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Happy Mother's Day!

 

Wishing all the moms and special ladies in my life a very Happy Mother's Day!

I'm so grateful to have had such a wonderful mom, and so blessed to be a mom to such an amazing kid.. I thought you might like to see a few memories of my little sweetie pie!  Even though Jason is 26 years old now, he'll always be my sweetie kiddo!!

Fun Fact: did you know that some people refer to us as PB&J?  :)  (Patty Bennett & Jason).  hee hee!

 

Mothers day memories - PB&J

 

And of course, Happy Mother's Day to my mom in Heaven!!!  That is me in her arms in 1960, and my dad, mom and Jason in 1992!

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Mothers day bouquet from Patty's garden

 

 

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What an interesting Week!

 

Let's just say this has been a really diverse and BUSY week... we are redoing some flooring and some furnishings in our home plus getting help with laying some bark in the back yard... It has meant visits to the flooring store, IKEA, Sugar City (concrete and landscaping materials), Home Depot, Best Buy and more!  It's been a crazy week, and not as much time to stamp as I'd like.. so I thought I'd just share some photos of some of the progress of the past week.

Bennett family downstairs carpet and IKEA furniture redo.

 

We also created a Jim Burns Watercolor Gallery Wall. By clearing out the dining room, we have a lovely wall of my dad's paintings now!  We have his artwork all over our home.. on every wall in fact, but this one was fun because the wall is large and we grouped several watercolors together.  Kind of an eclectic layout for me.. usually I have to have everything lined up and "matchy matchy" .. but I like this..

 

Jim burns watercolors gallery wall bennett home

 

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I'll have fun before and after photos plus all the finished results soon!!  But the new carpet is done!! yay!!  That's one step!!! :)

If you happen to live in the Contra Costa County (San Francisco Bay Area - East Bay) area, I highly recommend going to see Britton at the Pleasant Hill S & G Carpets & more store... wow.. GREAT service, polite, attention to detail, clean, quick... we are very pleased!!

Living room & Dining room carpet done by S & G Carpets and more in Pleasant Hill, CA
 

I've also been coordinating the landscapers in the back yard.  The weeds were about 2' tall with all the rain, so I needed those pulled and we put in bark and will add some potted plants in that portion of the backyard.

I'll be back tomorrow with more stamping fun!

 

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My "Million Dollar" Stampin' Up! Set - Ribbon of Courage

 

I am so excited to be able to finally share this wonderful new stamp set with you!!  Today I am sharing the Ribbon of Courage set that I designed with designer Kathy Pitt when I visited Stampin' Up! in Dec. 2015 for my Million Dollar Achiever trip!! (see more about that trip HERE).  If you are a demonstrator, you have access to the catalog already and can find it on page 96 of the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalog with the million dollar achiever symbol, and my name below the set.

 

Patty Bennett Ribbon of Courage Stampin' Up! stamp set - in honor of all cancer survivors - and for encouragement cards, fundraisers, and more! Available after 6/1/17.

 

This stamp set has a story, and I will be sharing it with you in more detail soon in a video.  I was honored to be asked to present the set and my samples at the Stampin' UP! San Diego OnStage event last weekend, but only had 8 minutes to share... and I truly wanted to share so much more with the audience, so I will redo my presentation with all the samples and share the extra backstory and more in my video.  Watch for it here soon on my blog!

For all of you expecting that I would have designed a flower set... the explanation of why it's not flowers will also be in my video. This set is dedicated to my mom and grandma who both fought the battle against breast cancer.  They are both angels in Heaven now, and I know they are smiling down on me and so happy and amazed at how my business has grown over the nearly 22 years I've been a demonstrator!

 

Patty Bennett Ribbon of Courage Stampin' Up! stamp set - in honor of all cancer survivors - and for encouragement cards, fundraisers, and more! Available after 6/1/17.

 

I wanted to share a few photos with you from our time at the Stampin' UP! OnStage event in San Diego! I hope you enjoy these!

Above:  my display board and the samples I presented during my demonstration. 

Below: me on stage during rehearsal .. I don't have any photos of me during the presentation.

 

San Diego Stampin Up Onstage presentation by Patty Bennett featuring  the Ribbon of Courage stamp set

 

Watch my video presentation HERE!

 

Below: this is a portion of the room in San Diego at the Convention Center where the OnStage event was held.

Stampin' UP! San Diego OnStage convention April 2017

 

Below: Cindee, Lisa and I all won the same stamp set for Prize Patrol!!

Prize Patrol Stampin' Up! OnStage local convention San Diego April 2017

 

Below: Kim won this beautiful stamp set for Prize Patrol!

