Aug 12, 2015

Scrapbooking With Stamps... Part 2!

Hello, hello friends! So I'm back again (for day four in a row!) and I wanted to share with you some more tips for using your stamps in your scrapbooks. First let me start by apologizing again for the poor photo... I tried to fix it, but let's just face it yesterday was not a good day for taking photos (rainy = dark!). I did try and lighten it up for you, but then I made it a little crooked, but I still think you'll get the idea. You're smart... I know this!

Anyway, would you like some more tips on how to use your beautiful assortment of stamps on your scrapbook pages?

Okay... here we go!

4. Stamping ON your photos. Did you know you can use Staz-On ink directly on your photos? See the "Life is Good" sentiment on the upper right photo? Yup. Used my black Staz-On ink straight on my photo. TIP: I would recommend you practice stamping on scrap pieces of photos (you know, the one where you cropped that strange looking person behind Aunt Annie at the picnic? Yeah. That one). The reason why is because photos are slick (a.k.a. slippery) and as you stamp it is very easy to slide and smear your image. So practice, practice practice!

5. Create your own embellishment. See that focal point circle on the left (which is actually my title as well so two for the price of one here...)? I created my own stamped embellishment by stamping a pattern, decorating it with coordinating cardstock and ribbon and the putting my title on top. The best part about this technique? You ALWAYS have the correct color embellishment... and you never run out of them!

6. Make your own (coordinating!) journaling card. See the yellow polka dot paper to the right of the bottom right photo? I just used a small circle stamp, inked it up and then "stamped it off" on grid paper before stamping on the matching yellow cardstock (Hello Honey). That gives a lighter look and will therefore allow you to journal over them. I haven't filled in the journaling on this one yet, but I plan to write (with my fabulous Project Life Journaling pens) on the yellow piece of cardstock (above the white border). Perfectly coordinated. Love.

If you missed my first three scrapbooking with stamps tips, be sure to click here. If you want to order any cool Stampin' Up products, click here. And guess what? If you live in Massachusetts, this weekend is a Sales Tax Holiday -- you can shop on Saturday, April 15 and/or Sunday April 16 with no tax! Yippee!

Thanks for stopping by... I probably have more to show you so don't go too far! :)

Aug 11, 2015

Scrapbooking With Stamps

Hello! Can you believe it? Day three... I'm working on creating a habit here people! And I've actually wanted to share a couple of scrapbook pages with you for a while now. So how about one today and one tomorrow okay?

Last month I was actually asked to do a "Scrapbooking with Stamps" class. Apparently a lot of people struggle with stamping on their layouts. This very technique is one of the reasons why I joined Stampin' Up nine years ago. I had been scrapbooking for about six years and I got "bored" with the usual pre-made embellishments and wanted a way to add more flair to my pages and this was exactly it!

So first let me apologize for the poor photography on this page. I really should have took an extra minute to retake this photo, but it's late at night when I'm typing this, I'm actually pretty comfy on my couch and you know what? I'm being a bit lazy! But I think you'll still find my tips helpful (hopefully, anyway).

So back to my class. I created two pages that showcased at least SIX ways to use stamps on your scrapbook pages. This one uses three... and I promise you, this is a super fast page to complete. So can you spot the three stamping techniques here?

1. Stamping as a border. So on the Crumb Cake strip of cardstock (the beige color across the center of the page), I used the 'line image" from Gorgeous Grunge (the BEST scrapbooking stamp set evah!) and stamped it vertically across the whole length of the paper creating a fun textured-looking border.

2. Stamping as a title. The "You Make My Heart Happy" is a sentiment from the Lovely Amazing You set and was the perfect title for this page. I just punched it out with a circle punch and inked the edges in red to make it pop and voila!

3. Stamping as a background. Again with the Gorgeous Grunge! I used the splatter images (both sizes) to create the look of blue paint splattered on the base piece of cardstock for this page (whisper white). I think it's the perfect accent for a page about a little boy and the color scheme of Pacific Point and Real Red totally highlighting the coloring in the photos. As an extra little something, I took the small heart (also from the Lovely Amazing You stamp set) and stamped two amongst the splatters. I think that small little touch just reinforces the title of the page.

Another little tip to share about this layout (although it isn't a stamping technique!) is the "trio" of red accents: the title inked in red, the decorative label punched out of red cardstock and folded over the second photo and the smaller photo mat on the left side of the page. It's great to position repeating elements in a "triangle" pattern around your photos because it will naturally draw your eye into the photos. So that is what I did here.

I so love these photos of my Mom and my youngest nephew Jeffrey. The joy is just so evident in both of them. It truly does make my heart smile when I look at these photos. I miss my Mom every day, but having such beautiful photos of her to scrapbook and share with my family ease the pain sometimes.

I'll have some more scrapbooking with stamps tips tomorrow so be sure to come back! And as always, if you find something you have to have be sure to take a peek in my online store.

Aug 10, 2015

For the Love of Animals...

 Hey there! Welcome back. For those of you that don't know me so well... I have a very small (just kidding... a HUGE) love for animals especially doggies! So when I saw a request for vendors at a local craft fair to support our local animal shelter I couldn't sign up fast enough! And while it wasn't super busy (it was the first time they've done this fair), it was SO much fun... the event and the prep for it! I made some really fun exclusive crafts for the fair and I thought I'd share them with you today!

First up were some birthday cards. I used two stamp sets from the 2015-2016 Idea Book and Catalog for all these projects. The first one is Hot Diggity Dog and the second was You Little Furball.

Here are the stamp sets:

Hot Diggity Dog

You Little Furball

So, as I said first up was some birthday cards. I made all my projects with a "dog variety" and a cat variety:

I used the new Go Wild 6x6 paper stack from the new 2015-2016 annual catalog as the patterned paper for all four of these cards. I must say I kind of love how they came out! I made five of each design.

Next up I made some pet sympathy cards. It's so sad when an animal friend dies so I thought the MSPCA crowd might like to have some pet sympathy cards on hand just in case. Both of these stamp sets have some great sayings for the loss of a pet:

(sorry for the less than stellar photo of the kitty sympathy cards... I forgot to take pictures of some of the items before I packaged them up for sale!).

I also made a boxed set of two different cards to donate to the MSPCA. My thought was that they could send a card to knew pet "parents" when they adopt a cat or dog! So this is what I made:

And finally, I figured we might have some furry friends visiting at this craft fair so I also made up some cute little treat bags ( I also may have had a box of milk bones under my table to attract all the cute doggies... because I must admit I love them best... mostly because I'm allergic to kitties!). Here are the treat bags I made:

My niece Heather helped me prep over 540 cards to take to this fair and while I was making these treat bags she predicted that the kitty treat bags would be big sellers... and she was right. I sold four of the five bags I made and no doggy treat bags (maybe that was because I was handing out a free Milkbones to any doggies that would come visit me -- yes, I was bribing them!). I used the Tag A Bag Accessory Kit to help make the treat bag project move along a little quicker. I love how it includes both tags and stamping elements as well as twine and the cute little paper clips to attach to the bags (which makes those tags totally re-usable and we love that)! I also used the petite cafe bags and gusseted cello bags to hold the treats.

Anyway, if you're an animal lover I think you really could get some serious mileage out of either the Hot Diggity Dog set or the You Little Furball set. I would recommend the Stamp-A-Majig, though with both of these sets. That nifty little tool really makes lining up the heads and bodies super easy (and faster than "fussy cutting" the heads out and popping them up -- although as you can see I really loved that look, too!).

Okay and just because this post cries out for a fun animal shot.... here is one of my nieces' dog Caramel... this is her "please pay attention to me because I'm oh so cute" look (smile):

Now if that doesn't make you smile on a Monday, I don't know what will!

If you'd like to purchase any of the products I used on these projects and you don't already have a demonstrator, I'd be happy to send you one of these pet themed cards as my thank you. Just place an order in my online store and then send a note to me at jen pitta at comcast dot net with which card you'd like and I'll send it right away! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Aug 9, 2015

A Quick Convention Re-Cap... with Some Exciting News!

Hey there friends!
Happy Sunday... I am really sorry I still haven't gotten the hang of being here regularly. I swear I'm really working on it -- well, at least thinking about it a lot. That's the first step to making something happen, right?

Anyway, here I am and I have some super exciting news to share... Many of you know I go to the Stampin' Up convention each year in Salt Lake City, Utah. And this year was no different. And oh my goodness I saw the new holiday catalog and you're going to go crazy over it -- at least I did (and so many of my other demo friends did, too)! But we'll have more on that later!

Today I wanted to share that I earned a spot in the prestigious Founder's Circle (the top 100 demonstrators in the U.S. & Canada)! How cool is that? Seriously... top 100? Me? I was super shocked, but so, so excited because this is the last time they are recognizing top performing demonstrator's with the Founder's Circle trip (yup, in addition to earning the Mediterranean Cruise I'm also earning a second all expense paid trip to Utah to hob-nob with the other top 99 demonstrators in the country). This is something that has been on my Stampin' Up bucket list for the past 9 years and I couldn't be more excited to be going on this trip (is it September yet?). Here is a picture of me from awards night:

I think I was still in shock in this picture. I knew I had a really good year this past year so I thought *maybe* I could have earned Founder's Circle, but really wasn't sure. The Founder's Circle achievers are always announced last at Awards night and they are not announced in alphabetical order OR in order of rank so it's completely random. So they just start calling of names and after the 15th slide or so of names (they have 5 or so names on a slide on the jumbo-tron) I had pretty much counted myself out. But lo and behold, the very. last. name. to be announced was lil' ole' me. Stunned. And so, so cool. So I must say thank you to each and every one of you that have supported me not just this past year, but ALL the years. I am so, so thankful that I decided to "give this a go." I may have dreamed of going on the grand vacation and to Founder's Circle, but honestly never thought it would really happen and thanks to all of you and my fabulous Shore Stamper team it has!! I still can't wipe the smile off my face when I think about it. One more photo for you. Here is the photo of the top 100 (i.e. the Founder's Circle achievers). See if you can spot me:

Okay. So that's enough babbling about me. I have lots and lots of "stampy" things that I've been up to lately and I really need to share with you more! So I'll be back tomorrow with some cute pet themed projects that I made for the MSPCA craft fair I went to yesterday. Stay tuned. And again, thank you so, so much for all your love and support. Stampin' Up and all the people it has brought into my life has been such a blessing!

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