Friday, August 26, 2016

A Burst of Sunshine!

Happy Friday friends : )

I wanted to be sure to get a post up today because it is Friday and I know you are looking for my Penny Black "Fun Friday" post.  As it turns out I am not scheduled at Penny Black this week but you can find me here next Friday on September 2nd when both PB and I will be featuring my three "Beautiful in Blue" cards AND right here you will have another chance to win $25.00 in your choice of Penny Black products! If you missed my announcement and wanna know what I'm referring to please check out THIS POST.

I hope the weather is a bit nicer in your part of Blogland than it is in mine today.  It is 45* and cloudy with the threat of thunder storms and a high of only 65*.  It feels like fall! but I'm not finished with summer! : )

So sorry about the quality of my photograph I simply could not get the lighting right - must be the gloom outside!  This is a Thank you card I made for my sister, Susan of A Splash of Color blog, for my June birthday gift.  I made and sent it back in June but have not had the chance to post it until today and I NEED some sunshine in my life right now : ) Maybe it'll inspire these clouds to dissipate : )

 The gift she sent was a package of Ken Oliver Crafts COLOR BURST powders.  If you have not seen this beautiful product check out Ken Oliver's blog HERE where he shares some amazing techniques and inspiration!

 I started with water color paper and positioned my sunshine stencil over the top.  Next I spritzed my paper/stencil with water and then "poofed" some of the color burst powder over the top.  Yes! poofed! It is the coolest thing! and fun and unpredictable because, like "splatters", you can't really know exactly where that paint will land.  The powder is super fine!! so beware and be sure to do your poofing in a large box or else you'll find microfine little dots of powder on everything!  : ) Trust me.... I know!

I have been so busy this summer it is crazy and therefore summer is going by crazy fast! : ) I love it all!! since moving to the Black Hills we have been blessed to have so many friends and family visiting it has been  like a revolving door!!  This past week we had dear friends from Minnesota visit.

Visitors have kept me away from papercrafting.  Then this week I have been covered up (almost literally) with beautiful fabric as I sew scarves for our neckStyles™ business.  Christmas shopping is always a busy and lucrative time for us in our business so I have been preparing for a new release and sale in September. Sewing has kept me away from papercrafting! My husband and I have purchased Recumbent Tricycles this year so Biking has kept me away from papercrafting!!

Here are some pictures of my new bike and our friend's visit last week.  I'm sorry it is so long I could't figure out how to make a grid like Darnell does : ) but it's just pictures not long drawn out stories explaining each picture like your Mother-in-law does!  giggles

In all the years we've been visiting  Prairie Dog town's in SD we have never ever seen Prairie Dogs allow you to get so close! this little sweetie had this Prairie Dog literally eating out of her hand!

On this fun note I will close for today.  I need to tuck away my sewing supplies and vacuum to inspect for pins that might have gotten away from me and to get rid of all the colorful fibers floating around : ) Once that is complete I get to decide what I'm going to work on because tomorrow I'm finally going to get back to papercrafting when I get to go to a FUN full day of playing with paper with three crafty friends!!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

BIG (((Hugs)))

Ken Oliver Color Burst paint powder
Sentiment from Tick Tock stamp set by PTI
Thanks from Wet Paint Die Cuts by PTI
Stencil from Sun and Surf Stencil by PTI

Thursday, August 25, 2016

TAG - you're it! : )

It is time for another great challenge at Seize the Birthday!

    Our "Toppings" option this time is...

Tags - Little or BIG!

This birthday party has a Surprise Guest!! - the sweet  Monika Reeck of "Creative with Monika blog" joins us at  Seize the Birthday for the next two months.  Please join me in a great big WELCOME!!

My card today was a lot of fun to create!  I started out by cutting a tag from Pretty Pink Posh - that I purchased from Serendipity Stamps (a little promo here : ) did you know Serendipity Stamps now offers PPP product!? check it out HERE) Next I inked some Polka dots on the right side only of the tag using a Penny Black stencil. I stamped the legs of my Flamingo as well as the sentiment directly on to the tag.  Next I cut some sweet Garland from water color paper and colored them with my Ziggys.  Finally I cut and stamped the bird. I glued all the the elements to the card face - not popping up anything except the bird's wing. I wanted to doll up the inside so I applied the same polka dotted stencil to the lower section of the inside and lastly I laid down a strip of thin black Washi tape : )

TAG - you're it!! now it is your turn to create a card using a Tag - Little or BIG!

