Tuesday, November 30, 2010

twisted sketches #35!

{what's black and white and read all over? this thank you card!!! haha!}

My friend Jan introduced me to the Twisted Sketches challenge site.
This week, their challenge is to use layers on a card.
I so love an easy challenge!!! :) :)

I started with a kraft base and then just piled on some Jillibean Soup. YUM.
There's pp, cs, and then a couple of journaling sprouts w/cs sandwiched in between.
I also used a Jillibean fabric flower, topped w/a MM button tied w/MS baker's twine.
Machine zig zag and a sentiment stamp by Fiskars and voila! I am done with this card in about an hour - which, seriously....must be a record for me. haha!

Thanks, Twisted Sketches girls for a fun challenge!! :)

{p.s. this is a little bit embarassing - I saw this challenge and did not pay close attention to the actual sketch! duh! was only thinking of the layering. ooopsie!!!}

Monday, November 29, 2010

{gift bag challenge}

~christmas joy~

to/from tag ~

I saw this alter a gift bag or box challenge at The Paper Variety - challenge # 11 - and thought "oh, yay! I'm gonna dig into my Christmas stash!!!" ...and digging I did. :) :)

For this bag (by Hallmark, purchased for $1. @Walmart), I used stash pp. ~ Scenic Route, Making Memories & Crate. The "christmas" rub on is old - and I was so glad that it actually rubbed, not sure who the manufacturer is. "joy" letters are felt AC thickers. Pom-pom trim and buttons from stash too. I machine stitched around the circles & added MS baker's twine to the buttons.

For the tag, I used a stampin' up! to/from stamp w/red staz-on and added a MM eyelet and some AC ribbon. That's it!!

Note ~ when covering a bag, I use glue, not just adhesive. Fabri Tac will hold this pp down for-ev-er.
{I'm a gift bag recycler.}

Thanks so much for coming by! Happy Monday!!

hugs, patti

Saturday, November 27, 2010

{a blog give-away!!}

I've been thinking {for about a month now} that it would be wicked cool to have a blog give-away. So, I started making some purchases....thinking "what scrapper wouldn't like this?", all the while putting together a prize that I feel every crafter would like and have fun creating with. Doesn't that sound like fun? It has been!!! I've scoured some sales and have used some coupons. LOL!!!

{this is what I came up with. click for a bigger, even yummier image.}

Want to win it???
All you need to do is make a comment about what you like most about the prize, if you're already a follower.

If you're not a follower...why not become one? Every once in a while I have a good blog post. ;) Ya just never know!! Once you become a follower, make a comment about what you like most about the prize and you are in. Easy cheesey lemon squeezey, right??

For the record, I like the box of 45 Bazzill cards w/envelopes the most!!! {I so love it!}

Here is a list of items in the prize ~
1) Box of 45 Bazzill cards & envelopes
2) Bag-O-Buttons by foof-a-la
3) Sassafras "indie girl" 6x6" paper pad
4) Dear lizzy Springhouse crocheted flowers
5) jenni bowlin embellished butterflies
6 & 7) jillibean soup journaling sprouts (2 pkgs.)
8) AC thickers - raw chip
9) jenni bowlin crepe paper ribbon
10) Lush by MME bling
11) Cosmo Cricket "togetherness" stickers
12) Kaiser craft "limited edition" rub ons
13) 1 yard fancy green ribbon
14) jenni bowlin brown journaling dies
15) my little shoebox mini alpha stickers
16) Scenic Route label cardstock stickers
17) Technique Tuesday clear background stamps
18) Maya Road chip tags
19) Felt
20) Basic Gray bling it on

I plan to run the give-away for about two weeks.
So, what are you waiting for?
Tell me what you like most and you'll be entered in my fun give-away {which also, BTW, includes free shipping. haha!}

It's my way of thanking all of my blog followers.
I so appreciate the love & praise that comes from my scrappy friends!!
...and, now you all know it. :) :) :)

xo, patti

p.s. feel free to share this give-away with your friends!!

