Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"My Favorite" Keepsake: 3Birds/Xyron/HSN

Hi there,

I am sharing this little Keepsake that I created with 3Birds products for the 3Birds and Xyron promotion. 3Birds and Xyron will be on "24-Hour Craft Day" on HSN July 23rd. You won't want to miss it!!


I love how this little keepsake turned out.  I used coasters as the base and wanted to give the illusion of a mini book with multi layers.  I love everything about it. The papers and 3D stickers by 3Birds were so fun to work with. Using my Xyron 5" Creative Station to apply adhesive to the patterned papers for the keepsake, made this project super easy.


This is the inside of the keepsake. I added a photo of my girls to the left and to the right, I built several layers of fun product as a frame for the "Days like this" 3D sticker and mounted with Foam Squares.

My Favorite Keepsake by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper, Stickers: 3Birds; Ribbon: May Arts; Charm, Button: The Paper Studio; Clear Bulb: Prima; Acrylic Frames: Making Memories; Ink: Quick Quotes; Adhesive: Xyron; Other: Pins

Don't forget to watch HSN on July 23rd.

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Hugs, Karen

Monday, July 21, 2014

Thinking of You Tag: Xyron & Maya Road Blog Hop

Hi there,

Xyron and Maya Road have teamed up for a fun blog hop.  I created a tag using Maya Road's Metal Heart Tart Tins and Resin Feathered Friends, and Xyron adhesive.  The products were so cool to work with. Take a peek at the tutorial below.

Metal Heart Tart Tins (2)
Resin Feathered Friends
Cosmetic Sponge
Ball of Chain
Xyron Adhesive: 3/8 Adhesive Dots, Foam Squares, Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive
Hot Glue

 Step 1: Apply gesso to the inside of (2) Metal Heart Tart Tins with cosmetic sponge. Let dry.

 Step 2: Adhere Xyron 3/8 Adhesive Dots to (1) Tart Tin.

Step 3: Add cheesecloth and bird nest to tin. Apply gesso to bird nest.

Step 4: Add flowers using adhesive dots and hot glue. Using cropadile, punch hole into bottom of tart tin.

 Step 5: Apply gesso to flowers and Maya Road Resin Feathered Friend using cosmetic sponge and set aside to dry.

 Step 6: Using cropadile, punch hole in top of 2nd tart tin. Add ball of chain and 1st layer of Xyron Foam Squares.

Step 7: Add another layer of Foam Squares. The depth of the tins required an additional layer of Foam squares to securely adhere the 2 tart tins together.

Step 8: Add bow. Adhere the top tart tin to the 2nd tart tin. Add Bird and charm to the bottom of the 1st tart tin.

Step 9: Adhere text print using Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive. Accent area of the tag with gesso as needed. Continue embellishing as desired.

This tag was so enjoyable to create.  Please visit the Xyron blog for additional creativity!!
Thanks so much for visiting today...:)
Hugs, Karen

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Journal: Xyron/Simple Stories/May Arts Blog Hop

Hi there,

We have been blog hopping with our friends over at Simple Stories and May Arts all week.  Both companies have such cute products. Xyron's products complimented them well, and creating with all of them made the creative process for this project so much fun.

I love this Summer Journal.  I used Simple Stories "Good Day Sunshine" collection.  I love the vibrant colors and cool mix of coordinating stickers and patterns.  I added some really cool May Arts ribbon. The ribbon had a straw like texture that really added some fun appeal to the journal.  I am including a tutorial below.

Patterned Paper
Coordinating Stickers
Coordinated Chalk
White Paint
Stencil: TCW Sketch Grid
Paint Brush
Xyron: 9" Creative Station, Teresa Collins Mega Runner

Step1: Trim base layer to size of journal and edge with coordinating chalk.

 Step 2: Run base layer patterned paper through Xyron 9" Creative Station.

 Step 3: Adhere Simple Stories Patterned Paper to journal cover.
 Step 4: Edge coordinated patterned papers with chalk and layer together with Teresa Collins Mega Runner.

 Step 5: Continue adding patterned paper layer until happy with the result.
Step 6: Using the TCW 456s Sketch Grid stencil white paint and sponge, transfer stencil pattern to journal.
 Step 7: Add coordinating stickers to the journal.
Step 8: Add May Arts ribbon to journal. This particular ribbon is wired raffia and extremely flexible to work with. Wrapping the ribbon around a paint brush enables a cute twist effect.
 Step 9: Add bow created with May Arts netting ribbon.
Step 10: Add additional Simple Stories stickers to the journal and resin embellishments and flowers. Continue embellishing as desired.

Summer Journal by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper, Stickers: Simple Stories; Ribbon: May Arts; Resin: The Paper Studio; Ink: Quick Quotes; Adhesive: Xyron; Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Other: Paint

This journal was so much fun to create.  Please visit the Xyron blog for additional creativity!!

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Hugs, Karen

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"Red White & Blue" Card

Hi there,

Today, I'm sharing a card that I created with the Sketch Grid TCW 456s, Punchinella TCW219s, and Mini Ledger TCW 267s TCW stencils. I loved how these stencils enabled me to create such a nice background for this card. Check out my card and all details on the TCW blog.

Red White & Blue Card by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Copic, Close to My Heart; Flowers: Paper Studios; Twine, Button: Advantus; Pins: Maya Road; Ink: Ranger Adhesive: Xyron; Stencils: The Crafter's Workshop; Other: Ribbon, Paint, Burlap

Thanks so much for visiting today!



Friday, July 11, 2014

"Friends" Tag with Craft-Dee BowZ Tool

Hi there,

It's my day over at Craft-Dee BowZ!  I created this really fun "Friends" tag using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool.  I absolutely love the large tag concept, so ultimately, this tag will be an album cover.

The tag measures 4 3/4 X 8, which offers great space for loads of creativity. The base layer is a patterned mega tag by K and Company.  I added a random coat of gesso creating a whitewash effect. I then used my stencil to add a sketch grid pattern to the tag. To enhance the whitewash effect I added white gelatos to the edges of the tag and adhered the tag to chipboard as prep for an album. I accented all embellishments with gesso to easily blend with the tag. I continued embellishing and added 2 really cute bows that I created with the Craft-Dee Bowz tool to enhance the overall design.
The next photo is a close up of the bows and embellishments.  I love how effortless the tool makes bow making. I was able to make multi looped bows very quickly for this tag.

Friends Tag by Karen Jiles Supplies Tag: K and Company; Wooden tickets: Prima; Flowers: Recollections; Gelatos: Faber Castell; Adhesive: Xyron; Tool: Craft-Dee-BowZ; Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Other: Ribbon, Paint, Cheesecloth, Gesso

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Made in the USA" Mixed Media Basically Bare Journal

Hi there,
I'm  sharing my "Made in the USA" Mixed Media Journal on the Basically Bare blog today. I chose some fun papers by My Mind’s Eye, a cool stencil from TCW, and some awesome embellishments. Check out my post and tell me what you think. 

Made in the USA by Karen Jiles Supplies Journal: Basically Bare; Patterned Paper, Stickers: My Mind’s Eye; Ribbon: May Arts; Twine, Advantus; Buttons: Foofala; Pins: Maya Road; Ink: Quick Quotes; Adhesive: Xyron; Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Other: Paint

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)


Monday, June 23, 2014

"Home Grown" Recipe Album

Hi there,

I'm sharing a little "Home Grown" Recipe Album that I created from the Kraft Keepsakes Album Series of Basically Bare.  This particular album has many opportunities for inclusion of so many fun elements.  The album has size 10 envelopes as pages that take cool pocket options to another level.  The length of the album offers great space for photos of various sizes and many embellishments. I used various patterned papers, stickers, buttons, and ribbon throughout the album. Love the end result!
More pics of this album are on the Basically Bare Blog.

Home Grown Recipe Album by Karen Jiles Supplies Album: Basically Bare; Patterned paper, stickers, buttons: Crate Paper; Wired Ribbon: May Arts; Clips: Maya Road; Ink: Ranger; Adhesive: Xyron; Tools: Craft-Dee-BowZ, EK Success, We R Memory Keepers; Other: Ribbon, Pins, Hemp

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)