Crafting Forever

Pens embossed & colored

One of my favorite stamp sets in the new Stampin' Up! catalog is this one, CRAFTING FOREVER, which is probably not a big surprise to anyone.  The advice 'Do Something Creative Every Day' would be enough to sell me the stamp set.  I try very hard to follow that advice when I walk in the studio every morning.  Do you ever have days when 'being creative' seems hard to do?  I do.  Even with all of the creative samples around me I get stuck.  How do you get over that feeling?  (Really ~ email me and tell me how you do it!  I would love to know!)  I do a couple of things ~ get out my catalog and CASE (COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING),  look carefully at the cards on my boards,  find inspiration in tea towels (they are amazing) and start working by seeing what has been 'left over' on my work space.  Seems to work for me but do let me know what works for you ~ EMAIL ME ~ I will choose a name from my little basket of those of you who email me and I have a new stamp set for you ~ free!


Margarita Friday

Lime summer drink card

Happy Friday Afternoon!  Thought this card might be appropriate after a busy week.  So cool and refreshing.  I think the key might be the use of one of our NEW in colors for this year ~ LEMON LIME TWIST.  Print out the directions for the card, below, and enjoy an afternoon of crafting and treat yourself to a margarita this evening!  (You know it would also make a fabulous glass of LEMONADE!)  Also, if you need any of the supplies, just click on the pictures to go directly to my online store!  Happy Friday!  Susan Elise

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HAPPY FOURTH ~ tomorrow!

Do you need a quick and easy card for tomorrow?  This might be it!  The base card is Night of Navy (8.5" x 5.5", folded at 4.25").  The Whisper White layer is 3.75" x 5" and I lightly marked it at each 1/2" all the way down.  I cut the Real Red strips 1/2" x 3.75".  I used the Star Die from Stampin' Up!'s Wood Words Bundle on page 159 in the catalog.  The stars are cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper on page 194.  You wouldn't need the Star Die ~ I am sure you have a star punch in your craft supply drawer ~ any star will do.  And, of course the stars are secured by Dimensionals ~ regular and mini!  Quick & Easy ~ NO stamping!


4th of July


Melissa's idea..........

At Stamp Club on Tuesday night we were discussing the new products in Stampin' Up!'s 2017-2018 catalog ~ I love to hear what my friends think about the catalog and the products!  One of the products we were discussing was the new CARD PACKS ~ MEMORIES & MORE on page 190 in the catalog.  Stampin' Up! had something similar in previous catalogs (do you remember Project Life?).  Memories & More is coordinating packs of cards using all Stampin' Up! colors and designs for memory keeping and, of course, cardmaking.  The pages in the catalog showcasing this product start on page 190.  There are four card packages along with albums, journaling pens and page protectors.  As we reviewed the card pack that I have, COLOR THEORY, Melissa immediately said that the cards would be fabulous for card making and placed an order!  The pretty summer card below uses one of the cards in the Color Theory Card Pack along with a thinlit and stamp from the Colorful Seasons Bundle (page 147).  So easy and quick! They coordinate purrrrrfectly, don't you think?  You can print out the PROJECT SHEET below.  Thanks Melissa ~ enjoy your Card Pack!

Color Theory Memories & More

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Lovely Friends

Good Friends are in Powder Pink 1

You can find the Lovely Friends stamp set (and the bundle) on page 173 in the Stampin' Up! catalog.  I embossed the saying with gold embossing powder although it is hard to tell in the picture.  Here are the directions if you would like to make one for yourself ~ 

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Guest Artist ~ Janie Dodge

Janie sent me an email yesterday and attached this pretty card.  Her daughter, Eve, has recently had surgery and spent several months recovering.  She is back at work and asked Janie to make Thank You Cards for her co-workers.  This is the card (notecards ~ Janie's fav) that Eve was able to send to her friends at work.  And, Jane's email, below, explaining what she used to make the card.  Thanks for sharing, Janie!

Janie's cards for Eve

Eve requested thank you notes for co-workers at the hospital. She is half-time and is exhausted when she gets home. I am proud of her  giving it 110%.  

I used the greeting from the "Wetlands" set, the 2 1/2" punch, Lace Dollies, shimmery white CS for front, embossing powder in pewter (wish this was still available), dimentionals, shimmer paper sprayed blue, diamond accents inked blue, and of course the "can't live without them" SU notecards and envelopes.  I really like the newer note cards because the card stock is thicker/sturdier. 

Two More Days...........

Get Will Soon

Only two more days to order any of the retiring stamp sets from the 2016 - 2017 Stampin' Up! catalog.  This is a quick and easy card I made yesterday to share with two of my friends that are 'under the weather' ~ Cheryllynn and Esma.  The onesie stamp set (Get Well Soon #138768) is quick and easy to use ~ I embossed the stamp with gold embossing powder and cut it out (sorry no thinlit die)!  The pretty background paper is from the Eastern Elegance Suite and will be in the new catalog.   Let me know if I need to order anything for you QUICKLY! EMAIL ME!   Susan Elise

Favorites retiring soon............

I am sure that everyone has a few favorites that are retiring at the end of the month.  I thought I would share two of mine ~ Gorgeous Grunge and Wetlands.  Sometimes it is hard to figure out the WHY, right?  Recently, I used Soft Sky, Marina Mist and Soft Suede (and lots of water) to create this card.

Wetlands 2

The right side of the card was affected by the amount of water I used, it buckled the cardstock even after it dried.  I did use shimmery white cardstock which is heavier than Whisper White.  I would try Watercolor Paper next time.  Here is how you stamp the colors before you spritz it.

Wetlands color

Love my mailbox ~ happy mail!

I thought you would like to see the card that was in my mailbox this afternoon.  Don't you just love to find a little surprise this time of day?  My card is a thank you card from my friend, Phyllis, and is a card from the PAPER PUMPKIN BOX last month.  Don't you just love it?

MAY 2017 from Phyllis