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Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Shiver Me Timbers Blog Hop


Welcome, Mateys! I’m so glad you’ve sailed on over to my blog today for our blog hop! If you came here from Nicole’s blog, you are in the right place.  If you just stumbled upon this post (maybe you’ve had too much ale?) and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

I hope you’ve enjoyed all the fabulous pirate themed projects the rest of the DT has created! I can tell you I had a ton of fun creating the layout I want to share with you! I had the perfect event that I had yet to scrap (there are advantages to having lots of stories still to be scrapped.)


I found a wonderful PageMaps sketch (linked at the bottom of my post) and filled all the areas with photos and die cuts! I used print and cut quite a bit, but also added some detail with the Silhouette printable foil in gold and silver to add some shine to the lock, sword blades and the hook.


I loved the title from the Ahoy Matey Title Cutting Files. I did print and cut for the background layer and cut the red and black from paper and layered them all together. The subtitle is printed on Speech Bubbles Cutting Files (I used the color match tool to get the same yellow as on the ship) and the little pirate boy is from the Little Pirates Cutting Files, which has all the other pirate themed cuts I’ve used on my page.



For the treasure chest, I printed the treasure layer, the rest are cut from cardstock and distressed. I thought a few sequins would make a nice shiny, addition.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my page as much as I had creating it! Now onto some blog hop business!

Blog Hop Prize image

The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store. For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog and leave a comment on each blog. For extra chances, you can also LIKE Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Newsletter. A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Tuesday, September 15 and announced on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

Be sure to pick up the Blog Hop freebies on Saturday and Sunday of the hop, only…then they will be available for sale in the store. They are these super cutie pirate files:

I sure hope we’ve inspired you to join in the PPPR Shiver Me Timbers Challenge. The projects can be anything that are pirate themed and feature Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Check out all the rules here. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR.


OK, I think I’m ready to send you to the next port of call: Sarah’s Blog.

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!


Here’s the entire hop in case you are lost:












And here’s the PageMaps sketch I used:


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!

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:


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:


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!


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!

Picture this…

Say, you’re a scrapbooker, like me, and you have a story you really want to tell, but you don’t have any pictures to go along with it. It’s a recurring story, a story about traditions and you could wait until the next time the story happens and take pictures to use on your layout. Or you could be real with yourself and realize it’s not the type of thing that you normally take pictures of so don’t bother to wait. Well, that’s my story for this pictureless layout. I decided that any pictures might actually take away from the story. So then how do I make my page something that somebody will want to look at? Let’s take a look, shall we?

Could not resist photographing outside under my maple

Could not resist photographing outside under my maple

First up, we have die cuts. The Creative Cutting Challenge is hosting a new challenge – Thanksgiving. As a design team member, I really wanted to tell this Thanksgiving story and felt that the shapes in the Thanksgiving Set One would really go great with my story! My Silhouette Cameo and I had a great time cutting these images from patterned paper and cardstock.




Next, I chose the My Mind’s Eye Cut & Paste collection for my layout because I loved the rich colors that remind me of the colors of fall. Thankfully, My Mind’s Eye does a fabulous job with fun coordinating elements, so I used washi tape, brads, enamel dots and buttons from the collection to help add some interest and dimension, along with some Twinery twine and leaves from Michaels.

Here is a detail of my journaling:


I hope you’ll find a way to celebrate Thanksgiving with an svg file and your cutting machine and play along with The Creative Cutting Challenge!

Just for fun, have you ever created a scrapbooking layout for a story without pictures? What did you do? I’d love to know or if I’ve inspired you I’d love to hear about the story you’re inspired to tell now!

Thanks for visiting! Be sure to comment so I know your first concern is making my day brighter ;-)! Hope you have a great day!


Here are the challenges I’m entering:

Cut it Up Thanksgiving

Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes

Silhouette Challenges – Anything holiday


Oh, yeah, along with all the previous supplies I mentioned I used:

Another fabulous PageMaps sketch from Becky Fleck that A Cherry On Top has a challenge for using:


Close to My Heart: cardstock, ribbon, alpha stickers, marker, stamps and ink

Adhesive from: American Crafts, Glue Arts, Glue Dots, Imaginesce, Xyron and Zig

Sweetest cupcake card!

Hi, everyone! I have been feeling a bit of crafting withdrawal lately, so I decided I wanted to make a card. I can always use lots of pretty birthday cards and I really thought this sketch from Delightful Inspiration:


was really fabulous so I thought I’d use it to create a nice card today!

Here’s my card!


I used:

Cardstock from Stampin’ Up! and Paper Accents (the cupcake flowers and the flame have a slight shimmer to them!)

Patterned paper from My Mind’s Eye

Ribbon from Close to My Heart

Cutting files from Daniela Angelova (cupcake part) and Sara Hurley (greeting)

Silhouette Cameo Digital die cut machine and Silhouette Glitter Pen

Adhesive from American Crafts, Glue Arts, Imaginesce and Scotch

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a wonderful day! I’d love it if you left a comment to let me know you came by!


Sum, sum, summertime!

Yep, we had a bit of an odd summer. Again. We had hoped to get away and travel, but little things here and there meant that there was never a time that worked well for doing more than a day trip. So what was our summer about? Well, I got to thinking about this when  I started to see challenges with a summer theme – My Mind’s Eye specifically asked me to summarize our summer.  The inspiration collage from Whimsical Twist included pictures that reminded me of the fair and some beautiful flowers. I have this wonderful collection that I won from My Mind’s Eye that I’ve been using on lots of projects – what elements combined our summer with that collection? Then I realized : ribbons! Erin did two different competitions this summer and she has her birthday and The Sweetest Thing collection had lots of great fabric-inspired designs, some lovely flowers and even some really awesome award elements (similar to her ribbons!) Happiness:-D!

