Thursday, January 26, 2012


Stampin' Up! shared some AMAZING news at Leadership this year!  Beginning February 1 you can download a FREE 30-day trial of My Digital Studio!  Try it before you buy it! 

With the FREE trial, you will get:
  • Full access to the software at NO COST.
  • Full design functionality.
  • Exclusive artwork that comes with My Digital Studio Express.
  • Opportunity to purchase additional downloads from designer templates to stamp brush sets--and everything in between.
  • Access to our professional print services.
It's simple; add the free My Digital Studio Express trial (item 129600) to your online shopping cart, and then download and install it from your Download Manager. You can download it from my business website or the Online Store. Watch for more information on February 1.

If you don't already have the My Digital Studio software, make sure to take advantage of the free trial. And share the opportunity with all your friends--once they try it out and see the fun and ease of My Digital Studio, they'll be as hooked as the rest of us!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Elementary Elegance

I thought I'd share a card using some of the items available to you for free with a $50.00 purchase during Sale-A-Bration!  This has to be my favorite time of the Stampin' Up! year ... even more so than the new catalog release each year.  I mean, really, who doesn't like free?  And if you have been on the fence about becoming a demonstrator, it's time to leap over it!  You can't beat the sign-up special going on during Sale-A-Bration!  The free Designer Series Paper/Digital Download alone makes it more than worth it! 

On to today's card.  I am using two of the Sale-A-Bration products that are being offered this year.  If I didn't say it before, they are absolutely gorgeous!  The stamp set is the beautiful and appropriately named Elementary Elegance and the Designer Series Paper is the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper.  Both are stunning and you won't want to miss out on the chance to get them for yourself!  Both can be yours absolutely free with a $100.00  purchase (before tax and shipping)! 

I am totally in love with this card if I do say so myself!  And what do you think of my new watermark?  Don't you just love it?  I sure do.  Special thanks to Karen Giron for designing it for me! 

Elementary Elegant Stamp Set (Wood Mount 125120; Clear Mount 125122)
Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (126154)

Chocolate Chip Card Stock (102128)
Calypso Coral Card Stock (122925)
Pool Party Card Stock (122924)
Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650)
Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon (124142)
Jewels Basic Pearls (119247)

Labels Collection Framelits Dies (125598)

Until next time ...

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It's What We've All Been Waiting For!!!

It's time for Sale-A-Bration! Every year, Stampin’ Up! does a little bit of celebrating with their fabulous Sale-A-Bration promotion.  This year, from January 24-March 31, you can take advantage of all that Sale-A-Bration has to offer.  This year Stampin’ Up! has changed things up a little bit.  There are three ways to “Sale-A-Brate”.  Here are the details:

AS A CUSTOMER: with every $50 purchase, you can choose something for FREE from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  This brochure includes exclusive items that are available ONLY during Sale-A-Bration as well as some handpicked items from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog.  There is no limit to the number of Sale-A-Bration items that you can earn, so get out your wish list and start taking advantage of the rewards!

AS A HOSTESS: when your workshop sales reach $150, you will automatically receive a FREE reusable shopping tote that sports a design from the Sale-A-Bration Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper.  PLUS, when your sales reach $400, you will also receive a FREE bundle of Sale-A-Bration products that includes the Fresh Vintage stamp set and the coordinating Everyday Enchantment paper and accessories.  All of this is in addition to the fantastic Hostess Rewards that you get all year!

AS A NEW DEMONSTRATOR: when you join Stampin’ Up! during Sale-A-Bration, you can start your own stamping business for only $125!  That's over 25% off the regular price!  It includes the standard Starter Kit and all of the perks and benefits.  PLUS, when you join, you’ll get additional benefits for the rest of the year because each month, you will get to choose either a free pack of Designer Series Paper or a free digital download!

As you can see, there’s no better time than during Sale-A-Bration to be a Stampin’ Up! customer, hostess, or new demonstrator.  So contact me today to place your order, book your Sale-A-Bration workshop, or to find out more about becoming a demonstrator and starting your own stamping business.  Or maybe you’ll decide to do all 3!  Either way, it’s time to Sale-A-Brate!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Stampin' Up! Leadership 2012

I have been extremely busy this week with the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference and Regional Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  I live pretty close (about 35 miles) so I drove in and home every day.  Not only did I have an AMAZING time learning so much, but I also got to meet so many amazing ladies!  I took tons of pictures and am in the process of editing them.  I will get them posted as soon as I can. 

I got to take some classes from the super incredible Carrie Cudney, Bonnie Thurber, Amy Swartz and Paula Critchlow as well as Donna Griffith, Demonstrator Presenter: Patsy Waggoner.  We talked about Why Women Buy, Title Benefits, Including a New Generation in Stamping (this could be YOU!) and Retaining and Engaging Downline.  All of my classes were very informative and sometimes entertaining!  I really feel rejuvinated and motivated!  I can't wait for Convention this year and Leadership again in 2013!!! 

