Oct 28, 2012

DZ Doodles; Fall Color Palette, Glam Goth Candle Holders, Metallic Pumpkin, Freebie Digis, Felt Stockings and Patterns, UTEE Shiny Embellishments, Jolee's Boutique, Crochet Lamp Shades, and much more added throughout the week!

Hello Fellow Doodlers!

Gifts for the holidays come packaged in all different sizes, so why not make a box size to suit-your-gift?! Carol, at Our Little Inspirations, was inspired to create her Halloween Trick or Treat Boxes from, The Sunset House Top Note Die Box Tutorial, which will also give you an idea of how easily it is done!

Create a few fun prinatable Halloween Labels to adhere to an assortment of bottles using full sheet label paper, or use regular paper and some Mod Podge! Visit The Country Chic Cottage for a fun tutorial on Angie's Macbeth Halloween decor projects! Get your craft on, and your PDF Halloween Labels...

The question is Mod Podge or Gesso and Ink Jet or Laser Print!

And while I'm on the subject of Mod Podge, here is a tutorial of How to Transfer Inkjet Images to Wood. BUT, it is also useable on a lot of surfaces ... I'd call it more of a tutorial on creating decals! And Claudine Hellmuth's Spooky Tree "Gesso" Transfer Technique video gives you yet another idea/way of creating a "decal"!

Jim, The Gentleman Crafter introduces you to his how-to videos to make what he calls his, Haunted Panorama! A project that really makes a nice addition to your Halloween decorations. And the amazing Witchy Panorama (shown) from Dena's Stamping Corner is a "knock your Halloween socks off" creation! See more of her details...

Okay! Enough about my ill-fated week of the flu! I'm ready-set-to get-started on the ideas and projects for the year-end holidays! And here is my Halloween card design!

A MASTER CREATION, Specialty Desserts For Any Occasion, should get your holiday cookie-creating-imagination stirred up early enough to make dozens of these homemade treats for family and friends! I love Christmas goodies, especially when they come from someone's oven! And here's some ornaments from my image collection  for your projects!

The Perfect Palette may be considered a "wedding colors palette" guide for brides, but I can't help but feel it's very useful for designing for just about anything! And, I stop there often when I need a bit of inspiration both in color and in some of the projects! I love the "harvest" combinations.
These are the Fall 2012 colors: {Shades of Orange, Latte, Gold + White}

Are you hosting a Glam Goth Halloween Party? These dollar store Glam Goth Candle Holders will be a favorite! In addition to the "how-to" to this project, there's plenty more project ideas to think about when you click on Oh My! Creative's Glam Goth Girl's Night Out Halloween Party. You've got to see all the goodies ... makes me want to plan a party for next year!
Witches Bounty Treat Bags! What a charming handmade favor-bag to suit any Halloween party, delightful! You can put just about anything inside, and that mystery is great for your guests to take home. Get the how-to details at My Own Ideas.

Bling your pumpkin too! Make a cool and stylish metallic pumpkin in no time using Tacky Glue and a string of gold mardi gras beads. Such a sophisticated look that screams upscale, don't you think? Alexa, at Swell Designer, will show how easily it's done! This is not only a gorgeous piece for a Glam Goth Party but can also go in your decor for a Thanksgiving Party as well!

You've got to watch the "Got Candy" spider and bag card video by Julie Ebersole at the Ellen Hutson's, the Classroom. It's just too cute! Yes, I had to place an order for the bag and spider too - this will have to be next year's Halloween card project!
Bird's Cards has a little Coffin Treat Box freebie template for you! There's a cut file for those of you with digital cutters and a template version for those without!
Greet trick-or-treaters with a menacing silhouette that climbs the stairs. The rise on steps doesn't differ much from one staircase to another, so these pieces can be saved and used in another location next year. To make a large silhouette for your staircase, print out Martha Stewart's staircase template; cut out each section. Following the numbered diagram, tape together the sections for each stair (numbered 1 through 9) at the dotted lines. Trace onto pieced-together black construction paper, and cut out. Number the back of each stair section according to the diagram; attach each section to the appropriate stair riser with double-sided tape. Get the how-to for a Flying Witch on a Broom Stick template to fit your window. Get Martha Stewart's collection of Halloween Decorating and Craft Tmeplates, read more... 
Just in time for Halloween, printable Spider Origami boxes "free" PDF file (or print directly) for trick or treaters! There is some crazy origami folding involved, but hey, it's time you learn something new, and you'll get the hang of it after one or two attempts. If you can fold, you can do this following the easy step-by-step photo how-to's!

Our Little Inspirations Halloween Coffin Treat Holder design
gave me "good thing" reasons to utilize my Martha Stewart Goo Punch!
Go here for the Martha Stewart Coffin Box "free"Template download.
And I just love Our Little Inspirations
Ornament Christmas card projects simplicity and elegance!

Hay rack rides, bobbing for apples, the smells of Autumn and fireplace chimneys fill the air now! But, soon enough, it will be Christmas!! So here's some remnant ideas for Fall projects and the beginnings for projects to come!


Dimensions — the needlework division of EK Success — offers felt-applique Christmas stocking kits that include everything you need to complete a beautiful keepsake. The die cut felt elements are prepunched with evenly spaced holes so you can be confident your blanket stitch will look perfect! This makes the kits ideal for newbies and for experienced stitchers who need to finish a project quickly. To find out more or purchase stocking kits, see the Dimensions online shop.




Sewing a Christmas Stocking is your opportunity to make it as simple or as elaborate as you possibly can... maybe even some where in between. There are many ways to embellish a Christmas Stocking. Explore and make a memory stocking that just may become a family heirloom.
  • 1/2 yard* of fabric for the main body of the stocking
  • 1/4 yard* fabric for the top of the stocking
  • 1/4 yard* of lining fabric to compliment the top of the stocking.
  • Thread to match both fabrics
  • Print out of the pattern
  • Optional: Applique's and embellishments to taste

*The fabric requirements will make more than one stocking.
Note: All instructions are for 1/4" seams.

Tipnut's Crafty Christmas VINTAGE HOLIDAY TEMPLATES are a variety of goodies from the 1950's ... darling appliques to embellish your felt Christmas Stocking, cards, or various holiday projects!


Get the Free Pattern and Directions to Sewing a Christmas Stocking! For photo instructions and other details read more at About Sewing...

Sparkly, Happy, Needs No Sewing, Christmas Stocking by Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist with a free PDF Stocking Pattern for you to design your own stocking!

Creating Embellishments with UTEE
Video Courtesy of Ranger Ink
Stampington and Company presents a new way to turn Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (also called UTEE) into shiny embellishments perfect for Christmas ornaments, home decor items, card or scrap page embellishments, and more. Click on UTEE  to purchase products you'll need for your projects!
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) is a specially formulated, large particle embossing powder. Used with a heat tool, the first layer creates a bumpy texture, while the second and more layers create a smooth finish. The layers can be crackled or stamped into. For one of a kind embellishments and jewelry, melt UTEE in Ranger's Melting Pot and immerse pieces shrink plastic to create “glass” pieces or pour into molds!

When projects need to “pop”, Jolee’s Boutique dimensional stickers and embellishments are the choice! Featuring creative original designs, perfected craftsmanship, and intricate detail in popular pastimes, sentiments and celebrations, each dimensional image is crafted by hand using fine quality materials. When you want to preserve a special moment or share a unique experience, Jolee’s Boutique lets you truly personalize every scrap booking, card making, paper crafting and gift giving project.

I am an advt crocheter who is always looking for new crochet challenges ... this "shade" idea, from Deconome (French), is just the perfect one to stir my imagination - maybe, yours too?! And as you scroll down the blog you will find other gorgeous design ideas as well!
Each of these projects can be used as a decoration, gift or both! Plan to fill each cone with some candies and a beaded book mark then hang them on your tree as decorations until it is time to give them away. These are really fun, easy projects. All the patterns are available for free download on  Christmas Paper Crafts page. The decorated gift box is also available for free. If you would like to purchase the rest of the paper used for these creations click our "Gifts of Joy" Collection.


Oct 21, 2012

DZ Doodles Oodles of Doodles News; Halloween Bird House, and Freebie Templates, Papercraft Dimensional Birds, Felt Halloween Cuties, Freebie Fall Harvest Digi, Inkjet Image Tranfers, Embossed Sanding, Freebie Pumpkins, Doily Candles, Paper Shoe Treats, Gingerbread Houses/Recipes, Dylusions Creative Journal Video, and lots more added throughout the week!

"Happy Fall Days" Doodles Followers!


The question sometimes arise's from children without fireplaces as to how Santa will enter their home. SANTA'S MAGIC KEY ORNAMENT card and tutorial by Created by You will assure your child that Santa will have access to your door ... hang it on the tree as a decoration and on the big event night, before the kids are put to bed, have them hang it on the outside door knob of the door. Of course, don't forget to remove it after their fast asleep - set it alongside that plate of milk and cookies the kids left for Santa! (One time I put a phoney front door key in something similar to this and my daughter, being the smarty that she was, made sure to check to see that the key worked, and she brought it to my attention when she found that it didn't. So don't fake it. Kids are smart!).

IDEOGRAM is an amazing and handy on-line tool to use to create a variety of sized envelopes or boxes. Simply type in the dimesions for envelope or box; follow Instructions to print the template (as many times as you need it), and cut out! There is a size limit and a lot depends on the accommodations of your printer. I prefer to use the "Centimeter Units" marked on my ruler for a more precise measurement instead of the inches.

Jack-o-lanterns are a staple of Halloween decorations. Here are tips on making a jack-o-lantern using a pumpkin stencil.VIDEO: Make a Jack-O-Lantern by Bonnie Zaiss with "free" pumpkin stencils! Browse through this collection of free patterns you can download and use to carve or paint your pumpkins. There are several designs to choose from. There are patterns for everything from a simple Halloween jack-o-lantern to a fancy dragon design.

If you love perfect pages, this tool is a must have. Scrap Rack's "Get It Staright" Laser Light!  Imagine being able to line up your photos and embellishments exactly everytime! Just slide the laser to create a red beam of light across your page. Double page spreads can be lined up quickly and easily too! The beam will reach across 2 pages.


Who says ornaments are just for Christmas? This Halloween Bird House Ornament by Design Team Expert Linda Auclair at "ep" (echo park paper co.) used "Chillingsworth Manor" paper collection.

Although these Three Different Designs of All Handmade Bird House's are for wood construction, the patterns can easily be converted for use with card stock (or constructon board, or using foamboard) to create gorgeous paper bird houses - just apply imagination; some decorative papers, design elements, and embellishments! Suggestion: Just print out the pattern pieces as it will all size accordingly and cut pieces out leaving a 1/4" tab where you need to attach. Of course you will have to use a program where you can "over-enlarge" these images to suit the overall bird house finished size. With these patterns you will have to make some "fitting" adjustments as you create them, so I suggest that you play with some "chumpy" card stock to create "templates".

And for an easy-peasy bird house design pattern
here's one by Crafts4Kids that I found!

But here is a really cute pattern by Janilla Chong, and although it's called, "A Cubby House" it works well as a bird house "box" too (cut out the door shown or make a circle within it's arch or in the same area)! I printed out my main template and cut it out as shown, then a second template where I cut out "pieces" for each side and the roof to use as templates to trace out on my decorative papers for application. To strength the bottom I cut a bottom piece out of poster board and glued it to the inside of the bottom. Made small or large, this template is good for including candies!

Of course, "OMG! Yes I did" ... find a papercrafted dimensional bird free template pattern, pre-colored for you to use with your bird house design or for the holidays, or for any other "bird" reason you may have! There are four different color-versions to choose from.


PAPER WISHES, for a solid week, presents a project each day that are mostly for gift-giving! SUPER PENNANT WEBISODE!


You can make a variety of Halloween cuties from the pattern that Creative Breathing is sharing. And while you’re at her blog post, admiring all the possibilities and downloading the pattern, be sure to read the post. If you’re old enough to remember the Mary Tyler Moore show, it will leave you grinning. Find out more and get the pattern freebie...

Click on this Fall Harvest image and save it to your digi folder for those lovely Autumn projects; cards, scrap pages, or art-on-the-wall designs, and stitching projects!

Standard Silver Duct Tape (3M brand), or Nashua brand Transparent Duct Tape, or Blue Painter's Tap ... three tapes with the least amount of problem with ink "bleading up" and causing blotches in the transferred image. What's this jibberish all about, your asking yourself?! It's called, Duct Tape Inkjet Image Transferring! And now you can learn about the technique and try it for yourself using Doll House Minatures tutorial. Think of all the possible applications! And don't forget to browse, in the right-hand column articles such as; How I Age Paper, Minature Keepsake Boxes with FREE PDF emplate printouts at the end of the post, and a huge list of a lot of other fun things! 

Sanding card stock makes a stunning impact on your projects, and adds interesting texture with not a lot of effort when using white core (or black core) card stock, embossing folders and sanding the image. This Paper Craft Planet quick tutorial, by Taylor, is a reminder for some and a new concept for newbies, that will show you how to achieve this look. And to help you out with this kind of card design here are some freebies I thought I'd share with you!


A glass jar is "just a jar," but, candles are romantic, so add one inside. Doilies are dainty. Burlap is rustic. Rustic meets romance! Together they create one-of-a-kind pretty luminaries that would be great for a Valentine's Day romantic mood, holiday table setting, or wedding day reception accent! While following the tutorial to create your own luminaries play around with different ribbons, buttons, twine and bits-of-burlap while experimenting with various doily designs as well.
I love a good shoe-deal for my feet, but, more so when they can be made from card stock and stuffed with some tasty treats! These Paper Shoe Treats for a "Sole" Mate by All Things Thrifty offers a FREE template pattern download, and if you are the lucky owner of a Silhouette cutting machine, you can download the file for FREE too! Printable tages are lso included.
These gingerbread house ideas are a great way to celebrate the joys of Christmas with your loved ones. The projects in this collection are the best way for the crafty culinary artist or the sweet-toothed artisan to show off his or her flair for edible architecture. House all your gingerbread people this year with your very own gingerbread abode, or make all sorts of fascinating adorable and edible crafts for Christmas. If this sounds like your newest holiday tradition, this 58-page eBookfull of gingerbread house patterns, recipes and Christmas craft ideas is just for you!

Dylusions Creative Journal available at Joggles is Dyan's "perfect" journal - a blank journal that is a combination of manila cardstock and matte white heavy cardstock, ideal for the application of Dylusions Ink Sprays and techniques using water, inks, paints and mediums. The journal cover is made from sturdy chipboard and filled with 64 unlined pages for endless paper crafting creativity.
My Creative Journal Journey available at Joggles by Dyan Reaveley. Join Dyan on her "Creative Journal Journey" book. Using step-by-step photos and instructions is just like having Dyan by your side showing you how she creates her original art journal pages. This 8.5" x 5.5" book is chock full of inspiration , step-by-step photos and instructions to walk you through inking, painting and journaling techniques to create your own art journal. 51 pages, full color, softcover with one wire binder tab.


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