Monday, December 30, 2013

FREE Friday "Make & Take"

Join us on Friday for our FREE Friday "Make & Take".  We're sticking with the First Friday Art Walk color theme, and making a "silver" card.  This thank you card will be perfect for those holiday thank you notes!!

Make and Take is available between 5PM and 7PM while supplies last.

See you on Friday!!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Spring Class Schedule and Workshop

 We've been busy working on our Spring class schedule and can't wait to share them all with you.  In the meantime, we wanted to post information regarding the three classes that are complete and ready.  Watch your emails for more updates coming soon.

Spring Workshop
First up, we have our annual Spring Workshop.  We're so excited about the fun projects and cards we're working on for this year's event.  As always, you'll spend all day with us, creating, learning new techniques, and using fun new products.  So, don't delay, give us a  call and sign up now.  We only have 16 spots and will sell out quickly.  All the details can be found on the poster shown below.

Mixed Media Butterfly Canvas
Join us for this fun filled class.  We'll layer paint, tissue and all sorts of fun stuff to create this beautiful, butterfly canvas.  Class details and information can be found HERE.

Introduction to Inktense Pencils

This class is an introduction to Inktense pencils.  I'll show you how to use your pencils to create some beautiful, watercolor effects on your cards.  You'll also use the pencils with stamps, creating sharp, intensely colored images for your cards.  Class details can be found HERE.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What's New Wednesday

I know, it's only Tuesday.  We thought we'd send it out a day early to remind you about "Guy's Night Out".  Download, print and complete your "Big Hint Wish List".  Send your significant other in, Wednesday, December 18th, between 5PM and 8PM, with the list.  We'll make sure they come home with some great gifts.  We'll wrap the gifts, and give them a 10% discount.  Other downtown merchants will also be open late, with special promotions and deals.  So, come downtown and get your shopping done!

Here' the rest of the details:


Did you catch our blog post this week featuring quick, easy, and pretty package ideas?  Here's the LINK for some great inspiration featuring items that can be found at Doodlebugs.  I love the kraft boxes.  So easy to dress up, and so inexpensive!


Last week, we featured some hand-made gift ideas on the blog.  Here's the LINK in case you missed them.  My favorite are the bottle cap magnets and Scrabble Tile charms.  Find more inspiration on our Bottle Cap Pinterest Board.


If your husband or significant other is a last minute shopper, please remind him we are closed on Christmas Eve.   We are open until 8PM on Wednesday and Friday this week, making it easy for them to stop by after work and pick up that last minute gift or gift certificate.   We also mail gift certificates.  So, if your out of town family members are looking for the perfect gift, suggest to them a Doodlebugs Gift Certificate.  Give us a call, and we'll do the rest!!

Here are a few links to some great gift ideas!  Be sure to check them out!

Bottle Cap Magnets for teachers!
Tim Holtz Distress Marker video demonstration.  Great gift idea!
Art Journal Kits and Crayola Art Kits- another great gift idea.
One of our BEST SELLING products, Smash Books!  Watch the video HERE.
Chalkboard gift tag ideas.  We've got all the products you'll need to create these fun tags!
Finally, don't forget about our Doodle Bucks!  Details can be found HERE.

Monday, December 16, 2013

No FREE Friday "Make and Take" This Week

We won't be having our Friday Make and Take this week. Merry Christmas!  We'll see you back after the holidays.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Pretty Little Packages

I love wrapping up gifts with cute little embellishments and pretty ribbon.  We have an assortment of boxes that make it easy for you to create pretty little packages under your tree.  Stop in and take a look at our assortment of ribbon, boxes, and embellishments.

Our kraft boxes look beautiful tied with a ribbon an this cute little gingerbread ornament.

This kraft box is wrapped with a strip of patterned paper, tied with ribbon, and embellished with one of Brenda Walton's die cuts.  This particular die cut also comes with an angel and beautiful bow.

Wrap up your edible treats using these window coffee bags.  Dress them up with twine and festive stickers!

