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


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! 



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! 


Monday, December 5, 2016

Tree Snow Globe Card

Good morning Lori Whitlock fans! It's Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here with another one of Lori's snow globe pop dot cards.
I cannot get enough of these! I think they are just SO beautiful! I used Lori's I love Christmas collection for Echo Park for this card. It's it classic!?!
I thought I would show you a side view with the depth. it's really pretty. I feel like I can get lost in these snowglobe scenes.

So far I have made two of these but I just love them!!! Click on the links below to pick up some from yourself and share your creations with us! We love to see them!