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Stampin' Up!'s Paper Pumpkin Prepaid is the ticket!

Stampin' Up!'s SALE-A-BRATION ends on March 31 ~ coming soon.  Before it ends I wanted to remind you that it is the purrrrrfect time to join PAPER PUMPKIN.  Not only is it fun to get a surprise craft box in the mail once a month BUT during SAB you earn FREE Sale-A Bration item(s) when you purchase a 3-, 6-, and 12-month subscription.  This is a limited time offer, so don't wait.  The sooner you purchase your prepaid subscription, the sooner you can start playing with your Free SAB goodies!  



SAB chart

Rest In Peace

Katherine Johnson

The brilliant mathematician Katherine Johnson, who was a crucial figure in America's space program, has died at the age of 101. Johnson spent more than three decades at NASA, working on such landmark moments as Alan Shepard's 1961 Freedom 7 mission (America's first human spaceflight) and John Glenn's 1962 orbit around the Earth. It was that flight that Glenn famously told engineers to "get the girl," referring to Johnson, to run the computer equations by hand. “If she says they’re good,’” Johnson remembered Glenn saying, “then I’m ready to go.” According to NASA, "when asked to name her greatest contribution to space exploration, Katherine Johnson talks about the calculations that helped synch Project Apollo’s Lunar Lander with the moon-orbiting Command and Service Module."

The world learned more about Johnson's pivotal role in our nation's history in the 2016 Oscar-nominated film, "Hidden Figures." Actress Taraji P. Henson portrayed Johnson in the film. In 2015, President Barack Obama awarded Johnson the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Eclipse Technique w Stampin' Up!.

Janie's email to me last week & the Eclipse Technique.....

Finally, almost 2 months later my creativity came back.  I ran out of cards to send and needed a new set of 12 or more.

I was working with Peaceful Poppy stamp set and die without success.  I didn’t really like anything I saw online.

Anyway, after spending 15 minutes in my craft room this morning I came up with 2 new designs.  One is an eclipse card and the other uses the letter from the eclipse card.  Easy and doesn’t take too long...2 cards in the time it takes to do one!!

It uses Peaceful Poppy stamp set, the beautiful matching DSP, dies and lots of Dimensionals for the raised HUGS card (16 reg and 17 small Dimensionals).

 Hope you like them! 



Taped the dies together makes it easier to get the straight line cut with proper spacing and move on to cut the next card.

Used LOTS of Dimensionals. 




Tuesday Project Sheet

You might assume that I choose this card because of the cute little kitty who is watching the bird on the garden gate.  But, it so happens this card can be a 3-D card with the garden gate swinging open at will ~ so clever!  You can find this stamp set, GRACE'S GARDEN, bundled with the GARDEN GATEWAY DIES on page 13 in Stampin' Up!'s Spring Mini Catalog.  The Project Sheet will print out on the front and back of your sheet of paper so be sure you get all the directions!  Enjoy!

Gate Card Josee

Download Grace's Garden Project Sheet

Where is that paper?

That was a question yesterday as several stampers looked at the cards displayed on my boards (really, just cork squares on closet doors).  The answer was that the designer series paper is really really easy to OVERLOOK on the top of page 55 in the Spring Catalog.  It is called BEST DRESSED 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper.  I dismissed it myself thinking that it was all about purses, shoes and perfume ~ not so, the flip side of the paper is lovely ~ especially since our daffodils are in bloom and some of our trees have already sprouted pretty pink blossoms ~ have you noticed?  You will love the paper!  See it all in the video below and check out the card (using the Positive Thoughts stamp set on page 23) that started the conversation...........

Positive Thoughts w Best Dressed DSP





Busy day in the studio.......

It was a busy afternoon today ~ eight stampers enjoying the wonderful products in the PEACEFUL POPPIES SUITE on page 24, 25, 26 and 27 in Stampin' Up!'s Spring Catalog.  Each stamper made five different cards and used the Peaceful Poppies Elements ~ die cut accents designed to compliment the stamps and dies.  

Busy Class 1Busy class members ~ Dixie, Marti, Katy, Rusty, Lynne and Melissa.

Lynne and Kty in classLynne and Katy concentrating/creating.

Lynn's cardLynne's pretty card!


Stampin' Up!'s Mountain Air Bundle

Reverse stamping is relatively new to all of us.  Stampin' Up! introduced it recently and uses it in a unique way in the Mountain Air Bundle that you can find on page 52 and 53 in the January -June Mini Catalog (don't have yours ~ let me know ~ I have one for you).  These specialized photopolymer stamps can stamp using both sides.  This video will show you the stamp set, dies and how they work together.  If you would like to try these stamps yourself plan on joining me in March for my Mountain Air Class on Saturday, March 28, from  1 - 3 PM.  Additional information coming soon.  Enjoy the video!




My sister, Sarah Ellen, made the cookies, below, for my friends who visited the Cat/Art Studio this month.  The cookies turned out beautiful and delicious with many positive comments all month long.  The comment I heard most often was that they were too pretty to eat but that didn't stop everyone from enjoying every last crumb.  Wednesday night, Gigi got so excited about the cookies that she had to know more so here is some basic information about Fancy Flours ~

Fancy Flours is a unique, retail on-line baking supply business specializing in high quality, difficult to find products.

Sarah's cookies

Gigi also asked for the recipe for the cookies.  There is a link on the website to various recipes.  The one that Sarah used for the cookies is the 'No Fail Sugar Cookie Recipe'.  The website is amazing ~ so much information, so many products and great pictures!  Enjoy!

Fancy Flours graphic

Stampin' Up!'s SO VERY VELLUM

SALE-A-BRATION is so much fun and it is about to get better!!!  March 3 is right around the corner and that's the day that Stampin' Up! rolls out the SECOND release of FREE items (with your purchase of $50 of product)! 

The So Very Vellum Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 152313) ~ a new Level 1 Sale-A-Bration item ~ is perfect for some great new projects!  You will get six pastel-colored 12" x 12" vellum sheets with an embossed design, two each of three colors (Pool Party, Purple Posy and Soft Sea Foam). And, it is absolutely FREE with a qualifying purchase of $50.  I will have a new brochure for you that will tell you all about all the new items to be released on the 3rd!

And, I know that you are wondering about the beautiful card below with the white fussy cut can find the answer on page 169 in the Annual Catalog.  The cut out is part of the Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper (item 149611) which makes this card another easy peasy one ~ strips of textured vellum, delicate laser cut daisies and a saying!  You know your friend would love to receive this card!