Jan 29, 2012

DZ Doodles Stenciling, Mini Book, Valentine's Day Printables, Crown Pop-Up Card Tidbits

Hello doodles followers!

A darn good thing to watch! Spray ink video Tutorial with Dina Wakley has given me a whole-new-mind-set when playing with stencils and spray inks! The tutorial shares basic instructions for using spray ink and offers a fabulous look at journaler Dina Wakley's creative process - you'll never treat a roll of paper towels the same way after viewing this lesson!

Steampunk Valentine's are a trendy new spin on Valentine's Day cards! Steampunk art is all the rage and you can combine the best of this style in Inkadinkado rubber stamps and Jolee's dimensional stickers for a dramatic look. Directions for three different visuals using the same basic tools are found HERE.  

Tami Taylor, with craft knife in hand, set out to on a Mission to make her own stencil and you can follow these simple How-To Instructions from start to finish!

Folded Paper 4" x 4" Mini Book by designer Lowri at Papervine shows you several of her book designs and a tutorial techniques that will inspire you to create your own books - great card inspiration, or framed wall piece for a photo too!

Valentine's Day Printable - Find the free printable valentine cards, candy box basket/tea cup (by adding a handle to basket) and How-To at Planning Party Center ... The 3-D Heart Cupcake Picks Toppers at Printable Party Kit comes in two designs: Modern Swirls and Small Polka Dots. For How-To's and free printable go HERE.

This is one-of-my-reasons for my pop-up card making addiction! Carol at Extreme Cards and Papercrafting pulled numerous sources from her idea file to create this awesome 50th Birthday Pop-Up Crown Card. She even connects you to her sources on this blog, in addition, to giving you her construction details ... and before you know it, it will be your card-addiction too!

Crown cupcake cut out designs by Monica Bjork all have a great deal of detailing and her gorgeous assortment of patterns are FREE to download! Thanks Monica!

Let someone special "piece together" how you really feel this Valentine's Day.

Choose from 3 puzzle designs each cleverly shaped like a heart when completed. Puzzles include 75-pieces each and measures 7-1/4" wide. For Personalized Puzzle ordering details got HERE.

Just like love, these can be challenging, but lots of fun!

Avon's Abrielle Necklace will be $14.99/Extreme Value Price NOW! $5.99 Each. Shop My AVON Note: Use Quick Item Entry/SHOP BY PRODUCT # listed in left column - scroll down the page to Search Products Name: Select Campaign 3/enter: Abrielle Necklace, click SEARCH, Add and Close. Quantities are limited: Comes in #035320/Clear stone, #035410/Pink stone, or #035368/Red stone (not available). Your item selection will then be added to the top set of columns items list - when your selecting is complete, click ADD TO BAG below.

"When the heart box necklace came in my Avon order I just thought that it was the cutest little gift-giving item to give mom's, sister's, and girlfriends and  immediately placed an order for several more!" ~Chris W.~

Avon's Loving Moments Necklace will be $19.99/Extreme Value Price NOW! $5.99 Each. Shop My AVON Note: use Quick Item Entry/SHOP BY PRODUCT # listed in left column - scroll down the page to Search Products Name: Select Campaign 3/enter: Loving Moments Necklace, click SEARCH. Add and Close.Your item selection will then be added to the top set of columns items list - when your selecting is complete, click ADD TO BAG below.

#787489 Heart-shape box size: 3-1/2" x 3-1/2".
Silver tone and pave hearts, 16-1/2"L with 3-1/2" extender.

Valentine's Day gift-giving for the men-in-your life - Avon offers "daily use" Hair and Body Wash, and Body Bar sets that are energizing, supercharged and refreshingly mild, and will make the-woman-in-you you melt, they smell that "good"! Makes for great gift-giving for the 'boy's too!

