Friday, August 30, 2013

Life is Wonderful

Good morning, and Happy Friday!  It's my day to post for the Scraptownlady Blog, so without further ado, here is my creation for today.

I guess with our upcoming first grandchild, I have babies on my mind.  This sweet 'Pearl' seems to be a great mommy, don't you think?

 The image panel and die cut are actually white cardstock that has been distressed with a sponge dauber, and some brushed courduroy ink.  The pennants and butterflies were fussy cut from patterned papers - I love Scraptownlady's assortment of papers!  For a full list of supplies, see below!

I have an itty bitty blog candy for you today!  Up for grabs is a sweet pair of bird dies from the Scraptownlady store!  These are Impression Obsession Dies, and cut like butter...for real!  All you have to do to win these dies is become a follower of the Scraptownlady Blog!  That's it!  One lucky follower will win! I will announce the winner next week on my Scraptownlady post!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs & Smiles,
Patti J.

Scraptownlady Supplies:
Cest La Vie 6 x 6 paper pad (Melissa Frances)
Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Squares Dies
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
Tsukineko Sponge Dauber
Pearl 'Mum's the Word' Stamp by Hampton Arts for Melissa Frances

Other Supplies:
Ribbon (from Scraptownlady - no longer available)
Copic Markers

Friday, August 23, 2013

Make a Splash!

Good morning, everyone!

It's Friday, so it is my day to post for the ScrapTownLady Blog! Since some of you have asked for it, I'm showing some more creations in the clean and simple catagory.

Sponged with a few blues here, hoping to give the impression of water and sky! Used my Perfect Layers Rulers to get the mats so neat and clean (see sidebar for details).

Here's what I did:

1. Sponge some distress inks on three focal panels.
2. Stamp image and sentiment on each panel.
3. Trim panels to desired size, and touch up the cut edges with distress ink.
4. Mat with black cardstock from scrap pile.
5. Adhere panel to piece of patterned paper, cut to 5.75" x 5.75".
6. Adhere finished panel to 6" x 6" card base.

Voila! You have three cards in 30 minutes!

Hope you like them - thanks for stopping by today!

Hope you will follow the ScrapTownLady blog, so you don't miss a thing - there is daily inspiration for all levels of papercrafters!

Designer Tip: When using a solid die, such as this Circle Shaker Die, it's difficult to know what will fit within each piece. Using a scrap piece of cardstock, cut a sample to store with the die. It's easy-peasy to pull those pieces out, and test them with your images before cutting that precious, hoarded piece of cardstock!
I gently sponged each of the pieces, to give you an idea of how many shapes you get from one single pass through your die cutting machine!  You can find this die in both circle and square at Scraptownlady!

Hugs and smiles, Patti J.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

100 Days of Tombow!

Good Morning!

I am so excited to have been asked to participate in a fun event for a wonderful cause!

Tombow has been creating innovative products for the past 100 years that help everyday artists do their best work.  For its centennial year, Tombow created the "100 Days of Tombow" program.  Each submission for this program results in a $100 product donation to the Council for Arts Education, a national nonprofit dedicated to promoting and supporting art education and quality art programs nationwide.

Pretty awesome, right???  And guess what? I will be featured on their blog this week! Check out the Tombow Blog for some great inspiration!

So... last week, I got happy mail from Tombow!  I received some fabulous Irojiten Colored Pencils, a yummy package of Tombow Dual Brush Pens, and an awesome new Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive.
I love, love, LOVE happy mail, don't you?

My 'Happy Mail' from Tombow!

Using the products they sent, I created a card, and a candy box, to send Mary, my Chemo Buddy.
Here's what I did...

The Irojiten Colored Pencils were my choice to color the image on the candy box. these pencils! As the colors were a bit dark, I used a blending stump, dipped it in mineral spirits, got color from the pencil tip, and colored with the blending stump.

Stamp your image.  I stamped the birdhouse three times so I could layer for dimension.

Gently color on the lightest of colors, then as you see in the photo below, add a few lines of the two darker colors.

Blend colors together, by dipping blending stump into mineral spirits, and picking color up from the colored pencils.

You will then blend the colors using your blending stump.
Don't worry about being precise on the two extra birdhouses, or the wee bird.

You can see in this photo, that the birdhouse was cut from one extra, and the roof from another. This just adds some fun dimension to the candy box!
This is the finished candy box lid using Irojiten Colored Pencils.  I found the pencils to blend beautifully!

To create the greeting card, the Dual Brush Pens were used, along with my Tombow Colorless Blender.  Since the colors in the marker set were also darker colors, I actually used the Colorless Blender to get color from the Dual Brush Pen, and colored with the Blending Pen.

For my card background, I repeatedly stamped the branch, and colored just the outside edges.  I used the same process with the Dual Brush Pens for my card.  I lifted the color off of the markers with my Tombow Colorless Blender, and colored the card with the blender pen. You can see in the center where I got rid of some of the darker color prior to coloring the branches, leaves, flowers, birds, etc.

Here is the finished card.  I cut a mat from the same blue cardstock that I used for the card base.  Then, I used my Perfect Layers Rulers to get the nice, even matting.

