Sunday, February 24, 2013

Hello Sunshine!

Hi there!
And hello sunshine!  After all of the dreary days we have had lately, the sun is a lovely change. The ice and snow are beginning to melt away, and I might even get the car down the driveway by mid week!

I have a card to share today that I created for my chemo lady.
Colorbok CS, Memory Box 'Meadow Birds' D1376, Hero Arts Sentiment, Satin Ribbon: Papermart, Embossing folder: Nellie's Choice HSF004 'Oval Frame 1' purchased from Joan's Gardens.
I liked the crispness of the black and white, with just the touch of blue.  Hope my lady likes it :)

Yesterday was the annual YMCA Women's Wellness Weekend.  Each year, I volunteer my time, and supplies, and teach lots of ladies to love what we all love!  We made some very cute things yesterday, and I hope it's okay that I share them here!

First is a card that totally CASED a layout by the uber-talented Monika Davis!  You can see her card HERE.  I didn't have the stamp that she used, so decided that the Memory Box stamp used above would work very well.  The ladies absolutely loved it, and were just beaming when they had created it all by themselves!  Here is the card:
Colorbok DP, Colorbok Black CS, Hammermill 110# white CS, Versafine Black Ink
 Next up on yesterday's agenda, was a corner bookmark.  This was easy peasy.  Followed a template that I purchased a LONG time ago from Donna at Butternut Sage Designs.  Just a basic triangle with a bit of funky trimming at the bottom, and the addition of a loop of ribbon, and a flower (theirs was much prettier, and about twice the size as mine) from Target's $1 bin.

Our next project was a post-it note holder.  I did not have a 'template' for this.  I just placed the post it on a rectangle of CS, and put score lines where score lines should go, decorated the panels, and added a velcro closure, and a computer generated initial.  Again, the ladies were very impressed with themselves!

Last, but certainly not least, was an Easter Basket, using an adorable pre-colored image from Doodle Pantry.  This was actually one of the very first projects that I ever made as a papercrafter.  I have no idea where the original template came from, but I found a pattern at Stamp TV in the Freebies section.  Theirs called for beginning with an 8" square, and 2.5" sides.  I adjusted this one to begin with a 7" square, with 2" sides, so that I wouldn't have to furnish quite as much chocolate :)
I think they were very pleased!

I had two workshops yesterday.  Each session created the same projects, so there were different ladies in each session.  The first session began at 2:00 p.m., and I was finished with first AND second sessions by 5:00 p.m.  Whew....I felt like I'd run a marathon!  The room was set up in a U shape, and the tables were about 10' apart, so if I helped on the left side of the room, and was needed on the right side of the room, I certainly got some much needed exercise!

Well, hope this wasn't too terribly boring!  Wanted to post before I got sidetracked and forgot!

Back to the drawing board.  Am working on some publication calls this afternoon...and then back to taxes tomorrow :(

Have a great evening,
Patti J.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Goody Basket Blog Hop - Creations by AR

Welcome to my blog!  Today, I'm sharing some wonderful Great Impressions Stamps, for my guest design Thursday post, and a DT project that I've created for Creations by AR!  What fun!
For this project, I've chosen to use the Great Impressions Stamps, F318 Chickadees, and C430 Cursive Happy Easter.  The image was stamped, colored with Copic Markers, and adhered to the handle of the Creations by AR Goody Basket!  These little chicks were so much fun to color - check out the teensy little flowers they are standing around!  I think I'm going to use this one a lot!  And I love the cursive sentiment!

This Goody Basket is created using some DP that I've had on hand for a long while - time to use it up, and it was perfect for this fabulous template!  Remember, I don't have a cutting machine - all of Adela's templates that I work with, are cut by hand!  If you are lucky enough to own a cutting machine, each of her files come in three formats: PDF, SVG, and DXF!

Can't you just imagine this template for a wedding reception, baby shower, or child's birthday party?

