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So Sad... it's the last day of Sale a Bration!

 

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My backyard buddy is just popping in to remind you that

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY

of STAMPIN' UP! 2016 SALE A BRATION!

 

1 free gift with each $50 you order:

  • that means 2 free gifts with a $100 order
  • 3 free gifts with a $150 order AND you get hostess benefits too!
  • 4 free gifts with a $200 order plus hostess benefits!
  • BEST DEAL YET: 5 free gifts with a $250 order PLUS an EXTRA $25 in hostess benefits to spend!

The above deals end at 11:50pm MT Thurs., March 31, 2016

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Warning! 2 Days Left to get your Free Gifts!

 

Sale a Bration ENDS at 11:50pm MT Thursday, March 31, 2016

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I am still going to pop in here and remind you that you have 2 days left to select from the 11 Sale a Bration gifts from Stampin' Up!  You have all day today, Wed., March 30 and tomorrow, March 31, then it's BYE-BYE to all the fun free Sale a Bration gifties!

1 free gift with each $50 you order:

  • that means 2 free gifts with a $100 order
  • 3 free gifts with a $150 order AND you get hostess benefits too!
  • 4 free gifts with a $200 order plus hostess benefits!
  • BEST DEAL YET: 5 free gifts with a $250 order PLUS an EXTRA $25 in hostess benefits to spend!

The above deals end at 11:50pm MT Thurs., March 31, 2016

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As mentioned above, you earn $$ to spend any way you wish when your order is over $150.  You can find this chart in each catalog, and I'm including it here for you as well.

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With all the fun and excitement of Spring Break, Easter vacation, etc., recently, I know that this deadline will slip by some of you, so I thought ONE MORE REMINDER would be helpful!

 

Watch the Video below to see more about Sale a Bration!

Can't view it in your email feed?  See it on my blog, or here on YouTube.

  

 

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Happy 25th birthday to Jason!

 

Honestly.. everyone tells you ... "the years go by faster the older you get"... but how is it that 25 years have sped by since my sweet little baby Jason was born!?

I guess "they" were right!

Jason turned 25 last week and I thought I'd share one of the cards I made for him, but first a peek at my cutie when he was just a little :) .. actually, he really never was "a little" because he was over 10 lbs when he was born! :)

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Of course being a significant birthday, I thought it would be fun to make him a card using the Large Number / Number of Years framelits!  It made him smile... that's truly my mission in life.. :)

 

Personalized 25th birthday card featuring Stampin' UP! Large Number framelits and balloon celebration balloon stamps and matching punch, Gate Fold Card by Patty Bennett

I added the die cut number 2 and 5 and punched balloons onto a Gate Fold Card and covered just about every inch of the cardstock with party patterned paper from the "It's My Party" paper stack and the "Cherry on Top" paper stack!

Personalized 25th birthday card featuring Stampin' UP! balloon celebration balloon stamps and matching punch, Gate Fold Card by Patty Bennett

Stamping the balloons in all different colors and punching them out was too fun.. I just love these festive balloons!  This is the Stampin' Up! color combo I used on this card:

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Personalized 25th birthday card featuring Stampin' UP! Large Number framelits and balloon celebration balloon stamps and matching punch, Gate Fold Card by Patty Bennett

The die cut numbers were created using the Large Numbers framelits (#140622) and Island Indigo cardstock (see below for details on making them glimmery!), and I stamped and punched lots of balloons using the Balloon Celebration stamp set and the matching Balloon Bouquet punch (get a 15% discount.. buy them together! #140810).  The polkadot balloons are punched out using one of the patterns in the Schoolhouse Designer Paper Package (#138187).

 

I wanted to glitz it up just a little.. so I swiped my Clear Wink of Stella pen over the 2 and the 5 Island Indigo cardstock and make it glimmery!! :)

 

Personalized 25th birthday card featuring Stampin' UP! Large Number framelits and balloon celebration balloon stamps and matching punch, with Wink of Stella!  Gate Fold Card by Patty Bennett

 

To learn how to make a Gate Fold Card, SEE THIS POST!

 

Personalized 25th birthday card featuring Stampin' UP! Large Number framelits and balloon celebration balloon stamps and matching punch, Gate Fold Card by Patty Bennett

As you can see I also lined the inside of the card with festive party print paper!!  (Stripes are from the "It's my Party" stack, and balloons are from the "Cherry on Top" stack - see below for easy ordering.. click any product photo to go to my online store).

