Sunday, October 31, 2010

Color Challenge at FBW

Click here for today's Stampin' Sisters in Christ post!
The challenge this week at Flutterby Wednesdays was a color challenge. We were to use orange, purple, and black on a card, and of course, include a butterfly, angel, or fairy. I managed to use these colors without making a Halloween card! Sigh...sometimes I surprise even myself! lol...

The sentiment is one I picked up at convention this year from Morningstar Stamps. Butterflies are punched with Martha Stewart Punches. Cardstock is all Bazzill. DP is from scraps.

Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

By the way, we will be pulling the camper in next weekend, so maybe I'll be back to normal blogging/blurfing next week! Thanks for being so patient with me!!!


Patti J.

Thoughts in Ivory...

Happy Sunday!

Welcome to a new challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ!

Our challenge this week is brought to us by the lovely Linda!

Linda has chosen Phillipians 4:8 as her scripture:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Linda's challenge this week is to make either an all white or all cream card or project, a monochrome in pure tones.

Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp. The beautiful doily on my card is a stamp that is carried at Simon Says Stamp. You can find it here. The sentiment is also Hero Arts. The cardstock is TAC, both the doily and the sentiment were stamped with Adirondack Sandal Ink, and embossed with Transdescent Embossing Powder. The ribbon is from my 'stash'.

Be sure to head over to the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog, and read Linda's wonderful words about today's scripture.

I hope that you all have a wonderful week with many blessings.

We are very blessed today - DD ended up under a moving hay wagon Friday night, and sustained only minor injuries. DS turned 35 today, and DH is feeling better today.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Patti J.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Ever So Thankful...

Here is a card I made today with a new stamp set from The Angel Company. It's for a TAC blog hop. I'm not an angel, but I love their products. The coloring is all done with a watercolor blender pen and Tim Holtz Distress Inks. The leaves and letters were shined up with a bit of Glossy Accents.
Hope you like it - it didn't photograph nearly as pretty as it is!
Have a good evening!
Patti J.

Friday, October 29, 2010


Thank goodness it's Friday! I hope that you all have had a good week, and are ready for a great weekend.

DH had a Dr. appt. today in the city. I decided last night to make a few quick cards to give to the lady at the office who handles his appointments. It's not always been a friendly voice on the other end of the phone, and we SO appreciate this lady being so kind and easy to deal with. I was at a loss, as they needed to be quick. I decided to just use some Cuttlebug folders, and make an assortment of cards with whatever I had on hand. They were delivered to her in a cute gift bag, which I forgot to photograph!

I'm going to enter the card above at The Cuttlebug Spot: Anything Fall is the challenge.

Well, hope that you like something here! I don't have time to scope out challenges this week, so these are all 'just because'!!! Thanks for stopping by, and I'm off to check on all of you now!
Patti J.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Don't take my Kraft!!!

Hello out there! Short post today, as it's a 'travel to jobsite' day!

I'm always reading articles where a papercrafter is asked what supplies they could not do without. I would have to say Kraft CS. I've used Kraft for every theme imaginable. Today, I've used it for a sympathy card. We had a friend that was diagnosed with cancer, and passed away, all in two week's time. I thought that his son might like this card. I'm working on one today for his wife.
Sorry about the funny colors on the photo - the lighting kept shining off the card, and casting goofy shadows. It's really just one color of Kraft Cardstock!!!

Sentiment on inside...

A good blogging friend, Chelsea, used the versamark/clear embossing powder technique on a card for a technique swap with her friends from TAC. I needed a really quick card, so thought I'd CASE Chelsea! I don't have her card to show (I saw it at Shirley's house...) but you can check out her blog for some great stuff!!!

Shirley and I had a play day yesterday (gosh, did I need that!!!), so I used a sentiment that Shirley had, and neglected to look at the name on the stamp.
If you are interested, let me know, and I'll get that info for you.
The leaves are from a new TAC set called Happily Grateful.

Hope you are all doing well. I apologize for not getting to your blogs to stalk you more often, and promise to do a bit better as soon as we park the camper for the winter! Deer season begins on Nov. 13th, and I know we will bring it home by then!!!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Patti J.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ella...So pretty in pink

Welcome to a new challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Our hostess for today's challenge is the beautiful and amazing Chris Olsen.

Chris has chosen the following scripture for her challenge:

My health may fail, my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
He is mine forever.
~Psalm 73:26

Chris has challenged us to use a pink ribbon,
and to make pink the primary color on our projects this week.

