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Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit

I just love the Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory kit on page 31 in the Holiday catalog.  It makes creating the perfect Halloween Banner so easy.

It's so simple to create.  To show you how you can use the accessory kit as well as the Build a Banner kit, check out the video below from Stampin' Up! 

If you need to purchase any of the supplies used to create this banner, visit my online store here.

Gift Bow Video Tutorial

I am on my way to St. George, Utah today.  My flight leaves early and I go from Norfolk to Detroit to Las Vegas.  In Las Vegas, Stampin' Up! will provide transportation to St. George where I will be until Sunday when I fly back.  And, it is all thanks to you ~ I would not have been invited to attend Founder's Circle without your support of my business.  THANK YOU!  In the meantime, I hope you'll keep checking the blog daily to see what is going on with creative projects, products and tools.  If you want to find out what is going on in St. George, I will be posting some pictures to my FB page for you!  Thanks again!!!

How would you like to create the perfect gift bow for your holiday gift giving?  Stampin' Up! now has the die that can help you achieve just that!

The new Gift Bow Bigz L Die is simple to run through the Big Shot and create your bow.  Stampin' Up! has another great video tutorial available here to show us how!

If you need any of the supplies used in the video, visit my online stamping store.  Be sure to use the HOSTESS CODE ~ HD6GHF7A ~ to be entered into my HOSTESS BENEFITS DRAWING on September 30.  One person will have ALL the hostess benefits!


So Many Kits....

So Many Kits from SU

Stampin' Up! has included so many kits in the Holiday Catalog I wanted to make sure that you didn't miss any of them!  They are real time savers as we look toward the upcoming holidays and think about how many creative projects we have on our plates at this time.  Here is where you can find them ~ from left to right in each row ~

Row 1:  Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, $19.95; Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit, $9.95; Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit, $9.95, all on page 31

Row 2:  Holly Jolly Greetings Simply Sent, $14.95, page 26; Pumpkin Pie Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit, $4.95, page 32; Merry Little Christmas Simply Created Card Kit, $9.95, page 27

Row 3:  Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit, $19.95, page 18; Snowflake Season Simply Sent, $14.95, page 26; Stamp a Tag Kit, $10.95, page 35

I hope you'll look up the details for the kits above ~ they are priced to save us money and time ~ and to look very creative in the process.  Your friends and family will be impressed!  Thanks for stopping by, Susan Elise


Guest Artist: Claire Cason

Claire is a Demonstrator on my team, Southern Stars, and she sent me a set of cards that she had made with her group of friends.  The cards are fabulous and I wanted to share them with you!

Claire no 1
Claire no 2
Claire no 3
I hope that these samples will give you some ideas ~ what a fabulous way to use your scraps.  If you are a quilter I know you will be particularly impressed with the fabulous paper piecing on these cards.  Claire, thank you so much for sharing!

Don't forget to check out the new items on Stampin' Up!'s Clearance Rack and, when you are ordering online on my website this month, please use the Hostess Code ~ HD6GHF7A ~ so that you are eligible to receive all of the hostess benefits from the September Online Order.  I will choose one person on the 30th of the month.  If you have questions, email me.  Hugs, susan elise


Margaret's Truffle Cards

Margaret's candy box cards
Margaret Spencer is at it again ~ another great idea!
From Margaret ~ "This is the Project Life filler card (3 X 4) that I made CASEd from one on your board - if you know the original artist, please thank her for me.
I used the waffle paper you gave me - as the candy box lining for the truffles. It is a bit hard to cut and trim, but I made it work. Interestingly, a piece of white card stick embossed with the argyle folder also resembles the top piece of candy box paper (as in a Whitman's Sampler)  ....   
It was fun to work on and I  have a great idea all ready for Valentine's or anniversary.
Enjoy the rest of this BEAUTIFUL day, weekend and happy travels to Utah!!"

Fishin' Around

Fish card
Don't you love this card?  It was created by my friend, Phyllis, who is in San Diego as I write this.  She and her husband, Mickey, are enjoying the city compliments of Stampin' Up!  And, she so deserves this incentive trip for all of her hard work ~ actually, fun, as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!

So, let's talk about this darling fish bowl card.  The stamp set is Fishin' Around (#131118, wood only, $8.95 on page 58 in the catalog).  And, remember our Circle Treat Cups?  You can find them on page 160 in the catalog (#116802, 12 cups for $2.95), here's a close up ~

Fish card close up

Fill the treat cup with water.  Using your hot glue gun ring the top of the treat cup and cover with a circle of Window Sheet (#114323, $4.95, 2 12" x 12" sheets on page 156 in the catalog) to keep the water inside the cup!

Fish stamp set
You could mail this in a padded envelope making someone very happy!  Remember to check the Clearance Rack as Stampin' Up! has added new items at very good prices.  Click on the link on yesterday's post to get to my online store quickly!  Use the HOSTESS CODE ~ HD6GHF7A ~ to be included in the drawing for Hostess Benefits at the end of the month. Thanks for stopping by and happy Saturday!

