Ok. I got this for the most part. Time to design my own creation!

My first step was to create an image to foil. That is too easy with Pazzles. I changed the line type to draw. Foiling with Pazzles is the same as drawing. I drew a few circles, a flower and added a sentiment inside. Originally the entire image was drawn in black. You'll see that my first foil quill output was quilled all in gold. After grouping all of that, I added an outline as a cut line, making it a different color in the software.

Happy Circles

Here you see the foiled piece. I use the medium quill for the circles. Then I used the fine quill for the flower, leaves, and sentiment. Can you see the difference?

The Foiled Image

At this point Pazzles has run the machine with two different passes. Next step is to cut out the image. This is a third pass. You'll see that the cut is off left to right. We're still trying to figure this one out. So, I actually ended up trimming the image by hand.

Cut is Off

Finished Image

I'm adding colors to my creation! Take a look again at the first photo -- the image I designed in Pazzles. My plan was to foil each color to match my Pazzles image, except that the black represents gold. But I was getting a little frustrated, so I only foiled gold and green. I think you get the idea though. The gold didn't come out completely. Again, still a novice. (I had to trash the birthday circle, so I used it to test my coloring.)

Gold & Green Foil

Here you see two colors:

Ooh! Two Colors!

I love how this one turned out!

Splendid

Thank you for joining me on this 3 day journey of foiling. This is a lot of fun and I encourage you to give it a try. Enjoy.

No, that is not a typo. I've been Fooling Around with Foil! I recently purchased We R Memory Keepers foil quill system. I'm using it with my Pazzles Inspiration Vue personal paper cutter. I sound like a commercial. I am not being paid by either company.

I'm liking the foil quilling. It is simple enough to understand and manipulate. I'm going to share my (beginner's point of view) foil experience over the next 3 days. Be sure to tune in and see the progression.

I went simple for my very first attempt. I created my own simple pumpkin with leaves. And I used the leafy pumpkin file from the Pazzles craft room library. You can see from the photo that some of the foil was missed. As a first run, this could be user error in pressure, speed, fol tightness, or other. Also, if the cut mat that is not totally clean (bumps) could cause foil to be missed.

First Foil Run

Close Up Showing Foil

You'll see that the foil adds a nice element to a finished card.

Welcome Fall

Lovely

See you tomorrow for some really beautiful pieces. Here is a sneak peek . . . .

Time again to play with made with love (and paper). Our February theme is True Love. We are challenged to create our project in monochrome (different shades of one color). Please follow the link to see other creations by the team.

True love does not have to be romantic love. What greater bond is there between a mother and her baby? A popular poem is circulating the internet that speaks to this. It is by Kristen Proby from one of her novels. I have chosen to use it in my creation this month.

I am using the monochrome color palette of pink. I cut my pieces from a floral pattern piece of cardstock, so the pieces are multi colored within the range of the palette. My base paper, with the poem, is cream.

I used Adobe Illustrator to set the poem to text. AI is an easy program to learn and is helpful for those of us who can't write fancifully. (Is that a word?) That was the piece of my creation that took the longest. I'm a perfectionist. I used my Pazzles to cut out the butterflies. This butterfly is one that I created a long time ago using my Pazzles' software. You can see that I cut the butterfly in two sizes. I cut twice as many butterflies as I needed so that I could make a dimensional, contrasting color to the edge of the wings. (I only wanted the edges and that is why I did not cut butterflies slightly bigger.)

Metamorphosis

I put the final piece in a shadow box, measuring 8 inches square. Very sweet. I am well-pleased with the final result.

Precious

Side View

Here is the artwork with the shadow box. It appears white in the photo.

Artwork withOUT Shadow Box

Time again to play with made with love (and paper). Our January theme is Winter Wonderland and the requirements are texture and sparkle. Follow the link to see other creations by the team.

The January Theme is perfect timing for us MinneSNOWtans. We just had quite the dumping of snow! More then we have had all winter combined so far. We received 8 inches (or more) in the Minneapple. However, after you shovel it can be 3 feet or more in places. We are running out of room to pile the stuff!! With the snow comes the perfect setting for a Winter Wonderland.

My background paper is a digital scrapbook paper called Snowflaked by SaviByDesign. I love it!! This Snowflaked paper is perfect. I could not find a paper in a brick and mortar store. I downloaded the jpg files and opened them in Photoshop. I recolored the digital image to match my vision. The artist gives permission to do so. This is the first time I have used digital scrapbook paper. I want you to note, with SaviByDesign, the original image does measure 12 x 12 inches. However, my printer does not print edge to edge. You will see a white border around each page. I think that is fine.

