Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thank You Card

Now that Christmas is over, it's time to send out the thank you cards. Today I am sharing a cute 5 by 7 inch thank you card made with "CK Smore Snow Cutie" from KaDoodle Bug Designs.

The snowflake frame is from Bird's Cards. The bottom layer is cut from teal glitter cardstock and the top layer is aqua glitter cardstock. The "Thanks" and snowflakes are from Cricut Design Space and are also cut from the same colors of glitter cardstock as the frame.

The base of the card, the snowman and the marshmallow are made with glossy white cardstock. The chocolate is brown glossy cardstock. The clothes are purple glitter cardstock with aqua trim. The rest of the snowman is made using cardstock scraps.

The title, snowman and snowflakes are attached with pop dots to give the card dimension. Little crystals in aqua and purple were added to the snowflakes. As a final touch I made a bow from aqua and purple tulle strips that were approximately 1 inch by 12 inches. The bow was attached to the upper left corner of the card with glue dots. 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Tis the Season to be Freezin'

Today I am sharing a cute little nine inch wreath for winter.

9 inch blue and silver tinsel and snowflake wreath (I got mine from the Dollar Store)
"Tis the Season to be Freezin'" pattern from KaDoodleBug Designs
Black velveteen paper
Glitter paper in white and light blue
Silver metallic cardstock
Pink print and blue print cardstock
Plain cardstock in white, orange, pink and black
3-1 inch snowflake charms
2-1/2 inch snowflake charms
hot glue gun, glue
2-Light blue tulle, 4 inches by 18

Make your paper piecings using black velveteen paper for the penguin bodies and white glitter paper for their bellies, then use the other colors as shown. The bottom penguin is 3 1/2 inches and the side penguin is 4 inches. The title is made 4 inches tall; the bottom layer is black cardstock, the middle layer is silver metallic and the top layer is light blue glitter paper.

Using 2 strips of 4 inch by 18 inch tulle, make a bow for the top of the wreath. Using hot glue attach a 1 inch snowflake charm to the center of the bow. Attach the bow to the top of the wreath.

Attach the paper piecings evenly spaced round the wreath using hot glue. Add the snowflake charms between the paper piecings.

Enjoy your cute little winter wreath! ~ Shirley

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

This has been an unusual winter here in the U.P. of Michigan. Here it is a week before Christmas and we have no snow! I'm sure we will eventually be blasted with the white stuff, and then it will be snowman making time! I love these Whimsical Inklings files available from KaDoodle Bug Designs. For my layout I used:

Snow Reindeer
Reindeer Building Snowman
Winter Reindeer Peeker
Snow Friends

All the printed papers are from Cricut Imagine cartridges. Yes, I have an Imagine machine that still works! The paper piecings range in size from 4 1/4 to 5 inches. The top border is from Christmas Borders by Little Scraps of Heaven Designs. I made my title with my explore using Pooh Font. I added some extra snowflakes and touches of glitter glue to the white areas.

 The mats were made by placing two 4 1/2 inch squares on a 12 by 12 area of my explore mat, spaced as I would want them on my layout. I added three one inch snowflakes so they slightly overlap each other and the squares. I then welded them together and duplicated them for the second page. I added a blue snowflake print mat onto a slightly larger dark aqua mat. I added a one inch wavy border mounted on dark pink cardstock and trimmed with a wavy decorative scissor, to each mat. Then I added some 1/2 inch sheer blue ribbon to each mat, and added a snowflake to the center.

Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas! ~ Shirley

Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas Candy Polar Bears Wreath

Today I am sharing this cute evergreen wreath using a brand new file from KaDoodle Bug Designs, "Christmas Candy Polar Bears. 


15 inch artificial evergreen wreath
Silk poinsettias 1 large, one small
various pinecones and artificial evergreen sprigs
White poster board 12 x 12 inches
white fleece
glitter paper in green, red, dark red and white
White cardstock and scraps in black and gray
Hot glue, glue, foam tape 
Wire (optional)

Using the poinsettias, evergreen sprigs and pinecones, decorate your evergreen wreath by clustering the poinsettias together near the top and slightly to the left. Scatter the other decorations evenly around the wreath. These can be wired in place or secured with hot glue.

Cut the base layer for the three polar bears out of poster board for stability.  Cut the pieces for the polar bear bodies from plain white cardstock, and trace these pieces onto the fleece, then cut the pieces out by hand. The standing bear is 6 inches, the candy bear is 5 3/4 inches and the lollipop bear is 5 inches. Everything else is cut from glitter paper except the inner ears, bottom of the feet,the nose and the  (These are cut from cardstock scraps in black and gray.) Ink the edges of the bears with gray, then brush the bears from the center out to get the fuzzy look. (I use a tooth brush.) Put everything together using lots of glue and foam tape. Space your finished bears evenly around the wreath and secure with hot glue. scatter the extra candy pieces between the bears. You now have a cute Christmas Candy Polar Bears wreath to hang and enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by! ~ Shirley

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas Night Penguin Step Easel Card

Today I am posting on the KaDoodle Bug Designs blog. If you would like the details of my Christmas step easel card and the design space file for the card base, check it out here:

Have a great day! ~ Shirley

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Unwrap the Spirit Easel Card

Today I am sharing a cute little Christmas easel card.

The pattern for the easel card and the snowflakes are from Bird's Cards. The card is made at 5 1/4 inches.

I used Cutie KaToodles Mrs. Claus Bear from KaDoodle Bug Designs, cut at 3 1/2 inches. I added a Christmas bow,  a poinsettia, three large snowflakes (cut from glitter paper), 10 small snowflakes (using a punch) and lots of bling. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Merry Christmouse Layout

     Today I am sharing a two page Christmas layout using the KaDoodleBug Designs file, " CK Santa's Little Helper."


"CK Santa's Little Helper" file from KBD
Font from Carousel from Cricut 
2 sheets" Merry & Bright" cardstock from We R Memory Keepers
1 sheet" Tiny Polka Lime" from The Paper Studio
1 sheet" Holly" by Taylor for Daisyd's
1 sheet green checked paper ( source unknown)
1 sheet tan Xmas print paper (source unknown)
Cardstock in red, bright green, olive green, white, black, gray, light gray, pink and yellow.
Jewels and gems. ( I used several different shapes and sizes and colors)
Paper flowers in red and bright green 1/2 inch and 1 1/2 inch


I used the" Merry & Bright" cardstock as the background for my layout. I added the other elements from left to right in these measurements: ( cut two of each)
green checked - 2 inches x 12 inches
olive green strip - 1/2 inch x 12 inches
red "Holly" - 2 1/2 inches x 12 inches
"Tiny Polka Lime" - 6 inches x 11 inches
tan Xmas print mats - 6 inches x 8 1/2 inches
red cardstock mats 5 inches x 7 1/2 inches
white strips 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 - 2 inches  

Put the background together as shown, reversing the order for the second page.  The large mice are made at about 4 1/2 inches tall. The small mouse is 3 inches tall. I also made an extra candy cane and present. The letters are 1 1/2 inches tall and cut using "Carousel" from Cricut.

Thanks for visiting! ~ Shirley