All I want for Christmas is…

Hello Blog,

Wow! I am actually writing on the blog for the first time since May!

Again, hoping to post more! when I have the spare time.

I have a new project that I made tonight, the first in this years Christmas card series. This one is called All I wants for Christmas is books!

I came up with this idea using this week Kraftin Kimmie challenge: Talk Nerdy to me!

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As a kid (let’s face it as an adult too) one of my favourite things to do Christmas morning is to curl up and read the books I have got for Christmas, and now I buy books for my niece and nephew to read to them!

Hugs to everyone,

Patti

 

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Kraftin Kimmie Blog Hop- Kick Assy Birthday Fun!

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Woohoo! It’s here! It’s here!!
Today we are celebrating the
amazing release of ALL of our
NEW March Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps!!!

ALL THREE new sets will be available this afternoon
in the Krafty Shop!

So let’s have a big happy hop around the design team blogs and check them all out in action! Grab a nice hot beverage, sit back and relax while you hop around and enjoy all the amazing creations!!

First up is
KICK ASSY BIRTHDAY! Which I used this fun sentiment to add a bit of mischievous whimsy to the card!

….then BIRTHDAY BIANCA….

and lastly….DINO-MITE PALS!

ALL the new sets will be available individually BUT if you HAVE to have it ALL, we also have our March Gimme Kimmies Kit which includes all THREE of the new sets together and at a discount! But only for a limited time and while supplies last!

Happy hoppin’ and happy shoppin’!

Today I want to share a project using the Kick Assy Birthday stamp set that Melissa Baker-Nguyen created for Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.

I paired it with Carly Cupcakes to make a fun and simple birthday card… Or really any day like the stamp set says ” Cake because it must be somebody’s birthday somewhere! maybe they are celebrating a Happy Unbirthday.

I coloured up the stamp with my copic markers and then used a new to me die to cut out the speech bubble at the top of the frame. I then heat embossed in white the sentiment and added fun pattern paper and twine, also a dab of Nuvo Crystal drops to add a bit of the confetti look on the sides.

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy the different array of stamps in the new Kick Assy Stamp Set as much as I did… Not only are they perfect for birthdays they also have a lot of use for other occasions as well.

Lots of hugs,

~Patti

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2017 Top 5 Projects

Hello again,

As stated in my wrap up, I want to share my favorite projects of 2017!

It was hard to narrow down to just 5 projects, but I picked 5 that were special to me, or that I felt I learned a lot from.

5.

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This was a card that came together exactly how I had envisioned it. This usually doesn’t happen! I wanted to make a Thank-you card for my Sis-in-law’s Best friend who had to take care of my Niece and Nephew for a weekend while they were photographing a wedding. The recipient loves Monkeys, So I wanted them to represent my silly little Niece and nephew….. I love that Ollie is holding a banana as it is Magnus’s favorite things in the world (he actually asked for banana’s for Christmas!)

Stamps: Nana Luv Ollie by Some Odd Girl and Ollie Glee by Some Odd Girl

4.

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I really am proud of this project. To be totally honest I struggled with this one of the most. I knew I wanted her standing on the Aloha with a sun behind her and some large palm trees surrounding her. I really have a hard time placing elements when I make scenery cards, and I know it is because I use pattern paper as a crutch sometimes. When this canvas finally came together I was very pleased. I did note that my Aunt who received this as a gift was looking at how I made the Aloha stand out (just wish I had put the brown back behind the O)

Stamp: Hula Mae by Some Odd Girl

3.

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Another card that came out exactly as I envisioned. I love these little unicorns/ ponies from Kraftin Kimmie stamps, and I knew they would make the perfect little girl card. I love how they are bouncing in the clouds with a rainbow sunburst behind them! I am particularly proud that I got over my fears of colouring white!

Stamps: Unicorns and Rainbows by Kraftin Kimmie Stamps

2.

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This was a special piece to me. Kit and Clowder gave me a gift certificate to complete one of the monthly classes as a prize for doing some of my lessons. I knew right away I wanted to try my hand at colouring with my prisma coloured pencils, but as soon as I saw this stamp with a red panda I knew this would be one “just for me” Red pandas are my favorite animal, and I love how vibrant this one turned out.

Stamp by Ching- Chou Kuik (note sells on Etsy, has so much wonderful fantasy art)

Class by: Alyce at Kit and Clowder (Not only is she an amazing teacher she has helped me improve my art skills immensely over the last couple years! note: this class is only part of a subscription service that I am signed up for the monthly marker class. You can only access the project classes if you are a monthly subscriber)

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My favorite project I made in 2017 was this splendid mermaid project for my Auntie! Probably the most “mixed media” of any of the projects this year, I used: distress ink oxide, paper, paint, copics, pearlescent watercolours, stickles glitter glue, liquid pearls and beads! Although not my usual style I actually love the distressed look of this project. I was very happy how my mermaid turned out, and my Aunt actually squealed when she saw this! She is a big mermaid fan and loved that the mermaid was named mermaid queen (as she likes to think she is a mermaid queen herself!)

Stamp: Mermaid Queen by Some Odd Girl

Well that is a wrap on 2017, looking forward to meeting new crafty goals in 2018!

Lots of hugs,

Patti

Morning Cuppa

 

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Angie by Kraftin Kimmie’s 

 

Hello Gals and Pals,

Today I made this card to participate in the challenge set forth by Kraftin Kimmie Stamps. The challenge was to use your Favourite colour!