Whimsical Twist inspiration - Ferris Wheel and flowers + colorful umbrella caught my eye!

Whimsical Twist inspiration – Ferris Wheel and flowers + colorful umbrella caught my eye!

One of the challenges was from sketches4all. Their August Design Team Challenge included a PageMaps sketch and the theme of summertime. The sketch had three pictures which is how I came to think of Erin’s three ribbon events. Take a look at it here. It’s wonderful. Becky Fleck really knows how to design pages I love!

Don't you just think this is so lovely?

Don’t you just think this is so lovely?

So for pictures, Erin has such a whimsical way of approaching life, so I really wanted to showcase that. She had decided to put a bow on top of her head and posed for me (I may need to give this picture a LO of its own some day), then a picture of her part way through her schooling show at the stable with her ride/love Hayes and the ribbons up to that point and then after she finished her entries for the fair I got a picture of her with them all (she is so fun to be OK with sitting under the desk she’d set out all her entries on!) I was so proud of how hard she worked at everything and how mature she’s getting and also how whimsical she can be. My summer was about celebrating that, so that’s what my LO became!

Without further ado, here it is:

See what I mean about the elements really being perfect for this LO? Especially that #1 die cut! Such happiness!

See what I mean about the elements really being perfect for this LO? Especially that #1 die cut and the lovely flower paper! Such happiness!

And the detail pics:

Here's a close up of the title and journaling

Here’s a close up of the title and journaling

This was the inspiration for the title, from Scrapstuffz "Inspired by" Challenges. The vertical lines of the chairs along with the colors and arc. I thought it was so wonderful! Loved that I could use it for my title!

This was the inspiration for the title, from Scrapstuffz “Inspired by” Challenges. The vertical lines of the chairs along with the colors and arc. I thought it was so wonderful! Loved that I could use it for my title and I had such fun creating it!

Lower right corner showing off the wonderful  Tiny Word Stickers and Layered Sticker that were in The Sweetest Thing Lavender collection!

Lower right corner showing off the wonderful Tiny Word Stickers and Layered Sticker that were in The Sweetest Thing Lavender collection! Perfect!

I had to include some actual ribbon, too, so I used some seam-binding ribbon. I love how shiny and pretty it looks and purple is Erin’s favorite color, so I figured that was another great reason to include it!

Challenges I am entering (in alphabetical order – any “filing” errors are unintentional 😉

My Mind’s Eye : August Challenge Document Your Summer

Scrap Our Stash Challenge #6 – Summertime + use 3 or more pre-made die cuts from your stash (I used a layered sicker, label sticker, award die cut, Instaframe die cut) :

Scrappin-n-Chattin – August Challenges Anything Goes

ScrapStuffz “Inspired by” Challenges – August :

Sketches 4 All August Design Team Challenge “Summertime Anything Goes” :

Whimsical Twist Summer Challenge :

Details about materials I used:

Bazzill cardstock; My Mind’s Eye (The Sweetest Thing Lavender collection) patterned paper, chipboard elements, layered sticker, wood & chip button, label sticker, tiny word stickers; DCVW Adhesive Fabric Paper; Studio Calico Wood Veneer; Ki Instaframe; October Afternoon Alpha stickers; Simon Says Stamp and Stampin’ Up! stamps; Close to My Heart ink pads and marker; Bic Mark-It marker; 7 Gypsies seam binding ribbon; Twinery twine; The Greatest View Paper Doily; American Crafts and Zig adhesive; Washi tape from my stash

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek! I am really enjoying being able to tell these stories! Maybe I’ll even do one with Alex in it (yes, I do have a son, too, he just isn’t as good about posing for pictures or getting involved in activities that I take many pictures of.) I hope you’ll take the time to leave me a comment about what you liked about my creation and if you wouldn’t mind letting me know how you found my blog, that’d be great, too! Have a wonderful week! I’m hoping to get a couple of cards done next and will be sharing them soon 😉

Woohoo! First post!

So I am taking my first class from Online Card Classes. The timing must never have been right to take one from them because the cost is very low ($16) and the classes are taught by Jennifer McGuire ( and Kristina Werner ( who are both amazing card-makers and whose blogs I’ve followed since I discovered the wonderful world of blog-stalking. They invite a number of other card-making talent as guests – it’s been just amazing what I’ve learned and I’m at least a day behind!

The class is called His & Hers and the idea is that you can use similar things (designs, products, colors) to make cards for guys that you do when you make cards for women (why is there no good “cool” word for us women-folk?)

And while I created my blog over a week ago, I’ve been having trouble with Photoshop Elements (my go-to photo-editor) so I haven’t posted anything. But now I’ve re-installed PSE and it seems to be working so here are two of my creations:

This was a hers card I created during Papertrey Ink's anniversary celebration.

This was a hers card I created during Papertrey Ink’s anniversary celebration.

My original card is based on a card by Cristina Kowalcyk ( I can’t seem to find the link for the contest at Papertrey or the card on Christina’s blog – sorry about that!

I adapted my card to a guy friendly version with different washi tapes

I adapted my card to a guy friendly version with different washi tapes

I used PTI Think Big Favorites #13 Stamp set and Inks from Close to My Heart for both cards. The feminine card uses My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender “Reasons Why” Decorative Tape and Paper and the masculine one uses washi tape from the same MME collection, plus one from We R Memory Keepers and one other tape in the middle (I overlapped it in the middle), wood veneer stars from Studio Calico and Smooch Silver Pearlized Accent Ink.

So, I think I’m pretty happy with using what I’d learned in class to make a fairly quick and easy card that a guy would not be embarrassed to receive! What do you think? Did I make it guy-friendly enough?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

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