Friday, October 28, 2016

Happy Fall Y'all Treat Boxes

October has been such a fun month—thankfully, it isn’t over yet!
With Halloween in just a few days, we thought we’d share some Harvest-themed projects for your enjoyment; projects that feature the one-of-a-kind Pink & Main products! I just have to say; we have thoroughly enjoyed working with Michelle and her team of amazing crafters (some of which are on our team as well!). They have made this blog hop a winner already! Then to see the variety of projects everyone created…I can’t wait to hear what you think!
So, without any further delay, please take a look at what our designers and what they have created for your enjoyment and inspiration. Once you get back to our blog, please leave us a comment below on what you enjoyed most (design, product, both), and you’ll be in the running for a giveaway! 3 people will be chosen at random to win a free Christmas stack!


Hello Crafty Friends!! We hope you are enjoying the blog hop so far!!
If you just came from my DT Sister, Beth Fiscus' blog, then you are in the right place!! Thank you so much for joining us today and stooping in on my blog for a visit!!!

I really love both wonderful companies!! I'm one a the few that are lucky enough to be on both teams!! And both of the companies are AMAZING!! And so are their products!! I'm absolutely thrilled to be participating in today's hop!!

And, I have these adorable fall treat/ favor boxes to share with you all today! Here is how I created them...

Supplies Used
Old Crow (Pink and Main)

Scarecrows (Pink and Main)


Twine (Blue Moon Beads)
Other Supplies Used
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Treat Carrier Die (We R Memory Keepers)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Versafine Onyx Black (Imagine Crafts/ Tsukineko)
Distress Markers- Carved Pumpkin (Tim Holtz)
Le Plume II Markers- Lt. Green, Gray, Orange (Marvy)
Water Brush (Pentec)
Mixed Media Paper 

I started my project by stamping multiple images onto mixed media paper using Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

Then, I outlined my image with my image also adding in shading with just short flicking strokes. then I took a water brush and activated the the ink with water and blended out the color.

I trimmed down my sheet to fit int my die cut machine, then used my (not yet to be release) Stitched Circle Dies from Pink and Main, to cut out my colored images.

I also die cut some scalloped Circles to layer my crows onto. This beautiful green polka dot paper if from DCWV's Autumn Leaves Stack.

I ran my stitched circle through my 3" Xyron Sticker Maker, and layered it onto a scalloped circle die cut.

Using more coordinating paper from the Autumn Stack, I cut out multiple treat boxes and folded along the seams. Then applied adhesive onto the flaps and adhered and assemble my treat boxes together.

Then I die cut out little banners from scraps from my mixed media paper and Onyx Black ink I used earlier. Then I stamped "Happy Fall Y'all" onto each banner. 

The awesome thing about these being clear stamps ... I  can see where I'm stamping AND I can bend and manipulate the shape of this die. Notice how I was able to slightly bend my words and follow the curve of the banners.

Once the ink was dried on the banners, I attached them to the front of each box.
Then attached my scallop circles to the back panel with the handle. 

Then finally, I added twine bow offset to one side and filled my carrier box with candy.

Here is a little close up...

I hope these projects have inspired you to be creative!!

And, don't forget to visit my other DT sisiters!! For more amazing creations!! 
You'll be glad you did!!

Here is the complete BLOG HOP line-up
Karen H  
Karen J 
Mitsyana (You Are Here)
Thomisia (Go Here Next)

Happy Crafting Everyone!!

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

Mahalo... Hawaiian Thank You Card

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!!