Classes & more . . .

Friday, December 29, 2006

Sue's Garage Sale

Okay as promised this is my first item. This is a Marvy Craft Punch Mate. Not used very much, retails for $19.99,
I'm asking $3.00.
This is a gadget that helps with some of the harder punches. You place the punch on the white area pictured and use the handle to give you leverage. Works like a charm, and yet I don't use punches much!!Much more to come . . . Stay tuned!

CK Journalers Handbook by Tracy White
This book is new in package, never opened because I got two. The book as seen here retails for $30 ASKING $10.

Scrapbook your Story
from Memory Makers brand new never read because you guessed it!! I got two. The book retails for $20 ASKING $8
I also have many lettering templates . . . all brands from Frances Meyer to Close to my Heart, about 15 in all. Many different fonts, sizes etc. They retail in price from $3. to probably $8 to $10 for CTMH templates. I'm asking $10 for all, they are used but in perfect condition. Also included will be Journalling Genie Fall Template. Okie dokie, let me know!!

Ahhhhhh, resolutions . . .

I so do not like to make resolutions . . . but something has to change!! Honestly when it comes to my scrapping supplies I am an honest to goodness packrat!! I save the tiniest sticker just in case it could be used on a project!! I have a secret fetish that I am only now going to share . . . boxes . . . I love em . . . I save them .. . all sizes . . . everything is a future project!! Alas, I am out of space, I cannot even find my desk most of the time . . . soooo in the spirit of New Years resolutions

1) clean and purge

that's it!! I said it!! NOW, how this will benefit you . . . I will be selling my "stuff" at garage sale prices!! I will try to post a list daily starting tonight.
If you would like to purchase an item, email me right away. You can either pick up at my house or at FKS. Payment in cash at the time of pick up!!

Sooo, I will keep you posted!! Happy New Year!!

Check out the Great Purge Contest!!

Thursday, December 28, 2006


This is a link to Tim Holtz' website . . . it has great information about my favorite distress inks (and lots of other stuff too!). Check it out!!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

My next class . . . Preserving the Past

"Buddies", originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

THis is my January Preserving the Past, I will have two dates for this class. January 2nd at 6:30PM has plenty of room!!

Supply List:

Please bring your own paper trimmer, scissors, adhesive and black distress ink (Ranger_Black Soot). If you have one we will be using a two inch circle punch. . .

Friday, December 22, 2006

I am so glad I took this photo!! Here is Timi and Nancy (owners of For Keep Sake) . . . they are smiling because they are proudly displaying a very special award from EK Success . . . I am so happy I took this photo because the special award was stolen last Saturday. Un-freakin-believable! This has no value to anyone but us and unlike my personal class samples it wouldn't fit in anyone's scrapbook. I am so dissapointed . . .

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Something to share . . . from HudsonValleyNYScrappers

T was the week before Christmas, and the house was a hush

Save the stamping of rubber in a last-minute rush.
The card stock was cut with precision and care
In hopes that a greeting would soon be stamped there.
the children were tucked in their beds around eight,
But now it's ten-thirty.. .. How'd it get so late?
And I in my PJs with bleary red eyesHad finally arranged all the stamping supplies.
It started out simple. (It does every year.)
Just make a few cards for friends who are dear
I pressed ink to paper. (It looked crisp and clean.)
A sprinkle of powder, heat to a sheen.
When what on my green Christmas card should appear?
Why, a tiny gold Santa with sleigh and reindeer.
On pigment! On powder! On heat from a gun!
Now ribbon and glitter! Can I make eighty-one?
"I can do it!" I said with all of my might
And looked at the clock -- 'twas well past midnight.
I went straight to stamping out card after card.
"This might take all night, but at least it's not hard."
But after I finished, they looked a bit lame.
I didn''t want fancy, but these were too plain.
And then in a twinkling, a thought came to mind.
"I'll just dress them up, and then they'll be fine."
So I went to my craft room and looked all around,
Then back to the table with all that I'd found.
My Fiskars I brandished (I wasn't a quitter),
And soon I was covered in EP and glitter.
The cap of a marker I held in my teeth.
I'd lay in some color or maybe gold leaf.
My broad little face was all beaded with sweat,
But I wouldn't give up -- well, not at least yet.
There was glue on the table and ink on the floor.
I laughed at the site, though my fingers were sore.
I did not complain, just kept up my work.
When more things went wrong, I did not go berserk.
When finally finished, one card about six,
It looked pretty good after all of my tricks.
"I'm keeping this one. My work on it shows."
So clutching my card, up the stairs I arose.
I crawled into bed at the crack of dawn,
Creativity all spent, motivation gone.
But make no mistake, I promise one thing:
You'll all get your cards, but not till next spring!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Christmas is a coming and . . .

. . . I am busy working on my classes for next year!! I have them posted in the "My Classes" box. Click on the photos to go to my Flickr account and you will be able to browse additional views of the Altered slide mailer. . . photos do not do this justice!! I just love the way it turned out!

If you are new to my classes/blog please note; if you sign up in the Blogarithm box with your email address you will automatically receive these postings in your email box.

Happy Saturday!! I'm almost done shopping, how about you?

Monday, December 04, 2006

My class this week . . .

Preserving the Past for December . . . don't wait!! Sign up I only have 4 spots left!!

Bring your basics

Saturday, December 02, 2006


suesilly 045, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

The view from my front window . . .

Friday, December 01, 2006

Christmas Treasure Box

Christmas Treasure Box, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

December 12th
December 14th

I have two times for this one!! Space is still available!! You won't even have to go out today to sign up{SNOW and ICE}!! Just call and reserve a spot over the phone!!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Black Friday . . . FKS . . .

It's that time of year again!! I'm getting ready to leave for work and it's going to be busy!! So exciting!! We have a lot of those "buggy" die cutting machines and the price is too good to pass up!! Not to metion 20% OFF everything in the store!! We also have some wonderful deals from K & CO!! Don't miss it!! Gotta run . . . I think they are already lined up out there!!

Friday, November 17, 2006

New Class . . .

Christmas_87Stitched, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

THis is a two page layout with glitter and bling!! Tell me what you thinK!! Not to mention the Fruitcake!! The date is "to be Announced" stay tuned for details!!


Thursday, November 16, 2006

Altered Clipboard Calendar Class

You will choose your own patterned paper to match your decor!! Think Christmas Gift, scrapbook room, office!!


Monday, November 13, 2006

Christmas Treasure Box

Christmas Treasure Box, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

I hope you're aren't too tired of my boxes!! This is similar to Grandma's Treasure Box in technique but has a different twist to keep things interesting!! I am teaching this one in a morning session and will look for an evening space as well. Stay tuned!


Wednesday's Class . . . . space available!!

Christmas Tradition Mini Book, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

Christmas Tradition Mini Book

This is a handmade from scratch mini album. We are using fabulous K and Co Hannah papers creating a 3 ring book with closure . . . inside pages include creative ways to punch and fold. Great for Christmas gifts or just to have for yourself!


Saturday, November 11, 2006

Slide Mailer Book

Slide Mailer Book, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

Recipe for Christmas Cheer . . .

Take a bushel of tinsel, sprinkle well
throughout the house.

Add two dozen stars and one graceful
Christmas tree.

Take a generous spray of mistletoe,
an armload of holly, and a full
measure of snow laid in curved hills
along the windowsills.

Toss in a Christmas carol, and season well

with good will and friendly laughter.

Light the candles, one for adoration,

two for celebration.

Let the first burn brightly, and may those
you love be near.

The yield: one happy Christmas.


Home to

and heart to heart
from one place

to another
the warmth

and joy of Christmas
brings us closer to each other

Thanks to all the girls for attending my class this morning, I hope everyone enjoyed taking this as much as I enjoyed teaching it. I'm not sure who asked about the poem I used, (Jane??), anyway here it is for anyone who is interested. . .

Thursday, November 09, 2006

This class on Saturday . . .

IMG_0195, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

I still have space for this class. . . it is an altered microscope slide mailer. You will create a one of a kind keepsake book that will be great to display at holiday time or an awesome gift!


Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Tomorrow's class . . .

Family Treasure ornament box, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

Last chance to jump in on this one~ This is the second time I'm teaching this one! It is a darling altered box using K and Co's Hannah box of letters. You will receive the entire box of letters and then we will alter the box they come in! That's not all we will create a simple accordion book that fits right inside! What a great gift!!

6:30-8:30 PM

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Altered Clipboard Calendar Class

November 29th

This is a great project!! You will pick out your own papers for this to customize a calendar for your home, office, scrap room or it will make an awesome gift!!

Class fee will include_papers and all 12 months with a calendar you can write on!!
Space limited to number of clipboards available!

Well . . .

To be perfectly honest I was extremely upset when my Altered Slide Mailer Project was stolen from FKS this week. I have had a chance to recreate it though and I think it is even better than before!! I'll upload photos later!!
I am also adding an altered Christmas Treasure Box and photos of my December, Preserving the Past layout. I'm on a roll so I better get back to it!!
I've got a couple of extra kits made for tonights Preserving the Past so let me know if you need one!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

It happened again . . .

This is my class for November 11th, I have quite a few gals signed up for this one. It is a slide mailer, altered project with a Christmas theme. . .
There is just one problem . . . some person stole my sample . . again . . . this is the second time in the last six weeks. I will be recreating this sample today. . . I hope the person that stole my original piece of work with photos of my own children will enjoy it . . .

Monday, October 30, 2006


Generations, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

Okay girls, I can take a couple more gals for this one . . . It's a two page layout and we will use Cosmo Kricket paper, stamps, inks, distress EB. rub ons and the kitchen sink, wow, that's a lot of stuff isn't it? You will have fun with this and learn some fun techniques too!!

Come on, Let's Preserve the Past!! He he, I'm feeling little silly today!!


Saturday, October 28, 2006

Christmas Tradition Mini Book

Christmas Tradition Mini Book, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

This is a handmade from scratch mini album. We are using fabulous K and Co Hannah papers creating a 3 ring book with closure . . . inside pages include creative ways to punch and fold. Great for Christmas gifts or just to have for yourself!

Monday, October 23, 2006


Ozarkin', originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

Just this morning Tom and I were "Ozarkin" the colors were awesome, the weather perfect. We had 3 great days exploring

Friday, October 20, 2006

Grandma's Treasure Book

Grandma's Treasure Book, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

Hi everyone! Just want to post this real quick before I head out of town. This class is Wednesday and I have a few spots open. If you made Grandma;s Treasure Box this will be a nice companion. We will be creating this little book from scratch. . .

October 25th

Bring your basic supplies, bone folder, glue dots, Crop a dile

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Thankful For Family frame

Thankful For Family frame, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

I just found out yesterday that Melissa Frances is discontinuing the frame used for this project so this class is cancelled.

This is a really big deal . . .

Eckerts, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

. . . I made a two page layout for my own scrapbook, nope not a class . . . just for me . . .

Monday, October 09, 2006

My class this week . . .

Family Treasure ornament box, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

is FULL!! I had to cut it off due to supplies but will offer this one again in November, stay tuned for the date!!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Preserving the Past_ NOVEMBER Class

Preserving the Past with Sue

Monthly Heritage Layout


. 6;30-8:30


My monthly class is back with a fresh look from Cosmic Cricket.

Supplies: Trimmer, glue stick, paper piercer, scissors, photos not necessary

Optional Supply List: Ranger Paint Dabbers_Expresso

Oval Punch_EK Whale

Flower Punch_EK Whale

Hole Punch_1/8 or ¼

Stitches Stamp_Technique Tuesday

Treasure Stamp_Catslife Press

Generations Stamp_Tim Holtz Collection (Stampers Anon)

Stamp Ink_Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo or Tea Dye

Embossing Powder_Tim Holtz Distress Powder Tea Dye

Thursday, October 05, 2006


Generations, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

As promised, albeit a little late :)

This is November's Preserving the Past! We will have tons of fun with this class!! It is full of technique and has a great nostalgic feel!!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Grandma's Fresh Apple Cake

Grandma's Fresh Apple Cake, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

Fall is Apple Time!! When my boys were growing up we took our annual trip to Eckerts to ride the wagon and pick way more apples than we needed!
Nowadays Tom and I end up going to pick "up" apples from the Country Store instead of picking them outselves!
This is a recipe from my mom that has become a tradition as much as picking apples. I usually make this at least twice every Fall!!

Grandma's Fresh Apple Cake
3 cups flour 3/4 cup oil
1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder 2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp cinnamon 1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 c sugar 4 cups coarsely chopped apples

Mix together dry ingredients. Stir remaining ingredients except apples into dry mixtures. This is a very thick mixture. Stir in apples. I usually wash my hands really well and mix it with my hands.
Place batter into an ungreased tube or bundt pan.
Preheat oven to 350 and bake 1 1/2 hours.

Try it!! You'll house will smell as good as mine!!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Piecing together the Past

Piecing together the Past, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

I know I promised to make supply lists and I re3ally had great intentions!! I'll keep trying to keep up on this if you all will be patient with me.

For this class in addition to basic supplies are the following optional supplies: Calamity Jane Alphabet (Technique Tuesday)
Vellum adhesive
Glue Dots
Paper piercer
EK Blue (Slate blue or Steel Grey) pen

Thanks for being so patient. I'll be posting next month's Preserving the Past layout tomorrow!!


Friday, September 29, 2006

Piecing together the Past

Piecing together the Past, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

This month's Preserving the Past . . . this is a two page layout using brand new Bo-Bunny coordinating papers. We will use computer fonts and much more.

October 4th

Monday, September 25, 2006

Grandma's Treasure Box

Grandma's Treasure Box, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

We will be painting, crackling, distressing and more when we create this keepsake box. This class has an early start time . . .


Bring your basic supplies plus your Ranger Glossy Accents . . .

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Family Treasure ornament box

Family Treasure ornament box, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

The sample pictured may look a little different from my IRL sample. It seems someone took a liking to my little project last Thursday and stole it from the store. It's sad but I recreated it as well as I could from the photos!
October 11th

New Kology from K & Company
You will take this darling box of letters and make an ornament and an accordion album. The rest of the letters are yours to keep for other projects!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Slide Mailer Book

Slide Mailer Book, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

Finally got this project pulled together. This is a unique project that you will love for Christmas giving! It is a slide mailer book made with (of course!!) slide mailers.

November 11th
10:30-1:30 PM

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Grandma's Treasure Box

Grandma's Treasure Box, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

I have 5 spots left in this class . . . this is a peek at the inside of the top!
See sidebar for details!

Piecing together the Past

Piecing together the Past, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

This month's Preserving the Past . . . this is a two page layout using brand new Bo-Bunny coordinating papers. We will use computer fonts and much more.

October 4th

Sunday, September 10, 2006

A new family member . . .

A new family member . . ., originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

Is there any cuter than a new puppy? My son Zack just had to have a another dog and brought this little guy home, he is a Westie/schnauzer mix and is as sweet as can be!!

All I need to know about life I learned from my Girlfriends!

My class this week is an adorable mini book made from a file folder album from Crafty Secrets and papers from Rusty Pickle! There is still time to sign up if you do it by Tuesday!


Monday, September 04, 2006

JAVA@For Keeps Sake

You know there is always something going on at FKS!! Tomorrow is our first JAVA @For Keeps Sake! We will open an hour early 9:00AM so pop on in and join us tomorrow morning for Java and muffins!

Grandma's Treasure Book

Grandma's Treasure Book, originally uploaded by suezlou2003.

We will be creating this cute little mini book from scratch!
This book will be the perfect companion to Grandma's Treasure Box.

October 25th

Go to Flickr for views of some of the other inside pages.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Preserving the Past_ September Class

I have a few spots left for this month's Preserving the Past. THis month's project features two page layout with room for lots of photos. We will use rub ons, craft sticks, punches and more to create this one!! Call by Tuesday am if you want to get in on this one!!

Sept 6th

Monday, August 21, 2006

Good Morning!!

Another busy week ahead, I have added a sidebar feature to my blog. This is my upcoming class schedule! It's not quite complete but it has some info about my October, November classes. As always I'm open to suggestions! SUE

Friday, August 18, 2006

A website to check out

This is a fun website to check out!! It's called Fashion Era and is just loaded with great info about vintage costumes etc!!

Thursday, August 17, 2006


Okay, so in the past few days we have gotten in an incredible amount of product!! I can hardly believe all the cool stuff. To name a few . . . New Basic Grey, Melissa frances, 3bugsinarug, Technique Tuesday including the Whirleygigs and Paisley, that's just to name a few! Go see for yourself!! LOL! You know you want to!!


Monday, August 14, 2006

Friday, August 11, 2006


As requested here is a supply list for September's Preserving the Past . . .

Basic supplies are required.

Additional Tool List:

Fiskars Craft Drill

Paper Piercer

EK Rub on Tool

Black Micron or

Zig Journaling Pen

White Journaling Pen

Paper Piercer

Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink

Lady bug perforator

black ink pad

glue dots


Thursday, August 10, 2006

Preserving the Past_ September Class

Hi everyone, especially Barb :)!! Sorry it took so long to put this up! This is September's Preserving the Past two page layout . . . Hope you like it there is a lot going on!!
September 6th

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Grandma's Treasure Box

Grandma's Treasure Box
Originally uploaded by suezlou2003.
Here is another project for September, this is the front view of our project,
We will take a plain paper mache box and create a keepsake that will become a family heirloom. This will make a great CHristmas gift! We will be painting, crackling and inking the box that has a tiny little miniature book to match.

This class is September 27th
Cost is $15
Please note the class will start at 6:00 PM-8:30PM

Sign up early, I only have ten boxes at this point, I'm trying to obtain some more but I am not sure of when I can get these!!

Oh and I have more photos of this project on FLICKR

My creative assistant

My creative assistant
Originally uploaded by suezlou2003.
Here is a "sneak peek" of September's Preserving the Past class. As you can see I have plenty of help from the little paper tearrorist!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Hi everyone!! (Especially my heritage girls!)

Thanks for the great class last night!! I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!! I am going to try to post a supply list prior to class time and all you need to do is check right here on the blog!!
ALSO. In case you do not realize, you are able to sign up for automatic emails right here also. Simply put your email addy in the little BLOGRITHM BOX above and click "keep it fresh". It works really well.
Last but not least you can leave comments on the blog. This would be a great place to leave your class suggestions. I usually don't run out of ideas but I would love to have your input for future classes.
Hope to see you all tomorrow! SUE

Email me at

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


Just in case you haven't been in lately . . . we have a HUGE weekend planned at FKS!! On Saturday we are hosting an EK Success Extravaganza! We will offer free demos, free make n takes, prize giveaways and I almost forgot 25% OFF all EK SUCCESS product in stock. Did I mention that we just received 54 boxes of EK today? WOW! This sale is big!! Even if you can't stay for the make n takes be sure to stock up on all your EK needs, punches, tools, hermafix, disney and tons more! See y ou on Saturday!!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Preserving the Past for August . . .

Do You Think You Know ME?
Originally uploaded by suezlou2003.
This month's heritage layout is a combination of Basic Grey papers, letter stickers and die cuts. I have a few spaces left for Thursday, Aug 2nd at 6:30 pm, the cost is $15.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

School Daze Altered Lunch Box Workshop

In this workshop we will make this school themed organizer box, inside and out. The dividers can be organized by grades and become the perfect place for all the little things that kids collect. This is a 3 hour workshop!
Cost $45

More photos on Flickr . . .

Greetings from Oakville, MO

By this time I hope that everyone has their power back on! I have been lucky, for some reason we did not lose power from either storm.
The store never lost power during business hours but we had some issues with our phone service. This is all fixed now so maybe we can begin to get back to normal!!
I have been busy at home creating classes for the fall quarter. I have lots of ideas and a couple of prototypes almost ready to share. Think Christmas gifts!!
Some of my plans are . . . Grandma's Treasure Box. . . Christmas planner project . . . desktop calendar project . . . altered desk set . . . Clipboard memo board . . . oh gosh I have a lot of ideas that I need to play with!
Do you have any requests for classes? Anything you've been dying to try? Let me know, I'll see what I can do!!
Gotta get busy! Hugs, Sue

Altered Coin Folder Pet Keepsake

Only a short time left to sign up for tomorrow's class! This is an altered Coin Folder project dedicated to your pet! Choose CAT or DOG theme for your project!

I love this project because it is freestanding for display or closes to put on a bookshelf!

Last chance to sign up is today! The class is July 27th,
6:30 PM! The cost is just $15

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

All I need to know about life.. . .

All I need to know about life I learned from my Girlfriends!
Originally uploaded by suezlou2003.
Fun and funky mini album, this is a file folder with wooden covers and rusty pickle papers! You will love this project all ribbons and flowers and bows. Perfect CHristmas gift for a special friend!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Do You Think You Know ME?

Do You Think You Know ME?
Originally uploaded by suezlou2003.
Our Preserving the Past layout for August is a two page layout with Basic Gray and a touch of Wild Asparagus!

Cost: $15


Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Little summer treasures . . .

Front of box
Originally uploaded by suezlou2003.
I am posting these photos to my blog for the ladies that signed up for kits. CLick on this photo and follow link to brief instructions and more photos! Let me know if you have questions . . .

Saturday, June 24, 2006


Originally uploaded by suezlou2003.
This is our monthly Heritage layout. It's a two page Kology layout with some fun altered buttons etc!! Don't miss out only a couple of openings left in this class!!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Walk this way . . .

. . .together we can make a difference!
I was unable to participate in this year's Race for the Cure because I went to my niece's graduation. I created this ATC for my team members to thank them for being part of my team.