Seasons


Rosette Snowflake Cutting Collection: WPC, ...

It's been lightly snowing in Kuna, Idaho the past few days, but the best snowfall has been inside the Pazzles office. While my office floor is covered with paper scraps, the office snowfall I'm referring to is the beautiful layered snowflakes lighting up the office.


Embossed Snowflake Pocket Tags

Embossing is the name of the game for today's 15 minute project. I grabbed an embossing tool to play with and the ideas started coming.


Yule Log and Winter Page ...

In many parts of the world we are experiencing the short days and cold of winter. For me, this means snuggling up by a warm fire with a good book or old movie. If asked what scents define winter I would definitely put pine, wood and cinnamon at the top of the list! Maybe that is why woodgrain is a popular theme in the paper arts community.



12 Gifts of Christmas, Day ...

On the third day of Christmas the Pazzles Elves gave to me… This gift bag topper turns a plain kraft bag into a wow gift in just a few easy steps. As an added bonus, the top can be glued on to prevent pre-Christmas peeking. The topper is made to fit a standard 8″ x 10¼″ kraft bag which you can find at most craft stores.


Nutcracker Ballet Collection

Nutcracker Ballet Cutting Collection

The Christmas season is all about nostalgia and one of the iconic images of Christmas is the Nutcracker. We've created an adorable cast of characters for our latest collection,  Nutcracker Ballet. The set includes six characters, a 12″ x 12″ stage, a title banner, a tree and a present.


Winter Holiday Village Store

Christmas Village Luminary

Christmas decorations have a way to make our favorite places shine and add that warm, inviting feeling. They make a wonderful display for family and friends to experience the holiday cheer whenever they come to visit, and this holiday village is no exception.



Light Frame and Reverse Metal Letters

Save your pennies, make your ...

One of the things I love about the Inspiration is that it's powerful enough to emboss and cut through soft metals, like art foils. It can be a bit tricky to master, but once you have it down, you'll be impressed with the range of possibilities! For today's Money-Saving Tip, I'll show you why you never need to buy another pack of metal embellishments, foil letters or sentiments—because you'll be making your own!


Holiday Mugs

Easy Holiday Mugs with Vinyl

A dollar store mug and some vinyl can be transformed into a unique and personalized gift. Fill these mugs with hot chocolate mix or homemade fudge and they would make great teacher or co-worker gifts.


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!



Hot Air Balloon Box

Take your boxes to new heights with this amazing paper hot air balloon. Using a small dowel or candy stick, paper, and twine you can create your own - complete with a weaved basket case with plenty of room for treats!



Origami Pinwheel and Card

A cute origami pinwheel complete with folding instructions. Use as a full sized pinwheel or as an adorable decoration. Card includes different sentiments: "Happy 4th", "Happy Birthday", "For You", and "Celebrate"!


Covering Chipboard Shapes

Have you noticed all of the chipboard shapes available? There are letters and shapes both simple and more detailed. Do you ever find one particular shape that is just begging you to buy it and turn it into something wonderful? And have you ever bought one of those shapes and spent hours painting it, or hand tracing and cutting paper to go on it? I have to admit that in the past I have passed up those fun shapes because I did not want to spend a lot of time making the project. Plus, why buy a chipboard shape when I can cut chipboard on my Inspiration?


Magic Slider Card

About two weeks ago someone in the forums asked about a cutting file for how to make a "magic slider" card. I had no idea what they meant so I went to my good ol' standby, Google, and started looking. Wow! How cool are these cards? As you pull on the slider your stamped design magically fills with color! Of course there is a trick to it is quite clever! This idea works with any stamp design so you can adapt this idea for a card for just about any occasion. Both the quote and the flower stamp are stamps from Verve©. Aren't they lovely? I thought this card would be perfect for Mother's day or as a "just because" card.



Change It Up: Reinventing Projects

Spring time gives me a multitude of reasons for crafting: Easter, May Day, Mother's Day and, in my family, lots and lots of birthdays. Choosing just the right present for the recipient is important but I also like to make the packaging for the present as special as the treat inside of it. It is at times like these that I turn to my Inspiration cutter to make my crafting ideas come to life.


Cupcake Wrappers and Pedestal

Flower Cupcake Wrappers and Pedestals

Spring is in the air! At my house the Daffodils and Tulips are peaking through the soil, the robins are returning and the grass is beginning to turn green. At this time of year I tend to have flowers on the brain. I can't wait to see the first flowers bloom. All of my project ideas seem to feature a flower in them somewhere. Today's project is no exception


My Garden Scrapbook Layout

Using the Rotation Tools

If you have been using your Inspiration for a while, I want you to reminisce with me for a bit. Think back to those first few weeks after receiving your Inspiration. If you were like most of us, you approached learning the software with a great deal of excitement plus just a little bit of trepidation. First, you tried typing a word and changing the font; then you tried some of the pre-designed images from the image gallery. When you got comfortable with that, you decided to venture into some more daring applications. For instance, remember trying to figure out how to rotate a shape?



Winter Tree Waterfall Card

Just pull on the tab of this winter tree waterfall card and watch the card transform in front of your eyes! Assembly instructions included.


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.


Lantern

It’s a new year full of new promise and experiences. Embrace the New Year! I hope that you enjoy creating this lantern for your own home décor, or for friends who could use a little “light” in their lives with the beginning of 2012.



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