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

Hi! It’s my day to share a project over at the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog and I’m also sharing here, with a few more pictures and details.

So, Lisa added some super fun files since my last project and I had to use them for my page today! I used the Science Lab Cutting Files and Science of Love Cutting Files to help tell the story of my daughter’s Sophomore Chemistry class. Here’s how the page turned out: 

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As you may notice, I did a lot of print and cut with vellum.

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The title is on one of the Speech Bubbles Cutting Files shapes and the frame around my daughter’s picture is from Photo Frames 1 Cutting Files.

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I used a banner from Sentiment Spots 3 Cutting Files for the subtitle.

You may be wondering about all the “no” symbols. Well, my daughter’s class did hardly any labs, which was disappointing to her (and probably made it a lot harder since most everything was more about theory than practice.)

I used the 24/7 collection from Simple Stories for the patterned papers and alphas and the cardstock for the “no” symbols is from Simon Says Stamp.

The sketch that I used is by Becky Fleck for A Cherry on Top:

I am entering Silhouette Challenges #28 Anything Goes.

I hope school is going well for everyone in school, teaching or with kids in school! And I hope if there are any lab sciences that there will be plenty of labs and reasons to scrap about them (or send the teacher a fun card!)

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Today is my day to post on Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons to share a project and I’ve created a page about a very fun day at the zoo using a number of fun animals, borders and one drink cutting file along with some digital papers.

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There were so many cute files that were perfect either to go along with the photos on the page or to fill in the blanks for a photo that didn’t make the cut, so to speak!

Let’s take a closer look at the left side and the different cuts I used:

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I used the zebra from Safari Love Cutting Files, the arrow files from Borders 4 Cutting FilesIcee Cutting Files (yes, there’s a drink so I am entering Simon Says Stamp Simon Says Food and/or Drink), the polar bear came from Winter Critters Cutting Files and the bird from Gnomies Cutting Files (I used a Silhouette Sketch Pen to draw the notes.) All the animals were done with print and cut and then I glued the layers together. The texture on the word Africa as well as the lined background paper where I did my journaling came from School Days Pattern Pack.

The right side and details:

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The hippo came from the Safari Love 2 Cutting Files and the flamingos were done with print and cut on vellum, with a big offset of the outer line – I used the left flamingo from Flamingos in Love Cutting Files. (the zoo title is a die cut I bought at a LSS)

Another page done, another story told. I guess I’m a bit obsessed with vellum right now, but I couldn’t resist those flamingos and in order to get lots of them on the page I wanted them to be a bit ghostly.

I’d love to see your Smarty Pants themed project using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons cut files – there are lots of ways to go with this theme and I think my page about a school field trip would qualify. Click here for all the details!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you’re having a fabulous day!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

ETA: I was a bit distracted when I first wrote up my post and I forgot to give credit to Allison Davis for the sketch I used (which she created for Simple Stories. Click here to see the post about that sketch.)

The photo collage I used on the left page was an old template for Photoshop that I had downloaded from SBE a long time ago.

Both made creating this layout with 13 photos much easier so I really appreciate that these resources were available to me.

ETA, part 2: Yep, I totally forgot that I wanted to enter the Cut it Up: Animals Challenge #77

as well as Scrap Our Stash August Stash Challenge #29 – PAPER :

P – Polar Bear

A – Africa (and arrow die cut strip)

P – Pink flamingos

E – Elemental collection Patterned Paper from CTMH (on the right page, behind the hippo)

R – Red die cut arrow strip

Hopefully, I’ve gotten everything linked up now. Thanks for sticking with me, here!

Banner imageHi, there! Welcome to the blog hop! If you came here from Nicole’s blog, you must be a smarty pants;-). If you just stumbled upon this post and would like to start from the beginning, you’d be smart to visit the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog. You’re going to love what the design team has put together for the hop!

Today we are sharing projects we created with a Smarty Pants theme (nerds, school, etc.) using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. I went nerdy – because we embrace nerdy-ness in our house.

