This mini makes me happy

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotI’m often asked which Xyron machine is my favorite and for this assignment that’s exactly what the Xyron people wanted to know. Such a difficult question to answer – especially for me. I own, love and use them all and have for all my crafting years. My Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker was purchased on my very first night of scrapbooking at a crop. I had no idea what I was doing back then but realized quickly this was one little special tool! It didn’t take me long to purchase the 5″ Creative Station then before I knew it I just had to have the 9″ Creative Station because I make a load of mini books. So, for this tutorial I chose the 9″ Creative Station as my favorite (though I did bring in the my 5″ and 1.5″ machine as well).

I’ve wanted to make a little book like this ever since I seen the one, Heather Conklin, fellow Xyron Design Team member made last year. So here’s my version!

I began with a paper pad from KaiserCraft – Telegraph Road. I also used craft-colored paper to cut my own tags to make the pages.

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The papers were cut, punched and inked before running them through the Xyron 9″ Creative Station. Love my Xyron machines! Xyron makes it so easy to create beautiful mini books. The papers are secure on the backgrounds and I never worry of any of them lifting.

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Then just remove the top covering of cellophane, peel and stick.

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When the pages were all decorated I stitched them around the edges a bit randomly. Half the finished pages were processed through the Xyron 9″ Creative Station so I could stick them back-to-back with the remaining pages.

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This book contains five pages back-to-back with room for photos on both sides. Holes punched in the top allow book rings to hold it together and hang from the Ikea Tolsby frame. I added photos of my adorable grand-dogs, punched flowers, some ribbons and punch-outs from the paper pack to finish it off.

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This is a wonderful way to display some of your favorite photos and Xyron makes it so easy to make!

Artful tag

1379285_10201160006777115_1053883481_nWelcome to the Xyron and Core’dinations blog hop! We’ve been hopping all week so if you missed any, please click this link to catch up on all the other fantastic projects.

I had a grand time playing with the Core’dinations cardstocks in creating this tag.

I started by cutting the tag using dot textured tan cardstock from the Core Essentials Collection by Core’dinations and the Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplates die by Sizzix.

The pinecone and greenery are cut from Core’dinations Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection using the Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die by Sizzix.

Coredinations_Xyron_Tag_linda_neffI inked the edges of all the pieces with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and edged with Black Soot. The pieces really started to shape up when I lightly sanded them all with the Core’dinations Sand It Set sanding block and wiped the dust away with the kits’ cleaning cloth. I loved the way the sandpaper squares stick to the loops on the sanding block. It is so easy to switch out to a new sandpaper! Some Ranger Clear Crackle Paint is spread across the greenery and set aside to dry and crack.

Coredinations_Xyron_Tag_linda_neff_2The pinecones assemble so easily. I rolled them as directed and sealed them shut with the Xyron’s Clear Hold Adhesive from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit. I also put a small amount of the glue on my non-stick craft sheet and used my finger to spread in on the pinecone tips and then sprinkled on a bit of gold glitter for some sparkle.

Coredinations_Xyron_Tag_linda_neff_3Once the pieces were assembled and dry, the sentiment stamped onto a scrap of manilla tag, I was able to construct the tag. The small flat pieces were processed through the Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker.

Coredinations_Xyron_Tag_linda_neff_4Once assembled, I tied a pretty piece of May Arts wrinkle ribbon to the top so it could hang and it looks great hanging from this burlap wreath!

Coredinations_Xyron_Tag_linda_neff_5Thanks for visiting my blog and be sure to hop over to all the others!

Making glittering mosaics from scraps

Art_Glitter_Linda_Neff_Xyron_Mosaic_Card_tutorial_Photo_4bI used to love making mosaic scrapbook pages and recently was playing around with some ideas to use for cardmaking. I decided I was going to use Art Glitter, Xyron and scrap paper to create some mosaic pieces. It turned out pretty good and I was quite pleased with the results.

Jump on over and visit the Art Glitter blog to read my post on how I created the mosaics for this card using simple basic tools and scrap paper.

