Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Xyron Loves Maya Road - Day Three and a Giveaway!

We are halfway through the Xyron Design Team's week long love fest with Maya Road - and all the projects have just made us want to get crafty!  Today is no exception!

We've all seen those thin metal boxes perfect for storing cards or journals - but it is hard to know what to do with them!  Jenn Cochran decorated hers with some gorgeous embellishments and fun pops of color.  This would be a great way to package a little mini album as a gift!



Customized/handmade gift packaging is all the rage - and Maya Road embellishments are the PERFECT finishing touch!  Just look at this cute bar of soap - beautifully packaged by Denise Hahn.



How precious is this card from Stacy Rodriguez?  Maya Road's wood bingo motifs are just the right size to add that extra little something to any project.



Don't forget that today is 24 hour craft day on HSN!  All day long there are amazing deals from some of your favorite companies - including Anna Griffin, We R Memory Keepers, 3Birds Designs and...of course...Xyron!  Hope you'll join us!

In addition to giving you great deals on Xyron - we also want to give some Xyron away!  Every day this week we are giving away a Xyron goodie - so leave a comment here and one lucky winner will receive a Xyron 2.5" Create-A-Sticker!  We'll announce the winner tomorrow on the Xyron Facebook Page.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Xyron Loves Maya Road - Day Two and a Giveaway!

Do you love Maya Road like we love Maya Road?  The Xyron Design Team was given a box full of Maya Road goodies recently and told to let their imagination run wild - and they did!  All week long we will be sharing their creations.  So gorgeous!

Yvonne Yam calls this a wall hanging - we call it a work of art!  On her blog today she shares a tutorial for creating this little treasure.  How fun would it be to make one for each kid's room - they'd love it!


Looking for a way to let someone know you are thinking about them?  A gorgeous handmade card is the perfect idea. This card from Gini Cagle is just bursting with color and texture and pattern - we would be thrilled to get this in our mailbox!


Speaking of texture - check out all the different materials and techniques Shannon Morgan used in this fun card!  Maya Road has so many incredible embellishments - and Xyron makes them a cinch to adhere!


We want to put a little pep in your crafty step...so are having a different giveaway every day this week! Leave a comment here and one lucky winner will receive a pair of our Xyron 3" Sticker Makers!  We'll announce the winner tomorrow on the Xyron Facebook Page.  Enjoy!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Xyron Loves Maya Road - Day One and a Giveaway!

Xyron LOVES Maya Road - so when we had the chance to partner with them for a week filled with projects we couldn't wait to get started.  Thanks for joining us!

There are times when a card or a tag becomes a gift in itself - and this tag is a perfect example.  This stunning creation from Karen Jiles (complete with a tutorial on her blog) just took our breath away - what a wonderful way to let someone know they are in your heart.


We think this card from Ann Corbiere-Scott is super cute, but we are CRAZY for the flower embellishment! Good thing Ann shares a tutorial on her blog so we can create these ourselves...we can picture these on just about anything!


For those of us who have moved a time or two (or nine) - have you ever created anything to commemorate those different locales?  Arin Flynn created this fun wall hanging of places she's lived - and she shares some tips and tricks with us on her blog today so we can create our own.  What a cool idea!


Speaking of wall hangings - we just love this mixed media canvas Sharon Callis created. The dimension and colors and textures are stunning, and Sharon provides a tutorial on her blog so you can try some of these great techniques as well!


We want to put a little pep in your crafty step...so are going to be having a different giveaway every day this week! Leave a comment here on the blog and one lucky winner will receive a Xyron Mega Runner - we'll announce the winner tomorrow on the Xyron Facebook Page.  Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

#IMadeIt - Easy Halloween Home Decor with your Cricut Explore...and TWO Giveaways!

Home Decor with Cricut Explore - ha!  I rhyme.  ;)  As some of you know I am incredibly fortunate and get to be an on-air guest for Cricut on HSN (and I'll be on air this Wednesday - more about that later).  I have had SO much fun creating projects - and when I saw these special glittered frames from Hobby Lobby (use your coupon!) I felt some Halloween home decor coming on!  


These were ridiculously easy to make - I created them using some old Bazzill patterned paper, my Xyron Mega Runner and Xyron 5" Creative Station, and the following Cricut Images (all of which can be purchased individually for .99 each in the Cricut Explore Design Space):
Happy Halloween text - A Frightful Affair
Bats - Teresa Collins Chic & Scary
Witch - Celebrate with Flourish



I created a quick video tutorial for this project for Xyron - these framed beauties literally took me less than 20 minutes to make!


Been thinking about the Cricut Explore but looking for more info and/or a great deal?  Don't forget to tune in to HSN on Wednesday where there will be TWO amazing deals on Explore bundles - (one from me and one from my friend Anna Griffin).  We'll have in-depth presentations so you will have a chance to see the machines in action and take advantage of some special HSN birthday pricing.  If you want specific times/product info be sure to like my Facebook Page where I will be sharing all the info later this week.  We'd love to have you join us! 

I'm also participating in Cricut's new #IMadeIt campaign - Cricut is giving away a Cricut Explore machine every day for 50 days!  To enter simply post a project you've created on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by hashtagging #cricut and #IMadeIt.  If you've already hashtagged #imadeit, simply re-post and add #cricut.  Want more info?  Here are the official rules.

While I may not be giving away a Cricut ;) I am giving away some goodies!  Earlier this summer I had the chance to spend an afternoon with the amazing Lia Griffith at this event in her home (that's me in the red striped shirt in the photo collage). It was an inspiring, fun-filled afternoon and we each left with a goody bag...and I'm giving mine away!  Just leave a comment here on the blog and one lucky winner will receive my goody bag with a few extra goodies thrown in.  I'll announce the winner on my Facebook page on Friday!

And just so you don't think we are getting too fancy with our photo set ups around here (I've been trying to improve my photography...and still have a ways to go) - I give you my husband Don hunched over on top of my studio table trying to take these photos.  You are welcome.  :)