Christmas Wreath with Xyron and DCWV

Hey there, how are your Christmas preparations coming along? I have been busy with some home decor projects for the holidays that have been popping up on my Facebook and Twitter pages but today I am sharing the absolutely easiest wreath that I have EVER made and it's all thanks to the fabulous DCWV Seasonal Wreath Stack from DCWV and my trusted crafty tool the Xyron Mega Runner.  Oh have you seen the gorgeous new colour Xyron Mega Runner?, it's available on HSN and comes as part of an adhesive kit, once you try it you will never look back.


Christmas Wreath


This wreath is great for hanging but also for table decor, I am going to the store tomorrow to find a large red candle in a glass container to stand in the middle for the table.

 Supplies

Red Buttons
Green Ranger Liquid Pearls
12 x 12 Piece of cardboard 

Hey Presto!

 OK this is so simple because DCWV have included pictorial instructions and templates within the stack.  All you have to do is decide which of the papers you want to use.  To speed up the cutting of the petals i folded the page in an accordion fold and placed the templates on top and traced before cutting, this gives multiple petals in half the time.


I used my Xyron Mega Runner to apply adhesive to the tips of the petals before forming the flowers.  I made four different styles of flower from the one petal shape.  I curled up one flower, curled back on an other, twisted the third and for the fourth I creased the petals down the middle.
To add the flowers to the wreath base I used the Xyron Mega runner to apply adhesive on the base and added flowers as I worked my way around the wreath.  I packed them tightly to give a fuller look to the wreath.


To finish I added buttons to the flower centers and some liquid pearls to the more hidden flowers.

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Decorating for the holidays with Xyron, Graphic 45 and Petaloo


Xyron has partnered with Graphic 45 and Petaloo by Floracraft to bring you truly inspiring Christmas Decorating Ideas.  All this week our teams will be joining together on a hop and you could win some awesome craft goodies.  Make sure to follow the Xyron Team here, Graphic 45 Team here and the Petaloo International Team here.

Hands up who has their Christmas Tree trimmed and their holiday decorating underway?, well I cannot wait to get started on mine.  I love the holidays and am a total Christmaszilla when it comes to decking the halls !.

This week I had the absolute pleasure of creating with the gorgeous and nostalgic St Nicholas Collection from Graphic 45 and Petaloo International with my Xyron adhesives.  I wanted to make a home decor piece that could be an heirloom as well as a fun piece of decor so I decided to make a 'Night Before Christmas' Diorama using a pop together dollhouse form from a local toy store that cost only €3 as well as a a battery operated sets of LED Lights that were €2 a pack.


THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS



Supplies

Xyron Creative Station
Xyron 1.5" Sticker Maker
Graphic 45 'St Nicholas Collection'
Graphic 45 Hampton Art St Nicholas 2 Stamps
Petaloo International
StazOn Black Ink
Matt Mod Podge
Ranger Liquid Pearls
Dollhouse form
Pinecones and Berries
Coffee Stirring Sticks


How it's made

I took the dollhouse form and using black gesso I painted around the outside edges on all the pieces.
I measured, cut and inked the edges of all the pieces of paper for the roof and sides and using the Xyron Creative Station adhered them to the dollhouse.
I repeated the process for the inside of the house and assembled the components.
I trimmed down any of the internal tabs that would 'Stand Out' and using a silicone glue I filled in the gaps after assembly and when dry touched them up with more black paint.


I applied a coating of the Matt Mod Podge all over the house before decorating.
I added a light to the 'ceiling' of each room through the back of the house (this was a total after thought when i found the lights in a store).  I glued the wires to the ceiling and when dry I painted them black so they would blend in with the ceiling.
For the beds i used some coffee stirring sticks glued together, painted black and added the 'bedding' by folding paper (See images in next batch)
I made Christmas Cards for the Fireplace Mantle and did a decoupage wreath and added stamped elements to various room in the house.


