Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lori Whitlock: Easter Bunny Window Treat Boxes

Hi Everyone!  I can't believe Easter is in 2 weeks!  Since it's so early this year,  I had to get my act together much more quickly to make these fun little treat boxes for my college sophomore and her dorm-mates!

I used Lori's Easter Window Box Bunny (SVG File, Silhouette File) and added a fun little pop-pom tail to the window!  (The pom-poms were made with baker's  twine and a pom-pom maker). The adorable plaid papers are from Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Spring Paper pack.

I filled them with some chocolate eggs and sent them off to the girls!  Head over to Lori's shop for a great variety of Easter files!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Doodlebug Design: Down on the Farm Cards

Today I'm excited to be kicking off a couple of weeks of Down on the Farm projects for Doodlebug Design!  I was so happy to get this collection,  the critters, the papers, the colors.... all "udderly" irresistible!  There were so many goodies to choose from I had a hard time narrowing down my selections!  Finally I did, and made these "moovalous" cards!

I laughed out loud when I saw the "Cow's it Going" Chit Chat piece.  I made a fun pop up card using papers from the 6x6 Down on the Farm Papers and the other embellishments are from the Odds & Ends Pieces.  I also used Lawn Fawn's Pop Up Stitched Hillside Die

I decorated the front of the card as well, a little more simply to allow the inside to stand out,  using Chit Chats and more papers from the 6x6 pad.

The base of my next card was made from the Down on the Farm Barn Cut file available in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop.  I added this easel piece to the back so that it stands on it's own.

The barn was made from Gingham Linen Petite Prints  I added some doors to the barn, and when you open it up, there is a fun surprise!

The critters are from both the Icon Stickers Sheet and the Mini Icons Stickers.  How adorable is that little fly sticker?  So stinking cute!
My last card showcases a number of the cute Odds and Ends critters (back to my inability to narrow down my choices...)  I had them all say "hi" in their own way using the Chit Chat pieces.  The frame on the front of the card was made using Lawn Fawn's Peek-a-Boo Backdrop Die.

In case you don't speak "farm critter" I added another Chit Chat piece in the inside to translate for you.

Be sure to check the Doodlebug Design Blog over the next few weeks for more Down on the Farm inspiration.  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Lori Whitlock: March Creative Team Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!   It's time for the March Creative Team Blog Hop over at Lori Whitlock!  You should have arrived here from Traci's Blog.  Here's the order for today's hop!

Today is the third Nor'easter  in the last 8 days here in Massachusetts.  Expecting 12-16 inches of snow.  So I needed a little spring!  I made Lori's Bobble Head Sheep Card (SVG, Silhouette) and used the happy spring sentiment!

I used papers from Lori's Sweet Baby Boy and Sweet Baby Girl collections from Echo Park Paper.

Also, how about a free file!!  This file is free for today only!  No code or minimum required.

Finally, how would you like to win a $20 Coupon to Lori's SVG Shop!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That's it for me today, your next stop on the hop is Brandie!  Have a great day!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Doodlebug Design: Abigail Font Stickers

Hi Everyone!  Today I have some fun cards I created for Doodlebug Design.  I love a good font and the Abigail Font Stickers do not disappoint!  They are a sweet, handwritten font that are fun to mix and match with other Doodlebug Font Stickers and words from the This and That Sticker Sheets!  I used them to make some punny (I can't resist a good pun...) cards, take a peek!

I love making and receiving interactive cards!  For my first card, I created a penny slider easel card using the Rainbow with Clouds cut file from the Fairy Tales Collection and the cute little acetate sun from the Spring Things Odds & Ends Collection..  The cloud paper is from the Spring Things 6x6 Pad and the other papers are from the Petite Prints Collections.

The Abigail Font Stickers in Bumblebee were perfect for my sentiment!  And when you tip the card, the little sun moves along the rainbow!

My next card is a slider card I created using the base of this cut file from Lori Whitlock and papers, stickers and Odds & Ends from the Kitten Smitten Collection.

The Abigail Stickers in Bumblebee coordinated perfectly with the word sticker from the Kitten Smitten This and That Sticker Sheet!  Now for the fun part, when you pull the tab of the card, the kitties get close together!  So cute!!

My last card is a bobble card featuring Papers, Stickers, Odds & Ends and Tiny Heart Shape Sprinkles from the So Punny Collection.

The little tea cup is on a spring and wobbles!  The Abigail stickers in Cupcake were perfect for my sentiment!
Be sure to stop by the blog over the next couple of weeks for more projects featuring the Abigail Font Stickers!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Doodlebug Design: Pot O' Gold Cut Files

When you're Irish and going to college in the Boston area, St. Paddy's day is a major holiday event!  I might even have to say it's a college requirement!  My daughter and friends took on this challenge last year, and joined in the campus-wide celebration, and being a child of a scrapbooker, she was kind enough to send me pictures!  So when I saw the new Pot O' Gold Cut Files available in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop I knew what I was going to scrap!

I used the Shamrocks Cut Files as the main focus of my layout, I re-sized them to meet my needs and made multiples to scatter on my layout. I love how the files are set up so that you can make the stems different from the leaves, it add so much more color!  I used foam tape to pop them up for a bit more dimension,  The papers and embellishments are from a number of Doodlebug Collections including the Gingham Linen Petite PrintsDragon Tails, Sugar and Spice, and of course, Pot O'Gold!

