Jane’s Doodles – Stinkin’ Cute

Hey friends!!! I’m super excited to share all the things with you today! I had a massive crafting session this weekend and created a ton of projects! It was so much fun and felt so good to be so productive! A handful of them all revolve around Jane’s Doodles’ set – Stinks! – so I thought I would group them all into one blog post to share with you.

It’s going to be long but I hope you’ll bear with me because there is so much cuteness to share. I hope you’ll find some fun inspiration along the way. Let’s get started with a peek at everything and then I’ll break it all down in case you’re curious.

This whole thing came about because I needed to create some gift tags for my daughter’s Valentine gifts she is delivering to friends in a few weeks. We both decided that the sentiments in this set plus the ADORABLE skunks were just too perfect to pass up. But I couldn’t stop at tags, I just wanted to color a million of these cuties so we’ve ended up with some string art, a dozen tags and two cards…and I love it all!

Let’s start with the tags. I’ve been fairly obsessed with Trinity Stamps nested hearts dies lately, so I cut 12 white ones in the middle size. Then used Newton’s Nook grass & hills and clouds stencils on it. I adhered the skunks with tape runner and stamped the sentiments, some hearts and a flower on them assembly line style. I die cut another heart the same size in pink and adhered them together for stability. Then I punched holes, added twine and glued some red bows on. My daughter loves taking her time with handwriting so she’ll add to and from herself to the back of each one. I just love them!

Next, I made some cards with extra images I had colored. Aside from the Jane’s Doodles Stinks! skunks, the goodies on these cards are all Newton’s Nook. They’re pretty self explanatory but I used stencils for the backgrounds – hills & grass, cloudy sky, argyle, and bokeh hearts. Then I used dies like frames & flags, framework and fancy edge tags for the components. Then everything is pretty much attached with foam tape or foam squares because I love dimension on my cards.

My final project today is another string art creation that popped in my head and I just had to create! I added water to my acrylic paint to create more of a white wash look, rather than the coated paint. I love this and will be making more with this idea. I used another one of the Trinity Stamps nested hearts to outline my nails for the string art. Then I die cut additional Stinks! images so each one is layered 4 times for stability and added with foam squares. I die cut LOVE from the Trinity Stamps marshmallow alphabet and adhered that directly to the wood with liquid glue. I finished things off with some red hearts from the Twiddler’s Nook conversation hearts clay embellishments.

Phew, that was a lot. Thank you so much for making it this far. I appreciate you sharing your time with me. I hope you found some inspiration to create something wonderful! Have a fabulous day!

Newton’s Nook – Designer’s Nook Sneak Peek

Hey friends! Tomorrow is another Newton’s Nook Designer’s Nook newsletter and it’s my turn again! I’ve got some really awesome fun included in this one and it has nothing to do with a card!

I hope you’ll head over and subscribe if you’re not already so you don’t miss out! It’s super adorable! You won’t regret it!

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I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Birch Press Design – Thank You Box

Hey friends!! I’m over on the Birch Press Design blog today with a beautiful die cut box using a variety of products. I kept the colors bold for an autumn feel and I just love it. I can’t wait to fill it with goodies and share it with someone.

Here’s a top view of it so you can see the beautiful layered sides and the nice sentiment on the lid too. The ribbon is glued to the lid, under the sentiment so it stays with it but it’s not attached to the box so it’s easy to open.

I wanted to share a side view so you really get a look at those layers too. I just love these colors for fall. They’re too perfect. Warm and cozy!

If you’d like to see the step-by-step process how to create one of these, head over to the Birch Press Design blog and I’ll walk you through it.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Birch Press Design – Trio of Ornament Tags

Happy weekend everyone! Today I’m over on the Birch Press Design blog with a step-by-step on how I created these awesome Christmas ornament tags. I know it’s crazy to think about Christmas already but it’s going to sneak up on us before you know it.

These new layered ornaments are just beautiful and so much fun to mix and match! I can’t wait to try these in lots of other color combinations too. Cool blues and teals would be beautiful! Don’t you think?

Here’s a look at each individual tag as well. This was the first one I create and I think it’s my favorite. I just love all that detail and how the baubles finish it off.

Then I tried this one, adding a word sentiment across the middle. I would love to get dies for the word joy or merry. I think they would be just beautiful on this style.

And this last one is just beautiful! I love the cut line detail and the star burst in the center. So pretty!

