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


Maybe I’m the only one who’s surprised, but I really had a ton of fun making gifts for teachers and wanted to share some of my craftiness.

All photos were taken with my phone so they are not as detailed or sharp as my regular photos, but hopefully you’ll still enjoy them and be able to see enough to make it fun!


I thought these snowman cookie images would be great to accompany my real life cookies. I did them as a print and cut with my Silhouette Cameo. This is a picture of the whole sheet of them all cut out and ready to be removed. The file is a new one from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. I got my snowman in the Silhouette store (design ID 71346), but you can get a whole plate of cookies and sentiments in SVG format, as well as PNG, DXF and JPG, in the sweet Christmas Cookies Cutting Files set in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store.

Christmas Cookies Cutting Files

And here’s some real cookies ready for the oven – they looked a whole lot more like trees before cooking, LOL!


Now, I had designed the whole tag as print and cut, but decided that with 32 tags, I really should try and use my stash for the paper. Basic Grey’s Dasher papers had a nice snowy look. Here’s the whole package with nice, thick and fun baker’s twine, my cute snowman and my wrapped up small plate of cookies:


I’m entering my tags into the following challenges:

the Stuck on U Sketches Die Cut Challenge: Anything Christmas

the Simon Says Stamp Winter Inspiration

the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes

And don’t forget that you should submit your Christmas themed projects that use Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files for the current challenge. You can find out all the information here.

So that wraps my post up for today!

Thanks for visiting! I need to get started on a couple more birthday cards and addressing some Christmas cards!


Cute Cake Card!


Hi! Thanks for stopping in! I’m here to share the card I created for my niece, whose birthday is just a few days before Christmas. I like to try and make her day special by sending a gift and card in the mail. I usually see her on Christmas Day, but I think it’s nice for her to have something that helps her feel special on her birthday!

This is my design team post for Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons and I thought the cake shaped card found in the Birthday Panda Cutting Files was super fun, so I created my niece’s card with that.


I embossed some of the more plain papers, added some inked edges, colored a little, added some pearls and bling and very quickly I was done! I’ll be entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge : Bling it On!

Quick and easy, but hopefully also something that will add some joy to my niece’s day.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have lots of energy and inspiration to get everything you were hoping to get done for Christmas checked off your t0-do list!

I love to hear what you have to say, so please feel free to leave a comment below!


What materials did I use?

Cardstock from Stampin’ Up!, Patterned Paper and bling from Bo Bunny, Pearls from Close to My Heart, Marker from Bic, Ink from Tsukineko, Embossing folders from Cuttlebug, Smooch Pearlized Top Coat from Clearsnap, Digital die cut machine from Silhouette, Manual die cut machine from Provo Craft, Adhesive from Scrap Perfect, Xyron and Zig.



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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 has some wonderful Christmas decorations using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. I tend to think outside the (police) box a bit and focus on our family’s interests for my decorations and I find it just delightful that Lisa has designed fun files that work with some of the fandoms my family gets into.

First are the Avengers. We’ve seen all the movies (except for Hulk) and some numerous times, so I thought it’d be fun to make ornaments for each person’s favorite character. I ended up getting the Superheroes Collection Cutting Files because it has seven different characters which means more fun, right?

For my hubby and my daughter it was Nick Fury


and Hawkeye


for my son, he has a Captain America shirt and he really likes the shield symbol so I created that using the Superhero Badges Cutting Files,


as well as the Batman sign (I know, not Avengers, but he saw the Michael Keaton Batman movie as well as all three of the Christian Bale Batman movies this year – some more than once) because he likes Batman, too.

Bat sign

 These files were quick and easy to put together (the characters were just a lot of fun adding all the different details.) My plan is to use these for tags on their gifts and then they could be used as ornaments on the tree.

The family ornament I made for this year is for Dr Who (as you may have guessed from my earlier hint about a Police Box.) Lisa has all sorts of Dr Who files (The Doctor Cutting Files – where the TARDIS comes from, The Enemies Cutting Files – imagine a wheeping angel on your tree, as well as The Doctor Digital Clip ArtThe Doctor Digital Stamps and also The Doctor Sentiments Digital Stamps). I love how the TARDIS came out! I saved it for last because it got great reactions from the kids (and their friend) as well as my hubby and my friend (who was so kind as to allow me to use her tree for the photos – thank you so much, Lisa Marie Vogt!!!) I used vellum for the windows and light on top so that it could “glow” from lights on the tree.


This is the first year that we’ve had access to BBC America so we could watch the show when it’s aired. The whole family would sit down and watch together every Saturday night for the entire season. That’s why I thought the TARDIS would be a great reminder of this year for our family. Lisa Norris reminded me that there will be a Dr Who Christmas special, too, so there’s another Christmas connection!

Those are the projects I have to share with you today. I hope you had fun looking into the ways in which I try to make Christmas fun by creating decorations that have to do with things my family enjoys.

The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store (Woohoo! That could buy a lot of fun for you and your family!) 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, December 16 and announced on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

Be sure to pick up this super cute Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday of the hop only available on Lisa’s blog (she is featuring these adorable kids in her project)…after that it will be available for sale in the store. 

Deck the Halls Blog Hop Freebie

And then there’s the monthly challenge! Your project can be anything that is Christmas 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

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Here is the entire hop order, in case you get lost along the way. You’ll be heading to ****Sarah’s blog****  from here.

Happy hopping! Don’t forget to follow and comment in order to be in it to win it for the blog candy.


Lisa ~

Ruth ~ <<<<<——— You are here!
Sarah ~ <<<<<——— Head here for Sarah’s awesome project!
ETA: I’m entering the TARDIS into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge : Transportation

Christmas time is here!

Today is my day over at the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog, if you’d like to check that out here.

I’m sure if you’re like me, you have many traditions when it comes to this wonderful time of year.  One of ours may seem a bit odd, but it’s something that happens very close to where we live and is super fun – the Lego train show!

I was so excited because the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons shop has the awesome Master Builder Cutting Files and Lego Mania Title Cutting Files to make scrapping my photos a ton of fun! I played with them to create a bright, cheery page about some of my pictures from the train show in 2007.


I started out with this sketch from Scrap Much?

12 november 28 2014 scrapmuch sketch


I loved that I would be able to fit so many pictures and especially that there was room on the left for one large photo. I used the idea of the stepping with the Lego blocks and decided to put the pictures in them like a frame.




I used print and cut with all of the images (I used photo paper to get that glossy Lego look) and cut some separated to add more dimension to the finished image. I love this title and had such fun adding some bricks here and there with dimension for fun! Check out the detail of the top bricks! Love it!!!


And this Lego guy is pretty cute, if I don’t say so…


And the journaling block? Another file from the Master Builder set scaled to fit that spot and trimmed down.

Well, that about wraps it up for me for now!

Did you play with Legos as a child? My hubby did and I think the fact that our kids enjoyed them so much was even more special for him because of it. Me? I had some other kinds of building toys and then as an adult started collecting Legos with my hubby and those sets have now been passed down to our kids. I’d love to hear your Lego stories! Please feel free to share links to your projects in the comments or just tell me about it, if you’d like!

Thanks so much for coming by! 

Happy scrapping!


ETA – I’m linking up with Silhouette Challenges “Anything Goes” 

ETA – I’m entering this layout over at sketches4all for December’s Challenge 4 Plus Pictures, and plenty of Words


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:


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:


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:


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:

Sketch 420

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.

Fall Challenge graphic

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!


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…!) 


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:


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.


The perfect sentiment!! <3!!!


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!


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


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.


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 ~

Thanks for visiting! I’m glad you took the time to stop in today! Have a fantastic day! Happy crafting!
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!

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