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The End

Panda Hang in there

An appropriate card since I am still feeling under the weather.  I had to cancel my BRUSHO class this morning ~ for the sake of those attending (I don't want to pass this on) and for my sake too.  PARTY PANDAS has been the most talked about, most used & most creative of all of the Sale-a-Bration products the last three months.  We can only hope that these cute pandas will reappear in the future somewhere/sometime.  Thanks for stopping by and for enjoying SALE-A-BRATION with me this year!

Swap Card


Berry Burst card w Amazing You


3 Guitars


Happy Easter basket in turquoise



I'm back........

So sorry to disappear this week.  It was not my favorite week as Alan passed his cold, cough, etc. to me and I have been fighting it all week.  And, to make it worse I 'had' to recover on Wednesday as I had invited my family for lunch and bought tickets for the tram tour of Lantern Asia at Norfolk Botanical Garden for all of us!!!  Luckily the weather turned out perfect and all of us had a super time together.

I wanted to post some cards using the products from SALE-A-BRATION as it is over tomorrow.  I think by now everyone has all the special products that you would like to have but it never hurts to remind everyone that we will have to wait another nine months to take advantage of this opportunity again.  So, SAB today and tomorrow and then back to the last video explaining/teaching us about the STAMPARATUS.

12 cards from the packa

All of these cards are made using the Sweet Soiree Memories & More Card Pack on page 11 in the original SAB brochure.  The designs are printed on the cards ~ you add the base card.  There are 72 total double-sided cards!  

I am in the studio this weekend so let me know if you have questions, if you would like for me to place an order for you or if you want to join as a discount demonstrator ~ time is flying by.  I am here to help!  Susan Elise




Stamparatus Technique Series Video 3

Here is the third video in the Stamparatus video series.  Shannon is going to tell us how to create different plaids ~ without a fuss!  She is using two different stamp sets ~ Ready to Pop on page 26 and Thoughtful Banners on page 66.  Both in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog.  These videos are great to help all of us learn all we can about the new Stamparatus.  If you weren't able to participate in the pre-order, not to worry as Stampin' Up!'s 2018-2019 catalog will be available very soon and you can order yours as soon as it arrives! 

If you have any questions or you would like to stop by the Cat/Art Studio for a personal Stamparatus experience, please let me know. 


Stamparatus Technique Series Video 2

Here is the second video in the new Stamparatus Series.  This video is Aligning with Red Rubber stamps.  This is a little different since the stamps are not clear.  Here is the next video.  

The stamp set is Swan Lake on page 142 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog.  This is an easy way to position these pretty stamps!  If you have any questions, please let me know. 


Stamparatus Technique Series Video I

With the Stamparatus tools now being shipped to those of you who pre-ordered it, Stampin' Up! has put together a video series to help you understand how to use it.  Here is the first video in the series, Precision Placement. 

As you can tell this is a new way to stamp.  So, why would we need one?

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp ~ no need to start over.
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using the reversible plates.

We will be using the Stamparatus at my Sale-A-Bration Open House tomorrow.  We will use the same stamp set that you saw in today's video, 'Amazing Congratulations' (145938, on page 51 in the Occasions Catalog).  My 'play day' open house starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 2:00 ~ let me know if you can join us!

This new tool will be in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, I know you are going to love it as much as I do. 
If you have any questions, please let me know. 


Agnes Leach, Guest Artist of a different kind

Yesterday at 10 AM was the March meeting of the GOURMET STAMP CLUB.  This lovely group has been meeting together for years and they are unique because the hostess brings lunch to share with everyone.  I am not sure how that decision was made all those years ago but everyone enjoys having lunch together and sharing some delicious food.  Agnes prepared the recipe below for our meeting ~ it was definitely yummy!  So yummy that I wanted to share it with you!  Enjoy!

Spinach Artichoke Rice Bake

2 cups Minute Instant Rice

1 cup half & half

1 can (14 oz) small whole artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained

4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (I used a package of Monterey Jack with Colby cheese)

2 large eggs, beaten

2 cups chopped cooked chicken

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with oregano, garlic & basil, drained

2 cups cottage cheese

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Prepare rice according to package directions, substituting 1 cup half & half for 1 cup water.

Add artichokes,1/2 cup spinach, 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese and eggs to rice; set aside.

In large bowl, combine chicken, remaining spinach and tomatoes; set aside.

In medium bowl, combine 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, cottage cheese and cayenne pepper.

Spread half of rice mixture into a greased 13x9 inch baking dish, top with half cheese mixture and half chicken mixture.

Repeat layers, sprinkle with remaining cheese,

Bake, covered, in a preheated 375 degree oven 15 minutes; 

   remove cover and continue baking 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and golden brown.

Serves 8.

Update from Stampin' Up! on our BLENDS


In February 27’s weekly updates, we let you know some of the challenges we’re experiencing in maintaining an adequate supply of Stampin’ Blends. Extremely long lead times with our supplier, combined with an unexpected increase in demand, has caused many of our current 27-color offering to go on backorder. In fact, if you’ve been monitoring the Inventory Status Report, you’re probably already aware of the increasing backorders and low-inventory alerts for many of our Stampin’ Blends.

At this time, we’ve had to make the difficult decision to make our entire Stampin’ Blends product line unorderable until approximately the end of May. This is not a decision we came to lightly; but with backorders only likely to get worse in the coming weeks, it is in the best interest of the company—and by association, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators—to temporarily make them unavailable.

Stampin’ Blends will be made unorderable beginning Friday, March 23, noon (MT).

Be assured that this decision has not been made due to any financial challenges on the part of Stampin’ Up! This is purely due to the rise in demand and the complications we face with our supplier for this particular product line.

We will keep you posted on the availability of Stampin’ Blends as we learn more.

My Paper Pumpkin March

It's time for the big reveal of the March My Paper Pumpkin subscriber video.  The beautiful floral theme includes 2 different cards with pretty vintage envelopes.  They are so pretty for all your Spring occasions.  Take a look at all that was included: 

The kits are a surprise each month and it's so much fun to receive it in the mail.  Each month you receive the kit and the full instructions and products to re-create it.  You can subscribe to My Paper Pumpkin when you click here or feel free to contact me for more information.  When you join Paper Pumpkin in April or May you'll get 50% off your first 2 months!  Use Code SAVEFIFTY0418!

Enjoy!  Susan Elise

In Color Swap Continued...........

Margaret Spencer's card
The In-Color Swap from the March meeting of my demonstrator team was posted on my blog on March 13.  I had forgotten that I had not posted the other pretty cards in the swap!  The card above features Peekaboo Peach and was created by Margaret Spencer.

Marie Shaughnessy's card

Marie Shaughnessy's card features the color Flirty Flamingo.

Marions Swaim's card

Marion Swaim's card features the color, Emerald Envy ~ such a pretty green!

Patti Barish's card

You are simply amazing card by Patti Barish using Sweet Sugarplum.

Sarah Williams' card

And this card is by Sarah Williams.  Sarah used the new Blossoming Basket Bundle that is part of the Sale-a-bration products that are free through the end of the month.  Check your 2016-2018 In Color Supplies to see if you need anything before they all retire.  Look for Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum ~ cardstock, stamp pads and ink refills.  You can also get 3/8" Grosgrain Striped Ribbon  (page 184 in the annual catalog) and In Color Glitter Acrylic Shapes (144218) in these colors!  Don't wait ~ the closer we get to our new catalog the faster all of these products will go!