Monday, January 5, 2015

Baby Boy Cards - Camping Collection!?!

Just because certain collections are named "camping" or "fall" doesn't mean they aren't uber versatile! 

Court from Court's Crafts here with two baby boy cards! Two boys were born in my neighborhood within a week of each other. One is here, one passed away. 


John (the boy who passed away) has extraordinary parents. They found out that he had a severe chromosomal defect at 13 weeks of gestation. They decided not to tell anyone and to carry John and trust God. They wanted John's time on this earth to be surrounded by people who were rejoicing and excited and happy for his arrival. This kind of strength - I don't know if I possess it and I pray I am never challenged by it. I had no idea of what they were going to face until after he had passed away. He lived for 3 beautiful hours. Given the parents' wishes I wanted to make a card that wasn't "sympathy" based, but rejoicing in the time this world got to spend with him. 

Did you see the new "chippers"!?! Ugh! awesome! I wanted to show them off!

Doodle twine, how I love thee. Blue and bon bon?! So fun.

Side note: please excuse my squirmy sewing lines... I was bouncing a baby while finishing these cards.. no joke. 


Noah is a beautiful healthy baby boy and their older daughter Faith is about Emmaline's age so our children are close in ages. I am looking forward to becoming very good friends with them! 


I loved inserting the doodle-pops in to substitute for the letters. I though tit brought a fun and quirky side to the cards.

A few of these darling mushroom stickers finished off the card title (does anyone else want mushroom doodle-pops!?! psst. psst. doodlebug, are you listening!?! ;))

Okay, so in case you didn't catch that these cards were made with a mix of both Friendly Forest and Happy Camper! Check them out because they mesh so well together they should be one huge collection! Grab them. Fast. And look at the fish. darling fish. love the fish. 

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Woo hoo! I'm on the 2015 Echo Park Paper DT! :)

WOOO HOOO!!! I am thrilled to finally be able to announce that I have been asked to be a part of the 2015 Echo Park Paper DT! This means so much to me for reasons that I will go into later, but I am really looking forward to an awesome year! And with two Courtney's on the DT... you never know WHAT is going to happen! :) 

You can check out the announcement HERE.



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Monday, December 22, 2014

Frosty Friends - NEW from Doodlebug!

I wish I could say "brrr", but it's SO hot right now! It's unseasonably warm here in Carmel, CA and it has been like 90 degrees! None of us have AC so it has been.. interesting. But that hasn't stopped me! Courtney from Court's Crafts here with a card to share! I fell in love with the embellishments in this collection and wanted to showcase as many of them as possible! 

Frosty Friends is SUCH a darling collection! Doesn't it just scream "Frozen!?" Well, today I am channeling my inner (fellow DT member) Melinda Spinks and I created an embellishment cluster. The card is supposed be a decomposed snow globe. Can you see it? 

My little circle of love. Isn't. It. So. Cute.? I used Melinda's idea of putting down a circle and indenting around it slightly to give me my edge. You can see it slightly where the bird is top right and also bottom left. You cannot see it at all in person. 

You can also see the sparkles in the pink and dark blue sprinkles

The sentiment was made up of a section on the fancy frills (winter) and "warm" and "winter" are teensy type letters in lily white and blue jean.

Check out all the dimension and sparkle! The sprinkle shapes are fantastic (snowflakes) and the sugar coating on the bird's earmuffs. yum. The little sugar coated dots are on the icons sheet and the one held by the paperclip was part of the fancy frills. :) 

The glitter accents on this collection are AMAZING! Here is the sentiment and winter is covered in sugar coating. Scrumptious. 

 I thought I would show you the overall dimension of the card. 


bugs used:
doodlebug: frosty friends: this and that (4366)
doodlebug: frosty friends: fancy frills (4377)
doodlebug: frosty friends: icons (4376)
doodlebug: frosty friends: sprinkles winter assortment (4401)
doodlebug: frosty friends: sprinkles shapes: snow flurry (4402)
doodlebug: frosty friends: mini paperclips: winter (4494)
doodlebug: frosty friends: mini doodle-pops: penguin pals (4522)
doodlebug: frosty friends: mini doodle-pops: polar bears (4519)
doodlebug: mini pearls: lilac assortment (3349)
doodlebug: mini pearls: swimming pool assortment (3347)
doodlebug: mini pearls: blue jean assortment (3348)
doodlebug: teensy type in lily white (3435)
doodlebug: teensy type in blue jean (3433)

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Washi Tape Christmas Trees

These washi tape trees came together SO quickly. From concept to completion I did all three in 40 minutes! If you just execute it should take you far far far less. 

Everyone has *too* much washi tape in their stash.. If you don't, you should. LOL. I often find that I just want to USE mine. So here it is. No die cutting, no machines, just scissors and a paper trimmer. 

