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Doodlebug Design Cupcake Time

Doodlebug Design Cupcake Time

Doodlebug Design Cupcake Time

It's Doodlebug Design Cupcake Time and the last day (day six) of the Doodlebug Design Inspiration. Today it is all about the cupcakes!  A tasty treat that i think most of us enjoy. Today i used some mixed buttons. I love using buttons as embellishments on my cards as they really stand out and form a great feel and touch experience. You can bling them up with twine or ribbon or simply leave plain and scatter like sprinkles. Here are the last 2 designs i used for todays inspiration.

Doodlebug Design Cupcake Love

 

The card design 3 is another design that is great to use up all the scraps you have left over from making cards. Simply use  some nesting circle dies and your cutting machine to cut circles from your scraps. If you don't have a die cutting machine you can trace and cut some circles out, or even squares would work instead. 

 

I hope you have enjoyed my blog this week and it has given you a few ideas on using the Doodlebug Design Collections Hey Cupcake and Party Time. I love making cards and sharing them! 

Lastly here are all the card i made this week! making a couple of cards a day is a great way to build up your Card Stash!

Doodlebug Design Hey Cupcake Cards
Doodlebug Design Party Time Cards

As always if you enjoy my card inspiration and are inspired to make a card or two using my designs feel free to download the Card Design sets (there is three of them) for FREE! Share on Facebook or instagram and tag me so i can see your creations! Also give this post a little love by leaving a comment so i know you’ve been!

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Doodlebug Design Horizontal Cards

Horizontal card Design inspiration

Doodlebug Design Horizontal Cards

Inspiration on Day 5 is Doodlebug Design Horizontal Cards. The horizontal layout i don’t seem to make very often as i always feel cards need to stand vertically (no idea why). Using the Doodlebug Design Hey Cupcake and Party Time Collections, i had fun using the 6×6 paper pad, odds and ends and chit chat die cuts. Here are the card designs i used for today’s inspiration.

Horizontal card Design inspiration

 

I used one that was already horizontal (design 2) and one I flipped to become horizontal (design 3). You can see how easy it is just to get some inspiration and you don’t need to stick to the actual card layout .

The one i flipped, I used the Doodlebug Design Hey Cupcake Collection. This design is great for all those left over strips you get when you make cards. There is no need to waste a single bit. The strips are 1 1/2 inches wide to fit a rectangle of 9.7cm x 14 cm and also allow space for a border colour from Kaisercraft card stock (10cm x 14.5cm). Sticking them on a diagonal, forms the pattern you can see.

Doodlebug Design Horizontal Hey Cupcake

 

The second card which i kept to the horizontal layout, you can see i didn’t follow exactly. I couldn’t resist the cute elephant.I had use him!

 

Did you enjoy my card inspiration today? Are you inspired to make a card or two using my designs? Download the Card Design sets (there is three of them) for FREE! Share on Facebook or instagram and tag me so i can see your creations! Also give this post a little love by leaving a comment so i know you’ve been!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Doodlebug Design Square Cards

Doodlebug Design Square Cards

Doodlebug Design Square Card

Day 4 brings Doodlebug Design Square Cards. I don't make cards square often as they don't fit in the dimensions of normal Australian Post letters. Which means it costs more to post. Square cards do offer a bigger surface area to fit embellishments and paper onto, but sometimes less is more. Taking inspiration from 2 card designs that were normal size I changed them to fit them into a square. Here are todays designs.

Doodlebug Design Square Cards

The cards are 14x14cm in size (5 1/2 inches for any one who works with inches). The cards  are simple and bright with the 6x6 paper pads and die cut odds & Ends and Chit Chat packs on show. I found some cute acetate shapes in the Odd & Ends which i added to one of the cards. I like the acetate shapes as they add something different as well as a shine to cards. To adhere them, use some clear glue like Helmer 450 or stick the foam tape behind the coloured section to hide it.

Here are the square cards i made. I accidentally made 2 from the Doodlebug Design Hey Cupcake Collection so you have three cards today using inspiration from my card designs.

Did you enjoy my card inspiration today? Are you inspired to make a card or two using my designs? Download the Card Design sets (there is three of them) for FREE! Share on Facebook or instagram and tag me so i can see your creations! Also give this post a little love by leaving a comment so i know you’ve been!

