Friday, December 19, 2014

Celebrate the Gift of Christ

I have another card from the spectacular Doodle Pantry store to share with you today. Normally, I always use an image from one of Laurie's amazing sets, but today, I used an .svg cut file from the new Bethlehem SVG Card Cut set that was released this month.

You actually have to see this card in person to get the full effect of this card and all it's glitz. This is one of the best cut files I've ever worked with, seriously. Everything is right there for you to use. This cut file is four layers of the City of Bethlehem and it's just glorious! I used three different colors of glitter paper - Black, White and Silver. I used thin foam dots to pop each layer up slightly to add lots of dimension. The background is designer paper from DCWV. The sentiment is also from Doodle Pantry, an older set called Christ's Gift, which I thought was perfect for this card. I printed this on shimmery white card stock from Crafter's Companion and layered it on black glitter card stock. I am so incredibly happy with this card. This is what you get with this svg set.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Joyous Christmas Wishes

I am so's December 1st, and that means it's my favorite day of the month...release day at Doodle Pantry. I did something a little bit different this time around. After I write the instructions on how the card was made, I will also write directions on how I created the wreath. It was really easy to do. Here is my sample for you.

For this card, I used the newly released Christmas Cactus set. The designer paper was printed on white card stock. The sentiment was also printed on white card stock and then I used a 1 1/4" circle punch to cut it out. I used real red ink from Stampin' Up! to distress the circle. After the wreath was made (see instructions below), I pulled it into my Silhouette Cameo and did an outside trace. I then did an outside offset on the trace so that I would have a mat behind the image. The mat was cut with real red card stock. I cut the designer paper at 5 1/4' x 5 1/4" and layered it onto a piece of  real red card stock which is 5 3/8" x 5 3/8". The card base is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" white card stock. The wreath image was taped to the mat and then I popped it up slightly with foam dots. I then popped up the sentiment into the center with thin foam dots. There is a little stem on the end of each of the flowers and I glued oval clear crystals onto each one. I added red crystals into the center of each flower bunch. I also added clear crystal swirls in each corner and finished the card off with a white satin double bow with gold bells hanging from the middle. Here is a picture of what you get in the set. 

How I made the wreath: I used the red and green pre-printed cactus flower (without shading in the center) to create the wreath.  You can use any imaging software that has rotating capabilities. That was the only thing that was done to the original flower. I used Adobe Fireworks to make my .png file. Here's what I did. I started by creating a 1" circle (you use this to place the flowers properly, but you will delete it at the end). I then opened the flower and sized it to 1 inch. I copied the flower four times and using the rotating tool, I placed the tip of each flower on the top, bottom, left and right center edges. I did a horizontal alignment on the left and right flower and a vertical alignment on the top and bottom flowers. I then selected all four flowers. 1. Copy the four selected flowers. 2. Before pasting, you need to de-select the four flowers. 3. Paste (the four flowers you just pasted will now be selected). Remember when you paste, it will paste the new images directly on top of the old images.  4. Click on rotate tool. 5. Holding the shift key (gives you precise movement), hover mouse over right corner of image and click and hold. 6. Rotate down one movement. You keep following those same steps 4 more times, for a total of 24 flowers in a circle. I hope I didn't make this sound difficult, because it's really easy.

There is a SALE going on for the next 2 days at Doodle Pantry. The prices are already marked down, so you don't need a code at checkout. Also, don't forget to stop by Doodle Pantry's blog and join us for our monthly challenge. There is no free set this month, but 2 lucky people will win gift certificates to the store. Any digital image may be used. You have until December 22nd to enter and winners will be announced on December 24th.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sweet Wishes

I have another card for you today from Doodle Pantry. I had the best time making this card. Honestly, I didn't know when to

I used the set Gingerbread House Ants from Doodle Pantry. I started with a pre-colored version of the image. One of the things I love about Laurie's digital stamp sets is her coloring. I find myself using them more and more lately. I love using my Copics and Spectrum Noirs on her images, but when the image looks this good, why mess with perfection. I printed the image on white card stock and then I added Stickles Frosted Lace glitter glue for the snow icing. I then colored the gum drops with my Sakura clear gel pen to add a sugary look to them. And then I added glossy accents on all of the rest of the candy. This made the suckers and the skittles shine. You may have to enlarge the picture to see all the wonderful details. I used one of Laurie's designer papers printed on white card stock. I paired this with real red card stock from Stampin' Up! as the card base, as well as the just the corners behind the focal image. I printed the sentiment Sweet Wishes on white card stock and used the small and large tag punch from Stampin' Up! and then added red grosgrain ribbon. I taped a piece of red satin ribbon down the side and added the metal peppermint candy and candy cane brads (removed the tines and glued them down with glue dots). I then added sugared gum drop embellishments to finish the card off. Here is what you get in the set:

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Try it on Tuesdays Challenge - Christmas is Coming

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thanksgiving Song Birdies

I have another post for you today brought to you by Doodle Pantry. I guess it's no secret how much I love these digital stamps. Especially, the birdies. But, there are so many more styles to choose from. You really should pop on over there and check these digital stamp sets out.

