String Art with the DCWV DIY Project Stack


Thanks so much for your feedback on social media to yesterday's DCWV Pop Up Cards, yes they are super fun and add something different to your cards.  Today as promised I am featuring the DIY String Art Stack.  I found this sooooooooo relaxing !, seriously this stack is a great stress reliever, I am going to get these for my friends Christmas Stockings. Best of all it comes with the thread skeins and a needle, great too for traveling.  These DIY Stacks are available now at Michaels or through DCWV.


Supplies

Kraft Card
Pink Card





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Pop Up Cards with the DCWV DIY Project Stack.


Hey have you seen the great new collection of DIY Project Stacks from DCWV?.  They are available now online or at Michaels Stores.  This week I will be sharing some projects featuring the stack, today I am using the Pop Up Cards Stack, this stack comes with pre-cut pop up elements, card blanks with foiled details, and best of all full color instruction sheets to help you get the most from the stack.


For the flower pop up I used Tim Holtz distress inks to add tones to the leaves and flower petals, On the 'Hello' card I embossed the sheet before adding it to the card center and for the 'Luv Ya' I just sprayed the paper with a glitter spray.  To add some extra bling and texture I used some papers from the DCWV Color Embossed 6x6 and the Mixed Media 6x6.

I have used my Xyron Mega Runner and Xyron Glue Stick to assemble


Tomorrow I will be sharing projects using the DCWV String Art DIY Project Stack.


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Ombre Canvas using Clearsnap and Xyron

Yea!!!! time to get inky,  this week Xyron and Clearsnap have partnered and below is a fun Ombre canvas.



SUPPLIES

6x6 Canvas
Petaloo International Flowers
Websters Pages Flower


PROCESS

Using the set of Pumpkin Patch inks and the Art Screen, starting from the top and taking two rows at a time ink all the way down the canvas.


Using a cotton bud I then went along the edges of the tones and blended them together.


Using the 3" Xyron Sticker Maker I applied adhesive to all the flowers and sentiment and then added them to the canvas.


Apply the elements to the canvas and tah dah!



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Still time to vote in the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards

Thanks everyone so much who has already voted, for those who don't know I have now made the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards shortlist !!!, yes I did do a happy dance around the studio and the project that was due to be posted today remains unfinished due to my excitement.  So now my cyber friend this is where I need your help with votes!.  If you could click the button below and cast a vote for me that would be awesome.  You will find me under the 'Best Blog Post' Category.

Public Voting will run from Wednesday 17th until Tuesday 23rd August.

Sponsored by Littlewoods Ireland, visit their website here

Thank you so much for your support

Back to School Study Planner

Yikes, summer is almost over and time to start getting into school and study mode !.  That means timetables and study planning so I have made a quick TRIPPLE purpose study planning aid.  
There is a pin board, white board and calendar 



Supplies

StazOn Black Ink
Printed Calendar from Stash 
10 x 7 Chipboard
Zutter

How it's made

Using the Xyron Creative Station cover the front and rear of the Chipboard with matching paper from the DCWV Schools Days Stack..  Next Ink around the edges and trim a piece of the Chalk Board stack 7 x 5 and a piece of the printed Cork stack and adhere to the board using the Xyron Creative Station.


Cut out elements from the stack and ink the edges.  Using the Xyron 3" Sticker Maker adhere the elements to the board and add a rivet to the top for hanging.
Add the calendar to the bottom edge of the board using the zutter.



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Resist techniques mixed media wall plaque


As part of the Xyron DT assignment this week we have partnered with the fabulous Imagine Crafts.  We had to opportunity to pick our products (thanks guys) and I opted to pick products that I have never tried before and I am absolutely in LOVE !!!.

I choose the 'Goosebumps' resist liquid in the dauber bottle ( this will be forever be in my craft stash for now on), the Kaleidacolor 'Vineyard' raised rainbow dye ink pad and the super fun Radiant Neon Amplify in Black (seriously fabulous). Of course this all came together with the aid of my Xyron Creative Station, take a look below at how I created this fun mixed media wall hanging



Supplies

Large Butterfly Stamp by Sharon Callis Crafts
Mixed Media Stencils from Faber Castell
Pretty Amazing Stamps by Stampin' Up
MDF 8" Heart 

How it's made!

I took a leaf print sheet from the stack, cut it into a 9" x 9" square and ran it through the Xyron Creative Station using the Permanent Adhesive Cartridge.  I placed it adhesive side down over the MDF shape and pressed out any air bubbles.  I turned it over and using a craft knife I trimmed away the excess paper and then i inked around the edge using the brown tone pad in the Kaleidacolor set.


