Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Technique Class

Join us for our Labor Day Technique Class

September 2nd -10am- class fee $20-deadline for registration 8/29
I will be offering this class in another session on Thursday evening September 13th at 6:30 pm 
RSVP  no later than Sept 7th for this session.
Bring a NEW friend and receive a FREE Designer Series Paper Share 
Here is a sneak peak of some of the projects we will be making! 

Not able to join us ? But would like a kit of pre-cut materials to stamp at home.
email me here

Hope to see you soon!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Altered Clear Block Box for Card Ensemble

 I came up with this little ditty looking for something to make a gift for my demonstrator friend
 Lyn Hepner that just moved to Daytona Florida from New York. Lyn is one of the most generous people I have ever met! That is why I love what I do! Stampin' Up! as a company just cultivates relationships between other demonstrators and our customers  that is so remarkable. they provide us with the highest quality products and training available. You can connect with someone via an SU  demo group, website, SU event around the country, Blogging, Face Book, Pinterest or email although you may have never even  met them and you can become instantly  acquainted through your love for crafting and Stampin' Up!!
So would you like to know how I did it? It is so easy!
Here you go!
 When I ordered my clear block bundle I saved all the boxes and foam pieces that came inside of them
 for an occasion just like this.- I knew I could alter them and make use of them.
 (Clear Block bundle is on page 7 in the annual Catalog #118491-$69.95)
Now they have a starter kit  bundle for awesome savings- 129851 for only $19.95
But I certainly needed them all!

 Cut a piece of DSP 7 1/4 x 8 giving yourself plenty of DSP
You may ask"why not just cut it the same size as the insert "F" that came in the box"?
You can do that but if it is just a tad off it will not be centered and I like mine coming down on the sides. Just a personal preference. 
 My philosophy is better to have more DSP than not enough!
So I closed the box which makes great cutting lines to trim off the excess DSP to frame the box giving it that lovely Primrose Petals background from the
 Floral District Designer Series. #126919-$10.95 on pg. 163 of the annual catalog.
 When you remove the box you have distinctive lines to follow to trim your DSP down. 

Using your trimmer line it up and cut on the distinct  impressions that were made from the closed box
You will have the little points on the corner which you will take your paper snips and just round those out.
I adhered mine with sticky strip.

Punch a larger hole with your crop-a-dile at the top in the center for an added  twist of the delightful
Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon -pg. 172-$9.95 -#122977 for 15 yards it really last a long time!!
For a finishing touch I added a limeade in color brad.

Check out  this beautiful card with the Stippled Blossom stamp set click here for my previous post that highlights this card.

Friday, August 17, 2012

My Digital Studio 2- FREE Trial

Try Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio FREE for 30 days!

I love the new My Digital Studio-it is so easy to use! Did you know you can try the software free for 30 days. Here is some information about the trial.  I would love to help you start creating with it!-book a one on one class with me.
MDS 2 Trial

Q: What is the MDS 2 Trial?A: The MDS 2 Trial is a way for users to try MDS 2 free for 30 days. With the MDS 2 Trial, you can use the full MDS 2 software plus almost $200 US (over $250 CAN) of digital downloads for 30 days.
Q: How long can we take advantage of the MDS 2 Trial?
A: This is an ongoing offer. We want all our customers to be able to try MDS 2.

Q: Can I still have a MDS 2 Trial if I used the My Digital Studio Express Trial?A: Yes. Everyone will be able to take advantage of the 30 day MDS 2 trial.
Q: What digital content comes with the MDS 2 Trial?
A: With the MDS 2 trial, you have access to almost $200 US (over $250 CAN) of digital content, including stamp brush sets, embellishments, punches, kits, designer templates and more.  Click here to see a complete list of all included content.

Q: Do I need access to the Internet to use the trial?
A: Yes. The MDS 2 Trial is only available as a download over the Internet. There is a substantial amount of digital content included with the MDS 2 Trial, so it might take some time to download.

Q: Can I get the MDS 2 Trial on a disc?
A: No. The MDS 2 Trial is only available as a download over the Internet.

Q: What are the system requirements to use MDS 2 Trial?
A: You can see the system requirements for MDS 2 and the MDS 2 Trial here.
Q: Is the trial version of the software different from the paid version of MDS 2?
A: No. When you order the MDS 2 Trial, you will receive the full version of MDS 2. The software will function exactly the same as if you had purchased the software--you can design, purchase downloads, and print. The software in the MDS 2 Trial, MDS 2, and MDS 2+ is exactly the same. However, there is a difference in the amount of digital content included with each version of the software. The MDS 2 Trial includes almost $200 US (over $250 CAN) of digital downloads you can use during the 30 day trial period. Those downloads are not included with MDS 2, but they are included (along with many more downloads!) with MDS 2+.
Q: How do I order the MDS 2 Trial?
A: You can order MDS 2 (item 130910) through your demonstrator’s online store or You can order the free trial by itself, or you can add it to an order with stamping supplies or digital downloads. If the MDS 2 Trial is the only item you order, you will not be asked for any credit card or payment information. If you are a new customer, you will need to create an account.

