Friday, December 2, 2016

Doodlebug Kitten Smitten Cards using Newest Cutting Files

So sorry for the repeat.  I had to take down this blog post temporarily due to the cut file release date being delayed over in the Silhouette store.  ;)

They are finally available (yay!) and I'm happy to be on the Doodlebug Blog today with a trio of shaped card using the newest Kitten Smitten cutting files available in the Silhouette store (along with the coordinating papers from the Kitten Smitten 6x6 paper pad).
Doodlebug Design Kitten Smitten Shaped Cards by Mendi Yoshikawa using New Cutting Files

To create my cards I sized them to fit within an 4.25" x 5.5" A2 sized envelope making none of the dimensions exceeded that size.  I then cut two of the bases, scoring the back one along the top (parallel to the base) and adhered the two pieces together along the top.
Doodlebug Design Kitten Smitten Shaped Cards by Mendi Yoshikawa using New Cutting Files




It was so much fun personalizing my little kitties using different papers from the collection, inking and stitching around some of the kitties to help give them a little extra definition.

Doodlebug Design Kitten Smitten Shaped Cards by Mendi Yoshikawa using New Cutting Files


When I was done I stamped simple sentiments for each card using a small tag die I had on hand and tied on bows with coordinating colors of bakers twine. I also added a bit of glossy accents to the eyes and noses to help bring them to life.  

Doodlebug Design Kitten Smitten Shaped Cards by Mendi Yoshikawa using New Cutting Files


I hope I've inspired you to take a closer look at the newest Doodlebug cutting files in the Silhouette store and at Lori Whitlock's shop.  They have so many adorable ones!



Interested in the products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

Supplies Used (available at Scrapbook.com)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Doodlebug Here Comes Santa Claus Christmas Gift Tags

Can you hardly believe it?!  Two different projects in one week!  I'm sharing a second project over on the Doodlebug blog today.  This time I have some quick and easy ideas for Holiday gift tags using Doodlebug's adorable Here Comes Santa Claus collection.


Doodlebug Design: Here Comes Santa Claus Christmas Holiday Gift Tags by Mendi Yoshikawa

First is a set of gift tags using a die by Papertrey Ink and some cute icon stickers and embellishments from the collection. I love creating some extra special tags for my Mom and Sisters each year.


Doodlebug Design: Here Comes Santa Claus Christmas Holiday Gift Tags by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my second set of tags I created some simple hanging tags using a circle tag die by Lawn Fawn and some Doodle twine.  I kept these really simple to make mass production a breeze.  I embellished one side by punching circles from a piece of patterned paper found in the 6x6 pad from the collection.  On the back, I punched another circle from white cardstock and added my "to" and "from".



Doodlebug Design: Here Comes Santa Claus Christmas Holiday Gift Tags by Mendi Yoshikawa

My last set of tags is probably the most simple of the bunch, but they are the ones I will reach for the most.  I die-cut the circle tag from a number of different patterned papers and another basic circle from white cardstock.  I then stamped a simple "to" and "from" before adding a little bow with liquid adhesive.


Doodlebug Design: Here Comes Santa Claus Christmas Holiday Gift Tags by Mendi Yoshikawa

When I was done, I went through and added score tape to the back of each tag so when I'm wrapping gifts I can just peel and stick.  Love that I was able to create all my tags for the season in an evening.  


Doodlebug Design: Here Comes Santa Claus Christmas Holiday Gift Tags by Mendi Yoshikawa

I hope I've inspired you in your holiday crafting.  Why not invite some girlfriends over, put on some Christmas music and have a fun evening of making holiday tags together?



Interested in the products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

Supplies Used (available at Scrapbook.com)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Doodlebug Flea Market Home Decor Fall Thankful Banner

Hi there!  I'm up on the Doodlebug blog with a fun home decor project perfect for the fall and Thanksgiving season using their adorable Flea Market collection and the darling new coordinating Silhouette cut files!

Doodlebug Design Flea Market Thankful Denim Fall Banner by Mendi Yoshikawa


Last year I picked up this plain denim banner at Michaels that was just waiting for the perfect project to use it on.  While you might not be able to find it there anymore, you could easily recreate it using THIS cutting file found in the Silhouette store) along with a fabric blade.



Doodlebug Design Flea Market Thankful Denim Fall Banner by Mendi Yoshikawa


Step 1: I started by sizing the pocket cutting file to 5 x 5.5" and duplicating it 7 more times within my Silhouette software so that I could design my overall banner with all the pieces lined up together.

Doodlebug Design Flea Market Thankful Denim Fall Banner by Mendi Yoshikawa



Step 2: I then cut the word "Thankful" from white cardstock at 2-3/4" high.  I then created an offset at .1 to form my shadow and cut it from the peacock colored tone-on-tone patterned paper from the Flea Market Collection.



Doodlebug Design Flea Market Thankful Denim Fall Banner by Mendi Yoshikawa


Step 3: Using the banner I had laid out, I then took all the shapes and started layering the individual pieces together to form each image and grouped them together to make them easier to move around and resize.  By having my 8 banner pieces laid out I could get a feel for how I wanted my finished banner to look.


Doodlebug Design Flea Market Thankful Denim Fall Banner by Mendi Yoshikawa



Step 4: I then duplicated all those shapes (so I didn't have to disrupt my master copy) and started ungrouping them, sorting them by color.  This allowed me to cut all my green shapes at once, all my orange shapes, etc. to save on time and paper.
Doodlebug Design Flea Market Thankful Denim Fall Banner by Mendi Yoshikawa

Step 5: When all my shapes had been cut, I stitched around some of the larger shapes on ,y sewing machine before adhering them together for an extra decorative touch.

Doodlebug Design Flea Market Thankful Denim Fall Banner by Mendi Yoshikawa


Step 6: When I was done assembling all my shapes I adhered them to my denim banner with my favorite Beacon's 3-in-1 liquid adhesive.  



Doodlebug Design Flea Market Thankful Denim Fall Banner by Mendi Yoshikawa


Step 7: When everything had been glued down, I filled in a few images using the stickers and odds & ends die-cuts from the Flea Market collection.



Doodlebug Design Flea Market Thankful Denim Fall Banner by Mendi Yoshikawa


Step 8: As a final finishing touch, I adhered my banner pieces together with a 7" length of ribbon which I looped together and adhered on itself in the back.  I then glued the loop together with a little more liquid adhesive in the center, topped with my over-sized leaf die-cuts and a ribbon bow.



Doodlebug Design Flea Market Thankful Denim Fall Banner by Mendi Yoshikawa




I hope you've enjoyed this project and are inspired to create a home decor project of your own.  

Doodlebug Silhouette cutting files Used:




Interested in the other products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

Supplies Used (available at Scrapbook.com)

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