Scrapbooking as much as possible, but sometimes getting distracted by birthdays and life!

Fall folly!

Yep, school portraits. Do they ever turn out the way you’d really like? This year, my son was poking fun at his picture and even shared it with his sister as “wow, did this turn out badly”. I love that he’s able to see the humor in it and also realize how typical it is that the picture not look right. So what’s a mom to do other than scrapbook about it, right?!

I’ll just get right to the layout so you can see what I’m talking about:

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Not horrible, but not really capturing who he is, either, unless you want to capture how awkward he feels having his school portrait taken!

This is a true DIY page. I printed the papers, cut the die cuts and even created faux cork alphas for the title and a dimensional ruler and lock! Take a look:

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Isn’t that tons of fun? This is a design team project for Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons and I’m over on the blog today sharing about it. I really love the cork and the chalkboard in the School Days Chalkboards and School Days Pattern Pack! Gotta also love the fun argyle print for a great pattern for my growing boy and the awesome notebook paper, too.  I also used the pale wood grain from the Pumpkin Spice Out West papers for the ruler pattern.

Here’s another bit of the chalkboard:

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And cut files? I played with the Primary Supplies Cutting Files for the ruler, the Secondary Supplies Cutting Files for the lock, the School Titles Cutting Files for the journaling star and the Speech Bubbles Cutting Files. I had a lot of fun with the layering and dimension on the ruler and lock and love the dimensional look I got on my “cork” title by layering  four cuts on top of each other.

So much fun and all with Alex’s words as part of the journaling with mine added at the bottom.

As is usual for me, I used an awesome sketch to help my page come together and let me focus on the elements. For today’s layout I used this sketch from Scrapbook Challenges:

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I really felt that the sketch worked perfectly for using the notebook paper and cork as the base for the page. Yay for that! And because I used a single photo, I’ll be linking up with the Lasting Memories LM #215 ‘Only One Photo’ challenge, also.

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Are you busy creating awesome fall themed projects with Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files? Be sure to enter the Fall Challenge going on right now. I’d love to see what you create! Best of luck to you!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy scrapping!

Ruth

Other supplies I used on my layout:

Cardstock – Bazzill, DCWV, Recollections; Digital die cut machine – Silhouette Cameo; Printer and ink – HP; Wood veneer – Teresa Collins; Ink – Clearsnap; Adhesive – American Crafts, Glue Arts, Tombo, Zig.

 

 

 

Falling into a pattern

Yep, I’m finding that once I get started with these print and cut projects I have a hard time stopping! The story behind this one is I was originally trying to use my stash (good girl, right?) as well as using cutting files from the Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons store (very good girl, especially since this was a design team project, LOL!;-) Unfortunately, the files and papers didn’t play well together for the really small elements and I had to scrap the project until I figured something else out, or my allowance came! (I get a monthly allowance from Lisa to shop in the Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons store [awesome, right?] and while I was purchasing the files for yesterday’s project I realized the answer to my problem was to use the patterns and do print and cut for this one. Perfection!) I love the results and hope you (and my hubby) do, too! Oh, yeah, this was an anniversary card from punny me to my very good-natured hubby (pun not intended – natured…!) 

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Super cute, right? I just loved this squirrel! You can find him in the Nuts About You Cutting Files. Yep, and this is perfect for me because I am nuts..about my hubby and puns and fall and our anniversary is in fall. Crazy perfect, right?

I also used the Tri-Fold Shutter Card Cutting Files because I love interactive cards and I have to apologize for all the photos, but I just love all the different little nooks and crannies to play with on this one! Oh, and I used the Pumpkin Spice Pattern Pack 2 and Pumpkin Spice Falling Leaves for the patterned papers and to pull some of the colors for the leaves on the oak branches.

More crazy, fun pictures:

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Aren’t all the layers and ins and outs so much fun! These cards have a lot of Wow potential and really make you look like you’ve got mad crafting skills! Gotta love that! I used the Silhouette Printable Cotton Canvas for a lot of the cuts for the wonderful texture it adds.

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The perfect sentiment!! <3!!!

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And here’s how it looks when it’s flattened out-ish.

Of course, there’s a little bit of room for me to thank my hubby for putting up with my puns all the time. You wouldn’t believe how many fall puns I have come up with over the years…

Some business, I’ve also posted over at the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog today (a lot more short and sweet there!) There was a blog hop yesterday with a freebie and possible blog candy, so be sure to see the post on that blog from yesterday, too. And that hop was the start of the Fall Challenge. You’ll find all the details over at the monthly challenge post. I sure hope you’ll play along! There are so many possibilities with this!

So, a big thank you to Lisa for saving my marriage (or at least feeding my need for nutty sentiments for anniversary cards!;-)

I hope you are having a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by! I always love to hear your thought about my project (as long as it’s nice) so please leave a comment below to make me smile!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

P.S. These cut files are available in the Silhouette online store (squirrel #68605, oak branch #68604, nuts about you sentiment #68603). Sadly, Silhouette didn’t include the squirrel in the fall themed sale (huh? sometimes I wonder), but some of Lisa’s other designs are included if you want to stock up for 25% off! 

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Happy Saturday and welcome to my blog! If you came here from Nicole‘s blog, you are in the right place.  If you just stumbled upon this post and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

Today the Design Team is sharing Fall Entertaining projects using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. These are items that could be used for a Fall or Thanksgiving get together or dinner. The team has some awesome and inspiring projects to share today, so be sure to check them all out! For me and my family, Thanksgiving means heading to the in-laws for some amazing Thanksgiving feasting! I am so very thankful for all the preparation and wonderful food (the best stuffing and yeast rolls that ever were) so my project is focused on hostess gifts.

First some pretty pictures:FEH_Full

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Lisa recently added the Bottle Tag 1 Cutting Files to her store and it was just what I needed for my project. Of course, I couldn’t just stop there. I wanted wonderful patterns and textures and a fabulous sentiment and embellishment, so I also used the Pumpkin Spice Pattern Pack 2 and Pumpkin Spice Falling Leaves for the patterns, the So Very Thankful phrase from the Silhouette store (Design ID# 68943 also found in the Thankful Pocket Cards in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store), as well as the pumpkin group from the Silhouette store (Design ID#67500 also found in Pumpkin Patch Cutting Files in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store).FEH_TreatDet

In addition to my bottle tag, I wanted to create some treat holders for my niece and nephew, so I used the same digital patterns with the Fancy pillow box (Silhouette Design ID#68610 and Fancy Pillow Box 1 Cutting Files) along with a tag from the four layered tags (Silhouette Design ID#64351 and Layered Tags 1 Cutting Files) and the turkey from turkey with pumpkin (Silhouette Design ID#68272  and also from the First Thanksgiving Cutting Files) as well as a Speech bubble (Silhouette Design ID#62870 and Speech Bubbles Cutting Files.) I know I used a lot of files from the Silhouette store, but since I have a subscription, I like to use it when I can. A tip for making print and cut creations really quick and easy as pie (yum, pumpkin) is to use the files from the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons shop because they include PNGs and JPGs of all the images, especially if lining images is something you’d rather skip.

The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store (oh, yes, there is more than just candy corn on this hop!) For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog and leave a comment on each blog. For extra chances, you can also “LIKE” Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons on Facebook  and/or sign up for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Newsletter. A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Tuesday, November 11 and announced on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

Be sure to pick up the Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday of the hop only available on Lisa’s blog…after that it will be available for sale in the store.

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For a chance to win more Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons goodies, you can enter:Fall Challenge graphicThe projects can be anything that is Fall themed and features Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Please be sure to see all the rules and the link up at the monthly challenge page. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR (that could buy a lot of entertainment for you!)

To continue on with the hop, head to Sarah’s blog. Here’s the lineup for the entire hop.

 
 
Leah ~ http://leahschaeffer.blogspot.com/

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for visiting! I’m glad you took the time to stop in today! Have a fantastic day! Happy crafting!
 
