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❤{Paper Issues Will Keep You in Stitches...}❤

It's another new issue for Paper Issues!


This one is a fun one! 


"You're Sew Cute, You Keep Me In Stitches"


You can participate in so many sewing on your project, hand stitching on your project, floss, thread, twine, ribbon, fabric, anything that says "CUTE" to you, use buttons on your project, babies, sewing machines, anything that makes you laugh, funny things kids say, or using May Arts products.


I created this cute Finding Fall box just for this, I used May Arts Ribbon ❤:




Here's a close up of that yummy ribbon:


PAPER ISSUES, MAY ARTS, 9-29-14, Shannon M. Close Up


The sponsor for this issues is the fabulous *{May Arts}* can find them in many places:

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By linking up to this issue, you have a chance to win *{4 ROLLS}* of May Arts ribbon! You have until October 12th to link up! Can't wait to see what you link up or create!! You can LINK UP HERE.



❤*{Issues of the Current Kind}*❤

Lucky you, there's an awesome issue going on at Paper Issues right now....called....Anything Goes...and it's sponsored by Whiskers Graphics!


Even luckier....there's still time for you to link up!


I created this layout using some Paper Issues Swag Bag goodness:



Here's some close ups:




You have until September 28th to be eligible to win a great prize from Whisker Graphics! Get those last minute links up! 


❤{Welcome Fall!}❤

Fall is my favorite. I can honestly say that I look forward to Fall more than any other season. I love Winter almost as much as Fall...but not quite. Fall in Georgia is a challenge when you spent 30+ year of your life in The Great Lakes State. I pine for Fall. We make the best of it though. We recently went and picked apples...I love going to pick apples even if I'm sweating horrendously while doing it, though I have to say I thoroughly dislike sweating while doing any fall-like activity because it feels false. We did have a great time as a family, and that's the part that counts most. 

I'm sharing this quick tip before I share my layout and close ups: Use your scraps! Stick those partial pieces of paper in your Epiphany Crafts tools and tuck them in your layout, they make a perfect finishing touch. You'll be able to see some of these little touches in the close ups. 

EPC 9-25, Shannon M. Fall

Check out the completed layout with all the tucks.

EPC 9-25-14, Shannon M. Fall Layout

Here's some close ups of the Epiphany Crafts goodness, you'll find the Heart, Banner and Round nestled within this layout.

EPC 9-25-14, Shannon M. Fall 5

 EPC 9-25-14, Shannon M. Fall 3

EPC 9-25-14, Shannon M. Fall 4   

EPC 9-25-14, Shannon M. Fall 2


Thanks for letting me share with you!! I hope you're inspired to create something Fall Inspired!

❤{smtwtfs kind of love}❤

I love lots of things. I am a ❤ junkie. I'm sharing this layout today of how much I ❤ my dogs. They are four legged joy. They make me laugh each day. They love me when I'm whiny, look ugly, sick, basically they love me no matter what. I also am excited to share this with you because I can link it up to the Paper Issues *{CURRENT ISSUE}* Anything Goes...and because I am a nerd I hear Cole Porter singing right now. Also there may be some September Swag Bag goodness nestled within this layout!



Here are some close ups of the Swag Bag awesomeness:






Have a Happy Thursday and link up! 


Psssst! If you need some Paper Issues goodness...don't forget to use my code:

❤{sweet ● friend ● of ● mine}❤

It's my day at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons!

I love to make cards of smiling food. It's like a sickness. I couldn't wait to make a card with the cotton candy. Alas, they're aren't many witty cotton candy puns...but it's a perfect sweet little face to send a happy hello! I used the Fair Food Cutting Files for my card, take a look below. 



If you want to purchase the Fair Food Cutting Files, you can click above or *{HERE}*

They are available separately, or you can buy them as a bundle. 



Here's a close up of the smiling cotton candy! EEEEE! IS that NOT the CUTEST or what?!?!?! I love it! 



Happy Thursday!

★{Having Funs With Puns...& Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons}★



Welcome to the *{Fun with Puns}* Blog Hop!


