Blocks of Summer fun with Xyron…

Linda_Neff_mug_shot_2013I love it when I actually get to dig into my bins of unfinished projects and continue to work on them. This has been one of those days and I’m excited to share it with you! It all started because Xyron announced some new product releases and the Xyron Design Team members were able to play with them. We had the new dots and tapes in both sizes and I really wanted to focus only on those products so I really had to give it some thought as to what I could do with only these adhesives.

I thought about my six wood home-decor blocks that I had made several years ago for Spring – always intending to complete the other three seasons so they could be displayed throughout the year with a simple rotation. After wiping off years of dust I was ready to begin.

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I used Xyron’s newest High Tack Adhesive Dots in  3/16 in. and 3/8 in. along with Xyron’s Double-Sided High Tack Tape, a 6X6 paper pad from My Mind’s Eye (In Bloom) for my backgrounds and a mix of chipboard letters from my stash. The rub-ons are by Kathy Davis, Journey’s, from GCD Studios; ribbons by May Arts.

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The white letters are painted brown with Ranger’s Espresso Adirondack Paint Dabber and the blue ones covered with the coordinating papers (by running them through my Xyron 2.5 inch Create A Sticker machine, then trimming and sanding).

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I made some dimensional flowers by cutting them from the coordinating papers with a Sizzix die – Flowers, 3-D (I used the smallest flower). The papers are cut to fit the wood blocks with an inset margin of about 1/8 inch. The edges are all inked with Ranger’s Distress Inks, Old Paper and Vintage Photo.

I stitched on some of the papers just to add a little character and grabbed a few buttons. Now I’m ready for assembly.

I used the Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape, in it’s own dispenser, on the outer edges of all the background papers and any little strips I thought I might add. The handy built-in dispenser is pretty easy to use and the tape tears very nicely. The paper lining peels away very easily from the tape so taping and peeling went very quickly.

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One thing I can say about this tape is that it is VERY tacky and it adheres nicely to the wood.

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Once the background papers were all taped into place I moved along to embellishing. This is the fun part! I added the rub-ons here-and-there, tied some pretty ribbons around a few letters then used the Xyron 3/8 in. and 3/16 in. dots to adhere everything in place. I am amazed to think I only used these three adhesives on the entire project. It made for a nice clean finish and the only thing left on my fingers were the inks and few rub-on pieces that got stuck there somehow.

I can display these blocks lined up or stacked. They look nice on a mantle or in a window sill and I only have two more seasons to do!

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Celebrate every day

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Linda Neff

I think you know how much I enjoy making these little DIY Ornaments. I made several that traveled out to California for CHA and then back home to Michigan. I picked them up last week so was finally able to take some photos of them so I can share them with you all.

You’ll find a tutorial over on the G&P Blog today and I’m gonna give you a quick run-down here as well. On the G&P Blog I show you how I made one using clip art inside and this one here shows how I used some of my vintage button stash. They’re both very different.

For this one, titled ‘Celebrate every day,’ I wanted to leave the bookboard rings their natural color. I did, however, place them in an embossing folder and run them through my Vagabond. I did this for both outer rings. It’s not necessary for the inner ring because only the very edge shows.

I then squeezed on a good amount of Glastique Gloss on both outer rings and both sides of the inner ring and spread it around to give the bookboard rings some shine. It also acts as a sealant and really makes the embossing noticeable.

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DIY Ornament: outer rings embossed and treated with Glastique Gloss.

I cut and rolled several paper flowers with the Sizzix Flowers, 3D die. I had some leaves and a vine leftover from some project so decided to use them all together. I used a small paint brush to apply Glastique to the leaves and flower edges an sprinkled them all with a light dusting of Fawn Microfine Transparent glitter. I set those aside while I figured out what else was going in this globe.

I opted to finger paint some Rose Pink 3D Enamel Gel onto the inside of the back globe. This provides a bit of dimension and texture and is still transparent while making the finished piece look good from the back. When that dried I adhered vintage buttons in a single layer to fill the back globe. Now I could start assembly. I laid the vine, leaves and flowers in until I got an arrangement that appealed to me then I glued them all in place, added the computer printed phrase and let it sit a while to set up.

DIY Ornament: back globe with vintage buttons and 3D paper flowers.
DIY Ornament: back globe with vintage buttons and 3D paper flowers.

When it was pretty stable I added a thin line of Glastique to the unfinished side of the bottom ring and set the globe into it, clipping it together with clothespins while the glue sets up. When it’s pretty much set, run a thin line of Glastique around the lip of the globe and lay the inner ring on it; clip to set up.

DIY Ornament: inner ring glued to top portion of bottom globe.
DIY Ornament: inner ring glued to top portion of bottom globe.

The Glastique dries clear so no need to fret over a little bit oozing out. Now glue the top globe to the inner ring then glue the top embossed ring over that and clip till the glue sets. I like to leave these for a couple hours or overnight just so I’m sure all my glue is perfectly dry before messing with it.

DIY Ornament with all layers together; clipped to hold tightly until glue is set.
DIY Ornament with all layers together; clipped to hold tightly until glue is set.
DIY Ornament with Glastique finish.
DIY Ornament with Glastique finish.

This one went together quite quickly and I added a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp to the top for hanging. There’s another ornament over on the G&P Blog today from me. If you’d like to try this on your own you can order your DIY Ornaments by clicking the link below. I’ll also have a class or two coming up at Scrapbook Peddler with the DIY Ornaments so watch for that date to be added to the calendar soon. I’ll be at the Scrapbook Peddler next weekend for a Piccolo Card Class.