If you wanted to cut the edges of the washi tape at an angle it would look even more tree-like. :) 

Okay, ready? Go!

I built the whole tree around this super cute choo choo train washi tape. Love it. 

I used the white doily washi tape for a sweet effect that is very elegant in person. 

Shh... I grabbed this star from the 4th of July line.. 

If you wanted to make these cards super easy to mail without extra postage just forgo the enamel dots and put a sticker star at the top instead. They look just as cute!

Sometimes the pictures make it hard to see the color differences. I just wanted to show you: 



I grabbed some of the chevron washi to give the eyes a "direction" to follow. 



I hope this inspires you to grab your washi tape stash and go to work on some easy to make Christmas cards!! 

doodle bugs used:
santa express: baby deer (4342)
lily white card stock
washi tape:
santa express: sweethearts (4414)
santa express: santa express (4413)
santa express: north pole stripe (4411)
santa express: frosty frill (4412)
candy stripes assortment (4235)
chevron assortment (4234)
sprinkles: Christmas (4399)
star jewels: red, white & blue (3671)

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Family Key Holder

Family Key Holder
Our assignment was to create something that represented "thankfulness". Well, I am SUPER thankful for my tiny family. I am not so thankful when my husband steals my car keys because he cannot find his own and then hides them somewhere like in his jacket pocket. Inevitably I need to run out the door and my keys are no where to be found. SO this was a reminder to be thankful and not to get angry.. even if I am staring at an empty key holder because mine were abducted. When it comes down to it, it doesn't matter. At. All - There are quite a few people out there wishing they had a husband to steal their keys and are still waiting for "the one". I am so thankful I have him. 

Okay okay, enough of the sappy. Onto the post!  

I have been meaning to use these mini flowers for a while now. They have stared at me forlornly from my craft room wall just begging to be used. Then - suddenly - home decor! I could stare at this sweet flower all day! :) I added some twine to the middle of the "button" and lots of pop dots. Presto. 

I cut the shadows out of doodlebug colored cardstock. love it. The individual patterns came from 6x6 paper pads of both Friendly Forest and Happy Camper. They are totally interchangeable - like one huge happy collection! 

Check out the "L". I HAD to get that fox paper somewhere in my house. Cutest. Little. Foxes. Ever. If you have boys find a way to make this into wall paper for their rooms or something. So cute.

Aww... Look at that little raccoon rascal. Isn't he so cute holding that acorn? My dad used to feed feral raccoons out of his hand. (I know; not smart. But hear me out.) He would wake me up out of bed as a kid and keep me inside behind the sliding glass door while he fed them an apple. I thought my daddy could do ANYthing. He tamed while beasts! haha. 

bugs used for family key holder:
doodlebug: happy camper: 6x6 paper pad (4387)
doodlebug: friendly forest: 6x6 paper pad (4384)
doodlebug: happy harvest mini flowers (3944)
doodlebug: doodle-pops: forest friends (4426)
doodlebug: doodle twine: bon bon (2993)
doodlebug: cardstock: dolphin (3393)
doodlebug: cardstock: maple (3406)
doodlebug: cardstock: mandarin (3380)
doodlebug: cardstock: sweet pea (3389)

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Pebbles Home for Christmas

American Crafts was so nice to send me some the new Pebbles Christmas line: Home for Christmas. I am loving it and got right to work on a Christmas card!


I wanted to try my hand at using embossing paste and came up with this concept. It didn’t change a lot from what was in my head which is always nice. :) I used tinsel glitter to give it a little extra softness.

I have been a little intimidated of the edge puncher from American Crafts. Why? I have no idea. Tried it. Loved it! And the little star confetti left over was really fun too! My 2 year old loved it! 

I wanted to give the focal point a little extra punch so I grabbed some May Arts ribbon and stapled it with my Xyron Teresa Collins stapler on and then covered up some of the bottom part with a sticker that came with the collection. 

There is a super cute two-stamp set that comes with this line and I thought it was enchanting. I heat embossed it with white embossing powder to give it some pop and that “chalkboard” look.


I hope this inspires you to go out and grab some of this fabulous Home for Christmas collection by Pebbles Inc. and a HUGE thanks to American Crafts for letting us play with one of our “sister” companies! What fun!


Supply List:
Pebbles: Patterned Papers (Home for Christmas)
Pebbles: Stickers (Home for Christmas)
Pebbles: Wood Stamp (Home for Christmas)

American Crafts: Punch Out Edger

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gingerbread Girl Thank You

Hey! Just a quick post for me today!

I made this card with Emmaline! She picked everything about it! I just helped her put it together. Super cute, right?! 

It's all made with Pebbles Home for Christmas collection. 

I just thought I would get a jump start on my Christmas thank yous. :) 

The stamp is My Creative Time: Once Upon a Time
The ribbon is May Arts Ribbon.

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