Thursday, December 8, 2016

DIY: Tim Holtz Inspired Ugly Christmas Sweater Gift Bags


 Hello Everyone!

If you love Tim Holtz, then you will love today's DIY project! In today DIY project I will be showing you how to make some Tim Holtz Inspired Ugly Christmas Sweater Gift Bags, which are perfect for the holidays!

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 product in action! For this particular project, I will be showcasing the Xyron® Wedge Shaped Glue Stick. The Xyron Wedge Shaped Glue Stick is a unique product because the top of the glue stick is wedge shaped or triangle shaped, instead of being a circle. This feature makes the product unique because 1) you can easily apply glue to the corners of paper and 2) the product won't roll off the table. Also, the glue in the glue stick is the same Xyron adhesive which makes it great for everyday projects!

Also, as previously mentioned, I will be using Tim Holtz products! The products I will be using today will be his scrapbooking papers, stamps, distress ink pads, distress ink pens, and much more. Beside Tim Holtz products, I will also be using the We R Memory Keepers Bag Gift Bag Punch Board. Now this item is totally optional and is not really needed to create the ugly sweater look. However, I did use it in this tutorial to create my own bags.

So if you want to learn how to make your own Tim Holtz Inspired Ugly Christmas Sweater Gift Bags, then keep reading below. 

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Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper String Solids (not pictured / optional)
We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board (optional) 
Acrylic Block 
Industrial Strength Glue (optional / not pictured)
Scissors
Pencil


Step 1: Print out your ugly Christmas sweater template and cut it out. Then place that template onto solid pieces of Tim Holtz's scrapbooking paper. Trace around the template and cut out each individual sweater.

In this step, I used paper from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash Collage Mini 8 x 8 paper pack.


Step 2: Grab one of your Tim Holtz Crazy Cats rubber stamps and place it onto your acrylic block. Then press the stamp into some distress ink or rub on some distress stain and then stamp it onto one of your cut out sweaters. Keep repeating this process until you have completed the number of sweaters that you need.

In this step, I used Tim Holtz's Distress Ink Pads in Peeled Paint and Mustard Seed. I also used Tim Holtz's Distress Stain in Seedless Preserves.


Step 3: Now grab your Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Holiday Knit Layering Stencil, and Paper String, to begin decorating each sweater. For my three sweaters, I decided to add some Distress Markers to one, color in the stencil on another, and add some paper string to each of the three. Specifically, if you want to achieve the same look, I did the following:

Distress Markers: I simply added dots using the markers.

Layering Stencil: If you want to use the layering stencil, simply lay the stencil on top of your sweater and color in the pattern (around your stamped cat) using your Distress Markers. 

Paper String: Cut out pieces of string that will fit your sweater and glue it on using some industrial strength glue.

In this case, you can really decorate each sweater in any way that you choose!

Finally, in this step, I used Tim Holtz's Distress Markers in Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Festive Berries, and Wilted Violet.


Step 4: Make your bags using your We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board, Tim Holtz Idea-ology 12 x 12 Paper Stash Lost and Found paper pack, and Xyron Wedge Shaped Glue Stick. However, if you don't have this punch board or don't want to make your own bags, you can always use store bought bags!


Step 5: Flip your ugly Christmas sweaters over and apply some glue to the back using your Xyron Wedge Shaped Glue Stick. Then adhere the sweater onto your bag by pressing it down and rubbing over the top of it. Once your sweater is on the front of your bag, set the whole thing aside to dry.

When your bag is completely dry, you're ready to fill it up with some goodies! 





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I love how these little ugly Christmas sweater gift bags turned out! My favorite one out of the three I showed, would definitely be the cat with the red sweater.

Now you may have noticed that throughout the tutorial, I was showing different sweaters. For example, what you see in step 2 is not necessarily want you see in the final photo. This is because I noticed when making these sweaters that it was easy for things to get muted or for images to ''disappear'' in all the layering. Due to that, I recommended picking the brighter colors within Tim Holt'z product line or to just be mindful about how colors will show up with each other. That way, people will notice all your hard work!

On a side note, I think these bags would be perfect if they were filled up with Tim Holtz goodies!

