Holiday key safety

Welcome to week three of my stint as guest designer with Dreamweaver Stencils. We’ve also teamed up with Beacon Adhesives this month to create a variety of holiday projects or gift items.
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Be sure to visit each of our designers below for so many great holiday ideas!

This key holder box has been in my garage for about three years. I picked it up at a dollar store several years ago with good intentions that never materialized. Fast forward several years and I’m in the middle of a Dreamweaver/Beacon Blog Hop for holiday projects and gifts. I remember the box and decide it’s finally time to use it.

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I kept this project very simple. The box was black and it opens to hold keys so bring it out during the holiday and use it to house car keys of your visitors. It has a paper picture of roosters on it so I primed the picture and left it to dry.

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Once dry, I taped down Dreamweaver’s Stencil LX 7003 Ornate Xmas Tree and spread with Dreamweaver’s Embossing Paste. The more I use this stuff the more I’m liking it. I removed the tapes, leaving one to use as a hinge to remove the stencil and placed it in water. I left it to dry for a bit then came back and painted the door and over the stenciled area with a white latex paint and left that to dry.

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I wanted to highlight the tree with gold so used a bit of Ranger’s Adirondack Metallic Gold Paint Dabber; just lightly dabbing the gold onto the tree.

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Then I liked the gold so much that I decided to do a gold paint wash over the entire lid. Loved the way that turned out! I wanted to frame in the tree and did this by slicing some Heidi Swapp’s Believe Peppermint Stix paper into 1/2-inch strips. The edges are inked with Ranger’s black Archival Ink. I simply laid the strips on the lid where I was going to place them and cut the edges at an angle.

I used Beacon’s Fast Finish Decoupage medium to adhere the strips. I also sealed them with the medium.

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Then I decided to add some gold glaze to the Fast Finish Decoupage medium and brushed it over the entire box cover and lightly wiped it off, leaving a hint of gold shimmer.

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I left a heavier gold color around the inside edges of the lid to help highlight the tree even more. The detail I get with these stencils and paste is amazing!

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Up against the wall …

Linda_Neff_mug_shot_2013I’ve been dying to share this project with you all since I finished it the other day! It is so not-my-style, but I love it just the same!

It’s the week of projects created from the partnership between Xyron’s Design Team and Little Yellow Bicycle. I have always loved Little Yellow Bicycle products and was so excited to receive my generous packet of supplies with their newest collection – Acorn Hollow. As much as I love mini books I wanted to do something different with the canvas mini book I received. I wasn’t sure what, but after discovering the sticker collection with the title “5 Things I am thankful for” I decided six book pages would be perfect to work with – one for the title and five more for the 5 things.

I started decorating the book’s pages individually using the 6-by-6-inch papers with no focus in mind really other than I would have six finished squares. Using the Xryon Creatopia made it so easy-peazy to cover the pages. I was able to line two 6-by-6 inch papers side-by-side and run them through the machine. After all six were sticky back I just needed to peel-and-stick the papers to the pages.

They needed a finished edge and I originally inked them with Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink but it didn’t feel right. A lot of the embellies with this collection are highlighted with copper so I dug out my Ranger Adirondack Metallic Copper Paint Dabber and gave that a shot. It was perfect! After all, Fall is all about the glow!

To make the paper leaves and flowers more dimensional I rolled them gently with a stylus on a mouse pad until they curled and then outlined them with the copper paint. The Acorn Hollow collection has so many different embellishments that were just so darn cute that I just kept layering and layering! I layered the chipboard embellies with the paper ones and ran the clear acetate embellies through the Xyron 2.5″ Create-a-Sticker Maker to hold them flat and in place. This project was just so much fun!

    

So, I have the six squares finished and I experimented with laying them out and hanging them like a banner. I really liked them stacked and thought they would look nice framed and on a wall. Went to the garage and rummaged around for different pieces of junque to mount them to and came across an old photo collage frame pained in country blue – yes, you remember the style. Wasn’t sure what I was going to place inside the frame for the background but proceeded to take the frame apart to paint it and clean the glass.

I settled on a black frame (Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black Paint Dabber) and highlighted with touches here and there using the Copper Paint Dabber that I edged the pages in. I really like the way it was going. I decided on a plain black background so painted the corrugated cardboard backing and turned it to the inside. While, when I was replacing the glass I broke it so was left with just the painted cardboard. That actually worked out well because it gives it a more rustic feel which I like. I mounted the finished squares with dimensional foam tape to pop them up just a bit. It looks really nice! It’s big. It measures 17-inches by 22-inches.