Prize Patrol Stampin' Up! OnStage local convention San Diego April 2017

If you would like to see more of these new stamp sets, I'd love to send you a new 2017-2018 Stampin' UP! catalog in May!  Please leave me a comment or click the contact me button in the left column if you do not have a demonstrator already and need a new catalog!

If you'd like to see this set and the entire new catalog early, Join My Team! You will have access to the entire catalog online immediately!

 

Below: some of us went to San Diego a few days early to visit, network, and basically solve all the problems of the universe (well, not really, but we tried)... L to R:  me, Ruth, Cindee, Stella and Lisa.

 

San Diego lunch with friends Ruth, Cindee, Stella and Lisa

 

Below: THIS was an amazing experience.. at the end of the OnStage event, Stampin' Up! announced they were giving away the Ribbon of Courage stamp set to ALL ATTENDEES!!!!!  Oh my gosh.. everyone seemed SO excited!  Immediately a long line formed at our table and everyone asked me to sign their set!!  Never in a million years did I expect that.. it was thrilling and crazy all at the same time! I was honored, humbled and feel so blessed over the amazing reaction to my Ribbon of Courage set!!  So many demonstrators shared their cancer survivor stories with me that day.  I know this set will be a huge encouragement to so many people!!

 

Stampin Up! OnStage local convention - Patty signing the Ribbon of Courage stamp sets

 

Below:  I totally invited myself to be part of Lisa and Rich's photo.. .sorry Lisa! :)  (Rich is the president of Stampin' Up!)

 

Stampin' Up! OnStage local convention San Diego, Rich, Patty & Lisa

 

Below: I started my trip at the Oakland airport with my new Brighton Poppy rolling bag and new Brighton heart purse.. doesn't it look just like my heart logo!?  whohoo! So much fun right from the very first moment of the trip!

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And last but not least, I must share this special photo with you... My sister-in-law Tami (on the right) drove down to San Diego from Orange County just to see my presentation!  My brother was tied up with a tax appointment.. I missed him, but it was GREAT to have Tami there!   This photo of my upline, Sandy, with Tami and I is very special, because it was Tami who attended a Stampin' UP! party hosted by Sandy about 25 years ago, then mailed me the Stampin' Up! catalog and said, "you might be interested in this!"  :)   OH MY>>> that was the start of a 25 year relationship with Sandy and Stampin' Up!  I was a customer for about 3 years before joining as a demonstrator in 1995!!  Thank goodness Sandy had her contact info on the back of the catalog!!!

 

Stampin' UP! San Diego OnStage local convention. Sandy, Patty & Tami

 

Hope you enjoyed that little (ok long) story with the sneak peek of the Ribbon of Courage set!!  I promise to share all the samples and a video very soon!!!

 

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Balloon Pop-Up Birthday Card for Jason

TOMORROW (3/31/17) is the LAST DAY to receive your FREE Sale a Bration gifts for 2017!
And just a reminder.. you can select this fun Party Animal designer paper (used on Jason's birthday card below) as your free gift!! Use code 147365 when redeeming your free Party Animal Paper gift!

 

It always amazes me when another year wooshes by... our son's 26th birthday was this past weekend, and this is the fun Balloon Pop-Up card that I made for him!   He smiled.. so I think he likes it :)

 

Balloon pop-up die birthday card idea featuring Stampin' UP! supplies, by Patty Bennett

 

I used the Stampin' Up! supplies featured on page 5 of the 2017 Occasions catalog:

  • Balloon Pop-Up thinlit dies
  • Party Animal designer paper
  • Party Animal Washi Tape
  • Balloon Adventures stamp set

All supplies may be purchased in my online store, you can click the product photo links at the bottom of my post to shop!

 

Balloon pop-up die birthday card idea featuring Stampin' UP! supplies, by Patty Bennett

 

You can WATCH THIS CARD IN ACTION in my product review video HERE.

 

Below: the front of the card is decorated with more Party Animal paper and die cut pieces.   I added some of the Urban Underground star embellishments and Star shape die cuts, too!

 

Balloon pop-up die birthday card idea featuring Stampin' UP! Party Animal paper and supplies, by Patty Bennett

 

 

Happy birthday Jason from Mom

 

I just smile when I think of all the times we visited Eric at work when Jason was young, and now Jason works at the same engineering office as Eric!!  My heart is FULL!  :) 

Jason Bennett engineering

 

Here is what the pop up card looks like from the top.. it closes just perfectly and fits into a regular size envelope.  It's a fun card to open and see the fun pop-up surprise!

 

Balloon pop-up die birthday card idea featuring Stampin' UP! supplies, by Patty Bennett

 

I love the "bow" topper die (below) in this Balloon Pop-Up thinlit set.. doesn't it make the cutest gift package!?

