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Birthday Banner in a Box gift packaging idea with chalkboard art lid. Box and Banner cutting files from Pazzles.

Birthday Banner in a Box

It's a new year and a new reason to celebrate! My family has lots of winter babies, so right after the rush of Christmas it's time to get my act together and make something special for the January celebrations. Of course anyone who knows someone with a January birthday knows they have the perception of being forgotten, so I like to make a big deal out of winter birthdays. This birthday banner in a box is a fun way to give a gift card or small gift. The banner is attached to the lid, so it comes out as you open the box. Using washi tape to adhere the banner inside, allows for the recipient to remove the banner and hang it up for the celebration.

Upcycled Winter Home Decor Sign

One of my friends was going to throw out an old home décor sign and asked if I wanted it. I originally said no. The sign was funny but nothing I would use. Then I got to thinking about it and told her I had changed my mind and I would love to have it. The whole time I was thinking about how I was going to repurpose it. I decided to make a winter sign instead of a holiday sign, so I could use it throughout the season. I was going to sand the sign down and repaint it but then I decided to just flip the sign over and use the back, as the base coat was the exact color I needed.

Love Cards Project Pattern

These lovely cards are as easy as can be to make - just drag and drop your favorite elements to make dozens of unique cards!

Christmas Scrapbook Layout Cutting Files

Cut and Paste Sketches: Tis ...

Leave the Christmas cleanup until tomorrow and spend today documenting the season's festivities. Print out your pictures and use today's Cut and Paste Sketch to get your memories quickly captured. If you whip up a layout with this sketch and still want more, check out the Christmas Memories Layout Collection.

Merry Christmas

We hope you have a wonderful day filled with the sweetest things in life! ~The Pazzles Crew

New Years Wreath Door Decoration

New Years Wreath Door Decoration

Need a great door decoration for your New Years party? You know Pazzles can help you with that. Here I cut out a wreath form out of cereal boxes with my trusty Inspiration Vue. I cut a circle inside of a circle to create a wreath form. I did cut out three of them and glued them on top of each other to give my wreath more stability. Then I started collecting stuff for my wreath. I found I had some gold tulle and some gold star trim as well as some clear acetate. I wrapped the form in the tulle twice again to make it look fuller and then with the star garland. I found some great files in the Pazzles Craft Room to decorate. I then wrote Happy New Year 2015 and gave it an outline in black. I used Core’dinations Gold Pearls Paper to cut out the lettering. The champagne bottles are from the Craft Room Library, New Years Bursting Bottle file and the glasses were from the 2011 file.

Gingerbread Village Prize Winner

We've selected a winner from all of the comments on our Gingerbread Village and sent a package off to one lucky Craft Room member. Congratulations to debi8613 ! It was so fun to read all of your comments. What a creative bunch you are! (But we already knew that.)

New Years Eve Crackers

I was not aware of “crackers” until I became an adult. They are just as fun for me as for kids! There are two cracker files in the Pazzles Craft Room that you can use for any special occasion, Cracker Box and Cracker Box 2 . Today I have dressed them up for New Years! These are very easy to assemble. I also added Print & Cut images from the Happy New Year Title as a bonus decoration.

Pop-Up Gift Card Holders

Pop-Up Christmas Gift Card Holders

We decided to do the Friday project on Monday this week because we had one more fun Christmas idea and we know you will be spending Friday with your family enjoying your new gifts. Gift cards sometimes get a bad rap for being a lazy person's gift choice, but I happen to love gift cards. It's the gift that is two gifts in one. You are thankful when you receive it and you are thankful when you spend it. If you've picked out gift cards for a few people on your list, make the giving of the gift card extra special this year with a pop-up gift card holder. We've got two versions for you to choose from, a santa stuck in a chimney and a Christmas tree surrounded with presents. These fold flat for mailing or delivery, but pop-up and stand on their own once they are opened. Note: Make sure and measure your gift card before cutting the slits to hold the card, so you can make any necessary adjustments.

Deer Tea Light Holders

Brrrr! Its cold outside and winter is in full swing. Soon all the holidays will be over, the Christmas décor will come down and we will be writing 2015 on our checks before we know it! I like to keep my house festive and fun during the winter months as they are usually the months we spend the most time inside. I created these little deer tea lights to add a little sparkle to my kitchen table winter scene. They are very simple to assemble and are a fun addition to my table.

Gingerbread Girl Gift Bag

Hi, Joanna here, sharing my Gingerbread Christmas Gift Bags created using my Pazzles Inspiration. I just love making presents for my friends, and using files from the Pazzles Craft Room makes it so easy to make them unique. I created these 2 different sized bags using the Cereal Box found in the Pazzles Library. I have altered it slightly, using my software. Gift Bag 1, I made tall and Gift Bag 2, much shorter, but I love both sizes. I cut the bags out of good quality double sided patterned paper which gave a good weight to the bag. I added a folded flap to the tops of the bags in red cardstock, using one of the files included in the Lunch Sack Gift Bags Collection, and resized them to fit the two sizes of bags. I inked around the scallop edges which gave the look of snow on the roof of a gingerbread house!

