Xyron & Anna Griffin on HSN September 8th

On September 8th Xyron and Anna Griffin will be on HSN bringing you some amazing products and I have had fun this week creating with my Xyron 3" Sticker Maker and Xyron Mega Runner and the Anna Griffin 'Pretty Paintings' Card making kit.  Make sure that you tune in to get your hands on this gorgeous kit and your Xyron essentials.

Here is a quick tutorial for one of my cards.  You will find that the flowers in the kit are self adhesive but the ribbon's, gold swirls, the larger card toppers and inserts will need help from Xyron to complete the project.

Easter Card
 (yeah I like to be early:) )

Using the Xyron 3" Sticker Maker apply adhesive to the ribbons, large toppers and gold swirls.

Layer the center topper onto the base card.

Next add the golden swirl elements.

Layer the flowers.

Finish with the ribbon and topper.

Don't forget to add the insert!

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Elegant Craft Caddy featuring Xyron, Craftwell and Teresa Collins

Need a fun way to up cycle your empty Teresa Collins Xyron Kit boxes?  This week Xyron have partnered with Craftwell and they have given me a selection from the amazing new Teresa Collins range of dies and folders.  This gives me the perfect excuse to do something fun.

I have made an elegant craft caddy that could be displayed in the home, brought to a crop or given as a gift.  You could of course make one to use for sewing, organising stationery, cosmetics etc or make one for the kids lego blocks, cars, little dolls too.  Add more boxes to create a tower, the possibilities are endless.  

All this week Craftwell Blog and the Xyron Design Teams will be sharing many inspirational projects and featuring some amazing products. 


Supplies Used

Xyron Creative Station
Xyron 9" Permanent Refill
Xyron 5" Permanent Refill
Teresa Collins Xyron Adhesive Kit Boxes (3 Empty)
Tim Holtz 'Vintage Photo' Ink Pad
Heave grade white box card

How it's made

The base is made from the white card.  Lay out three boxes on the card, space two a couple of millimeters apart.  The third box needs to be spaced two box depth widths apart from the second box.  This will allow them to be folded into each other when assembled.  Cut out the required base and add the folds as shown below.

The boxes will all need to open in the same direction.  Measure the interior of a box and create a template to use when cutting out the box linings.

Because the caddy will be opened and closed many times I wanted to ensure that the base will not crack and rip so I used DCWV Burlap to cover the base card.  When cutting out the cover of the base leave a border large enough to fold over the edge and under the boxes.

Run the burlap through the Xyron 9" Creative Station using the Permanent Adhesive.

When placing the base card onto the burlap fold the creases as you go, this will ensure flexibility.

The large gap between the boxes needs to be covered with Burlap also as this will be visible when the boxes are glued in place.

Glue the boxes to the base and test out the folds.

For all the box interiors use the template made earlier to cut out from three contrasting papers.

The papers will be too wide for the embossing folder so fold in the sides (this will give you two debossed sides but it won't be noticeable). I have used the 'Alpha' folder for the box interiors.

On the center of the paper use a white ink pad to bring out the details slightly.

So far so good!.  Once the three interiors are complete then we move on to the lid interiors.

Measure, cut and emboss paper panels and using the Xyron 9" Permanent Adhesive adhere the larger panels to the lids.

That completes the interior.  

Repeat the covering of the box lids and sides

I used three different patterns for the box sides

The centre panels and to top box lid have been embossed using the Diamond Motif folder.

To decorate the top lid cut out panels and flowers using the 'A Girl's Best Friend' dies.

Love Love Love the floral dies

To stop the caddy from opening I added some Teresa Collins Perfect Closures to two of the sides.

Now I have a stylist caddy to take with me so I can craft on the go.

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DCWV August Sketch Challenge

How is it August already?.  Seriously I blinked and missed the Summer!.  This week will be the start of the 'Back to School' prep in my house, I must admit though that I am secretly looking forward to the kids heading back to school.  My youngest will have longer school hours so that means more creative time for me (that's the dream) but in reality you may find me procrastinating, clock watching and fretting about what is happening in the school.

Righty ho on with the show, this months DCWV Sketch Challenge will be live shortly and you can take part, create a layout or card using the sketches on the DCWV blog and you could bag some crafty goodies.  Here are my layout and card for the August Challenge.

Products Used

DCWV 'Seaside Yacht' 12 x 12
DCWV 'Honey Chic' 12 x 12
Xyron Adhesive Products
American Crafts Twine
American Crafts 'Thickers'

( DCWV products were provided as part of the DCWV Design Team )

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Xyron Featuring DCWV Favor Boxes Stack

This week I get to combine product from two of my favourite companies  into one project that I cannot wait to share with you...... so I won't!