I am using the challenge, and a hint from our Minnesota weather, to create a scrapbook page. I used my Pazzles' software to create my two-page spread.

The titles were cut in both white and silver cardstock. I used a strip of the silver behind picture mats on both pages. I used a Core'dinations' white Gemstones cardstock for the mats, as well as the snowflakes. The gemstones stock is shimmering, giving it a natural sparkle.

I added more sparkle to the project dabbing glitter glue on the snowflakes and some flower petals. The texture piece of the challenge comes in to play on the snowflakes, as the Core' Gemstones paper mimics a textured linen. See the pretty silver flowers? They are a sticker collection that I had in my stash. They add a nice sparkle and dimension (or texture) as well. Do note the various layers & lifts created with the snowflakes and other embellishments.

Lastly, I give out a shout to my Minnesota friends who ventured out after the snowstorm to capture the wonder of it all in some beautiful photos. With permission, I lifted the photos from their facebook pages. Thank you Ela, KC, Steve, and Sherri. I printed these photos on white cardstock, so they didn't come out the best. But the photos are on the scrapbook layout to give you an idea of the completed page. On that note, I do have the page available for sale (with out the pictures). Contact me if you are interested in purchasing it.

I hope that where ever you are, you are blessed by the beauty that comes through a Winter Wonderland.

Full Spread

Left Page

Right Page

With Photos

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

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

I am so excited to share!! My current project for The Cutting Cafe turned out so well! I am really pleased. I might enter this in the Minnesota State Fair!

On to it . . .
Our assignment this week is a word album. This link will take you to projects created by the other Design Team members. The Cutting Cafe has many word albums at this link to choose from. (Don't let the first image at the link distract you. It is a Christmas Tree. Scroll down the page for word albums.)

I chose to use the BABY word album. So adorable!!

This is only my second word album ever. I cut my first word album by hand (back in 2011). Today's album was cut with my Pazzles Inspiration Vue. This is was my first time to cut chipboard on my Pazzles. It was so easy and slick!! I may have to make more! My "chipboard" came from packaging for crafts. It was only 1 mm thick. (I think most chipboard is 2 mm.) Still it took 2 and 3 passes to cut. Here is a great video tutorial for cutting chipboard on the Pazzles.

Here are pics of the cut process:
Look closely in front of the blue housing blade . . . you can make out the letter A. Try squinting or click on the picture for a larger view.

Try Squinting to See the A

Try Squinting to See the A

With one pass . . .

With one pass . . .

Two passes . . .

Two passes . . .

Release from Cut Mat . . .

Release from Cut Mat . . .

Look Ma! It's an "A"

Look Ma! It's an "A"

The pattern comes with the letters B A B Y. I added a back cover (that is not shown here).

A Naked Baby!!

A Naked Baby!!

Use the same pattern, of course, to cut the cardstock/paper that will cover each page. To cut the "back side" of each letter, I cut the reverse side of the patterned cardstock. My mat was not brand new, so I new the card stock would not stick. However, if your mat is fairly new, simply mirror your image in your cutting software and cut that on the "good side" of the cardstock/paper.

I used a glue stick to adhere my cardstock/paper to the chipboard. It takes a steady hand. I inked all the edges. This helped to hide any imperfections in alignment between the chipboard and cardstock.

Inking Edges

Inking Edges

Detail of Inked Edges

Detail of Inked Edges

Now the really fun part!! Embellishing. First I printed some digi stamps. The ones on the left were created by me. The stamps on the right were created by Regina at The Cutting Cafe. I added color to Regina's digi stamps.

My Digi  Stamps

My Digi Stamps

The Cutting Cafe Digi Stamps

The Cutting Cafe Digi Stamps

Then I added photo mats and all the yummies.

Front of B

Front of B

Back of B

Back of B

Front of A

Front of A

Back of A

Back of A

Front of B

Front of B

Back of B

Back of B

Front of Y

Front of Y

Back of Y

Back of Y

Back Page, Inside

Back Page, Inside

Back Cover (outside)

Back Cover (outside)

A couple close ups . . .

"Tickets" Removed

"Tickets" Removed

Sweet

Sweet

Full Album Closed

Full Album Closed

Completed Side View

Completed Side View

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