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Interactive app for the new catalog....

Check out this video and download the FREE app ~ layar ~ which will allow you to experience Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Catalog in a whole new way!  You'll see the new products, learn how they work and see some creative ways to use them.  I love it and have a few suggestions for you ~

  • Scan only the page ~ no desktop, tabletop or other items.
  • Do not aim too close or too far away from the icon ~ it won't work.
  • Keep your iphone (or any smartphone) aimed at the page and hold it steady for the entire video.  As soon as you move it off the spot that works the video will stop.  Let me know what you think!  Enjoy!

Class addition.........

Tag class October 5 @ 2

Have you seen all of the tags and boxes in Stampin' Up!'s catty ~ there are so many and they are all really cute AND easy!  Check them out on page 158 & 159 in the annual catalog.  So, I decided to add a class to my schedule featuring these boxes & tags, the Tag A Box Class.  We will be making 8 gift boxes (food safe) and 8 tags.  The class is very reasonably priced at $20.  Email me or send a check to hold your space for this class.  You can also sign up in my mid-month newsletter that I will be sending out soon.  Please sign-up and pay by September 15.

Christmas Flip Card

Thinlets ~ Christmas 1
Card closed

Thinlets ~ Christmas 2
Card opened...

Isn't this card gorgeous?  I found this sample of Stampin' Up!'s new product, the thinlits card dies, on Shelli's blog and I knew you would want to make it for your Christmas card this year!  You may already have some of the products to get started with this card, if not I would be happy to place an order for you or you can go to my online store and order what you need.

Stamp set:  Christmas Messages, #131793 (clear)

Ink:  Silver Encore Pad, #132142

Card stock:  Whisper White, Coastal Cabana and Silver Glimmer Paper

DSP:  Winter Frost, #132341

Accessories:  White embossing powder, Frosted Finishes embellishments (#132150), Festive Flurry framelits (#132193), Silver 1/8" Ribbon (#132137, Northern Flurry embossing folder (#120902), Rhinestones, Adorning Accents Edgelits (125595)

Check on my August 13 post to see a video on the new thinlit dies.  There are two:  Label Card Thinlits Die (used in Shelli's card), #133479 or the Circle Card Thinlits Die, #133480.

Stampin' Up!'s concept artist and the new Christmas Star...

New Single Stamps—Christmas Star

Simply Stars is one of my favorite new stamp sets. The new Christmas Star single stamp is quickly climbing the ranks. I’m a fan of big images, and this one is definitely big.

I love stars because they are very versatile. It isn’t an overtly feminine or masculine shape and can be used year-round for all kinds of projects.

This framed décor project is a fun collection of different textures and patterns. Because the star stamp is so large, it easily becomes a popped-up 3D star by scoring and folding. I also used the Chevron Border Punch, the Expressions Thinlits Dies, and a canvas banner piece from the Banner Simply Created Kit in the holiday catalog.

The Mini Muslin Bag project was a lot of fun to do, too. To get a perfectly crisp image, I heat embossed the star with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder onto parchment paper, then ironed it onto the muslin bag. It does take the shine off of the embossing powder, but it guarantees a perfect image and perfect placement every time.

This bag would be a perfect holiday gift. I made a bundle of five note card-sized greeting cards and paired them with the new Crumb Cake Note Card envelopes. These cards are very simple—just the Christmas Star stamped in Sahara Sand ink and the Season’s Greetings sentiment from the Joy to The World Stamp Set embossed in gold. I finished it off with a quick Linen Thread bow.

I’ve got several other ideas for using this beautiful stamp. It’s going on my next order for sure. What will you make with the Christmas Star?

Melody H.
Concept Artist

Thinlets ~ Halloween
Thinlets Circle Card Die

I mentioned this new product recently and thought you would like to see some more samples.  This one is from Shelli's blog ~ one of many samples!  With Halloween right around the corner (you know how quickly time flies this time of year!) you might want to make a couple of these cute cards so here are the details ~

Stamp set:  Halloween Hello, #131721 clear, #131718

Card stock:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie

Designer Series Paper:  Witches' Brew, #132185

Accessories:  Scallop Circle Punch, #119854; Label Card Thinlit Die, #133479; Circle Card Thinlet Die, #133480

A quick & simple way to cut paper....

On page 176-177 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog you will find a tool that we all need for our craft projects ~ the trimmer.  Stampin' Up! has just announced that additional products for the trimmer are available and I wanted you to be the first to know.  Check out this video and let me know what you think..........

Wishy Washi Class

WW class tea cup
These cards are the cards we made at my WISHY WASHI CLASS last weekend.  It gives you a good chance to see the Washi Tape in action.  I will be repeating this class for those of you who wanted to take the class but couldn't fit it in your schedule last weekend.  Here are the details ~

Sunday afternoon, September 1, 2 PM

Cat/Art Studio ~ 2758 Murray Avenue, Norfolk 23518

Class fee:  $25.00 includes 1/2 package of Gingham Garden designer series paper and the coordinating Washi Tape above. 

In addition to the cards you will also learn to make the Buttons & Blossoms Pressed Clay and receive the pdf for the clay.

Register for class by Wednesday, August 21 (Alan's birthday)!

WW class Halloween

WW class Christmas

Email me to save your spot in this fun class!

New Thinlits Card Dies

There are some products you just have to see in action before you realize how much you need them, right? This is one of them! Stampin' Up! has just released their new Thinlits Dies and they are so much fun to use.  Watch the video and check out the card I made last weekend, below ~

These new card dies come with extra die pieces that have versatile designs, so you can use them on other projects, not just flip cards. 

Label Card Thinlits Die (item 133479), 9 dies, $32.95
Circle Card Thinlits Die (item 133480), 10 dies, $32.95

Buttons and Roses birthday

Buttons and Blossoms

Buttons and Roses
Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay, page 167 AC

I included Stampin' Up!s new product, Simply Pressed Clay, as part of my Wishy Washy Class on Saturday afternoon.  I love using the clay ~ it is very easy, a little messy but not too bad!  I have a pdf for anyone who orders the clay and will be demonstrating it all month in the Cat/Art Studio.  Come on over!

Buttons and Roses card

Buttons and Rosses 3 x 3

Let me know if you have any questions. More tomorrow about my class last weekend.  Thanks for stopping by!  Susan Elise