DIY Happiness is Homemade Rustic Frame

How to make a DIY Happiness is Homemade Rustic Frame…

The DIY Happiness is Homemade Frame is a simple home décor vinyl project that we made

in my StyleTechCraft Workshop at Creativation 2020 in Phoenix last month.

DIY Happiness is Homemade Frame Products Used:                  (*affiliate link)

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Directions:

  • Cut an 8″ x 10″ piece of red scrapbook paper and insert inside rustic frame.
  • Cut a piece of 3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ matboard and a 3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ piece of gray scrapbook paper.

  • Lay the 3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ gray scrapbook design side up on the Xyron Creative Station*, crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron CreativeStation* it adds adhesive to the backside of the paper.
  • Adhere the gray scrapbook paper onto the 3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ piece of matboard.

  • Cut a piece of transfer paper a little larger than the “heart and homemade” words.
  • Lay transfer paper over “heart and homemade”. Give a gentle rub using scraper tool.

  • Apply onto the gray chipboard paper. Remove transfer paper.
  • Center the words “happiness is” between “heart and homemade” and repeat the process.
  • Apply adhesive to the back of the chipboard layer using the Xyron tape runner.

  • Adhere the chipboard layer centered in the frame.
  • Add red felt flower to right corner of the frame.

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the StyleTechCraft 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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Random Letter Art

You don’t need to be perfect, you are awesome.

I’ve been on the Creating with Joy Design Team for the past 5 years.

During that time I’ve created all kinds of projects using a large variety of Embroidered Iron-On

letters.  And because I occasionally change my mind of what I want my projects to say,

I have a bag of random letters.

For this month’s Design Team project I decided to use from that bag of random letters.

I gathered my letters together to see what I could spell.

Doesn’t it look like a colorful bowl of Alphabet Soup?

Supplies Needed:

To make a Framed Word Art…

  • Measure and cut a 8″ x 10″ piece of Kraft cardstock* to fit inside frame.
  • Cut a 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ piece of white heavyweight cardstock.
  • Arrange letters on white cardstock to play with the random letter placement.
  • Use a piece of removable painters tape to keep the letters in line.  (just because it’s not perfect doesn’t mean it can’t be straight.)
  • Apply fabri-tac glue* to the back of the letters before adhering them to the paper.  (I used my finger tip to rub the glue to the letters.)
  • Cut a piece of black cardstock 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″, adhere finished letter art onto the black cardstock.  Adhere white and black layers onto Kraft cardstock and place inside frame.
  • Optional:  Glass in or Out?  I left the glass out of the frame for photography purposed.  I added the glass back in after I was finished taking the picture.

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A little matting and a frame and I have a fun inspirational piece of  Random Letter Art.

“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.

Sweet as Honey Pocket Notebook

How to Create a Pocket Notebook Album…

If you love yellow and black your going to love the bee inspired paper pack from DCWV.

Once I looked through the paper pack and  saw the gold embossed patterned papers I knew

it needed to be made into a mini album.

I used the Eileen Hull Notebook die along with the 12″ x 12″ paper pad to create my album.

You can find the DCWV Honey Dear Premium Paper Stack exclusively at JoAnn Fabrics.

To Create the Sweet as Honey Pocket Notebook I Used:                (*affiliate link)

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Directions:

  • Cut two 6″ x 8-1/2″pieces of decorative scrapbook paper for the front and inside of the cover.
  • Lay decorative scrapbook paper (design side up) on 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.
  • I like using the Xyron Creative Station* when making mini books because you get complete coverage, no wrinkling, no bubbles!

  • Cut a piece of mat board 6″ x 8-1/2″.
  • Adhere the decorative paper on each side of the mat board.
  • Lay the covered mat board over the notebook die* sandwiched between two cutting plates.
  • Crank the handle of the Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine*and run the die through the machine.  The Big Shot will cut and score the mat board.

