Scrapbooking as much as possible, but sometimes getting distracted by birthdays and life!

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

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I just love how there can be so many ways to use digital cut files! The possibilities are endless when you get to chose all the finishing touches! So that’s how I was able to use some valentine/love themed files with photos from the fair!

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See? A totally adorable calf and my kids loving on it = Fair + Love! I also mixed in some Fall Festival files for ambiance – can’t resist those details!

I used the Moovelous Cutting Files for the cow and the title, the ***BUNDLE*** Fair Fun Cutting Files for the tickets and Fall Festival Cutting Files for the hay bale and the bit of fence.

These pictures were just too cute not to scrap once I rediscovered them. I’m just so happy my kids got to have these experiences! 

Here at the end I’m saying goodbye. Not to blogging, but I’m retiring from the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Design Team. My life is heading in a new direction and so it’s time for me to step down from this commitment. I will still share paper crafting projects here on my blog, but it probably won’t be as frequently as in the past. I sure hope you’ll continue to follow my blog – goodness knows it won’t be clogging up your inbox with e-mails in the coming months, LOL!

Thanks so much for all the support and encouragement and thanks especially to Lisa for letting me play with so many of her wonderful files! I really smiled a whole lot over the past year!!!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Details about my page:

I used an awesome sketch designed by Laura Whitaker for Stuck? Sketches:

I used Snippets patterned paper (and sticker) from Studio Calico and cardstock from Bazzill, Close to My Heart and Simon Says Stamp.

Hi, there! I was so honored to be asked to be a Guest Diva for Die Cuttin’ Diva’s Weekly Challenge. I chose to do challenge #234 – Scarecrow or Pumpkins, which starts today, because I had plenty of projects and awesome digital die cutting files to play with for those shapes.

Here’s my page:

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So, I think you can see what I mean about lots of awesome files to use. Yep, almost every cut is from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons (I couldn’t resist the cuteness!) Let’s take a closer look at the details:

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Obviously, the title has the cutest little pumpkins I used:

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I adapted the title to say pumpkins by ungrouping the title, copying the word Cutest and the background layer, cutting the “s” from both of those shapes and then welding the “s” onto the word Pumpkin as well as the background layer – pretty easy and I think it turned out great!

This is from my son’s field trip to a local fun farm and since they also did a hay ride I wanted to include the awesome tractor and trailer from:

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I just mirrored the whole image so the trailer was on the right. I will definitely be using lots of the fun images from this set to tell the story of our fun times doing corn mazes, when those stories get scrapped.

Let’s continue our trip around my layout to one of my favorite parts:

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I am so in love with this border! It is just so wonderful in so many ways! I was the perfect element to anchor the area with the photos and title, here’s the file, which has five different wonderful fall themed borders I almost used them all!Fall Borders Cutting Files

Next onto the upper left corner:

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It’s another pumpkin (this was an alpha I got from the Silhouette store) with a K for Kindergarten on a couple of oak leaves from:

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I used Doodlebug Designs Happy Harvest papers, cardstock and embellishments (except for the white, black and silver cardstock.) The title words were cut with Doodlebug Designs Sprinkles Vellum (I couldn’t resist those dots and it cut beautifully on my Silhouette!) The fabulous sketch I used is from ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday:

Thanks so much for visiting today! I’m so happy you stopped by! I sure hope you’ll join in this fun challenge! I’d love to see all things pumpkin and scarecrow! Be sure to stop by the Die Cuttin’ Diva’s Weekly Challenge blog to see all the rules and to enter!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Hello! I’m up on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog today sharing a Design Team project (and obviously here, too, with a few more details.) If you didn’t hop with us yesterday I definitely recommend checking out all inspired projects, picking up a number of freebies and possibly winning some blog candy (go here to get started or here if you are hopping through and want to see my post)! 

One of the things that I love about using Lisa’s files is that she has created some cuts that support the many books and series (movie and TV) that my family loves. Harry Potter is very high on that list. My kids are teens now, but when the movies and books were coming out, they were pretty young so Lisa’s cute images of young wizards are perfect for documenting our love of the series!

My layout today celebrates the fact that through the help of our friends my daughter and I were able to see the opening show of the last movie. Here’s my page:

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Not a terribly fancy, involved or amazing layout, but still one that tells the story I wanted to remember about that night. I used: 

Wizard Academy Cutting Files

for the Hermione cut,

I used:

Photo Frames 3 Cutting Files

for the film strip behind the photos,

I used:

Tab Shapes Cutting Files

for the tab on the journaling block that hides behind the photo of my daughter

and all the patterns throughout my page are from:

Wizard Academy Pattern Pack

Here’s a photo of the journaling:

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It’s so fun to be able to print and cut so that I have the perfect papers and colors every time! This page came together very quickly and easily because of that!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope the rest of your weekend is great!

Happy scrapping!

Ruth

P.S. I used a sketch from Paper Issues Sketchy Saturday for my layout (it’s based on a layout by Lisa Dickinson and I loved the grid – are you seeing a pattern here?) I just turned the sketch 90 degrees.

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Welcome, Mateys! I’m so glad you’ve sailed on over to my blog today for our blog hop! If you came here from Nicole’s blog, you are in the right place.  If you just stumbled upon this post (maybe you’ve had too much ale?) and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

I hope you’ve enjoyed all the fabulous pirate themed projects the rest of the DT has created! I can tell you I had a ton of fun creating the layout I want to share with you! I had the perfect event that I had yet to scrap (there are advantages to having lots of stories still to be scrapped.)

