A bunting we will go…

Oh what fun it is to play with Xyron and Heidi Swapp!

The Xyron team is hopping with Heidi Swapp this week and I’ve seen some of the projects already and let me tell you, you’re all in for a real treat!

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Thanks go out to Heidi Swapp for the collection of wonderful products we received. At first I wasn’t sure what to create, but this little pack of Color Magic Jumbo Pennants just kept calling out to me. I’m in love with buntings/banners recently. I’ve made a slew of different types and still haven’t tired of them. They can brighten up the dullest blank walls, mantles or windows and just put a smile on your face.

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Here’s the steps to create this rustic-style holiday bunting on your own. I started with the pennants and attached silver eyelets in each top corner with a Crop-a-dile. Then I edged all the pennants with metallic silver Adirondack Paint Dabber. I wanted to use some of Heidi’s Believe papers and cut eight 3/4-inch strips of the sheet music paper from her Believe 12X12 paper pad. I folded all those into accordion strips – by hand – no scoring tool used (think rustic). I threaded a needle with a good strong thread; I like to use carpet or heavy-duty quilt thread for these type of projects. Then I ran the needle and thread through the center of the strips. The needle actually goes through the paper pretty easily.

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To give it that rustic look I added strips of burlap as well, gathering it through the center with a simple running stitch. All the pieces are connected as we go along so you need to determine in which order every piece will lay. I alternated paper strips with burlap strips in between the pennants. Run the thread behind the pennants so it doesn’t show.

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The problem I ran into was that it looked so plain so I just went crazy and kept adding bits and pieces here and there – if you can call that a problem! The real problem is knowing when to stop and I didn’t. To add some burlap strips to the front of the smaller pennants I ran them through the Xyron Creatopia with permanent fabric adhesive.

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Because burlap is an open-weave fabric and the Xryon adhesive gives total coverage, I was able to add some beautiful Antique Silver Fine Glass glitter. I sprinkled over the entire piece of burlap and gently pressed it in before tapping off the excess.

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I encircled the word ‘JOY’ with a Heidi Swapp Color Magic Pressed Paper Frame that I painted with the metallic silver Paint Dabber; the Heidi Swapp letters are painted with the same paint. The frame is raised up with the Xyron Black Foam Squares from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

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I added two holiday phrases to two of the larger pennant pieces. They’re decorated by running the Xyron 1/2-inch Double-Side Tape on all four sides on the backs of these two pieces then pressing in silver tinsel pipe cleaners so they hang just slightly over the edge. These are also popped up with the Xyron Black Foam Squares.

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I also made several rosettes using the Tim Holtz Sizzix die and topped them with punched circles from another Heidi Swapp paper from the 12X12 paper pad.  The punched circle is also raised by the Xyron Black Foam Squares. I lightly inked the edges of the rosettes with Ranger’s Black Archival Ink and the punched circle is edged with the metallic silver Paint Dabber.

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The rosettes are adhered on top of the glittered burlap strips.

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This bunting measures around six feet and looks great hanging between two windows in the studio. I love the rustic feel the burlap adds to the white and silver elements.

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Be sure to visit all the other designers participating in this hop. You can find the links here: http://aintshecrafty.blogspot.com/

Getting ready for the 1st Snow

1379330_10201327703969440_1970198601_nXyron has teamed up with Maya Road (one of my favorite companies) for a wonderful blog hop this week. Maya Road shared so many fantastic products with us for the hop that it was a pleasure to create this project.

I live in Michigan and I’m in that crowd of others who rush outdoors to take a ton of photos when we receive our very first snowfall of the season. It’s true – we rush outdoors to take all those photos because it’s so beautiful and three months later we’re wishing it would all just quit and go away!

I always say I’m going to scrap those photos or share the beauty with a relative who doesn’t live in Michigan, but they usually just end up sitting in my computer with the thousands of other photos that never get printed. This year will be different. I made this ‘1st Snow’ mini album to hold all those photos. I started with the Maya Road 5X8 3-ring Chipboard Tab Book and painted the pages with some homemade chalk paint I had left over.

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Quite a few of the Snowflakes Mini Chipboard Set were painted in the same color and then embosssed in a Crafter’s Companion 6″X6″ Embossalicious Embossing Folder – Let it Snow. After the snowflakes were embossed they were glazed with some dark brown acrylic paint. I rubbed it in with my fingers and wiped the access off with a baby wipe. This allows the paint to settle into the textured areas.

