26 April 2016

Yacht Club Shadowbox

Ahoy, friends!  I'm up on the 
 with a nautical shadowbox that I’ve decorated with pieces from

I started with a 10X10 shadowbox frame with an 8X8 inset. 
 I removed the back of the frame and used it to begin building my design on! 

 I chose the“Nantucket” paper for the main background and then began adding
 clusters of embellishments.  I also added a border to the top and bottom
 of the paper with the Woodgrain Washi Tape.

To the lower, left corner I used the largest label die from the 
Designer Label Set #5 and die-cut the design from side B of the 
“Alphabet Letters” paper.  Next, I layered on one
 of theEphemera label pieceswith foam adhesives.  To the center of it, the
 chipboard sailboat and various stickers and enamel dots were attached.

Now that the inside of the shadowbox has been decorated, it was placed back
 inside of the frame.  I outlined the front of the glass with a trim of red/white/blue 
twine and some fabric glue.  

To finish off the shadowbox, I covered the front of the frame by cutting a piece
 of the “Swimsuits” paper(side B) to just slightly less than 10”X10”. 
 Next, I cut an 8”x8” square from  the very center of the paper and then attached
 to the front of the frame. The edges of the  paper were inked with a walnut ink
 to carry out the rustic, nautical feel!

Each week Carta Bella Paper hosts a giveaway on their Facebook Page...
just stop by and leave a comment on the giveaway posts and you could win!

20 April 2016

Perfect Harmony: Xyron & My Favorite Things

Welcome, welcome to day #1 of the
Xyron and My Favorite Things Blog Hop!

Xyron will be giving away three $50 Gift Certificates to MFT!
Just visit the Xyron Facebook page over the next three days, leave a
comment on at least one post from the day (or all three posts) to have
your name in the running for one of the prizes!

For my A2 card project today, I'll be using the
Xyron 9" Creative Station, the 9" Permanent Adhesive Refill Cartridge and the 3 Inch Permanent Adhesive Refill Cartridge.  From My Favorite Things, I'm using the Pure Innocence Perfect Harmony Stamp
and the Die-Namics Jumbo Peek-A-Boo Circle Windows Dies.

The 6X6 papers are from Echo Park's Simple Life Paper Pad.

To begin, I stamped the image onto Neenah Premium White 65 lb Cardstock
and a sheet of the 6X6 patterned paper with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  Next, I used both
 Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils and a few of the Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
for shading on the dress and coloring in the flower in the girl's hair.

After cutting out the image that was stamped onto the Neenah cardstock and
dressed with the patterned paper dress, I also stamped the image onto a
circle that will be added to the base of the card.  I did this mainly so that
I could color in the pigtails :)

The 3" Permanent Adhesive was placed into the Xyron 9" Creative Station
and the cut-out girl was ran through and adhesive applied
NOTE: Just be sure to place your image FACE UP when running through
any of the Xyron adhesive machines (yes, I have learned this from experience LOL)

After cutting the smaller mat to 3.75"W X 5"H, I used the solid circle die from the
die-set to cut out the shape in the center.

I wanted to add foam adhesive to the back of the mat, so adhesive was applied
and then pieces of foam were cut and placed where needed.  To apply adhesive
to the other side of the foam: lift the top of the Creative Station so that the rollers
are slightly disengaged; roll through the paper with the foam on the back.
It's now ready to attached to the card base.

The scalloped circle die was used to die-cut a piece of solid turquoise paper;
this was attached to the inside of the stitched circle.

Here is a better view of the dimension that you can create by using
the two dies and foam adhesive...I love the way she appears to be veiled in
a stage's curtain!

One of the sentiments from the stamp set was added to the bottom,
along with a strip of the same yellow dot paper and buttons/enamel dots from my stash.

And to make things easier, My Favorite Things also offers matching dies for
many of their stamp sets!
Visit the Xyron Facebook Page to learn more about this week's blog hop...enjoy!

18 April 2016

WeR Flower Girl & A Giveaway!

