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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.

Signs we’re not in Illinois anymore

So, you can always tell the serious scrappers because they will scrap just about anything! I have a page today that I created about roadsigns (and gates) we saw while traveling through Georgia over Spring Break. Fascinating, huh? Well, when you’re driving for four hours, wondering about things you see while on the road can be quite entertaining!

For my layout today I used a sketch (crazy, right?) from Creative Scrappers Birthday Bash:CreativeScrappersSketch_OnTheRoadAgain

I had three photos taken while on the road and really liked how (edited to add 5/25/14 – found the sketch on it’s own on Pinterest) this one was laid out and thought it would work well with my roadside images. I also liked all the room set aside for journaling – that it was part of the design!

Since this is a travel layout I am entering it into the Simon Says Stamp Simon Says Vacation/Travel challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog. (That sure was a lot of Simons and stamping…)

Let’s get on with the layout!

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I used the fabulous Simple Stories Sn@p Life and Color Vibe papers and alphas again. I also did a little stamping with the Studio Calico Weekdays stamps using inks from Close to My Heart. With that I’m entering the Scrapbook Challenges May Stamp Challenge: Alpha/Word Stamps.

This is my 20th weekly layout for my Scrappin-n-Chattin 52 week layout challenge! I’m so happy to be getting at least one layout done each week so far this year!

Thanks so much for visiting today! Will you be taking any trips on the road this summer? I’d love to hear about them or about some memory you have about trying to figure out the roads in another part of the country (or world?)

Ruth

Other supplies: cardstock – Paper Stories; wood veneer – Studio Calico; washi tape – stash; ribbon – Stampin’ Up!; other stamp – Close to My Heart; pen – Sakura; Adhesive – Beacon, Xyron, Zig.

 

Celebrating (all kinds of things!)

May is a month filled with celebrations: Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Graduation, National Scrapbooking Day. OK, I realize that most people don’t celebrate National Scrapbooking Day and honestly, I didn’t really do much to celebrate the day itself since it’s on a Saturday and I don’t tend to have time to scrap on Saturdays, but it’s still fun to celebrate! I’m thankful for opportunities to celebrate scrapbooking since it’s something I’m passionate about.

There were five different challenges that the layout I’m sharing today qualifies me for and two of them are celebration challenges and the layout is from my birthday so I think that’s something to celebrate!

It all began with a sketch. I know, it’s shocking. I’m glad you are sitting down ;-)! The first challenge is from PageMaps. This is one I could enter a bunch, but I will follow the rules and only enter once. I got to pick any PageMaps sketch from 2013 or 2014 to celebrate their 8th anniversary! I chose a double page from February 2013:

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I loved all the room for journaling, the different background paper layers and the photo groupings. I also loved that the elements in the sketch were about nature because that’s the subject of my layout, too! Now I included 10 total pictures on my layout, but I think you can get the general feel of the sketch.

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I used the Simple Stories Snap Life and Color Vibe papers and elements throughout my layout. This has really been a versatile collection for these vacation layouts. It includes lots of fun bingo cards, so I used the fun “awesome” bingo card on the left side for my Scrappin-n-chattin Yahoo! group challenge for May to use a bingo card.

For the other challenges, I’ll be entering the Stuck on U Die Cut Challenge – Tree (had fun using a die cut palm tree from Miss Kate’s Cuttables I adapted a coconut palm tree from her beach scene – I really liked all the layers on the trunk and the foliage.) And along with the tree I cut the title from a Simple Stories file in the Silhouette store as well as a bamboo background by Elizabeth Mayne that’s in the upper left corner.) I’d say this is Die Crazy so I’ll be entering my layout at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

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Moxie Fab World National Scrapbook Day: Scrapbooking Rocks Challenge was to scrap for fun and share – I pretty much always have fun when I scrap, so that was easy!

I think that about wraps up this blog post! Thanks so much for stopping by! I love to read your thoughts when you leave comments, so thanks for sharing! Have a great day!

Ruth

Supplies not already listed: Cardstock – The Paper Studio; corrugated shapes – Close to My Heart; pens – Sakura; cutting machine – Silhouette Cameo; Adhesive – American Crafts, Imaginesce, Xyron.

May 24, 2014 edited to add:

I was chosen a top 3 for the Stuck on U Die Cut Challenge – Tree! I’m so happy! I love my palm tree! Thanks Stuck on U Sketches!

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Creative Cutting Challenge – Mother’s Day

This is a project that was so much fun from start to finish!

I really felt The Creative Point’s World’s Best Mom file needed some special treatment:

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I felt like this was an award that needed to be displayed. I will also confess to having the best time creating interactive and dimensional cards. There are so many fun designs available right now and I decided the Free Standing Pop-up card that Splitcoast Stampers shared back in 2008 would be perfect. What I love about these cards is that they will fold down into a regular envelope making it all the more magical in my book!

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It’s like Super Man in the phone booth! You can tell that something great is about to happen, but you don’t know what!

 

This is what you see when you pull the card out. I suppose you could put a sentiment on the top section. I just chose to decorate what will be the front with a ribbon and a couple of fun swirly flowers.

This is what you see when you pull the card out. I suppose you could put a sentiment on the top section (or use patterned paper or stamp a design .) I just chose to decorate what will be the front with a ribbon and a couple of fun swirly flowers.

I used the Flower Set 1 to add some fun embellishments! That set is such a great overall fun set to use!

And here's the complete Stand-up card!

And here’s the complete Stand-up card!

I wanted to keep things fairly flat so that it would all fold up nicely so I didn’t use any dimensional embellishments or adhesive. I will say that the ribbon is rather bulky. The cardstock I used from Close to My Heart wasn’t heavy enough to balance all the layers on the tag that has the sentiment on it so when I make this again, I’ll be looking for a way to make the base heavier so that it stands up on it’s own easily (I actually put a wood stamp inside the back half to get it to look nice for my photos.)

But what a fun way to celebrate someone who is the World’s Best Mom! I know a number of them and can see a whole flock of these heading out into the mail!

I sure hope you’ll play along with The Creative Cutting Challenge – Mother’s Day! So head on over to the blog and link up your creation! I can’t wait to see what you create!

Please make sure that you follow our very simple rules to enter this challenge.  

  (1)You MUST use a SVG or similar electronic cutting file in your project.  CRICUT CARTRIDGE ONLY ENTRIES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.  Please make sure that you mention somewhere in your post what part of your project was created with a cutting file.  Entries that do not fit this basic requirement will be deleted.
(2)  NO BACKLINKING.  This has always been our rule but we’ve noticed that it has not been followed lately. Going forward, backlinked projects will be deleted.

 Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful day!

Ruth

Supplies: Cardstock and patterned paper – Close to My Heart; Ribbon – stash; Other cut files – 7 Gift tags by Sophie Gallo; Silhouette Cameo digital die cutting machine; Adhesive – Xyron, Zig.

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