Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Twofer Challenge kick off!

Hello friends : )  I am here today with a couple of cards I created for Darnell's new challenge!

This is not only going to be a fun challenge it is going to help me to build my card stash back up!  Every January I review my calendar for the cards I will need for the year and I was super shocked to see how low my card stash has become.

I am also planing a "Secret Pal" program in the Assisted Living home my father moved to last month.  My poor Dad would rather be almost anywhere else! but it was "just time" for them to get a little bit of help.  My step Mom fell in November and had a brain injury so she is recovering in a nursing home a few miles away.  As soon as possible (if possible)  she will move in to the assisted living facility with Dad.  Until then I have been sending oodles of cards to keep their spirits up! : ) I am hoping to enlist my Dad to help with the Secret Pal program there which will also get him out of his room to meet some of the other clients at the facility.  So that means I need LOTS more cards! : ) yahooee! : )

inside: feel better soon
This one will go in the mail for my step Mom tomorrow : )

This is strange I can't get the caption under my cards to show up.  They are there but wont show up when I publish the post.  I checked the font color and it isn't white LOL but.... let's try it this way -  

inside card #1:

Feel Better Soon

Inside card #2

Happy Birthday to you and many more

I hope you will join Darnell's challenge.  She has a pretty outstanding DT and I know it will be lots of fun.  You can link to the new Twofer Card Challenge here.

Oooh! I gotta go! I'm having a hard time concentrating on my post because I made some soup today and I can smell it is ready for me to EAT! : )

Flamingos by Reverse Confetti
Sentiments on the card face by Technique Tuesday
Inside sentiments:
      Feel Better Soon by Serendipity Stamps
      Happy Birthday sentiment by Penny Black

Have a wonderful day friends.

BIG (((HUGS)))

Monday, January 8, 2018

Birthdays are a Llama fun!

Hello friends : )

Welcome to a new year and my new blog look! compliments of one Blogland's sweetest friends - Loll Thompson, owner of Stamping with Loll blog.  Loll has updated my look and given my "stationery" some Style! : ) of which I am incredibly grateful and blessed! (((Hugs))) LOLL!!

The components of this card have some of my favorite product on it.  I love this sweet looking Llama from SU and those steamers are just too too cute and last but not least one of my FAVORITE new sentiment sets from Penny Black!  All together it makes for one huggable card!

Birthday Fiesta Llama - SU retired
Linked Garland Confetti Cuts by Reverse Confetti
Birthday Love #30-413 by Penny Black

Some great challenges I encourage you to join!:

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes
Just Us Girls - Anything goes
Simon Says - Something New

Have a wonderful day and I hope you get to do something you love!

BIG (((Hugs)))

Monday, January 1, 2018

Welcome 2018!

Happy New Year to all my blogger friends!! 

Last October my friend Jill invited me to join her for a six week Watercolor Class at the local Arts Center.  We had a lot of fun together! I came to learn that I was very interested in Watercolor painting for not only my card making but also, surprisingly to me, creating "fine art".

I painted these cards for two of my sisters.  They are not rubber stamped - and yet I cannot draw! so I found sketches on-line - transferred them to watercolor paper and painted them : )   They were quite easy to complete.

I also painted a larger painting for my friend for Christmas.  I forgot to photograph it before giving it to her but I will ask her to let me get a picture of it and include it here later or write a new post for it : )  It is full FULL of mistakes! but for a beginner I was pleased.

As you can see I added a new die cut sentiments and - what you cannot see - some Wink of Stella for the perfect touch of sparkle!

Dipping my toe into Watercoloring caused me to search for more classes.  I found this AMAZING artist on-line:

Dylan Pierce Watercolor

I will be taking his classes eeek! I could not begin to hope to create art like he does but I am certain I will have a wonderful time under his direction!

That is just one of the things I am hoping to do in my spare time in 2018 : )

I am excited to see what the coming year holds for us all! : )

Edited to add my picture : ):

This is about a 13 x 15.5" finished frame. 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

BIG (((Hugs)))

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Warmest Thanks!

What is it about a lovely winter scene that evokes the feeling of warmth!?  This truly is the time of year to reflect and give thanks.  I am so thankful for the friends I have met in blogland.  This hobby has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.

I created this card as special thank you for Mary, owner of Serendipity Stamps.  I have been so honored to be a representative of your wonderful company.  : )  Thank you for the opportunity you gave to me.

I don't want to get mushy but I want to express my thanks for Mary's encouragement and support in one of the toughest years of my life.  Regretfully, I am stepping down as a DT member for Serendipity Stamps. I have loved! working with these wonderful people and wonderful products.

GREAT BIG (((Hugs)))

Cozy Village
Thank You

Monday, December 25, 2017

Friends make me Merry!

Merry Christmas friends!

A couple of years ago my sweet friend Darnell of djkardkreations blog sent me a Christmas card that inspired today's post.

I had never seen an easel card like this before and I immediately set out to CASE case every perfect detail of her card.  

Here is Darnell's card:

I had to purchase the SU (retired) horse and sleigh on e-bay and I was able to still order the window die from SU,  at that time, but I wrestled with how to duplicate her delightful trees in the background. I ended up finding the perfect image at Serendipity Stamps.  Here is a better picture of the image:

Neat huh!?!

Friends make me merry! especially you, Darnell! Thank you again for your friendship!

Have a wonderful and blessed holiday my friends!!


Winter Homestead by Serendipity Stamps
Horse and Sleigh by Stampin Up (retired)
Window by Stampin Up (retired)
Wonderful Words: Snow mini by Papertrey Ink
Christmas Cheer die by Papertrey Ink

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Penny Black Simplicity Sister Time

It is snowing as I write this post.  I love the snow! especially when I can stay warm and safe inside! I pray that you are warm and safe and as it gets closer and closer to Christmas your hearts are filled with peace and joy!

Here are two more SIMPLE Christmas cards I made to show off some sweet products by Penny Black.

I began by stamping this cutie pie on to a panel - cut to 5.5 x 3.5".  I masked the image before adding my "floor" and the polka dot/snowflake background.  I created my own stencil for the snowflakes using the snowflake dies in "Frosty's Snow".  Then I removed the mask and colored my image using Prisma Pencils shaded with Gamsol.  The top panel is attached to my A2 card base with foam tape and a splash of Wink of Stella to finish off the gift bow. A sweet and totally huggable card - if I may say so myself : )

My next card was even easier.  I started in the same way - stamping my image, masking it,sponging a stenciled background then coloring the image with Prisma Pencils shaded with Gamsol : )  This time I stamped the "merry" directly on to the card face but  rather than stamping the word Christmas I decided to add dimension by gluing a die cut instead. : )  One last grab for my Wink of Stella to highlight the hat and scarf and this little owl was ready to mail!

Well that is it for me today.  I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.  I continue to be amazed! that so many of you actually still take the time to drop me a line even though I have been shamefully absent from Blogland! You are THE BEST! and I know I will be back to my old blogging self soon.

BIG (((Hugs)))

All supplies are from Penny Black:

Card #1:
Frosty's Snow - #51-266
Dotlets Stencil #25-007
Cake & Wishes - #30-235
Holiday Snippets - #30-307

Card #2:
Zigs & Zags Stencil - #25-010
Joyous Wishes - #51-058
Wintertime Cheer - #30-386
Festive Snippets - #30-387

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Serendipity Stamps December Blog Hop #2

Hello friends : ) Welcome to Serendipity Stamp's December Blog Hop # 2

When you hop with us you have a chance to win a $20.00 gift certificate to the Serendipity Stamps Store simply  by leaving a comment here.  To increase your chances please leave comments with my SS team mates too. Eight comments! eight chances to win : ) Just by visiting and commenting you will be entered in a random drawng chosen by Mary, the owner of Serendipity Stamps. You may leave your comments through Sunday. Mary will announce the name of the winner on the SS blog on Monday January 1st.

Here is a list of the Serendipity Stamps Design Team with links to their blogs. I hope that you will visit each blog and leave them some love. We can ALL use more love! : )

Patti Kehl (that's me)

Also, one more reminder to visit the Serendiptiy Stamps Store where you will find these and other great products including the Stamp Of The Month "Steeple".  As always the Stamp Of The Month is 50% off

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a fantastic day!!

Tall Tree Medium
Sending Lots of Love

Snowflake Wishes by Penny Black

It is my turn as Penny Black's Simplicity Sister hostess.  Each month you will find some delightful CAS cards from my fellow DT members!  I am honored to be a part of this talented team.

Here is a peek at my card.  I hope you will be tempted to hop over to see the whole card on Penny Black's Simplicity Sisters blog.

Snowflake Wishes! to you my friends : )