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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

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Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty Happy Mother’s Day!

(If you’re looking for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Oh, Snap! blog hop – click here for my post!)

Hi! I couldn’t have a post today without paying tribute to all the moms out there, whether you have a human baby/child or a fur baby, moms do so much to care for others – they all deserve a big hug, especially today! My mom is my crafty inspiration! She is an amazing crafter who has done so many different things over the course of her life – I have very fond memories of so many of her crafty creations!

So, it’s my day to share a project over at the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog and I couldn’t resist using Lisa’s Mother’s Day Cards Cutting Files along with my mom’s favorite color (purple)! Here’s what I created:

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And, yep, I thought it’d be fun to make it a shaker card – I will admit, that idea would have been easier to accomplish if I would have cut the background oval the same size as the sentiment oval, but I was able to get it to work and voila, a celebration of Mother’s Day that is even more fun, hehe!

Here are some detail pictures:

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And here’s a picture of the sequins when the card is lying down:

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Well, I don’t want to keep you from your Mother’s Day celebration. I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful day!

Happy crafting! (And if you didn’t see the blog hop from yesterday, be sure to check that out, starting at Lisa’s blog! Lots of inspiration, a free cut file and some blog candy are available!)

Ruth

I’m entering the Stuck on U Sketches Die cut Challenge: Mothers and the Simon Says Stamp Simon Says Let’s Get Sentimental challenge.

I used: Patterned paper and gems from Bo Bunny, Sequins from Doodlebug Design, Pretty Pink Posh and Whimsical Twist, Ribbon from May Arts and Adhesive from ScrapPerfect, Snaketape and 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:

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The elegant mom:

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And last the purple-loving mom:

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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! 

Ruth

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 www.stampingrules.com

Suzanna  http://lifestrivialities.typepad.com/

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

 

Now you see it…

Today I’m sharing another gift card holder I created for Christmas. This one is with a file designed by Jamie Cripps and the fun part is the window in the front and that it has a tear off inside so you can get to the gift card. I resized and rearranged a lot of it and had a ton of fun designing the front. Here’s a peek:

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Oh, my! It still makes me giggle! The No Peeking sentiment comes from a set of Christmas gift tags by Silhouette. I could not resist putting that over the window for where the gift card was. Then I used a shimmery vellum behind to make it a little bit harder to see the gift card. The patterned papers are super cute Doodlebug papers (the larger red circles are flocked <3!) This was one of those projects that came together so well! I’m so happy with how it turned out.

The inside – well, I didn’t think about the fact that this was single sided paper, with brand information and a bar code on the back so I managed to cut right where all those things were. This created the need to cover that up, so luckily I had some Doodlebug fancy frills I used to fix it up and fancy up the inside.

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For the gift card part I decided that next time I might use a pen to draw the dashed tear line before cutting so that it is more obvious and draw the text for “pull here”, but this seemed to work just fine!

So, another gift card holder created and shared here!

Stay tuned! I should have another tomorrow.

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

Ruth

I’m entering this project in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog Anything Goes challenge.

 

Yep, it’s another gift card holder!

Don’t say I didn’t warn you! And there will be more in the coming days, so be prepared!

I have to say I had tons of fun creating these gift card holders. From choosing who got which design to picking papers and finishes, I love that I am able to create something to hold the gifts our family gives!

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This was for my father in law who loves to ski and also loves to shop at Kohl’s. The snowflake sweater gift card box design is by Kristen Magee. I have to admit putting this little box together was so much fun. What can I say? Miniature things delight me!

A snowflake die cut is included, but I chose to use my Snowflake Medley stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink to create the snowflake instead. The patterned paper is from the Fancy Pants Timber Grove collection (loved that pattern for a touch of Christmas color as well as a fabric design), kraft paper from The Paper Studio (which is rather rough for many uses, but worked perfectly for my little box), velvet paper from SEI for the collar and Versamark ink with embossing powder from Stampendous.

My tip for those who are like me and don’t like the dashed lines where folds are is to change those lines into solid lines and cut them at a much lower thickness (like 1 or 2) in Silhouette Studio V3. You can do this under Advanced settings in V3. If you don’t use V3, you’re missing out on a lot of really cool tools (and some headaches, but for me, the trade-off is worth it.)

I hope you have a wonderful winter’s day! Today, our high is supposed to be 19 degrees Fahrenheit, so I’m hoping to stay in and get lots of laundry and crafting done!

I’m entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks so much for visiting! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments! I love to hear from you!

Ruth

ETA : linking this project up for the Paper Issues “Say it isn’t Snow cold outside” challenge.

 

3D cards make a pretty impressive gift!

