Happy Rosh Hashanah My Friends


Happy Birthday Miss Patti!

Happy Birthday Miss Patti!

I hope you are celebrating like mad!

Patti's Birthday - Catalog CASE of Summer Silhouettes (page 221)  by Jean Fitch(click on the picture for a larger image)

Recently my friend Patti and I have had so much fun perusing the new catalog together.  Her from her end of the country and me from mine.  Did you know you can have phone parties where you each have your catalog open and your ear to the phone?   Yep…you can.   We’ve flipped through each page sharing our faves.  So in honor of those fun times and the fact that today is Patti’s birthday I just had to celebrate with a catalog CASE (copy and share everything) of one of my favorite “old” sets that carried over into the latest annual catalog.  Celebrating some of my favorite new In Colors too.

It’s fun to have a friend who sort of shares a birthday don’t you think?  Six months apart but the same day (both on the 13th)…and the month even starts with the same letter (July and January)!   Not saying how many years we are apart or how old we are though!  LOL

So…pull out your catalogs and on page 121 here’s what you’ll see:


A fun card with Summer Silhouettes and I’m not entirely sure which sentiment stamp, though I think it might be the Alphabet Rotary Stamp on page 132.

Here’s a close up of some of the changes I made:

Patti's Birthday - Catalog CASE closeup

Besides the obvious burlap ribbon cut in half lengthwise.  I also added one of the new Naturals Expressions wood elements (love this wonderful accessory).  And instead of stamping the border image stamp from the set I opted for a fairly similar look using the Striped Scallop Thinlit die.   I also dipped into our fun new In Colors.  Watermelon Wonder for the scallop piece.  Mint Macaron (you are pronouncing that correctly right?) for the leaves and a pairing of the new Delightful Dijon with our old (and underused by yours truly) So Saffron.  I think we both (SU and I) used Tip Top Taupe for the stems.  The only In Color Missing was Cucumber Crush and I just couldn’t figure out how to work that in with my slightly more subtle (read natural) color scheme.  And have I mentioned how much I’m loving the new thick version of Whisper White?  Perfect for Card Bases and still lovely to stamp on!

Here’s the official supply list for my card:


Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes

Ink:  Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Delightful Dijon, So Saffron,

Paper:  Watermelon Wonder, So Saffron, Whisper White (the new thick variety)

Punch: Bitty Butterfly

Other: Big Shot, Striped Scallop Thinlit, Naturals Expression (the wood Celebrate), Basic Jewel Rhinestones, 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Glue Dots, SNAIL.


That’s it for today.  Hope you’ll send some birthday greetings, thoughts and prayers Patti’s way.  She sure has mine.   Much joy and many blessings to you all!

Patti…you’ll be seeing the original once your box arrives!

Hugs and love to you all….

Jean Fitch in pink


Easter Chick Nuggets!

Easter Nuggets...no fair!

Easter Nuggets…no fair!

Sounds cruel doesn’t it?

Work the poor chickens laying eggs for Easter egg hunts and then add the insult of chicken nuggets?

My neighbor’s chickens sent this reminder my way.

Refusing to be a Nugget!

No worries little chicks.

Nugget Chick on a nest

What we have here is a Hershey’s Nugget Treat Holder.

Featuring the Scallop Tag Topper and Petite Petal punches from the 2014 Occasions Catalog.

For more information on the Origami Star Box “nest” see this post.

Nugget Chick with Eggs

Who knew that a Nugget Chick would lay Malted Milk Eggs?  Yum!!

Well obviously Hershey’s did since they make both!

Here’s a close up of just the chick…..

Easter Nugget Chick

Very simple to create with the following ingredients (all but the nuggets are available from my online store here).    I made use of Brianna’s tutorial here for the treat box itself (though I had to make a few changes as my punch is tighter than hers and so won’t punch double for the top as she does).   I’ll have follow up template and basic steps later this week so you can see my alternative method.   I got the idea for the Chick design from a post by Julie Davison that I pinned here.


Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Black Stazon

Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie (3/4″ square), Basic Black, Naturals White Cardstock

Punches: Scallop Tag Topper, Owl Builder (eye’s & heart), Petite Petal Punch, 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle, Banner Punch (punched ends of the Easter tag)

Other: Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Whisper White 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Craft Scissors, Sticky Strip, Two Way Glue Stick, Glue Dots, Hershey’s Nuggets (4)

Here’s a pinnable reminder (or you can right click and save the image) :

Easter Chick Nugget Scallop Tag Topper Treat Holder

I have to say…the neighbors chickens are sleeping easier tonight.   They had a rough day listening to my mutterings about chicken nuggets and the dog who lives with them was on a barking tear (something that always upsets free range chickens).   Today we also had a peek at the sun  so I was able to enjoy the daffodils in all their glory.   Nice to have the real thing and not just the Daffodil Delight paper in my studio to brighten a not quite Spring day.  😀

Sale-a-Bration Special:

Place a $50 order with me before Sale-a-Bration ends (March 31st) and I’ll send you two of these little Easter Chick Nugget Treat Holders and personalized tags for you to put in an Easter Basket!  Or if you prefer the makings to assemble your own.   After you order, send me an email with the names you’d like on your Easter Chicks.   jlfstudio@live.com will find me.  

Here’s a more vintage view of some other very happy (non-nugget) chicks.  Do you think they came out of the shell with their bonnets?


Hugs and blessings from a chick who’s crazy about chocolate in many forms!  – Jean

Eggs looking for a home: Found!

What to do when you have a handful of eggs in need of a home?

Start folding!

Origami Star Box

As I was flitting around the web looking for inspiration and finding fun new things to pin I came across a new, fun,  Stampin’ Up blogger here and a fabulous Origami Star Box tutorial video I pinned here.   Score!   And of course I had to grab some of our wonderful Stampin’ Up designer series paper and give it a try.  Most of the star boxes I found were being used for Christmas treats  but I thought I’d give mine an Easter twist given the malted milk eggs that were sitting in my upcoming Wacky Watercooler Hop’s project basket.  Yep…that’s a less than subtle hint to come back on March 13th to see the hop!

For my first Origami Star Box attempt I grabbed a 6″x 6″ square of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper from Sale-a-Bration 2 years ago (now available in the Clearance Rack in the online store).  Pausing the video at each step made it fairly easy.    I discovered that while the directions do work with Stampin’ Up’s Designer Series Paper,  some of the folds require a bit of work as the layers build up.  Using a bone folder to crease each fold as you go helps enormously.  And the coordinating colors of our two sided DSP really adds to the pop for this project.   My box was able to hold 8 large malted milk Easter eggs.  Jelly beans would be a fun filler too.

Here are a couple of close ups of the finished star boxes:

Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper Origami Star Box

Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper Origami Star Box

Origami Star Box - Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper

Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper Origami Star Box

And a downloadable PDF with the links listed as well as pictures you might like for your files.

Origami Star Box PDF Flyer

Hope you enjoyed this peek at what came off my desk today.  Come back tomorrow to see what’s sitting on this cute little nest!

Hugs and blessings – Jean

Fall-i-Days Christmas Blog Hop: The Llama’s November Edition

Welcome to the hop!

If it’s 6 o’clock on the West Coast the hop has started!!

We’ve set aside the Fall part of Fall-i-Days in order to enjoy the Fa La La of Christmas for this November edition of our monthly hops.    If you’ve  arrived looking for Fall or Thanksgiving take a look at past hop entries found here or here

Hopefully you’ve arrived safely on your cyber sleigh from Jackie’s sparkling holiday hop page – if not, as always, you can join the Hop at any stop along the way since it circles round and round.  If you get lost click on one of the Home Buttons or banners to get you back to the Llama Hop Home Site and you can pick up the Hop once again.

I know it’s only November and you may not be ready for carols just yet but thought just in case you were, you could set this version of Deck the Halls by James Taylor playing while you scope out what’s on offer.   It’s the whole Fa, La, La thing right?

My first project is one some of you might recognize if you were at the Rogue Stampers last Stamp a Stack.

When the Holiday Catalog came out I saw the set First Christmas and knew immediately that it would be my first purchase from this wonderful catalog.   Also knew it would figure into my own personal Christmas card plans.   In keeping with the simplicity of that first Christmas (hm…do you suppose that’s where SU came up with the idea for the title?) I’ve kept the colors and the design simple.  It seemed that the flecks in the Naturals Ivory as well as the linen thread reflected the desert culture Jesus was born into.    I also incorporated another favorite set, Welcome to Bethlehem, into the design.  I know the embossed silver might be considered anything but simple but the wise men did come bearing gifts right?

