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More "Present Cards" featuring Stampin' Up! paper

 

You may have recognized this fun design idea.. I shared it last October HERE on my blog, but I thought you might like to see how fun this Sunshine Wishes "bow" thinlit card is with more Stampin' Up! Designer Paper patterns!!

Today's cards feature the Petals & Paisleys paper, This Christmas paper and Pop of Pink Paper, all specialty designer papers from Stampin' Up!.  Check out the SALE PRICES listed below for some of these paper packs!

 

Petals & Paisleys Stampin' Up! designer paper "gift" card with gold bows from Sunshine Wishes thinlits. By Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

 

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The concept for these cards is quick and simple, just cut 2" square (or 2" x 3") pieces of paper to use as the "gifts", and die cut a "bow" using Gold Foil paper with the top portion of the flower die in the Sunshine Wishes Thinlit pack, and you have yourself a darling gift to put on a card!

 

This Christmas Stampin' Up! designer paper "gift" card with gold bows from Sunshine Wishes thinlits. By Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

 

This Christmas Specialty paper is ON SALE for only $9.10 per pack! Click HERE to shop now!

 

This is also a super terrific way to use up paper scraps, or make a load of cards fairly quickly!!

 

Pop of Pink Stampin' Up! designer paper "gift" card with gold bows from Sunshine Wishes thinlits. By Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

 

You may have noticed that I added a sentiment on a banner on each card.  I had fun going through my stamp sets to see which sentiments worked best on the stamped banner from the Birthday Banners set!

See below for some ideas!

 

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 TIP: Great idea to have a few stamped banners on hand to add to cards anytime!!

The images I paired up with the Birthday Banners banner stamp are:

  • HO HO HO: Oh What Fun set, #140386
  • Christmas Wishes: Holly Berry Happiness #142061
  • Happy Birthday: Birthday Banners set, #141506
  • Thanks so Much: Sweet Cupcake set, #141498

Birthday Banner set: pg 15 Annual catalog #141506 / Bunch of Banners Framelit dies, pg 193 #141488

 

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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!

 

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

 

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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I couldn't resist another "Mrs. Claus" Custom Tee shirt and glimmery Santa Hat project!  I made this Christmas card for Cindee to go with a gift I was bringing to her last week!

 

Custom Tee "Mrs. Claus" shirt and glimmery Santa Hat Christmas card by Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

 

This cute 4x4 card features:

  • a piece of red plaid paper from the Warmth & Cheer paper stack (retiring!!  and ON SALE for $5 here!)
  • a greeting from the Tin of Tags stamp set (retiring!! and ON SALE for $16.80 HERE) die cut with the Stitched SHape circle framelit die
  • a red glimmer paper scalloped circle
  • Fancy Frost oval die cut
  • Santa hat punched using the Jolly Hat Builder Punch (retiring!!!! and ON SALE for only $9.60 HERE)
  • Red and Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper

The Tee Shirt and "lace" are both new upcoming products, featured in the 2017 Occasions catalog and Sale a Bration brochure.  For all the info on these fun products, CLICK HERE.

The Occasions catalog and Sale a Bration items will be available on Jan. 4, 2017, and the other items may be purchased in my online Stampin' Up! store at the bottom of this blog post.

 

Custom Tee "Mrs. Claus" shirt and glimmery Santa Hat Christmas card by Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

 

I wrapped up 5 frames and a November 2016 Paper Pumpkin refill kit for a project we were going to make... You can see our finished frames Sunday in my Christmas Day blog post!  They turned out SO cute!!  I know you'll love them!

 

Custom Tee "Mrs. Claus" shirt and glimmery Santa Hat Christmas card by Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

I added touches of gold with the gold cord and gold metallic enamel star shapes.. just the right amount of glitz to go with the great glimmer paper!

