Every once in a while I can't resist veering from the retiring stamp supplies that I want to show you to brag about the beauty at the Botanical Gardens.  Today is one of those days so, if you were expecting some fabulous card ideas, my apologies.  I walked this morning in the Gardens.  One of the reasons was that I knew that my favorite tree, the Snowball Tree (Hydrangea arborescens) , would be in full bloom.  It is definitely a DON'T MISS event.  Amazingly beautiful and because it doesn't last too long in this much GLORY do stop by soon!



And, while I was there I thought these pretty flowers were also worth the trip!  Today is such a fabulously beautiful Spring day ~ take a break, take a walk.  You won't regret it!

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From Stampin' Up!

This announcement was sent to Stampin' Up! Demonstrators yesterday and it effects all of us that love crafting with our products.  I wanted you to know as soon as possible and, if you have any questions about these changes, or the reasons for the changes, please let me know.  I can't wait for you to receive the NEW ANNUAL CATALOG ~ please let me know when you do ~ we will have some extra time to enjoy it together!  That's GOOD NEWS!

We’ve recently been made aware that, due to the current global shipping crisis tied to the COVID pandemic, we are not likely to receive the majority of product inventory for the upcoming July–December 2021 Mini Catalog or July–August 2021 Sale-A-Bration in time for preorder. After careful consideration—and in consultation with a group of demonstrator leaders—we have decided to push the launches of both publications back by one month to allow time for inventory to be received. We are sharing this information with you as far ahead as possible so you can adjust your planning and communication with customers and team members.
Change Details

  • The July–December 2021 Mini Catalog will in effect become the August–December 2021 Mini Catalog (though the title of the publication will not change—see third bullet point below).
    • Preorder: 1 July–2 August 2021
    • Customer Sales Period: 3 August 2021–3 January 2022
  • July–August 2021 Sale-A-Bration will in effect become August–September 2021 Sale-A-Bration.
    • Pre-earn: 1 July–2 August 2021
    • Customer Earning Period: 3 August–30 September 2021
  • We are in the final proofing stages of the catalog and Sale-A-Bration publications and will be able to adjust the active dates printed on those items to reflect this change and help limit customer confusion. Please note that we will not be changing the name of the July–December 2021 Mini Catalog (as “July–December” is the official title of the publication)—only the specific active dates listed on the catalog will be changed.
  • Additional transition information will be available toward the end of May in the Catalog Details page under Happening Now on the demonstrator website. We will post a Weekly Update when the information posts.



A friend recently asked me, "What's a HOST CODE for?" and it made me think that I have overlooked a brief explanation why I post one on a monthly basis.  So sorry.  


The above code is for you to use this month if you are placing an online order of under $150.  It is my way of tracking orders and being able to thank you for choosing me as your Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  When I know that you have gone to my website at Stampin' Up! and placed an order I will send a 'THANK YOU' card to you ~ an unsigned card so that you can send it to someone else.  

For every $50 order (before tax and shipping) you have a choice of me sending you a gift or marking a box off on your CAT CARD.  CAT CARD?  Yes, my studio and stamp club members all have their own card - with every $50 purchase we mark off a box (there are five boxes).  When the card is complete it is turned in for a credit of $40 on the next order ~ from the cats!

Back to ordering online ~ if your order is $150 or more you will earn rewards from Stampin' Up! so DON'T use the Host Code.  I will still send you a card and you can use your CAT CARD.  Let me know if you have questions ~ or, if you need a new CAT CARD!


Two more wonderful cards ~ thank you!

Susan  (2)This wonderful card was created by Susan Tran who sent it to celebrate with me.  Thank you Susan.  I have always loved this stamp set, New Wonders ~ it was a host set last year.  (Say hi to Ivan!)