 

 I shared this photo collage (below) on Facebook on his birthday last week, but if you didn't see it, I thought I'd share it here ... I love that Jason has been drawing on blueprints with me, with Eric and with my dad ever since he was little.. now he works in the same Engineering office as Eric does.. so fun!!!

Jason 25 birthday drafting

 

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Do you want a Free Stamp Set?

 

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Stampin' Up! Announced that in celebration of the 3 year "birthday" of Paper Pumpkin, and ALSO in celebration of sending out over ONE MILLION KITS, they are giving all current Paper Pumpkin subscribers an extra FREE stamp set in their April Kit!

That's in addition to the stamp set that comes in every kit!

How can you get one?  Be sure you are a current subscriber, with either an ongoing subscription (get that here), or, that you have purchased a 1-month, 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscription (get those here).  Deadline to sign up is 4/10/16 to receive the EXTRA free set in your April kit!  If you are already a subscriber, it will be in your April box!

 

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BONUS... for a few more days, the 3-month subscription is ON SALE for $55 and you also get to select a Sale a Bration item! CLICK HERE to purchase now! Expires 3/31/16

 

ALTERNATE DESIGN IDEAS FOR the

MARCH 2016 PAPER PUMPKIN KIT:

 I love to create the projects as they are intended in the monthly Paper Pumpkin kits, but I also love to come up with slightly altered ideas!!

Which do you like best?  Do you make the kits "as is" or do you alter them?

Here are some ideas for altering your March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit:

Stampin' UP! March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit alternate card design ideas by Patty Bennett

 

As you can see, I added the flower from the "What I Love" stamp set - a free Sale a Bration item only available until 3/31/16!, and the beautiful swirly flourish image from the "First Sight" stamp set.

See more Alternate Paper Pumpkin kit design ideas brought to you by the Luv 2 Stamp Group HERE.

 

Stampin' UP! March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit alternate card design ideas by Patty Bennett

 

It was so funny.. I thought this stamp said Happy Birthday.. then I saw it said Happy Happy after I stamped it... LOL

 

Stampin' UP! March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit alternate card design idea with What I Love Sale a Bration flower image, by Patty Bennett

 

Above:  I love the 3 step floral image in the "What I Love" Sale a Bration set, and here I used only 1 of the 3 layers of this stamp, then cut it out and mounted it with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I added the pretty pearls from the Paper Pumpkin kit to the center of the flower.  You can also see that I added some script design paper from the 2015-2017 In Color designer paper stack - it's Mint Macaron.

Wondering about the beautiful color combo in this kit?  It reminds me of the beautiful Caribbean sea colors on our Stampin' Up! cruises!!

 

March 2016 color combo paper pumpkin

 

Stampin' UP! March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit alternate card design idea with Fluttering Embossing folder by Patty Bennett

 

Have you tried this technique yet??

I don't even know if it has a name.. but you simply emboss your cardstock (in this case with the FLUTTERING embossing folder) and then ink a stamp like this swirly flourish stamp from the First Sight set, and keep stamping VERY LIGHTLY over and over and over all over the raised embossed image! Voila.. what a cool way to accent the raised embossed area!

 

Stampin' UP! March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit alternate card design idea with Fluttering Embossing folder by Patty Bennett

 

You really should try this.. it's such a cool way to accent the raised portion of any embossed cardstock!

Watch the Video Tutorial HERE!

 

Stampin' UP! March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit alternate card design idea with Fluttering Embossing folder by Patty Bennett

 

The little pocket and mini card on the front of the Happy Happy card are both in the Paper Pumpkin Kit.  The square card below is also in the kit, as is the pretty patterned paper.  I added the gorgeous Pool Party Glitter ribbon to the card below.. such a perfect accent color for this Paper Pumpkin kit!

 

Stampin' UP! March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit alternate card design idea with Fluttering Embossing folder by Patty Bennett

 

Stamping Tip!  Sponge it!

 

Stampin' UP! March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit alternate card design idea - TIP: sponge cardstock edges instead of layering it onto another piece of cardstock -  by Patty Bennett

Stampin' UP! March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit alternate card design ideas by Patty Bennett

 

Watch the video below for more info about the FREE set called All About Everything!

