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

Hi! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by today! I’ve got the cutest way to say “I’m sorry that I didn’t get your birthday card and gift to you on time” to share here and on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

I’m not good about getting cards into the mail. I make them personalized and really enjoy the process, but sending them is another story. This card was created with water-colored paper which needed to dry and I knew that I wouldn’t have the gift made in time so I just worked on the papers and set it aside for cutting until the other day.

Here’s the result:


I just thought this sweet turtle would be the best way to deliver my belated greeting (inside it says “I’m just extending the celebration”). Wouldn’t you feel cheered up and appreciated if you got this cutie in the mail?

This party animal comes from the Birthday Critters Cutting Files which has all sorts of cute animals – check them out:

Birthday Critters Cutting Files

I really felt that the turtle might take a long time to deliver that cupcake (it’s a long walk from Chicagoland to Minneapolis-land.) Now I think my next late card will need to be the elephant because he would never forget!

OK, now I want to go and play with the elephant, but I suppose I should tell you about how I created my card and share another picture:


Before I did my Distress Stain watercolored background and sentiment strip I stamped the sentiment and banner images and embossed them with clear embossing powder. Distress Stains in different strengths were then “painted” onto different pieces of watercolor paper and allowed to dry. After cutting the pieces out and assembling the different elements, I used my Wink of Stella markers to add some shimmer to the cupcake and the turtle (shell, eyes, and mouth) and I used some twine on the top of the hat with a pearl to top it off. I love working with all the layers of these files. They have so many wonderful details and add a lot of dimension (especially with the 140# watercolor paper). I don’t even need to use dimensional adhesive very much to have the dimension I like (I did use foam tape behind the top of the cupcake so that it would be supported where it wasn’t touching the shell.)

Oh, and that awesome card shape – it’s from the shop, too! It’s the A2 Card Bases 1 Cutting Files. I really like a nice shape for a card base and a wonderful way to get my sentiment in was with the horizontal strip that’s part of the design!

You know what this card would work for? The current Go Green challenge over on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog! If you’ve got any belated birthday cards or just people who are celebrating and love cute animals, you could whip up a couple of these cuties, too! Check out the details for the challenge here!

I hope you’re having a wonderful day and you’re able to get some happy crafting time in! As I’m writing this post up, it’s a very miserable cold, wet day outside and that works for me so I can create a couple more cards today!

Take care. Thanks so much for visiting and happy crafting!


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Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you came here from Lisa’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.

You may have noticed the theme for this hop is Go Green. So, the design team is sharing nature and conservation themed projects using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. My family and I went to Hawai’i recently and I was so happy to see all the different ways they care for the earth (and the oceans.) So here is my first layout from my trip:


I used a number of different files for my page. In the top right, I used the Photo Frames 2 Cutting Files with the road from College Road Trip Cutting Files (I cut off the words by hand.)


For the super fun sun, I used Cool Sun Cutting Files. He looks pretty awesome with dimension from the rays to the face and then from the face to the sunglasses. Don’t you think?


 I used the new and awesome Reduce Reuse Recycle Cutting Files because recycling makes me so happy! Added some dimension to the band going around the lid. I also went with a general recycling symbol rather than specific. I love the details in the arrows with the gray layer!


 And I used the hibiscus from the Aloha Cutting Files which is so pretty!


I used gelatos to color the pink/red die cuts on my page and Flower Soft to give the hibiscus a little dimension and detail. Thanks so much for checking out my page!

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, April 21, 2015.

Don’t forget to pick up the Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday of the hop, only…after that it will be available for sale in the store.


I just LOVE that and try very hard to live it!

And now onto other news:


Our hop is to hopefully inspire you for the new PPPR Go Green Challenge. The projects can be anything that are nature or conservation themed and that feature Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Please check here for the rules and to enter. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR.

Sarah‘s blog the next stop on the hop. Click here to head to her blog!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to hear about something that makes you happy when it comes to taking care of the planet!

Happy Crafting!


Here’s the lineup, in case you’re lost or just want to see ;-)


Ruth <<<<<—-That’s me!

Sarah <<<<<——visit Sarah next!










More info about my project:

Well, first, I started with a sketch (I know – you didn’t see that coming.)

