Monday, July 21, 2014

Xyron and Maya Road Blog Hop

Hi and thanks for stopping by.  This week Xyron are teaming up with Maya Road to bring you some inspirations.  Follow Xyron all this week on the Blog and Facebook for some fun projects, great product and giveaways.

For my project I have made a wall hanging using Maya Road burlap, wood shapes, chipboard shapes and Xyron, there is a tutorial too!.


Supplies used

Foam Pads made Using Xyron (Click here for Instructions)
Maya Road Wood Shaped Buttons
Maya Road Jute Cording
TSUKINEKO Dew Drop Pigment Ink
Little Birdie Vintage Elements
Embossing Powder
Petaloo Flowers
Ranger Liquid Pearls
other embellishments
10" x 8" Canvas
Gilding Wax

To Buy Xyron products in the UK visit Crafter's Companion

How it's made 

Using the Double sided tape cover the front and sides of the canvas.

Measure and cut your paper to size and place it face down on a flat surface.  Place the canvas face down on the paper and press firmly.

Remove the waxed paper from the tape and cut paper edges in preparation for folding round the corners of the canvas.

Press the sides with the tabs down first and then other sides to cover the tabs.

Ink all around the edges, I have used white.  Later when dried rub a little gilding wax over it.

I also inked the burlap !

I used a bottle cap with some liquid glue and dabbed it around the canvas, sprinkled on the embossing powder and then rubbed some Ranger Liquid Pearls in the centre of each circle.

The doilie is die cut from tissue using the Chantilly Lace Frame Die and run through the Xyron 5" Create a Sticker.  Run two strips of the Hight Tack Double Sided across the front of the canvas and place the burlap across, folding (Use more tape to hold the folds). Fray the edges.

I aged the chipboard bird and cage using the ink pads and the gilding wax.

I layered up the birdcage and elements together, the Xyron Glue Dots are perfect for holding flowers and other embellishments in place.

The Ranger Liquid Pearls add another dimension.

The finished project !!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Xyron, Simple Stories & May Arts

Xyron has partnered with Simple Stories and May Arts all this week to bring you a fun Blog Hop full of Inspirations and a chance to win some crafty goodness!.  To follow the hop visit the Xyron Blog every day.

I am a huge fan of Simple Stories and am more than addicted to their Silhouette Studio designs so had a little play with some of the May Arts and Xyron product in my stash and have put together a little tutorial for you. 

It's a Lovely Ride!

Products Used

Foam Pads from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit
May Arts Cut Outs Flower Ribbon
Crafter's Companion Kraft Card
Alabaster Photo Frame

To purchase Xyron products in the UK visit Crafter's Companion


Supplies at the ready

Emboss the A4 Kraft Card using the Embossallicious 'Dottie' Folder

Measure the inside aperture of the frame and cut the Kraft card to size and lightly brush the ink pad over the embossed surface.

Run the Kraft Card through the Xyron 9" Creative Station

Place firmly into the frame aperture

Using the Silhouette Cameo and the Simple Stories design print and cut out the design ready for your frame and put to one side

Chose your preferred paper for the inside of the frame, I love this page because the cut of piece will be used inside the aperture later

Run the cut centre piece through the Xyron 5" Creative Station and adhere it to the frame backing board. Remove the glass from the frame.

On the back of your cut out shape use the Foam Pads from the Teresa Collins Adhesive kit, cut to size if necessary

Fix in place in the centre of the frame ready for the finishing touches

Run all the ribbon and paper strips through the Xyron 1.5" Create A Sticker ready for the project

Use the Xyron Adhesive dots on the leaves and flowers

Start by placing the Polka Dot ribbon down the rig hand side and layer the paper cut outs over it.  Finish by adding the leaves and flowers

The finished result !

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Xyron and Craftwell Blog Hop

Ebossers at the ready !!!!, I cannot recommend the Craftwell Ebosser enough to you all.  I have had mine for over a year now and I do not know how I managed without it.  I was ticked pink this week to be able to join this fab blog hop and share with you some of the projects I have created using the Teresa Collins collection of Folders and my Xyron products.

Follow the Xyron Blog all this week for more Craftwell creations and a chance to win dome goodies!

My Cards 

Teresa Collins ‘About Time’ Folder
Centura Pearl Gold
Die’Sire Dahlia Die
Die’Sire Leaf 1 Die
Die’Sire Lace Border 4
Die’Sire Sentimentals ‘Friends and Family’
Pebeo Gold Gilding Wax
Epiphany Heart
May Arts Ribbon

Foam Pads made using Xyron
Teresa Collins ‘Cabbage Rose’
Centura Pearl with a hint of Silver
Die’Sire Large Rose Die
Die’Sire Lace Flower Die
Die’Sire Nouveau Stamping Frame Die
Diesire Sentimentals ‘Memories are Made’
Prima Flower
Lace and Velum
Silver Mirror Board
Epiphany Hearts

Teresa Collins ‘Dotted Chevron’ Folder
Teresa Collins ‘Your Story’ Paper Collection
Die’sire Sentimentals ‘Love is all You Need’
Die’Sire Elegance Stamping Frame
Xyron 1.5” Create a Sticker

Teresa Collins ‘Sophisticated’ Folder
Teresa Collins ‘Twill Herringbone’ Folder
Die’Sire Large Camelia Die
Die’Sire Small Camelia Die
Die’Sire Leaf 2 Die
Die’Sire Lace Border 1 Die
Die’Sire Sentimentals ‘Imagine’ Stamps
Die’Sire Waltz Frame Die
Pebeo Silver Gilding Wax
Ranger Liquid Pearls

Foam pads made using Xyron
Teresa Collins ‘Twill Herringbone’ Folder
Die’Sire Large Sunflower Die
Die’Sire Marigold Die
Die’Sire Leaf 2
Die’Sire Tags 1
Die’Sire Sentimentals ‘Friends and Family’ Stamps
Epiphany Pennants
Pebeo Gold Gilding Wax
Websters pages flower trim

To purchase Xyron products in the US click here

To purchase Craftwell products in the US visit Crafter's Companion USA

To purchase Xyron and Craftwell products in the UK visit Crafter's Companion 

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Friday, June 13, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour ! ( and an amazing giveaway)

Thank you my fabulous friend Beth Kingston for nominating me for this exciting blog
tour on your Ain't She Crafty blog.  It is an honour to be nominated and be part of this 
exciting tour.  I am spreading the love and nominating some one of my crafty friends 
as the next stops on this tour so say hi to Tracy Crafty and I hope you will enjoy her 
creativity as much as I do. More information on Tracy at the end of this post

1. What am I working on?
At the moment I am in 'Christmas' crafting mode !.  I am surrounded by fantastic
new products launching soon with Crafter's Companion and of course using my Xyron 
products to bring my projects together.  I am also working in Summer time mode on my
Xyron DT projects so it's a very confusing time for me lol. Outside of my 'work', 
Some personal projects I am working on are a mural for a local school depicting the
four seasons but typical Irish weather has delayed the process and it's very frustrating, 
there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I am at the finishing touches stage, then I will
have my weekends back. The another projects are sketches and some needle crafts but 
the big project is my house !!!,  Can someone send me over Ty Pennington for a week :)

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Ohhhh this is a tough question !!!, I would say for 50% of the time it mirrors everyone
else who crafts either for a pastime or as a career.  The other 50% is the more serious 
side of the business which includes product development, tv show prep and the 
responsibility as Design Team Manager for two fabulously talented design teams for 
Crafter's Companion UK.  The buck stops here so as well as creating samples for 
magazines, TV and promotions I have to ensure that the DT's are doing theirs too and 
bringing everything together is a huge responsibility but I LOVE it! and I get to travel too!!. 
Then of course is the sales arm of the industry and I am the Republic of Ireland Area 
Manager for Crafter's Companion UK, soooI guess that is a point of difference also.

3. Why do I write what I do?
I hold my hands up and admit that I am not comfortable blogging personal everyday
eventsbut I really admire those who do and enjoy reading how others are living their
lives.  I made a conscious decision when I started my blog to stick to 'craft business' 
posts, who knows in the future I might get brave and share more than just my work.  
Looks like this post is the start :)

4. How does my writing process work?
I have a system for my posts now and it effects how I photograph and plan my layout.
I keep my tutorials simple and let my photo's to do the talking.  The downside is that I 
can be quite slow in blogging as I tend to add and takeaway lots of info before publishing 
my posts.  


