Jan 31, 2010

Another Scrapbook Page


Well, I didn't make my 6 page quota for the first month of 2010, but I managed to squeeze one more out this weekend for a total of 3 pages for the month of January.

I'll have to work extra hard next month to catch up! But anyway, I've had these pictures of my niece and nephew on my desk for quite some time now -- since August actually.

I love the photo on the right. These were taken at Heather's sweet 16 party last July and I absolutely love them! The one on the far right just shows their true personalities and that they really do love each other (gasp!) ...


I haven't added the journaling yet... that will go on the tabbed tags on the left hand side of the layout. And then you will see another one of those paper flowers made with a border punch.

The page also uses my FAV-O-RITE new SU paper -- the sweet pea paper pack. So versatile!

Now for once, while I had the paper and scraps left out on my desk I actually used a few of them up to make a card.


Just a quick birthday card (who can't use more of those???). I also left the scraps out on the table so maybe I'll be able to create a couple more cards with the scraps before I move on to planning stamp club for February! I'll keep you posted.

Thanks for stopping by!


Jan 26, 2010

Playin'



Hello there! Well I actually had a few minutes last night to "play" and came up with this!

I've wanted to do a monochromatic-type card for quite some time, but just hadn't gotten around to it. Now I obviously didn't stick strictly to my monochromatic theme with that pretty pink flower, but I'm still happy with the outcome.

The project actually started because I wanted to try making these paper flowers that were evidentally shown at the Phoenix Regional earlier this month. Now I unfortunately did stay long enough to attend that event (it was the day after Leadership), but there are videos and tutorials about how to do it all over the internet.

My first attempt is a little sloppy, but I'll just have to practice some more -- which means I'll have to "play" some more right?

I think it is important to remember to take time to "play" every once in awhile. Now whether your idea of "playing" is stamping (like me :o) or something else, I think we tend to get so wrapped up in to-do lists and responding to the wants of others that we forget to take care of ourselves every once in a while! So go ahead go play... you can tell everyone I made you do it! Lol!

Thanks for stopping by!

Jan 25, 2010

Club Card



Happy Monday (is that even possible??)... Can you tell I'm disliking Monday this week? That usually happens when I feel like I didn't get as much done over the weekend as I had wanted.

I wanted to put Christmas away for another year, but it looks like Christmas will continue to reside at the Pitta House for another week! Yikes... our poor little tree is drooping so much that most of the ornaments on the bottom branches have fallen off or they are dragging on the floor. Oh well...

Anyway, each month I have two groups of ladies that get together for a "girls night out" and make 3 to 4 projects, chat and eat with friends.

This month this card is one of the projects the ladies got to make (don't worry stamp club #1 -- you'll make it at this week's meeting!). It features the new heart treat cups and the special "Sweetheart" stamp set that was released especially for these heart shaped cups (we released circle cups in the Holiday Mini last fall).

I have to say that I even impressed hubby Matt with this card... he looked at it and started to give me that customary "that's nice" response and then took a second look and said, "wow". Of course his next question went back to the practical... "how do you mail that?" It's ok though I'm excited that he took a second look ... that's an improvement! lol!

If you'd like info about starting your own stamp club, feel free to e-mail me. Thanks for stopping by today!

Jan 24, 2010

It's time to Sale-A-Brate!



It's my favorite time of the Stampin' Up! year... it's Sale-A-Bration time. I love being able to offer my friends free stamps and that's exactly what this promotion does.


For every $50 you spend you earn a free Sale-A-Bration item, which includes four exclusive stamp sets, one border punch, a 6 X 6 paper pad... or new this year... you can select one of dozens of stamp sets in the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog for your FREE items. Cool, huh?


If you host a workshop during January, Februray or March you can also earn Sale-A-Bration items based on your sales and if you sign up to be a Stampin' Up demonstrator you receive 15% off the starter kit plus an additional free stamp set from the Idea book and catalog (value up to $47.95!).


So what are you waiting for shop online now, give me a call or send me an e-mail to book your workshop or go to my website and use the password "pitta padders" to sign up as a demonstrator and get access to your demonstrator website usually in just a few hours!


I made the card above using two Sale-A-Bration items including the Good Neighbors Stamp Set and the 6 X 6 Welcome Neighbor Designer Series paper pad.


Give me a holler if I can help you with anything!

