Spring has Sprung!

It’s time.  No really. It’s time!  It has been a long and coooooold winter up here in Canada (I know, I know, it should be a long and cold winter up here), so let’s just say I am ready for spring!
So, when Doodlebug’s Simply Spring collection arrived on my doorstep, this collection went straight onto the crafty table.  It might still be white and bleak outside, but my crafty space is filled with the spring colours and cute spring icons that make me smile.  Goodbye winter – hello spring!
I decided to whip up a few treat containers for some of my colleagues – a little surprise for the first day of spring!   With the new doodle stamps and doodle cuts, these were a spring breeze!
Each treat container is constructed out of textured cardstock and topped with patterned paper from the 6X6 paper pad.  Because these treat containers are quite small, the scaled down patterns in the 6X6 are a perfect fit!
And the great thing about working with the new stamps is you can even play around with layering!  This little bird is a separate stamp from the turtle, but I felt they were just meant to be together!
If you have never made a mini milk carton before, you will be amazed at how easy they are.  There are definitely die cuts out there to purchase, but a rectangle sheet of paper and some scissors will do the trick as well!   Here’s a little template to get you started!
Hopefully these little creations bring a little spring smile to your face and inspire you to get crafty with this new collection! If you are looking for more information on the products used, come on by the Doodlebug blog for a full listing!

Thanks for stopping by!

Christmas Chocolate bar sliders

Good Morning!  I am getting so excited for Christmas!  

This little project is actually an oldie but a goodie. I created it last year for Doodlebug, but never got around to sharing it here at SCS.  Given that it is a perfect last minute craft, I thought it would be a good one to feature.  If you’ve spent any time here at SCS, you will know that I love Chocolate bar sliders.  They are an easy craft that takes card giving to the next level.  And these ones, featuring   Milk and Cookies and Cream and Sugar is a great way to show that you don’t have to own a whole collection of papers to make something great – mix and match and have fun! 

 

So, if you’ve got some time (or the need to pull off some last minute treat), these will certainly do the trick!  And if you need a tutorial, simply modify this owl one that I created a number of years ago and you will be all set! Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

Happy Halloween!

I have a confession to make…I have not always been a person who has loved crafting for Halloween.  The creepy, crawly part of Halloween is just not my thing.  But when I discovered Doodlebug’s Halloween collections, I was hooked.  And with collections like the new Pumpkin Party, I actually craft as much for Halloween as I do for Christmas!

This collection of step cards was inspired by the amazing shapes in the Odds and Ends pack!  I love that there are as many background shapes as there are cute characters!  They make setting up cute step cards as a little scene a breeze!

And while I love the background pieces, like the amazing spooky tree that is as spooky as he is cute, and the fantastic acetate fence, who can deny that this little zombie isn’t as sweet as can be as well!  The Odds and Ends packs are a card maker’s dream!

I have a few more details and close up images over on the Doodlebug blog if you are interested in popping by or finding out more about the product!  In the meantime, enjoy the day whether you celebrate Halloween or not!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Pumpkin Party Time! DRAFT

Okay here’s the thing.  I know that Halloween is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I have one word for you – candy!  Now, you may not like all the creepy, goriness of Halloween, but when you take a Doodlebug approach and wrap up some of the most delicious treats you can think of in the most delicious papers and paper products you can think of, crafting for Halloween is going to be one of your favourite times of the year!

Because seriously, does it get any cuter than this new Pumpkin Party collection from Doodlebug?

These are one of my favourite projects to craft – candy bar (or “chocolate bars” as we call them in Canada) sliders.  Wrap some amazing paper around your favourite candy or chocolate, add a ribbon to hold it in place, and voila – the most adorable treat you could give away!

The treat slips right out and could even be slipped back in to the packaging you create…although I find that once it is pulled out, it is usually quickly untied and devoured!

