Monday, September 1, 2014

A Unique Blog Hop

Good morning!
Happy Monday.  Happy September (yikes!). Happy Labor Day!

Today's post is a bit different.  I was recently asked to join in 'A Unique Blog Hop', by my uber-talented friend, Shirley Hotop.  I thought it sounded like fun - I get to share a bit about me, and introduce you to a few creative friends (keep reading)!

1. What am I working on?
I'm not sure where to even begin!  I just finished a set of Baby Shower favors that you can see here. As soon as the sea of PINK left for the shower, I began working on place cards, menus, programs, and much more, for our son's upcoming wedding.  I neglected to take photos of all the wedding items, so be sure to check back later in the month if you'd like to take a peek!  Here is a photo of a 'Card Box' that we made them.  

The lumber is from a barn that's been in my husband's family since 1958. The barn wood actually dates back to the 1800's, so it's quite a sentimental piece of wood.  DH and I designed it, a friend of ours built it, and I wrapped it in miles of burlap - thanks to my friend,, Cheryl Gammon - she is a 'rolled rose' expert, and so very generous!  Not only did she share actual finished products, but she shared her 'rosy' secrets! I'm learning!  Other than that, I worked fast and furious to get some DT project finished this past month.

2. My Style? What inspires me?
I'm not sure I have a 'style'.  While I am drawn to images that I can color, I also enjoy working with silhouettes, and one color stamping.  I absolutely LOVE trying out a new technique! On any given day, you might find cut, elegant, CAS, or multiple layers. I like both stamps and digi images. My inspiration comes from many sources - I love a good sketch!  What a great starting point for a card.  Pinterest is inspiration heaven, and I can spend endless hours there. I am always surprised, how I can choose something that inspires me, and set out to CASE it, but my projects look totally different!
Other bloggers are another place I go for inspiration. The ideas, techniques, and styles are endless!  I've been known to purchase something while shopping, simply because the packaging inspires me!

3. Where did it all start?
In 2001, I took a workshop locally, from a very nice lady, who was a TAC Angel, and had OODLES of fun supplies, inks, and ideas.  A few months later, I had a nice box of my own supplies. It seemed that I'd barely blinked, and I suddenly went from a plastic tub, to a desk, to an entire crafty area! Not only was a wonderful hobby born, but a wonderful friendship, as well. You see, my workshop instructor was my friend, Shirley!  13 years later, we are besties, and continually teach each other new things!

4. How does your creative process work?
Yikes!  Am I supposed to have a creative process? Seriously?  
First, I find some great music to creat by. Sometimes it's a rocking choice, with a fun and fast beat, other times I enjoy Christian contemporary, and sometimes I like soft instrumental - depends on what mood I wake up in!  Then....I choose a purpose.  What do I need a card for?  Then I check my DT calendars to see if I can 'kill two birds with one stone'.  If I need a thinking of you card, and one of my DT projects calls for certain stamps/colors/sketch, that's my jump-off point.  I'm a Chemo Card Angel, so you will see a lot of generic card sentiments on my posts. Things like, hello, thinking of you, have a good day, etc.  I guess I really don't have a creative process.  At my age, I can sit down to create, see a squirrel in the yard, and become so distracted that I don't create at all...tee hee!

Are you snoring yet?

I'd love for you to drop by and leave Shirley a bit of love.

Now, as part of this Unique Blog Hop, I'd like to introduce you to two fellow stampers that I've asked to join in on this fun-ness! 

Cheri Weston is one of the sweetest, and most talented ladies you will ever run across in this blogland that we live in!  Her blog is always a fun and inspirational place to visit.  She will be posting her Unique Post on Monday, September 15th - be sure to check it out!

Regina Cooper is another oh, so talented (and super sweet) blogging friend!  When Regina was living in St. Louis, we actually got to meet and create together!  Due to family commitments, Regina can't post until Monday, September 21st.  Please be sure to drop by her blog and leave some hugs!

I want to thank Shirley for thinking of me, and including me in this hop!

Thanks for dropping by today,
Patti J.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sew...What's New?

Happy Sunday!
I'm not sure where August went, but suddenly September is upon us!
Today is my last post as Guest Designer for Great Impressions Stamps.
Thank you Deone, Mynn, and the wonderful Design Team for the warm welcome that I received. Everyone has been so thoughtful and kind.  I've SEW enjoyed working with you all.

Today's card uses the Great Impressions stamps, 'What's New?', and 'Spool Trio'.
I really had some fun with this one!

