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Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty Fun Day!

Today is my day to post on Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons to share a project and I’ve created a page about a very fun day at the zoo using a number of fun animals, borders and one drink cutting file along with some digital papers.

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There were so many cute files that were perfect either to go along with the photos on the page or to fill in the blanks for a photo that didn’t make the cut, so to speak!

Let’s take a closer look at the left side and the different cuts I used:

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I used the zebra from Safari Love Cutting Files, the arrow files from Borders 4 Cutting FilesIcee Cutting Files (yes, there’s a drink so I am entering Simon Says Stamp Simon Says Food and/or Drink), the polar bear came from Winter Critters Cutting Files and the bird from Gnomies Cutting Files (I used a Silhouette Sketch Pen to draw the notes.) All the animals were done with print and cut and then I glued the layers together. The texture on the word Africa as well as the lined background paper where I did my journaling came from School Days Pattern Pack.

The right side and details:

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The hippo came from the Safari Love 2 Cutting Files and the flamingos were done with print and cut on vellum, with a big offset of the outer line – I used the left flamingo from Flamingos in Love Cutting Files. (the zoo title is a die cut I bought at a LSS)

Another page done, another story told. I guess I’m a bit obsessed with vellum right now, but I couldn’t resist those flamingos and in order to get lots of them on the page I wanted them to be a bit ghostly.

I’d love to see your Smarty Pants themed project using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons cut files – there are lots of ways to go with this theme and I think my page about a school field trip would qualify. Click here for all the details!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you’re having a fabulous day!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

ETA: I was a bit distracted when I first wrote up my post and I forgot to give credit to Allison Davis for the sketch I used (which she created for Simple Stories. Click here to see the post about that sketch.)

The photo collage I used on the left page was an old template for Photoshop that I had downloaded from SBE a long time ago.

Both made creating this layout with 13 photos much easier so I really appreciate that these resources were available to me.

ETA, part 2: Yep, I totally forgot that I wanted to enter the Cut it Up: Animals Challenge #77

as well as Scrap Our Stash August Stash Challenge #29 – PAPER :

P – Polar Bear

A – Africa (and arrow die cut strip)

P – Pink flamingos

E – Elemental collection Patterned Paper from CTMH (on the right page, behind the hippo)

R – Red die cut arrow strip

Hopefully, I’ve gotten everything linked up now. Thanks for sticking with me, here!

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty fun off the page project

Hi! It’s so nice to see you today! I’m busy getting projects done for the end of the school year. I’ve posted some other projects and the idea behind them the past few days and for days to come.

So, I’m up on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog and I’m sharing my customization of a notebook for a teacher my son has had for 6 years. Here’s the project:

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I really had fun putting this together (I know, that is totally unexpected, right?!!! – or perhaps it’s something you hear pretty much any time I get to play with my Silhouette and Lisa’s files!!!)

I used Sunburst Shapes Cutting Files for the background, because it’s awesome! I filled the shape with Halloween Flourish digital paper because I thought it’d be awesome in the sunburst. I used print and cut for the front layer of the Laughing Light Bulb Cutting Files (a nice option for this cover – I didn’t want lots of small pieces that might get pulled off with wear and tear.) Now the sentiment is a freebie from Paper Issues from their most recent Die Cutting Saturday. They had a bunch of sentiments that I thought would go great with the light bulb, but Alex really liked this one, so that’s the one that I used. I filled the background of that cut with School Days Chalkboards digital paper, because I thought it would look awesome and it’s for a teacher who was definitely teaching back when chalkboards were still being used! I like to use a thicker line in a darker color around the cuts to give it a more finished edge. For this one I used a width of 3.0 and matched the color to the black in the pattern.

Did you notice the papers in the background in between the bursts?

