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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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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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Thank You, Thank You Very Much Card

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Hi there!  Today I have a fun Elvis card up over at Paper House!  One day I will get to Graceland, but until then I am sure glad Paper House has a fun Elvis Collection.  Pop over and check out how I made this little number!

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Layout Art . . .

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Happy Earth Day folks!  Today up over at Kiwi Lane Designs is a fun layout I made with Zero pictures.  We were lucky enough to have access to My Mind’s Eye Now and Then Collection and using some new templates I just went nuts making a camping themed page by adding some fun elements with Heidi Swapp’s Color Shine and Xyron Mega Runner and Xyron Dots. Head over and check out more of this page and the C-U-T-E templates that made all this possible!

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Until next time,

Arin

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It is All About the Kiddos Hop!

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Woot!  Today is the day for the Paper House Productions “Hop, Skip & Jump” Kids Blog Hop this weekend! The Design Team has some fun kiddo inspired creations cooked up that you will not want to miss! There are amazing goodies up for grabs that are just must haves for any crafty stash.

How to ENTER: 

  • by liking us on Facebook
  • AND commenting on each of our designers’ posts! If you do, you’ll get +10 entries into our drawing!

Easy peasy lemon squeezy just like this fun project I made with the Owls Hoot Collection!  All I did was reclaim a tabletop house shaped bookcase I found on clearance for $5 at Target and turn it into a dog house for my kiddo’s American Girl pets!  My kiddos love owls so this collection came in handy  since I made all their American Girl Doll bedding with owl fabric. Love when crafty kismet happens!

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What I did was measure and cut down the design paper and attache using my Xyron Mega Runner and for the ribbon, I cut down American Crafts ribbon ran it though my 5 inch Creative Station and dressed the internal and external edges.  I traced out some flower stencils using Kiwi Lane Designs Tiny Accents, inked the edges and ran through my Xyron Creative Station and attached to the roof. I dressed the house with flower accents I had on hand and the collection 3D stickers and Puffy stickers.

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Now how is that for turning $5 and some cute crafty supplies into something that will be cherished and played with for many play-times to come?

Now make sure to hop through each designer down the list to be eligible for the most entries! When you’re done, just hop over to Paper House Blog and let us know! The hop will be running all weekend, so you have until Sunday at 11:59pm EST to get your entries in!

Kids’ Blog Hop Designers

Larissa Heskett

Irit Shalom

Kim Kendell

Christine Meyer

Arin Flynn You are here

Susie Bentz

Bev Code

Giorgia Rossini

Erin Reed

Linda Auclair

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