Our sponsor this week is Lori Boyd (by Lori Designs). My image today, Ella, is one of Lori's wonderful images. She was just perfect for a pink theme. You can find Ella here!

Supplies Used: Bazzill CS, Copics (see photo), Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Kaiser Crafts Pearls, Stampin' Up DP
Hope to see your card entered in the challenge this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ!
Dig out those pretty pink papers, ribbons, pearls, and coloring choices and have fun creating!
My thoughts on today's scripture:

I have a blogging friend, Julie, who lives in Canada, and is a beautiful person inside and out, . When I started this blog earlier this week, I had many things come to mind that I wrote about. However, yesterday morning Julie's blog entry prompted me to delete what I had written, and begin again.
You see, dear friends... a few months ago, Julie's family was just like the rest of us. Hurrying from one thing to another with the kids, family vacations, school starting, cards to create, housework to do, etc. Then Julie's best friend, the love of her life, her dear husband, Russ, was diagnosed with cancer. The past couple of months have had many ups and downs for Julie and her family. Yesterday morning, Julie's dear husband, Russ passed away. During Russ' illness, Julie was a pillar of strength. Though she wrote about each day's trials, never did she complain. She and her family prayed for Russ' illness to be gone, for his pain to be gone, for a miracle. Even as his health failed, and his spirit grew weak, God remained the strength of their hearts. When Russ passed away, Julie wrote to tell us that he had gotten his miracle. Julie has been such an inspiration. Her two young boys are so lucky to have her as their mom, and I feel so blessed to have been lucky enough to get to know her through this hobby we share.
Have a great week,
Patti J.
I will be entering this card at: FlutterbyWednesdays - Open challenge (include angel, butterfly, or fairy)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Thank you!!!

Hi everyone!

I wanted to thank all of you that voted for me in the Cosmo Cricket contest! I really had to step out of my comfort zone a bit as I've never tried for anything like that before!

The winner was announced today - it is our friend, Michelle Wooderson, known as Mish Mash on her blog! Michelle is a long time member of the Papertrey Ink DT, and is a fabulous crafter of just about any medium! I am thrilled for Michelle!!!

Prizes were awarded for 1st through 5th place, and I ended up being tied for 5th place! I will be receiving a 'consolation packet' from Cosmo Cricket this week, via UPS. It's a package from the new Circa 1934 line! I can't wait to get it!

Seeing as I waited until the last minute to jump in and throw my hat in the ring, I am tickled pink!!!

Thank you all for your votes!!!

Have a great day - Pj

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Good Morning!

Happy Sunday!
Hope the morning is going well for you, and that your day is full of blessings! As it's Sunday, it's a new challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ!

Our hostess is the fabulous Lisa Hjulberg!

She has chosen: "This, then, is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."
~Matthew 6:9-13

The challenge this week is to make a card/project that features prayer; either someone praying, or a verse about prayer, or a greeting that lets someone know you are praying for them.

Lisa's scripture was Jesus' response to the disciples when they asked Jesus to teach them to pray. There is no right or wrong way to pray - the best way for me is simply and quietly.

Our sponsor today is Layers of Color, who is generously donating a Flutterescent Clear Art Stamp Set! Be sure to join in the challenge this week - you could be the lucky winner!

My card today features an Art Stencil, and a free digi image, both from Layers of Color. I used Versamark Ink on the stencil (over cream cardstock), then embossed with clear UTEE. After heat embossing, I sponged on Bashful Blue Ink, from Stampin' Up. The sentiment is from TAC, and I used Glossy Accents on the Nestie Frame, and also over the entire bird to give them the same glossy appearance as the stencil pattern. I tried to keep it very simple so that the stencil was visible.

I hope that you like it! Hop over and look around at Layers of Color, and be sure to join in the challenge this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ!!!

Hugs and blessings,
Patti J.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Happy Haunting

This little card was made for a blog hop over at The Angel Company's Papercrafting Community. I'm not an "Angel", but I'm a really good customer of a perfect "Angel"!!!

I decided to make another step card - these are so much fun!

Colored with Tombow Markers, Bazzill CS, TAC More Mimi DP

Hope you like it!

Have a great evening, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Patti J.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Quiet Waters...

What a gorgeous day it has been in Branson, Mo. The leaves are falling like snow in the breeze, and I was inspired to get this stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs out of my box and ink it up. I love this set. The image has such a peaceful, serene feel to it.


I have to admit that I have never entered a challenge at ODBD, due to being one great big scaredy cat.

Talk about talent!

Those ladies rock it outa the park BIG-time!


Imagine my surprise when I saw that:

a)their challenge this week was to use leaves on our project, and
b) I had just finished making a step card with this set, and lo and behold,
there was a tutorial on these step cards on the ODBD blog.


So... all things considered, I think that I am meant to enter this card in that challenge.
Funny how things all work out sometimes!
I am still a great big scaredy cat, but I'm entering anyway - wahoo for me!


I am entering this card here:

Our Daily Bread: Use leaves on cards
Stamp Man: Autumn
Charisma Cardz: Autumn Colors (oops - just missed this one-challenge closed)
Tuesday Taggers: More than 2 legs


Dear Dog thinks we need to take a walk, so off I go!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a wonderful evening!

Patti J.

I Give Up.

Yep. I give up!
I have been taking pictures since about 8:30 this morning, and it's now 11:51 a.m. I'm with DH again this week, and we are staying in the camper. It's so of the things I so dearly loved about this camper is all of the huge window and lots of light. However, I sure can't get my photos to turn out!
So, I apologize, and they are what they are this week!!! lol...
This first card uses a Stampabilites stamp. It's too much fun not to use once in a while. My two background strips are painted with acrylic paints very messily, and then run through the cuttlebug. Distress ink is Tim Holtz, Antique Linen.

I am entering the above card here:

Unscripted Sketches: Sketch

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge: BFF, Buttons Flowers, FRIEND(ship)

A Crafty Little Place: Color Challenge (Blue, Brown, Rust, Gold)

Papertake Weekly: 3 of a Kind (3 buttons)

If the Shoe Fits: Distress

The card below is also a lot of fun. However, I pre-stamped and brought images to color, and can't remember who made the stamps. If you want to know, let me know, and I'll email you the info when I get home!

All coloring of candy corn is done with Copic Spica pens. Moon is sponged with Adirondack Lemonade. CS is Bazzill, and DP is DCWV Autumn Mat Stack.

I'm going to enter the Candy Corn card here:

Let's Ink it Up: Use Halloween Colors

Paper Playtime: Use orange as main color

Paper Romance: Fall or Halloween Card

Card of the Week: Halloween

Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle: Halloween or Fall

Gosh, how did it get to be Wednesday already?

Happy Day!

Patti J.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Trevor is ready!

So...the challenge at All That Scraps this week has been to make a masculine card. The cute little Trevor image came to mind! I'll be sending this to one very sweet young man. The digi image of Trevor, and the Spooky Tree image are both All That Scraps images. The Boo is Inkadinkado.
I'm traveling this week with DH again, so no punches, nesties, etc... just plain old straight lines!

I'm entering this card here:

All That Scraps: Male Card

Shirley's 2 Girls: Include the word "Boo" on your card

Have a good day - back soon with more :)

Hugs and blessings,
Patti J.

Supplies Used: Dusty Concord Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Adirondack Lemonade Ink, Palette Noir Ink, Inkadinkado Sentiment, All that Scraps Digi Images, TAC CS, Dimensional Dots.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Reading Rachel

Good Morning,
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian Friends
out there in Blogland!!!

Just a little something on the inside...
lol...when DD was here this weekend, she actually thought I had her in mind when I created this card. Isn't the image fun? And the sentiment? Love them both!

I don't know if you remember, but a few weeks ago, I won a challenge, and the prize was digi images from Sassy Studio Designs...this was one of my free images, Reading Rachel! The sentiment was a freebie from Create with TLC!

Coloring is done with Copics, Edge punch by Martha Stewart, Blossom Nestie & Marvy punches used on front.
CS is Bazzill Basics, and ribbon is from Michael's.

I am going to enter this card here:

Sassy Studio Designs: Think Pink
Raise the Bar Challenge: Pink + add a female image
Stamp Something: Something Punchy

Have a great day!
Patti J.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thank You

Good morning, and welcome to a glorious Sunday at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge. I am today's challenge hostess - what a privilege!
The scripture that I chose for our challenge today is: For everything created by God is good and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving. ~1 Timothy 4:4.
Our challenge this week is "Thank You". Our sponsor is Doodle Pantry. Thank you, Laurie Wilson, for your generosity!
My card today features a wonderful sentiment, and a beautiful pre-colored image from Doodle Pantry. I can't wait to see your beautiful Thank You cards this week! You could win some goodies from Doodle Pantry!

Supplies: Image and sentiment from Doodle Pantry, CS:Bazzill, Embossing Folder: Stampin'Up, DP:DCWV Mat Stack, button and ribbon from stash, Scrapper's Floss from The Angel Company, Distressing with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink.


In the above scripture, I think that Paul was speaking to Timothy, who was a young man, probably going into the ministry. Paul was preparing Timothy for some of the challenges he would soon face as a young preacher. I think, in verse 4, Paul was telling Timothy that everything God has made is good, that we are to look upon our food and many other blessings as that which God has created, that we have it from Him, and must use it for Him, and that these blessings are double sweet when received with thanksgiving, and sanctified by the word of God, and by prayer to God.


Having a gift from God is not good enough. To ignore an opportunity to thank God for these gifts is to neglect them. Sometimes, in our hectic and crazy lifes, 'life' gets in the way, and we forget to thank Him.


My dear husband is usually cheerful and wide awake within seconds of waking up each morning, and within minutes, he is singing, humming, and has the news playing on the TV. I need just a wee bit more quiet time prior to being quite that cheerful, but over the years, we have both found that being cheerful and thankful is the best and only way to start our day.


Today, dear friends, I woke up thankful. I have counted my blessings, and have given thanks for them. I am thankful for family and friends - they know me so well, and choose to love me anyway! I am thankful for the chance to laugh, talk, pray, and eat together. I know that I have many blessings that I have forgotten to count, and pray that God will help me see these missed blessings.


I dug out some old dictionaries, and was saddened to see the definition of thanksgiving change over the years. In 1959, it included 'praising God for his mercies'. Over the years, "God" has changed to a small reference of 'divine goodness'.


I hope that all of you have woken up thankful today. Maybe your life is not perfect, maybe you have needs and wants that have not yet been fulfilled, but my prayer for you today is that you wake up counting your many blessings, with an attitude of gratitude!


Again, our challenge is: Thank You. It is amazing to see the talent that you bring to our challenges each week, and we are eager to see what visions of beauty that you create this week!


Hugs, and blessings!

Patti J.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cemetary Walk, etc...

So, we survived our cemetary walk. Actually, it was an incredible experience! DD took me to a neighboring town, Ste. Geneveieve, Mo., the oldest settlement in the state.

They have a very old graveyard, with most dates in the 1700's and 1800's. When we arrived, there was a small donation for the upkeep of the cemetary. Once paid, we were handed an old time lantern to carry for lighting. There were people dressed in the 'costumes', playing the parts of whoever was buried in several of the graves, and these people were 'ghosts'. However, they were wonderful, friendly ghosts, telling the history of the families they were a part of, and the town that they loved. Some were soldiers, there was a school teacher, a stone mason, etc. We learned a lot about the history of the area tonight, and I'm so glad that I went.

Now for the etc. part of this post. Drum roll, please.......

I appreciate all of you who entered to win, and who stop by to visit my blog. I wish you all could have won!!!

The winners of my blog candy are:

Becky (Diamond in the rough)
Mary Anne (MA54K)

Congrats to you both!!! Please e-mail me at: so I can get some information from you!

Have a wonderful day! Back in a few hours with a new Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge!

Patti J.

Friday, October 8, 2010

OMG! I colored!!! With my new Copics!!!

Woot woot! I used my Copics! The photo is terrible, and I grabbed the Tea Dye sponge instead of the Antique Linen sponge, but if you ignore all of that, and just look at the coloring, it's not too bad! Woot Woot!
This is another adorable image, Noel Peace, that I bought from 7 Kids College Fund when my brain was on vacation...
I am entering this card here:
Flutterby Wednesday's (Open challenge, include butterfly, angel, or fairy)
Off I go to fold laundry - have a great weekend!
Patti J.

Noel Charity...

One of the new Sarah Kay stamps, Noel Charity is featured on my card today. Is she not just the most precious little sweetie? I found her at 7 Kids College Fund, and just could not resist. You all know how it is some days. Your fingers push "Add to Cart" before your brain balances your checkbook... tee hee!!!

I also found these Nesties at Flowers to Flourishes, a site that my friend Olga sent me to check out. If you haven't been, GO! Each day, they feature one item all day long. When it is sold out, it's gone. This set was $13.99 + $4.99 s/h. Period. No added charges. And I got them within 4 days of ordering!

Supplies: CS: Bazzill, Nesties 17, Colored Pencils & LOMS, Sarah Kay Noel Charity, Ribbon from stash, DP:DCWV Winter Stack, Sponged with Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise, Pearls from ZVA, White Gel Pen.
I will be entering this card at:
Flutterby Wednesdays: Open (include angel, butterfly, or fairy on card)
A Spoonful of Sugar: #124 - Sparkle and Shine (I have little glitter everywhere, but it doesn't show)
Anything Goes Challenge: #19 - Christmas has Come Early
For Fun Challenges: Use Something Never Used Before (New Nesties
I hope that you are having a great Friday. It's quiet here today, for a change!
Tomorrow night, DD and I are going to a nearby town for a Ghost Walk of some sort....
I told her that she might have to hold my hand!!! I'll let you know how that goes!
Barb Foster, wish you were here - sounds like something you'd love!!!
Hugs and smiles!
Patti J.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Back to 'work'...

Work.... yeah, I know... retirement is a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it.

As soon as I show you one more group of photos here, I'll start 'working' to post cards again!
The view from our seats at the Air Force vs. Navy football game in Colorado Springs last Saturday...

Air Force beat Navy! Hoo-rah!

The celebration on the field after the game was nearly as exciting as the game was!

The view from our lodge window. Our DS found the most quaint and quiet lodge in Monument, Co., for us to stay in. We were about 4 miles from the Air Force Academy. It was wonderful.

After the game on Saturday, DS took us to a wonderful, authentic German restaurant, where we were serenaded by accordian players.

It was a great weekend. DH and I got some quality driving time together. The trip was about 15 hours each way.

It was wonderful seeing DS, as I had not seen him at all since Christmas. He and his dad went to spring training in March in Florida, but I've missed him terribly! was awesome to be back on the grounds of the USAFA. DS graduated from the Academy in 1998, and we haven't been back to Colorado since his graduation.

All righty, I am off to 'work' on a card to post! Thanks for being so patient with this sentimental mom! See you later with a creation of some sort!

Don't forget - tomorrow is the last day to enter for my blog candy! I will post winners on Saturday!


Patti J.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

He's a 'Keeper'!!!

Hello out there! I'm finally getting a bit caught up on my blurfing! If I haven't been around to see you yet, I'll get there soon!

I have to take a break from cardmaking to show you what DH got for me!
(The markers, not the Scor-Pal!)
I must say that DH is definitely a 'keeper'! I don't know why I was blessed with such a wonderful man, but I'm so lucky!
Now all I have to do is learn how to use them!!!
There are ALL 133 (?) of the CIAO's, 36 Sketch, 14 Glitter Pens, Big Markers, a bottle of Blender solution, a Multi-Liner, Black Marker, etc.
This wonderful bag with all of the great pockets was a gift from my dear friend Shirley. She also surprised me with this adorable name tag. As she has an identical bag, I got a pink with white dots "P" tag, and she got a black with pink dots "S" tag, so that when we take classes together we don't get our bags mixed up. I'm also blessed with wonderful friends!!!

Okay, now I need to learn to color.... my colored pencils will soon be getting very lonely! If you have any pointers for me, please feel free to comment, or to e-mail me!


Have a great night - see you tomorrow!

Patti J.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Happy Sunday!

With Sunday, comes another Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge. Our challenge hostess today is the wonderful Rebekka. Rebekka has chosen Genesis 1:1 as her scripture:

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth".
Rebekka's challenge is to create a card or project using anything pertaining to nature. Feel free to use birds, trees, flowers, mountains...the sky is the limit!
Please head over to the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog, and read Rebekka's beautiful words, and see the work of our talented design team!
Our sponsor today is the lovely and talented Nina Brackett!
One lucky challenge participant will win a set of Nina's stamps!
Here is my card. I chose to make a peaceful reflecting scene.

I apologize, but I don't have anything more for you.

Hopefully, Blogger will cooperate and this will post on Sunday morning!

And... hopefully, by the time you get up and read this post, we will be having Sunday breakfast with our son, who I have not seen since last Christmas. He's in Colorado on business, and we have driven out to see him.

We'll start home after breakfast. It's about a 15-16 hour drive, so send up some extra prayers!

Have a great day!

Patti J.