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 these Tim Holtz Inspired Ugly Christmas Sweater Gift Bags?

xo Katie

Thursday, December 1, 2016

DIY: Paper Present Wreath


Hello Everyone!

Since today is December 1 that means it's time to truly get ready for the holidays! So to get things rolling, today I'm sharing with you a Paper Present Wreath that is not only super easy to make but can be customized to fit your design taste. 

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 and the Xyron® Tape Runner. I've talked about both of these Xyron products before, so if you want to learn more about them, then click here (for the Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker) and here (for the Xyron Tape Runner).

Also, in this project, I will be using paper from DCWV. The specific pack where I got everything from was there DIY Project Stack: Seasonal Wreaths paper pack. This paper pack is awesome because it designed to create 4 seasonal wreaths! However, with all the items that you receive in the pack, you can really create what you want, and make the items go a lot farther in other projects. 

In this case, I'm using the paper from the Christmas Wreath section in the back of the paper pack! 

So if you want to learn how to make your own Paper Present Wreath, then keep reading below!

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Supplies
 DIY Project Stack: Seasonal Wreaths Template 
Cardboard 
Ribbon
Buttons (optional / not pictured)
Hot Glue Gun (not pictured)
Sawtooth Hook (optional / not pictured)
Scissors
Pencil


Step 1: Cut out the wreath template in the back of the DIY Project Stack: Seasonal Wreath paper pack. Then place that template on your cardboard and trace around it. Finally, cut out your cardboard wreath. 


Step 2: Grab your pieces of Christmas scrapbooking paper (from the  DIY Project Stack: Seasonal Wreath paper pack) and cut out random square / rectangles. Specifically, I cut out square which were 3 inches by 3 inches and rectangles which were 4 inches by 2 1/2 inches. In total, I ended up with 6 squares and 6 rectangles. 


Step 3: Take your ribbon and begin playing around with how you want it to look for each paper present. For example, you may want to cut two pieces of ribbon and form a small bow for one of your paper presents (like the holly present in the left corner). 

Once you're happy with how everything looks, set each ribbon piece aside. 


Step 4: Grab each of your ribbon pieces and slide each one through the Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker. Keep repeating this process until you have run each ribbon piece of paper through your Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker.


Step 5: Add your ribbon pieces to each of your paper presents. However, before adding them, make sure you rub each paper piece while it's on the Xyron Sticker paper. That way, you'll be creating a really strong adhesive backing. 


Step 6: Grab your Xyron Tape Runner and apply some adhesive to the back of each paper present. Then add each paper present to your cardboard wreath. 


Step 7: Grab your smaller pieces of ribbon and buttons. Then apply some hot glue the back of each piece and adhere them to your paper presents. 

Once everything has been added, simply glue a sawtooth hook or a piece of ribbon to the back and you're ready to hang your new wreath! 





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I think this Paper Present Wreath turned out super cute! The little bows and buttons do add that extra little touch.

Besides making this DIY yourself, this project would also be a great supervised project to make with the kids, since the steps aren't too complicated. Along those same lines, you could easily change out the paper, ribbon, and buttons to fit your specific holiday design / decor! 

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 are your thoughts? Do you like this Paper Present Wreath?

xo Katie

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

DIY: Pumpkin Pie Slice Place Cards on HomeDIT


Hello Everyone!

I hope you all are doing well!

The past few months have been so crazy with projects and school, that I know the blog has been lacking in other crafty content. My hope for the end of this month and going into next month is that I can post some holiday craft gift guides for you all. I have a couple of ideas for guides, so hopefully I can find time to write them and get them posted!

In the meantime, you can enjoy my latest project for HomeDIT!

The project I created this month is some DIY: Pumpkin Pie Slice Place Cards! This place card project is super easy to make and is a great way to use up those scraps of paper that you may have lying around. On top of that, I also included a free printable so you could cut out the pie shapes and not have to worry about drawing out your own!

So, if you want to learn how to make your own Pumpkin Pie Slice Place Cards, then you can check out the full tutorial here!

 xo Katie

p.s If you can't get enough pumpkin pie, check out my DIY: Mini Pumpkin Pie Slice Trays that I made last year! 

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