Thursday, May 31, 2018

Quick and Easy Greetings...

Hello out there!

It's been a pretty hectic spring, and I've sorely neglected this blog. 
I'm going to attempt to post more often!

Today, I have a few cards to share. These were all created when I needed something very quick. They were all created with paper pads from Heartfelt Creations.

Isn't it amazing what you can do with a pretty piece of patterned paper? 

Thanks for popping by to look!

Wishing you all well,
Patti J.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Inspired by...

Hi guys!

I saw a challenge at 'Inspired by...' that I thought looked like fun.  They've been up and running for quite some time, and this is the first chance I've had to play along!

I drug out a bit of old patterned paper and a die, and voila!

Here is the inspiration photo:

And here is my card!

I was drawn to the luggage, but didn't have any luggage stamps or dies, so I opted for the designer paper with license plates.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Patti J.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Good morning!

Just popping in this morning to share a pretty and ever so quick card that I created using a new Penny Black stamp 'Belle'.

I used small finger daubers for this, and inked some different shades of Distress Oxide Inks directly onto the stamp.  It's an easy way to create some depth, and use different colors on a one layer stamp. 

I'm quite embarrassed to say that I've torn my craft room apart, and cannot figure out which stamp set the sentiment is from!

I'm going to enter this in the Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp 'Use More Than One Stamp'.

Thanks for stopping by today - hope you had a nice weekend!
Ours was perfect. We had a wonderful Homecoming at our church on Sunday, and made our graveyard visits on Monday.  

Hugs to all,

Patti J.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Time Flies...

It's been 9 days since I last posted. Where does the time go? My mom always said that the older I got, the faster time would fly, and she was SO right! 

I thought I'd share a pretty card that I made using a Stampin'Up set that I really like. I'm totally enjoying the two step stamps - they look like you've colored your heart out, when you've actually just used your pretty ink colors and stamped!  Anyway, here's my card:

I stamped this with Distress Oxide Inks, and used the Stampin'Up Tranquil Tulips Stamp set, which is being retired. Sad to see it go!

Hope that you are having a great week - ours has been very busy, but good.

Take care, and thanks for stopping by!

Patti J.

I'll be entering this in these challenges:

Love To Craft Challenge Blog #22--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafting with An Attitude--anything goes
Crafts Galore--anything goes
Creative Fingers #147--anything goes
Cardz TV #48--anything goes
HEARTful Stamping--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday--inspired by a song (Tiptoe through the tulips)
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

There's still time to win!

Good Morning!

It's finally beginning to feel a little spring-ish here in Missouri.

That's what I typed on May 1st!
Fast forward to May 15th. Yesterday it was low to mid 90's. Today it's hoodie weather again!  Mother Nature is certainly confused this year!

I promised to come back today with a tutorial on these two SUPER easy treat holders that I created for the May challenge on the Scor-Pal blog - 'May Flowers'. The challenge is to create something with more than one fold, and some form of May Flowers.  

My project was two little gifts that I gave each class participant at an April workshop.

If you've never made either of these, they are the easiest EVER!  Lots of fun scoring, and only a little taping! 

For this project, I used my Scor-Pal Eighths, 1/8" Scor-Tape, & 1/2" Scor-Tape.

Thanks for looking! Hope to see your creations in our monthly Scor-Pal challenge!
You still have time to be the monthly winner!

We also have a ton of inspiration on our Projects on the Scor-Pal website and also on our Pinterest Board to help you get creative!Challenge at Scor-Pal! 

Okay, here's how quickly these go together - let's get started!

For the Ghirardelli Holder, you will need a 6" x 6" square piece of double sided designer paper.
Place as shown on your Scor-Pal, and score in half, from point to point.

Next step is to burnish that sore line you just created!

Now, with the long, flat side at the bottom, bring one side over, as shown, and burnish.

Repeat with the other side.

Fold down and burnish the 'front' flap. Your treat holder now has a shape!

