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An Easy Teacher Gift Brewed Up

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Hello… I say sheepishly, as I know that it has been clearly over a year since I have posted a project. YIKES! Yes, I am slowly making my re-entrance back into sharing what I make. I humbly hope there are some of you that still  remember me as I sneeze through the dust from my poor neglected blog and share this fun idea I came up with for my daughter’s 2nd grade teacher.

My kiddo’s teacher is truly powered by coffee. I am pretty sure it runs through her veins.  She even has a Keurig in her classroom for coffee on demand. So coming up with an idea for her birthday was pretty set with coffee.  I love making sure the kiddos are incorporated into the actual gift, so I figured out how to combine the both by adding some simple white card stock, Xyron Adhesive, a 2 inch circle punch and some kiddo creativity. I found a cute container for either coffee pods or wine corks at Kohl’s and poof, I got me an inexpensive, but sweet and useful gift for one great teacher!

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Here is how I did it: 

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I punched out 2 inch circles and had kiddos decorate and write one kind word that comes to mind regarding their teacher.

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Then I added adhesive to the back and slapped that baby on top of a Keurig Coffee Pod and called it a day!  Yup, that easy! I have to say, she absolutely cherished this gift!  You could stamp, use pretty paper, add cute embellishments . . . the world is your oyster with this idea!

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That is it! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  Hopefully you found this one of those ,”Eureka!” type of crafty projects, like I did. AND mostly thanks for stopping by and visiting an old crafty friend.

It’s Back To School with Goodies!

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Oh my have I been in a whirl-wind of summer fun with my kiddos! Today I resurface with this fun little project I made for a “Back To School” Party.  I actually dusted off the ol’ Cricut Expressions and pulled out Doodle Charms and whipped these babies out – my kids even got in on the action!

Here is how I did it! The cut was the two basic cuts of the bus cut at 3.5 inches.  I then stamped it with My Pink Stamper *retired School themed stamp set. I added some silver Candi to the wheels using a dab of hot glue.

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I dug through some random paper I had on hand collecting dust and cut down to 5 1/4 wide x 7 inches long and folded in half.  I then wrapped some ribbon around one half securing with tape and then I stapled them onto 5 inch clear bags (after I filled them with the goods).

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Using Pop Dots, I added the little buses and called it done! Yup that easy!

DIY States Where I Lived Home Decor

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Today I am lucky enough to be up on the Xyron Blog showcasing this project that has been on my bucket list for a LONG time.  Xyron has partnered up with the fabulously creative company, Maya Road, and I lucked out with two different types of embellishments that just screamed must be used!  I gathered up an old pallet piece I have been patiently allowing to cure, pulled out the paints once again, fired up my Silhouette and secured my two fav Xyron companions of Xyron Dots and the 5 inch Creative Station and got busy telling my geographical story.

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So what I did here is just break down the acutal cut file to just the state by ungrouping and making a compound path and deleting all but the state. Then I cut each state at 4.5 inches (Cut files click HERE and HERE), ran it through my 5 inch Creative Station. I used the Brooklyn Stack from DCWV for the paper choice.  I took the Maya Road Lisa Upper Case Letters and heat embossed them with a Rust Embossing Powder from Globecraft and Piccolo then ran through my 5 inch Creative Station and placed on the pallet.

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Then for the crown jewel of the project, I scored these adorable wooden embellishments, Alterable Bingo Motifs from Maya Road, and added a little paint and Xyron Dots and placed them in the area of the cities my hubby and I have lived in.  For instance my hubby lived in the Bay Area while he attended college so he got a bird signifying flying away from the nest.  We currently live in Southern California so we have the house as a symbol.

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I went to college in Dallas, Texas and the star star symbol is kind of a BIG deal in Texas so I added that.

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For Colorado, I was born and lived in the Colorado Springs area and it still to this day owns my heart, hence the heart.  Colorado is beautiful and when I am there visiting, it feels like it is home.

Be sure to head on over to the Xyron Blog and see what my other fellow Design Team gals have cooked up . . . they never disappoint!

Interchangeable Pix Collage

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Happy Tuesday and boy is summer flying by here!  Speaking of summer I made a very fun gift for a friend that has three beautiful boys and they are all rays of sunshine in my book.  When I got my happy mail from Xyron last month filled with May Arts Ribbon and Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine Collection I just fell in LOVE . . . in love enough to schlep out the paint, stencils and a mini pallet to cook up this colorful and full of life interchangeable picture collage that was made for this cheerful brood of boys!

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As you can see I went to town with the craft paint using some stencils I had from Hazel and Ruby. Since this was geared for mugs of boys, I decided to be playful with the paint and allow for some rustic bleeding around the edges. All I did was add a very small amount water to the painted area with a paint brush and then smear it with my finger… got a few splinters, but it’s all good!

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I cut down and added some card stock design paper from Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine Collection and ran it through my Xyron 5 inch Creative Station and applied it to the painted pallet.  I then added the May Arts Ric-Rac Ribbon by hot gluing to the back of the pallet. This is base for anchoring pictures with the help of mini clothespins.

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I added some sticker sentiments from the collection and then using Xyron Dots, I added some colorful sequences! Have I ever mentioned that my love for Xryon Dots run deep? This would be one of the things I would drag out with me in case of a fire!

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As you can see this project is another super easy DIY number that could be a great gift or personal keepsake.  Be sure to head over to the Xyron Blog and check out what my other fabulous partners in crafty crime have cooked up today!

