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Using the Piercing Tool: August ...

Be sure and REGISTER for the class (not required.)  What does this mean?  It just means you will get an email or text as a reminder (you will choose) to join us shortly before the class begins with the link to the class included. Edited: Links posted earlier today were incorrect. The correct links are now included. If you registered earlier today, you need to re-register. Sorry for the inconvenience! We are going to focus on using the Piercing Tool in this weeks class. Join us starting Sunday at  7pm (times are USA Central, Chicago Time). If you are not sure what time that is in your location, go to the World Time Conversion site to see what time you will join us. Just go to Klo’s Classroom and click on Enter Classroom to join us that night.  Class will go live right at 7pm Central time, but you can join prior to that and it will open as soon as the class goes live.


InVue Software Video: Multiply Tool

The Pazzles InVue software has an amazing Multiply Tool. It is extremely quick and easy to use and it gives you the freedom to quickly and easily create the spacing and amounts you want. Whether you want to create just a few multiples, or quickly fill a page, the Multiply Tool will help you do that. Multiply This video will teach you how to use the Multiply Tool. This fabulous tool allows you to take and image and place multiple copies quickly and easily on your page.



Piano Box with Musical Rose

Digital Paper: Piano Box with ...

Recently I was crafting with six of our young grandchildren, ages two through 10, and wanted an easy project for them to make quickly.  I had made some musical roses from the Twirled Flower Rose file in the Pazzles Craft Room recently and needed to make more. After I made one, the children each wanted to make their own. I quickly printed some sheet music on both sides of regular printer paper, resized the Twirled flower file in the InVue software to 8” wide to fill the 8.5”x11” paper, and the children were dazzled as they watched the Vue cutter make swirls around the printed paper on the mat. I showed them how to start wrapping the outside end of the cut strip around a pencil, and keep wrapping until all of the paper was wrapped. We put some clear drying glue on the last inside bit of paper, set it on the table and let it unwrap until we liked the size.


InVue Project Pattern: Thank You ...

Writing thank you notes seems to be a long lost art.  It is so much easier to text or email, I guess. But if I really think about it, I do love getting those nice hand-written notes in the mail. What keeps me from writing thank you notes? If I am honest with myself, it is because I don’t keep handmade thank you notes on hand for when I need them. Yes, I have bunches of store bought ones but I just can’t seem to feel good about sending them. So I put it off until I have time to “create” one.


MME Color Palette

InVue Color Palette: MME My ...

My Mind's Eye now has beautiful cardstock that cuts nicely on the Pazzles machines.  Over the next 8 weeks, we will be releasing color palettes to include all of their colors.  Today is #6 of 8. For InVue Users: Click on the color palette link below and save to your computer. Browse to the saved location and right click on the MME My Colors 6.scp file.



Flat Top Milk Cartons

I love making unique treat containers to deliver to friends. I get joy out of making it and my friends (hopefully) get joy out of receiving something handmade. It's a win win! I wanted to make something versatile this time that could be adapted to any holiday or occasion, so I created a spin off of the traditional milk carton. This one has a flat top and closes with a tie. The files for this project include lots of different options for embellishing. Besides a few tags and sentiment banners, there are cutting files and instructions for a rolled rose.


No Class August 12, 2016

Just a reminder that there is no class this week. This would be a great time to review some videos or just spend the day with family or crafting. Next weeks class will be "Learning about the Piercing Tool".  You can register now for that.  You will have the option to have an email or sms (text) sent to you as a reminder.


InVue Software Video: Simple Color ...

Now that you have learned to do a Simple Silhouette Vectorization from last weeks video and learned to Choose your Graphic for Vectorization with the video a few weeks ago, we will now take the next steps of vectorizing a simple color image with this weeks video.  With the newest updates in the Pazzles InVue software, you will be amazed at how easy it is to vectorize an image. Be sure and watch for next weeks video as we continue to learn the different options in the amazing vectorization options in the software. Simple Color Vectorization This video will teach you how to do a simple and basic vectorization of a color image.



Mouse Birthday Card

Did you know that the InVue software has built in templates for card making? If you have not looked at these templates you are missing out on some good resources for quickly creating a card. Here is a video to show you more about the Document Templates. I have created a quick 15 minute project for you.


Piercing Tool: Stitched Embellishment/Adornos ...

The embellishments are an important part of any project. I have seen stitched cards and beautiful string art pieces and I wanted to do something like that, so I decided use this inspiration to do some embellishments using my Piercing Tool. I started, looking for some images to use with my Pazzles Piercing Tool. I also watched the Klo's Classroom videos about using the tool. These videos are available for Pazzles Craft Room members. It was my first time using the tool, and I felt in love with it. There are a lot of possibilities to try. I did some trial and error to get the correct space between the holes.


Wizard World Cutting Collection: WPC, ...

I've just recently fallen in love with the wizard world created in the Harry Potter series of books. All the little details are amazing and as I read I couldn't wait to make some of these fun little pieces and parts of the world created in the books come to life in paper. The Wizard World Cutting Collection is a few of my favorite things from the story! The collection includes 11 files perfect to give your wizard loving friends a customized one of a kind gift. If you are a fan of Harry Potter you'll recognize these pieces and you can share them with other wizard loving friends. I've created the set to include a few invitation options, a few party decor options, and several party favor options. There's even a cauldron cupcake wrapper!



InVue Color Palette: MME My ...

My Mind's Eye now has beautiful cardstock that cuts nicely on the Pazzles machines.  Over the next 8 weeks, we will be releasing color palettes to include all of their colors.  Today is #5 of 8. For InVue Users: Click on the color palette link below and save to your computer. Browse to the saved location and right click on the MME My Colors 5.scp file.


Paper Checkers and Chess Board

I love playing board games with my family. It’s a great way to spend time with them and have fun at the same time.  One of the games my kids love the most is checkers.  I created this checkers game to celebrate the fun we have playing it.  The neat thing about this checker board is that you can create it in any colors you like.  You can also add anything to the tops of the pieces instead of the traditional stars and crowns. Think, pink and purple with flowers and hearts, or maybe actual pictures of your families faces. You can use the crown file I’ve included and take a picture of them wearing the crown for the king side of the checker. 


Create your own Embossing Folders: ...

Be sure and REGISTER for the class (not required.)  What does this mean?  It just means you will get an email or text as a reminder (you will choose) to join us shortly before the class begins with the link to the class included. Embossing folders are so fun and can really give a card or embellishment a special look.  Be sure and join us for this class to learn how to create your own custom embossing folders. Join us starting Sunday at  7pm (times are USA Central, Chicago Time). If you are not sure what time that is in your location, go to the World Time Conversion site to see what time you will join us. Just go to Klo’s Classroom and click on Enter Classroom to join us that night.  Class will go live right at 7pm Central time, but you can join prior to that and it will open as soon as the class goes live.



InVue Software Video: Simple Vectorization

Now that you have learned to Choose your Graphic for Vectorization with last weeks video, we will now take you through the first steps of vectorizing a simple silhouette with this weeks video.  With the newest updates in the Pazzles InVue software, you will be amazed at how easy it is to vectorize an image. Be sure and watch for next weeks video as we continue to learn the different options in the amazing vectorization options in the software. Simple Vectorization This video will teach you how to do a simple and basic vectorization of an image.


Paper Flower Bouquets

I found a petal from the rose bush outside of my studio, and decided to fashion one with a similar shape out of a triangle using the Pazzles InVue software. You can find the cutting file for the resulting 3DRose in the Pazzles Craft Room Library. These files came in handy for creating paper bouquets for my son's wedding. Here's how I assembled the roses. The first layer formed the flower bud when the sides of one petal were hot glued to an opposite petal. The remaining 3 petals were hot glued about 1/3 of the way up from the base of each petal, and adhered to the forming bud. The back center of the next layer was hot glued to the first, with the petals positioned alternately to those of the first. A thin line of hot glue was applied to the base of each petal, which was folded up to adhere to the forming bud. The corners of each petal were curled away from the center of the bud using the small end of a small paint brush. This process was repeated with all of the layers except the last one. The last layer was simply glued in the center back, with no glue required at the base of the petals.


Pen Tool: Decorative Envelopes

Making envelopes is fun.  I have to be careful how I design them because sometimes I add too many decorations and forget I need to put them in the mail. For this project I chose to make a scalloped envelope named Deep Scallop Envelope located in the Craft Room Library.  You can make this envelope any size, but I chose to keep it small so I could add a small “Thank You” insert.



13 photo School Layout Sketch

New Document Template: 13 Photos ...

With school just around the corner, I realized it would be nice to have a template to be able to add school pictures too.  You can do one photo per year, or do a layout for each school year. Here are the instructions to put the Document Template file into your InVue software:


Pazzles Color Palette

InVue Color Palette: MME My ...

My Mind's Eye now has beautiful cardstock that cuts nicely on the Pazzles machines.  Over the next 8 weeks, we will be releasing color palettes to include all of their colors.  Today is #4 of 8. For InVue Users:


Sunshine House Mini Album

Today's project is back by popular demand! Our National Scrapbook Day Sunshine House Mini Album was available for only a few hours back in 2013 but we continue to get requests for the files. So today we are pulling these files out of the vault and giving them to Craft Room Members.



No Class July 31, 2016

Just a reminder that there is no class this week. This would be a great time to review some videos or just spend the day with family or crafting.


InVue Software Video: Choosing Graphics ...

This is the first video in a series using the new and improved vectorization in the InVue software. Today's video will help you to learn how to find and choose the best images for vectorizing. You will be learning how to determine if an image is already vectored and ready for cutting or if you will need to do the vectorization. You will also be learning how to find the best images to give you the most successful vectorizations. Be sure to watch the video Christine did called Converting Graphics: Choosing Graphics, it is the 5th row down on the right. This video was done in the older version of the Inspiration software, but has some very useful information to help you have more understanding of this important step. As with all graphics and other content you find on the internet, please follow the copyright laws that are attached to each item. Choosing Graphics for Vectorization This video will help you understand and learn how to find and choose graphics that will help you get the best vectorizations possible.


Hawaii Vacation Layout

Vacation Layout/ Layout de Vacaciones

This year my vacation happened sooner than I thought, because last April my husband won a prize at his company for his excellent results at the end of the year. The company planned an event for all of these employees around the world. This year the place for this amazing event was Hawaii. It was a dream. We went to The Ritz Carlton at Maui Island. The island is full of contrast; there are beaches, mountains, volcanoes and waterfalls.



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