Friday, August 31

Kitty Cat Swatch Tag Book

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by!  I've got another post for  As you can tell from earlier DT posts this week, we are all doing our version of a Swatch Book.

  I remember when I was a little girl, my dad installed Formica counter tops.  He had samples of all the colors available and they were bound with a key chain. Looking back, I realized that those were Swatch Books! 

Since I have a house full of kitties, I decided I'd make a cat themed one. 

The stamp I used on the cover is from Joy's Halloween Puns Set!

Here's where I'll journal about my cat, Panzer.  The stamps and on the next two pages are from Joy's Lots Of Puns set.

 This next page features a picture of Panzer with a stamp from Joy's new Pun In The Sun set. It's perfect for him because he is the sweetest cat EVER! 
 The next two pages feature stamps from Joy's Sweet Popsicle Puns set. The paw print and the heart come from Lots Of Pun.

 This final page uses Joy's Sweet Popsicle Puns set again and sums up Panzer so well!

All the papers and embellishments come from 3 Bugs In A Rug Frisky paper collection.  The cards are cut 3x5 and I rounded the corners for a softer look.

This was a lot of fun and is inspiring me to make  journaling cards in the hopes of getting back into scrap booking.  Let me know what you think and if you'll try this someday!

Saturday, August 25

Joy's Life & Cri-Kits Blog Hop!

Welcome, all to Joy's Life's and Cri-Kits Blog Hop!
This past week, the Design Team has been featuring projects that can be made using colorful Cri-Kits markers for your die cutting machines! (We decided to extend the fun and have a hop to go along with it!)

If you came over from Jennie, then you are in the right place.  If you happened to stumble across this post and want to start at the beginning, you can do so here.

I made a set of treat boxes using Cri-Kits markers to draw the background.  Joy's Lots Of Pun stamp set was used for the hearts and paw print on the box tags.  This set has so many fun animal sayings.  You can pick up your own set here.)

Here's the rest of the boxes. You can fill them with cat treats or with human treats for the cat lover!

Cri-Kits has 40 wonderful colors and pen holders for Silhouette, Cricut, Pazzle, and eClips machines.  You can get all of these goodies here! I used the Glitter pen set to draw the images.  (Aren't these wonderful colors?)

 Then used my Silhouette to cut out the boxes.  

*** Now how about some Blog Candy??? ***
I'm giving away this SUPER cute 6x6 paper pack.  (Can you tell, I'm on an animal roll?)

  This time, I will give your four chances enter the drawing!

1st Comment: Leave me a comment
2nd comment: Leave a 2nd comment  if you are a follower/subscriber of my blog
3rd comment: Leave a 3rd comment if you have liked my Facebook page 
4th comment:  Leave a 4th comment if you are a follower of Joy's Design Team Blog

That's it!  It's up to you how many comments you'd like to leave for your chance to WIN!  

You have until September 1st to post comments.  The lucky winner will be announced the next day, so be sure to stop by to see if it is you!
*** Your next stop is Maria who has a fantastic project for you! ***
Here's the entire lineup in case you got lost along the way.
Have a wonderful day as you hop along! 

Friday, August 24

Hello Kitty with Cri-Kits!

Hello, all!  

I have exciting news!  Joy's Life has teamed up with Cri-Kits and I can tell you, these markers are so fun to use!  

I immediately knew that I wanted to draw Hello Kitty and use her on a card. 

This lovely saying is from Joy's Lots of Pun stamp set.  Grab yours here!

I used Cri-Kits Regular & Neon set to draw Hello Kitty.  

They carry pen holders that work with Cricut, Pazzles, Silhouette, and Eclips!

This card is a larger 6.25" x 4.5" size.  I drew Hello Kitty from Cricut's HK Greetings cartridge at 3".  I then cut the bow, nose, and eyes using card stock.  I cut a yellow mat to highlight HK and then framed that with a checkered mat softened with patterned scissors. A little bit of hand drawn stitching and I was done!  

Come back TOMORROW because Joy's Life is hosting a Cri-Kits blog hop!  

