Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stampin' Up! Joyful Christmas

Where has the time gone? November can just slow down! 

I've prepped this week a pile of cards to take to the Artful Eye. A funky shop downtown St. Johnsbury selling  artwork of local crafters so stop in and support local artists like myself! 

Stampin' Up! Joyful Christmas

Three of the cards I'm supplying sport this Stained Glass Technique with the retired Joyful Christmas stamp set. I think you'll love this fresh color Coastal Cabana! 

I love silver embossing powder, gold for that matter too but doesn't this color shine with Coastal Cabana? Ink your stamp in Versa Mark and stamp onto Vellum. Heat emboss the powder and simply color the back side of the vellum image with Stamp N Write Markers. 

The flower has been embossed twice and snipped apart for a double layer. Pretty Basic Gems embellish the center. Maybe you'll remember the Winter Frost Designer Paper, I think it was the first we saw this fresh color trend for the Holidays! 

You've seen most of the cards that will arrive this afternoon at the Store ready to greet Holiday Shoppers just one more to share with you tomorrow. If only I could find that extra hour we were given early this Month maybe I could catch up with my own Holiday Cards! Tic toc!

Monday, November 17, 2014

A successful Jingle all the Way Holiday Stamp a Stack Thank You!

A Big Thank You to my Creative Class Gals who have committed to supporting my Classes these years! Our last class of 2014 "Jingle all the way Holiday Stamp a Stack" went very well! 

Here's the line up, 5 Holiday Cards featuring my retired product stash of papers, stamps, dies and embellishments. I'm not sure we made a dent in that paper stash but Thank You for appreciating every design ladies! Can you guess their favorite? 

Apothecary Art 

It's this one! Apothecary Art stamped with Stazon Ink onto water color paper, simply colored with Stamp N Write Markers, sponged with Crumb Cake and heat embossed with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder for that pretty Merry Christmas sentiment from Greetings of the Season. We attached an embossed Cherry Cobbler panel in Lacy Brocade onto an Old Olive card base and embellished with a double bow made of crochet trim. So for a non Holiday stamp set I think we did well to make it very special! 

We're taking December off and hope to meet again for January -I'll keep you in the loop! Now I must put my feet up I'm exhausted! Haven't sit down all day! Phew! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Flourishes Dreaming of Florence by Maria Rodriguez

She's done it again! Maria has sat down and colored a Masterpiece for us to enjoy! Today she inks up a retired Flourishes Dreaming of Florence for my Thanksgiving Card. It's absolutely beautiful! So colorful have a look!

Florishes Dreaming of Florence by Maria Rodriguez

Here it sits on my antique table in the Stamping Studio. The sun is setting this afternoon and there's a dreamy shadow alight the card sitting here. It's something to look at I wish you were here! For one this card is the largest I've ever received! It measures 5x7 and weighs quite a heft as there are many lovely layers! 

I rushed to write to Maria to inquire about her coloring so I could pass it along. She replies that the image was inspired by a share on Pinterest done by Cindy Lawrence  and inked with Stamp N Write Markers and the Aqua Painter. Pencils were not giving it the rich color of ink so she opted to blend with markers. 

I love images of Tuscany and would love this retired set illustrated by Marcella Hawley. Maria you're one lucky girl! She tells me this time of year her Grandmother would put out figs dipped in molasses for a sweet treat to eat. What a nice memory of her Grandmother and the Holidays! 

So thank you so much Maria for the most beautiful Thanksgiving Card evah! I'll treasure it as I have all of the rest of your colored images! ~Hugs!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Just Rite Papercraft Friendship Vintage Labels Seven

True Friends!

Today I'm super thrilled to ink up a new stamp set and matching die to me from Just Rite Papercraft.
My first of each from the company encouraged by the word Sale in my in-box one day while reading mail! It's great marketing you know, that word Sale and paper crafting...gets me every time! 

Illustrator Becca Feeken with Amazing Paper Grace designed this beautiful Friendship stamp to fit perfectly in the Spellbinders Vintage Labels Seven Die.  Designed to coordinate with Just Rite Clear Stamps how precious is this set! 

A closer look. My lighting in my Studio will not improve anytime soon! Sadly that is an expensive remodel that is not on my husband's to-do list until much has been accomplished first. Don't forget I've only been paper crafting for five years. And during that time I've been a Stampin' Up! purist, so many of these products out there are so new to me! I'm excited to see that Spellbinders Dies emboss the outside edge of of the die! Shown here in Very Vanilla, I don't know if that will show but I love this romantic touch all in one step! 

Throughout this short paper crafting "career" of mine I've come to know a few fantastic Ladies and Gents as well. A handful of you I call True Friends and am truly blessed! 

Todays color pallet is Stampin' Up! Coastal Cabana, a 2013-2015 In Color that I hope will become a part of the regular color pallet as I will hate to see it retire. It pairs beautifully with MME My Minds Eye "Skys The Limit" 6x6 Paper Pack. Very feminine and so pretty! I see hints of Summer Starfruit in this paper too and included a satin stitched bow and a few single gold sequins from the roll I have that will last me a lifetime I'm sure! 

So here's to True Friends! During this Month of Thanksgiving I add you to my blessings and will continue to stay in touch even after I'm not a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, nothing will keep us apart! Hugs~ Patti

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veterans Day and Thank You to all who have served and currently serving our Country! 

July 21st. We drove our son to the National Guard Recruiters at 5:00 AM in the morning to ship him off to training. The drive home felt so empty. Wow, what a long time until December 11th we said, hopefully he will call while he's traveling and stay in touch, let us know he's made his flights while traveling to Fort Leonard Wood all by himself! 

