Monday, April 14, 2014

Lots of Love for Lauryn

Isn't this little girl just precious? 
Let me introduce you....

Lauryn was diagnosed with Leukemia on March 27, 2014. She is currently hospitalized in the DC area undergoing chemotherapy to fight this terrible disease.  

Lauryn is Linda Payne's granddaughter...
many of you in the stamping community probably know our sweet Linda!

As news of Lauryn's illness spread via social media, many of you have asked if there is anything you can do to help, so we have come up with a plan. We decided to have a Card Drive and would like to invite YOU to help by sending "happy mail" to Lauryn and her family.

Please create cards to share your love and encouragement for Lauryn and her family. Lauryn's parents are Josh and Elizabeth and she has two older siblings: Lily and Logan. We thank the Lord for this dear family and need to pray for them as they are seeking to glorify the Lord throughout this trial. 

Cards can be mailed to:

Children's National
Hematology/Oncology RM 437
Lauryn Newsome
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington DC 20010

You can find updates on Lauryn via a Facebook page that has been set up by some family. It is Fight on Little Lauryn. They have shared how encouraging it is receive a simple "like" on a Facebook status or words of love and encouragement that is posted.

Here is the fabulous group of bloggers who have joined us in promoting this Card Drive. We would love for you to hop with us as numerous bloggers have blog candy and all you need to do is leave a comment... 

Olga Jewell Craftieodamae
Mary Anne Kelemen Lakeside Stamping
Lisa Haines The Purple Place
Colleen Holmes A Card’s Delight
Anita Autore Cards & Coffee 
Sandra Van Blaricum Cards and Creativity 
Nina Brackett Crafting in Croatia
Linda Coughlin The Funkie Junkie
Kathleen Curry Will Stamp for Wine
Melissa Czapor My Many Journeys
Vicki Dutcher All I Do is Stamp
Tera Fujan Stamp Queen 
Joy Hadden Pieces of Joy
Karen Knegten Studio at the Lake 
Lee Murphy My Reality
Betty Neville Betty Neville's Blog
Jackie Randolph Paper Moments 
Shirley Ross Card Art, Etc.
Melissa Shultz Buggin to Stamp
Brenda Turner Stamp It Up
Geri Utterback Geri’s Cards 
Cheri Weston Stamp’n Boomer 
Here is a card that I created using one of the digi images that I received after donating to Lauryn's family. I am planning to send cards to each family member.  What a terrible ordeal for each of them.
If you would like to donate, you can find the link HERE.

Blog Candy!!!
One lucky reader will receive a $10 gift card to
If you are a follower of my blog, you can leave two comments, for two chances!
I will post the winner for MY blog candy on Friday, April 18th.

Have a great day.
Thanks for stopping by!

Patti J.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Winner - Creations by AR Easel Top Box!!!!

Happy Saturday!

I'm SO excited - the winner of the Creations by AR Easel Top Box was chosen randomly from MY blog readers!  Woot Woot!

Without further ado, the winner is:


who said:

'This is so creative and fabulous!! 
I love the papers you used and the adorable owl!! 
And the picture is so sweet!! Have a great day'

Lisa, please email Adela to claim your template!  

Thanks to all who stopped by this week, 
and good luck with next month's 
Creations by AR New Release Blog Hop!

Have a nice weekend - Patti J.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Creations by AR - April New Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the Creations by AR New Release Blog Hop!
We are so happy that you could join us.

Today, the team is showcasing Adela's wonderful new template 'Easel Top Box'.
I'm sure that each box will be unique, so be sure to hop to each designer's blog!

One lucky winner will receive this template - it could be YOU!

How can you win?

Leave a comment on each DT members blog
Leave a comment on the Creations by AR Facebook page

Comments will be accepted until Friday, April 11th, 12:00 noon Eastern.
One lucky winner will be announced on the AR Facebook page and on the AR Website!

Here is the hop order:

Patti J. - you are here!

Here is what I created with this box template.

As a new grandma, I created a box for our Lorelei!  Here is the box shown as an easel top box.

Better shot, looking down on it.

Here is what the easel looks like without a photo.

Here's what the box looks like on the inside...

And here is what it looks like with the little flap all tucked in behind the owl!

I used all Amuse Studio papers - Love that they all coordinate so beautifully!
This would be fun as a recipe box, vacation photo holder, souvenier holder, baby's first lock of hair and tooth, etc... Happy hopping!

Thanks for stopping by!

Patti J.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Grandbaby Update!!!

Happy Saturday!
The sun is shining in Missouri, and we are so happy to see it!

I had a birthday on Tuesday, and this is what dear granddaughter Lorelei sent:

Isn't she precious?  I'm sure every 'grand' feels at way!

Thanks for patiently humoring my need to share baby pics now and then!

Happy weekend,
Patti J.

P.S. Blog candy coming soon!

5 years of blogging
my 1000th blog post
a new (and precious) granddaughter
and my 60th birthday!

Keep watching!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Perfect Paper Crafting Brand Ambassador Blog Hop

Welcome to our Perfect Paper Crafting Brand Ambassador blog hop.

Our Brand Ambassadors are the heart and soul of Perfect Paper Crafting! They are all truly AMAZING artists. The hop starts today, Monday, March 31 at 9:00 a.m. PST and will go through Friday, April 4 at Midnight PST

We thought we would do a blog hop so you could see our Brand Ambassadors' artistic talents showcasing our newest products. We will show you how to use our new Perfect Layers Mini tools and Perfect Cutting Mat.  We are very lucky to have SugarPea Designs as one of our sponsors for this fun blog hop. SugarPea Designs is giving away a $25 gift certificate to their new on line store to one lucky winner. Also to celebrate our very first Perfect Paper Crafting Brand Ambassador blog hop, Perfect Paper Crafting will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to our on line store. All you have to do is visit all of the participating blogs and leave a comment on every single one. We will announce the winner Sunday, April 6. I hope you enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today - the next stop on the hop is Cathie Rigby

Here is what the cutting mat and mini tools look like. 
Note that one side is in inches, the other side is metric.  Look at all of the great information on each side, too!
   I still love my full size tools, but I REALLY love these mini tools!  They travel beautifully to crops, or girl's day in crafting sessions, and I feel that I personally have more control with the smaller size.  The mat is amazing - makes for a perfect cut every time.
If you look closely, you will see that there are edges on each side with different widths. The first ruler has 3/16" and 5/16" on the front side, and 1/2" and 1/16" on the other side.  The second ruler has 5/8" and 1/8" on one side, and 1/4 and 1/4" on the other side. is what I made using the Perfect Cutting Mat and the Mini Tools:
Adhere your image to mat material.  Then begin creating your first mat, by determining which edge you will be using. For my blue mat, I've chosen 1/8".

Holding your tool firmly, use your X-acto knife, or rotary cutter to cut your first line.

Turn your project, and repeat three more times, until all edges are trimmed.
Your first mat is finished - voila!

Repeat with second mat, if you choose to add more than one. For the yellow mat, I used the 1/2" edge.
Repeat with third mat - for this mat, I used a 1/16" mat.
Used a Sherry Baldi 'Besties' image for this one, and an Amuse Studio sentiment. Love the way it turned out! Note the 1/16" black border behind the pink panel, and the 1/8" border behind the center strip.
For this card, I used several size mats.  The image, sentiment, and sunburst paper are from Amuse Studio. I followed the sketch below, and will be entering this card in the Sketch Saturday challenge.

If you'd like to try these tools yourself, check out my sidebar for details on how to save money on your own set!

Happy Hopping!
If you get lost along the way, you can find the entire blog list at Perfect Paper Crafting!

Have a great week!
Patti J.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Wish you were here....

Howdy, and Happy Sunday!

The sun is shining in Missouri - it's a miracle!  The temps are nice too - around 50, I think.  Had a great church service today, AND a church breakfast, so life is really good.

I have a card to share, that I don't think I've ever posted.  This is one of the cards that was published in an issue of CardMaker a while back.  I love this Amuse Studio set 'Life's a Breeze'- it's fun to create with!

Thanks for stopping by,

Patti J.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Rock On!

Hi there, and Happy Thursday!
So happy that you stopped by today, as it's my day to post for Die-Versions Dies.
Today, I'm featuring the Die-Versions Sweet Spot Die, "Rock On".
Check out all of the darling Sweet Spot dies at Die-Versions! You won't be disappointed!

This die cuts so smoothly. I love the way the cardstock just falls right out of the die. The letters cut uniformly, and the little pieces just fall away with a flick of my fingertips.  Another thing that I like about this, is that the words stand alone, as well.  Simply trim the circle from around the words, and you have two individual words to add to your card front, scrapbook page, or altered item! The possibilities are endless!

I wanted to work with a card layout that would showcase the Sweet Spots die, and I think this works well! I plan to use the layout again with other Sweet Spots!  The Amuse Studio cardstocks seem to work perfectly for this style, as all of their cardstock is white on the back side.

I hope that you will check out the great products at the Die-Versions store,
and that you'll become a follower of the Die-Versions blog!
The ideas from our design team are fresh and fun every day!

Thanks for stopping by,
Patti J.