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My Fourth Favorite Holiday!

I know that doesn’t sound like a compliment, but considering it has to go up against the likes of Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, I think it’s saying a lot to count the Fourth of July my fourth favorite holiday! And since four is my favorite number that gives it a special spot in my heart, even if it’s not the top of the list!

So this is the the last challenge until next fall for the Creative Cutting Challenge and it is the 4th of July. I know you could have probably guessed that, but I just wanted to make it clear for you.

I chose the Patriotic Set from The Creative Pointe which includes all these files:


You may notice the awesome fireworks with the sentiment! It really struck a chord with my fourth-loving soul!

I really loved this sketch from Scrap Our Stash:

SOS June Sketch


I liked that the design was set up for more than one photo and that there was a scattered sense about the layout – much like fireworks!

The next challenge I felt fit right in with my need to scrap fireworks from the fourth was the Bokeh challenge at A Blog Named Hero:



Intentional, or not, my fireworks photos were definitely Bokeh in feel, but I also felt that a background with a Bokeh look would be a great way to set off my pictures, so to speak ;-)!

I started out with a sheet of watercolor paper. I inked up my star stamp from the Epic Love set from Hero Arts/Operation Write Home with Faded Jeans Distress Stain and started stamping. The Distress Stain isn’t really meant for stamping, so it gave a very random look to the coloring of the stars. I would also spritz the paper with Tattered Angels Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist every once in a while to really fade out the Distress Stain and give the page some sparkle all at the same time. I also used 2nd and 3rd generation stamping to give some of the fainter effects. I’m pretty excited with how it turned out and I would definitely give this technique a try again!

So, that’s my background story – literally! Well, how about I let you have a peak now!


Can you see the Bokeh, the sketch, the cuts? Here’s a closeup of the three cuts I used from the Patriotic Set:


I used the sentiment, the detailed star (in the center of the wood veneer gears) and the shield. I created the long banners that go down the page by drawing a long rectangle the same width as the top of the shield and then welding it together in my Silhouette software! I’m very happy with how that worked for those long strips from the sketch.

I used dimensional adhesive on the stars and firework element of the title and put some metallic red sequins in the middle to give them some glamour. I used shimmery papers and the Glimmer Mist for all the papers but the red, which was highly textured, take a peak:


Honestly, I didn’t want to stop when I finished this layout. All the wonderful texture and the fabulous patriotic images and colors – they really made my heart happy!

I hope you get a chance to get craft happy and share your digitally cut creation using something other Cricut files and join us in the challenge!

Have a great day and thanks so much for visiting! Please feel free to leave a comment to put a smile on my face!


Supplies not already mentioned:

Paper – Canson, Paper Accents, The Paper Studio, my stash; Wood veneer – Studio Calico; Sequins – Doodlebug; Alpha Stickers – Close to My Heart; Pen – Sakura; Adhesive – American Crafts, Glue Dots, ScrapPerfect.


ETA: I love patriotic themes and am glad to be able to add my project to the Paper Issues New Issue: Hooray for the Red, White and Blue with Therm O Web linky party!


Creative Cutting Challenge – Mother’s Day

This is a project that was so much fun from start to finish!

I really felt The Creative Point’s World’s Best Mom file needed some special treatment:


I felt like this was an award that needed to be displayed. I will also confess to having the best time creating interactive and dimensional cards. There are so many fun designs available right now and I decided the Free Standing Pop-up card that Splitcoast Stampers shared back in 2008 would be perfect. What I love about these cards is that they will fold down into a regular envelope making it all the more magical in my book!


It’s like Super Man in the phone booth! You can tell that something great is about to happen, but you don’t know what!


This is what you see when you pull the card out. I suppose you could put a sentiment on the top section. I just chose to decorate what will be the front with a ribbon and a couple of fun swirly flowers.

This is what you see when you pull the card out. I suppose you could put a sentiment on the top section (or use patterned paper or stamp a design .) I just chose to decorate what will be the front with a ribbon and a couple of fun swirly flowers.

I used the Flower Set 1 to add some fun embellishments! That set is such a great overall fun set to use!

And here's the complete Stand-up card!

And here’s the complete Stand-up card!

I wanted to keep things fairly flat so that it would all fold up nicely so I didn’t use any dimensional embellishments or adhesive. I will say that the ribbon is rather bulky. The cardstock I used from Close to My Heart wasn’t heavy enough to balance all the layers on the tag that has the sentiment on it so when I make this again, I’ll be looking for a way to make the base heavier so that it stands up on it’s own easily (I actually put a wood stamp inside the back half to get it to look nice for my photos.)

But what a fun way to celebrate someone who is the World’s Best Mom! I know a number of them and can see a whole flock of these heading out into the mail!

I sure hope you’ll play along with The Creative Cutting Challenge – Mother’s Day! So head on over to the blog and link up your creation! I can’t wait to see what you create!

Please make sure that you follow our very simple rules to enter this challenge.  

  (1)You MUST use a SVG or similar electronic cutting file in your project.  CRICUT CARTRIDGE ONLY ENTRIES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.  Please make sure that you mention somewhere in your post what part of your project was created with a cutting file.  Entries that do not fit this basic requirement will be deleted.
(2)  NO BACKLINKING.  This has always been our rule but we’ve noticed that it has not been followed lately. Going forward, backlinked projects will be deleted.

 Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful day!


Supplies: Cardstock and patterned paper – Close to My Heart; Ribbon – stash; Other cut files – 7 Gift tags by Sophie Gallo; Silhouette Cameo digital die cutting machine; Adhesive – Xyron, Zig.

Not Typically Irish

If you haven’t noticed, I tend to march to the beat of my own drum at times. I like to push the envelope on certain things, change things up, perhaps…

So, the first thing my husband said about my St Patrick’s Day projects for The Creative Cutting Challenge was that the green wasn’t quite Kelly green. I most definitely was going for a different look with my projects. I wanted to speak to the magic of leprechauns without actually using them and their pot of gold.

I used the Shamrock Cards file from The Creative Pointe to create my cards.

Shamrock Cards PV

So here’s my first card in all it’s magical glory:


I used shimmery green cardstock, shiny gold cardstock and flat gold sequins to bling this card up a notch.


I love that sparkle!

My second card is a shaker card, using the same cutting file:


I used white cardstock with a gold sheen, gold gel pen for the sentiment and shiny metallic gold sequins for the shaker part. I re-used the cut out shamrocks from the first card on the second one to add some green.

Here’s a closer look:


I hope my projects were an inspiration! I had a lot of fun creating the shaker card and it didn’t take very long to make for all the fun it contains!

I sure hope you’ll play along with the St Patrick’s Day challenge at The Creative Cutting Challenge!

Have a great day!


Edited to add: I’m hoping my cards bring me luck in the Cardz TV St Patrick’s Day Challenge!

Oh, Baby! (plus not so “RAK”)

Yep, it’s time for another Creative Cutting Challenge and this time the topic is Baby!

I have to admit this one had me going in circles. I couldn’t do what I had set out to do, but I figured it out and got all my rubber duckies in a row!

I received the Baby Set from the Creative Pointe. There are six different, fun baby images in this set, I just let the inspiration come.

Baby Set PV

My idea was to create a tag to indicate the age of the baby. I thought the baby bottle would be a great way to measure the baby’s age, so I put the black Silhouette Sketch Pen in my trusty Cameo and wrote the numbers one through five along the tick marks on the bottles. Then I created layers of milk that would go up to the numbers. I like to leave options open, so the numbers can be for days,weeks or months, etc. Here are some pictures of my son as a baby with the tags:

The one is for one week and the two is for two days!

These are one month and two days old!

1 week

Three, four and five are months. What a cutey, huh?

Three, four and five months. He loves his sister and she was so good with him!

I used an older collection from Fancy Pants called Baby Mine. The stickers, die cuts and chipboard elements make nice additions to the bottles. The “milk” is Stampin’ Ups Glossy White paper.

I sure hope you’ll take up the challenge to use a digital cutting file (other than Cricut) to create a Baby project for The Creative Cutting Challenge!

Thanks so much for visiting today!


P.S. Are you still there?  Good! I have a fair amount of embellishments (some partially used) and a few papers left of this collection and would like to give my “leftovers” as well as my five baby bottle die cuts away to one lucky blog commenter. This will be based on what you say. I’d like to know what you will do with my goodies if I were to send them your way. Please be sure that you leave an e-mail where you could be reached. The giveaway will close on February 24, when I will choose who I think I’d like to give my goodies to and send them that wonderful “you won” e-mail!

So much Baby goodness! It's Mine, but it could be yours!

Some really great Baby goodness! It’s Mine, but it could be yours!

****I love all of your comments! Please don’t worry if you don’t want the giveaway, just say that you don’t want to be entered or just leave regular blog love!

Third Time’s the Charm!

Hi! I hope you’re doing well today! Have you ever worked on a project and just kept messing things up? Well, it took me three tries to make my project today and even that didn’t turn out exactly the way I would have liked, but I had a limited amount of supplies, so I really needed to just decide it was OK.

Oh, Mom, if you’re reading this, don’t! Because this is a project for you and I’d really rather that it was a surprise so go ahead and skip this post – at least until after mid-February!

You’re gone, right, Mom? Good!

I will admit, I do ramble a bit in this post, but hopefully it’ll help you to avoid making some of the mistakes I made with my project, if you try to use pens with your digital cutter.

