Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ring in the New Year!

Good morning!

Cheri Weston is our 'Hostess with the Mostest' for the Designer's Choice Challenge at 
The House That Stamps Built.  She's chosen to have us all 'Ring in the New Year'!

I decided to go clean and simple with today's card.
Here is what I did:

Repeat Impressions 9507-P 'Wine for Two', Repeat Impressions 9509-F 'Cheers'
Black card stock was used for the A2 card base.  A piece of scrap stock measuring 4 x 5.25, was completely covered it with Versamark Ink, sprinkled it with silver embossing powder, and heat embossed.  After it cooled a few minutes, it was placed in a dotted swiss embossing folder, and dry embossed.  I thought it looked a bit 'bubbly'! The next step was to stamp the image and heat emboss it as well.  This panel was matted in white, then black, using a 1/16" mat.  For the sentiment, I trimmed off the lower portion after stamping (it said 'who needs a shrink'), and matted it.  Oops....looks like I missed the black mat!  Silly me....

Anyway, this was easy peasy, and this stamp can be used for SO many occasions!

Hope you will do a bit of shopping at Repeat Impressions - see my sidebar to find out how to save some money on each order!

Now, it's time to hop along to see what my fellow Rock Stars have created to 'Ring in the New Year'!
Once you've hopped, we hope to see all of YOUR 'Ring in the New Year' creations 

Cheri     Deonna     Geri     Joy     Melissa     Karen

Thanks for stopping by,
Patti J.

Other supplies used:  
Perfect Papercrafting Perfect Layers Mini Rulers and cutting mat (see sidebar on how to get a free cutting mat!)
Tombow adhesives
Tim Holtz Embossing Powder
Marvy Heat Gun
Black Card Stock (Hobby Lobby)
White Hammermill 100# Card Stock (Office Max)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

My Die-Versions Favorite!

Merry Christmas!

I hope that you and your family are enjoying this wonderful day!
I'll keep this short today....

It's my day to post for Die-Versions, and what better way to end the year, than by showcasing my favorite DV die!  I found that I used the "Crochet Lace" die #DVW-322 for so many things this year. It's so versatile, and cuts like butter!

Here's what I made with the "Crochet Lace" die:

Hope you've enjoyed this look back!

Be sure that Santa knows you'd like some Die-Version dies, and while you are out and about, check out the DV blog!  There is daily inspiration to be found there - hope you'll sign up to follow us!

Merry Christmas to you all,

Patti J.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Repeat Impressions Sketch Challenge

Merry Christmas Eve!
Hope you are ready for Christmas.  We are more than ready this year.
Very little gift buying - we adopted a mom and three kids this year in lieu of shopping for one another.  It will be fun to see the after Christmas photos - the kids are not expecting
any gifts at all - what fun!

Wendy, the Repeat Impressions owner, sent us another amazing sketch to work with. Her sketches make creating with her wonderful stamps SO easy!

Here's the sketch:

And here's what I did with it:

Repeat Impressions #4513-C Rubber Stamp Sm., Repeat Impressions #3210-F More Stamps

Cuteness, right?

I just hope that Santa has paid attention!

Now it's time to see what my fellow Rock Stars have created with this sketch!

Cheri     Deonna     Geri     Joy     Melissa     Karen

Stop by the Repeat Impressions blog, The House that Stamps Built, and check out the challenges. We have a Project of the Week each Monday, too!  LOADS of inspiration there!

Be sure to do a bit of shopping (Santa needs help, you know?) at the Repeat Impressions website!

Hope your Christmas is filled with all the blessings of this glorious season!

Patti J.

*Used my Perfect Papercrafting Perfect Layers Mini Rulers and Cutting Mat for the green mat - check out my sidebar to see how you can get the cutting mat free!!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Incredibly blessed!

Hi ya'll...

So, have you ever just felt incredibly blessed by this hobby papercrafting fun addiction of ours?
Well Tuesday was one of those blessings days for me - let me tell you about it!

