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September 2015 posts

New Blog Design and Look!

I have been blogging since 2007.  In the beginning I played around more on the backside of my blog then creating posts and sharing ideas.  I would occasionally post a card or a fun Stampin' Up! event I was attending but that was the extent of it.   I spent countless hours figuring out how the blog worked - how it was made up and all the techy stuff that most demonstrators hate.

It wasn't until the fall of 2012 when I was asked to serve on the Advisory Board with Mary Fish, that I kicked it in gear.  Her sharing and encouragement meant a lot to me and  because of that I started doing videos, posting on a regular basis and my online business took off.

Blogsbypatsy Logo-Simple

Mary and I have also attended several Master Weekend's hosted by Lisa Pretto.  It was on one of those weekends that I confessed my true passion of blog set ups.  I had done several for my downline and other demo friends and the adrenaline just flows from start to finish.  And so was born.


Summer Banner-001

My original banner was created with My Digital Studio (MDS) a digital software that Stampin' Up! previously sold.   Diane Noble was a member of my Stampin' Up! team when MDS came out and she was also an amazing digital designer and illustrator.  Because her business was in direct competition with MDS she had to make the hard choice to drop her demonstratorship as Stampin' Up! had a non-compete clause. Even though we had never meet in person we remained friends. 

When I decided to start my blog set up business I knew I would need a designer to create custom banners and buttons and she immediately popped into my head.  So for almost 2 years we have been creating and setting up blogs on Typepad and Blogger for Demonstrators across the country.  

Since we no longer sell MDS I decided it was time to have Diane create my own brand.  

A tree has always been my Icon and has a very sentimental meaning for me.  

Click here to find out why the tree is so important to me.  You might want a tissue.

Thanks Diane, I LOVE my new look!

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Have a blog you would like a makeover for?

We would be happy to help you create a fun place for you to share what you love!

Just Contact Me to get started. 

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Diva & Dude Stamp and Share

Stampin up team meeting gifts

This last Saturday we had our quarterly Stamp and Share.  Demonstrators who live close enough join me for a fun day of sharing and stamping.  I also have Prize Patrol and awards for quarterly achievements.  This month I used the August Paper Pumpkin kit for some of my prize boxes and embellishments. 

We share stamping ideas as well as business ideas and have a Shoebox swap which is everyone's favorite part I am sure.  Have you heard of a Shoebox Swap?  It is were everyone brings the supplies (ink, stamps,  pre-cut paper and embellishments) to make a particular number of 1 card.    Then everyone takes turn making each others cards.  So if you come with 10 pre-cut cards you go home with 10 different cards all ready to send.

There were lots of awesome card ideas and I hope to share a few with you throughout the coming months.  Here are the three I wanted to share today.

Sleigh Ride Edgelits Die #stampinup

This card was provided by Diva Michelle Lembcke - I absolutely LOVE the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies.  I love how she took the Spider Web Doilies and flipped it over to the back side to create a snowflake.

Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies #stampinup

No stamping on this card just punches and dies, isn't it so stinkin' cute!  This card was brought by Diva Deb Klaphake.  She used the Jolly from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Die set.

Embellished Ornaments & Delicate Ornament Thinlits Die #stampinup

This card was provided by Diva Julie Rutter.  She used the Woodland Textured Embossing folder to create a great back drop for this card.   And the ornament is cut with the Delicate Ornament Thinlits Die.  The greeting is from the Embellished Ornaments stamp set.  I featured both of these in Saturday's post. 

We have so much fun stamping together.  While every Diva 0r Dude isn't able to attend we are able to share the stamped samples and answer any questions they might have on our Facebook Group.

Thanks again for stopping by and I look forward to sharing some more swaps with you later this month.  Have a great week!

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Trim the tree, packages and so much more with Embellished Ornaments Stamp Set & Dies

Hello Stampers is Border Buddies Saturday

Patsy here today and I am going to share with you why every stamper needs a Big Shot!

  Embellished Ornaments Big Shot Delicate Ornament Thinlits Die

You can use the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine to easily cut shapes with an assortment of dies and add texture to you projects with embossing folders.  Almost every card or project I make includes something I have done on my Big Shot.  Monday I was sharing with you about my friend Rose who turns 92 this month... she still is stamping and using her Big Shot (or as she would call it "Her Big Boy" she bought not to many years ago.  

As Rose has gotten older she has found that she can still make cards easily with her Big Shot.  This year her Christmas card are going to be Gold Foil paper embossed with the Big Shot and a simple greeting.  She makes and sends out about 80 cards isn't that inspiring.

Click here to read an older post with a picture of the two of us.


Embellished Ornaments Big Shot Delicate Ornament Thinlits Die 2

And if you have a Big Shot, the Embellished Ornaments Stamp Set along with it's coordinating thinlits will live up to it's name.  You will be able to embellish cards, gift tags, packages and more.  If you don't have an ornament stamp set  and maybe even if you do you will want this bundle.

Don't forget you can save 15% when you purchase them in a the bundle #139667.

Click here to see all the bundles available. 


Delicate Ornament Thinlits Die Big Shot Stampin Up

I love the intricate detail of these dies along with sold dies to create the background. 


