Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Jimmies or Sprinkles?


Well apparently all I needed to order from the new Stampin' Up catalog was the Sprinkles of Life stamp set -- because yes, I am back again with another sample using that set (I told you it was versatile!).

In all honesty, I'm a little crazed trying to get ready for my Sale-A-Bration Celebration on Friday night and my new catalog launch party on Saturday! Just went through three boxes of retired goodies for pricing.... fun, fun, fun (not really, but the actual events will be fun!).

Today's card features another fun summer event -- ice cream outings! Living on the Cape, I have a plethora of options when it comes to ice cream -- and I am a big fan of "jimmies." It's so funny how you can always tell where someone is from by whether they ask for sprinkles or jimmies on their ice cream. Honestly, I grew up with "jimmies" but most of the time now I usually say sprinkles. Must be from all the weird looks I got during my out of state adventures. People really do look at you like your crazy!

Anyway, on to today's card. I used the cloud image from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set as ice cream scoops instead (not something I invented, but borrowed from hundreds of other crafters who had the idea first!). Want to know the sad thing about this card? Immediately after making it I lost my "jimmies"! The stamp is gone. I used it on one card and then it got lost or stuck to something and I haven't seen it since. That's the downfall of the new photopolymer stamp sets I guess -- they're just too sticky for their own good! I even went trash picking with no luck. Dang. So regardless of what you call them... all my future cards will be sprinkle-less. How sad.

No need to be sad for long, though, go get yourself your own set of sprinkles here... then show me what you make with them!

Well, I'm off to go get some more work done... or maybe go to bed (wink, wink)... until next time... happy stampin'!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A Sunday Share...

 
Hello there! Happy Sunday... well, what's left of it. I'm actually going to "hit the hay" as they say a bit early tonight -- as soon as I finish writing this lil' note to you!

I'm sharing another card I made using the Sprinkles of Life Stamp set. I truly adore this stamp set and the coordinating tree builder punch. I couldn't be happier that it is this year's Ronald MacDonald Charity stamp set as I suspect I will sell A LOT of them in the next 12 months. It's just so stinking cute -- and incredibly versatile.

Today I used the new In Color Cucumber Crush, which I must say was my least favorite In Color for this year, but I really adore how this one came out. It's all pretty simple -- all the stamps came from the Sprinkle of Life stamp set and the two small pieces of patterned paper came from the Cherry on Top 6x6 paper stack. I'll have to showcase that paper on another card because it is really bright and bold -- even though you wouldn't get that from this card!

So have you got your new Stampin' Up catalog yet? What do you think? Is your wish list as big as mine? Perhaps you should consider join the Shore Stamper team then! Right now you can join for just $99 plus tax and YOU get to pick $125 worth of merchandise PLUS two free extra stamps of your choice... yup, all for just $99! Great deal, right?

What's that you say? You don't have a catalog? Well e-mail me at jen pitta at comcast dot net and I'll get one out to you pronto!

Okay... that's all for me tonight... I'm super tired and a little sore (I think I pulled a stomach muscle at the gym the other day... I know, that just sounds weird, but I was working on my core! It is bathing suit weather, you know! Anyway, off to bed with me... enjoy your evening and come back soon!

Monday, June 8, 2015

So... Have you seen it?

I'm a little late in getting back here, but this beautiful little baby has been out in the world for almost one whole week now and I am so in love! It's probably obvious at this point that I don't have children... as I'm talking about my new Stampin' Up catalog as if it were a child! :)

Unlike with children, however, I seem to like each new catalog better than the last and this year is no exception!

I've been super busy the past week or so unfortunately there's still TONS of unopened brand new toys in my craft room... gasp!

But one of the first things I ordered way back a month ago (did you know as a demonstrator you get to have a sneak peek at new catalogs and pre-order from them a month in advance? Cool, right?) was the Sprinkles of Life stamp set. It is this year's Ronald MacDonald House Charities stamp set. Each year Stampin' Up selects a stamp set and donates a percentage of each sale to the Ronald MacDonald House Charities. This year it's Sprinkles of Life and $3 of every stamp set purchase goes to RMHC. And I personally think this set is one of the best ever... AND it has a matching punch.

Here's the set so you can see it...


I'm actually using this set in my Stamp Club this month. Here is one of the four cards we'll be making:


I love that you can use this as a cloud, an ice cream cone, a cupcake or a basket... so, so clever and cute! Are you interested in having a little night out to make four "stepped-up" cards each month? This is how stamp club works -- each month (for a minimum of 6 months) you commit to purchasing a minimum of $30 in Stampin' Up product in exchange for the four make-and-takes we put together. Once in that 6-month commitment you will receive a $30 product bonus for free. We meet the second Thursday of every month (so this Thursday!) at my home in Harwich Port. BUT if you're not nearby, I also offer this class "To Go."

