84 posts categorized "Xyron"

May 31, 2013

From Scraps to Treasures!

Hello all!

Today I'm sharing a tutorial on how to change you scraps into a fun floral embellishment, using your Xyron adhesive!

All you need to get started is some punched circles, a scrap of patterned paper (mine is 3x12 inches) and your Xyron 1.5 inch create-a-sticker....

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Cut the scrap patterned paper into 1/4 inch strips...run the punched circles through the Xyron 1.5 inch sticker maker...

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Remove one of the punched circles from the adhesive backing and place adhesive side up. Fold the paper strips into the center and adhere to the punched circle...

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Repeat four times. Cut 2 paper strips into 6 inch lengths and repeat the process with the shorter strips. Adhere a second punched circle to the top of the layered strip assembly....

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You can now trim the paper strips, if desired, or plump and curl them to add dimension. Use all 6 inch strips to create a floral embellishment with a different look....

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I love using my scraps to create little 'extra' embellishments for my projects! Why throw it out, when you can make some use of it!

May 22, 2013

Xyron and BoBunny Blog Hop

Hello folks, today Xyron and BoBunny are blog hopping!


I got to play with the fun KEY LIME collection from BoBunny and paired it with some fabby NEW High Tack Tape from Xyron to create these fun Summer Party favors....

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The drink bottle and straw flag in more detail:

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The treat bag topper, all close up:

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Check back with the Xyron blog ALL week for inspiration!

April 30, 2013

Storing Spellbinders Die Templates-TUTORIAL

Hello all! Today, I'm showing you my method to store my Spellbinders Die Templates! I use these clear DVD cases that Becca Feeken links to HERE.

However, almost everyone I know uses magent sheets to allow the die templates to 'stick' in place. I found these magnet sheets to be a bit pricey for my taste and since Xyron manufactures a cool product called Magnet Tape I thought I'd give it a go.

So, I got out my supplies: Xyron Magnet Tape, a clear DVD case and some Spellbinders Die Templates (this set is from the Card Creator Series):

Spellbinders storage 1

I opened the case and laid down 4 strips (1-4 inch strip and 3-5 inch strips) of maget tape-it's adhesive backed, so it sticks to the DVD case like it's always been there!

Spellbinders storage 2

I added the die templates, following the same efficient layout that they came packaged in....

Spellbinders storage 3

And VOILA! Some fast, efficient and ECONOMICAL storage for my metal die templates!

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Sometimes I repeat the process on the other side of the DVD case, particularly when the sets are related. I figure I can get about 10 sets stored with a single Magnet Tape Dispenser from Xyron! You could go all crazy and decorate the case too, but I'm a visual person, so I like to see what I'm using, so I've left mine plain, for the most part.

LOVE how economical this makes my die storage!

April 24, 2013

Old to New with XYRON!

Hello all....today I'm posting a Xyron DT project....this month's challenge was to take an old project from the Xyron project gallery and create an updated version....so I selected this paper mache house luminary....

Old paper mache house

and I updated it for a Christmas theme...

Christmas Luminary

To create:

  1. Trace the walls of the house onto the backside of your favorite holiday themed patterned paper. Cut out.

  2. Trace the roof gables onto the back side of a matching pattern. Cut out.

  3. Paint the roof, the base and the edges of the paper mache house white. The roof may need 2 coats for full coverage. Let dry.

  4. Paint a thin layer of liquid adhesive on the roof and the base. While still wet, sprinkle with white glitter and shake off excess. Let dry and then spray with a sealer. You can skip the sealer step if the finished item will not be handled too much.

  5. Run the papers cut in #1 through the Xyron Creative Station. Adhere to the house form. Sand the edges, if desired to get the perfect fit.

  6. Cut the acetate sheet into pieces slightly smaller than the sides of the house (only sides with doors/windows). Run through the Xyron Creative Station.

  7. Adhere the acetate to the inside wall of the house with the adhesive facing outwards. Spread yellow glitter on the adhesive showing through the windows and door. Shake off excess.

  8. Embellish with the stickers from the Sticker sheet. Use pop dots (if desired) to layer the stickers and/or add dimension.

  9. Finish the seam between the roof and base by adhering some eyelash trim (or other trim) to the roof piece.

  10. Finish the base using glitter glue.

  11. Use a flameless tealight (or 2) to safely illuminate the luminary.

Here's another Winter themed house I created using the same technique....

Project winter luminary

and a Halloween themed one...BOOO!

Halloween house

Thanks for stopping by!!

March 28, 2013

Xyron/Imaginisce Blog Hop....