We pick up our mail at the Post Office in town.  Every. Day. Every. Day. Ho hum,
especially this time of year, when the lines are out the door, and down the steps!
It's about a five mile drive, and by the time I get there, I'm usually thinking of the 1001 things 
I need to be doing! the time I actually get my mail, I'm working on a tiny bit of grumpy.

Well........Tuesday was so NOT a grumpy mailbox day!  

Let me show you what was in there!

First, a padded envelope.  Nope - not showing you

When I opened the envelope, this absolutely adorable tag was inside...

Those of you that know me, know how much I love me a cute snowman, and this
sweet feller even has googly eyes!  Be still my heart!

The note on the back of the tag was so very sweet.  I actually teared up.

Under the tag (which was gift enough!) was this sweet envelope (and just look at the
teensy tiny Patti tag!!!!!):

Inside the pretty black envelope were these beautiful doilies - look at the colors...OH MY GOODNESS!  I cannot wait to glue them to something :)

To my online friend, Taunya, a huge thank you!  You are one of the sweetest
bloggers that I've every had the pleasure to visit with, and I'm so grateful
that our paths have crossed!  To all of you out there in Blogland, if you have
never checked out Taunya's blog, you should!  She is so generous, and has such a 
creative mind - I'm inspired each time I go.  

Thanks for letting me share my happy mail with you!

Hugs to all,
Patti J.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Think Snow...

Happy Wednesday!

Today is a Repeat Impressions' Designer's Choice Challenge, at The House that Stamps Built.
Melissa Cash is our talented challenge hostess.
Melissa chose the theme 'Think Snow' for her DCC challenge.
While I'm totally NOT ready to think about snow yet, I do have a lot of fun
creating with it!  Here is what I created:

This card uses Repeat Impressions 'Let it Snow #2006-H', and Repeat Impressions 'Holiday Preparations #2004-L'
To create this card, I made my white A2 card base, and stamped the sentiment.  I then took a Copic BG10 marker and made snow dots everywhere!  The little snowflake in the sentiment was highlighted with the marker as well.  The incredibly fun image was stamped on another piece of white cardstock.  I took a black marker, and brought all of the snowdrift 'lines' all the way out to the edges of the cardstock, colored the image, and yep, more dots!  Then, some glitter was added to the snowflake, some of the dots, and the snowdrift lines.  Fun flock was added to the hat for some additional dimension. After it was finished, I fussy cut around it all, and popped it up on the card base.  Oh, what fun this was to create!  Someone VERY special will be getting this in the mail!

Now, it's time to see what my fellow Rock Stars have been up to, while they've been thinking 'snow'!

Cheri     Deonna     Geri     Joy     Melissa     Karen

While you are checking out their blogs, stop by The House that Stamps Built, and sign up to follow! We have some fun new things in store for 2015 - you won't want to miss a thing!

You can always save money on your purchases at Repeat Impressions - check out my sidebar for details!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Patti J.

Monday, December 15, 2014


The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop was so much fu, don't you think?  There were nearly 300 entries!  I'm not the only one that loves my coffee...tee hee!

Okay, drum roll's time for a winner!

The winner of my coffee project is:

Judy 1223!

Congratulations, Judy!  please email me with your mailing information so I can get this out to you. Thanks for your comment!

Hugs to all and Happy Monday! I'm off to Zumba...

Patti J.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Miss You...

Good morning!

I'm here today with a project for the Die-Versions blog.
Since it's the holiday season, and we are missing our family, this die called out to me.
These word dies are so cool - they nearly fill an A2 card front, lengthwise, 
and look at how much fun you can have with the die, along with mixing and matching patterned papers on a 6 x 6 card!

Die-Versions "Miss You" CutOut Die DV-421

Hope you will stop by the Die-Versions store and do a bit of Christmas shopping (for yourself, of course!  To me...from me is always the best gift, right?)

While you are out and about, be sure to sign up to follow the Die-Versions blog.
Each day, one of the DT members posts an inspirational project to help inspire you to use your dies!

Thanks for stopping by,
Patti J.

