Monday, September 17, 2018

Doodlebug Design: Petite Prints Desk Calendar

One of my all time favorite Doodlebug product lines is the Petite Prints! The Gingham Linen Petite Prints have always been a staple in my projects, so when the new Floral-Graph and Dot-Stripe Petite Prints were released, I was ecstatic!   I love using them as backgrounds and especially love them when working with the Doodlebug Cut files!   Each year I love to put together a calendar for my craft room, and no surprise, it is usually made up from Doodlebug goodies!  I got a head start on next year's calendar using the new Petite Prints and a number of Doodlebug cut files... take a peek...

This cute little calendar can sit on my table, and I love how easily it is to flip around and find a date!  Making it was really easy.  I started with 6 pieces of white cardstock each cut to 9.5" x 6".  Each piece was then scored halfway at 4.75".  To the inside of each piece of card stock , I added 2  pieces of Petite Prints that measured 4.25" x 5.5".  To make it into the star shape, I folded the cardstock pieces in half (with the petite prints on the inside) stacked them up, gluing them together to make a book-like form.  I then decorated the front cover with the year.  To make it into the Star, open it up so all of the pages fan out and clip the ends together with a couple of cute clips!

Now for the fun part, decorating each month!  I started with a print and cut calendar file from Lori Whitlock (SVG, Silhouette).  I un-grouped the file and resized it to fit into a 2.625" x 3.75" rectangle.  I then chose a fun Doodlebug Cut file for each month, which were all pieced together using the 6x6 Dot-Stripe Petite Print Pad.  Here are close ups of the pages...

Files Used: 
Snowman 2 - Frosty Friends (SVG, Silhouette
Candy - Cream & Sugar (SVG)

Files Used: 
Rainbow - Pot O' Gold (SVG)
Chick in Egg- Easter Express (SVG, Silhouette)

Files Used:
Hello- Flowers (SVG, Silhouette)
Happy Camper Birds (SVG, Silhouette)
Happy Camper Flowers (SVG, Silhouette)

Files Used:
USA- Yankee Doodle (SVG, Silhouette)
Watermelon - Sweet Summer (SVG, Silhouette)

Files Used:
Apple with Worm - Back to School (SVG, Silhouette)
Fat Pumpkin - Booville (SVG, Silhouette)

Sunflower - Flea Market (SVG, Silhouette)
Milk & Cookies - Kitty (SVG, Silhouette)

If you try your hand at making one, please be sure to share your pictures with Doodlebug or tag @doodlebugdesign on Social Media!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Lori Whitlock: September Creative Team Blog Hop

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

Lori has a number of fun new back to school-themed files in the shop!  I made the adorable Sticky Notes Easel Card Pencil (SVG, Silhouette), and added a little note to the first sticky note!  I left this on my daughter's desk when I moved her into her dorm this year.

Here is what the card looks like folded, it's perfect for mailing.

The papers are the new Dot-Stripe Petite Prints and Floral-Graph Petite Prints from Doodlebug Design.

There's a sale happening in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop!  Use code SEP2018 to get 30% off all SVGs and Commercial Licenses!

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 Anita!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Lori Whitlock: State Heart Pillow

Happy Monday everyone,  I have a fun project to share with you today!  I created this pillow for my niece who moved to Maine with her cute little family.  I used Lori's State Heart Dingbats Font (SVG, Silhouette), take a peek...

Cutting fabric with your Silhouette or Cricut is easier than you think!  For my project I started with Terial Magic Fabric Stabilizer. I first saturated the fabric I wanted to cut with Terial Magic, hung it until it was damp dry (about 15 minutes.) and then ironed the fabric.  Once ironed, the fabric is very stiff and almost feels like paper.   I placed the fabric on a very sticky mat and sent it to cut using the fabric cut settings on my Silhouette.  (make sure you are using a newer blade or fabric blade to cut ) Once cut, I machine stitched it to my pillow cover.   You could also use an iron on fabric stabilizer. For fabrics, I used Doodlebug's Kisses fabrics for Riley Blake.   My niece loved the pillow and it looked really cute in her living room!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Doodlebug Design: More So Much Pun Cards

There are so many puns in the So Much Pun Collection, it's perfect for a pun-fanatic like me!  The only problem I have is choosing which ones to use next!  I finally narrowed down my selection to make these "punny" cards!