 

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Sneak Peek - Custom Tee Occasions Catalog stamp set Christmas Tags

 

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Each month I package up 15 little gifts for the top sellers in my Luv 2 Stamp Group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  To celebrate the November top sellers, I bought them some Christmas ribbon and twine and packaged it up in a cello bag with a fun "Mrs. Santa Stamper" tee shirt tag! 

 

Stampin' Up! Custom Tee t-shirt stamps and framelits Santa hat tags for Luv 2 Stamp Group top seller gifts from Patty Bennett

 

The bags are tied up with the fabulous 3/4" Real Red stitched edge ribbon from page 5 of the 2016 Holiday catalog.

The tags were created with 2 new stamp sets:

Custom Tee from the upcoming 2017 Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog (page 30),

and Delicate Details from the upcoming 2017 Sale a Bration catalog (a free item you can select with your $50 order starting Jan. 4, 2017) (page 9).

 

I also used the Jolly Hat Builder punch with Red and Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper for a Santa hat!

They are layered onto an oval die cut using the Fancy Frost designer paper, and red/white striped paper from the Designer paper stack, then on Real Red Cardstock.

 

Stampin' Up! Custom Tee t-shirt stamps and framelits Santa hat tags for Luv 2 Stamp Group top seller gifts from Patty Bennett

 

If you are one of my regular customers, you should see these 2 catalogs coming to your mailbox any day now! 

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Crafting Tip!

You can curve your photopolymer stamps on the clear blocks to create custom images... do you see how I curved the lace to match the bottom of the tee shirt?

 

Craft Tip: curve or reshape your photopolymer stamps to create custom stamped designs like the T-Shirts on these Stampin' Up! Custom Tee t-shirt stamps and framelits Santa hat tags for Luv 2 Stamp Group top seller gifts from Patty Bennett

 

To create the T-shirts:

  • die cut the t-shirt with the matching T-shirt Builder Framelit Dies
  • stamp the t-shirt outline image onto the die cut
  • (or reverse the order above.. both ways work)
  • curve the lace stamp (per above) and stamp it along the bottom of the shirt in Cherry Cobbler
  • die cut a white collar using the die in the T-Shirt builder framelit dies - adhere to shirt with 2 glue dots
  • Stamp happy Stamper onto the shirt using black ink and the stamp in the Custom Tee stamp set

 

Stampin' Up! Custom Tee t-shirt stamps and framelits Santa hat tags for Luv 2 Stamp Group top seller gifts from Patty Bennett

 

Punch out the Santa hat with the Jolly Hat builder punch and red glimmer paper and Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.

 

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I sponged just a touch of real red ink onto the collar so that it would stand out against the white.

Aren't these fun!?

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Button Trees - Great Christmas Craft

 

Looking for a fun craft to do this Christmas Holiday Season? 

These Button Christmas Trees were SO much fun to make!!  Of course it's even more fun when you craft with friends.. so gather some friends, have them each bring some old buttons, straight pins and a styrofoam cone.. you'll be in for hours of fun and giggles!

 

Button Christmas Trees featuring retired Stampin Up! buttons and styrofoam cones by Patty Bennett, Joy and Roxy

 

My friend Joy and I saw this idea on Pinterest LAST YEAR and never had time to make our trees, so we finally set a date, and invited Roxanne to join us, and the 3 of us sat and had the best afternoon making our button trees last weekend!

 

Button Tree Supplies you'll need:

  • Styrofoam cone (tree) - we used 9", 10", 12" and 14" cones, available at craft stores
  • Buttons - we used between 250 and 350 buttons per tree (approx) - mostly retired Stampin' Up! buttons
  • Straight pins with pearl heads - we used white and red, approx 350 to 450 per tree (some buttons required 2 or 4 pins to keep them secure).  Click to see the white ones I used.
  • a topper "ornament" for your tree - optional

 

Supplies for Button Christmas Trees featuring retired Stampin Up! buttons and styrofoam cones by Patty Bennett, Joy and Roxy

 

These were the buttons I brought for us to share (plus the huge ones not shown in this photo), and I think almost all of them are retired Stampin' UP! buttons (me, a hoarder??).  I did buy the cute bright green ones on the left on Amazon along with the pins. 