Embellished Ornaments Big Shot Delicate Ornament Thinlits Die 2

Or Stamp the detail and cut out with the outline die.


Embellished Ornaments Big Shot Delicate Ornament Thinlits Die 2

This set is worth the two greetings alone... "Thinking of you at Christmas"


Embellished Ornaments Big Shot Delicate Ornament Thinlits Die 2

  and... "with loving wishes for a bright & beautiful season". 

Do you have a Big Shot?  If not now is the time to let your family now this is on your Christmas Wish List.  Someone just posted on Facebook the other day only 99 sleeps till Christmas.  

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Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip Newport Beach, California Here We Come!

Acorny Thank You Woodgrain

I want to start this out with a huge Thank You! I hope you all now how grateful I am for each and everyone of you that support my business.  Thank you to those of you who place online orders, those that are faithful readers.  These trips would not be possible with out all of you!

Today we are Leaving on a Jet Plane...

Newport Beach CA #stampinup 2

Our travel documents arrived a few weeks ago from Stampin' Up!   We will be pampered all day and surprised every evening with pillow gifts delivered to our room.   Stampin' Up! has a way of making you feel so important and appreciated. 


Stampin' Up! always puts us up in Style.  It is kind of like living Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, at least for a few days.   We will be at this amazing Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa.  Tom and I have enjoyed over 15 years of exciting Stampin' Up trips and we look forward to many more. 

Click here to see all the places we have been.


It's official! Exotic Phuket, Thailand was announced during Inspire. Create. Share. 2015 as our incentive trip location for 2017.  I am getting excited about this incredible vacation destination! (Think turquoise sea, stunning beaches, exotic market bazaars . . . and elephants!) 

It is not to late for you to earn a trip to Thailand!  The Stampin' Up! years starts October 1st and with some excitement and motivation you could earn a trip of a lifetime for you and a guest, ALL expenses paid for both of you! 

Newport Beach CA #stampinup

If you would like to get your own travel documents in the mail someday, give it some thought!  I would love to have you join my team and share the wonderful world of Stampin' Up!

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Stamping Fun with Grandchildren

Stamping is a hobby that is good for all ages.  My oldest stamping friend is in her 90's.  Last week I helped her plan her Christmas cards using her "Big Boy" that is what she calls her Big Shot.  It makes me chuckle every time she calls it that.  

And your never to young, as soon as my grandchildren can hold a stamp we are stamping!  We are gaining a Granddaughter by marriage,  Hayley Jean.  She is a sweet, warm and lovable "almost" 12 year old.  Hayley and our Granddaughter Kitana helped me with my August Card Class at the Senior Living Center.  

Hayley's Birthday Card Celebrate Today Stamp Set #stampinup

We had to practice before we left so they would know the drill.  Each one of them stamped both cards.  This is Hayley's sample of the Birthday card stamped with the Celebrate Today Photopolymer Stamp Set.

Kitanas Card Flower Shop

Here is Kitana's Birthday Card she stamped with the Flower Shop stamp set and the greeting is from the Cottage Greetings set (which I just love!).

It was really a fun day and the residents loved having the girls help me.  In September they asked where are the girls, of course they were back in school. Next summer I will have to arrange to have them come all summer.

My cards for this class have to be fairly simple but they always love them and often times simple is best.  Have a great week, see you Thursday.

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It's Beginning to Feel a Lot like Christmas!

Hello Stampers,

It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here today!

Is it beginning to feel a "little" like Christmas where you are today?  I'm in St. George, Utah at the annual Founder's Circle Retreat with 110 other demonstrators from across the US and Canada and it's about 35 degrees here (that's Celsius so about 95 Fahrenheit).  Well maybe not quite but with all the fabulous products in the Holiday Catalogue to choose from for all your holiday project my creative cave sure feels like the holidays.

I have lots of customers who are absolutely addicted to our wonderful kits.  Great instructions and just add ink and matching stamp set and you can whip up cards, tags and home decor items.

To You and Yours Shaker Card Kit #stampinup


The To You & Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit includes materials (all precut) to make 18 cards, 6 each of 3 designs.   

To You and Yours Card Kit

The kit includes Die-cut card fronts and envelopes, printed foil card bases, window sheet, gold foil stars, word stickers, sequins, chunky glitter and more!  AND the instructions of course.

The matching stamp set - To You & Yours Too! Photopolymer has the images you need to finish your cards.  You will also need some ink and I've listed them in the supply list below.

To You and Yours Too Stamp Set

Here is a video showing you how easy it is to put together these cards.  They look so fancy and difficult but they are actually really easy to assemble just by following the simply tips offered in this video. 

If you are reading this via email click here to view video.

I'm sure you can think of a few special people to send one of these gorgeous cards to this Christmas.


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Haunt Ya Later Fun Fold Card

Haunt Ya Later Stamp Set #stampinup # funfoldcard

It'a all about the fold for today's card.  Another one of those looked like you fused but you really didn't. I love quick and easy cards since time seems to be moving faster and faster.  

Little Liam is already almost 3 weeks old and has gained almost a pound.  They change so fast at this stage.  This is the stamp set his two older sisters helped me pick out for Halloween.  

Did you know over 19 Million people send cards for Halloween - that is a lot of stamps LOL.  Since all my grandchildren live close I usually stamp them up a fun treat.  But of course it is to early for me to have those done so stay tuned.


I though you would enjoy a video showing you how to make this card.  It is much easier for me to show you then explain it in writing sometimes.  You will enjoy a few of my blunders since I don't have time to edit it as this is hot off the presses.  

If you are reading this via email click here to watch the video.

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Border Buddy Card Sketches - BB001

Hello Stampers,

Patsy & I are excited to bring you a new offering each month called Border Buddy Card Sketches!  Each Month on the 3rd  Wednesday we will post a card Template along with a sample or two.

We hope it will inspire you to sit down have some stampin fun and create a card. Then we would love for you to share your sample or samples on our Facebook Pages. 

Patsy's Page - US Stamper's Post Here!
Alison's Page - Canadian Stamper's Post Here!

We will randomly pick two winners (one from the United States & one from Canada).  Then on the 3rd Wednesday of the following month when we post our new Template we will announce the winners and post the winning cards on our blogs!  The winners will receive a small gift in the mail.

Note:  We can only Ship to the US & Canada.  The Winner will have 24 hours to email us their mailing address so stay tuned for the announcement of the winner!  Good luck!

Now for our First Template….

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Border Buddies Card Sketch BB001

Border Buddies September Sketch

This is Patsy's beautiful card using the template. How gorgeous is this Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper?  And using it with the Perfect Pennants shows the versatility of this stamp set!



And here's my share.  I added an extra layer with the Merry Moments Designer Paper.  It's cut to 5" x 3 3/4".


Kindly Ecletic Sketch 4

I also have a bonus card to share showing another interpretation of the stamped element.  You can really play around with the sketches!

Sharing Rules to Follow:

  • Must use only Stampin’ Up! Products (can be current or retired)
  • Must email us within 24 hours of the winners announcement with your snail mail address.
  • Can submit as many samples as you wish please use BB001 for your card.

So Let's Get Stampin'!

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Border buddies

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Zoo Babies and Bows

It's already been two weeks since little Liam Eugene was born for a total of 5 grandchildren (3 granddaughters and 2 grandsons).  He is absolutely perfect and has amazing dimples.  The pediatric nurse said she has not seen a infant with such pronounced dimples. 

Babies picture

I could hardly wait to get up to the hospital to see him.  Did I tell you he is just perfect!

Monday all our grandchildren (and parents of course - except our Son who was representing the company he works for at the State Fair) were here for a Labor Day picnic.  

Sue my childhood and stamping friend, I told you about last week, called and wanted to run over a baby gift for him. 

Well she surprised me with a little gift too!

Gift Bow Bigs Die Bow Builder Punch

A brag book and of course I can't wait to fill it with some photo's and Project Life.  And of course it was wrapped so cute and embellished with this great bow and tag.


Gift Bow Bigz Die

If you love bows as much as I do you will want to add the Gift Bow Bigz die to your Big Shot collection.  It makes two different size bows, Largest bow is just under 4" wide by 1 3/4" tall.


Bow Builder Punch

She stamped this cute little tag with the elephant from the Zoo Babies stamp set and topped it off with a bow made with the Bow Builder Punch


Zoo babies stamp set stampin up www.stampstodiefor

This set comes in clear-mount or wood-mount.  The clear-mount stamps are made with the same high-quality red rubber as the wood-mount stamps.  The clear-mount you temporarily mount to clear blocks when stamping, then remove for easy storage.  You only need one set of blocks for all your stamping (blocks sold separately) but sometimes I like to have a couple of the most popular sizes.  The stamps come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference. 

Nothing finishes off a little gift like handmade cards and tags!

Ten little fingesr 2

Ten Little Fingers...

Ten little toes

Ten Little Toes...

Two Little Ears and One Little Nose,

Two Little Eyes that shine so bright,

And one little mouth,

To kiss grandma, GOOD NIGHT!

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Border Buddies Featured September Stamp Set Joyful Season

Hello Stampers,

It's Border Buddies Saturday, Patsy here. 

Each month Alison and I have so much fun creating cards for Border Buddies Bundles PDF Tutorial.   We each pick a stamp set and create 4 cards using the stamp set.  Then we compile all 8 cards and create a Free PDF 8 page tutorial for our online shoppers featuring all 8 cards.  Click here to learn more.

This month Alison's stamp set was the Joyful Season Photopolymer Stamp Set that is featured on page 29 of the Holiday Catalog.  I thought I would stamp up a few extra samples and share them with you.

Joyful Season Circle Punch Cardinal

The patterned paper on these cards are part of the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper

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This paper was created by actually hand stamping the original and then going through a process to reprint them.   Stampin' Up! has created a video to show us how this process is done and I thought you would enjoy seeing how this is done.  I found it fascinating.

 Click Here to view video if you are reading this in an email.

It gives you an entirely new appreciation for the Handpainted paper.  Have a great rest of the weekend and hope you find time to stamp!

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