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Christmas Ornament & Mother/Daughter Event

Snowflake in tin

Sunday afternoon, December 4, 3 PM

Mother/Daughter Christmas Gift Class

Supply fee ~ $15 for 2 projects (1 a handmade teacher's gift)

Join me for some stamping, cupcakes & holiday fun!


We made the SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENT, above, in my BIG SHOT CLASS last night, isn't it gorgeous??  Here's what you need if you want to make one ~

          Stampin' Up!'s Big Shot, #113439, page 215, Idea Book & Catalog         

          Die:  Snowflake #2, #113460, page 220 ~ Originals Die

          Cheap roof flashing from Lowe’s ~ as thin as possible

          2 or 3 shims ~ card stock will work for your shims

          Paper Piercing Tool, #116631, page 207

          Dazzling Details, #124117, page 41 HMC

          Crop-a-Dile, #108362, page 207

          White Baker's Twine, page 194

Email me or give me a call, 587-1548, if you would like more information about the ornament or if you, and your daughter or granddaughter, would like to join us in the Cat/Art Studio on Sunday afternoon.  The young ladies that are signed up are Cadance, Ella, Lelya, Madi and Riley ~ we'd love to have you!  Susan Elise

The end is in sight...

Online ex

Sale ends Wednesday, November 30, at 11:50 PM (MT)

Let me know if I can help you with your online order!


Christmas fabric ornament
Christmas Ornament made with Stampin' Up!'s Top Note Die (#113463) and Deck the Halls fabric (#121716).  This gorgeous vintage ornament was created by one of my favorite convention buddies, Akemi Geary, a Demonstrator in Chadds Ford, PA.  She is a lovely lady and I feel blessed to know her ~ another advantage of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator ~ so many wonderful friends that I would never have had the chance to meet unless I was a Demonstrator.  Join me ~ being a Demonstrator is a fabulous way to earn some extra money and to do what you love! 

PS:  I tried the Brussels Sprouts recipe last night.  It is an excellent recipe and the sprouts were very good but it is still not my fav veggie!  Susan Elise and the cats in the Cat/Art  Studio!

Using Stampin' Up!'s fabric at Christmas

Christmas stockings
Stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nickolas soon would be there...these stockings were made with Stampin' Up!'s Deck the Halls fabric (#121716).  You can find it on page 196 in the Idea Book & Catalog.

Fabric personalized ornament
And, here's another way to use Stampin' Up!'s fabric ~ a special ornament created with Timeless Portrait fabric (#122337).

Fabric Wreath
 And, a wreath wrapped with the same fabric and tied with our striped grosgrain ribbon.  Great ideas for your holiday decorating!  More tomorrow, see you then!

Wrap ideas for you...

Christmas packages

Are you in need of some wrapping ideas?  Need to get those Black Friday gifts wrapped up and into the closet?  Nothing is easier than using a roll of  plain brown wrapping paper from the $ Store.

Gift Wrap 3
 This plain brown paper is given a festive touch with Stampin' Up!'s 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.  It comes in 11 colors!  This Basic Black (#115615) makes a great tie for a guy gift.  Add a little tag and you are ready to hide this one.

Gift Wrap 2
This easy wrap uses Stampin' Up!'s 5/8" Satin Ribbon in Real Red (#117286).  Or, use some of Stampin' Up!'s Christmas fabric as your ribbons to decorate your plain brown wrapped packages (see the top picture).  There are two different holiday fabrics ~ Deck the Halls (#121716) and Candy Cane Christmas (#121715).  More fabric ideas tomorrow ~ thanks for stopping by!  Susan Elise

More Recipe Swap pictures for you...

Katie's cupcakes
Katie's Yummy Cupcakes

     Stamped cookies & Kim's cake
Stamped Christmas Cookies and Kim's delicious Pumpkin-Cranberry Spice Cake

This is an easy recipe that works great with Stampin' Up!'s new COOKIE STAMPS (#125152 ~ includes a solid wood hangle with 3 interchangeable stamp images, 2 recipes, and tips for use, $16.95)

Oven temperature 350 degrees.

