Monday, July 29, 2013

More Stampin' Up! 2013 Convention Swaps

  • Samples and swaps from Convention 
  • A Sneak Peek of a Thankful Sack from the 2013 Holiday Mini 
  • A few more of my favorite swaps from Convention 
  • Buy three, get one free DSP ends this week

I just had to case one of my favorite swaps from convention.  This was originally created by Sheryl Wheatly  Here's my version (or my two versions of it).   I love that it uses the new 2013-15 In Colors:  Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding and a card base of Baked Brown Sugar and butterflies from Papillion Potpourri stamp set.

Stamps: Papillion Potpourri(W-132058, C 123759), Wetlands (Sentiments -c-126697)
Paper:   Very Vanilla, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, and Baked Brown Sugar.
Inks:  Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories:  This uses four of the Textured Impression folders -- Fancy Fan, Perfect Polka Dots, Houndstooth, and Chevrons rolled through the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval Punch, and bling from one of the smaller Rhinestones.

I tried two different sentiment treatments.  the card on the left uses the Scallop Oval to punch a background of Baked Brown Sugar and the Large Oval punch to punch out the sentiment

To place an order for any of these items:  Visit my Stampin' Up! Store

Here's a closer look at the card with the punched sentiment.

Here's a version of the card with the sentiment stamped directly on the Very Vanilla background.  Which treatment do you prefer?



Sneak Peek at Muslin Bags and stamps from the Holiday Mini

During one of the Convention Mini classes, we stamped this cute little Mini Muslin Bag, a sneak peak at one of the items from the Holiday Mini using the Magnificent Maple Single stamp and the Thankful for single stamp -- both from the Holiday Mini catalog.  You can begin ordering these products August 1 from my 24/7 on-line store.  My regular customers should have received their catalog in the mail by now.  I'll be able to post a link to the on-line Holiday catalog on August 1.

More favorite swaps from Convention

I'll be sharing some of the wonderful swaps I received during convention over the next few days, so stay tuned You can  ordering products to make these cards from my 24/7 on-line store

This card was created by Dawn Miller and uses the new3/8" Ruffled Stretch Trim (130024) in Costal Cabana, Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper (130131), the Square Lattice (119976) Embossing Folder,  and the Window Frame Collection Framelits

Lillian Owen created this beautiful card. It includes the extremely popular Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape (129314),  a flower made from the new Bottoms and Blossoms Simply Pressed clay molds (131272), and the Simply Pressed Clay (130685)


Buy 3 Get one Free - Designer series Paper Special Ends Soon

Stock up on Designer Series Papers from the new Stampin' Up! catalog before the Buy 3, Get one Free offer ends at the end of July.  Perfect time to ensure you have all your favorites on hand for your Fall card making and scrapbooking projects.


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

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

2013 Convention Highlights and swaps

  • Happy 25th Anniversary, Stampin' Up!
  • Convention 2013 highlights
  • My Convention Swaps
  • Leadership 2014 Location - Houston Texas (my home town!)

I just returned from the annual Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City.  It was more spectacular than ever.  I left home with a 1/2-empty suit case and returned with a bulging bag filled with all the wonderful free goodies - 7 stamp sets, 2 different Designer Series Papers packs, Gold and Silver glitter, rolls and rolls of washi tape, new carve-your-own stamps product announced at Convention, a Paper Pumpkin kit, a decorative banner kit, and more and more -- FREE!!!.   The best Stampin 'Up! Convention ever!

I'll show you the swaps I made for convention and some of the nice  swaps I received in return over the next few days.

Loved this years Bags!  White back packs with lots of pockets for catalogs, supplies cell phones and more!  We received them as a surprise during our first session - Thursday evening.

6,000 white back packs with Stampin' Up! logos, a sparkly pen, a Silver Anniversary pin and our 3 free stamp sets, among other  things received by all demonstrators who attended!.


 As always, the display boards were fabulous.  Tune in as I post more of convention photos over the next few weeks. 
This was one of the display boards highlighting this year's 2013-2015bnew In colors.  Click for larger image.

2012-2015 In Colors & 2013 Color Refresh

My Convention Swaps

Here are a couple of the swaps I brought to Convention.  I have really gotten into the Yellow and Gray combinations this season.  In fact, my Pinterest party board is full of party and wedding ideas using this color combination.