Hopefully my photos explain my coloring process better than my feeble brain can!

I hope that you will take time to drop by the Tombow Blog, and spend some time there, looking at projects that other bloggers have created!  You won't be disappointed - lots of ideas and inspiration there for crafters of all levels and interests.

While you are there, be sure to wish Tombow a Happy Birthday!!!

Thanks for stopping by today, and for your patience with SO many photos!

Hugs and smiles,
Patti J.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Creations by AR - August Deal!!!

Good morning!

I'm headed to the rubber stamp show in Collinsville, Illinois this morning - hoping to meet many friends for lunch!  Thought I'd share Adela's August Deal with you all before I go!

Here is a special deal for August: Get $20 worth of templates of your choice for only $15! Just use the discount code 20for15 at checkout to receive the $5 discount.  
Discount code can be used twice per customer.

Have a great weekend!

Patti J.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Thinking of You Today

Good morning!
It's Friday, and my day to post for the Scraptownlady Blog.
I've had some blogging friends ask me to consider doing some clean and simple projects using Scraptownlady supplies, and decided to do so for today's post!
Hope you like them.

6 x 6 Greeting Card, created from Melissa Frances papers and stickers, and ZVA Creative Embellishments

KaiserCraft papers, some solid cardstock, and a sentiment.  Voila!  The matching envelope makes this a fun, masculine greeting.

Isn't it amazing how much magic a sheet of pretty paper can create?  And that fabulous Kreate-a-Lope is a must have for making matching envelopes!

Have a wonderful weekend, and don't forget to hop over to the ScrapStownlady store - Cheryl adds new items nearly every day!  If you like what you see at the blog, be sure to sign up to follow.
We love new friends :)

Thanks for stopping by today,
Hugs and smiles...

Patti J.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Whew....I can tell our secret!

Good morning, and Happy Wednesday!

Our family has been keeping a secret for well over a month, and I thought I would BURST if I couldn't tell!  Today, we were told we could shout if from the rooftops!  Well, this is a computer desk, and not a rooftop, but peeps, I am shouting as LOUD as I can!!!  DH and I are going to be first-time grandparents in February!
(Jan and Tim, if you are reading, I'm sure you are equally excited!  This could well be the most spoiled baby in the history of babies :)

Remember when I posted this card a few weeks ago?  Well, it was for our daughter and son-in-law to congratulate them on their good news!  They wanted to wait until they were through the first tri-mester, and had seen the doc again, to be sure that all was well.  It seems that they have a very precious, very active little baby bump! 

So, be prepared, my scrappy friends and family - I will be bragging, bragging, and bragging soon, as I know that our grandbaby will be the best, prettiest or most handsome, smartest grandbaby ever!

We spent a couple of days on the road this week, and while gone, we managed to find a Carter's Store, so I'm off to get a package ready to go in the mail!

Have a great day - hugs and blessings,

Patti J.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Butterfly Wishes...

Hello friends!
As always, after church, there is a need for cards. This week, we have a friend with a broken hip, and another who has been diagnosed with cancer.  So, this afternoon was spent doing some quick sponging and stamping.

This card uses Hero Arts Stamps - I just sponged with distress inks, and stamped with the darkest of the greens - peeled paint.  The inside sentiment says "that God will keep you in his care".

This is again stamped with Hero Arts stamps.  I inked the top butterfly with Memento Daffodil, the next with Stormy Sky Distress Ink, the next with Spun Sugar, and the last with Dusty Concord.  I pounced Rusty Hinge on the center and different spots with a small sponge dauber, and then stamped.

This is some very old stamps that I've had like, forever!!!

Have a wonderful week!

Hugs & smiles,
Patti J.

Friday, August 9, 2013


Happy Friday!
It's my day to post at the ScrapTownLady Blog, and I have a cute project to share.  Hope you like it!

A year or so ago, while I was shopping, this very gaudy, very blingish frame was free with purchase at a ladies clothing store.  I tried to tell the sales clerk that I didn't need it, but she insisted that it was free, and that it was going home with me.  It did, and it has been in its own little spot on a shelf in my girl cave since then.  When Cheryl got thes fabulous Prima Doll stamps in, I knew that I'd found a great use for this frame!

The Prima beauty was stamped on white cardstock, and stamped again, on several sheets of designer papers (listed below).  I then cut out sections from the designer papers, and pieced my original stamped image.  Paper Piecing is one of my favorite techniques, and just seems so perfect for these ladies.  After coloring the crown and belt, I added a bit of sparkle with a glitter pen for some additional bling. The sentiment (Flourishes) was stamped and matted, using my Perfect Layers Tools (see sidebar for details), and another piece of designer paper was fussy cut, and added to the bottom right corner for a bit of pizazz!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to check out the ScrapTownLady store, and pick out your own Prima Girl to create with!

Have a great weekend,

Patti J.

ScrapTownLady Supplies:
Prima Julie Nutting Doll with Strapless Dress
Flourishes Stamps 'Sweet Days of Summer'
KaiserCraft Lavendar Haze 6.5" x 6.5" Paper Pad
KaiserCraft Chapter One 6.5" x 6.5" Paper Pad
ZVA Creative, Pink Flourish
EZ Runner Permant Adhesive
Glue Dots Mini

KaiserCraft 'Sweet Nothings', 'You & Me' (no longer in stock)

Other Supplies:
Copic Markers 
Perfect Layers Rulers (see sidebar for details!)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Be Still...

