Laurie October 2017

The Gourmet Gang stamp club meets once a month in the Cat/Art Studio for stamping and lunch.  The hostess brings lunch for everyone in the club and this tradition has been going on for years ~ a lovely tradition!  Laurie Holtan, above, lives in Sykesville, Maryland and has been a club member for years.  She drove down for our club meeting this week ~ and, brought lunch (grapes, pumpkin bread, apple cake and her Hot Chicken Salad) !!!!  

Laurie's Lunch October 2017

Her HOT CHICKEN SALAD was delicious and she agreed to share the recipe with all of you.  Enjoy!

Download Laurie's HOT CHICKEN SALAD

Thanks so much, Laurie!!!

SALE SAMPLES & an announcement......


WORLD CARD MAKING DAY  ~  Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set ~ reduced from $17 to $14.45 (#144807)


  WORLD CARD MAKING DAY ~ Coffee Cafe stamp set ~ reduced from $21.00 to $17.85 (#143677)


WORLD CARD MAKING DAY ~ Colorful Seasons stamp set ~ reduced from $27.00 to $22.95  (#143726)

And, an announcement from Stampin' Up! this morning ~

As part of our planned World Card Making Day offer October 1-10, we offered two free Fast Fuse Refills with every purchase of a Fast Fuse Adhesive. This offer was much more popular than we anticipated, and Fast Fuse has since gone on backorder. Because of the costliness of backorders, after October 5 at 8:00 AM (MT), we will no longer be offering this promotion in North America. Current orders on backorder will be filled shortly. 

Stampin' Up! mentioned in the email that they would bring back the offer in several months ~ after they had restocked.  Sorry!  Susan Elise

Celebrate with 15% off


World Card Making Day is a day dedicated to doing what you love most - making handmade cards! It celebrates the creativity and personal connection handmade cards create between loved ones, and it's a great time to make your own cards to send to family and friends.

This year the world celebrates the day on October 7, but one day wasn't enough for Stampin' Up!. For ten days (October 1-10), you get 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. Also, when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you'll get two refills for FREE! These items will help you celebrate the best hobby of all - card making!

Print off the PDF below that lists (and pictures) the notecards, the stamp sets & the adhesives that are on SALE!  EMAIL ME if you have any questions!

Download WCMD_DEMO-Flyer_US


An extra treat.............

Merry Patterns Birthday

Stampin' Up! has a wonderful surprise for hostesses this month and next month ~ the stamp set, MERRY PATTERNS, will arrive with any order with $300 in sales.  This is in addition to any host rewards you may also earn on your order.  Let's get started ~ your home or my studio?  If you and five friends order $50 from the new HOLIDAY CATALOG ~ the cute set is yours.  Click below for the project sheet for the card above and get a head start!

Download Merry Patterns Birthday (2)  

Gourmet Stamp Club

Susan Tran 1

One of my stamp clubs met today, the Gourmet Stamp Club, and the hostess brought me flowers!  Susan was the hostess today!

 Thank you, Susan Tran, for the colorful bouquet!!!  This lovely group of stampers has been together for many years and has continued to be unique as far as my clubs go.  Yes, they meet once a month and yes, they are here to stamp and enjoy each other but ~ the hostess brings lunch (for everyone)!

Susan Tran 2

Each month a different member is the hostess (and receives all the hostess benefits) and she brings a light lunch which everyone shares.  It is a wonderful group of friends that enjoy stamping, learning what's new and each other.  I love having them in my studio and creating with them!!!  

Susan Tran 3

The flowers are an extra bonus.  Thanks, Susan!

Teacher Fun Day ~ Virginia Beach

I was excited to be invited to have a booth at this event that is taking place today at Bayside Presbyterian Church (1400 Ewell Road ~ right off of Independence Blvd.).  It has been organized by Laura Touhey who is a teacher assistant in a Special Education classroom at Landstown Middle School.  It is an event supporting teachers and the money collected goes to the church scholarship fund.  It starts at 10 AM and runs to 1 PM today ~ you can even get a little lunch for $4.00! 

I decided that it would be super to introduce the Watercolor Christmas Project Kit coming to you when the HOLIDAY CATALOG lands in your  mailbox ~ SOON!  Or, you can stop by and see me from 10:00 to 1:00 today ~ I would love to see YOU!




Tax Free


    There are 13 US states having state sales tax holidays for school supplies. What does that mean for you? Stampin’ Up! products that fall under that category will be tax-free for a limited time! If you live in one of the lucky states and we do, make sure to take advantage of the holiday!  Download the LIST OF PRODUCTS that will be tax free Download US Sales Tax Holiday 2017

     You can order online (click on the SHOP NOW button ~ above) or you can EMAIL ME your order before Saturday and I will be happy to add it to my order and save $ for both of us!  Susan Elise 

Cards for the USS Cole on Friday night...........

We had a studio full of stampers on Friday evening with everyone working on cards to send to the sailors on the USS Cole.  I got pictures of everyone (except Rosie as she was one of the first to leave ~ sorry about that!) to show you that productive fun was had by all ~

Barbara Schweiger

Barbara is the one who actually sends the cards and is in contact with the Chaplain on the ship.

Christina and her Mom

This is Marilyn who drives all the way from Zuni to stamp with us.  She brought her daughter, Christina, who is in the Navy and presently at the Portsmouth Navel Hospital.  Christina was definitely a nice addition to our group with her personal perspective.

Marti Jones

Marti and her beautiful smile ~ I wish those on the ship could see these happy faces!

Pam Campbell

Pam with pretty Mother's Day cards.

Ann Butler ~ silly lady

I love this silly picture of Ann ~ do you think we had a good time?  Here is Ann's card ~

Ann's llama card

And, here is what I was working on ~ cards for kids ~ does anyone remember this?

Cards for Kids