Jan 22, 2010

Help for Haiti

One of the things I love about Stampin' Up is its generous spirit. With each new catalog there is a stamp set designated to serve as a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Each "Very Thankful" (Page 209 of the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog) set sold this year will raise $2 for the cause. To date, the company has contributed nearly $800,000 to that cause.

There's a playground in Utah that has a soft cushy "ground" made of excess rubber from Stampin' Up stamp sets. The mat of rubber keeps kids safe when they fall off swings, head down the slide head first or miss the bar when climbing on the jungle gym.

Stampin' Up has helped during 9/11, Hurricanes Katrina & Rita and the American Heart Association.

And now with the devastation in Haiti, Stampin' Up is stepping forward once again. For every I {Heart} Hearts stamp set sold (from the Occasions Mini Catalog) Stampin' Up will donate $2 to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development fund. Here is the stamp set:



I actually don't own this set (shocking, I know!), but I plan to order it to do my part to help out. In addition, I will donate my commission (20 %) on any of these stamp sets I sell and on ALL online orders I receive from now through Feb. 28 to the American Red Cross.

So check out my website and see if there is something you might be able to use and help out a good cause at the same time!

In the meantime, my thoughts and prayers are with all those suffering in Haiti and those here in the U.S. (and all over the world) who are still searching for their loved ones.

Jan 21, 2010

I'm on a roll!

I'm still very, very far off of my goal for six layouts for January, but I've added another one to the "completed" list.

I actually wouldn't have done it had I not had to prepare for a workshop on Saturday, but it doesn't matter how I get the layouts done just that I finish them, right?

One of my favorite things to demonstrate at a workshop is a progressive scrapbook page. I think it is particularly good for new scrapbookers because it demystifies the process a bit. Of course, progressive pages are not my idea, but one that is commonly used in the world of scrapbooking. However I find not too many people take advantage of this process.
Basically, you start with a 6 X 6 page, create a layout on that smaller canvas and then move that finished piece to an 8.5 X 11 piece of cardstock and start fresh. So here is my example for Saturday's workshop. I started with this 6 X 6 layout, which the group will get to make and bring home with them:


Then I turned that layout into this:


Once you've created the 8.5 X 11 layout, then you use that layout as a feature of a 12 X 12 layout. Like this:

Cool, huh? I was very inspired by the co-founder of Stampin' Up Shelli Gardner at Leadership in Phoenix earlier this month with the colors and design of this layout. Shelli is a big fan of the vintage style and used these colors on a couple of her projects she presented at Leadership. Love them!
You can see a couple more of my progressive pages here and here (don't worry I have since fixed the spelling error in the TITLE of this second example... what a goof I am, huh?).
Thanks for stopping by today!

Jan 19, 2010

I want one!


Meet my new "niece"! Isn't she the cutest little thing? This is Samantha -- Sam for short.
My brother and sister-in-law got this little cutie for my two nephews. She will become the boatyard dog (My brother works at the Wareham Boatyard and will bring her to work every day so she doesn't get lonely).
I had sooo much fun playing with her last night.... I soooo want a dog (anybody that knows me, knows that's nothing new! lol!)
Sam is a biter right now and she particularly loves biting sweaters -- must be a good texture for those little baby teeth of hers!

She has a couple of sisters and brothers -- perhaps I can convince hubby? What do ya think? Me: "Honestly, hun... we don't even need a puppy -- ANY dog will do!"

Hubby: (insert glaring look here)

Lol! I'll keep you posted on my plight... in the meantime here are a few more cute photos.....

There will be no love for this dog as you can see -- wink, wink.

One of the proud new "masters"


just plain cute (and soooo soft!). Thanks for stopping by....

Jan 18, 2010

It's beginning to look like...



I know, I know, it's way too late to be showcasing Christmas cards! But I forgot to show you this fancy little number, which was made for my Mom this year.

Those of you who have been following the old blog for a while now, know that there is an ongoing story with the squirrel -- particularly a blue squirrel from my childhood days -- in my family. You can read all about the squirrel sagas here.

Now that you are caught up, to continue the tradition of a squirrel card for my Mom for every holiday, this was my card for Christmas 2009. Now you'll notice that the squirrel is not blue as most of the previous cards have been... you know, it's just too hard to make a Christmas card featuring a blue squirrel! Blue just does not "go" with red and green! LOL!

