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It’s all about that view!

Well, hello! It’s wonderful that I’ve gotten so many pages created this month and all because of a scrappy getaway at the beginning of the month. Such a blessing!

My layout today began on my scrappy weekend, but I finished it later – had to pack up, clean up and head home finally! It was nice to have an idea what I was going to do, though, so it came together quickly in the end.

I’m entering this into  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes. 

I found a fabulous sketch on Susan Stringfellow’s blog: Sketch Savvy

This was perfect for my two landscape photos. Here’s what I created:

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No watercolor or stamping on this page, but I did use quite a few fun embellies, including a favorite new one – the Faber Castell Clear Texture Gems – it’s how I created those awesome clear drops (yes, those are dry and perfectly round and wonderful!) Can you tell I love the look? And they were so easy to do!

I used a quote from Ali Edwards Give Sunday  (thank you so much, Ali, as this was just what my page needed), printed it on vellum after tracing the png file in Silhouette Studio and making the color a lovely teal. I used a scalloped rectangle digital die cut file for the outside (and yes, I did this as a print and cut.) The patterned papers are from Bella Blvd as is the washi tape, some of the enamel shapes and some of the cardstock stickers. I just love that Bella Blvd uses the same colors in their different collections so it’s easy to mix and match to create the look I want on my pages!

Thanks so much for stopping by and following along with all of my pages! I won’t have another page to share for quite some time, probably, but hopefully I’ll have some cards and gift card holders to share with you as Christmas draws nearer, that is, if I’m not too busy creating like a crafty elf! 😉

Wishing you a wonderful, magical and blessed month of December!

Ruth

Supplies: Cardstock – Doodlebug Design Inc; Patterned Paper – Bella Blvd; Wood veneer – Chic Tags, Studio Calico; Enamel shapes – Bella Blvd, Freckled Fawn; Washi tape and flag – Bella Blvd; Cardstock stickers – Bella Blvd, My Mind’s Eye; Clear embellishing liquid – Faber Castell; Pen – Sakura; Adhesive – Scotch Quick Dry, Xyron, Zig, Die cutting machine and software – Silhouette; Digital die cut files – Lori Whitlock, Megan Hardy Designs.

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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

 

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!

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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.

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:

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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:

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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!

 

More December Daily

Hi! I’m obviously taking it slow with my December Daily. I’m really enjoying the process and while I did most of the pictures and journaling during December it’s fun putting the pages together when the weather is warm. These are the pages I’ve completed recently.

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(Obviously, I didn’t take this picture while I was driving. I took it later when I saw a car later with the red nose and antlers.)

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(I love tea! I’ve even been enjoying it on the cooler mornings this summer! It’s like therapy in a cup!)

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(The doily is cut from a vellum with a silvery finish. It looks pretty great in person!)

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(Can you see the two hours of love I put into this page? I loved every minute of it! Super fun to scrap Christmas during July!!!)

I was in the mood to do a Christmas layout after working on my Christmas in July cards.

You can see my day 11 in a post here. Day 5 is here.

I hope you enjoyed a look at these pages. Have you done a December Daily album? I’d love to hear about it!

Thanks for visiting!

Ruth

I’m entering the 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.

Products I’ve used:

I’m using Simple Stories Sn@p Christmas Cards as well as the December Documented Simple Basics paper, Echo Park ’tis the Season 6×6 paper pad, Sequins from stash as well as Lawn Fawn, Studio Calico and Doodlebug, Stickers from Studio Calico, Simple Stories and Cosmo Cricket, Washi tape from SEI and stash, Markers from Close to My Heart, Faber-Castell and Marvy, Tiny Attacher, Stickles. The numbers for the days are all Lori Whitlock files: 3×4 december daily life cards 1-15 (adapted for use in a small space).

 

 

Beauty and the Beach

Well, hello! I hope this day finds you well and enjoying your summer! I’ve got a layout from our Spring Break getaway to Georgia to visit with family and enjoy some warmth and sunshine. We were very blessed and really had a wonderful time.

We were visiting with my brother-in-law, Ken, who lives in Savannah and he took us to Tybee Island our first full day there. The sand,  sunshine and laid back atmosphere were just what we needed after the long hard winter we had just survived!

As is usually the case, it was fun to take a look at challenges when I was getting ready to scrap this page. To begin with is the sketch, which comes from Paper Secrets July1st Sketch challenge and was created by Kelly Holifield:

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I love multi-photo sketches and especially liked the different sizes of photos and the angled lines of stars in this sketch. Why don’t I just show you what I did with it:

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I just love having the two smaller pictures that my daughter took on the layout! They are awesome and I’m so thankful she shared them with me!

Since I adapted the sketch to use one long photo, instead of two on the right and one die cut element instead of the second photo on the left I’ll able be entering this into the Yahoo! group Scrappin-n-Chattin July challenge for a 3 photo layout.

As it so happens, Paper Secrets was teaming up with Scrap & Play for this challenge so I’ll be entering their challenge also:
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I had fun with completing the SPLASH part of these challenges. This is my SPLASH:

S- Sun (rays in the background at the top of the page, camera flair in the selfie and also in the “O” in the “On Beach Time” sign)

P – Parenthesis (around the word “getaway”)

L – Landscape photo (two ways – one with that orientation and the other a literal picture of the landscape)

A – Arrows

S – Sand (I used Ultra Fine Flower Soft sand on the word “beach” in my title)

H – Hearts (wood veneer hearts near my journaling, the selfie and the title)

I also used some of those items to qualify for the Scrap our Stash Challenge #16 ~ Let’s Go Shopping!

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From the shopping list I used:

  1. Striped Paper (sun rays in the upper part of the layout, as well as the strip that ran through the middle that you can see behind the “getaway” die cut)
  2. Arrows (one die cut and two paper clips at the tops of the photos)
  3. Wood veneer (the hearts)
  4. Journaling card (upper right corner)
  5. Die cut (the background sun rays and waves are from 4 season’s layout: summer by Lori Whitlock, the “beach” arrow and “on beach time” sign are  print and cut files from Simple Stories, “getaway” is from Kerri Bradford Studio’s This + That Summertime)
  6. Sequins (yellow and blue located in spots around the page – can you see the ones I tucked under the curls of the waves? I thought it would be a nice way to add some shine and dimension there)

Do you have a favorite way of sharing your beach memories? I’d love to hear about that in the comments below (or tell me if something I shared inspired you for your next layout.)

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful day (maybe with lots of sunshine or sand in your toes!)

Ruth

Details about materials I used that I haven’t already shared:
Cardstock – Bazzill; Patterned Paper and alpha stickers – Simple Stories; Journaling tag – Chic Tags; Stamps – Lawn Fawn, My Favorite Things; Ink – Clearsnap; Pen – EK Success; Alpha – American Crafts; Flocking – Flower Soft; Wood Veneer – Studio Calido; Sequins – Doodlebug Design; Adhesive – American Crafts, ScrapPerfect, Zig; Paper Clips from stash; Font – Bready C – Clockwise Demo.

 

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:

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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:

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Ruth - 14 Peace

Ruth - 8 Poinsettia

Ruth - 7 Music

 

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

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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

 

Lori Whitlock, MIA?

Well, sometimes I just enjoy the process of creating my projects and I don’t spend the time sharing them on my blog and sometimes there are other reasons (like I haven’t given the card yet and I don’t want it to be a spoiler!) I am applying for Lori Whitlocks’ Creative Team and noticed that there were many projects that I’ve done with Lori’s files that I haven’t published here, so I’m gonna share them now. I’ll try to at least give you the links to the files from the Silhouette store, we’ll see how far I get, LOL!

 

AngelCard

circle christmas angel card

this also uses the digital papers from Lori’s Christmas Day collection that I printed out – I would have loved to have used print and cut, but my Silhouette was not playing nice with me the other day, so I did it a fairly low-tech way instead.

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birthday cake pop up card (created and designed by my daughter, Erin – I thought she did a great job!)

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a2 thank you card

One of the cards in a set I gave to staff at my son’s school (I used the school colors of bright blue and white for as many of the designs as I could.)

