Thursday, January 29, 2015

Conversation Heart Box Card - Xyron

Hello blogging friends. I've been in Valentine making mode lately. I think I am addicted to making box cards from SVGcuts. They came out with a new Valentine Box Card kit last week and I could not wait to start creating. Here is the first one I made....

Aren't those conversation hearts adorable! I also made a coordinating envelope. It was easy with my Xyron 9" Creative Station, my favorite Xyron product. Here is how I did it ...

I selected my cardstock and pattern papers. A heavy cardstock for the base works best. Too light a cardstock will not hold up after adding more layers of cardstock and the crystal heart embellishments. After the pieces were cut out with my Silhouette Cameo, I ran the all the pieces except the base through my Xyron 9" Creative Station.

Then I started to layer the the pieces onto the base...

Cardstock hearts are applied to both sides of the flaps on the base...

The larger base piece is glued together first and then the inside panels are glued in.

The inside of the O's were still sticky with adhesive from the Creative Station. I used this Xyron adhesive eraser to remove it.

Then my card was ready to add the crystal hearts...

Now we need to get our envelope ready. I used my Xyron Mega Tape Runner to run a line of adhesive down the bottom of the side flaps of the envelope.

I did not have to score the paper where it folds, the Silhouette cut a dashed line there, making it easy to fold.

The card folds flat and fits perfectly inside...

On the back of the box card is a writing spot so your recipient knows who sent it.

This one will look fabulous on my daughter's desk at school.

Xyron: 9" Creative Station, Mega Tape RunnerAdhesive Eraser
SVGcuts: Hearts Aflame Kit
Silhouette Cameo
American Crafts cardstock 
Crate Paper (Love Notes) pattern paper

I have another Valentine box card to share with you next week :) Yup... I am addicted.
Have a great week.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tons of Fun - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends. I have another card to share that I created with some of the awesome new Top Dog Dies.

This card features these adorable elephants! I added some googly eyes on my elephants for that cuteness factor. I think it will be the perfect birthday card for my nephew. I also used the new Dotted Scallop Border die at the bottom.

Those balloons also come with the Elephant die set. Aren't they fun!

Top Dog Dies Elephant Die Set
Top Dog Dies Dotted Borders Die Set
Imaginisce 6x6 Pattern Paper Pad (My Baby collection)
Googly eyes
American Crafts Bakers Twine
American Crafts Cardstock
Pink Stamper More Punny-licious Sentiment Stamp
Quick Quotes chalk ink

Check out the other new stamps in the Top Dog Dies store.
Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Happy New Year! - Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends.... yes this is my second post today! Yup ... trying to catch-up on my blogging after an exhausting work week and lack of sun for photographing my layouts. At least there is no sun when I am home. I will be so glad when the days get a little longer.

I got to work with a mini kit this month for Clique Kits, some My Minds Eye Wild Berry Jubilee 6x6 papers and lots of embellishments. Did you know Clique Kits has a on-line store in addition to those fabulous monthly kits! and you can use Coupon Code Marcia10 and save 10%.

Here is what I created with my mini kit...

I was inspired by a layout by Missy Whidden where she created a confetti 12x12 layout with the Wild Berry Jubilee paper. I decided to do something similar but on a smaller scale, since I only had the 6x6 papers. The enamel shapes on top add to the confetti look, don't you think. 

This photo is from several years ago. It was the one and only time we went to a hotel for a New Year's Party with friends. Usually one or the other of us is stuck working and the other one would be entertaining the kids. Or we would get together with friends for a house party. House parties are always funner. Some Love My Tapes washi tape helps to anchor my photo and creates a border at the top and bottom of my layout.

I colored in the mustache on the die cut to make it stand out more. I also altered the wood geo tag journal spot with some Heidi Swapp Tinsel color wash. That silver color looks lots more festive than the wood.

The February Clique Kit was just revealed!  SQUEAL!!! 

Doesn't it look fabulous! Sign up to reserve yours today! plus the kits come with exclusive digital cut files!!! 
I am going to try to play with my kit this weekend. Wahooo!

Homemade - 2015 Resolutions - Imaginisce

Hello blogging friends. I have an Imaginisce layout to share with you, the first for the year as part of the new design team! Our assignment... Create a layout about "New Beginnings". I had a hard time deciding what to scrap with the Imaginisce Family Fun collection. I finally decided on one of my 2015 resolutions.

