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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Workout Wednesday~~ooops, where did Wednesday go?

Yes, Wednesday passed me by and my post didn't appear!
So let's just call this 'The Thursday Thought from Wednesday'! ha!
So as you can gather from the title, 'working out, exercise, moving' is my most recent personal challenge!
What is on my mind right now...'WORK-OUT'!
stamps: Penny Black 'chicky work-out'; papers: SU and MME; inks: Memento Black and Copics 

I joined a gym last month and started off strong the first two weeks.  THEN, all of a sudden I didn't have time to go (or I didn't want to get up that early~)!  I was 'absent' for two weeks, it was the end of our school season and I had to get used to my son being home.  
I knew I had to get myself motivated again, 'cause I was feeling so good after working out!

Do you know Rhonna Farrer?  Rhonna Farrer of Rhonna Designs 
(Rhonna was 1/3 of the fabulous House of 3)?  
Well, if you don't know Rhonna, you've got to visit her blog HERE!
She is such a multi-talented gal who amongst everything else that she does,
also hosts "the 21 Challenge" every year!
You can work on one of your goals, while at the same time inspire your creativity! 
You know the old saying, "it takes 21 days to create a habit"...have you ever tried that? 
It IS so true! 

Even though Rhonna is not doing the 21 Challenge right this moment, I have decided to apply this to my life in the way of exercising. I haven't created an exercise journal (hmmmm, this would be a good project to start one soon), but I am really trying to stick with a workout program for 21 days, and then strive for success by continuing to actively exercise regularly!  

So what am I doing, you ask? I joined one of my local Curves locations and am doing some form of exercise EVERY day.  
I am on Day 11 of exercising every day!  
Wow, is it already Day 11? 
I've made it halfway to 21 days...woohoo! 

Here's what I have done so far: 
Day 1: (Monday): Core workout (yup, I was sore the next day!)
Day 2: Zumba workout (2-30 minute sessions...woohoo!)
Day 3: Regular workout
Day 4: Zumba workout
Day 5: Regular workout
Day 6: Zumba workout
Day 7: Walking (Curves is closed on Sunday. You really should have one day of rest, but I really wanted to stay active and walking felt good!)
Day 8: Core workout
Day 9: Zumba workout (2-30 minute sessions...woohoo!)
Day 10: Regular workout
Day 11: Regular workout

In my experience, having a friend to workout with really gives you that extra push to go do it! It's the thing about being 'accountable' know, committing and taking action. Well, we also send text messages to remind each other that "we are going tomorrow", or "I'm leaving in 5 minutes", or "I'm here, where are you?", or "I worked out and I feel great, did you go today?".

So  I'm on day 11 and will forge ahead, to make it to Day 21!  

If you are thinking about your health and feeling good, or just getting active...I guarantee that working out will help you feel good about yourself...I do! I try to go in the mornings most of the time to kick start my day, but I also go in the afternoons when some of the classes are held. Oh and by the way, I have another friend who joined us too for some of the workouts! 
The more the call a friend today and motivate each other is SO worth it!

I may start a new tab at the top of my blog for Workout Wednesday to keep my workouts documented and post weekly rants about how it's going.
(If I write something down I will try harder to stick to it, 
which is why I'm blogging about this goal!) 
Okay, so now I have said this O.U.T. L.O.U.D.!  
Whew, that felt good!
Hope your day 'works out'! *smile*


Monday, June 27, 2011

{ippity} linky party today~

It's Monday and another {ippity} linky party today!
If you have an {ippity} creation that you made today, you should go link it up on the {ippity} blog HERE.

Plus, we still have the {ippity} challenge going have 5 more days to play and you could win a $20 gift certificate towards an {ippity} purchase from any {ippity} chick you want!  
Join at the {ippity} blog and click on the {ippity} challenge tab, or go HERE.

I mentioned previously that I need to get back into the challenges that are around blog world,
 so I created two cards for two especially fun challenges...

this first card uses 
(isn't that ribbon gorgeous!, it's 

Sheer Iridescent Parrot Green

for the 
Scrappy Saturday Challenge 

this second card uses 
{ippity} Sing a New Song
isn't this ribbon gorgeous too!'s from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Satin with Grosgrain Edge Pastel Green
Challenge #26, Handwritten Sentiment or Journaling and Ribbon

I would be honored to be YOUR {ippity} chick,
 if you would like to purchase any of the {ippity} line. 

Click on my Jen's Cup of {ippity} page to take a look.
Let me know if you have any questions and I'd be glad to answer them!

Thanks so much for visiting me
have  a happy day filled with song!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

beyond happy for you...

...yes, that's the quote on my card today.

I'm sharing a card made with my {ippity} stamps and Fiskars punches for the 
I haven't joined in either challenges for a while...
I've got to get moving on this stuff!  *smile*
I really wasn't sure how I would put these colors together, 
but I do like what I created.
Here is my card:
The only two of the SU colors I have are 'sage shadow and black', 
but I think my other two colors are close, don't ya think? 
The paper pieced flowers and striped paper are from October Afternoon.
Click on the colors below to go to the challenge and join in if you can!

Accessories:  Fiskars Easy Squeeze Postage Stamp Punch, Postage Stamp Border Punch, black craft ribbon, 1" color twill tape.

My {ippity} stamps used:
The Best 

I really love this latest release of {ippity} stamps!  
I would be honored to be YOUR {ippity} chick if you would like to purchase any of the {ippity} line. 
Click on my Jen's Cup of {ippity} page to take a look.
psssst....I always send a little extra care package with my customer's orders too!

Have a 'beyond happy' day!


Monday, June 20, 2011


Would YOU like to win a $20 gift certificate 
towards an {ippity} purchase 
from the {ippity} chick of YOUR choice?

Well then you've got to PLAY ALONG with us for our{ippity} challenge HERE.
You've got two weeks to play in the BLING and SPARKLE  challenge IPPBLOG002
...let your project shine!

Here's my BLING and SPARKLE using 
{ippity}My True Joy (flower and sentiment) 
{ippity} Gurnsey  Gingham (green gingham) stamps:
I used Spellbinders Curved Rectangles Nesties for the October Afternoon patterned paper, 
along with SU cardstock. 
Here's a close up of the flower...
layered in c/s and October Afternoon paper;
SU Rhinestone Brad in Fire Circles;
and Yellow and Orange Peel Stickles.   

The ribbon is 'Shimmer Satin Ribbon' from
 Really Reasonable Ribbon...isn't it gorgeous?  
I wanted to put a link to the ribbon, but I can't find the same orange color, 
so here is a link to the colors that are available HERE!  

If YOU NEED any {ippity},
I'd be proud to be YOUR {ippity} chick!
All {ippity} stamps and inks are on my
Jen's Cup of {ippity} 
If you have any questions about {ippity}, 
I'd be glad to answer them...
contact me:
jenstampin4u at aol dot com

Hope your day S.P.A.R.K.L.E.S. and S.H.I.N.E.S. like {ippity}!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Fisk-A-What?

Guess what???
  I am a Fiskateer!


What is a Fiskateer and how did I become one you ask?
A Fiskateer is an ambassador for crafting
and for Fiskars, of course!

One Saturday in May...
I went to a fav LSS 'Crop Girls' because they were having a make n take with  Fiskateers.  
I thought, hmmm, I've heard of Fiskateers before, but what actually is a Fiskateer?  
So I had to go to Crop Girls to check it out.  
Well I met these fun gals, 
Tami Bayer
(who happens to one of the four Lead Fiskateers) and 
(a Fiskateer in Arizona and I think she has been one for many years).

They were both helping out with the awesome card that we all made (Tami's creation)
(and during this time, I realized that I had never used a Fiskars punch...can you believe that)?  
You know the Fiskars brand, so I'm sure I don't have to say anything more.

Here is the card that we made, using this fabulous 
Fiskars Easy Squeeze Postage Stamp Punch 
along with the Postage Stamp Border Punch...
isn't this card absolutely cute?!!!
We also used Jillibean papers and Fiskars Fresh Fruit Simple Stick Stamps, along with some twine and a white gel pen.  Oh, and inside is the cutest sentiment with a frame (sorry I didn't take a photo)!   

The Fiskateers were so nice and invited us to check out the
Fiskateers blog and site, so you know I did that!
Here's Tami's Fiskateers page on the blog, if you'd like to take a peek
and maybe YOU want to join in and be a Fiskateer too:
and take a look at the calendar, while you are there, you never know when a Fiskateer will be around your area!  
(Also, there is a big event coming up in the Fall and it's happening across the country 
where Fiskateers are going to get together!)

I've already met a few Arizona fun is that?!
Just the other day Tami put out a challenge to make a flower rosette like those of a fellow Fiskateer, Dot; 
and Dot made a video tutorial too.  
We are to use Fiskars border punches in this challenge, 
so I chose to use the Postage Stamp Border Punch.
Here is my card with the flower and I also used my
{ippity} The Man stamp set: 
Papers and inks are all SU.

Sorry, this post was so long...I think I talk too much sometimes!

Thank you for coming by and hearing about some new 'fun' I have found.  
Let me know if you have any questions!
Yay, Fiskateers!


Monday, June 13, 2011

It's all about Bookmarks!

Guess what?
I'm a Unity Endorsed {ippity} chick
Okay, you knew that, right? *smile*

Today, it's ALL about 'bookmarks'!
With Father's Day coming up, 
I made a variety of simple bookmarks to share with you!  
They are so easy that you can whip some up in no time.

The shirt on the left is a magnetic bookmark; 
and the others are 'origami' bookmarks:

Click on the picture for a more detailed view.

The origami bookmarks are so easy and if you'd like to try them, 
take a look at Carolina's tutorial over at SCS by clicking HERE.
Isn't that Fiskars Postage Stamp Punch awesome?  
I double layered it so that it had a hint of a shadow with black cardstock.

The magnetic bookmark is made from 
Spellbinders Labels Three and paper piecing.  
I even put one of the litttle stamped messages on the inside of the bookmark. 
The slim magnets are underneath the 1" punched circles
...these slim magnets by Basic Grey are awesome and strong! 

 Click on the picture for a more detailed view.

Here's a view of how the thin bookmark looks in action
(you never want too much bulk or it'll ruin your least that's what I think):
 Click on the picture for a more detailed view.

Here's the larger origami bookmark in action...see, it fits perfectly:
 Click on the picture for a more detailed view.

Here's a pic of all of the bookmarks in a book...not bulky and they stay put! 

Here are some of the tools that I used:

Did you know that we are showcasing our {ippity} creations 
EVERY Monday? 
Did you know you can join in with your {ippity} creations on the linky too?
Create anything with YOUR {ippity} stamps 
and link up on the {ippity} blog,
...then everyone will come by and see your FABULOUS art!
Yes, it's EVERY Monday, so please join us!


I'm entering these into the
 All Things Unity Challenge: Get ManlyATU33.
Create with your Unity or {ippity} stamps and come join me in this challenge...
the girls are so much fun there!


Guess what again?

I'm a Fiskateer!
Okay, you didn't know that, right?  
I will have more about the Fiskateer Ambassadors on my post tomorrow...
so please come back on Tuesday to check it out!

 I ~appreciate~ that you chose to visit my blog today...THANK YOU!

don't forget...

If YOU NEED any {ippity},
I'd be proud to be YOUR {ippity} chick!
All {ippity} stamps and inks are on my
Jen's Cup of {ippity} 
If you have any questions about {ippity}, please let me know at
jenstampin4u at aol dot com

Have a F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C. {ippity} kind of day!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Here we are again with {ippity}!

There has been some awesome eye-candy that everyone is creating with this new {ippity} release, don't ya think?!!!
Don't forget to drop by the {ippity} blog for a chance to win $20 gift certificate 
(see my Sunday post for more details)

I wanted to do create something a little different today.  Since I had the mini popsicle sticks still sitting on my desk from Monday's project, I made this little picket fence and added some stamped {ippity} flowers, that could sit on someone's desk (or mine).  
I used the flowers, leaf and sentiment from the set: 

(click on the pic for more detail)

So what do you think?
I glued my picket fence together (and it does stand up by itself), then sponged it with my Palette Burnt umber Hybrid Ink.  Cut some grass with my Martha Stewart scissors (the ones with multiple blades) and adhered to the fence.
I stamped my flowers and leaves using more Palette Hybrid Ink in Moulin Rouge and Veridian Leaf, onto My Mind's Eye Magnolia collection papers.  After I cut them out and I added some bling and/or buttons in the centers.  I used green wire to make the stems and then glued them to the bottom of the picket fence so I could still twist them to a form.  
This was actually a fun little project.

I am entering my desk flowers into Jenny's
Wee Memories Anything Goes "Free for All" Challenge
She's got some terrific challenges too!



and of course, I will be posting my project at the:
Don't forget to visit the {ippity} blog to join in on the prizes!

Thank you so very much for choosing to stop by my place today!
If you need any {ippity}...
I'd be proud to be YOUR {ippity} chick!
All {ippity} stamps and inks are on my
Jen's Cup of {ippity} page!

Have a FABULOUS Day!
Yay, {ippity}!


Monday, June 6, 2011

Another Day of {ippity} here!

New Releases from {ippity}...YAY!
Today, I am sharing a card that I made using
The Best
which is inspired by the SCS Sketch Challenge from Wednesday, SC335.

(Click on the picture to see more detail.)

All of us {ippity} chicks are showcasing either The Best and/or My True Joy today!

I used four stamps from The Best and it's really an awesome set to work with!
The b/g is the Kraft Glassine papers from Tim Holtz...feels kinda like wax paper with more of a coating and really dry embosses so easy! I used Tim's 'Collage' Texture Fades folder.

Blog Update:  Tim has a post on June 7th, 2011 for more ideas on the Glassine papers! 

Isn't that ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon gorgeous?  I love it!

Don't forget to go visit the {ippity} blog for the details and links for today's fun,
also make sure to join in our first challenge: Anything but a Card!

If you have any questions about any of our {ippity} line, new or old,
let me know and I'd be glad to get you an answer!

Thank you for coming by today!

And of course...
if YOU need any {ippity},
I would love to be YOUR {ippity} chick!
You can visit ~my~
page to see ALL the {ippity} sets!
Happy Monday!


Sunday, June 5, 2011

It's {ippity} Release Day! Woohoo!!!

UPDATED to announce my Mystery Grab Bag Winner: won!
Woohoo, I will deliver this prize with your order on Monday!
Thank you for your business!


There is a party going on today! 
I am so excited to have the latest {ippity} release in my hands
...and I know YOU will absolutely love them too!
The {ippity} blog has now gone live again, and there is a hop over there to show some of the {ippity} chicks' creations with this new release! 
Take a look and you will also find that there are a couple of prizes to be given away too
...who wouldn't want a $20 gift certificate??? 
Plus, YOU could pick which {ippity} chick that you want to use it at!
Take a look at what I created for the hop and for our NEW {ippity} challenge: 
(Click on photo for more detailed view)
I used the new {ippity} set:  New Season, New Wonder and I have it in stock just for you!
Isn't this diaper fold pouch cute? 
I cut and shredded some cardstock to fill it
(and I think I'm going to add some candy to make it 'sweet'...LOL). 
I stamped and clear embossed a couple of the images to give them some texture, and then colored them with my Copics to give them some depth. 
Then I put them on mini ice cream sticks to put in my pouch.  
I also stamped the 'sweet' sentiment on a mini file folder so that I could write something to the person I give it to.
You can also see some ribbon, Spellbinders dies, punches, and buttons that I used on this project.
Then the surprise:
You can pull the mini ice cream sticks out of the pouch and
I wrote little messages on each! 
Wouldn't this make you smile?

Thank you so much for visiting me today...I am honored to share my creations with you!
Don't forget to visit the {ippity} blog to try to win some prizes and enter our first challenge too!

And of course...

if YOU need any {ippity},
I would love to be YOUR {ippity} chick!
You can visit ~my~
page to see ALL the {ippity} sets!

p.s.  Don't forget to come back on Monday and Tuesday...
more fun and inspiration from all of us {ippity} chicks!!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

{ippity} Pre-Orders going on! Another item going in ~my~ Mystery Grab Bag...

Okay...ONE more day
...{ippity} party starting tomorrow
...Sunday, June 5th!
Looking forward to THREE days of inspiration,
as we have all been playing with our new {ippity} sets to share with you all!
Did you see that the Unity blog is playing a guessing game to win a new {ippity} set? 
Go take a look at this Unity blog post: it's an {ippity} contest to enter!  
Hurry, 'cause the winner will be announced on Sunday!

As promised, I've added one more item to ~my~ Mystery Grab Bag:
SU! Classic Stampin' Pad in Old Olive!

