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More birthday fun!

Hi! I’m getting a little ahead of the game, but I do have a fair number of late April early May birthdays to celebrate, so I’m having fun making more birthday cards!

I had a LOT of inspiration for the project today.

Waffle Flower has a weekly challenge and this week the challenge is Tiny Stamps. I have the Surface Tag Stamp Set and it’s got some very small stars as well as a small Happy Birthday sentiment so my creative wheels started turning.

I found the perfect sketch to use with those tiny stars over at Freshly Made Sketches:

And when Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge said Clean and Simple was this week’s challenge and they were using Hero Arts products the deal was sealed!

Here’s what I came up with:

Another birthday down, quite a few left to go. Eeek! I guess you’ll probably be seeing more birthday cards soon because challenges are pretty inspiring for me!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a crafty day!


Supplies I used for this card:

GEMINI Die-Cutting & Embossing Machine

Waffle Flower Surface – Tag Stamp Set

Waffle Flower Doily Square Die



Hero Arts Reactive Ink Pad KEY LIME FIZZ

CTMH Confetti Embossing Folder


February Cardmaking Blitz

Do you have a month/time of year when it seems like there are endless birthdays? For me it’s February (with 4 for siblings-in-law and mom/mom-in-law) and then mid-late summer for my hubby and kids. So, I pretty much start making cards in mid-January (because I have another in-law with a late January birthday) and by the time mid-February rolls around (oh, yeah, there’s Valentine’s Day in there, too) I’m feeling like all I’m doing is making cards. I try to personalize them for the celebrant and I am very slow in designing so each one can take up to a week to create, which means there isn’t really enough time if I start in mid-Janurary.

What’s nice is when there is more than the person to inspire me. In the case of the card I’m sharing today I was also inspired by a number of things.

  1. An image/color scheme (see inspiration image below) – this one really had all the bells and whistles because it fit with who was receiving the card and when – I saw the color purple and the flower as very inspiring because my mom loved to garden and loves the color purple and Amethyst is the birthstone for February!
  2. A technique/design idea – I took a class with Nicole Watt through Altenew and used her technique of ink blending on the background and using a cover die over the top – this gave me a way to use the yellow from the color palette without having to include it in the sentiment (where it would be somewhat difficult to read) or in the stamped images (where I just didn’t like the thought of possibly having the purples and yellow overlapping because I wanted it pretty and clean and not muddy.)
  3. My supplies – in this case I love the ink cube sets and Botanical You stamp and die set from Altenew and thought they would be perfect for this card and work with the above inspirations!

Here is the inspiration image from Altenew from their February 2021 Inspiration Challenge:

Here’s my card:

A new favorite technique of mine (I’m pretty sure it was inspired by Jennifer McGuire) is to use a colored foam behind die cuts to add a little more color as well as dimension.

I am entering my card in the Altenew February Inpiration Challenge and the Simon Says: Anything Goes Challenge.

And below are links for the supplies I used to create it! I hope you have a fabulous and inspired day!


Supplies from Altenew:

Green Meadows Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cube Set (I used Sweet Leaf and Hunter Green)

Summer Afternoon Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cube Set (I used Warm Sushine for the ink blending on the background)

Shades of Purple Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cube Set (I used Lavender Fields)

Enchanted Garden Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cube Set (I used Hydrangea)

Botanical You Stamp & Die Bundle

Garden Trellis Cover Die

The class I took was: Ornate Roses Virtual Workshop w/ Nicole

Other supplies:

Gemini Die-Cutting & Embossing Machine


Pinkfresh Jewel Essentials

Primary Adhesive Foam Sheets Value Pack by Creatology

Xyron Mega Tape Runner Permanent Adhesive Dispenser

Gina K Connect Glue

Reindeer Games – Tag, you’re it!

Playing around with words here like I’ve been playing around with my fun crafty goodies! I’m back to the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge and I’m going back to Day 1 when Rudy the red-beaked reindeer (Dean Martin – what a hip cat) was the focus of the challenge.

