The last class.........

My Christmas Card Class started in July this year.  Today's class was the last one in the series.  It has been so much fun and I will miss seeing everyone next month.  So, I took pictures of everyone so I can look back at all these lovely ladies.  Tomorrow I will add pictures of the cards we made today.  Thanks for checking in this afternoon.  My next class will be my 2018 CALENDAR CLASS on November 18 ( 10:00 AM) and I still have several places available it you are interested.  EMAIL ME if you'd like to take the class and let me know how many 2018 calendars you'd like to make.  (They make great gifts!)   Hugs, Susan Elise

October class Abby & Rosie

Abby and Rosie

October class Barbara & Susan

Barbara & Susan

October class Lynne & Diane

Lynne & Diane

October class Marti & Barbara

Marti & Diane

October class Pam & Mary

Mary & Pam



Color Theory Class

Colorful Seasons Leaf w Fall colors

My next COLOR THEORY CLASS is scheduled for 10 AM on Saturday, January 6, 2018.  Does it seem a little early to announce the class?  I wanted to get it on your calendar now ~ with the holidays coming so quickly I didn't want it to get lost!  The class is $25 and includes the Color Theory Paper Stack to use in class and take with you!

In the meantime here is another fabulous use for this stamp set ~ one that celebrates Fall and would make an elegant Thanksgiving card.  Print out the directions to the card below!

Download Colorful Seasons October 2017

Color Theory Class

My COLOR THEORY CLASS was on Tuesday evening this week.  The weather that was predicted, and arrived, wasn't good so I worried all day that no one would arrive at 6:30 for class.  And, then ~ AMAZING, everyone who had signed up for the class ARRIVED!  So, I want to thank Julie, Dixie, Rusty, Barbara, Beth, Nancy, Jan, Sandra, Abby and Susan for coming out on a rainy windy night!  I also sent the class to Laurie who lives in Maryland ~ so glad she didn't drive down last night for class.  We made 2 each of 4 cards ~ all involving dies and the Big Shot so it was a very busy night (there were 4 Big Shots in the Studio ~ that's a first!  Thanks to Susan and Adrienne for lending Big Shots for the class!)

You can find the COLORFUL SEASONS BUNDLE on page 147 in the annual catalog.  Here are the cards we made ~ Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring.


Leaves on glossy cardstock


Spring flowers




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


Christmas in August Class

My Christmas in August Class was yesterday morning ~ Saturday, August 26,  It was a busy class ~ everyone was busy making six Christmas cards and looking at the new Holiday Catalog.  This series of classes started in July and will meet in September and October.  The goal is to get a head start on those lovely cards and not panic when November rolls around.  I will post all three cards for you, here's the first one.

Carols of Christmas Cherry Cobbler & Tranquil Tide

Colorful Seasons in Lemon Lime Twist

Lemon Lime Chair

Colorful Seasons Class

Tuesday, August 29, 6:30 - 8:30

CLASS FEE:  $25, includes one 6 x 6 Color Theory Paper Stack ~ make 8 cards.

Cat/Art Studio, 2758 Murray Avenue, Norfolk

Colorful Seasons Class

Colorful Seasons with Daisy

This is one of the cards we will be making at the end of the month in my COLORFUL SEASONS CLASS.  This card combines the Colorful Seasons stamp set on page 147 in the catalog, the Color Theory Cardstock Pack on page 146 and the Daisy Punch on page 127.  The class is scheduled on Tuesday, August 29, at 6:30 in the Cat/Art Studio.  There will be 4 cards to make and we will be making 2 of each.  The Color Theory Cardstock Pack is included in the price of the class.  I think you will love it!  


Glass Class/Party in the Cat/Art Studio

Last Thursday my across the street neighbor ~ Adrienne ~ rented the Cat/Art Studio so that she could invite her Red Hat friends to a glass class.  I got to take the class too and it was really fun to be the student in my own studio!  The teacher was Robin Short from Chesapeake, a lady fascinated by working with glass.  Her business is LET'S GET FUSED! and you can find her at

Robin Short  teacher

She brought all the class supplies (round tins of colored glass below) and gave us directions for our jewelry creations.  We could either make one pendant or a pendant and earrings with our square of glass.

Round pans of glass

I choose glass from the blue tray.

Round pan of blue glass

This is the square that I created.

SEM blue square

  Robin took the squares, unfinished, to complete the fusing process at home.  She showed me a project that she did recently working with children to create a 'sun catcher', isn't it pretty?

Children's class creation

And here is my necklace and earrings that my square, above, created!!!  What do you think?

SEM necklace & earrings

Christmas in July Class is today!

My first CHRISTMAS IN JULY class is this morning at 10 AM.  Here are the cards that we will be making.  There are 11 stamping friends coming so it is going to be a very busy morning!  I hope they remember their SNAIL, their Real Red marker and their Lemon Lime Twist marker.  They are going to be doing some coloring on the At Home card (the one with the red door)!  This is the first class in a series of four.  When they finish (October) each of them will have 24 lovely handmade cards to send to friends in December!  That's a very good feeling!  Susan Elise

JULY Three cards