Q: How do I install the MDS 2 Trial software after I have ordered it?
A: You can access your MDS 2 Trial download through the Downloads section of your account. Make sure you select Mac or Windows, and the download and install wizards will walk you through the rest of the process.

Q: If I already have the original My Digital Studio, what happens to that program if I install the MDS 2 trial?A: When you install MDS 2, the download wizard will ask you where you want to install the program. You can install MDS 2 directly over your original My Digital Studio program. This will allow you to have access to all the downloads you have already purchased for My Digital Studio in your new MDS 2 program without having to re-download any of your digital content.  You can also choose to install MDS 2 in a different location on your computer.  If you do this, you will have to download any of your previously purchased My Digital Studio content into your new MDS 2.  If you do install MDS 2 in a different location, it will not alter your original My Digital Studio program.
Q: Will I be able to use any downloads I have purchased for My Digital Studio with the MDS 2 Trial? Will I need to download them again?A: You will be able to use any of your previously purchased digital content with MDS 2. Depending on how you have installed your MDS 2 software, you may or may not need to download your content again. If you install your MDS 2 Trial directly over your original My Digital Studio program, you will not need to re-download any of your content.  If you install MDS 2 in a different location, you will need to re-download any of your content in order to access it in MDS 2.
Q: Can I place a print order with the trial version?
A: Yes. You have full access to everything you can do in MDS 2 for a full 30 days. This includes full designing functionality, printing, and the ability to purchase downloads.

Q: Do my 30 days start as soon as I download MDS 2?
A: Your 30 day trial period starts as soon as you launch the program. It does not matter when you download the program, your 30 days will start as soon as you actually launch (open) the program.

Q: Will the trial still last 30 days even if I order it in the middle or end of the month?
A: You can order the MDS 2 Trial at any time. The trial period is not tied to the calendar. The trial period will begin as soon as you launch the program, and you will be able to use it for the next 30 days.

Q: What happens after the 30-day trial period is over?
A: When you launch the software after the 30 day trial period is over, you will be prompted to enter a product key. You will not be able to use the software again until you have entered a product key. You can get a product key by purchasing MDS 2 or MDS 2+. The product key prompt will include a link to the software page of, which will tell you where to order the software. We strongly recommend purchasing MDS 2 before your 30-day trial period is over. If you wait until after the trial period has expired, you will have to re-download all you digital content.
Q: How do I purchase MDS 2?
A: Simply add MDS 2 (Disc 130645 or Download 130644) or MDS 2+ (Disc 130647 or Download 130646) to your next order. A product key will be e-mailed to you; after you complete your purchase, just enter that product key when the program prompts you to. If you purchase the disc version of My Digital Studio, you will need to use the installation discs in order to access the included digital content. The installation wizard will walk you through the process, including entering the product key (which you’ll receive with your shipped discs). You will not lose any downloads or projects from your 30-day trial period. We strongly recommend purchasing MDS 2 before your trial period has expired. If you wait until after the 30 days are over, you will have to re-download and install all your digital content. 
Q: Can I purchase the software and enter the product key before the 30-day trial is over?
A: Yes. You can purchase MDS 2 and enter your new product key at any time.  After you have purchased your software, click the “Register” option instead of “Continue with Trial” when you open MDS 2. You can then enter your product key. We strongly recommend purchasing the software before the 30-day trial is over.  If you wait until after the trial period has expired, you will need to re-download all your digital content.
Q: What if I don’t want to purchase the software at the end of the trial period?
A: You can uninstall the software at any time.
Q:  What if I do the MDS 2 Trial, and decide I don’t want to upgrade my software?  Will my original My Digital Studio program still work?A: Yes. If you have installed your MDS 2 Trial on top of My Digital Studio, you will need to reinstall your original My Digital Studio program, and any downloads you have purchased, in order to have access to all of your artwork.  If you have installed the MDS 2 Trial in a different location, simply uninstall MDS 2, and your original My Digital Studio program should not be affected.
Q: Do I get to keep the content included in the MDS 2 Trial?
A: No. We have included a generous amount of content with the free trial so you and your customers will be able to design a broad variety of projects during the trial period. You will not have access to this digital content when the trial period ends. All the MDS 2 Trial content plus downloads worth an additional $350 US/ $450 CAN are included when you purchase MDS 2+. The MDS 2 Trial content is not included when you purchase MDS 2.
Q: What happens to downloads I purchase during the 30-day trial period?
A: You will have continued access to any downloads you purchase during the trial period. If you choose to purchase the software, you will simply need to enter a product key, and you will be able to use all your downloads like normal. If you do not purchase the software, you will still have access to your downloads through your download manager, and you will be able to load them to the digital design software of your choice.

