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 I have some good news for some of you – I now have the capability of converting WPC cutting files to SVG, and have already included SVG cutting files to some of my past project designs (including the Typewriter Box).  But I am holding my breath as to whether or not they will work for you.  I would greatly appreciate any feedback you could provide me as to whether or not I was successful in the conversion process!   I will work on getting SVG cutting files posted for all my past projects. I have had several of you request a template and cutting file for the recent Photo Camera with Case post and the good news is that I now have this ready and will be posting it very soon with a manual template as well as WPC and SVG cutting files!  The template will also work for the Accordion project I did last year.

This first project was made using a shoe cutting file from Pazzles that can be found here. It can be found on Pion Design’s June 12 blog hereI used Pion Design’s Scent of Lavender to make the shoe. I also decoupaged some of the paper onto a little burlap drawstring bag and filled it with lavender potpourri.  It fits nicely into a lingerie drawer for freshness.

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The next two projects have already been posted on the Pion Design blog, but I have not had a chance to post them on my blog until today.  

This handmade birdcage can be found on the Pion Design blog here.

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The birdcage was made using chipboard and wood appliqués and was covered with Pion Design’s Easter Greetings paper collection.  I made the little cameo using clay and a mold from Katy Sue Designs.

This next project is an altered glass flask.  It can be found on the Pion Design blog here.

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I decoupaged paper from Pion Design’s Mister Tom’s Treasures collection onto the flask and added one of their vintage images in the jeweled frame.

Best wishes for a great weekend!



Vintage Truck

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This little vintage truck was made using a cutting file from Pazzles.  I’m working on a few masculine projects that use  Pion Design’s newest collection Mister Tom’s Treasures which is full of bold masculine colors and images. This post can also be found on Pion Design’s June 4 post here.  This teal color is beautiful and would also work for feminine projects as well.  But it’s almost Father’s Day, so the emphasis is masculine. I know you all have been to your local Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Joann’s, or HobbyCraft and seen the aisle full of Tim Holtz gadgets and trinkets.  They always look so cool, but what can you use them for, unless you are big into Steampunk or masculine projects?  I have a bunch of these things but usually don’t ever have a use for them as the majority of my projects are feminine projects.   I loaded this little truck with as many of these gadgets as I could in effort to just use them.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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Hello!  Today I am excited to show you a new design. I made this project to showcase Pion Design’s new paper collection Mister Tom’s Treasures, and this post can also be found on their June 1 blog here.

So it’s a vintage accordion-style camera that holds removeable photos or tags.  The chipboard case has doors on the front, and when they are opened, the camera pops out.  It can then be compressed back into the case and the doors closed.  It’s a great, unique way to showcase some of your favorite photos.  I don’t have a tutorial or templates or cutting file for it just yet and it will likely be a while before I post any new tutorials as I am practically crafting “out of a suitcase” as we are preparing for a move to a different part of the state the end of June.  But it is a fun project and I’ll do my best to post a tutorial for it soon if anyone is interested.

Best wishes for a great week!