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 


StazOn Black Ink
Printed Calendar from Stash 
10 x 7 Chipboard

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


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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product supplied as part of the Xyron Design Team

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 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.


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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Xyron and Waffle flower products supplied as part of the Xyron Design Team)

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 


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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Xyron Products supplied as part of the Xyron Design Team

Xyron and Lawn Fawn

This weeks Xyron project is in conjunction with the fabulous Lawn Fawn.  I have made a card using the super cute 'Admit One' set of polymer stamps and the 6x6 'Beachside' pad.  


Spectrum Noir Pens
Stazon Ink
Kraft Card


Create a card blank from the Kraft Card 133mm x 205mm.

Trim the blue paper 133mm x 153mm, navy paper 133mm x 135mm and the pink paper 133mm x 96mm.

Matt and layer together onto the card using the Xyron Creative Station Lite and Permanent Adhesive Cartridge.

Stamp and colour the the ferris wheel stamp, cut out with a circle die and layer using the Xyron Creative Station Lite onto a circle of orange paper and place onto the card.

Cut strips of raffia and glue them around the edge of the circle using the Xyron Mega Runner.

Add the stamped sentiment and some washi tape to the card to finish.

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(All products supplies by Xyron and Lawn Fawn as part of the Xyron Design Team)

Xyron with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Yea !!!, I love love love Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and this week Xyron have partnered with them and here is a home decor piece that I made


Graphic 45 French Country Collection
Graphic 45 Typography Collection
Doodlebug Crushed Velvet Flocking
Prima Flowers
Martha Stewart Crafts Paints


1. Prepare the paints, gold, green and black.
2. Paint green patches onto the frame.
3. Fill in the blank spaces with patches of gold paint
4. Cover all the frame in a coat of the black paint.
5. When fully dry lightly sand back some of the black coating.
6. This will give a distressed look to the frame
7. Cut a  piece of the Graphic 45 paper to size and run through the Xyron Creative Station Lite.
8. Adhere the paper to the back board of the frame and lightly ink the edges.
9. Place the back board into the frame and secure.

10.  To decorate the Gypsy Die Cuts you need to Pass them twice through the Xyron Creative Station Lite to apply adhesive to both sides.
11. Leave the laser cut on the wax paper and cover one side in the flocking.
12. Add the background to the prepared frame base.
13.  Add the flocked laser cut to the frame and using the gold and green paints add accents to the swirls.
14.  Repeat the process with the other frame and add the sentiment topper.
15.  To finish add the flowers

(All product supplied to me by Xyron for free and are part of the Xyron Design Team)

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Hanging with my Gnomies Xyron and Simple Stories

Hey this week I am hanging with my Gnomies at Xyron and Simple Stories, I love their new Bloom and Grow collection it's so CUTE!!!!!!.  I wanted to make a diorama to hang on the hall heading to the garden so once again I grabbed and IKEA frame and got busy !


IKEA 10 x 10 Wooden Box Frame
Foam Pads
Ranger Distress Ink (Weathered Wood & Peeled Paint)


1. Gather Supplies and let's get started
2. Using the back of the frame as a template cut out the blue polka dot paper background.
3.  Ink the edges of the paper using the Weathered Wood ink pad and run the page through the Xyron Creative Station and adhere it to the wood frame backing.
4. To create the 'Hills' using a craft knife cut the curves freehand.
5. Using the Xyron Creative Station adhere the 'Hills' to the base and trim away the excess paper.
6.  Ink the edges with the 'Peeled Paint'.
7, Continue trimming paper and adding more hills, ink the edges and adhere to the base using the Creative Station Lite.
8. I have added the inner frame to allow me to create the diorama before placing it into the full frame.
9.  I used the Silhouette Cameo to die cut the tree and bench to add more dimension.

10.  Cover the outside frame edge in paper, ink the edges and assemble the frame, I left in the glass to protect the diorama but you can leave it out if preferred.

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(Xyron and Simple Stories products supplied as part of the Xyron Design Team)

Xyron and Deep Red Stamps

Xyron has partnered with Deep Red Stamps this week and struck it lucky and got to create with the fab 'Live is like a Butterfly' and 'Crochet Background' stamps.  I am addicted !!!.  Now here is the fun part, You have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate from Deep Red Stamps so you can indulge in their amazing range for yourself.. Leave a comment below and good luck !.


My Minds Eye 'Collectable' papers
Kraft Card


1. Stamp, colour and cut out the Butterfly stamped image.
2. Stamp the crochet background with black ink and cut around the edges.
3. Matt and layer together with a piece of the light blue paper.
Make a kraft card  card blank 4" x 8" , place a piece of the light blue paper onto the kraft card and layer with the chevron print which has been cut narrow.
4. Add a paper doilie onto the center and then add the butterfly topper.

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