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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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….

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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