Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Once Upon a Time... Doodlebug made a line called Fairy Tales

I am LOVING these three new collections from Doodlebug - like can't-keep-my-hands-off-the-cuteness love. :) Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here with some cards fit for a princess. I love this trio. They make me so happy! The colors in this collection are fantastic and as purple doesn't make it into a lot of collections I LOVE that it is part of this one. 

I thought it might be fun to show you a bit of my creative process and I will mention it below. I wasn't "planning" on showing you this so excuse the messiness but this is "truth-blogging" I suppose! :)

When I get a new collection and I am brainstorming I draw sketches of the cards with notes of things I am inspired by. Here were my three original sketches separated by washi tape as I just had to see those cute prints on paper. Watch how much the last one changed!

Happy Birthday Balloons

I started with the mini icons as my inspiration. I wanted to do something with those darling balloons that were smiling at me! 

I grabbed this multicolored polka dotted paper: appropriately named "fairy fetti" (LOVE) and was originally going to put my design on plain white paper. I just felt "blah" about it and switched to the petite prints! Voila! Pizazz! I stitched along the edge in purple thread at the insistence of my 3 and 4 year olds. :) 

So.... I wanted to add a rainbow as originally I was going to use the rainbow striped paper. On the back of the fairy fetti paper are 4x6 cards. One of them has a long rainbow on it. It almost killed me but I cut that rainbow out of that darling card. Then I trimmed it down to size. See the castle spire in the rainbow? I covered it up with a balloon. 

Some twine, the sentiment from the mini icons and some sparkle sprinkles finished off this cute card! I am always in need of birthday cards and now I have a "go to" line for girls! 

doodlebug: petite prints: cupcake swiss dots (5052)

Happy Birthday Hearts

My second card started with a concept of just putting 6 hearts in a row and putting one letter in each one to spell out "thanks". This is what it evolved into! I fell in LOVE with that rainbow heart and I knew I wanted it to be my center. I layered the big and little hearts from the odds and ends around it tucking them behind and adding pop dots as I desired.

Then I added the sentiment and the heart sprinkles (LOVE) and remember that rainbow paper I was obsessed with? Yep. I got it in here as the background paper. I felt like it wasn't standing out enough so I grabbed a purple pen and just outlined everything for emphasis. This is one of my favorite cards I have made in a while! I cannot wait to give it away to someone special!



Last but not least. You wouldn't believe the transformation from concept to completion on this card. Have you ever have an idea that you just couldn't make work? The iterations on this made this work and I am sooo happy with the result! I'll show you part of it. :)

Okay so after the first failed idea, I fussy cut with a thin border around the whole image to give it a shadow. This was SUPER hard for me as there is no getting the stickers back, etc. etc. I had one shot and if I didn't like it, I super messed it up. .....I did not like that either (LOL) so on my THIRD attempt, I cut around the whole thing super tight. I love it. Then I just had to figure out what to do with it!

I loved this purple polka dotted paper as well as the bright polka dots on white so I layered those to ground the center image. I used the skinny font on top of the presents and under the hat and added that adorable swirly cupcake, the strawberry and mini enamel dots from the shaped sprinkles. The rainbow is from the icons and the clouds are from another shaped sprinkles pack. Those amazing glitter sprinkles were added last in random spots on the back layer. There are so. many. sparkles. in those sprinkles.... love. I finished it off by adding the unicorn cute clip!


Here they are again and I hope you grab this super fun, happy, and bright line and make a bunch of amazing birthday/thank you/summertime/Mother's Day/just because cards!


Monday, April 24, 2017

You Are One of a Kind

Hello everyone! I turned this ADORABLE Fox 2 cut file into a shaped card! The links for the fox are below.
I used the adorable "Little Man" collection by Lori Whitlock for Echo Park Paper for this card. Everything came out of the collection pack including that super cute sentiment that I thought would be darling doubled as a scarf.
This card would be great for Father's Day, birthdays for boy or man or just because! I hope you enjoyed this card and pick up this cute fox. (psst. another idea: I almost turned this into a girl "you're foxy" card! Wouldn't that be cute?!)


Monday, April 10, 2017

Hippety Hoppety Home Decor!

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

Lori's SVG cuts can be used on so many more things than paper. My father in law recently got a CNC machine which (to my non-techy ears) means a very large Cricut/Silhouette for wood cutting. :) He hadn't broken it in yet so I asked him if I bought wood and provided the SVG file could he cut me some Easter bunnies? I couldn't decide and so we cut all four.

We could only find wood in 1" thick cuts which I wanted so we cut two of them and then glued them together so they are super sturdy. 

Then I just grabbed some of my favorite May Arts ribbon and had a blast.

I think this one is my favorite. It's it darling?!

I feel like this one is momma rabbit. It just has a protective presence. 

Aww, baby girl bunny. My girls have already LOVED moving these around and since they are so solid I don't have to worry about them! 

I don't imagine most people have access to a CNC machine but there are local workshops where you can use one. Or alternatively you can use chipboard and cut a bunch of them and glue them together. That works too! 

I really hoped you enjoyed my bunnies and I really hope this inspires you to make something for your Easter decor! I think these cuties might go right down the center of my dining room table!

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Party!

Helloooooooooo!!! I am LOVING the new Fairy Tales cut files!!!! This is Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here with a rainbow unicorn birthday party idea! I am here today to show you all the different ways you can use cut files: invites, stickers, coloring pages, cake toppers, party hat decorations, and iron on shirts - EVERYTHING you need to make your party a personalized incredible success! 

Are you ready!?!???? This is going to be the set up for my daughter's 5th birthday party! She was the one in the unboxing video! You don't need to wait until then though. Throw a rainbow unicorn tea party! 

First you need an invitation! I used the "dancing unicorn", "unicorn", "rainbow", "castle", and "birthday title" cut files for this invite! 

I utilized the print and cut feature on my Cricut Explore and printed and cut the whole white layer. I simply cut a rainbow striped background using the Fairy Tales collection and rounded the edges. Soooooo cute! 

Next up: I thought some coloring pages would be fun for the kiddos. I made these using the dancing unicorn cut file and the "write" feature where it uses a pen to draw! 

I made these in gold and a metallic purple. Sooooo pretty!

This girl needed a party hat and a shirt to match! I used printable iron on to print my image and then ironed it onto this darling shirt that she already had!

Here it is up close. I added the hearts and stars from the "heart and star" cut file! 

For her hat I added our dancing unicorn and castle. 

I cut this one twice: the front image and the mirror image. Then I put the long skewers in between (they are the long BBQ skewers) and you can use a hot glue gun or some very strong adhesive and it will make a cute cake topper! 


Last of all, I used printable sticker paper to print and cut these at about 2 inches. They are really small and they still cut beautifully! I got 9 onto an 8.5 x 11 page.

I stuffed the party bags that doodlebug made to match the Fairy Tale line.

And then closed them with the sticker and some rainbow doodle twine. You can find all of these colors in the "brights assortment". 

Look. At. That. Unicorn.

I got most of my other supplies at Target. Add some doodlebug and presto! AMAZING personalized birthday party!!! 

I hope you enjoyed all the different ways you can use these cut files. Now check them out in the Silhouette store and at Lori Whitlock. If you have a Cameo then go to the Silhouette store. If you have another machine then head to the Lori Whitlock store. If you have ANY questions I am SO happy to help answer them! You can always shoot me an email at

Have a beautiful day!!!