Friday, September 27, 2013

Guest Designer ~ Kathy Salido, New File Friday, and a Friday Freebie!!!

TGIF, everyone!  I'm so happy to have Kathy Salido from 3 Spoiled Dogs and a Cricut as my Guest Designer today.  Kathy created 40 of these Oktoberfest-themed invitations for her nephew's 30th birthday party.  She used the Oktoberfest Cutting Files cute.  You can find out all of the details for Kathy's project on her BLOG.  Please take a moment to stop by and show her some love. :)

Now, here's what's new in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Store.  I added a new digital paper collection to the store this week:  the All Hallow's Eve Digital Paper Collection.

I also finally figured out a way to offer digital paper bundle packs.  By purchasing papers in bundles, you can save anywhere from 14-20% Here are the ones that are available so far.  

I also decided to start offering Digital Stamps.  I'll be adding sets SLOWLY to the store, but feel free to let me know if there is any set you'd like to see me convert first.  Here are the sets that are available now:

Okay, and's this week's Friday FREEBIE...a Halloween Subway Art Digital Stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a fantastic weekend!!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Design Team Day and an ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Hi, everyone!  Today, we have all sorts of fun projects to share with you today that we created using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons (PPPR) files.  Plus, I'm excited to share with you a new addition to our team.  But first, here's what I created for this week:

I got this sweet little mouse from the new PPPR Birthday Critters Cutting Files set.  I removed her birthday hat and replaced it with a bow from the PPPR Old Chap Cutting Files set.  I replaced the gift she's carrying in the set with a pumpkin from the PPPR Pumpkin Patch Cutting Files set, and she's standing on grass from the PPPR Flower Assortment Cutting Files Set.  The card base is from the PPPR Layered Labels 3 Cutting Files set, and all of the patterns are a SNEAK PEEK of a new paper collection that is coming out later this week.  YAY!  I added some fun enamel dot stickers, some pretty crinkle ribbon from 3 Girl JAM, and a sentiment from BugBite's Autumn Splendor Stamp Set, and my little card was all done.  I hope you like it!

Okay, now I'd like to introduce you to the newest member of the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Design Team.  She is UBER talented, and I'm so excited that she'll be joining us.  Be sure to check out her blog if you haven't already...she creates AMAZING projects!  She'll be joining us starting in October.

Nanne Harry ~ Nanne's Creations

I also want to share that Barb from BugBites will be leaving our little team.  Barb has been such an amazing part of our team, and we are going to miss having her around soooo much.  Here's what she created for our last DT day together:

Barb ~ BugBites

Okay,'s what the other DT members created this week. :)

 Ana Maria ~ Shorty Creations
Fall Festival Cutting Files

 Nicole ~ Teachdanz
Sunburst Shapes, Soccer Ball, & Flower Assortment Cutting Files

 Candace ~ Scrappin' 2 Little Princesses
Monster Mash Digital Clip Art

 Shannon ~ Designs of a Paddymack
Honey Bees Digital Clip Art
Sunny Skies Digital Paper Collection

 Melisa ~ Melisa's Crafty Creations
Happy Bird Day, Layered Labels 3, Speech Bubbles, & Party Items Cutting Files

 Brianna ~ Happy Scrapper
Patriotic Balloon Cutting Files

Aren't all of these projects just AWESOME???  Thanks so much for stopping by today. Don't forget about this month's Birthday Challenge.  You can find all of the details and link up your project HERE:

The Icing On My Cupcake

Hi, everyone!  It's my day to post over at Pink by Design, and I have a fun little birthday card to share with you today.

I used two Pink by Design stamps sets for this card...Everyday Banners and You Are.  The little cupcake is from the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons (PPPR) Birthday Critters Cutting Files set, and the papers are from the PPPR Spring Fling Digital Paper Collection.  I added some ink and enamel dots, and my little card was all done.  I hope you like it!

Don't forget about this week's Pink by Design Black, Orange, and Purple Challenge.  You can link up your project you created using Pink by Design Stamps HERE.

I'll be back a little later today with the PPPR Design Team!  YAY!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Birthday Blog Hop Winner

I have the winner of the blog candy from the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Birthday Blog Hop.

The winner of all of these goodies is:

Congratulations Snappy Scrappy!!! I'll be e-mailing you to get your snail mail address so I can send these goodies out to you.  Be sure to check your junk/spam mail folder, just in case.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Birthday Blog Hop

Hey, everyone!  Welcome to the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Birthday Blog Hop.  The date of this hop just happens to be on my birthday (YAY!), so we made it a Birthday-themed hop.  So, you'll get to see all sorts of birthday projects created with Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons (PPPR) files.  I also put together a bigger collection of blog candy for this hop, and I have a FREEBIE just for hoppers!  YAY!  And, of course, we'll be kicking off another monthly challenge. So, be sure to read on to find out how to join in on the fun.

I created these little cupcake toppers using the brand new PPPR Birthday Critters and PPPR Birthday Gator Cutting Files, along with the print and cut feature of my Silhouette Cameo.  I also printed and cut the cupcake wrappers form the PPPR Cupcake Wrappers 1 Cutting Files. The great thing about this is that I could match the colors of the wrappers to the colors of the images.  So, they coordinate perfectly! The cupcakes shown in the photo are fake cupcakes I still have from the days when I sold cupcake toppers on Etsy.  They are a bit taller and poofier than standard cupcakes, so the wrappers would fit real ones much better. :)  Oh, well. You get the idea.

