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…

img_1099…to a perfect “Sunshine” title cut…

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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

 

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Pumpkin fun

Halloween has become a fun crafting time for me. I am not really into the scary and graphic part of the holiday, but since my littles can along, I have found the cute and even pretty in the holiday as well!  Slowly, more and more Halloween is creeping into my house!

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So, when I saw the fun Haunted Village kit from Lia Griffith, I thought it was worth a go!  I picked up a craft pumpkin from Michaels (actually two – the first one was too small), and then got to work punching out shapes and gluing them together!

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I added some copper lights in the background to light up the whole display. I raised the base for the house up (I just cut out a round piece of paper and added a bit of flower foam underneath)  so I could hide the switch and battery case underneath…all we need is some dry ice for a foggy look! 😉 pumpkin-bats

And to top it off, I added a bit of white glitter to the top of the pumpkin and some of the bats cutouts that were also in the kit!

No need for a fancy cutting machine or special folding skills – this one is really all about the paper a glue!  And if the idea of putting the display inside the pumpkin is a bit overwhelming, there are three different building and other shapes so you can just set it out on a shelf and create a little town!

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The Sun is going down…

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This month, I am really starting to notice the days getting shorter.  It won’t be long until I am walking to and from work in the dark!  So, it seemed like a good time to pull out the Luminaries DIY stack from DCWV to add a little more light in our lives.  DIY-Project-Stacks-W-flower DIY-Project-Stacks-R-flower

Make sure you come on over to the DCWV blog for more details on these two projects (including more information on these beautiful flowers)!

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Pretty prickles?

Okay – so I have a question for you – can prickles be pretty?

Cacti-angled

I recently received a DIY project stack from DCWV called Paper Plants and it is filled with templates and papers to make a bunch of cacti!  Cactus seem to be all over Pinterest and Home Decor sites right now, and while I have always liked them (even the one that I used to own that would prick me all the time), I’m curious about the trend!  Are you a fan?

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Come on over to the DCWV blog to see the finished piece I create with this stack.

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