Stamps: Morning Meadow (hostess), Flowering Flourishes, Mixed Bunch, Gifts of Kindness (sentiment)
Paper:   Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight
Inks:  Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight
Accessories:  Fancy Fan Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Summer Starfruit in Color Dahlias, 1/2"n Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon, Blossom Punch, Pansy Punch, and Label Framelits
To place an order for any of these items:  Visit my Stampin' Up! Store

Here's a second swap I put together.  It isn't too early to start getting organized for this year's holiday season.   I didn't get to use this stamp much last holiday, so I was very happy to see it was carried over from the last Holiday mini catalog.  With a matching die and two sneak peeks from this year's Holiday mini which will be out shortly -- the Stylish Striped embossed folder and the new 1" Cherry Cobbler grosgrain ribbon-- I'm  really pleased with how this card turned out.  You'll be pleased to see all of the great new products coming out in the Holiday mini.

Stamps:  Very Merry Tags, Ornament Keepsakes
Paper:   Smoky Slate, Cherry Cobbler
Inks: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Holiday Ornament Framelit, Ovals Framelit, Stylish Stripes Textured Impression Embossing Folder(Holiday Mini Sneak Peek(, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 1" Cherry Cobbler Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon (Holiday Mini Sneak Peek), and Petite Curly Label punch.

To place an order for any of these items:  Visit my Stampin' Up! Store

A wonderful tutorial on designing with My Digital Studio

I ran across this My Digital Studio  tutorial today and just had to show you some of what we saw during Convention this year.  If you want a fast, economical way to express your creativity, My Digital Studio provides so many ways for you to quickly make those hand crafted items you'll love to give to others.  Take a look at how easy it is to customize images to your color themes

Announcement of Leadership 2014 Location - Houston Texas

Demonstrators, it's not too early to start planning to attend leadership conference in January 2014! You won't want to miss the classes, the camaraderie, and of course, the stamping--in the great state of Texas--where we're famous for doing things big!

It was announced at Convention 2013 in Salt Lake City, leadership will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in the heart of Houston.

Date: January 9-11, 2014

Registration Opens

Managers and above: October 15, 2013
Sr. Supervisors and above: October 16, 2013

Managers' Reception

Downtown Aquarium, Houston
January 9, 2014
Managers' Reception qualification date: Sept. 30, 2013

 I'm already looking forward to a great conference!  Start making your plans to attend now.  This is a perfect time to think, about signing up as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  Enjoy putting together a starter kit with just the items you want, plus pick one of four project kits for free in addition to your starter kit.  Offer good between July 15 until August 31, 2013.
Read more about the benefits you'll enjoy when you sign up as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator...including attending Stampin' Up! Conferences and events.  If you live in Houston, don't miss this great opportunity to see what stamping with Stampin' Up! products is like this coming January.

Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
Private Classes for 1 or a small group of friends:
To place an order: Place an on-line order through my Stampin' Up! store - 24/7 Shopping 


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Because I'm the Dad MDS Digital Download

  • Happy Father's Day
  • My Digital Studio Dad's Day Download
  • My Digital Studio FREEBIES 
Taking a moment to wish Happy Father's Day to my wonderful brothers and nephews who are all the greatest fathers...what a great tribute to our father--such a kind and gentle man who is no longer with us.  Here's a quick project I made with My Digital Studio scrapbooking design software.  After printing the download, I mounted it on Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper and added a new Pear Pizzazz Chevron Ribbon.  Then I put the entire project in a plastic easel frame and set it on the counter for my dear husband, proud father of our new puppy.

Stamps: Digital Download - Because I'm the Dad Greeting Cards(134685)
Paper:   Afternoon Picnic
Inks:  Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Gumball Green Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
Accessories:  My Digital Studio design software, 3/4" Pear Pizzazz Chevron Ribbon

To place an order:  Visit my Stampin' Up! Store
Because I'm The Dad Greeting card download, 134685

FREE Download of July Wallpaper / Calendar

Don't have My Digital Studio design software yet?   My Digital Studio 2+ (now called just MDS) is only $19.95 US/$24.95CAN

The MDS software includes over $500 US / $650 CAN worth of digital content. What an incredible value at this new, lower price!. You can buy the software as a disc (item 130647) or a download (item 130646). 30-day FREE trial software still available. 

Be sure to visit the MyDigitalStudio site to take advantage of the free video training and the user's forums. This will get you up and running fast!  If you are already an experienced user, take advantage of the forums to ask your more advanced questions or post your finished work.

Then, visit Stampin' Up! every Tuesday for new downloads.  Stampin' Up! will even surprise you with free down loads. Check out the free Downloads here, including the FREE July Wallpaper, which also makes a great July calendar.

Each Tuesday visit the MyDigitalStudio site for newly released software downloads.


New puppy has been helping unload all my new catalog products... sigh...

A couple of weeks ago our new puppy, Cookie, learned how to climb stairs and discovered my office and craft room.  While I love the company, cuddling and puppy kisses, for some reason his toys aren't as interesting as my Stampin' Up! products. (I totally agree!) Below you can see the help She gave me in "unmounting" one of my new-catalog wheels.... ohhh my....

She is so sweet.  I just can't be angry with her.  However, my husband found a wonderful product called Sentry Stop That!  It is a noise and pheromone spray that stops unwanted behavior immediately. 

Our sweet Cookie

Since I spend more time on my computer than in my craft room, we've used the Sentry Stop That! spray to stop Cookie from going through the garbage and boxes of retired stamps and retired papers in my Office.  Now, lets see if it works in the craft room.  Wait... We've never had a little girl puppy before.. hmmm...She's so smart, maybe I'll just start giving her beginning stamper lessons.  (Yes!)


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

Friday, May 31, 2013

Stampin' Up! 2013-2014 Catalog is now live

  • New 2013-2014 Catalog is now live!
  • Stampin' Up! Color Refresh
  • Retired list available until June 3
  • Easy crafting with Paper Pumpkin membership program
  • Online class with class and 15 projects
  • Sample card with new Hostess set Morning Meadow
  • 25% off select MDS downloads & printed products until June 15

The new catalog is live now and you can begin ordering June 1! Check out the online version of the catalog now.

Visit the Clebrando Creatividad version of the new catalog.

Place your order through my on-line store.

You can download the catalog for free at the new Catalog Link above. My regular customers should have their free copy by now. You can order a hard copy of the new catalog.   Just add a copy to your order.  Single copies: $5.00; item 129855

Combine your order along with your digital downloads and earn free merchandise when your total order is $150 or more (minus tax and shipping.)

Also add products on the retiring list, with discounts on some items ranging from 25%, 40% and 60% off some digital items.  You can order from the retiring products list (while supplies last) until Monday, June 3.


Welcome the new Stampin' Up! colors to your Stamping Room

In many cases, welcome back some of your favorite in-colors from previous years!  I was so excited!  I had most of the new colors already in my paper supplies!  I never stopped using them because they were among my favorites.  I used them for my personal project.  Now I can use them for my blog projects as well -- and so can you! 

Since the last color renovation three years ago, Stampin' Up! has been watching colors closely and continually researches, surveys and monitors sales.  Stampin' Up decided now was the time for a small color refresh just as they promised they would do every three to 5 years.  As you bid farewell to 10 of our colors, you'll welcome back nine of your old In Color favorites, along with one new color.  The color families have also been rearranged a little to keep them on trend.    Without further fanfare, here are the new colors!

Smoky Slate is the new color; the rest of the refreshed colors are favorite In Colors from previous years.

Additionally, these are the In-colors for 2014.


You'll see the new 2014 In-colors in the new catalog, which are great additions to traditional products. You can also order the color swatches of the new In-Colors for your color Color Coach or order the new Color Coach (130118) with a card for every color in the Stampin' Up! collection. We bet you want those new colors for MDS too, right? Good news-the next time you're connected to the Internet, the software will add all seven new colors:

Add these cards to your Color Coach - 130120 - $2.50

    • Baked Brown Sugar
    • Coastal Cabana
    • Crisp Cantaloupe
    • Pistachio Pudding
    • Strawberry Slush

     I'll post some samples with these new colors over the next few days. 


    Retire list for the current catalog still know the drill

    Now that the 2013-2014 Stampin' Up! catalog is live, you have only a few more days (Monday, June 3)  to order from the retired list of current stamps and accessories. 

    Morning Meadow Hostess Set sample from the 2013-2014 Catalog

    Here's a card idea from one of the new hostess sets, Morning Meadow.  I can't wait to order the matching punch from the new catalog!  The smaller flowers are from Morning Meadow and until my order from the new catalog arrives, I hand cut the blossoms.  The larger blossom is punched using the Blossom Punch.  Then it was outlined with the White gel pen.

