Wednesday, September 14, 2016

DIY: Stenciled Gem Frame


Hello Everyone,

Even though I'm ready for fall DIYs, my favorite colors to use in almost all of my DIYs are bright teals, greens, and pinks. So before I start using those browns, oranges, and deeper green colors for the fall season, I am making one more bright teal DIY. 

Today's project is going to be a fun makeover of a plain 5 by 7 wooden frame. Specifically, today's project is part of my collaboration with Xyron since I'm a member of their design team! This means that you will be seeing a Xyron machine in action! For this particular project, I will be showcasing the Xyron® 1.5″ Sticker Maker. I've talked about the Xyron® 1.5″ Sticker Maker before, so if you want to learn more about it, then click here.

Also, in this project, I will be using items from Clearsnap! If you have never heard of Clearsnap, they are a company that loves color! They create and produce a variety of craft products that can be used in a ton of different DIYs. For example, they produce, inkpad, applicators, embellishment, and other crafty accessories. Now you may be thinking to yourself, ''I've never heard of Clearsnap''. However, I bet you have! Some of the crafty lines/items they are known for is, ColorBox®, Cat's Eye®, Petal Point® and Paintbox®. 

Now that you know what we're using, let's give this wooden frame a little makeover!

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Supplies
Wooden Frame
Paint
Foam Brush
Sponge Dauber
Gems


Step 1: Paint your wooden frame and set it aside to dry.


Step 2: Once your frame is dry, place your stencil on top of your frame (I'm using ColorBox® Art Screens in Elements). Then dip your sponge dauber into your color ink pad (I'm using ColorBox® Full Size Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins in Glam Green) and begin sponging color on top of your stencil. When you have completed that part of your frame, lift up you stencil and move to the next section of your frame. 

Keep repeating this process until your frame has completely been stenciled. 


Step 3: Now grab your small ink pad (I'm using Cat's Eye® in Aquamarine) and sponge dauber. Then dip you sponge dauber into your color ink pad and rub the sides of your wooden frame with your sponge dauber. Keep repeating this process until you have the desired color and look on your wooden frame. Finally, set the whole thing aside to dry.  


Step 4: Grab your gems and slide each gem through your Xyron 1.5 Inch Sticker Maker. Keep repeating this process until you have run each gem through your Xyron Sticker Maker.


Step 5: Add your gems to the middle part of your stencil on you wooden frame. Before adding them through, make sure you rub each gem piece while it's on the Xyron Sticker paper. That way, you'll be creating a really strong adhesives backing.


Step 6: Grab your Smooch Glitz® in Prism and lightly apply a few coats to each end of your stencil. Keep repeating this process until you have a look which you are happy with.

Once your frame is completely dry, you're ready to pop in a picture and display it!



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By using that Glam Green color, along with the white paint, the frame really has a retro/atomic age look to it! I also think the gems and the extra glitter, had a nice little pop to the frame! 

Speaking of gems, I did want to mention one thing. Xyron machines, as a whole, usually say that you can run items through the machine that have the thickness of a nickel. This is something to keep in mind when buying gems because some gems are more convex than others. Meaning, that they bulge outward, which can affect whether or not they can be run through a Xyron machine. So stay away from big chunky gems and choose flatter looking gems for this project. 

As always, to follow along with all the Xyron fun, don't forget to like them on Facebook and to follow their Pinterest page for more project inspiration.

So what do you think? Do you like this wooden frame makeover?

xo Katie

Monday, September 12, 2016

No-Sew 101: 15 Basic Tools for the No-Sew Crafter on All Free Sewing


Hello Everyone!

I hope your September month is going well because I feel like September has been flying by! Lately, I've been super busy with college homework and making DIY projects. However, I can't say enough how happy I am to be making projects while in school, and having it be my job! I really am one blessed girl!

