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November 2009

Tri-Fold Card

This was one of the cards from my Fancy Folds class last week... I adapted the idea for this card from projects by Carol Taggart and Cathy Chono Herring.

CLICK HERE  to download the tutorial and pattern.

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  This card features the Holiday Lounge Designer Paper from Stampin' Up!, and students had their choice of either making a Christmas card or a Birthday card.

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Pop Up Card with Window Sheets

Although a little time consuming to assemble, this card was a hit at my "Fancy Folds" class this week.  It's so fun to open this card and see all the little pieces pop up and wiggle around!!

Each stamped/punch piece is connected to a 1/2"x3"(or less) strip of Medium Window sheet plastic from Stampin' Up!. 

This fabulous idea came from Laura D. Albertson!

CLICK HERE to download the 2 page step by step tutorial.

Window card 1

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Window card 2 

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Thanksgiving Wishes

Sunflower 1 Sunflowers always remind me of the amazing beauty God has created on this earth, and how thankful I am for everything He has given to me.

I am thankful for all of you, my friends who come visit me here daily.

I pray you each have a wonderful day today, whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving here in the US or abroad, or just having a wondeful day with loved ones.

Today would have been my mom's 80th birthday.. I miss her.. I thank God for all the flowers in my garden so I can always be reminded of my mom each day!

Blessings to you all!


ADDING another photo... I was puttering in my garden this afternoon since it's such a gorgeous day... this will probably be my last bouquet of the season.. we'll see.. maybe one more... but I'm sure loving fresh flowers on Thanksgiving!

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Christmas Card Class 2009 - part 1

I am catching up on posting some class projects we've been doing... below are 2 cards we made at a Christmas Card Making Class earlier this month. 

Below: Christmas Cocoa DSP (from the Holiday Mini) and the Ornament punch (Holiday Mini) make this a quick and easy card!

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Below:  This card features Old Olive and Real Red with the Tree Trimmings ornament set (pg 28 in the catalog).  The striped designer paper is from the Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin' Kit.

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My Digital Studio Cards by Patty Bennett - Nov. 2009

Each month I have been enjoying creating several new cards in My Digital Studio to send to customers, downline, family and friends.  I design them in My Digital Studio and submit them to the Stampin' Up! printing service right through the MDS program.. they do an amazing job!!  Wonderful quality!  Here are the cards I created to send in November:

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I have enjoyed trying things that I really couldn't do "with real stamps"... putting textured layers over DSP and adding some really lightly stamped images on top... it's so fun to play!

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I LOVE designing the inside of the card too! I figure why not!? 

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NOVEMBER 23 - 30, 2009

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Framed with Love Bundle

  • Framed with Love stamp set
  • Full Heart punch




Thank You Kindly Bundle

  • Thank You Kindly stamp set
  • Scallop Edge punch




Thank You Kindly Bundle (French)

  • Tous mes remerciements stamp set
  • Scallop Edge punch




Animal Crackers Bundle

  • Animal Crackers stamp set
  • Star Designer brads




Corduroy Button Bundle

  • Kraft Corduroy buttons
  • Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons
  • Summer Sun Corduroy buttons
  • Basic Gray Corduroy buttons
  • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons




Game Night Bundle

  • Card Games stamp set
  • Game Night stamp set




Four Square Bundle

  • Four Square stamp set
  • Scallop Square punch




Heart to Heart Bundle

  • Love You Much stamp set
  • Heart to Heart punch
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon




Heart to Heart Bundle (Spanish)

  • Te Quiero Mucho stamp set
  • Heart to Heart punch
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon




Heart to Heart Bundle (French)

  • J't'aime beaucoup stamp set
  • Heart to Heart punch
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon




Chipboard Letter Bundle

  • On Board Timeless Type
  • On Board Loads of Letters




Double-Stitched Ribbon Bundle

  • Bashful Blue 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
  • Rose Red 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon




Ultimate Stampers' Starter Bundle*

  • Best Wishes & More stamp set
  • Eight Great Greetings stamp set
  • On a Pedestal stamp set
  • Earth Elements Stampin' Spots
  • Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
  • Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
  • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Flower Designer brads




Build-A-Brad Bundle

  • Calendar Alphabet stamp set
  • Pewter Build-A-Brad
  • Antique Brass Build-A-Brad




Enjoy Every Moment Bundle

  • Enjoy Every Moment stamp set
  • Circle Designer brads
  • Flower Designer brads




Enjoy Every Moment Bundle (French)

  • Profiter de chaque instant stamp set
  • Circle Designer brads
  • Flower Designer brads




Cheep Talk Bundle

  • Cheep Talk stamp set
  • Note cards
  • Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons




Sock Monkey Bundle

  • Sock Monkey stamp set
  • Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set
  • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons




Sock Monkey Bundle (French)

