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My monthly meeting for my team of demonstrators, SOUTHERN STARS, was the afternoon of Saturday, September 10th.  One of the 'cativities' that we all look forward to is our CARD SWAP.  Everyone brings 12 cards that they have made and goes home with 12 cards all different!  So ~ I wanted to show you the cards in our September Swap!







More swap cards tomorrow ~ thanks for stopping by!  Susan Elise

Swirly Bird Stamp Set Video

I really love the new Swirly Bird stamp set and coordinating Swirly Scribbles Thinlits and I know some of you do too ~ so many possibilities!   Take a look at the video below and see a bunch of great ideas created using these products. 

 Feel free to visit my online store to get these and any other Stampin' Up! products from the catalogs.  Contact me with any questions you have about our products or techniques!  Susan Elise


A Mountain of Fun...............

Halloween Scares

You can have a mountain of fun building this spooky card and you know it will be a big hit when you send it to friends!  You can find the stamp set in the HOLIDAY CATALOG (don't have one?  Let me know and I will get one in the mail to you ~ quickly!). EMAIL ME for your very own catty!  The HALLOWEEN SCARES directions are here ~  Download Halloween Scares 

Hello Lovely

Here is a new way to use PROJECT LIFE by STAMPIN' UP!  I thought you would be interested.  You can find this CARD COLLECTION AND ACCESSORY PACK, HELLO LOVELY PROJECT LIFE CARD COLLECTION & ACCESSORY PACK,  on page 163 in the annual catalog.  This is one way of using these pretty cards but it is always an affordable system for organizing your photos into albums.  Mailing them is simply another way of sharing with friends.  Try it!




Touches of Texture

Touches of Texture Flowers

Happy Wednesday!  I know that many of you have the stamp set, TOUCHES OF TEXTURE, and it is another favorite of mine.  You can find the set on page 141 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog.  It includes 15 rubber stamps.  This card is made with images from the stamp set with the addition of the embossing folder, PETAL BURST, on page 195.  Here are the directions for the cards, let me know if you have any questions ~ Susan Elise

Download Touches of Texture Flowers


STAMPIN' UP! HAS ADDED 122 PRODUCTS TO THEIR CLEARANCE RACK!  The items were added this morning so NOW would be a really GOOD TIME for you to check out my online store!  Some of the items are up to 60% off ~ while they last!  


If your order is $150 or more you will earn HOSTESS REWARDS.  Regular priced items can be added to your order, it does not have to be just products from the CLEARANCE RACK.  My HOSTESS CODE for September is DHZA2MAB ~ be sure to use it when you order online.  Now is the time to get some holiday gifts for your stamping friends!  Or, treat yourself and become a STAMPIN' UP! DEMONSTRATOR to save 20% on all of your purchases!  It's easy to do from my Stampin' Up! website ~ or, from this blog ~ see the JOIN THE FUN button across the top ~ just click on that and the rest is easy peasy!  Just select $125 worth of products from the annual and/or the holiday catalog for $99 and you can get a 20% discount every time you order ~ with NO obligation!  I'd love to have you join my team, SOUTHERN STARS!  Thanks for stopping by, Susan Elise




For the first time, first time subscribers can sign up to receive their first month of PAPER PUMPKIN for $19.95 and get the SECOND MONTH FREE.  LOVE BOGO?  Try it out to receive a fun box in your mail box, some fun, and relaxing, crafting time and your box will include EVERYTHING you need for the projects.  

The AUGUST PAPER PUMPKIN box has been sitting on my shelf for a week or two ~ waiting for just the right time to open it and have some fun.  That started on Sunday afternoon with this football season.  The PACKER GAME was on TV and, as much as I love the PACKERS, I really have to have something to do with my hands.  I am not good at sitting!  The box contained three gift cards, three note cards and three cards PLUS a beauty of a stamp set that I can use over and over.  I got out my markers and had some fun.  Don't you just love the color combination ~ Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Tangerine Tango and Cajun Craze.

September Kit 1        September gift card envie

September large card      September small card





Cranes under construction

Cranes under construction at our SOUTHERN STARS team meeting on Saturday afternoon.  Sarah Swaim is getting married on the afternoon of Saturday, October 29, at Norfolk Botanical Gardens.  Sarah's wish for 1,000 paper cranes for her wedding prompted our involvement with this project.  We were able to create 86!