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December 2008

Pasadena Rose Parade Floats - 2009

Watch for these floats tomorrow morining in the Pasadena Rose Parade!!

I was born and raised in Pasadena and spent many years decorating the Rose Parade floats with our church youth group! What a FUN experience (except for the industrial strength glue that would never come off!) :)

While in Pasadena last week we went to one of the pavillions to see the volunteers decorating the floats for tomorrow's parade.. here are a few photos for you ... (image how heavenly it was to see all those roses in one place!) :)

Float flowers 1 

  Float 1 

Float 2 

Watch for this fun skateboarding doggie!

Float 3 

For items like the butterfly and flower below, they cover them mostly with seeds and these can be done many days or weeks ahead of time.  All the live flowers go on last..

Float 4   

The people in the photo below are cutting the stems off the roses and putting them in the little vials of water before they go onto a float.

Float room 

This is one of the float designers.. he usually rides a float with one of his gorgeous birds.  I went over to take a photo of the bird, then found out who he was! 

Float designer 

Have a wonderful and SAFE New Year's Eve... I'll be here conducting a stamping class! I'll share our project with you tomorrow or the next day!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my blogging world friends!  You mean so much to me!

Real rose signature

Love You Much bundle - Top Note Die card

I love this new scallop stamp in the Love You Much bundle from Stampin' Up!  It coordinates perfectly with the Scallop circle punch (of course!) :)

Bundle top note 

My inspiration for this card came from one of my super stamping friends, Mary Brown.

For more info on the Love You Much bundle and samples of this set, see these previous posts HERE and HERE.  Ordering info can be found HERE.

Have a fabulous day!

Signature flower red 2

Pennant Banners

I used my Big Shot Pennant Die to make these fun banners for 2 of my nieces for Christmas.. I'll let you know how they like them!  (One niece is a cheerleader.. I made this in her school colors and also to coordinate wih her room).

Cheer banner 

You can click on them to view them larger.

This one coordinates with the colors in Lizzy's room..

 Lizzy banner   

They are getting them today as we celebrate a belated Christmas.

Edited to add.. the girls loved their banners!!!  :)  Yeah!

Have a super day!

Signature flower pink peony

December in California

I've heard from so many of my friends around the country who have already had several snow storms... so I thought I'd send you a little CALIFORNIA SUNSHINE from the San Francisco Bay Area... it's funny that we finally get "fall" in late December.. our trees finally turned autumn colors just in the last couple weeks.  As you can see, the leaves haven't even fallen yet.. and we have gorgeous blue sky.. here is a photo from earlier this week (no, I did not retouch the colors in photoshop):

December fall tree 

And I still have roses blooming... someone better tell them they are going to get pruned soon!

December rose   

Hope you are having a great day..

Fall flower 2

Merry Christmas!!

Wishing you all a wonderful day today.. I hope you are spending it with your loved ones!

I have an amazing downline, and wanted to share a lovely card I received this Christmas from one of my gals, Christine.  Isn't this GORGEOUS!?


The glitter on the trees really makes this card exceptional:

Christine close up         

May you be blessed this holiday season!

Christmas holly

Merry Christmas - from Germany

Imagine my surprise when I found an envelope from someone in Germany in my pile of Christmas cards:

Melanie env 

My Sweet Blogging Friend, Melanie, sent me this adorable Christmas greeting!!!


How sweet was that!?  I love checking out her BLOG even tho I don't know what it says, but I love her photos and she is always so sweet to comment on my blog and email me when I have questions about her blog - gotta love all the people I've met through my blog... you are ALL WONDERFUL!!!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas cookie

Love You Much Bundle sample

Remember, you can order your Love You Much Bundle TODAY!  For more info, see THIS POST

AND today is the LAST DAY to get FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $70!

AND today is the LAST DAY to get 10% OFF all sets on theRETIRING LIST

I made this sample using the Love You Much bundle and the Top Note Die with the Big Shot machine from Stampin' Up!

Folded top note front 

I tried something new for this card.. I folded the Pink Pirouette top note die card (see this post for instructions) but I added a piece of the Candy Lane DSP to the front so that you don't see the fold from the front:

Folded top note side 

Folded top note back 

Get it? Clever, huh?  :)

I also tried something else that was new to me... I added a red brad from the Earth Elements pack in the center of the little pink flower Button Bouquet button.. it fits!  It's so cute, don't ya think?

I did it on the card above and on the card below from THIS POST

Brad in button   

Have a fabulous day... I think I still have a few more things to wrap for Christmas!

Signature flower red 2

Penguin card

You know how we love penguins... (see this post).. well... I couldn't resist copying Rosemarie's adorable idea as a card for my son. I'm making it into a gift card holder for an iTunes card for him... WAY too cute!!!



  • Top Note Die / Big Shot machine
  • 3/4" circle punch
  • large oval punch
  • Curly Label punch
  • Holiday Trinket set (star stamped in Kiwi Kiss)
  • Large Star punch
  • White gel pen
  • Stampin' Dimensionals (under star)
  • 1-1/4" Riding Hood Red grosgrain ribbon (Holiday Mini)

Oh ya... and you know you live in California when they decorate the palm tree trunks with Christmas Lights!  LOL


Have a fabulous day!

Christmas ornanment  

NEW Valentine's Bundle - get free shipping!

Love you much 1 I know it's not even Christmas yet.. but you need to know about this great Valentine's Day Bundle offer before the FREE SHIPPING offer from Stampin' Up! expires!

Bundle copy  

What a fun new Valentine's Day Bundle !!!  Stampin' Up! is offering this great bundle starting TUESDAY, Dec. 23, which is also the last day to qualify for FREE SHIPPING!!  If your order totals at least $70, you qualify for free shipping on your entire order!  So you can take advantage of both offers that day!

This great bundle somes with a stamp set, a package of 12x12 "Candy Lane" Designer paper (12 sheets), and a brand new 3-heart punch!!  The punch coordinates with one of the stamps in the set!! TOO COOL!


The 3 product bundle is priced at 20% off!!!!  Only $41.48!  When the new catalog comes out on Jan. 19, 2009, you will be able to also purchase these items individually at full price, so you will be able to get more of this fabulous designer paper.



Coordinating Stampin' Up! colors for the Candy Lane DSP are:
Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla



  • For your convenience, you may place an order ON LINE HERE (click SHOP NOW) anytime on 12/23 if you want to take advantage of the Free Shipping offer and the pre-order bundle
  • or you may email (  or call me (510) 724-1693 with your order until 7pm on 12/23 for free shipping orders

  • or you may place your order anytime with me after 12/23 if you do not wish to take advantage of FREE SHIPPING

CLICK HERE for another sample I made today using this set.. CUTE set!  LOVE it!

Signature flower red

Christmas at the Bennett Home

Thought you might like to see some of the Christmas sights from around our home.. enjoy, and Merry Christmas as you finish up your holiday preparations!

Christmas tree 08 


Christmas mantle 08 

My favorite new Christmas Candy... Andee's peppermint crunch mints!!  YUM!

Christmas mints    

and this (below) may be my favorite photo of the season so far...  my friend Sharon and I bought these fun little ornaments and I decided to display mine in a beautiful vase I rescued from my mom and dad's garage...

Christmas ornaments   

Do you recognize part of that photo in my new blog header?? :) Gotta love Photoshop!

You can also see my previous snow village post HERE.

Christmas holly  

Christmas Card 2008

I do this every year... I say I'll start stamping my Christmas cards in October so I can send one to all 250 people on our list... uh huh... .and it never happens... this year my excuse was that I had extra trips and obligations for the Stampin' Up! Advisory Board this fall (which has been a MOST amazing honor and experience I might add!).  :) 

So thanks to inspiration from Barb, here is my simple card this year.. I think I got about 30 of them done:

Christmas card 08 

(Edited to Add:  the "from our house to yours" stamp is from Bella's Blooms (111600) on pg 103)

I feed the birds (and squirrels) outside on our deck every morning (I call them my breakfast club) so I liked this design with birds in it.

