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Not Xyron but Should Be Blog Hop

Happy Hump Day!  Xyron is hosting a “Not Xyron, but Should Be” Blog Hop this week.  The idea of this blog hop was take craft projects posted on Pinterest where Xyron products could be the star, but was not and make Xyron a star with our own spin on the project.  I chose coasters!

Pinterest Inspired Project

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It wasn’t a huge stretch for me since I had some extra limbs laying around from a recent tree removal that I have been wanting to slice up and turn into coasters AND that is exactly what I did!

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It was so simple to make by having my Xyron 5 inch Creative Station w Laminate/Permanent Adhesive and Xyron 3 inch Sticker Maker at arms reach!

DIY CoastersHere is how I did it (full supply list provided at the end of this post):

Measure the wood slices and make templates according to the sizes you need (I used my Cricut Expressions and cartridge Plaintain School Book Circle cut).  Using cork, burlap, and linen trace and cut out circles.

XyronCoasters1Once all circles are cut, run each though the Xryon 3 inch Sticker Maker, burnish, peel and stick on top of the wood slices.  Yes! It is that easy! Now you could just stop there, but why . . .?

Xyroncoasters2Using some favorite scrapbooking paper, punches, ink  and stamps and glue to create a fun embellishment for each coaster. I happened to use American Crafts 6×6 Neapolitan paper pad, cut out the mason jars and punched some coordinating circles, inked the edges and uses sentiment stamps from Joy’s Life – Everyday Occasions stamp set.

Xyroncoaster3Now for the icing on the cake! Take the paper embellishment and run it through Xyron’s 5 inch Creative Station using the Laminate/Permanent Adhesive cartridge.

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Burnish,free cut the embellishment, peel off the backing and stick!

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This will allow each to stick to the coaster while protecting the paper embellishment from the job hazards of coasters!

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Genius right?  Not really, but I think it is really cool that Xryon makes products like the Laminating/Permanent Adhesive or my cute coaster embellishments would be soggy before my first refreshing sip.

Head over and check out the other amazing projects they are cooking up along this blog hop HERE!

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Everyday is an Occasion – Sunday Funday

 

 

 

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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Happy Spring! As most of the country begins to thaw from the harshness Old Man Winter dealt out this year, I decided my first project for Paper House was putting to use the rustic, bright and cheery Garden Collection!

Combining the collection with a reclaimed old pallet turned picture frame and glittering some wooden letter using my 5 inch Xyron Creative Station, I turned it into something that echoes the sentiments of spring!
Head over to Paper House to check out all the deets!

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Burlap Meets Anna Griffin & Xyron!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I got my crockpot cookin’ me up some cabbage! Oh my do I have a fun “sneak peek” for you today! As Anna Griffin’s new collection is gearing up for its debut on 24 Hour Craft Day on HSN the Xyron Design Team had the privileged to dive into the new collection and cook up some creative inspirations to share with you this week.  Today is my turn and boy did I have fun!

Burlap Home Decor using Anna Griffin and Xyron

This project may have several components to it, but it came together with ease with the help of my Xyron 5 inch Creative Station, High Tack Tape and 3 inch Sticker Maker (a full supply list is located at the end of the post).

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I found a burlap wrapped canvas at Michales and some lace covered burlap and built my base.  Then I moved onto the first component of making my mini clothespin wreath.

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Using a small wooden embroidery hoop as my base and wooden clothespins I primed them with white craft paint. I measured the strips and cut down the Anna Griffin collection paper. Inked the edges and applied Xyron High Tack Tape to the back of each paper strip, placed on each clothespin and sanded down the edges. I finished this with a lace ribbon.

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In making the frame, I applied 3D Enamel Gel from Globecraft and Piccolo to a wooden frame and the “Family” sentiment and allowed time to set and dry. Then I added Anna Griffin collection paper to the back of the frame securing it with Xyron High Tack Tape.  Added the sentiment with a quick set glue.

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In making the simple but elegant embroidery hoop, I traced, cut and inked a sheet from Anna Griffin collection. I attached the to the wooden embroidery hoop using Xyron’s High Tack Tape along the face of the hoop. I then sanded down the edges and finished it with a lace ribbon.

