Thursday, February 25, 2016

Happy Birthday Easel Card

HELLO out there in bloggy world! This is Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts with another super fun Lori Whitlock cut file example! Lori just came out with these easel cards a few weeks ago. My grandma's 86th birthday just happened and I made this for her. 

I grabbed the A2 Easel Birthday Cake file and Lori's Jack and Jill - Jill Collection for Echo Park and went to work! :) The colors of this collection are so bright and happy! The neutrals in the collection  meant that I didn't even have to pull out other cardstock. :) Love it. The first thing I did was to stitch around the outside of my frame on top. I loved the old fashioned nature of these prints and wanted to add to that feel. 

I stamped my sentiment second. You don't have to. The cut file comes with the Happy Birthday sentiment that can be cut out letter by letter. :) Lori has you covered! I popped the sentiment piece up on the pennant base and then popped that whole thing up.

I LOVE dimension. I think it just adds so much to have that depth to a card. I popped the flame and you can see the layers popped here as well. This card comes together so easily! 

I also added twine to the balloons to "anchor" them to the bottom of the card. I popped the balloons as well. 

We always see easel cards when they are open but I wanted to show you the card closed as well to show you how pretty it is. I feel like not all cards are designed where they are attractive when they are closed as well as open. Here you can see that right when it is taken out of the envelope your recipient will be impressed!

As you can see this is a gorgeous card that can be made with masculine prints just as easily as girly ones. I'll be pulling out this cut file again and again! 


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Pot o' Gold Home Decor

Top o' the mornin' to ya, doodlebug fans!!!!! Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here with a lucky St. Patrick's Day home decor piece using the brand new pot o' gold collection!

I am a redhead and I LOVE St. Patricks Day. It dawned on me that I had a shockingly small supply of home decor for this most-green-of-holidays. ;) Doodlebug to the rescue!!! I saw this "Luck of the Irish" 4x6 inch card and went straight to work! 

I HAD to add the little leprechaun people. It's my husband and I and we feel SO very lucky to be married to the other person. So they are representative of us. :) 

Then I had to add some sprinkles because I am just in love with sprinkles. I added the shamrock sprinkle to "my" leprechaun girl to give her headband some extra umph. 

I added the shamrock doodlepop to the center of the shamrock on the card. I added a mat of mandarin cardstock behind my 4x6 card to give it some separation from the awesome "lucky stripes" background and finished it off by adding an orange sprinkle to the "i" in Irish. I feel like I found the pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow with this one! :) 

I hope this inspires you to make something for St. Patrick's Day that you can display and love as much as I love this little piece! Pick up some pot o' gold! You will love how well the collection flows together! 

doodlebug supplies:
pot o' gold: lucky stripes (5025)
pot o' gold: shamrock gingham (5028)
pot o' gold: icons (5045)
pot o' gold: doodle-pops: good luck (4965)
pot o' gold: shape sprinkles: shamrocks (4946)
pot o' gold: matte sprinkles: bright (4947)
mandarin cardstock (3380)
lily white 8x8 shadow box (2217) 


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Daily Doodles using the Sweet Things collection!

Hello doodlebug fans! :) Did you know that doodlebug made calendars? They are called daily doodles!!! I.Am.In.LOVE! I started in December and so this is my third calendar page! I already have March in the works. This is SUCH a fabulous way to remember what your family did on certain days. I am also recording baby "firsts" for our new Lilibeth! I can add pictures in the album that coordinate with these memories. Given that I am not a "scrapbooker" by nature, this works brilliantly for me!

 I utilized the cupcake sweet rolls mini icon stickers for birthdays for this month! It made it super fun, easy, and cute to keep track of them! I also used the icon stickers to add the big striped arrow to indicate when people are here. :) The fancy frills are an awesome way to indicate bigger chunks of time where something is going on. 

I used random number stickers for the calendar days. I thought it was very "Alice in Wonderland" fun. AND it was a great way to use up my numbers at the bottom of my alpha sheets! All of these numbers are by doodlebug. Doodlebug also makes the names of the months as a sticker so you don't have to do the work there! :) They do it for you. I love it. I used the fancy frills underneath the title to give it some "umph". 

