Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Paper Pieced Sloth Belated Birthday Card

Hello, Crafty Friends! 
Wow, has it been a while! Spring has crept its head and is finally here! Here in Texas, it went from freezing temps to rain. Warm humid air and...yup, rain... and lots of it! Which just set off a chain reaction that made every flower, weed, tree, and grass send blooming clouds of pollen into the air that has my eyes, nose, and throat hating me right now. You know what I'm talking about... the dreaded seasonal allergies!!

Allergies hit pretty bad and put me down and out for a bit. And it made me miss events and even birthdays. No one likes to miss out on anything let alone birthdays. So for today's project, I'll show you how I made this paper pieced Sloth and created a Belated Birthday Card.



Supplies Used
Sloth (Sizzix)
Lynda Kanase - Tropicool Banner (Sizzix)
Lynda Kanase - Card Front, Tropicool Leaves Sizzix)
Eileen Hull - Bookplates, Hinges, & Labels(Sizzix)
Tropical Leaves 3D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (Sizzix)
Sloths (Pink and Main)
Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends Inks - Frog, Leaf, Nutmeg. Golden, Ebony (Clearsnap)
ColorBox Archival Dye Ink - Wicked Black (Clearsnap)
110 lb. White Cardstock (Recollections)
Corrugated Cardstock (DCWV)
Cardstock - Moss Green, Light Green, Light Brown, Brown, Dark Brown
Vellum
Black Fine line Pen
White Gel Pen
Red Chalk
Foam Adhesive
Clear Liquid Adhesive
Paper Trimmer
Mini Mister Bottle of Water

I gathered my supplies. I wanted my finished card to be 5"x7". So, I started by first creating the background, I cut a piece of light green cardstock to measure 4 1/4"x 6 1/4". Then I lightly misted it with water. I inserted into this 3D Tropical Leaves folder and ran it through my Big Shot with a multi-purpose platform on Tab 1 and only 1 clear plate.

 Spraying your paper before you run it through will hell the fiber to relax while it's being embossed. It helps prevent tearing and gives the embossing a crisper impression.

Then, I inked over the entire raised image using my Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends ink Leaf. These inks have built-in applicators so you can ink directly onto your paper.

There's no need to wait for the ink to dry either. Next, I applied Golden lightly throughout. Followed by Nutmeg around the edges.

While the ink was drying, I worked on my sloth. I used this adorable Sloth die from Sizzix to die-cut cardstock in 3 shades of brown (light brown, brown, and dark brown). Then shaded all the die cut pieces with Nutmeg ink.

 I ran the smaller pieces through my Xyron 3" Sticker Maker and adhered his little face onto his body. Then used a fine line back pen to draw his eyes and used a make-up brush to dust his cheeks with chalk and added highlights with a white gel pen.

I wanted more of a jungle feel to my card so I die-cut these monstera leaves from moss green cardstock using 2 of Lynda Kanase's Tropicool sets (listed in supply list above).

 I inked over the edges using Eileen Hull Blends Inks in Frog for a big pop of green.

With my Sloth and Background taken care of, I assembled my card...

I cut my card panels and pieces to the following sizes...

  Card Measurements:
Base- 5"x7"
Corrugate- 4 3/4"x 6 3/4"
White Cardstock- 4 3/8" x 6 3/8"
Embossed Background- 4 1/4"x 6 1/4"

I wanted a focal point without blocking all that beautiful embossing. So I used the largest Tim Holtz Stitched Ovals to die-cut vellum.

 Then ran it through the Xyron Creative Station Lite. It gave edge-to-edge coverage that made the adhesive virtually invisible behind the vellum.

I die cut a label using Eileen Hull's Bookplate, Hinges, & Label dies from white cardstock. 
And I found the most perfect sentiment in my Sloths stamp set from Pink and Main. It read... "I'm a little slow, Happy Belated Birthday". It was just too perfect so I stamped it in Wicked Black ColorBox Dye ink. 

Look how adorable the finished card turned out...




Sometimes we're late. Sometimes we miss Birthdays. Thankfully, we have creative ways to make up for it!

I hope you enjoyed this card tutorial and it inspires you to create something... even if it is a little past due!

Until next time...
HAPPY CRAFTING!
~Mitsyana

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The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with each manufacturer, provider, or party in question.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Canvas Art Using DIY Foil Paper

Hello, Crafty Friends! It's been a while since I've been crafting. I took a short break to take care of my son had surgery on his leg. He's getting better tons better and his poor little leg is getting stronger every day. Which is just in time too! Warmer weather has been peeking its head and soon Spring will be here. And you know what that means... lots of flowers blooming!!

