Silver Mini Gable Boxes

Silver boxes

Silver Mini Gable Boxes are on page 13 in the new Occasions Catalog ~ part of the Sweet Soiree Suite.  I combined them with products from the Holiday Catalog (Mini Ornaments on page 12, Foil Snowflakes and Year of Cheer Embellishments on page 37) to take to my family for Christmas.

Silver box for Christmas

Tucked inside is a treat from the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond that I found when I was having tea with friends on December 1st.  Christmas is such fun!

Gift Certificates

It is coming so quickly and, if you are like me, you may not be ready for Christmas.  I am definitely not ready ~ so much to do!!!  

Do you need a Gift Certificate for a friend or family member?  I have what you are looking for!  And, if you purchase it through The Cat/Art Studio I will add $5 to whatever amount you would like for the gift.  An extra little gift from me to your friend (or to you).

Gift certificate

This is the way I am packaging them this year ~


Call me soon (757-587-1548 or 757-641-9354) ~ you can pick it up or I will put it in the mail to you!  Your friend will love the cute pizza box ~ AND what's inside!  Susan Elise

Another FREE Shipping Day


Stampin' Up! has announced another FREE SHIPPING day for TODAY, Monday, December 11th.  All orders placed on December 11th will ship for free.  It is another great opportunity to get a few things from your list (cardstock, adhesive or even one of the cute ~ and fast ~ kits) or some holiday surprises for your crafty friends.  Let me know if I can help you with your gift list!

Just click on the CAT to the right of this post to go to my online store on TODAY!  




12 weeks of Christmas ~ last week

Book project for giving cards

Book project inside

This is the project that I featured in my '12 Weeks of Christmas' last week.  It is a great way to package the greeting cards that you are giving to friends during the holidays.  At my team meeting on Saturday we made the same project but using colors that would be more appropriate after the holidays.  Here' our project ~

STARS book project

STARS book project inside

Let me know if you have any questions about the project ~ it is not difficult and I think your friends would love receiving this gift package from YOU!

Guest Artist: Sarah Williams


You may be wondering about the bottle above but one of the demonstrators in our group used it very effectively to make ornaments for all of us.  Our ornaments had 'Stampin' Up!' on them but Sarah has made others ~ like this Grinch!!!  Too cute!

Ornament ~ Grinch

Here's Sarah's description/how-to:  "I gave each attendee an ornament...I had requests on how to make them, so here's the abbreviated version: I used the plastic ornaments, but you could also use the glass. Pour about a tablespoon of Pledge Floor Care Multi Surface, gently roll it around to cover the entire surface of the inside (gently so that you don't create bubbles), pour remaining liquid back into the product container (I let mine drip for a few minutes), pour about a tablespoon of glitter into the ornament, swirl (I also put my finger over the hole and shake it well to ensure that it's totally covered), empty the loose glitter back out (again, I will shake it and tap on the outside of the ornament to get all the extra out), put the cap back on (I glued mine to ensure it will stay), add the design to the front (I used my Pazzle Vue to cut out the logo). Easy Peasy....and you can do all kinds of designs on the them!!"  Thanks for sharing Sarah!

Back to the holidays........

We all love to get tips and tricks to use with Stampin' Up! products and tools.   I know I do ~ that's what the trip to Salt Lake City was all about!  Check out this video with Holly and learn some new ideas for your Trim Your Stocking Thinlits.  

The Thinlits are available in the Holiday Catalog and coordinate a bit with the Tags and Trimmings stamp set.  The stockings are a fun gift for school or co-workers.  You can use your imagination to fill the pillow box with holiday goodies.  No problem, right?


Third Card for my Christmas Class

The third card for the CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST class uses a wonderful new stamp set, GOOD TIDINGS, from Stampin' Up!'s HOLIDAY CATALOG.  (Yours hasn't arrived in the mail yet?  Give me a call!).  You can find it on page 8 in the catalog.  Here is the card we made ~

Good Tidings card w two greetings

And, here is an alternate with the smaller greeting on the inside of the card.

Good Tidings card w one greeting

The set is a tiny bit confusing as it is a two-step stamping set so tomorrow I will show you Step 1 through 4 so that you will feel comfortable creating this beautiful holly.  

Second Christmas Card

The second card in my CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST class also used the CAROLS OF CHRISTMAS bundle ~ this time we used the dies that coordinate with the stamp set.  It was time consuming but everyone seemed to enjoy having this card in their collection.  In addition to the dies cutting out the trees we used the stamp set, STAR OF LIGHT, to add sparkle (gold embossing powder) to the trees ~ hard to tell in the picture, sorry about that!

Carols of Christmas card with trees and deer