Thursday, December 12, 2019

Snow Happy Together Album

Hey Everyone!
There's a super cute NEW album in my shop and look how sweet it is! This adorable Winter Wonderland album is great for all those special photos from your last ski trip or vacation at the cabin. Or, what about those fun moments of the little ones playing in the snow, making snow angels or building a snowman? Helloooo, perfect album ... right here!


It's available as a DIY kit or preassembled, so you can take it on a scrappin' retreat or give it as a gift. Either way ... that adorable reindeer is killin' me with the little purple scarf! You can tell by the look on his face that he knows he's cute, lol!


  
This album has lots of fun little flip-up pages and pockets with photo mats that you can pull out to view. Love the interactive part of this album. There's tons of cute phrases like, "Snow Happy Together", "Snuggle Weather", "Snow Cozy" & "Yeti for Winter?". Yeti for winter .... hahaha! And how precious is that polar bear with the sneaky side grin? "Snow" precious!



This would make a great gift for grandparents and in-laws filled with pictures of the littles. They'll love this way more than a sweater! And, this present will last a lifetime ... unlike that sweater which will be pilly in 6 months. This sweet little album measures approximately 6x8 but has space for at least 55 photos. That is A LOT of cuteness!  

 
 
It's filled with fun little images of snowmen, reindeer, a sweet little moose and ... let's not forget the Yeti! (Which kinda looks like my niece's boyfriend ... just sayin'.)

So, whether you buy it for a gift or keep it for your own treasured photos, hop over to Artsy Albums and see more pictures of this fun little album. This one's pretty special!


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Tuesday Tutorial and Blog Hop with Lori Whitlock


Welcome back crafty friends!  Today is Lori Whitlock's December Blog Hop and my blog is the first stop on the hop, so be sure to hop back over to Lori's site too, because she has some goodies for you ... a sale, a giveaway, and a cute freebie!

For my project today I created some awesome twist pop cards.  
I have a video for you because they are so much more fun if you can see them in action :)




These are Lori's Twist-Pop cards.  They are easy to make ... and here's a link to the tutorial so you can see where to add adhesive etc. (twist-pop card tutorial)

You can get this cute cutting file (links below) today on SALE! Once you've checked out all of the awesome hop designs, head back over to Lori's site for her sale, give-away, and freebie!




Blog Hop Order:
Kathy Skou -- Next Stop

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Christmas Magic Waterfall Album

I love opening up the cover of an album or book, and seeing pretty, colorful paper.  And if it's Doodlebug paper, well then even better! I guess that's why I love waterfall albums so much.  Earlier this week, I posted a tutorial for making an album like this here, so when it came to my Christmas Magic project, I was eager to create another one!
 

See what I mean?  Aren't all those colorful patterns pretty?  I know ... I'm such a paper nerd :) 
I used odds & ends, chit chat, icon stickers, and sprinkles to embellish the back of each flap.  I plan to add photos to the fronts, but you could also add a gift card to some of the pages for a fun Christmas gift!
I also used some stickers from the This & That sheet.  I always love the little words and phrases.
Although I used 12x12 pattern paper for the inside and outside covers, I used sheets from the 6x6 paper pad for each of the waterfall patterns.  I think the smaller patterns are perfect for these 4x4 spaces.


  I hope I've inspired you to play with paper today!

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Throw-back Thursday for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I decided to do a throw-back Thursday project today since, well ... I’m cooking turkey and don't have a chance to make a new Thanksgiving project :). But hey, this one is super cute thanks to a 2015 Doodlebug release called Fall Friends!



First of all ... can we all just agree that this little turkey is adorable?!


I love Mr. Turkey so much he got to be on the first page too!  


What would Thanksgiving be without Pilgrims?  The Doodlebug pilgrim people are almost as cute as Mr. Turkey! 








Well I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  Visit my new shop this weekend ... I'll have some things on sale for Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday! Oh, and look, I found a few pieces of this darling collection still available at my fave online supply store ... 

