13 July 2016

Sun & Real Sand

Happy Hump-Day!
I'm sharing a fun summer card over at 
WE R MEMORY KEEPERS 
 
I've used some actual sand from our last trip to the beaches of Alabama and the
super-cool Fuse tool.  Come by the WRMK blog and see how I put it together :)
Hope you're enjoying some Summer sun where you are!

12 July 2016

Back-to-School Bookmarks

Hello, Tuesday-crafters!
Back-to-school will be here soon enough so I thought I'd 
whip up some cute laminated bookmarks to share at school :)

I've used one of my very favorite collections from Echo Park Paper, "Teacher's Pet" 


I cut the "Bookmarks" paper into strips following the individual designs.  
I used stickers from the collection to add a little extra decoration before I applied the laminate.

Next, I placed two of the 2" wide strips into the Creative Station Lite and ran them through:


After the laminate was applied to all of the bookmarks, I trimmed them out leaving a 
1/8" border of laminate around the edges.
I also added some eyelets and ribbon to the top of each.

Now I have a set of 12 sturdy, colorful bookmarks that can be placed in the school library...
the kids will love them! Stop by the Xyron Facebook Page to see more ideas this
 week using the fabulous Double-Sided Laminate!

28 June 2016

Xyron & Lawn Fawn

Hello! I'm extremely excited about his week's collaboration between
XYRON & LAWN FAWN
We swapped out products to show how well the two companies' work together,
especially when you're dealing with small pieces such as die-cuts!

 Look how cute!
I adore the way this adorable card turned out.  
I've used the Lawn Fawn "Year Five" Die and Stamp Set
which hosts an otter and birthday sentiment.


 is filled to the brim with the cutest stripes, dots and mini hearts in beautiful colors.

I first stamped the image onto Neenah white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Okay, so I kinda cheated a little when coloring in the otter!  I used the chisel
tip of the GG1 Spectrim Noir alcohol marker to color in and shade.  I like how 
the long strokes of the marker give a seamless color.

I hand-cut the otter out and then used the matching die to cut a white background for it.
All pieces, and the strip of wavy water that I cut out, were ran through the Xyron 5"
Creative Station Lite.  The 3" Permanent Adhesive Refill was placed into the machine.

 I also used the 3" Permanent Adhesive to build my card bases and adhere them together.

Finally, I cut an A2 cardbase and adhered the finished piece to the front with the 
The otter is holding a present, which is also a part of the stamp and die set.  
The sentiment was then stamped in the same Memento Tuxedo Black ink along
the bottom "grassy" area of the card :)


 You will find more fun ideas on the Xyron Facebook Page!  
And please visit Lawn Fawn too and check out their awesome products
(although, you're probably like me and all ready familiar with their cute stuff!)

20 June 2016

Xyron + Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

What a great way to start a Monday 
as I help to kick-off a fun collaboration between
 XYRON and GYPSY SOUL LASER CUTS
We will be sharing projects throughout the week!


For my project, I've crafted a 6X6 greeting card:
I grabbed some older Authentique Paper from my stash and a solid sheet of white
cardstock and Color Shine sprays from Heidi Swapp:

I also selected the "Evie" Oval Flourished Frame from Gypsy Soul and used it as a mat:

Add as much or as little of the spray as you'd like and allow to dry before cutting out.

Next, I chose four of the different butterflies, in various sizes, from the Butterflies and Dragonflies.
Each one was inked with colored chalk inks that matched with the patterned papers.  
I placed the 3" Permanent Adhesive into the Xyron 5" Creative Station Lite and ran the pieces through.


 Because there are so many openings in the butterflies, I used a piercing tool to gently rub away
the adhesive that had collected inside of the 'windows'.  The adhesive will roll into a ball and then
can be easily discarded!  This gives your butterflies a very clean look.

 I used the Xyron Mega Runner to assemble the rest of the card's mats together.

 With the close-up you can also see that I used the piercing tool to punch holes
into the flourish design.  The butterflies were all stacked together to create a beautiful 3D centerpiece!

Stop by the Xyron Facebook Page to see the rest of the projects that will be shared this week :)

17 June 2016

Flip Flop-ping!

Happy Friday, crafty friends!
Today I'm up over on the 
with this super fun and unique "Flip Flop" Mini Album!

To create the album, I've used the new “Beach Day” Collection and the pair of 
flip flops that I found at the Silhouette Design Store!

 To start off, I sized the flip flops svg file so that each one measured approximately 8.25”H. 
 Next, I added a small shadow behind them and used that area to cut from the white cardstock,
 or base pages of the album.

 After cutting out the ‘shadow’ of each flip flop from white Carta Bella cardstock,
 I cut the original flip flops from the “Summer Chevron” patterned paper.  
The accent pieces were cut from the reverse of the same patterned paper and attached
 with foam adhesive.  The patterned paper flips flops were added to the white shadow
 pieces and then embellished with ephemera, chipboard and decorative brads.
 For the inner pages, the two shadows and flip flops were welded together to form a single cut
 around both.   To create the ‘backs’ to each page, the design was flipped to mirror the original design.
  This made it easy to match up front and back pages and makes the album even sturdier.


 Various embellishments such as enamel dots, chipboard stickers, die-cuts, brads and
 stickers were used to decorate each page.  Foam adhesive was used behind some of the 
pieces for extra dimension.



 To attach all of the pages together, I used two 1” rings and a hole punch.  
Only the RIGHT front page of the album was attached to the first set of double-pages.  
All of the other pages were attached through the LEFT front page’s ring,
 but there are several ways that you could attach them together!

Here is a list and links of the products that I used from the "Beach Day" Collection:

  You can also add more interactive pieces by including journal tags, envelopes or clear
 pouches for ephemera!
I hope you all have a greatttt weekend...maybe something "beachy" so you can 
have some fun photos to display in your own flip flop album :)

07 June 2016

Simple Stories & Xyron= Planner Dividers

Xyron is excited to be joining up with Simple Stories
over the next couple of weeks in sharing cool projects with
some of the newest collections and awesome adhesives!

Today I have a set of DIY Planner Dividers that I created with the 

I made these for my daughter's Carpe Diem Planner (also by Simple Stories)...this collection
was perfect for her personality and so much fun to craft!

To get started:
 I grabbed the collection kit, ephemera pack, sticker brads and the 9" Creative Station filled with the double-sided laminate and Mega Runner.

Next, I trimmed the 12X12 papers down to 8.25" X 12" and then scored in half to create
 a 6"W X 8.25"H  size when folded.  Depending on the size of your planner, you will want to 
make adjustments accordingly.

I then applied a run of the Mega Runner adhesive around the top, size and bottom of the paper.


Now that the paper is adhered together, it is then placed into the Creative Station and 
carefully rolled through the laminate.  Next, I press around the edges to really seal the 
laminate in place.  Just trim away the excess and you're ready to punch holes!

I used one of the notebook papers from the planner and placed it on top of the laminated page.
After lining up the holes, they were punched with a Crop-A-Dile (or hole punch).






Above is a look at the four dividers!  You can see that I also added various journal cards,
die-cuts and stickers before adding the laminate.  I also attached the sticker brads and other 
pieces to the outside of the laminate pages.  By using some metal clips that I had on hand, I
was able to add some misc. tags to the tops.

 See more fun projects by visiting the Xyron Facebook Page and don't forget
to check out the wonderful products from Simple Stories!

31 May 2016

Fringe & Score Board Cards

Hey, y'all!  I have a little sneak peek that will 
hopefully encourage you to hop over to
WE R MEMORY KEEPERS
and take a gander at two really cute cards that I've made:

I've used the awesome "Fringe & Score Board" tool to create interesting backgrounds
for each card :)  Visit today's blog post to see more and how I put them together!
 
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