12 weeks of Christmas ~ last week

Book project for giving cards

Book project inside

This is the project that I featured in my '12 Weeks of Christmas' last week.  It is a great way to package the greeting cards that you are giving to friends during the holidays.  At my team meeting on Saturday we made the same project but using colors that would be more appropriate after the holidays.  Here' our project ~

STARS book project

STARS book project inside

Let me know if you have any questions about the project ~ it is not difficult and I think your friends would love receiving this gift package from YOU!

A Little Wild

Wine bottles by Laurie

My friend, Laurie, and her daughter, Katherine, decorated these mini bottles of wine as favors for a surprise baby shower for Katherine's sister-in-law.  Aren't they darling?

Wine bottles 2

You can find these cute animal stamps (purrrrrrfect for tags as they have a front and back!) on page 108 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog.  And, Abby, I know you will be excited to learn that there are dies to match ~ Little Loves Framelits Dies ~ and the set is bundled!!!  Perfect for those of you with children, or grandchildren, who like to craft.

Mini Egg Cartons

Egg Carton w project sheet

These cute Mini Egg Cartons have been on backorder FOREVER.  However, I should be able to order them on Monday, March 27.  If you are interested let me know this weekend so that I can add you to the list (Janie and Joy have been on the list for weeks)!  They will probably sell out quickly as everyone has been waiting so long.  Oh ~ they come in a natural cream color (page 18 in the Occasions Catalog) but you can spray them any color that you like.  Fill your Stampin' Spritzer (126185, page 180 in the annual catalog) about 3/4 full with Rubbing Alcohol and add drops of re-inker to get the intensity of color you want.  (Rubbing Alcohol comes in 70% and 91% ~ my preference as it evaporates more quickly.)  Spray and let them dry before adding the decorations ~ fill with Easter goodies.  Directions below ~

Download Easter Egg Carton 

Pretty Presents

Vertical Garden Artisan Team March

Rochelle Blok, a member of the Artisan Design Team with Stampin' Up! used the VERTICAL GARDEN project kit (#143635) and the Envelope Punch Board (#133774) to create these pretty gift packages.  Read all about the process HERE.

2017 is right around the corner......

I plan a CATALOG CLASS annually to get ready for the new year.  The class is scheduled in the Fall because many of my stamping friends not only want their own calendar but also want to give the handmade calendars as gifts during the holidays.  I love the stories they tell about how their friends 'expect' the next calendar!  Today I will post the first six months that we created for 2017.  I also wanted to give credit to my friend, Katy Bryant, who was my Artistic Consultant this year (and last).  Katy sat down in the studio with me to 'discuss' which of the many stamp sets would fit into the monthly themes for 2017 ~ she was such a help to me!  Thanks, Katy!

January February March April May June

Candy Cane Blossoms & In the Bag Video

DO you need some quick and easy gift ideas for co-workers, teachers, the bus driver, the mailman or anyone else in your life? Take a look at this great video released by Stampin' Up! that can give you some wonderful ideas on how to wrap up the cute holiday cookies, Candy Cane Blossoms, ~ recipe below!  Enjoy!

Download Candy Cane Blossoms

 You can pick up the Guesset bags, or any other holiday products from my online store.

Treat Packaging Video

The You’re So Lovely Project Kit includes supplies to make 12 adorable cards AND 12 bags with tags. But you can do even more with it!  You can use those same supplies to make 36 treat packages instead. That makes it so versatile.  Take a look at the video below and learn how to create the treat packaging!

You can get these products and many others from my online store here.  Feel free to contact me if you want more information on any of our products.  Thanks for stopping by, Susan Elise



Mini Treat Bags Video

If you like to give little treats to anyone around the holidays, then you probably have seen our Mini Treat Bags in the annual catalog.  Well, you will want to take a look at this video from Stampin' Up! showcasing our Mini Treat Bags.  They show you how to make even smaller treat bags!  Perfect for small bitesize candy bars ~ wonderful stocking stuffers!  Enjoy!

 You can get any of our Holiday products from my online store.  You can also  contact me with any questions or Holiday help.


Festive Flower Punch Video

If it's one thing I love about the holidays, it's all the beautiful Poinsettia's that line the outside of businesses and homes.  I love to create them for my projects as well and Stampin'  Up! has a video to show us how to do just that with our Festive Flower Punch.  Would you like to make them?  Take a look:  

Make one or make a bunch!  Choose the traditional red or mix it up!  The possibilities are endless.  Browse my online store to get your holiday products and create your own Poinsettias.  And, this week it is on special!  Now is the time, right?  Susan Elise


Vintage and Lighthearted..............

I used both stamp sets, Vintage Leaves (#138802, annual catalog, page 88) and Lighthearted Leaves (#139712, holiday catalog, page 44) to make two wreaths last weekend.  I used watercolor paper and choose stamp pads with Fall colors.

Wreath lg close up 2

I stamped the leaves, cut them out with the framelits (bundled to save 15% ~ see page 88), sprayed them with 70% rubbing alcohol to blend the colors, scrunched them & spread them out to dry and then attached them with my hot glue gun to a twig wreath from Hobby Lobby.

Wreath lg close up

Also, before I sprayed them I sponged a little Early Espresso around the edges.  Thanks for stopping by and have a super Saturday.