Doodlebug Cut File

Hello everyone!  It’s Karen, and I am up today with a layout featuring some great cut files I created with my trusty Cricut and cute Doodlebug product.

I really love the winter, but I have to admit that I am craving a bit of the colour that comes in spring and winter.  The good news is that my paper collection…ummm… I mean, “supplies” are filled with colour!  And together with some cute cut files from the Lori Whitlock Spring Things collection from Doodlebug, colour can abound this winter!.

A couple of years ago, we took a trip to visit family in Vienna, and some of our favourite places to visit were the amazing gardens.  I took enough pictures to create a whole album just in the gardens alone.  So I thought it would be fun to feature the beautiful flower svgs in this collection for this layout.  

Paired together with Doodlebug’s amazing textured cardstock, the cut files are fun and whimsical!  I used a combination of the brights and rainbow collection for the different flowers featured on the layout… 

…all beautifully coordinated with the patterned paper from the Spring Things patterned paper collection.

All the details about this layout are featured over on the Doodlebug blog, including links to the cut files I used.  Feel free to pop over and have a look!

 

In the end, I have to say that I just love the dimension you can create with the cut files!  perfectly coordinated with this Doodlebug collection, you could actually change up the colours an pair them with other collections you have as well.  Change the size slightly and/or placement and you would have a totally different layout!

Thanks for stopping!

 

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I Like to Move It!

Tell me she doesn't have some good moves!

It’s CropChocolate project time, and I have a fun and easy technique for you today!
Project Title: I Like To Move It – Using Bubble Wrap to apply Alcohol Inks 
My oldest daughter loves to dance, so when Amber challenged us to use a song as an inspiration for a project, I knew that I had to create a page all about our little dancing queen (no pun intended)!  Her favourite song is actually on the Madagascar soundtrack – I Like To Move It – which seems perfectly fitting somehow, don’t you?  So, I narrowed down the picture choices (although not very well…they were all so cute) and created a layout that shows her at her very best!  The accordion fold on the lower part of the page, held shut with some great Charcoal twine, allowed me to include more pictures than I thought I would be able to!  Then out came the alcohol inks and bubble wrap for some fun lettering.  Here’s how:

Materials:

  • Adirondack Alcohol Inks in at least 2 colors
  • Small piece of bubble wrap (approx. 2″ x 2″)
  • Vellum or other non-porous paper
  • Optional – stamp image and Ranger Archival Ink

Instructions: 
1. Place both your vellum and your bubble wrap down on a protected surface with the textured part of the wrap facing up
2. Using one color of Alcohol Ink, place a few drops down on the bubble wrap. You can put the on the bubbles or in between – it really doesn’t matter.
3. Using a second colour of ink, add a few drops of ink onto the bubble wrap. Do not worry if your colours overlap – they will blend as you work them onto the vellum.
4. Repeat with as many colors as you would like.
5. Carefully turn over the bubble wrap and pat down onto the vellum. Continue patting the bubble wrap on the vellum until it becomes tacky and runs out of ink.
6. If you still have space left on the vellum to fill, simply add more ink to your bubble wrap and reapply. The ink on the bubble wrap will be dry, so you don’t need to worry about the inks mixing.
7. Optional step – Using Archival ink, stamp an image randomly over the dried ink
8. Cut out your letters or embellishments.
9. Apply to your project using a clear adhesive.

The neat thing about this technique is that you can use the bubble wrap as an embellishment as well!  It’s shiny finish really brings out the color in the inks and it’s a fun way to add texture to your project! I had planned to use it for a disco ball, but ran out of room with all those pictures!  Oppps!

The Fairy and the Dragon

So, a few weeks ago, I jumped on the MME Lush bandwagon and ordered the brown, pink and green lines from my favourite DD site CropChocolate.   When they arrived, I was a bit disappointed.  The colours were more muted than I was expecting.  I managed to use the brown line awhile back for a frame for my hubby, but I wasn’t sure that the other two packs would make their Scrappy Canuck debut anytime soon.  But I was wrong…

Once upon a time...

So here’s the story behind this story…as part of the CropChocolate focus group, we get a monthly challenge.  For this month, Paula Maclane came up with a great inspirational collage for us – we just had to use at least 75% of products that we have purchased from CC. The dandelion in the collage reminded me of the Lush paper, and the paper reminded me of this little photo of my two-year old fairy!  So together, this little page was born.

A little bit of Distress Ink and Crackle Accents in there too!

It actually looks complicated, but all I had to do was cut out the flocked flowers from this great paper and then just layer them up a bit.  It was time consuming, but the effect of the garden growing from the bottom was perfect for the picture (and so I kept telling myself as I continued to cut, and cut and cut and cut and cut…).  Other than that, these coordinating papers made it so easy to come up with something that really looks pretty!  It’s a bit different from my usual bright and bold, but who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks! 😉

Hidden behind the photo is a little journaling tag that can be pulled out.  It has a little story about a little fairy that met a sad dragon hiding in her garden.

It was fun to do something a little bit different, and use up product I thought wasn’t really “me”.  In the end, the page makes me smile.  So no more complaints from me! 🙂