2-in-1 gift boxes

So…would I do it again? Yes, probably would. Ever had a project in mind that should be pretty easy to achieve only to find out it’s a whole lot more complicated than you thought? That’s where I am with these adorable little Gift Boxes/Ornaments. They are more work than anticipated but the end result is so worth it!

Welcome to Xyron’s Holiday Blog Hop!

10372750_10153350649544251_5810699339160766702_nMy first contribution is today and I’ll be back in December with another project. In the mean time be sure to visit all the other designers to see what they’ve been up to for Xyron – some amazing projects out there!

I began with regular matchboxes from the dollar store, chipboard pieces cut a bit smaller than the box front, some pretty Christmas papers and my Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker to build up the box front to look like a drawer.

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Then I painted them white and dry-brushed them lightly with some gold acrylic paint, used a jewelry drill to drill holes in the front so I could wire on some mini jingle bells for drawer pulls.

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The wire doesn’t hold tight so I added some Christmas paper on the inside that I ran through my Xyron 5″ Creative Station with permanent adhesive. This holds really well so there is no worry about the wires pulling out.

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Next step is to stick the boxes together. Here, I used Xyron’s High Tack Tape. Two strips on two of the three boxes, peel and stick.

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The exterior is finished by wrapping plain cardstock around the back end so you have a signature spot and the ugly back is covered. Then I cut and inked paper strips that would wrap all the way around the sides, put them through the Xyron 5″ Creative Station and wrapped.

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To hang I pierced a small hole in the top and inserted bakers twine, tied a knot on the inside to hold it in place and tied a loop knot on top for hanging.

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These look so cute hanging from the tree and will be greatly appreciated when filled with special candies, a little love note or money!  When I finished these I was immediately reminded of a good friend of mine who passed several years ago. She always re-gifted or hand-made a special ornament each Christmas just for me. It was always signed and dated and each year when I hang those special ornaments on the tree it reminds me of the good times we shared. I think this year I may start this tradition again with some friends of mine.

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Out in the wilds

The Xyron Design Team is hopping with Paper House Productions this week. I really enjoyed working with the paper and embellishments I received from Paper House.

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The paper pad is “In the Wild.” The papers have everything to do with the outdoors, camping, hiking and fishing.

I created this scrapbook layout using a photo I had just taken from a recent trip to Ludington – the paper was just perfect!

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After my border strips were cut and punched I ran them through my Xyron 5” Creative Station to adhere them to the background paper. The little corrugated hearts were mussed up and painted slightly then adhered with the Xyron Adhesive Dots.

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I typed my journaling and printed it on white cardstock, cut it out, inked the edges then run them through the Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker.

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I love the way this page turned out, especially with the punched leaves along the border – perfect for a Fall-themed layout!

I also made a little tag book from the same paper pad, lots of Paper House Productions dimensional embellishments along with some Coordinations Cardstock. It’s a great little book to take along on a weekend camping/hiking trip so you can journal your adventures.

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I processed all the tag pages through my Xyron Creatopia and adhered them back-to-back to create a nice, strong page.

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Adding a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges just helps to enhance the outdoorsy look of the book.

The embellishments were so easy to add to each little page – just peel and stick!

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I bound the pages together with the Zutter Bind-it-all system then added some beautiful fibers to each page to complete the look.

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Supplies used:

Xyron Creatopia with Stickz Adhesive
Xyron 5” Create-a-Station with permanent adhesive
Xyron 1.5” Create-a-Sticker maker with permanent adhesive
Xyron Adhesive Dots
Xyron Mega Runner with ½” adhesive
Paper House Productions “In The Wild” paper stack
Paper House Productions “Roughin’ It” 3-D sticker
Paper House Productions “In the Woods” 3-D sticker
Paper House Productions “Outdoors Diecut Sticker Pack”
Paper House Productions “Camping 2 Cardstock Stickers”
Coor’dinations Tim Holtz Distress Collection

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!