I’ll begin with a fascinating fact about the women in my family: we are tea drinkers, we don’t do coffee. This is something that my mom’s mom passed down and both my mom and I uphold. We don’t talk about my sister. She’s been know to drink coffee. She still will drink tea, so we look the other way when she has a cuppa joe. Anyway, when the challenge for The Creative Cutting Challenge was “Love” I thought I’d make a Valentine for my mom and since Cindy has this awesome Tea Cup Card:


and I love a good pun, a Valentine for my Mom was born! The trouble began, oh, yes, you remember there was trouble, when I got all clever about using my gel pen to write my punny sentiment on the inside of the card. I used the Silhouette Adjustable Pen Holder, but the tip of the pen came down too far, so it drew all over my paper and mat! See exhibit 1 below:


(The short marks in the upper left corner of the paper are me trying to see which pen would look best on the dark purple.) So my advice for you, and for me next time I go to use the Adjustable Pen Holder, is to put a test paper of about the same thickness on the mat and draw a simple shape and make sure the pen isn’t going to write until it’s at the right place (had to say it that way!) Basically, test the pen tip height to make sure it’s correct!

So, once I had it fixed, I tried again (thankfully, I just turned the paper over, figuring Mom wouldn’t mind if there was scribbling on the back of her card – or really I think I knew I was doomed and since I only had two sheets of this color of cardstock that I should mess up the back of the one I’d already messed up.) This time after I got the pen to write only where it was supposed to I forgot to tell it to cut out the card shape and it started to cut out the words – yep! I goofed that one up big time! Oh, and I also figured out that when you’re using a gel pen, you should try and have the design on the right side of the mat away from where the black rollers are (you’ll see in the picture above that those black rollers rolled right over the just inked areas and that smeared the ink some – not as obvious as the pen goof, though, but still better to not have the design roll under those rollers!)

Third time’s the charm, kind of. Here’s the mostly successful inside (because I had the pen set a little too low, so it still drew a little bit when it was moving from one line to the next, but not so badly that I needed to start over.)


It is a very nice font (Scriptina Pro) and I thought my mom, whose handwriting is really nice, would appreciate it!

My mom loves purple and she likes clean papers and designs (not distressed at all!) so I used some Teresa Collins Fabrications papers for the front and added some gold accents with a Gold 250 PITT Artist Pen.


I also stamped some words from an old Stampin’ Up! stamp set on the tag. I used the Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink for the stamping and to ink the edges of the tag.

I sure hope my mom loves this card and I sure hope that you’ll join in the Creative Cutting Challenge! Create something with SVG files and for “Love” and link it up at the blog!

Thanks so much for visiting today! I really love when you leave comments about what you liked about my project! Have a fantastic day!


Other materials used, not listed already: Cardstock from Close to My Heart, Adhesive from Scotch, Xyron and Zig

Get ready for Valentine’s Day!

It’s never to early to start thinking about this coming holiday that focuses on professing your love! That’s why the challenge at The Creative Cutting Challenge is Valentine’s Day! And I’m a little late with my layout. Sure my blog post is up when it’s supposed to be, but I decided to scrapbook an event from years ago when my daughter was in 1st grade. Since she’s a freshman in high school, you could say I’m late. But actually, I think that scrapping has it’s own time schedule and whenever you have the inspiration and the interest in scrapping is the right time to do it! I was inspired by this challenge, by my pictures and story and by the files from The Creative Pointe so the time was right! The Valentine’s set has lots of great images that I thought would be perfect for my layout. Take a look:

Valentine preview

I thought it’d be fun to play around with the images a little, so I used the word “love” in my title and used the hearts with the arrows to point out fun elements in the photos!



What fun this was to make! I inked the edges of the hearts after I wrote the journaling and accented the arrow tips with Smooch Accent Ink. I also cut into the feather ends to give a bit more detail. I love how the hearts turned out!

I created the chalkboard element with a piece of patterned paper that had a chalkboard print on it, my Silhouette Cameo, the adjustable pen holder, Sakura Gelly Roll White pen and the School Script Dashed font! I think it really goes well with the theme and the colors on the layout.

I used this sketch from Studio Calico Sunday Sketch

SC sketch

I don’t know about you, but after all the work that goes into planning the parties for school, it’s definitely something to celebrate and remember! The heart glasses was the craft project that I set up for the kids: 50 hearts traced onto foam and cut out. Truly a labor of LOVE!

I sure hope you’ll scrap or create something with SVG files for Valentine’s Day that you’ll share over at The Creative Cutting Challenge! I can’t wait to see your project!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate you taking a moment to let me know what you hope to create for Valentine’s Day in the comments below! Have a fabulous day!

— Ruth

Other materials used: Patterned Paper from Creative Memories and Simple Stories; Letter stickers from Simple Stories; Sequins from Lawn Fawn and Whimsical Twist; Adhesive from Glue Dots, Imaginesce, Xyron and Zig.  

Entered into the: Silhouette Blog Valentine’s Challenge

                                   and the Scrappin-n-Chattin Yahoo! Group Chalkboard Challenge and 52 week challenge

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