My daughter Charlotte's birthday is in February (the 27th) so I wanted to do something extra special on that day. I used both the gum ball machine and a sweet thing this and that tag to highlight the day! The bottom of the calendar is emphasized by a "memories" sticker from the this and that page as well as a fancy frill heart border sticker. It's an easy way to dress up your calendar! 

I attach my calendar to the clipart that doodlebug makes and I hang it in the mudroom above the shoes so the whole family can see the schedule! It is working FABULOUSLY for our family. I am just sad I forgot to take a picture of the calendar on the clipart! SO cute!

Give the daily doodles a try to get your family organized! This has been amazing! I cannot say enough good things!


Wednesday, February 10, 2016


So.... I've been missing for a while. I had a baby the day after Christmas! Here is Lilibeth Victoria Rose Lee :) 

AND I got asked to return to the Doodlebug team!!!!

AND I got asked to be on Lori Whitlock's Creative Team!!!!

AND I got a Cricut Explore Air. It's been quite the break but here I am LOVING being back in my studio and creating again - especially for these two fabulous companies!!!

A few days ago I was up with my first post on the Lori Whitlock blog! I am using the Sweet Things collection from Doodlebug.

Hello Lori Whitlock fans! :) This is my first official Creative Team post and I am here to inspire you to make those last minute valentines for your kiddos! I know it seems easier to buy them at the store... but I promise this is SO simple, unique, AND you can just print them again next year!
I used four different files to create these valentines (and actually two different machines!) Valentine Print and Cut Set 1Valentine Print and Cut Set 2Valentine Print and Cut Set 3, and the 3x3 Valentine Pop-up Cards.  I was determined to get to know my print and cut feature on my Silhouette so I resized the digital file to fit the front of the 3x3 card from the 3x3 Valentine file. You can just print them out as they come and you will have super cute valentines! I printed 6 extra for the girls because they were just too darling. Here are the outsides.
After I printed and cut them, I cut them down to a smaller size to fit on the front of the 3x3 cards. The front is actually 3 x 2.75 because of the way they fold. I corner rounded some of the edges and started on decoration! I used border stickers, stickers, and enamel shapes to add some depth and interest.
The insides were too cute. I cut all of the 3x3 Valentine bases and insides with my Cricut Explore Air. It was made SO simple because the different layers are color coded and you can sync them so easily. I moved a bunch of color layers together so that I wouldn't have so many mats to cut and so the valentines would have some super cute continuity. Here are the insides. I arranged the collage so you could see how they coordinate with the outsides above.
Have fun with the decoration! I tried not to over-think it and I just had a blast. I love that when you decorate the bottom of the pop-up that you also get to see it on the inside of the card. It's super fun.
I hope this inspires you to grab some of Lori's adorable valentine files! There are SO many cute ones to chose from and the kids have such a great time helping you make them! My two littles are fighting over who gets which ones! Time go to make some more! :) The SVG links to Lori's shop are above in the text. Here are the Silhouette File links.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Lori Whitlock February Blog Hop!

Hello out there!!! I've missed all of you but I am back in the groove! :)

This is my FIRST EVER mini album!!! I was so intimidated but I saw this heart shaped album and just HAD to make it for "grandma" for Valentine's Day. I know she'll love it! 

Check out this super fun wired string. I kind of love it. I just wrapped it around a pen and voila! 

So.. check this out. The hearts get progressively smaller so I was able to center my picture on the next page in the middle of this page. I LOVE the peekaboo effect! 

This is the proud grandma holding her third that was born just a few weeks ago! :) 

Here is my second holding my third. Aren't they precious!? I love everything about the Doodlebug Sweet Things Collection. The embellishments are just too cute!

Lori's album cut file made it SO easy to put this together. I just cut everything twice. I added some stitching around two of the hearts and finished it off with some embellishments. 

Here is my first outside of her ballet class on a rainy day. Too cute. I love the way this album nests so that you can cut a bold outer layer and still get your cute patterned paper in there. I am all about the nesting layers! :) 

This is my second holding the album we made. The girls helped me decide on the papers for it and even made a miniature version with the heart cut out scraps. It was really sweet. 

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