Monday, August 14, 2017

Stitching Challenge!!!!

So I was reallllllly excited about this challenge... and then I sat down... and drew a blank. Does that ever happen to you? Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here with some inspiration for YOU hopefully! tee hee.




I actually got my inspiration from the cover of the doodlebug catalogue. 

I love the vertical rainbow on the front and it always gets me really excited to keep scrolling through or turning the pages to oodle over new adorable products.

I had been hoarding this adorable glitter unicorn for a while now and really wanted to make it the star of a card all by itself but nothing had suited. This was the perfect time for the two to really shine: the twine and the unicorn. I loved that it came with those adorable sparkle stars too!

The balloon card seemed obvious but I had only glued down my twine without stitching it in and have been wanting to try a stitched balloon tail for a while now. I was happy to try this one and realllllly liked the results because there is a different texture to it when you stitch it in.

I only had the blue balloon there at first and then added in the other two later. 

The stars were left over from the doodle-pop that I used on the unicorn card. Waste not, want not. :)

doodle twine used:
ladybug (2988)
bubblegum (2987)
tangerine (2989)
bumblebee (3208)
limeade (2990)
blue jean (3207)
doodlebug: fairy tales: doodle-pops: unicorn (5577)
doodlebug: fairy tales: odds and ends (5598)

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Odds and Ends Challenge

Hello everyone! This is Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here with a couple of cards really showcasing the AWESOME Odds and Ends!

I chose some super fun critters and wanted all of these friends to hang out together. 

I kept my background really simple, but with texture (you'll get a close up in a minute) and did some paint splattering and embossing using a stencil and some embossing paste.

The goal of using a long and skinny card was to get as many friends on there as possible. 

I added some of the shape sprinkle leaves here and there to add some extra dimension and I popped all of my zoo animals.

I grabbed this little blue bird sticker from waaaayyy back and added it to the top of the turtle shell. It just seemed to me that the turtle wanted to carry a friend on his back.

I always say that I LOVE the details that doodlebug does. Did you notice the striping on the parrot's feathers? Also, I grabbed the happy birthday phrase from the 12x12 paper named elephant parade. I LOVE all the sentiments that get tucked in there!

Here is that close up that I promised you. It is really tough to show in photographs but it is clear embossing paste in a star pattern.

Here is my second darling card where I wanted to make kind of a totem pole of adorable zoo critters.

Okay, so here is a funny story... I got ALL the way done and stamped a sentiment on the bottom.... and my stamping came out terrible... so.... I cut out this sentiment from the 6x6 paper pad and just popped it right on top! whammo! shhhh... don't tell.

Isn't this tiger darling? I only popped the tiger here and I tucked a few of the leaves from the odds and ends pack behind him and added a matte sprinkle for some emphasis. 

Mr. Monkey, how your cross hatching on your tummy thrills me. I handed him a shape sprinkle banana because he looked hungry and the smiling banana has me smiling too!

There are SOOO many odds and ends that you get with each pack. It is an incredible value. There are 73 in this package! I hope you pick some up and make a bunch of things too!

at the zoo: elephant parade double sided cardstock (5658)
at the zoo: odds and ends (5600)
at the zoo: shape sprinkles: zoo friends (5554)
at the zoo: shape sprinkles: jungle leaves (5555)
at the zoo: matte sprinkles (5546)
at the zoo: 6x6 paper pad (5691)

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Barcelona Toes

Hi everyone! If you have been following along you know we teamed up with the fabulous Becky Fleck from Page Maps and were provided with some awesome sketches for July! Here was mine. Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here with a ... now don't keel over from shock ... a layout! 
I stayed really true to the sketch and used it as my beginner's diving board and just launched myself into the deep end of scrapbooking!


 We had this AMAZING time in Barcelona last year and I just had to capture the first moment that the girls put their feet in the Mediterranean Sea. 


 I wanted to keep the button elements from the sketch as I thought they were darling and the heart element on the photo mat. 

This little heart was the cut out of the photo mat and the sun and clouds were from the odds and ends in the Spring Things collection.

Again, what I love is that doodlebug's colors are the same across collections. This made it super fun to pull out elements from all kinds of places. The cloud and background patterned papers are from the Dragon Tails collection! Aren't the pebbles darling? Also, see that ribbon loop? Don't forget about it. :)

I wanted to keep those two stitched lines in there as well. They were my very last addition to the layout but I think it pulled the title into the rest of the page. 

