May 19, 2023

SPOILED - Doodlebug Design

Hey there!  I don't know about you, but the fur babies in our households are "spoiled".   My cat-nephew, "Chico", is probably one of the most loved and spoiled   ones out there.  So, I used the beautiful Pretty Kitty collection to create this layout:

I love playing with paper, so I sat with the 6x6 paper pad, and a pair of scissors to create this page, like  seriously that is all it took!

I started by cutting a heart from copy paper, then cut strips of patterned paper at about 1.5-3in wide and of different lengths.  I started gluing them to the heart starting from the bottom of the heart.   I set the paper strips at different places on the heart, so that they create that cascading effect on the heart.

Petite Prints are always my top choice for backgrounds. This  time, I added a letter size white cardstock page to the center of the layout, then glued the heart on top of it.   A soft layer of vellum adds just a bit of separation while framing the pictures of our Chico.

The Chit-Chat banners were the perfect addition to the paper layers.. I added a small paw print next to each of them.   In order to create some movement on the page, and also emphasize the layers, I added a few Sprinkles between the paper layers.

I followed the line of the embellishments to create the placement of my title at the right bottom of the heart.  

I love how this turned out, and  it was so much fun and relaxing to just play with all the patterns in the Pretty Kitty collection.  Be sure to check it out!



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Pretty Kitty collection


Petite Prints

Sprinkle Vellum Raindrops

Apr 24, 2023

Pinkfresh Studio April 2023 Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release


Hi there!

Welcome to PINKFRESH STUDIO APRIL 2023 STAMP, DIE, STENCIL, and HOT FOIL RELEASE blog hop.  Today, I am happy to join in the celebration of  the April release with lots of inspiration, and of course prizes!

I love this release, and mixed a few of the new goodies in this new  layout all about my Quinceanera niece.

I mixed the new Rosette suite, Wrap Around Elements Die, Sweet Day Suite, and Foiled Sentiments 6 along with Pinkfresh Studio inks, and a bit of Spring Vibes collection in this layout!

I used the new Rosette Stencil and Pinkfresh Studio inks to create my rainbow rosettes.  Then used the Rosette Die to cut them out.  I used foiled cardstock to cut the centers of the rosettes and this way bring a bit of shine to my page.

I set them at the top on  my 11x11in background using a bit of foam adhesive to add some dimension to the page.

Next, I used the new Wrap Around Elements Die to create a few "strings" that wrap around the bottom of the page.   This created the perfect spot for my photos.

To create my title work, I used the new Sweet Day Hot Foil Plate to create my cake element. I added the details using the coordinating Sweet Day Stencil and Sweet Day Stamp, then cut it using the Sweet Day die.    I added the small foiled bow (created with the Wrap Around Elements die and foiled cardstock).  To finish, I added one of the new Foiled Sentiments 6 pieces below the cake, and a few extra sparkle pieces around the page.

I just love how this turned out, and I am sure that you all are making a wish list filled with all these new goodies.  But, as Pinkfresh Studio is celebrating this new release, they are also hosting a generous giveaway!

Here are the prizes up for grabs: 

-Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel. 

-in addition, Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away a total of TEN $25  gift cards along the hop.

As per usual with blog hops - the winners will be picked from the comments left on each blog stop.

The winners will be chosen and a list will be posted on May 3, 2023 on their GIVEAWAY PAGE. Please check that page, abd if you are a winner, then you can claim your prize within 2 weeks.

Good Luck everyone!
 Now, let's continue with the inspiration from today's participants.   

Thanks for stopping by, and have fun hopping along!!

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Mar 27, 2023

Pinkfresh Studio March 2023 Washi, Stamp, Die, and Stencil Release


Hi there!

Welcome to PINKFRESH STUDIO MARCH 2023 WASHI, STAMP, DIE, and STENCIL RELEASE.   Today, we are celebrating this amazing new release that is filled with beautiful washi roll suites, and the most ingenious dies.   

I chose the new Tuberose Washi Tape roll, Rounded Braided Rectangle Die, A2 Slider Die, and the Foiled sentiments 5 for my project:

I love the colors in the new Tuberose Washi tape, and having the coordinating die - Tuberose die - make it so easy to create embellishments for my 6x8 spread.

Since I am documenting my nephew's 10th birthday celebration, I pulled papers from Spring Vibes to help me with the pocket spread.   I carefully used the new Rounded Braided Rectangle die to create my journal cards ( using negative and positive pieces) along with a few of the Tuberose washi florals.

I was so excited to play with the new A2 Slider Die, the possibilities it brings to crafting are just mind blowing.   In my case, it helped to add more photos without overcrowding the page.

I added one of the new Foiled Sentiments to complete the title card in the A2 insert of the spread. However, I chose to complete the page by using the back of the A2 Slide card to tie the spread together.

I glued the two A2 Slider card together to create my insert.  I chose to  large cluster of the Tuberose washi florals as focus of the  insert, and added a large foiled sentiment to help as a title for the spread.  

I followed the same format at my previous page for this pocket spread.  However, I am choosing to encase my journaling in a pocket ( the journaling card is made from the packaging of the Spring Vibes collection). I am using the Rounded and Braided Rectangle die to create the pocket for my spread.

