12/2/21

Blog Takeover: Xyron!

Tulla & Norbert’s Love Story Album


It's time to start getting serious about Valentine's Day and we've got you covered with the help from Xyron and PhotoPlay Paper. Get ready for the perfect Valentine's Day album designed by Sue Eldred


Materials Used:



Directions:

  1.  For the cover, cut the matboard into two 5” x 7” pieces.
  2.  Cut two 5” x 7” pieces of black dot scrapbook paper and two 5” x 7” pieces of diagonal stripe paper.
  3.  Place the scrapbook paper into the Xyron Creative Station design side up. Turn the handle to run the scrapbook paper through the machine. As the scrapbook paper goes through the Xyron Creative Station, it adds a complete layer of edge-t-edge adhesive to the back of the scrapbook paper. (You will need to add adhesive to all four pieces of scrapbook paper.)
  4.  Remove the clear protective coating. Peel the paper from the white backing and stick it directly onto the matboard. Each piece of the matboard will have black dots on one side and diagonal stripes on the other.  
  5.  The Black Dot Scrapbook paper will be on the front and back cover with the diagonal stripe paper on the inside.
  6.  Cut two 1 ½” x 7” strips of diagonal striped paper. Run the strips through the Xyron Creative Station to add adhesive to the back. 
  7.  Stick onto the edge of the front and back cover. Pay special attention to the placement on the back cover so that the pieces line up on the right side.

  1.  For the inside pages, cut six 5” x 7” pieces of black cardstock.
  2.  Cut two 9¼” x 7” pieces of black cardstock. Score these pieces of cardstock at 5” lengthwise to create a page that has a flap.
  3.  Adhere a variety of Tulla & Norbert Love Story scrapbook paper onto the front and back of each section of the black cardstock using the Xyron Tape Runner.
  4.  Using a binding machine, bind the album together.
  5.  Cut apart the 3” x 4” journaling cards to adorn the front cover and some of the inside pages.
  6.  A great way to add adhesive to the Tulla & Norbert’s Love Story Ephemera is to place them into the 3” Xyron Disposable Sticker Maker. Just pull, rub, peel and stick. To remove any excess adhesive around the die-cut pieces, use the Xyron Adhesive Eraser.
  7.  Create fun page flaps and pockets to add your album using stickers, die-cuts, ribbon, and twine.  Add those special photos and give this mini album as a lovely Valentine’s Day gift.





Fun Tip: Add dimension to your album.  Run a 1” x 1” square piece of craft foam though your Xyron 3” Disposable Sticker Maker, then turn the foam sticker upside down and run though again.  Now you have made your own double-sided foam sticker.  Add to the back of the “love you” round circle and place on the front of your mini album. 

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To find out more about the Creative Station, watch this video below! 



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11/18/21

Oh Christmas (Tree) Takeover: Sizzix!

Get into the holiday spirit with this gorgeous Christmas design from Sizzix! 

This project is for everyone; scrapbooker or not. With a list (and links) of all the supplies needed, easy step-by-step written and visual instructions to follow, there should be no problem recreating this paper craft project! 

Supplies:

Step 1:

Select an assortment of cardstock colors, specialty papers and patterned papers in desired color palette to work with chosen photos. 


Step 2: 

Mount selected photos on cardstocks of choice with double-sided adhesive and foam tape to create dimension. 



Step 3:

Cut a piece of patterned paper down to 7" x 9" and distress the edges of the paper with a Distressing Blade Tool Head. 


Step 4:

Cut two panels of cardstock to 4 1/4" x 6" and lightly mist both sides of each panel with a water spritzer. Emboss both panels with the Christmas Tree Pattern embossing folder. 


Step 5:

Lightly apply Gold Luster Wax across the top of the embossed design on each panel, slowly building the color up as desired. 


Step 6:

Die-cut out of black cardstock the phrase “OH CHRISTMAS TREE” from the Stylized Alphabet die set. Gently apply Gold Luster Wax to the top of each letter where desired. 

Step 7:

Die-cut out of desired cardstock colors a variety of flowers and leaves from the Seasonal Flowers die set. 


Step 8:

Die-cut out of green and brown cardstocks a variety of trees and tree trunks from the Groovy Christmas die set. 


Step 9: 

With the Blending Tool head, ink the edges of all the die cut flowers with a combination of Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry Distress inks. 


Step 10:

To create lifelike dimension, sculpt the flowers the stylus tools and gray molding mat from the Paper Sculpting Kit. 

Step 11: 

On the solid leaves, with clear embossing ink stamp leaf veins with the Seasonal Flowers stamp set. In a Funnel Tray, cover the embossing ink in gold embossing ink and tap off the excess powder. Heat set the powder with a heat tool until the powder has melted. With the Blending Took, ink the edges of all of the leaves with Evergreen Bough Distress ink.  


