Monday, March 30, 2020

Egg-cellent Friend Easter Card


Hey, Crafty Friends!! I'm back with Team Xyron today!!
I hope you are having a HOPPY Monday! 
 It's hard being apart for the holidays but that doesn't mean we can't send our friends and family a little love! With Easter drawing near and with everyone staying indoors I'm taking to sending much needed Easter Blessings via snail mail.

Today, I will show you how I added lots of dimension to my Easter card but still keep it lightweight with an item you probably already have in your craft room!



Supplies Used
Mega Runner(Xyron)
Big Shot  (Sizzix)
Joyful Easter (Pink and Main)
Joyful Easter Dies (Pink and Main)
Cloudy Frames Dies (Pink and Main)
Stitched Ovals Dies (Pink and Main)
Patterned Paper (Echo Park)
110 lb White Cardstock 
140 lb Mixed Media Paper
Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko/ Imagine)
Water Brush Pen
MISTI (My Sweet Petunia)
Craft Foam

I had this adorable Joyful Easter set from Pink and Main I thought was absolutely perfect.
Using a MISTI, I stamped my images onto 140 lb. mixed media paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Then, colored in my images using Derwent Inktense Pencils and blended out the colors with a water brush pen.



Next, I used a Big Shot and the matching Joyful Easter Dies to die-cut each image out.


And here is how I gave my card that "POP" to add dimension without all the heavyweight and bulk...

I ran a piece of CRAFT FOAM through my Xyron Creative Station. Then ran a piece of pink gingham paper. Then attached both together.


I set that aside for a moment. Don't worry. I'll show you why we needed that foam piece real soon.

I took a 4.75" x 3.5" piece of cloud paper and a 4.75" x 1.5 " strip of green polka dot paper. Then layered and attached the green strip onto the cloud paper with my Xyron Mega Runner to create a little landscape for the front of my card.


And then, here's what I did with my foam...

I die-cut that covered sheet with my Cloudy Frame die, creating a lightweight 3D frame!! And because I previously attached adhesive to the back, it is now a self-adhesive 3D frame!!

Next, I attached it to my card front, surrounding the landscape scene.


For even more dimension to my card, I made even more self-adhesive foam... this time- double-sided!!

I inserted the foam into my Xyron Creative Station but instead of adhering paper, I simply flipped the foam sheet over and ran it through again a second time. This resulted in adhesive being on both the front and the back!!

Then, all I had to do is cut it with scissors to the desired size and shape I needed for each of my colored images.


I stamped out the phrase and sentiments with more Versafine Onyx Black ink and then die-cut them out using Pink and Main's Stitched Ovals Dies. Then attached the "you're an egg-cellent friend" to the front of the card.


I had lots of left-over images that couldn't fit onto the front of my card so I decided to decorate the inside of my card as well and add them there.

I took leftover strips of paper I had from the front cover and cut them down to create a coordinating landscape inside. I attached all the pieces with my Xyron Mega Runner. There wasn't enough to make an exact match but it turned out great anyway.


I think it turned out amazing!!

Here is my finished card...

FRONT


INSIDE


A Few Close-ups






I love these bunnies and chicks!! They're so adorable!! And all these bright colors make me so HAPPY!! Or should I say "HOPPY"??!! Hahaha!!

I hope you all enjoyed my project for today and have a very HOPPY EASTER!!

Until next time,
HAPPY CRAFTING!!
~Mitsyana

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

DIY Foiled Treat Toppers & Free Downloadable File

Hey, Crafty Friends!!
Yup, I'm back!! I'm with Team Xyron today to show you how you take your Easter Game to the next level with these foiled Easter Treat Toppers using the Xyron Glaminator!! 

These are so super easy to make! Let me show you in a few easy steps!!


Xyron Supplies Used

Other Supplies
20 lb Copy Paper
Laser Printer
Paper Trimmer
Corner Chomper/ Punch
Cellophane Bags
Stapler


STEP 1:  DOWNLOAD my FREE "For My Peeps" FILE

Free File

Click HERE to download.

STEP 2: PRINT FILE.
It is very important to use a LASER PRINTER or this will not work.

STEP 3: CUT the print into 4 pieces.


STEP 4: TURN ON GLAMINATOR.
Be sure to push the indicator switch all the way to the star setting and wait for the indicator light to turn GREEN.


STEP 5: COVER ENTIRE IMAGE WITH FOIL.
INSERT foiled covered image into the protective sleeve. Then INSERT SLEEVE into the GLAMINATOR.


For even more fun, FOIL them in different colors...


STEP 6: FOLD panel in half and
ADD DECORATIVE CORNERS (optional) with a corner punch.


STEP 7: BAG PEEPS into food-safe cellophane bags.


STEP 8: ADD TOPPERS ONTO BAGS






How cute are these?!!

It's so much fun to foil! Give it a try! You won't believe how easy it is!!



Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Bees Knees Artist Trading Box

Hey, Crafty Friends!!
It's another beautiful day to get crafty! And today I will show you how I created this beautiful bright and cheery Bees Knees ATB (Artist Trading Box)!

Let's get right to it!!


Supplies Used
Mat Board (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Entomology Dies (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves Dies(Sizzix)
Honey Dear (DCWV)
Cardstock- White, Gray
Creative Station (Xyron)
Create-A-Sticker (Xyron)
Distress Oxide Inks- Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed,
Shaded Lilac, Black Soot (Ranger Ink)
Medium White Lily(I Am Roses)
Small White Lily (I Am Roses)
Yellow Sweet  Moon Rose (I Am Roses)
Yellow & Cream Variegated Cherry Blossoms (I Am Roses)
Liquid Glue
Wooden Dowel Caps
Gesso (Liquitex)
Adhesive Foam
Cutter Bee Scissors (EK Success)
PITT Artist Pen (Faber-Castell)
Water Brush Pen
Wooden Dowel

Today, I'll be playing with Eileen Hull's new Gift Box with Scallop Edges Die...


Along with DCWV's Honey Dear Stack.


I cut my patterned paper in half to measure 6" x 12". 

Then I ran both halves through my Xyron Creative Station Machine.

I peeled the protective film and attached each piece to a separate sheet of Sizzix Mat Board .


Once I attached my paper, I placed it faced down onto my Gift Box die and ran them both through my Sizzix Big Shot Plus.

I folded the die cuts on their creases. Each of these pieces creates one half of a box, hence, the need for two.

This box also cut out little labels and scalloped edges. I didn'
t use them for this project so I set them aside and saved them for a potential future project.


I added a string liquid adhesive onto the little flaps of one of my cut-outs. And attached it to the inside middle panel of the other.

I used a couple of mini clothespins to hold it securely in place while the glue took hold. 

Once it was dried, I attached the other ends with glue, again held it together with clothespins till the glue firmly took hold.

I left the top flap unattached so that I could still use it for a storage box.


I placed it aside to completely dry.

I painted 4 wooden dowel caps with white gesso and attached them to the underside of my box as feet.


I found this cute card panel in the Honey Dear Stack that I absolutely adored. It said, "You're the Bees Knees" with a picture of a beehive surrounded by an elegant frame.

I cut it out by hand with a scissor, attached foam adhesive tot he back, and attached it to the front of my box.


On top of my box, I attached an assortment of lilies, cherry blossoms, and a sweet moon rose.

Then I die cut one Skeleton leaf from gray cardstock. I cut it apart and made it into multiple mini leaves.

Then individually tucked and attached each leaf under my flowers.


Next, I die cut a couple of bee silhouettes using one of my Tim Holtz Entomology dies. I don't have the matching stamp set so I drew all the details by hand using a PITT Artist Pen.

I ended up not using the vellum one pictured.


Then colored in the bee using Distress Oxide inks in Spiced MarmaladeMustard Seed,
Shaded LilacBlack Soot, and a water brush pen.


I curled around a dowel rod a 3-inch piece of wire that was discarded from one of my flowers.

Then I ran my blank bee silhouette through my little Creat-A-Sticker and sandwiched the wire in between the two bee silhouettes.


Lastly, I tucked and glued the wire into my bed of flowers.

And here is my finished box...




I really love how this turned out!! That yellow is such a happy energetic color!!
This box is like a ray of sunshine and makes me want to smile each time I look at it!!

I hope it has made you smile too!!

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and it inspires you to make one yourself!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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

Sunday, March 15, 2020

IAR March Challenge

 Hey, Crafty Friends!!
It's that time again... time for a new CHALLENGE over at the I Am Roses Challenge Blog!!
Today, I created this lovely card using lots of coral tones throughout...


I Am Roses Products Used Used

Other Products Used
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Big Shot Glitter Cutting Pads (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Gothic Gate (Sizzix)
Life Changing Blending Brushes (Picket Fence Studios)
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink- Worn Lipstick (Ranger Ink)
140 lb White Cardstock (Accent)
Coral Cardstock (Bazzill)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Chit Chat Word Stickers (Advantus)
Foam Adhesive
Liquid Glue

I started with a 5"x7" card base made from 110 lb white cardstock. Then matted it with a 4.75" x6.75" piece of coral cardstock, followed by a 4.5 " x6.5" patterned paper from DCWV's Peri & Peach stack.
I attached my layers onto the card base using my Xyron Mega Runner.


I ran a piece of kraft cardstock and leftover coral cardstock through my Xyron Creative Station. Then die cut them both using the Tim Holtz Gothic Gate die and my Big Shot machine. Then attached the two pieces together to get a really thick die-cut.


I die-cut leaves using David Tutera Eucalyptus leaf die and blended on some Worn Lipstick  Distress Oxide Ink.