All that's left to do is fill and decorate as desired!

For the second project, I started with a piece of designer paper that measured 5 1/2" x 4 3/4".
I rounded the edges on ONE of the short sides.
Next, score with the LONG edge at the top, at 1 1/2", 3", and 4 1/2".

Use a small strip of Scor-Tape to close box in middle. Here's what your box will look like.
Decide what's going in your box.  I chose a small Dove Chocolate bar.

Slide candy bar into box, using a small piece of Scor-Tape to hold the candy bar inside.

Decorate as desired!

Happy May!

Patti J.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Toad-ally Awesome!

Howdy!  It's good to be home...again!
I spent a few days wearing my grandma hat in Salt Lake City - what a beautiful place!
We stayed at the Grand America Hotel, and it's among the most impressive places I've ever stayed!

Do ya'll know that in all of my years of stamping, I've never owned a set with frogs? It's true! So...when I saw this adorable set pop up over at My Favorite Things, I sorta 'needed' it.

Here's what I made:

This photo shows the card and envelope

And here's the envelope by itself

Squeal, what fun this was! I love these sweet little critters!
They were so easy to paper piece with some scraps of green gingham paper.

I'm entering this card in these challenges:
Stamped Blessings - Anything goes + a stamp
Crafting with an attitude - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Crafty Creations #366 - Anything Goes

Hope you have a great week ahead of you!

Hugs and smiles,

Patti J.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Teacher Appreciation Gift Tags


Hope this finds all of you enjoying some beautiful days. Once the rain stopped here, the past couple days have been absolutely glorious!

I had the pleasure to create some gift tags for our grandchildren's teachers for their upcoming Teacher Appreciation Week.  A while back, on an on-line shopping adventure, a fun set of dies jumped right into my cart.  Seriously!  For reals!  This Die-Namics Lip Balm Frame die set from My Favorite Things seemed perfect for a fun teacher tag. I found some pretty cute bee paper and stickers at Hobby Lobby, then computer generated all the printing.  Here's how they turned out:

Here's how the tag looks hanging over a bottle of Bath and Body Works.

Here are all 15 of them!

I've also seen this die used with mini candies, like those teensy M and M' cute is that?

Hope these made you smile!

Hugs and blessings,

Patti J.

P.S. I'm off this week on another adventure.  I'm proudly packing my Grandma Hat and going to Salt Lake City. I'll meet DD there, and I get to keep the baby (squeal!!!) while momma presents at a conference.  Happy happy, joy joy!  Anyway, I'll be MIA again for a week.  Will miss you all!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Our feet are happy...

Hi there!
It's a beautiful Friday in Missouri - hope it's pretty where you are!

So, the other night, a conversation with dear granddaughter went something like this: 

GD: "Grandma, where is PawPaw"? 
Me: "He is in the office working"
GD: "Why is he in the office working"?
Me: "Umm....because that's what he likes to do"?
(anyone who knows my man, knows that he's a workaholic)
GD: "Grandma, when PawPaw gets done working in the office, can you go in there and make me something"?
Me: "Sure! What would you like me to make you"?
GD: "A penguin card".
Me: "Okay, I will do that"!

Dear Hubby and I share a workplace. Admittedly, I'm forcing him into a tinier corner little by little. He keeps talking of retiring because of his age. I really think he's talking retirement because I'm sort of pushing him out of his office!

Anyway, I didn't have any 'summer' or 'girly' penguins, so I popped over to Whimsy Stamps to see if there were any in her digi collection.  Voila!!!  Look what I found!  This darling Penguin Prima Ballerina Set was waiting patiently to come live with me.  I ordered it and began coloring immediately!

What I started with was this image:
Penguin Prima Ballerina Bella Set - Digital Stamp
I drew in some wood flooring and some walls that looked as if they belonged in a ballet studio. I also changed the sentiment to say "our" feet rather than "my" feet, and here's what will be going in the mail to dear granddaughter!

