Sunday, March 19, 2023

All About Spring

Happy Sunday!

I am sharing two fun cards today on the Technique Junkies blog

 The first day of spring is tomorrow! So ya'll know how much I loved working with this great new background stamp All About Spring.  Here is my first card:

To create this card, I used my Misti, so that each time I stamped, the placement was accurate. I began with the top section. I masked off the lower section of the stamp, and inked up the upper section with pink ink. I removed the mask, and made my first stamp. The next section was done the same way, except for masking off the upper and lower sections, and stamping only the 3 green lines. This process was repeated for the lower section. The word 'Spring' was stamped onto a piece of cardstock, trimmed closely, matted with a matching orange border & popped up using dimensional foam. Note: I did re-stamp a flower in yellow, and pop it up over top of the green stamped flower.

Here is my next card:

To create this card, I grabbed up a Kraft card base, and a focal panel piece, also in Kraft. Using the beautiful new Pretty Line Florals background stamp, I stamped the background with Versamark ink, so it is a pretty, soft, tone on tone.  Next, using Catherine Pooler's Midnight Ink, I stamped the gorgeous new sentiment No Greater Love. The focal panel was matted with a black panel, and adhered to the card base. Quick and easy!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Food for thought: Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people's bad manners.

Hugs and smiles,
Patti J.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

The Senility Prayer

Hi friends!

I am sharing two fun cards today over on the Technique Junkies blog

 So, I can certainly relate to BOTH of these cards!  The older I get, the more I pray for patience with people. Lol...they probably pray for patience with me, too! Anyway, this fun new stamp is called The Senility Prayer, and it was fun to create with.

 Here we go:

The image and sentiment are a single stamp, so this was stamped onto white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The image was then colored using copic markers. I matted it onto some blue cardstock, then onto a navy blue card base. She needed a bit of definition, so her glasses got some glossy accents, which you can see better in the photo below.  I felt the card was too blah, but didn't have any stencils that 'fit' this stamp, so I grabbed my markers and 'dotted' a background. Easy card, and a fun one to send to a friend or family member!

On to card #2:

This one is pretty self-explanatory! Some fun patterned papers, a few pop dots, and some pretty inks were used on this fun new stamp In the Craft Room. This one just makes me happy, and I know that those of you with craft rooms 'get it'! I love my craft room - it's my happy place!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Food for thought: Life teaches us some painful lessons. But it is from adversity that strength is born. You might have lost this inning, but you will win the game!

Hugs and smiles,
Patti J.

Friday, March 10, 2023

Catch up Day 1

 Hi all!

Today is a catch-up day. So many times, I lay things aside, and they don't get posted here. Sorry for the photo overload!

Here are some things I've created, and want to share:

These boxes were fromone of  Stampin Up's Paper Pumpkin kits. The kit made 16 boxes. I actually have several in a little shop downtown. The patterned papers and sentiments were all different. I put an easel card type of top on mine. This shot shows the box closed up.

Here is the opened box. As you can see, I could have used either the green or the coral color for the box, just depending on how I chose to fold it!  I put 2 Hershey chocolate miniature bars in each box, and laid the gift card on top for someone to either attach a real gift card to, or to write a note on.

This is a terrible photo - couldn't get it right the day I took it, but this is a swap that 9 of us took part in. Every couple of months, we do a new panel, and this was our Christmas panel. Sorry to make your eyes cross! My square was the little car with the tree on the roof.

Birthday card for our daughter...

Daughter and granddaughter play the Ukelele, so couldn't pass up a chance to create a fun card for them.

A friend, Lisa Stiehr, who sells Close to My Heart products, had us in one morning to make a card and small scrapbook page. Here's the card...

And here's the page!

Borrowed these stamps from Shirley, my bestie, to create these cute favors to stick into the grandkids Valentine's boxes.

That's all I have for today. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Patti J.

Food for thought: Your religion is what you do when the sermon is over!

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Now I Wait...

Hope your week is off to a good start!

I am sharing two fun Technique Junkies 'beverage' cards today on the Technique Junkies blog

Here is my first card. This was created using the 'Now I Wait' stamp from the March Technique Junkies release, and 'It Takes a Village' stamp from the January 2021 release.

To make this card, I first stamped 'Now I Wait' in a cranberry colored ink on a white card base.
Next, I masked off the sentiment of the 'It Takes a Village' stamp, and stamped only the bottle and glass in the cranberry ink. A little bit of coloring with some Copic markers, then the image was fussy cut, and covered with glossy accents, to resemble glass.

This better shows the effect of the glossy accents on the bottle and wineglass...

