23 August 2016

Dorm Room Decor

It's back to school time for teachers and students of all kinds!
My middle son's girlfriend wanted something to hang on her dorm
room door at college, so I created this whimsical mason jar-style hanger.
 For the base, I started with a turquoise dot-embossed poster board from We R Memory Keepers...
but you could also use regular poster board and paint if you can't find blue!  For a padded
hanger like this, you will also want a matching piece of poster board for the back.
I free-handed the design and cut the shape (basically, cornering the edges and cutting away a 
portion at the top for the lid) from both poster board.  Next, I machine-stitched the two
pieces together around the edge with a sewing machine.  I lightly stuffed the jar with
fiber fill and then glued the top together.  

I created the lid from a silver mat paper, also from We R Memory Keepers.  I ran
the piece through the Xyron Creative Station (with 9" permanent adhesive) and attached it.
Lines were drawn on with a permanent marker to create the ridges in the lid.

I used my Eclips to cut out the large lettering and a few sunflowers that I found at 
Miss Kate Cuttables.  The font that I've used is Brannboll Felt, which closely resembles 
the "Ball" jar font.  

Again, I used the Xyron Creative Station to adhere all of my cut-out pieces together quickly...
and I know they'll stay STUCK :)

If you notice that some of the adhesives sticks to the edges of the paper when you pull off 
the top film, just rub your finger gently over the adhesive and it will roll away.

In finishing, I took a white marker and added a bevel to the bottom of the jar :)
Some thick gauged wire was used for the hanger...and don't forget a name tag and pretty ribbon!

And here's a picture of the roomies showing off their new door hanger:

We're sharing all sorts of back-to-school projects this week at Xyron!  Visit the Facebook page!


15 August 2016

Xyron + Imagine Crafts: Adored Notebook

Happy Monday Greetings!
The Xyron team is teaming up with Imagine Crafts this week 
in hopes to share a lot of fun and interesting crafts with you!

For my project, I've altered a plain chipboard notebook using some
patterned paper and stickers from 3 Three Studios, along with these awesome products
from Imagine Crafts:


To give a light coating of ink to your leaves, dab the sponge into the ink bad versus using the 
ink pad directly on the wood.  Using the sponge just gives you a more precise application.

Next, I used the Memento Luxe ink to add color to the wood petal pieces.  Both of the inks that I 
chose do dry pretty fast, but you may use a heat gun to speed up the drying process.

I wanted to add some shading and also lend an antiqued look to the inked wood pieces, so 
I poured a small bit of the Java Walnut Ink out and then used a sponge to shade the color
around the outer edges.  


 For the cover of the book, I cut a piece of patterned paper to size and then added a 
permanent adhesive using the Xyron 9" Creative Station and a 9" roll of adhesive.

I traced around the heart onto the back of a patterned paper and then trimmed out.

I used the Xyron 1.5" Sticker Maker to turn the cut-out heart into a permanent sticker for
the front of the wooden heart.

The pieces were grouped together and placed at the center of the sticker sentiment.

Such a beautiful and sweet notebook that was quick to create.
Plain notebooks and journals are so easy to transform with the use of the Xyron Creative Station!

Visit the Xyron Facebook Page and Imagine Crafts Facebook Page to see more inspiration this week!


28 July 2016

Xyron & Waffle Flower

Hello!  Welcome to Day #4 of the 
XYRON & WAFFLE FLOWER BLOG HOP
**Comment to WIN!**  Be sure to drop by each place, each day to leave a comment:
Waffle Flower Blog: http://WaffleFlower.com/blog
Xyron Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/xyroninc

 For my card today I've used the Waffle Flower Birthday Fishes Stamp Set & Dies

I also used the new "Let's Be Mermaids" 6x6 paper pad from Echo Park Paper.  

I prepared the two mats for the A2 card can ran them through the Creative Station Lite.  

The large fish was stamped several times onto different patters of paper with Staz-On ink.
The pieces were carefully trimmed out and placed into the 1.5" Sticker Maker.

 Just give a good rub and peel away the film on top.  Now the pieces are ready to be
layered together!

After die-cutting the intricate "Awesome" word, it was also ran through the 1.5"
Sticker Maker.  This is such a fantastic adhesive tool for small pieces!


I used the background die for the fish and cut out a white background, which the pieced
fishes were added to.  I stamped the bubbles with a ocean blue and highlighted with
blue enamel dots.  The hats were adorned with tiny poms for extra texture!

Enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop!  Don't forget to visit 
and
to leave your comment and have a chance to WIN!
Good Luck!

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 :)
 
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