1 1/2 cups soft butter ~ no substitutes

3/4 cup sugar

3 cups of flour

Cream butter and sugar thoroughly.  Add flour one cup at a time, mix well.  Roll into one inch balls.  Roll balls in sugar, place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Stamp with SU Cookie Stamp (I used the snowflake).  Bake 15 to 20 minutes.  Makes 4 dozen cookies ~ great with a cup of tea!  Susan Elise

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Mother/Daughter Christmas Class Coming Soon

Ella and her cookie
This is Ella at last year's MOTHER/DAUGHTER CHRISTMAS CLASS in the Cat/Art Studio.  I would love to have you join me for this year's event on Sunday afternoon, December 4.  We will begin at 3 PM and we will be making a teacher's gift for the girls to give to their favorite teacher.  The supply fee for the class is $15 per Mom/Daughter.  Come and have some stamping fun, meet some new friends and have a Christmas cupcake! 

Kim and Maddi
Kim and Madi at last year's event.

Monica and Alisa
Monica and Alissa

Denise and Cadence 2
Denise and Cadence

Recipe for those of you who asked...

I still haven't tried this recipe ~ it is Eleise's recipe ~ from our RECIPE SWAP on Sunday afternoon but I wanted to post it because several people have asked (I guess they want to use it for Thanksgiving dinner!).  I haven't had time to try it but I will when Alan and I get back from our little trip to Maryland!  Here it is ~

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Serves 8.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Two net bags of fresh Brussels Sprouts ( 1 1/2#)

Three tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

One tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar, or to taste

One tablespoon of Butter, softened

Salt & pepper to taste

Wash, trim and halve the Brussels Sprouts, dry them in a salad spinner or with a kitchen towel.  Toss the sprouts with the olive oil, salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet in one layer.  Place them in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes, then turn the oven down to 325; cover the sprouts with tin foil and continue cooking for another 30 minutes.  Check them once in a while and stir.  Right before serving add the softened butter and the vinegar and mix well. 

Eleise adds, 'This recipe is great for people who insist they don't like Brussels Sprouts!'

Marion, Sarah and Katie
I wanted to add this picture ~ it was such a pleasure to have these three ladies at the RECIPE SWAP on Sunday afternoon ~ Marion, Sarah and Katie (Mother and daughters).  Katie came all the way from Chicago and Sarah was looking fabulous after a very difficult year.  Love the picture! 

Don't forget to spend some time checking out the fabulous STAMPIN' UP! SPECIAL HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA SALE on my Stampin' Up! website!

Online Holiday Extravaganza


It's time for our Annual Online Holiday Extravaganza!  Are you ready?

This is a perfect time to get your shopping done from the convenience of your home (and in your pajamas if you so desire). Email and catalog orders are still welcome.

You can download the product PDF here as well as log in to my Online Store here to see all the great deals.  The sale includes a variety of products from 25-60% OFF. There are also two 24 hour ONLY products.  Our new Simply Scored tool and the new Cookie Press stamps.  But remember, they are only availalbe at the special sale price until 11:59pm tonight so act now.

You can also contact me to help you get started or place an order.  
You don't want to miss out on these great deals.

Holiday Recipe Swap is today!

I have always HATED BRUSSELS SPROUTS!  But, tomorrow, I am going to run to the Fresh Market and buy 2 bags of fresh Brussels Sprouts!  Do you believe it?  It is hard to believe.  So, here's the story ~

This afternoon is the Holiday Recipe Swap ~ much anticipated for the delicious recipes that will be swapped and the delicious food that will be eaten!  One of my friends who is participating, Eleise, is on her way to Germany.  Obviously, she will not be able to make it to the swap this afternoon.  But, she sent me her recipe so that I can swap it out for her.  You guessed it ~ Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts!!!!  And, it sounds really good ~ I can't wait to try it.  But, since she won't be able to bring her dish this afternoon, I don't feel like I can share her recipe with you UNTIL I try it ~ Monday at the earliest!  I have got to run ~ lots to do to get ready for this afternoon!  Thanks for stopping by and come back to hear more about this recipe ~ it may be a fantastic game changer for me ~ Brussels Sprouts on my plate!!!