Sunday, August 7, 2011

Get to know...Patti Milazzo





Hey there Bo Bunny Fans!  It's me, Patti and today it's my turn to be in the spotlight.  Let me tell you a bit about me and my family and then I'll show you some new projects that I've made.

I'm married to a truly wonderful man named Joe.  Later this month, we'll celebrate our 17th anniversary.  He has the patience of a saint and sweetly tolerates my crazy obsession with paper and glue.  We met at college our senior year and it's been very much my "happily ever after" story since then.  Here's Joe with Alex this summer at a nearby amusement park.  This was just a few minutes before Alex got completely drenched on the log flume bridge.  


















We currently live in southeastern Pennsylvania and as you can see we have two sweet yet zany children, Sheridan (15) and Alexander (10) who we love dearly and keep us on our toes.  They keep busy with the usual sports and school activities as well as being in band.  Strangely enough, they are both musically talented.  I say strange because neither Joe nor I can read music and we can barely carry a tune...lol!  But Alex has excelled with the trumpet in just a few short months and Sheridan plays flute and piccolo for band as well as learning to play a handful of other instruments.  Her brother is quickly following in her footsteps.
 
Here they are together when we visited a orchard near us.  We picked a TON of cherries this season and made a very scrumptious cherry filling that I used for a super simple tart recipe.  I gave them the task of pitting the cherries...I'm pretty sure they snuck eating more than just a few!













Next, meet Lucky.....he's the 4 legged family member who has us wrapped around his little paw.  We adopted him last fall from a local rescue and he is a bit goofy but the sweetest dog ever.  He sticks to me like glue and is my constant companion while Joe is at work and the kids are at school.  He's typically under my scrap table, safe from most scrappy things except for the occasional wayward sticker that I'll find stuck to his tale later in the day.












As for me...you might not guess it but I tend to be pretty shy (camera shy too!) and reserved.  I'm very much an introvert and a homebody.  I being home!  Outside of being with my family and crafting, my favorite thing to do is read.  I love books...all kinds but you'll often find me with a Lynn Kurland book, basically a PG romance novel involving medieval history with a bit of time travel thrown in for fun.  What can I say...I'm partial to a lighthearted story with a happy ending.  :)  Aside from the above, I also like to take photos, cook and try out new recipes, watch movies, play Wii with my kids (happy to report my virtual golf game is improving), vacationing with my family and I have a horrible weakness for chocolate and coffee.  This summer, I expanded our container garden and we're having great success with a few vegetables and some herbs.  The kids love it!










We always have tomatoes for salad, I fried up some zucchini sticks last week, lots of Basil for fresh pesto and we have more Jalapeno peppers than we know what to do with.  Any pepper recipe suggestions?  :)  Now that we've had some success, I'm looking forward to starting a vegetable garden in the yard next year...wish us luck!

My scrapping adventures started back in 1996 following shortly after the birth of my daughter.  I found a CK Magazine at my local craft store and I was hooked.  I already loved taking photos and doing my own version of journaling in my photo albums but once I realized what more I could do I became obsessed with pattern paper and cardstock.  I'm not certain that I have a distinct style but most of my projects tend to have a few things in common...lots of detail, layers, usually pretty linear, my own handmade embellishments and my stuff tends to be a bit on the fussy side.

I started designing for manufacturers in 2004 and had the opportunity to join the Bo Bunny Design Team in 2009.  It has been a fabulous experience and I can't say enough wonderful things about the Bo Bunny company and the incredible designers I've been able to work with.  I'm looking forward to another fantastic year with the team! 

Just a few days ago, my box of Bo Bunny arrived with the latest releases just in time for me to dive in and create 6 new cards to share with you today....  If you love soft hues of blue and green and lots of flourishes, you are sure to love the Welcome Home collection.  I made a card with lots of detail, layers and flowers...and went a little crazy with my glitter too!
"Welcome"












 

















Bo Bunny Supply List:
Pattern Paper: Stripe, Dreams, Key, Flourish, Front Door, Portrait, Welcome Home, Family and Dot/Welcome Home
Stickers: Welcome Home Combo Stickers
Noteworthy: Welcome Home Die Cuts
Brads: Welcome Home
Jewels: Welcome Home
Chipboard: Welcome Home 12"

My daughter is thinking about hosting an end of summer ice cream social and we thought these candy filled jars would make a cute and tasty addition to our party planning.  We filled them up with candy coated sixlets from the party store.  This one will be a gift for one of her friends.
"Sweet Thing Card & Candy Topping Jar"




















Bo Bunny Supply List:
Pattern Paper: Cut Outs, Delish, Sweet Tooth, Temptations, Recipes and Just a Pinch/Sweet Tooth
Stickers:  Sweet Tooth 12" Combo Stickers; Sweet Tooth Cherry on Top Stickers; Welcome Home 12" Combo Stickers
Rub-Ons: Sweet Tooth
Chipboard: Sweet Tooth 12" Chipboard
Trinkets: Sweet Tooth

I chose the Garden Girl Card Kit for this next card.  I used the design suggested in the kit but changed a few things up to give it my own personal style.













But even with the changes, it took me just 10 minutes to put it all together.  That's record time for me!  I loved that I didn't have to start from scratch and so much is already done for you.  If you haven't already gotten your hands on one of these card kits, I highly recommend them.
"You Make Me Happy"





Bo Bunny Supply List:
Pattern Paper:Poppy, Garden Girl and Stripe/Garden Girl
Cardstock:   type and color
Stickers:  Garden Girl 12" Combo Stickers
Jewels: Garden Girl
Card Kit: Garden Girl

It's pretty difficult choosing a favorite collection but Et Cetera is definitely up at the top of my list!  It has a great vintage look with beautifully muted pops of color.
"Thanks"





















I used the Et Cetera Stamp set for the background of my card.

















Bo Bunny Supply List:
Pattern Paper: Mail Room, Extra, Index, Geography and Odds & Ends/Et Cetera
Stickers:  Et Cetera 12" Combo Stickers; Et Cetera Just Be You Stickers
Stamps: Et Cetera
Brads: Et Cetera
Jewels: Et Cetera
Chipboard: Et Cetera 12" Chipboard

I've gotten a head start on a couple of Christmas cards with the Father Christmas and Blitzen collections...
"Joys of the Season"




















Bo Bunny Supply List:
Pattern Paper: Poinsettia, Jingle Bells, Holly, Celebrate, Father Christmas, Dot, Berries, Merry & Bright, Stripe and Sleigh/Father Christmas
Stickers:  Father Christmas 12" Combo Stickers; Father Christmas Comfort & Joy Stickers
Chipboard: Father Christmas 12" Chipboard


"JOY"















I punched a bunch of circles, distressed them a bit and then adhered them across the card.  I secured them with stitching and added a few more embellishments to complete the look.


















Bo Bunny Supply List:
Pattern Paper: Snow Globe, Gifts, Turtle Doves, Blitzen, Sentiment, Stockings, Stripe and Reindeer/Blitzen
Stickers:  Blitzen Dimensional Stickers; Blitzen 12" Combo Stickers
Buttons: Blitzen
Brads: Blitzen
Jewels: Blitzen

I'm going to follow the leader and also share some previous projects that I've made.  These are some that I've made for fun or for other assignments...
"Autumn Pins"















Bo Bunny supplies: Learning Curve and Olivia collections

"Paper Pumpkins"













Bo Bunny supplies: Olivia and Double Dot Cardstock

"Winter Birdhouse Home Decor"

















Bo Bunny supplies: Noel collection

"Trick GRRR Treat" Card

















Bo Bunny supplies: Whoo-ligans collection

And this "King of HEARTS" layout of my son.


















Bo Bunny supplies: Persuasion and Love Bandit

And finally, some favorite projects that I made for previous challenges here on the Bo Bunny Blog...
"Noel" Angel

















Bo Bunny supplies: St. Nick

"Paper Quilted Ornament"

















Bo Bunny supplies: 'Tis the Season

"Spiderman" layout

















Bo Bunny supplies: Whoo-ligans

And this "Snowflakes" layout of my daughter.


















