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

It’s a new thing I’m making up so that my card works for this August 2 post!

It seemed like a great idea to make a Christmas in July card to share for today and I was so inspired by the files in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store, but then I realized my post would be in August not July, but I just couldn’t stop that train, if you know what I mean! ;-)

So I’m on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog today sharing a card I created using these files:

Shadow Box Card 1 Cutting Files


North Pole Express Cutting Fiiles


Snowy Scene Cutting Files

and here’s what I created:


I’m so pleased with how awesome this scene turned out! I was originally going to have the train attached just inside the front window, but decided I liked how it looked on the background instead. I used a fair amount of shimmer and shine to really make these cuts seem even more magical.

Here’s a shot showing some of the shine:

Believe Detail_web

So shimmery cardstock on the card base and the back layer of the ticket, Glimmer Mist spots on the background and touches of Wink of Stella marker on the headlight and the snowy tree branches. And Silhouette’s Printable Foil (in gold and silver) were wonderful for adding some shine and helping to bring this card to life.

The watercoloring/inking of my background didn’t turn out as wintry as I would have liked, but I think it was a good option so that I didn’t end up with crazy tiny cuts from the Snowy Scene background. I was practicing a technique from the Background Check class at Online Card Classes – I have a feeling I will be playing with that one a lot!

I used Print and Cut for the train and the trees and snowy ground and then just glued them all in place on top of the whole shape that was also printed – easy peasy to line everything up and add a little extra dimension and texture and shadow.

I’m excited to have another project to enter into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge : Anything Goes. And because this card has a great outdoors scene, I’m also entering the Die Cuttin’ Divas’ Ch#226: The Great Outdoors.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I’d love for you to tell me if you usually get a head start on Christmas by beginning your cardmaking early or if you wait until the inspiration of the holiday hits you.

Happy crafting!


ETA: Just found PDE linky party – anything goes, so I’m linking up there.

Hi! Thanks for visiting today! I’m sharing a project that is posted on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog today and I know lately I’ve been using an endless supply of files from the shop. My project today, though, uses just part of one. I was inspired by a sketch and this shape was just what I wanted to create my page!

Here it is:


I used the waves from this file:Playing in the Waves Title Cutting Files

Those waves fit perfectly with my pictures from a spot in Hawai’i where the waves were crashing against the lava at the shoreline sending salty spray into the air. I decided to make the waves big and bold, like the waves in my pictures. There was so much spray that I was very glad my camera was waterproof! All I had to do was clean off the lens every once in a while and I was good to go!

I used Distress Ink and Stain to do the watercoloring in the background for my page as well as for the die cut waves. I added a touch of Glimmer Mist to the top wave layer and the splatters around the page – I love the shine this added. Here’s a closeup:


It was so wonderful to have the layers of the wave so I could glue down the bottom two layers and let the top curl rise up with some dimension.

The sketch I used is from Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine’s 2015 Fabulous Fall” call for submissions

SCT was looking for fall themed pages, but I was so inspired by the sketch that I had to create my page about Hawai’i with it!

I couldn’t be happier to have this page ready for my album. I’m usually a lot more structured about how I create pages for a vacation album, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one all comes together! Will I have the same kind of flow that I usually like? Only time will tell! I am super happy that I’m letting the inspiration drive what pages I create when, though. I feel that energy will really be a great part of this album. How do you scrap your vacations? Do you usually create a separate album or do you include it with all your other pages for the year? I love creating one album for the vacation because it gives me a goal and gives those pictures a definite home that anyone can find quickly and easily.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love hearing your comments, so please leave me a few nice words below!

I hope you’re going to join in on the Under the Sea challenge that we’re having right now over on the PPPR blog. Check out all the details here: Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons monthly challenge.

Happy crafting!


Supplies I used for my layout:

Cardstock – Bazzill; Watercolor Paper – Artist’s Loft; Watercolor medium – Ranger, Tattered Angels; Letter Stickers – American Crafts, My Mind’s Eye; Wood Veneer – Freckled Fawn, Studio Calico; Markers – Bic; Twine – The Twinery; Sequins – Doodlebug Design, Inc.; Adhesive – ScrapPerfect, Xyron.

ETA: I forgot to link this up to the Lasting Memories challenge #248 Together. This is the only picture I have of all four of us together on our vacation and I’m so happy to have it on this layout!


Hello, there! Something is fishy around here today, in case you weren’t aware. The Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons design team is having a blog hop and you’re invited! You’ve been hopping/swimming along already? Great then you should have you come here from Nicole’s blog and 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 to get you on your way.

We are sharing our Under the Sea themed projects using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. For my project I was thrilled that Lisa had so many of the creatures we saw while at the Maui Ocean Center that we visited on vacation! Many of them were young, so these cute cut files were just perfect! That, and I found a sketch with circles so I could use the portholes (more on that below my DT post.)

Here’s what I created:








I used: Fishy Friends Cutting Files (hammerhead) , Sea Life Cutting Files (turtle and sea star), Jellyfish Cutting FilesPorthole Card Cutting Files (which has a whole lot of detail that I didn’t use, but instead just cut off the back and left the center open) and Sweet Seahorse Cutting Files. I can’t say enough how wonderful it was to have the option to do print and cut with these! With some of the features being so small or just the creature being small, it was awesome to have all the colors and layers ready to go with print and cut.

So you wanna keep hopping? First a few more details about the hop!

Blog Hop Prize image

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 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, July 14, 2015.

Be sure to pick up the blog hop freebie in the store before Monday (after that it’ll be available for purchase.)

Hop freebie

(and the sweet seahorse is free until Thursday so be sure to pick that cutie pie up, too!)

We hope we will inspire you to join in with the Under the Sea challenge. Check out all the information on the blog, here. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR.

Thanks so much for visiting today! Please head on to Sarah’s blog and check out her fun card!










Ruth ~ You are here!



The sketch I used was awesome, perfectly awesome as a matter of fact! It’s by Laura Whitaker for Scrap Much? Check it:


I loved it! It was just what I was looking for – 2 pages and with circles! Thanks so much Scrap Much? and Laura Whitaker for this awesome sketch!

Products I used:

Cardstock – Recollections; Patterned Paper – Bella Blvd, Carta Bella; Twine – The Twinery; Marker – Close to My Heart; Enamel Dots – Freckled Fawn; Adhesive – ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig.

(I’m posting over at the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog today as well as here.)

It’s amazing to me how good we are about documenting the details of our everyday life right now. After a long vacation, we were heading to the airport and the view out of the window of our rental car was wonderful! Rolling foothills, small farms with all sorts of animals – I just sat back and enjoyed the ride (maybe I was even driving), but not once did I think about picking up my camera to take pictures of the scene that would make a great final page for this vacation album. Thankfully, I’ve learned from this trip and now take lots of pics from the plane, the car, whatever we may be riding in because it really is an important part of the story for me. So this is a trip we took a number of years ago and I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this last page for years. Enter fun files from the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons shop, awesome DT members that create amazing scenes from their cuts and I found (and created) my last page. I used the same color palette that I had used throughout the rest of the album, so while the colors of early summer in the foothills may have been more vibrant, this page will fit right in with the rest of the pages.

Without further ado:


Super sweet and so fun to put together! The title (Oh, Snap! Title Cutting Fileswas really the inspiration for the whole thing! I mean, how perfect is that?

I used: Snowy Scene Cutting Files for the rolling hills, College Road Trip Cutting Files for the road, Farm Critters Cutting Files for the horse and chicken, Fall Festival Cutting Files for the bit of fence, and Flower Assortment Cutting Files for the tufts of grass.

Here are a couple of close ups:


I love how easy it was to add dimension to this page with a little foam adhesive between the awesome layers of the horse!


The chicken got a bit of a lift, too.

I’m so pleased to have this page completed and with such a great scene to finish off my album!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

The next time you have a page without a picture, think about how you could use awesome die cuts to make a scene!

Happy scrapping!


ETA: I’ll be entering Ch# 222: Anything Goes at Die Cuttin’ Diva’s Challenge blog! Thanks so much for the anything goes category because that’s definitely what this page is all about!

Well, I hope it is a very happy Father’s Day, since I’m creating my post in advance.

It’s my day to post a project on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog using files from the store. My project used some very fun cut files as well as some of the awesome digital papers! There’s nothing that I love better than to play with my Silhouette Cameo and my HP printer and awesome files that I can use with both! So I’m just going to say right now that I’m entering Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge Simon Says Use Your Favorite Technique and/or Product! There! It’s out in the open!

So, as I like to do, I’m sharing something a bit different from the expected Father’s Day project. It doesn’t include a card or even a layout showing fatherly love. I created a page about the gift my kids and I made for their father this year, because it’s fun and allowed me to use Lisa’s awesome files!

Here it is:


So, do you see what I mean about fun files? I couldn’t help but use these awesome tools for a page about the dresser we had so much fun shopping for and building for my hubby! And the paper patterns and pegboard in the background, also from the store! I used: the Pegboard Background Cutting Files, the Tool Time Cutting Files, the Photo Frames 3 Cutting Files, and Man, Oh Man Pattern Pack 1 and Man, Oh Man Add On Pack for the digital papers.

Here’s a close-up of the title:


and another angle:


Happy tools and parts just make me happy and went along so well with our smiling and sometimes silly faces! I love it and had a ton of fun putting it all together!

My hubby takes care of so many different projects around the house and yet had a fairly icky dresser, so I measured the space that we had available and picked up a new one for him at IKEA. It was really great to have my son to help get the 79 pound package into and out of my van and help move the old dresser out and the new dresser in. My daughter was the best assistant of all time reading the directions and counting out the parts we’d need for the next step while I gave myself a blister using a screwdriver that was too small (I found one with a longer handle and things got soooo much easier – this is why my hubby usually does these things!) Anyway, it was a true family effort and we all were pretty happy when everything was all set up and working at the end of the day!

Yep, I love what I do and I hope my hubby’s not too disappointed that he doesn’t have anything to open on Father’s Day other than a dresser drawer that works!

I hope you are having a wonderful Father’s Day (or had if the day has passed.)

Happy scrapping!


Other challenges I am entering (in alphabetical order):

Challenge YOUrself Challenge #19: Anything Goes – I’m in the middle photo with my daughter – the best selfie I’ve ever taken, Woohoo!

Die Cuttin’ Divas Challenge #220: Masculine Theme

The Memory Nest Make it Monday Challenges No. 41 – with this awesome sketch by Leslie Germain:


TA80sBlogHopBannerThanks for stopping by today! I’ve got a project I can’t wait to share with you, but first some information about the hop! 

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 Design Team and I created some Totally Awesome 80’s themed projects using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files and we are so glad you’re here to check them out.

When I first saw Lisa’s new Totally Awesome 80’s cutting files, I knew I HAD to use them!!! How fun are these?Totally-Awesome-80's-Cut

Here’s what I did with some of them:


I love a lot of the music from the 80’s so I created a page with album images for the background and used Lisa’s sentiment and Cassette Tape Player images for my page. I just loved the colors she chose for her images, so I used similar ones I had in my stash for the die cuts. I added a white shadow layer for behind the cassette player to help it stand out a bit better from the background.

One of the things I love about Lisa’s files is the amount of detail she puts into them! Here’s a picture of the title – you can see all the wonderful layering and dimension she built right into the filed Now I’ve got a page done for my album about me!


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 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, June 16, 2015.

Don’t pass up on the Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday of the hop, only…after that it will be available for sale in the store. It’s a really awesome 3D puzzle cube gift box:


And, of course, I invite you to play along with this awesome challenge! Please be sure to check the rules and enter your awesome 80’s project!

You’re sure to be inspired after the hop and you could be the winner of a $20 gift certificate to the Pretty Paper, Pretty Graphics store – how’s that for awesome?!

Be sure to head to Sarah‘s blog next to keep on hopping! Below is the full hop list in case you got lost along the way! I hope your day is filled with totally awesome crafting!!!!


We are ready! We’ve been at the same school since 2004 and it’s time for a change of scenery! That’s not to say that there aren’t those that we will miss, it’s just that we’re ready for the next step!

If you haven’t been following along, my son was just promoted from 8th grade last week. Over the 9 years he spent at our K-8 school he developed friendships with some pretty awesome boys! They certainly helped to make school more fun for my son, but they are ready to get going to high school. I liked the idea of moving on and felt that the title from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons’ Are We There Yet Cutting Files would work perfectly for my page! Take a look!

Doesn’t my son and his friend look ready to take on the world (or at least high school?) I wanted to create this layout for my design team post over at the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog. I’m glad I got this moment recorded!

I love arrows and feel like they show movement, so I’ve included arrows from the Arrows Cutting Files. There’s one hiding in the title and one peeking out from behind the photo:


then the other one is on the bottom of the photo. I also wanted a sign post for the journey these boys would be taking so I used the sign from the fun Gnomies Cutting Files, and just added my own text to the face of the sign. Here’s a closer peek at that part of the layout:


That’s about it as far as my design team project! There are so many treasures hidden in Lisa’s files. It’s something I’ve really enjoyed in the projects created by my fellow DT members!

I’ll be entering a number of challenges with this layout and I’ll talk about that below.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have fun using something in a way that’s different from what it was originally intended!

Happy scrapping!


Supplies I used:

Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye, Simple Stories; Stamps: Close to My Heart, My Favorite Things; Ink: Tsukineko; Pens: American Crafts and Sakura; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Stickers: Simple Stories; Markers: Berol and Bic; Adhesive: Imaginesce, ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig. Digital die cutting machine: Silhouette

Challenges I am entering:

First, I found a wonderful challenge on Leah’s Layouts for Sketch N Scrap‘s 3rd birthday, which included this awesome sketch and using three arrows:

And speaking of arrows I’m entering the current challenge over at Stuck on U Sketches Arrows Die Cut Challenge.

Last, the challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: Simon Says Make It Masculine where we are challenged to share how we make our projects work for the boys and men in our lives. I would say for masculine projects it’s not that hard for me because I’m not one for a lot of incredibly feminine details, but for the guys I tend to stay away from floral elements and instead focus on geometric patterns and cool colors and wood details, which I’ve done here.

That’s it today! Thanks for stopping by!

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