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

A number of us at the Pazzles Fans facebook page have been playing with Vinyl and Shadow Boxes for the Christmas Season. These will make great gifts! Join us! Or, as always, I am happy to take your custom order.

So Merry!

So Merry!

And Bright!

And Bright!

Love the Pink!

Love the Pink!

Cheers!

Cheers!

I am decorating my Thanksgiving table with Pazzles’ Vinyl. This was my very first attempt to cut vinyl. I do not know what I had been afraid of. It is so easy.

I started with the “Give Thanks” phrase from the Craft Room Library to decorate a vase for a centerpiece.

Cutting The Vinyl

Cutting The Vinyl


I was working with small pieces, so I did not use the transfer tape to move the vinyl on to the vase. I did however, print out the image, tape it to the inside of the glass vase and use that as a guide to lay down the layers of vinyl.
My Printed Guide

My Printed Guide


Adhering the Vinyl in Place.

Adhering the Vinyl in Place.


Here is the vase as it stands alone. You will see that I added a candle holder topped with an electric tea light and filled with seasonal ribbon. I also cut a "mat" for under the vase.
Vase

Vase

The other two pieces for the table are a utensil holder (or pocket) and the wine glasses. I added the maple leaf to tie all the pieces together—as you will see it on each piece. You might choose to put your napkin inside the pocket. I used decorative paper.

I think the table looks lovely. Now I only need to make 20 more utensil pockets!! Happy Thanksgiving.

Full Table

Full Table

Here are the pieces individually.

Cat Admiring the Vase

Cat Admiring the Vase


Utensil Pocket

Utensil Pocket


Wine Glasses

Wine Glasses


Companions

Companions

Supplies
Paper: Core’dinations basic and canvas textures
Pazzles’ Vinyl: Dark Brown, Dark Green, Dark Red (from Jewels), Light Tan (from Neutrals)
Ribbon, Candle Holder and Tealights from a dollar store
Cut Files are all from Pazzles:
“Give Thanks” Phrase
Thanksgiving Utensil Pocket
Swirled Maple Leaf
Bottom Doily, Edited Lace

I have been trying some new things with my Pazzles InVue personal cutter. I have been cutting vinyl and using the pen tool before cutting. All the the cuts are files from the Pazzles' Craft Room. I hope you like what I have created.

A Jar with Vinyl

A Jar with Vinyl

Lovely

Lovely

Very Pretty

Very Pretty

This past week in the Pazzles' Craft Room it was all about the Baby. We have given you many ideas that you can use to decorate for a baby shower to gift giving. This link will start you at Day One. I will show you my contribution in more detail here.

I made a simple but sweet banner for a shower or even to decorate the nursery. I have used the Dimensional Bow from the Craft Room to create a darling pink banner to welcome a baby girl. You will see that the bow is made of two layers. At first I was going to use only one layer for the bows. I was worried that the bows would come out too big, but I am glad I used other layers. So Cute! You can always change the size, but I went with the imported size. This file is so easy to use. You will want to make extra bows to spread throughout the room!

The separate pieces . . .

The separate pieces . . .

Assembling the bow . . .

1. Fold sides to back, tuck in slots and adhere

1. Fold sides to back, tuck in slots and adhere


2. Plain Bow . . .

2. Plain Bow . . .


3. Adhere Center . . .

3. Adhere Center . . .


4. Adhere to Tails

4. Adhere to Tails


5. Completed Bow

5. Completed Bow

In the center of the banner, I have used the Onesie file from the Craft Room to announce the baby’s sex.
It is strung together with a coordinating, but bright, hemp string.

Sweet

Sweet

Here is the completed Banner.

(it's hard to get a picture)

(it's hard to get a picture)


close up

close up

More fun photos . . .

Darling

Darling


More Cuteness

More Cuteness

Are you having a sizzling summer? Then it’s time to cool off at the beach. We are celebrating summer at Pazzles with a beach week. Join us there for summer inspired craftiness! Grab your sand bucket, shovel and let’s go!

Today I want to show you an idea for a party favor or gift box. I started with the Pazzles’ Craft Room file Sandy Bucket. There is sand, a bucket and a shovel. You will see that I altered the original pattern just a tad.

Pazzles' Cut File

from Pazzles' Cut File

I enlarged that pattern so that I would have a finished creation large enough to hold a gift as well as the candy tube that I used to make the shovel. This also meant that I needed to increase the size of (take out) Box 5-A from the software library. Because the box is so large, I had to cut it by making it two pieces. The finished box stands 10 inches high. (I also cut the box without its top.) Sorry the these photos are so small.

One half of bucket

One half of bucket

. . . the other half

. . . the other half

Here are the bucket pieces cut and then assembled:

Bucket in 2 Pieces

Bucket in 2 Pieces


to one whole Bucket.

to one whole Bucket.

I wanted a separate shovel that was more or less 3 dimensional. You can see that I pulled the shovel from the original Sandy Bucket file and altered it to wrap around a plastic candy tube.

Shovel Pieces to become 3D

Shovel Pieces to become 3D


Shovel Top

Shovel Top

The "scene" is fun to create. I chalked the sand and I used a white gel pen to stitch the bucket edge. This helps the bucket to pop a bit. I also raised part of the handle on foam dots.

Bucket with Sand

Bucket with Sand

Here is the finished gift bag/centerpiece. In the first photo, you can see the bucket peaking from behind.

front view

front view


back view

back view

I think that this could also be a fun center piece for a summer party! Add a banner and some other beach theme cuts from the Pazzles Craft Room. I will be watching the mail for your party invitation!! Let's get summer started!

The shovel is approx 15" long.

The shovel is approx 15" long.

