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

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:

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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:

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and another angle:

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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!

Ruth

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:

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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:

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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!

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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 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:

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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!

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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!!!!

Ruth

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!
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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:

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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:

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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!

Ruth

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!

watercolor.bloghopHi! Watercolors are something that I’ve always loved the look of. I mean just look at the image above – it makes my heart happy. Here’s another example of me playing with watercolors – practicing, really and enjoying it!

This year, the gifts I gave to teachers and staff at my son’s school were notebooks that I got through Pick Your Plum. These were ready for decoration and I used different ways to decorate them. My watercolor projects involve die cuts that I have watercolored with Distress Stains and Inks as well as Gelatos.

I am sharing this project in Pretty Pink Posh’s Watercolor Blog Hop!

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We are giving this to a teacher who both of my kids couldn’t get enough of. She was in charge of the enriched programs and my kids really loved every minute they had with her. I thought this wise, but calm owl, was perfect for her patient ways.

I used a die cut from Miss Kate’s Cuttables for this scene that I cut out of watercolor paper. I then used Distress Stain (mowed lawn and mustard seed) or Ink (tea dye) mushed onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and picked up with a water brush to “paint” the image and background (this is my go-to way to watercolor right now.) I also used Gelatos for the pink on the flowers. I rubbed the Gelato onto my craft mat and then wet the color with the brush and painted it onto the image. I kept this image very soft (except for the yellow) and love how it turned out!

I have done watercoloring with other inks, too. All dye inks can be smooshed onto a craft mat (some inks can be smooshed onto their own lid) and picked up with a waterbrush to get that watercolor look.

I hope you’ll give watercoloring a try and join in the hop! I’d love to see what you create!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

watercolor.bloghopHi! Watercolors are something that I’ve always loved the look of. I mean just look at the image above – it makes my heart happy. Here’s another example of me playing with watercolors – practicing, really and enjoying it!

This year, the gifts I gave to teachers and staff at my son’s school were notebooks that I got through Pick Your Plum. These were ready for decoration and I used different ways to decorate them. My watercolor projects involve die cuts that I have watercolored with Distress Stains and Inks as well as Gelatos.

I am sharing this project in Pretty Pink Posh’s Watercolor Blog Hop!

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We are giving this to the social worker who has worked with my son from Kindergarten through middle school. She has a very gentle demeanor, so I think my son did a great job choosing this image for her.

I used a die cut from Miss Kate’s Cuttables for this scene that I cut out of watercolor paper. I then used Distress Stain (mowed lawn, mustard seed and shaded lilac) or Ink (tea dye, tumbled glass and salty ocean) mushed onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and picked up with a water brush to “paint” the image and background (this is my go-to way to watercolor right now.) I also used Gelatos for the pink on the flowers. I rubbed the Gelato onto the flowers and then wet the color with the brush to soften it. I really like how the soft colors of watercolor all go together. It’s hard to go wrong when everything is soft!

I have done watercoloring with other inks, too. All dye inks can be smooshed onto a craft mat (some inks can be smooshed onto their own lid) and picked up with a waterbrush to get that watercolor look.

I hope you’ll give watercoloring a try and join in the hop! I’d love to see what you create!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

watercolor.bloghopHi! Watercolors are something that I’ve always loved the look of. I mean just look at the image above – it makes my heart happy. I need to play more with watercolors to get better at getting the look I want, but for the time being I just enjoy playing with water and different ways of painting.

This year, the gifts I gave to teachers and staff at my son’s school were notebooks that I got through Pick Your Plum. These were ready for decoration and I used different ways to decorate them. My watercolor projects involve die cuts that I have watercolored with Distress Stains and Inks as well as Gelatos.

All this is to introduce my first project for Pretty Pink Posh’s Watercolor Blog Hop!

Let’s get on to the project:

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We are giving this to a woman who worked with my son for many years, overseeing his IEP for some of grade school into middle school. She once lent me a book about bird calls when I said that I didn’t know what sound Sandhill Crains made (turns out I was familiar with the sound, I just didn’t know that’s what it was!) I thought she might like this image of birds.

I used a die cut from the Silhouette store (three birds 5×7 papercut card with liner by Nic Squirrell) for this scene that I cut out of watercolor paper. I then used Distress Stain (mowed lawn, mustard seed and barn door) or Ink (tea dye and salty ocean) mushed onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and picked up with a water brush to “paint” the image (this is my go-to way to watercolor right now.) I knew that without a definite boundary it would be hard to keep the colors from running into each other, so I embraced that. I also allowed some areas to be more bold and others to be more soft which I think is part of what makes watercolor interesting.

I have done watercoloring with other inks, too. All dye inks can be smooshed onto a craft mat (some inks can be smooshed onto their own lid) and picked up with a waterbrush to get that watercolor look.

I hope you’ll give watercoloring a try and join in the hop! I’d love to see what you create!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Yep, it’s been a bit of a craft-a-thon that has lead to a blog-a-thon because of the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Thank You! Check out this blog post for the start of these projects if you’re interested in knowing who these notebooks are for!

This one is a bit snarky, but hey, not everybody likes a serious notebook.

I used stamps from Technique Tuesday and Simple Stories, inks were StazOn, Tsukineko and Stampin’ Up!:

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Fun, huh? I’m thinking this might be good for the gym teachers. Nothing too fancy for them – just fun stuff!

So, that’s it for the minis for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing them and maybe felt inspired!

I will have some more of the bigger notebooks to share towards the end of the week so please come back!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

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