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Friday, November 25, 2011

Harley Layouts

For the Harley in your life:)

I have designed (so far) three 12x12 Harley layouts, which can be used individually in a frame or (even better) in a shadow box; or you can choose the two of your choice and make a two-page scrapbook layout! They will make a perfect gift for your
"Harley Honey" no matter how you use them!
If interested in purchasing, just contact me at

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Pictured are the first (and only so far) ATC cards I created for Roni's ATC Swap. I really enjoyed making them and will definitely make more! For those who aren't sure what Artists Trading Cards (ATC) are there is a lot of information and pictures on the Net - just Google it! The best thing about the cards is there is only ONE RULE - the card size has to be 2-1/2x3-1/2 - no bigger, no smaller. That's it - the only rule!!!
I created the winter scene card with stamps, ink and glitter. (The cute reindeer is from Stampin' Up.) The dancing card was a digital creation. I scanned the couple and the sheet music, and the kiss print is from a website that has free digital art. After I composed the image I printed it out on quality photo paper and hand trimmed it to size. I adhered a pink Swavorski crystal for the earring; used a red gel pen for her lipstick; and used a clear sparkle gel pen on her bracelets.
To see all of the submissions hop over to Roni's blog:
If you haven't created ATCs, give it a try! You will love it!

Monday, September 19, 2011

My First Charm:)

I am experimenting with charms and I love making them! Michael's has a package of 12 pre-cut bookmarks (size 2-1/4"x6") so I decided to make bookmarks and use the charms on them. Pictured is the very first one I made - it isn't perfect, but I like it!

Making the charms causes some discomfort in my wrist and fingers (because of carpal tunnel and old age), so it takes me a while to complete them. All you "young-uns" out there should be able to knock 'em out quick time! ;)
Thanks for stopping by, I love your visits. Also - help me reach that 101 mark - I am so wanting to give away the Cricut cartridge I bought just for the occasion!
Hugs to you all! -Patsy-


If you are an ATC maker, hop over to Roni's blog and join in the ATC Swap! I have never made an ATC but I have decided now would be a good time to start, so I signed up for the swap. ATC's are due to Roni by October 8, so go there now for complete information. (Once you are on her blog, located on the right side at the top is a link to the info - just click on the picture of the bird!)
Have an awesome day (or evening - whichever applies when you are reading this;)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mini Pizza Box

One of my most favorite websites is:
It's just too awesome to describe, you'll have to go look to see what I mean!
I found directions there to make a "Mini Pizza Box'' and you can see how adorable they are. These little boxes can be decorated any way you want and can be used for small gifts or treats. You can make two boxes out of one sheet of 12x12 cardstock.
(I also wanted to make a smaller box which you can make two out of one piece of 8x10. For the smaller one, which measures 3"wide x 1" deep, cut cs at 5"x9" and score at 1 and 4 on short side, and 
1-4-5-8 on long side.)
For complete instructions go to Click on "Resources" and in the search box type in Mini Pizza Box. There is also a link there to Jen del Muro's blog (the designer). She has video instructions on her blog. These are sooooo easy to make and very fun to do!

Picture of boxes open.
To add a touch of class, line the box with a piece of cotton or felt cut to the appropriate size.

Monday, July 25, 2011


The newest rage in the world of creativity is "Altered Charms" and the best place to see these fabulous works of arts is at one of my most favorite blogs INKSTAINS. The very talented Roni frequently sponsors Charms Swaps and the deadline for the one in progress is August 6. You can view the results from the last swap at this link:

This photo is one of Roni's charm creations:

How AWESOME is that?!!! To view more of Roni's designs, visit her blog and click on "charms" on the left side of the blog. You are in for a treat!

I have made simple charms before, but nothing as gorgeous and elaborate as the ones featured on her blog! I am so inspired to give this form of artisitic creativity a try!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Masculine Frame & Trinket Box

This is the masculine version of the frame and box! The paper on the box are from my orphan stash, so I have no clue who the vendor is. Thanks for looking!


I haven't scrapbooked in a while, so I decided to knock out a quick one with some orphans (scraps:) that were waiting to be used. This is the result! (Click on the photo for a larger version showing more detail.)

Close-up of the flowers (I made the bottom flower and the small one; the top flower was out of a package from Michaels):

And that, friends, is my deed for today!


