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Last of the minis (for now)!

Yep, it’s been a bit of a craft-a-thon that has lead to a blog-a-thon because of the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Thank You! Check out this blog post for the start of these projects if you’re interested in knowing who these notebooks are for!

This one is a bit snarky, but hey, not everybody likes a serious notebook.

I used stamps from Technique Tuesday and Simple Stories, inks were StazOn, Tsukineko and Stampin’ Up!:

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Fun, huh? I’m thinking this might be good for the gym teachers. Nothing too fancy for them – just fun stuff!

So, that’s it for the minis for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing them and maybe felt inspired!

I will have some more of the bigger notebooks to share towards the end of the week so please come back!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

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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

Giving (more) thanks

Yep, another notebook to share! I’ve been sharing the same types of projects the last few posts. Feel free to check them out for the inside scoop! And I’m entering Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge : Thank you.

Here’s one using stamps from Papertrey Ink and StazOn and Stampin’ Up! ink:

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I’m not one to enjoy repeating a project over and over and this is the only one like this that I made. How about you? Do you like to mass produce or do you like to mix things up? I’ve made 13 notebooks so far and only have repeated 3 of the designs on these smaller ones and that’s OK with me!

I 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

First Things First!

The newest challenge at The Creative Cutting Challenge is Anything Goes! This was such a fun one because it meant I got to go through all of the files that The Creative Pointe offers and then put a project together that would go whatever I wanted to use! I chose a school layout because it’s a goal of mine to keep plugging away on finishing up my daughter’s school album (K-8) and there haven’t been any school challenges. I just really loved the School Set II files!

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These have lots of fabulous details and layers! I really felt they would be perfect for the early grade school pictures of my daughter so I dug up her 1st grade picture and went to work looking for a sketch. The Let’s Get Sketchy Sketch a thon Hop #2 had lots of great sketches and I really loved the one on Laura Whitaker‘s blog, designed by Brenshevia:

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I loved the strips at the top and bottom and how the picture and central elements were layered. I flipped the top and bottom, but here’s what I created:

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A+ for cuteness (and she always works hard, too)!

I had this first grader paper from Moxxie in my stash and felt I should really use it. The bright colors really went well with my daughter’s sweater and made choosing the colors for the die cuts pretty easy! I adore all the layers on these cuts! Just take a look at them:

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I used a woodgrain paper on the pencil and chalkboard die cuts and a silver paper on the scissors. (Laura’s twist included using something wooden on your layout and I love the look that the woodgrained paper gives to these cuts!) The title is three layers deep using CK Jessica for the font and doing offsets for the shadow layers. The chalkboard has four layers of cardstock and the pencil is three layers deep at the top yellow layer (I’ll be entering the Scrap Our Stash Stash A Thon Birthday Challenge #1 ~ Cake/Layering challenge.)

I hope you’ll join along with the Creative Cutting Anything Goes Challenge if you are able to cut non-Cricut files with your digital die cut machine!

Have a wonderful day!

Ruth

Supplies used:
Cardstock – Stampin’ Up!; Patterned Paper – Echo Park, HP, and Moxxie; Wood Veneer – Studio Calico; Washi Tape – from stash; Pen – Zig; Adhesive – Beacon, Xyron, Zig

Let’s hear it for the boy!

OK, so maybe a boy playing a computer game doesn’t sound like a reason to cheer, but if you knew the whole story you might see it differently. My son is on the autism spectrum. Now if you know anything about Autism, you probably know that when they talk about spectrum they mean really wide and diverse spectrum. So my son has a very mild form of Autism called Asperger’s Syndrome. For him, mostly it effects his ability to concentrate at school, his understanding of social situations, his sensitivity both physically and emotionally being increased, his small motor abilities (writing legibly is very challenging for him) and his ability to be comfortable without lots of structure. So what do a game and these challenges have to do with each other, read my journaling and you might have an idea why I feel good about him playing this game!

It’s challenge time over at The Creative Cutting Challenge and this time around the theme is For the Boys! You might know me well enough by now to know that my heart is happiest when I can scrap, so that’s what I did!

My son loves to play on all sorts of devices. He’s got an iPod Touch, a Nintendo DS and 3DS, and he uses the Wii and desktop computer for gaming, too. I have taken pictures of him using his favorite devices because otherwise I might not have many pictures of him, LOL! Thankfully, since I’m on the Design Team The Creative Pointe provided me with a file to use for this challenge and I was able to create a layout using The Computer Card file!

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I just used the computer without the card and shadow. The page design and some of the photo editing was inspired by one of my son’t favorite games: Minecraft. This game has a very distinct look, with a grid of different shades of colors on the objects, so I printed off some digital papers in different shades and cut them into squares to create the background and edited three photos to look gridded, too. I am really excited about how it turned out. I hope you enjoy!

