Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Once Upon a Time... Doodlebug made a line called Fairy Tales

I am LOVING these three new collections from Doodlebug - like can't-keep-my-hands-off-the-cuteness love. :) Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here with some cards fit for a princess. I love this trio. They make me so happy! The colors in this collection are fantastic and as purple doesn't make it into a lot of collections I LOVE that it is part of this one. 


I thought it might be fun to show you a bit of my creative process and I will mention it below. I wasn't "planning" on showing you this so excuse the messiness but this is "truth-blogging" I suppose! :)

When I get a new collection and I am brainstorming I draw sketches of the cards with notes of things I am inspired by. Here were my three original sketches separated by washi tape as I just had to see those cute prints on paper. Watch how much the last one changed!


Happy Birthday Balloons

I started with the mini icons as my inspiration. I wanted to do something with those darling balloons that were smiling at me! 

I grabbed this multicolored polka dotted paper: appropriately named "fairy fetti" (LOVE) and was originally going to put my design on plain white paper. I just felt "blah" about it and switched to the petite prints! Voila! Pizazz! I stitched along the edge in purple thread at the insistence of my 3 and 4 year olds. :) 

So.... I wanted to add a rainbow as originally I was going to use the rainbow striped paper. On the back of the fairy fetti paper are 4x6 cards. One of them has a long rainbow on it. It almost killed me but I cut that rainbow out of that darling card. Then I trimmed it down to size. See the castle spire in the rainbow? I covered it up with a balloon. 

Some twine, the sentiment from the mini icons and some sparkle sprinkles finished off this cute card! I am always in need of birthday cards and now I have a "go to" line for girls! 

Recipe:
doodlebug: petite prints: cupcake swiss dots (5052)



Happy Birthday Hearts

My second card started with a concept of just putting 6 hearts in a row and putting one letter in each one to spell out "thanks". This is what it evolved into! I fell in LOVE with that rainbow heart and I knew I wanted it to be my center. I layered the big and little hearts from the odds and ends around it tucking them behind and adding pop dots as I desired.

Then I added the sentiment and the heart sprinkles (LOVE) and remember that rainbow paper I was obsessed with? Yep. I got it in here as the background paper. I felt like it wasn't standing out enough so I grabbed a purple pen and just outlined everything for emphasis. This is one of my favorite cards I have made in a while! I cannot wait to give it away to someone special!

Recipe:



THAnKS Card

Last but not least. You wouldn't believe the transformation from concept to completion on this card. Have you ever have an idea that you just couldn't make work? The iterations on this made this work and I am sooo happy with the result! I'll show you part of it. :)

Okay so after the first failed idea, I fussy cut with a thin border around the whole image to give it a shadow. This was SUPER hard for me as there is no getting the stickers back, etc. etc. I had one shot and if I didn't like it, I super messed it up. .....I did not like that either (LOL) so on my THIRD attempt, I cut around the whole thing super tight. I love it. Then I just had to figure out what to do with it!


I loved this purple polka dotted paper as well as the bright polka dots on white so I layered those to ground the center image. I used the skinny font on top of the presents and under the hat and added that adorable swirly cupcake, the strawberry and mini enamel dots from the shaped sprinkles. The rainbow is from the icons and the clouds are from another shaped sprinkles pack. Those amazing glitter sprinkles were added last in random spots on the back layer. There are so. many. sparkles. in those sprinkles.... love. I finished it off by adding the unicorn cute clip!

Recipe:



Here they are again and I hope you grab this super fun, happy, and bright line and make a bunch of amazing birthday/thank you/summertime/Mother's Day/just because cards!





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Monday, April 24, 2017

You Are One of a Kind

Hello everyone! I turned this ADORABLE Fox 2 cut file into a shaped card! The links for the fox are below.
I used the adorable "Little Man" collection by Lori Whitlock for Echo Park Paper for this card. Everything came out of the collection pack including that super cute sentiment that I thought would be darling doubled as a scarf.
This card would be great for Father's Day, birthdays for boy or man or just because! I hope you enjoyed this card and pick up this cute fox. (psst. another idea: I almost turned this into a girl "you're foxy" card! Wouldn't that be cute?!)


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Hippety Hoppety Home Decor!

You should have gotten here from the fabulous Kathy's blog. If not, start HERE at the beginning.

Lori's SVG cuts can be used on so many more things than paper. My father in law recently got a CNC machine which (to my non-techy ears) means a very large Cricut/Silhouette for wood cutting. :) He hadn't broken it in yet so I asked him if I bought wood and provided the SVG file could he cut me some Easter bunnies? I couldn't decide and so we cut all four.

We could only find wood in 1" thick cuts which I wanted so we cut two of them and then glued them together so they are super sturdy. 

Then I just grabbed some of my favorite May Arts ribbon and had a blast.

I think this one is my favorite. It's it darling?!

I feel like this one is momma rabbit. It just has a protective presence. 

Aww, baby girl bunny. My girls have already LOVED moving these around and since they are so solid I don't have to worry about them! 

I don't imagine most people have access to a CNC machine but there are local workshops where you can use one. Or alternatively you can use chipboard and cut a bunch of them and glue them together. That works too! 

I really hoped you enjoyed my bunnies and I really hope this inspires you to make something for your Easter decor! I think these cuties might go right down the center of my dining room table!

In the Silhouette store they are listed separately:

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Party!

Helloooooooooo!!! I am LOVING the new Fairy Tales cut files!!!! This is Courtney Lee from Court's Crafts here with a rainbow unicorn birthday party idea! I am here today to show you all the different ways you can use cut files: invites, stickers, coloring pages, cake toppers, party hat decorations, and iron on shirts - EVERYTHING you need to make your party a personalized incredible success! 

