Christmas

Merry Christmas Video Greeting from the Bennett family

 

Merry Christmas and best wishes to our dear family and friends in the US and all across the world!  Thank you to each of you who has sent us a Christmas card or greeting! We treasure each one and love to read about what you have been doing in 2015!

I have a quick VIDEO GREETING for you and a copy of our annual Christmas letter below if you are interested in catching up with us.

 

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From our home to yours, Merry Christmas and blessings to you as you celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus!

As we reflect back on the past year, and think about the highlights we want to share with you, it becomes hard to narrow down 365 days into one letter, so I hope you will enjoy this quick recap of a few of our treasured memories of the past year!

JASON:

Jason bennett drafting job 2015The very exciting news for Jason in 2015 was that he was hired by the same Structural Engineering firm where Eric has been working for nearly 2 years!! Eric and Jason ride in to work together (it's a LONG commute - very typical for the San Francisco Bay Area) which gives them lots of father/son time together! 

Jason has become an amazing addition to the team at DPAE and has taught himself AutoCAD, he has learned so much about structural drafting, he performs roof truss shop drawing reviews, does Title 24 calculations (California Energy Efficiency Code) and even writes custom AutoLISP codes for the engineers and drafters for their AutoCAD program!

I know they all enjoy Jason's helpfulness and of course his amazing sense of humor ... and funny t-shirt collection! :)

ERIC:

Eric bennett nissan maximaFun news for Eric... after nearly 15 years of driving his Avalon he got a 2016 Nissan Maxima... and wow is it DREAMY!  

We had a Maxima back in the very early 1990's and have always thought about getting another one.. this one has all the bells and whistles and he even has some lady inside his dashboard who reads him incoming text messages!  You'll also notice it's 49er red. :)

Eric will celebrate 2 years with DPAE in February and has been an amazing asset to the company.  He told me they call him "the artifact" ... he is like the keeper of all the structural knowledge with his 35+ years of experience!

 

 

PATTY:

Patty bennett 1 million dollars sales stampin upI had several milestones this year, and the 2 most notable were that I celebrated 20 years as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, and reached my $1 million in career sales milestone!  I was the 9th demonstrator in the 27 year history of the company to reach this level of sales!  We were treated to a 3 day stay in Utah at the Stampin' UP! home office just last week where they threw a huge party for us and welcomed us with cheers, gifts, amazing hospitality and even a beautiful snowy winter wonderland snowstorm! :) (read more about it here)

 Building my business over the past 20 years through hundreds (thousands?) of in-person events, meeting new crafters, and then developing online relationships through my PattyStamps.com blog and social media has been a very rewarding and fulfilling journey!  I am so grateful that after a fabulous career in the engineering industry God opened this door for me and diverted my path to Stampin' UP!

 

OUR TRAVELS:

One of the perks I love the best about my job is the opportunity for travel.  I have been earning an annual free trip with Stampin' UP! since 2001, and in 2015 the 3 of us traveled to Hawaii compliments of Stampin' UP!  We were also able to spend a week in San Diego for a Stampin' UP! OnStage event, and then as I mentioned above, we were treated to an amazing stay at the Grand America in Utah just last week as we celebrated my one million dollar sales achievement!

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Altered Hobby Lobby Christmas Home Decor

 Do you remember the cute altered mirror from Hobby Lobby that I shared with you a few days ago?  (see it here if you missed it).  I was making it for a gift exchange with my Luv 2 Stamp Group, and I decided to make the home decor piece below for our house!

Christmas home decor from Hobby Lobby decorated with Stampin' Up! Snow Place penguins and snowmen by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

While I was cutting out plenty of extra penguins and snowmen from the Snow Friends and Snow Place stamp set and matching dies for my gift exchange mirror, I added the extras to this cute sleigh from Hobby Lobby!

I attached them to the decorative piece with Stampin' Dimensionals.

 

Christmas home decor from Hobby Lobby decorated with Stampin' Up! Snow Place penguins and snowmen by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

It's very glittery... something I usually steer very clear from, but I just loved this, and loved the red and blue color combo, so I used Real Red and Tempting Turquoise ink for the penguin and snowmen embellishments! :)

Christmas home decor from Hobby Lobby decorated with Stampin' Up! Snow Place penguins and snowmen by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

Don't they just look like they are having a great party!?  :)  I dressed them up in their top hats and pearls.. I think it looks like they are having a great time!