 

Button Christmas Trees featuring retired Stampin Up! buttons and styrofoam cones by Patty Bennett, Joy and Roxy

 

The cone above is a green styrofoam cone, and you'll notice it shows between the buttons... which was ok with me. 

I also found pre-glittered cones last year and we used those for our trees, too.

 

Button Christmas Trees featuring retired Stampin Up! buttons and styrofoam cones by Patty Bennett, Joy and Roxy

 

When I posted these on Facebook last weekend, I was asked if I had any tips... 

  • pick a color scheme
  • start around the bottom, then work your way up
  • I preferred to work with my larger buttons toward the bottom and tried to use smaller ones at the top
  • fill in empty spots with tiny buttons
  • have more pins on hand than you think you'll need
  • have fun!!

 

Button Christmas Trees featuring retired Stampin Up! buttons and styrofoam cones by Patty Bennett, Joy and Roxy

 

Are they just too much fun or what!?  I love them!! I'm so glad we made them!

 

Button Christmas Trees featuring retired Stampin Up! buttons and styrofoam cones by Patty Bennett, Joy and Roxy

Thanks Roxy and Joy for being my crafty partners in crime!

 

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Make a Scrapbook or a set of Christmas Cards!

 

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Record your Family Christmas Memories in this fun Scrapbook, created with Stampin' Up! supplies!

More fun Candy Cane Lane Christmas cards, scrapbook and craft ideas for you!

On our recent stamping cruise in October, one of the projects was a 6" x 8" Christmas Scrapbook.  Jenn had cut all of the supplies for us to make do142zens of scrapbook pages for our album.  We had also made a Project Life Christmas scrapbook album on this cruise, so I told Jenn I was going to take the supply packet and create cards instead of scrapbook pages.

Today I am sharing those cards with you!  I hope you enjoy the idea and see how you can turn the same basic supplies into scrapbook pages to preserve your family holiday memories, or you can create holiday greetings or Thank You cards from the same supplies! :)

Below is the cover of the album Jenn designed, and photos of me holding the cards I made next to the scrapbook pages she designed.  Enjoy!

 

Stampin UP! Candy Cane Lane Christmas Scrapbook album and Christmas Card designs featuring Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle.

Stampin UP! Candy Cane Lane Christmas Scrapbook album and Christmas Card designs featuring Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle.

 

I think I made between 18 and 20 cards .. below are a few of the designs created with the Candy Cane Lane designer paper from the 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog, and the other supplies used, such as Delicate White Lace doilies, metallic gold and silver doilies, Candy Cane Lane Washi Tape, and punched images from the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle (stamp set and punch).

 

Handmade Christmas Card ideas featuring Stampin Up! Candy Cane Lane paper and Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and punch by Patty Bennett

Handmade Christmas Card ideas featuring Stampin Up! Candy Cane Lane paper and Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and punch by Patty Bennett

Handmade Christmas Card ideas featuring Stampin Up! Candy Cane Lane paper and Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and punch by Patty Bennett

Handmade Christmas Card ideas featuring Stampin Up! Candy Cane Lane paper and Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and punch by Patty Bennett

 

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Repurposed Paper Pumpkin Teddy Bear Box

 

I'm sending a box full of bear hugs to my niece!!  We were chatting one day and she mentioned that she cannot find her Snail adhesive after moving across country, so I knew that I had to send her a care package!!

I repurposed my November Paper Pumpkin kit box and filled it with a variety of Stampin' Up! adhesives for her! :)

 

Fa la la la friends bear hugs box by Patty Bennett. Stampin Up! stamps, ink and paper crafting supplies. Repurposed Paper Pumpkin kit box.

