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

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:

AEOY - TopCapDet

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.

Scrapping our Stash Blog Hop

Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Hi! It’s been a while, but I finally have some stash-busting projects to share on the Practical Scrappers Scrapping our Stash Blog Hop! You should have come here from my friend Brenda’s blog. If you would like to start the hop from beginning, stop by Wendy’s fabulous blog.

It is such a good feeling to create something with items from my stash and today I’ve got three fun cards to share with you in honor of National Parents and Siblings Birthday Month. You didn’t know there was such a thing? Well, maybe I made that up because there are five sibling and parent birthdays in February between my hubby and I and it certainly feels like it should be nationally recognized! I’ve already sent out two cards, today I’m sharing the parent’s cards.

So, in birthday order, we have the fisherman:


The elegant mom:



And last the purple-loving mom:





Did you notice that the two mom cards are the same design, just different papers/treatments? I love how they are so different and still beautiful! That’s the magic of paper-crafting for me – how much room there is for choices to change things up!

The flower cards were both too bulky to fit into the A2 sized envelope that they are designed to fit in, by the way (the flowers all stack in the same spot when folded and I added a LOT of dimension there, even with just the buttons.) Also, I assembled the purple one with the right side flower in the middle instead of the back and that makes it stick out too much when folded so it needs a wider envelope. I suggest doing a trial run with your project before gluing! Liquid glue is awesome for good hold when working with 3D projects, along with wiggle room while they are still wet, but they are not forgiving when dry.

Files and supplies: I used a couple of different files from Lori Whitlock and Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons (Layered Labels 1 Cutting Files), patterned papers from Close to My Heart, Echo Park (Lori Whitlock designed) and Trimcraft, Cardstock from Carta Bella, Close to My Heart and Recollections, sequins from Doodlebug and Pretty Pink Posh, Twinery Twine, Buttons from Stampin’ Up!, pens from Silhouette and Zig, ink from Close to My Heart, adhesive from Glue Dots, Scotch, ScrapPerfect, and Xyron.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I’d love to hear from you if you’ve got a busy birthday time of the year in the comments below. Be sure to head to Alison’s blog next! 


Here’s the list of blogs in the hop, in case you get lost! I know you had to have been inspired by these projects today!

Wendy C


ETA: I am entering Simon Says Stamps’ Monday Challenge : No Rules


Hi! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by today! You may have noticed the subtitle on my blog. The month of February is one of those months that is really hard to get very much scrapbooking done because there are tons of birthdays + Valentine’s Day to make cards for. I don’t mind because these are very close family members and I enjoy making cards for them. I have two mothers (one in-law and my mom), a sister in law, a brother in law and a step father in law all with birthdays this month.

This card was going to be mailed on Friday, but will have to go to another home instead. My story is my Silhouette ate my (DT) homework. Not all of it, but since I made the paper that it ate and I wouldn’t get the replacement piece ready in time to get the card into the mail by the end of day, I punted and made a card from a card kit I had (it’s good to have a backup plan!) I remade the paper that got eaten and am so pleased with how bright and fun this card turned out!

Take a look:


This image is so fun! I really feel like celebrating! I used watercolor paper and Distress Inks and Dyes to create the papers (the brown card base and white pieces are cardstock.) I used the Center Panel Step Card Cutting Files for the card base, Make a Wish Cutting Files for the sentiment and cake image and Simple Banner Shapes Cutting Files for the banners in the background. I really loved the colors that Lisa used on the file images and thought I’d be fun to make my own shades! There are so many wonderful layers of detail on these files – it makes it so much more fun than any flat image!

The DT for Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons had a blog hop yesterday. There is a giveaway, a freebie (both of which end Sunday night) and an Anything Goes Challenge. Check out the hop post here: Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons so you can be in it to win it!

Is there a month that you have a ton of birthdays to celebrate in your family? I’d love to hear about it, or about how your digital cutter ate your homework or any other story you’d like to share –  I just love hearing from you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy crafting!


Supplies not listed in post:

Paper – The Master’s Touch, Recollections, The Paper Studio; Spray – Tattered Angel; Stamps – Papertrey Ink; Pens – Zig; Adhesive – Scotch, Tombo, Xyron.



I’m so glad you’ve come to visit my blog today! 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 theme for our hop is Anything Goes. So, we are using our imaginations to create fun projects using any Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files we want. 