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In making the wooden letter, I primed it with white craft paint.  I traced, cut and inked the letter using Anna Griffin collection paper. I then ran it through my Xyron 5 inch Creative Station and attached it to the wooden letter, sanded down the edges and retouched with ink.

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In wanting to add a little extra pop to the project, I put to use a burlap rose and two linen buttons I had on hand.

DSC_7670Using a 1 inch paper circle punch I punched out two circles from the Anna Griffin collection, inked the edges and ran them through the Xyron 3 inch Sticker Maker and applied each to the linen buttons.

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Burlap Home Decor using Anna Griffin and Xyron

This was a great project to create and you will not want to miss out on seeing what Anna Griffin has in store for you on March 24th on HSN.  Check your local listings, Follower her on Facebook and her blog for more details. AND be sure to head over to Xyron’s Blog each day this week to see what we got cookin’ with Anna Griffin!

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Six is in the Mix

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Hello and happy Tuesday!  Today I am up over at Kiwi Lane Designs showcasing this layout! My first baby is turning six tomorrow and she as my true inspiration for this creative moment.  I still can’t believe she is going to be six!  I can’t believe I have kept her alive for six years! When she was born I knew NOTHING about babies and I do mean NOTHING.  I was very much all thumbs out the gate and could not even keep a plant alive.  I did start with a dog before we had kids.  My Sadie Dog was such an easy pooch to train and when I needed to I could crate her – probably not the best benchmark for our family planning expectations :-).

Each time I would head into the pediatrician’s office during her infant well baby checks, I would announce to the doctor, “She is 3 months, 4 months a year old. . . and she is still alive!”  I was never more terrified of something that only weighed 8lbs.  I think the doctor took pity on me and always gave me great words of encouragement and support to weather the storm of being a first time mom sans a mom of my own on speed dial.

Needless to say, this layout is proof that I am slowly figuring out this whole motherhood thing and am loving every minute of it!

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Xyron Blog Hop Day 3 – Jar O’ Luck

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Hi and welcome to my first official post for Xyron! Today I am super excited to also be featuring Miss Kate Cuttables during our partnership blog hop week! I am no stranger to Miss Kate Cuttables and have loved doing projects with her clever and super cute cuts. Combining them with Xyron products was just icing on the cake. Below are the cuts I was “lucky” enough to play with for this project!  template

Who doesn’t like creating with mason jars? They are cheap, durable and a great starting point to any crafty creation.  With the help of my Silhouette, my Xyron 5 inch Creative Station and a little luck I was able to whip up this wee bit of the Irish decor!

St. Patty Day Mason Jar Decor

Here are the Xyron products I used and this is how I did it (full supply list is located at the end of this post):

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I first measured the opening of the mouth of the quart jar to plan out my cut sizes. Then using my Silhouette, I cut out all the components of the project.  I wanted each component to be double sided so I copied each cut and flipped it.

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Once all cuts are removed from the mat, I began to load all the cuts into my Xyron 5 inch Creative Station and added once each set ran through.  I then began to build each cut by layering and placing together.

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Using Xyron 3/8 inch High Tack Adhesive Dots, I layered the clouds onto the rainbow.

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For the “gold” component of the project, I dusted each side I ran through the Xyron Creative Station with glitter, shook off the excess and repeated on the other side.  I then glued each glittered piece together and glued it to the pot.

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In preparing the lid, I traced the inside of the lid on chipboard and cut out. I then ran it through my Xyron 5 inch Creative Station attached it to the bottom of the sealing cap and added more adhesive on the top of the chipboard using my Xyron 1/2 inch Mega Runner.

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I then cut-to-fit some spare Styrofoam I had on hand. Using a green ink pad, I inked the Styrofoam and then attached the Styrofoam to the chipboard and ran more adhesive on the top of the Styrofoam (this will help the moss to blend and stick well to the Styrofoam) and then put together the lid and set aside.

