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I’ve been so inspired by Tracey McNeely’s The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019! It’s been hard to focus on other Christmas tasks when there are so many ideas running around in my head, so I’m here with one more tag.

Day 16 brought in Waffle Flower as the sponsor. This one was a little bit of a no-brainer since I own the Waffle Flower die that was used to create this fun tag, but I kinda needed easy-peasy and my inspiration came from Rebecca Keppel. She used felt on her Waffle Flower Santa Tags die tag and also backed the felt with paper for easy writing, which I thought were wonderful choices! Check out her blog for her fun design!

I tweaked a couple of details, but essentially this die creates this specific design so there’s not a whole lot of space to get too original.

Here’s my take:

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I used the Waffle Flower Santa Tags Die set. The red layer is red felt, the white is coconut velvet paper from s e i, I used a shiny black paper for the belt and pearlized cardstock in silver for the belt buckle and buttons. I decided to sandwich the ribbon between layers and I sewed the buttons on the front of this tag because hey, why not? Well, I realized later on that maybe I should have used red thread because I could see the white thread on the backside of this tag. Here’s a tag back without sewing:

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I love how the felt looks through the letters from some MFT tag die sentiments!

These were so much fun! I can’t wait to make the rest of this set (I’m making sets of ten to give as gifts to family and friends.)

I hope you have lots of time and inspiration for getting crafty! Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Ruth

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty (Quirky) Decorations!

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 Happy Saturday and welcome to my blog! 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.

Today the Design Team has some wonderful Christmas decorations using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. I tend to think outside the (police) box a bit and focus on our family’s interests for my decorations and I find it just delightful that Lisa has designed fun files that work with some of the fandoms my family gets into.

First are the Avengers. We’ve seen all the movies (except for Hulk) and some numerous times, so I thought it’d be fun to make ornaments for each person’s favorite character. I ended up getting the Superheroes Collection Cutting Files because it has seven different characters which means more fun, right?

For my hubby and my daughter it was Nick Fury

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and Hawkeye

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for my son, he has a Captain America shirt and he really likes the shield symbol so I created that using the Superhero Badges Cutting Files,

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as well as the Batman sign (I know, not Avengers, but he saw the Michael Keaton Batman movie as well as all three of the Christian Bale Batman movies this year – some more than once) because he likes Batman, too.

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 These files were quick and easy to put together (the characters were just a lot of fun adding all the different details.) My plan is to use these for tags on their gifts and then they could be used as ornaments on the tree.

The family ornament I made for this year is for Dr Who (as you may have guessed from my earlier hint about a Police Box.) Lisa has all sorts of Dr Who files (The Doctor Cutting Files – where the TARDIS comes from, The Enemies Cutting Files – imagine a wheeping angel on your tree, as well as The Doctor Digital Clip ArtThe Doctor Digital Stamps and also The Doctor Sentiments Digital Stamps). I love how the TARDIS came out! I saved it for last because it got great reactions from the kids (and their friend) as well as my hubby and my friend (who was so kind as to allow me to use her tree for the photos – thank you so much, Lisa Marie Vogt!!!) I used vellum for the windows and light on top so that it could “glow” from lights on the tree.

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This is the first year that we’ve had access to BBC America so we could watch the show when it’s aired. The whole family would sit down and watch together every Saturday night for the entire season. That’s why I thought the TARDIS would be a great reminder of this year for our family. Lisa Norris reminded me that there will be a Dr Who Christmas special, too, so there’s another Christmas connection!

Those are the projects I have to share with you today. I hope you had fun looking into the ways in which I try to make Christmas fun by creating decorations that have to do with things my family enjoys.

The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store (Woohoo! That could buy a lot of fun for you and your family!) 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, December 16 and announced on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

Be sure to pick up this super cute Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday of the hop only available on Lisa’s blog (she is featuring these adorable kids in her project)…after that it will be available for sale in the store. 

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And then there’s the monthly challenge! Your project can be anything that is Christmas themed and features Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Please be sure to see all the rules and the link up at the monthly challenge page. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR

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Here is the entire hop order, in case you get lost along the way. You’ll be heading to ****Sarah’s blog****  from here.

Happy hopping! Don’t forget to follow and comment in order to be in it to win it for the blog candy.

Ruth

Lisa ~ http://prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com/

 
 
 
 
Ruth ~ https://paperandmusings.wordpress.com/ <<<<<——— You are here!
 
Sarah ~ http://sarahvaitstamps.blogspot.com/ <<<<<——— Head here for Sarah’s awesome project!
 
 
 
 
 
ETA: I’m entering the TARDIS into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge : Transportation

Fall Entertaining Blog Hop (or Blog waddle?)

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Happy Saturday and welcome to my blog! 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.

Today the Design Team is sharing Fall Entertaining projects using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. These are items that could be used for a Fall or Thanksgiving get together or dinner. The team has some awesome and inspiring projects to share today, so be sure to check them all out! For me and my family, Thanksgiving means heading to the in-laws for some amazing Thanksgiving feasting! I am so very thankful for all the preparation and wonderful food (the best stuffing and yeast rolls that ever were) so my project is focused on hostess gifts.

First some pretty pictures:FEH_Full

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Lisa recently added the Bottle Tag 1 Cutting Files to her store and it was just what I needed for my project. Of course, I couldn’t just stop there. I wanted wonderful patterns and textures and a fabulous sentiment and embellishment, so I also used the Pumpkin Spice Pattern Pack 2 and Pumpkin Spice Falling Leaves for the patterns, the So Very Thankful phrase from the Silhouette store (Design ID# 68943 also found in the Thankful Pocket Cards in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store), as well as the pumpkin group from the Silhouette store (Design ID#67500 also found in Pumpkin Patch Cutting Files in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store).FEH_TreatDet

In addition to my bottle tag, I wanted to create some treat holders for my niece and nephew, so I used the same digital patterns with the Fancy pillow box (Silhouette Design ID#68610 and Fancy Pillow Box 1 Cutting Files) along with a tag from the four layered tags (Silhouette Design ID#64351 and Layered Tags 1 Cutting Files) and the turkey from turkey with pumpkin (Silhouette Design ID#68272  and also from the First Thanksgiving Cutting Files) as well as a Speech bubble (Silhouette Design ID#62870 and Speech Bubbles Cutting Files.) I know I used a lot of files from the Silhouette store, but since I have a subscription, I like to use it when I can. A tip for making print and cut creations really quick and easy as pie (yum, pumpkin) is to use the files from the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons shop because they include PNGs and JPGs of all the images, especially if lining images is something you’d rather skip.

The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store (oh, yes, there is more than just candy corn on this hop!) 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, November 11 and announced on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

Be sure to pick up the Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday of the hop only available on Lisa’s blog…after that it will be available for sale in the store.

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For a chance to win more Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons goodies, you can enter:Fall Challenge graphicThe projects can be anything that is Fall themed and features Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Please be sure to see all the rules and the link up at the monthly challenge page. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR (that could buy a lot of entertainment for you!)

To continue on with the hop, head to Sarah’s blog. Here’s the lineup for the entire hop.

 
 
Leah ~ http://leahschaeffer.blogspot.com/

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for visiting! I’m glad you took the time to stop in today! Have a fantastic day! Happy crafting!
 
Ruth
P.S. I love your comments and I know that part of blog hop prize depends on you commenting. I do have to approve comments before they post and I will not be available to approve comments right away this weekend. Never fear, though, if you leave love (no hate-mail, please 😉 your comment will be approved when I am able to access them! Thanks for your patience and kindness!

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