Avon's CORE ELEMENTS "ICE" all 3 for $18.00 #413822:
(5 STAR Customer rated)
1. Deodorant Body Spray. 4 oz. net wt. 24-hour deodorant protection. An arctic blast of cypress and woods!
2. Hair and Body Wash. 10 fl. oz. Supercharged all-in-one gel.
3. Body Bar. 5 oz. net wt. With message nubs.

Avon's CORE ELEMENTS "WIND" all 3 for $18.00 #415696:
(5 STAR Customer rated)
1. Deodorant Body Spray. 4 oz. net wt. 24-hour deodorant protection. An energizing rush of sage and musk.
2. Hair and Body Wash. 10 fl. oz. Supercharged all-in-one gel.
3. Body Bar. 5 oz. net wt. With message nubs.

Shop My AVON Note: Use Quick Item Entry/SHOP BY PRODUCT # listed in left column - scroll down the page to Search Products Name: Select Campaign 3/enter: Core Elements ICE or WIND, click SEARCH. Add and Close. Your item selection will then be added to the top set of columns items list - when your selecting is complete, click ADD TO BAG below.

Whether it is gift-giving time for Valentine's Day, wedding day, graduation, birthday or a piece to add to your own home decor, this form of scraping-on-the-wall is just the perfect idea as a gift and one that the recipient will treasure as well as the perfect photo display in your own home. The Stamps of Life DTM, Kim Howard shares her How-To Instructions HERE.

"Owl" Always Love You Cookie ... are you a sucker for Corney Valentine's Day sayings?! I am and not so much because I love the holiday {it's my birthday month just 6 days shy of being on the 14th}. The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle gives you instructions to all you will need HERE.

Scrappy CaNuck Studio's  "Stepping Out in Style" using Essentials Upscale Paper Collection creates an accessory that captures the stylish and fun nature of this collection. Created by altering an old book cover, this little black purse instructions can be found HERE! The simple bead instructions used for the handles of the purse can be found HERE.

FREE Printable Heart-Shaped Puzzles: Slip the puzzle pieces into a romantic card for your sweetie and let them piece together your sentiment. NOTE: Be sure to print the image selection out on heavy card stock.

FREE 'Customized' Heart-Shaped Puzzle Creator: Create your own custom heart-shaped puzzles to give as a gift. The 'Creator' will help you enter the text you would like -- when you click 'Preview' it will open your heart puzzle design in a new window so that you can print your customized heart puzzle!

If any of you doodles followers have comments about the content of Oodles of Doodles News drop me a comment on this post and share. I'd love to hear from you!
Happy crafting!
Diane :0)

Jan 26, 2012

DZ Doodles Bouquets, Topiaries, and Other Spring Project Ideas!

Hello doodle followers!

Spring is a wonderful time; the air is fresh, temperatures are pleasant, plants are growing and blooming, and the birds are chirping ... gosh I can hardly wait! The anticipation of Valentine's Day always seems to set the whole "flower," floral theme in motion. Inspired by color and flowers, these simple projects and new techniques will help put you in the mood for a cheery spring arrival!

Ultrafine Art Glitter Bouquet Relief makes a great spring decoration for home accents, card projects or scrapbook pages with its sparkly bright colors and cheery shaped flowers! Get the materials list and directions HERE.

Whether it's a moment for "love in the air," tea party time, Mom's Day (or birthday), a gift for a friend or someone who needs a "...feeling better" lift, this burst of bright silk flowers affixed atop a delicately-painted teapot creates an exquisite topiary centerpiece! Get the materials list and directions HERE. Peonies and tulips harmonize beautifully with green leaves! A green-and-white scheme is easy on the eyes and perfect for spring entertaining; viburnum, French tulips, lisianthus, and roses!

Silk roses suspended over a vintage teacup creates a strikingly beautiful tableaux. This topiary will be especially lovely at springtime gatherings! Get the materials list and directions HERE. Small silk blooms, such as hydrangeas and grape hyacinths or lily-of-the-valley, that matches the scale of the cups, make for a supremely simple arrangement!

Easy Molasses Sticky Buns! "Oh yum." What family wouldn't be drawn out of bed in the morning smelling these ooey-gooey caramel rolls baking in the oven?! Nancy Foust's tender treats recipe looks as delicious as they taste! Just log in or join HERE to acquire Taste of Homes recipes!
Ric-Rack Rose Hair Clips?! Barb Schram's "first try" hair clip discussion at Explore.Dream.Discover. blog found her inspiration over on Pinterest and followed the blog instructions which she has posted for you to follow as well! Using brooch back pins instead of hair clips would easily convert this project into apparel accents.

Stamp 'n Stitch? Well I'll be, a combination of two crafts I enjoy doing! I accidentally came across this and thought I'd share the video and a sample booklet from Leisure Arts to give you some simple ideas. All you do is stamp your Aida or linen fabric with ink, let it dry, cross stitch the charted image you've selected for your project, embellish, frame, and you're done!

Homespun Pincushions are a nifty project that pairs up fabric scraps and heart-shaped cookie cutters! My thought is, if you cut out a piece of foam board into a heart shape, attached with glue a narrow strip of sturdy card stock to create the outer shape of the foam board cut out, you would get the same results as using a cookie cutter. To reinforce the card stock strip I would apply glue to it and allow to dry thoroughly before proceeding to the fabric application. Get the materials list and instructions HERE.

Thought I'd remind you that with the convenience of My Avon on line shopping it's never been easier for you and I to meet up, and for you to view Avon's Campaign eBrochures daily needs, fragrance, skin care and color cosmetic deals, specials and savings being offered - very often with free shipping available! Registering at My Avon Store doesn't require you to make a purchase. It simply is a convenient way for you to receive Campaign eBrochures to browse at your leisure, so you won't miss a thing!
Happy crafting!
Diane :0)

Jan 1, 2012

DZ Doodles "Cabin Fever" Time-To-Try-Something New and Different!

Hello doodle followers,

Happy 2012 and I hope everyone's holidays were filled with fun-festivities that made for fond and lasting memories. My last post content hopefully inspired you to try something new and different this year, especially throughout our upcoming cabin fever winter season. If your crafting is feeling a bit more boring than it used to be or if you've been looking for some way to spice up your crafting without spending a lot of money or doing anything too dramatic - just something to bring flavor back into your craft world, there is a trick that you should know about and that could give you the answer you've been looking for.

It's so simple, you'll be surprised that you haven't thought on it before. The trick is to make sure that you try something new or different every single day or week without giving up on the endeavor to do so! This could be a new or different crafting method or implementing the use of a new tool to your projects, a new or different recipe and making time for baking, a new or different sewing, stitching, or fabric project, to mention just a few of them. January is National Hobby Month and time for you to expand your "interests"!
BOLD and BEAUTIFUL! This Summer Days paper cone wreath is just too cute and colorful to say you can't re-create it! Scrappy Canuck Sudio's used the SUMMER DAYS paper collection from Echo Park Paper Co., more of a girl's theme, but there's A BOY'S LIFE paper collection that would be cute for the little guy in your life! CLICK HERE for the video tutorial to give you an idea of how it's done and start re-creating your own paper cone wreath for someone special!

"Oh so cute!" ... If you haven't been a fan of the Matryoshka dolls (Russian nesting dolls), these adorable thank you cards in a Matryoshka style from Vintage Umbrella just may have you making some up! CLICK HERE for Jenni Swenson's tutorial!

So what's special about this crocheted Cloche ... "it can be lined," it's definitely made for someone who loves to pop on a hat every day of the year unless it's about 90 degrees, and lined or unlined you'll most likely want one in more colors. HERE'S where you can find Laura's pattern guide and lining tutorial, the designer of this pretty hat, so you can make your own hat collection of colors or gift-giving Cloche!

Ever think about creating your own stamp image, just for personal use; a one-of-a-kind stamp?! Craft Test Dummies shares a video on how to carve small erasers into cute little stamps - which in turn will help you carve into bigger eraser stamp projects too!

Yes, it's still the winter season and there's nothing like a warm batch of cookies to warm your insides by treating yourself to some 'wintry' ones at that!

Sweetopia's cut out cookies covered with royal icing, fondant flowers and snowflakes shares a video on How to Make Simple Fondant or Gumpaste cut outs that are really quite simple to make. Her "What you'll Need ..." lists the recipes as well as where to purchase utensils used to create theses designs.


Kid-friendly treat idea that is a lot of fun to make! We're all about the handprint thing in our house. It's cheap, it's easy, and it's totally sentimental. Best gift-giving resource EVER, right?? So why not put it on a cookie?


Did you know that January is Hot Tea Month! "No?" Neither did I, so get out those "tea" stamps, embellishments, and make some tea themed cards or scrap pages. This month is also Oatmeal Month and Soup Month. Bake up some oatmeal cookies or bread and find a soup recipe new to you to serve up to your family. January is a month with the 13th falling on a Friday as well!

Brighten up your space with a piece of your own handmade art! Candace Jedrowicz Glue Art Wall Hanging, using the vintage burnt brown bag technique, Aleene's Original Tacky Glue, and metallic powders to add a special touch, has never looked better!

National Hat Day is January 15th - National Hat Day is set aside to wear and enjoy a hat of your choice and style. Isn't it great that hats come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles? There's one to fit every size head and personality. Often, hats are used to make a statement, or to promote a cause or a product.


Create beautiful greeting cards based on stylish floral and abstract designs using embroidery on paper techniques! They are then combined with decoupage techniques to create cards based on stylish floral and abstract designs.
And here's a simple repetitive cross-stitch design to get you started!

Heart "Felt" Ornaments on Cheryl's FELT SEW GOOD blog are created as Christmas ornaments, however, what a lovely Valentine decoration or gift-on-a-card this will make. They could also be used as sachets, pin cushions, small brooch, or hang them on door knobs for Valentine's Day. Cheryl's tutorial, Handmade Holidays Part 1 will guide you through the process of re-creating your own felt heart designs.

This tutorial, BUTTONS CUT FROM SHRINK PLASTIC is easy-to-follow and something to create throughout the year!

Maravian Star Ornaments are a paper folded ornament featured in Create & Decorate Magazine in the Perfectly Prime series by designer, and creative guru, Kim Grasso. Pictorial instructions are easy-to-follow - print out this one!

Introducing my REDNECK MASON STEMWARE by Dizzy Designs!
Get all the info HERE!

The Redneck Stereotype: A redneck is usually typified in popular culture by a straight male with a beer belly that consumes cheap American beer such as Busch or Miller by the case (Pabst Blue Ribbon in more traditional settings) as well as Jack Daniel's. The stereotypical redneck lives in a trailer, and drives an old, large, beat-up pickup truck with a gun rack in the rear window. He genrally wears a stained, sleeveless t-shirt, blue jeans, and a trucker hat. Their hair is generally worn in a mullet style, and they favor long sideburns. Personal hygiene is a lost concept with the stereotypical redneck, and what teeth they have left generally show the complete anthology of the stages of dental care. Their favorite activities include hunting, shooting at road signs and lights, professional wrestling, NASCAR, monster truck rallies, car engine repair, collecting junk cars and large appliances on their lawns, having too many children and dogs, participating in domestic disturbances, and waiting around for their welfare checks. Country and Southern Rock bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd figure in as their preferred genre of music.

Stereotypical Redneck Women: Have similar characteristics and interests on a feminine scale. They are most often seen barefoot, pregnant and wear Daisy Duke shorts with stiletto heels.

"OMG! So many ideas." Hope you've enjoyed these few more quick ideas I've thrown your way!
Diane :0)

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