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Hello! My Name is Long Hiatus

Hello! Yes, I have been on a long hiatus from this domain.  Apparently, I was swallowed up by the school volunteer monster for the past 4 years.    It was a gift to be able to be soo involved in my kiddo’s school and sit on a PTA/PTO board. . . says no one ever!   If you think the movie, Bad Moms, was satirical, think again!  In all seriousness, it was an experience that I am glad I committed to and experienced.  There were some pretty amazing bright spots in working along-side my kiddo’s teachers, dean, principal and some very dedicated parents, now dear friends.

Another thing I have been cookin’ for the past few years is being a Girl Scout leader for 20+ girls.  Yes, I think I am crazy, but so worth the possible asylum issued straight jacket. It has been a treat to watch these kiddos grow up!  I will be sharing some of our fun ideas, tricks and planning I have come up that helped navigate such a large troop.

As I write this, I feel like a bear coming out of hibernation and just wanting to gorge myself on every creative thing I see! So. . . in saying that, be forewarned! 😉

The first order of business in getting me pointed in the right creative direction, the hubs and I worked on relocating my craft space and giving it a HUGE facelift.  I have to say, I am obsessed with rainbows.  Living in Southern California, they are like finding unicorns. So the only logical remedy to my desire of chasing rainbows (outside of moving to Maui), is use them as the inspiration to brighten up my creative lightbulb hub.

Here are some shots of my new favorite room in the house.  I plan on posting a video tour and organizational tips and tricks in the very near future!

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Vino Dressed to Impress

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Hello and Happy Friday! I wanted to share a gift I made for some friend’s anniversary using Paper House Productions Wedding Day Collection , Xyron products, Jamie Cripps 3D Chevron Christmas Gift Card Tag and Lori Whitlock Bottle Label Tag- Big Pocket cut files! It was super easy to put together and yet translates thoughtful effort! One of those tricks that would would like to keep in your back “pocket”!  All the details of how I made this is  up over at Paper House Productions Blog!

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disclaimer on the Starbucks Card… that is my trusty go-to gift card prop! It is from the first and original Starbucks store… yes I am a little attached

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Thanks for sharing a piece of “dressing up the bottle” pie with me!

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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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!

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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

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

The Five Minute Card

OK, so most of you that follow me know that I tend to make things that take some time, but TIME IS NOT ALWAYS MY FRIEND . . . so I am finding as my kids’ schedule is starting to kick into high gear with school, activities and just life.

I love making cards for people, and the thought of running out and buying a card because time is running out is just plain sacrilegious! I find myself breaking out into cold sweats when I am holding a “manufactured” card at the checkout counter.

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Well, I just found some pretty amazing products at Michales the other day that changed my world in the scope of being able to make a card that is cute, trendy and heartfelt totally on the fly!  GOODBYE over priced Hallmark cards and Hello to Mambi Cards, by Me & My Big Ideas!

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I seriously made this card in about FIVE minutes! All I did was pick a pre-cut and scored card from the Mambi card stack, cut down a piece of paper scrap for a layer and wrapped a piece of ribbon around the middle and set it with my ATG.

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I then punched out a circle on another piece of scrap I had on hand and inked the edges and secured it with my ATG.

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Finally I added the pre-made embellishments from Recollections I found on clearance and called it done!

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I have a feeling you may be seeing more of these fun and quick cards!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “cards on the fly” pie with me.

Linking Up To:

Everyday is an Occasion – Sunday Funday