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Stampin' Up!'s April SALE ~ you still have time!

Awash with Flowers can be your FREE with a $350 workshop!!
Or purchased the month of April only for:
120549 Awash with Flowers (set of 18) clear mount $27.95

117062 Awash with Flowers (set of 18) wood mount $39.95


PLUS, purchase these Spring-Themed Two-Step Stampin' sets at 20% off the retail price, no additional purchase necessary!

113258 (shown on page 112) Trendy Trees
reg. $17.95 SALE price $14.36!

113824 (shown on page 94) Greenhouse Garden
reg. $25.95 SALE price $20.76!

111578 (shown on page 101) Flower Fancy

reg. $36.95 SALE price $29.56!

113734 (shown on page 98) Fifth Avenue Floral
reg. $24.95 SALE price $19.96!

Join our Summer Recipe Swap ~ Last Call!

Recipe Swap peppers

This is Denise Hutson's recipe for CHICKEN JALAPENO DIP and I am sure she wouldn't care if I shared it with you.  Of course, you won't have the cute recipe page to put in your album but you will have the recipe!

1 8 oz. block cream cheese, softened

1 12.5 oz. can chunk white chicken breast, shredded

1 T. prepared jalapenos, diced (adjust to taste)

Mix softened cream cheese and shredded chicken together.  Add jalapenos to desired 'heat' level.  Serve cold or hot with crackers of chips.  Great appetizer.  Enjoy!

My next RECIPE SWAP is right around the corner and you have until Friday, April 23, to let me know if you are interested in joining.  What's a RECIPE SWAP????  This is how it works ~ When you sign up you let me know which of the 6 X 6 albums in the Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog you would like for me to order for you.  You can find the albums on page 203.  I order you your album, and an additional set of page protectors (the album comes with ten), 20 to a package.  The cost to participate is $35, due on the 23rd.  We have two meetings, the first one is on Sunday afternoon, May 23, and the second one is two weeks later on Sunday afternoon, June 6.

At the first meeting (come any time between one and six) we will make the cover of our SUMMER RECIPE ALBUM.  You take your album, and page protectors, home and print your recipe off and decorate your 6 X 6 pages (you will need to make as many as there are people signed up for the swap) any way you want (you do not have to use just Stampin' Up! products).  Then on June 6, at 3 PM, you bring your recipe pages and your FOOD that the recipe creates and come to the Cat/Art Studio to taste what everyone's recipe makes!  It is loads of fun and I would love to have you join us!  I have gotten some super recipes from our two previous swaps!  This time we are concentrating on recipes that you will be using for the upcoming hot summer days ~ appetizers, drinks, main dishes, desserts ~ your choice!  Join us, give me a call today and I will add you to my list ~ 587-1548!

(If you can't make the first meeting just let me know and we will meet another time to make your cover ~ but, you don't want to miss the second get-together!)

Adventure Awaits ~ thank you for your help!

Cruise Docs 2 This picture shows the package of documents that I received from Stampin' Up! earlier this week.  I wish you could see it 'in person', it is gorgeous soft patent leather.  On the left hand side you see our baggage tags.  The package also includes our name tags for the trip, our Royal Caribbean Guest Book and our schedule from Stampin' Up!  We leave on Saturday morning early, April 24, and return on Sunday night, May 2.  We will be flying to San Juan on Saturday and boarding the ship on Sunday afternoon.  From there we go to Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten and St. Croix.  CAN YOU SAY EXCITED?????

I want to thank each of you who has been a good friend and customer over the last several years.  I earn this special trip primarily based on my sales.  I appreciate your support of my business, please feel hugged!!!  Susan Elise

Summer Mini Catalog

IN YOUR MAIL BOX SOON!  Stampin' Up!'s SUMMER MINI CATALOG will arrive in your mailbox soon ~ be on the look out for it!  Check it out and then save it somewhere special ~ preferably near your phone ~ somewhere you can grab it when I call to ask you, WHAT STAMP SET BEGINNING WITH 'S' WILL I BE USING TO SCRAP MY CRUISE PICTURES THIS YEAR?  If you answer correctly I will give you $5.00 off of your next order!  

