Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Teresa Collins/CardMaker/Xyron Blog Hop

Hi there,

It's Blog Hop time. Xyron is teaming up with Teresa Collins and CardMaker for a fun and creative blog hop. I am sharing a layout that I created using some wonderful Teresa Collins product.  The name of the collection is "You Are My Happy." I love this collection.  I decided to add a mixed media element to the design to compliment the patterned papers. I used my Creatopia Machine and 3/8 Adhesive Dots to create this layout. The collection is super fun to work with and perfect for girly layouts. I am including a tutorial below. Take a peek...:)


Creatopia Xyron Machine

Xyron 3/8 Adhesive Dots

Patterned Paper
Canvas Paper
Gelatos (Peach, Metallic Melon, Light Pink)
Molding Paste
Craft Knife
Water Mister
Foam Brush
Crocheted Ribbon


Step One: Apply Gesso to canvas paper using foam brush. Let dry.

Step Two: Lay Stencil over gesso’d canvas paper and apply molding paste to paper covering the entire canvas paper. Lift Stencil off and let dry. Note: Place stencil in water immediately after use and clean for future use. The molding paste dries quickly.

Step Three: Apply Gelatos to top of canvas paper and mist water. Continue applying gelatos and misting water until you have the desired color combo and look.

Step Four: Apply gelatos to edges of all layers of patterned paper and canvas paper. Rub the edges to blend.

Step Five: Run papers through Creatopia Machine to apply adhesive. The adhesive application will be edge to edge.

Step Six: Adhere canvas paper to patterned paper.

Step Seven: Adhere crocheted ribbon to the back of patterned paper strip and add to canvas layer.

Step Eight: Add matting to photo and adhere to layout.

Step Nine: Add pins to the layout using mounting tape as an anchor and adhere flowers using 3/8 Adhesive Dots.  Note: I lightly applied some gesso to the pearls and pins, let them dry and then applied gelatos to them.

Happy by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper, Stencil: Teresa Collins; Flowers: Jolee's; Pins: Maya Road; Gelatos: Faber Castell; Gesso: Liquitex; Molding Paste: Golden; Adhesive: Xyron; Other: Crocheted Ribbon

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)


Friday, April 11, 2014

"I Love Your Style" Keepsake Tutorial with Craft-Dee Bowz

Hi there,

I am Guest Designing today and sharing this little keepsake titled, "I Love Your Style." This keepsake was a joy to create. The base for this project is a wooden frame. I used patterned papers, stickers and die cuts by We R Memory Keepers. The double bow was created using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool, which makes creating bows effortless. This makes a perfect gift for a stylish friend or for your own craft space. I am including a tutorial below...:)



Craft-Dee BowZ Tool

Frame (7 ¾ x 7 ¾)

Patterned Paper (7 ¼ x 7 ¼, Additional layers sized down in ½ increments)

Cardstock (Base layer: 7 ½ x 7 ½, Coordinating layer: 6 ½ x 6 ½)

Die Cuts



Clear Bulb

Black ink

Black Marker

Xyron Adhesive

Hot Glue

3-D Tape



Step One: Apply black ink to edges of patterned paper.

Step Two: Run Base layer of cardstock through Xyron Creatopia Machine and adhere to frame.


Step Three: Apply adhesive to back of patterned paper and wrap corners with ribbon. Using mega runner, apply adhesive to corners and adhere to frame.


Step Four: Apply black ink to all  patterned paper and sticker layers. Starting with 6 ½ x 6 ½ black cardstock layer, continue layering patterned papers, cardstock and stickers onto frame until happy with design. Use 3-D tape to pop up desired elements. Note: I cut various components from patterned paper and layered them together to achieve the desired look. Set aside.

Step Five: Add metal rods to desired width of bow and wrap ribbon around rods creating a U shape.  This particular bow created a 2 ¼ in. bow.


Step Six: Wrap ribbon around once more to create a double loop bow.

Step Seven: Tuck left tail under bow.

Step Eight: Tie into a knot. Even up the bow by tightening tails with both hands.

Step Nine: Slide bow off Craft-Dee BowZ tool and snip ends.  Use fingers to continue fluffing the bow out to create the desired fullness. Note: This particular bow was created for tutorial purposes.  The bow used on the “I Love Your Style” Keepsake was the same ribbon turned over to use the dull side of the ribbon versus the more enhanced designed side.

Step Ten: Adhere bow and clear bulb to frame using hot glue.

