Hello Spring Banner

Hello Spring Banner 2537

Welcome Spring with a Cute Bunny Inspired Wreath.

Using a few inexpensive wood cut-outs from Dollar Tree I created a fun Spring Banner to hang

on my wreath.  With the help of my Xyron Creative Station*, it was quick and easy to make.

Hello Spring Banner 932

Materials Used:      (*affiliate links)

*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!’

Hello Spring Banner 2403

Directions:

  • Put the 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.

Hello Spring Banner 2420

  • Lay wood cut-outs onto the adhesive side of the paper.
  • Cut around the shape with a craft knife.
  • Sand the rough cut edges of the shape with a sanding block*.  You can use an Emory board to get into small places to sand.

Hello Spring Banner 2464

  • String the finished wood pieces onto a piece of ribbon or twine.
  • I used the New Xyron Multi-Stick Glue Gun to add the flowers and leaves embellishments.
  • One of my favorite features of the New Xyron Multi-Stick Glue Gun is that you can add up to three glue sticks so that you don’t have to keep reloading while you work.
  • FYI…I also added a bit of hot glue strategically under the wood pieces to help keep them from twisting on the twine.
  • I used letters cut from StyleTechCraft adhesive vinyl to spell the word “Hello”.  You could also use chipboard letters or letter stickers.

Hello Spring Banner-2526

xyron logo 2

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

Xyron’s 25th Anniversary

Xyron 25th Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to one of my very favorite crafting companies!

I remember back in the mid-’90s (when I had my retail store) going to a trade show and stopping

by the Xyron Booth.  There was quite a crowd and buzz around their new products.

It was at that Trade Show when I bought my first Xyron machines.

Xyron 500 Create a Sticker Machine-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 3920

I bought the Xryon 500 Create a Sticker to use as a Special Anniversary Sale promo. 

(and boy did I sell a lot of those machines.)

I also purchased the Xyron 850 to sell and bought the Xyron 1200 for store use.

I figured if 8 1/2″ was good then 12″ was better.  (12″ paper was just becoming popular)

(The picture above is my first Xyron machine.  When we went through my mom’s craft room we found extra cartridges that fit the machine.  Score!)

Xyron Creative Station 2

Personally, my favorite Xyron product to use is the Xyron Creative Station*.

It is the perfect size for larger projects and I love how I can insert a 5″ cartridge for smaller

projects.  But to be perfectly honest, I love all my Xyron products.

Happy Anniversary Xryon, looking forward to crafting with you for many years to come.

*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!

Graphic 45 Christmas Magic...Decorating the Tree-Sue's Creative Workshop-www.sueeldred.com 7953

The Christmas Magic Room is my favorite project made using Xyron Creative Station*.

Flower Garden Notecard Folio

Flower Garden Notecard Folio-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 3854

How to Create a Flower Garden Notecard Folio

To Celebrate Spring and all things Flowers, I decided to make a Notecard Folio using paper from

Carta Bella’s Flower Garden Collection and Eileen Hull’s New Folio Journal Die from Sizzix*.  

      NEW Folio Journal at Sizzix

Materials Used:         (*Affiliate Links)

*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!

Flower Garden Notecard Folio-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 3858

Album Details:

  • The album pieces are die-cut using Sizzix White Matboard Sheets*, which is the perfect size for cutting long pieces.  (You will need to cut the album pieces twice.)
  • There is a smaller rectangle die-cut piece that comes with the die. (cut two)  You will use the piece to create a pocket with the outer flap.  
  • Align and adhere both ends of the spine together using Tear It! Double-Sided Crafter’s Tape*.
  • Cover the front and inside of the album with decorative scrapbook paper.  (see album making tip below)
  • Album Making Tip:  I use my Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to my paper before sticking it onto the matboard.  It adds a complete adhesive layer with puckering or wrinkles.
  • Using a craft knife and cutting mat, I cut both ends of the flaps down to create 2 1/2″ pockets.  Adhere the “pocket pieces” (the small scored pieces that come with the die) to finish the bottom of the pockets.
  • I used Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Collections Stickers* to embellish the pocket fronts.

Flower Garden Notecard Folio-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 3782

  • Create simple 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″  layered cards using the Carta Bella Flower Garden:  3″ x 4″ Journaling Cards*.
  • After using one of the Journaling Cards for my front and back cover and another section for my green spine, I was able to create 8 small notecards to fill my notecard folio.  

Flower Garden Notecard Folio-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 3898

  • The ribbon was added around the album before adding the front and back cover.
  • I created a small chipboard tag for the spine and punched the holes using a Crop-A-Dile Power Punch*.  
  • On the inside center binding, I hung a pen on the loop of ribbon that was added for the tag.

Flower Garden Notecard Folio-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 3816

Wouldn’t this make a nice Birthday or Mother’s gift for someone special?

Cute Valentine/Spring Décor with Vinyl

Creating Cute Valentine/Spring Décor with StyleTechCraft Vinyl.

Did you ever get a song stuck in your head while working on a project?