 

 

 

 

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Doodlebug Design Gift Tags

Doodlebug Design Gift Tags

Doodlebug Design Gift Tags

Day Three of inspiration and showing off some Doodlebug Design Gift Tags. Cards don't always have to be the standard A6 size, they can come in different shapes and sizes. Today I thought i would share with you how you can turn my card designs into gift cards. Here are the card designs i used for the inspiration today.

Card Designs Day 3

These gift tags are approximately 3x4" in size. I simply cut a A6 card base in half and then folded each piece to create 4 gift tags. The thing I love about gift tags is that they are small enough to use up the scraps of your 6x6 paper pad once you have finished making a heap of cards. Even better those last odds & Ends and Chit Chat Card stock die cuts can be used up as well. You only need to add one or two and can cut them to size to fit the gift tag.

You will notice when i share the gift tags that i have slightly changed the design - a square becomes a circle and a straight strip gets turned into a banner. Thats the beauty of the card designs, they are there to help you start your creativity!

So here are my gift tags using Doodlebug Design Hey Cupcake and Party Time Collections.

Did you enjoy my card inspiration today? Are you inspired to make a card or two using my designs? Download the Card Design sets (there is three of them) for FREE! Share on Facebook or instagram and tag me so i can see your creations! Also give this post a little love by leaving a comment so i know you’ve been!

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Doodlebug Design Shaker Cards

Doodlebug Design Shaker Cards

Doodlebug Design Shaker Cards

Shaker Cards are so much fun, and especially Doodlebug Design shaker cards. Day 2  of my Card designs inspiration using Doodlebug Design Hey Cupcake and Party Time collection. I decided to show you how versatile the card designs really are. You can keep them simple or bling them up. I used 2 of the designs and changed some elements into Shakers. Everyone loves to shake something and watch the sequins and glitter move around.

Doodlebug Design Shaker Cards

 

Card Design Two

Let’s begin with Card design two. For this Card I used the Doodlebug Design Hey Cupcake collection. Using the 6×6 Paper pad and elements from the Odd’s & Ends and Chit Chat packs to create the card. I used the centre element section and turned it into a shaker.

To make the shaker I cut a square piece of Kaisercraft card stock and a piece of pattern 6×6 paper pad. Using double sided tape I attached these together. I then used my Sizzix Big Shot and a nesting circle to die cut an appropriate sized circle. The next step I used some white foam and cut 2 more circles using the same nesting circle and cut down to hide behind the card stock. Using some acetate I cut that to size and then assembled like this:

  1. Attach the acetate behind the card stock and pattern paper and flip over
  2. Using Helmer 450 Glue i attached the 2 foam pieces to line up with the circle, and let it dry.
  3. I then piled a heap of different sprinkles and sequins in the appropriate place on the card base
  4. Attached the foam shaker top to the card base over the sequins and glued with Helmer 450. Make sure you let it dry before shaking otherwise the sequins will stick!

I then finished the card off with a Hip Hip Hooray sentiment from the chit chat pack, a cupcake and banner from Odds and ends. Adding a couple of pink Doodlebug Design Sprinkles to finish.

Doodlebug Design Hey Cupcake Shaker Card

Card Design 3

For this card i got a little more creative and used the element in the bottom left corner as my shaker. Everyone loves a cupcake and adding  Little Birdie Sprinkles made it look like the sprinkles on the cupcake!. To make the cupcake i used a similar technique as above, but used my silhouette America Cameo to cut the cupcake. I then cut one piece of foam using a Craft knife to make a hole and cut to hide behind the cupcake shape. Adding a banner and circle die cut with various pattern papers from the Doodlebug Design Party Time 6×6 Paper Pad.

Doodlebug Design Party Time shaker card

Did you enjoy my card inspiration today? Are you inspired to make a card or two using my designs? Download the Card Design sets (there is three of them) for FREE! Share on Facebook or instagram and tag me so i can see your creations! Also give this post a little love by leaving a comment so i know you’ve been!

 

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Doodlebug Design Birthday Cards Day One

Kerry's Crafty Cards and Cuts Card Designs

Doodlebug Design Birthday Cards Day One

Doodlebug Design Hey Cupcake and Party Time Birthday Cards Day One. Todays share i kept to the card designs I chose. Here are the designs i used from the two sets.

