Thursday, December 31, 2015

You're Unforgettable

Here's our first Valentine Card for the kiddos at Seattle's Children's Hospital.  If you're not familiar with our Challenge, you can find all the details HERE.  We used the Adorable Elephant set from MFT Stamps and the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the images.  These markers are super easy to use, and make the coloring process quick and easy.  We finally have most of them back in stock in our Sequim, WA location and our online store.

To quickly color the image, use the marker to add color directly to the paper where the darkest (shadow areas) color should be.  Then, with a damp brush, wet the color that you applied, and pull it out, covering the remaining areas of the image. 

These were so quick and easy to make, I created four versions of the same card.

The scallop and stitched pieces were cut using Blue Prints #20 Die-namics from MFT Stamps.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Welcome 2016!

I can't believe 2016 is just a few days away!  We've been busy behind the scenes getting things ready for 2016, and everything that a new year brings.

We're preparing for new classes and our Spring Workshop and hope to bring you all the details later this week.  Today, we'd like to introduce you to our NEW Monthly Challenge for 2016.   We had fun in 2015 with our monthly challenges over at our Facebook, Creative Community Group and have decided to continue the challenges this year, with a new twist.

We were inspired in November by Jennifer McGuire's wonderful Share Handmade Kindness campaign.  We loved it so much, we want to Share Handmade Kindness all year long.  So, each month, we'll be challenging you to create cards to share with others.  We'll choose a cause, or group of people as our challenge.  You (along with us) can create hand-made cards based on the challenge.  We'll collect them, and deliver them to the recipients.  Of course, we'll have prizes and giveaways too.  You don't need to be a member of our Facebook Community to participate.  If you are a member, we encourage you to share images of your cards before sending them off to us.  If you're not, you can share them on Instagram using #doodlebugswa.  Or, they don't need to be share at all.  Just delivered to us in time for us to deliver them to our recipients.

Here's what you need to know:
  • Cards will be collected at our Brick and Mortar store.  You can drop them off, or send them to Doodlebugs-  138 W. Washington Street, Sequim, WA  98382.  They need to be received by the close of business, the last day of each month.
  • Cards should include an UNSEALED envelope.  
  • Please include your name and email address on a separate piece of paper if you'd like to be included in our random drawing for a monthly prize package (each card submitted = 1 entry) Winner will be announced and notified during the first week of the following month.
  • To encourage you to share your beautiful cards, occasionally, we'll give away additional goodies by randomly selecting someone from the posts in our Facebook Creative Community or our Instagram #doodlebugswa.
  • Each month we'll post the challenge, along with any additional details that may be required from the recipients.
So, I hope I've covered everything.

We've chosen Children's Hospital of Seattle for our January Challenge.  We'll be collecting Valentine Cards during the month of January, to deliver to the kiddos at Children's Hospital of Seattle for Valentine's Day.

At the end of the month, we'll randomly select a winner, from the cards that were submitted, to receive our Fancy Friend Kit.  Take a better look at the kit HERE.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas

Wishing you joy and peace this Holiday season.

We'll be taking a quick break during the Holidays from our blog.  We'll be posting occasionally on Instagram and Facebook should you wish to follow us there.

We'll be back with lots of fun stuff in January.

A quick reminder...our Sequim, WA store will be closed from December 24, 2015, through January 1, 2016. Our online store will be closed from December 24, 2015 through December 27, 2015. Any orders placed during that time will begin shipping on December 28, 2015. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Avery Elle - Hogs and Kisses

We're still making cute envelopes with the new Envie Die from Avery Elle.  This time we dressed it up with the Hogs and Kisses stamp set, also, from Avery Elle.

The image is colored with Copic Markers.

The shimmer from the Wink of Stella pen adds a nice touch to the heart.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Adorable Elephants from MFT Stamps

The new Adorable Elephants from MFT Stamps is such a cute set.  It's perfect for birthdays, baby, spring, and more.

I used the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to watercolor the elephant and the balloons.

 The front of the card was cut with the largest Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX from MFT.  I added a folded note (cut slightly smaller) to the back of the scallop piece to create the card.

I added some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to make it a bit more "festive".

We're using this set for our February Card Club....details coming soon.  In the meantime, here's a peek at the card we'll be making in February.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

What's New Wednesday

Hello Wednesday!

We have a few important announcements.  So, please read on....

Great Savings

The good news!  Save 25% on all Holiday (Fall and Christmas) stamps and dies while supplies last.  To receive the discount you must bring in the coupon from our newsletter, or mention the discount  at the time of purchase.  So, hurry in for the best selection or head to our online store.  You'll find similar discounts in our SALE category, in our online store.

Holiday Schedule

The not so good news....we have decided to close (just for the Holidays) our physical store, in Sequim, WA,  between Christmas and New Year's Day.  We work hard all year and would like to enjoy the Holidays and spend time with our families and friends.  Our online store will still be shipping orders, during that time.  However, there will not be any in store pick-up available until we return on January 2nd.  So, we will be closed December 24, 2015 through January 1, 2016.  We look forward to seeing you all in January, when you return to spend your Doodle Bucks!!  Our online store will not be shipping orders, or responding to emails on December 24th, 25th, or 26th or December 31st or January 1st.

MFT New Stamps and Dies

We received new stamps and dies from MFT Stamps.  You're going to LOVE the little elephant set.  It's my favorite!  However, you'll want to check out all the new stuff HERE.  Be sure to also visit our MFT Stamps Pinterest Board for a look at some beautiful projects people have created with these new stamps.  You'll find that board HERE.