 It's like paper dolls for grown ups!!

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GREAT NEWS!! You can still purchase these darling snowmen and penguins and matching framelits for the next several months... check out page 48 of the upcoming 2016 Occasions catalog and you'll see them there on the list of Holiday catalog products still available!! yay!!

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Stampin' UP! OnStage Gift Card Holder Swap

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  DIY Gift Card holders featuring Stamipn' UP! Merry Moments paper, Perfect Pines framelits and Corrugated paper.  Fold a Polka Dot tag a bag in 1/2 to make this cute holder!

This is one of the projects that I created and swapped at the Stampin' Up! San Diego OnStage event in November.  It uses a folded polka dot Tag a Bag from Stampin' Up!  The Simply Scored board from Stampin' Up! makes this project SO easy!!

 

Watch the Video here to see how to make this easy DIY Gift Card holder! 

 

 The video features other products from the Holiday catalog, and this project features the Perfect Pines tree die cuts that coordinate with the Peaceful Pines stamp set.

This double pocket project has a spot to tuck in a note, a photo, a letter, a Project Life card, or a 2nd gift card!

DIY Gift Card holders featuring Stamipn' UP! Merry Moments paper, Perfect Pines framelits and Corrugated paper.  Fold a Polka Dot tag a bag in 1/2 to make this cute holder!

I die cut the trees out of the White Corrugated Paper (do you like it Cindee?), for a crisp clean contrast to the Mossy meadow plaid punched circle.  I placed the circle on a Metallic Doily.. I love those!!!

DIY Gift Card holders featuring Stamipn' UP! Merry Moments paper, Perfect Pines framelits and Corrugated paper.  Fold a Polka Dot tag a bag in 1/2 to make this cute holder!

These were the swaps I took to the OnStage event.. I love swapping projects with other demonstrators and getting new ideas!

Patty's OnStage San Diego Swaps. DIY Gift Card holders featuring Stamipn' UP! Merry Moments paper, Perfect Pines framelits and Corrugated paper.  Fold a Polka Dot tag a bag in 1/2 to make this cute holder!

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Holiday Gift Exchange

 I thought you might enjoy some photos from our Luv 2 Stamp Group Holiday Gift Exchange last weekend!

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The gifts we exchange each year are to be something we make using Stampin' Up! products.  The variety of gifts every year at our annual event is always amazing! This year was no different! Thank you to the lovely ladies who participated today.. Karen, Amanda, Gina, Joy, Maria, Lorena, and Cindee!

The decorated mirror piece shown here is the gift I brought to the exchange.  I bought the mirror at Hobby Lobby and decorated it with die cut Snow Friends Snowmen and Penguins!  I thought it was soo cute!! 

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It's like a penguin paper doll party!! :) I used the Stampin' UP! Snow Friends / Snow Place stamps and die bundle from the Holiday catalog! 

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I made another cute project with the rest of these snowmen and penguins... stay tuned.. I'll be sharing it soon!

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Wishing you each a lovely and blessed holiday season as you participate in your own holiday parties, gift exchanges and gatherings with friends and family!

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Red Foil Embellished Ornament Cards

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Red and Gold foil Christmas cards featuring Stampin' Up! Delicate Ornament thinlit dies.  Silver foil snowflakes and red striped foil vellum from the Holidays Fancy Foil Vellum pack. Christmas cards by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

I tried lots of different designs and combos for these cards and I really liked layering the Red Foil Delicate ornament over the Gold Foil solid shape ornament!  So pretty!  Then layering it onto the silver foil snowflake vellum sheet was just stunning!!

Red and Gold foil Christmas cards featuring Stampin' Up! Delicate Ornament thinlit dies.  Silver foil snowflakes and red striped foil vellum from the Holidays Fancy Foil Vellum pack. Christmas cards by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

You'll find both the silver snowflake vellum and the red striped vellum in the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum pack on pg 32 of the holiday catalog.

Red and Gold foil Christmas Delicate Ornament thinlit dies. by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

Above: you can see the layers I die cut with the Delicate Ornaments dies... aren't they pretty in the Gold and Red Foil!?

