Saturday, March 24, 2012

Cards for Emily Blog Hop

Welcome to the second Cards for Emily Blog Hop!

Scrappin' For Kenzie Blog Hop

You can read all about cute Emily HERE

If you have come from Kimberly - then you are in the right place, if not then please start back at the beginning at Michelle's blog HERE.

This time around we have a very special person joining us along with some of his very own design team (YEA me!) who made an entire set of digi's especially for Emily!

Who is this amazing person??

He is giving this set to anyone who wants it.. But the catch is you have to use one on a card for Emily and then you get the rest of the set as a Thank You! How awesome is that!? All you have to do is email him at with your choice of image and then link it up HERE to get your full set! Please also link it up back here on Michelle's blog
so we can all see it too! Then mail them to

Emily Ziemathis
5134 Berger Dr. SE
Lacey, WA 98513

Here is Dustin's digi set if you choose to use them: (You can definitely make
her a card using any other image or cuts if you want!)

Here is my card for Emily:

Here's an Easter card for Emily too:

Thank you so much for hopping with us and I hope you make a card and bring a smile to Emily!

Your next stop is Dustin Pike -

Here is the lineup in case you get lost!

If any of these links are broken or if there is no project up yet please come back and go to the next person until they get their post up or the link is fixed, thank you!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bunny Bait

The Bunny Bait creates a debate... which one is the REAL bait? The carrot? Or the cute girl bunny? You decide.

My brain is always looking for different ways to use Doodle Dragon Studios images, I'll walk you through the funny two steps thought process of how my project came to be...

First, on Pinterest there is a yummy looking snack mix recipe made with white chocolate popcorn, Easter M&M's, and pretzels in a bag, labeled Bunny Bait. Nothing fancy, just a simple, bagged Easter treat. Hmmm... I must make this delightful treat. It has all my favorite ingredients! Repin.

Second, I was sitting in a meeting where the subject of too much candy being used as treats in our school was on the agenda. My mind starting multitasking... key word mulitasking, because I was listening to the discussion and having a short conversation in my head. "Hmmm...too much candy? Yeah, they shouldn't look at my blog. What could be a healthy project to make? Easter is coming up... Easter...bunny...Peeps...Robin Eggs...Easter M&M's...WAIT! FOCUS! Healthy! Start over...bunny...carrots...bunny bait... cute Doodle Dragon bunny...GOT IT!" Good thing I was at that meeting, because I would never have thought of the healthy approach for my project!

For the record, I totally agree our school has too much candy rewards. I appreciate new ideas and concerns from parents. I especially love it when they bring a concern and have a few different solutions/ideas to their topic. It was a great discussion and we are thinking of ways to improve our school's health.

Man, those are some really orange carrots. I'm not sure if they ARE healthy to eat!!! Someone else want my carrots?

Doodle Dragon Studios image - February 2012 Membership
DCWV patterned paper - The Glitter Stack
Phrases Cricut cartridge - ovals
KI Memories - icicles lemonade flowers
Pebbles Inc. - candy dots
Font - CK Tipsy
Glossy Accents
Pop Dots

Monday, March 19, 2012

Scrapbook USA Expo

It's that time again! Scrapbook USA Expo is in Utah this weekend, March 23-24. If you're in the neighborhood, you'll definitely want to reserve some of your day to check out all the great products and classes! Be sure to stop by the VIP Lounge to say hi! I'll be working there both days.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Kiss Me!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm not Irish, but kiss me anyway!

I thought I'd try my luck at another digital card. This cute duck is from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios February Membership. Originally, Mr. Duck was naked. So I colored him, added a shirt, then snatched a shamrock from a different digi image for his stylish shirt. Say what? It's St. Patrick's Day, he couldn't have a plain green shirt! I cropped the shamrock from January Membership #12 leprechaun's hand. Pretty cool, huh? The sketch is from The Sweet Shop. The sketch needed a little something, so I added the three circles with the stolen shamrocks. Not too shabby. :)

Doodle Dragon Studios image - February Membership 2012 - duck
Doodle Dragon Studios image - January Membership 2012 - leprechaun
Digital Card Fun freebie - pattern digi paper
Font - LD Boogie Down
The Sweet Shop Sketch #109

Friday, March 16, 2012

Hello Dad

Operation Write Home had a simple sketch challenge on their blog. Simple is right up my alley today! My husband travels for his job. I thought this might be a sweet card for one of my children to write in, then sneak it into his suitcase. A pleasant surprise when he gets to his destination!

I enlarged the tie on Ollie the Monkey to print it out. Look... it's matchy, matchy.