Anyway, that's all for today. Thanks for stopping by!

Jan 17, 2010

Mom & Me Valentine Class

Yesterday I held a Mom & Me Valentine Class at the Chatham Community Center on Route 28.

These are the goodies the Mom's and kids made. The top two cards on the right are a Valentine Friend Card and another small card using the Pendant Notes that is suitable for a "significant other". The "Mom's" made those two cards and the smaller flat cards featuring the Robots.

The kids made the two robot treat boxes (boy and girl) and they also made the two smaller cards featuring the Love Bots Valentine kits from the Occasions mini Catalog.
The little bag in the lower right hand corner of the top photo was my thank you gift for all who came. It is a little cello bag filled with cinnamon hearts and closed with a bag topper.

These kits are a super value with 30 boxes per kit (they come packaged all boy or all girl) for only $9.95 (page 17 in the mini catalog)! I used some tips and tricks I learned at Leadership to alter the boxes to make regular flat cards as well.

Patty Bennett, a demonstrator from California, showcased the kits in the Mini Occasions Catalog (including the Love Bots) at the Leadership Conference in Phoenix last week. She showed us that its important sometimes to think outside of the box (ha! No pun intended). Here are some of the samples she made with the Love Bots kits:



Cute, huh?
There are two other project kits in the new mini including the Recipes by Design box (page 8) and the Eggcellent Eggs Kit (Page 23) for decorating Easter Eggs. The catalog really doesn't do them justice as there are so many cute and clever ideas you can use them for!
Thanks for stopping by!

Jan 15, 2010

A Scrapbook Page!


I made a goal for myself to finish six layouts a month in 2010 so I will have 72 completed layouts by the end of the year. It really isn't a large number of layouts, but I'm already questioning my stamina! lol!
This page I actually started before I went to Leadership and couldn't commit to taping everything down until last night. And actually, I really didn't change all that much after having it sitting out on my table for several weeks.
Ah well, a process is a process right? I just hope I can speed up that process a bit as I only have two more weeks left of January and five more layouts to do!
On to the page... it features Matt's godson, Scotty. I took this picture on July 4 at a party we had here at the house. It was the first event after I bought my new camera -- and I think the higher quality camera definitely leads to higher quality photos! The kids had a blast playing in the pool and experimenting with our croquet game.
Anyway, I used the new Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up and -- it may be hard to see in the picture - but I also used my new Polka Dot impressions folder on some transparencies to create raised dots on the clear circles.
Well that's all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

Jan 14, 2010

Leadership swaps - Part 2

So as promised here is the second batch of Leadership swaps that I received last week in Phoenix. I actually received a TON more, but I just picked out a handful of my favorites. If you are in my classes or clubs or at my workshops in the coming weeks, I'll try and remember to bring them with me so you can take a peek for yourself!


Made by: Ann Driscoll


Made by: Julie Collins


Made by: Amy Cloncs


Made by: Denise DeLawter


Made by: Susan G. Peters


Made by: Christine Ekrem

Jan 13, 2010

Leadership Swaps

At every Stampin' Up event, swapping is a huge aspect of the event... and Leadership was no exception. I thought I would share with you a few of the swaps I received. I made just over 100 swaps to trade with other demonstrators and I picked out my top 12. I'll share six with you today and six with you tomorrow.
Here are the first six:

Made by: Jacynthe Gauthier


Made by: Susannah Halweg


Made by: Paula Farnell


Made by: Wendy Randall

Made by: Winona Semler



Made by: Jan Burnett
Aren't they great? The swaps were really well done this year. I wish I had brought more! I was slacking a bit this time around. Last time I went to convention I made over 200! Maybe next time. lol!
Thanks for stopping by....

Jan 12, 2010

Calling all bag ladies....



Is this not the most adorable bag you've ever seen? I LOVE it. It's a reusable shopping bag featuring the Sweet Pea designer series paper that is in the new occasions mini catalog.

I purchased six of these bags (one for me, of course!) at the Leadership conference in Phoenix, Arizona last week. The bags completely sold out within three days -- so they are no longer available for puchase by demonstrators.

But, lucky for you, I have FIVE that I am going to give to the first five people who book a Sale-A-Bration workshop with me (workshop must meet the minimum workshop total of $150 in sales)! I'm debuting a new format for my workshops (which I learned at Leadership) and the five lucky hostesses will get a hostess gift delivered in this adorable bag on the night of their workshop.

This gift is in addition to the hostess benefits already offered through Stampin' Up, including Sale-A-Bration rewards!

Not familiar with Sale-A-Bration? Here's how you earn free products:

1. Spend $50 and earn one free Sale-A-Bration product of your choice

2. Host a workshop of at least $300, and earn one free Sale-A-Bration product in addition to the generous hostess benefits.

3. Join Stampin' Up during Sale-A-Bration and choose a free stamp set from the Idea Book & Catalog (valued up to $47.95) and get 15% off the demonstrator starter kit!

You can see the exclusive Sale-A-Bration product here.

I was so inspired at the Leadership conference that I made a goal to have one workshop a week during Sale-A-Bration. These are the dates I currently have available:

Thursday, Jan. 28
Wednesday, Feb. 3
Friday, Feb. 5
Wednesday, Feb. 10
Thursday, Feb. 11
Thursday, Feb. 18
Saturday, Feb. 20
Friday, Feb. 26

One other thing: For the first time this year, I will be offering a Hostess Appreciation Night to honor my hostesses that held workshops beginning in January 2010. So if you host a workshop you will automatically be invited to the first ever event -- and I guarantee it's one you won't want to miss!

Feel free to email me if you'd like to reserve your date or if you have any questions... thanks for stopping by!

Jan 10, 2010

I LOVE Stampin' Up!


I've always thought Stampin' Up is a great company to work for/with... and after returning from my first Leadership conference in Phoenix, Arizona, I am even more happy with this organization that I have chosen to represent.

Just look at all the goodies I took home from Phoenix. Now, the adorable little canvas bags I paid for at Memento Mall (a fabulous little store made up of all Stampin' Up logo merchandise), but the rest of the goods were FREE!

The black and white bag in the corner was our Leadership bag. At each Stampin' Up event, attendees are given a bag to tote around all their really cool swaps, purchases and freebies. This bag says "Love What You Do", which was the theme of Leadership.

You'll also notice two stamps sets there... the smaller one is "With All My Heart," which was given to all demonstrators attending in their Leadership Bag. As many of you know from all the samples I've shown of that stamp set, that I love it and... I already own it, which means... someone is going to win the one I got at leadership very soon! (I'll have details on how in a later post).
The second stamp set in the picture is actually a sneak peek item from the SUMMER mini catalog, which doesn't come out until May. Shelli Gardner, the co-founder and president of Stampin' Up showed us this card during our closing session on Friday:

Shelli really likes the vintage style and this card shows off her talents as a vintage card maker fabulously.
So after she showed us the card, she said, "You all recognize the stamp set, right?" But, of course, we didn't as we've never seen it before. It was then that she announced that all of us were getting it FREE -- Yipee! I really love the stamp set and can't wait to play with it a bit.
You'll also notice a bunch of cards and the little milk carton and a scrapbook page. Those were our make and takes that we made at Leadership. I'm missing one little tag - as I messed mine up (yes, us demonstrators are not perfect either!! hee hee) and will have to cut a new cardstock base for my tag.... I'll show you it later when I recreate it.



Lastly is the quilt square that is still in packaging. Amazingly, 15 women from Stampin' Up's stamp manufacturing facility in Kanab, Utah brought in their own sewing machines and made 1,000 of these for the demonstrators. How cool is that? We each received a quilt square to help spread the word that the Big Shot is fabulous for making quilts, aprons, throw pillows and so many other cool fabric projects (the flower was made using the five-point star Bigz die). I'm telling you, I am sooo not a sewer or quilter, but with some of the demonstrations we were shown I am so inspired to give it a whirl.

What's sad is my Mom is an incredible seamstress and can make pretty much anything. She is known for going to craft fairs and buying crafty little items so she can tear them apart (GASP!) and learn to make them herself. She has made me several quilts and blankets over the years and has even tried to teach me to knit and sew on many occasions. I would sooo love to surprise the heck out of her and make her a little throw quilt using the Big Shot. I'm thinking I might be able to handle a very simple quilt with all straight stitching (using a sewing machine, of course, which I will also have to learn how to use!).

