Playing with i-crafter Dies and Embossing Plates

i-crafter tiny home die and water lily embossing plate

I always love getting the chance to play with something new.

For this month’s Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop, I created a couple of projects using

the I-CRAFTER Tiny Home 3D Die Set* and the I-CRAFTER Water Lily Emboss Folder*.  

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i-crafter tiny home die

The Tiny Home Die Set* cuts out the cutest little house.

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Tiny Home Banner

I used the I-CRAFTER Tiny Home 3D Die Set* to create a little fall banner to hang

on the corner of my favorite family picture.

Water Lily Cards

I used the I-CRAFTER Water Lily Emboss Folder* to create two cards with two different looks.

The first card was embossed using Watercolor Paper*

I used a Waterbrush* and inks to watercolor directly onto the embossed paper.

The second card I embossed onto blue textured cardstock.

I used DecoArt Metallic Champagne Ice Lustre Wax* and rubbed it

over the embossed areas using my fingertip.

Two simple cards using the same embossing folder!

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To see all the i-crafter projects the other designers have made, click here.

Paper Crafting Fall Home Décor

Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

A Simple Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor Project.

It’s so much fun to decorate for Fall with its vibrant and colorful hues.

I’d love Fall even more if it didn’t turn into Winter after it was all over.

For the framed dimensional pumpkin, I decided to use my paper crafting skills

to make a fun and easy Home Décor for Fall.

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Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

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Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of Double-Sided Adhesive Foam 5″ x 6″ and 4″ x 5″.
  • Cut two pieces of orange plaid paper from the paper crafting paper the same size as the foam.
  • Remove the protective coating from one side of the foam and place the paper onto the adhesive.
  • Place pumpkin die outlines over the foam and die-cut the shape using the Crossover II Die-Cutting Machine*.  You may need to run the die back and forth a couple of times through the machine to make sure all the layers have been cut.
  • Repeat the process with the die-cutting of the stem and leaves.

Fall Paper Crafted Home Decor

  • For the words used on the front of the pumpkin, run a small strip of striped paper through the Xyron Sticker Maker Mini*.
  • Place the word dies onto the paper and die-cut.  (you may want to put a small piece of tape on the dies to keep them in place)

Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

  • I have a weakness for old frames and I love to pick them up whenever I see a good deal. (I think this one was a quarter.) It now makes the project an Up-Cycled project which makes it extra special.
  • Remove the glass and the backing from the frame and spray with ivory spray paint.

Fall Paper Crafted Home Decor

  • The frame measures 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ with a 6″ x 6″ opening.
  • Replace the 90’s picture with a 6″ x 6″ piece of coordinating scrapbook paper. (I placed the glass behind the scrapbook paper to give the project more stability. Also, I will have it if I want to reuse the frame for another project later.)
  • Remove the adhesive from the back of the pumpkin pieces and place it inside the frame.

Paper Crafting Fall Home Décor

Cute, simple, and easy to make. My favorite kind of projects.

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Apple Cider Stand Card

Apple Cider Stand Card

One of my favorite fall memories is taking my family to Tanner’s Apple Orchard.  

At Tanners, we would pick apples, find the best pumpkin,

get lost in the corn maze, pet the animals, and play games.

Before we left, we’d always go into their store.

Once inside the little store, they had a giant barrel with a spigot for pouring yourself a

cup of free cider.  Even though there was a “one per customer” sign, hardly anyone had

just one taste.  (especially my son)

One of my favorites was the Apple Cider Donuts that we’d eat on the car ride home.  

Good Memories!

Apple Cider Stand Card

How to make the Apple Cider Stand Card… 

with the Lemonade Stand Stamp and Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

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Apple Cider Stand Card

Simple Watercolor Background

  • The key to the background is to use watercolor paper.
  • Stamp a small square using the inkpads onto a piece of something non-porous like a plastic lid.  (you can also use watercolor paint)
  • Add a tiny bit of water to the ink to dilute the color and brush on a simple swish with a wet brush to create the background.  I like to use a waterbrush.  

Apple Cider Stand Card

Building the Flower Stand

  • I used woodgrain scrapbook paper to create the boards of the cider stand.
  • The cider stand die has three sizes of “board dies” to cut and build the stand.
  • I adhered two pieces of paper together to create thickness. Run the paper and the dies through the Crossover II die-cutting machine to cut the shape.
  • I used basic building construction to make my stand.
  • For the awning, I die-cut two pieces. (one plaid, one rust) Cut two sections from the rust die-cut and adhere to the striped awning piece.

