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Do you celebrate Halloween? Our family does. We try to stay away from the creepy stuff. But now I have 2 teenage boys and they think it's all about the creepy!! I still side on the cute stuff! The crafts I have today are all too cute to spook!

The Peeking Crow is a cut file from KaDoodle Bug Designs. He measures 5" tall by almost 4" wide. It has been a long time since I did paper piecing. I love it! It is so fun. I layer the pieces by adding an extra piece of card stock behind some of the pieces to give more dimension. Nice. You can use this little guy on a scrapbook layout, a card, or stand alone.

Peeking Crow

I have made just a few cards. The digi stamps all come from Bugaboo Digi Stamps. I think you will like how I use a selection of kids dressing up for a Halloween Costume theme. Hopefully I inspire you to use your digis in a different way. I'm still just playing with digis. So, I just used colored pencils or watercolor pencils. I used the pumpkin from the above cut file to add a bit more to the scenes. All 3 of the cards measure 6" tall by 4.5" wide.

Stink Pie or Cutie Pie?

Heroes Come In All Sizes

Little Princess

However you choose to celebrate, I hope you have fun. Especially if you have little ones in your life.

Here I am showing you a view of each from the side to highlight the layers.

Crow

Skunk

Super Hero

Princess

Actually, these welcome cards are for the new teachers in our building. I was asked to make cards again this year. It was fun to play. Some of the digi's were created by me! Some are from The Cutting Cafe All About School Digi, All About School file.

Digi & Cut Files by Krista

Digi by Krista

Digi & Cut Files by Krista

Digi & Cut Files by Krista

Digi & Cut Files by Krista

Sentiment/Notepaper by Krista
Apple, Owl by The Cutting Cafe

Digi and Sentiment by The Cutting Cafe

Digis by The Cutting Cafe

This week the team at The Cutting Cafe is making cards and boxes using Clear Cardstock.

The first card uses Birthday Number Candles. I opted to cut trough the top layer of cardstock, but without the flames attached. Additionally, I cut the numbers out on a scallop card.

Selecting Colors

Selecting Colors

The next step is to attach the clear cardstock to act as a window pane so the "sprinkles" do not fall out!

Measuring the Clear Cardstock

Measuring the Clear Cardstock

Next, I added the dimensional foam tape. This allows room for the sprinkles to "shake." I like to put foam tape all around the window so that the sprinkles stay in that spot and not get lost in the rest of the card. However, you need the foam tape all around the card so that the height of the top layer is consistent.

Dimensional Foam

Dimensional Foam

I have to share this as a side note. I am a very thrifty shopper. I found this bag of "sprinkles" at the thrift store. I don't know their original use, but in "thinking outside the box" I figured they would be great for shaker cards! Fun? Yes!

"Sprinkles"

"Sprinkles"

Back to crafting! Now comes the tricky part: Adding the sprinkles and attaching the top and bottom of the card together. I add the sprinkles to the card piece with the window. Then I hold both the top and bottom of the card above my head and line them up as well as I can. I don't know how it works for you, but for me, it's usually a catastrophe! Here's a trick I use. Laying the bottom piece of the card (the piece without the window cut) on my work surface, I pile up the sprinkles where they will peek through. Then I can better line up the top piece.

"Sprinkles"

"Sprinkles"

Here is the finished card! Remember that I cut out the candle numbers without the flames? Instead, I cut the flames separately and I added foam tape to the flames to pop them out.

Finished

Finished

Nice Layers

Nice Layers

The Cutting Cafe has many card front options for playing with clear cardstock. For these cards I used Window Card Templates. I also used sentiments from this wonderful collection of digi sentiments. The procedure is basically the same. For the butterfly card, I laid out all the pieces in my Pazzles InVue software. I first printed on the card stock right from the InVue software!! Next I positioned the cardstock on my cutting mat to match what I see on my computer screen and cut! Easy!

Printed Sentiment on Cut Mat

Printed Sentiment on Cut Mat


Cut "Window"

Cut "Window"


Voilà !

Voilà !

And the finished card! I think this is my favorite!!

Beautiful

Beautiful

One more card to show you. Again, same procedure.

Pretty

Pretty

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

My kiddos have been back to school for over two months now. I did not craft all summer, focusing on the kids. I am thankful that God has sparked the creative juices in me once again.

For Halloween, I have been playing with my Pazzles cutter and the wonderful creations from The Cutting Cafe. The sentiments are digi stamps from The Cutting Cafe as well. I used my Pazzles to Print & Cut the sentiments!

Candy Treat Cup
Here I used Regina's Candy Treat Cup Card with a few alterations to make it stand alone with the card portion of the pattern. I made 3 versions: One card that opens, one that is a "card front" that does not open, and one that is a thinner shaker card.

Pumpkin Treat Cup

Pumpkin Treat Cup

Pumpkin Treat Cup Opens Like a Card

Pumpkin Treat Cup Opens Like a Card

Friendly Spider Treat Cup

Friendly Spider Treat Cup

Candy Shaker

Candy Shaker

Candy Corn Shaker Card
Here I used Regina's Candy Corn Shaker Card. Tell me how you like the idea of using sequins for the shaker "material." I chose to make these as "card fronts" as well. They do not open but a greeting can be written on the back.

Shaking Up Something Delicious!

Shaking Up Something Delicious!

It is a brand new year and time to get organized! Don’t huff and groan. I am going to start you off easy. In the past few years my family has been making the move to healthier eating with whole foods. That means that this mom had to learn how to cook (even if it were simple meals). For me the hardest part about preparing healthy foods at home is planning the menu. My fourth year into this endeavor and I still struggle with it. I sat down with my kids and asked them what they would eat if they were to cook, “WHAT’S FOR DINNER?” Taking their suggestions in to consideration, I created a striking, modular Menu Board. Sit yourself down here at the hearth and I’ll teach you how to make one for your kitchen.

It was wonderful to design my entire project in the Pazzles' InVue Software. The software is a great tool for getting your ideas down “on paper” yet having the flexibility to easily manipulate it and make notes. To play around with shapes their sizes and various fonts is a blessing for this non-artist.

I started out with an up-cycled, decorative metal sign. Look, brand new this sign was $21. I got it at a steal for half the price on the pink sticker because, as luck would have it, it was “pink sticker day” at the thrift store!! Oh Yeah! I love a great thrifty score!

Repurposed Metal Sign

Repurposed Metal Sign

Back of Sign, Includes Wire for Hanging

Back of Sign, Includes Wire for Hanging

Before I started I lined up all my pieces to check the color scheme.

A Classic Look

A Classic Look

My metal sign measured 12 X 16 inches. In my InVue software, I created a new file measuring 12 X 24 inches. I chose and made shapes that represented the image in my head. Originally I was going to simply cut circles out of card stock for the days of the week. As my project evolved, I decided to use decorative bottle caps. The store had only one 6 count package of rustic orange caps. I worked with it. I decided to put Saturday and Sunday at the week’s end (weekend, get it) and use black bottle caps. Each letter representing the days of the week are cut from Pazzles’ Vinyl. I matched the font of the letters with the board’s title font “What’s For Dinner?” The bottle caps will wear better and because they are metal themselves, a perfect match for adding the magnets that will hold up each menu choice. You will note that the tile frame matches those on the boxes to the right of the board.

Bottle Caps & Magnets

Bottle Caps & Magnets

Title Frame

Title Frame

For the menu choice cards, I created rectangles and the “Bracket Tag.” With InVue I was able to mark these shapes as a cut only option. Then I selected the font for the menu choices and put them in place within each rectangle and Bracket Tag. These I marked draw. When I am ready to “cut” the entirety of the item, I first used Pazzles’ Pen tool to draw each of the words for the menu choices and the titles Menu Items and Grocery List. At this point in time, InVue software does not support single stroke fonts. I think it still looks sharp. Next I cut only the boxes and Bracket Tag surrounding these words. It is a handy system!

"Writing" with Pazzles' Pen Tool

The boxes that hold the menu choices and a notepad for the grocery list, are made from an altered version of Pazzles’ Pocket Box Card. (I left off the outside, front flap.)

Prepping the Boxes

Prepping the Boxes

Finished Boxes

Finished Boxes

It was fun to design this Menu Board and put it all together. I added some ribbon, as well as a matching strip of the teal card stock at the bottom of the board to dress it up a bit more. Because this Menu Board is decorative, I can display it in my kitchen. And, instead of the kids asking “What’s For Dinner?” they can look at the board.

Finished Board

Finished Board

Close-Up

Close-Up

Supplies Used for Menu Board
Menu Choices, “Menu Items,” and “Grocery List” font, SF Foxboro Script
“What’s For Dinner?” title and Days of the Week font, Copperplate Gothic Bold
Pocket Box Card found in Projects, Cards and Envelopes, Pocket Box Card
Image Library on line, Decorative, Charms and Tags, Bracket
Pazzles Black Vinyl
Crafty Power Tape by Scrapbook Adhesives
Honey Comb Paper and Teal Cardstock, Recollections
Ribbon, Recollections
Bottle Caps
Magnets

I was not aware of “Crackers” until I became an adult. Cracker favors are just as fun for me as for kids! Traditionally you pull on the two ends of the cracker and it "Snaps" open with a snapping sound. These particular crackers require a gentle hand to twist them open in order to retrieve the goodies. Still a lot of fun.

There are two Cracker files in Pazzles’ Craft Room that you can use for any special occasion. Today I have dressed them up for New Years! These are very easy to assemble. I also added a Print & Cut as a bonus decoration. Filled with confetti or treats these crackers are sure to help you ring in the New Year!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

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close up

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Here are the Files from the Pazzles' Craft Room:
Cracker Box
Cracker Box 2
Happy New Year Title

Ha! I love this. So by now you know that I like dimensional creations. I like the challenge of taking Pazzles' cut pattern files and doing “something” out of the ordinary with them. Do you have a young (or not so young) person in your life that is (finally) getting their braces off? Here is a cute and easy idea to celebrate that occasion.
I used that Perfect Smile to make napkins rings! I will walk you through it with photos.

Then you can surprise your teen at supper.

Shiny Smile

Shiny Smile

Adding foam dots between the first two layers will give a fun appearance of looking in to the mouth.

Foam dots on the back of the first layer.

Foam dots on the back of the first layer.

I cut a 7 by 1 inch strip of coordinating paper for the ring and attached the smile. Enjoy!

Strip of coordinating paper.

Strip of coordinating paper.

Ring the strip around and adhere to lips.

Ring the strip around and adhere to lips.

Insert Napkin

Insert Napkin

Close Up

Close Up

My current assignment is up on the Pazzles' website.
Join me there and see what other fun offerings you can find.

Here is a sneak peak. The "Hands Down" digi and hand cut out were created by The Cutting Cafe.

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Sharing more of the cross boxes. These were a custom order for confirmation. These boxes are perfect for first communion as well. I made these at 6 inches in height.
The Box is from SVG Attic and the rolled flowers are from Pazzles. You can read more about the process at this earlier post.

Purple

Purple


Flowers

Flowers

Teal

Teal


Flowers

Flowers

Open Box

Open Box