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★*{Epiphany Crafts & Ruby Rock It! Holiday Goodness}*★

If you've been following the Epiphany Crafts blog this week, you've been enjoying Epiphany Crafts teaming up with Ruby Rock It! --- which is AWESOME! Today is my tun to share some inspiration with you. ❤

I am sharing a layout I created with Ruby Rock It's fabulous paper crafting goodness and Epiphany Crafts tools. This layout was so fun to create. 

I surrendered the perfect Christmas tree in exchange for childlike glee from my two kiddos, and I would take their glee anyday over the perfectly placed tree. Take a look:

EPC:RUBY ROCK IT, 12-18-13, Shannon

★ I hope your holidays are merry & bright! ★

Thanks for letting me share! 

❤{Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons & Good Cheer}❤

It's our last Design Team Wednesday share with you this year ❤ That's kind of sad, but you know what? There's a lot to look forward to in 2014. 

I spend a lot of time this part of the year looking through pictures trying to find the perfect one for the Christmas card. This year I found the pictures in this layout...and I was so happy because I thought I had lost them. Paddy had just turned 4 and Mack was 2 in these pictures. I had happy tears in my eyes as I looked back thinking about how sweet they were and the excitement of Christmas! 

I can't stop using the Vintage Christmas from Lisa's store. ❤ It's perfect. It has a beautiful, magical, whimsical feel. I used Vintage Christmas Peppermint Gingham, Vintage Christmas White Polka Dots, Vintage Christmas Chevron & Polka Dot. I know I will use it again before the year is out!! 

PPPR 12-18-13, Shannon M.

Here's a close up of some of the sweet details of Vintage Gingham. 

PPPR 12-18-13 Shannon M. Close Up

Hope you're still smiling through the hustle and bustle!

Have a great Wednesday!

❤{30 Days of Xyron is Wrapping Up!}❤


30 Days of Xyron is wrapping up, but there are a few ideas left! I am sharing a card with you that doubles as a gift card holder. ❤

I started out with a cute sentiment. Check out that cute Crafter's Companion stamp! The cardstock base is also from Crafter's Companion, it's ideal for stamps, it's texture is awesome.


The next step of course, is stamping it onto the white base.


Fill in your design with marker, pencil, chalks, whatever works for you. If you want for a little added effect, round the corners. I have to do this because I tend to stamp things crooked, this helps me out in making it look more linear..I also can't draw a straight line with a ruler. 


You're now ready to start assembling your card. I cut a 6X6 base. I then added some papers from Studio Calico's Magical Line. See below.



Cut a strip of some fun coordinating papers, I used American Crafts Peppermint Express. I tied some fun twine around for an added embellishment before adding the pocket layer.


Here's the key, when you adhere the "pocket" to the card base, you're only goint to adhere the sides and the bottom, leaving the top open to slip in a gift card or money.


I then added some extra touches. I added some glittery touches as well, like the "snowballs", they pop off the page with Xyron's foam dots. I also added some snowflakes with Imaginisce's Colors of Christmas. 

Xyron 30 Days, Gift Card, Shannon M.

Thanks for letting me share! ❤

★{Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons & Gift Giving!}★


Mr. Sinatra couldn't have put it better:

Frosted windowpanes
Candles gleaming inside
Painted candy canes on the tree

Santa's on his way
He's filled his sleigh with things
Things for you and for me

It's that time of year
When the world falls in love
Every song you hear seems to say
Merry Christmas
May your new year dreams come true

You should have arrived here from the beautifully talented Nicole's blog

If you didn't and want to start from the beginning, please visit Lisa's blog.

If you haven't guessed, we're creating projects featuring Gift Giving using PPPR's awesome files.

I created this little gift giving idea using Vintage Christmas Peppermint Gingham Papers, Vintage Christmas Peppermint Chevron & Polka Dots Paper & Peppermint Cutting Files ❤


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


By now, if you're familiar with Lisa's awesome blog hops, you know there is a fantastic prize up for grabs. If this is your first time...well you're in for a happy holiday surprise!

Not only is there a $15 GC to Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons up for grabs, you can also win all the awesome stuff pictured here:


For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog & leave a comment on each blog. For extra chances, you can also like Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons on Facebook HERE. If you haven't already sign up for the PPPR Newsletter HERE

A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Tuesday, December 17. US and Canadian mailing addresses only please. 

DON'T is the start of the PPPR Gift Giving Challenge! Projects can be holiday gifts, birthday gifts, treats for classmates, tags for gifts...anything that has to do with gift giving.  You can link your project HERE

1.  The project must be centered around Gift Giving of some sort (holiday, birthday, treats, tags, etc.).  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 Gift Giving Challenge photo folder in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Project Parade Facebook Group (link this to

3.  You can enter as many different Gift Giving 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, January 4, 2014.


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, January 8, 2014.


You need to hop a long now to the talented Ana Maria's blog! Thanks for stopping by! 