 

 

If you'd like to see the projects before they were altered, check out the video below:

 

 

 WHEW!!! If you hung in with me this long on my blog post.. THANK YOU!!  To get your EXTRA FREE STAMP SET in April, bBe sure you are a current subscriber, with either an ongoing subscription (get that here), or, that you have purchased a 1-month, 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscription (get those here).  Deadline to sign up is 4/10/16 to receive the EXTRA free set in your April kit!  If you are already a subscriber, it will be in your April box!

 

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Time is Running Out to get this great Paper!

 

As usual, I feel really behind in sharing projects with you .. these were the cards and gifts I sent to my Luv 2 Stamp Group top sellers in February to recognize their January sales!!  I love the Wildflower Fields Designer Paper and used it for these double pocket cards!

Time is running out to select this paper as your free item during Sale a Bration!!

 

Wildflower Fields designer paper double pocket cards from Sale a Bration 2016 - Stampin' Up!, by Patty Bennett

 

Did you know Sale a Bration ends on 3/31/16?  That's less than a week away!!??!!! eeeek!!

 

Wildflower Fields designer paper double pocket cards from Sale a Bration 2016 - Stampin' Up!, by Patty Bennett

 

I love to recognize the top 50 in sales on my team on our facebook group, and I also make and send a card and small gift to the top 10 + 5 random people in the top 50! 

This card is pretty easy to make as long as you have the Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored board and the diagonal scoring plate!

Learn how to create this easy double pocket card!!  I created a video in 2012 for this card!

WATCH THE 2012 VIDEO tutorial here!

And if you want to see a 2nd version of this card.. I have another 2012 video for you HERE.

 

Luv 2 Stamp Group recognition cards featuring Wildflower Fields designer paper double pocket cards from Sale a Bration 2016 - Stampin' Up!, by Patty Bennett

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If you have thought about joining my Luv 2 Stamp Group, this is a great time to join.. during Sale a Bration 2016, you are able to select $155 worth of your choice of Stampin' Up! catalog (or clearance rack) merchandise and pay only $99.. PLUS you'll enjoy Free Shipping on your Starter Kit order, too - that's a $15.50 savings!!  Whohooo!!  This SPECIAL OFFER ENDS 3/31/16.

Naturally, you might have more questions about joining the Stampin' UP! family.. CLICK HERE to read more, and please email me if I can help answer more questions (pattystamps@comcast.net)

Click here to JOIN my Luv 2 Stamp Group team of demonstrators when you are ready!  We are eager to welcome you to our amazing team where you will enjoy a private training page with videos, an exclusive Facebook Group, and over 200 instant new crafting friends from all over the US, all while you enjoy your demonstrator discount on your future orders!

OH, 2 more fun Perks of joining as a demonstrator!

In your starter kit, you'll receive 1 randomly selected Paper Pumpkin kit, free!

and, you'll be the FIRST to see the NEW ANNUAL CATALOG - in April!!  how fun is that!?

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Wildflower Fields designer paper double pocket cards from Sale a Bration 2016 - Stampin' Up!, by Patty Bennett

 

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Bridal Shower Invitation - stamping with friends

 Stamping with friends.. it's the best!! Recently I had the opportunity to help 2 young friends with Bridal Shower invitations for their friend!!  Here we are, each with our own task, creating the 30 invitations!

WARNING:  stamping with friends may cause spontaneous smiles and laughter!!  :)

 

Stampin' UP! Botanical Gardens vellum overlay on Rose Wonder bridal shower invitation cards, featuring black glimmer paper and gold Metallic Glitter tape.

 

They told me that the colors were red, black and white, with red roses, and that the bride-to-be also likes gold.. so.. we went to work stamping the flower from the Rose Wonder stamp set onto Whisper White notecards, then covering the front with a 3" wide panel of the Sale a Bration Botanical Garden vellum which was stamped with "celebrate today".

 

Stampin' UP! Botanical Gardens vellum overlay on Rose Wonder bridal shower invitation cards, featuring black glimmer paper and gold Metallic Glitter tape.

We added 2 punched black glimmer paper hearts to the front of the card.

As you can see below, we thought about adding black ribbon, but decided to go with a piece of the gold Metallic Glitter tape - one of the newest Sale a Bration items! 

Sale a Bration is ending SOON!!!!  If you don't have the beautiful Botanical Gardens vellum, or this amazing glitter tape, you have a few days left to select them as your free gifts during 2016 Sale a Bration from Stampin' Up!  One free gift with each $50 in Stampin' UP! product orders until 3/31/16.  Click to order online!

