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Inspired!

Hey, there, blogging world! So, no I haven’t been posting on my blog, but I have been creating and today I’m finally sharing something with you!

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I have loved all the great tutorials (camp craft videos) that My Favorite Things has put out and was so inspired by a number of things that they have created and techniques they have shared during their two Camp Create sessions this summer!

I really adored pretty much everything about the 

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in June from MFT! July and August have the birthdays for both of my kids and my hubby and the bright fun colors in this kit along with the fun dies and the hearts in the flames meant that I really wanted to have the kit for creating for them!

Next, Barbara Anders shared this card:

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with a fabulous watercolor look and one of the best sentiments in the stamp set, especially for those birthdays with more than a few candles and I was on my way to creating something from the heart for my hubby.

And lastly, 

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inspired me to think outside of the box for how to use the dies from the kit!

So, onto my project!

I cut the candle and flame dies from the kit out of recycled printer paper and ran them through my Xyron X with the temporary adhesive cartridge. I have to admit I did a number of these cuts because I did some experimenting with colors and layout before my final card. It was easy to cut a lot of them since they are in groups of five! After I randomly placed the candle and flame masks on my watercolor paper I used my ink blending tools with the Cornflower, Green Room and Lemon Drop inks from the kit, but found that I liked just using Lemon Drop and Cherry Crisp instead (I had a theme – which had to do with the sentiment on the inside!)

Here’s a photo of the masked candles with the ink blending.

 

After I removed the masks I stamped the hearts on the flames in Cherry Crisp and flicked on some water then some Cherry Crisp ink refill mixed with Sheer Shimmer Mix-ables Mist:

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Feeling like I wanted a little more shine on the background I also added bigger splashes of the Mist:

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I loved the look of the sentiment on vellum so that the background could still be seen on Barbara’s card. I created a card base out of Cherry Crisp cardstock, created a mat out of the Lemon Drop striped paper from the kit, wrapped the vellum sentiment strip around the background and adhered it all together. Lastly, some red felt hearts from Spiegelmom Scraps shop finished off the front. And the inside was simply the sentiment that was my inspiration for the colors and a little more decorative stamping from the kit stamp set in Versamark ink!

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So, I’ve earned my badge for this project at least! I’m inspired by all the great ideas shared in camp and will definitely be using them as I create! Be sure to check it out if you like to get creative with paper!

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Thank you so much for visiting today! I might post more of my projects here again, soon, since this was really pretty fast to do, even with all the links!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

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Let’s try it again with red!

Hi, I’m back (as promised). I have another card that I created, this time using Barn Door Distress Stain.

I was talking about inspiration and for all of these cards there was the spark of the Holiday Style Online Card Class (I was a very lucky lady and won a spot from a giveaway by Jennifer McGuire.) There was a day of Soft & Subtle designs that had a lot of watercolor and different ways to do that and that was especially inspiring because I love doing watercolor techniques!

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The theme of the card was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Simon Says : Christmas and the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Next, the stamp set I chose was inspired by the latest Lawnscaping challenge:  IN WITH THE OLD which made me think of the Ornate Ornaments stamp set from Lawn Fawn. The colors I chose for this card were inspired by traditional Christmas colors, with the addition of the shine of gold!

Enough of the inspiration, on to the project!

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I love how I could get more intense color in spots as well as very soft color all with the same Distress Stain using water to help things along. I think these sketchy, informal ornament stamps go well with the relaxed feel of the watercolor. And I like how the Pebbles Basics card base compliments the cute and fun feel (thank you, Kathy Martin for sending those Pebbles cards to me!)

I hope you’re inspired! These are really fun and easy! The Caring Hearts Card Drive cards are due on Friday, the 27th, but you should definitely send some if you have a chance!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

 

 

 

Where do you find inspiration?

Hi! I’ve been busy creating, but haven’t taken the time to share (some deadlines looming), but I wanted to share a couple of things and chat a bit about inspiration.

My projects today were definitely inspired, but inspiration for me usually has many different dimensions. For these cards there was the spark of the Holiday Style Online Card Class (I was a very lucky lady and won a spot from a giveaway by Jennifer McGuire.) There was a day of Soft & Subtle designs that had a lot of watercolor and different ways to do that and that was especially inspiring because I love doing watercolor techniques!

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The theme of the card was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Simon Says : Christmas and the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Next, the stamp set I chose was inspired by the latest Lawnscaping challenge:  IN WITH THE OLD which made me think of the Ornate Ornaments stamp set from Lawn Fawn. The colors I chose for this card were inspired by my Mom and her love of all that is purple. (One of these will be going to her and one to the Caring Hearts Card Drive.)

Enough of the inspiration, on to the projects!

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With an AC cardstock kraft card base

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With a Pebbles Basics card base

I loved how dreamy and soft these turned out, with a touch of Color Shine to add some shine and shimmer in spots. I am glad I tried the purple because it surprised me how well it worked for these Christmas cards! I used Dusty Concord Distress ink along with some Milled Lavender around the middle. The branches were inked with Distress Ink, too, but I don’t remember which one. I just love that no matter what, they coordinate really well together!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to hear about what inspires you! I have more to share, so stay tuned ;-)!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

 

A few of My Favorite Things to play with!

Hi! I’ve been busy, but just not with creating blog posts! I sure hope you’ve been getting some happy crafting done, too!

I love creating Christmas cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive which delivers cards to the elderly living in nursing homes. It makes me feel good to think I could make someone’s Christmas a bit prettier and hopefully happier knowing someone is thinking of them!

For inspiration, I used the current sketch for the My Favorite Things sketch challenge:

along with the current Cut it Up Challenge #81 – Back to Nature, because winter is always a magical time for nature for me!

I loosely used the three lines and the rectangle from the sketch with some awesome My Favorite Things dies and stamps and an older Basic Grey collection for the papers (Dasher.)

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I cut three different papers with the MFT Die-namics Tree Lines (I cut the trees off the darkest paper) and used the MFT Die-namics Tag Builder Blueprints 2 dies for the tag, stamping the sentiment and number from MFT LLD Insert It Document it December stamp set in Versamark ink and then embossing with Inkadinkado White Linen embossing powder.

I love the serene scene I was able to create and the wonderful sentiment tag to top it all off!

That’s it for me today, short and sweet!

Have you started creating Christmas cards yet? Do you make cards for charities or are you someone who is always making cards to send off as happy mail for those who you care about? I’d love to hear about your projects! Be sure to leave a comment and I’ll come by and visit your blog and see what you’re up to!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons Smarty Pants Blog Hop

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

Thank you for the inspiration!

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

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty Merry Christmas in August!

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.

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