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CATalogs in the Cat/Art Studio

Ru Ru & the catty 2

New CATalogs are so exciting.  I know you are looking forward to having your very own 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! CATalog!

So, how do you get yours?

  • Many of you are on my FREE CATALOG LIST because you belong to a stamp club.  You can pick your catalog up at your club meeting.
  • Some of you are already on my NEW CATALOG LIST meaning that you have requested a catalog to be mailed to you when I receive them.  If you are on this list you catalog will be FREE as a gift from me.  You pay the shipping cost.  If you are not on the list, but would like to be, just email me HERE
  • Attend my GOODBYE/SNEAK PEAK EVENT ON Sunday afternoon, May 20, to say goodbye to our current catalog and all the stamp sets that are retiring.  If my catalogs have arrived, you will receive a new catalog as you leave the party!
  • So, if you still don't have your very own brand new catalog ~ my NEW CATALOG OPEN HOUSE is scheduled for June 29 and 30th ~ more information coming soon!

Ru Ru & the catty

In, the meantime, all the CATalogs are being well taken care of by our watch cat, Jupiter!  See you soon!  Happy Saturday!  Susan Elise

Swap Cards & Sneak Peak

Swap card 16
These pretty cards were made with a stamp set, Everything Eleanor, that you will find in Stampin' Up!'s new catalog.  And, you can pick up your new catalog at my Sneak Peak event on Sunday afternoon ~ May 20!

Swap card 14

Swap card 8
 Join me on Sunday afternoon for some stamping fun!  Thanks for stopping by and have a super Friday!

Angry Birds...

Angry Birds
One of the very nice events that Stampin' Up! holds on their incentive trips is a swap/share night.  At Disney the event was held on Wednesday evening so I still have lots to show you ~ like these darling boxes above featuring the ANGRY BIRDS!

In fact I like them so much that I am planning a class ~ here's the information if you are interested ~

Sunday afternoon, June 10, at 2 PM

Cat/Art Studio

Class fee, $25, includes one package of Brights Assorted Card Stock, 12 X 12 and a class handout, registration closes on Thursday, May 31 ~ join me for some fun with these birds!  And, place a $25 order in class ~ the class fee changes to $15!

Happy Anniversary to me ~ tomorrow!

Anniversary card 5-1-001
I totally forgot about this important date but this morning my friend and mentor at Stampin' Up!, ReNee Wright, sent me this ecard (created with the My Digital Studio program).  I love the card and the fact that tomorrow I get to celebrate 13 years of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. 

13 years, it is hard to believe!  That is the longest I have ever been in one job.  I have had lots of different jobs (elementary teacher, special education teacher, fundraiser for the Wells Theatre, banker) but this job has been the most fabulous of all of them!  And, I want to thank you for being my customer but most of all, my friend.  You are the reason that this job is so special ~ you are the reason to celebrate!

Goodbye/Sneak Peak Event

This is one of the cards we'll be making at my GOODBYE/SNEAK PEAK EVENT this Sunday afternoon!  I hope you will be able to join me as we say goodbye to some pretty fabulous stamp sets (both of these sets ~ Flight of the Butterfly AND Inspired by Nature ~ are retiring) and hello to a new stamp set ~ Layered Labels.

Goodbye/Sneak Peak Event

2:00 to 4:00 PM

Sunday afternoon, May 20

The Cat/Art Studio

Class fee:  $15 of FREE with a $25 order

Bring your Stampin' Up! catalog and we will highlight all of the retiring sets together.  We'll make 3 cards, have light refreshments and say goodbye!  Bring a friend new to me and make 2 sets of cards.  Susan Elise

Third Thursday Class

Curly Cute
This pretty card by Mary Brown reminded me to remind you ~



6:30 PM



Class fee:  $15 or FREE with an order of $25.  Six cards ~ 2 each of 3 designs.  Bring a friend new to me and make two sets!

RSVP by Wednesday, May 16!  Send me an email  or give me a call ~ 757-587-1548!  Thanks for stopping by! 

Susan Elise

Happy Mother's Day!

Ella for Mother's Day
My friend, Janie, sent me pictures of her granddaughter with the following note ~

Ella has been working on the Simply Sent kit you gave her for two weekends.   She finished them this afternoon....just in time to give to Eve for Mothers Day.   

All ten of the cards are lovely.   I have attached 3 photographs taken this afternoon so you can see her working on the cards and just how proud she is of her "art present". 
 Pretty good for a 6 year old!
Ella 2
Ella 3
Stampin' Up!'s Simply Sent Kits are so easy to use and the results are fantastic.  Ella and Janie ~ thanks for sharing.  Happy Mother's Day to all!

What a Great Time To Join My Team!

It's a very exciting time!  I am happy to share with you Stampin' Up!'s new $99 Starter Kit, as it is a completely customizable kit.


And now during can even choose New Catalog Products (pre-order merchandise) only available to demonstrators this month.  This is the PERFECT way to  begin your Stampin' Up! experience...with a bang!

WOW, that means you can get new In Colors, new Stamps and much more (currently only available to demonstrators)! The time to join Stampin' Up! and my Southern Stars team is NOW!

The new $99 Starter Kit includes two elements,

  1. Business Supply Pack - choose from three different supply kits, depending on your focus (valued at $65).
  2. Merchandise Choices - choose between $99 and $125 of Stampin' Up! merchandise (can include preorder product).

Here's a hard copy for you to use to plan out your starter kit, your way:

However, if you want to include preorder products...see below.

Here are a few logistics for you:

  • Sign up HERE
  • Read and agree to the Acknowledgment & Independent Demonstrator Agreement
  • Select your Business Supplies Kit
  • Select your Merchandise Choices. You can click on the link to see current product suggestions as well as new product that is now available to demonstrators only.
  • Please note: bundled items-such as the Clear Block Bundle (item 118491) cannot be added to the starter kit, only individual items.
  • My Digital Studio, Content Discs, and downloads can also be included in the Starter Kit! Downloads will appear in the download manager just like they do for digital content purchased from online ordering.  You will be directed to the download manager the first time you log into your checklist.
  • Once you've completed the above steps, Stampin' Up! will send you a password so you can log in to the demonstrator Web Site where you'll find an abundance of tips, ideas, and training to help you.

I look forward to welcoming you to my team and am happy to have you contact me with any questions.


Boardwalk 2
Last night, at our Stamp Club meeting, Janie asked me about where we stayed at Disney.  I told her I would add some pictures to the blog today to show her our lovely accomodations ~ the Boardwalk.  It really speaks for itself, it is a lovely hotel built to mimic a traditional turn of the century hotel on the Jersey Shore.

Boardwalk 3

Boardwalk 4

Boardwalk 5
 This is the back of the hotel and the side that overlooks the water (and the actual boardwalk with shops, entertainment and restaurants).  Part of Disney's transportation system is through a series of waterways.  The boats leave every half hour or so and you can ride to the parks ~ Hollywood Studios and Epcot.  Stampin' Up! does everything first class!

Stampin' Up! Hospitality

Hospitality room 3

Stampin' Up!'s event planning staff works so hard to make sure every little detail of the incentive trip is planned to make everyone feel welcome.  This pretty merry-go-round pony was the inviting entrance into this year's hospitality room.  The hospitality room is the 'heart' of the trip, the location where everyone gets together ~ demonstrators, spouses and kids!

Hospitality room 1

All the comforts of home ~ and more ~  all the bowls and jars are filled with goodies!

Hospitality room 2

And, great stuff for kids ~ games and fun prizes.  The staff does a fabulous job.  And, here they are ~

SU staff ~ working hard!