Doodle Dragon Studios image - November 2011 Membership
American Crafts - Thicker Stickers - black chipboard
American Crafts cardstock
Operation Write Home Sketch #112

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cards for Emily

Emily is a cute little 7 year old girl who is fighting leukemia. She has gone from Leukemia to Rotavirus, to pancreatitis, to kidney stones then to shingles, not to mention over 300 pokes in her little tiny body. From chemo to blood draws to feeding tubes. She has definitely had her ups and her downs. You can read about Emily and her progress on her Aunt's blog HERE.

Dustin Pike - Doodle Dragon Studios is recruiting everyone to create a card to cheer on Emily. He has designed a special set of digi images (see below) for the occasion. You can't buy them, you have to earn them. Head on over to Dustin's site to get all the details to make a card for Emily and earn this adorable set!

Emily loves the colors pink and purple. She also loves horses and cats. The Daisy and Buttercup set is designed perfect, just for her. Dustin is the best! I wanted to make a card that was bright and happy for this sweet girl. It needed more texture. So I used Photoshop to eliminate the drawn mane, then I added the floss for hair. Hopefully it brings a smile to her cute face and heart.

Emily will love getting all the cards from Doodle Dragon Studios followers! Come join the fun!

Doodle Dragon Studios image - Daisy & Buttercup set
We R Memory Keepers Embossible Designs - Paradise Breeze
We R Memory Keepers Embossible Designs - Paradise
We R Memory Keepers Embossible Designs - Paradise Blocks
Pebbles Inc - Hello Rub On
Spellbinders Nestibilities - Oval & Oval Scallop
DMC floss - purple
American Crafts cardstock
Pop Dots
The Sweet Stop Shop Sketch #114

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hello Spring!

Can you tell I'm just a little excited that the sun is shining and spring is around the corner! Ahhhh, I'm loving it!

The Doodle Dragon Studios Design Team wanted to show off Dustin Pike's fabulous March Membership images. I have already designed/posted three projects (see "Stick with It!", "Permission Granted", and the "Hint. Hint.") made with March images, but I couldn't resist making another one. This froggie is very excited for spring too!

Check out the Design Team's March Membership creations.

Thanks Mojo Monday for the sketch!

Doodle Dragon Studios image - March 2012 Membership
Doodlebug Design Inc. - patterned paper - Primary Loopy Stripes
Close to My Heart - patterned paper
Pebbles Inc. - ribbon
Martha Stewart edge punch - grass
American Crafts cardstock
Pop Dots
Mojo Monday Sketch #232

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Special Delivery!

Dustin Pike - Doodle Dragon Studios released this fun, new Stork set last week. Perfect for a special delivery!

Doodle Dragon Studios image - Stork set
The Paper Loft patterned paper - Stripes/Pink Flowers
Fiscars embossing plates - Spring
Spellbinder Nestibilities - Circles
Spellinders Nestibilities - Lacy Circles
American Crafts cardstock
Offray ribbon
Pop Dots

Sunday, March 11, 2012

DDS - Life is a Zoo Challenge

It's time for another challenge at Doodle Dragon Studios! This week we want you to create a project using the "Life is a Zoo!" theme. Pick your favorite Dustin Pike - Doodle Dragon Studios image and have some fun! Be sure to link your project to the challenge by Sunday, March 18th.

This card for our head school secretary who just announced she is retiring. I'm going to miss her!

Come back later this week to see another ZOO themed project.

Doodle Dragon Studios image - jungle coloring page
Pebbles Inc. patterned paper - School Word/Stripe
Pebbles Inc. - candy dots
Pebbles Inc. - red ribbon
Epoxy brads - school
American Crafts cardstock
Pop Dots
Paper clip
Mojo Monday Sketch #231

Friday, March 9, 2012

Pot of Gold

Surprise! I used my scissors and my Cricut today! And I did use more chocolate. I'm telling you, there currently is no shortage at my house. Ferrero Rocher chocolates are a perfect match for gold nuggets! Don't you agree?

Doodle Dragon Studios image - January Membership 2012
Green pail - Target
Ferrero Rocher chocolates
Create a Critter Cricut cartridge - cloud
Pebbles in My Pocket ribbon
Martha Stewart edge punch - grass
American Crafts cardstock
Font - CK Tipsy

Entered in challenges:

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hint. Hint.

Now I'm just being silly. But when I saw this frog from Dustin Pike's - Doodle Dragon Studios March Membership set it made me think this frog was stuck on something he wasn't prepared for. A NASCAR 200MPH+ car came to mind, since they're racing in Las Vegas this weekend. Just a quick 6 hour drive and we'd be there!

This is another email digi card for my family. HINT. HINT. Pack your bags. It's going to be an awesome, warm, sunny weekend in Vegas. Let's go!