A happy Monday to you!
I'm up today on the WeR Memory Keepers Blog
with a layout using the new "Flower Girl" Collection:

PLUS, WeR is having a GIVEAWAY of this collection!
Visit the blog post --HERE-- to see the full layout AND find out how 
you can enter to win the "Flower Girl" Collection!
Comments will be taken until April 22nd...good luck!

12 April 2016

"It's a Girl" Altered Frame

Greetings!  I was up on the 
a few days ago with a sweet altered frame using the

I purchased this decorative wooden frame from Michael’s and painted around
the edges with an olive green acrylic paint.  

Next, I traced around the frame’s design onto side B of the“Journaling Cards” Paper
To apply adhesive, I ran the paper through my Xyron 9" Creative Station
 and then adhered to the front of the frame. 
 Afterwards, I lightly sanded around the edges to give a shabby, worn look.

Now came the fun part…embellishing!  
With foam adhesive, I added the “Baby” banner stickers along the side and 
embellished with medium sized red enamel dots.

To the inside of the frame, I cut a piece of the “Alphabet Paper”(side B) to 5X7. 
 It was layered on top with one of the journal sentiment cards. Various chipboard, 
designer brads, ephemera pieces and enamel dots were added in fun, clustered designs.

The inset of the frame can be removed later on and a personal photo can be added.
 Mom can use the journal card embellishment for a scrapbook page or pocket page!

For a soft, finishing touch, a large bow was added to the bottom.  I found a button
 from my stash and inserted the prongs of the brad through the button holes before attaching to the center with fabric glue.

A frame like this can also easily be turned into a door hanger by securing a loop
 of ribbon to the top…any new mom would love such a gift!
If you love this collection, but need one for "boy" instead, be sure to 

See more ideas on the Carta Bella Blog!

07 April 2016

(UPDATED) WINNER: Xyron & Diamond Press!

I'm back again with an UPDATED Winner to the 
"Xyron & Crafter's Companion Diamond Press" Giveaway!
The original winner was chosen for the same giveaway on another blog, so
the names were shuffled again and the new winner is:

I love the Diamond Press and Would appreciate having one so much! It's great!
Please email me with your mailing information and I'll put it in the right
hands at Xyron and Crafter's Companion :)

01 April 2016

Organization Gallery With WeR

Love shadowbox frames, peg boards and organizing pieces?
If so, then you must check out all of the amazing storage
components at We R Memory Keepers!

Here is a peek at the Organization Gallery Storage Frame
And the cute Scottie Dog Washi Tape holder seems to be very popular...you 
can find him at Amazon, as well as other online shopping places!
See more of my completed project and how I put it together over at
the WeR Blog :) 
Have a grand weekend, friends!

28 March 2016

Something On A Stick

Did you know...
it's "Something on a Stick" Day?
Yep, it is indeed!
As part of a fun monthly challenge, the 
design team was asked to choose a "day/holiday" and create
a project based on the theme.  So, with today being 
"Something on a Stick" day, I crafted these rustic-vintagey
plant stakes using some printables and the 
Xyron Creative Station Lite and the Xyron Double-Sided 5" Laminate

I grabbed some crepe myrtle sticks from the yard and set out to embellish
them with these sweet collage butterflies that I purchased from Etsy.

  After printing the printable and cutting out the butterflies, I placed the 5" Laminate
 into the Creative Station Lite.  Before trimming away the laminate from the butterflies,
 I gave them a good rub with a bone folder.

I attached them to the sticks by sewing through a button (on the front) and then
securing around the back of the stick with burlap twine.  Wooden buttons from
my stash added to the rustic charm!

The tops of the sticks were embellished with a large star stick pin from Maya Road!
I did have to snip off a couple of the pins so that they would sit all of the way
down into the stick.
Now they're ready to add charm to my washtub full of pink geraniums!
I will sit these under a covered patio, but knowing that the butterflies will be
protected from water when watering the flowers is a big PLUS...
I'll be able to enjoy them all spring and summer long :)

Thanks for joining me today!