Singing your song…

Two of my favorite companies teamed up during October to cross promote their products. It’s been amazing to discover how well their products work together.

I’m talking about Art Glitter and Globecraft Memories. And, it just so happens I’m on each of their design teams so how much fun is that!

For this cross-promotion I almost made another ornament. I love how quick and easy they are to make and they just mesmerize me. I love the way the light shines through the glitter shards. But, I decided to put some extra effort into it and try my hand at another Globecraft Memories Easel Greetings.

There’s really nothing fancy about these greetings. They come five to a pack for under $5 and they’re white. That’s pretty much what I like about them. They’re plain so I can paint, spritz, ink or cover with pretty paper, they stand on their own, so my recipient can put it on display, and they fit into a standard-size A2 envelope (unless you get a little heavy-handed like I tend to do!).

On this Easel Greetings I actually incorporated Xyron as well. I ran my corrugated heart (yes, I used it again) through the Xyron 2.5″ Create-a-Sticker and rubbed away part of the adhesive before coating it in Art Glitter and tapping the excess off. Remember the faux lace technique from May? Well, rather than use a tape runner I discovered the technique works just as well with the Xyron. It gives it a roughed-up appearance which I tend to like.

That adorable birdcage on the card front is also from Globecraft Memories. It’s from the Piccolo Vintage Bird Cage Charms. Hop on over to Art Glitter’s blog and you’ll see the steps involved to make this card yourself. While you’re there, check out the posts from the rest of the team. There are some adorable and creative projects!

This isn’t the Poodle Skirt I remember …

This is a sweet little card – perfect for a birth announcement, recognition or first birthday.

Here’s how it’s made:

Start with Piccolo Card Decor Set #8. Carefully remove the two pieces from the frame and clean up any rough edges by lightly sanding. I find it rare that I need to sand any edges on the Piccolo elements; they tend to remove easily and cleanly from the background. Start by inking your first piece with Piccolo Enamel Adhesive and sprinkle on the Piccolo Enamel.  I like to tip my covered element over a bead or glitter tray to catch excess enamel rather than tap it off. Heat set the enamel with a heat tool. I used two coats of Piccolo Detail White on the flourish and heart elements.

The larger element is enameled with Poodle Skirt Piccolo Enamel Powder. I set two coats and randomly sprinkled some areas with a third coat and heat it just enough to set but not melt completely. We call this the Flash Heat technique. It gives the piece a bit of a rough appearance and creates texture and dimension.

I then inserted the flourish and heart back into the background element to create a two-tone effect. Love the way it looks – the smooth white against the rough pink.

I made my card from cardstock cut to size at 5 1/2 inches-by-8 1/2 inches, then scored and folded it in half. Then cut a piece of pink cardstock to 4 1/8 inches-by-5 3/8 inches, and processed it through the Xyron 5″ Creative Station using permanent adhesive. I like to leave the protective backing on until I’m ready to adhere it to the card so I stretched the green May Arts ribbon across the center and wrapped the ends to the back, gently peeled the backing just enough to adhere the ribbon.

I used a ChipToppers sticker from Bazzill Basics Baby Girl sticker sheet and mounted it a scrap of green cardstock then trimmed it leaving about 1/8 inch frame around the sticker. Between the amount of Piccolo pieces on Card Decor Set #8 and the numerous stickers on the Baby Girl sheet I could easily get 4-6 cards. That’s extremely economical and I’m all about economical these days!

I adhered the Piccolo element to the pink card front, added some dimensional foam tape to the back of the sticker piece (leave the protective covering on) to elevate to match the Piccolo element. Determined placement over the Piccolo, placed both pieces on a piercing mat and used a piercing tool to pierce three holes. Inserted brads through all three parts: sticker, Piccolo and card front and flatten with a bone folder. This will allow your decorative front to lay fairly flat on the card.

Next, I peel the backing from the dimensional tape on the sticker and press that down. Then remove the Xyron protective cover from the back of the pink card front. Carefully line the pink, embellished card front up to the folded card front and press in place.

Hop on over to the Globecraft Memories blog to see another card I made from Piccolo Card Decor Sets!

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