Previous month:
June 2017
Next month:
August 2017

Oh So Eclectic Bundle Video

Here is another video showcasing some new products in the 2017-2018 annual catalog.  Shannon creates some great projects using this bundle.  You will love what you can do with these products and how all the different styles work together to create so much!

The colors are amazing and I just love all that you can do.

If you have not received your own new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, let me know.  The Holiday catalog will be mailed out in August and the products will be available September 1 (how do you like that cat punch in yesterdays post?).  Let me know if you have any questions about the products in the So Eclectic Bundle or if I can order it for you.

Thanks, Susan Elise

Mary Ellen Byler

Mary Ellen Byler

 Twenty years ago, Mary Ellen’s mom saw an ad in their local newspaper and scheduled a workshop. After that moment, they were hooked! Mary Ellen was just 16 years old. On Mary Ellen’s eighteenth birthday, her mom told her to join because she thought it would be a good opportunity for her. She borrowed the money from her dad for her Starter Kit. At the time, he thought it would be a waste of money. Now of course his opinion has changed. She is Stampin’ Up!’s 17 Million Sales Achiever!

Mary Ellen is not your typical demonstrator. As a devoted member of the Amish community, she doesn’t use electronics. This is one of the many things that makes Mary Ellen unique and amazing in her quest to reaching this milestone.

Workshops didn’t come naturally to Mary Ellen. “It was terrifying and so awesome!” She had her mom drive her with the horse and buggy since it was her mom’s idea to hold a workshop. She was so nervous but watching everyone’s reaction inspired her. “I can be shy but putting that stamp in my hand and talking about what I love boosted my confidence.” Now she explains, “I can’t shut up about Stampin’ Up!”

After she attended her first convention in 2008, she realized she could turn Stampin’ Up! into a significant business. At that moment she decided she wanted to earn the incentive trip and made a goal to sell $3,333 a month. This was the year the Big Shot was released. All her customers wanted one but didn’t want to buy one. Mary Ellen’s solution was to invite her customers to host a party so they could use host benefits. Soon everyone was booking a party to get a Big Shot. As she looked at her calendar, she was booked out three months! She earned the trip the first year she strived for it.

Goals are an important part of Mary Ellen’s business, and she has a goal to earn the incentive trip each year. She wanted in the Founder’s Circle, wrote down the top 10 in sales, and figured that was her way in. She kept that list as a guide and tracked her progress.

Her family couldn’t be more supportive. A week after her dad loaned her the money for her Starter Kit, she paid him back with her Stampin’ Up! earnings. Today her dad is there to help with classes and siblings travel with her to OnStage.

Friendship has become a major role in the journey for Mary Ellen. “The friendships I’ve made with both demonstrators and customers made my dreams come true.” For her, it’s a humbling feeling to hit this sales milestone. “To think that my customers have chosen to spend their time and money with me, to help me achieve this milestone! It’s amazing!”

Mary Ellen has become such a great example in her community that the little girls in her area play Stampin’ Up! and fight over who will be Mary Ellen and have their own classes. These little recruits-in-training “warms my heart!” They get their mom’s stamp stuff (that they are allowed to use) and have their own classes. Basically, recruits in training— “It warms my heart!”

As Mary Ellen looks back over the past 15 years, she knows she has been so very blessed. “My 18-year-old self could never have imagined what I was signing up for when I filled out the paperwork to join.”

Stampin’ Up! has changed her life and helped her become who she is today. The friendships she’s made and travelling she’s done have been priceless. Congratulations, Mary Ellen! You continue to amaze us!

Weekly Update from Stampin' Up!: cutting pads

Stampin' Up! provides an update weekly ~ every Tuesday morning.  One of the updates this morning is about our Big Shot Cutting Pads so I knew you would be interested.  We have all been so frustrated about the length of time the pads are lasting now compared to how long they used to last.  They are looking into the problem ~

Big Shot Cutting Pads

Many of you have reached out to us with concerns about the Big Shot Cutting Pads not having the longevity that they used to have. We wanted you to know that we are actively working with our supplier to determine the issue.

In the meantime, there are steps you can take to improve the longevity of your Cutting Pads:

  • Regularly rotate which Cutting Pad is on top, and flip the pads over to help alleviate even more cutting wear.
  • Only use the Precision Base Plate on detailed dies from the Detailed Dies section of the annual catalog (p. 215). The Precision Base Plate is especially rough on Cutting Pads because it is made of metal and has no give, so the pads absorb the pressure.
  • Avoid adding additional shims to your sandwich whenever possible, as this places additional pressure on the pads when you run them through the Big Shot.

We know that some of you, even when following these best practices, still encounter wear issues with your Cutting Pads; we have made our supplier aware of that, as well. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work to find the source of the problem and resolve it with our Cutting Pads supplier.

Tomorrow I will post another update from the website today.  You will love the information about a top Stampin' Up! Demonstrator who is the 17th person to achieve $1,000,000 in sales!

Idea Share continued........

Today is a continuation of our conversation about how we come up with ideas.  Do join the conversation ~ everyone benefits when we share!  I received two additional emails over the weekend that I want to share with you.  The first one is from Pam Campbell, a lovely lady and enthusiastic stamper who joined the group on Saturday for my CHRISTMAS IN JULY class.  

Hi Susan Elise~ I think I found the correct place!  I used to be very much a "creative" person, but my stroke took away that ability. So, I just find or look at things that let my long lost creative ability shine. (if that is at all possible) . 



And, this one from Janie (a frequent GUEST ARTIST on my blog!)  (Thanks, Janie!!)

I subscribe to many StampingUp demonstrator websites and everyday I receive many blogs with photos of new SU cards in my email inbox.   I use an IPad to read my emails and if I see a card Idea with possibilities I take a photo of it.  It is very easy on an I pad to take a screen shot and many ways to do it.  One of the easiest ways is to hold down the home button and the on/off button at the same time.  Snap!

The photo is immediately stored in my photo folder on the IPad's home screen.  When stuck in a rut I just flip through the photographs.  If you are like me I never have  the embellishments, DSP,  stamp sets or CS color that are on the photographed card.  This means my card will be completely different from the original. The Benefit to this system is that in almost all cases I like my card  better because it is made with the stamp sets, DSP, embellishment,  CS color that I chose and bought from Susan Elise in Stamp Club.

Note to Susan Elise...if you publish this on your blog you MUST also print the following:

The 2nd Benefit to this process is to see the cards of top SU demonstrators.  I can tell you after many years of using this technique that the cards I make in Stamp Club with Susan Elise are outstanding.  From design to finishing detail SEM's cards are beautiful!   We do have the top SU demonstrator!   Janie=

Finding ideas...........

My post on Monday, 7-17, was about IDEAS and how we get them for the projects that we make.  I asked for you to email me and let me know what you did to get the ideas you use.  I got two emails ~ thank you ladies!  The first one is from Margaret Spencer ~

Good Morning  ~ Do you really get stuck for ideas?

When I scroll thru Facebook I will 'save' posts that include interesting cards into my file 'try this from SU.' That helps me. I know the cards are created with our great products and I  know the demonstrators are talented.

That's what I do!

I am anxious to read other ideas ...

 And the second one is from Diane Voskuhl ~

Hi Susan Elise,

When I get in a slump, I take out about an inch stack of printed paper, spread that on my work space ( dining room table ) find matching solids, match them up.

I take out my old standby file ( zip lock bag )  and start cutting shapes and sizes.  I am making " kits ". Stack them in a holder, worry about the embellishments later.  Then as I sort them the next day, it all comes to me. And then it flows as it goes.

Some days I make so many kits, it takes me the week to plan and finish them with cut outs, ribbons, jewels etc. By the end of the week I can have 30 plus cards made.

Anyone else have some ideas that you would like to share ~ I'd love to hear from YOU!  And, there is a DRAWING of those who participated in this IDEA SHARE.  EMAIL me your ideas by Friday, July 28, to be in the drawing!  Thanks, Susan Elise

Christmas in July Class is today!

My first CHRISTMAS IN JULY class is this morning at 10 AM.  Here are the cards that we will be making.  There are 11 stamping friends coming so it is going to be a very busy morning!  I hope they remember their SNAIL, their Real Red marker and their Lemon Lime Twist marker.  They are going to be doing some coloring on the At Home card (the one with the red door)!  This is the first class in a series of four.  When they finish (October) each of them will have 24 lovely handmade cards to send to friends in December!  That's a very good feeling!  Susan Elise

JULY Three cards

Watercolor Wash technique

This technique is so quick and easy and I know you have tried it.  When I saw the video I had to try it again myself.  I didn't have the THANKS stamp so I used another stamp and it turned out a little different.

I couldn't go back into the center of the letters since the embossing was solid on the letters and resisted additional color.  This is a Note Card, a great size for a 'little' note to a friend.  They come in Whisper White and Very Vanilla and you can find them on page 195 in the catalog.  20 cards and envelopes for just $6.00 ~ they are Janie's favorite, right Jane?  Thanks for stopping by ~ Happy Friday!   Watercolor Wash Technique


July's My Paper Pumpkin Project

As if the Summer is not exciting enough, here is the July My Paper Pumpkin project.  It's so perfect for this time of year.  Surprise you family members with some of these lovely cards.  Take a look:


  Subscribing is easy and you will love having a surprise each month.  Feel free to CONTACT ME with any questions about My Paper Pumpkin, or go directly to the Paper Pumpkin web page HERE!  

ENJOY!  Susan Elise

Crafting Forever

Pens embossed & colored

One of my favorite stamp sets in the new Stampin' Up! catalog is this one, CRAFTING FOREVER, which is probably not a big surprise to anyone.  The advice 'Do Something Creative Every Day' would be enough to sell me the stamp set.  I try very hard to follow that advice when I walk in the studio every morning.  Do you ever have days when 'being creative' seems hard to do?  I do.  Even with all of the creative samples around me I get stuck.  How do you get over that feeling?  (Really ~ email me and tell me how you do it!  I would love to know!)  I do a couple of things ~ get out my catalog and CASE (COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING),  look carefully at the cards on my boards,  find inspiration in tea towels (they are amazing) and start working by seeing what has been 'left over' on my work space.  Seems to work for me but do let me know what works for you ~ EMAIL ME ~ I will choose a name from my little basket of those of you who email me and I have a new stamp set for you ~ free!