Re-using your Cricut and Pazzles Mats

Hey there

Just wanted to share a little tip regarding your Cricut and Pazzles Inspiration mats.  In the past I’ve used Goo Gone to clean the sticky stuff off my mat, and then wash it down with Dawn dish detergent.  You can use any citrus oily cleaner (at least in my case this has worked great).  I use Goo Gone for everything that is gummy and needs to be taken off.  I first used Goo Gone when I had a tag on a piece of glass that wouldn’t come off.  Goo Gone is great for getting bubble gum off things too, but I’ve never used it on fabric (I’m thinking that wouldn’t be such a good idea, but not sure).  The other thing about Goo Gone is that although it works great, I’m impatient and don’t want to wait 30 minutes to take off the gunk.  For some small things it works faster.

Others have used Stick Away, which makes it extremely easy to take off the gunk.  Then use Stick & Spray to put the repositionable glue back on.

Here’s an even cheaper way:

Use Brake Cleaner to get the gunk off!  Very cheap and you can find it at any car parts store or even Walmart.

I would suggest you go outside to do this too.

First, spray the mat with the Brake Cleaner; let it sit for a few minutes, then scrape off with something like an old credit card or spatula.  Once you’ve got all the gunk off, wash the mat with soapy warm water and lay it flat to air dry.

Next, take some painter’s tape or masking tape and tape off the sides (you don’t want to spray on these areas because you’ll gunk up your rollers with glue.

After you’ve taped all sides, go back outside and spray a nice even coat of repositionable glue onto the mat.  Don’t spray too close or you’ll get too much glue on the mat. Also, spray in a back and forth even motion if you can.  Let dry overnight.

Hope this tip helps you save on money!  I know it has helped me.

Paper Collections I Like To Use

I don’t know about you all, but I love paper!

I was just sitting here looking at all the paper I have accumulated since I started crafting over a year ago.  I have paper everywhere!  A lot of it I forgot I had.

I have noticed that I buy the following paper:

Recollections (Found at Michael's)
Wassau 110 lb White (good for use with Copic Markers too)
Die Cuts With A View (DCWV)
Tim Holtz


Graphic 45

I love Graphic 45, but I can’t afford too much of that paper.  I really like the fact they are so Steampunk-ish.

I like Tim Holtz paper collection because of the grunge look.  I have two pads of his, which is Lost and Found and Crowded Attic.  I also have a ton of his embellishments!

Die Cuts With A View (DCWV) has tons of styles and the paper collection is just awesome.  The only thing I don’t like about DCWV is that the paper is usually one-sided.  I would rather have double-sided paper, especially for the envelopes I like to make.  The Once Upon A Time Collection is the best!  This is the type of paper you must see in person to appreciate it.  All the glitter and storytime themes are awesome!
7Gypsies is just super.  They also have a grunge look like Tim Holtz.  When I look at their paper it seems the paper has a lot going on, but not overwhelming.  It just makes me happy to have it near me. J  The only pad I have so far is Avignon, but I have two pads of it!

I mostly buy black cardstock from Recollections, but I have tried other colors.  I think their paper is sturdy without being too thin or too thick.

K & Co is my favorite of all times.  This paper is superb!  I like the fact it is double-sided, they are not too expensive and they go on sale quite often.  If I am not mistaken, K & Co have various artists designing their paper.  One example would be the Faded China paper pad designed by Amy Butler. K & Co’s paper colors are very rich.  I also have the Que Sera Sera paper pad.  Love the Paris themes.  I use this paper a lot when I'm creating something that should have a feminine look to it.  Especially for someone who loves pink.  The only thing about K & Co is that I wish there was a performated edge after the white strip in the pad so I can easily take the paper off.

Anyway, just want to share my fav paper collections.

Take Care



Pazzles Inspiration Pro 2010 - Cut and Draw Jeans

Hi there

I found some jeans on Kohl's website and thought it would be a good idea to trace them with my Pazzles Inspiration Studio Pro 2010 software.  It was e z peezy!

With this cut file I used my Pazzles pen tool for the dotted lines and cut the outside border and inside the leg area.  I then added a butterfly to the bottom of the leg, which I also wanted to be drawn with a White pen.  The pen I used is a White Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  Really nice pen too.  I use it a lot on my black paper.

This first image is how it looked before I traced it.

This second image is how it looked after I traced it and cleaned it up a bit (not exact on purpose).

The image below is how the cut-out looks on the black paper with the White Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

Hope you like it.  If you use it in a project, please share.  I'd love to see what you did with it.



First Greeting Card and Envelope - Pazzles Inspiration Pro 2010 Software

Hey all

I just finished my first greeting card and envelope set using my Pazzles Inspiration Pro 2010 Software.  It is basic, but usable.

I decided to make the folds round on this set and the top and bottom flaps don't overlap much, which means I recommend that you use this set as a hand-delivered card.  Sending it in the mail will probably destroy it (unless you have your adhesive really close to the edges).

Anyway, if you have any suggestions, I'd really like to hear them.  Take Care.

 Wow, the pic isn't so clear is it?

If you want to cut file, contact me.

Pazzles Inspiration Pro 2010 - Rhinestone Feature

Hi everybody

I just got my Pazzles Inspiration Pro 2010 software and thought I would do a simple little video showing how to use the Rhinestone feature. I am completely new to using the rhinestone feature in the PI software, but I have made rhinestone designs using my Cricut/Gypsy and SCAL 3.  I really like the fact that there is a rhinestone counter in this software!



Here's a video of how I made my homemade rhinestone template material:


Tracing an Image with Pazzles Inspiration Pro Software

Hey everyone

I finally got around to finishing this image that I found on Google.  It's a Steampunk image designed by Stella Solaris.

As you may know, I love many Steampunk designs.  Unfortunately, I can’t draw the things in my head that I want to draw.  I can draw “things”, but not so well with drawing people unless I have a photo of it.

I decided I would trace it using my Pazzles Inspiration Studio Pro software (oh, I just got the pro version in the mail today).  I tell you what, tracing manually will get you used to all the tools in the software.  Each time I do things manually, it feels a lot easier to do (I suppose that is for everything, right?).

Also, yesterday, I finally used my Wacom Graphics Tablet with the Pazzles software.  I think I will be using it for more complex designs, but right now I like using the tools in the software (I want to make sure I know how to use them when I need them).

I can see myself coloring this with my Copic markers.

Hope you like it.


Family Wordbook - Free .WPC File - NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Hi all

I have a .wpc word book cut file I put together for you using my Pazzles Inspiration machine.  I’ve only made one or two word books in the past so I am hoping you will like this one.

This file contains the word book cutouts plus the individual letters so you can make the letters a different color than the base letters, if you like.

I hope that if you download it, you will come back to my blog and show everyone how you decorated it.  That would definitely inspire me and others to make more of them.

Also, if you have any requests, for a small fee, I can make one for you on a personal level (just email me; no cut file will be more than $5 if it is only letters).  If you want me to make one, cut it out for you, and mail it to you, I can send it to you for $5 + shipping charges in the USA. Just not too many letters because the chipboard I have is only 8.5 x11, which means the book at its longest length cannot be past 11”.  I like to stay around the 10” maximum for length.




How to make a simple baby shower banner

Hey there

I just finished making a Pazzles Inspiration banner using my PI software.  I'm still getting used to the machine and the software.  I really do like all the features in the software.  Most of the features are familiar since I have use Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PhotoShop, and Adobe Fireworks.  I am wondering if my experience would be the same if I had never used a graphic software before.

Anyway, below is the video I made on how to create a simple baby shower banner in the software (2 part video).

Enjoy, and as always, I welcome any comments or suggestions.



Kindergarten Overlay and Cheerleader Overlay (Pazzles)

Hey everybody

Just finished making a Kindergarten Overlay.

This file is no longer available for download.


New Hand-Drawn WPC Cutting File - Swirls and Dots Overlay

Ok, I managed to make another overlay by hand drawing all components except the borders.  I had to do a lot of tweaking so that I could cut it without the machine tearing the edges (I had forgotten to smooth the sharp corners on the pods).

Hope you like it.

I think the entire overlay is 8x10.


Pazzles Inspiration - Simple Tag Video

Pazzles Inspiration - Simple Tag

Below are videos to show you how to make a simple tag using the Pazzles Inspiration software.  In this video you can see how to round corners.  As I learn how to use new features I’ll share with ya.

If you have any comments or suggestions, just let me know.




First Flourish - Pazzles Inspiration

Finally was able to create my very first flourish using the Pazzles Inspiration software and the Pazzles Inspiration die-cut machine.

This was not so easy to make.  I tried like 10 times to learn how to use the tool to create the swirls.  The leaves are from other images I broke apart in the Shapes section in the Pazzles Inspiration software.  At the last minute I decided to add LOVE at the bottom.

If you want to watch me make one, just ask and I will fumble through it all on video.  :-)


Second Pazzles Overlay - Videos

Video 3-5 (Part 1     Part 2)

So, can you tell I am having fun making overlays?!  I really like overlays and I am really having some fun, along with trial and error, making them.

I shared my other overlay as a cut file, but this one I won’t share because it needs to be fixed up a little.

This page includes Part 3 - 5 videos.  The others at the top are links to my youtube channel.

I hope you enjoy the videos.  I’d love to see your comments, especially suggestions and ideas.





My First Pazzles Video Part 2 of 2 - Simple Overlay

Part 1 - Simple Overlay (Youtube)

First I will say I apologize for the low quality of the video.  I haven't used my Sony camcorder in a while, so I guess I need a refresher.  :-)

This video is my first one as a newbie to Pazzles Inspiration and the basic software.  This video is about how to create a simple scrapbook overlay.


I promise my next videos will be much clearer.  :-)



What Size Metal Screw for Pazzles Inspiration Pen Tool?

Finally got my answer to that question today!

Initially I had gone to Home Depot to find a 2mm or 3mm metric screw. The guy there had a template, but still couldn't tell me what size to look for.  Home Depot in my area does not sell metric screws less than 4mm.

I finally got a chance to visit Ace Hardware today.  Not only were they able to use a template to tell me what size screw to get, but had quite a few in stock for 37 cents!  I bought 3 just in case.

The metal metric screw size you need to replace the plastic screw on your Pazzles Inspiration Pen Tool screw is 3mm.  There are different lengths, but thank goodness there was only two lengths I had to choose from or I may have been in trouble.  Actually, what helped me determine the length was the fact that I had the plastic screw and the pen tool with me.  I had the guy screw in the metal screws to the pen tool to make sure they fit.

Yayyy! I also tested when I got home with a #2 pencil.  Works really well.  I got lucky and put the pencil in just right for the PI to correctly print for me.  The first two fonts, some of the letters were not closed all the way so I tried a different font and it closed all letters like it should.  I know for sure I will be using the pen tool a lot!

I hope this information helps you.