stopping by today! I hope I have inspired you to create a fun wreath like this for your homes this holiday season! Happy Crafting! 

Christmas Magic Collection
Gingham Linen Petite Prints
Dot Stripe Petite Prints
Tiny Heart Sprinkle Shapes
Mini Clothespins

12 inch foam wreath form
Foam tape
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