Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Meet the Crafter: Sarah K

Howdy stampers! Boy, it's been a long time. I've been thinking often of this poor neglected blog. I'm hoping to change that. I miss checking in with you, connecting and sharing! I thought today I'd start off with a new feature I want to add on a regular basis to my blog.

I don't know about you but I love to read about other crafters - what inspires them, what their favorite techniques are, favorite products, etc. So once a month I'd like to feature a different crafter friend who will share all the juicy details of their crafting life.

For first volunteer for this fun series was my friend and fellow Cape Codder, Sarah K. Here is a very happy picture of her after a fabulous crafting "score" from Craigslist! Let's get to know her a bit...


How did you start paper crafting and what is your paper craft of choice (card making, scrapbooking, etc.)?
My grandmother bought me my first rubber stamp at a craft fair on the Dennis green when I was a kid.  I loved to make stationary and gift tags!  A small collection of stamps followed.  Today I enjoy cardmaking but continue making gift tags.


Where do you find inspiration for your paper crafting projects?
Nature is a huge inspiration and a great way to clear thoughts in order to get creative.  Walks or just camping in the woods helps to ground me.  Any time I can get away from technology and just THINK. I often bring carding magazines camping and find it a great jump start for ideas.


What is your favorite Stampin' Up product and why? 
Dimensionals!  Can't get enough of them!  There are no substitutes for Stampin' Up Dimensionals and I use every piece.


What project(s) are on your "to do/try" list?
I need to get more adept at embossing.  I love the finished look but really don't feel I have mastered it.  I'd also like to explore more with vellum. I love the shadowed effect.

To the right is a photo of Sarah's Easter card this year. Cute, right?




Thanks so much for sharing, Sarah! I really appreciate it. So who is next? Want to be featured on my Meet the Crafter Series? Send me an e-mail and let me know!

Until next time... (which I promise... won't be so long!!)




Friday, April 25, 2014

Join the Club - Stamp Club, that is!

Hello, Hello Stampers. Happy Friday. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping. Yay! Spring is here :)

I wanted to pop in today and share with you a card that I created for my Stamp Club program. This class is offered both live at my house (on the third Thursday of every month - next class is Thursday, May 15) and as a "To Go" option for those of you who do not leave nearby. 

Each month I feature a different stamp set and show you a variety of ways to use it. This month (April) was the So Very Grateful stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I like this class because it gives me the opportunity to really play with techniques and showcase the versatility of stamping. Card class (the last Tuesday of every month in Chatham) is great for mass producing cards (cute, simple designs), but this is the class if you want to learn new things. (And hey, who says you can't attend both, right? wink, wink)

This is how it works: If you are local -- it's pretty simple -- you come to class make the cards and place your minimum order. Easy, peasy (we have a fun group of ladies that meet at my house, too!) For the "To Go" option, at the start of the month I e-mail you the supplies I use on the cards and then you place the minimum order in my online store using a hostess code. I then send you the pre-cut card kits and written directions (with pictures) for the cards. Each month a new member is the "hostess" meaning she earns the hostess benefits from all the orders (which is why the online orders need to use the hostess code). So you're guaranteed $30 worth of free product during your hostess month. The minimum order each month is just $30 (of course you could collect outside orders or host your own private class during your hostess month to earn EXTRA free hostess dollars!).

If you are new to stamping  Stamp Club is a great way to not only build your stash, but to also learn how to use it, too!

I thought I'd share with you today a sample of the directions. The card to the right features the "stained glass" technique. Click here to download the directions for this technique.

Do you like the idea of getting together once a month to learn some new stamping? Or maybe you'd like to get some "happy mail" each month to get your creativity started? I have openings in both the live stamp club class and the "To Go" option. E-mail me today to join!

Have a great weekend!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Going, Going Gone.... with FREE SHIPPING!

Happy Marathon Monday. Today is an exciting day in Stampin' Up world as well. Not only do we have the retiring stamp and accessories lists for you today, but we also have FREE SHIPPING today through Friday, April 25.

A couple quick reminders before I tell you my top five "sad to see go" items.

1. EVERYTHING is while supplies last so order quickly! The accessories are always while supplies last, but this year the stamps are, too. This means that once a stamp set (or other item) is sold out it is gone ... and that could happen today, tomorrow or not until June. So if there is something you really, really want order it ASAP. Note that all the 2012-2014 In Colors are retiring (Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple). The cardstock, ink refills, markers etc. WILL sell out and probably sooner rather than later so if you need any of those get them NOW. (Please note that the Raspberry Ripple ink refill is already sold out).