{julie ann shahin}

Today my friend Julie Ann is coming over to scrap!!!
Only thing I need to do is find some chocolate. The hubs ate all the m&ms!!!

You can find Julie Ann here.
And here.
And here.

happy scrapping!! :) :) :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

{trash to treasure!}

I should say from "tarnished trash" to treasure.

Wish I had taken a "before photo" of this sterling silver plate that my MIL gave me Wednesday night. She came down from the attic and handed me this "piece of sh*t" - her words!! She can be a feisty 75 year old. LOL!!

I sat with my polishing cloth for a couple of hours. The thing was black!!

I was so happy with how it cleaned up that I wanted to keep it out - plus I think my MIL will get a kick out of it when she sees it (she's coming for supper tonight). :)

Melonie (Mel has this "make it look easy" kind of sophisticated style, a really hip, fun blog and she is a fabulous photographer!!), at Citrus Tree Studio has a "banner challenge" for November. One of the banners is by 7 Gypsies - and was my inspiration for this piece. {thanks, Mel!!}

~my humble little foyer~

I started with some bazzill and roughed up and then stitched the perimeter of my bottom piece. Then I added a gray piece of bazzill, some Adorn It! pp, BG curio die cuts - also hand stitched. The key is from my scrappy friend Kelly Day, glued down w/Tombo metal glue. Flower is Prima, letters are Kaiser craft painted w/MM black paint. The kraft envelope is Maya Road and I placed a Tim Holtz grungeboard swirl piece on top and then sprayed w/coffee shop glimmer mist to get that pretty pattern. More grunge by TM, painted w/TH crackle paint - shabby shutters. So love this stuff!! :)

This was such a fun project!! I'm looking forward to changing it up - making a little something for the center for Christmas and then again for the Spring. :)

Thanks for coming by!!!

hugs, patti

Thursday, November 25, 2010


I will sit on this man's lap until I am too old and feeble to climb up there. LOL!!!!
(We always get a lap photo on our anniversary.)



Feeling grateful that I chose him!!!


On this Thanksgiving Day, I want to share this poem ~

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough, and more.

It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.

~Melody Beattie

Grateful for my {life}.
Grateful for a {hobby I love}.
Grateful for my {scrapbooking friends}.

Signing off with a very grateful heart,

your friend, patti

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

{happy anniversary}


26 years ago tomorrow I married the boy next door.
Not really right next door - but really right up the street!!

Only one city block between our families.
Our parents still live in the same houses.

We went to school together.
We went to church together.
We played hide & seek and kick ball as kids.

It's safe to say we go way back.
We never dated until we were in our twenties.

Still happy.
Still in love.
Still goin' strong.


To keep it real ~
Some of my young blog friend followers may be thinking...26 years? wow!
So, let me tell you that it has not always been easy.
There have been days when I have wanted to run away & hide.
It's hard work.
Talking (without bitching).
It's about being a team.
If you have children -- this one is so important!
Once they're teenagers, they will try to divide & conquer.
The hubs and I still seek out privacy and confer with each other on the sly. ;)
I made this card for him tonight.
Tomorrow we will go to Vona's restaurant in town.
It's the place where we had our very first date - and
it's our tradition to go there every anniversary.

~always and forever~

{card materials - bazzill, Adornit! pp, BG curio die cut, K&Co. sparkly sticker piece, green jute, prima sprig (that I cut apart and made smaller), prima crystal hearts and a bit of machine stitching.}

Thanks for stopping by! Hoping my blog friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

hugs, patti

Saturday, November 20, 2010

rita's stamping challenge at citrus tree studio!

hi everyone! hope you're all in your crafty little spaces gettin' your scrap on. (who really says that, anyway?? LOL!)

citrus tree studio's fabulous rita's (no really, she is the most nice person & a fab scrapper!) challenge this month is to use some stamps.

confession of a person who checks out target's clearance section - last night i found an unopened, forgotten about, package of making memories flower foam stamps in my foam stamp drawer. i think i may have bought them two years ago, but let's just say it was only one. anyway, cute little flower stamps go great with cute little two year old birthday girl pics, right? right!

