Let’s Eat Cake Birthday Card

Eat Cake Birthday Card

Nothing like getting a sweet 3-tiered layered cake for your Birthday.

Thanks to the Eat Cake Stamp and Die Set* from The Maker’s Movement*,

you can send everyone a special cake on their birthday.

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Eat Cake Birthday Card

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Eat Cake Birthday Card

Directions:

Eat Cake Birthday Card

  • Stamp portions of the cake on patterned paper from the Rainbow Sprinkles Paper Pad*.
  • For extra dimension, place the stamped paper onto white cardstock.
  • Cut the “icing layer” using a fine-detailed scissor and adhere the layer on top of the cut-out cake layer. 
  • My secret ingredient for this “fussy cut” 3-tiered cake is my Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*. It makes applying the layers extremely easy.  Just place the paper into the machine and crank the handle, as it runs through the sticker-maker it adds a layer of adhesive onto the back of the paper.

Eat Cake Birthday Card

  • Cut a frame using the Crafty Chica Nested Frame Die Set*and white cardstock.
  • Use paper from the Simply Spring Slimline Paper Pad to create a layer for the inside of the frame.

Eat Cake Birthday Card

  • Here’s a closeup of the cake all layered up.  Each layer is slightly thicker than the first.
  • Color the top of the candle using Tombow ART Markers*.
  • Add 3D Foam Mounting Squares* to the back of the cake and place it onto the bottom of the frame.

Eat Cake Birthday Card

  • Cut a small “Happy Birthday” banner from the Rainbow Sprinkles Paper Pad and add to the top of the card.
  • A fun birthday card for any age.

Cheers to Dad on Father’s Day

Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

A Father’s Day Card for my Husband.

My husband loves golf.  (I mean, he LOVES GOLF!)

So, once a year, on Father’s Day weekend, I give my husband the gift

of a guilt-free weekend.  Don’t get me wrong; he has many other

guilt-free weekends throughout the year.

It’s just that this one is “guaranteed” to be guilt-free.

Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

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Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

To make a more realistic-looking foam, I used White Liquid Applique*.

  • Squirt the liquid applique onto a piece of white cardstock.
  • Use a Brayer* to spread out the liquid applique.
  • Allow the liquid applique to dry.
  • To raise the liquid applique, heat with a heat tool.
  • Using the Cheers Die Set*, die-cut the paper with the foam die.

Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

For easy assembly, run the paper through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*.

It adds a thin layer of adhesive to the back of the paper and makes adding small letters a breeze.

Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

For added dimension, use adhesive craft foam under the beer mug and the word “Cheers”.

Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

It’s the perfect card for my husband.

This is his perfect weekend.

After golfing, he grabs a cold one while he sits and watches golf on the television.

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Mae’s Baby Shower Banner

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

Mae’s Baby Shower Banner

This past weekend we held a baby shower for my daughter

and soon-to-be granddaughter Mae.

The theme was April Showers Brings Mae Flowers.

My daughter gave me full permission to do “my thing.”

Everything was pink and flowery. (I had fun.)

One of the decorations that I made was a banner with my granddaughter’s name.

It was a simple project that we used along with a few balloons and giant rosettes

to create a place to take photos.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

If you’re interested in making a banner for your next party here’s what I used: 

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Mae's Baby Shower Banner

  • Cut the scrapbook paper slightly larger than the wood banner pieces.
  • Place the scrapbook paper design side on the Xyron Creative Station®*
  • Turn the handle of the Creative Station to run the paper through.  As it runs through, it adds complete adhesive covering on the underneath side of the paper.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

I wanted to keep the banner pieces simple. 

But you could add all kinds of flowers and embellishments to make it special.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

How to make small pom-poms:

  1. Cut a small piece of matboard or cardboard approx. 2 inches. Loosely wrap the yarn around the matboard 50 times.
  2. Slide the wrapped yarn off the matboard and tightly tie the middle of the loops with a second piece of yarn.
  3. Cut all the loops with a pair of scissors. (Leave the second piece of yarn long.) Give the pom-pom a shake. Then the fun part, give the pom-pom a haircut, trimming all the ends the same size.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

  • I added the banner pieces and wood beads onto a long piece of pink ribbon.
  • I spread the banner pieces to make room and tied the pom-poms directly onto the ribbon. Trim the long strings of the pom-poms.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

I found these Cute Floral Pails* at Dollar Tree* and filled them with pansies. 

They were the perfect addition to our Spring themed baby shower.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

I picked up these cute pink mugs at Hobby Lobby and used StyleTechCraft White Glossy Vinyl

to make the words for the Mom and Mae cups.

I used the Mom mug during the shower to hold pink cutlery.

It was so much fun planning this party.

I’ll be sharing more details of the shower soon.

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Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouses

Making it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouses

How to make a cute little birdhouse for your Indoor Spring Decorations.

Made from an inexpensive Dollar Tree* wood birdhouse and scrapbook paper.

Making it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouses

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Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

Directions:

  • Paint the base of the birdhouse, the ridge, and the underside of the roof with acrylic paint.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • Remove the perch from the birdhouse.
  • Paint the birdhouse perch with coordinating acrylic paint.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • I purposely choose a birdhouse with a simple roofline. 
  • Measure and cut a piece of decorative scrapbook paper for the roof.  
  • Place the paper into the 3″ Xyron Disposable Sticker Maker* design side up and gently pull it through. As the scrapbook paper goes through the sticker maker, it adds a layer of adhesive under the paper.
  • Rub and peel the protective coating from the paper. Place onto the top of the birdhouse. Rub over the paper to ensure that it is securely attached to the wood.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • Create a template for cutting the paper. Lay a piece of copy paper with the point in the top corner of the birdhouse. Gently fold over the edges of the copy paper to make a crease line or use a pencil to trace around the edge.  
  • Cut out the template.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • It’s a good idea to lay the template onto the birdhouse to double-check the size.
  • Use the template and trace onto decorative scrapbook paper.  Cut along traced lines.
  • Place the paper into the 3″ Xyron Disposable Sticker Maker* design side up and gently pull it through.
  • Measure and repeat for all four sides.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • Cut around the center hole and smooth using a nail file.
  • Re-poke the perch hole and reinsert the perch.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

  • Add cute little word stickers to embellish the birdhouse.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

Here are a few more Mini Birdhouses I created for Xyron last year.

They are so fun to make and decorate.

Make it Spring with Dollar Store Birdhouse

I made this one using a large wood birdhouse picked up at Michael’s Craft Store.

I covered it with paper from Echo Park’s Farmhouse Market Collection.

Mae’s Treasure Box

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

I wanted to share a little more about how I made Mae’s Treasure Box.

I am getting my first granddaughter, Mae, sometime in May.

(To say I’m excited is a bit of an understatement.)

Mae’s Treasure Box is a little box that her mom can slip into the top drawer

of her dresser and add all the little snippets of babyhood that she wants to save.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

As some of you may know…

I currently have three adorable, sweet, and loving grandsons in my life.

I wouldn’t trade them for the world.  But after all the trucks and blue stuff,

I’m excited that I’m finally getting a little “pink” in my life.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

The “treasure box” was made using Eileen Hull’s New Book Box Die*.

I dug deep into my hoard of paper and found this sweet blue and pink floral paper.

It reminds me of Vintage Florals from the ’40s or ’50s.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

To make the treasure box:  

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

  • I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of my paper before sticking it to the matboard.  (Usually, I adhere the paper to the matboard before die-cutting.)

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Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

  • Apply adhesive to the bottom tabs.

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  • Glue the sides to the bottom rectangle.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

  • I added an extra piece of Mat Board* covered with matching paper to fit inside the box to cover up the side tabs.
  • I glued a pink glittery chipboard letter M on the inside corner of the box.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

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Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I was recently reintroduced to the Gel Press, a reusable gel printing plate.

I’d seen the Gel Press in action a few years ago and even briefly tried my hand at it.

The Gel Press is a fun and creative way to make backgrounds.

This month, the Eileen Hull Teams collaborated with Gel Press

to create some awesome samples.  Check out Eileen’s Blog Here.

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Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

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Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I watched several Gel Press videos online before jumping right in.

I was impressed with the idea of using die-cuts to make backgrounds

and used a few of Eileen’s Dies to make mine.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Here’s how I made the Snowflake Background:

  • Start with several colors of acrylic paint and use a Brayer* to blend the paint onto the gel press.
  • Place the Snowflake die-cuts (cut using the Wreath & Snowflake Thinlet Die Set*) directly onto the paint.
  • Place a white piece of paper onto the gel press and press over the cardstock to remove the excess paint.
  • Remove the snowflake die-cuts.  Place another piece of cardstock over the Gel Press to pick up the remaining paint and patterns.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I die-cut another snowflake in blue and adhered it to the background to create this card.

I used the Eileen Hull Sweater Embossing Folder* to create the background layer.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I also tried the same technique using dye inkpads instead of paint.  

I used small inkpads and dabbed them all over the gel press.

Use a Brayer* to blend the inks before adding the snowflake die-cuts.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Use the Xyron Creative Station* to adhere the snowflake background paper

to Mat Board*. Die-cut the mat board using the Tiny Book Die to create

this sweet little album.  (This tiny album measures 2 1/4″ x 3″.)

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

The perfect mini-album to add those snowy day pictures.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Create a simple accordion out cardstock for the inside pages of the album.

Interested in learning more about using the Gel Press?  Check out this video.

Love You Forever Valentine Cards

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

Spread the Love this year with handmade Valentines.

The Love You Forever Valentine’s Day cards were created two different ways

using the “Love You Forever” Die Set from the Maker’s Movement.

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Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

The first card is a clean and simple shaker card,

and the other is more of a traditionally decorated Valentine’s Card.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

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Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

Directions:

  • This card measures 6″ x 6″.
  • Cut a 5″ x 5″ piece of white cardstock.
  • The die set comes with two different dies, the outline, and the words. Place the “outline die” onto the white cardstock and die-cut using a die-cut machine.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

  •  Turn the cardstock over and adhere a piece of clear acetate onto the cardstock.
  • Cut the double-sided adhesive foam into thin strips and place it around the edges of the cardstock.
  • One of my favorite tips for die-cutting small pieces is to run the paper through the Xyron Creative Station* to add a layer of adhesive to the back before I die-cut. The paper pieces become stickers which make adhering them to cards very easy.
  • Die-cut the words “Love you forever” using cranberry paper ran through the Xyron Creative Station*.
  • Adhere the words onto the front of the acetate.
  • For the card base, cut a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of striped paper (found in the Always & Forever Paper Pad) and adhere it onto a 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ cranberry cardstock layer.
  • Adhere layers onto a 6″ x 6″ card.
  • Place shaker sprinkles onto the middle of the card base.
  • Remove the paper backing from the foam strips and place the white acetate layer centered on the card base.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

  • To create the dimensional rose on the front of the card, “fussy cut” a large and small rose from the rose background paper found in the paper pad.
  • Place a small thin foam square under both roses and adhere the smaller rose to the top of the larger rose.  Adhere to the front of the card.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

Shaker Cards are both fun to make and fun to receive. 

And I think this one is my new favorite.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

A completely different look using the same Valentine die set and paper pad. 

  • I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the “Valentine Sayings” paper, from the “Forever & Always” paper pad, before die-cutting the words.
  • This card has a lot of different layers and several dimensional flowers that help make this card special.

Tulla & Norbert’s Love Story Album

Tulla & Norbert's Love Story Album

Tulla & Norbert’s Love Story Album

I thought I would share with you a fun little album I made for Xyron using

Tulla & Norbert’s Love Story Collection by Photo Play Paper.

A great album to add your photos.

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Tulla & Norbert's Love Story Album

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Tulla & Norbert's Love Story Album

Directions:

  • For the cover, cut the matboard into two 5” x 7” pieces.
  • Cut two 5” x 7” pieces of black dot scrapbook paper and two 5” x 7” pieces of diagonal stripe paper.
  • Place the scrapbook paper into the Xyron Creative Station®* design side up. Crank the handle to run the scrapbook paper through the machine. As the scrapbook paper goes through the Xyron Creative Station, it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the scrapbook paper. (You will need to add adhesive to all four pieces of scrapbook paper.)
  • Remove the clear protective coating. Peel the paper from the white backing and stick it directly onto the matboard. Each piece of the mat board* will have black dots on one side and diagonal stripes on the other.
  • The Black Dot Scrapbook paper will be on the front and back cover with the diagonal stripe paper on the inside.
  • Cut two 1 ½” x 7” strips of diagonal striped paper. Run the strips through the Xyron Creative Station®* to add adhesive to the back.
  • Stick onto the edge of the front and back cover. Pay special attention to the placement on the back cover so that the pieces line up on the right side.

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  • For the inside pages, cut six 5” x 7” pieces of black cardstock.
  • Cut two 9¼” x 7” pieces of black cardstock. Score the cardstock at 5” lengthwise to create a page that has a flap.
  • Adhere a variety of Tulla & Norbert Love Story scrapbook paper onto the front and back of each section of the black cardstock using the Xyron Tape Runner*.
  • Using a Book Binding Machine*, bind the album together.
  • Cut apart the 3” x 4” journaling cards to adorn the front cover and some of the inside pages.

Tulla & Norbert's Love Story Album

  • A great way to add adhesive to the Tulla & Norbert’s Love Story Ephemera is to place them into the 3″ Xyron Disposable Sticker Maker*. Just pull, rub, and stick. To remove any excess adhesive around the die-cut pieces, use the Xyron Adhesive Eraser*.
  • Create fun page flaps and pockets to add your album using stickers, die-cuts, ribbon, and twine*.

Tulla & Norbert's Love Story Album

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Snowflake Kisses

Snowflake Kisses Card

As I finished up my Christmas Cards for the season,

I thought I’d make one last card that isn’t traditionally Christmas.

I wanted to make a Winter card that would work for a Winter Birthday

or Valentine’s Day. (but could also work for a Christmas card)

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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for The Maker’s Movement.  I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own. 

Snowflake Kisses Card

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Snowflake Kisses Card

Directions:

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • Line up the “Snow Couple Die” over the stamped image.  Place a small piece of tape over the edge of the die to keep it in place.
  • Die-cut the Snow Couple out.
  • Use the Tombow Markers* to watercolor and color the stamped image.

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • For the frame: Cut a 5″ x 6″ piece of “Christmas Lights” paper from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad. 
  • Place the paper into the Xyron Creative Station®* design side up. Crank the handle to move it through the machine. As it moves through, it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper.
  • Die-cut the paper using dies from the Nested Rectangle Die Set. Adhere the frame onto a piece of “snowflake paper” from the Doodles Pad.

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • For the Card Front:  Cut a small strip of striped paper from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad, run it through the Xyron Creative Station®* to add adhesive to the back. Die-cut the word “LOVE” using the Alphabet Dies.
  • Add thin 3D foam squares* on the back of the snowman couple and adhere inside the frame. Adhere the word LOVE over the snowman couple.
  • Adhere the frame onto a turquoise cardstock layer and a white cardstock base.
  • Finished Card Measures 5″ x 6 1/4″.

Making a Christmas Putz House

Making a Christmas Putz House

Christmas Putz houses are little cardboard or paper houses.

Sometimes illuminated, they are usually decorated with mica flakes

and glitter to make festive Holiday Villages.

Making a Christmas Putz House
Last year, the Eileen Hull Teams got together to bring everyone a little

Comfort and Joy during a rough Christmas Season.

Everyone seemed to enjoy it, so we decided to do it again.

My Christmas Putz House, made with Eileen’s House Ornament Die*,

is my contribution to this year’s “Comfort and Joy” collaboration.

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Making a Christmas Putz House

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Making a Christmas Putz House

Directions:

  • Cut two 6″ x 8″ pieces of Christmas Scrapbook.
  • Run both pieces of paper design side up through the Xyron Creative Station®*. As the paper moves through, it adds adhesive to the underneath side. You get complete adhesive covering.
  • Cut two pieces of Sizzix Matboard* 6″ x 8″.
  • Adhere the Christmas Scrapbook paper onto each one of the mat boards. (Underneath will be plain)
  • Lay covered mat board on top of the House Ornament Die*. Sandwich the die and mat board between the cutting plates. Run the die, matboard, and cutting plate through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine*. The Big Shot will cut out the house shape and two tiny houses you can use on a later project.
  • Cut two of the house shapes.
  • Carefully fold on the scored lines.
  • Cut off the top tab with the two holes on both houses. (It is for making the house into an ornament.)
  • You will also need to cut the bottom flap from one of the houses.
  • Use Rapid Fuse Adhesive* to assemble the house. Glue all sides of the house together before gluing the roof tabs.  

Making a Christmas Putz House

  • For the Roof: Cut a piece of Kraft Corrugated paper 2 1/4″ x 4″. Fold in half and glue to the top of the roof.
  • Place two small pieces of white mat board over the window section of the ornament house die and run through the big shot die cutting machine. Trim around the matboard to create two small windows. Cut two small pieces of gold paper or vellum to fit under the window frame and glue them into place. Glue the windows frames onto the house.  
  • Cut a tiny piece of mat board to use as a door.  Glue a small piece of corrugated paper over the door for the roof.
  • Use a 3″ x 4″ piece of mat board as the base for the house. Cover the mat board with scrapbook paper.
  • Glue the putz house, bottle brush tree, and mini snowman ornament to the base.
  • Decorate your Christmas Putz House with small wreaths, snowflakes, glitter and mica flakes.