Kerry's Crafty Cards and Cuts Card Designs

 

Doodlebug Design Hey Cupcake Card

Using the Hey Cupcake Collection and a design from the 3rd set i chose to use a cute Lama I found in the Odds & Ends. Lamas seem to be the thing now for girls and this one with the cat on top was totally adorable. The Card stock cut out was in fact one cutout with the Lama and Cat but i wanted to add some dimension to the card. I cut around the lama and cat to separated the two. Then using one of my favourite simple techniques to make my cards pop i added some 3D Double Sided Foam Tape to the Lama. The Chit Chat card stock pack has lots of cute and practical sayings to match the collection, so i chose Let’s Celebrate as an appropriate title to use. Lastly adding some acute dots from the Odds & Ends and some Glitter Sprinkles.

Doodlebug Design Hey Cupcake Birthday Cards

 

Doodlebug Design Party Time Card

Cute monkeys are the feature of this card…how adorable are they! I think monkeys would be one of my favourite animals to use on handmade baby boy and toddler birthday cards. Cheeky maybe like most young boys?. The Doodlebug Design 6×6 paper pads are a perfect way to make cards. 12 different designs (2 per pad) of double sided paper makes it hard to choose what to use! The thing i love about the 6×6 paper pads is the small designs that make it easy to see what each is when cut and placed on a card. I like to try and match my paper with my odds & ends to have a card theme. This one i obviously chose the cute monkey and balloon paper and some party hats to complement. I also love the fact that some of the designs are plain colours so there is no need to go looking for plain coloured card stock to match the card. 

Doodlebug Design Party Time Birthday Card

 

I hope you enjoyed my card inspiration today. Are you inspired to make a card or two using my designs? Download the Card Design sets (there is three of them) for FREE! Share on Facebook or instagram and tag me so i can see your creations!

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Doodlebug Design Hey Cupcake and Party Time

Doodlebug Design Hey Cupcake and Party Time

Doodlebug Design Hey Cupcake and Party Time 

Doodlebug Design Hey Cupcake and Party Time Collection

Needing some card making inspiration? or Are you a beginner not knowing where to start with designs? Over the next week I have decided to share some inspiration with you using the latest Doodlebug Design Hey Cupcake and Party Time Collections. Both these cute collections are perfect for using for children’s birthday cards and scrapbooking layouts.

As always Doodlebug Design delivers on their bright and colourful and awesomely cute designs. Lamas, cakes, ice creams, Cats and cute girls form part if the Hey Cupcake collection. The Party Time collection ideally with boys in mind has dogs, elephants, monkeys, cakes and gifts as part of the collection. Both contain acetate shapes as well as card stock shapes

I love to team up the 6×6 Doodlebug Design paper pads with the odds & Ends and Chit Chat, adding sprinkles, buttons and other embellishments i can find in my ever growing card stash.

Where do I start?

Starting can be hard sometimes especially if you have a “creative block” so i have developed my own quick, simple and easy card designs to help start the creativity. These card designs are designed to be followed as is, or get more creative with them by swapping shapes and designs. It is a starting point only to create your own card making masterpiece.

You can find 3 Card Design sheets for FREE to download here.

You can find the Party time collection here. The Hey Cupcake collection is here.

So come and join the fun this week starting with Day one on Tuesday and gather some inspiration. I will be sharing a design from each of the card design sets and both collections.

Be sure to follow my facebook page and Instagram page for more inspiration. Use any of my card designs?. Tag me on Facebook and Instagram as i love seeing your creations as well!

 

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Paper Pad Card Box

Paper Pad Card Box 

Let’s create a Paper Pad Card Box!

Are you like me and have a billion half used or even full paper pads in your card making stash that need using up? Most of mine don’t have matching die cuts either. Well here is one great way of using up of all those 6×6 paper pads (or 6 1/2″ pads in the case of Kaisercraft) you have lying around.

For this tutorial I have created a cute Card Box that fits 5 C4 cards and envelopes. It is a great gift to give to someone who loves stationary so they always have a card on hand for any occasion.

 You will need

You’ll need some basic items to create this :

A 6×6 Paper Pad (used or unused)

Embellishments at hand ie stamps, die cuts (if you have any)

Card stock – a base colour 12″ x 11 1/4″ and coloured scraps that match your paper pad

Ribbon – enough to tie a nice bow

Double sided tape/Glue

Score board &  Paper Creaser

Scissors

Let’s Start Creating your Card Box

Place your 12 x 11 1/4″ piece of card stock on your score board so that the long side (12″) is at the top. For my project i used Kaisercraft Snow Weave card stock but you can use anything you like.

