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

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Something BIG is coming!

I’ve just arrived back from Salt Lake City for the Stampin’ Up convention called OnStage. I always love going to SLC, as it feels sort of like a “home away from home” after going to nearly 10 events there. It’s such a beautiful city and it made it even more fun that I got to see the upcoming Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs AND share it with one of my Shore Stamper team members, Donna (hi Donna!)! More info about those catalogs as we get closer (they don’t go live until January), but we also got word about another exciting development…. the Stamparatus! What is the Stamparatus you ask? It’s only going to be the BEST stamp positioning tool on the market! Check out this video to learn more about it: Pretty amazing, right? Since Stampin’ Up does 2-step, 3-step and 4-step stamp sets so, so well, this tool is going to be so amazing in your craft room! I promise… you’re going to *need* this! Here are some of the features of the tool: Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring 2 open sides so

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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

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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.

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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

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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 3×3 cards:

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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

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Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration: Love is in the Air

Hey there friends! What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods? For us here on the East coast (I’m on Cape Cod in Massachusetts), we’re expecting a snowy day. Nothing wrong with that… get to spend the day working on some projects for my weekend with the Cool Crops gals in Andover! But I know you didn’t come here today to talk about the weather… you came to see all the inspiration from the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration design team! As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number 11 on the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Blog Hop – (Faith. Grace. Stamp with Jen G). If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn’t work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below. Today we are all sharing our “love.” Theme for this month’s blog hop is “Love is in the Air.” So I choose to do a card using the adorable little hedgehogs from the Love You Lots Hostess stamp set. These sets are only available when you host

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Showing Thanks with Stampin’ Up’s So Very Much Stamp Set

Happy Tuesday friends… I’m sharing another card I made with the “So Very Much” stamp set — one of the freebies currently available for Sale-A-Bration. Have you taken advantage of that yet? You don’t know what Sale-A-Bration is?? Well, it’s only the best time of the year for stampers… for every $50 you spend in Stampin’ Up product (you can shop HERE), you get to pick an exclusive item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Fun, right? There’s lots of great new toys, too, with the release of the Occasions Catalog last month. Today, though, I’m continuing my exploration of the “So Very Much” stamp set. One of the offerings from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Here is a picture of that stamp set: I’ll admit this may not be the most exciting option to choose from the Sale-A-Bration catalog (I know it wasn’t my first choice), but now that I have it, it is truly a great work-horse on your stamp shelf. If you send a lot of “thank you” cards or have a big event like a wedding or something coming up, this might be a great option for you. Here is another card I made with this set: It’s yet another

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Teach Me Tuesday: Shaker Cards

Hi there my friends! I have some exciting news to share with you today. I’ve been stupid busy lately with work and stamping and just life in general, but things are going to get way more fun in a few more days. If you’ve been hanging around me for any length of time, you may know that I have been dreaming of quitting my full-time job and going full-time Stampin’ Up for quite some time. Well guess what? That day has arrived! My official last day in the office is September 29th, making me a full-time Stampin’ Up demonstrator as of October! And I’ve already got a super busy schedule lined up. I’m so excited! In  my excitement I thought I’d try something new. So let me introduce you to Teach Me Tuesday. This will hopefully become a series of videos — and I’m not committing to every week yet, but whenever I feel like I have something to share with you (on a Tuesday… ha ha) — well, there will be a Teach Me Tuesday video. 🙂 So today, the Teach Me Tuesday Video is focused on shaker cards. I sort of got addicted to making them a couple

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