Monday, November 30, 2020


Every year I try to come up with a new and fun Advent Calendar for the holiday.  We always enjoy opening a new treat each day as we count down to Christmas.  This year while searching Pinterest, I found a wooden calendar with a tree and small gifts to hold some goodies.  I decided it would be fun to create one made from the Night Before Christmas Collection.  I set to work and created my own paper version... take a peek...

I started with some Gingham Linen Petite prints and some chipboard to make my tree.  I glued the tree to a circular base, made from some chipboard and the red side of the Jolly St. Nick Cardstock.  I decorated the tree with strands of sprinkles and the Twinkle Light Shaped Sprinkles...they were perfect!

I made 24 little boxes.  I added mini brads to help pull them open and numbered them using the Sunshine Alphabet Stickers.  All that was left was to embellish the boxes some more.  I used some toys and gifts from the Odds & Ends Pack.  Here are some close-ups of all of the boxes...

My favorite is the little kitty on top of the boxes, because let's face it, that's exactly what they do when they are not climbing the tree!  Each box is about 1.7" cubed so they are the perfect size for a chocolate or 2!

I created a cut file for this project and it is currently available in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop here.  It will also be coming to the Silhouette Store.  There is a quick tutorial in Lori's shop on the product page.  Be sure to come back to the blog for the next couple of weeks for more Night Before Christmas inspiration!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek.

Night Before Christmas Collection
Gingham Linen Petite Prints
Dot Stripe Petite Prints
Twinkle Light Shaped Sprinkles
Christmas Assortment Sprinkles
Sunshine Alphabets
Tiny Brads

Silhouette Chipboard
Silhouette Cameo
liquid adhesive
foam tape

Saturday, November 28, 2020


Hello, Doodlebug friends. Ready or not, Christmas is almost here. And what better way to countdown the days but with an advent calendar.
The Night Before Christmas collection is full of fun icons. But the one that "stole my heart" was Santa. He's just adorable and is the main focus of the project, along with his sleigh.

For this piece, I used a plain advent box.  A design of simple trees was cut from wood and attached to it as the background.
I made chipboard boxes for the box frame, so the designs from the 6x6 "cozy quilt" page would fit perfectly. 
Because my advent boxes were in a 4 x 6 grid instead of a 5x5 one. I rearranged the position of some of the designs.  But not a problem, I made some number stickers for each box.
As you can see, I had a lot of fun embellishing the calendar with sprinkles, doodle-pops and die-cuts.

The light shaped sprinkles are one of my favorites. What's yours?

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting everyone!

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Night Before Christmas Collection. 
Sleigh cutting file
Petite Prints
Textured cardstock

 advent calendar

Friday, November 27, 2020


Hello there! I am so happy to be with you today on this Friday! So today launches the holiday season here in the U.S. so I thought it would be fun to hit you guys up with a fun and easy gift card holder tutorial! I for one LOVE getting gift cards - and with the way the world is right now, I think that I will be giving A LOT of gift cards this year LOL! I always like to make my own holders for them and the adorable "Night Before Christmas" collection was perfect for the holders I had in mind! Here is a little peek at the four holders I made:

I decorated the front of the holders with some pattern papers from the collection. I then found 4 cute little kids, a present and some stars from the Odds and Ends. Aren't their little PJ's the cutest? Love them! I love the angled banner sentiments that come in the Chit Chat die cuts so I used those for my sentiments and they fit perfectly right in that top section of the card. I finished the holders off with a few Mini Jewels and some Chunky Twine.  

This is what the holder looks like with the top slid open.  This is such a fun interactive feature! After your done decorating, simply add some glue dots behind your gift card and slide it right inside the holder. Super easy! 

Here is a quick tutorial for you on how to make the base for these little cuties:

1-Start with a 9 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch piece of cardstock. Using a scoring tool, on the 5 1/4 inch side score at 1/2 inch and 4 3/4 inch.

2- Turn the paper to the 9 1/4 inch side and score at 3 1/4 inch and 7 3/4 inch.

3- Now, this part is important - turn your paper so that it is on the 5 1/4 inch side. If you look closely at your score marks you made, there are 3 "boxes" in the center that you scored.  The middle box is self-explanatory :) You want to place the smaller "box" section at the top. The larger "box" is the bottom of the card. 
4- Now, you need to take your scissors and trim away the two small side sections that I marked with stripes. Do not go all the way down to the bottom section. Only cut away what is shown below. 
5- This is what your paper should look like up to this point. 
6- Snip the two top edges as shown below on an angle. This helps the card lay better when we add our adhesive. 
7- Now fold back the bottom edges and add some strong adhesive on the folded edges as shown. 
8- This is what your paper looks like at this point.

9- Fold down the top flap as shown below.

10- Next - take a 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 inch piece of cardstock and score it at 3/8 of an inch on the 3 3/4 inch side. 

11- Now, fold back this scored section, and add strong adhesive to the flap.

12- Finally, take the paper and adhere it to the center of the inside of the top panel of the card base. 

Well, that's all I have for today! I hope that I have inspired you to create a batch of these holders of your very own. They are great to make up a batch and then keep on hand when you need them! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! Have a great weekend, crafty friends! 

Night Before Christmas Collection
12x12 Pattern Paper
Chit Chat 
 Odds and Ends
Mini Jewels
Ladybug Chunky Twine

Kraft Cardstock
Scoring Tool

Thursday, November 26, 2020


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  

Big title cut files are one of my favorite ways to start a layout. I knew I really wanted to showcase the colors and some of the pattern papers in the new Night Before Christmas collection from Doodlebug Design.  
 I used a large title cut file from my friend Lacey Ann Designs Etsy shop! I love the font and wider border of this cut file. It makes it easy and quick to back with pretty papers. I used papers from the Night Before Christmas 6x6 paper pad and some from one of the Doodlebug Design petite prints. I wanted to pull in some of the soft pink color in the collection.  
 I am documenting photos of our youngest Liam Jay and his first Christmas season. I know this is a boy layout but there is no reason why you can't use the color pink on your boy layouts! I love how all the colors are soft and sweet like the photos of baby Liam.  
 I added a few mini icon stickers around my photos and one of the banners in the Night Before Christmas chit chat pieces. When using a big title piece like the cut file I also like to add die cuts and stickers around the cut file. The little mice were perfect to add around my page! To finish off the page I trimmed down my white base to 11.50x11.50 and matted it on the beautiful Snow Magical pattern paper from Night Before Christmas. I used my We R Memory Keepers typewriter to type out my journaling and cut into strips to add to the bottom of my page. Here is a look at my completed page using the new Night Before Christmas collection.  

 Doodlebug Design Products Used 
 Night Before Christmas collection 
 Petite Prints 6x6 Gingham and Linen 

 Other Products Used 
 Silhouette Cameo 
 We R Memory Keepers Typewriter 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020


Perfect for a child's room or a desk in your office!  Today I'm sharing the sweetest mini Christmas Countdown Flip Calendar using the new "Night Before Christmas" Collection.

I started with a few basic supplies from Amazon: a 3-Ring-Binder-Bar; the rings are 1".  For the base of the flip album I've used white backing chipboard, but plain chipboard is fine.  

I cut the chipboard pieces to measure 3.5"X5 (2 pieces) and 3.5"X2".  Next I cut a strip of the Petite Print Woodgrain Lily White Paper 3.5" and left the bar code strip on the bottom (so roughly 12.25").  I used the patterned paper to form the easel by gluing the chipboard pieces, with the smaller 2" piece in the middle (be sure to leave a 1/16" gap between all three pieces so it will fold without obstruction).

I dressed the front of the easel with patterned paper and strips of the Limeade Paper Frills.  The numbered cards were cut apart and then layered onto mats of paper that measured 2.5"X4".  
After folding the easel into shape, I found the placement for the three ring bar.  Next I punched the holes and used that as a guide for punching holes in the numbered cards!

I outlined the edges of the easel (to hide the chipboard edge) with regular Doodle Twine and Bearly Art perfectly!

To the front, I added a mini-clothespin that I embellished with a Doodle Pop Candy Cane and then tied on an embellished metal tag!  

I kept the embellishments for the remaining cards as low-profile as possible.  I used Mini Icon Stickers, Sprinkles and Paper Frills to add a little POP!

All done!  What a great craft for the kids to help out with too...just prep the cards and have them add stickers and sprinkles :) Thanks for joining!

Night Before Christmas Collection Kit
Night Before Christmas Mini Icon Stickers
Christmas Mini Clothespins
Limeade Paper Frills
Ladybug Paper Frills
Ladybug Chunky Twine
Christmas Doodle Twine
Twinkle Lights Sprinkles
Snow Much Fun Sprinkles
Christmas Sprinkles
Christmas Mini Jewels
Christmas Wishes Sprinkles
Here Comes Santa Sprinkles
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