Are you ready!?!???? This is going to be the set up for my daughter's 5th birthday party! She was the one in the unboxing video! You don't need to wait until then though. Throw a rainbow unicorn tea party! 

First you need an invitation! I used the "dancing unicorn", "unicorn", "rainbow", "castle", and "birthday title" cut files for this invite! 

I utilized the print and cut feature on my Cricut Explore and printed and cut the whole white layer. I simply cut a rainbow striped background using the Fairy Tales collection and rounded the edges. Soooooo cute! 

Next up: I thought some coloring pages would be fun for the kiddos. I made these using the dancing unicorn cut file and the "write" feature where it uses a pen to draw! 

I made these in gold and a metallic purple. Sooooo pretty!

This girl needed a party hat and a shirt to match! I used printable iron on to print my image and then ironed it onto this darling shirt that she already had!

Here it is up close. I added the hearts and stars from the "heart and star" cut file! 


For her hat I added our dancing unicorn and castle. 

I cut this one twice: the front image and the mirror image. Then I put the long skewers in between (they are the long BBQ skewers) and you can use a hot glue gun or some very strong adhesive and it will make a cute cake topper! 

Darling.

Last of all, I used printable sticker paper to print and cut these at about 2 inches. They are really small and they still cut beautifully! I got 9 onto an 8.5 x 11 page.

I stuffed the party bags that doodlebug made to match the Fairy Tale line.

And then closed them with the sticker and some rainbow doodle twine. You can find all of these colors in the "brights assortment". 

Look. At. That. Unicorn.

I got most of my other supplies at Target. Add some doodlebug and presto! AMAZING personalized birthday party!!! 

I hope you enjoyed all the different ways you can use these cut files. Now check them out in the Silhouette store and at Lori Whitlock. If you have a Cameo then go to the Silhouette store. If you have another machine then head to the Lori Whitlock store. If you have ANY questions I am SO happy to help answer them! You can always shoot me an email at CourtsCraftsBlog@gmail.com.

Have a beautiful day!!!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Doodlebug Collectible Pin Display

Hello doodlebug lovers!!!! Have you seen their ADORABLE collectible pins!?!? We cannot get enough of them on the DT and have been showcasing how to show them off, add them to gifts and so much more! Be sure to check out the rest of the DT's ideas! They have been brilliant and sooooooo inspiring!

Here is mine and it was inspired by the doodlebug rainbow. Is there anything more scrumptious than a rainbow of color inspiration!? 


I have ribbon problems (as you will see next week... shhh... you may or not be seeing my craft room....) and I just knew I wanted to showcase my fabulous pins off by putting them on a rainbow!


So I went to work sewing the ribbons side by side using some fun threads and decorative stitches. I LOVE the result. Then I trimmed top and bottom and sewed the ends down for a clean edge.


Now I went out and grabbed some white birch sticks from the tree in my yard (it was time to prune anyway, right?!) and put those on top and bottom. I sewed a wide loop on top and a tighter loop on bottom. I attached a ribbon to both ends to hang it and then just put all my pins in their "proper" color spots or a spot which had some of that color on it. 


It was actually a very simple project once I decided on it and it looks fabulous on my craft room wall... now the only problem is my girls want it in their room. No way babes! ;) 

I hope this gives you some inspiration today and that you go make something beautiful to display your doodlebug enamel pins on!!! ;) 



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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March Social Calendar

Hello daily doodles lovers!!! Are you just LOVING this inspiration!?! 

Courtney from Court's Crafts here with a classic approach to using the calendar. My thought was that if I could record all the fun things and people that visited and really just events that effect the girls - that I would put them in an album and they would remember all the really fun and cool things we did! 

March - what a fun month. I had to get my favorite umbrella on there as well as the cutest little blue bird. The scalloping below is layering of the "This and That" borders and the sticker came from the new Mini Icons sheet!

I use critters and doodle-pops to highlight the big events. Isn't that flower stunning!?

I use washi tape (HOW CUTE ARE THOSE BABY BUGS!!!?) and more of the mini icon critters to highlight events. I like writing around them. I think it gives the calendar a really fun element. That sparkle rainbow is really old but.... you may see something like it showing up in the next release.... shhh.... ;)

Blue bird.. I could write a song to these blue bird sprinkles. They are so darling. I like to put a little scene in the bottom right of my calendar. Usually they are more elaborate but this calendar was so busy (as we are in March!!!) that I kept it simple. 

 I love the depth the doodle-pops bring to the calendar. Isn't that sparkly rainbow scrumptious!?

I make little slits and add the cute clips. They are my favorite new embellishment. I add them to everything and run out of them first! 

I am happy to say I have been doing these social calendars for about a year and a half now and everyone really enjoys them! They are on display for the month in my family command center while the month is going on and then they are moved to the album and the next one goes up. April's feature's Easter Express! :) Do you have a family calendar? We would love to see your daily doodles!

Recipe:
doodlebug: doodle pops: rainbow (3041)
doodlebug: doodle pops: dainty daisy (5474)
doodlebug: doodle pops: honey bee (5475)
doodlebug: daily doodles: bumblebee (4930)
doodlebug: shaped sprinkles: so tweet (5459)
doodlebug: shaped sprinkles: pastel posies (5458)
doodlebug: odds and ends: spring things (5485)
doodlebug: mini icons : spring things (5706)
doodlebug: icons (5488)
doodlebug: this and that (5491)
doodlebug: 6x6 paper pad (5531)
doodlebug: teensy type in lily white (3435)

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