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The next step is to run the snowflakes through the Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker facedown. This puts the adhesive on the top surface so they can be sprinkled with Art glitter Ultrafine Crystal Glitter. I love this technique for applying glitter because it gives a nice smooth finish for the glitter to land on rather than a raised trail of glue. The Xyron Clear Hold glue from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit is perfect to hold gems in the center of each snowflake.

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A few of the snowflakes were used to decorate the adorable Maya Road Vintage Linen Burlap Bag used on the front cover. Title letters were painted with Adirondack Snowcap Acrylic Paint Dabber and treated as the snowflakes to add a layer of glitter. I then brushed on some Xyron Clear Hold glue to the tops of the title letters to add another layer of chunky glitter, Art Glitter Krystallos Shard Glass, to simulate fallen snow resting on the ledge.

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All the backgrounds on the pages are created by stamping with Wendy Vecchi and Tim Holtz stamps and Adirondack Snowcap Acrylic Paint. I brushed the paint onto a non-stick craft sheet and stamped into it to pick up the paint and then stamped onto the page. Be sure to wash the stamps immediately before the paint dries. This added a nice soft look to all the pages. Several sentiments were stamped onto High Gloss Cardstock by Crafter’s Companion.

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Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots proved very useful in attaching the chipboard snowflakes and the title. With the two sizes – 3/16″ and 3/8″, it was very easy to place them in narrow and thick areas.

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The interior pages were dressed with sentiments, snowflakes and few embellies – kept light so the photos become the center of attention.

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Several sentiments are attached with the Teresa Collins Stapler on the outer edge so photos can be tucked under the loose edge. The journal card is hinged with the arrows from the Maya Road Vintage Kraft Star & Arrow Pins collection.

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Pretty ribbons adorn the rings that hold the book pages together – Alterable Scallop Trim by Maya Road and May Arts Krinkle Ribbons.

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Wearing my heart on my fridge …

Howdy! Wanted to share a quick little idea with you for creating magnets.

My fridge magnets were really in need of an update since all the kids have left home – and it’s been awhile.

I created a couple to start with that are a bit more my style than child-like. I was able to use up some materials I had stacked and stored (it’s always a good thing when you can decrease your stash!) which made me happy.

Whenever I cut dies such as the Sizzix Primitive Hearts or Sizzix Flowers, 3D, I save the extras I don’t use in a container. I started by gathering the smallest hearts and a couple of the cut flowers, some glitter, Xyron Magnet Tape, Gesso and printed words.

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If you’ve been following this blog for a while you know how much I love my Sizzix Primitive Heart die, especially when cut from corrugated cardboard.

I spritz the hearts with plain water so it’s easier to rough them up a bit.

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I ran some leftover scallop circles punched from old book pages through my Xyron 2.5″ Create-a-Sticker, roughed up a heart or two, blotted off some of the water and stuck the circles to the top of the hearts. The overhang is torn off.

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Dry the hearts briefly with a heat tool and finger paint them with a bit of Claudine Hellmuth Gesso. If the Gesso is too thick and you cannot see the book page words through it, just spritzed with a bit of water and use your finger to rub it around so it becomes a bit more translucent. Rough the hearts up a bit more if needed and briefly dry them again.

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Process the hearts face-down through the Xyron 2.5″ Create-a-Sticker Maker. For a distressed look I do not rub the back or outline the edges of the hearts while they’re on the Xyron backing. I tend to peel them off quickly so the adhesive is pulled off randomly and hap-haphazardly.  The point here is stringy and missed spots.

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Place the hearts, sticky side up, in a glitter tray and sprinkle with Art Glitter #102 Mimosa Ultrafine Transparent Glitter.

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The transparent glitter allows all the texture and dimension beneath to show through – it simply adds a nice gentle sparkle.

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Cut some printed words or words from old book pages and process through a Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker and adhere to the hearts.

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Adhere the decorated hearts to the top of the clip clothespins, overlapping as desired. Tie a knot in a small piece of dyed muslin and adhere to one of the hearts. Add a bit of Vintage Glass Glitter #901 Krystallos Shards to the upper corner of the top heart.

Zip off a bit of Xyron Magnet Tape and add to the back of the clothes pin. I simply sliced it to fit and used the remaining to totally cover the clothes pin.

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They look cute on the fridge and a bit more my style!

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To learn how to make the flower magnet, click on over to the Art Glitter Blog for another tutorial.