Friday, November 9, 2012

Cardmaker Blog Team - Xyron Blog Hop

Hello! It is time for another Cardmaker Blog Hop.  The Cardmaker girls received some awesome products from XyronThanks Xyron!  So we are having a blog hop today to show off the cards we made.

Here are the Xyron Products I used on my projects today: 
the Creative Station: this product blows my mind!
the Mega Runner: the best tape runner I have used

Creative Station---> Since I am a figure-it-out-yourself-and-if-you-run-into-problems-look-for-a-video kind of person :), I found a great video on how to use the Creative Station on the Xyron Video page.  It is a cinch!  You can also find wonderful ideas and inspiration on their Blog.

My machine came loaded with permanent adhesive inside.  Just place the item you want to make sticky all the way into the machine (as shown), crank the handle clock-wise and the items come out the other side.  When they come through the back, press the clear bracket down and slide the blade across to cut the paper. (NOTE: The paper will be sticky on the back so always put the side you want to be sticky facing down into the machine.)

Then you end up with something that looks like this:
All you do from this point is use a bone folder or press over every area of the image to ensure you will get the sticky on every part and then peel the clear film off and you  have die cuts that are sticky!  This is HUGE for someone like me (who uses a lot of intricate die cuts and uses my Silhouette machine non-stop!)

But, with this same machine you can change out the Permanent Adhesive cartridge to add in a Repositional Adhesive, a Magnet backer (great for creating magnets from photos); a Laminate Cartridge, and a Laminate/ Permanent Adhesive Cartridge (which has laminate on top and the adhesive on bottom.) Love that!

Here are a few projects I made with the Xyron products:
For the first one, I used the smooth-as-butter Mega runner to add paper to a chipboard tag.  To create the glittery ornament, I die cut it using my Silhouette machine (Ornament Set: Samantha Walker).  Then, I took the ornate cut and ran it through my Creative Station to apply adhesive to the back.  Placing the sticky side up I sprinkled glitter all over the die cut.  The glitter attached to EVERY spot of the diecut and did not come off.
I ran the die cut through the Creative Station again (glitter side UP!) to get perfect adhesive coverage on the back of it so I could attach it to the ornament base that I cut from neutral cardstock.  After assembling the ornament, I added some rhinestones and pearls before adding to the tag:

Next, I have a card using glitter again.  I created the card base by adhering the patterned paper to the card using the Mega Runner.  After I die cut the tree image (Samantha Walker: 3 Christmas trees: Silhouette), I ran it through the Creative Station one time to add the glitter.  Then, I used the Glue Stick to adhere it to the card base.  Then, I added the glitter tree on top using foam tape to get some dimension. I am lovin' the glittery tree!:

Here is another very ornate die cut image that I cut using my Silhouette (Birds on a Branch by Hero Arts) that I have avoided using because I didn't want to try to add liquid adhesive to the back of every leaf and I was sure a tape runner would rip it.  It was simple using the Creative Station:
Finally, here is another quick card using an intricate snowflake die (from The Cat's Pajamas), sentiment from Simple Snowflakes (Gina K Designs).  The snowflakes were run through the Creative Station and then added to the card:

Head on over to these blogs to see what the rest of the Cardmaker girls made with their Xyron products:
Cardmaker Blog

Thanks to Xyron for the wonderful products featured on today's post!  Thanks for stopping by!


Tracey said...

Wow! Loving each of these Cammie!

Brooke said...

Gorgeous!! Love the glittery ornament!

Tina said...

Oh thank you for sharing this!! You've given me incentive to use my Zyron machine again!!! I forgot I even had one! But yes, it would be perfect for those Silhouette cuts!!! Ugh!! TY for sharing!

Marianne said...

i don't have a Xyron machine, but i would love one, now even more that i am reminded what it can do!

Karen McAlpine said...

Always thought the Xyron looked interesting. Great cards, Cammie.

Jamie said...

These are really pretty:)

Ava Gavloski said...

great cards. thanks for the extra photo's on the process.
that creative station sure is handy
ava g

Cheryl Hutcherson said...

Gorgeous projects!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome creations. Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

I love how you put glitter on the sticky side after you ran it through the xyron the first time and then ran it through again to attach it to your card. I never would have thought of that one. Thank you very much.

Donna said...

You lucky duck! What great products to play with. Love your projects. That glitter is fun. I especially like those snowflakes. Have a wonderful weekend!

Glenda J said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all all of your projects. Fabulous colours and designs. Love the die cuts.

Jennie said...

Awesome designs Carolyn!! Love the snowflakes and love how the Xyron gets it all sticky without the mess.

Big Mamma~ a.k.a. Mary S said...

Great projects.. I love my 510 and really need to get my hands on the mega runner one day,.

MaxineD said...

Great instructions on how to use the product, Cammie, and I love your finished projects too.

Patti J said...

So glad that you talked about the Mega Runner. I've been wanting one, but was waiting to see what the feedback on them was! Your projects are fun, Cammie, and so pretty! You are so clever :) Thanks for sharing!

colleen said...

I love that you are using intricate die cuts in your machine... Your card projects are gorgeous!

Kitty said...

Wow Great products


Sherry Butcher said...

Using die cuts in the Xyron sounds great, i always have a problem putting on tape when using cut out die cuts. TFS.

Beate said...

Cammie, your cards look amazing! Every single one of them.
Hugs and smiles