Monday, December 31, 2012

Nature's Pace Thank-you cards

    • Natures' Pace with Papillon Potpourri Butterflies Thank-You card
    • Holiday mini catalog ordering ends Jan 3.  Don't miss the Valentine set
    • Clearance Rack Blitz:  More Items added to the Clearance Rack

Here's a thank-you card I made to express appreciation for the thoughtfulness received from so many this season.  I love that we have so many fun and different tools to create with.  I really like how this turned out.


Stamps: Nature's Pace (W-122660, C-122662), Papillon Potpourri (123757, C-123759) and Musical Notes wheel (120327); Sentiment:  Sweet Essentials (W-126455, C 126457)
Paper:   Very Vanilla, Early Espresso
InksCrumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Pearl Basic Jewels, Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Cutting Pads, Elegant Butterfly Punch (127526), 5/8" Crochet Trim - Victoria (118481)

To place an order:  Visit my Stampin' Up! Store

Stampin' Up! Holiday mini catalog ordering Ends January 3.

Only a couple more days to order any items you want from the Holiday mini catalog.  The mini catalog expires on January 3.  One stamp set you'll want to take a close look at to buy now, before it's gone, is the Affection Collection Clear Mount Stamp Set (127949).  This is a great vintage style, romantic set perfect for Valentine's Day cards or to use on a wedding-themed card or tags.  This set coordinates with the Modern label and Small Heart Punches.

Affection Collection Clear-Mount Stamp Set - 127949

More items added to the Clearance Rack

With pockets and purses emptied out from Holiday shopping, here's an opportunity to save a little and get a lot.  In addition to adding retired Stamps sets to the Clearance rack for the first time ever, the items below were just added to the Clearance Rack.  Check it out today.

Here are the 15 products just added to the Clearance Rack Blitz! Visit today for best selection.

Quantities available while they last. Click here to visit the to the Clearance Rack.  Even if you've recently visited, you'll want to check for any of your favorites; now available at a discount.  Several of my favorites are already sold out.  Hurry for best selection.

·       Neutrals Flower Brads
·       Regales Flower Brads
·       Subtles Flower Brads
·       Pretty in Pink 5/8 Satin Ribbon
·       Bashful Blue 5/8 Satin Ribbon
·       Chantilly ½” Crochet Trim
·       Artichoke 3/8” Denim Jean Ribbon
·       2010-2012 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers
·       2011-2013 In Color 12- X 12_ Textured Cardstock
·       Timeless Portrait Designer Series Paper
·       Beau Chateau Designer series Paper
·       Well Worn Designer Series Paper
·       Beau Chateau Side Notes
·       Sweetest Stem Embosslits Die
·       Flower Burst Embosslit Dies

Quantities available while they last. Click here to visit the to the Clearance Rack.  Even if you've recently visited, you'll want to check for any of your favorites; now available at a discount.  Several of my favorites are already sold out.  Hurry for best selection.


Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Best Christmas Present ever - Merry Christmas 2012

  •  Best Christmas Present . . . ever
  •  Christmas Lodge Christmas Card
  •  Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Here's a quick card template from My Digital Studio design software that I reworked a bit to accommodate a photo of our 11-year old Sheltie, Rascal.  We're so fortunate to have him with us.  A couple weeks ago we weren't sure if he would make it home for Christmas.

Rascal just stopped eating one Monday morning shortly after Thanksgiving.  We were able to get a little bit of food in him each day, but by Friday I was really alarmed and took him to the vet on Saturday.  The vet told us it was probably a bad tooth and sent him home with some pain meds until we could get him back to the vet for teeth cleaning a week later.

On Sunday, Rascal started throwing up and still wouldn't eat.  Monday we took Rascal back to the vet and found that his blood work showed very high liver chemistry numbers.  We went for an ultrasound at an animal hospital the following morning.  The new vet told us they would like to do exploratory surgery because the abdominal ultrasound revealed a distension of the gall bladder and a mottled liver.  I learned more about the importance of a dogs liver and gall bladder over the next few days than I ever thought possible.  However, I was really concerned what major surgery and a long recovery period would do to an older dog with hip problems.

We opted not to do the surgery, which would have required a 10-day stay in the animal hospital and the results wouldn't be back for 3-4 weeks.  Instead we decided to try a variety of heavy drugs because they couldn't pinpoint if this was a bacteria, fungal, gall stone blockage or what. 

We're happy to say that after a couple of days he started eating again--a little bit more each day--and two weeks after we started the drugs he's more active, alert and his eating is back to normal.  His liver chemistries are improving, with bilirubin now normal.  He will remain on Clavamox, Baytril, Ursodiol, Denamarin for whatever is causing his liver and gall bladder problems, Cerenia (for nausea, if needed) and Tramadol for his hip pain for another couple of weeks to be sure we got it all.

The return to health of our beloved companion is the best Christmas present ever! 

Here's what I used on Rascal's scrapbook page.
  My Digital Studio recipe:
    Designer Kits/More Merry Messages/More Merry Messages - merry christmas, Stamp Color:  SUMMER STARFRUIT    

    Designer Kits/More Merry Messages/More Merry Messages - do not open, Color:  I color matched a piece of fur in his coat.
Background Color: CHERRY COBBLER
    1.25 Square Punch, Fill Color: CHERRY COBBLER     1.25 Square Punch, Fill Color:  I color matched a piece of fur in his coat.

My Digital Studio Design Software:  30-day free trial available.  (Try it today with your Christmas photos!)

 Last Christmas Card of the season

Here's my last Christmas Card of the season.  Now I can start playing with all of the new pre-order products from the Spring Catalog merchandise!  As much as I love to play with new stamps and merchandise, I love making Chrtmas cards and gift wrapping the most.  I wish we could use all of the sparkel, big fluffy bows, and festive papers all year, love, love it and hate to put away the Christmas fun at the end of every year.

I love the Christmas Lodge stamp set.  This is the second Christmas in a row that I've used it on my main Christmas Card...even though I have every new Christmas stamp from this year's catalog...this one is my all-time favorite.  Also, check out the Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details (125585).  You're going to want a bottle of this for your Valentine cards.

This card uses: 

Stamps:  Christmas Lodge (123769), More Merry Messages (inside verse, which I forgot to photograph - 126402)
Inks:  Soft Suede
Papers:  Soft Suede, Cherry cobbler, Very Vanilla, Champaign Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Labels Collection Framelit (125598), Big Shot & Cutting pads

 Here's wishing you a Very Merry Christmas, with a final word (Christmas song) from Rascal...

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Sing it out, Rascal ... and to all a good night!

Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator