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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:

OaA Full

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:



 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!


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


and the Halloween Critters Cutting Files for the spider webs.


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

Hall-Pattern-2and Halloween Bats & Swirls


 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!


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:


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:


 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!!!


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!




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!

Ruth - 3 RedGreenWhite

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!




For the Girls (and the flowers!)

A very happy Monday to you! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready to go for another week! I’m excited to share with you my second project for The Creative Cutting Challenge design team! The challenge theme this time is For the Girls and it is a wonderful theme to work with! I started thinking about what pictures I could use for a layout, since I love to scrapbook and have so many stories still to tell. As I looked through all the wonderful feminine designs in the Creative Pointe shop I really thought the Floral Frame:

would be perfect for a picture of my daughter and I when she was in Girl Scouts. Since I was her leader and I had a fantastic co-leader who made sure to get pictures of us together, I knew I would have many to choose from. When I found “the” picture, I knew that since the Flower One Set:

Lots of great layered flowers!

Lots of great layered flowers!

has a lovely layered daisy it would help reinforce the sweet age Erin was at the time of the picture. About a Girl currently has a challenge to use lots of flowers, so with this sketch:

Sketch 240a

Sketch 240a

from Pamela’s World of Scrap that I felt would be wonderful for this picture, the frame and the flowers and the challenges to use SVGs and  lots of flowers this is what I came up with:

Everything about this layout just makes me smile!

Everything about this layout just makes me smile!

For the color scheme, I used a challenge for a Yahoo! Group Scrappin-n-Chattin to use navy blue, yellow and pink, which I really felt would be perfect with the daisies and the photo – I went with Authentique’s Genuine Collection and just used the more solid “b” sides for the yellow, blue and white elements. I used Stampin’ Up! textured cardstock for the pink and Close to My Heart cardstock for the green.  I felt that these were colors that worked together.

There was another challenge to use four stamps from one stamp set at Two Peas in a Bucket  called the Seeing Double challenge. When I saw how bold the pink looked, I felt it was a little too strong and decided to use a stamp set I really love from Close to My Heart (Hooray Bouquet) that has a couple of different flower shapes (one being a daisy in 3 different sizes/patterns and also includes the sentiment that I used on the frame) – I thought it was the perfect addition and really helped the pink work better on my page.  I didn’t glue things down flat because I felt that everything needed to have some dimension and movement so the daisies are only glued at the center and the banners are only glued at the right edge. The frame is mounted on foam tape to give it a little lift also. I used the frame without the center cut-out for the blue base layer since I really felt it would work well to have the same curve at the corners of that layer.

Here's  a closeup that shows some of the dimension on the page

Here’s a closeup that shows some of the dimension on the page

I created my title with a Silhouette Sketch Pen in the Rickles font and then added the words “Girl Scout” and “Daisies” hand-written over the words “friends” and “flowers” with Close to My Heart Markers with a touch of Smooch Pearlized Top Coat over the top to give those words the same shine as the Glitter Sketch Pen lines. I added some sequins from Whimsical Twist to the flower centers around the frame and some Close to My Heart buttons in a diagonal across the page, a tab with the date from a Studio Calico class kit and that’s about it!

I hope you will join in the fun with the challenge! You just need to use an SVG file to participate! And who could resist making something pretty For the Girls?!

Thanks for visiting! Please let me know if you have any questions or just want to tell me how you love the bulldog in the picture for the frame below!


Other materials not already listed: banner cut files from Carta Bella (Silhouette store), ink from Close to My Heart and Stampin’ Up!, adhesive from Glue Dots, Imaginesce, Therm O Web and Xyron

Worth their weight in gold!

Are you blessed with wonderful friends? Do you often feel like you just can’t do enough to thank them for all the ways they support and encourage you?  I have friends like this. They are so awesome that sometimes I take them for granted or don’t spend the time to thank them properly for being there for me, for being generous and thoughtful, you name it – they deserve a big pat on the back. The least I could do is make a pretty thank you card. So that’s what I’m sharing today. I hope they enjoy the card as much as I enjoyed creating it!

I'm actually showing you my card before all the details! Don't you feel special?

I’m actually showing you my card before all the details! Don’t you feel special?

So, of course, I used challenges to inspire me and believe me there was lots of inspiration out there! Here are a few I decided to tackle for the card I’m sharing today and how I approached them:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Embossed (always a good idea for making a card more special looking. I used gold embossing on the sentiment lines)

Colorful Creations – Favorite Things – Use one of your FAVORITE NEW PRODUCTS! Tell me what it is in your post. GO OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE! Do something on a page you haven’t tried before. Tell me what it is in your post. (I really love the Moroccan Stencil from the August Simon Says Stamp Card Kit and I wanted to use it for a kind of background to my card. I decided to use it with my Distress Stains – I used Mustard Seed in the middle and overlapped Barn door on each end to give it a little bit of orange then used Irisdescent Gold Glimmer Mist over the top and patted the whole thing down with a cloth to blend even more – I really think it turned out great. I’m so glad I tried this!)

Scrappin ‘n Chattin Yahoo! Group – September Card Challenges – Anything Goes

All That Glitters is Gold Challenge at Moxie Fab World (I used gold embossing and gold glimmer mist for a really lovely, rich look! I just love how it shines – see for yourself:)

It was slightly overcast when I took the picture, but I think it's a very pretty look!

It was slightly overcast when I took the picture, but I think you can still see the effect.

I was inspired and so very pleased with the result! I hope whoever I give this to feels as pleased! They definitely deserve to feel as special as they are!

Materials I used:

Cardstock is from Stampin’ Up!

Stamp and wood veneer is from Close to My Heart 

Ink is Versamark

Embossing powder is from Clearsnap

Stencil is from Simon Says Stamp

Distress Stain from Tim Holtz

Mist from Tattered Angels

Sequins from Whimsical Twist

adhesive from Glue Dots and Xyron

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll leave a nice comment to let me know you were here. Maybe I should be making you a thank you card ;-)!


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