Oh, but this wasn’t just any sketch, it was sketch #144 for Sketches in Thyme created by Rochelle Spears. Check it:


Awesome, right? That’s what I thought!

The materials I used that I didn’t reveal in my post were: Cardstock – Closet to My Heart, Doodlebug, Paper Studio, and Recollections; Patterned paper, chipboard sticker, cardstock sticker, washi tape – Bella Blvd; Wood veneer – Studio Calico; Number Stickers – My Mind’s Eye; Markers – Bic; Adhesive – ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig.

Hello! I’m so glad you stopped in! Today I’ve got a post over at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog and I’m sharing a few more details here about how I created the shaker card I made. So, the story goes that at Christmas I created some personalized ornaments for my family using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons cut files but I needed a Christmas tree to hang them on for pictures and we didn’t have ours up yet. Friends of ours that live a few houses down our block had their tree up and my daughter’s friend was very kind about taking the time to let me in the house and ooh and aaah over the projects. She is a fan of the Avengers, and specifically Captain America, so I offered to make an ornament for her. Fast forward to today when she’s having her 16th birthday party and we needed a gift and card – today’s projects! Here’s the gift part. Pretty easy, print and cut, mostly on photo paper to get shine (only the head, nose and eyebrows were on matte cardstock.) I used the Superhero A Cutting Files. CapAforJoy I used a couple of extra layers of cardstock behind the colored figure layers so that Cap didn’t end up with a lumpy forehead  from where the twine was adhered like some of the characters I made for my family. I asked my daughter if he should have his mask on and she chose without. Now onto the card. CapShiledforJoy I used the Superhero Badges Cutting Files. I ungrouped then deleted the pinked edge because I wanted to make a shaped card with a smooth edge. I copied each layer with the star in place in Silhouette Studio and used “subtract” on each one to get the star to cut through all the layers. Below is a screen shot of how all the layers looked – the two whole white circles are the card itself – the same size as the black layer but without any star in the middle. CapAShieldShakerFile Once all the layers were cut I glued the shield together, cut a circle from acetate for the shaker just bigger than the star opening, lined up dimensional adhesive around the edges of the star, filled it with sequins and glued the shield to the card base (I didn’t fill the whole shield with dimensional adhesive because I wanted it to bow out a bit like the real shield would.) Next I scored the back of the card in a straight line and glued that to the front. I hope she likes her card and ornament! I can’t believe that my daughter and her friends are turning 16 now. There’s something about that age that is a bit surreal for me! Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you’ll join us on Saturday, when we’re having a blog hop to announce the next challenge!

Happy crafting!


I’m entering the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge A is for…(Captain America)

Hi! I’m writing to you from the past in more than one way. I’m glad you decided to visit. I’d like to share a project I created using a picture from when I got my bachelor’s degree. It’s coming up on 20 years, so I wanted to reflect a bit.

I’m, of course, using some things you know I love: a sketch (this one was created by Jenny Gevans from Creative Scrappers) and files from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.

Here’s my take:


I found the perfect papers and shapes at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.

Papers are from Man, Oh Man Pattern Pack 1, the clouds are from Kite & Clouds Cutting Files, and the arrows are from Borders 4 Cutting Files. A fairly straightforward page that I’m happy I’ve got scrapped.

I’m not feeling terribly wordy today, so I hope you’re OK with that. Thanks again for stopping by and I hope all is well with you and you have a chance to get some happy crafting in soon!


Hi! It’s my day to post over at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. I don’t tend to take the fast and easy route very often, but to be honest, I ran out of time for my more complicated project so I’m sharing with you just how easy it is to get a cute, simple card ready very quickly.


My daughter’s friend loves giraffes and she thought it’d be cute to use the giraffe from this collection:

Safari Love Cutting Files

Safari Love Cutting Files

You will notice the balloon is different on our card. I just switched out the balloon from this collection:

Birthday Panda Cutting Files

Birthday Panda Cutting Files

resizing the balloon for the size that worked well with the giraffe, added the numbers, picked the papers (mostly following the colors of the design), and got cutting. My daughter did all the gluing and she really thought it was super easy to put together compared to other designs she’s done. That’s one of the things that I love about playing with Lisa’s files – they are so easy to work with.

