Friday, July 03, 2015

4th of July Treat Bags | Pebbles, Inc.

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Good morning!  Today I wanted to share a project I created for the Pebbles, Inc. blog.  It’s a  quick and easy little project I whipped up to share some fun patriotic treats with some of my favorite neighbors!  I love sharing a little surprise gift at random times, but when there's a holiday or reason for celebration, it's even a BETTER time to share!  I used the Gift Bag Punch Board (from We R Memory Keepers) and the "Americana" collection to create this fun little set of gift bags.

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I love the versatility of the gift bag board.  I used the "large" size marking for all three of these bags, but made each one a different height.

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I also like adding a contrasting band across the top of each of the bags.  Here's a closer look at the tops:

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wendysue_americana_giftbagset11 Both techniques are really easy and add a fun bit of contrast to the bags.  After creating the bags, simply add a few coordinating embellishments to the bag fronts, then fill them up with yummy treats to share!  Happy 4th of July!! :)

Supplies: Americana Die Cut Cardstock Shapes Americana Dimensional Pinwheels Americana Mini Clothespins Americana "Home of the Brave" Paper Americana "Liberty" Paper Americana "Justice" Paper Americana "Stars & Stripes" Paper We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

colorful birthday card set | doodlebug design inc…

Good morning!  Today I wanted to share a fun little card set I recently created, to share on the Doodelbug Design blog, using lots of rainbow mix & match letters!  I really love love love (x infinity) the Chippers!  They are larger letters, so my first inclination is to use them on layouts...but I LOVE the big bold statement they make on cards!  I created this set of birthday cards using various chipboard letters.
 
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I used the "hip hip hooray" collection because I love the colors and designs for both boys and girls.
 
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Little colorful bits and pieces add to the unique design of each card, including sprinkles, doodle tape, and twine!
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Of course, I added dimensional adhesive behind the stickers for a little bit of added dimension.
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For this final card, I opted to use several different letter stickers from many different alphabet sticker shapes.  I love the eclectic look of all the different styles.  Yet there is still a cohesiveness because of the amazing doodlebug color pallet!
 
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Try mixing and matching colorful letters on your next set of cards!

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

father’s day cards and envelopes | pebbles inc…

Hello friends!  Today, I'm sharing a couple of colorful cards and coordinating envelopes I made for Father's Day.  I know it's kind of non-traditional to use colors and designs like this...but Father's Day shares the first day of summer this year - so it's extra appropriate, don't you think, to use the "Fun in the Sun" collection?  I have two special dads in my life - mine and my kids' -  so I made one card for Grandpa and one card for Dad!wendysue_fathersday_cardset_filtered    After I made the cards, using the popsicle cards, I decided to use the Envelope Punch Board to create coordinating envelopes for the cards.  To top it off, I wanted to use the popsicle patterned paper to line the envelopes!  Here's what I did:

First - I made the envelopes (two of them) according to the instructions on the punch board (I used the measurements for the 4 1/2" x 6" card):wendysue_fathersday_cardset_tutorial1

   Next, I cut a second, smaller envelope (using the instructions for a 4 1/2" x 5" card)

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   The next step is to trim off the smaller sides:

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   And cut the piece in half to create two envelope liners:

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   Next, I rounded the corners on the top of the liners:

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   And attached the liners to the insides of the envelopes:

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 wendysue_fathersday_cardset_tutorial6  And I finished assembling the envelope with adhesive:

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   That's it!  And now I have two cards all ready to give to the two coolest pops I know!!

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   Happy Father's Day to all of the dads in your life!

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Supplies: Fun in the Sun "Summer Days" Patterned Paper Fun in the Sun "Flip Flops" Patterned Paper Fun in the Sun "Splash" Patterned Paper Fun in the Sun "Popsicle" Patterned Paper Fun in the Sun "Beach Towel" Patterned Paper Fun in the Sun "Beach Ball" Patterned Paper Fun in the Sun "Icons" Stickers Fun in the Sun "Multistripe Chipboard" Thickers Fun in the Sun "Shaped Popsicle Cards" Fun in the Sun "Phrase" Puffy Stickers Fun in the Sun Enamel Dots

Friday, June 05, 2015

cards adorned with paper doilies | a doodlebug design project…

Hello Friends!  I wanted to share a project I created for the Doodlebug blog recently with Doodlebug Doilies!  I love using the colorful doilies (in BOTH sizes) on layouts, gift packages, and especially cards.  I created this card set using one of my all-time favorite collections, "Day to Day."
 
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After creating two card bases from white cardstock, I layered on several different patterned papers from this collection.  Then I chose two coordinating doilies to add on top of the papers.  One of my FAVORITE things about Doodlebug products is how they all coordinate.  From the very first collections they created, to the latest papers rolling off the press, the colors are consistent...which means the embellishments can be mixed an matched and used with all of the collections!
 
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For this card set, I chose to use swimming pool paper doilies and bon bon mini doilies.
 