I am not one to normally make new resolutions for the new year. If you feel something needs to change, why wait for the new year. Do it now! My husband is gluten intolerant (on top of his other food allergies) and I have been preparing gluten free meals for him. But I also have been preparing meals loaded with gluten too for the rest of us. Can you blame me? Have you tasted store bought gluten free bread or crackers? Yuck! It's like eating cardboard. And anything labeled Gluten Free in the store is 2-3 times more expensive. Well, my husband has not been very good at sticking to his diet with all the temptation around. So I am trying to prepare more things that he can eat. I made gluten free chocolate chip cookies the other day and they were good enough my kids did not suspect they were gluten free! I have also been experimenting with bread recipes. I want to be able to make a decent gluten free loaf of bread in my bread machine. I had lots of success with the this bread machine mix I found at Whole Foods. Now to see if I can make one from scratch! The other food resolution I have is to eat green.... I am not talking salads here. Eating green means you are aware of where your food comes from. If your food has to travel half way around the world to get to you what impact does that have on our environment? Eating foods in season and grown locally is much greener for the environment. 

Homemade Bread and with raspberry jelly I made with berries I picked last summer....Umm Ummm! The Family Fun collection has some fabulous die-cuts and stickers for kitchen scrapping.

I used my i-Top to create my own brads and add some dimension to my layout. Super easy to do.

Imaginisce: Pattern Paper, Die Cuts, Stickers (Family Fun collection), 
Imaginisce I-Top, small and medium brad daddies
American Crafts: cardstock

Have you made any 2015 Resolutions? My son just asked me to make more of those gluten free cookies! Wow!!
Have a great week, its almost TGIF!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mustache Valentine - Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends. I have lots of cards to share with you today. Top Dog Dies released 6 brand new dies and I have been playing with them!! First I have to share this adorable Valentine I created with the Top Dog Heart Mini Album Finishers Set. This set has the cutest little mustache in it. I had to make it the focal point of my card...

I used my Imaginisce i-Top to create a brad that I could put the mustache on.


Ok.... Now do you want to see the new dies? Top Dog posted them on their blog here. I had less than a week to play but here is what I've created so far. This one uses Pink Paislee's Color Wash. 

I am in love with everything gold lately so couldn't help but add some gold embossing on the tips.


This next card uses a new border die that I absolutely love for adding interest at the bottom of my card and a new bird die set. I used some Pebbles Family Ties.


This last card uses the border die again and I paired it with one of the dotted tags. I used the Imaginisce My Baby collection.

Imaginisce Pattern Paper, Die Cuts (My Baby)
American Crafts white cardstock

The new dies are available in the Top Dog on-line store now! 
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Valentine Treat Bags with Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends. I have another Valentine project on the blog today for Top Dog Dies. Here is a treat bag that you could mass produce easily for classroom treats if needed.

I used the Signature Chelsea die to cut out my pattern paper. Then I scored the paper in half so that it could be folded over the top of a treat bag. I filled my bags with Hershey Kisses of course, stapled them shut and used my Xyron adhesive to adhere to the paper over the top of the bags. You can embellish the tops with stickers or more die cuts. I used the

Top Dog Chelsea Signature Die
Top Dog Heart Mini Album Finishers Die Set
cardstock in white, black, pink, and red
pattern paper, stickers : Imaginisce
Xyron Creative Station, tape runner

I just received some new dies from Top Dog and can't wait to play with them. You are going to love them too :) Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Today - Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends! I had to scrap another wedding layout with the January Clique Kit Tailor Made full of Amy Tangerine's Stitched papers, stickers, and alphas. The flower paper was just so pretty, I thought it would be perfect to scrap a photo of my daughter in our home before heading out for the ceremony. Did you know Clique Kits has an Anything Goes challenge running through January? It's sponsored by Creative Embellishments, one of my favorite on-line stores! You could win a $25 gift certificate!! Use something from Creative Embellishments and get an extra entry. You do not need to use a Clique Kit to enter. This is open to everybody!

I used the latest sketch at Creative Scrappers, flipped on it's side...

I created a soft look with punched borders and a doily (from Top Dog Dies of course) and I used the vellum from my November Clique Kit. I finished these gorgeous laser cut chipboard birds from Creative Embellishments with a Inka Gold Metallic Rub. LOVE that stuff!

Some gold thread and pretty Prima flowers make an elegant statement.

I hope you will play along with our Clique Kits challenge this month!
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

S.W.A.K. - Valentine Tutorial for Top Dog Dies

Hello blogging friends. I’m so thrilled to be posting for the first time as a design team member for Top Dog Dies.

Now that New Year's celebrating is over I am thinking it's time to create some Valentines. When I saw this Heart Doily die, I knew I wanted to create a shaker card with it.

Want to give it a try? Here’s what you’ll need...

Top Dog Heart Doily Die
Top Dog Heart Mini Album Finishers Die Set
Top Dog Hearts Border die
Top Dog Vintage Alphabet die
cardstock in white, black, light pink, bright pink, and red
white foam sheet (look in the kid's craft section)
transparency (office supply)
pattern paper
Xyron Creative Station, tape runner

Step 1.
With both dies of the Heart Doily, cut 1 from the foam sheet, and one from light pink cardstock. If your dies are cut apart, use washi tape to keep the dies in place while cutting. These metal dies will cut through the foam with no problem!

