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It’s all about that view!

Well, hello! It’s wonderful that I’ve gotten so many pages created this month and all because of a scrappy getaway at the beginning of the month. Such a blessing!

My layout today began on my scrappy weekend, but I finished it later – had to pack up, clean up and head home finally! It was nice to have an idea what I was going to do, though, so it came together quickly in the end.

I’m entering this into  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes. 

I found a fabulous sketch on Susan Stringfellow’s blog: Sketch Savvy

This was perfect for my two landscape photos. Here’s what I created:

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No watercolor or stamping on this page, but I did use quite a few fun embellies, including a favorite new one – the Faber Castell Clear Texture Gems – it’s how I created those awesome clear drops (yes, those are dry and perfectly round and wonderful!) Can you tell I love the look? And they were so easy to do!

I used a quote from Ali Edwards Give Sunday  (thank you so much, Ali, as this was just what my page needed), printed it on vellum after tracing the png file in Silhouette Studio and making the color a lovely teal. I used a scalloped rectangle digital die cut file for the outside (and yes, I did this as a print and cut.) The patterned papers are from Bella Blvd as is the washi tape, some of the enamel shapes and some of the cardstock stickers. I just love that Bella Blvd uses the same colors in their different collections so it’s easy to mix and match to create the look I want on my pages!

Thanks so much for stopping by and following along with all of my pages! I won’t have another page to share for quite some time, probably, but hopefully I’ll have some cards and gift card holders to share with you as Christmas draws nearer, that is, if I’m not too busy creating like a crafty elf! 😉

Wishing you a wonderful, magical and blessed month of December!

Ruth

Supplies: Cardstock – Doodlebug Design Inc; Patterned Paper – Bella Blvd; Wood veneer – Chic Tags, Studio Calico; Enamel shapes – Bella Blvd, Freckled Fawn; Washi tape and flag – Bella Blvd; Cardstock stickers – Bella Blvd, My Mind’s Eye; Clear embellishing liquid – Faber Castell; Pen – Sakura; Adhesive – Scotch Quick Dry, Xyron, Zig, Die cutting machine and software – Silhouette; Digital die cut files – Lori Whitlock, Megan Hardy Designs.

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Aloha, Hawaii, Rise and Shine!

So, it’s taking a while to actually get going in Hawai’i, but here we are on our very first morning enjoying breakfast. Something that I think makes Hawai’i more magical is that there aren’t problems with bugs like there are in places we’ve visited in the continental US, so almost every hotel and restaurant is open to the outdoors. While we were eating our breakfast there were birds walking around and a gecko climbing a column, but no wasps or flies making us uncomfortable.

For this story, I adored this sketch by Laura Whitaker for  Stuck?! Sketches:

I saw the shaded area behind the layers as an opportunity to do some more watercolor techniques with Distress Inks and the banner along the left side was a fun place to put a film strip die cut (from Paper Issues).

I also was glad to see the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes, because this is certainly qualifying as anything (and I always love seeing what their design team creates when they get to choose the theme!)

Here’s my layout:

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(I have lots of musings about this page, I apologize! I’ll get back to the pictures and techniques in a couple more paragraphs.) So another thing about  Hawai’i is that while the costs are high, meals are also incredibly generous. It might have been because we were all getting over the flu which left us lacking an appetite, but every meal was just huge – it made it easy to just snack for one meal and only have two major meals a day, which is quite convenient when there’s a lot of driving and exploring going on! 

I am sensitive to certain types of sunscreen and hate sunscreen running into my eyes, but I am also very sensitive to the sun, so I tend to get zinc-based sunscreens. The sunscreen stick I got for us to use in Hawai’i that was zinc-based left our skin even whiter than usual. It was a joke in our family that we were “Pasty” (pronounced “past” with a “y” at the end – this was my son’s invention and made our white faces smile.)

More details of the layout? Sure!

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For the yellow and orange solid pieces, I used the Distress ink pads directly on watercolor paper – the effect is obviously very bold and bright. I liked the contrast with the watercolor scribbles in the background (created with a Distress ink pad smooshed onto my craft mat and picked up with a water brush.) I scattered a few sequins around (they are from SpiegelMomScrapShop Etsy store – these were lemon from a summer mix with green and pink. She has awesome mixes and I love that I get can just a few to add some shine – I don’t need a ton to get the effect that I want.)

The patterned paper is from Bella Blvd (Freestyle banana), Hawaii was stamped with Sally’s ABC’s stamp set by Lawn Fawn with Distress ink and the sun and Aloha cuts are from the Silhouette store (I added an additional offset to create the orange layer around the Aloha.)

I had a blast creating this bright and fun page and am so glad to have another story of our trip documented!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll stop in again soon!

Ruth

 

Are we There Yet?

