Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Kaleidoscope of card ideas

  • Kaleidoscope of card ideas
  • Hot Weekly Deals
  • Sale-A-Bration begins next week - start your wish list now!
  • Buy Paper Pumpkin monthly kits and get Free in-Color Markers
You're going to be seeing a lot of cards using the new Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper.  One design from this DSP pack, the little triangles, was very popular at Leadership, and I saw many swap cards at Stampin' Up! conference in Houston using the DSP from the Kaleidoscope paper pack.
    There ideas all using Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper.  Click for larger image.

The  3 cards, I'm showing you today all the use of Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper.  Inspiration came from cards I saw at Leadership.  I love to take a good design and change it up with more of my style.  That's what I did with these designs.  The cards also use several new stamps from the new Occasions Catalog that went live earlier this month, including, Pomp & Circumstance (134165-w, 134168, c),  Perfect Pennants, (133227-w; 133230-c), and Starburst Sayings (133182-w; 133185-c)

The Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper (132995) includes 12 different paper designs including 4 different polka dots designs --perfect for Spring and Easter projects-- and two Black and White designs (stripes and chevrons), yet the majority of cards using this paper used the one DSP paper I'm showing on these cards!  One of the home-office presenters showed us examples of geometrics being used all over in clothing, home furnishings, and all manner of accessories this year--and Stampin' Up! is right in step with the new Triangle punch (133375) that can be purchased alone or as part of a bundle that includes the Geometrical stamp set.  Purchased together, the Geometrical bundle saves 15% over the two items purchased alone.  We received Geometrical as one of our Leadership sets this year, another great reason to attend Stampin' Up! events!

Also new in the Occasions Catalog are the new Basic metal Buttons (133319).  We've had larger metal buttons in the past, but these come in  smaller sizes than past metal buttons, and I also found that they layer together, giving more dimension and interest to your cards.

Stamps: Pomp & Circumstance (134165-w, 134168, c), Starburst Sayings (133182-W, 133185-c) and Perfect Pennants, (133227-w; 133230-c), 
Paper:   Kaleidoscope Designer Paper (132995), Basic Black, Whisper white, Crushed Curry, Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay
Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Basic Black
Accessories:  Triangle Punch (133375), Basic Metal Buttons (133319), Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324),Starburst Framelit Dies (132967), Summers Starfruit Twine (from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack, one of the free gifts with a $50 Sale-A-Bration purchase), Decorative Label Punch (120907), Deco Labels collection framelit (130102),  Big Shot Die Cut Machine and cutting Pads, Circles Collection Framelits, Candy Dots Brad Bases (132293), 1-1/4" Striped Summer Starfruit Grosgrain ribbon (132981), and  Primrose Petal 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (126844)

To place an order for any products above:  Visit my Stampin' Up! Store

Weekly Deals --while they last

Each Tuesday, find great bargains to add to your stash when Stampin' Up! announces a few items at special prices for just one week.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals - 21-Jan - 2014

Next week is the start of Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration!

Get ready for one of the most exciting times of the year for Stampers and scrapbookers.  Sale-A-Bration!   Why? Most of you already know the drill.  If you're a newbie to stamping, Sale-A-Bration works like this.  For every $50 you spend (excluding shipping and tax), you receive a pick of a free gift from the Sale-A-Bration flyer.  This year the picks include stamps, designer papers, a new banner punch that coordinates with a new Banner stamp set (that we've already heard will carry over into the new yearly catalog in June), Treat Kits, Textured embossing folder, Accessory Kits and Digital Downloads.  The variety is great.  The products are exclusive -- the only way you can get them is with each of your $50 purchases from the main catalog or the Occasions catalog.  If you've been saving your Christmas money for this sale, you've only a few more days to wait. 

When Sale-A Bration starts I'll share some great product bundles for $50 that will earn you a free gift.  Until next week, take another look at the center card in the three cards above.  See the cute mini tags?  That's a sneak peek at one of my favorites from the Sale-A Bration free product selections.  Its a small banner punch with a matching stamp set called Banner Blast. Add it to your Sale-A-Bration wish list today.


Buy Paper Pumpkin monthly kits and get Free in-Color Markers

Dates: January 11-February 10, 2014
We were taken behind the curtains to get a sneak peek at the Paper Pumpkin kits for Jan, Feb, and Mar during Leadership, and you're in for great surprise if you're one of my Paper Pumpkin subscribers.  The new monthly kits now include more product for the same price!  And the Feb and March kits are fabulous! 

Sign up for Paper Pumpkin during this promotion and
receive a set of In-Color Stampin' Write Markers - $14.95 value

Details: NEW Paper Pumpkin subscribers who sign up at My Paper Pumpkin between January 11 and February 10, 2014, will receive a FREE set of 2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers -a $14.95 value. I got a sneak peek at the February and March kits and ABSOLUTELY love them. More products; and great value for the stamper who wants to do different projects each month, but doesn't have a craft room full of suppliers. 
  • This special offer is only valid for new subscribers.

