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'!

xoxo
Jen

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'!

xoxo
Jen

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!

xoxo
Jen




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!

xoxo
Jen

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!

xoxo
Jen

Sep 9, 2017

Fall for Holiday Countdown # 9: Smitten Mittens

It's weekend, my friends. Yay! I'm all set up at the Ready Set Crop event, spending the weekend with some of my favorite crafty friends. I hope you're doing something fun (and not waiting for one of the beastly hurricanes to arrive... prayers to those of you in the path of Irma.)

If you're visiting my blog for the first time today, welcome! I've been counting down some of my favorite products in the new Stampin' Up Holiday catalog with 12 days of fun, fall projects. We're on day #9. And I'm pulling out one of the stamp sets that first caught my eye when I looked through the catalog. It's called Smitten Mittens and it is adorable. Great for holiday, but also winter and even Valentine's day -- I can't wait to use that "Smitten" greeting!


Fun, right? I can see so many different color schemes with this one, too, but I took my inspiration from the cover of the new holiday catalog...

Here's the cover:




I loved the reds and blues together so I decided to pair Real Red, Pool Party, Powder Pink and Garden Green. Here's a look at my finished project:


I also used the new Quilted Christmas 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper. So many fun prints in there! I showed a few of them in my video below and we'll be playing with the Quilted Christmas suite soon!

Click on the image below to see my video and get some tips and tricks for using the different elements in the coordinating Many Mittens Framelits Dies. And if you enjoyed the video, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you'll see all my videos!





Okay... I hope you're enjoying my little visual tour of the new catalog! If you'd like to place an order for some new goodies, I would certainly appreciate that! Be sure to use the hostess code WK7DFWJ7 at checkout. And if you'd like to have a fun night of craftiness with me on Facebook, be sure to join my online FB party to culminate this countdown ... you can join that HERE.

That's it for today. I hope you have a great weekend, and I'll be back tomorrow (probably a bit later in the day) with some more ideas!

Thanks for following along and "see" you soon!

xoxo
Jen

Sep 8, 2017

Fall for Holiday Countdown #8: A Beachy Little Christmas

Hi there friends! Happy Friday!
I'm running around frantically today trying to get prepped ahead, and then load my car so I can hit the road! I've been so busy this morning, I almost forgot to post this!

Anyway, we're on day #8 of my countdown of fun, fall projects featuring product from the new Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog, which was released September 1st. You can find the new holiday items in my online store HERE and as a downloadable PDF HERE

So when I first saw "A Beachy Little Christmas" stamp set, I knew it would find a home in my craft room. I mean with a name like By the Shore Stamping, it's kind of a must-have, right?

For this countdown, I've been trying to come up with ideas, techniques and tricks to share with you that might also help you learn something new. So It's kind of funny that as I was prepping for my card class at Ready Set Crop this weekend, I was having the hardest time thinking "simple" now that I've been making these "stepped up" cards for you over the past few days! An occupation hazard I guess this week!

Anyway, I did a little better today - with a somewhat simple layout for a card - but I did add coloring with my blender pen so that added lots of time and lots of colors! But I really love how the card came out. I thought I'd share with you the basic "sketch" of this card, though, because it has potential as a sketch to be easily "mass produced" if you're looking for something for your holiday cards. Of course, you can change out these colors for anything that is more holiday appropriate (unless you're a fan of non-traditional colors, like me!)


And here is the finished card:


I used my blender pens to color in the image and the Whisper White craft ink to stamp the shells in white on the Crumb Cake background.

I did do a video for today's card, too. You can see that here:




Okay... I really need to run. So. Many. Things. To. Do. Just a little note that I didn't get a chance to do Sunday's project in advance so I have a feeling that video/email will be a little late -- but it will get done! I already know what I'm doing.... I just didn't get time to execute it and record a video!

And if I've inspired you to order any of the new goodies (which I'd be oh so grateful!), please be sure to use the hostess code WK7DFWJ7 at checkout. And don't forget, I have a fun online Facebook party scheduled to culminate these 12 days of creative inspiration... so be sure to join us there, too!

"See" you tomorrow!

xoxo
Jen

Sep 7, 2017

Fall for Holiday Countdown #7: For the Hostess with the Mostess

First, let me start my Countdown post today with a great big thank you for all of your kind words yesterday. I really do appreciate it... and there are so many of you that struggle with the same issue. So I'm glad I shared. So often we feel isolated in our grief, and sharing, communicating and creating can be such a valuable tool in healing. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you can read THIS post to get caught up.

If you're ready to see the next project in my Fall for Holiday countdown, well you're in the right place. I'm kind of excited about today's projects - yes, plural! You get a two for one today because I designed a fun, vintage-y card for you and then decided it needed a "companion." So I added a wine tag as well. I explain how the combo came about in my video today. 

And if you're just joining me, be sure to jump back a few days here on the blog because I've been sharing a new project each day since September 1st (the launch of the new Holiday Catalog from Stampin' Up). We've covered fall, Halloween and now we're finally moving on to Christmas, seven days in!

Here is what I made for you today:


The card was based on a design I received as part of a swap earlier this year. It was originally created by Jamilla Ivits of Canada. We made the exact card she created in card class a couple of months ago and it was so popular that I wanted to create it again using our holiday products.

Here's how the card opens (and why it's a bit unusual):


Really fun style, right? That's what I love about swapping (and one of the most fun parts of being a demonstrator -- lots of opportunities to "swap" ideas with other crazy talented demonstrators!).

I give all of the measurements in today's video (and they are written right in the description of the video below if you click over to YouTube while watching). I also show you how I did the three different colors on my stamped image if you're not familiar with the marker to stamp technique.

So, I've got lots to show you! Let's get started (click on the image below to watch the video):



Well, I'm off so I can keep videoing, blogging and writing emails -- got to get ahead in order to be focused on my first crop of the season this weekend. I'm heading to Fitchburg, MA for the Ready Set Crop Back to School event. Lots of prep still to do for that, too! Honestly, my to-do list is a bit daunting, but it's all fun work... except for maybe the loading of the car part. (ha ha)

So I'm off to it. Remember if you'd like to see the new holiday catalog in my online store, you can view it HERE. If you'd like to download a copy of it, you can do that HERE. And if you'd like a hard copy of the new catalog and you don't already have a demonstrator you work with, I'd be happy to send you  one... just email me at jenpitta (at) comcast (dot) net and I'll drop one in the mail for you.

Also, if I've inspired you to order any of the new goodies (which I'd be oh so grateful!), please be sure to use the hostess code WK7DFWJ7 at checkout. And don't forget, I have a fun online Facebook party scheduled to culminate these 12 days of creative inspiration... so be sure to join us there, too!


Until tomorrow... have a great day!

xoxo
Jen

Sep 6, 2017

Fall for Holiday Countdown #6: Scrapping as Therapy

Can you believe we are already half way through our 12 days of Fall for Holiday Countdown? Time really does fly when you're having fun (and you can be super productive when you've promised a new project every day! lol)

If you've just stopped in today for the first time, I am counting down some fun, fall projects featuring new product from the Stampin' Up holiday catalog that was released on September 1. You can view the products online HERE or download a PDF copy of the catalog to look at HERE. If you decide you "need" any products from the holiday catalog, please be sure to use the hostess code WK7DFWJ7 and I'll select one winner at the end of the countdown to one of each of the projects I make over the 12 days (but you must use the code).

Today's project is a bit personal. To be honest, I was in a bit of a funk the past few days. I couldn't get myself off the couch. I was turning down offers to go hang out with friends, and I was just not interested in life in general. I was doing just the minimum each day to get by. And I couldn't figure out why. And then as I was getting ready for my day yesterday, the date popped into my head. It was September 5th... meaning tomorrow (which is now today!) would be September 6. That is my beautiful Mom's birthday. She died five years, three months and one day ago today. Not that I'm counting or anything. 

