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December 2007

FABULOUS Christmas Card!

Each year, we look forward to receiving Erin's Christmas card.... Erin is a super-talented gal in my downline and every year she comes up with the most fabulous Christmas card!!  This year my husband and I marveled over her newest creation.  GREAT JOB Erin! :) 

The card is in the shape of a house, and it's a tri-fold card... Fabulous!

Here is the front:


and this is the inside:


Thank You card time!

It's that time of year... THANK YOU NOTE time!!  I pulled out my LONG NOTES from the Stampin' Up! catalog and cropped my garden flower photos to 3x6 and voila... fun Thank You notes!!  (I added the text in Photoshop).  Anyone have any left over packs of So Saffron Long Notes from the Spring Mini 2007 they'd like to sell?

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Yep, I changed it again...

I changed my blog header AGAIN... I think I'm adicted to it....  I love looking at things with a horizontal blog header in mind... crazy.. huh? :)  I took this photo of a flocked tree at the Harris Ranch restaurant/resort on I-5 on our way home from So. California the day after Christmas. 

Watch for a couple of fun posts to come in the next few days... I'm still digging my way out of piles of mail and heaps of laundry. 

~ Patty

EDIT 12-30-07:  Judi Hays left a comment asking what software I am using to edit the photos to make my own blog headers.  I use Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.  If you crop your photo into a "skinny" rectangle, and set the resolution to 72 and the width 770 pixels wide it will fit perfectly into the template on typepad.  If you make it between 250 and 300 pixels tall, it will be fine... the template adjusts for height.  I add the text, or use my premade watermark blog title and then save the whole thing as a .jpg.  Then insert that .jpg as the blog header in the "Design" section on typepad.  Hope that helps!  (Judi.. your email address didn't come through on your comment, so I hope you see this). :)

Calendar Pattern

Many of you have emailed me asking for more information on this calendar project by Suzanne (originally featured in this post).


Here is the info for the pattern from Suzanne:

You can get the pattern at Victorine Originals: Once there, click on “Patterns.”

Enjoy, and thanks to Suzanne for sharing!

~ Patty

What am I listening to?

This weekend I've been listening to this awesome new CD...


Check out Greg O's website here and you can click on the song titles to hear a little of each song from this CD... it's AWESOME!!  He's got the GREATEST sound!!!

It really puts you in a great Christmas mood! I ordered it right off his site and had my order within a week. I got several to give as gifts!  Thanks to Julie for turning me on to his music!


~ Patty

Camellia with Raindrops

We've had a lot of rain recently but thankfully it didn't hurt the camellia's... I have several camellia blossoms in my garden.  I captured the raindrops on this pink one this morning.  Just thought I'd share....


Click on the photo to enlarge it and see the detail.. it's a beauty!

Chipboard Christmas Ornaments + Rockin' Hot Tip

Last night I held a free class/Holiday party for my Stampin' Up! downline to come make several Chipboard Christmas ornaments.  Each person brought a Christmasy holiday snack to share and we had a GREAT time!!!  I'll be sharing their creations here with you over the next day or 2 ... toooo many to post all in one post.

Enjoy!  (and hey.. don't you think Stampin' Up! should still be offering these ornaments through Christmas or the end of December??  I do!!! - I want more!)

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Awesome tip from Vinnie... use the SANDING BLOCK to take the dull finish off the Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelet and you have a super shiny gold eyelet!!!


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More to come tomorrow... stay tuned...

now back to my regularly scheduled Christmas Gift Wrapping episode..

Stamp A Rama projects, part 2 (Dec. 2007) + Great Tip

Here are the remainder of the projects we made at Stamp A Rama last Saturday!


Above: by Elyse - the right portion of the card folds and tucks under the Build A Brad!


Above: card by Rhodora



Above: project by Sharon L. - a card that folds up to look like a box!  Clever!!

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Above: Wrapped up gum package by Ellen.

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Above: quick tip from Ellen - stamp the flower image and punch it out with the circle punch, then you barely have to trim between the petals to get a cut out flower image!


Above: Card by Sharon H.


Above: Calendar project by Suzanne


Above: Box project by Sue M.   If you accidentally cut off the top flap, you get an open box like mine on the left... if you leave the flap on, you get a cute box that ties shut like Sue's on the right.  {grin}


Above: additional box samples by Sue

OK... now go out and finish your Christmas shopping and stamp those last minute teacher/co-worker gifts!!  Have a GREAT weekend!

~ Patty


I've been Tagged!

I've been Tagged by Joani.. check out her fun blog here.  I am supposed to tell you 7 things about me and tag other bloggers to do the same.... oh my... here it goes...

1.  hmmmmmm this is harder than it seems!!  OK... I'm a California Native.. .born and raised here.  So was my mom, and so is my son!

2. I love to cruise... places we've cruised to (thanks to Stampin' Up!):  Eastern and Western Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Bermuda - 8 cruises total I think. 

3.  Favorite TV shows:  "24", anything on HGTV, and the current "Everest" series. 

4. Jobs I've had:  Drafting positions for: architects, structural engineers and landscape architects.  And I even worked the switchboard (yes, a real old fashioned one!) when I was 14 and 15 !!!

5.  My current job:  Stampin' Up! demonstrator... I'm in my 13th year!

6.  Favorite foods: Scones, salads (to counteract all the fat in the scones), burgers, fries and pizza.

7.  We've been married for 21+ years and even though I'm 5'-8", my husband and son both call me short stuff since they are Soooooooooo tall!

I will tag:



and Dannie