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Coffee with Friends Angled Card


You can find this stamp set on page 105 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog.  It was designed by Sandi Rule, a Million Sales Achiever.  I don't drink coffee but I love the card!  I would have to change the title to Tea with Friends!  Enjoy this easy technique!

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Stamp set: Coffee with Friends (161389)

Paper: Azure Afternoon Cardstock (161719); Basic White Cardstock (159276)

Ink: Tuxedo Black (132708)

Accessories: Bright & Beautiful Designer Series Paper (161449); Stylish Shapes Dies (159183); Tinsel Gems Four-Pack (161623); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Azure Afternoon Blends (161672); Bubble Bath Blends (161675); Wild Wheat Blends (161661)


Azure Afternoon Card Base 8 ½” x 5 ½” scored at 4 ¼”; 4 pieces 5” x ¼”

Basic White Cardstock 5 ¼” x 4” 2 pieces; 2” x 2”; small scrap for sentiment

Bright & Beautiful Designer Series Paper 2 pieces 3” x 3”; 2 pieces 3 ¾ x 3”


· Cut the next to the largest Stylish Shapes Dies Square in Basic White.

· Stamp the girl with the coffee cup on the above piece making it a diamond. Color her using the Azure Afternoon Blends, Bubble Bath Blends and Wild Wheat Blends.

· Adhere it to the center of the Basic White piece 5 ¼” x 4” with adhesive.

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· Adhere one of the 5” x ¼” pieces of Azure Afternoon. Butt it up to the square – it will go off the end of the paper – that’s okay – you’ll be cutting it off. 

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· Do the same with the other three pieces, butting each one up to the previous one 

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· Turn over the piece and cut off the excess strips

· Add the Bright & Beautiful Designer Series Paper to the white. You will notice two opposite sides are smaller and use the 3” x 3” on those and the larger ones on the other two “squares” 

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· Turn it over the cut off the excess 

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· Adhere this to the Azure Afternoon card base

· Add the Tinsel Gems

· Stamp the coffee/croissants to the Basic White 5 ¼” x 4” in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and adhere to the inside of the card.

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TO FOLLOW UP ON 'MELISSA'S PP PLAN' I wanted you to have a little more information about ordering.  You can order online or I can order for you.

One month is $23.50 and the order number is 137858

Three months are $69.50 and the order number is 137859

Six months are $127.00 and the order number is 137860

Twelve months are $243.00 and the order number is 137861

When you order and pay for multiple months you will receive an email from Stampin' Up! with a PREPAID SUBSCRIPTION CODE in it.  Copy the code and go to to add the code into your account.  If you don't already have an account you can set one up for yourself and add the code then.  Questions?  Let me know.

Remember to take advantage of BONUS DAYS you must order before midnight Monday!  Melissa's $ SAVING PLAN is based on the 12 month subscription.



My PP Person ~ Melissa! SAVE NOW!

Hi Susan Elise,

As Bonus Days closes soon (July 31), I have been doing a lot of math regarding Paper Pumpkin prepaid plan. 

I knew there was a savings to go with a prepaid plan; specifically the 12-month prepaid plan.  I then realized when you do the prepaid plan online – or through a demonstrator – shipping & handling is charged. Hmmmm, I was bummed.  How will this save me money??.  So I made a spreadsheet:


WELL NOW, there IS still a savings, even after paying S&H.  I did not include taxes in either calculation, since taxes are charged regardless.  Even after paying S&H, you still get almost ONE MONTH free.  AND:

            The $243.00 gets you 10% or $24.30 in hostess Fun Money

            The $243.00 during BONUS DAYS gets you 4 $5 coupons ($5 coupon for every $50 spent).

 Then I thought, SPEND $7 MORE and get ANOTHER $5 coupon.  I put one of my embellishment picks into my basket, totaled $250.50 in product and got:

            12-months Paper Pumpkin for about the same as 11 monthly payments

            $25 worth of Hostess Fun money (what shall I get?)

            $25 worth of Bonus Days coupons to spend in August (5 x $5)

I am hitting “BUY NOW”!  Thought you and your stampin friends would like to know. 


Best Regards,





August 1 - 31 all of the Stampin' Up! Kits will be ON SALE!  Each kit comes with everything you need to create craft projects for yourself, for friends, for gifts!  There are so many to choose from ~ BLOSSOM WISHES KIT ($13, #162431); BOHO BEACH KIT ($22, #162418); CONFETTI BIRTHDAY KIT ($23, 162390); FOREVER FRIENDS KIT (@21, #162363); COLORFUL KALEIDOSCOPE KIT ($23, #161804) ~ and, more.  Go to the online store and take a look for yourself ~ STAMPINUP.COM/ONLINE-EXCLUSIVES


Cooling down...........