Step 12: 

With clear embossing ink, stamp the scalloped pattern across the front of one of the large tree die cuts. In a Funnel Tray, cover the embossing ink in gold embossing ink and tap off the excess powder. Heat set the powder with a heat tool until the powder has melted. With the Blending Took, ink the edges of all the trees with Evergreen Bough Distress ink.  Adhere the tree trunks to their matching trees with liquid adhesive. 


Step 13:

Arrange the patterned paper, embossed panels, photo and sentiment as desired on a piece of 12 x 12 white cardstock, adhering all elements in to place with a mixture of foam tape and liquid adhesive. 


Step 14:

Stack and layer the flower die cuts into 6 flower stacks and adhere them together with liquid adhesive. On the leaf shapes that have debossed lines, accentuate the deboss with white gel pen. Add white snowflake dots to all of the non-embossed trees with a white gel pen. Arrange the flowers, leaves and trees where desired on the layout and adhere in to place with liquid adhesive and foam tape. 

Step 15: 

Adhere rhinestones to the center of the smaller flowers and use pens to create a dotted effect in the center of the larger flowers.



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11/4/21

There's Gnome Place Like Home for the Holidays

A trend you might have seen around the last few years are the little Scandinavian gnomes: short, stubby little characters with big beards, braids and tall pointy hats! These whimsical little creatures have become very popular over the last few years, appearing in cards, stamps and dies, kids books and crafts. 

Reminiscent of Santa's elves, these little guys have become associated with the Christmas season and beyond. We just think they're too cute, so we decided to have a little contest to see which of of our two blog writers/project designers could make the best Christmas gnome!

Before we get started, here's the supplies you'll need:



To put the gnome together, you have to make the separate parts first. For the "body," we just wrapped the fabric around the cone and glued it in place. Don't worry if the top isn't perfectly lined up, the hat will cover it.

Making the Nose:

Step 1: Trace a circle twice the size of your finished nose size and cut it out. I used a little bowl to make mine.
Step 2: Stitch the edge of the circle. It doesn't have to be perfect!
Step 3: Pull the thread to create a little "purse" and stuff with filling. You can use stuffing, cotton balls, scrap yarn, whatever you want! Don't overstuff, we want it to flatten out a bit. Here you can see it in two different sizes (if you're using the big cone or the smaller one).

Making the Hat:

Step 1: To make the tall skinny cone, think of it like a party hat, then trim it down to wrap your cone. I recommend using a ruler so your edges line up!
Step 2: Roll up the cone and glue the edges (double check it against your foam cone, you want to be able to get one finger between the hat and the cone.) DON'T GLUE IT TO THE CONE YET.

Making the Beard:

Step 1: To make the beard, we're going to make two layers. Start with a string that will wrap around the cone, and then knot your longer beard pieces to it like so:


Step 2: Make a second string, with shorter pieces, and tie both to the cone, shorter piece on top of the longer piece.
Step 3: Take a comb or wire brush and gently brush the ends of the yarn out to make it fluffy, while maintaining some of the "curly" texture.
Step 4 (optional): Beard braids are optional, but I felt they added a little texture and some more Scandinavian flair to the beard, so I added them. Nine strands of yarn braided in a 3-strand braid. Secure to the top of the beard with a gap between them for the nose. Make sure the beard and braids are high enough up on the cone that they'll be covered by the hat. Give your gnome's beard some shaping and it's all set!

Putting it Together:

Step 1: Cut a little slit in your hat on the side to put your floral pick through.
Step 2: Place the hat over the beard, and secure with a few beads of hot glue. 
Step 3: Glue the nose in between the beard braids so that it slightly overlaps the hat (almost like the hat is sitting on the bridge of the gnome's nose.)
Step 4: Add the floral pick (or pieces of the floral pick) by inserting it into the slit you made in the hat and hot glue to secure.
You're done!

Now that we have a bearded gnome, we need to give him a friend! Here's another option to make a beardless lady gnome!
To make this version, skip the beard and make two 3-strand braids (using 5 lengths of yarn, about 18 inches long.) Attach under the hat with room for the nose between and add some ribbons to the end of the braids to dress her up a little bit.

So, how did we do? Head to head, here are our two gnomes side by side.

Let us know in the comments which build you like best! We think putting them side by side next to the fireplace would be a cute addition to your Christmas decór!

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10/21/21

Upgrade Your Gingerbread Game This Holiday Season!

We’re highlighting a couple gingerbread projects that will give you some inspiration for the whole family as we get closer to the holiday season!



Gingerbread houses are a must-do craft during the holidays. It requires you to become a #bakeineer (baker + engineer which is a term we borrowed from our newest baking show obsession on Netflix: Baking Impossible! Great show to have on in the background.) while you assemble your structure. 