●❤{Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons & Timeless Twine!}❤●



Just like the banner says...Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons & Timeless Twine have joined forces to create BEE-YOU-TIF-UL holiday projects!

You should have landed here from the super talented Brianna's blog..if you just happened to be dropping in for the fun of it and would like to start from the beginning, please visit Lisa's blog.

Hopping through this hop, you're going to be inspired to create some holiday goodies, cards, projects and more! Not only are up for a chance to win some great in $20 to Timeless Twine or $20 to Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons! (I know!) Think of all the goodies you could grab up with one of those prizes?!?!?



Winning is easy:

Follow and leave a comment on each blog!

For extra chances, you can "LIKE" Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons & Timeless Twine on Facebook...I have properly enabled you, all you have to do is click the links.

I created this card for the hop:


 I used Natural White Twine & Cherry Red Twine from Timeless Twine!

I used Vintage Christmas Peppermint Gingham, Vintage Christmas Chevron & Polka Dot, Vintage Christmas White Polka Dots Digital Papers & Peppermint Cutting Files from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. 

You need to hop to the SUPA TALENTED *{DEBBIE}*!!


Here's the lineup. (Just in case!)


Amy T: 










❤{Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons & Merry Making}❤

I'm gathering inspiration and determination to put my tree up. The kids are hounding me daily. I looked back through Christmas pictures from last year and gawked over the tree....and then remembering how by the end I was in tears. I have this mania of having a perfect tree. It's a long standing feud. I worked in a Christmas store, used to decorate trees for the Chicago and Atlanta it's serious business in the Morgan house. Only one other person I know shares this mania with me, my bff Kim, who has already texted me pictures of her trees. ....furthering the pressure to get the tree up. Perhaps I can just print out this layout and hang it from the ceiling. 

The Vintage Christmas line over at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons is so beautiful. It's so reminiscent of a magical, whimisical Christmas memory. I used: Vintage Christmas Peppermint Gingham, Vintage Christmas White Polka Dots, Vintage Christmas Chevron and Polka Dot & Peppermint Cutting Files.

PPPR, Shannon M. 12-4-13

 Make sure you stop by the blog and look at everyone's fabulous creations!! I hope you're feeling the magic of Christmas this year. 

Have a wonderful Wednesday!! ❤

❅*{Simple Scrapper December Reveal Day!}*❅

Cue the confetti! 

The Simple Scrapper team is sharing their layouts with you today! This month's reveal is nothing short of awesome!

The sketches, very inspiring...and the Story Tellers...the prompts are thought provoking and will challenge you to reach inside yourself. 。◕‿◕。

Look at how working with Simple Scrapper inspired me:


I used one of the Premium sketches available for both layouts. The layout below is my Simple Scrapper Story Starter along with another one of the awesome December Premium Sketches: 


Thanks for letting me share with you and hopefully inspire you as well!


★{Peppermint Sticks, Spun Sugar & Twine}★'ll fnd this post on the Timeless Twine blog today:


When I was little, my Auntie Catherine and Uncle Jim gave me one of the best gifts I ever received...The Nutcracker Suite album. Not only was it The Nutcracker Suite, it was a dual fold album with a centerfold of magical enchantment. I was instantly transported. I also received a Nutcracker book from Auntie Catherine and Uncle Jim, the year was 1981. This book is one of my very favorites because of the illustrations.  

The funny thing is....I don't know that Auntie understands the impact this gift has had...each year much to my parents simultaneous delight and dismay...I performed the entire Nutcracker Suite in front of our fireplace hearth. I danced my wee heart out from the start of the overture to the final waltz. My Mom clapped with gusto in all the right places and my Dad doing his best to stay awake, they were amazingly wonderful parents. 

I was listening to The Nutcracker Suite today as I do every year, my creations today are a reflection of that. 

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


I used Cherry Red and Natural White - these and other groovy things can be found over at Bella Creationz!

Have a sweet Tuesday friends. Enjoy the magic of the season. ❤ 


❤*{Xyron & Heidi Swapp}*❤

I know, that seems like such a ridiculously wonderful surreal, but it's true. True story. The team at Xyron got their hands on some *{BELIEVE}* from Heidi Swapp....I know, you're jealous. It's ok.

Sharon Callis, Denise Hahn, Linda Neff and I are sharing some HS/XYRON love with you today! You won't be disappointed, they have created some awesome stuff! ❤

I created this layout just for this week. Holidays are about tradition, togetherness and love. One of our traditions is Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Dinner. I am a bit obsessed with Charlie Brown and have properly brainwashed my children to be so as well. They came up with a tradition for our family which is eating Charlie Brown's version of Thanksgiving Dinner the day before Thanksgiving. Each year, I have to document it of course. It also is amazing to see each year how much Paddy and Mack have grown and changed. 

Xyron:Heidi Swapp, Shannon M. December 2

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

Xyron:Heidi Swapp Close Up 1

Xyron:Heidi Swapp Close Up 2

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure that you stay tuned all week to Xyron and Heidi Swapp for some great creations!