Tuesday, November 28, 2017

If you give a Mouse a Cookie Birthday Party

My youngest (Lilibeth) is turning 2 the day after Christmas. And as I wasn't done (and wont be for years) with doodlebug's milk and cookies collection I thought it would be fun to turn it into a book theme for our little bookworm!

I chose the books, "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" and "If You Give A Cat A Cupcake" as the theme books for the party. 

First of all one needs an invitation. I have found that invitations with a lot of parts can be frustrating to put together. So instead of doing that this time I used my print and cut feature and doodlebug cut files to create this invitation. I embellished it with paper from the milk and cookies line as well as glitter sprinkles to give it some pop and liveliness! The details will go on the reverse side, but this is a quick way to make a lot of invitations as well as to embellish them for character.

Next I made this cute t-shirt that says, "Our little cookie is turning two". This is gold glitter iron on material and printable iron on for light fabrics. I printed and cut out the cookies and left spaces for the text in order to get this look. It is sooo much cuter in person!

None of my kid's birthday parties would be complete without a banner! I once again used the book and added some of the Odds and Ends from the Milk and Cookies line. The papers are swiss dots, milk and cookies, booville, petite prints, and some sugar coated cardstock. It was really fun to look through my whole collection and just grab papers that were perfect from all different lines!

Here are a few more close ups of the parts of the banner. These pieces are about 6" high so they are a really good size. I used the doodlebug cut files for milk and cookies as well as one from flea market (the mouse).

For small details of the party I added these cute odds and ends from the milk and cookies line. PERFECT for extra party decor!

Treat boxes are clearly necessary for any party table. I cut these popcorn boxes and then simply used foam dimensional squares to stick the odds and ends onto the front of the boxes. Easy peasy and as my daughter LOOOOOOOVES popcorn I knew I had to get it incorporated into her party.

This is going to be such a fun set up when it is all said and done and this will definitely jump start my progress for her party! I hope you have been enjoying our party feature and that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Grateful and Thankful

I am so excited about this assignment from Doodlebug. It is such a great thing to take time to stop and remember things you are grateful for. Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here and we just moved quite a ways from "home" and are in a new neighborhood. There have been a couple of people who have been just SOOO kind and I was excited to make cards to let them know how thankful we were for their kindness.
First up is my grateful card. This card took on several iterations with lots and lots of pieces of things strewn around my craft desk until I decided on this design. I wanted to showcase the sunflowers in a jar and the wheat. 

The sunflowers and the wheat came from the Odds and Ends in the Flea Market line. The background is from the Labels and Tags in the Flea Market line. If you haven't checked out Flea Market - you MUST. It is easily one of my favorite doodlebug lines ever (and that is saying something!)

I tied some doodle twine in bumblebee around the jar and popped out my sentiment. The background patterned paper is the amazing swiss dots. Did you know that doodlebug makes a complete swiss dots line that coordinates with all of their colors? And the backside is white with that color swiss dots (as shown in the next card) if you are looking for something a little more understated. 

For this next card I wanted to make a wreath out of fall things. I started with the sunflower odds and ends and worked my way up. This is the "b" side of one of the swiss dots papers. It's just the right kind of "white" with a touch of color. 

I added some of the icons and an older generation leaves shape sprinkles. I love how they add a pop of shine.

Lastly I added the acorn cute clip from the Flea Market collection and popped my sentiment above it all. These pictures don't do the dimension on this project justice. It's really lovely as I popped some once or twice or not at all and it gave it some beautiful dimension.

Here they are! I hope this inspires you to pull out your Flea Market collection that you have hiding around and make some cards for anyone who has done something nice for you - or keep them in your purse for a waitress or waiter that went above and beyond their job! You never know when your thanks is exactly what someone needed at that time - a little appreciation. Spread joy through the season!