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Gettin’ Hoppy with an Easy Easter Banner

Up over at Samantha Walker, you can see how I made this cute bunny banner using her Samantha Walker Bunny cut file just in time to greet Mr. Cottontail!

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This banner was super easy to make thanks to Pick Your Plum wooden pennants, DCWV Linen Sheets, and only one cut used as a stencil! Having my Xyron Creative Station handy just added to the laziness  ease of the project.

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I had the help of Hemptique Baker’s Twine to add a little extra bounce in the bunny tail and to be the support of project for holding together the pennants.

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I addes some buttons, faux stitching and fabric letters (yes you see them on all my projects! I just love them).

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This project was not only super simple and easy to do, but there is something therapeutic about just simply tracing and cutting and with this bunny cut from Samantha Walker, it could not have been any easier. Full tutorial and supply list is up over on Samantha Walker’s Blog!

Supply List: 

  • Bunny Cut form Samantha Walker
  • White Cardstock (Recollections)
  • Laser Cut Wooden Pennants (Pick Your Plum)
  • Linen Fabric Sheets (DCWV)
  • Cuttlebug Embosser and Swiss Dot Embossing Folder
  • Baker’s Twine (Hemptique)
  • Scrapbook Paper (Recollections)
  • Fabric Letters
  • Buttons
  • Stamp Ink (Close to My Heart/Slate)
  • Xyron Mega Runner
  • Xyron 5 inch Creative Station
  • White Gel Pen (Uniball)
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

 

 

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!

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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

Supply List:

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)

Linking Up To: 

Paper Issues – Tip-Toe Through the Tulips

Everyday is an Occasion Sunday Funday

Honoring the Stars and Stripes

Today is Veteran’s Day!  It is a day where I think of my personal family and friends that have served this nation.  Today when I raise my flag, I will be thinking of my father who served two tours of in Vietnam and came back with a a Purple Heart, my grandfather who served in WWII, and my friend who just got back from a year in Afghanistan leaving his son who was fighting his battle with  leukemia (Click HERE for a sweet media press about this). The sacrifice our American brothers and sisters give to this nation, when they sign their name on the dotted line, is great and I respect that each day.

I am sharing with you a project I made with DecoArt paint products and an old weather pallet. I am a lucky crafter that has an opportunity to play with DecoArt products and blog about it and when I thought of projects I wanted to do with their paints, I wanted to make something I can hang outside that is a symbol of patriotism all year long.  This was such a fun and easy project to pull together and having my Silhouette Cameo handy gave it additional character.

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Here is how I did it:

For the stars and sentiments, I cut out on vinyl I scored from Pick Your Plum using the basic Silhouette fonts and a star is from the Silhouette store.

After breaking down an old pallet and cutting to the desired size, I painted each board with “Americana White Wash”.

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Once dry, cut and burnish vinyl images onto the pallet and peel away transfer tape (leave the star block in place at this point). Then paint each pallet red or white.

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Once stripes are dry, pull off transfer tape around the stars and paint.  Then using a rag, dab “chocolate brown” in random spots along with over the sentiments that are on the white boards.

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Once fully dry, pull off all vinyl and sand down using both a hand and electric sander to add more of a “distressed” feeling.

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To set and secure the finished pallets, use wood glue and nail two strips of wood to secure each pallet into place (I used a nail gun, but using nails and a hammer will work just as well). Finish project by sealing it with a sealer.  I used a stain finish.

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There you have it! Whipping up a patriotic themed project can be fun and easy and having DecoArt be your right hand is a perfect pair in getting a creative job well done.

Halloween Pop-Up Card

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Just wanted to pop in and share what I have up over at Amelia & Me Crafts today!  Who does not love pop-up cards?  Head over and check out mine and a few other too cute to spook pop up cards!

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Tic-Tac-Toe Anyone?

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Happy Monday!

It is almost here… the big day where kids get to live out their dreams and be whatever they want, get hopped up on candy and just relish in being a kid! Well now that I am finished talking about myself, let me share with you what I have up over at Amelia and Me Crafts sporting what you can do with Silhouette’s Magnetic Paper! Head OVER and check out the details of this fun game I made for some lucky kiddos!

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Linking Up To:

Everyday is an Occasion – Sunday Funday

Silhouette- Weekly Challenge – Halloween Edition

Boo Treats!

Head over and check out a fun treat box I made for Amelia & Me Crafts!  I found this cut from the fabulous Jamie Cripps over at the Silhouette Store!  Every cut you see on the treat box comes with the cut file!  Click HERE for all the details on how I made this adorable treat box!

