Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Today felt like two days. Work this morning and then our couples group and stamping time tonight. I think I'll sleep well.

This was one of my favorite sketches for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge. It's from Ana Wohlfahrt. I think I like it so much because it was something new to me and because of the embellishment possibilities. Anyway, it was a fun one! :)

Used a CTMH set and Basic Gray Scarlet Letter paper. It's a Valentine for my hubby. I wasn't real happy with the one I made for him last week. I wanted something a little sexier. What d'ya think?

I managed to complete two more sketches tonight, so I have just one more to go. Provided my day goes as planned tomorrow, I should be ready to upload to SCS late tomorrow night.

I haven't stamped this much in ages! I'm having a blast!!! :) Take care~ Patti

Monday, January 26, 2009


So, I had to take a break from the "cupcakes" for this sketch. (sorry Taylor) ;)

I mentioned a few posts back that my husband Chris and I started attending a class at church on the Five Love Languages and this card is for the couple that's leading the group. I was so impressed with their honesty and the passion they have for ministering to married couples, that I wanted to send them a note.

This card features a sketch from Jackie Pedro. I took a little liberty with this one. I couldn't bare to cover up the teal paper. It's flocked! And very cool! It's Artylicious by Chatterbox. I picked it up at the Cottage Stamper. I've paired it up here with PTI's Everyday Blessings set. The set is a must have!

I need to make dinner and then I'm off to a CTMH party! My friend Amy is a CTMH Consultant. She does beautiful work and I can't wait to see what she has planned for us tonight! I still have one more completed sketch to share, but I think it will have to wait till tomorrow. It's one of my faves, so be sure to stop back for a peek. Have a wonderful evening! ~Patti


Happy Monday! You have know idea how much I wanted to stay home and stamp today. ;) I finished four more of the sketches from Taylor's Cupcake Challenge Celebration. Since I'm on lunch break, I'm just going to share two of them real quick.

The first one is a sketch from Donna Baker. I loved this one! It's perfect for all of those leftover scraps of patterned paper.

And the second is from Vicki Chrisman. Again, another good one for paper scraps!
I'll pop back in later tonight to share my other two completed sketches. I have 3 more to go!!! And then I still have to upload them all to SCS! The pressure! ;)

Hope your day is going well and that you're squeezing in some stamp time! Smiles~ Patti

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Hey Cupcake (TECC52SH)

Here's another Cupcake Challenge card. This one features Stephanie Hargis' sketch. I love the simplicity of her sketch. It made me focus on small details, like using my White Signo Gel Pen, my Swiss Dot Cuttlebug folder and adding the pin with the little beads. I also used Hey Cupcake from AMuse and some amazing May Arts Ribbon that I picked up at the Cottage Stamper.

I'm not sure I'm going to be able to finish all of the Cupake Challenges by Thursday, but I'll give it a try. If you want more details on the TECC visit Taylor's blog. I hope you'll play along too. :)

Enjoy the Lord's Day! Blessings~ Patti

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Celebrating with Taylor (TECC52TV)

Taylor is celebrating a year of Cupcake Challenges and I couldn't resist joining her. When I first started browsing papercrafting blogs, Taylor's was one of the first I visited. I asked her questions about her cards and blogging and she thoughtfully answered. I've been following her blog ever since. It's been neat to see Taylor open her own online store and create her own line of stamps. Definitely cause for celebration! You can play along too and enter to win a $75 gift certificate for Taylored Expressions Store! Now that's a party! Please see Taylor's blog for all of the details.

This card feature's Taylor's sketch. The cupcakes (or truffles) are from the Hero Arts Sweet Moments set and the saying is from AMuse. I don't know about you, but this card makes me want chocolate. ;) Thanks for stopping by today! ~Patti

Friday, January 23, 2009

Love Languages

TGIF! I'm so glad the weekend is finally here! I'm going out on date with my hubby tonight. Not sure where yet, but at this point it doesn't matter as long I get to spend time with him. I feel like I haven't seen him since Tuesday.

