Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Tuesday Tip of the Day-Doodling

Doodling is one of the hottest things going on right now in our little stamp world. Everything-- paper, stamps, ribbon, is coming out with doodles! I just can't get enough of it. The one thing I haven't done much of is doodle on my own cards. I really don't know why either, as I am a self-confessed doodler in places where I find myself bored beyond tears. I have always doodled....in class, in church, in business meetings, while I'm talking on the phone. When I was young, I would doodle my future name....MRS. Stan Smith, or whomever poor fool I had a crush on at the time! Lately, I've found myself doodling doodles in my bible study lecture! Shhhhh. Don't tell! Did you know the dictionary definition for doodling is "scribbling absentmindedly". That is so true.

To help you get started with this hip, new craze, I've done a little research online to find sites that will help you get a feel for doodling. Don't be afraid. I mean, what could possibly go wrong? Just relax your hand and get to it! The next time you're talking on the phone, grab a paper and pen and doodle whatever is on your mind at the moment. I like to draw hearts, and I love to draw doodle flowers! Maybe you can find a little notebook, alter it, and make it your "little book of doodles"!!! Keep it on the smaller side so it will fit in your purse. That way, whenever the urge hits, you can doodle your heart away! Pretty soon, you'll be ready to practice all those doodles right on your cards.

Here are few sites to get you started:

I figured since I was doing today's tip on doodling, I should be a good little blogger and share with you a card I made with doodling. Excuse me while I go whip something up right now.......

Ok, I'm back with TWO cards that are doodled, although one was a little more difficult than the other! This card proves doodling doesn't just have to be about flowers and swirls....it can be masculine too! It's a birthday card for my BIL who's birthday is tomorrow (Happy Birthday Ken!). See the doodling on the sides of the golfer image? I just made slanted slashes along each side of the image and that was it. It adds a little spice to the card, don't you think?

For my second card, I decided to go all out and doodle a FLOWER instead of just swirls! Of course, my inspiration for this doodle was my fantabulous Hero Arts flower stamp that I use all the time (the same one I enabled all of YOU to go buy:)). I first drew the flower in pencil and then I went over the pencil with a brown marker. This way makes it alot easier than randomly throwing doodles all over the page. It's a somewhat more controlled doodle, which I suppose takes away from the "absentmindedness" of doodling, but oh well. In each corner, I simply made 6 x's to "frame" in the doodled flower. I really love how it turned out! I'm so glad I decided to give this a try. It was really easy. Probably the best two tips I can give you for doodling is to 1. practice a little bit first 2. draw your doodled design in pencil first. I hope after today you give doodling a try too!

Have a great day everyone! I'm so excited for Idol tonight! Did I tell you that the guy who runs one of the local batting cages in town here is actually Brandon Rogers brother? For those of you who don't know who Brandon Rogers is, he is the first Idol in the Top 12 to get voted off last week. It was such a let down, because he's so good, and SO adorable! I had taken my son to the batting cages a few weeks ago, and was very impressed with the guy behind the desk who was apparently running the place. Very polite, very well educated, very adorable too. Then I was reading the local gossip column in Sunday's paper, and there's a big article about him being Brandon's brother. I can totally see the resemblance and the impeccable manners, which Brandon totally had. So sad to see him go! This week better be Sanjya, or I might have to start boycotting the show!


  1. I love the doodled stitches around the golfer. Both cards are very pretty.

    You are so right about doodling. I discovered it recently myself but didn't share any of my doodles public until last week. I'm addicted to flowers :) http://stampdetails.blogspot.com/2007/03/doodling-always-always.html

  2. Great Blog and Great Cards!! Love the Doodling. I'm going to check out the links you've added. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Michaelann8:09 AM

    You have a doodlin' talent!!! I love your blog and I keep coming back b/c your warmness and kindness comes shining thru in this blog. I guess your not from the north like me (NY) but if I could , I'd call you a Yankee Doodle Dandy!!!


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