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Morning Cup
Morning Cup, page 56 Annual Catty

Morning Cup 1


This is the stamp set, and the samples, that I sent out in January to all of the lovely stamping ladies in my STAMP SET OF THE MONTH CLUB.  Every month they receive a package in the mail with the stamp set, two finished cards, directions to create the cards and pictures of other ways to use the stamp set.  If you would like more information on the Club, or you would like to join, email me now.  Make sure that your mail box has a pleasant surprise for YOU at least once a month!

Morning Cup 2

Wreath of roses...

Did you wonder how I made the wreath that was on my Valenting Gift Certificate Card yesterday?  I thought I would show you today ~

Flower Trim
Flower Trim #126869 page 5 SC
Paper Doilies
Paper Doilies #129399 page 5 SC

I used these two products from Stampin' Up!'s Spring Catalog (SC).  You receive 2 yards of roses in each package and 24 doilies, 4" diameter.  I love the roses just as they are but decided I wanted roses in a different.  To make the wreath on the card I colored the roses with my markers ~ directly on the flowers.  Then yesterday I created another wreath ~ a blue one to go on a Portfolio ~       
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1. Pool Party Refill w 1 T water

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2. Drying on paper towel after 20 minutes

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3. Using Island Indigo marker to highlight each rose

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4. Add Shaker Frame, remove wax circle on top


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5. Add roses ~ I used nine

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Finished Portfolio cover


to give or to get....

Rose Wreath 2013
You can get a GIFT CERTIFICATE for STAMPIN' UP!  from me anytime but VALENTINE'S DAY is a great 'excuse' to give your friends and family a gift certificate!  I will have your gift ready for you to give and provide you with the pretty handmade card above ~ what could be prettier and more appropriate for someone you want to know you care!

PS:  I would be happy to arrange for YOU to receive one from that special person in your life ~ have them give me a call ~ 757-641-9354 ~ or email me any time before the 14th!  Thanks for stopping by, Susan Elise

YOUR order from Stampin' Up!

Here’s another video from Stampin'  Up! giving you a tour of their Distribution Center from the view of the order you place.  You can also see some of the major achievements of Stampin' Up! in the last 25 years.

Fun to see where your orders go, right?

Oh, Hello

Shelli Gardner, Stampin' Up!'s CoFounder and CEO, always presents at Stampin' Up! events.  She shows us ways to use SU products and always has a unique perspective/technique.  These were some of the projects that she showed us recently in Orlando.  She used the stamp set, Oh Hello, from the Spring Catalog.

Oh, Hello
Oh Hello, #130733 (c), #130730 (w)


Easy to say 'thank you'!

STAMPIN' UP! makes it easy to say THANK YOU!  All of these cards are made using Note Cards & Envelopes ~ great for making thank you cards and gift enclosures.  You can find them on page 160 in the Annual Catalog (AC), #107311, $5.95 for 20 cards and 20 envelopes!  Economical and they are large enough to meet US Post Office size requirements.  So, no more excuses not to send a thank you ~ you know your family and friends would love to find your card in their mail box!  Thanks for stopping by!  

Thank you 2
Pretty Petites, Sale-a-bration

Thank you 3
Oh, Hello, page 4, Spring Catty

Thank you 4
Animal Talk, page 35 AC

Thank you 5
Blooming with Kindness, page 87, AC

Oh, Whale!

Oh, Whale! valentine

Joy had a Stampin' Up! Party last Sunday afternoon and one of the projects that we made was this Valentine using the new stamp set, Oh Whale!  I enjoyed meeting Joy's friends ~ Roxanne, Teri, Jackie, Cynthia, Sandy and Carynn ~ plus having our friend, Haroldine, enjoy an afternon of stamping together.  Many of Joy's friends had never stamped before and did a great job ~ taking home Valentine favors, a thank you card and this Valentine.  My studio is a great place for you to have  a party with your friends ~ YOU do the fun part ~ invitiing your friends ~ and, I do all the work (Joy did bake some yummy Valentine cookies!).  I have some dates reserved on my calendar for your party ~ let's talk about when you are available ~ call me ~ 641-9354.


Stamp set:  Oh, Whale!, page 29, Spring Catalog (SC)

Jumbo Wheel:  Oh, Wave!, page 29, SC

Ink:  Real Red ~ Brights Collection, page 153, AC;  Marina Mist ~ Subtles Collection, page 154, AC

Card stock:  Marina Mist, Real Red and More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper

Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, page 186.  Happy Whale Clearlit, page 29; Square Lattice Folder, page 189, AC

Accessories:  Designer Builder Brads, page 12, SC; Small Heart Punch, page 183, AC; Full Heart Punch, page 182, AC; Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, page 183, AC; Dimensionals, page 177, AC

*To cut out the whale, stamp first, place paper on cutting plate, place clearlit over stamped whale, add cutting plate to top, run through BS using Tab 1.

*To emboss Real Red, put card stock into embossing folder, use Tab 1.

Whale you be mine inside

Making a Difference ~ Leadership in Orlando

From the Orlando Sentinel Online Newspaper:  “Two thousand Orange County teachers will get paper supply bags worth $375, signed with a personal thank-you note, as part of the national conference of a major scrapbooking company. Every art teacher in the district will receive one.

The gift bags will be assembled this afternoon by the women and men who sell “Stampin’ Up” products around the country. They are gathering this week at the Orange County Convention Center for their national “Leadership 2013″ conference. The gift bags, which include paper craft supplies that teachers can use in their classrooms, are a thank-you to teachers and part of a company wide push emphasizing ‘making a difference.’

Here is a great video showing all the action as it unfolds:

Orange schools benefit from the presence of the Orange County Convention Center, as many conference goers try to give back to the community with gifts or by donating community service hours during their visits.”

SALE-A-BRATION is here....

Stampin' Up's Annual Event ~ SALE-A-BRATION ~ starts TODAY and I know you will want to be a part of the celebration this year!  After all, it is Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary year and that means ~ EXTRA FREE GOODIES!  January 22 is the first day of this special promotion and it lasts until March 22 this year.  It is a GREAT TIME to be a hostess (your house or my studio ~ it's up to YOU!)!  I have some available dates on my calendar you may be interested in ~ January 29th ~ Febraury 1, 10th, 24th ~ March 2, 10th, 17th!

Click here to see the SALE-A-BRATION flyer. 

Be sure that you scroll down so that you can see both sides of the flyer.  And, if you would like to have your very own flyer (or get YOUR PARTY on my calendar), email me and I will put one in the mail to you AND, be happy, to put you and your friends on my calendar!  We'll have a great time!  Thanks for stopping by ~ SAB samples on the way!

Best of 25 Years Stamp Sets

Stampin' Up! has something celebrate!!  25 Years!
As part of the 25-year anniversary celebration, Stampin' Up! is bringing back some favorite stamp images from the last 25 years and combining them into 12 sets.  One set will be released each month during 2013.  What a great chance to see some old favorite images!


In addition, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!  Click on the flyer below to download.  Take a look at January's "Best of" stamp set:


The first set above is entitled "Best of Birthdays" and is Item No. 132929. 

  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen
    image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • One Best of stamp set will be released per month (with a new theme each month)
    and all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
  • Purchase at least 6 of the Best of sets and get a FREE set valued at $14.95 or less
    to be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.  Download your Collectors Card here!

Keep and eye on my blog each month for a new flyer consisting of the new "Best of" stamp set, and be sure to get the ones you want before they are gone.

Click here to download the flyer.

Contact me with any questions.