Nuts About You Fall Card

I'm a little nuts about cute critters and when I spotted this Woodland Squirrel in the Craft Room Library I knew he needed a little time in the spotlight. He is the focus of this quick card, and he looks rather pleased with himself.

Smores Kit and a Lawn ...

The calendar says fall is on it's way in the United States, but the sun is still shining here in Kuna, ID as we are set to reach 93 degrees today. It's the perfect time to fit in one last camping trip. You probably won't find creatures as adorable as these Lawn Fawn characters in the real woods, so make up a s'mores kit and a tree shaped treat container and take these sweet creatures with you.

Inking and Chalking Tips

Cutting out amazing images in any color, shape and size: isn't that the magic of the Pazzles Inspiration electronic cutter? I can cut paper shapes and combine layers, colors and textures to create a visual feast for the eyes. If you stop with the paper and glue you have a great project. However, if you want an amazing project you need to move beyond the paper. You can add depth and character by inking or chalking the paper to add shadow and highlights. Suddenly, like magic, the flat pieces of paper have curves and dimension.

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece: Part 1

For our project this week you can trade in your green thumbs for chalky fingers instead! While most real cornucopias are filled with produce from your gardens, nuts, flowers and other edibles, we've put together a series of creations that will be sure to overfill your Horn of Plenty with delicious paper delights. Start by making the Cornucopia and Wheat this week, then come back next Friday for the rest of the bounty!

Autumn Harvest Collection

This collection pulls together the best of the season in this fall-inspired set of titles, cute characters, beautifully detailed images, and even a dimensional gift box.

Thanksgiving Globe Place Cards

Set one of these at each guest's plate with their name on it, or make a giant one that says Happy Thanksgiving for a decoration. When shaken, the leaves in the globe will move around and fall from the tree.

Leaf Tags

Autumn Harvest Gifts

Fall is my favorite time of the year. My grandpa Clyde would take us grandkids for a Saturday drive through Yellowstone National park since it was only an hour away from where we lived to look at all the Quaking Aspen trees changing colors. I was always amazed how those beautiful green leaves could change to the most vibrant reds, oranges and yellows I have ever seen. I always loved the orange leaves best because they would be so bright they were almost neon!

Making Shaped Bags

Making dimensionals can be very intimidating but add the complexity of SHAPED dimensionals and FORGET IT! Well, at least that may be how you feel, but the truth is that you can make some stunning shaped dimensionals, like this acorn bag, without being a grand master in the Inspiration Studio software.

Gratitude Pop Up Card

This Pumpkin Pop Up Card is beautiful on the front and is extra special on the inside. It is a special way of showing your gratitude. There is no mistaking the special attention you put into making this card!

How to Chalk Your Cut ...

The Tricky Tuesday blog usually has a video tutorial to show you how to use your Inspiration and the Inspiration Studio software. Sometimes I might show you how to make a project from start to finish. However, today I am going to take you down memory lane to the earliest days of Pazzles. Today, I am going to show you how to chalk your cut pieces. Not only am I going to show you how to chalk but I am going to introduce you to one of Pazzles earliest products: the Chalking Tool.

Pie Box

Are you going out of town for the holidays, maybe to the inlaws, and you want to bring a gift with you? Or maybe you are just going to be a dinner guest somewhere soon and really want to bring something special with you to thank them. Maybe you just really want to show someone how much you love them. What about combining your cooking and crafting skills to make a delicious pie all packaged up in a beautiful hand crafted box? I really have a hard time thinking of any gift I would rather receive!

Make You Own Stamps Autumn Thanks Card

Make Your Own Rubber Stamps

Fall is a beautiful time of year. The trees are turning colors, the air is crisp and special occasions abound. Now that the weather is cooler, you may find yourself in the mood to stay indoors and create. Thanksgiving and Christmas are not far away, providing you with ample reason to indulge yourself in your paper crafting passion. Making cards is a quick and simple way to feed your creative energy. You can make several cards in an afternoon and those who receive them always appreciate the time you took to make them. Why not make them truly unique by making your own rubber stamps?

