Just a few days left….

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, now is the time to take the leap! From now until Aug. 31 (Monday), new demonstrator’s can get stampin’ with a mini-starter kit for only $85. It includes all the business supplies you’d get in the large starter kit, plus all six new In Color Classic Ink pads, a package of In Color 8.5 X 11 paper, a package of whisper white cardstock and the For All You Do stamp set (pictured at left). The great thing about the mini-starter kit is you can swap out the paper, ink pads or stamp set for other items of equal or lesser value. If you’d rather splurge and have the large starter kit for $199, Stampin’ Up is throwing in the six In Color Classic Ink pads for free, but just throuhg Aug. 31… so act quickly. Also, anyone joining the Pitta Padders family gets a FREE package of 12 Stampin’ Write markers (in your choice of color family) from me as a sign-on bonus (with either starter kit). I’ve been a demo for the past 3.5 years and I love it! I started out just wanting a discount on Stampin’ Up

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And the winners are…

As I mentioned in this post, I began a monthly contest with my stamp club members this summer. It was really a way to clean out my stamp room and challenge my customers to USE THEIR STAMPS! ;o) So I have two more winners – one from each of my two stamp clubs. I only had two entries from each club, so instead of having my fellow demonstrators vote for first, second and third place winners, I just had them pick their favorite card from each group (the clubs are kept separate). So without further ado…. The Stamp Club #1 (Wareham Club) is…. Laurie K. with this card: And for Stamp Club #2 (Brewster Club) it was Jill J-S with this card: Congratulations! Both of you have earned a FREE Stampin’ Up classic ink pad in the color of your choice or a $5 coupon off your next order. Just because all of the cards were fabulous I wanted to show the other two cards as well. It is rather funny as my first Stamp Club created very similiar cards (and they didn’t create them together!), so the voting was close! This one is done by Liz M. from Stamp

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Quick and easy

In my most recent box of goodies from Stampin’ Up, I had a package of each of the new notecard sets: Pendant Notes (left) and Elegant Notes (right). I love the ease of these little 4 X 4 cards. The design is already pre-punched in the paper… I just added some designer series paper (Merry Moments) some ribbon and a few embellishments and have two cute little cards to send to friends in a matter of minutes. The notecards come with 15 cards plus matching envelopes. The Pendant Notes are $8.95 and the Elegant Notes are $9.95. What do you think? Well, last night I began the scraproom reorganizing project, well, sort of. I took photos of all the areas of my scraproom for the “before” post. Boy is it MESSY! But really, do I want to clean up the whole room with the old organizing system just to tear it apart to create the new system? Nope. So the “before” photos are going to have to be messy! lol! I will share some of those photos once I actually begin tearing apart the room a bit. I am on a decluttering kick these days… I’m so DONE with the

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A little too hot for S’mores!

Hi everyone! Hope you are holding up in this heat a bit better than one of my latest projects for club! It’s been super hot and muggy on Cape Cod (for those of you not in the neighborhood) and you can tell by the completely lumpy Hershey bar in this project! Cute project, though huh? I actually stole it from my friend (and upline) Karen Landry. It uses the adorable Under the Stars stamp set. I love the little S’more stamp! What is really funny is when Matt saw the project he wanted a S’more. Sooooooo…. we proceeded to grab a fork, stab it into a marshmallow and hold it diligently over the …. stove! Yup, we made S’mores over our electric stove… hey, you know what… they tasted just as good!!! lol… Thanks for stopping by….

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Soooo looking forward to the weekend!

Hi All! Happy soon-to-be Friday (it probably is Friday by the time you are reading this!). I just got home from a workshop (Thanks, Missy!) a little while ago and was too “wired” to go to sleep. I LOVE doing workshops, hangin‘ out with the girls, making some crafty things and gossipin‘. Such a fun girls’ night out — you should TOTALLY do it some time ;o) I thought I would share another one of the projects we did tonight… I always try to include a 6 X 6 scrapbook page in all my workshops to entice any of those professional or would-be scrappers that happen to be in attendance…. So the above scrapbook page features the new Level 3 stamp set called Kind and Caring Thoughts. It has TONS of word sentiments plus some stellar images. It also features me and my buddy Kim… love her! I love the Rich Razzleberry cardstock (the background color) — it is one of the new In Colors (new “trendy” colors released once a year) for 2009-2010 and it goes great with the Pale Plum don’t you think? I still have some dates available for the fall and I’m telling you, you don’t

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Book Holiday workshops now

As I mentioned in this post, Stampin’ Up is getting ready to release it’s Holiday Mini Catalog for 2009 on September 1 and it is FULL of great stamp sets, paper, Sizzix dies and other great new product. I’ve pre-ordered my stamps and accessories to get a jump start on workshops for the fall and have quite a few dates left in Sept. and Oct – the perfect time to hold holiday workshops — whether Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas — you are sure to have loads of fun! Call or email me to book your workshop today — and don’t forget you can earn the same hostess benefits as my in-home workshop hostesses by having a catalog party. Just shoot me a quick email and I’ll tell you how. The card above is one of the projects we’ll be making at an in-home workshop I have tomorrow. It uses the fabulous new Nature’s Nest stamp set from the 2009-2010 idea book and catalog along with other great products including the eyelet border punch, soft suede reversible polka dot ribbon, and the modern label punch. To see more samples or check my calendar, visit my website here. Thanks for stopping by

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Committment issues….

You know it has been a while since you last scrapbooked when it takes you 3 DAYS to finish one layout. Now mind you, most of these elements were in place from day 1, but I just wasn’t ready to commit. I’ve always had a problem with this in regards to my scrapbooking. I arrange everything on a page, let it sit on my scrapbook table and keep “sneaking up” on it every once in a while to see if anything catches my eye as out of place or just not working. Well, this morning (in the wee hours of the morning, mind you) I just said enough is enough… you are finishing this layout today or else! So here it is: Journaling: We held a surprise party for you in your own backyard to celebrate your “sweet sixteen”. You were truly surprised, but the biggest surprise to me is how quickly the time has flown.Supplies: (All Stampin’ Up!) Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, Melon Mambo cardstock, crushed curry cardstock, whisper white cardstock; Embellishments: Button Latte, Linen thread, On Board Loads of Letters, stampin’ dimensionals, Chocolate Chip Craft Ink (dyed the chipboard and the linen thread); punches: Modern label, word window

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I want to be in Salt Lake City….

I know I said earlier in the week that I was sad that I wasn’t going to be in Salt Lake City this year for the annual Stampin’ Up convention, but now I’m downright jealous! At each convention, demonstrators get a goodie bag filled with fabulous Stampin’ Up products and make-and-take materials for make-and-take day. Check out the bag that attendees got this year: And yes, that’s FOUR free stamp sets plus a free wheel! I looovvveee the bag… It looks like the inside features the Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper and it’s reversable! How cool is that? I was going through some of the diplay boards from convention quickly this morning and found one of my cards featured…. check it out below … it’s in the second column, third one down from the scrapbook page (It features the Top Note Die and two lovey dovey birds — you can click on the image to see it larger): I think I may have mentioned to you as well that featured in the new Holiday Mini Catalog is our BRAND NEW digital scrapbooking software. Now, I’ve always been the paper and scissors kind of scrapbooker, but I have to say, seeing

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Must use stamps….

So I came to the realization last night that I have not had a stamp in my hand for over 11 days! Holy cow! I’m surprised I’m not having convulsions or anything ;o) Last night when I came home from work I tried to remedy that problem, but found that my stamping mojo is still on vacation! I made a couple of cards… they’re O.K. but I’m afraid not up to my normal standards lol! I just couldn’t get things to work…. Let’s see what you think…. Here’s the first card I made: I used the new elegant bouquet embossing folder (I love those!) for the Big Shot and the “Admit It” Level 2 Hostess set. That was one of the first sets I pre-ordered… I don’t know why I just loved it. I also used some glitter and crystal effects on the “f” to add some bling… but it didn’t come out as nice as I thought it would in my head! The second card I like a little better. I love the little owl on this one! I used the same stamp set on this one with the Razzleberry Lemonade paper. Very simple. What do you think? Which

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Back Home….

Hi friends! Sorry I have not been around the blog these days… Matt and I went on a 7 DAY vactation to Las Vegas and just returned home on Tuesday. We had loads of fun and didn’t lose too much money ;o) Matt did better than me this time around… pretty much anything I gave my money to kept it! Bummer. No retiring early for me (wink, wink). What is so great about Las Vegas is there are so many other things to do besides just gambling… one of my favorite is eating! This is Chicken Rio from Battista’s Hole in the Wall Italian Restaurant (one of our favorite places to go). It looks a little less than appealing here (because I had already eaten half of it before I remembered I wanted to take a photo) but trust me it is DELICIOUS! Matt is not so happy at my making him pose with his fried bologna sandwich from Toby Keith’s Restaurant… another favorite stop of ours. I know, fried bologna? But yes, it is yummy and goes best with a Chambord Margarita served in a mason jar!! One of those and I’m set for the night (It’s seriously huge)!

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