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Baseball Wall Hanger

There are so many reasons to give gifts: anniversaries, a new job or (one of my favorites) the birth of a new baby and, of course, birthdays. Anyone can bring a pack of diapers or a toy but it takes talent to make a personal gift.

I Love Shortcuts!

I love shortcuts, and when it comes to the features in your Cutting Control Panel the software gives you a lot of great shortcuts. It’s easy to get caught up in doing things the long way, because you become accustomed to the process. I’m definitely guilty of this. So I am going to give you a quick run through of some of the things you see in the Cutting Control Panel under the Advanced Options.

Make it a Better Fit

How often do we think that about so many things in our lives? Why can’t they make these jeans a better fit? Why is it that these sheets aren’t just a little longer? I like that color but I think it would be a better fit if it were just a little darker/lighter. The title looks nice but it would fit better on the page if it was curved instead of straight. I think we all have had times in our creative process where we wish the word or title had more character. We want it to curve up or down, we want it to fit on top of the heart, we wish we could put the word inside of the butterfly. You all know what I mean!

“Me” Time

The new year is in full swing and we have made all of our New Years resolutions. The diets are under way, we’re hitting the gym hard and we have all promised to make this year be all about us! 2010 is all about putting us first. I have always been one to keep my house spotless and keep up on the laundry to make sure that the kids are taken care of. Running kids around from place to place, helping out down at the school and working a full time job—I stay pretty busy. I love to join and host swaps that I sign up for online.

Wiper Cards

These wiper cards are a wonderful and unique card that can be transformed for any occasion! They have a unique opening feature that you will be sure to love!

Always Something New!

We hope that 2010 is off to a great start for you! We know that here at Pazzles we just can't seem to get enough of the Pazzles Craft Room! We hope you come back frequently to see all the new things that we are adding here! There is always something new in the Pazzles Craft Room!

18th Birthday Card

The new year is upon us and birthdays are starting all over again. It seems we are all trying to find different ideas and layouts for the perfect card. I like to look all over the web for some of the best designs. I am always on websites seeing what is the latest craze. This week’s Fabulous Find winner, Toni,

Installing Your Inspiration Studio Software ...

There are some pretty neat little Netbooks out on the market right now. One of the great advantages to one of these small computers is the ability to have a light weight, compact, computer that slips easily into small bags, purses and drawers. The biggest downfall to a Netbook is not having the ability to have a CD drive. That’s where those handy little jump drives come into play. Not only is a jump drive - also known as a memory stick - an awesome little tool to save your WPC files and pictures, but it can also help transfer your Inspiration Studio software to your Netbook. To follow these instructions you will need to know how to create folders on your computer, how to copy files, and have some knowledge of how to use Windows Explorer (not Internet Explorer!).

What’s In Your Bag?

Moms of little ones always have their diaper bag filled with necessary items and a few favorite tricks. Diapers, wipes, bottles and a change of clothes are necessary. A favorite toy, a set of noisy keys, a music box or a special blankie are life saving tricks. Traveling on a plane with kids requires a bag of tricks to keep them amused on the way. Recently, on a trip with two 6 year olds, I packed fruit snacks, crayons, sketch books, card games, books, electronic games and when all else fails- assorted Jelly Bellies. You would be amazed how long they can spend sorting out the colors and guessing the flavors! We even drew and colored each flavor on paper. I also have a bag of tricks for my Inspiration and Pro machines. Of course, there are the necessary items such as extra mats, blades and the Chizzle scraper that I always keep on hand. In addition, there are the other items that come from my Pazzles bag of tricks. Even when I travel with my cutter, I take them along with me.

Out With the Old and ...

Coming into the New Year it’s out with the old and in with the new. Which leads me to my next thought…what is new? There’s got to be some new products out there that you are all using. What are they?

Resolve to Take Some Time ...

We have just finished our first week in 2010! While we all struggle to keep those resolutions make sure to take some time to enjoy yourself and to catch up here at the Pazzles Craft Room! If you haven't had a chance to swing by the Craft Room lately, here is what happened this week!

Kiss Cutting Your Projects

Your color pallet can be an amazing tool to help create your projects. To use the Kiss Cut feature to its fullest potential and really maximize the use of your color pallet, I thought I would introduce some of the features you see there. This function can be used for so much more than just creating simply perforated fold lines for cards. Since we are creating images from a one dimension piece of paper, it’s sometimes hard to incorporate extra details. With the Kiss Cut feature you can create the illusion of ruffles in shirts, button holes, stitch marks and details in faces and animal images too.