Therese Calvird had a fabulous design (and I happened to have a deer stamp and die set from Concord & 9th that I was dying to use!) Here is Therese’s:

Concord & 9th’s Furry Friends Stamps and die set has all sorts of super fun images and one of the images I loved was the deer (which has a set of Christmas lights to go between the antlers and that just made me smile.) I decided to make it look like Rudolf with a glowing nose, no string lights needed!

I started my design with watercoloring the deer head and antlers (using my Gansai Tambi watercolors + Altenew pigment ink.) I also tried to create a foggy night background, without using grey, in watercolor. It’s a sky at least, right?


The tag frame is the Decorative Tag 1 from Pretty Pink Posh. I thought it went nicely with my Rudolf head and background. I thought the white felt would be a fun touch for the frame – I’m slightly addicted to felt I must admit!

I used a clear red dot that I had left-over from a Paper Pumpkin kit for Rudolf’s nose. (My sister is a demonstrator, so if you are looking for some Stampin’ Up goodies or a Paper Pumpkin subscription and need a demonstrator I’m happy to share her!;-)

So, the next time I create 15 Rudolf heads (I am giving sets of 10 tags as Christmas gifts and I wanted a few extras so I could pick my favorites to use) I will use watercolor for the nose glow instead of dye ink painted on. I had hoped that it was going to soften as it dried, but I forgot that the ink doesn’t dry back the way that watercolors do so it’s a bit intense for my liking, but it’s done and that’s a good thing!

Thanks so much for stopping by! This was a super fun tag to make and I hope you get to do some fun making for Christmas!




It Came Upon a Midnight Clear + Stars

I love Christmas music and the fact that Ellen Hutson chose to use Christmas music as inspiration for her 12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge this year made my heart very happy! Also, I really felt like stars definitely came out that night, so the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stars fit perfectly for me!

My favorite tag for this hymn at Ellen Hutson was this clean and simple design by Ardyth:

The contrast of the light landscape with the darkened sky touched with splatters of shine definitely played into how I interpreted this hymn.

My tag came out like this:

IMG_20191214_103700618 I used a couple of elements from Heidi Swapp’s Oh What Fun collection (wood veneer and the Peace tag) that I felt were perfect for this song (star geotag + peace and star = yes!) I used some Finetec metallic watercolors for the splatters and a Navy Twinklette marker for the To and From. The tag die was from Fun Stamper’s Journey. I used a hole die from the Waffle Flower Stanta Tag die set.

Thanks so much to Ardyth for her beautiful inspiration tag and to Simon Says Stamp for featuring stars for their Monday challenge!

I hope you have a clear and bright Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by!


Gotta celebrate!

Do you have friends or family who have birthdays in December? I do and I often feel like I need to make sure that of all the people I celebrate these folks get treated well. Sometimes it happens, sometimes I fail, but this year I’ve at least got a card made for one of them.

I have a lot of great birthday products from My Favorite Things so when I saw their latest sketch challenge, I really wanted to use that as inspiration for a birthday card and I did!

Also, for inspiration I loved how Donna Mikasa used the Crown Die-namics and Queen for the Day Stamp Set. The design really fit the sketch perfectly and in the end I pretty much copied her design. Here’s her beautiful card:

For mine, I started with Black Legion Stonehenge Paper because the rocking the crown sentiment couldn’t be more true of this friend who attends rock concerts (and other events) regularly. I added Prima – Mixed Media – Metallic Accents paint to my panel, splattering a little around the edges. The color I used (purple in the palette) looks completely different depending on whether you’re painting on black or white paper. Both have a blue sheen, but the base color is purple on black and pink on white – pretty wonderful for a royal greeting! I cut out the Crown in Silver Sparkle Card Stock and added a few sequins from my stash here and there.

Here’s my card:


Starburst Sentiment Strips Die-Namics was used for the sentiments – I was happy that I had a nice and regal option for those.

