Whoa Baby!

Howdy friends… and happy Wednesday! Tomorrow is my Friday and I have a “me” day planned for the real Friday so I am gearing up to make it through tomorrow. Doing some prep for my Stamp Club tomorrow night helped, though. I love planning classes and imagining the happy faces of my customers as they make the projects. Today’s card isn’t actually one we’re doing in club. It’s one I actually made for my group meeting last month and since I have a lot of friends having babies (or grandbabies in some cases), it will come in handy for me. I absolutely love the “Baby, We’ve Grown” stamp set in the Occasions catalog. As soon as I saw it I knew it was going to be in my collection 🙂 This card features all sorts of new goodies from the Occasions catalog including some of my very favorite (um, hello gold sequin trim. You are beautiful! And Essential Wooden Elements? I think I love you…) Gee, can you tell I’m sort of giddy that tomorrow is Friday (for me!)… Another favorite I used on this card was the Fresh Prints Designer Series paper Stack – see I told you there were all sorts of new goodies on this one! What’s that? You don’t

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Stampin’ Up Leadership: Manager’s Reception

Hello and Happy Monday! I am in a fabulous mood today. I just returned from an amazing Leadership Conference last night and I am so excited and raring to go! Is that how you spell that?? Anyway, I thought I’d share a few of the highlights of my trip on the old blog and the best one to start with I thought was Manager’s Reception. This is only the second year that I’ve qualified for Manager’s Reception (Last year I got to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando) and while I was super excited to see Harry Potter last year, this year was truly amazing. I’m not sure if it’s because last year I was kind of solo for the trip or just because this year was better, but nonetheless… Manager’s Reception 2014 was awesome. Stampin’ Up rented out the Downtown Aquarium (in Houston) for us for the whole night — just us!   We were greeting by these two (on the right) when we got off the bus from the conference center… talk about feeling short! 🙂 They were really cool. That’s the Aquarium building behind them… so fun. Our first stop was the Shark Depot. It was a cute little train that made it’s way

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Stampin’ Up: 2014 Occasions Catalog

  Happy Friday! It’s still a snowy day here on Cape Cod, but it’s also a very exciting day (even though I’m breaking the news rather late today!). The brand new Occasions Catalog from Stampin’ Up goes live today, January 3rd. This one is a beauty (I know, I say that every time).  I thought I’d share with  you a few of the new products that I’m most excited about. First, be sure to go check the catalog out for yourself… don’t worry, I’ll wait. It’s good, right? Well, here (in no particular order) are the “must haves” for me (in fact, some of them I already do have!):  1. The Retro Fresh Suite – I know, this is cheating because that encompasses like eleven products, but really — I love the colors if this product line. My favorite items are the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper (pg19, item#132993, $10.95) and the On Film Framelits Dies (pg.18, item#132969, $29.95) 2. Happy Watercolor Stamp Set (pg. 22, item#133191, $21.95) – this one is going to be so easy to stamp with. I am so bad at the whole watercoloring thing so this set is perfect for me. I also love the

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wait? What? I know. You want to know why I’ve skipped ahead to February already! Well, Stampin’ Up just announced some new Valentine’s Day products that are available for sale beginning today. You can see in the picture above the adorable new Valentine kits for kids… little Monster girl and little Monster boy Valentines. So, so cute. There are also two super cute Valentine’s Day stamp sets available while supplies last or through January 27, 2014. Here is the first set that is available. It is called “Love You More” and I’ve already ordered it! So fun: Next up is the “Follow Your Heart” stamp set, which is also adorable and may end up on a future order of mine (Have I ever told you that Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays — well except for a few years in college… but that’s another story!): In addition to the two new stamp sets and the adorable kid Valentine’s Day kits. There are also two other package specials available beginning today. Sweetheart Treat Bag – 12 printed bags (red with white hearts), 12 die-cut labels, 12 pre-cut pieces of Pool Party baker’s twine. Sweet Sayings Cards and

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Happy Thanksgiving!

  Oh my goodness. How does this blog get so neglected? I have big plans and then life just always seems to get in the way. I did want to hop on this (US) Thanksgiving Eve, though and say a big ole Thank You to all my friends, family and customers. It’s been a tough year (still), but I am very grateful for all the blessings in my life. I had a delicious turkey dinner tonight and a plan to spend all day with my family tomorrow. My nephew is a Senior in high school and will be playing his final football game tomorrow. I’m super excited to see him play — hopefully he gets put into the game a lot tomorrow! Then — believe it or not — we actually go out to dinner for Thanksgiving! No dishes or clean up for us! Are you jealous? 🙂 Well, anyway just sharing a card from one of my Holiday Card classes this year. Can you believe we started in August and just finished up our fourth and final class this past Tuesday — that’s 40 cards for everyone that attended all four classes! I’m hosting a class again in December…

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It’s A Stamp-A-Versary!

