Mar 25, 2012

DZ Doodles Spring Project Ideas, Setting Flocking Powder, Glue Scrapping, Polka Dot Easter Cake, Felt Flowers & Quilt Panel, Chick Cupcakes,

Hi Doodle Followers!
We are currently in the season we call LENT. It's a time of preparing our hearts for Easter, and it's a good time to make a change in your life. As ANN VOSKAMP put it, "Lent isn't about forfeiting as much as it's about formation." This Lent season , and hopefully the days, weeks, and months following, I will be spending more time in prayer and I'd like to invite you to be part of it. Sundays on Oodles of Doodles, at least until Easter day,  I'll add a prayer post. Please feel free to leave a comment with any prayer requests you have and your praises too! :0) God bless you. IN TOUCH MINISTRIES This Week on TV.

Now that spring is here, it's great to revel in the warmer weather and the sunshine. It makes you listen to the birdsongs and feel the gentle breeze. And, of course, it makes you think about crafting. And when you think about crafting, we think about projects. And when we think about projects, we think about project ideas and inspirations.

So, with that said, I present you with my latest project finds and some of my Dizzy Designs projects inspired by all that I find enjoyable to create!

Some Elmers glue (or any similar glue brand) and 100% crochet cotton thread or even lightweight yarns and a plastic or styrofaom egg; protected with cling wrap to prevent adhesion of the yarn during molding/drying) creates this stunning egg! Get the Easter Egg Basket Pattern details for $1.99 at Amanda Lilley Designs in her Craftsy store.

Easter Chick Polymer Clay Sculpture! "All Cracked Up" is a handcrafted Premo polymer clay creation and available on Miranda Farrands Etsy! See her newest works on Miranda's Critters.

Although the post reads "Baseball" Screen Printing, don't be misled by all the possibilities of this post by Sabra of Sew a Straight Line on Whatever Dee Dee Wants. Details on how to create an easy screen printing set up with very little cost and some basic crafting supplies you just may already have at home; Collage Pauge Gloss - sheer cheap-o-cutain fabric from your fave-fabric store - embroidery hoop, can be found at  SCREEN PRINTING tutorial.

I am loving these Floppy Flops flip-flop slippers -- for the inner child fun of it all! What a clever idea! How cute are these??? You can purchase the pattern at Quality Handmade Gifts and Treasures.
AND add a little something more to this Easter gift with Avon's HOT DEAL FOOT WORKS LAVENDER 5-PIECE SET (#477-214) $22VALUE: 1. FW Lavender Overnight Cream, 2. FW Lavender Comfort Soak, 3. FW Lavender Clay Mask, 4. Gel Toe Seperators and, 5. NAILWEAR PRO Loving Lavender ($5Value)!!! ALL 5 ONLY 9.99 

Give an unexpected Easter "treat"!

What girl, tween, or woman doesn't love nail polish?! And here's a delightful way to package those nail colors of spring picks for an Easter egg basket treat that she'll really love  and enjoy throughout the season. A pictorial how-to of inspiration is available at eighteen25.


Avon's Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel and Speed Dry+Nail Enamel would make the perfect new shade (or two) to try! And nail the latest sparkle trends...or snap your fingers with crackle and pop, Mosaic Effects Top Coat and Nail Jewelry Art!

Avon's Limited-Edition Collection; Soft and Smokey - plums and greys, and Warm and Bright - woods and apricots. Purchase seperately or each 5-Piece Set is ONLY $19.95!!

PAPER BUNNY POPS CRAFT using sucker pops ... FREE printable paper bunny PDF download also included!

A CHOCOLATE EASTER BUNNY made of wood! A Skip to my Lou craft creation and Cindy even includes her free Chocolate Bunny Template ... to reduce or enlarge to any size you want! So simple yet elegant. I'm thinking of creating a 30-inch one, such as Cindy did, using a few cutout foam board pieces glued together (for firmness and strength) instead of the wood since I don't have the means to do it like she did.

CROCHET FLOWER DESIGNS are all-the-project embellishing rage and my Crochet Flower Designs will be available soon at my DIZZY DESIGNS STORE ... give me a holler to request a specific color(s) for any any of the flowers you see. Please excuse the construction mess -- I'm working on it as fast as I can!