IMG_6076This fabulous card (Fine Art Floral Suite, page 32 in the Mini Catalog) was created by my friend, Phyllis Johnson, who, unfortunately moved to Minnesota several years ago.  She is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and we have spent many an hour together.  In fact, she is part of the reason that I was able to achieve my million dollar sales ~ her constant support and encouragement was instrumental.  Thank you, Phyllis!

Beyond excited.............

I was beyond excited when I opened a box that I found on my porch this morning.  The outside of the box said 'Olive & Cocoa' which I am familiar with because the company has a special little catalog that I get in the mail once in a while.  I opened the box to find a lovely bouquet of roses ~

IMG_5950and a BEAUTIFUL AWESOME HANDMADE CARD from Shelli and Sara celebrating my million dollar achievement!  It is such a treasure to me and I am so thankful for being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and for all my stamping friends & family (you are my extended family).  So happy that I just want to sit and cry a little ~ isn't that silly!

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This is the information about me on the Stampin' Up! webpage ~ I thought you might be interested..............the last few days have been so exciting..........thank you to all my stamping friends...........

“Be consistent so that people can count on you.”

Creativity was a part of Susan Elise’s upbringing. She was raised in an atmosphere that supported creativity in everything. “My parents encouraged ‘handmade’ so it was always a part of my life. I remember Dad suggesting we grab our notebooks, get in the car on a Sunday after church, drive around until we found a scene of interest, and draw.” Susan Elise and her parents would “stamp” their own homemade Christmas card by carving designs in linoleum blocks and using paint to create prints. She still has one of the blocks in the art studio her husband built for her. Susan Elise has taken that love of creating from her childhood into her role as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and she can’t get enough of not only creating, but also teaching others. 

Susan Elise’s passion for stamping started at a calligraphy conference 20 years ago. They were given free time in the evening and she met someone who was stamping to “relax.” After that she started adding stamped images to her calligraphy and eventually found Stampin’ Up! through her team leader. She hosted a workshop in her home, and decided being a demonstrator “was a good deal . . . and that was the beginning.” She’s been hooked for the past 20 years. 

Susan Elise started her Stampin’ Up! journey with her first workshop in the dining room of her home as she and a handful of others created valentines. She did as many workshops as she could after that, starting where she lived in Virginia, and then expanded to do workshops in North Carolina and Cleveland, Ohio. She said she would pack up her car and head off “to meet new people and show them how to stamp.” Now, Susan Elise enjoys inviting guests over to her art studio to stamp together. “I love teaching someone new to stamping and watching them learn and become comfortable with their creative ability.”

Throughout the years, Susan Elise has encouraged people to try new things. “Trying new things is important,” she says. “It does not always become a part of your creative life, but it’s always worth a try.” And she’s carried that motto throughout her years as a demonstrator. Susan Elise continues to be an innovative demonstrator as she works toward her goals. And while she enjoys all stamping she says she especially enjoys “making gifts for friends and finding just the right stamp set for someone’s interests and lifestyle.”

It’s all those memories and friends she’s made through Stampin’ Up! that have inspired her to keep going and to reach the Million Sales Milestone. Susan Elise dedicates her success to the commitment of daily performance and the discipline of constant preparation to hold events and to teach her friends. As she continues to inspire everyone around her, she gives simple advice: “Relax and enjoy your own style of creativity.” 

Congratulations, Susan Elise! We are so happy you are a part of the Stampin’ Up! family!

Thank YOU!

Join us in congratulating Susan Elise Morton from the United States, our 47th one million career-to-date sales achiever!
The above is from Stampin' Up!'s FB page yesterday along with the same picture that you see on the right side of my blog.  I am beyond excited and want to thank all of you who are now, or have been over the years, my Stampin' Up! customers.  It has been a very special journey, one that has made my life meaningful over the last twenty years.  I so appreciate your support & friendship, love of crafting, Stampin' Up! and me!  Stampin' Up! has been a blessing in my life and the largest blessing has been the friends that I have made ~ each one a treasure.  Thank you.