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Monday, May 11, 2015
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Happy Monday Crafty Friends, 
Hope you had a wonderful weekend and that your weekend included some crafty time. This week over at the Pazzles Craft room blog we are having a theme week. This week’s theme is our Favorite Things. We were tasked with using and or incorporating our favorite things for crafting.  It wasn’t hard for me to think about this at all. As my favorite craft tool….HANDS DOWN is my Pazzles Inspiration Vue! This machine literally changed my craft focus and direction. So let’s get to  my project.
GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHere is my finished project. It is a scrapbook layout featuring three of my six beautiful nieces. Now to create this layout, I started with one of the main components and reasons why I love my Pazzles Inspiration….The Software. With the software, you can layout your project completely, before you cut a single thing. You can even add your pictures in to size them and figure out the perfect size to print them out.

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Here is what I mean.   This is a screen shot of what the layout looks like in the software. You can add all of your elements, move them around and resize them. You can also edit elements quickly and easily to help create the finished look. As you can see by this screen shot, you can even add in your pictures and move it around just like any other element. I even try to play with colors so that I can get somewhat of a visual idea of what colors or color scheme to use for my layout.

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For My layout, I combined elements from these three cut and paste layout files that Pazzles offered for National Scrapbook Day FREE! As you build your library of files, you can open up and copy and paste different elements from different projects to use again and again! Following are some close up shots of the details.

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Here is a closer look at some of the arrows. I also created the Forever title and used the top portion of one of the tags from the My Family layout

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Here’s a closer look at the sun and heart die cuts. I also added some clear gems that I lightly colored with one of my alcohol markers.

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I added this cute ribbon by using elements from the Life is good layout. The colored hearts were from the same DCWV Chick Chat Stack.

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Here is a closer look at the Sisters Banner. I used the banner elements from the A Dreamy Day layout but for the banner base, I added a strip and welded them together.

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Here is a closer look at the background mat. I resized it and you can see how beautifully and accurately it cut the little circles.

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Here is one last look at the layout. Again, all of the vibrant papers are from the DCWV Chick Chat Stack.

Supplies Used
Craft Room Cut N' Paste Sketches:
Dreamy Day, Life Is Good and My Family
ALL FREE Files from Pazzles for National Scrapbook Day!
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Don’t forget to head over to the Pazzles Craft Room and grab all the freebies just click the home button and then scroll down to the different blog posts to grab each freebie. Plus you will want to stop by Pazzles each day to check out what each designer used for their “My Favorites” theme this week!
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 As always, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your crafty time with me. Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for another crafty project. Until then,

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Sunday, May 10, 2015
Happy Sunday crafty friends,
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s of the world. I created this card with one of the new file sets from PaperCraftingWorld.com.
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The finished size of the card is 4.25 x 5.5. I used patterned papers from the Craft Smith Company Blackberry Lemon Paper Stack.  I used my Pazzles Inspiration Vue to cut the frames and the base of the card. I love that my Pazzles Inspiration can cut such intricate designs!

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Here is an angled view. You can see that I also used some clear gems and some pearls to accent around the frames. I colored the clear gems with my shin han marker to give them a bit of color. I love this technique.

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Here’s a closer look at the flowers. They are rolled or twirled flowers that came with the cut file set. The paper for the flowers is also from the Blackberry Lemon Stack.

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Here is another view. You can see my stamping a bit better here. I used the Just Because stamp set and my thistle ink pad for the flowers and the sentiment. For the branches I used my cashmere ink pad. I like that this stamp set has a “left and right or mirrored image” branch. I matted the sentiment with some more of the same pretty paper from the Blackberry Lemon Stack and used some foam tape to give it just a bit of lift.

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Here is one last look at my card. I finished it off with a ribbon and bow. Very simple but very effective.


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Card Flourished 4215 Files Set. Features the card in portrait and landscape sizes.

Supplies Used
Card Flourished 4215 File from PaperCraftingWorld.com
Craft Smith Company Blackberry Lemon Stack
Hobby Lobby Paper Studio Pearls
May Arts Grosgrain Ribbon

Well that about covers it for today. Be sure to come back tomorrow as I share a scrapbook layout. May all the females of this world have a wonderfully blessed Happy Mother's Day. Until then, 


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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Happy Wednesday Crafty Friends,
Hope you are all doing well. Boy it has been a while since I have posted. I want to thank all of you for hanging in there with me. It has been a rough start to 2015 but I am hoping and praying that things will get better soon!  Today is my day to share over on the Pazzles site. So here is what I came up with:
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Here is a look at my completed card. I started by using my Pazzles to create the butterfly cuts on the mat. The card base is 4.25 x 5.5. It is a kraft cardstock base. The patterned paper is from the Craft Smith Co Painted Posies Paper Stack. I then used my quatrefoil embossing folder and my cuttlebug to emboss the white mat after I cut the butterflies. I also created the label tag on my Pazzles.  I used my April stamp set and my Whisper Ink Pad  to stamp the sentiment. I used some Buttercream twine from the Twinery and wrapped it around the mat. I used some foam tape to give the label a little lift. I finished off by adding a couple of pearl embellishments.

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After cutting the butterfly mat I used a piece of paper and then used a pencil to outline where the butterflies are.

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I then used my various Shin Han markers to color in the areas of where the butterflies would be.

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After I colored the spots in, I adhered it to the back of the mat.

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Here is one last look at the final card. I also added some White Liquid Pearls to add some dots to the centers of the butterflies. If you belong to the Pazzles craft room the file I created is free for you. Be sure to head over there and download it.

Supplies Used
Butterfly Mat Cut File (Available At Craft Room)
Label Cut File Available At Craft Room)
Paper Studio Pearl Embellishments



For those of you that scrapbook or started paper crafting from scrapbooking, then you probably know that this past Saturday was National Scrapbook Day. Pazzles had a wonderful day of activities lined up as well as some fantastic freebies that you can use to join in on their challenges. You have to be a craft room member, to join the challenges to win prizes, but you can setup a FREE Account. Head over to the CRAFT ROOM HERE and then you can download the freebies for a limited time AND join the challenges. The freebies will be found on each blog separate blog post. Just click the read more buttons by each post and then you can download them. They have ALL their files in .WPC format for Pazzles users as well as SVG format for other machine compatibility.

Well that about covers it for today. Be sure to grab those freebies while they are available. As always thank you so much for stopping by. Until the next time,


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