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{A Very Sweet Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Wednesday To You}

I'm trying to take this day in...all of it and hope that it lasts extra long. I hope that our last sleep in is especially cozy and that our last trip to the pool is incredibly relaxing, also joyful. We need to soak up each moment, knowing full well that the day will fly by. School starts tomorrow...and well, that just came all too soon. 

One good thing about school starting...I will have more time to work on creating things, which I I am happy about things for Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.

Which brings me to today's post...I created this cute little card just for this post. ❤ It's a sweet little pick me up for anyone. There's nothing sweeter than a smiling marshmallow! 

PPPR 7-31-13


See, told definitely makes you smile ❤

I love the graphics in Lisa's store. I took a shot of the details, because they just add to the sweetness of the card. They make me happy!! I used a few different files from Lisa's Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Store to create this adorable card: S'mores Digital Clip Art, Man, Oh Man Polka Dots & Sunny Skies Honeycomb

PPPR 7-31-13, CU


Make sure you check out Lisa's store...there are lots of great new scrappy files added all the time!! Hope you have a great Wednesday!! ❤

{Um, Wow! We Clearly Have Issues..With Chipboard}


Welcome to the Paper Issues & UmWow Studio Blog Hop!

WE  ❤ LOVE ❤ UmWow Studio & Chipboard!

You should have hopped here from Monique's Blog...if this is your first stop, be sure to head over to Paper Issues to start at the beginning!

We are sharing some chipboard-y inspired goodness with you...and highlighting the fabulousness that is UmWow Studio!!! There are 7, count 'em, *SEVEN* prizes up for grabs, so make sure you hop through the whole hop! 

UmWow and Paper Issues is a winning combination when it comes to creating! Take a look at the layout I created just for today's new issue (you have until August 10 to link up over at Paper Issues):



I love the dimension that UmWow brings to my page:



Next up on the hop is the UmWow Studio Blog!

Here's how to get in on a chance at winning one of the great prizes up for grabs! 

1. Like Um Wow Studio on Facebook {tell them we sent you}

2. Like Paper Issues on Facebook

3. Leave a comment


THANKS for stopping by today!! 


Timeless Twine NEW RELEASE! Sorbet Collection! ❤







In case you haven't guessed...we are celebrating a release of awesomeness from Timeless Twine and you should have arrived here from Mandi's blog. If you didn' should start over at Timeless Twine and hop through...there are FIVE prizes up for grabs! We have some amazing sponsors bringing you some great prizes to help us celebrate!!


The GRAND PRIZE is a set of the new Sorbet Collection!


These prizes are also up for grabs!


A $25 GC to:



A $10 GC to:



A $15 GC to:




A $10 GC to: 


The Twine-istas have been hard at work creating projects for the release to get you inspired. I hope you are feeling inspired and enjoying the creations so far!


Here's a layout I created using all three of new colors!! I love the bright colors!! ❤


TT NEW RELEASE, Shannon M. 7-2013


Here's a few close ups of the twine!






And really, that's not all....TODAY ONLY...SALE!!!!!!  Each new release color will be on sale for $8.00! Or you can purchase the set for $21! The small party pack is only $4!


Your next stop is Piali's blog, thanks for stopping by mine!! 

★*{4th of July Issues}*★

I have much to share with you today! First up I am sharing a layout I created commemorating the third rainy 4th of July.


Pssst!  I used awesome stuff from the PAPER ISSUES store!!  

It seems Hades has something against any sort of fireworks. It rained steady until the 7th...and the kids were not amused. They were pretty excited to light off the sparklers and run madly around the driveway and street. Most of my pictures are blurs...but I did manage to get them to pose not so candidly.

Of course they look slightly maniacal, but this is ok.


Paper Issues 7-26-13, Blog Post


Here's a close up of the festivities! 


Paper Issues, Blog Post, 7-26-13 Close Up


Here's to Friday!


*{Timeless Twine & Words of Kindness}*

Sometimes life hands us our a$$...and this is especially true when someone you know loses a parent. It doesn't matter if the person was extremely close or slightly estranged...the loss is crippling. There are no words for that kind of loss. Nor can you ever really understand until you've expereienced it yourself. So what to do in these moments? You feel helpless? Offer prayers. Offer help if you are nearby. Offer to walk dogs, feed cats, birds, etc. ...things that the person may forget in their grief. Get giftcards to local eats, so they don't have to cook or scrape together a meal. If they have children...offer to drive them to practices, school, the movies...whatever. Sometimes people just need a moment to curl up in a corner and sob. 

What to do if you don't live nearby? Any of the above that is possible. And send a card, you have no idea what a card can do to bring a smile through tears. 

Send prayers. 

I created this card for my Auntie Sandy and Uncle Alan (they are lifetime family friends of my Momma....but I have always called them Auntie and Uncle...and always will). The sentiment does not have to be profound. Or complex. Keep it simple and heartfelt. That will always mean more. 

Timeless Twine, 7-23-13, Shannon M.


Here's a close up of some of the detail.

I used Bubble Gum Pink, Natural and Graphite Gray to complete this card. Timeless Twine is full of classic details..and it made this card so much more perfect.


Close up 7-23-13 blog post

Sorry for the heavy of the message, but it is a part of life. Life is meant to be celebrated, no matter the weather...and sending love to someone who needs it, is a small gesture of immense kindness. ❤ Happy Tuesday!

*{Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons & Some Summer Fun!}*




Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons is bringing you another great Blog Hop and Monthly Challenge! This month is featuring Summer Fun! 


