Friday, December 15, 2017

Merry Christmas w/ Xyron and Wild Whisper

Hello, Friends!!
It's been a busy week and I'm back again, closing out the week with Team Xyron, Wild Whisper, and another beautiful Christmas card. With the big day just over a week away and one can never have enough gorgeous cards to give to family and loved ones.

Supplies Used
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Red Flowers- Florde Pascua (Little Birdie Crafts)
Teal Flower- Elsie Celeste (Little Birdie Crafts)
Black Cardstock 
Glitter Paper
Star Rhinestones
Versafine Onyx Black Ink (Tsukineko/ Imagine Crafts)
VersaColor Cardinal Ink (Tsukineko/ Imagine Crafts)
Clear Embossing Powder (Judikins)
Red Button
Liquid Glue

I am head over heels in love with Wild Whisper's Home For The Holidays paper. This paper has a nice smooth magazine like finish to it that really makes the colors and patterns just pop!

These are also double-sided papers so one sheet can go a long long way. Like it did for my card today. I created my card front using this fun candy-striped paper. It has this beautiful snow covered pine trees on the opposite side.

I cut the striped piece to measure  4-7/8" x 6-7/8" and then cut a second piece using the opposite side to measure 4-3/4" x 6-3/4".

I wanted to add a sentiment directly to the paper but with the sleek finish, I was afraid I'd smudge the pretty print. Instead, I opted to stamp my sentiment onto a piece of  2"x 6" vellum.

I used VersaFine Onyx Black Ink to stamp the large "Christmas" word stamp from the Home For the Holidays Stamp Set and covered it with clear embossing powder then heat set it.  I wrapped the vellum around the card front and used my Xyron Mega Runner to adhere the end around the back side.

 Then I stamped "Very Merry" in VersaColor Scarlet Ink and covered it in clear embossing powder and heat set it. Then I ran the entire card front through my Xyron Creative Station Lite and attached it to glitter cardstock.

 I attached the Striped paper onto a 5" x 7 " card base. then attached tiny stars using a toothpick dipped in glue. When you don't have a fine tipped applicator for your liquid glue bottles, I find that an old fashion toothpick works great!! It has a tiny tip for precise application. 

Then with more glue, I added a few flowers and a twine bow to the corner. I didn't like the center of my teal flower so I replaced it with a red button.

And here is my finished card...
I love how the winter scenery is on display in the background and how the teal really draws more attention to all the red throughout the card.

Thanks for spending time with Team Xyron and Wild Whisper this week...

I really hope that today's tutorial inspired you to create your own gorgeous Christmas cards.

Until next time...
Happy Crafting, Friends!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

New Book- Gifts To Die For

Hey, Crafty Peeps!!
I'm just stopping in to share some exciting news... I've been published in another book!! Yay!!

It's called...


And even more exciting (at least to me),  one of my projects landed in a cover spot! Woot Woot!!

The Book is published by Bella Craft Publishing and it is the 3rd book in the series of books done with my amazing designer friend, Eileen Hull. I am just absolutely thrilled to be a part of this book! This book features over 65 projects from Eileen, myself, and many of our talented designer friends!

Gifts to Die For with Eileen Hull and friends
You can order your copy HERE today!!


Let's not forget these other books I've also been featured in...


Treat yourself to all of these amazing books!! They're filled with so much ispiration! You won't want to miss them!

Hope you all enjoy!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mistletoe Card and Box

Hello, Crafty Friends!! If you just came from  Brigit Mann's Blog, you are in the right place!! Thanks for stopping in and joining me on the December edition of the Lori Whitlock Creative Team Blog Hop!! We have tons of inspiration from Our Creative Team Members, a new FREE FILE, a Special Sale, and of course... an awesome GIVEAWAY!! WOOHOO!!


Christmas is just around the bend... so, I decided to make this awesomely festive matching Mistletoe Card & Bag set!
For these matching projects, I used

Lori Whitlock Files Used

Other Supplies Used
Lori Whitlock's Be Merry Embossing Folder (Echo Park)
Pattern Paper/ Cardstock  (DCWV)
Creative Station Lite (Xyron)
Distress Oxide Ink- (Ranger)
Jeweled Brads (Michael's)
White Gel Pen (Sakura)

This cad is a standard A2 (4.25" x 5.5 ") size and I sized the mistletoe to 3.75" wide. I made sure to have the "Keep Proportions" box checked so that the height automatically adjusts.

To create this box, I sized it to the widest I could on a single 12-inch piece of paper. 

Then, sized my mistletoe file to 3" wide, again setting it to "Keep Proportions" to automatically adjust the height.

