It's time for another Christmas layout...in March! Ha! Up here in MA, winter has decided to stick around - even though tomorrow is *technically* the first day of Spring. It's literally DUMPING snow right now. To say that I'm annoyed would be a huge understatement. I love snowboarding & all...but I have a toddler who is very active and eager to play outside. Needless to say, we are all dying for warmer weather...!

Anyhoo, all this time indoors has allowed me to tackle some layouts. Today I'm sharing my layout for our 2012 Holiday Cards. We had some many awesome cards that it took me 3 whole 12"x12" pages, and I still have MORE to scrap! I figured I'd at least get these blogged...

Pages 1 & 2:

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...and page 3:

  031913-2   some closeup detail shots: 031913-3 031913-4 031913-5 031913-6 031913-7 031913-8 031913-9   This "Seasons Greetings" title and a lot of other elements on this page are from the October Afternoon "Make it Merry" collection. I also used some Carta Bella and super old American Crafts designer paper on this layout. 031913-10   Here is one last look at all 3 pages. I sort of agonized over this layout for far too long. I finally just decided I needed to be done with it and it was good enough. I'm just happy I was able to get these scrapped so I can move onto the next item. Not going to lie, it's only March and I've completed most of my Christmas 2012 layouts...I'm pretty proud of myself!! ;) 031913-11

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I've been trying to catch up on my scrapbooking lately (like I will EVER be caught up, ha!!) - and I decided to tackle our family Christmas cards. I like to do a layout each year displaying the card we sent out to family & friends.

This was our Christmas card that we sent out a few years ago when I was pregnant with Brooke. Yes yes, the year 2010. I told you I was behind...! ;)

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We got quite a few laughs from this card...it was a pretty fun idea. It was a great way to announce our pregnancy since a lot of people still didn't know. I think Pete's belly was a bit bigger than mine...even at 24 weeks!! ;)

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Here is our card from 2011. The photos of this are not that great, I apologize. I used some white shimmery mist on the background of this layout to tone down the green chevron pattern, and it reflected pretty badly when I tried to photograph it.

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Look at how little & cute she was! Gahh!!

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And here we have this past years card - 2012. I just completed this layout and even filmed a little video of me completing the layout for you to see! I used mostly all October Afternoon's Make it Merry Collection for this, with a little bit of Carta Bella thrown in. Our card this year had photos on the front & back so I had more space to fill with photos, which was nice.

030613-1 030613-2 I used the photos from our family photoshoot for this card, the design was from Shutterfly. I am currently working on completing the layout from all the 2012 Christmas cards we received...so far it's 3 pages!! You can see last years version of that layout HERE. 030613-3  

You can watch the video of me completing this layout below, or over here on Youtube. I didn't talk through the video...just music this time. I tried to put captions in to explain things where it was needed, but let me know if you have any questions. Thanks! :)

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a little bubbly…

February 23, 2013

in Altered Stuff

Hi everyone, I have another Whimsie Doodle share with you today. A few posts ago, I showed you how to download and print Whimsie Doodle files. I like to do this and then color my images - but sometimes I like to color the images in *before* I print them. I will color them in using the paint bucket tool in Photoshop, and then I will print the image...already colored! It makes things super easy to mass produce - here is a screenshot of me using the paint bucket tool to fill in my image:

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I decided to create some handmade wine bottle gift tags with some fun Spring colors to give away to some friends in a few weeks. I used the Bubble Shelf stamp for this. Super cute and I love the sentiment, it's perfect for a wine bottle gift tag!

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You can see my tutorial on creating these wine bottle gift tags HERE.

Be sure to check out the latest releases from Whimsie over HERE. You can also follow along with us on the Whimsie Doodle blog each day.

thanks for stopping by! :)

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More Whimsie Doodles Valentines

February 13, 2013

in Cards

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day! Here are some super last minute Valentine's that I colored using the "Valen-Tinies" Whimsie Doodle digital stamps, and my colored pencils.

I used Prismacolor pencils and gamsol to blend & shade these images. If you want to see more information on coloring using Prismacolor & Gamsol, check out my blog post & video here.

I punched most of these out with a 1 3/4" circle punch, layered on top of a 2" circle punched circle. The sentiments come with the stamp set - so I just trimmed them down and adhered to my Valentine. These measure the standard size of other Valentine's - so they are great to hand out to classmates, etc. Who needs store bought Valentine's, right? ;)

 

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Snowed In.

February 11, 2013

in Other

this past weekend was the lovely Blizzard of 2013 which dumped 2 whole feet of snow on us.

We didn't really go anywhere, except outside in our yard to play. Being snowed in isn't so bad when you have this sweet little face to hang out with all day long :)

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Yes...yes, I am just NOW scrapbooking photos from last April. Let's not draw attention to how behind I am in my scrapbooking...mmmkay? ;)

These pics were taken last year...the day before Brooke turned one. Her birthday was on a Monday, so we decided to make Sunday our special family day. It ended up being unusually warm, so we took her to the zoo for the very first time.