Other products used:
Green glitter cardstock
The Paper Studio 'Christmas Basics' Patterned Paper Pad
Perfect Papercrafting Perfect Layers Mini Rulers and Cutting Pad
(see my sidebar to find out how to get a free cutting pad!)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fun with Friends Swap Hop

Good morning!

I'm here today with a bit of fun!

A few weeks ago, seven of us decided we would do a Christmas/Winter card swap.
It was so much fun to see the different cards come in, that we decided to take it one step
further, and do a blog hop with our swap cards!

This is just for prizes, but we hope that you are inspired by something
that you see today!

Here is my (first) swap card:

Once my mailbox began filling with swap cards, I panicked!

This card, which looked so pretty initially, now looked pretty drab and plain, so...............

here is card number two:

I actually used this card for two swaps.

The first attempt was the card with the larger flakes.

I simply could NOT get the ink to dry, so I added some Liquid Pearls to the top of the stamped snowflakes.

Since I was still feeling a bit inadequate (lol...) I tucked a little tag into each envelope.

Anyway, we had a great time!  Hope you will swap cards with us sometime!

Now, you can hop along with us, to see what the other uber-talented folks created!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!

Patti J.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hi everyone! 
This is my second post for today.  
Scroll down or click HERE to see my card for Repeat Impressions', The House That Stamps Built.

I am participating in the Coffee Lovers blog hop hosted by the uber-talented Amy Tsuruta!
You will want to check out all the details on Amy's blog.
Lots of fun prizes from 27 Super Sponsors.
Here is my project:

This is the gift tag that will hang on the gift bag below...
The gift bag, for my Coffee Lovers Project!
A gift is not complete without a greeting card, right?  I totally love this sweet image and sentiment from Great Impressions.  It's fun on a card, tag, or gift box, and can be used for coffee, tea, or cocoa gifts. This card is 6" x 6", and so bright and colorful in real life :)

what exactly is IN this gift bag?
Christmas Morning Latte Scented Wax cubes.....of course!  Yum!
A fun Coffee Lovers canvas for your wall...

And...last, but not least, COFFEE (Caramel Cream Coffee!!!) and two coffee mugs!

This hop has been a lot of fun to do.
I can't wait until this evening when I can sit down and  hop from blog to blog, to see everyone's wonderful creations! sure to
You will find the link-up there, to visit all of the hop participants, and check out the great prizes!

Speaking of lucky person to leave a comment on this blog post will receive today's project!
When you comment, please be sure to leave me a way to contact you - email would be great!

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!
Patti J.

Stamps:  Great Impressions #F537S and Great Impressions E777S  (also used some old TAC sentiments on tag.
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Tuxedo Black
Cardstock & Paper:  The Paper Studio Christmas Basics, White CS, Green CS, Red CS, Kraft CS, Black CS
Accessories:  Gold curly ribbon from my stash, Gift Bag, Gifts, Copic Markers, Perfect Papercrafting Perfect Layers Mini Rulers and Cutting Mat (check out sidebar to see how you can get the cutting mat free!).

I am entering the card and tag in the challenge at Great Impressions - just use a Great Impressions Stamp!

Repeat Impressions Sketch Challenge

Good morning!

In case I haven't mentioned it before....I love a great sketch challenge!  Today is Sketch Challenge day at The House that Stamps Built.  Here is Wendy Wyman's fun sketch:

Now, being the rebel that I am, I flipped the sketch up on its end! is what I created using the sketch:

Repeat Impressions 307-D Holly Sprig, Repeat Impressions 2105-I Merry...Happy..., White cardstock, green cardstock, Perfect Papercrafting Perfect Layers Mini Rulers, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Copic Markers, The Paper Studio Christmas Basics DP, Hobby Lobby Corner Rounder Punch.

I hope that you will check out my fellow Rock Stars' blogs, to see what they have made with this great sketch!  Happy hopping!

Cheri     Deonna     Geri     Joy     Melissa     Karen

Check out my sidebar to find out how you can save money on your Repeat Impressions Order!
Happy shopping!

You can also get a free cutting mat from Perfect Papercrafting - check out my sidebar!

Thanks for stopping by,
Patti J.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

MIA...that's me!