If you loved the files I used today, you can purchase these and other files at an amazing 30% off using code DEC2017 during checkout!! This code is good from now until December 18th.

Don't forget to snatch up the NEW FREEBIE!! This file is completely FREE but only for TODAY!!

Let's not forget about our GIVEAWAY!! 
Enter below for your chance to WIN $20 to use in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop!!

Don't forget to visit my other Creative Team Sisters!!
If at any time you lose your way, just come back here and check out the entire line-up!

Creative Team Blog Hop Contributors
Mitsyana Wright (YOU ARE HERE)

Next up on our Blog Hop is Michelle Zerull!! 
Hop on over and give her some LOVE!!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hello, Crafty Friends! Welcome to day 25 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags! I am so excited to be included in today's line-up! Today I m here with Pink &  Main and can't wait to share these four tags I created.

If this is your first year joining us and would like to learn more about link-up, please visit Tracey's original post here.

For all you seasoned peeps, let's get started!!

Here are my darling tags...

The stamped images are from Pink and Main's Winter Portraits stamp set. I colored them with watercolor markers and a water brush then die cut them out with the coordinating Winter Portraits Dies.

For the tags, I die cut white cardstock using Pink and Main's Scallop Hexagon Dies as a base and layered paper from the Frosty 6x6 Paper Pad that I die cut using the Nested Hexagon Dies.

I popped up each portrait image with foam adhesive squares then mounted them onto the tag bases.

I wanted to add a little bling without taking away from the images so I added bows made from gold accented organza ribbon to the top of my tags. Then topped each bow with a small snowflake button.

Here are close-ups of each tag...

I am truly grateful to be included in this year's line-up and so amazed to work with so many wonderful sponsors!

Thank you so much for joining us today!! Hope to see you all next year too!!

Pink & Main Supplies Used

Other Supplies Used
Sizzix Big Shot
Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Strathmore 140 lb. Mixed Media Paper
Xyron Mega Runner
Foam Adhesive Squares
Snowflake Buttons
Mixed Media Glue


Friday, November 17, 2017

Feeling Grattitude Wall Art

Hello, Crafty Friends!
I'm back with Team Xyron today and we have been partnering up with Waffleflower all week to bring amazing projects featuring awesome products from both companies.

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and I thought I'd make myself a little reminder... to always express my GRATITUDE. Not just on one day out of the year but every single day. So today I have this framed piece of wall art tutorial to share with you all.

Supplies Used
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Paper Crafting Medley- Iona (Little Birdie Crafts)
Patterned Paper (DCWV)
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink (Tsukineko/ Imagine Crafts)
White Cardstock
Mixed Media Glue

First, I gathered my materials. I dismantled my frame and removed the photo mat. I used the mat as a template and outlined it onto the back of my patterned paper with a pencil. Then, I cut out the traced shape using scissors.

I used a craft knife to cut out the inside window. Then cut a back piece from more patterned paper to layer the frame onto. I used my Xyron Mega Runner to layer and attach the two pieces together.

I used Waffleflower's amazing Feeling Gratitude Stamp Set to stamp in the window area of the frame. I used a stamp positioning tool just in case I need to restamp and want exact placement.

I stamped a second time onto plain white cardstock. The second impression didn't need to be perfect. I just stamped it to cut the two banner images.

I ran the two banner pieces through my Sticker Maker. Then applied them directly to the matching areas in the framed sentiment.

Next, I attached my chipboard flourishes onto the frame using mixed media glue. Then attached my burlap flowers and jute bow. Once the adhesive dried I inserted the mat back into the frame.

And here is my finished framed art...

Now, it's good to go!! This baby is ready to be hung on a wall or placed on a mantle or tabletop!

This is such a beautiful saying that holds very true. Feeling and being grateful is wonderful... but unless you express that gratitude no one will ever know it. 

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and that it inspires you to create and to share and express your gratitude with those around you!

Until next time...

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Altered Hoop Art

Hello, Friends!
Today, I'm bringing you this Altered Embroidery Hoop project I created for Little Birdie Crafts!

Supplies Used 
Paper Crafting Medley - Aurora 13pc
4" Embroidery Hoop
6"x6" Orange Tulle
6"x6" Pink Tulle
Mixed Media Glue
Alcohol Markers (I used Spectrum Noir Illustrators)
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen (Clear)
Distress Oxide Ink-
Crinkle Ribbon
I love these Papercrafting Medleys from Little Birdie Crafts! These are awesome little kits that come with almost everything you need to make a project. Flowers, leaves, stems... even chipboard embellishments! And all you have to do is assemble onto your choice of media. Today, I chose to alter a mini embroidery hoop but these kits would go beautifully on a card too!

