Monday, August 18, 2014

Mermaids Wanted - Xyron / Perfect Paper Crafting Hop

Hello blogging friends and new people visiting for the Xyron and Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop! This is my first post for Xyron as part of their new design team, Wahooo! I'm just a little excited :) Welcome to the Xyron and Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop!!!

Perfect Paper Crafting sent me the Mini Perfect Layers Ruler. At first I thought, "What's wrong with my eyeballs?" But after using this handy tool I am hooked. The ruler can be used with your X-Acto knife to make precise cuts using the ruler as a guide, or if you are like me and prefer your paper trimmer (less chance of cutting myself, lol), you can use a pencil to draw your cut lines. The ruler also comes in handy for perfectly spacing cut elements. Take a look at how I used it on my card ...

I planned for the background of my card to have 3 banners, each 1 1/2" wide (that's 4 1/2" total). With a 5" wide background, that meant I had 1/2" left for the spacing between. Doing the math, that meant 1/8" for each space. Using the ruler for my guide, I glued the first banner 1/8" from the edge. The rulers have a catch lip along the sides, so it's easy to line up your paper (or photo) for those perfect margins. I lined up the catch lip on the first banner I glued down and used the edge of the ruler as a guide for gluing down the next banner. No guesswork or eyeballing involved! Here is the finished card ...

I created some sea glass for my card using the Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots. Let me show you how easy it was...

1. Cut a single dot off of the roll and place it upside down in your glass glitter. I kept everything in my embossing tray so I could easily clean up any spills.
2. Gently press the dot into the glass.
3. Remove and shake off excess.
4. Pick up the glass dot using a picker upper tool and move to where you want to adhere it.

Xyron 3/16" High Tack Adhesive Dots
Xyron Mega Runner
Perfect Paper Crafting Mini Perfect Layers Ruler
Graphic 45 By The Sea 12x12 papers, stickers, die-cuts
Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Art Glitter Vintage Glass Glitter in Blue Topaz
Creative Embellishments wood veneer
jute, cheesecloth, thread

Thanks for stopping by! Perfect Paper Crafting is offering a 10% discount if you use the code Xyron10%. You can go order one of these very handy rulers for yourself! Also Xyron is doing a giveaway everyday of the hop, so be sure to get in on that too!

Teacher Cupcake Holders - Imaginisce Back to School!

Hello blogging friends! Wahooo, almost time for back to school!!!

Do you want to make a great impression on your child's teacher? These cupcake holders I made for Imaginisce would be sure to please. My own kids are in college, so no teacher gifts are needed anymore, but I thought these cupcake holders would make a fabulous Back to School care package for them. I stamped a small sentiment on the back side of the die cut, punched a hole in it and tied it around the bow. 

Don't forget to use the i-Magicut ribbon cutter for no frayed edges on your ribbon. If you love crafting with ribbon, you need this fabulous tool! Oh... and those cupcakes are from the Cupcake Wars award winning Nadia Cakes. 

Imaginisce : Pattern Papers and Buttons (Buschel O' Fall and Perfect Vacation), Cardstock Die Cuts  (Buschel O' Fall), i-Magicut Ribbon Cutter
Silhouette Cut File: Snapdragon Snippets
Ribbon: May Arts, Hemp: Darice
Cupcakes: Nadia Cakes
Adhesive: Xyron

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, August 11, 2014

Washi Tape Gift Wrap - Love My Tapes

Hello blogging friends!  I have an awesome Love My Tapes washi tape gift wrap idea to share with you. Did you know that washi tape is a fabulous way to add pizzazz to a wrapped gift. I was headed to a wedding shower last Sunday and thought my gift wrapped package was boring. Plain silver paper and I didn't even have a bow. Then I remembered I had this incredible wedding themed washi tape. Washi tape to the rescue! Take a look at my gift now ...

Want to see how I made that bow?  I thought you would.

1. I applied washi tape to white cardstock and trimmed the cardstock into strips.

2. Glue the strips so you have 3 loops about the same size. You will also need one smaller loop for the top of the bow. 

3. Arrange washi bands on top of each other and put a staple or two through the middle.

4.  Add some twine loops too if you want. Then tape the smaller loop on top.

Well the bride is a scrapbooker and was so thrilled with the gift wrap that she saved the wrapping. That washi tape will peel right off when she is ready to use it on a layout :)  I love my Love My Tapes washi tapes!!!

I hope you will be adding some pizzazz to your own gifts that need wrapping. Have a great week!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Awesome Kid - Creative Scrappers Reveal

Hello blogging friends. I can't believe how fast August is slipping away! Pretty soon my youngest two kiddos will be back in college. I would love to be knocking off a few more items from my summer bucket list but have a sick hubby and a sick cat to take care of. If you find yourself with a little extra scrapping time like me, you might want to consider joining us at Creative Scrappers for the latest sketch reveal. Check out this fabulous sketch by the talented Jenny Evans...

I decided to use my Fancy Pants Be Different collection again and came up with this layout....

As you can see, I stuck really close to the sketch. I added some Love My Tapes washi tape around 2 edges to help frame my layout. I love those stars. It went perfectly with my star die-cuts using the My Favorite Things Star Stax!

To Win a prize from our August sponsor Pink Fresh Studios, Create a layout and enter the challenges for Sketch 274-275. Deadline to submit your layout is August 31st at Midnight 

Please Visit PinkFresh Studios on Facebook for your chance to WIN some goodies! Just LIKE their page and let them know Creative Scrappers sent you ;-) 

I hope you will join in the fun over at Creative Scrappers.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wahooo! I made the Xyron Design Team!!!

Xyron Announces New Fall/Winter 2014 Design Team!

I am so thrilled to announce that I will be designing for Xyron along with these other talented ladies!!!!

New Design Team members:

Marcia Dehn-Nix  < me!!

Returning Design Team members:

I am so excited!! This is going to be a wonderful term.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Imaginisce cards

Hello blogging friends. I have a couple of Imaginisce cards to share today. I love the Little Princess collection for making cute girly cards. This one uses a Lori Whitlock cut file.

I took the "It's a Fairytale" die-cut and removed the adhesive so I could mount it over the card opening. Here is what it looks like on the inside.

Having college kids means that they are moving a lot. Both my son and daughter have new digs and new roommates now for the upcoming school year. This card ( created with the Imaginisce Outdoor Adventure papers ) with a little housewarming gift came in handy. I used a Snapdragon Snippets cut file for this card.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sweet Taste of Summer + a Winner.

Hello blogging friends. I hope you are enjoying your summer. I have a layout to share with you about my cat Deli (short for Delta). Or maybe I should say my husband's cat. You see Delta was a stray he brought home from the airport on Christmas Eve a few years ago and he dotes on her. She is treated like a queen even when she is naughty. See, she likes not just to smell flowers but to eat them. I caught her in the act!

I used the newest Imaginisce collection, Little Princess. This collection has lots of pattern papers that work well for everyday photos as well as for your little princess. I also used gobs of Cheery Lynn dies. I am linking up to their challenge this week "Hot Time in the Summer". The flowers were made with the Daisy Strip. I also used the French Pastry Doily die, the Fanciful Flourish die, and the Mini Fanciful Flourish die. Here is a closer look at those oodles of flowers ....

You can also see the texture and color I added to the background here using some modeling paste, gesso, and inks.

I have a winner from last weekends blog hop too. 
Congrats to  .....   Lisa from Lisa's Creative Niche!!!

Lisa, send your mailing address to and I will get your prize on its way to you.

Enjoy your week everyone.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Licensed 2 Drive - Creative Scrappers Reveal

Hello Weekend! I thought you would never come. I seriously need to de-stress by scrapping before going back to work on Monday. If you find yourself with a little extra scrapping time, you might want to consider joining us at Creative Scrappers for the latest sketch reveal. Check out this fabulous sketch...