Step 2.
Cut the dies apart and using just the outer die, cut 1 from white cardstock and 1 from transparency.

Step 3.
Create some confetti for inside the shaker using the Heart Border die. Cut 1 each from the red, light pink, and bright pink cardstock.

Step 4.
Assembly. Adhere the transparency over the foam heart frame followed by the pink frame. I find I like to use my Xyron Creative Station for shakers to ensure a good adhesive seal all around. This way the confetti and sequins won't leak out. Once the pink frame and transparency are adhered to the foam, run it through the Xyron Creative Station again.

Step 5.
Turn the heart shaker upside down and fill with confetti and sequins. Carefully adhere the white cardstock heart on top.

Step 6.
Now you are ready to create your card with your shaker! I used the Vintage Alphabet die for my S.W.A.K. (sealed with a kiss) and the Heart Mini Album finishers set for the envelope, lips, and heart.

So, I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial today and hope that you will come see me over on my blog One Scrap At a Time

Have a great week!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year - Love My Tapes

Hello blogging friends.  Marcia here today with a confession. I did not get all my Christmas cards mailed. Life is just so busy before Christmas. But I wanted my friends and family to know I've been thinking about them, so I decided I needed to make some Happy New Year cards.

I cut the sentiment with my Silhouette Cameo and instead of using the positive, I filled the negative space underneath with washi tape. I thought this silver washi tape with tiny stars was perfect.

Here is another making use of the negative, but on this card I ran the washi taped cardstock through my Cameo. This same technique can be done with dies or other electronic cutting machine. Since I was working with a striped pattern, I also took care to match up the stripes.

and here is my card...

By using the positive and the negative cuts for my cards, I was able to make several cards quickly. So if you are like me and don't want to fall off your friends and family Christmas card lists, it's not too late. Send a New Year's card instead.

linking up to Paper Issues "popping the cork" party.

Thanks for stopping by. Here's to a fabulous 2015!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Top 10 of 2014!

Hello blogging friends! I am sharing some of my favorite projects of 2014 in a fun hop with an awesome prize up for grabs that you can win just by commenting on the participating blogs. What prize you ask ...  why a $75 Gift Certificate to Paper Issues!!!!  The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. $75 can buy a lot of scrappy goodies that Santa didn't bring you!

Have we got an awesome hop for you, WOW! Take a look at this line-up.

Marcia Dehn-Nix <----- you are here.

You should have arrived from the amazing Jen Matott's blog. If not, you may want to jump back to start at the beginning. I tried really hard to whittle my list down to 10, but settled on 14 instead, (14 for 2014) Here are my favorites in no particular order. Links to download free cut files are included on a few.

I created this layout for Creative Scrappers using sketch #271. The paper is Echo Park Splendid Sunshine and Simple Stories Fresh Air.

This layout I had published in the September issue of Papercrafts and Scrapbooking Magazine and was created with Echo Park's Fall Reflections. That chevron cut file was a freebie. You can download it from Creative Scrappers here.

Here is a card I created for Xyron using the Graphic 45 By The Sea collection. The wood veneer nautical wheel is from Creative Embellishments.

Here is a layout created with some Doodlebug Snips and Snails collection.

I created this layout for Imaginisce using a PageMaps sketch. It won me an awesome prize from My Creative Scrapbook. The papers are from the Perfect Vacation collection.

Another Imaginisce  project for Thanksgiving using the Bushel O' Fall papers.

This Imaginisce layout was to be published by Northridge Publishing, and now I fear I will never see it again. They never returned it to me along with 2 other layouts. The papers are from the Outdoor Adventure and Colors of Christmas collections. If you would like my snowflake circles cut file, it can be downloaded here. After I went through all the work of welding those circles and snowflakes together I figured others might as well benefit from it :)

I created this layout for Love My Tapes. It too is based off sketch #267 from Creative Scrappers and uses the Santa's List collection from Teresa Collins.

This Easter banner makes me happy with its colored burlap and whimsical Imaginisce Welcome Spring papers and die cuts.

Imaginisce has an awesome new collection called Family Fun that I used to create these cards...

I am in love with the trendy triangles, Pinkfresh Studio chevrons, and washi tape on this next layout I created for Clique Kits. Their October kit featured Basic Grey's Second City and was my favorite kit so far. Be sure to check out their store. They have a massive clearance sale going on right now. If you use coupon code Marcia10 you can get an additional 10% off the clearance prices!

I love this card I made for a Xyron and Spellbinders swap using some Little Yellow Bicycle from my stash.

This layout of my daughter and her Great Pyrenees was published in the Winter issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today using the Fancy Pants Timbergrove collection and Creative Scrappers sketch #259! So excited to say it was chosen as the editor's favorite!

I created this canning lid pumpkin for Love My Tapes, inspired by one I saw on Pinterest.

Let me know if you have a favorite.... Then hop on over to the very talented  Ashley N Newell's blog.

Thanks for stopping by