 Christmas is only 6 months away! OH MY! Christmas is one of those times when we all send lots of cards to friends and family. So this is a good time to start 'dreaming up' the design of your Christmas card.  The Stampin’ Up! Fall/Holiday catalog will be arriving in August and will go 'live' on September 2. The catalog has lots of wonderful ideas, stamps and kits to get us all ready for the cooler months to come and the holidays right around the corner.  My first CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST CLASS is scheduled for Saturday morning, August 19, at ten ~ I hope you will join me!  Susan Elise

The One Horse Open Sleigh 6" x 6" designer series paper (162118) is perfect for a Fall or Winter card.....

Christmas in July Front


Stamp Sets: Grassy Grove, Brightest Glow

Cardstock: Boho Blue, Misty Moonlight, Moody Mauve, One horse Open Sleigh 6 x 6 DSP, Basic White, Early Espresso

Ink: Misty Moonlight

Accessories: Emboss & Die Cut Machine, Grassy Grove Dies, Paper Trimmer, Mono Liquid Glue, Mini Dimensionals, Stampin' Spritzers, Alcohol, Wink of Stella, Basic Jewel Rhinestones


Boho Blue: 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” scored at 4-1/4”

Moody Mauve: 4” x 5-1/4”

Basic White: 4” x 5-1/4”

Misty Moonlight: 3-3/4” x 5”

One Horse Open Sleigh DSP: 3-3/4” x 5”, ½” x 5-1/4”

Early Espresso: scraps for deer


1. Cut all cardstock

2. Die cut the forest and deer

3. Glue the forest die cut to the DSP (using a little liquid glue)

4. Adhere the framed forest to the Moody Mauve cardstock

5. Adhere to Boho Blue card base

6. Add Mini Dimensionals to the deer.

7. Mix alcohol and 5-6 drops of Wink of Stella in a Spritzer. Shake it up and lightly spray the card front.

8. Stamp sentiment inside on Basic White and add the ½” strip of DSP to the bottom.

9. Add 3 Rhinestones.

Christmas in July Inside

Don't you feel cooler now???


Stack, Slice & Shuffle Technique


 One of the ways to decorate the front of a greeting card is to cut and lay out different prints from a set of Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Papers. But that usually means cutting small shapes out of several pieces of paper from that set. With the “Stack, Slice and Shuffle” technique, though, I cut card-sized pieces out of 3 or 4 prints and end up using all of that paper to make 3 or 4 different card fronts.

 What you’ll need: 4 different prints of Designer Series Paper, 3-3/4” x 5”; 1 piece of cardstock 3-3/4” x 5” (or you can use a piece 4” x 5-1/4” and trim it when you’re finished gluing the papers on); liquid glue (I use liquid glue so that I can adjust pieces easily as I lay them on the cardstock). For my project, I used the Online Exclusive paper set, Hello Irresistible.


To begin the Stack, Slice and Shuffle, start with a template for cutting the papers. I usually make my templates and cut my papers 3-3/4” wide by 5” high. This gives me plenty of room to create cardstock layers behind the card front using at least two colors that complement the colors in the papers.


 Then I stack the papers laying the template on top of the stack. I cut this entire stack using the Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer. With that many layers, I press a bit harder than I usually do with just one or two pieces of paper or cardstock. I definitely plan the order in which I’m going to make each cut before I start. You’ll notice that, on my templates, I number the cutting lines before I start to keep me from making any accidental “design modifications.” Once I’m finished, I discard the pieces of the template.


 Once I have all four stacks of papers, I start the “shuffle” part of the process. I lay the stacks on my work surface in the pattern they’ll form on the card front. I leave the stack at the upper left alone. For the stack on the upper right, I take the top piece of paper and move it to the bottom of the stack. Then I move down to the stack on the bottom right and move the two top pieces (keeping them in order) to the bottom of the stack. Finally, for the stack in the lower left corner, I move the top three pieces (keeping them in order) to the bottom of the stack.


 Finally, I begin adhering them to a piece of 3-3/4” x 5” cardstock, taking the top piece of each stack to make the first card front. Then I make each of the next three card fronts the same way.

 That’s it for the basic steps. Once you have your four card fronts, you can use them as you’d use any other layer on a card. These are the cards that I made using these designs. The supply list for the cards I made using this template are at the end of this article.



Templates for You To Use

 Here is a link to a .pdf file that contains a full-size copy of  three templates. Just print them on plain copy paper and cut them out on the outside edges. And don’t forget that you can make your very own original templates!

Download FullSizeTemplates



Yesterday fun plus......

IMG_9986Barb Schweiger, my 'serious' stamping friend in class yesterday.

IMG_9987Kelly Berg and Cyndi Fisher with a table full of project sheets and daisy projects.

IMG_9985Lynne Henderson and Rusty Bedard showing off their new glue skills!!!  Fun class!

My next class will be a CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST CLASS on Saturday, August 19 at ten.  Let me know if you are interested!