    Stamps: Morning Meadow (Hostess) (129678 - Clear; 129675 - Wood)
    Paper:   Whisper White; Basic Black
    Inks:  Black Staz-On
    Accessories:  Small Oval and Large Oval punches, Blossom Punch, White gel pen, Small pearls, Essentials (126187) Paper Piercing Pack

    To place an order for any of these items: Visit my Stampin' Up! Store

    For those of you wondering where I've been.... after a couple months of drama, I'm now back on track..and spent a delightful month playing with new catalog preview products

    Heart break ...and new joy...

    We lost our 13-year-old Sheltie after a 5 month battle with liver & gall bladder disease and, finally, he lost the use of his back legs...arthritis.  He was stoic until the end, and left such a large hole in our daily lives.  Dear Husband and I immediately began a puppy search to fill the hole.  After reading through hundreds of puppy listings and talking to numerous breeders, we found our new love, Cookie, an Australian Shepard.  She joined our family the week before I left for Brazil for a 3-city, week-long business trip.  She quickly bonded with DH while I was gone; and when I returned it was like a new love affair.  

    She's exceptionally bright and mastered potty training in 13-14 weeks.  She started obedience classes at 14 week and we're busy socializing our little Cookie to new experiences, other puppies, and different neighbors and other people.  At 18 weeks she learned to climb stairs to my craft studio so I've been thoroughly distracted as she learns what's hers and what's not hers to play with in my studio and office.

    This is Cookie during a recent vet visit.



    Creative?  But no time to stamp?  Not anymore!

    You love to craft, but it can be quite a process...choose a project, decide what supplies you need, gather everything together, then finally find the time to sit down and create.  Whew-- it can be a lot of work!  Not anymore!

    Stampin' Up!'s new membership program, Paper Pumpkin, makes crafting as easy as opening your mail.  When you sign up for Paper Pumpkin, the package arrive in your mail every month, and you'll love the fun packages that included everything you need (stamps, ink, paper, and accessories) except adhesives to create a fun, exclusive crafting project; everything from cards and journals to home decor and more.  Each project is designed to take approximately 30 minutes to create, and everything comes measured and cut. 

    I already do this with my cosmetics -- and I love the surprise each month of receiving my products without having to wade through catalogs trying to match up what I need.   What a time saver!  And if you ever decide to skip a month because your life is too full to craft, just log on before the 10th and change your setting to skip a month!  This is a fabulous way to have fun in a limited amount of time.  Sign up with your sister, mom or girlfriend and make it a girls night when you all receive your kits each month!

    The stamps and accessories in the kit are often exclusive, which means that the only way to enjoy these great products is to be part of the Paper Pumpkin magic!  Paper Pumpkin packages ship on or around the 15th of each month.  Paper pumpkin memberships are only $19.95 US/$24.95 CAN a month (including shipping).  Sign up at my Paper Pumpkin link.  Not sure?  Order our Try the Paper Pumpkin kit at my online store for $16.95 US, Item 132600. 

     Online class - download immediately!

    Learn how quickly and easily you can line up stamped images for precision placement, achieve the right ink coverage, combine images together exactly where you want them, and more!

    Class features the Show & Tell 1 and 2 Stamp Sets, and includes six lessons (Backgrounds, Building, Layering, Versatility, Gift Giving, and Memory Keeping), step-out photos, instructional videos, and instructions and supply lists for 15 projects. Available for download only.  Order "Seeing the Possibilities Online Class" Item #134532 for only $14.95 US

    25% off select My Digital Studio (MDS) Print products until June 15.

    With all the celebrations this time of year, it is the perfect time to capture the moments in photos, scrapbooks, flip books and other ways to preserve these precious moments.  Many of these My Digital Studio content and print product items are 25% off until June 15.  Digital content includes all ensemble, calendar, photo books, and digital content.   See it here. Print products include cards, tags, individual pages, photobooks, swatchbooks, and calendars.   See MDS print pricing here.   Awesome, right? 

    Check out the My Digital Studio Blog every Tuesday to download the new downloads.  Then visit my Stampin' Up! Store to order your favorite weekly downloads.  Be sure to watch for the free downloads Stampin' Up! offers from time to time.  It is a great way to build content for your My Digital Studio software.  Check out all the free My Digital Studio Free Downloads, here.

    Check the retired list for great deals on digital content discs from the current catalog.