Howdy Stampers! Whew, life has certainly been on a whirlwind lately. I’ve been super busy planning some fun surprises for my Creative Escape attendees! I’m so excited for this event, but I have to admit … I’m going to feel very free when it’s over!! 🙂 I just wanted to pop in quickly tonight to let you know that for just one week (through October 28), Stampin’ Up is offering 25% off of 25 awesome stamp sets to celebrate their 25th anniversary on October 25! That’s a lot of 25! Download the list of stamp sets on sale here: 25 sets for 25% Off As an added bonus for my loyal “stampy” friends, I’m offering the first EIGHT people who order in my online store a hand-stamped “spooky” treat bag filled with a special SU treat! Of course, anyone who orders from my online store will get a hand-stamped thank you card. To qualify for the special treat please use Hostess Code 96AB97PP when you checkout. Remember you only have until October 28 to take advantage of this deal… and don’t forget to check out the Weekly Specials, the Thankful Thursday (the special will be posted on Thursday) deal and the Clearance

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  Greetings! Happy Friday…. As you may know from some of my previous posts, Stampin’ Up is celebrating their 25th year. And the actual start of the company was in October. So naturally, they want YOU to get in on the fun of this fabulous company for an A.MA.ZING deal! The lowest ever! From Monday, October 7 through October 21 (just 2 weeks!) you can join the Stampin’ Up family and more importantly the Pitta Padders team 🙂 for just $25! What does it mean to “join” Stampin’ Up? Well, other than owning some of the most amazing, trendy stamping products around, you’ll also enjoy a discount on all your purchases, the ability to earn CASH for the holidays or just to pay some bills and tons of exclusive creative ideas through video tutorials from the home office and loads of inspiration on the demonstrator-only forum: Stampin’ Connection. The best part? There’s no obligation — you can totally try this out and if it is not for you… well, no biggee!This special starter kit includes the following: ■ $26.95 worth of Stampin’ Up! product (it must be more than $25, but not more than $26.95 before tax) ■ Business pack

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Convention Swap #1

Hi there… Happy Sunday! Can you believe I’m back two days in a row?? Here is the first of my convention swaps. This one was my favorite. It was inspired by the card on page 39 of the 2012-2013 Idea Book & Catalog. I made about 108 swaps this year for convention — a little less than last year’s 180, but I think it was a good amount. The first year I went to convention I think I made about 30 or so and they go SOO quickly when you are swapping with thousands of women and I was sad because it seemed like I was done with my swaps in like five minutes! Silly… I know. Anyway, for those of you that are demonstrators (or customers who would like to re-create this card), below is a list of the supplies I used: Ink: Versamark, 102283, $7.50 Cardstock:Pool Party, 122924, $6.95Basic Gray, 121044, $6.95Whisper White, 100730, $8.50 Stamp Set:Mr. & Mrs., 126663, $8.95 Accessories:Glue Dots, 103683, $4.95Stampin’ Dimensionals, 104430, $3.95Brights Collection Designer Series Paper Pack, 117155, $21.95Silver Embossing Powder, 109131, $4.75Brights Brads, 119740, $6.95Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 118309, $16.95 (three punches)Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, 119277, $7.95Big Shot, 113439, $99.95

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Finally… Some Convention Photos!

Happy Saturday! While I wasn’t able to charge my camera battery in order to get my photos off my camera, I was able to outsmart it! Without going into details – I now have all my photos and I’m working on several posts to update you on all my happenings over the past few weeks. This photo is obviously from the 2012 Stampin’ Up Convention… I was standing in front of the picture wall where the SU president and co-founder, Shelli Gardner, usually sits for meet and greets. While we didn’t get to chat with her on this occasion it did make a great place to pose in front of the theme of this year’s convention, which was “I am.” That was one of the directive’s that Shelli gave us right at the start of convention in the opening general session…. but yet, I still haven’t come up with my “I am” statement yet. Obviously, there are many things “I am” (a stamper, a wife, a sister, a daughter etc..), but I wanted to come up with a more abstract, meaningful statement – and alas that still eludes me! 🙂 Check out this lip dub video that Stampin’ Up made….

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Just Five More days…..

There’s just five more days left of the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog. If there is something you’ve had your eye on, please be sure to order before Friday! This card was one of my swaps from Convention last year. I loved the Domestic Goddess Suite of products. Just so fun and retro! This card used the Domestic Goddess Designer Series Paper, which is actually on sale for just $8.21 per pack. As I write, the Domestic Goddess DSP is still available, but don’t delay! The stamp set on this card is called House & Home and it is really cute. Go check out all the images here. I love the little chair… I’m not sure why! As sad as I am to see some of these items going, I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful the new catalog is. Would you like one? It is my free gift to you, I just ask that you pay the $5 for shipping. Send me an e-mail and I can send you a pay pal invoice for the $5.00 and have it on its way to you on Tuesday. Book a private class with me and the catalog is yours completely free

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