  • Sing-chaussette stamp set
  • Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set
  • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons




Alphabet Bundle

  • Jayne's Type Alphabet stamp set
  • Lovely Letters stamp set




Simply Said Bundle

  • Simply Said stamp set
  • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Full Heart punch




Simply Said Bundle (French)

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  • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Full Heart punch




On Board Bundle

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  • On Board Batch of Blooms
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  • Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
  • Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements




Christmas Décor Bundle #2

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  • Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
  • Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements




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  • Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
  • Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements




For All You Do Bundle

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For All You Do Bundle (French)

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For All You Do Bundle (Spanish)

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  • 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads




Striped Ribbon Bundle

  • Bashful Blue 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Pumpkin Pie 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • So Saffron 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Real Red 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon




Bling Bundle

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  • Sticky Cuts Sweet
  • Fine Supernova Stampin' Glitter
  • Fine Galaxy Stampin' Glitter




Fresh-Cut Bundle

  • Fresh Cuts stamp set
  • Fresh-Cut Notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads




Fresh-Cut Bundle (French)

  • Fraicheur exuise stamp set
  • Fresh-Cut Notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads




Pendant Note Bundle

  • Pendant Park stamp set
  • Pendant notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads




Pendant Note Bundle (French)

  • Adorable parc stamp set
  • Pendant notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads




Pendant Note Bundle (Spanish)

  • Un dia en el parque stamp set
  • Pendant notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads




Sporting Bundle #1

  • Large Night of Navy Sporting Décor Elements
  • Night of Navy Just Sports Décor Elements




Sporting Bundle #2

  • Large Chocolate Sporting Décor Elements
  • Chocolate Just Sports Décor Elements




Sporting Bundle #3

  • Large Black Sporting Décor Elements
  • Black Just Sports Décor Elements




Ginormous Flowers I Décor Elements




Ginormous Flowers II Décor Elements




5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads




5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads




Scallop Square punch




Full Heart punch




Heart to Heart punch




Scallop Edge punch




Circle Designer brads




Flower Designer brads




Star Designer brads




Small Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements




Medium Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements




Small Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements




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2010 Calendar in My Digital Studio

My Digital Studio news... I'm an official Certified Trainer for MDS!!! ... if you have questions, please let me know and if you want to receive FREE one-on-one lessons, just purchase your MDS program through me! 

January As you know, I LOVE this new program from Stampin' Up!  It has provided so many new ways for me to create, and use Stampin' Up! images!!  One thing I'm REALLY excited about is creating CHRISTMAS GIFTS for my family this year!!  I am pretty sure my brother doesn't ever look at my blog, so I'm safe in posting this....  I asked my brother to send me some of his favorite photos - he's a great photographer!  I made a 12x12 calendar using My Digital Studio for him for Christmas using his photos! 

To the left you'll see January.. and below I've posted a few more of the months from the calendar.

One thing I didn't know when I created my first calendar is that you can totally customize the "month" part of each page (the bottom 1/2).. ya, duh, I know... :) but once I figured that out, I have been having a great time decorating the bottom 1/2 of the page, too!

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To create the washed out photo on the bottom 1/2 of each page, simply insert your photo and drag it to make it larger than the calendar, then on the right, move the opacity slider button to about 30%.  It will make it look faded out, or like there is vellum over it. 

I can't wait to give this to him at Christmas.. hope he loves it!

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Control Freaks Blog Tour!!


Blog tour projects 

Dinnblogtour It's that time again.. the 20th of the month... and that can only mean ONE FABULOUS THING....



This month our theme is "Christmas Gifts"...  anything made with wonderful Stampin' Up! products that we might make to give as a gift... so... grab your favorite drink, sit back, relax and come along on our Blog Tour!!

Here is my first project.. a framed DECOR ELEMENTS piece.  I used some of my FREE DECOR ELEMENTS pieces I recieved when I ordered products from our Holiday Gift-Giving Guide!

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This frame is 11"x14" so I cut my base paper piece to 11x12. It is from the Christmas Cocoa Holiday DSP pack (item 116770, pg 21 Holiday Mini).  I also used a strip of the red/white flocked paper from that package and a strip of red polka dotted ribbon.  The Decor Elements pieces are the Real Red and Chocolate Chip "Vintage Ornaments" on pg 9 of the Definitely Decorative Brochure.

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I added the bows on top of the glass with Glue Dots so they wouldn't be "squished" under the glass.
My 2nd project is this FABULOUS die cut Fancy Favor Box... it is cut out of our Thick Window Sheets, and embossed with the Finial Press Embossing Folder !!!  YES IT WORKS !!!!!!!

Fancy favor window sheet

Isn't this just tooooooooooooooooooo totally gorgeous!!??  this idea came from Tara Bazata.. it's fabulous!!  :) 

Use our THICK window sheets (item: 114324, pg 158) which come in 12x12, so cut it in 1/2 at 6x12, run it through the Big Shot with the Fancy Favor Box die and then run it through the Big Shot AGAIN with the Finial Press Embossing folder (you'll need to do that twice, once at each end.  I had to cut 1/2" off the "flap" to get the embossing folder design to "meet" in the middle). 

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Use Sticky Strip on the "flap" and on the bottom to hold your box together. 
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Lastly , here is a fun card you might make for a very special someone... one of our Sweet Treat Cups (item 116802, pg 7) and the darling Simple Seasonal Thanks Snowman stamp (item 111548, pg 28) - both found in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  This card also features the incredible printed snowflake window sheets, also in the Holiday Mini catalog. (item: 116805, pg 27)

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Use a mini envelope inside with a 3"x4" pull up piece of snowflake window sheet to allow the recipient to access the candy without destroying the card.

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Vintage Ornaments II stencil card

One of the cards we made at Linda's workshop was this one, using the Vintage Ornaments stencils in the Stampin' Up! Definitely Decorative Catalog! 

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We sponged Rich Razzleberry using the ornament portion and Platinum Shimmer paint sponged over that using the detail portion of the stencil - (the stencil is on pg 29 of the Definitely Decorative catalog).  CLICK HERE to view the catalog if you don't have one.

The left side of the card is the "Bride" specialty paper brayered with Rich Razzleberry... see THIS POST for directions on how to do that. 

Here are some of the ladies at Linda's workshop.. we had a great day!


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Petal's a Plenty Christmas Tree!

This is the 4th project we made at my BIG SHOT CLASS.  I love this card and so did all of the participants :)  

This card uses the Petals A Plenty Impressions Folder from Stampin' Up!  It's only available for a limited time in the Holiday Mini Catalog... so if you don't have it yet, be sure to use my SHOP NOW link below to get it soon! :)  (item code 116824 - pg 21)

Petals tree card

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To make this wonderful tree, follow these steps.

1. cut a triangle from Stampin' Up! chipboard (any size or shape triangle is ok) - I had to cut 2 pieces and layer them together

2.  lay them ON TOP of your Petals a Plenty Embossing folder

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3.  put your cardstock INSIDE the folder

 4.  put the folder (w/ cardstock inside) on TOP of tab 1 of the multipurpose platform and put a CLEAR PLATE ON TOP of the whole thing (have have detached tab 2, that is why you don't see it)

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5.  run it through the Stampin' Up! Big Shot and you will get this!

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6.  Cut a reverse mask to cover the flat portion of your card, and lay it over your cardstock.  Using a sponge dauber color the tree with any color desired (Old Olive used here)

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7.  Do the same thing using Champagne Mist Shimmer paint and a different sponge dauber. (item codes 116806 and 102892)

8.  Color in the berries with a Real Red marker (item code 100052)

9. Layer onto Real Red and Old Olive.  I sponged the edges of my Sahara Sand cardstock with both the Old Olive and Shimmer Paint.

10. I punched a star from the "Bridesmaid" striped specialty paper and added a gold brad to the center. (item codes 109045 and 116479)

Add a greeting of your choice - we used printed greetings from My Digital Studio and punched them out with the Modern Label punch!

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Build A Bear Exclusive Events! Dec. 13th and 14th!

BAB PB I have some VERY exciting news!!!! I have just been selected by Stampin' Up! to participate in an exclusive opportunity with Build-A-Bear Workshop®  

Only a small group of 60 U.S. demonstrators have been chosen to hold these unique events to be held during the first 2 weeks of December! It’s going to be so fun!!!

I have scheduled these 2 very special workshops for Sunday afternoon, December 13, and Monday night, December 14. I hope you will be able to join me for one of them!!  We’ll be viewing a new animated tv special featuring Holly & Hal Moose TMfrom BABW®. During the show I'll have fun snacks and we’ll be stamping with the BABW® - Stampin' Up! products, everyone will get free stickers and BABW® store coupons!! 

FREE GIVEAWAYS!  I’ll have some  fun giveaways from BABW® that include 2 DVD copies of this brand new movie !!!!

Please contact me if you are in the San Francisco Bay area and would like to participate. This is a great Mommy & Me event (for children 8 and over). Space will be limited.  Email me to reserve your space now!

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Big Shot Class - Altered Impressions Folder

Another one of the cards from our recent Big Shot class used the Altered Impressions Folder technique... students were given the wood frame used in THIS POST as part of this class fee.  An alternative method is to use THIS TECHNIQUE to achieve these results.  Students could use either method and pick which card to make.

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Students had the choice between the design above featuring the Thoughts & Prayers set and the Holiday Best Hostess set, or using Patterned Pines Hostess set to make this one:

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