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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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 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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Xyron and Brutus Monroe

Xyron and Brutus Monroe fun today on the blog, I had a chance to create with their amazing range of stamps, chalk inks and embossing powers.. I am definitely stocking up on these products.

Supplies Used


Cover the card base using the Xyron Creative Station Lite with the first piece of card stock.

For the next layer cut it slightly smaller than the base and ink the edges.

Using the Creative Station Lite add it to the card base.

Cut the third piece to half the size of the second, ink the edge and again using the Xyron Creative Station Lite add it to the card base.

Heat emboss the stamp to the card stock and them matt this to a contrasting piece of paper and using foam pads add it to the center of the card.

To finish add the ribbons and buttons.

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All products used in this post were provided as part of the Xyron Design Team)

Life is Like a Camera..... with Xyron and My Favorite Things

This week Xyron has partnered with My Favorite Things and I got some super cute stamps and dies from the range to create with.  I took a 12" x  4" x 1" blank box frame and up-cycled it to create this piece of wall decor for my studio.


Blue Moon Beads Camera Charm
Embossing Powder
Black and White Ink

How it's made

Trim a dark piece of the cardstock to fit the front of the frame, run through the creative station lite and adhere to the front of the wooden frame.

Lightly shade around the edges with the white ink.

Trim the photo print paper so that the under layer of black paper shows, ink the edges of the blue print paper with a black ink pad and again run this through the Xyron Creative Station Lite and adhere over the black base.

The polaroid style piece of card stock was cut from a sheet from the stack.  I heat embossed the small insta image.

Add the 'Snap' stamp and adhere to the project using the Xyron 1.5" Sticker Maker

The sentiment was stamped on layered papers from the stack before adding them to the finished piece.

Tah Da!, 

(All Xyron and MFT products supplied as part of the Xyron Design Team)

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World 'Draw a Bird Day'

Hey did you know that today was world 'Draw a Bird' Day?.  Neither did I until recently !!!!, So to mark the day I have made a 12 x 12 Mixed Media project using Xyron, Canvas Corp and Ken Oliver Color Burst.


How it's made

I sketch and colored a wee little Birdy

On the mixed media board I used the Sepia, Burnt Orange and Lemon Yellow Color Burst first, while wet I then added the Metallic Sky, Metallic Jade and Metallic Copper.

I spritzed the 6x6 papers with a little Burnt Orange Color Burst mixed with water before putting it through the Large Creative Station and placed it on the media board.

I took a tweezers and peeled back parts of the edges to distress, then taking the blue 6x6 paper I crumpled it first before distressing and ripping the edges.  I took the sketch and trimmed it down, ran it through the Creative Station Lite then placed it onto a piece of 6x6 blue paper that I had distressed before adding it to the media board over the yellow base paper.

Print of the quote, I had it cut into strips a little too early but they still went through the Xyron Creative Station Lite easily, then while on the backing paper I spritzed them with the mist, cut into pieces and placed them on the media board.

I added the finishing touches by creating a frame from some DCWV corrigated paper and Burlap, adding Prima embellishments and the 7Gypsies rubbings.

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DCWV April Sketch Challenge

The DCWV April Sketch Challenge is here and to see the sketches and to participate then head over to DCWV here.

I have made a layout and a card.


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All DCWV Products provided as part of the DCWV Design Team