This is my favorite way to give jams and jellies.  Add a cupcake wrapper to the top of the jar, before adding the rim.  You can add twine, ribbon, and embellishments or leave alone.  Either way, they are fun!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Hand-made Gift Ideas

We've got more hand-made gift ideas for you!

Scrabble Tile Charms

These are always fun to make!

You can find the direction HERE, in a previous post.

Bottle Cap Magnets and Charms

Bottle cap charms and magnets are also great gift ideas and fun to make.

1.  Punch a circle from a photo or your favorite paper using a 1" circle punch.
2.  Use Matte-Medium or Glossy Accents to adhere the paper inside the bottle cap.
3.  Place an epoxy circle sticker over the top of the paper.
4.  Add a magnet (or jump ring if you're making a charm)

Altered Votive Holders

Use Matte-Medium and printed tissue or pretty napkins to alter/cover glass votive holders.

Altered Boxes

Use Matte-Medium and decorative paper to cover paper-mache boxes.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Great Gift Ideas!


Have you seen all the recent crayon art posted on Pinterest and the web?   If not, be sure to visit our Crayon Art Pinterest Board.  We've pinned some fun projects there.

Crayon Art has become a popular project for kids of all ages.  My nieces and nephew (ages 14 to 21) were even making crayon art this past summer.  So, we packaged a 12"x12"canvas board with a FREE 24 box of crayons.  Its a great Christmas gift for kids of all ages!!!  Hurry, we have a limited supply!

We've put together an art journal kit for the artist on your gift giving list.  This kit contains everything needed to get started in an art journal, including the journal.   This kit is valued at almost $60, and includes everything you see below.  We're selling it for only $39.99.  Supplies are limited.  Visit our Art Journal Pinterest Board for some inspiration.

Kit includes:  Journal, stencil, four sheets of 6"x6" paper, Montana paint pen, paint brush, two bottles of acrylic paint, gesso, multi-medium, stamp set, spray bottle, white gel pen, and one sheet of letter stickers  (color and styles may vary from what is shown in the image above).

This a great gift for any age.  We still have a hard time keeping these in stock!  Don't know what the SMASH Book is all about?  Watch the video HERE.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

FREE Friday "Make and Take"

Join us this Friday for our FREE "Make and Take", available between 5PM and 7PM.  We'll be making these festive, holiday cards.  Perfect for holding a gift card.
This is the last Friday "Make and Take" for 2013.  We'll be back after the first of January with more fun, Friday projects.
"Make and Take" is available while supplies last.
See you on Friday!

What's New Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone!  We have lots going on here at Doodlebugs this month.  Be sure to check out all the links for details regarding our events and promotions.  We wouldn't want you to miss anything!

Christmas papers and embellishments are disappearing quickly, making room for some new Spring, Valentine, and everyday products.  Here's a peek at several new collections now in stock.

Yesterday we received a shipment of new stamps from Taylored Expressions.  Here's a peek at four of them.  You'll have to stop in for a look at the others.  I love that most of these stamps come with matching dies!!

Our Sizzix shipment included this beautiful embossing folder set from designer Brenda Walton.  Wow!  It's perfect for your Spring projects.

Our Sizzix shipment also included more Big Shot Magnetic Platforms and the Tim Holtz Poinsettia die and embossing folder.  We sold out of these items on Black Friday.  This is the last shipment before Christmas.  So, if you're planning on giving the Magnetic Platform as a gift, or need the poinsettia die for your holiday projects, stop in NOW to get one.

Our Big Shot Magnetic Platforms will be on sale, 20% OFF  through December 23rd.
Our Big Shot Machines will also be on sale through December 23rd for $89.99.  You'll save $30!!  Promotion not valid with other coupons or discounts and is limited to stock on hand.

Back in stock!
Gift Certificates make a perfect gift.  Out of town?  Call us, we'll mail the gift certificate to the recipient for you.  Don't forget to remind your significant others...we are closed Christmas Eve.

Here's an update on our holiday events and hours.  Please click on the links for more details regarding the events and promotions shown below.

Regular Holiday Hours:
Monday through Thursday and Saturday  9AM until 6PM
Friday  9AM until 8PM
Sunday  11AM until 4PM
We will be open extended hours, until 8PM, on December 12th and December 18th.