All images copyright Stampin’ Up!

All images copyright Stampin’ Up!

Here’s a slightly better look at the interior that shows off the illuminate ink a tad better:

All images copyright Stampin’ Up!

This pic also shows you how this might work if you switched the First Christmas to the outside of the card.   Don’t you love how the sentiments from First Christmas and Welcome to Bethlehem work together?  With these two sets you are good to  go for any number of cards just using their texts.  

Color Scheme: Midnight Muse, Naturals Ivory, Silver


 Stamps: Come to Bethlehem, First Christmas (Holiday Catalog)

Ink:  Midnight Muse, Versamark, Illuminate Glimmer Ink (Holiday Catalog)

Paper: Naturals Ivory, Midnight Muse Cardstock (2-1/2” x 4” – 2 pieces per card)

Other: Heat Tool, Silver Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Sponge or dauber, Linen Thread (24” per card), Embossing Buddy

In case you’d like to create a few of your own here’s the instruction sheet I shared at the last Stamp a Stack where we made the same card.    Come to Bethlehem – single card version

Edited to Add:

When making multiples our Clear Mount Blocks are the perfect tool if you buy your stamps in Clear Mount format.  As you can see in the picture I created a collage that let me stamp multiples with ease and with the spacing I wanted between the star and baby Jesus.   Makes getting to the embossing part of the process quicker too!


Continuing the Midnight Muse and Silver theme here are a couple of other quick embossed creations.   I think except for the heat embossing you’ll agree that these are simple cards that anyone can create for pennies (fewer than 30 to be exact).  Luckily embossing powder goes a long. long way.  And I’ll note that Pewter or Gold works just as well (possibly even White) and adds just a slightly different flavor.    And…with all that lovely silver no other embellishments are really called for…unless of course you really want to take it over the top.  LOL.  Makes for easy mailing too!

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To me this card design has a bit of a Middle Eastern flair to it that had me thinking it would work for my friends in Israels Hanukkah card (sh…no peeking Becca)  or even possibly one of the Muslim holidays some of my other friends around the world celebrate.   Or even as an all purpose holiday or general occasion card.   I love how the silver gives the snowflake a real presence all on its own.    Now if only it didn’t reflect the light quite so much in my camera.  The Midnight Muse is actually quite a bit darker in person.


 Stamps: Mixed Medley (Holiday Catalog), Trust God

Ink:  Midnight Muse, Versamark,

Paper: Midnight Muse Cardstock

Other: Heat Tool, Silver Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy

All images copyright Stampin’ Up!

Tap into your own midnight musings and create your own scenes mixing up the star & text from Evergreen with the images from Rejoicing with You and Mixed Medley.   If this doesn’t say Christmas…I don’t know what does!  I expect to hear carols when I open the card to the inside.  LOL  😀    And best of all…it took all of 10 minutes to make including the heat embossing time.


 Stamps: Mixed Medley & Evergreen  (Holiday Catalog), Rejoicing With You

Ink:  Midnight Muse, Versamark,

Paper: Midnight Muse Cardstock

Other: Heat Tool, Silver Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy

Can you tell I’ve decided Midnight Muse is my In Color for Christmas?  😀    And I think I’ve gotten just a tad addicted to heat embossing the last few weeks.  Ah well…Tis the Season…right?   Well…almost anyway!

Here’s a quick sneak peek of a Hanukkah card using the new Jewish Celebrations set from the Holiday Catalog.   This is  from an upcoming hop with another group of SU demo’s that starts Sunday.   Check back then for the details.

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Now that you’ve discovered it’s alright to be blue at Christmas (as long as it’s Midnight Muse) it’s time to remount your cyber sleigh and send Rudolph hopping on to Kathe’s inspiring edition of our Fa, La, La  Fall-i-Days Christmas Hop.


Fall-i-Days Thanksgiving Blog Hop: The Llamas October Edition

Welcome to the Hop!

The Llama Fall-i-Days Blog Hop Series is continuing with our October look at Thanksgiving and all things Fall or even for some Llamas a preview of Christmas in the offing.     As always you can join the Hop at any stop along the way since it circles round and round and if you get lost click on one of the Home Buttons to get you back to the Llama Hop Home Site and you can pick up the Hop once again.  The Llamas are getting better at the technical side of hopping but as we all know…computers and cyberspace have minds of their own and don’t always cooperate!