I kept the top left button in place but I moved the other button bottom right. Like I said I really kept to the sketch. :) When they are good I realized through this process that it really makes scrapbooking "easy".

Did you remember that ribbon loop I was telling you about? Hidden journaling is "in" right now so I thought I would give it a try. The journaling notebook sheet is from the same odds and ends pack in the Spring Things collection

Is anyone else out there self conscious about their handwriting?! Knowing this was going onto the blog had me sweating in my boots! LOL.


 I hope you enjoyed this layout and that you use some of these sketches to make awesome layouts of your own! We cannot wait to see them!







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Thursday, June 29, 2017

4th of July Home Decor!

So I have this frame and I change out the contents for the seasons and I just love it. I picked it up for like $1 at an Aaron Brothers on their ultimate reject sale table and I loved it! It sits on my entry table all year round.  :) Court from Court's Crafts here with this cute 4th of July home decor piece!

I really wanted to pack as many of these cute embellishments onto this star as possible. The mini icons made that so fun!

I started with the big pieces and then filled it in as I went. You can see the acrylic pieces from the awesome odds and ends and some of the awesome foiling details in this photo. :)

The shape sprinkles are always amazing. I put quite a few of those stars and hearts on here. I love how even the firework (top left) has a little foiled burst of flame at the back. Doodlebug's attention to detail is second to none.

Of course by now you should know how obsessed with cute clips I am. These bicycles with the baskets on the front - LOVE!!!!! So I just had to get one of those in my display as well.


Lastly, the star vellum was just too scrumptious to pass up so I made it the background. Did you see the awesome matte sprinkles scattered about? And the tiny dots are from the patriotic posies shape sprinkles. I used almost all of those little ones on this project.

Here it is again! I hope you make something cute for our nation's Independence Day!!!! 

materials used:
doodlebug: yankee doodle: odds and ends (5597)
doodlebug: yankee doodle: mini icons (5709)
doodlebug: yankee doodle: cute clips (5592)
doodlebug: yankee doodle: mini doodle-pops (5576)
doodlebug: yankee doodle: red, white, and blue matte sprinkles (5543)
doodlebug: yankee doodle: red, white, and blue star sprinkles (4293)
doodlebug: yankee doodle: shape sprinkles: patriotic posies (5548)
doodlebug: yankee doodle: red, white, and blue jewels assortment (3670)
doodlebug: sprinkles: ladybug hearts assortment (4294)
doodlebug: yankee doodle: sprinkles shapes vellum: red white and blue stars (4714)

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pinterest Inspired Challenge: A to Z

Hello! It's Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here and the ABC's are a big deal in my house. With daughters 4, 3, and almost 1.5 years they are constantly spelling, writing, memorizing, rhyming, and learning! I thought this would be a SUPER fun thing for them to have on their wall and Doodlebug has SO many animals in their At the Zoo collection that I wasn't missing very many to make up the whole alphabet!

I was inspired by this set of wall decals HERE.

It's already working! The girls are LOVING it and Charlotte (3) is learning her letters a la doodlebug! I mixed up doodle-pops, icons, and mini icons to make up the bulk of the animals. There is one shaped sprinkle (dog) thrown in there as well.

My girls and I all love elephants so that was the obvious choice for E. Their other favorite peacock to watch videos of was the peacock and I really loved that little waterfall and wanted to get it in there as well. They LOVED that for W.


I did run into a problem for I, N, Q, V, X and Y. I googled all animals that began with those letters and they were few and far between! So I chose my favorite or shortest ones and used the upper case letter to emphasize it and the lower case letters to spell out the rest of the word. It worked nicely and gave the piece some visual interest.

I borrowed the jellyfish from an older doodlebug line, but look at that fabulous flamingo doodle-pop and that adorable kangaroo and joey! 

To fit them all in I did measure out the letters on a paper next to it so I knew about how much space I had and I just worked from top left to bottom right line by line although for the waterfall, I wanted to make sure it fit - so I worked from right to left on that line. 