You should have hopped here from the supa talented Nicole's blog ❤ If you didn't and would like to start from the beginning (Pssst! Great blog hop prize up for grabs) please start at our awesome leader Lisa's blog


As you can guess, the focus of this super fun blog hop is puns! Our team created some punny stuff and wanted to share them with you! I used Fair Food Cutting Files to create my card for this hop:




My card features the snow just jumped out at me, and if you follow my blog you know I have a weakness for smiling food! ❤




There's an amazing $15 Gift Certificate to the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Store up for grabs!



Not only is it blog hop's also PPPR Fun With Puns Challenge kick off day! We invite you to share your own punny creations! A play on words using PPPR files...easy peasy! *{LINK THEM UP BY CLICKING HERE!}* You could win a $20 GC to the PPPR store!

1.  The theme of this challenge is Fun With create anything that shows some sort of pun or play on words. 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 Fun With Puns Challenge photo folder in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Project Parade Facebook Group (link this to

3.  You can enter as many different 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 4 , 2014.

5.  One random winner of a $20 Gift Certificate to PPPR will be chosen.  Our Design Team will also choose our PPPR Top 3.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.


Your next stop on this hop is the amazing BRIANNA

❤ Happy Hopping ❤


★{Enjoy This Day}★

There's a lot going on as summer transitions to fall. One of the things I look forward to the most is Mackenzie's birthday. She had a big one this year...10. It's hard to describe what that feels like, my baby turned double digits. I love that she's growing into such an amazing young lady. I felt inspired to document her special day right away while these feelings were fresh in my mind. 


I also took this opportunity to use summery papers in a not so summer-y way. This layout shows you that you can also transition your papers from summer to fall also! I used some great stuff we have available in the PAPER ISSUES store right now. Click on the link to see the awesome Webster's Pages Cool Water Line.


Mack really is amazing. The layout captures her beautiful, feisty spirit. Take a look:




Of course I have to include a close up of some of the details for you. I did some fussy cutting and as always added sequins. 



Don't forget about the CURRENT ISSUE..there's still time to link up before the new issues launches. It's a great chance to win some Jillibean Soup. Psst! There may also be new Jillibean Soup in the store...just sayin'!


If you want to save some money while you're ordering all these fun new things, you can use my code  ❤ Happy Wednesday! ❤


*{ I ❤ Epiphany Crafts!}*

I heart Epiphany Crafts. I'm not afraid to shout this from any rooftop either!

We're celebrating the Heart Tool all week long and I could not be's one of my favorites, you can pretty much find it on everything I create...if you look at my gallery, it'd be a lot like "Where's Waldo?" except it would be "Where's Heart 25?"

I created this layout just for the occasion, it has LOTS of hearts!

EPC:HEART WEEK, Shannon M. 1

The tool fits perfectly with MAMBI papers, just a heads up! I love MAMBI also...but that's entirely different love story! :)

This heart is so's covered with a Heart Bubblecap!

EPC:HEART WEEK Close Up 1, Shannon M.

Layering hearts with foam dots on top of other embellishments is another easy way to pack a punch on your pages!

EPC:HEART WEEK Close Up 2, Shannon M.

Look more bubblecaps! :)

EPC:HEART WEEK Close Up 3, Shannon M.

Mix up patterns and colors too! Don't be afraid of colors!

EPC:HEART WEEK CLose Up 4, Shannon M.

Here's the finished layout!!

Thanks for letting me share this with you today!


Here's to *{HEART WEEK!}*

❤*{I Heart Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons From My Head Tomatoes!}*❤

I love using Lisa's files for cards, especially smiling food files.  



Little Veggies Cutting Files can be found in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store...*{CLICK HERE}*
I created this card with the tomato in the set. 
It's one of my favorite to date :) 


Here's a close up:



Check the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog tomorrow for some fun new files, a freebie and a Guest Designer feature!


✎{Xyron Celebrates Back to School!}✎

Back to School is in full swing!

The littles in my household have been in school for weeks. They are conquering the first quarter and having a great time doing it!

I'm still scrapping about the first day because I can't get enough of how much our kids have grown and changed in a year's time. They look so different from last year. 

 Here's a layout featuring Xyron and Pebbles Inc. just for the occasion!


I used some so very awesome Back to School from Pebbles Inc. & Xyron adhesives! You can create some really fabulous things with Xyron, you should check out the Pinterest page, Facebook & the Xyron blog for daily inspiration!