Next up, is a fun card made with some old and new stamps.  
I started by stamping 'Coffee Stain' from the November, 2020 release onto the patterned paper. I die cut this panel with some stitched rectangle dies - I inked the outside edge, and inlaid the patterned paper panel, and adhered them to a card base. The 'Coffee to Go' (coffee cup) and 'You Call it Coffee' (sentiment) were stamped onto some caramel colored cardstock using brown ink  The coffee cup was stamped again onto two different pieces of patterned papers. Using the patterned paper, I fussy cut the pieces, and glued them over top of the 1st coffee cup. The cup was popped up onto the card by using dimensional foam. The sentiment was created the same way as the coffee stain panel, using the stitched rectangle dies.

Remember that until March 8th, you get 15% off of any of the March release items! No codes needed - discount will be automatically applied at checkout!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Food for thought: Determine never to be idle...It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.   ~Thomas Jefferson

Hugs and smiles,
Patti J.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Technique Junkies' - March 2023 Release and Blog Hop

Hello there!

It's March already, how did that happen so quickly?
I was asked to guest design again this month for Technique Junkies
I so love the release this month, and can't wait to share some cards with you!

Welcome to the March 2023 New Release blog hop!

You can purchase the 'Gotta Have it All' deal for only $82.02 - That's a huge savings! You can also take 15% off of any March stamps through March 8th. No coupon or code needed - discount will automatically be applied. 

I really wanted to share the new sentiment set today, Peace and Comfort. It seems I always need a sympathy card these days, so this set was perfect for my card needs.
Here is the first card:

I paired the beautiful sentiment, and another new release floral stamp, Contemporary Vine Floral for this card. The vine was stamped on a piece of blue cardstock twice, in an L-shape, using blue ink (almost a tone on tone color). I then trimmed the panel on the 2 sides, and fussy cut the vine. This was adhered to the card base. The sentiment was also stamped in blue. The photo didn't capture this well, but the sentiment says "Know that I am thinking of you every day. You have my prayers and best wishes and are forever in my mind". After stamping this beautiful sentiment with the same blue ink, I die cut it and popped it up with some dimensional foam on a larger die cut that I ink blended to match the stamped words and vines.

and here is the next card:

This one uses the same sentiment stamps. I LOVED the font on this Thinking of You! I paired this one with a fun, new background stamp 'Lace Scallops'.  Easy card - both panels were stamped onto dark blue cardstock with Versamark ink, and matted onto white base and sentiment panel. Ta-da, Ta-done!

The next 4 cards need no explanation. I wanted to show how easy it was to use a piece of pretty patterned paper from my stash, and a sentiment from this beautiful set to create 4 five minute cards!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Hop along with the incredible Technique Junkies team, 
for tons of wonderful inspiration! Here's the hop list:

Monday, February 27, 2023

Curly Tailed Cats

Hope your week is off to a good start!

I have two fun Technique Junkies cards to share today on the Technique Junkies blog. 

Here is my first card. This was created using the Better with a Dog stamp from the February Technique Junkies release. This was one of my favorite stamps from the release! The photo doesn't show true colors. Believe it or not, the card base behind the white strips is EXACTLY the same color as the cardstock matting the image. I cut lots of white strips, and mounted them over top of the card base with dimensional foam, then stamped and matted the image, which was adhered directly to the card front.

Next up is another easy, fun card! All These Cats, was stamped in black ink onto a white card panel. I stamped a 'mask', fussy cut it, and laid the mask over top of the black stamping. I then stamped the background, using Curly Tailed Cats, and a pretty blue ink.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Food for thought: Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.
~Booker T. Washington

Hugs and grins,
Patti J.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Catching up again!

 Happy Thursday!

Once again, I'm behind in sharing some things. I'll try harder to keep up in the future! Maybe I should have given up procrastination (or pro-craft-ination) for lent!

I made a couple of cards for a lady that has 2 new great-grandsons, and thought I'd share them. This was a card style that was popular MANY years ago, and every now and then, I feel the need to create one. Here's what I made: 

As you know, we had to let our little Sophie cross that dreaded Rainbow Bridge on New Year's Day. Her groomer was as devastated as we were, so I made this card to share with her:

Some cute treat boxes I made at Christmas for the ladies at Card & a Cuppa.

Made this one at Card and a Cuppa this winter - thanks Sally McDonald!!!

Also made these at Card and a Cuppa - Thanks Shirley Hotop!!!

That's all for today, hope this finds you all well, and looking forward to spring! It's been busy here - one doctor appointment after another! Heck to get old, right?

Patti J.

Food for thought: 

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

(I used to change this up a bit when the kids were in school. I'd tell them 'No can can ruin your day today, without your permission'.

Monday, February 20, 2023

Life is better...

Hi friends!

I'm sharing a really cute card that I created with s stamp from the February release at Technique Junkies.

Life really, truly IS much better with a dog. We are still having trouble getting used to the quietness here, but are confident that we will settle into a new 'normal'! I used the stencil 'Paws', for the background, and the 'Better with a Dog' stamp for the focal panel.

I don't know why the photo turned out so dark - used my light box, and everything! The hearts are actually stenciled on with some Fuschia colored Stencil Butter. Sigh.... The blue was an accident, but I like the finished outcome, so I left it. A baby wipe with blue ink happened to fall onto the image, and of course, left a big blue smudge, so what's a girl to do, but smudge the whole project? Lol...creative opportunities, right?

