Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Xyron Home Decor Tutorial

Happy Wednesday crafters! Today I am here to share with you a fun home decor tutorial-celebrating the men and women that serve in our military.  Especially this time of year I appreciate the great sacrifice these soldiers make being away from their families during the holidays and everyday!
In our of the brave men and women in our military here's a project you can make for the soldier in your life.

Xyron Products Used: Xyron Creative Station, Xyron 9" Permanent Adhesive Cartridge
Other Products Used: Rectangular Wooden blocks x 3, Tim Holtz Holiday Seasonal Stash, Tim Holtz Grungeboard Alphabet, Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Photo and Antique Linen, Ranger Distress Glitter, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Trophy Cup, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Charms, Tim Holtz Sanding Block, Ranger Matte Multi Medium

Step by Step Tutorial

1. Trace each side of the wooden block onto the patterned paper.

2. Cut out each strip.

3. Run strips through the Xyron Creative Station, loaded with the 9" Permanent Adhesive Cartridge.

4. Adhere each corresponding strip to all sides of the wooden block.

5. Repeat above steps  for the other two wooden blocks.

6. Sand all  the edges of each of the blocks gently.

7. Apply Vintage Photo distress ink to the sanded edges.

8. Paint "U" "S""A" grungeboard letters with white acrylic paint, let dry and apply Ranger Matte Multi Medium over top.

9. Sprinkle glitter over top of each of the letters after applying the liquid adhesive.

10. Allow pieces to dry and glitter to adhere, then run through the Xyron Creative Station.

11. Apply one letter to each block.

12. Add further embellishments as desired (trophy cup and ribbon).

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Stocking Stuffers: Note Card Sets

Happy Wednesday all! I am here  today to share a great stocking stuffer idea just in time for the holiday!  Now that all my holiday cards are completed and sent it's time to work on some little gifts!  I am making various note card sets as stocking stuffers!! Here's one I made using the Just for Fun Stamp Framed Fern.  The best part are these note cards are blank inside and can be used for any occasion, great to have on hand to send out in a pinch.

I stamped the fern with Versamark onto watercolor paper and covered it with clear embossing powder. Using watercolor markers I colored over top and then "wet" the areas to blend.  So beautiful,yet so simple and this is such a great stamp for this technique.

To complement the fern, I created a watercolor stencil mono print background in coordinating colors.
And yes there is still time to make some for your friends and family!
Thanks for joining me today- I hope everyone has a very safe and Happy Holiday!
Embrace Imperfection!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Xyron/Clearsnap Christmas Tutorial

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Can you believe that next week it's Christmas? Well there is still time to get those Christmas greetings out and today I am sharing a quick tutorial for a Christmas card using Clearsnap Colorbox Dye ink Spritzer, Colorbox Art Screens and Xyron Adhesives.

Xyron Products Used: Xyron Creative Station, 9" Permanent Adhesive Cartridge, Xyron 1.5 " Sticker Maker, Xyron Mega Runner

Other Products Used: Colorbox Art Screen Stripes , Colorbox Spritzer Fireberry, Ranger Festive Berries Distress Ink, Tim Holtz Holiday Blueprint Stamps, Christmas Red Stickles, Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Copic Markers, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Ranger Heat Tool

Step By Step Instructions


1. Apply Distress ink directly to the back of the Colorbox Art Screen.

2. Spritz with Colorbox Dye ink Spritzer.

3. Carefully place the Art screen, ink side down onto watercolor paper and place a paper towel over and gently press down on art screen. 

4. Remove Art Screen carefully.

5. Dry completely with Heat Tool.

6. Stamp image onto white card stock with Memento Black Ink.

7. Color image with Copic markers and cut out.

8. Stamp image again onto the background created (stencil mono print) with Ranger Archival Black ink.

9. Run the cut image through the Xyron Creative Station, loaded with either the 5' Permanent Adhesive Cartridge or the 9".

10. Adhere the image to it's corresponding spot on the card.

11. Cut out the "candy cane" label and run it through the Xyron 1.5" sticker maker and adhere to card.

12. Apply Stickles and Wink of Stella to candy cane for added shimmer and texture.

13. Use the Xyron Mega Runner to adhere to a card base 4.25" x 5.5".

Thanks for joining me today for the Xyron/Clearsnap partner tutorial and I hope everyone has very Merry Christmas and Happy and Safe New Year!