There were people on my Christmas list that the plate of cookies I was thinking about didn’t work for. I like to give something small and preferably homemade especially to those who give gifts to my family. This year I decided the gift would be a 3D Christmas card that could be displayed, maybe even from year to year.

Here’s what I made from files by Lori Whitlock:

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This is the 5×7 Bird in Tree Shadow Box Card – perfect for the nature and animal lover.

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This is the 5×7 Sleigh Shadow Box Card for the one who still believes…

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Introducing the 5×7 Winter City Shadow Box Card just a beautiful scene

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And my favorite the 5×7 Nativity Shadow Box Card. Lori has a tutorial for how to assemble these cards on her YouTube channel. I will say it’s a bit tricky getting everything lined up, but they did all fit into their 5×7 envelopes, but sometimes it wasn’t as pretty folded as unfolded.

And while I’m sharing my Christmas projects from Lori Whitlock (since I’m entering the Christmas Gift Giving link up on her blog) I might as well share the Double Sliding Santa Gift Card Holder I created from Lori’s files:

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Other than using some velvet paper for Santa’s beard, mustache and fur trim I find that keeping things simple with colors and textures really works well for these files. I wanted to stamp a bit to decorate the inside of the gift card holder, which I’m pretty sure the intent of the design, but other than that I just kept it simple.

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful 2015!

Ruth

ETA: I’m entering this post in the Anything Goes Challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

ETA : linking this project up for the Paper Issues “Say it isn’t Snow cold outside” challenge.

Woohoo! I was featured on the Paper Issues Fan Feature Friday for the Bird in Tree card. Thanks so much, Paper Issues!

 

More Halloween fun!

Hi, there! I’ve got another fun project using files from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons for you today! I realized when I was going through my pictures for the other two layouts I’ve shared this month that I loved so many more pictures from this Halloween that I hadn’t gotten onto a page. They weren’t the most amazing pictures ever, so a low-key, simple layout was in order. What I ended up deciding was to put a pocket page between my two other layouts and, as I often like to do, I decided to use papers that were from the same collection as the other pages. I made my own cards (three for the title and one for journaling) and Lisa’s files were so much fun for that! Take a look:

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I created four cards as print and cut and also print and cut the word “about”. I added embellishments on top as well as 3 more layers in black of the word “about” to give it some extra depth and interest. I embellished with some spider webs and part of a moon all cut from vellum, as well as some bats. Here are some detail pictures:

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 I got the idea for the sequin eyes on the skulls from a design team member’s project – I think it’s a very fun, eery look!

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The moon can lift up so you can see the picture of the scarecrow more clearly, if you’d like to.

I used the Notebook Pages Cutting Files for the journaling block

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and the Halloween Critters Cutting Files for the spider webs.

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For the patterns in the cards I used Halloween Pattern Pack 2

Hall-Pattern-2and Halloween Bats & Swirls

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 and Halloween Plaid Grid for the journaling card pattern. That’s something I love about this particular set (and why I bought it) I’m in love with gridded papers, especially for journaling! And these bright colors make me feel so very happy!

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So in the category of projects that seem like a great idea, but don’t turn out how you’d hope, we have the other side of the pocket page:

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OaA_BsideConfettiI had really hoped it would turn out better, especially the confetti spot. It turns out that in order to really get some movement in that spot, there needs to be some space for the pieces to move around. I like how the print and cut pieces turned out and I did add some of those pieces to the pictures, also, but the overall effect of the confetti wasn’t what I’d hoped for. I printed the pieces onto photo paper so they would be shiny, like I would expect all these candies to be. You might recognize the candies from the Candy Bucket Cutting Files:

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 I love that there are so many different ways I was able to use the files I’d gotten from the shop. And I’m sure I will find many more ways to use them in other Halloween projects!

For challenges, you should be sure to enter your Halloween creations in the Trick or Treat challenge, the last day to enter is the day after Halloween!

I’m entering: Project Life challenge- Black. Orange and White over at Stuck on U Sketches (which was the driving force behind the particular papers I chose to use for my layout), Dies are Us Challenge Blog Challenge #12 – Halloween (lots of good spooky die cuts – too much fun not to use them), Lasting Memories challenge #212 Anything Goes and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes.

Edited to add: I was featured on Lasting Memories for my Out and About page! Yay!!!

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Other products I used: Cardstock – Bazzill; Printer, ink and photo paper – HP; Digital Die Cut Machine – Silhouette Cameo with Studio Designer Edition software; Pocket Page – We R Memory Keepers; Pens – American Crafts; Sequins – Doodlebug Design, Pretty Pink Posh; Alphas – My Mind’s Eye; Stapler – Tim Holtz; Adhesive – Glue Dots, ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig; Fonts – Calaveras, CK Classical, Gracey’s Curse.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you enjoy your week heading into Halloween!

Ruth

 

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