Tonight I just need to fold letters and start stuffing envelopes..

Christmas card letter 08        

Nothing like being TOTALLY last minute this year... ack!

Well, Merry Christmas to all...  hope your preparations are going smoothly!

Christmas cookie

Stampin' Up! Retiring List Samples

As you know, the new Retiring List from Stampin' Up! was recently released..  I must say, the 2 sets that I will miss the MOST are... Fabulous Flowers and Bronc Buster..

Here are samples using those 2 sets:

Beate sent me this card a couple months ago.. I just love it.. I bet you will too! This card features Fabulous Flowers, (109343) on sale for $20.66 through 12/23!

Fabulous Flowers copy 

And this card was really fun to make with the Bronc Buster set and the Top Note Die from Stampin' Up! (see THIS POST for details). Bronc Buster (109529) is on sale for only $17.06 through 12/23!!

Gasket top note die card 

I also really loved how quick and easy this was for a "guy card" using the same Bronc Buster set:

DSC08026 copy 

So.. quick reminder.. the RETIRING LIST stamp sets are ON SALE for 10% OFF through Dec. 23.. that's only a week away!!!!   And.. Stampin' Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $70 through Dec. 23 also!  What a great time to stock up on adhesive, cardstock, ribbons, etc.!!

Thanks for stopping by.. have a GREAT day!

Christmas holly

Super Cute Penguin Ornament!!

I think this is my most FAVORITE ornament I've ever made!!!  My son and I LOVE Penguins.. we started collecting 1 or 2 stuffed penguins each Christmas time, and we have QUITE a fun collection (see below) which is why I made this ornament for my son this year.  :) 

Penguin ornament 1 

Don't you just love it? Penguins are SO cute! I mounted them on a Stampin' Up! round chipboard ornament.

If you were giving it to a friend, you could add this 2nd part of the greeting (from the Punch Pals set):

Penguin ornament 2 

So, here are a couple tips for making them:

THIS IS THE BACK to help show you some of the punch sizes I used:

Penguin how to back 

Tip for the beak:

Penguin how to beak 

If you want to make some of these cute penquins but don't have all the punches, I'd be happy to punch the pieces for you.  You will get the punched pieces for 1 large and 1 small penguin (as shown on the ornament - DSP designs may vary) plus 2 assorted coordinating buttons for their hats.   YOU will need to provide adhesive and the white gel pen to make the eyes. You can add them to an ornament or card or box or anything you wish. I cannot include any stamping per Stampin' Up! policy. 

Order your Punched Penguin kit here - kit includes the punched pieces to make 2 penguins as shown on the ornament above.  Kit is $6 and includes shipping to you.  US orders only.

And here is our FUN furry penguin collection!


  Christmas cookie

Christmas Chipboard Oraments - Last set - I promise!

I made these 3 chipboard ornaments in my ornament class on Friday night.. just wanted to share this last batch with you.. enjoy!

Stay tuned for a FABULOUSLY fun ornament tomorrow.. I think it is my most favorite one I've ever made!!!!

Ornament jb 3 

These ornaments use the Country Living Promotion kit.. do you have your kit yet? (details HERE) - it's a FABULOUS deal with TONS of supplies!

Ornament jb 2 

Thanks, Alyssa and PJ for your input on the above 2 ornaments! :)

Ornament us scallop 

Christmas tree 

Reminder... FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $70 between now and Dec. 23!

Chipboard Christmas Ornament Class Samples

We had such a great time on Friday night!  12 of us gathered to make Christmas Chipboard Ornaments and eat Christmas cookies! What could be better??  I didn't get photos of everyone's projects, but here are some of the projects from Lydia, Joy, Angela, Alyssa, Christine, PJ and Jackie.

Orn class 1   

Orn class 2 

 Orn class 4   

Orn class 5   

Orn class 6 

Orn class jackie

Orn class 7 

Orn class 3   

Orn class 9   

Orn class 10 

Orn class 8  

Orn class cookies 

Orn class group 

and what class wouldn't be complete without  a little glitter and ink...

  Orn class hands 2  Orn class hand 1   

Christmas cookie