Here's how it all happened...

I actually separated the Spool Trio into individual spools.
Each spool was stamped and colored on the card front.  I stamped in from the right edge just a bit, and made sure that each spool was 'touching' another.
The next step was to cut around the right edge of the spools.

I used some A Muse Ginghmam cardstock, and had turned it inside out, in order to stamp on the white side.
I cut a scrap of the yellow gingham for the front, and added a button and some twine.
I did not have the color cardstock that I wanted for the sentiment, so I colored the piece with
one of my copic markers, before adhering with pop dots.

As you can see, there's about a  half-inch border on the right, after cutting out the spools, where that sweet yellow cardstock shows through.  There was one small huge problem that I didn't think about.  When I actually
opened the card, I gasped in surprise as I realized that the Copics had bled through!  What to do, what to do?  Well, I restamped the spools on white, cut them out, and glued them over the ink spots!
You'll be thrilled to know that these stamps are very nearly 100% symmetrical - it worked!

Hope you've enjoyed my rambling!  I love the way this turned out, and can't wait to mail it to someone special!  Thanks for stopping by today. Stop over at the website and pick out some fun new Great Impressions Stamps!

Hugs and smiles,
Patti J.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Simple Joys...

Happy Wednesday to all.

It's my day to post for Die-Versions, and I'm pleased to be showcasing one of the
dies from the holiday release.  

Die-Versions "Snowflake Corner" Whispers DVW-399, Sparkle 'N Sprinkle Winter White Embossing Powder EP409, Patterned Paper from an old DCWV Mat Stack
I've used this "Snowflake Corner" die before, but it just keeps calling to me...

  One of the things that I love most about a snowy winter day, is that there isn't much one can do, except read, create, and reflect.  One thing I do a lot of, when crafting, is think about our many
blessings, and pray for folks in need.  As my hubby and I age, we are quickly
learning that joy, indeed, does come from the small, simple things, so this Northwoods sentiment
was the perfect finish for today's card.

Hoping that your Wednesday is wonderful!
I'm neck deep in wedding table numbers, place cards, menus, and programs, for our DS's upcoming wedding.  It's been fun, but there's never enough time, right?

Be sure to check out the Die-Versions blog daily, for inspiration from the talented DT!
Hurry over and shop at Die-Versions for your beautiful holiday dies!  You won't be disappointed!

Thanks for stopping by,
Patti J.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

No tags or cards!

Happy Sunday!
This week at Great Impressions, the DT will be featuring a 'No Cards, No Tags' week, with a focus on Teacher Appreciation gift ideas.  Be sure to check out the Great Impressions Blog each day,
the inspiration will be endless!

Grab that cup of coffee, sit a spell, and let me show you what I created, using two of the new release stamps from Great Impressions, 'One in a Million', and 'Teddy with Flowers'.

I have been purchasing this size of tissue container for my car. It fits nicely in the little cubby where my drink holders are, leaving ample room on either side for phone, snacks, etc.

I figured out that if one is very persistent and careful, one can pop this top off of an empty tissue box, carefully trim the cardboard oval, and glue the lid right back into the box!  Before gluing this lid back in,
I measured up a few inches from the bottom, trimming my box to be shorter.

The entire box was then wrapped, by gluing crayons around the outside.

I added a piece of pretty ribbon, Teddy with Flowers, and the sentiment, which was tricky!
Since we weren't using cards or tags, what to do?  WELL!  Every teacher needs magnets,
right?  Ta da!

Here is a shot of my 'non tag'.  Gluing it to the paper clip made it look all 'teachery', and adding the magnet made it all useful - I think it turned out pretty well.  What do you think?

Thanks for dropping by today!
Be sure to check out each day's inspiration at the Great Impressions Blog - it's going to be a very fun week!

Hugs and smiles,
Patti J.

Other Supplies Used:
Copic Markers
Dimensional Foam (to pop up the top flower on focal image)
White Hammermill 110# cardstock
Black Cardstock (Hobby Lobby)
Spellbinders Dies
Paper Clips
Candy Bars

Friday, August 22, 2014

Summer Dreams

Happy Friday!

I'm busy for the next few days, working on wedding items for our son's wedding.
Can't show anything until after the big day, but I'm having so much fun!

Thought I'd take a few minutes to enter a challenge today.
The Shabby Tea Room is hosting a challenge "Summer Dreams", that is sponsored
by Creations by AR.  I thought it was a perfect chance to give a shout-out to the challenge, and
of course, to our very own Adela at Creations by AR!  The template I'm using is
a sweet little picnic basket, that you can find HERE.
Mine is cut entirely by hand!  Love my trusty little scissors!

