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Craftin’ Up Something Gifty!

76834_10152085028263232_1279811947_n (1) TGIF!  Well here we are a hoppin’ with Kiwi Lane Designs and I have have to say I had fun making this project with Fancy Pants Be Different Collection and KLD Tiny Brackets.  I found this cute 3D gift card box over at online Silhouette Store and went to town. This project was made for Admin Assistant Appreciation Day (a schmooze gift my hubby could give to some of the admin support around his office). However, with Teacher Appreciation Week this upcoming week this is an idea that you may want to put to use ASAP.

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  • I cut the base out on American Crafts card stock folded and glued the joints together and inked the edges. I then and cut, traced and inked the bracket templates from the Fancy Pants Collection and adhered it to the base with my Xyron Mega Runner.
  • I added some sticker embellishments from the collection and a button with some baker’s twine.

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  • For the insert, I lined it with some corrugated paper from Die Cuts with a View.

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That was easy huh?! Now keep on hoppin’ and enjoy all the other amazing inspirations being cooked up for you.

Giveaway Alert! 

Let me know, by leaving a comment, what you like to do with Kiwi Lane Templates and you may be a lucky ducky and score KLD Floral Template set – Just in time for crafting up some spring projects. I will announce the winner on Monday!

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Hop Line Up:

  1. Kiwi Lane http://kiwilane.com/here/blog/
  2. Lissa Mitchell – http://mightycrafty.blogspot.com/
  3. Leslie Prinkki – http://www.scrapsofmine.blogspot.com
  4. Connie Wallenbrock – http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com
  5. Sandi Pressley – http://lifeatthebeach51.blogspot.com/
  6. Christine Meyer – http://scrappingwithchristine.blogspot.com
  7. Alicia O’Bryant –http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
  8. Suzanne – http://scrapwithsuzy.blogspot.com
  9. Roselyn Riley – http://prettylittlepackages.blogspot.com/
  10. Arin Flinn – http://apieceoflifespie.com  YOU ARE HERE

 

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It’s a Wine-Thirty Clock!

At the tone, the time will be  . . . CHEERS!  Oh my did I have fun making this project for Xyron’s Paper Smooches Blog Hop we are in the throws of this week.  As some of you may know I have a love affair with fermented grape juice and lucky for me, I live in California so I can tromps around in local vineyards where I was inspired to make this clock to help me keep track of when it is WINE TIME! 🙂

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When I saw Paper Smooches “Free Spirits” stamp set I knew I wanted it!  I gathered up some cute Die Cuts With A View cork sheets (because when there is wine there is cork) and with the help of Xyron 3 inch Sticker Maker and 1.5 inch and 1 inch punches I turned an old craft clock base into the best time teller on the planet!

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The designed cork sheet already had an adhesive backing so that was easy peasy to trace, cut, and adhere to the face.  I used the 1/2 inch punch for the “in between number” spots using the design cork sheet.

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I used the 1.5 inch punch on a plain cork sheet and stamped it using black and white ink.  I inked the edges and ran through the Xyron 3 inch Sticker Maker and adhered to the clock face.

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I inked the edges of the clock and added the clock motor and hands and called it done.

There you have it, another super easy home decor project that has some fun character and at least for me, some important time telling abilities.

Be sure to head over to Xyron’s Blog to check out all the fun projects made with Paper Smooches Products!

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A View Fit for an Office – Easy Wall Decor

Hello it is Arin here and if you are joining me from the Xyron Teresa Collins Designs/CardMaker Blog Hop you are in the right place. If not, you will need to head over to the Xyron Blog and see what all the fabulous designers have cooked up using the cute and very versatile collections of Teresa Collins Designs.

What I did was some thing super simple.  In my Teresa Collins box of “happy mail” I scored the” You Are My Happy” collection and her Basically Essential stencils and combining it with Xyron’s Double Sided High Tack Tape, I decided to cook me up some wall art for the office.

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Here is how I did it!

First I took a 8×10 wooden wall plaque base and painted it white and lightly sprayed a paper towel with Heidi Swapp Color spray and rough covered the wooden plaque.

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Then I measured out and cut the 12×12 “You are My Happy- Spectacles Paper”. Using some washi tape, I taped down the 8×10 stencil over the design paper.

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Using some Heidi Swapp Color Shine, I lightly sprayed the surface and allowed some time to set and dry. Once I carefully removed the stencil, I used some wet wipes and cleaned up perfectly.DSC_7773

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Using Xyron Double Sided High Tack Tape, I applied it to the 8×10 painted wooded base and then secured the altered design paper pressing down gently to smooth out. I am telling you this top sheet isn’t going anywhere! That stuff sticks better than anything I have used! One of those products were if you have issues with commitment, you better shy away! 🙂

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I then sanded down and inked the edges using Close to my Heart Slate ink pad.

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Wall Art with edging done

I know you see me say, “There you have it! Easy peasy!” all the time, but seriously, you could not get any easier for something that will add some fun whimsy to any wall.

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It is All About the Kiddos Hop!

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Woot!  Today is the day for the Paper House Productions “Hop, Skip & Jump” Kids Blog Hop this weekend! The Design Team has some fun kiddo inspired creations cooked up that you will not want to miss! There are amazing goodies up for grabs that are just must haves for any crafty stash.

How to ENTER: 

  • by liking us on Facebook
  • AND commenting on each of our designers’ posts! If you do, you’ll get +10 entries into our drawing!

