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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Nominated for 'The Blog Awards Ireland 2015'

Today I got the amazing news that my blog has been nominated in the Blog Awards Ireland 2015.  I am absolutely thrilled, excited and honored.
The Blog Awards recognise the thousands of bloggers like you and me around Ireland that have a passion for sharing their skills, knowledge, life's challenges and triumphs.  I use my blog as a way of sharing my love for creating handmade projects that people of all ages and abilities can easily mimic or use as a basis for their own creations.  

I'm passionate about the interaction and the cross promotion that blogging provides and how it can connect, educate, inform and give people like me a platform to share my passions.  Thank you to all my followers and to the other bloggers out there who continue to play their part in our blogging community.

Check out the Blog Awards Ireland and good luck to all nominees.

DCWV July Sketch Challenge

It's mid-summer and the 'July Sketch Challenge' is currently live on the DCWV Blog. Here on my blog I have used their layout and card sketches to create two projects to share today.  

Did you know that the DCWV Blog and DCWV website have had a makeover? Head on over now and check out their whole new look and it is filled to the brim with crafty inspirations, check it out.

Here are this months sketches

Products Used

DCWV 'The Delightful Stack' 12 x 12
DCWV 'The Goodwood Stack' 12 x 12
Xyron Adhesive Products
American Crafts Twine
DoCrafts Embellishments

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

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Teacher & 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.

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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, once 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.

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