Seasons


Cut and Paste Sketches: Snowy ...

Yesterday was the first day back to school after the holiday break for my kids. Saturday night the weatherman was predicting a big storm headed our way with snow Sunday through Monday. While I groaned aloud, they started celebrating the possibility of a snow day and thus another day of freedom. I made a snow day layout with the weather forecast in mind. But guess what? It didn't happen. It rained instead, and they were back to the grind yesterday.


Upcycled Winter Home Decor Sign

One of my friends was going to throw out an old home décor sign and asked if I wanted it. I originally said no. The sign was funny but nothing I would use. Then I got to thinking about it and told her I had changed my mind and I would love to have it. The whole time I was thinking about how I was going to repurpose it. I decided to make a winter sign instead of a holiday sign, so I could use it throughout the season. I was going to sand the sign down and repaint it but then I decided to just flip the sign over and use the back, as the base coat was the exact color I needed.


Snow Globe Cards Cutting Collection

Snow Globe Cards Cutting Collection: ...

If the weather outside is frightful, stay inside and capture a winter scene with a snow globe card. This collection features eight different winter scenes in a cute tri-fold shaped card plus sentiments you can mix and match for the perfect card.



Thanksgiving Turkey Box

Turkey Box Remake

This fun turkey makes a great decoration for the mantel, or an end table, or use it as a Thanksgiving table decoration. If you want to use it for place cards, be sure and look to see what Design Team member, Melinda Beltran did with a few modifications. When I made the original turkey box a few years ago, I had no idea that it would remain one of my all time favorite projects that I had created. I have done a few modifications to the file to make it quicker and easier to assemble, without taking away from the fun personality of this character.



Frozen Wand

Winter Ice Princess Wand

From what I can tell it is going to be a very Frozen Halloween. Every little girl that I know between the ages of three and six is dressing up as one of the characters from the movie Frozen. I figured maybe the situation is the same in your neck of the woods and a few of you might be in need of an Ice Princess Wand to go along with a costume. Of course these ice princess wands would also be a hit at a winter or Frozen themed party. To make this wand I used the Rosette Snowflakes Cutting Collection and mixed and matched the different snowflakes in layers. After the layers were assembled I added some chunky glitter and Dew Drops gems to add a little bling. I attached the snowflake to a painted dowel and tied various ribbon scraps around the top of the wand.



Book Inspired Fall Layout

Book Inspired Fall Layout

Fall/Autumn is my favourite season, and Anne of Green Gables is my favourite movie of all time. When Matthew and Anne are riding in the buggy together admiring the beauty of the fall countryside I wish I was there with them. My 8 year old daughter Charlotte chose to go to Book Week Theme Day this year dressed as Anne of Green Gables (Anne Shirley) and I couldn’t have been prouder that she’s fallen in love with the story as I did.





WCMD: Pen Tool Outlined Letters

Fall crafting is the best kind of crafting. I love that it's perfectly fine to put pumpkins on every project. Today I wanted to share with you a pretty technique using my favorite tool; the Pen Tool. I'm pretty sure I would buy an Inspiration just for the Pen Tool. I love the way you can dress up your cut pieces and make cool accents.


Pumpkin Shadow Box

Pumpkin Shadow Box

This is a delightful, but quick creation that you can make with the assistance of your Inspiration Cutter as […]




Ice Princess Party Favors

Snowflake Winter Party Favors

“Let it Go, Let It Go……” is sung in our household, and my car repeatedly! This movie is so loved in our household, that my almost 5 year old son has chosen it as his theme for his upcoming birthday party at the end of August. The Pazzles Party CD 51 holds many amazing files that can be tweaked as required for your chosen theme. I adore making party décor and favours, and these files give you an excellent base to work from. Most of the pieces of my party are taken from other themed parties on the Party CD and remade with my winter party theme. Circus Pinwheels to Ice Pinwheels These make the quickest little additions to a sweet table or to give as party favours. I plan to make more of these in coordinating colours, and adding a touch of glitter to the corners adds more festivity! They don’t have to spin either, fastening them to a paddle pop stick and used as a static display is quite okay.


