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Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty Merry Christmas in August!

It’s a new thing I’m making up so that my card works for this August 2 post!

It seemed like a great idea to make a Christmas in July card to share for today and I was so inspired by the files in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store, but then I realized my post would be in August not¬†July, but I just couldn’t stop that train, if you know what I mean! ūüėČ

So I’m on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog today sharing a card I created using these files:

Shadow Box Card 1 Cutting Files

with:

North Pole Express Cutting Fiiles

and:

Snowy Scene Cutting Files

and here’s what I created:

Believe_web

I’m so pleased with how awesome this scene turned out! I was originally going to have the train attached just inside the front window, but decided I liked how it looked on the background instead. I used a fair amount of shimmer and shine to really make these cuts seem even more magical.

Here’s a shot showing some of the shine:

Believe Detail_web

So shimmery cardstock on the card base and the back layer of the ticket, Glimmer Mist spots on the background and touches of Wink of Stella marker on the headlight and the snowy tree branches. And Silhouette’s Printable Foil (in gold and silver) were wonderful for adding some shine and helping to bring this card to life.

The watercoloring/inking of my background didn’t turn out¬†as wintry as I would have liked, but I think it was a good option so that I didn’t end up with crazy tiny cuts from the Snowy Scene background. I was practicing a¬†technique from¬†the Background Check class at Online Card Classes – I have a feeling¬†I will be playing with that one a lot!

I used Print and Cut for the train and the trees and snowy ground and then just glued them all in place on top of the whole shape that was also printed Рeasy peasy to line everything up and add a little extra dimension and texture and shadow.

I’m excited to have another project to enter into¬†Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge¬†: Anything Goes. And because this card has a great outdoors scene, I’m also entering the Die Cuttin’ Divas’¬†Ch#226: The Great Outdoors.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I’d love for you to tell me if you usually get a head start on Christmas by beginning your cardmaking early or if you wait until the inspiration of the holiday hits you.

Happy crafting!

Ruth

ETA: Just found PDE linky party – anything goes, so I’m linking up there.

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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!

Irvas

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:

Matts

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.

MattsInside

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.

 

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:

woodland

This is the¬†5×7 Bird in Tree Shadow Box Card –¬†perfect¬†for the nature and animal lover.

Santa

This is the¬†5×7 Sleigh Shadow Box Card for the one who still believes…

Bridge

Introducing the¬†5×7 Winter City Shadow Box Card just a beautiful scene

Nativity

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:

Maggies_closed

Maggies_open

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!

Dicks_open

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.

Dicks_closed

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!

Snowmen

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.

Christmas Cookies Cutting Files

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

TreeCookies

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:

CookieGift

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

Practical Scrappers Christmas in July Blog Hop

Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

I think it is so fun that the hop this month is exactly five months to the day until Christmas! Are you ready? Well, this hop should be a great place to get inspired if you need a little help in that department.

If you were hopping along with the Hop, welcome to my blog, you should have come from Alison’s blog. If you weren’t hopping and¬†you’re just visiting me, welcome to you, too.¬†If ¬†you’d like to start the hop from the beginning or you’re lost¬†here’s the list of blogs that are participating:

Practical Scrappers http://practicalscrappers.blogspot.com

Marcia http://www.onescrapatatime-bymumsie.blogspot.com/

Laura  http://scrapaddict4life.blogspot.com/

Suzanna  http://lifestrivialities.typepad.com/

Christine http://scrappingwithchristine.blogspot.com

Alison  http://alisondaydesigns.com/

Ruth¬†¬†https://paperandmusings.wordpress.com/¬†<<<<—–Hi, you are here ;-)!

Lee-Anne http://lee-annelovethejourney.blogspot.com

Cheryl http://patchesandscraps.blogspot.com

Kelly Jean www.kelsterjean.com

Kristy http://alwaysaworldaway.blogspot.com

Brenda http://simplybrenhavingfun.blogspot.com/

Majken  http://chocoscrapaholic.blogspot.com/

Lyne HTTP://LYNNSEVERYDAYIDEAS.BLOGSPOT.COM

Jennifer http://livethemoment-jen.blogspot.com

Wendy C www.stampingrules.com

My main project is a small Simple Stories page for my December Daily album. Please see this post for more info on my concept for this album. Here’s my page about my love of snowflakes:

Ruth - 9

I created the top frame and snowflake with my Silhouette Cameo machine and the 12 pc December Daily set¬†from Lori Whitlock (cutting off the outer two rings of the circle.) I love how I’m able to put whatever number(s) I need into the corner to indicate what day it is. It’s also wonderful that it works as a frame for a 4×6 landscape style pocket so what I wanted to share can be¬†tucked inside.

I used Simple Stories December Documented paper for the die cuts and their Sn@p Christmas for the 4×6 cards on the top and bottom. I used sequins from my stash, the wood veneer snowflake is from Paper Chase and a Sakura white Jelly Roll pen for the faux stitching.

I belong to a group of crafty ladies on Yahoo! called Scrappin-n-Chattin and I thought I would share with you some of my Christmas in July challenge cards. These were made from a kit from Pinecone Press using Simple Stories’ 25 Days of Christmas collection:

Ruth - 18 Train

Ruth - 14 Peace

Ruth - 8 Poinsettia

Ruth - 7 Music

 

And these two are from an old card kit from Basic Grey:

Ruth - 13 village

Ruth - 11 Frosty

You’ll find other Christmas cards in my past two posts, if you’re looking for more inspiration.

Thanks again for stopping by! It’s fun to create Christmas or winter themed projects when it’s warm¬†outside! Even though we had a very harsh winter, I still think snowflakes are beautiful!

To continue on with the hop, you’ll head to Lee-Anne’s blog. Thanks so much for visiting today! Have a wonderful Christmas in July!

Ruth

 

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