Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Happy Day Mini Album using Xyron & Simple Stories

Hi there,

Xyron has partnered with Simple Stories this month. I received a really cool and fun Simple Stories paper collection to play with called, Sunshine & Happiness.  The elements within the collection were so fun to create with.  
Today, I am sharing a sweet little mini album I created using the collection. This album came together very quickly. Take a peek at my tutorial below.


Corrugated Board (2): 4 ¼ x 6 ¼


Foam Brush


Paper Straws


Ball and Chain

Cinch/Binding Tool & Coils

Distressing Tool

Sanding Bar

3D Tape

Step 1: Distress 2 pieces of corrugated board and apply gesso using foam brush. Let dry.

Step 2: Trim patterned paper to 4 ¼ x 6 ¼, distress with sanding bar and run through the New Creative Station.

Step 3: Adhere the patterned papers to the backs of each gesso’d corrugated board and sand with sanding bar. Note: This will create the inside covers.

Step 4: Decide which papers and mats to add as pages of the mini album. Trim papers down to 4 X 6 and distress all patterned papers using a distressing tool.

Step 5: Using a binding tool, punch holes in pages and use coils to bind the album. Note: I added mats, and burlap inserts to give this Mini more fun and textural elements.


Step 6: Run Sunshine & Happiness patterned papers and die cuts through the New Creative Station and adhere to the front cover.
Step 7: Using the 3” Sticker Maker, apply adhesive to smaller Sunshine & Happiness die cuts and adhere to front cover.

Step 8: Continue building the front cover with stickers from the collection. Add paper straws.  Note: I used 3D tape to pop up some elements of the cover.

Step 9: Add bow, brad and die cut tags to the coils using a ball and chain.
Step 10. Continue embellishing the album as desired. Add patterned papers and stickers throughout the mini album.


Happy Day Mini Album by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper, Collection: Simple Stories;  Burlap Paper: DCWV, Pins: Maya Road; Adhesive: Xyron; Tools: Craft-Dee-BowZ, We R Memory Keepers; Other: Corrugate Board, Ribbon

The following are pics of a some of the pages within the Mini:


Thanks so much for visiting today...:)


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Dream Journal with DCWV's Watercolor Stack

Hi there
Today, I am sharing a Journal created with the Watercolor paper stack. This stack is full of colorful patterns that remind you of fun tropical elements. The papers were perfect for this Dream Journal. I coupled the journal with some Blue Moon charms and distressed ribbon. They really helped enhance the overall design.  I’m including an easy tutorial below.

Dream Journal

DCWV Stack: Watercolor
Black ink
Xyron Adhesive
Hot Glue
3D Tape


Step 1: Trim patterned paper from the Watercolor stack down to 5 x 7 ¾ and run though the New Creative Station.


Step 2:  Adhere paper to the journal. Note: Begin securing the paper to the front cover, wrapping around the binding and then securing the remaining paper to the back of the journal. When you are done, you would have covered both front and back covers with 1 piece of patterned paper.


Step 3: Trim additional pieces of coordinating papers from the Watercolor stack and run them through the New Creative Station. 


Step 4: Adhere strip of patterned paper to journal and apply black ink to edges of journal.

Step 5: Add ribbon to the journal and tie knot.

Step 6:  Adhere focal image layers together and adhere to journal with 3D Tape.

Step 7: Attach charm to bow and then onto journal using hot glue.


Step 8: Add crystal button to bow and charm. Add additional bows as desired.


Step 9: Add crystal pins and continue embellishing as desired.


Dream Journal by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper Stack: DCWV; Charm: Blue Moon Beads; Ink: Tsukineko; Adhesive: Xyron; Tool: Craft-Dee-BowZ; Other: Ribbon, Journal, Pins

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)


Monday, May 23, 2016

Deep Red Stamps Giveaway Winner Announced!!

Thanks to all that entered the Deep Red Stamps Giveaway by commenting on my Deep Red Stamps & Xyron blog post. The winner is....

Lisa L

Lisa said...
So cute. I would never have thought of that combination of stamps and techniques. I LOVE IT!

Congratulations, Lisa!!  Please contact me using kjiles5@yahoo.com. I'll need more contact information from you to send over to Deep Red Stamps.


Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Deep Red Stamps & Xyron Designer Blog Hop Giveaway: True Friends Card

Hi there,

Today begins the Xyron & Deep Red Stamps Blog Hop. All week (May 16th-20th), Xyron and Deep Red Stamps will be sharing wonderful inspiration using products from both companies.  The Designers will have a  Giveaway Opportunity each day of the hop and you will have a chance to win a $25 gift card from Deep Red Stamps at each stop. One winner per blog will be chosen after the blog hop ends. To be eligible to win on my blog, leave a comment below.

Today, I'm sharing this "True Friends" cards that I created with Xyron and Deep Red Stamps.  I used the Girls Bicycle and True Friends stamps.  I loved how easy and smoothly the images transferred to the water color paper. Combining the products with Xyron Adhesive made this card come together effortlessly. Take a peek at my tutorial below. It's super easy and fun!

Deep Red Stamps: True Friends, Girls Bicycle 
Watercolor Paper
Black Cardstock
Water Mister
DCWV: Burlap Paper
Distress Stain: Fired Brick, Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo
Sentiment Dies
Black Ink
Air Brush Tool and Copic Marker
Hot Glue


 Step 1: Using distress inks, directly apply inks to bicycle stamp and mist water on to inked stamp.

 Step 2: Transfer image to watercolor paper. Let dry.
Step 3: Using the airbrush tool and copic marker (E41), transfer stencil pattern to stamped watercolor paper.

Step 4: Apply black ink to True Friends stamp and stamp on to watercolor paper. Distress edges with distress ink.

Step 5: Trim Burlap Paper down to a layering size and run through the Creative Station Lite to apply adhesive. Set aside.

Step 6: Apply ribbon to each side of watercolor paper. Turn paper over and apply adhesive using the Xyron Mega Runner and adhere to Burlap Paper.
 Step 7: Adhere burlap Paper and card front to black card base. Add dyed ribbon bows.

 Step 8: Run worded die cut through 3" Sticker Maker and apply to card.
Step 9: Continue embellishing card as desired.

True Friends by Karen Jiles Supplies Stamps: Deep Red Stamps; Burlap Paper: DCWV; Ink: Tsukineko; Distress Ink: Ranger; Marker: Copic; Stencil: TCW; Dies: Sizzix; Adhesive: Xyron; Tool: Craft-Dee-BowZ; Other: Ribbon, Cardstock

Don't Forget- One winner per blog will be chosen after the blog hop ends. To be eligible to win a $25 Gift Card from Deep Red Stamps on my blog, leave a comment below.

Visit Deep Red Stamps' Blog for additional Designer Blog Hop links.

Good Luck!! :)