Wow! Happy 30 Year Anniversary to Us!

 

Can it be? I married my sweetheart 30 years ago!?  Wow!!! 

Happy Anniversary to my sweet hubby.. thanks for putting up with me all these years! :)

 

Eric and Patty 30 year wedding anniversary

 

Cheers to 30 more... I can't wait to see what adventures await us Mr. Bennett!

Here is the card I made for Eric.. I was excited to create this for him!  I've been thinking about what to make him for several months.  When I saw the new Large Letter framelit dies in the new Stampin' Up! catalog, I knew this is what I wanted to make!

I die cut "30 YEARS" with the Stampin' UP! large letter and large number framelits and my Big Shot, and put a collage of photos behind the cut out openings.  I hope he'll like it!!

 

30th anniversary card featuring Stampin' UP! large letter and large number framelits, die cut with my Big Shot. Stamped with First Sight stamp set, by Patty Bennett

 

I stamped around the die cut numbers and letters with my favorite swirly image, and a heart image from the First Sight stamp set. You'll find them on page 46 of the current Stampin' UP! catalog or online in the product photos below.

I stamped the heart image with Real Red ink on Whisper White cardstock, punched it out with the Sweetheart punch, then die cut Real Read hearts with the Sweet & Sassy heart framelits to perfectly frame the hearts!! :)

I did just a little embellishing with the new enamel shapes - Real Red from the Brights package and Pool Party from the Subtles package.

Here is the inside of the anniversary card:

 

30th anniversary card for Eric, inside.

 

Cheers to our 30th wedding anniversary!  Eric & Patty Bennett

 

You may be wondering... how are we celebrating this special occasion!?  Well, since Tuesday nights are bowling league nights for Eric and Jason, they have bowling league tonight... soooooooo, I will be meeting them for dinner before bowling and then I'll tag along and cheer them on during their games tonight :)  

Ya... romantic... right?  :)  LOL

Well, doesn't matter how we celebrate, just being together is the best and that's what counts! 

 

30th anniversary card featuring Stampin' UP! large letter and large number framelits, die cut with my Big Shot.  by Patty Bennett

 

This is a large 6" x 9" card.  I love that crafters can create a custom greeting or card with these large number and large letter framelits!! They are available in my online store by clicking any of the product photos below..

 

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Easiest Ever Watercolor Background - Video Tutorial

 

I am super excited about this beautiful card!!!  I tried out the new Stampin' UP! Ombre Ink Pads as a way to apply color to the background of this card and I love it!!  It is the easiest way to make a watercolor wash background!

Watch the VIDEO TUTORIAL below in this post for all the details about how to stamp with the Ombre Pads and how to make this easy watercolor wash background!

 

Ombre ink pads from Stampin' Up! - video tutorial: How to create an easy watercolor wash background for your card!  Layer with Detailed Floral Thinlit big shot dies and Sunshine Wishes thinlits. Card and tutorial by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

The background is created on watercolor paper from Stampin' UP! and then the die cut Detailed Floral Thinlit piece is glued on top.  You will learn all the steps to create this card and some bonus tips in my video today!

Watch the Video Below, or, if you are reading this in an email, click to see it on my blog, or click to see it on YouTube.

 

 

 

 To decorate these pretty watercolor wash backgrounds, I added die cut pieces from:

  • Detailed Floral Thinlits, pg 194, #141482
  • Sunshine Wishes, pg 194, #141489

To dress up the love die cut, I used Clear Wink of Stella over it, and it glimmers so nicely!!

All die cuts were added using Multipurpose glue - see the video above for tips!

 

Ombre ink pads from Stampin' Up! - video tutorial: How to create an easy watercolor wash background for your card!  Layer with Detailed Floral Thinlit big shot dies and Sunshine Wishes thinlits and Wink of Stella. Card and tutorial by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

Which color combo do you like best? 

Rich Razzleberry / Bermuda Bay, or, Calypso Coral / Rich Razzleberry

 

Ombre ink pads from Stampin' Up! - video tutorial: How to create an easy watercolor wash background for your card!  Layer with Detailed Floral Thinlit big shot dies and Sunshine Wishes thinlits. Card and tutorial by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

I hope you'll try this amazingly easy technique! 

Shop Online: You can shop for any of these Stampin' UP! supplies in my online store here, or make shopping easy and click any of the product photos at the bottom of this post!

 

Want more Watercolor Background ideas? 

Watch these PattyStamps video tutorials:

 

Ombre ink pads from Stampin' Up! - video tutorial: How to create an easy watercolor wash background for your card!  Layer with Detailed Floral Thinlit big shot dies and Sunshine Wishes thinlits. Card and tutorial by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

Ombre ink pads from Stampin' Up! - video tutorial: How to create an easy watercolor wash background for your card!  Layer with Detailed Floral Thinlit big shot dies and Sunshine Wishes thinlits. Card and tutorial by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

Stampin' Up! Ombre Ink Pads, Left to Right:

Bermuda Bay #141608, Rich Razzleberry #141609, Calypso Coral #141611

all found on page 180 of the new 2016 Stampin' UP! catalog

 

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Blog Candy Winners!

Whohooo!  We did some celebrating this past week, for my 21st anniversary as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!!  I gave away 2 Blog Candy prizes... you can see them below!  Today I am announcing the WINNERS!! YAY!!

 

Thank you for OVER 500 comments combined on the 2 days!! Wow!!  :)

 

What was your favorite paper out of over 375 votes?

If you are curious, Floral Boutique was hands down the favorite out of everyone who left a comment .. you can see it in THIS CARD HERE, and see all of the Stampin' UP! Designer Series paper HERE!

 

And be sure to get your FREE sampler: Download 2016 DSP Stampin' UP! Sampler

 

The winner of the Anniversary Celebration Blog Candy Give Away prize shown below is:  Valerie Linn!  She shared that her favorite Designer Series paper from the new 2016 Stampin' Up! catalog is Floral Boutique, and Pop of Pink was a close 2nd!  Valerie, please email me with your mailing address so I can get this prize in the mail to you!!    (pattystamps@comcast.net)

 

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And, the winner of the June Blog Candy Give Away Paper Pumpkin Kit is Donna Schnees!!!  Please email me with your mailing address so I can get your prize in the mail to you!!  (email: pattystamps@comcast.net)

 

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 Thank you again to everyone who left a kind comment, words of encouragement and celebration, and who voted for your favorite Stampin' UP! Designer Series Paper!

 

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Swirly Scribbles Gold Glitter Note Card

 

This Clean and Simple Stampin' UP! card shares a different twist on using the Swirly Scribbles framelit dies.. this is a more elegant yet still playful use of the swirls, in Gold Gimmer paper, Basic Black and Melon Mambo! Such a crisp and clean card!

 

Clean and Simple CAS Swirly Scribbles Stampin' UP! note card featuring gold glimmer, basic black and Melon Mambo color combo.

 

I knew right away when I first saw this amazing new Stampin' Up! catalog that these would be my favorite thinlits/framelits and so far they are!! So much fun, so many possibilities!  Find the Swirly Scribbles dies on page 194 in the new catalog or click the image below to see them in my online store.

 

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The Gold Glimmer paper and the rhinestones give this card a pop of glamor, and the Melon Mambo gives it a pop of WOW!

 

Clean and Simple CAS Swirly Scribbles Stampin' UP! note card featuring gold glimmer, basic black and Melon Mambo color combo.

 

 Thanks for stopping by today!  Check back tomorrow for the Blog Candy Winners from Wednesday and Thursday!!

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Patriotic Baby Bear Card - Stampin' Up!

 

Thinking ahead to the 4th of July, I thought I'd share my version of a patriotic Stampin' Up! Baby Bear Card with you!  I dressed up Baby Bear with a top hat from the Snow Place stamp set and matching Snow Friends framelit dies and used the Bow from the Baby Bear set as a bow tie!

Baby Bear is a hugely popular new stamp set, found on pg 61 in the new catalog.

 

Patriotic Baby Bear red, white and blue card featuring Stampin' UP! stamps, paper and ink. by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

I am so tickled that Stampin' Up! now offers gorgeous Real Red ribbon.. it's the perfect touch to pair with the Dapper Denim Rouched ribbon on my card, don't you think?  You'll find all the fantastic new ribbons on pages 178 and 179 in the new catalog.  Online Store shopping links are at the bottom of this post in the product image section.

 

Patriotic Baby Bear red, white and blue card featuring Stampin' UP! stamps, paper, ink and In Color Dapper Denim enamel shapes. by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

The other perfect touch for my red, white and blue Baby Bear card was the Dapper Denim stars from the 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes package!!  Just the right pop of color and shine! You'll find those on page 177 in our new Stampin' UP! catalog.

In case you are wondering, here is the 3-color combo I used to stamp Baby Bear.  You can experiment with any 3 colors.  Just be sure you stamp the most solid image  in the lightest color.  I used:  Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.

 

Baby Bear color combo suggestion.  Handmade card featuring Stampin' UP! stamps, paper and ink. by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

TIP for stamping Baby Bear - stamp dark to light:  I found it So Much Easier to stamp the darkest image first, then line up the bottom outline of the bear with the next stamp in the middle color and then use the most solid image in the lightest color last.   I tried 3 times the "other" way (light to dark) before I discovered stamping it this way and then it came out great each time! yay!

 

Patriotic Baby Bear red, white and blue card featuring Stampin' UP! stamps, paper and ink. by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

I drew (dashed) stitching lines around my piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Dapper Denim Stampin' Write marker and my drafting triangle (available at Staples).

 

Patriotic Baby Bear red, white and blue card featuring Stampin' UP! stamps, paper and ink. by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

The background papers on my card are both from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack.  Real Red and Pacific Point.  The folded  card is Dapper Denim.  I think these colors worked well together!

 

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