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Unfortunately the stamp set being used in this video from Stampin' Up! is retired BUT this technique can be used with so many stamps.  I am sure you have one that would be just perfect on your shelf!  If not, there is one on page 16 in the Stampin' Up! catalog that would work just like this one does ~ One Big Meaning, 7 stamps, wood (138788) or clear (139420).  Try this technique today and let me know what you think!  Susan Elise


Pesto Sauce

Gift from the Garden 4
Another cute card from Stampin' Connection using the stamp set, Gift from the Garden, and my recipe for Pesto Sauce.

1 cup packed fresh basil leaves

1 heaping cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place the basil, Parmesan, olive oil and lemon juice in a food processor and process until smooth.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pesto sauce can be made a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.  Makes about 1 1/2 cups pesto.  Enjoy!  Susan Elise

Gift from the Garden

You can find this cute stamp set on page 81 in Stampin' Up!'s catty.  I found this cute card on Stamper's Showcase which is just a part of a super resource for demonstrators on the SU website ~ Stampin' Connection.

Gift from the Garden 1

We just got back from the East Beach Farmer's Market so this seems like a most appropriate stamp set for this morning.  I got another big bunch of BASIL to make Pesto Sauce.  I made some last weekend and froze it to use in soups, etc. for when I need a taste of summer next winter.  It is so yummy ~ in fact, I'll share my recipe tomorrow ~ maybe you'd like to try it!  In the meantime, here are the 'ingredients' of this cute card.  Enjoy!  Susan Elise


Card Candy

Have you heard of Card Candy?  This afternoon I signed up for a Card Candy Swap at Stampin' Up!'s Convention ~ just days away!  I worry about having time for swaps but this one sounds like so much fun I couldn't resist!  Card Candies are little pieces of art that are fast to make, easy to create and very inexpensive.  The one I signed up for asked that everyone use the new in-colors.  

The nice thing about Card Candy, little 2" x 2" pieces of stamped art, is they are fast and easy to add to a tag, a card, an album page, an invitation, a gift box or an envelope.  It is a great way to add a greeting to a card ~ your 'card candies' can have lots of different greetings and you can choose the one appropriate for the occasion.  Instead of stamping your card with a birthday or thank you just make a card candy greeting so you can pop on whatever greeting you want. 

If you have a chance to create your own 'card candies' please consider sharing them with me ~ I'd love to share them on my blog!!!   Here's my Card Candy for the convention swap, what do you think?  Susan Elise

Cat Card Candy


A week from today.............

Birthday Wishes
A week from today, on July 16, is this month's THIRD THURSDAY CLASS!  Do you have it on your calendar?  You won't want to miss these fabulous BIRTHDAY CARDS!  You know you need all six of them!!! 

DETAILS:  Class is $15 or FREE w a minimum order in class on the 16th ~ $25.  I will create three birthday designs for you and you make two of each.  Class starts between 4 and 6 ~ you come when you can.  Class ends at 8:30.  Let me know if you have questions ~ 757-641-9354.

EMAIL me if you plan to come for some "ME TIME"!!!!

Elegant butterfly for you...........project sheet Wednesday..........

Happy Birthday butterfly

Download Endless Birthday Wishes pdf

This lovely card is a perfect reason to have lots of designer series paper on hand.  And, I know you do.  But, would you like to have a sample of all of the papers in Stampin' Up!'s new catalog?  That's why I have decided to have a DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SHARE.  Here is the information for you ~ choose the best fit for you and let me know by Monday, July 27.

1.  8 Designer Series Papers, full sheets (48 total sheets) ~ 12" x 12" sheets of DSP on pages 142 & 143, minus Typeset & Color Me Irresistible = $52.00 per set.

2.  8 Designer Series Papers ~ 1/2 sheets (48 total sheets) ~ 6" x 12" sheets of DSP on pages 142 & 143, minus Typeset & Color Me Irresistible = $26.00 per set.

3.  8 Designer Series Papers ~ 1/4 sheets (48 total sheets) ~ 6" x 6" sheets of DSP on pages 142 & 143, minus Typeset & Color Me Irresistible = $13.00 per set.

These prices include shipping & tax.  If you would like me to send you your Sample DSP Share, please add $5.00 for postage.  Remember, this is a great way to decide which of these papers you would like to invest in ~ as in, a whole pack of your fav DSP.  Let me know if you have questions and I hope to see you soon.  Susan Elise

Hamburger Box........

One of the items on Stampin' Up's WEEKLY DEALS today is the Hamburger Box die (#133724, $43.00, page 175 in the catalog).  I went to Stampin' Connection on the Demonstrator website to see if I could find some cute samples using this die.  Stampin' Connection is a fabulous resource ~ literally, thousands of samples all made by SU demonstrators and shared for inspiration.  Of course, I found some really cute projects to share with you ~

Hamburger box angry birds

Hamburger box bee

Hamburger box flower

and, my favorite..........

Hamburger box kitty

Here are the WEEKLY DEALS, let me know if you are interested in any of them.  I will be placing an order this evening and would be happy to add any of these items for you.  Thanks for stopping by!  Susan Elise


A little advice about stamping.....


Always stamp on a scrap first when using an alphabet stamp set!  I was so excited watching the Women's World Cup last night that I woke up in the middle of the night and knew that the first thing this morning I HAD to make a special celebration card.  However, I was not quite awake enough this morning to get my letters in the right order!  Scraps are good!


Happy Times

You're invited to a Special Afternoon featuring....Project Life by Stampin' Up!

Sunday, July 19

2 PM

The Cat/Art Studio


Do you have pictures sitting on your computer, your phone, or in a box?  I have fallen in love with a new system called Project Life that takes the time, money and stress out of memory keeping!  It's all about living your life and documenting it for you & your family in a quick, simple, easy and affordable way!

Come on over for a fun afternoon of seeing first hand what I am talking about and learning hands on a fun, easy system to capturing your memories forever.  Plus you'll make a cute project to take home with you!

RSVP to Susan Elise

757-587-1548 or email me here!

Wednesday Worksheet

It's Wednesday and time for a project sheet for you.  Remember, this is a pdf so you can click on the link and print it on your printer.  I know many of you have the wonderful stamp set, You've Got This, so I created this simple card for you.  I think you will love this paper stack, Pretty Petals.  (Want all our pretty papers, interested in a DSP share?  Stay tuned....)  If you need any of the products, click on the images below and it will take you to my online store.  The Hostess Code for July is VTBMM3X7 (do you think the VT is for Virginia Tech?).  Enjoy!

You've Got This w Pretty Petals DSP July

Download Pretty Petals project sheet for July PDF