Easy peasy lemon squeezy just like this fun project I made with the Owls Hoot Collection!  All I did was reclaim a tabletop house shaped bookcase I found on clearance for $5 at Target and turn it into a dog house for my kiddo’s American Girl pets!  My kiddos love owls so this collection came in handy  since I made all their American Girl Doll bedding with owl fabric. Love when crafty kismet happens!

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What I did was measure and cut down the design paper and attache using my Xyron Mega Runner and for the ribbon, I cut down American Crafts ribbon ran it though my 5 inch Creative Station and dressed the internal and external edges.  I traced out some flower stencils using Kiwi Lane Designs Tiny Accents, inked the edges and ran through my Xyron Creative Station and attached to the roof. I dressed the house with flower accents I had on hand and the collection 3D stickers and Puffy stickers.

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Now how is that for turning $5 and some cute crafty supplies into something that will be cherished and played with for many play-times to come?

Now make sure to hop through each designer down the list to be eligible for the most entries! When you’re done, just hop over to Paper House Blog and let us know! The hop will be running all weekend, so you have until Sunday at 11:59pm EST to get your entries in!

Kids’ Blog Hop Designers

Larissa Heskett

Irit Shalom

Kim Kendell

Christine Meyer

Arin Flynn You are here

Susie Bentz

Bev Code

Giorgia Rossini

Erin Reed

Linda Auclair

A Lovely Blog Hop Filled with Good Clean Fun & Blog Candy!!!

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Happy Saturday!  Welcome to the A Lovely Blog Hop, hosted by the sweet and ever lovely Jill from Every Day is an Occasion!  I am so thrilled to be hopping along with these fabulously talented ladies and I hope you will hop along to see some of the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Valentine inspired projects!  If you just joined us, please click HERE to start from the beginning   If you came from Kelsie Ann from Cut Craft Create, you are in the right place!
What I have cookn’ for you today is a two part project! The first part is a super easy and clean way to express your Valentine cheer . . .  Homemade soap!  If I knew it was this easy, I would have been doing this for years! I actually had the kiddos help in making a few batches. The second is a super sweet and simple two piece box cut from Samantha Walker’s stash of amazing Silhouette designs.
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Now before you check out the tutorials below and hop on over to Court from Court’s Craft Corner, up for grabs is some fun blog candy!

To win you need to:

  1. Leave a comment
  2. Are subscribed to this blog
  3. and LIKE my Facebook Page
I will be announcing the randomly picked winner via my blog and Facebook page 2/14/2013!  Who does not love WASHI TAPE?  These four amazing designs are from Paper Issue’s Esty store and could be yours! 
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Hot Pink Quatrefoil Washi Tape
Yellow Chevron Washi Tape
Grey and White Polka Dot Washi Tape
Are Those Aqua Birds on That Wire Washi Tape

 

Now on to the tutorials!

For the soap:  I found the 2 lb scored clear glycerin soap brick on Ebay. It is made in the USA.  It was around $7, but shipping was about the same.  YIKES!  However, a little goes a long way, so you get your money’s worth.  I found a how-to example on Pinterest, but  I decided to document how I did this, since I was using different tools.

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First I cut up the glycerin soap only using two scored rows and chopped coarsely (the original tutorial said it breaks apart easily with your hands, that was so not the case with my brick. That stuff was hard as a rock!).  I found that two rows makes one batch using my mold.  I then added the chopped pieces to a glass measuring cup and microwaved it to melt it down in 3-4 ten second intervals stirring it each time (you really need to babysit this part, but what is 40 seconds of babysitting?).
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I then pulled out my silicone heart mold I found at IKEA for $1 and poured the melted soap into the mold at a little under a half.  I then added Recollections Berry Red Course Glitter for one batch and then some $ Bin find heart shaped glitter for the second batch.  You need to move quickly, because it sets up fast.  Once glitter was added, I then allowed for it to harden just for about a minute and then topped off each heart with the melted glycerin.
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It takes about 15 minutes to completely set.  All you do  is pop them out of the mold and they are done!  Easy peasy!
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For the box:  You can find the Pair of Hearts cut over at Silhoutte, click HERE!   It imports to your screen with both boxes fitting on one 12×12 piece of card stock (I used the stock size that it was imported in and was super happy with the size- it was nice not to have to mess with re-sizing for a quick project).  When doing a test cut I found that I needed to make sure to use a thicker design paper due to needing more structure; I used Crate Paper, Little Bo Peep.  I placed the side of the paper I wanted to see on the outside of the box facing up.  I did do “multi-cut”.  Once cut, I folded the box, using a bone folder. I then inked the edges with Close To My Heart White Daisy stamp ink.
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 I then formed the box and glued the two flaps to secure it.
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Once glue dried, I  filled the boxes and closed them up (one box held 5 pieces of Bliss chocolates and one box held 4 heart soaps.)  I then attached the boxes together.
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Once boxes were assembled, filled and attached, I cut a piece of white tulle that was about 2.5 inches x 12 inches. I then wrapped that around the box and tied a bow at the top.  I then made a button chain using Close to My Heart Red Assortment buttons and Close to My Heart Bubblegum Embroidery Floss using the below technique.
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I then tied the button chain to the center of the bow and then wrapped Close To My Heart Cotton Candy Designer Ribbon around the middle of the bow to hide the embroidery floss.
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I then attached the button on the button chain to the box for more security with Glue Dot minis.
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There you have it! A sweet and chic Valentine treat!
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Thanks for sharing a piece of “wishing you a very sweet and squeaky clean Valentine’s Day” pie with me and be sure to head over to see what sweet, and I do honestly do mean sweet (I have had the honor to meet her) Courtney, from Courts Crafts Corner has to share! 

If you lost track of the hop, you can refer to the below 🙂

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