 

DIY Postcards

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Happy Almost 4th!  Today is my lucky day to showcase a fun project I made using Lawn Fawn Stamp Set – So Much to Say and my trusty and I do mean trusty Xryon Mega Runner, that is up on the Xyron blog today. (Side note: I have used several Advanced Tape Guns and the Xyron Mega Runner is by far the BEST I have ever used- No fuss in the refill process and strong adhesive – I think I am in love!)

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It is summer and if any of your are like me, you are in a fun whirl-wind of road trip travels, camping and kiddo camps. Since I have a 1st grader and a Kindergartner, I wanted to drag along some postcards they could practice their writing share their adventures with family and friends.  I needed these to be bigger than the normal postcard due their giant chicken scratch  eagerness of being early writers, so these will take a normal postage stamp. These are a cinch to make and you can even have your kiddos help or make on their own.

Here is how I did it (full supply list at the end):

For the Front of the Postcard: I found blank white card stock quality cards at the local craft store with the measurements of 6.5 inches wide and 4.5 inches tall. Using a paper trimmer, cut down some desired design paper with the measurements of 6.25 inches wide and 4.25 inches tall.  I stamped the sentiment and image on the design paper.  Using Xyron Mega Runner, adhere the design paper to the plain white card stock.

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For the Back of the Postcard: Measure the card and find the middle. Using a ruler, draw a line using a Jelly Roll pen and added some dashes for interest.  I printed “To” on the right side and stamped a coordinating image from the front.

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I set up an “assembly line” and mass produced these in no time. You can go as simple or as detailed you want – keep in mind these are postcards and they need to be flush.

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Supply List: 

  • Lawn Fawn – So Much To Say stamp set
  • Xryon Mega Runner
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Recollections Chevron Paper
  • Recollections Blank White Cardstock Cards (6.5×4.5 inches)
  • Ruler
  • Black Jelly Roll Pen
  • Stamp Block
  • Stampin’ Up Ink (Classic Black and Pumpkin)
  • Close to My Heart Ink (Slate – used for the yellow card)

Happy 4th and Happy Summer!

Arin

 

 

4th of July Pinwheel Wreath

Hello and Happy Summer!

In just a few short days my kids will be hopped up on sugar and completely water logged, I will have gone to many car shows, participated in push and pull’em parade and soothed my sweet pound puppy as the sounds and sights of freedom light up my cul-de-sac as my kids dance around with sparklers.  Yes, I just gave you my 4th of July run down and what better to kick it off than adorn my door with this simple 4th of July wreath.

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Using the pinwheel cut file that came standard with my Silhouette software, I cut out two different sized pinwheels (4.5 inches and 3 inches) on Die Cut with a View Stack paper added some brads to hold it all together, added some buttons and baker’s twine and sprayed with Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color shine for a fun finish.

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I wrapped some cute burlap fabric given to me by my neighbor (can be found at WalMart) around a flat wooden wreath (found at Michales). Secured fabric with hot glue and added the pinwheels using Xyron Adhesive Dots.  Another easy peasy wreath under my belt!

Happy Crafting 

Arin

DIY Washboard Welcome Sign

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Today is my last post as a Kiwi girl! It has been a really fun run and putting my DIY twist to the templates.  Of course I would end on a note of doing it again by turning an old washboard into a summery welcome sign using some fun templates, some fun stencils from Hazel & Ruby and my trusty Xyron 5 inch Creative Station. Click HERE to get all the deets on how I made it! Easy Peasy!

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Traveling On. . .

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Bonjour! All week Xyron and Paper House have been traveling the world together!  If this is your first stop, please head over to Xyron’s and Paper House blogs and see what they got cookin’ in the areas of inspirations and awesome giveaways.

Since I am so lucky to be on both design teams I had a change to take a stab at two projects!  My first project is a travel journal I made for my daughter.  This summer we are going to travel the world . . . OK we are going to the Vegas strip to give a “Cliffnotes version” of what Paris, Rome, Italy, New York, Seattle and Egypt is like to my 5 and 6 year old.  In that spirit, I whipped up a cute travel journal for my 6 year old to record her adventures in each place.

Here is how I took an ordinary $ bin composition book and turned it to this (fully supply list included at the end of this post):

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Add embellishments to cover and use faux stitching on the pennant banner.  Use letter stickers for the name and Baker’s Twine for the accents. To secure the bow along the spine, use a Xyron Dot.

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Now since I am playing double time designer, I made a fun layout (yes, I said I made a layout) of my time so long ago in Yellow Stone using Xyron 5 inch Creative Station and Paper House Yellowstone Collection to represent Paper House. Whew wearing so many hats can get a tad bit sticky (pun intended)! 🙂  How fun is this collection, it brought me back to some fun memories and I almost felt I was there while working with the collection. So if you have Yellowstone on your adventure list this summer, this collection is a must!

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Mickey Mini Book

Mickey Mouse Mini BookWell today we are hopping along with Out on a Limb Scrapbooking over at Xyron and my project was a BIG stretch for me.  I made my FIRST EVER mini book using Out on a Limb’s Mouse Memories- Mickey collection!  I have to say I did throw my whole Xyron inventory at the making of this baby, but it was fun.

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Me and my princesses recently headed off to Disneyland for 3 days with a dear friend and her princess.  I made this book with her in mind to give as gift to fill with her favorite memories from the trip.

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It was super easy to make and my base was just a $ bin find from the craft store. I covered it with some pre-embossed paper I had on hand and went nuts!  Not to shabby for my first go at it, I must say!

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Be sure to head over to Xyron and check out the fun hoppin’ goodies up for grabs and all the other fabulous Out on a Limb meets Xyron inspirations the DT has in store for you this week.

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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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