 

Stampin' UP! Botanical Gardens vellum overlay on Rose Wonder bridal shower invitation cards, featuring black glimmer paper and gold Metallic Glitter tape.

 

We added some snail adhesive under the hearts to adhere the vellum to the card, and the gold glitter tape also helps hold down the vellum.

 

Stampin' UP! Botanical Gardens vellum overlay on Rose Wonder bridal shower invitation cards, featuring black glimmer paper and gold Metallic Glitter tape.

 

The girls were thrilled with the outcome of the invitations, and they texted a photo to the bride-to-be for approval.. it was a fun and productive stamping date!! And guess what.. it only took us an hour!!

We used up some of the scraps of black glimmer paper to punch small hearts to add to the left inside of the card with "wedding wishes" stamped in black.

I think they turned out really classy!

 

Stampin' UP! Botanical Gardens vellum overlay on Rose Wonder bridal shower invitation cards, featuring black glimmer paper and gold Metallic Glitter tape.

 

I saw that Katina cut apart the rose and leaves from the Rose Wonder stamp and I thought that was a great idea.. it allows you to stamp the flower in one color and the leaves in another!! It was the perfect time-saver for this card!!

 

Rose Wonder stamp set cut apart to stamp rose and leaves in 2 separate colors! Stampin' UP! Tip & Time Saver!

Stampin' UP! Botanical Gardens vellum overlay on Rose Wonder bridal shower invitation cards, featuring black glimmer paper and gold Metallic Glitter tape.

 

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Sale a Bration 2016 is ending SOON!

Oh, can it be?  2016 Stampin' UP! Sale a Bration is ending soon!?  I cannot believe how fast the 3 months went!!

Sale a bration 2016 project ideas from pattystamps.com

 

Above is a sampling of my favorite Sale a Bration projects from the last 3 months.. if you'd like to see them all, please CLICK HERE to view my Sale a Bration projects from 2016.

Or, click to see them on my Pinterest board.

Below are 3 of the new items Stampin' UP! introduced in mid-February as free product selections you might pick with your $50 order!!  Hurry.. Sale a Bration ends on 3/31/16!

 

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Watch a quick video HERE with more info on the above 3 new Sale a Bration products!

 

2016 Sale a Bration gifts from Stampin' Up!

Above are all 11 of the free gifts you can select from during Sale a Bration 2016!

 

 

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 It was amazing reading over 300 comments in response to your favorite Stampin' UP! accessory!!  By far the fave was Stampin' Dimensionals... yes, they are a must!!!  2nd was rhinestones, then pearls! 

 

The WINNER of the $68 in product and dividers is Kathy Vogel!!  CONGRATS!!

 

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 Kathy, please email me with your mailing address!!  pattystamps@comcast.net

 

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Botanical Just for You cards

 

As I was making more of these amazing Botanical Gardens Customer Thank You cards, I was wondering.. how many possible flower combinations do you think there are with all of the great flower and leaf framelits in the Botanical Builder Framelit set!? 

Here are just a few possible combinations!

 

Stampin UP botanical gardens flower cards with Just for You Sale a Bration greeting and Botanical Gardens vellum by Patty Bennett

 

FREE during Sale-a-Bration 2016

I love the pretty Sale a Bration Botanical vellum on these cards and the fun bold JUST FOR YOU stamp - also a Sale a Bration item.. each one is FREE with your $50 purchase during sale a bration - ENDING March 31!!

 You can purchase the Botanical Builder framelits on their own to use with cardstock or designer paper, or you can purchase the amazing bundle at a 15% discount that includes THREE items: a stamp set, framelits and designer paper!

 

140819 bundle botanical gardens: framelits, stamp set and designer paper from Stampin' UP!

 

You can see the wonderful flower and leaf framelits dies above, and if there are any math genius types out there who want to figure out how many possible combinations of flower layers we could make with this, feel free to comment below.

 TIP:  when using darker cardstock like the Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow found in the Botanical Gardens cardstock pack, I like to line the inside of my card with Whisper White cardstock and then I thought, why not add some pretty Washi Tape from the Botanical Suite as well!!?  whohooo! so pretty... and again, so many possible combinations!

 

Botanical Gardens washi tape from Stampin' Up!

 Stamp with Sara and Patty!!

You can see our video with the details to make these fun Botanical Gardens cards with the Just for You Sale a Bration stamp below - it was like a dream come true day to stamp with Sara Douglass of Stampin' Up! in Shelli Gardner's craft room! Oh my!!

 

 

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Honeycomb Happiness Chickie Easter Card

 

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Easter is so early this year!! I remember the year my son Jason was born, Easter was a couple days after his birthday, and it's the same this year! Can you believe our son will be 25 on Friday!? WHAT!?  I know!! crazy!

I made a few of these sweet chickie cards to mail out for Easter and customer thank you cards.. hope you enjoy the idea!

Honeycomb Happiness Stampin' Up! 2016 Sale a Bration set Easter card with polkdot chickie and Confetti embossing folder, by Patty Bennett

 

I love how the Confetti embossing folder creates the perfect frame, and the "blank" space to stamp in!  The Easter greeting is from the Suite Sayings stamp set, stamped in Archival Black Ink.

 

Honeycomb Happiness Stampin' Up! 2016 Sale a Bration set Easter card with polkdot chickie and Confetti embossing folder, by Patty Bennett

 

After embossing the 4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White cardstock with the Confetti folder, I stamped the chickie onto the white card and also stamped the Easter greeting. Then stamped the chickie onto the yellow polkadot paper (see THIS post for that info) and colored the beak and feet with my Tangerine Tango marker.

 

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Honeycomb Happiness Stampin' Up! 2016 Sale a Bration set Easter card with polkdot chickie and Confetti embossing folder, by Patty Bennett

 

Do you see how the feet are actually stamped on the card, so that you don't have to cut out the feet on the polkadot paper!? :)

 

To finish off the cards, I punched some flowers using my favorite little Petite Petals punch and the subtle polkadot paper from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper pack (#140557).  I was going to punch bright colored flowers, but then I really liked the subtle look of the nearly white on white.

I finished off the center of each flower with a Candy Dot.

 

Honeycomb Happiness Stampin' Up! 2016 Sale a Bration set Easter card with polkdot chickie and Confetti embossing folder, by Patty Bennett

 

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Stampin' UP! Occasions Spring Sampler from the Luv 2 Stamp Group

 

I participated in another 3"x3" swap with my Luv 2 Stamp group - super talented and amazing demonstrators - and wanted to share my framed Occasions Catalog spring sampler with you!!

  Spring floral sampler featuring Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog and Sale a bration flower stamps sets, framelit dies and paper.  Project by the Luv 2 Stamp Group

 

Each of us created 9 squares, all 3"x3" using flowers from the Stampin' UP! 2016 Occasions catalog or Sale a Bration sets or paper, and everyone mailed them to me. I "swapped" them so that each person got 9 different squares, and then mailed them off to everyone! 

I put my 9 squares in this 12x12 white wood frame from the craft store.

This is such a pretty piece to hang in your home and such an easy DIY home decor project to make!

Spring floral sampler featuring Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog and Sale a bration flower stamps sets, framelit dies and paper.  Project by the Luv 2 Stamp Group

 

I layered the 9 squares onto a piece of Mint Macaron designer paper and then onto a piece of Daffodil Delight designer paper.  I thought this really brought out the pretty spring colors!  You'll find those paper stacks on pg 144 of the annual catalog at the bottom of the page.

 Most of the squares featured the Botanical Gardens bundle of framelits, stamps and paper, but as you can see there were other flowers represented as well.  I will have a future blog post with all of the squares and the products used in each one.  Watch my blog for that in a week or so.

 

See the Botanical Bundle here.

 

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Blog Candy! Stampin' UP! accessory giveaway!

 

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Do you remember I shared my Stampin' UP! accessory Storage Solution with you HERE?

 

Craft room organization tip for small accessory packets from Stampin' UP! by Patty Bennett

 

Well, I thought you might like a chance to win some Stampin' UP! accessories and the dividers I made!?

 

Blog candy Stampin' UP! accessories, from Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

Blog Candy from PattyStamps.com includes the set of dividers shown above and the following Stampin' UP! accessories!

  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Iced Rhinestones
  • It's My Party enamel dots
  • Neutrals Candy Dots
  • Brights Candy Dots
  • Subtles Candy Dots
  • Regals Candy Dots
  • Perfect White Accents
  • Basic Rhinestones
  • Basic Pearls
  • Epoxy Stickers
  • Expressions Natural Elements
  • Metallic Foil Doilies
  • White Tea Lace Doilies

 

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 It's simple to enter to win:

1.  leave a comment on this blog post and tell me which accessory above you use the most

2.  for an extra entry into the drawing, place an online order with me before midnight 3/23

 

Winner will be announced on 3/24 here on my blog!