Then, I attached the leaves onto my card front using a clear drying liquid adhesive.


To build my bouquet, I twisted a couple of White Puffy Semi Rose Buds together along with a tiny Salmon Achillea Cottage Flower. I glued that over my eucalyptus leaves. 

Next, I added a White Tea Rose then two Medium Variegated Coral Red Daisies and then ended with another tiny Salmon Achillea Cottage Flower.

Finally, I used a phrase from Tim Holtz's Chit Chat Word Stickers stack that reads "the promise of all things made new" and popped it up with a bit of foam adhesive mounted on the back and placed and attached the strip across the gate.


And here is my finished card...


I love the details in I Am Roses' flowers! The creases and fold in the rose petals and the varying color tones in their variegated flowers... It's absolutely gorgeous! They look almost real!


I hope you enjoyed my project for today and it inspires you to join along on this month's challenge!!

For more details on how to join in on the fun and link your project and to see more inspiration from my talented design team sisters, head on over to the I Am Rose Challenge Blog... HERE!! 
You might some amazing IAR prizes!!

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

Monday, March 2, 2020

May Unicorns & Rainbows guide your dreams



Hey, Crafty Friends!!
I'm back with another gorgeous card I created for the I Am Roses Design Team. This card is packed full of color and I am ecstatic!


 A rainbow color scheme that was inspired by the very flowers themselves. Well, actually, these specific flowers...



They instantly made me giddy with joy! I was just blissfully in awe. How did they get so many beautiful colors on such a small surface without turning those petals to mud?

And with the color code name "UNICORN", these babies quickly became my new obsession! I just had to create something with them and I am so glad I did too. Let me show you how I made this dreamy creation...

Supplies Used
Mini Round Roses (I Am Roses)
Small Rounded Roses (I Am Roses)
Spring Cottage Flowers (I Am Roses)
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Big Shot Glitter Cutting Pads (Sizzix)
Stitched Oval Dies (Pink & Main)
Life Changing Blending Brushes (Picket Fence Studios)
Tim Holtz Life's Possibilities Clear Stamps (Stampers Anonymous)
VersaFine Onyx Black (Tsukineko/ Imagine Crafts)
140 lb White Cardstock (Accent)
Pastels Cardstock Stack (DCWV)
Vellum (Grafix)
MISTI (My Pink Petunia)


If you 've been following for a while, you know that I have a love for #10 (I create mine to be 9 1/2" x 4"- slightly smaller than the #10 envelope) cards. I love the tall sleek stature. It's different from that of the A2 (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") sized card that has become the standardized go-to for most crafters. 

I made my card base (9 1/2"x 4"- when folded) from lavender cardstock from the DCWV Pastel Cardstock Stack. The white cardstock mat was cut to 9 1/4" x 3 7/8". And the pastel blue cardstock (also from DCWV's Pastel Stack) was cut to 9 1/8" x 3 5/8".


I used the large flourish die from the Tim Holtz Mixed Media #2  set to die an ornate window on one end of the pastel blue cardstock using my Sizzix Big Shot. Then I flipped it to the other end and repeated the process on the other side.


On the panel of white cardstock, using my Picket Fence Studio's Life Changing brushes, I blened on patches of Distress Oxide Inks in Mustard SeedCarved PumpkinPicked Raspberry

Then, I splattered drops of water using a water brush.


After I put the cut-out panel over my colorful background, I realized that the background was waaaaaay too bright. So I cut a piece of vellum the same size as the cut-out panel an ran it through my Xyron Creative Station and applied it right over top my color background. This instantly toned down the vibrancy. 

Then I layered and adhered it to the cut-out over top. and attached it to the card base.


Then I die cut a narrow oval using the Pink & Main's Stitched Oval Dies and stamped it with an inspiring quote stamp from Tim Holtz's Life's possibilities set with VersaFine Onyx Black in my MISTI. Then added foam adhesive tot he back and attached it onto my card front.


I prepped my flowers by wrapping the wired stems of my UNICORN Colored Sweet Moon Roses and UNICORN Small May Roses around a wooden dowel to create spiraled vines.
Then I attached them to my card front, anchoring them to one side but left gaps between each unicorn rose.

I twisted my Rose Leaves stems together and arched and attached them towards the top and bottom of the oval creating a swag. I filled in any tiny gaps with Mini Round RosesSmall Rounded Roses, and Spring Cottage Flowers.


Then finally scattered glittered jewels throughout the card front for a bit of sparkle and shine.

And here is my finished card...



Even with the vellum, the rainbow colors pop!! They are so eye-catching. The positively pierce through those cut-outs!! 



I thought this sentiment about DREAMS was absolutely perfect paired with my unicorn flowers and rainbows...


This card turned out more gorgeous than I anticipated. And with such an inspirational quote it is sure to lift spirits of those who wish to push and dream.

I really hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time, HAPPY CRAFTING!!
~Mitsyana