Blade Length

Trying to figure out your blade length and pressure is almost an art. Getting it right takes practice and the more experience you have the easier it gets. I know when you are first starting out not being able to get your settings right can be really frustrating.

Last Chance – Charter Membership ...

Today is the last day that Pazzles Craft Room will accept new charter members! Charter membership gives you a 35% discount off of the standard monthly membership, only $12.95 and is guaranteed never to go up! In additon to the discount all charter members receive the Pazzles Idea Book, free! Get the most out of your Pazzles Creative Cutter and join our growing community. This is one time offer so join today! Join Now!

Learning About Hand Vectorization!

I love hearing from new Inspiration users as well as our older customers too, telling me that with the New Year they are going to tackle new projects with their Inspirations and attempt to learn some new skills too! I can’t think of a better way to do this then with the help of our awesome community of Inspiration users here in the Craft Room. I’m always excited to hear from all of you, and even more excited to hear what’s on your agenda for 2010! The one task that many Inspiration users want to try out right away is the vectorization capabilities in the software. Believe me when I say that nothing is better in the Inspiration Studio software than vectorization!! To me, and I know to a lot of others out there too, it’s the most valuable tool in the software. The ability to take your favorite photographs or clipart and turn it into a cutting file is amazing. Whether you are doing this for your own projects, or gifts for friends and family, nothing can add a personal touch like a custom image or title can. We are the master creators when it comes to custom projects. With the Inspiration, anything is possible!!

Vinyl Makes It Special!

I have had a secret for the past week. By the time this blog appears in the Pazzles Craft Room I hope everyone here at the office is enjoying my gift. I am giving one of those coffee makers that use individual pods to make one cup of coffee at a time. Now the tea drinkers, the hot cocoa lovers and the flavored coffee aficionados can all choose what they want. No more expensive trips to Moxie Java for Jeremy and Pete! But, hey, what is an office without the required coffee mugs with your name on them? So I also bought some stacking coffee mugs to go with it and I added everyone’s name in vinyl. It was so fast and easy to do but makes the gift a lot more fun. (I forgot one for myself, though!)

Where Were You in 1999?

Christmas is behind us though we are sure you haven't quite recovered from it yet. In fact, if you are like many of us you probably don't WANT to recover! We hope your Christmas was filled with love and wonderful memories. New Year's is lurking right around the corner now, hard to believe it will be 2010!

See You Next Year!

We hope you are having a very Merry Christmas. This whole week has been about celebrating the season. Perhaps part of your Christmas is getting to have some time to yourself? If so, we are glad you are spending that time with us!

Don’t Forget To Give Your ...

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I’m so excited! Even though we haven’t made it through Christmas yet, I’m already thinking about Valentine’s Day! The holidays just keep coming, don’t they? Before too much longer we will hear the birds chirping and welcoming spring time. Spring is always a great time to renew everything old and make it new—it’s like turning a new leaf for the trees, as well as for us! Even though it’s not quite spring yet, I still thought it would be a great time to talk about the Inspiration and any ‘spring cleaning’ that it may need.

Need a Last Minute Gift ...

It never fails. No matter how hard I try and how many lists I make, I always end up needing a last minute gift or two. Fortunately, I have the tools to make great gifts right here in my home. I have my computer and printer and I have plenty of paper to choose from due to my paper addiction. Plus, I have the ultimate crafting tool: my cutter. One of the most appreciated gifts is a nice photo in a frame. If that photo and frame has a customized mat, the gift becomes one to treasure. Throughout the year, I try to keep my eye out for sales on frames. I like to to keep a few on hand so I don’t have to go shopping for one at the last minute. Making a customized mat is not difficult and you can have a great gift in less than an hour.

Christmas Is Almost Here!

Christmas is right around the bend and here at the Pazzles Craft Room we have been kicking things up a notch to help inspire you during this season. It has bee an exciting week here at the Craft Room so we hope you can take a little time out of your busy schedule to see what we have to offer!

Snowman Book

I don't know about the rest of the world but Idaho is seeing its share of snow this year. One thing that stays even once the snow clears is the evidence of where a snowman once lay.

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