Red and Gold foil Christmas cards featuring Stampin' Up! Delicate Ornament thinlit dies.  Silver foil snowflakes and red striped foil vellum from the Holidays Fancy Foil Vellum pack. Christmas cards by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

No matter if you pair these ornaments up with gold or silver embellishments, they look fantastic either way!

Red and Gold foil Christmas cards featuring Stampin' Up! Delicate Ornament thinlit dies.  Silver foil snowflakes and red striped foil vellum from the Holidays Fancy Foil Vellum pack. Christmas cards by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

The Winter Wonderland Rhinestone Snowflake embellishments are so gorgeous and sparkly and are a great addition to these Christmas Holiday cards as well!

Red and Gold foil Christmas cards featuring Stampin' Up! Delicate Ornament thinlit dies and winter wonderland rhinestone snowflake embellishments.  Silver foil snowflakes and red striped foil vellum from the Holidays Fancy Foil Vellum pack. Christmas cards by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

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Hot Chocolate Cup of Cheer Gift Idea

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Need a quick Holiday gift idea? Enjoy this quick Holiday Gift Idea for a hot chocolatey treat for your co-workers, neighbors, friends, and it makes a great teacher gift, too!

Snow Place Snowman cup of cheer hot chocolate DIY gift packet for the Holidays.  Stampin' UP! stamps, framelit dies, bag and paper.  Project by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

I used a Stampin' UP! Tag a Bag Kraft bag folded in 1/2 and decorated with stamped images to dress up this Hot Chocolate treat pouch!  WATCH THE VIDEO HERE to see how to make this cute pouch that also doubles as a gift card holder pouch!

These are the 2 stamp sets and cute little bags I used for this project:

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  • Cup of Cheer stamp set (wood or clear mount)

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Snow Place Snowman cup of cheer hot chocolate DIY gift packet for the Holidays.  Stampin' UP! stamps, framelit dies, bag and paper.  Project by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

After folding the Kraft bag, I wrapped a 10-1/2" x 2" piece of striped Color Me Irresistible paper around the bag. I love the already embossed striped on it.. so pretty!  Then I punched a piece of the polkadot pattern Color Me Irresistible paper (brayered with Real Red) using my 2-3/8" scalloped circle punch, and a 2" circle of striped paper from the Season of Cheer paper pack and added those on the left side.  I stamped and die cut the snowman and his scarf and hat using the Snow Friends / Snow Place bundle.  The cut mug was stamped with the Cup of Cheer set in Real Red on Thick Whisper White and cut out with my Paper Snips.  Add 3 randomly placed rhinestones and you are done!

Slip in a hot cocoa packet, chocolate dipped spoon, candy cane, gift card, love note, photo... :)

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Penguin Christmas Candy Goodie Bag

 

Snow Place Penguin Christmas Candy Treat bag - great for parties, neighbors, co-worker!  Supplies from the Stampin' UP! Holiday Catalog 2015. project by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

If you've been following me for awhile here on my PattyStamps blog, you'll know that I love penguins and that we have a fun stuffed animal penguin collection that comes out at Christmas time.  I also love to buy cute penguin ornaments, figurines, candies, etc.  You can imagine my excitement when I saw the Snow Place stamp set in the 2015 Stampin' Up! holiday catalog!!!  :) :)

Then I found these adorable penguin chocolates for only $1 a box at Big Lots!!  I just had to buy these to make cute little gifts!!

Snow Place Penguin Christmas Candy Treat bag - great for parties, neighbors, co-worker!  Supplies from the Stampin' UP! Holiday Catalog 2015. project by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

I slipped the candy into a Tag a Bag Sketched Dot treat bag from Stampin' UP!  The little dots on the glassine bags are so cute!!  ordering info is at the bottom of this blog post.

The Snow Place stamp set pairs perfectly with the Snow Friends framelits!

