Wednesday, November 20, 2013

30 Days of Holiday Projects with Xyron - Holiday Yard Sign

I'm so super excited to be part of the 30 Days of Holiday Project Ideas with Xyron!  Make sure to follow the Xyron Facebook Page all month for awesome inspiration from our design team!

For today's project, I wanted to make some Christmas decor.  I have been obsessed with signs lately after walking around a local craft fair and wanted to make my own using some delicious Holiday paper from Studio Calico.

Supplies:  Adhesives (Xyron 5" Creative Station, Xyron High Tack Double Sided Tape); Patterned Paper (Studio Calico); Chalkboard Paper (DCWV); Die (Lil' Inker Designs); Letter Stickers (America Crafts Thickers); Stamps (Stampin' Up); Washi Tape (Freckled Fawn); Die Cuts and Stickers (Imaginesce); Foam Board, Fence Post.

You will be shocked at how easy it is to make.  And if you don't want to adhere the little signs onto a fence post, just use them individually around the house!  Want to make one yourself??  Here's how.

1.  Cut Down the Foam Board and Patterned Paper.  Cut out three pieces of foam board and holiday patterned paper to 12" x 3".

Craft Tip:  Instead of foam board, you could use any strong base like cardboard or even wood.

2.  Adhere Patterned Paper to Foam Board.  Using the Xyron 5" Creative Station, apply adhesive to the patterned paper.  Apply the paper onto the foam board.  Using a craft knife, trip the paper as needed to make sure that the the front of the signs are completely covered.

3.  Distress Edges.  Distress the edges of the sign with some ink to give it an antiqued look.  Here, I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Photo) applied with a foam applicator.

Craft Tip:  Notice the difference that distressing does.  The bottom sign is already inked along the edges while the top two are not.  This is a trick that I apply to almost all of my paper crafting projects.

4.  Embellish the Sign Bases.  Using just American Craft Thickers (dimensional letter stickers) and some simple embellishments, create your holiday signs.

For the top sign, I wanted to make a chalkboard Christmas countdown.  Cut out a small piece of DCWV Chalkboard Paper with a Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Rectangle die and then adhere onto the patterned paper with the Xyron 5" Creative Station.

And here is a shot of all three signs, ready to be mounted onto the fence post.

5.  Cover Fence Post with Washi Tape.  I bought this little fence post from Home Depot for 50 cents.  Super cheap!  I just covered it with Freckled Fawn washi tape to add some extra holiday flair.

6.  Adhere Signs onto Fence Post.  Finally, I just adhered the signs onto the Fence Post with some Xyron High Tack Double Sided Tape.

Craft Note:  If you want them to be more secure, I would suggest using a small nail to adhere the signs onto the wood.  But you're using it inside and don't have little ones, I think the double sided tape will work fine.

And here is another look at the finished project!  I will note that because it is unsealed paper, I would probably not leave it outside.  Even in Hawaii, it rains a lot this time of year.  But it would be the perfect sign for placing inside a potted plan indoors.  Or just use the signs individually around the house!  So many options and so super easy!

Make sure to visit the Xyron Facebook Page all month long (and into December) for daily inspiration!!!

As always, thank you for stopping by!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Kiwi Lane Designs Blog Hop Winner!

We have a blog hop winner (and apologies for the delay)!  The Random Number Generator powers have selected comment number THREE from lindaplus3!

Beautiful layout... love the colors you chose... all goes well together :)

Linda, please contact me with your mailing address and I'll get the KLD templates out to you!
Congratulations and thanks again to everyone for hopping along!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Kiwi Lane November Blog Hop - Happy Fall Layout

If you're hopping on here from Joy Nielsen's amazing blog, welcome!

I'm so honored to be part of the Kiwi Lane Designs Blog Hop this month to bring you some scrapbooking inspiration.  The ever so talented and inspirational Kristy Lee is leading the troops over at Kiwi Lane Designs and she is the individual responsible for getting me into this scrapbooking hobby!

I was tasked with making something using the super cute Nature Accessory Set

Since it's the fall, the maple leaf instantly caught my eye and I wanted to create a scrapbook page around it.  The reason I love Kiwi Lane Design templates is because it it allows you to easily create shaped embellishment using some non traditional mediums.  In my case, I wanted to use some cork.  My Silhouette Cameo does not cut cork and I don't have a maple leaf die to use with my manual die cutting machine (i.e. Xyron Creatopia with Shapez Component, Sizzix Big Shot, ProvoCraft Cuttlebug).  Enter the Nature Accessory Set!  All I had to do was trace the leaf shape onto my cork and then cut with scissors.  As simple as that! 

Here's my fall themed layout.

Supplies:  Kiwi Lane Designs - Nature Accessory Set; Xyron Mega Runner; Patterned Paper (Little Yellow Bicycle - Acorn Hollow); Enamel Dots (Doodlebug); Stamps (Lawn Fawn - Milo's ABCs, American Crafts); Versafine Ink; Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors; Fiskars Paper Trimmer.

When using such large and bold elements, I like to keep my layouts simple.  Here, I created a photo strip to make sure the lines were straight and clean.  And may I also add that I LOVE the look of stamping right onto the cork. 

Here's another close up of that cork leaf.

GIVEAWAY TIME!!  Make sure to leave a comment here on my blog and all the other participating blogs in the November hop (including the Kiwi Lane blog).  ONE winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Kiwi Lane Shop for leaving a comment and will be announced on the Kiwi Lane blog on Thursday, November 7th.

I will also be selecting ONE winner to receive a free Nature Accessory Set.  Just make sure you are FOLLOWING my blog and leave a comment on this blog post.  Winner will be announced on Thursday, November 7th as well. 

Next on the hop is my dear and amazingly talented friend, Minousha Bari!  And if you get lost along the way, here is a list of all the blog hop participants.
  1. Kiwi Lane
  2. Cristine Redmond
  3. Joy Nielsen
  4. Van Nguyen
  5. Minousha Bari
  6. Lissa Mitchell
  7. Arin Flynn
  8. Kerri Smith 
  9. Christine Meyer
  10. Christina Steel
 As always, thanks for stopping by!
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