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

Happy Valentine's Day. May you know the joy and love of friends. May you know the love, joy and peace of God. God gave us the best Valentine Gift ever in sacrificing his son Jesus Christ.

I love how this project turned out! I am so excited to share with you! This is 3D, old fashioned, paper candy jar. The design is created by Lauren at My Time Made Easy. The cut file includes a plain jar, as well as pieces to make a cat and a dog. Just adorable! I did make a cat and dog. But I also made two decorative jars. I am going to make chocolate truffles to put inside. These are a surprise for my kiddos and my god daughter!

I will sow you the completed jars first and then a dew pictures of the pieces broken down.
 

cat & dog candy jars

cat & dog candy jars

decorative candy jars

decorative candy jars

I assembled the dog's jar first. You will probably see a few mistakes. Practice makes perfect and now I am a pro at assembling these cuties. It is my opinion that parts of that pattern are a bit off. I was (of course) in a hurry to get these done (the night before Vday), so I just went with it and worked in adjustments as I assembled the jars. Now that the pressure is off, I will try to tweak the pattern. I do recommend checking into Lauren's creations tho. The tag on the dog is a digital stamp from my all-time favorite designer Regina at The Cutting Cafe. I use her creations over and over.

Side View of Candy Jars

side view

side view

side view

side view

Open Jar

open jar

open jar

open jar

open jar

Lid Assembly -- I love the glitter paper for the plain jars!

lid

lid

lid

lid

Today is Day 3 of Polka Dotted Bliss' Cute & Spooky Birthday Blog Hop. Welcome to Krista's Paper Cafe! I am helping my scrappy friend Kimberly celebrate the 1-year Birthday of her Etsy Shop, Polka Dotted Bliss.
Kimberly has a spookalicious line-up of talented girls sharing polka-dot Halloween creations all week long on her blog! AND, she's giving away some blog candy each and every day this week. So make sure you stop in all this week, catch some inspiration and enter the giveaways! Scroll to the end of this post to see the goodies that both Kimberly and I are giving away today. To enter the giveaways, leave a comment here on my post AND head on over to Kimberly's blog here for a chance to win. **Giveaways Open to US residents only.

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If you want to follow along each day this week, first visit Kimberly's blog and then check her guest's blog for the day.
Day 1 Sunday, October 20 - Created by DonnaK
Day 2 Monday, October 21 - Karen's Crafty Creations
Day 3 Tuesday, October 22 - Krista's Paper Cafe (you are here)
Day 4 Wednesday, October 23 - Little HoneyBee Studios
Day 5 Thursday, October 24 - Scrap Your World
Day 6 Friday, October 25 - WhimsyPics
Day 7 Saturday, October 26 - Polka Dotted Bliss (PDB)

Let's play! Be sure to keep your eyes open for Kimberly's polka dots! She is crazy about polka dots! I made two teacups for you to enjoy your Halloween tea as you hop with us. I started with a cut file pattern from Pazzles for my Pazzles Inspirational Personal Paper Cutter. I did alter the original pattern to fit a style that I like. I added a saucer to the first cup. I also created a different handle.

I cut the base of the cup from shimmering black cardstock.

Base of Cup in Black

Base of Cup in Black

Because the way the cup is assembled, the inside is quite crude. I cut a second pass of the cup base from patterned paper. I reversed the folds so that the pattern side of the paper is on the inside and adhered it to the inside of the black base cup. I inked the top edge of the inside piece with black so that it would "blend" better. It was a tight squeeze. (I should play around with it and cut the inside a tad smaller.)

Inside "Lining" of Cup

Inside "Lining" of Cup

Next I chose to decorate the outside panels of the teacup with coordinating colors. I also inked those edges as the base paper is white. I do not like seeing that white edge.

Decorative Panels

Decorative Panels

Here she is! Beautiful!

Stunning Colors

Stunning Colors

A side view to show off the colors.

Fun stripes, purple, and spiders. Oh My!

Fun stripes, spiders and purple!

Now lets have a little fun! Of course I had Kimberly in mind when I designed the second tea cup! It's sWTICHy! But after all, Kimberly is a stylin' witch!
My Pazzles cutter tore the paper as it cut, but I think it adds to the decoration! I did not have to cut a inside for this cup as I used tissue paper to create the effect of a boiling cauldron!

hee hee!

A Spell Gone Awry!!

She is in there somewhere!

She is in there somewhere!

My Etsy Shop has been stocked with a fresh selection of items for Halloween and Fall. Come on in to Krista's Paper Cafe and have a look. If yoou do not see what you are looking for--or you want some Halloween Tea Cups--let me know!

Trick or Treat Time! Two Chances to Win!
Enjoy your afternoon tea and please leave a comment on my blog and Kimberly's blog for a chance to win one of these Halloween Treats!

Treats from Polka Dotted Bliss

Holiday Paper Stack from Polka Dotted Bliss


Treats from Krista's Paper Cafe

Stampin' Up Stamps from Krista's Paper Cafe

Who?
Boo!
Whoo-Whoo!

I decided to join in on Scraptastical Kreations first challenge. I made this sweet wreath for Who -lloween!!

The challenge this month is to create a 3D Halloween project. The 3 requirements - it has to be 3D, it must be Halloween, and it must contain at least 1 Scraptastical Kreations SVG/Paper Piecing on it. I used several pieces from 2 patterns designed by SK. The patterns are the owl, Autumn Angels and Autumn Splendor. It was so fun to play with the pieces--laying them out and adapting the sizes. The finished wreath measure approximately 13 inches across.

First I will show you the finished wreath and then follow with some close up and some of the assembly steps.

full wreath

cutie pie!

I love the acorns!

pretty

Who! lloween!

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