Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dahlias Forever

Today's card again uses the new In Color Dahlias.  These resin flowers are wonderfully detailed and add so much to a simple card! 
The Forever with You stamp set includes the sentiment as well as the flowers.  The flowers work with the Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die, which I didn't use with this card, but I wanted to point out how versatile and how many ways this set could be used.  I used the Window Frame Collection Framelit Die from the Holiday mini catalog to punch out the sentiment. 
This card uses:
Stamps:  Forever with You (w-126725, c-126727)
Inks:  Pretty in Pink, Raspberry Ripple,
Papers:  Pretty in Pink, Raspberry Ripple Whisper White
Extras:  In Color DAHLIAS (127556); 5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon (114319); Pearl Basic Jewels (119247); Window Frame Collection Framelit Die (129021), Standard Cutting Pad, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.

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Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Butterfly and Floral District Birthday

It was my mom's 90th birthday this week end.  This is the card I made her.  I had so much fun!  I asked all my friends at work and personal friends to send her cards ...and they did!  Mom called tonight and read me the messages from the stack of cards she received.  I was surprised and pleased that most of our friends added personal notes about how they knew me or personal notes about themselves.  She was so tickled to get to know my co-workers and friends a little better since we live many states apart and she has never met my co-workers or friends.  She said she now has a reason to live to 100..just so I'll do it again!

I hand cut the mat around the sentiment as well as the sentiment stamped in Lucky Limeade on Whisper White.  Love the cute Dahlias...perfectly sized for so many projects.   The paper from the Floral District Designer Series pack is the front and back of one of the sheets.
This card uses:
Stamps:  Perfectly Penned 122892 -Clear
Inks:  Lucky Limeade
Papers:  Floral District (126919) Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
Extras:  In Color DAHLIAS (127556); 3/8" Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon; Naturals Designer Buttons (127554); Linen Threat (104199) Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die (114507), Standard Cutting Pad, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.
Here's a second version of the card with a different sentiment.  I like how both turned out!

Fabric for 99 cents...while they last

Check out the new items added to the Clearance Racks.  Fabric for $.99 -- while they last.  We've received so many wonderful gifts at Convention, Regionals and Leadership made from these fabrics.  You'll want to grab them while you're thinking about the great gifts you want to make before the Holidays are here.  Order now for best selection.
Clearance Rack


MDS 2 Videos

With the introduction of My Digital Studio 2 software for digital scrapbooking and card making, Stampin' up has provided a number of new videos showing how easy it is to get started with Digital scrapbooking, card making and printed projects. 
View the library of videos showing many of the new features in My Digital Studio (MDS) 2 software, and take advantage of the FREE 30-day trial of the basic software.  Plus, during August, enjoy 31% off select digital content and print products.  Perfect for starting your Holiday cards and printing them at a discount
My Digital Studio software training

MyDigitalStudio software videos
Samples of just a few of the videos.  Visit the site for more!
 Want a 20 percent discount on all My Digital Studio products all the time?  Or want to earn extra money or even start a full-time business? You can have all that and more by becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  
Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator


Monday, August 06, 2012

Stampin' Up! Product Suite Display Boards - 2012

One of the best parts of Convention is seeing all of the sample display boards -- especially the product suites.  These boards show off many of the product suites from the current catalog along with ideas for using matching items.

See more samples for International Bazaar Suite in the catalog pp 96-98.

Stampin' Up! showed us such a wide array of styles.  I love how Stampin' Up! has taken the guess work out of matching what goes with what. 

See Floral District samples in the catalog pp70-72

Just like the catalog, the displays at Convention showed groupings of products that coordinate together into suites and make it easier to make coordinated projects. 

The Summer Smooches Suite is on pp 80-82 of the catalog

You'll spend more time making your projects and less time trying to find products that work together.  

More Birds of a Feather products begin on pp 88-90 of the catalog.

Although we saw the Designer Series papers up close during Convention, I love that the catalog this year shows larger images of the Designer Series papers making it easier to see the coordinated designs in each package. 

The Natural Composition Specialty paper (right side of photo) is especially nice to work with with its glossy, raised patterns printed on heavy-weight Natural paper.  (Item #126917)

Love the continuation of the suites grouping coordinating products together in the Holiday section of the catalog.

Be of Good Cheer suite is on pp 8-10 of the catalog

If you've looked through your copy of the new Holiday catalog, you'll see that you can save money by purchasing your matching products in bundles. Before placing your order for these fresh, trendy items, check out the savings you'll enjoy by purchasing your items in bundles that save your $$s!  Purchase everything under one product code and save. Place an on-line order through my Stampin' Up! store  and enjoy a stress-free Holiday season by starting your project early.

Enjoy more savings with these offers.

MDS2 is here!  Video on many topics, as close as your computer key board.  30-day Free trial --details here!  Check out my previous post for full details on chosing the best software option and types of content availalbe.
Download a free copy of the Holiday Catalog today.  Stampin' Up! released the catalog a month eaerlier than usual -- to give us (me) extra time to finish my Fall and Holiday projects. 
If your wish list totals more than $99, a great way to get more value for your dollars is to sign up as a demonstrator.  You'll select $125 worth of products for only $99 in your customizable Starter Kit; and receive free shipping.  This month you'll also receive a FREE Howl-o-ween Painters Tray project kit that includes all the bits and piecers to create a super spooky Halloween decoration.    As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, you'll love receiving discounts on Stampin' Up! products.  You earn greater discounts by combining sales items, like the My Digital Studio Products on Sale this month as well as other specials.    Find out more here.
Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator


Wednesday, August 01, 2012

2012 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is live

The Holiday Catalog is now live! 

