Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The cutest little bonus for good Behavior XYRON-LYB-May Arts Ribbons Blog Hop continuation

In my last post I've promised to show you how to make a cute little treat for your princess to honor her Great Behavior using the lovely May Arts ribbons
This is a VERY easy and FUN project you can complete in about 5 minutes with the help of the awesome XYRON's NEW High Tack Glue Dots -no more hot glue guns that burn your fingertips...Or tacky liquid glues that stick to your fingers -Great ,Fast and No mess project :D

To make a Ribbon Hair Clip  Bow all you'll need is -

  • 3 different but coordinating ribbons in the following sizes
1st should be 12.5 cm
2nd 10.5 cm
3rd 4.5 cm
I used May Arts Grosgrain Dots DD14  5/8" in red
and  1/4" White  Mini Dot

Cut your ribbons to size
Place a 10mm dot near the cut end  of your widest ribbon 
Fold and overlap the other end on top of the glue dot (leave a little bit of the glue dot uncovered* )
Do the same with a narrower ribbon (this time place a smaller 6 mm. dot )

See how the 10 mm. dot on the wide ribbon is peeking out a bit?
We need it that way to adhere the smaller ribbon on top!
Place both ribbons one on top of the other 
Add small 6 mm high tack glue dots in the inside of the loops ,right at the middle
Add one on top as well
Place the shortest and narrowest ribbon on top of the glue dot
Add two additional dots on reverse of the ribbon -one on each cut end
And two 6 mm dots on each end of your clip as well
Center the clip on the back of the wide ribbon with the glue dots facing the ribbon
Fold over the cut ends of the ribbon onto the clip
Overlap the end to perfectly secure the clip
Ta DA-you just made the cutest bow for your little one 
 You can add some gems in the middle,though I think it's pretty enough without as well :)

My both little ladies LOVED their new earned bows ! 
Hope your's will do too :)

Behavior Chart and Good Behavior Treats DIY

This month me and my team mates at XYRON are doing a new blog hop with not 1 but 2!! great companies-Little Yellow Bicycle and May Arts -what a thrill

I love LYB cardstock,but this time,I used their awesome and uh-so-sweet embellishments for my project
I'm going to show you how to make a "Rainbow  Behavior Chart"  for your kids ,one that won't shame any other room decor!

To make the chart you'll need-
Bulletin Cork board
Picture Frame
Cardstock in 7 rainbow colours and white color for the base
 In case and you don't know what are the colors of the rainbow,you'll need :
Sky Blue/Baby Blue

continuing on with the supply list, you'll also need-

To decorate the cork board you'll need
For the Good Behavior trinkets you'll need-
Lots of pretty ribbons by May Arts
XYRON NEW High Tack Glue Dots (3/8 " and 1/4" )
Hair Clip


 Cut the cork board to size of your frame
 Cut the Rainbow Arc in each of it's seven colors
Plus, cut White offset Rainbow shape for the base

I'd cut 13 sets for each color,because we have a goal to collect a total  of 13 full rainbows till our family trip to France!
That was the initial  reason I'd choose to go with the rainbows system for my oldest princess's behaviour chart-
It makes the count of the days much easier for anxious Sierra :)
Rainbow has 7 colors ...Week has 7 days 
Each passing day with good behaviour ,Sierra earns one color of the rainbow
After collecting all 7 rainbow's colors, she knows that one week has passed

Cut some extra clouds for decoration
I designed all the shapes in Photoshop and cut them with my Silhouette cutter.
 BUT, these are very easy shapes to cut by hand ,if you don't have any cutting machine or die cut folders
 Next step would be to run the white rainbow base die cuts through your trusty Xyron Creatopia Machine ,or Creative Station in your possession  9 and 5 inch will do a great job,but I prefer to do it in quick batches with my Creatopia :)

And  glue  them on the cork board (don't glue on the clouds yet! )
 Now take the transparent vinyl, cut it to long strips (longer than the actual width of the board)
My strips were about 45cm long and 5cm high for a board which is 35cm wide
I cut a total of 5 vinyl strips-same number as my white rainbow bases .

You need to fold each strip in half , peel the backing and adhere the sides with glue to each other to create a sturdy 1" high strip of vinyl
 With your Tape runner, run a thin adhesive strip through the length of the vinyl and adhere the strips on top of the white rainbow base .
Fold the excesses from each end backwards and glue them permanently to the cork board .
This will make a pocket for all the rainbow colors you'll be placing in

You also will need to cut 7 rectangulars for the behavior options
Run them through your Creatopia Machine and glue them near the white rainbow bases
 (see above ^^ )

Each color will represent a different set of behaviours 
I went with Green for the midground 
It says-
 "Good Morning-New Day has come baring NEW Opportunities "
Above the green will be glued
Sky Blue rectangular for "Good Behavior"
Navy Blue for "Great Behavior" 
Purple for "EXTREMELY Good  Behavior"

Beneath the green are glued the BAD behaviours 
Yellow for "First Warning"
Orange for "Second Warning "
and Red for "You've lost your privilege for a rainbow color

After finishing assembling all the above,mount the corkboard to your frame
Now is the perfect time to decorate it and make it more pleasing to the eye and much more kid friendly-
Glue the clouds on...Add flowers,grass,trees,butterflies...etc
I had the most awesome LYB Cardstock Stickers- "Fresh Verse" that were just perfect for behavior charts
And LYB burlap Sticker made a lovely whimsical addition to the already colorful board

The system is working very well!
You place a whole rainbow in the "Good Morning " pocket and track your kid's behavior with a wooden tag- LYB has these great wooden tags with "HAPPY" word printed on.
You can write "SAD" on the opposite side and move the peg as the day progresses 
"Good Behavior" will be recognized by one single color a day
"Great Behavior" will be rewarded with a simple price ,like a sticker your kid can continue decorating his/her board with 
I placed some LYB cardstock stickers from the Favorite Pieces collection in the pocket of "Great Behavior" and each time Sierra reaches this slot, she earns one sticker
*let him/her glue the sticker on only in the end of the day!!! The reason is below -keep reading :)

EXTREMELY well behaved kid will earn an EXTRA special bonus (you know what your kid  values  these days) ,so the bonus should be something small, yet something your kid likes very much :) Sierra is all about the garbage fellows- The Trashies 

On the other hand, "First Warning" will take away the *small reward (the sticker in my system)
Kids usually don't mind that much been separated with this little trinket ...
While,"Second Warning" will take away the extra special bonus - a HUGE bummer for your kid  :(
AND if (hopefully never) or when your kid has hit rock bottom (the RED rectangular) ,he/she will lose the most important thing really-the Rainbow Color of the Day,which will set him/her one step away from the main target you've initially set (ours would be the trip to France! ).

Your kid will learn the value of good behavior for sure! 
The system helps me so much with Sierra's moods -she doesn't see it as a threat , in opposite, it motivates her to do good,help around and overall feel much more aware of her actions
AND with the little presents she gets for great behaviors ,she has a free hand to explore her creativity and place her own stamp on the chart :)

Good Luck,and hope this chart will help you,your kids and your creative  juices  fly high to the rainbow

Follow me to the next post to see how to make the cutest Bonus for your little princess , to reward  her Great Behavior using the lovely ribbons by May Arts


Monday, June 10, 2013

Epiphany Crafts at XYRON Blog Hop

The Birthday season  of my little family is fast approaching and the search for cool party favors is ON

  As part of this blog hop I had the chance to experiment with a really neat tool by Epiphany Crafts- a 25mm Scalloped Circle punch and matching acrylic bubble caps
There are hundreds of ways one can use this tool and with birthdays in mind,I thought of a really simple but fun way to use the punch to make a '123' party favors

My idea was to take recycled bottle caps and a picture of your choice (you can use photos of the guests or favorite cartoon characters if you like ) and make a fridge magnets out of them 
I went with Shabby Chic style graphics to create magnets with Romantic feel :)

To make this project you'll need- 
Recycled beer bottle caps
Plyers and a sharp tool (I use nail file )
Epiphany Crafts 25 scalloped circle punch
Epiphany Crafts 25 scalloped bubble caps
LYB journaling tag
(or use photos and print outs )
XYRON 10 mm High Tack Dots
XYRON Magnet Tape

Gather your supplies 

 Take the plyers and bottle cap first
 Flatten the cap with the plyers to create a pendant 

 Grab your nail file
 Remove the rubber coating from the cap
 Step 1 of the project is ready 
 Step 2
Take your punch and the cardstock/photo/print out of your choice
- I used Little Yellow Bicycle Journaling Cards - with thermography
 cause I liked the little birdie and it's cute birdhouse ..I have something for birdhouses lately :D

 Place the cardstock  in the punch with the graphic side up.
Open the plastic lid and you will be able to see exactly how the end result will look like through the window
 Place the bubble cap on top of the graphic and rub it good to adhere the cap to the cardstock
 Some little hands are helping me with the task :)
It's so easy ,my 6 year old could do it all by herself!
 Now close the lid and press on the punch
 Yey! READY :)
 Step 2 is complete

 Step 3 is all about the GLUE that keeps it all together
The fastest way to glue the acrylic cap to the bottle cap would be to use
 The best way to use the dots is by placing the acrylic cap directly on the glue dot and not trying to peel the dot and glue it on the cap...
 I used two glue dots one on top of the other cause my beer bottle cap wasn't 100% flat on the base  ,which elevated my acrylic cap a little bit,but this actually made it even more pretty cause the scalloped edges now much more visible and look so adorable.
 Now you can use the pendant as is and string it on a cord ( you just need to punch a little hole in the metal cap )
OR do what I did
I took my XYRON Magnet tape ,cut a square and glued to the base of the bottle cap to make a decorative  fridge magnet

 So easy ...So cute
My fridge couldn't be more happy for it's new additions :)

In case and you are wondering what all these little squares are...They called "Inchies" and these are a collectable Artist inch size squares I traded with people all across the world.
There are lots of artist's trading going on on SwapBot and an Inchies swaps are very popular there :)