Summer



Summer Flip Flop Box

A flip flop box you can fill with treats. Fun to give someone filled with a do-it-yourself pedicure kit, sunglasses, sunscreen, or any other goodies you can think of!




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.



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.


'Surf's Up' Pazzles Print and Cut

How To Use Craft Room ...

I love making handmade cards and invitations to the point that I just cannot bring myself to use store-bought cards. However, when I need to make 10 or more invitations or cards I begin to question my sanity!! That is when using Print and Cut can save me from becoming a crazy woman. I can still have layers and texture but I don't have to glue all the little pieces together.


Happy Birthday Fishing

Gone Fishing Cutting Collection

My family is a full of fishermen. They live for fly fishing, and spend many free hours trying to catch the biggest fish. I was so thrilled when Tatum designed the Gone Fishing Cutting Collection, and I put them right to good use making gifts for the fishermen in my life. This masculine themed cutting collection features all the pieces of a fisherman's hobby and will make creating cards and gifts for men a breeze.



Gone Fishing Cutting Collection

Gone Fishing Cutting Collection

My family is a full of fishermen. They live for fly fishing, and spend many free hours trying to catch the biggest fish. I was so thrilled when Tatum designed the Gone Fishing Cutting Collection, and I put them right to good use making gifts for the fishermen in my life. This masculine themed cutting collection features all the pieces of a fisherman's hobby and will make creating cards and gifts for men a breeze.



Congrats to our friends at ...

You might have heard of Mojo Monday, card sketch blog and brainchild of Julee Tilman of Verve Stamps! (I've mentioned them in a blog before...) They are celebrating their 300th sketch, which is quite an achievement. Bravo, Mojo!



Sandcastle with Crab Turtle Starfish Umbrella

Sandcastle and Party Invites

Have any plans for a pool party or beach get together this summer? I hope this Sandcastle and Sea Creature Invites inspire you to create a fun beach themed party in your own backyard.


‘Joy of Summer’ Two-Page Scrapbook ...

Memorial Day weekend in the United States means the beginning of Summer here. (Sorry to our Australian friends, who are just heading in to Winter!) Coats are put away for the next few months, gardens are planted, and barbecues are planned. It is time to welcome summer! Whether you are still scrapbooking the last season, or busy preparing for the warm months ahead you can use this layout to quickly get your photos into your album.




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"!


Watermelon Mini Album

Watermelon Mini Album

Summertime is the time for picnics, family reunions, BBQs, etc. and with those events, there is almost always my favorite VEGETABLE and FRUIT (yes, it is considered by many to be both)... WATERMELON. In addition to loving the way it tastes, I love the memories that are attached to it for me from my youth. Whether it was putting it in a net and tying it off so we could put it in the river to keep it cold, or the actual first time I got to see a watermelon bust (they actually dropped it in the middle of the table and it made a yummy mess) or making watermelon balls for grandma's salad. I have always associated watermelon with summertime fun.


Being Green

Being ‘Green’ can mean a lot of things. In my grandparents day you had a green thumb if you could grow plants well. The ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ movement has been gaining momentum but really started in the 70’s about the same time as the advent of Earth Day. More recently it means to be aware of the impact your everyday life has on the environment. My grandma would probably say that reusing and recycling was just a way of life for her generation and they would have called it being thrifty. However, it seems that having a thrifty mindset is something that the rest of us have to work at. Today’s project is a great way to use some “found” objects that you might have thrown away in the past. You can also use up those small bits of vinyl you have after cutting a larger project. It makes a great gift for someone who loves to garden or just something fun for your own green thumb!



Monster Treat Bag

Here is a great idea for a treat bag. This monster bag really couldn't be any cuter, simply fill with treats like hot candies for an adorable gift.


Fireman Treat Bag

Here is a great idea for a treat bag. This fireman bag really couldn't be any cuter, simply fill with treats like hot candies for an adorable gift.


Elephant Treat Bag

Here is a great idea for a treat bag. This elephant bag really couldn't be any cuter, simply fill with treats like lotions and fingernail polish for an adorable gift.



Bikini Treat Bag

Here is a great idea for a summer treat bag. This Bikini bag really couldn't be any cuter, simply fill with treats like lotions and fingernail polish for an adorable gift.


Can’t Find it? Make ...

I think one of the most valuable attributes of the Pazzles Inspiration System is the ability to create anything I need for a project. I can choose from hundreds of fonts and most of them are free on the internet. If I can’t find exactly what I have in mind I can make it look the way I want. I have COMPLETE CONTROL over the results. I don’t need to buy a new cartridge or download to get the look I want. I don’t need to settle for something that is so-so. I don’t need to pop in one cartridge and keyboard overlay, cut ONE thing, pop in another cartridge and overlay, cut ONE more thing and repeat, repeat, repeat. In the Summer Splash page pictured here, I altered the fonts to fit the theme. Simple ways to alter fonts are to tilt the letters or resize them as I did for the word ‘laugh’. (Use the Break text by Character option under the text menu to separate the letters.) But did you know that you can change the fonts in other ways?



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