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

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Serendipity Stamps - Fabric

It is August already!! hard to believe, I know,  but I wouldn't lie to you : ) 

Today I get to share with you a card I created for Serendipity Stamps Challenge #58 - Fabric.  For this challenge all you need to do is add a swatch of fabric, length of lace or ribbon, or other fabric to your design. You can try stamping on fabric, or die cutting fabric or just stamp an image depicting something made from fabric as I have done with is darling little threesome! 

Each month there is a $20.00 gift certificate to the Serendipity Stamps store to one person who enters their project in the gallery!.  To qualify all you need to do is to include at least one Serendipity Stamps image (stamp or die) on your design!  You have until midnight EST on August 29th to link up! We really can't wait to see your take on this fun challenge!

50% off Stamp of the Month

The design for my card was inspired by CAS(E) This Sketch!

I started out by swiping three strokes of ink on water color paper in ombre shades of blue.  After that dried I ran the panel through my Big Shot to get a stitched border (more fabric theme... get it? giggles)  Then I stamped my image directly on to the colored panel.  Next I stamped another image on to a separate sheet of watercolor paper - colored my three dresses in different ombre shades of blue using my Ziggys - fussy cut them out.  I glued the shoulders and bodice only of my dresses down and then sort of turned up the hems to give some movement on the clothesline : ) It doesn't show well in the picture but it does look sweet IRL.

I will also be adding this card to the ALWAYS! fun challenge at AAA cards where they are looking for stitching! : )  Not only is there faux stitching on my card face but each delicate little dress (made of fabric) LOL is stitched with love! : ) that counts right!?!

I will also join the fun at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge where it is Anything Goes!!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by!  If you have a minute please take a look at the FABRIC that my talented Design Team members have added to their cards for this challenge!  



Thursday, July 28, 2016

SWEET Pink and Brown Birthday wishes!

Hello Thursday!!  It is time for our last Seize The Birthday post in July : )

Our "Toppings" option this time around is...

"Pink and Brown"
Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!
If you're not a toppings kinda person, can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!

The choice is yours!

My card today was created in honor of a precious little baby girl who celebrated her 1st Birthday last Saturday!! Mary lights up a room with her smile! Word has it... she LIKES! Birthday Cake!! giggles

I used a polka dot stencil for the background as well as my ADORABLE! Sweet Pea stamp set by Lisa Elton for Precious Remembrance Shop.  Next I stamped an "ancient" image from The Angel Company - which long ago closed it's doors.  After stamping the image directly to my card face I then placed a stitched circle die on top to frame my "Just Desserts" sentiment from PTI.  I stamped another little dress image and fussy cut it out - gave it a touch of color and popped it up with foam tape : )

I'm off to the "Big city" to meet a friend for lunch so I'll make this short!  Thanks a bunch for stopping by and have a wonderful day! : )