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'!


Sep 19, 2017

Teach Me Tuesday: Embossing Paste TWO ways

Hello there my crafty friends! It's Tuesday! That means I have a new video for you in my Teach Me Tuesday series. Last week after my 12 days of Fall for Holiday Catalog Countdown I held an online party on Facebook that had two live demos as part of the party. However, my first one went a little wonky because the video came out sideways! Darn. So, I decided I needed to recreate that video and load it to my YouTube channel. I didn't just want to re-do the card I made last week, though. I wanted to give you something NEW, too. So I created this little beauty:

This is SO not my usual style! I knew I wanted to use the embossing paste in two different ways, though. One showing the way I used it in last week's Facebook Live video (the snow on the tree) and then the second way as the "traditional use." I figured I'd show that again as I think I've gotten better at it then my first time playing with it (You can see that video HERE.) 

Check out today's Teach Me Tuesday video below... there I show you how to get that snow on the tree:

And just because I showed it in the video (and my sideways FB Live video last week), here is the first "snow" card I did using embossing paste:

I really love this one. It is traditional "Jen Style." It's good to break out of our style rut, though, every once and a while though and go "rogue." It's good for the creative soul... it's like that milk commercial... it does the body good!

I'll be back on Thursday (my new blogging schedule -- Tuesday & Thursday!) so come back and visit!

Until then... keep on stampin'!


Sep 12, 2017

Fall for Holiday Countdown #12: Quick & Easy Cards

Can you believe it... we've made it to day 12! Maybe I'm just surprised that I made it! Ha Ha... I hope you enjoyed are little "tour" of the new Stampin' Up Holiday catalog. If you're just joining us, you can go back through my blog posts from September 1st through today to see my "countdown" of 12 projects featuring new product from the holiday catalog. 

If you'd like to check out the new goodies, you can view them in my online store HERE or in a downloadable PDF format HERE.

One of the things I hear most often at my card classes is that you love to just come and have everything prepped so you can just get to the actual craftin'. Well, today's projects are like having me - or more specifically, a pre-designed class - delivered to your door!

The Watercolor Christmas card kit has enough supplies for you to make 20 cards! And today's video shows you just how easy and fast they come together (while still looking adorable!). I created all four designs in the kit in under 10 minutes! That means you could make all 20 of these cards in less than an hour. Of course, you could also "fancy" them up a bit should you wish to unleash your creativity, but the best part is that your friends and family will be impressed with these even if you make them "as is." 

They're cute, right? Here are each of the individual cards:

You can watch the video below for some tips on putting these little cuties together... it's actually quite simple, but I did share a few ideas:

And that's a wrap! Thanks for following along on this little countdown. I hope I gave you some ideas for gift giving and celebrating this year. And if you liked this countdown, let me know in the comments below... maybe I'll do it again some time (but not in the next few weeks... I need a vacation! lol). I do hope to be more regular here on the blog, though, so do come back to visit!

If I inspired you to do some shopping, I'd love it if you use the code WK7DFWJ7 at checkout. And if you want one last boost of inspiration... be sure to join me tonight for the online Facebook Party! You can join in HERE.

"See" you soon!


Sep 11, 2017

Fall for Holiday Countdown #11: Did Someone Say Pizza?

It's day #11! Can you believe it? I'm a bit late again today, but we had a Creative Escape planning meeting tonight! Yay! And between writing press releases for the Symphony this morning and designing potential make and takes and pillow gifts for Creative Escape this afternoon, I just plain ran out of time to get this project finished and emailed out!

But here I am, for the 11th project featuring new product from the brand new Stampin' Up holiday catalog released on September 1. You can shop the new goodies in my online store HERE or view it in a PDF format HERE.

Okay, let's talk about today's project. It's actually a continuation of yesterday's project(s) in that it still uses primarily the same products from the "You Can Make It" box on page 4 of the Holiday catalog, except that I added the adorable little pizza boxes to the mix.

Here's a sneak peek of my project:

I envision this being the perfect little hostess gift -- maybe for Thanksgiving as then they'd have the whole holiday season to use the Christmas themed cards? But you could easily change up the paper and theme so you could gift it for any holiday, maybe using winter themed products or even Valentine's Day!

Here's the little pizza box with the decorated cover:

And here it is open, with the cute little 3 x 3 cards inside. (Sorry for the horrible lighting in this picture... it's difficult to take nice photos at night!):

In today's video I show you how to make a removable belly band. You can use this technique for all sorts of boxes, and even packets of cards. Basically anything you want to hold together, but want to be able to pull them apart, too -- without ruining your cute little decorative stamping.

Here's the video:

We have one more day in the Fall for Holiday Countdown. Can you believe it's almost been 12 days already? Time really does fly when you're having fun! Although I must admit, I'm going to be thankful for the break! :) 

Don't forget to join us for the online Facebook party tomorrow night where I'll be sharing more info and giving away some prizes! Speaking of prizes, I'll be ordering those using the hostess dollars from any orders this month. So if I've inspired you to order with any of the new products, I'd love it if you used the hostess code WK7DFWJ7 at checkout. 

Thanks so much for following along on this crafty journey! "See" you tomorrow for one more day of fun!


Sep 10, 2017

Fall for Holiday Countdown #10: Quilted Christmas

Hey there friends...
It's Sunday night and I am pooped! Had a fun weekend at the Ready Set Crop event. It was great to see so many of you in person again. I love the summer, but I certainly miss all my scrappers for those few months!

We're on day #10 of my Fall for Holiday Countdown where I'm counting down some fun, fall (and holiday) projects to celebrate the release of the new Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog on September 1st. You can shop the new catalog HERE and download a PDF copy of it HERE. Don't forget to join me on Facebook Tuesday night for an online party to celebrate the 12 days of creative inspiration!

For day #10 I have more of a tip for you rather than a technique or fancy project. But I do have several projects today -- two of them are straight out of the holiday catalog (page 4) and two are super simple, which I promised you the other day. These would all be great cards to copy for "mass producing" if you have a lot of cards to make this year.

Here are three of the projects... some cute little 3x3 cards:

And here is the fourth (full-size) card:

My goal today was to point out the "You Can Make It" boxes in both the holiday catalog and in the annual catalog. These little boxes of coordinating product are the perfect "starting point" for your projects and are generally enough supplies to make a multitude of projects for a reasonable price. So don't just skip over those pages! (The list of supplies for these "You Can Make It" projects are listed on page 4 of the Holiday catalog).

I explain all about this in today's quick video:

Okay, that is it for me. I am going to do some general housework stuff to get the house ready for the week, and then I'm off to read in bed. I love to spend a few minutes each night reading before turning out the light. Right now I'm re-reading the whole Harry Potter series and I can't believe how much of them I forgot already ... and I'm only on book 2!

Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by, and if I've inspired you to order any goodies from the new holiday catalog, I'd love it if you used the hostess code WK7DFWJ7 at checkout. That will allow me to award some of you with goodies at the Facebook party on Tuesday! I hope you'll join me!

Have a great night and I'll "see" you tomorrow!

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