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Tropical Isles

M. Zindorf's Class 2
Here is the second card that we did in the BRAYER WORKSHOP on Saturday morning, isn't it gorgeous????  I love Michelle's artistic perspective and her creative technique.  Notice the way that she taught us to use the palm tree stamp below?

M. Zindorf's stamp set
Stampin' Up's stamp set, Plant Hope, is on page 119 in the Idea Book & Catalog.  The way I created the palm tree on our card was to use just part of the stamp.  I used a marker to color in the fronds of the palm, eliminating the trunk.  Then I stamped the fronds twice and connected them to the 'island' by drawing the trunks in with the Basic Black Marker.

I have one more card to show you later this week.  In the meantime, I think this is a great way of thinking 'outside the box' when we are looking at our stamp sets or the images in the Idea Book & Catalog.  See what 'adjustments' you can make next time you are browsing through!  We can all be more creative ~ I just know it!  Susan Elise

PS:  Is my SALE-A-BRATION OPEN HOUSE on your calendar for Sunday afternoon?  Come on over!

Plant Hope

He who plants...

Stampin' Up!'s stamp set, PLANT HOPE (#117042), is the stamp set we used Saturday morning in our Beginner Brayer Workshop by Michelle Zindorf.  She drove down from West Alexandria, Ohio to teach two classes on Saturday and one on Sunday.  I am sure they were all well attended and that most everyone felt, as I did, that they were well worthwhile.  She is a wonderful teacher.  And, to me, it was so much fun to be in someone's class ~ and, not be the teacher for a change!  It was very relaxing.

The hostess for the class was Debbie Keane who has a wonderful home (that they built themselves twenty-two years ago) in Pungo.  Without my GPS I never ever would have arrived on time ~ if at all.  She is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and a lovely lady.  Thank you Debbie!

Here is the stamp set that we used to create three cards with Michelle's wonderful brayer technique ~

M. Zindorf's stamp set
And, here is the first of the three cards that we created ~ isn't it beautiful?  I am so proud of myself!

M. Zindorf's Class 1
More tomorrow!  And, don't forget to put my SALE-A-BRATION OPEN HOUSE on your calendar and stop by on Sunday afternoon for some fun!  Susan Elise

A visit from Ella

Ella's Valentine card
Saturday was a lovely day!  I took a class in the morning ~ Michelle Zindorf's Brayer Class (she is a fabulous lady and I loved the class ~ more tomorrow) and in the afternoon I had a visit from a friend of mine.  Ella often comes to class with her Mom, Eve Autrey, or her GrandMom, Janie Dodge, and she loves to stamp!  She is five and is a very focused five year old.  I am always amazed at what she accomplishes and what an advanced little stamper she is.  I attribute that to spending lots of time in her GrandMom's stamping studio!!!!  So my lovely Valentine above is for all of you, made by Ella, to share with my best friends ~ enjoy!

Stampin' Up!'s New My Digital Studio Catalog


We're excited to announce an exceptional new resource for you --a My Digital Studio Catalog PDF. It includes all of the MDS software artwork (contained in the boxed-version) and downloads from the October 2009 launch through January 2011! The catalog gives a snapshot of the entire product line with artwork thumbnails followed by product details. Because MDS is regularly coming out with new artwork, the catalog will be updated every month and available to you on in the just-added Resources section.   

Use the catalog as a resource to manage the downloads you have and which ones you still want to purchase. The catalog includes a box next to each download so you can manage your current inventory of downloads. Print it out and keep it in a binder or folder with your SCRAPBOOKING SUPPLIES.

I know you are going to LOVE all of the information available to you now about MDS!  Check out all of the links and  if you have any questions regarding this great new product, please don't hesitate to contact me.  Susan Elise

Your Valentine story...

Valentine Gloves w black background Isn't this a darling Valentine gift?  I got them from my very creative friend, and Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Diane Tritz.  Diane lives in Wisconsin and we became friends when we were SECRET SISTERS on cruise one year (she was a fabulous secret sis!!!).  She is a lovely lady and I was so glad to see her the first night of Leadership in Nashville last month.  She was standing in line waiting to get on the bus to the WILD HORSE SALOON.  When I saw her she gave me a big hug and my pretty gloves, above!  Thank you, Diane!

Do you have a VALENTINE STORY?  If so, leave me a comment with your story and I will pick my favorite on Monday.  The winner will recieve a $20 STAMPIN' UP! GIFT CERTIFICATE!  Yea!  I'll announce the winner on Tuesday morning.  Susan Elise

today's the day...

To send those VALENTINE'S to your friends and family.  Get them in the mail today so that they arrive in the mailboxes on Monday ~ it will be such a lovely surprise.  I always think that Valentine's Day is perfectly planned for this particularly gloomy time of year ~ there are so many days with clouds and a gray landscape.  Valentine's Day is a perfect time to brighten up the lives of our friends with bright colors, handmade cards and notes of appreciation and love.  Click on this link, ESTHER HOWLAND,  to learn more about the history of sending Valentines.

Letterpress LOVE

Card stock:  Whisper White, Real Red and Glimmer Paper (#121790, Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Mini Catalog)

Embossing folder:  Framed Tulips Textured Impression Embossing Folder (#121809, OMC)

Letterpress Plate:  Lots of Love (#120983, OMC) letterpress plate

Accessories:  Small Heart Punch (#117193); Chantilly Lace Trim (#118480); Dimensionals (#104430); Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (#113439); Standard Premium Crease Pad (#113476)

1.  Cut Real Red card stock 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" and run through the Big Shot.  Your Big Shot 'sandwich' should be layered like this ~ Tab 1 Multipurpose Platform, Letterpress Plate, Card stock, Premium Crease Pad, Shims, 1 or 2 depending on your Big Shot tension.

2.  Score one sheet of Whisper White card stock at 4 1/4" and cut at 5 1/2" (you will have two cards).  Put one card into the Framed Tulips folder lining up the edges carefully.  Cut your Real Red card stock to fit into the center of the embossed card, approximately 3" X 4 1/4".  Cut to highlight your favorite part of the design.  Using Dimensionals, attach to Whisper White folded card.

3.  Cut 6" of Chantilly Lace and tie in the center and attach to the Real Red card stock with 1/2 Dimensional.  Punch heart out of Glimmer Paper and attach to lace with 1/2 Dimensional.  HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!


Bliss scrapbook page
Back to Leadership so that I can show you some more samples that were on the boards.  I don't know if you like samples as much as I do but I think it is a great way to get ideas!  Often, just looking at someone else's work gets my creative juices going!  And, even though Stampin' Up! Demonstrators 'Copy and Share Everything' ~ known as CASE ~ my creation usually turns out differently!  So enjoy the samples today using the BLISS STAMP SET from the SALE-A-BRATION CATALOG.  You can earn this set free with a $50 product order or by having your own $300 party ~ I'll do all the work and you and your friends can have all the fun!  Let's set it up today! 

The person who created the SCRAPBOOK PAGE above used the floourish stamp in the set to create the background by stamping it repeatedly and creating the pattern you see.  What a great way to create your own designer series paper!  Here are some more samples for you.  Susan Elise

Bliss card 3

Bliss Notebook

Bliss 4 card

Bliss card 5

Newest My Digital Studio Downloads

Our latest digital downloads are here--and more are always on the way! If you would like to view our complete list of My Digital Studio download offerings, simply go to my Stampin' Up! website here.  

Item Description  Image  Price  Content 
124038  Baja Breeze Patterns Designer Series Paper    $1.95  Four Baja Breeze Patterns
Designer Series Paper 
124036  Certainly Celery Patterns Designer Series Paper    $1.95  Four Certainly Celery Patterns
Designer Series Paper  
124039  Bashful Blue Patterns Designer Series Paper    $1.95  Four Bashful Blue Patterns
Designer Series Paper  
124040  Perfect Plum Patterns Designer Series Paper    $1.95  Four Perfect Plum Patterns
Designer Series Paper   
124010  Notes and Details Stamp Brush Set    $3.95  Eight-piece stamp brush set. Download includes a one-page 11" x 8-1/2" designer template. 
124011  Thoughtful Overlays Stamp Brush Set   


Thirty-four-piece stamp brush set. Download includes a one-page 11" x 8-1/2" designer template. Artwork is exclusive to My Digital Studio!
124023  Sweet Stitches Fabric Brads    $1.95  Six digital designer fabric brads. Coordinates with the Oh Sew Suite line.
124021  Pompom Trim    $0.95  Download includes three pompom trims in Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Tangerine Tango. Coordinates with the Oh Sew Suite product line. 
124487  Chocolate Bunny Stamp Brush    $1.95  One oversized chocolate bunny image. 
124489  Island Oasis II Designer Series Paper    $4.95   Twelve Designer Series Paper patterns. Coordinating colors are Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, and Daffodil Delight. This download is a recolor of our popular Island Oasis Designer Series Paper.
124494  Tropical Party Stamp Brush Set    $3.95  Five-piece stamp brush set. Coordinates with Island Oasis II Designer Series Paper.
124493  Sweet Scoops Stamp Brush Set    $3.95   Eight-piece stamp brush set. 
124540  Chat Room Birthday Stamp Brush Set    $5.95  Ten-piece stamp brush set. Uses a section of sentiments from the retired Chat Room Rub-Ons. 
124495  Watercolor Trio Stamp Brush Set     $3.95  Seven-piece stamp brush set. Includes imagery from the now-retired Watercolor Trio Stamp Set that was featured in the 2010 Summer Mini Catalog
125160  Chat Room Thoughts of You Stamp Brush Set    $5.95   Ten-piece stamp brush set. Uses a section of sentiments from the retired Chat Room Rub-Ons. 

Creating FREE scrapbook pages...

For the first time ever, Stampin' Up! has a digital content CD available in their Sale-a-Bration catalog.  You can earn this CD the same way you earn all the other Sale-a-Bration products in the catalog, with every $50 in product sales, $300 in Workshop sales, or by joining Stampin' Up! during Sale-a-Bration. 

This CD has all the images available in the Sale-a-Bration catalog and is a a great way to add to your digital collection for creating scrapbook pages, calendars, cards and so much more.

Check out the video below to see an adorable project created using this So Much to Saleabrate My Digital Studio content CD.