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How to make the Penguin Christmas Candy Bag:

  • measure your Tag a Bag Sketched Dot Bag (pg 151 annual catalog #138316) and cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to slip inside the bag (bags may vary slightly in size, but approx. 4-1/2" x 6-1/4")
  • use a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Whisper White cardstock, folded in 1/2, and stamp the penguin (Archival black ink), top hat (Archival Black ink), greeting (Real Red), snowflakes (Pool Party) and dots (Cucumber Crush) on the front 1/2 of the cardstock
  • punch the bottom 2 corners with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch
  • slip candy into the bag, in front of the cardstock piece
  • slip the folded cardstock over the bag and staple
  • tie the red striped ribbon around the top, covering the staples
  • add rhinestones to the centers of the snowflakes

Snow Place Penguin Christmas Candy Treat bag - great for parties, neighbors, co-worker!  Supplies from the Stampin' UP! Holiday Catalog 2015. project by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

Have fun making these for your friends for Christmas!

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Peaceful Wreath Holly Sprig Christmas Cards

 Red Foil Accents - so pretty on this Christmas Card!

Create a handmade Christmas Card with red foil accents, using the Stampin Up! delicate ornaments dies and red striped vellum paper background. Stamp the holly sprig using the Peaceful Wreath stamp set. Color in with Blender Pens.  Card by Patty Bennett

One of the beautiful thinlit dies in the 2015 Stampin' UP! Holiday catalog is the Delicate Ornament set of 8 dies. My Christmas cards today feature 2 of the ornaments die cut in the BEAUTIFUL Red Foil Paper! 

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What a great pair! Right!?  Red Foil Sheets and the Ornament Thinlits!! 

But Wait.. there's more!!  :)

Then, really set this pretty card off by adding the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum behind the stamped image!! Wow!! These red foil stripes are amazing!!

I wanted to add some greenery to this card, so I stamped the holly sprig image from the Peaceful Wreath stamp set and colored it in with blender pens and Stampin' Write markers.  Adding some of the great striped ribbon was all this card needed for a finishing touch!

 

Create a handmade Christmas Card with red foil accents, using the Stampin Up! delicate ornaments dies and red striped vellum paper background. Stamp the holly sprig using the Peaceful Wreath stamp set. Color in with Blender Pens.  Card by Patty Bennett

TIP: use the Fine Tip Glue Pen to add your die cut ornaments to your card - so easy! Watch my video HERE with tips for using your Fine Tip Glue Pen.

If you want to make the card smaller, (note card size) and eliminate the striped red foil vellum background, just stamp the holly right onto a Whisper White note card and add the die cut ornament.. still so pretty but a few less layers and a little less work.

Create a handmade Christmas Card with red foil accents, using the Stampin Up! delicate ornaments dies. Stamp the holly sprig using the Peaceful Wreath stamp set. Color in with Blender Pens.  Card by Patty Bennett

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Quick and Easy Christmas Card

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If you have a musical friend, they are sure to love this Christmas greeting!  Actually, I bet any of your friends or family would love this handmade Christmas card featuring Stampin' UP! Supplies! Thank you to Michelle Haney for your inspiration on this card!

Handmade Christmas card featuring muscial score paper from Stampin' Up! - Home for Christmas paper pack. Joy die cut from Wonderful Wreath framelits and Gold Foil Paper. Card accented with Red Enamel Dots, by Patty Bennett

TWO Beautiful Embellishments:

  • The beautiful Gold Foil sheet is even more gorgeous when die cut with JOY from the Wonderful Wreath framelit set!  I used my fantastic Fine Tip Glue pen to adhere the JOY die cut to my card. WATCH THE VIDEO here to see great tips for using your Fine Tip Glue Pen!
  • Red Enamel Dots from the Home for Christmas Suite in the Holiday catalog.  They are self adhesive on the back so you don't even need glue dots!  TIP: use the tip of your paper piercer to remove them from the sheet and place them onto your card or craft project!

Quick and Easy Handmade Christmas card featuring muscial score paper from Stampin' Up! - Home for Christmas paper pack. Joy die cut from Wonderful Wreath framelits and Gold Foil Paper. Card accented with Red Enamel Dots, by Patty Bennett

Card Info:

Card Base: 4-1/4" x 11" scored in 1/2, folded - Always Artichoke cardstock

Mat Layer: 4" x 5-1/4" - Cherry Cobbler cardstock

Musical Score Paper: 3-3/4" x 5" - from the Home for Christmas designer series paper pack

Leaves: Stamped in Always Artichoke ink on Always Artichoke carstock - Vintage Leaves set die cut with the Leaflets Framelits (these can be purchased separately or together in a bundle to save 15%!  See ordering info at the bottom of this post)

Joy:  Die cut with Gold Foil Paper and the Wonderful Wreath Framelits

 

Handmade Christmas card featuring muscial score paper from Stampin' Up! - Home for Christmas paper pack. Joy die cut from Wonderful Wreath framelits and Gold Foil Paper and Vintage Leaves bundle. Card accented with Red Enamel Dots, by Patty Bennett

If you are looking for an easy, yet striking card for your holiday cards this year, this will be a great one!

Oh, and if your Christmas cards are already done.. I love you, and I'm jealous. :)

 

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More Gift Card Holders - Home for Christmas Stampin' Up! paper

 

Are you tired of my "folded paper bag gift card holders" yet?  If so.. I'm sorry... I can't help myself.. I LOVE making these out of the Stampin' Up! Tag a Bag gift bags!

Make Gift Card Holders using Home for Christmas paper and Kraft bags from Stampin' Up!. Holiday Gift Packaging idea from Patty Bennett

Isn't this Santa paper just perfect with the "from Santa" greeting!!??  eeks! I loved it when these 2 just fell together so well!

  • Stamp set: Oh, What Fun #140386, pg 5 Holiday Catalog
  • Paper: Home for Christmas #139592, pg 9 Holiday Catalog
  • Bags: Kraft Tag a Bags #138315, pg 151 annual catalog

Gift Card packaging "from Santa" featuring Home for Christmas paper and Oh, What Fun stamp set from Stampin' UP!

I cut the "insert" to 4" x 4-1/4" and then punched the top 2 corners with the Curvy Corner Trio punch!  Other fun embellishments include Enamel Dots, glimmer paper and ribbon. I have posted all of the supplies at the bottom of this post and in the free project sheet below.

WATCH THE VIDEO tutorial for this Gift Card Holder project on my YouTube Channel.

We made these at a recent Luv 2 Stamp Group stamping day and also at my workshop for Rita.  I had to explain that I didn't do a very good job.. did you see what happened?

Home for Christmas reindeer paper design on a gift card holder.  Stampin' Up! supplies. Project by Patty Bennett

I ended up with the back end of the reindeer!!! eeek!! So... my advice to you is... adjust the paper before you glue it down if you are trying to capture a certain part of the design!! LOL

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Snow Way - Christmas is on its way!

 

SNOW FRIENDS CARD SERIES - DAY 3

Welcome to day 3 of a 3 part series featuring these adorable Snow Place / Snow Friends stamps and dies from the Stampin' UP! 2015 Holiday  catalog!

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 Since I featured the penguins in my first 2 cards in this series, I couldn't leave out the cute snowman!!!  The Snow Place stamp set and Snow Friends framelit dies  (ON SALE this week!) surely make these cards super quick and easy!!  Just stamp your desired pieces on Whisper White cardstock then die cut them in the Big Shot!  Layer together just like paper dolls :)

 

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For info on brayering the custom colored red/white polkadot background, SEE THIS POST.

 

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 Here are the 3 cards in this series that I shared with you this week.. you can click the links below if you missed the previous 2 penguin cards.

3 Holiday or Christmas cards featuring the penguins and snowmen from the Snow Friends  / Snow Place stamp set and matching Stampin' Up! framelits! Bundle and save 15%

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Day 1, Penguin Happy Holidays card

Day 2, Penguin Merry Christmas card

 

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It's a Penguin Christmas!

SNOW FRIENDS CARD SERIES - DAY 2

 Welcome to day 2 of a 3 part series featuring these adorable Snow Place / Snow Friends stamps and dies from the Stampin' UP! 2015 Holiday  catalog!

Snow Place stamp set penguins die cut with the Snow Friends framelits. Save 15% when you purchase the bundle from Stampin Up!. Click for details and ordering info from Patty Bennett

Did you read my blog post from yesterday? You'll know how much I love penguins if you did :) 

How cute are these penguin stamps from the Snow Place stamp set!? And they are so easily die cut with the Snow Friends framelits!!!! whohooo!  All of the pieces are stamped and then die cut in the Big Shot.

