Thursday, May 14, 2015

Card Tutorial Using the New Xyron Creative Station

Hi there,

Have you heard the news?? Xyron will be releasing a new Xyron Creative Station that accommodates both 5" and 9" cartridges. Sounds great, doesn't it! It will be a fabulous addition to the Xyron Creative Station line.

The new Creative Station is sleek in appearance and can be conveniently stored for future use. It accommodates various materials with thicknesses up to 1/8 of an inch. As with other Xyron Creative Stations, the cartridges are available in different applications: Permanent Adhesive, Repositionable Adhesive, Laminate/Magnet, Double Sided Laminate, and Laminate/Permanent Adhesive. I’m including some pics of the machine below as well as a card tutorial using the Creative Station.

Card Tutorial



Xyron Creative Station
DCWV Premium Papers: 1st Layer (4 x 5 1/4) 2nd Layer (3/3/4 x 5)
Cardstock Base (4 1/4 x 5 1/2)
Resin Frame
Hot Glue
 Step 1: Pull down Feed Tray on Creative Station.
 Step 2: Place premium paper layers on Feed Tray.
Step 3: Turn handle to advance premium paper layers through the Creative Station. After completely advancing through the Creative Station, press down and slide the cut blade across the cut bar.
 Step 4: Rub edges and remove film from adhesive paper.

Step 5: Layer the premium papers together and adhere to card base.
Step 6: Add cheesecloth to card.
 Step 6: Adhere flowers to card using hot glue.
Step 7: Add Resin frame and sentiment. Continue embellishing as desired.
Step 8: Close feed tray.
Step 7: Pick up Creative Station with carry handle and conveniently store machine away.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Zoo Day Album with DCWV Premium Papers

Hi there,
I'm sharing a little DCWV album cover that I created using DCWVs premium papers. I absolutely love this time of year as we prepare for various fun trips with the kids.  We usually take at least 2 trips to the Zoo, so creating this little album cover was timely and super fun. A tutorial for this album cover is featured on the DCWV Blog today.


Zoo Day Album by Karen Jiles Supplies Premium Papers, Insta Album: DCWV; Buttons: Foofala; Dies: Cricut, Sizzix; Gesso: Faber Castell; Adhesive: Xyron; Other: Hemp, Twine
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Monday, April 6, 2015

Faith Box with DCWV

Hi there,

Today, I'm sharing a little DCWV Mailer Box that I altered. I love the A6 size DCWV Mailer Boxes.  They are perfect for gift giving, just the right size, and super easy to customize to any theme.

I used a lot fun products with this box. The mailer box was kraft colored, so I covered it with a light gesso wash and applied some spun sugar colored distress ink.The goal was to coordinate with this beautiful pink flower that I chose.  I added a layer of black premium paper from the Premium Paper Collection to the box top. I also added a layer of pink cardstock from the Shimmer Stack.
I added some cheesecloth to the base of the flower to accent it. To enhance the flower, I added a Knottie Tie to the center.  It added more texture and more appeal. This particular Knottie Tie has a clip closure that enabled me to add it to the flower easily. I added some pink ribbon to the box to help tie colors together.  The last touch was to add the layered "faith" charm under the flower.

Faith Box by Karen Jiles Supplies Mailer Box, Premium Paper Stack, Shimmer Stack: DCWV; Knottie Tie: Blue Moon Beads; Gesso: Faber Castell; Paint: Ranger; Other: Ribbon, Cheesecloth, Charms, Flower

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Gold & Cork Blog Hop with Tombow & DCWV!

Hi and Welcome to the Gold and Cork Blog Hop with Tombow USA and DCWV! We have 2 days full with gorgeous projects using GOLD and CORK! You probably came here from Yolie's blogbut if you happened to stumble across my blog go to the Tombow USA Blog (on Friday) DCWV Blog (On Saturday) to start!
I created this "Thank You Gift Box using the Gilded Paper Stack and Mailer Box by DCWV. I adhered all layers together using Tombow. This project was super fun and easy to create with DCWV and Tombow products. Take a peek at my tutorial below:
DCWV Supplies:
Tombow Adhesive:
Slot Punch


Step 1: Trim 2 coordinating papers to size of Mailer Box.
Step 2:  Apply Xtreme Permanent Adhesive to the 1st paper layer and adhere it to the base layer.

Step 3: Apply Xtreme Permanent Adhesive to the base layer and adhere it to the Mailer Box. Set aside.
Step 4: Adhere sentiment to a matted paper layer from the Gilded Paper Stack using Xtreme Permanent Adhesive. Note: The matted paper layer is 1/4 of an inch larger than the sentiment.
Step 5: Using a slot punch, create slots in the top and bottom of sentiment layer.

Step 6: Enter ribbon into the slot from the top front of the sentiment layer and trail the ribbon down the back of the sentiment and through the slot at the bottom. Note: Gently pull enough ribbon through the slots to secure the ribbon on the bottom of the box, but do not adhere in this step.
Step 7: Add desired contents to the inside of the box and apply foam tape to the back of the layered sentiment. Adhere the sentiment to the mailer.

Step 8: Wrap top and bottom ribbon around back of mailer, trim with scissors and secure the ribbon with Adhesive Dots.
Step 9: Create bow and adhere to mailer box. Continue embellishing as desired.

Thank You Gift Box by Karen Jiles Supplies DCWV Gilded Paper Stack, DCWV Mailer Box; Tombow Adhesive: Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, Adhesive Dots, Foam Tape;  Ribbon: May Arts, Punch: EK Success
I loved this project so much.  You can tailor this idea for various themes, such as weddings, anniversaries, baby shower gifting and thinking of you. The list can go on and on. Continue on through the blog hop and you will find many more inspirational projects. There are some cool giveaways as well.  See below! Good Luck!

DCWV is offering a wonderful GIVEAWAY!!! It includes The Gilded Stack, a 4x4 Cork Stack, Insta Kraft Album, Accordion Album and a set of Birthday Photo Props!
Tombow will be giving away: Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, NEW Tombow Foam Tape and everyone’s favorite the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue!
To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until March 31st at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 1st 2015.

 Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and DCWV on Facebook.

Our Blog Hop Schedule is below. Enjoy the Hop!
Friday, March 27th:

Saturday, March 28th:

Karen Jiles YOU ARE HERE

 YOUR NEXT STOP IS MARIE'S BLOG. Enjoy the inspiration!!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Hello Sunshine" DCWV Keepsake

Hi there,
Today I am sharing a keepsake that I created using one of DCWV's new stacks, Seaside Yacht. Seaside Yacht is a beautiful nautical patterned collection that offers many versatile options for card making, scrapbooking and mixed media projects. It includes printed linen, which adds great texture. All patterns coordinate well and are refreshing to work with.  More details and a tutorial on the keepsake I created below are featured on the DCWV blog, here.

Hello Sunshine Keepsake by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper, Heart Stickers: DCWV; Heart Pins: Maya Road; Adhesive: Xyron; Tools: Fiskars; Other: Wooden Base, Ribbon

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Friday, February 13, 2015

"Home is Where the Heart Is" DCWV Keepsake

Hi there,
Today I'm sharing a keepsake that I created using the Coral Couture Collection by DCWV.  This really is a pretty classic collection. I was drawn to the papers instantly because of the color combination and patterns. Every pattern within the collection coordinates beautifully together, which made this keepsake super fun to layer and create.
Home Is... by Karen Jiles Supplies Paper: DCWV; Flowers: Petaloo; Adhesive: Xyron; Tools: Fiskars; Other: Frame, Stickles
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

"Live" Mixed Media Canvas

Hi there,

Today I'm sharing this canvas that I created using TCW stencils, Petaloo flowers, Prima, The Paper Studio embellishments, and Xyron adhesive. The combination of the products really helped shape this project nicely.

Live Mixed Media Canvas by Karen Jiles Supplies Stencils: The Crafter’s Workshop; Flowers: Petaloo; Resin Frames: Prima; Resin Charms: The Paper Studio; Paint: Ranger, Apple Barrel; Gesso, Molding Paste: Faber Castell; Adhesive: Xyron

The following pics are close ups of the canvas:

I absolutely love adding texture to my projects.  Using stencils and molding paste adds so much and they really provide just the right level of depth. I chose a couple of stencil designs to work with to create a unique piece and provide the prefect backdrop to my photo and embellishments.

I typically use various embellishments on my projects, but there are some embellishments; like the resin that really enhance the overall design. They are easily customizable, very lightweight and using the Teresa Collins Mega Runner on this resin frame made adhering my photo quick and easy.
A great combination of flowers helps enhance my projects.  I use Petaloo flowers, because of the realistic element they contribute to my work. The leaves are made with wire down the center and that provides great flexibility when working with them. Love the end result!

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