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!

07 September 2016

Xyron + Maya Road

It's a happy Wednesday as we kick off the third day of the 
#mayaroad #xyron

I'm really excited to share the "2017 Note Holder"that I made for the collaboration:
and Stackable Wood Frame Charms from Maya Road.

 I used patterned paper from Photo Play Paper's "Fresh Picked" Collection.  The paper was cut into strips that measured slightly smaller than the slats on the Mini Pallet.

I wanted to add the Number Clips to the bottom, so I marked where the inside of 
the "clip" portion of each number started:

You can see above where the pen marks were made.

A standard hole punch was used to add a hole where the marks were made.
Next, the strips were placed through the Xyron Creative Station where Permanent Adhesive was applied.

 Before attaching the paper strips to the slats, the number clips were carefully clipped 
through the holes.  Next, the paper was applied to the wood slats and pressed into place.

 After coloring the stackable wood frames with chalk ink, adhesive was applied to the backs. 
If you'd like to run items that are slightly dimensional through the Xyron Creative Station,
just open the top on the machine a bit and then slowly crank through the pieces.  
Just be sure not to force anything through...you don't want to damage the roller.

 The frames were layered with their counterpart and then adored with other stickers
from the "Fresh Picked" collection and one of the resin birds.

 You could add a hanger to the top of the pallet or place it on an easel as I have done here.
You can add notes to the top or bottom of the clips!  Either way, the clips work great to 
keep things in place!

**Stop by the Maya Road Blog to check out the fun giveaway that they're having!**

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 
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 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!

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