Thanks for dropping by to visit today!

Hugs, Patti J.

Monday, February 13, 2023

My Emotional Support Beverage...

Happy 'almost' Valentine's Day, my friends!
Hope your week is off to a good start, and that it only gets better and better each day.

I have some fun Technique Junkies cards to share today on the Technique Junkies blog
Grab YOUR beverage of choice, and check out these fun cards!

I started out by stamping the image, Morning Joe, onto a white cardstock panel with black ink, then coloring with Copic Markers. It was stamped again onto a post it note, which I used as a mask while stamping the background, 'Coffee Stain' with a tan ink. The panel was matted onto Kraft cardstock, and voila! A quick and colorful, easy card! 

I wish the shine was visible...
The coffee mug and inside of the curlers are all embellished with 
Glossy Accents.

Next up is another easy, fun card:

I started with a gray card base, and used gray ink and the Damask stencil on the entire base, adding 2 different sized strips of silver glittery Washi Tape at top and bottom of card base.
The focal panel, Sisters We Choose, was stamped in black ink onto white cardstock. I stamped it a second time, and colored the hearts and banner with red marker, covered them with glossy accents, and fussy cut each. The focal panel was matted with black cardstock, adhered to the card base, and the fussy cut banner and hearts were popped up with foam dots over top of the stamped image. Very quick card!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hugs and grins,
Patti J.

Monday, February 6, 2023

Yes, I need these cats!

Hi friends!

I'm sharing two fun cards that I created with stamps from the February release at Technique Junkies.

First up is this fun cat card - everyone that I know that has A cat, has CATS, so this was a fun card to make. I have several folks that this one can go to.  I used the stencil 'Paws', for the background, and 'All These Cats' stamp for the focal panel.

Next up was a quick and easy card.  The focal panel, Nothing But Happiness, was stamped onto white cardstock, and matted onto a green circle the same color as the card base. A fun piece of patterned paper was adhered onto the base, followed by the sentiment circle. Very quick - would work for someone with a new home, or a St. Pat's card!

Remember that until Feburay 8th, you will receive 15% off of any new release items! These will automatically be discounted at check-out - no code needed!

Thanks for dropping by to visit today!

Hugs, Patti J.

Food for thought:  Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, not matter how slow.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Exciting News, AND a blog hop!!!

Hello there!
I have some exciting news to share with you - for the month of February, I will be guest designing for Technique Junkies! I love working with this team, and their quality products, and can't wait to show you the fun new releases for February 2023!

You can purchase the 'Gotta Have it All! deal for just $76.02. You can also take 15% off of any February stamps through February 8th. No coupon or code needed - discount will automatically be applied. 

Here is the entire new release:

I have two fun cards to share today - here is the first card:

As you all know, we lost our beautiful little fur baby on New Year's Day, so I can say with all my heart that "Life is better with a dog"!!! Catherine Pooler's Midnight Ink was used to stamp this great stamp, Better with a Dog.  I had some absolutely perfect designer paper, so it was adhered to the card base, with a strip of red glitter Washi Tape between the two patterns. Last, a red glittery heart was added to the focal pane. (shhh.....this was to cover an ink spot that my clumsy fingers left on the panel!!!)

and here is card number two:

To create this card, the background, Shamrocks, was stamped in green ink onto white cardstock. The sentiment stamp, Pot of Gold, was stamped onto white cardstock with Memento Black Ink. The image was colored with Copic markers. Using some gold Stickles, I made every other coin or so sparkle. The pot was colored entirely with Glossy Accents for some gloss and shine. While this dried, I cut scraps of rainbow colored cardstock, and adhered them together. Once the focal panel was dry, the scraps were mounted behind the panel, and the entire piece was popped up with dimensional foam.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hop on with the incredible Technique Junkies team, for tons of wonderful inspiration! Here's the hop list:

Monday, January 16, 2023

Catch up #3

Well, here we go again! I'm still working through the things I created the last 2 months, but didn't share. Hope you're not totally bored to tears yet!

My friend Ruth had this hanging on a brown paper bag, as a tag for each of us at one of her classes.
I turned it into a Christmas card!

Another of Ruth's class cards...

And another...

One more!

This one I made using a Stampin' Up set called 'Sending'. I use this set a lot!

Take two...

This is another beautiful stamp from Stampin' Up. NO, I am not and do not plan to become a demonstrator, but I do love some of their products!

This card is another of Ruth's class cards. The image is from Stamps by Judith.

Another card from Ruth's!

This is one we made at my friend Sally's Card and a Cuppa. We have so much fun the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays!

Last, but definitely not least! Isn't this card SO much fun? This was another of Ruth's card kit items. Makes you smile, right?

Have a great week!

Hugs to ya'll,
Patti J.