Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Winter Fun with Xyron, Core'dinations, and Petaloo

Welcome to the Xyron, Core'dinations, and Petaloo Blog Hop!

There is tons of inspiration and even prizes to win, so be sure to stop by the participating blogs all week long.

I had in mind originally to make cards using the Crate Paper Bundled Up collection as the colors went so well with those gorgeous Petaloo flowers and ribbons I received. I paired it with some Core'dinations Whitewash cardstock....

I scored the edges of my card after dry embossing some snowflakes on the edges. Core'dinations cardstock is my favorite cardstock to use when embossing. Here is a close-up of that embossing.

Xyron Mega Runner
Xyron 3/16" Adhesive Dots

Teresa Collins Plier Stapler
Core'dinations Whitewash collection

Core'dinations Dust Buddy & Sand-it Gadget
Petaloo Holiday Dazzlers Jewelled Florettes
Petaloo Fancy Trims Shades of Pink

Crate Paper Bundled Up pattern papers, ephemera die cuts, and PL cards
Sizzix Embossing folder

Then, I got to thinking how great a mini album would look instead of a card. I would have a larger area to work with for more embossing and room to showcase more flowers and ribbons. So here is the cover to my mini album I created ...

I love using my Xyron 9" Creative Station for adhering pages in my mini. No need to worry about pages coming undone later and with the Creative Station I get edge to edge coverage! It comes in handy for those smaller embellishments too...

I used the same technique as on my card to dry emboss and then score the edge. I just love the texture of the embossed trees and with Kraft core they really stand out.

There is some Petaloo Fancy Trim tucked in there as well as tied on my rings binding my album. I added lots more Dazzlers jewelled florettes and some gorgeous Darjeeling flowers. Xyron adhesive dots work great for adhering all those flowers!

Xyron Mega Runner
Xyron 3/16" Adhesive Dots

Xyron 9" Creative StationCore'dinations Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection
Core'dinations Dust Buddy & Sand-it Gadget
Petaloo Holiday Dazzlers Jewelled Florettes
Petaloo Fancy Trims Shades of Pink

Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Mix Teastained Reds
Crate Paper Bundled Up pattern papers, ephemera die cuts, flair, and PL cards
Sizzix Embossing folder

Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Life is a Ride... enjoy it - Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hello blogging friends! It's time for the Clique Kits Pep Rally! You should have arrived here from the Wendy's blog.  Isn't she awesome!

We have an incredible line up for you today too....

October Line-up

I have an awesome layout to share with you using some Love My Tapes washi tape and the fabulous Basic Grey Second City collection from my October Clique Kit.

The Second City collection is so versatile, perfect for vacation, city adventures, and family pics. This is my niece and her family. "Life is a Ride, Enjoy it" is the perfect title for anyone with little kids. Never a dull moment. Everything on my layout came from the kit except the stamp I used in the corner and the washi tape. I love using washi tape to repeat patterns on my layout. When I saw the black circles on the houses in the pattern paper I thought this black and white polka dot washi tape would be perfect. Here are some close-ups...

A little washi in the corner says, Look at me...

The October Masquerade Ball kit was packed full of goodies. I have completed 3 layouts and still have some supplies left over for at least one more layout.... or maybe some cards.

Thanks for stopping by! Head on over to Mariah's blog now ...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Home Decor with Love My Tapes

Hello blogging friends. I got a new shipment of Love My Tapes washi, fabric, and lace tapes to create with and I was so happy, happy, happy to see there was some orange washi tape! I saw this really cute pumpkin on Pinterest made with canning lids and wanted to make one too. This was my inspiration found on YellowBlissRoad ...

I LOVE this! And since I did not can very many tomatoes this year, I thought ... Hey, I have canning lids! You would not believe how easy these are to make. You could do it in 10 minutes. There is a tutorial on YellowBlissRoad, but basically you just tie the lids together with string.

I decided some orange washi tape on those lids would be a fabulous addition. I covered each lid with this gorgeous orange chevron washi before stringing the lids together. Here is my washi tape canning lid pumpkin...

Gorgeous Right!!

I used 24 canning lids for my pumpkin and not even one roll of washi tape in case any of you would like to make one too ;)

I am linking up to Paper Issues Woodn't You Know, It's Fall.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Minnehaha Falls - Creative Scrappers

Hello blogging friends!! I am so excited to finally share that I have a layout published in the Creative Scrappers Creating With Sketches Volume 3!

