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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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Flower Power!

TGIF and Happy 3 Year Blogaversary to me!  Yes, this week this little ‘ol blog turns 3!  I can’t believe that three years ago I posted my first crafty project and look how it has transformed and grown. Thanks to all that have been my cheerleaders, inspirations and faithful followers for making this another amazing creative year!

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Today I have a cute way to express your flower power using Kiwi Lane Designs Floral templates and paper from Fancy Pants Designs. Head over to Kiwi Lane Designs blog to check out all the details on how I cooked these babies up!

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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

 

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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