And what's a box of bear hugs without some cute bears!?  :)

I stamped and die cut these adorable bears using the Fa-la-la-la Friends stamp set (pg 30 in the 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog or HERE in my online store), and die cut them with the Bear Hugs framelits (pg 193 in the annual catalog, #140275 online), and of course I had to make them some cute plaid sweaters and jammies using the Warmth & Cheer plaid papers from the Holiday catalog (pg 13, or #141991 online).

 

Fa la la la friends bear hugs box by Patty Bennett. Stampin Up! stamps, ink and paper crafting supplies. Repurposed Paper Pumpkin kit box.

 

Follow my Quick instructions to make your own Bears in Sweaters!

 

How to stamp the bears in sweaters for the Fa la la la friends bear hugs box by Patty Bennett. Stampin Up! stamps, ink and paper crafting supplies. Repurposed Paper Pumpkin kit box.

 

Don't you love them!?  I do!  I hope Jenny loves the box of treats!!  Love you Jenny!!

I covered the top of the box with some Presents & Pinecones paper to hide the mailing label, but the rest of the box is perfect because it has sweet holiday wishes printed on the sides!

 

Fa la la la friends bear hugs box by Patty Bennett. Stampin Up! stamps, ink and paper crafting supplies. Repurposed Paper Pumpkin kit box.

 

Check out THIS blog post for more info about Paper Pumpkin and the November card kit!

 

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Do you Give Gift Cards at the Holidays?

 

Gift Cards... do you give Gift Cards? We probably all do, right?  Family, Friends, Mailman, UPS guy, co-workers, teachers, grandkids, etc.

Well, here is a creative way to present an otherwise boring gift card!

Merry Tags Gift Card Holders featuring Stampin' Up! bags, paper and embellishments by Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

 

All I did was to fold a bag in half, in this case I used the Glassine Gift Bags, but you can use the Kraft Gift bags, too, as shown in the video below.  Purchase either of these bag options in my online store and find on page 176 in the 2016 annual Stampin' Up! catalog.  See all of the supplies used for these projects listed at the bottom of this blog post.

 

Watch my video below from last year.. different supplies, same concept:

 

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Click here to see more ideas using this design idea.

Or, maybe you just want to tuck in other goodies like candy, family photos, a note, theater tickets, etc., .. fill the 2 pockets with whatever you'd like!

Each of these gift card holders was embellished with the "This Christmas" designer paper and die cut images from the Merry Tags framelit dies.

 

Merry Tags Gift Card Holders featuring Stampin' Up! bags, paper and embellishments by Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

 

As you'll see in the video, simply wrap a 10" to 12" piece of designer paper around the folded bag and decorate.. could not be any simpler!! :)

The bag itself creates 2 pockets for you to fill!

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Double Z Fold Card with Santa's Sleigh Framelits

 

Santa's Reindeer are bringing a sleigh full of gifts in this beautiful Stampin' UP! Christmas card I made at Cindee's recent stamp class!   Cindee taught us how to make the Double Z Fold card and we decorated it with the die cut reindeer, trees and sleigh from the Santa's Sleigh stamp set and framelit bundle!

 

Double Z Fold Santa's Sleigh Christmas card featuring Stampin' Up! stamps, ink and paper. Reindeer and Sleigh die cut with framelits in the Big Shot.

 

 The "sky" is Fancy Frost pre-embossed paper sponged with Marina Mist and Soft Sky Stampin' Up! ink. 

I love the pretty silver foil sleigh and Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper detail... SO pretty!

 

Double Z Fold Santa's Sleigh Christmas card featuring Stampin' Up! stamps, ink and paper. Reindeer and Sleigh die cut with framelits in the Big Shot.

 

If you haven't yet made the Double Z Fold card, refer to the top view above to see how the 2 pieces go together, and refer to the cutting and folding guide below.

 

Double Z Fold Card Cutting & Scoring Guide:

  • Base Card: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 2-3/4" and  5-1/2"
  • Strip: 1" x 11", scored at 2-3/4"  and 5-1/5"
  • additional Fancy Frost pieces: 2-1/2" x 4" (2 of those), and 4" x 5-1/4"

 

Below: close up of the pre-embossed Fancy Frost designer paper (ON SALE NOW! click here).

