Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Teacher and Lollipop Woman Gifts using DCWV and Xyron

A quick post today to share with you a couple of gifts that I made for my Son's teacher and the Lollipop Woman.  I bought the frames from IKEA and the paper used is the 'School Days' & 'Edumacation' 12 x 12 pads from DCWV.  Of course all this came together with my trusty Xyron Adhesive Products.  I struggled to find a cutting file for a lollipop Woman (Working on design of my own) so I used a vector image from the web.  The quote was downloaded and cut from the Silhouette Studio Library.  


DCWV School Days 12 x 12 Stack
DCWV Edumacation Stack
A3 IKEA Frame
A4 IKEA Frame
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Studio
Cutting file by Kolette Hall #65163

How it's Made

Using the back of the frame as a base start by adding the bottom layer of paper using the Xyron Mega Runner.

Next cut some of the apple print paper and apply to the top of the base board.

In the center using the Xyron Mega Runner place the full sheet of green chevron patterned paper.

Cut out the full quote on red vinyl.

Next modify the cutting file on screen to leave only the eternity and influence words and cut out. Then do the same for the 'Teacher' word

I deliberately cut the vinyl on a '3' blade setting so that it would leave behind a mark on the backing sheet to help with the placement of the replacement words.  Weed away the unwanted words.

Prepare the vinyl words for transfer.

Line up and place onto the red vinyl carrier sheet.  Add more lifting tape.

Remove the vinyl lettering from it's backing sheet and place onto the project, making sure it it centered correctly then smooth out. Slowly remove the transfer tape and place the project into the frame.

The final result.  So quick and a gift for teacher to treasure.

Xyron products are available in the UK through Crafter's Companion

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Xyron featuring Simple Stories

Ah yes the sun has finally come out and I plan to get out a lot more over the next few weeks, and by that I mean I will be crafting outside !.  The garden needs and overhaul and fingers crossed this year I will get the pond finished. My kids plan on hitting the beach that is near us and this gave me the inspiration for my two projects today.  Xyron has partnered with Simple Stories this month and I was given the super cute 'Summer Vibes Collection' to create with.

On our beach we are always finding messages in bottles washed up on the shore and I though that how cool would it be to have a Summer in a Bottle, or to capture summer and have it hanging in the home to remind us that summer is never far away.  I had a large decanter bottle from Ikea and an old box frame that I rescued from a thrift shop for €2. So here are my projects along with tutorial for making your own.



Collall 3d Gel
Crafter's Companion Diamond Spray and Sparkle
Tim Holtz Ranger 'Vintage Photo' Ink pad
Talking Tables Paper Straws
IKEA Kulort Sand
Ikea Decanter
Wooden Box Frame

How they are made

Some of the supplies to give you an idea of the size of the decanter bottle.

To create a background for the diorama, cut a sheet of the 12 x 12 wood print paper down to 6.5" x  6"

Apply adhesive using the mega runner to the reverse of the paper down the length of the longest sides.

Curl up the paper and feed it into the bottle and when inside use a ruler to press down the adhesive edges.

Pour in some of the sand until it is approximately 1.5" high in the bottle.

Using the elements from the Simple Stories 'Bits & Pieces' package, the Xyron Glue Dots and the Straws make some props.

I have used the VW Beetle, Clouds, Balloons, Surf Board and Beach Sign. Once I decided on where they would be placed in the bottle i trimmed down the length of the straws.

Now for the fun part, you will need really long tweezers or maybe a kitchen ice cube pinchers to hold the elements as you feed them into the bottle.

Once all the elements are in the bottle them add the lid to close, decorate along the bottom and bottle rim with washi tape.  To finish add the 'Hello There' Summer' title to the front of the jar.

Tah Dah !, the finished summer in a beach in a bottle .


Now for the framed Summer Dreams.  Here is the frame I bought in the thrift shop, I love recycling and this project will give me summer all winter long.

To open the frame cut around the inside edge with a sharp craft knife.

Remove the frame front and all the elements.  I have saved the flowers to use in a later project.

I love love love these Xyron Glue Sticks, the have a triangular shape so it lets you glue right into the corners of the box, coat the whole inside with the glue.

Measure and fold the 12 x 12 Summer Vibes sunburst paper and place into the box.

Trim away the excess around the edges

For the interior I used the Xyron Creative Station and the 5" Refill to layer the 'I dream of Summers' topper with the backing paper

Using extra thick Foam pads to give dimension

To create the sandy beach, apply a very thick layer of the 3d gel to the bottom of the box and spread out with the spatula, don't be too fussy about getting it smooth,  you want the effect to be uneven.

Pour the sand all over the gel and press gently, shake of any excess.

We now have a beach, for the next part you need to work quickly before the gel sets.

As with the Beach in a bottle use the straws and the glue dots with the elements to make supports.

Trim the straws and then place the pieces into the gel, one the gel hardens the elements will be stuck in place.

To decorate the frame, trim the paper to size and run it through the Xyron Creative Station using the 9" Refill.  Add the the fron t of the frame, trim the excess away.

Ink the edges

Spray with the Diamond Spray and Sparkle

Tah Dah !, the finished diorama.

 Xyron products are available in the UK through Crafter's Companion

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Xyron and DCWV DIY Stencils Project Stack 'I Heart U' Projects

I Love Love love the new range of DCWV DIY Project Stacks, there are 'Flowers, Paper Roses, Mini Albums, Favor Boxes, Cone Wreaths, Seasonal Wreaths, Birds & Butterflies and of course Stencils.  Over on the DCWV Blog Tessa has made video reveals of all these project stacks, have a look here.

For my projects I have used the 'Stencils' DIY Project Stack along with my Xyron Adhesive Products to create a 3d 'Heart' wall hanging and a card.  The cut file is Design ID #60252 by Marji Roy for Ashbee Designs and is available from the Silhouette Studio Design Library. 

Below is my project and a quick tutorial.

I Heart You


White Cardstock

How It's Made

Cut out the various elements in the cutting file using the papers from the DIY Stencils Stack for the front and interior base of the frame.  The hearts are cut from the white card stock.

Take the heart (piece number 2) and using the round dots frame stencil and the eBrush add random half circle details to the paper.

On the front of the frame (Piece 1) using the dotty frame stencil add details to the top left and bottom right of the frame.

To assemble the frame and heart corners use the Xyron Mega Runner to apply adhesive to the tabs.

To add dimension between the heart pieces use thick foam pads, these pads came with the Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

Before adding the next heart layer on top of the base heart put pieces of the Xyron High Tack Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the sides. 

Lower the remaining heart layers into the first heart, pull off the tape's protective paper.

Press the sides firmly in place to ensure adhesion.

Turn over the hearts and this is how this part should look.

Place the assembled hearts into the base of the frame, apply tape along the inside edge of the frame front.

For stability apply foam pads to the corners of the hearts.

Add the front of the frame to finish.

This card was made using the criss cross frame stencil, the scalloped top tag  and the I heart you stencils and the eBrush.

The finished frame.

Xyron products are available in the UK through Crafter's Companion

Thanks so much for stopping by today, make sure to follow Xyron on Facebook 

I'm also on facebook and if you want to stop by and say hi !

See you again soon.

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