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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 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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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

 

 

 

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Shaker Card Fun with Sweet Stamp Shop and Doodlebug

Shaker Card Fun with Sweet Stamp Shop and Doodlebug

Shaker Card Fun with Sweet Stamp Shop and Doodlebug

Lest we forget on this ANZAC DAY 2015…..Hubby and my eldest attended an ANZAC day service in our local town while I stayed at home snuggled in bed with my youngest. It’s so cold here at the moment and it’s not even winter yet! I had to get into my craft room and put some brightness back into my day! I knew exactly what i wanted to use and that was the new Doodlebug Design Collection Sunkissed. I love this collection for all it’s summer time themes and the colours are so bright and cheerful! I thought I’d make some Shaker Cards to add to the fun..Shaker cards are a lot of fun to make and add something unique to the front of a card or a project life page.

For the first card, I used the Sweet Stamp shop Beach Bum Stamp Set and stamped lots of the beach balls and sand buckets and spades, and a sandcastle onto X press it Blending card and coloured in with my Copics. I then cut a template for the stripes from a scrap piece of card stock, traced and then cut again using the stripes paper from the 6×6 Sunkissed paper pad. Next I adhered some acetate to the back of the paper, placed some foam tape around the edges of the template so the sandcastle, beach balls and buckets didn’t fall out when i placed them into each open stripe. I finished the card off by sticking the small polka dot paper onto the tape to hold the bits and pieces in and matted using the blue paper. I added some Enamel dots, paper twine and a stamp to finish it off.

Sweet Stamp Shop Shaker Card
Sweet Stamp Shop Shaker Card

So much fun seeing the balls and the buckets sliding around when you shake the card!

The next card I made I used some Nesting Circles and scollop circles to cut out my circles and scolloped border. Using the same technique of acetate, foam tape and some card stock on the back, I added some colourful sequins to the middle. Finishing the card with a Sunshine from the Sunkissed icons Sticker sheet, a few enamel dots and the same stamp. I love the noise this makes when you shake it around!

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I have started working on some project Life pages as well Using the Sunkissed Collection, which i hope i can share with you soon! Below is a list of all the things i used to make my cards. Click on the time to find it in my store!

Doodlebug Designs 6×6 paper Pad – Sunkissed

Doodlebug Designs icon Stickers – Sunkissed

Doodlebug Designs Glitter Sprinkles – Sunkissed

X Press it Foam Tape

Sizzix Happy Birthday stamp

Sweet Stamp Shop Beach Bum (discontinued and one left! be quick!)

Sequins (red, orange, yellow, green)

Acetate (Link coming soon)

Copic markers (Link Coming soon)

Paper Twine (Link coming soon)

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my project! Leave a little love below and I’d love to see your shaker cards! Post them on Instagram and  tag me in your post, or share them on my Facebook page for me to see and i will share your card!

Kerry xx

 

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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!