Sunday, February 27, 2011

Spring is in the Air DDS Challenge

It's time for Doodle Dragon Studios challenge...Spring is in the Air! Hopefully, if enough people participate we can convince Mother Nature to bring on Spring! It snowed another 8" on Friday, so I'm ready for some sunshine and something green.

Here's a message from Dustin regarding the challenge:
Remember we have a wonderful new point system for all challenge entries, called Pike's Points. For all that enter the challenge you will get Pike Points that will add up to free digitals from the store. If you are selected by you will get some additional points for your entry, and for even MORE points, if you are Pike's Pick (chosen by me and my DoodleDragon Crew) for going above and beyond and being SUPER fabulous you get more Pike's Points. So, what are you waiting for?

Choose a Doodle Dragon Studios image and create something spring themed (colors or image)
Directly link your project using MR. LINKY (below)
You may only submit one project per challenge
Must be registered at Doodle Dragon Studios to receive points (go HERE to register)
Challenge open until March 6th, winners announced on March 9th.
Card or project should be created for this challenge and the challenge referenced on your blog or other sites that they are posted on. Any reference to my blog or links to my blog are much appreciated.

Fine Print along get 10 points, that's 50 cents just for playing along, win the random pick and get 20 points that's $1.00, and the Doodledragon Crew's "pike's pick" choice gets 30 points, thats $1.50. Of course seeing as I am the boss around here, these rules are subject to change as I see fit, in order to make things run more smoothly.

Doodle Dragon Studios image
Wild Card cartridge - Hello
Pebbles in My Pocket candy dots
Martha Stewart loop edge punch
Spellbinders Nestibilities - oval & oval scallop
DCWV card
Pop dots
American Crafts cardstock

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Dudley Grows Up! New Release

How exciting! Dudley is growing up. He just doesn't know exactly what he wants to be. Luckily for us, Dustin has given him many choices. He just released the Dudley Grows Up set today. I love them all!

The Science Fair ended today at our school. So I was naturally drawn to the Scientist Dudley.

Doodle Dragon Studios image - Dudley Grows Up set
Nifty Fifties Cricut cartridge
Composition book
American Crafts cardstock

I know pink seems like a silly color for Dudley, but dragons can be girls too. This card is dedicated to all the women who serve our country.

Doodle Dragon Studios image - Dudley Grows Up set
Stand and Salute Cricut cartridge
Cuttlebug embossing folder - Stars
Pop dots
American Crafts cardstock

Here's the new release:

Monday, February 21, 2011

Quarantined! Chicken Pox Can

Quarantined! There are few things worse than being quarantined with chicken pox when the sun is shining outside. See Dustin's cute chick looking outside? Relax...we don't have chicken pox at our house. It's been many moons (15 years), but when I saw this image I instantly thought of my son. I'd post his picture posing with his chicken pox in his Thomas the Train underwear (he was almost 3), but I might be disowned. Instead of scratching, he liked to count them...and often. With over 150 pox, he was very entertained! This silly can would have been much more fun!

Fill the can with a coloring book, crayons, markers, small bag of M&M's, a surprise coupon with a new movie to watch (obviously a DVD won't fit in the can), a DS game, Squinkies, Littlest Pet Shop animals, Hot Wheels
, etc. Anything that will occupy your poor chicken pox cutie until quarantine is over. Good luck!

Pringles can
Doodle Dragon Studios image - February Membership
We R Memory Keepers paper - Twirl - Spunky
Pebbles in My Pocket ribbon
Stampin' Up slot punch
Marvy 2 1/8" circle punch
American Crafts cardstock

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Heart Breaker!

Inside card...