Anyway, it was a very inspiring trip (even though I got myself all worked up about flying solo and really didn't sleep more than 10 hours while in Phoenix and took the red eye home on Friday. So by Saturday at noon -- I had been up for 27 straight hours on about 10 hours sleep! Can you say zombie??? lol.)
I hope to post some of my favorite swaps as well. I made 100+ swaps to share with other demos and got some great ideas back from some fabulously creative women.
In the meantime, I thought I'd share the top 5 reasons I love Stampin' Up (and/or being a demonstrator):
1. Meeting amazing women from all over the world and in my backyard. It's so funny that when attending a Stampin' Up event, whatever city we are in is inundated with women carrying around the same bag (this time it was the black and white one above). Just having that bag makes you an instant friend of anyone else that has that bag. I met Susan in one of my classes and she quickly "adopted" me for the day and we've already begun emailing each other back and forth:




Now this is on top of the fabulous women I have already met in my workshops, classes and clubs. Many of the women in my clubs have become very close personal friends as I often see them more often (once a month at least) than some of my childhood friends!

2. Shelli Gardner. As I mentioned above, Shelli is the co-founder and president of Stampin' Up and she really is an amazing, inspiring woman. She started Stampin' Up 20 years ago with her sister in the living room of her home. She is very genuine and sweet and always has time to chat with any of us demonstrators.

3. Creativity. I always loved art class and drawing, doodling anything crafty really. To be able to have a job where that is necessary on almost a daily basis... well, it doesn't get much better than that.

4. Free Stamps! Of course, I got the two free stamp sets above. Plus, I was asked to participate in a focus group while in Arizona and will earn two additional free stamp sets for that as well. Of course, many of you know that Sale-A-Bration is just around the corner and demonstrators earn tons of free stamp sets for that (including with every $50 I spend on supplies or what have you). We earn additional free stamps based on sales and recruiting, too. Not to mention all the discounted stamps we get for pre-orders of new catalogs and free stamp sets we earn during various promotions during the year.

5. Extra money. I started my Stampin' Up business because I wanted a discount on my wedding invitation supplies (and because I was dreaming about stamps!), but have quickly come to build a fairly big business in the past four years (one I hope will grow exponentially in 2010). And while the money I earn with this little "hobby" started out as just a way to support my habit, it has become a source of significant income for my household, helping me pay for trips to Phoenix and Christmas shopping, among other things.

And while I've already reached my 5 reasons, I just have to add that I really love sharing my creativity with my customers, friends and blog readers and being able to share my passion for all things paper (that has been a mainstay in my life too -- my favorite store as a kid was Staples!).

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting my blog. It really means a lot to me to see what towns and states have visited me -- and I love reading your comments so feel free to share, too. Sorry I've gotten a little sappy on you, but I really am excited about everything I've learned at Leadership and the creativity and enthusiasm everyone shares for this company.

It has truly been a blessing in my life. I hope you have a fantastic week... and thanks for stopping by!

Jan 2, 2010

Happy New Year



Welcome 2010! I hope you all had a wonderful celebration for the end of 2009. I have high hopes for 2010. I love the beginning of a new year. Fresh starts always inspire me and I have a lot of fresh starts for this year ... I'll have more on that in a later post.

For now, I wanted to show you another sneak peek from the Occasions Mini Catalog that goes live on Jan. 5.

This card uses the "With all My Heart" stamp set again and the new Chocolate Chip epoxy brads.

New on this card, (by new, I mean that you haven't seen before -- as I know all of the goodies on the card are essentially new!) Is new paper from the Sweet Pea Paper pack. It is absolutely adorable and probably one of my favorite new products! It is a 12 X 12 paper stack with a total of 48 sheets of paper (2 each of 24 double-sided designs). And you HAVE to have the matching Sweet Pea stitched felt (not shown here). Sooo cute!

Guess what? You can actually view the ENTIRE new mini Occasions catalog on my website. The mailing of the catalogs to those of you on my mailing list was a bit delayed. So Stampin' Up decided to post the catalog on our websites a little early to give you an opportunity to get a head start on your shopping! So hurry on over and make your wish list! Don't forget with every $50 you spend in January, February AND March you'll receive a Sale-A-Bration item for FREE. That catalog will be up on Jan. 5.

I'm am so excited about this catalog -- and especially Leadership next week in Phoenix where I will learn all sorts of new tricks and tips for the new product! Stay tuned!

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