So, to celebrate Spring's arrival, I created this Flower Bloom Wall Art Canvas using...of all things... wait for it... Aluminum Foil!!

Yup, the same stuff you wrap your leftovers with! I used this kitchen staple and made my own DIY SHEET METAL EMBELLISHMENTS that look and feel like, well, metal!! Unlike the foiled cardstock from the craft store, which is just a thin plastic coating. 

AAANNND, it die-cuts like a dream!! 

Let me show you how...



Supplies Used
Eileen Hull Leaves Die (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Stitched Circle Die (Sizzix)
Textured Impressions Plus Embossing Folder- Botanical Swirls(Sizzix)
16"x 20 " Canvas
Gesso (Liquitex)
Black Chalkboard Paint (Prima)
Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
Clear drying liquid Adhesive

I started my project with a plain 16"x 20" Canvas and applied a coat of gesso. Most canvases come pre-gessoed but I like to add an additional coat anyway, it seems to help my paint go on smoother and helps spread my paint further (at least it does to me, anyway).

I zapped the canvas with a heat gun to speed up drying time.

Then, applied a layer of black chalkboard paint over the entire surface (including the sides).  Then zapped it again once more.


Here is where it gets really good...

I knew I wanted to make metal embellishments but didn't want to just run the foil through my Xyron. NOPE, it would crinkle up in a heartbeat! Even though I used HEAVY DUTY FOIL, IT still didn't have that heft and standing power that I wanted.

So, to firm things up a bit I attached the foil to 110 lb cardstock. Nice, thick, and sturdy 110 lb cardstock!

I simply ran each individual sheets through my Creative Station, peeled the film backer, and attached the sheet to the aluminum.

 When attaching sheets of adhesive start from one end and kind of roll it toward the other end. If you attach straight down you are a more likely to catch air bubbles. 

Smooth out any tiny lumps and bumps with a rubber or silicone brayer.
Look how shiny and smooth it is!! Ooooh, pretty!

Next, I cut my sheets to die-cuttable sizes. I'm saving myself a lot of tears by die-cutting all my petal pieces instead of cutting them by hand. I once hand cut 50 take out boxes for a birthday party once, um, yeah, NEVER AGAIN!!

I had bruises and calluses for weeks. My poor hands took a nasty beating! I'm so glad someone invented die-cut machines and dies! ENTER the Big Shot Machine ...

I knew I wanted "petals" but didn't have any huge petal dies. So, I used an Eileen Hull Leaves Die instead. I die-cut out the foiled sheets then cut off the little stem.


 I also knew I wanted more texture (just not the crinkly kind) to my petals. So I loaded up this HUGE Texture Impressions Plus  Botanical Swirls folder with all my little stemless leaves. This time using my Big Shot Plus machine. These embossing folders were just way too big to fit through my regular Big Shot!

 These metal sheets even emboss like a dream!! 
**SWOON**

And look how well the stitched details show up on these Tim Holtz Stitched Circle Dies! I used this die cut as the center of my bloom.

Starting from the center, I attached the petals with liquid adhesive smallest to largest and worked my way outward.


I made sure to continue even along the sides of the canvas. Anything left overhanging got a bent and tucked over the side and glue down in place. With small children in my house, I didn't want to worry about any sharp edges. So tucked away they went.

LOOK AT ALL THIS GORGEOUS TEXTURE!!
The embossing in person is absolutely STUNNING!!


HAnd here's my final piece. Already up and mounted on my wall!


I hope you enjoyed this project and it has inspired you to create a canvas piece of your own!!

Thanks for stopping in!

Until next time...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!
~Mitsyana

Monday, February 11, 2019

Cookie Love Treat Boxes

Hello, Crafty Friends!
Well, looky what happened... I'm back again with Team Xyron for another term! Woohoo, I can't say enough how much I love this company! And the timing is absolutely perfect... February, the month of LOVE and Valentine's Day is just days away! Are you ready for it? I'm totally feeling the crafty love, especially from Xyron, with these LOVE Treat Boxes that came together in a cinch with the help of my Xyron Creative Station. Let me show you how!


Supplies Used
1.5" Sticker Maker (Xyron)
Big Shot  (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Flower Pocket Die (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Journaling Words (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Bookplates, Hinges, & Labels (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Movers & Shapers- Scallop Border (Sizzix)
Minty Lace Stack (DCWV)
Pink Polka Dot Paper
White Cardstock
Clear Drying Liquid Glue
Cellophane Bags
Cookies
Twine

First, I gathered my materials. My handy-dandy and always reliable Xyron Creative Station, DCWV's Minty Lace Stack, and Eileen Hull's Flower Pocket Die (one of my all-time favorites) by Sizzix.

