Saturday, January 12, 2019

Paperless Post

I have to tell you about this awesome e-card site, Paperless Post. Now, I know you're probably thinking "paperless? Woman you make cards, why would you use a paperless service?" In short, time. Time is why I would use an e-card site like Paperless Post and boy could I have used it before Christmas. This site is also great for the last minute birthday card. If you are like me, I always forget to grab stamps at the store, effectively making my cards late. 

This year ran away from me. I didn't even have time to make my Christmas cards. With Paperless Post, I could've just sent out a quick email to all of our family and friends and be done with it. No worry about filling each card out, addressing envelopes, and wondering if it made it to the recipient. 

This site is so easy to use. They have several options from Flyers, Cards, Invitations, Stationary, Photo cards, and so many other things. Each card has a generalized, but changeable message on the back. You can also upload your own design if needed. They have so many to choose from, that I was happy to see that they have an option to save cards for later so I can remember which designs I really liked.  

For my first card, I chose a 'just because' card for a friend because who doesn't love getting a card?! The card rotates to show the message on the back. 

For my second card, I chose an encouragement card for a friend that has a lot running through her day. 
I found the process of personalizing the cards easy and quick. But what I loved the MOST about Paperless Post, was being able to see that the card was sent and recipient received the card. Your recipients can even reply back to your card which rarely happens when sending a card through USPS. This is a service I will definitely be using in the near future!

They also offer an automatic RSVP tracking for those who are planning a party, reunion, wedding, or any other event that would require a RSVP.

How to find Paperless Post: 

FTC disclaimer: I received some of these products for free but was not compensated for writing this post. To view my complete disclaimer, click here.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Happy Mouse Birthday

It has been awhile since I have been able to participate in a challenge. With Christmas and everyday life, time has run away. However, I made time to enter this card into two different competitions.

First DCWV has switched things up this month and instead of doing a sketch, they've given creative freedom to anything using their product and a 'happy birthday' theme. Secondly, Die Cuttin' Divas has a glitter challenge out. They're calling my love language so I had to participate in both.

I needed to make a mouse themed birthday card for a family member. I wanted it to be bright, colorful, fun, and sparkly. I grabbed my Flower shop stack by DCWV to begin with. Then a 'Mouse Balloons' file from Miss Kate Cuttables.

I designed a quick card in Silhouette Studios.
I've always wanted to do a balloon card with the string spelling out happy birthday. No better time than the present to achieve that!
I decided to take the more hands on approach and heat emboss each mouse head with sparkly embossing powders.
Much to the husband's distress, I had glitter EVERYWHERE.

 Once each piece was embossed, I ran them through my Xyron Creative Station®
The Xyron Creative Station® is hands down my go to machine when I need adhesive on the backs of my cuts.
 I assemble my pieces while still on the white backing.
 Now I'm ready to add my face plate to the base card
I'm sure your wondering why I did so many mouse heads, scroll down to see! 

Finished Product: 

 The center of the card is a pop up of the heads coming out of a present.
I had some left over heads so I created a little decal for the back of the card as well.

Materials Used: 

  • Paper
    • DCWV
      • Flower Shop
  • Die Cut Machine
    • Silhouette Cameo 3
    • Silhouette Studio-Designer Edition
  • Miss Kate Cuttables
  • Adhesive
  • Extras
    • Darice Heating Tool
    • VersaMark Watermark Ink
    • Recollections Opaque Vintage Pink Sparkle embossing powder
    • Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder
FTC disclaimer: I received some of these products for free but was not compensated for writing this post. To view my complete disclaimer, click here.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Save the Date tri-fold album

Hello all! This is a sad post. I can't believe it has already been a full year of being on the most amazing design team I have had a pleasure of being on, Xyron. This will be my last post as a part of the 2018 design team, but fear not I have a lot of supplies to still use so keep tuned because I'm far from done with any Xyron products!!! 
While I use and love all of my Xyron products, I have to say my top two favorite go to crafting adhesive items are the Xyron Creative Station® and the Teresa Collins Mega Runner by Xyron®. I use my 1.5" Sticker Maker almost as much. 
The Xyron Creative Station® and the Xyron Creative Station Lite®  apply adhesive to the entire back of your cut in one swoop. They have several other applications that can be used with these awesome little machines like laminate and magnetic backing. I tell people to think of it as a big mega runner. For the smaller cuts, I like to use my Teresa Collins Mega Runner by Xyron® and the 1.5" Sticker Maker instead of glue to prevent warping of my cut. 

For my final project, I wanted to use some of not only my favorite Xyron products but also recap one of my favorite projects I did for Xyron, the Ballerina Tri-fold album featuring Teresa Collins 'Mon Cheri' paper pack. 

