Jan 29, 2018

Stamping with my "chosen" family

I had such an amazing weekend... it may not have been the most productive one for me (I'm such a chatter!), but it definitely revitalized my soul. 

Each time we have a new Stampin' Up catalog (the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure launched on January 3rd!), I host an all day stamping event for my team of Shore Stampers. Right now we have just under 40 of us on the team and we're spread out around the country. 

So I designed 16 projects for them (that can all be used in their business if they are building one, or just for fun if they love to stamp!) and we got together for a full day of crafting on Saturday. What I love about the January team event is we turn it into a "Stampover." So we finish the training at 4pm on Saturday, but then we hang out all night and through most of the day on Sunday working on our own projects and just laughing and having fun!

We had 10 of us this weekend (including me) and I love that these ladies get along so well even though some of them only see each other once or twice a year (other than online). In fact, they even warmly welcomed one of our newest team members... it is so, so awesome to watch. These ladies are my extended, chosen family! Here's a picture of them hard at work on their projects:

I really work to spoil all of them while they are here ... so these are some photos of the goody bags and pillow gifts from the day:

I had two different styles of goody bags for them... the flower one, and this one that says "Sequins + Glitter = True Love." How true, right?? Inside the bag was $25 worth of brand new Stampin' Up product that they used on their 16 projects that day. I also gave them each two bottles of water wrapped with the Painted with Love Designer series paper and their first pillow gift: an embossed gable box filled with a variety of Lindt chocolates.

During the day I also have two demo presenters, and a display stamper or two. Linda (above) talked to the group about how to use Stampin' Up's monthly paper crafting kit called Paper Pumpkin to meet your quarterly minimums and even make some money. 

Donna also talked about Stampin' Up's corporate event called OnStage, but I totally forgot to take a picture! (wah!). 

We had a display stamper lined up as well, but sadly she got the nasty stomach bug that is going around so she wasn't able to attend. Such a bummer... we missed her lots!

After lunch, I had another little pillow gift for them (a full roll of the new white and silver baker's twine) and a yummy little dessert treat from Stephanie's Sweet treats -- they were delicious mini chocolate covered oreos.

At the end of the day I gave them one more pillow gift - it was this cute little bag with the new Sale-A-Bration Memories & More cards (which you can earn with a $50 purchase for free!). I will be sending my team a tutorial of how to make eight gorgeous cards with this product later this week as a bonus class they can make for fun or to use in their business!

After dinner I wanted to make sure they had another little treat for dessert, so Stephanie also made them these gourmet caramel and oreo coated chocolate pretzel rods -- they are SO yummy (I also added a cocktail to that! ha ha...)

We also had a team swap on Sunday morning, where we all made cards using new Stampin' Up product and swapped them out with each other. Swapping is one of my favorite parts of being a demonstrator -- so many amazing ideas! I'll have to share those in a separate post.

Overall, it was a wonderfully fun weekend and I can't wait to host another quarterly training event for the team in June with the launch of the new annual catalog. 

If you want to be a part of the Shore Stamper family, we'd love to have you join us! Right now is the best time to join as Stampin' Up is offering an even better deal than normal thanks to Sale-A-Bration!

If you join before March 31, the starter kit is just $99 and you are able to select $125 worth of product of YOUR CHOICE with Free shipping. PLUS, you'll get to add two additional stamp sets fro FREE and of any value -- that means you could grab something like the "Letters for You" stamp set, which is $49, for free! Plus an additional stamp set, too! This is seriously the best deal in the book, but it also comes with so many more perks -- you can read all about those HERE.

As always, let me know if you have any questions. I'm always happy to help -- my email is jen pitta (at) comcast (dot) net.

Until next time... happy Stampin'!


Jan 22, 2018

Technique: Crayon Resist with Stampin' Up products

I had a great lazy weekend and for the first time in a long time, I'm feeling a bit rejuvenated and ready to tackle my Monday. I have to admit that I've fallen into the trap of working what feels like 24/7, seven days a week now that I work for myself.

