Monday, February 13, 2017

Lori Whitlock February Blog Hop

Good morning everyone!!! I am here with the Creative Team from Lori Whitlock on our February hop! 



You should have gotten here from the fabulous Kathy's blog. If not, start HERE at the beginning.

My best friend Kourtni (I know, I know. Yes, we share the same name)... anyway, her birthday is on the 15th and we share a love of crafting. She is novice but she ROCKS at it. I keep trying to get her to start blogging to get on DT's! I used my Cricut Explore to write the sentiment on the card. My handwriting is NOT that cute! ;)

Here is a link to the cut file I used in Lori's shop.
Here it is in the Silhouette shop.


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

NEW Spring Things Cards from Doodlebug

Gooood morning Doodlebug lovers!!!! 

When I saw this collection this was my first inspiration piece. For this shaped card I cut it out of the 12x12 paper called butterfly net. It is a series of 4x6 cards shown below. I just cut out the jar and then traced around it and cut it out again of another piece of cardstock and then attached them at the top to make my shaped card. No machine necessary! 



Then it came time to decorate!!! I added some leaves and popped them from the icons sticker sheet and added some flowers from the pastel posies shaped sprinkles. Don't miss the little blue bird again and the "hello" came from the NEW mini icons sheets! LOVE.

I chose the small swiss dot for the back of the card as I loved how happy it made it when I opened it. I tied some twine on the top and added some bon bon sprinkles. I just wanted to show some of the depth you can make off of a "flat" card and how much it adds. The work was already done for me. I just added some flair!

I LOVEEEEE Doodlebug critters and I have to say... for some reason, I FELL IN LOVE WITH HOPPER!! I love that little grasshopper. I mean, look at him!!! The caterpillar came as a close second place and those little blue birds had my heart. I really wanted to highlight these friends having a conversation with their bird friends coming along. I have never wanted to hang out with some bugs so much in my life! ;)

Have you seen the acetate odds and ends that come with this collection? Both kinds of die cuts come in the package and both are showcased on the left here. That tree is acetate and the bee is a die cut. The little flowers are from the pastel posies shaped sprinkles that made me so happy!

The little hearts came in the shaped sprinkles package with the little blue birds and the sun cute clip... I mean... ahh! Love. I tucked a heart regular die cut odds and ends as well as an acetate one in there. And look at hopper again.. Isn't he darling!?


Last but definitely not least. I cut out this cute little four friends and put it to the side of my desk knowing that I wanted desperately to turn it into a card. I pulled it from the 6x6 paper pad along with the sentiment. When I put it behind the photo frame from the odds and ends and it fit perfectly then I knew I was well on my way. :) Here is the 12x12 sheet so you can see it but this is shrunk down in the 6x6 pad. I LOVE this feature and grab most of my sentiments from there!



 I also knew that I HAD to get that cutest umbrella EVER on my card as well as that cloud cute clip. The sun and cloud are from the mini icon sticker sheets. I finished it off with an oversized matte sprinkle. ca-ute. 

Here they are again. I just want to live there. I cannot wait for spring to really arrive! We had a glimpse of it here in California the last few days but alas the rain is back. It's going to be such a green, beautiful spring!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

CREAM and SUGAR

Hello everyone!!! Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here with the Valentine collection from doodlebug! This one is called Cream and Sugar and I LOVE IT. 

I made two kinds of valentines: the complicated kind and the easy kind. I thought those with kiddos would appreciate some easy valentine ideas that weren't straight out of a box but went together just as quickly. :) 


 First up: my card inspired by Melinda Spinks' embellishment clusters. I LOVE that she does this and every once and a while just have to do it too! Hers are GENIUS. Here is mine. 

This was my first concept for a card that I came up with. I wanted to highlight SO many of the cute embellishments and now with the NEW MINI ICONS card makers can make scenes too!!!

Most of the elements on here are from the shiny shaped sprinkles, the new mini icons, and of course sprinkles and mini pearls. 

I did manage to get a cute clip in there as well as a doodle pop donut. :) The "Sweet" came from the new mini icon sheet.

This shaped card was begging to be made. My daughters immediately said, "That's a coffee cup! That must be for daddy!" I'm mainly a tea drinker while my husband is the coffee LOVER of the family. This is his valentine. :)

Those are REAL coffee grinds on the top! I ran it through with my Xyron and just dipped it in and pressed down hard. I was going for this see-through chunky look, but if you wanted a more fluffy-full-coverage look then use a liquid adhesive like Glossy Accents and then really dump it on. It was gorgeous fluffy too.

For my third card I wanted to make a cute little scene out of all the darling embellishments.  

How cute is that cute clip!?! And the donut stand is one of the new mini icons. Don't miss those darling little sugar cube sprinkles at the bottom with the heart and the macaroon. Swoon! I love how the little faces on everything just make them so happy! :) 

I used another one of the darling tabs on this card (the other is on the coffee shaped card) and finished it off with that polka dot star. ca-ute!

Now, if you need to make a lot of valentines, then this is for you. My daughter loves to give them to all her friends (even though she isn't even in school yet!!!! But I cannot blame her. She gets it from her momma.)

I grabbed these 3x3 cards that doodlebug makes pre-made WITH envelopes = LOVE. I just grabbed the cake stand odds and ends and popped them up. I added a few sprinkles here and there and I popped a macaroon on this one. The sentiments all came from the This and That page or the 6x6 paper pad. Easy peasy!