Ruth
P.S. I love your comments and I know that part of blog hop prize depends on you commenting. I do have to approve comments before they post and I will not be available to approve comments right away this weekend. Never fear, though, if you leave love (no hate-mail, please ;-) your comment will be approved when I am able to access them! Thanks for your patience and kindness!

More Halloween fun!

Hi, there! I’ve got another fun project using files from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons for you today! I realized when I was going through my pictures for the other two layouts I’ve shared this month that I loved so many more pictures from this Halloween that I hadn’t gotten onto a page. They weren’t the most amazing pictures ever, so a low-key, simple layout was in order. What I ended up deciding was to put a pocket page between my two other layouts and, as I often like to do, I decided to use papers that were from the same collection as the other pages. I made my own cards (three for the title and one for journaling) and Lisa’s files were so much fun for that! Take a look:

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I created four cards as print and cut and also print and cut the word “about”. I added embellishments on top as well as 3 more layers in black of the word “about” to give it some extra depth and interest. I embellished with some spider webs and part of a moon all cut from vellum, as well as some bats. Here are some detail pictures:

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 I got the idea for the sequin eyes on the skulls from a design team member’s project – I think it’s a very fun, eery look!

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The moon can lift up so you can see the picture of the scarecrow more clearly, if you’d like to.

I used the Notebook Pages Cutting Files for the journaling block

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and the Halloween Critters Cutting Files for the spider webs.

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For the patterns in the cards I used Halloween Pattern Pack 2

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 and Halloween Plaid Grid for the journaling card pattern. That’s something I love about this particular set (and why I bought it) I’m in love with gridded papers, especially for journaling! And these bright colors make me feel so very happy!

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So in the category of projects that seem like a great idea, but don’t turn out how you’d hope, we have the other side of the pocket page:

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OaA_BsideConfettiI had really hoped it would turn out better, especially the confetti spot. It turns out that in order to really get some movement in that spot, there needs to be some space for the pieces to move around. I like how the print and cut pieces turned out and I did add some of those pieces to the pictures, also, but the overall effect of the confetti wasn’t what I’d hoped for. I printed the pieces onto photo paper so they would be shiny, like I would expect all these candies to be. You might recognize the candies from the Candy Bucket Cutting Files:

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 I love that there are so many different ways I was able to use the files I’d gotten from the shop. And I’m sure I will find many more ways to use them in other Halloween projects!

For challenges, you should be sure to enter your Halloween creations in the Trick or Treat challenge, the last day to enter is the day after Halloween!

I’m entering: Project Life challenge- Black. Orange and White over at Stuck on U Sketches (which was the driving force behind the particular papers I chose to use for my layout), Dies are Us Challenge Blog Challenge #12 – Halloween (lots of good spooky die cuts – too much fun not to use them), Lasting Memories challenge #212 Anything Goes and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes.

Edited to add: I was featured on Lasting Memories for my Out and About page! Yay!!!

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Other products I used: Cardstock – Bazzill; Printer, ink and photo paper – HP; Digital Die Cut Machine – Silhouette Cameo with Studio Designer Edition software; Pocket Page – We R Memory Keepers; Pens – American Crafts; Sequins – Doodlebug Design, Pretty Pink Posh; Alphas – My Mind’s Eye; Stapler – Tim Holtz; Adhesive – Glue Dots, ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig; Fonts – Calaveras, CK Classical, Gracey’s Curse.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you enjoy your week heading into Halloween!

Ruth

 

I want candy! Thankfully, I’m blessed with a son who’s trying to sell The World’s Finest Chocolate to raise money to go to the state capitol with his class, so I’ve got more than I need right now. But what if you’re an 11 year-old girl and it’s Halloween? You might come up with awesome Halloween costumes and go to a friend’s house to meet up, have a photo op and then head out to round up (and devour) lots of candy! Wait until you see what these girls came up with!

The other thing I am thankful for? Super sweet files from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons! I am so excited to be a part of the team and have a budget to buy the perfect files for my projects!

Why don’t I show you what I mean?