If I have the hop order correct you’ve come from my very creative Llama buddy Marsha’s blog.   Marsha and I have a secret…we’re chat buddies.   Both online and on the actual phone we check in often.   That’s what friends do right?   We both have a gazillion crafting ideas floating in our heads at any given moment waiting to be executed but we spend so much time on the phone to each other chatting about them that only a few of them ever make it to paper.  Hm…..I’ll have to remember to mention that on our next long chat.    Marsha does better than I do on that score…she has a hands free phone attachment so she can craft while we talk.  I’ll have to see what I can do on that score.

I’m making it a point to enjoy Fall this year.   I’m trying not to rush into Christmas prep too early but to enjoy the sights and textures of Fall.   Hard to do as a demonstrator since we are always a month or so ahead in our prep work for future events.   But for current workshops and now for our Fall-i-Days hop I’m thinking Fall.    Peeking ahead just a little bit though since Thanksgiving still officially falls…during…what else…Fall!

Thanksgiving is a time for memories and family and thankfulness and of course food!  what celebration doesn’t culminate in a meal after all!  But for me the first three take precedence.   Probably why I created the following card to share those same thoughts with my friends and customers at a recent Stamp Camp and now with you, my Llama hopping friends.  

Wouldn’t this make a great invitation to friends and family to remind them that 1) It’s still Fall (and Christmas doesn’t start until after Thanksgiving), 2) you want to create new memories with them and 3) they are each and every one special to you.

Three different versions with a variety of embossing folders applied to the leaves (doesn’t the spider web add some nice veins?) and even a few stamped images to dress up the leaves and add some texture.   I’m so in love with Stampin’ Up’s new coordinated product offerings for Fall.   What would Fall be without leaves?   Stampin’ Up thought of that and gave us a wonderful new Autumn Accents Die for the Big Shot.   They also gave us a Woodgrain embossing folder, wood and pewter embellishments, new stamps, a new Woodgrain wheel and so much more.   Check the new Holiday Catalog (there’s a link in my sidebar) to see all the new Fall crafting goodness.  

Die cuts & images ©Stampin’ Up! 1998 – 2012

Die cuts & images © Stampin’ Up! 1998 – 2012

Die cuts & images © Stampin’ Up! 1998 – 2012


Stamps: French Foliage, Trust in God (Each of Us…), Loving Thoughts (Memories)

Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze

Paper: First Edition Designer Series Paper, Early Espresso Core’dinations Paper, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Raspberry Ripple, Garden Green, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla Cardstocks

Crumb Cake Card Base: 4-1/4” x 11”      Early Espresso Core’dinations Layer:  4” x 5-1/4”

Other: Big Shot, Autumn Accents Bigz Die (Holiday Catalog), Designer Ribbon Slide (Holiday Catalog), Choice of Ribbon (3/8” Very Vanilla Taffeta or Wild Wasabi ¼” stitched) – Extra Large and Large Oval and Scallop Oval Punches – Spider Web, Square Lattice, Fancy Fan Embossing Folders – Stampin’ Sanding System, Dust Buddy.

Want the full directions?  Drop me a note or leave a comment with your email and I’ll be happy to forward them on to you.

So can you tell I’m in love with Stampin’ Up’s  new Bigz Autumn Accents die?  

Yep…it’s the best!   It works with paper, fabric, metal flashing and so many other things.  Since it’s a Bigz die it will cut 50 other approved materials!   Want to know what they are?  Drop me a note or leave a comment and I’ll share the list with you.

Oh…and it also works with stamps and embossing folders!

While the sets Wonderfall & Tweet Leaves were designed specifically to coordinate with this cool new die…I also discovered another of my favorite stamp sets works too…French Foliage!

See what I mean?

Check back later this week for more tips on working with this cool new die.   I also have a tip or two to share about using the new Core’dinations paper in our embossing folders.  And a look at the many folders that can give the leaves a fun texture.

I hope you’ll give this new die a try.  It’s added another item to the list of things for which I’m thankful and also added to the ways I can express thanks and create a Thanksgiving celebration too!     You can quickly and easily create a drift of leaves for your holiday table.  Create place cards and mini tags (I’ll be back with some of those another day) and even write what you are thankful for on a leaf and add to a family Thanksgiving Scrapbook Page or framed reminder.    So many possibilities.   

