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Window Shopping?

There is a pretty stamp set, Window Shopping, in the Occasions Catalog and it is bundled with a set of dies but I think the picture is misleading so I wanted to tell you a little more about it.  Look on page 43.  The stamp set and the bundle are at the top of the page and at the bottom you will see some projects created with the bundle.  What I think is misleading is the actual picture of the dies which are positioned to get all of them in the picture at the same time.  However, the main frame is 'filled in' with dies that are used separately.  There are actually 9 dies in the picture.


All the dies can be used separately.  For instance, the large intricate one in the center creates this design.  I cut the design in a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White, sponged color on the base card and layered the design  over the base card using Dimensionals.

Card w sponging

To make the pretty boxes only the frame is used, cut out twice and glued together.  The tab margins are small but the Fine-Tip Glue Pen (#138309) works very well to hold the box together.  In the boxes, below, I lined the lid with one of the NEW SALE-A-BRATION products ~ 6" x 6" GLIMMER PAPER ASSORTMENT PACK.  The fabulously sparkly paper comes in Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron and Sweet Sugarplum ~ all available next week.

Boxes w glimmer paper

So sorry that the sparkle isn't evident in the picture.  I will give you a little more information about the boxes tomorrow and try to find a better picture of the glimmer paper ~ really, you are going to love it!  Let me know what you think about Window Shopping!  Susan Elise

Birthday cards with Shannon

Shannon is one of the creative staff at Stampin' Up! and last year at about this time she decided that she was very tired of the world sending birthday wishes using facebook.  So, she started a 'card campaign' that she called #imbringingbirthdaysback!  She asked demonstrators and friends of Stampin' Up! to send her the date of their birthday and she started making and sending out birthday cards ~ by the 100's!!!!  Now she has a video to provide a little more information about birthday cards AND a wonderful stamp that she created (and, that YOU might want to use yourself!).  So, check out the video AND email me the date of YOUR birthday for a card in your mailbox!  Also, if you'd like the stamp ~ let me know.  Such a great idea, don't you think?  Susan Elise



Getting romantic?

With Valentines Day coming up, I thought I would share this great So in Love stamp set and coordinating So Detailed thinlits from the Occasions catalog.  You can find them on page 52 and, yes, there is a SO IN LOVE BUNDLE.  They are such elegant products that they can be used for many romantic occasions ~ weddings, anniversaries, engagement parties or just to say I Love You.  Stampin' Up! always has great ideas to pass on for new products and Carrie will show you ways to use the stamp set & thinlits in this video. 

Contact me for more information or to get your own Occasions catalog.



Cards for the Cole

USS Cole

At a recent class in the Cat/Art Studio, Barbara Schweiger and I talked about having a 'Stamping for Sailors' event.  Barb had a contact at her church who knew how to reach the Chaplain of the ship so we set up a date to get together.  We will each be bringing supplies to the Studio this Saturday (2-11-17) morning at 10 AM to make cards for those serving on the Cole to send to family and friends.  In the meantime I have had several stamping friends donate cards this week ~ Marion Swaim, Rosie Morton, Jan Thape & Nancy Bachman.  I have a good start on our pledged 300 cards thanks to these lovely friends (and I have been able to donate too ~ you know I have several extra cards in the studio, right?).

If you would like to join us on Saturday or if you have cards to donate, give me a call (757-587-1548).  We need to have cards for Happy Birthday, Love, Miss You, Thinking of You, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Easter and Sympathy, etc. We will also be sending blank cards so that those on the ship have a way to send love to those they left behind.  Thank you in advance.  Susan Elise



As demonstrators we receive WEEKLY UPDATES from Stampin' Up! on Tuesday each week ~ it's a great way to keep informed and to keep ahead of changes at headquarters in Riverton, Utah.  Yesterday the following information was included in the update and I thought you might be interested (and, that you might notice a difference in the colors of some of our card stock in the future and want to know why).

 Cardstock Colors

We’ve had some changes in the production of our cardstock and wanted to give you a little background information so you’re aware of what’s going on. Each time a paper mill manufactures a batch of paper, it may look slightly different than the batch before, even though they’re using the same specifications to create the paper. Lighting also affects how the paper looks. For example, Real Red might look a certain shade inside your kitchen, but when you take it outside it could look slightly different. We work with our paper vendors to ensure the highest quality cardstock. This includes making sure the visual tolerance (the varying shade of each color) stays within an acceptable range, whether there’s a slight variation from batch to batch or it looks different depending on the lighting.

We work with several paper mills to manufacture cardstock. One of the mills we’ve been using closed recently, so we’ve been working with another one of our mills to produce more colors of our cardstock than they were before. We’ve been working closely with this mill to ensure the visual color tolerance stays within an acceptable range. With the switch in paper mills, you may notice a slight variance in some colors as we continue to tighten the range of visual tolerance. Rest assured: through this transition, our cardstock is still within an acceptable range of visual tolerance, which means it will continue to coordinate across product lines.

Beetles & Bugs Oh My!

I will have to admit that this isn't my fav stamp set in the Occasions Catalog but, when I saw this picture on Stampin' Up's CUSTOMER BLOG, it did get my attention.  It was created by one of the members of the 2017 Artisan Design Team, Shannon Lane, and I think she had a great deal of help from her young son.  Click on the link and see all of her other creations with this stamp set ~ Beetles & Bugs on page 38 in the catalog ~ she is very creative.

Artisian framed picture

Remember, you can always access this BLOG on Stampin' Up!'s Customer Website ~ it is designed to keep all of us informed about what is going on in the SU world!

Watercolor Pencil News

Watercolor Pencils

Stampin' Up!'s watercolor pencils have been a complete success!  In fact, they have been so successful that they have been on backorder for the last two plus weeks!  Stampin' Up! announced on Friday that a shipment has arrived and that they will be filling all of their backorders and that we will be able to order them now.  If you were disappointed because of this situation and I was unable to order them for you please let me know and I will order them NOW for you!  I apologize for the delay.  However, there is a high likelihood that this item will temporarily return to backorder and/or not-orderable status until future shipments arrive.  Let me know if you want them now ~ Watercolor Pencils, #141709, $16.00.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday

Here is a video that describes 12 easy and quick cards to make while you are waiting for the Super Bowl game to start (or, depending, while you are watching the game).  Brandi is using the CARRIED AWAY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER (on page 7 in the Sale-A-Bration brochure) but any package of 12 x 12 will bring you the same success.  Enjoy!  Susan Elise