Please include your name, city and state in your comment to be entered to win.

US residents only please

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This is the 4th set I've given away this month - my Luv 2 Stamp Group has been the lucky recipients of the other sets! .. for more info about making your own, see this post.

 

Stampin Up! accessory blog candy giveaway at PattyStamps.com

 

Stampin' UP! Accessories included in this Blog Candy Giveaway:

 

 

 

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Perfect Pairings Gift Tag Ideas

 

One of the fun perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is receiving extra exclusive ideas and training from Stampin' UP!  Recently, in a training email, Stampin' Up! reminded us that the Perfect Pairings stamp set (a free item during Sale a Bration 2016 with your $50 order) has so many possibilities... there are 9 stamps in the set and you can combine them for lots of different possible greetings!

I decided to play with the stamps and see what tags I could create!

Create endless tags and labels with the Perfect Pairings Sale a Bration stamp set from Stampin' UP!  Pair it up with the Perpetual Birthday Calendar background stamps for WOW tags! by Patty Bennett

 

I had fun die cutting lots of different labels and tags with Thick Whisper White cardstock and my Big Shot, and then stamping them with the greetings in the Perfect Pairings stamp set, and embellishing the tags and labels with the great background stamps in the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set!

 

Create endless tags and labels with the Perfect Pairings Sale a Bration stamp set from Stampin' UP!  Pair it up with the Perpetual Birthday Calendar background stamps for WOW tags! by Patty Bennett

 

I started with the Sale a Bration stamp set and lots of die cut tags with Whisper White cardstock, then decided on a bright color palette after punching a few balloons with the Cherry On Top paper stack!

 This is the bright cheery color combo I used, based on the Cherry on Top paper stack.  There is a pinable version at the bottom of this post.

 

  Create endless tags and labels with the Perfect Pairings Sale a Bration stamp set from Stampin' UP! by Patty Bennett

 

If you'd like to see all of the tag and label framelits I used, check out the product list at the bottom of this post.  You can  click on any of the product photos to go right to the online store for more info and easy 24/7 ordering online.

 

Create endless tags and labels with the Perfect Pairings Sale a Bration stamp set from Stampin' UP!  Pair it up with the Perpetual Birthday Calendar background stamps for WOW tags! by Patty Bennett

 

2 Questions for you ...

Can you just imagine all the possibilities?? 

and

Wouldn't it be fun to have all these tags stamped and ready to go for your next gift or card?

Create endless tags and labels with the Perfect Pairings Sale a Bration stamp set from Stampin' UP!  Pair it up with the Perpetual Birthday Calendar background stamps for WOW tags! by Patty Bennett

 

 Pinable Color Combo graphic for my Perfect Pairings tags:

Cherry on Top tag color combos - Stampin' UP!

 

 

 So... did you catch that? The Perfect Pairings stamp set is ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH 3/31/16 as one of your free Sale a Bration items, with your $50 order!

Check out all of the available free Sale a Bration items below!

Stampin' UP! 2016 Sale a Bration - free gifts with purchase. Click Shop Online at www.PattyStamps.com

 

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Ask Patty, Answers to your Questions, part 2

Wow... I had such a wonderful time reading through over 200 questions in response to my "Ask Patty" blog post question in THIS POST.

Thank you for your kind words, for your interesting questions and for helping me to get to know you better and to learn what you enjoy about my projects and my blog, and how I can better serve you going forward!\

Part 2

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It will take several blog posts for me to answer all the questions, you can see Part 1 HERE, and below are my answers to Part 2 of your questions.

Question: How do you store your Stamps, your Thinlits, your Paper, your scraps, your accessories like doilies and pearls?

Answer:  Several of you asked about storage, so I've lumped them all together in the question above, and you can find answers to my storage solutions here:

  • Stamp sets are on a shelf, punches are in a drawer, paper is stored in the Stamp-n-Storage cubes, to see all of those storage solutions in my stamp loft, CLICK HERE to see that post and craft room tour video
  • Additional paper drawer storage idea: CLICK HERE for Patty's Paper Drawer of Happiness
  • I store my thinlits and framelits on magnetic sheets from Stamp-n-Storage: CLICK HERE to see that post
  • My accessories are stored in a box on my desk: CLICK HERE for that post
  • My scraps are in boxes... no particular order or anything, other than long scrap strips are in one box, small scraps are in one box and rectangular (card front size) scraps are in one box.. the colors are all mixed up ... ya, I know.. don't faint.