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After layering the doilies, I added some stickers, pixies, and sprinkles.
 
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To finish things off, I tied bon bon doodle twine around the pixie sticks.
 
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Now it's your turn - choose some of the new doilies and pull out one of your favorite doodlebug collections - old OR new - and get to work! 
 

Friday, May 22, 2015

a handmade graduation gift | a pebbles inc. project...

Good morning, Pebbles friends! It's Wendy Sue here with you today - sharing a project I created for my daughter, Meagan, who will be graduating from high school in just a few short days and then will be heading off to the college of her dreams only a few weeks after that.

To say I am having mixed emotions about the upcoming events is an understatement. On one hand I keep wondering how my sweet baby girl (who it seriously feels was just sitting on my lap with her long brown curls and her American Girl doll and books only a few days ago) is ready to pack up her favorite clothes, books, and mementos and move out into the big big world to live on her own. And on the other hand, I marvel as I watch a beautiful young woman, who is smart, confident, and more prepared than I could ever hope, as she prepares to move on to the next phase of her life and chase after her dreams.

pebbles_wendysueanderson_banner11I knew, as soon as I opened my package with the Cottage Living" collection, that it would be perfect for a few projects for Meagan - the gold foil is one of her favorites, and the designs are perfect for her! She doesn't like a lot of frills and fluff, but I wanted to make her a little something to hang in her dorm room - so this is what I came up with:pebbles_wendysueanderson_banner2

I pulled out the photo garland kit from the Happy Day collection, which makes everything super quick and simple.

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I filled each of the photo openings with either a photo, or something beautiful from the Cottage Living collection - a quote from the sheet of 3x4 cards (which fit perfectly in the photo openings) or a beautiful piece of foiled, patterned paper so Meagan can add a photo of her choice (or not - because the paper alone is absolutely gorgeous!)

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Since the kit comes complete with the twine and clips, she can adjust the length as she needs to (I don't know how much space she will have to hang it in her room).

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I'm excited to see how she'll display it! Of course, I couldn't give a gift without creating some fun packaging for it as well. I pulled out the handy, dandy Gift box punch board and created the largest box possible with a 12x12 sheet of patterned paper. The finished box is 4x4x4 and it's perfect to hold this little gift.

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The gold tipped tags, along with a sticker and beautiful premade flower made the perfect accent for the gift box.

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The jumbo gold clip made adding the tag to the box super easy - and now she can reuse the tag and box if she wants to, because there's no tape and no adhesive residue.

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This was a super quick project, but one that I hope will be meaningful to her. I want her to look at the words on these cards each day - aren't those words powerful? And maybe, just maybe, she'll think of home when she looks at it as well!

Supplies: Cottage Living Let's Visit Patterned Paper Cottage Living Sweet Greetings Patterned Paper Cottage Living Gold Tipped Tags Cottage Living Paper Flowers Cottage Living Jumbo Paperclips Cottage Living Puffy Stickers Happy Day Photo Garland Kit Gift Box Punch Board

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

8 weeks of college treats | a doodlebug design project…

Hi there friends!  I am so excited to share a "Back to School" project with you!!  When you first look at this adorable Doodlebug Design collection, I would be willing to bet that your mind goes right to pre-school and elementary age children.  Am I right?  Well, I'm here to challenge you to think out of the box!  You see, my daughter will be graduating from high school (gulp!) in a few short weeks...and only a few weeks after that, she will be moving away to begin her college career!  We won't even talk about how emotional this makes me...instead, we will talk about a little something I created for her to take with her.  Summer semester is 8 weeks long - and I wanted to give her a little something for each week of her first college experience.  This is what I came up with:

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Yep, you read that right - there are EIGHT treats in that little tiny box!  We all know that treats are rare on a college student's budget...but how fun would it be to know that as each week ends, there's a treat waiting for you?!? 

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I cut the box from the "abc's" paper with my Silhouette Cameo.  I sized it slightly larger than the mini pickets that coordinate with the "back to school" collection.

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Next, I created a band to wrap around the box.  It's simply a strip of paper, slightly more narrow that the box, then I just folded it around the box, scored the fold lines, and secured the back with a bit of washi tape.  The top is embellished with letter stickers, rub-ons, and cute little sticker icons!

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Now here's the fun part - when the box is opened up, just look at what is inside!
 
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The mini pocket kit comes with 8 reversible pockets (you see, the universe was working with me here!) - so I folded them up to use all 8 designs.  I embellished each pocket with patterned paper, stickers, doodle pops and sprinkle shapes - it was so much fun choosing which items to use!

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After creating all of the pockets, I started filling them with gift cards or cash - things any college student (or anyone, for that matter) could use and appreciate! I love that the pockets are just the right size for store and restaurant gift cards!

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This would also make a fun "end of school" gift for a teacher - you could do one pocket for each week, or one for each month of summer vacation!

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Thanks for stopping in today - I hope I've inspired you to use the "back to school" collection in a fun way!