I’m very thankful for inspiration and wonderful products to use to make creating something for someone special easy and fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Pretty Super

Hello! I’m so glad you stopped in! Today I’ve got a post over at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog and I’m sharing a few more details here about how I created the shaker card I made. So, the story goes that at Christmas I created some personalized ornaments for my family using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons cut files but I needed a Christmas tree to hang them on for pictures and we didn’t have ours up yet. Friends of ours that live a few houses down our block had their tree up and my daughter’s friend was very kind about taking the time to let me in the house and ooh and aaah over the projects. She is a fan of the Avengers, and specifically Captain America, so I offered to make an ornament for her. Fast forward to today when she’s having her 16th birthday party and we needed a gift and card – today’s projects! Here’s the gift part. Pretty easy, print and cut, mostly on photo paper to get shine (only the head, nose and eyebrows were on matte cardstock.) I used the Superhero A Cutting Files. CapAforJoy I used a couple of extra layers of cardstock behind the colored figure layers so that Cap didn’t end up with a lumpy forehead  from where the twine was adhered like some of the characters I made for my family. I asked my daughter if he should have his mask on and she chose without. Now onto the card. CapShiledforJoy I used the Superhero Badges Cutting Files. I ungrouped then deleted the pinked edge because I wanted to make a shaped card with a smooth edge. I copied each layer with the star in place in Silhouette Studio and used “subtract” on each one to get the star to cut through all the layers. Below is a screen shot of how all the layers looked – the two whole white circles are the card itself – the same size as the black layer but without any star in the middle. CapAShieldShakerFile Once all the layers were cut I glued the shield together, cut a circle from acetate for the shaker just bigger than the star opening, lined up dimensional adhesive around the edges of the star, filled it with sequins and glued the shield to the card base (I didn’t fill the whole shield with dimensional adhesive because I wanted it to bow out a bit like the real shield would.) Next I scored the back of the card in a straight line and glued that to the front. I hope she likes her card and ornament! I can’t believe that my daughter and her friends are turning 16 now. There’s something about that age that is a bit surreal for me! Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you’ll join us on Saturday, when we’re having a blog hop to announce the next challenge!

Happy crafting!


I’m entering the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge A is for…(Captain America)

ETA: I am linking this project up with the current is issue Let’s Get This Party Star-ted and Par-ty Heart-y at Paper Issues, because Stars.

Yay! Paper Issues shared my project on their Fan Feature Friday so now I can proudly display their button! Woohoo!

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty long time ago

Hi! I’m writing to you from the past in more than one way. I’m glad you decided to visit. I’d like to share a project I created using a picture from when I got my bachelor’s degree. It’s coming up on 20 years, so I wanted to reflect a bit.

I’m, of course, using some things you know I love: a sketch (this one was created by Jenny Gevans from Creative Scrappers) and files from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.

Here’s my take:


I found the perfect papers and shapes at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.

Papers are from Man, Oh Man Pattern Pack 1, the clouds are from Kite & Clouds Cutting Files, and the arrows are from Borders 4 Cutting Files. A fairly straightforward page that I’m happy I’ve got scrapped.

I’m not feeling terribly wordy today, so I hope you’re OK with that. Thanks again for stopping by and I hope all is well with you and you have a chance to get some happy crafting in soon!


Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty fast and easy

Hi! It’s my day to post over at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. I don’t tend to take the fast and easy route very often, but to be honest, I ran out of time for my more complicated project so I’m sharing with you just how easy it is to get a cute, simple card ready very quickly.


My daughter’s friend loves giraffes and she thought it’d be cute to use the giraffe from this collection:

Safari Love Cutting Files

Safari Love Cutting Files

You will notice the balloon is different on our card. I just switched out the balloon from this collection:

Birthday Panda Cutting Files

Birthday Panda Cutting Files

resizing the balloon for the size that worked well with the giraffe, added the numbers, picked the papers (mostly following the colors of the design), and got cutting. My daughter did all the gluing and she really thought it was super easy to put together compared to other designs she’s done. That’s one of the things that I love about playing with Lisa’s files – they are so easy to work with.