Yes, we did make it (and I scrapped the page to record the memory), but it wasn’t pretty! The good thing was that it was pretty when we got there, so it was worth it! Where am I talking about – Hawai’i! Yep, and it was me asking the question Are we There Yet?!

I started out with this sketch from Grand Diva’s Scrappy Friends challenge:

I liked that there were spots for multiple photos and that they were small since I was using pictures from my phone (and that phone did not have a great camera on it.) Also the fact that the photos were divided worked well for my page, too. Then there was the layering and the strips along the top – just a wonderful sketch for my page!

Shall we take a look?

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Die cuts (manual and digital), stamping, wood veneer, watercolor, distressing, washi – 5 of my favorite techniques all in one place (the distressing is something I felt was needed, it’s just not a favorite)

Now, I really loved the fact that artwork that was hanging in the hotel was on our room keys and that they let us keep them when we were checking out. I thought this would be a fun place to display them because it’s when we first saw them (and the artwork.)

The details:

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The map was created by stamping the image with Distress Ink and clear heat embossing it. To get the watercolor look I smooshed the ink pads for the states and the ocean colors onto my craft mat and picked them up with a slightly wet water brush. I colored around the land borders with a sepia brush tip pen from Sakura and drew the travel path with a fine tip pen from the same set. The wood veneer planes were smooshed into a Distress Ink pad and then set aside to dry to help them stand out a little.

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All of the solid colored papers were created with the same watercolor technique as before, just on a larger piece of paper. I love the ombre look I got with the “Let’s Go” die cut by using yellow into orange. The Lawn Fawn stamps were perfect for this story.

In general, I loved how I was able to customize my papers for the die cuts by using the Distress Inks to watercolor and how all Distress Inks seem to go together very well no matter what.

And I’m very happy that Kelly’s Scrappy Friends Challenge:

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allowed me to focus on the wonderful oranges and yellows that were in the artwork on our room keys!

The patterned paper and washi tape are from Bella Blvd and I used my favorite Scotch Quick Dry adhesive on the wood veneer pieces, my Xyron Mega Runner for the larger pieces of paper and my Zig fine tip and chisel tip glue pens for the smaller paper bits.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve got more to share in the coming days, so I hope to see you back soon!

Ruth

Under the Sea Blog Hop with the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons design team

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Hello, there! Something is fishy around here today, in case you weren’t aware. The Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons design team is having a blog hop and you’re invited! You’ve been hopping/swimming along already? Great then you should have you come here from Nicole’s blog and 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 to get you on your way.

We are sharing our Under the Sea themed projects using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. For my project I was thrilled that Lisa had so many of the creatures we saw while at the Maui Ocean Center that we visited on vacation! Many of them were young, so these cute cut files were just perfect! That, and I found a sketch with circles so I could use the portholes (more on that below my DT post.)

Here’s what I created:

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I used: Fishy Friends Cutting Files (hammerhead) , Sea Life Cutting Files (turtle and sea star), Jellyfish Cutting FilesPorthole Card Cutting Files (which has a whole lot of detail that I didn’t use, but instead just cut off the back and left the center open) and Sweet Seahorse Cutting Files. I can’t say enough how wonderful it was to have the option to do print and cut with these! With some of the features being so small or just the creature being small, it was awesome to have all the colors and layers ready to go with print and cut.

So you wanna keep hopping? First a few more details about the hop!

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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 Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

Be sure to pick up the blog hop freebie in the store before Monday (after that it’ll be available for purchase.)

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(and the sweet seahorse is free until Thursday so be sure to pick that cutie pie up, too!)

We hope we will inspire you to join in with the Under the Sea challenge. Check out all the information on the blog, here. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR.

Thanks so much for visiting today! Please head on to Sarah’s blog and check out her fun card!

Lisa

Gloria

Kathy

Katy

Leah

Melissa

Michelle

Nanne’

Nicole

Ruth ~ You are here!

Sarah

Shannon


The sketch I used was awesome, perfectly awesome as a matter of fact! It’s by Laura Whitaker for Scrap Much? Check it:

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I loved it! It was just what I was looking for – 2 pages and with circles! Thanks so much Scrap Much? and Laura Whitaker for this awesome sketch!

Products I used:

Cardstock – Recollections; Patterned Paper – Bella Blvd, Carta Bella; Twine – The Twinery; Marker – Close to My Heart; Enamel Dots – Freckled Fawn; Adhesive – ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Go Green Blog Hop

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you came here from Lisa’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.

You may have noticed the theme for this hop is Go Green. So, the design team is sharing nature and conservation themed projects using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. My family and I went to Hawai’i recently and I was so happy to see all the different ways they care for the earth (and the oceans.) So here is my first layout from my trip:

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I used a number of different files for my page. In the top right, I used the Photo Frames 2 Cutting Files with the road from College Road Trip Cutting Files (I cut off the words by hand.)