 

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Double Z Fold Santa's Sleigh Christmas card featuring Stampin' Up! stamps, ink and paper. Reindeer and Sleigh die cut with framelits in the Big Shot.

 

 The trees, reindeer and gifts are all stamped first then die cut with the matching framelits.  So easy with the Santa's Sleigh MONEY-SAVING BUNDLE available HERE in my online store.

 

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Framed Christmas Home Decor with Santa's Sleigh Framelits

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Last month I took a stamping class at Cindee's house.  She is an amazing teacher and crafter!!  This is one of the lovely projects we created during her class, featuring the Stampin' UP! Santa's Sleigh stamp set and framelit die bundle as well as other great products listed below!

 

Framed Home Christmas Decor piece featuring Stampin' Up! Santa's Sleigh stamp set and framelit set. Cute Reindeer and sleigh on a glimmery snowy hillside!

 

 We created this festive 5"x7" framed Christmas home decor piece using the Fancy Frost paper in the background (sponged in blue) and the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper cut into "snowy hillsides".  It also features die cut reindeer, trees and Santa's Sleigh.

 

Noteable Design Features:

  • Mica Flakes on tree
  • sponged Fancy Frost designer paper "sky"
  • snowy hillside cut from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper
  • Glimmer paper over Silver Foil sleigh

 

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Supplies for framed Christmas Santa's Sleigh home decor piece.

To add the mica flakes to the tree, we put a bit of Multipurpose liquid glue on the tree then sprinkled the mica flakes on top. So pretty!!

 

Santa's Sleigh pine trees decorated with mica flake "snow". www.PattyStamps.com

 

Mica Flakes, found on page 41 in the 2016 Holiday catalog, or here in my online store.

Don't the trees look amazing?

They are stamped in Garden Green and Old Olive on Pear Pizzazz and Emerald Envy cardstock, die cut with the Santa's Sleigh framelits, and then we added the mica flakes, per above.

 

Framed Home Christmas Decor piece featuring Stampin' Up! Santa's Sleigh stamp set and framelit set. Cute Reindeer and sleigh on a glimmery snowy hillside!

 

The sleigh is so special looking when you layer the Silver Foil paper and the Silver Glimmer paper!!!!

Each reindeer has a red glimmer paper bow!  I forgot to put the red glimmer dot on the nose of "Rudolph", but at least he's dressed up with the die cut wreath!

 And that sky... how pretty is that!?  The Fancy Frost paper is already embossed with several different patterns, all you have to do is sponge on a little color for this gorgeous effect!  Find the Fancy Frost paper on page 37 in the Holiday catalog or HERE in my online store. 

 

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How I Distressed Pine Boards for Photo Backgrounds

 

If you follow me on Facebook, you probably saw the fun pile of pine wood boards that my neighbor left by my front door.  Many of you asked what I was going to do with them?  Well, they are for the backgrounds of my blog post projects!!

HOWEVER, I came across a little issue....  the pine is so "yellow" that it fools my camera and it makes all the photos really yellow, which require a ton of photoshoping to make them look better.. so.. I decided to buy some paint and start painting and distressing the yellow-ish pine boards to make them look more interesting and a little bit like they'd been weathered for a long time!

 

How to distress wood pine boards by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

 

The boards were single left over pine planks from who knows what project.. and my neighbor (handy-dandy woodshop neighbor) glued them together into larger pieces.. he sanded them and did the beveled edges on them too!!  It's so great to have handy friends!!!! :)

 You can see from the photo below, that the pine boards I found in our garden shed, are quite yellow, and after my "distressing process" I managed to make them all look totally different!

 

How to distress wood pine planks pattystamps before

 

Before and After: How to distress wood pine boards by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

After Distressing wood pine boards by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

 

I really should have looked on Youtube before I started this process, but I just dove right in with some bottles of acrylic paint, old paint brushes, an old toothbrush, foam brushes, sand paper and old rags.