 

Balloon pop-up die birthday card idea featuring Stampin' UP! supplies, by Patty Bennett

I stamped It's your Day in Real Red on an oval Stitched Shape framelit die and use the Layering Ovals framelits to make a scalloped mat around the greeting.  Enamel Shapes stars decorate the oval.

 

Balloon pop-up die birthday card idea featuring Stampin' UP! supplies, by Patty Bennett

The balloons are all in the thinlit set.  You can also stamp balloons and strings with the images in the Balloon Adventures stamp set.  SAVE 10% and buy the bundle!

 

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Happy Birthday Jason!!  I love you so much!!!


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Merry Christmas from the Bennetts - Paper Pumpkin Style

 

Wishing all of our friends, family, fellow crafters, customers and those new to my blog, a VERY Merry Christmas from the Bennett Family!! 

While I wish I could send EVERYONE I come in contact with all year a card and gift every year, it is just not possible, so I hope you will enjoy seeing the Paper Pumpkin Christmas cards I sent out this year as well as some cute frames / ornaments I created using the November Paper Pumpkin refill kits!

 

Bennett Family Christmas Cards and ornaments or frames featuring the Stampin' Up! November 2016 Paper Pumpkin crafting kits by Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

 

I purchased these pretty little frames at Michaels craft store before Christmas and knew they'd be perfect for the die cut trees and houses in the Paper Pumpkin refill kit!!

 

Bennett Family Christmas ornaments or frames featuring the Stampin' Up! November 2016 Paper Pumpkin crafting kits by Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

 

The NEW Stampin' Up! 3/8" Metallic Ribbon from the 2017 Sale a Bration brochure is the perfect touch to tie at the top of the frames!!  You can hang them on your tree, a package or a wine bottle!

 

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You can give these pretty frames as gifts, hang them on the tree for ornaments, put them on a package, or hang them over a bottle of wine!

 

Bennett Family Christmas ornaments or frames for wine bottles featuring the Stampin' Up! November 2016 Paper Pumpkin crafting kits by Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

 

Order your November Paper Pumpkin refill kits HERE and set them aside for holiday crafting next year!  Refill kits are only available to Paper Pumpkin Subscribers.  See Subscription options HERE.

 

Bennett Family Christmas ornaments or frames featuring the Stampin' Up! November 2016 Paper Pumpkin crafting kits by Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

 

Below is our Christmas newsletter that went out with the Paper Pumpkin Christmas cards I made this year.  I REALLY cannot believe that I forgot to include a bit about celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary in 2016... geesh!!!  That IS kinda a big deal.. I'm sorry I missed including that milestone!

 

Bennett family Christmas newsletter 2016

 

Thank you once again for another year of your friendship, love, support, and kind comments!!

Blessings to you and your family, from the Bennett Family!

 

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2016 Stamp & Scrap Cruise to the Caribbean

 

We enjoyed an amazing trip in October, cruising the Caribbean on the Liberty of the Seas with about 30 friends and fellow crafters!!  Jenn Gulch organized this amazing week-long crafting cruise and I am SO glad we went!!!  We enjoyed it so much we are already booked for the 2017 trip!! :)

 

2016 Stamping and scrapping paper crafting cruise with Stampin UP! supplies.

 

Above: Cindee, Jenn and I in the crafting room on the ship!!  Jenn prepared tons of amazing projects for us to create!!  Look at our cute bags below with all of our supplies.. it was so amazing and so much fun!!! 

Over the course of the week, we could use the crafting room anytime we wanted to, but Cindee and I went in there on the "sea days" (days we were not in port).  I think we crafted about a total of 18 hours!!!  It was heavenly!!!

 

2016 Stamping and scrapping paper crafting cruise with Stampin UP! supplies.

 

Above: all of the amazing Stampin' UP! products in our bag, from Jenn!

Below:  the projects we created over the course of the week:  40 cards, 2 scrapbook albums, 1 Christmas banner and a 12x12 framed Christmas collage!!!

 

2016 Stamping and scrapping paper crafting cruise with Stampin UP! supplies.

 

I will be sharing all the projects with you over the coming weeks, but thought you'd enjoy the overview of the week first!! 

 

I cannot even tell you how much fun it was to have all of the projects prepped and ready.  For about 25 years I have been the one prepping the project packets for events, so this was just a dream vacation with my family and friends AND crafting!!!

 

2016 Stamping and scrapping paper crafting cruise with Stampin UP! supplies.

 

Many of the crafters brought family members or friends.  Below was most of our group.. I think a few are missing.