If you are not a "Toppings"  person don't forget at Seize The Birthday - Anything Always Goes!!

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

So there is no excuse! : ) Please join us at Seize The Birthday we LOVE seeing your wonderful cards in our gallery!

I will be taking tomorrow off from my "Fun Fridays with Patti Kehl" at the Penny Black blog but you can watch for my next featured post at PB on September 2nd when I will have three really "Beautiful in Blue" cards to share and another chance to win my BLOG CANDY!  If you have not heard about my give away yet see THIS POST for all the details of how YOU can win : ) 

Thank you for stopping by! I love when you visit : ) have a great day!



Friday, August 19, 2016

Special Announcement and Blog Candy!!

Imagine my excitement when this beautiful banner showed up in my e-mail in box with an invitation to be featured on the Penny Black Blog for a Seven Week series called "Fun Fridays with Patti Kehl".  

What I have been busting to share! but was not at liberty to breathe a word of, is that some months ago I was honored to create cards for Penny Black's marketing department to be used at a trade show they attended in July.  The show, for retailers only, introduced PB's two newest collections "Autumn Wishes" and Magic of the Season".  These two collections have just been released to the public this week.  You can see the entire release in the Penny Black On-line Store HERE.

Using only prototypes of the new upcoming Fall and Winter release I created almost two dozen cards. For seven (non-consecutive) Fridays I will be featured on the Penny Black blog as they showcase the cards I created for them. 

I'm not sure the best way to write this up because I know it could be a long post so just in case you get weary reading all of this please feel free to ignore my babbling and scroll down to the BLOG CANDY part so that you don't miss the chance to WIN! the prize I'm giving away! : )

This is one of my favorite cards I made for Penny Black. I love how it turned out.  I stamped the image from "Autumn Splendor #30-372" on water color paper and colored just the pumpkins with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens.  After cutting the word "Thankful "from the Words of Gratitude # 51-071 Creative Dies trio from  water color paper I Zig colored it to match my pumpkins and attached it to my card.  At the bottom edge of the water color panel I pierced some holes just for the fun of it!  I attached this top panel to an off white card base and slipped in a little strip of polka dot paper from my stash at the bottom.  Finally I added a partial sentiment from the Treasured Sentiments # 30-356 stamp set - made easy peasy because I used my Misti : ) 

This was one of the easiest cards I made! I simply stamped my wheat image from the Grateful #30-373 stamp set and colored it with my trusty Ziggys again!  Coloring this image was made easier because when I made this particular card I was in Jill Foster's home studio! crafting side by side this incredibly talented gal! 
All I had to ask was: 

"what the heck color is wheat anyway?!"

and naturally she knew the answer : )   Next I said to her.... ""I think I would like to use the Thankful die again" so she pulled one out already cut AND colored in a rich dark brown! perfect for my card. : ) What a team!! heeheehee  So again, the Thankful die is from  the Words of Gratitude # 51-071 Creative Dies trio.  When I was done with the art I popped my top panel up with foam and then  last but not least I added some soft soft splatters - SCAREY! but whew! it turned out great!

If you aren't familiar with Jill Foster - please introduce yourself at the Penny Black blog! Jill is PB's Social Media Director and incredibly talented - not to mention kind and sweet! : ) You won't want to leave the PB blog once you start looking at all of the outstanding creations pictured there! most? I think most - created by Jill - check out Jill's work HERE.

My favorite thing about this card is the fun sentiment.  I used a partial die and a partial stamp from these two sets:  Stylish Gratitude die #51-122 and Words of Kindness #30-353.  The pretty sunflower is from the set called Grateful # 30-373. This card was so fun to do.  I was in Ziggy heaven!

This is my last card for this week's Fun Friday! You can see it was a pretty easy one. I started with water color paper and inked up the bottom portion. Next I colored my pumpkins with... yep! Zigs. Finally with the help of my Misti I Ombre inked up my sentiment.