One exciting project that I got to work on last month was writing a post for All Free Sewing! Now if you're not familiar with All Free Sewing, they are a website dedicated to all things sewing. This includes patterns, tips, articles, and tutorials on sewing. Since I create a DIY project once a month for Seams & Scissors, they asked me if I could write a no-sewing article for All Free Sewing!

Needless to say, I jumped at the chance and wrote an article called ''No-Sew 101: 15 Basic Tools for the No-Sew Crafter''. The article itself includes 15 items that every no-sew crafter should have and a little description of why you (a no-sew crafter) should have it! If you loved my Craft No-Sew Guide: 10 Tools That Every No-Sew Crafter Needs, then you will probably love this article as well.

So if you want to check out my article on All Free Sewing, then click here!

xo Katie 

Monday, September 5, 2016

DIY: Fall Inspired Paper Feather Tea Light Holder With Trivet


Hello Everyone!

If you liked Friday's post about upcycling candle jars, then you will love today's DIY! 

With that thought in mind, today's project is going to be about creating a fall-inspired paper feather tea light holder with its own trivet. Now today's project is part of my collaboration with Xyron since I'm a member of their design team! This means that you will be seeing a Xyron machine in action! For this particular project, I will be showcasing the Xyron® Creative Station Lite. I've talked about the Xyron® Creative Station Lite before, so if you want to learn more about it, then click here.

Also, in this project, I will be using items from Maya Road! If you have never heard of Maya Road, they are a company that offers high quality but affordable scrapbooking products! However, with that being said, Maya Road offers a variety of craft products which can be used in different types of crafting. For example, they offer die cuts, charms, ribbon, tassels, chipboard pieces, and so much more! In this project, I decided to use a variety of items, to show how much crafty goodness Maya Road truly offers!

Let's get crafty! 
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Supplies
Maya Road:  Geometric Feather Die
Maya Road:  Mini Arrow Charms
Maya Road:  Mixed Mini Wood Slices
Die-Cut Machine (I'm using Cuttlebug) (not pictured)
Scrapbooking Paper: (I'm using DCWV Treasures: Orange Music Notes)
Candle Jar 
Paint
Foam Brush
Scissors
Your Favorite Industrial Strength Glue (not pictured)


Step 1: Grab your Maya Road feather die cut and your cardstock. Then follow the directions for your specific die cut machine and begin cutting out your pieces.

For my particular candle jar, I ended up cutting out 8 feathers.


Step 2: Grab all of your feather paper pieces and begin sliding them through your Xyron Creative Station Lite. Keep repeating this process until you have run each paper feather piece through your Xyron Creative Station Lite machine. 


Step 3: Now take each paper feather piece and rub the top of the sticker paper. Then peel each paper feather piece off the sticker paper and adhere them to your candle jar. 

On a side note, if your feathers end up being taller than your candle jar (like mine), then you will have some adhesive be ''exposed''. To cover up this adhesive, you can sprinkle glitter on the adhesive area, so it's no longer sticky. 


Step 4: Paint your mini wooden pallet and set it aside to dry. 


Step 5: Glue your wooden slices and charms onto your mini wooden pallet, by using your favorite industrial strength glue. Once all your pieces have been glued on, set the whole thing aside to dry.

When the trivet part is completely dry, you're ready to use your tea light holder! 




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I'm not usually a feather person, but I love the feather look on this tea light holder!

As previously mentioned, this project is designed for a fake tea light. The fake tea light that I used in this project, is plastic and battery operated. I bought mine from the Dollar Tree, but you can usually find them in most candle sections of any store. So please, do not use a real tea light in this project! 

Besides a tea light holder, you could use this project to hold other items as well. For example, this holder could be put on a desk to hold pens or candy! 

Finally, stop by Maya Road's Blog to check out what there making with Xyron and a super fun (and large) giveaway they are having! 

As always, to follow along with all the Xyron fun, don't forget to like them on Facebook and to follow their Pinterest page for more project inspiration.

So what do you think? Do you like this paper feather tea light holder?

xo Katie

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