Imaginisce logo
Welcome to the Xyron-Imaginisce Blog hop....My first project is a home decor item, a magnetic memo board using the Childhood Memories line from Imaginsce...
Imaginisce memo board final

1. The first step is to run BOTH the paper and the metal sign through the Xyron Creatopia...I do this for 'hard to stick' surfaces, like metal or unfinished wood to improve the adhesion.
Imaginisce memo board 1st step

2. Adhere the paper to the metal, trimming or sanding the excess paper from the edges and holes.
3. Cut a strip of orange patterned paper, trim triangles out of the ends and use the Xyron MegaRunner to adhere to the project base.
4. Make some 3D foam tape by taking extra foam letter stickers (I use the 'z' and 'x' letters for this) and running them face down through the Xyron 1.5" create-a-sticker. Use the dimensional adhesive under the E and O in MEMO, overlapping the letters slightly.
Imaginisce memo board diy double sided tape

5. Create some magnetic clothespins by running the clothespins through the Creatopia and adhering patterned paper to the tops of the clothespins. Use Xyron Magentic Tape (cut to size) on the backside of the clothespin.
Imaginisce memo board magnet tapel

6. Thread some red ribbon through the holes and you're done! 
Easy peasy!
I also created this fun layout using the rest of my Imaginisce Childhood Memories supplies!
Ap imaginisce layout
Thanks for stopping by....be sure to stop by the Xyron blog to be inspired by all of this week's participants (and enter some fantastic give aways!)

February 06, 2013

Blog HOP-Xyron and Kaisercraft! I'm BACK!!

Hello blog hoppers! I'm back for a second project tutorial today courtesy of Xyron and Kaisercraft! If you missed my projects from yesterday, check them out HERE. If you'd like to catch up on the entire blog hop, start over at the XYRON blog!
Today I'm sharing a couple of my favorite tips and tricks for altering paper mache boxes...here's what I created using a custom box from my local craft store and some fabby Suga Pop papers from Kaisercraft!
0213 ap kaisercraft valentines box
Love the simple, no mess approach that my Xyron lets me use to create these fun items! This box will get used by my son at school to collect his class valentines!
To start, I paint all the edges with white acrylic paint:
Vday box step out 1
Next I run the papers through my handy Xyron Creatopia and adhere to the box. Trim the excess paper with an exacto knife and sand any rough edges. Touch up any kraft colored spots with white paint (or ink).
Vday box step out 2
This box came with a 'backer' piece for the cover, and I decided to make it all glittery good! First, it was painted white, allowed to dry and then run face down through the Xyron Creatopia to apply adhesive to the top. Then, after a liberal application of glitter, it was ready to go!
Here's the final piece again! Love how quick and easy (and kid-friendly) this piece is!
0213 ap kaisercraft valentines box
Thanks for stopping by! 

February 05, 2013

Blog HOP-Xyron and Kaisercraft!


Welcome to Day 2 of the Xyron/Kaisercraft Blog HOP! I'm so excited to be participating today! If you'd like to catch up on yesterday's fun, head over to the Xyron blog for a recap!
My first project is this altered home decor piece, the bare blanks are a Beyond the Page set from Kaisercraft (SB2230).
0213 ap kaisercraft home decor
Here's how it got 'created':
1. First I ran all the fence panels through my Xyron Creatopia with Permanent Adhesive Cartridge. Stick them down on a piece of heavy weight patterned paper or cardstock....don't worry about the pattern, it won't be seen in the finished piece.
2. Tear away random pieces of the paper, leaving an uneven surface. You'll have to work at this step...the Xyron adhesive really sticks...but it's worth it!
Kaisercraft step out 1
3. Paint all the fence pieces (planks and frame) with white acrlic paint. Repeat the tearing process on the planks if desired. Layer on 2-3 more coats of white acrylic paint, until the pieces are completely white with no wood or paper showing through.
4. Ink the pieces with 2-3 shades of brown ink. Throw in some charcoal or black and some green in very small bits....the torn/wrinkled base will pick up the inks differently and create a great distressed background!
Kaisercraft step out 1A
5. Adhere the fence panels to the frame, remembering to thread some jewelry wire through the holes prior to assembly. Ink the frame pieces that show through the gaps in the fence (I nearly forgot this step!)
6. To create custom chipboard alphabets in the font of your choice, print the word on your computer, flipping the text horizontally before printing (with some letters this step isn't necessary).
Kaisercraft step out 2
7. Run the printed paper through a Xyron Create a Sticker or Creative Station and adhere to chipboard. Cut out the letters. The chipboard side (not the printed side) should be the word you desire, with added DIMENSION!
Kaisercraft step out 3
8. I painted my lettters white, then ran the dry letters through the adhesive machine face down and adhered copious amounts of tinsel glitter for a fun custom embellishment in the exact size and font I wanted.
9. The piece was finished with a Spellbinders die cut from a paper in the Kaisercraft Sugar Pop line, some inked up die cuts from the same line (I used the reverse 'white' side to alter) and some Paper Blossoms that I misted with some gold mist.
10. Some additional foliage die cuts (courtesy of Spellbinders) and a burlap bow finish the piece.
And VOILA! an awesome home decor piece that would make a perfect housewarming gift!
0213 ap kaisercraft home decor
I also received enough supplies to create the following trio of 4x4 inch mini cards...perfect for my son's teacher's at school on Valentines Day!
0213 ap kaisercraft note card trio
The cards all use some more Sugar Pop paper, rub ons and die cuts...fabulous!
Check back right here tomorrow for another Kaisercraft/Xyron tutorial! pssst...it's another GREAT Valentine's Day project!!
Make sure you check out the entire week of Blog HOP goodness...go on over to the Xyron blog to get started!

December 12, 2012

Some Christmas cheer...

today I'm sharing some Christmas cheer-the non-alcoholic type! I created this card with a non traditional color scheme for my DT gig at Xyron...love how it turned out!

2012 holiday card

I started with some old music paper and misted it a turquoise color. I then cut the paper into 1.5 inch squares and ran each through my Xyron 1.5 inch sticker maker. The bottom layer of shapes were created by folding into a cone shape and then flattening, adhesive side in. The remaining exposed paper was dipped in tinsel glitter. The second, dimensional layer was formed by rolling the squares into cones, adhesive side out and then dipping the exposed adhesive layer in tinsel glitter. Two die cuts (from Spellbinders™), a sentiment sticker (echo park) and some bling (Want2Scrap) finished the card.

Next up is this Christmas ornament...

2012 holiday ornament red star

Here, I cut 5 Octagons using the Spellbinders Nestabilities® S4-185 Large Octagons, ran them through my Xyron 5 inch Creative Station and dipped them in fine silver glitter. I then burnished the glitter into the adhesive to make sure it 'stuck' and then stamped on the glitter with Tsukineko StazOn ink. The Octagons were scored from point to point and then threaded on some baker's twine with pony beads used as spacers. A Maya Road Wooden spool and Acrylic Star finish the ornament....these may be gifts this year!!

Thanks for stopping by!

November 11, 2012

Upcycling and Recycling for Christmas....

Today I am a participant in the Faber-Castell, Creative Imaginations AND Xyron blog hop! The theme is upcycling or recycling for the Holidays....and this is right up my alley, as I LOVE to find new ways to use old things.

For my first project, I started with this metal frame with a white mat for a 5x7 inch photo...I had used it to hold a family photo in the old house, but we've since had our photos retaken and now display them differently, so this frame was unused and in my stash of alterables.

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and THIS is where I ended up....

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The mat board in the orignal frame was covered with the Holiday Berry Snowflake Paper with Varnish Accents paper from Creative Imaginations AFTER I altered it with the Faber Castell Gelatos...I used a light blue, dark blue and silver gelato and scribbled randomly on the the paper. Then I blended the colors with a wet paint brush. Before the paper was completely dry, I soaked up any liquid on the embossed areas with a paper towel. To adhere the dryed paper to the mat board, I ran the mat through my Xyron Creatopia (with permanent adhesive cartridge) and then centered and adhered to the backside of the paper. The mat is embellished with some snowflake die cuts (Create a Flake Four by Spellbinders) and crystal flourishes (Prima). Here's a close up shot of the embellishment cluster:

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The diecuts were stenciled with some more of the Gelatos, using my finger to apply a small amount through the stencil component of the die.

Wouldn't this be perfect as a gift? You could purchase additional mat boards and alter them for each season too!

For my second project, I started with this gift box with a magnetic flap closure:

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It's a pretty box, but I wanted to use it for a Christmas gift, so it needed some work...to start I painted all the edges with a white acrylic paint. I then traced all the sides of the box onto the reverse of 2 of the papers in the Creative Imaginations Holiday Joy collection. I cut out all the pieces, ran it through my Xyron 5 inch Creative Station (with permanent adhesive) and adhered the pieces to the box. LOVE this 'no mess' approach to altering boxes!! The next step was to color the edges with a red Gelato from Faber-Castell and blend with a wet paint brush. Then the whole project was aged by applying a couple of brown chalk inks (ClearSnap) along the edges. A new button pull was created by layering a red button on top of a clear button and attaching to the magnetic flap with dimensional adhesive and embellished with a string bow....here's the finished project:

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It definitely screams 'holiday gift giving' now and will get used when I exchange holiday gifts with some of my crafty friends!!

Both of the above projects left me with some scraps, and not being one to waste much, I created this fun bookmark from my leftovers:

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I printed a favorite quote onto vellum, ran it through my Xyron 2.5 inch create-a-sticker and adhered it to the background created from the project scraps. The edge to edge adhesive coverage on the vellum makes it invisible...a really neat trick! Can't wait to tuck this into a holiday card as a little 'bonus'!

Well, thanks for stopping by today! Hope to see you here again soon!

November 06, 2012

Some layouts....

Today I have some more layouts to share, courtesy of my participation in the Get It Scrapped Guided Study Critique class that I'm taking....they are all summer layouts from when my brother and sister in law and family came to visit....

The first features my nephew and his elaborate 'get up' for swimming! Cracks me up!

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Next one is the whole swimming crew...

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And the last one is about my son and his photogenicity (is that a word?)

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Loving this class, the challenges and the feedback!