Yeah for getting back to paper piecing! This is how first starting crafting with my Pazzles! Today I have a card that features a cute pup. The paper pieced puppy is from MyScrapChick. It is from years ago and I think it is no longer available.

Blues


Pinks

Here are some cards that I made recently.

First I will share a few Valentine's Cards that I made.

This is my favorite! The pears are made from a Spellbinders' metal die. I made it as a shaker card and the seeds shake around! I love it! It turned out great and it was hard to give away!

A Perfect Pear

Inside

This idea came from Desert Diva. It's a shaker card. The blender is from Apex Cuttable Design.

Shaker Blender

Side View

Another shaker card using a camera. I designed the cut file myself using my Pazzles' software.

Smile

Inside

Now let's switch ideas. I saw this on the web and replicated the idea by using the Pazzles. These are so stinkin' cute. Next time, I will make the chicks a bit smaller.

Here A Chick

There A Chick

Everywhere

A Chick Chick!

Today I am sharing a number of cards that I have made for my own personal use as of late. May is a busy month of gifting for me personalizing. This post has a lot of pictures. I hope you find one card that you like and perhaps I will inspire you.

Lately, I have been using a technique that I call "cluster cards." I group a number of embellishments in the center of the card. Sometimes I place the cluster off to the side or in a lower corner. This technique allows for me to be free with my design, as well as to personalize it for the recipient. I try to use only what I have on hand. These are fun and easy to make. Give it a try.

This birthday card is a "spinner card." The car moves up and down the length of the card. I'm not so sure that we want the car to spin--although that may be a reflection of real life!!

Birthday

Birthday

This moving card uses a truck is a digital stamp created by Carmen at Beyond the Fringe Crafts.

Moving

Moving

BIRTHDAYS

Masculine Birthday

Masculine Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

ANNIVERSARY

Anniversary

Anniversary

Anniversary

Anniversary

FRIENDSHIP

Friendship

Friendship

SYMPATHY

Sympathy

Sympathy

Sympathy

Sympathy

Sympathy

Sympathy

Sympathy

Sympathy

Sympathy

Sympathy

I often find myself in need of a quick card to cheer a friend. Again I can rely on the Pazzles’ Craft Room Library to speed my creative process along.

I used a stunning Butterfly file from the Craft Room titled Stained-Glass-Bountiful. This is another idea that I have wanted to try.

First I brought the Butterfly file into my Pazzles InVue software. I want the wings to be cut out, but I want the butterfly to be attached to the base of my card. I un-grouped the layers and deleted the solid blue layer. Next I set the thorax aside. Finally I erased a portion of the wings nearest the thorax.

Here you can see the difference from the original cut file to the end butterfly with some wing lines missing.

Stained Glass Bountiful Blue Butterfly

Stained Glass Bountiful Blue Butterfly

After cutting the butterfly, I cut the card size and then added the paper thorax back. (You might choose to draw antenna.)

Butterfly with Paper Thorax

Butterfly with Paper Thorax

You can also create a butterfly whose thorax is embossed. Here I used the regular cut mat with the embossing tool. I set at a blade depth at 1. Be sure to watch your blade depth and pressure. You may have to play with the settings to get the look you want.

Butterfly with Embossed Thorax

Butterfly with Embossed Thorax

It is fun to experiment with colors and embellishments. My finished card is stunning.

Purple Theme

Purple Theme

Yellow Theme

Yellow Theme

I am always sad for the end of the school year. I do not say it enough to them, but I am grateful to our teachers. All teachers, everywhere. I think those of us who are not teachers, cannot begin to know how much of their talent, time and self a teacher gives to his/her students and community.

This year I am thanking my teachers with a twist: a do-it-yourself muffin! I gave them the ingredients & supplies to make a "Muffin in a Mug." They can make it on their break as it takes a few minuets to mix and then one minute in the microwave!

I delivered the baskets today. They loved the idea and one had even heard of this and was wanting to give it a try.

I will list the recipe at the end of this post.

I did make them a thank you card as well. The teacher's desk cut file is from SVG Cutting Files.

Thank You Teacher

Thank You Teacher

Here is the basket loaded with supplies for a Muffin Break. I pre-measured all the dry ingredients, substituting sugar for honey. Placed that in one container. I used a smaller container for the coconut oil. I provided one un-cracked egg. You can leave an egg sit out for up to 8 hours without refrigeration. I supplied the mug and a fork for mixing. (The teachers will keep the dishes and fork. Yeah thrift store.) I cannot wait to hear if their muffins were a success. I have tried this 4 times. Two of the 4 times I was met with success.

Thank You Basket

Thank You Basket

top view

top view

Hopefully the teachers will be met with success like this:

In Mug

In Mug

Out of Cup

Out of Mug

Have a good summer.

CHOCOLATE MUFFIN IN A MUG
Ingredients
1 egg
1 1/2 T golden flax meal
1 1/2 T almond flour
1 T, heaping of unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp honey (or other sweetener)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 flat T coconut oil (liquid or solid)

Directions
Crack 1 egg in to mug. Whisk.
Add 1 1/2 T golden flax meal
Add 1 1/2 T almond flour
Add 1 T, heaping of unsweetened cocoa powder
Add 2 tsp honey (or other sweetener)
Add 1/2 tsp baking powder
Add 1 flat T coconut oil (liquid or solid)
Stir vigorously
Microwave for 1 Minute (trust it)

--Recipe from "Trim Healthy Mama" by Allison & Barrett
Enjoy!

We are back and we are crafting full speed at made with love (and paper). Our design team had a well-earned rest the past few months. We are indeed, rested and ready to share and inspire you again.

With the summer months comes warm weather, sunshine, flowers, beach balls and, yes, bugs! And that is what we bring you this month.
june theme: june bugs
requirements: use bugs as inspiration for your project

I am so behind on cards. So this challenge helped me to get a bunch made around the same theme of bugs. Most of my buggers are bees. Bees and the honeycomb theme have my interest as of late. I love embossing paper. Embossed paper is so versatile. I have the Sizzix Embossing Boutique (it looks like a purse). I did not have honeycomb folder (used to make the impression in the paper). My friend Sarah embossed honeycomb paper and mailed it to me as a RAK. Thanks Sarah. I have the other embossing plates that you will see. I look forward to making more. Although I did give in and buy my own honeycomb embossing folder.

As always, we invite you to join us in this challenge. Please share your creation on our facebook page.

I desgned teh bee myself and I chalked the emboosed trail.

I designed the bee cut myself and I chalked the embossed trail.

Again, a little chalk on the embossing. Look at the cute bee button on the flower.

Again, a little chalk on the embossing. Look at the cute bee button on the flower.

Playing with honeycomb (or hexagons)!

Playing with honeycomb (or hexagons)!

A miniature seed pack and a layered fly sticker give an old fashioned flavor.

A miniature seed pack and a layered fly sticker lend to an old fashioned flavor.

These two square cards include honeycomb and bee cut files from the amazing Bird's Cards. I created the digi stamp sentiment myself.

These last two do not have a bug, but they are part of the family with their honeycomb!

 sweet

sweet

Daisy Crazy

Daisy Crazy

I gave another go at digital stamps. I just used colored pencils. Nothing fancy. I found wonderful stamps at Beyond the Fringe Crafts. Carmen has great designs and she is really nice. I printed each stamp twice and layered various parts of each stamp.

I really like this moving truck. I cut some of the furniture and boxes for a second layer. Isn't the rocking chair on top of the roof a cute idea?


Carmen calls this sheep a 'primitive sheep.' He comes with a bird on his head, but I decided to replace it with a party hat. On this one I made the second layer just of the heart.


Google Friend Dis-Connect
I've just been alerted to the fact that "Google Friend Connect" will be changing in March!
A few months ago Google quietly announced they would discontinue Google Friend Connect for non-Blogger Blogs.

Why are they doing this?
Google is encouraging bloggers to create new Google Plus pages in lieu of their old Google Friend Connect account.

What does this mean to you?
You will no longer be able to follow this blog! Google will just drop you! This happens March 1, 2012!!
Because this Blog is not a Blogger blog, I will loose all followers using Google Friend Connect. That is most of you.

Let's Stay Connected!
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My apologies to all of you! I hope to see your continued support. Thank you.

Here are a few cards I made for a challenge at the Scrapping Bug Designs facebook fan page.

Theme: Spring Time
(1) You must use an SBD piecing on your project.
(2) You must also use at least 3 (yes 3) different papers in your design.
(3) And last but not least your project must have some flower embellies!!!

Want to join us?
Post your lovely "Springtime" themed project (or projects) on the Fan Page no later than 9 pm EST on February 29, for a chance to win $15 in files. Each project you post earns you an entry! One winner will be drawn from all entries. It would be most helpful when you post your project if you would specify that it is for the "Springtime" challenge.

I think I am getting the hang of this scrapbook thing! I still like it simple. I prefer that the focus be on the event in the pictures--not all the embellishing.

I created this layout just in time for Valentine's Day. Although, it can be used for any sweet occasion.

I created the strawberries and the page title myself. The round frame with flourish and flower are a cut file from SVG Attic. I used the flourish throughout the spread, tying the frames together with that same element. The red is pretty deep and I hope it comes through in the photos. The background paper is a pale green with inlaid silver foil flowers. You will see that the ribbons are loose in the photos. The idea is that the ribbon and the flourishes will go on top of each picture. So use your imagination.

As I am still new at scrapping, I invite your feedback. Ha! I can change this one because nothing is adhered! I was wondering if I should add white prima flowers?? Let me know your thoughts. Thanks.

I am entering this layout in the current contest at SVG Attic. The team there has invited us to create any type of project using at least one element from an SVG Attic file and use glitter or metallic accents.

2 Page Spread


Left Page


Right Page

Close Ups