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Project Catch-Up!

I am so behind on posting, so I want to just quickly share some of the things I made this summer with you.  I am pretty good about sharing the things I make for Xyron, but my gel-a-tins stuff gets posted over there and then I don’t come over here and write a second post for it all.  I’m the worst!  I’m just going to do a quick share of some things and for details just head over to the gel-a-tins blog or ask me anything on my Facebook page.  Thanks for stopping by!

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This little guy is up on the blog over there today.  Made with My Mind’s Eye and the Put a Cap on it set.

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This one was up last week.  I love making a background with my stamps, and this rainbow birthday card was really fun.

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That’s another fun background made with the Spin Cycle set.  The papers are by Basic Grey.  With all the men in this family I have to make a lot of masculine cards!

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This one used the Sweet to the Core and Sewing Kit sets to accent the card.  A little girly compared to that last one, but my cards are the only girly things I get to make!

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This tag was a lot of fun.  Made with the Chocolate Bliss set.  I think I need to make a few more to add to little teacher gifts this year.

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This layout was completely embellished with the Sewing Kit set.  I love the way it turned out.

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This one was made with the Admission is Free set.  All that color makes me smile and this card is screaming out to be filled with a gift card to the movies.

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And one last card…a fourth of July themed card.  All that sparkle!  I used some of the goodies from The Robin’s Nest when we partnered up with them this summer.

I think that will cover things for now.  I’ve spent most of the summer having and then recovering from surgery on both of my feet and this week I got a pretty booty-kicking summer cold.  Hopefully by next week I’ll have it all done with!  I might just be taking this boot off after Monday and the week after that starts my next semester of school.  EEK!  I’m not ready!

See you soon!

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Xyron, Little Yellow Bicycle and May Arts!

Try saying all that three times fast 🙂

Now this was some fun stuff to work with.  I have to confess that I don’t often play with Little Yellow Bicycle products.  I’m not sure if it’s just that my LSS doesn’t stock them or what.  I mean, it must be that, because I definitely would be buying things like the adorable cork topped straight pins I got this week.  These papers were fabulous too.  My Grandma has been redecorating her house with a lot of these colors so the first thing I wanted to make was a little gift for her.  I decided to alter a picture frame.

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That pretty ribbon of leaves made the perfect accent to go along with a cardstock sticker and some punched butterflies.  (And you already know that I love those cork-topped straight pins).  The paper went through my Xyron 900 machine and the vine ribbon fit perfectly through my Xyron 150.  I used some of my homemade foam adhesive to attach the sticker for some added dimension.  I think she’ll really like this and I’ll just have to choose a pretty black and white photo of the grandkids to put in there for her.

I really wanted to show off some of the colors in these papers, and I had a perfect Kaiser Craft mini album for that.  That is what I decided to do for my next project.

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I will probably end up giving this album as a gift also, so I wanted to keep it pretty simple.  I tried to choose the papers so that they would look good layered together when the album was closed, and I also chose the embellishments for the first few pages this way.  I wanted this to be something that a person could easily add their photos and some journaling and dates to, but that they could close up and set on their table and still have it look pretty.  I cut the papers out by hand after tracing the pages on the papers with a pencil.  Everything went through my Xyron Creatopia to attach to the wood pages (which works perfectly) and then I did a little sanding around the edges for a smooth finish.  I was happy with how it came out.  Those ribbons on the rings are so gorgeous!  I love orange so I had to use that ribbon for sure, and that burlap/gingham look ribbon with the wire edge is something that I could see myself using in a lot of different colors on a lot of projects.  They both really finished it off.

It wouldn’t be a post from me if there weren’t some cards too 🙂  I made this one from a tag shaped blank.  I like trying the different blanks out sometimes because they can help me to try something different.  This is a fun shape to work with and I thought it would be great for a little birthday card.  I seem to be going through my birthday cards a little too fast lately!

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With that fun rick-rack and that wooden embellishment, this card came together in a snap.  I had to use more orange (it is one of my favorites and it’s a great color to use with blue) and chevron is so cute.  I decided to mirror the look of that chevron with the rick-rack and do a double line of it.  The ribbons stick perfectly after running them through my Xyron 150.  I added the other gingham ribbons at the top for a little more of the two colors.

For and even quicker birthday card (and gift card solution) I made these little guys…

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These are just the right size to hold a gift card and you can write a little note in them.  I know what a pain it is to actually mail a really thick card full of embellishments, but something like this is perfect to just grab and go to a party.  It still shows that you took some time and effort for your gift.  I really fell in love with these burlap stickers and I wanted to really show them off on a project.  I think these little cards and perfect for that.  All I had to add to that was a stamp from one of my gel-a-tin sets and they are ready to go!  Perfect for friends and teachers and anyone else that you might give gift cards to.  You could even leave the sentiment blank and hand write it in later (especially if you have pretty handwriting 🙂  For a final touch I would just use some more of that gorgeous May Arts ribbon and tie a little bow around the envelope to make it look like a little present.

Well, there you have it!  I hope you like what I’ve made and that you’ve been by the Xyron blog and Facebook page this week to check out all the hoppin’ action!  Have a great weekend!

 

 

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Brostache Card

Hey all!  I have a fun card to share with you today.  I made this one with a MAMBI paper and embellishments kit, gel-a-tin stamps and Xyron adhesives.  Check out the silliness…

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This was so fun to make.  I wanted to use my Mustache Mania stamp set with this paper pack, so I just used a light brown distress ink over that starred patterned paper to add the look you see here.  I think it makes a great base without being too distracting.

Everything came together pretty quickly and I really had fun with this one.  I think that I could easily use this for a birthday or Father’s Day card because of the way I chose to leave the sentiment off and just embellish the front.

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I hope this card brings a smile to your face the way it brought one to mine!  Have a great week!

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Monday Morning with Epiphany Crafts and Xyron!

Hey all!  I have this post all set to go bright and early Monday morning with some Epiphany Crafts/Xyron goodness for you to start the week.  I have to say that I have been checking out these tools for a while now and just haven’t quite had the chance to decide which ones I wanted to start adding to my collection.  I was given one of the round ones and the accessories that go along with it and it was so much fun to play with!  I put together a couple of cards to share with you and I think the tools added a lot of extra oomph to these guys 🙂  First, the super simple (but very cute) hello card…

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I’m really drawn to simple cards like this on pinterest.   I love that look.  You really see the papers that were chosen and the sentiment and with these cute clear jelly stickers those circles just jump off the card at you.  Everything is really easy to attach with the Xyron 150 and a piece of my homemade adhesive foam for the sentiment circle.  So quick, but so cute that I know that anyone I give this to will love it!

For my other card I’m going to take you through things step by step.  I started with the papers that I wanted to use.  I really wanted this one to be bright and fun and this pad of BoBunny that I had was perfect for that.

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I wanted my charm to be the sentiment on my card so I combined it with some of my gel-a-tins stamps.  Here’s how I made that.  First, I punched the paper in just the right spot where I thought you would see some color around the edges but you’d be able to see the sentiment in the center.

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Then I stamped my sentiment with the clear stamps and some black Staz-On ink.

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I put the whole thing together next.  The clear sticker adheres by itself, then that whole piece runs through the Xyron 150 and attaches in the middle of the metal charm.

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Here it is all put together:

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Next I ran one of the coordinating papers through the Xyron 510.  (I had trimmed it to size first). and attached it to the center of the card front.

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All that came after that was some ribbon for the top of the charm, and a couple of coordinating buttons to embellish.

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And here it is all done!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects today!  Be sure to stop by the Xyron Facebook page and the Xyron blog to see more beautiful work and to hear about the prizes you can win this week!  See you again soon!

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Joy and Flowers

Hey peeps!

I just wanted to share a card that I have going up on the gel-a-tins blog today.  It was pretty quick to put together, but I love how it turned out.  I’ve been mixing patterns a lot lately and this one was no exception 🙂

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I bought this Basic Grey paper pack at the Mesa CKC when I was there to teach for Xyron.  Funny how new stuff can inspire a girl to get creative 🙂  I used two different gel-a-tins stamp sets on this one and that sparkly Prima flower is making me drool a little bit.  I’ve also been tearing through that seam binding ribbon so fast that I think it’s almost time for me to buy more.  Geez.  Someone has a ribbon problem.

Anyway, this is it!  Check out the gel-a-tins blog for more details.  I know that you know it’s all put together with my trusty Mega Runner and home made foam tape (because that’s how I roll).

Have a great Monday!

 

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Xyron and BoBunny!

So this week Xyron and BoBunny have teamed up to bring you some projects.  I have loved working with BoBunny for a long time (if you saw what I taught at the Mesa CKC last year, you know that.  It was all about BoBunny!)

This week I got to work with the Trail Mix papers and embellishments and a Serenade mini album.  I really love making minis, and I want to walk you through this one.

BoBunny does most of the work for you!  If you’re afraid of mini albums and don’t know where to start, these are amazing.  You don’t need a bunch of papers to add on and you can add as much or as  little embellishment as you like.  I kept mine simple because I wanted this one to lay pretty flat.  But let’s start with the process.

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Here they are narrowed down and sort of placed in order.  I counted the number of pages in the book to figure out how many photos I would need, then I layed them out in a sort of order.

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I do a sort of dry run next where I lay the photos in the book to make sure that they fit and look good on the pages.  I trim them up when they need it and switch things around  if I have to.  Nothing is attached yet, but you can really get an idea of how your book will look without worrying about messing anything up.