Stampin' Up! is an amazing company and I am so happy to be a part of it.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Announcing the Next UStamp Event!!!

If you can't get enough UStamp, not to worry!  The next round of UStamp is right around the corner! 

Feb 10 - Feb 29: Big Shot Roundup!! Winter 2012. If you are a papercraftor who loves the Big Shot products offered by Stampin' Up!, this is a CAN NOT MISS EVENT!!

* 40+ "Big Shot" projects shared in 20 days!!

* AT LEAST a "Baker's Dozen" of EXTRA BONUS Projects!!

* Downloadable PDF Tutorial for EVERY project!!

* Live Chats!!

* Prizes!! Dawn is giving away 30+ prizes!! Cut at 6x6 each lucky winner will receive 1 of each of the Occasions Mini Designer Series Papers!!

* Member Gallery to share YOUR creative genius!!

* So much more!!

Don't wait!  JOIN US NOW

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Instant Human ... Just Add Chocolate!

My second UStamp project has posted.  This was super fun to make!  I couldn't believe how easily it came together, either.  I had always wanted to make both the card and the 3D mug, but just thought it would be too difficult.  I was wrong :)

If you would like the instructions for this project as well as 40 others, head on over to UStamp with Dawn and Friends SCORE by clicking the blinkie in my right-hand side bar. 

I am busy, busy, busy getting ready for the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference and the Regional Conference that follows.  I have made 50 swaps so far and REALLY would like to add another 150 to it.  The conference starts Wednesday.  EEK!  Not sure if I can do it or not, but I'm definitely going to give it the old college try :)  I will try to post a few of my swaps between now and then, but if I don't get to it, you'll get to see them next week.

As always,

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Day in the Life MDS Share

As I mentioned in my post here, Stampin' Up! has once again very GENEROUSLY given all of their Facebook fans a free digital download kit called Day in the Life. Here's a look at the kit:
Day In The Life Kit -- Digital Download
This kit, valued at $14.95, includes a 38-piece stamp brush set, 12 DSP patterns, 21 embellishments and a two page 8"x8" layout.  I just have to say that it is FABULOUS!  I haven't had much time to play around in My Digital Studio lately ... life has been crazy to say the least!  However, these templates make it so, so easy to put a page together.  I just picked out a few of my favorite pictures for the past year and did some minor journaling and voila! I have a very cute two-page spread.  It would be so easy to add to this template to create a complete scrapbook covering the entire year!  I may just have to do that! 

My Digital Studio (118108)
Day in the Life Digital Download (128876 - FREE until January 10, after that $14.95)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Late Share

I'm a little late in sharing, but as the saying goes ... better late than never!  My daughter is a Senior Girl Scout (9th and 10th grade girls) and last month was her month to lead the meeting, which included a craft.  Of course, she asked me to help with a project.  It had to be quick and easy as they were also doing their Secret Santa gift exchange and a White Elephant at their meeting.  I also didn't want to have to get into any stamping since we were on limited time.  We came up with this two-page 6x6 scrapbook spread for her and her troop sisters to do together at their meeting.  Even the girls who dislike paper crafts *GASP* liked this project.  Several of the girls kept telling their moms that they just HAD to have the Big Shot!  I couldn't agree more :)

Garden Green Card Stock (102584)
Real Red Card Stock (102482)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882)
Stocking Builder Punch (Retired)
Stocking Accents Originals Die (124099)
Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (124096)

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Occasions Mini is Now Live AND a FREE digital download for Stampin' Up! Facebook fans!

The new Occasions Mini is FULL of AMAZING new products!  I am in serious trouble!  I want it ALL.  I just can't decide what to get first!  If you have not seen the Mini yet, you can click on the link in my left sidebar to view it in all its glory!

Also, if you are a fan of Stampin' Up! on Facebook, be sure to head over and collect your FREE Day in the Life download (a $14.95 value). You have to take a short survey to get the download, but it really is very short.  Here is the link:

You have unil January 10th, so don't delay.

Have a great day, and as always ...

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Welcome Baby!!!

I created this fun squash book for UStamp with Dawn and Friends as a Welcome Baby book, however, you can use it as a mini wedding album, a birthday book, fill it with graduation pictures ... the sky's the limit!  These are super easy to make and so much fun, too! 

If you would like directions for this as well as MANY other FABULOUS projects, head on over to UStamp with Dawn and Friends and join today!  I promise, it's worth every penny! 

Until next time ...

Happy Stamping!