 

Christmas Penguin card by Patty Bennett.  Snow Place and Snow Friends BUNDLE available at 15% off!

These happy penguins are peeking out from 2 different circles, punched with the 2" circle punch in a piece of Season of Cheer designer paper.  I stamped the snowflakes onto the striped paper.

I Love the fonts in the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life stamp set, and used them for the Merry Christmas sentiment on the punched out tag.

Merry Christmas greeting hand stamped from the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life set from Stampin' UP!.  Perfect stamped accent to this cute Penguin Christmas card featuring the Snow Place / Snow Friends bundle.

Stampin' UP! offers a 15% discount when you purchase this cute stamp set and framelit bundle together!

Snow Place / Snow Friends penguin and snowman stamp and framelit bundle from Stampin' UP!. #140844. click shop online at pattystamps.com

It's kind of like paper dolls for grown ups.. right!?

 

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Happy Holidays Penguin Christmas Card

 

SNOW FRIENDS CARD SERIES - DAY 1

Welcome to day 1 of a 3 part series featuring these adorable Snow Place / Snow Friends stamps and dies from the Stampin' UP! 2015 Holiday  catalog!

Penguin card featuring Snow Place and Snow Friends stamps and dies from Stampin Up!  Happy Holidays stamp featured in the Six Sayings Hostess set. Card by Patty Bennett

I'm crazy for penguins... did you know?  I'll link to some of my penguin posts and my Penguin Pinterest board at the bottom of this post :)   We have a collection of stuffed penguins that come out to play at our house each Christmas.. do you have a favorite collection you bring out during the holidays?

For this sweet square card I used several fun techniques, and custom colored my own "Color me Irresistible" paper to get some fun red and white stripes!

First, I used my Real Red and Island Indigo Stampin' Write Markers to color just the top portion of this stamp from the Six Sayings Hostess set, then stamped it on Whisper White cardstock and cut it with my Stampin' Trimmer:

Use Stampin' Write markers to selectively color a portion of the Six Sayings hostess stamp from Stampin' Up!.  Happy Holidays penguin card by Patty Bennett

Red Pom Pom Trim... ok.. how cute is this!  I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was so cute for the ear muffs!  eek!! A penguin with cold ears.. now that's just silly!

Red pom pom trim mades a cute embellishment or ear muffs for this cute Snow Place penguin from Stampin' Up!. Handmade card by Patty Bennett

The Color Me Irresistible paper comes both "white on white" (for you to custom color, or use as white decorative paper) and it also comes with 6 sheets of already colored paper.  Since I wanted Real Red, I made my own. After trying both my brayer and a sponge dauber, I decided I liked the even-ness of the brayer.  What do you think? Watch the Video: See more info about the paper here.

Custom Color the "Color me Irresistible" paper from Stampin' UP! to create fun patterned paper in any color.

Below I've shown you the supplies I used for this sweet little square card.  Have you tried the thick Whisper White cardstock yet? It's wonderful for card bases!

card supplies for Patty's Snow Friends Penguin card with Color me Irresistible paper from Stampin' UP!

The fun Snow Place stamp set and the matching Snow friends Framelits are available separately, or, they are sold together at a 15% discount!  You'll find them on pg 33 of the Holiday Catalog.

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I Love Penguins...

See some of our Christmas collection here and here

See my Penguin Punch Art tag here

See my Penguin Punch Art card here

See my Penguin gift tags here

Check out my Penguin Pinterest Board here

 

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Tri-Fold Snowflake Card

 

Do you remember the cute Christmas Tree "Home for Christmas" Tri-fold cards I shared with you a couple weeks ago?  Well, this Snowflake card is the one that inspired those cards.  I made this card at my friend Susan's house in September. It features the BEAUTIFUL Flurry of Wishes stamp set and matching snowflake punch! (links available at the bottom of this post).

Flurry of Wishes Tri-fold card from 12x12 cardstock. Punch snowflakes with the Snow Flurry and Flower Medallion punches from Stampin UP! for a quick and easy card!

Tri-Fold Card HOW TO: SEE THE VIDEO in this post for instructions to make a tri-fold card.