  • Customers must sign up at My Paper Pumpkin

  • The markers will be sent with your Welcome Kit. No coupon code is required. Anyone who signs up for a Paper Pumpkin membership during the promotion dates will receive a set of 2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers.

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Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Valentine's Day Cards and digital Valentine's Downloads

  • Another Valentine's Day Swap Card from Leadership
  • Get started on your Valentine Cards today with these MDS downloads 
  • My Library App to manage your MDS Digital downloads 

Here's another card I designed for Leadership swaps last week.  I fell in love with the Language of Love stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog and couldn't wait to use it.  I know I'll be using many more of the cute flag, triangle and heart shapes from that set before Valentine's Day is over. 

The heart is heat embossed in gold, and the Champagne glitter paper compliments it nicely.  Its so nice to have so many matching products.  The Coastal Cabana card stock matches the designer paper and the ruffled ribbon. I used the Fancy Fans embossing folder as the background.  Stampin' Up offers a wide selection of affordable embossing folders and Framelit shapes you can use if you want to case this card, but don't have the exact items I used.

Valentine's Day Card using non-traditional colors

Stamps: Language of Love.(133074-w, 133077-c)
Paper:   Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Champagne Glitter Paper (127885), Whisper White, 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (130136)
Inks:  Versamark
Accessories:  Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Pressure Plates, Windows Frames Collection (129021), Hearts a Flutter Framelit (130159) NEW-On Film Framelit Dies (132969) - from the Occasions Catalog, Small Heart punch (117193), Full Heart Punch (119883), 3/8" Coastal Cabana Ruffle Stretch Trim, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack (127857), Paper-Piercing Tool  9126189), Stampin' Pierce Mat (126199), Stampin' Dimensionals, Gold embossing Powder, Stampin' Up! Heat Tool

To place an order for any products above:  Visit my Stampin' Up! Store



Get started on your Valentines today with the MDS downloads.

Tuesday's MyDigitalStudio (MDS) Releases for 14-January included three great downloads to get you started making your Valentine's Cards and Scrapbook pages. If you don't already own the MyDigitalStudio design software, download the Free trial version, buy these 3 downloads, and for the next 30 days, play with MyDigitalStudio to complete all your Valentine's needs. If you haven't used the software before, visit MyDigitalStudio site for free videos to get you started and a great forum to answer you questions. There are also several classes you might want to purchase and download to your computer to learn how to make a specific page or project. Stampin' Up! releases new download every Tuesday. To see each week's downloads, sign up for the mailing list on the MyDigitalStudio site.


1. This download (above) includes a video tutorial showcasing two digital projects and beginner MDS techniques. It includes a follow along tutorial to make a Valentine's card mailbox and valentines. This is a Digital-exclusive. It includes:
  • 6-page designer templates (8-1/2 X 11) so you can print them on your home computer or through Stampin' Up!'s professional printing services
  • 16-Piece SVG stamp brush set
  • 5 Designer Series Papers
  • 5 embellishments
  • 8 punches (yes 8!)
2.  This next download (above), called This and That Ensemble (item 136783) works with your This and That journals.  It is set up so you can easily add colors you want to use to the designer papers, and it also includes two cute envelopes templates to fold together and use on your pages of This and That. 

There are a full line of traditional products you can also use in your This and That journal, including new products just introduced in the Occasions catalog like Designer Washi Tape, a Rotary Stamp for making notes, and designer journaling tags and stickers.  Use the new This and that Ensemble download (above the journal) on your This and That journal today to capture all the Everyday Memories you'll wish you had captured as they happened.

3.  The third download this week is the Love is All Around kit (item 136821).  This download includes:
  • 19-piece SVG stamp brush set
  • 12 Designer Series Papers
  • 12 embellishments

Also, if you have an iPad, download the new My Library App from the iTunes store.     You can add all of your downloads for easy reference, create a wish list, plus see all the digital downloads in one place.
Take a look at how the My Library App for iPad works with your library:



Quick Links

  • Browse the Occasions Catalog or download any of the catalogs for FREE
  • Prepare your Valentines early - hurry, special products available through 27-Jan
  • NEW - Weekly Deals -- every Tuesday, while supplies last - now available!
  • Order a hard copy of the 2013-2014 Annual catalog or Occasions catalog - now available!!

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

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Stampin' Up! Leadership 2014 Wrap up

  • Stampin' Up! Leadership wrap-up 
  • Valentine Love
  • Get ready for Celebration - Start your wish list now 

Here a swap I created for one of my favorite swapping events, Lyssa's Leadership 2014 swap.  Lyssa Zwolanek's swaps are not only high quality, but they are so motivational!  Love all the great ideas!  Thanks, ladies, for another great swap!  One tip I'll pass on to you when making swap cards -- get a second set of your most-used Framelits.  When cutting 20 or 50 swap cards, you'll save a lot of time by cutting two pieces of card stock at a time and using two dies for the shapes you are cutting. 