I grabbed my other Teresa Collins paper, the Save the Date pack and got to work.

This tri-fold album is a bit different, it's taller and has more pockets. The idea for this album is to have the recipient be able to use it year round for fun little monthly prizes for her significant other. 
After cutting out each element, I like to lay it out and see where I'm at to make sure I have all the elements before applying adhesive.
Next I ran the pieces through my Xyron Creative Station® which is my favorite Xyron tool to use.
This album took probably the most adhesive, but I love that I didn't have to spend time applying adhesive to the back of each individual piece.
Run a small tipped item around the shape to break up the extra adhesive. The most common question I get about the Xyron Creative Station® is what does it do. In the bottom right hand picture it shows you that it applies even adhesive to the back like a large mega runner.
Next I grabbed some Tim Holtz hardware for the front cover.
Since the album is larger than the 12" x 12" cut space on my mat, I had to piece the front and back cover to the middle portion using my Teresa Collins Mega Runner by Xyron®.
 I used the Teresa Collins Mega Runner by Xyron® to apply the smaller details.
I also used my smaller Tape Runner for the pockets.
I needed to make some labels and didn't want to waste a bunch of adhesive so I used my 1.5" Sticker Maker.
 I used the pen holder to write the months on each divider for the pockets.
 Finally some progress is seen!

 Final Project: 

Materials Used: 

FTC disclaimer: I received some of these products for free but was not compensated for writing this post. To view my complete disclaimer, click here.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Christmas Truck

Hello all. Here's my latest project. I have been anxious to make this new 3D Classic Model Truck file by SVG Attic. I just needed the time to make it. Well this is probably a first in the history of me being on the SVG Attic Inspiration Team for years, where I had to ask for an extension because I needed more time and didn't want to rush this.

Note, there are additions I made to this file that ARE NOT included in this file. They are personal additions so please don't expect to find it when you purchase said file!

After I cut out all my main pieces in Bazzill Cardstock's 'Robin Egg', I aged it with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink as well as some Teresa Collins Fiesty Red Pigment Ink.
 I decided my truck needed a seat. This is one of those additions that does not come with this file.
Even though I used a heavier cardstock, I still like to use my Teresa Collins Mega Runner by Xyron® to adhere the pieces to prevent warping.
For the smaller pieces, I used my 1.5" Sticker Maker from Xyron. 
The wood pieces I felt needed to be embossed using a We R' Memory Keepers wood grain embossing folder and my Sizzix Big Shot.
I also added the wood slats to the bed of the truck. I used a silver gel pen to color in the added 'screw holes'.
I took the same Walnut Stain ink and distressed the wood grain after embossing it. 
At this point, (the end of day 1, took me 3 days to do this much detailing) I was looking at the grill and thought you know what, I want those lights to sparkle. So I set out to customize my grill. 
At the end of day 2 I was so close, yet so far away. 
Day 3 I decided I needed to reinforce the bottom carriage with more cardstock simply because the battery pack I have in the cab was a bit too heavy for the carriage to handle.
At the end of day 3 I was running out of steam. I was going to cut a tree and wreath out in paper, but then I found these sprigs of greenery in a box downstairs. So I compromised and made what I could out of them!
Now, you cannot have a Christmas Truck without snow. And wouldn't you know that all THREE stores I went to were all out of the fake snow tex snow.
Pinterest to the rescue. I made my own fake snow with 1 1/2 cups baking soda, glitter, and 1/4 cup white hair conditioner. Glitter is optional, but not in this house. Especially with the husband standing there watching me make this. I added in more just for his benefit.

Final Project:

Yes, the lights are real light up lights. This is an addition, NOT included with this file!

 I had the best smelling snow this side of the Mississippi for sure.

 I made the trees removable so the detail of the bed can be seen.

 Even the running boards are wood engrained.

Phew now that was a task! Thank you so much for joining me today.

Materials Used: 

  • Paper:
    • Kraft brown for wood
    • Bazzill Cardstock
      • Robin Egg
      • Waxy Lips
      • Peanut Fudge
      • Fig Swirl
  • Die Cut Machine
    • Silhouette Cameo 3
    • Silhouette Studio-Designer Edition
  • Adhesive
  • SnapDragon/SVG Attic file ~Truck 3D Classic Model
    • Extras
      • Teresa Collins Fiesty Red ColorBox Pigment Ink
      • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain
      • Sizzix Big Shot
      • We R Memory Keeper wood embossing folder
      • AC Elements Brads

FTC disclaimer: I received some of these products for free but was not compensated for writing this post. To view my complete disclaimer, click here.