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For the super fun sun, I used Cool Sun Cutting Files. He looks pretty awesome with dimension from the rays to the face and then from the face to the sunglasses. Don’t you think?

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 I used the new and awesome Reduce Reuse Recycle Cutting Files because recycling makes me so happy! Added some dimension to the band going around the lid. I also went with a general recycling symbol rather than specific. I love the details in the arrows with the gray layer!

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 And I used the hibiscus from the Aloha Cutting Files which is so pretty!

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I used gelatos to color the pink/red die cuts on my page and Flower Soft to give the hibiscus a little dimension and detail. Thanks so much for checking out my page!

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 Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

Don’t forget to pick up the Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday of the hop, only…after that it will be available for sale in the store.

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I just LOVE that and try very hard to live it!

And now onto other news:

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Our hop is to hopefully inspire you for the new PPPR Go Green Challenge. The projects can be anything that are nature or conservation themed and that feature Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Please check here for the rules and to enter. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR.

Sarah‘s blog the next stop on the hop. Click here to head to her blog!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to hear about something that makes you happy when it comes to taking care of the planet!

Happy Crafting!

Ruth

Here’s the lineup, in case you’re lost or just want to see 😉

Lisa

Ruth <<<<<—-That’s me!

Sarah <<<<<——visit Sarah next!

Shannon

Gloria

Kathy

Katy

Leah

Melissa

Michelle

Nanne’

Nicole


More info about my project:

Well, first, I started with a sketch (I know – you didn’t see that coming.)

Oh, but this wasn’t just any sketch, it was sketch #144 for Sketches in Thyme created by Rochelle Spears. Check it:

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Awesome, right? That’s what I thought!

The materials I used that I didn’t reveal in my post were: Cardstock – Closet to My Heart, Doodlebug, Paper Studio, and Recollections; Patterned paper, chipboard sticker, cardstock sticker, washi tape – Bella Blvd; Wood veneer – Studio Calico; Number Stickers – My Mind’s Eye; Markers – Bic; Adhesive – ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Get Cookin’ Blog Hop

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Hi and welcome to my blog! I sure hope you’re having a great day! Although it’s a Saturday, I’m one busy lady all day today, but I had to show off my project and share all about the fun going’s on at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, so here I am!

If you came here from Nicole’s blog and are hopping along, 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.

The theme for this hop is Get Cookin’. We’re sharing projects that have to do with cooking and food using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. There is so much to choose from in the store – it was tons of fun picking out how I was going to Get Cookin’!

I went with the awesome layered burger from the Cookout Cutting Files as the main food item on my layout. I love all the wonderful layers to this burger and how it was easy to customize for the Shrimp Burger I enjoyed while on vacation on Tybee Island, GA. Take a look:

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I have to say, I love how the burger turned out! All those layers and five different papers, plus inked edges! Did you spot any other food? Take a peek here:

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I think this crab is so happy that I didn’t choose him for my lunch! Isn’t he the best? He’s from the Moody Crab Cutting Files and I have to smile when I look at him! He’s standing on a bit of the sand from the Day at the Beach Cutting Files and the coral comes from Fishy Friends Cutting Files. I’ll share the details on another cut that I used from that file in a moment.

SBIP_journal_detI used the Speech Bubbles Cutting Files to create the journaling block – a favorite for me. You may have noticed some drawn bubbles as well. I used the bubbles from Fishy Friends Cutting Files. I deleted the background cut and used the Silhouette Pen Holder adapter along with the Silver Wink of Stella marker to draw them with my Silhouette machine. Then I used some green enamel dots in some of the bubbles and some Liquid Pearls on some of the others. I love getting more dimension out of my page my having something drawn or stamped on my base layer. I think it adds a lot to my page.

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Next we have some waves – couldn’t have a page about dining outside with the ocean in view without these! I used the Borders 5 Cutting Files. I reversed one of them to go the other way before I cut, trimmed them down a bit to fit in my grid, and inked the edges with a marker to define the edge. I sure hope you enjoyed my layout as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Now on to some blog hop details!

The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store.

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For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog and leave a comment at each stop of the hop. 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, March 17, 2015.

Don’t forget to pick up the Blog Hop freebie, this fun Bun in the Oven file, only free Saturday and Sunday of the hop…after that it will be available for sale in the store.

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Our hop kicks off the Get Cookin’ Challenge at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. The challenge projects can be any cooking or food related project that features Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons products must be the FOCUS of the project and the prize is a $20 Gift Certificate for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store. Check out all the details here: Monthly Challenge.  I am sure you could cook something up to join in the challenge! I can’t wait to see what you create!

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To continue on the hop you’ll head to Sarah’s blog next!

(I entered quite a few challenges with this layout – please see the information below the blog hop list!)

