Thursday, October 30, 2014

Want to Swap?

Hello out there!

Well, here we are at the end of October already.  
My goodness, time certainly flies...
my mom always said that the older I got, the faster the days would go by.
I must say that mom was right!

It's been a LONG time since I took part in a card swap.  With the Christmas holidays quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to organize a holiday swap.

Please email me if you are interested in swapping!

I don't have details worked out yet, as I don't know if there's any interest, but
here are the 'rules' so far!

1.  Have fun creating winter/Christmas/snowman type cards.  Once I have an idea of interest, I will let you know how many to make.  Usually, I keep groups at 10 or less.

2.  Cards will need to reach me no later than November 24th to ensure delivery to everyone in time for holiday use.

3. Each card will need to include an envelope.

That's all for now!

If you are interested, please email me at:

mamagilliam at gmail dot com

Have a good day,
Patti J.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wondering Eyes...

It's time for a new sketch challenge at The House That Stamps Built!
Wendy, the owner of Repeat Impressions Stamps, designs the best sketches!

Here's today's sketch:

And here is my card:

Here's the card front.  My moon disappoints me.  I had to stamp it again, as it was only half showing under the circle cut out. When I adhered it, it looked too pale, so I added some glossy accents.  OOPS!  Shouldn't have done that - now it looks like a brad or button!  Oh well, next time I will know better!   I used Repeat Impressions "8308-U Wondering Eyes"

Here is the inside of the card, Santa and all! See how nice and 'moonish' this moon  looks?  Lol...  I used Repeat Impressions "8308-U Wondering Eyes"

Aren't these images just too cute?  I'm going to work on a flip card with them next, I think. These little critters just make me smile!

Hope you'll check out my fellow Rock Stars, to see their interpretation of Wendy's awesome sketch!

Cheri     Deonna     Geri     Joy     Melissa     Karen

Hope to see you enter your creation in our challenge at The House That Stamps Built!

While you're out and about, have a bit of fun shopping at Repeat Impressions!

Thanks for stopping by - Happy Wednesday!

Patti J.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Hello, and happy Wednesday.

I'm always at a loss for titles, so this one made me giggle.  Bet you giggled a bit,
as well!

Today, a new challenge is up at the Repeat Impressions Blog, The House that Stamps Built.
It's a Designer's Choice Challenge - our talented designer, Joy, challenged
us to use our leftovers!

I used leftovers from the Halloween card I posted a day or so ago,
simply because I had not put them away yet!  Nope, you don't want to know what's on
my workspace!  It would take me all day to tell you...

Here's what I created with my leftovers:

Repeat Impressions 7122-G, Yikes Cat, Repeat Impressions 7066-F, Insanity

I kept with the Halloween theme paper-wise, but decided to change up the image and sentiment a bit.  Love this crazy cat, with his googly eyes, and that sentiment makes me smile, 
because I have days just like this!  Hits home, dear friends, really it does!

Well, thanks for stopping by today!

I hope that you'll go check out what my fellow Rock Stars have used
their leftovers for...I can't wait to see them!

Cheri     Deonna     Geri     Joy     Melissa     Karen

After you hop about for oodles of inspiration, grab your leftovers, and
get creative!  Link up your project at The House That Stamps Built,
for a chance to win some Repeat Impressions yumminess!

Patti J.

Other supplies used:
Cardstock from my stash
EK Success Zig Zag Punch
Copic Markers
Googly eyes
Baker's Twine
Perfect Papercrafting Perfect Layers Mini Rulers (see my sidebar for details!)
Dimensional Foam
Black Sequins (a strip that fell off of a summer blouse!)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Die-Versions Think Pink Blog Hop

Welcome to the Think Pink Blog Hop!! 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so the Die-Versions Design Team wanted to bring Breast Cancer Awareness to our crafty friends. We want to get the message out to all women about the importance of early detection with regular self-breast exams and mammograms. 

We want all of you to Hop with us!! Link up as many new projects (no back-linking) that fit the theme of Breast Cancer Awareness (no other restrictions) for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate generously provided by Die Versions. Die-Versions manufactures low profile dies made right here in the United States. You can see all of the dies Die-Versions has to offer and do some shopping at 
the Die-Versions store.
Many of the designers today will be using images generously provided byDoodle Pantry. Doodle Pantry provides a diverse selection of images. There is something for everyone, so be sure to stop by to see all they have to offer.

We have also joined with Fighting Pretty to donate cards to be delivered to breast cancer patients. If you would like to donate your cards we would love to pass them along to brighten the days of needed recipients. Please email Lori at mulchlady(at)aol(dot)com for the address to send your cards. 

Here is what I made, using the Die-Versions "Crochet Lace" Whispers DVW-322 die, and a sweet PRE-COLORED (!!!) digital set 'I Will Survive', from Doodle Pantryyou can find it HERE.  
If you look closely at the second photo, you will see that I actually printed the image twice, and cut the little birdie head out.  It was than mounted on a 'wobbly' spring, so when touched, it wobbles!

Your next stop on the Think Pink Blog Hop is Mary. So let’s get hopping, celebrate courage and strength, and most importantly spread some Pink Hope. 

Here's the entire line-up in case you get lost along the way: 

Die-Versions Blog
Patti - you are here!

Thanks for hopping with us!! 
Link up as many new projects (no back-linking) that fit the theme of Breast Cancer Awareness (Think Pink, Survivor, Be Brave…) in the linky on the Die-Versions blog.
You have until Tuesday, October 28. 

The winner will be announced on the Die-Versions blog on Wednesday, October 29.
Good luck, everyone, and Think Pink!

Thanks for stopping by!
Patti J.

Other supplies used:
A Muse pink gingham cardstock
Wobbly spring (from local LSS)
Perfect Papercrafting Perfect Layers Mini Rulers for perfect mats (see sidebar for details!)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Snowflake Corner...

Happy Monday!
It's my day to share on the Die-Versions Blog, and I thought that I would
showcase a couple of my favorite dies.  I'm amazed each time I create with these dies, at the easy removal of these delicate die cuts!

For this card, I used Die-Versions "Snowflake Corner" DVW-399, and Die-Versions "Peace on Earth" Sweet Wordlets DVSW-043.  Oops!  Looking at my photo, I just realized that I lost a bling on the right snowflake...better fix that before I mail this one!

Thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to follow the Die-Versions blog, for daily inspiration with these wonderful dies!

Patti J.

Other supplies used:
Perfect Paper Crafting Perfect Layers Mini Rulers (see my sidebar for details!)
White Hammermill 100# cardstock
Black cardstock (Hobby Lobby)
Blue Cardstock (scraps)
Bling (Hobby Lobby)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Just Me...

Happy Sunday!

Had a nice service at Church and a great Sunday School group today!
Hope your day was good, as well.

I found a few minutes this afternoon to play, and thought I'd enter a couple of challenges.

The first card was made for one of the Treasure Times Stamps Facebook Group Challenges. 

This particular challenge is for a guest designer spot.  You really should go HERE and join the FB group - they have lots of creative fun, and we all love that, right?  They also have a great website!  Jody, the owner, actually gave her group some digital images to enter the challenges with.  I chose this darling Halloween image.  Ugh...I tried three different times to color, and had one issue after the other, SO... I decided to color only the skin, and paper piece everything else. VOILA!
Wish me luck!!!  I used my Perfect Layers Mini Rulers and mat for the wonderful black layer. See my sidebar for details!

The next card was created for the October Challenge at the Great Impressions Stamps Blog.  

This was a pretty tough challenge for me, as I have ZERO fall or autumn related Great Impressions Stamps, and the challenge theme is:  Autumnal Elegance.  I ended up using some pretty patterned paper, a die, and this wonderful little sentiment, 'Just Me. Thinking of You. #9742 SKU #D405'.  This is an all-time favorite GI stamp - I reach for it often.  It can be made 'cutesy' or 'elegant'.
Hope you like it!!!

There's still time to enter each challenge, so get your craft on and go for it!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Patti J.

Friday, October 17, 2014

What's new up on our hill?

Happy Friday, everyone!

So....what exactly IS new on Patti J's hillside?
Well, thanks for asking!

I'd been gone a while yesterday, running a multitude of errands, including Wal-Mart.
Sympathy accepted!  Ugh.....can't wait - we are to have a Schnuck's soon,
and I'm so excited that Wally World will have a bit of small town competition! I was saying before I got off subject -

When I got home from running errands, this is what I found on the driveway:

Oh dear....I have not ridden a bike since 1980!

Eeks, they say that one never forgets how to ride a bike - I hope that's true, as it's a lot harder 
at age 60 to get up after a fall than it was at 26, and owies hurt a lot more!

My DH is a keeper - for real!  He is always surprising me with sweet presents!  
My last 'sweet ride' surprise from him was in 2003, when he brought me home a little black 
Z3 convertible for our 30th wedding anniversary.  
I've actually done very well with the Z3 - haven't fallen off of it yet :)

When we get a free weekend, and actually get ON these bikes, I'll be sure to let you know how it goes (or doesn't!!!).

Wish me luck!

Have a great weekend - thanks for stopping by!

Hugs & grins,
Patti J.