    Well, enough news for one post!  Talk to you soon!


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

    Sunday, March 24, 2013

    Sign up for a San Diego Trip Giveaway from Stampin' Up!

    • NEW This & That Product, plus a Trip Giveaway
    • Buy the This & That Bundle from the upcoming 2013-14 Catalog at 15% off
    • Celebrate Easter with this MDS download

    Check out the newest product introduced by Stampin' Up!..This & That.  AND  Sign Up on the Stampin' Up Facebook page for a chance to win a trip for two to San Diego.

    So, what is the This And That Bundled?

    Its a bundle that includes five This and That products from the upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalog that you can buy now for 15 percent off.  Offer good through April 30.

    Each of the items can be purchased separately using the item codes below.  Or purchase the Epic Day Bundle, item number 133350, and save 15 percent.  The bundle includes:
    • Epic Day This and That Journal (item 131268)
    • Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper (item 130814)
    • Remember This and That Rotary Stamp (item 130133)
    • Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers (item 131271)
    • Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape (item 131269)
    To place an order for all five products in the bundle, select item numbrer 133350 when you visit my Stampin' Up! Store

    Use it in so many ways!  Leaving the hairdresser?  Tuck your next appointment card right in with some washi tape or a cute envelope.  Girls' day lunch date or movies?  Stash the ticket stubs, add a snapshot of the girls, plus have each friend write her favorite part of the day. 

    Use it to capture your work out goals and journal your progress.  Sketch ideas for your next card layout while waiting for your dentist appointment.  Use it to carry a list of frequently purchased groceries by store as a reminder when you shop.  Or capture the funniest thing that happened to your today or something you're looking forward to tomorrow... so many ideas!  You'll want to get one for yourself as well as one to have on hand as a perfect last-minute gift for a sister, mother or friend.

    Here's a visual of what the Epic Day Bundle includes.  These items will be available in the upcoming 2013-2014 catalog coming out in May, but you won't save 15% if you wait.  So why wait?  I'm putting my order in now!  Click the image below for a closer look.

    Epic DayThis and That Bundle, Item 133350.  Save 15% on the bundler until April 30!
    Don't forget to Sign Up on the Stampin' Up Facebook page for a chance to win a trip for two to San Diego.


    Celebrate Easter with this My Digital Studio (MDS) software download

    Just what you need for Eater entertaining.  Versatile pieces can be used for egg holders, napkin rings, mini baskets, cupcake holders, name cards, table tents, framable, and invitations. 

    Colors:  Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Taken with Teal, Whisper White

    • This Easter Ensemble includes 5-page decor designer templates (8-1/2 X 11)
    • Double sided postcard template (5" X 3-1/2)
    • 14-piece SVG stamp brush set
    • 7 Designer Series Papers
    • 8 embellishments.
    To place an order, select item 133474 when you visit my Stampin' Up! Store

    What a fun time-saver while you're getting ready for the Easter holidays.

    Don't have My Digital Studio design software yet?  Take advantage of the new price reduction just announced last week.  My Digital Studio 2+ (now called just MDS) is only $19.95 US/$24.95CAN

    That's a US price reduction from $79.95 to $19.95 or a Canadian reduction from $99.95 to $24.95!

    The MDS software includes over $500 US / $650 CAN worth of digital content. What an incredible value at this new, lower price!. You can buy the software as a disc (item 130647) or a download (item 130646). 30-day FREE trial software still available. 
    Be sure to visit the MyDigitalStudio site to take advantage of the free video training and the user's forums. This will get you up and running fast!  If you are already an experienced user, take advantage of the forums to ask your more advanced questions or post your finished work.

    Then, visit Stampin' Up! every Tuesday for new downloads.  Stampin' Up! will even surprise you with free down loads, like the Free Birthday Construction Treat Template (Item 133423) or the Free Spring to Life March Wallpaper, (Item 133025) pictured below.  These are still available if you missed them earlier.  Just add the item numbers to your order form.

    One additional way to build your My Digital Studio content fast is to purchace content discs from the clearance rack for $1.00 each.   Content discs can sell for from $20.95, $23.95 to $26,95 depending on the content. So, hurry!  Quantities are limited and once they are gone, they are gone.  Right now you can purchase three discs on clearance.  Avant-Garde Collection DVD, October, December Whenever Collection DVD and Sweet Retreat Collection DVD. 


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