I email my "to go" members at the start of the month with the stamp set we'll be using and what color inks I'm using for my cards and then you would go online and purchase your products in my online store using the hostess code I assign you. Once I receive that order, I send you the cardstock and any embellishments we used all cut and packaged in your envelope.

Let me know if you'd like to give this program a whirl... it's a super fun way to learn some new techniques and have an easy way to create (after all, I've done all the thinkin' work for you!). Email me at jen pitta at comcast dot net for more information.

And feel free to check out all the other fun goodies in the new catalog here.

Have a great day!

Monday, June 1, 2015

More of my Favorites...

 Hello there friends. Welcome back -- two days in a row! I'm on a roll!

I wanted to share with you a Progressive Scrapbooking page that I did for a private class this winter. I haven't shared one of these in a while and it's still one of my favorite tools for facing the blank 12 x 12 scrapbook page.

So after I became a Stampin' Up demonstrator NINE years ago (!), I started doing a lot more cards. That meant when I started facing the blank 12x12 page I often would get stumped. So one of the ways I counter that problem is to work in a progressive nature -- I start by designing a 6x6 page (which is closer to the size of a card and that way a little less intimidating). So the photo to the left is a 6x6 page I created using the Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper from the 2015 Occasions Catalog. I LOVE this paper -- it's so versatile for every theme/topic/occasion. I also used one of my go-to scrapbooking sets these days -- So You.

Next, I make that 6x6 design the focus of an 8.5 x 11 page. You can see that to the right. So for this page I stamped the same "starburst" image in the background of the page and put a small 1" circle of Elegant Eggplant in the center. Then "grounded" the 6x6 page with a strip of Early Espresso cardstock. You would have room down at the bottom of this page to put a few small photos -- probably around 2x2 for size.

Finally, I take this 8.5x11 design and use it as the focal point on a 12x12 page. So for this page I put it on a 12x12 sheet of Elegant Eggplant. I kept the 8.5 x 11 page to the left and then put a strip of small white squares along the right side to use as photo mats.

So next time you're facing the blank page consider trying this "progressive scrapbooking" method. AND if you like any of these products (particularly the stamp set or designer series paper) be sure to get it today as it is the last day to order from the 2015 Occasions Catalog.


Okay... so just one more day for the 2014-2015 Idea Book and Catalog and the Occasions catalog -- Be sure to check out  www.jenpitta.stampinup.net to find the items you NEED before the new catalog goes live tomorrow!! And if you'd like a hard copy of the new catalog let me know!

Have a great week...

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Countdown is On....


Howdy friends! Hope you enjoyed a nice relaxing weekend. I actually had a great Saturday meeting some new friends at the second annual Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire at the Cape Cod Community College yesterday.

And today was a nice relaxing day... caught up on some cleaning, took a nice nap and have been thinking about doing a little stamping but considering it's 8:30 p.m. and I haven't ventured to the craft table yet -- that's probably not going to happen!

Instead, I thought I'd pop on here and say hello as it's been a while...

So did you hear? Stampin' Up is releasing it's brand new 2015-2016 Idea Book and Catalog on Tuesday, June 2nd! Just two days away (well, really just a little over one day now)! Do you have the new catalog yet? If not, let me know and I'll send you one...

Today I'm sharing a card made with a stamp set that didn't get much love from me over the last couple of years (I hate when that happens!). This one is called "Four Frames" and features four really great images that can all be punched out with the decorative label punch (one of my MUST haves!). You can even buy the stamp set and punch as a bundle and save 15%! For this one I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with my Wild Wasabi and Bermuda Bay markers. Then I pulled out my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line up the "happy birthday" sentiment. That is really such a cool tool and really easy once you get the hang of it.

Also on this card is the Fancy Fan embossing folder -- that one is going bye-bye, too so if you need it for your collection be sure to grab it now in my online store. You may want to check out the Clearance Rack while you're there, too.

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday evening! I'll be back again tomorrow (shocking!) with another card featuring some of my favorite retiring products. Stay tuned!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Happy National Scrapbook Day!

Hey there! I almost didn't make it, but Happy National Scrapbooking Day! Did you get a chance to get scrappy?

I'm actually at the Ready Set Crop Spring Fever event in Leominster, MA. We're having lots of fun.