Although Hearty Craft looks-like gibberish to some of us to try 'n read, you'll get-the-picture of some of the detailing used on this fabric embroidery stitched Easter card. If you haven't tried embroidery, it's absolutely fun! Embroidery can be used on many things as well as card stock; simply reinforce the card stock back with a lightweight interfacing before stitching, found in any fabric store.

Polka Dot Easter Cake Tutorial and want to make some supper-adorable-chick cupcakes? Just too-delicious-looking not to have as part of your Easter day festivities! And so much more!

Pleated Easter Basket. Although Cathy V. uses vintage sheets, vintage card stock and some machine stitches (or glue products) would create the same results. Cathy's photo tutorial can be found HERE.


Make a stencil for flocking! Using a new technique called Glue Scrapping it's a very easy way to add texture on your project with flock powder or glitter.

Have you tried flocking powder yet? Why not? Although it has one draw back, it can be messy and hard to stick down, it's fun, easy and adds a wonderful fuzzy feeling to any paper craft project. Here's a fantastic solution to that problem, set your flocking powder with your cuttlebug (or other die cut machines). Cuttlebug Setting Flocking Powder Video tutorial.

Once Dawn decided on a kids alphabet themed piece of wall art she started checking her favorite kids sites for inspiration. Her Pottery Barn inspired project didn't set her back $129 bucks but the basic idea, changing colors, and using white lettering made a more gender neutral version of her Alphabet Wall Art.

Beautiful patchwork quilt panel out of felt fabric. Plus Capungmungil Camp shows you a variety of other felt craft illustrations, flower techniques, bag designs, puppets, puzzles, and much more!

My Craft Channel shows the most interesting projects using, of all things, those discarded toilet paper rolls, and makes you want to start saving your rolls - even from your neighbors; and everyone laughs at me for saving stuff such as that. You could even do the same thing using paper towel rolls as well!

And here's a few more great ideas I came across surfing Pinterest!

Really Reasonable Ribbon's at Ribbon's Ramblings not only has a shout-out Design Team Call but a loopy ribbon petals card, that's gorgeous, and tutorial on how to make loopy petal ribbon flowers!

Mar 17, 2012

DZ Doodles Smell-y-Good Gift Card, Redneck Stemware, Chore Chart, Felt Flowers, Twine Storage Design, Transparency With Color Pencils

Hi Doodle Followers,
Now that March is here, the most common topic of conversation seems to be weddings and babies. Almost everyone has a wedding to attend or is anxiously awaiting the birth of a new family member. And as any card maker-enthusiast knows, a beautifully handmade greeting card for the couple or baby is the perfect way to mark either of these milestones.

Then again, every card maker knows you don't need a reason to share-a-card. Any and every reason is the perfect reason to grab your blocks-paper-stamps-n-inks. However, in keeping with the season, I've included some craft ideas that would be great projects for gift-giving for the family or for any newlywed's decor, or just great gift-giving ideas!

Don't you hate a dried-out-peeps?! Here's a package gift-giving project that keeps them fresh throughout the Easter time event as well as limits your consumption! Eighteen25 (Jamie-Jodie-Jen) fit peeps chicks perfectly into a snack size ziplock bag; Ziplock Snack Bags 6-1/2" X 3-1/4" then apply with glue or tape the FREE Download Peeps Topper they've included in their tutorial!

HOMEMADE GLUE DOTS VIDEO - Using Aleene's Tack-It Over and Over! Or view Make Your Own Glue Dots video using ScrapPerfect's Best Glue Ever! So start recycling that sticker or address label  waxy paper backing and create your own glue dots! AND, want great texture using your texture plates? Watch this Texture Plate Trick!

I mentioned weddings but there's a whole-lot-of anniversaries to think about as well! After seeing a version of this card design on some blog, and forgive me for forgetting so that I can give credit to them for the "tweet" idea, I created one for my parent's wedding anniversary in May! Thank goodness I didn't sell all my crochet embellishments (mom loves it when I use my crochet stuff on their cards) and had some ready-made one's to choose from! The original idea used a rolled-paper-flower and their card was the 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" that I used as well. The bird cage/bird cut out images are from My Favorite Things Contempo Cage Die-Namics and is also available with a matching stamp set too.

Another fun little Sunflower Girl card I created for an Autumn Birthday!

A fun springtime basket project is easy to make with your child, or for your child. Vicki Smith shows how easy it is to use squares to create the pattern for this project! Great idea for bridal or baby shower centerpiece.