I used the Goosebumps and daubed it onto the surface of my large rubber stamp and stamped on the paper surface and allowed it to dry.  Using the ink pad and some inking foam i built up layers of ink over the butterfly to reveal the resist.


I used a stencil and the goosebumps to add further resist patterns to the surface and continued inking to reveal.  I used the Neon Amplify in two ways, one as a regular ink to stamp the butterfly, leaves and sentiment and heat set to activate the 'Puff'.  Then I went back over the stamped leaves and added drops of the Neon Amplify and using the heat gun again they add amazing dimension


For the final touches I used the dotty spiral stencil and some chalk paint to add swirls  and a light dusting of Glimmer Mist.


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I've made the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016 Shortlist !!!!

So today got off to a very exciting start with an email informing me that I have now made the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards shortlist !!!, yes I did do a happy dance around the studio and the project that was due to be posted today remains unfinished due to my excitement.  So now my cyber friend this is where I need your help with votes!.  If you could click the button below and cast a vote for me that would be awesome.  You will find me under the 'Best Blog Post' Category.

Public Voting will run from Wednesday 17th until Tuesday 23rd August.

Thank you so much for your support



Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016

Love happy emails!! Thrilled to find out that I've been long listed for this years Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016. I'm in two categories, 'Arts, Crafts & Interiors' and the 'Best Blog Post'. 

The shortlist will be announced in the next few weeks and if I am privileged to have made it then my followers will have the opportunity to vote, so my fabulous peeps I may need to call on you for support.



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DIY wrapping paper with matching card using Waffle Flower Stamps and Xyron

Hey, welcome back !.  How is the summer going for you so far?.  I'm making the most of the couple of dry days that we get to call summer here in Ireland.  Secretly though I'm kinda happy when it rains because it means that I have an excuse to stay indoors and create.

This week's project is a quick showing of how you can coordinate your handmade cards with some handmade wrapping paper.  I love large stamps, particularly mandala style stamps and this lush Lacy Flower Stamp stamp by Waffle Flower is just perfect.



So how would you like to get your hands on your very own Creative Station Lite?, well you are in luck because over on the Waffle Flower Blog they are having a giveaway, hop on over to see some more creative inspirations and and say hi to win..........but the fun doesn't stop there because also this week on the Xyron Facebook page they will be giving away a Waffle Flower prize pack.  To enter comment on any or all of the Waffle Flower projects on the page this week and you will be in the draw.



So below you will see how I created this weeks project.
I have used it with two different coloring mediums.  The first was alcohol markers on the card and for the wrapping paper I used Ken Oliver Color Burst pigment powders to shabby color the Mandala's.


And of course I have used my Xyron Mega Runner to help wrap my gifts and assemble my cards.




Supplies

Spectrum Noir Pens
StazOn Black Ink
White and Kraft Neenah Cardstock (great for alcohol pen work)
Black Kraft Card
Black Ribbon

Making the wrapping paper:

I have used A4 card here but you can use any size paper as required, hey why not even try it on the walls at home, lampshades, fabric all are great for a home decor project.
So i stamped, colored with the Ken Oliver Color Burst, wrapped and added ribbon !


Making the Card:

So basically I stamped and colored using the alcohol pens, trimmed to size and mounted onto a piece of the black kraft card using the Xyron mega runner and added this topper to card blank.  I have also done this on Neenah Kraft card, two different color effects but both equally striking.


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Passport Holder made using Xyron Laminate

Hey everyone, I hope that you are getting a little sun this summer!.  Here in Ireland as usual it has been raining a lot and I really wish that I was heading away on a vacation to a hotter climate.  For now  I'll settle for my travels between here and the UK for work, which is the inspiration behind today's Project.  My passport cover was a little tattered from use so i have made a new one using the Creative Station Lite and the 5" Laminate/Permanent Adhesive Cartridge.  The papers are from the awesome DCWV 12 x 12 'Treasures' and the mini Stateside sentiments stack 


Supplies


A few steps to help you make your own cover....
  • Open out your passport onto the cover paper, mark a boarder leaving approximately a half inch around the edge.
  • Keep the left over paper, this will be used on the inside of the cover.
  • Fold the paper in half, place the passport into the fold and mark the edges for the fold overs.
  • Using a creasing tool mark all the folds and using the Xyron 3" sticker maker add the cut out sentiments to the front of the cover.
  • Run the cover through the laminate cartridge of the Creative Station Lite.
  • When you peel away the wax paper packing the reverse of the cover will have adhesive applied, place the cover adhesive side down on the reverse of the left over paper and trim around the cover to remove the excess laminate and paper.
  • Re-crease the folds and using a sewing machine stitch along the top and bottom borders to hold the folds in place, these folds will keep your passport inside the cover.



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