From the left side score your card stock at 21/4″,23/4″,91/4″ and 93/4″

Rotate your card stock so the 111/4″ side is at the top and score at 3″, 31/2″, 81/4″ and 8 3/4″

Next take your scissors and cut the shaded areas as seen in the picture below.

Cut the squares in each corner diagonally and then cut the triangle on the longest side out to create tabs for the box to sit nicely.

You can round off your long edges with a corner punch or leave straight. The edge that is 21/2″ is the top flap of the box.

Punch holes 1 cm from the top at 2 3/4″ and 3 3/4″ for your Ribbon to secure the box together

Decorating Time

You can now have some fun and decorate your box however you like. I kept mine simple adding plain pink card stock I had in my scraps and a sheet of 6×6 pattern paper from the Echo Park Beautiful Life Paper pad. Adding a sentiment cut as well.

Next you can create your cards, try to keep them relatively flat and simple so you can get all 5 into the box, otherwise you can do ones with flowers etc and may only add 2 or 3. I went simple and used various papers in my paper pad and attached a thank you sentiment cut to each.

Finish off your Card Box and Handmade Card Set

To finish simply get a piece of Ribbon and starting from the inside of the botton tab of the box thread thorough each hole. Fold in the flaps at the side and then through the top holes from the bottom. Tie into a box to secure your box together.

The great thing about these is you can make an entire stack of them and then put together as you wish. If you enjoyed this tutorial show it some love by sharing to others. Tag @kerry_cards on Instagram or @kerryscraftycardsandcuts on facebook with what you have made!

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Pop Up Box Card Tutorial

Pop up box Card

Pop Up Box Card Tutorial

I’d like to share with you all a  Pop Up Box Card Tutorial you can make for any occasion. I was inspired by Lori Whitlock’s pop up box cards that can be cut on the Silhouette Cameo. Not all of us has one of those fancy machines (even though i have 2) and so i had a go at making one using my Kaisercraft Paper trimmer, Kaisercraft Paper Creaser, Kaisercraft Cardstock and the Doodlebug Design Dragon tails 6×6 Paper Pad and Doodlebug Design Dragon Tails Odds and Ends.

Once i’d worked out the measurements these can be put together in a matter of minutes.

Let’s Begin With Your Base

1) Firstly you’ll need a square base. Doesn’t matter about the size but i used a pre bought one that measures 5 1/2 inches (14cm).

Start with your card base for this pop up box card Tutorial
Start with your card base.

2) Next gather your paper trimmer, Paper creaser, card stock, pattern paper and any die cuts and embellishments you’d like to use. Anything goes from buttons, sequins, die cuts, ribbon and stamps. You’ll need some 3D foam tape, Double sided tape and glue of your choice (I use Helmers 450 quick dry).

3) Take you card base and if not already score in half so you have a single folded card. Lay this flat with inside facing up. Score the left hand side in half (I scored it at 2 3/4″ or 7cm). Fold the card in half and then fold the first section back on the second to create your folded card base. Set that aside.

Score your card to start your pop up box card
Score your card

Find Your Card Stock

4) Next is your colour card stock. Cut a piece that is the length of your open card base (11 inches or 28 cm for my card) by 1 1/2 inches. You may want to make it 1 inch if your square is less, but you can decide what looks right. Score in the middle (5 1/2″) and then lay flat and score the right side in half (2 3/4 inches).

5) Using your colour card stock again cut 2 strips 1/2 inch (2cm) by 1 inch more than the size of your 1/2 scored card. In the case of my card it was 3 3/4 inches x 1/2 inch. Score this strip 1/2 inch at each end. Fold both in the same direction to crease. Set aside.

Cut your Strips for your pop up box card
Cut your Strips

6) Next using your pattern paper you will need to cut 3 pieces out. For my card i chose 2 different patterns but you can choose 1.2 or 3. Cut one piece 1/4 inch less than your base square. So mine was 5 1/4 inches x 5 1/4 inches. Cut two pieces 1/4 inch less than half your main base. In this case 2 1/4 inches by 5 1/4 inches.

