Joy's Life http://joyslife.com Silhouette, Cricut, Sizzix Eclips, KnK Zing, Home Decor, Food, Vinyl & Crafting Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:00:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Xyron & Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop – Fish You Were Here Sequin Shaker Card http://joyslife.com/xyron-perfect-paper-crafting-blog-hop-fish-you-were-here-sequin-shaker-card/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=xyron-perfect-paper-crafting-blog-hop-fish-you-were-here-sequin-shaker-card http://joyslife.com/xyron-perfect-paper-crafting-blog-hop-fish-you-were-here-sequin-shaker-card/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:00:26 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36541 [...] ]]>  Xyron & Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop - Fish You Were Here Sequin Shaker Card #Xyron #PerfectLayers #Joyslifestamps #Sequin #ShakerCard #fishingcard

Welcome to the Xyron and Perfect Paper Crafting blog hop!  Be sure to check out both of the blogs for prizes!  If you fall in love with the Perfect Layers tool, like I have, then be sure to use discount code Xyron10% to save 10%.  Woo hoo!

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This is the first shaker card I’ve ever made!  It was super fun!  I made it for my daughter because she’s back at school (like a fish!  fish…school…you got it) and I miss her, even though I’m happy she’s off pursuing her dreams.  YAY to that!

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I’m using Simple Stories I Heart Summer paper, the Mini Perfect Layers and the Xyron 5″ Creative Station.

I ran the newsprint paper through my Xyron and stuck it to this woodgrain piece.  Next I used the Mini Perfect Layers tool to help me create a perfect 1/16″ layer!  I was impressed!  I cut the paper using my favorite Fiskars craft knife on a self healing mat.  Don’t use a craft knife on anything except a self healing mat or risk some pretty messed up tabletops.  Just sayin’.

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Next, I used a Spellbinders Nestabilities S4-132 classic rectangle die in my Cuttlebug to cut a nice space out of the center of my card.  (I also totally took this photo so I could remember how to make the “sandwich”.)  A plate, C plate, die and B plate.  Later I put C where B goes, it makes no difference.  Just make sure the cutting area is facing the plate you want to etch with the blades.  Etching them while cutting is just going to happen.

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As I said, I haven’t made a shaker card before but I have made a shaker mini album page.  When I did that, I used a ton of foam adhesive.  This time I decided to use craft foam to create the void between a layer of acetate and the back of the card.  It worked even better (I thought) and will help me get rid of the ton of craft foam I have on hand.  By the way, I’m using that super bright yellow because it’s what I had, white would be a better choice.  I cut a rectangle out of the foam.  Next, I placed a piece of acetate between the paper layers and the foam layer and glued everything together.

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Now the fun part!!  Add sequins.  Next, glue paper to the foam.  Ta da!!  Shaker box!  Also, your foam size should pretty much match the paper size of your card.  I have no idea why I kept hacking away at it like that.  Wait.  I do remember.  It’s because I didn’t want that blinding yellow to show…and that’s why you should use white.  LOL!

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After I assembled the shaker, I cut some pieces of paper from the  Simple Stories I Heart Summer paper and created a little border using the Xyron Mini Sticker Maker to turn that paper into stickers.  It also helped hide the hideous yellow foam.  Just keepin’ it real.

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Look how exact those 1/16″ mats are!  Look just above the sentiment (which is from the Joy’s Life Wildlife Puns Stamp set) and then below it.  Look at the light brown paper just below that…also 1/16th…and the white cardstock just below that…yep…1/16th.  Nice.  I received the Perfect Layers Mini set for this blog hop but you can bet it won’t be the last time you see it on my blog.  I will definitely be using it again…and again!  Two thumbs up to this product.

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I made the fishing pole using a plastic drink stirrer and bending it by heating it with my Darice heat gun and a pair of tweezers.  I wrapped a piece of leftover paper (it matches the borders!) around the drink stirrer and glued it down.  I cut a tiny piece of metallic paper into a hook shape and Voila! I had a fishing pole.

I hope you enjoyed my project (and learned from my mistakes).  You should check out Xyron and Perfect Paper Crafting blogs each day during the hop for prizes and cool creations!

I wrote this post while participating on the Xyron Design Team.  I received Xyron products and the Perfect Layers Mini crafting tool for the purpose of this post.

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Back To School 3D Cardstock Backpack http://joyslife.com/back-to-school-3d-cardstock-backpack/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=back-to-school-3d-cardstock-backpack http://joyslife.com/back-to-school-3d-cardstock-backpack/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:04:35 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36519 [...] ]]> Back To School 3D Cardstock Backpack #Xyron #SVGCuts #3d #cardstock #backpack #simplestories

How cool is it that you can make things like this entirely out of paper?  It never ceases to amaze me!  Today I’m using the Back to the Books SVG kit by SVGCuts.