Hope your weekend is wonderful!  
If you need me, I will be cutting and pasting like a wild woman!  
Got the music on, tapping my feet, singing along (not a pretty sound), 
and have a fun little assembly line in progress.  
Thank goodness for my friend, Shirley, who saved me a trip to the city, 
by having everything I needed from Cardstock to an old light box (like the ones we
used to use with brass stencils).

Happy weekend,
Thanks for stopping by!

Patti J.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Where have I been all this time?

Lol...yup - I've been MIA again!
If I haven't been commenting on your blogs, I've had a decent excuse :)

Here's what I was working on... needed favors for a baby shower at church Sunday.
I had THIS template from Creations by AR.

I worked it up half a dozen different ways, and it just wasn't what I wanted for this event, so I emailed the incredible Adela Rossol, and asked if she could tweak the front of the outfit to become a cute little scalloped edge dress.  LOOK what she did!  Love that lady - she's so talented, and so very sweet!

I had all of the pieces cut out, and ready to create the little dress fronts.  
One morning, my amazing friend, Shirley, came over, and we assembled the dress fronts, 
assembly line style.  THANK YOU, Shirley!!!
Each dress got a blouse behind it, a collar, a strip of ribbon, and a rosebud.  
Oh...and two cuffs!  
Then, we glued a strip of DP around each box, to hide the staples (yes,
the box was quick and easy, with one staple in each side)

Later in the week, I adhered the dress to the box, fixed puffy little bags of Hershey's kisses,
with cute little baby words on the bottom, and lots of white 'shred' material.

Still later in the week, I did this...a glassine bag, stamped with simple Pebbles stamps,
made Ghirardelli White Chocolate Covered Pretzels, with pink sprinkles, and tucked in a Hershey's white
chocolate bar.  I computer generated the little saying "Thank you for being here today. You have showered us with blessings, and made our day so 'SWEET'.  The names and date followed.

Then, I had leftover kisses.  What to do? What to do?  AHA!  I made these, and they just
filled in some gaps on the food table.

Here is the whole kit and caboodle, ready to party on!  It was a wonderful day.
The fellowship hall was full of love and friendship, and OH SO PRETTY baby girl gifts!

All of the designer papers, glassine bags, and ribbon are A Muse Studio products,
which I purchased from my good friend Shirley, who is a demonstrator for the company!

Anyhooo....that's my excuse.  50 of everything later, I'm ready to get inky again! Maybe
I'll have something new to share tomorrow :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Patti J.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Someone like you...

Hello - Happy Sunday!

It' my day to post on the Great Impressions Blog.  It's been fun guest designing with
such a great, talented group of ladies!

Today, I'm going to share a stamp that I will keep in my 'go-to' stash. 
It is just so incredibly versatile - and I'm eager to show you just HOW versatile!
The stamp I used, 'Someone Like You' can be purchased HERE!

For this first card, I used a piece of pretty patterned paper.  I stamped directly onto the patterned paper, added half of a small doily, three pearls, and a twine bow.  7 minute card, start to finish!
Love it, right?  Well scroll down to the next one!

The chalkboard technique is so popular right now, that I couldn't pass up a chance to use it with this stamp.
I had seen these easel type cards all over, and decided to try my own.   (The woodgrain makes my sides look uneven, but I've measured, and they really are identical)  The black card stock was stamped with white pigment ink.  My personal fave is still to come!

Last, but not least, I had some fun, vibrant cardstock, and matching ink that I used here.
The sentiment was stamped with black ink, then shadow stamped again with this pretty colored ink.
LOVE this one!  It's really my fave of the three.

Thanks for stopping by, and for being patient with all of these photos!
Hope you will hurry over to the Great Impressions Website and order this stamp - it's great
for any age, any gender, and can be dressed up or down!

Hugs and smiles,
Patti J.

Other supplies used:
Our Daily Bread Designs 6 x 6 Patterned Paper Pack 'Blushing Rose' Collection
Black Cardstock (Hobby Lobby)
White Hammermill 110# Cardstock
Echo Park Cardstock (This & That by Lori Whitlock 'Ornaments' Collection)
A Muse Cardstock and Ink (orange card)
Black ribbon from my stash
Perfect Paper Crafting - Mini Rulers (See my sidebar for details!)
Tombow Adhesive Runner