Thursday, March 29, 2012

Boys Will Be Boys- Doodlebug "Boys Only" Collection

 Doodlebug has come out with what I think is their best collection yet- "Boys Only!"
I LOVE this line.  Guitars, gears, arrows, music notes, soda, stars, so many cool "boys only" icons.
The colors are spot-on and the designs are awesome!

 For this layout I used my Cricut Expression and the Accent Essentials cartridge to create the "gears."  The accents are almost all stickers from the Icons Cardstock Stickers sheet.

 These are old photos of my boys and their cousins at a "boys only" party, complete with laser tag, arcade games, water boats, golf, and race cars.  They had a blast!

 Doodlebug's also got some new embellishments, including star shaped buttons, mini pearls and more fun colors of their popular Doodletwine!  The letters are Doodlebug's hopscotch alphabet stickers in swimming pool and lily white.

Thanks for visiting!  See lots more from the "Boys Only" collection on the Doodlebug Blog this week.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ella Publishing Cards for Doodlebug Design and a Giveaway!

Doodlebug has teamed up with Ella Publishing and has created cards based on
cards in the e-book "31 Thank You Cards"

Here's my card:

 I based the design on this card from page 6:
Visit the Doodlebug Blog to see the rest of the design team's cards!
You also have a chance to win the "31 Thank You Cards" e-book.   Visit the Doodlebug Blog to see how you can win!

Also- the great people at Ella Publishing have created their own Doodlebug Cards today for "Thank You Thursday"  Click HERE to see their creations.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I-Magicut by Imaginisce

Imaginisce has come out with the coolest new tool that I got the pleasure of playing with last week.
It's called the I-Magicut, and it's essential for anyone like me who loves ribbon on every project they do!

The I-Magicut CUTS and SEALS ribbon!  It uses heat to cut through and then lightly melt the edges to prevent fraying.  It works like a breeze and has perfect results.  I love this thing!

We were asked to create a "ribbon project" using this tool, so I thought I'd make some ribbon bows for my daughter.  These were so quick, and I know they'll last because they won't fray and get ruined.

 I used the I-Top tool and the Twist Daddies and I-Top alligator clips and headbands.
These are so cool because you can make multiple flowers or bows and switch them out each day because they twist on and off!
 To make the bows with the I-Top Twist Daddies in the center, first you'll want to cut several strips of ribbon.  I did mine at an angle so that the ends would be pointed.
 Then I punched a hole in the center of the first strip with my Crop-A-Dile and placed it over the Twist Daddy.
 Then you'll add a longer strip of ribbon on top, looped like a figure 8.
 Keep punching holes and adding ribbon alternating between the short strips and the loops.  As you place each one on, rotate the angle so they go all the way around.  Repeat the process until you can't fit any more on.
 Then twist on an I-Top alligator clip and....
 Voila!  A cute hair bow.

You'll want to make the centers of the bows first, though. 
Let me show you how I did those.
Cut several short strips of ribbon using the I-Magicut (I used four strips on mine).   
 Intersect the strips in the center and secure with Mini Glue Dots.  Then place on the I-Top tool with a medium twist daddy top underneath. (you'll make these just like you would with paper).
 After squeezing the I-Top tool, trim off any excess length of ribbon and then press the ends of the ribbon into the center of the head, just like you would for paper.  Add the twist back, press again, and...
 You have a cute matching center for your hair bow.

The I-Magicut can also do dovetail ends.
I like to make bows before cutting my ribbon to avoid waste.
 Create your bow leaving the end on the spool of ribbon.
 Fold the end over so it's exactly in half.
 Using the angled guides on the I-Magicut tool, place the ribbon at an angle with the folded side toward the top.
 Close the tool and press the button.
(for two layers of thick cotton ribbon like this it takes a bit longer, about 10 seconds)
And there you have it!  A perfect dovetail!

To see how I made the twisty-style bow, see this tutorial for "Korker Bows."  There are lots of tutorials online and on You Tube.  You actually bake them in the oven!  Try those and all the other fun styles.  The I-Magicut makes it easy and cuts down on time.  I can see myself making a lot of these in the future.

Stop by the Imaginisce Blog to see what else the design team has come up with, and enter to win an I-Magicut of your own!


Monday, March 19, 2012

40% off All Border Dies

We want to give you an exclusive deal!
On March 20-25th, my readers can get 40% off ALL BORDER DIES!
They'll be discounted 20% off on the Lifestyle Crafts/QuicKutz site,
but if you use my coupon code "RHINESTONES"
at checkout, you'll get an extra 20% off!

This sale starts Tuesday, March 20th.
You'll want to order fast. Once they're sold out, they won't be back for several months!
Click HERE to see all the border dies, and remember RHINESTONES at checkout.

Thanks- Tiffany

Saturday, March 17, 2012

And The Winner Is.....