Apple Cider Stand Card

Lots of Dimension and Details

  • What makes this card special is all the little details.
  • I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of my pieces to make them look more realistic.
  • I used a lot of foam dots behind the various pieces to create a lot of dimension.
  • I doubled up the foam dots under the awning and sign.

Apple Cider Stand Card

My Cider Stand needed pumpkins.

  • I used the pumpkin stamp from the “Home from the Holidays Stamp Set”.
  • Stamp the pumpkin using black ink onto a marigold color cardstock.
  • Using the Tombow Markers, color in the image.  I like to go lightest to darker.

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Apple Cider Stand Card

Last Summer, I made one of my favorite cards, the “Sweet Summer Flower Stand” card using

the Lemonade Stand Stamp and Die Set.  I’ve wanted to make a Cider Stand Card every since.  

Flower Stand CardThe Sweet Summer Flower Stand Card.

Book Marks for Book Lovers and Readers

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

Creating Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers…

Besides crafting, reading is one of my favorite hobbies.

Sitting and reading is a luxury for me.  Never enough time.

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

Just one more page…

I love getting lost in a good book. My problem is once I start reading,

I can’t seem to put the book down until I finish reading it.

Forget about work, dinner, or dishes.

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

Combining my two hobbies…

I created bookmarks using the New Bookmark Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

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Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

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Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

Directions:

  • Cut out the layers of the bookmark using the bookmark die. 
  • Adhere them together using a tape runner*.
  • Using the Xyron Creative Station* with a double-sided Laminating cartridge, place the bookmark base in the machine.  Crank the handle to run it through the machine. The Creative Station adds clear laminating onto both sides of the bookmark.

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

  • Trim the bookmark with scissors leaving a 1/8″ border of lamination.
  • Reopen the top slot of the book mark with scissors or a craft knife.

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

To make the letters on the blue bookmark… place a piece of scrapbook paper through the Xyron Creative Station* with a permanent adhesive cartridge* to add adhesive to the back of the scrapbook paper. Once the letters were die-cut, they became little letter stickers.

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

  • Place the vinyl onto the bookmark, and rub over the transfer paper to make sure the vinyl sticks to the lamination.  (You can use a vinyl scraper tool.)

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

Add ribbon and trim to create the perfect bookmark for your favorite book lover.

DIY Holiday Planner

DIY Holiday Planner

Creating a Holiday Planner…

It’s never too early to start thinking about the Holidays.

So…when Xyron asked me to do a Christmas in July project using the Xyron Holiday Bundle,

of course, I said YES!

To be honest, my first thought was to run over to my local scrapbook store

and buy something new to use in my project.

Christmas is my weakness, and I have so much leftover from previous years.

I decided to “Scrap my Stash” instead. In the end, I used paper from 3-4 different collections.

(I’m so proud of my self-control.)

My Holiday Planner measures 6″ x 8″. 

It is big enough to write in but small enough to grab and go.
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Creating a Holiday Planner

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Xyron Creative Station

DIY Planner Details:

  • Cut two 6″ x 8″ pieces of decorative paper for the front cover and two 6″ x 8″ pieces for the inside front and back covers.
  • Lay the paper into the Xyron 9″ Creative Station* design side up. Crank the handle of the Creative Station* to run it through the machine. As it goes through the machine it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper. No electricity needed, easy to use.
  • Peel the decorative paper from the protective liner and place it onto a 6″ x 8″ piece of chipboard. Cover the front and back sides of the chipboard.
  • I love using the Xyron 9″ Creative Station* when I make albums.  I get complete coverage and everything lays smooth, no wrinkles.
  • I like to use a craft mat and craft knife to trim away any excess paper.
  • A sanding block is great for smoothing out the edges of the covered chipboard.

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  • Cut decorative strips to add the front and back of the planner.  If you’ve never made a planner/album like this, you’ll want to give particular thought to the placement of the strips on the back cover to make sure they line up with the front of the planner.
  • I used coordinating decorative scrapbook paper to create a frame for the front of my planner using the frame die from The Maker’s Movement.

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DIY Holiday Planner Pages

  • I created several different types of pages using a word program for the inside of the planner.
  • As you can see, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy.
  • Once you get your cover finished and your inside pages created, you’ll want to bind it all together using a binding machine.  I used an old Bind it All Machine.  You can also use The Cinch Book Binding Machine*.

Holiday Planner-Calendar Pages

November and December are the crucial days when planning the Holidays. 

I printed out two calendar pages from SaturdayGift.com and sized them to fit in my planner.

On the inside of the front cover, I created a pocket for lists and coupons.

DIY Holiday Planner

Christmas Gift List

I am that person.  I write down everything I buy for Christmas.

If you want to know what I bought you five years ago for Christmas, ask me.

DIY Holiday Planner

Christmas Card List

Do you still send Christmas Cards?

I love getting and sending Christmas Cards over the Holidays.  (sometimes I even make them)

I don’t get as many or send as many as I used to, but I love hanging them on display.

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A great way to be prepared for the Holiday Cookie Exchange. 

Creating pockets are a great way to keep organized and the perfect place for

blank Holiday recipe cards.

DIY Holiday Planner

Favorite Family Recipes…

I have several family favorite recipes that I make every year.

Several years ago, I typed them all up and saved them on my computer.

It was easy to reprint them and add them to this year’s Holiday Planner.

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Notes and Stuff…

These pages are for writing down special memories, tips of things that worked that’ll you’ll want

to remember for the next holiday get-together, or the other room mom’s phone number.

There’s so much that we need to remember during the holidays.

And don’t forget to save those receipts for easy returns.

I added a thick buffalo plaid zipper bag in my planner to hold those receipts.

DIY Holiday Planner

Jingle All The Way… 

Create another pocket in the back to tuck in pictures and invitations.

I can never have too many pockets to help keep me organized.

The nice thing about Christmas in July is that by the time the Holidays do arrive,

I’ll be almost ready.

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Kaisercraft’s Flower Shoppe Accordion Book and Card

How to make an Accordion Album

How to make an Accordion Album using Kaisercraft’s Flower Shoppe Collection.

A quick way to make a mini album to showcase a few memorable pictures.

The album would make a great gift for someone special.

How to make an Accordion Album

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Accordion Album made with Kaisercrafts's Flower Shopped Collection.

Directions:

  • Cut two 4″ x 6″ matboard panels.
  • Cut two 5″ x 7″ green polka dot paper pieces.  You will need to generously apply adhesive to the back of the paper.  I like to use my Xyron Creative Station to add adhesive.  Run the paper design side up through the machine to add a “complete layer” of adhesive on the paper.  (no wrinkles, no electricity)
  • Lay matboard on center back of polka dot paper.  Miter paper edges by cutting diagonal triangle off each edge of four corners, leaving 1/8″ space between cut and matboard.  (TIP…save triangles to cover edges if corners don’t meet)  Fold edges over the matboard and adhere.  Repeat with the second set of panels.
  • Decorate the front of the album using designs from the “Arrangement” paper.  I layered the “bloom where you are planted” 3″ x 4″ section onto a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ piece of cardstock.  For added dimension, I adhered the layers onto a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ piece of matboard.
  • Paint four metal corners with white multi-media paint.  After the paint has fully dried, lightly sand over the corners to reveal the embossed design.  Fold around edges of the matboard layer.  Adhere layered matboard to the front of the album cover.

Kaisercraft Flower Shoppe-Accordion Album

  • Cut two 5-7/8″ x 12″ strips of “sunroom” scrapbook paper.  Score lengthwise every 3-7/8″.  You will end up with 3 panels and a small narrow section at the end of each strip approximately a 1/2″ inch.  On one panel, cut the extra 1/2″ strip off.  Adhere the 1/2″ tab onto the back of the other panel to create one long 6-panel accordion strip.  Refold the panel if necessary.
  • Adhere each end of the accordion strip to the 4″ x 6″ covered chipboard panels.
  • Create pockets and flaps using extra scrapbook paper pieces.

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And for the Card Makers…

I also made a card using the left over paper from the Flower Shoppe Collection.

Gumball Machine Birthday Card

What kid doesn’t love Gumballs?

Create an adorable Gumball Machine Birthday Card using the New Gumball Stamp

and Die set from The Maker’s Movement.

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and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

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Magical Birthday 12″ x 12″ Collection Kit by Simple Stories*

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The Gumball Machine Stamp & Die Set features all the pieces you need to create an adorable

gumball machine. The two coordinated globe glass container shapes let you make perfect

shapes for shaker cards. You can add sequins, shaker sprinkles, and other embellishments to

add more fun to your craft project. This set is great for making birthday cards, greeting cards,

and gift tags.

  • TIP…When I am die-cutting small pieces, I like to run the paper through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Machine* to add adhesive to the back before cutting them out.  It makes all the little pieces stickers and makes assembling the card a breeze.
  • I used the Mini Maker Die-Cutting Machine to die-cut out the pieces.  While you won’t use it for all your die-cutting needs, I love the compact size on my workspace.

