Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Xyron and Spellbinders Blog Hop

Hello blogging friends! Exciting things are happening this week... It's the Spellbinder's Partner Blog Hop!!!

Xyron is participating in the Spellbinders 2015 Summer Road Trip Blog Hop.  There are 11 companies and amazing tutorials that will be shared over the course of the next three days.  Our friends at Spellbinders have provided two of our Design Team members with dies and as you will see, they work so well with Xyron adhesive!  They have also come out with a new machine, Sapphire!  Sapphire is an easy to use manual die cutting machine for beginners that cuts and embosses paper and other materials.  It cuts and embosses using dies up to 2  1/4” wide with the turn of a handle. It also has coordinating Sapphire™ blue dies.  You can use the machine with the NEW blue Sapphire die templates, as well as with most Spellbinders and other leading dies.  The Sapphire™ machine and the Sapphire™ dies are sold exclusively at Jo-Ann craft stores and Visit to learn more. 

There are giveaways from Xyron and Spellbinders at the end of this post so stick with me ok!

Now let me show you what I created. I used my new Xyron Creative Station to create a mini album with the Spellbinders Sapphire Simply Tags dies.

One of the things I love is that the inner die fits perfectly on the outer tag dies. It's perfect for card sentiments or for my mini album to indicate locations. My daughter is galavanting all over Europe at the moment. It's her last summer of freedom before heading back to graduate school and then work to pay off all her college debt. She is half way through her trip now. I am selecting one photo from each location for the mini album.

So here is how I created my mini album. 

Imaginisce Perfect Vacation 6 x 6 Pattern Paper Pad, Die cuts
Bazzill cardstock in a navy blue

Step 1.   I opened a word doc and typed up all the locations leaving enough room around them to be able to die cut them out. Then I selected the inner dies I wanted to use. To keep the dies from moving when I die cut them, I used washi tape to keep them in place. Just be careful not to put washi tape over the printed text. I used a blue cardstock with the outer dies.

Step 2.  I ran the printed text die cuts through my Xyron Creative Station and adhered them on their blue die cut counterpart. I have the 5" permanent adhesive in my Xyron Creative Station at the moment. The new Creative Station will work with both the 5" and 9" cartridges that fit the older style models. One machine that does the work that 2 machines used to! Once the text was adhered to the blue die cut tags, I ran them through my Xyron Creative Station again.

Step 3.  I trimmed some pattern papers to 4x6 size. This will closely fit the Graphic 45 chipboard mini album I am using. I swapped out the 5" cartridge for the 9" cartridge and ran my pattern papers and some photos through. With the Xyron adhesive I don't have to worry about glue ripples. I get smooth edge to edge adhesive coverage.

Step 4.  I adhered the papers or photos on the chipboard and using a scissors, trimmed away the excess. Then I cleaned up the edges with my Imaginisce d-stress tool. The d-stress tool came in handy too for cleaning up the holes as well. In this photo, you can see how little I had to trim away.

The hardest part of this project was selecting only one photo from each location! It will be easy for my daughter to add more photos later if she wants.

Now for the fun part!  
Spellbinders is hosting a giveaway to celebrate the festivities.   To enter the contest, please click on this link .

For this hop there will be 3 daily winners chosen and 1 Grand Prize winner:

The daily winners will receive product from each of the companies featured on that day. For example, the Day 2 winner will receive the products from May Arts, DecoArt, Chameleon, AND Xyron, AND the Spellbinders Sapphire dies. Since I featured the new Xyron Creative Station, that is what Xyron is giving away!

The Grand Prize winner will receive product from companies from all 3 days + a Sapphire machine. 

Be sure to check out the other partners participating today to see their creations and enter their giveaways!

May Arts

Karen Jiles (designing for Xyron) 

For the contest rules please click here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 29, 2015

USA - Xyron and Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. My hubby went fishing so I had lots of time to play with my papers :)  And, lucky me... Simple Stories sent me the awesome Stars and Stripes Simple Set!  Now I am ready to celebrate the 4th of July with this new mantle piece.

