Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May Card Challenge

Here's our May Card Challenge.

It may seem a little early to begin making Thanksgiving cards.  However, it takes time to coordinate, contact and distribute the cards to each of these organizations every month.  In order to make sure we have adequate time to do this, we will be scheduling seasonal challenges a little earlier than we have in the past.

We'll be collecting Thanksgiving cards this month and delivering them to local food banks and programs that provide Thanksgiving meals to those in need.  It is not necessary to sign the card, however, please include a Thanksgiving message inside (stamped or written).  Cards need to be received by the close of business on May 31, 2016.  This month we'll be giving away one of our Fall Kits to one lucky card maker!  You can see it online HERE.

Thank you, to those of you who have participated in our past challenges.  I can assure you, these cards bring joy to the recipients.

We will announce the winner of our April challenge next week.  We received quite a few cards for the Veterans and need a little extra time to sort through them and get the names together for selecting this month's winner.

Again, thank you!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Altenew Peony Bouquet and Gansai Tambi Watercolors

Today we're sharing a card made with the ever popular Peony Bouquet from Altenew.

We used the used the Gansai Tambi watercolors from Zig Kuretake to paint these beauties.  We stamped them with Antique Linen Distress Ink to create a subtle image that would disappear as we added water and color to the image.  Here's a picture of the finished card.  The sentiment is from the Painted Greetings stamp set.  Also, from Altenew.

When I stamped these images, I used the MISTI so I could stamp several cards with the same images.  I wanted to experiment with colors and different products.  The image below shows two different color variations, both using the Gansai Tambi watercolors.

This last image was colored with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I'll share the finished version once I complete it.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Spring Wreath from MFT Stamps

Today we have another card using the Spring Wreath stamp set from MFT Stamps.  This time,  we used the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to stamp the image.

To achieve this watercolor look, we colored the stamps with the Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  After stamping the image onto watercolor paper, we used a clean, wet brush to to move the color around.

Here's the finished version. The scallop and stitched piece were cut using the Blueprints #20 die from MFT Stamps.

Below is a variation of the same card.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What's New Wednesday

Happy Wednesday.  Here's what's happening around here.

We have graduation paper, stamps and dies in stock. 

Graduation Accent Die can be found online HERE.

You'll find this die from Impression Obsession HERE.

This stamp is wonderful for graduation cards, projects, and scrapbooking!  You'll find it HERE.

New stamps, dies and stencils from Tim Holtz.  View what's new online HERE.  We don't currently have his dies listed in our online store.  However, we'd be happy to include them with your order.  Just send us an email at orders@doodlebugswa.com.

I love my new sand eraser.  It has saved so many cards from the trashcan!  This amazing little eraser will remove ink smudges from the surface of your paper.  You'll find it in our online store HERE or stop in our Sequim, store for a demonstration.

Loving these new storage totes from We R Memory Keepers.

We're so excited to have these wonderful coloring books from Sue Coccia.  Sue is a local artist from Edmonds, WA.  You'll find her books HERE.  You can read about her HERE. Looking for other coloring books?  You can find them HERE.

In case you missed them last week...NEW stamps from Mama Elephant.  Take a look at all the new Mama Elephant releases HERE.

These two popular items are back in stock.  You'll find the Lunar Animals HERE.

The Adorable Elephants can be found HERE.


New to our website....a BACK IN STOCK REMINDER.  If you'd like us to notify you when something is back in stock, click on the red BACK IN STOCK REMINDER block, and subscribe.   We'll notify you when the item is available for purchase.


The original (regular size) MISTI should be back in stock by the weekend.  If you'd like us to notify you when it's available, be sure to subscribe to the BACK IN STOCK REMINDER.
The Peony Bouquet and several other stamps from Altenew should also be back in stock this week.  Again, if you're waiting for these, please subscribe to our BACK IN STOCK REMINDER.  We'll send you an email, once they are available for purchase.

We've included links below to a few fun projects from our blog you may have missed.  We hope you'll find them inspirational.

Here's the LINK to this card featuring Spring Wreath from MFT Stamps. 

This card can be found HERE.  We used the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and Bree Loves Buttercream stamp from Stamping Bella.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Bree Loves Buttercream from Stamping Bella

It's been quite some time  since we featured any cards using the fun and adorable stamps from Stamping Bella.  So, we're sharing one today.  Hope you like her.

We stamped Bree Loves Butter Cream from Stamping Bella onto watercolor paper and colored her using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

The left side of the card was  cut using the Pierced Borders dies from Avery Elle.  The diagonal stripes were stamped using the Diagonal Stripe Background from MFT Stamps.  We used Mint To Be pigment ink from Avery Elle to stamp the stripes.

Here's a closer look. I'm bummed my photo didn't capture the Clear Wink of Stella shimmer we added to the crown and frosting on the cake.  We also added some stickles to her skirt.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

MFT Stamps Spring Wreath and Averey Elle Inks

I love this beautiful Spring Wreath set from MFT Stamps.  I decided it was the perfect stamp to give my new Avery Elle Pigment Inks a try.  I love these new inks.  My "go to inks" are usually dye inks.  Not because of how well they stamp, but because they dry quickly.  I've always loved the look of pigment inks, but hated waiting so long for them to dry.  Hated even more when I ruined a card by smudging the inks.  These inks stamp like pigment inks, but dry quickly!  They do take a little time to dry completely.  However, almost instantly they are dry enough you could lightly run your finger over them without smearing them.  They are awesome and I love them.

Here's a picture of the card I created.  I used the Blueprints #20 from MFT Stamp to cut the stitched and scallop pieces.  The scallop piece is stamped with the Diagonal Stripes background stamp, also from MFT Stamps.

This card was pretty simple, so I added some additional interest to the centers of the flowers with Liquid Pearls.  They're not listed in our online shop yet, but we have them at our Sequim, WA location.  If you're looking for them, shoot us an email.  We'd be happy to add them to your order if we have them in stock.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What's New Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone.  We're half way to the weekend!

Here's what new around here...


New stamps and dies from Mama Elephant are now in stock.  Below are two of my favorites, but you can view them all HERE.  For loads of inspiration, visit our Mama Elephant Pinterest Board.


We have a few new stamps from Altenew.  While they are not new for this manufacturer, they are new to our shop.  I think you're going to like them.  You can view them all HERE.

Head over to our Altenew Pinterest Board for some amazing inspiration using these beautiful stamps.


Be sure to check out these new summer collections from My Mind's Eye.  By the Sea and Happy Camper are perfect for your summer crafting projects.


We just received another shipment of pencils and markers perfect for using with adult coloring books.  We also have several NEW coloring books coming soon.


We've included links below to a few fun projects from our blog you may have missed.  We hope you'll find them inspirational.

Pixie Dust from Avery Elle

Woodland Wonders from Avery Elle

Painted Flowers from Altenew

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