Friday, February 28, 2014

MFT Stamps- Embellished Eggs

More Spring inspiration today.  I've been playing with these fun stamp and die sets from MFT Stamps.  This card is perfect for Easter! 

You can find more inspiration using this set HERE and HERE.


Supplies Used:
Enamel Dots from My Mind's Eye
Tsukineko Dye Ink- Angel Pink, Bamboo Leaves and London Fog
Rim Holtz/ Ranger Distress Ink- Broken China and Squeezed Lemonade

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Birthday Drawing / Giveaway

Only two days left to get into our Birthday Drawing Giveaway.

Pure Innocence- Basket of Eggs

I've got Spring on the brain this week.  Wishful thinking!  Here's an Easter card I created using the Pure Innocence Basket of Eggs stamp from MFT Stamps.


Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper from Basic Grey's Fresh Cut Collection
Copic Markers used-  Y02, 06, 08, E00, 11, 21, R20 and 24
Stardust Stickles from Ranger

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What's New Wednesday

We've been busy unpacking boxes and merchandising lots of new products. Below are a few of our favorites.

Tim Holtz New Mini Distress Ink Pads from Ranger Ink

Tim Holtz Marker Spritzer
Video Demonstration can be found HERE.

Tim Holtz Distress Paints - New Colors
Video Demonstration can be found HERE.

Dyan Reaveley Dylusion Sprays - New Colors
Video demonstration can be found HERE.
Here's another video demonstration using Dyan's Spray Ink Pad.
One last video HERE.

Simple Stories- Home Spun Collection

Basic Grey- Highline Collection

Some creative inspiration you may have missed:

MFT Birthday Princess Card can be found HERE.

Vellum Inspiration for our Monthly Challenge can be found HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Upcoming Classes

Be sure to visit our website, HERE, for a list of upcoming classes.  We're repeating the Spring Explosion box class as it was so popular.  You can find the details for the March 15th class HERE.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Vellum Challenge Inspiration

The end of the month is approaching fast.  Only a few days left to get your vellum cards or projects posted in our Doodlebugs Creative Community Facebook Group.  We'll randomly select one post to receive a $10 gift certificate.

Here's one last card for some inspiration.


Supplies used:
Enamel Dots from My Mind's Eye (love the new silver and gold glitter dots)
Fresh Foliage Die from Memory Box
Thanks Die from Paper Smooches
Silver metallic paper and washi tape
Wink of Stella clear brush pen

Monday, February 24, 2014

Fun Weekend Classes!

I've been getting ready for our Introduction to Inktense Pencils class coming up this Saturday.  Here's a peek at some fun techniques you'll learn.  There's still room if you're interested.  Give us a call.  We have four spots left.

Mary has also been working on our Introduction to Alcohol Inks class scheduled for Sunday.  We have a few spots available if you're interested.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

February Challenge- Vellum

There's still time to head over to our Creative Community and post your vellum projects.  We're randomly selecting one post to receive a $10 gift certificate at the end of this month.

Need some inspiration?  Here's my latest vellum project.

I cut the pennants (MFT Banner Die-namics) and "Happy" (MFT Happy Birthday Die-namics) from vellum and then colored them with my Copic Markers.  I love the transparent, overlapping look of the letters!

More inspiration can be found HERE and HERE.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Big Shot Promotion

We're kicking off our birthday celebrations with a great deal on Big Shot Machines and selected accessories.  Today, through Sunday, save 30% on Big Shot Machines, Magnetic Platforms, and  cutting pads!  Hurry, the promotion is only good through Sunday.

Don't forget about our Birthday Giveaway on March 1st.  Fill up those cards, and get them in the drawing!  We're giving away lots of great products!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

February Challenge- Vellum

Here's more vellum inspiration for you.  In case you missed it, our Challenge this month is vellum.  We're posting and sharing ideas in our Creative Community on Facebook.  Be sure to take a few moments to visit us and see what it's all about.

In the meantime, here's what I've been working on.  This technique works best on the heavier vellum.  So, if you're at the store, be sure to pick up the heavier weight.  The lighter weight melts when you heat it.

I embossed the die cut butterfly with an embossing folder and my Big Shot machine.  The polka dots are heat embossed using Versa Mark and white embossing powder.  Again, be sure to use the heavier vellum and use caution when heating.  The vellum will melt if you overheat it.  Additional supplies used are listed at the bottom of this post.

Additional Supplies Used:
Darla Butterfly die from Memory Box
Sentiment from Sweet Roses stamp set from MFT Stamps
Embossing Folder from Sizzix
Heart Delights die from Memory Box
White embossing powder
Versa Mark ink
Darling Dots stamp set from MFT Stamps
Copic Marker for coloring the heart

Thursday, February 13, 2014

MFT Stamps- Birthday Princess

Today I'm sharing a card made with the Pure Innocence, Birthday Princess stamp from MFT Stamps.  I made this card for my niece a couple of weeks ago and thought I'd share it here on the blog.


I used Copic Markers to color the image and paper pieced the dress.  I believe the paper is from Basic Grey's RSVP collection.  The sparkle on the crown is from Golden Rod Stickles.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What's New Wednesday

Our CHA orders are starting to arrive.  We have lots of new products on the shelf and several boxes waiting to be unpacked.  Below are a few images highlighting the new products.

