Sunday, November 10, 2019

Encouragment Card- Choose to Shine w/ I Am Roses

Hello, Crafty Friends!!

Woooo, it's cold!! Dropping temps can only mean one thing... WINTER!!
And today, I created a card for the I Am Roses team that embraces the chili weather with a cool color palette.

Supplies Used
White Lilies Medium (I Am Roses)
Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Mixed Media #2 (Sizzix)
110 lb. Cardstock- Kraft, Cream (Recollections)
Patterned Paper (DCWV)
Green Cardstock (Coredinations)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Sailor's Sky Sparletz (Buttons Galore and More)
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide- Peacock Feathers (Ranger Ink)
Life Changing Blending Brushes (Picket Fence Studios)
Hemp Twine
Tim Holtz Chipboard Quotes (Avantus)
Big Shot (Sizzix)

You know I love my elongated cards and the extended surface area is a great canvas for using these substantial I Am Roses flowers.

Today, I used these of I Am Roses White Lilies. And though these perennials tend to die back in the fall, their beautiful white blooms remind me of the purity of snow.

I started with a #10 sized (9 3/8" x 4"-folded) car base made from Kraft cardstock and two mats of patterned paper measuring 9 1/4" x 3 7/8".

Then, using the floral lace looking die of the Tim Holtz Mixed Media #2 dies set, I die cut the corner of the top left of the lacy pastel paper.

Then I ran it through my Big Shot machine a second time moving the die to the lower diagonal corner.

With a Life Changing Blending Brush, I inked on Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink all along the edges and throughout the lacy cut-out.

Then I cut Skeleton Leaves from Cream and Green cardstock.

 I used a Xyron Mega Runner to layer the card panels together onto the card.

Then, I attached the leaves to the center of the card, laying the longer leaves at a diagonal.

I create multi-loop bows from hemp twine and attached them onto the base of each cream-colored skeleton leaf.

I took each lily and wrapped their stem around a wooden dowel to create spirals.

Then grouped the White Lilies into two bundles of three an attached the onto the card front.

**Option to Flower Arranging Yourself**
If you have difficulty in flower arrangement, I suggest using I Am Roses' pre-made flower sprays.
They take all the guessing out of pairing and arranging flowers together. An you simply attach the sprays in its entirety.

Check out their assortment of sprays HERE.

I stashed an extra multi-loop bow in between the two lily bundles to fill the gap.

Then, for a bit, of sparkle and shine, I attached an assortment of bling form the bag of  Sailor's Sky Sparletz.

Lastly, I attached this encouraging sentiment from Tim Holtz Chipboard Quotes.

And here is the final card...

Look at these gorgeous flowers... there's just so much detail and texture!

These beautiful blooms are quite sturdy and hold their shape extremely well even with constant handling.

I really love that, like many of I Am Roses flowers, these are stemmed. I love being able to "pose" and manipulate the flowers or even turn their stems into curly vines.

It really is a great added feature.

This card was really relaxing to make. I hope whoever receives it feels the serenity and love I poured into it.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and it inspires you to create something beautiful!

Until next time...

Friday, November 8, 2019

Mouse Ears & Stars Shaker Card

Hey, Crafty Friends. 
I'm back today with this super cute Disney themed shaker card I created for Buttons Galore!!
I've been using buttons from Buttons Galore for YEARS!! But did you know they don't only carry buttons??

I was ecstatic when I saw their array of crafty goodies!! So much yummy sparklies and embellies that tickled my senses... I was in heaven!!

So today, I'm going to use some of their amazing goodies to create this happy little "Dream" Shaker card, because after all, it is the happiest place in the world...

Supplies Used
Sprinkletz- Mouse Ears  (Buttons Galore)
Sparkletz- Crystal Stars (Buttons Galore)
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Wish Upon A Star- 6x6 Paper Pad(Echo Park)
Wish Upon A Star- Dream Castle (Echo Park)
Wish Upon A Star- Hot Air Balloon (Echo Park)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Stitched Circle Dies (Pink and Main)
Black Cardstock (Recollections)
White Cardstock (Recollections)
Blue Cardstock (DCWV)
Red Cardstock (Bazzill)
Yellow Cardstock (Bazzill)
Craft Foam
Acetate (Grafix)
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide- Broken China (Ranger)
Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool (Ranger)

I started by gathering my supplies... look how everything coordinates perfectly already!

I die cut a rectangle from this super cute plaid paper using a stitched rounded rectangle die and my Big Shot machine. Then I die-cut two more from red craft foam.