Thank you for hanging out with me today and I hope you will pick up some Cream and Sugar to make your valentines this year! SOOOOO cute!


Recipe: 



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Monday, January 9, 2017

January Blog Hop: My 4 Year Old's Pick!

Good morning everyone!!! I am here with the Creative Team from Lori Whitlock on our January hop!

You should have gotten here from the fabulous Kathy's blog. If not, start HERE at the beginning. 



Isn't this new candle shaped card cute!?! My 4 year old picked the card, the papers, colors, and embellishments! She even picked the gold pen for writing! She is going to be an AMAZING little crafter!

Candle Card: Lori's Store
Candle Card: Silhouette Store

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Creating a Focal Point

Hello Lori Whitlock fans!!!!!! Today is my short tutorial on focal points. This is Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here using two of Lori's cut files and her awesome "I Love Family" collection for Echo Park Paper to make a birthday card for my dad!
There is this "rule of the triangle" in crafting that is supposed to draw your viewer to whatever your focal point is: your sentiment on a card perhaps or the picture on a scrapbook page. So when I am designing I remember this "rule" but like they say in Pirates of the Carribean™ "They are more like guidelines anyway." This one works for the triangle example though.
I created this look by doing four things to get my focal point across.
  1. First, I cut the smallest hole layer out of a lighter colored cardstock. This was actually a mistake. I meant to cut the most outside layer out of the white tone one tone paper, but I REALLY liked it afterwards. Score!
2. I used my sewing machine to create an "X" behind my sentiment but where you could still see it. This is the real "star" of creating the focal point on this card.
3. I used three enamel dots (tone on tone) to surround my sentiment. This isn't a super noticeable addition but your brain notices it in the subconscious level and it draws the eye in.
4.  I used a contrasting color and a dark color for my sentiment. So the contrasting color to blue is orange and the dark is against the light background.
The "point" of the triangle is the top of these balloons. This was the VERY first cut file that I downloaded from Lori when I got on the Design Team. I LOVE these balloons and I am kind of a balloon cut file connoisseur. ;)
So there it is! In all of it's glory! It's one of those super simple cards that comes together very quickly but looks uber professional in real life. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial today on creating a focal point and I hope you have a VERY merry New Year!!!!!!!
Cut Files in Lori Whitlock's Store (Cricut AND Silhouette users)
Birthday Balloons
A2 Stacking Card Dot Base
Cut Files in Silhouette Store (Silhouette users only)
Birthday Balloons
A2 Stacking Card Dot Base


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Monday, December 19, 2016

Frosty was picking his nose....

Hi all! It's Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here with our meme challenge! So, funny story, I called it a "me me" for the longest time. I was hanging out with some friends and said, "I saw this me me thing..." and they couldn't figure out what I was talking about and then cracked up at how "old" I was when I was saying it incorrectly! meeeeeme meeeme why isn't it spelled meam? Anywhoozers... :)

In our household of kids aged 4, 2.5, and 11 months "don't pick your nose" is a common phrase.. I usually say, "Do you need a tissue?" ... but I had JUST said it when I scrolled through and saw this and I burst out laughing. My grandma has a funny sense of humor and I just knew she would think this is too funny.

I made this little card from a Lori Whitlock snow globe cut file and then sized the Doodlebug snowman cut file to fit over it.

The magic is in the details of this card which did not photograph well. boo. I hate it when that happens. Frosty's hat has snow texture on it and it is super poofy! 

I embossed all three layers and spritzed it with a glitter mist that would not show up for my pictures despite the 30 I took from all kinds of angles! If you could have seen me you would have been cracking up. Anywho, I also used my pearl pen on the snowflakes which gave it another great kind of shine. 

I had the Cricut print and write this piece so that I didn't have to use rub-ons. I know she'll love it. 

This was kind of my "bonus card" in that I was just playing too late at night with some different techniques. The background has a glitter raised embossing paste snowflakes on it and I wove twine through the doily to create a focus for the busy background. It was still inspired by the same meme and both projects were done using Polar Pals. It is one of my favorite collections by Doodlebug ever. I love the purple mixed in and the prints are amazing! 

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas Door Hanger Countdown

Hi Doodlebug lovers!!!! I have been wanting to make this for two years and these ADORABLE papers were just the thing to make me do it! And I am SOOOO glad I did! Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here with a fun project that works for both home as well as a neighbor gift! 


This is currently on my daughters' door to their room. Here is my second daughter: Charlotte Rose (2.5) checking it out as I was trying to take pictures! :) 

There is this AWESOME sheet of 12x12 paper in this collection which has ALL 25 days on it! I just cut it into squares!

 I didn't decorate mine further (not that it needs it; but I love to add sprinkles or dimension) because I am going to laminate these little cards so they hold up over years and years of tiny human holding. :)

All of the days fit into the little box on the front so it is perfect and I don't have to worry about them getting lost or storing them someplace else. 

Here it is with one of the squares on the front... CA-ute!!!!! And you could also put little treats in this box for your kids or have it overflowing with candy canes as a neighbor gift, etc! 

 Aren't the pictures cute? And since they are all from one collection, ALL of them "match"! LOVE!

I used some of the trio rub ons to write the sentiment and added the cutest holly berries shaped sprinkle to the front. The cute mini clothespins are doodlebug too! Could you imagine coming home to find this on your door? I would LOVE it!

Doodlebug Recipe:

Door Box Silhouette File:
I grabbed this file from the Silhouette store ages ago and it has been waiting for the perfect occasion! 


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