Oct 28, 2009

Naughty girl...

Hi everyone! I forgot to update my blog for the new deals of the week this week! This is the last one and it's a good one if you've got little kiddos... or you just like to feel like a kid again! lol!

From now through October 31 (Saturday), you can order either the Princess party kit or the Pirate party kit for just $9.99. They both are usually $15.95.

Check out the photos of the kits below.

You can order either kit online here. That's all for today.... I'm off to curl up in my bed with a good book... it's definitely a good book in bed kind of night (very windy and rainy here on good ol' Cape Cod!) Nighty-night!

Oct 24, 2009

I'm trying...

I'm really a summer girl... I'm just not a fan of cold weather. But I took this picture during our most recent vacation and I love it.

I love the "newness" of fall -- it almost seems like a fresh start to me. Maybe it's from my days of going back to school in early September... I'm not sure.

And if it wasn't the pre-cursor to the season I like least each year, I think I would actually enjoy the fall!

I love the pumpkins laid out across lawns (the ones still in tact -- not those strewn across the roadways), I love the little scarecrows guarding the soon-to-be dormant gardens. I love the changing colors of the trees and the leaves crunching under my feet. I love sipping hot chocolate cuddled on the couch as the wind whips through the trees.

I just wish that it came at a different time of year so I could focus on all these wonderful aspects of the season instead of knowing that it just means the dreaded "s" word (snow) is just around the corner....

Do you think we could we swap spring and fall? lol!

Thanks for stopping by today... and don't forget to enter my drawing here.

Oct 23, 2009

Happy Halloween... early!

Good Morning! I'm up early today and I went to bed really late last night! I'm not sure why I can't sleep -- but I'm really glad it's Friday.

I was playing around with a new Halloween Stamp Set I got last night. I still can't decide if I like this card or not.

I think I will try some more tonight... although I really should be working on Holiday cards instead of Halloween... but you know how it is when you get new toys!

I used to love Halloween when I was a kid but since I've never had trick-or-treaters at any of my apartments/houses and I don't have any kids to doll up in cute costumes... it's really not all that exciting for me anymore!

A few years ago (I think about 4 or 5) Matt and I celebrated at a party at a bar in Eastham... I think it was called Jimmy's. We came in third place and won some sports tickets that we never used... but we had fun anyway!

Ha! This still cracks me up.... My hat looks like I stole it from the McDonald's Hamburgular -- remember him?

Hope you have a great day!

Oct 21, 2009

Giveaway Day...

Well, I didn't get around to photographing any of my recent crafty adventures today, so I figured I would instead reward you, my fabulous blog readers, with a giveaway day.

I have this Decor Elements "Home" wall vinyl to give away... I earned it as part of my demonstrator perks and have yet to find a home (ha, no pun intended!) for it. Sooo, it will go to one of you.

It says, "Home is built of love and dreams" and looks fabulous in this picture, which was taken by a fellow demonstrator, Shawna Mackenzie. Doesn't it look great with that photo grouping?

She also used some of the "Flourishes" Decor Elements to accent a couple of the pictures. The "Home" decor element was a hostess gift and is no longer available for purchase so this is one of the few ways you can get your hands on it. (yipee!)

So in order to be included in my drawing, submit a comment on this post (or e-mail me with your response) and answer what kinds of classes you wish I offered (Stamp set of the month, Stamp-A-Stack, Scrapbooking etc.) by Friday, Oct. 30 and I will award someone with the "treat" on Halloween!

Thanks for stopping by today...

Oct 20, 2009

Please don't leave me...

I know, I know. It's been over a week since my last post! I apologize for that...

Matt and I took off for a short little vacation... yes, in Vegas... again! We had lots of fun with some friends of ours who visited Sin City with us.

Now it's back to reality! That's always so difficult... sometimes I wonder if the time off is even worth it... getting readjusted to "real life", diving back into work and getting the house up to par after several days of absence.