Technically, I took this picture at a race in Talledega a few years ago, back when Jr. was in the #8 car. I couldn't find any good car pictures from the Vegas races. Either way, my family will get a kick out of this one.

Boogity, Boogity, Boogity... Let's Go Racing Boys!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Permission Granted...

At the request of several of my friends AND permission from my son, I made another digi card for the rival college. I must say I like my son's RED U card better. :) Go Utes!

I should really do something productive today other than make projects... maybe start with cleaning my house? Nah. This is much more fun!

STICK With It!

Usually, I like to only post one project a day. But Dustin Pike - Doodle Dragon Studios just releases some of his March Membership images!!! I couldn't wait another 24 hours before posting this digi card I made for my son at college. I thought it might be a fun email for him to open up. Plus I've sent him so many care packages that his treat/snack drawer is full. So today it's just a super simple, thinking of you, stick with it, Love Mom digi card.

Doodle Dragon Studios image - March Membership 2012 - frog
Font - Collegate Heavy Outline
Font - CK Ali Handprint

Cupid's Arrows

A few days ago on a local daily show they suggested that Pinterest is actually killing our creativity. I disagree. I found these cupid arrows on Pinterest that originally looked like this below:

Nothing wrong with it. I decided to put my own spin on cupid's arrows. I turned it into the above cute, sassy, cupid frog.

My question is... must we invent the wheel EVERY time? Why can't we just change out the tire every now and then?

Doodle Dragon Studios image - December 2010 Membership - cupid frog
Pretzel sticks
Cinnamon hearts candy
Background paper - Scenic Route
Font - LD Mixed

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

It's Never Too Late to Party!

Remember last week on Doodle Dragon Studios we had a challenge to "Bling It Up" a project. Well, I didn't get it done in time. In my mind, I saw (I can still see!) this perfect piece of Mardi Gras paper that I know I have. Apparently, I've put it in a "special" spot because I have search high and low for it! I kept thinking I was going to find somewhere in my collection. Nope. I couldn't finish the project without it. I was disappointed because I love this blinged up Mardi Gras dragon. Sadly, I set him aside.

This morning, I was cruising around the my usual favorite website stops. Party Time Tuesday is having a bling it up - anyway you want challenge! Yeah! My dragon was suddenly reawakened! I didn't find the original piece of paper I was looking for, but I decided this purple piece would work just fine. See... it's never too late to party! You can't get much more bling than a collection of Mardi Gras necklaces, rhinestones, and shiny Hershey Kisses. How you get your necklaces - is your choice. I, personally, just purchased mine from the store. Hee hee.

I must say I've only been to New Orleans once . I was pregnant at the time, with wild morning sickness (that lasted all day - all 9 months). The smells and flavors of the city put me waaaaaay over the top. I'm not sure if New Orleans was really given a fair shake. Maybe after I've checked off all the other places I want to travel, I'll circle back to it again.

Oh look, more chocolate! Does someone want to come help me eat all this?

Doodle Dragon Studios image - 20 Halloween 2011 Set
Close to My Heart patterned paper
American Crafts gold foil cardstock
DCWV - Glitter Cardstock Stack (background paper)
Kaiser rhinestones
Party beads - Dollar Store
Green recipe box - Michael's
Hershey's Dark Chocolate Kisses

Monday, March 5, 2012

I Love Chocolate!

I know, I know. It's March. But I still have a few more Valentine's projects to post! I guess that's what happens when you buy too much 70% off Valentine candy. I need to do something with it before I eat ALL chocolate myself. Thankfully my DD spoke for these right after I took the picture which means 30 minutes less on the treadmill for me. Of course, I'm not going to mention all the missing mini Mr. Goodbars and Hershey's Milk Chocolate bars. Monkeys. Why must I love chocolate? Oh wait... because it's delicious!

Doodle Dragon Studios image - December 2011 Membership - key
Heart patterned paper - from my stash
American Crafts gold foil cardstock
Snack size Ziploc
Miniature chocolate bars
Font - CK Lumpy

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Be's Return

I found this subway art on Pinterest recently. I knew I had to make something with it. What? I thought you were only supposed to pin things from Pinterest, not actually DO something with them. :)

Then I remember Dustin Pike - Doodle Dragon Studios released a set of digi bee papers last year with a cute bee to match. So I combined the three. Look closely and you can see the white bees hiding on the yellow paper.

It's a fun, bright reminder of the person I want to be each day.

Doodle Dragon Studios image -bee set
Doodle Dragon Studios paper - bee paper
9 Be's - Subway Art
Digi flower - Halloween Treats set by Melany Violette