Thursday, July 30, 2015

Xyron & DCWV DIY Favor Boxes Project Stack

Hi there,

DCWV has some wonderful new project stacks that make creating more fun. The Project Stack line includes Stencils, Seasonal Wreaths, Cone Wreaths, Birds & Butterflies, Flowers, Roses, Mini Albums, and Favor Boxes.  Today, I am sharing one of the favor boxes that I created using the Favor Boxes DIY Project Stack and Xyron adhesive. Many box styles are included in the project stack. I chose to work with the cupcake favor box. Take a peek at my tutorial below.

DCWV DIY Favor Boxes Project Stack
Xyron: Mega Runner, Adhesive dots.
Chalk (Lime Pastel)
Hot Glue
Bone Folder
Binding Clips


Step 1:  Detach the favor box template from the DIY project stack and cut the pattern out along the "cut lines." Note: A template for each favor box type is included in the DIY project stack.


Step 2: Lay the pattern on cardstock. Secure with binding clips and cut cardstock in form of template. Note: The project stack comes with several patterns. I cut several patterns with the same template at the same time for future uses. You could also trace the template and cut the pattern out as well.

Step 3: Using a ruler and bone folder, score along "fold lines."

 Step 4: Using bone folder, form and define box.

Step 5: Using the Mega Runner, apply adhesive and secure box together.

 Step 6: Using chalk, distress the edges of the box.

 Step 7: Fill box with a cupcake or with treats. Note: I chose treats.
 Step 8: Close top of box. Note: If the pattern is cut properly, it should look like the picture shown.
 Step 9: Tie ribbon around box with ribbon and knot. Adhere frosted berries under ribbon.

Step 10: Using hot glue, adhere bow to box.

Step 11: Using Xyron adhesive dots, adhere flowers to box. Continue embellishing as desired.


Favor Box by Karen Jiles Supplies Project Stack: DCWV; Flowers, Berries: Petaloo, Chalk: ColorBox; Adhesive: Xyron; Tools: Craft-Dee-BowZ; Other: Ribbon
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sunshine Mini Album using DCWV's New "Hello Darlin" Stack

Hi there,

Today, I am sharing a mini album created with the New “Hello Darlin” paper stack.  I’m absolutely in love with this stack. The colors and patterns are so classic and fun. The “Hello Darlin” stack can be used with many themes and many projects. This stack was just perfect to work with to create this “Sunshine” mini album. I  included the full tutorial below. 


DCWV Stack: Hello Darlin

Chip Board (2): 5 ½ x 5 ½

Paper bags (2): 5 ½ x 5 ½


1 ½ in Circle Punch


Wooden Words




Cinch/Binding Tool & Coils

Distressing Tool

Bone Folder

3D Tape

Xyron Adhesive: The New Creative Station, Mega Runner, Creatopia Machine

Hot Glue



Step 1: Trim 4 pieces of patterned paper down to 5 ½ x 5 ½ for the front and back covers. Run through the New Creative Station to apply adhesive.
Step 2: Adhere patterned paper to chipboard front and back covers, including inside covers. Set aside.


Step 3: Fold paper bags in half and score. Using the Mega Runner, apply adhesive to the inside and side flaps of the paper bag pages. Note: The goal is to have flat pages and no openings on the top and bottom of the bags or between flaps. Leave all insert areas of the bags open/un-adhered. They will be used as pocket options.


Step 4: Trim coordinated patterned paper to 5 ½ x 11 to cover paper bags. Fold in half and score. Run through Creative Station and adhere to folded paper bags. Repeat this step for both paper bags, including inside paper bag pages.


Step 5: Using a circle punch, punch half circle out of the center of opening of paper bag pages. Note: Use the rounded indentation in the bag as a guide. Set aside.

Step 6: Trim coordinated patterned papers to 5 ½ x 11 and fold in half to 5 ½ x 5 ½. Score with bone folder. Note: I used 8 trimmed sheets in the album. You can adjust the number of sheets to your desired quantity.


Step 7: Run scored coordinated papers through the Creatopia Machine. Carefully fold each paper over to adhere the inside of left side to the inside of right side. Note: This will make your pages double sided and will also give them a nice firm feel.


Step 8: Collect all pages to form the mini album. Using a binding tool, punch holes in pages and use coils to bind the album. Note: I added printed transparent product packaging (Prima) as pages to add more fun to the album. I also trimmed 1in to 1 1/2 inches off of some of my patterned paper pages to add multiple fun elements throughout the album. See pics of finished pics at the end of the tutorial.
Step 9: Distress all pages with distressing tool, including front and back cover. Note: The white core makes the distress effect effortless.


Step 10: Run front cover paper layers through the New Creative Station and adhere layered strip to left side of front cover.


Step 11: Adhere layered cut out focal image from the Hello Darlin stack.
Step 12: Continue building the front cover with wooden words and frame. Add bow to album cover.

Step 13: Change cartridge in the New Creative Station to the 5” cartridge by removing the 9" cartridge, flipping up the green 5" adapter and sliding the 5" cartridge inside. Close the Creative Station door.
Step 14: Run patterned papers, photos, and cut outs through the New Creative Station and adhere to the pages throughout the mini album. Note: The "Hello Darlin" stack includes fun cut outs to use throughout the album.

Step 15: Continue adding flowers, buttons and embellishments of choice.

The following are some pics of some of my album pages.


Sunshine Album by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper: DCWV; Ribbon: Maya Road; Flowers: Prima; Buttons: Foofla; Frame: Making Memories; Adhesive: Xyron; Tool: Craft-Dee-BowZ; Other: Chipboard, Wooden Letters

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Birthday Card using My Favorite Things & Xyron's New Creative Station

Hi there,

Today I am sharing a Birthday Card that I created using My Favorite Things and Xyron products- Such a great combination. In the card below, I was able to create a fun card using MFT’s Wildflowers stencil and stamp sets, and Xyron's New Creative Station. Take a peek at the tutorial below:


My Favorite Things:

·        Stencil (LJD-Wildflowers)

Watercolor Paper: (2) 3 ¾ x 5

Olive Cardstock: 4 x 5 ¼

Printed Burlap Base (DCWV)

Black Ink

Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)

Ink Sprays (Lemon, Orange, Lime Green)

Foam Tool




3D Foam Tape

Step One: Using black ink and floral stamp set, stamp flowers on watercolor paper.

Step Two: Lay stencil on watercolor paper and spray inks on the water color paper and stencil to transfer the stencil pattern on to the watercolor paper.

Step Three: Lay additional watercolor paper on top of inked stencil. Continue adding additional pieces of watercolor paper one at a time until most of the loose ink is transferred to the sheets.  Let each sheet dry. Note: This extends the use of the ink that remains on the top of the stencil and provides awesome backgrounds for future projects.

Step Four: Using black ink, stamp birthday sentiment on to inked watercolor paper and trim paper down. Set aside.

Step Five: Apply vintage photo ink using foam tool to the stamped and inked watercolor paper.

Step Six: Wrap jute around to the stamped and inked watercolor paper and tie knot. Set aside.

Step Seven: Apply vintage photo ink using foam tool to olive colored cardstock layer. Set aside.

Step Eight: Run stamped watercolor paper and olive colored cardstock layer through the New Creative Station. Note: The New Creative Station currently holds the 9” cartridge.

Step Nine: Layer card together. Note: The New Creative Station makes this step effortless.


Step Ten: Change cartridge in the New Creative Station to the 5” cartridge by removing the 9" cartridge, flipping up the green 5" adapter and sliding the 5" cartridge inside. Close the Creative Station door.

Step 11: Run the birthday sentiment through the New Creative Station. Note: I stamped several stampings of the sentiment to make great use of my adhesive. The additional stampings can be used for future projects.

Step 12: Adhere the sentiment to the card and add button. Note: I covered the button with gesso and added vintage photo ink to the button.

Birthday Card by Karen Jiles Supplies Stencil, Stamps: My Favorite Things; Printed Burlap: DCWV; Watercolor Paper: Strathmore; Button: Foofala; Jute: May Arts Ribbon; Ink: Ranger; Adhesive: Xyron; Other: Cardstock

For more great ideas using My Favorite Things, please visit their blog, here.

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