I thought that would be an easy one. If you ask anyone they will say my favorite colour is purple… Nowadays though I feel like I have a spectrum of hues that change on a daily basis as my favorite colour.

At the end of the day, Purple/ Magenta (ok I am cheating a little by choosing two colours) is the colour I chose for my project.  I got to say that choosing pattern paper and cardstock to match was hard. When I went to find a cardstock to match the pattern paper, I had nothing… But that is ok I just took my Copic and coloured some express it paper to make an instant match! I love this for when I am struggling.

I coloured up Angie By Kraftin Kimmie Stamps as an Homage to my Nana. When my Nana greets us at the door you can usually find her in a fuzzy housecoat… I love this, because it makes her house feel like it has a more relaxed atmosphere.

The question of the week; What is your favorite colour? Maybe it isn’t an easy answer for you too!

Lots of Hugs,

~Patti

Ice, Ice, Bunny!

 

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Stamp Credit: Ice, Ice, Baby by Kraftin Kimmie Stamps

 

 

Hello, Gals and Pals!

Starting off the new year with a card made for my little nephew’s second birthday.
I had decided to try my hand at Watercolouring the cute little skating bunny from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps- Ice, Ice, Baby stamp set.

Using Zig real brush markers I watercoloured the bunny and his little outfit, I then sponged Tumbled Glass, and Mermaid lagoon distress inks to the background to give it a dusky glow. The bunny and ice rink were cut out and popped up with some foam tape to give the scene a little bit of dimension. I added a pop of colour by embossing trees onto scrap pieces of paper and gave it a less uniform look by cutting a thin border around the trees. Finally, I added a few sequin snowflakes, and a sentiment to the bottom of the card.

Gotta say I am not in love with the card, but one of the goals for me this year is to accept the flaws and move on. That is after I tried making the card 4 times on Friday… My mojo just wasn’t wanting to come out and play.

Little Tidbit: I am actually terrified of ice and in general I am not a fan of Winter period. I do like how pretty snow is on everything though so I accept it and wait out the winter for my favorite season Spring! what is your favorite season?

Please don’t mind my blogs pixie dust! I am working on my branding, and hope to have a blog that feels more like how I envision Patti Made a Thing.

Lots of hugs!

~Patti

Floating Down the Lake with Fiona!

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A close up view of the slider on this card, revealing the cute fishy pattern underneath

 

Today is Day THREE of the June Krafty Peeks at Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps! I’m thrilled to be a Krafty Guest and join in the release fun! We are previewing a fabulous new stamp set by artist Annie Rodrigue called FLOATIN’ FIONA! So kick back your feet (much like Fiona is doing here) and float on through the Krafty hop!

The Details:

I coloured her up with a new skin combo that I really like for a slightly tan look, then coloured her hair… I love her hair for practising tight little curls. I will have to colour her up again soon so I can practice more. I then paper pieced a cute polka dotted bathing suit (my favourite kind of bathing suit!) and coloured the Dolphin floating in a dark aqua marine colour combo.

I decided to keep my card fairly simple. I wanted to make a slider card (wow! not as easy as I had imagined.) I was looking to also do a sunrise motif with Distress Ink, along with a secret fishy panel using the new paper pack we received in our kits finished off my card base.

I then added some puffy clouds (including one of the sentiments),  and a few lovely little enamel dots and a little sticker for the pull tab, I then called my card complete.

Not how I pictured it, but they say better to try and fail then to not have been creative at all. I think that is my motto in life!

This set (including 5 new coordinating sentiments) plus all the other new sets being previewed this week will be released on Saturday night!! Hope you can join us in this Hot new release!

Question: What is your favourite Summer activity?

My Answer: I love going up to my family’s Lake, and Sea-dooing with the cousins. Also those nights sitting around a campfire sharing silly stories, that turn into inside jokes later on during the year! are some of my favourite memories.

To hop along, click the blue little froggy below to be taken to a list of all the other blogs participating

Please Visit http://www.kraftinkimmiestamps.com for more details!

TFL!

Oh My Gosh, I started a blog!!!

Hello World!!!

I really don’t know how to start an intro about me blog post, so I thought I would skip that for today and think of some interesting factoids about myself for the next post.

Last month I created a project inspired by my darling niece Sofia’s love for all things elephants. Of course as soon as I started working on her card she quickly changed her mind, and decided she loves puppies. I guess at 3 attention spans are limited.

I knew I wanted to make something special for her… a bit more “artsy” than my traditional style, so I turned to the ever distracting Youtube for inspiration. This led me to Laura Bassen (laurafadora.wordpress.com). She used a fun technique called Watercolour Smooshing.  I wanted to try this technique by adding white embossed hearts onto watercoulour paper, then I smooshed Tim Holtz Distress Inks onto a transparency and added water for an easy whimsical watercolour background. I added this too cute stamp from Kraftin Kimmie’s called “Dream Big”, which I coloured with copic markers.

I finished the card up with some homemade epoxy dots to add some matching embellishments, and then added it to my grey cardstock.

I decided to name the card set “Safari Sofia” after my niece.

 

Thanks for ogling!

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Safari Sofia as seen on my buisness facebook page http://www.facebook.com/thewhimsyway

Random Question of the day! what is your favorite animal? Mine is a toss up between Red Pandas, or a Havanese (dog)