I hope that she likes it. I used a shimmer pen on the 'wall panels' to look a bit mirrored, and of course, the tutu, bow and shoes are PINK!

Thanks for stopping by today - have a great weekend!

Patti J.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

April Workshop

Howdy friends!

My bestie, Shirley, and I just finished our April 28th workshop. The way we work, we split the group in half. Half of the group will start with her, and the other half will start with me. When done, we swap groups, and go again.

I hate to admit that things were so busy that day, I didn't even see what she had her group create!  But....I thought I'd share what my projects were.

Most of these ladies are beginning stampers, so our projects have to be fairly easy to accomplish, and something they can have a good time creating.  It's always fun to bring back some older techniques, like...

Alcohol Inks

Shaving Cream Technique 

A little sponging and learning to use Glossy Accents

And of course, our participants always get a freebie or three to say thanks for coming!
Here's what I made for them:

Ha ha...Ghirardelli! Because one cannot create without chocolate!

Side view - holds a snack size Kit Kat bar because one cannot create without chocolate!

This one holds a single nugget, because one cannot create without chocolate!

Hopefully Shirley will post her projects as well!!!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Take care!
Patti J.

Supplies Used:

Card 1
Tim Holtz (Ranger) Alcohol Inks
White Glossy Photo Paper (Office Max)
Washi Tape, Butterfly & Heart Stickers - Hobby Lobby
Memory Box Die - 'Curved Happy Birthday'

Card 2
Taylored Expressions 'Iconic Wishes-Sparrow'
Distress Oxide Ink - 'Peacock Feathers' and 'Peeled Paint'
Shaving Cream (Wal-Mart)
Food Coloring - blue and green

Card 3
Unity Stamps - Itty Bitty 'Heart & A Bear'
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Hero Arts Sentiment - 'Wish you were here'
White Embossing Powder
Distress Oxide Ink - 'Worn Lipstick'
Spectrum Noir Marker - PP4

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A Little Birthday Wish...with clipped corners!

Hello out there!

I'm here today to share a fun card that I created this week.
Here's what I made:

A longtime blogging friend, Beth Norman, sent me Happy Mail - I jumped up and down when I found this beautiful stamp in the mail!  Isn't it just the best feeling ever to send or receive something fun in the mail?  I have a fun box ready to go out to a friend tomorrow...hope she likes it as well as I liked mine!  Anyway, as Beth is a DT member of Technique Junkies, I thought it would be fun to link this card up to their challenge.  This month's Technique Junkie's challenge is to use 'clipped corners'. There are some examples/tutorial on the TJ blog and FB pages.

I used #SD398 A Little Birthday Wish, and #S627 Flourished Floral for this card.

I stamped and colored the image, and fussy cut a 'corner' off of the image, which was then mounted on a black mat.  I love the way it turned out - hope that you like it as well! 

Thanks for stopping by!  You still have a few days to enter the TJ challenge - hope you give it a try!


Patti J.

May Flowers...

Hi ya'll!

It's finally beginning to feel a little spring-ish here in Missouri.
Perfect timing for the May challenge on the Scor-Pal blog - 'May Flowers'. So, the challenge is to create something with more than one fold, and some form of May Flowers.  

My project today is a little gift that I gave each class participant at last Saturday's workshop.

If you've never made one of the little triangle treat holders, it is the easiest EVER! Lots of fun scoring, and only a little taping! The other little box was equally easy and fun!

If you check back here on the 15th, I'll show you how to make these!

For this project, I used my Scor-Pal Eighths, 1/8" Scor-Tape, & 1/2" Scor-Tape.

Thanks for looking! Hope to see your creations in our monthly Scor-Pal challenge!

We also have a ton of inspiration on our Projects on the Scor-Pal website and also on our Pinterest Board to help you get creative!Challenge at Scor-Pal! 

Happy May!

Patti J.