 

Question: Do you do home parties, workshops, classes, or just online sales with Stampin' UP!?

Answer:  My Stampin' UP! business has evolved over the nearly 21 years I've been a demonstrator.  For the first 18-19 years or so of my Stampin' UP! career, I did roughly 4 to 8 events every month... In Home Classes, Workshops at a hostesses home, Open House events, and events for my Luv 2 Stamp Group.  9 years ago I started this blog, PattyStamps.com merely as a way to share what I was working on, and with the introduction of online ordering  shortly after that, I started to see an increase in online orders based on what I was blogging about, and a decrease in attendance of my events, so I started to concentrate more on blogging, social media posting and YouTube videos.  Over the past 2 years, my business has turned to 98% online sales and a few events for my Luv 2 Stamp Group each year.

So that was the long answer.... the short answer is that NOW my business is all online and I am very thankful for all of my amazing customers now and over the past nearly 21 years!

 

Question: What is your favorite adhesive?

Answer:  I truly love Fast Fuse!!  Stampin' Dimensionals are a total must on almost all projects, and sometimes I use Snail.   You can see my recent post, tips and video about using Fast Fuse Here!

 

Question: Do you do all your own gardening? Does your husband help? What do you grow in your garden?

Answer:  I would say I do about 90% of the work in the garden.. and that mostly consists of watering and occasional fertilizing.  I truly think my garden loves this San Francisco Bay Area climate and I really don't have to do a ton of work.  It is my therapy though.. I love to be outside and yes, I talk to my roses.  You can see my past Garden Posts Here.  I grow mostly roses (I have 10 rose bushes) and also grow LOTS of Alstromeria.. they love this climate and I have lots of different colors because they are such pretty accents in a bouquet.

This is a pretty typical bouquet from my garden:

Patty bouquet roses alstromeria

 

Question: What is your most used Punch?

Answer:  Ok this is pretty difficult to narrow it to one favorite... but I do have about 3 punches that I reach for the most:

  Patty 3 favorite stampin up punches

Question: Will Stampin' UP! offer cut files for e-cutters?

Answer:  When Stampin' UP! offered My Digital Studio (MDS), the svg files were cut files that could be used in e-cutters.  If you have those files, you can use them in your e-cutter.  Other than that, I am not aware of any files that can be used or any plans to offer them.

 

Question: Do you use a Planner?

Answer:  I tried to use an Erin Condren planner a year ago, and that experiment failed.  I have way too much to do each day and that type of planner did not offer me enough room to write everything, so I still had multiple extra to-do lists for each day.  I do use a desktop "At-a-Glance" weekly/monthly calendar that is kind of like a planner.. it is 11x17" and sits next to me on my desk.. I try to write most of my tasks for the day in it and I have a column for what I will blog each day.  I still have multiple to-do lists, but so far this works for me.

Patty planner

 

Question: If I wanted to join, or re-join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator, can I do that? How do I do that?

Answer:  If you are interested in joining the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator, we would love to have you!!  If you already work with a demonstrator, please check with him/her about joining!  If you are one of my customers or don't yet work with a demonstrator I'd be happy to chat with you about the Perks of Joining Stampin' UP! and my Luv 2 Stamp Group team of demonstrators.  If you have previously been a demonstrator, yes, you can rejoin!  This is a great time to join with the extra $30 in free product in your Starter Kit!!  Click to READ MORE.

 


Pattystamps youtube videos Question:
Were you nervous on your first YouTube Video?  and Do you feel like you are talking to yourself on your videos?

Answer:  Honestly I don't specifically remember much about my first video other than trying to figure out how to position the tripod around me.. LOL.. but yes, I was very nervous 7 years ago when I started to make videos.  I would rehearse and rehearse... Now I just turn on the camera and talk.  :)  I love sharing stamping projects via video with you, and wish I had time to create more of them.  If you'd like to see all of my videos on YouTube click here, or you can see a list on my blog here.  Be sure to click "subscribe" on YouTube so you get notified of any new videos I post.