Clearance Rack

Clearancerack items new

The Clearance Rack has been updated and I know you will find something that you can't live without ~ I did!  It's a great opportunity for you to get so many great products at reduced cost.  But you have to act fast, once something sells out, it is no longer available.  Take advantage of some great discounts and use the HOSTESS CODE HD6GHF7A when you place your online order.  I will choose one person who orders to be the hostess and receive all the HOSTESS BENEFITS on Monday, September 30!

You can visit the Clearance Rack and my online store here.



Update on Shelli #2

The Best Medicine Ever. . . 

I'm back.

Kind of. . .

Every day I improve and the things that excite me seem pretty silly compared to what I got excited about only three weeks ago. Today I walked 108 feet in 30 minutes with only one break. Yay! And me being the stubborn, competitive girl that I am, I don’t need anyone prodding me to do better. . . I keep track.

My days are intense and exhausting, although every day is a bit better.  There’s a checklist of things I have to do before going home, and I’m working hard. . . today we passed off my car transport. Took more than an hour, but I got in and out of my car twice. One step closer. . .


The last few days I’ve had the best medicine of all—visits from our grandchildren! All but the twins have come, and they were on their way one day and we had to call and ask them not to come—it was just one of those bad days (which still happen but fewer and further apart).

They’ve all been so sweet and gentle with me. . . I can see the concern and love in their eyes. They’ve drawn pictures to brighten my room and made bracelets and headbands for me to wear. They’ve wheeled me around, and tonight we even went to dinner in the cafeteria (my appetite is finally coming back).

And, of course, the well wishes and prayers coming from you are almost as powerful! As Sterling mentioned, they are working! Too tired to share much more tonight, but am feeling so grateful . . . thank you!


Acorn Art

Welcome to the SUDSOL BLOG TOUR!  SUDSOL is such a fabulous resource for demonstrators ~ there are unlimited creative and business ideas and articles shared by its' many members.  You can join SUDSOL on a trial basis for 2 weeks absolutely FREE and I definitely recommend that you do!

One of my favorite things about Fall is all the acorns and the images of acorns.  I love to pick them up when I am out walking and bring them home ~ I have a nice collection.  So, of course, one of my favorite stamp sets in Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Catalog is 'Truly Grateful' (#131730 wood or #131733 clear, page 19) because of the pretty acorn.  Another great acorn is cut using the Autumn Accents Bigz die (#127812, page 192, annual catty).

Acorn Thanks card
Tags 4 You stamp set, #131823, and Burlap Ribbon, #132140

Acorns w crystal effects
Acorns cut with the die, early espresso card stock, Sweater Weather DSP & Crystal Effects.

 I also added that acorn to the Tag a Bag Gift Bags (#131370, 10 bags, #3.95, annual catalog) along with a bow using Sweater Weather DSP.


Acorn Bag


The bow is made w the Gift Bow Bigz L Die, #129977.
Acorn thankyou edgelit card
Expressions Thinlits Die, #132171, Holiday Catalog

On this card I used the sunburst technique, don't you love it?  You can see more information on this technique in the SUDSOL library.  I am teaching the technique in my stamp clubs this month and shared my class outline with SUDSOL.

Acorn Box Side
Extra-Large Gift Box, #132147, Holiday Catalog


This is my last 'acorn' project ~ a lovely gift box using the ribbon, the Sweater Weather DSP (#132184, Holiday Catalog) and the dies mentioned above.  Here's a close up  of the top of the box ~

  Acorn Box Top

I hope you have enjoyed my acorn projects.  If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch.  Happy Fall Y'all!

CONTINUE on the Blog Tour

Best of Halloween

Halloween bags
For Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary, they are bringing back some favorite stamps monthly.  The Best of Halloween (#134381, set of 5, $14.95) is one of those stamp sets and the one I used to create the tags for my Mini Muslin Bags (#132180, 8 bags, $9.95).  The bags are very easy to work with as they are 100% cotton with a well made drawstring to close them with.

Halloween polka dot bag
I stenciled a different pattern on each of my bags.  Remember the SPOOKY BANNER class that I posted about yesterday?  I used the same stencil on the banner as I did on the Halloween treat bags.  The stencils are included in the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit (#133507, 18 blank banners, jute twine, alphabet and image stencils, $19.95) and can be used over and over. 

Halloween chevron bag
It is very easy to use the stencils on the bags.  To create a nice surface to work on, stick a piece of cardboard inside the bag and use a sponge dauber directly on your stamp pad to add the ink.  It goes on very easily and doesn't smear at all.  Can't you just see the smile on the face of the person you gift this to ~ I can!  Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you need any of the supplies to make some treat bags for your friends and family.

Halloween striped bag