It was then that I decided I needed to make a scrapbook page, not only recognize what would have been her 72nd birthday, but to also release this negative energy that had welled up in my heart (and mind) as her birthday approached. As much as I'd like to curl up in a hole sometimes when I think about how lost I am without her, I know that is not what she'd want me to do. So I channeled all the energy I could muster into this page. 



And you know what? When I finished, I felt better. I felt lighter. Does it erase all the pain and tears that I've cried (and will continue to cry) after losing my Mom. Nope. But it made today a bit easier. So I'll take it.

Here's some tips for scrapbooking through pain -- or any real strong emotion (it could be happy, too!)

1. Start with the words. What is in your heart that is strangling it, making it hard to breathe? Or maybe you're in a super exciting place -- what is making your heart float? Write it down. And write it down first before you start scrapping! 

2. Find a photo to use that compliments your words. And maybe it's something you need to create. Maybe a picture of beach would work. Or maybe a butterfly or cardinal. Maybe the light shining in through the window - or maybe it's your subject's favorite restaurant. Just find something to illustrate your "story."

3. Select papers and cardstock that matches your photo. Write your journaling on cardstock that matches your selections and then use the journaling as a design element on your page. 

4. Focus on your project. Be in the moment. The act of creating is powerful. It will deeply engross you in whatever topic you are working on, and I have found when it's something challenging such as grief, when I'm done it's almost like I've poured all the thoughts and energy surrounding what is bothering me right into the page, and then I feel better.

I hope it works for you, too! Anyway, I did create a video for you again today. I talk a little bit more about my process and give you some insight into the design choices I made while creating this page:


That's it for today... thanks again for following along on this holiday countdown. And thanks for being a listening ear on what can be a tough day for me. You're the best!

"See" you tomorrow!

xoxo
Jen

Sep 5, 2017

Fall for Holiday Countdown Day #5: Pumpkin Cocoa Pouch

Welcome back for day #5 of my Fall for Holiday Countdown - where I'm counting down some fun, fall projects featuring new product from the Stampin' Up holiday catalog that was released on September 1. You can view the products online HERE or download a PDF copy of the catalog to look at HERE.

Are you ready for the fifth project? I had a very specific mission in mind with this one. I've been hunting around for a fall-themed cocoa flavor and finally found a Pumpkin Spice flavored hot cocoa at Target yesterday. I wanted something that wasn't too big and bulky to mail, but that would make a fun little treat for my Paper Pumpkin subscribers. Don't know what Paper Pumpkin is? It's a fun monthly crafting subscription that includes all the supplies you need to make 6 to 10 adorable projects - cut, prepped and ready for you to stamp and assemble. Best part is you get mini ink pads and an exclusive stamp set with each new kit! It's a great way to either start crafting or to build your stash in an inexpensive way. As a bonus, if you join by September 10, you can save HALF OFF your first kit (so it will be just $10!). This is such a bargain. Plus, if you sign up with me by September 10th, you'll be just in time to receive one of the cute little hot cocoa pouches I demo in today's video as a special thank you just from me (and if you're already a subscriber with me, you'll be getting one, too!). You can view more details and sign up HERE. But hurry, because there's only a few more days left of this promotion! Don't forget to use the code HALFOFF0917 in the promo box when you sign up.

Okay, on to today's project (and a sneak peek of your thank you gift if you're a Paper Pumpkin subscriber!). 


And here's what it looks like when it's all "assembled" 


Then, you can just pull on the little ribbon pull at the top to get to your cocoa. I can't wait to try this... I'm not usually a big fan of pumpkin stuff, but it's been growing on me the last few years. And I love cocoa -- so we shall see!

