Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Doodlebug 4th of July Doily Bunting Garland & Layout Ideas

Hi there!  It's my turn over on the Doodlebug blog today and I am super excited to share with you my take on their adorable new mini doilies!

Up first I have a 4th of July garland inspired by patriotic buntings.  To create my banner I layered 1-1/2 inch circles punched from the American Pride patterned paper with a lily white mini doily and a full sized ladybug red doily.  Then to construct my banner I glued the three pieces together and folded them over a piece of twine and stitched in place along the top.  I then clipped twine bows in place between each bunting using alternating colors of red, white and blue clothespins.

To give my little doily buntings extra stability and make them less see-through I cut semi-circles from white cardstock on my Silhouette which I adhered to the back of each red doily. If you would like to make a 4th of July banner of your own I am sharing a free download for you HERE.

I was having so much fun with these sweet little doilies with so many ideas swirling in my head that it was hard to stop with just one project.  For my next project I thought it would be fun to create my own custom "patterned paper" using the mini doilies.

To achieve a smooth seamless look I turned to my favorite 3M Spray Mount.  Like vellum, these doilies can be a bit transparent and delicate when fully separated from one another so I found this to be the perfect invisible adhesive.

I finished my layout with a variety of stickers from several different collections, completely letting the colors in my photos dictate my choices.  Two of my papers and the layered die-cut flower came from the recent Hello Sunshine collection, but I also managed to sneak in a border sticker from a past Halloween collection.  ;)

I hope I've inspired you to take a closer look at these fun new mini doilies!  I am in awe of all the cool ways they can be used.

Make sure to link up your doily projects over at Doodlebug's blog at this LINK.  They are giving away 2 yummy boxes chocked full of doilies--You have until May 28th to submit your ideas.  :)

Supplies Used (available at Simon Says Stamp)

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Ice Cream Dream Summer Card

Happy Monday!  With summer almost upon us thoughts of yummy ice cream treats fill my head.  I have a little confession...  I eat like a kid (seriously), BUT I've been trying my best to incorporate some more fruits and vegetables into my diet so I have been on a major smoothie kick lately.  It's amazing what you can sneak into those things without even tasting them.  ;)  I'm thinking it would be pretty fun to stock up on some fun popsicle molds and turn my smoothies into sorbet pops!

Today's card is all about yummy treats using an adorable stamp set exclusive to Simon Says Stamp called Ice Cream Dream.  I decided it would be fun to stamp them in a circle which I achieved by lightly tracing an offset circle and drawing light spokes with my pencil to line up my images.  When I was done stamping, I just erased my lines and colored them in pinks and browns with my Copic Markers (colors linked below).

To lend a more realistic look to my icy treats I added glossy accents to portions of the treats that I thought would be "wet".  This card was so much fun to make and I find these darling images irresistible!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Technique Tuesday Rainbow Chevron Thank You Card & More

I'm sure it's no secret by now that I LOVE bright colors and rainbows absolutely make my heart swoon!  I blame it on growing up in the 80's.  ;)  Today I have two cards to share using a rainbow theme.

For my first card I repeatedly stamped Technique Tuesday's chevron border stamps using versamark ink & white embossing powder on an A2 card panel.  After heat setting it, I cut my panel into strips between each "V" and used an ink resist technique with all my favorite distress ink colors.  I then pieced them back together on my card base to create this fun rainbow look.

To continue my rainbow theme I repeatedly stamped the word "thanks" in each of the same colors and fussy cut the individual letters out to adhere directly to my card.

My next card uses some fun circle paperclips (available HERE) that I purchased at my local Staples.  I wanted to do something fun with them so I cross-stitched them on my card front with different colors of embroidery floss to match the patterned paper in my border.  I then finished off my card sentiment with one of my favorite die and matching stamp sets by Simon Says Stamp.

I hope I've inspired you to experiment and try your own twists on the rainbow theme!  I would love to see what you come up with!  Share your creations with me at my facebook page found HERE.  :)

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