It was a long day, we held the phone in our hand the entire time that week on vacation and finally got a call in the middle of the night that seemed so rehearsed. "I have arrived at Ft. Leonard Wood, I am well taken care of, I'll call you when I can. Got to go." Geezum crow! That's it! that wasn't even Levi that was a script he was told to say! Floods of tears and choked words are all that came from my mouth! 

Luckily we can see Levi's training pictures online at just look up your child's Company and they've documented all the training! Now they all look alike most days since they wear the same uniform, and all now sport the same short hair cut but you can point out your kid fairly easily if he's in the picture. We've seen Levi enter and exit the Gas Chamber, Shoot his AR, Traffic Stops, (Levi's Military Police) all sorts of interesting pictures which put our mind at ease. It honestly looked like a lot of stand in line and wait to perform the instruction that was being taught. 

Levi reports it was so hot there! And it was, he was high high 90's there, humid. It doesn't get quite that warm here in Vermont if it does, not for long. He commented that there were no birds. Funny he mentions that. Levi likes to see the crows come and go from corn field out back and would watch them strut around our lawn wishing only to make them a target!

Ok a few bragging pictures! This kid is so missed! Today we're on the 4 week count down! The card above is a Graduation Card for Levi and one for the two boys he's befriended back in the early days when they were not doing well being away from home. You are better off being mentally prepared to do your job. Attending Drills at Ft. Jericho helped him prepare for Basic Training but in general, this lifestyle just suits him! I look forward to watching him in his career as a Civil Servant. 

So today I salute my son, and all of you who have served and currently serve to keep our Country Free. Happy Veterans Day!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Power Poppy Sassy Succulents by Maria Rodriguez

I'm excited to share some Happy Mail from my Pen Pal Maria Rodriguez a little Power Poppy Sassy Succulent card made just for me!!

Power Poppy Sassy Succulents

When Maria told me she purchased the Sassy Succulents (on my own list of Power Poppy stamp sets!) I begged her to ink one up for me! Who can resist these adorable little plants? 

Maria inked her sweet succulent in a green Copic Marker, the rest with Prisma Color pencils to blend with her favorite blending tool, a paper stump and baby oil. We wish the cards could sport that pleasant smell of baby oil longer but they don't at all! This method I recommend to beginner color students. It's very forgiving anyone can do it and it always produces lovely work! 

Keeping it Marcella Maria included a hang tag from a retired Flourishes set From the Garden (yay I own it!) also designed by the ever talented Marcella Hawley! 

Power Poppy Sassy Succulents

And there they are! Look! Cacti, Hens & Chicks! Aloe Vera! Maria I hope you leave this cutie out for a while and continue to be inspired to make more lovely cards with it! I love your theme today in green, this textured embossed panel and natural ribbon look so handsome with your burnished brads! Your layout is perfection and as always we enjoy your coloring! This is added to the Studio for the rest of my friends and Classmates to see! 

A Special Thank You 

To those who have sent letters and cards to my son in Fort Leonard Wood Missouri Thank You! He appreciates your thoughtfulness so much! We've been asked to stop sending mail by November 15th as his platoon graduates soon and he will not be there to accept it. 

We've booked a flight and a room, our Family Day with Levi will go by quickly, he's out-processed directly after graduation and sent home! At this point we don't know if he flies on the same flight as ours or not! 
Levi recently went to the hospital for a cold which was diagnosed as Pneumonia. He had it for 10 days before going to the hospital not good! The doctor was not happy he delayed in getting care. These soldiers don't want to miss class or they get pushed back and don't graduate together. He was prescribed 3 days be rest and an antibiotic. I pray he's on the mend and can finish out these last 4 weeks. The count down is on! 

Jingle all the way Holiday Stamp a Stack

A note to my local paper crafters our Holiday Stamp a Stack is next Sunday at 1:00 PM
Your pre registration was due November 7th. Thank You to those who have reserved your Holiday card kit by sending in your payment!
Please make sure I'm aware of your attendance if your payment has not reached me. I can not prep for Walk Ins so please don't let this be you!
What to bring: Bring your snail adhesive, sticky strip, paper snips and bone folder.
Refreshments provided!
I look forward to sharing 5 beautiful Holiday Cards with you I know it will be a great time together!
Contact me with questions,

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sugar Pea Designs Bountiful Blessings

A special thanks to Instagram Girlfriend Leslie Crogrhan for introducing me to SugarPea Designs! 

SugarPea Designs Bountiful Blessings 

"be careful little eyes what you see" We used to sing that in Sunday School. It's true! When you find yourself spending hours on Pinterest or your Instagram app you're going to find something you don't have and want it! It's happened more than once but I'm thankful actually to find these little treasures! 

I love the kraft bag they packaged my order in, and this little stamp set couldn't be more cute! I hope you'll agree you have to have her too!

Since I don't have 308 Copic Markers I had to ink this stamp in Stazon and color her with Stampin' Up! Stamp N Write Markers onto water color paper. Using retired materials to finish them up, I'm loving the Not Quite Navy paper paired with the calico in Comfort Cafe Designer Paper. 

This color pallet more appropriate but what wasn't appropriate is sending it to Levi in Basic Training! He opened it up and said "ok, a girl scarecrow" didn't mention the lovely G'normous Bow! But the Drill Sargent laughed at him. Oops! I mean really! How many masculine cards can a Mom make for his son? It's been a challenge let me tell you! 

At any rate, she's darn adorable and I'm glad she's the latest addition to my stamp collection!