 So far, here's a picture of what I've put in
 ~my~ Mystery Grab Bag for any qualifying U.S. Pre-order for the new {ippity} line
 (and there are more items in there that only the winner will see):

Remember, any Pre-orders must be sent to me via email at jenstampin4u at aol dot com, by tomorrow, Sunday, June 5th before 8am PST to be entered in my drawing!

If you would like to see the new {ippity} 2011 Summer Release, please scroll down on my posts and it 's ALL about {ippity}!

Thank YOU for your business, and I look foward to becoming
YOUR Unity Endorsed {ippity} chick!

Friday, June 3, 2011

{ippity} Pre-Orders going on! 2nd day item for ~my~ Mystery Grab Bag is...

...a few accents and elements:

Every U.S. 'PRE-ORDER' that I receive in my email by June 5th at 8:00AM PST,
will be entered into a drawing for this Mystery Grab Bag
(so sorry, only U.S. orders are eligible)
See all the details on my post from June 1st HERE
and you can see ALL the new {ippity} sets that are being released! 
One lucky person will be drawn to win the MYSTERY GRAB BAG
and it will be shipped on Monday with your {ippity} order...could it be YOU? *wink*

Go to my
"Jen's Cup of {ippity}"
page today and place your order to be entered in ~my~ drawing can see all the NEW {ippity} sets there too!
Don't forget:
{ippity} will be having a new challenge starting June 5th!
More to come on the unveiling of the new challenge blog
and there is sure to be some prizes there too!

Then on Monday and Tuesday, we'll also have some {ippity} link ups
to showcase our projects with the new kits, and YES, some prizes there too!
Woohoo! Come one come all, it's {ippity} time!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

{ippity} Pre-Orders going on! 1st Mystery Grab Bag Item is...

These are the first items that will be in ~my~ Mystery Grab Bag for one lucky person who "pre-orders" from the new {ippity} release from me
by June 5th @ 8a PST
See all the details on my post from June 1st HERE!
One lucky person will be drawn to win the MYSTERY GRAB BAG
and it will be shipped on Monday with your {ippity} order...could it be YOU? *wink*
Go to my
"Jen's Cup of {ippity}"
page today and
place your order to be entered in ~my~ drawing!

Plus, {ippity} will be having a new challenge starting June 5th! 
More to come on the unveiling of the new challenge blog
and there is sure to be some prizes there too!
Then on Monday and Tuesday, we'll also have some {ippity} link ups
to showcase our projects with the new kits, and YES, some prizes there too!
Woohoo!   Come one come all, it's {ippity} time!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

5 More Days till...

...I can ship the lastest, newest {ippity} Summer Release!
That's right, on June 5th I can ship out any orders for the new {ippity} release!  
But, did you realize June 5th is a Sunday? 
So.....I am going to give all U.S. 'pre-orders' a chance to be entered into a drawing for a Mystery Grab Bag...since you have to wait for me to ship them out on Monday!  
My shipment is on it's way to me and I will get the new sets any day now!

Here's the deal:  

Every U.S. 'PRE-ORDER' that I receive in my email by June 5th at 8:00AM PST, will be entered into a drawing for a Mystery Grab Bag (sorry, only U.S. orders are eligible)

Then. starting tomorrow...
On Thursday, one item in the Mystery Grab Bag will be revealed here on my blog.
On Friday, another item in the Mystery Grab Bag will be revealed here on my blog.
On Saturday, another item in the Mystery Grab Bag will be revealed here on my blog.

On Sunday 'evening', I will also announce the Mystery Grab Bag Winner! 
The rest of the Mystery Grab Bag items will not be shown, as I will be mailing out the Mystery Grab Bag Package to the Winner on Monday!

If you haven't seen the new stamp sets on my
Jen's Cup of {ippity} page,
they are shown below. 
Please go to my
Jen's Cup of {ippity}
page for instructions on how to order these fabulous new sets and and order away...
don't miss your chance to be included in this Mystery Grab Bag!

Look at these patterns on the!!!

This set is so special for YOUR special someone!

OMG!!!  Fruit is the latest craze!  Fruitalicious!

LOOOOOVE the textured flags and the words it all! 

Yea, just in time for Father's Day!!!
More news to come as we get closer to the actual release party!!!! 
Yay {ippity}!!!
Let me know if you have any questions...I'd be glad to help
honored to be
YOUR Unity Endorsed {ippity} chick!!!

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