Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year!. . . And Occasions Sneak Peek

  • Happy New Year's card using new Occasions catalog products 
  • An every-day card with Sneak peek products from new Occasions catalog
  • Jumpstart your Valentine cards and treats with these new stamps

Happy New Year's Day!  I was able to play in my craft room today. Such a rare treat!  So sad to see the holidays fly by.   Love hanging out with our nearly one-year old Australian Shepherd and my dear husband, who spent his holiday's redoing our kitchen cabinets and a long list of other house-hold projects.   

I put together this card with several of the new items that will be available Friday, Jan 3, 2014, when the new Occasions Catalog is released.  The Memorable Moments stamp set from the main catalog has a full set of numbers making it a must-have set.  I used the Deco Labels collection Framelit and the Big Shot to make the background for the "2014".  I created an embossed boarder using the Stampin' Pierce Mat and a stylus and tracing the outline freehand.  Then to give it added dimension, I set it up on two layers of Stampin' Dimensionals.  I love the elegance of the gold foil and the vellum.  I was surprised at how well the Summer Starfruit ribbon matched the gold foil.

Stamps: Memorable Moments, avail in the main catalog (132039 -wood, 126682 - clear), Seasonal Sayings (131937 - wood, 128009 - clear)  
Paper:   Gold Foil, (returning favorite from the holiday catalog - 132622), Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum (1333363 - new in the Occasions catalog), Whisper White
Inks:  Versamark.  Both the sentiment and the numbers are Gold Embossed.
Accessories:  Gold Embossing powder, tray, and heat gun,  (New) Summer Starfruit 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon - 132980, Deco Labels collection Framelit, the Big Shot, magnetic base, and cutting mats, stylus, and Stampin' Pierce Mat.

To place an order for these items on Friday when the Occasions catalog is released:  Visit my Stampin' Up! Store

Q.  How long will it take my order to arrive?
A.  It depends on your distance from Salt Lake city Utah.  For instance, in Houston, if you order before 11 am Monday, you will general have your order by Thursday or Friday of the same week.  Add more time if you are ordering the week a new catalog is released.  You can also order for 2-day or overnight shipping, which will put your order in front of other orders being pulled by the Stampin' Up! warehouse.  Software downloads for My Digital Studio are available as soon as you order.

Here's another sneak peek card using new products from the new Occasions Catalog, to be released Friday, Jan 3rd, 2014.

This card uses the new 1-1/4 Pacific Point Grosgrain Ribbon, and two of the new stamps from the occasions Catalog due out Friday, January 3.  The flower is water colored with Daffodil Delight and More Mustard using an Aqua Painter and Stamp Pads.

Stamps: Peaceful Petals (wood - 133104, Clear - 133107), Vivid Vases - sentiment( wood - 133818)
Paper:   Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper (130141) from the main catalog.
Inks:  Black Stazon, Midnight Muse (Sentiment), Gumball Green (stem) Daffodil Delight, More Mustard
Accessories:  1/4 Pacific Point Grosgrain Ribbon (132981), In Color Dahlias (Summer Starfruit),Labels collection Framelits, Big Shot, magnetic base,  and cutting pads, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder

To place an order for these new items on Friday when the Occasions catalog is released:  Visit my Stampin' Up! Store

Want to get a start on Valentine's cards,  order these special stamps until January 27 or until gone.

To place an order for these items Visit my Stampin' Up! Store.  Look for the Whole Lot of Love promotion.

Quick Links

  • Browse The Holiday CatalogFlipbook. (Check back Friday for new Occasions Catalog Release)
  • NEW -  Prepare your Valentines early
  • NEW  - Weekly Deals -- every Tuesday, while supplies lastNow available!
  • Order an 2013-2014 Annual catalog or Holiday catalog Now Available!!
Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
Private Classes for 1 or a small group of friends:

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Gift Card Flurry with Envelope Punch Board

  • Fast Gift card holders using the Envelope Punch Board
  • Up to 80% off on Stampin' Up!  Clearance Rack Blitz
  • Sign up on my blog today to see news from Leadership in Jan 2014
Busy, busy trying to finish Christmas gifts for family scattered from Boston to Palm Springs California.  Thank goodness for gift  cards and the wonderful Envelope Punch board!! 

Here some of the cute gift card holder I'm making this year.

Click for larger image

I started with 5-1/2 X 5-1/2 paper, based on the convenient dimension chart included with the Envelope Punch Board and then followed the instructions on the board for punching and scoring so that my finished gift card holder size was 2-1/2 X 3-1/2. 
Stamps:  Very Merry Tags (clear 130402)
Ink:  Bermuda Bay
Papers used:  Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper  (132341), Whisper white and Silver Glitter Paper for the tags.
Accessories:  Petite Curley Label (129405), Decorative Label (120907) Silver 1/8" Ribbon (132137), Dimensionals

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

Haven't seen a demo of the envelope punch board yet?  Take a look here!

Love the punch to make the card below? 

This punch is now on sale!! (while quantities last) on the Stampin up Clearance Rack.



This is one of my favorite card from a previous post that uses the retired Blossom petals XL Punch (121808).  On Sale now for $10.19 (originally $16.95). Check out all the items on the Clearance Rack Blitz -- up to 80% off on retired items.  (Tip:  to quickl scroll through all retired items now on sale, go to the "Show" pull-down and select "all").


Quick Links
  • Browse The Holiday CatalogFlipbook.
  • NEW Prepare your valentines early
  • NEW Weekly Deals -- every Tuesday, while supplies lastNow available!
  • Holliday Bag it, tag it, gift it awayNow available!
  • Order an 2013-2014 Annual catalog or Holiday catalog Now Available!!