{two - my niece lilyanna}

i forgot how much i love foam stamps and paint!!! i love the imperfect look you get (and that it's okay!) when you stamp w/paint. takes the pressure off of trying to get the perfect stamped image. know what i mean?

...and since i believe that being imperfect is perfect, i'll also share the tag i made with the left-over piece of pp & stamped flowers. you may notice that the pp is upside down. :) :) as the blog says...it's all good. :) :)

{materials - bazzill, unsure about the pp - it was a free 6x6" square that came in my blue moon scrapbooking order, MM foam stamps, delta paint, american crafts ribbon, ki memories sparkly sticker frames, thickers, martha stewart baker's twine, misc. buttons and machine stitching.}

thanks for stopping by! happy week-end!! :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

a felt flower video tutorial!!

~scalloped edge~

~straight edge~

My first video.

It's a little bit blurry.

There's a light bulb shining (alright, more like a glare) in the background.

{sorry about that - we're in my craft room and I never have a shade on that light}

Other than that though, I think it's okay. LOL!!!


{watch on You Tube}

I was inspired to make these flowers after seeing them on Sassy lil Sketches DT's los. They all got their flowers from this girl ---->
So, if you don't have any felt or time to make your own felt flowers, hop on over to Wendy's blog. She has an Etsy shop. She will hook you up!!! :)

Please let me know if you have any questions about the video.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

{an easel card!}

Party Time Tuesday's challenge #21 is to make an easel card this week. Check out their inspiration - plus, they've posted a couple of links to the directions for an easel card. {it was easy!}

Here is Cardabilities' sketch #15 ~ I combined the sketch challenge w/the easel card challenge.

I started w/an AC cs base. The pp is the Restoration Collection by Crate. I cut & embossed the sentiment pieces with my Nestabilities dies (that I just got last week). The stamp is Fiskars, chip pieces are 7 Gypsies and the felt flowers are made by me. :) I spritzed a little glimmer mist on the felt flowers, but you really can't tell from the pics. They have a tiny bit of sparkle in real life. Lastly, the pearls are Prima.

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

aimee's challenge @citrus tree studio!

smilin' pretty.

...my niece, Sara w/her son, Tanner. Is she not the prettiest girl? She is very sweet too!

...and just because I love close-ups, here are a couple of the felt flowers I made last night.

Aimee has the best challenge idea - at Citrus Tree Studio. The girl is genius, I say. :)

She assigned scrapbooking product to food items one would be served for Thanksgiving dinner. You know, like I chose turkey and that was pp as a background. My plate was filled with pp, striped pp, flowers, bling, ribbon and distressing.

My pps are from jillibean soup (so loving jillibean lately!). I also used jillibean journaling spots, jenni bowlin dies, prima bling & letter stickers, thickers, Creative cafe chip, cut in half (I miss CC - used to love their stuff), and some ribbon from the bottom of my stash.
Thanks for lookin'!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

hippity hop blog hop!!!

{there you go}

Two sassy gals at Sassy Lil' Sketches have a blog hop going on - with 4 other fun blogs, this week-end.

You start at Sassy Lil' Sketches, move to Scrap Fit, Crop Suey, Scrap Tiffany and finally the Cuttlebug Spot. It's a recipe challenge - and they have all contributed to making a recipe for a card or a lay-out.

So fun!!!
I chose these pics of the hubs from our September vacation.
I love it when he makes me laugh
(and I always say that's why I married him - because he could always make me laugh.)
Anyway....fast forward 26 years. Yeah, I think it's a long time too. ;)
I love the song "Stuck Like Glue" by Sugarland. It hits a nerve with me...
hence the lay-out's title & journaling that are part of this song's lyrics.
"Stuck Like Glue"
Mmmm better...mmm better...
Absolutely no one that knows me better
No one that can make me feel sooo goooood
How did we stay so long together?
When everybody everybody said we never would
And just when I I start to think they're right
That love has died...

