Happy Easter!

Every Easter, I find myself on a crafty mission to create treat containers.  And even if we are stuck inside and cannot meet with friends and family, I say that it is still a GREAT TIME to enjoy treats!

So if you are feeling crafty today, here’s little container that you can make to add a little festivities to…well, your festivities!  I thought I would share the sketch I created for these easy milk carton-inspired boxes using a piece of textured cardstock cut to 11.5″ x 5.75″(you can get 2 out of every 12 x12 sheet).

One you do all your cutting and scoring, it will look like this:

Note: when I created these initially, the top part of my carton was wider than I decided to keep it so the top flap in this picture are wider than your will be.  Follow the sketch as your guide for the measurement.  

I love the size of these because they are big enough to hold my favourite chocolate egg treats as well as some of the mini ones too!

I embellished them with the Easter Parade paper from Doodlebug matted on white paper and then topped them off with some Doodlebug Sprinkles.

The tops were trimmed with a flower I created with Petite Prints , a mini doily and mini clothes pin.  I then grabbed my Hoppy Easter stamp set for a sentiment and my new set Occasions – Holidays for the sweet little bunny and these were all done!

And while these would make a great addition to an Easter hunt, I think they would also be great as favours on your Easter table.  Or perhaps send a few off to those you love because it certainly true that we could all use a little chocolate and Doodlebug sunshine right now, don’t you agree?

Look, if you are anything like me, you don’t need an excuse to indulge every once and awhile!  But a little work of advice – buy the big bag of chocolately treats to fill up these beauties when you make them because you deserve a treat too!

Thanks for stopping by!

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!

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!

 

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 

April Round Challenge

Okay, I don’t know about the weather where you are, but I am just about done with it here.  No, scratch that.  I AM done with it here.  We just celebrated Easter with the coldest one on history since 1940 and I couldn’t be more ready for warmth and green!

So what’s a girl to do – create a craft that screams spring!  And given that it is challenge time over at Tiddly Inks, it seemed like a good time to get on that!  So I grabbed one of the cute new images from Christy called Light Up My Life and got down to it!

I coloured up the image with Copics to match some new Doodlebug paper I have from the Down on the Farm collection.  The warm, rich colours seemed like a great fit with these cute fireflies.  Would you believe I have never seen a firefly before – it’s actually on my bucket list.  But I did a quick search and then coloured away.  I think this will be an image I go back to again and again.

If you are looking for some crafty inspiration,. drop by the challenge blog and see what all the DT members have been up to.  And then, get your crafty on!  The theme of this month’s challenge is all about the “round”, so this time around, don’t be square!  Tiddly Inks Challenge

If it’s nice where you are, enjoy the weather and send some my way if you can!  Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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