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Tuesday Tutorial: Silhouette Sketch Pen Card

'Tis almost the season for sending out Christmas cards, and if you're like me, the task can often be so time-consuming that I lose sight of the meaning for sending them out in the first place.  With that in mind, I remembered that I made this card for a blog post over at Lori Whitlock Designs a few years back.  I wanted to revisit the tutorial and share it with all of you because it's going to make creating my cards a lot more fun this year.

I used my Silhouette machine and some sketch pens to create the front of my card. The sketch pen technique involves cutting a shape from inside an offset that's been drawn with the pens.
First I started with Lori's adorable Christmas Tree Pop Up Card.
I ungrouped everything and moved everything off to the side except the front panel with the tree.


Next, I ungrouped this one shape so that I could move the tree over to the left side of the shape.



Once I moved the tree over to the left, I had space to put a sentiment. Using Lori's Dot Sketch Font, I typed in the sentiment that I wanted to use and centered everything the way I wanted it to look once it was sketched.


In addition to the sentiment, I also wanted an offset drawn around the tree cut out. To do this, I highlighted the tree, and opened the offset window. I clicked offset and set it to .05 distance.


For the next step, I moved the inside tree shape, and the outer card shape, off to the side. These portions will be cut out, so I didn't want them to get sketched when I insert my pen.


Next, I loaded white paper into my silhouette cameo machine and removed the blade. I replaced the blade with a red Silhouette sketch pen and locked it in place. Then I made sure my cut settings were set to Silhouette Sketch Pens, and I clicked "Cut".

Here is an important step! Once the sketch pen was finished drawing my lines, I didn't remove or unload my paper. The reason for this is because I want it to line up perfectly again when I go to cut the inside shape out of my tree. So I left the paper loaded exactly as it was when it was finished, and went back to my software.

I highlighted everything that I had just sketched, and clicked on the Cut Style window. I chose "No Cut" so that when I replaced my red pen with a blade, everything I just sketched didn't get cut out.


Next I moved my card shape (which IS highlighted to cut) and the inner part of my tree (which IS highlighted to cut) back in place. I made sure that I replaced my red pen with my cutting blade, adjusted the cut setting to card stock, and hit the cut button again to tell my machine to cut out just those areas around my sketch.


For the inside of my card, I repeated the steps above to create a personalized "sketched" message inside the card before I cut it out.
One last tip -- I used a large needle to help thread my twine through the holes in the front of the card.




Thanks for stopping by the blog today for my "Tuesday Tutorial"!  If you plan to make your Christmas cards this year, I hope you have fun and enjoy the process :)


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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Gift Card Stocking Banner

My kids always like getting gift cards in their stocking, so when I saw this adorable stocking cut file, it gave me a fun idea.  I'll hang this banner up on Christmas morning.  It will be a festive decoration, and a cute way to dress up these little cards.

To make the stockings, I downloaded the cutting file from Lori Whitlock's SVG shop here >> Doodlebug Milk & Cookies Stocking. I separated the pieces and just kept the stocking base and white cuff portions. I enlarged the pieces so that the stocking measured 6.3" wide x 9.8" long.  
I cut out 4 stockings from thin chipboard, and 4 from white card stock. I made an internal offset of the stocking (set at 0.125) for the pattern paper and cut out 4 different patterns. I layered the chipboard, white card stock, and pattern papers, and then cut out and adhered the white cuff to the top.  I added names to each stocking using my cutting machine and this font file by Lori Whitlock. 

I adhered Doodlebug's 3x3 scallop envelopes to the back of the stockings so that gift cards could slide in, and then had lots of fun embellishing each stocking with Christmas Magic odds & ends, doodle pops, and jelly clips.

Finally, I strung a ribbon through the stocking loops and secured it to the chipboard with help from the jelly clips.  This was a really fun project and I can't wait to hang it up on Christmas morning!

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