Next, I ran my plaid die-cut rectangle through my Xyron Creative Station Lite and attached it to one of the craft foams.

Once adhered together, I die cut a circle window.

I placed my plaid my windowed rectangle over the second foam rectangle and used a pencil to trace the exact placement of the window.

Then, I used the same circle die to cut the window in the exact same place as the first. 

I set them both on the side and worked on the card base...

For my card base, I cut a piece of black cardstock to 4 1/4"x 11". Then score and folded it at 5 1/2" to create an A2 sized card. 

I attached a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" piece of light teal cardstock onto the black card using my Xyron Mega Runner.

I brought back my plaid window and attached a 4"x4" square piece of acetate over the opening with a strong liquid glue. Then set it aside to dry.

While the glue was drying, I attached the other red foam onto my card base.

I ran a 3" strip of black cardstock through my Sticker Maker. Then die cut a castle and the word "Dream".

I attached the Castle into the circle of the red foam attached to the card.

I used scraps of white cardstock I ran through my sticker maker to die-cut clouds. Then inked around the edges using Broken China Distress Oxide ink.

I attached the clouds to the plaid window, adhering some clouds onto the window itself.

Then, I attached the word Dream under the window.

I used my sticker makers to attach more adhesive to red and yellow cardstock.

And die-cut hot air balloon pieces out of red, yellow, and black. I layered and paper pieced them together to create these cute Mickey-themed hot air balloons.

All the pieces had adhesive already on the back so assembly was a breeze... even with those tiny pants buttons!!


I attached the Crystal Stars Sparletz to the sky using a tiny dab of liquid glue.

Once my stars were dried, I scattered Mouse Ear Sprinkletz into my opening.

Then topped it off with my second window and attached the two pieces together.

And here is my finished shaker card...

How flipping cute is this??!!

All the stars stay in place because they're glued down... but those are free to move about!

I really love shaker cards, they are so much fun to make!!
I hope you enjoyed this card as much as I did!! And I hope it inspires you to create one of your own! 

Until next time...

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Feeling Gratitude Card

Hello, Crafty Friends!!
I'm so sad that October is done and gone but I'm looking forward to the rest of the holiday season. Thanksgiving, here we come!! And I have so many things to be thankful for! This year has been filled with lots of trials but they have helped me grow and learn. Learn to be a better friend, better mom, a better role model, and a way better me... And for that, I am extremely grateful!

So this card I created for the Eileen Hull team was very fitting...

Supplies Used
Eileen Hull Embroidery Hoop (Sizzix- Retired)
Eileen Hull Blends Inks- Melon, Flagstone, Nutmeg (Clearsnap)
Big Shot (Sizzix) 
Mat Board (Sizzix)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Feeling Gratitude (Waffle Flower)
Achillea Cottage Flowers (I Am Roses)
Versafine Onyx Black (Imagine. Tsukineko)
Pattern Paper (DCWV)
Kraft Cardstock (Recollection)
Brown Button- Bittersweet (Buttons Galore)
MISTI (My Sweet Petunia)

For this card, I used two of my all-time favorite dies from Eileen Hull Designs... 

The Leaves, Spring and the Embroidery Hoop. Sadly, the Embroidery Hoop has since been retired. But the Leaves, Spring die is still available and remains one that I constantly reach for.

I cut a 5" x 6" piece of white mat board and ran it through my Xyron Creative Station Lite machine. Once through, I flipped it over and ran it again a second time to get adhesive on both sides of the mat board.

I removed the protective film from one side and attached patterned paper to the mat board. Then I trimmed off any overhang with my scissors. Then, I placed my mat board (paper side down) onto my Embroidery Hoop Die.

I ran the die through my Sizzix Big Shot Machine.

And presto... It gave me three (count them... THREE) die-cuts!! You can use all three in your projects but today I'm only going to use the largest of the cuts as a frame. The other two cuts I'll set aside for future projects.

To build the body of my card, I started with a 5"x7" card base made from kraft cardstock. I matted the card with a 4.75" x 6.75" piece of orange cardstock. Then layered that with 4.5" x 6" piece of leaf patterned paper and a 4.5" x 1" strip of knit sweater patterned paper. 

I attached all the pieces together using my Xyron Mega Runner.

Then, attached my mat board embroidery hoop.

To decorate my card, I chose an assortment of papers that were similar in color to the leaves that were in my patterned paper.

I folded the papers in half before die cutting and covered each shape completely and ran it through my Big Shot. This resulted in cutting out the die-cut shape an it's mirror image (see middle picture below).

Then, I used Flagstone, Melon, and Nutmeg Blends Inks to shade my leaf die-cuts. 

Then I put the leaves on the side to concentrate on the sentiment of the card.

I've always loved this stamp from Waffle Flower called Feelin Gratitude. It encompasses my exact thoughts and fills up the Embroidery Hoop perfectly!

I used my Misti stamping tool to stamp my sentiment onto my card with Versafine Onyx Black ink and again onto gray patterned paper. 

Then cut out the banner pieces from the gray paper, added foam adhesive, and attached it over the banner images on the card front.

I used a strong quick-drying glue to attach my leaves to the embroidery hoop. I grouped the leaves into threes and followed the curvature of the hoop.

I added a twine bow topped with a button between the groupings of leaves. 

Next, attached my premade cherry blossoms... I snipped off the stems of the cherry blossoms and spiraled the achillea stems with a skewer. Then attached the cherry blossoms and achillea flowers onto the leaves and surrounded the bow. 

And here is a look at my finished card...

I totally love how this turned out!! The fall colors on this are so calming and not harsh. And couldn't use a little more calm in their lives, right?!!

I hope you enjoyed today's card and it inspires you to create something gorgeous this Thanksgiving season!!

Until next time...

Monday, October 21, 2019

Creepy Skull Trio- Easy Mixed Media with Xyron

Hey, Crafty Guys & Ghouls...
I'm baaaaaack!! And this time with some spooky mixed media! I created this Creepy Skull Trio Journal for Team Xyron... It will be a cringe-worthy piece to add to anyone's Halloween collection.

Let me show you how I simplify my mixed media creations with the help of my Xyron Creative Station!

Supplies Used
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Black Chipboard (Graffix)
Black Gesso (Golen)
Gilding Wax (Pebeo)
Black Netting
Plastic Bugs
Plastic Skulls
2mm Elastic Cording (Darice)
Strong Liquid Glue 
Non-Stick Scissors
Paintbrush (Prima Marketing)
4" x 6" Notebooks
Clothes Pins (Optional)

I love making little books and journals. They are great as gifts but also make wonderful home decor.
I love to display my finished pieces on my living room mantle and they are always an eyecatcher.

For this book, I used Eileen Hull's new Pocket Notebook Die to create the base and cut 2 panels from black chipboard using my Sizzix Big Shot.

I use strong liquid glue on the spine to attach the two panels together. I secure them in place with clothespins till the glue sets.

While the glue is setting, I cut 2 8"x 8" pieces of black netting. I ran each piece of netting through my Xyron Creative Station. I make sure to burnish each piece with my bone folder for maximum adhesion to the netting. 

Then, I peel them off the protective film an attach the netting to the outside my book cover.

For me, using my Creative Station and adding adhesive this way. cuts down my creative process time by at least half. A lot of wet adhesive mediums take hours and sometimes days to fully dry. By adhering my materials this way, I save myself a lot of unproductivity and unnecessary waiting.

Next, I used non-stick scissors to trim off any excess or hangovers.

I found these little plastic skulls at the dollar store... loved their dimension but their heads stuck too far out. So, I cut the back half of their skulls off. These skulls were hollow so they were very easy to cut just using scissors.

Then, I added glue along the rim an attached the skulls onto the front of my journal cover.

To hide any glue, I shrouded the skulls with little wrapped hoods.

I created each hood by running layers of cheesecloth through my Xyron Creative Station and cutting them into strips and draped the cloth over and around each head.

After I've hooded the skulls, I attache plastic insect toy figures to the front and back cover.

Then coated everything with black gesso. 

Gesso dries fairly quickly. And once my gesso was dried, I used my finger to rub gold gilding wax over the raised areas. 

I wanted to have texture on the inside of my journal cover, so I ran more cheesecloth through my Creative Station and adhered it to the inside flaps. Then covered the entire inside with more black gesso.

I threaded 2mm black elastic coring through the pre-cut holes in the journal using needle-nose tweezers. 

Then inserted premade 4"x6" notebooks under each elastic band. These books were a good-sized thickness, so I used only 3 books to fill my journal cover. 

And here is my finished book...

I absolutely love how simply painting my project completely black then rubbing a metallic wax over the raised areas can look so awesome!!

Check out all the amazing dimension...

Front Cover

Look at all that texture and detail just pop!!  Look at the texture on the fly wings and those teeth on those skulls... WOW!!

Back Cover

The Entire Outer Cover

I hope this project doesn't give you too many heebee-jeebees!!

I think it is totally wicked!!

I hope it inspires you to try this mixed media hack and create something spooktacular of your own!!

Happy Haunting!