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Hi! I’m so glad you’ve come to visit me here today! When the call went out for anyone interested in participating in a Scrapbook Steals Blog Hop my hand went up and the goodies went out in the mail! I received these fabulous rolls of American Crafts Everyday Ribbon

Ribbons_web(aren’t the colors and patterns lively and fun?)

I had some birthday cards that I needed to make and these ribbons were just perfect! I always like to look for great prices for scrapbooking supplies and I just happened to have ordered a LilyBee Designs Pinwheel tiny tablet recently from Scrapbook Steals and felt the two would be a match made in heaven! Here’s what I made:


I wanted to use the ribbon a little differently than one might expect.

Here’s what I came up with.

Using my die-cutting machine, I cut a frame and felt it needed some streamers inside it.



I ran adhesive across the front of the card, glued down the top of the ribbons and twirled them and pressed them down into the adhesive as they went down the front of the card. I really like the fun and dimensional look this gives. The frame is attached with dimensional foam adhesive at the top and bottom.


With this cake die-cut I felt like the ribbon would be like the layers of the cake and simply glued it down to the card base and popped up the die cut with dimensional adhesive.


Finally, I had a die cut with cuts that looked perfect to weave the ribbon through. I just love that lime green print ribbon – I think it adds so much to this cake!


I backed the dot cuts with the black print, turquoise and green ribbons, but turned the green upside down so it would be a solid instead of the print. I also backed the “Happy Birthday” with the turquoise. Can you see?


I hope you’re inspired to do something fun with ribbon! I am certainly glad to have 3 new fun cards created!

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I’d love to hear about your favorite thing to do with ribbon in the comments below (or just tell me how much fun you’re having today!)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!


Supplies and tools used:
Cardstock : Close to My Heart
Patterned Paper: LilyBee Design
Ribbon: American Crafts
Stamp and Ink: Close to My Heart
Embossing Powder: Clearsnap
Adhesive: All Night Media, American Crafts, Imaginesce and Xyron

Monstrous fun!

Hi! I’m beginning to wonder if I can make a card for somebody that isn’t for a challenge? Does it diminish the meaning if it’s being submitted to 6 different challenges before they even receive it? These are all things I worry about. Then there’s the inspiration and fun that I experience as I’m creating for these challenges and I realize that for myself, it’s OK. I just hope it’s OK for the recipient!

So brewing in my head was a challenge from Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make the Cut (die-cuts), Moxie Fab World and Scrappin-n-Chattin Triangle challenge and the Silhouette Blog challenge to use shapes in a different way.

My son’s birthday is this week and he’s gonna be 12. That is the real challenge! Last year I was told that his card needed to be really cool. The stakes are high and this year he’s really showing so much more maturity – I have to be very careful! So that’s an additional challenge and the payoff could be really great – I could get a “that’s awesome, Mom!”

Triangles were running through my head and I started playing around with how to use them differently in the Silhouette software. So I made a row of triangles (actually from a banner set), using “Replicate – Row of four”. Then I decided that I could make them teeth and went from there. It turned into a monster’s mouth with yellow teeth cut from light yellow velvet paper (I welded them together with a narrow rectangle at the bottom to hold them in place):

Somebody needs to brush better!

Somebody needs to brush better!

The sentiment came from one I’d heard (and maybe even had a stamp for). I decided most of it would hide behind the monster’s teeth. I lined the text up with the edge of the teeth and used a black Silhouette Sketch Pen to “write” the words on the inside of the mouth:

Can you see where this is going?

Can you see where this is going?

I wanted the monster to be hairy, but not necessarily soft so I thought I’d use a green confetti-like glitter with the Silhouette Double-Sided Sticker Paper for the monster’s jaws and an arrow inside:

The sticker paper didn't cut very well. I don't know what happened, but I was able to cut it with an exacto and all was good with the arrow.

The sticker paper didn’t cut very well. I don’t know what happened, but I was able to cut it with an exacto and all was good with the arrow.