Hearts a Flutter  (131922-w, 129252-c)
Stamps: Hearts a Flutter (131922-w, 129252-c), Everything Eleanor (131987-w, 124164-c), and Seasonal Sayings (131937-w, 128009 - c)
Paper:   Sweet Sorbet - 133521 (Free with $50 order during Celebrations (starts Jan 28-Mar 1)), Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Crisp Cantaloupe - In Color Designer Series Paper Stacks (130137), Pink Pirouette - Subtles Color Collection Designer series Paper Stack (130135)
Inks:  Black Stazon
Accessories:  Hearts a Flutter Framelits (130159), Magnetic Big Shot Platform, Big Shot, Full Heart Punch (119883), Ovals Collection Framelits (129381), white gel pen, 3/4" Pumpkin Pie Chevron Ribbon (130015), Dimensionals, Basic Black Candy Dots from the Neutrals collection (130934)

I have to admit, I haven't used the Candy Dots until now.  What a time saver over adding regular brads to my 20 swap cards.  I'm so glad Stampin' up offers these!

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

And a big shout out to Lyssa, for all your hard work organizing and running this swap!

(l) Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek and (r) Donna Ross
Of course, it wouldn't be a Stampin' Up! event without display boards.  Leadership 2014 was no different here.  Lots of great ideas.  I'm still in the process of posting some of these great card and paper craft ideas to my Meetup Site.

Display boards at Stampin' Up! 2014 Leadership conference in Houston, TX
However, the display boards were about the only thing that was the same as previous years.  Stampin' Up! does a great job of keeping the format of Conferences fresh and staying current with the current trends
One of the Hottest trends - Gold.  Gold is everywhere this season!
Stampin' Up! offers many new products to keep up with the Gold trend this Spring.
The new Occasions catalog carries many new gold items  -- right on the mark with the latest trends.  Gold Washi Tape, Gold foil sheets, Gold vellum, Gold metallic Encore Ink pad, Gold glitter, and Gold Sequin Trim.

Another new format at this year's Leadership was the combinations of demos from the Stage combined with Make & Takes.  Instead of separate sessions where you watched the creative Home Office staff stamp projects on-stage in General Sessions, this year the on-stage demos were combined with an evening of make and takes.  Several presenters shared their inspiration for their assigned projects and we were given samples of kits and cards to put together during the evening Make & take Session.  Below are some of the Make and Takes tags we made this year  -  3 tags using the new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324) punch from the Occasions catalog.  This is an exclusive design you can only get through Stampin' Up!

3 tags made with new Scalloped tag topper punch during Stampin' Up! Make & Take session at Leadership 2014

Stampin' Up! introduced several other new products which you'll hear about in the next 1 to 6 months.  Demonstrators attending Leadership received a new stamp set for demonstrates to use to make cards of encouragement for their downlines and customers.  Everyone  attending Leadership also received a new set from the new 2014-2015 catalog.  Watch my blog for samples from this new set soon.

Another booth on the display floor was covered with drapes.  This is where we got a  sneak peek at the Paper Pumpkin kits coming up in the next few months.  They are great! I really want the Feb and March kits!! For the same price, Paper Pumpkin monthly kits are now going to include a lot more product in each kit.  The kits are perfect if you want to make a few cards or paper craft projects to meet your needs each month, and you don't want to buy a house full of stamping supplies.  Watch for more information about the new kits!  Or sign up now so you don't miss anything

I have a lot more new to talk about in the next few days, but that's all for now!

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Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
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Thursday, January 09, 2014

News from 2014 Stampin' Up! Leadership -- starts Jan 8

  • Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference 2014 Starts today... 
  • Swaps from Sherrie Robinson's shoebox swap 

Stampin' Up! 2014 Leadership Starts today here in Houston, TX and I'll be sharing updates on my blog and cards I swap on my Meetup site. 

Be sure to visit my Meetup Site to see swaps I made or received during Leadership.  Here's one of the swaps I received from Sherrie Robinson's shoebox swap from the 7-11pm session last night.  Several more cards are on my Meetup site.  If you haven't visited the site in a while, visit again to maintain your membership to my Meetup site for easy access.  Meetup automatically drops names who haven't visited in over a year.  So I'll keep giving you reasons to visit!

This is one of my favorite swaps from last night.  I will post more swaps after today's sessions.  This card is from one of the two other shoe box swaps Sherrie held earlier in the day on Wednesday, so I don't have a name or website to link to  give credit.   If this is your wonderful card let me know and I'll link to your site.

Last night's shoe box swap was so much fun.  Lots of stories about the challenges to get to Houston with delayed or cancelled flights due to the extremely cold weather in other parts of the country.

Thanks, Sherrie Robinson, for another great experience at your show box swaps.  I can only tell you that Sherrie puts on one of the greatest swaps at Leadership and Convention every year.

Now I have almost 50 cards to show off with stamps from the new Occasions catalog, sneak peeks of the Sale-A-Bration stamps and new papers, and favorites from the main catalog.  See the links at the bottom of this post to download FREE copies of the catalogs.  And visit the right hand side of my blog to sign up to receive updates when my blog is published this week so you don't miss a thing!

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Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
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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: