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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:

PatrioticSet-PV

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:

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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!

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

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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:

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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!

Ruth

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!

Project Life-style!

Hi! I’m so glad you’re visiting today! I’ve been struggling to make a layout work with the pictures I wanted to use and the die cuts that would help make it even more fun. Honestly, this page has been rattling around in my brain for the past 2 months and I finally had an “a-ha” moment on Saturday morning (when I first wake up is when I tend to solve “design problems” I might be having.) I figured out that in order to accommodate all my pictures in the sizes I wanted as well as the cuts I wanted to use I could use a grid format, similar to how Project Life pages are laid out but as a traditional page.

With how my grid ended up, I had two perfect spots to put my die cuts. With a rectangular piece of patterned paper behind, they read like a Project Life style card, only with dimension and some added embellishments!

This project is my design team example for The Creative Cutting Challenge – Anything Goes! I used the Beach Set from The Creative Pointe! Gotta love these fun shapes!Beach Set PV

First I’ll show you how I embellished the die cuts. I was creating a monochromatic layout (for the challenges at Stuck on U Sketches and Scrap Our Stash – Stash Challenge #15 – Monocromatic LO) so I needed to find ways to make the die cuts pop since there was no real change in color. I used the Clear Star Jelly Roll pen (which has a gold sheen to it) to edge my title words – I think it worked perfectly for the sun!

 FunInTheSunPen

and the Smooch Illuminate Pearlized Top Coat on the white stripes in the sun rays and to edge the beach scene cuts and shadow layers.

 SmoochSun

After using dimensional adhesive to attach the die cuts to the Project Life style cards I’d cut, I used some Doodlebug sequins and a phrase sticker to add some more interest to them!

FunInTheSunCard

ThisIsTheLife Card

 

I love how these turned out and since I like to try and get more dimension and texture into my layouts, by making my own cards that was easy and fun to do!

My full layout turned out like this:

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I love how my grid flows from the start to the end of the story, how the yellow is such a beautiful contrast to the blues and lavenders in the photos and how I was able to get so many pictures in and all at a size that made it easy to enjoy these images from our vacation.

I hope you’ll play along if you’re able to cut from electronic files on a digital die cut machine (projects with only Cricut cartridge cuts are not qualified to participate.) Maybe you’ll even try to make your own Project Life style cards for your projects!

Thanks so much for visiting! Remember, to put a smile on my face, simply leave a comment below! I hope you have a great day!!!

Ruth

Challenges I’m entering:

Scrap Our Stash Stash Challenge #15 – Monocromatic LO – Yellow with sequins, a phrase sticker, wood veneer pieces, Doodlebug Sprinkles and twine

Stuck on U Sketches Project Life challenge: YELLOW

Sketch N Scrap Birthday Bash Challenge hosted by My Creative Endeavors – Card Challenge : I used one Project Life style card (cut in half) for the journaling and created 2 more cards from scratch! Thanks for the inspiration!

Scrappin n Chatting Yahoo! Group 52 week challenge (week #22 makeup) and June challenge to use a geotag

Products I used (not already mentioned): Patterned Paper, phrase sticker – Simple Stories; Digital Die Cut machine – Silhouette Cameo; Wood veneer – Studio Calico; Enamel Dots – Doodlebug; Twine – The Twinery; Pens – American Crafts and Sakura; Ink – Close to My Heart; Adhesive – Beacon, Glue Dots, Kuretake, Scotch, ScraPerfect.

You might think I’m nuts!

I really like making masculine cards! I know it’s a struggle for some, but maybe because I was a tomboy growing up and glitter and flowers are not something I tend to use a lot I tend to enjoy making cards for guys! That’s not to say I never struggle, it just means that usually it’s not too hard for me.

And, with fun files from The Creative Pointe, it’s even easier and more fun! Honestly, there were so many choices for files to use I really had to think about it! In the end I chose the DAD Wrench. I know quite a few dad’s this set would be perfect for, take a look:

DAD Wrench PV

Being someone who thinks they understand what men like, I have a ton of great metallic papers to choose from. So I just got busy embossing and cutting them up and this is what I ended up with:

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In case you can’t tell, the embossed background is a very reflective silver paper (from Colorbok – the embossing folder is from Darice). I love the texture and metallic look it gives the card, believe me in person it’s amazing. Next up is the frame from Fancy Pants (a RAK from a friend – thanks, Barbara!) Then the wrench and nuts are cut from a flat colored silver cardstock and a cross-hatched silver cardstock (both from Recollections.) The card base is made with Authentique paper – I love the denim look!