Oh, and I almost forgot... Here's the video of how to make the pouch here:




Hope you enjoyed today's project. Don't forget to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin. And if you're a NEW subscriber don't forget to use the code HALFOFF0917 at checkout so you can get your very first kit for just $10! Here's the LINK again to sign up.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll "see" you again tomorrow for day #6 of our Countdown!

xoxo
Jen

Sep 4, 2017

Fall for Holiday Countdown Day #4: Clear Embossed Just for You

Happy Labor Day! I'm glad the sun is back out -- at least for us here on the Cape. Hope it is for you, too! I'm just doing a little bit of work this morning and then I'm going to play for the rest of the day. It will likely be my last "play" day for a while!

Of course I wanted to pop back in here today to share with you the next project in my Fall for Holiday Catalog Countdown! Today I'm playing with the Merry Little Christmas "mega" suite. It takes up two full pages in the new holiday catalog (pages 10-13). Specifically, I played with the Merry Little Labels bundle.

I wanted to show how, while this suite -- and this stamp set -- are designed to be used for the holidays, it can most certainly be used all year long! Here is my card for today:


This is a fairly straight forward card, but the part that was really fun and different (and what I really wanted to show you!) is the ombre stamping and clear embossing I did on the sentiment. Here is a close-up of that so you can see a bit more what I'm talking about:


Can you see the shine factor on the greeting? And how it progresses from the three colors: Lemon Lime Twist, Wild Wasabi and Old Olive?

Well, I did a new video today showing you exactly how I did that. I didn't recreate the whole card - because most of it was pretty basic layering, but there is some technique to this one little part. You can check it out in the video below:




Okay... that's it for today. But I'll be back again tomorrow with another fun, fall project! I hope you'll come back to visit.

If you'd like to order some of the goodies shown in this countdown, you can shop HERE. I do have a hostess code set up for this Countdown event, so if you could apply WK7DFWJ7 as the hostess code for your order at checkout I would really appreciate it!

Have a great day and see you tomorrow!

xoxo
Jen

Sep 3, 2017

Fall for Holiday Catalog Countdown Day #3: Halloween Treat Bag

It's day three of my Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog countdown and today I have a fun little treat bag to share with you.

In my neck of the woods (Cape Cod, MA), it's the perfect crafting weather today... overcast, dreary and rainy. So I'll be hitting the craft table again later today to get ahead on a few Countdown posts for the week. I've got a lot of events coming up for the fall season so time to get to work!

But today, I'm focusing on the little "goblins" that may have in your life. They will love this little treat bag. Well, really, anyone with a sweet tooth (I'm raising my hand) will love this project.


Of course all the pumpkin paraphernalia is alive in well in the stores already so I grabbed a bucket of pumpkin gum drops at the Christmas Tree Shop the other day. I thought they would look adorable in the Stampin' Up 3 x 6 gusseted bags... and they do, don't you think?

It was easier to showcase this one via video so you can see that below (and you seemed disappointed yesterday when I didn't have one! I do aim to please so I'll try to do videos for most of my projects this week... but I can't promise anything!).

So here ya go -- a quick and easy project to make for all the candy fiends in your life!



Okay... that's it for today. I'm off to make some lunch and then back to the craft table for a bit! 

Have you seen the holiday catalog yet? If you don't already have a demonstrator you work with, shoot me a quick email and I'm happy to send you one. Or you can shop online HERE. And don't forget to let me know if you want to join us for the online FB party at the end of our countdown. You can click "going" on the event page HERE.

"See" you tomorrow, friends!

xoxo,
Jen

Sep 2, 2017

Fall for Holiday Countdown: Gather Together & Give Thanks

There's something about the fall that makes me feel grateful. Maybe it's the bright sunshine lighting up the brightly colored leaves or the cool, crisp air - or if you have kids, maybe it's the new-found quiet in the house! (hee hee)

Don't get me wrong... I'm in no hurry to rush through the end of my summer days... It really is my favorite, but I love the fall, too.

That's why I'm so in love with the new Painted Autumn Suite in the new Stampin' Up holiday catalog. If you're just joining me, I'm counting down some of my favorites from the new catalog over the first 12 days of September. You can view a PDF of the catalog HERE and you can view the products in my online store HERE. We'll follow my 12 days of the Fall for Holiday Countdown with a Facebook party on Tuesday, September 12, so be sure to let me know if you'll be tuning in that night. You can click "going" on the event page HERE. And don't worry, it's all online so you don't need to live near me!

Anyway, back to today's prettiness... I made a gussied up card today -- just because I was in the mood to play last night. It took me way too long to make (because I kept adding and subtracting, walking away - probably to eat something unhealthy -- and then coming back), but I really love how it came out!

Hope you do, too! Here it is:


Now don't be like me and forget to order the punch for this stamp set (it's actually cheaper if you buy it as a bundle!). So, I had to actually hand-cut those cute little leaf cut-outs. But you -- because you're infinitely smarter than I am - can use the matching Leaf Punch. The stamp set and punch are pictured below and you can see them in the store HERE (as a bundle!).





This stamp set is so beautiful... and that sunflower! Oh my word it's so lifelike when stamped. Sunflowers were my Dad's favorite flower, and in fact, I always bring sunflowers with me when I go to visit him at the cemetery. He used to grow them in our back yard and so seeing them just makes me smile. 

Since I didn't use the sunflower on my featured card today, here is another card showcasing the sunflower:


This is such a forgiving stamp set, too. It's got distressed areas worked right into the stamp so there are lighter and darker areas of the flowers so it really doesn't matter which direction you stamp the flowers on top of each other (it's a two-step stamp)... it looks great!

I'm sure I'll be playing with this one again, so maybe I'll make a video showing just how easy it is! Well, I'm off to play for a bit... thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to come back tomorrow when I'll have yet another fun, fall project to share!

Enjoy the sunshine,
Jen

Sep 1, 2017

Fall for Holiday Catalog Countdown: Teacher Treat Box

Hello my friends! It's September 1st! That means it's new Stampin' Up holiday catalog day! Yay! It also means it's day one of my 12-day Fall for Holiday Catalog Countdown. Each day I'll be sharing a new project here on the blog and I'll also be sending it out via email (with some special perks for my subscribers... so be sure to jump on my mailing list here).

Being September 1st, it also means back to school for many kiddos -- some may have even already gone back already (is summer really over??)! So today, I'm sharing a project featuring the "Year of Cheer" Suite (pages 36-37 of the Holiday catalog).

As the kids start school, it's never a bad idea to "bribe" the teacher a little, right? And what better way to butter up the teacher than with a little chocolate! So today's project is this adorable (and easy!) treat box. In addition to the Year of Cheer Suite, I also used the envelope punch board as a major component of this project. It's such a handy little tool in the craft room! So here's the project:


I made a video to show you how to make this little guy -- super easy when you have the envelope punch board. I love, love, love the new Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper. Metalics are so in right now, and this paper is truly gorgeous in person! I show the paper close-up in the video below so be sure to check it out. You get three pieces of four single-sided designs in the package for just $13. Click the picture below to watch my video:




And here's another photo of the project... this time with it open so you can see the treat inside:


Of course, you could put any kind of treat you wanted in here... it fits two Ghiradelli chocolates perfectly, but you could also put a pair of earrings, a necklace or any small trinket in there, too.

And while this stamp set is certainly not designed for a "back to school" gift, that it was I really love about it. I see so much potential with this set -- of course there is Christmas and weddings, but you can also use it for New Year's Day and maybe even some fall projects... the circle elements and that little string of dots totally scream wreath to me. 


Okay... that's it for day one. I'll be back again tomorrow with another fun, fall crafting project. Don't forget to sign up for my mailing list so you'll get in on some super secret perks just for my subscribers. And be sure to RSVP for my online Facebook party to wrap up this Fall for Holiday Countdown on Tuesday, September 12!

If you don't already have a demonstrator and need a copy of the catalog, be sure to send me a quick 
e-mail and I'll get one out to you. And if you'd rather look online, here is the link to a downloadable copy of the catalog OR you can shop right in my online store!

See you tomorrow!

xoxo
Jen


Aug 22, 2017

Teach Me Tuesday: Make some Quick & Easy Cards

Do you ever get the desire to create something, but you don't know what you want to create? Or maybe you know you'd love to make some hand-stamped greeting cards, but you just don't know where to begin? I have a great solution for you today!

Enter the Soft Sayings Card Kit from Stampin' Up (item#145466, $35). This kit is super easy to put together, and makes gorgeous cards! I do recommend a tombow multipurpose liquid glue (item# 119755, $4) for this kit in addition to your snail adhesive (item# 104332, $7), and dimensionals (which the dimensionals are included in the kit!).


These cards are really gorgeous and I love that the kit comes with everything you need to make 20 beautiful cards (seriously, they are so much better in person!). What's even better is you get the ink, the embellishments and a full size stamp set with the kit. You can even buy a refill kit (item# 145387, $21), that will allow you to make 20 more cards without getting a duplicate ink spot and stamp set.

But, what I'm going to help you with today -- is how to use that stamp set to give yourself even more options. Here is a picture of the stamp set that is included in this kit:


It has so many great sayings and is perfect for a card maker. So today's Teach Me Tuesday video shows you a card I designed using this stamp set and a few other supplies. Hopefully, it will spur your creativity to see all the potential this little kit has! I also preview three other cards I made with this set in the video.

So if you have crafting on the brain (fall weather does that to me!), but are lacking in "mojo" after the fun but frantic summer, consider the Soft Sayings Card Kit. And if you purchase the kit through me, I'll even send you a written tutorial for each of the four cards I showed in the video as my gift to you!




Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to join my newsletter mailing list for my upcoming countdown of new holiday catalog goodies! I'll be posting each day here on my blog, too, (Sept. 1 - 12), but I may have some special perks for my newsletter subscribers! Click HERE to join my mailing list now.

Aug 8, 2017

Teach Me Tuesday: Quick & Easy Scrapbook Pages

Do you ever suffer from "page envy?" You know, that time when you look at someone's scrapbook page (or any creative endeavor!) and think, "I wish my project looked like that." I had a bout of that recently. Everything I did felt too linear. Too straight. Too boring.

But then I took a step back and realized this is my style at the moment. It may not be the same a month from now, a week from now or even a day from now. But it is what I produced right now and it's okay. In fact, it's more than okay! It's me. We should embrace who we are creatively, right? And I still firmly believe Theodore Roosevelt was right when he said "Comparison is the thief of joy" -- in all areas of life!

With that said, sometimes we don't have a lot of time to spend on our creativity (and sometimes I think more time spent on one project translates into more stress and lack of joy... I think that was what happened at my recent crafty weekend. Anyway I digress!). Today's Teach Me Tuesday tip is all about scrapbooking with Stampin' Up's new Memories & More card packs. These beautiful, inexpensive card kits come with 72 double-sided cards for all sorts of craftiness! They will most certainly have you creating in minutes.

In today's video, I do a start-to-finish page using the Color Theory card collection. I actually really love how it came out and can't wait to complete the second "side" of the page (which will answer the question in my journaling!).

Here is the finished page:


And here is the close-up of the page:


And if you want to see the video, you can watch that here:





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I'm also hosting my annual Summer Scrap-A-Thon event next Saturday, August 19 in Hyannis. You'll get $25 worth of brand new Stampin' Up product, a full lunch, all the pre-cut kits to create (5) double-page 12 x 12 scrapbook pages, plus two hand-stamped pillow gifts as my thank you! More information is available here or you can email me at jenpitta (at) comcast (dot) net.

Most importantly, I hope you are feeling inspired to document your memories. It's so important to share your thoughts and musings. Not just for your family and future generations, but for YOU. That's the most important part. You're not creating for someone else. You're creating for you. So embrace your creations and know that how you express yourself will evolve and change. And that's what makes it uniquely you... and perfect, just the way it is.

Until next time... happy crafting!

xoxo
Jen


Jul 31, 2017

Going Above & Beyond...