Okay, I know I said I was tired of red (and I am), but I had to do one more! Ever since Dustin released this guy I wanted to use him. Seriously, how do you begin to make a card for this? He needs a big hug! So when I saw that More Than Favors - Cricut Cartridge Chaos Challenge was using the Rock Princess cartridge I knew he would finally be rescued! Then of course, I had to see what The Cuttlebug Spot challenge is this week. Their challenge is to make a gate fold card. Hmm...I've never created a gate fold card, never used my Rock Princess cartridge (I know...shocker, right?), Mr. Skunk has been waiting and it only seemed logical that a broken heart needed two sided card. Perfect match for all three! And instead of a smooth heart, I used my embossing folder to give the hearts a broken texture.

Yesterday, I grounded myself from going to the scrapbook store. I really, really wanted some type of black patterned paper for this card. Thankfully, it was super windy and stormy which lowered my motivation (to zero) to go outside. I have so much paper that I could open my own store! Yet somehow I needed NEW paper. You know the drill. One day when my office is clean (yeah that's not today), I'll post pictures of my room. It's crazy how much money is sitting/hanging in here waiting to be used. Anyway, I forced myself to find something to use here in my collection. Not doubt...I found a great selection in one of my DCWV stacks. I really need to learn control! :)

Good news! I also entered this card into the Cricut Circle Weekly contest (project must include a heart and embossing. Project must have at least 2 Cricut cuts to qualify). Anytime I can use a Doodle Dragon Studios image, my Cricut and my Cuttlebug on one project my day is more complete!

Doodle Dragon Studios image - January Membership
Rock Princess Cricut cartridge
Sizzix - Tim Holtz embossing folder - Cracked
DCWV - Glitter ABC Stack
American Crafts cardstock

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Party at Party Time Tuesday's!

Look what I won! VIP Top 3 at Party Time Tuesday's Challenge blog for my Monkey Cupcake card! Scroll down to Day 8 of 14 Days of Valentines to see it.

Now I have a pretty badge to show off. I'm so excited! Thanks PTT!

I had so much fun that I joined in again. This week was a sketch challenge. I couldn't resist using Dustin's new leprechaun from the January Membership collection. Ahhh,'s such a lovely color. I think I might be all pink & red colored out, but don't hold me to it!

Doodle Dragon Studios image - January Membership
Spellbinders Nestibilities - Lacy Squares
Best Creation Inc. - double sided St. Patrick's Day paper
Foam glitter shamrocks
Font - Sherwood
American Crafts cardstock

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 14 of 14 Days of Valentines - Private Party

Close up of tag

Don't put the box on the seat! He might not look before he jumps in his car.

Happy Valentine’s Day! We made it through 14 Days of Valentines! Today is the big finale!!! I loved doing every project...especially the ones with extra chocolate.

Today's project is for your significant other. Here's what you'll need: purchase an empty corsage plastic container from your local florist shop. Add a little Victoria's Secret secret and maybe some other fun prizes, tie it up with a bow and you have your own Private Party. He’ll love it!

Depending on how scandalous you want to be will determine where you have your package delivered to your lover. You could deliver it to the receptionist desk and have him paged, or sneak into his office and put it on his desk/chair. Or you could put it on the seat of his car (remember to bring his set of keys). The possibilities are endless!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Doodle Dragon Studios image—Valentine Trio
Photo paper (I would use glossy next time)
Plastic corsage box
Black ribbon—from personal stash
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
Stampin' Up slot punch
Pop dots
American Crafts cardstock
Silk rose petals

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Day 13 of 14 Days of Valentines - Quackers

Oh QUACK! Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Are you SURE your ready? This project is dedicated for those "Oh Quack! I forgot. I need a valentine for X, Y & Z!" moments. It's super easy and fast.

Print out your image and sentiment. Use your Cuttlebug and Spellbinders to cut your tag. Now roll it through again, but this time embossing it. I'm sure there is a Cricut cartridge with a pillow box on it. I cheated and used a pre-made box (even easier). Run your pillow box through the Cuttlebug in your embossing folder. Grab a ribbon and tie it. Stick on your tag and you're done. See? Super easy and fast. Wait! Remember, you need to put something inside your pillow box. Gift card time. I love gift cards!

