Jun 16, 2021

MOTHER's LOVE LAYOUT - Doodlebug Design DT

 We all love to curate elements of a favorite collection.  Well, I am more of an alpha sticker kind-of-girl, and love the new My Type Alpha stickers.   I just love the clean design, and the perfect size for all sorts of paper crafting projects.   Let me show you what I created using the alphas.

I started by constructing my title on a Pettite Print paper.   I changed the color of the fonts in the important words, and also introduce a  few Abigail Alpha Stickers to the page.

I kept the page design very simple, so that the title remains the focus of the page. This time, I added strips of patterned paper to the right edge of the paper.  Then, I used the leftover pieces of paper as a  layers behind the photo.

Just a few more embellishments from a few of the recent collection bring the page together with a pop of color.

I cannot wait to see what you create with Doodlebug Design products!


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MY TYPE ALPHA STICKERS - Beetle Black, Lilac, Bubblegum, Coral, Limeade, Swimming Pool

ABIGAIL ALPHA STICKERS - Bumblee Bee, Cupcake, Mint

FAIRY GARDEN  collection - Patterned paper, cardstock stickers

MADE WITH LOVE collection - Patterned paper, Sprinkles, cardstock stickers

VELLUM - Sprinkles

PAPER CLIPS - Bubblegum

TWINE - White, Gray

SPRINKLES.- With all My Heart, Spring Assortment

PETITE PRINT - Lily White Gingham

Jun 15, 2021

HOWDY PARDNER! - Simple Stories

Hello there!

Nathalie with you today to bring you a new project using the super fun HOWDY! collection.  I just love the collection is just perfect to document life at the range, or all those cowboys and cowgirls in your life.   As soon as I saw the collection, I knew it was going to fit all the pictures of my little cousin and his love for cowboys.  

This entire page is inspired by the jean pocket design/embellishment  in the collection.  I love the little detail, and wanted to use it for my page. I copy the design of the pocket and then enlarged it to fit the page.   All the pockets were cut from the Let's Ride Paper.   I chose to replicate the stitching design in two of the four pockets


To construct the page, I used the same hand stitching design as the pockets to attach the left over piece of the Let's Ride paper to the Out Yonder paper.   The small brads just brought to texture and look of real jeans to my page.   I used a grid design to attach my pockets leaving space in between them to add my title ( a combination of chipboard and foam stickers)

I attached the pockets, and filled each one of them with pieces of ephemera, stickers and chipboard from the collection and the Simple Pages kit.  I fussy cut one of the tags and added my journal lines there.   I used one of the pockets to house the story.

I used a pieces from the 3x4 and 4x6 Elements paper to back the picture.  I created a cluster of ephemera behind the top left corner of the photos, and then glued it all to the left of the jean strip.   A few extra small stars complete this page

Sometimes ideas turn better than what you expected, such as this layout.   I just love how the small pocket was the inspiration for the entire page.   Just love the HOWDY! collection.  Remember to check it out, you are going to love it, too!


Jun 4, 2021

Altenew Adventures Ahead Stamps/Dies/Stencils/More Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hello there!

Welcome to ALTENEW ADVENTURES AHEAD STAMPS/DIES/STENCILS/MORE  COLLECTION RELEASE BLOG HOP + GIVEAWAY.  You are arriving fromMichelle's Short blog.   A complete list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post for your convenience.

Today, Altenew is releasing a brand new set of products that are sure to fit your paper crafting needs and wants.  With so many beautiful designs, it was easy to create a few projects, let me show you:

The new COLOR BANDS DIE SET is  a must, it is perfect for all types of projects, because a rainbow is always a good thing.  I have paired the die set with the new DREAMY SUNSET PAPER PACK, the colors in this paper pack are just lovely.

Once  I had created the rainbows, I decided to use in a grid formation in my Gratitude journal.  I combined  the new SAY YES stamp set and ENJOY THE JOURNEY stamp set to create the title and sentiments in the page.   Just love how easy it all came together!

I love washi tape! And the new LAPIS LAZULI SLIM WASHI TAPE SET is probably a  new favorite.   I used this to help me anchor my pocket page spread.  I started by stamping the  cards using a light gray ink and the ENJOY THE JOURNEY STAMP SET.   Then, I used the washi tape to create the diagonal stripes on the cards.   Here, I used  the ENJOY THE JOURNEY STAMP & DIE bundle to create the camera icon.  Lastly, I used the new BLOOMING GARDEM DECAL to add the second sentiment to the second card.

I reached for a large tag, and carried the washi design.  I backed the picture with a piece of paper from the new RAINBOW BLOTS PAPER PACK. I stamped a sentiment from the ENJOY THE JOURNEY stamp set in a small paper strip, and used it as the title for the page. I love how this turned out!

I just love the new SISTERS OF THE HEART STAMP/DIE/COLORING STENCIL bundle. It was so easy to create the florals in a short amount of time -with lovely results- for this new spread in my daily journal.

I used papers from the RAINBOW BLOTS PAPER PACK as layers behind the pictures, and then added a small sentiment from the stamp set to complete my page!  

And for my last projects, I made cards!!!

I used the new POLKA DOT BUDS STENCIL  to create the background for the card.   Using the Shades of Purple and Spring Bouquet Ink sets, and ink blending tools, I created the soft ombre effect on the card background.   A small clear drop in the center of each flower completes the background.

I used the SISTERS OF THE HEART stamp set to create my sentiment strip, and attached it to the card with a  bit of foam adhesive.  Simple and sweet!!

For my last card, I stamped the new INKY BOUQUET design at the bottom of a card panel, then proceeded to partially fussy cut the lower part of the bouquet, so that the panel shows a partial die cut of the floral.

I backed the card with a panel of cardstock from the DREAMY SUNSET PAPER PACK, then finished the card with a simple title  and ink blots -both from the same stamp set-.  Just love how this turned out!

Remember to check all these and more in the Altenew shop, and take advantage of their promotions:


$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 06/09/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 06/11/2021.

Good Luck everyone!

Now it is time to continue with the blog hop. Your next stop is Keren Baker's blog.  You can always return to Altenew Card Blog to start the hop,  Here is a list of all the participants for your convenience:

Altenew Blog

Terri Koszler

Erum Tasneem

Jenny Colacicco

Norine Borys

Vicky Papaioannou

Jaycee Gaspar


Amber Rain Davis

Erin Thompson

Tenia Nelson

Natasha Davies

Bridget Casey

Karen Brown

Laurie Willison

Kelly Griglione

Agnieszka MaƂyszek


Lilith Eeckels

Maryam Perez

Carol Hintermeier

Therese Calvird

Amanda Baldwin

Verity Biddlecombe

Emily Midgett

Raquel Bowman

Sande Woodson

Nicole Watt

Anna Mahtani

Virginia Lu

Sandhya Iyer

Michelle Short

Nathalie DeSousa  <<< YOU ARE HERE

Keren Baker

Reiko Tsuchida

Patricia Roebuck

Mindy Eggen

Kymona Tracey

Laura Bassen

Tania Ahmed

Zinia Redo

Vicki Finger

Joylita Dsouza

Preeti Chandran

Thanks for stopping by!