I added a few Small Butterflies embossed images , as well as embellishments from Chrysanthemum and Spring Vibes  to complete the spread.   Just love how it all turned out!

Now to celebrate the release, Pinkfresh Studio is hosting a generous giveaway:

1.  They will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh Studio blog and YouTube Channel.

2.  In addition, they will be giving a total of ten $25 gift cards along the hop.   As per usual, the winners will be picked from the comments left in each stop.

All the winners will be selected and announced on April 5th, 2023 in the Pinkfresh Studio Giveaway Page.   Be sure to check it!

Good Luck everyone!

Now let's continue the fun.   Here is the list of today's participants.   Have fun and thank you so much for stopping by!


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Mar 20, 2023

Altenew March 2023 Marvelous Monthly Series Release Blog Hop #2 + Giveaway ($300 in Total Prizes!)


Hello there!

Welcome to  ALTENEW MARCH 2023 MARVELOUS MONTHLY SERIES RELEASE BLOG HOP #2 + GIVEAWAY.  Today, we are continuing with more inspiration featuring the latest subscription products.

This month's subscriptions are gorgeous, and of course super versatile.  Let me show you what I have created with them:

First up is the new CRAFT YOUR LIFE PROJECT KIT: DELICATE GARDEN.   I am totally in love with this set, and used it in my 6x8 Gratitude  journal.   

I used the CRAFT YOUR LIFE PROJECT KIT: ELEGANT GARDEN to stamp the background and  create the cards for my spread.  I chose to use the stencil, 3D embossing folder and die to add a bit of texture to the spread.   Just love how it all turned out!

Let's take a look at  the new PAINT A FLOWER: MAGNOLIA GRANDIFLORA.   This new stamp set is beautiful, and the size of the flowers makes it ideal for a large floral cluster!

I used a bit of watercolor and added splashes of color to watercolor paper.  Once dried, I stamped the PAINT A FLOWER: MAGNOLIA GRANDIFLORA and fussy cut each image for the spread.   

I am in love with the new SPARK JOY: SWEET STRAWBERRIES.   The sweet image and the coordinated stencil make it so easy to customize each foiled panel.

I used two of the SPARK JOY: SWEET STRAWBERRIES design to create my card ( there was as bit of fussy cutting involved).   I also  used the hot foil plate to add the sentiment to my card.

I am using the new CRAFT A FLOWER: SOUTHERN MAGNOLIA Layering Die Set to create this card!  

I used soft tones of pink cardstock for the flowers.   The sentiment for the card comes from the new BUILD A GARDEN: DANCING POPPIES.   It was so easy to put this card together!!

Probably one of my favorite pieces from this month's releases has to be the new BUILD A GARDEN: DANCING POPPIES.   I love the movement in the flowers, and how they all come together in one stamp set, which makes it easy to build all at once.

I used the flowers from the BUILD A GARDEN: DANCING POPPIES to frame the photo in my layout, then used the CRAFT YOUR LIFE PROJECT KIT: DELICATE GARDEN stamp set to add the title and extra sentiments to the spread.

Lastly, Iam using the new MINI DELIGHT: CAFE AU LAIT DAHLIA to create this new spread in my Family journal.

I mixed some of the new Trailblazing Inks to create all the floral images from the MINI DELIGHT: CAFE AU LAIT  DAHLIA.  It was all about  nesting my memories in the flower images and a small title from the same stamp set.

I hope this provided some extra information for the latest Marvelous Monthly Releases.  Altenew is so excited to continue celebrating the release, and are holding a generous giveaway.

Giveaway Prizes

$300+ in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $100 gift card to 1 grand prize winner and a $20 gift card to 10 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by March 26, 2023 for a chance to win.

Altenew will draw 5 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on March 28, 2023. *The grand prize winner will be chosen from comments left on the Altenew Card Blog.

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Mar 12, 2023

FAMILY SELFIE TIME _ Doodlebug Design

 It is time for a new dose of  Over The Rainbow.  I just love all the happiness this collection brings to each story.   This time, I borrowed inspiration from one of the collection design's to create  my page.

I am sure you all are loving the rainbow theme of the collection, and I wanted to bring it in a clean way to my spread ( and it is all inspired by one of the collection's designs!)

I started by creating my background with a cloud stencil and ink..  While the ink dried, I free hand drew a few cloud images on white cardstock and 6x6 paper, and decided to hand stitched them to add texture.

I set the clouds  atop of the stenciled background, then added a few extra embellishments to continue the sky look for the page.

Now to create my rainbow, I cut paper strips ( all from one paper) and glued them as coming down from the clouds (just like the collection's design!).  I added coordinating sprinkles to the paper strips so that they give the idea of raindrops.  Then I set the picture of my littlest cousins ( and my older cousin!_ at the bottom of the rainbow

To build the title, I elongated the bottom line of the design by adding Odds and Ends pieces to the side of the photo.  Then combined Chit Chat pieces with cardstock stickers, and some new Alphabet Soup stickers.

I love how this turned out! Sometimes inspiration can be found in the little details of the collection!  Be sure to check out the colorful Over The Rainbow collection !!



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Over The Rainbow collection


Alphabet Soup Sticker