 

Cruise group 2016 stamp & scrap cruise liberty of the seas

 

We departed from the port in Galveston, TX, a port we have never cruised out of before.  So that was fun to see something new!!  We had 2 "sea days" before arriving in Roatan, Honduras, so we crafted both of those days, then we had 3 ports in a row.. Roatan, Belize and Cozumel.   The last day, coming back was another sea day to craft and pack (packing, boo.. hate that part because it means you are going home).

 

Oct caribbean cruise agenda

 

Below: our home away from home for the week: the Liberty of the Seas.  The 2017 crafting cruise is on the same ship.

 

2016 stamp & scrap cruise Liberty of the Seas royal caribbean

 

Our cabin..

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There were several of us from the Luv 2 Stamp group in a row on the ship, so we opened our balcony dividers and had one HUGE balcony :)

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I was so glad my family wanted to come with me.. it was a great week and much needed R&R for all of us!

 

2016 Stamping and scrapping paper crafting cruise with Stampin UP! supplies.

 

 If you'd like to join us in 2017, we are all booked on the same ship in September!!

CLICK HERE to see the event on Facebook and to get more info!

Hope to see you on the ship!! Anyone can go on the cruise, but the crafting portion will have limited availability, so reserve your spot soon if you want to join us!

 

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A Funny Thing Happened at the Hotel...

 

So... this funny thing happened when we were in So. California last weekend for our niece's wedding...  I had packed up my Tin of Cards kit and some basic stamping supplies for the trip, because I knew I'd have about 90 minutes of free time in the hotel room before the wedding... well...

Card Kit: Stampin' Up! Tin of Cards kit creates 16 cards - complete with so many fun embellishments!  order #141651 - click shop online at www.pattystamps.com

Card Kit: Stampin' Up! Tin of Cards kit creates 16 cards - complete with so many fun embellishments!  order #141651 - click shop online at www.pattystamps.com

 

Yep, I forgot the ink pads!!! ack!!!!

So, I assembled this amazing Tin of Cards kit in the hotel, and just left the stamping for later when I got home!

 

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The Stampin' UP! Tin of Cards kits comes in a lovely blue and white striped tin (shown below) complete with dividers, so that you can store your finished cards for appropriate occasions!  The coordinating stamp set has all the little occasions greetings you will need!

The kit includes full color instructions, the paper supplies and embellishments to create 16 cards, plus the tin and dividers as mentioned above and shown below.

 

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Find the Tin of Cards kit on page 160 in the 2016 Stampin' Up! annual catalog, (#141651 HERE online), and the coordinating stamp set on page 161, (#141739 HERE online).  Recommended ink pads for this project are listed in the catalog on page 160.  I used: Dapper Denim, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight.

You'll also need paper snips and adhesive.

 

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Below are the 16 cards I created with my Tin of Cards Kit.

 

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Do you ever stamp with your crafty friends? 

If you want a quick and easy (and FUN) stamping day together, order this Tin of Cards kit, have each person bring a couple ink pad colors and their own adhesive, and create these cards together!!  Order yours today!

 

Card Kit: Stampin' Up! Tin of Cards kit creates 16 cards - complete with so many fun embellishments!  order #141651 - click shop online at www.pattystamps.com

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Oh, and yes, the wedding was amazing, magical, beautiful and perfect!!  It was at Las Lomas Ranch in Silverado, CA, near Irvine.

Wishing Jenny and Justin all the happiness in the world and a life-long adventure of fun filled with God's blessings!

Jenny & Justin's wedding collage Las Lomas Ranch, Silverado, CA

 

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Patty's Million Dollar Achiever Highlight Video

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I am excited to share my Highlight Video from last December when I visited Stampin' Up! to celebrate my $1,000,000 career sales milestone!

We had the most amazing trip visiting the Stampin' UP! home office in Riverton, UT, and being spoiled with a wonderful driver picking us up and taking us everywhere, a beautiful suite at the Grand America hotel - complete with A DECORATED CHRISTMAS TREE! in our suite - and wonderful meals, celebrations, tours of home office, packing orders on the pick line, and a highlight for me, stamping with Sara at Shelli's house!!

 You can see some of those highlights below in the video from Stampin' UP!, and I've also included a few photos below that of our wonderful trip!

 

It gives me goosebumps to think I was the 9th person in the 28 year history of Stampin' UP! to achieve this sales milestone! 

 

Watch the Stampin' Up! Highlight Video below from my million dollar trip!

 

  

 

 if you are unable to see the video in an email feed, click here to see it on my YouTube channel.

 

 As you can see in the video, my husband and son, Eric and Jason, were with me on this trip, and that meant so much to me!! They have been my biggest cheerleaders and supporters over my 21 year Stampin' UP! career!

Here are a few highlight photos of our beautiful suite at the Grand America, our walk around the Temple Square grounds, and our time at the home office.   Our first day there was beautiful and sunny and we walked for miles, then that night KABOOM, one of the biggest snow storms to hit Salt Lake City in years!! Everything turned into a winter wonderland!!

 

  Patty Bennett's $1,000,000 celebration trip to Stampin' UP!

Patty Bennett's $1,000,000 celebration trip to Stampin' UP!  in the photobooth with Sean, Sara, Eric and Jason

Having fun with Sara and Sean in the photo booth!

 

Patty Bennett's $1,000,000 celebration trip to Stampin' UP!  in the atrium of the home office with all the employees cheering!

The Stampin' UP! employees clapping and cheering.. what a moment... truly an experience of a lifetime!

 

Patty Bennett's $1,000,000 celebration trip to Stampin' UP!  on the pick line, packing Stampin' Up! orders

Above and below: the pick line - so much fun packing orders!!

Patty Bennett's trip to the Stampin Up! home office learning about the pick line for packing Stampin' Up! orders.

Patty Bennett and family meeting with Stampin' UP! designer Kathy Pitt to design my own stamp set!

Above: meeting with Kathy to design my stamp set!!  You will see it in the next annual catalog as far as I know!

 

Patty Bennett and family meeting with Spencer Willis at Stampin' Up! to learn about new products!

Above: meeting with Spencer to see sneak peeks of new products!!!!!

Visiting Temple Square, Salt Lake City, UT in December with the Christmas lights!

Our first day in Salt Lake City was sunny and gorgeous.. we walked to Temple Square and all around downtown!

Our suite at the Grand America, Salt Lake City, UT for my 1 million dollar sales celebration with Stampin' UP!

Our suite at the Grand America was AMAZING!!!! complete with our own decorated Christmas Tree!

We went to sleep that night and when we got up ... BAM.. winter wonderland!

overnight snowstorm in Salt Lake City, December 2015

Snowstorm in Salt Lake City, UT viewed from the Grand America Hotel.

Jason, Eric, Patty, Sara and Sean at Ruth's Chris steakhouse in Salt Lake City, UT

Above:  Dinner at Ruth's Chris steakhouse with Sara and Sean.. truly a delightful evening with a most gracious and delightful couple!

 

Eric, Patty and Jason at the Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City UT

Patty Bennett and Sara Douglass stamping and creating our Project Life album in Shelli's craft room!

Above: stamping day with Sara at Shelli's house!!  Click the links below to see more about THAT amazing experience!

 Usually, for a $1,000,000 sales celebration, Shelli is part of the celebration, but when I visited the home office last December, she and Sterling were serving on a mission in Hawaii for the LDS church, so I was able to catch up with Shelli and Sterling when I visited Salt Lake again in April for the OnStage convention event.  Shelli, Sterling, Sean, Sara, Cindee and I had dinner at the Red Iguana which was delightfully fun!!

Patty's $1,000,000 celebration visit to Salt Lake City, UT - dinner at the Red Iguana

 

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 Thank you for celebrating with me, thank you for your orders (if you are one of my customers) and for continuing to support my Stampin' UP! business! I love being your Stampin' UP! demonstrator!!

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Anniversary Celebration and the Mystery Cruise Ship

 

I have a funny story for you today... a little break from stamping. 

It's a rare occurrence that I take time off of my Stampin' Up! business... in fact so rare that we really didn't get to celebrate Mother's day or my birthday in May as we had planned.. so we made a point to take an afternoon off in June and we celebrated those 2 occasions as well as our 30th wedding anniversary at one of my favorite spots, the Spinnaker Restaurant in Sausalito, CA. 

 

Spinnaker restaurant overlooking the San Francisco Bay, California

 

 This lovely restaurant is on pilings out over the San Francisco bay and has a 360 degree view of Sausalito, Angel Island, Belvedere, Tiburon and San Francisco.

It's one of "those" restaurants where they have a valet to park your car... not the kind of place we go to very often, (but the kind of place I'd love to frequent more often!).

As soon as we were seated for our late lunch at a window seat, we looked out across the San Francisco Bay toward San Francisco, and this was our view.. a little hazy/foggy, but I'm sure you can make out a bit of the city:

 

San Francisco Bay from the Spinnaker restaurant, Sausalito California

Alcatraz is just on the left, partially behind that sailboat, and the Golden Gate bridge would be off to the right.

 

Then this conversation happened between our son Jason, and me:

Jason: "Oh, there is a cruise ship in port!"

Me: squinting.... squinting some more.. raising my eyebrow ... "there is?"

Jason: "Yes, it looks like a Princess Ship"

Me:  "Ok, I seriously cannot see a cruise ship in port and sure as heck couldn't tell you it's a Princess ship"

Jason:  "Ya, it has the white arch thing in the back, so I know it's a Princess Ship"

 

Now, I ask you ... am I just blind? or can you see it too?  I've even circled it below for you .. (no, not the little sailboat)... and yes, there actually is a Princess ship docked in port at San Francisco, I looked it up on the internet and it was the Grand Princess!

FACT:  Jason has AMAZING eyesight

FACT:  I don't.

 

Grand Princess in port in San Francisco,  from the Spinnaker restaurant, Sausalito California

 

There were tons of tourists in Sausalito that day who had taken the ferry over to Sausalito from SF for the day.. shopping, eating, bicycling, .. it was crowded but delightful!  Perfect weather, amazing views and the best company in the world (my guys!) :)

 

Eric and Patty Bennett celebrating 30 years at the Spinnaker restaurant, Sausalito, CA

 

Eric and I each enjoyed delicious seafood plates for our lunch.. Jason had a burger (big news there!), and we shared this delightful berry dessert after lunch!

We walked for a few miles after that amazing lunch and enjoyed the sights in Sausalito.

 

Beautiful flower baskets in Sausalito CA, photo by Patty Bennett

 

Above: beautiful flower baskets hanging outside the shops in Sausalito

Below: the very tip of the Golden Gate Bridge peeking above the mountain, and the ferry at the dock on the left

 

San Francisco / Sausalito ferry docked in Sausalito.

 

Oh, and on our 30th anniversary, it was "bowling night" (league night for Eric and Jason) so between work and bowling, we met for a quick dinner at Caps in Brentwood, exchanged our cards to each other, and then I went along to cheer Jason and Eric in their summer bowling league.

 

Eric and Patty Bennett celebrate 30th anniversary at Caps restaurant in Brentwood, CA

If you missed the 30th anniversary card I made for Eric, you can see it HERE.

 

 Hope you enjoyed that little vacation from stamping.  Hope this finds you well, and that your day is great!

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Wow! Happy 30 Year Anniversary to Us!

 

Can it be? I married my sweetheart 30 years ago!?  Wow!!! 

Happy Anniversary to my sweet hubby.. thanks for putting up with me all these years! :)

 

Eric and Patty 30 year wedding anniversary

 

Cheers to 30 more... I can't wait to see what adventures await us Mr. Bennett!

Here is the card I made for Eric.. I was excited to create this for him!  I've been thinking about what to make him for several months.  When I saw the new Large Letter framelit dies in the new Stampin' Up! catalog, I knew this is what I wanted to make!

I die cut "30 YEARS" with the Stampin' UP! large letter and large number framelits and my Big Shot, and put a collage of photos behind the cut out openings.  I hope he'll like it!!

 

30th anniversary card featuring Stampin' UP! large letter and large number framelits, die cut with my Big Shot. Stamped with First Sight stamp set, by Patty Bennett

 

I stamped around the die cut numbers and letters with my favorite swirly image, and a heart image from the First Sight stamp set. You'll find them on page 46 of the current Stampin' UP! catalog or online in the product photos below.

I stamped the heart image with Real Red ink on Whisper White cardstock, punched it out with the Sweetheart punch, then die cut Real Read hearts with the Sweet & Sassy heart framelits to perfectly frame the hearts!! :)

I did just a little embellishing with the new enamel shapes - Real Red from the Brights package and Pool Party from the Subtles package.

Here is the inside of the anniversary card:

 

30th anniversary card for Eric, inside.

 

Cheers to our 30th wedding anniversary!  Eric & Patty Bennett

 

You may be wondering... how are we celebrating this special occasion!?  Well, since Tuesday nights are bowling league nights for Eric and Jason, they have bowling league tonight... soooooooo, I will be meeting them for dinner before bowling and then I'll tag along and cheer them on during their games tonight :)  

Ya... romantic... right?  :)  LOL

Well, doesn't matter how we celebrate, just being together is the best and that's what counts! 

 

30th anniversary card featuring Stampin' UP! large letter and large number framelits, die cut with my Big Shot.  by Patty Bennett

 

This is a large 6" x 9" card.  I love that crafters can create a custom greeting or card with these large number and large letter framelits!! They are available in my online store by clicking any of the product photos below..

 

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Father's Day Painter's Palette Cards

 

I made fun Father's Day Cards for my dad and my hubby using the Stampin' UP! Painter's Palette stamp set!!  As some of you know, my daddy is an amazing artist, so I knew he'd love this idea!!  I cut out the center of the artist's easel and added photos to the cards!

 

Painters Palette Father's Day card idea with Stampin' UP! stamps and ink. Add a photo to personalize the card!

 

The card on the left is for my daddy, and on the right for my hubby.  Isn't that a cutie photo of our little Jason about 24 years ago!?  :)  eeks, I could just kiss those little cheeks!!

 

Below are the stamp images in the Painter's Palette stamp set, and the Layering Square framlelit dies that nicely cut out the center of the easel area.  Find the Painter's Palette stamp set on page 119 of the new 2016 Annual Stampin' Up! catalog, and the square framelits in pg 193.

Stampin' Up! Painter's Palette stamp set and Layering Squares framelit dies pair perfectly together

See the Painter's Palette stamp set here online

See the Layering Squares framelit dies here online

Stampin' Up! Painter's Palette stamp set and Layering Squares framelits pair perfectly together

 

I printed a few photos and then decided which ones to use.  I cut them out with the square framlits since it was really easy to see which portion of the photo I wanted to use that way.

Painters Palette Father's Day card idea with Stampin' UP! stamps and ink. Add a photo to personalize the card!

Painters Palette Father's Day card idea with Stampin' UP! stamps and ink. Add a photo to personalize the card!

 

BELOW: Isn't that a cute saying: Love you, Papa Bear, day after day, year after year!  I combined stamps from 2 sets to create that saying on my punched out banner.  I used the Bear Hugs stamp set (pg 107 in the 2016 annual Stampin' UP! catalog) and the In the Meadow stamp set (pg 129 annual catalog).

 

Painters Palette Father's Day card idea with Stampin' UP! stamps and ink. Add a photo to personalize the card!

 

Make a pocket for a gift card!!  just add adhesive around 3 sides of a piece of cardstock or paper and it will create a pocket!

 

Create a gift card holder inside the Painters Palette Father's Day card featuring Stampin' UP! stamps and ink. Add a photo to personalize the card!

Create a gift card holder inside the Painters Palette Father's Day card featuring Stampin' UP! stamps and ink. Add a photo to personalize the card!

Painters Palette Father's Day card idea with Stampin' UP! stamps and ink. Add a photo to personalize the card!

 

The Happy Father's Day greeting was from my May Paper Pumpkin kit

My color combo was Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler and Dapper Denim.  Speaking of Curry... go Warriors tonight! :)

Painters Palette Father's day card by pattystamps featuring Stampin' U!p color combo of Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler and Dapper Denim

 

Below.. this was a photo taken of my daddy and I a week ago .. he had just painted a new painting for me of the Hotel del Coronado.. I love it!! I get to pick it up in August when I am there again!!

Watercolors by Jim Burns, with Patty Bennett

 

 Below is part of his studio and a few of his paintings..  we are so blessed to have a few dozen of them in our home.. now I just need a bigger home with more walls! :)

 

Jim Burns watercolors studio and paintings, Pasadena CA

Happy Father's Day Dad, and to my hubby, Eric!!  I am so thankful for both of you!!

 

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Memory Keeping with Stampin' UP! Blog Hop

 

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Welcome to our International Memory Keeping with Project Life Design Team Blogshare!

 

I hope you will visit ALL of my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator friends listed at the bottom of this blog post to see their Project Life page shares today - we are all featuring Project Life kits on the Stampin' UP! retiring list.

I started on my Stampin' UP! Caribbean Cruise 2005 Project Life album, and I elected to feature the Happy Times kit - it's on sale for only $8.00 for 100 cards!! CLICK HERE to see it!  While it's frustrating that I'm so many years behind, it is delightfully fun to go back and remember our fun trips with Stampin' Up!

 

  Caribbean Cruise 2005 with Stampin' Up! - Memory Keeping with Project Life Happy Times kit by Patty Bennett #PLXSU

Caribbean Cruise 2005 with Stampin' Up! - Memory Keeping with Project Life Happy Times kit by Patty Bennett #PLXSU

 

These are some of the 2 page spreads I created with the Happy Times Project Life kit and our Stampin' Up! cruise memories.  Keep scrolling down to see some Project Life Tips!

 

Caribbean Cruise 2005 with Stampin' Up! - Memory Keeping with Project Life Happy Times kit by Patty Bennett #PLXSU

 

I often get asked.. what is the best way to GET STARTED with Project Life!?  Well, there is no one correct answer (well actually there is - whatever works for you!) but for me this is how I start:

How I get started with my Stampin' Up! - Memory Keeping with Project Life Happy Times kit by Patty Bennett #PLXSU

I work well with this system... organize my photos, grab my pocket pages, then go through the Project Life cards.   If you want to learn more about this system for starting your Project Life album, CLICK HERE to watch a video I created with Sara Douglass, Stampin' UP! CEO, as she explains 3 easy steps to starting your Project Life album.

Click here for more info on how I organize my Project Life cards for easy access at my Project Life station.

