Graduation Cup and Gift Bag

Every college student needs a cup—for coffee, tea or water, one that is unbreakable, travels well but also looks good. Make this cute little graduate mug complete with cap and a gift bag to give it in!

Springtime Lantern

Create dimensional flowers using acetate and inks for beautiful lasting decorations you can add to anything!

Games for the Brain Party ...

A brain teasing party in a box! Have fun playing games that bend the mind and answering puzzles in order to earn the right to pick the next game!

Winter Scene Paper Clay Canvas ...

Here’s an artsy guessing game for you, what is soft and fluffy, like Play-Doh, without the familiar scent? Paper clay! Paper clay is air dry type clay, which is softer, lighter in weight and easier to manipulate than polymer clay.

Snowman Piercing Tool Card

Snowman Card

A cozy birthday snowman card using the piercing tool for those who celebrate during the winter months.

12 Memories of Christmas: July made with the Pazzles Inspiration Vue

12 Months of Memories: July

July is so lovely, so perfect for vacations on the beach, building sand castles, catching crabs and celebrating Independence Day. This vintage look page features a title, with spots for your wonderful photos.

Acrylic Snowflake Frame

Snowflake Photo Frame

The holiday gift giving season is nearly upon us and ‘tis the season to make lovely holiday gifts! […]

Rubber Stamp Kit: Falling ...

Autumn is my favorite season of the year, with cooler temperatures and gorgeous fall colors. The leaves with their multiple colors, shapes and textures always garner my attention.  This month I wanted to try my hand at making stamps with my Pazzles Inspiration Vue, inspired by the wonderful fall leaves. Pazzles stamp kit contains everything you need to create stamps—two different thicknesses of special rubber, cling mounting foam, a sanding block and acrylic block to mount your stamps.  The Pazzles Craft Room has a video  that clearly explains the entire process from finding an appropriate design to putting the stamp together. The Pazzles Craft Room Library has a collection of Falling Autumn leaves, and unable to decide which one to use, I chose three--Falling Autumn Oak, Falling Autumn Sugar Maple  and Falling Autumn Swirl Aspen.  Fall Word Titles contained the word “Blessed” which is perfect for a word stamp. It may be used for many projects and cards throughout the year, so I eliminated the leaf tail for the stamp.

Engraving Tool: Mixed Media Ocean ...

I recently enjoyed being a student in the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 103.  I had taken courses 101 and 102 previously, each time immensely enjoying the process and play involved, and learning about how to mix various products and colors so as to not “create mud,” but to create something wonderful.  I find the process of creating to be most therapeutic, and my Pazzles Creative Cutter certainly brings me to the next level, combining a variety of techniques, tools and Pazzles Craft Room designs to create art to decorate my home. My Ocean Treasures piece was inspired by the latest mermaid design in the Pazzles Craft Room, created by Miss Kate. This cute mermaid caught my eye, however I wanted her sitting on a rock, so I needed to perform a little “surgery” in my InVue software.  Using the scissors tools, I could swap the body of a seated mermaid with the head and arms of the one I preferred. I also found a wonderful assortment of rocks and ocean themed designs in the Pazzles Craft Room. Engraving round metal jewelry blanks with appropriate quotes seemed like a good solution for my vision of golden treasures, thanks to the Engraving On Sequins video in the Craft Room, I was able to do this with ease. To make the letters stand out,  white picket fence distress crayon was smeared over the letters, the excess rubbed off with a finger. The smudged appearance gave the illusion of being made old by sand and water. The rocks, sand, mermaid and scalloped shell were cut from watercolor paper, using the Pen Tool with drawing pencil for the mermaid’s face.  Various distress inks and texture paste colored with distress ink created the look of the rocks and sand. Watercolor pencils were used to color the hair and face of the mermaid, with ink blended in the background for the skin colors.

Fun Folds Hiking Birthday Card

Hiking is a wonderful way to enjoy nature and beautiful summer days.   Creating a birthday card for hikers using the Fun Folds 3 collection is another fun way to spend a summer day. The Fun Folds Card collections are easy to cut and fun to decorate.  There are a number of appropriate designs in the Craft Room but the Stair Step Gatefold card has great space for creating a large scene. 

Personalized Vinyl Sign: God’s Cat ...

Have you ever needed something for a spot in your home and haven’t been able to find the perfect thing to fit in that space? Consider creating a special art piece, using your Pazzles machine, a purchased piece of art and Pazzles vinyl. The inspiration for my art work came from the location and the area around where I was placing it, specifically next to my patio doors, overlooking my back yard. Key components in my back yard are the “occupants".   I have the usual things in my area of the country-a palm tree, a swimming pool, hibiscus plants, bird of paradise plants, citrus trees and feral cats.  I’ll explain about the cats, specifically, “God’s Cat Garden” a bit later. A base to place the vinyl was required.  I was unable to find the correctly sized unfinished piece at my local craft store.  A pre-made framed sign, made of paneling with words etched in the surface was the correct size. The piece was on sale so I purchased it, planning to sand off the words and refinish it. After sanding off the original words, I used two shades of paint on the paneling base to create a distressed look and distress stain to antique the frame.

Pen Tool Happy Birthday Water ...

Adult coloring is a huge trend today.  Retail stores of all kinds, not just craft and hobby stores seem to be embracing this phenomenon.  A walk through a craft store shows a plethora of books, frames, notebooks, journals all to be colored by the buyer.  The health benefits of coloring are many, from stress relief to an exercise for your brain.  I do enjoy coloring and admit, I have a couple of books myself. Then I came to the realization, I can make my own coloring pages with my Pazzles machine!  Using files from the Craft Room, it’s easy to make the perfect “coloring” project, using the Pen Tool. We can choose the type of paper for the coloring medium we wish to use. Why not make it card size, or to fit in a favorite frame? We can reveal our inner artist, and no one will ever guess that it is our imagination and a little “Inspiration” that is allowing us to create the perfect art. For example, this little “Birday” card was created using the branch from Birds on a Branch, the bird and flowers from Pretty Bird on a Branch and the border and medallion from the Medallion Card Base. 

Cat Lover Anniversary Card

Happy Anniversary Cat Lover Card

I enjoy making cards for family and friends, and along with birthday cards, I make anniversary cards. A few years ago, I realized that I make at least a dozen anniversary cards per year. The card recipients either don’t know each other or live far apart, so I began creating cards using the same basic design for all of them. I can customize the cards by using different papers or colors or adding a slightly different sentiment to emphasize the anniversary year. It is a huge time saver to be able to use one design, cut all the pieces at one time, and then simply assemble the cards as they are needed or when time allows.