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After cutting down a toothpick and two wooden skewers, I hot glued them to the pot of gold and the rainbow and placed into the lid. Once the rainbow and pot of gold was in place I added the clovers with the adhesive backings created by the Xyron Creative Station. Adding the moss was the final touch before placing in the jar and closing it up. the moss stuck perfectly to the Mega Tape Runner adhesive applied to the Styrofoam.

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In finishing the project I wrapped 5/8 inch ribbon around the lid securing it with Xyron 3/8 inch High Tack Adhesive Dots.

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There you have it! A fun way to add a bit of Irish luck to your decor.  Now head over to the Xyron Blog and Facebook Page and see what else we have cookin’ with Miss Kate Cuttables! Also be sure to head over to the ever-so-talented Shellye McDaniel over at Papered Cottage– she takes CUTE to a whole new level! And don’t forget to visit Miss Kate Cuttables  and sign up for their FREE daily cutting file while you are at it too!

St. Patty Day Mason Jar Decor

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Miss Kate Cuttables:

Xyron Products:

  • Quart Jar
  • American Crafts 12×12 Tropicals and Neutrals card stock
  • Globecraft and Piccolo Pure Sparkle Glitter
  • Ashland Moss
  • Celebrate It 5/8 inch Ribbon – St. Patrick’s Day
  • Chipboard
  • Styrofoam
  • Scotts Quick Dry Adhesive
  • Hot Glue
  • Skewers (2)
  • Toothpick (1)

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Paper Issues – Tip-Toe Through the Tulips

Everyday is an Occasion Sunday Funday

Rustic Centerpiece

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Up over at Kiwi Lane Designs is this fun Pinterest inspired project I cooked up over the weekend using Kiwi Lane Designs templates and Hemptique cord and thread!

A couple of weekends ago we removed a tree from our front yard and I scored a few ideas and a couple of limbs for craft projects! One of the projects, I wanted to make a fun centerpiece that would host a rustic and warm feel of spring and this project was born!

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Oh Boy Banner!

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Nothing gets me more excited that making party decor! Last weekend I had the honor to host one a shower for a dear and close friend.  Since it was at our beloved local Mexican restaurant, I kept the decor low key and simple (which on a side note was such a brilliant idea on my part. I usually spend days prepping for hosting parties to only have to clean again the minute the guests leave and the costs were about the same even after feeding the masses a Mexican buffet!). Anyway, my decor was simple and fun and fit the bill perfectly!

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In making the banner, I kind of pulled out the kitchen sink of supplies starting with wood banner pennants I scored from Pick Your Plum and then I found my new love in paper lines, Adornit – Rough and Tough! Adding some clothesline, material burlap, ribbon and embellishing the woodcuts from Adornit and PYP with Heidi Swapp Color Shine and Globecraft and Piccolo Gels.  I cut the lettering with my Cricut using Platin Schoolhouse and ran those and all my layers (yes even the burlap and ribbons) through my 5 inch Creative Station adhesive machine from Xyron.

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I love when banners come together as easy as this one! It was a hit and a cherished gift for the soon-to-be family of three!

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner

Just poppin’ in to announce the lucky winner from the Kiwi Lane Designs February Blog Hop!  Thank you all for the lovely comments and helping make this blog hop such a success!

Drum Roll Please!

Carla Hundley from Utah!

“Wonderful creation and
the yarn wreath is neat!
Also a follower and liked
you FB page.”
Carla from Utah

I will be in contact to get your info to drop the goodies in the mail!

And since it is almost Valentines Day, I wanted to bring back a V-day wreath from the vault that I made last year out of clothespins and washi tape.  You may have spied this little number in the 2013 Winter publication of Green Craft magazine

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I {heart} Hoppin’ with Kiwi Lane Designs

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TGIF! Well Cupid is almost here and Kiwi Lane Designs is hosting a heartfelt blog hop until 11:59 PM MST, Sunday, February 9th! There are great giveaways and fantastic inspirations by some amazingly talented ladies. If you got here from Glow Worm Designs, you are in the right place. If you just joined the party, head HERE and get to hoppin’. Be sure to leave a comment over at Kiwi Lane Designs official blog to place you in the running for an opportunity to score yourself some amazing KLD swag of your choice! The winner will be announced on the KDL blog on February 16th.

