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Tuesday, September 1, bundle it...............

Enjoy making your list today ~ you can order from Stampin' Up!'s HANDMADE for the HOLIDAYS seasonal catty tomorrow!  Check out ALL the BUNDLES here and save 15% on the new product!

Page 10:  Festive Fireplace stamp set + Festive Fireside framelit dies

Page 11:  Happy Scenes stamp set + Hearth & Home thinlits

Page 12:  Jingle All the Way stamp set + Sleigh Ride edgelits

Page 15:  Embellished Ornaments stamp set + Delicate Ornament thinlits

Page 16:  Peaceful Pines stamp set + Perfect Pines framelits

Page 25:  Flurry of Wishes stamp set + Snow Flurry punch

Page 30:  Berry Merry stamp set + Boughs & Berries EF

Page 31:  Reason for the Season stamp set + Festive Flower Builder punch

Page 33:  Snow Place stamp set + Snow Friends framelits

Page 34:  Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set + Christmas Greetings thinlits

Page 37:  Project Life Hello stamp set + Card Collection + Accessory Pack

Page 38:  Project Life Seasonal Snapshot stamp set + Card + Accessory Pack

Page 39:  Among the Branches stamp set + Woodland EF

Page 40:  Sparkly Seasons stamp set + Seasonal Frame thinlits

Page 41:  A Little Something stamp set + Square Pillow Box thinlits

Page 45:  Acorny Thank You stamp set + Acorn Builder punch

Page 49:  Howl-o-ween Treat stamp set + Boo to You framelits



It works!

Remarkable You 2
I tried using the Aqua Painter today with the new Archival stamp pads on page 19 in the HANDMADE for the HOLIDAYS Catty (going live on Tuesday!).  I used the lid of the stamp pads (Old Olive and Blushing Bride) as my palette to pick up my ink.  The card stock I used was Very Vanilla.  I think next time I will try the Watercolor Paper to see how that works. 

Remarkable You

The Magnolia above (Garden Green & Crushed Curry) is from the stamp set REMARKABLE YOU in my favorite section of the Stampin' Up! catalog, Artistic Expression, on page 111.  The set is gorgeous!  When you get a chance to try this technique (with your own Archival stamp pad) send me a picture of your creation ~ I'd love to share it on my blog and I am sure others would love to see your watercolor work!  Thanks for stopping by, Susan Elise

Two new...........


I've been 'stewing' about the Basic Black ink pad in the Stampin' Up! catalog for years now, right?  Well, there is a replacement that I just ordered and it has arrived in the Studio.  Look on page 19 in the Handmade for the Holidays catalog that you just received, on the bottom left you will find Archival Stampin' Pads in Permanent Basic Black and Basic Gray ink.  I have just started using the Basic Black and, so far ~

*It stamps well ~ with a clear sharp image.  I did notice that it stained my red rubber stamps but they cleaned up, the photopolymer stained. 

*It is Archival which means that it can replace our Stazon stamp pads and we can use it with our Aqua Painters to watercolor.   I haven't tried using it this way but will and let you know tomorrow what the results are. 

*The Basic Gray is a medium gray ink and really pretty.  I will add more information as I use it more ~ hope that works for you ~ check back!

Mary Poteet: stamp club project ~ all by herself! Yea!


I love hearing from my friends who have been in a class with me or, in this case, in a Stamp Club.  Mary Poteet was in my Wednesday night stamp club this week and sent me this picture last night.  I am so proud of her for repeating our 3-D Project ~ a cute container gift basket and four note cards with envelopes.  From Mary last night:  I can't believe it did this on my own! Yay me! Thanks SE

I have added a PDF for you at the bottom of this post.  Just click on the link and print out the directions so that you can make your own gift to give a friend or use yourself.  Happy Weekend!  Susan Elise

Mary Poteer August 2015

  Download A gift of notecards pdf

Stamp Club last night...........

.....was so COLORFUL and so much FUN!  Do you think they might have coordinated their outfits to attend the class?  Amazing ladies ~ Pam, Barbara and Ann!

Ann, Barbara and Pam August 2015

And, Marti and Mary were on the other side of the island stamping their little hearts away. 

Marty and Mary August 2015

So much fun ~ I love meeting with all these ladies and watching them stamp ~ relaxing and laughing all the way!  Don't they just make you smile?  Hugs and thanks for stopping by..............Susan Elise

Watercolor Wishes ~ quick & fun!

Watercolor Wishes Kit 1
This kit became available recently and I knew you would be interested!  You can find it on page 155 in Stampin' Up!'s current catalog.  The Card Kit includes 12 photopolymer stamps, 20 card bases, die-cut pieces and flowers, 2 Stampin' Spots, washi tape, Kraft storage box, sequins, Dimensionals and acrylic stamp block to make the cards below....... 

Watercolor Wishes Kit 2

This video will show you how easy it is to do it yourself or to give to a friend for the upcoming Holidays ~ it would be a super gift!  Enjoy!


Heart punch & more..............

Strawberries August 2015
I love this card and love this use of Stampin' Up!'s Sweetheart Punch ~ STRAWBERRIES ~ what creative person thought of that!  Love it!  Give me a call, or order online, if any of the Weekly Special products are on your WISH LIST and you want to save some $$$$!  (And, if you want to make this cute card ~ it is on my list for my THIRD THURSDAY CLASS this week!  Join us!)

Weekly Deals August 27

Third Thursday Class rescheduled

My August Third Thursday Class was cancelled last week and has been rescheduled to this coming Thursday, August 27.  If you can join us for the class plan on arriving anytime between 4 PM and 6 PM.  In this class we always make three different cards ~ two of each.  The class is in the Cat/Art Studio and is $15 for all of your supplies (or, if you place an order of $25 during the class your projects are free!).  Let me know by Tuesday afternoon if you will be able to come to class ~ that way I will have everything ready for you!  This is a great class for new stampers so, if you have a friend whom you would like to introduce to our fun craft ~ great time to bring her or him (and choose free handmade greeting cards from my basket as a thank you).  This is one of our projects for Thursday!

Third Thursday Class August 27

This is a PUNCH CLASS ~ can you tell?  Thanks for stopping by!  Susan Elise

August PP in the studio....

August flowers
This looks like a big mess but it is the August Paper Pumpkin projects under construction last night.  The PP box contained enough supplies to make six cards and three gift boxes.  I put one of the boxes together but saved the other two.  The first one is completed but empty so I thought I would wait until I had little surprises to add to the other gift boxes.  Here is the finished box ~

August box w flower

It was very easy to make.  The flowers were all cut and ready to assemble with just a little curling with the Bone Folder.  I stamped the tag and the ribbon was included.  Don't forget that you can save 50% off your first two months if you are a new subscriber.  Use the promotion code:  HALFOFF now through September 10!  Sign up at It is so nice to have everything in one place to do your quick crafting project ~ you'll love it!

Check your mailbox...........

YOUR seasonal catalog should arrive soon ~ HANDMADE for the HOLIDAYS.  If, for some reason it doesn't arrive, I will be happy to put one in the mail to you.  I know you will want to see everything that's NEW and fun to use for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.  I love it!  Click the link below to let me know I need to run to the post office with YOUR catty!