As a thank you for stopping by  I am having a give away of  a Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit and a copy of Crafter's Companion 'Crafter's Inspiration' 
Issue 4 which has over 100 inspiring step by step projects and £50 worth of 
freebies including stamps, embossing folder,2 CD ROM's, a paper pack and a 
beading kit, with your Teresa Collins Adhesive kit you will have everything you 
need to get crafting straight away. 

Just follow my blog and leave a comment below to be in with a chance to win this amazing
prize pack.  I will announce the winner on my Facebook Page on July 2nd.

Good Luck

Your next stop on the Writing process Blog Tour is

Tracy Freeman

Tracey has always crafted in one way or another, but got into paper crafting over 15 years ago. 
Her main passion is colouring with my Spectrum Noirs, but she enjoys any form of paper 
crafting, She is also into mixed media, sewing, painting & home decor....anything that
she can add my own style to. 
She says that she feels very lucky to be part of some fantastic design teams including 
Crafter's Companion & Visible image,  and has a extremely understanding & creative
partner. She only started blogging 2 years ago and has made some lovely friends though 
blog land, as well as learning lots. When She is not crafting she is a film fanatic and loves
 to read.  

To buy Xyron products in the UK or Ireland please visit Crafter's Companion
To buy Xyron products in the USA or other countries please visit Xyron

Bye Bye from Ireland :)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Xyron and Paper House 'Travel The World Co-Hop'

Welcome to Ireland !!, I hope you are having fun traveling the world with Xyron and Paper House.  I was so excited when I saw my hop kit.  Paper House collections are a must have in your stash and with Xyron there is no end to the creative possibilities.

I have made a greetings card and  upcycled and old necklace holder to make an Irish Dancing costume.  I have a mini tutorial for the dress, I didn't make a pattern but I worked with the paper and formed it as I went along, I hope some of the tips will help you with similar projects.


Irish Dancing

Supplies Used

Xyron 3" Sticker Maker
Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive
Paper House 'British Prep' 12 x 12 Pad
Paper House 3D Ireland Stickers
Paper House Ireland Cardstock Stickers
Embossalicious A4 'Cable Knit' Folder
Crafter's Companion Spray and Sparkle
Silhouette Cameo
Pebeo Gilding Wax
Irish Dancer Stamp

How it's made!

I stripped the felt from the dress form and gave it a light sanding and painted the stand.

Once the paint was dry I used some Crafter's Companion Spray and Sparkle to give it a fab sparkly lacquered finish.

OK this is where it was all trial and error !, I cut the paper and folded pleats at a slight angle into them so that when glued to the form they would fan out.

I used the Xyron Double Sided Tape to join the ends to join together later when added to the form.

I measured the front of all the pleats and cut pieces of the green leaf paper to size and ran them all through the Xyron 3" Sticker Maker ready for assembly.

Put the base paper in place and use the green patterned top layer to cover the paper joins, I was pleased with how this turned out and (Phew!)

For the top portion I wrapped strips of Xyron Double Sided tape around the form and then placed a gold base piece of paper to the bust, ready for covering in paper to match the skirt panels. I also placed a length of 1"gold ribbon around the waist.

To cover the front I cut a rectangular piece of green leaf paper and molded it to the front shape forming creases before marking the front cut out.  I added extra tape to the inside and cut out the front V shape.

I applied the paper to the front and cut away the excess from under the arms down to the skirt ant the across the shoulders.. I repeated the process for the back panel, ensuring that the joins meet under the arms and across the shoulders.

To add the gold trim use the Teresa Collins adhesive. 

The collar pieces are layered using the Xyron 1.5" Create a Sticker.

Glue the collar in place.

The slieeves are simply cone shaped paper cut at an angle and glued to the arm holes, decorate with simple cuffs and more gold trim.

The Celtic decoration is cut using gold vinyl using the Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Studio Library designs mixed together.  Add gems !

Decorate the base using the Paperhouse Ireland Stickers and some die cuts.


Irish Greetings

Thanks for stopping by on your travels and I hope you have enjoyed your trip with Xyron and Paper House. Follow the Xyron blog for more inspirational projects.

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