Here's a sneak preview of one of the sets in the Summer Mini.  You'll recognize it because it is the swap card I was working on last weekend when I walked all over the Cat/Art Studio with NOT QUITE NAVY refill on my shoes!!!!  Remember, new use for STAZON CLEANER!!!


Very Vintage Class 2 ~ this coming Sunday

 Rosie Morton Cyndi FisherRosie and Cyndi show off the Gift Box they made to hold the four gorgeous cards they created in class on Sunday afternoon in the Cat/Art Studio.  We used the stamp set, Vintage Vogue, from Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Mini Catalog. I am repeating the class this coming Sunday afternoon if you are interested, just give me a call @ 587-1548.  That Mini Catalog is good through the end of the month, April 30,  so if there is anything that you have on your WISH LIST that you haven't ordered ~ Satin Ribbon, Designer Series Paper Pack, Sweet Pea Stitched Felt, Fox & Friends or Tiny Tags ~ give me a call or place an online order on my  Stampin' Up! WEBSITE!

Business Opportunity ~ interested?

Have you thought about joining Stampin' Up!?  Well, now is the time!


There are all kinds of incentives, perks and great things that happen when you're a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  And, the creative and business possibilities are endless!  I love what I do and would love to share it with you.  Please join me for my next Opportunity Night and to take advantage of Stampin' Up!'s offer of 2 FREE technique DVDs available during April.

When: Monday, April 19th

Where: The Cat/Art Studio ~ 2758 Murray Avenue, Norfolk

Time: 6:30 PM

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I can't wait to see you there.

Stampin' Up! Stamp Clubs are loads of fun!


My Stampin' Up! Stamp Clubs meet once a month for six months and we have a great time learning new techniques and trying new Stampin' Up! products.  It is a great way to try out new products before you add them to your supplies. 

We meet for two hours, either in the morning beginning at ten, or in the evening beginning at 6:30.  We have at least two projects ~ sometimes more if I can't contain my enthusiasm for a new product.  There is always so much to teach!!!  My club members commit to a product order of $25 at each meeting.

The basket above is my MONTHLY CLUB SPECIAL for April.  I always have a special offer so that the members of my stamp clubs can purchase a sample product to use with their craft projects.  The basket has packages of ribbon in six different in-colors, pretty!  Call me if you are interested in joining a club ~ 587-1548.

Using your Stampin' Up! Brayer

My friend, Phyllis, recently attended a brayering class in Mechanicsville, VA.  The class was taught by a well-known Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Michelle Zindorf.  Michelle teaches this technique all over the country so she is helping a lot of people learn a new way to make beautiful cards.  I was disappointed because I wanted to register for the class but it was full.  However, Phyllis is teaching the class and Friday night I went to her house to learn the technique.  It was so relaxing and so much fun to be on the other side of the table ~ learning rather than teaching.  I loved it!  And, I hope some of you will be interested in learning how to use this brayering technique for your own cards.  Let me know what you think.  Here are my cards ~

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Stampin' Up!'s All Purpose Cleaner

Well, new experience, AND new use for STAZON ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER (you can see it on page 190 in Stampin' Up!'s Idea Book & Catalog).  Yesterday, I was filling an uninked jumbo cartridge so that I could use a new jumbo wheel (NEW from the Summer Mini-Catalog ~ coming soon to your mailbox!), Red, White and Blue!!!  I was filling the cartridge with Not Quite Navy ink using my refill bottle.

Last night I went to a class to learn a new brayering technique (more information soon) and this morning I went to the Food Bank to sort food.  When I finally got back to my studio this afternoon I noticed that there was Not Quite Navy ink in a number a places on the floor.  Like someone (!!!) had stepped in it and walked all over!  And, of course, I have no one to blame but myself!  So, I started cleaning it up and it didn't want to come up off of my wood floor.  So, I looked around for some help and found my bottle of Stazon All-Purpose Cleaner and ~ it worked!!!!  Who would have thought!

Another good use, stamping related, for the cleaner is this ~ when you have a new stamp set, particularly one that is a solid stamp design (vs. a lined stamp image), use the cleaner directly on the rubber and your ink will coat more evenly and you will get a super good impression when you stamp.

So, here are two pictures of the stamped card stock using the new wheel, Red, White and Blue.  I am sending these cards off on Monday for a swap.  I will have new swap cards to show you soon.

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