Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Doodlebug Design: 2 Cute 2 Be Spooky!

Hi Everyone! Today I have a layout using the ADORABLE October 31st Collection from Doodlebug Design.  My daughter is older, and I can't always get costumed pictures these I went back a few years and found this gem... take a peek...

This was the first year my daughter went with a more "scary" costume... of course she was way too cute to be spooky....  I fell in love with all the patterned papers in the October 31st collection, and couldn't decide which ones I wanted to use so I went with a grid pattern and used them all!! 

I used the stickers from the Icon Sticker Sheet to decorated some of my squares... I love Doodlebug Critters!!!
And only Doodlebug can make a spider cute!

I love mixing and matching alphas so I used some Doodlebug Chippers and some Skinny Cardstock Stickers for my title.  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Paper Issues: How 'Bout Them Apples

Hi Everyone!  There's a new Issue at Paper Issues... How 'bout them Apples! Sponsored by the Paper Issues Shop!   What are we looking for??  Anything fall, apples (red/green), leaves, fall colors, use September/October printables available in the Paper Issues Shop!  It's easy!  Take a peek at what I created... 
This is the newest member of our family, Jax.  He's about 5 months old now and he's just too stinkin' cute.  He loves to sit in our windows and watch the leaves!!  I am completely in love with the Cedar Lane collection from Pink Paislee... the colors are awesome and the embellishments are perfect for fall! 

For my leaves I cut some from one of the Cedar Lane Papers, the others were cut using Lawn Fawn's Small Stitched Leaves dies.
Link up your "How 'bout them apples," projects and you could win a $20 gift card to the Paper Issues Shop! Your projects may also be featured on the Paper Issues Blog, our Facebook Page, or on our Instagram feed! You have until October 11th to link up!  For all the details, see the original post here!  That's it for me, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lori Whitlock: A Purrfect Umbrella

Hi Everyone!  I have a fun project I created for the Lori Whitlock Creative Team today!  It was my week to post a tutorial, so I created this project, showing how to use the knife tool in the Silhouette Software to customize a shape for your project...

I saw a similar umbrella in Pinterest recently, but it was only sold in the UK and it was out of stock.  Since I am a crazy cat lady, I refused to let that stop me!  So I pulled out my Silhouette Black Adhesive Vinyl, found this Black Cat Shape in Lori's Silhouette Shop and went to work!
For the full Tutorial, see my post on the Lori Whitlock Blog here.  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Rubber Cafe: September Guest Designer III

Hi Everyone, I'm back with my last post for my September Guest Design Team spot at The Rubber Café!  I fell in love with the saying, " If the broom fits, ride it." in the Spooky Feet Stamp set and decided to create a card around it!  Take a peek...

The card was made using some October 31st collection from Doodlebug Design.  The broom stamps are also from the Spooky Feet stamp set available in the September Creative Café kit, Monster Bash.  All of the brooms were colored using my new Zig Clean Color Brush Markers... I love them!!  Well that's it for me today, thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Doodlebug Design: Fall Friends

Hi Everyone! Today I have a layout for Doodlebug Design's new Fall Friends collection!  Fall is my most favorite time of year!  I love the cooler temperatures and the leaf peeping!!  We get tons of leaves in our yard, so there is always the chore of raking... some of us take it more seriously than others as you can see from these pictures from a few years ago... take a peek...

The colors in the Fall Friends Collection are fabulous, and don't even get me started on all of the adorable critter stickers!!

The little owl from the Icons Sticker Sheet was irresistible!  I also love how I can mix and match the leaf and acorn from the Friendly Forest collection! And don't get me started on the shaped Sprinkles!

 I'm also excited for the touch of swimming pool in the collection... it is my favorite color! That's it for me today,  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Rubber Cafe: September Guest Designer III

Hi Everyone!  I was up on the Rubber Café Blog again yesterday with another fun Halloween Treat using the September Creative Café Kit:  Monster Bash!  Take a peek...

I started with a Lori Whitlock cut file (here) for the pillow box.  I put it together and added the cute tag using the Monster Lab Stamps from this month's kit, and some Doodlebug Design October 31st!

Monster Bash has been so fun to work with, I love all the fun Halloween colors!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Rubber Cafe: September Guest Designer II

Hi Everyone!  I have another project on the Rubber Café Blog today!  I got to play some more with the September Creative Café Kit, Monster Bash!  Take a peek...
As soon as I saw the cute laboratory stamp in the Monster Lab Set, I thought it would be the perfect addition to a test tube favor!  And of course, the Doodlebug Design October 31st papers are a great fit!  Here are some close-ups...
For a tutorial on how to create the test tube favor holder, head over to my post on the Rubber Café Blog (here).  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Lori Whitlock: Monster EOS Holders

 Hi Everyone!  Today I have a fun little project I created for the Lori Whitlock Creative Team...  Monster EOS Holders!!  These have to be some of the cutest things I have ever seen, take a peek...

I used some October 31st collection from Doodlebug Design for the bodies, and a few Doodlebug Sprinkles for the eyes... Here are some close-ups... I've named them Moe, Larry & Curly...

You can find the files for these in Lori's Store here and in the Silhouette Store here...That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Sunny Studio Stamps Blog Hop

If you are looking for the Lori Whitlock September Creative Team Blog Hop, you can find it here!

Hi Everyone!  Today I'm excited to be part of the debut blog hop for Sunny Studio Stamps, a new stamp company created by my friend Mendi Yoshikawa.  You should have arrived here from Jo Williams blog.   Mendi sent me the new Furever Friends Set to play with because, well I am a crazy cat lady!  Here is the whole set...

and here are the cards I created...