The chipboard pieces are gorgeous and full of detail. They're even beautiful untouched and left plain!
I chose to color this little gorgeous fairy with my alcohol markers. These are chipboard pieces so the ink does tend to absorb into the material.

*Tip*: Applying gesso before coloring will minimalize the this and will make your color more vibrant. For me I kind of like the brownish undertones.

After coloring, I used my sparkle pen to color over the skirt and wings for lots of shimmer and shine.
Once my fairy was all colored I needed a place to perch her. she is in a sitting position and I thought placing her in a hoop would look like she was swinging.

I wanted the hoop to remain open and airy but needed a backing to apply my embellishments. This is where the tulle comes in. I blended two colors of tulle, one on top of the other, to get the right shade to coordinate with my fairy and my flowers.

I cut the tulle, one orange, and one pink, into 2- 6" pieces. Then layered them over each other. I opened the hoop and placed the material over the inner hoop and fastened in place with the outer hoop. I used scissors to trim away the overhanging excess tulle.

With mixed media glue, I attached my leaves in an arch directly onto the hoop.  Then laid down and glued the rose buds and corkscrew stems next. I added the bigger open roses toward the midway point of the arch and tucked the stems randomly in between.

I shaded the edges of my leaves with Walnut Stain Oxide inks and then I glued them under and around the open roses.

I applied mixed media glue behind my chipboard fairy and attached her direct onto the tulle.

Once she was secure, I attached a bow made of crinkle ribbon to the hoop closure.

Now, she is ready to dangle and sway in her floral swing.
And here is my finished project...

I love how she looks like she is kicking out her foot with her other one curved back. It really looks like she's trying to build momentum and swing!

I hope you liked today's project!
See you all next time!

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Quick & Easy Rustic Fall Mason Jar Decor

Hello, Crafty Friends!! And Hello November!! 
Well, with a heavy heart I must say goodbye to my all my Halloween decorations. 
*insert uncontrollable sobbing*

I kept them up for as long as I could before hubby took me by the hand and finally told me it was time to let it go.

So, out with the skulls, spiders, & witches... and in with the gourds and cornucopias!

Today, I'll share how I made quick and easy fall decor from recycled glass spaghetti jars!

Supplies Used
Glass Mason Jars/ Glass Spaghetti Jars
Burlap (DCWV)
2.5" Wide Wired Ribbon (Kirkland)
Mixed Media Glue (Beacon)
Jute Twine

I start by cleaning and removing the labels off of these old mason jar type of glass spaghetti jars. My family eats a lot of spaghetti, and the glass jars they come in are too nice to throw out. So, I often keep them on hand. I clean them out and store them for later to recycle and/ or repurpose them. 

Simple soapy hot water is all I need to remove these labels. If I ran into an occasional rough spot, I simply applied a little bit of goo gone and gave a good rubbing with a paper towel to remove whatever remnants remained.

 I use a measuring tape to measure the circumference. I also measure the height of the areas I want to be covered and decorated. These particular jars have a recessed center. I shall use this area as a marker to where I wrap my burlap and ribbon.

The jars measure about 13.5" inches around and the recessed area measures about 3.5" high.

 Because the circumference was larger than my 12" sheets of burlap, I instead cut 2 - 7.5" pieces of burlap for each jar. I cut the burlap slightly bigger than the circumference to give an overlap.

I ran my burlap pieces through the Xyron Creative Station then burnished the burlap with a bone folder before peeling off the protective film. Then applied the strips to the center of the glass jars.

 Then wrapped them with a 2.5" wide wired ribbon around the center. I used approximately 25" of ribbon for each jar. I tied each ribbon into a simple knot then trimmed the ends at a diagonal to give them a "dovetail".

The burlap gives a nice rustic look. Pairing it with deep orange and brown colored plaid ribbon is an easy way create a "FALL" feel to the look.

Then, I glued and wrapped the lip of each jar with jute twine to finish them off.

My jars are done!! Now to fill them...

And filling them doesn't need to be difficult or expensive.

My backyard borders a pasture and is constantly filled with different wildflowers and grasses. Among them in this slightly tall grass that is similar in look to baby's breath but with smaller white blooms. I'm not sure what it's called but when bunched and bundle together it really completes the rustic feel I was going for.

Simple and pretty!

And when positioned in front of a mirror is made to look a whole lot fuller than it really is! 

I hope you enjoyed my upcycled project and it makes you give those usually discarded jars a second thought. Repurposing them isn't just good for the environment, especially during the holidays, it's good for your wallet too!!