Every time I see the sweet little faces on the pill bottle and pills I laugh.  I decided to add them all along with the tissue box from the Odds & Ends into a doctor bog box card.  Who wouldn't "pill" better looking at these cute faces!  The bag was assembled using some of the new Dot Stripe Petite Prints.

I fell in love with all of the adorable dinosaurs in the Odds & Ends and knew I wanted to use a few of them on a card.  I decided to make a little shadowbox so that I could feature a bunch!  I used the Palm Tree side of the T-Riffic Cardstock and the Kraft Dot-Stripe Petite Prints for the box and then added a few of the dinosaurs to the various layers.  As always, there was the perfectly punny sentiment in the Chit Chat Pieces.

Like the pills, the faces on the pieces of pop corn make me smile!  I made a fun slider card where one of the cute little popcorn pieces pops up out of the popcorn container!  I love the Check side of the Fantas-Taco Cardstock and the Order pad side of the Perfect Combo Cardstock!  I mixed them with the Ladybug and Lily White Floral-Graph Petite Prints to make some fun layers!

Make sure to stop by the Doodlebug Design blog all this week for more So Much Pun Inspiration!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Lori Whitlock: Crayons Box Card

Well, I don't think we can deny it any more, Back to School time is definitely here.  The public schools here in the Northeast are still enjoying vacation, but many of my friend's kiddos across the country are already back in the classroom!  Summer just flew by!  Luckily, Lori has some really cute back to school designs to make it all a little better.  I fell in love with this Box Card Crayons (SVG, Silhouette)  as soon as I saw it!  It reminds me of new school supplies and a fresh box of crayons!  I used some of the new Doodlebug Design Petite Prints to piece it together...take a peek...

The only thing that's missing is the sharpener in the back of the box!  I know a lot of teachers who would love to receive this cute card!  Lori has an assembly video for this type of card here:  A2 Box Cards New Method.   That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Doodlebug Design: So Much Pun Cards

I can not pass on  a good pun... so when So Much Pun arrived, I dug right in!  My family thought I was crazy... they could hear me laughing from the other side of the house as I sorted through all of the funny puns!  I picked a few of my favorites and set to making some easel cards... take a peek...

As soon as I saw the adorable aliens in the So Much Pun Odds & Ends I thought of a saucer flying through the air.  I decided an easel card with an opening would be the best way to make this happen...

The stars on the Far Out Cardstock made the perfect backdrop. I attached the flying saucer with some monofilament thread so he looks like he's flying.  

I finished the card off with a cute little saying from the Chit Chat Pieces and those adorable sprinkle stars from the Out of This World Shaped Sprinkles.

My next card featured what I think might be my favorite icon from the whole collection... THE SLOTH!!!  He is just too stinking cute!

I stuck with the easel card design, but for this one, I opened both sides of the easel and added some grass and trees using the new Dot Stripe Rainbow Petite Prints 6x6 Pad to the back side of the easel to add dimension.  I think the Best I Ever Plaid paper is my favorite of the collection!  I finished the card with a few of the flowers from the Otterly Adorable Shaped Sprinkles.  Here is a close up...

My last card features another one of my favorite icons... the Otter!!!  I just love his sweet whiskers!  I also used the Dotty side of the Sweet Stuff Cardstock.

I created some waves using the bubble blue paper from the Dot Stripe Rainbow Petite Prints 6x6 Pad and had him float on them holding a Rainbow Heart Shaped Sprinkle.  To the back side of the Easel I added the Sun from the Odds & Ends and made a cloud with some Lily White Sprinkles Vellum.  Here is a close up...

All of these cards fold flat for mailing...

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

Monday, August 6, 2018

Doodlebug Design: Hello Polaroid Camera Slider Card Tutorial

There's something about the cute little cameras in the Hello Cut File Collection (SVG, Silhouette) that just makes me smile!  I decided to create a fun slider card using the Hello Polaroid Camera (SVG, Silhouette)  You could create this card using almost any collection for any occasion!  I used the Hello Collection for mine.  Take a peek...