Although sadly I'm not teaching any scrapbooking classes this weekend I did have a fun card class earlier today that kept me busy for a bit. But rather than sharing cards today, I thought it would be more appropriate to share with you a few of my recent scrapbook pages. I've actually been making quite a few lately for events.

The one above was a single page I made as part of the make and takes for last month's Memory Keeping Club class, which meets the last Friday of every month at the Harwich Community Center. We get together and work on our own projects for a few hours and I always have a make and take or two. The next date is Friday, May 22nd. You should join us!

I've also been hosting a couple of scrap-a-thon's lately, too. The first time I did this event was last summer and it was a big hit. So I just did one in March and have another one coming up later this month.

Here is my favorite layout from the March event:
The Something Borrowed paper from the Occasions Catalog is really great for scrapbooking because you can add any color you want with it and it works beautifully. Here I added little pops of Elegant Eggplant and I loved the result. I also used the "So You" stamp set from the Occasions catalog... that's another perfect choice for scrapbookers.

So how about you... did you get any scrapbooking done today? I wouldn't be surprised if you said no... from what I hear it was a beautiful day outside in our neck of the woods.... I guess that's what late nights are for!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Emerging from the fog (er... winter)


I think I'm finally (albeit slowly) emerging from this brutal, late-blooming winter. I'm finally feeling as though I have a bit of energy. It's amazing what a little sun will do, huh?

The spring is always like a new year for me -- it signifies a clean slate, starting over and beginning again. I have to say I think I like the start of spring even better than a fresh new year -- because it means sunshine, flip flops and beach time are right around the corner!

Do you like my card today? I thought it was appropriate. It uses the amazing stamp set called Crazy About You. Tons and tons of greeting card possibilities with that set and if you add the Hello Life thinlits to your collection you have even more options!

Want to know a trick to get those teeny, tiny word pieces out of your die? Wax paper! Just make sure you put the wax paper in between the die and your cardstock. Works like a charm. You may still need a piercing tool or something sharp to poke a corner or two to get it started, but so much easier than fighting with the cardstock that gets suctioned into the die without it.

Want to see another card with this set? Just look to the right! :)  These were two cards that were part of my Harwich Port club session last week. Did you know I offer this class "to go?" If you live too far to come to the class and want to become a member of stamp club,  I email you the supplies we use for that month. All you need to do is place your minimum required order. Then I mail off the instruction sheets for the four cards we make and all the pre-cut supplies. It's the next best thing to actually stamping with me!

Okay... so that's all for that. I do want to update you on a few things happening with Stampin' Up right now. We're in the middle of some pretty big changes -- but all are designed to make the company bigger and better in the future (Did you know that Stampin' Up is now in 10 different countries?). My friends at the home office have been analyzing the products that work and don't "work" for the company and one change they are making is that they are discontinuing the MDS (My Digital Studio) product line. If you already have the software you will be able to continue using it and upload your projects to other printing outlets (such as Snapfish, Shutterfly, etc.). However, the company will no longer be offering the software for purchase after May 31 (or when the supply runs out). They also won't be offering digital downloads or the professional printing services any longer (after May 31). So be sure to stock up on any of these items now! You can see the My Digital Studio software here and the download options here. If you have downloaded any of these products be sure to have them fully installed on your system and backed-up somewhere because after May 31 you will no longer have access to them in your online Stampin' Up account.

On to another major announcement made by Stampin' Up last week. This one isn't due to purchasing performance, but instead, quality issues. Unfortunately, SU has decided to discontinue the Blendabilities alcohol marker line. Due to an issue with manufacturing that creates microscopic holes in the markers, they have been pulled from our offering. Our provider couldn't provide a solution to the small holes and the small holes were causing the markers to dry out too quickly. If you purchased any of these from me or if you received them as you free Sale-A-Bration item, please be sure to check them to ensure they are working if not, please send me a message and we'll make sure we get it fixed.

And finally.... there are only a little less than two weeks left of Sale-A-Bration 2015! Have you got all the free goodies you wanted yet? Did you know there are even more items available for free now? Have you seen these... or how about these? I love the new In Color Accessory Pack (25 yards of twine!!) and the new vellum paper stack... so fun and spring-y (are you sensing a theme to my post today?).

Be sure to get your orders in soon ... and don't forget for every $50 you spend you get to pick another free item. It's a great time to stock up on cardstock, adhesive (by the way, have you tried the new Fast Fuse adhesive -- I actually think I'm a convert with this stuff!) and envelopes!

Okay... that's all for today. Hope you have a crafty day!

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