Valentine Products

We also received so beautiful Valentine products this week, with more scheduled to arrive next week.  Here's a peek at a few favorites. You'll find this pad in our online store and Sequim, WA store.

Gift Certificates and Doodle Bucks

Only one week left for your loved ones to purchase gift certificates.  If they don't live locally, have them call, we'll mail the gift certificate to them or the recipient.

In addition, only one week left to stop in the store and earn more Doodle Bucks.

Just in case you missed them... Use the links below to see some of the fun projects we featured on our blog last week.

1.  You'll find some cute projects using the new Boom Bots stamp set from Paper Smooches HERE.

2.  We used the new Whale Hello stamp set from Avery Elle this cute card.  You'll find all the details HERE.

3.  Finally, we launched a new bundle, Tell Your Story, on our website.  It's perfect for memory keeping and other paper-crafting projects.  Take a peek at it HERE.

In case you're looking for some last minute gift ideas....

For the busy mom or college student...we have a nice selection of planners.  You can view them all HERE.

For the artist...we have a great selection of coloring books, pens and pencils.  You can view some of them HERE, or stop by the store for the best selection.


Back in stock, the Envie die from Avery Elle.  You'll find some cute projects using this awesome die HERE and HERE .

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Whale Hello from AVery Elle

The Whale Hello stamp set from Avery Elle is super fun and can be used for a number of occasions.  Love the cute play on the word Whale....whale you be my Valentine, whale always love you, and whale done along with a few others.

Here's a card we created using the set.

The pierced circle is stamped with Distress Ink.  After inking up the Wave Background stamp (from MFT Stamps), we misted it with some water before applying it to the paper to get that "watery" effect.  It's hard to see in the images, but we used the Grout Grey ink from MFT Stamps to stamp the same wave pattern on the background of the white card.  The whale was colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

We embellished it with some Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

Here's are the images included in the Whale Hello stamp set.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Paper Smooches - Boom Bots

Lovin' these cuties from the Boom Bots stamp set from Paper Smooches.  We paired them with the Envie Elle-ments die from Avery Elle for some cute envelope enclosures.  They are perfect for gift cards or mini gift enclosures.

After coloring them with Copic Markers, we added some clear Wink of Stella.  Can you see the shimmer?  Love that pen!!

Here's the back of one of the envelopes.

Here's a look at the stamp set.  You'll find it HERE in our online store.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Tell Your Story Bundle

Today we're featuring our Tell Your Story Bundle we just launched on our website.  It includes the Random Thoughts stamp set and  Little Labels die from Technique Tuesday.  Also include are papers and embellishments from My Mind's Eye, My Story collection.  You can also purchase the items individually, if you like, but you save when you purchase the bundle.  You'll find the Tell Your Story Bundle and individual items on our website HERE.

We used the products to create some fun journaling cards for your pocket scrapbooking.  They can also be used for cards, traditional scrapbooking and many paper crafting projects.

Here's a peek at some of the wonderful goodies included in the kit.  Be sure to visit our website for all the details.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

What's New Wednesday

Wow!  It's been a busy few weeks.  Apologies for not getting to our "What's New Wednesday" the past few weeks.  We hope to be back on track...for now.

We have lots of new products and some cute projects to share with you today.  To see all the new releases, be sure visit our website and select the NEW category.  Or, head over via this LINK and we'll take you to all the new releases from the past two months.

Carpe Diem A5 Planners and Accessories

The planners are available in several colors.  Head over to our website to view additional color options.

We also have the Carpe Diem accessories in stock at our Sequim, WA location and our online store.  Here's a peek at a few of my favorites!  Click the images to view them on our website or see them all HERE.

Insta Quote Stickers

Magnetic Page Markers

Storage Pouch

Bookmark Tablet

Webster's Pages A5 Planners

We also received the NEW A5 Planners from Webster's Pages this week.  They are available in our Sequim, WA store and were just added to our online store.  You can view them all HERE.

 Here's a look at my favorite.  However, you'll want to look at them all.  Click the image to view them on our website.

Below are images of the page dividers included inside the Stripe planner shown above.  Be sure to visit our website to see what's included with each planner.  They are all beautiful.

Stamps and Dies from Paper Smooches

Paper Smooches has released some ADORABLE stamps and dies recently and this month is no exception.  I love the adorable little bee dies and the Boom Bots stamp set.  Here's a peek at a few projects we'll be featuring on our blog in the near future.  In the meantime, head over to our online store for a look at their new arrivals.  You'll find them HERE.

New Stamps and Dies from Avery Elle

Lots of new stamps and dies from Avery Elle have arrived.  Here's my favorite....the Envie die! It's an awesome little envelope perfect for gift cards, gift enclosures, or even a little mini album with pictures.  I LOVE this new die!  I have been playing with it all week and will be featuring some fun projects on the blog using it.  For a better look at using the die, visit our blog posts from Monday and Tuesday.  To see all the new releases, visit our website HERE.

We've had so many new arrivals, it is impossible to feature them all here.  Be sure to visit the following links for a look at what's new from some of our favorite manufacturers.

Mama Elephant
Tim Holtz
Avery Elle
Paper Smooches
MFT Stamps
Carpe Diem Planner Collection
Webster's Pages

A quick reminder...if you live local, and you'd like to order from our website, you'll have the option to select "In Store Pick UP" for FREE shipping on any size order.  All other orders will receive FREE shipping if they are over $20!