Friday, December 13, 2013

Lawnscaping Winter Blog Hop!!!!!

Welcome to the Lawnscaping Winter Blog Hop!! I was SO excited to be ready and willing to share my love for Lawnscaping Challenges with you this morning. Some of you may know, that Lawn Fawn has become a new addiction to me. So have the Lawnscaping Challenges! Too often I don't get mine photographed in time, or life gets in the way to finish a thought, but this one I have been planning for a few weeks now and am SO excited to finally share it with you!
You should be coming here from Lenny. Her coloring is crazy-amazing!! I am super excited to see what she created this morning!! If you are just starting here, make sure that you head to the Lawnscaping Challenges Blog as there are a TON of prizes and sponsor information over there.  
Here is my project for the hop! I'm super excited about it. I chose to use two of my favorite stamp sets: Gnome Sweet Gnome and Into the Woods. I still cannot get over how cute that fox is, and had to "winterize" him for this card. I also had a blast playing with some of the Into the Woods papers and the Peace Joy Love Mixed Sequins.  
To start this card, I used a Silhouette cut that I altered to better suit what I was going to do with it. I cut off the side with the snowman. Then, I cut the front from Neenah Solar White paper, and the snowglobe itself from a sheet of Into the Woods paper. LOVE the woodgrain! The globe is actually packaging from a set of diecuts! Each of the sequins are stuck to the acetate using Xyron's 3/8" Adhesive Dots. They are perfect for sequins!! I also used my Xyron 9" Creative Station on both the snowglobe and the white and colored sections of the card. It made it SO much easier to piece all of the sections together. 
The background is a mix of Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Broken China, with a bit of Colorbox in Midnight. The snowbanks were cut using Kiwi Lane Templates in Paisley Place and a little bit of the Distress Ink makes them pop. The gnome, now Santa! and fox are both colored using Spectrum Noir markers. Although I did add a little bit of colored pencil on his face. The key was also colored using the markers.
I am SO glad that you were able to visit and hop along today!! Head on over to see the work by the amazing Christine Drogt now!!!

Supplies Used:
Lawn Fawn (Into the Woods stamps and paper, Gnome Sweet Gnome stamps, Peace Joy Love Mixed Sequins), Distress Inks (Broken China, Tumbled Glass), Spectrum Noir markers, Xyron Adhesive Dots, Xyron 9" Creative Station, Neenah coverstock (Solar White), Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black), American Crafts (dark kraft paper), Silhouette Cameo and Online Store, acetate Pin It

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Fun with Xyron and Heidi Swapp!!

Good morning Xyron and Heidi Swapp fans!! I love this season. Seriously, I wait all year for Christmas to come and miss it once it's gone. I love the gifts, the tradition, and of course all of the fun that you can have with decoration and gift wrap. Today I'm going to share a little bit of both.

Meet our resident elf, Stella. She is the perfect foil for the fantastic papers and embellishments from Heidi Swapp's Believe line. I took three pieces of from the 12x12 Paper Pack and layered them all together 1/2" smaller than each other using my Xyron Mega Runner. The Color Magic Jumbo Pennants were each sprayed with a mix of Color Shine in both Chartreuse and Gold Lame.
To make the photograph pop, I added a Believe Banner Delight using the  Xyron's High Tack Adhesive Dots in 3/16".
I then punched out one of the Joy to the World sentiments from one of the sheets of the 12x12 Paper Pack, and added my journaling and faux stitching with a Signo pen. 
Lastly, I used Gold Lame Color Shine on the Color Magic Striped Alphabet. I love the little hashtag, and it works perfectly with the Instagram pic I used!
My second project using Heidi Swapp's Believe line is a decorative bow that I cut using my Silhouette.

Once I cut all of the pieces of the outside of the bow...
...I sprayed a second sheet with the Chartreuse Color Shine, then cut the base of each of pieces.
I ran each of the outside pieces through my Xyron 1.5" Sticker Maker.
Once all of the outer pieces were attached to the second set of pieces, I attached them all with a long brad. See how the Color Shine on the inside of the bow covers the white paper?
Make sure that the brad is opened on the inside.
To create the banner that will wrap around the CD case, I cut a border, ran that through my Xyron 3" Sticker Maker, then attached that to a slightly larger version and attached it to the case.
Lastly, I used a few more of the High Tack Adhesive Dots in 3/16" to attach it to the case. 
Now it's ready for packing up a fun present!!