I handmade the fireplace and used Cinnamon sticks as fire logs.
The Christmas tree was a bottle washer that I sprayed green and wrapped lights around and put the wire through the back of the fireplace and then out through the back of house to a battery pack.
I wrapped presents, left cake and tea for Santa while Goldie has a snooze by the fire.


Little Sue is upstairs wrapping gifts in the bedroom !
The bedding is made by folding paper and inking the edges.
I used elements from the stack and tags to create more decor and to finish I used the Petaloo Flowers and Foam Berries to accentuate the Christmas messages.


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Anchors Aweigh with Xyron and Quick Quotes


I'm all at sea this week and having nautical fun with Xyron and Quick Quotes Scrapbook Company!.  Here is a fun layout that could be used as wall decor also.  


Supplies

Rafia Ribbon
Silho

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Place the backing paper onto a sheet of chipboard and ink around the edges.
Cut strips of the paper and arrange on the die cutting mat.  Cut out the waves ink around the edges.


Cut out the anchor and ink around the edges, run the anchor and waves through the Xyron 9" Creative Station.


Place the anchor on the page but place two wave strips underneath the bottom and then the rest layered over the top.  Add the ribbon and Chipboard to finish.


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Xyron with Tim Holtz & Ranger


You guys know how excited I get when we Xyron Teamies get to partner with amazing craft companies, well multiply that by 10,000,000 and you wouldn't even be close to how excited I was to recieve my amazing package of Tim Holtz craft goodies  which included stencils, stamps, inks, distress crayons, metal embellishments and best of all Fabrics!!!.

There are so many projects I want to make but have narrowed it down to two for this post, I will have more to share over the next few weeks.

My projects are an 8x8 mixed media canvas and a Victorian inspired patchwork dress on an 18" high dress form.  More details and mini pictorial walk through below.


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8x8 Mixed Media Canvas


Supplies

Faber Castell Whipped Spackle

Instructions
I used the Xyron Mega Runner to secure the burlap around the 8x8 canvas.
I added some spots of the spackle to the top of the burlap and then tore some of the Tim Holtz paper, ran them through the Xyron Creative Station and placed on the burlap.
Using the stamps and black in add the stamped images to the papers before placing the stencil on top and adding some of the whipped spackle.  Allow the spackle to dry .
Give the canvas a light spritz of the 'Vintage Photo' then using the green distress crayon rub a little over the spackle and on the edges of the canvas. 
Die cut the gears and 'weather' them using the stain and pewter before adding them and the lettering to the canvas.

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Victorian Dress


Supplies

Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Foundations 5" Charm Pack
Ribbons, lace etc. from my stash
18" Dress form (Upcycled home decor piece)

Instructions

You will see from the images below that is dress was made without a pattern and I basically pieced it together as I went along, so bear with me and hopefully you will catch my drift!

If you would like to have the basic knowledge of dressmaking principles for making gathers, sleeves, darts etc then Youtube is a great resource or you can click here.


Starting with the skirt I used two rows of four squares and stitched them together, I joined together at the ends but only sewed half way down leaving and opening at the waistband.  Using a running stich then gathered the fabric around the waist.
For the bottom of the skirt stitch six 5" pieces together, turn a hem and stich the lace in place, as with the top of the skirt use a running stitch and gather the piece until it fits around the bottom and stich together.
For the top of the dress I took one square, added a 'v' of ivory ribbon and trimmed the edges with more lace (Later I added a second layer of lace because I thought it gave more depth)


 I followed the basic dress making principles of adding 'darts' to the front to form the bust and because the 5" piece was a little short I added shoulder panels and then the back pieces before joining together under the arms.


  • Because I am making a ruffled sleeve I needed plenty of fabric to gather so I joined two 5" pieces together and cut out the curve before using a running stich from the start of the curve to the end of the curve and pulled to make the gathered shoulder.  
  • The bottom half of the sleeve is a basic rectangular piece that is cut to the required length.  Gather the end of the top of the sleeve before sewing it to the short side of the sleeve bottom. close the sleeve along the seam and add it to the bodice of the dress.  
  • Join the bodice and the skirt together and add a lace waistband, add the ribbon and using beads make faux buttons.
  • The cameo is actually and earring that I have re-purposed.  To finish add popper or velcro to close, you can of course just stich in place if preferred.


You will notice I then went back and added more lace etc, I might make an apron also for the front this week, if I do I will update this post. 



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DCWV and Chameleon Pens Blog Hop

Hey folks, you know how much I love to color and this week I had so much fun creating with the fabulous Chameleon Pens 'Nature Tones' and my DCWV Color and Create pads available at Joann's.



I have made three cards and I am so thrilled with how they turned out.  These pens are a dream to work with, I am definately going to start a collection, they take the effort out of shading.

The 5 Nature Tones vibrant colors produce over 25 color tones giving you the ability to create stunning effects such as 3D, smooth transitions, highlighting, shading, gradations and blending, all with one pen. Each pen goes from as light as a hint of a tint to rich tones, eliminating tonal gaps in your collection. 

One pen blends multiple tones. The Chameleon Color Tones system allow you to do more with less!

Features are:

Double-Ended Pen 
Japanese SuperSoft Brush Nib and Bullet Nib
Professional Quality Alcohol-Based Ink
Refillable Inks 
Replaceable Nibs
Permanent on Most Surfaces 
Compatible with all other Alcohol-Based Inks
Non-Toxic and Low Odor
Ideal for All Paper Crafts, Manga, Graphic and Fine Art
What do you get?

5 Pack Nature Tones Contains:
BR1 Taupe, BR3 Cinnamon, GR1 Green Apple, GR2 Dark Sage, GR4 Evergreen 

You can watch a tutorial here:


Here are my three cards made using pages from the pad,







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String Art with the DCWV DIY Project Stack


Thanks so much for your feedback on social media to yesterday's DCWV Pop Up Cards, yes they are super fun and add something different to your cards.  Today as promised I am featuring the DIY String Art Stack.  I found this sooooooooo relaxing !, seriously this stack is a great stress reliever, I am going to get these for my friends Christmas Stockings. Best of all it comes with the thread skeins and a needle, great too for traveling.  These DIY Stacks are available now at Michaels or through DCWV.


Supplies

Kraft Card
Pink Card





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Pop Up Cards with the DCWV DIY Project Stack.


Hey have you seen the great new collection of DIY Project Stacks from DCWV?.  They are available now online or at Michaels Stores.  This week I will be sharing some projects featuring the stack, today I am using the Pop Up Cards Stack, this stack comes with pre-cut pop up elements, card blanks with foiled details, and best of all full color instruction sheets to help you get the most from the stack.


For the flower pop up I used Tim Holtz distress inks to add tones to the leaves and flower petals, On the 'Hello' card I embossed the sheet before adding it to the card center and for the 'Luv Ya' I just sprayed the paper with a glitter spray.  To add some extra bling and texture I used some papers from the DCWV Color Embossed 6x6 and the Mixed Media 6x6.

I have used my Xyron Mega Runner and Xyron Glue Stick to assemble


Tomorrow I will be sharing projects using the DCWV String Art DIY Project Stack.


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Ombre Canvas using Clearsnap and Xyron

Yea!!!! time to get inky,  this week Xyron and Clearsnap have partnered and below is a fun Ombre canvas.



SUPPLIES

6x6 Canvas
Petaloo International Flowers
Websters Pages Flower


PROCESS

Using the set of Pumpkin Patch inks and the Art Screen, starting from the top and taking two rows at a time ink all the way down the canvas.


Using a cotton bud I then went along the edges of the tones and blended them together.


Using the 3" Xyron Sticker Maker I applied adhesive to all the flowers and sentiment and then added them to the canvas.


Apply the elements to the canvas and tah dah!



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Still time to vote in the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards

Thanks everyone so much who has already voted, for those who don't know I have now made the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 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.

Sponsored by Littlewoods Ireland, visit their website here

Thank you so much for your support

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 



Supplies

StazOn Black Ink
Printed Calendar from Stash 
10 x 7 Chipboard
Zutter

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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