2. Free shipping is on EVERYTHING you order. This is a great time to head to my online store and place an order... no shipping! How cool is that? 

3. If you do plan on placing an order, be sure to use this hostess code: ZFVMF2PU
Anyone who orders between now and Friday, April 25 will be entered to win a free Envelope Punch Board from me. Just a little thank you for shopping with me. PLUS... if you use the code above I'll enter you twice! Free shipping and a possible free toy? Doesn't get much better than that, right?

Ok... here are the lists:
Retiring Stamp List PDF
Retiring Stamp List Excel

Retiring Accessories List PDF
Retiring Accessories List Excel

Now... want to know what I'm most sad to see go?

1. Number one for me - hands down -- is the Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (#102023, $4.50). Boo hoo... I love me a little bling! This product was one of the first things that had me mesmerized when I was first introduced to Stampin' Up. I'm sure Stampin' Up will wow me with something else fun and exciting, though. I just need a moment to pout.

2.  Woodgrain Background stamp (clear: 127808, $13.95; wood: 128763, $17.95) - I love this background stamp so much. I do still have my woodgrain embossing folder, but this stamp always looked so beautiful with the nature stamps and, of course, the adorable owl builder punch (don't worry, though, that's not retiring!)

3. Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper (#130131, $10.95) and the Happy Day Stamp Set (wood: #130294, $21.95; clear: #130297, $16.95) -- I know, I'm cheating because I'm putting to products in one listing -- but there are so many things I don't want you to miss out on!! I actually paired these together because these are the two products I've used so far on my wedding album and they are so gorgeous together. I also need to order Beautifully Baroque (#130895, $14.95) because that coordinates with these products and it is retiring as well.

Here's a picture of one of my scrapbook pages I made with these products:



4. Dress Up framelits - you might remember my small obsession with the Dress Up framelits (#130101, $24.95). It totally brought me back to my childhood and my love of paper dolls. Sadly, this one is going, too. So if you've still got a little girl trapped inside you, by all means -- add this one to your cart! Here's a couple more beauties using those framelits:



5. Lacy & Lovely (wood: #132025, $24.95; clear: #122887, $17.95) - This set doesn't really look like much when you see it in the catalog, but it is so very versatile. I love that it includes greetings as well. This makes it a one-stop-stamping set. No need to pull out a separate image set and a different greeting set -- just pull this beauty out and you're good to go. I can't find a picture of a card using this one right now -- but I'll be back with more photos of my favorites in the coming days and weeks. I actually just used this one recently in card class, I believe -- so I'll dig it up to show it to you.

Ok, I'm off to enjoy this beautiful sunshine. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Have You Heard?

I cannot tell you how excited I am about the announcement from Stampin' Up and Becky Higgins today. Have you heard? You can read all about it here, but let me fill you in.  Have you heard of Project Life? It's a phenomenal and easy way to document your life. Personally, I feel it's the best type of documentation because it really focuses on Everyday Life.

I find that the layouts I enjoy most when I look through my albums are not necessarily the ones that are about a big event (a wedding, birthday party, etc.) - it's the layouts where I see what my favorite song was five years ago or that showcases a family tradition or even just includes my "to do" list for the day. It's fun to see the nitty gritty of your day last year, last month (and sometimes even last week! ;)

Well, today, it was announced that Becky Higgins ever so popular Project Life projects are coming to Stampin' Up! So you'll have the best of both worlds -- color coordination, cool stamps and tools  all in the easy to work with (think fast!) format of Project Life.

Honestly, I should have known this was coming. I have wanting to jump on the Project Life bandwagon for years now. But I didn't because I am a Stampin' Up snob for the most part -- I love our products and don't stray very often. However, LAST WEEK -- last week, people -- I broke down and bought my first Project Life Core Kit and small album ( had a coupon!). And yes, less than a week later Stampin' Up announces that we will have our own line of fabulous products.

So, so exciting. So I'm curious... do you use Project Life products? Is this announcement exciting for you (you're probably not as excited as me... but I suspect most people aren't! :)

I am already working on plans in my head about how to incorporate this products into my classes -- maybe a Project Life club? Anyone interested?

Well, I'm off to think about this some more... do tell me what you're thinking. And hey, if you want to be able to order some of these cool products on Monday (yes, this coming Monday) -- let's chat about the opportunities available as a demonstrator -- whether you want to make some money or just save some money on these awesome products  :)   I can help. E-mail me and we can arrange to chat by phone or in person -- I know this wonderful place that has the best Frozen Mint Hot Chocolate (oh yes, it is as good as it sounds!).

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Say it isn't So.....

I can hardly believe it is already three days from April 1... no foolin'! It's odd that even though this winter has felt like the. longest. ever. I also feel like the start of Sale-A-Bration on January 28 was just yesterday! But all good things must come to an end, I guess.

This card was one I made for a swap with the Shore Stampers last month. The theme was Sale-A-Bration and I have to say one of my favorite products this month was the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper (to the right). Honestly this photo doesn't do it justice... it's so spring-y (a theme of mine lately) and colorful.

Remember you can earn this paper (and many other exclusive items) for free with a $50 Stampin' Up purchase made prior to the end of the day March 31.

Anyone who orders with me (www.jenpitta.stampinup.net) before the end of Sale-A-Bration will get entered to win the Everyday Occasions Card kit for FREE. You'll get one entry for ordering with me and a second entry if you use this hostess code at checkout: KXKDUXBX.

Also, anyone who places a $50 order prior to the end of Sale-A-Bration will also get a hand-stamped invitation to my invite-only Sale-A-Bration appreciation event on Friday, April 11. This is an event where I love to spoil my guests, so you won't want to miss it!

Be sure to visit my Facebook page to see some more fabulous samples I've collected from other demonstrators throughout Sale-A-Bration. There are truly some amazing products you won't want to miss out on!

Here is a picture of the 20 cards completed with the Everyday Occasions card kit -- remember someone who orders in the next three days will get this great kit for free!






Thanks so much for stopping by... I hope to not be such a stranger on my own blog! (smiles...)



Monday, March 10, 2014

For the Love of Paper!

http://www.paperphilia.co.uk/paperlove/the-paperlove-blog-hop

The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here.

Welcome to all my fellow paper lovers who have found me through the PaperLove Blog Hop. I'm so glad you're here!

I honestly can't remember when my love affair for paper began. But I can tell you that my earliest memory of being entranced by paper was in an office supply store before I'd even hit an age that had double digits. I wandered down the notebook aisle with all the printed covers and the fresh clean paper and began to pick each of them up one by one to examine them. And even to this day I can easily spend an hour looking for a new notebook (and now even new planners make me excited!).

As I got older I began to cut up magazines and pair the clever titles I found with my pictures. Or I'd make vision boards out of all the pretty colors and images I found.

And even later, I discovered the craft stores... talk about losing hours! Now I am an avid scrapbooker and card maker and love to play with stamps, ink and paper to make something special for friends and family.

One of my favorite aspects of being a card maker is when I get a thank you e-mail or call after someone receives one of my handmade thank you cards. So fun. :)

I thought I would share with you a few of my recent paper creations. Sound fun? Don't worry I know you've got a long list of papery goodness to see today - so I'll make it quick!

This card was one I recently shared during an online Facebook party I had. I gave everyone who participated four different project ideas with written directions and I supply list for the projects. This one features all sorts of fun techniques and products: embossing, gold sequins, multi-color stamping.

If you want to connect with me online I'd love to have you join me -- just search By The Shore Stamping in Facebook and click "like" -- It would be really fun to connect with you (you can also just click the link above and it will bring you to my page).

The next couple of projects I'm sharing are from my most recent paper obsession. It's called Paper Pumpkin and it's designed to be a monthly creative escape delivered right to your door! Yahoo! It's created by Stampin' Up (a rubber stamping and paper crafting company based in Utah).

Here are some cards I made with one of the past kits:


Cute, right? The card in the middle is designed just as the kit described to do. On the other two, I decided to switch it up a bit and use some of the product I had on hand to do my own "thang" -- that's what I love about these kits -- they are pretty basic to start, but it's a great starting point for your creativity.

Here is two other cards I made with a different Paper Pumpkin kit... I love the saying on these... I had some friends going through cancer treatments when I made these and the "you kick booty" was the perfect sentiment!


The good news is if you'd like to play along with Paper Pumpkin you can go to www.mypaperpumpkin.com and sign up for your own little creative escape (who doesn't like to get something other than bills in the mail!). If you don't already have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love if you selected me as your demo (Jen Pitta) -- I send everyone who joins a hand-stamped thank you card (but don't worry... no need to send me a thank you note! ;)
Unfortunately, I can only sell these in the US - but be sure to visit www.stampinup.com if you are outside of the US -- they have demonstrators in tons of other countries and I'm sure they would love to help you with your paper passion!

Thank you so much for joining me today... I hope you'll bookmark my site and come back to visit. I know my list of blogs to read is going to grow immensely after I run through all the blogs today (I took a quick peek last week when they sent me the blog list -- lots of papery yumminess!!) Enjoy!

Be sure to follow on with the tour:
Majo Bautista / Tona Bell / Louise Best / Cathy Bluteau / Jennifer Bomgardner / Giova Brusa / Lindsay Buck / Beka Buckley / Joanna Caskie / Jonathan Chapman (Mr Yen) / Halle Cisco / Sarah Clare / Cathryn Clarge / Dawn Clarkson / Rhiannon Connelly / Jenny D'Fuego / Molly Dhiman / Ian Dudley / Ayisatu Emore / Akmal Farid / Monika Forsberg / Claire Fritz-Domeney / Louise Gale / Chrissy Gaskell / Julie Hamilton / Emma Hawman / Rachel Hazell / Holly Helgeson / Claudine Hellmuth / Kim Henkel / Sarah Hoffman / Joanne Hus / Paula Joerling / Beth Kempton / Julie Kirk / Eos Koch / Katie LaClair / Kristy Lankford / Michelle Manolov / Doreen Marts / Rosie Martinez-Dekker / Tori Mears / Maria Mederios / Lise Meijer / Debbie Miller / MaryJane Mitchell / Suzy Naidoo / Grace Noel / Hannah Nunn / Camilla Olsson / Jo Packham / Rachelle Panagarry / Monette Pangan / Melanie Paul / Nicole Piar / Jen Pitta (you are here!) / Liz Plummer / Julie Reed /

 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Celebrate the Every Day: The Power of a Card

If you've seen the Stampin' Up 2014 Occasions Catalog, I'm sure you know that it is beautiful. Each time I look at the two-page spreads on pages 2 through 17 I find something new to drool over. The samples, the colors the products are all some of the best I think we've ever had.

While I was at Leadership in Houston last month (you can read more about that trip herehere and here), I took a class called "Maximizing the Occasions Catalog" with one of my favorite presenters, Carrie Cudney. Honestly, I really debated once I arrived whether or not I wanted to stick with that class or "cut class" and go to a different one. But it turns out, I'm very glad I went. Sure, I learned some great tips and tricks for the product in our new Occasions catalog (and some interesting tid-bits such as the fact that the light-up arrow on page 2 was made with Stampin' Up paper), but I really learned a lot more about the SU philosophy and, it turns out, it perfectly coincides with mine.

Many of you may already know that I spent 13 years as a journalist working for small town weekly newspapers (covering things like the Miss Apple Peach Festival and the local felting class) and graduated to news anchor/reporter for one of the main radio stations on Cape Cod (covering things like the death of Ted Kennedy and the impact of 9-11 on the Cape). Now I'm a Public Relations Specialist for the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and tell stories about our guest artists, the featured music and orchestra members.

I grew up writing in journal after journal after journal. I still keep a "quote a day" journal and a more general "diary" type journal that I write in when the mood strikes. What I'm getting at with all of this is that I like telling stories. I like making connections. I like words and documenting life.

I have to be honest and say that before I took the Leadership class, I didn't notice that the theme of the Occasions catalog was "Celebrate the Everyday." Sure, I read it on the cover... but I was too excited to see the new goodies to really take in what that meant... and then see that it connected to much of the "content" in the catalog.

So let's start with the first two-page spread on pages 2 and 3. It's titled: "What can a card help you say?" And yes, there are the obvious: Happy Birthday, Thank You, Get Well. But what else can a card say? It can say I love you, I miss you, You're my hero, I'm sorry, I'm thinking of you, You're cute, I owe you... basically that you're important. You see, each of is going about our lives, playing the main character in our story, and by connecting with someone in person or via a card, you have a supporting role in their life. It's making a connection. One that I cherish. What makes it even better? Cards are personal. If I sit down at my craft table, I envision you in my head and then make something especially for you. Then I plop a (postage) stamp on it, send it in the mail and get the warm fuzzies when I think about you opening that small little envelope (that's clearly not a bil!l) and the smile that will bring you. That's a connection. I can personally impact your day doing something I love. Making something with my hands. Writing a quick personal message to you. That's the power of a card.

It's not just paper, stamps and ink. We make a difference each time we drop a card in the mail.  Who could you make smile with a hand-stamped card? What connections can you make? Whose stories do you want to be part of?

Let's revive the letter (or card) writing movement. Leave a comment below for who is going to receive YOUR card.

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