  • The notebook die creases the center of mat board as it goes through the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine* making it easy to fold the cover for your mini album.

  • Cut a 2 1/4″ x 5″ strip of decorative paper to use for the spine and run it through the Xyron Creative Station*.  Adhere to spine.
  • Included in the Honey Dear Premium Stack is a two pages with twelve 3″ x 4″ journaling cards.  Choose one of the journaling cards from the page to embellish the front cover of the notebook.

  • Choose 5 coordinating patterns from the Honey Dear Premium Paper Stack.  Cut the pages using the notebook die.
  • Crease on the center score lines.
  • Using gold and white twine, wrap the twine around the inside creases and around the outside of the book cover to secure the pages.

  • After I had all my pages together, I tied all the piece of twine together in one knot on the spine and tucked in the ends.

A cute little pocket notebook for taking notes or adding pictures.

After making the pocket notebook… 

I decided to make a gift card holder with tag using the Gift Card Folder & Label Die*.

To make the Gift Card Holder:

  • Cut a piece of 6″ x 9″ paper from the Honey Décor Premium Paper Stack.
  • Lay the paper over the Gift Card Folder Die* sandwiched between two cutting plates.
  • Crank the handle of the Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine*and run the die through the machine.  The die cuts and scores the gift card folder.
  •  Fold along the score lines on the three sides to create a little pocket.
  • Adhere bottom three flaps together using a xyron tape runner*.
  • Cut a 1″ strip of coordinating paper to create a band.  Adhere the band to the holder using the xyron tape runner*.
  • The Gift Card Folder Die* also comes with card insert and tab to use for holding gift cards.

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

Washi Tape Heart

Washi Tape Heart Card

I love a clean and simple card, and this Washi Tape Heart Card is so simple to make.

To make the Washi Tape Heart Card…

  • Create the cut-out heart layer by cutting various sizes of hearts on a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of white cardstock.  I used a Silhouette Cameo die-cut machine*.  (You can also use punches or dies to create the hearts.)
  • Center the cut-out heart layer onto a white 5″ x 7″ card and lightly traced the hearts with a pencil.
  • Cover the heart outlines with several different strips of coordinating washi tape pieces.
  • Use a tape runner to adhere to the cut-out heart layer onto the front of the card, aligning it with the washi tape.

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A Clean and Simple Valentines Day Card.  

Just stamp a simple greeting onto the front of the card,

or you could cut the words out of red glossy craft vinyl as I did. 

I’m glad my husband doesn’t read my blog.  

This card will make a perfect Valentine’s Day card for him.

I want to share with you the perfect organizer for holding washi tape.

The small three-drawer organizer* from Deflecto was made with washi tape in mind.

Each of the three drawers are divided and can hold a lot of washi tape.

The small three-drawer organizer* is also great for holding small ink pads and paintbrushes.

“This is a sponsored post. As a member of the Deflecto Design Team I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.”

Red Buffalo Plaid Hot Chocolate Bar

Fun and Easy Red Buffalo Plaid Party Ideas

The theme for this year’s Sue’s Holiday Workshop was “Mad for Plaid”.

To add to the fun of the event, I created a Red Buffalo Plaid Hot Chocolate Bar.

The Hot Chocolate Bar was simple to put together and was a big hit.

The most important part of the Hot Chocolate bar is the Hot Chocolate.

I went back and forth trying to decide on how I wanted to present the Hot Chocolate.

There are so many recipes online for delicious hot chocolate.

Because this was a “creative event”, I went with a little more creative approach.  (and simple)

For my Hot Chocolate Jars…

I found little tiny mason jars at Michaels Craft Store.  I created labels for the jars using my

Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* and Red Glossy Craft Vinyl from

StyleTechCraft.  I applied my labels onto the jars using Vinyl Transfer Tape* .

I tied a small plaid chipboard house made from Eileen Hull’s House Ornament Die*

with twine around the neck of the jar.

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The jars were filled with enough Hot Chocolate mix for one individual serving.  