I really don't feel like I'm talking to myself.. I honestly feel like everyone is sitting there watching and I'm just teaching a class.. that feeling must come from about 18 years of teaching stamping classes. :)

 

THANK YOU to everyone who voted in my online Occasions Catalog Survey!!!  After over 300 responses, here are the results of your 5 favorite Occasions catalog bundles.

And the Survey Says........

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 Are you surprised by the results?  The only reason I was a bit surprised was I thought that one bundle would be the "run away winner" .. but really, the results are all pretty even!!    It seems that the Botanical Gardens Bundle is the clear winner, but after that, truly almost everything else was fairly close in popularity!!

 

VIEW all of the Occasions Catalog Bundles Here!

 

The Occasions catalog runs through May 31, 2016.  If you don't have one and need one, please let me know so I can send you one.

 

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Banner Triple Punch Tag Cards

 

What to you think about this fun bold mix of colors, patterns, punches, and ribbons?

Tag Cards created with the Stampin' UP! Banner Triple Punch and Ornate Tag Topper Punch.  Cherry on Top paper and Neutrals black and white backgrounds make the cards pop! Sale a Bration "What I Love" flower stamped in Watermelon Wonder ink by Patty Bennett

A couple weeks ago, I stamped with Cindee and Joy to celebrate Joy's birthday, and this is one of the cards we created while we stamped together! 

You can see the 2 punches below used to create the tag on the front of the card:

  • Banner Triple Punch #138292
  • Ornate Tag Topper Punch #137416

 

Tag Cards created with the Stampin' UP! Banner Triple Punch and Ornate Tag Topper Punch.  Cherry on Top paper and Neutrals black and white backgrounds make the cards pop! Sale a Bration "What I Love" flower stamped in Watermelon Wonder ink by Patty Bennett

To create the tag, cut your Whisper White cardstock to 2" wide, then punch the top with the Ornate Tag Topper Punch and the bottom with the Banner Triple Punch.

To decorate the tags, I brought along several 2" wide strips of designer paper from the Cherry on Top paper stack (#138443) and we just punched whichever patterns we wanted to out of those paper strips using the Banner Triple Punch, layered the pieces, then combined them on our cards.  You can see below, that each of our cards turned out differently!

 

Tag Cards created with the Stampin' UP! Banner Triple Punch and Ornate Tag Topper Punch.  Cherry on Top paper and Neutrals black and white backgrounds make the cards pop! Sale a Bration "What I Love" flower stamped in Watermelon Wonder ink by Patty Bennett

To finish off the cards, we added 2 nice brightly colored ribbons:

  • Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace ribbon (#138425)
  • Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon (#140569)

We also stamped flowers using the 2016 Sale a Bration set called What I Love in Watermelon Wonder ink and Cucumber Crush ink, then cut them out with Paper Snips before adding them to our cards with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Did you know you can select that pretty flower stamp set as one of your free items with your $50 order during Sale a Bration?

All of the black and white paper patterns are found in the Neutrals Color Collection paper stack (#138435)

THANKS FOR BEING YOU  is stamped in Memento black ink and you'll find that in my favorite greeting set called Suite Sayings.

 

Tag Card created with the Stampin' UP! Banner Triple Punch and Ornate Tag Topper Punch.  Cherry on Top paper and Neutrals black and white backgrounds make the cards pop! Sale a Bration "What I Love" flower stamped in Watermelon Wonder ink by Patty Bennett
 

Oh, and we also added a bit of the Sale a Bration Metallic Glitter tape, and some It's My Party Enamel Dots!

 

Tag Card created with the Stampin' UP! Banner Triple Punch and Ornate Tag Topper Punch.  Cherry on Top paper and Neutrals black and white backgrounds make the cards pop! Sale a Bration "What I Love" flower stamped in Watermelon Wonder ink by Patty Bennett

What do you think?  Kind of BOLD, I know... but I think it's fun and just what we needed to celebrate Joy's birthday!

Bold Color Combo for Patty's Tag Cards:

 

 

DID YOU KNOW??  You can click any of the colors above to see some great Stampin' UP! products available in each color!

And because may of you have asked that I provide a pinable color combo graphic for you, here you go:

BOLD Color Combo for Stampin Up! from PattyStamps.com

 I wasn't sure how to take a photo of all 3 of us, so I took a photo facing into the mirror :)   Oh, and Cindee is redoing parts of her amazing craft room.. you can see an update here!

 

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