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Did you notice the awesome Candy Corn paper in the background (along with all the other coordinating papers) from the Halloween Collection Pattern Pack 2...

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 And the super cute Cotton Candy that I did as a print and cut because it was just what I wanted for showing off what my daughter dressed up as in this picture?

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And the fun eye ball candy from the Candy Bucket file as a print and cut?

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And a speech bubble for my title:Speech-Bubbles-Cut

And how I was able to use coordinating colors for other parts of the layout (background and text fill) from the Halloween Flourish not to mention the Halloween Bats and Swirls papers?

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 In case you’d like a closer look:

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Perfectly adorable, huh?

Of course, having a DT project due is great inspiration for scrapping, but added to that was the Scrappy Friends October Challenges and this awesome sketch from Brenda Ragsdale:

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Look familiar, hehe? Then the challenge at Rochelle Spear’s blog was tic-tac-toe:

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I used 4 + patterned papers, orange and die cut(s). And for Kelly Holifield there was a fun word challenge:

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I used Candy in my title and costume(s) in my journaling.

And if you’re the challenge-loving, Halloween-celebrating type, you’ll want to be sure to play along with the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Trick or Treat Challenge that’s going on. Check out all the details here! And if you didn’t see the hop and all the goodies associated check out the Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons blog (or my post yesterday) to get started!

Other fun stuff that I used on my layout:

Cardstock: Bazzill, Wausau; Printer and Ink: HP; Cutting machine: Silhouette Cameo; Spray Ink: Clearsnap; Ink: Tsukineko; Jewels: Bo Bunny; Sequins: Doodlebug Designs, Pretty Pink Posh; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Pens: American Crafts, Kuretake; Font: AddamsCapitals; Adhesive: American Crafts, Glue Arts, Glue Dots, Imaginesce, Zig.

If you think you’d like to me to do a tutorial on how I use the digital papers to fill my cutting files or how I work with sketches in the Silhouette software, please be sure to leave a comment below letting me know that and I’ll see if I can get a post going for that soon. I am planning on sharing how I use Evernote to organize my design team projects as well as the challenges that I follow. I am trying to work out how to get a screen shot to share here – once I figure that out, I’ll be sharing.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you’re having a great day and decide to spread the good feelings by leaving a nice comment below! It’s guaranteed to make me smile!

Ruth

Blog Hop Ad

Hi, welcome and happy Saturday! This is my first post for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons design team and I’m so excited that you’re here! If you came here from Nicole‘s blog, you are in the right place.  If you just stumbled upon this post and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

The team has some super fun Halloween projects to share along the hop using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. My project uses some of Lisa’s digital papers as well as her cut files. Here’s my layout:

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 I used the very fun Trick or Treat Title cutting files:

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The perfect Candy Bucket cutting files:

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As well as the Halloween Collection Plaid Grid  as a fill in my Silhouette software to add wonderful texture to the die cuts:

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And Halloween Collection Pattern Pack 2 for the awesome background as well as the strip near the bottom. Love those arrows! All the bright fun colors worked so nicely together and added a lot of energy to my fun story!

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The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store. For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog (you can follow me by e-mail or through WordPress – both in the side bar) and leave a comment on each blog. For extra chances, you can also “LIKE” Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Newsletter. A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Tuesday, October 14. There is also a great file available on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog for free until Monday – it’s this cute little 3D Witch Hat cutting file! Can’t you just imagine this on your Halloween party table! After Monday it’ll be for sale in the shop.

ETA: Please don’t be alarmed if your comment doesn’t show up right away. I have comment moderation on so that if anyone happens to say something like “your project looks like cow pies” I can delete it before anyone else sees it. So as long as you don’t say that, your comment will appear after I’ve approved it! ;-)

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The hop today is to celebrate the start of the PPPR Trick or Treat Challenge! Halloween themed projects are what it’s all about. Please be sure to check out all the rules at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons to be in it win it! One random participant will win $20 to the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons digital store.

To continue on with the hop, please head over to Sarah’s blog to see her awesome project!