The slider pulls right through from the camera slot on the bottom of the card for a nice surprise greeting!

I also added a sentiment from the Hello This and That Sheet on the inside of the card.  Here are some close-ups of the front...

I put together a tutorial showing how to make this card using Silhouette.  These instructions would need to be slightly altered for other cutting machines such as Cricut, since not all of the same functions are available (specifically release compound path).  First I show how to edit the file to make it a slider in Silhouette, then how I assembled the pieces.

I started by resizing the file so that the finished card would fit in a standard sized envelope.  In this case, I resized it so that it was 6" wide (be sure to click the lock next to the sizing so that it will resize uniformly)  The end result is a card that will fit in a 6x6 envelope.

Next, I created the card base.  To do this, I made a copy of the navy layer in the cut file (which is the shape of the whole card)

I made a second copy of the navy piece, right mouse clicked on the piece and selected flip vertically.

Next,  I maneuvered the 2 pieces so they were aligned and overlapped slightly, then after selecting both pieces, right mouse clicked and selected weld to make them one large piece.

Lastly, for the card base, I added a dashed line to the center and selected group.  This will give you a score line to fold the card base.

The next few slides show how I added a slot to be cut into the camera "face" so that the picture slider could slide out.  I started by un-grouping the pieces of the camera face.  Next I selected the slot on the bottom portion of the camera(the navy piece) and resized it to be 0.15"h x 4.5"w. 

Since the slider part of the card needs to go through all layers of the front of the camera, I needed to copy the "slot" to the layers underneath the top layer.    First I selected both the slot and the small navy bottom piece and copied them.  I then clicked on the copied pieces and right clicked and selected Make Compound Path.  This gave me the completed the navy piece.  I deleted the original small navy piece, leaving just the slot over the light blue piece of the camera. 

I repeated the above process with the light blue piece... Copy both the slot and the light blue piece.  Select both parts of the copy (light blue and slot) and right mouse click, and select make compound path. (this completes the light blue piece)  Delete the original light blue piece, leaving just the slot over the bottom-most navy piece.  

Lastly Select both the larger Navy piece and the slot, right mouse click and select make compound path.  This adds the slot to the bottom most piece. 

 I added the slot in this fashion to make sure that the slots on all 3 pieces were perfectly aligned. 

Next I created my slider piece.  I started by creating two rectangles, both 3.875"H x 4.275"W.  To the top of the one on the left, I added a slim rectangle, (0.25" H x 4.65"W), overlapping them slightly, the selecting both, right mouse click and select weld. 

 For the right hand piece I added a rectangle (2.7"H x 3.825"W) centering it horizontally and towards the top of the existing rectangle.  I selected both pieces, right mouse clicked and selected make compound path.

The result of the above steps gave me the two pieces that make the slider portion of the card.

Once I cut all the pieces, I started assembling the card.  On the camera face, I added some foam tape under the top to circles of the lens to add dimension.  For the camera slider piece, I created a little scene inside the photo frame using stickers and patterned paper, then glued the whole thing onto the other rectangle.

To create the slider mechanism, first layer the camera face over the card base and trace the slot onto the base.  This will not be seen once the card is complete.

Next, Using the widest part of the slider piece, mark lines on the bottom by the slot, and then on the top about .675" down from the top (5/8 of an inch)

Draw lines connecting all of the marks.  This gives you your guides for adding foam tape.

Add a double layer of foam tape just slightly outside the lines drawn.  Do not overlap the lines, this will prevent your slider from moving up and down.

Before removing the top cover from my tape, I used a powder tool to go over the edges of the tape.  This will help the slider to move more smoothly.

Before adding the Camera Face to the base, slip the slider piece through the slot in the camera face from front to back.

Once this is done, add the camera face to the card base, making sure everything is aligned... be patient, it'll all be worth it!  I hope you're inspired to try one of your own, be sure to post if you do we'd love to see your creations!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!