Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Shadow Stamping

Happy Wednesday!
Today, I am super excited to be hosting the Mod Squad Challenge.
Any of you that know me well, know that I'm a lover of 'techniques', so my challenge 
is to create something using the 'Shadow Stamping' technique.

Supplies Used:  Gina K. Designs Stately Flowers 8, by Melanie Muenchinger, Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury White Cardstock (MY LAST PIECE - EEK!!!), Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Foam Dots, Kaiser Craft Pearls, A Muse Cardstock (Mat), Perfect Papercrafting Mini Rulers (see sidebar for details)

For my card today, I've used Melanie Muenchinger's 'Stately Flowers 8', which can be found at 
Gina K. Designs. This set is gorgeous - I am totally in love with all of Melanie's flower sets, and her basket sets are amazing, too!  When I win the lottery, I shall own them all :)  This set was in my
mailbox this week - a gift from Melanie.  You should have seen my Post Office happy dance!
Thank you Melanie - you are so kind and generous!

If you have never shadow stamped, you will have fun with this.
Find a stamp that would look nice with a shadow.  Stamp it once in a darker color,
then stamp again, moving the image slightly, to create a shadow image.
If you are a visual learner, Gina has a great video on StampTV, showing this technique.
If you've ever been stumped on a monochromatic card challenge, this technique would be perfect!

Thanks for stopping by - hope that you will try this technique,
and play along with this challenge at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog!

Can't wait to see your creations!

Hugs & Blessings,
Patti J.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Feel Better...

Decided to spend a few minutes creating 'just because', and join in on the 'clouds' challenge

Here's my card:

Supplies Used:  Gina K. Designs: Melanie Muenchinger's 'Fabulous Frame, Theresa Momber's 'Vertical Greetings 2', Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury White cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Versafine Brown ink, Copic Markers, Kaiser Craft Pearls

Hope your week is going well!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Patti J.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Is it August yet?

I know, I know....I was just complaining because someone 'stole' my week last week.
However, I can hardly wait!  There's going to be an amazing
blog hop... 

with the Die-Versions team, and the Sparkle N Sprinkle team
in August.  Here's a sneak peek at some of the items that you just might see on this hop...

What could be more fun than Christmas stamps, Christmas dies, Embossing Powders, and GLITTER???
Hope to see you August 15th!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Have a great week,
Patti J.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nautical - Beach

Hi there!
Today's post is short and sweet, as I have some serious housework to do!

Impression Obsession's challenge this week is: Nautical/Beach.
I've not participated in a challenge for a while, so...
Thought I'd get this gorgeous stamp out, and create with it.
We had need of a sympathy card or three, and thought this would work well.

Impression Obsession 'Rowboat', Impression Obsession 'With Deepest Sympathy'  All coloring is sponged on using different shades of Tim Holtz Distress Inks.
I think this would be considered okay for the challenge - hope so, anyway!

Have a great day - hugs to all,

Patti J.

Someone stole my week....

It's Friday again. Really?
Time sure flies when one is retired!
Hope you are all planning a fun and relaxing weekend with friends or loved ones.
DH and I are going shopping tomorrow for 'wedding' wear for our son and future DIL's wedding
in September.  We are going to have a 'date'.  Love it when that happens!

Thought I'd share a couple of things that haven't made it out here yet!
Sometimes, we just need something very, very quick. That's what I am sharing today.
A bit of patterned paper, solid cardstock, and a couple of stamps - voila!

I have a friend who was having some bad days - feeling 'invisible' or not important.
There is a great blog, Ginger's House, that offers free sentiments nearly every day. Just when I 
needed something to cheer up my friend, Ginger posted this.
Perfect!  Just like my friend!
If you've never been to Ginger's blog, you really should go! It's full of fun :)

This is also a sentiment from Ginger.  Another friend had been in the hospital for over six weeks.
I thought this would be fun for her.  On the inside, I wrote something pretty sarcastic, like
'enough is enough' - we miss you, or something silly - don't recall exactly.
Whatever it was, it made her laugh - that's what mattered!

This next card has an image from an old Gina K. Designs set, that I still pull out when I need a coffee related card.  Again, the sentiment is from Ginger.  A grown man we know is going through a pretty tough
time.  He drinks coffee from sun up to sun down, and usually ends the day with a
glass of wine or cold beer.  He's a pretty good guy, a good Christian, and
this sentiment just had his name written all over it.

Thanks for stopping by, have an awesome weekend!
I'm hosting a fun challenge next Wednesday, 
and I can't wait until Friday when I show you some beautiful things 
from the Die-Versions Christmas release!!!

Hugs & lot of smiles...
Patti J.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pretty Wings!

Happy Monday!
It's my pleasure today, to bring you a project created using the Die-Versions 'Pretty Wings'
butterfly die.  What a beautiful die to work with!

Die-Versions "Pretty Wings" Whispers DVW-383

I needed a very quick card, and immediately thought of this die.
Black and white is a timeless color combination, and the white on white theme is so popular now...
A strip of extra wide Washi tape, a sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs, a few
pieces of black bling, and voila!

Be sure to check out the Die-Versions store - I know you want this butterfly, and...
there's a brand new Christmas release in the works!  
Hope to share with you soon!

Hope you will also become a follower of the Die-Versions Blog!  We have a couple
of great blog hops scheduled in the next few months.  Just think of the
inspiration that two teams will bring!

Have a great day,
Thanks for stopping by!
Patti J.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Hope your weekend is off to a wonderful start.
I'm spending the day in my girl cave - doesn't get any better than that :)

Recently, the Mister and I were invited to a pig roast.
It's an every 3 year event, with a crowd of about 250 folks.
We've never been able to get to one until this, it was such fun!  The Mister reconnected with folks he had not seen in years - some that went back as far as grade school.  And, as a result,
I got to meet folks he's known all his life.  The food was wonderful, and the dancing was fun too.

Since they are pig farmers, I thought we needed a suitable card, so I went straight
to my Doodle Pantry stash, and found this adorable, pre-colored Mud Piggy image and matching papers.
I added a tiny touch of Glossy Accents to his (her???) eyes. Everything was computer
generated, and went together in a jiffy!
Can you say 'Perfect"?

It's in the mail to them, and I hope they enjoy it!

Have a super weekend,
Patti J.