I hope you enjoyed this project and as I used letters that were gender neutral in color my girls can enjoy this and hopefully I can pass it along to someone else as a shower gift in the future! Animals are so "in" right now so grab some At the Zoo and craft up a storm!

Product used:
doodlebug: at the zoo: doodle pops: tommy tiger (5540)
doodlebug: at the zoo: doodle pops: leo lion (5585)
doodlebug: at the zoo: doodle pops: pink flamingo (5226)
doodlebug: at the zoo: doodle pops: eddie elephant (5586)
doodlebug: at the zoo: mini icons (5712)
doodlebug: at the zoo: icons (5667)
doodlebug: at the zoo 2: icons (5666)
doodlebug: anchors aweigh: icons (5145)
doodlebug: fairy tales: mini icons (5710)
doodlebug: shape sprinkles: puppy play (5212)
doodlebug: teensy type: bumblebee (3430)
doodlebug: teensy type: blue jean (3433)
doodlebug: teensy type: swimming pool (3432)
doodlebug: teensy type: bon bon (3436)
doodlebug: teensy type: limeade (3431)
doodlebug: teensy type: beetle black (3437)
doodlebug: teensy type: tangerine (3429)
doodlebug: skinny: tangerine (4719)
doodlebug: skinny: bumblebee (4720)
doodlebug: skinny: blue jean (4723)
doodlebug: skinny: bon bon (4726)

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hat's Off!

Hellooooo out there doodlebug lovers!!! This is Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts kicking off the new Hat's Off collection! The acetate odds and ends and the silver foil REALLY make this collection shine (literally). The silver is practically mirror and is REALLY gorgeous in person.


Happy Graduation!
My mother in law just finished her teaching credential and I am so proud of her for completing it while working! I thought I would make her a really fun card using this sweet lady owl!

This new chenille and crushed velvet cardstock are amazing. They are SOOOOO soft. I used the crushed velvet on all of my cards and it cuts BEAUTIFULLY! Have you ever had fuzzy cardstock that left like pilly edges? Not this! Look at that edge! Gorgeous. 

Aren't these cute clips adorable!? I hid them on two of my cards. I also added glossy accents onto the graduation cap and dropped a star into it while it was still wet. I love adding just a touch of something to the odds and ends. I feel like they really come to life!
doodlebug: hat's off: cute clips (5591)
doodlebug: hat's off: odds and ends (5696)
doodlebug: hat's off: 6x6 paper pad (5687)
doodlebug: hat's off: this and that  (5606)
doodlebug: hat's off: shape sprinkles: graduation  (5547)
doodlebug: beetle black: chenille cardstock (1940)
doodlebug: beetle black: crushed velvet cardstock (1898)
doodlebug: petite prints: ruby gingham-linen (5425)


Congratulations!
My husband just hit a huge milestone in life and his company color is this blue. So I decided to make him a masculine congratulations card with this fantastic acetate piece from the odds and ends!

Check out that shine!!! On acetate! Once again, I snuck two cute clips in there on top and bottom to frame the sentiment. 
doodlebug: hat's off: cute clips (5591)
doodlebug: hat's off: odds and ends (5696)
doodlebug: hat's off: 6x6 paper pad (5687)
doodlebug: hat's off: shutterbug (5612)
doodlebug: beetle black: crushed velvet cardstock (1898)
doodlebug: colored cardstock: bluebird (3396)


Back to School
Lastly, have you ever had a card that just came together wildly and you just LOVED it!? This was that card for me. 

I had the concept of the star background, the apple and the worm and it was pretty plain. I added the "woo hoo" and the acetate film strip (LOVE) and then my daughters suggested some stars (of course!)

I tried to capture the shine of the silver foil and the acetate but it wasn't super cooperating. Take it from me that these cards really shine in real life!
doodlebug: hat's off: odds and ends (5696)
doodlebug: hat's off: 6x6 paper pad (5687)
doodlebug: hat's off: icons (5601)
doodlebug: sprinkles: silver assortment (4183)
doodlebug: beetle black: crushed velvet cardstock (1898)
doodlebug: petite prints: ladybug gingham-linen (5426)
doodlebug: petite prints: citrus gingham-linen (5433)
doodlebug: petite prints: grasshopper gingham-linen (5435)


I hope you will pick up this fabulously fun line and I hope you enjoyed my cards for today! :) 


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