Alas, it is all really worth it -- I'm just whining... and I shouldn't be. It was a great trip.

However, this means I have things to catch you up on as well. The newest "Deals of the Week" have been posted on my website... you can see them here. I know a lot of you are a fan of the library clips Stampin' Up offers and the mini ones as well and both of them are part of the sales this week so be sure to check them out.

The first digital download for My Digital Studio has already been released as well. If you haven't ordered your copy of this new software... you may want to consider it. Especially this month. With the hostess promotion in October, with a $400 workshop (this could be a catalog show as well) you can earn My Digital Studio software for only about $40! You can see read more about My Digital Studio here and see a video about it here.

Stampin' Up is also offering a special starter kit for new demonstrators that you can read about here.

I guess that is all for now... I hope to be back tomorrow with some crafty items.... We'll see how the day goes!

'Til then... hope you have a great day.

Oct 12, 2009

Deals of the Week #2

So Stampin' Up has announced the new Deals of the week for Oct. 12 - Oct. 19. These are some great deals, too. The perfect Setting Bigz XL die is great for setting the Thanksgiving table for my American friends.... The others are all great deals for anyone with the Sizzix Big Shot.

Perfect Setting Bigz XL die, page 200
Reg. $42.95
NOW: $25.99

Flower Burst Embosslits die, page 195
Reg: $11.95
NOW: $5.99

Pop-Up Three Tier Cake Bigz XL die, page 201
Reg: $39.95
NOW: $25.49

You can see the dies here. You can also order them from me directly from that page or if you'd prefer you can email or call me with your order. If you order online from my website, be sure to sign in to get the preferred pricing. Please don't hesitate to call if you have any questions about this promotion.

Oct 11, 2009

Progressive pages...

So those of you who are scrapbookers probably know what progressive scrapbook pages are. Searching the internet for progressive scrapbook pages will likely bring up plenty of samples -- as this is not a new idea. But I wanted to put together a progressive page to demonstrate in one of my recent workshops.

So basically what you do is start with a 6 X 6 page and then build upon it to make it an 8.5 X 11 page and then ultimately a 12 X 12 page. I unfortunately forgot to take pictures of this one in progress, but I've strategically cropped my photo of my layout so that you'll get the idea. So what I started with was this:

I used a whisper white 6 X 6 piece of cardstock and stamped the Medallion stamp in crushed curry in the lower right hand corner. I stamped the image again on a separate sheet of whisper white cardstock and punched out the center and layered it on top of the medallion on my scrapbook page.

Once I had the 6 X 6 page, I wanted to incorporate that page into an 8.5 X 11 scrapbook page. I added the page to an 8.5 X 11 sheet of chocolate chip cardstock, added a few more photos and a title and voila:

In the original version I didn't have the long photo or the ribbon -- I actually added those when I made it into a 12 X 12, but as I mentioned earlier I forgot to take photos during the process... so you get the idea.

I love using this process when I'm feeling a little stumped staring at a big 12 X 12 page -- it's kind of like freewriting to remedy writer's block. You take small steps until your creative mojo comes back.

Here is the final layout:

Here's another example of a finished progressive page... unfortunately, again, I did not take photos during the process -- but I think you'll be able to easily pick out the original 6 X 6 page and the 8.5 X 11 page within the bigger 12 X 12 final layout:

Well, that's all for today... thanks for stopping by!

Oct 7, 2009

A special day...

It's so hard to believe it's already been 3 years since this wonderful day!

Despite Matt's confusion, Oct. 7 is our wedding anniversary! He tried to tell me this weekend that our wedding date was Oct. 6... umm... since I made 135 invitations (with the helping of some fabulous friends -- see the photo of them below) I think I should know!! ;o)

We had a fabulous lunch at DiParma in Yarmouth to celebrate because silly hubby had to work tonight...

He was very sweet though leaving me cards and little gifts throughout the day (even though he said no presents! I'm still mad at you about that!)

I look at these pictures and can't believe we've already flown through three years! And even though I joke a lot about how goofy my husband can be sometimes, I love him to pieces for simple reasons like this boyish little grin he has:

(It usually comes out when he is up to something... but I love it nonetheless)!
I love that he is always so excited to see me every day -- no matter how bad the day has been. I love that he is so thoughtful buying me the bagels I like and making sure there is always enough of my cran-apple juice in the fridge. I love that he is an amazing cook (although my jeans don't necessarily agree)!
I love that even though he talks to thousands of people each day (on the radio), it's me that gets to here that sexy voice of his on the phone every day (often multiple times a day!) ;o)
I love when we have our planned or impromtu trips usually to Vegas or some quaint New England town... having time to be just "us" is always wonderful.
I love that even though we've had three amazing years together, we still have many, many years to share so many more days together.
Here's a few more pictures from our fabulous day: Oct. 7, 2006

Now if I could just scrap some of these! lol! Have a great day....

Oct 6, 2009

Some more scrappy goodness...

Hi all! I managed to squeek out a couple more scrapbook pages late last week in preparation for my Scrapbooking 101 class I held at the Harwich Council on Aging on Friday.

I made these two scrapbook pages, plus the other three posted here and here and here all using the Happy B-Day Simply Scrappin' kit.

I could probably make two or three more layouts using that same kit, too! Lots and lots of supplies in those kits to make both scrapbook pages and cards.

So on the layout above I was actually catching up on a layout I started hmmm... 9 years ago! I know, bad. You can see that two of the photos are cut into ovals because those were the days when I was all about cutting all my pictures into shapes... and you know what, I really like how the page came out! I popped the two oval pictures up using stampin' dimensionals and did a bit of distressing around the certainly celery background paper.

The second page I did is of my nephew's fourth birthday party -- he turned 13 this past weekend... so no worries if you are behind a few years ;o) I've actually stopped scrapping chronologically -- and now I just work on what speaks to me... It's very freeing!

Fairly simple page -- I like to do at least one birthday party page for each of my nephews and my niece - well for at least as long as they had family b-day parties. It's the one time I really don't stress about writing fancy journaling! :o) This one just says, "Michael celebrates his 4th birthday party with family and friends" Ta-Da! Easy-peasy....

Hope you have a great day!

Oct 5, 2009

A few snow buddies...

Happy Monday! Did you have any time this weekend to get crafty?
I managed to make three cards in honor of World Card Making Day (on Saturday). However, I didn't actually make them on WCMD... I was lazy on Sunday and didn't get dressed until 7 p.m!
But that means I had plenty of time in my craft room... cleaning, planning and creating.

I've got a lot of events coming up in the next few weeks so I wanted to play with the new hostess level 2 stamp set in the Holiday Mini Catalog, called Snow Buddies. I really like this set -- it is too cute!

I made the card above first and it features the Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Mini Catalog as well. The bottom red and white piece is flocked -- so it feels like felt!

The Snow Buddies stamp set has two snowmen in it, so I decided I wanted to make a Mama and a baby snowman celebrating the holidays:

This last one is non-traditional Christmas colors, but I was playing with the Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper and thought the colors had a cool sort of snowy look (Ok, so you have to use your imagination a bit here ;o). I also decided there was no reason why I couldn't have more than TWO snowmen celebrating:

I think this last one may be my favorite... Which card do you like best? You never know, it may show up at the next event you attend!

Hope you have a fabulous day. Thanks for stopping by.

Oct 3, 2009

My Digital Studio

So I finally had a little time to play with my new My Digital Software from Stampin' Up. I created these three scrapbook pages and the card using the templates provided in the program.
It literally took me less than a half-hour to make these. You just drag and drop your photos into the templates.
As for the card, I used a template to start and then "doctored" it up a bit. I could probably fiddle and play with these for hours, but I wanted to show how quickly these pages could come together. And if I spent two hours fiddling with one, well, that really wouldn't help my point any!

