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Hey Cupcake & Party Time Easel Cards

Easel cards are a fairly new concept to me even though they've been around for quite some time!  Today I'm sharing a set of four cards featuring the  Hey Cupcake and Party Time Collections

The formula for creating the card base is simple: Cut an 8.5"X11" sheet of cardstock in half along the width; your two (cut) pieces will measure 4.25"X11".  Next, score the length at 2.75" and 5.5".   The mats and designing will take place on the first 2.75" flap. 

Cut a mat of patterned paper to measure 4"X5.25" and attach to the inside of the card (the non-scored 4.25"X5.5" section).

Next, cut another mat of the same size.  The mat will be attached to the first flap, so be sure to apply adhesive to the bottom half of the mat only.

To decorate I used various stand-alone dies, swatches of create-a-cards, die-cuts, stickers, etc. Finally, for each of the cards, I created a "stopper" to maintain the easel shape. I used border st…
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I've incorporated some of the new Doodle Cuts, Stamps and pieces from the collection to make these tag-style coloring books.
 First, I die-cut the tag shapes from smooth, white cardstock and then stamped the images for each booklet.  I layered on smaller elements such as hats, balloons and wagons to the scenes.
Next, I crafted a front and back cover by adding a die-cut piece of patterned paper to two blank tags.  Layers of die-cut circles, stickers, ribbon and a stamped "thank you" were added to the fronts! A 1" ring was used to hold each booklet together.  
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Hey Cupcake Flip Mini Album

Hip Hip Hooray for birthdays!
 I'm excited to be sharing my first ever flip-style mini album.
 It's so easy to put together and makes an adorable addition to a table display.
 Aside from adding small photos to it, guests can also
 write little notes inside the pages:

To get started I created the triangular base from a 5"X9"  sheet of patterned paper and three pieces of chipboard that measured  3.5"X5" (two pieces) and 2"X5".   I placed the chipboard onto the paper as below:
After attaching the chipboard to the paper, I made creases in  between the chipboard pieces and folded.  Next, I used a hole punch  to make two sets of holes on both pieces of the 3.5" pages:
As you can see above, I also made a small paper topper to hold  the base together at the top.
I wanted to make a cleaner transition between the topper  and below, so I used the scallop border from the new Doodle Cuts "Borders& Edges" to cut a blue border from cardstock.

Simply Spring Mini Travelers

Whether you need an Easter basket stuffer or a fun craft for kids,  these Simply Spring Mini Travelers are a breeze to put together! 
For this duo, you will need: an 8X8 sheet protector (full sheet w/out pockets),  round elastic cording, scrapbook papers and embellishments.  As far as "tools ", I've used a sewing machine, but this is optional if you don't have one.
To get started, I trimmed away the edge of the page protector  where the holes are located.  Next, I cut a sheet of patterned  paper to 8X8 and inserted into the protector. 
I cut the protector and paper (horizontally) and loaded the paper into each sleeve with the opening at the top.  One edge of the protector  will be left unattached, so I solved this by adding an eyelet to hold the side closed:
Next, I scored a 1/2" spine into the paper/protector  (scored at 3.75" and 4.25") and then folded several times to create nice creases.
I used my sewing machine to create a zig-zag stitching  down…


Planner-lovers, cardmakers and scrapbookers alike would love to receive a handy "Journal Card Portfolio" such as this!  Yesterday, at SIMPLE STORIES,  I shared this fun spin on the traveler's notebook to create this unique gifting project.
To begin with the cover: I started with an 8.5"X11" piece of double-sided patterned paper and Scotch laminator with a laminating sheet.  After lamination, I scored the piece at 5" and 6" and folded along the lines.  Next, I used an 1/8" hole punch to make two holes at the top and bottom of the "spine". The holes were then threaded with a piece of 20mm white elastic cording and tied to create two loops for holding the inserts.  I also punched a hole in the middle of the spine and made a loop of elastic to make the closure band. 

For the two inserts: eight sheets of heavyweight cardstock (I used Neenah cardstock), were cut to 9.75"X8", scored in the middle and folded.  The sheets were then divi…

Washi Tube Happy Mail

Today I'm sharing an upcycled project using an empty
 washi tape tube and other various goodies from Doodlebug Design.
Here are a few supplies that I used from my stash:

First, I wanted to create my own 1" circle stickers using the  new Doodle Stamps.  To do so, I added an adhesive backing to a sheet of  Neena cardstock.  Next, I die-cut 1" circles from the sticker paper and  then stamped various images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

After coloring the images with alcohol markers, I embellished with itty  bitty pieces such as shaped sprinkles and very small stickers from the Mini Icons.
Before starting on the tube transformation, I cleaned away the  adhesive residue and dirt with glass cleaner.  The stickers on the lid  of the tube were also peeled away and cleaned.
I knew that I wanted to add a couple rolls of washi tape  to the container, so I found the measurement needed with that in mind.
I cut a piece of lightweight chipboard (from the back of a …