I’m showing my age here, but this Karen Carpenter song kept going through my mind while

I was putting together the Bird on the Branch and, I just had to create the words to go with it.

“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.

I love creating projects for my home using vinyl. 

My favorite vinyl is the Glossy Craft Vinyl from StyleTechCraft.

There are so many great color choices to choose from.

Materials Used to make the Valentine Projects:              (*affiliate links)

*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!

Project Details:

  • I used a 5″ x 7″ decorative piece of chipboard that I’d had around for a while.
  • I cut a piece of woodgrain paper a little larger than the chipboard.  
  • Place the paper in the Xyron Creative Station* design side up through. As you turn the handle, it runs through the machine and adds a complete layer of adhesive onto the back of the paper.

  • Adhere the paper to the chipboard and cut away the excess using a craft knife and cutting mat.
  • Use a fine Sanding Block* to smooth out the edges of the chipboard.

  • I used my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* and the “Bird on the Branch” SVG file to create my design.
  • I sized the image to fit onto my chipboard and cut the various layers of the red in three shades to make a cardinal.  
  • After weeding the excess vinyl from around my images, I transferred them onto the chipboard using the Clear Transfer Tape*.
  • After having the song stuck in my head, I decided to create a few words for my sign.
  • For added detail, I went around the edge of my sign with a Silver Leafing Pen*.

  • I cut an extra little cardinal to fit inside a small circle frame and added small red hearts on the top and bottom.
  • To complete my decorations, I added my small faux heart topiary to a reddish metal and added the words “choose happy” in Olive vinyl.

I have Cute Valentines Decorations that will take me into Spring.  (and maybe longer)

Decking the Halls with Comfort and Joy Christmas Album

Comfort & Joy Christmas Album

Christmas is going to feel a lot different this year.

Instead of large family gatherings, we’ll be keeping it simple.

Sharing a little Holiday Encoragement

This year, the Eileen Hull teams got together and decided to celebrate the Holidays by creating

Comfort and Joy Albums and asked the Eileen Hull Facebook Fan Club to join along.

For my album, I choose the theme Decking the Halls.

You can find the Eileen Hull Facebook Fan Club Page here.

My Comfort and Joy Album uses the Eileen Hull Journal Die* and papers and embellishments

from Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole Collection*.

Instead of giving you a tutorial on how I made the album, I’ve decided to explain the inspiration

behind the album and share with you how I decorate my home for Christmas.

Materials Used:                  (*affiliate link)

*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!

Because my family won’t be together this Christmas, I’ve asked my daughter and daughter in law to send me Christmas pictures for my album.  I will have a family album filled with Christmas Memories.

I also come from a large extended family, which usually gets together for a big Christmas party.  I’ll be honest, the thought of missing all these celebrations makes me a little sad.

While making my album, I got the inspiration to take this weekend and drop off small gifts to my siblings.  I’ll be able to take a few porch pictures of the families and get my much-needed family fix.

Decking the Halls

When it comes to decorating the outside, I like to keep it simple.  We wrap twinkle lights around the large bush by our lamp post and hang icicle lights on the upper balcony.

Sprucing Up with Holiday Greens

I cut pine branches from the large pine tree in the yard and spruce up my pots with Holiday greens.

The Front Door

The front door has a simple wreath and a decorated sled.

The Christmas Tree

A few years ago, I got this frosted tree and absolutely love it.  I keep it simple with a red and white theme.  (I only use a fraction of the ornaments I’ve collected throughout the years)

Bookish Gnomes

While working on the decorations, I moved these gnomes on top of the books because my little pup thought they were dog toys.  I liked the way they looked, so I kept them there.

The Mantle

In my Dining Room, I have a large fireplace, which I decorated the mantle with a few of my Santa’s from my Santa Collection.

My Santa Collection

I’ve got Vintage Santas, Skiing Santas, Golfing Santas, and Toymaking Santas.  I scatter them randomly around the house.

Keeping it Simple

I would love to one day have a fully styled house for the Holidays.  Instead, I keep it simple.

I create small vignettes around the house to make it feel festive and homey.

Dexter

Even my sweet little pup, fresh from the groomers, matches my decorations.

Dexter and I would like to wish you all a Happy Holidays filled with Comfort and Joy.

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Free Trial 

Holiday Snow Globe Cards

Whether you like a classic style or cute, holiday snow globes are just fun.

Especially when they are made into cards that you can send.

For my cards, I used the Snow Globe stamp and die set from The Maker’s Movement

to make two snow globe cards with two different styles.

Both of these cards could also be made into a cute little shaker cards. 

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

Penguin Snow Globe Card

  • Stamp the penguin on watercolor paper with a black permanent ink pad.
  • Use markers, colored pencils, or watercolor to color in the image.
  • Use the coordinating die to cut out the penguin.
  • I like to use the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive onto my decorative scrapbook paper before die-cutting  fine detailed pieces. It makes adhering to detailed pieces like the snow globe outline so much easier to adhere to.
  • For the base of the snow globe.  I adhered a small piece of woodgrain scrapbook paper onto a small piece of double-sided adhesive craft foam.
  • Run the woodgrain/foam piece through the Crossover II die-cutting machine* to create a think foam base.
  • Add a couple of thin foam mounting squares* to the back of the penguin before adding him to the card.
  • Adhere all your pieces together and stamp a little greeting on the top of the card.