I used the Simple Stories Stars and Stripes Simple Set, the new Xyron 9" Creative Station, and the Made in the USA cut file from I LOVE how this turned out! It looks great on my mantle, but it could also be used for table decor as well.

Let me show you how I made it. You will need ...

Xyron 9" Creative Station, Xyron 3/8" adhesive dots, Xyron 1.5" Sticker Maker
Simple Stories Stars and Stripes Simple Set pattern paper, Brad
American Crafts cardstock
Made in the USA cut file from
Silhouette Cameo or other electronic cutting machine.
Teresa Collins adhesive gems

Step 1.  Use your Silhouette Cameo to cut out the Made in the USA "USA" files.

Step 2.  It is so much easier to decorate the alphas before assembling. Use your 9" Creative Station to get a good edge to edge seal when adhering the pattern paper to the cardstock.

Step 3.  I also used ribbon to decorate the front of my "U". After cutting the ribbon to size. I ran it through my Xyron 1.5" Sticker Maker and then arranged on the "U". There is no glue seepage through the ribbon this way.

Step 4.  Assemble the "U". If you have never used SVGcuts files before, there is an instructional video you can watch in case you get stuck.

Step 5.  Using a brad, assemble the flower and use a couple Xyron 3/8" adhesive dots to adhere it to the front.

Step 6.  Assemble the "S". With all those curves, this one takes patience.

Step 7.  Assemble the rosette. Wait for it to dry. While waiting, wrap some twine around the "S" and tie a double bow. Some well place Xyron 3/8" adhesive dots keeps the twine in place. Use another adhesive dot to adhere the rosette to the "S".

Step 8.  Assemble the "A".

Step 9.  Score the white star from each point to the middle. Turn over and score again from the corner (between each point) to the middle. Place pattern paper (previously run through the 9" Creative Station) on top. Fold star on score lines. Wrap some twine around the star. Use another Xyron 38" adhesive dot to adhere the smaller star on top. Some Xyron 3/16" adhesive dots worked well to adhere the star to it's red base. Place star on the "A". 

Step 10.  Add adhesive gems if you like.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

You Are Fabulous - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends! It's Wednesday, and that means I have another Top Dog Dies card to share with you today. I hope you saw all the new dies last week. If not, check out the Top Dog Dies store. I couldn't resist making another flamingo card.... I LOVE the flamingo die.

I also used the Pocket Page Banner Die Set.... a must for you Project Life scrappers and the Typewriter Lower Case Die Set to build my sentiment. I love all the details in these dies...

Top Dog Dies Flamingo die set
Top Dog Dies Pocket Page Banner die set
Top Dog Dies Typewriter Lowercase die set
Stamp Sentiment: Altenew
Pattern Paper: Pink Paislee Color Wash
Ink: Staz On
Cardstock: Bazzill in black

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Masculine Birthday Card - Xyron and DCWV

Hello blogging friends. I have a card to share today that I made with the DCWV Hey Sailor Stack papers and stencils, and my Xyron adhesive. The Hey Sailor Stack is perfect for masculine cards or layouts. I decided to make a birthday card.

Let me show you how I created my card...

Step 1.  Trim the anchor image from the 12x12 paper and tape to back of stencil. I like to use washi tape.

Step 2.  Flip the stencil over. I used BoBunny's Gold Glitter paste, but any molding paste would work.

Step 3.  Apply a liberal amount of paste over the stencil using a spatula. Remove stencil and wash off the excess paste. Set the paper aside and let the glitter past dry.

Step 4. Cut striped paper 5" x 6.5" and using the Xyron Mega Runner apply it to the card base. Trim whale paper into 3 strips each measuring 1.5" x 5". Notch one end of each strip of the whale paper. I like to notch my paper strips using a square punch turned upside down so I can see where the punch will make its cut. Adhere notched paper strips to card base using the Xyron Mega Runner.

Step 5.  Place the 5" cartridge into the Xyron Creative Station. Run the anchor paper through the Creative Station.

Step 6.  Cut a piece of fish net and adhere to the sticky back side of the anchor paper. Add some foam squares and mount to card base.

Step 7.  Cut "Birthday" from gold paper using Silhouette Cameo. Run the die cut through the Xyron 2.5" Create A Sticker Maker. Adhere to top of anchor.

The DCWV stencils were so fun to play with. I also used them to add gold glitter paste to a photo. I love how it turned out. You can see this layout here if you are interested.

Xyron Products Used:

Other Products Used: 
Gold paper
Fish Net
BoBunny Gold Glitter Paste
Silhouette Cameo
Foam Tape

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, June 19, 2015

Petting Zoo Mini Album - Imaginisce

Hello blogging friends!

With school out for the summer I bet a lot of you have road trips planned! I thought it would be fun to put some of my favorite photos together in a mini album. The Heartland Farm collection is perfect for these photos of my kids at a petting zoo. It's always the little goats my kids are drawn too. They just love to feed those baby goats! I started out by covering some boxboard with different pattern papers, adding my photos and some die-cuts and stickers to embellish. 

I just love the expression on my son's face in this photo.

This mini album has a couple ring binders keeping the pages together. My i-Magicut Ribbon cutter came in handy for cutting an assortment of ribbons for me to tie around the rings. The i-Magicut Ribbon cutter cuts and seals the edge at the same time and it is so easy to use. Open up the i-Magicut and set your ribbon across the platform. After closing the i-Magicut, you just need to press and hold this button for 5-10 seconds (depending on the thickness of your ribbon).

Imaginisce : Pattern Papers, Die Cuts, Stickers, Enamel Dots (Heartland Farm), I-Magicut
American Crafts: Cardstock, Red Homestead Alphabet Thickers
 Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, June 18, 2015

You & Me - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends! I am having so much fun with the fabulous new Cocoa Vanilla Studios collections. I have a layout to share with you that I created with the gorgeous Hello Lovely collection. When I first saw the collection, I knew it would be perfect for scrapping some of my daughters wedding photos. I am so thrilled with how this one turned out....


There are so many gorgeous embellishments to coordinate with the Hello Lovely pattern papers; flair, ephemera die-cuts, flowers, enamel dots, wood veneers, and sequins. I used lots of the embellishments to set off my photo here.


I cut the "XOXO" background using a digital cut file from the new JustNickStudios shop... first from black cardstock and then I cut an outline only from vellum. I love the look of sequins underneath the vellum, with just a hint of sparkle. Some stitching with gold thread adds elegance as does my gold glittering title.



Thank you so much for joining me today. Be sure to check out the Cocoa Vanilla store to purchase these lovelies.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Europe Baby! - Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hello blogging friends. It's pep rally time at Clique Kits! Yeah!! If you are unfamiliar with our pep rally, you are definitely going to want to hop along. One lucky commentor will win the June kit! Be sure to start at the beginning so you don't miss out. The challenge this month...  Use three or more photos. I totally blew this... I only used 2. I really need to check in on the challenge earlier in the month, lol.

JUNE 2015 Line-Up
Clique Kits
Brenda Smith
Kim A.
Sandy G.*
Megan Blethen
Charity Donaldson

I have been working with the June Clique kit for the past month. This was my 5th layout.... and I made 2 cards too! There is not much left now at all but a few scraps. I think this was my favorite kit so far.... but of course I say that a lot, lol.

My daughter left about a week ago to backpack through Europe with a friend. I dropped them at the airport and of course had to capture a photo for posterity. The Crate Paper Journey collection was perfect for scrapping that photo. They just radiate happiness, don't they. Here is my layout...

I had set aside some of the ephemera, specifically for this photo. To stretch my kit even further, I made use of some of the June printables. Here are some details...

When planning her trip, she would send me emails with her itinerary. The subject in all of those emails was "Europe Baby!", so the title of this layout came easy.

The map I included in the layout was from her itinerary. I love that I can document where she is going on this layout.

What an incredible adventure for her.... I just wish I could go too, lol.

Thanks for stopping by, hop over to check out Mariah next.