It was about a 3 day process as I was trying to get the house decorated for Christmas at the same time, and couldn't devote all my time to this project.

 

My (totally amateur) process to distress the wood:

  1. start with a wash of paint (acrylic paint watered down) and applied with a foam brush
  2. sand when dry
  3. add a 2nd color the same way as #1
  4. sand when dry
  5. add a 3rd color with a very dry paint brush to give the appearance of wood grain (with a light touch)
  6. sand when dry
  7. evaluate... like it? stop!  needs more color? (probably!) :) add more colors either as a wash or with a dry paintbrush
  8. add paint speckles or streaks with the toothbrush dipped in paint
  9. distress wood with wire brush, coarse sand paper, or anything that will rough it up a bit
  10. apply more paint
  11. sand again
  12. ya, you get the idea... you could do this for days....  I had to make myself stop!

 

Notes:

For the blue ones, I started with white paint and added blue, then added more white

For the light ones, I started with white paint and added hints of gray, black and brown (with a very dry brush)

For the dark ones, I started with brown paint, and added white, gray and black paint

On some of the boards, I dipped my rag into water then into paint and kind of washed over the boards.

I basically experimented with every possible combination I could think of. :)

 

How to distress wood pine boards by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

 

How to distress wood pine boards by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

 

When I am ready to photograph my craft projects, I place them on a board and take photos, as you can see below:

 

How to distress wood pine boards for craft photo backgrounds by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

 

I experiment with different boards depending on the color and size of the project, then crop the photo and add my watermark as shown below.

 

How to distress wood pine boards for craft project photo backgrounds.  Christmas gift bags from Stampin Up  by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

Christmas Kraft Gift bag stamped with Merry Medley background stamp from Stampin Up! by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

Above and below:

Examples of different wood backgrounds for my Merry Medley Christmas gift bag projects.

I stamped the Kraft gift bags with my Merry Medley background stamp and decorated them with some Warmth & Cheer designer paper for easy and fun holiday gift bags!

 

Christmas Kraft Gift bag stamped with Merry Medley background stamp from Stampin Up! by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

 

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Holly Berry Happiness Christmas Note Cards

 

Simple Christmas Note Cards can be used for Christmas greetings or Thank You notes after Christmas!

These cards feature the Holly Berry Happiness Stampin' Up! stamp set and thick Whisper White note cards.

 

Simple Christmas cards featuring Stampin' Up! Holly Berry Happiness stamp set and punch by Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

 

I kept the color palette very simple.. Garden Green, Mint Macaron and Cherry Cobbler, with the flash of Gold Foil paper to top it all off!

 

Crafting supplies for Simple Christmas cards featuring Stampin' Up! Holly Berry Happiness stamp set and punch by Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

 

In this stamp set, you'll see that you get TONS of images to use on your Holiday craft projects.  The Holly, Berries and Bow also have a matching punch (shown above) which I LOVE!! It's called the Holly Berry Builder punch.

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Christmas stamp set from Stampin' Up! Holly Berry Happiness - click shop online at  www.PattyStamps.com and order #142061 or save 10% and order the bundle with matching punch #143505

 Your choice... stamp it either way, with the solid holly leaves and the outline, or just the outline! Check out my photo below... You'll see what I mean.  I stamped the outline in Garden Green and the solid portion with Mint Macaron.  I stamped the berry stamp in Cherry Cobbler.