Here’s the lineup:

Lisa

Nicole

                              Ruth <<<— You are here!
 
                                 Sarah <<<— Head here next!

Gloria

Kathy

Katy

Leah

Melisa

Nanne’


Challenges I am entering, in alphabetical order by blog name:

(You knew there’d be some! So much inspiration and design ideas! I’m completely addicted!)

March Scrappy Friends Color Challenge (at Creating with Paper & More):

 I used deep red, gray, turquoise and dark green.

Paper Issues New Issue was: Enamored with Enamel. I used enamel dots, plus I’m enamored with vacations with my family and scrapping them!
 
Paper Issues Sketchy Saturday had this fabulous gridded sketch created by Jen Chapin:

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The stitched divisions as well as the spot for journaling were elements I especially loved!

 
March Stash Challenge #24 at Scrap Our Stash is STENCIL. I used:
S – Simple Stories Sn@p Life collection for papers and alphas
T – Twine lines
E – Enamel dots
N – Number stickers (for time on top middle photo)
C – Crab die cut, also coral 😉
I – Inked the edges of the die cuts
L – Letter stickers as well as liquid pearls on the bubbles going up the right
 
 
Stuck on U Sketches Die Cut Challenge, Lucky Green I have die cut waves, burger, crab, coral and journaling block. For green I have the lettuce on the burger as well as enamel dots and letter and phrase stickers. I’m lucky because I have a Silhouette (won it a couple of years ago right around this time of year 😉

Through the eyes of Rochelle Spears has a March Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I used the diagonal going from the lower left up to the right: Mini Alphas (Shrimp on title), the color green (lettuce on burger, word Paradise and phrase sticker on waves), and Enamel Dots (going up right side as bubbles).

ETA – I definitely had intended to enter this in Lasting Memories “So Happy Together” challenge, because it really was such a happy occasion to visit with Scott’s brother in Georgia!

ETA – My layout was chosen as a top 3 for March over at Lasting Memories! Thanks so much for choosing me!

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Supplies I used: Cardstock – Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Alpha and number stickers, word stickers – Simple Stories; Twine – The Twinery; Enamel Dots – Freckled Fawn; Dimensional Paint – Ranger; Pen – Closet to My Heart, Kuretake,  Sakura; Ink – Close to My Heart; Die cut machine and accessories – Silhouette America; Adhesive – ScrapPerfect, Xyron, Zig.

Celebrating Pier Relationships

OK, so the punster in me couldn’t resist another pun about Piers. My layout title was born out of a need for something snappy and possibly punny and now I’ve decided to do the same with my blog post. With apologies…

As many of you may know or remember, I’ve been working on my Spring Break album on and off. I needed something that would help me create a page for exploring the pier on Tybee Island. I had a number of photos that I loved and really wanted to include them all. Both my hubby and my daughter had taken pictures and shared them with me, so it’s really quite a collaboration of photographers!

I admit, I have a sketch dependency issue. I rely heavily on sketches to inspire me and help me figure out how to put my pages together. I recently found Scrapbook Generation and am enjoying their free online magazine (Create) as well as the sketches they create and share. I felt very inspired by this free sketch from Allison Davis in the August issue of Create:

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The banner strips reminded me of the decking of the pier and I felt that there was the opportunity to turn the large photo into a collage so that I could show 4 different pictures in that spot. I always like to see a spot for journaling and of course a few fun embellies!

Here’s what I came up with:

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What I love is that even though there were three different photographers on three completely different types of devices, all the pictures work together (I’ll let you guess which ones were on my full-size point and shoot camera, which ones were taken with a cell phone and which one was taken with an iPod Touch.) Bright sunny day = best photos possible on all types of devices…

So the story is that I printed my “decking” pieces on my printer from a digital paper from Pixl Cafe (WoodgrainPapers-TMartin), just on regular cardstock, I cut them out with my Silhouette using Flag Borders (from Sweet Afton) adapted to work with the sketch sizes. Did I explain that the sketches from Scrapbook Generation come with sizes for all the major elements? Well, I should have because it makes it even quicker and easier to create a layout close to the sketch design without having to try and guess! I decided to use some twine for the stitched lines as well as a few other places. I thought it went nicely with the beach/pier theme.

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Yep, there are a few wood veneer elements (Studio Calico), some brads and stickers (Simple Stories) along with the paper strips and the paper I used for the journaling strips (also Simple Stories). The “Pier” alphas are canvas letters from Little Yellow Bicycle – I think they went perfectly with my theme, too!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love to read your comments and hope you’ll visit again soon!

I’ll be entering this layout into the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge for the Wednesday Challenge blog.

Have a super happy kind of day!

Ruth

ETA: Also linking this up with Paper Issues New Issue: It’s Hip to be Square – This layout has two square photos

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