If I am wondering which Project Life Card Collection I want to use, I click on the Project Life card collections in the ONLINE STORE HERE, then I click on a card collection and click the MORE button then the + sign and I scroll through all of the card designs in that pack to give me a feel for whether or not I want to use that kit in my current album.  See the tips below for seeing all the cards in a pack.

Did you know there is a pretty easy way to see a quick view of all the cards in each Project Life Card Collection?  Follow the steps below after going to my Stampin' UP! online store here.

 

Quick way to view all of the Stampin Up project life cards in the online store #PLXSU

 

Patty's Project Life Pages and Tips:

 

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TIP: Above and Below:  Don't be afraid to cut some photos in 1/2.  I learned this tip when I was creating my album with Sara Douglass... sometimes it just works out really well for your page!!

Caribbean Cruise 2005 with Stampin' Up! - Memory Keeping with Project Life Happy Times kit by Patty Bennett #PLXSU

Caribbean Cruise 2005 with Stampin' Up! - Memory Keeping with Project Life Happy Times kit by Patty Bennett #PLXSU

TIP: Above and Below:  Use postcards, professional photos, and trip itinerary memorabilia in your pages to round out telling the story.   Sometimes we just don't have all the photos we need for a layout or album and need to include other items. 

 

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TIP: Embellishment tip:  Use Washi Tape and your stapler to attach photos, embellishments or memorabilia to your Project Life cards for added interest and dimension.

 

Please visit our international Project Life Design Team Blogs:

Tina Gillespie

Sandra Korten

Constanze Wirtz

Julie Kettlewell

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Linda Dalke

Caroline van der Straaten

Delys Cram

Elizabeth Peterson

Janet Wakeland

 

If you need more tips and ideas for your Project Life albums and projects, CLICK HERE.

 

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Best Mother's Day Gift Ever!

 

This is probably not the view of my garden you are used to seeing, but I just wanted to share what is making my heart so happy this Mother's Day weekend!! 

If you've followed me for awhile, you know I lost my mom to cancer almost 10 years ago.  She was an avid gardener and loved her rose garden.  As a teenager, of course, I didn't really "appreciate" that, but over the years I grew to love her rose garden  and I knew that her Whiskey Mac rose bush was her favorite.  I tried twice to take a cutting from it, and it never grew.  I really wanted one in my garden, and looked and searched for nearly 10 years for one!

Fast Forward.. a couple months ago, my sweet hubby found a Whiskey Mac bush on ebay and urged me to buy it for Mother's Day!  I did.. it finally came a couple weeks ago.. we planted it... and I've been waiting.. and NOW, it finally has little growth spurts on it!! yay!

 

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So yes, I know.. it's not very thrilling, but it thrills my heart to know that I will soon have a beautiful Whiskey Mac rose bush!! 

And as a Happy Mother's Day wish to all the moms out there this weekend, I will share 2 lovely bouquets I cut from my garden a couple weeks ago.. I love bringing fresh flowers into my home from my garden!

 

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Blessings to you!  Have a wonderful Weekend!

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No Foolin' - My Garden is Bloomin'

 

No tricks this April Fools Day... just some pretty spring flowers from my garden to share with you!

One of the things you mention to me over and over is that you enjoy photos of my garden.  I'm so glad you enjoy them and thought I'd show you what's blooming so far this year!

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In my garden, I grow mostly roses and alstromeria.  You can see the beautiful yellow alstromeria above.. it's one of my faves! I think I have 4 colors of alstromeria.  I love to cut it and add it to my bouquets because it lasts a LONG time in a vase!!

 

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Above: This is a Peace rose.. it's very happy in the sunshine... there are dozens of buds ready to bloom on this bush!

 

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Above: A bunch of sunflower seeds planted themselves under the bird feeders.. so this year I just let them grow.. they are already all in bloom!!  Why did I think that sunflowers bloomed in the fall?

 

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Above: This is one of my pink alstromeria growing up in amongst one of the rose bushes!

 

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Above: I think this is Star Jasmine.. it sure smells wonderful when it's blooming!  It climbs all along one of the back fences.

 

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Above: Another Peace rose silhouetted against the shade...

 

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And more happy alstromeria!

 

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One of my backyard buddies was resting, watching me in the garden.. they are so funny...

Thank you for letting me share a little about me, and my garden.  I get asked all the time what my secrets are for gardening and success with roses .. truly I think it's the San Francisco Bay Area climate - perfect mix of warm, cool, rain and sun.. and yes, I do talk to them.. not sure if that helps.  I prune them sometime between Christmas and Super Bowl weekend (how's that for a funny schedule) and they are always still blooming so it kills me to cut them back, but boy does it make them come back with a roar of new growth!!

 

Garden pattystamps new rose growth 2016

 

Have a great day my friends! 

 

 

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