06 December 2016

Birdcage Ornament

It was so fun having my daughter help with this project!  
She needed an ornament for school, so we grabbed supplies from
and set out to create this unique birdcage ornament!

You'll need a round base...I've recycled a cardboard container that held paperclips, but you
could also use an oatmeal container (cut down to size) or create your own from paper.

Using the dauber applicator, the stencil was colored in with the aforementioned colors of 
distress in.  Next, the paper was cut into 1.25" strips to cover the outside of the cardboard

The strips were placed through the Creative Station Lite and permanent adhesive applied
to the back of each.

Strips of one of the 8X8 papers were cut into 1/4"X 8" pieces and then adhered to the inside
of the cardboard container using the Mega Runner's permanent adhesive.  
Next, I placed a twig nest into the inside of the container!  You could also try
Spanish moss or excelsior if you can't find a small enough nest.

A 1/8" hole punch was used to punch a small hole at the end of each strip.  I used a bell brad
to then hold all of the strips together.

For the inside of the birdcage, we created this fun dimensional, cluster of birds using one
of the ephemera pieces from the Emporium Ephemera Pack.  After distressed the 
bird motif with various distress inks, it was wrapped around a toilet paper tube and secured
in place with Xyron permanent adhesive.  

I used paper holly leaves and chenille pom poms from my stash to embellish around the side
and top of the birdcage.  Now it's ready to sit on an end table or hang from a branch of the tree!

See more awesome projects at:

02 December 2016

Wreath Cards

Happy Friday, crafty friends!
I'm sharing a quick set of cards using the
DCWV "Seasonal Wreath" DIY Project Stack and Xyron's Creative Station Lite

From the stack, I cut two A2 size card bases from the gold glitter paper...it's white on the
back, so perfect for cardmaking!  
Next, I cut base papers and mats from one of the Christmas themed papers found in the stack.

Both the mats and base papers were ran through the Creative Station Lite and 
permanent adhesive added to the back.  They were adhered together and centered onto the 
card front.  

The Stack also comes with a sheet of beautiful punch-out glittered snowflakes!  
I also added adhesive to the backs of them with the Xyron Creative Station Lite
and then placed them onto the front of the card.  The centers were embellished with some
large enamel dots from my stash as well as mini clips holding twine and a few sticker 
sentiments to complete the card.  

You can create an assembly line and have these quick cards created in no time!
Be sure to check-out other projects and products at:

17 November 2016

Xyron + Graphic 45 + Petaloo Blog Hop

Happy Thursday, papercrafters!
It's day four of the Blog Hop featuring the trio of:
We're excited to bring to you ideas for decorating your home for the holidays!
For my project I have used a set of Rectangular Tag Album pieces, the St. Nicholas collection 
(paper pad, 6x6 Paper Pad and Banner Die-Cuts) from Graphic 45, Xyron's 3" Sticker Maker 
and Creative Station Lite with Permanent Adhesive and an assortment of velvet holly leaves, poinsettia

I've created a Kraft Tag Wreath using the album tags as the base:
 Assorted papers from the St. Nicholas paper pad were cut to 4.5" X 3.25" and then ran
through the Xyron Creative Station Lite to add adhesive to the backs.  

The adhesive-backed papers were centered and attached to the tags.  

I used a die that was similar to a holly leaf, to cut several dark and light green leaves from
the 6X6 St. Nicholas Paper Pad.  Adhesive was added to the backs with the 5" Sticker Maker by Xyron.
I also added cut-out tags and die-cut banners.

These particular flowers and velvet holly leaves are thin enough to run through the 5" Sticker Maker!  

I also added the Glitter Star Picks in the mix with the poinsettias.  So pretty!
I hung it from the shade of a lamp so that you could see a different look.  I'm thinking of adding 
large wooden clothes pins to the ends of the tags and using it to attach my Christmas cards to!

Be sure to stop by and visit the websites and blogs to see more ideas & products:

Visit Graphic 45: www.g45papers.com
Visit Petaloo: www.petaloo.com
Visit Xyron: www.xyron.com

28 October 2016

Xyron & Quick Quotes

Anchor's Aweigh!  
I have a quick and fun mini album just products from 

I've used the "Anchor's Aweigh" Collection papers, stickers and chipboard stickers, as well Powder Puff Chalking Inks. I cut the 12X12 paper in half so that they measured 6X12.  

Next, I cut heavyweight chipboard to measure slightly smaller than 6X6.

I used the Xyron Creative Station and 9" Permanent Adhesive to apply adhesive to the back of 
each 6X12 strip of paper. 

After peeling away the paper backing, a square of the chipboard was placed at one end
of the 6X12 paper strip and adhered to the adhesive.  The paper was then folded in half,
around the chipboard, to cover the other side.

I used the Aqua Powderpuff Chalking Ink to distress the edges of the paper.  The chalk
inks are a beautiful addition and finishing touch.

Above is a look at how I decorated the inner pages of the 12 page album!
And don't forget...you can also use the 3" Sticker Maker by Xyron to add adhesive to 
the backs of buttons...as long as they're not too thick, it works great!

Visit the Xyron and Quick Quotes Facebook Pages to see more ideas!
Thanks for stopping by!

10 October 2016

Tim Holtz + Xyron= Fall Paradise!

Happy Monday!
Xyron designers will be sharing projects throughout the week 
with some fabulous Tim Holtz products.  I've chosen to create a mixed media
fall plaque that I have used to hang from one of my pumpkins!

Here is a grouping of some of the products that I used to make the hanging:
Pumpkins Layering Stencil, Word Bands, Ephemera Pack, Vacation Die-Cut Words, Carved Pumpkin and Walnut Distress Ink and Paper String from Tim Holtz.
I also used the Idea-ology 8X8 Paper Stash pad and die cut a sheet and chipboard into a 
scroll shape.  The paper die-cut was ran through the Xyron Creative Station Lite with 
Permanent Adhesive.  
 The paper was adhered to the chipboard on both sides and then distressed around the edges
using the Walnut Distress Ink and a Blending Tool.

After die-cutting the word "paradise" from the "Vacation" Thinlits dies, adhesive was applied to the back using the 1.5" Sticker Maker.  

Before adding all of the pieces, I used the Pumpkin Layering Stencil and Carved Pumpkin
Distress Ink over the center of the paper.  

From the 8X8 Collage Paper Pad, the oval piece was die-cut, distressed and then added to the center of the plaque.  The letters' FALL" were also cut from one of the 8X8 papers.  The bird
from the Ephemera Pack was added with foam adhesive.
 Two pieces of orange/white Paper String were tied through the holes at each end of the Word Band and then it was attached with foam adhesive. 

Ribbon from my stash was used to fashion a cute bow and hanger for the top!
It looks perfect draped around the stem of a pumpkin!
Visit www.timholtz.com to see all of his awesome products.  Stop by the Xyron FB
page to see who else will be sharing projects this week :)

15 September 2016

Pumpkin Pillow Boxes

Welcome to Day #4 of the 
Today I'm sharing some really fun stenciled pillow boxes that can hold
candies, colored paper clips or leave as-is and use as a favor for your fall table scape!

 I've used a few very basic supplies:
Other items- pumpkin stem and leaf dies, glitter enamel dot, cardstock, sponge

First, I poured out a small amount of the refill ink (this is a multi-surface ink great for plastic, metal, etc.) 
out onto a piece of plastic sheeting.  I dipped a cosmetic sponge into the ink and then dabbed out the excess.
The stencil was placed over the entire front of the pillow box and then sponged on.  
Allow to air dry (drying time depends on how thick the ink is) or use a heat tool to set.

I happened to have a set of accent dies for decorating pumpkins, but you could use
svg cutting files, templates or other dies to fashion your own.
Note: I wanted the stem to cover both sides of the pillow box, so I die-cut the shape
so that it was doubled.  To do so, I folded a small section of brown cardstock in half and 
placed the top part of the stem (die) ABOVE the fold so that it wouldn't cut all the way through.

Permanent adhesive was applied to both sides of the stem (notice the mirrored die-cut).

A beautiful, solid coating of permanent adhesive!

Here you can see that the bottom portion of the stem is connected to the front/back of
the pillow box, while the rest is adhered together.

Fill a basket with the decorated pillow-pumpkin boxes and serve to friends!

Make tall ones and short ones!

And don't forget a treat!

Visit the Xyron Facebook Page and Clearsnap to see all of the lovely projects!
It's almost FALL...doesn't that make you HAPPY :)
Thanks for visiting!