Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Sorry I have been absent this week. Between Irene, the start of school & my knee that is still not healed , it's been crazy. I have spent every spare minute scrapping and creating away. I applied for a position on the Doodlebug Design Team and have been gluing frantically trying to finish it all.

I have been a huge fan of Doodlebug since they first came out. They are one of the first companies I remember when scrapbooking started making a comeback. I started scrapbooking in the Summer of 1999 and I believe Doodlebug's first release was in 2000. They have stayed true to their colors and their fun quirkiness all these years and I can pull a piece of paper from a line in 2000 and know that it will coordinate with a line that just came out. I love that about them. No other company can claim that. It makes Doodlebug unique. Their style has stayed true too. It's fun, playful & quirky.

For the Design Team submission you were asked to create 3 projects, a layout, 2 cards and a home decor or mini album. Being the over achiever that I am I pushed it to the limit. My "home decor" item turned into a party kit.

cupcake hat banner

I started by cutting the hat out of my Silhouette. I then layered Doodlebug Paper Frills and borders that I punched or cut out of my Silhouette. I glued a May Arts ribbon to the bottom and then I punched two holes on either side with my Cropodile and added two Bubblegum Doodlebug eyelets for the string holes. To top it of I created a pom-pom using Jillibean twine (I don't have any DB twine YET). To create the pom-pom I wrapped two different colors of twine around a piece of cardboard, slid it of tied it in the middle cut the ends and then fluffed and trimmed.

The cupcakes:
pink cupcake

These were far too fun!!! I used Hot of the Press' cupcake template. This template is just awesome!!! It makes 2 different cupcakes and can make different toppers. I took it one step further and created a digital cut file out of it so that I can whip up a bunch in no time. It saves my arthritic hands when I am having a bad day too. :)

I cut the Delicious cupcake out of the Bubblegum Petite Prints paper by Doodle bug and the wrapper out of the Bumblebee Petite Prints. The cupcake and the wrapper are separate and the cupcake can come out of the wrapper. I used the Bubblegum glitter to create sparkle on the top. For the white chocolate covered cherry I used red floss and off white floss to make a pompom. I first wrapped the red around a large paperclip and then I wrapped the offwhite over it. I followed the steps above for the big pompom but I trimmed this one closer. I took a piece of wire to create the stem and a leaf left over from my Love Zoo card for the leaf.

green cupcake
The Yummy cupcake was done the same way but I used the Pool Petite Prints and the Limeade Petite print. I covered the cupcake with the Limeade Glitter and then used 2 Doodlebug stickers from the Birthday Boy Icon sticker sheet and mounted them on a toothpick and inserted in the middle. These cupcakes make great party favors for little ones. Fill with M&M's and close. Easy peasy!!! ;)

The Badge:

I used Doodlebug's Petite prints in Cupcake and Tangerine
I used my Tim Holtz Rosette die to create the two badges. To get the smaller one you put your paper on the die, cut it in your Sizzix like normal and then cut some of the width off of it. It makes a smaller die. The smaller you trim it, the smaller the rosette. To prevent tearing on your rosette's use a strip of scotch tape on the back of it. It will never tear. I layered them then cut 2 paper ribbons, added a sentiment from American Crafts, a sticker from the Doodlebug Birthday Girl icon sheet, a limeade Doodlebug rub on, a little glitter on the edges and voila!

The (super) Mini Album:

explosion book

inside of book

The mini album is an explosion album. they are fun to make. I have made and sold hundreds. They sell really good at the Craft Fair every year and make for good little keepsakes for any occasion. I used paper from the Doodlebug Birthday Boy line and the Icons.I also used some Sticko stickers. They are $1 a pack at A.C. Moore when they go on sale.

The invitation:
birthday card

You can't have a party without the invitations! So for one of my 2 cards I created this one to go with the Party Set. (Please excuse my photo. I took this picture at 11:30 p.m and I had bad lighting and even my light box wasn't helping.) Doodlebug has the most amazing cards out now. I really wanted to use one for this but I had just made a large set of cards for my neighbor and used the last of them. Between the hurricane and my knee getting out wasn't an option. So I cut some Bumblebee paper and made my own. I used the word Birthday from the Birthday Girl Icon set for the title. I used some older Doodlebug tag letters. I apologize....I don't remember the official name of them. I LOVE them. I have them in Bubblegum, Lilac and Blue Jean. I use them very sparingly as I don't want to run out. I tend to use a lot of my Doodlebug for my own personal collections, cards & layouts because I have a hard time parting with them! ;)

I also used the Paperfrills in Bubblegum and Limeade stamped with Hero Arts stamps on the bottom.

Peace and Love card:
Peace & love card
I changed this one up a bit. I wanted to show that Doodlebug can be very versatile. It can go from cute to elegant. I used the Hero Arts leaf wreath and some Doodlebug Boutique brads on this one. I stamped the background with the Hero Arts Magical Background and used the Hero arts chalk inks...which by the way all match Doodlebug products amazingly!!!! It was a great discovery!

My final project is my layout:

I adore you final
I started with a dark navy sheet of Bazzill (which the scanner and the camera cut off) then put some Daisy Limeade down and created from there. The circle paper is Echo Park. I was almost out of Doodlebug product except for the Petite prints...which I own a ton of. So I wanted to stretch what I had left. I used my Silhouette a lof for this one, the titles are some of Kerri Bradford's kits....which I love, some Hero Arts stamps (stars)and I even created my own Doodlebug paper frill in pool. I didn't have any. So I measured it and recreated it in my Silhouette software. It's that little blue circle strip on the yellow.
adore close up

The red artisan shape is actually a Doodlebug card. I cut the top off it and used it to layer my title on. I love to re-purpose product!

here are some closer views:
journaling up close
Doodlebug papers cut beautifully in the Silhouette. I love it!!

smile close up

bottom corner
The little Beetle Black "t" is from an old collection of Doodlebug too! :)

So that's it. Wish me luck!!! I want on this team badly!!! I'll be back to share a really fun layout using all Jillibean Soup tomorrow.

If you are interested in purchasing any older Doodlebug product go HERE!!! It's GoneScrappin. She used to be one of my favorite stores on www. She closed her store a few years back and now only carries Doodlebug products. It's a Doodlebug gold mine! Enjoy!!! :)


Tiffany said...

Oh my! Michelle, these are all SOOO fantastic, perfectly Doodlebug style and cuteness! A winner in my book, love those delicious cupcakes! The explosion album looks very cool, I want to make one of those now!

Sarah said...

Wonderful projects, Michelle! Wishing you all the best!

Sarah said...

Wonderful projects, Michelle! Wishing you all the best!

Renee said...

Your projects are absolutely beautiful! It is so nice to meet you! Best of luck to you!!

Jeannie from said...

I applied too and after looking at your stuff..well...I think you will totally wow them! Great job!!

Joy said...

Gorgeous work my friend...Love it, if they don't pick you they are fingers, toes and everything are crossed for you...hugs

luvmysilhouette said...

Oh Michelle, I Love all of them...
Great Job You Will Knock their socks off with all this Yummy Stuff...Best Of Luck My Dear...

pcm said...

great job! hope you make the cut!

kerrycwills said...

All your creations are super cute! I love that exploding mini album! I make one similar, but might be messaging you for details about how you did your ribbons!

Good luck!

Aphra said...

Fabulous projects! Good luck with the call. :)