Monday, February 25, 2013

Ideas to Stretch your Creativity

  • Ingredients for Creativity - By the Tide stamp set + ribbons
  • Fully Customizable Starter Kit gives you $150 worth of product for $99!
What you make is up to you.  I couldn't agree more!  I saw this simple card in Stampin' Success this month (a magazine for Stampin 'Up! demonstrators) and I couldn't wait to make it -- because of its simplicity. It included all the ingredients for using my own creativity.  I copied the first card. Then I turned around and made 3 more -- each with a little twist from the original -- another sentiment, different ribbons, and different placement of the elements.  Quick, easy, ...and now I have four masculine cards ready to go.  

Here's the original card -- well, not exactly, I mounted my card on Chocolate Chip.  The sample used only one base layer of Very Vanilla.  Instead of Very Vanilla, I've been on a Naturals Ivory cardstock kick, so my background card uses Naturals Ivory.

Stamps: By the Tide - 2013 spring catalog (129117-w; 129120-c), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:   Chocolate Chip, Naturals, Ivory
Inks:  Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  1-1/4" Punch; 1-3/8" square punch

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This is a great starter set if you are just getting started stamping.  The Dallas Regional had many card ideas using this set on display.  I posted some of the display board photos in my last post.

Here are a few more samples made with this same stamp set.


This card just scattered the 3 square blocks a little differently and used a different sentiment Stamp from Blooming with Kindness (126422-c).

Here's all 4 of the card together.  Click for a larger image.

Next are the final two close ups of the alternative cards.  I love the ribbons on these final cards.  Most ribbons on cards are a little too feminine for a masculine card.  However the two I used are perfect for male cards. 

This card uses the 7/8" Cotton Ribbon (127844) ... a carry over from the Holiday Catalog that we can still purchase using the item number above.  You can also find it in the back of the Spring Catalog.  The Hello sentiment is from Lacy & Lovely (122887-c)

This card uses the 7/16" natural trim ribbon.  It looks like burlap, but it's made of flax and cotton.  The Thank You sentiment is also from Lacy & Lovely (122887-c)

Fully Customizable Starter Kit gives you $150 worth of product for $99!

If you are placing an order for ~$100, consider this.  You can become a  hobby demonstrator, and order your entire order as a "Starter Kit", plus, until March 22, the end of Sale-a-Bration, you’ll get 25% more products for FREE in your Starter Kit!  That's ~$150 worth of merchandise for $99!  Find out more and take advantage of this limited-time offer.
As a hobby demonstrator, you place your future orders at a 20% discount; 30% off your first order as a demonstrator.  Plus, with Stampin' Up!, you have access to not only all of the card samples and 2,000+ videos on Stampin' Connection, Stampin' Up! hosts additional regional events, yearly Conventions and on-line tutorials and free training that will quickly grow your Stampin' skills.  So shop today to take advantage of this special.

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Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
Private Classes for 1 or a small group of friends:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dallas Regional Wrap-up

  • Photos from Dallas Regional
  • My Digital Studio Dallas Regional Page
  • Free My Digital Download
  • Easter Project - swap from Dallas Regional
  • Sale-A-Bration - Spend $50; Get a free product

Saturday, Feb 16, I drove from Houston to attend the Stampin' Up! Dallas Regional Event. Six hundred Stampin' Up! demonstrators and guests decided to join me there! I didn't realize how much I needed a break from my daily routine --which doesn't include enough time in my stamp loft.  I returned refreshed and inspired by the new techniques and project ideas! 

Click for larger image.  These were some of the ideas from the stage and display boards.

I used the Comfort Cafe Designer kit in My Digital Studio software and created a couple of pages to share some of the many, many inspirational presentations and display boards at the Dallas Regional.

Shelli, Stampin' Up! CEO, demonstrated, New Table Friends, and great project ideas

Here are a couple of the display boards from around the ballroom. 

Click for larger image.  Product Displays from the Spring Mini Catalog
One of the many display boards.  Click for larger images

Another display board of some of the swaps at Dallas Regionals.  Click for larger image.
If you want to see more, visit my Meetup site. I uploaded all my photos from the Dallas Regionals. Look under the Photos link on the site. There I have close ups of many of the cards on display.

FREE Label Download to Organize your scrap room for use with My Digital Studio design software. 