There it was a pretty water colored perfectly good panel and I sliced it in two and splattered a bunch of ink on it before mounting it to my black card base with foam tape! LOL talk about nerve wracking! I sometimes have nightmares of perfect cards being ruined by ink splatters! : p

Both the pumpkin image and the sentiment for this card are from Autumn Splendor #30-372.

Hey! good job you made it to the end of this post!! Thank you for hanging in there with me : ) Now for the really good stuff! : )


From now until October 14th - for seven (non -consecutive ) Fridays Penny Black, Inc. will be featuring my cards on their blog.  In honor of this exciting opportunity I am personally giving away a $25.00 in free product from Penny Black - Your choice! !! 

To be eligible to win all you need to do is post a comment BOTH here on my blog AND on the Penny Black blog HERE during my "Fun Fridays with Patti Kehl" featured posts.  When you comment here and on the Penny Black blog your name will be entered in for the chance to win.  There are seven Fridays when I will be featured so that means you have seven chances to win.  That's it! : ) easy peasy!! 

This is my way of saying a great big THANK YOU!!  to my wonderful friends and family who support my hobby and encourage me with every card I make!  

Only one comment per day on each blog will be counted in the drawing (ya gotta post to BOTH blogs to be eligible for that day).  I will select the winner with a Random Generator.  Friends and family are all eligible LOL otherwise there wouldn't be anyone to choose from giggles!!

The winner will be selected October 21, 2016 to give everyone plenty of time to make their comments : ) 

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

Thank you so much for stopping by to share my fun news but mostly, friends! thank you for the kindness and encouragement you ALWAYS show!! It means the world to me - it really does! : )

BIG (((Hugs)))

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Oh Baby! Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop

In the middle of each month the Design Team members for Serendipity Stamps get to dazzle you with beautiful and creative designs using Serendipity Stamps and Dies! When you hop with us today you will find yourselves visiting paper crafters from California to the Carolinas and... lest we forget!.... Canada! : )  

So what do you say?! let's get hopping!!

In following with our Hop theme this month "Baby Cards" I created this little 4" square card from all white card stock.  I added a top panel that I ran through my Big Shot with a quilted Embossing Folder. The picture doesn't show it well but I wanted to give that soft baby quilt look to my card : ) Next I cut three "Baby" die cuts and glued them together and attached them to the card front.  My flowers might surprise you! This is the stamp I used to create them:

Surprised? I love this Tulip Vase image just as it is but for my card today I didn't use the image as it was designed.  Instead I stamped the image on water color paper - colored the pretty flowers with Ziggys before fussy cutting them out of the vase and adding them to my baby card.  Using partial images this way really stretches your stamp inventory!!

You should have arrived here form Miriam Napier's blog but just in case you snuck in the back door - there is a "Hop Listing Order" below.  Please be sure to hit us all.  You won't want to miss even one blog because there will be a $20.00 gift certificate to Serendipity Stamps store to one lucky, randomly selected, commenter from all the blogs : ) Hoppers can leave comments through 8/21/16. The winner will be announced on Mary's blog on 8/22/16.

I don't know about you but I can't get enough of those beautiful little babies or of Serendipity Stamps' sweet baby themed products! Here is just one more little 4" square card I created using the Baby Bootie and Bow Die as well as an altered "A Little Note" image.

Serendipity Stamps is offering some pretty terrific incentive to get you in the mood to shop!! with a sale for 40% off the highest priced item in your cart. Use code “40fromhigh816” Sale good August 17-21. In addition to that you will enjoy this darling little "Stamp of The Month" at 50% off the regular price!

Click Here and save 50% off this STOM!

Thank you for hopping with us today. If we've inspired you and you want to join the fun we are having please consider joining our Serendipity Stamps monthly challenge where we are looking for Fabric on your card! Just add a swatch of fabric, length of lace or ribbon, or other fabric to your design. Feeling creative? Try stamping on fabric, or die cutting fabric embellishments to add to your design. Whatever you choose just be sure to include at least one Serendipity Stamps image (stamp or die) on your design!

Thank you for "stopping" by today!! I love it when you visit : )

OOPIE! EDITED to add ... I originally said I would announce on Thursday but it's actually Friday LOL So sorry for any trauma this delay might cause! giggles.

