Sunday, August 31, 2014

Quick and Easy ATCs using TCW Stencils

Quick and Easy ATCs using TCW Stencils

I love creating ATCs.  ATCs are easy to work with due to size and awesome to trade. They make beautiful mini pieces of art and perfect for expressing your art form in various ways. Using stencils make this process super easy.  My tutorial is on the TCW blog today. Check it out here

ATCs by Karen Jiles Supplies Stencils: The Crafter’s Workshop (TCW470) Geometric Art Layers, Kasia’s Letters (TCW492); Cardstock: Core’dinations; Ink: Ranger; Gesso, Gelatos: Faber Castell; Other: Washi Tape
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Monday, August 25, 2014

"Back to School" Journal with Xyron

Hi there,

I am sharing this little Back to School Journal that I created with Xyron and Pebbles products.  I used my Xyron 9" Creative Station, 3" Sticker Maker, and Teresa Collins Mega Runner. I also used patterned paper and stickers by Pebbles. This is a super fun project and perfect for this time of year. The concept could be used and tailored to any theme.

I included an easy tutorial below:

Xyron Adhesive: 9" Creative Station, Mega Runner, 3" Sticker Maker
Pebbles Patterned Paper
Paint: White
Stencils: Sketch Grid, Coffee Splotch
Chalk Ink
Sanding Block
Corner Chomper

 Step 1: Trim Pebbles patterned paper to fit journal cover and distress edges with complimentary chalk ink.

 Step 2: Run patterned paper through 9" Xyron Creative Station and adhere to journal.
Step 3: Using sanding block, distress the journal cover.

 Step 4: Cut layers of coordinating Pebbles patterned paper and run them through the 9" Xyron Creative Station.

Step 5: Adhere Pebbles patterned papers to journal and use Corner Chomper to neatly round corners.

Step 6: Adhere ribbon to journal by securing inside the journal with Teresa Collins Mega Runner. Note: Bow is shown in this photo for visual structure only.  Placement of the bow occurs in a later step.
Step 7: Run patterned paper through Xyron Creative Station and adhere to inside cover of journal. Note: This patterned paper should cover ribbon addition in step 6.
Step 8: Add Pebbles stickers to journal.


Step 9: Using the TCW Sketch Grid stencil, apply white paint randomly.

Step 10: Layer stickers onto patterned paper and run through 3" Creative Sticker Maker. Apply to journal.

Step 11: Using TCW's Coffee Splotch stencil, transfer circle patterns to journal. Continue embellishing as desired.

Back to School Journal by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper, Stickers: Pebbles; Paint: Ranger; Adhesive: Xyron; Tool: Craft-Dee-BowZ; Stencils: The Crafter’s Workshop (TCW458s) Mini Coffee Splotch, Mini Sketch Grid (TCW456s); Other: Ribbon, Journal

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hobby Lobby Magazine Publication

Hi there,

I am sharing some Awesome News!!! My work was featured in Hobby Lobby's Quarterly Magazine.

I created 2 fun Summer projects: a Journal and Album using Xyron adhesive and Hobby Lobby products.   I loved both projects and enjoyed using products from both companies to bring the projects to life. You can find my work on page 15 of the magazine.

Thanks to Xyron & Hobby Lobby for the great opportunity!

These are close ups of my projects...:)

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

"Happy Thoughts" Keepsake using TCW Summer Release Stencils

Hi there,

Today I am sharing a keepsake that I created with The Crafter’s Workshop stencils. What I love most about using stencils is that they give you an opportunity introduce so many fun elements quickly. I was able to add some really cool patterns and pops of color that really made this project take flight. This super fun project was all possible with the use of TCW stencils, frames, and paints. I included a tutorial on the TCW blog. Check it out here.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

"Forever Friends" The Crafter's Workshop Card

Hi there,

Today I am sharing a card that I created for The Crafter's Workshop using the Sea Creatures stencil. The stencil is from the new Summer 2014 stencil collection and it's absolutely lovely. All of the new design are wonderful and so versatile. They inspire you to create time and time again. Visit the TCW blog today to see the full tutorial for this card.

Forever Friends Card by Karen Jiles Supplies Stencils: The Crafter’s Workshop (TCW496s) Sea Creatures, (TCW456s) Sketch Grid, Art Is (TCW261s); Cardstock: Core’dinations, Stickers: Pebbles; Buttons: Prima; Ribbon: May Arts; Ink: Ranger; Embossing Folder: Sizzix; Adhesive: Xyron; Tool: Craft-Dee-BowZ; Other: White paint
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Everyday" Basically Bare Binder

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Today I am sharing this lovely Basically Bare binder that I covered with Basic Grey patterned paper and coordinating stickers. I added some May Arts ribbon and Maya Road pearl pins. I distressed the album with some black chalk by directly applying it to the edges. The black chalk really gave this project a rustic look. I then stenciled on some white paint using the Mini Sketch Grid to enhance the overall design. I used my Xyron 9" Creative Station to adhere my papers to the binder and covered the inside with black gesso to tie in with the patterned paper.

Super fun project!

Everyday by Karen Jiles Supplies Binder: Basically Bare; Patterned Paper, Stickers: Basic Grey; Ribbon: May Arts; Button: Recollections; Pins: Maya Road; Ink: Quick Quotes; Adhesive: Xyron; Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Other: Paint
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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.

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Hugs, Karen