I made this card with the Autumn Song Birdies set. This set was released in October, but I didn't get a chance to make a card with it, so I used it this month. Isn't this set adorable?  Okay, this is probably a little bit hard to see, but the first thing I did was print one of the designer papers from the set and then used it in my Silhouette Cameo to cut the Happy Thanksgiving cut file. I then took Ranger's Vintage Photo Distress Ink and tapped it all over the cut file. It gave it this awesome rusty look that I just love. You might have to click on the picture to get a larger view of it so you can see the designer paper through the ink. I also made and cut and square frame from rust colored card stock and distressed it with the same distress ink. I mounted both the cut fle and the frame onto apricot card stock. I brought the PRE-COLORED image into my Silhouette Cameo and traced it; then did a print and cut. There were a couple of spots that didn't cut, so I colored the paper with YR000 to match the card stock. I added 3 plastic leaf embellishments and then I added brown dome crystals on the tip of each swirl of the cut file to finish it off.

Here is what you get in the set:

Don't forget that you still have a couple of days left to join us for the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #52. If you use a Doodle Pantry image, you will receive the Gingerbread House Ants set for free. You are also eligible to win a $15 gift certificate with any image you use.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

It's a Snow Globe Kind of Christmas

Oh's the 1st, so you know what that means...RELEASE DAY at DOODLE PANTRY! Laurie has some fabulous sets for us this month. Here is the card I made.

I had soooo much fun making this card. I used images from two of the new released sets this month, Snow Globe Gala and Snowhorse Charlie. So, to start, I brought the PRE-COLORED snow globe into my Silhouette Cameo. I traced the snow globe and then did an offset. I did a mirror image of the offset and then overlapped the image a little at the base and on the globe and welded the two together. This created the snow globe base card. I still had the trace on the pre-colored globe. I used a circle cut line for the center and then brought Charlie Snowhorse into the Silhouette. I centered him at the base of the globe in the circle cut and then did a print and cut on my Silhouette. I also did a cut of the globe using a piece of acetate. I colored the background of the insert and the outer edge of the globe using Copic marker B0000. I used a pre-colored version of Charlie Snowhorse and then colored his body with C0 and C2. Using removable tape, I taped the globe to the base and then attached the insert into the middle, then removed the globe. I added white snowflakes and 2 green trees to the insert. I used large foam dots to then attached the globe on top. The sentiment is from Snow Globe Gala and I printed it on white card stock and used green ink to distress it. I also used the same ink to distress the card base. I added two white snowflakes and green crystals in the center to finish it off. Here are images of the two sets used:

Hop on over to the Doodle Pantry Blog to join us for the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #52. It begins at noon today and ends on November 24. You can use any image to enter the challenge and be eligible for the $15 gift certificate. However, if you use a Doodle Pantry image, you will received the new Gingerbread House Ants set. Here is an image of the set. You are going to LOVE it.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Please check out the blogs of the rest of the design team to see what they have created for your inspiration. I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Friday, October 24, 2014

Vintage Camera

This card was made for one of the challenges over at The Outlawz. What better to use a Doodle Pantry design to make that card.

I used a PRE-COLORED image from the Vintage Camera set that was released this month at Doodle Pantry. The image, designer paper and sentiment are all from this set. I brought the image into my Silhouette Cameo and did a print and cut on cream card stock. I also cut a ring of brown card stock from my stash to lay on top and a ring of maroon card stock, also from my stash, to layer underneath to give it the "effect" of a camera lens. I printed two different designer papers and cut them into 2.5" squares and glued them to the cream card stock base. I used thin foam adhesive to pop the focal image up off the page just a little bit. I used early espresso ink from Stampin' Up! to distress the image and the rings as well as the cream base. I printed the sentiment and then used a circle punch along with 2 other sizes for the brown and maroon circles. I stacked them on top of each other in an offset manner and used slightly thicker foam adhesive to pop them above the focal image. I duplicated it in the opposite corner and then added a button and maroon twine for the center. To finish off, I used brown candy dots from Stampin' Up! Here's what you get with the set:

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Brown Sugar Challenge #117 - anything goes
Chocolate, Coffe & Cards Challenge #76 - for the boys
Sister Act Challenge #80 - anything goes
Dragon Lair Designs Challenge - anything goes

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Cure Must Be Found

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I made a card that I'd like to dedicate to everyone (women and men) who have ever gone through breast cancer, as well as the families who helped support them. The image is an older set from Doodle Pantry called I Will Survive.