Do you work on Christmas early? I have friends who try to tackle a little each month all year long and others who won’t touch it until after Thanksgiving. I find myself somewhere in the middle…also lots of great intentions that don’t come to fruition. haha.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

2019 Oregon State Fair Card Entries

So, a few weeks back I decided to do a thing and entered 14 of my recent cards into the Oregon State Fair Creative Living Competition. It was totally on a whim and I had zero expectations but thought it would be fun.

To my astonishment and surprise, I ribboned 10 out of the 14 cards.

Let’s start with the third place (white) ribbons.

From left, The Rabbit Hole Designs Caffeinated Narwhal was entered in the “card with movement” category, below that using Spellbinders dies went into “die cuts,” Inky from The Rabbit Hole Designs was entered in “coloring with alcohol inks” and the Avery Elle Christmas Magic card was entered in “Christmas.”

For the second place (red) ribbons we have…

The Lawn Fawn Costume Party card was entered into “Halloween,” and the Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends were in the “thank you/thinking of you” division.

And for the first place (blue) ribbons… Drum roll please…

Ta-da!!! The Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends were in “Halloween,” The Rabbit Hole Designs Pretty in Peony was in “thank you/thinking of you,” Newton’s Nook Scuba Newton was in the “birthday” division and finally The Rabbit Hole Designs Mermaid Hair was in the “coloring with alcohol inks” division.

I’m still flabbergasted and honored to have been recognized so many times over and in so many different categories. This was a really fun experience and plan to do it again next year.

Have you ever entered anything into your state fair? I think it would be fun to try my hand at other crafts and see how they do too.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Lawn Fawn Puffy Stars Wands

Happy 4th of July to all of my American followers! I hope you have a happy and safe holiday!

I love making my own decorations for the 4th. I don’t know why but I’m drawn to them every year. This year I made some wands to display in a jar at the table with our snack food and thought they would be fun to share with you.

Here’s how I made them:

  • Die cut 2 of the largest puffy stars and one of the smallest from all 3 Doodlebug papers that I had.
  • Scored each large star from the point to the indent directly across on all 5 points. Then fold the score lines alternating hill and valley around all of the stars.
  • Hot glued the tips of the coordinating stars together and then hot glued a paper straw inside the bottom of each.
  • Next, I hot glued a contrasting small star to the front of each large star and topped that with a clear sequin and a red gem stone.
  • Last I found some random red, white and blue ribbons in my stash and tied them to the straw for a little extra interest.

Here’s a closer look at the stars where you can really see the layered embellishments.

As a family, we love the 4th and are super excited to bbq, play games outside and celebrate all day long. What are you doing this year? I’d love for you to share in the comments below.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Ellen Hutson Plush Bear Hugs

Hello there! I’m so excited to be back today sharing these ADORABLE plush bears using wool felt and Essentials by Ellen Bear Hugs dies. They are so stinking cute and so versatile! Like many crafters I don’t just make cards. I love all things creative from crocheting and sewing to woodworking and painting. I watched a video by Nichol Spohr (click here to see it) and instantly fell in love with these guys. I had to have them. They are simple and so fun to put together.

In case you’re curious, I’ll run through how I put them together but if you’re more of a process person, I highly suggest watching Nichol’s video (and subscribing to her channel, she’s amazing!).

We’re starting off with a photo of the dies that come in the Bear Hugs set and the basics to create a bear cut out and ready to go. This time I didn’t use the die cut for the eyes and, instead, opted to make french knots. You could also use gems or pearls too! So many options!

As you can see, I’ve glued the nose on with fabric glue, stitched on a mouth and eyes and am ready to start stitching the bear together. To measure my embroidery floss I loosely wrap the string around the bear twice making sure that there is enough extra to tie it off at the end. I like to start at the bottom of the left arm and go up and around from there.

I stop right about here to stuff him lightly so he has good dimension but not so much that it’s bursting out the sides. Once he’s stuffed I just continue around a second time and then tie it off, hiding the tie in-between the layers of felt.

Here are two of these cuties all done and ready for some embellishing. From the photo of the dies in the set, you can see that there is a larger heart and a square to make a present for the bear to hold. I thought I’d make both to show you what they look like. The heart is always my favorite but I’m really excited to make a set of these with Christmas themed gifts in their hands. Imagine getting a package with one of these guys tied to it. I’d melt!

All done and ready to make someone smile. I also used a needle to thread a string through the top stitching so they can be tied to a gift bag or package.

One last little detail I got from Nichol was a mini heart on his bum because…it’s adorable! Who needs more of a reason?!?

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Do you have creative outlets other than card making or stamping? I’d love to know in the comments below.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!