Friday, September 27, 2013

Xyron & DCWV: Fall is in the Air!

When I saw the wonderful DCWV Spiced Cider Stack, I knew that I wanted to scrap a few more of the photographs that my lovely friend Michelle had taken of our family. She captured Fall for me, and her photographs were just lovely.
I used a combination of Xyron products on this. Especially the Xyron 9" Creative Station and the Xyron Mega Runner, I am loving the Creative Station for all of the larger die cuts. I really like how they just stick together, and I don't have to worry about them coming apart.
That apple isn't going anywhere!! LOVE!
I also layered in pieces from the DCWV The Basic Stack (Brights & Pastels) and the DCWV The Woven Paper Stack.   This way, I was able to add in a few more colors to tie the photos in. I also was able to use the NEW! Xyron 3" Disposable Sticker Maker, which I absolutely love. It's the perfect size. And recyclables! 
And those Doodlebug Sprinkles... The perfesct touch!
Xyron 9" Creative Station, Xyron Mega Runner, Xyron 3" Disposable Sticker Maker, Xyron 1.5" Create-a-Sticker, DCWV Spiced Cider Stack, DCWV The Basic Stack (Brights & Pastels), DCWV The Woven Paper Stack,Staedtler triplus® fineliner 334, Doodlebug Fall Sprinkles, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Dark Brown, October Afternoon Mini Market Stickers, Silhouette Cameo Pin It

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Elle's Studio Sketch: Remembering the Everyday

I love when one photograph can evoke a memory. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend the summer with my little girls. I realize that one day, they won't be so little, and probably won't want to spend as much time with me. I am going to grab them and hug them for as long as I can.

This layout used the Elle's Studio sketch. I changed a bit of it, making it my own. I really loved the colors in the photograph, and wanted to pick up the tiny bit of pink that was there. Just to pop against all of the turquoise that was also there.
I started with a vanilla piece of cardstock, then added the Carta Bella paper. It needed more, so I started distressing with a pair of scissors but went a little crazy and accidentally cut into the paper. So the distressing is more than I would have like, but I love how it turned out.

I also used the August Elle's Studio kit, along with quite a few pieces of my Elle's stash. A few pieces of random cardstock (Studio Calico HeyDay), a piece of flair (Ormulu), and some enamel dots... And it was complete. Pin It

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

August Gossamer Blue Layouts!! (The Non-Travel Edition)

I will admit, when I saw Gossamer Blue's August kit, I was stumped. We had no real trips planned, and I was getting caught up on the subject of the papers, rather than simply embrace the wonderful colors that were available to me. Once I made this layout, I felt that I had captured the spirit of the papers even though I hadn't really gone on vacation.

This fun (and bright!) layout was created to display the airplane that my oldest was able to see. I loved all of the travel/airplane elements in the October Afternoon paper and Basic Grey elements. I was even able to use the Elle's Studio stamp! The cut is from the GB kit, but it got a little "weathered" in the making of it, so I just went with it and distressed it even further. Happy Accidents!

I loved this picture of my oldest (and her two friends). Mainly because I felt it was the worst space/alien/robot costume ever. I totally forgot about making her costume and it was the last week of school. Hence the box with tin foil. And markers. I'll do better this next year, I promise! I have no idea what the song they sung was, and Google is no help lately, but the title comes from one of the lines.

I absolutely loved this sketch, and am in love with this layout. It is a direct translation of this Silhouette Blog Sketch. I adore sketches. Most of the time, when I have creators block, I turn to a sketch. Sometimes I completely lift the idea, sometimes I totally change and alter it. During the beginning of this layout, I was not in a creative space, and once finished... Had found my mojo once again!

This is one of my favorite non-kid photos. It's a Instagram of the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma. It's this crazy moving bridge that is a local landmark. It seems like the city has been working on it forever, but that's only because someone messed up the construction at some point. I love how the sun's rays just made this amazing. Plus, it gave me another way to use the fun BG location papers.

I hope you enjoyed this month's layouts! Pin It

Friday, September 13, 2013

Authentique Natural Collection Mini Album

Make sure that you head over to the Authentique Blog today for the Scor-Pal/Authentique Blog Hop! Today my neat envelope mini is being featured alongside John's flag mini!! I have included directions for both the envelopes and the mini on the blog.
I used the amazingly beautiful Natural Collection for this project, and am sad to see that I only have scraps leftover now. It's just too pretty!! Pin It

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Xyron Makes Ombre Glitter Techniques Easy

When thinking on how to show off some fun techniques with Xyron products, I remembered that I had some fun neon glitter just waiting to be use. I had gotten a sweet deal on the set and it was dying to be used soon.
 Gather your supplies.
I started with a card base for an A2 card. I cut a piece of cardstock to go on top of the card base to 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" so that it would stand out just a little bit from the base itself. I then ran that through my Xyron 9" Creative Station. It is important to smoothly turn the handle, so that the adhesive doesn't have any gaps.
Trim the edges of the adhesive backing (don't unwrap yet though!!) with a kraft knife. Leave just a little bit on each side so that you can hold on.
If you want a true Ombre effect, you will need to mix your glitter, if you are okay with a more striped version, you can follow the next steps. Use a permanent marker to mark off where the glitter should probably stop and start. This doesn't have to be perfect, and most likely will not be.
Unwrap your cardstock to the first mark and sprinkle your glitter onto the newly exposed adhesive. Shake off. If you want a crisp edge, fold the backing down and use a bone folder to make it straight. If you want it more organic and freeform, don't fold it.
Repeat as many times as you want.

When you are finished with each layer, you can push the glitter into the adhesive to get it to stick more.
I suggest "setting" the glitter with some spray glitter. It won't detract from the existing glitter, and will make it so your project won't leave glitter everywhere it touches.
While this is drying, stamp your sentiment. "Fussy cut" if you want, or use a die cut piece of paper.
When this has dried, add your stamped sentiment and/or embellishments using Xyron's 3/16 inch Dots and Xyron's 3/8 inch Dots. The small cloud pieces were too small to use the entire dot, so I cut them in half.

Once the decorative part of your card is complete, place it on the card base. I suggest using your Xyron Mega Runner (.5" x 100') on the card base itself, rather than on the back of your decorative glitter paper. This way, the glitter won't rub off.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing another way that you can use glitter using your Xyron 9" Creative Station Machine!

Supply List: Xyron 9" Creative Station Machine (w/ 25' Adhesive Cartridge), Xyron Mega Runner (.5" x 100'), Xyron 3/16 inch Dots, Xyron 3/8 inch Dots, Neenah Solar White Cover, ImagineCrafts Memento Ink in London Fog and Love Letter, American Crafts Neon Extra Fine Glitter, Neat and Tangled Stamp  Pin It

Monday, September 2, 2013

A little "Thrilling" without the Thrill!

Emily at Authentique challenged each of us to attempt to use the Thrilling Collection in a non-Halloween way. This was perfect for me, as Halloween isn't as huge of a thing in the Pacific Northwest. We hardly have any Trick-or-Treaters... And I even have little ones! For this challenge, I created two fun gift boxes.
Both of these I created using my Silhouette (LOVE that thing!) and some gorgeous May Arts ribbons.
Heart Pillow Box using Mystic and 2" Solid Crushed Wired Ribbon (AW03 - BLUE/LIGHT BLUE).
Star Top Box using Forworn and 2.5" Burlap/Wired Ribbon (398-25)

Check out the rest of the team's projects (they are AMAZING!) over at the Authentique Blog today! They are also giving away a set of Thrilling papers, and they are gorgeous! Pin It