There you go making my heart beat again
Heart beat again
Heart beat again
There you go making me feel like a kid
Won't you do it and do it one time?
There you go pulling me right back in
Right back in
Right back in
And I know-oo I'm never letting this go-ooo

I'm stuck on you
Whutooo whutooo
Stuck like glue
You and me baby we're stuck like glue
Whutooo whutooo
Stuck like glue
You and me baby were stuck like glue

just in case you wanna give it a listen ~

Sassy Lil' Sketches started us off with the sketch.
Scrap Fit added "use 3 of the same things". I used 3 jenni bowlin journaling spots.
Crop Suey added "paint, ink or mist" - I used MM paint, ink & glossy accents on my BG chip title letters.
Scrap Tiffany added "lace" - I used a tiny bit of eyelet.
Cuttlebug Spot added "some embossing/texture" - I used Coredinations embossed cs.
This was my first time stitching a banner. I found a banner pattern on-line - shrunk it - and it was then so easy to put together! I pop-dotted some of the pennants & used brown jute to string them.

Thanks to Sassy Lil' Sketches!
Thanks to Scrap Fit!
Thanks to Crop Suey!
Thanks to Scrap Tiffany!
Thanks to Cuttlebug Spot!

This was a very fun recipe!!! :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

jan's gratitude challenge @my sketch world ~

Jan Tatomir, Card DT member at MSW, has inspired us all to be grateful. Afterall, it is November. Jan's challenge is to create a card with a thankful theme. There is a catch though. Once you have made the card...you actually need to send it to someone. :) :) :)

I used Kraft cs, Pink Paislee pp, Hambly overlay,
Riff Raff chip piece,
Fancy Pants corduroy brad, and a little hand stitching.
Thank you, Jan, for this {very nice} challenge!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

party time tuesdays - challenge 20!

There's inspiration galore at Party Time Tuesdays!
This week, the DT chose this image to use as an inspiration challenge.

Fun, right?

Here is my PTT birthday card - "celebrate"

I used Fancy Pants pp - just added some stickles and glitter. The corner pieces are cut from ki memories stickers. Ribbon is Offray. I also added some handstitching - I love to handstitch...to me, it is so relaxing.

Thanks PTT girls, for the fun challenge this week!! :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

...a "because I love this paper" card.

I only bought this Imaginisce pp a couple of weeks ago. Turns out, when you don't scrapbook for a few months...there is SO MUCH that is new to you!!!

I think this "B-day Bash" pp is so cute!!

(They only had 2 patterns at my LSS. This line comes with rubs, chip, and these pp candles!!! Are they not freakin' adorable?? I must have!!!)
Here's my happy little card.

tfl!!! :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Party Time Tuesdays - challenge 19!

"Anything goes" at Party Time Tuesdays this week. Alrighty then! :)
{I am doubling up on this card challenge.}

Lucy, at My Sketch World, has a fun sketch challenge for November.

So, this card combines the birthday sentiment w/Lucy's sketch.


{PP: Adorn It & Jillibean Soup, Stamp: Fiskars

Flowers: Jillibean Soup (I handstitched w/red DMC)

Sticker: Jillibean Soup (Made into a chip piece), Buttons from stash}

Thanks to PTT & MSW and....thanks for stopping by!! :) :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Carla's Ad Inspiration at My Sketch World~

I saw Carla's challenge at MSW while at work yesterday afternoon. I jotted it down quickly on a sticky note and put it in my pocket. Drove home fast and furious, plowed through supper and ran to my scrap room. {haha!}

I have a bunch of photos to scrap from our September trip to California. This one night we stayed in a cabin while in Big Sur. It was right off the Pacific Coast highway, along the Little Sur river. Big redwoods, turkeys in the morning, night that was black as coal, -- some things I will always remember about this place.
{the ripplewood at big sur}

For the "ripplewood" chip letters, I applied TH brushed corduoy distress paint. After it dried, a dabbed some brown ink on top to enhance the distressed look.

The small "big sur" letters are cute little thickers.

The cs is bazzill, pp is Jillibean.
Thanks, Carla...for the fun challenge!! :) :)