Sep 4, 2012

DZ Doodles Oodles of Doodles News! Marine Card, Pencil-Shaped Box, Artful Halloween, Decorating for Halloween, Stampin' Up Holiday Ornament Tutorial, Matchbook Sticky Notes, Dreamweaver Christmas Card, Wreath Designs, Time to "Ink Up" !

Hello Fellow Doodlers!

Last week, was filled with card making for an assortment of events besides birthday's! On Labor Day weekend, our family celebrated the sending off, of my nephew Jacob, to boot camp to become a Marine. He graduated high school this year and enlisted, and it's now time to let him go, to grow, and follow his dreams. However, making up a card for something that needs to be militarily-accurate became a knowledgeable search of information for me ... not to mention, quite a task to design a card both personable and memorable! It also became evident that there aren't that many cards this military-dramatic as the one I've designed. I wanted it seriously-humorous. And finding a sentiment with a personal-touch isn't anywhere to be found - so, I had to force my brain to make something up ... "UGH!"

This Pencil-Shaped Box for "Back-To-School"project by P.G. Lamb at My Shari Crafts is a delightful teacher-gift box to give any time throughout the school year! Instructions and more details are on the video HERE.

And here's Whiff of Joy's project taken from that "Back-To-School" project idea for a pencil that looks real! More of the details on how-to re-create it are available HERE!

I don’t know about you but Halloween crafting has got to be one of the best time of the year to let-it-all-hang-out! And the new book Artful Halloween: 31 Frightfully Elegant Projects is just the ticket to get your scissors and glue gun in action! Get your wire cutters and needle nose pliers out of moth balls too! I had to make something practically instantly after viewing the "Look Inside" pages to see some of the wonderful, fun ideas! And HERE IS more fun Halloween books filled with projects that may help inspire your Halloween decor, and edibles, as well!

Decorating for Halloween is second to Thanksgiving decor - indoors and outdoors! Ameroonie Designs Batty Felt Pillow designed by Amy, will add that touch of Halloween to your inside decor. Amy's beautiful array of tone-on-tone felt pillows tutorial will have you thinking up and creating felt pillows too!

Pumpkin Patch Pillow -- so autumn! Fresh from the patch, these three whimsical pumpkins create a fun autumn feel in your home. Materials list, basic supplies list, directions and PDF pattern can be found HERE!

Amy from Mod Podge Rocks has gathered together 20 simple projects using Mod Podge (decoupage medium) that are perfect round ups to inspire you to get busy with your Mod Podge!
Catherine Pooler, an Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator showcased her Holiday Ornament on Stampin' Ups 2012 Holiday Mini Catalog Cover. And, after several requests from stampers, like me, who wanted to know how to make this beauty, she created a how-to video and lists all the Stampin' Up supplies - plus you can shop in her online store! My orders going in this Saturday! These are definitely going to be my Christmas gift-giver's to family and friends instead of the usual cards that I send out! 
All That Scraps makes simple use of an old idea, a matchbook with sticky notes that is just-too-cute! There's easy-to-follow instructions and a list of supplies too!
Christmas in August with Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Embossing Enamel-Glass Glitter-Mica Fragments! The Pampered Stamper shows that you can't get much frostier than this card without the help of dry ice, and she'll tell you how too!
EMBOSSING IS GREAT! See all the techniques to try in this video to inspire you to give it a try!

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Yes, it's 'wreath' making time-of-the-year, and Beckie from Infarrantly Creative, Back-to-School Fall Yarn wreath, packed with too-cute details, will have you following the detailed tutorial and creating your own. Also, Kathy from Merriment Design shows how easy it is to change up her Urban Fall and Paper and Fabric Fall Leaf wreath throughout the year. And Alison from Homemaking Honeys celebrates summer's end with her Sunflower and Burlap wreath. 
FOLDED SHIRT CARD isn't just for men and Father's Day ... how about a Santa suit card?! Grab an 8-1/2" x 11" piece of copy paper to follow along with the basic folding technique Paulette shows (it's really easy once you see it done) and check out the variety of designs made from just one design!

Time to "ink up" ladies!!!

I'm always in a quandry about color combinations that feel good to use and Compendium of colourQ ... your weekly "cue" to challenge yourself, has plenty to select from! Have fun with challenge #153! But here's a handy dandy chart collection of all the past colourQs that you can save (copy/paste) to your folder, or print out, and you can play along with them anytime! I love having these reference photos to choose from although I haven't participated, but hope to do so soon!

Look no further for "fashionable" creativity! Fashion design "stamps only" challenge is bound to get your feminine-side thinking frilly and fru-fru projects and crafts with a steampunk and/or simple flair. And check out It's Raining Jelly Beans for even more awesome insprational ideas! :0)

Happy crafting and stay  IN TOUCH ... gotta get back to being busy designing my steampunk wall plaque (it's almost finished and I can't wait to show you) and, with all hope it turns out, a 20-inch Belgian Christmas clock; my design pattern and made of card stock! Keep your fingers crossed for me! :0)

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