I think these came out super cute for my first attempt. And I must tell you, I've had very little training with this program. Not that Stampin' Up doesn't provide us with plenty of info about the new My Digital Studio software, I'm just one of those gals that wants to dive right in ( I hate reading directions)!

I do plan on watching all the video trainings we have on the program and becoming a certifed instructor, so rest assured the pages and projects will get much more impressive as we move along!
The great part about this program is that it offers all of Stampin' Up's signature colors (including some beloved retired "In Colors") and it provides many of my favorite stamps, embellishments and punches, too. And there will be additional downloads available for those who purchase the software and want to add to their resources.
With the start of software, you receive over 2,000 images when you include the stamps, punches, and designer series paper!
Check out the rest of my work:

This one is using the same themed template as my first layout - just a different design. And I used the same theme for my third layout, but I changed my photos to black and white (in the program) so it would coordinate a little better:

Lastly, because it is World Card Making Day after all, I decided to create a quick Christmas card as well:

Pretty simple... but as I said, this was just a first attempt -- and all of it was done in less than 30 minutes! Imagine how quickly you could get caught up on your scrapbooking!
Now, I don't see myself giving up on traditional scrapbooking in any way, but this will be great to reduce some of the backlog, don't you think? Plus, it also provides great opportunity for "hybrid" projects as everything is "true-to-size" - meaning the stamps and embellishments are the same size as our actual stamps and embellishemnts. So if you have it printed through our printer (which will also ensure color accuracy) you could stamp that cute little skater couple on cardstock, cut them out and layer them on top of the printed version of your card to add dimension. Or add the brads to the card after it is printed for a little 3-D effect... lots of opportunities with this product.
Feel free to call or email me if you have any questions and check out my website if you want to learn more or place an order.
Have a great weekend!

Oct 2, 2009

Deal of the Week is back AND new starter kit offer!

I have lots of new specials to fill you in on today. In addition to the Clearance Rack I talked about yesterday, the Deals of the Week are back, too! And yes, it's plural.

From now until Oct. 12 (when new deal(s) will be announced) Stampin' Up is offering customers three different punches at a discounted price. The Trio Flower Punch, the 5-petal flower punch and the My Way Punch all usually sell for $15.95. But for the next week you can order any (or all) of those punches for just $10.99 ($11.99 for the My Way Punch). Get all the details from my website.

Be sure to check back Monday, Oct. 12 for the next deals of the week.

In addition, on Thursday, Oct. 1 our new My Digital Studio software became available for customers. This new digital paper-crafting program features all of the Stampin' Up colors, embellishments and stamps you love, but in digital form. You can use it to make photo albums, calendars, scrapbook pages and cards.

I just received mine yesterday and hope to make a few samples and post them here on the blog soon. The program is super easy to navigate and even though I'll always love the traditional form of scrapbooking and paper-crafting with all the pretty paper and paraphenalia, I think I'm really going to like this program, too!

Check out this short video on My Digital Studio here.

Lastly, the photo above is a picture of everything that is included in our new digital starter kit. Are you excited about the opportunity to go digital with Stampin' Up products? You can sign on to become a Stampin' Up demonstrator for just $185 (the starter kit is normally $199) and your kit will include the new My Digital Studio software (a $79.95 value all on its own).

You'll also receive the following:

Party Hearty and Petal Pizzazz stamp sets
Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin' Pads®
Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red Stampin' Write® markers
Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
Real Red 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
Button Latte Designer buttons
Stampin' Dimensionals®
Mini Glue Dots
SNAIL Adhesive®
Business supplies (product catalogs, order forms, training DVD, and other supplies)

It really is a great value! Want to sign up now? Visit my website and click the "Start Your Own Business" tab. Then click the "join now" button (on the left hand side of the page) and use the password "pitta padders" when prompted. I'd love to have you join my team!

Hope you have a great weekend and feel free to email me or call if you have any questions about the new promotions or programs!

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