This entire stack of paper is absolutely gorgeous! I don't know how it stayed in my stash so long untouched and unopened!! I know... all the paper-crafting gods are looking down on me in shame right now!

I chose two different patterns of paper. Like, the holographic hearts on wood grain and the subtle minty lace background. I cut them down to 6"x 8" and 6" x 5.5". Then, ran the pieces through my just one of those patterns through my Xyron Creative Station. Essentially, just adding adhesive to half of all my paper.


Then, I adhered those pieces to the other patterned papers to create two-sided pieces. If you already have a double-sided cardsock, you can skip this part. But keep in mind, you will need a Sizzix Extended Crease Plate to get the crease lines in your cuts.

I laid the paper I wanted to be on the outside of my box face down. Then ran it through my Big Shot machine.


 I folded my die cuts along the score lines, added a clear drying glue to the tabs, then adhered the pieces together.

Look how pretty those two patterns are together!

I wanted my boxes to be clean and simple. I was gifting them to children. So, with that in mind, I steered away from adding any small embellishments onto the boxes that may become a choking hazard.  

Instead, I went for a classic scalloped border and label. I used Eileen Hull's Scallop Border Movers & Shapers die on a Movers & Shapers Shuttle to cut strips of pink polka dot patterned paper.

 For the labels, I simply die cut white cardstock using the largest longest of the labels from Eileen Hull's Bookplates, Hinges, & Labels dies. Then topped it with the word love, from the Journaling Words die set, that I die cut from more pink polka dot paper.

I ran the borders through my Xyron 1.5" Sticker Maker and attached it towards the bottom of my boxes and trimmed off any excess that was sticking off the sides. 

The labels also took a trip through my "X". Then they were placed, front and center, on each box. 

How flipping adorable is this?

But why stop there? Since I didn't go all out with bells and whistles ON the box... I thought I could jazz it up by adding something IN the box.

Like... iridescent filler and ... a couple of decadent iced and sugared shortbread cookies!
Mmmmm... Delicious!! Way better than embellies, right??

And here are my, YUMMY IN MY TUMMY, 
Cookie Love Treat Boxes...


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
Now, go out there and make all the things!! 
And fill them with LOVE!!
Sweet, sweet, delicious,  LOVE!!

Until Next Time...
Happy Crafting!
~Mitsyana

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The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with each manufacturer, provider, or party in question.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Hey, Crafty Friends... 
It's time to announce the WINNERS of the 2 Xyron Creative Station Lite & 3" Refills!!!



The LUCKY WINNERS are...

Susie Bentz
Jenn White!!

🎉🎉🎉WOOHOO!! 🎉🎉🎉
CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES!!

Be on the lookout for HAPPY MAIL coming soon!!

Thank you to all those who participated!
Visit me soon! You'll never know what I have planned next!

Until Next Time...
HAPPY CRAFTING, EVERYONE!
~Mitsyana


Monday, January 7, 2019

My Favorite Xyron Tool & Giveaway

Hello, Crafty Friends!
Can you believe it's a new year already?!! Sadly, with the beginning of this new year, my term with Xyron is at its end. This will be my last post for the term and I can't thank Xyron enough for having me on their design team for another wonderful year!

To celebrate my 4 years with Xyron I decided to do a GIVEAWAY... 
read all the way through my post to find out what I'll be giving away!! I know, pretty messed up, right! Ha!! Well, they say, good things come to those that wait! And trust me you're going to be glad you did!!

As our last assignment, we were to create a project using our favorite Xyron product. And I must say that this tool is one of the most used tools in my arsenal! It's portable, versatile, and has a Big Sister... 

If you guessed the Xyron Creative Station Lite, then you are absolutely correct!!

This little baby can make stickers and magnets and laminates too! 

I've personally used it on:
 paper
felt
fabric
 lace
ribbon
 burlap
cheesecloth
wood veneers
 thin metal
cork
chipboard
cardboard
mat board
and foam

It does a huge job but it's compact enough to easily take to crops and travel with!

And another bonus feature...

I can switch between 5" cartridges and 3" cartridges with ease! Which is ideal for me because I am a die-hard card maker!

And so, for my last project for this term, I created a card to show my appreciation...