But this weekend I participated in an online class from another demonstrator - it was part business training and part creating and it was just what I needed. I spent the entire day in my pajamas being inspired and getting inky on Sunday. I call that a win.

I also hosted a fun Facebook Live Catalog Launch party on Friday night (you can still see all we covered if you go to my By the Shore Stamping Facebook page and click on events and scroll to January 19 -- it was the Sale-A-Bration spotlight event.)

Anyway, I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite techniques from the night. It's called crayon resist and I learned it ions ago when I first became a demonstrator. It was a real "wow" for me, and showed me the possibilities with this "stampin' stuff." (wink, wink).

You can watch the video below for instructions on how to get this look:
(please note: this video isn't the best quality as I downloaded it from Facebook... but it still shows you all the tips and tricks!)

As you can see below, you don't need to be real meticulous while you're coloring with your crayon -- it still looks great... even if you miss a petal or two!

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Until next time... happy Stampin'!


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Jan 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy 2018! Each year for the past three years I've picked a word at the start of the new year to hopefully guide me during the next 365 days. I've never actually written about my word here on the old blog - because it's sadly been a bit neglected - but I'd thought I'd share this year.

Let's look back first... I actually remember my words from the previous years, and while I might not remember exactly why I picked them or how they showed up in my life -- I can still share them with you to give you ideas in case you decide to try this for yourself.

2014 - GROW
In 2014 I was really working towards building my Stampin' Up business to full-time status so I'm sure that is largely why I selected this word. I try and pick a word that reflects both my business and my personal life, though, so I imagine I was trying to grow in some way personally, too -- and I'm sure it wasn't in the waist! Ha!

2015 - SHINE
For 2015, I was looking to really shine -- I wanted to better my best in everything I did, and while I don't really remember how that transpired in my personal life, I know it came through in a significant way in my Stampin' Up business. I earned Founder's Circle that year (which is the top 100 demonstrators) and got an all-expense paid trip to St. George, Utah for a networking and pampering weekend. It was the first time I earned it, and unfortunately the last time. But only because they don't offer that perk anymore. (I actually placed #109 last year GLOBALLY, which was not taken into consideration back in 2015... so with 50,000+ demonstrators worldwide I'm pretty happy with that! In the United States last year I was #60 -- so I think I'm headed upward!)

2016 - FREE
This was the year I was determined to make Stampin' Up my full-time business... and I did. I left my job at the Symphony on September 29th, 2016. It was so exciting... and quite scary! But here I am a little over a year later still loving it!

2017 - ??
Honestly, I don't think I picked a word for last year... and I just realized it as I was typing. I know 2016 was "free" because it was the year I left my job. So looks like I was slacking last year! Oops!

That brings us to 2018 - and my word for this year is BUILD. This is how I want this word to show up in my life this year... I want to build upon my first successful year as a full-time business owner. I want to build my connections, build my offerings and build more success. Personally, I hope to build a better body with better nutrition and regular exercise. I also want to build the life I want, meaning I want to be intentional about how I spend my time -- building in more time with friends and family, building more memorable moments and building more routine (the downfall of working for yourself is having no one expecting anything from you!). Of course, the strange thing about selecting a word for the year -- it's always so surprising to see how it shows up in your life outside of what you were initially thinking when you first selected it. So we'll have to wait and see what else I "build" this year!

So how about you? Do you select a word each year? If so, I'd love to know what it is -- feel free to share in the comments. A little accountability never hurt anyone! 

Tomorrow starts Sale-A-Bration and the new Occasions Catalog... This is my favorite time of the year (another reason why I love a new year!). Want a copy of the catalogs? Email me at jen pitta (at) comcast (dot) net and I'll pop one or both in the mail for you! And start making your wish list... remember you can earn a free exclusive product for every $50 you spend!

Happy New Year, indeed! :)

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