Gum Tube Sand Shovel Favor

Are you having a sizzling summer? Then it’s time to cool off at the beach. Grab your sand bucket, shovel and let’s go! Today I want to show you an idea for a party favor or gift box. I started with the Pazzles Craft Room file Sandy Bucket. There is sand, a bucket and a shovel. You will see that I altered the original pattern just a tad. I wanted a separate shovel that was more or less 3 dimensional. I enlarged that pattern so that I would have a finished creation large enough to hold a gift as well as the gum tube that I used to make the shovel. To make a sand bucket, I needed to increase the size of the Takeout Box (5-A from the software library). Because the box is so large, I had to cut it by making it two pieces. I also cut the box without its top.


Beach Picnic Party Favor

Here in Australia we are heading into winter, but in the northern hemisphere, summer is on your doorstep. If you’re throwing a beach party to celebrate the beginning of summer, you might like to create favour bags similar to the one I created using my Inspiration Cutter and fill the bag with all kinds of summery treats. Party favours are fun to make and mixing and matching different files in the same theme makes for a fun project. I used the Lunch Sack Gift Bag Vintage Handle file for the great looking handles on my paper bag, resized to fit on the bag. The next file was the Swag Banners with Thank You text printed onto the top layer using the text fit to path function (refer to Fit Text to Path Video). I used a darker blue for the bottom file and then a lighter colour for the top. Line up all elements of the Happy Sun file and then create an outline to cut out the very outer layer so the image can be printed onto it using the Print and Cut method.



Suitcase Box Postcard Holder

So, the summer holidays are almost upon us and as a family we are thinking about going away for a few days to the beach. With the advance in phone technology the art of sending postcards to friends and family seems to be diminishing. However, I think it is much more fun and personal to send a written postcard to loved ones highlighting the family summer activities. For my project I have used the Suitcase Box found in the Craft Room Library. I have used papers by Graphic 45 from By the Sea paper collection which includes a double-sided sheet of Seaside themed postcards. I decided to enlarge my suitcase so that I could place my postcards and Kraft card envelopes inside. As a Craft Room member I found the video tutorial on How to Resize a Box extremely helpful for this project.


DIY Scrapbook Embellishments: Pocket Cards

Twelve different adorable 3x4 cards. Not only do these make great pocket scrapping cards, they are the perfect size for creating quick and easy sentiments for your cards!


Butterflies

Stained Glass Butterflies Collection

A collection of 13 beautiful paper butterflies you can use on all your projects. The best part about these gorgeous butterflies is how easy they are to make, but they look extremely detailed and intricate.



All Hopped Up Layout

This layout is often how I felt after an Easter egg hunt with my children and grandchildren. It will be a fun way to show the excitement of young and old as they enjoy the day.


Spring Tulip Layout And Card

Hello crafty friends, Melin here, and today I wanted to share a layout I created with a spring theme. The layout is pretty straight forward. I cut the flowers and leaves and inked their edges for a little dimension. I like laying out everything before I cut and print so I know exactly what size everything needs to be. I used the DCWV Butterfly Garden paper for the background. I used the following craft room files: Frame With Oval And Lattice, Spring Tulips, Spring Daffodils, Tulip Flourish, Fancy Circle Frame.


Spring Party Banner

I love this cute spring banner that can easily be adapted for any event! Made with files from the Craft Room Library!



Beautiful Blossoms Cutting Collection

  Every spring I start planning my garden and look forward to it with rose colored glasses. I forget about the weeds and the bugs that come along to destroy everything until it is too late. Then I vow to never plant a garden again. By the following spring I am looking forward to planting again and I forget all about the pesky problems a gardener has to deal with. You can skip the fuss and make your own flower garden this year with our Beautiful Blossoms Cutting Collection. This collection of 10 lacy floral files will make any spring project a showstopper. While these files are perfect for cards and scrapbook pages, they would also make a beautiful vinyl garden on a wall. If you miss the bugs you can just find a few in the Craft Room Library to add to your garden.


Make A Wish Birthday Card

Winter reminds me of snowflakes and mittens. With this in mind I got an idea to create a winter birthday card. I started with a 5" x 7" base card,  and then went ahead and created a scalloped border using the making scallops video. The video makes it so easy to create any size scalloped borders. I used the Mittens cutting file found in the Craft Room Library and created an outline for the mittens. I also created two basic circles and printed the Make A Wish sentiment.


Coffee Cup Circle Card

I wanted to create a special birthday card for a friend who loves coffee. I decided to create her card using the coffee theme. I used the Scallop Sunshine cutting file, Coffee Cup and the Let It Snow file, all of which can be found in the Craft Room Library. I enlarged the sunshine cutting file to 6 inches and mirrored and welded it to create a shaped card.



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