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Stampin' Up! & Hippo Happiness


And, today, it's this cute hippo from my friend, Barbara Schweiger, who has been in love with FIONA since the day she was born!  

81JFqSYjY5L Last night Barbara came to our regularly scheduled STAMP CLUB and brought a darling little box of 3" x 3" cards that she had made with the stamp set HIPPO HAPPINESS on page 49 in Stampin' Up!'s Annual Catalog.  

IMG_5738This is a BUNDLE so you don't have to worry about fussy cutting all these cute little animals.  Bundles save you 10% right off the top and the cost for the bundle is $48.50 so you just need to add a tiny bit to qualify for a SALE-A-BRATION FREE product!

Kangaroo & Company

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Join Kanga and Roo for some stamping fun at my VALENTINE CLASS on this coming Saturday afternoon at one.  Kanga and Roo?  Did you read Winnie the Pooh when you were growing up?  I did and my Mother and I would laugh and laugh at that silly old bear!  

Kangaroo & Company 1I have three stampers signed up for my class this Saturday afternoon and would love to have six!!!  This is one of the cards we will be making with the stamp set KANGAROO & COMPANY and coordinating dies on page 17 in the Mini Catalog.  EMAIL ME TO SIGN UP!  The class is just $10 or FREE with a $25 order in class!

Kangaroo stamp set


Stampin' Up!'s Blueberry Blessings Project Sheet Tuesday

Blueberries (2) Download Blueberry Blessings

You can find this special stamp set and designer series paper in the SALE-A-BRATION CATTY on page 14.  It is available for you to take home with an order of $100 of Stampin' Up! products and it is FREE during this month and next month.  And, it coordinates with a stamp set in the new Mini Catalog ~ check it out on page 44.  The stamp set, SWEET STRAWBERRY, is bundled with a punch ~ the Strawberry Builder Punch.

The DSP is so colorful ~ very happy paper that includes raspberries, blueberries and strawberries in 14 bright Stampin' Up! colors.  Plan on joining me for my BERRY DELIGHTFUL CLASS on Saturday, January 30!   EMAIL ME!

Download January February Class Schedule

Valentine card class ~ Saturday this week....


This is one of the cards that we made at our Valentine Class on Saturday.  Wanda, Sharon, Dixie and Rusty enjoyed visiting with each other and creating Valentines for friends.  You can find this lovely paper, LOVE YOU ALWAYS SPECIALTY DSP, on page 11 in the January - June Mini Catalog.  The package contains 12 sheets of paper ~ 4 each of 3 different designs ~ two of them on this card.  Also, on the card ~ the heart is cut from Foil Sheets on the same page.  The package contains 6 sheets of foil, 2 each of 3 colors ~ all purrfect for Valentines.   Next Saturday ~ more Valentines ~ join me for class at 10 AM or 1 PM in the Cat/Art Studio.  This casual class is just $10 ~ or, free if you order $25 or more during the class.  EMAIL ME NOW!

Stampin' Up! Valentine Card Class


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Yesterday afternoon was my first of several classes to make Valentines.  I am sure not too many of my crafty friends send Valentines but I can't tell you how nice it is to open your mail box to something other than advertisements and bills!  Right?  From ANNIE'S MAILBOX ADVICE COLUMN recently ~

Dear Annie:  My young adult daughter recently had a milestone birthday, so I asked friends and family to send a birthday card to her.  She received many cards.  I was very grateful to the people who sent them.

    She sent every one of the people she received a card from a thank you note, saying how much the card meant to her.  I feel like I raised my daughter right, with good manners.

    So, just wanted to say:  Send a card to someone you love.  They will truly appreciate it.  And if you receive a card, tell them thank you for thinking of you.  Let's support each other.  Mom

Dear Mom:  I love the idea of brightening someone's day with a card.  No act of kindness, no matter how small, is wasted.

Hello Dear Friend

There's a kit on page 6 in the Mini Catalog that I have been working on and I wanted to show you.  It is the Hello Dear Friend all-inclusive kit that you see below.  The reason I wanted to create the cards this week was because I had two additional kits to send away for birthday gifts ~ one for my sister, Judy, in Richmond and one for my best friend from college, Linda, who lives in Cleveland.  They have the same birthday ~ January 22.

All Inclusive Kit label

All inclusive?  Yes, EVERYTHING is included ~ the stamps, the ink, the adhesive, the cards and printed punch outs in Crushed Curry, Highland Heather, Melon Mambo, Misty Moonlight, Old Olive and Shaded Spruce.  It is an easy peasy kit with five sentiments to use as you like!  I hope Judy and Linda will enjoy making, and sending, these cards ~ they are happy cards that would make anyone feel good!

Card 1

Notecard 2

Card 3

Notecard 3

Stampin' Up! Basic White

BASIC WHITE PRODUCTS are replacing Whisper White in the Stampin' Up! line due to a problem with the manufacturer.  We can no longer order any of the Whisper White products as everything as been transferred to the new Basic White.  I still have Whisper White products because I keep a stock so that I don't run out.  As soon as I receive my new order I will let you know how the two contrast.  I have heard some positive comments so don't worry about the change, ok?  The new order numbers are below...


The following Basic White products are now available !

  • BASIC WHITE 8-1/2" X 11" CARDSTOCK (159276)
  • BASIC WHITE 8-1/2" X 11" THICK CARDSTOCK (159229)
  • BASIC WHITE 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) CARDSTOCK (159231)
  • BASIC WHITE 3" X 3" (7.6 X 7.6 CM) ENVELOPES (159233)

And ~ a PDF for you to print off giving you the new numbers ~ you might just want to change them in your annual catalog ~ that would be the easiest, right?


Project Sheet Tuesday

This cute card is purrrrfect for Valentines Day or any time you want to send a really cute card to a friend who needs a little cheering up.  Who could resist this cute donkey?  The directions are below ~ just print them off ~ and, join me this coming Saturday afternoon at 1 PM to make some Valentines ~ who knows you might find this card in your Saturday projects!!!!  EMAIL ME  to let me know you are stopping by!  Susan Elise

Donkey Valentine

Download True Love Darling Donkeys

Stampin' Up!'s Love You Always Suite plus MORE....

You can find this Suite on page 11 in the MINI catty ~ so much to love!  My team of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators met via ZOOM on Saturday afternoon to share stamping ideas and stamped projects.  Such a great group of stampers!!!  We 'meet' once a month and would love to have you join us!  But, more about this fabulous suite ~ 


I presented a project that I had worked on Friday afternoon with my friend, Lynne.  I used the Love You Always Treat Boxes, # 4 on the right hand side of page 11.  Below is a picture of my project ~ purrrrfect for a Valentine gift, don't you think?  I used the designer series paper to cover the box in black with white polka dots and the coordinating paper ~ Specialty DSP for the heart.  The stamp set is bundled with a set of dies.  The frilly heart die is part of that set ~ look on page 12 to see the set of dies.  The box opens like a drawer and is very sturdy.  It is approximately 3" x 4".  Let me know if you can join me for a VALENTINE PLAY DAY next Saturday afternoon between 1 and 3 PM ~ there's lots to play with.  EMAIL ME!

Treat Box 6

Download Love You Always Project Sheet

Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper ~ storage

DSP page 15 SAB

Both the new MINI and the SAB brochure are full of FABULOUS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER!  I store my 12" x 12" DSP in the folders below to keep them in the best condition possible and to keep them organized so that they are easier to use.  The storage folders come from Amazon and they are 12.75" x 12.95" x 0.13".  You get three in a package for $9.98.

Dsp folder