Place your orders on-line, any time!

Download a pdf version of the 2012 Holiday Catalog online.  This allows you to zoom up to see large size versions of the samples and products.  It is a large file, so give it a little time time to download completely.

New My Digital Studio (MDS2) is Here!

Video on many topics, as close as your computer key board.

View topics such as: 
  • Creating buttons for your blog using MDS,
  • Recoloring Design Series Paper in MDS2,
  • Recoloring  stamped images in MDS2.

MDS2 includes 75 new features so you'll be able to:
  • Design in Spreads
  • Create with custom canvas sizes
  • Add more than one color to a single stamp image
  • Change the color of designer papers or embellishments
  • Resize vector stamp images while keeping them crisp
  • See color combination suggestions
  • And much more...75 new features making designing easier!

My Digital Studio products

  • Software: MDS 2 and MDS 2+ are both available on a disc, so you can add them to any order. MDS 2+ is a fantastic value--not only do you get a digital designing program, but you also get over $500US/$650 CAN worth of digital content! The software is easy enough for the beginning designer, but robust enough for experienced digital designer, as well. Purchasing MDS 2 allows you to use Stampin' Up!'s professional print services--and a guaranteed color match with Stampin' Up!'s exclusive colors!

  • Collection Discs: You can purchase My Digital Studio collection discs. We have bundled digital versions of our most popular suites on a DVD--better yet, they're discounted at least 10 percent. These collection DVDs are compatible with any digital program, so digitally-minded users can have Stampin' Up! artwork no matter what design program they choose to use.

  • Hostess CDs: We have exclusive digital Hostess items in all our Stampin' Up! catalogs. These CDs contain exclusive artwork you can only get by hosting a party or placing an order for more than $150. You can can also use your Hostess Dollars to purchase the disc version of MDS 2 or MDS 2+.

  • You can access, a site dedicated to all things My Digital Studio, including training with tons of instructional videos, a forum to ask questions of other My Digital Studio users, a gallery with samples, and much more! You will be able to find all the help they need on

  • Choosing the best software option

    • MDS 2:  When you purchase MDS 2, you receive our full digital design software with a some functional content. You can view a complete list of MDS 2 content here. Customers who want to pick and choose their own digital content instead of a pre-selected package will enjoy this option.
    • MDS 2+: MDS 2+ is our MDS 2 software plus over $500 US/$650 CAN of digital content. You can view a complete list of the MDS 2+ content here. This is the most cost efficient option if you are new to digital designing. MDS 2+ is the best way to build up a digital content library for a very low price. This is an also an excellent option if you already own My Digital Studio, but want to build your download library.
    • MDS 2 Upgrade: (Download only) The MDS 2 Upgrade is for users who have already purchased My Digital Studio. They can upgrade to MDS 2 for the discounted price of $19.95 US/ $24.95 CA. The MDS 2 Upgrade does not include any digital content. This option is perfect for you if you already have My Digital Studio, and just want to access the 75 new design tools.
    • MDS 2 Trial:  (Download only) The MDS 2 Trial allows you to try MDS 2 free for 30 days. It includes $200 US/$250 CAN of digital content (including designer templates!) so they will be able to design projects for many different occasions during their trial period. Click here to see a list of digital downloads included in the trial. This is a great option for customers who are curious about digital, but aren't quite ready to buy the software yet.
    System Requirements
    Prior to installing My Digital Studio, ensure that your computer meets the following technical specifications:

    Computers running Microsoft Windows:
    • Windows 7, Vista or XP
    • Pentium 4, 1 GHz or better (1.6 GHz recommended) or comparable AMD processor
    • 1 GB RAM available (2 GB or more recommended), 2 GB required for Windows Vista users and Windows 7 users (1.5 GB or more recommended)
    • 16 MB video RAM (64 MB recommended)
    • Available hard disk space: 6GB minimum
    • DVD-ROM drive Computers running (Only required for My Digital Studio DVDs)
    • OS X 10.4.x or greater (with the latest Java update) Highly recommend 10.6.x or greater
    • G4 500 MHz or faster (G5 1 GHz or better recommended, PowerPC or Intel Mac)
    • 1 GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)
    • 16 MB video RAM (64 MB recommended)
    • Available hard disk space: 6 GB minimum
    • DVD-ROM drive (Only required for My Digital Studio DVDs)
    • My Digital Studio does not run on IPads
    Other Requirements
    • QuickTime Player version 7.5 or higher (available at
    • Monitor resolution: 1024 x 768 or higher (1152 x 864 or higher recommended)
    • Internet connection: broadband connection with 512kbps download and 128kbps upload (1.5Mbps download and 768kbps upload or faster recommended)

    Recommended additional equipment
    • Printer
    • Digital camera

    If your wish list totals more than $99, sign up as a demonstrator to receive 20% discount on your future orders, and order $125 worth of products in your starter kit for only $99

    Order My Digital Studio 2+ as part of your customized starter kit!

    One of my favorite things about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is the great discount I get on all my products. I especially love receiving the discount on the My Digital Studio Print Products and downloads. I would love to tell you more about how you can receive this same discount.  During August, many print products and digital downloads are on sale.  Add these to your order for My Digital Studio!  See my previous blog post for details.

    Stampin' Up! makes it so easy to start your own home-based business. Every Starter Kit comes with a set of business supplies. Then, you get to choose up to $125 worth of either traditional or digital supplies to create your own customized kit valued at over $190.  Your cost is only $99.   Find out more here.

    Donna Ross
    Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator