I'm not sure what it's called, but it is a popular shape circulating the crafting world. I call it a "swirly scribble flower." I think it is mostly available as a metal die. But I said to myself, "Self, you can do this up in Pazzles' software!" And I did! I have made 3 variations of this swirl. It is so fun to play around with and create a huge variety of designs. You can use the swirl as all one size, or mix it up be re-sizing to multiple sizes. You can even squish it in Pazzles. Something you can't do with a metal die! And bonus, I am sharing it as a free file (see end of post). You'll see that it also includes the solid cut and both an inline and outline of the cut. This adds to the variety of creations. Please do not share the file. Please direct crafters to this original blog post. (Please note my copyright restrictions listed within the file.)

I am using the cut as a flower. Certainly, you can do other things with it. Use it a wreath, a nest, tree top, or stand alone. Let's see what I have come up with . . . .

The leaves on this card are from a metal die cut.

The "hello" that I have added below is a metal die cut. The leaves are from the built in image gallery in the Pazzles software. In these two cards, you can see how I played with size for the swirls, as well as Paz's leaf.

The leaves on this card are the same leaf as above, however, by un-grouping the image, I removed the inner cut lines to create a solid leaf. I designed the text with Adobe Illustrator. I print first, then adhere the cuts.

The below card is dressed up with a strip of embossed paper and again, the text is designed in Illustrator.

In the cards following, you'll see how I used the shadows and full shape behind the swirls. I love how the pink card turned out!

And one final card . . .

I can't wait to make more! Will you join me?!

Here is the Free Cut File:
Swirly Flower SVG
Swirly Flower PVGC

Have you delved in to the adult coloring book phenomenon? It's not for me. I cannot sit still. I am (and have been for a long time) fascinated by the crafters who color digital stamps. Digi Stamps (for short) are just that. Instead of an inked imaged, they image (or stamp) is printed via computer and printed. Then the crafter colors it with choice of medium--paint, pencils, crayons, markers. I have tried a few. Again, i don't like to sit and work on one project too long. I have been using my children's colored pencils. (You can invest a lot of money in pencils and markers just for this craft.)

A customer recently requested a birthday card for her sister. I chose to go the Digi Stamp route. Here I used an image from A Day For Daisies. It is titled Sent of a Vintage Rose. I can no longer find it in their shop, but there are so many wonderful images to play with.

My first step was to choose a color scheme and color the stamp.

Digi Stamp

Digi Stamp

I am playing along with A Day for Daisies (ADFD) Challenge #134 - Add Texture. I chose to add texture by adding layers to the digi itself. By printing out multiple copies of the digi I can select pieces of the image to add depth. Many of ADFD images beg for layering and are easy to manipulate. I use adhesive foam between each layer. You will note that some pieces have two layers and some have three layers. I think varying the heights add to the overall beauty.

Layering

Layering

Here is a close up of the rose.

Rose with Layers

Rose with Layers

Another option for adding texture to your greeting cards is to layer the background. Here you see the various paper patterns and the background layout.

Ovals and Square are Delightful Together

Ovals and Square are Delightful Together

I added even more texture with coordinating paper flowers.

Completed Card

Completed Card

Side View

Side View


Coordinated Inside

Coordinated Inside

I have seen this little box many places on the web. I knew I could create a pattern of my own with the help of my Pazzles Inspiration Cutter. This pattern is designed to fit the Hershey's Nugget Chocolates.

Here are links to get this free file from me. I am happy to share it with you. Please respect my copy rights of the pattern. For personal use only.
Click on the red box (Free Download) for the Candy Caddy for Pazzles InVue Software.
Free Download

SVG file for others--please contact me via the comments below. Leave your email address please. I am working on this option.

Here are the basics. Cut your two pieces: tray and decorative box. I used less pressure for the score (or kiss cut) lines. That way the pieces will fold nicely, but not separate. Adhere the tray corners.

Showing Tray Inside Decorative Box

Showing Tray Inside Decorative Box

Here are more photos of a finished box.

Closed

Closed

 

With the Tray Slid Partially Out

With the Tray Slid Partially Out

You can dress these up in a variety of ways and for so many occasions. I appreciate the flexibility. Here is a thank you treat I made for my mother. The Floppy Bear is from Little Scraps of Heaven and the Flower is from Pazzles.

Thank You

Thank You

View With Chocolates

View With Chocolates

My latest venture is making Tea Light Card Boxes. It is a card and gift all in one!
I have many birthdays to celebrate in May & June. We are all old enough that all we want is time to sit and relax with a friend. A quiet evening inside or on the deck, with the glow of candles to alight our conversation. I have many designs to show you. These boxes are pleasantly versatile. They can be used for birthdays, anniversaries, a note of cheer and graduation.

Vintage

Vintage


Cheerful

Cheerful


Classic Look w Removable Tag

Classic Look w Removable Tag


Happy

Happy


Simple

Simple


Classic Colors

Classic Colors


Lighthearted

Lighthearted


Cheerful

Cheerful


Joyful

Joyful

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

I have an exciting creation to share with you for this month's Made With Love (and Paper) design team project. I am tickled over the results that I achieved. It is exactly as I pictured in my mind. Don't you love when that happens? So, put on your rain coat and join me as I walk you through this adventure!

As we are posting during the month of May, our very appropriate theme is "April Showers Bring May Flowers." We used flowers, texture, and layering. Let's begin our walk in the rain.

Oh look! Flowers. Let's take a moment to stop and smell them. There are plenty of May Flowers--thanks to those April Showers! I interpreted both texturing and layering by using 3D rolled flowers. I used flower patterns from the Pazzles Craft Room. Pazzles calls them Twirled Flowers. I love all paper flowers no matter what you call them. The teal and peach flowers are actually the same pattern. Notice how I added texture to the teal flowers. Using Core'dinations cardstock, I cut the flowers with a shallow blade. This allowed the "petals" to tear as I removed them from the sheet of cardstock--adding to the natural look of the flower.

Step 1--Rolling Flowers

Step 1--Rolling Flowers

Step 2--Secured to Liking with Hot Glue

Step 2--Secured to Liking with Hot Glue

We need something to carry all our flowers. How about an umbrella? Michelle at Pazzles just released these wonderful 3D umbrella favors. I was glad. I was trying to create one myself and kept getting stuck. (I am finding the Pazzles Craft Room to be very handy.) I had to enlarge Michelle's Umbrella Favors to fit the scale of my project. Thus, I had to cut the pattern in half, but it all came together just perfectly! Darling? Yes!

Cut & Assemble Umbrella Pattern

Cut & Assemble Umbrella Pattern

A Fun Pattern

A Fun Pattern

Inside the Umbrella

Inside the Umbrella

Not only do showers produce flowers, they make puddles. I also have layers in my puddle. I pictured this in my head and it came out beautifully. I had to resist jumping in it!

Too Fun!

Too Fun!

Puddles are also great for splashing! Today we are wearing Orange Puddle Jumpers. You can even say the these boots are layered. I used a box that is found in the Pazzles built-in software and I drew up the boots myself. Of course I had to fiddle with the height and width of the box to hide it inside my boots.

Lusicious Orange

Lusicious Orange

A final touch of layering is the rain drops. You can see them clearly on the boots, not so much on the flowers. I used Glossy Accents to make the drops. In the final pictures you can see the rain drops on the boots. Not so much on the flowers. (My first time using Glossy Accents. I cannot wait to try other ideas with it.)

Tiny Rain Drops

Tiny Rain Drops

Now, I will take this all home and arrange a centerpiece on my dinner table. Promise me that the next time it rains, you will don your puddle jumpers, grab your kids or a friend, and find big puddles for splashing. And stop and smell the flowers along the way! Cheers.

Too Cute!

Too Cute!


Top View

Top View

More flower pics just because they are so delightful!

Happy Flowers

Happy Flowers

More Happy Flowers

More Happy Flowers

I want to share a couple ideas for Mother's Day. These are very simple. Do you believe that I designed these cards in my Pazzles' software! Yes! I drew & created the shapes in Pazzles. Then I printed, yes, printed using Pazzles software to my printer. The quality is very nice.

Flower Pots on Your Window Sill!

Flower Pots on Your Window Sill!

. . .  more Pots

. . . more Pots

Cuties! Purple

Cuties! Purple

Mutli Colors & Embellies

Mutli Colors & Embellies

These cards a bit more fancy. It all depends on the style of your mom. Again, I printed the cards through my Pazzles' software. I cut the flowers with Pazzles and used a hand punch for the border atop the sentiment. I used Core'dinations brand paper for the backing. I embossed the paper and then sanded the embossing. I really like the way these turned out. (I still have a few of these available for sale. Contact me if interested.)

Light Pinks

Light Pinks

Pretty Purple

Pretty Purple

Sunny Yellow

Sunny Yellow

Luscious Green

Luscious Green

Today I have made a cross box for Easter. It is beautiful. I wish I had time to make more. Can you imagine the color choices?!

I used this brilliant pattern from SVG Attic. It is very easy to cut and to assemble. I found the lily a little tricky, but then SVG Attic directed me to their youtube tutorial for this project.

I made the box first. The pattern comes as an SVG file. I brought that into my Pazzles and then saved it as a WPC Pazzles software file. I converted the kiss cut lines to solid lines. I did this so I could emboss those lines for scoring instead of the traditional perforated cuts. I think it has a cleaner, more finished look. Because I am not truly embossing, I use the embossing tool on the adhesive mat to score first, then use the cutting tool to cut.

Assemble the box . . .

well-designed tab placement

well-designed tab placement


top & bottom are nearly identical

top & bottom are nearly identical


Next step is to make the lilies. They are beautiful. I used card stock. It would be fun to play around with different paper weights.
lily pieces

lily pieces


lovely lily bouquet

lovely lily bouquet

Adorning the box . . .

add leaves first

add leaves first


hot glue to attach lilies

hot glue to attach lilies


side view

side view

Finished Easter Cross Box

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

Here is a fun, new design that is circulating the internet craft community. It is called a "Pop-Up Card Box." When the card lies closed (flat) it measures 6.5 inches square. Not sure how I would mail this card tho. Maybe in a bubble mailer.

Splitcoast Stampers has a tutorial here and a video tut here. Thus, I am not going to give you the instructions. The instructions are clearly presented. However, if you have a Pazzles, I can give you a WPC cut file so you can whip it out on your machine.

I have two WPC versions of the Cut File.
Pop Up Box Card KISS Cut Version
This File has the red lines to be cut as Kiss Cut lines (perforated) for making the folds.
Pop Up Box Card EMBOSS Version
This File has the red lines for making the folds. These lines are made using your embossing tool. I find it slick to use the embossing tool for scoring. You do not need to use the embossing mat. Place your cardstock on the cut mat. First emboss the red lines, then cut the black lines.

Another piece of advice I have, is that you might try decorating the inside "layers" before attaching them to the box. I have not tried that, but decorating the layers already attached was a challenge.

Enjoy the pictures and have fun making your Pop-Up Card Box.

BIRTHDAY

front, open

front, open

back

back

flat

flat

back side

back side

top view

top view

VALENTINE

front

front

back can be left blank for writing greeting

back can be left blank for writing greeting

closed flat

closed flat

Tip: if you use stickers, you can hide the stick by making a  back to the sticker

Tip: if you use stickers, you can hide the stick by making a back to the sticker

top view

top view

If you noticed, over at made with love (and paper) we took the summer off. Now we are trying to get a artistic selves back to crafting and posting. Can you believe that this October marks our 27th project?! Wow! Do join us.

For October our theme is a choice of Halloween or Wacky (or choose one or use both). We are required to use as many colors as you want but be sure to include purple, green, orange, and black.

I recently joined a facebook online craft group called The Craft Hole. Most times they play and sometimes they swap. Whether you choose to swap, you are welcome to play along on any project as a challenge. You can join us. I am combining my Love project with a challenge from that group.

Have you ever heard of a Tussie Mussie? I had not. Traditionally a TM is a very small bouquet of flowers that is worn as a brooch. It is kind of like a nosegay. It can also be larger in able to carry in the hand. In the picture below the person on your right is holding a tussie mussie. The craft group challenge is to make one out of paper or a toilet paper roll.
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While some can get pretty fancy, I made mine with paper. I up-cycled and advertisement I received in the mail. The ad is gorgeous. I could not throw it out. I think it was craftiness destiny! (This company has amazing ads!) I had everything else on stock. That is always a bonus!

A collection of Ads from Pronto Heating

A collection of Ads from Pronto Heating

I used these for my crafting!

Perfect for Crafting!

When I think about it, I guess you could say that I have made these before. For Christmas and Valentines. I just didn't know I was making a tussie mussie!

You can use your tussie mussie for flowers, candy or little gifts. I present to you made with love (and paper) meets craft challenge meets Halloween! I do hope you like it and would appreciate your comments below.

About 8 Inches tall.

About 8 Inches tall.

So fun!

So fun!

Add Flowers or . . .

Add Flowers or . . .

. . . candy

. . . candy