I know that, when I started making cupcake toppers for my daughters' birthdays and to sell on Etsy, I had to do a lot of research to find out the best way to make them.  So, I thought I'd share the process I went through to create these.  First, I created "outsets" or shadow layers around each of the full color SVGs in Silhouette Studio.  These have outsets of about 0.08 px.  Then, I set the cut line for the outset, only, and made a copy of the outset.  So, I ended up with an image with a white border and a blank border layer (without the image).  I hope this makes sense.  It's more difficult to explain than I thought it would be.

Anyway, once the pieces were all cut out, I used my hot glue gun to glue lollipop sticks to the extra blank outset pieces I cut.

Then, I surrounded the lollipop stick with foam double stick tape, added a little ATG gun tape to the top of the lollipop stick, and attached the image cuts.

Here are a couple of more angles to show how the toppers look all around:

Putting together a large number of these for a party or class treat would be pretty quick.  Here's an important tip, though, that I found out from experience.  Don't put the wrappers around your cupcakes until the last minute before the party starts.  The paper wrappers will get soggy if left on for too long, and the ink on anything you printed could run and smear if they are left to soak up the moisture of the cupcakes for too long. Mine have always lasted through the actual party if I put them on just before guests arrive. 

Our hop also kicks off our 4th monthly challenge.  YAY!  The theme this month, of course, is BIRTHDAY. Create anything birthday themed using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files, and link it up.  Here are all of the details of the challenge:

  1. The project must be Birthday-themed.  Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons products must be the focus of the project.
  2. Please link to your actual blog post...not to your blog.  If you don't have a blog, you can add a photo of your project to the Birthday Challenge photo folder in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Project Parade Facebook Group.
  3. You can enter as many different Birthday projects as you want for more chances to win.
  4. The challenge will run for 3 weeks.  You must link up your project by 11:55 pm CST on Saturday, October 12, 2013.
  5. One random winner of a $10 Gift Certificate to PPPR will be chosen.  Our Design Team will also choose our PPPR Top 3.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.
The Linky will be at the end of this post. :)

Okay, about some BLOG CANDY???

One lucky hopper will win a $15 Gift Certificate to PPPR, 2 My Mind's Eye 6x6 inch paper pads, some My Mind's Eye buttons, a set of baker's twine, 2 little acrylic stamp sets, and a set of Studio G shaped card bases. Here's what you need to do for a chance to win this awesome prize:

1.  Be a follower of EVERY BLOG in our little hop.  There are just 10 of us, so that shouldn't be too hard.  You won't be sorry...I'm super lucky to have such talented ladies on my Design Team.


2.  Leave a comment at EACH blog along the hop.  Be sure to let us know you are a follower and leave us your e-mail address.

That's all you have to do.  If you would like EXTRA entries, you can also do one or more of the following:

3.  Like the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Facebook Page.  Leave me a separate comment on this blog telling me you did.  Don't forget to leave your e-mail address.

4.  Sign up for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Newsletter and leave a comment on this blog telling me you did.  You'll get a weekly e-mail telling you about new files, coupon codes/sales, and freebies. Don't forget to leave me the e-mail address you signed up with. :)

Please only US and Canadian mailing addresses....sorry.  I will randomly choose a winner of the hop candy on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

OKAY.....WHEW!  Here's your SURPRISE. Only hoppers can pick up this adorable little freebie.  This TWEET little birdie and title will be available here for free on Saturday and Sunday ONLY!  So, grab it before you can buy it!  Just click on the Add to Cart Button to download it...but don't forget to come back to finish the hop.  You don't want to miss all of the fantastic projects and your chance to win the blog candy. :)

***NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR FREE, but you can purchase it HERE for just $1.25***

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Your next stop on the hop is Barb.

Friday, September 20, 2013

New File Friday & a FREEBIE!!!

Happy Friday, everyone!  I have a new set and a freebie to share with you today.  Here's what's new in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Store. :)

I love how these new Birthday Critters turned out. The really great thing about these little guys is that all of the birthday stuff is totally removable from the cutting files.  So, you can use them for so many other occasions.  So, the little mouse can be carrying a Christmas stocking, if you want, and the little puppy can be sitting on his own instead of in a gift box.  This set would definitely be worth checking out.

And, of course, I have a new Friday Freebie for you.  This fun little Birthday Gator goes perfectly with the other Birthday Critters, and his little hat is removable, too.  He's available for free for one week, then he will be moved to the 99 Cent Downloads section of the store.

Oh, and don't forget that we're having a Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Birthday Blog Hop tomorrow to celebrate my birthday...YAY!!!  We'll have lots of awesome projects, a big batch of blog candy, and a SURPRISE just for hoppers.  So, I hope you'll stop by on Saturday.

Have a FANTASTIC Friday, everyone!!!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Back to School Challenge Winners

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I have the winners from the PPPR Back to School Challenge.  First, here's the randomly chosen winner of the $10 Gift Certificate to Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons:

Congratulations! Be sure to grab your winner badge above, Kathy, and e-mail me at lisanorris at prettypapergraphics dot com to claim your prize.

And, in no particular order, here are the Design Team's Top 3 Picks from the challenge.

 Lynnie ~ Kenai River Crafter

 My Paper Craze

Way to go!!!  Grab the Top 3 Button above to display on your blog or Facebook page. :)

Oh, and don't forget that there is a Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Design Team Call going on right now...until September 22.  I have a few spots on the team opening up, so why not give it a try?  You can find all of the details about the call HERE.

Have a great day!  I'll be back on Friday with some new files and a freebie to share with you.  I hope to see you then!