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December 2009

Patty's Bokeh Christmas Photos

Do you ever visit the Pioneer Woman's blog??  I LOVE her Photography section, and was captivated by her post on 12/28/09 titled Your Holiday Bokeh Photos and more on 12/29 !! ... I clicked on the links and found THIS definition for Bokeh and thought I'd give it a try. 

So... based on her info, HERE ARE MY Holiday Bokeh photos.... so much fun to play with this idea!! Now if I ever get a real camera, I could probably do better... but for now I enjoy my tiny point n shoot sony.

Bokeh santa

Bokeh snowman

Ya, I know.. gotta keep smiling...

Bokeh bart

and I took this last year.. just didn't know it was called a Bokeh photo then! :)

Bokeh ornaments

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Gift Card of the Month books

Each year for Christmas, I give my husband and son a "GIFT CARD OF THE MONTH BOOK"... I make some kind of book or clever packaging idea that will hold 12 gift cards.  They get to redeem a gift card each month for the coming year.

This year I made their "GCOTM" books with the CD Folders (used in THIS PROJECT), and decorated the front with a cover made with MY DIGITAL STUDIO.  I decorated the inside with the FABULOUS NIGHT & DAY DSP (in the holiday mini catalog..... only 1 week left to order from it!!!). 

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I typed all of the months in My Digital Studio on top of the NIght & Day DSP and then punched them out with the Modern Label punch.

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This is what my My Digital Studio file looked like.. i started with an 8-1/2"x11" blank page and added the Night & Day DSP option as my background paper and added the "cover" graphics to the lower left corner using the new "Wright Stuff II download" and typed the months at the top to be punched out:

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Night & Day DSP (mini catalog), #116768, $11.95 - ONLY AVAILABLE thru 1/4/10

3x3 mini sq envelopes, #107309, $7.50

Modern Label punch, #116630, $15.95

My Digital Studio, #118108, $79.95

NON SU!: CD folders, type S7073 in the search box

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Christmas 2009

I have some exciting news.... I am going to be DEMONSTRATING some of the NEW OCCASIONS MINI CATALOG PRODUCTS at our Stampin' Up! LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE in Arizona next month!!!!  So... as you can imagine.. I've been making SAMPLES SAMPLES SAMPLES with the new goodies, and I cannot share them with you until after my presentations on Jan. 6th.   If you are attending Leadership, please stop by my booth in the Make & Take room on the 6th either between 2pm and 4pm or between 6pm and 8pm ! :)  See you then!

So... in the mean time, I thought I'd share some Christmas pictures - SOUTHERN CALIFORINA STYLE...

Here is Jason with his 4 cousins (my brother's kids) in their backyard (I think their backyard is BIGGER than our home!)

We drove 400+ miles to Southern California to celebrate Christmas with my brother and his family in their gorgeous home. We got to see my dad and his wife briefly before they took off on vacation.  We stopped in Bakersfield on the way back home to see Eric's parents... so it was nice to see many of our local family this year.

My brother and his wife by their pool...


Gorgeous bougainvillea in their backyard:


Fun snacks for the boys:


Stampin' Up! goodies for the girls:


Great shirt from my sis in law for Jason:

We also did some celebrating before we left...  YUMMY dessert for Ashley:


Sharon liked what I made for her:


We LOVED what Sharon made for us... (filled with yummy cookies):


 It's always easy to find things with Joy's name on them..


and I just have to say... this is the ONE THING that I really HATE at Christmas time.... someday someone will invent ornament hangers that don't get all tangled up!

I hope that your Christmas was FABULOUS, and I pray that you all stay safe and enjoy celebrating as we ring in 2010 !!!

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Decor Elements Blocks from Stampin' Up!

Peter blocks
I got this really cool idea from Melissa B. in my downline... cover the Stampin' Up! Decor Elements blocks with photos!!!!  It becomes a REALLY COOL PUZZLE!!! 

This is for my dear brother - {{you know... one who has everything... so you have to come up with creative ideas... ya, that one...}}  so I took HIS photos and printed them at home, cut them into 3x3 squares and applied them to our Decor Elements blocks (holiday mini catalog, pg 30) using the Stampin' Up! Glue Sticks.  Voila... hopefully a very unique gift that he'll enjoy displaying in his home. (I used my Epson R1900 wide format printer).

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There are 6 different scenes.. I think he'll enjoy discovering them all and displaying his gift.

ORDERING INFO for the blocks - you'll need 3 sets if you want to make this 9 block puzzle:

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My Favorite Christmas Tree Ornaments

I thought it might be fun to photograph and share some of my favorite Christmas Tree ornaments... I love that our tree has no theme.. just anything fun, handmade things, colorful things.. all have meaning... things we've collected from trips or things I've made.... anyway.. just thought I'd share...

Each year I make an ornament with our son's photo on it... this was from 1994 when Jason bowled on a children's league.. this is what he did after each STRIKE ! :)

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I made the following 2 ornaments in the 1980's when I was sooooooooooo into cross-stitching!

Ornament 1

Ornament 3

I have lots of snowmen and penguins on the tree...

Ornament 2

Ornament 6
We have about a dozen assorted animals like this... is was a darling series of stuffed creatures made by Hallmark in the mid-1980's.  I love them all! I wish they'd make them again!  {{hmmm who knows.. maybe they do... I never go in to a Hallmark store anymore!}}

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Ornament 8 

  And then I have a small collection of Starbucks Ornaments.. they are really cute:

Ornament 4

And then, of course there is last year's favorite...  my punched penguin pals..

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This year I did our mantel totally NON traditional... :)  but it's cute!


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Luv 2 Stamp Group Christmas Gift Exchange - pt 4

Here are the remaining gifts from our Luv 2 Stamp Group Christmas Gift Exchange earlier this month.

Sue M got one of my Floral Calendars for 2010. 


I got Joy's Chiristmas Jingle Book and some tags! :)

Patty book

 And this was a darling tin with yummy "moose munch" type mix inside - a gift from Cindee! 

Cindee tin

Thanks to all the ladies in my group who participated in this fun event!  I hope many more of you can attend next year!

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Framed Christmas Gifts - Stampin' Up! style!

I made a few of these for gifts.. I think they turned out pretty!!  Special Thanks to Mary Rager for the idea to use the "Kind Thoughts Brocade" Stencil from Stampin' Up! with the ornament stencils!

Orn stencil frames
The ornaments are stenciled with SPONGE DAUBERS and the following colors of Classic Stampin' Up! ink:

Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry. 

The brocade stencil is sponged with Handsome Hunter ink.

Stencils used (found in the Definitely Decorative Catalog):


Kind Thoughts Brocade Small Décor Stencils, item: 116572

Price: $9.95

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Vintage Ornaments I Décor Stencils, item: 117580
Price: $14.95

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Vintage Ornaments II Décor Stencils item: 118141
Price: $14.95
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Accents on the ornaments are stenciled with SPONGE DAUBERS and the Platium Shimmer Paint --- GREAT NEWS... due to the popularity of the Shimmer paint, Stampin' Up! will continue to carry this AMAZING product in 2010!! 

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 116806  Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint  $5.95
 116854  Frost White Shimmer Paint  $5.95
 116807  Platinum Shimmer Paint  $5.95


The frames were from Walmart and look very classy for their reasonable price!

I printed the words with MY DIGITAL STUDIO.

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Jason's Masterpiece!

I was really amazed at our son's final art project for the semester.. he painted this with acrylics... he amazes me with his talent!!!!  I, myself, cannot even draw a hangman figure!  LOL


They were supposed to copy a picture.. here is what he copied:

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Christmas Gift Tags

I had fun using up some left over scraps from Stampin' Up! Simply Scrappin' Kits and Designer paper packs... I used my {{favorite}} Two Tags die with the Big Shot and then layered scraps, punchouts and ribbons.  (Christmas Jingle kit: item 115696, and Merry Moments DSP:  115672).