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I found a wonderful PageMaps sketch (linked at the bottom of my post) and filled all the areas with photos and die cuts! I used print and cut quite a bit, but also added some detail with the Silhouette printable foil in gold and silver to add some shine to the lock, sword blades and the hook.

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I loved the title from the Ahoy Matey Title Cutting Files. I did print and cut for the background layer and cut the red and black from paper and layered them all together. The subtitle is printed on Speech Bubbles Cutting Files (I used the color match tool to get the same yellow as on the ship) and the little pirate boy is from the Little Pirates Cutting Files, which has all the other pirate themed cuts I’ve used on my page.

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For the treasure chest, I printed the treasure layer, the rest are cut from cardstock and distressed. I thought a few sequins would make a nice shiny, addition.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my page as much as I had creating it! Now onto some blog hop business!

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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, September 15 and announced on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

Be sure to pick up the Blog Hop freebies on Saturday and Sunday of the hop, only…then they will be available for sale in the store. They are these super cutie pirate files:

I sure hope we’ve inspired you to join in the PPPR Shiver Me Timbers Challenge. The projects can be anything that are pirate themed and feature Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Check out all the rules here. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR.

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OK, I think I’m ready to send you to the next port of call: Sarah’s Blog.

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!

Ruth

Here’s the entire hop in case you are lost:

Lisa

Katy

Leah

Melissa

Michelle

Nicole

Ruth

Sarah

Shannon

Gloria

Kathy


And here’s the PageMaps sketch I used:

Hi! It’s my day to share a project over at the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog and I’m also sharing here, with a few more pictures and details.

So, Lisa added some super fun files since my last project and I had to use them for my page today! I used the Science Lab Cutting Files and Science of Love Cutting Files to help tell the story of my daughter’s Sophomore Chemistry class. Here’s how the page turned out: 

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As you may notice, I did a lot of print and cut with vellum.

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The title is on one of the Speech Bubbles Cutting Files shapes and the frame around my daughter’s picture is from Photo Frames 1 Cutting Files.

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I used a banner from Sentiment Spots 3 Cutting Files for the subtitle.

You may be wondering about all the “no” symbols. Well, my daughter’s class did hardly any labs, which was disappointing to her (and probably made it a lot harder since most everything was more about theory than practice.)

I used the 24/7 collection from Simple Stories for the patterned papers and alphas and the cardstock for the “no” symbols is from Simon Says Stamp.

The sketch that I used is by Becky Fleck for A Cherry on Top:

I am entering Silhouette Challenges #28 Anything Goes.

I hope school is going well for everyone in school, teaching or with kids in school! And I hope if there are any lab sciences that there will be plenty of labs and reasons to scrap about them (or send the teacher a fun card!)

Happy crafting!

Ruth

ETA : I’m also linking up to the PDE Anything Goes Linky Party. Both Silhouette Challenges and PDE Linky Party are fun places to link up your creations if you just like having blog visitors without a prize for linking up.

Today is my day to post on Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons to share a project and I’ve created a page about a very fun day at the zoo using a number of fun animals, borders and one drink cutting file along with some digital papers.

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There were so many cute files that were perfect either to go along with the photos on the page or to fill in the blanks for a photo that didn’t make the cut, so to speak!

Let’s take a closer look at the left side and the different cuts I used:

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I used the zebra from Safari Love Cutting Files, the arrow files from Borders 4 Cutting FilesIcee Cutting Files (yes, there’s a drink so I am entering Simon Says Stamp Simon Says Food and/or Drink), the polar bear came from Winter Critters Cutting Files and the bird from Gnomies Cutting Files (I used a Silhouette Sketch Pen to draw the notes.) All the animals were done with print and cut and then I glued the layers together. The texture on the word Africa as well as the lined background paper where I did my journaling came from School Days Pattern Pack.

The right side and details:

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The hippo came from the Safari Love 2 Cutting Files and the flamingos were done with print and cut on vellum, with a big offset of the outer line – I used the left flamingo from Flamingos in Love Cutting Files. (the zoo title is a die cut I bought at a LSS)

Another page done, another story told. I guess I’m a bit obsessed with vellum right now, but I couldn’t resist those flamingos and in order to get lots of them on the page I wanted them to be a bit ghostly.

I’d love to see your Smarty Pants themed project using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons cut files – there are lots of ways to go with this theme and I think my page about a school field trip would qualify. Click here for all the details!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you’re having a fabulous day!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

ETA: I was a bit distracted when I first wrote up my post and I forgot to give credit to Allison Davis for the sketch I used (which she created for Simple Stories. Click here to see the post about that sketch.)

The photo collage I used on the left page was an old template for Photoshop that I had downloaded from SBE a long time ago.

Both made creating this layout with 13 photos much easier so I really appreciate that these resources were available to me.

ETA, part 2: Yep, I totally forgot that I wanted to enter the Cut it Up: Animals Challenge #77

as well as Scrap Our Stash August Stash Challenge #29 – PAPER :

P – Polar Bear

A – Africa (and arrow die cut strip)

P – Pink flamingos

E – Elemental collection Patterned Paper from CTMH (on the right page, behind the hippo)

R – Red die cut arrow strip

Hopefully, I’ve gotten everything linked up now. Thanks for sticking with me, here!

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