- 120 Unique, Never before posted or will be posted Sketches
- 60 International Designers
- 26 Amazing Sponsors
- 60 pages of inspiration for you 

It's currently available for purchase in digital format for 10$ 
Use V3Marcia to save 10% off your V3 digi purchase )

The Printed Version is also available for sale 18$ plus shipping 
( preorder is until October 15th - please order if you wish a printed copy )

It is really an awesome source of inspiration! Go ahead and order your copy today.

Here is my layout created with Woodland Winter collection by Bo Bunny ...

Last winter my daughter and I hiked around Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis. Our winter was so cold that the falls had totally frozen over! The blue ice is natural and it makes for an ethereal photo. It was so beautiful! and darn slippery!! We almost broke our necks and should have been wearing spikes. Totally worth it though for this view :) 

I used gesso on my background paper to create the illusion of snow. The fun snow die-cut helps too and cute little wood veneer snowflakes from Creative Embellishments.

Like what you see and want to see more inspiration? Order your book today ... here.

Only 2 weekends left before my daughter's wedding!!!! But I have a fabulous dress and shoes now. Lot's more things to do yet though .... I may be posting a few more wedding projects here ... stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Al's Breakfast - Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends!  I’m very excited to be up on the Clique Kits blog sharing a layout I created with the fabulous October kit, Masquerade Ball!  I just love all the colors and patterns in the Second City paper collection by Basic Grey. I also love the digital Print and Cut files that were included in the kit. These are tangibles you can use over and over again even after your kit papers are gone. Here is my layout ...

 I thought I would focus on triangles in this layout about a favorite place we like to go to eat with my daughter when we visit her at college. It is just off the campus where she attends school in Minneapolis. Now because I hate my writing, I prefer to journal on my layouts using my computer. So I used one of the printables from the kit to create a journaling spot. I did this with Adobe Photoshop Elements. Here's how...

 Repeating shapes throughout gives my layout a cohesive feel. It pulls everything together. Here are some close-ups...

 I just love the flair and the PinkFresh Studios chevrons in this kit! The washi tape is the only thing on my layout that was not part of the kit. That came from Love My Tapes. If you shop the Clique Store, use my coupon code MARCIA10 and save 10%!

Thanks for stopping by. If you are ever in Minneapolis, be sure to check out Al's Breakfast. The pumpkin pancakes are amazing! You won't be disappointed. Bring cash, they do not take credit cards. Your order is actually tallied by hand! (Yes, this wait staff does math!) Since they are only open for breakfast, be sure to check the hours. The line starts to form outside at least an hour before they open :)


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Imaginisce i-Top Tutorial

Hello blogging friends. I made a little tutorial on how easy it is to use the Imaginisce i-Top to create your own embellishments with paper. I made a brad, but you can also make buttons and magnets too.

1. Punch out what you want to be on your brad/button/magnet

2. Set the button top into the tool and center the paper over the top. Squeeze the i-Top. Then flip it over. My picture shows the tool already flipped over.

3. Tuck those paper edges into the center.

4. Flip the i-Top over again and place the brad or button shank in the tool. Squeeze the i-Top again.

5. Remove your brad/button.

Isn't this guy ADORABLE!

Here is the card I created with him ...

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Happily Ever After - Xyron and Spellbinders

Hello blogging friends! I had a jam packed weekend. My daughter's bridal shower was on Sunday. We had such fun. It was a Breakfast at Tiffany's theme, so everyone came dressed in black dresses and pearls. It was great! So now that the shower is over, I am thinking wedding. Less than a month to go!! So of course I had to make a wedding card with the beautiful Spellbinders Mystical Embrace Card Creator dies and Xyron adhesive.

I am using some scraps and stickers from the Little Yellow Bicycle wedding collection. Yeah for scrapping my stash! That front piece is foil paper (so hard to photograph but so beautiful embossed!) These gorgeous Spellbinder dies make creating a beautiful card a piece of cake.

There are three dies in this set and I used all three on this card. You can see that it embosses as well as makes intricate cuts. 

My 9" Creative Station  made it easy to adhere the die cuts to my paper.

I also created a birthday card using some papers from Anna Griffin. I only used the larger two dies on this card so I would have room for stamping my sentiment.

Xyron Adhesive Dots
Pattern Papers: Anna Griffin and Little Yellow Bicycle
Stickers: Little Yellow Bicycle
Flowers: Prima and Petaloo
Ribbon, pins, pearls

I am linking up the Clique Kits October challenge. Have you heard about Clique Kits? It's a new kit subscription and a store that has awesome scrapbook and card making kits. You can preorder the Holiday Card kit ...

or the Clique into the Holidays kit now! 

and if you use Marcia10, you save 10% on store purchases! 

