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Elegant Bird

Elegant Bird Bigz Die 2
Elegant Bird Bigz Die 3
Elegant Bird Bigz Die
Stampin' Up!'s Elegant Bird Bigz Die, #125593, on page 193 in the annual catalog can be used to make that special card or project.  These samples are, again, from the sample boards at convention and show how easy it is to use with the Big Shot. The stamp set used on the bird, above, is Bordering on Romance (#125482) and you can find it on page 120 in the annual catalog.  It is also used on the pretty vellum envelope below.

Vellum envelope

New Designer Fabric

Fabric display at conventionAnother display board at Stampin' Up!'s Convention in July ~ New Essentials Designer Fabric (#126892, page 170).  This quality fabric can be used in traditional ways (think lovely quilts), cut with a Big Shot die to create the flowers in the picture or you could try some of the projects below ~

Fabric flower

Fabric folder
Fabric notebook
Fabric owl

No trick - just treats

Halloween Recruiting promo
Stampin' Up!'s special offer of a FREE HALLOWEEN PROJECT KIT is about to expire.  If you have ever considered becoming a Stampin Up! demonstrator now is the time to take advantage of this offer ~ it expires on the 31st.  For just $99, you choose up to $125 worth of brand new products from the annual or holiday catalogs, for your completely customizable Starter Kit!

It's easy to become a part of my wonderful group of demonstrators.  On the top of the blog, just click on the third button over from the left and JOIN NOW!  I guarantee you will love this opportunity!  Susan Elise

Convention Sample Boards

Bows on the board
Stampin' Up! staff works so hard to make sure that everyone who attends convention has an opportunity to see all of the new products and to see new ways to use those products!  This sample board featured the new POLKA DOT PARADE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER (#126902, page 151) to make these darling bows on our KRAFT GIFT BOXES (#124106, page 161).

Bows close up

Cards from convention ~

Card - cotton ribbon
At Stampin' Up!'s Convention in July demonstrators were able to choose to attend classes in the evening.  I choose one class, I AM CREATIVE, because it was presented by Stampin' Up!'s concept artists!  I couldn't wait to hear what they had to say and I wasn't disappointed!  I thought I would share several of the samples that they produced for us while we were in class.  The card above uses 7/8" Cotton Ribbon (#127844)  from Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Catalog.  It is used again in the second card and this time it is combined with the Border Banter stamp set (#128930) on page 20 in the same catalog.

Card - cotton ribbon 2

In addition, this card is sprayed with color using the new STAMPIN' SPRITZER (#126185) on page 179 in the annual catalog.  You just fill the empty bottle with liquid and any color of Classic Ink Refill.  Two bottles are just $2.95.

Card - Spritzers

Here is the recipe that you will want to use ~ fill the spritzer about 7/8's full of rubbing alcohol and then add approximately 10 drops of refill (add less for a more subtle look).  If you want your spray to sparkle, add Frost White Shimmer Paint (#116854) to the mix.  You can find the shimmer paint on page 158.  We will be using the Spritzers in all my September Stamp Clubs ~ it's a great way for stampers to learn about new products and to produce samples of their own.  If you are interested in joining a stamp club email me for more information.  Thanks for stopping by ~ Susan Elise

Hamilton Ontario Fall Regional

Shelli's Tag

Shelli Gardner, Stampin' Up!'s Founder and CEO, had this elaborate tag on her blog this week. She always demonstrates at Regional Events and this was made by one of Stampin' Up!'s concept artists for her to demonstrate at the Hamilton Ontario Fall Regional last weekend.  I thought you might enjoy it and get some ideas for your own tags for the holidays. 

Morning Cup 1

Morning Cup Tea Bag Gift

Stamps:  Morning Cup, #120489 (c), page 56

Ink:  Rich Razzleberry stamp page, page 153

Card Stock:  Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango

Designer Series Paper:  Floral District, #126919, page 163

Tools/Accessories:  Baja Breeze Seam Binding, page 172; Scallop Edge Border Punch, page 211; 2 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch, #118874, page 184; 1 ¾” Circle Punch, page 184; Crystal Effects, #101055, and Sticky Strip, #104294, page 177

1.  Cut Baha Breeze card stock 3 ¾” x 7” and score at 2 ¾” and 5 ½”

2.  Cut Designer Series Paper and Whisper White (for inside) 2 ½” x 3 ½”.

3.  Cut 16” Baha Breeze seam binding.

4.  Punch one scallop circle and scallop edge from Tangerine Tango for trim.

5.  Stamp and color tea pot, cup and tea bag using Rich Razzelberry stamp pad.  Color with marker and adhere to folded base.  Add ribbon using Snail.  Add Dimensionals to scallop circle and add to front. 

6.  Make a pocket on the inside using Sticky Strip.

7.  Last ~ use Crystal Effects on tea pot.  Let dry.

  Morning Cup 2



Tonya's Tea Party

Tea Party

Tonya Jones invited her friends to a tea party in the Cat/Art Studio on Saturday afternoon, August 18.  It was a stamping tea party and so many nice people attended ~ it was great to meet them all.  Here is the information if you want to make the card above ~ more tea party information tomorrow ~

Tea Time ~ 


Stamps:  Tea Shoppe, set of 10, page 57 in Stampin’ Up’s annual catalog

Ink:  Island Indigo stamp pad, page 152; Pretty in Pink stamp pad, page 154; Illuminate Glimmer Watermark stamp pad, #126857, page 23 Holiday Catalog

Card Stock:  Whisper White, page 156; Island Indigo, Pretty in Pink

Designer Series Paper:  Fan Fair, #126918, page 165

Accessories:  Victoria Crochet Trim, #118481, page 173; Regal Rose 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon, page 172; Modern Label Punch, #119849, page 183; Dimensionals, #104430, page 177; Snail Adhesive, #104332, page 177; Paper Snips, #103579, page 180


1.  Score 8 ½” x 11” Island Indigo card stock at 4 ¼”, cut at 5 ½” for two cards.  Fold on score line.

2.  Cut Whisper White card stock 4” X 5 ¼” for the inside of your card.

3.  Cut Designer Series Paper, 2” x 5 ½”.

4.  Using Snail adhere the crochet lace to the bottom part of the base card.  Layer the designer series paper over the top.

5.  Stamp cup in Pretty in Pink on Whisper White card stock, cut out using Paper Snips.  Using the Watermark pad, stamp ‘steam’ on the Island Indigo base card.

6.  Stamp ‘a cup of thanks’ on to pink card stock and punch out.  Add to card with Dimensionals.

7.  Tie small pink ribbon to cup, add Dimensionals and adhere to card. Stamp inside image.

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