They make a great party favor, and the guest gets to take home a cute little jar.

I put all the jars on the bottom of a plain black two-tiered metal stand.

I applied Red Buffalo Plaid Washi Tape* around the rim.

This little detail helped make it stand out and added to the theme.

On the top of the metal stand I added spoons, mini chocolate chips, candy canes.

I also left a place for a can of whipped cream (not yet added to this picture).

For the Table…

I used a black tablecloth for the base of my table and cut a red buffalo plaid runner from

plaid flannel.  (Sew Simple…I didn’t even sew the edges.)

It’s a really quick and inexpensive way to create the look

Air Pots filled with Hot Water made making the Hot Chocolate easy and mess-free.

For a vintage feel, I used large mason jars filled with extra hot chocolate mix,

extra marshmallows, and caramels.

I picked up the Buffalo Plaid Insulated Coffee Cups* and Red Buffalo Plaid Party Supplies* online.

A Hot Chocolate Bar would not be complete without frosted sugar cookies.

My sweet daughter in law baked these sugar cookies from my favorite sugar cookie recipe.

You can see the sugar cookie recipe here.

(The little red bird was made using an Easter Chick cookie cutter.)

I made the Holiday Hot Chocolate Sign by painting a wood bracket sign with black chalkboard

paint.  I used a Silhouette Cut SVG file from the Silhouette Store and my Silhouette Cameo

Electronic Die Cutting Machine* and resized the image to fit my sign.

I used red and white glossy craft vinyl from StyleTechCraft.

To complete the fun, I had fun Red Buffalo Plaid Themed Photo Props*.

I used Red and Black Buffalo Plaid wrapping paper on the background wall.

A fun way to break the ice and get the party started.

Red Buffalo Plaid Party Supplies Available on Amazon.

How to make a Happy Haunts Pop Up Card

Happy Haunts Pop-Up Card

Add a little dimension to your Halloween season with this sweet and simple pop up card.

The Happy Haunts stamp and die set from Maker’s Movement.

The stamp set comes with three adorable pumpkin stamps and 12 spooky and sweet faces

to match any Halloween mood.  The die set comes with a whimsical Halloween neighborhood,

a cute little bat and three perfect pumpkin dies to cut out your stamped pumpkins.

A HALLOWEEN STAMP AND DIE SET THIS FUN DESERVES A PLAYFUL CARD. 

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Happy Haunts Pop-Up Supplies Used:

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How to make a Happy Haunts Pop Up Card:

  • First, pick out some fun patterned paper.  There are so many cute patterns available to choose from it really doesn’t matter if it’s the same as mine.
  • Stamp your pumpkins on orange patterned paper.  If your paper is thin, run the strip of orange paper through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini* and place it onto black cardstock.

  • One pumpkin stamp has a hole in the center with space to add a face.  Perfect for stamping multiples.
  • You’ll need to stamp 7 pumpkins.

  • Cut two 2 1/2″ x 6 strips of black patterned paper.
  • Tip:  Run both pieces of paper, pattern side up, through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*  to add adhesive to the back of the paper.  This is really helpful when die-cutting intricate shapes.
  • Adhere one strip onto a piece of black cardstock before die-cutting.  (this will be used for the inside of card.)
  • Die-cut both strips of paper using the house die.  (one is a sticker for the front of the card.)
  • Add thin foam mounting squares* to the back of the die-cut houses with the black cardstock.  (Tip:  cut a few foam mounting squares in half before applying.)

I couldn’t find the perfect night sky background for my card so I created my own.  

  • Cut a 3 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ piece of watercolor paper.
  • Using an ink applicator, rub blue dye ink onto the surface of the paper.
  • Add a few swirls of white ink onto the paper.
  • Using a mini spray bottle, lightly mist the paper with water.  The water will allow the inks to blend leaving a soft speckled appearance on the paper.
  • Dry with hair dryer.