There is a Free download for My Digital Studio available right now...Don't miss it!.  Item number 133267.   The download includes:
 - 5-page decor designer template (8-1/2 X 11")
 - 88-piece SVG stamp brush set

Use this free download to organize your craft room with all the Stampin' Up! Colors (even the retired ones).  Then mark your calendar to see what's new each Tuesday when Stampin' Up! releases more weekly downloads.  Inspiration and help are available in Forums, with samples and plenty of videos to show you how to use My Digital Studio step by step on the site

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

One of 5 free pages with this MDS Download.  Item 133267 

I also made a few swaps to take with me to the Dallas Regional. 

I'll share some of the swaps I received in return over the next couple of weeks.  I used the images from the Everybunny stamp set from the main catalog.  I got it too late to use last year, so I very happy it was in the 2013 catalog and I could use it this year.

Stamps: Everybunny (122705-w; 122707-c)
Paper:   Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Designer Series Paper Stacks In-Color Patterns, Cherry Cobbler
Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, the matching flower stamps
Accessories: 3/8" Striped Organdy Ribbon (Melon Mambo) 129293 from the Spring mini catalog, Raspberry Ripple Dahlias (127556); 2-1/2" Circle Punch (120906), 2-3/8" Scallop Circle (118874), Fancy Fan Folder (127751), Labels Collection Framelits (125598), Cello bags, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits (126999), Big Shot Die cutting machiens and cutting plates;

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

Have a party; earn free gifts.

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Have a little party of your own to get more free stuff for hosting.

Sale-A-Bration-exclusive products will be gone for good after March 22 (except for the Petite Curly Label Punch), so place your order now!

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


Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
Private Classes for 1 or a small group of friends:

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Hearts A Flutter Valentine Bundle - Saves 15%

  • Wide-ribbon Valentine
  • $1 content disc clearance for My Digital Studio design software
  • Two new single stamp assortments - available until March 31, 2013 

I've missed wide ribbons so much!  I'm so happy that the Stampin' Up! Spring catalog has two 1-1/4" two-tone ribbons.  My Valentine's card today shows the Pink Pirouette/Rose Red 1-1/4" Two-Toned Ribbon.  Loved the ribbon with the More Amore Specialty designer series paper.

The heart-shaped elements was cut apart.  All the shape elements are popped up on Dimensionals.  This was so fast and easy, I'm going to make a bunch more!  You can too -- at a 15% saving for the Hearts a Flutter Bundle that includes the stamp set and the Framelits Dies.  Order the bundle # 131097

Stamps: Hearts a Flutter (cut apart) (129252-c; 12924-w), You are Loved (123779-c; 123777-w)
Paper:   Cherry Cobbler, Naturals Ivory (101849)
Inks:  Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Hearts a Flutter Framelit Dies (130159),  Pink Pirouette/Rose Red 1-1/4" Two-Toned Ribbon, Windows Frames collection Framelit Dies (129021), Dimensionals, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and cutting plates.

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

Unbelievable $1 offer --Build your content for My Digital Studio

From now until February 12 (or while supplies last) you can get your hands on any of these content discs for just $1. That's not a typo--they're just one buck. That means that you can quickly grow your My Digital Studio content library--it won't break the bank.
  • Avant-Garde Collection DVD (item 125841)
  • Cheerful Treats Digital Content CD (item 124237)
  • Express Booster Pack DVD (item 124889)
  • His & Hers Collection DVD (item 125842)
  • October, December, Whenever Collection DVD (item 124485)
  • Simple Snapshots Content CD (item 127185)
  • Sweet Retreat Collection DVD (item 125840)
Since the discs are on the Clearance Rack, they must be purchased via demonstrator or online order. Go get yours today.  

Haven't tried My Digital studio digital designing software yet?  This is a perfect time to try the free 30-day trial of the basic software.  Adding these $1 discs from the clearance rack will give you a great way to test the power and creativity of this software!!  with all the on-line video demos on the My Digital Studio site, you'll be up and running in no time!

Single Stamp assortments -- Available only until March 31

Check out these great stamp values.  Purchase these Single Stamps for a short time only!  Perfect for the upcoming Spring holidays and Celebrations.

Single Stamps -- Assortment 3.  Available until March 31. Purchase Block E separately

Single Stamps, Assortment 4.  Limited-time offer until March 31,2013.  Order either Block D or E separately

Order Single Stamps from my on-line store today.


Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
Private Classes for 1 or a small group of friends: