Luck O' The Irish!

Dia dhuit!  (That is hello in Irish!)

Even though I am Swedish and French I like to embrace the Irish holiday.  As they say, everyone is Irish for one day in March!

Let's cover the latest news first!  As you probably know, when we have Sale-A-Bration, there are TWO releases.  The second release is available March 3rd!  To see the 2nd Release Sale-a-Bration brochure Click Here

Both releases are good through March 31st.  Purchase $50.00 and you qualify for one of the free items marked with the "Free with $50 purchase" logos.  If you purchase $100.00, there is the logo for $100.  Purchases can be made from the Annual Catalog and the Mini Occasions Catalog.  If you need either of these catalogs and the Sale-A-Bration booklet let me know (note: my order for the 2nd release has not come in yet, so please use the link above).

Our February Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering was so much fun!  We did a card camp on a smaller scale.  I don't know how people handle the 15 card camps.  I can barely make up 5, so that is what I stick to.  My team and guests like the smaller version, so that helps ease my mind.  Here are the cards I made as the samples.

Credits for my CASEing...

The Lily Pad was CASE'd from Angie Juda.  She did it in the Subtle papers and so I just changed it up using the Lily Pad paper.  Thanks Angie! 
The Iris - thanks to Shannon at  I loved this one so much, I had to CASE it completely.
Tropical Oasis Die Cut Window - Thank You Wendy Cranford for your super video on how to make this card.  
The Honey Bee card, I partially cased from my friend Tracie Salo when we did a swap, but I also saw a similar one from Karen Ksenzahovic that was similar.  So Thanks to Tracie and Karen for the sweet honey inspiration. 
The Poppy card was also a CASE from my friend Mary Beth Guzzo in the same swap with Tracie and others.  Just used some different Poppy paper.  Thanks, Mary Beth!

Here are some other pictures taken that day..
Our working table: 
   Feb 23 table
Our group with their masterpieces:
Feb 23 e
My dear friend Nee always takes the most beautiful pictures and puts them in Pic Collage for me.  I really should learn how to do them but since Nee is here, I will leave it up to her!  :)

Our next Gathering is Sunday, March 22nd.  Come join us when we are going to do Easter projects.  What will they be???

Well, that is all for today.  I have some other cards to post but it will have to wait for a few days.  Be kind to one another, and take some time for Creating With Paper!

What fun we are having!


Wanted to share our January Craftin' Gals Sunday Gathering that was held January 23rd.  We opted for a lighter fare for food because all of us indulged during the Holidays.  I made homemade Chicken Noodle Soup in our Insta-Pot and we had a salad bar and fresh baked French bread.

We celebrated Valentines Day since our February meeting will be after Valentines Day.  I made two samples of simple projects ~ a Valentines Candy holder House and a simple Valentines card.  Here are the samples the gals used.

Here is the group

I just have the best group of gals, missing a few...Love them all! 

I have had a chance to work with the beautiful Parisian Blossoms Suite.  The two "bundles" are so gorgeous, I didn't want to stop!  Here are my "experiments".

I also whipped up this birthday card for the sweet 1 year old cousin of mine.  I love the little ladybug stamps and dies.
Ladybug birthday
Our next Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering will be held February 23rd.  I want to introduce more new Mini Catalog samples to my team and show some Sale-A-Bration ideas.  I better get busy, huh?  If you are in the San Diego area and wish to join us please let me know.  It is also listed on my Stampin' Up! website

I want to remind all of you "thinking" about joining Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration, it is absolutely the best time to do so.  Joining my team will be welcomed and here is what you can get for $99.00.

  • $125 worth of products from the Annual or Mini Catalog (or both) because you choose what is in your Starter Kit! A Mini Paper Cutter! 
  • A 6x6 Designer Series Paper Sampler (48 sheets).  It is comprised of some of all the new Designer Papers (an $11.50 value). 
  • A FREE stamp set of your choice; any value up to $45.
  • A PAPER PUMPKIN kit (a $20 value).  If you aren't familiar with Paper Pumpkin, it is a monthly kit that sometimes makes cards, or a project, or tags and includes everything you need including ink, dimensionals, and mini glue dots. 
  • FREE SHIPPING on your Starter Kit (which is a $12.50 value)
  • 20 to 25% off all orders you place whether for you or your friends.
  • EARLY preview of the 2020 Annual catalog and you can order before anyone else!  A perk that all demo's love! 
  • An invitation to join thousands of fellow demonstrators at Stampin' Up's! Annual Convention "On Stage". 

Let me know if you are interested as I would love to be your upline.  Just click on Join The fun at the top or Join Me on the side.

That is all for today...please be kind to one another and make time for Creating With Paper.

Holidays are upon us! Yay!

Boo!  Be Grateful!  Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!

Wow!  Here they come!  I am very excited this year about all of these Holidays and more!  But first lets see what my Sunday Craftin' Gals Gathering did on September 22nd!  We made a tea light Halloween lantern of sorts and two Fall cards that came from the August Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up!  I fixed Beef Stroganoff to try and get us in the Autumn Chill mood.  But low and behold it was like 78 that day!  Oh well, we still had fun crafting and filling our tummys. 

(You may have to click on the photos to see all of each one.  For some reason, my blog isn't capturing the full photo...eek!)  We always have so much fun at these gatherings.  I wish I could hold them more than once a month, but because I pretty much provide everything for them, it is just too exhausting.  The ladies love it just as much as I do though.

October 1st is bringing on some new things at Stampin' Up!  Demonstrators will get to Pre-Order the BRAND SPANKING NEW Paper Trimmer!  We are all so used to calling it the Stampin' Trimmer, but it is no longer referred to as that!  I am going to order it and a pack of 4 extra blades to try it out!  It still will score in addition to cut, so I am thrilled about that!  Plus!  It is only $25.00!!!  Cheaper than our last one.  Bargain, Bargain, Bargain!!! Here is a sneak peak at it:

Here is a cute video showing the new Trimmer

They do not have a release date for customers yet, depending on how it goes over with DemonstratorsAnother great reason to ask me about becoming a Demonstrator!  These pre-order opportunities just keep coming!  Click on Join The Fun or Join Me for more information on how to become one of my team members!  I would love to help you achieve your Paper Crafting dreams!

Another exciting announcement is October and November's Paper Pumpkin kits are Special Edition Coordinating Kits called Winter Wonders.  If you have never indulged in Paper Pumpkin, now would be the ideal time!  Subscribe by October 10th to get the October kit and why don't you try a 3 month subscription so you are automatically subscribed for November and December kits.  The last few Paper Pumpkin kits have been so cute!  They are changing things up a bit and improving them as per subscribers comments...and boy are they fun now!  They come with everything you need to make cards, a project or use your imagination!  Many post their Paper Pumpkin alternatives on line for you to see and try out.  It's worth a go!  $22.00/month.  Just click on this link to subscribe and learn all about it!

Okay!  One more announcement and I will show you a card I have been working on!  October 1st once again, Stampin' Up! is offering the Pre-Order for Demonstrators the Christmastime Is Here Suite.  Then November 1st it will be available to you the customer.  It is a Christmas Rose and it is a SUITE, so it includes two stamp sets, dies, ribbon, specialty designer paper, gold glitter enamel dots AND a bracelet!  Wowza!  The entire suite will run $112.50 but it is availabe separately or a bundle option (2 stamps sets and 2 coordinating die sets) for $61.00.  Here is a picture of the Suite and several samples made by Stampin' Up!
Samples by Stampin' Up!

Now!  A card I recently made.  I have been making several lately, so will hopefully post another in a couple days.  I just love this little Elf named appropriately "Elfie". 
No peeking!
Here are the supplies I used...

Stampin' Trimmer
Stampin' Trimmer

Well, that is all for today my paper peeps!  Let me know if you need any of the supplies listed above (you can click on the picture and it will be linked to my site) or if I can be of any assistance to you in any way.

Be kind to one another and remember to make time for Creating With Paper!

New Year, New Products, New Ideas!

Hello, Hello, Hello!

I didn't fall of the face of the earth (at least yet), but gosh we have been sooo busy the last three months.  Those of you that have stuck with me during my blogging block, thank you!  I am back now and hope to start getting the mojo going!

I wanted to share some Stampin' Up! news with you all.  The new Occasions catalog is live now and of course along with it comes Sale-A-Bration!  You can click on the pictures of the catalogs in the sidebar to see all the NEW and exciting products that are out.  Sale-A-Bration is such a great thing...purchase $50.00 from the Annual or Occasions Catalogs and get a free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!  There are some very cute things in be sure to look at all of the new products, but don't forget about the Annual Catalog!  Sale-A-Bration goes through March 31st, and the Occasions is good until the new Annual Catalog comes out in May!  I can't imagine what that will be like!  More new products!  Yippee!

I just recently received some of the New Occasions products, so I am going to get right in and start using some of them so I can show you some possibilities!  For now, enjoy this cute video from Stampin' Up! introducing the new catalog.


Well, that is all for today...I will see you soon.  Until then, be kind to one another and remember to make time for Creating With Paper!

June is Busting Out All Over!


After a long six months of family medical issues, I am proud to be coming back into the groove of my favorite thing to do!  Papercrafting!!!  I have been steady at it, but haven't had the time to post anything on my blog.  

Well, guess what June 1st means?  The New STAMPIN' UP! CATALOG is LIVE!  WooHoo!  Many of you are on my mailing list, so you should have received yours by now.  What a great catalog, isn't it?  If you would still like one, let me know!  I will gladly get one to you!  You can go to the Let's Shop tab if you have your catalog already - shop til you drop!  Ha!

My catalog launch party is June 10 here at the Shedoudy residence.  If you are a local San Diegan and wish to come, let me know and I will include you in the invite!  I placed my big order on June 1st so hopefully I will receive my "stash" in time to make some pretty awesome items to show off some of the new bundles, papers, inks and embellishments! 

In May, we had our Craft Day on the 20th.  We made 5 different cards using the Share What You Love Designer Paper (page 177 in new catalog).  I used examples from someone on the Demonstrator Planning Site and I apologize, I forgot to get her name.  Here were the samples I made from her examples.  Whoever you are, THANK YOU for the great inspiration! Her work was much more detailed - she embossed many things.  I kept it pretty simple for my class.

  Class sample 1     Class sample 2     Class sample 3
Class sample 4     Class sample 5 

 Here are pictures of my gals hard at work.  I love these "candid" photos...they sometime look so serious, but really we had a lot of fun!  Note the wine???  Ha!

20th a
20th b
20th c
I showed them all about the new ink pads and the ease of opening..they all loved it.  I only had the in-colors at the time, so we had to use some of the old ink pads so still had the frustrations.  I am glad they are so much easier to open and close, but will have to wait to get all new ones. 

So, I will let you all go now and Order, Order, Order from our fabby new catalog.  Have fun!  When you do place your order, remember to use this months Hostess code if your order is under $150.00.  If it is over that amount, you will earn stampin' rewards, so take advantage of those!

June 2018 Hostess Code
Until next time, be kind to one another and try and always make time for "CREATING WITH PAPER"!

Happy 4th of July!


 Well, here we are, Independence Day!  How are you celebrating today?  We are doing a quiet little BBQ since our big family celebration is actually going to be on the 8th.  We are a very flexible family and love to extend any celebration for how ever long we need to.  Love this part of us.

I wanted to first share some absolutely EXCITING news that Stampin' Up! has happening in JULY!  So much, so be patient and review this blog often.  You won't regret a thing!

First of all, July 1-July 31 are BONUS DAYS!!

Bonus Days is the best option ever to earn free money for your August purchases! 
For every $50* you spend, you will receive a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1-31, 2017 on anything you want!  The more you spend, the more "free" money you earn!  It is an awesome way to pick up some of the new stamp sets or new bundles and get new In Colors papers, markers, inks, etc!  Click on  the "Let's Shop" button and let's get shopping!!!  Remember you need an email address as this is how you will receive your coupons, and don't lose that email!!!
*Before Tax & Shipping

 Another super duper promo is Stampin' Up's! Blogpost_jul2017

"Christmas in July" promotion makes it easier than ever for you paper peeps to get discounts, pre-order opportunities, previews of new items Stampin' Up! is introducing and much more.  Just sign up to be a demonstrator and purchase your Starter Kit by July 31 and you will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack!  This is an added value of $52 and includes Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (you can never have too many stamping blocks!) and a Bone Folder. And since as a new demonstrator you can get your hands on new products before anyone else, Stampin' Up! is including the "Carols of Christmas Stamp Set" from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US Value)! With so many basic items added to your Starter kit, your Starter Kit ($125 value) can be spent on the fun stuff—like your favorite stamp sets, dies and accessories!  All of this for only $99!  Join my team and see how much fun Stampin' Up! can really be!!!  I would love to have you on my team of great crafting ladies (we welcome guys too!)

As you probably can tell, we are gearing up for the Holidays already.  As customers of mine, you will be able to order the Carols of Christmas Bundle Set one of the top trending bundles coming up in the Holiday Catalog.  This early release coincides with the Bonus Days promotion - earn in July, and you can use it on the Carols of Christmas in August. 


If you are interested, let me know and I will send you some more information.  As this months goes on, I will be posting some more "news" on this fabby offer!

FYI, the Holiday Catalog goes live to the public on September 1st!  As demonstrators, we get a pre-order opportunity starting in August. Another great reason to join us at Stampin' Up!   

Don't forget, if you shop on my site, use the
 JULY 2017 hostess code
for a gift at the end of the month...

That is all for today..please everyone have a SAFE and FUN July 4th Holiday.  Be kind to one another and try to make time for CREATING WITH PAPER!











Eastern Palace Suite sneak peek!

Hello My Fellow Stampers,

Yesterday, I just finished a clean up of my creativity room (or cave sometimes) and wanted to "Whip" up a couple samples using the Eastern Palace Suite that will be available to EVERYONE on May 1st!!!  Big WooHoo's from me!  It is an awesome suite of paper, dies, stamps, fun embellishments and more!  Here are the two cards that I came up with yesterday...
Eastern Palace 1
Eastern Palace 2
Inspiration came from On Stage San Diego and Penni Behr a very talented demonstrator with Stampin' Up!
I will make some more samples up just to convince each and every one of you to really consider getting this Suite during the promotional period of May 1-May 31st!  It is an awesome set and there are limitless possibilities with it.  Plus, it is available EARLIER than the rest of the catalog!
Scan 3
Remember that if you would like to get 20-25% discounts on products, access to early releases before the public, pre-order of products during the year, $125 worth of product for $99, come join my Team.  I would love to have you be a part of my amazing group of ladies...guys, you are welcome also!!!! 
Well, that is all for today, on to make more Eastern Palace Suite fun things!  Be kind to one another and always make time for Creating With Paper!





Michelle Shedoudy is back Creating With Paper and with Lots of New Information!

Greetings my Paper Peeps!

Yes, I have been AWAY for quite awhile.  Family is first priority and we visited and had relatives staying with us for much of May and most of June!  We are home for awhile, but we already miss our Granddaughters and my cousin and her family very much.  We were as they say "quite the social butterflies" not something we are used to doing, but it turned out we had a wonderful "vacation".

I have to put in a special note about my Granddaughter Emily.  She is on a traveling softball league up in the Berkeley area and her team "The Outlaws" have won every, single one of their games! This winning streak is allowing them to come to San Diego for the softball finals!  We are so very excited that we get to see her and her family again (2 weeks after our visit) and help cheer Emily and her teammates on to what we believe will be a VICTORY!!!  Go Emily!!!

Now it is back to stamping and sharing new things happening in the crafting world and with my favorite company Stampin' Up!  The new Stampin' Up! catalog is out and public. So many fun things in this new catalog. 


But wait!  We hear rumblings that the HOLIDAY CATALOG will soon be available!  That deserves a huge Yippee Skippy from me!  Love the Holiday season, so I personally will be looking sooo forward to it!  I will keep you all posted when that will be available. 

A quick note: IF you JOIN my TEAM in July, you will be able to take advantage of previewing and pre-ordering from the Holiday Catalog before everyone else!  Just think!  BEFORE anyone even sees the catalog YOU will be able to order and receive your items.  I say "Win Win!"  So, to join my TEAM, click on the "Join Me" button in the right sidebar or the "Join the Fun" button at the top of the blog.  I would love to have you on my team of awesome demonstrators and help you take your hobby wherever you want it to go!!!

TOOT TOOT!!!  Stampin' Up! is offering an absolutely awesome promotion for everyone in July and August!   Stampin' Up! has NEVER done anything like this before and it is a deal everyone will want in on!  Details are below!

Header_bonusdays_demo_july0716_engDid you get everything you want from the new annual catalog yet?  It only came out a month ago, but if you are like me, you probably still have some items on your wish list. 

Now is a perfect time to pick up or stock up on essentials such as Card Stock, Adhesives, Embellishments, etc. then use your Coupons during August to treat yourself to items from your Wish List.  For every $50 you spend between July 7 (that's tomorrow!) and July 31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 2–31. This is a great opportunity to shop from your wish list, whether you buy your favorite products now or later in August with your coupons!


  • Promotion Period July 7-31, 2016
  • Redemption Period August 2-31, 2016
  • An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupons can only be delivered via email
  • It is strongly recommended that participants both save emails containing their Bonus Days coupons codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place.  Codes cannot be resent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions.  New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed.

You may contact me with any questions or if you want to place an order for your Bonus Days coupons go to or my blog

Folks, this has been a "whew" blog with lots of information.  I will be posting some recent projects on Friday but I wanted to get out this important, exciting news to you so you can take advantage of it!  So, remember!  Join My Team for pre-order from the Holiday Catalog, AND take advantage of the Bonus Days promotion.  More money to get product with in August!  Here is your July Hostess code:

July Hostess Code

Hope all is well with everyone and remember to make time for "Creating With Paper".

Creating With Paper Stampin' Up Catalog Launch Party and Open House

Hey There, Hi There, Ho There!

Can you tell we just returned from that Magical Place Disneyland?  That's right - we had a blast - always good to become a kid again.

Now, here is a HUGE announcement!

Open House Flyer

The New 2016-17 Stampin'Up! Catalog goes live to EVERYONE June 1, 2016.  If you would like to order before the Open House/Launch Party, just let me know.  June 1st I will be providing everyone the new JUNE Hostess Code.  If you would like a catalog, please contact me via Facebook, or Comments here, or my email listed above and I will get one to you. 

For now, we have 6 more days to get the Retired Products or order from the 2015-16 catalog.  That is SIX days folks!  Not much time left, so I encourage all of you to look at the Stampin' Up! site by clicking on "Shop Now" or "Let's Shop" on this page and on the left hand column you will see "Retiring Products".  Click there and it will display all the products we will lose May 31st.  Some are on sale so please take advantage of it!  By the way, some of my favorite products are retiring 😩 The lace doilies, the 2 way glue are two of my favorite products, so I have been stocking up on them.  Even though there will be new choices, I have my favorites!  If you do order...use the May Hostess Code when you check out.

May hostess code

Well that is all for today!  I will post again soon, because I am going to have fun "Creating With Paper!"

Creating with Paper doing up some Firecrackers!


As I said in an earlier post, as crafters, we have to be ahead of the game or at least the seasons.  I am still working on Patriotic ideas, but wanted to share with you my Straw Wreath and the Star which I did some embellishing on.

Here are both of them with our traditional Pop display...

Here are closeups of each of them...



The Straw Wreath (which usually connotates a bale of hay or straw!) was so fun to make.  It takes an average of 45 straws, but I think I squeezed in 49.  The most fun was collecting so many different patterns on these drinking straws.  Some are from past years, and many found this year.  A small MDF ring is the middle on which I glued the straws (after painting it navy blue).  Then you can embellish as you wish!  I am a "medallion" fan, so made a bunch and added a few other little items.

The Star will soon have it's partner to display.  But I have so many other things to do at the moment, that will be in June.

Here is a card I made for my groups challenge for this week...staying in the Patriotic Theme..


Word to the wise - May 31st is the LAST day to get anything from the Occasions Catalog.  Also the LAST day to get anything from the 2015-2016 catalog AND the Retired List.  For those of you getting a catalog from me, I will be mailing them out the last week in May, since they aren't "live" until June 1st. 

Click on Here to view products online in the Retiring List.

Well, that is it for me.  Hope you all have a wonderful week - we are at Disneyland for several days, having the time of our lives! 

Remember to be kind to others and make time to enjoy "Creating With Paper".