Howdy…

Hi There! Well, it’s the unofficial end of summer… sigh. How do you feel about that? I’m sort of torn… I love summer weather (although fall isn’t bad either) and endless hours at the beach, but the fall always translates into new beginnings for me… almost like the start of a new year. So I’m ready to get a fresh start… on life, on business, on the weather (there’s nothing better than crisp, fresh fall air). That means I’m ready for a fresh start with this blog, too! Boy… I am having difficulty keeping up with it and I only expect it to get busier as we head into the fall and holiday seasons as that’s my busiest time of year! Yipee! The card I’m featuring today was from one of my all occasion card classes earlier this summer. It uses the Level 1 hostess set Punch Potpourri, which coordinates with four of our fabulous punches. If you’d like to make some fun holiday cards shoot me an e-mail to RSVP to one of my THREE upcoming holiday card classes (Sept 29, Oct. 19 and/or Nov. 30). You’ll make 10 cards (two each of 5 designs) for $18. The classes

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I love the bugs…

Actually, I’m really not a fan of bugs in general, but I do love the cute little “bugs” in the retiring Stampin’ Up level one hostess stamp set called “love bug”. It is a very cute set that I didn’t use this set more often… too many stamps, too little time. Lol! It’s not too late to get some of your favorite stamp sets that are on the retiring list. It’s also not too late for you to become a Stampin’ Up demonstrator for just $99! This is a great deal and THE BEST time to join us because we have a brand new catalog FULL of fun new product that goes live in just over a week. Pop on over to my website to sign up now (use the recruit password: Pitta Padders). Thanks for stopping by today….

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Say it isn’t so…

In less than two weeks we’ll say goodbye to some of our favorite Stampin’ Up stamp sets… including this one called Garden Whimsy. I know it is inevitable each year that I’ll have to say so long to a few of my favorites, but it doesn’t make it any easier. So dramatic, huh? Honestly there are so many great new stamp sets and items in the new catalog that in another couple of weeks I won’t even remember the names of the sets we lost. BUT if there is a stamp set or two you just have to have be sure to get it now before time runs out. You can see the list of retiring stamps here. To see what is left of the retiring accessories shop in my store here. Some of these items including retiring cardstock, ink pads and ink refills are going fast. In other news, I’m making a new start of my own with a new job that I started yesterday. I’m officially no longer a reporter and instead I am a rental agent. I think I will really like it… although it is Saturday and I will soon have to get ready to go

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Senak Peek!

So I finally had a minute or two to play with some of my new toys and this is what I made! It features almost exclusively new product from the colors to the Designer Series Paper to the stamp set. It actually features six new products… can you guess what they are? I mentioned in my last post that I’m very excited about the new catalog this year. I don’t know if I’m just ready for a change or what? Really, I think it is the new color families… the samples in this catalog are gorgeous. I’ve already marked several that I want to copy! I also stamped the inside of this card as well. I’ve been trying to get in the habit of finishing the insides of my cards as I really want to get an online Etsy shop up and running. I had one over the winter, but I really didn’t put any time into it and the listings all expired. Maybe I’ll try again later this week… not sure if I will get to it though. I’ve been in a major photo re-organization project this week. I’ve sorted through and filed all my photos from the 70s,

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I’m feeling old…

Today, I’m up early again (boy the sun starts to come out at 5 a.m. now!) because I was feeling restless. Well, actually I initially woke up because darling hubby spilled the glass of water he always has on his nightstand when he went to shut the alarm off. The clinking of the glass on the table, the splashing noise and the following cursing jarred me awake. Lol! Then I just couldn’t go back to sleep. I was thinking about my niece’s prom, which is tonight. AND the fact that she got her license yesterday! Wow. It feels like just yesterday that she was born and I would spend literally weeks at a time at my sisters house because her husband used to work late and I was still living with my parents and wanted any excuse to get out of the house! I was texting back and forth with my sister yesterday and I felt so bad because she at one point wrote, “She just left in the car all by herself without me.” And even though I knew she was probably having a difficult time with it, but not really thinking I wrote back saying remember when she

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Coming Back to Life…

So I’m finally feeling better after the pulled muscle incident of last week. Today is really the first day that I have no tinge of pain anymore when I look to the left. It was better (so that I was able to function without pain) by Monday, but there were still tinges of pain if I bent down, turned too far to the left, etc. Even yesterday if I looked all the way to the left, I would have a small nudge of pain, but this morning… A O.K. So I’d love to go to the gym today and get back on track (I had joined Curves and done my first workout the day before the pulled muscle), but I have to admit I’m afraid of a relapse… especially considering I have tomorrow off again because I will have 40 hours in by the end of today. Last week I was so bummed on Friday when I couldn’t do anything on my day off… I had so much planned! Isn’t that always the way? Anyway, I may wait until tomorrow afternoon to go so at least I’ll be able to get one productive day out of the weekend. I’m sure

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Here I am!

Whew… what a day. Busy, busy, busy, but it is now just before 9 p.m. and I’m in my PJs and just about ready to fall into bed and call it a night… BUT I have one thing left to tend to 🙂 So I apologize for taking ALL day to get back here, but without further ado here is project #3 in the series of sneak peeks for the new Summer Mini Catalog: This card actually features a bunch of new stuff including two new core colors from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. I talked a bit about the Color Renovation coming with the next big catalog here. Check it out. In the meantime, lets talk about the card! One of my new favorite products in the Summer Mini is the Smooch Spritz! It comes in four colors and I used the Vanilla shimmer on the Early Espresso (new) card base and on the layered flowers (an XL Bigz die for the Big Shot machine – from the current main catalog). I also used the Gold Glow Smooch Spritz on the new Presto Patterns Designer Series paper (another one of my FAVORITES!). The paper is actually entirely white

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Hold that thought… Sneak Peek – Day 3

My third sneak peek project for the new Summer Mini Catalog is complete, but it is a busy day for me. So I won’t have time to fill you in on some more new products, but here is a quick glimpse of today’s card. And let me just say that I am super excited to share with you some of the products I used today. So FUN! Check back later when I will post the whole card and give you some details on the new products!

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Summer Mini Catalog Sneak Peek – Day 2

Good morning! Just a quick post today as I’m running a bit behind already and I have a loooong day ahead of me! But as promised, I wanted to share another project created using some new Summer Mini Catalog products. Don’t forget the catalog goes live on Saturday, May 1. This card is so not my usual color combos. I actually took the colors from some pillows in a Pottery Barn photo … and I like how it turned out. It features the new Bouquet Bunch stamp set from the Summer Mini and lining up the topiary was a cinch with the new clear mount stamps. And I love the little tiny bird on the tag. There is an adorable tiny squirrel in the set, too that I’m dying to use, but he didn’t fit on the plant… he was just a tad too big. Anyway, I digress. The background is a brand new textured embossing folder called square lattice and I think I’m in love (wink, wink). It adds such great texture to a card that I didn’t want to cover any of it up — hence the concentration of items in the center of the card — including

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Spring has sprung!

For the past week or so I’ve been stalking this single tulip that found its way into an ivy bush right outside our side door. Matt says it has been there for years now, but I’ve been here with him for the past 3 years and I don’t ever remember seeing this tulip outside the door before. And I think I would remember as tulips are my favorite! I’m so glad that I finally took a second, though, Thursday morning to snap a quick picture of the bud. It had been there for days but was mostly green up until that morning. This was the first time it had a hint of color at all to it. And this is likely why… by the time I came home from work that afternoon, my lovely little tulip looked like this: Isn’t it pretty? I love all the deep colors in it. It’s funny because I had to wait a few minutes to get this shot because there was a big ugly spider crawling all over it when I took this photo (he is actually inside on the lower left petal… yuck! I was going to post the photo I had taken

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