If you have the perfect background paper, you can eliminate these steps.↑

  • Cut a piece of green patterned paper 5 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ and fold in half lengthwise.
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper (mine was woodgrain) 3 3/4″ x 5 3/4″.  Adhere this paper onto one half of the green patterned paper.
  • On the outside folded edge, make a pencil mark at 1 1/4″ and 4 1/2″.  (see diagram)
  • Cut a 3/4″ line up on each measurement.
  • Score and fold paper between cuts.  (Use a bone folder for crisper folds.)

  • Open card and push folded and scored section into middle of the card.

  • Lay the neighborhood die-cut onto your blue background.  Use a pencil to trace the bottom swirl of the die-cut.
  • Cut paper along pencil line.
  • Adhere the cut top of the blue background paper onto the top of the brown woodgrain paper on the inside of your card.
  • Using the house die-cut with the black cardstock and foam mounting squares, adhere the neighborhood over the edge of the blue background paper.

  • Add three pumpkins to the front of the center pop-up.  On the middle pumpkin add a foam mounting square for extra dimension.
  • Adhere a couple pumpkins to the background.

  • Add black die-cut bat with a foam mounting square to the sky background.
  • Add an extra pumpkin or two and stamp the words “Trick or Treat” to finish off the inside.
  • Cut a piece of black cardstock 6″ x 7 3/4″.  Fold in half to create outside card.
  • Center and adhere the pop-up section into the center of the black card.  Adhere one half section at a time.)

  • Decorate front of the card similar to the inside of the card.

For a completely different look, a simple watercolored card made with the same pumpkins.

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Creating A Miniature “Christmas Magic” Room with Graphic 45 and Xyron

How to Create A Miniature Christmas Room…

Graphic 45 Christmas Magic…Decorating the tree.

I knew as soon as I started working with Xyron that one day I would make a miniature room.

When I got the opportunity to work with Graphic 45’s “Christmas Magic” Collection,

I knew the time had come.  (Graphic 45 and Xyron are the perfect combination.)

Here’s What I used to make my Miniature Christmas Magic Room:            (*affiliate link)

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How to make a miniature Christmas Magic Room…

  • My Christmas Room is 7 1/2″ wide, 7 1/2″ tall and 5 1/2″ deep.  I used 5 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ chipboard pieces.  (that’s what I had on hand)  You could use a 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ piece of chipboard for the back wall instead of piecing it together like I did.

  • I cut paper for my walls into 3 3/4″ strips.
  • I cut a small strip of paper for my decorative border.
  • I ran each of my strips through the Xyron Creative Station*.
  • Adhere paper to the chipboard.

The Creative Station is perfect for projects like this.  I wanted complete adhesive coverage on every corner and edge of the paper.  (No wrinkles, no bubbles, easy to use.)

  • I cut my paper slightly wider than I need so I can trim the edges with a craft knife.
  • Gently sand edges with a extra fine sanding block for the perfect edge.

  • Glue the walls together using a good craft glue.  I used wood boxes to hold my wall up while the glue dried.  (If you have a better idea I’d love to hear it.)

  • I covered the back of my room with coordinating paper and added small strips of paper on the back corners for added support.

  • I made a small fireplace out of chipboard.  (I needed a place to hang my stocking)
  • Paint the fireplace with white paint.  Give it a vintage feel by rubbing a little ink on the edges.

  • I purchased inexpensive unfinished doll furniture at the Dollar Tree* and painted it red.
  • For a vintage look add ink to the edges of the furniture.

  • I used stickers from the collection kit to make little framed art.

  • I made a small little crate to hold my “ornaments” out of chipboard and painted it brown.  I added a small “tis the season” sticker on the front.

  • I created a small picture using a sticker and chipboard and a small felt stocking to add to the mantel.

I have spent way to much time rearranging the furniture and playing with it.

It was a real labor of love.  (and I loved every minute of it)

“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.

