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So sorry...........

So sorry, my blog posts are not working as usual ~ I can't add pictures.  I have contacted Typepad twice but have not heard back about the problem being corrected.  I apologize because I wanted to add a number of posts ~ we are leaving for the cottage in the morning............forgive me.

Melissa & the Little Creek Church ladies group

Melissa has contributed her creative endeavors many times to my blog and she continues today with a recent event at her church.  I thought you would be interested.  She lives one of Stampin' Up's Goals ~ We will make a difference in the lives of others by sharing creativity and opportunities to enhance lives.  Thank you Melissa!

MnT sample

The DSP was called “Share What You Love” so I did!  Our Little Creek Church ladies group meets (almost) monthly for some activity.   For our October gathering we choose a craft day – some painting and some bracelet making; I came up with an easy Make n Take.  I even put out a bunch of Susan Elise’s business cards!


  • I cut up loads of Share What You Love DSP 3.875 x 5.125
  • I cut up loads of Basic Black CS 4 x 5.25 ( I wanted a very thin Basic Black and color backing)
  • I cut up loads of matching CS in several colors 4.125 x 5.375
  • I provided several pre-stamped sentiments, all in coordinating colors
  • I provided several styles of doilies, all in coordinating colors
  • I precut DSP banners, and provided lots of scrap DSP and CS from the trimmings above

MnT set-up

With a Basic White card, take one from each bowl and assemble.  Everything matched everything, so no one had to worry about style.  Some folks veered from the sample, by putting the banner in different directions (north/south) or making a starburst effect with several CS rays.  They went crazy, and had loads of fun.

MnT in action

Fitting Florets Collection


Add just the right touch of elegance to any occasion, including Christmas and seasonal celebrations, with the sweet Fitting Florets Collection. From color schemes to sentiments and embellishments to dies, these unique products blend together so that your cards and crafts fit whatever occasion you might need. Send birthday wishes, express your gratitude, or spread Christmas cheer—with so many options to mix and match you’ll be set no matter the celebration all year!

This lovely collection is available starting Tuesday, November 1.  Demonstrators can preorder all the products in the collection and you could add it to your STARTER KIT if you would like to join my team.  Remember the value of the Starter Kit has increased to $155 (products you choose) until October 31!  Want more information ~ text me ~ 757-641-9354!

The following exclusive products are only available while supplies last:

  • Framed & Festive Cling Stamp Set (item 160888)*
  • Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper (item 161814)
  • Gold Adhesive-Backed Swirls (item 161822)

Halloween ~ Scary Cute!

I received these two cards this week and wanted to share them with you ~ they are too cute ~ too scary cute!  The top card was created by Theresa Conley, a team member from Portsmouth.  I included the inside of the card so you can see the creative way that she has used her blending brushes!  The second card ~ Trick or treat you're so sweet ~ is from Susan Tran.  Love both these cards ~ thank you stamping friends!


The stamp set and dies, Scary Cute Bundle (#159852), are on page 56 in the Fall Mini Catalog.  There are 13 cling stamps in the set and 12 dies to make these cute cards.


Have you ever.................

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Cottage Wreaths Bundle/Sweet Halloween Card

Cottage Wreaths Final


Stamp sets that work for a variety of occasions are a great investment because they can be used time and again for a variety of seasons. A perfect example of this is the Cottage Wreaths stamp set and coordinating Country Wreath dies on page 59 in the Mini Catalog. You can make wreaths for tags or put them on cards to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. The wreaths look lovely paired with the festive greetings in this set, or you can customize them for any occasion. The dies include wreaths and a variety of shapes like cutout leaves, bows, and more. Use this bundle throughout the year just by changing the color combinations.


Stamp set: Cottage Wreaths (159652, bundle and save: 159659)

Ink: VersaMark (102283); Pumpkin Pie (147086); Soft Suede (147115); Mango Melody (147093); Memento Tuxedo Black (132708)

Cardstock: Mango Melody (146989), Basic White (159276), Basic Black (121045)

Paper and cutting dimensions:

Mango Melody: 8 ½” x 5 ½”
Whisper White: 3” square, (2) 2” x 1 ¼”, scraps (leaves and acorns), 1 ¼” x ¾”

Basic Black: 1 ¼” x 1 ½”; (2) ¼” x 5 ½”

Misc.: Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108); Matte Black Dots (154284); Sponge Daubers (133733); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), black pen (optional)


1. Fold Mango Melody cardstock in half to create the card base.

2. Adhere 2 Black strips onto card base.

3. Using VersaMark, ink and stamp leaves up both sides of card front.

4. Ink leaves image using Soft Suede, stamp onto Basic White and die-cut.

5. Ink acorns using Soft Suede, stamp onto Basic White and die-cut.

6. Ink leaves using Mango Melody and Pumpkin Pie ink, stamp onto Basic White and die-cut. 

7. Ink spider using Jet Black ink. Stamp onto Basic White and die-cut

8. Die-cut Basic Black bow. 

9. Ink wreath using Mango Melody ink and stamp onto Basic White. Daub Pumpkin Pie ink onto sections of the inked wreath, adding a second color. Die-cut. (card photo 1)

Cottage Wreaths 1

10. Attach wreath to card front using Mini Dimensionals.

11. Add Acorns and leaves to wreath using Mini Dimensionals.

12. Attach bow using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

13. Add three leaves to card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue

14. Ink phrase using Memento Tuxedo Black and stamp onto Basic White scrap. Using paper snips, trim around phrase. Attach to card front, inside the wreath using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

15. Using a black pen, draw line from top of card down to wreath and spider.

16. Add 3 Matte Black Dots to complete card.



Fall Leaf 3D embossing folder techniques

Leaf Fall Pic 1
Page 53, Fall Mini Catalog

It is difficult to find this embossing folder in the current Mini Catalog ~ look at the top of page 53.  One way to use it is to actually add ink directly to the folder.  You can add it on one side of the folder or both sides.  The two pictures below show the difference in the two sides.

Leaf Fall Pic 3

Leaf Fall Pic 2

Cut the cardstock into squares and add them to your card with 2 pieces facing up one way and the other 2 pieces showing the reverse.

Leaf Fall Pic 4

Also, try embossing Metallic cardstock.

Leaf Fall Pic 5
Bronze Brushed Metallic cardstock.


Leaf Fall Pic 6

You could also use pastels once you have run your cardstock through the embossing machine.  Use the Soft Pastels Assortment (154585, page 126 AC) by scraping the pastel with the spatula end of the 'Take A Pick' tool.  Blend the dust with your fingers over the embossed leaves.  

Leaf Fall Pic 8

Leaf Fall Pic 9

You may also want to try markers, watercolor pencils, blending brushes or your water painter!  Whatever you try ~ relax and have fun!  Send me a picture of your creation ~ I would love to see what you created!  Susan Elise

Fond of Autumn Die

In our Stamp Clubs this month we have been using the FOND OF AUTUMN BUNDLE that you can find on page 52 in Stampin' Up!'s Mini Catalog.  There are a number of unique dies with the set allowing various parts of the stamped image to be die cut.  I love the possibilities.  One of the dies, the one used on this card, has been particularly hard to describe/understand ~ even with a sample that I created.  This card, by my friend Laura Milligan, is the best use of this particular die that I have seen.  Download and enjoy!

Fond of Autumn Die (2)

Download Fond of Autumn Die Project Sheet