Monday, February 19, 2018

Doodlebug Design: Interactive Chit Chat Cards

Hi Everyone!  I have some fun cards I created for Doodlebug today!  I just love how easy card making has become now that we have the Chit Chat pieces!  Along with the Odds & Ends, they have made it SO easy to put together an awesome card!  I decided to make a few interactive cards focusing on the Chit Chat pieces from the So Punny collection.  Take a peek...

I had such a fun time with these cards!  The first card is a slider card.  I cut a slot in the toaster piece so that the pop tart could "pop out" when the slider tab is pulled.  All I needed to complete the card is the adorable chit chat sentiment!  

My next card is also a type of slider card.  I started with the base of this cut file, and then added the fun typewriter from the Odds & Ends and the two sentiments from the Chit Chat Pieces.  The great thing about the Chit Chat speech bubbles is that if you like, you can cut off the "tail" and just have the sentiment !  I did that with the heart "just my type" piece.  All you do is pull the tag piece of the card and the Chit Chat Sentiment is revealed!

For my last card I used some Action Wobble Mini Springs to make the olives like little bobble heads!  When you tap them they wobble!

All I needed to complete the card is the "olive you" Chit Chat speech bubble and I also added some of the little Chit Chat hearts as well.

Since seeing the cards in action is much more fun than still pictures, I put together this fun little video showing the cards in action.

That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Lori Whitlock: Using Pattern Fills in Silhouette

Hi Everyone!  Today I have some fun monogrammed note cards I created using Lori Whitlock's Pattern Fills and my Silhouette.  When I was younger, I always had note cards lying around in case I needed to write a thank you or thinking of you card.  These days with email and texting, it seems like a lost art, but I still think it's important to send a hand written note for some situations!  I created these to have on hand, in case nothing but a hand written note would do!

Before I show how I created the cards, I thought it would be helpful to show how to add these patterns to your Silhouette Library.  Once you've purchased the files from Lori's Shop (they are not available through the Silhouette Store) you want to unzip the file.  Next you will want to open your Silhouette Library, and also open another window showing the Fill files on your computer.  To add them in bulk to your library, select all of the files at once, click and drag them over to the Patterns category of your library as shown below...

This will add all of the files to your Silhouette library at once, and they will be available for use through the Patterns category of the Fill function.  Now for the cards themselves.  I actually didn't create the whole card in Silhouette, just the front layer.  By creating just this layer, it enabled me to get more per piece of paper since I wasn't cutting the entire card.  I started by opening my Silhouette software and creating a 3.75" x 5" rectangle.  This is the size of my front layer and allows for a .25" border all around. (my note cards are standard A2 sized or 5.5" x 4.25")

Next, I added the fill to this rectangle.  To do this I clicked on the fill button (the paint palate icon), then selected fill pattern (the dotted button).  This brings up all of the fills I've loaded to my Silhouette Library.  I scrolled down until I found the pattern.  I clicked on my shape to select it, then clicked on the pattern fill I wanted.

The next step was to create the Monogram Circle.  I started by drawing a circle using the shape tool.  I sized it to be 2.5".   I filled that circle with white using the Fill function, selecting the circle and clicking on the white square.

For the letter I chose Lori's Deco Font (Lori's Shop, Silhouette) and sized my letter to 100.

I wanted my letter to be the same color as my background.  To do this, I first selected my letter by clicking on it, and opened the Fill Window.  I clicked on the dropper icon, then moved over to a blue area on my background piece and clicked.  This added the background color to my letter.

The last steps of design were simply to center everything for printing.  I first centered the letter in my circle using the Transform Panel.

Using the same buttons, I then centered the circle on my background.

Once everything was centered, I selected all portions of the design, right mouse clicked and selected group.  This is a very important step.  It allows you to cut just the outside of the design when using the Silhouette  print and cut function.

I created a few different cards using the same method and some different fills.  I then set up the printer registration marks by selecting Page Set Up, Registration marks and Type 1 Cameo.  I have a wide format printer, so I can print 12" x 12".  If you're using a standard printer, you would set up the paper size to be 8.5" x 11" (from the page set up menu) and you would need to print 2 per page rather than 4.

I then sent the file to print.

Once printed, I clicked on send, selected my media, then most importantly selected cut edge under action.  Since I grouped each of the cards to be one file, this will insure that only the edges of the card fronts are cut.  I then sent it to cut.

To finish my cards, I glued the front layers to a standard A2 Card ( paper cut to 5.5" x 8.5" then folded in half for card).

These would make a fun gift for a friend or family member!  I've also used the same process to make thank you notes for my daughter to send to companies she has interviewed with for her summer internship!  The possibilities are endless.   That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Doodlebug Design: So PunnyTreat Bags

When my daughter was in grade school I used to love sending in fun, homemade treats and crafts to her class.  She's a sophomore in college now, so I've had to switch gears!  Instead of class treats, I go for dorm treats!  Her friends always appreciate a little something sweet!  For this Valentine's Day I put together little treat bags featuring the So Punny Collection from Doodlebug Design... take a peek!

How cute are these little bags??  The bag was created using the Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag Die some of the papers from  So Punny.  To finish them off, I added some fun So Punny Odds & Ends and Chit Chat pieces to tags (and of course those ADORABLE Tiny Hearts Sprinkles) and tied them together with some Doodle Twine!  Here are some close-ups of each bag...

I know the girls will probably roll their eyes at the puns...but we all know that they secretly love them! Now to box them up and send them in a care package!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Lori Whitlock: Pop Up Kitty Card

Hi Everyone! Today I'm showcasing one of Lori Whitlock's new Pop Up Card Cat (SVG, Silhouette) !  Being a crazy cat lady, this card was right up my alley!! This card is super easy to assemble (see the video tutorial here)  I decided to customize it for my friend Jenn who has a sassy black and white kitty named Mr. Harley.

To add the black patches, I cut the face, tail and body of the cat from both black and white cardstock.  I then cut the black cardstock to reflect Mr. Harley's coloring and gave him a bow-tie as well.  To finish, I cut some decorative panels for the inside of the card from some Doodlebug Design's So Punny papers.( they are sized 3.875" x 5.125").  There's also a dog version of this card (SVG, Silhouette) ... you could customize for your "dog mom" friends! Here is a picture of the real Mr. Harley... you can follow his antics on Instagram here!

 I can't wait to send it to my friend!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Doodlebug Cut Files: Baby Frame

Hi Everyone!  Lucky us, we have a new grand-niece in the family  (I always knew I was a great aunt, now it's just official, lol !)  I just LOVE babies and couldn't resist making her a little something... take a peek...

I started out with some Sugar and Spice Collection from Doodlebug Design.  It's one of my favorites, and I've been hoarding it for a while now!   I also added in some papers from Doodlebug's Snips & Snails and  Gingham Linen Petite Prints collections.  The bear cut file is the Teddy Bear from the Doodlebug Sugar and Spice Cut files available here in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop and here in Silhouette.  The balloon is from the Doodlebug Dragon Tails Cut files here in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop and here in Silhouette.  I used Lori Whitlock's Bubble Letter Font for the lettering.  My niece loved it!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Doodlebug Design: So Punny Cards

Hi Everyone! Today I have some fun cards featuring the new So Punny Collection from Doodlebug Design!  It's no secret, I love a good pun and this collection does not disappoint!  The Chit Chat Pieces and Odds & Ends make putting together cards so quick and easy!  Take a peek...

For my first card, I made a shadow box type card by layering different sized frames, with pop dots between the layers for dimensions.  I added the little tomatoes from the Odds & Ends and the speech bubble from the Chit Chat Pieces.  To finish, I added one of the Tiny Heart Sprinkles and done!

For my next card, I started with this card base cut with my Silhouette.  For the center I attached 2 of the soda can Odds & Ends back to back over a piece of Doodle Twine so that they floated in the middle.  Then I just added the "soda-lightful" saying from the Chit Chat pieces and done!  

Finally for my last card, I used a center box card base to showcase the adorable sewing machine and thread Odds & Ends Pieces.  The speech bubble and the Just Because Banner are from the Chit Chat Pieces. 

I really love how this collection is great for both everyday and Valentine's themed projects!  I've listed the products used for each card below.  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Doodlebug Design: Cream & Sugar Cards

Hi Everyone!  Today I have some fun cards I created using the fabulous Doodlebug Design Cream & Sugar Collection!  I have to say that this is one of my all time favorite collections.  The little coffee cups, the sugar cubes, the sweet treats... all just too cute!  Take a peek...

For my first card, I used the coffee cups from the Odds & Ends Package and the cute "punny" sentiment from the Cake Sprinkles Double Sided Cardstock .  The card base is from this cut file that I altered to fit my needs.  I like this card because it can be used for Valentine's Day or you could send it "just because."

My next card is a shaker card.  I just love shaker cards!!!  I started by cutting a heart shape in my base, then filling the shaker with some Doodlebug sequins and some X's and O's I cut out using my Silhouette.  The sweet candy hugs and kisses from the Odds & Ends pack and the Hugs & Kisses sentiment from the Cake Sprinkles Double Sided Cardstock topped it all off!

My last card I think is my favorite.  I love puns.  I use them liberally.  It makes my daughter roll here eyes.  So when this idea popped into my head, I couldn't resist.  I used the donut and the coffee cup from the Odds & Ends, and added some speech bubbles I made using the Booville Bubble Sayings cut file, and finished it with the Happy Valentine's Day sticker from the This & That Sticker Sheet.  The easel card base was made using this cut file.

I can't wait to send these out!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!