Sunday, July 5, 2015

Life Is Full Of Joy - Clique Kits and JustNick

Hello blogging friends! Have you seen the May Clique Kit yet? It is awesome! This month features the beautiful 365 collection from Chickaniddy. The May challenge is live, and this month Pinkfresh Studios is sponsoring. Here is the prize!


The challenge is Anything Goes..... but this month you are welcome to use this optional sketch by  talented Clique member Amanda O'Banion.


I rotated the sketch so I could use this journal card in place of a photo. Here is the layout I created for the May challenge. This is my Mom with my great nephew.

The background is the JustNick Crazy Daisy Background file. I used a Silhouette sketch pen to draw the design first, then went back and selectively cut the flower petals from different pattern papers.

I also used the JustNick Life cut file for my title.

I am in love with those Freckled Fawn Emoticon wood veneers. They are available in the Clique Store. Use coupon code Marcia10 and save 10%. There is also a clearance sale going on. You can pick up some real bargains!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week and I would love to see you participate in our May challenge.

Friday, July 3, 2015

This Life is Pretty Wonderful - Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello blogging friends!
I am back today with a Cocoa Vanilla Studios Hello Lovely layout to share with you. I am head over heals in love with this gorgeous collection! I really love the variety of embellishments. Truly, there is something for every type of scrapper.
Last summer I did a photo shoot for my sister and her family. My brother-in-law is battling cancer and distant family had come to visit. I was so pleased to have captured this photo of the two of them. I thought the Hello Lovely collection would be perfect to scrap it. I’ve been thinking of these two a lot lately as my brother-in-law is back in the hospital again.
I wanted to use the woodgrain paper to carry through an outdoorsy feeling but wanted to jazz it up a bit. I used a JustNick digital cut file to create a mask from cardstock. Laying the mask on top of my woodgrain paper, I then sponged on some Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I love how the background turned out. Here is my layout…
My title came from the journal card sheet of pattern paper. It was perfect don’t you think!
New with this collection are these gorgeous flowers, enamel dots, and ephemera die cuts. I layered them all here, creating a cluster along with the flair and a wood veneer piece from the collection.
This journal card sentiment was perfect. Happy moments with family and friends need to be cherished. I embellished it with more ephemera die cuts, stickers, and wood veneers.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Blueberry Garden - Imaginisce

Hello blogging friends.

I had this layout up on the Imaginisce blog the other day. It's about my love for gardening and my latest gardening project, blueberries. I selected a variety of the blue pattern papers from the Heartland Farm collection. 

Ever since buying our first house, I have had a garden!  I sometimes have to ask myself why I bother, especially after spending 4 hours weeding the thing and every muscle in my body hurts. I could just go to the Farmer's Market after all. Like scrapbooking, I find it therapeutic though. I like seeing my plants flourish. I like being able to share my bounty with family and friends as well as feed my family well into the winter months and I know that everything I grow is organic. Over the years I have tried various different plants. When my daughter had a pet rabbit, I grew lettuce, kale, spinach, and lots of herbs. Last year, I decided to try growing my own blueberries. I bought hybrid bushes that could withstand the Minnesota cold winters, and was thrilled to see that they all survived their first winter. Now I just have to wait and see if they will produce fruit. 

To add a little more color, I mixed some Imaginisce milkpaint with a little gesso to create a paste I could use with a stencil to create my sun rays. (Note: recycle your product packaging to mix the paint and gesso. You can just toss it when you are done without having to wash it)

I am using a stencil from Tim Holtz called Rays.

Here is a closer look...

I even included a few blueberry i-Top brads :)

Imaginisce : Pattern Papers, Die Cuts, Wooden Pieces (Heartland Farm), Alpha Stickers (Outdoor Adventure) Milkpaint, iTop, Small Brad Daddies
American Crafts: Cardstock, Black Homestead Alphabet Thickers, 
Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Navy
Tim Holtz Rays stencil
Thanks for stopping by! Have a fun and safe 4th of July everyone.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

You Are Flippin' Awesome! - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends. I have another Top Dog Dies flip flop card to share with you today. These flip flops are really awesome. I also set a scene of beach sand and water on my card with the new Top Dog Dies Water die set

Here is a closer look at those flip flops. I blinged them up a bit.

To create my card sentiment, I used a stamp set from Altenew called Super Script and the Top Dog Dies Typewriter Uppercase Alphas.

Top Dog Dies Flip Flops die set
Top Dog Dies Water  die set
Top Dog Dies Typewriter Uppercase die set
Top Dog Dies Typewriter Numbers & Symbols die set
Top Dog Dies Pocket Pages Summer die set

Oh, and before I go, Top Dog Dies is having a sale this weekend! Be sure to pick up those dies you've been wanting, like the new Top Dog Dies Flamingo die (my favorite!),

Fourth of July S | Save up to 15% on your entire order

Thanks for stopping by,

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,