Bo Bunny supplies: Winter Joy

Now.....is anyone out there interested in winning some Bo Bunny goodness??  If you'd like to have a chance at winning a prize at the end of this month, be sure to leave me a comment below.  Bo Bunny will hold a drawing for each Designer Spotlight giveaway posted this month.

Also, if you'd like another chance to win a prize pack from me on my blog and take a peek at another card that I've made using Bo Bunny's Forever Fall collection, then stop by my blog too!  You can see the details there.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope I've inspired you just a bit!

Patti

115 comments:

  1. You are so incredibly talented, Patti! Your work is amazing and so beautifully layered indeed! I loved getting to know you a little bit better and seeing more of your gorgeous work! It's wonderful to have you on the team!

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  2. Oh Patti, this is a fabulous post! You have a lovely family and I love all your layered work! Those cards are awesome! Thanks for sharing all of this with us!

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  3. Absolutely love your work! As much as BoBunny. TFS and welcome to the team :)

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  4. Patti...what a wonderful post! You are one very talented crafter. Thanks for sharing everything!!! Absolutely gorgeous projects!

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  5. WOw, these are amazing! Each one is so different and unique and quite simply beautiful! I can not wait to see more of your work! Thanks!
    Lisa
    www.lisascreativeniche.blogspot.com

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  6. Wow--so many inspiring projects. I like the ice cream social projects--because I like ice cream!

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  7. Your projects are amazing! I can not wait tos ee more!

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  8. Wow! You are very talented! Love all your cards and your projects are fantastic! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  9. Beautiful work Patti -- and I am loving Bo Bunny's new collections! Can't wait to play with them!

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  10. I love your angel. It is beautiful.

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  11. Your projects are awesome! It seems I can look at them for hours!))

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  12. Wow...love your projects!! Lee-Ann :)

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  13. So much talent Patti.
    Thanks for the peek into your wonderful family.
    Love your work.

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  14. Wonderful projects, Patti! I especially love those autumn pins - adorable!

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  15. Love all of your projects! So beautiful.

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  16. Wow beautiful stuff Patti! Especially love the Christmas cards although it seems wrong to be working on them when wearing shorts!

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  17. Your family looks great ... and I am IN LOVE with your projects!!! Just GORGEOUS! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  18. Love these get to know posts. So much talent and inspiration out there.

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  19. I just love your work Patti! TFS!

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  20. You work very well. I like what you do!

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  21. Wow what an amazing assortment of beautiful goodies! Thanks for all the inspiration. I love the fall pins, what a cute idea!

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  22. Your projects, especially the quilted ornament, are jaw dropping. LOVE your work and enjoyed getting to know more about you :)

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  23. Thank you, Patti, for sharing your creative ideas and tidbits about your family with us. I find you very inspirational, and I want to head down to my scrappin' room right now! But first, I'm heading over to your blog to check out more of your work!

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  24. Thanks! I really like the home decor and that ornament would make a fabulous gift! Thanks!

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  25. Love your work!! Great photos of your lovely family too!
    Adi
    adiabada0212@ hotmail.com

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  26. Lovely projects!! Great family photos too!

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  27. OH my goodness, so many amazing projects! And I love the little Autumn pins, how clever!

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  28. Fantastic projects!!! I love them all.

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  29. I love your cards, the layering is great!

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  30. Fabulous fabulous work, Patti! You're such a great part of the Bo Bunny team. Thanks for sharing all these beautiful projects. I especially love the Christmas cards you made- all those gorgeous Bo Bunny patterned papers combined in squares, then circles...wow!

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  31. Wow! Beautiful work! Thanks for much for sharing your wonderful talent.

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  32. Beautiful work!! I really like the Christmas card with all the circles!!

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  33. Your work is wonderful. I always find xmas papers a bit too overwhelming, but I LOVE your use of the patterned paper on the xmas cards. That is definitely something i'd like to try.

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  34. You have incredible projects! LOVE what you have created and I am so inspired!

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  35. Gorgeous projects! I love your style! Beautiful family, thanks for sharing a bit of yourself =)
    hugs
    juli

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  36. You have a lovely family!
    Your projects are amazing Patti!
    I can't wait to see more!


