“Be the Change” Journal

Be the CHANGE you wish to see in the World

A little motivational pickup to start your day…

made using this sweet and simple 6″ x 8″ Teresa Collins notebook.

This week the Xyron Design Team has partnered with the lovely Teresa Collins .

I’ve been a fan and follower of Teresa’s Blog and Instagram for years.

(I almost feel like I know her and her family.)

For my design team project…

I was really torn between embellishing the front cover of the notebook or keeping it simple.

I decided to keep it simple.

Xyron and Teresa Collins Products Used:                       (*affiliate link)

FYI…Teresa’s new paper line and planner products with be available at Hobby Lobby.

*Disclosure:  This blog uses affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

I used both the Xyron Creative Station* and the Teresa Collins Mega Runner*

to quickly put my notebook together.

For die cuts and smaller pieces I like to run those through the Creative Station*.

To use the *Xyron Creative Station* crank the handle to run the paper through the

machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the back side

of the paper.  Easy to use and it doesn’t need any electricity.

       You get complete coverage, no gluing, no wrinkling, no bubbles!

I used the Teresa Collins Mega Runner by Xyron* for the inside pages.

I think this notebook would make a great scrapbook or journal.

A special thanks to Xyron and Teresa Collins for providing the wonderful products used.

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the Xyron Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

Sue’s 2018 Holiday Workshop

Registration is now open for Sue’s Holiday Workshop… 

Saturday, November 10th 

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sue’s Holiday Workshop is a great jumpstart into the Holiday Season and…a good way to spend quality time laughing and creating with friends.

For the card makers…This year we will be making even more cards and tags using the “Simple Vintage Christmas” Collection from Simple Stories.

For the Holiday Crafters… We will be making a cute Felt Santa, Rae Dunn Inspired Ornaments, Wood Holiday Sign and Bonnie will be teaching you how to make an adorable Origami Star.  (Additional Holiday Workshop Samples pictures coming soon.)

The cost of the Holiday Workshop is $45…
which includes your workshop supplies*, hot lunch, yummy cookies and lots of prizes.  (Did I mention every wins a prize?)

Sue’s Holiday Workshop will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church,
200 S. Main St., Washington, IL  in my church’s large Family Life Center.
Great lighting and plenty of space to spread out.

It’s going to be a fun day.

Invite a friend and reserve your spot today.
RSVP: suesholidayworkshop@yahoo.com

Payment is due by Nov. 1st.

Fall Quilt Card…stenciling with ink

Fall Quilt Card…stenciling with ink

a quick and easy fall card.

This week the Xyron® Design Team partnered up with Clearsnap® the maker of Colorbox® inkpads and more for some fun projects.

Here’s what I used:                  (*affiliate link)

Directions:

Place the stencil onto yellow cardstock and secured it with removable painters tape.

Ink the cardstock using the blending tool and Amber, Turtle and Cranberry Colorbox Inks.

The Art Screen stencil cleans up easily with water.

Cut the stenciled cardstock into small squares.    (Mine were slightly smaller than 1 inch.)

Place the squares through the Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker* for the perfect little sticker.

Adhere all the card layers using the Xyron Mega Runner*.

For added detail…draw in small stitch lines using a fine point marker and glue teeny tiny buttons into the center of each square..

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the Xyron Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

*Disclosure:  This blog uses affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

Dollar Store Pumpkin Makeover

I love the look of heirloom pumpkins and those cute little white pumpkins called “baby boo”.

But…I always have a hard time finding them.

This year, I decided to make my own.

I found these cute little 4″ metallic pumpkins* at my local Dollar Tree*.

At $1.00 each, I couldn’t pass them up.

I painted the pumpkins with Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint in White Birch*.

It took 4-5 coats.  In hindsight, I wish I would have left a little green showing through.

I used Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics Paint in Coffee Bean* to paint the stem and

accent the grooves of the pumpkin.  To make it look more realistic, I used a baby wipe to

strategically wipe off some of the extra brown paint.

I really please with the way they turned out.

Best part is… they won’t spoil and I can reuse them year after year.

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How to create an Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin…

How to Create an Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin

A Quick and Easy Fall Decoration.

What do you get when you find an outdated plaid Fall shirt, a small oval embroidery hoop

and then you add a few simple embellishments and some Joy Iron On Embroidered Letters?

You get a cute little Fall Pumpkin and A Quick and Easy Fall Decoration.

For my Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin I used:            (*affiliate link)

  • Lay the embroidery hoop onto the fabric first and  then place the letters inside the hoop to help you figure the best placement.

  • Set Iron to cotton setting, approx. 350 degrees, or follow garment care label.
  • Position letters with shiny side down onto fabric.
  • Cover letters with a fine cloth.  With a firm pressure, iron cloth over letters for 30 seconds.
  • Turn fabric over and iron the back for another 30 seconds.

  • Loosen the screw on the top of the embroidery hoop and insert fabric making sure to keep the letter alignment straight.  (re-tighten screw)
  • Trim excess fabric from outside of embroidery hoop.
  • Glue the green braided trim around the outside of the embroidery hoop.

  • Tie ribbon and leaves to the top of the frame.
  • Glue small acorn embellishment onto ribbon.
  • Super cute and simple to make.

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the Joy® Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

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Too Stinkin Cute with Xyron and Derwent Markers

Clean and Simple Card made with Xyron and Derwent Markers.

You know that look on a kids face when he knows he being “super cute”.

This Super Hero picture of my son taken when he was 3 is one of my all time favorites.

He knew he was being “so stinkin cute”!

I always love getting new things to play with and try.

This month the Xyron Design Team was sent Derwent Markers and Paper to play with.

To Make my Card…

I used a small coloring sheet from a mini coloring book for adults as my card base.

I simply colored in the words with my Derwent Markers for a quick and easy layered card.

But… Because I’m a perfectionist and my coloring skills are adequate at best,

I embellished my card with a few small flowers, twine and enamel dots.

(No mistakes… just more opportunities for embellishments.)

Here’s what else I used to make my Clean and Simple Card:

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the Xyron Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

*Disclosure:  This blog uses affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

Personalizing My Ikea Finds for the Kitchen…

Personalizing My IKEA finds for the kitchen…

When you live 3 hours in any direction from the nearest IKEA,  you make your husband

stop anytime you’re close.

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Since I didn’t have advance notice to prepare and my husband only has the patience to

go around once.  I just grabbed without real purpose.

I really wish I would have bought more, a return trip is needed.

Here are the plain Ikea finds before being personalized!

This summer, we’ve been working on updating our kitchen.

It’s been a slow process.

Recently we had a kitchen sink dilemma…which halted choosing a backsplash tile.

For a distraction…a couple cute little DIY projects were in order.

A “Rae Dunn” inspired planter.

I love working with vinyl.  For my “Rae Dunn” inspired planter,

I used my Silhouette Cameo 3* to create the words “be happy” out of

Matte Black Removable Adhesive Vinyl* from StyletechCraft.      (*affiliate link)

I simply applied the words onto my planter using Vinyl Transfer Tape*.

So easy to do.

Removable vinyl makes it easy to change out my words with the seasons.

Did you know that this vinyl will remove cleanly for up to two years?

This vinyl film is great for decorating a kid’s room, a classroom or just about

anywhere you just need a temporary graphic.

And, with 27 colors available, it’s not hard to find the perfect color

for whatever you can dream up!

I have dish soap issues.

I like to keep it handy, but, hate the way the regular sized

plastic bottle looks on the counter.

I usually buy the smaller bottles.  (just slightly better)

Solution… I picked up the cute soap dispenser during my last trip to IKEA

and also personalized it with the Silhouette Cameo 3*.

This time I created a small label using Matte Black Removable Adhesive Vinyl*  

and words using Matte White Removable Adhesive Vinyl*.

It looks so much better than plastic soap bottles.

Fingers crossed, I’ll be sharing the kitchen project soon!

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the Tape Technologies Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

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*Disclosure:  This blog uses ads and affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!