I'm loving the new enamel shapes.  They are great for cards and Project Life.

I'm still a fan of the enamel dots.  Lovin' the bright colors, glitter, and of course, the wood!  Visit our Pinterest Board Hot Products- Epoxy Dots for some inspiration.

My new favorite obsession, script lettering.  So naturally, we must have bamboo brushes.  Lots of inspiration HERE on Pinterest.  Class coming soon (April, hopefully).

Golden, Fluid Acrylics!!!  So excited about these.

Record It kits from My Mind's Eye.  These are going fast!!  Perfect for Project Life.

New stencils from Tim Holtz.

Wink of Stella pens from Zig- $6.99.  It's hard to see in the image, but there's lot of great shimmer in this ink.  Watch a video review HERE or visit our Pinterest Board for Wink of Stella Pens.

Back in stock, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Doodlebugs Creative Community:

 Looking for some fun?  Join our Doodlebugs Creative Community, a place for sharing projects and inspiration.  We're currently hosting a Vellum Challenge and giving away a $10 gift certificate at the end of the month.  More details are posted in the Doodlebugs Creative Group or HERE, in a previous blog post.

Friday "Make and Take" Update:

We are taking a very SHORT break from our Friday "Make and Take".  Ryan and Emily are at home enjoying and adjusting to family life with a new baby.  Once Ryan returns, we will resume our regular, Friday, "Make and Take".

So, mark your calendars!  We've got some great "Make and Takes" scheduled to begin again on March 7th.  Hope to see you there!!

Fun Projects You May Have Missed:

1.  Art Journal Inspiration

2.  Me + You Valentine

3.  You Make My Heart Glow Printables

4.  Background Die Technique

Space Available in the Following Upcoming Classes:

(Click on the link for more information or visit our website to see all of our classes)
1.  Introduction to Inktense Pencils

2.  Spring Exploding Box

3.  Introduction to Alcohol Inks

4.  Copic Markers- Blending and Shading

5.  Spring Workshop- Sunday

6.  Steampunk Crown

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

MFT Die-namics Polka Dot Cover Up

I saw a fun technique on Pinterest the other day, and thought I'd try something similar using the Polka Dot Cover Up Die from MFT Stamps.

I cut the Polka Dot Cover up from white cardstock.  Then taped it to the front of my card with some washi tape to use as a template.  I used some of my scraps to cut pink and gold polka dots to glue randomly inside the template.  I placed the dots heavier at the top of the card using fewer towards the bottom.  Once they were dry, I removed the white piece I was using as a template.  Save it, you can use it for another card!

The banner was cut from MFT Die-namics Dimensional Banner set.  The sentiment is from the Sentiment Sampler set from Paper Smooches.


Monday, February 10, 2014

FREE Friday "Make and Take" Update

We are taking a very SHORT break from our Friday "Make and Take".  Ryan and Emily are at home enjoying and adjusting to family life with a new baby.  Once Ryan returns, we will resume our regular, Friday, "Make and Take".

So, mark your calendars!  We've got some great "Make and Takes" scheduled to begin again on March 7th.  Hope to see you there!!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

February Challenge- Vellum

Have you posted your vellum project in our Creative Community on Facebook?  What are you waiting for?  We will be randomly selecting one post to win a $10 gift certificate.  So, get some vellum and scissors and show us what you can do!

If you're looking for inspiration, head over to the group.  We'll be sharing vellum inspired projects all month long.

Here's something to get you started.  Alcohol ink and vellum!

No special technique.  I opened the bottles and dripped (with a little fling) them onto the vellum.  Once dry, (it only takes a few seconds) I cut it with the Balloon Die-namics from MFT Stamps.

The strings are from the Party Balloons stamp set from MFT Stamps and the sentiment is from the Sentiment Sampler from Paper Smooches.  The alcohol ink colors are Wild Plum, Lettuce, and Aqua.  I used vellum adhesive to glue the vellum down.  It works great.  You really can't see it!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

FREE Friday "Make and Take" Rescheduled

The baby is here!!  Irie Ann was born February 6th at 6:41AM.  Mommy, daddy, and baby are all doing well.

As a result of the baby's arrival, we're having to reschedule our Friday "Make and Take".  Stop in on Saturday, between 1PM and 3PM if you are interested in making the fun Valentine pin below.

It's a FREE Saturday "Make and Take" this week.

Art Journal Inspiration

When I get new products that I haven't used before, I open my art journal to play.  It's a great way to experiment with products and techniques.  Sometimes I end up with something completely wonderful and unexpected.  Sometimes, I hate it.  If that's the case, a coat of gesso covers everything up, and it's ready for something new.  Either way, I end up with lots of fun and interesting backgrounds in my art journal.  So, this weekend, I sat down and added some doodles to some of those pages.  Here's a peek at one of those pages.

The background was created using stencils and Gelatos.  I added the doodles with my favorite journal pen, my black Uniball Gel pen.  It's a must for your art journal, and probably our most popular pen.