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I ended up taking the top layer, releasing compound path, deleting the outer rectangle, offsetting each burst enough so that there would be an edge for gluing it behind the main cut, deleting the original burst shapes, numbering the pieces and arranging them into four somewhat random groups to cut out of four different small scale papers. Here’s a screen shot of what it looked like:

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I love the look this created! I’ve long admired how Paige Taylor Evans creates wonderful layouts with different papers behind her die cuts and am so happy that I was able to create my own version. (When I took art classes in college, we called this kind of project a “pastiche”. The idea is that by copying the techniques of another artist you grow as an artist yourself. It’s not a copy, but a project with the feeling of the style of the other artist.)

Anyway, now that I’m back on track with my blog post, I hope I provided some small inspiration for you today. I encourage you to check out Paige’s projects if you’re interested in the look she creates. I have a feeling I’m going to be doing this again – maybe a lot!

And I’d love to see a project that you’ve done using Lisa’s files for our “Oh, Snap!” challenge! You know you need some good crafting time and what better way to spend it than playing with Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files, right?!! Click on the link for all the information and get crafting!

Thanks so much for sticking with me through all these details! I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

What else did I use?

Cardstock from Recollections and Paper Studio; Patterned Papers from Bo Bunny, Fancy Pants Designs and my stash; adhesive from ScrapPerfect and Zig.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty Fun card!

Happy Saturday and welcome to my blog! If you came here from Nicole’s blog, you are in the right place.  If you just stumbled upon this post and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

Today the Design Team is sharing some wonderful made with love projects using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. I love that Lisa has so many punny designs in the store – it fits right into my idea of fun!

Here’s the card I decided to make for my hubby for Valentine’s Day (he doesn’t usually visit my blog, that I know of, so hopefully I’m not ruining the surprise) I used the Safari Love Cutting Files (which has all kinds of cute wild animals and the wonderful sentiment) along with the A2 Card Bases 1 Cutting Files which I think is an elegant design for a Valentine’s card.

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What a cutie pie, huh? I love the little lion and the sentiment is perfect for me! I love all the layers that Lisa incorporates into her designs. It makes it so easy to create dimension and it’s also so easy to assemble – all the layers just go one on top of the other!

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Here you can see where I chose to add dimensional adhesive. I also folded the edges of the mane up to add some texture. The lion’s body was done with print and cut for the yellow parts and just cut for the black and brown parts. I also used my new Wink of Stella black glitter marker on the lion’s eyes and the Wink of Stella clear brush marker on the heart in the sentiment – I need some practice with that because it really came out thick and had to be dabbed off a bit. 

On the inside I created my sentiment by layering the two bottom layers of the lion image with my sentiment, ungrouping and editing the sentiment to be as wide as possible and then used the Divide command on the modify menu in Silhouette Studio. After I divided I had to delete the lines that were outside of the letters, change the fill colors and then do print and cut with cut settings set to cut edge. I like how it turned out and the pun makes me smile (hopefully, my hubby doesn’t groan;-)

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my project! There’s lots more goodness to come!

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 Saturday, January 13, 2015 and announced on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

Be sure to pick up this super sweet Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday (the 10th and 11th) only available on Lisa’s blog…after that it will be available for sale in the store.  

And then there’s the monthly challenge! Your project can be anything that is Love themed and features Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Please be sure to see all the rules and the link up at the monthly challenge page. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR

 

Here is the entire hop order, in case you get lost along the way. You’ll be heading to ****Sarah’s blog****  from here.

Happy hopping! Don’t forget to follow and comment in order to be in it to win it for the blog candy.

Ruth

Lisa ~ http://prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com/

 
 
 
Ruth ~ https://paperandmusings.wordpress.com/ <<<<<——— You are here!
 

Sarah ~ http://sarahvaitstamps.blogspot.com/<<<<<——— Head here for Sarah’s awesome project!

 
 
 
 

Katy ~ http://scrappinkaty.blogspot.com/

Leah ~http://leahschaeffer.blogspot.com/

I am entering the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make new friends, but keep the old…
My new friend is the Wink of Stella Black glitter pen, the old friend in the Close to My Heart Elemental collection paper that I used for the background.
I am entering the Simon Says Stamp Simon Says Something New challenge
My Something New is using the Divide command in Silhouette Studio to create the image within my inside sentiment (also the Wink of Stella pens and how to use them is something new I tried.)