For my first card, I used some Cardstock and Patterned papers from Doodlebug Design, and the sweet sitting kitty!

I put one of the cute sentiments from the set on the inside of my card...

My second card uses some bright & cheery papers from MFT's Dots & Stripes Sorbet and Plaid Patterns Paper Packs.  I love the little sleeping kitty and the punny sentiment!
The images on both cards were water-colored using my new ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens. They are so fun to color with!!  And now for the really fun part!  Mendi is giving away stamp sets to three lucky winners, offering a free digital stamp download on the Sunny Studio blog and offering free shipping for all orders over $35 in the Sunny Studio Online Store!!  Check out the store here...
You have up to 5 chances to win!!  Enter below... you have until Midnight EST Friday, September 11th to enter.
Make sure to check out all of the fabulous creations from the girls on the hop... your next stop is
Sandy Allnock .  If you'd like to start from the is the entire hop line-up! 
Kathy Skou {you are here}
Want to keep up to date with all of Sunny Studio Releases?  Check them out on

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

Lori Whitlock: September Creative Team Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!  It's time for the September Creative Team Blog Hop at Lori Whitlock today!  Here's the order for today's hop...
For my project this month I created an adorable Halloween-themed Candy box!  Take a peek...
I used Lori's 3D Haunted House Treat Box and some cute October 31st Collection from Doodlebug Design!  I love the little peek-a-boo windows! This box is the perfect size for a few small treats!
And now, some goodies for you!  First use Code September in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop and get 30% off your order this week!!
 Looking for some of Lori's Digital Collections?  Head over to Snap, Click Supply and use code September to get 30% off there too!
and there is also a free file available in the Lori Whitlock store... 

Finally you can enter to win a $20 Gift Card to Lori's SVG shop...

Next on the hop is Cathy Harper!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 7, 2015

The Rubber Cafe: September Guest Designer

Hi Everyone!  I'm so excited to be the September Guest Designer over at The Rubber Café!  This month's Kit of the Month, Monster Bash, features tons of goodies from Doodlebug it was right up my alley!  For my first project, I created a fun card using some Doodlebug October 31st collection and stamps from the exclusive Spooky Feet Stamp set in the kit.  Take a peek...

Head over to my post on The Rubber Café blog today (here) to see how I created the fun witch's skirt.  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Paper Issues: September Sketch

Hi Everyone!  Today I have my take on the September Paper Issues Sketch.  Here's the sketch that I used, it's based on a layout created by Lisa Dickenson for Elle's Studio...

And here is my layout...
I finally got to break into my Baxter Collection by Seven Paper/Studio Calico.  There are so many cute things in this collection... especially the wood veneer kitties!!!!

I also used one of my Maya Road Cat's Meow clips... they are just so cute!!!   Would you like to win a $20 gift card to the Paper Issues Store??  Play along with this sketch challenge and post it in the Paper issues Friends & Fans Facebook group and you'll be entered to win!  See this post on the Paper Issues blog here for all of the details!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Paper Issues: Off the Page Back to School Challenge

Hi Everyone, today I have the September Off the Page Challenge for Paper Issues! We want you to use your scrappy supplies to help embellish, or create something fun for back to school.  Decorate folders, book covers, pencils, lunch boxes, lunch notes... etc.  Are you a teacher?  Use your supplies to create something for the classroom.  No kiddos going back to school, no worries..  create something using scrappy supplies that helps you keep organized... notebooks, bulletin boards, bookmarks, labels etc.  We'd love to see all of your ideas!!
Around my house we are trying to get organized and gather up all the necessary supplies for my daughter's senior year.  She is the secretary of one of her school organizations and she was looking for a way to keep all of the club information organized and separate from her school work, so I created a fun Fauxdori for her to use.  A Fauxdori is just a knock-off of a Midori travelers notebook.  You can use them for everything from a to do list, or to document your travels.   Usually they're made from leather or fabric... but this is Paper Issues so I made one from paper!  Take a peek...

 I used some Bella Blvd. Color Chaos to create my cover and the insert covers.  I laminated the pieces to make them more durable.  The insert covers hold some organizational printables including a calendar, to do lists and a notepad.  You can find these printables all over Pinterest, and many are free.  Everything is held in place with elastic thread.

Now for the fun part... design team member Danielle de Konink created the fabulous "to-do" printable, and it is available for free (here) in the Paper Issues Store! 

 Create something using this printable, or any back to school/classroom/organizational like those mentioned above and post it in the September Challenges Album in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook Group to be entered to win a $10 gift card to the store.  You have until October 11th to enter.  I can't wait to see what you create!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Doodlebug Design: Cardstock!!

Hi Everyone! Today I have a project featuring Doodlebug's (very YUMMY) Textured Cardstock.  I created some fun Sunflowers for my daughter's desk... they're her favorite flower and I thought these ones would last all year long!

 I am a self proclaimed cardstock snob.  I do a lot of projects with my Silhouette, so my cardstock has to be good... and Doodlebug Design Textured Cardstock is FABULOUS!  It cuts beautifully, even intricate designs, and it's sturdy enough to withstand a lot of handling!  One more thing... it comes in the most beautiful array of colors! My project was created using Sunshine and Chocolate Chip Cardstock.  The Silhouette file can be found here.

I created my "stems" using a wood dowel, which I covered in Fernwood Washi Tape.  The flowers are attached to the stems using some hot glue.  I'm so happy with the finished project, and my daughter loves them!  That's it for me today, make sure to keep checking the Doodlebug Blog for more Cardstock inspiration from the Design Team!  Thanks for stopping by!