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Monday, March 30, 2015

I'm joining the creative crew at Making Cards Magazine

EEEk, I am over the moon to share that soon you will be seeing my working in Making Cards Magazine !.  I am giddy with excitement to be joining such an creative and talented bunch of people, somebody pinch me !!!!!.

My first set of projects feature on the July issue which will be out on the 25th of June.  I'd love to get your feedback when you have read them.


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Monday, February 23, 2015

New DCWV Mini Albums !!!!

Ohhh yes, they are finally here !!!, DCWV have released a new range of mini and Accordian albums. Over on the DCWV Blog right now you can see video reveals, Tessa Buys gives you a quick overview of the mini books, 4x4 accordian albums and the gorgeous 8.5 x 11 memory books and they are soooooooo cute, you will want them all in your collection. All will be in Joann Stores this month.

I had fun with a Mini Book for this blog post and added some of my favourite summer pics of the kids, here is a selection from the Album.


Supplies Used

Inkadinkado Artistic Flourish Stamps
Prima Flowers
Petaloo Flowers
Ribbons
White Embossing Powder









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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Canvas Corp February Valentine Challenge

Wow didn't February come around really fast!, This month the Canvas Corp DT Challenge is to create a Valentine card for someone special in our lives.  My card is going to my Hubby !.


Supplies Used

Canvas Corp Cherry and Kraft Heart Reserve 12 x 12
Canvas Corp Cherry and Kraft Swirl 12 x 12
Silhouette Cameo




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

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Canvas Corp Color Palette Challenge

Hi there, here is my project for this weeks Color Palette Challenge with Canvas Corp, the theme was babies and babies make me 'Smile'. I used Tattered Angel's and Canvas Corp paper





Products

Tattered Angels Taffy Glimmer Mist 19981
Tattered Angels Sky Baseboard 20284 
Tattered Angels Silver Sugar Glimmer Mist 14306
Canvas Corp Turquoise & White Chevron CCP2670
Petaloo Flowers
Kaisecraft Flowers
Embossallicious Grande Dots Embossing Folder 
Wooden Plaque




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Monday, February 2, 2015

Canvas Corp January 4x4 Canvas Challenge

For our first post for Canvas Corp DT we have been challenged to take a Canvas Corp 4x4 Canvas and create a something that will represent who we are in a creative way.  At first I was a little worried as to how I would manage to fit all I wanted to say on a 4x4 space but in the end I was happy with the result.

So here is my canvas, below I will explain what it represents about me :)


Supplies Used

Prima Flowers
Quilling Tools
Gems
Metal Sentiment

What it says about me !

I choose the Black and Amber (Yellow) colour scheme to represent my home City colours.  I am from Kilkenny and extremely proud of our heritage and sporting history.  The 'S' obviously represents my name, but it is large and bold and the quilling portrays the multitude of swirling creative ideas that I have in me and how they all work in different directions but in the end all come together in my projects.  The flowers show how I have bloomed over the years, being a mum and a crafter, and finally 'Live in the Moment' is something I truly believe.  I have had so much taken from me over the years that I appreciate every day and plan to live it like it's my last.




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Monday, January 26, 2015

My Favourite Xyron Adhesive Product is .............

When I got the brief for this assignment I felt like a mother standing in front of her children and being asked to choose a favourite !.  Not an easy thing to do when you use every Xyron machine in the range everyday, so I totally kinda cheated and picked the machine that I use the most.  The Xyron 9" Creative Station has been a life saver for me, especially as I make a lot of 8x8 albums and cards.  It is so versatile and great if you want to apply adhesive to multiple toppers, ribbon etc all at the same time.

Here comes the science bit!

 "The Xyron® 9” Creative Station™ Home (also called the Xyron® 900) is a sticker maker, laminator, and magnet maker all in one. The easy load cartridges will allow you to change applications quickly, to make permanent stickers, repositionable stickers, laminated stickers or magnets, and to laminate both sides of an item. The Xyron® 9" Creative Station™ is an ideal tool for photos, signs, banners, labels and many home, school or office projects. Enjoy applying edge-to-edge, acid-free, permanent or repositionable adhesive to items up to 9" wide. It also laminates or creates magnets with a laminate finish up to 8.5" wide. Simply feed the item in, turn the handle and trim. Includes a removable cut bar for convenient trimming. It’s portable and does not require batteries, electricity, or heat. It comes loaded with a 9" wide x 25' long starter cartridge of acid-free permanent adhesive."

So for my project using the machine I wanted to do create for children something functional, fun and easy to take on car journeys, visiting friends or on holidays.  Yep I'm upcycling again and this time it involves using a wine storage box that I got for €4.

 


Multi Activity Play Box


Supplies

Mod Podge
'Lego' Mat
American Crafts Alphabet Sticker
Large Wine Box (3 Bottle Size)

How it's Made



Sliding lid boxes work best, lightly sand the edges to make sure there are no splinters if your box is made of ply wood.


This box was held together with staples that will come apart if dropped and since this is for kids I decided to strengthen the corners and base with 1" brads


On the top of the box measure a third of the way in from the sides and mark drill holes.


On the top edge of the box and around the edges of the lid paint two coats of acrylic paint, this adds a nice finish once covered.


To cover the base I needed to use two 12 x 12 sheets and the box base was a little over 9" I had to use my Xyron Creatopia but if you don't have a Creatopia cover the back in three strips using the Xyron 9" Creative Station.


Tah Dah!, I covered the back first leaving a 1" overlapping border on the sides, then using the 9" Creative Station I covered the side panels.  I applied several coats of Mod Podge around the edges of the box to add protection to the paper.


Poke the holes drilled on the top through the paper, put a little Xyron Teresa Collins Glue in the holes, Thread eyelets onto the ribbon and then place the eyelets in the holes.  make sure enough ribbon is left for the handle.








The lid must have the chalk board on the inside, if you put the Lego board on the inside the lid won't slide into the box.




On the top of the lid is the Lego board.
 


The back of the box is where I put the road play area.





The sides of the box have a checkers, Snakes & Ladders and Tic Tac Toe.  I used buttons for markers.


In Silhouette Design Studio I created a counting race game, if you would like the cutting file for a limited time (offer ends March 1st 2015) I will be able to email it to you for free.  If you would like the file please email me at sharon.callis@calliscraftanddesign.com.




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To buy Xyron products in the UK please visit Crafter's Companion

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