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MinecraftTitle-detailI stamped on a number of the grid squares and on the keyboard of the computer to add some extra interest and texture. When I was looking for papers I worried that the grid would be too busy, so I decided on a very subtle texture for the papers, but after I set everything up I realized the papers needed a little something more. I was so glad to have stamps that worked with this theme.

I sure hope you’ll join along For the Boys using any SVG files you might have! I can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate your kind and encouraging comments! Have a great day!

Ruth

I am entering this layout into the Scrappin n chattin Yahoo! Group January layout challenge to use stamping on a layout.

I am entering this layout in the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog challenge #21 – Anything Goes

ETA: I am linking up this layout with the Paper Issues New Issue: It’s Hip to be Square with A Flair for Buttons because it was definitely hip to play MineCraft (if you were my son’s age) and it’s a very square layout!

Other Supplies not already listed:

Cardstock: Wausau; Digital Paper Collection: Karen Funk – For the Boys; Stamps: Close to My Heart, My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink; Ink: Stampin’ Up!; Pen: Sakura; Digital Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo; Software: Silhouette Designer Edition; Font: MineCrafter 3 Regular; Photo editing software: Photoshop Elements 8; Printer, Photo paper and Ink: HP; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Corrugated Shape: Close to My Heart; Adhesive: Imaginesce, Recollections, Scotch, Xyron, Zig.

Monstrous fun!

Hi! I’m beginning to wonder if I can make a card for somebody that isn’t for a challenge? Does it diminish the meaning if it’s being submitted to 6 different challenges before they even receive it? These are all things I worry about. Then there’s the inspiration and fun that I experience as I’m creating for these challenges and I realize that for myself, it’s OK. I just hope it’s OK for the recipient!

So brewing in my head was a challenge from Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make the Cut (die-cuts), Moxie Fab World and Scrappin-n-Chattin Triangle challenge and the Silhouette Blog challenge to use shapes in a different way.

My son’s birthday is this week and he’s gonna be 12. That is the real challenge! Last year I was told that his card needed to be really cool. The stakes are high and this year he’s really showing so much more maturity – I have to be very careful! So that’s an additional challenge and the payoff could be really great – I could get a “that’s awesome, Mom!”

Triangles were running through my head and I started playing around with how to use them differently in the Silhouette software. So I made a row of triangles (actually from a banner set), using “Replicate – Row of four”. Then I decided that I could make them teeth and went from there. It turned into a monster’s mouth with yellow teeth cut from light yellow velvet paper (I welded them together with a narrow rectangle at the bottom to hold them in place):

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Somebody needs to brush better!

The sentiment came from one I’d heard (and maybe even had a stamp for). I decided most of it would hide behind the monster’s teeth. I lined the text up with the edge of the teeth and used a black Silhouette Sketch Pen to “write” the words on the inside of the mouth:

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Can you see where this is going?

I wanted the monster to be hairy, but not necessarily soft so I thought I’d use a green confetti-like glitter with the Silhouette Double-Sided Sticker Paper for the monster’s jaws and an arrow inside:

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The sticker paper didn’t cut very well. I don’t know what happened, but I was able to cut it with an exacto and all was good with the arrow.

I cut the word “EAT” out of blue and black (doing the shadow thing) and used sketch pens to draw the cake on this inside – I just had to ungroup the cake shape and then use “no cut” for everything other than the color I wanted to draw.

I think the arrow was too detailed for this kind of giltter. It would have been better with a super-fine glitter.

I think the arrow was too detailed for this kind of giltter. It would have been better with a super-fine glitter.

So because of the tabs I’d added to the base of the teeth, I was able to glue just that part down, so the teeth kind of come out at you and you can see there are words underneath. Here’s what the front looks like completed:

Can you see a monster?

Can you see a monster?

I am so happy with the way the teeth stick out!

I am so happy with the way the teeth stick out!

So triangles – check and different ways to use die cuts – check (drew the cake and the text on the front), fun for me – check, appreciated by my 12 yo – we’ll have to see! He’s always been so sweet about being positive about “homemade” anything, so let’s hope that hasn’t changed and that he enjoys this creation!

I used: Cardstock from DCWV and Stampin-Up!, velvet paper from SEI, Silhouette Sketch Pens and Double-Sided Sticker Paper, Martha Stewart glitter, adhesive from American Crafts and Zig (A to Z, just noticed that!) Silhouette Cameo for shapes and fonts : Sarah Hurley set of 2 triangles, arrows, fonts: Gatsby FLF and Chunky Times. I can’t figure out where I got the birthday cake from the inside.

I’m entering the four challenges mentioned above (so happy that I know how to do the text links now! Thanks to a crafty new facebook friend!)

Thanks so much for coming by and taking on this monster! In case you didn’t put it all together the card reads “birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake” I’ll probably add a Happy Birthday stamp to the inside. I kind of forgot that, but have plenty of time to add it! Please leave a comment letting me know all the spelling and grammar errors I made. I am trying to do this quickly so that my son doesn’t walk in and see it! 😉

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