I used the Abigail Font Stickers in Lily White  and Candy Heart Sprinkles to complete my layout!

How would you like to win the entire Pot O' Gold SVG Collection?  Doodlebug is giving followers 3 chances to win, so head on over to the Doodlebug Design Blog, Facebook Page and Instagram, leave a comment  on this post and you could be one of the winners!

That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Doodlebug Design: Interactive Chit Chat Cards

Hi Everyone!  I have some fun cards I created for Doodlebug today!  I just love how easy card making has become now that we have the Chit Chat pieces!  Along with the Odds & Ends, they have made it SO easy to put together an awesome card!  I decided to make a few interactive cards focusing on the Chit Chat pieces from the So Punny collection.  Take a peek...

I had such a fun time with these cards!  The first card is a slider card.  I cut a slot in the toaster piece so that the pop tart could "pop out" when the slider tab is pulled.  All I needed to complete the card is the adorable chit chat sentiment!  

My next card is also a type of slider card.  I started with the base of this cut file, and then added the fun typewriter from the Odds & Ends and the two sentiments from the Chit Chat Pieces.  The great thing about the Chit Chat speech bubbles is that if you like, you can cut off the "tail" and just have the sentiment !  I did that with the heart "just my type" piece.  All you do is pull the tag piece of the card and the Chit Chat Sentiment is revealed!

For my last card I used some Action Wobble Mini Springs to make the olives like little bobble heads!  When you tap them they wobble!

All I needed to complete the card is the "olive you" Chit Chat speech bubble and I also added some of the little Chit Chat hearts as well.

Since seeing the cards in action is much more fun than still pictures, I put together this fun little video showing the cards in action.

That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Lori Whitlock: Using Pattern Fills in Silhouette

Hi Everyone!  Today I have some fun monogrammed note cards I created using Lori Whitlock's Pattern Fills and my Silhouette.  When I was younger, I always had note cards lying around in case I needed to write a thank you or thinking of you card.  These days with email and texting, it seems like a lost art, but I still think it's important to send a hand written note for some situations!  I created these to have on hand, in case nothing but a hand written note would do!

Before I show how I created the cards, I thought it would be helpful to show how to add these patterns to your Silhouette Library.  Once you've purchased the files from Lori's Shop (they are not available through the Silhouette Store) you want to unzip the file.  Next you will want to open your Silhouette Library, and also open another window showing the Fill files on your computer.  To add them in bulk to your library, select all of the files at once, click and drag them over to the Patterns category of your library as shown below...

This will add all of the files to your Silhouette library at once, and they will be available for use through the Patterns category of the Fill function.  Now for the cards themselves.  I actually didn't create the whole card in Silhouette, just the front layer.  By creating just this layer, it enabled me to get more per piece of paper since I wasn't cutting the entire card.  I started by opening my Silhouette software and creating a 3.75" x 5" rectangle.  This is the size of my front layer and allows for a .25" border all around. (my note cards are standard A2 sized or 5.5" x 4.25")

Next, I added the fill to this rectangle.  To do this I clicked on the fill button (the paint palate icon), then selected fill pattern (the dotted button).  This brings up all of the fills I've loaded to my Silhouette Library.  I scrolled down until I found the pattern.  I clicked on my shape to select it, then clicked on the pattern fill I wanted.

The next step was to create the Monogram Circle.  I started by drawing a circle using the shape tool.  I sized it to be 2.5".   I filled that circle with white using the Fill function, selecting the circle and clicking on the white square.

For the letter I chose Lori's Deco Font (Lori's Shop, Silhouette) and sized my letter to 100.

I wanted my letter to be the same color as my background.  To do this, I first selected my letter by clicking on it, and opened the Fill Window.  I clicked on the dropper icon, then moved over to a blue area on my background piece and clicked.  This added the background color to my letter.

The last steps of design were simply to center everything for printing.  I first centered the letter in my circle using the Transform Panel.

Using the same buttons, I then centered the circle on my background.

Once everything was centered, I selected all portions of the design, right mouse clicked and selected group.  This is a very important step.  It allows you to cut just the outside of the design when using the Silhouette  print and cut function.

I created a few different cards using the same method and some different fills.  I then set up the printer registration marks by selecting Page Set Up, Registration marks and Type 1 Cameo.  I have a wide format printer, so I can print 12" x 12".  If you're using a standard printer, you would set up the paper size to be 8.5" x 11" (from the page set up menu) and you would need to print 2 per page rather than 4.

I then sent the file to print.

Once printed, I clicked on send, selected my media, then most importantly selected cut edge under action.  Since I grouped each of the cards to be one file, this will insure that only the edges of the card fronts are cut.  I then sent it to cut.

To finish my cards, I glued the front layers to a standard A2 Card ( paper cut to 5.5" x 8.5" then folded in half for card).

These would make a fun gift for a friend or family member!  I've also used the same process to make thank you notes for my daughter to send to companies she has interviewed with for her summer internship!  The possibilities are endless.   That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!