We started a 5 week class for couples at our church this past Tuesday. It's based on the book The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. We decide to sign up because we thought it would be a fun Valentine gift for each other. After the first session, we had to come home and do a "profile". Then, based on our selections, we found out our Love Language. They are "Words of Affirmation", "Quality Time", "Physical Touch", "Acts of Service" and "Receiving Gifts". I was sure mine was "Receiving Gifts" because well, I'll admit it, I'm a "material girl". I was wrong! (shock)

My love language is "Acts of Service", which is what my hubby said it would be. Chris definitely knows me better than I know myself. Which is exactly what I told the ladies in our group on Monday night. I'm a lucky girl! :)

I'm going to let my card speak for itself today. I'm not sure where it's going, I just felt like making something pretty, pink and sparkly, so here it is. Hope you like it. Have a fantastic weekend...and stay warm! Blessings~ Patti

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Simply Lost n Love

Hi! Thanks for stopping by. It's an exciting night for us LOST fans. Tonight is the premiere of Season 5! Anyone else out there going to be glued to the TV tonight? LOST is the only show I watch on TV. I find it so intriguing! My hubby has bought me each season as it's come available on DVD and I can hardly wait to see what happens tonight. Will the Oceanic 6 go back to the island? Is Charlie going to reappear? What's up with Claire? Oh the suspense!!!

I have another Valentine to share. This one is pretty simple, but it's for a no nonsense kind of guy, so I'm sure he'll appreciate it. In trying to keep with using what I have, I pulled out my Boho Blossoms from MFT. It's still one of my favorites! I also finally broke in my Label 1 Nestabilities! :) Love 'em!

I'm going to keep this short and sweet tonight. ;) Have a good one! ~Patti

Saturday, January 17, 2009

TECC51 and a Winner

Happy Weekend! It actually feels like a mini vacation here. We've just had two days off because of the fridged temps and are now entering a three day weekend. It's been just what I needed! ;) Gave me a chance to get started on my Valentine cards.

Since this set comes from Taylored Expressions, I thought it would be fun to use Taylor's Cupcake Challenge for my first card. The set is Love is Sweet. It's absolutely adorable! My daughter and I will also be using it to make her Valentine's for school.

The paper and embellishments are from Taylor's store as well. The heart shaped brads were actually white, but I wanted teal, so I colored them with a Copic and added Aqua Stickles. I'll have more Valentine's to share over the next week, but now it's on to our winner... Stampmonkey!!! (aka: Christy)

stampmonkey said...
It's great to see you posting regularly, Patti! ;) I typically don't make Resolutions either, but having goals is always a good thing. Yours actually sound a lot like mine. I'm planning to read through the Bible this year (using the Daily Walk Through the Bible --I'm lovin' it!), and spend more time in prayer. I'm hoping to get more organized and to priorize my time better. If I succeed at this, I'll be spending less time on the computer and then be able to create (and hopefully post) more often. I'm trying to work out a budget and live by it. This is something I should do all the time, but I think it's become necessary now with the uncertainty of our current economy......which leads me to my next one: I want to purchase less new product and use more of what I already have. (It's gonna be really tough though.) And I'm planning to do two different scripture challenges this year...both of which will encourage my spiritual growth as well as my creativity. I think that's enough. lol

Great minds think alike Christy! ;) Drop me an email with your address so I can send you your new set. Thanks to everyone for sharing. I pray the Spirit gives us the power to accomplish all we hope to achieve this year. Enjoy your weekend! Blessings~ Patti

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

For the Dungeon Master

I've had my eye on this dragon at Michael's for a long time and just needed an excuse to add it to my collection. Well lucky for me, my son Jacob has become a Dungeon Master!

Jacob and his friends have been getting together regularly to play Dungeons and Dragons for the last six months. I don't get it, but they love it and I love hosting their game nights. It's so fun to sit in the other room and hear them chatting about school, movies, games, friends and other guy stuff.

Jacob just turned 12 and we are celebrating his birthday this weekend with a big D&D all nighter. 8 sixth grade boys...playing D&D, watching dragon movies and eating pizza and munchies until the wee hours of the morning. ;)

The saying on the card is from Verve's Great Expectations Julee creates the best sentiment sets! And the fonts she uses are so versatile.

Thanks for stopping by today. Don't forget to check out the post below for chance at a new Verve set. Take care~ Patti

Monday, January 12, 2009

January Divine Design

Don't worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and your minds as you live in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7

My dear friend Carol shared this verse with me last week and I thought it would be a lovely addition to my desk flip book. As I've read it over and over again, I can almost hear God saying "Don't worry, pray and experience my peace as you live in Christ Jesus." During these emotionally difficult winter months, that is such a comfort to me.

Since I had not finished my Divine Design project from last year, I wanted to complete it before moving on to this year's project. This is my last page and I now have 8 verses on double sided 4x4 coasters which I will take to work. I can rotate each verse on a weekly basis or as I need them for encouragement. It's my prayer that they will be an encouragement to others in our office as well.

The Divine Design Challenges were started last year by Lori Craig and will carry on this year with her fellow Scripture Chicks, Angel, Nancy, Taylor and Jami. If you'd like to participate, you can find out all of the details here.

For my project this year, I purchased one of Taylor's vertical frames to display my Divine Designs. I've asked my family to share some of their favorite scripture verses and will use them, along with a few more that have touched my heart. I'm really excited about including my family in this project as it will prompt more spiritual conversation among us. Yet another blessing of participating in this wonderful challenge.

Enjoy your day~ Patti

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

CP Black Eyed Susans

Working with all that orange made me want to get out some more fall colors! ;) This is one of the thank you cards I've been working on. It features Creative Play's Black Eyed Susans.

I'm so blessed with thoughtful, caring friends and a couple of them made meals for me and my family while I was recovering from my sinus surgery. Prayers, fluffy pillows, Lost and food...what more could a girl ask for!?

Tylenol with Codeine? Not so much! That's scary stuff! After the third day of it, I was still feeling a little loopy and then I started having the most bizarre dreams...including one about driving from store to store looking for Copic markers, only to find out all of the stores were sold out! I actually woke up feeling panicked. My daughter Sarah said, "That was a nightmare mom!" lol

Needless to say, I gave up the amped Tylenol and started feeling more like myself. And yesterday, I was able to return to work. It was good to be back, great to see all of the students...and I still found some time to stamp. :)

Take care~ Patti

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of orange, but once again, I couldn't resist this Ambrosia paper from Basic Grey. It's Delightful!!!

What's not delightful is my Copic coloring. I finally gave up and just called miss Cinnamon done, but she's got orange smudges around her wrist and waist. Oi!!! Apparently I need the Copic Certification Refresher Course. lol

I think I'll spend the $$$ on a little Copic Therapy instead and head on over to Creative Play to order a few more Sketch Markers! Afterall, "practice makes perfect" and I need more colors to practice with, right? (Right!) Did I mention, they are on sale right now? ;)

Have a DeLightful Day!!! ~Patti

Monday, January 5, 2009

God Bless You!

Happy Monday! It's back to the usual routine of school and work...well, almost. I'm off until my doctor releases me to return to work, which should be tomorrow. I go see him this afternoon and expect to get the all clear. I have to admit, now that I'm feeling better, a couple of more days to play with my stamps and visit with friends would be nice. ;)

Not a lot of stamping here. It's all about the Basic Grey paper! How do they do it?! I've found that I just can't wrong with their paper...the colors and designs are incredible!

I made this card with my friend Maria in mind. She will be taking her son, Jesus to the hospital next week for a bone marrow transplant. He's only six and has recently been diagnosed with leukodystrophy. Maria is an amazing woman and Jesus a delightful little boy. It's such a privilege and joy to know them.

Maria and Jesus are expecting a lengthy stay in the hospital, so I'm sending Beth Moore's, Jesus Day By Day along with the card. I pray God's word will provide her with strength and comfort. I hope you'll join me in praying for them. God Bless You! ~Patti


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