Saturday, December 27, 2014

So Sweet of you

I have the sweetest card to share today!! I am using my new Candy Cane image and the bran new "hot off the press"  "Sweet" die from Serendipity Stamps - one of my new favorite companies.  : )

This card design is addicting LOL I I cased myself from a post earlier this week.  Check out my "Camouflaging Die Cuts" post HERE.

This is a hurried post for me today because my granddaughter is coming to stay the weekend : ) We are going to finish sewing our stuffed penguins.  I love having her she is my sewing buddy and my stamping buddy and my shopping buddy and my baking buddy and I am blessed that even though she is sweet 16 she still loves being with me almost no matter what I'm doing! : ) and today..... we make penguins  : )

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend.



Cardstock by PTI
Candy Cane image and SWEET die by Serendipity Stamps
"so" and "of you" sentiments were pieced together from miscellaneous stamp sets : )
Bling from CTMH

Friday, December 26, 2014

Papertrey Ink December 2014 Blog Hop

Hello friends : )

I hope you are enjoying days filled with friends and family!  I want to take this time to thank ALL of my followers and visitors : )  It is always so much fun to read the sweet comments you leave! I appreciate it very much!!  I love the warm welcome this community has shown me.  I look forward to all the fun and friendships to be made in 2015! : )

Before I start today I would like to welcome my newest follower, the UBER talented and kind, Teresa Kline owner of Paperie Blooms blog.  To me, Teresa is a real celebrity in the paper crafting community.  I love being inspired by her faith and her talent.  You will too : ) please drop in and tell her hello AND maybe even leave a comment for a chance to win a nice prize! that she is giving away - but you better hurry tomorrow is the last day to enter! : )

My card today is for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge : )   I was really excited to see the inspiration for this months challenge because I love the elegance of silver, gold and white together.

Starting with the best white card stock IN THE WORLD! in my opinion : ) I "debossed" some Fancy Flakes Snow flakes on my card face.  Next I cut some of the same snow flakes out and, after doing a little bit of layering, attached them to my card : )   The silver might be a little hard to see but it  is represented in my sheer white ribbon with the silver edging : )

This card is so versatile.  You could use it for a winter wedding , holiday greeting , thinking of you, birthday or even sympathy card.  I think I might have to CASE myself and make more of this one for my stash!

Please consider visiting the blogs of each participant in the HOP and leave some sparkle behind when you do!!

BIG (((Hugs)))

White card stock by PTI
Gold card stock from my stash
Snow Flake Die # PTD-0461 by PTI
Ribbon from my stash

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sending holiday cheer!

Sending holiday cheer and hoping you have a wonderful day!!

BIG (((Hugs)))

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It's the little things

Hello friends : )  Before I begin my long post today I would like to welcome my newest follower Jeanne J owner of A Kept Life blog.  You will enjoy visiting Jeanne's blog.  Her style is eye popping cheerful! bold and bright : ) Please pop in and pay her a visit and when you do be sure to leave some love!!

We are blessed by a quiet life but I realize have been busy enough that I have not posted very much to my blog lately.  Some "little things" have kept me away : )

This month I had a little bug (bluck), and I've been blessed to have been able to be able to enjoy THREE "little people" Christmas programs! and I been covered up with "little houses" like the ones I'll share today.

I was so excited when my DH blessed me with the Make It Market "Tinsel & Tags" Kit this month.  It is my first ever MIM kit and I cannot imagine loving any Papertrey product more!  There are so many many delightful projects you can do with this (now sold out) kit. 

This one is for my Dad.  He has a little cabin  nestled in the woods that he lovingly calls "Der Voods" : ) I created this little snowy replica of his beloved summer home.  He lives in Florida and happily never actually sees the woods in the winter LOL but I think he'll like it just the same : ) The snow globe fits perfectly on the top of a canning jar.

The banner reads " From Our House To Yours"

I created about 10 of these jars for little gifts to give away.  I filled them with the ingredients for "Blizzard Bites" a really yummy recipe which I will include later in this post.  It layers nicely and looks pretty in the jar. Topping it off with the snow globe it really makes for a sweet little gift.

My Shaker Card design followed the same snow globe theme this year : ) and were really fun to make.

Fun! times.  I almost feel like an architect heehee. 

That is it for me today.  Have a great day!!



Papertrey Ink's Make It Market - Tinsel & Tags Kit : )

Blizzard Bites:

In a one quart canning jar layer the following ingredients in the order given:

1 cup bite-size square rice cereal
3/4 cup broken mini twist pretzels
1/2 cup chopped nuts of your choice
1/2 cup coarrsely chopped dried pineapple
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 cup white baking chips (placed in a baggie)

Pack each layer into place before adding the next ingredient.  Attach a gift tag with the mixing directions.

Blizzard Bites

1 Jar Blizzard Bites

Remove white chocolate chips from Blizzard Bites Mix and set aside.  Place remaining contents into a medium bowl, stirring to combine.  Place white chocolate chips in a small saucepan and melt over low heat or melt in the microwave on 50% power (be careful not to overheat chocolate).  Pour melted white chocolate chips over snack mixture.  Stir until snack mixture is evenly coated with melted chocolate.  Spread mixture in a single layer on a waxed paper to harden.  Store in an airtight container.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Camouflaging Die Cuts

Welcome to my newest follower Jennifer Spivey. : )  Jennifer if you have a blog please send me the link!! I would love to visit you : )

Laura Bassen is a papercrafting genius in my book! : ) I love her silly straight forward personality! I can listen to her tutorials all day! She once called herself a "redneck" I'm still giggling about that one!  Please check out her blog, Doublestick Heaven for all sorts of eye candy and inspiration!!

Laura is our hostess for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday.  See her EASY PEASY "how to" video HERE

Without further ado... here is my take on this fun challenge.  It was so easy and I am loving the results!! I can see this technique is going to be in my "favorite" file for a long time to come.

I hope you are all having a fun (not frenzied) holiday so far. 



White cs by PTI
Sentiment from PTI Wonderful Words: Snow stamp set
Snow Die from coordinating PTI stamp set
Mini gems from CTMH

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

This one is for you, Martha : )

Before I begin my post today I would like to extend a warm welcome to my newest follower, Karen J of Stamping Stuff blog.  She has the cutest blog! check it out HERE and be sure to leave some love.

An unfortunate set of circumstances recently introduced me to Martha : )  a sweet and patient new friend!  This card is for you, Martha : ) it'll go postal with your package today!!

Isn't this image darling!? It is call "Snow Pals" from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I really love her art! 

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful week.  I've been super busy these days preparing gifts for friends and family and trying to make some Christmas cards to get in the mail this week ... sigh.... : )

I "accidentally" noticed that there is a number verification on my comment form! I did not set this up and my settings are set to no word verification!! I'm a little scared about this and hoping it is a very recent problem - not one my friends and followers have had to endure for a long time.  I promise you I will get this taken off ASAP ( or as soon as my DH can have a look at it). 

If you have commented on my blog before could you let me know if this is recent or have you seen word verification on my comment form before.  Also if you have ever had word verification suddenly appear on your blog?? It is weird! I don't feel the need for word verification - or number verification - and it bothers me that it has just appeared like this : (

Thanks for your help and so sorry if you have to go through the Word Verification thing.  I'll see what I can do.  : )

Have a great week.


Digital image from Mo's digital Pencil
Stitched Frame by Lil Inkers Designs
White cs by PTI 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Cheerful Heart

Sometimes it is hard to have a cheerful heart.  One of my four sisters, Sherry, is battling cancer right now.  She seems to be doing MUCH better about it than I am.  I HATE this dreadful disease that has sadly taken two of my husband's sisters.  I have been sending Sherry a flow of cards to encourage her heart in the past few months.  I want her to  know that even though I'm several states away I'm going through this with her... sigh... sort of.  No one can really "go through" a trial with you except Jesus because when His children are feeling broken and alone He is right there fulfilling His promise never to leave you or forsake you.

I have noticed my need for more "encouragement cards" is growing and my supply is dwindling so I have created a few new ones using one of my stamp sets, A Cheerful Heart, by Papertrey Ink.

It is hard to see but I have embossed the white cs using a Cuttlebug EF that is sort of a frame of snowflakes : ) - Side note: The light bulbs have been blowing out right and left in my photo studio so the lighting in my photographs of late has been terrible!! We special order a special kind of bulb so until they arrive I am suffering to get good pictures.

I liked the Cherry Cobbler red cs so much I tried for one in Pool Party.  Obviously needing to get some re-inker on my stamp pad!! I'm only showing this one because it does show my embossing better : )

Inside: You are in my Prayers

I was loving this CAS design so I decided to make one more - this time using a sentiment from CTMH's "Card Chatter - Sympathy" 

Each of these cards has a contrasting card base and an embossed face that I popped up using foam tape.  These are so nice because additional postage is not required to send them : )

That is it for me today.  I pray you have a cheerful heart in what you are facing right now. If you could use some encouragement I invite you to send me an e-mail I would love to stand beside you in prayer. My addy is Patti at neckStyles (dot) com : )

BIG (((Hugs)))

White and Antique White cs from PTI
Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party and Night of Navy cs by SU
Embossing folders in order of appearance : )
     Daisies by Darice
     Snowflakes by Cuttlebug
     Snowy Trees by Cuttlebug
Sentiment sets:
A Cheerful Heart from Papertrey Ink
Card Chatter- Sympathy D1476

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Make It Monday Glitter Frames!

The talented and sweet Dawn McVey has served up a simple challenge on Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge.  You can see Dawn's video tutorial HERE.

I found an adhesive sheet in my stash of NBUS and cut a heart shape using my Spellbinders Nestabilities.  From the large heart shape I then cut a smaller heart from the center.  I simply attached it to my card face trimmed off the overlapping edge and peeled away the protective plastic sheet which revealed the adhesive. Next I sprinkled it with the sweetest fine blue glitter.  The silvery/holographic sparkle in my gliter must have been smaller than the blue glitter because the heart doesn't look very blue at all - rather pearly silver white : )  IRL it looks much better but when it is bling - it works!! especially when associated with winter and snow : )

I Cut a couple SNOW words from my Papertrey Ink die, stamped one using the Wonderful Words: Snow stamp set which coordinates with the die.  I glued my two die cuts together and attached it by popping it up with foam tape.  Finally I tied a piece of string around one of the 'legs" of the W and my very CAS card was done. 

This was a super easy challenge and so clever! I wish you could see this sparkly heart IRL it glistens like the snow does on a sunny snowy day!  I ought to know LOL we have had plenty of snowy days so far here in northwestern Wisconsin!   : )

My design was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches fresh sketch this week : )  You can join the fun HERE for this great challenge.  Be sure to visit the uber talented DT at Freshly Made Sketches blog for some stunning inspiration.

I hope you are having a wonderful week!! Thank you so very much for stopping by.



White cs by PTI
SNOW die and coordinating stamp set "Wonderful Words: Snow Stamp Set by PTI
Heart shapes by Spellbinders

Monday, December 1, 2014

More Song Birds

Hello friends : ) I hope each and every one of you enjoyed a wonderful weekend!  I sure did!! Not only did I get "stuffed" with turkey but I also got in some papercrafting time this weekend. Woo hoo!! Nothing like the sound of my Big Shot chomping through card stock to put a smile on my face!! : )

I created two new cards using my Song Birds stamp and die set from Papertrey Ink.  The first card I made I CASED from Maile Belles, one of my favorite CAS card artists : ) It is for my sister and her husband who celebrate their anniversary in December.  The colors I used are the colors of their wedding 16 years ago.

For this card I started out by cutting a half circle from a single thickness  4.25 x 5" piece of cs.  I cut and then sponged a section of my A2 card face where the cut out opening would be and lightly stamped some flowers from the same stamp set.  I wanted it to look a bit like snowflakes and yet I wanted to stay within the folksy floral theme of the Song Birds stamp set so I used flowers instead of snowflakes from a different set.  Once my coloring and stamping were completed on the card face I attached the circle die cut piece to the card face using foam tape.   

Next I cut a "snowy hill" layer from another piece of cs and attached it flat to the card face.  The rest is fairly self explanatory I think : ) I die cut the little bird, leaf and banner and did my stamping and finally added a red rhinestone for some Merry Christmas bling : )

That is it for me today : ) I have some unexpected visitors surprising us today so I will not get around to my blog friends but I promise to visit soon!  Until then - I hope you have a wonderful day doing something inky!! : )