When I decided to scrap this photo of my son after getting his driver's license, I knew those circles in the sketch were going to become gears. He has a bit of a smirk on his face because he was complaining about my wanting a picture, but secretly I think he loved having me make a fuss. Here is what I came up with using some Boys Rule from Crate Paper ....

This is the perfect collection for this photo with the tire treads and cars! Lots of embellies on here too (I may have gotten a little carried away!)

Studio Calico wood veneer cars, Crate Paper chipboard pieces, Tim Holtz metal gears, Petaloo chipboard gears, Love My Tapes washi tape, and a Maya Road zipper .... I am linking up to the latest Paper Issue "Say Cheese"... Maya Road is sponsoring their giveaway.

To Win a prize from our August sponsor Pink Fresh Studios, Create a layout and enter the challenges for Sketch 274-275. Deadline to submit your layout is August 31st at Midnight 

Please Visit PinkFresh Studios on Facebook for your chance to WIN some goodies! Just LIKE their page and let them know Creative Scrappers sent you ;-) 

I hope you will join in the fun over at Creative Scrappers.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas in July + a Giveaway = Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Hello blogging friends! There is a fabulous fun Scrap Our Stash blog hop going on with a Christmas in July theme. You should have arrived here from the Practical Scrappers blog.

Here is the line up in case you get lost along the way ...


I think my Christmas paper stash exceeds any other I have. I don't know why I have to buy a couple different collections every year. I keep telling myself that I can use the extra papers to make cards to send out. Well, truth be told.... not many cards get sent out. I get too wrapped up with work, my kids, and entertaining around the holidays that I run out of time. Here is what I created using the fun Doodlebug North Pole collection.....

This is actually a tri-fold card. I love the extra dimension the layers add. I actually embossed the sentiment too!! Pretty fancy for this girl.

Well.... I still had so much paper left after making this card, I decided to scrap this photo too....

This is my oldest Naomi visiting with Mrs Claus at one of my employee Christmas parties a long time ago. It's a little sad that this tradition is no longer observed by my employer. There is lots of negative space and bling going on here....

Now for the giveaway.... I thought I should actually giveaway something Christmas related, so how about a 6x6 Studio Calico paper pad. I bought 2 of these last Christmas for my Christmas cards and didn't even touch this one before I ran out of time. My procrastination can be your gain. Leave me a comment and become a follower of my blog. Easy Peasy! Tell me if your a procratinator too and I'll throw in some other goodies. I've been cleaning/organizing the scraproom and discovering all sorts of treasures, sometimes in duplicate because I forgot I had already bought it or worse I couldn't find the first one I bought so I bought another.  ( Hi, my name is Marcia and I am addicted to scrapbooking )

Studio Calico Magical 6x6 Christmas Paper Pad

So now its time to hop over to the very talented Laura's blog . Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Prom Night - Mixed Media Layout for Love My Tapes

Hello blogging friends!  I am sharing a washi tape mixed media layout on the Love My Tapes blog today. Did you know that washi tape is a fabulous way to add layers on a mixed media background. On my layout I layered pieces of torn paper and washi tape, then added some gesso, modeling paste, and inks. Take a look ...

That's my niece in the photo. Isn't she gorgeous!! I couldn't wait to scrap this fabulous picture. 

Here is a closer look at my background. The washi tape I used had text on it. Do you see it? The torn paper and torn edges of the tape give my layout a grungy feel. That chipboard piece is from Creative Embellishments. I LOVE their chipboard. I painted it with gesso then inked it with VersaMark ink and added some shabby blue embossing powder. The embossing powder was heat set until it melted, giving it a little shimmer, perfect for Prom.

I am linking up with the July Creative Embellishments and the Paper Wings Productions joint challenge. Here is the July photo prompt ...

My inspiration was those gorgeous blues and those flowers. The other rule is that you must emboss something (dry or heat). I chose to emboss my chipboard piece.

Have a great week!