DCWV have a fantastic new range of DIY Project Stacks, you can view the full range and see a video reveal here.   

Today I am using the DIY Favor Boxes Stack.  This stack gives you enough card stock and templates to male over 100 favor boxes of all shapes and sizes, all you need is Xyron Adhesive and a pair of scissors and off you go !.

Delicious Cake Boxes

Products Used

Silhouette Studio Leaves
Silhouette Cameo


1. Chose the paper from the stack.
2. Choose the template, I have used the Cake Box template.
3. Cut around the template a couple of mm from the edge.
4. Run the template through the Xyron Creative Station laminate (This will keep your template in pristine condition for future use). 

5. Now trim away the excess following the cut lines of the template.
6.  Place the template on you chosen patterned paper, trace around the edge and cut out. Using a scoring tool and a ruler mark the folds and creases.
7. Using the High Tack Tape along the folding tabs.
8. Assemble the boxes.

9.  The complete box should look like this, the top tabs interlock. 
10.  I have distressed the box edges using an ink pad (optional).
11. Using dies cut out a trim to run around the sides of the boxes, add contrasting ribbon too using the Xyron 1.5" Sticker Maker.
12. To make flowers you could die cut or use paper flowers from the store but i have used the new DCWV Paperie Flowers.

13. To assemble the flowers roll from the end to the centre and secure in place using the Xyron Mega Runner.
14. Ohhh don't they look so pretty.
15.  I wanted to add some leaves in green so I die cut and using the Xyron Glue Stick added them to the base of all the flowers.
16.  Tah Dah!, Glue the flowers to each of the box opening flaps, that way you can open and close the tabs and the flowers will meet near the center.

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Xyron and My Favourite Things partnership

I was very naughty and shared a sneak peek on social media of the gorgeous 'Delicious Birthday' stamps and the 'Sequins' steel dies. The fabulous peeps at My Favourite Things sent me the products to create a project for their partnership with Xyron this month.

I have been let off the naughty step long enough to create and share with you a 3d card.  You could also place it in a frame and give as a keepsake.  The cutting file for the cake is my own design and I created it using Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Software.



MFT Stamps 'Delicious Birthday' Clear Acrylic 
MFT Die-namics Steel Dies 'Sequins'
DCWV Project Stack Mini Album Papers
Centura Pearl Cardstock
8x8 Kraft Card
Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
Silhouette Cameo
Ranger Archival Ink
American Crafts Ribbon

How it's made

1. Supplies at the ready
2. Set the design up to cut
3. Cut out the cake layers
4. Emboss using a large embossing folder

5. Run adhesive down the inside of  inner strip
6. fold in the tabs ready for assembly
7. Start at the center and work to the outer edge
8. Repeat on the other side of the half circle, fold the tabs around the back to close.

9. Repeat to create the second cake half
10. put the completed cake halves to one side for later
11. Cut three layers of contrasting card stock with different edges in decreasing sizes ready to layer onto the 8 x 8 Kraft Card
12. Glue the largest base layer to the card

13. Add the medium sized layer
14. finally add the last smaller layer
15.  The card is now ready to take the cake
16. Prepare the cake plate cut file

17. Cut out using patterned cardstock (I later changed it to white)
18.  Fold in the tab along the edge, this will be used to adhere the plate to the card
19. Fold in the tabs of the plate trim
20. Apply Xyron glue along the edge of the plate base

21.  Add the trim around the edge
22. Use the mega runner to add the plate inner base (this is cosmetic to hide the tabs)
23. The tabs are now covered and ready for the plate 'legs'
24.  Apply glue to the back of the two middle 'legs'

25.  Fold the middle legs in half so the line up together, then fold the two outer legs out
26.  Glue to the underside of the cake plate, ensure it is centered and to the back
27. Adhere the cake stand to the card base, keep the bottom of the legs flush with the base of the easel card.
28. Glue the cake halves in place and add the trim and ribbon using the Xyron 1.5" Sticker Maker

29.  Create sequins using the Die-namics die
30.  Glue the mini gems to the center of the sequin cuts
31. Glue the sequins around the top edges of the two cake halves
32.  Stamp the sentiment onto white card and spray with some Diamond Spray & Sparkle

33.  Matt the sentiments onto layer of matching cardstock and tun throught the Xyron 1.5" Sticker Maker
34.  Adhere the sentiments to the cake in the centre
35. Add some flowers and embellishments
36. Finish with some gems

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