I have more details about these sliders over on the Doodlebug blog including links to all the products so you can take a closer look.  In the meantime, I give you full permission to break into the Halloween candy a few days early!  You secret is safe with me!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Petite Prints

Well, it was back to school earlier this month and that  usually spells the end of summer.  But I’m not ready this year.  Give me a couple more weeks of leisurely schedules and beach afternoons and I would be a happy gal. While I might not be able to change what the calendar says, I can change what my crafting space looks like.  So, I’m going to take a few more weeks to fill it with bright, colorful projects that bring the summer sunshine inside!

Like these little treat containers that I made with the amazing new Dot-Stripe Petite Prints and Floral-Graph Petite Prints.  If you have never worked with Doodlebug’s Petite Prints, you have been missing out.  These perfectly coloured patterned papers coordinate with everything Doodlebug, but definitely stand on their own as well.

If you are looking for more details on this project, I have them all posted over on the Doodlebug blog.  Don’t hesitate to stop by and say hi!

Thanks for stopping by!

Still Down on the Farm

Okay, I know that Easter is past, and one might say that the time has come and gone for a treat container containing chocolate eggs.  But I say, when Down on the Farm is the collection on the crafty table, it is the perfect excuse to bring on all fun things farm themed – including delicious chocolate eggs (like I need an excuse)!

And let’s be honest, it doesn’t get much more “down home” than little milk carton treat containers, so that is exactly where I went with this little project for the absolutely adorable and heart-warming Down on the Farm collection!

I decided to use some amazing primary coloured textured cardstock for the base of each container, and then used some of the great smaller prints in the 12×12 patterned paper collection for the accents on each side.

And then as the focal point for each container, I used an fantastic Doodle-pop to, well…POP!

I love the dimension that these Doodle-pops have and they are the perfect size for the little 2×2″ space I had on the front.

To add a little sentiment to each, I grabbed the funny Chit Chat die cuts and found one to match each of the Doodle-pops that I was planning to use.  Oh, and did I mention that I had choice galore – there are so many great sentiments in the Chit Chat collections that I could make enough of these treat containers to last all year!

Each container was then topped off with some of my favourite stand-bys – mini doilies, Sprinkles and a mini paperclip, all of which happen to be the perfect size for these little containers.  Oh, and if chocolate eggs are not your thing (besides the fact that we might not be able to be friends any more) you can fill these little containers with just about anything from candies to mini cookies to individual cupcakes.  It’s a farm-friendly project sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs,
Karen 

Down on the Farm!

You know, sometimes I have to admit that I have favourites.  I know it’s not right, but if I am being honest, I can’t help myself.  And the truth is that this new Down on the Farm collection is already on the top of my list.  I mean really, does it get cuter than this?

I was given the task of putting together a card set to showcase this collection – I know, tough job, right?  So immediately set to work putting all the cute Odds and Ends die cuts out on the table together with the clever chit Chat sentiments.

Why start here?  Well, the truth is that when I am making cards, the Odds and Ends packs are always my favourite go-to!  There are always so many cute shapes and characters to work with, and more than enough to create cute scene after cute scene!

And now that I can pair them up with the awesome Chit Chat sentiments, card making has never been so fun!

And this collection in particular is about as cute as it gets!  From big die cuts like barns, farm houses, animals, and background features (there is a mud puddle!!!!)…

…to the cutest little cuts like these flies…

…and the best little worm ever!  Add these to any card and your recipient will be smiling at all the details for days!

And since we are talking favourites, I have to admit that I am a sucker for a great interactive card!  And when I saw this denim jean pocket paper and the bandanna paper in the 12×12 collection, I knew exactly what needed to happen!  

That’s right, the bandanna pulls out for a little hidden message.  And while I chose to add some more pieces from the Chit Chat pack, a personal sentiment here would also work really well!

Oh, and as for my favourite part on this little card – it’s the little heart tag on the side of the pocket.  Doodlebug knows how to get the details right!

So, just between you and me, while I promise to love and cherish all my collections, Down on the Farm is going to be getting some serious extra love on my crafty table.  Because, yup – it’s a new favourite!  I bet it will be one of yours too!

Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs,
Karen