Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pumpkin Photo Holder

On a desk, on a shelf, or on a mantle...There are pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere!! 
I'm back again with the Xyron Design Team and today I'm bring you a project featuring fabulous products from Quick Quotes and Xyron to create this Pumpkin Photo Holder!

Supplies Used
Farmhouse Paper Pack (Quick Quotes)
Mini Faux Pumpkin
Martha Stewart Deluxe Paper Trimmer (EK Success)
Leaves (Recollections)
Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks (AdTech)
Jumbo Paper Clips (Recollections)
Hemp Twine
Round Nose Pliers

Blue painter's tape

 I started off with a small faux pumpkin. These are the ones that look relatively real on the outside but are foam in the inside. The foam core is important and I'll go over why a little bit later.

I measured my pumpkin. You can easily use a measuring tape to get the measurements. But if you don't have one (or if yours grew legs and walked away, like mine are known to do) then here is an alternative... use blue painters tape!!

Just measure from the center top to the bottom center and run your tape down the side of you r pumpkin. When you get to the center, tear the tape. Lay the tape next to your ruler and measure.

Now, you have the exact measurements you need to create strips to cover your pumpkin. My 4" pumpkin needs strips that are 6.25" long. I trim them to 6.25" long by 1" wide. For my the pumpkin shown I needed a total of 17 strips.

 Once my strips were all cut, I inked all the edges using the Quick Quotes' PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Coral.

Then crumpled each strip. This breaks down the paper fibers and makes it more pliable.

Then I opened the strips back up and flattened them out.

doing this also give a really nice distressed look to the papers.

Next, I ran all my strips through my Xyron Creative Station using a permanent adhesive cartridge.

Then simply peeled and applied the strips onto my plastic pumpkin, slightly over lapping each strip and working my way around to make sure there were no gaps.

To make the wire holders, I took jumbo paper clips and straightened them out before re-bending them with round nose pliers and curling them into spirals. 

I didn't worry about them being perfectly rounded and actually really liked the wonky look to these!!

Next, I took a piercing tool and poked small holes into the top of the pumpkin. This is where that foam core is important... if this was a hollow pumpkin the wires would not stand snug and securely. I applied hot glue to the tips of my wire before inserting for permanent placement.

Then, I inked a few leaves with more chalk ink. I little inked the tops with more Coral and the edges with Amaretto. And before the ink dried, I took a water brush and blended the inks out to soften the colors and make it look more natural.

So far it is STINKIN CUTE!!!

But I can never leave well enough alone...

So... I glued a chipboard sign to the center holder and made a hanging sign to tie around the pumpkin. 


And here is my finished 
Ready to give as a gift or put out for display!

I think this one will be going with hubby to put on his desk at work!!

Hope you enjoyed today's project!!

Until next time...

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Autumn Birthday Card

Hello, Crafty Friends!! And Hellllloooo, Autumn!! The weather has been absolutely beautiful. The sun shines and I don't break out into a sweat!! It's so nice to be able to walk out my door without melting! If you ask me, that right there... is pretty awesome!! 

You know what else is pretty awesome?? Birthdays! Especially in October! My family has so many birthdays in October alone that it can make a person go broke trying to accommodate each and every person! Even if we did have one massive party for all, it still would put a pretty big dent in the 'ol pocketbook! Yes, there are that many. 

Today, I'm creating a card for one of those special birthdays... my mom's.

And you know, if you're making something for your mom it has to be extra special!

Supplies Used
Autumn Leaves Stack (DCWV)
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Anna Griffin Oval Rose Wreath w/ interchangeable Happy Birthday sentiment
 (Cuttlebug/ Cricut)
Mega Runner (Xyron)Creative Station Lite (Xyron)
Flowers, Branches, & Leaves Set (Sizzix)
Premade Paper Flowers (Prima, Recollections)
Chalklets (EK Success)
Fantastix Applicators (Imagine Crafts/ Tsukineko)
Metal Embellishment
Gel Pen (Sakura)
Sanding Block
Glossy Accents (Ranger)

I started by cutting a piece of cardstock, from the Autumn Leaves Stack, to measure 5"x7". I love the deep redish orange color of this paper! Actually, I love all the papers that come included in this stack... The patterned paper is simply beautiful! And patterns aren't "busy" like some patterned paper tend to be, which makes it great for embossing!!

Which is what I did with this piece of cardstock... I embossed it with this gorgeous Anna Griffin Embossing folder with an interchangeable center. The Folder is called Oval Rose Wreath and I used the 'Happy Birthday To You' interchangeable plates for my center. Then ran it through my die-cutting machine.

Once my paper was embossed, I took a sanding block and sanded off the surface of the raised image. Wow!! It's beautiful!! But I can't leave well enough alone...

