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Doodle-buggy cuteness

Who loves some Doodlebug Designs?! I love the cartoony cuteness of it and it’s GREAT for kids crafts like cards, tags, goodie bags, etc. It’s always a ‘go-to’ when I need to create a fun and cutesy project. I needed a cute Christmas goodie bag so I whipped up this adoooorable bag with a few files from SVG Cuts and Doodlebug’s ‘Santa’s Workshop’ papers and stickers.

How can you not smile at that? I thought the little window with the elf hanging out was a cute touch! He wants to hang some candy canes on the tree!…

…. Or beat Santa and the other elf with them.. he is kinda looking at that other elf with a crazy eye “I’m gonna get you” expression… he looks like he would snap at the sight of a simple crooked bow. Eh… Either way, it’s cute!

See the cool tree? Ya see how it’s ‘folded’? Super easy to do with SVG Cuts’ Christmas Cheer SVG Kit. (Tree card). I love how it adds a bit of dimension. I added some ‘ornaments’ with Epiphany Crafts round 14 shape tool.

“Hi, Santa!!!”

For the bag I used SVG Cuts Vintage Halloween Bags (I cut the handle off and added my own with large eyelets and wire) and the scalloped window was created using the Scalloped Shapes Collection. 

 

And while I am on the topic of SVG Cuts, did you SEE the new kit? Back pats for me since I suggested this stuff, LOL! We are big.. biiiig.. almost to a creepy level Elf on the Shelf fans here so I am SUPER excited about this, I just need to get some light ‘skin’ colored paper first.. and that won’t happen until Saturday. Waaaaah…. Such a bummer! I guess I could use burnt oraneg and make the elves overly tanned Jersey Shore-esque, LOL! But hey, YOU can play! Use code ‘FREEGIFT’ and get it FREE with a purchase fo $9.98 or more!

Introducing, Santa’s Helpful Elves!

Alrighty, folks.. I’m sick.. AGAIN!…. I know.. how do I manage to stay alive at this rate. Yes, I really am sick like every other month lately. It’s quite ridiculous. Plus I am in full swing Santa mode over here! Baking, gifting, celebrating, etc. so I might be a bit quiet the next week or so while I drown myself in gift wrap, cookies, fudge, prime rib, and peppermint mochas.


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Alannah’s nut holder

Hey, hey! How’s your weekend going? Mine is crafty as ever, of course! This weekend I am still working on my DIY Halloween decor, plus sneaking in some paper crafts! I finished up my last DT project for this month for Carta Bella, so fun! Can’t wait to share my projects with you all!

Today I decided to do some kiddo crafty time with my younger daughter (Older one’s not here.. and the boy was playing Batman). We knew right away what we would make after seeing this new kit release from SVG Cuts!

Kit is Acorn Autumn

My daughter has a ‘thing’ with collecting acorns.. or.. ‘nuts’. She swears someday she will make a necklace from them, lol! So of course she needs a place to put her nuts, right? (because I am pretty much over keeping them ‘safe’ in my nightstand for her) So.. we made ourselves some ‘nut holders’.

Now, I gotta say.. When I pulled up the PDF and saw all those tabs to glue for this container, I knew it was going to be a disaster. She just got over not feeling well and with not being 100% and all those tabs everywhere, she’d throw in the towel in minutes and whine at me to finish it for her.

I was wrong… Boy, was I wrong! I made one right along side her and she watched me VERY carefully. All I did was tell her where to glue and she did it.. all by her 7 year old little self! And she was soooooo proud! We craft all.the.time together, but this was something new.. ‘harder’ I suppose. Like the ‘big’ crafts mommy does.

So, I of course saw her enthusiasm and HAD to take photos to share.. she was so into it! So, here’s some photos of my little Alannah buggy making her ‘nut holder’.

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The girl was all smiles! She said it was like a puzzle and was “so cool”.

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When she finished the bottom, she realized it was a fabulous hat! LOL! My silly goose!

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The lid was a little challenging for her.. tiny, tiny tabs! Good thing she has tiny fingers! She did great! I was about to have her do mine!

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This picture totally makes me smile.. man, she is concentrating! lol.. This must be her ‘crazy crafty face’.

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I am pretty sure that toothless grin shows her excitement over her new nut holder!!! She did it!

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Time for finishing touches… then…..

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TA-DA!!!!!!! She picked her own paper, ribbon, button and stickers.. and of course adhered everything on her nut holder :)

 

Here’s the group shot! I think her acorn is better than my two *wink*

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(Totally messed up the inking here.. grabbed the wrong color.. gah!)

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There’s her’s all opened up! And what’s inside?… Well, what do you think?

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I love this silly kiddo! *pink fluffy hearts*

 

So, I gotta share a funny little story. Alannah said, “This is so cool, how much did it cost?!” (Yes, she’s been practicing counting money and such, lol).. I told her what the price it is, but then said being that I design for the company, I get mine for free!… She was AMAZED! Told me, “REALLY?! You need to make stuff for them for ever so when I am an adult I can use them too!”