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

Friday, August 09, 2013

Texas Tax Free Holidy Week-End Buys & a Banner VideoTutorial

  • Easy Holiday Banners "How-to..." video
  • Buy stamping supplies during Texas Tax Free Holiday - Aug 9-11
  • Visit the Clearance rack for great values
Love, love, love the banner kits in the new Holiday Catalog

This was so fun to make, using the new kits.  And I have so many supplies left over from the kits, I'll be able to make several more.  The die cuts are covered with fancy Black glitter.  The photo doesn't do this banner justice.  I can't wait to do one for the Christmas holidays.

Stamps: None (Kits- Bad, Skull and spider die cuts from the Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit(132698).  Striped, polka dot and chevron backgrounds from the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit (133507)) from the Holiday Mini Catalog
Paper:   Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie with dots Paper Elements from the Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit and the 3 die cuts from the same kit.
Inks:  Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum, Basic Black
Accessories:  Sponge Daubers (102892) (probably my favorite product every.  Sponge Daubers hooked me on paper crafting!) Designer Rosette Bigz XL (125594) Die -- can't live without this great die!!  Big Shot Die Cut Machine.  The twine is from the Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory kit.  Hot glue gun and Stampin' Dimensions. 

To place an order for any of these items:  Visit my Stampin' Up! Store
To download your free copy of the Holiday Mini catalog, click here!

Here's a photo from the boards at Convention showing some of the elements from the two kits used to make the "Spooky" banner.  And, if you want to make even more banners with your stencils, you can buy a refill of 18 blank canvas (5 X 7") and 9' of jute twine  (132699) 

Take a look at the video below that walks you through making a banner using the kit and the Halloween accessory kit.  I made mine in about an hour including cleanup!  Lay your stencils on paper towels and just spray Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner after using sponge daubers to color your blank canvas pennants.

Tax Free Weekend in Texas -- starts today

The state of Texas is having a sales tax holiday for school supplies up to $100 per item from Aug 9-11, 2013.  Because school supply items are included in this sales tax holiday, the list of items below will be state tax - free during the holiday period.  If you're from Texas, you must place your order through my Stampin' Up! Store during the tax holiday period in order to receive these items tax free.  This is a great time to order Stampin' Write Markers, individually or in the color family packs.  I always buy more Tombow glue and White Gel pens to have on hand for fall and holiday projects!  Make sure to order right now before this offer expires.

Here are the Stampin' Up! items you can order this week end tax free in Texas.

  • 2-Way Glue Pen (item 100425) $4.50
  • Snail Adhesive (item 104332) $6.95
  • Snail Adhesive Refill (item 104331) $4.50
  • Sticky Strip (item 104294) $6.95
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430) $3.95
  • Mini Glue Dots (item 103683) $4.95
  • Paper Snips (item 103579) $9.95
  • Craft & Paper Scissors (item 108360) $29.95
  • Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen (item 105021) $3.95
  • Blender Pens (item 102845) $9.95
  • Stampin’ Write Markers (various item numbers) $3.50
  • Subtles Stampin’ Write Markers (item 131263) $28.95
  • Regals Stampin’ Write Markers (item 131262) $28.95
  • Brights Stampin’ Write Markers (item 131259) $28.95
  • Neutrals Stampin’ Write Markers (item 131261) $22.95
  • Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive (item 110755) $3.95
  • Anywhere Glue Sticks (item 104045) $3.95
  • 2012-2014 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (item 126856) $14.95
  • 2013-2015 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (item 131260) $14.95
  • Stampin’ Write Marker New Color Kit (item 130034) $28.95

Well, I'm headed off to place my tax free order before I forget.  It's my opportunity to stock up on many of the staples I use all year long.   Place your order at my Stampin' Up! Store, today!

Clearance Rack items offer great values

Don't miss new clearance rack items


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


Friday, August 02, 2013

Holiday Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up! is now live!

  • Get festive with the new 2013 Holiday Catalog - bags & tags
  • Holiday Banners kits & Tags and Packaging
  • Best of Halloween Clear-Mount Stamp Set
  • New Framelit video - "how to..." 

It's finally here!  The 2013 Holiday Catalog is now live and you can begin placing orders for new kits, stamps and framelits to start your fall and holiday projects.

To download your free copy, click here!

Check out these Halloween and Christmas banners.  The new kits in the Holiday Mini catalog offer plenty of variety and versatility. 


I also love the Tags and packaging.  You can see how easy it is to stamp these new muslin bags.  Great for gift cards or treats.  Order a bunch today before they go on back order.  The boxes are equally cute and can be decorated in so many ways! Click for a larger image, or download the catalog.   Before you buy, look for the "Bundles" link and take advantage of savings when you purchase stamp sets and matching punches together, stamps and matching dies together, or muslin bags and the Morning post clear mount stamps together.

Like these ideas?  Pin them to your Pinterest board for easy reference.  Hover over the photos until the "P" appears.

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

"Best of..." Halloween Stamps

Each month during Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary, SU is releasing "the best of" stamp sets.  I'm so glad they are offering  these stamps.  I love the haunted tree with the owl.  I was so sad when it retired.  And now its back!  This is the August Best of 25 Years stamp set and it includes some of your favorite Halloween stamps from the past quarter century from Stampin' Up!    Order this clear-Mount Stamp set today for US$14.95.  Item Number 134381

Check out this Thinlits Card Dies video to see the versatility of these new dies offered from Stampin' Up!

For a closer look at the Circle Card Thinlits Die and the Label card Thinlit Die, visit my Stampin' Up! 24/7 Store.


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


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:
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