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I cut out all the pieces using my Silhouette Cameo.  The Xyron 5″ Creative Station made adhering the cursive panels a breeze (even though I cut one of them out upside down).  Doh!

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These are all the pieces that create the backpack.  Not too tough after all!  See how easily the backpack straps will line up to the back of the pack?  Just use a few brads to hold them in place.  Easy!

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I’m trying something new to me, decorating with stickers!  Every time I get a pack of paper with stickers I give the stickers away.  Not this time!  I’m using paper and stickers from the Smarty Pants Collection Pack by Simple Stories.  Did you know that you can use baby powder or corn starch to make stickers not sticky?  True story!  I’m adding powder from this powder tool to some of mine and then popping them up with foam dots.  Adding the powder keeps them from sticking where I don’t want them to stick.  The powder tool works pretty well.  Honestly, if I could remember to buy baby powder I’d just use that with a paintbrush to achieve the same effect but I never remember.  LOL!

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Yo Brad!  I’m thrilled that I finally got to use those cute brads on something.  They’ve been in my stash for years.  I LOVE the ruler stickers on the backpack straps.

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Everything you see is stickers, except for the ruler washi tape.  I added two buttons tied together with black and white bakers twine.  Here’s how I store my twine.

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That ribbon sticker originally said star student…or something like that.  I used a foam dot and added the “I heart school” sticker for more dimension and to help bring a little black up from the colored paper below.

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Back To School 3D Cardstock Backpack #Xyron #SVGCuts #3d #cardstock #backpack #simplestories

I hope you enjoyed this fun 3D project!  This would be so cute filled with fun back to school things like shaped erasers, yummy smelling hand sanitizers and Smarties candies to name a few.  It would also make a sweet teacher’s gift!

Happy Back to School”ing”!

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What Makes You Great? #GreatGrains http://joyslife.com/what-makes-you-great-greatgrains/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-makes-you-great-greatgrains http://joyslife.com/what-makes-you-great-greatgrains/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:56:47 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36502 [...] ]]> This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Post Great Grains Cereal for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s a fascintating thing, growing older.  You finally get enough distance between yourself and childhood to really see who you’ve become.  In my late 30′s I took a good look at my adult self and really evaluated how I felt about me, my life and what made me happy.  It was then that I started molding my business and forming a creative life that fulfilled me in a way that I had ignored for a while.  One of the things that makes me great is that I’m unafraid to see myself as I am and to work hard on things that I want to change or improve.  When I read these statistics from a survey by Wakefield Research by Post Great Grains Cereal, it was just as I thought.  I’m not alone!

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73 percent of women have reinvented themselves after turning 40. In fact, 80 percent of women love themselves more now than they did 10 years ago. Most commonly, women who say they’ve reinvented themselves say they have improved their health (50 percent), (Hey, that’s me! I’ve been working out with a trainer since January!) found a new passion (42 percent), and changed their career (23 percent). They know better than ever that it’s never too late to make a change.  (That’s one of my core beliefs!) When women pick the best part of getting older, being comfortable in their own skin (38 percent) tops the list, followed by gaining perspective (34 percent), and feeling a sense of security (12 percent). As for those “learning experiences” along the way? Maybe they weren’t so bad after all. 86 percent of women agreed that their mistakes that led to failures were worth the learning experience!  (Exactly!)

I was moved by what some of these women had to say about what made them great,especially the one who said it was her daughter and her daughter said it was her Mom.  Tears!  (The love of my husband and children is defintiely one of the things that helps me feel great!)

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Recently, I’ve been trying all of these yummy Post Great Grains cereals.  I’m in love with the Raisins, Dates & Pecans and will definitely be buying another box when it runs out (well, right after I polish off my other favorite, Cranberry Almond Crunch), but honestly, they’re all great.

This cereal brings whole foods from the field to your bowl for a nutritious breakfast you have to see to believe. Great Grains has nutrition you can see!  They have fewer processed ingredients like whole grain flakes from actual wheat berries, as well as real fruit and nuts.  All of the varieties of Great Grains have at least 30g of whole grains per serving and are a heart healthy way to start the day.  I like to eat these cereals before my workouts.  Working out is one of the other things I do to feel great!

What makes you great?

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Join the #BritaBackToCollege Twitter Party on 8/14 to Win Brita Products & Target Gift Cards http://joyslife.com/join-the-britabacktocollege-twitter-party-on-814-to-win-brita-products-target-gift-cards/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=join-the-britabacktocollege-twitter-party-on-814-to-win-brita-products-target-gift-cards http://joyslife.com/join-the-britabacktocollege-twitter-party-on-814-to-win-brita-products-target-gift-cards/#respond Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:36:48 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36495 [...] ]]> #BritaBackToCollege Twitter PartyThis is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brita for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

My daughter just headed back to college today!  Her car was completely packed but she still forgot all of her clothes hangers.  Poor thing.  The first thing she put in, I kid you not, was the new Brita water pitcher that we bought the other day.  She’s so excited to use it!  Her roommate is looking forward to it too because neither of them care much for the campus tap water.  Brita filters reduce Chlorine (taste and odor), Copper, and Mercury – all of which may be found in tap water.

Brita has the perfect solutions for college students, including a Brita Grand Pitcher, a Brita Space Saver (perfect for mini-fridges!) and a Brita water bottle for the walk to class.  The filtered water tastes better so your college student drinks more water which will keep them energized and refreshed vs. sugary drinks or energy drinks.  1,500 plastic bottles are used every second in the US, so a reusable Brita Water Bottle is an awesome choice!  Don’t forget Brita is available at Target.

Here’s another chance to win some awesome prizes!

Join the #BritaBackToCollege twitter party that is on 8/14 from 2:00pm-3:00pm EST. Host: @ModernDayMoms Co-host: @OurKidsMom

You could win one of these AWESOME prizes: -Brita Grand Pitchers (2) -Brita Space Saver Pitcher (2) -Brita Hard-Sided Water Bottle (2) -$100 Target Gift Card (1) -$50 Target Gift Card (1) -$25 Target Gift Card (2)

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A Perfect Summer Day Chipboard Display with Epiphany Crafts http://joyslife.com/a-perfect-summer-day-chipboard-display-with-epiphany-crafts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-perfect-summer-day-chipboard-display-with-epiphany-crafts http://joyslife.com/a-perfect-summer-day-chipboard-display-with-epiphany-crafts/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:24:43 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36388 [...] ]]> A Perfect Summer Day Chipboard Display with Epiphany Crafts #EpiphanyCrafts #chipboard #crafts

I had the best time creating this fun project about a trip to the beach my husband and I recently took.  I’m showing off three of my favorite new things and they are all by Epiphany Crafts.  The Square, Round 14 and Chevron Punch tools!  If you haven’t tried these punches you should.  They’re made to go with matching epoxy bubble caps which give your finished punch a shiny raised, 3d look.  I love them!

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I’ve recently fallen in love with mini albums.  I know they’ve been around for a really long time but for me it’s like they just showed up all of sudden and started being awesome.  LOL!  Today I’m giving a nod to chipboard albums by using a page from one to create a single chipboard display.  I’m using paper from Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine 6×6 paper pack, gluing it to a plain piece of chipboard, trimming the edges and sanding it down.  Don’t have a sander like that?  You don’t need one.  Use whatever sander you have or even a nail file.

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These tools are super easy to use!  I love that they allow me to create my own art.  You simply slide paper into the tool, add a matching epoxy bubble cap, close the lid and punch out the shape.  I could make these all day.  Here’s a link to some videos about how to use the tools.  Plus, you can add the finished caps to different settings and create all kinds of neat things.  That = I love it!  I used Glue Dots Craft and Mini Dots to adhere the Epiphany Crafts pieces to my project.

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After I had the first sheet of paper adhered to the chipboard, I added a small piece from another sheet.  I glued it on the bottom and the sides using my ATG gun.  I left the top open so I could create a pocket.  This pocket piece is glued to the back of the chipboard but because I inked the edges of it, it makes it look like it’s all one piece.

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I used my craft knife to cut the “summer is here” paper so that it could be used as a tab.  Next, I adhered one of those awesome chevron pieces to it to make the best pointer ever!

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They’re doing great work at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.  On this day at the beach my husband and I got to watch them release a rehabilitated turtle back into the ocean.  It was a wonderful thing to see in person.  You can watch a rehabilitating turtle swim here.  I used the film edge frame from PicMonkey to help me create a photo effect on some of the photos from my Instagram account.  (By the way, you can try a full day of Royale features from PicMonkey if you use this link.)

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I created this project and received the shown Epiphany products while Guest Designing for Epiphany Crafts.  My opinions of their product’s awesomeness are 100% my own.

Have a crafty day!

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Target Back to College Haul & $25 Gift Card Giveaway http://joyslife.com/target-back-to-college-haul-giveaway/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=target-back-to-college-haul-giveaway http://joyslife.com/target-back-to-college-haul-giveaway/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:39:15 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36443 [...] ]]> This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brita for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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My daughter leaves to go back to college this week so we headed out to Target to pick up a few more things that she needed and really wanted for her dorm.  We had a great time shopping together!  Here she is picking out a Brita® water pitcher.  She likes it because it helps the water taste better.  It’s filtration system also reduces impurities from tap water, so I know that dorm room water is also healthier than right out of the same faucet they had when my husband went to school there!  Plus, if it tastes better then that means she’s drinking more water and I know that helps her feel better and more energized.

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 She’s been wanting a Brita® Water Pitcher for a long time.  You can hear us talk about it in the video too!  One thing we didn’t talk about was that having Brita® pitchers and Brita® water bottles are a great way for your college students to save money.  No more ton ‘o plastic bottles to constantly buy just to have the empties thrown into the trash.  I say, decrease waste and get a Brita® reusable water bottle.  The water tastes great, saves you money and doesn’t end up in a landfill the next day.  Score!  You know what else we learned?  You could use water from the Brita® water pitcher to make Coffee, Tea and Soda Streams drinks.  Um…that’s genius.  Why did that never occur to us before?  Using good water to make water based drinks makes those drinks taste better.  Where were we on that one?

Curious about what my daughter and I have to say about what she picked?  Check out this video!  This is a one take video so…this is just how we are.  LOL!

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She actually cleans.  Not at home, of course, but in her dorm.  LOL!

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There’s the haul!  Watch the video above to hear why she chose what she chose.

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Want to get your own Brita® while Back to College shopping?! I have a $25 gift card to give away! Just leave a comment on this blog post stating which Brita® item you want for a college dorm! Brita® is available at Target.  I’ll post the winner here on August 20!

Happy Back to College”ing”!

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Lunch Bag Turned Coffee Gift Bag with SEI http://joyslife.com/lunch-bag-turned-coffee-gift-bag/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lunch-bag-turned-coffee-gift-bag http://joyslife.com/lunch-bag-turned-coffee-gift-bag/#respond Fri, 08 Aug 2014 08:24:41 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36324 [...] ]]> Lunch Bag Turned Coffee Gift Bag #coffee #gift #giftbag #joyslifestamps #sei #diy

I was looking at the front the SEI banner kit and saw this great idea for turning a simple paper lunch bag into a gift bag.  It was not only genius and frugal, it was something I needed.  I have had a bag of coffee that I’ve been meaning to give as a gift and I couldn’t decide how I wanted to wrap it.  This was perfect!

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I simply used a white lunch bag from my kitchen and cut a piece of Catalina Sweet Calico paper to 4-1/4″ x 9″ and glued it to the front using my ATG gun.

 Lunch Bag Turned Coffee Gift Bag #coffee #gift #giftbag #joyslifestamps #sei #diy

Next, fold over the top of the bag and tape it over the paper.  I punched a hole at the top of each side of the bag with my Crop-a-dile.  I threaded twine through the bag and attached a piece of banner cardboard from the banner kit.

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I heat embossed a Joy’s Life coffee stamp and saying from “Tag You’re It Two” stamp set using a tag from SEI’s Field Notes Sundries.

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I left the excess embossing powder on the tag to give it a smudgy coffee ground look.  Also, I couldn’t get it all off.  LOL!

Lunch Bag Turned Coffee Gift Bag #coffee #gift #giftbag #joyslifestamps #sei #diy

Next, I colored the stamps in with 3D glossy pens by Sakura.  (Like those stamps?  Check them all out here!)

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I finished the project by adding two small flowers from Pembroke Sundries just over the holes I punched.  I clipped the tag to the twine using a tiny clothespin from Pembroke Sundries.

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Consider using paper scraps and other embellishments to make your bag uniquely yours.

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I wrote this post while participating on the SEI Design Team.

Happy Crafting!

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Yay! Xyron Announces the Fall/Winter 2014 Design Team http://joyslife.com/xyron-2014-design-team/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=xyron-2014-design-team http://joyslife.com/xyron-2014-design-team/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:07:07 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36424 [...] ]]> Xyron Design Team #Xyron #DesignTeam #crafts

It’s no secret that I love Xyron.  You’ve seen me use their products for years…from way back here in 2010 to make a Thanksgiving banner, through all the years in between and as recently as last month on this iris fold card.  So, when I saw the Xyron Design Team call, I definitely applied…and…I’m so honored and happy to announce that I made it!  YAY!

Iris Fold Birthday Flower Card #SilhouetteCameo #SVGCuts #irisfold #birthdayCard

I can’t wait to share some more fun Xyron projects with you!  I’m looking forward to getting to know all of the members on the Team!
You can see all of the new Design Team Members here.

Check out my Xyron Pinterest board!  I’ll be adding my newest projects to it as they are created but you can see many of the things I’ve already made using Xyron’s!  I hope you’ll follow me on Pinterest!

Have a Crafty Day!

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