Supplies Used
Mariposa Stack (DCWV )
Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve & Tags (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Journaling Cards, Hearts (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Leaves, Spring (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Floral Arch (Sizzix)
ColorBox Chalk Petal Points - Primary Pastels (Clearsnap)
Blending Stylus handle (Clearsnap)
Blending Tip (Clearsnap)
Tim Holtz Idea-OlogySmall Chat Stickers (Advantus)
Trimmer (Swingline)
110 lb Black Cardstock 
110 lb White Cardstock
Clear Liquid Glue
Glue Pen
Flatback Pearls
Crinkle Ribbon


I wanted this to be a tall #10 sized card... I often get bored of making A2 (4 2/4"x 5 1/2") sized ones and sometimes an A7 (5"x 7") just won't cut it. Bigger is better, right?!!

So, I start off by creating my card base. I folded my black cardstock in half lengthwise. Then cut it down to 9 1/8" x 4". 

Then trimmed a sheet of corrugated cardstock down to 3 7/8"x 9".

Next, I ran the corrugated cardstock through my Xyron Creative Station Lite and adhered it to the front of the card base.


Using a Sizzix Big Shot and Eileen Hull's Journaling Cards, Hearts and Credit Card Sleeve & Tags, I die cut 2 scalloped rectangles and 1 rounded rectangle from patterned paper from the Mariposa Stack.

I shaded the edges of the die cuts with Tangerine ink form the Colorbox Chalk Petal Point and a Blending Stylus.


I also die cut 6 floral stems from Black cardstock using the Floral Arch die and 4 stemmed leaves using the Leaves, Spring die from white cardstock.


I die cut leftover patterned paper using Eileen Hull's Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves to cut 2 batches of flowers. I inked them with Lipstick Red ink from the Chalk Petal Points. Then added dimension and shape to the flower petals by rolling a stylus over the back of the flowers. I layered the flowers and adhered them together using clear liquid glue. I finished each flower off with a flatback pearl center.

I also die cut 4 leaves from green cardstock. Then added little details using my stylus.

To mount my journaling cards to my card front, I ran them through my Xyron Creative Station Lite. Because the corrugate is very textured, I wanted to be sure that my die-cuts had an edge to edge adhesive... But because these had a smaller surface area, I decided to switch my 5" cartridge out for my 3" to avoid any unnecessary waste.

Before I attached the last journaling card I arranged and tucked my floral arches and stemmed leaves behind the journaling card and adhered them into place.

I found this "I am thankful for you" phrase from Tim Holtz's Ideology Small Talk stickers and thought it paired beautifully with the word "Friend" from Eileen Hull's Floral Arch die set. 

I finished the card off by adhering my finished flowers, leaves,  and a crinkle ribbon bow.


Wow, look at all the gorgeous detail!!

And here is the finished card...


I really love all these textures!


And the black and white cardstock really pop against these neutral colors!


I really loved how this card turned out! And I hope you did too!


I really hope this card inspires you to create something beautiful today!

Now...

Here is my BIG THANK YOU to everyone for sticking with me till the very end...

I love this tool so much and wanted to share that love with a couple of lucky people! So, I am giving away my favorite Xyron tool!! I have 4 Brand New Creative Station Lites to GIVEAWAY!!

Yes, you heard me right, I said 4!! I bought one machine for each of my terms that I was on the Xyron Team! This team, this company, has given me so much... I wanted to give back! 

I have 2 that I'm giving away here on my blog 

AND

I have 2 more that I'm giving away on My Instagram account!!

I know I have said this more than once but I'll say it again... My Xyron Team are more than just friends, they are FAMILY!

And I want to share my love for my family with a few lucky winners!

Each winner will receive:
 1 (one) Brand New Creative Station Lite
and
1(one) 3" Permanent Adhesive Refill Cartridge.

As Pictured Below

All you have to do is:

Leave a wonderful comment down below in the comments section. Please, sweet thoughts and kind wishes.

Follow this blog. It must be with an account that is reachable. This is how I will contact the winners.

AND

If you can be so kind...
Head on over to the Xyron Facebook Page and give them some LOVE for making such an awesome product and let them know Mitsyana sent ya! 

NOW, HEAD OVER TO MY INSTAGRAM for 2 more chance to WIN!!

Winners will be chosen at RANDOM from the comments section below. 
Winners will be chosen on Friday, January 11, 2019. 
And announced Monday, January 14, 2019. 
Winner must claim their prize within a week or forfeit their prize.



I wish you all the best of luck!!
And I'm so very thankful for you all!!
~Mitsyana

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**This blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites, and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products.
The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with each manufacturer, provider, or party in question.

***This blog contains affiliate links, clicking and shopping through these links helps to support and run the Up On Tippy Toes blog at no additional cost to you..***