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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 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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Best 5 Card Making Tips for Beginners

Best 5 Card Making Tips for Beginners

The most asked question I get from new customers is “I’d love to start card making, but how do I start?”. Well if you are this person, read on and discover my best 5 Card Making tips for Beginners.

Tools and Adhesives

The World of Card making tools seems to be endless! From scissors and trimmers to manual and electronic die cutting machines. There is a tool for literally everything. However if you are just starting out and don’t have a large budget then the following is what i’d recommend to start.

Trimmers

A Trimmer is probably the most needed card making tool. There are three main types of trimmers you can use. A basic trimmer and blade such as the Couture Creations Paper Trimmer . The blades on these are replaceable and it’s easy to use. A Rotary Trimmer (Fiskars is a well known brand) is just as easy to use. The blades are replaceable and last a little longer (but is a fraction more expensive). Lastly the Guillotine Trimmer, the most expensive of them all and the down side is the blade isn’t replaceable in most but it allows you to cut thicker materials. With what you’ll cut to make cards the basic blade or rotary blade will do.

Scissors

Next a good pair or two of scissors. Make sure the scissors you buy are sharp and also comfortable to use. I love the Kaisercraft Craft Scissors for general cutting and the Kaisercraft Precision Scissors for smaller “fussy” paper cutting.

Tweezers, Paper Creaser, Ruler and Craft Knife

The other tools that come in handy are a set of tweezers for small embellishments, a Paper Creaser for creasing your base cards, a steel ruler and craft knife.

Adhesive Tape

When it comes to adhesives you need a few but all will serve a purpose and be on hand in time of need. A double sided adhesive tape such as the Couture Creations 12mm Double Sided Adhesive Tape is a great all purpose tape size. Double sided tape usually comes in widths 3mm, 6mm, 12mm and higher but personally i find the 12mm one best as you can cut to size, but the entire width is great for sticking a large piece of pattern paper onto your card base. Experiment with the sizes and see which one best suits you.

Double Sided Foam tape is a fantastic way of adding 3D dimension to your cards to help make them pop. Foam tape usually comes in 6mm and 12mm and i find the 12mm foam tape the best all rounder for use on my cards.

Glue

A strong glue such as Helmers 450 Glue is useful for gluing buttons, ribbon and other hard embellishments to your card so they don’t fall off. The Zig squeeze and roll is useful for small embellishments such as sequins or delicate die cuts that are difficult to stick down with double sided tape.

Card stock

Card stock usually comes in an approximately 230gsm weight and 12″ x 12″ size. A good starting point is to have a variety of colours on hand. Having a variety helps you choose and match the right colour with your pattern papers. I find the Kaisercraft Weave Card stock a great choice. It is well priced, good quality and a good weight.

For Card bases you can buy basic rectangles and squares in packs of 5, 10, 50 or more. They can be anywhere between 240 gsm and 300 gsm in weight. Once you get a bit more adventurous and find single card bases easy to create, try other card technique bases. Check out my Pinterest board for ideas.

Use Collections and Kits

To get your handmade cards looking co ordinated in colour is to start with a collection of papers and embellishments. 6″x 6″ Paper pads are good value for money and a time saver as you don’t have to cut them too much. You usually get approximately 24 double sided (better value) or single sided 6″x 6″ papers in a pack. The size of paper means the images are smaller which are perfect to fit on a card base. There are numerous companies that make 6″ x 6″ paper pads  and matching embellishments, it is just a matter about choosing your style. Doodlebug Design is one of my favourite companies for 6″ x 6″ paper pads and matching embelishments.

Alternatively many scrapbooking and card making business’ have their own style made into a card kit. Kits can have anything from 1 – 10 cards. Kits contain matching papers, embellishments and instructions or ready made card photos to help you create your cards. They are a really easy way to start if you are unsure of your style or you are worried how to even start creating. Check out my kits here as a starting point.

Embellishments

As discussed above many embellishments come in collections. However you can find many embellishments that are made seperately and therefore offer more choice on your card. Embellishments such as sprinkles or epoxy dots, sequins and buttons can be bought in packs. Buying a variety pack means you can keep on hand and match with your card as you please. Try to keep the colours basic and neutral. Try not to buy with a pattern on them as this makes it harder to match. As you continue on your card making journey you will find what embellishments you use more. Therefore try not to buy too many of one sort to start with because you dont want to end up with a collection you will no longer use.

Keep it Simple – Use Card Maps

Now you have your tools, papers, card stock and embellishments you are ready to begin creating your first card. I hear you ask “How do i do that?”. The best way to start is to head to Pinterest for ideas or perhaps Card Maps. One of my favourite card map designers is Becky Fleck. The PDF pages of approximately 6 card maps certainly help you get ideas for your card designs. Try to keep your cards simple to start with until you find out what style you enjoy and can easily co ordinate colours. There are techniques such as stamping and mixed media which you can try out later once you have achieved the basics of putting a card together with embelishments.

Finally making cards is meant to be fun! If you find you are not getting anywhere step away from your project and come back to it! Try different ways of placing your papers on your card base, try different card shapes until you find your style.

Enjoy and be your kind of creation!