Pen Tool Ornament Bauble

Pen Tool Ornament Bauble

There are some great tools available to use with your Pazzles Inspiration or Vue. One my favourites is the Pazzles Pen Tool There is so much you can do with it. I like to use it to draw an outline of text in a fancy font and then free-hand colour in the rest of the design. This works particularly well with glitter pens. Today, I’ve chosen a simple, yet elegant Holiday Bulb file with lovely detail to be drawn in metallic blue pen on pale blue cardstock. I created an outline for the bulb too and then cut it out so it could be the feature for my holiday card. This file can be resized however you'd like it to fit your project, and would make a great file for a group of cards in the same design in different coloured card stock and metallic or glitter pen.

Christmas Print and Cut Sticker ...

Joanna here with a quick Print and Cut project for you to make your own Christmas sticker labels. I decided to make several sheets of stickers to add as decoration to my brown paper wrapping using my Pazzles Inspiration Vue. I have used several of Miss Kate Cuttables files which I imported into my software. On the larger present, to the front left of the photo I used the Be Merry Title. You just need to spend a few moments layering up the elements. I constantly referred to the image in the Pazzles Craft Room, to help align everything up correctly. I also used a selection of the Christmas Tags in the Pazzles Library and followed the same process. I removed the ribbon holes on some of the designs as they were not required for stickers. Once the title and tags were looking how I wanted, I made an outline of the outer cutting line. As I was putting my stickers onto brown wrapping paper, I thought a white outline would make the stickers stand out on my presents.

Snow Globe Cards Cutting Collection

Snow Globe Cards Cutting Collection: ...

If the weather outside is frightful, stay inside and capture a winter scene with a snow globe card. This collection features eight different winter scenes in a cute tri-fold shaped card plus sentiments you can mix and match for the perfect card.

No Classes

Just a reminder that there are no classes for the remainder of the year. Enjoy the Holiday Season with your family.  I am going to be enjoying seeing grandkid programs and having family from out of town. Don't forget, we have a lot of videos and archived classes to enjoy during this time.  Plus, the Gingerbread Village classes will remain up in the free area, along with the Multiply Tool Class through the end of the year, so if you want to catch up there, you can. Season's Greetings to all my Pazzles Friends! ~Klo

Christmas Gift Tags and Gift ...

Christmas is right around the corner. If you haven't started shopping yet, you have less than two weeks to get everything done! Since Santa delivers the gifts, help make things a little easier for him and create these cute holiday gift tags. He'll be thankful to see them by his plate of cookies so he can label the gifts while he snacks. That way he won't get confused and leave you the neighbors' lump of coal, and leave your new Inspiration Vue™ under their Christmas tree! This project is simple to make. You can fit a total of eighteen tags on one sheet of cardstock. It even makes a great party exchange gift.

DIY Ornaments: Santa Box

I am excited to present to you this Jolly Santa Ornament. He went together quite quickly using the Tall Pyramid Box file. I used two files from the Pazzles Craft Room Library to make the white hat trim: Large Circle Scallops and Scallop Tag. With the InVue software, I layered the oval in front of the circle. Then I used Subtract Weld for the final look (deleting any extra pieces). You can use the same scallop for the ball on the pointed top of the hat. Santa’s moustache came from the Six Moustaches file.

Holly Jolly Holiday Hop Winner

Thank you to all of you who participated in the Pazzles Design Team Blog Hop. We had fun creating Christmas projects to share with you. Now it's time to pick a random winner from all of the comments! Congratulations to bzyPTmom who left the following comment on Joanna Wright's blog. bzyPTmom6 December 2014 at 23:43 This is a great idea--the reindeer is adorable--and who doesn't like treats?

DIY Ornaments: Jolly Character Faces

Christmas is here! I am so excited! It is the craftiest time of the year! So what better way to get started than to make ornaments for the tree! I made these three jolly ornaments using the Round Box file as the base. I love them because in addition to being an ornament they are a gift box too! You can hide small treasures in them like cash, lip balm, small toys, a key to a car…hint hint, etc. Hang them on your tree and surprise a family member with the prize inside.

DIY Christmas Ornaments: Victorian Baubles

Hello crafty friends, Melinda here today sharing my ornament project with you. These ornaments were super easy to make and very pretty. To start with I chose the Filigree Ornament file from the Craft Room. I proceeded to cut out 8 of these ornament files in white. I then created the solid "liner" piece by ungrouping the ornaments internal structure. I cut eight of these pieces out using some pretty paper from the Paper Studio Stack. Once I had all of my pieces cut out, I folded each piece in half. I did use my score board so that I could get a really good, clean score. You need to be careful with the filigree ornament when folding as there are a lot of little open pieces. Once all my pieces were folded, I glued one liner to one of the filigree pieces.

Gingerbread House Ornaments

DIY Christmas Ornaments: Gingerbread Houses

I’m excited to share with you my little gingerbread house ornaments today that you can re-create quite quickly and put your own twist on the decorations. These little houses can be used hanging on a Christmas tree, or from anywhere around the house. They can also be used on a mantel or table as cute decorations. I have even considered using them as place cards for Christmas Day with treats inside. The other thing you could do is pop a battery tea light candle inside for a nice glow. Using the Milk Carton House cutting file, I resized the entire file so I could fit two houses per 12" x 12" sheet of paper. This made them about 2" x 2" square at each face. The window, curtains and roof are all grouped together in this file, so resizing whilst these are included is essential to ensuring everything is the right size. Before I cut the files out, I ungrouped the files and then deleted one of the window sets to make room for the door file.

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