The very best thing about being a STAMPIN' UP! Demonstrator is the friends you meet.  I met Debra Tack at lunch at a Stampin' Up! convention years ago and the reason we became friends was because of our cats.  This relationship has grown despite the fact that we are on opposite coasts ~ her creative cards are a treasure for me.  Here are a few appropriate for today ~ Happy Halloween!

Debra Tack 1

Debra Tack 2

Debra Tack 3

Thanks Debra for all the fun!  Susan Elise

Favors at my Open House this past weekend...

Treat Tubes 1

It is difficult to STOP using the Stampin' Up! Holiday products on page 53 of the catalog.  I put candy corn into the Treat Tubes (plastic) and decorated them using the Cat Punch and the Vintage Crochet Trim.

Test Tubes 2

The cats are punched out of the 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper, Spooky Night.  The problem is that when you punch out the 'whole' cats you also get cat parts.  I saved all of the cat parts and wondered what to do with them.  Making these tags was the answer ~ some of the tag cats just seem to 'hide'!  Click on any of the images below to go directly to my online store (and, while you are there, be sure and check out the CLEARANCE RACK to save some crafting money!).

Trick or Treat

Card from Debra Tack 2016

Definitely a treat!  I received this card in the mail today from a lovely Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Debra Tack,  who lives in the state of Washington.  We met at lunch during a Stampin' Up! Convention years ago.  I really don't even remember what year but we have been sending cards to each other ever since.  And, the connection?  Well, besides Stampin' Up! the connection is our cats.  Her cat, Mr. Charlie, is not with her any more (and has not been 'replaced' ~ if I were closer I would take a kitty to her) but, when we send cards there is always a cat in the picture!  Love this card!  Thank you, Debra!

A Mountain of Fun...............

Halloween Scares

You can have a mountain of fun building this spooky card and you know it will be a big hit when you send it to friends!  You can find the stamp set in the HOLIDAY CATALOG (don't have one?  Let me know and I will get one in the mail to you ~ quickly!). EMAIL ME for your very own catty!  The HALLOWEEN SCARES directions are here ~  Download Halloween Scares 

Owl Punch & Halloween

The OWL BUILDER PUNCH on page 188 in Stampin' Up!'s Annual Catalog is so versatile and I knew you would want to use it for your HALLOWEEN CARDS.  I looked through my Halloween file this morning to see if I had a sample for you so the card below uses some of our retired product but I am sure that you have some products at home that you can use.  Enjoy!

Bat Owl Punch 2

The crazy upside down bat is easy peasy ~

Bat Owl Punch 1

More Halloween......

Yesterday, during STAMP CLUB, my doorbell rang ~ special delivery from the post office ~ a package of swaps.  I recently participated in two swaps.  This is how it works.  A demonstrator posts on one of our demo sites that she is hosting a HOLIDAY CATALOG SWAP.  Demonstrators sign up to join the swap.  The host then gives us a DUE DATE and tells us how many cards to make.

Vampires, witches, ghosts oh my!

In this swap the number was 15 + 1.  The one is for the host.  Each of the demonstrators who are part of the swap creates a card using the new products in the HOLIDAY CATALOG.

Vampires, sitches w doily

I passed all my swap cards around at stamp club yesterday morning so everyone could admire the creativity of demonstrators from across the country.


SWAP witch white fence

These cards used products starting on page 50 in the catalog in the HALLOWEEN NIGHT Suite ~ lots of spooky choices!  I hope you enjoy these ideas for your Halloween cards.  If you would like to make some of your own  the theme of my CRAFTY THURSDAY CLASS this coming week is HALLOWEEN ~ come and make your own.  EMAIL ME TO JOIN US.

SWAP Jags w faces

SWAP Halloween tag

Home Sweet Home

At STAMP CLUB this morning my friend and stamp club member, JOY, was so interested in the HALLOWEEN DESIGNER SERIES PAPER ( page 51) and the SWEET HOME BUNDLE (page 40) in the HOLIDAY CATALOG.  She has decided to make her grandson (and friends) little Halloween Houses using the bundle products.  Such a cute idea and she is going to be busy ~ she and her grandson, working together, are going to make TWENTY HALLOWEEN HOUSES!!!!  I hope she'll send me a picture so I can add it to the blog for you to see!

The CATALOG is live TODAY and I have so many more videos to share with you so be sure to stop by for more ideas!



In the meantime, here are some of the products that JOY will be using to make her houses ~

Wednesday Worksheet ~ Owl together now....

I just can't get enough of this cute little owl ~ so much fun!  Here is a sheet full of directions for this card, it is double sided so when you print it be sure to do both sides!  If you would like to place an order so you can make this your card, just give me a call or click on any of the pictures below to go to my online store.  Thanks for stopping by! 

Download OWL pdf

Coming Soon...........

So excited!  I thought you might like to have a preview of 'things' to come....what do you think?  The next Stampin' Up! catalog is right around the corner ~ September 1 to be exact.  Luckily, as a demonstrator, I have some of the upcoming 'goodies' in my hands and have been playing with them this weekend!  I can't show you the catalog, HANDMADE for the HOLIDAYS, but I can show you a card I made (and, I promise, the directions soon).  What do you think???

Among the Branches best

Adorable Pumpkins

I wanted to share with you these adorable Paper Pumpkins from the Stampin' Up! blog.  They are so cute and easy to make.


You can see more about these pumpkins on the Stampin' Up! blog here and visit my online store to get any of the supplies you need to create them.  Get the kids in on the project and let them make a bunch to give to their teachers and coaches.  I just love Fall and all the projects that I come across, it's such a fun time of year!