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Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty cute calf!

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.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty Much Ready

We are ready! We’ve been at the same school since 2004 and it’s time for a change of scenery! That’s not to say that there aren’t those that we will miss, it’s just that we’re ready for the next step!

If you haven’t been following along, my son was just promoted from 8th grade last week. Over the 9 years he spent at our K-8 school he developed friendships with some pretty awesome boys! They certainly helped to make school more fun for my son, but they are ready to get going to high school. I liked the idea of moving on and felt that the title from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons’ Are We There Yet Cutting Files would work perfectly for my page! Take a look!
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Doesn’t my son and his friend look ready to take on the world (or at least high school?) I wanted to create this layout for my design team post over at the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog. I’m glad I got this moment recorded!

I love arrows and feel like they show movement, so I’ve included arrows from the Arrows Cutting Files. There’s one hiding in the title and one peeking out from behind the photo:

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then the other one is on the bottom of the photo. I also wanted a sign post for the journey these boys would be taking so I used the sign from the fun Gnomies Cutting Files, and just added my own text to the face of the sign. Here’s a closer peek at that part of the layout:

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That’s about it as far as my design team project! There are so many treasures hidden in Lisa’s files. It’s something I’ve really enjoyed in the projects created by my fellow DT members!

I’ll be entering a number of challenges with this layout and I’ll talk about that below.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have fun using something in a way that’s different from what it was originally intended!

Happy scrapping!

Ruth

Supplies I used:

Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye, Simple Stories; Stamps: Close to My Heart, My Favorite Things; Ink: Tsukineko; Pens: American Crafts and Sakura; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Stickers: Simple Stories; Markers: Berol and Bic; Adhesive: Imaginesce, ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig. Digital die cutting machine: Silhouette

Challenges I am entering:

First, I found a wonderful challenge on Leah’s Layouts for Sketch N Scrap‘s 3rd birthday, which included this awesome sketch and using three arrows:

And speaking of arrows I’m entering the current challenge over at Stuck on U Sketches Arrows Die Cut Challenge.

Last, the challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: Simon Says Make It Masculine where we are challenged to share how we make our projects work for the boys and men in our lives. I would say for masculine projects it’s not that hard for me because I’m not one for a lot of incredibly feminine details, but for the guys I tend to stay away from floral elements and instead focus on geometric patterns and cool colors and wood details, which I’ve done here.

That’s it today! Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks (again!)

If you haven’t been following along and you’re curious about this project, you could check out this post which explains a bit more about these projects. I am excited that I have such a fun set of projects to share for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Thank you

For this mini notebook, the stamps are from Close to My Heart, the inks are StazOn and Stampin’ Up!

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It’s been so nice to get to use some of the stamps that I don’t play with nearly as often as I should! I loved the stitched/quilted look of this stamp set. I’m sure you’re much better about playing with your stamp sets, aren’t you?

Anyway, I do have more to share so come back again!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Thankful for all the support!

I don’t know about you, but the staff at my son’s school have been so important to his development. He has made huge strides in large part due to the support of all kinds of school personnel. Since he’s on his way to the high school now after going to a K-8 school, these are our last gifts and I’ve really enjoyed creating them as a way of recognizing their efforts to help my son. I’m so glad that Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Thank You so that I have lots of great projects to enter!

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I bought these cute min notebooks and decorated them with the stamps from my stash. I used StazOn ink on the plastic liner for the front…

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and Stampin’ Up dye ink for the insides. The stamp is from Close to My Heart.

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Only the top page of the sticky notes and notepages is stamped so that it doesn’t interfere too much with usefulness.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Thankful for awesome teachers!

The current theme at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is thank you and the timing couldn’t be better! I love creating gifts for the school staff at this time of the year and this year I’m making some personalized gifts – which is so much fun!

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This project is for my son’s science teacher. The man had a jungle of animals and plants in the lab and I thought it’d be fun to use some natural themed supplies to decorate the notebook we’d be giving him. I used some embossing folders from Darice, along with some wood veneer from Studio Calico and some washi tape. I inked up the embossed cardstock from Close to my Heart with CTMH pigment inks.

Here’s another shot of the texture from the embossing:

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And a picture of the inside, where I used stamps from The Stamps of Life to decorate one of the sticky note pads as well as the pen that was included in the notebook.

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Personally, I can always use sticky notes and notepaper, so I hope these notebooks are appreciated!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I’ll share another project soon!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

Scrapping our Stash Blog Hop

Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

Hi! It’s been a while, but I finally have some stash-busting projects to share on the Practical Scrappers Scrapping our Stash Blog Hop! You should have come here from my friend Brenda’s blog. If you would like to start the hop from beginning, stop by Wendy’s fabulous blog.

It is such a good feeling to create something with items from my stash and today I’ve got three fun cards to share with you in honor of National Parents and Siblings Birthday Month. You didn’t know there was such a thing? Well, maybe I made that up because there are five sibling and parent birthdays in February between my hubby and I and it certainly feels like it should be nationally recognized! I’ve already sent out two cards, today I’m sharing the parent’s cards.

So, in birthday order, we have the fisherman:

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The elegant mom:

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And last the purple-loving mom:

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Did you notice that the two mom cards are the same design, just different papers/treatments? I love how they are so different and still beautiful! That’s the magic of paper-crafting for me – how much room there is for choices to change things up!

The flower cards were both too bulky to fit into the A2 sized envelope that they are designed to fit in, by the way (the flowers all stack in the same spot when folded and I added a LOT of dimension there, even with just the buttons.) Also, I assembled the purple one with the right side flower in the middle instead of the back and that makes it stick out too much when folded so it needs a wider envelope. I suggest doing a trial run with your project before gluing! Liquid glue is awesome for good hold when working with 3D projects, along with wiggle room while they are still wet, but they are not forgiving when dry.

Files and supplies: I used a couple of different files from Lori Whitlock and Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons (Layered Labels 1 Cutting Files), patterned papers from Close to My Heart, Echo Park (Lori Whitlock designed) and Trimcraft, Cardstock from Carta Bella, Close to My Heart and Recollections, sequins from Doodlebug and Pretty Pink Posh, Twinery Twine, Buttons from Stampin’ Up!, pens from Silhouette and Zig, ink from Close to My Heart, adhesive from Glue Dots, Scotch, ScrapPerfect, and Xyron.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I’d love to hear from you if you’ve got a busy birthday time of the year in the comments below. Be sure to head to Alison’s blog next! 

Ruth

Here’s the list of blogs in the hop, in case you get lost! I know you had to have been inspired by these projects today!

Wendy C www.stampingrules.com

Suzanna  http://lifestrivialities.typepad.com/

ETA: I am entering Simon Says Stamps’ Monday Challenge : No Rules

 

Project Life-style!

Hi! I’m so glad you’re visiting today! I’ve been struggling to make a layout work with the pictures I wanted to use and the die cuts that would help make it even more fun. Honestly, this page has been rattling around in my brain for the past 2 months and I finally had an “a-ha” moment on Saturday morning (when I first wake up is when I tend to solve “design problems” I might be having.) I figured out that in order to accommodate all my pictures in the sizes I wanted as well as the cuts I wanted to use I could use a grid format, similar to how Project Life pages are laid out but as a traditional page.

With how my grid ended up, I had two perfect spots to put my die cuts. With a rectangular piece of patterned paper behind, they read like a Project Life style card, only with dimension and some added embellishments!

This project is my design team example for The Creative Cutting Challenge – Anything Goes! I used the Beach Set from The Creative Pointe! Gotta love these fun shapes!Beach Set PV

First I’ll show you how I embellished the die cuts. I was creating a monochromatic layout (for the challenges at Stuck on U Sketches and Scrap Our Stash – Stash Challenge #15 – Monocromatic LO) so I needed to find ways to make the die cuts pop since there was no real change in color. I used the Clear Star Jelly Roll pen (which has a gold sheen to it) to edge my title words – I think it worked perfectly for the sun!

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and the Smooch Illuminate Pearlized Top Coat on the white stripes in the sun rays and to edge the beach scene cuts and shadow layers.

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After using dimensional adhesive to attach the die cuts to the Project Life style cards I’d cut, I used some Doodlebug sequins and a phrase sticker to add some more interest to them!

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I love how these turned out and since I like to try and get more dimension and texture into my layouts, by making my own cards that was easy and fun to do!

My full layout turned out like this:

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I love how my grid flows from the start to the end of the story, how the yellow is such a beautiful contrast to the blues and lavenders in the photos and how I was able to get so many pictures in and all at a size that made it easy to enjoy these images from our vacation.

I hope you’ll play along if you’re able to cut from electronic files on a digital die cut machine (projects with only Cricut cartridge cuts are not qualified to participate.) Maybe you’ll even try to make your own Project Life style cards for your projects!

Thanks so much for visiting! Remember, to put a smile on my face, simply leave a comment below! I hope you have a great day!!!

Ruth

Challenges I’m entering:

Scrap Our Stash Stash Challenge #15 – Monocromatic LO – Yellow with sequins, a phrase sticker, wood veneer pieces, Doodlebug Sprinkles and twine

Stuck on U Sketches Project Life challenge: YELLOW

Sketch N Scrap Birthday Bash Challenge hosted by My Creative Endeavors – Card Challenge : I used one Project Life style card (cut in half) for the journaling and created 2 more cards from scratch! Thanks for the inspiration!

Scrappin n Chatting Yahoo! Group 52 week challenge (week #22 makeup) and June challenge to use a geotag

Products I used (not already mentioned): Patterned Paper, phrase sticker – Simple Stories; Digital Die Cut machine – Silhouette Cameo; Wood veneer – Studio Calico; Enamel Dots – Doodlebug; Twine – The Twinery; Pens – American Crafts and Sakura; Ink – Close to My Heart; Adhesive – Beacon, Glue Dots, Kuretake, Scotch, ScraPerfect.

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