Is it just us or do you ever feel like your gingerbread house turns out looking the same as those you built and designed in previous years? Wilton's here with fresh gingerbread kits to re-invigorate your holiday baking!


Build your own gingerbread houses with these newly arrived kits, such as a Winter Castle Gingerbread Kit, Dog House Gingerbread Kit, Christmas Camper Gingerbread Kit, Birdhouse Gingerbread Kit and more!  


They also have a helpful blog post showing over 20 different ways to decorate gingerbread houses this season. Don’t be afraid to get creative this time around! 


Showcasing some of our favorites from that blog post below!




"Here are some easy gingerbread house decorating techniques that can transform your drab gingerbread house into a festive home bursting with Christmas cheer! With five simple tips, you can learn how to make windows, doors, wreaths, garland, icicles & trees in no-time!"


With 72 NEW Wilton products available, be sure to stock up ASAP!


Still on the gingerbread train with the NEW Perler Gingerbread House kit! 


If you’re in search of a for less messy and more traditional-looking project that will double as a decoration you can display every Christmas, this one’s for you and the family!



This Gingerbread House Kit by Perler is a 3-dimensional holiday design features a home dripping with sweetness, as well as Santa, a reindeer, a friendly snowman, and some tasty treats.


Create simple bead shapes, snap together when cool, no glue required and includes festive figures to spice up your scene! 



Including this Perler Ironing Tips video only seemed necessary before tackling the 10,000 bead gingerbread house creation!


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10/7/21

Get Cozy with These Knit and Crochet Projects!

The leaves are turning color and the temperatures are beginning to drop, you know what that means...it's fall, y'all! 

As the days get shorter, it reminds us that it's time to get started on those Christmas afghans and more! Cool weather calls for luxurious, thick yarns to keep us warm as the days draw in. Check out the patterns below for thick afghans and more in luxurious velvet and cashmere-like yarns!

Bernat Seriously Snuggly Crochet Blanket - Bernat Velvet Plus

You'll love running your hands all over this velvety, large scale, crochet blanket! Stitched in plush Bernat Velvet Plus, this luxurious throw is created with an easy-to-memorize 4-row stitch repeat featuring basic crochet stitches and treble crochet around front post techniques. Working up quickly with a large hook, you'll appreciate this eye-catching décor piece to enhance the warmth and charm of any room!

Get the pattern here: https://bit.ly/2YpK4Pu
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Premier Coffee Break Knitted Throw - Premier Yarns Parfait XL Speckles

Cuddle up under this cozy, soft throw by Premier Yarns! The basket-weave pattern of this knitted throw blanket gives it a complex looking texture using only a repeating 4-row pattern!

Get the pattern here: https://bit.ly/3iF3NBY
Shop Now: https://bit.ly/3ajvkUU

Premier Ruby Ribbed Knitted Throw - Premier Yarns Retro Velvet Grand

This throw features thick Retro Velvet Grand yarn, making it heavy and oh so soft! Perfect for a snowy evening waiting up for Santa Claus by the fireplace!

Get the pattern here: https://bit.ly/2YverUz
Shop Now: https://bit.ly/3mBlROw

Bernat Funky Donkey Kid's Crochet Blanket Hoodie - Bernat Velvet

Perfect for kids who love animals, this super-cozy crochet blanket hoodie is sure to become a favorite for lounging around the house. Body and sleeves are worked in the round, while pattern also features single crochet, double crochet and side-to-side techniques. Pick any colors of Bernat Velvet that please your child, or go with the designer's version. Made complete with shaggy hair and ears on the hood, it's a whimsical way to enjoy movie night in comfort and style!

Get the pattern here: https://bit.ly/3uRiYNd
Shop Now: https://bit.ly/3mzPKPq

Premier Pineapple & Strawberry Squishes (crochet) - Premier Parfait XL

 

These adorable pillows are the perfect addition to a kid's bedroom! Cozy up to them to relax, or use them as decoration, they make great gifts!

Get the Pineapple Pattern: https://bit.ly/3agr5JI
Get the Strawberry Pattern: https://bit.ly/3ahllQ5
Shop Now: https://bit.ly/3AmxygM

Red Heart Knit Cozy Striped Socks - Red Heart Super Saver


Knit a quick pair of socks in cozy and durable yarn that's machine washable and dryable! Stitched in Red Heart Super Saver, you get well over 100 shades to inspire the version you envision. These socks are worked in the round from cuff to toe, then the heel is created using the "afterthought" heel technique. Pattern also includes simple decreases and pick up stitch techniques. It's a gift that everyone will love, so keep this pattern handy!

Get the pattern here: https://bit.ly/3uRiYNd
Shop Now: https://bit.ly/3uOTwrX