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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Trio of Gift Card Holders - Xyron Tutorial

Hello blogging friends. I have some adorable gift cards to share with you that I created with the Doodlebug Frosty Friends collection, my Silhouette, and of course Xyron adhesives.


Let me show you how I created them...

These Silhouette cut files are by Jamie Cripps and are available in the Silhouette store. Only the bottom half of the card opens, to reveal a gift card.


When I am cutting lots of die cuts, I have a tendency to lose the little pieces (like the dots for an i). I like to keep my 2.5" Xyron Sticker Maker close by so as soon as I take a die cut off the cutting mat, I place it into my sticker maker.


Sometimes there is a little glue residue remaining on my die cut.


Xyron has a handy tool to help remove that. It's a little square of rubber that grabs hold of the adhesive.


On a couple of my cards, I wanted to created a shaker using some vellum and a few sequins.


I kept my sequins to the outside as the die cut would just cover any in the middle. I carefully stitched around the edge. Then pieced my cards together. A little bakers twine and a paper clip to keep the card closed finish them off.




These would make great teacher gifts, but I plan on gifting these to my teenage nieces and nephews.

Supplies:
Xyron Tape Runner
Xyron 2.5" Create-a-Sticker machine

Adhesive Eraser
Doodlebug Frosty Friends pattern paper, clips
bakers twine
Silhouette Cameo
Jamie Cripps cutting files
Sequins
vellum
Brother sewing machine

There is lots of time to create a few of these festive gift card holders for yourself!
~Marcia

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Glittery Christmas Ornaments - Love My Tapes

Hello blogging friends! I am back today with another idea for how to use those glitter sheets from Love My Tapes. These glitter sheets are so beautiful and with Christmas coming, I could not help myself from creating a few ornaments.




It's looks like it is just floating inside the ornament. Here is how I did it. My ornaments are the flat round glass ornaments and I found mine at Micheals. You will also need a sheet of transparency from an office supply store. I found an ornament shape in the Silhouette store (Lori Whitlock), sized it slightly smaller than my actual ornament, and cut it out from my transparency sheet. My ornament measured 3" in diameter, so I cut the transparency at 2.9". Then I looked for what shapes I wanted to put inside the ornament and also sized these to 2.9". After cutting with my Silhouette, I peeled of the paper backing and stuck it to my transparency.


Now roll it up and slip it inside the ornament,



Add a little artificial snow if you like. Attach a ribbon to hang it on a tree, or you could even attach to a gift bag.



Aren't they beautiful!
~Marcia

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Family Fun Cards - Imaginisce

Hello blogging friends! Have you seen the new Family Fun collection from Imaginisce? It has papers that are perfect for all kinds of fun activities like Movie Night, Bowling, Zoo Outings, Cooking, and more. I thought they would be perfect for some cards too ...



This collection has tons of fun die cuts! Check it out.

Supplies:
Imaginisce: Pattern Paper, Die Cuts, Enamel Dots (Family Fun)
American Crafts: cardstock
Xyron Mega Tape Runner
October Afternoon: Mini Market Alpha Stickers
My Favorite Things: Fishtail Flag Dienamics
Paper Smooches Sentiments Stamp

~Marcia


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Family Fun Reveal - Imaginisce newest collection.

Hello blogging friends! How many of you are planning a road trip around Thanksgiving or Christmas? Do you need ideas for keeping your little ones entertained?  Maybe hear, "Are we there yet?"  a little less. Well I've got a great idea for you. I have a fun busy box to share with you that I created with the new Imaginisce Family Fun collection. I decorated my box with paper and die cuts from the collection. It's about a 9"x9" tin. 



 My Xyron 9" Creative Station came in handy to adhere the papers to the tin.


Then I decorated the cover with some die cuts and thickers.



This box can hold plenty of snacks, games, crayons... I decided to make some magnetic dolls to put inside mine with the Family Fun die cuts. Since my box is actually a tin I am upcycling, the magnets will stick right to it!. To create the magnets, I ran the dolls and accessories I chose through my 9" Creative Station with a Laminate Magnet cartridge inside. I chose accessories that were not too small so their little fingers would not get too frustrated, lol. 



The Creative Station has a trimmer in the back to cut the magnetic sheet apart. Such an awesome idea to put the trimmer right there on the machine!



Then I cut the pieces out. (insert Hand Cramp here!)



Since the Safari hat had a slit cut in it for the doll head, I used my Clicut to cut through the laminate and magnetic sheets. The Clicut is one of the newer tools for Imaginisce. It's a retractable pen knife. Make sure to use it with a self healing mat so as not to cut into your table top. 



I organized my box with the girl doll and accessories on the inside of the lid and the boy doll and his accessories on the bottom of my tin. 





They can be moved around easily and dressed and undressed. 



I may need to add some of those adorable zoo animal die cuts to my busy box. To add to the creativity, I got a small dry erase board. The magnets will stick to this board too! and Did you know you can get dry erase crayons? No tops to get lost! No mess if they happen to fall out of little hands! Where were these when my kids were little! They work great and can be stowed away inside the busy box!  





