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June 2008

Happy Anniversary to my hubby!

Anniversary book   Yesterday my hubby and I celebrated 22 years of marriage!  I made him a book using the Stampin' Up! On Board Book Basics small chipboard pages (pg 179).  I covered them with a variety of Desgner Papers and Simply Scrappin' Kit pieces.  Of course I used my Bind It All to bind the pages together (my favorite "toy").  Enjoy the trip down memory lane...

Anniv book cover

you can click any photo to see it larger..

Anniv book pg 1

Anniv book pg 2

a bit of trivia... the photo below, right, was taken the day after the 1998 Stampin' Up! Convention in San Diego. That was our Stampin' Up! 10 year anniversary Convention! 

Anniv book pg 3  

Anniv book pg 4

Back cover

Real rose signature

"Sea Glass" Bracelet - FABULOUS!!

Yep... SHE'S AT IT AGAIN!!  Sharon made me this AMAZING bracelet.. it's "faux sea glass".  She made it by coloring shrink plastic with a mix of crystal effects and reinkers!!  Isn't this just GORGEOUS!!?

Seaglass bracelet  

It looks like wonderful pieces of sea glass, doesn't it??  She combined Stampin' Up! Rhinestone brads and various charms to complete the bracelet.  I am ONE LUCKY GIRL!  Thanks Sharon!

On a different note.. I'm having fits with typepad lately.. I am so upset with the quality of the text on all my photos.. they say they are fixing the issue, but so far, no dice. If you click on the photo to make it larger, the text looks fine - just like I saved it on my computer.. but it looks so unprofessional when displayed on my blog.... so come on typepad.. let's get this fixed please! And I apologize for the way my posts have been displaying lately.. I'm totally embarassed.  ugh.

Have a great weekend.. I will have a special wedding anniversary project to share with you at some point this weekend, but I can't take pix right now.. the light coming in my house is all ORANGE due to all the fires all around here.

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Double Pull Out Books - part 3

Here is the last batch of the pull out books that I took photos of in class last Saturday.  My gals did a GREAT job and really enjoyed this project.  More info and photos of this project may be found HERE and HERE

Copy (2) of covers

Joy 2

Joy 3   

Karen 1

Karen inpsired us to make scalloped edges on our project with the Corner Rounder.. .I CANNOT wait until we get that scallop punch that will scallop the entire edge of a card!  (well, at least that's what they told us on the cruise.. so I'm counting on it! :)  See my post HERE for that info)

Karen 2

Roxanne 1

Roxanne 3

Thanks for looking! Hope you enjoyed all the wonderful creativity of my gals!

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Winner - Paper Bag Book Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who congratulated me on my 13 years with Stampin' Up!.  It's hard to believe I'm in my 14th year as a demonstrator now!  Boy have times changed! :)

Thank you to everyone who left a comment about the new DECOR ELEMENTS line from Stampin' Up! - as promised, I am sending a Paper Bag Book project to one of the commenters.. I went to and let it choose the winner for me out of the 140 comments left.

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2008-06-24 23:17:00 UTC

So, the lucky winner is commenter # 12:

Hi Patty! Marilyn from Texas here - I love all the new decor elements - can't wait to get my preorder!!! Ummm - hard to decide which is my fav until I get them in my hands, but I have a whole wall full of family pictures, and I want to put the Family wall art there. I also loved the flourishes too.. and the create.. I guess those would be my top three!!

More from the Double Pull Out Book class

I previously posted 2 of my sample Books from class, and as promised, here are some of the books that my students made. I didn't get photos of them all, but this is a great representation of the use of various Stampin' Up! Designer papers we used in our projects.  More to come tomorrow!

Debbie 1  

Debbie 2

Debbie 3  

Julie 1


Julie 3

Tia 1

Tia 3  

Typepad is giving me FITS today... ugh!!  so.. no fancy signature and I'll continue this tomorrow.



Class Kit in the Mail - Envelope Book

I LOVE this book idea (yep, another Sharon idea!!).. it's Stampin' Up!'s Open End Envelopes bound together with the Bind It All machine to create a book! 

Now you can order this kit and make your own fabulous book!

Both books

Your book will arrive like this in your kit:

Your book

and you will receive the following contents in your kit for decorating your book:

Book kit contents

Kit includes:

  • bound envelope book with red coils
  • 3 pages bound into the book
  • precut patterned paper from the Summer Days Simply Scrappin' kit to cover all 8 sides of the envelopes
  • 4 solid color "insert" pages to go in the 4 envelopes
  • 4 punched tabs for the insert pages
  • 3 half-sheets of self adhesive die cuts from the Summer Days SS kit
  • three 16" pieces of striped ribbon in red, wasabi and orange
  • approx. 12 Die-Cut Bloom package pieces
  • extra patterned paper for embellishing
  • emailed photos of all 12 of my decorated pages for inspiration in decorating your book

Open book  

What you will need - an oval punch and snail:

You will need

This kit is $20.00 plus $3.00 shipping costs for First Class postage in a padded bubble envelope with Delivery Confirmation.

Orders shipped to U.S. addresses only.

This order has now expired... I will put you on a waiting list if you would like to email me:


I will accept orders through 6/29/08, and I will place my Stampin' Up! supply order on 6/30/08.  Kits will be shipped out by July 21, 2008. Please note, self adhesive die cut images and Die Cut Bloom images will vary from kit to kit.

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Double Pull-Out Book - class project

 We had such a fun time in our stamping class today!! We made Double Pull Out Books using Stampin' Up! Designer Series papers. Each student picked their own paper ahead of time. The tutorial for this project was featured on SCS this week, so THANK YOU Corinne for saving me the time in not having to come up with the handout all on my own! :)

Today I'm showing you the 2 projects I made, and I'll feature the student's projects on Tuesday.

 I used WESTERN SKY designer paper for this one:

Western sky 1

Western sky 2   

(click on any image to make them bigger)

Western sky 3   

And I used AFTERNOON TEA designer paper for this one:

Aft tea 1

Aft tea 2

 Aft tea 3   

Did ya catch that cute little star pattern on the extreme left and right squares?? I actually figured this out by myself.. TOOOOOOOO cool:

Aft tea corners

Use the Photo Corner Punch to punch out 4 green corners and layer then onto your 2-3/4" square and you get that TOTALLY COOL STAR DESIGN!

Aft tea corner punch

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12 Pocket Project - kit in the mail AVAILABLE AGAIN!

Back, by Popular Demand.. I have decided to offer the 12 Pocket Card Organizer class as a "Class in the Mail" kit again!

Please refer to the photos in the post below (or click HERE) for more detailed views of this project.

What is included in this "Class in the Mail" kit? You will select your choice of Stampin' Up! Designer Series paper and I will assemble and bind your project using that paper. I will also include the printed January - December pages for you to add to your pockets, and the title sheet for you to add to your cover if you wish. Your project will be shipped in a Priority Box so that the rings will not get crushed. The cost is $20 plus $4.80 for Priority Shipping.

These are samples of some of the finished projects using Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper:
Bali Breeze:


Ginger Blossom:


Summer Picnic:

Afternoon Tea:


You can see more samples HERE.  REMEMBER to indicate WHICH PAPER you want for your kit when you place your order.

Please Note: when you click on Pay Now, you will need to include YOUR CHOICE of the Stampin' Up! Designer Series paper you want for your pockets! So check the catalog and mini catalog NOW! (pages 168, 169, 170, and 171 in the Spring Summer Catalog, or pg 8 or 16 in the Occasions Mini).

Orders will be taken today through Sunday, June 29, 2008, and the order for all the paper will be placed on Monday, June 30, 2008. All "Class in the Mail" kits will be mailed by July 19, 2008 (unless something is on backorder which is out of my control). Orders will be limited to the first 50 kits ordered.

Orders shipped to U.S. addresses only.

This order has now expired... I will put you on a waiting list if you would like to email me:



Help me Celebrate - Paper Bag Book giveaway!

Help me Celebrate this weekend!!

I'm starting my 14th year with Stampin' Up!

Can you believe it?? I am starting my 14th year with Stampin' Up! this weekend!!  Wow, does time fly!! 

Drop me a comment and tell me which of the new Decor Elements designs is your FAVORITE and I will randomly pick a winner to receive a Paper Bag book from my class this week!  You must include your full name and your state, so that I can easily identify the winner. :) 

(Haven't see the new Decor Elements catalog yet??? Email me and I'll email you a copy so you don't miss out on my special give away offer). 

Good Luck! 

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Paper Bag Book - Rose Cottage Simply Scrappin' Kit

Remember my super stampin' friend, Sharon?? Well.. yep, she did it again.. she gave me a gift a few months ago that I turned into this Paper Bag Book class!   I revamped the design slightly and used the same Rose Cottage Simply Scrappin' kit she did.. LOVE these colors!!  Everyone who made this in class this week really enjoyed it, not only how easily it goes together but decorating it with the Simply Scrappin' Kit is tooooo fun!


Each paper bag has a "pocket page" that slips inside:

Pocket pages

and there are also cardstock pages in between each bag.


Top view







The pages in between the bags are all decorated with the Simply Scrappin' kit:

Sample insdie

Open book

Here are some dimensions for you:

Paper Bag Book cutting dimensions

By Patty Bennett ~

Paper Bags used:  6-1/8” x 4” x 12-3/8”  “Giant Size AJM” bags from Smart & Final (50 pk)

          Cut the bottoms off of 4 bags as follows:

                   1 bag cut at 4-1/2”

                   1 bag cut at 5-1/2”

                   1 bag cut at 6-1/2”

                   1 bag cut at 7-1/2”

Cutting Directions: Using your Simply Scrappin’ Kit, follow these cutting directions to make a decorated Paper Bag Book:

1.        take 3 of the solid color cardstock sheets from your pack

2.       cut each sheet in ½ (so they are 6”x12”)

·        cut one color at 5” (yield: 5”x6”)

·        cut a 2nd color at 6” (yield: 6”x6”)

·        cut a 3rd color at 7” (yield: 7”x6”)

a.       this creates 3 “pages” for in between the paper bags

3.       using 3 of your remaining 6x12 sheets, trim them down to 5-3/4”x12”

·        cut one color at 4” (use the remaining 7”x5-3/4” piece)

·        cut a 2nd color at 5”

·        cut a 3rd color at 6”

a.       this creates 4 pieces for inside each paper bag (you may have to trim them again slightly if they stick out of the bag too far)

Assembly – top to bottom:
          4-1/2” bag

          5x6 cardstock page

          5-1/2” bag

          6x6 cardstock page

          6-1/2” bag

          7x6 cardstock page

          7-1/2” bag

   Staple them together, and cover staples with a cardstock or patterned paper strip using STICKY STRIP.

Decorate your paper bag books with the patterned paper in the SS kit and the self adhesive die cuts.  Use the “tabs” in the die cuts for your paper bag book inserts or use the Round Tag Punch for tabs.

1 Simply Scrappin’ kit yields supplies for 4 Paper Bag books of this size.

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New Product Line from Stampin' Up! - Decor Elements

Make a Statement - Personalize your Space... with Decor Elements!

NEW from Stampin' Up!


What is this new product? Décor Elements is a line of wall art made from vinyl used to decorate your home.  They are self-adhesive vinyl wall decorations that can be used on walls, windows, plates, vases, mirrors, picture frames - anything the vinyl will cling to! 

This exciting new product will be available to customers on July 1st.  I will have brochures available to my customers in about a week. Please email me if you would like one.

I have seen the brochure (available to demonstrators as an early sneak peek) and the images are FABULOUS!  I can email you a copy of this brochure, but I cannot post it live here, per Stampin' Up! Demo Manual policy. 

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Card Candy - whooooohooo!

You've heard me mention my friend Sharon before.. well, let me tell you, She's At It Again.. showering me with the most awsome stamped creations!! 


Red white black card candy

Sharon stamped and punched and embellished all these cute little tags and card candy pieces for me to use when decorating the album below.. isn't the whole thing just fabulous?

Red white black book and tags

I've seen these cute little plastic purses at the Dollar Store.. SO FUN!

Red white black tags

Thanks Sharon!!  :)

I have several more projects from Sharon to share soon... not enough days in the week to blog all the cool stuff she makes for me! 

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