Previous month:
July 2010
Next month:
September 2010

A New Sound From The Holiday Mini

Add a new dimension to your card making with sound! 


  Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini Catalog will  Introduce our pre-recorded and/or recordable cards.  Our pre-recorded card plays an instrumental version of "We wish you a Merry Christmas" and you can play it over and over again.  Our recordable card lets you record a message up to 10 seconds and includes play, record and lock features to ensure message is set.

Cover the cards with card stock or Designer Series Paper and embellish them for a more personal look.  Cards measure 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" and fit in our padded envelopes. 

You can see the Stampin' Sound Cards, and read more about them, on page 15 in your Holiday Mini Catalog.  If your Mini Catty  hasn't arrived yet, give me a call and I will send one out to you.  You can reach me at 757-587-1548 or ~

Email me here.  

Stampin' Up!'s Clearance Rack

Clearance rack

Stampin' Up! has new items on their CLEARANCE RACK and you should check them out today!  To take advantage of the low low prices, go to my ONLINE STORE to order.  Here are some of the items available ~

Ribbon Originals @ $4.99 Corduroy Buttons @ $3.99
Ribbon Originals @ $4.99                                                                      Corduroy Buttons @ $3.99                                                                                                      Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon @ $3.99 Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon @ $3.99

Not so Dark & Dreary

Pumpkin Patched My September 2010 issue of CardMaker magazine has been sitting on my creative desk for a couple of weeks.  Waiting for me.  Last week one of the members of Wednesday morning STAMP CLUB said to me, "Please teach us how to make this" referring to a pretty patched pumpkin in the magazine.

Yesterday I was getting ready for my upcoming classes ~ particularly my DARK & DREARY CLASS on Sunday afternoon, September 5, at 2 PM.  I decided to make the card above from the pattern in CardMaker Magazine and include it in my class.  I hope you will join me ~ you will get to make the card AND take the pattern home with you!  And, you will get to make some other Halloween projects using Stampin' Up!'s super Halloween products starting on page 22 in the new IDEA BOOK AND CATALOG!!!  JOIN ME!  CHECK OUT MY CLASS CALENDAR FOR ALL THE DETAILS OR GIVE ME A CALL ~ 587-1548!


Summer Mini ~

Suitcase idea These little suitcases are a wonderful way to send a note to a friend thanking them for being part of your summer travels!  I made one for my sister, Judy, but I haven't sent it to her yet.  She has some pictures from our trip to Ohio that she can add when she receives it. 

You can find the Designer Series Paper that I used, Travel Journal (#117156), on page 23 in the Summer Mini Catalog.  The On Board Briefcase (#118766) is on the same page.  And, there is a great little stamp set that coordinates.  The stamp set is Sentimental Journey (#120075 in clear mount or #118513 in wood mount). 

The products in Stampin' Up!'s SUMMER MINI CATALOG are only available until Tuesday, August 31.  If there is anything that is still on your WISH LIST give me a call or go to my Stampin' Up! website to order on line.  Let me know if I can help you.  Hugs, Susan Elise

It's All About the Fabric

Desiigner fabric sample
Starting with the 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog, Stampin' Up! will now offer a selection of exclusive designs and colors you love in a line of high-quality designer fabrics for use with the Big Shot die-cutting machine.

You don't have to be a seamstress--or even like to sew--to enjoy using Designer Fabric! The colors and patterns in the Designer Fabrics are designed to coordinate perfectly with Stampin' Up! inks, card stock, Designer Series Paper, and other accessories, and are perfect for adding a stylish touch to traditional paper projects. If you do enjoy sewing, however, the beauty and high quality of Designer Fabric, available in an extra-wide fat quarter (18" x 26"), makes it perfect for use in quilting, clothing, home décor, or any other project you can think of. 

Along with Designer Fabrics, we also offer coordinating products that provide you with everything you need to start crafting with Designer Fabric.
  • Desiigner fabric sample2 Big Designer Buttons - These buttons coordinate perfectly with the Designer Fabric in the 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog.
  • Big Shot Fabric Adhesive Roll and Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets - Use them to make adhering your fabric die-cuts simple!
  • Big Shot dies - Stampin' Up! offers a multitude of Big Shot dies, including the new Tasteful Trim and Scallop Squares Duo in the 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog.

Contact me today for more information on this exciting new product and stay tuned for upcoming classes!  Susan Elise

Your own strawberries...

Want to make your own darling basket of Strawberries?  Here's what you need:

Stampin’ Up! Strawberry Supplies ~

Big Shot Machine, # 113439, page 204

Flower Folds Die, #115970, page 208

Real Red card stock, 12 x 12, # 119940, page 166

Hand held Punch

Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, #117335, page 214

Old Olive ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon, #111368, page 191

Old Olive card stock, #100702, page 166

5-Petal Flower Punch, #119880, page 200


Directions ~

·        Cut Real Red card stock in fourths.  Place card stock over the large flower in the die.  Run through the Big Shot.

·        Emboss the flower using the embossing folder to create the strawberry ‘seeds’.

·        Cut one petal out of the flower, cutting a V to the center.

·        Punch a 1/8” hole in the center top of each flower petal.

·        Cut 12” of grosgrain ribbon. 

·        Overlap the two petals next to the V.  Thread ribbon through the 1/8” holes.

·        Continue to thread ribbon, from the outside to the inside, in each of the holes and tighten the ribbon to create a round strawberry.  Tie off ribbon.

·        Punch out one five petal flower from Old Olive card stock.  Punch two 1/8” holes in the top.  Thread strawberry ribbon up through the holes and tie again.  ENJOY YOUR STRAWBERRY!  UMMMMMMMMM!

Strawberry 1
Strawberry 2
Strawberry 3
Strawberry 5
Strawberry 6
Strawberry 7
Strawberry 8
Strawberry 10
Strawberry 11

Strawberry Fields Forever...

Strawberry Basket 2010 Alan and I went to Abbey Road (Virginia Beach) on Saturday evening to hear Lewis McGehee and to celebrate Alan's birthday.  (Alan did sound for Lewis a long time ago.)  I guess that is one of the reasons that I have this song in my head.  The other reason is that I have been making strawberries with my STAMPIN' UP! BIG SHOT!  Check my blog tomorrow for a step by step tutorial and you can make your own basket of strawberries!

Gift Card Holder

My CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST CLASS included a Gift Card Holder because everyone needs at least one to fill for the holiday season ~ it makes life so easy and doesn't cost much to mail, right?  Everyone in my class now has the pattern (and directions)so I expect they will be making more.  Here are some pictures of the one we made on Sunday afternoon.  We used Stampin' Up!'s Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper on page 174 in the catalog.  

Gift Card Holder Gift Card Holder 3

Remember, if you want to make your HOLIDAY CARDS this year I am here to help you!!!  My first CHRISTMAS DESIGN STUDIO  session will be on Saturday, September 11, beginning at two.  We will design your cards and order your supplies in September.  In October you can pick up your supplies ~ AND, your card stock will be cut for you!!!!! ~ and work on your cards (I will show you how to do an assembly line).  Mail those cards Thanksgiving weekend and surprise your friends (and, maybe, yourself!)  SIGN UP TODAY!

Christmas in August Class

I thought I would show you the projects we made in my CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST CLASS on Sunday afternoon.  Everyone did a fine job completing their two cards and a gift card holder.  AND, everyone who came couldn't stop talking about Stampin' Up!'s HOLIDAY MINI CATALOG that arrived in their mail box in the last several days!!!  In fact, Kim had emailed me on Saturday afternoon telling me that she was "going to have to kill me!" because everything in the MINI was to die for!!!!  I laughed ~ but, immediately emailed Stampin' Up! to tell them that my customers were threatening me and they might be losing a Demonstrator!

Holiday Hoopla Greeting Card Kids The Santa card is done using the Holiday Hoopla stamp set, #120450, on page 45 in the catalog.

The Pretty in Pink card is done using the Greeting Card Kids stamp set, # 120633, on page 36 in the catalog. 

I'll add the Gift Card Holder in tomorrow's post.  Susan Elise