LOL!!!

Anyhow, this was a lot of fun and I totally suggest sitting down with a kiddo and making an acorn.. or anything else on the SVG Cuts site! This was so fun for her and not our usual cards or painting stuff we do. Smiles all around today!

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget you can get this NEW kit as a FREE GIFT this week with a purchase of $9.98 or more! Use code FREEGIFT at checkout! Whoo-hoo!


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Cute and easy treat bag!

Hey! How’s it going?… Did you all have a nice weekend? I have been prepping and getting some ideas together for all my DIY Halloween decorations I have planned! Did you know I have a full week of Halloween fun that’s gonna be happening here in September? (So you have plenty of time to get Halloween projects done!) More info to come later, but I have some sponsors lined up and will have giveaways all week! I am pretty excited! I will have paper crafts, treat ideas, and DIY decor ideas! Hope you’ll stop by!

Anyhow, since I have Halloween on the brain….. “Mmmmm… Braiiiiiiins” I decided to make a cute and SIMPLE treat bag! I pulled out some fun stamps, my Big Shot, circle framelit dies and got busy!

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Did I mention it was simple? Sometimes we all NEED simple, right?

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I love the stitched twine.. cute stamps and the buttons… and yes, even that black licorice that most people hate!.. lol

Here’s some detail shots on how I made it!

 

Supplies:

 

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  • To create the window on my bag I inserted a framelit die into the bag with the cuting side facing the front of the bag. Line it up the best you can. I held mine up to the window to see through it and get my placement just right!

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  • Emboss a piece of acetate for the window.

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  • Eat a Twinkie.

(LOL! Yes.. I was eating a twinkie.. or tried to.. I haven’t had one in awhile and YUCK! Nevermind that mess…)

 

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  • Ink the edges in gray. Colorbox ‘Antique Pewter’ is my FAVORITE gray for Halloween projects!

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  • I cut a scalloped frame with my Sizzix eclips from SVG Cuts ‘Scalloped Shapes’ collection. I used a medium circle frame sized to 3.162″. This will fit perfectly over the opening when you use the 3″ framlits die.

Then begin stamping! Embellish with buttons and fill up the bag with treats! (or, if you’re cheap like me and only had 2  1/2 pieces of black licorice).
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  • To close up the bag I stitched over the twine on the front and through the bag, and then wraped the twine around and tied a bow with a stamped tag! Cuteness!

That’s it! A cute and fun way to package treats… and use stamps that you may or may not be hoarding.. or.. ‘collecting’.

Oh.. and when I said I used 2 1/2 pieces of licorice.. I wasn’t kidding. Here you can see when it slipped down and exposed it’s ripped apart self! LOL!!!

 

Look for a post tonight for the Echo Park blog hop winner! :)


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I totally earned my ‘best mom ever’ badge today!

Summer’s coming and I have been looking around Pinterest for some ideas to keep these little monsters busy to keep the, “Moooommy, I’m booooored” to a minimum. I came across a recipe for ‘cloud dough’.. I know.. WTH is THAT?… It’s a silky smooth ‘dough’ concoction of flour and baby oil… don’t let the oil scare you away, it’s not oily at all!

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DO THIS:

  • Get flour, baby oil, a large bowl for mixing, and a whisk. You’ll dump in 8 cup flour and 1 cup baby oil. Start mixing together with the whisk. At first I thought I’d be ‘smart’ and use my Kitchenaid mixer.. Yeeeah. Not so smart, lol. It’s kind of weird looking and doesn’t seem to mix well at first.. but once you have most the oil absorbed, dig your hands it and almost start kneading it a bit. It only takes a minute or so to get just right! Once it starts sticking together well, then you’re done!
  • I made 1 1/2 batches and dumped it all into one of those large/shallow wrapping paper containers so my kiddos would have a lot of ‘play area’. It can get messy, so if your kiddos are extra crazy, I would have them play outside with it. (Not saying my kids are NOT crazy.. they most certainly are.. I just sat there with them and watched them like a hawk, lol) They played nice and kept their hands and toys inside the container.
  • It stores very well and will last awhile! Just put the lid on the container and put it away for the next time someone says, “I’m booooored’…. or.. go tell them to clean their room if they are so ‘bored’.. lol.
  • FYI.. I was told this was ‘almost’ as fun as Disneyland.. lol.

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I set it all up and then told them to come see.. they were quite excited! They played for over an hour. Even I liked playing it in.. it’s sooo soft.. I love it!

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It holds together like sand does.. so it was perfect for all our sand toys!

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They made cupcakes…

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And ice cream.. Mmmm!

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Want a bite?

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(Note to self.. trim the little dude’s nails. Ick!)

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My little guy makes the silliest faces sometimes.

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He had SO much fun ‘cooking’ for mommy…

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Alannah loved making me plates of ‘food’

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Did I mention the baby oil makes it smell sooo nice! Austin kept smelling it.. weirdo!

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How fun, right?! Just thought I’d share this fun and easy boredom buster that I did with my kiddos today!

See ya!
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