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April 2009

Bleaching Technique - Fifth Avenue Floral

This is the 3rd project from my 6x6 Technique Book Class that I taught this week.  Yes, there was definitely a FLOWER theme going on ! :)

The stamps are "inked" in bleach, stamped on Chocolate Chip cardstock, and accented with Barely Banana cardstock, Vanilla ribbon and Taste of Textiles striped paper.

Bleach 5th ave floral

Bleach Stamping


·         Bleach (fresh, newly purchased bleach is best)

·         Disposable “Glad” type container

·         Paper towels

·         Stamps – outline images work best

·         cardstock


1.         Be sure you are in a well ventilated area, and you may wish to protect your clothing or wear old clothes

2.        To make a “bleach pad” fold a paper towel or 2 in fourths and place it in a sandwich size disposable plastic container (Gladware type)

3.        Pour some bleach onto the paper towel – enough to make it wet but not soaking or dripping wet

4.       Stamp your outline image stamp into the bleach pad – but be careful not to let the bleach puddle up on your stamp

5.        Stamp immediately onto cardstock, holding stamp for a few seconds to let the bleach fully penetrate the cardstock.  Lift stamp and watch the cardstock change color

6.       Experiment with different colors of cardstock.. not many bleach to white -  it’s fun to see what color they turn!

7.        Clean stamps immediately with Stampin’ Mist, dry and store.

8.        Dispose of your “bleach pad” when done stamping for the day.


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2,000,000 Blog Hits and Blog Candy!!

ScreenHunter_01 Apr. 29 09.44    WHOOOHOOOO!!  My blog hit 2 MILLION hits last night while I was sleeping!! 

 Thank you to all of my awesome blog fans for visiting me so faithfully over the past 2 years and for leaving your kind comments!!!

On April 17th I gave 3 winners their choice of a free Big Shot Die or Free Stamp set in celebration of the upcoming 2,000,000 hits!! Whoohooo! Congrats again to the 3 winners!!

Friday I'll be giving away some BLOG CANDY!!  How can you be entered to win?  Leave me a comment on either of my VIDEO TUTORIAL blog posts from earlier this week, and I'll be selecting 10 random winners to receive a brayered rose card and a watercolor rose card featured in the videos! 

And ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive the following supplies to make their own cards:

  • a pack of Shimmery White cardstock
  • a brayer for the brayered rose technique
  • a Summer Sun and a Regal Rose ink pad for brayered roses
  • 3 reinkers for the watercolor rose technique
  • an Aquapainter for the watercolor rose technique

If you've already left a comment, you are already in the drawing!  But I must be able to reach you so be sure your comments are linked back to either your email or your blog. 

Only comments left on my blog will be entered to win... if you email me with comments those do not count for this Blog Candy drawing.

10 Card winners can be anywhere in the world.  Grand Prize Winner limited to the U.S. only. Drawing will take place on Friday morning and winners will be contacted and announced on my blog.

Good Luck!

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Brayered Roses Technique and VIDEO!

Do you see a THEME starting to develop with my 6x6 Technique Book class this week??  Like... ROSES??  Manhattan Floral, Fifth Avenue Floral...  :)  

Here is project #2... I THINK I actually thought of this all by myself.. as far as I know you can call this a PATTY BENNETT ORIGINAL!


6x6 rose coral 

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Rose cards 

Brayered Roses

Create beautiful softly shaded roses using the Brayer. 

Technique by Patty Bennett


·         Textured Impressions Die – Manhattan Flower from Stampin’ Up!

·         Big Shot, Multipurpose Platform, clear cutting pads

·         Shimmery White Cardstock

·         Brayer

·         2 to 3 coordinating colors – classic ink pads

·         scissors


1.         Emboss the Manhattan Flower die onto Shimmery White cardstock with the Multipurpose platform and the Big Shot

2.        Turn the finished image over so the raised portion is facing DOWN onto your work surface

3.        Ink your brayer in one color (I used Regal Rose) and then ROLL OFF much of the ink onto scrap paper

4.       Roll remaining ink onto “debossed” rose image (raised portion facing DOWN) – in a “hit and miss” fashion – do NOT try to cover the image entirely with color

5.        Repeat steps 3 and 4 with a 2nd color – I used Summer Sun

6.       Cut image out and adhere to your card or project

You are done! Isn’t that quick and easy and BEAUTIFUL!? J

Peachy rose card



Now.. go make one! :)

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Watercolor Roses - Technique and Video Tutorial

Your response to my "watercolor roses" post last week was overwhelming, and as promised, here are the instructions and a VIDEO TUTORIAL for you! :)

