Thursday, March 26, 2015

Great Impressions sponsors C.R.A.F.T. Challenge!

Happy Thursday!

The challenge is to create something based on a movie.
At first, this one stumped me, but in flipping through my Great Impressions stampsthe light came on!

Hands up, if you have seen and enjoyed the movie Happy Feet!
You just can't help but love those little penguins, and their dancing feet.

Now, I'm pretty sure these are not penguin feet (tee hee), but these duck feet, are
SO stinkin' cute!  Therefore, my card for the C.R.A.F.T. challenge is based on 'Happy Feet'.

Here's what I made, using Great Impressions F531 Duck Feet


This was a perfect card, as we had a lady at church that had broken her foot.
She got a giggle out of these sweet feet going every which way.

Think about movies that you've seen and liked, and create something fun to link
up at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - you could be the winner of some Great

Thanks for stopping by today - we are one day closer to the weekend, right?

Hugs and grins to you all,

Patti J.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

RI Sketch Challenge - Happy Retirement!

Hello!
Where did the week go?  I can't believe it's time for another sketch challenge
Wendy, the owner, is the queen of sketches.  
Seriously...how does she come up with all of these great ideas?
Here is this week's sketch:


I used Repeat Impressions Stamps 1101-F Retirement

Here is my card:


My fellow Rock Stars have some beautiful projects to share today, as well.
I hope that you will nab this sketch, and join our challenge!  
Remember, you don't HAVE to use Repeat Impressions Stamps, 
but if you do, you have double the chance of winning!

Check out my sidebar to see how you can save money on your RI orders!

Now, it's time to see what my DT sistah's have created!

Cheri     Deonna     Joy     Karen     Debbie     Kathy

Happy Hopping!
Hope you link up a card this week!

Hugs,
Patti J.

I used my Perfect Layers tools for the perfect green matting! Be sure to check out my sidebar to see how you can go from plain to fabulous and save money on your orders!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Happy Birthday Wendy!

Good Morning!

When Wendy Wyman was just 4 years old, she announced that she was going to be an artist when she grew up.  Many years, and many sketchbooks later, she had earned a BFA in Graphic Design. 

For the next 11 years found Wendy worked in advertising, freelancing, and ran a printing company. 

And then it happened...Wendy's mom became a stamping addict, and the rest was history!  It was Wendy's mom's encouragement that led her to turn her illustrations into fine art rubber stamps.

Wendy's husband, Bill, was also looking for a career change, and jumped at the idea of learning a new skill.  

And so....in 1996, Wendy Wyman, and her husband Bill Welsh established Repeat Impressions Stamps.  Each stamp is designed by Wendy, and manufactured by Bill in their home workshop!

Today, the design team for Repeat Impressions, the Rock Stars, have joined together
with a special hop for Wendy's Birthday!

Wendy loves ATC's, so we've changed things up - instead of cards, we all created ATC's for Wendy. They were mailed to Cheri, one of our Rock Stars, who has created a wonderful album for them, and sent them on to Wendy.

Wendy, you are one of the sweetest, and most generous people we know.
As a 'boss', rarely do we find ourselves on a team that is more professionally run,
or more organized!  You are so understanding of our personal issues, and it's a joy to work with you and your products!

We want to wish you a very Happy Birthday!
We look up to, admire and respect you.
May your day today be filled with love and laughter!

And remember....the more candles you have, the bigger the wish you are allowed!

Here are my ATC's for Wendy:

This ATC uses Repeat Impressions 9009-F Butterfly (Sm.) and 8618-E Happy Moments

For this ATC, I used Repeat Impressions 2516-G The Cat's Out..., and 7122-G Yike's Cat

Last but not least, this fun ATC showcases Repeat Impressions 9716-H Fish Face, and 9720-C Big Wish

Please hop along to see what uber-fabulous projects my fellow Rock Stars have created
for Wendy!


Thanks for hopping with us!  If you have a minute, please go to the RI blog, The House that Stamps Built, and leave Wendy a bit of Birthday love!!!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Happy Easter Tu Tu You...

Happy Saturday!
Hope you are all well, and enjoying a beautiful weekend.
Mother Nature is still pretty crabby here in Mo.

It's Saturday, and you know what that means - I'm here to share a fun project for

The Great Impressions' design team has been busy all week long, showcasing fun and fabulous ways to wrap up those Easter treats.  If you haven't been checking out the Great Impressions blog posts this week, be sure to do so - loads of inspiration!





I began with a white lunch bag, and two squares of blue cardstock.

I laid the bag down, turned it over, and smoothed the back 'bag bottom' down flat.

Then I trimmed the entire bag down several inches.

I stamped and colored the image and sentiment, and adhered that panel
to a piece of fun patterned paper. 

A grass die cut was added to the bottom for a bit of fun.  

This entire focal panel was then adhered to one of the blue cardstock squares.  

A label punch was used to create openings on each blue panel,
and each panel was adhered to the bag front with Tombow Extreme adhesive.

The bag was filled with pink grass and lots of Easter candies, and tied shut with
a scrap of ribbon.

Hope this inspired to you grab that stash of lunch bags, and your Great Impressions
Stamps, and get creative!  By the way, isn't this image Tu Tu cute???

Thanks for stopping by today!