Doodlebugs will be closed the following days:  Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, December 26th, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.  

Holiday Events:
Girl's Night Out-  December 12th from 6PM until 8PM.  Details can be found HERE.
Guy's Night Out-  December 18th from 6PM until 8PM.  Details can be found HERE under our events tab.  Download a wish list HERE.
Annual After Christmas Sale-  Saturday December 28th
Doodle Bucks for December-  Details can be found HERE.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Hand-made Gift Ideas

This week we'll be featuring hand-made gift ideas on our blog.  So check back during the week, or follow us on Facebook, for new ideas throughout the week.

I love this project.  It was fun, easy, and inexpensive! 

Here's how I created the candles below.  I stamped the image on white tissue paper.  I used my Copic Markers to color the images.  You'll need to put some regular text weight paper under the image while you color.  This will absorb the additional ink and keep the ink from bleeding outside the lines.  Trim the image, removing the excess tissue.  I used my adhesive runner to place a small amount of adhesive in two places to hold the tissue in place on the candle.  I didn't use the wax paper method.  I felt I had better control heating the wax, without the wax paper.  It was easier to see when the wax was melted and helped to avoid over heating the candle.  Use your heat tool, and "gently" melt the wax behind the image until it melts through the tissue.  Be careful not to over heat the wax.  It will drip and "sag".   Once the entire image is transferred, embellish with rhinestones, pearls, and Stickles.  I used Stickles to add some glitter to my candles.

I would recommend using these only for decorative purposes due to the tissue.

This is another quick, easy and super inexpensive project.

We created these custom charms using the Tim Holtz Cash Keys.  Each package includes 10 charms and 10 matching epoxy domes, or  tops for placing over your image.  Here's how to create the charms.  Add the epoxy sticker over the image you want on your charm.  You can use patterned paper, a photo, or your own art.  Then use your scissors to cut around the epoxy dome.  Place a strong liquid glue, (glossy accents or multi-medium will work) inside the charm where the image will sit.  Place the image on top and allow to dry.  It's that easy.

Have fun making your hand-made Holiday gifts!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What's New Wednesday

Guy's and Girl's Night Out

We're staying open late on December 12th and December 18th to help with your Holiday shopping.  Don't forget, we are always open until 8PM on Fridays.

Here are the details:
To make this as easy as possible, we've prepared a Big Hint Shopping List.  Here's the LINK to download and print the list shown below.  Fill it out, and give it to your significant other.  Send him in on December 18th, between 5PM and 8PM.  We'll do the rest!!

 Doodle Bucks for December!!

Black Friday Fun

Thank you everyone who came out and supported your local, small businesses on Black Friday.  We all could not, and would not be here without your support.  We are so thankful!!

Here are a few photos we managed to take during all the fun and excitement.  Thank you again for being part of it!!

Waiting in line to shop!
Busy shoppers!

Waiting to win prizes!

Monday, December 2, 2013

FREE Friday "Make and Take"

Join us this Friday for our FREE "Make and Take", available between 5PM and 7PM.  We'll be making these fun, flip cards using the Sizzix Flip-it dies.  See you on Friday.

"Make and Take" is available while supplies last.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Saturday Open House at Doodlebugs

Please join us on Saturday, November 30th, for a Holiday Open House.  We'll be demonstrating some fun products and showing you how to use these products to make Holiday cards and gifts.  We also have a FREE Make and Take scheduled. 

We're offering our Black Friday special product promotions all day on Saturday.  Those promotions are for the Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, 6"x6" Paper Pads, and Stretched Canvas (if product is still available).  You can see our special product promotions here.  (Sorry, the store wide discount is only available on Black Friday).

Finally, we're giving away a Big Shot Machine with loads of dies to one lucky shopper.  No purchase necessary, just stop in and we'll put your name in the drawing.  Purchase $20 or more, and we'll put your name in again.  Two chances to win!!

Winner's name will be selected and contacted on Sunday, December 1st.  Prize must be picked up in person.

Here's a schedule of events:

No "Make and Take" This Friday

Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend!  We'll see you next Friday for our regular "Make and Take".