Hop over to TropicLuv's blog ( and check out the blog candy she has for a lucky winner! She is a designer for The Lime Light and their current project is sending cards to our guys and gals in Afghanistan. Instructions on how to help with this cause and get a chance to win the blog candy can be found by clicking on the link above. So hop on over there right now!!!! You will be glad you did :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Another Frame with Matching Trinket Box

I am teaching our monthly technique class this month, and the project is "Frame with Matching Trinket Box". The frame is like the one in a recent previous post, just a different color scheme.
Specifics: The frame is 5x7 pressed paper (aka paper mache') with an opening for 3-1/2x5" photo. The box is also pressed paper and attendees will receive either an oval or round box in their kits. I first painted the frame with white acrylic paint. After it dried, I applied purle, lilac and mint green Cats Eye inks in a swirly pattern to the frame. (The white paint lightened the colors. If you prefer darker hues, then skip painting the frame.) Due to class time restrictions I decorated the frame simply with bling, butterfly and flourish purchased at Michaels.

I made the two larger flowers and the small one is from my stash.
The Trinket box is decorated with paper, so it doesn't need to be painted. I used two styles of the Jubilee paper line by K&Company and ribbon from Michaels to decorate the box. I matched the decor from the frame on the lid of the box, and tied a ribbon around the lip of the lid.
I also created a masculine version, which I will post later! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Candle Trio Centerpiece



I LOVE candles. In my event decorating days, I used candles a lot when designing centerpieces and silk floral arrangements. Because of the heat generated by the burning flame, decorating the candles to coordinate with the event theme could be a real challenge (AND if there were children or inebriated guests at an event, burning candles created a risk of injury or fire). Along came the battery-operated candles in all shapes, colors, sizes - and even scents - candle heaven! 
   I bought this set of three LED candles at Hobby Lobby. (I used 40% off coupon, but they are often on sale there at 50% off.) I used ivory 6" tulle and cut it in appropriately sized strips to wrap around each candle, providing a suitable surface for adhering the ribbon and flowers to. Amazingly, the red tacky tape  I used to attach the tulle, ribbon and flowers on the slippery surface of the candles worked extrememly well!
   You can use patterned paper to wrap around the candles - vellum works very well. To make a gorgeous centerpiece place your finished candle(s) on a mirror and sprinkle glitter all around! Or design a beach-theme candle and scatter a little sand and small sea shells on the base! Sooooo cute....
   My candles are decorated  with some left over scraps hanging around my table, but one can really go wild jazzing up the candles!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Photo Frame

This photo frame is easy and inexpensive to make! I bought the frame at Hobby Lobby for $1.99.
The frame 's color is like a brown paper bag and you can use paint or ink (or both) to create your choice of color. For my frame, I used three different Cat's Eye ink to create a fall look. (The photo was taken in the fall.) I randomly applied red, brown and green inks to achieve an autumn color scheme. The paper is from my stash and I don't recall the vendor. It is a medium-dark green and has a subdued leaf pattern design. I cut the leaves, flower parts, and branch on my Cricut and lightly skimmed brown ink on the pieces. Note: If you want your colors to be brighter, paint the frame with a coat of white paint, then apply your inks.
FYI: The picture is of Cheryl (on the left) and her daughter Kelly. Very dear to my heart are they - Cheryl is like a sister to me, and Kelly is as a daughter. They have blessed my life more than they will ever know!!!

This is a close up of the flower. I cut five different sizes from the green paper, sprayed the pieces with water and crumpled them up to dry. When the pieces were totally dry, I uncrumpled them (very carefully), punched a hole in the center of each piece and used a gold brad to hold the flower together. I skimmed gold ink over the flower and then adhered to the frame.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Feather Card

I found this feather floating around my scrap room and it is the inspiration for this card:

The paper and bling are from my stash and the border is the Gothic Arches punch by Martha Stewart.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Still kickin' :)

Computer down and sick husband - now I'm back! (Still have the sick husband, but God's working on that:)
Life gets so crazy sometimes...
I have two new Big Girl Toys:
the Expression 2 - got it during the HSN release
and the Creatopia by Xyron - got it in May at the Mega Meet Scrapbooking Expo in Novi MI (that's an awesome place to go - a scrapbooker, card maker, stamper, paper crafter heaven!)
The Creatopia is AWESOME. Go over to and search for it. The videos that show all this machine does will make you want to run to JoAnn's and buy it!

I still am wanting to get 100 followers - and when I do someone will win a Cricut Cartridge!!!! So send a link to your friends!

Monday, April 11, 2011


For personal satisfaction - and to save some money - I have started making paper flowers for my cards, scrapbook pages, etc. After watching many youtube videos and reading blogs by the most talented designers, I have learned a lot about tools and techniques!
   THE PUNCH BUNCH TOOL KIT for making flowers can be purchased online from Joan's Garden: Joan carries the tool kit and a wide selection of punches specifically for creating your own paper flowers. Her prices are very reasonable, and she doesn't mark up the shipping cost - whatever it costs to ship is exactly what she charges. (She's a sweet lady and very talented. If you enjoy challenges, check out her weekly tag challenge!) The Punch Bunch Tool Kit has everything you need to make any type of flower your heart desires!

The next item is the PRECISION FILE SET (by Basic Grey). I purchased this really cool set from includes five different sizes and shapes - you can distress areas you couldn't reach before! AND it's only $5.95!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I love old-fashion, vintage paper and this paper was the inspiration to make a card. The three roses were left over from a craft project - I lightly brushed a dark red ink over them to create a vintage look. The light blue May Arts ribbon is from my scraps - the blue matched the blue in the paper. I am addicted to MS punches, and the lace one made a pretty edge on the card front. The bling centered over each scallop provides a sparkly element.

   The first picture shows closed view of the card:

In this view the card is opened  to show where I chalked the lace and the bottom of the card,
creating a cute design when the card is open or closed: 

Front view with card slightly open: 

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Paper Roll Mini Album

I have been wanting to make a paper roll mini album for quite a while. Since I didn't have any instructions, I kept putting it off. Thinking about it yesterday, I thought "it doesn't take a rocket scientist to make one." I used paper towel rolls, cutting them down to 3-1/2" (toilet paper rolls are 4" but I didn't have any empty ones on hand:). Using 2 empty rolls, I cut 5 sections for my album. I flattened them out with my roller, then creased all the edges with a bone folder. Some people use card stock to cover the rolls, but I preferred to use regular weight designer paper - it was much easier to adhere and manipulate around the paper rolls and added less bulk. I cut the paper to 3-1/2" wide by 6" length - this wrapped perfectly around the roll leaving enough overlap. I used a floral pattern and a striped pattern, alternating as I designed each page. For embellishments I used buttons, ribbons, paper, stickers, flowers and some bling. I cut the tags from Tags, Bags, Boxes & More, tan card stock. I used brown, green and dark red ink to edge the tags. I have three of the tags stamped, and will stamp the other two later. I'm not quite finished, but enough so that I can post these photos! Click on the photos to get a detailed, close-up view. 

Theme possibilities for this project are endless! When you have a few free minutes, go to and search for "paper roll mini albums" - you will be amazed by the beautiful paper roll albums available for your viewing pleasure:):):)

Have a wonderful day and may God bless you!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Thank You ScrappinLil!

This special award was passed on to me from a very creative, talented blogger: ScrappinLil! I feel so honored and thank you Lil from the bottom of my heart! You can visit her at:

I now have to present the award to 8 more bloggers, AND I also have to tell you "8 Things You Don't Know About Me"....
1. I have 5 grown children, 16 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.
2. Most of my working career was as a graphic designer and art department manager at a large printing company in Ohio.
3. My favorite food is Watermelon and Lays Potato Chips.
4. My favorite colors are blue and purple - and all shades and tints of those colors.
5. I also am a professional event decorator.
6. I was born in the beautiful state of Kentucky.
7. Travelling is one of the things that I so love to do.
8. I'm a Girl Scout co-leader.

I have to ponder upon the 8 bloggers to pass this award to - so, I will let you know later who they are!

And don't forget to stop by ScrappinLils blog! You will love her beautiful creations!
God bless and have an awesome day!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I love flowers on cards and scrapbooking pages - they add such a beautiful touch to almost any project. The flowers in this photo were created by Valita - a very talented designer in Australia. Her designs are so inspirational and her tutorials are easy to understand - both written and video. I highly recommend that you visit her blog: . The flowers in the photo were created by Valita and you will be amazed at how easy they are to make.

Also on her blog are instructions for this original design by Valita:

Isn't she amazing?! She has lots more beautiful creations on her blog - check it out: