Sunday, October 21, 2012

Toxic Treats Holloween card and November card class

  • Toxic Treats Halloween card 
  • Free Festive Paper-Piercing Pack when you buy Christmas Bundles 
  • November Class

Working on Halloween projects...Love this time of the year!  It has been such a busy fall that I haven't had much time to spend crafting--training clases on the East Coast, and my nephew's wedding in Minnesota, and a trip to the Mall of America with my 90-year-old mother and tons of nieces and nephews, brothers, sisters and their families.

 Here's a fun card, as you're getting ready for Halloween.

This card uses:

Stamps: Toxic Treats 127901-c; Etruscan Elegance Jumbo Wheel 127868
Inks: Staz-on Black
Papers: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper, Whisper White
Extras: Labels Collection Framelits Dies, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Spider Web textured embossing folder, Standard Cutting Pad, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.

Don't miss this October promotion!
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Upcoming November Class

Check out projects from the November class.  Lot of die cuts, both dry and heat embossing, special gift packaging, digital designing, and other holiday ideas!

Interested in more info or to register for this class, visit  

Check out the news items just added to the Clearance Rack.  If you are a digital scrapbooker, you'll enjoy the savings on a number of Content CDs



Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator


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.

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.   If you have over $99 in wish list items, signing up as a demonstrator will give you $125 worth of Stampin' Up! products, plus a bonus Halloween kit if you sign up this month.
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


    Monday, July 30, 2012

    Convention Swap samples & Spooktacular offer in August.

    One of the best organized swaps I participated in was the Lyssa's Convention #12 - "Now THIS is Convention Quality"  It is so well-organized.  It was 5 groups of 20 swappers. 

    We used the tables at the front of the Gathering Place
    This is Lyssa.  This is the 12th Convention Swap that she's organized.  She knows what she's doing! 
    Once all 20 cards were laid out, each group took a turn picking up one of the 20 swaps in their group.

    The quality was amazing!  See a few of the swaps below

    Even more amazing, everyone who signed up for the swap kept their commitment and all cards were available at the scheduled time.  It only took 30 minutes for over 120 cards to be swapped.
    Thanks, Lyssa!  Your new title:  I am an incredible swap organizer!
    Here are some of the wonderful cards I received.  I'll share more in coming days. 

    Thsi card was created by Anne Venci and uses the Nature's Pace stamp.

    Emillie Chisholm created this beautiful card using Blooming with Kindness

    The creator of this card is Lyn Schumacher and she used Field Flowers

    Swaps are one my favorite reasons for attending Convention.  It is a great way to gather ideas for classes for the next several months.

    Join as a demonstrator for $99, pick your own Starter Kit Products and get this Spooktacular offer during August

    If you have a long "Wish List" ready to place on August 1, we have a spooktacular offer for you! If you plan to order over $99 from the new Holiday mini catalog, your better choice is to sign up as a demonstrator.  For $99, you can choose $125.00 worth of any traditional or digital supplies with free shipping...just for signing up as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  And you will receve a FREE Howl-o-ween Printer's Tray project kit.  This boo-tiful kit contains all the bits and pieces to create a super spooky Halloween decoration.

    In addition, Stampin' Up! has made the new standard Starter Kit completely customizable!  This is a great way to update your supplies with the new In Colors, new stamp pads, new dies, new digital downloads, new ribbons and new stamps from either the big catalog or from the Holiday mini.  And after purchasing your Starter Kit order, you'll receive 20% or more off future orders.  Read more here...and let me help you select your starter kit items. Contract me via the "Read more" link above.   We'll hold the order until August 1 so that you'll qualify for this free kit...A special offer for signing up between August 1-31, 2012.


    Donna Ross
    Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator


    Saturday, July 28, 2012

    MDS Printing discounts, download discounts, and Announcing MDS 2!

    I can't wait for August 1!  I've been holding this little photo swatchbook for a while -- waiting for a printing special from Stampin' Up so I can make  more copies!  And in August I can print this for 31% off!

    I'm so proud of my nieces who are on the winning 2012 US Synchronized Skating Championship team.  Both of them skated on this year's winning team. 

    I'm going to take advantage of the August My Digital Studio printing special and make copies of this little photo swatchbook for both of them.  These are great to carry in your purse to show off your latest family activities and accomplishments, wedding photos, or favorite memories because of the durable protective cover and the high-quality paper used for printing.  I'm working on another book using my Convention photos, so I have favorite memories and great display board ideas close at hand for inspiration in my craft room.

    Get ready for these August My Digital Studio Specials!

    Get 31% off 31 digital content options and get the most of our print products for all 31 days in August! Feed your My Digital Studio addiction. With digital goods on sale and the 30-day FREE trial of the software, August is the perfect time for you to enter the digital designing craze and see what it's all about.  Or read further to hear about the new release of My Digital Studio.

    What's on sale?
    1.  ALL cards, photobooks, individual pages, and tags.
    That's right: print any photobook, board book, swatchbook, individual pages, greeting card, postcard, trifold card, or tag-all for 31% off.

    2.  Some of our best digital content. 30 downloads and 1 content disc. Yup, that equals 31.

    Also it is a perfect time to upgrade to the new version of My Digital Studio  2 (MDS 2)

    Coming August 1...

    While you're putting together your order from the new Holiday mini catalog,be sure you also include your My Digital Studio Software purchases. Combining your purchases into a single order can qualify your for additional purchasing benefits.  If your order reaches $150 (not including tax and shipping), you qualify for an additional $25 in free products -- products from the main catalog or the Holiday catalog--traditional pproducts or digital downloads.  Don't worry, you'll be prompted to select your free merchandise during the on-line check out process.

    With My Digital Studio 2 Software, Coming August 1, 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!
    Some versions are software only and other versions include tons of images and contents in addition to the new software.  If you have purchased only a few downloads for your original version of My Digital Studio, now would be a great time to purchase the software plus content disk called MDS 2+.   MDS 2+ adds over $500 worth of downloads to the software disc.  As soon as the final contents are released, I'll post them so you know exactly which downloads are included.  Some of them were available as downloads for the original version of MDS.  In addition, check out the downloads that will be on sale beginning August 1.

    31 My Digital Studio Downloads on sale during August

    To see what each of these digital Content packages on sale during August include, visit the My Digital Studio catalog on the My Digital Studio Site.  Look for the link on the right hand side of the page. These downloads that will be on sale beginning August 1.

    Pick My Digital Studio Plus and digital content as part of your Starter Kit when you join as a demonstrator for $99

    Join Stampin' Up! as a Demonstrator and select My Digital Studio Plus and downloads as part of your customizable kit.  If you plan to order over $99 of Stampin' Up! merchandise (digital or products from the catalogs,) This is a great opportunity for you to sign up as a demonstrator for $99, and choose $125 worth of any digital or tradition products from current catalogs and get free shipping!  In August, you'll also receive a Halloween kit..  See photos of the kit I posted yesterday.  Then enjoy your future purchases at a discount.  Find out more here.


    Donna Ross
    Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator