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Join for $25

REMINDER ~ Just one more week for you to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for the all time lowest price STARTER KIT ever!  The offer is expiring in 7 days.

I can tell you ALL of the advantages, and we can talk about what you might feel are the disadvantages or problems you see about this decision.  I will be happy to meet you any where ~ at your convenience so that we can talk about it.  Call me if you are the least bit interested in ~

  • getting all of your Stampin' Up! products at a 20% discount
  • getting 30% off of your very first order within 45 days
  • having fabulous ideas for using all of your products on the Stampin' Up! website ~ STAMPIN' CONNECTION connects you w demonstrators (and their ideas) from all over the world!
  • being the first to see, and receive,  NEW products
  • meeting and making new crafting friends at scheduled SU! events

There are so many advantage, don't let this opportunity pass.  EMAIL ME.

Front Door
If you have been to the Cat/Art Studio you will recognize this as our front door.  I thought you would like to see the wreath I made last night but I couldn't hang it on the outside of the door ~ too wet and nasty!

Front Door WreathSo, here it is wo the storm door to obstruct our view.  Like it?  Here's how to make your own ~

1.  Cut 6 sheets of designer series paper (I used Witches' Brew DSP, #132185 on page 21 in Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Skinny catalog) 1" x 12".  Divide into piles by pattern.

2.  Using your bone folder, curl both ends of the DSP strip and attach to a 12" styrofoam wreath base (craft store purchase) using straight pins.  It goes together quickly making it easy to have one for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas!!!  Hey, maybe even Valentine's Day!

3.  Hints:  I got the bandaids out of the bathroom and put one on my thumb and one on my first finger to protect them.  The bone folder isn't sharp at all but the wreath takes a lot of curling!

4.  Questions about this project, email me or give me a call, 757-641-9354.


Our new Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags come in a booklet of 70+ tags in five designs. These tags are perfect for the upcoming holiday season, especially for new stampers and people who are not sure what die shapes and punches they want to purchase. These are perfect to create tons of tags all at once. Click the flyer below to see everything included and the different ways that these products can be purchased ~ print it out ~ there's even a Tag Starter Kit that would be great as a pre-holiday gift for a new stamper!



If you are still not sure about these great new products, take a look at the video below that Stampin' Up! created to show you the album.  Brandi even has some gift wrap suggestions for you!

Click here to visit my online store and purchase any of these new products. 

Christmas Banner Simply Created Kit

A while back I posted about the Halloween Banner Simply Created kit.  Today I would like to introduce you to the Christmas Banner kit (#132697, $9.95, Holiday catty).  I have a class planned for Sunday afternoon, November 24, at 2 in the Cat/Art Studio.  We will be making the banner from scratch and the class fee includes everything you will need.  The fee is $30 and you will have a finished banner to hang when you get home ~ a great addition to your holiday decor ~ and so easy!  Join me for some stamping fun, email me to join now!

This is another great accessory kit for the holidays.  The colors are what attracted me to it.  I love the soft elegance of it.  Take a look at the video tutorial from Stampin' Up! and see how quick and easy it comes together.....

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


At Jennifer's party.....

Jennifer had a Stampin' Up! party on Sunday afternoon in the Cat/Art Studio and I wanted to show you a technique that we used with the Whisper White notecards and envelopes (#131527, page 162 AC) using painter's tape.  You can find the tape at the big box stores or you neighborhood hardware, it is used as a mask so that painter's protect parts of their projects.  It is a 'light adhesive' tape.   (a little PS ~ Jennifer just joined Stampin Up! for $25 ~ yea!)

Wetlands w stamp pad
Lay the tape on the stamp pad and push gently w your fingers and then place it on the note card.
Wetlands crumb cake showing
Peel tape up gently.





Wetlands card
Repeat the process with Pool Party and Soft Sky stamp pads. Stamp sandpipers and thanks w StaZon.


Stamp sets:  Wetlands, #126695 w or 126697 c, page 69 AC; another Thank You Photopolymer stamp set, #133454

Stamp pads:  Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Soft Sky and StaZon Jet Black

Paper:  Note Cards & Envelopes, #131527; Crumb Cake envelopes, #131528

If you want to make a similar set of cards, you can purchase everything you need in my online store HERE!

Stampin' Up! makes it easy.............

Snowflake card
Snowflake Season Simply Sent

Stampin' Up! really makes it easy ~ seriously!  This post card and envelope (#132176 on page 26, Holiday Skinny) are ready for you to put together very easily.  I added the Real Red card stock and the embellishment ~ everything else comes in the package.  And, a lovely surprise, the ornament comes off to be used as a Christmas decoration ~ a card and a gift in one!

Stampin' Up! also makes it very easy for YOU to become a Demonstrator.  Starting today, and for the next 2 weeks, YOUR Starter Kit is just $25!!!  What could be easier than that?  Julie joined my team this morning!  WELCOME JULIE!

Let me answer any questions you may have about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator ~ really, there is no long term obligation.  If, and when, you decide to once again become a non-demonstrator, no one will frown at you or shake their finger in your face ~ remember, no SU! police!  I have time to take you to lunch this week, or next, if you'd like more information!

October Stamp Club Projects ~

Yesterday was my first Calendar Class and six busy ladies spent the afternoon making gifts for friends for the holidays.  Everyone made more than one and Beth made 8 ~ do you believe it?  Of course, she finished one set and then stamped the others to assemble later at home.  I have another class on November 17 (which is full) and have added one on November 23 if you are interested ~ just let me know.  It is a great way to have handmade gifts ready early!

My projects for our October Stamp Clubs are below.  If you are interested in joining a Stamp Club I have openings almost any time of day ~ morning, afternoon and evening ~ we love to have new stampers join us!

Owl Punch Flip Card

Truly Grateful stamp set w burlap ribbon

Expressions Thinlit Die & the new Envelope Punch Board

Katy's Banner
Katy Bryant stopped by this week to complete her Halloween banner and I thought you might like to see her creation.  Let me know if you's like to take this class on Thursday evening next week.  I need to know by Sunday evening so that I can place a supply order on Monday morning ~ early!  The class is $30 ~ all supplies will be here waiting for you.  Email me now.


Katy sp

Katy oo

Katy ky


Quick Halloween Tags and a Thank You

Washi tape is such a fun, easy way to add a little bit of pattern to a project. The Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape was the perfect addition to this quick treat tag. I love how the skulls show through the die-cut H window (made using the Big Shot and the Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die). The chevron pattern tape adds a little pop of color in seconds.

Let us know in the comments below what’s been your favorite use for Designer Washi Tapes?

Now for the surprise! We’ve reached a milestone--250 posts on our blog--and we want to celebrate with you! Beginning today (October 3), we will begin a series of Thank You Thursdays posts, where we will offer discounted products for one day only (while supplies last)!

Visit the blog each Thursday in October to see the new deal. And thank you for helping to make our blog an inspiring place to be!

Today's Deal-Designer Washi Tape! Choose from one (or all three) of the designer Washi Tapes below!

  Epic Day This And That Designer Washi Tape

  Regular Price $4.95 US/$6.50 CAN
  Sale Price  $3.71 US/$4.87 CAN

  *Please note-The discounted price will
  appear at checkout.*

  Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape

  Regular Price $4.95 US/$6.50 CAN
  Sale Price  $3.71 US/$4.87 CAN

  *Please note-The discounted price will
  appear at checkout.*

  Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape

  Regular Price $4.95 US/$6.50 CAN
  Sale Price  $3.71 US/$4.87 CAN

  *Please note-The discounted price will
  appear at checkout.*

Melody H.

Concept Artist

Join for $25

Do you believe it?  Stampin' Up! is running a very BIG SPECIAL beginning on Monday of next week.  To celebrate their 25th ANNIVERSARY, YOU can become a Demonstrator for $25!  Yes, that's right ~ only $25!!!! 

The offer is for anyone, whether you've been a demonstrator before of NEVER.  What do you get for your $25?

  • $26.95 in product & free shipping
  • No obligation ~ you decide if you want to continue
  • One time 30% discount on your first order of $150 + hostess benefits
  • Your personal orders count towards any minimum if you continue
  • You always save 20% on your products
  • You become part of my team, Southern Stars, and can attend my special events
  • Creative ideas at your finger tips w the Stampin' Up! website
  • Sneak peak on new products (preorder in December!)
  • You choose whether you want to SAVE $ or MAKE $!!!

Email me here for more information or to let me know you have decided to join during this special.  Remember it starts on October 7 and ends on the 21st ~ only two weeks!