If you hopped here from Melisa's blog...then you are in a good place! 


If not, then you need to start over at Lisa's blog and hop'll be glad you did, because there is a great prize up for grabs!


This blog hop is of it says all about Summer Fun!  Lisa has so many things in her store...papers, digital clip art and cutting files that are perfect for your summer projects. You need to check out the store. There is so much to choose from and there's really something for everyone. 


I created this for the blog hop:




In this layout there is:


Sunny Skies Honeycomb Printable Digital Paper, Sweet Summer White Polka Dots Printable Digital Paper, Man, Oh Man Pattern Pack 1 Digital Paper, Natural Love White Polka Dots Printable Digital Paper and Popsicle Fever Digital Clip Art..isn't that awesome?!?!? Everything works so well together!! 


This is the prize up for grabs, see how to win below:



Pssst! This is a good thing for you...because there is not only a Blog Hop and a new Challenge...but there is also a SALE! 





 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. (link those so people can find them easily). A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Tuesday, July 23. Only US or Canadian mailing addresses, please.


Along with this blog hop there is a challenge going on that you can get in on! Here are the guidelines:


1.  The project must be Summer Fun-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 Summer Fun Challenge photo folder in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Project Parade Facebook Group (link this).

3.  You can enter as many dfferent Summer Fun 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, August 10, 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, August 14, 2013.

There is a link on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Blog.

You need to link your projects.


I know that's a lot of information, but I can assure you it's worth it!!
Now hop a long to Tanya's blog!  



❤{A Very Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Wednesday}❤

Wednesday means the week is halfway also means that I get to share some Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons inspiration with you. It adds to the goodness that is Wednesday. I hope wherever you are today, you aren't melting to death somewhere on a sidewalk like a forgotten piece of seems like Hades is p.o.'ed this summer. He's bitter at someone, that's for sure. 

Luckily, Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons is inspiring you not only today...but also this weekend...there's this:



To tide you over in the meantime, I'm sharing this layout with you that I created using Popsicle Fever Digital Clip Art, Man, Oh Man Pattern Pack 1Digital Paper, Summer Brights White Polka Dots Printable Digital Paper, and Natural Love Chevron & Stripes Printable Digital Paper:

PPPR 7-17-13 Blog Post, Shannon M.


PPPR 7-17 closeup


PPPR 7-17 Closeup 2


Have a wonderful Wednesday and hope you beat the heat!

☞ ❤ {Tuesday, Timeless Twine, Terrific} ❤ ☜

3 T's....It's Tuesday (I feel some OCD need to establish the day for you multiple times in each blog post), I get to share Timeless Twine goodness with you, and since I cannot do things in even numbers...because again, I'm a weirdo...the added T of terrific...which works...and doesn't because I don't really like the word "terrific", but I needed it to be a T and it needed to make the title oddly numbered.


Hades and I are getting along this year...I go outside...and Hades makes it not so oppressively ridiculous that I become full of angst filled thoughts of debauchery. Or it could be I have lived here for almost a half a decade and my blood is finally thinning out...and I've lost 40+ pounds and I don't absorb heat like a polar bear. (Probably it's the latter).


I am the kid's poolside slave, which is fine, because they are happy...which means I am happy, regardless of the 734,859,387 things I am not getting done during the day, none of that will matter when they are telling their kids how awesome grandma is one day.

Of friends can tell you with great love that I post a redunkulous amount of pool pictures..and so this layout is just skimming the surface of that vast multitude of pictures.


Timeless Twine, 7-9-13, Shannon M.


Here's a close up of some of the details of the twine:


TT 7-9 close up 1


TT 7-9-13 close up 2


TT 7-9-13 Close up 3


TT 7-9-13 Close Up 4

*{It's Time for Another Timeless Twine Challenge!!}*



Tags and twine...that's a perfect combination in my book!


What could be more perfect than that combination you ask?


How about that Timeless Twine is bringing you a month long challenge....along with a chance to win a great prize?


And all you have to do is create a project that has the following:

1. Create any project using tags and twine.

 2. Fun bright colors (think of summer).

3. You must use Timeless Twine.

4. Link it up on Timeless Twine's blog with the linky provided.


The Twine-ista's have been hard at work creating a whole bunch of inspiration for you...make sure you leave them some love!


I created a layout for this month's challenge:

Timeless Twine July Challenge, Shannon M.


And of course I had to take a close up shot of some of the details...that is still something I am trying to perfect, so bear with me.

Timeless Twine July Monthly Challenge, Close Up.

The challenge will run through July 31, 2013 (11:59 pm EST). 


1 Spool of Timeless Twine


1 Pack of Bright Neon Tags


1 Pack of Neon Glitter Clothespins


*{★ A Patriotic Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Wednesday ★}*

It's Wednesday. (Well duh, as you already know that and I reiterated yet another time in my I guess if you don't realize it's Wednesday at this point, you have bigger problems than I do...) So, as previously stated, it's Wednesday...and it's the day that I usually share some Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Inspiration with you.


Of course you'll find that I will use any excuse to create red, white and blue. I am a junkie for stars and hearts...coupled with a great love for my's a no brainer.


Take a lookie at my layout and make sure you check out Lisa's blog and check out what the rest of the PPPR girls created!!! ❤


PPPR 7-3-13, Shannon M.


Here's a close up of some of the details and Lisa's fabulous graphics:


PPPR 7-3-13, Close Up


★ Wishing you a fabulous 4th of July! ★