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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!

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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

Some Berry Exciting News!

amelia-design-team-350Hi all!  Today is the big Design Team announcement over at Amelia & Me Crafts and my mug is part of the lucky crafty talent.  I am super excited to be on this team since it is a blog/online store that is dedicated for Silhouette Cameo and American Crafts product lovers obsessed. Yes, they are an authorized retailer for both Silhouette and American Crafts products!   Does it get any better than that?  Head over and meet this amazing group of talent and see what amazing products are available!  Also be sure to LIKE them on FACEBOOK!  You will not want to miss all the fun happening over there!

Since we are on the subject of my love for my Silhouette and being on a team that celebrates all that is wonderful about that amazing piece of crafty engineering, here is how I dressed up some homemade jam I made yesterday from strawberries we hand picked on Monday with my kiddos for my youngest birthday.  I thought it would be a fun way to give thank you notes to those who have shared in celebrating with a very special little lady turning four with the strawberries she picked.

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All I did was break down Lori Whitlock’s Circle Banner (can be found via Silhouette store) and add color and a cute sentiment. I then used the pint and cut feature, added a button and some CTMH burlap twine and cute fabric and called it done! The hardest part to all of this was making the jam!

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Thanks for sharing a piece of “berry good news” pie with me!

Linking Up To:

Gotta Create

The Real Thing

Everyday is an Occasion 

DL ART Thankful Thursday for August

Little Girls are made of Rainbow & Unicorn Magic

Hi all and happy Friday!  I am super excited to share a fun and VERY easy banner I recently made for a birthday party of a close family friend.  The theme was what any six-year-old little girl would want, Rainbows and Unicorns!  I wish I could say I came up with this idea on my own, but with time not being my friend, I pulled inspiration from this amazing banner I found on PINTEREST! Thank goodness for Pinterest!

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I actually dusted off my Circut to make the banner bases and letters with the Storybook cart, but the star of the show came from Miss Kate Cuttables over at the Silhouette Store.  I ended up un-grouping and filling each layer with color and then grouping the colored layers back together.  I set the cut to OUTLINE only and then ran through the printer and cut.

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I punched holes at the top and secured with some American Craft ribbon, added some stickles, gems and a couple rainbow stickers and called it done in about an hour.

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I love when time-pressed projects come together like this one did.  I happened to be over at my friend’s house this week and saw the banner hanging in her little girls room… now that made me smile and made me love my hobby  passion more!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “girls are made of rainbow and unicorn magic” pie with me.

Linking Up To:

Everyday is an Occasion – Sunday Funday 

Wrangling Up Some Father’s Day Fun!

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Yay it is FCCB Monday! Today we are having a great challenge full of Father’s Day inspirations!  Head over and check out what the team has cooked up and LINK up a fun Father’s Day Project using at least ONE Cricut cut.   Here is what I came up with for my own dad using a 7 inch jar cut from Doodlecharms and the AMAZING paper line from Carta Bella designed by Samantha Walker – Giddy Up on a wooden plaque.

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I cut the picture via print and cut feature on my Silhouette and inked the edges. Using CTMH Slate and Chocolate ink, I inked the jar, wooden edges, and paper.  I wrapped the jar with Hemptique Hemp Cord and added button.  I also added a brad I found via Pick Your Plum and additional buttons.

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Layering this paper was so fun and the sticker sentiments are just a kick in the pants! I added some push pin embellishments I got from Pick Your Plum.

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This was a fun project to make and I know that my Daddio will love this!  Now be sure to head over to FCCB and join the party!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “getting my giddy up on” pie with me.

Linking Up To:

Crafting Desert Diva’s – Link It Up Party #8

Everyday is an Occasion – Sunday Funday

Teachers vs Cootie Monsters!

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Happy Wednesday!  Today over at Decorate to Celebrate do you have a fun challenge that will help bring smiles to educators!  It is a teacher gifts or classroom party challenge.  How perfect is that?  It is getting to the end of the year and many of you all will have to start coming up with ideas for your kiddo’s teacher and class room celebrations!  The design team has a ton of amazing inspirations to glean ideas from!

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Here is what I cooked up.  I am a 100% germ-a-phobe.  I think being so sick for all nine months during both of my pregnancies made it worse, so the thought of the stomach flu hitting our house just sends me into the fetal position.  Having teacher friends that teach in elementary school settings, they are about as bad as me, so I decided that any teacher of small children would love to receive this instead of the traditional apple.

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This was actually so easy to make! I cut down some designer paper from Stampin’ Up and used my ATG to adhere it to the bottle of hand sanitizer.  I then took some ribbon and wrapped it around the bottle and used a Glue Dot to fasten it to the front of the bottle. Now for the fun part!  Heading over the the Silhouette Store, I found this Lori Whitlock tag (Circle Banner) with the pennants on it.  I changed up the size to be around 3 inches around and changed up the colors of the tag layers and pennants.  I then added the little saying I made up using  a font I found at the Silhouette Store.  I grouped together everything and printed out on my color printer and then cut out on my Silhouette!

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How easy was that? You could whip out a ton of these babies in no time flat!  Head over to DTC and check out the inspirations and LINK up your own teacher gift/class room party idea!  I can’t wait to see what you have cooked up!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “keeping the cootie monsters at bay” pie with me!

Linking Up To:

Everyday is an Occasion: Sunday Funday

The Real Thing – Real Family Fun 14

Gotta Create – Wildly Original Linking Party! 

Baby Got Subway Art!

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Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today a new challenge kicks off over at Decorate to Celebrate and the theme is B-A-B-Y Showers!   Sadly I am at a place in my life where my circle of friends are not having first babies, which means NO showers to attend, throw or dream about.  But that does not mean there are not babies to snuggle, smell and love on.  It just means the multiple children effect is happening and our type of showers are now thrown in the hospital room during visiting hours or at their home when you bring them a meal and a small gift . . . so you can hold the baby! 🙂

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I made this for a dear friend who just celebrated the “birth day” of her #5 !  I am hoping I can trade this and a meal for a sweet babe snuggle time party!

Thanks to my Silhouette Cameo, this was a snap to make.  I created the subway art using various fonts and positions and then made sure all were outside cuts and grouped together.  I then cut it out on vinyl I scored from Pick Your Plum!  I burnished it on transfer tape and then burnished on to the finished canvas.

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For the canvas, I wanted to do some bright colors that did not scream B-A-B-Y!  I painted the canvas bright yellow and then found a Silhouette  chevron cut file!   I cut that on standard white 12×12 card stock and then using a sponge, I sponged the red paint on the canvas using the chevron cut as a stencil.   Once that was finished and dried, I headed down to the hubs workshop and hit canvas with a power sander to dull and distress.  Once that was done, I added the vinyl.

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Now be sure to head over to Decorate to Celebrate and check out the fun inspirations the design team has cooked up (word has it, we have some A-M-A-Z-I-N-G guest designers this challenge) and LINK up your fun Baby Shower project!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “babies make you want to decorate to celebrate” pie with me!