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Saturday, July 26, 2014

petit collage a craft and decor book review

Hey beautiful crafters! I am so excited because I have another review for you. This book is phenomenal. It's called petit collage and it's by Lorena Siminovich. I was given this book for free through Blogging for Books for review purposes and I can't recommend it enough. The kiddos and I have been going through this book and making things for the last month. There are so many wonderful family crafts that the entire family can participate. The design of the book is so well laid out that it is very easy to find what you are looking for. The instructions and supplies used make it easy for any household income and size to use the ideas therein. The templates in the back are great to use for other craft projects as well. The book doesn't give an age range but I would say this book is great for any crafter. It is also wonderful for those with toddler age children. The ideas in the Playtime section are great to use as busy activities and play dates with friends.

Thanks friends for stopping by!
Hugs and Creative Blessings,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Using Vinyl...

Hey beautiful crafters!!!

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love PPbNdesigns. I'm not saying that because I'm a designer. I'm saying that because I'm a full time mamma to 3 beautiful babies still at home (1 grown). A full time employee for a phenomenal company AND a less than part-time crafter! But crafting brings me so much peace and I have to be honest and tell you I'm an "instant gratification crafty girl"! I'm not ashamed to admit it. So let me show you this adorable project that I made within 10 minutes!

So, this is what happened... 

I was on the Facebook page for PPbNdesigns and came across a question by Manda, "I bought a ppbn design. Is it possible to cut this in vinyl? Or do they just work better in paper? I'd LOVE to do it in vinyl."

Oh my goodness. What a great question! YES, you can cut them in vinyl and they come out FABULOUSLY!!!

If you are using a Cameo I advise turning your blade all the way down to 1 to start off. If your blade is still within usable condition it should cut through the vinyl and not the paper backing on the vinyl. I choose to use a simpler file because I'm in love with this Girl Mouse Ears file and I hadn't used it yet. 

Because of her post and question I ran to Michael's to check the clearance section. Low and behold one tumbler was there for .39 YAYYY. One piece was broken off so I trashed that piece and ended up with this...

Cute right?!?!?!

 I kept watching the PPbN Facebook page and saw that Manda also posted a WONDERFUL project made with vinyl!!! 
Wowzers!!! She used white which she advised doubling up when you use white or choosing a different color. ;)

One last piece of advice hand wash these little gems and do NOT put them in the dishwasher. ;) Sadly, I speak from experience. 

Thank you all so much for stopping by!

Hugs and Crafty Blessings,
Raven & our PPbN guest Manda 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Hi beautiful crafters! Another week another fun project for PPBN Designs! Did y'all see that there are currently some really fun membership options HERE!

And if you haven't seen them yet Nikki came out with some adorable Pony cuts. I LOVE them and my girlies love them as well. Since I love color and rainbows I decided to turn the cutie pie 

Rainbow Pony 

into a fun card!
 One of the beautiful crafters, Deborah, posted a super cute project using glitter paper for her daughter and that inspired the stickle glitter on this pony. You can check out her amazing project HERE! Isn't her project FABULOUS! Yeah, I lub it too!
 I wanted to be sure y'all could see the tail. All of the pieces Nikki makes are so wonderful because they are so easy to put together. These just layer right on top of each other. LOVE the simplicity of them. 
Those three little beads up at the top right are actually Pony beads that sis and I melted to make into "pearl" looking gems. 

And now for an added bonus!!!

I can't very well craft without my littles crafting right along with me. Which is BY FAR the best way to spend my crafty time. When I was looking through which file I wanted to use my baby girl Aubrey (8) asked if she could please make a card as well! Of course, and because she asked so sweetly I let her pick out which file we would use. Here is her amazing project! She inspired a LOT of my design. I love when the littles can do that!
Isn't it just beautiful? She likes color about just as much as her mom! And look at how well she put together this file! Yup, they are little hand friendly cut files!!!

Thank you beautiful crafters for taking the time to read over this "wordy" post. I hope we have inspired you in some way. May you have a wonderful week!!!

Hugs and creative blessings,
Raven & Aubrey

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Toy Doctor

Hey beautiful crafters! 

I'm so happy you stopped by today. I created a cutie pie little doc mcstuffins for my niece using PPBN designs file Toy Doctor. I LOVE this file but I left a few pieces out. My niece who is in love with this little cutie doesnt wear shoes EVER. She takes them off anywhere she goes, so I decided to make the legs look like leggings. Also, I made this cut really small to fit on a bookmark because she just started reading and so I left some of the smaller pieces off. I hope you all enjoy it and that you are enjoying a good book this summer!!! ;)

Hugs and creative Blessings,

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Hey beautiful crafters! How the heck are you???


I am so excited to share a cutie pie project I made using Little Pirate (FREE for Members) cut file from PPbNdesigns as well as a Peachy Keen Face Stamp Set...

Ohhh isn't he just the cutest!?!?!?!

Here is a list of what was used:
My beautiful Cameo- Little Pirate (FREE for Members)
If you aren't a current member you really should think about joining. More deets below!!! ;)
Ink- Tuxedo Black (Stazon)
Embellishments- Washi Tape (MME)
Stamps- PK-642 Boy Mates Assortment (The current hot deal!)
Tools- Hexagon punch from Stampin' Up! and white gel pen for the stitching
Paper- The solids are all Stampin' Up! and the patterns are various companies. (Actually i think the yellow pattern paper is Stampin' Up! as well.) 
Adhesive- dimensionals and atg

Current offer over on the facebook page...
Any new PPbN members that sign up this week will be entered to win a new Kindle Fire HDX tablet!

That's all for now folks but I hope you are having a great week!!!
Hugs and Creative Blessings,

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tarot Readings with Guidance

I've had an increase in friends and family suggesting that I offer readings to others so I'm opening up to offer help and guidance to a larger audience. 

With Love,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It's time for a lemonade stand!!!

Hey beautiful crafters!

I am so excited to share with you all a cutie pie project I made for my kiddos. They asked me for a lemonade stand and who was I to say no. So I looked to see if PPbNdesigns had anything that would work for our project and YES was the answer. So I used three different files...

Cute Chocolate Chip Cookie

Cute Lemon

PPbN Whimsy Font

I added adhesive magnet to the back of them and placed them onto a framed metal sheet. :D

Thank you all so much for stopping by! Please add a link below if you've used any of these files or if you plan to and a picture of your inspiration. 


Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Hi Beautiful Crafters!

I'm so excited, I have some awesome news to share with you all! I have loved PPbN Svg's since they began back a few years ago. At one point I had the honor of being on the Design Team as well. Due to health issues with my kiddos I had to remove myself from crafting for a while. Welllllll I am happy to announce I have the privilege of joining the team again. So here is my first PPbN Design Team project of 2014. I posted another PPbN card last week click HERE if you'd like to see it. Also, if you haven't already go on over and LiKe PPbN on Facebook. Nikki the creator and inventor of these wonderful SVG's is FABULOUS!!!!

Okay so here is my first project...

Isn't she stinkin' adorable. I kinda love her! I used the Snow Girl l SVG Cutting Files cut with my cameo. Then I stamped her up with a cutie pie Peachy Keen Face PK-1385 Cartoon Bombshell Face Assortment 
All of the paper used is Stampin' Up! and the sentiment I dont remember where that gem came from. ;) This was my baby girls card who turned 8 last week. :( So sad! I wish we could freeze time and they could stop growing up!

Friday, June 13, 2014

My Creative Time Guest Designer

Hi beautiful crafters!!!

I have loved Emma's stamps and dies since the very start and I feel so blessed to have been able to guest design this week. I created two cards using the "And Then Some Stamp Set".

For this first card I cut out the ampersand with my big shot. I lightly adhered the ampersand to a sheet of watercolor paper and gathered some of my favorite sprays. Heidi Swapp mustard, primrose and Dylusions campso teal and inked up the watercolor paper. I then used stazon ink to stamp "Here" and "now". Grabbed a black sharpie and traced the entire ampersand minus where the words were placed. Finishing touch was some uber awesome stickles! I love the way it turned out and the colors are my fave. 

For this one I did a bit more. I first took a piece of vellum and stamped it up with Rangers Perfect Medium clear ink and Build a Banner Kit polka dot stamp from My Creative Time. Then I used Perfect Pearls in gold and covered up where I had inked creating my own gold vellum paper. Then I covered an entire piece of vellum with the Perfect Medium and Perfect Pearls in Gold and ran it through my Big Shot using the Just Simply Live Stamp Set. Using black and pink paper I die cut the And Then Some Stamp Set ampersand and the word then. Last thing is stamp hugs onto vellum and I then added stickles to the outside of it and the wooden button. Add some black glitter washi and Viola its done. 

Thank you all so much for stopping by and thank you again Emma for this super fun opportunity!

My Creative Time Guest Designer
Hugs and Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Let's Sew Together~WoW GREAT BOOK!

Hey beautiful crafters!

I am so excited to share another book review with you all. I received this amazing book called "Let's Sew Together" through blogging for books and I have to say it is right up our families alley. The front cover says,"simple projects the whole family can make" and I initially questioned this. However, when the kiddos and I began looking through the book to find one project we would like to make we had a very hard time choosing just one. We've purchased patterns before and books with a similar draw but the ideas and patterns in this book are just absolutely adorable. This book is practical with patterns and how-to's for dresses, shorts and accessories but there are plenty of "play toys" too. My only regret is that I didn't get this book sooner. If you are like me and you love crafting with your kiddos then this is a great book for the whole family. If you have little ones the book illustrates how to teach them hand stitching and for the older ones you can begin to teach them machine stitching. What a great way to nurture great hand eye coordination and get them involved in a hobby at a young age. Bratcher hit the nail on the head with this one!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.