Sunday, April 28, 2013

Just checking in...

Hello friends and family,

Just wanted to check in  - I have had a couple of emails wondering if I am okay, as I have been flying under the radar this month. Thought I would fill you in!

Some of you know that our Dd and Dsil are moving to Germany. For the next three years. They were here the first week of the month, then took a long overdue honeymoon to Hawaii. They spent some time with his family in Mesa, and returned here this week. They leave on Tuesday, so they have been our #1 priority.

If I have failed to visit, I hope you understand!

Back soon,

Patti J.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Flowers for You...

Happy Wednesday!

It's been a while since I've taken part in a challenge, and I love challenges!
Decided to participate in the "Flowers for You" challenge at Impression Obsession today.
When I checked my I-O drawer, it had very little in the way of flowers, so I improvised with embossed flowers, and the gorgeous bird complete with flower.

Impression Obsession Bird Collage 4 (#E13046), Impression Obsession Joyful Spring (#B5428), Spellbinder's Labels 28 Dies, Cuttlebug Embossing Border, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Copic Markers, Pearls, Glossy Accents

I stamped the flower several times, and just kept adding layers until it was popped up enough to suit me, and then generously applied some Glossy Accents for a bit of happy shine.  Wow, my pinks match very well here in real life - not so much, on the big screen!

I'll be entering this card here:

Impression Obsession Challenge - 'Flowers for You'
Through the Craftroom Door - 'Anything Goes'
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - 'Anything Goes'

Thanks for stopping by!
Patti J.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Poster Board Sentiments

We needed to send a card to a gentleman at church, and my 'manly' stash was WAY down.
I decided to try out my new Gina K. Designs set, Poster Board Sentiments. 

Here it is with the flap open. I was careful to write our message on the left side of the card, so that only the ivory flap showed when closed.

I think I will probably use this set a lot!  Next on my GKD wish list is Cammie's set with the
big words - really, really, REALLY want that one!

Hope everyone is having a good week.
It's rainy, dreary, and oh, so cold here!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Patti J.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Charming Gardeners...

Oh, my!  I have had such fun with a new stamp set, that I couldn't wait to share!
A Muse Studio carries "Charming Gardeners", and was a perfect set for
creating some special Thank You notes, following our Anniversary Party last weekend. 
The cardstocks and inks are all A Muse products, as well. Don't you just love
that pinstripe???

Using two colors of blue, the images were stamped in the lighter color first, and then again
in the darker shade.

I first experimented with this set, "Floral Duet", but decided that I preferred the softer flowers in the above cards, with the nice long stems, and certainly loved the verse.

I couldn't stop with the blues - I was hooked, and had to try this same card
in two shades of pink!  This one needed a Thinking of You sentiment, for someone special.
A ribbon was added at the bottom of this one to cover up a can
sort of see an extra piece of stem under the bow on the right :)  lol...
Camoflauged a bit!

What do you think?  Pink or blue?

Hope that you are all enjoying a lovely weekend.
We had a nice church service this morning, and are working on weekly reports and
a bit of laundry this afternoon.

Have a great week,
Patti J.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Something Old...Something New!

Welcome to Something Old...Something New!
Each Wednesday, the Creations by AR Design Team members are taking turns sharing an older templat, and giving it a new look.  Today, it's my turn to share.

Adela's Brownie Box is one of my favorite templates, so WARNING - this post is photo heavy!
This template is so easy to cut out, and can be used for any reason or season.  I have no cutting machine, so I rely on my trusty scissors, and Adela's wonderful templates! You can get the templates in SVG, DXF, and PDF. I always use the PDF.  The templates can also be reduced and enlarged to suit your needs. This box measures 2" x 3", and stands 1.5" tall.

I just got out oodles of patterned papers and embellishments, and started printing and creating!  I started yesterday morning at 8 a.m., and was finished with all boxes by 11:30 a.m.  Gotta love a beautiful, quick, project!

For additional inspiration using Creations by AR templates, be sure to check out the Something Old...Something New Gallery!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It's a Creations by AR hop!

Good morning!

I was unable to participate in today's Creations by AR Hop, but I've checked out all of the creations, and OH MY GOSH, OH MY GOSH!  You simply must take a few minutes to hop and comment! You could win today's fabulous template!

Start at the Creations by AR blog, and follow the links!

Have a great day,
Patti J.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Anything Goes with Pearls, Lace, and Ribbon - Oozak Challenge

Hello, friends!
It is a lot of fun being on the Design Team at Oozak! Something tells me the four month term will go by SO fast.  Don't forget to check out the DT Call at Oozak - it is going on until April 30th, and you could be the next lucky DT Member!

 Today, I am sharing a card for Oozak's April Challenge: Anything Goes, with Pearls, Lace, and Ribbon.

La La Land 'Cowgirl Marci', Lace, Red Ribbon, Pearls, and Liquid Pearls from my stash, Sentiment: Hero Arts Classic Messages CL414, Copic Markers: E00, E21, RV21, E11, E13, E15, E31, E35, R27, R29, B00, B000, Spellbinders Romantic Rectangle Die, My Favorite Things Dienamics Cloud Die.
Did you know that Oozak sells stamps, dies, paper cutters, patterned paper packs, and much, much, more? Check out the store, HERE!

Be sure to enter your card HERE, using pearls, ribbon, and lace - you could be the next winner!

Hugs & Smiles - Patti J.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Have you seen the CardMaker Quick & Easy Cards Magazine yet?
CardMaker has done it again! What a great source of inspiration for cards that can be
created quickly and beautifully!

 Here is a card that I made using Our Daily Bread Designs stamps. Wow, talk about an easy card!

I felt truly honored to have several cards in the same issue as some of my uber-talented blogging friends!  Someone needs to pinch me - I flip through these pages in awe of these designers!

Another 'pinch me' moment - you can see just a snippet of this on on the cover of the magazine!
Woo hoo - first time for the cover!

Hope you are having a great weekend.  I am on my way to a New Puppy Shower in the park!  I actually cased a card from this magazine to take today.  I'll post the card tomorrow!

Hugs and blessings,
Patti J.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

40th Anniversary...

Good morning, friends!
Today, my DH and I are celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary.  This week has been full of family and friends arrving from out of town, and out of state, to share in the celebration with us.
Our two grown children have teamed up and are having a party for us at a local vinyard this afternoon, and we are looking forward to seeing even more friends and family!
I'll try to have a photo to share in the next post.

I thought I'd share a card with you that was published in CardMaker's Quick & Easy Cards Magazine. If you haven't seen this one yet, you are missing out!  Great photos, and so much inspiration!

Gina K. Designs Stamps
Have a wonderful day, and thank you for being patient with me the past week or so, as my time has been devoted to visiting with family!  Our DD and her DH will be moving to Germany at the end of this month, and will be gone for three years, so we have been spending as much as we can with them.

Have a wonderful day!

Patti J.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me :)

The scale was good to me this morning - down 2.4, for a total of 58.9! Best ever birthday gift!

It's been another busy week here.  Our DD and dear SIL arrived Sunday night, and will be here until early next week.  It's been wonderful having them (and our sweet granddaughter doggie, Rosie) here, but so bittersweet.  They will leave next week to do some traveling, goodbyes with Nick's parents, and take the honeymoon that never took place a year ago due to Nick's deployment.  When they come back through here to pick up Rosie, they will be heading to Germany for the next three years!  Wonderful opportunity for them, and we have a great place to vacation to :)  But we will miss them so much...

Here is another quick post to share.  Again, I used the same stamps, same papers, different colors, to get out a couple of notes to our church choir director and her choir, and a friend who sang a solo in Sunday's Easter Cantata. Time in my girl cave has been minimal, so these 'same' type cards are the easiest right now.

All cards are created with Biblical Impressions Stamps, A Muse CS, Hammermill 100# CS, ribbon from my stash, and Copic Markers

I apologize for my lack of visiting your blogs, but right now, I'm spending every spare moment with DD and her DH.  I'll be stalking you again next week!

Patti J.