Embossing paper is very beautiful but not many people know you can color an embossed image (without a stencil). After embossing, I leave the cardstock in place. This helps prevent the raised parts from flattening out. Then I rub chalk over the top of the raised image with a blending tool. I like using Fantastix applicators... they work a lot like an paintbrush and dauber, but morphed together. They are excellent for use with chalk!! 

After I shaded my image with chalk, I highlighted my raised areas using a glitter gel pen. I outlined my flowers and leaves and traced over my sentiment in the center. This gives a very subtle shine that is just GORGEOUS!!

After the glitter ink dried, I decided to fussy cut my wreath out. The stripes were lovely but I just wasn't feeling them with this card.

I ultimately decided I wanted to add even more dimension. So, I made my own foam adhesive buy running a piece of fun foam through my Xyron Creative Station Lite and attached it to the bottom of my wreath cut-out.

For my card base, I cut a piece of dark patterned paper to 5"x7" from the same Autumn Leaves Stack. This paper has beautiful copper foiling thoughout the page and of course is absolutely gorgeous!! I matted it with another coordinating  piece of cardstock (also from the Autumn Leaves Stack), this one measuring 4.75"x 6.75".

I used a corner chomp to add ticketed corners to the card mat.  Then, used my Xyron Mega Runner and layered and attached the two pieces together.

I added pre-made flowers and leaves. I also added additional leaves that I die-cut from green cardstock and a double looped bow made from crinkle ribbon, and a little metal embellishment.

I attached the card front to a 10"x7" piece of white cardstock folded in half to create a 5"x7" card.

The finished card is stunning !!

I hope you all enjoyed my project for today... 
but more importantly, I hope my mother enjoys this birthday card made just for her!!

Happy Crafting!!
~ Mitsy

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Hello Guys & Ghouls... I've got a hauntingly cute and spooky card for you today. 

Supplies Used
Zombies Stamp Set (Pink & Main)
Zombies Dies (Pink & Main)
Distress Markers (Tim Holtz)
Le Plume II (Marvy) 
Double-Sided Cardstock(DCWV)
Chalkboard Paper (DCWV)
Eek-A-Boo Stack (DCWV)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Stephanie Barnard Oval Flip-Its Card Base (Sizzix)
VersaFine Ony Black (Imagine Crafts/ Tsukineko)
White Gel Pen (Sakura)
PITT Artist Pen S (Faber-Castell)
Chalklets (EK Success)
3D Dots (EK Success)

I used the girl zombie from Pink and Main's Zombies stamp set.
I stamped this creepy cutie with VersaFine Onyx Black ink
 and mostly colored her with Tim Holtz Distress Markers and a waterbrush. I used  the colors Carved Pumpkin (shirt & socks), Hickory Smoke (skin), & Mermaid Lagoon (bow & skirt). 

The rest of her was colored using Marvy Le Plume II Markers (also with a waterbrush) in Ochre (hair), Violet & Lt. Green (small patches), Rosewood (inner eye), & Dark Brown (shoes).

Then I die-cut her out using the matching Zombies Dies.

I used this zombie as my focal point and mounted her onto the inner oval of my flip it card.
I mounted her with foam adhesive for a bit of dimension.


She is just adorable and I absolutely love the little skully bow in her hair and bucked teeth!
I added a little pink chalk to her cheeks then added freckles on top using a white gel pen.
Who knew zombies could be so cute?!!
 You can really see the dimension of my zombie from the side profile.
I was excited to find this awesome paper in my stash that matched this stamp set perfectly! All the paper is from DCWV. The patterned paper is from a mini stack called Eek-A-Boo Stack and  assemble the pieces to the card base using my Mega Runner.

I think this card came out so awesome!!  It totally makes me want to color more zombies!! LOL

Well, Happy Haunting Everyone!! 
Hope to scare you real soon!!
~ Mitsy

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friend Friday- DCWV & Chameleon Blog Hop

Hello again, Crafty Friends!!
Welcome to Friend Friday!!
I am here today with Team DCWV & Chameleon Markers! For the first 3 Fridays of October we will be sharing awesome projects from both design teams during our DCWV & Chameleon Blog Hop!! 

And we are kicking off Week #2 of our hop with some exciting projects!! Please make sure to stop by each of my design sisters' blogs for more inspirational creations!!

For my project today, I will be using Chameleon's Skin Tone Pens with my fabulous DCWV papers!!