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My next step was to attach everything with my Xyron Mega Runner.  You can certainly use your machines for this if you’d prefer.  For this one I decided that my Mega Runner would do the trick.  I did leave a little space on each page for some journaling type of embellishment.

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I only used the journaling pieces like this on the pages that were too dark write on with my brown journaling pen.

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This is the type of pen that I used.

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To finish the album I put the pages together with the rings that were included and added some ribbon over the hinges.  I also added a title with some foam letters and some of the embellishments that matched the Trail Mix collection. (And while we’re here, check out those tabs!  I love that part of the album.  Carry on).

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There you have it!  So simple that anyone could make it and really an easy way to start out with mini albums.  I would suggest trying these for sure.  I just saw some other patterns at the LSS last week and had to hold back a little bit because I really wanted to buy some (but had promised to go easy that day).  Here is the inside.

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Now I have a couple of cards to share with you that I made with the Trail Mix paper and embellishments, and a quick tip for cards too.

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This card was originally going to be a Father’s Day card, but then I decided to leave the area for the sentiment blank.  This way, you can add the sentiment at any time, especially right when you need it and the card will be ready for any occasion.  I have a lot of cards that have the right sentiment but are too girly, know what I mean?

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This one is so different from anything I normally make, but I really like the way it came out.  Those metal embellishments by BoBunny are some of my favorite things.  The assorment that comes in the pack of buttons and pieces like this one are always so pretty and I think it adds that perfect something to this card.  This is another one that I can use for any occasion.  Especially a quick note to say hello.

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Well, that it is for me today!  I hope you have had fun checking out my projects and that you will be sure to stop by the Xyron blog and see the other DT member’s work on there.  There will be a lot of good stuff on there this week and you won’t want to miss it!

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From old to new with Xyron

Hey peeps!  This week the Xyron DT is remaking some of the older projects in the gallery.  We’ve all been given something to re-imagine and the results have been fabulous!  This is what I was given to remake…

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Now, what I took away from this and was inspired by are the pots and the fact that they’re bugs (actually not being technical on the difference between bugs and insects.  Don’t judge!).  I thought about what other bugs I could make with pots like these and butterflies were the first things that came to mind.  These are what I made.

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I didn’t paint my pots, but you certainly could and it would be an extra fun way for kids to get to help with the project.  My butterflies are a little fancier, but make them easy for children to make by having all of your pieces cut out ahead of time and by using paper instead of wire for the antennae.  Here’s how I made the most detailed version (and a quick explanation for the simpler one).

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I used a Sharpie to trace around the wide edge of a pot so that I could cut out a circle of my foam adhesive sheet that I made with my Xyron.  This is what holds the whole thing together.

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That is how it holds it all together, sandwiched in the middle.  I cut a piece of ribbon to add some detail and hide that seam where the pots come together.  The Xyron 150 is my favorite for attaching ribbon!

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Just hide that seam in the back, we’ll cover it with wings later.  Now I had to decide how to make my wings.  I chose to use vellum and Bazzill bling (because when else will I get to use purple bling paper with four boys in this house?).  I also used One of the Xyron Creatopia die sets by Spellbinders.  This make cutting the wings out soooo easy!

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I cut out my first set of wings with the larger dies, then cut a frame out of them using the next size down.  I also cut out my vellum pieces in the larger sizes.  Here’s how they come together…

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Run those frames through the Xyron 510 and just lay them on top of the vellum pieces.  Easy peasy. (Vellum pieces are in the background there).

Now to make some antennae.  I just used one long piece of heavy gauge wire and pliers to bend it into little spirals.  This piece needs to be a little long because you’ll use it to attach the head later.

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I made the head next.  I used some Maya Road chipboard (all ready to go so it made it easy to choose a size to work with).  I ran two of the same pieces through my Xyron 250, trimmed the backing paper around the edges and ran them through again.  This way I had one side to glitter and one side to use to attach them.

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I used a purple Martha Stewart glitter to make those butterfly heads sparkle!

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I know they look sloppy, but we’ll fix that when we stick it all together next.

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I cut another sloppy piece of foam adhesive and attached it to the top of the pot first.  Next I bent the end of the metal piece so that it would be a sort of stand for the head to rest on and attach to the pot.  I laid a punched circle of paper over the top to be sure that it was on there for good, then I added the two head pieces to the front and back of the wire like you see above.

The face is another punched circle with a simple face drawn on it.  I inked it around the edges to add some dimension and then attached it to the front glitter piece with more dimensional adhesive.

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I decided that this girl needed a coordinating purple belt made from twine by The Twinery.  I just wrapped it around a few times so that the color would make more impact in the middle and then tied a bow.

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To finish this up, I just added the wings with more foam adhesive.  I love this stuff for how flexible it is.  This pot isn’t exactly flat, but most dot-type adhesives are.  With the foam the pieces I attach really follow the curves of my projects and hold in place.

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I used vellum in the middle there because I wanted light to shine through the wings of this if it sat on a windowsill or in the center of a table.

Because I can’t leave well-enough alone, I added some fun bling to her wings too.  The stones are by The Robin’s Nest and I used my Xyron 150 to attach them.

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Again, this is the end result…

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The simpler version just uses solid die-cuts for the wings, a scalloped circle punch for the face and knotted ribbon for a belt.

I think it would be fun to do these in a  bunch of different colors for a little girl’s birthday party, or even to make them into wind chimes or caterpillars.  I get the feeling that my boys are going to want to make some with me next time. (But probably not in purple).

Hope you’re having a great week!  Be sure to keep stopping by the Xyron blog for more inspiration and prizes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Imaginisce and Xyron!

Xyron has been partnering with Imaginisce for a long time and it is always great.  You know that I love my Xyron, and Imaginisce has such cute lines!  One of the really great things about Imaginisce is that they don’t just put out some paper and one or two embellishment packages, they have a TON of things to choose from that coordinate with their papers and they sell great tools that you can use to make your own embellishments.  I made some projects with the Hello, Cupcake line that I’d like to share.

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All I added to this card was some ribbon and ink from a pen.  All that cute comes right from the paper!  I always use my Xyron 510 to cover my card fronts with paper.  Who wants to worry about sending a card and having it fall apart in the mail?

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To get that look of a big bow you just tie your knots on top of each other until you have as many loops as you want.

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I love making mini albums and I couldn’t resist making one with these papers.  Those bling spots are just cut from sheets of gelly bling by gel-a-tins and run through the Xyron 150 to attach.  Imaginisce makes those cute layered stickers that I used on the front.

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I added some buttons to the first few tabs as a extra detail.  The actual album is by Maya Road.

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And this is what the pages look like, for the most part anyway.   A sweet picture of my baby and these cute papers.

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I also put together a cute layout for the album.  Adding details with a pen and scalloped scissors makes a layout cute without adding cost, and when you have a lot of kids that helps!

Be sure to check out the Xyron Facebook page for more Imaginisce projects by the design team.  Everyone did some amazing work with their products!

 

 

 

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Easter Projects with Xyron and gel-a-tins

Rather than going crazy on Easter food and decorations for us this year I spent some time crafting some regular scrappy Easter projects.  I thought I’d share them with you today.

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These were some little tart tins that I had.  I decided to make them into little ornaments that could be hung from door knobs or plants in the house.  They’re really fun to make and they can add a little decoration to any spot in your house.

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For this card I layered stamped images and patterned paper and I love the finished look.  I used a lot of foam adhesive to give the card some dimension and some inexpensive ribbon makes a big difference in the final look.  Sometimes cards like this can be costly to mail, so I prefer to give ones like this to friends in person.  This one could easily be for some occasion besides Easter.

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I LOVE this little bunny tag.  It can take a while to stamp an image over and over and then cut out and layer all the parts, but the final look is worth it.  That background is actually a patterned vellum and when you run it through your Xyron machine you end up with edge to edge adhesive that becomes invisible.  No worries about hiding glue dots or runner strips.

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I used that foam adhesive on this one to make some of my elements jump off the paper and I am so happy with that juggling bunny that I think I’ll be using him on a lot fo projects.

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I used papers and vellum from an American Crafts stack and then I added those gel-a-tins stamps, my Xyron 510, 150 and Mega Runner, and some Staz-On ink.

These projects all came together very quickly and are things that I can either use around the house over and over or things that I could attach to a plate of cookies given to a friend or neighbor.  I hope that you’re inspired to take a few minutes to be creative and make something that will bring a smile to your face!

 

 

 

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A Spring Tag with Xyron and gel-a-tins!

I have been meaning to share this little tag that I made with my Xyron machines and stamps a couple of weeks ago.  We were sharing a tag album on the Xyron Facebook page for some inspiration for the crafters that love tags and I am so happy with the way this one came out.

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I used a single stamp set for all of those flowers and leaves, and when I added them to this ready-made tag it gives the look of a custom patterned paper.  I have a thing for orange so I chose oranges and yellows for this one and then accented with the green I used for the leaves.  The twine is by The Twinery, buttons are October Afternoon, inks are Stampin’ Up and the sentiment sticker is by American Crafts.

One of the great things about Xyron is that you can use the machines for your ribbons and buttons.  Between those and that little strip of paper this tag is stuck together perfectly and I don’t have to worry about adding it to a gift and having it fall apart when we’re on our way to a party.

Have you been working on some spring projects?  The fun colors you can use are sure to brighten your day!