Saturday, April 18, 2015

Coming Your Way...

Can you believe it's the third Saturday in April already?
This month has flown by.

It's my day for posting on the Great Impressions Blog, 
and what a fun image this was to work with!

For this card, the following Great Impressions Stamps were used:

The Center Step Card seemed perfect for this darling little puppy.
First, the image was stamped directly onto the center panel.
The flowers, greenery, and butterflies were colored with Copics.
I sponged some green 'grass', and some blue clouds, and then stamped the sentiment.
The image was stamped again onto a white CS scrap.  
It was colored, then the dog and one butterfly were fussy cut, and adhered with dimensional
foam pieces to the center panel. The foam pieces gave his such a realistic appearance!
The last step was to find a cute patterned paper, and cut some strips for the sides and
bottom panels.

As you can see, this image requires very little coloring, and looks so sweet!

Don't forget - about the GI challenges!
A fun challenge for April is going on now. 
If you use 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?! 

That's it for today!

Thanks for stopping by,
Patti J.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friends with Flair - Don't Wine About It.

Hello - and Happy Friday!

Today is a super short post.  I've been trying for quite some time to get a
card into the Unity Friends with Flair challenge.  Well, peeps...
today is the day!

Made this fun little card, and I know just who will be getting it!


Have a great day - thanks for stopping by!
Patti J.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hang in there...

Hi there, everyone!
It's time for a new photo inspiration challenge at The House that Stamps Built.
What a fitting photo - it's been raining and raining here. Wish we could
bottle it up and send it to our friends and family in California!

Our challenge was to create something using this photo for our inspiration:

Photo inspirations are my least favorite challenges - I have a really tough
time knowing what to do.  I decided to just play off of the colors and abstract sort
of squiggly shadows.  The photo made me feel a bit somber, so I chose a saying to match
my mood!

Here's what I made, using some distress inks, a stencil, some dies, and some black and gold twine.
The stamps I used were: Repeat Impressions 8619-E Tomorrow, and Repeat Impressions 9009-F Butterfly (sm).

I hope that you feel inspired to grab this inspiration photo, and join in 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 friends have created!

Cheri     Deonna     Joy     Karen     Debbie     Kathy     Melissa

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

Patti J.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Flying Kites


Hope you are all well today!
I needed a birthday card for a dear friend, and wanted to play a bit
with this new Die-Versions "Flying Kites" Whispers DV-441.

Once again, I cut the die from the background paper, and again from
three designer papers, and cut and pieced them into the die
opening on the blue background.  Rather than to fussy cut all of the bows,
I used a marker and colored them.  After coloring I dotted them with
my Sakura white gel pen.  Easy peasy!

This technique is a bit time consuming, but I find it therapeutic, and think
it makes such a fun statement...AND is flat for mailing!

What do you think?

Hope you enjoyed this card, and will give this technique a try!

The fun sentiment seemed perfect - it's by Unity Stamps.

Be sure to check out the Die-Versions blog each day for inspiration,
and check out the Die-Versions store for new products, sales, and lots of

Thanks for stopping by!

Patti J.

P.S. My perfect red mat is made using my Perfect Papercrafting Mini Rulers and Cutting Mat - check out my sidebar to see how you can save money on your PPC orders!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Call me...

Hi there!

I thought I'd play today 'just because'!!!

The challenge at Unity Stamps this month is to use one of two sketches, OR
this inspirational photo, OR this color combination!

I decided to work with the color combinations - those pretty little pennants
along the right side.

There was a fun sketch at Sketch Saturday that looked like fun,
so I took a wee bit of liberty with it.  Here is the Sketch Saturday Sketch:

And, here is what I created:

It was fun creating a card just for the fun of creating!

Hope you are having a great weekend - thanks for stopping by!

Patti J.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Get Well Louie!

Happy Saturday!
So glad you could drop by today!

I was in need of a get well card, so my post today features some fun get well stamps 

I used Get Well Louie G520, and Just Duckin' C476 for this fun little
center easel card.

To create this card, I covered the card front with some designer paper from an old DCWV pad, and set it aside.  

The image was then stamped on white cardstock twice, and once on each of three patterned papers.  

One of the white panels was used as my base. 

The other white panel was where I colored the Louie, and fussy cut all of his pieces!
The beak and feet have glossy accents on them.

Also fussy cut, were the bed frames, pillow, and blanket.

Once the pieces were all cut, they were adhered to the white panel, trimmed, and matted.

Once I knew what size the focal panel was, I cut the card front on each end, and glued the small side strips down on the card, leaving the center section swinging free.  It was scored in half, and the
focal panel adhered to it.

The last step was to stamp and mat the sentiment.
It was adhered to the card using dimensional foam, and happily holds the easel piece upright!

Here is a photo showing the card flat for mailing in an A2 envelope.

Don't forget - about the GI challenges!
A brand new challenge for April went live last week. 
If you use 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?! 

P.S. My beautiful mats were created with Perfect Papercrafting Perfect Layers Mini Rulers and Mat. Be sure to check out my sidebar - you could save money on your order!

Have a great weekend,
Patti J.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Designer's Choice Challenge - Heat Embossing

Good morning - happy Wednesday!
It's time for a new Designer's Choice Challenge at The House that Stamps Built!
Today, our ever so talented Rock Star, Kathy, is the hostess of our DCC. She has challenged us to
use heat embossing on our projects.

Let me show you what I did using Repeat Impressions 6003-M Floral Positive

To create my panel, I stamped the focal image with Versamark ink, heat embossed with white embossing powder, and trimmed around it.  I wanted a happy, summery, tie-died looking
result, so I then sponged with a few colors of distressed ink.  I wiped off the excess
with a dry paper towel, grabbed my Perfect Layers Rulers, created some mats, 
stamped the sentiment, and voila!!!

This photo gives you a close-up of the heat embossed focal panel.

We'd love it if you got out your heat gun and created a project to link up to our challenge!
Once you've created, 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!

Check out my sidebar to see how you can save money at Repeat Impressions,
and at Perfect PaperCrafting!

It's time to see what my Fellow Rock Stars have created with their heat guns!

Happy hopping!

Cheri     Deonna     Joy     Melissa     Karen     Debbie     Kathy

Thanks for stopping by!

Patti J.