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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ATC’s dressed for the holidays

ATC’s are just not my forte. I keep trying but I’ve never been quite happy with the finished results. The Cracker Jack Stamper’s that I’m part of have been swapping ATC’s recently and every time the sign up sheet comes around I swear I’m not going to participate again, but when that paper lands in front of me I pick up the pen and sign my name once again.

These are my attempt at a holiday-themed ATC for this months’ swap. I’m not afraid to show my failures!

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They started out as watercolor paper die cut with Tim Holtz’ ATC die. I needed eight so cut 16 pieces – front and back. They are brushed with one coat of Gesso and left to dry.

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Then they’re painted with red paint and left to dry before adhering a torn strip of patterned paper with a Xyron Glue Stick.

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A thin coat of soft gel medium, colored lightly with a touch of black acrylic paint to make a tinted glaze, is brushed on. While the medium is still a little tacky I randomly pressed down some gold leaf to add a touch of bling – it is the holidays after all!

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I typed up a saying – “And she wore holiday dressings” and printed it out on plain office paper. I trimmed the sayings down and inked the edges with Ranger’s Archival Black ink before running them through the Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker.

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The saying is split and adhered to each ATC then the ATC’s are brushed with a thin layer of soft gel medium tinted with Ranger’s Adirondack Metallic Gold paint dabber. I used a baby wipe to blot and gently wipe away some of the gold layer; I wanted just enough left to add a slight sheen.

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I prepped eight Dress Form Hangers from Maya Road by tying a piece of Maya Road Twine Cording around each one and trimmed the ends.

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To complete the look, I stamped the other eight blank ATC’s with a label stamp, wrote my info on the back and ran them through the Xyron 9″ Creative Station. Then I matched them back-to-back with the finished fronts.

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I finished them off by edging them with the gold paint dabber and added the cute paper clip!

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I took them to Club and exchanged them with the others. Though I don’t love them I’m not ready to give up yet! I love a good challenge so keep watching for that perfect ATC from me!

Framing it up shabby style!

Linda_Neff_mug_shot_2013I’m having a good time this month as guest designer with Dreamweaver Stencils. And to add just a bit more excitement to my first post, we’re also hopping with Ranger and using Beacon Adhesives! So let the fun begin!
 
Ready to be festively distressed once again? The Dream Team have been playing with Ranger’s Distress Paints, and are ready to inspire you to be distressed as well…paint distressed that is! Dreamweaver Stencils are the perfect choice to mix with all things festively distressed, as nothing shows off-color and texture better than great designs. By following our hop and leaving love along the way, you have the opportunity to win a great prize package including five Ranger Distress Paints and five Dreamweaver Stencils! Here’s the lineup for today, including our November Guest Designer: Me!
 
 
This is also our first posting day featuring our new monthly challenge, “Holiday Celebrations,” and for the entire month we will demonstrate ways to use Beacon Adhesives‘ entire line of products with Dreamweaver to create special projects in home decor and gifts of love. Here’s mine:
 
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This is my version of shabby chic. I started with Dreamweaver Stencil LX7001, Dreamweaver Stencils Embossing Paste, Ranger Distress Paints in Bundled Sage, Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap and Grunge Paper; Beacon’s Gem-Tac, and a basic mirror frame from Ikea.
 
I began by spreading the embossing paste through the Dreamweaver Stencil onto two sheets of the Grunge Paper and let it sit to dry for a bit. While the paste was drying I painted the frame with a layer of Gesso then the Frayed Burlap Distress Paint.
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When the embossing paste was dry I sliced the Grunge Paper into random squares and rectangles then painted some with Ranger’s Bundled Sage Distress Paint and the rest with Victorian Velvet. When those were dry I did a glaze effect on the squares by dabbing on the Frayed Burlap then taking a damp cloth and wiping it off.
Dreamweaaver_Beacon_Ranger_Linda_Neff_frame_2I smeared Ranger’s Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint on each piece and again left them to dry. I loved the way the edges curled up and down from the wet paint and crackle medium and decided that’s how I would apply the pieces to the frame. Beacon’s Gem-Tac adhesive is perfect for this technique because it tacks up quickly. For pieces where the edges curled up I applied the Gem-Tac to the center and where the edges curled down I put a thin line of Gem-Tac along those edges and placed the pieces on the frame.
Dreamweaaver_Beacon_Ranger_Linda_Neff_frame_4As the Clear Crackle Paint dries it leaves a nice grazing on the pieces. The glaze effect with the Frayed Burlap really highlights the stenciled design.
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It really presents itself as a shabby-chic look with the curled and raised edges.
Dreamweaaver_Beacon_Ranger_Linda_Neff_frame_6Thanks for dropping by and make sure to visit others on this hop to see some fabulous gift and holiday inspirations!