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, Pretty (Quirky) Decorations!

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 Happy Saturday and welcome to my blog! If you came here from Nicole’s blog, you are in the right place.  If you just stumbled upon this post and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

Today the Design Team has some wonderful Christmas decorations using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. I tend to think outside the (police) box a bit and focus on our family’s interests for my decorations and I find it just delightful that Lisa has designed fun files that work with some of the fandoms my family gets into.

First are the Avengers. We’ve seen all the movies (except for Hulk) and some numerous times, so I thought it’d be fun to make ornaments for each person’s favorite character. I ended up getting the Superheroes Collection Cutting Files because it has seven different characters which means more fun, right?

For my hubby and my daughter it was Nick Fury

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and Hawkeye

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for my son, he has a Captain America shirt and he really likes the shield symbol so I created that using the Superhero Badges Cutting Files,

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as well as the Batman sign (I know, not Avengers, but he saw the Michael Keaton Batman movie as well as all three of the Christian Bale Batman movies this year – some more than once) because he likes Batman, too.

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 These files were quick and easy to put together (the characters were just a lot of fun adding all the different details.) My plan is to use these for tags on their gifts and then they could be used as ornaments on the tree.

The family ornament I made for this year is for Dr Who (as you may have guessed from my earlier hint about a Police Box.) Lisa has all sorts of Dr Who files (The Doctor Cutting Files – where the TARDIS comes from, The Enemies Cutting Files – imagine a wheeping angel on your tree, as well as The Doctor Digital Clip ArtThe Doctor Digital Stamps and also The Doctor Sentiments Digital Stamps). I love how the TARDIS came out! I saved it for last because it got great reactions from the kids (and their friend) as well as my hubby and my friend (who was so kind as to allow me to use her tree for the photos – thank you so much, Lisa Marie Vogt!!!) I used vellum for the windows and light on top so that it could “glow” from lights on the tree.

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This is the first year that we’ve had access to BBC America so we could watch the show when it’s aired. The whole family would sit down and watch together every Saturday night for the entire season. That’s why I thought the TARDIS would be a great reminder of this year for our family. Lisa Norris reminded me that there will be a Dr Who Christmas special, too, so there’s another Christmas connection!

Those are the projects I have to share with you today. I hope you had fun looking into the ways in which I try to make Christmas fun by creating decorations that have to do with things my family enjoys.

The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store (Woohoo! That could buy a lot of fun for you and your family!) 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, December 16 and announced on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

Be sure to pick up this super cute Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday of the hop only available on Lisa’s blog (she is featuring these adorable kids in her project)…after that it will be available for sale in the store. 

Deck the Halls Blog Hop Freebie

And then there’s the monthly challenge! Your project can be anything that is Christmas themed and features Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Please be sure to see all the rules and the link up at the monthly challenge page. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR

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Here is the entire hop order, in case you get lost along the way. You’ll be heading to ****Sarah’s blog****  from here.

Happy hopping! Don’t forget to follow and comment in order to be in it to win it for the blog candy.

Ruth

Lisa ~ http://prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com/

 
 
 
 
Ruth ~ https://paperandmusings.wordpress.com/ <<<<<——— You are here!
 
Sarah ~ http://sarahvaitstamps.blogspot.com/ <<<<<——— Head here for Sarah’s awesome project!
 
 
 
 
 
ETA: I’m entering the TARDIS into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge : Transportation

Christmas time is here!

Today is my day over at the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog, if you’d like to check that out here.

I’m sure if you’re like me, you have many traditions when it comes to this wonderful time of year.  One of ours may seem a bit odd, but it’s something that happens very close to where we live and is super fun – the Lego train show!

I was so excited because the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons shop has the awesome Master Builder Cutting Files and Lego Mania Title Cutting Files to make scrapping my photos a ton of fun! I played with them to create a bright, cheery page about some of my pictures from the train show in 2007.