Be sure to stop by FRIDAY when I have a SUPER fun and exciting post to share which includes BLOG CANDY!! to celebrate a VERY special announcement!! : )   

Have a wonderful day!
BIG (((Hugs)))

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Birthday Party with No Toppings

Well... what I mean to say it - it's time for another Seize The Birthday challenge and this time our theme is "No Topping" which means that ANYTHING GOES!!!

My SWEET little cakes have plenty of toppings : )  Just the way I like em'! Cut from PTI's Baker's Dozen stamp and die set and colored with my Zigs and slathered with Wink of Stella!

I'm entering my card in CAS(E) this Sketch challenge just barely under the wire! : ) Our favorite WORLD TRAVELER, Darnell of djKardKreations blog is the Guest Designer this week.

I hope you will join us at Seize The Birthday by linking your Anything Goes ( but always with a Birthday theme) project.  This challenge runs for two weeks.  I can't wait to see what you create : )

Thank you for stopping by! and have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Make It Monday Sentiment Grounding

Hello friends : )

I can't believe how long it has been since I was able to play along with Make It Monday.  But here I am with a card to meet the challenge by Lexi Daly this week to use sentiment strips to group images : )

I had a little trouble getting a clean photograph today.  I have popped up my "teacher's pet" with foam dots and no matter which way I turned she created a shadow on my polka dot background  grrrrr. IRL the card base is stark white with soft turquoise polka dots - no gray! trust me : )

I am also adding this card to the following challenges:

Double D Challenges where they are looking for my favorite!! Polka Dots!

Happy Little Stampers August Challenge - Anything Goes with DIES my other favorite! giggles!!

And Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes! Where if it were not for my faith in God I would not be here!

I hope you are having a wonderful day!! I appreciate you stopping in to say hello.


Dress Up Dolls: Basics by PTI
Dress Up Dolls:  School Days
Pencil Me In stamp and Die by PTI
What the Doodle - Apple
Stencil - Dotlets by Penny Black

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Bring on the HAPPY!

Happy hump day crafty friends!!  I hope you are having a fantastic week so far!

Here is a little pumpkin sure to bring on the Happy! isn't she just adorables!... taking in the rays in her stylish swimming gear : )

My card was created with the Happy Little Stampers August challenge in mind.  The challenge is to create a CAS card featuring some masking.

I began by stamping my image on solid white cs.  Next I created a Mask for the image and applied it on to the panel.  Then  I masked off an area in the center of the panel for the water and sponged ink.  I then moved my mask around a bit and sponged some soft yellow for the sky.  Once my sky was light yellow I added a circle mask for the sun and then kept sponging yellow ink on to the sky - with special emphasis around the sun.  Finally I moved my mask again so I could add some sand to my beach.  I used a stipple brush and "pounced" sand here and there : )

With my background completed I could then pulled off the image mask and concentrate on coloring the image.  I colored my little gal's skin first being sure to give her just a little bit of pink on her chubby skin : ) ya gotta love Sun Screen! The final touch was to add some polka dots to her hat for added texture as well as some sequins to make the she shine sea shine giggles!.....Say that 10 times really fast!!

I wanna mention that the polka dots on her hat was one of those light bulb kind of moments for me.  I had planned to sponge in some polka dots using my stencil but after masking off the area around her hat and laying my stencil down I realized I wanted the polka dots to match perfectly with the color I used on her swim suit and ribbon.  I realized that was not going to be easy being that I had colored those with Prisma Pencils.  SO! I simply took my pencil and drew a mini circle inside each of the polka dot openings.  I would not have had to spend the time masking off the area around her hat at all.  It gave me the results I wanted and taught me I could do that anytime when I wanted to use a pencil with a stencil.  I could have even blended the polka dot a bit with Gamsol for a softer look if I wanted to.  I will keep this in mind for another use of stencils : )   How many of you crafty gals had already thought of that!?!

I will also add my card to two other fun challenges:  Word Art Wednesday and the Color Throwdown

That is it for me today.  I am in my crafty space today being creative : ) It's a rare day home alone! (ahhh silence is golden!) when I don't have anything I NEED to do! so I'm visiting my bloggy friends and getting inky! : )

I appreciate you stopping by!  I hope you are enjoying whatever you get to do today.


Beach Baby #30-369 by Penny Black
Sprinkles and Smiles # 30-297 by Penny Black
Oscillations Stencil #25-014 by Penny Black