Happy Day 13!

Doodle Dragon Studios image - December Membership
American Craft pillow box
Sizzix embossing folder - Valentine set #2
Spellbinders Nestibilites - Labels Eight set
Pebbles in My Pocket ribbon
Font - LD Mixed Up

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day 12 of 14 Days of Valentines - Too Stinkin' Cute!

Isn't this skunk so stinkin' cute?! He's from Dustin Pike's - Doodle Dragon Studio store in the January Membership collection, so if you want him, you know where to find him.

I found this red foil box at the Dollar Store. Can I just say I heart the Dollar Store! There are so many fun treasures for cheap. This box came in a set of 3, each one a different size and shape. This box would be perfect for a hotel key card, a restaurant card (with meet me here at 7:00 written on the back), gift cards, or fill with some yummy homemade candies.

Day 12...only 2 days left!

Doodle Dragon Studios image - January Membership
Foil box - from the Dollar Store
Martha Stewart - heart edge punch
We R Memory Keepers - corner chomper
Spellbinders Nestibilities - small oval set
Spellbinders Nestibilites - oval scallop set
American Crafts cardstock
American Crafts specialty foil paper
Pop Dots

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 11 of 14 Days of Valentines - Save Your Kisses!

Day 11...only 3 days until Valentine's Day. Wow! This month is flying. I thought for Day 11 I would combine two challenges to make the perfect card. My fellow and very talented Doodle Dragon Studios DT member
Ted - Happily Ever Crafter is having a Valentine's Challenge (it's still going so join in!). The twist to his challenge is your sentiment must be done in your own handwriting.

Hmm...easy peasy. I can totally do this challenge...easily. Yeah, that was until I rewrote the sentiment 20 times! Not kidding. It's crazy when the paper is cut and embossed the pressure that messes with your mind! I finally just had to pick the best or I still be writing! Silly. I knew I wanted to use this kissing princess image and sentiment, but I couldn't post it until Dustin Pike released the collection. If you haven't seen his Ever After set, you need to check it out!

While I was waiting for the big Ever After release, I wandered over to
The Cuttlebug Spot where this week's challenge is to create a step card. Ta-dah! See the clouds part and the sun come shining down. Pure inspiration...mix the two challenges together and a card is created...

"You may need to date alot of frogs before you find your Prince Charming, just don't kiss them ALL!"

Doodle Dragon Studios image - Ever After set
Paper Adventures - Carolyn Holt - Primavera Hearts Squared
Indie Art Cricut cartridge - phrase
Cuttlebug embossing folder - Welcome Baby set
Spellbinders Nestibilities - Classic Oval set
Spellbinders Nestibilities - Crown Oval set
Pebbles in My Pocket - Glitter candy dots
Bo Bunny ribbon
Glossy Accents (eyes & lips)
American Crafts cardstock

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day 10 of 14 Days of Valentines - New Release! Ever After Collection

Day 10 of 14 Days of Valentines brings exciting news...fairy tales DO come true! Today Dustin Pike is releasing a new fantastic fairy tale collection called Ever After! I feel like breaking out in some princess song and twirling about while picking flowers (insert music here). They are truly dreamy. You can see a better view of the collection at Dustin's Doodle Dragon Studios store. Look how this set has inspired the DDS Design Team.

I instantly fell in love with the knight when I first laid eyes on him. He spoke to me (in his own mysterious way). It's every girl's dream to have a knight in shining armor, right? Which new Ever After image is your favorite and why?

Come back tomorrow for another idea using the Ever After set and Day 11. We're almost there!

