Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Doodlebug 4th of July Layout

Today's Project:  July 4th Page Layout
Created for:  Doodlebug Designs

I have always loved the red, white, and blue color combination ... but when you pair those colors with all of Doodlebug's adorable patterns and embellishments it's even more fun!

For this page, I layered a few Patriotic Picnic papers with some of Doodlebug's textured cardstock.  I used my Cameo machine to sketch a fun swirly border, and then anchored the page with some striped paper and scallop fancy frill stickers.

Can't have this patriotic holiday without a little sparkle, so the star gems were perfect for adding some shine to my layout.  I also love combining Chippers alpha letters and the Skinny cardstock stickers.  Together they worked perfectly for my July 4th title.

Here is a list of the Doodlebug goodies I used:

Sweetheart and Lily White card textured yardstick
Patriotic Picnic Papers and Stickers
Star Jewels
Skinny Cardstock Stickers
Chippers Alpha stickers
Fancy Frill border stickers

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Doodlebug ABC Book

Today's Project:  Child's ABC Alphabet Book
Created For:  Doodlebug Designs

Hi everyone!  Today I'm sharing a great project that you can create for the young children in your life.  Doodlebug Designs challenged the design team to use their great alpha stickers in a fun way.  I created this ABC alpha book for the challenge.   It's my turn over on the Doodlebug blog today so please come by and say hello ... I love to read your comments!

Each page inside the album is dedicated to a letter of the alphabet.  Children can see the letter, a cute Doodle Pop or sticker, a word that starts with the letter, and even a personal photo.

I think this project would be a sweet album to give a child or grandchild, filled with photos of the child or family that corresponds to the word on that page.  You could get very creative with this one!  You could also make a Numbers book to help the child learn about counting... 1-10 etc.

Thanks for letting me share another mini album with you! Here are a few more of the pages:

Saturday, June 20, 2015

25% off Sale This Weekend

Today and tomorrow get 25% off your purchase of $30 or more in our online kit shop!  (Not valid on custom orders).

Use coupon code Summer25 at checkout!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Father’s Day Gift Card Tag

Today's project:  Father’s Day Gift Card Tag
Created for:  We R Memory Keepers

Hi everyone, it’s Traci and I’m happy to be sharing a fun and easy Father’s Day project over on We R's blog today.  I created a tag that can hold a gift card.  

To create the tag, I used the new 123 Punch Board, an angle Corner Chomper, and the trim and score board. 

To start, I cut the pocket portion of my tag from navy card stock 3 1/2” x 10”, and scored the piece at 5”.   

With the piece folded in half on the score line, I used the “angle” side of the pink Corner Chomper to create tag corners.

Next, I created a notch on one short side of the card stock for my “shirt collar” by using the center marks on the 123 Punch Board.  Then I adhered the piece together on the long sides to create a pocket, and punched a small round hole in the back to hold my jute cord.

I cut a piece of plaid paper (from the StoryTime collection) to create my shirt.  3 1/4” x 4 3/4”.  I followed the same steps to create the tag corners and “shirt collar” notch.

I adhered the plaid paper to the front of the navy background tag.  To create the bow tie, I followed the directions for the XS bow on the 123 Punch Board.  

Finally I added the bow tie to the front of the “shirt”, added a few buttons and a title.  

Thanks for letting me share this tag for Dad with you today!  Please share your Father’s Day projects with us on our Facebook page!  We always love to see what you are creating with We R Memory Keeper tools! 
Thanks for stopping by!


Storytime Plaid paper
Navy card stock

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Strawberry Card Silhouette Tutorial

Today's Project:  Strawberry Card Silhouette Tutorial 
Created For:  Lori Whitlock Designs
I’m glad to be back over on Lori Whitlock’s blog today with a fun tutorial for making cards out of her cute new strawberry files.  I’ll show you two different card styles today and lots of “how to” pictures … so let’s get started!
These adorable strawberry designs are actually “print & cut” designs, but we are going to cut all of the pieces for a more layered look.
Let’s start with the first flip up Strawberry Jar card.  First, I opened the design and created an offset to make my card base.  I set my offset around the jar to 0.125.
Once I had the offset for the jar, I created a mirror image.  I went to the Replicate button and clicked “Mirror Above”.
I moved my two jars tops together and welded them so that I could fold the shape in half to create the card base.  I also used the type tool to type my sentiment for a print and cut.  (You can search Lori’s site for lots of Print & Cut tutorials if needed).  When you are ready to cut your shape, be sure that “cut edge” is highlighted in your cut setting window.
Once my white card base was cut, I cut out the other pieces and layered them on the front of the card.  Again, since this was originally created as a print design, you will want to be sure that “cut edge” is highlighted in your cut setting window before cutting out each piece.   By the way, the paper I used is from an Echo Park collection called Jack & Jill (Jill) designed by Lori also!

The second design is a pull-out card.  First, I opened the design and ungrouped all of my pieces.
I located the solid “basket” piece first and moved everything else off of my software mat.   Next, I created an internal offset (setting .20) so that I would have a card base that would be small enough to slide back into the basket.
Once I had the inset piece for the basket, I created an offset on each of the three strawberries so that when I cut the card, the strawberries would have a white edge.  I then welded the strawberry offsets to my basket inset.  To simplify, you are welding a smaller basket and three larger strawberries together. (Ignore my second set of strawberries in the photo … you don’t need them).
Once you have the strawberries welded to your basket inset, you can add a sentiment with the type tool if desired and then do a print and cut for the base of the card.  For the card pocket, locate the original blue “basket” piece and create a mirror image above the shape.
Move the pieces so that they touch along the future fold line.  Weld them together and cut the piece out.  Now you should have a basket piece that looks like the photo below.  Fold the piece in half and add adhesive along the right and left sides to create a pocket.  Leave the top free of adhesive so that the white card you created in previous steps can slide down into the pocket.
Finally, cut out the remaining pieces of the basket and strawberries and adhere them to your base card and pocket.  So Cute!

Thanks so much for letting me share these two cards with you.  I hope you found the tutorial helpful!  

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Lori Whitlock June Blog Hop

Hi everyone!  Welcome to Lori Whitlock's Creative Team June blog hop! 

If you just hopped on at my blog, be sure to head back over to Lori's site and start from the beginning!  The Creative Team has lots of fun projects to share so you won't want to miss any of them!

Since Father's Day is right around the corner (6/21), I made Lori's brand new Fishing Tackle Box.  How perfect is this to tuck a Father's Day gift into?!
 Love it!!

The file is super easy to assemble.  Here is a close up of how the handle pieces go together.  Lori is always so creative!  I just love that she designed little brad holes in the handle to make the box look authentic :)

The tackle box file comes with the fishing pole, a bobber, and a fish.  I added the fish to a tag for Father's Day, along with Lori's "Best Dad Ever" file.  

Here are the links to the files I used:
Fishing Tackle Box
The Best Dad Ever

Be sure to check out the other goodies Lori has for you today! 

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Now back to the hop!  Your next stop is:  Kathy Skou