I used my Silhouette and multiple colors of Cri-Kits to showcase what you can do with these fabulous markers!

Hope to see you! 

Monday, August 20

JoysLife / Cri-Kits Blog Hop This Saturday!

We hope you can join us this Saturday as JoysLife teams up with Cri-Kits for some fun projects using their pens!  

See you on the 25th!

Saturday, August 18

Sundae Card

Hello, everyone!  It's Patty here with an Oldie But Goodie card for you today.  (That is...using stamps from sets released earlier than this year by Joy at!)

I know I can always use birthday cards so here's what I made using a yummy combination of colors.

For this project, I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Yummy Puns. It is one of my favorites! I used Memento's Bahama Blue ink for the sentiment. (Love that color!)

If you want your own set of Yummy Puns, you can get it here.

 I used my Cricut and Birthday Bash to cut the Ice Cream Sundae out at approximately 3.5". The paper is We R Memory keepers Sweet Spot that I found at Archivers. It's die-cut on the edge so I incorporated that into my card. 

I embellished the card with hand drawn stitching and fun ribbon. I made 2 cards at a finished size of 4.25" x 6" out of one 12x12 sheet. 

Well, I hope you enjoyed my project for the day.  Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments! yourself a favor and go get yourself some ice cream! :)

Thursday, August 16

SN@P! by Simple Stories


Hi, all!  I just started scrap booking again after a several year hiatus using kits from Simple Stories! (This video features their newest line coming out called SN@P.) 

 It's a way of simplifying scrap booking by using pockets and coordinating embellishments and papers.  I'm combining page protectors from WR Memory Keepers, Project Life, and Simple Stories for more variety in my book.  As time allows, I hope to photograph my pages as inspiration to any of you who are thinking about using any of these products!  

Have a great day!

Sunday, August 12

Fun Popcorn Packaging

Hello, everyone!  Glad you could stop by today.

With the holiday season right around the corner, Joy's Design Team is focusing on gift packaging ideas this week. (To see the projects posted so far this week, click here.)

 This microwave popcorn packaging is quick and easy to make.  You could throw one of these together for a last minute gift for someone special!

To make this, all you do is cut paper to fit the popcorn pack.  Stamp the saying and mount it with foam tape. (I used Lady Bug ink from Memento.)   I added a little ribbon and Sizzix flowers cut with my Cuttlebug and was finished in no time!

This saying from Joy's Yummy Puns stamp set is so much fun and has lots of uses.  Grab your own set here if you don't have it already.

Let me know if you're going to try out this simple project.  Thanks for stopping by.  I do appreciate it! :)

Monday, August 6

Back To School Encouragement Card

Hello, everyone!  Thanks for taking the time to drop by my blog.

 Today, I've got a project for you as part of Joy's Life's Design Team Back To School week.

I wanted to create a cheerful card you could give to any child in your life, encouraging them to have a great day at school.

This saying from Joy's new Pun In The Sun stamp set gets the message across. 

You can grab your own set here!

Now for the details on how I made this.  I used a 4.25x5.5 base for the card.  The notebook page is just just slightly smaller cut using my Cameo.  I also cut the books at about 3" on the same cutter.  The cute whale is from Create A Critter and he's cut at 3.5".  To finish it off, I scored lines across the notebook paper and down the pages of the books to add some texture.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my card for the day!  Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments. 

 I hope you all have a whale of a great day!

Wednesday, August 1

New "It's All Fall! Puns" Stamp Set!

Hello, everyone!  Hope you are all doing well! 
  I had to take time out from my housecleaning today to announce Joy's Life's newest stamp set, It's All Fall Puns!

 I was so excited to see this set, since Fall has always been my favorite season!  (This year even more since it's been soooo hot!)  

There are so many uses for these sayings!  Great is shipping on August 9th!  You can place your order here.

Stay tuned because the Design Team will be featuring this set during the September Blog Hop! (I'll give you the exact date when I know it.)  I'm thinking about giving away one of these sets during the hop! ;)

Have a great day!!