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August 2009

Sweet Treat Cups are COMING!

I"m so excited.. tomorrow is the day that all of my customers can order from the FABULOUS NEW Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog!!  In my 15 years with Stampin' Up!, I can honestly say THIS is the MOST exciting mini catalog EVER !!! :) :)  Way to go SU! !! :)

I love this new set called Sweet Centers and the coordinating little 'sweet treat' cups - and what a bargain.. only $2.95 for a DOZEN little cups!  Order yours tomorrow from the Holiday Mini catalog!

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Using the 1-3/4" circle punch, just punch a hole in your card and insert the cup and some treats! 

Here are 3 samples using a few of the stamps in the Sweet Centers set.

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More samples to follow this week!! 

If you have not received your copy of the Holiday Mini Catalog yet, you can check on line on my blog tomorrow, Sept. 1st, and also let me know... I can get one in the mail to you this week if yours did not arrive from Stampin' Up! yet.

Quick Reminder.. TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator with the fabulous $85 Starter Kit featuring the NEW IN COLORS!!   CLICK HERE for info!

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Build a Bear Hostess Gift

I'm at Stacey's house today, presenting a Stampin' Up! Workshop for her and 20 of her closest friends!! :)  Whooohoooo Stacey!! You rock!

I'm giving her this note pad holder (directions HERE) decorated with a dressed up Stampin' Up! Build a Bear!!  She loves Build a Bear so I thought she might like this gift !

Note folder 1

This is made with the fabulous new Thoroughly Modern File Folders on pg 169.  Directions HERE.

Note folder 2

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I wouldn't do this for just ANYONE you understand... buy my dear friend Tina was having trouble finding these new Coconut M&M's in her neck of the woods... so.... I knew where to find them up here and I just HAD to get them for her! :)  I'll be shipping them out on Monday morning :)

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If you haven't tried them and you love coconut like Tina and I do.... oh my... you GOTTA try these!

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NEW Petals a Plenty Impressions Folder from Stampin' Up!

I am sooooooo excited about the NEW Holiday Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up!   It was released to demonstrators in August and will be available to customers on September 1st - THAT'S NEXT WEEK!!  :)

As a demonstrator I have been enjoying playing with the new goodies from the mini catalog for the last few weeks.  One of my favorite new products is the Petals a Plenty Impressions folder that I used on this card to make the embossed poinsettia flowers:


I also used: Christmas Cocoa Designer Paper, Merry & Bright Rubons, and the new Mistletoe ribbon! 

These items will be available for purchase on Tuesday!  Just think.. you could get a jump start on your Christmas cards in September! :)

My Customers should be receiving their mini catalog direct from Stampin' Up! sometime around Sept. 1.  If you have not rec'd yours by then, it will be available for viewing on line.  I know you'll want to see it! :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

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$85 Special ends Monday, August 31st!

If you have been thinking about Joining the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator and becoming part of my Luv 2 Stamp Group, this is a TERRIFIC time to sign up!

ScreenHunter_04 Jul. 13 17.53 Right now you can buy a very special Starter Kit that contains the NEW IN COLORS and an awesome stamp set and all the business supplies you'll need to get started, for ONLY $85 !!

This special ends Monday, August 31 !! Don't delay!

CLICK HERE for more info from Stampin' Up! on the $85 kit or the standard $199 kit which comes with 6 FREE In Color Stamp pads and a FREE pack of In Color assorted cardstock!

Please email me with any questions you may have, I'd love to chat with you!  CLICK HERE to see some of the perks of becoming a demonstrator.

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Build A Bear Workshop - Sneak Peek

Just a SNEAK PEEK at the fun stuff I've been working on ... wait until you see all my completed bears.. oh my gosh... they are sooooooooooooooooooo cute!!  I'll be posting them in a few days :)

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The complete line of Build A Bear Workshop Big Shot dies and stamps are in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini catalog - and you can order them beginning September 1st !!  :)

This is how I decided to organize all the little clothes for my bears... I got these containers at The Container Store (

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Sweet Treats for Halloween!

I was working on some Halloween treats using our new "Sweet Centers" stamp set (coming soon in the Holiday Mini Catalog - Sept. 1) and the cute Sweet Treat cups... these are fun to work with!

All DSP comes from the Cast-A-Spell package, item 115677, pg 161

Sweet treats halloween

Below: 4x4 card on Rich Razzleberry.  Ink: Pumpkin Pie

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Below: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" Rich Razzleberry card. Ink: Pumpkin Pie

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Below: 4-1/4"x 5-1/2" Pumpkin Pie card.  Ink: rich Razzleberry

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Close up of the cup:

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The little clear cups in the center are called Sweet Treat Cups and work with our 1-3/4" circle punch.  Such a fun gifty idea!  Sweet Treats set and Sweet Treat cups available Sept. 1st!

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Clearly Amazing Window Sheet class by Patty Bennett

Last week I taught a class using the Stampin' Up! window sheets.  There are 3 different packs, sold on pg 169 in the catalog, but you really have to SEE these wonderful accessories to appreciate them!!!

Window sheet 1This window sheet is called Flower Fantasy and is a 12x12 sheet with vines and flowers printed on it... it coordinates perfectly with COTTAGE WALL Designer Paper.  LOVE this one!

FLOWER FANTASY window sheets: item 115705, pg 169

Cottage Wall DSP: item 115671, pg 160


Clearly thanks sheet This sheet is called CLEARLY THANKS and is 8-1/2"x11" and is meant to be cut into 1/4ths to make 4 cards.  The upper right has small polkadots but it's hard to see here.

CLEARLY THANKS window sheets: item 115122, pg 169



Seasonal pieces sheet

This 12x12 sheet is called SEASONAL PIECES.  It features enough printed pieces to make 7 projects and also has 2 embellishment pieces.

SEASONAL THANKS window sheets: item 115706, pg 169



And here are the samples we made in class this week:

BELOW: Using the upper left flower piece in the Seasonal Thanks sheet mounted on a Melon Mambo folded card.  Adhesive is placed under the area where the ribbon is, and also under a few flower centers.

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BELOW: Using the Dandelion piece from the CLEARLY THANKS sheet, we used sponge daubers and chalk to color the images on the sheet!  The window sheet is adhered to the cardstock using brads in the flower centers.


BELOW: Using 4x4 pieces of the FLOWER FANTASY sheet, layered onto 4x4 pieces from the Cottage Wall DSP pack and Rich Razzleberry cardstock, we made these cards.   The window sheet is adhered to the card using Rhinestone brads in flower centers.

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BELOW: and for the 4th card, we used this technique I learned at the Stampin' Up! Convention this month.  Use the printed Tree piece from the SEASONAL THANKS window sheet, and added more white "snow" using a brush (paint brush or dry aqua painter tip) and white CRAFT ink, then heat emboss that with Irridescent Ice emb. powder and a heat tool. Layer it onto any dark cardstock (this is Not Quite Navy).  The adhesive is under the trunk and under some branches.


Mary had a great alternate way to use the Melon Mambo DSP strip on the flower card:

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and PJ used Rhinestone brads on the Dandelon card and placed her ribbon under the window sheet:

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Happy Stampin'.... go get some Window Sheets and start creating :)

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TUTORIAL for Altered Stampin' Up! File Folder Note Pad holder

Thank you for all your fun comments and enthusiasm about the File Folder Note Pad Holder in yesterday's post!!  This idea was originally in the August edition of the Demonstrator exclusive magazine called Stampin' Success.  Stampin' Up! gave some instructions by phone and I received one of these from my fabulous downline Cindee at Convention, and then I came home and altered the instructions a little. 

File folder legal pad

TIP:  to make one, I'd suggest starting with a plain manilla file folder for practice, then use the Stampin' Up! File Folders.

Note Pad Folder instructions

as seen in the August Stampin’ Success - page 26

Altered by Patty Bennett

1. Open folder, so you’re looking at the inside. Label tab will be on your right-hand side.

2. Score 1/2” to the left of the existing center score/fold

3. Cut 2-1/4” off left side – measuring from the tab.

4. Cut off excess ¼” along the bottom edge of the right side. (Part of the file folder on one is ¼”  longer than on the other)

5. Cut tab off right side.

6. Open folder and place left edge of folder at 12-1/2” and score, then move left edge of folder over to the 13” mark and score again.  You will now have 4 vertical score lines (SEE PHOTO)

7. Score horizontally 3-1/8” up from bottom edge.

8. Cut notch in bottom right corner (with scissors or cutter) where the horizontal score mark and vertical score lines meet. This transforms the right side into the flap of the notebook.  SEE PHOTO.

9. Fold bottom edge up along horizontal score, use a bone folder to give this a good crease.

10.   Fold on all vertical score marks, using a bone folder.  SEE PHOTO.

11.   Open bottom flap, put sticky strip at far left and far right (SEE PHOTO), fold up flap and secure with Sticky Strip to form pockets.

12.   Insert notepad into right pocket.  These are mini legal pads from Staples, approx. 5"x8".

13.   Adhere Velcro dot to flap and secure folder shut.

File folder score marks 

(does anyone know how to draw a dashed line in Photoshop Elements?? I couldn't figure it out).

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These are the file folders before they are altered (item 115692, pg 169):

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What a fun project this was!!   I mailed one to each of my downline who completed my most recent Incentive Offer... way to go gals! :)

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Control Freaks BLOG TOUR!!!!