Supplies:
Imaginisce : Pattern Papers, Die Cuts (Family Fun),Clicut, Self Healing Mat
American Crafts - Thickers
Crayola Dry Erase Board and Crayons

Thanks for stopping by.
~Marcia

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

You're Awesome - Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hello blogging friends!  It's time for the Clique Kits Pep Rally! Yeah!!!! I love seeing what everyone has been creating with their kits. If you want to start at the beginning, head on over to the Clique Kits blog. Be sure to comment all along the hop to increase your chances to win.... a November Homecoming Kit. This is an amazing prize, the Lemon Owl Weekend Trip collection plus Webster's Pages Nest plus tons of embellishments.



Here is the mood board for the share ...



I was inspired by all the colors of the mood board. I think I included all of them on my layout.
Here is my layout ....





I used the latest sketch from Sketchabilities. I have always loved Karan's gorgeous sketches, and sketches are such a great starting point. The thing that I loved about this one was those circles framing the photos. They mimic the circles in that Life is Good journal card, so of course I had to include that too.


The paper is mostly LemonOwl Weekend Trip with some Webster's Pages Nest thrown in there to bring out the orange. I am so in love with the embellishments and add-ons that are hand selected for each month's kit. I LOVE these felt deer from Freckled Fawn, and how fun is this "Hi" paper clip!!



Some gesso painted on the wood word with my finger helps to soften it a little.



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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jingle All The Way - Love My Tapes

Hello blogging friends! I have a home decor project I made for Love My Tapes that you could make for gifting... or keep for yourself  (because it is so gorgeous!)  It would look perfect on a mantel, don't your think.


I saw a lot of these on Pinterest last Christmas, but mostly with black vinyl lettering and a splash of red. I thought the kids would love a blue Frozen version with the help of a few Doodlebug stickers and paper.


The Love My Tapes glitter adhesive cardstock cute beautifully with my Silhouette.


so.... Now I need to decide whether to gift this beauty.... or keep it for myself.



Thanks for stopping by.
~Marcia

Monday, November 10, 2014

Wedding Birdseed Bags with Love My Tapes

Hello blogging friends. I have a super cute wedding idea to share with you today using some Love My Tapes washi tape.

It's a tradition to throw rice at weddings as the couple departs the church, as rice is a symbol of fertility. Well somewhere along the line, we discovered that birds that eat the rice, die! So it's much more common now to throw birdseed.  My oldest daughter got married last weekend and my sister-in-law made these cute little bags for keeping birdseed.  I tried to save one, but my hubby (thinking he was being a big help) threw it out! I had to recreate a few to show you ...


I searched through my stamps for anything wedding related and came up with this heart and bridal couple. Just stamp your image on the glassine bag, fill with some birdseed and seal shut with washi tape. This washi tape was the perfect choice :)


Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

You + Me = Us Clique Kits Challenge

Hello blogging friends! I played some more with my November Clique Kit. Did you know that Clique Kits has a monthly challenge and anyone can participate? plus there are fabulous prizes!! This month the sponser is 17Turtles.


Juliana Michaels created 4 fabulous digital cut files to coordinate with the November kit Homecoming. I could not wait to scrap this photo from my daughter's wedding and used the Grateful Fall cut file to frame my photo. The papers are from the Webster's Pages Nest collection...SWOON!... I LOVE this collection. Have a look....

@CliqueKits

That gorgeous photo was courtesy of Amanda Plucker Photography. She does really gorgeous work, check her out local peeps. Here are some close-ups of my layout...


This cute little heart flair does not have branches on it, lol. That is a reflection.


I was bound and determined to use this journal card with these cute birds on my layout but I just did not have enough room, so I partially fussy cut out the birds and layered them on top of my photo. My daughter has a thing for birds. Check out those Lawn Fawn wood veneer leaves.... you can still pick those up in the Clique Store. Use coupon code Marcia10 and save 10%.

I hope you will join us at Clique Kits for our November challenge. One lucky person will win a $20 gift certificate to the 17Turtles store!!!

Enjoy your weekend
~Marcia

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

One Last Selfie .... Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends! I have been so, so busy in the last week with last minute wedding errands, hauling my hubby to Dr appts after he threw his back out, and trying to work my 9-5. Thankfully hubby was well enough to walk his daughter down the aisle. Well I could not wait to play with my November Clique Kit when all the chaos subsided.


You can see why, right? Look at the gorgeous papers from Lemon Owl and Websters Pages! Plus those awesome embellies. While I am patiently waiting for photos from the wedding photographer, I scrapped this selfie my daughter took of herself and then posted on Facebook and Instagram as I was driving her to the wedding.



I used the latest Creative Scrappers sketch... Perfect for a big title.


Here are some close-ups ...


I love the transparent butterflies in the kit. And did you know Clique Kits come with digital cut files every month? This month the talented Juliana Michaels created these gorgeous rose flowers and other cut files, They are available in her shop 17Turtles.




This cute felt deer from Freckled Fawn is available in the Clique Store. Use coupon code Marcia10 and save 10%.


Even this cool washi tape is in the Clique Store....


Thanks for stopping by,
~Marcia