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Strawberry Shortcake

When I see Strawberry Shortcake™ it brings back all kinds of childhood memories. It is so good that I can almost smell a strawberry scent wafting through the air. The pink and red with the rich green is so ‘berry’ Strawberry Shortcake™! When I saw Angie’s birthday collection I knew it had to be this week's Fabulous Find.


Working with Fabric!

Fabric, like a lot of different materials out there has found a small place in the paper crafting industry. Fabrics can add a really nice touch to your favorite cards, layouts and dimensional projects. We love anything we can cut with our Inspiration. It’s all about ease of use and the ability to create custom designs using our favorite materials and textures. Crafting really is all about freedom of expression and like I’ve seen with many of your projects, it’s not just limited to the paper world. There are a lot of really neat projects created using fabrics, acrylic, vinyl and even wood veneer. I can tell from Loris question that she is like a lot of you out there, and ready to take on the next project using a different kind of medium.


Handprint Memories

A while ago, I created a photo mat for a picture of my granddaughter Kirsten. What made this photo mat special was that Kirsten’s photo was framed inside of a cutout of her handprint. I also had scanned and cut out her signature. The result? A framed photo of Kirsten at age 5 with her handprint and signature done at age 5 as well. I loved it so much that I used it on our HSN segments. It became very popular and quickly ended up in our consumer convention booth. I am sure many of you have seen it. What was it about that project that resonated with so many people?



Page Maps!

Have you ever tried using a page map for your cards and scrapbooks? Page maps are a sensational way to get your creative juices flowing, but leave room for you to do your own thing and make something completely unique. I know all of us Creative Cutter users are all about making something that is one of a kind! Just like everyone else though, sometimes inspiration just doesn't strike and we need a boost. Page maps can give you that boost and even help you try something you may not have ever thought of before!


Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everyone! We here at Pazzles hope that you have a wonderful holiday weekend filled with family, friends, and memories! After all of your festivities are over, we hope you find some time to relax and check out what happened at the Craft Room this week!


Lucky Charms

Sometimes we just don't realize how good we are until someone else gives us recognition. This week's Fabulous Find goes to a person that is just starting with the cutter, even though she modestly states that " it is it's nothing out of the box".



Saving Images to the Image ...

The Inspiration Studio software makes the process of viewing saved cutting files a lot easier with the ability to download those images directly to the image gallery. I love the fact that I can view my images through the gallery and then simply click on the image to import it to my page. Since it’s so easy to view CDs you’ve saved to the gallery, a lot of you want to know what other ways the gallery can benefit you—mostly with the thought of being able to save your own designs. I’ve put together some helpful suggestions here to help answer Alisha’s questions as well as a lot of others here in the Craftroom.


Getting Out Those Kinks!

By now, I would imagine that a lot of you have been exploring the ability of the Inspiration software to convert clipart to cutting files. The process of auto tracing (vectorizing) a drawing, photo or clipart never ceases to thrill me each time I use it. I can let so much more of my own personality show in my projects by being able to use the design I want instead of settling for a “whatever works” image.


Easter is Coming!

Palm Sunday is this Sunday and you know what that means? Easter is right around the corner! I love Easter because it is all about rebirth and everything around us seems to be blooming anew! I hope you enjoy the upcoming holidays and once your fingers are thoroughly died a deep shade of blue from making Easter eggs, make sure to take a few moments to see what has been going on in the Craft Room this week!



Baby Shower Collection

It's so fun to plan a shower for any occasion, but its extra special when we are celebrating a new life. This week's fabulous find does just that; it’s a whole collection of homemade baby shower decorations! Everything you need to throw a great party from the invitation to center pieces. Ana did a wonderful job with this collection.


Upgrading to Windows 7

I didn’t think it would hurt to touch on a topic that we’ve visited about in the past. The gang here at Pazzles has been getting lots of questions in the last two weeks in regards to Windows 7. Tax season is here so a lot of you are like me, buying something you’ve been waiting for all year with your tax returns. So many of you are excited about purchasing new computers with Windows 7. I’ve been fortunate enough to upgrade my computer here at work to Windows 7. With anything there are adjustments, but the benefits are fabulous! Here’s a question Jean had when upgrading her computer:


Finding Clip Art

I really love to vectorize my own designs, and I’ve gotten pretty good at it. But I’m really not an artist and it’s hard for me to make something up out of thin air so I usually start with a clip art file. My only problem is that I am cheap. I mean I am REALLY cheap, so I don’t want to have to buy clip art. One really amazing source for clip art that I have found is sites that offer public domain clip art.



Easter Pocket Purses

These adorable little bags are called "Pocket Purses" and have the distinguishing feature of a band that covers the top of the bag. These purses would be a wonderful way to give out Easter candy!


Welcome Spring!

Spring is finally here! At my house the daffodils are blooming and the grass is turning green. I am so ready for the warmer weather and the little indications that spring is truly here just cheer my heart. Of course you may have other indications of spring right now such as spring break! I know there is a lot of vacations and traveling going on right now so whether you are at home or on the road, I hope you are having a wonderful spring! In between all the business of the season I hope you have some time to see some of the wonderful things going on at the Pazzles Craft Room!


Tea party

Being a part of the craft room is like being part of a community. We get to hang out with our friends, kick back, and share ideas and images. That is why this week, when I was looking for the fabulous find, I was very excited to find this project. I love the way it was put together using files from different members in the craft room. It feels as though a bunch of friends got together to scrap and shared their images Angie did an awesome job with these files.



Download Limit Raised!

Here at the Craft Room we are always trying to find ways to make your Craft Room experience better. Be it adding new features, answering questions, or listening to your suggestions. We've been listening to Craft Room members about increasing our download limit in the Library.


Embossing Tool

Recently, a Hobby Lobby store opened in our area. Now, I know some of you have had Hobby Lobby stores near you for a long time but this is the first one in Idaho. My daughter, Leslie and I have gone a tad crazy in the home décor section of the store. We have been inspired to spruce up certain dull areas of our homes. Leslie has been redecorating (or should I say finally decorating) her back porch bathroom so that her little girls will use it instead of Mommy’s bathroom.


Cuttin’ it Up in the ...

I love making images that have a lot of layers. I’m huge on silhouettes and the look that those images give my projects, but dimension is fun too. I’m big into chalking all those pieces so that when I finally put my project together, everything really pops. In fact, a lot of the images in our Image Library have multiple layers. As you can see Mindy has a great question for cutting paper piecing images.



Easter bunny pop-up card

Pop-up cards are all the rage, there are so many fun ways to create them. I especially love how Catherine created her pop-up bunny. With Easter just around the corner, and all of us busy trying to find the perfect card to make and send to loved ones. I had to pick this card as this week's Fabulous Find. Catherine did a great job with this piece,


Grouping & Ungrouping your Images

Even though I’m a part of the designing team for our images, I still get excited every week to see what the group members have created for the image library. We all have our own individual style so it’s nice to be inspired by someone else’s creative process. I know that sometimes those images can come with a lot of little pieces. Cindy had a great question about what the group and ungroup function does in the software.




Gift Card Holders

Spring is upon us and with it come baby showers, birthdays, and engagements! That means you have a lot of gifts to get we are guessing! This project is a very practical, easy, but extremely fun to make gift card holder. If you need a gift "in a pinch" these holders are quick to make and really liven up the giving of a gift card.


Hello March!

March is here! Wait...March? Didn't we just celebrate New Year's? Is your year going as fast as mine is? I won't complain though because I am ready for spring! I hope you have a very wonderful weekend and that the weather is beautiful for you. No matter if you do get to go outside or you have to stay inside, I hope you have some time to enjoy some of the wonderful things going on at the craftroom!


Mini Mail Box

The best things often come in small packages. When I saw the little mail box by Ana Moreno, I knew I had to pick it for this week's Fabulous Find. There are so many dimensions to this cute little project.



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