Dinnblogtour Whooohoooo!!  It's that time again... the 20th of the month, where my fellow Control Freak Swappers and I bring you a FABULOUS BLog Tour!!!

Be sure to click NEXT BLOG at the bottom of my post to continue on your tour today!!

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PATTY BENNETT'S PROJECT #1 - ABOVE:  I LOVE the Fancy Favor Die box (item 115965, pg 200) and decided to start making some Christmas samples.. here is a Fancy Favor Die box (made with the Big Shot) and our fun retro looking HOLIDAY LOUNGE Designer Paper (item 115676 on pg 162).  I punched a circle with the 1-3/4" circle punch and added a square of dotted window sheet behind it. (Dotted window sheets from the "Clearly Thanks" package, item 115122, pg 169).

Valerie cottage wall card

PATTY BENNETT'S PROJECT #2 - ABOVE & BELOW: this is a card we made at Valerie's Stampin' Up! workshop last weekend... the cardstock is Rich Razzleberry, the designer paper is Cottage Wall (item 115671, pg 160) and it's embellished with a strip of Old Olive that has been textured with the Finial Press Embossing Folder (item 115963, pg 195) and the Big Shot.  The scallop embellishment is a piece I cut with the Scallop #2 die/Big Shot and our On Board Chipboard sheets, then covered with Rich Razzleberry DSP and a stamped center and added a Jumbo Brad.

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File folder legal pad 2

PATTY BENNETT'S PROJECT #3 - ABOVE & BELOW:  Notepad cover using the Thoroughly Modern File Folders (item 115692, pg 169).  These are so fun.. and I love these File Folders!!!  I'll have some instructions typed up in a few days.. so please check back.

File folder legal pad

These are the file folders before they are altered (item 115692, pg 169):

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Stampin' Up! Convention - Riverton Tour

One of the reasons I was excited to have my husband and son come to Salt Lake City with me for our Convention was that I wanted them to see the Stampin' Up! headquarters in Riverton, Utah.  Stampin' Up! is gracious enough to let us tour the Riverton facility while we are at Convention!!

Here is my friend Jill and my friend Joy with me at the front door.  (it was really bright - Joy is squinting!)

Riverton front door

Upon entering, everyone just gasps at the beautiful atrium!

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In the Legacy Room, I LOVED this display using our new Stencils (from the Decor Elements Catalog) - Shelli's "mom Pat" did this display.. isn't it just STUNNING!?

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Then we walked through the Demo Support/SAM section.

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Then a quick look in the Inspiration room - that conference room in the background is where we got to meet with the Corporate Team when I was on the Advisory Board last year.. too fun!

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THEN.. the part that I knew my husband and son would like.. the Distribution Center where all the products are stocked, and the pickline where the products are packed into our boxes!!! 

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I totally forgot to take a photo of the outside.. here is a photo from the company website of the amazing Stampin' Up! headquarters in Riverton, UT:


Hope you enjoyed the tour!

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YOU could be #83!

Yes, YOU could be #83!!
My 83rd Stampin' Up! personal recruit!
Over the last month, Pam from Kansas, Janie from Idaho and Connie from Virginia have joined the Stampin' Up! family and my Luv 2 Stamp group!  They were #80, 81 and 82.  Who will be #83?
Welcome to Louise from California who just joined my team!!! 
Louise will receive a pack of In Color Markers from me
and will be in the drawing for the Build A Bear!!
Now... will YOU be #84 ??????
Welcome to Charlotte who also just joined my team!!! 
Charlotte will receive a pack of In Color Markers from me
and will be in the drawing for the Build A Bear!!
Stampin' Up! issued us a challege at Convention last week to recruit at least one new demonstrator each this month.. I'm looking for at least 3 people to join my team by the end of August.
CLICK HERE to see my promotion that ends tomorrow (Tues., Aug. 18 at midnight).
I would LOVE to welcome you into my group of fabulous demonstrators!
CLICK HERE for info about our current Starter Kit promotion and details on how you can join for only $85 !!
When you sign up to be a demonstrator with Stampin' Up!, you can attend the fabulous events Stampin' Up! puts on, like CONVENTION!!  Check out all this COOL FREE STUFF I got at Convention last week!!!

Bags and sets

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The Luv 2 Stamp Group and I would love to have you on our team! Email me with any questions you may have: .

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Stampin' Up! Convention 2009 - fave swaps pt 3

Here are a few more of my favorite swaps from our Stampin' Up! Convention last week.. thank you to everyone who swapped with me.. awesome work!!!

Below: by Larua Barto (aka THE BARTO)  :)

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Below: by Kathy Thorn

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Below: by Barb Thomas

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Below: by Cynthia Stember

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Below: by Margie Anderson

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Below: by Lorna Raczynski (thanks for taking the time to chat, Lorna!! - it was great  to meet you!)

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did ya catch this clever spider on her card!? :)

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