Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!   I saved sharing this little post until today (although you may have seen it over at Doodlebug), because, well, it’s a perfect fit for today!

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Almost all of the crafting I do is inspired by (and usually for) those that I love!  And while I know that there are many who are not fans of Valentine’s day, I figure that this world could use a little more love, so why not?!

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A few years ago, I didn’t really understand the whole scrapbooking “thing”…now, it’s one of my favourite things to do because I get to tell the story of my little loves (and others too, but mostly them…oh, and donuts! 🙂

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And I get to play with pretty paper…

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containers-allWhat’s not to love?
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So, I say hug someone you love today.  Or go out and do something you love.  Or just go out and buy something you love.  Because it’s Valentine’s Day – and today you don’t need an excuse to celebrate all that you love!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Doodlebug Coffee Cup gift card slider

Hi everyone!  I have to share a secret – I am obsessed with interactive cards (okay, it is not really a secret and if you have spent any time here at SCS, you will know that this is the truth)!  I love adding little elements that “surprise” my recipient…

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…like a cute little coffee cup that has a lid that comes off to reveal a gift card.  Oh yeah!

When I found out that Doodlebug was releasing a set of cut files to coordinate with the adorable Cream & Sugar collection (available at LoriWhitlock.com for Cricut users and at the Silhouette Design store) I immediately knew what had to be done (well, after I stopped squealing anyway).  So I set out to find a way to make that lid come off…

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…and I am happy to share the secret with you too!  That’s right – a tutorial!  So go cut one or two (or 100) of these cute coffee cup cut files and follow along!  You’ll be amazed at how easy it is!

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Using your cutting machine, cut your file at at least 3.5″X 5″.  I used this size for two reasons –  to fit the gift card while also being able to adhere it onto an A2 card base for easy mailing.  You can definitely go larger, but a smaller size will not fit the gift card. I used a variety of papers from both the Cream & Sugar collection as well as the Petite Prints.  Have fun mixing and matching and playing with colour!

Note: I ended up creating an extra cut of the lip for the lid (see the grey piece above).  This isn’t really necessary, but because the lip ends up being raised, I liked having the matching print on the bottom as well.

tutorial-21.  Piece together all of the elements except for the bottom layer (which also forms your lid).  I played around with the placement of the heart and the arms on my coffee cup characters, and even embellished them with the This and That stickers from the Cream & Sugar collection.  Oh, and I couldn’t help but add a few Sprinkles onto the cheeks as well – the cut file has them, but I am a firm believer that every Doodlebug project deserves a Sprinkle or two! 

2.  Using a pair of scissors, cut the base piece into two, just below the lip of the “lid”.
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3. Run a small amount of low stick dry adhesive along the middle bottom edge of the “lid” (you want the recipient to be able to remove the card without ripping apart the lid).  Place the gift card on top of the adhesive.  tutorial-4

4. using some dimensional adhesive, add two pieces on either side of the gift card.
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5. Place the extra copy of the lid lip onto the adhesive.  The “slider” component is now complete.

tutorial-66. To create your pocket, run a small amount of liquid adhesive around the outside sides and bottom edge of the base for your cup (this is the piece that you cut away from the lid). You can run some dry adhesive instead, but make sure it is not wider than 1/8″. Be sure not to run any adhesive across the top!
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7. Take the  assembled part of your cut file and place it on top of the backing with the adhesive.  You have now created a pocket that the gift card can slide into!

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8. Test out your fit, and fun adding even more embellishments…

twine…like some adorable Doodle twine…

tea…or even some more Sprinkles (Bumblebee Glitter were a perfect fit here)!
stagedAnd then, find a way to part with these cuties if you can.  These are going to make their way onto the desks of my daughters’ two amazing teachers this Valentine’s day.  Who will you lucky recipients be?

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope this project and tutorial made you smile!

Hugs,
Karen

And we’re back!

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Good morning everyone!  I an so excited to share this post with you today!  Many of you know that I have been working with Tiddly Inks for a number of years now!  So you might have been wondering where all my happy Tiddly posts have gone to.  Well, the team was given a bit of a vacation – a break from challenges and posts so we could rejuvenate.  Well, we’ve done just that and we are back today with our first challenge post of 2017 – LOVE!  

Now, I know there are some of you who are not fans of the “holiday” coming up next week.  No worries, I totally get it!  However, remember that this themes isn;t about said holiday…it’s just about love!  So maybe you are going to use something you love as inspiration (chocolate comes to mind) or maybe a favourite Tiddly Inks digi that you love, of maybe a colour scheme that you love.  Whatever the case might be, this challenge is all about love so let it inspire your creation!

hearts-closeupI decided to use Wryn – Happy Heart for my card today!  Why?  Well, because I love her of course!  I coloured her up with my Copics to match some of my favourite Doodlebug paper (have I ever told you that I have my Copics organized to match my Doodlebug paper?) and then just used my trusty scissors for a bit of fussy cutting.  I topped the card of with a bit of doodling and a pretty bow and I was all set.
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Now, I have to admit that this does happen to be a Valentine for one of my little monkeys, but remember that your entry into the challenge does not have to be!  So get out your colouring tools and join us this month (oh, did I mention that we are going to give you longer to participate in the challenges now…visit the blog for more details)!

Thanks for stopping by – I sure LOVE it when you do! 🙂

A Doodlebugging we will go!

If you have ever been here to ScrappyCanuck Studios, you will know that I am a huge fan of Doodlebug Designs Inc. I use their paper and products A LOT!  In fact when I am colouring up images, it is almost exclusively to match Doodlebug product.  The truth is that, while I almost always wear black, I almost always craft in colour – bright colours, happy colours!  And let’s face it – no one does bright, happy colours like Doodlebug!

So this year, I decided to bite the bullet and apply for their design team. It’s always a hard thing for me to do because I have to admit that I am not a huge risk taker.  But I figured that, if nothing else, it would help me share with them how much I appreciate their products and how much fun it adds to my crafty life.  So, I took the risk…

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…and it paid off!  So this year, look for even more fun projects with Doodlebug products!  I can’t wait to get started and to work with these talented crafters!

Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to come on over to the Doodlebug blog today!