I’ve been struggling lately with lighting, and the winter grays don’t help.

I used the newly fallen snow as my white background.

If you look close, you may notice the snow crystals underneath the wood slice.

I can’t wait until Spring!

Making Valentines with New Slimline Essentials

Happy Valentine’s Day Slimline Card

I’m jumping on the Slimline Card Craze with the help of the New Slimline Essentials Die Set

from The Maker’s Movement.

What’s a Slimline Card? 

Basically, a Slimline Card is a tall card that fits into a business-size envelope.

The Slimline Essentials Die Set takes all the guesswork out of cutting the layers and makes

assembling your card a breeze.

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Directions:

  • Die-cut all the layers for the card using the Slimline Essentials Die.
  • Cut three white scalloped squares.
  • Center the small square die in the middle of the scallop square.  Put a small piece of washi tape over the die to keep it in place.  Die-cut to create a small scalloped frame.

  • Place a piece of double-sided craft foam onto the square foam cutter die to cut small foam squares to use under the scallop frames.

To Create a Center Shaker Element.

  • Adhere a small piece of clear acetate to fit over the opening of the frame.
  • Because the foam frames didn’t match the frame I created, I cut the foam frames on the corners and placed them over the acetate.
  • Using only red and white heart sprinkles, fill the inside of the frame with the sprinkles. Be careful not to overfill so that there is room to shake.
  • Remove the protective lining on the foam and place a small piece of scrapbook paper over the foam.

  • Embellish the front of the card using hearts popped up with double-sided adhesive foam and the word “love” die-cut using the “Special Delivery” die set.

I love a clean and simple monochromatic card.  (and so much fun to make)

Floral Pocket Folio Card

The Floral Pocket Folio Card. 

A sweet and simple card made using two of Eileen Hull’s NEW RELEASE dies from Sizzix,

the Folio Page, Pocket and Flowers Die Set, and the Mandala Die Set.

The Floral Folio Card is like two cards in one.

I just love pockets for adding little extras.

The front of the card is a great place to add a sweet note or gift card.

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Cardmaking Tips:

  • The flower pieces and mandala were all cut out of white cardstock.
  • Using the ink applicator and distress inks to gently apply ink onto the flower pieces.
  • To add a little extra detail, add gold around the edge of the larger flower pieces using the gold calligraphy pen.
  • Place thin 3D adhesive foam between the larger two flowers to add dimension.
  • Measure and cut the mandala to fit inside the folio pocket. Cut excess mandala away and glue to the inside edge of the folio pocket.

Spooky Scary Halloween Card

Open if You Dare!

Here’s a spooky card for all you Halloween Lovers.

If you love a card with dimension, this card has a lot of spooky goodness.

The Spooky Scary Halloween Card was made using the “Spooky Scary” stamp and die set from

The Maker’s Movement.

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My process for making cards sometimes changes as I sit down to create.  I was getting into this

one and decided to forgo all the step by step pictures.  Instead, I will give you lots of details.

Here’s one tip I highly suggest.  (Especially with the skeleton die.)

Run the white card-stock through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Machine* before cutting out the

skeleton die.  The Xyron Create-A-Sticker Machine* puts adhesive on the back of the

card-stock, making the skeleton pieces stickers.  By making stickers, adhering the skeleton

to the coffin was so much easier than using liquid glue.

  • I cut a piece of double-sided adhesive foam large enough to cut the casket shape.  I adhered a piece of gray card-stock to one side of the foam before die-cutting.
  • To cut the casket shape.  Place the casket die on the foam and run it through the Crossover II Die-Cutting Machine.  Because the foam is so thick, you may want to run it back and forth a couple of times to make sure the die cuts entirely through the foam.
  • Another good tip…Use a black chisel tip paint marker* to color the sides of the craft foam.

  • The lid of the casket was made by sticking two pieces of black patterned scrapbook paper together and die-cutting the scrapbook paper with the casket die. (I used the Xyron Sticker Maker)
  • Adhere a piece of scrapbook paper onto a piece of adhesive foam.
  • Using the casket outline die, cut a casket outline from the foam. Stick the casket outline on the inside of the lid.
  • Fold two small pieces of paper to use as the hinges. Glue only the top and bottom of the hinges. Not on the side of the casket.

  • Before sticking the casket onto the layered card base, attach a thin black string onto the back of the casket.
  • If you don’t have black string, put a little black paint between your thumb and index finger and run the string through the paint.  Voila, black string.
  • Tie string around the casket to keep the lid closed.

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