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Fresh Vintage Album ~ Shelli

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I was going to post some of the cards from my Vintage Class but I found this fabulous album on Shelli Gardner's blog this morning and knew I had to share it with you.  All the pages are made using the Fresh Vintage stamp set, #125117 (c) #125115 (w), in the Sale-a-bration catalog ~ which means this lovely stamp set is FREE.  The pages also use the gorgeous Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, #126154, in the same catalog and FREE with a $50 product purchase from any of Stampin' Up!'s catalogs.  Enjoy!

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Fresh Vintage Album from Shelli 3

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I think this is my favorite ~ I love Poppy Parade!

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Don't you love these layouts?  And the colors?  Inspiration!!!!

Fresh Vintage

Shelli Fresh Vintage 1

Shelli is my Guest Artist today and she is using the stamp set, Fresh Vintage, from the Sale-a-bration brochure.  This is a FREE stamp set with the purchase of $50 in product from any of Stampin' Up!'s catalogs.

Shelli Fresh Vintage 2

She definitely is a Vintage style person ~ and she creates lovely Vintage style projects like the favor above using the Big Shot and the Pillow Box die (#113466 on page 223, IB&C) along with the Fresh Vintage stamp set and pretty ribbon from the SAB catty!

Tomorrow I will show you the cards from my THIRD THURSDAY CLASS last night ~ we concentrated on Vintage last night and it was so much fun!  Next month the theme of my THIRD THURSDAY CLASS will be Spring/Easter.  Let me know if you would like to join me for that class.  We make six cards, two each of three designs, for $15.  Or, the class is FREE with a $25 order the night of the class.  So, put the date of March 15 on your calendar now.

Our Kit is on Sale!

Sale-a-Bration is a wonderful time of year to earn FREE products not only for your purchases and workshops, but when you join Stampin' Up!  Did you know you can join the Stampin' Up! Family for a discounted price now through the end of March.  Join for just $125.

In addition to that fabulous price, you can choose between a FREE monthly package of Designer Series Paper ($10.95 or less) or digital download (any price).  This begins the month after you join Stampin' Up! You may alternate between Designer Series Paper and digital download each month. Free paper or digital download does not include tax or shipping. You must redeem your free item on a demonstrator order. If you choose not to add any other items to your order besides the free Designer Series Paper, you will incur the minimum shipping charge (there are no shipping charges for digital downloads). You must remain active during incentive period to be eligible for free items.

Included in the Starter Kit is:

123225 Easy Events (p. 57) $24.95
115360 For All You Do (p. 112) $28.95
121915 Create a Cupcake (p. 68) $22.95
122909 Triple Treat Flower (p.18) $8.95
113121 Cupcakes Stampin' Around® Wheel (p. 235)
118486 Clear Block C (p. 205)
117155 Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (p. 177) Brights             
120954 Assorted color Smooth Card Stock (8-1/2" x 11") (p. 174)
100730 Whisper White Card Stock (8-1/2 x 11) (p. 180) 
114616 5/8" Satin Ribbon (p. 195) White
102283 VersaMark® Pad (p. 203) Ink pad $7.50 or less
101179 Classic Stampin' Pad® (p. 180) Basic Black
102277 Classic Stampin' Pad (p. 177) Old Olive
105216 Classic Stampin' Pad (p. 177) Pumpkin Pie
103133 Classic Stampin' Pad (p. 177) Real Red                                       
119677 Stampin' Write® Marker (p. 177) Daffodil Delight
119679 Stampin' Write Marker (p. 178) Marina Mist
119787 Marina Mist Classic Refill (p. 178)
104332 SNAIL Adhesive® (p. 206) 
102394 Stampin' Mist® (p. 207) or Stazon Cleaner
121807 Cupcake Punch (p. 213)or  Any punch $23.95 or less
114779 Always Bird Décor Elements® (p. 233) or Chocolate Any Décor Elements $9.95 or less
107301 Medium Envelopes (40) (p. 182) White or Any envelopes $7.50 or less
120148 Color Coach (p. 174)

Stampin’ Around Self Inking Handle (standard), Uninked Cartridge (standard), Blender Pen (single), Stampin’ Scrub, Stampin’ Dimensionals®, Décor Elements Applicator Tool.

Business Supplies Included: (these items can not be substituted)
* Getting Started DVD                                                     • Getting Started Guide
• Guest Invitation Postcards (100)                                    • Catalogs (8)
• Mini Catalogs (8—when available)                                 • Recruit Folders (5)
• Recruit Brochures (20)                                                   • To My Hostess Envelopes (10)
• Project Sample Sheet                                                     • Customer Order Forms (50)

Let me know if you have any questions! I would love to have you join my team and the great bunch of ladies we have.  Feel free to contact me and I can help you get started or help you customize your kit.

Cupid ~ too darn cute!


One more cute idea for Valentine's Day!  This is the cutest swap card that I received and I thought you might enjoy it as much as I do!

Cupid 2

This cute little guy is made using punches from Stampin' Up! ~ check them out on the following pages in the Idea Book & Catalog ~ page 209 to 213.  The wings?  It's the Butterfly punch, #119848, $16.95!

Create An Easel Card with Stampin' Up!

Have you ever wondered how to create a beautiful 3-D card?  A card that your friends and family can display on their mantel, desk or shelf?  I can help you with that.  Stampin' Up! has created a video to show you how to create a gorgeous easel card.  You won't believe how simple it is!  Take a look at the video below and learn how to create yours today.


Elementary Elegance ~ Shelli Style

Shelli ~ Elementary Elegance stamp set

Shelli Gardner, Stampin' Up! CEO, recently posted some samples from a set in the Sale-a-bration Brochure that I thought you would like to see.  I love the color combination, don't you?  The 2011-2013 In-Colors are featured throughout the brochure and these two are striking ~ Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade.  The stamp set featured is Elementary Elegance on page 15 in the brochure.  It is a set of 7 and one I will be using at my upcoming THIRD THURSDAY CLASS next week on the 16th ~ join me for some fun!  We might even try this card!

Shelli ~ Elementary Elegance 2

Remember ~ the stamp set is FREE ~ that's the whole reason for Sale-a-bration ~ FREE GOODIES!  Thanks for stopping by!  Susan Elise

YOU can have My Digital Studio FREE!


If you have not tried the "My Digital Studio" software yet, now is the time!

Stampin' Up! now has a FREE 30-day trial of My Digital Studio Express available. Make sure to get it, and try it out for FREE.  I know you will love it and find lots of ways to use it.

Here are some FAQ's to help you:

How Can I Get It? You can download the software and access the free trial just as you would an online order through my Stampin' Up! online store here.

What do you do once you try it and like it?  Once the 30-day free trial period is over, you can purchase the downloadable or disc version of the software to continue using it. You'll simply open up the trial version you already have on your computer, and will be prompted to enter the product registration key you received after purchasing the software. (You'll receive this key via e-mail if you purchase the downloadable version, and you'll find it along with your shipped software if you purchase the disc version.)

What if I don't know how to use it?  There is a website especially for My Digital Studio and you can click here to go there now.    You will have access to many samples and ideas from other people.  It has training videos as well.  You don't just have to use it for scrapbook pages, you can create cards, calendars and more......

As always, you can contact me with any questions you may have.

Mixed Bunch & Blossom Punch

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I am featuring the Mixed Bunch stamp set and the Blossom Punch in my STAMP CLUBS this month so I thought I would add some additional samples on my blog ~ ones that you wouldn't see if you visited the Cat/Art Studio.

Isn't this 'kissing' ball gorgeous?  I took this picture at Leadership in January and I think it is so pretty.  When I was very young I made a kissing ball at Christmas out of ribbon.  My Mom added mistletoe and hung it on the light fixture near the front door!  That's why I called it a kissing ball but I am sure it has another name.  Let me know if you know another name, ok?

This one is made using a styrofoam ball from a craft store, the Mixed Bunch stamp set (#125537, clear, or #125535, wood) on page 17 in Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Mini Catalog.  This set has a matching punch that is so easy to use.  It is the Blossom Punch, #125603.  The flowers are stamped, punched and attached to the styrofoam with a pin.  The center is stamped, punched and glued on over the pin.  And, I love the colors, can you tell????  Thanks for stopping by ~ more tomorrow!

Create and Keep Simply Sent

Create & Keep Simply Sent

Coming soon to the Cat/Art Studio near you!

Well, not too soon but it will be a fun class for you so mark your calendar and consider this your 'save the date' post!

Sunday afternoon, March 18, 2:00 PM

The Create & Keep concept is new to Stampin' Up! and includes the KIT on page 42 in the Occasions Mini Catalog ~ printed cards, die-cut accent sheets (stickers), envelopes, a gift box (above) and dividers.  You will be making 10 easy cards and the gift box!  This is a great class to share with someone new to stamping and paper crafting!  Class fee:  $25 includes the entire Kit plus 1/2 package of Stampin' Up!'s new Large Pearls on page 26 in the OMC.

Join me for an afternoon of fun!



Valentine Flowers

Valentine hearts to flowers

These 3-D flowers are easy to make with any size heart punch or heart embosslit ~ just fold and arrange on your card, tag or gift package.

Stamp set:  P.S. I Love You, #125462 (c), page 8 Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Mini Catalog

Ink:  Melon Mambo, #115656

Card stock:  Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories:  Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die, #125596, OMC; Labels Collection Framelit Dies, #125598; Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, #123128  ~ this folder is also available FREE in the Sale-a-bration brochure.  Give me a call if I can help you with any of these products or if you would like additional ideas for your upcoming events!  Thanks for stopping by ~ Susan Elise