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No Class: May 25

There is no class this weekend.  Please have a safe Memorial Day weekend, I hope you will be able to spend some time with family, friends and loved ones. Here is a history of Memorial Day that I found very interesting and wanted to share: Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. To continue reading...


DIY Scrapbook Embellishments: Pocket Cards

Twelve different adorable 3x4 cards. Not only do these make great pocket scrapping cards, they are the perfect size for creating quick and easy sentiments for your cards!


DIY Scrapbook Embellishments: Flowers

I have so many scraps left from all my projects. I’ve decided to use some of my scraps to make some flower embellishments. How fun to just make them ahead of time in different colors and sizes using all of our scraps. This way when we’re working on a project it will be much easier to just go and pull out what we need. There are so many beautiful flower cutting files in the Craft Room Library. I decided to start my embellishment collection with the Large Flower and the Flower Bunch cutting files which can all be found in the Library. I simply set the cutting file at the size I wanted. I added a dimensional square between each layer of a flowers to help give more dimension. I then chalked and embellished with either a rhinestone, brad, or pearl for the centers. Now I will have an assortment of flower embellishments to add to any project.



DIY Scrapbook Embellishments: Bicycles and ...

I love to bike ride. It’s so nice to breathe the fresh air. It makes me feel so carefree… until I have to pedal up a steep hill! I have always loved the novelty of tandem bikes and wished I had one…so someone else could pedal! I made five different embellishments to help me savor the feeling I get when I ride my bike! I hope they will inspire you and help you get your scrapbooking page or card put together in a snap. Though I chose a bike theme, these embellishments can be turned into any theme you can imagine. Instead of using the quote, "I would go anywhere with you. On a bicycle built for two”. You could say “If friends were flowers, I would pick you”. Then change the pictures of the bicycles to pictures of flowers. All the embellishments using images or quotes were cut out using the print and cut technique.


Tech Bytes Cutting Collection: WPC, ...

Whether you are a fan of the latest and greatest smart phone, or still embracing the floppy disk, this technology inspired collection has it all. We've made sure to include something for every type of project in this Tech Bytes Cutting Collection. If you are a card maker, scrapbooker, or lover of dimensional boxes and projects, you'll find something that will delight your inner geek. Make something special for the computer whisperer in your life. The title in this collection would be fun for t-shirt designs when cut out of Pazzles Iron-On Material.


InVue and Pro 2014 Intro: ...

This is going to be fun and exciting class. I will be showing you some of the features that are currently in the InVue software that will be in the box of every new Inspiration Vue machine when it ships. I will also be showing you some highlights of the Pro 2014 software that is going to be available as an optional add on to your Inspiration Vue for $50.00 (or buy outright for $60.00) Join us starting Sunday Morning at 5am, 1pm and 7pm (all 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.



Candy Bowties

Candy Filled Bow Ties for ...

My dad is a hard man to give gifts to. He really doesn't have any hobbies besides reading and attending all of his grand kids sporting events. Nothing themed ever fits the bill for his gifts. He doesn't hunt, fish, golf or do any of the other manly things fathers do. As a result he usually gets a new book or two and a treat for every major holiday. I've learned you really can't go wrong with candy. And although my dad doesn't wear bow ties either, this year he's getting his candy with a bit of style. There are two versions of today's project. The first is a simple tag to attach to a bag of candy. I've included tags sized for both the larger bags of candy and the individual sized bags.


May Challenge Reminder

What have you been inspired by this month? Our May challenge is all about using the world around you as inspiration. You can find details about this month's challenge here. As part of this month's challenge you will need to post both the inspiration piece and the finished piece. Today we have some challenge inspiration from the two newest design team members, Belle Donaghey and Krista Petersen-Hong. They are sharing photos of their inspiration as well as the finished project. Belle was inspired by her grandfather's cap. She created a layout about him that was inspired by his life and the colors of the cap.


Graduation Shrinky Dink Charms

Graduation is a wonderful time in one’s life. I thought I would make it more special by adding a little something to the basic graduation cap, and what’s more fun than charms. Inspired by the Charms video in the Building on the Basics section, I knew dangles or charms would be just the ticket. I remembered playing with shrinky dinks as a child so this craft also brought back fond memories. First I found two files in the Craft Room Graduate Photo Booth Hat and Hashtag 2014. I then used the replace by segment tool to draw a line to finish the cap and eliminate the graduate part since I just wanted a simple cap. I then used the techniques I learned in the video to make the cap and the hashtag into charms. I resized them to about to 7" for the cap and 9" for the hashtag.



Cut And Paste Sketches: Scallop ...

I have some tiny little tag stickers that I bought years ago. The company was going out of business and I wanted to make sure I never ran out, so I bought several packages. These little sticker tags are the cutest things. Most of them are only about 1/2" tall and they look aged and vintage. This card was inspired by the sticker tags. Cut out your own tags and make them the centerpiece of your card.


Paper Ice Cream Truck Box ...

Your kids might be watching TV or in the middle of a meal, but as soon as they hear the music of an ice cream truck they drop everything and go running to find it. I remember doing the same thing when I was little. It was a thrill to chase that truck down the street whether I had any money or not. With fond memories of the ice cream truck of her childhood, Klo created an adorable little Ice Cream Truck Box that opens up on top to hold sweet treats.


Paper Airplanes

Fly Away With Me Paper ...

It’s about time for me to take a little trip, so I couldn’t resist making these cute little paper planes. It will be a nice touch to add a little note to each plane and remind my girlfriends how excited I am for a weekend getaway. This project is perfect for a mobile or to hang the planes from the ceiling using clear fishing line to create the illusion you have pilots flying above your head. They’re bound to fly come rain or shine so sit back, enjoy the flight, and get ready for takeoff.



Tri-Shutter Mother’s Day Card

I love creating pretty, and heartfelt projects for other people to enjoy, and with Mother's Day this month, I took this as an opportunity to test out one of the new Fun Folds Cards from the Fun Folds 2 Collection. For this project I chose the Tri Shutter Card and went to work on bringing it to life. I had some pretty Kaisercraft paper in my stash, which is double sided so it took the 'pain' out of selecting a coordinating paper from a rather large collection of patterned paper. All I had to do after cutting out the base and mats was turn over a few pieces to break up the design, ink them and secure them to get ready for the fun part of adding embellishments!


Mother’s Day Easel Card

Easel cards are some of my favorite cards to create with it. For my card I really wanted something delicate to create my base with, so I used the Petal Square cutting file which can be found in the Craft Room Library. To create my card base I sized the file to 5 ½" x 5 ½" and then went ahead and mirrored my image to create two exact files. I welded both images together and also created a third petal square which I used on top to give it the easel card effect. After I welded both files together, I scored right in the center to create my easel base. I then attached the top file to the bottom portion of the score line. To accent my card I used a small doily, as well as a flower bunch and some flower cabochons.


May Guest Designer: Adeline Brill

Please help us welcome our special Pazzles Guest Designer this month: Adeline Brill! My husband and I recently painted several rooms in our home.  While painting each room and using our ‘vintage’ ladders, I was inspired to document the life of these two ladders. My go-to source for design ideas is the Pazzles Craft Room. My first choice is the Cut and Paste Sketches and I selected the sketch,  A Day in the Life. I welded one of the photo mats to create the popular Polaroid frame and then sized them to fit my three photos. I smudged them with chalk to create the splotches of paint on the ladders. For the title of the page I used the Painted Title Block and added the lettering using the Pen Tool.



Ferocious Friends Cutting Collection: WPC, ...

65 million years ago dinosaurs became extinct, but we've brought them back in our Ferocious Friends Cutting Collection. There is no need to be afraid of these prehistoric creatures, as they are all friendly and ready to hold their pose for your paper projects. The pieces in this collection are perfect for creating a scene on a scrapbook layout, like I did for today's project. Arrange and re size all of the images on your page in the Inspiration Studio software as you design your page. Once they are cut out you can simply add photos and glue everything down. To make the project even easier, I used a Cut And Paste Sketch, Away We Go. I simply deleted the elements that I didn't need and added the Ferocious Friends images instead.


May 2014 Challenge

This month's challenge is all about using the world around you as inspiration. Looking at photos, magazine layouts, billboards, piece of clothing or packaging create a layout, card or project. This month you will need to post both the inspiration piece and the finished piece. After you have finished your project, go and add it to the May Challenge Folder. If you need instructions to upload your project, here are the instructions. Remember, all you have to do is enter to have a chance to win one of the fabulous prizes. Be sure and check out the Challenge Page to see what those prizes are.


April Challenge Winner

Congratulations to rafariderman for winning April's Challenge.  This adorable puppy got an awesome food dish created with vinyl. If you haven’t seen the fun and creative ideas that came from the anything goes April Challenge, be sure and go take a look in the Challenge Folder, you will be inspired, they are all wonderful. rafariderman gets to choose from the wonderful gift choices here on the Challenge page. Remember, challenge winners are chosen by random drawing, so everyone has an equal chance to win. Be sure and join us for our May Challenge, which will be announced here on the blog tomorrow.



National Scrapbook Day 2014

Happy National Scrapbook Day!  We hope you have a little crafty time planned today. Remember to join Klo for a virtual crop today in Klo's Classroom from 9am-9pm CDT. 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. To join, simply go to Klo’s Classroom, then Enter Classroom and sign in as a guest.  You can come and go from the classroom whenever you have time. We've got prizes to give away today, so come have some fun! Before, during, and after Virtual Crop you can use the member chat area of the Pazzles forums to connect with one another and chat as well. Stop by the Pazzles online store for special National Scrapbook Day sales! Store specials run Friday May 2, 2014 through Sunday May 4, 2014. No coupon required! (May not be combined with any other discounts.) 50% off all digital downloads of CDs and Pazzles Cutting Collections (excludes Melissa Frances and Spellbinders) 25% off all Pazzles Tools


Klo’s Classroom: No Class May ...

There will be no class this week, but you can spend 12 hours with us on Saturday for the National Scrapbook Day Virtual Crop from 9:00am-9:00pm CDT. 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. To join, simply go to Klo’s Classroom, then Enter Classroom and sign in as a guest. I hope to see you all there for a day of fun, prizes, sharing and learning. ~Klo


Sunshine Pocket Page Cards

It’s Sunshine Week at Pazzles! All this week we are sharing sunshine inspired projects to warm your hearts and inspire some bright, cheerful crafting! Time to wrap up our week of sunny projects. The fabulous Pazzles Design Team has hopefully given you plenty of bright ideas! The pocket scrapbooking trend is continuing to gain popularity and products are popping up everywhere to support the demand. If you have no idea what pocket scrapbooking is, hop over to the Project Life site to get more information. The cards can be used in the pocket page system as titles, and as journaling blocks.



Sun And Cloud Gift Box

It’s Sunshine Week at Pazzles! All this week we are sharing sunshine inspired projects to warm your hearts and inspire some bright, cheerful crafting! Goodbye winter! Hello Sunshine! I am a sunshine kinda girl and I am glad winter is behind us in the US. I decided to celebrate the warmer weather with a sunny project. I made this sunshine box using the Sunshine Title, the Scallop Sunshine file, and the St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Treat Box. I used vinyl for the lettering because I love the fact that you transfer all the letters at once and they are already lined up. No glue, no fuss. I followed the directions that are provided with the St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Treat Box to assemble the box, but I moved the cloud to the left side and instead of using the pot of gold, I substituted the Scallop Sunshine file.


Sun and Clouds Shaped Card

It’s Sunshine Week at Pazzles! All this week we are sharing sunshine inspired projects to warm your hearts and inspire some bright, cheerful crafting! I really enjoy making shaped cards. It just adds so much more to a card. With sunshine in mind, I decided to create a sunshine shaped card. For this card I used the Cloud and Sunshine Border file. I simply sized the sun to 6", mirrored and duplicated the sun, and then joined and welded the two sides together. I then went ahead and cut a circle to fit on the inside as well as on the outside. For the outer circle I used dimensional squares to add dimension. I created a sentiment with the Ribbon Banners cutting file and used my printer to print. I also embossed the circle and added some clouds along with some stickles highlights. I finished off my card by adding some rhinestone accents. 


National Scrapbook Day Crop 2014

Join Klo for a 12 hour crop to celebrate National Scrapbook Day on May 3, 2014! Chat with other Pazzles fans, ask questions, and win prizes while you work on your own projects. The crop will run 9am-9pm CDT. 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. To join, simply go to Klo’s Classroom, then Enter Classroom and sign in as a guest. We will be running store specials as well! Store specials run Friday May 2, 2014 through Sunday May 4, 2014. No coupon required! (May not be combined with any other discounts.) 50% off all digital downloads of CDs and Pazzles Cutting Collections (excludes Melissa Frances and Spellbinders) 25% off all Pazzles Tools Plan now to celebrate this special holiday with Pazzles!



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