Autumn Layout Project

I absolutely LOVE Autumn. I love the colors, I love that it is getting cooler, I love that it means Winter is just around the corner for me and that I will be able to 'hole' up and do some crafting. I can take NO CREDIT for this layout, it was completely done by my best friend, Stephanie aka Simply Steph (whom many of you have met at different conventions around the country). When I saw it, I knew it had to be a project, because it is so beautiful. So I asked Stephanie if I could use it for my project this month, and to my joy, she said YES. I hope you enjoy and love it as much as I do.

Kiss Cut Line Length Example Pumpkin and Star

Too Big, Too Small or ...

Proportion can make a significant difference when you are creating a design for a card or scrapbook page. The details on the design should enhance it and not detract from it. Tiny accents and lines on a large project can get lost. Putting large details on a small image will overwhelm it. Sometimes you need to use both types in order to get the right effect. I love the kiss cut tool to add details but sometimes the default size is way too small for my project. Are you like me and had forgotten that there are 2 sizes of kiss cut lines available in the Inspiration Studio Software?

Thanks Pumpkin Scroll Card

Pumpkin Scroll Card

The air is crisp, school has started and the leaves are turning colors. Yes, Autumn has really arrived. I may want summer to last but I have to admit, I do love the colors of fall. One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to visit the local pumpkin patch. Round orange pumpkins lie all over the ground with leafy vines trailing everywhere. Inevitably, I am inspired to make a card featuring a pumpkin. I often feel that no matter how many lessons you watch on the software, you do not truly understand how all the features work until you see them in action on a project.

Sunflower Gift Box

Sunflowers are some of the happiest flowers I can think of. They always make me smile, no matter what size or shade of yellow they are. For some reason they always seem to say "you are special to me". In late summer the roadsides and fields near my home have a multitude of wild sunflowers. A little bit of cheer that pops up in the most unexpected places. Naturally, I thought of adding a sunflower to a gift box as a way of telling someone how much they are appreciated.

Make Your Own Plastic Chipboard

I love the look of chipboard in my projects but I don't like that I always have to cut a layer of paper or cardstock to cover it. The chipboard may be brown or an ugly gray or even printed on (if I use a cereal box). So, I usually cut a second layer of cardstock and glue it on; or I paint it; or ink it; or in some other way try to disguise the chipboard. That is why I really love today's technique, I can make a nice stiff board that is already covered in the cardstock of my choice. Plus, I can recycle all of the plastic bags that seem to accumulate under my sink. It's the perfect combination: making something beautiful while repurposing something that would normally end up in the trash.

Harvest Spread

The way food is presented has a huge effect on how we perceive it to taste.It may all be in our heads but we simply cannot help that a wonderful looking spread makes us believe it is also a wonderful tasting spread. Well we may not be able to help you with the cooking part, for that you are on your own! But we can help you with making your harvest feast look amazing!

Printable Window Cling on Glass Candle Holders

Printable Window Cling Autumn Leaves ...

Last week I shared how to add color and shading to Pazzles Window Cling to make decorations for Fall. I hope you were excited to try the easy method of using alcohol-based markers on the cling plastic. This week I wanted to give you some ideas of how to use the Printable Window Cling that is included in the kit.

Decorate for Fall with Pazzles ...

I can remember how much fun it was to decorate the windows with seasonal designs using Window Cling kits I ordered through a catalog. (This was wa-a-y before the internet!!) The kids and I had so much fun deciding which piece went where. When we drove up to the house we could see the designs from the outside too. I loved it because I didn’t have to deal with tape on my walls or thumbtacks making holes that would need to be filled later on. Sometimes I was disappointed that I couldn’t find a set for the event I wanted. Now, I never have that problem since I can cut my own window clings on my Inspiration using the Pazzles Window Cling kit.

Treat Picture Box

Enjoy three different takes on this treat box that includes an opening front that reveals three pictures frames!

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