Not much of a story here! I used velvet paper for the nose and cheek pieces – because for me that adds to the cuteness and pearl papers for the balloon and numbers and real twine for the string, because I love twine!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll join in our Get Cookin’ challenge (the birthday cake or cupcake from the Birthday Panda cake would have qualified this card!) Click on the name for details! Also, we had a blog hop yesterday with blog candy as well as a freebie. Be sure to check my post for yesterday for all the details about that before the goodies are all gone!

I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Happy crafting!


Supplies I used: Cardstock – Doodlebug Design, Paper Accents, Recollections, Stampin’ Up!; Velvet Paper – SEI; Twine – Twinery; Adhesive – ScrapPerfect, Zig.


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Hi and welcome to my blog! I sure hope you’re having a great day! Although it’s a Saturday, I’m one busy lady all day today, but I had to show off my project and share all about the fun going’s on at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, so here I am!

If you came here from Nicole’s blog and are hopping along, 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 theme for this hop is Get Cookin’. We’re sharing projects that have to do with cooking and food using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. There is so much to choose from in the store – it was tons of fun picking out how I was going to Get Cookin’!

I went with the awesome layered burger from the Cookout Cutting Files as the main food item on my layout. I love all the wonderful layers to this burger and how it was easy to customize for the Shrimp Burger I enjoyed while on vacation on Tybee Island, GA. Take a look:


I have to say, I love how the burger turned out! All those layers and five different papers, plus inked edges! Did you spot any other food? Take a peek here:


I think this crab is so happy that I didn’t choose him for my lunch! Isn’t he the best? He’s from the Moody Crab Cutting Files and I have to smile when I look at him! He’s standing on a bit of the sand from the Day at the Beach Cutting Files and the coral comes from Fishy Friends Cutting Files. I’ll share the details on another cut that I used from that file in a moment.

SBIP_journal_detI used the Speech Bubbles Cutting Files to create the journaling block – a favorite for me. You may have noticed some drawn bubbles as well. I used the bubbles from Fishy Friends Cutting Files. I deleted the background cut and used the Silhouette Pen Holder adapter along with the Silver Wink of Stella marker to draw them with my Silhouette machine. Then I used some green enamel dots in some of the bubbles and some Liquid Pearls on some of the others. I love getting more dimension out of my page my having something drawn or stamped on my base layer. I think it adds a lot to my page.


Next we have some waves – couldn’t have a page about dining outside with the ocean in view without these! I used the Borders 5 Cutting Files. I reversed one of them to go the other way before I cut, trimmed them down a bit to fit in my grid, and inked the edges with a marker to define the edge. I sure hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Now on to some blog hop details!

The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store.

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For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog and leave a comment at each stop of the hop. 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, March 17, 2015.

Don’t forget to pick up the Blog Hop freebie, this fun Bun in the Oven file, only free Saturday and Sunday of the hop…after that it will be available for sale in the store.

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Our hop kicks off the Get Cookin’ Challenge at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. The challenge projects can be any cooking or food related project that features Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons products must be the FOCUS of the project and the prize is a $20 Gift Certificate for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store. Check out all the details here: Monthly Challenge.  I am sure you could cook something up to join in the challenge! I can’t wait to see what you create!

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To continue on the hop you’ll head to Sarah’s blog next!

(I entered quite a few challenges with this layout – please see the information below the blog hop list!)

Here’s the lineup:



                              Ruth <<<— You are here!
                                 Sarah <<<— Head here next!







Challenges I am entering, in alphabetical order by blog name:

(You knew there’d be some! So much inspiration and design ideas! I’m completely addicted!)

March Scrappy Friends Color Challenge (at Creating with Paper & More):

 I used deep red, gray, turquoise and dark green.

Paper Issues New Issue was: Enamored with Enamel. I used enamel dots, plus I’m enamored with vacations with my family and scrapping them!
Paper Issues Sketchy Saturday had this fabulous gridded sketch created by Jen Chapin:

PI_march sketch

The stitched divisions as well as the spot for journaling were elements I especially loved!

March Stash Challenge #24 at Scrap Our Stash is STENCIL. I used:
S – Simple Stories Sn@p Life collection for papers and alphas
T – Twine lines
E – Enamel dots
N – Number stickers (for time on top middle photo)
C – Crab die cut, also coral ;-)
I – Inked the edges of the die cuts
L – Letter stickers as well as liquid pearls on the bubbles going up the right
Stuck on U Sketches Die Cut Challenge, Lucky Green I have die cut waves, burger, crab, coral and journaling block. For green I have the lettuce on the burger as well as enamel dots and letter and phrase stickers. I’m lucky because I have a Silhouette (won it a couple of years ago right around this time of year ;-)

Through the eyes of Rochelle Spears has a March Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I used the diagonal going from the lower left up to the right: Mini Alphas (Shrimp on title), the color green (lettuce on burger, word Paradise and phrase sticker on waves), and Enamel Dots (going up right side as bubbles).

ETA – I definitely had intended to enter this in Lasting Memories “So Happy Together” challenge, because it really was such a happy occasion to visit with Scott’s brother in Georgia!

ETA – My layout was chosen as a top 3 for March over at Lasting Memories! Thanks so much for choosing me!

Lasting Memories

Supplies I used: Cardstock – Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Alpha and number stickers, word stickers – Simple Stories; Twine – The Twinery; Enamel Dots – Freckled Fawn; Dimensional Paint – Ranger; Pen – Closet to My Heart, Kuretake,  Sakura; Ink – Close to My Heart; Die cut machine and accessories – Silhouette America; Adhesive – ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig.

Hi! So glad you’re here today! I’m tooting my son’s horn! He’s grown in so many ways over the past year and he continues to amaze me (thus, my post title – and the fact that I’m up on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog today – yippee!)

I wanted to scrap a couple of photos I’d gotten of him as he prepared for his 8th grade graduation photos. The boys are encouraged to dress up (something he wasn’t looking forward to) and I had gotten him a dress shirt and 4 different ties I thought would look nice with it for him to choose from (I like to give choices when I can – I feel that if they have a say then it’s easier for them to do whatever is being asked.) He chose one of the ties after his dad walked him through some discussion about tie styles over the years and they worked through tying the knot, although in the end my hubby just left the knot in place and Alex and I tightened it in the morning.

So my layout shows the pictures of him after he’s all dressed up as well as after he puts on his glasses and adds his own fashion touch of silliness!


I used this PageMaps sketch, which is the current Becky Fleck challenge at A Cherry on Top:


I love Lisa’s Notebook Pages Cutting Files, which you may have noticed because I’ve used them before. I filled the spiral bound shape with the notebook page pattern from the School Days Pattern Pack and did print and cut with it. It’s such a wonderful, realistic looking page – perfect for journaling! Here’s a closer peak at that (and the journaling.)


The Hats Off Cutting Files have some really fun grad hats that I thought would be fun to scatter on the page in place of the flowers. I simplified each one to two layers since dimension was good but I didn’t want a lot of detail to them. Here are the others:

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AEOY_TitleDetAlso, because Alex putting on his glasses was a huge reason for the first photo, I thought the glasses from the Old Chap Cutting Files would be fun to have on my page and that helped inspire my title!

So that’s about it for today! Have you entered your project in our Anything Goes Challenge? It’s a great opportunity to create anything you want and enter it to win a gift certificate from the store! $20 can buy a lot of fun files!!!

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you have a chance to get some happy crafting done! I’d love to hear about any projects you’re working on in the comments or just anything you’d like to share! Hearing from you always makes me smile!


I’ll be entering this layout in:

Simon Says Stamps’ Wednesday Challenge : Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamps’ Monday Challenge : No Rules

Stuck On U Sketches Feb 20th-Die Cut challenge: Clothing

I used: Cardstock – , Bazzill, Coredinations; Patterned Paper – Little Yellow Bicycle; Printer paper – Epson Presentation Paper; Digital die cut machine – Silhouette Cameo; Software – Silhouette Studio Designer Edition; Wood veneer – Studio Calico; Pen – Zig; Stamps – My Favorite Things; Ink – Close to My Heart, Stampin’ Up!; Fonts – Arial, Bready Regular Demo, CK Girl; Adhesive – Imaginesce, Scrap Perfect, Xyron, Zig.

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