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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.

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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!

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

 

 

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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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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