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Monday, October 20, 2008


Hi Everyone! What's unbelievable? Well, it took me two hours to make this simple card. Why? Well, a few months ago I had bought a Xyron sticker machine because I had a 50% JoAnns coupon and decided to buy the machine. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it but I figured that I'll find some use for it one day.

Today, I decided to use the machine. I wanted to add glitters to the snowflake die cut and I thought, well, I'll run it through the machine to add the sticky on the snowflake and press the glitters on to it. Yay!

Well, I opened the box and the only instructions in the box stated to just run your image through the machine by rolling the knob clockwise. Okay. . .sounds simple but I was like "how do you set up the machine,?". . .I looked for the instructions and there was none. Most times you have to do something to get started.

I thought, how stupid not to have any instructions to set up the machine. So, like a dummy, I opened up the cover and started meddling with the paper and plastic sheet inside the machine.

I was becoming really FRUSTRATED trying to figure out how to thread the paper through and kept messing with the cartridge. I did it several times and it refused to run my die cut through the machine.

Then after 40 minutes of adjusting and readjusting the cartridge a light bulb went off in my head. Could it be possible that there is NO SET UP process?

Nah, that can't be, huh? But nothing else was working so I decided to put the cartridge back the way it initially was when I first opened up the box. Well that took another 15 minutes of messing with the machine. When I finally figured out how it was initially set up, I ran my die cut through and it worked! ARRRGGGHHH!! Can you believe it?

I learned a HUGE LESSON!! If there's no instructions telling you to set up the machine. . . it means NOT TO SET UP the machine. Just follow the instructions. . . "run your image through the machine" . . .that's it! I guess it sounded too simple.

Well, I finally was able to run my snowflakes through the machine and add the glitter on to them and finish up may card!! I was so exhausted, I didn't even bother to clean up the glitter around the edge of the snowflakes.

Anyway. . .nothing much to this card. I just cut a 5" circle using my EK Success circle cutter template, added the ribbon, attached the charm and snowflakes and that's it.

Okay. . .if you buy the Xyron machine, don't mess with it. . .there's no set up process.

Card Details"

Paper: DCWV Christmas stack, SU Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Sizzix snowflake die, dyed glitter, JoAnn metal charm, silver metallic cord, Making Memories ribbon


Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Thanks for the giggle.

Angel said...

Hahaha, that was too funny! I have kept your blog with me when I lived in San Diego! I didn't know that you were also the person on Youtube I subscribe too! I wish I met you because every single week, I went to Temecula to see my parents when I worked in Coronado! My son stayed with my folks, so, everytime I was off, there I was...and I was there always CARDMAKING a their house! I always brought my Cardmaking materials. It got to the point, I bought doubles to leave in San Diego, and to leave in Temecula/Murrieta. Anyhow, I actually love to use my Xyron machine to create coordinating Sticker Seals for my cards as a final touch like here...

It's a good way to use up those scraps, and make your own sticker sheets and give as gifts in a notecard set. For single stickers, I use my Xyron "X" . But you're the pro!!! Why am I rambling!

Thanks Ate Maria for being my inspiration all the way in North Carolina!

Angel Posadas

pescbrico said...

I have to say that you made me laugh there! LOL I've got a Xyron machin and I have to say that I love it. I use it mostly to put "glue" on my letter that I cut with something else. It's so much easier then using tradutional glue :)
I'm sure you will like it more next time you will use it!

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Elena said...

This card is gorgeous! Love the snowflakes! Glad that machine did work!

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Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

This is stunning! You're story was so funny 'cause I would have totally done the same thing. Glad it's working cause the results are super pretty! :O)

malieta said...

You have me cracking up over here Maria! I haven't used my Xyron in almost 2 yrs. I hope I don't have any problems when I load the re-fill.(yikes)
Your ornament card is so beautiful! In my mind, both you and Mel are super talented and super creative. You make something relatively simple look like a million bucks! Great job!!!

TA Carbone said...

Oh Maria you are so cute. Thanks for making me laugh because it reminded me when I got mine a few years back that the same thing happened to me. Only thing is I got frustrated, put it back in the box and it sat there for months before I tried again. As the saying goes if you don't get it right in the beginning put it away for awhile and then everything will go right when you take it back out :)


Tracy.H said...

Well, even if it did take ya 2 looks amazing!! Great job, Maria! :0)

Lablady2007 said...

LMAO.......I'd do the same thing, I always think that nothing could be that simple...ahahaha.Beautiful card too !

Monika/Buzsy said...

I love these ornament cards! Great colors Maria! TFS!

Ila said...

Your card looks Gorgeous..I love the glitter stars. I have the same machine....I haven't used it yet...and since you have explained how easy it is...I think I'll bring it

Ila said...

Your card looks Gorgeous..I love the glitter stars. I have the same machine....I haven't used it yet...and since you have explained how easy it is...I think I'll bring it

Jen (Little C's) said...

LOL!!!! Very pretty....


Bonnie (eggette) said...

Oh that is too funny! but your card DID turn out gorgeous!

- - Sheryl - - said...

oh Maria! So Sorry you went through that hassel. I have had my 510 Xyron since they first aired it on QVC - prob 4 years ago! Glad you got it to work and I love your card!