That about wraps up this card! I hope you are inspired because the next challenge at the Creative Cutting Challenge is Father’s Day! I’d love to see what you make!

If you’re here when this post goes live a very happy Memorial Day to you. I can’t express with words my gratitude to those who gave and lost their lives in pursuit of freedom. My thanks go out to all those who have a loved one who died serving our country.

Thanks so much for stopping by! It makes me smile reading your kind comments, so please do leave a word or two below!

Ruth

Other supplies used: Silhouette Cameo digital die cut machine; Cricut Cuttlebug; Adhesives – American Crafts, Kuretake, Xyron. 

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:

WorldsBestMom-PV

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!

Envelope

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!

Ruth

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.

Polar Vortex brings early Spring flowers in April

I don’t know what your spring has been like, but ours has been slow to arrive. All the bulbs that usually appear at the end of February or early March have finally come up. We are fast-forwarding through Spring, though, as the weather has warmed up considerably (can you say “pollen attack”?) I’m not complaining. I am so glad to see the flowers coming up and warm weather returning. A month ago I wondered if it would ever happen!

The newest challenge at the Creative Cutting Challenge is Spring! I love that there are so many different ways you can take this! I must admit that I had wanted to take a completely different approach (Spring Break), but the layout I had planned just wasn’t coming together and the deadline was approaching to submit my project so I’ll be sharing that layout with you another time. Instead I decided on a celebration of my lovely early Spring bulbs. I used the Flower Set One from The Creative Pointe:

 

and enjoyed taking photos of those Spring beauties coming up in my yard! I thought the “Flowers” sign would be great for my title!

Beautiful Spring Flowers

I used a sketch from Stuck? I loved the layers and the square photos were perfect for my images!

Stuck_april 1

 

 

This is the last of the full 12×12 sheets of patterned paper from my Basic Grey Kioshi collection! I’ve enjoyed all the creating I’ve done with that collection (and still have plenty of 6×6 paper and embellishments left.)

Anyway, I hope you’ll join us in celebrating Spring and use your digital cutting machine to cut non-Cricut files and submit a project for the Creative Cutting Challenge!

Thanks so much for visiting! Your kind comments always bring a smile to my face so please don’t hesitate to type something up below!

Ruth

Supplies: Patterned paper, stickers and chipboard elements – Basic Grey; other digital cut files – Lori Whitlock (doily) and Silhouette store (tags); Ribbon – Close to My Heart; Vellum – The Paper Studio; Adhesive – Xyron and Zig.

Bunny Love

Cindy Pointe keeps adding new files to The Creative Pointe’s store and I thought her Easter Bunny Card was adorable! I was determined to scrap for the Easter challenge for The Creative Cutting Challenge, but it was on my mind when I saw the challenge in my Yahoo! group for an Easter card and the Simon Says Happy Easter and/or Sweet Treats challenge! I’m so happy that Cindy was sweet enough to let me have the file so I could play with this super cute bunny!

Easter Bunny Card PV

I can’t say I did anything earth-shattering with it (funny that I chose lavender for the card base even), but I had a lot of fun coloring eggs (and the background) and putting in the punny sentiment.

HoppyEasterCard

Cindy has an amazing selection of Easter images. I’m so grateful I got a second chance to play with her wonderful Easter files! You should check out the files in her store! They are so fun and priced right (the bunny card is $1!)

I hope you’re having a great day! Thanks for making mine more special by leaving a comment below!

Ruth

Supplies: cardstock – Close to My Heart and Recollections; Silhouette sketch pen; Font – KG Hard Candy Striped; Markers – Bic; Adhesive – Xyron and Zig.

 

 

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!

School Set Two PV

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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EDG1GTitle+People

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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

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:

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

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I love that sparkle!

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

StPatsFull

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:

StPatsDet

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!

Ruth

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!

Ruth

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:

TeacupCard-PV

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:

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(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.)

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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.

Tcupcardfront_web

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!

Ruth

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

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