Decorative punches make this basket design using the square's pattern project much more feminine and fancier, and the photo tutorial is available at Pane, Amore e Creativita!

Kristina Werner's video tutorial will show you how she created this HEART FLOWER for this card project using a circle cutter and heart punch!

CHOCOLATE EASTER BUNNY RING! These stylish Chocolate Easter Bunny Rings let you show off your holiday spirit without melting in your hand or causing bunny-harming-remorse. Assorted styles of the classic bunny poses; side profile or front facing bunny and four different spring ribbon colors. The ring is silvertoned and adjustable and the bunny is made of hard plastic. One ring. One size fits most. Bunny measures 1.25 inches tall X .5 inches wide ... choose your favorite color bow and they'll select the bunny's pose for you! Blue Bow - Green Bow - Purple Bow - Pink Bow at PERPETUAL KID ~ entertain the inner child.

A Mother's Day Corsage Made With Paper! Or a bridal parties shower corsage  ... baby shower corsage for mom and grandma's?! Whichever be the case this paper flower is made with white card stock; edges sponged in a soft pink and misted lightly with a glimmery, shimmery Champagne Smooch Spritz, using Stampin' Up Holiday Ornament paper punch. Spritz a bit of rose scent onto it to make it seem real!

At Bubble and Sweet the rainbows keep coming even after St. Patrick's Day with this lovely pretty pastel layer cake. Instructions to make this darling pastel-y-ruffle rainbow cake, which is a great Easter idea, can be found HERE. This would be a terrific idea for a bridal or baby shower!

Every year it seems I share-a-card with family and friend's that's a same-ole-same-ole wish design ... when sometimes I think about giving a little something, instead of money, as well. When it comes to perfume (or even a jewelry piece) you never know what a person wants, likes or dislikes.

So, with no real plan in mind other than a match book/box idea, I finally came up with a "card" and "gift" design; a match box/book - accordion sided: with an assortment of 5 Avon perfume samples enclosed - card front. I call it an all-in-one, Dizzy Designs SMELL-Y-GOOD GIFT CARD. Size: 3-1/8"L x 2"W x 1/2"Thick; filled with 5 various Avon perfume samples, and come with a poster board handmade white box; easily mailed in your 7"L x 5"W bubble envelope. All elements to this Dizzy Designs Smell-y-Good Gift Box are cut-by-hand, colored using colored pencils and dimension-ally applied to the front; card flap. This would make for a great gift anytime, or for Mother's Day, grandma, birthday's, thank yous, bridesmaid's, friend's, wedding/baby shower prize, party favors, and the list goes on!

If you've been watching the whole season of the Bachelor and found its murdered your brain cells, you may have found the hometown date episode with Linzi's family inspiring. Throughout the evening the family kept cheersing with very strange wine glasses. They were a stemmed Mason jar called "Redneck Wine Glasses". Pretty funny, but politically incorrect and there's a wide range of selling prices; mine are reasonably priced with added accessories to over humor-ize each one.

They are prefect for a picnic or for an outdoor party/event ... Father's Day or any guy's birthday. Great gift's for the bride and Groom, wedding/1st anniversary, or any anniversary where the couple has everything!
My REDNECK MASON STEMWARE WINE/BEVERAGE GLASS design is the top-of-the-line stemware from the legendary Nebraska! (tee-hee-hee) :0)

I've always wanted to create those scratch-off cards but never knew how to create the scratch-off-part-to-scratch-off! Yellow Umbrella Designs has the scratch paint recipe; the key paint ingredient is metallic acrylic, and an easy-to-follow instructions, plus this 3.5" x 5" hearts scratch card to download with printer how-to-instructions. 

CHORE CHART for multiple kids ... an organized classy fits anywhere chore chart made of wooden 2x4 (3-1/2x3-1/2 chunks) - made to match your decor and leave on your counter, it is a clever subliminal message for kids, especially during the upcoming summer months of no school to read all week, "Chores are fun" ... one day they will agree! Although wood 2x4 chunks were cut and drilled in the original project at HowDoesShe?com; on a lighter-note, Styrofoam, foam board, or poster board construction could easily replace it.

