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Happy New Year Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons style

This is my first blog post for Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons in 2015! Woohoo! And I’m here to celebrate ringing in the new year! I have a fabulous friend (the one who keeps me walking the straight and narrow roads of our village) who hosts New Year’s Eve at her home every year. She and I became friends when our daughters were in preschool and what I love about this party is that everyone in the family is invited to come! So no sitter needed when the kids are younger and now that they are older they can hang out with their friends like they would want to and we all just enjoy the wonderful company and awesome food and drink!

So my friend is all about bling! She adores everything that shimmers and shines, so I did what I could to create shine for the hostess gifts I gave to her. Check it:

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I used silver foiled cardstock, shimmer cardstocks for the white and black and some of the gold and the Silhouette Gold Foil for the shiny gold. The files I used are: Bottle Tag 1 Cutting FilesNew Year Title Cutting Files, and I really felt like Kendall Jackson would look good with a mustache so I used the Old Chap Cutting Files to cut one for him ;-)! And I designed the sentiment to have the confetti hanging off the edge – I just love how that turned out!

Nobody paid much attention to the tag until I started taking pictures (I thought the pictures would be better with the right atmosphere!) Then I got the questions about why I was taking pictures and the comments “I thought you bought that”, which just makes me smile and proves that Lisa really does a great job designing these files. I, of course, have tons of fun playing with them!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and got to ring in the New Year in your favorite way! I still have some cards to address (got most of them out before Christmas, but put off doing all of them so that I could take care of the gifts for Christmas), but got to visit with all sorts of wonderful family and friends.

Wishing you a whole lot of happiness and creative time in the coming year! Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you’ll stop in again soon and I hope you’ll make my day brighter by leaving some kind words in the comments.

Ruth

I’ll be entering these projects into the StuckOnUSketches Anything New Year- Die Cut challenge

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P.S. Found these glittered flowers at my local grocer and created my own bling numbers to add some more festive glam! I’m so happy with how this turned out. I used the shimmer white cardstock on the front and the back is covered in shimmer black. The inside of the numbers were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Glitter Gold Zing Embossing powder. I had to choose between bright lighting to show off the shimmer or atmosphere and chose atmosphere. Hopefully you’ll take my word for it about the glam!

Enjoy your year!

 

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Time to go shopping

Get your purse out, it’s time for some shopping! OK, so maybe the shopping in this case will be for lunch at Corner Bakery, but with your sweet little purse you’re bound to have a great time!

I’m back with another clever and fun gift card holder. This one could be used any time of year, but I chose to use the Holiday Traditions collection from SEI to create it so it looks all prettied up for Christmas gift giving!

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This is another file from Lori Whitlock (gift card holder: purse). It turned out so sweet and was so quick and easy (and I regret that I didn’t take a picture of the cute pocket inside that I trimmed with a ruffly ribbon.) But I love that there was plenty of room to decorate the front however you wanted, like I did with some stickers and then tied a bow around the handle to hold it all together and voila, a great little gift card holder for the pretty ladies in your life!

I hope you’re enjoying seeing some of the fun creations I’ve made. I have one more to share with you tomorrow! Thanks so much for visiting and for leaving a comment to bring a smile to my face!

Wishing you a fabulously healthy, happy and creative New Year!

Ruth

I will be entering this fun creation in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog Anything Goes challenge.

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!

 

Papertrey December Blog Hop Challenge

Hi! I feel like I’m coming up for air! I really worked hard to get so much done for others this Christmas and it really made me happy to be able to do that! I’m ready to get back into a slightly more normal routine, though, and part of that is sharing some of the projects I’ve created.

The Papertrey Ink December Blog Hop Challenge is to use silver and gold on one project. This year I gave a lot of gift cards and I love giving others the chance to choose something for themselves! Having lots of wonderful tools and designs available to me, I like to make a holder for the gift card as a way to personalize the gift.

The project I’m sharing today is an ornament that I cut out with my Silhouette and then wanted to make the inside as pretty as the outside design. I pulled out my Papertrey Ink stamps (Instant Photo Holidays for the sentiment and Snowflake Medley for the snowflakes) and my inks and got to playing!

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The sentiment was perfect and all the different snowflake designs were really fun to play with.

Mixing gold and silver is not something I’d think of doing on my own, but I really love how this turned out (my Brilliance inks were perfect for this). I am so glad I gave it a try! Here’s the outside.

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Thanks so much to Papertrey Ink for the challenge and the inspiration! And thanks to you for stopping in! I hope you’ve had a chance to make crafting a part of your Christmas and your giving!

Ruth

Cut file used: 3d decorative ornament gift card holder by Jamie Cripps

ETA : I am entering this project into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog Anything Goes challenge

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

 

Surprise!

Maybe I’m the only one who’s surprised, but I really had a ton of fun making gifts for teachers and wanted to share some of my craftiness.

All photos were taken with my phone so they are not as detailed or sharp as my regular photos, but hopefully you’ll still enjoy them and be able to see enough to make it fun!

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I thought these snowman cookie images would be great to accompany my real life cookies. I did them as a print and cut with my Silhouette Cameo. This is a picture of the whole sheet of them all cut out and ready to be removed. The file is a new one from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. I got my snowman in the Silhouette store (design ID 71346), but you can get a whole plate of cookies and sentiments in SVG format, as well as PNG, DXF and JPG, in the sweet Christmas Cookies Cutting Files set in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store.

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And here’s some real cookies ready for the oven – they looked a whole lot more like trees before cooking, LOL!

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Now, I had designed the whole tag as print and cut, but decided that with 32 tags, I really should try and use my stash for the paper. Basic Grey’s Dasher papers had a nice snowy look. Here’s the whole package with nice, thick and fun baker’s twine, my cute snowman and my wrapped up small plate of cookies:

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I’m entering my tags into the following challenges:

the Stuck on U Sketches Die Cut Challenge: Anything Christmas

the Simon Says Stamp Winter Inspiration

the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes

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

And don’t forget that you should submit your Christmas themed projects that use Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files for the current challenge. You can find out all the information here.

So that wraps my post up for today!

Thanks for visiting! I need to get started on a couple more birthday cards and addressing some Christmas cards!

Ruth

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