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I started out with this sketch from Scrap Much?

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I loved that I would be able to fit so many pictures and especially that there was room on the left for one large photo. I used the idea of the stepping with the Lego blocks and decided to put the pictures in them like a frame.

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I used print and cut with all of the images (I used photo paper to get that glossy Lego look) and cut some separated to add more dimension to the finished image. I love this title and had such fun adding some bricks here and there with dimension for fun! Check out the detail of the top bricks! Love it!!!

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And this Lego guy is pretty cute, if I don’t say so…

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And the journaling block? Another file from the Master Builder set scaled to fit that spot and trimmed down.

Well, that about wraps it up for me for now!

Did you play with Legos as a child? My hubby did and I think the fact that our kids enjoyed them so much was even more special for him because of it. Me? I had some other kinds of building toys and then as an adult started collecting Legos with my hubby and those sets have now been passed down to our kids. I’d love to hear your Lego stories! Please feel free to share links to your projects in the comments or just tell me about it, if you’d like!

Thanks so much for coming by! 

Happy scrapping!

Ruth

ETA – I’m linking up with Silhouette Challenges “Anything Goes” 

ETA – I’m entering this layout over at sketches4all for December’s Challenge 4 Plus Pictures, and plenty of Words

 

Fall folly!

Yep, school portraits. Do they ever turn out the way you’d really like? This year, my son was poking fun at his picture and even shared it with his sister as “wow, did this turn out badly”. I love that he’s able to see the humor in it and also realize how typical it is that the picture not look right. So what’s a mom to do other than scrapbook about it, right?!

I’ll just get right to the layout so you can see what I’m talking about:

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Not horrible, but not really capturing who he is, either, unless you want to capture how awkward he feels having his school portrait taken!

This is a true DIY page. I printed the papers, cut the die cuts and even created faux cork alphas for the title and a dimensional ruler and lock! Take a look:

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Isn’t that tons of fun? This is a design team project for Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons and I’m over on the blog today sharing about it. I really love the cork and the chalkboard in the School Days Chalkboards and School Days Pattern Pack! Gotta also love the fun argyle print for a great pattern for my growing boy and the awesome notebook paper, too.  I also used the pale wood grain from the Pumpkin Spice Out West papers for the ruler pattern.

Here’s another bit of the chalkboard:

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And cut files? I played with the Primary Supplies Cutting Files for the ruler, the Secondary Supplies Cutting Files for the lock, the School Titles Cutting Files for the journaling star and the Speech Bubbles Cutting Files. I had a lot of fun with the layering and dimension on the ruler and lock and love the dimensional look I got on my “cork” title by layering  four cuts on top of each other.

So much fun and all with Alex’s words as part of the journaling with mine added at the bottom.

As is usual for me, I used an awesome sketch to help my page come together and let me focus on the elements. For today’s layout I used this sketch from Scrapbook Challenges:

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I really felt that the sketch worked perfectly for using the notebook paper and cork as the base for the page. Yay for that! And because I used a single photo, I’ll be linking up with the Lasting Memories LM #215 ‘Only One Photo’ challenge, also.

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Are you busy creating awesome fall themed projects with Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files? Be sure to enter the Fall Challenge going on right now. I’d love to see what you create! Best of luck to you!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy scrapping!

Ruth

Other supplies I used on my layout:

Cardstock – Bazzill, DCWV, Recollections; Digital die cut machine – Silhouette Cameo; Printer and ink – HP; Wood veneer – Teresa Collins; Ink – Clearsnap; Adhesive – American Crafts, Glue Arts, Tombo, Zig.

 

 

 

Falling into a pattern

Yep, I’m finding that once I get started with these print and cut projects I have a hard time stopping! The story behind this one is I was originally trying to use my stash (good girl, right?) as well as using cutting files from the Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons store (very good girl, especially since this was a design team project, LOL!;-) Unfortunately, the files and papers didn’t play well together for the really small elements and I had to scrap the project until I figured something else out, or my allowance came! (I get a monthly allowance from Lisa to shop in the Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons store [awesome, right?] and while I was purchasing the files for yesterday’s project I realized the answer to my problem was to use the patterns and do print and cut for this one. Perfection!) I love the results and hope you (and my hubby) do, too! Oh, yeah, this was an anniversary card from punny me to my very good-natured hubby (pun not intended – natured…!) 

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Super cute, right? I just loved this squirrel! You can find him in the Nuts About You Cutting Files. Yep, and this is perfect for me because I am nuts..about my hubby and puns and fall and our anniversary is in fall. Crazy perfect, right?

I also used the Tri-Fold Shutter Card Cutting Files because I love interactive cards and I have to apologize for all the photos, but I just love all the different little nooks and crannies to play with on this one! Oh, and I used the Pumpkin Spice Pattern Pack 2 and Pumpkin Spice Falling Leaves for the patterned papers and to pull some of the colors for the leaves on the oak branches.

More crazy, fun pictures:

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Aren’t all the layers and ins and outs so much fun! These cards have a lot of Wow potential and really make you look like you’ve got mad crafting skills! Gotta love that! I used the Silhouette Printable Cotton Canvas for a lot of the cuts for the wonderful texture it adds.

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The perfect sentiment!! <3!!!

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And here’s how it looks when it’s flattened out-ish.

Of course, there’s a little bit of room for me to thank my hubby for putting up with my puns all the time. You wouldn’t believe how many fall puns I have come up with over the years…

Some business, I’ve also posted over at the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog today (a lot more short and sweet there!) There was a blog hop yesterday with a freebie and possible blog candy, so be sure to see the post on that blog from yesterday, too. And that hop was the start of the Fall Challenge. You’ll find all the details over at the monthly challenge post. I sure hope you’ll play along! There are so many possibilities with this!

So, a big thank you to Lisa for saving my marriage (or at least feeding my need for nutty sentiments for anniversary cards!;-)

I hope you are having a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by! I always love to hear your thought about my project (as long as it’s nice) so please leave a comment below to make me smile!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

P.S. These cut files are available in the Silhouette online store (squirrel #68605, oak branch #68604, nuts about you sentiment #68603). Sadly, Silhouette didn’t include the squirrel in the fall themed sale (huh? sometimes I wonder), but some of Lisa’s other designs are included if you want to stock up for 25% off! 

Fall Entertaining Blog Hop (or Blog waddle?)

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Happy Saturday and welcome to my blog! If you came here from Nicole‘s blog, you are in the right place.  If you just stumbled upon this post and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

Today the Design Team is sharing Fall Entertaining projects using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. These are items that could be used for a Fall or Thanksgiving get together or dinner. The team has some awesome and inspiring projects to share today, so be sure to check them all out! For me and my family, Thanksgiving means heading to the in-laws for some amazing Thanksgiving feasting! I am so very thankful for all the preparation and wonderful food (the best stuffing and yeast rolls that ever were) so my project is focused on hostess gifts.

First some pretty pictures:FEH_Full

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Lisa recently added the Bottle Tag 1 Cutting Files to her store and it was just what I needed for my project. Of course, I couldn’t just stop there. I wanted wonderful patterns and textures and a fabulous sentiment and embellishment, so I also used the Pumpkin Spice Pattern Pack 2 and Pumpkin Spice Falling Leaves for the patterns, the So Very Thankful phrase from the Silhouette store (Design ID# 68943 also found in the Thankful Pocket Cards in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store), as well as the pumpkin group from the Silhouette store (Design ID#67500 also found in Pumpkin Patch Cutting Files in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store).FEH_TreatDet

In addition to my bottle tag, I wanted to create some treat holders for my niece and nephew, so I used the same digital patterns with the Fancy pillow box (Silhouette Design ID#68610 and Fancy Pillow Box 1 Cutting Files) along with a tag from the four layered tags (Silhouette Design ID#64351 and Layered Tags 1 Cutting Files) and the turkey from turkey with pumpkin (Silhouette Design ID#68272  and also from the First Thanksgiving Cutting Files) as well as a Speech bubble (Silhouette Design ID#62870 and Speech Bubbles Cutting Files.) I know I used a lot of files from the Silhouette store, but since I have a subscription, I like to use it when I can. A tip for making print and cut creations really quick and easy as pie (yum, pumpkin) is to use the files from the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons shop because they include PNGs and JPGs of all the images, especially if lining images is something you’d rather skip.