If there is one thing that Stampin' Up knows how to do, it is to spoil it's top achievers! This company knows how to put together an incentive trip and is the absolute best at pulling off all those little details.

Anyway, I wanted to share some more photos from my trip to Thailand courtesy of Stampin' Up. From the moment we arrive, we are treated like royalty. Stampin' Up rented the entire Angsana Laguna resort for us (so only Stampin' Up families and staff were on site)! Here are some photos from the resort:


First we were welcomed with our name on our door. It's really fun to walk down the hallway and find all the names of my fellow achievers and friends!


This was the view from our balcony

This was our room

This was outside one of the restaurants (Baan Talay)


I loved all these adorable little lanterns. They were really beautiful when it was all lit up at night.

The entire resort was set in the middle of a lagoon, so there were fun little "rivers" and bridges throughout the resort.

Here's one of the cute bridges.

The resort was huge! We were still discovering new places a day or two after we arrived. That could have been because we were still in a jet lag fog, too, but regardless... the resort was BIG.

There was an amazing pool on the property, that swirled it's way through the resort and ended at this big pool complete with a beach! The sand actually continued into the water so you could really feel like you were on the beach.

Speaking of the beach... there was that, too! You couldn't swim in the water where we were (I heard you could if you walked a ways down the beach), but we did have a delightful dinner buffet on the beach one night.

This is one of the restaurants (Bodega Grill) all lit up at night. As a side note, we had breakfast one morning right at that table behind the front pole in the middle. :)

This was the cool swim up bar... we had a cocktail one afternoon while swimming around. It was quite delightful!

So clearly, Stampin' Up selected an amazing hotel for us. They also covered our meals for us (in addition to the flight and hotel costs for two!). We had a grand buffet every morning in one of three different restaurants... the Marketplace was my favorite. Here are some photos from that buffet.

A lovely welcome to us each morning... all carved out of watermelon!

This was the top of the fruit table, with the two carved watermelons

This was the fruit buffet

This was the other side of the fruit buffet... I think it was mostly salad-type options. I didn't eat from here as I'm not a salad-in-the morning kind of person. (smile)

This was the hot food station. We had an assortment of things to try from bacon and sausage, to more "meal" type stuff like rice and curries.

This was one of the egg stations

This was the bread and pastries section


This was one of my favorite spots... at the very end was the waffle and pancakes station (complete with chocolate sauce and whipped cream) and then at the closest end here was the juice station. I became completely obsessed with guava juice! The fresh squeeze grape juice was pretty amazing, too.

So that amazing breakfast was included every morning thanks to Stampin' Up. Plus, we also had the hospitality room every day. There was always a daily treat of some kind, plus an endless stash of candy (both American and Thai) and beverages. It also had cute little couches and lounging areas for us to catch up and chat with fellow demonstrators. I'll share those photos in a separate post as this one is already photo heavy. I'll also share our pillow gifts with you -- but that will have to wait until after the new holiday catalog is live - since we received lots and lots of new catalog goodies!

If you've ever thought about becoming a demonstrator, now is a great time. Today is the last day to take advantage of the amazing starter kit deal! In addition to getting a great deal on the best paper crafting products around, you'll also be signing up just in time for the busy holiday crafting season and just in time to start working towards earning a cruise to the Greek Isles! Wouldn't that be amazing?

Here's the details: If you join the SU family (and my Shore Stampers Community), you will get to select $125 worth of product of YOUR choice for just $99 plus tax (FREE shipping!). PLUS, through the end of today, you'll also get an extra essentials gift pack included free of charge. That includes two "D" size blocks, a package of grid paper, paper snips scissors, a snail adhesive, a bone folder and the brand new Carols of Christmas stamp set. This is a $72 value all for free! Want to give it a try? Click HERE to join now. Or you can email me at jenpitta (at) comcast (dot) net if you have questions. I would be honored to have you as a part of my team!

Thanks for stopping by today... until next time, Happy Stampin'!

xoxo
Jen


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