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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

What's all the hoopla about?

Hello Paper Crafters…What's all the hoopla about?  It's about those wonderful embroidery hoops that are finding a new life in paper crafting. 
When I was a teen, my Aunt Betty loved to cross stitch, and she was gracious enough to teach me.  Including her picture on my embroidery hoop project was a wonderful way to remember her and her kindness to me. 

Let's talk about how I made this project.  I started by looking through the wonderful 49 and Market “Bold and Beautiful” line to determine the papers I would use for the project.  I chose the floral side of the "Lovely" sheet for the background.  On the opposite side of this sheet was a small area with a dictionary print, which included the word "Loveable."  I used this piece as the smallest layer behind the picture frame.

I used an 8" wood embroidery hoop and traced around the outer edge of the hoop on the floral side of the "Lovely" paper.  Then, I covered the hoop in white Gesso, which prepared the surface of the hoop for painting.  

Once the Gesso dried, I painted the embroidery hoop with FolkArt Acrylic Paint.  The color is Seashell Pink.  

Once the acrylic paint was dry, I glued the two hoops together with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Then, I trimmed the outer edge of the hoop with lace using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  
I used the Cutter Bee Scissors to cut out the traced hoop from the "Lovely" floral paper and applied it to the back of the hoop using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

As part of the 49 and Market “Bold and Beautiful” line, they have the prettiest embellishments called "Laser Cut Shapes."

From the “Laser Cut Shapes” sheet, I used the back (pink color) of the large post card (at the bottom) for the largest layer behind the frame.

The next layer came from the "Garden Letters" sheet.  I used the beige and white polka dots from the center of the sheet. 

The final layer came from the "Loveable" dictionary words cut out from the "Lovely" sheet.   I distressed the edges of each sheet with the Tim Holtz Tonic Paper Distresser leaving a tattered edge.  The layers were applied with lace peeking out of the upper right corner.  

Next up was the special picture.  It was framed with a frame from the Tim Holtz idea-ology Baseboard Frames-Lace set.  Due to the layering on the left side of the frame, the right side is popped up with Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.

You may notice the green board peeking out from under the frame.  It's my favorite paper trimmer - The CutterPillar Pro.  Also available is a handy carrying case.  

Now, it's time for the embellishments.  Two stamps and leaves from the "Laser Cut Shapes" are attached to the frame.  Curving the leaves downward gave them dimension.

The focal point is a combination of 49 and Market and Prima flowers with lace tucked behind.  Some of the flower were a little bright, so I tapped them with a white pen to soften the color.  Also, the white pen was used to make stitch lines around the pink layer of paper.  Pink pearls were attached to the lace and white pearls pop out of the flowers.  For a shabby chic accent, white pearls were individually added around the hoop and a white ribbon graces the top. 

Visit The Doodlebug, Inc., in Jasper, IN, to see more of the beautiful 49 and Market “Bold and Beautiful” line and the other products shown in this blog; or, shop online at The Doodlebug!  
Thanks for checking out my What's all the Hoopla About?" project.  Until next time, happy crafting with The Doodlebug!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Four New Uses for Washi Tape!

Who doesnt LOVE Washi Tape!!!

Washi tape, what is that you ask? It is probably one of the greatest craft supplies EVER.  Not only can you use it for crafts, it can be used for so many every day things, it is amazing.

I love using it for greeting cards because it is a quick easy way to have a beautiful and unique look.  Check out these cute little feathers I made using a toothpick and washi tape.

Or, if you are like me and have multiple sets of markers or sharpies it is a great way to keep the set together by just wrapping a small piece at the end of each marker.  This is also a nice way to mark your supplies if you crop with friends. 

This small wood panel took me less than 10 minutes to make and is a great gift or a desk decoration for your office or home.  I may even have to get more of these to keep on hand to make in a hurry for a gift.

Need a cute embellishment for a layout but can't find just the right thing, I covered these plain wood clothespins and can go with any layout!

The possibilities are endless!!!!!  Check out The Doodlebug's Selection of washi tape and storage accessories here!


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Wood Slices Wreath- A Quick and Easy Project

I hear people EVERYDAY tell me that they just are not crafty...and you know what I say- "At The Doodlebug, we make the Un-Crafty, look CRAFY and the Crafty look AMAZING!"

THIS is one of those projects!  If you are crafty, you can kick it up a notch with an AMAZING bow or make the flowers yourself or add a pennant banner through the middle that says welcome...well you get the picture here, there is A LOT more you can do with this!  BUT, if you need a quick project (an hour or so) and you are sell proclaimed "Un-Crafty," then this is a project for you!

Janice made this wreath for us for a store sample and I am LOVING IT!!  So much so, I wanted to share some of the step by step tips that she used.

First- start with 3 packs of wood slices

Second, you will need a 12" brass ring

Next Cut a few circles our of a piece of black felt.  You will use these to glue the wood slices on.
Lay your ring on the table and space out your first layer of wood slices,  Glue the felt on the back to hold the wood to the ring.

Once this layer is done, flip your wreath over and fill in the spaces with that second and final layer of wood slices.  These you will hot glue on.  No need for the felt on this layer.

Now for the BEST PART...It's time to EMBELLISH!  
We chose to add a few felt flowers to our wreath.  We have a nice variety of these, so I'm sure that you can find a color that suits your style!

AND....The Finish Project!  Easy and Amazing!  

Products Used:

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Summer Layout Inspiration

Today I am sharing a summer layout using Sunshine and Blue Skies from Simple Stories. These are the papers and sticker sheet I used.

The inspiration for my layout came from Pinterest. I chose a layout that would help me use as many of the fun words, sayings and artwork as I could from the paper. The inspiration layout is shown here.  

I started my layout by choosing the navy dot paper as my base.   I cut a piece off both the top and bottom of the page and added a strip of the Popsicle patterned paper to those edges. That allowed me to use even more of these cute patterns. I distressed the edges of the papers but chose not to ink them on this layout.  To build the focal point, I started with larger pieces from a couple of the other patterned papers..  Next, I chose some of the little squares I wanted to use and played with the placement of those until I was happy with them. I decided I wanted a little more color and texture, so I added various other squares under them for color and height.   My tiny attacher was used to staple some of the elements together, while others I just used my ATG runner to adhere. I went through the sticker page and picked some words and tabs to add to the squares.  I didn't have a photo chosen yet, so I just made sure to leave a spot for it.

Once I was satisfied with the focal portion of my page, I added 2 embellishment clusters to draw your eye across the page. One is on the top left and one on the bottom right.  These are made up of some bits of paper layered with the word and design stickers from the sticker sheet.  I popped some of the stickers up with foam tape

My final additions were made by using Glossy Accents on a few areas, like the sunglasses, and adding some scattered random sequins I had in my stash that were adhered to the page with Glossy Accents. I think it turned out to be a fun page. I can’t wait to choose a summer photo to add to it. Here is one last look at the whole layout. 

Thank you for reading!  I hope this inspires you when creating summer layouts. 


These items were used and can all be found at The Doodlebug, Inc.:

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Ink Blending Your Background using a Stencil

Hi everyone!!  Just wanted to share with you a video we made awhile back that teaches you a little about ink blending with a stencil.  Hannah used a Taylored Expressions stencil, Catherine Pooler Inks, and Picket Fence's Life Changing Blender Brushes.

These brushes really are life changing!!  Look at that blending on the clouds!
Here are a few tips and details about these brushes....

  • They are a "make-up brush," but a higher quality one. (Will the cheap ones work....yes, but think of them as "work shoes;" you know the shoes you pay more for so they WORK...and your feet feel good in them.  Same thing.  You can get the cheaper ones, and they will blend ink, but probably not as well and they may not hold up like you want them too.  I know the ones I tested the brush lost bristles and they bristles were nut cut as smooth, so my blending did not look a flawless like I wanted it to.)
  • Can I clean them- YES!  Dawn Dish Soap and water and then let air dry.  You can blend the color out too on a scrap piece of paper or a microfiber towel for a quick ink color change.
  • Can you use them with all inks- Not really.  We were told by picket fence to avoid using them with SOLVENT based inks....like Staz-On.

