Previous month:
November 2010
Next month:
January 2011

Open House Recipe Request

Dip and chips
I had a lot of requests for the TACO SALAD DIP from my Stamp Club Open House on Saturday so here it is.  It is one of Alan's favorites and one that you can make over and over!  A Central Fidelity friend, Bonnie Warren, gave it to me years ago.  Thanks Bonnie!

Layer:   2 cans bean dip (I used Fritos brand, 9 oz. can)

            1 onion, finely chopped

Mix together and layer:  1 pkg taco seasoning mix (I used Old El Paso, 1 oz. package), 1 cup mayonaise and 1 cup sour cream.

            1 small head lettuce, chopped

            1 large tomato, chopped

            1 8 oz. package cheddar cheese, shredded

Serve with nachos/taco chips ~ I used UTZ white corn tortillas (0g trans fat ~ yea!).  It is best if you make it early in the day and let it sit in the refrig so that the flavors blend.  Enjoy!  Susan Elise


Stamp Club Open House

Owl calendar gift Yesterday afternoon I held my OPEN HOUSE for members of my STAMP CLUBS.  This was the gift that I made for everyone who attended.  It took a lot of little owls to put together my calendar gifts ~

Owls in progress
If you would like to make one of these cute calendars I am having an OWL PUNCH CLASS on Sunday afternoon, JANUARY 2, beginning at 2 PM.  I have 7 people signed up for the class so if you are interested give me a call soon!  The Class Fee is $20 if you have your own owl punch to bring to class or  the Fee is $35 and includes the punch ~ a savings to you!!!!  We will be making four projects including a cute 8 x 8 scrapbook page!  I have so many cute owl ideas to show you!!!!

Owl calendar
Punch:  1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch #119854 and Two-Step Owl Extra-Large #118074, page 200; Two Step Bird Punch #117191, page 202, Stampin' Up!'s Idea Book & Catalog

Designer Series Paper:  Sunny Garden # 119831, page 174

Card stock:  So Saffron #105118; Tempting Turquoise #102067; Whisper White #100730; Pear Pizzazz #119795

Big Shot:  Scallop Square Die #115950

Did you know...

Did you know that Valentine's Day is the second biggest holiday for sending cards?

During Stampin' Up!'s new FILLED WITH LOVE promotion, you can get the Filled with Love stamp set (page 43 in the Holiday Mini Catalog) and an exclusive package of Designer Series Paper, LOVE PATTERNS, perfect for creating cards for family and


From December 17, 2010 through January 24, 2011, get a FREE package of Bitty Buttons--a $4.95 value--when you purchase an exclusive Filled with Love Bundle. Click here or the banner above for more information.

Treat Cups/Snowglobe

Snowglobe card    



Stamp set:  Sweet Snowglobe, page 41, Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini Catalog

Markers:  Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Marina Mist

Card stock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, DSP Candy Cane ~ no longer available ~ use any snow background paper

Accessories:  Treat Cups, page 170; 1 ¾” Circle Punch, page 203; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, page 196; Snail, 2-way Glue Pen & Sticky Strip, page 197; Clear Tinsel Trim, page 21, HMC


1.  Whisper White card stock ~ 3” X 3 ¼” and 2 ¾” X 3”

     Cherry Cobbler card stock ~ 3 ½” X 3 ¾” and 4 ½” X 11, scored and folded for card base.

2.  Color directly on the stamp using your markers.  Stamp on 2 ¾ X 3 piece and add glitter using the 2-way Glue Pen.  Cover your image with the Circle Treat Cup.

Snowglobe step 1

3.  Color the snowglobe base and outer circle of the globe directly on the stamp and stamp in the center of the 3 X 3 ¼ piece.  Punch out the circle.  Add Sticky Strip at the top, bottom and sides ~ on the back.

Snowglobe step 2                                             

Snowglobe step 3       


4.  Adhere the Treat Cup piece on to the Cherry Cobbler 3 ½ X 3 ¾.

Snowglobe step 4

5.  Adhere the punched snowglobe piece over the Treat Cup.

6.  Add Sticky Strip to the back of the Cherry Cobbler.

7.  Fold card.  Snail the four edges of the back of the ‘snow’ paper, add tinsel to the top front folding ends to the back.  Adhere to the folded card.  Add Treat Cup piece and enjoy!

  Snowglobe step 5

*These cards are easy to mail, use the PADDED ENVELOPES, on page 170, Stampin' Up's Idea Book and Catalog.  The envelopes are designed to get the treat cups through the mail safely.

Mommy & Me 2

Gingerbread Boy Cookie
Gingerbread cookies and hot cocoa for all of those attending my MOMMY & ME EVENT on Sunday afternoon.  Here is Denise and her daughter, Cadence.  They attended last year too and Cadence told me that she has grown two inches since then!

Denise and Cadence 2

And, the youngest young lady at the event was Ella and she turned out to be quite a stamper ~ what a surprise.  I think it is because her Grandmother, Janie Dodge, stamps with her!  She really did a good job with those markers!

