Archive for April, 2009

I thought the Hooray  Hardware would be great with this paper and printed window sheet.  My Occasions Mini wish list is endless!  I can't stop ordering from it.  How about you? 

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  • Stamp Set: Owl Together Now pg. 44

  • Cardstock: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White  pg. 153

  • Ink: Classic Basic Brown, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze

  • Accessories: Good Morining Designer Series Paper pg. 160, Eyelet Border Punch pg 185, Hooray Hardware pg. 175, Printed Window Sheets Occasions Mini pg.

All items from the Spring & Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog unless otherwise specified.


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I think that I could get very addicted to using these great window sheets.  It is the easiest way to make a card that looks like you really fussed!  Her I used the quarter of the sheet that looks like the puffs of the dandelion.  Accented with 1 1/4" circle punch behind the window sheet with the Pumpkin Pie Corduroy Buttons on the font. 

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  • Stamp Set: On Your Birthday pg. 141
  • Ink: Classic Basic Black pg 153
  • Cardstock: Bashful Blue, So Saffron pg 154 & 155
  • Accessories: Pumpkin Pie Corduroy Buttons pg. 176, 1 1/4" Circle Punch pg. 184 & 185, Designer Series Paper Washington Apple pg 184, Printed Window Sheets (Occasions Mini)

All items in the Spring & Summer Catalog unless specified.


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Stampin' Up!'s Printed Window Sheets (Occasions Mini) offer beautiful designs that you can cut out and use on card fronts or as accents.  The images are in Whisper White and coordinate easily with our Designer Series Papers and stamp sets.  You can use them with the Big Shot die-cut machine to add windows, layers and shapes to your stamping projects.

Today's card features the Clearly Thanks Printed Window Sheets

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  • Stamp Set: Oval All (Occasion Mini pg 8)
  • Classic Ink pad Basic Gray
  • Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray textured
  • Accessories: Clearly Thanks Printed Window Sheets,  Oval scallop Punch (Occasions Mini) Jumbo Eyelets, 5/16 Natural Assortment Brads, Designer Series Paper Urban Oasis ( Spring & Summer Idea Book and Catalog 2009)

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Our last day in Hawaii, as sad as we were to leave Paradise we knew that our little Alayna would be born any time and so getting on board the plain for home was a bit easier.  I will share just a few last day photos.  We spent most of the last day walking around the resort and taking it all in.  The beauty and grandness is more than words can express.

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Each night when we return to our rooms, there are gifts awaiting on our turned down beds. Stampin' Up! treats us like royalty and it so much fun to see what will appear each nigh.

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My goal the next month is to stamp up a storm of ideas.  It has been fun sharing each day with you and I hope to post at least 3 times a week with some fun stamping inspiration!  Check back in a day or two to see the cards I designed using the new printed window sheets in the Occasions Mini.  Better yet sign up to get the email updates so you don't miss a post!


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Each day is filled with special memories.  The Hawaiian Luau is one of them.  We were greeted by lovely little hula girls and they placed Kukui Nut Lei's around our necks.  Men received dark ones and women received light colored ones.  They are wonderful keep sakes.

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They had local crafters booths were we could learn to make Lia's, sample Poi (that is one dish I won't be adding to my list of favorite foods), woodcarvers, coconut huskers, quilters.

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Do you ever meet someone and it feels like you have known them your entire life?  That is how I felt when I meet Heather, we were on the 12 hour Grand Island tour on the 2nd day.  We have emailed since we got home and I know we will be life long friends.

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Most of my life my friends have all been tall, Tom says that's not hard when your only 5'2" tall.  I have always been short next to Tom, but you can imagine how small I felt standing next to retired NBA Basketball player Thurl Bailey.  Thurl Bailey is one of the Board of Directors of Stampin' Up!  Often times we are blessed with his beautiful voice.  You can check out his music click here.

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Anyone who placed a Hawaii Sale order was invited to a special make & take night, unfortunately I came down with the flu and for one of the first times in 11 years I had to cancel the event.  I wanted to share the make and takes I had planned for this special evening. You can click on the pictures to make them larger to view.

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See you tomorrow for our final day in Hawaii!

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Everyone on board.  Just outside the lobby is the tram stop which we took to the main lobby for the bus to the beach.  With all the beautiful water at the resort you might ask why take a bus to the beach?  At first we didn't plan to go, but pier pressure of our good friends and the guys telling Tom  their was a topless beach right next door, we were on the bus in no time!  He did know they were kidding… I think.

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Hapuna’s white sands have earned it a reputation as the number one beach in the US and in the top ten internationally.   My favorite is still the beach at Half Moon Kay in the Bahamas.  The water was really nice and we enjoyed playing in the surf.

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More than the trips themselves reconnecting with friends is always very special.  Miss you Sue and Deb!

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The guys enjoy time together too, not worried about their hair getting wet.

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I think someone did this sand sculpture of me, do you see the resemblance.

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More Make & Takes from Hawaii.  We made these adorable little purses, mine has a "P" on it for Patsy, but it was difficult to capture on photo, so I am using the photo from our handout.  I hope to make these in an upcoming class so stay tuned!

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Sorry I got these posted so late today.  See you tomorrow!

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A great way to see the Big Island of Hawaii is to take the Grand Circle Island Tour.  We planned ahead to spend the day with Friends Ann (stamper Dog's agent) and Cecil Clemmer.  It was a very nice day and we enjoyed it very much. 

Here is Cecil and Ann Clemmer at one of our first stops the Black Sand Beaches.

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Next Stop Volcano National Park…my question is why are we standing this close to an active volcano?

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It is always such a treat to see Sarah Douglas.  They did mention a light jacket or sweater would be nice,  However a winter parka would have been welcome.  

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I suffer a bit from claustrophobia, and the Lava tubes were no exception.  I was well into the tube before I realized it wasn't just a 15-20 feet.  But clutching Tom's arm and a few tears I did make it all the way through.  Now for me it was a major accomplishment and a highlight of the trip.  Tom's arm has healed nicely from the claw marks.

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Exit from the Lava Tube!  I am alive!!

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Our final travels took us through Parker Ranch.  The ranch was founded in 1847 and is one of the oldest ranches in the US, pre-dating many mainland ranches in Texas and other southwestern states. Spreading approximately 135,000 acres Parker Ranch is also among the country’s largest.

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Hawaii Make & Takes… yes while in the beautiful Island we did stamp.  (I actually stamped about and hour and brought the rest home do do in the cold and snow!).  The first two make and takes I am sharing today are made with the stamp set For All You Do to be released in the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog. 

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If you have any questions about the make and takes just email me patstamps@embarqmail.com

See you tomorrow!

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