This technique originated with Crystal French from Denver, and was demo'd at the Stampin' Up! Seattle Regional Seminar by Connie Ingram.  Then Sandi MacIver shared the directions on a yahoo group... so I hope I've got this reasonably close to what Crystal had in mind... since I never saw the demo ... it's like playing the 'telephone game' and hoping you got it reasonably correct after the info passed through a few people :)

This is the 6x6 page my students will make in class this week in my Technique Book class:

Watercolor rose 6x6 

Here are 2 other cards I made using this technique:

Watercolor rose cards

Instructions - see Video for more details:

  • stamp rose image (from Fifth Avenue Floral Set) on Shimmery White cardstock using White Craft Ink
  • heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder and the heat tool
  • generously spritz entire embossed image with water in a spray bottle - spray until there are puddles of water, not just wet paper
  • use an Aquapainter to dip into drops of classic reinker and just "touch" the tip of the Aquapainter/ink to each section of the rose - ink flows inside each section (because of the embossing) but will also blend nicely when you touch more than one color to a section
  • use 2 or 3 coordinating reinker colors in any combo you wish (classic ink)
  • I used: Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Cameo Coral and Summer Sun on the above samples
  • clean Aquapainter tip in between applying each color
  • let dry, cut out image and mount to card or project. They took approx. 20 to 30 minutes to dry - will vary by climate/weather.
  • I used flowers from my garden for color inspiration - also check photos on google or any rose garden for color inspiration

Video Tutorial:

Now go have fun making your own beautiful roses!!!

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Top Note Die cards

I had some left over suppies from THIS CARD and decided to combine the supplies with some zippy Pacific Point cardstock...  neat combo!  The patterened paper is from the Walk in the Park DSP from the Occasions mini.  The cute flower brad is on pg 175 in the regular catalog from the hardware pack called Hooray!  I put a 1/8" white brad in the center.

Top note 2  

I know it's hard to see but the Pacific Point card is textured with the Texturz plate and the Big Shot.

Top note 1  

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Watercolor Fifth Avenue Floral Roses

I was soooooooo excited to learn this new watercoloring technique - taught by Connie Ingram at the Seattle Stampin' Up! Regional and shared by Sandi MacIver - I am having a fabulous time watercoloring roses! 

This will be one of the 6x6 Technique Projects we make in my class on Monday/Tues next week.  Stay tuned next week for details & directions.


Watercolor flowers 

Here is some of my inspiration... the bouquet I picked in my garden yesterday!!! whoohooo! I love spring!!

Vase april 09 

EDITED TO ADD:  many have asked where I live to have such wonderful blooms already in mid-April... I live in the San Francsico Bay Area and we have had a very mild winter and warm spring, so my roses are VERY HAPPY.  They are usually in full bloom by the end of April, and by Mother's day my garden will be overflowing :)

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Bright Delights Rub-on Class part 2

I previously shared card #1 with a video tip HERE from our Bright Delights Rub-Ons class last week.. here are 2 more cards we made:

Delight card 


The Bright Delight Rub-ons come in full color and are on pg 172 in the catalog.

I told everyone in class that these cards look just like my bedroom when I was in Jr. High... orange, yellow, brown and green... WHAT was I thinking? :)

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Top Note Die Tip with Window Plastic template - VIDEO

This was one of the 5 proejcts we made in my Bright Delights Rub On class last week:

Top note card 

I used the Stampin' Up! Thick Window Sheet plastic (#114324, pg 10 of the Occasions Mini) and the Top Note Die to make a template for sponging the edge of the Top Note Die cut. I made a video to show how I did the Kiwi Kiss sponging around the top edge of the Top Note Die.. you can view the video here:

Hope that was helpful!

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Pink Flamingo "rollodex" card

This was one of those funny cards where I used up things sitting on my stamping desk... no plan.. just started putting layers together...  LOL

Flamingo rollodex card 

The flowers are die cut with Pink Flamingo DSP and the Birds & Blooms sizzlet dies.

The rectangle piece is die cut with Pink Flamingo paper and the Card, Telephone and Address die (ok, I call it a rollodex card)

The flower centers are Corduroy buttons... the small ones are the Pumkin pie buttons sponged with Real Red :) :) :)

Hope  you like it!

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Printed Window Sheet Cards - part 3

Here are a couple more Printed Window Sheet Cards I made on the weekend.. these are just really too fun!!!!  

Window sheet 2 

The white polka dots are printed on the window sheet.

The white daisy is from the Daisy die and the Big Shot.  I put 2 corduroy buttons in the center. See THIS POST for how I nested the 2 buttons together.

Daisy die

Window sheet 1 

The flowers are on the printed window sheet, and the colored greeting is from the Bright Delights Rub Ons.  The flower centers are corduroy buttons which adhere the window sheet to the Summer Sun card.

ScreenHunter_08 Jan. 22 09.04  Bright Delights Rub Ons, pg 172  item #113887.

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