Patti J Gilliam Is Back With More Inspiration

Over recent weeks we have been featuring the work of one of our Brand Ambassadors Patti J Gilliam, she is back today with more inspirational creations for you.

We love how Patti had matted the is die cut scene using her Perfect Layers Mini, it really gives the card that professional finish.

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This design had a real monochromatic look with the added brown layer using the Perfect Layers Mini.


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Did you know that the Perfect Layers Mini is also the idea size to mat and layer a 5″ x 7″ photo? We just love how Patti has incorporated the sunset photo into this card design.


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We want to thank Patti for giving us such wonderful inspiration over recent weeks and ask that you leave her some love and visit her blog for more inspiration at

Introducing Guest Designer Patti J Gilliam

Hi everyone, did you know that we have an army of dedicated Perfect Paper Crafting Brand Ambassadors that showcase beautiful work on their blog? Patti is one of our Loyal paper crafters and this month we are dedicating our blog posts to her beautiful work. You can see more of her creations at

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We asked Patti to tell us a little bit about herself, here is what she had to share.

My best friend and I have been married for over 42 years. He’s my #1 fan, and encourages me to let other things go, in order to be creative. We have two grown children. One lives in Germany, and the other in New Mexico. We are proud grandparents of one beautiful 17 month old granddaughter, and are so excited to have a grandson in progress!!! We are very active in our church and community. I dabbled in paper crafts for a few years before becoming hopelessly addicted. When I retired in 2009, there was no hope for me! Every available minute found me in my girl cave trying out new techniques and supplies.

I am a Chemo Angel, so many of my cards go to Chemo Patients, or lonely Sr. Citizens through the Chemo Angels program. I have several other local ministries that I take part in, as well, donating a very large percentage of what I create. Because of these card ministries, cards are usually my go-to projects. However, I love to alter items, and create 3-d projects, and scrapbook layouts, as well.

When I’m not in my craft cave, I’m usually found teaching paper crafting workshops, walking, bike riding, gardening, or traveling to see our children (when we travel, we always try to meet a new blogging friend!).

We love this playful kitty scene and how perfectly the layers work with this design, using Perfect Layers Mini tool.

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Or how about some flamingos in tutus!


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The Perfect Layers Mini was used on this next card to add a black matt that helps to draw the eye to the silhouette images, how clever is that!

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But why stop at cards, did you know the Perfect Layers Mini is also great for other home projects, check out this cool Cupcake label, see how the matting adds to the sentiment.


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Did you know that you can also use the Perfect Layers Mini to evenly space project elements on a card too!  Here the Perfect Layers Mini has been used to space the two elements of the die and for the matting around the edge.Pretty Pink Posh 3

Isn’t this the cutest elephant card, we will be back next week with more inspiration from Patti, but in the mean time please leave her some love and visit her blog at

In The Woods with Roxie

The wonderful Roxie Glaza is back with us today with this fabulous drive into the woods card.

By Roxie Glaza

One of Roxie’s favorite layouts is this simple design using borders to highlight the scene, it’s nice to let the image take center stage!

Images: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Tree Line H2890, Vintage 1926 A3251 (car)
Paper: Remember When – black textured, Georgia Pacific – white
Ink: Memento – Tuxedo Black 900 for car, Memento Markers for trees – Pistachio 706, Northern Pine 709, London Fog 901, Peanut Brittle 802, grass – Bamboo Leaves – 707, Cottage Ivy701, New Sprout 704, gravel – Gray Flannel 902, Toffee Crunch 805, Desert Sand 804, Tuxedo Black 900,
Ranger Distress Ink – Tumble Glass for sky
Tools: Stamp positioner, Sponges, Roxie’s own cloud template, Perfect Layers mini – 1/6″ and 5/16″ rulers
Accessories: Tetes de clous- nailheads and Paper Glaze to attach to card

1. Stamp the car and mask off, I used a sticky note to create my reusable mask.

2. Ink up the tree image with markers starting with the lightest colors, stamp using a positioner – Note the trees trunks were aligned with black areas on the car leaving the glass areas clear. Add the darker colors and continue until the desired color is achieved.

3. Color in the grass area adding some free hand grass with a different shade of green.

4. Create the gravel with markers.

5. Add the clouds using the template and sponge and avoiding sponging over the trees.

6. Cut the mats using the 1/6″ and 5/16″ rulers and attach to card base.

7. Attach the nailheads.

8. Unwanted specks just happened on the sky area…not a problem…just freehand some birds to disguise them with a fine tip marker and everyone will think you meant to do that! I used the finest tip of the detail Chameleon Pens.

Roxie we love your birds, we would love to hear ways that you have covered up mistakes in the past, leave a comment and let us know.

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