A Simple Thank You

As we officially head into the holiday season, the Dream Team are challenging all of our followers to be especially “Thankful and Thoughtful” during the month of November. Link your creations with this theme on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool and the end of this post. Our “thanks” to you is providing you with the opportunity to win the stencil of your choice, and a bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver product(s) in your artwork.
I hope you enjoy my post today. There are times I tend to over-think a project or struggle to come up with a new idea when all that is required is clean-and-simple. I struggled to come up with a creative approach to use this Dreamweaver Pine Cones Embossing Folder and finally settled on clean-and-simple and love it!
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I used some Fall-colored card stock as matting for the embossed tag. I tore some of the tag bottom off so it fit on the card better then placed it in the embossing folder and ran it through the Vagabond. It embossed so beautifully on the manilla tag that it required nothing else but a little “Thank You” to go with this month’s theme.
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The detail that comes out in the embossing is amazing!
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I layered up the mats on the card front and wrapped a piece of May Arts ribbon around the top mat and inserted the tag with adhesive on the back to hold it in place.
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I love the simplicity of this card – how about making a set of four or five and wrap as a gift for a special someone? They make cute little Thank You notes.
I thought you might like a flashback to one of my Dreamweaver guest designer posts from last year. I came across this adorable little Christmas decoration when unpacking holiday decorations this week. Here’s the link for the how-to information: Quick and Easy.
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By the way, the Dream Team are very thankful when our followers are thoughtful enough to leave us a nice comment on our posts! Here’s the “A” team lineup for this week.
Don’t forget to link your creations with this theme on the Dream It Up! blog here: An InLinkz Link-up

Let’s make faux pallet art!

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotXyron has teamed with Core’dinations and Petaloo International this week to share some inspiration with you. I’ll have to admit these projects came together extremely easily because of the products we used.

Between running all my pieces through a Xyron, quickly creating distress with Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock and picking Petaloo flowers from a package and sticking them on with Xyron’s Adhesive Dots, I almost feel guilty.

 

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Let me walk you through how easy this project can be. I created this with a young girl in mind – maybe 8-11 years old; it measures 12″X14″.

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Pallet art is so hot right now, but not everyone has access to pallets and the tools required to make a simple sign. I started with four strips of chipboard, 3 1/2″X12″ and three strips of Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock. I was going for a hombre effect with the colors I chose. I used Xyron’s heart-shaped die to cut three hearts in different sizes. The chipboard letters are from my stash.

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I embossed the hearts and letters then gently sanded the hearts and cardstock strips with the Core’dinations Sanding Gadget and cleared away the dust with their Dust Buddy. The letters are white-washed with a dry brush then glazed with clear glaze.

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Process the cardstock strips through your Xyon Creative Station or use the Xyron Mega runner; adhere strips to chipboard (I used my Xyron Creatopia).

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Adhere strips together by adding two additional strips on chipboard running the opposite direction to hold the four strips together. Run the Petaloo International Fancy Trims through the Xyron 1 1/2″ Sticker Maker or use Xyron’s Adhesive Dots; these flowers are from the Darjeeling Collection. Place the ribbon where you like and add the hearts. I popped the middle heart up with homemade pop dots (Chipboard scraps cut into small squares, run through Sticker Maker and stack them together).

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Letters and flowers are adhered with Xyron’s 3/8″ Adhesive Dots. And now you have created a faux pallet art sign!

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For the box I used:

Supplies:

Xyron 5″ Creative Station with permanent adhesive
Xyron 3/8″ Adhesive Dots
Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock (Tim Holtz Distress Collection)
Petaloo Fancy Trims
Petaloo Premier Dahlia & Mini Mix (Darjeeling Collection)
embossing folder
Vagabond
border punch
glitter
Balsa wood box

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Make sure to check out the rest of the Xryon Design Team, as well as the Petaloo Design Team and Core’dinations Design Team for a whole lot of inspiration. Be sure to enter for chances to win some crafty goodness!

Makings of a one-pic-wonder …

Yes, I REALLY do like scrapbook pages with one photo. I’m not against lots of photos on a page, but I find I can capture a memory with one favorite photo that talks to ME and that’s what scrapbooking is all about for me. My pages talk to me, they’re my memories. I can’t speak for anyone else, only me and so I scrap for myself. Yes, I’m working on books for my kids, but they’ll be filled with my memories of those times – they’ll have to fill in with their own memories if they like.

Recently I found myself so uninspired that every time I went to my studio (think spare bedroom) I just sat there staring at all my stuff. I just couldn’t get any kind of groove going and I was missing the boat on classes and something needed to happen – quickly!

When I got done blaming the weather and anything else I could think of I finally bucked up and decided to go back to my roots – scrapbooking. It’s where it all started for me and it’s something I really enjoy and don’t do much of.

Now mind you, I’m not the type of scrapbooker who feels the need to scrap every photo. I scrap my favorites; photos that ‘move’ me and invoke some special memory or make me sit and ponder ‘what if.’ This layout started in my mind as a page for my oldest son and his beloved Zoe who passed recently. Zoe was his buddy for 15 years; sat beside him through failed relationships, job losses and more. It was going to go into his book. But as it turned out – or didn’t – that will be for another day.

It just wasn’t coming together so I finally started over with the same paper and a whole new idea. I would simply make the layout and call it good; the photo would come later. That seemed to work better. I enjoyed creating this page and am pleased with the layout and design. Then I came across this wonderful photo of my brother Randy and it was perfect!

You gotta love it when it works!