The gorillas were her favorite part...!

I've linked to most of the supplies below. I cut the elephants and title using this digital cut file from the Silhouette online store.

...she loved it!

I have been working on a lot of layouts lately, just need to get some time to photograph and share them. I've even been dabbling in a different style: Project Life. I'm *NOT* doing Project Life (that would be the biggest fail ever. I would never finish it, LOL), but I have been playing around with using the PL page protectors with smaller pockets to complete a few layouts. I think it's a great way to scrapbook, and it's motivated me to try some new things and get my mojo going again. It's always good to mix things up now & then! I will share soon.

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Today I'm sharing these fun little lip gloss holders using Whimsie Doodle digital stamps, and the Top Note die from Stampin Up. These work up REALLY fast and make a great little treat to give out for Valentine's Day (perfect for teachers!). If you don't own the Stampin Up Top Note die, there are a bunch of digital cut files for your Cricut or Silhouette that are very similar -  there's so many variations you could do!

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post, as I have a video tutorial on how to make these...plus I've included a bit of instruction on using Whimsie Doodle stamps, too!

I printed these Valentine Messages stamps on various colors of cardstock and then punched them out with a 2" circle punch. I only added a small amount of color here & there with my Copic markers...but not much! Really quick and easy to do.

here's a look at what's inside...a single stick of (holiday themed, LOL) lip gloss. It was all I had on hand...but hey, it's February and there's still plenty of snowman hanging around during February...right?! ;)

If you'd like to see how I made these, you can watch my video below, or directly over on YouTube

I've also had many MANY inquiries on how Whimsie Doodles stamps work, what they are, how I download & print them, etc. - I put together the first part of this video to help some of you out. If I can, I may try and do another video to show more options for using these digital stamps. Let me know what you think and if you find this video helpful - or if you have any questions! I can try and address them in a future blog post or video for you. Thanks!!

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Boy Birthday Card

January 23, 2013

in Cards

If you're like me, you're always in need of boy themed or masculine cards. I never have enough on hand! I am sharing this "Epic Birthday" fun digital stamp from Whimsie Doodles today - it makes the perfect embellishment for any boy card:

I cut some baker's twine and adhered it to the card with liquid glue to give some added dimension. The stamp was lightly colored with some Copic markers, and then I used some Glossy Accents to make those buttons pop! It totally looks like an XBOX controller...how fun! Because these are digital stamps, I printed them directly onto my cardstock. I knew I wanted some color in my greeting, so I printed the sentiment directly onto my yellow cardstock.

To be fair, this would also make a great card for a little girl or older guy, too. I know my hubby loves his XBOX games ;)

You can find this card in the "This and That" section of the Whimsie Doodle online store.

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Paper Smooches obsession

January 14, 2013

in Cards

Recently I've placed a few big orders for some new stamps and other fun crafty goodies. It had been so long since I treated myself to some new stuff!

One of the new stamp companies I decided I had to try was Paper Smooches. I purchased Birthday Buddies and Chubby Chums, and made a whole slew of cards from these ADORABLE little guys. (Please note that I am in no way affiliated with this company - I just LOVE their cute stamps and I can't resist sharing/bragging about them with you all...!)

Here are all the cards I've made so far...I have been having way too much fun coloring and creating with these critters.

I used quite a few different coloring techniques for these images. The fish above are colored with Copics, while this little doggie below was stamped on Kraft cardstock and I just used some watercolor pencils and blending pen to add shading. I paper-pieced the white eyes back onto the dog to make them nice and bright.

I just LOVE this little guy!! I used some Copics to color him in...not going to lie, it took a while. I need to invest in more/better brown Copic colors I think...it seems to take me so long to blend my browns!

More Copics on this little chickie...

...and this cow could not be any easier. Just a small amount of grey shading.

Another doggie that I stamped on Kraft and shaded with some watercolor pencils. I wanted to make a SUPER simple card with him as the focal point. I love how he pops against the white. I added some Glossy Accents to the balloon to give it a fun look (hard to tell in these photos).

This card layout is the same as the chickie card - I really like it and it's easy to mass produce. I added some woodgrain stamping on the white circle this time for some additional color.

Whew, that was a lot! Thanks for reading! Full supplies are linked below (they won't show up if you're reading this in Google Reader, sorry!)

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Hi everyone! I'm sharing some NEW Valentine's Digis from Whimsie Doodles today. These can either be small Valentine's, or toppers for treat bags. Super easy and cute!

I used Photoshop on my computer to color these images in, and then I printed them out and mounted them on some cardstock for a bag topper.

You could fill these bag with most anything, not just candy.

These new releases will be available for purchase & download in just a few short days. Be sure to check out the Whimsie Doodle blog for more information on new releases and challenges, too!

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