(Two Tags Die is on sale through Dec. 22nd .. CLICK HERE for sale info)

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Two Tags die, item 115954, on sale now!

Click here for Big Shot sale details

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Luv 2 Stamp Group Christmas Gift exchange - pt 3

Here are more fun gifts that were exchanged at our Luv 2 Stamp Group Christmas gift exchange last weekend.

These are the Window Sheet die cut baskets Joy made and filled with candy.

Joy baskets

Here is a great tip.. she used a small strip of the window sheet plastic to "reinforce" the ribbon handle!

Joy basket handle
Cindee got the cute baskets! 

Cindee baskets

Speaking of Cindee... look at the gorgeous tile she made for our gift exchange!!!

Cindee tile

Instructions for this technique can be found on Kimberly's blog HERE.

Cindee tile detail

Joy got the tile from Cindee...

Joy tile

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Build A Bear Exclusive Workshops!

Babwlogo I was honored to be asked by Stampin' Up! to participate in the exclusive Build a Bear workshop opportunities in December, featuring Build a Bear characters HOLLY & HAL MOOSE and all of the Stampin' Up! Build a Bear products

I held 2 workshops (Sunday and Monday) and had many gals attend and make some Build a Bear Cards and a Die Cut bear to go on their tin.  We had lots of fun snacks and also viewed the movie "Holly & Hal Moose". 

I have many photos to share with you ... and also wanted to be sure to introduce you to our GUEST BLOGGER, TONYA STAAB, who attended my Sunday event and blogged all about it HERE.  She has a GREAT blog and she is quite a neat lady - and her daughter, Marisol... oh my gosh... WHAT A CUTIE!! :)

Bear cards

Project table

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Bear tin

Build a Bear sent lots of lovely prizes for me to give away at each event!!!

Thanks to my very talented downline, Cindee, who gave me the darling green tin decorated with Stampin' UP! Decor Elements snowflakes... I had a perfect spot for some of the snacks!

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Snacks 2

And thanks to Shonna Watson who sent me these adorable BAB gummy snacks.. I just HAD to decorate them with a stamped tag ! :)

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Bear clothes

Pj cards

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Thank you to everyone who attended! We had a great time!  And thank you to Build a Bear for the fun prizes!

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Luv 2 Stamp Group Christmas Gift Exchange - pt 2

Here are the details on more of the gifts we exchanged at our Luv 2 Stamp Group Christmas party on Saturday...   Elyse made some gorgeous tiles and a candle... they are so beautiful!  Ashley got those.

Elyse tiles candle

Here is Ashley with her 1 pound burger... we all GASPed!! :)

Ashley burger

Elyse made me some tiles as a gift.. they are just wonderful!

Elyse tile 1

Elyse tile 2 

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Luv 2 Stamp Group Christmas Gift Exchange - pt 1

Cindee reindeer On Saturday our Luv 2 Stamp Group had a Christmas Gift Exchange and luncheon.. we had a very small turnout but had a wonderful time! 

Cindee made this adorable chocolate bar reindeer... isn't he adorable ?  The details are on her blog.

The gifts  from Sue M. were these really cute blocks and fabulous gift tag box. 

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Sue m tags

Elyse got Sue's gifts in our gift exchange! :)


Tune in all this week for more photos from our event.

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Fancy Favor Box die - with CARDBOARD!? :)

Fancy favor window sheet 2 So.. do you remember when I blogged this project?  It is the Fancy Favor Box Die cut out of a WINDOW SHEET using the Stampin' Up! Big Shot machine .. ??  Well...   as I was cutting the 12x12 Window Sheets in 1/2 for my gals to use in class, there was a sheet of CARDBOARD in each package.. and I just HAD to see how it would look if I cut it out with the same Fancy Favor Box Die... and voila... toooooooooooooooo cute!!!!

Cardboard fancy favor
 The box on the left was textured with the Petals a Plenty embossing folder just like the clear window sheet box was, and the one on the right above was just cut out with the Fancy Favor box die and then wheeled, stamped and sponged.

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So.. moral of the story.... don't toss the cardboard! :)

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