Flurry of Wishes Tri-fold card from 12x12 cardstock. Punch snowflakes with the Snow Flurry and Flower Medallion punches from Stampin UP! for a quick and easy card!

I just love the gorgeous soft colors in this card: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Smoky Slate.  Each punched snowflake has a rhinestone in the center.. the larger ones are new from the Holiday catalog and are called Iced Rhinestones, and the smaller ones are the regular rhinestones from the large Stampin' Up! annual catalog.

Flurry of Wishes Tri-fold card from 12x12 cardstock. Punch snowflakes with the Snow Flurry and Flower Medallion punches from Stampin UP! for a quick and easy card!  Add Iced Rhinestone embellishments to the center of each snowflake!

How to cut and score 2 tri-fold cards from one 12x12 piece of cardstock by Patty Bennett

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Do you think I was a little bit excited to be stamping with Di Gibbs!?  Eeek!  I love her!

Flurry of Wishes Tri-fold card from 12x12 cardstock. Punch snowflakes with the Snow Flurry and Flower Medallion punches from Stampin UP! for a quick and easy card!

One thing that makes this card SO EASY is that 3 of the snowflakes in the stamp set just punch right out with Stampin' Up! punches.. um.. hello.. YES!!!  Love that!

The Flower Medallion punch is shown on the left and the Snow Flurry punch is on the right.

Flurry of Wishes snowflake stamp set paired with Iced Rhinestones from Stampin' Up! create a gorgeous holiday card. Tri-fold card stamped by Patty Bennett

Flurry of Wishes Tri-fold card from 12x12 cardstock. Punch snowflakes with the Snow Flurry and Flower Medallion punches from Stampin UP! for a quick and easy card!

The white cardstock background is embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder.. isn't that just the perfect touch for this card!?  I think so!!

What do you think... pretty pretty pretty.. right!?  Thank you Susan for this amazing idea!  (see the video tutorial for the tri-fold card here, with tips for making this card at the end of the video).

 

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3 Ways to use the Dove of Peace Stamp

 

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Have you seen this beautiful Dove of Peace stamp in the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog? It's at the bottom of pg 20.  Don't miss it... this catalog will end before you know it!

I had fun creating 3 totally different hand stamped cards with this Dove of Peace stamp!   They each have a very different feel to them!

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Dove of Peace card #1:

Do you Zentangle? That's what this stamp reminds me of!!! It makes me think of my friends Lydia and Melanie.  I had so much fun coloring it with my Stampin' Write markers.. it takes me back to about Jr. High School when I used to love to color in outline art images!  That trend is totally back!

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I stamped the dove on Very Vanilla cardstock with my Archival black ink pad and colored it with Tangerine Tango, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write markers. (yes, the very same colors as my room when I was a teenager) :)

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I cut out the dove and used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere it to a die cut banner.  The banner is on top of a piece of Very Vanilla that I embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  It's layered onto Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight cardstock, then onto a Pear Pizzazz folded card.

 

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Dove of Peace card #2:

I kept this one pretty simple.. just stamping the dove with the Archival Basic Black pad onto Thick Whisper White cardstock, and punching the corners with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.

It's popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals onto the script design from the Neutrals Collection paper stack, then onto Basic Gray cardstock and a folded Basic Black card.

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I die cut the word Peace using my Big Shot and the Christmas Greetings thinlit dies (pg 34 Holiday catalog) using Basic Black Cardstock, and I also die cut a layer using Fun Foam, glued them together with the Fine Tip Glue Pen, then adhered it to the card with the fine tip glue pen.  I love the way it pops up on the card!!  (click here to watch my Fine Tip Glue Pen Tips video)

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Dove of Peace card #3:

Simple. Black and Gold.

I stamped the dove using my StazOn black ink pad onto the Gold Foil paper, layered that onto some of the gold and black foil striped paper in the Winter Wonderland Specialty paper package (pg 23 Holiday Catalog), added some gold satin ribbon and a simple tag.  The tag is stamped with the Peace be with you greeting from the Reason for the Season set and die cut with a tag from the Tags & Labels framelit collection.

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You may have guessed that I cut my dove and greeting apart.. I found it easier to use that way.

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Please leave a comment below on my blog post and tell me which Dove of Peace card you like best.. Card #1, #2 or #3!

 

 

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