I used a spray of ribbons cut file from the Silhouette online store for the base of this card. Before cutting, I created a blue gradient fill for the entire card, and then brought the PRE-COLORED image into my Silhouette Cameo software, as well as the sentiment (both from the I Will Survive set). I then did a print and cut. To make the ribbons show white at all times (representing clouds in the sky), I adhered a piece of white card stock behind the front layer. Here is what the entire set looks like:

Laurie also has two really awesome ribbon sets (Special Ribbons and the brand new Special Ribbons Additions). You should really check them out. They are for honoring those with all different illnesses.

Also, there are still two days left for you to take advantage of the SALE going on at Doodle Pantry. Today you can get 25% off your order using coupon code DAY3TAKE25 or tomorrow, you can get 20% off your order using coupon code DAY4TAKE20.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #154 - anything goes
Through The Craftroom Door 10/14-10/20 - anything goes
The Outlawz CAS Challenge - breast cancer awareness
Sister Act Challenge #79 - anything goes
Dragons Lair Design Challenge - anything goes
Karleigh Sue Challenge Blog - breast cancer awareness
Live & Love Crafts Challenge #28 - pink ribbon
The Crafting Cafe October Challenge - think pink
Sisters of Craft October Challenge - anything goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge #117 - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #343 - one layer card
Digistamps 4 Joy Challenge #102 - animals

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Spooky Worms

It's the 1st of the month, so it's time for the new releases from Doodle Pantry. As usual, Laurie has outdone herself. I actually created two cards for this release, so check out my other post below.

For this card, I used the new set called Spooky Worms. Okay, they're not really all that spooky...but they are adorable, aren't they? I fell in love immediately and knew that I wanted to use both worms on one card. I started by printing one of the designer papers from the set onto white card stock. I layered this onto another piece of white card stock and then onto a black card stock base. I just two rectangles from purple and red card stock and angled them behind the image. I printed the outline image of both the mummy and dracula worms and colored them using Copic markers (mummy - C0, E11, E13; dracula - E11, E13, R02, R08, C4, C5, C9). I used the kiss technique using the Copic markers C5 and C9 to blend the darker grays a little better. The image was mounted onto black card stock and then layered onto the purple and red card stock. Using a font called Chiller, I typed the two sentiments into talk bubbles I found on Google Images and then hand cut the bubbles and popped them up above the worms using thin foam tape. Here is a preview of this set. 

Laurie has a 25% sale going on right now in the store. All of the new releases are already marked down, so you don't need a code to get them. Also, while you are making your purchase, don't forget to go to the Freebies page to pick up your free sets and/or your free with purchase sets. This month from October 1 - 24th, you can get the Nut Costume Ants set free with your purchase.  Here's a preview of that set. 

And don't forget to visit Doodle Pantry's Blog and enter the DPDC51 monthly challenge. The challenge runs each month from 12:00 p.m. on the 1st through the 24th. You can use any image you want to be eligible to win the $15 gift certificate. But, to be eligible to get the free stamp set, you must use a Doodle Pantry image (not just a sentiment). This month, all eligible entries will receive the S'more Please set just for entering with a Doodle Pantry image. Here's a preview of the set you will receive. 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Please pop on over to see what the rest of the design team has made for you today. You can find a link to all of their blogs on the right hand side of this post.

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Jingle All The Way

This is my second card for today's release from Doodle Pantry. This time I used the set Charlie Reindeer. This is one of Laurie's illustrations that was previously sold at Clearly Digital Stamps and is now being re-released. This is part of her Charlie Horse series and he's absolutely adorable.

For this card, I first printed one of the designer papers on white card stock and then layered that on a green card stock base. I used a piece of silver mirror paper and layered a piece of red card stock on top of that and then added a PRE-PRINTED image from the Charlie Reindeer set that was cut using the Magic Mirror die set from Crafter's Companion. I printed the sentiment and used the large oval punch from Stampin' Up to cut that out and glued it to the bottom of the frame. I then added green flower gems and clear crystal ovals for a bit of bling!

Please see the post above this one for all of the information for today's release. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Trick or Treat?

Well, as far as I'm concerned, anytime Doodle Pantry is involved, it's a treat! I have no idea why, but I absolutely love making Halloween cards. Here is my first for the season.

For this card, I am using an older digital stamp set from Doodle Pantry called Bat Birdie. Isn't this upside down birdie adorable? I printed the image on white card stock and then colored it using Copic markers (bird body - YG17, YG23, YG25; beak & feet - YR16, YR23; branch - E31, E33, E35, E37; mask N3, N5, N7). The mask was then layered with Fantastic Glaze to make it shiny. The card is a 3-layer cut file from Silhouette's online store. I used orange, black and lime green card stock to cut this file. After the layers were glued together, I used orange and  black Stickles Glue along the edges. I finished the card with black bats from a punch by All Night Media. Here is a preview of what you get in this set.

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Crafty Girls Challenge #27 - anything goes

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