I also have some goodies heading to one lucky follower up for grabs. To get in the running, be sure to:

  • leave a comment HERE
  • be follower
  • and LIKE my Facebook page

You could be seeing the mailman pull up with the likes of this brand new must-have paper crafting tool and a few other crafty surprises I have cookin’. I will be announcing the lucky winner on Monday, February 10th.

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Now for my “heartfelt” project!

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As many of you know I love making wreaths and yarn wreaths are my favorite to make. I found this wreath and was “pinspried”! I have a sweet friend, Jill from Everyday is an Occasion that hosts an annual charity called “Craft for a Cause” and this little guy headed to the Midwest to be donated for the event.

Using some cozy yarn I found on clearance at Michales, I wrapped a 14 inch foam wreath.  Using the KDL Sweetheart Template 2 I traced using a pencil on the backside of some cute chevron fabric, cut the hearts out and hot glued it to the wreath.

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I then wrapped some hemp cord around making a crisscrossing pattern over the hearts.

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Using a very small embroidery hoop, I painted the wooden hoop white and covered with a chevron fabric. I made the twine lollipop using this method.

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Using some felt sheets I happened to have in my stash, I made some quick flowers and embellished with some pearls.

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There you have it, a quick and simple way to add some warm sweetness to “Sweetheart Day”. Speaking of sweetness, the ever-so-talented AND my personal crafty buddy, Holly over at Ribbons a Glue has an awesome project up next. . . the kind of project that makes you say, ” Brilliant! Why did I not think of that?!”.

  1. Kiwi Lane http://kiwilane.com/here/blog/
  2. Charissa Miller http://www.akihasmommascraps.com
  3. Claire Spielmanhttp://scrapmyway.blogspot.com
  4. Lissa Mitchell: http://mightycrafty.blogspot.com
  5. Kristy MacKeen http://mamasanity.blogspot.com
  6. Gail Owens http://glowormdesigns.blogspot.com
  7. Arin Flynn https://apieceoflifespie.com/ You are Here!
  8. Holly Gagnon http://ribbonsandglue.com
  9. Jennifer Blomquisthttp://www.nwstamper.com/
  10. Christine Meyerhttp://scrappingwithchristine.blogspot.com

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Sticking to Crafting!

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Setting: Me at the school bus pick-up in my yoga pants and T-shirt (yes, I have to rub in the fact I live in Southern California and it is February, however the tables will turn when you all can flush your toilets, water your lawns and have drinking water and we don’t in a few months).

The phone rings and as I am greeted by an ever-so-chatty-happy 5-year-old, I let it go to voice mail. Once in the car, I check my messages and it is from crafting guru Beth Kingston from Xyron. Of course I don’t waste time listening to the message and called the official spokesperson and face of Xyron, Beth Kingston back. She answered and I lost all intelligent thought process and morphed into a modern day crafting troglodyte. I am pretty sure she offered me a gig I applied for on the Xyron design team, because I accepted regardless if she did.

Apparently, they have not “fixed the glitch” and I am really not dreaming so I am super excited to announce I am officially a Xyron girl! Last night my head was so in the clouds that I burned dinner and my house could have caught on fire and I would not have noticed.

Today I am back to the “glamorous” duties of being a SAHM ,but with a huge smile and BIG skip in my step and beyond honored to have my name among the below talent.

Xyron Design Team

Jessica Barnett – special projects
Gini Cagle
Sharon Callis – international
Jenn Cochran

Ann Corbiere-Scott – special projects
Arin Flynn
Rhea Freitag
Virginia Fynes – international
Denise Hahn
Theresa Harris
Cristal “Pinky” Hobbs
Angela Holt
Karen Jiles
Shellye McDaniel
Shannon Morgan
Stacy Rodriguez
Laurel Seabrook – international
Katie Skiltin – international
Lori Williams
Yvonne Yam – international