Mar 03 2017

Pergamano – Azaleas

Hello sweet friends, just popping in today with a quick post. The day is gorgeous here as you can see in the picture below. It’s bright and sunny; a cool and crisp spring day. I hope you’re experiencing the same weather wherever you are!

Jerr's Azaleas

Spring has come early this year, my azaleas started blooming a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been so inspired by the beautiful spring flowers, who wouldn’t be!

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Browsing around through some old Pergamano books, I came across this gorgeous pattern from Gerti Hofman’s book, Eyecatching Designs – how perfect! As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to give it a go. I’m so pleased with the finished card.

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I took pictures of my azaleas this morning to include with this post. I have two azalea trees at the front entrance of my home that are light pink. Have I mentioned before that pink is my favorite color . . . these pale pink flowers bring a smile of pleasure.

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Thank you so much for stopping by, sending you sweet warm Spring wishes for a fabulous weekend. I hope you take time from your busy schedules to relax and enjoy your family.

Jerri Siggy3





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Feb 18 2017

Lovely Fuchsias – In Memory of Jayne

Good morning sweet friends, I have a beautiful painted fuchsia card to share with you today!

I created the card by using a relatively new product line called Groovi. You may recall the lingerie pieces I did a few months back, I used the Groovi parchment craft system to create those designs as well (here and here). The designs caught the eye of Barbara Gray, the owner of Clarity Stamps, who created the Groovi system. Barbara has graciously invited me to design with her team and I have accepted . . . so tickled pink to be a part of the Groovi team and to contribute my “take” of designs using the amazing Groovi products.

Fuchsia Jerri Jimenez

One of the things I love most about the Groovi system is the unlimited combinations of designs that can be created using the acrylic plates, there are now over 300 plates to select from. You all know me well enough by now to know how much I enjoy painting. Today I want to share with you the process of how I created this lovely card.

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Here’s a quick tutorial on how I created the design: The plate has multiple stacking hearts, each heart shape is a groove etched in the acrylic plate. You simply place the plate on a light box, grooved side up, place a piece of parchment paper over the plate, use an extra small ball embossing tool (1mm) and emboss over the grooved shapes. For smooth embossing I rub a Bounce dryer sheet over the parchment first.

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I selected the largest heart shape on the plate for my design. I placed this piece of parchment paper onto the heart plate and embossed the heart, I turned the parchment paper over to see this lovely white embossed heart . . . a beautiful white perfectly embossed heart . . . so easy!

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This is an acrylic plate with multiple fuchsia images on it. Again, those white lines are grooves in the plate. You place the parchment on the plate over the flowers and emboss within the grooves using an embossing ball tool (1mm). This is where the fun begins, you have multiple options available to create a gorgeous design and make it your own! The late Jayne Nestorenko was the artist who designed this lovely plate, acrylic stamps of these images are available as well.

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If I’m running short on time and choose not to paint an image, I can easily emboss a design and place it on a pretty card base as I have done here. This lovely card took all of five minutes to emboss, about ten minutes to perforate and cut the lovely card base, a sweet little bow to accessorize the card and it’s finished . . . a perfect birthday card to give to someone special.

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Since I opted to paint the card, I needed to create a template/pattern for the painting. To do this I placed a black piece of card stock on the back side of the plate and made a photocopy of it. The white groove lines popped bright white and were very easy to trace. Now here’s a cool tip: To create a mirror image of the plate, flip it over and place the black card stock on the front of the plate and make a photocopy . . . voilá . . a mirror image.


To create the heart outline, I placed a sheet of copy paper over the heart plate and using a light box traced the grooves of the largest heart with a regular pencil (sharpen the lead to a point to fit within the grooves). I removed the acrylic plate from the light box and then placed the photocopy of the fuchsia flowers on the light box and placed the traced heart over it and traced the design as shown above. At this point there are multiple possibilities for a design, let your creativity take over.

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I placed the parchment paper I embossed the heart on earlier (see several pics above) over the fuchsia template to paint the image above with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and Faber-Castell watercolor pencils. I lightly colored the image with Polychromos pencils and used Dorso Oil to blend the color; I used the water color pencils to paint the shading and fine details.

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Once the painting was completed and allowed to dry thoroughly, I shallowly perforated around the edge of the embossed heart with a 3-needle perforating tool. Small circles were embossed around the perforations, I then embossed the flowers and leaves. Once all embossing was complete, I perforated the border again with deeper perforations, cutting the deep perforations with parchment scissors.

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To create the card base, I traced the largest heart again with a pencil, enlarged the pattern with a photocopier and sketched the scallop border around the larger heart to create a template.

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I placed white parchment paper over the largest heart on the acrylic plate and embossed it, I then cut out the heart with regular scissors (fussy cutting) and adhered the painted heart on top of the white parchment heart using Perga Glue. The focal image was adhered to the card base using Perga Glue. I placed tiny bits of Perga Glue in the darkest areas of the paint so that it wouldn’t show through. To make the card base, I placed a sheet of regular parchment paper over the card base template and traced the scalloped border with white lead and embossed it. I used Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils to shade the parchment in shades of pink and lavender around the border, using Dorso Oil to blend the colors. The border was perforated with a 2-needle perforating tool and cut with parchment scissors.  Using the scalloped pattern I made above, I traced and cut a pink layer of card stock to insert inside the card base as an inner card.

This all sounds like a lot of work, but it was truly easier than it sounds. With a light box and photocopier it’s very easy to create beautiful parchment patterns with the acrylic plates.

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A close up of the embossing illustrates the clean, crisp embossed lines achieved by using the Groovi plates. The possibilities are truly endless! What a simply beautiful card to present to someone special!

If you’re interested in learning more about the Groovi system, please feel free to e-mail me. Barbara has a wonderful you tube video demonstrating the Groovi system plates here, as well as multiple other you tube videos demonstrating various projects here.

Thanks so much for stopping by, sending you sweet warm Spring wishes. I’ll be back soon to share more!

Jerri Siggy3





Products used to create this card:

Groovi:   Shaped Heart Plate

Groovi:  Fuchsia Plate

Groovi:  Parchment Paper

Pergamano:  3-Needle Perforating Tool; 2-Needle Perforating Tool

Pergamano:  Dorso Oil

Pergamano:  Hockey Stick, Extra Large Embossing Ball, Small Embossing Ball, Extra Small Embossing Ball and  Fine Embossing Ball Tools

Pergamano: Parchment Scissors

Embossing Mat; Perforating Mat

Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils

Faber-Castell Water Color Pencils


DaVinci #1 Sable Watercolor Brush






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Jan 26 2017

Bundle of Joy

Published by under New Baby,Occasions

Good morning dear friends, I have an adorable baby card to share today. My son recently sent me the most adorable picture of a new born baby boy. A friend in his bible study class became a father for the third time . . . what a blessing!! Of course I volunteered to make a card for my son to give to the proud parents.IMG_9838 copy

The card base is from a 12″ x 12″ Coredinations Colorcore Card Stock paper pack. The designer papers are from Crate Paper – Baby Bee Collection that is ages and ages old, but I still love it and had some left from years ago and thought this was a perfect opportunity to use it up, it’s perfect for a baby boy card.

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I used seam binding for the bow, which was super easy to make using the Bow Easy ribbon tool.

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I used Marianne dies to make the sneakers and bib, so precious for baby cards! I used DMC embroidery floss for the shoe laces, another great alternative is burlap string if you don’t have floss.

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Using a sponge dauber, I distressed the edges of all layers with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I applied foam tabs to the shoes, bib, and focal layer (striped paper panel) to create depth. The buttons are from Stampin’Up! (not sure if they still sell them, I purchased mine years ago). I used three strands of floss per button for the button’s bows. I purchased the charm and safety pin from Michael’s years ago. I used the Evolution cutting system to cut the die cuts.

I’ll be back soon, until next time .  .  .

Jerri Siggy2





Products Used:

Paper:  Crate Paper; Coredinations Colorcore Card Stock – Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Ribbon: Seam Binding, -The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Dies:  Marianne Dies  (My First Sneakers and Baby Bib) – The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Accessories:  Foam SquaresBurlap StringBow Easy OriginalGlue Dots, Daubers, Antique Linen Distress Ink– Stamp Simply Ribbon Store; Stampin’ Up! Buttons, Safety Pin, Charm, Zip-Dry Adhesive, Genesis Paper Trimmer, Evolution Die Cutting Machines

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