Supplies Used
Skin Tones (Chameleon)
Color & Create Projects- Globetrotter (DCWV)
Gold Thread Burlap Paper Pad (DCWV)
Natural Corrugate Stack (DCWV)
Chalk Paper Pad (DCWV)
Black, White, Cream Stack (DCWV)
Neutral Stack (DCWV)
Creative Station Lite w/ 5" Permanent Refill Cartridge (Xyron)
Tim Holtz Tropical Thinlits (Sizzix)
Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Mahalo Stamp (Rubber Stamp Plantation)
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink (Imagine Crafts/ Tsukineko)
VersaMagic Jumbo Java (Imagine Crafts/ Tsukineko)
Cutter Bee Scissors (EK Success)
Pinking Scissors
Hemp Twine

I have to start off saying how much I love these Chameleon Pens! Specifically their ability to get a multitude of shade from one pen! 

To activate the pen, take the cover off whichever tip you wish to use (they're dual tipped) and insert it into the barrel with the white nib (with the white nibbed barrel on top and colored tip marker on bottom), hold in place for a count of at least 10 seconds. 

Then start coloring where you. Start in an area where you wish to place down the light color/ highlights down first. The color will automatically darken as you continue to color.

Repeat as necessary.

I used only the color BR4 to color this entire card... and yet it looks like I used 3 or 4.
The color variants you get in each pen is simply amazing!! 

For my card front, I trimmed my coloring page down to 5-3/8" x 3- 3/8" and cut a piece of Gold Thread Burlap measuring 5-1/2" x 4" to mat.

I wrapped hemp twine, horizontally, around my colored piece. and then tied a bow and bottom on to it. 

Once I got my twine tied and measured exactly, I slid the twine off and set it aside. Then ran my colored cardstock through my Xyron Creative Station. I put the twine back on, then attached my card to then attached it to my burlap.

I die-cut out this little "tiki guy" out of brown cardstock. Then, I used the die as a template to make a shadow from corrugated cardstock.

 I layered the pieces and attached with Glossy Accents. 

I used more Glossy Accents to add more dimension to the surface of the tiki.

Once dried a sponged down with Jumbo Java ink over the edges and onto the raised areas.

 I stamped the word "mahalo" (which means thank you- in Hawaiian) onto Kraft cardstock with Onyx Black ink.

I die-cut 6 monstera leaves (3 from brown cardstock, and 3 from chalkboard paper).

I inked the brown leaves with more Jumbo Java ink, then attached the brown leaves to the black ones. I used the black ones as shadows.

Next, I attached my leaves to my card front then layered my tiki mask and mahalo tag atop of that.

Finally, I attached my card front to an A2 sized (5-1/2" x 4-1/4") card base made from black glossy cardstock.

And here is my finished card...

I love the neutral yet bold tones the brown marker was able to give me. These color work well with a Fall / Thanksgiving theme or for masculine projects as well!

Thank you very much for stopping by!
Or as we like to say in Hawaii...

Mahalo nui loa!!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Hello again, Crafty Friends!! 

We are getting closer and closer to Halloween! And for the first time ever, I DO NOT have any decorations out yet?? Oh no!! Not to fear, I'm getting my Halloween mojo up ready!!
Because, throughout this week, the Xyron Design Team will be teaming up with Tim Holtz to bring you amazing projects... and my project is putting me in full haunting mode!!

I call it Trunk-Or-Treat!!
Hahahahahaha... sometimes I crack myself up!

Supplies Used
Crypt Cameos
 Incantations - Word Bands
Paper Stash- Collage, Materialize

Xyron Creative Station Lite

 Eileen Hull Traincase Die
Glossy accents
Hot Glue Gun and Sticks
Crickle Ribbon
Black Netting
Black Chipboard
Artifical Flowers

First I started out buy die-cutting my traincase pieces out of black chipboard. For most of these pieces I need double, so make sure you cut out two sets.

These pads are 8" wide so I cut them in half before die-cutting.T
Again, I need 2 sets of each.

This die needs to be used with a crease pad when run through to create the creases in the cut-outs.

Then cut apart at the crease lines.

Then ran the pieces through the Xyron Creative Station and then attached to it's black chipboard counterpart.

I repeated the same process with the little lid pieces.

I used clear adhesive to glue together the flaps and attach the top and bottom pieces. Hold the pieces  in place till the glue sets.

Once all the adhesive was dry I attached these gorgeous, Tim Holtz Foundations to the bottoms of my tiny case.

I draped black netting over top. 

Then attached little Wicked Adornments (spiders) and the Curiosities Word Band using Clear adhesive.

I dangled the crypt cameo on a piece of Crinkle Ribbon .

Once all the adhesive was dry I used a hot glue gun to attached a few artificial flowers with leaves and plastic stems.

And here is my Spook-tacular Trunk-Or-Treat Traincase!! 
Wow, that's a mouth full!!

I am so in love with the Crypt cameo!! And those spiders... the definitely up the "EEK" factor!!

But do you know what my favorite part of this project is??

The FEET!!

The Tim Holtz Foundations draw your eyes and commands attention... The dress up any and everything and make a great project a GORGEOUS one!!

I hope this project inspires you to make something creepy cool!!

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