Tiddly Inks – Patriotic

It’s July 4th, so very happy Fourth of July wishes to my neighbors to the south.  Up here in Canada, we just celebrated our 150th birthday, so I decided to take this month’s Tiddly Inks challenge as a little ode to both countries.

If you haven’t seen the challenge yet, make sure you pop on over to the blog, but this month, it’s all about being independence! And while you can interpret that in all sorts of ways, I couldn’t ignore my countries birthday, and today’s special one for the US. So I decided to colour up one of my favourite digis called “Minnie” with some Canadian colours – good old red and white (with some tourquoise glasses to match my daughter’s), and then top her off with some fun red, white and blue colours from Doodlebug’s Yankee Doodle collection.

I think it’s a fun, playful card that is perfect for any occasion…like posting on my blog on July 4th!

I know the weather is beautiful right now, but we hope you will consider joining us for this month’s challenge!  Remember, with a great, general theme like “independence” you can go in all sorts of directions with your project.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by!

Spring Interactive layout fun!

Hi everyone!  It’s Karen from ScrappyCanuck Studios, and today we get to talk about Spring!

Spring is such a fun time filled with bright fresh colours…well, at least it is in pictures I have seen.  Up here in Calgary, spring is, well, muddy!  We tend to have a bit of a late spring, so the first few months are a chance to get down and dirty – and my two girls love to do just that.  In fact, I have pictures of them every spring playing and jumping in muddy puddles.  The new collection from Doodlebug called Spring Things was a perfect chance to get some of those pictures scrapped!

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Now this collection is filled with all sorts of cute elements…

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…like some amazing acetate Odds and Ends pieces and shaped Sprinkles!  In fact, these acetate pieces inspired the interactive elements on both projects I get to share today!  One of the great things about acetate is that it is very durable, so die cuts made from it are perfect for pulls or tabs on projects.  I really love making interactive layouts, but adding a piece that can be handled regularly is not always easy…until now!  Check it out:

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Here is everything tucked nicely away…

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…but pull up on the top flower piece and voila…

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…some hidden pictures!  And if you are worried about your adhesive showing through, fear not!  Simply apply a cute Sprinkle over top of any adhesive peeking through…

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… or even a sequin!  Because the best part about acetate is that you can see through it!  Shake away crafty peeps! These pieces would be used as awesome inside a shaker element as they are on top as I have them here.

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Yup, acetate is my new favourite material (especially when I remember to take off the protective film that is on top before I add elements…whoops)!

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So don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty with this new collection!  It is everything that is Doodlebug adorable with some hidden surprises as well!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,
Karen

 

Rainy days!

Well, I have to admit that although I am a fan of winter, this one seemed to last a really long time.  And given that there is snow int he forecast for the week, it seems as though it is not quite over yet.

But the turning point every year seems to be that first real rain that comes into town.  And it is definitely here – started last night and is still drizzling away! So today seemed like a great day to share a card I made with a really cute new digi from 2Cute Ink.  This Froggy in the Rain digi is an exclusive stamp for members of the Digi club, a monthly membership. I coloured him up to match some cute paper from Doodlebug paper (This is Hip Hip Horray) with my trusty Copics.

I also decided to do a little Earth Day-inspired card with this cute turtle.  I have to admit that I wasn’t sure I would give away a card for Earth Day, so I turned it into a little going away card!  This little world traveler was also coloured with Copics to match Doodlebug paper, and I have to admit that he makes me want to get on an arplane and fly somewhere…perhaps before the snow returns! 🙂

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Spring things time!

Good morning everyone!  Today, we get to celebrate three things I love – Doodlebug, my new Cricut and spring!

Before Christmas, Doodlebug announced some amazing partnerships that allowed them to create cut files that coordinate with their new collections.  Now at the time, I was excited but jealous because my cutting machine was so old that using cut files just wasn’t an option.  But then along came Christmas, and with it, a new machine (perhaps my not so subtle hints paid off), and with it came a chance to try all sorts of things…

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…like creating some fun wall art for my daughter’s room!  All of the shapes you see in these altered embroidery hoops were created with Doodlebug Spring Things cut files (except for the hearts which were a basic shape that I simply created and cut).

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Everything from this adorable sun peeking out from behind a cloud…

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…to this adorable bird on a branch…

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…to the fantastical (is that a word?) frog on a lily pad…

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…and my absolute favorite ladybug…

…these cut files will have you running your machine full tilt!  The details are amazing in each file, and they are a really easy to layer and put together!  Best of all, Doodlebug has the perfect textured cardstock and new matte Sprinkles (I love, love, love these) to make your cuts coordinate with all the great elements in the Spring Things collection.

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So, get out those machines and start cutting – whether it’s for a project or style you are used to working in or something completely new, you will want to cut these cuties over and over again!  Anyone need some wall art?!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,
Karen