Happy Sunday!

I've been MIA - seems the last week and this next week are filling up so quickly.

I took a bit of time last week to create.  There were two card swaps (which you will see next week!), 100+ cards for our church congregation, and some cute little treat boxes, which I'm 
still working on.  Will share those too, when finished.

I went to Pam Sparks' blog one day, and saw THESE cards, and decided I simply HAD to follow her link, and shop HERE, at StarLit Studio, for the Memory Box Horse Country Die.  I had never shopped at this site before, but I will be back very soon to shop some more. The prices are very reasonable, and the item was here in my hand so quickly that I was amazed!  I think you'll like it too, so check it out!
(No, I have not been paid or compensated for this shout-out - just loved the site, price, and service)

I don't often completely 'case' a card, but I'm thinking this is pretty close to a total case job!
Pam's card was perfect for what I needed.  A young pre-teen girl we know has taken up equestrian training, and is doing such a wonderful job.  She has two instructors, so I made these cards for K to give her teachers for Christmas.  Hope they like them!

The cards I created for our congregation began with a digi image set from Fred, She Said Designs.
The image and sentiment were set up, and printed.  They were cut to size, and matted with black cardstock, using my Perfect PaperCrafting Mini Rulers and cutting mat.  (Check out my sidebar to find out how you can get a FREE cutting mat!)

That panel was attached to an A2 card.  Then...out came my clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.  All of the leaves and flowers had a touch of glitter on them, as well as the little lantern designs, and the entire candle was 'glittered'. 

The last step was adding Glossy Accents to the candle flame, and the three flower centers.  It was done assembly line style on the kitchen table/counter/ get the idea!  Anyhoo, did the same step on all of the cards, and they were finished in two days.  Gotta love a beautiful pre-colored digital image for mass producing, right?  Here's the finished product...

These are the finished products.  The border on all of these were wider than the 1/8" border that I worked up on the first card (see photo below).  I love the way the black 'pops' against the white card base.

That is all I have to share today!

It's been a productive day.  We had church, then Sunday School, followed by an hour of ringing the bell for the Salvation Army with another couple from church.  At 4 p.m., we will shop for a needy family, with the Sunday School 'dues' we've collected in our class, each Sunday this year.  We will all go out and eat way too much after that.

Tomorrow is one of those days, as well!
Gotta love this time of the year.  Does my heart good to see so many people doing good deeds for those less fortunate.

Hope you've had a good day, as well!

See you soon (I hope!)

Thanks for stopping by,
Patti J.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

'Anything but a card' challenge...

Hi there, and Happy Wednesday!

It's time for a new Designer's Choice Challenge at The House That Stamps Built.
Today's challenge hostess is Deonna Bemish, and she has challenged
us all to create 'Anything but a card'.

Well, you all know that this is right up my alley - I love creating gifting type items,
so here is what I made:

Repeat Impressions 406-H Peace, Love...  Repeat Impressions 2008-K Shepherd Boy 
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I began by stamping the image onto a piece of white cardstock.  I stamped the image again onto a post it note, fussy cut it, and placed it over the image, creating a mask.  Then I began sponging the sky.  Working from the top down, I used three shades of distress ink.  I tore a couple of post it notes to make the 'hills', and sponged them with two shades of green distress inks.  I then removed the masks, and colored the Shepherd Boy with Copic markers.  The star was dotted with glitter.  The sentiment was stamped first with black ink, and then again (moving the stamp slightly) with Alabaster chalk ink.  Matted the image with black cardstock using my Perfect Layers Mini Rulers (check out the sidebar for details on saving TEN percent!

Here's the box all opened up, and filled with chocolate deliciousness!

This darling little gift box was featured at My Chic n Scratch last week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Now, it's time to see what my fellow Rock Stars have created with this fun challenge!

Cheri     Deonna     Geri     Joy     Melissa     Karen

Be sure to check out Repeat Impressions for the beautiful stamps that we used today!

Let me know if you make this box - would love to see it!

Hugs and smiles,
Patti J.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Fun with Fonts...