 

Simple Christmas cards featuring Stampin' Up! Holly Berry Happiness stamp set and punch by Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

 

Stampin' Up! Product Supply Notes:

  • The VERY versatile Merry Tags Framelits were used for the "ornament" in Gold Foil paper.  Find these framelits on page 21 in the Holiday catalog, and find the Gold Foil Sheets on pg 175 in the Annual catalog #132622 or in the Money Saving Bundle at 10% off with the coordinating stamp set, #143520 or #143519
  • Note Cards: the thick Whisper White Note cards are just the perfect size for a short greeting or simple holiday wish - find them on page 176 in the annual catalog #131572 in the online store
  • Stamped greeting is found on page 28 in the Holiday catalog in the Wonderful Year stamp set #142155 (wood mount) and #142158 (clear mount)

 

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Christmas Collage Frame, or boxes, bags and cards

 

One of the Christmas crafting projects we made on the recent stamping cruise in October was this great framed collage with 3x3 squares decorated with a variety of Stampin' UP! holiday theme paper, stamps and accessories.  Jenn Gulch designed this GREAT project for us and we framed it when we got home.

 12x12 framed collage with 3x3 squares:

 

Christmas 3x3 framed collage featuring Stampin Up stamps, paper, ink. Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle, Santa's Sleigh Bundle, Greetings from Santa/Detailed Santa bundle.

 OR...

Check out this idea... you could create the same 3x3 squares and instead of putting them in a frame, you could make boxes, bags and cards out of them!

 

Christmas 3x3 squares on cards, bags and boxes, featuring Stampin Up stamps, paper, ink. Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle, Santa's Sleigh Bundle, Greetings from Santa/Detailed Santa bundle.

 

The 3x3 squares fit perfectly on the Stampin' Up! White Gift Boxes... how fun is this!?  Add one to the lid, or go ahead and put the squares on all sides!! I have both examples below for you!

 

Christmas 3x3 square on White Gift Box, featuring Stampin Up stamps, paper, ink. Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle reindeer and Presents & Pinecones paper..

 

Above: White Gift Box wrapped with Presents & Pinecones paper (ON SALE -click here), then wrapped in 3/4" Real Red Stitched Ribbon (ON SALE now, while supplies last -click!). Easy and cute and a fun way to give a box of candies!

 

Christmas 3x3 squares on White Gift Boxes, featuring Stampin Up stamps, paper, ink. Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle reindeer and Presents & Pinecones and Candy Cane Lane paper..

 

Below: on this White Gift Box, I covered the 4 sides and the lid!  Really cute way to showcase the Stampin' Up! Candy Cane Lane paper!

 

Christmas 3x3 square on White Gift Box, featuring Stampin Up stamps, paper, ink. Candy Cane Lane paper..

 

Below:  the Santa's Sleigh 3x3 square on a Christmas card, featuring the Merry Medley background stamp.

Christmas 3x3 square on on card, featuring Stampin Up stamps, paper, ink. Santa's Sleigh bundle and Merry Medley background stamp.

 

Below: the 3x3 square greeting on a Kraft gift bag, stamped with the Merry Medley background stamp.

Christmas 3x3 square on kraft gift bag, featuring Stampin Up stamps, paper, ink. Merry Medley background stamp.

 

Below:  The Santa's Sleigh reindeer 3x3 square on a Christmas card stamped with the Merry Medley background stamp.

 

Christmas 3x3 square on card, featuring Stampin Up stamps, paper, ink. Santa's Sleigh bundle and Merry Medley background stamp.

The card above is a matchbook style card.. for instructions for this style of card, click here.

 

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Christmas Stamp Set Blog Candy Offer

 

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I am offering 5 free Stampin' UP! Christmas Stamp sets to one lucky winner of my blog candy offer!

 

Stampin' Up! Christmas Stamp Set Blog Candy offer by Patty Bennett at www.PattyStamps.com

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It's easy!  To enter to win:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post (on my blog) and tell me your favorite current Stampin' Up! Christmas stamp set
  2. Check back here on my blog on Dec. 1st to see the Holiday Catalog Retiring List and December sale with prices up to 60% OFF!!
  3. Check back here on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 to see if you are a winner! (email me with your address if you are the winner!)

Open to U.S. residents only.

Can't wait to hear your favorite Christmas stamp set!!