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all.  I want to sincerely thank all of my readers.  I appreciate the support and all of your nice comments.  I love what I do and I find joy in sharing it with others.

Ready to see who the winner is of the I-Top Tool package giveaway?

Congratulations Mal J.!
Please e-mail me your mailing information so I can get your prize out to you.

Thanks to you all for entering, Watch for more great giveaways in the future.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Doodlebug "Green" Challenge & only 2 more days to win an I-Top tool package!

Only 2 more days until St. Patrick's Day, and Doodlebug's been in a "green" mood.
The Doodlebug Design Team was challenged this week to create projects with at least 50% green.  We also were given sketches to create projects from.  Here's my card:
 my card is based on this sketch from DT member Jessy Christopher and uses a Create-A-Card base and the Cake & Ice Cream collection.

I also made a "green" layout.  The layout doesn't use this week's sketch but definitely has plenty of green.

"First Pigtails"
 I used the Colorwheel collection for this layout because my daughter's outfit matched the darling butterflies.  I thought she was so cute in her little pigtails I couldn't stop giggling- so she was giggling back at me :)

Did you take our "green" challenge this week?  Hop on over to the Doodlebug Blog to see the Design Team's projects for this week and a layout sketch that you're sure to love by Monique.

And don't forget {squeal}
only 2 more days to win an I-Top tool package!!!
Just subscribe to my blog and also become a follower on the right sidebar and leave a comment here telling me you did and you're entered to win!!!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Lifestyle Crafts "Blossom" Release

Lifestyle Crafts has released it's newest collection of QuicKutz dies called "Blossom."
They are a beautiful set of springtime inspired three-dimensional shapes.

Here are the projects I made with the collection.
I also used a lot of the 2012 Core collection dies from CHA.
All of the patterned paper is from Echo Park Paper Company's "Country Drive."

"So Lovely"
 The background is one of the new Nesting Doily Circles QuicKutz dies from the CHA release

 "Bee Happy"
 this card also uses Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Hexagon QuicKutz dies
 and the white frame was made using two Nesting Frames 9 QuicKutz dies

"Hello Sunshine"
 This layout features a lot of the new core collection border dies from CHA, as well as one of the Doily dies.

"Banner Card"

Gift Tag featuring the Pocket die from CHA

Butterfly Box featuring the Nesting Doily Ovals and Hamburger box dies from CHA

See the rest of the Blossom Release dies HERE and as always, you can get 20% off your entire purchase of these and any other products from the Lifestyle Crafts online store by entering code "RHINESTONES" at checkout.
Also- check out yesterday's post of the Imaginisce Makin' Waves collection and a giveaway!


Monday, March 12, 2012

Makin' Waves Release Party! and only 5 more days to win an I-Top tool package!

I have to post stayed in "draft" mode instead of being posted.  You can see all the fun today ;)

I don't know about you, but I'm definitely ready for summer weather.
We get hit hard with cold temperatures here in Utah, and though I love the snow, I'm ready for fun in the sun!

This week on the Imaginisce Blog it's Makin' Waves Release Week.  The designers have created lots of bright colored, warm weathered, cute and happy summer projects that we can't wait to share with you.  Lucky for me, I get to share my projects with you today!!!

"Hot Summer Days"
 This layout is about our family trip to California.  We had a great time in the heat and sun until we went to the beach.  We weren't aware of "June Gloom" and the beach was freezing :)
We had a good time anyway.
The inspiration for the layout came from the "Summer Fun" die-cut in the lower left corner.  It gave me the idea to do the entire layout with equal size squares.  I did some subtle stitching and used lots of dimensional foam adhesive under the die cuts.  I also used the i-Rock under the title.  The little blue studs add a lot to the layout.

"Makin' Waves"
 My family spends a LOT of time at the beach all summer long.  Here in Utah we get the best of both worlds: great snow in the winter for skiing and snowboarding, and hot summers with great lakes for boating, water skiing and wakeboarding.  We're big into outdoor adventure here :)
I have endless "boating" photos, but this one's a darling shot of my two boys who are best friends playing together in the sand next to the beautiful blue Bear Lake.  
I used an i-Rock flourish Motif on this layout, which accentuates the look of the waves.  The i-Rock is really a fun tool, and since I love any form of "bling" it's a favorite of mine.  This flourish comes like this on heat resistant plastic that you just iron on with the i-Rock mini iron.  It makes really fast work.  They're also great for fabric application.  I also misted the layout with Tattered Angels glimmer mist in Turquoise.  It gives the illusion of real water mist spraying off the waves.

Want to see more fun Makin' Waves projects?
Head on over to the Imaginisce Blog to see some of the other designers' creations.

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget, only 5 more days to enter the I-Top tool package giveaway.
Just subscribe to my blog in the upper right corner, and also add yourself to my "followers" on the right column for a chance to win!  Then leave a comment letting me know you did.

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