Friday, November 2, 2018

Gingerbread houses!

Happy November! Hope everyone had a fun Halloween night and that you had a chance to sneak a few treats for yourself too!  Is it too early to ask 'Are you excited for the Christmas and holiday season?'  The Christmas Town collection is certain to have you 'fa la la' in love with all the cute Winter and Christmas themed icons!

For my page, I went with a repeating circle shapes to surround the photos for my page. I used a 1.75 inch circle punch to cut out various cute images from the 12x12 Countdown paper.  The asymmetrical placement of the circles gives contrast to the square gird placement of the photos.

For a little extra lift I curled the edges of the circles up to add a little dimension and interest.

I kept the negative space simple and just added a little texture with some dry embossing of a piece of card stock that matches the page base and added a few sequins for a touch of sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by the blog, hope you are inspired to do some holiday crafting!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Pumpkin Party!

Get ready to celebrate your ghoulish Halloween memories with Pumpkin Party!  You'll find the ghosts, pumpkins, spiders etc. irresistibly cute!

For my layout I flipped through all the great patterns in the 6x6 paper pad and stopped at the 5x5 cards paper. I cut apart the little squares and created a mosaic 'wall' to bring attention to all the cute Halloween sayings. 

To create dimension and interest on the mosaic wall, I took the 2nd duplicate paper in the paper pad, circle punched out a few images and then popped them onto the matching mosaic card. I also placed some smaller photos on the wall to record the many fun moments. 

The spider shape sprinkles are the perfect addition to kick up the spooky factor. Where I placed the spider sprinkles I machine stitched a small line and let the threads hang loose to create that creepy web look. 

Thanks for dropping by the blog today, hope you have a boo-tiful day!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Petite Prints!

I am loving all the new Doodlebug floral/grid and dot/strip petite prints, talk about a rainbow of happiness!  The smaller scale patterns on these papers are a wonderful way for add a colourful backdrop to your craft projects.

Remember those one-sheet wonder templates for card makers?  I created a very simple one-sheet cutting template and used the same cutting template for two contrasting petite print papers.  I chose the yellow dot/stripe and the blue floral/grid patterns.  If you follow the cutting template you will create a pile of double-sides squares, rectangle and strips that can be layered to create nine A2-sized card fronts.

I dipped into all the awesome So Much Pun ephemera elements to embellish my cards.  My pile of ready-made birthday cards are running low so this is a great way to restock my birthday card stash!

I'll quickly run through each trio of cards and indicate which pieces are used to create the backdrops.

The first trio is simply taking rectangle and square pieces to create a simple pattern base.
Card 1- It's Nacho birthday is it?- yellow 2x4, blue 2x4 
Card 2- Have a Dino-Mite birthday!- yellow 2x4, blue 4x4
Card 3- You mean the world to me!- yellow 4x4, blue 3x3

The second trio will require a few tools - a circle punch, your favourite border punch and a trimmer.
Card 4- You're gum-believable!- blue 4x4, 4x2, yellow 3x3 (circle punched out).
Card 5- Hot dog- it's your birthday!- blue 1x12 (border punch out two 4" strips), yellow 4x4, blue 3x3
Card 6- Poppin' in to say Hi!- blue 4x4 (cut on a diagonal).

The last trio uses up the rest of the pieces, if you have a favourite die cut or punch- now is the time to use it!

Card 7- yellow 2x4, 4x4, 3x3 (circles punched out to highlight shape sprinkles).
Card 8- blue 2x12, yellow 1x12 - adhere to the card base on an angle and then trim excess.
Card 9- butterfly punch used on remaining pieces left over to cover the card front.

Hope this gives you some ideas for your next card making playtime!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Doodlebug So Mun Pun!

If you fell in love with the So Punny collection, get ready to fall big time again with So Much Pun because there is just so much clever humour over tacos, hedgehogs, dinosaurs, french fries, space ships etc. There is a large range of themes and it's definitely worth checking out!

I was inspired by the 'feel better' part of this collection. When I saw the 12x12 band-aid paper I rewinded my memory tape to the bandaid commercial tune 'I am stuck on bandaids cuz bandaids stuck on you'!  I cut the band-aid strips out and created a lattice weave background on my page.

I love the little smiles on the band-aids, if you are going to scrapbook some icky, not feeling so good times, every little bit of light hearted humour helps!  My page is about this little munchkin going into the hospital to get his ear tubes put it.  He was a brave little boy and is now happy to hear better and say good-bye to painful ear infections.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Layout in minutes!

Imagine a hot sunny day with kiddos splashing in pool, the adults too busy chatting to notice the overdone burgers on the grill and then throw in a couple of pooches running around stealing and hiding the kid's toys.  So much going on and yet time held still for a few seconds to record the love between a girl and her dog.

This layout came together very easily because much of it was already done!  No, I didn't get a visit from the scrapbooking fairy, LOL (although sometimes I wish one would!).  Remember those photo props and the chit chat tags I previously made?  I re-used them and created a simple grid design to highlight the photo on my page.

For an extra 3D fun effect I layered my photo to give it that extra oomph.  This is done by printing out your photo in the same size 3 times, just trim away 1/8" on all sides each time as you build up to the 3rd layer.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Doodlebug Chit Chats

Let's not have idle conversation about Chit Chats, instead let's give a whopping loud shout out to them!  Today I'm going to share some tags using Chit Chats from each of the So Punny, Down on the Farm, Hello and Sweet Summer collections.  I added a variety of machine stitching techniques to the tags for a little more dimension.

The first tag showcases beautiful gold foiled elements from the Hello line.  I machine stitched across the top part of the tag and intentionally left the ends uncut for some random whimsy.

From the Sweet Summer collection, here is a fun birthday tag. I stitched around the speech bubble to highlight the main message of the tag.

Who can resist pairing up Chit Chats with Doodle-pops?  Not me!! 

The last tag highlights some awesome puns from the So Puny line! 

Hope this inspires you to reach for some Chit Chats on your next project(s), they are so addictive!