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May 2008

Birthday card winners

I received dozens of stamped birthday cards in response to THIS CHALLENGE.  THANK YOU to everyone who participated!!


I have LOTS and LOTS of favorites.. I'm paring it down to my top 3 (or maybe 5) and will post them on Sunday afternoon after church.

You are going to love them!! Thanks again for making me feel so special and for all your kind notes and wishes!

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Bloomin' Beautiful Classes today!

 I had so many requests to teach this class, and.... today is the BIG DAY !! 

We are using Afternoon Tea designer paper from Stampin' Up! and the GORGEOUS Bloomin' Beautiful set from the Stampin' Up! Occasions mini catalog. The class was based on Andrea's class HERE.  If you'd like instructions, please click here to purchase Andrea's tutorial.

In this class we are making a box with a portfolio inside and 4 cards inside the portfolio...  ok.. I'll admit it.. it's a LOT to accomplish in a class.. but we hope to get it all done today in the morning session and again in the afternoon session.  Wish us luck!

Here is my version of the outside of the box with a gift tag:

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The box is open on the right side - you can see the portfolio with its handle slipped in here:

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Here is the portfolio open with the 4 cards inside:

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Here is the top view with the porfolio partially slipped out:

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Here are my versions of the 4 cards - I watercolored them using Aquapainters and Blender pens with reinkers and Watercolor Crayons:

Card 2

Card 1

Card 3

Card 4

 Have a FABULOUS weekend!

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Holy Cow, and on a personal note...

Holy Cow Batman.. what happened... 14,205 blog hits YESTERDAY - in ONE DAY !!???  What in the world was going on when I was away at the eye dr... ??  :)

Speaking of which.. not that you really care about this.. but.. it's soooooooo exciting for me so I just have to share...  yesterday afternoon I had an appointment with a contact lens specialist... and OH MY GOSH>>> after wearing glasses and/or contacts for the last 45 years but STILL living life in a blurry state all that time, today I can FINALLY I CAN REALLY SEE!!  I got the B&L Multi Focal contacts they've been advertising on TV, and OH MY GOSH>>> i can really see! I mean it!  If you haven't lived your life in a blur, you probably can't relate.. but I am so happy I could just cry because I can really really really SEE now for the first time in my life!!!!!!  These are like progressive trifocal glasses, but in a contact lens.

OK, enough of that..  Hope your day is wonderful!  I'm counting my blessings!


EDITED TO ADD 5-30-08 9:30am PST:

LOL... Typepad must be having issues... NOW it says I had 102,000+ blog hits on my birthday and 104,000+ the day before!!  LOL... totally not true.. so I really doubt I had 14,000+ hits yesterday.. but it's pretty funny to see that on my stats graph! 

Thank You and Whoohoo for Hawaii!

Thanks to everyone who ordered during my weekend birthday special... your orders "boosted" me over the edge to earn the Stampin' Up! 2009 trip to Hawaii!! 

SALLY M. .. you were the one to put me over the $40,000 mark in sales to earn the trip.. I'll be sending you a special little something with your receipt! :) :) 

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Stampin' T-shirts for Convention! (or anytime!)

My new friend, Stacey Carter, designed a FABULOUS T-shirt for her upline's Stampahowlics group for convention, and I knew I wanted one for my group too!!  So she designed a shirt for my Luv 2 Stamp Group - we can wear them to convention or anytime - workshops, meetings, around town, Stamp Camps, etc.!!  What a FUN way to advertise what you do!

Here are some samples of the shirts she's done so far:

(this is for my group only):


For the Stampahowlics group:



Stacey has more designs available and can custom design anything for your group!  Individuals can order and pay for their choice of shirts and they are delivered directly to each person, so you don't even need to coordinate huge orders and worry about disribution or anything!  yahooo!


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My Birthday Bouquet and 500,000 blog hits!!!!

I picked a lovely bouquet from my garden as a birthday gift to myself!!  I love having fresh flowers from my garden in my home all spring and summer. :)


HOLY COW... last night while I was out celebrating my birthday with friends, my blog set a record for number of hits in one day (over 5,200 yesterday) AND hit the 500,000 mark last night!!!!

Can you believe it???  HALF A MILLION BLOG VISITS IN A YEAR!?  Wow... I feel so blessed to be connected to all of you - my FUN Stamping Friends!  Thanks for all your kind comments and sweet emails!

Have a FABULOUS day!