I Like Your Style by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper, Cardstock, Die Cuts, Stickers: We R Memory Keepers; Ribbon and Craft-Dee BowZ Tool: Craft-Dee Bowz; Clear Bulb: Prima; Ink: Tsukineko; Adhesive: Xyron; Other, Frame

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Album using Xyron & Craft-Dee BowZ

Hi there,

I wanted to share this little Easter Album that I created using a ribbon spool. The photos are of our 2013 Egg Hunt. The girls always have so much fun hunting for eggs and I have way too much fun taking pics....When I found this ribbon spool at my local TJ Maxx, I knew that it was perfect for an altered project. It was full of ribbon and many possibilities.

I used Khoe Lane patterned paper by The Paper Studios as a base for my layered photos. The album measures 2 1/2 x 23 1/2 in.  I combined (2) 2 1/2 x 12 in. papers together using eyelets. The 1/2 in. accounts for the joining of the pages. All photo layers were adhered using Xyron High Tack Tape.  I also used my 1.5 in. Xyron Sticker Maker to adhere ribbon to the edges of the album.  I also used eyelets and brads throughout the album. My bows were created using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool. All papers and flowers were enhanced and aged using Vintage Photo Distress ink. I also added some hidden journaling to the top of  the album using a spellbinders circle die. The closure was created with ribbon and a mini metal knob.  I loved how this turned out.  Non traditional albums are so much fun to create and for me always add that extra fun element to the process.


Easter Album by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio; Stamp: American Crafts; Flowers: Prima; Ink: Memento, Ranger; Die: Spellbinders; Adhesive: Xyron; Tools: Craft-Dee BowZ, Grand Calibur; Other: Ribbon, Brads, Eyelets, Charm
Thanks so much for visiting today...:)


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Vintage Altered Bottle

Hi there,

I finally finished altering one of the largest wine bottles that I have ever worked with. I love the way it turned out.  It has a vintage feel with fun textural appeal. I used cheesecloth as my main texture component. I ran pieces of cheesecloth through my Xyron 5" machine and began adding layers after layers until the bottle was covered.  I gesso'd the cheesecloth to prep it for various Lindy's Stamp Gang ink sprays. Love them! I also added some crocheted ribbon to the neck of the bottle. I was able to adhere it with some Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive.  I then aged the bottle with a brown big brush marker.  The marker enhanced the pattern in the cheesecloth nicely.

The following pic is a close up of the seam binding and embellishment.  I dyed the seam binding using old coffee and vintage photo distress ink. The charm is an art-i-cake charm found at Michaels. The topper was an unbelievable find from Hobby Lobby. It was lying on the floor of the door knob section of my Hobby Lobby store.  Obviously broken, I decided to inquire about the cost since it was already in the shape I needed it.  The manager was so sweet. She took 80% off of the original price of item. It worked perfectly for this project.


Vintage Altered Bottle by Karen Jiles Supplies Seam Binding: Hug Snug; Charm: art-I-cake; Ink sprays: Lindy’s Stamp Gang; Gesso: Liquitex; Marker: Faber Castell; Adhesive: Xyron; Other: Wine Bottle, Cheesecloth, Knob; Crocheted Ribbon

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Craft-Dee BowZ Blog Hop

Hi there,
I am Guest Designing over at Craft-Dee BowZ and I am participating in this month's Blog Hop. The theme for this month is “Sympathy.” Sympathy cards can be some of the most difficult cards to create, but they are always needed at some point in our lives. As you visit all of the participating team members' blogs, catalog the ideas for the next sympathy card you may need.  There is a prize opportunity on the Craft-Dee BowZ blog, so please visit to learn about how to be eligible to win. Good luck to you and please remember to stop by all of the participating design team members' blogs to leave a comment.

Blog Hop Participants:
Karen (You're here)

Craft-Dee BowZ




I decided to create the Sympathy card below. I started with a basic design and then the card evolved. Sometimes even Sympathy cards need to be just as elegant as the memory of the person that passed, so I decided to turn the card up a notch with the use of my Spellbinders dies, My Mind's Eye patterned paper, and the Craft-Dee BowZ tool. All layers adhered with Xyron adhesive.


I didn't realize how simple bow making could  be until I started working with the Craft-Dee Bowz Tool.  I was able to add this really pretty double bow using the tool. It's definitely a staple on my craft desk.

Sympathy by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye; Button: Ranger; Photo Corners: EK Success; Ribbon, Bow Tool: Craft-Dee BowZ; Stamp: Woodsworth; Ink: Tsukineko; Die: Spellbinders; Adhesive: Xyron

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)