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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Hoppy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!  Today, I thought I would share a fun project I did for Doodlebug not to long ago.  It is all sorts of Easter cuteness- and a tutorial!

Easter is certainly not all about candy, but I do have to admit that I get a little excited to have those yummy chocolate eggs around again.  And just like my weakness for chocolate eggs, I also have a weakness for containers to hold them!   So when I got my hands on Doodlebug‘s new Easter Express collection, I knew there were chocolate eggs…I mean…treat containers in my future!

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I really love the little milk cartons that have become a huge trend in treat containers.  In fact, I love them so much that I made a few for Valentine’s day!  Having said that, I don’t like the fact that I need a full sheet of 12×12 cardstock to make each – paper hoarders like me will understand!  So I set out to see if I could modify my design to use less paper without loosing too much in size.  The result was these cute cartons with lids!

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So, are you convinced that you need to have a few treat containers in your life too…even if it is to have an excuse to grab some chocolate eggs a little earlier than necessary?  Well, grab your paper, glue and scissors and I will talk you through my experiment!

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  1. Start by cutting three pieces of paper:
  • for the base – 6″ x 6″
  • for the trim on the base – 1″ x 8  1/2″
  • for the lid – 2 3/4″ X 9″

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2. Using the piece for the base, score at the 2″ and 4″ mark.

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3. Turn your paper 90 degrees and score again at the 2″ and 4″ marks.

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4. Using a pair of scissors, cut up along the 4″ score mark on each side, stopping at the first score line you hit. Put this piece aside for a moment.

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5. Using your 1″ x 8 1/2″ piece, place the long edge at the top of your scoring board and score at the 2″, 4″ 6″ and 8″ points.

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6. Flip over this piece and run 1/4″ adhesive along the bottom edge of the long edge (if the pattern of the paper does not have a “right side up” like mine did, it doesn’t matter which of the two long edges you run the adhesive). Put this piece aside for a  moment.

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7. You are now going to assemble the base and the trim.  Grab your base piece and fold in one of the 2″ tabs you created by cutting with your scissors.  Run adhesive along the top and bottom edge of this tab. Now pull this side up, and glue it to the tab directly to the left (the one that was originally beside it).  This will create two side walls for your base)

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8. Apply your trim to this side of your box 1/4″ down (right where your adhesive is already run).  You should have 3/4″ of the trim sticking up and 1/4″ of it adhered to the base.  Continue step 7 and 8 all the way around your box, folding in one side at at time, applying adhesive, gluing it to the side beside it and the applying the trim.  Tuck the overlapping piece on the INSIDE of the box.
Note: you may need to adjust the fold on the trim as you go around the outside edge – go for it!  You have enough of an overlap at the end to create a perfect fit!

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9. You are now ready to assemble the lid.  Take your remaining piece of paper and align the long edge across the top of your scoring board.  Score at the 2  1/8″, 4  1/4″, 6  3/8″ and 8 1/2″ points (every 2 1/8″).

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10.  Turn your paper 90 degrees and score at the 1″ and 2 1/4″ marks.

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11. Run adhesive along the front side of the short 1/2″ tab that you have created.

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12. Fold each of your score lines and use the adhesive tab to shape your lid into a square tube.  You will need to tuck the tab under to to hide the seam.

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13. Using a liquid, fast drying glue, run adhesive on the inside edge all around the top of your lid.  Pinch two opposite sides in and hold in place for a couple of minutes to ensure that the top of the lid stays together.  If it pops open, just pinch it again and hold longer.

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14.  Once the lid is completely dry place it on top of your base and check the fit.

mc-tutorial-1615. Your treat container is now ready to embellish!

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Give some of the new mini icon stickers a try – they are a perfect fit for these tags topped off with mini clips, some Doodletwine and the awesome new matte Sprinkles!  Oh yeah!

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And then, well…will them up!  Or if you are anything like me…eat the little treats that you were going to fill them up with and try again a little closer to Easter! Maybe I’ll have to buy a bigger bag of them next time.

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So there you have it – the paper hoarding, chocolate loving version of the mini milk carton!  I hope you love them as much as I do.  Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,
Karen

Kitchen table crafting!

Hi everyone!  Over the last couple of weeks, the team at Doodlebug have been sharing crafty space ideas, so I thought it might be fun to share a bit of information about my own as well!  So here it – where it all happens at SCS!

Okay, now I know you are probably thinking – “Um, Karen, that looks an awful lot like a kitchen table.”  And the truth is – you are right!  It is my kitchen table.  In fact, my kitchen counter starts just to the right of this picture, and I actually took this picture while precariously perched on top of my breakfast bar.  That’s right.  I am a kitchen table crafter!

Now, for those of you who also create right in the centre of it all, you will know that crafting on a kitchen table is a juggling act all of it’s own (sometimes an act that requires me to exclaim with enthusiasm at meal time – “Today, let’s have a picnic in the living room!” to the giggles of my children and the patient grimace of the hubby). But as the years have gone on, this little corner has evolved from piles of semi organized collections…um…I mean, supplies…to a mobile working space that I can tuck away when needed.  So, while it isn’t a whole room of crafty goodness, today I thought I would share some of my ways of making this space work.

One of my favourite and most economical organizing purchases has been my white photo boxes. You can pick up these boxes for a couple of dollars and the are the perfect size for many different spaces…shelves, cupboards, drawers – you name it!  Besides photos, my boxes hold extra adhesive, ink pads, stamp collections…

…and when open, are even the perfect size for 6×6 paper pads, packages of odds and ends, buttons and even doilies!

And if you are worried about how sturdy they are, simply place the lid on the bottom for extra stability!  These boxes come right out onto my table when I am creating, and then tuck away beautifully when I clean up (that’s actually my criteria for all storage I use…can I pull it out easily onto the table and throw everything back in easily when I am done).  Oh, and while my boxes are all white, they come in a million colours and patterns and you can even personalize them with some pretty paper!

Speaking of paper, I keep all of my paper collections together in separate extra large zipper bags.  When I first get them, I actually keep embellishments in there too.  When I want to work with a collection, I simply pull the bag out on to the table and pull out what I need.  When it’s time to clean up, all the pieces slide right back into the bag – even my little tiny pieces (it’s hard to get rid of them).  It’s a super quick cleanup!

Now, I have to admit that I did buy a storage unit on wheels last year that has really changed things for me. There is room on the top for my cutting machine, and a great set of drawers of different sizes. If you are on a tight budget like me, do not count out this option. These types of units can be pricey, but I bought mine second hand for a fraction of the price.  In the end, I actually sold off some crafting supplies to pay for it to make myself feel even better about the purchase – I was cleaning out to make use of it anyway so it was the perfect time to purge!  This new unit has given me the perfect opportunity to organize…

…small odds and ends like mini clips and doilies (in a tray that I re-purposed to fit this drawer well)…

…small, narrow supplies like my glitter…

…and even some of my twine.

But the best part was attaching some temporary 3M hoops to the side to store my washi tape embroidery hoop and, on the other side, to hold my cutting mats.  And when we have guests over for dinner, I can roll the whole unit away into another room or just move my Cricut off of the top and have a “mini buffet” to store some of our meal items.

You know, I have to admit that there are days when I look at pictures of beautiful craft rooms and drool!  But I really do love crafting and creating in the middle of my family home and watching my girls (and even sometimes my hubby) just pull up a chair and join in.  I also think there are things we can learn in terms of organization and decluttering from those that craft in the heart of it all!  So while perhaps one day down the road one of the rooms in my house may look so lonely and empty that my craft supplies sneak in, today I am going to put my feet up, enjoy this sunny crafting space in what happens to be the sunniest city in Canada, toasting all of those that call the kitchen table crafting “home base”!

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