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Stamp A Rama shoebox cards - Part 1

Here are some samples from the "Stamp A Rama shoebox swap" I do with my direct recruits and Power Team.  The cards are supposed to be 10 minute demonstratable cards because we have about 2-1/2 hours to make about 13 or 14 cards at this event.  It's lots of fun and we all learn great stamping tips from each other's projects!

all images copyright Stampin' Up! 1990-2008

River Rock, Black and White by Jen Tipton (stunning combo!):


Fun punches by Cynthia Stember:



Pink & brown combo by Roxanne Sager:


Watercolored dragonfly Tri-Fold card by Sharon Howard:




all images copyright Stampin' Up! 1990-2008

More samples coming another day.. stay tuned..

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5 Fun Free Project - part 3

Here is one more card my gals made at their 5 Fun Free event on May 17th. 

It's a 3x6 card in Bashful Blue, using some of the Summer Picnic designer papers that have been neglected - at least in my house these prints were neglected.  I like how this combo turned out!

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The blue flower in the center is punched out of the Summer Picnic paper as well. 

"Thank You Much" is from "Block Party" on pg 32.  I've mounted them separately... see THIS POST.

Check it out samp98c04ea8ae037575 Here's a HOT TIP for you ... to color the center of the Silver Hodgepodge brads, I simply used a fine point Sharpee marker!!  

We've done the crystal effects mixed with reinker (see HERE), but this is really easy for just a small added dash of color!!

5 fun free thank you sharpee

Have a great weekend!

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Birthday Weekend SPECIAL!

         Ready for a hot stampin' special!?

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    To celebrate the Memorial Day weekend and my birthday this coming week (and because I'm REALLY REALLY close to earning the next Stampin' Up! trip), I'm offering the following special for Stampin' Up! orders of $75 or more:

Take 25% OFF your Stampin' Up! order of $75 or more when placed by 5/28/08! 

Fine Print: Tax and shipping apply to the net total of your order before discount.  Payment must be recieved by midnight 5/28/08 in order to qualify for this special. Available only from Patty Bennett - this is not a Stampin' Up! special.

 Orders of $150 or more qualify for all the hostess benefits (free Hostess set and min. $15 extra free merchandise). 

All Stampin' Up! Chipboard products are already 25% off.. so this gives you a DOUBLE DISCOUNT if you want to add any chipboard to your order (see pages 178 and 179).  (You must order $35 before you can take advantage of 25% off chipboard). 

So email me with your order by 5/28/08 to take advantage of the 25% OFF offer!  I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

And don't forget THIS fun offer too!

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Computer Issues

There will be a delay in stamping posts until I can get back on my "real" computer.. my video card died this morning, so my DH is repairing that and installing new spyware and internet security software... it's taking FOREVER to scan my bazillion files.

I don't have any of my photoshopped/watermarked photos on my laptop, so I can't upload anything from here.. but "I'll be back" very soon. :)


It's my birthday - but you get the free stuff!

Guess what.. my birthday is coming up next week (May 28), and I have 3 gifts to give away!!  If you want one.. send me a stamped birthday card and I'll pick my 3 favorites, post them to my blog, and send you a stamped gift or class kit in the mail (my choice). :)  Send to: Patty Bennett, 125 Ben Lomond, Hercules, CA 94547.   Deadline to receive cards is Friday, May 30th.  Winners will be posted on May 31. 

Watch my blog this weekend for a special birthday discount for Stampin' Up! orders!

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Will the Real David Cook please stand up?

Just a quick Non Stamping post....

Yep, I'm an American Idol fan.. and I'm SOOOO stoked that David Cook won!  He was my favorite singer and performer and I think he has a great personality too! 

For the past couple of months people have been stopping us saying how much our son looks like David Cook...  judge for yourself....

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Crazy, huh?? 

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Boho Birthday Card

Last Saturday I hosted a few events for my Luv 2 Stamp Group leaders and Direct Recruits.  One of the events is called 5 Fun Free Day... if they meet certain sales requirements, they get to come make 5 free projects at this quarterly event!  Here was one of the projects they got to make:

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Below: inside pocket for gift card or note:

5 fun free star inside

You can find the pattern/directions for this card in THIS POST.


  • 12x12 Chocolate Chip cardstock
  • Western Sky DSP
  • chipboard star
  • large and small star punch
  • Vintage Brads
  • Close to Cocoa craft ink and sponge dauber for the chipboard star
  • Not Quite Navy ink for Happy Birthday and small star

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