It may seem that I'm getting a bit felt-y lately but I've come across so many great felt ideas that I just have to share them with you! These flowers, whether they're used on cards, scrapbooking pages, or general craft projects are fun to re-create when the patterns are so generously being offered by, How Joyful. There's also links to designer Joy's Poppies PDF Pattern and Camelia PDF Pattern tutorial's!

Austin TX where there's the cutest food trailers around town, inspired Rebecca Roach/Frybread Quilts and Cuterie to create this, Lonely Teardrops No More little sewing box to bring a little bit of her adopted hometown into her sewing room. MODA BAKESHOP; SLICED Audition is a sewing competition by Moda Bake Shop. It may even be an inspirational piece for paper artisans too!

PRINGLES CONTAINERS, do you know they have something in common with TWINE!

Using grab-n-go Pringles containers Michele, at The Scrap Shopp, created a decorative storage system for the ever-so-popular Baker's Twine rage ...  this is not only "recycling" ... this is getting organized!

Cathy Andronicou, over at the PENNY BLACK site, has a video tutorial that shows how-to-stamp white ink onto acetate (transparency) then color over the top with colored pencil for a stunning result!
Thanks for stopping by,
Diane :0)

Mar 4, 2012

DZ Doodles Announce's Dizzy Designs Store, Cards, Gifts, Crafts, Patterns and More!

Hi Fellow Doodlers!
I've been working hard at burning the candle at both ends not to mention late night hours with numerous projects and ideas. One of them, still under construction so please excuse the mess, is my Dizzy Designs Store filled with my cards/digital images, gift-giving doohikeys', crochet items, finished crafts and craft patterns, color cosmetic/fragrance set's specials and a whole lot more with Buy Now buttons to make purchase's safely and securely through the PayPal process! I have a lot of plans for the store -- it's doing all the work in getting it all done that takes me away from crafting. But hope you'll pay me a visit there when you can.

When I placed my order, I didn't really think much about these two Shamrock Jewelry pieces from Avon ... but, after receiving my order I just "love them"! Wish I would of gotten more but made sure to sign up for the NOTIFY ME so I can get some more for next year card insert's to give family and friend's when they come back-in-stock. They are so darling - I'm wearing mine and feelin' all "lucky" now! :0)

Sign up for AVON KICK-IT-BACK! And other great coupon offers!

Get your "green" on - it's nearly St. Patty's time! Here's one yummy St. Pat's Day Baking Idea - Green Velvet Whoopie Pies from, Love From The Oven with all the details to bake some up!
I just got my 1st chuckle-of-the-day browsing the internet this morning while enjoying my first cup of coffee when I came across this Ravenous Rabbit Cupcakes photo by Beth at Hunry Happenings ... "of course!" I had to print out her tutorial. Recipes and where to find products used also included.

Noteable Nest's adorable 3D Floral Bouquet card is created by stamping bothe sides of a die cut element. For Kelly Griglone's simple details go HERE.

Not so fast, here's another use for those "heart" cookie cutters you used for Valentine's Day! Rice Krispie treats are some of the easiest things to make, and a treat everyone loves to eat. These shamrock Rice Krispie will be a hit at your house, the office, get-together, for a friend, etc., on St. Patrick's Day! Embellish has the details HERE.

Aha! How cute are these for serving up at Easter?!
These Bird Nest Cupcakes at Paints and Pans will tell you just how easy they are to make up!

Spring inspired cake pops ... Easter is only a few weeks away. "Cake Pops" are basically ground up cake pieces that are mixed with lots of yummy frosting then dipped into chocolate and formed into various fascinating designs like these at Strawberry Chic; photo packed How-To of her editable Spring Flowers!

An amazing book design by Larissa at Crate Paper! This oh-so-cute doll house made of card stock papers, cut outs and an assortment of embellishments, which could easily be embellished using stamp images too, folds neatly into a book. The basic book making instructions can be found HERE! And one you'll definitely want to print out for reference -- only print pages numbered 1 through 9.

Unless someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to
get better, it's not.
~ The Lorax

March 2nd was Dr. Suess' birthday and not only that, the movie THE LORAX began showing in theatres. Download this FREE Dr. Suess' The Lorax quote printable and Mod Podge-y idea HERE.

Ali Bee's Bake Shop is cookie decorating brilliance (seriously, brilliant, just spend 30 seconds browsing around her site). The photo is just a tiny snippet of what you will find HERE.

Diane :0)
We all may not be in the same boat...
but on the water we're all on the same wave.

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