Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Repeat Impressions Color Challenge - Yellow, Pink, and Green!

Hello out there!

Today begins a new color challenge at the Repeat Impressions' blog, The House that Stamps Built.
Just look at these beautiful, happy, spring colors!

Oh my goodness - what fun these were to create with - thanks to our fellow Rock Star, Karen Hasheck, who spends so much time finding our colors and photos for these inspirational

Here is what I made, using Repeat Impressions stamps 1313-P Easter Friends, and 1302-F Some Bunny...

Is this not the most adorable image?  I had searching through my Copic bin for these fun colors, too!

I hope it makes you smile - I think it's a happy card, and it's probably
going to our granddaughter in Germany!

If you'd like to own these, or other beautiful RI stamps, hurry over and check out the Repeat Impressions store!  Be sure to use the coupon on my sidebar to save 10% on each and every order!

We'd love to see YOUR beautiful projects linked up to our challenge!
Nab this fun sketch, get creative, and link up at The House That Stamps Built!
You don't have to use RI stamps to play along,
but if you do, you'll be entered twice!

It's time to see what my Fellow Rock Stars have created with this sketch!

Happy hopping!

Cheri     Deonna     Joy     Melissa     Karen     Debbie     Kathy

Thanks for stopping by!

Patti J.

P.S. I did the Outside the Box cutting with my Perfect Papercrafting Mini Rulers and cutting mat.
Check out my sidebar for details on saving money on your Perfect Papercrafting orders!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Pretty Wings and Love in the Air

Hello Friends!

I'm here today to share a pretty card that was created using the
Die-Versions stamp set, "Love is in the Air" DV-9016, and
Die-Versions die, "Pretty Wings" Whispers DVW-383.

I've been a wee bit smitten with the new Bokeh technique, and thought I'd give it a try today, for this card.  I masked off a section in the center of a white panel, and just created oodles of circles of different colors and sizes.  I came back in with some white ink with the final circles.
When I had the background finished, I cut very thin strips of the black and aqua cardstocks, and
created a tiny border on each side of the sentiment.
Two of the beautiful butterflies were cut.  One was placed off the edges of the focal panel,
and the excess trimmed away.  The other was mounted at the top of the card with some Tombow glue, and the wings were lifted up for dimension.
The last step was to scatter a few sequins.  A girl has to have a bit of bling, right?

I can't wait to see what the next new release from Die-Versions bring!
Check back soon, as they should be here any day!

Hope you give this fun and easy technique a try for your backgrounds!

If you want to do some shopping for dies and stamps, be sure to check out the Die-Versions website! They have some wonderful dies that cut like butter, and are so affordable!
And now - they have sweet stamps too!!!

Have a wonderful day - thanks for stopping by!

Patti J.

P.S. Check out my sidebar for a great new deal at Perfect Papercrafting!!!
I always use my Perfect Layers Mini Rulers to create beautiful, straight mats!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Great Impressions March Challenge - Go Green!

Hello Friends!

It is time for a new monthly challenge at Great Impressions!  This month, we are looking for creations with a 'Go Green!' theme:

It's been a while since I used the Triple Stamping Technique, so I decided to give it a whirl.  

To do this, I cut three white panels that measured 2 x 3 1/4", 3 x 4 1/4", and 4 x 5 1/4".  

I placed these three panels together, as shown, with the sizes going from largest on the bottom, to smallest at the top.  These were 'stuck' together with removable two-sided tape.  

Once together, I stamped the sentiment on the smallest panel, and then stamped the 4 Leaf Clover randomly over all three panels, using green ink.  

I took these panels apart, and colored in all of the leaves and flowers.  

The next step was to cut an A2 base, and a 4 1/2 x 3 1/4, and a 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 panel from green card stock.  

Each of the white panels were centered onto the green panels, and voila! needed a bit more, so I stamped the 4 Leaf Clover twice more, colored and fussy cut just the clover, and adhered them with dimensional foam directly over the two corner clovers!  

Better, right?

That's all for today!
THANKS for stopping by...  
I hope you come and join in the fun with our monthly challenge and that you leave some love with the other gals on the DT for their fabulous creations using products from the Great Impressions store as well!  
If you ever use Great Impressions stamps, make sure you link up with our Customer Gallery, too!  
HUGS and happy stamping!
Patti J.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Great Impressions - Beautifully monogrammed!

Happy Saturday to you all!

Today, I'm sharing a quick and easy set of monogrammed cards.  Did you know that Great Impressions carries these beautiful monograms?  I'm so impressed with them.
This week, I needed a quick and easy project, due to being sick.

Here's what I did, using Great Impressions Stamps: E612 Monogram Flourish W

I found some pretty papers from my a muse stash, and heat embossed the monogram in white embossing powder.  Layered the monograms, and popped them up with some
dimensional foam.  Ta da!  Easy peasy - did all three in 30 minutes!

Wouldn't this make a nice gift boxed set for someone special?

Be sure to join us in this month's 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?! 

Thanks for stopping by - see you next Saturday with a pretty spring creation!

Patti J.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Add a Little Dazzle!

Hi all!
In the last Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, I won a prize - it was a package of beautiful metal sheets from a company called 'Add a Little Dazzle'.  

I've sort of been intimidated (okay, a LOT intimidated) with these sheets, but decided that I needed to step jump leap outside of my comfort zone, and try them out.

So....this post will be not only my first attempt at using this product, but also, an unsolicited product review :)

The Dazzling Diva Challenge #64 was to add some texture to a project.

All righty!  I immediately thought of my embossing folders.  What better way to try out
this pretty new product?  Sigh....I have about 20 embossing folders, none of which
made me do a happy dance.  What now?

Aha!  We all have a scoring board, right?  Ta da!  The light went on.

From the get-go, this amazing blue metal caught my eye.  So, that's what I used, 
and here's what I did:

I cut the blue panel to 4" x 5 1/4", to fit just inside an A2 card base.

The blue panel was placed color side down on my scoring board on the diagonal.  
I scored lines every 1/2-inch, turned the metal, and scored on 1/2" marks again.
So far so good.  I was liking this new crafty goodness!

I adhered the metal to my card base with Scor-tape (I don't own any of the fabulous red sticky tape that they sell with their metal sheets).  It did a great job of adhering the metal to the card front.
The next step was to use a sanding block to take the color off the top of the scored lines.
Worked perfectly.

Then, I counted up four 'rows' from the top and bottom of the card, and added half pearls.
I used Tombow Mono Liquid Glue for that.

Now came the tricky part - this would determine if I loved, hated, or tolerated working with the metal sheets!  I took a Thanks die (from Taylored Expressions), and die cut it from a piece of white metal.
Oh. My. GOSH!  It cut very nicely!  

I took another scrap piece of the blue metal, and used a StampinUp! embossing folder to create a base for the sentiment, but didn't like straight edges.  Another test - how would it cut with scissors?
Like a dream!  I trimmed the cute little sentiment backing with detail scissors, adhered
the sentiment using my Xyron Sticker Maker, and popped the sentiment up with
dimensional foam squares.

I'm sure there is a learning curve, as my card doesn't look as professionally done as the owner or DT members projects do, but I will absolutely be creating with this product again!

There are videos to watch on the Dazzle blog, so check them out!  If you enter their
challenge, you could win some pretty metal sheets yourself!

Thanks so much for the great prize, Monica!

And thank you all for stopping by today!

Patti J.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Repeat Impressions Sketch Challenge

Howdy, folks!
So glad you stopped by - today's challenge at The House That Stamps Built
is a great sketch by Wendy, the Repeat Impressions owner.
I love all of her sketches...they are so easy to create with!

Here's today's sketch:

And here is my card:

I used Repeat Impressions 3935-F Spring Is, and Repeat Impressions 2605-P Ode to Spring.

If you'd like to own these, or other beautiful RI stamps, hurry over and check out theRepeat Impressions store!  Be sure to use the coupon on my sidebar to save 10% on each and every order!

We'd love to see YOUR beautiful projects linked up to our challenge!
Nab this fun sketch, get creative, and link up at The House That Stamps Built!
You don't have to use RI stamps to play along,
but if you do, you'll be entered twice!

It's time to see what my Fellow Rock Stars have created with this sketch!

Happy hopping!

Cheri     Deonna     Joy     Melissa     Karen     Debbie     Kathy

Thanks for stopping by!

Patti J.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Some people...

Hello, and happy Sunday!

Before I show my card, I need to apologize to some of you!  I recently decided to look
in my spam folder, and OH MY GOSH!  I am amazed at how many of the
blogs that I follow via subscription were in this file.  Also, in the file were
hundreds of comments by some of my readers.  I spent nearly an entire afternoon
telling the computer that you're not spam, so hopefully, I'll get your comments, AND your feeds
so I can comment on your beautiful creations!  So sorry if I've been negligent, while
you've been stopping by here faithfully!

I had a bit of time to create over the weekend, and was so excited to finally get to ink up some of the Unity Stamps that I recently ordered.  They've been sitting untouched for a month, and I really love the sayings, so I decided to play along with one of the Unity challenges.

For this challenge, I could follow either one of the sketches, and/or the color theme.
I chose to follow both the color theme, and the sketch on the left.

Here's what I made:

This card uses the Unity Stamps "Lasting Thoughts' stamp set.
I had some of the Authentique 'Renew' paper pad left, and the colors were perfect
for this challenge.

Hope you are staying warm, wherever you are.  We had several inches of snow, that were topped off Friday night and Saturday morning with sleet, ice, and fresh snow.  Ready for spring
to make it's appearance!

Thanks for dropping by,

Patti J.