One lucky reader will win this template - it could be you!
Just leave a comment at each blog.  Comments are also welcome at the Creations by AR Facebook Page, and Paper Craft Planet Group, and will be accepted until 12:00 noon (EST) on Sunday, Feb. 24th.
Winner will be announced on 2-25 at the Creations by AR's website, Adela's Blog, the AR Group on PCP, and the AR FB page!

Hop on, dear friends, and enjoy!

Patti J. (you're here!)

Don't forget that you still have time to join in the Great Impressions' February Challenge: "Have a Heart". Just be sure that your project includes a heart(s)!  You could be named the April Guest Designer!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Patti J.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Casadia - Here for You

I have something really fun to share with you today!

Have you been following Wida Miller's CASADIA?  
I've been following for quite a while now, and this is one of the best ideas I've seen, and such fun!
What is Casadia, you ask?  
It is a card chain!  Sort of like when we used to play 'telephone'.  
The 1st person in this chain was Laura Bassen, (who had no idea what she'd started!)

who was CASEd by Jennifer Rzasa
who was then cased by Wida Miller, who then invited all of us to join in the fun!

And here is the most recent card, by Suzanne Dahlberg, which I was invited to CASE. 

(If you want to Pin any of these cards, please go to each designer's blog, and pin from there!)

To see all of the cards in the chain, pop over to Wida's Casadia Page!

Now, a little about MY card!
This was a great card for me to CASE!  A pretty tough act to follow, but OMG - Case-Heaven!
Suzanne had me at Kraft!  And Kraft with dots? Be still my heart!
The next thing to make me smile was the soft pink ribbon and lacy doily.  I am a card angel for folks undergoing chemotherapy, and I immediately thought of the Amuse Breast Cancer stamp set that I got last October.  That's how this card evolved.
Amuse "Fight Like a Girl" Stamps, Color Box Chalk Inks, Amuse and misc. ribbon scraps, flower from my stash, Baker's Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon, Kraft CS, Bazzill CS, Perfect Layers Rulers 1/16" and 1/8".

I hope that you will go check out all of the fabulous cards in the chain.  And if you are interested in being a part of CASADIA, contact Wida Miller, and get on the list!

Have a great day,
Patti J.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello there, and Happy Valentine's Day to all!

I hope that you all find a few minutes to spend with that 
'someone special' today!

Great Impressions Stamps:  D363 Hanging Candy Hearts, D364 Happy Valentine's and Flowers
This sweet stamp makes me smile.  It is my day to post for the Great Impressions Stamps Blog, and I could not resist inking this one up. Can you imagine a Valentine's Day without Candy Hearts?

Exciting Announcement!
You are invited to join the 2012 Paper Crafts Magazine Gallery Idol Girls, as they celebrate Valentine's Day, with a Blog Hop!  There are many prizes to be won - Great Impressions Stamps is one of over 20 generous sponsors!  You can find the line-up for the hop, and more information
 Thanks so much for stopping by - Have fun, and Happy Hopping!

Patti J.
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Supplies Used:
Great Impressions Stamps: D364 Valentine's and Flowers
Great Impressions Stamps: D363 Hanging Candy Hearts
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink (Tsukineko)
Ribbon (from my stash)
Silver half-pearls (Michael's)
Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Zig Writer Pen
DCWV Paper Pad: Everyday
Copic Markers: R02, RV10, YG11, Y11, R27, RV34

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Winner Announcement!

So...I have a winner to announce!

I put all 47 comments in a bowl, and had DH draw a name.

After that name was drawn, I went to FB to be sure that the winner
had also left a comment and 'liked' the Great Impressions FB page.
She had!

So, without further ado,

the winner of THREE Great Impressions Stamps of her choosing, is:


Congratulations to Bev (Texas Grammy), who said:
Oh so beautifully created!
Thanks for the terrific opportunity as well!


Thanks to all who dropped by!

Patti J.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Blog Candy!

Happy Sunday! 
Goodness, I hope that you are not snowed in - that snowstorm is incredible, 
and I must admit that I'm very glad it's not here.

I have not had any blog candy posts in a very long time, so let's do it!
I've been lucky enough to have been a Guest Designer at Great Impressions Stamps for Jan. and Feb.,
and here, I'm sharing a card that is created with G.I. stamps.  I love this sweet basket,
and it called right out to my pastel copics!  The best thing about it, is how it needs nothing else - just stamp, mat, and assemble card!

Great Impressions Stamps:  Easter Basket F518, Cursive Happy Easter C430

SO....on to the candy!

What IS the candy, you ask?
Your choice of THREE stamps from the Great Impressions Stamps Store!

What do you have to do to win?
Just leave a comment here, on this blog post, then head over to Facebook to the Great Impressions Stamps Facebook Page.  "Like" them, and leave a comment saying "Patti J. sent me".
That's it!
Easy Peasy!
You could soon be inking up some brand new, yummyliscious stamps!

On a side note, I have some new followers - welcome!
I've tried to visit some of you, too, but blogger won't let me click through from your photo to find your blog links.  I think there is a permission box someplace that has to be checked for your profile info to be visible to me.  Anyway, if I have not been to visit, please know that I have tried!!!

Have a great week!

I'll draw for this prize on Wednesday morning, Feb. 13th, and
will post the winner on my blog.

Good luck!!!

Patti J.

I'm entering this card in these challenges:
 Oozak: Anything Goes with Favorite Colors (LOVE Pastels!)
Through the Craft Room Door (Anything Goes)
Challenges 4 Everybody: Anything Goes

Supplies Used:
Great Impressions Stamps: Easter Basket F518, Cursive Happy Easter C430
Perfect Layers Tools for straight matting edge (see sidebar for details)
Express-It Blending CS
Purple CS from my stash
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
Twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon)
Dimensional Foam (Michael's)
Copic Markers (
V01, BV0000, YG41, G24,
Y28, E37, E35, E33, E31, E000, E95,
G000, Y15, Y11, RV23, RV000, B02, B000

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Thinking of You Today

Good Morning, and welcome to my Great Impressions Stamps post.
We had a gorgeous Wednesday-it actually made it to mid-50's!  Even though they are whispering that 
four-letter 'S' word for next week, the beautiful warm day made me want to ink up this sweet bicycle.

Great Impressions Stamps: Butterfly Thinking of You E655, Garden Bicycle F203, Stampin' Up Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Die-Namics Flat Bottom Cloud Dies, Copic Markers, Ribbon, Spellbinders Dies.

Don't forget - you have lots of time to join in our February Challenge at the Great Impressions Stamps Blog. Just include some hearts on your card - you can stamp them, punch them, die cut them, or use some fun ribbons with hearts!  Hope to see your card linked up - YOU could be the next Guest Designer!

Thanks in measures of OODLES for stopping by today!
Have a great weekend,
Patti J.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Great Impressions Stamps - February Challenge

Happy Sunday!

It's time for the February Challenge at the Great Impressions Stamps Blog
The challenge is to include hearts on your projects.  Any hearts are welcome - stamped, die-cut, heat or dry embossed, bling, whatever you like!

I needed a little something to send my chemo lady, so instead of a card, I've created an A-2 sized Post-It Holder, easel style.  I think it will be a pleasant surprise for her!

Great Impressions Stamps: D364  Happy Valentines and Flowers,  B189 Love Chicks,  DP scraps from my bin, Bling is Recollections from Michael's, Ribbon is Amuse Stamps, Coloring with Copic Markers.

I'm so excited to share with you, that I was invited to continue on as Guest Designer with 
Great Impressions Stamps, for the month of February!  
You will be seeing a lot more wonderful GI Stamps this month!

This has been such a positive experience!  I was welcomed warmly by each DT member,
and of course, I've loved working with all of the fun GI stamps!
I hope that you will link up your card at the February challenge - maybe YOU will be the next lucky guestie!
We can't wait to see your 'hearts'!

Thanks for stopping by!

Patti J.