27 Jul 2014

My Paper Pumpkin---Patti Leeke's informal get-together with friends

Patti Leeke has been a steady contributor to this blog hop site over the months.  It's a pleasure to share her projects since Patti doesn't have a blog of her own.  A good friend and a staunch supporter of this blog hop, Patti manages to join the team by showing us some fun and exciting projects that she and her core group of friends and customers have done in the past month.

Patti likes to keep it informal.  For her a good get-together is filled with friends, fun and great laughs.  Her group has been getting together for a "My Paper Pumpkin Night".  They wait to get together before opening their Red Boxes and then have a good time assembling them.  But simple assembly is not all there is for Patti and her friends.  In her own words:

"This is what we did today.  We really had a fun day.  Good friends, good fun, great laughs, super projects.  The box comes right to your door and includes everything you need except adhesive.  A group of us that have signed up are going to meet once a month to put them together.  Sharing ideas among some very talented ladies.  We all have different tastes.  We all waited to get together to open our Red Boxes.  The kist have really improved, too.  All the stamp sets are unique to My Paper Pumpkin and can't be bought elsewhere.  There is even a special being offered by Stampin' Up! for two months of the My Paper Pumpkin at half price---but you have to sign up before September 10th."   


This picture shows Patti's July My Paper Pumpkin.  She punched out some small stars with soft sky cardstock and added rhinestones.  

Isn't that little box with the tag darling?

For the flag card, Patti used the World of Art stamp set, Champagne Glimmer paper, Hello Honey, Real Red and Night of Navy inks.  Everyone loved making that one.  The pinwheel is from the June My Paper Pumpkin kit.  That lovely masculine card beside the pinwheel uses the Open Sea stamp set, Basic Black, Whisper White, and Marina Mist cardstocks, the Chevron embossing folder and the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  The sentiment looks great cut out with the Bitty Banners framelits, doesn't it?

17 Jul 2014

The Wacky Watercooler First Anniversary Blog Hop

Yes, you read that right---it's our First Anniversary!  Wow!  I'm still overwhelmed that we've been presenting our Blog Hop for a year now.  Who thought when we first started that we would begin having a monthly Blog Hop and that it would be so popular?  It's wonderful and we have to thank all of you who come to our Blog Hops and support them.  Without you, our First Anniversary would never have happened.

During this first year we've added a lot of new people to our list of "Hoppers".  The core group remains but there are enough of us now that when life happens and someone can't participate, we still have a nice, healthy line-up to take part in the Blog Hop.  With it being Convention Week for Stampin' Up! we're lucky that we managed to get a group together.  We are excited that we have ten "Hoppers", six of whom are from the original core group.  See if you remember who those six are when you read the following list:

                    Jackie Susnik - Jack Otter Stamp

                    Heidi Weaver - Stampin Along With Heidi

                    Deb Smart - Stamp and Create

                    Marsha Reed - Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe

                    Priscilla Ivler - Priscilla Stamps

                    Kath Ricks - All That Scrap

                    Stefanie Pletscher - The Crafty Medic

                    Terri Antoniw - Stamp With Ter

                    Bev Quinn -   Stamp With Bev
                    Kathe Deck - Kathe's Adventure
To celebrate our First Anniversary our theme is anniversaries.  There should be some exciting posts and projects with anniversary cards and other items in the spotlight.  If you don't have any anniversaries coming up in your lives soon, remember it's a simple matter to change the sentiment for any card that takes your fancy.  We share our projects to give you ideas.

Our blog hop is a circular one.  Whether you start at the beginning or the end, whether you begin partway through, inevitably you wind up where you began.  Like a ring, the circle is complete and never-ending.  Of course you can "jump off" at any time, but we trust that you'll find our hop so fabulous that you continue right on through all ten blogs.

We hope you've enjoyed celebrating our First Anniversary with us.   Bookmark our site and join us in August for the Holiday Catalog(ue) Hop we are now preparing.  We'll be featuring product and projects from the soon-to-be-released 2014 Holiday Catalog(ue).

If you have a moment, please leave a comment on the blogs you visit.  It's always exciting to hear from our visitors.

8 Jul 2014

Patti Leeke shares her projects

We're lucky to be able to welcome Patti Leeke once again this month.  Patti has been enjoying the new Blendabilities just like everyone else that has tried them.  She's sharing some of her recent projects since she doesn't have a blog to join our blog hop.  This is the next best thing.

Doesn't the Rich Razzleberry cardstock just "pop" on Patti's first card?  The flowers on the "postage stamps" at the corners were all stamped with Memento ink and the Petite Petals Stamp set.  Then Patti coloured them using her Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities.  The Bookmark really looks great embossed using the Arrows Embossing folder, doesn't it?  And then the pops of Coastal Cabana cardstock against the Whisper White compliment the Coastal Cabana Blendabilities used to colour those adorable birds from the For the Birds Stamp set.

For these next two card, Patti used the Lullaby Designer Series paper.  The flowers, again stamped with the Petite Petals Stamp set in Memento ink, are all in different colours, showcasing some of the Blendability colours.  Pumpkin Pie, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry really look great against the colours in the Designer paper for the first card, don't they?  And then for the second card, Patti kept to Pumpkin Pie for all three flowers.  I love the texture on the Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  It really adds a lot of interest to the card.

And there you have them.  Patti Leeke's four great new projects which she has so generously shared with us.  I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.