Can you believe it's the last Friday in November?
Seems this year has just flown by.

I'm here today with a post showcasing two of the Die-Versions amazing
font and word dies.  After I created the Ho Ho Ho frame last week,
I decided to look for some more fun words to work with.

For these projects, I used Die-Versions "Elegance" Font DV-411

For this card, the word 'greetings' was carefully trimmed away from the word 'seasons'.
When adhered to the card front, I placed it straight on the card, rather than at an angle.
Now I have a card that can be used for any occasion!

These next two projects were so much fun! Michael's had these little frames in their $1.50 bin.
I purchased three of them!  Here are two, that are all ready for the holidays.
Please pardon the photos - I just can't seem to get rid of glare - my CRoffice has
several sections of 4' ceiling lights.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the fun that words and fonts can be!

Be sure to follow the Die-Versions Blog, for daily inspiration, and we'd
love for you to shop at Die-Versions!  A little Christmas 'to me, from me', right?

Thanks for stopping by,
Patti J.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

This says it so well...

Here is hoping that your day is filled with the blessings of family, friends, love and laughter.
Hope it also holds a bit of turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy, and so much more.
And...pumpkin pie would be a great way to end your wonderful day!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all...

Hugs and blessings,
Patti J.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Repeat Impressions Sketch Challenge - Brewed Quartet


It's nearly Thanksgiving, and I hope that you are all going to be able to enjoy some special family time.  We are having friends in, as none of our kids can make it in for the holiday.  
We are looking forward to a nice day.

It's time for another Repeat Impressions Sketch Challenge at The House that Stamps Built!

Here is Wendy's great sketch: is what I made:

There is an entire page of 'Quartet' stamps at Repeat Impressions!
For this card, I used '8512-U Brewed Quartet'.
The stamp actually comes as a square, with all four pieces in sort of a grid.
I stamped the image, and then very carefully cut each piece out and rounded
corners to achieve this pattern.

Hope you like it!
Hop over to the Repeat Impressions store, and see what other quartets are wanting 
to come live with you!!!

I hope you'll check out my fellow Rock Stars' blogs, to see what they did with this fun sketch!

Cheri    Deonna    Geri    Joy    Melissa    Karen

Thanks for stopping by!
Patti J.

I used my Perfect Layers Mini Rulers for the nice even matting - check out my sidebar to see how you can get a free cutting mat!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Repeat Impressions Project of the Week - Monochromatic Stamping


Okay, I have a confession to make.
Monochromatic cards inspire me SO much, but scare me even more!
I have a really hard time getting myself psyched up to create one!
It's funny what intimidates us, right?

Anyway...when it became my turn to post a Project of the Week at The House that Stamps Built,
this just had to be my technique!

I apologize for the photos.  I have some bright halogen lights above my work area, and I simply could not get any shots that were without glare.

For this card, I used two beautiful Repeat Impression Stamps, '2101-Q Santa over Portland Head Light', and '2208-G Warmest Holiday.  The Portland Head image is also available without the Santa.
Repeat Impressions has a whole page of Lighthouse images that are sure to check them out!

My first step was to decide what color I wanted to work with. Dark blue won out,
so the first step was to stamp the image.

Next, the sentiment needed to be added.  When stamping, the Stamp-a-ma-jig is worth it's weight
in gold.  There is no guess work - the stamping goes exactly where you want it.

Next, using the same color ink that you've stamped with, do some sponging
to add depth to your image.  Always use a circular motion, and begin your sponging
off of the cardstock, working in.

I left a bit of light area, hoping to achieve the look of a pretty sky.

After matting on black cardstock, and adhering the panel to a card front,
out came the glitter!  I used a Martha Stewart glue pen (only because my Tombow
ran out!!!), and added a bit of 'snow and ice' to the image.

Here is the finished card.

One more view - hope you can see the sparkle!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Hope you'll do a bit of browsing and shopping at Repeat Impressions today!
Check out my sidebar for a link to save on your order!

Patti J.

I used my Perfect Papercrafting Rulers and cutting mat to get the pretty black mat. Check out my sidebar for details on getting a free mat!