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!

28 May 2016

Xyron & Deep Red Stamps WINNER

Sorry that I'm a day late in announcing the winner
from my giveaway of the "Deep Red Stamps" gift card!


THE WINNER IS:
Your design for the card is so cute! 
Deep Red Stamps has some great designs for stamps.

Congratulations!
Please contact Susan from Deep Red Stamps
 to claim your prize :)

Thanks to all who left comments and played along!

26 May 2016

Personalized Desk Organizer

Although the end-of-school is here, I'm 
looking forward to August when my new job as
Administrative Assistant/Nurse begins!
Of course I'm all ready thinking of ways to get my desk
organized, so I picked up a cute wooden storage tray at
my local Dollar General.  I will take in a lot of things such as 
lunch money, notes, medicine, etc., so I thought it 
would be a good idea to label some sections of the tray:

I've used a lighter woodgrain paper from the DCWV "Gilded Paper Stack" 
and used my computer and printer to print off the words onto it.  The words
were cut out to the width and height of the dividers.

Next, I placed the 9" Double-Sided Laminate into the Xyron Creative Station:
Before closing the lid, just make sure that enough of the laminate has been
sandwiched between the rollers as shown above.

When the lid is closed, you should see the end of the laminate between the rollers.

Next, the three sections of paper were placed onto the tray and rolled through.

The 3" Permanent Adhesive was placed into the Xyron Creative Station Lite
and adhesive was applied to the backs of each laminated card.  Really rub 
the adhesive well before removing the paper backing to ensure that it is well adhered.

Now I have one little area of organization ready for the new school year!
Stop by the Xyron Facebook page to see more ideas or SHOP at

19 May 2016

Xyron & Deep Red Stamps Hop


Welcome, welcome to day number four of the 
XYRON & DEEP RED STAMPS HOP!

I was so excited to receive my set of adorable stamps 
from Deep Red.  I chose the "Little Cuties Thanks" rubber stamp set
to create this sweet card:

After stamping the girl image onto white Neenah cardstock and coloring in 
with Prismacolor pencils, I carefully cut her out from the paper.  
Next, I chose various patterned papers from Echo Park Paper and used
a fancy label die by Spellbinders:


To adhere the mats of patterned paper together, I used the Xyron Creative
Station Lite and the 3" Permanent Adhesive.  

Once I was ready to assemble the card base, the 5" Permanent Adhesive was
placed back into the Creative Station Lite.



The sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of patterned paper and then
die-cut with a heart shape.  I also used a couple of hot pink enamel dots to 
complete the adorable card!  

**WIN**WIN**WIN**WIN**

You could WIN a $25 Gift Certificate to Deep Red Stamps!
Simply leave a comment on this post...
the WINNER will be announced next Friday, May 27th.
******
You could also WIN by commenting on the other blog posts!
Visit Deep Red Stamps Blog to see a list :)
Be sure to visit the Xyron Facebook Page to see links
to all of the Design Team member's projects and blog posts...
GOOD LUCK and ENJOY!
 
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