I cut the word “EAT” out of blue and black (doing the shadow thing) and used sketch pens to draw the cake on this inside – I just had to ungroup the cake shape and then use “no cut” for everything other than the color I wanted to draw.

I think the arrow was too detailed for this kind of giltter. It would have been better with a super-fine glitter.

I think the arrow was too detailed for this kind of giltter. It would have been better with a super-fine glitter.

So because of the tabs I’d added to the base of the teeth, I was able to glue just that part down, so the teeth kind of come out at you and you can see there are words underneath. Here’s what the front looks like completed:

Can you see a monster?

Can you see a monster?

I am so happy with the way the teeth stick out!

I am so happy with the way the teeth stick out!

So triangles – check and different ways to use die cuts – check (drew the cake and the text on the front), fun for me – check, appreciated by my 12 yo – we’ll have to see! He’s always been so sweet about being positive about “homemade” anything, so let’s hope that hasn’t changed and that he enjoys this creation!

I used: Cardstock from DCWV and Stampin-Up!, velvet paper from SEI, Silhouette Sketch Pens and Double-Sided Sticker Paper, Martha Stewart glitter, adhesive from American Crafts and Zig (A to Z, just noticed that!) Silhouette Cameo for shapes and fonts : Sarah Hurley set of 2 triangles, arrows, fonts: Gatsby FLF and Chunky Times. I can’t figure out where I got the birthday cake from the inside.

I’m entering the four challenges mentioned above (so happy that I know how to do the text links now! Thanks to a crafty new facebook friend!)

Thanks so much for coming by and taking on this monster! In case you didn’t put it all together the card reads “birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake” I’ll probably add a Happy Birthday stamp to the inside. I kind of forgot that, but have plenty of time to add it! Please leave a comment letting me know all the spelling and grammar errors I made. I am trying to do this quickly so that my son doesn’t walk in and see it! 😉

Traveling around in my memory

Well, maybe not in my memory, but trying to document Erin’s experiences so that if she should happen to forget she’ll have this page to help her remember!

In case you weren’t aware, a huge goal for me is to finish her school album for Winfield schools (K-8), so when I found challenges for travel themes and a wonderful PageMaps sketch that was part of a challenge my brain came up with Erin’s 8th grade trip to Springfield! I was so pleased that she took our little point and shoot camera and took lots of great pictures (all the pictures on the LO are hers except for the one of her, which my friend Kara took and texted to me [and later resent it via e-mail when I couldn’t find it because it was the only close-up of her that I knew of – thanks again, Kara!])

You may have noticed that I tend to focus on the details. Well, there are themes I used that may not be completely obvious upon just checking out the page, but I’ll talk about those details, don’t fret ;-)!

Here’s the sketch which was the August Guest Designer Challenge from Jessica Navarro over at sketches4all (bless you Jessica for choosing a 2-pager with lots of photos and especially a PageMaps sketch – I love PageMaps!)

You'd think that this LO would just put itself together, but I have to up the difficulty by adding in details!

You’d think that this LO would just put itself together, but I have to up the difficulty by adding in details!

Here’s my layout:

Here it is in it's 2-page glory!

Here my layout in it’s 2-page glory!

This is the right side to put my Abe cut <3!

This is the right side to put my Abe cut <3!

The upper left corner has the only picture of Erin where she's not buried in a group shot.

The upper left corner has the only picture of Erin where she’s not buried in a group shot.

Title and journaling detailTitle and journaling detail

Awesome bowling cuts (those pins are 3 layers each and are 3 separate pins - the bowling ball was 4 layers!)

Awesome bowling cuts (those pins are 3 layers each and there are 3 separate pins – the bowling ball was 4 layers!)

Without further ado, the details! I chose my patterned paper first and it inspired me to consider the penny, where President Lincoln (yes, of the Land of Lincoln, otherwise known as our home state of Illinois) has resided. Pennies are made of copper and when copper oxidizes it becomes this beautiful turquoise color. When I saw the turquoise in the camera paper I decided it needed to be a strong element in my layout as well as the copper pen I used for the writing. That’s it! In other fun was a challenge to use arrows. I decided that it would be fun to use the arrows to label the photos and add to the energy of the page. There was also a challenge to use wood  (I loved using wood veneer alphas and the @ on Lincoln’s head), stripes (I used a blue ribbon with white stripes on the right side of the LO) and mixed alphas (I used 3 different alphas for the title).

The cardstock was from Bazzill and my stash. The patterned paper was from Bo Bunny and Little Yellow Bicycle can lay claim to everything from patterned paper to flags to chipboard shapes to vellum strips. The alphas are from Close to My Heart and Prima, the wood veneer is from Studio Calico, pen was from Faber-Castell and the ribbons are from The Paper Studio and Stampin’ Up! Adhesive was from American Crafts, Scotch and Xyron. Cutting files were from Silhouette store.

I will be entering this layout into the following challenges (in alphabetical order):

Kristi B. – August Challenge – Use wood, stripes, and mixed alphas

Rochelle Spears – August Challenge – Travel Theme

Scrappin-n-Chattin – August Challenge – Travel

Scrap Your Story Challenges – Challenge #22 Arrows

Silhouette Blog – Shape Challenge – (the 3 bowling pins are all the same shape)

Sketches 4 All – August Guest Designer Challenge – Jessica Navarro

Thanks for visiting today! I hope you enjoyed taking a look into my daughter’s memory and my creation! Have a wonderful day and please be sure to let me know how you came to find my blog and what caught your eye on my layout!


Having a sparkly good time!

I have to admit. I’m not much for bling. I love the way it looks on everyone else’s projects, I just don’t buy a lot and don’t use it a lot.  I am also not a fan of glitter. It just gets everywhere and that bothers me. “Why is she blathering about bling?” you may ask. Well, I loved this sketch, especially once I got the inspiration for which photos to use and part of the challenge was to include some bling from your stash. After all the blog is called “Scrap Our Stash”! And hey, while I was at it and busy with my Cameo and playing with glitter, I thought it’d be great to enter the “glitter it up” challenge at Cameo Creations!

So what I saw in the sketch was a vertical strip of pictures, stars and the scattered bling. What I was inspired to use was a planet, a photo booth strip, lots of stars and glitter and epoxy bubbles!

Here’s a look at what I created (and had a lot of fun, especially with the bling part!)

Here's a peek at the journaling

Here’s a peek at the journaling

Bling on the title and bubbles

Glitter on the title and bubble bling

Details in lower right corner

                                   Details in lower right corner                                             metallic silver gelato on grade circle and word 

I'm star struck!

I’m star struck!

(The pictures were left at a larger file size so that if you click on them you can see more detail. What do you think? Should I go big again or should I shrink the file size as I have on previous posts?)

Here are the details:

Cardstock: DCWV (La Creme), Core’dinations, Stampin’ Up!

Vellum: JoAnn

Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle – Makin’ The Grade

Letter Stickers: American Crafts Thickers – Letterman

Font: Space Age

Digital Cutter: Silhouette Cameo

Cutting files:

  • SVGs: Kerri Bradford Studio – School Years
  • Silhouette files: Paper Bakery – Everyday Polaroids, Creating Keepsakes – Super Stars, Sarah Hurley – Night Sky – stars, moon and planets, Ginger Snapit Designs – Field Trip

Stamp : Studio Calico

Ink : Tsukineko Brilliance – Starlite Silver

Glitter : Doodlebug Design, Inc. – Sugar Coating

Bling : Close to My Heart – Epoxy Bubbles – Green and Blue

Paint : Faber-Castell Gelatos – Metallic

Pens: Bic – Mark-It – Hot Aqua, Kuretake – Zig Writer – Platinum and Zig – Archival – Black

Glue : Zig and Xyron

I will be entering this LO into the Scrap Our Stash July 15th Sketch with Stash #5 Challenge

and the Glitter it Up Challenge at Cameo Creations Challenge:

I’d love to hear what you have to think about my latest creation! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop in and comment!

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