Check out this video to see a full tutorial on how Hannah made this card background:

She used the following products on her card background:
Picket Fence Life Changing Blender Brushes
Catherine Pooler Ink
Taylored Expressions Cloud Stencil- 
Neenah Classic Crest 80lb Solar White Cardstock

IF you love this and would like to learn more about how to use stencils...Join Hannah for STENCIL SCHOOL June 7th from 6:30-8:30

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

05-21-2019-Solving the Mystery of Mixed Media

Hello, design team member Amberly here to talk about an art near and dear to my heart, mixed media. For this project I used the Tim Holtz clock, this clock has a glass piece in front that cannot be removed. The Prima Finnabair clock does not have a glass piece in front. Having the glass piece that cannot be removed, I taped off the glass first.

Mixed media art is using a variety of products in layers. For example, this project uses the following:

-Tim Holtz clock

-White gesso, base layer that allows for paints and pastes to stay on object painting

-Texture paste, brings another level of texture to project. Creating a “stone” like appearance

-Acrylic paints, variety of colors and can mixed to create special colors

-Color Bloom sprays, multiple colors and help create drips and running of color on project

-Paper flowers, can also use metal or resin flowers that can painted any color

-Resin clock, using a quick resin in moulds to create a custom embellishment

-Gold leafing, adds sparkle and shine and another texture layer

The hardest part to mixed media projects (in my opinion) is the drying time between layers.

My sister and I have taken a few mixed media classes with industry experts to learn more about mixed media art and gain knowledge of the products available.

Feel free to ask questions, I am happy to help fellow crafters

All products are available and waiting for you at The Doodlebug, Jasper Indiana

Friday, May 17, 2019

Check Out These Design Team Projects

Are you looking for inspiration?  Then look no further.  These are the latest projects submitted by out design team and there is something for everyone. If you want to see them in person, everything is on display at The Doodlebug, and we will help you get what you need to make your own versions!

Kaisercraft Scrap Studio Layout by Leigh Ann Frick

Simple Stories Little Princess Layout by Tina Johnson

Simple Stories Mom's Day Layout by Tina Johnson

Paper Artsy Stamps and Paint by Tina Johnson

Tag using Nuvo Shimmer Powder by Tina Johnson

Fold out Mini using Authentique Youngster by Tina Johnson

Gerda Steiner stamps on a coaster by Amberly Hoffman

Lawn Fawn Shadowbox by Amberly Hoffman

Lawn Fawn 3D Card by Amberly Hoffman
Lawn Fawn Shadowbox Card by Amberly Hoffman

Lawn Fawn Card by Amberly Hoffman

Lawn Fawn Pop up Butterfly card by Amberly Hoffman

Decorative Frame by Amberly Hoffman

Carta Bella Flower Market Mini Album by Amberly Hoffman

Mixed Media Tim Holtz Clock by Amberly Hoffman

Jillibean Soup Uneven Pallet by Tina Johnson

Clear Scraps Shadow Box using Simple Stories Say Cheese 4 by Tina Johnson

Clear Scraps Shadow Box using Carta Bella Flower Market by Tina Johnson

Kaisercraft Scrap Studio Layout by Tina Johnson
Jillibean Soup Garden Harvest Layout using Kiwi Lane Templates by Melody Poff 
Jillibean Soup Garden Harvest Layout using Kiwi Lane Templates by Melody Poff

Jillibean Soup Garden Harvest Layout by Melody Poff

Adorn It Layout by Melody Poff

Carta Bella Flower Market Layout by Melody Poff

Carta Bella Flower Market Layout by Melody Poff