I had a story I wanted to tell about when my daughter was sick this fall. She has a full schedule with all honors classes (except for PE) and being out a full week was not something she was very happy about. I was glad to be able to be home to keep an eye on her, keep her company and serve her some “India therapy” in the form of Chai Tea and a couple of games of Parcheesi (that she won, of course!) I felt that the Hot Cocoa Cutting Files with the sweet sentiment and mug with heart-shaped steam was perfect, along with the Feeling Icky Title Cutting File.


Here’s a slightly different angle:


(I’m entering a few challenges with this layout. I’ll go over the details after the blog hop information.)

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

Blog Hop Prize imageFor 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, February 17, 2015.

Don’t forget to pick up the Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday of the hop, only…then it will be available for sale in the store. It’s this super cute Chihuahua file!


Out hop kicks off the Anything Goes Challenge at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. The projects can be anything at all that features Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Check out all the rules here: Monthly Challenge.


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

Here’s the lineup:

Lisa ~

Nanne’ ~

Nicole ~ >

Ruth ~ <<<—-You are here!

Sarah ~  <<<<—-Head here next!

Shannon ~

Tina ~

Gloria ~

Kathy ~

Katy ~

Leah ~

Melisa ~


I really felt this sketch by Lisa Hidy at Sketch N Scrap was perfect for my layout (used with permission):


I also used the Inspiration on Thursday – Colour Challenge Style at Scrap Much? I really felt these colors were wonderful with the game board.



And since this is also a great color combination that goes with Red and Pink I’m entering the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Red+Pink.

ETA: Also linking this up with Paper Issues New Issue: It’s Hip to be Square since I’ve got some square photos as well as the gridded background paper.

ETA: Paper Issues chose my layout for the Fan Feature Friday!PI_Fanfeature-sidebar

Thanks so much, Paper Issues! You have a wonderful community! I’m so glad I can be a part of it!!!


Cardstock: Coredinations and Doodlebug Design; Patterned Paper, Alpha, Stickers: Simple Stories; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Enamel dots: Freckled Fawn; Digital die cut machine: Silhouette; Embossing Folder: Sizzix; Pen: American Crafts; Adhesive: Glue Dots, Xyron, Zig.


Hi! I’m so glad you’re here! I’m very excited to have gotten a chance to tell the story on my layout today because it’s about how brave my daughter is. Yep, she’s pretty amazing in many ways and blows me away with how she handles horses.

It’s my day to share a project over on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog and there were certain digital papers I knew I wanted to use for my layout. The Pumpkin Spice Out West collection has some fabulous bandanna and wood grain patterns that would work perfectly with the theme of my layout. My daughter rides English saddle but her high school had a Western theme for Homecoming this past year and the Equestrian Club needed another experienced rider to ride in the parade. My daughter was thrilled at the chance to ride a horse in the parade and even though it was a horse she’d never ridden before, she took on the challenge. Here’s my layout:


You may notice in the pictures that my daughter is actually walking in one of them. That’s because her horse, who was also inexperienced with parades, was frightened by the little golf cart that was riding around with the giant pep flag waving and he kept rearing up. They decided to give him a little bit of a brake and then Erin got on just at the actual start of the parade and rode the rest of the way (with someone leading her horse in case he got spooked again.) In the end I think she would have rather marched with the band, but I still think she’s brave for trying it and getting back on that green parade horse!

So back to the crafting! I really love the bandanna (in blue – their school color) as the base for my page and filled a number of the shapes and alphas with other patterns as well! I used the pale wood grain on the speech bubble from this file and also the bracket shape (that I cut off) from the Layered Labels 1 Cutting Files. I also filled the bracket label with the Pumpkin Spice Circles & Spots small dots pattern for the background behind the title and filled the title with the dark wood grain from Out West. The journaling circle was created from the Scalloped Frames 2 Cutting Files filled with the larger brown dots for the outer circle and the pale grid from Pumpkin Spice Plaid Grid for the inner circle. I just love using those coordinating grids for journaling! So easy to match and makes it easy to write in straight lines! Here are more of the details:



Oh, and I had found the perfect sketch from PageMaps that was part of a challenge at Sketches4All so that was inspiring for me to get this story told:


You can see where I was able to use so many of the different shapes in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store for the different shapes in the sketch. Oh, and I almost forgot those lucky horse-shoes! They are from the Luck of the Irish Cutting Files!

I’m so happy you came by today. Do you have any crazy horse stories? It seems like everyone does, if they’ve spent any time with horses in their life. I’d love to hear yours in the comments below if you want to share!

Happy scrapping!


I am entering this layout in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.

Other products I used:

Cardstock: Bazzill and Recollections; Printer and Ink: HP; Digital die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Pen: American Crafts; Adhesive: ScrapPerfect and Xyron; Fonts: Another Typewriter, CK Black Out, CK Fresh.

Hi! I hope life is treating you well! It’s my day to share a project over at the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog and I decided I would share some wintery fun.

I loved the Wintery Scene Lisa just released and needed to create a layout with it! Yep, it was irresistible! I had to do it! So, I went digging through my pictures and found some great images that I thought would be perfect!


I couldn’t resist adding the igloo from Winter Critters to go with the huskies and the title Winter Wonderland seemed absolutely the perfect fit for my story! Where else can you have sled dogs racing around for all sorts of awestruck visitors than in the winter wonderland of the Morton Arboretum?! 

I created all the colored papers with Distress Inks and stains and the white is created using Mister Huey’s and Glimmer Mist – I have to admit, I struggled to get a middle tone for the Tumbled Glass – it looked more distinct when I was creating it than it does in the final igloo. I was inspired to get inky by all the wonderful shades of blue in the renderings of the cut files along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Inky Background.

Here are some close-ups of the different cuts:


I used a bit of Wink of Stella to highlight some of the areas on the cuts. I love the shimmery, icy look it gave!



Some shimmer of Glimmer Mist, a little embossing and a sequin = happiness. 



I just love the title and used the Wink of Stella at the tops of the Wonderland letters to give it a little “pop”. It was fun to see things come to life with the addition of that shimmer.

So, I really felt this image from Paper Issues Pinspire me Monday was perfect with my snowy page:

Gloves, snowflakes, wintery animals, January – all there!

Then there’s StuckonUSketches Die Cut Challenge – Snow, check!

Rochelle Spears has a fun Tic Tac Toe Challenge and I did the top line across: Sequin, 2+ photos and die cut

And let’s not forget Lasting Memories January Challenge #224 – captured moments – January moments, captured and preserved! ETA: Thanks to my friend Tina for letting my know I’d been featured for this layout at Lasting Memories!

Lasting Memories

ETA : Linking up with the Paper Issues “Say it isn’t Snow Cold Outside” challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Do you have special things that you’ve gotten to do to help you get out and enjoy the outdoors in winter? I’d love to hear about them or anything else you’d like to comment about!

Have a wonderful day!


Other supplies not listed above: cardstock – Bazzill; sequins – Doodlebug; die cuts – We R Memory Keepers, Paper Smooches; embossing folder – Darice; adhesive – ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig.




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 some wonderful made with love projects using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. I love that Lisa has so many punny designs in the store – it fits right into my idea of fun!

Here’s the card I decided to make for my hubby for Valentine’s Day (he doesn’t usually visit my blog, that I know of, so hopefully I’m not ruining the surprise) I used the Safari Love Cutting Files (which has all kinds of cute wild animals and the wonderful sentiment) along with the A2 Card Bases 1 Cutting Files which I think is an elegant design for a Valentine’s card.


What a cutie pie, huh? I love the little lion and the sentiment is perfect for me! I love all the layers that Lisa incorporates into her designs. It makes it so easy to create dimension and it’s also so easy to assemble – all the layers just go one on top of the other!


Here you can see where I chose to add dimensional adhesive. I also folded the edges of the mane up to add some texture. The lion’s body was done with print and cut for the yellow parts and just cut for the black and brown parts. I also used my new Wink of Stella black glitter marker on the lion’s eyes and the Wink of Stella clear brush marker on the heart in the sentiment – I need some practice with that because it really came out thick and had to be dabbed off a bit. 

On the inside I created my sentiment by layering the two bottom layers of the lion image with my sentiment, ungrouping and editing the sentiment to be as wide as possible and then used the Divide command on the modify menu in Silhouette Studio. After I divided I had to delete the lines that were outside of the letters, change the fill colors and then do print and cut with cut settings set to cut edge. I like how it turned out and the pun makes me smile (hopefully, my hubby doesn’t groan;-)


I hope you’ve enjoyed my project! There’s lots more goodness to come!

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 Saturday, January 13, 2015 and announced on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

Be sure to pick up this super sweet Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday (the 10th and 11th) only available on Lisa’s blog…after that it will be available for sale in the store.  

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


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!


Katy ~

Leah ~

I am entering the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make new friends, but keep the old…
My new friend is the Wink of Stella Black glitter pen, the old friend in the Close to My Heart Elemental collection paper that I used for the background.
I am entering the Simon Says Stamp Simon Says Something New challenge
My Something New is using the Divide command in Silhouette Studio to create the image within my inside sentiment (also the Wink of Stella pens and how to use them is something new I tried.)

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