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

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.

Mr. Frog

I made this Gift Bag yesterday afternoon and then just sat back and laughed at it.  Every time I look at it I smile!  I made it using Stampin' Up!'s new GIFT BAG PUNCH BOARD ~ you can find it on page 150 in your new catalog.  Mr. Frog is from a darling stamp set, You're Sublime.  It is in the FOR KIDS section of the catalog but, really, I couldn't resist it.  PLUS, the set includes a submarine which I am going to use in my PROJECT LIFE (by Stampin' Up!) album about our recent trip to Hawaii ~ we booked a tour on a sub.  Also, I need to make a sub card for Alan ~ for his birthday in August.  I have this class scheduled for a Wednesday evening at the end of July if you would like to have your own Mr. Frog bag!  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely weekend!  Susan Elise


More 3-D swaps

I thought I would add a couple more of my 3-D swaps this afternoon, let me know if you have questions.  Thanks for stopping by!


2015 beach bag

Brown Box

Gift Box ~ Good things...

Treat Holder w tag topper punch

White bag folded
This is a white lunch bag folded in half.


White gift bag inside
This is the bag opened w candy tucked inside.


3-D Swaps

I am going to post some pictures this week of 3-D SWAPS from my recent trip.  On this trip Stampin' Up! organized swaps for us, we sign up when we register for the event.  There were two different swaps and you could sign up for one, or both.  I signed up for both so I did a card front swap and the 3-D swap.  We needed to make 26 of each so I made mine in the weeks before our trip, packaged them up carefully and carried them in my suitcase (you definitely don't want to lose you luggage when you have your swaps packed away!!!)  I don't have worksheets for these swaps so I will just be posting pictures.  If you have questions about a particular one, email me and I will try to answer.  Thanks for stopping by!  Susan Elise

Mortar Board
Small box underneath...


Mortar Board 2

Post-it Note Holder
Post-it note holder w little pen


Cloth gift bag
Cloth gift bag w ribbon rosette



I have been playing with Stampin' Up!'s new in-colors for a few days ~ it is always a joy to work with new colors and I can't wait for you to see them in person!  I found this lovely framed display created by Krista Frattin who is on Stampin' Up!'s Artisan Design Team this year and wanted to share with you.

In-colors framed by Krista Frattin

Don't you just love it?  She used the Spiral Flower Originals die to create the flowers and put a strip of the matching card stock under each row.  Do you think you might have a frame somewhere that is just the right size?  I think I do.