Back to School with Xyron – Reusable (Laminated) Lunch Box Notes

Good morning my crafty peeps!  I am back today to share a (very easy) Back-To-School project, using my all-time favorite Mega Tape Adhesive Tape Runner and my Creative Station Lite with a Double-Side Laminate by Xyron.

When my kids were younger, I used to include lunch box “love notes” in my children’s lunch boxes, with some treats. I wanted them to feel that they are loved and special.  They also told me that it always cheered them up when they were having a bad day at school and they always look forward to opening their lunch boxes.  Just a warning though, this made some other kids in their class super jealous and started asking their mommies why they didn’t have cute notes and special treats in their lunch boxes! Haha! Needless to say, I was requested by the “non-crafty” mommies to make some lunchbox notes for their child!

I started out by stamping my images using my new favorite stamping platform by Tim Holtz. Since these images will go in lunch boxes, there is no need to take so much time with shading and such to color them in. I die-cut my images with the coordinating dies.


I already have some business-card size card stock in my stash so all I had to do was adhere my images to the card stock using my Xyron Mega Adhesive Tape Runner.


I stamped my sentiments with some stamps that I already have from my stash. You don’t have to use stamps for your sentiments. You can also write your own messages. I think it will actually be more special if you did!   I used my Creative Station Lite with the Double-sided Laminate to laminate my notes. This will protect your lunch box notes from the moisture inside the lunch box; plus you can totally reuse them over and over again!



Here’s what they all look like when laminated:


This project will also be perfect for your little kids if they want to make their own notes to give to their classmates.   Aren’t they adorable?  I hope you like my back-to-school project today. Have an amazing day!


Mother’s Day Card~Pretty Pink Posh

I am back from traveling and I couldn’t wait to start playing with my new Pretty Pink Posh stamp set. The images on this stamp set are extremely cute. As soon as I looked at this set, I knew I wanted to create a cute Mother’s Day card.


I first stamped the images using my mini-Misti stamping tool, then colored the images using my Copic markers. For the “mom” – I used R000, R00 and R01 for the body and YR07 for the beak and legs. For their bellies, I used Y11. The same goes with the tiny little chick in the middle of the trio. For the male chicks, I used BG000 and BG00, and for the rosy cheeks I used R20.


Using the coordinated dies, I run it through my die-cutting machine to cut out the images. To create the scene for my card, I used my Spellbinders Cherry Blossom die for the branch, and the little bow was using the Pretty Pink Posh Twine and Bows die.


The background paper is from Doodlebug, Sweet Cakes paper pad. To create the shaker card, I used Mama Elephant’s All Prettied Up die set. This die-set is one of my favorites in creating shakers. The scallop and stitched details are so dainty it is perfect for a feminine card.


For my shaker material, I used Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear 6 mm sequins, with 4mm blush and watermelon sequins and some dark pink star confetti. Here is a detailed list of what I’ve used.


Mini-Mist Stamping Tool

Card Base – Recollection 110 lb. white card stock

Patterned Paper – Doodlebug Sweet Cakes 6×6 paper pad

Window Sheet

8 mm Fun Foam

Pretty Pink Posh – Birdie Friends Stamps and Die Sets

Pretty Pink Posh – 6 mm sparkling clear sequins

Pretty Pink Posh – 4 mm Blush and Watermelon sequins

Cartwright Flower Sequins in Blush

Pretty Pink Posh – Twine and Bows Die

Martha Stewart – Star Confetti in Dark Pink

Mama Elephant – All Prettied Up Die Set

Lawn Fawn – Mom and Me Stamp Set

Tombow – permanent tape runner adhesive

Mini Glue dots

Spellbinders – Cherry Blossom dies

Copic Markers – R000, R00, R01, Y11, YR07, BG000and BG 00, R20

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Mama Elephant – Bubblegum Dye Ink

Lawn Fawn – Hippo Dye Ink

Sakura Gel Pen – White

Sakura Glazed Pen – Black

Stampin’ Up – Gemstones


I hope you like the card below. Have an amazing weekend!



Valentine’s Card Challenge with Pretty Pink Posh

I was browsing through Pretty Pink Posh’s Facebook page today and came across a Valentine’s Card challenge. I got so excited because I love Pretty Pink Posh! If you guys would like to participate, please check out Pretty Pink Posh’s blog. Here is the link to the challenge:

And here is the inspiration photo from her very talented Design Team:



When my kids were a lot younger, I always tell them “I love You More Than the Stars in the Sky” before I kiss them good night and put them to bed. This card reminds me of those moments! This card will go to my daughter.


I love the Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Die. This is an exclusive die that you can purchase only from their website. The sequins and the new confetti are so beautiful; it’s to die for!  I wanted to use my all-time favorite sparkling clear, Watermelon, and Blush sequins, mixed with the new stars confetti.  The colors mixed together are so amazing!

Here is the card:

Card Created by Maria Russell for Pretty Pink Posh Valentine Card Challenge


I hope you all have an amazing weekend!