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Xyron & Lawn Fawn Fun

Welcome to Day #1 fun with  XYRON and LAWN FAWN Visit both manufacturer's blogs and check-out the prizes given throughout the week:
I have two cards to share with you today! On the first card I've used the "Hello Friend" Set I stamped the sentiment onto the striped paper withNightshift Blueby Colorbox. I stamped the sentiment again with Electric Yellowby Tsukineko and then trimmed out the airplane motif.  I added it over the blue plane and left a bit of the blue showing so that it looks like a shadow.
The cute papers are also from Lawn Fawn: Hello Sunshine.  From one of the 6X6 papers, I cut out the little clouds and then arranged them to create a border.  I attached the two buttons with a couple of the Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots. When I know that I will be machine-stitching papers together, I use Xyron's Glue Stick to tack the papers together before stitching.  This holds the papers in place, but without adding too much gunk for the needle t…

A Patriotic Foiled Banner

The 4th of July is less than a week away! Today I'm sharing a Patriotic Foiled Banner at  CHICKANIDDY CRAFTS
Chickaniddy Crafts carries both silver and gold foil papers; they look amazing embossed too, which I've done for the banner! See more of my Patriotic Foiled Banner and how I put it all together on today's blog post post! HAPPY SATURDAY!

May Arts + DCWV + Tombow Blog Hop

Welcome to the final day of the  MAY ARTS, TOMBOWandDCWV TRIPLE THREAT BLOG HOP There are 3 prize packs up for grabs, to win -  comment on each blog & like our Facebook pages a stack from DCWVa spool of ribbon from May ArtsXtreme Adhesive, Power Tabs, Removable Adhesive and Fastener Tabs from Tombow For the hop today, I'm sharing an faux canvas wall hanging  that I made for my daughter's room...she loves the chalk-art look! To get started, I gathered my supplies: Tombow's Xtreme Tape Runner, Glue Pen and Fastener Tabs; DCWV's Chalk-Art Stack and May Art's Ribbon and Pom Pom Trim The thing that I love most about crafting is improvising!  Nothing makes me happier (well, almost) than upcycling or recycling an item! I rummaged around in my supplies and found a wooden crate-type box and an 8X10 flat canvas.  The box wasn't quite as wide, so I trimmed the canvas down with a  heavy-duty box cutter.
Of course, you can purchase the canvas blocks and achieve the same l…

Shabby, Baby!

Welcome, Friday blogging friends! We have a couple of ladies at work who are expecting little girls soon, so I crafted this card with them in mind :) To begin, I've used the Diaper Card Die by TOP DOG DIES
I die-cut the shape from white cardstock and then the front panel again to die-cut the embossed pink cardstock by Core'dinations.  To the front I glued on two shabby blooms from May Arts Ribbon.
 The woodgrain leaves and 'baby' were cut from a print in the "Hello Baby" Collection by Simple Stories.  I also hand-cut a small heart from one of the pocket cards and added it between the flowers.  Once assembled, the card has an opening at the top so that you can add a tag, gift card, etc.  I also had a thought that it would look cute added to a small wreath and used as a door-hanger as well! See more ideas and shop for dies at Enjoy a wonderful weekend!

A "Pretty" Jewelry Holder

I was up on the AUTHENTIQUE BLOG yesterday
with a "Pretty" dress-form shaped jewelry holder.   This looks beautiful just by itself as an accent for a table or shelf.
I purchased the extra-sturdy chipboard dress-form (laser-cut) from Hobby Lobby.
 If you have a store near you, visit the bead/jewelry making section and you should find
 these stored along with the necklace/ear ring display stands.
The process is as easy as tracing the pattern onto the desired paper
(from the Classique: Pretty Collection) and trimming out.  I also inked the edges with a
Versa Magic Midnight Black. I find that using a dauber dipped in the ink helps to
blend the color better. Ink looks beautiful on the textured Authentique papers!
And I couldn't forget about the back!  I covered it with the houndstooth "Desire" paper.
I embellished the front with a hand-cut cluster of flowers found on the "Rosette" paper,
 along with flowers by Petaloo and small pink pearls by Queen & Co. "Clas…

Pinterest Bucket List Pocket Pages Pink Paislee Style

Phew, that blog title is a mouth-full :) Today I'm sharing a bit about how I've started my  PINTEREST BUCKET LIST POCKET PAGES with the Switchboard Collection by PINK PAISLEE

I have several tips on how to print photos from your computer screen and how to add journaling to scrapbook paper... without using a typewriter :) Come on by and see how I put it all together! Have a really GREATTTT week!

A House Caddy

Happy Friday, folks!   I'm sharing a tutorial today over at  TOP DOG DIES BLOG

I've used their"Our Home Steel Rule Die & Finisher Dies" 
to make this chipboard caddy!  It's sturdy enough to hold the remote controls,
or use it as a sweet "welcome" gift basket :)
Come on over and I'll show you how I put it together!
Have a happy weekend!