Ella and her cookie
And, below is Ella by our Christmas Tree (I was so pleased that we got it up and decorated.  When I grew up we always put our tree up on Christmas Eve so it always seems a bit early when it goes up in the middle of the month.  But, it is so nice to look at ~ and Princess Calico loves to sit underneath ~ I am really glad to have it up.)

Ella and her SU bag
The girls all got a STAMPIN' UP! bag to carry their goodies home with them.  This is Ella with her bag ~ I think she could probably fit inside, don't you????  Too cute!  More tomorrow ~ Using the Treat Cups!

Mommy and Me

Monica and Alisa

Monica and her daughter, Alisa, at the MOMMY & ME CHRISTMAS STAMP CLASS on Sunday in the Cat/Art Studio.  There were three projects for the girls to complete ~ with the help of their Mom!

Kim and Maddi
Kim and Maddie are working on their SNOWGLOBE Christmas Card together.  More information on the card to come.  Along with a picture of Ella and her gingerbread cookie AND Denise with her daughter, Cadence ~ tomorrow!

Gracie and her tag Gracie and her Christmas Tag.  All the girls made a series of six or so Christmas tags for the packages they are wrapping at home.  The third project was a Big Shot project with the Fancy Favor Box and the Build-A-Bear die.

Build -a- Bear Santa
Stamp set:  Season of Hugs, #120823, page 40 in Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini Catalog

Ink:  Real Red Classic stamp pad

Card stock:  Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White

Accessories:  Fancy Favor die, #115965; Bear Bigz die, #117977; Beary Merry die, #117980

These dies are also terrific to use on your Christmas scrapbook pages! More Mommy & Me tomorrow.

It's snowing!

Monday morning.  Snow.  And, the Christmas tree is up and so pretty!   YEA!  I think I'll add the last of the tags from my TAG CLASS to show you this morning.  And, tomorrow I will add pictures from my MOMMY AND ME CLASS  that was yesterday afternoon.  The girls were soooooooo cute!  And, everyone seemed to have a good time.  Don't forget this morning ~ Shelli will be on the Today Show, probably in the 3rd hour, not the first two. 

Tag 9 again
Stamp set:  Christmas Collage, page 20, Holiday Mini Catalog ~ this is a background stamp

Ink:  Graden Green Classic stamp pad and Real Red Craft Spot

Card stock:  Whisper White and Real Red

Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, #109130; 1 3/4" Circle Punch, #119850; Real Red Satin Ribbon, #117286; Antique Brads, #117273


Tag 10 Stamp set:  Bright Christmas, page 22, Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini Catalog

Ink:  Real Red Craft Spot

Card stock:  White lightweight cardboard from the designer series paper package ~ save them they are perfect when you need a little heavier card stock to work with.  The cardboard adds some stability to this project.

Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, #109130; Waffle Paper (Assortment 1) #120984; Silver Glass Glitter, #120995; Tinsel Trim in Silver, #120994

The Waffle Paper Assortment #1 comes in gold and silver and is very easy to work with (the hard part seems to be opening the package but it eventually unrolls!).  I put my adhesive on to the cardboard in a circle and pleated the waffle paper on top of the adhesive. 

I added the Glass Glitter with my Crystal Effects ~ one of those basic items everyone needs on their crafting shelf!

A trip to Coinjock

Alan and I went to Coinjock this week to see my sister, Sarah, her husband, Terry, and their dogs, Maury and Emma.  Sarah's birthday was the day before our anniversary and we were in New Orleans so, of course, we had to find another time to celebrate.  They live on the inland waterway in North Carolina.  You may have heard me talk about their marina and their restaurant, CRABBIE'S ~ a great place to eat (the crabcakes are yummy!).  Except it's closed now until April when it warms up again.  If you are interested be sure and ask me for a business card for CRABBIE'S ~ there is a map on the back to make it easy to find!

Sarah's package Here is one of the packages that we took with us for Sarah's birthday celebration.  Isn't the ribbon gorgeous?  This is Stampin' Up!'s 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and it comes in ELEVEN colors.  It is so easy to use and ties so nicely!  Let me know if you want more information!  Here's a close up of the crab ~ of course, I HAD to put a crab on the package!!!

Sarah's package 2 And, here's Maury and Emma.  Emma is the newest addition to the family.  She is about nine months old and such a little dear ~ very inquisitive and friendly!  Maury is by the fire and Emma is in the chair!

By the fire... Emma 2

Another Owl

Owl for Christmas
Would you like to join my OWL PUNCH CLASS coming in January?  Be good to yourself ~ start the New Year with a fun craft class.  I'll show you some fun ways to use our build-an-owl punch!

The class is on Sunday afternoon, January 2, at 2 PM in the Cat/Art Studio.  We will be using Stampin' Up!'s Two-step Owl Punch on page 200 in the Idea Book & Catalog.  Class Fee is $20 ~ bring your own punch OR $35.00 and the owl punch is included in the price of the class ~ a $5 savings!!!  Deadline to register is December 20.