Products Used:
Xyron: Xyron Mega Runner, Xyron Adhesive Solutions 3/16" Dots, Xyron 3" Sticker Maker, Xyron 1.5" Create-a-Sticker
Heidi Swapp: Believe Collection (12x12 Paper Pad, Banner Delights), Color Magic (Striped Alphabet, Jumbo Pennants), Color Shine (Gold Lame, Chartreuse) 
Other Supplies: Silhouette, Signo Uniball pen, CD case, circle punch, brad
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Xyron's 30 days of Holiday Projects: Easy Wrapping Ideas
Good Morning Xyron fans! Today I have a great way to wrap up those fun presents. Last year, I bought a crazy-huge roll of kraft paper. My thought was that I could wrap all of the presents in that paper, and decorate with pretty bows and other fun embellishments for whatever holiday or season they were for. Today I combined the kraft paper with some gorgeous American Crafts papers, twine and embellishments from Studio Calico and Imaginisce.
These were super easy to make. For this set, I used my Silhouette to create the fun snowflakes using American Craft's Peppermint Express patterned paper in Ornamint. If you don't have a die cut machine, simply use thinner paper and cut out snowflakes like you used to when you were little. Have the kiddos help for this too!
Start by wrapping your presents. You can see how plain they really look at the moment. Not too exciting, but that's super easy to change! After cutting out my snowflakes with my Silhouette, I ran those through my Xyron 9" Creative Station

I stuck the new snowflake stickers to the packages, then added green and white twine.
The tags were also cut using my Silhouette. I used the same Snowflake Tag Set for the tags and Imaginisce Colors of Christmas paper in Vintage Ornaments. I cut the snowflake from Neenah cover in Solar White, then attached each snowflake using Xyron's High Tack Adhesive Dots in 3/16". Once the snowflake was attached, I used the bling and Studio Calico's Magical Adhesive Banners to create a few sentiments.
Now, they are each packaged just a little differently from each other, and have so much more interest.
I color coordinate all presents that are heading to a specific destination (I tend to forget/lose things otherwise...) and this is one more solution I have in my gift-wrapping arsenal.

Products Used:
Xyron 9" Creative Station, Xyron Adhesive Solutions 3/16" Dots, American Crafts: Peppermint Express (Ornamint), Imaginisce: Colors of Christmas (Vintage Ornaments, Bling), Studio Calico: Magical (Adhesive Banners), Twinery twine (Peapod), kraft wrapping paper, Silhouette, Neenah coverstock (Solar White)
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Lawnscaping #70

Finally, I actually am blogging my Lawnscaping card with enough time!! Seriously, I play each week, but always forget to actually blog my creations. I think I might just have to do a long post one day.
This week's Lawnscaping Challenge is Polka Dots. I wanted to include some polka dot paper and piece together a creature. Since I already had some black and white polka dot paper from the Peace Joy Love Collection, and the skunk from the Into the Woods Stamp Set, I thought I would make a cute black and white skunk. I even paper pieced the scarf from my Winter Owl stamp set, although had to trim and sketch in the fold to make it fit the skunk.
The sentiment was created using American Crafts Stamp Makers, the "Christmas" from the Winter Owl stamp set and the "Happy" from the "Bee Happy" sentiment on the Gnome Sweet Gnome stamp set. The tag is from the Peace Joy Love Collection papers, and the brown woodgrain is from the Into the Woods Paper Pack. Pin It

Monday, November 18, 2013

Xyron's 30 days of Holiday Projects: Countdown Calendar
Confession time... I've been listening to Christmas Music for over a week now. Some of you may not think that you have to wait until Christmas, but I never followed that rule. And today's project just needs a little Christmas song to make it just right.
Today's project is super fun, and super easy. Everything is modifiable for both people with and without die cut machines, or die cuts.
To start, I grabbed a Tolsby frame from Ikea. The reason that I really like this frame is that it is double sided and comes with a stand that won't get knocked over by little (or big) hands. And at 99 cents... Can't beat that! I started by taking out the thin plexiglass that is in the frame.
I used both my Silhouette and hand cut (because of course I forgot to count the cover page...) the pages. Each page is 3.25 x 5.25" and has two hole punches on the top. For the Silhouette cuts, I just made rectangles to the correct size, and double checked that the holes would work. All of the paper is from Studio Calico's Magical line, and the embellishments are from American Crafts.
I used a couple of rings that I had lying around. Most craft stores have them for under a dollar apiece. I think I just eyeballed where the ring and the paper would go, but if you are going to machine cut, I would practice with scrap paper before running your nice cardstock through, just in case you have to change the placement of the holes.
I then cut out all of my numbers, 1-25. If you don't have access to a manual or electric die cutting machine, you could easily draw each number, print on white paper, or use stickers.
I then ran all of my numbers through my Xyron 9" Creative Station. Once they were turned into stickers, it was super easy to attach them to each page.
The white paper that I used to mount all of the numbers on was cut to 2.75 x 4.25". I used my Xyron Mega Runner to attach them all to each of the patterned paper pages.
Once the white cardstock was attached, I placed all of the numbers next. The trick with this, is that if you are completely perfect it looks great, and if you are a little haphazard (like me) and don't try to force it, it also looks great.
Once all of the numbers were placed, I used my white Signo Uniball pen to add some faux stitching, which makes the dark kraft paper look similar to gingerbread now.
Lastly, use stickers (these are American Crafts Peppermint Express Remarks), dimensional adhesive, some great gems and other patterned papers to decorate the cover and important days. I wanted this to be a perpetual calendar, so I'm not going to specify any days other than Christmas and Christmas Eve.
Now, my kiddos have a non-candy advent calendar that is self-contained (important with a toddler and pre-K kiddo!), and can teach the little one her numbers as she gets older.
See, it turns just easy!!