 

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Christmas Banner featuring Candy Cane Lane paper

 

It was a first for the Bennett Family.. we stayed home on Thanksgiving AND we put up our Christmas Tree and decorated for Christmas!!  It has actually been really nice enjoying the lights and festive decorations the last several days, and not feeling rushed to get it all done right before Christmas like we usually do! :)

This year I added the Stampin' UP! "Candy Cane Lane" Christmas Banner to our fireplace decor!

 

DIY Christmas Decor Banner featuring Stampin' Up! Banner & Large Letter framelits with Candy Cane Lane paper, Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle and Jolly Hat punch.

 

I made this pretty DIY Christmas banner on the recent Caribbean stamping cruise we went on in October, and I couldn't wait to hang it up in our home!!  The banner was designed by Jenn Gulch (she hosted the cruise - see more info here).  Each piece of the banner is die cut with cardstock and designer paper and the Banner Framelits!! So easy!!  If you didn't have these framelits you could cut the banners by hand, but it's really SO quick and easy with the framelits, I highly recommend having them for this project!

 

  DIY Christmas Decor Banner featuring Stampin' Up! Banner & Large Letter framelits with Candy Cane Lane paper, Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle and Jolly Hat punch.  Created on the 2016 Stamping Cruise to the Caribbean.

2016 Caribbean Stamping Cruise Banner Project

 

Basic Stampin' Up! Supplies You'll Need:

  • Banner Framelits (#132173) (or cut your own with scissors)
  • Candy Cane Lane designer paper (#141981)
  • Large Letter Framelits (#141712)
  • Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle (stamp and punch #143493)
  • Jolly Hat builder punch (#141847)
  • Red cardstock (#102482)
  • Crumb Cake cardstock (#120953)
  • Cardstock Vellum (#101856)
  • Doilies (141701)

 

Easy Online Shopping! click here or, you can also find all of these supplies available for purchase at the bottom of this blog post.  Just click on any of the product photos to go right to my online store!

 

DIY Christmas Decor Banner featuring Stampin' Up! Banner & Large Letter framelits with Candy Cane Lane paper, Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle and Jolly Hat punch.

 

As you can see in the close up views, each "banner" piece is die cut in either Real Red or Crumb Cake cardstock in a larger size than the Candy Cane Lane designer paper banner piece.  Just layer them together with adhesive, then decorate each piece!

The decorations are so fun.. they spell out Merry Christmas, using the Large Letters framelits, and they are layered with circles of vellum or a Delicate White Doily.  Each banner piece is embellished with something fun, either stamped and punched from the super popular Cookie Cutter Bundle (gingerbread man/girl or reindeer), or the whimsical Jolly Hat builder punch!  Some images are also cut out of the Candy Cane Lane paper, like the gingerbread houses.

 

DIY Christmas Decor Banner featuring Stampin' Up! Banner & Large Letter framelits with Candy Cane Lane paper, Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle and Jolly Hat punch.

 

 To hang the banner pieces, use the Kraft Rope Trim (pg 13 Holiday catalog #141996) and mini clothespins (ON SALE in the CLEARANCE RACK for only $2.20 per pack while supplies last!)

 

DIY Christmas Decor Banner featuring Stampin' Up! Banner & Large Letter framelits with Candy Cane Lane paper, Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle and Jolly Hat punch.

 

 If you don't have space for "Merry Christmas" consider doing a smaller one with Noel, or Merry, or Snow, or Cheers.

Truly, is this just adorable or what!?  I love it!

 

DIY Christmas Decor Banner featuring Stampin' Up! Banner & Large Letter framelits with Candy Cane Lane paper, Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle and Jolly Hat punch.

 

Purchase your Banner Framelits online here.

Purchase your Large Letter Framelits online here.

See the bottom of this post for all other products available in my online store.

 

DIY Christmas Decor Banner featuring Stampin' Up! Banner & Large Letter framelits with Candy Cane Lane paper, Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle and Jolly Hat punch.

 

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