Feb 13, 2018

Sale-A-Bration: Stampin' Up's Amazing You Stamp Set

It's Tuesday, which means I have a new Teach Me Tuesday video for you. Today I'm highlighting the Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set Amazing you, but I also give you some tips for how to find stamp sets that will be great "workhorses" for your scrapbooking projects as well as cards.

I have three tips for what to look for in a stamp set when you'd like to use it on scrapbook pages, and I share them in today's video and in the text below the video.

First, let's take a look at the finished page:

My Mom has been on my mind recently and it felt really good to "see" her face. I knew I wanted to use the coordinating Celebrate You thinlits (also free during Sale-A-Bration) on this page, and so I went specifically looking for a photo of my Mom to use. I have to say as I was flipping through photos of her, it felt really good to look at her and think about her (although it is still very hard even five years later not to get teary eyed). But it seriously felt like I had found a long lost friend.

The page came together relatively quickly using the Petal Passion Designer Series paper and Amazing You Stamp set. 

You can watch a little bit more about that and learn how I made those 3-D flowers in the video below:

And just in case you don't have time to watch the video now, below are the three tips I shared for selecting a stamp set to use on your scrapbook pages. For your reference, here is the image of the Amazing You stamp set:

1. Look for a set that has greetings/sayings that can be used as a title. Obviously for the Amazing You stamp set, there are a lot of options like Celebrate You for a birthday, graduation or other milestone event. You are Simply Amazing works for so many things -- like for your Mom. (smile). I also used just the small "you" and added a handwritten "love" above it to create a simple little tag.

2. You want a stamp set that has elements that can be used as scrapbooking embellishments. So in this case, I used the flower to create my own color coordinated flowers to accent my page. The sunburst image in this set also has great potential on scrapbook pages.

3. Finally you want to find images in a stamp set that could be used for background stamping - think under a photo, around a border of a photo or as an all over pattern on the larger page. The sunburst and flower image could both be used as a background in addition to an element.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you learned some tips on how to use stamps in your scrapbook pages.

February is the month of love so for the reminder of the month, I'm giving anyone who orders with me using this month's hostess code a free package of doilies! Just place your order online using YCPY7H3S as the hostess code and I will include the doilies with your hand stamped thank you card at the end of the month!

Until next time, Happy Stampin'!


Feb 12, 2018

Clearing the Clutter

You may think what I'm going to share with you today is a bunch of woo-woo nonsense, but I must tell you that I 100% believe in the power of your mind... and even it's inability to see around a mess.

My desk area has looked like this for probably about 6 months (gasp!):

Yup. It's pretty embarrassing to show that to you. Particularly because it looked like that for so long. But over the weekend, I had finally had enough. That same area, now looks like this:

Oh gosh. I can't tell you how much better I feel. I've already been way more productive today than I think I was all week last week. Now, it's still not perfect... there's still a little pile of "whatnots" in the other room that I haven't found a home for yet, but this was so rejuvenating for me. I'm actually eyeballing some other areas of the house that are on my "up next" list. 

I totally believe that clutter around you leads to a cluttered brain. And as much as I know that, I never made it a priority to fix this. Silly me. 

I think this overly cluttered home of mine had me in a bit of a paralyzed mode... if you hadn't noticed, I was pretty quiet last week. No Teach Me Tuesday video, no weekly email, not much on Facebook. I decided I was going to take a little self-care week. It wasn't my intent initially, but once I found myself lazing around unable to get started on anything, I made "today the day" and I tackled that mess. 

Now I feel as though I can think straight and I have lots of things I'd like to share with you in the coming weeks. We're about half-way through Sale-A-Bration and I feel as though I haven't shown you all the goodness available for free... PLUS we have three new items becoming available later this week! 

In the meantime, check out this super cute card featuring the Bubble Over Stamp set:

This is such a fun stamp set... great for so many occasions including birthday, congratulations, baby, New Year -- and so much more! What's really fun is if you buy the bundle with the stamp set and coordinating dies, you're just like $10 shy of $50, which means you could add in some of those awesome Tutti Frutti self-adhesive sequins and that mini stripe lemon lime twist ribbon and you can earn the coordinating Bubble & Fizz Designer Series Paper for free! Now that's something to drink to, right? (wink, wink)

That's all for today... I'll be back on Friday with a sneak peek of some new Sale-A-Bration items so stay tuned!


Jan 29, 2018

Stamping with my "chosen" family

I had such an amazing weekend... it may not have been the most productive one for me (I'm such a chatter!), but it definitely revitalized my soul. 

Each time we have a new Stampin' Up catalog (the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure launched on January 3rd!), I host an all day stamping event for my team of Shore Stampers. Right now we have just under 40 of us on the team and we're spread out around the country. 

So I designed 16 projects for them (that can all be used in their business if they are building one, or just for fun if they love to stamp!) and we got together for a full day of crafting on Saturday. What I love about the January team event is we turn it into a "Stampover." So we finish the training at 4pm on Saturday, but then we hang out all night and through most of the day on Sunday working on our own projects and just laughing and having fun!

We had 10 of us this weekend (including me) and I love that these ladies get along so well even though some of them only see each other once or twice a year (other than online). In fact, they even warmly welcomed one of our newest team members... it is so, so awesome to watch. These ladies are my extended, chosen family! Here's a picture of them hard at work on their projects:

I really work to spoil all of them while they are here ... so these are some photos of the goody bags and pillow gifts from the day:

I had two different styles of goody bags for them... the flower one, and this one that says "Sequins + Glitter = True Love." How true, right?? Inside the bag was $25 worth of brand new Stampin' Up product that they used on their 16 projects that day. I also gave them each two bottles of water wrapped with the Painted with Love Designer series paper and their first pillow gift: an embossed gable box filled with a variety of Lindt chocolates.

During the day I also have two demo presenters, and a display stamper or two. Linda (above) talked to the group about how to use Stampin' Up's monthly paper crafting kit called Paper Pumpkin to meet your quarterly minimums and even make some money. 

Donna also talked about Stampin' Up's corporate event called OnStage, but I totally forgot to take a picture! (wah!). 

We had a display stamper lined up as well, but sadly she got the nasty stomach bug that is going around so she wasn't able to attend. Such a bummer... we missed her lots!

After lunch, I had another little pillow gift for them (a full roll of the new white and silver baker's twine) and a yummy little dessert treat from Stephanie's Sweet treats -- they were delicious mini chocolate covered oreos.

At the end of the day I gave them one more pillow gift - it was this cute little bag with the new Sale-A-Bration Memories & More cards (which you can earn with a $50 purchase for free!). I will be sending my team a tutorial of how to make eight gorgeous cards with this product later this week as a bonus class they can make for fun or to use in their business!

After dinner I wanted to make sure they had another little treat for dessert, so Stephanie also made them these gourmet caramel and oreo coated chocolate pretzel rods -- they are SO yummy (I also added a cocktail to that! ha ha...)

We also had a team swap on Sunday morning, where we all made cards using new Stampin' Up product and swapped them out with each other. Swapping is one of my favorite parts of being a demonstrator -- so many amazing ideas! I'll have to share those in a separate post.

Overall, it was a wonderfully fun weekend and I can't wait to host another quarterly training event for the team in June with the launch of the new annual catalog. 

If you want to be a part of the Shore Stamper family, we'd love to have you join us! Right now is the best time to join as Stampin' Up is offering an even better deal than normal thanks to Sale-A-Bration!

If you join before March 31, the starter kit is just $99 and you are able to select $125 worth of product of YOUR CHOICE with Free shipping. PLUS, you'll get to add two additional stamp sets fro FREE and of any value -- that means you could grab something like the "Letters for You" stamp set, which is $49, for free! Plus an additional stamp set, too! This is seriously the best deal in the book, but it also comes with so many more perks -- you can read all about those HERE.

As always, let me know if you have any questions. I'm always happy to help -- my email is jen pitta (at) comcast (dot) net.

Until next time... happy Stampin'!


Jan 22, 2018

Technique: Crayon Resist with Stampin' Up products

I had a great lazy weekend and for the first time in a long time, I'm feeling a bit rejuvenated and ready to tackle my Monday. I have to admit that I've fallen into the trap of working what feels like 24/7, seven days a week now that I work for myself.

But this weekend I participated in an online class from another demonstrator - it was part business training and part creating and it was just what I needed. I spent the entire day in my pajamas being inspired and getting inky on Sunday. I call that a win.

I also hosted a fun Facebook Live Catalog Launch party on Friday night (you can still see all we covered if you go to my By the Shore Stamping Facebook page and click on events and scroll to January 19 -- it was the Sale-A-Bration spotlight event.)

Anyway, I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite techniques from the night. It's called crayon resist and I learned it ions ago when I first became a demonstrator. It was a real "wow" for me, and showed me the possibilities with this "stampin' stuff." (wink, wink).

You can watch the video below for instructions on how to get this look:
(please note: this video isn't the best quality as I downloaded it from Facebook... but it still shows you all the tips and tricks!)

As you can see below, you don't need to be real meticulous while you're coloring with your crayon -- it still looks great... even if you miss a petal or two!

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Until next time... happy Stampin'!


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Jan 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy 2018! Each year for the past three years I've picked a word at the start of the new year to hopefully guide me during the next 365 days. I've never actually written about my word here on the old blog - because it's sadly been a bit neglected - but I'd thought I'd share this year.

Let's look back first... I actually remember my words from the previous years, and while I might not remember exactly why I picked them or how they showed up in my life -- I can still share them with you to give you ideas in case you decide to try this for yourself.

2014 - GROW
In 2014 I was really working towards building my Stampin' Up business to full-time status so I'm sure that is largely why I selected this word. I try and pick a word that reflects both my business and my personal life, though, so I imagine I was trying to grow in some way personally, too -- and I'm sure it wasn't in the waist! Ha!

2015 - SHINE
For 2015, I was looking to really shine -- I wanted to better my best in everything I did, and while I don't really remember how that transpired in my personal life, I know it came through in a significant way in my Stampin' Up business. I earned Founder's Circle that year (which is the top 100 demonstrators) and got an all-expense paid trip to St. George, Utah for a networking and pampering weekend. It was the first time I earned it, and unfortunately the last time. But only because they don't offer that perk anymore. (I actually placed #109 last year GLOBALLY, which was not taken into consideration back in 2015... so with 50,000+ demonstrators worldwide I'm pretty happy with that! In the United States last year I was #60 -- so I think I'm headed upward!)

2016 - FREE
This was the year I was determined to make Stampin' Up my full-time business... and I did. I left my job at the Symphony on September 29th, 2016. It was so exciting... and quite scary! But here I am a little over a year later still loving it!

2017 - ??
Honestly, I don't think I picked a word for last year... and I just realized it as I was typing. I know 2016 was "free" because it was the year I left my job. So looks like I was slacking last year! Oops!

That brings us to 2018 - and my word for this year is BUILD. This is how I want this word to show up in my life this year... I want to build upon my first successful year as a full-time business owner. I want to build my connections, build my offerings and build more success. Personally, I hope to build a better body with better nutrition and regular exercise. I also want to build the life I want, meaning I want to be intentional about how I spend my time -- building in more time with friends and family, building more memorable moments and building more routine (the downfall of working for yourself is having no one expecting anything from you!). Of course, the strange thing about selecting a word for the year -- it's always so surprising to see how it shows up in your life outside of what you were initially thinking when you first selected it. So we'll have to wait and see what else I "build" this year!

So how about you? Do you select a word each year? If so, I'd love to know what it is -- feel free to share in the comments. A little accountability never hurt anyone! 

Tomorrow starts Sale-A-Bration and the new Occasions Catalog... This is my favorite time of the year (another reason why I love a new year!). Want a copy of the catalogs? Email me at jen pitta (at) comcast (dot) net and I'll pop one or both in the mail for you! And start making your wish list... remember you can earn a free exclusive product for every $50 you spend!

Happy New Year, indeed! :)


Nov 13, 2017

Something BIG is coming!

I've just arrived back from Salt Lake City for the Stampin' Up convention called OnStage. I always love going to SLC, as it feels sort of like a "home away from home" after going to nearly 10 events there. It's such a beautiful city and it made it even more fun that I got to see the upcoming Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs AND share it with one of my Shore Stamper team members, Donna (hi Donna!)! More info about those catalogs as we get closer (they don't go live until January), but we also got word about another exciting development.... the Stamparatus!

What is the Stamparatus you ask? It's only going to be the BEST stamp positioning tool on the market! Check out this video to learn more about it:

Pretty amazing, right? Since Stampin' Up does 2-step, 3-step and 4-step stamp sets so, so well, this tool is going to be so amazing in your craft room! I promise... you're going to *need* this! Here are some of the features of the tool:

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00 USD/$65.00 CAD

So how can you get your own Stamparatus? Well, Stampin' Up is doing something a little different with this one... because only a certain number of tools can be made at a time, we're going to be accepting "pre-orders" for the tool beginning this Thursday, November 16. CLICK HERE on Thursday morning to reserve your Stamparatus. You'll need a credit card to reserve, but it won't be charged until the tool is available in early February 2018. Then it will be sent right to your door (maybe even in time to mass produce some adorable Valentine's Day cards!).

You're most definitely going to want one of these... so be sure to reserve yours as soon as you can on Thursday (join my email list and I'll send you the link first thing!). But don't worry if you don't get in on that round... there will be another reservation window in early December with shipping beginning in mid-March.

Okay... even though I'm just recovering from an amazing trip to Salt Lake City (where I placed #60 in the top 100 U.S. demonstrators and #109 in the GLOBAL top 100!! Woot, woot!), I must get back to work preparing for my bi-annual four-day crafting weekend here on the Cape. I have 63 ladies joining me for a full weekend of crafting fun... be sure to check out this link if you want to find out more about these events!

Until next time... happy stampin'!


Sep 21, 2017

My New Favorite Background Stamps!

Today is a windy, dreary day again here on the Cape. I think we are still experiencing the backlash of Jose -- although the rain is pretty much gone... just lots of wind and clouds. I'm so grateful that this storm was really a non-storm here. There are so many areas of the world that are suffering from weather-related events. It's so crazy! My thoughts and prayers are with Harvey, Irma and earthquake victims today.

I wanted to get back to blogging regularly again, and while I can't commit to blogging/vlogging (that's a blog post with a video!) every day, I am going to shoot for two times a week (Tuesday & Thursday). So I hope you'll come back and visit me each week.

Today I wanted to show you the card I made in my Facebook live video from the Fall for Holidays Countdown. It was a live video so I don't have a link for it, but I wanted you to see this card. The Tree Rings background stamp is AMAZING. I particularly love stamping it in white ink on a dark colored background (like on this card).

Don't you love that background? It's the Whisper White craft ink on the Early Espresso cardstock. I love the rustic feel of this card... it was actually what I was going for when I created it. Love when that happens!

I've put the products I used on this card below. You can even print out the supply list if you'd like. Just click on the "supply list" beneath the product pictures.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to come back and visit next Tuesday when I have a new Teach Me Tuesday video for you!

Happy Stampin'!

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