Don't forget - there is still time to join us in this month's 'Go Green' challenge (HERE!) and if you use any GI stamps be sure to link up to the customer gallery (HERE)

Be sure to stop by the Great Impressions store (HERE) and treat yourself to a few new stamps!

Did you know shipping is free over $25?! 

Hugs,
Patti J.

Friday, March 20, 2015

CardMaker Magazine Blog Post

Hi there!

It's my day to post over at the

I've shared a couple of great tips, 
and hope that you'll go check them out, 
and leave me a bit of love in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Patti J.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hello there!
It's Wednesday, and time for a brand new Photo Inspiration challenge at

Here is the inspiration photo:


I used these stamps for my project:  Repeat Impressions 1808-E Just Because, and


Here's what I made!


This card was SO easy!

The focal image was stamped three times. Once on a white panel, once again on a white scrap, and once on the patterned paper.  The focal image was colored with Copic Markers. The vase was then fussy cut from the patterned paper, and adhered to the stamped vase on the white panel.
One of the tulips on the scrap piece was colored, fussy cut, and popped up,
hanging over the front edge of the vase.

All panels were adhered to the card base, and the sentiment was stamped.

Easy peasy!


My fellow Rock Stars have some beautiful projects to share today, as well.
I hope that you will get your dies or punches out, and join our challenge!  Remember,
you don't HAVE to use Repeat Impressions Stamps, but if you do, you have
double the chance of winning!

Check out my sidebar to see how you can save money on your RI orders!

Now, it's time to see what my DT sistah's have created!

Cheri     Deonna     Joy     Karen     Debbie     Kathy

Happy Hopping! Hope you link up a card this week!

Check out my sidebar to see how you can save money on each RI order!

Hugs,
Patti J.

P.S. Did you see my perfect green mat?  I used my Perfect Papercrafting Mini Rulers and mat to get those pretty straight lines!  Check out my sidebar to see how you can save money on your PPC orders!!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

CardMaker Magazine - Sakura Blog Hop

Happy Monday to all!

Today, the CardMaker Magazine Blog Team has a special blog hop for you.
A couple of weeks ago, our team received a package of happy mail
from Leslie, at Sakura of America!
My package contained two Sakura Quickie Glue Pens, Item #38480,
and two Sakura White Gel Pens, Item #37493.


I'm excited to share my projects with you today - I had such a great time with my happy
mail...Thanks, Leslie, and CardMaker!

Here's what I created:

For this first card, I used a great background stamp from my stash.
The background was stamped on pink cardstock.  I cut the panel to the size desired, 
and proceeded to doodle with the white pen!  What fun - I think this is called the Bandana 
Technique - it really DOES look like a bandana, right?
The white gel pen was SO smooth, and left such nice fine lines!
The panel was matted, adhered to the card base and embellished with some white nailheads.
I used a digital set for the sentiment. This card was mailed to a wonderful man at our
church, who has been a light to us all for the past MANY years. He has stage 4 cancer,
and is in need of happy mail.  The inside is another digi sentiment, and reads, "Thank you for shining your light".  I wanted this flat for mailing, and used the Quickie glue pen for the sentiment - worked perfectly!



For this purple card, I used the layered technique.  The large panel was cut for the
card front, and a smaller panel for the inside.  The smaller panel was adhered over the large panel with repositionable adhesive, and another image from the above background set was stamped over both purple panels.  Again, I doodle on the images, and wow - what a relaxing evening I had!
The smaller panel was matted, and both it and the larger purple panel were adhered to the
card front using the Quickie Glue Pen. The sentiment was also from the digital set,
and was matted and popped up with some dimensional foam.



For this card, I used a piece of pretty teal cardstock, put it in an embossing folder, 
and dry embossed it.  Once again, I doodled on the raised images!  All of the white flowers, squiggles, and dots were done with the White Gel pen. The two ribbon tabs, and 
the sentiment were adhered using the Quickie Glue Pen!

(Not sure why the sentiment looks like it's on a different color...hmmmmm.....?)

Aaah....the green card!  This one was honest doodling!  I have a Stampin'Up! scoring board,
and when I purchased it, I also purchased the stencil overlay.  I used this overlay to
create ALL of this doodling!  Pretty cool, right? Flat for mailing, and so cheerful.
The sentiment actually said Warm Winter Hugs, but I only stamped and heat 
embossed the Hugs and hearts.


Hope you enjoyed my projects, and will try some of these products yourselves. I think you will be very pleased with them.  I had a great time using both the gel pens and the glue pens, and
will be reaching for them often.

Time to see what my CardMaker Blog Teamies have done with their Sakura goodness!

Patti J.Gilliam (You're Here!)

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Hopping,

Patti J.

Supplies Used:
Sakura White Gel Pen
Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Black and Purple Cards)
Unity Stamps (Teal and Green Cards)
Perfect Papercrafting Perfect Layers Mini Rulers and Cutting Mat
White Cardstock: Hammermill 100#
Pink Cardstock: a muse studio
Green & Purple Cardstock: Colorbok
Teal Cardstock: Stampin'Up!
Black Cardstock: The Paper Studio
White Nail Heads: Wal-Mart
Stenciling Template: Stampin'Up!
Teal Resin Flower: Hobby Lobby
White Ribbon: May Arts
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

(Check out my sidebar to see how you can save money on a set of Perfect Layers Tools!)