And while we’re on the subject of Thanks….Thank you to Stephanie Osgood for designing our wonderful Falliday Blog Hop header and buttons.  She works her magic with My Digital Studio.  Stampin’ Up’s Digital Design Solution for just about everything you need it to do.   If you’d like to try your hand at it you can download a free trial version here.    And don’t forget to check out our new lower professional print prices here.   Stampin’ Up lowered them all…some as much as 50%.  Something else to be thankful for!

Thanks for visiting this stop on the Llama Hop.    Now it’s time to stop playing with the leaves drifting across my pages and hop along to the very creative and MDS skilled Stephanie’s blog.   Yep..that’s right…the same Stephanie who created our banners and buttons!  Have I mentioned I love all my Llama sisters and their many and varied talents?

Note:  My very dear and creative friend Christine’s blog hop offering was all set to be a part of the hop when technology and travel intervened.   She’s on the road visiting family and dining if the whispers are right with pilots and ex-FBI agents.   Should make for interesting dinner conversation don’t you think?   While I’m bummed she won’t be an official part of the hop this time around – drat those hotel internet connections – you can still enjoy her creativity by visiting her blog (click on her name) once she gets the glitches fixed.

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Gone to Convention….Be back soon

Howdy all from Sunny Utah!!

I’m having a simply amazing time here in Salt Lake City at the 2011 Stampin’ Up Convention.  Our theme this year is GROW!   And boy am I.   So many things to learn, people to meet, hug and celebrate with.    I’m so excited to be meeting with many of my readers and newsletter members that are fellow demos not to mention all those fabulous folks from our Stampin’ Up home office and fellow demo bloggers.     I’m without regular internet access so have to keep this brief.  

I’ll be “scoring” details and product ideas for us all.   And back to share over the coming days and weeks.

So for now…love to all and….

Gone to Convention….Be back soon.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean




Christmas is here…………

Gloria in Excelsis Deo et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis
( “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men” )
Christmas blessings my dear friends and may you find joy in your hearts, upon your hearth and in your families whatever holidays you celebrate this year. 
The stars are bright out, the air is clear and cold and the feeling of anticipation is building.    And to the hush of awe and expectation is added the joy building in the heart and soul.   I have to say that Advent, its readings, traditions, candles and celebrations are my favorite season of the Church Calendar.   So much wonderful music and so many joyous tidings waiting to be shared and that prepare our hearts so perfectly for Christmas Day.   And oddly enough to some…for me, Hanukkah is a precursor of so much of this as well.   Perhaps its the shared theme of light and the waiting and the miracles common to both – I’ve never known.  All I know is that my menorah is right at home sharing space with my nativity and always has been.  And tonight Christmas has arrived heralded by angels, carols and bright starlight and candle flames (the snow is holding off for now – lol!).   I hope whatever traditions you celebrate have prepared a sacred space in your heart as well to nourish you and bless you and to create a place from which your own creativity can draw strength.
Here’s a few of my favorite Christmas songs this season to set the mood.  Evie Tornquist has been a favorite of mine for decades now and trolling through YouTube tonight I discovered a treasure trove of her music video’s from a show on Dutch TV.   And Kathy Mattea’s Mary did you Know has been in my heart and on my playlist for some time as well.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Pink never looked so good!

Hi All,

Pink never looked so good! 

Now what I want to know is where can I get me some of those pink gloves!  Might make even doing housework fun – not to mention keep the ink off the fingers while stamping!  Makes me proud to be an Oregonian – hopefully the creativity is catching – the smiles sure are.   Enjoy!

To see Stampin’ Up’s and my take on Pink and Breast Cancer Awareness check out this previous post from last October.

And one more:

With thanks for all the Doctor’s, Nurse’s and Medical & Hospital staff who’ve been a part of making my life and my families lives and end of lives a good one….

Share the love…

Hugs and blessings – Jean

Tightwad Tuesday is hitting the boards late today.

Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know that Tightwad Tuesday is coming and will be hitting the boards a bit late today.  I’ll be back later this afternoon with the post (pacific time zone – lol!).

Thanks for your patience.

Hugs – Jean

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