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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How to make a DIY Memo Pad Holder

How to Make a DIY Memo Pad Holder…

I’m a list maker.

I make lists for things to do, groceries to buy, photos to edit, ideas, gardening…

I’m actually using the “Choose Joy”  Memo Pad Holder as I sit and write this post.

The Choose Joy Memo Pad Holder with its sweet florals reminds me of everything summer.

And speaking of summer…it’s going to be a busy one.  (which means more lists)

It’s Also GIVEAWAY TIME…

Make sure to read to the end for a chance to win.

DIY Memo Pad Holder Supplies Used:      (*affiliate link)

How to make a DIY Memo Pad Holder…

  • Cut cardstock to measure 8 ¼” x 10 ½”.
  • Score the cardstock at 5 1/8″ and 5 3/8″

  • Cut a 5″ x 2 ½” piece of decorative scrapbook paper to go around the top of the memo pad.
  • Place the paper, design side up, into the end of the Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker* and pull the paper through.  Rub the protective covering and peel back to expose sticker.
  • I use the XYRON Adhesive Eraser* to remove any extra adhesive from the edges.

  • Align paper on the top of the memo pad band and wrap around to the back of the pad.

Did you know that you can use the Xyron Sticker Maker with ribbon?

  • Run ribbon though the Xyron 1.5 inch Sticker Maker*.
  • Center and adhere onto the middle of the scrapbook paper border.  Wrap extra ribbon around back of the memo pad.

  • Use the Xyron Mega Runner* to adhere the notepad onto the inside cover.
  • On the other side of the inside cover, create a pocket using coordinating paper and embellishments.
  • Add adhesive to three sides of the pocket and adhere inside cover.  Perfect place for receipts and additional lists.

Embellish front cover with an inspirational quote, ribbon and flowers.

(a cute picture of the kids would be nice too)

XYRON MEGA RUNNER GIVEAWAY…

Xyron is giving me a Xyron Mega Runner to give away to one lucky blog reader.

It’s super simple to enter.

Leave a comment on my blog mentioning the Xyron Mega Runner by 5-31-18 to be eligible.

One entry per day.  US and Canada Only    (color may vary)

“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!

DIY Bloom Floral Plaque

Bloom into Spring with this DIY Bloom Floral Plaque.

I admit it…I’m an adhesive snob.

There’s nothing worse than spending hours on a project and then it  comes undone

from using the wrong adhesives.

I tell people all the time “not all adhesives are created equal”.

That’s one reason why I was so excited to be on the Xyron 2018 Design Team.

Xyron has Good Adhesive!

The DIY Bloom Floral Plaque is the first of many projects to come using Xyron.

DIY Bloom Floral Plaque Products Used:    (*Affiliate Links)

*Disclosure:  This blog post 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!

How to make a DIY Bloom Floral Plaque…

  • Lay a piece of a 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of decorative scrapbook paper (design side up) on the  *Xyron Creative Station, 9″ 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!

  • Lay Wood Flower Shaped Plaque onto the adhesive side of the paper.
  • Carefully cut around the wood shape with a craft knife and craft cutting mat.

  • Gently sand away rough cut edges on the paper using a extra fine sanding block.

  • I used my electronic die cutting machine and cut files to create pieces for my background.  The Xyron Creative Station is great for adding adhesive to the back of intricate pieces.

  • After the layers are adhered together, I use the XYRON Adhesive Eraser* to remove any extra adhesive from the edges of my pieces.  Remember to use a gentle touch.

The XYRON Adhesive Eraser* is one of my favorite must have tools.  I keep it on my desk at all times.  I think every paper crafter should carry one in their supply box.

  • For added detail…use a gold paint pen to edge around the outside of the Wood Flower Shaped Plaque and the decorative scrapbook paper oval.

  • My Xyron Creative Station makes quick work of assembling all the pieces of my DIY Bloom Floral Plaque.
  • Finish embellishing the plaque with a few paper flowers glued into place with craft glue.

 “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.”