Not much of a story here! I used velvet paper for the nose and cheek pieces – because for me that adds to the cuteness and pearl papers for the balloon and numbers and real twine for the string, because I love twine!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll join in our Get Cookin’ challenge (the birthday cake or cupcake from the Birthday Panda cake would have qualified this card!) Click on the name for details! Also, we had a blog hop yesterday with blog candy as well as a freebie. Be sure to check my post for yesterday for all the details about that before the goodies are all gone!

I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Happy crafting!


Supplies I used: Cardstock – Doodlebug Design, Paper Accents, Recollections, Stampin’ Up!; Velvet Paper – SEI; Twine – Twinery; Adhesive – ScrapPerfect, Zig.


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

Deck the Halls Blog Hop Logo

 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


and Hawkeye


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,


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.

Bat sign

 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.


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. 

Deck the Halls Blog Hop Freebie

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

2014 Christmas Challenge Logo


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.


Lisa ~

Ruth ~ <<<<<——— You are here!
Sarah ~ <<<<<——— Head here for Sarah’s awesome project!
ETA: I’m entering the TARDIS into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge : Transportation

Falling into a pattern

Yep, I’m finding that once I get started with these print and cut projects I have a hard time stopping! The story behind this one is I was originally trying to use my stash (good girl, right?) as well as using cutting files from the Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons store (very good girl, especially since this was a design team project, LOL!;-) Unfortunately, the files and papers didn’t play well together for the really small elements and I had to scrap the project until I figured something else out, or my allowance came! (I get a monthly allowance from Lisa to shop in the Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons store [awesome, right?] and while I was purchasing the files for yesterday’s project I realized the answer to my problem was to use the patterns and do print and cut for this one. Perfection!) I love the results and hope you (and my hubby) do, too! Oh, yeah, this was an anniversary card from punny me to my very good-natured hubby (pun not intended – natured…!) 


Super cute, right? I just loved this squirrel! You can find him in the Nuts About You Cutting Files. Yep, and this is perfect for me because I am nuts..about my hubby and puns and fall and our anniversary is in fall. Crazy perfect, right?

I also used the Tri-Fold Shutter Card Cutting Files because I love interactive cards and I have to apologize for all the photos, but I just love all the different little nooks and crannies to play with on this one! Oh, and I used the Pumpkin Spice Pattern Pack 2 and Pumpkin Spice Falling Leaves for the patterned papers and to pull some of the colors for the leaves on the oak branches.

More crazy, fun pictures:


Aren’t all the layers and ins and outs so much fun! These cards have a lot of Wow potential and really make you look like you’ve got mad crafting skills! Gotta love that! I used the Silhouette Printable Cotton Canvas for a lot of the cuts for the wonderful texture it adds.


The perfect sentiment!! <3!!!


And here’s how it looks when it’s flattened out-ish.

Of course, there’s a little bit of room for me to thank my hubby for putting up with my puns all the time. You wouldn’t believe how many fall puns I have come up with over the years…

Some business, I’ve also posted over at the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog today (a lot more short and sweet there!) There was a blog hop yesterday with a freebie and possible blog candy, so be sure to see the post on that blog from yesterday, too. And that hop was the start of the Fall Challenge. You’ll find all the details over at the monthly challenge post. I sure hope you’ll play along! There are so many possibilities with this!

So, a big thank you to Lisa for saving my marriage (or at least feeding my need for nutty sentiments for anniversary cards!;-)

I hope you are having a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by! I always love to hear your thought about my project (as long as it’s nice) so please leave a comment below to make me smile!

Happy crafting!


P.S. These cut files are available in the Silhouette online store (squirrel #68605, oak branch #68604, nuts about you sentiment #68603). Sadly, Silhouette didn’t include the squirrel in the fall themed sale (huh? sometimes I wonder), but some of Lisa’s other designs are included if you want to stock up for 25% off! 

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