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5×7 box card: birthday  (adapted to use birthday labels by Carta Bella)

I had a ton of fun creating this card for my nephew!

 

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box card: birthday age 30, 40, 50 + a2 box card: birthday + 8×10 xl box card: birthday (adapted)

My sister’s birthday card – she is a Stamin’ Up! demonstrator and loves blue so I used SU! blue papers. It does say “looks good on you” on the very front yellow panel, but it didn’t turn out in the photo. I have to admit, the Stickles went on a little too thick, LOL! Don’t you love the sweet banner and the little bows, though? Just wonderful!

 

Sequin balloon

a2 birthday pop dot card

My first shaker card for my niece who is very sweet!

week #4 card

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3d flip swing card birthday cake

A card for my SIL who teaches first grade and always talked about the nieces and nephews as her “favorite first grader” when they were that age!

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#3 thank you card

This and the next card were for a card set that I gave as a gift to someone special to me! I felt they would be elegant cards for an elegant person!

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‘quilt’ card

That about wraps it up for now. I know I have more, but I thought it’d be fun to share these today!

I hope you have a fabulous day!

Thanks for spending part of it here with me!

Ruth

 

 

 

Christmas in July!

Well, hello! I’ve been working on a card challenge with my Scrappin-n-Chattin Yahoo! group to create Christmas cards with a different prompt every day of July and thought I’d share one of my cards with you today!

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This is for the 3rd day’s prompt to create a card with just red, green and white. I used the a2 christmas tree pop dot card by Lori Whitlock . I have to admit I have a serious shaker card addiction! They are so much fun to make. Those are the delicious Doodlebug Design sequins inside (I love all the different colors and finishes their small jars of sequins have!) Two addictions combined, maybe three if you count my Silhouette machine, or four if you consider my love of traditional Christmas colors…

So, I made this with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to make a shaker card in mind, but I finished too late because I was busy celebrating my daughter’s 15th birthday with her Tuesday (she chose to scrap with me – the BEST reason to miss the shaker card deadline ever!) But after checking out the next challenge found that this would work for the LET’S BE CLEAR  challenge there! Yay!

Not much else to say here. Other than I hope you’re having a fantastic summer and that you have a wonderful day!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment to put a smile on my face!

 

Ruth

 

Polar Vortex brings early Spring flowers in April

I don’t know what your spring has been like, but ours has been slow to arrive. All the bulbs that usually appear at the end of February or early March have finally come up. We are fast-forwarding through Spring, though, as the weather has warmed up considerably (can you say “pollen attack”?) I’m not complaining. I am so glad to see the flowers coming up and warm weather returning. A month ago I wondered if it would ever happen!

The newest challenge at the Creative Cutting Challenge is Spring! I love that there are so many different ways you can take this! I must admit that I had wanted to take a completely different approach (Spring Break), but the layout I had planned just wasn’t coming together and the deadline was approaching to submit my project so I’ll be sharing that layout with you another time. Instead I decided on a celebration of my lovely early Spring bulbs. I used the Flower Set One from The Creative Pointe:

 

and enjoyed taking photos of those Spring beauties coming up in my yard! I thought the “Flowers” sign would be great for my title!

Beautiful Spring Flowers

I used a sketch from Stuck? I loved the layers and the square photos were perfect for my images!

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This is the last of the full 12×12 sheets of patterned paper from my Basic Grey Kioshi collection! I’ve enjoyed all the creating I’ve done with that collection (and still have plenty of 6×6 paper and embellishments left.)

Anyway, I hope you’ll join us in celebrating Spring and use your digital cutting machine to cut non-Cricut files and submit a project for the Creative Cutting Challenge!

Thanks so much for visiting! Your kind comments always bring a smile to my face so please don’t hesitate to type something up below!

Ruth

Supplies: Patterned paper, stickers and chipboard elements – Basic Grey; other digital cut files – Lori Whitlock (doily) and Silhouette store (tags); Ribbon – Close to My Heart; Vellum – The Paper Studio; Adhesive – Xyron and Zig.

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