Xyron + Craftwell Blog Hop

Welcome to Day #3 of the  XYRON & CRAFTWELL BLOG HOP
I was very anxious to try out the 8.5 X 11 Embossing Folders (Letter) by Craftwell.  With this size, you can create amazing flyers, invitations or give texture to printables!  For my project, I've chosen theDotted Chevron (UNI)
PASSPORT PHOTOS...NOT MUG SHOTS I cut a sheet of 12X12 cardstock down to 8.5 X 11 and embossed.   I centered the cardstock over a sheet of patterned paper (by Pink Paislee) and machine stitched around the edges.  
 Four rectangular pieces of 6X6 paper were cut and adhesive applied with the 3" Sticker Maker.
I used the Photo Tape and applied a strip to the center (back) of each photo. I like for the edges of my pictures to have a little 'lift' from the page, so just a  small amount of tape works fine for me! 
And I LOVE the look of an old typewriter font for my journaling.   First, I typed out what I wanted to say and then printed onto a regular sheet of copy paper.  Next, I cut down one of the journal…

Sunday Pulled Pork

Hey, y'all!  Nothing crafty to share today, but I do have intentions of sharing some of my favorite recipes from time-to-time...and today is the day!
SUNDAY PULLED PORK I know, I know...I'm not necessarily a 'fan' of seeing a pile 'ole pile of meat on a tray either but this is seriously some GOOOOD stuff. I can't take credit for how yummy it is, in fact, I'm not sure where the recipe originated but that won't stop me from sharing :)
INGREDIENTS --3 to 4 pound pork loin  (mine was about 4.5 lbs and it worked just fine) --Real Mayonnaise --Cavendar's Greek Seasoning --Cracked Black Pepper
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Wash pork loin and place in large metal baking or roasting pan. Spoon about 1.5 to 2 cups of mayonnaise onto the top; spread evenly over the entire top of the loin. Sprinkle with Greek Seasoning and cracked black pepper. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place into preheated 500 degree oven.
Here is a link for the Greek Seasoning --link--
Bake for ONE HOUR…

A Hoot of an Adventure!

Happy June, y'all!   With Summer and camping weather around the corner, I couldn't wait to break out the new  "Adventure Collection" by Authentique Paper and make something to hang in our camper!
 I had this adorable owl cutting file on hand from Miss Kate Cuttables and I knew that I
wanted to use it in some form or fashion. I cut him from some Core'dinations cardstock
and a polka dot paper (Seasons: Autumn Collection).
The cutting file also comes with a tree branch, which I cut from the woodgrain paper.   The leaves were cut from two colors of green found in the Adventure 6X6 Paper Pad.   I also die-cut a couple of oval shapes from two of the paper pad papers and then  added one of the sentiments with foam.
 I cut the base of the hanger using a scrolled album die byTop Dog Dies.  I added some machine and hand-stitching to give a more homespun feel. Two holes  were punched at the top and some faux burlap ribbon byMay Arts was tied for the hanger.
Authentique Products- Adventur…

Let's BBQ (and a recipe!)

I'm all about quick gifts...they're a must-have, especially because I wait until the last minute  OR simply forget until it's too late!
For my Top Dog Dies project today, I have an  easy gift idea for the grillin' or BBQ lover (another cool idea for Father's Day too!)
 I've paired up the Apron Card Diewith the new "Adventure Collection" by Authentique Paper.  
The 6X6"Adventure" Paper Pad is really nice to have on hand when it comes to cutting with the Apron Finishers Dies.
I also used the banner die from the Mason Jar Finisher Die Set Above is a look at the card without the recipe tucked inside.
To your bottle of BBQ sauce, add a typed out or handwritten recipe to the inside of the pocket.  I found this one on the Sweet Baby Ray's website:
BABY RAY BITES Ingredients
1 bottle of Original Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce
1 lb. of bacon slices (cut each slice in half)
1 can of chunk pineapple (drain juice completely)
1 box of wooden tooth picks
Wrap …

Foiled Feathers For Father

Father's Day is the weekend! I have a quick way to dress up a plain mason jar today at CHICKANIDDY CRAFTS All you will need is a strip of foil paper (or any paper) and I'll show you how to whip up these cool feathers in no time!
I often struggle to find just the right accent for masculine projects, but you can never go wrong with feathers LOL Again, you can see the tutorial and more photos today on theChickaniddy Blog. Thanks for dropping by!

Boutique Hair Bow

Happy Hump Day!   I'm sharing a photo tutorial over at  MAY ARTS RIBBON on making boutique style hair bows :)
And I can vouch for the advise that the more you make these, the easier it gets! Since making these for the tutorial, my loops seem to be much neater. You will get an 'eye' for how large to make each loop as you practice :)
Just visit the May Arts Ribbon blog post for today to see the step-by-step photos and instructions...let me know if you have any questions!

Dress It Up With Sequins

Hello, friends!  I love working with sequins.   In fact, when I was *much* younger I collected those cute felt applique kits and spent hours stitching sequins onto Santa's beard or Frosty's hat.  I like that you can really glam something up or just add a subtle sparkle with a lot or a few sequins! So today I have two card variations using a little and a lot of Doodlebug sequins.
I think that my most favorite way to add sequins is to hand-stitch them. For this card I first started with a set of thin dies, felt and a scratch piece of paper

The thing that I love most about Doodlebug's sequins is that you get a nice  mix of flat, opaque, clear and shiny pieces in each jar.  I also used some  clear sead beads that I had on hand, which is a necessary component when stitching it looks pretty too!
You could also make the stitched motif removable (from the card) and  add a pin back or piece of magnet so that it can be displayed in other ways.
Doodlebug Products are from the Sugar…