Cut your pattern Paper

Time to Construct

7) Now for the fun part! Construction Time. Using double sided tape, tape the 2 smaller pattern papers on the 2 smaller panels on the left hand side of your card. Tape the larger piece of pattern paper on the right.

8) Stick your larger piece of card stock about 1 cm up from the bottom so that the longer part is on the left and 2 smaller parts are on the right. Only place tap on the first 1/2 section and the last 1/2 so the crease in the middle sticks out.

Place your strip at the bottom

9) Lastly take your two small strips and use glue as this is more secure. Glue the 1/4 inch tabs to the second small panel and the first 1/2 smaller card stock section that is sticking out. Place one strip towards the front and the other towards back.

Add your small strips

Now to Decorate

10) Now it’s time to decorate your card. Using the embellishments you have chosen make your card as basic or as sparkly as you like! Place die cuts at different levels on the smaller strips in the square to make the card pop out and look 3D when its opened. The receiving person is sure to love your final card creation.

Pop up box Card
Pop up box Card

Did you make a card using my Pop up box tutorial ? I’d love to see what you made! Post on instagram and share the love by tagging me @kerry_cards in your post.

Here is another one I made for a little girls birthday who of course loves Unicorns and rainbows!

Unicorn Pop up Birthday Card
Unicorn Birthday Card

If you have enjoyed this tutorial please like and share!

Happy crafting until next time

Kerry X

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Cocoa Vanilla Studio Card Making with You Rock Collection

Cocoa Vanilla Studio Card Making with You Rock Collection

Cocoa Vanilla Studio Card Making with You Rock Collection

Let’s create with Cocoa Vanilla Studio Card Making with You Rock Collection.

Who is behind Cocoa Vanilla Studio

First of all, for those who don’t know much about Cocoa Vanilla Studio, it is an Australian brand.  Designed by Zoe Pearn in New South Wales. Although the products are made in China because we all like cheaper scrapbooking supplies, I think Zoe’s products are high in quality and the paper is lovely and thick (similar to Simple Stories and Echo Park). Further more the collections are not limited to paper but have matching die cuts, stickers and those cute little enamel dots/shapes which are rather hard to pass up on!!

Cocoa Vanilla Studio Card Making with You Rock Collection

For those who may not know me I have 2 boys 10 and 7 so when I saw You Rock I immediately had to order it because I knew I would love crafting with this collection. I have made 5 cards using the You Rock Collection. While i was shopping, there were also die cuts from two previous collections, Made of Awesome and Totally Rad. What I totally saw and loved is the die cuts would match with the current collection. Therefore, just like Doodlebug Designs it is easily adaptable because the die cuts can be used over a number of collections.

So using the 12×12 You Rock Collection Kit and the Totally Rad die cuts, i’ve put together 5 cards.

Ive also added in some buttons, coloured twine and some mists to make these cards come alive!

Using Card Maps

When I make my cards I like to have an idea of where my card is going to end up because I don’t want to end in a mess. From there I can create with what i have got.  One of my favourite ways is to use Card Maps. Beck Fleck is one of my all time favourites as you may know. I used her January 2018 card maps. You can find them HERE . This is a great way to speed up the card making process and spend less time moving embellishments and paper around not knowing really what the final card will look like. Some times I also like to sketch my own out as well. You can find my first card maps HERE to download for free.

Next I spread out my papers and embellishments and simply cut and paste away! This collection is all about bright, fun and funky and for those who know me that is totally my style! Adding foam tape and buttons gives the cards added dimension.

Cocoa Vanilla Studio Made by Awesome

My next creative task is to create some cards using the same You Rock Papers, but using another collection, perhaps the die cuts to Made by Awesome.

If you’ve enjoyed this blog today please leave some love! I’m certainly open to ideas on what you’d like to see more of as well on my blog! Maybe a step by step project, more 3D cards or something else that will inspire you to craft!

Finally is a list of Products with links of what i used on my cards for the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Card Making with You Rock Collection:

Cocoa Vanilla Studio You Rock 12×12 Collection Kit

Cocoa Vanilla Studio Totally Rad Die Cuts

Little Birdie Lime Splash and Ocean Mist Mists

Craft Buttons Green and Orange

Green Tara Paper Twine Lime Green and Orange

Couture Creations 12mm Foam Tape

Couture Creations 12mm Double Sided Tape