Supplies Used:

Xyron: 9" Creative Station, Xyron Mega Runner, American Crafts Imaginisce (Colors of Christmas Collection) Bling, Studio Calico patterned papers (Magical: Christmas Eve, Seasonal Sights, Candy Cane Lanes, Holiday Joy, Chalking it Twice, Making a List), American Crafts Peppermint Express Remarks, American Crafts/Imaginisce bling, American Crafts dark kraft, TOLBSY Ikea frame, rings, Signo pen, Neenah cover stock
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

We R Memory Keeper's Guest Designer

FROM the We R Memory Keepers Blog:
Hello! I am Heather Conklin. I'm super excited to share with you how much fun I had creating for We R today! I live in Washington State with my wonderful husband, two little girls, and not-so-miniature schnauzer. I teach high school art during the day, and craft on nights and weekends when the kiddos head to bed. I've been crafting since 2004, but have been creating my entire life. I was so happy to see the wonderful colors of the Harvest Collection as they went perfectly with our recent family photographs.
I love using all of my little bits and pieces for cards. For this card, I covered a card base using my Xyron 9" Creative Station, then used parts of the title strips from each paper sheet, and strips from the Fall Collage paper to add various patterns to the card base. Then, I simply added a ricrac ribbon and used dimensional adhesive with one of the Embossed Designer Stickers for a sentiment.


Cut down a sheet of Autumn Sprig to 11x11". Cut a 10x10" piece out of the middle out of a sheet of Pressed Flowers. Glue the 11x11" on top of the square frame of Pressed Flowers. Cut off a strip of the Fall Collage sheet and place it on the bottom third of your layout. Mat a 5x7" and wallet sized photo each with the leftover of the Pressed Flowers sheet. Place the 5x7" off center, and position the wallet in the photo's negative space.
Using a die cut machine, cut a doily out from the November Mist sheet and cut that in half. Position these pieces behind the photographs. Cut off the circle from Fall title, use some dimensional adhesive and place it over a few of the Embossed Designer Stickers. Use another of the Embossed Designer Stickers on the corner of your large photograph. Use Glossy Accents to highlight the white areas of the large orange flowers.


Cut down a sheet of Honeycomb to 11x11". Cut a dark brown piece of cardstock to 11.25x11.25". Glue the Honeycomb paper to the brown cardstock and then to a piece of vanilla cardstock. Cut a piece of Type Set to 8x10".
Corner round two alternate edges and glue down. Cut a piece of Pressed Flowers to 5x7" and corner round the opposite corners. Glue down, then using a contrasting marker, add faux stitching.
Mat your photo with a light cardstock, then take some of the leftover scraps of paper to make a collection of banners.
Place these under your photograph before you adhere it. Cut a circle, then layer a few of the Embossed Designer Stickers over it for your title. Die Cut a branch from cardstock, then add a few more of the Embossed Designer Stickers.

I cut the K Cup holder with my die cut machine using quality cardstock. Fold on all of the score lines, making a tube. The outermost section is the one next to the circles on the end. Adhere each edge flap as you go. When the K Cup holder is put together, add your decorative papers. For this one, I used rectangles of November Mist and a strip from the Fall Collage sheet. Make sure that you score your paper before attaching it to your holder. I then adhered circles of paper to each of the K Cups, then added a Embossed Designer Sticker to each of them.
Lastly, I tied the K Cups into the holder with some jute twine and tied a button to the bow.
Thanks for looking at today's post. Thank you again to We R Memory Keepers for having me guest design for you!!

Here is the link for the Silhouette File that I made for the K Cup holder LINK. Let me know if you make one, and link me up!

If you really like the photographs (and you are in the greater Seattle area!) make sure that you check out MG-B Photo or check out her Facebook Page. Michelle does some amazing work!
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