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Linking Up To:

Paper Issues – Halloween

Amelia & Me Crafts and my Milk Jug!

amelia-design-team-350Hi all!  Today my FIRST post is up over at Amelia & Me Crafts!  Check out how I married double sided adhesive , my Silhouette Cameo and a milk jug! You will want to scoop up some of that AMAZING Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive and let’s not forget the Silhouette Glitter! All I can say about that is {LOVE}!

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Linking to:

Everyday is an Occasion – Sunday Funday

It is so fun to be ONE!

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Woot! Woot! It is Friday and we are in full P-A-R-T-Y mode!

If you are hopping along the “blogiversary ” going on over at Everyday is an Occasion you are in the right place! If you are here by chance, you are in for a treat!  Jill from Every Day is an Occasion is celebrating her one year blogiversary! Today you will be hopping from blog to blog gathering birthday inspiration.  AND she has some amazing CHA crafting swag she scored over this summer for her goodie bag giveaway!

My birthday inspiration came from the delights of one of my many weekly Target runs.  Yes, I said Target!  I saw  a card in the stationary section that caught my eye and when I almost summoned up the courage to think I may buy it, I realized that I could so easily make this and save the million dollars $4.99 they wanted for it. Duh!!! Yes, sometimes I loose my mind and forget that I have a 300 square foot crafting island in my house.  I blame that moment of insanity on the blinding bright lights of Target and my kids nagging me to get over to the toy department so they can add to their already mile long Santa list.

So here is what I came up with!

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This is a Samantha Walker cut that can be found at the Silhouette Store.  It was super easy to put together and all I did was copy the base of the image and flip it and weld the two bases together to form a “fold” card.  If you need a good tutorial on welding with your Silhouette, click HERE.
I inked the edges and added some bling and buttons and had a lot of fun playing with the fun features of this card.  How cool is the “cone holder”? I added some baker’s twine and more bling and buttons to finish off the cone
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I added sentiments from the retired My Pink Stamper Collection under the scoop flaps for more sweet surprises.
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This card was a lot of fun make and I know it will bring a smile to any birthday celebration!
Be sure not to forget to head over to the “Birthday Blog” and get yourself in the giveaway mix! 

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Now let’s keep the party hoppin’! 
Arin-https://apieceoflifespie.com/ (YOU ARE HERE)

Some Berry Exciting News!

amelia-design-team-350Hi all!  Today is the big Design Team announcement over at Amelia & Me Crafts and my mug is part of the lucky crafty talent.  I am super excited to be on this team since it is a blog/online store that is dedicated for Silhouette Cameo and American Crafts product lovers obsessed. Yes, they are an authorized retailer for both Silhouette and American Crafts products!   Does it get any better than that?  Head over and meet this amazing group of talent and see what amazing products are available!  Also be sure to LIKE them on FACEBOOK!  You will not want to miss all the fun happening over there!

Since we are on the subject of my love for my Silhouette and being on a team that celebrates all that is wonderful about that amazing piece of crafty engineering, here is how I dressed up some homemade jam I made yesterday from strawberries we hand picked on Monday with my kiddos for my youngest birthday.  I thought it would be a fun way to give thank you notes to those who have shared in celebrating with a very special little lady turning four with the strawberries she picked.

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All I did was break down Lori Whitlock’s Circle Banner (can be found via Silhouette store) and add color and a cute sentiment. I then used the pint and cut feature, added a button and some CTMH burlap twine and cute fabric and called it done! The hardest part to all of this was making the jam!

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Thanks for sharing a piece of “berry good news” pie with me!

Linking Up To:

Gotta Create

The Real Thing

Everyday is an Occasion 

DL ART Thankful Thursday for August

Little Girls are made of Rainbow & Unicorn Magic

Hi all and happy Friday!  I am super excited to share a fun and VERY easy banner I recently made for a birthday party of a close family friend.  The theme was what any six-year-old little girl would want, Rainbows and Unicorns!  I wish I could say I came up with this idea on my own, but with time not being my friend, I pulled inspiration from this amazing banner I found on PINTEREST! Thank goodness for Pinterest!

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I actually dusted off my Circut to make the banner bases and letters with the Storybook cart, but the star of the show came from Miss Kate Cuttables over at the Silhouette Store.  I ended up un-grouping and filling each layer with color and then grouping the colored layers back together.  I set the cut to OUTLINE only and then ran through the printer and cut.

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I punched holes at the top and secured with some American Craft ribbon, added some stickles, gems and a couple rainbow stickers and called it done in about an hour.

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I love when time-pressed projects come together like this one did.  I happened to be over at my friend’s house this week and saw the banner hanging in her little girls room… now that made me smile and made me love my hobby  passion more!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “girls are made of rainbow and unicorn magic” pie with me.

Linking Up To:

Everyday is an Occasion – Sunday Funday