*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!

Supplies Used on Cards:       (*affiliate links)

Winter Wonderland Snow Globe Card

Create  the soft look of freshly fallen snow with this Winter  Wonderland Snow Globe.

I love how different this card is.  (can you tell it’s my favorite)

It’s made similar to the Penguin Snow Globe.  The two trees in the middle are popped up using

thin foam mounting squares* to give the forest dimension.

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)

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!

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.

Click on Pictures for Links* 

  

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)

*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!

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.

A Merry Little Holiday House

How to make A Merry Little Holiday House.

A cute little holiday decoration using the Eileen Hull House Ornament Die.

Perfect for gift giving.  Just add a small battery operated tea light and see it glow.

A Merry Little House Supplies Used:            (*affiliate links)

*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!

Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of Red and Black Buffalo Plaid paper 6″ x 8″.
  • Run both pieces of paper design side up through the Xyron Creative Station*.  As the paper moves through the Creative Station it adds adhesive to the underneath side of the paper.  You get full and complete adhesive covering on the paper.
  • Cut two pieces of Mat Board* 6″ x 8″.
  • Adhere the buffalo plaid paper onto each one of the mat board.  (underneath will be plain)

  • Lay covered matboard on top of the house ornament die and sandwich it between two sizzix cutting plates.  Run the die, mat board and cutting plates through the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine*.  The Big Shot will cut out the house shape and two tiny houses that you can use on a later project.
  • Cut two houses shapes.

A Merry Little Holiday House bits and pieces.

  • Carefully fold on the scored lines.
  • Cut off the top tab with the two holes on both houses.  (This tab is used if you want to make it an ornament.)
  • You will also need to cut the bottom flap from one of the houses.
  • Use Super Glue to assemble the house. Glue all sides of the house together before gluing the roof tabs.  Leave bottom tab unglued so that you can add a small battery operated tea light.

  • For the Roof:  Cut a piece of Black Corrugated paper 2 1/2″ x 4″.  Fold in half and glue to top of the roof.
  • Place two small pieces of white matboard over the window section of the ornament house die and run through the big shot die cutting machine.  Trim around matboard to create two small windows.  Glue windows frames onto house.

  • Add the “Merry” chipboard sticker from the Christmas Market Chipboard Accents to the front of the house.
  • Make wreath out of a 6″ piece of the craft pine stem.
  • Create a small bow from the red twine and glue onto front of wreath.
  • Glue wreath to front of the house.

Carta Bella Christmas Market Collection*  (available on Amazon)

Give the Gift of Amazon Prime*

Creating a Mini Thanksgiving Room

Creating a Mini Thanksgiving Room…

Time to get your rooms ready for the Thanksgiving holiday.

I love making miniature rooms, especially for the Holidays.

I created this special little room for Xyron using the Xyron Creative Station*.

The Xyron 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.)

Products Used:                                      ( *affiliate links)

*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!

To make the Mini Thanksgiving Room…

  • Cut chipboard into 4 pieces:  9″x7 1/2″, 5 3/4″ x 9″ and two 5 3/4″ x 7 1/2″
  • Cut woodgrain paper just 6″ x 9 1/4″ and run it through the Xyron Creative station design side up.   As the paper runs through the machine it adds adhesive under the paper.
  • Adhere the paper to the chipboard.  I like to 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.

  • I cut the patterned paper half the size of the other three chipboard pieces and added a 1/2″ strip of  woodgrain paper to cover the seam.  (it looks like chair rail)
  • Using the Creative Station makes quick work of covering the walls.

  • I covered the back of my room with coordinating paper and added small strips of paper on the inside and back corners for added support.  Run those strips through the Xyron Creative Station* as well.

  • I picked up some inexpensive Doll furniture* at Dollar Tree* and painted them with black spraypaint.
  • I gave them a light sanding after they were dry with a sanding block to smooth.

  • I created additional furniture by cutting small pieces of chipboard and adhering them together.  (simple building construction)
  • A couple coats of black paint to finish the job.

  • To Make the tablecloth…Run a piece of lace through the Xyron Creative Station* and adhere the lace to the top of the table.  Trim around the edges of the lace with scissors.
  • I created a small vase with playdoh and painted it with acrylic paint after it was completely dried.  I added craft glue inside my vase and inserted snippets of artificial flowers.
  • I added a platter of turkey on the table. (don’t tell anyone but mine’s really a chicken)

A small little handmade bench for extra seating.

A shelf on the wall with special pewter pieces.

And a cute Turkey Decoration on top the sideboard to make the room more festive.

Happy Thanksgiving!

“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.

If you liked the Thanksgiving Room you’ll like the Christmas Magic Room I made last year.