And please be sure to stop by the PPPR blog and/or my blog tomorrow for my next project!

Here’s the complete lineup for the hop, in case you get lost along the way:

Lisa ~ http://prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com/

Kathy ~ http://kathyand3kids.blogspot.com/

Katy ~ http://scrappinkaty.blogspot.com/

Leah ~ http://leahschaeffer.blogspot.com/

Melisa ~ http://www.melisascraftycreations.blogspot.com/

Nanne’ ~ http://nannes-creations.blogspot.com/

Nicole ~ http://teachdanz.blogspot.com/

Ruth ~ http://paperandmusings.wordpress.com/ <<<<<—-You are here!

Sarah ~ http://sarahvaitstamps.blogspot.com/ <<<<<—– See Sarah’s awesome project next!

Shannon ~ http://designsofapaddymack.typepad.com/

Tina ~ http://ollieanddextersmommy.blogspot.com/

Gloria ~ http://gloriasgoofycraftspot.blogspot.com/

More about my project:

First, since I had quite a few photos I wanted to use on my page, I wanted to find a sketch that I thought would work well both with the number of photos as well as the style of the title. I loved this one from Write. Click. Scrapbook.

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If you know me well, you know that I love challenges and it killed me that I couldn’t find a challenge sketch that worked for what I wanted to do with this page but I was happy to have found that the Scrapbook Circle October Kit-Inspired Challenge was all about orange! And can I say I just love that orange ledger paper! It’s not a solid orange – there is a lot of wonderful variation of color in the background that gives it a ton of texture and depth! The lines are wonderful for lining things up as well as journaling, too!

The other supplies I used are:
Cardstock: Bazzill; Printer and Ink: HP; Cutting machine: Silhouette Cameo; Spray Ink: Clearsnap; Ink: Tsukineko; Jewels: Bo Bunny; Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Pen: American Crafts; Adhesive: Glue Arts, Imaginesce, Zig.

Thanks so much for visiting! I’d love to hear your kind words about my project – you know it makes me smile, so be sure to leave your comments below!

Have a fabulous day!

Ruth

Scrapping our Stash Blog Hop

Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

If you were hopping along, welcome to my blog, you should have come from Majken. I’m sure you were inspired there. If you weren’t hopping and you’re just visiting me, welcome to you, too. If  you’d like to start the hop from the beginning or you’re lost here’s the list of blogs that are participating:

Practical Scrappers http://practicalscrappers.blogspot.com

Wendi http://scrappydayinparadise.blogspot.com/2014/09/love-practical-scrappers-use-your-stash.html

Cathy http://alteredplayground.blogspot.com

Christine http://scrappingwithchristine.blogspot.com/2014/09/scrapping-our-stash-blog-hop-september.html

Suzanna  http://lifestrivialities.typepad.com/

Cheryl http://patchesandscraps.blogspot.com

Sandy http://itsafamilyaffairwithscrappynana.blogspot.ca/

Laura http://scrapaddict4life.blogspot.com/

Alison http://alisondaydesigns.com/

For today’s hop there was no particular theme and I decided it was time I finished off some UFO’s. These are pages that have been floating around for a while and just needed to be finished up. Mostly just adding journaling, but I did add a couple of other touches to finish them off a bit.

I’m using my favorite Basic Grey collection of all time – Kioshi!

Here’s my first page: Imagination

I added journaling and some shadowing on the letters on this side of a two page spread. I loved how the paper looked like propellers on a plane for this page about visiting the National Air and Space Museum!

Next up, butterflies!

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Left and right sides. I’m glad I took the time to get the journaling done on these pages so they are that much closer to being finished! I really feel the journaling can share so many important details that will help us all remember this trip better in years to come. Just writing it I could feel what it was like to wait in line for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing tickets and then continue on with our adventures that day!

I thank you for stopping by today. I hope you feel inspired to use your stash to create some projects or possibly to finish some that have been needing just a little bit more attention!

To continue on the hop head to Kristy‘s blog! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Ruth

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