    I am loving Bo Bunny's new collections! Can't wait to play with them!
    Kiss
    Taty

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  37. All of your projects are wonderful.. I absolutely adore the paper folded ornament!

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  38. just have to ask the "Noel" angel what sdid you use for a base,a small flower pot? your work is great so creative thanks for sharing.

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  39. Wowsers! That's a ton of amazing inspiration and it was so fun to get to know a little more about you! I'm with you on loving to be at home!!!

    Love your work!!!

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  40. Wow! Love all the amazing things you have created. Just a quick recipe for you.. Peppers cleaned and emptied, fill with cream cheese, wrap with bacon and throw in the oven for about 20 min. I just made for a picnic this weekend and they were a hit.

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  41. Patti,love to know a little more about you and toknow ypur family.I´ve been a huge fan of your work for a long time.all you showed us today is woow delightful!!

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  42. I love your work - and I know what you mean about being camera shy! Enjoy being part of the BoBunny team - great products to work with!

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  43. Thanks everyone! xo

    Kathy A. - For the Noel angel, yes, I used a small flowerpot as the base. Here's a link to the instructions on the BB blog - http://bobunny.blogspot.com/2009/12/on-third-day-of-christmas.html

    Karen Bell - yum...bacon wrapped peppers!! sounds delicious...can't wait to try it...thanks for the recipe!

    :)

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  44. I love looking at beautiful art almost more than creating it :). Such beautiful work with such awesome products! Thanks for sharing!

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  45. Loved reading about you! Your work is FANTASTIC!!

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  46. Patti thank you for sharing your work with us all, it is fantastic. You are truly an inspiration.

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  47. thank you for the wonderful inspiration, love your ideas.

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  48. Your work is amazing, Patti! Love the inking and layering you have going here. And always glad to see another SE PA gal.....no picture, though, huh? I'm popping over to your blog next! So glad to see you here and can't wait to see more from you!

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  49. Love your layers, Patti, especially in your flowers.

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  50. I would be so thrilled to win a Bo Bunny prize pack! Thanks for sharing your projects and your delightful family with us on the Bo Bunny blog!

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  51. I would be so thrilled to win a Bo Bunny prize pack! Thanks for sharing your projects and your delightful family with us on the Bo Bunny blog!

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  52. Wow Patti you are truly talented. I love all of your projects!!

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  53. I am really lovin' these designer spotlights... it's such a wonderful way to make someone, like me who hasn't been scrappin' much this Summer to wanna jump right back into it! Loved your projects....

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  54. I love all the work you have shown on your post. You have an amazing talent for paper.

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  55. Oh my goodness! All of your projects are simply amazing, and I especially love the cards!! I love making cards, especially when I don't have time enough for a larger projects and yours are just spectacular!

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  56. Hi Thanks for sharing your super wee world. I love Bo Bunny products . I use them for my cardmaking but I am definately going to have a go at scrapbooking too.Your work is incredible and has inspired me so much. It's great to see all the products together. I could not even think of a favourite they are all out of this world ! So inspired. Thankyou for the opportunity to win some goodies too ! I am off to check out your blog ! Kitty ;0)

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  57. All your projects are so beautiful Patti, and it was lovely getting to know you better through this post (ohhh, that basil looks Yum!)...loved what you've done with the new BB collections too! xx

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  58. Beautiful creations, OMG!
    You are really talented, I wish I could have a fraction of your talent.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Take care,
    Mónica

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  59. Your work is just beautiful!

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  60. patti all i can say is wowwwwwwww..you are such a talented artist and i thank yo for sharing some of your creations..the paper christmas tree ball!! and you have a lovely family as well..you are so blessed!
    marie

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  61. I adore your Christmas cards! Beautiful projects!

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  62. What wonderful ideas you have! You gave me inspiration to craft today.

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  63. Great designs Patti. Thanks for allowing us to peek. I love Bo bunny line. Such fun papers and the wheels r turning as I look at your creations. You have inspired me this Monday morning. Thanks again

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  64. Great designs Patti. Thanks for allowing us to peek. I love Bo bunny line. Such fun papers and the wheels r turning as I look at your creations. You have inspired me this Monday morning. Thanks again

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  65. Totally love your work! I can't wait to get my hands on some of the new Bo Bunny lines.

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  66. Wow! Your layouts and cards are so fabulous!!!

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  67. You have amazing talent, Patti. I love your fall pins and the Christmas ornament. Every one of your cards was one I want to lift. Headed to your blog and excited to find new inspiration :)

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  68. Let's give a big Whoot! Whoot! for Patti. Your cards, layouts and beautiful projects ROCK! I am so glad the you are on the team.
    -Cher

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  69. Your work is beautiful!! Enjoyed reading about you and your family.

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  70. What beautiful projects - love the colors of the spiderman one especially!

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  71. Gorgeous projects! Seriously lovin' the Etcetera collection!

    Allison M.

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  72. Wow! Just WOW!!!!

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful inspiration!

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  73. Love your work and all your creative projects!

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  74. Patti I simply adore the way you scrap...love the colors, layers flowers and glitter. I'm gonna have to scrap-lift a couple things here. Thanks so very much!

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  75. Wow, lots of great stuff! Love the paper quilted ornament!!

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  76. I love looking at beautiful art almost more than creating it :). Such beautiful work with such awesome products! Thanks for sharing!

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  77. I am a new follower of Patti's. Such wonderful work!!

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  78. I love what you've done with all the Bo Bunny products! Lots of great work there! You are very talented!

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  79. Oh how I love the Christmas/winter/holiday paper! I love all your cards, and now am in need of of Bo Bunny supplies to try make my own!

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  80. Love the sweet thing card and candy toppings jar! Too cute!!!

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  81. You do such beautiful work. Love it all.Looking forward to seeing more.

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  82. patti, you're simply amazing!!!!!!!
    hugs

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  83. Your creations are amazing! You are so talented!

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  84. You have a wonderful talent! Love your cards and other crafts!

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  85. So many wonderful projects Patti!

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  86. It was wonderful to get to know more about you Patti! I love your creations and I am so happy to be on this team with you!

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  87. nice to meet you Patti!!! loving your creations..your cards are amazing!!!!

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  88. Your cards are just amazing! I love them all! I had scraplifted one of your cards, but didn't know who to thank for the inspiration, but now I do! I've become a follower of your blog! Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations!

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  89. Your cards are breathtaking!! Love them!

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  90. Your cards are just beautiful!!! I love the Halloween one and all the flowers you use and how you use them! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  91. What amazing creativity and talent! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  92. I follow your blog, too. I think you are incredibly talented and I thank you for the wonderful inspiration you are to me!

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  93. Thanks for sharing your fabulous Bo Bunny projects along with a peek into your family life. From one homebody to another, I can totally relate to your love for home sweet home!

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  94. Beautiful projects, Patti! TFS!!

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  95. I love your work Patti! Your cards and flowers are just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  96. Great cards! Love the flowers and the pins!

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  97. Patti, your embellishments on all of your projects are very unique and beautiful. thanks for sharing

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  98. LOVE your work! The Welcome card, cute paper pumpkins and paper quilted ornament are some of my favorites although everything is spectacular!

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  99. I especially love the paper quilted ornament. You make wonderful projects

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  100. Beautiful work. Love the paper pumpkins.

    Hugs,

    PattiM
    {Pattie's passion}

    I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!

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  101. I just love your work....I really enjoy blogsurfing....I always get inspired. TSF!

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  102. oh! please teach me how to make such beautiful paper flowers! I guess I'll have to follow your blog....

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  103. So nice to learn more about you Patti, your work is amazing. I have always thought of you as the queen of cards but you are definitely the queen of altered projects too!! It has been lovely being on the DT with you the last year :)

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  104. that ornament is too cool! love all your projects!

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  105. Loved looking at all your great projects and getting to know about you and your family.

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  106. Your layouts and projects are so creative. Enjoy looking at them and getting inspiration from them. Also, great to get to know about you and your family.

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  107. Your Christmas cards and Noel Angel really have me feeling some early holiday spirit!

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  108. Your Christmas cards and Noel Angel really have me feeling some early holiday spirit!

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  109. Your cards are beautiful. They inspire me to want to go do my Christmas Cards. Thank you sharing.

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