Doodle Dragon Studios image - Ever After Set
Doodlebug Design Inc. - Ladybug chenille cardstock
Red Velvet ribbon from Michael's
Black feather
Font - Prince Valiant
Fiskars - hearts punches
Pop dots
American Crafts cardstock

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 9 of 14 Days of Valentines - Mummy Loves You

Happy Day 9! Today it would be funny to play with the mummy dragon and wrap the box of chocolates with gauze. To continue the theme, I used the Cuttlebug Forest Branches embossing folder on the pink heart. I think I'm going to give this valentine to my son who is turning 18 years old in a few days (*sniff*sniff*). His mummy will always love him!

Doodle Dragon Studios image
Box of chocolates
Roll of gauze
Cuttlebug embossing folder - Forest Branches
Spellbinders Nestibilities - Classic Scalloped Heart set
Spellbinders Nestibilities - Classic Heart set
Fiskars - heart punch
American Crafts cardstock

Monday, February 7, 2011

Early Day 8 of 14 Days of Valentines - Cupcake Challenge

Happy Early Day 8 of 14 Days of Valentines! We have a wicked storm rolling in right now. The power has been flickering on and off for over an hour. The wind is howling and the snow is furiously coming down. I'm going to post now so I don't have to worry about it.

Guess what? I found another challenge...well two. It's true. Don't get too use to it...Spring is hopefully coming and I can venture out of my house. *snicker snicker* Until then, let's play! Party Time Tuesday's is having a Valentine's Day cupcake challenge. This morning I went to Kneader's Bakery for breakfast. If you're ever in Utah be sure to go there for breakfast. Their all you can eat Chunky Cinnamon French Toast is amazing! Anyway, back to my morning, the cashiers were wearing cupcake shirts that said, "Who are you calling cupcake?" And at that exact moment I knew what I was going to do and wanted to play. Thanks Kneader's for a yummy breakfast and a great idea!

I found the challenge sketch at Gem of A Challenge.

The main card is on white paper. I put it against the pink Pebbles paper so you could see it. Hope you're enjoying the 14 Days of Valentines!

Doodle Dragon Studios image
Martha Stewart - Heart edge punch
Sizzix embossing folder - Valentine Set #4
Pebbles in My Pocket - Twitterpated Collection - Love You
Fun Favors - Amscan - plastic hearts
Font - CK Ali's Handprint
Pop Dots
Glossy Accent
American Crafts cardstock

Dudley came to my Super Bowl Party!

Okay, it's official. I'm Doodle Dragon Studios #1 fan.

Dudley came to my Super Bowl party yesterday. He greeted my guests as they arrived. BTW - he's for both teams. One sleeve Steelers and the other Green Bay.

All the guests (my family - 16 total) had to put on a sticker to show their team support. No switching sides in the middle of the game here!

Here's the "Party Board". Nope. I didn't win this year. Party hint...put signs over doors so guests can't open them. This is the french doors to my office/craft room. It's a wreck. But with the sign no one could go in!

Dudley playing on the yummy cupcakes.

Score a touchdown when you get this set at Dustin's store:

Sadly the Steelers didn't win, but it was a good game. More importantly...the food was delicious!

Day 7 of 14 Days of Valentines - Going Formal

7 Days until Valentine's Day! Are you ready?

This cute formal penguin needed a date with a card BAD! And how could I say no to a face like that? I found this cool Subway Art freebie the background, but gray scaled it to compliment Mr. Penguin. Then the card needed more than just a needed a bow tie. So I made one. :) I think we're ready to go out now!

Doodle Dragon Studios image - December Membership
Valentine Subway Art for background
Red velvet ribbon from Michael's
We R Memory Keepers - Corner Chomper
Pop dots
American Crafts cardstock

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day 6 of 14 Days of Valentines - Build a Box of Love

Happy Day 6! Today's project is a Build a Box of Love!

Fill a 8 1/2" x 11" page (actually only 8 1/2" x 9") of your favorite Doodle Dragon Studios image. Your page will look something like this (see below). You can print two pages if you want the box to be completely the same or use your DDS images printout for the lid and a solid color cardstock for the bottom. It's up to you. You could also print it on regular paper to use as wrapping paper instead of a building a box.

The lid you will cut at 8 1/4" x 8 1/4". Be mindful of the printer margins on your paper when cutting. Score each side a 2 1/8" x 2 1/8". Cut the vertical sides to create your flaps. Score again to create crisp edges and glue box together.

For the bottom box you will cut at 8" x 8". Then score at 2" on each side. Repeat the same steps as above. Put the two sides together and wa-lah you have completed your box!

I purchased a gift bow and hollowed out the center until I found the layer that I wanted it to be. Does that make sense? Notice from the side view it looks like a regular bow. But from the top, it's shows the cute tag snuggled in nicely.

Have fun with your one of a kind box of love!

Doodle Dragon Studios image - December Membership
Spellbinders Nestibilities - Scallop set
McGill 2 1/8" circle punch
McGill 1 7/8" circle punch
Martha Stewart storing board

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Day 5 of 14 Days of Valentines

Happy Day 5! Remember yesterday when I said I found a challenge to play in? Well, I found another one! Flaunt It Fridays is having a challenge to use the lips image from the Indie Art Solutions cartridge. Surprise, surprise...I have never used this cartridge either! Let's just say I'm an obsessed Cricut cartridge collector. Just because you have them doesn't mean you have to use them. Right?

This frog was calling for these lips! The phrase just makes me chuckle.

Doodle Dragon Studios image - December Membership
Indie Art Cricut cartridge - cut at 3 1/2"
Bo Bunny - Flirty Dots paper
Pop dots
American Crafts cardstock

Guess where I'm going today? The Oh My Crafts Warehouse sale! Envision me doing the old Mervyn's commerical...Open, open, open!"

Friday, February 4, 2011

Nifty Fifties Cricut Challenge

Seriously...I need to stop looking at all the fun challenges! Focus Kerri. Focus.

I read on the Cricut Messageboard that More Than Favors was having a Nifty Fifties Cricut cartridge challenge. I haven't used this cartridge yet, but have wanted to with no vision. So it sat waiting patiently on my shelf. So I jumped at the chance with this challenge.

I'm dedicating this card to my good friend Admin Becky at Provo Craft. She IS one cool cat! Becky is the neatest lady you will ever meet. I love her! I miss seeing her every week and being enabled constantly by her. She brightens my day. Even when I haven't talked to her in a while, it feels like we start just where we left off last. Thanks for being you Becky!

Nifty Fifties Cricut cartridge
Sizzix embossing folder - Winter set #3
Ribbon - from personal stash
American Crafts cardstock

Day 4 of 14 Days of Valentines - Cupid


Okay, for some unknown reason if you were on Dustin's site yesterday, you had a sneak peek of these delicious Day 10 chocolates nuggets. You read right...Day 1o! So since a few of you saw them, I'm moving them to Day 4. Cheaters! Just kidding...

I designed these mini wrappers to go around Hershey's Chocolate Nuggets. Hmmm...I wonder where the rest of the bag went?! Good thing I'm almost done creating the projects for the 14 Days of Valentines. Now I can stop eating all the leftover treats! My diet is going great. Thanks for asking. NOT!

I embossed the red cardstock to back the nuggets once they were in the cello, so they would have support. Any of the Doodle Dragon Studio cupid valentine images would work on this project. Just pick your favorite one!

Doodle Dragon Studios image - December Membership
Hershey's Chocolate Nuggets
Cuttlebug embossing folder - candy hearts
Cello bag
American Crafts cardstock

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Day 3 of 14 Days of Valentines - Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year...the Year of the Rabbit. People born in the Year of the Rabbit (1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011) are articulate, talented, and ambitious. Rabbit people are admired, trusted, and are often financially lucky, but they have a tendency to get too sentimental and can seem superficial.

I personally am a Monkey. People born in the Year of the Monkey are clever, skillful, and flexible. Monkey people have a deep desire for knowledge and usually have excellent memories. Monkey people are strong - willed but their anger cools quickly.

The Chinese New Year inspired today's Valentine project. Fill the box with fortune cookies and a gift card to their favorite Chinese restaurant.

Enjoy your Date Night!

Doodle Dragon Studios image - January Membership
Red take out box
Pagoda Cricut cartridge - curtain
Pebbles in My Pocket - ribbon
Doodlebug Design Braddies - cinnamon hearts
Fortune cookies - LaChoy (at the grocery store) - unless you have a really generous waiter who will give you a handful of cookies when you buy your gift card.
Font - LD Samurai
American Crafts cardstock

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Day 2 of 14 Days of Valentines - Tri-Fold Card

Now untie the ribbon...

Originally I was going to post a different Day 2 project, but I ventured over to the new challenge at The Cuttlebug Spot. I've never attempted a tri-fold card, so I had to try it! Thank heavens for YouTube. I liked the triangle tri-fold style best. Here is the tutorial I used to learn how to create my card. Thanks for the help!

Dimensions of the card:
Pink cardstock - 4x12
Red embossed cardstock - 3 3/4x 3 3/4
Phrase cut at 2"

Doodle Dragon Studios image - December Membership
Sizzix embossing folder - Love Set
Sizzix embossing folder - Zebra print
Create a Critter Cricut cartridge - phrase
Offray ribbon
Pop dots
American Crafts cardstock

Happy Groundhog Day!

Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow today? I sure hope not!

According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow (the day is bright and sunny), there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow (the day is overcast), there will be an early spring. Pleeeeeeeeeeease don't see your shadow Phil!

Our Kindergarten teachers at our school are the best (actually I love all of our teachers). Especially when I pop in a say, "Hey, I have project I want to do. May I use your board?" That's what I did for this project. Thanks Mrs. Simpson! Each day when the adorable kindergarten students arrive there is a Question of the Day to answer. Then they put their clip on the side of their response. I thought it would be more fun to add some DDS magic in the question. Don't be fooled by the clips. There are 25 students in her class (she has two sessions - so 50 students every day), I just didn't want to put them all on the left side. I'm over winter...bring on spring!


Doodle Dragon Studios image - December Membership

Provo Craft 12x24 cardstock


Clothes pins

Font - CK Handprint

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Support the Cause Challenge

Yeah, it's way too cold ("feels like" temperature 1 degree) to go anywhere today, so I decided to play in another challenge. Today's challenge is from Fantabulous Cricut - #45 Challenge: Support the Cause - make a project in honor of a cause that is near and dear to you or a loved ones heart.

Who says you need the Pink Journey Cricut cartridge? Okay, I do just to say I have it in my collection, but you really don't. I used Stand & Salute Cricut cartridge to make the ribbon frame. The side ribbon is actually a lanyard I found at OfficeMax in their clearance section a while back. I knew someday I'd use it! I cut it apart to fit my card.

Doodle Dragon Studios image - Awareness set
Stand & Salute Cricut cartridge
Breast Cancer Awareness lanyard (for side ribbon) - found at OfficeMax
Font - LD Mixed
American Crafts cardstock

Welcome to Day 1 of 14 Days of Valentines - I'm a SUCKER

Welcome to Day 1 of 14 Days of Valentines. Dustin has released soooo many cute valentine images that I couldn't stop at just 1 project. So I'm going to do 14!

Today's project is "Valentine, I'm a SUCKER for your love!" Yeah, I'm a sucker for Doodle Dragon Studios images too! Check back each day to see a new Doodle Dragon Studios Valentine's Day project. They will be simple and easy to duplicate.

See you tomorrow!

Doodle Dragon Studios image - Valentine Day Trio
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Lacey Circles
Sucker - found it at Walgreen's for $1
Fiskars - heart punch
Heart ribbon - from the Dollar Tree store
Font - CK Handprint
American Crafts cardstock