The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store (oh, yes, there is more than just candy corn on this hop!) 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, November 11 and announced on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog.

Be sure to pick up the Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday of the hop only available on Lisa’s blog…after that it will be available for sale in the store.

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For a chance to win more Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons goodies, you can enter:Fall Challenge graphicThe projects can be anything that is Fall themed and features Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Please be sure to see all the rules and the link up at the monthly challenge page. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR (that could buy a lot of entertainment for you!)

To continue on with the hop, head to Sarah’s blog. Here’s the lineup for the entire hop.

 
 
Leah ~ http://leahschaeffer.blogspot.com/

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for visiting! I’m glad you took the time to stop in today! Have a fantastic day! Happy crafting!
 
Ruth
P.S. I love your comments and I know that part of blog hop prize depends on you commenting. I do have to approve comments before they post and I will not be available to approve comments right away this weekend. Never fear, though, if you leave love (no hate-mail, please 😉 your comment will be approved when I am able to access them! Thanks for your patience and kindness!

More Halloween fun!

Hi, there! I’ve got another fun project using files from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons for you today! I realized when I was going through my pictures for the other two layouts I’ve shared this month that I loved so many more pictures from this Halloween that I hadn’t gotten onto a page. They weren’t the most amazing pictures ever, so a low-key, simple layout was in order. What I ended up deciding was to put a pocket page between my two other layouts and, as I often like to do, I decided to use papers that were from the same collection as the other pages. I made my own cards (three for the title and one for journaling) and Lisa’s files were so much fun for that! Take a look:

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I created four cards as print and cut and also print and cut the word “about”. I added embellishments on top as well as 3 more layers in black of the word “about” to give it some extra depth and interest. I embellished with some spider webs and part of a moon all cut from vellum, as well as some bats. Here are some detail pictures:

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 I got the idea for the sequin eyes on the skulls from a design team member’s project – I think it’s a very fun, eery look!

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The moon can lift up so you can see the picture of the scarecrow more clearly, if you’d like to.

I used the Notebook Pages Cutting Files for the journaling block

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and the Halloween Critters Cutting Files for the spider webs.

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For the patterns in the cards I used Halloween Pattern Pack 2

Hall-Pattern-2and Halloween Bats & Swirls

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 and Halloween Plaid Grid for the journaling card pattern. That’s something I love about this particular set (and why I bought it) I’m in love with gridded papers, especially for journaling! And these bright colors make me feel so very happy!

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So in the category of projects that seem like a great idea, but don’t turn out how you’d hope, we have the other side of the pocket page:

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OaA_BsideConfettiI had really hoped it would turn out better, especially the confetti spot. It turns out that in order to really get some movement in that spot, there needs to be some space for the pieces to move around. I like how the print and cut pieces turned out and I did add some of those pieces to the pictures, also, but the overall effect of the confetti wasn’t what I’d hoped for. I printed the pieces onto photo paper so they would be shiny, like I would expect all these candies to be. You might recognize the candies from the Candy Bucket Cutting Files:

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 I love that there are so many different ways I was able to use the files I’d gotten from the shop. And I’m sure I will find many more ways to use them in other Halloween projects!

For challenges, you should be sure to enter your Halloween creations in the Trick or Treat challenge, the last day to enter is the day after Halloween!

I’m entering: Project Life challenge- Black. Orange and White over at Stuck on U Sketches (which was the driving force behind the particular papers I chose to use for my layout), Dies are Us Challenge Blog Challenge #12 – Halloween (lots of good spooky die cuts – too much fun not to use them), Lasting Memories challenge #212 Anything Goes and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes.

Edited to add: I was featured on Lasting Memories for my Out and About page! Yay!!!

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Other products I used: Cardstock – Bazzill; Printer, ink and photo paper – HP; Digital Die Cut Machine – Silhouette Cameo with Studio Designer Edition software; Pocket Page – We R Memory Keepers; Pens – American Crafts; Sequins – Doodlebug Design, Pretty Pink Posh; Alphas – My Mind’s Eye; Stapler – Tim Holtz; Adhesive – Glue Dots, ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig; Fonts – Calaveras, CK Classical, Gracey’s Curse.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you enjoy your week heading into Halloween!

Ruth

 

I Want Candy! (a Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Layout)

I want candy! Thankfully, I’m blessed with a son who’s trying to sell The World’s Finest Chocolate to raise money to go to the state capitol with his class, so I’ve got more than I need right now. But what if you’re an 11 year-old girl and it’s Halloween? You might come up with awesome Halloween costumes and go to a friend’s house to meet up, have a photo op and then head out to round up (and devour) lots of candy! Wait until you see what these girls came up with!

The other thing I am thankful for? Super sweet files from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons! I am so excited to be a part of the team and have a budget to buy the perfect files for my projects!

Why don’t I show you what I mean?

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Did you notice the awesome Candy Corn paper in the background (along with all the other coordinating papers) from the Halloween Collection Pattern Pack 2...

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 And the super cute Cotton Candy that I did as a print and cut because it was just what I wanted for showing off what my daughter dressed up as in this picture?

Cotton-Candy-Cut

And the fun eye ball candy from the Candy Bucket file as a print and cut?

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And a speech bubble for my title:Speech-Bubbles-Cut

And how I was able to use coordinating colors for other parts of the layout (background and text fill) from the Halloween Flourish not to mention the Halloween Bats and Swirls papers?

Hall-Flourish

Hall-Bats-&-Swirls

 In case you’d like a closer look:

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Perfectly adorable, huh?

Of course, having a DT project due is great inspiration for scrapping, but added to that was the Scrappy Friends October Challenges and this awesome sketch from Brenda Ragsdale:

Brenda R Sketch Challenge

Look familiar, hehe? Then the challenge at Rochelle Spear’s blog was tic-tac-toe:

Rochelle Spears Oct Tic Tac Toe Challenge

I used 4 + patterned papers, orange and die cut(s). And for Kelly Holifield there was a fun word challenge:

Kelly Oct Word Challenge

I used Candy in my title and costume(s) in my journaling.

And if you’re the challenge-loving, Halloween-celebrating type, you’ll want to be sure to play along with the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Trick or Treat Challenge that’s going on. Check out all the details here! And if you didn’t see the hop and all the goodies associated check out the Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons blog (or my post yesterday) to get started!

Other fun stuff that I used on my layout:

Cardstock: Bazzill, Wausau; Printer and Ink: HP; Cutting machine: Silhouette Cameo; Spray Ink: Clearsnap; Ink: Tsukineko; Jewels: Bo Bunny; Sequins: Doodlebug Designs, Pretty Pink Posh; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Pens: American Crafts, Kuretake; Font: AddamsCapitals; Adhesive: American Crafts, Glue Arts, Glue Dots, Imaginesce, Zig.

If you think you’d like to me to do a tutorial on how I use the digital papers to fill my cutting files or how I work with sketches in the Silhouette software, please be sure to leave a comment below letting me know that and I’ll see if I can get a post going for that soon. I am planning on sharing how I use Evernote to organize my design team projects as well as the challenges that I follow. I am trying to work out how to get a screen shot to share here – once I figure that out, I’ll be sharing.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you’re having a great day and decide to spread the good feelings by leaving a nice comment below! It’s guaranteed to make me smile!

Ruth

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