Ewww....deary, rainy, and gloomy here today.
No better weather though - I locked myself in my girl cave this morning, and played with pretty papers, stamps, inks, etc....   Here is one card I made in 7 minutes!

This is a Close To My Heart Stamp.  My friend, Regina Hardy is a CTMH demonstrator, just in case you decide you want to do some shopping! I felt this would work nicely for church occasions.

Hope you are having a good week, so far!

I'm off to earn my keep now, lol...

Hugs & Blessings,
Patti J.

OH!  I almost forgot - am going to actually enter a challenge this week with this card!

Word Art Wednesday's challenge was Anything Goes - this fits!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Zombie Apocolypse

Happy Weekend!
I was lucky enough to be invited to my friend, Shirley's fabulous craft room on Thursday. Seriously, peeps, her room is THE BEST!  Maybe if you all run over an ask her, she'll post photos someday!
Anyhoooooo.....Shirley is an Amuse demonstrator (hint, hint!), and...
We made these, using Amuse products, of course!
The little ghosties were a CASE of this card by our amazing stamping friend, Chelsea (who is also an Amuse demonstrator).
Sorry, these are new Amuse stamps and dies, so I don't know names!  The fence is an Impression-Obsession die, and I got it over at Scraptownlady.

The butterfly card, was just the sponge and spritz technique.  We thought this stamp set would work well with that technique.  I am not so good at getting the 'spritzes' to show!  You may need a magnifying glass to find them!

This Amuse set is called 'Sunny Side of Life'.  The really sweet thing, is that the focal stamp is so long, that you only have to ink and stamp once, and it covers a full A2 card front.  Cool beans, right???

So.........someone I know is a Zombie addict, sort of.
When I saw this digi sentiment over at Ginger's House, I knew it would be perfect for a card for him!
What do you think?  Silly.  Makes no sense at all.  But, what fun!
You know, like seeing 'that' jewelry, and saying 'with just the right dress....'  lol!
Just did some sponging here, stamped some 'grass' from a Gina K. Designs set, then some birds from a Flourishes set. The black bird in front of the moon is an Amuse die.  Let me know if you need more info!

I used my 1/4" Perfect Layers ruler to get the fabulous border around the sentiment! You can use any craft knife, or rotary cutter, with the Perfect Layers Rulers.  Check out my sidebar for details, and be sure to check out their website for informational videos!

If you've never dropped in at Ginger's House, you should!
She posts daily freebies, and she's like our preacher....sometimes, you know that what was posted or preached was written just for you, or your situation.

All righty, today is a busy day, and tomorrow's church,
so I'll probably be back here on Monday!

Off to see what you've been up to...

Patti J.

P.S. I know I have a few new followers.  Thank you!  If you are one of them, and I have not been by to reciprocate, please let me know!  Especially, with Bloglovin', as I know I have followers, but have no idea who they are!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Card & Sketch-abilities!

Happy 1st day of August!  It's Thursday, and my day to post for the ScrapTownLady Blog

We are so excited that The ScrapTownLady blog is sponsoring our friends over at Sketchabilities and Cardabilities for the August 30th reveal!
What does that mean for you?  Not only fabulous inspiration with the amazing sketches that they have to offer for Scrappers and Card Makers, but also two opportunities to win a very generous gift certificate to the ScrapTown Lady store in the amount of $50. 

That's right, two gift certificates are up for grabs, so be sure you enter for your chance at a really fun shopping spree! You will find the entry forms over on the right sidebar of the ScrapTownLady blog, for both.
Here are my projects for the reveal:

Sketchabilities Sketch #96:
Above is my layout.  I am so NOT a scrapbooker, so this layout was WAY outside my box!  Giggles allowed!

Cardabilities Sketch #80:
Here is my card.  Of course, being the rebel that I am, I just 'had' to flip things up a bit!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure that you play along with these amazing sketches, over at Sketchabilities or Cardabilities!

Impression Obsession Leafy Branch Die
My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 3 Collection
Want2Scrap Creme Pearls
Petaloo Chantilly Collection Flowers
La-La Land Crafts Summer Marci 
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
EZ Runner Adhesive
Other Supplies: Copic Markers, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

KaiserCraft Chapter One 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad
KaiserCraft Cardstock
Flourishes 'Sweet Days of Summer' Stamps
Tim Holtz Broken China, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint Distress Inks
Petaloo Chantilly Collection Flowers
May Arts Ribbon
Want2Scrap LaCreme Pearls

Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
EZ Runner Adhesive
Other Supplies: Versafine Black Ink

One last day last week, I posted these Prima Doll Tags on my blog.  Did you know that you can buy lots of Prima dolls at ScrapTownLady?  She has the dolls, the tags, even the stamp that was used to embellish the red dress on my 1st tag!  Check them out, HERE, and HERE!

Hugs and smiles!
Patti J.