Explosion Boxes are so fun and can be so beautiful. I made this one as a Prayer Box for a baby shower. The inside of each flap is made without patterned paper so that guests may write a prayer for the new baby and family.

I went with a 5 layered box of hexagonal shape. I designed the box pattern myself using Pazzles' software. The outer layer is purple in a dark pastel of cardstock. I chose a number of baby themed papers for the outside of each flap on all 5 of the layers.

5 Descending Layers

Now is when you can start to get creative! Each flap can be decorated. I chose to stick with scrapbook paper only and save the goodies for the outside of the box.

Outer Sides of the Flaps

Bottom of Most Inside Layer

On top of the box lid, I added 3 little blocks. I also created this pattern myself. It is a simple cube.

Baby Blocks

The sky is the limit for your embellishing. It is so rewarding to take time to add these little touches of love.

"Front"

"Back"

Side

Side

When the box is opened, two of the sweetest baby shoes are revealed. I used a pattern from Tara's Craft Studio.

Aw!

Precious!

Isn't this all just divine? I had so much fun making this keepsake. Here are additional photos.

Surprise!


So Very Cute!


Top View


Shoes Before Embellishing

One of my BFF's has her birthday at the end of December. She celebrates 50 years of a life well-live. She is a grand friend. She is a music lover and a wonderful pianist. So this year I made her a 3-D card. I am sure that you have seen this design elsewhere in the craft world. I created my own version using my Pazzles' software to create the pattern. My piano's footprint is 4.5 inches by almost 6 inches. It opens to a height of approximately 3 inches. Enjoy.

Lovely Music

Music Notes Coming from Inside

Another View

Open Card, Write Sentiment on the White Side

Remember the design team made with love (and paper) ? We are back! Hooray. We look forward to inspiring your crafting mojo!

We start this new journey with the new season by saying "Hello Fall 2017." Even tho we have had a 2+ year respite, this is our 34th project as a design team!! Our challenge theme is "Hello Fall." So we were supposed to use plaid, swirls, and a natural element (ex: twigs, leaves, hemp). The twigs were so stuck in my mind and totally forgot the other pieces. But that's ok. We are here to create and enjoy the process.

Here are some of the elements I chose to use:

Let's Play

I had the little boxes on hand. The pattern is found within the files of the Pazzles software. The box measures 2.75 inches wide, 1.25 in deep and 2.75 tall without the handle. In the end, I cut the handle off.

Little Boxes

I drew and cut my candy corn and acorn patterns by hand.

Candy Corn

Acorn

It's coming together.

Fun Colors and Patterns

Of course the best part of the process is decorating your project.

Acorn


Candy Corn Box No 1


Candy Corn Box No 2

Here are a couple side views. The box is sandwiched between the decorative front and a plain back.

Add some treats.

Add more treats.

A lovely harvest trio. You can add treats to the boxes or simply fill them with decorative rocks of other material to weight them down. Enjoy fall.

Gorgeous!

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So, how is summer going for you? I have been so busy chasing after kiddos. I am ready for a vacation from summer vacation! It has also been extra warm and humid in MN. A little unusual for MN. I have been dreaming of cooler days . . . and Christmas?

Given that, not much crafting has been happening here. However, we are thinking about Christmas at The Cutting Cafe Blog. This week we bring you Christmas in August! We didn't want to bring it in July like all the stores!

I am using Regina's Christmas Ornament Treat Cup for my project. I decided to Super Size my project again this time around! I am going to lead you to the same weblink for a video tutorial on how to assemble the treat cup. Regina does an excellent "How To" for assembling this file. The video is at the very bottom of that post.

I will walk you through the steps for super sizing the pattern. I am using Pazzles' InVue software. You will find that the pieces for the treat cup are in two files. Open them up and copy all the pieces in to one work space/window.

The first step is to blow up all the pieces. You want all the pieces to be to the same size. Select ALL the pieces. I recommend using the Group command to lock everything together before moving forward.

Select All Pieces

Select All Pieces

Next, turn the whole selection so the the back piece of the ornament is at a diagonal on the mat. This piece is your "anchor piece" as it is the largest piece of the file. While you still have all pieces selected, increase the size of the back piece until it reaches the borders of the mat. You may have to move the whole selection around as you increase.

Back Piece Covering Full Mat

Back Piece Covering Full Mat

When you zoom out, you see that all the pieces have been enlarged equally.

All Pieces Increased

All Pieces Increased

Now you can un-group all the pieces in order to work with each piece individually. You will have to re-position most of the pieces to cut them.

You are ready to assemble your Super Sized Treat Cup! I actually found it easier to work with this large size for the treat cup versus it's original size!!

Assembling the Cup

Assembling the Cup

Upon working with the Treat Cup Wrap, you may wonder if one strip will still fit the circumference of the treat cup? It does not. I simply cut the wrap 3 times and pieced it together as needed. I found that I needed just a little more than 2 wraps to fit the larger size.

Cut Multiples of Wrap

Cut Multiples of Wrap

Here you see the wrap applied. The circumference is just short of 2 wraps.

Applying the Wrap

Applying the Wrap

Here is the finished treat cup! The base is 10 inches across.

Super Sized Treat Cup

Super Sized Treat Cup

The last (and best) step is to embellish your craft. I chose some digi stamps from The Cutting Cafe. I'll list those links at the very end of my post.

Select Digis

Select Digis

I present, Christmas in August!! My Ornament will look great on the front door! I love it!

Front Door Worthy

Front Door Worthy

Side View

Side View

Other Side View

Other Side View

The Cutting Cafe Files Used:
Treat Cup
Merry & Bright Digi Stamp
From Our House Digi Stamp

Yep, today is my birthday! May 22. I am celebrating 48 years. I consider it a joy, a good thing to celebrate birthdays. God has given me many wonderful journeys--some low, some high. I will celebrate later today with old friends and a number of favorite goodies. And while I will not be eating the cakes pictured below, I will indeed have cheesecake. That's a must!

We have been decorating cakes all week at The Cutting Cafe. Please hop over to that blog post to see all the beauty!

I made this cake first. I made one alteration. I cut a whole in the top for a tea light candle (battery operated). I had to fashion a little stand to raise the tea light high enough to poke through the top cake layer. All the layers follow the original pattern in that each layer is a box that can be oped.

Such Happy Colors!

Such Happy Colors!

Did see the butterfly?

Did see the butterfly?

Top View

Top View

My next cake took quite a bit more tweaking. I wanted the whole cake to be lighted. I used flowers from one of The Cutting Cafe border files to make little "windows." I lined the inside of each cake layer with a printed velum. Remember to add the vellum to each layer while they are still flat (not after rolling layers in to a circle).

Because I wanted the light to shine top to bottom, I cut holes in each layer. This presented a glitch with stacking the layers. Thus I added the tabs to both sides of the top two layers. This worked well to stack the layers. Only the bottom later of this cake opens to allow access to the tea light. In order for the tea light to remain stationary, I simply shrank the pattern of one layer to fit the size of the tea light. The fun is always in the decorating!

Altered layers to allow stacking.

Altered layers to allow stacking.


Assemble each layer.

Assemble each layer.


Shrink layer to hold tea light.

Shrink layer to hold tea light.

Stack the layers.

Stack the layers.


Dceorate

Dceorate


Decorate

Decorate


Light it Up

Light it Up

Dare I say "A Dream Come True?" For the next few months I will be creating alongside my favorite artist, Regina Easter. She is the owner and designer of The Cutting Cafe. I love her work!

The Cutting Cafe Designer

For my inaugural post we are celebrating Easter using Shaped Treat Cup Cards! There are two styles of bunnies and an egg with which to let your imagination play. Please be sure to visit The Cutting Cafe blog post and see the fun created by the other design team members. Fabulous ideas!!

I chose to work with the Egg Treat Cup Card. I decided to use this pattern to mimic a panoramic sugar egg (also known as sugar Easter eggs, diorama eggs). The kind where you peek through a hole on one end of the egg and view a scene.

First I increased the size of the egg. (Be sure you select all pieces of the file before changing the size and maybe keep a copy of the original.) Being that my version is no longer a treat cup (and I don't want any little fingers messing with my scene) I eliminated the slider pieces. I also eliminated the fold and left this as card that does not open. Assembling the treat cup itself is a breeze with Regina's thoughtful design. I enjoyed deciding what to put in and on my egg. A little tricky getting everything lined up inside as well as working with little pieces! But it was fun!

So Sweet

So Sweet

See the tiny eggs?!

See the tiny eggs?!

A small world.

A small world.

My favorite artist comes through again! Today I am playing with Regina at The Cutting Cafe. Regina's cut files are fun and always easy to use. She has designed an adorable treat cup for Valentine's Day. The cut file includes a few digi stamps to dress up your creation. At the link Regina also has a video to walk you through assembling the treat cup.

The heart treat cup measures approximately 4 square inches. It is 1 inch deep so you can fill it with a variety of goodies! I chose to make my treat cup into a sucker.

Close Up

Close Up

Treat Cup

Treat Cup

The back is made with a handy slider to allow access to the candy.

Back -- Slider Closed

Back -- Slider Closed

Removing the Slider

Removing the Slider

This cut file includes an arrow to place on the top of your heart. You can see that at The Cutting Cafe website. Using the welding function in my Pazzles software, I combined the Tail of the Arrow with the piece for the Slider.

Slider Options

Slider Options

For this treat cup, you pull on the arrow's tail to remove the slider and access the candy.

Back Side

Back Side

Here is how it looks from the front.

Close Up

Close Up

Treat Cup Sucker

Treat Cup Sucker

Happy Valentine's Day!
This is a quick post to show you what I made for my kiddos. I made some adorable "vending machines." This creative pattern comes from my all time fav designer, Regina Easter who owns The Cutting Cafe. Regina has a wonderful video on how to assemble this cutie pie. Some of the accent pieces/digi stamps are also from Regina.

I did cut this project with my Pazzles InVue personal cutter. I even cut the clear boxes with my InVue! I had to play with the settings to cut the clear plastic (acetate). Regina has a link for clear cardstock. You can use transparencies. I found a large piece of acetate in the art section of a craft/hobby store. My piece measured 20 X 25 inches.

We eat very little candy at our house. I filled my boys' candy machines with a puzzle. Still bright and colorful. I am not sure what to give to my daughter and god- daughter, so I stuffed their machines with tissue paper.

These Valentine vending machines measure approximately 7 inches tall by 3.5 inches square. There are several topper options for the machine. I chose to go without a top.

For the Boys

For the Boys


For the Girls

For the Girls

Here is a look at some of the steps.

Little Boxes

Little Boxes


Main Pieces

Main Pieces


Things are stacking up!

Things are stacking up!


The Mechanicals

The Mechanicals


Pretty Details

Pretty Details

Each of the Pazzles Design Team Members have opened up their elf workshops this week and created some DIY Christmas ornaments to share with you. We hope to inspire you to create your own special ornaments this year. I hope you will take a look at the Pazzles Website to see ornaments that the other team members have made.

I am excited to present to you this Jolly Santa Ornament. He went together quite quickly using Pazzles’ Tall Pyramid Box file.

I used two files from Pazzles’ Craft Room Library to make the white hat trim: Large_Circle_Scallops & 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 see the finished shape for the hat trim on the right side of the picture.

"How To"

"How To"

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. (You might choose a different look.)

To make his face, I drew an oval. Then I added two circles for the eyes. You can choose to cut circles to glue on the front of his face. Or you might cut the oval WITH two circles also cut OUT. Then place a slightly smaller black oval on the back of the face. I think the second method gives a cleaner look to the eyes. The mouth and nose are also circles. Add some embellishing before assembling. Then, piece the face.

Making Santa's Twinkling Eyes

Making Santa's Twinkling Eyes


Finished Face

Finished Face

For Santa’s beard take one side of the pyramid cut file and cut the point off at 2.25” from the bottom. I chose to emboss the beard piece for added texture.

Adhere Beard to One Side of Box

Adhere Beard to One Side of Box

I chose to adhere Santa to the pyramid box while the box is still flat. You may instead assemble the box and then adhere Santa. The jolly elf is complete. You will see that the box opens on one side. You can add some sweets as a surprise. "And To All, A Good Night!"

Be Nice

Be Nice


HO HO HO

HO HO HO

Files From Pazzles' Craft Room Library:
Tall Pyramid Box
Large_Circle_Scallops
Scallop Tag
Six Moustaches

Over at Pazzles the design team is making new out of old. For Project Rewind we were assigned to create a project using an existing Craft Room project as our guide.

Instead of rewinding, I want to help you un-wind! And although our world is very modern & sterile, we can still get a glimpse of nature and its simplicity. I really like how Michelle used the 3D bird cage to make these beautiful winter lanterns. I have taken the same 3D pattern and made a lantern for enjoying the summer evenings.

Michelle's Lanterns

Michelle's Lanterns


I chose a rustic color for my lantern and added brown inking to give it a rusted, weathered feel. Some parts of the paper did not cut all the way through. But that added to the look & feel of the lantern.
Rustic Lantern

Rustic Lantern

I found a darling firefly in the Pazzles’ Craft Room. I am kind of a perfectionist, so I interpreted the colors a bit differently. I used vellum for the wings.

Firefly

Firefly


I left the top off the original pattern (snow & holly on Michelle’s lantern) and replaced it with leaves that I found in the software library and white flowers that are made with a hand punch.
Top of Lantern

Top of Lantern


Full View

Full View

You could make a number of these to hang in your garden or porch. I have placed a tea light candle inside. However, you will want to use a battery operated candle! Remember to take a little time to relax this summer.

Some close-up shots:

Sweetness

Sweetness


A Peak at the Tea Light

A Peak at the Tea Light