Here are the rules for the challenge....

  • You may combine our challenge with other challenges
  • You may enter our challenge up to 3 times
  • Link up your projects by October 31st, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit to link up
  • You are not required to use Fancy Pants Designs Product to link up but doing so does give you an extra entry
  • Create any type of project
  • Link directly to your challenge project entry post
I hope to see your creations linked up!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Zombie Pub Crawl - Clique Kits!

Wahooo blogging friends, I am so excited to share my first layout I did for Clique Kits using the Masquerade Ball October kit.  This kit is full of the fun BasicGrey Second City by Kelly Purkey along with some PinkFresh products and more.

I am in love with this kit!!! It is so versatile. Clique Kits has teamed up with 17Turtles this month to offer printables and cut files to subscribers. Its a kit offering that you can use well after your paper from the kit is gone. Here is my first layout...

The Zombie Pub Crawl in Minneapolis is this weekend, so it made me think of these fun pictures of my daughter with her friends from last year. They were perfect for these papers! I used a Silhouette cut file for the Zombie hands and title. Here are some detail shots ...

Don't you love the flair and those Pinkfresh Chevrons. Be sure to check out the Clique Store for more goodies. (use my discount Marcia10 to get 10% off). Sadly the October kit is sold out already, but if you like what you see, you can start your subscription in November and have fabulous goodies delivered to your doorstep every month. If your local scrapbook stores have closed, a kit subscription may be your answer. Tell them I sent you :) International deliveries are possible!!

October Masquerade Ball CliqueKit
Silhouette and studio files for Zombie title and hands
Xyron Mega Runner
Xyron 2.5" Create-a-Sticker machine

Clique kits also has a Holiday Card Kit you can preorder now. Trust me, it is fabulous and features the Fancy Pants Oh Deer collection and more...

Check out the Clique blog today to see half of the new design team introductions. This is such a talented group of designers!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It's Morphin Time - Imaginisce Fun

Hello blogging friends. I wanted to share a layout I created for a publishing call for Papercrafts Magazine. This was for the sketch in the October issue. Sadly, it was not picked up. The diamond background was done to match the sketch. I used Imaginisce papers from the Good Dog and the Outdoor Adventure collections.

I should have posted this as a throwback Thursday, lol. My two girls loved the Power Rangers TV show so much I sewed these costumes for them.

Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

With Sympathy + Mason Jar Decor - Anna Griffin and Xyron

Hello blogging friends! Sometimes paper is so beautiful you are afraid to cut into it. I could have wallpapered my scrapbook room walls with the gorgeous papers I received from Anna Griffin; beautiful flocked papers with fabulous patterns, gorgeous layered flowers and sentiment quotes. When you combine Xyron and Anna Griffin you get incredibly beautiful projects. Let me show you what I created ...

I found a tri-fold card in the Silhouette store with an ornate window on the front. It is basically three layers. With the dimesional flowers from Anna Griffin, I thought the layered panels would be the perfect way to set the flowers off. 

Those pretty papers are just so gorgeous together. :)

For my second project, I created a mason jar for my daughter's upcoming wedding....

I used the cut out parts of my card for my jar. Added a Spellbinders fancy label with some Want 2 Scrap bling and more of those gorgeous dimensional flowers. Do you see the twine wrapped around the jar? Here is how I did that..

I cut a strip of kraft cardstock and ran it through my 1" sticker maker. Then I just layered my twine on top. To make sure it would all stay stuck together, I applied a light coat of decoupage over the top of the twine. When it was dry I ran it through my sticker maker again.

Then I just wrapped the twine cardstock around my jar. The Mr & Mrs label covered up my seam. I found some high tack double stick tape worked best for adhering my label to the jar. I love how it turned out...

One more month til the wedding!! So many things to do yet. At least I have a dress to wear now though.

Supplies Used:
Xyron: 1.5" Sticker Maker, 9" Creative Station,  Double-Sided High Tack 1/2" Tape
Anna Griffin papers and die cuts    Anna Griffin® Grace Papercrafting Kit
Anna Griffin® Perfect Palette Cardstock KitAnna Griffin® All About Her Cardmaking KitAnna Griffin® 60-piece Flocked Paper Collection
Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2 with coordinating bling from Want 2 Scrap
twine, ribbon

Thanks for stopping by,