So my daughter is a whovian (someone who watches Dr Who) and she has pretty clear ideas when it comes to which Dr she likes, so for her birthday I make her a 10th doctor TARDIS box card. Thankfully, she was too wiped out from Band Camp to really notice me designing it and cutting it out. I assembled and photographed it when she was out with friends. Anyway, enough rambling, here’s the card, laying flat ready to be made 3D.

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And everything on this card is from the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store from the cut files, to the digital stamps, to the fill patterns. It’s really awesome to have all of that to play with!

Here is the “front” with it opened up:

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The Allons-y and Don’t Blink are from Lisa’s The Doctor Sentiments Digital Stamps (I use a couple of others, too…) and they are written on shapes from the Speech Bubbles Cutting Files. The TARDIS, sonic screwdriver, 3D glasses (gotta have that for a box card, right?;-) and Dr Who are from The Doctor Cutting Files. The Wheeping Angel is one of the enemies that I used from The Enemies Cutting Files and she is sitting on a label from Layered Labels 1 Cutting Files and the flap is filled with Halloween Bats & Swirls digital paper pattern. The background behind The Doctor is filled with Man, Oh Man Pattern Pack 1 Diamond Plate pattern. Everything is pretty much print and cut which makes for very fast assembly with no guessing about what’s going to match, etc.

Here’s another enemy, I loved the sentiment Lisa had that was perfect for this card:

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Yep, my head is now filled with a dalek voice saying “celebrate”. Lots of shapes are repeated here, but this speech bubble was a special one that came with the enemies set.

Here’s the back (really the door) I printed each layer and had them all cut up then glued them all together.

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Lots of wonderful detail! Very cool in person and fun to put together!

And on the last side of the box:

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Yup, no new files here, but just loving getting to use these files!

Thanks so much for taking a peek at my daughter’s birthday card! I was inspired to create this fun design for her! Are you inspired?

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Oh, hey! Would you look at what just popped up? 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, August 11, 2015.

Be sure 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 these cuties that Lisa shows off on her blog combined with the Friday Freebie (bookmarks file) which is still available for free in the store. You’d be smart to pick up both of them while they are free!

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I sure hope you’ll join in our PPPR Smarty Pants Challenge. The projects can be anything that are school or nerdy themed and feature Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. You can find the rules and the linky tool here: Monthly Challenge. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR.

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Thanks so much for visiting! To keep on hopping, head to Sarah‘s blog to see her project.

Here is the rest of the hop, in case you are lost…

Lisa

Kathy

Katy

Leah

Melissa

Nanne’

Nicole

Ruth (you are here!)

Sarah

Shannon

Gloria

Michelle

Yep! I was in love and then I was inspired and then I got to playing!

I found out about this wonderful event for Jenn Shurkus:

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It’s awesome that she’s been blogging for 10 years! I can’t wait until I get there (and I’ve got a ways to go!)

So, I’ve had a few of her projects on my inspiration list and then I saw this card:

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And I knew it was the one for me!!!

So, I got to looking around, found a die cut from Echo Park in the Silhouette Online Store that I thought would work for what I hoped to do and got cutting, then painting, then piecing and then putting it all together!

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At this point I’m thinking “it’s a good thing I like putting puzzles together!”

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The middle of the flower had lots of tiny dots as part of the die cut, which were going to be very difficult to work with at this scale, so when I was working on the background I painted some dots in the middle and started to put the puzzle together around it. It was honestly fun!

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My finished card. I’m so glad I gave this a try and want to thank Jen so much for the inspiration! I probably would have tried this at some point, but having a deadline inspired me to go for it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! There’s a little bit of time left to enter, so check out Jenn’s blog and hopefully I’ll see your project there before the gallery closes!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Card: Halcraft; Watercolor paper: Artist’s Loft; Watercolors: Kuretake; Rub-on: We R Memory Keepers; /a

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:

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with:

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and:

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and here’s what I created:

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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:

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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!

Ruth

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:

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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:

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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!

Ruth

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!

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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:

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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!

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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, 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.)

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(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!

Lisa

Gloria

Kathy

Katy

Leah

Melissa

Michelle

Nanne’

Nicole

Ruth ~ You are here!

Sarah

Shannon


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

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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.

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