I wanted to make a scrapbook layout too because I had papers and embellies left over – there’s still enough left to make several cards – so chose some pictures from my favorite place to visit, Sunset Shores in Clare. The photos worked well with the papers and embellies. This layout is a bit more my style. A little torn up and distressed. I stamped on the tan background paper with Archival Jet Black ink, heat set, and then spritzed it with a homemade concoction of Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold and water.

Hope you like and be sure to visit the Xyron and Little Yellow Bicycle blog all week long to see what my other team members are up to!

Krafting an envelope mini book

I’ve always said you can’t go wrong with the classic color combination of tan and black so when I seen Graphic 45’s Kraft Reflections Collection I knew I wanted to use it. I just had to wait for the right project to come along. And it did!

This week we’re blog hopping with Xyron and Globecraft Memories! I’m on design teams for both these companies so it was fun to incorporate both my favorite products into one project using one of my favorite paper collections. I started with the Bubble Brag Book Kit from Globecraft Memories, some Piccolo Decorative Accents and the papers. The bubble frame for the book cover has three layers and I decided I wanted the same paper on each layer. I picked Bed of Roses for them and set that aside to think about how to fill the bubble itself. For this I selected a quote from the Quote…Unquote Kraft Reflections Collection. I cut it out, distressed and inked the edges then made some paper flowers with Sizzix Flowers, 3D die. I hand cut the leaves and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I arranged all the pieces and tested it to make sure it all fit inside the bubble. You gotta love these bubble frames because you can build a dimensional scene that is totally protected.

Once it was arranged to where I liked it and it all fit within the bubble I glued the bubble over the scene and clamped it with my clothespins and binder clips.

Then I set to work to cut, trim, ink and adhere my papers to the three-layer frame which is the book cover.The papers are adhered to the chipboard frames with Xyron Glue Stick then I sanded the outer and inner edges and inked them all with Black Soot Distress Ink.All of the pages are actually made from regular white envelopes that showed up at the local recycle center. They’ve been in a bin in my garage for about two years waiting for the perfect project to come along – yeah! I used a method similar to what Stephanie at http://withagrin.blogspot.com/ shows in this video http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/20611252. I can’t even tell you how I found her, but I watched her video the other night  and figured I could use my envelopes and achieve a similar effect for the book’s pages. I glued the papers to the envelopes with the Xyron Glue Stick and used the Xyron’s peel-off waxed paper as a protector.I assembled five pages for the book. The book’s pages are all sliced open on the end so I made five large tags that slide into these and are great for photos, journaling or more quotes! The tags are all hand-cut and put through the Xyron 5″ Creative Station. I’m often asked why I use my Xyron machines so often – here’s my answer. I love using my Xyron machines because the adhesive is clean and neat and holds really well – it’s also so very quick! I have books I’ve made more than eight years ago using my Xyron and the pages have held up really, really well. I’ve calculated my cost and it usually runs $1 a foot to use my larger machines. I’m careful how I run my papers through and have very little waste. I can process a lot of pieces in a foot of adhesive and if I buy my refills on sale it costs even less!Large eyelets are so hard to find nowadays and I like to reinforce my tags before adding a ribbon so I make my own coordinating reinforcers using a 1/2 inch circle punch and a 1/4 inch circle punch. I run the 1/2-inch circles through the Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker and adhere to the tag tops then punch the center opening with the 1/4-inch punch.

I proceeded to decorate the pages using several Globecraft Memories Piccolo Decorative Accents (Small Flourishes, Butterfly Flurry Flourishes, Kitty Loves a Birdie Necklace, and Vintage Hearts Charm Set) and the remaining quotes from the paper collection. It made for a really cute book and the quotes, Piccolos and other hand-made embellies were really easy to work with and the retain the color scheme of tan and black.These are small compressed book board pieces that are just loaded with tons of detail and they’re so tiny so are perfect to use as embellies or charms. I painted all my Piccolos black and then dipped them in clear embossing powder and heat set. Take a look at the book’s cover and pages to see all the Piccolo pieces. Those are little Piccolo flourishes from a set that sit on either side of the globe.

Hope you enjoyed this little project and can put some of these tips to good use! Be sure to stop by the Xyron and Globecraft Memories blogs each day this week for loads of great projects and ideas! All your Globecraft Memories products can now be purchased through my blog by clicking on Globecraft Memories Piccolo box to the right. It will take you directly to the store where you can purchase any items I used in this project.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the projects from the rest of the design team members!