Q: Will my saved projects be lost when the free trial ends?
A: You will not be able to edit any of your projects through MDS 2 after the trial period has ended unless you purchase the software. If you do chose to purchase the software, you will be able to access all your projects. If you don’t choose to purchase the software, we recommend you save your projects as jpg files. You will then be able to use them like you use any of your jpg (picture) files.

Q: Can I have two free MDS 2 Trials?
A: No. The MDS 2 Trial will only work once. After your 30 days are over, you need to purchase the software to continue using the program.

Q: Are there other free My Digital Studio downloads available?
A: We do occasionally offer free My Digital Studio downloads. These are generally promotions that run for a short amount of time. Download some of our free downloads for the 2010 In Color Card Stock and Designer Series Papers. You can find links to those downloads here.

Stippled Blossoms

I went to a private stamp party at my friend Leslie's house last night and we made 
this beautiful card with the stamp set Stippled Blossoms! Now I can see that I am going to 
have to add this gorgeous two-step stamp set to my stash! 

Two-step stamping is so easy to do--and the results are spectacular! Just stamp the base image, then position and stamp the overlay image. It's that simple. This ten-piece set lets you make old-fashioned roses--for all of your feminine and vintage projects.

Technique: Here I used the solid image and stamped it with the lighter color ink (Primrose petals) 
then  take the outline image and stamp right over the top of it easy peasy! (Raspberry Ripple).
There are no mistakes and it comes out different and unique each time.
 I love the WOW factor you get with this set!

CS: Primrose Petals( new in color), Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, Pear Pizazz
Big Shot: Label Framelits, Edgelits, Lattice embossing folder
Accessories: Festive Piercing Pack in (HM), Foam Mat,Piercing tool,Primrose Petals stitched ribbon

If you would like to order the items to make this card you can do so by clicking here to shop in my online store. Below are the items you will need to reproduce this card.
With any online order of $35.00 you will receive an Inspiration Sheet with step by step directions to make 3 different cards with this stamp set.
 So order your supplies today and you will two stepping in no time!

Stippled Blossoms Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Stippled Blossom stamp set-$18.95-#126747

Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
Festive paper Piercing Pack $7.95-#127851


 Stamping Piercing Mat $ 4.95 #126199


 Piercing tool $3.95

Primrose Petal Stitched Ribbon

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tour our 2012 Stampin' Up! Convention

Stampin' Up! invited an amazing writer Connie Myers to our SU convention and this article blew me away! She totally captured the essence of our Stampin' Up! community.
Grab a cup of coffee and  take a trip inside our Stampin' Up! convention experience through the eyes of someone who is not a SU demonstrator and believe me if you enjoy crafting & SU products, projects and classes you will love this article. Click here to view.
 This is Sara Douglas. She is the advisor to the CEO Shelli Gardner and also her daughter. She is so stinkin cute and has a personality that is contagious. Check out some of her Stampin' Up! U Tube videos.
This is our faithful leader, Shelli Gardner. Yes, she is as beautiful on the inside as the outside.
She has built an amazing company filled with some of the best employees I have ever worked with.
I love my job as a Stampin' UP! demonstrator. I love working my own hours and most of all I love all the wonderful people I have met along the way.
Thank you to everyone who makes it possible for me to got to a job I love each day!

Howl-o-ween Project Kit Promotion

If you would like to become a demonstrator, you can customize your own personal starter kit for ONLY $99 and get $125 of SU products. As an added bonus in the month of august if you sign up you will receive this project  kit absolutely FREE—a $60 value! This exclusive kit contains the perfect elements of a Spooktacular Halloween decoration!* Remember, you can only earn this special project kit if you sign up as a demonstrator. Check out the details on my right hand bar of my blog for details. 
Contact me if you are interested in joining my team of demonstrators the Serenity Stampers!
Join for the discount or to earn some extra money! Either way you will have a whole lot of fun and meet some great new friends while saving money on your favorite products! You will also be able to attend Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary Convention in Utah next year! Wow, to be among the most talented paper crafters in the country, what an experience!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Big Shot Club Projects

Big Shot Club is more fun than EVER!! So many new goodies to play with and with more scrumptous products from the Holiday Catalog fun fun!
 Perfectly Preserved! This stamp set is so versatile- the only thing that limits you is the creativity of your own mind!
That is what is so great about my Stampin' UP! BIG SHOT CLUB you have your own personal creative coach to help you expand those LIMITS!
There is also matching framelits that cut out all those little peices for you! You can get the whole bundle at 15% off which is a huge savings! Click here to visit my online store
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Espresso Cord'inations, More Mustard, Orchard Medley DSP
Big Shot: Window Framelits, Cannery Framelits, Wood grain embossing folder-(HC)
Stamps: Friendship Preserves, Perfectly Preserves
Accessories: Festive Paper piercing mat & Foam Mat, paper piercer, sanding block, dusting buddy, Indigo ruffled ribbon, cherry cobbler twine

 Petite Pocket XL die- Treat bag

Our first Christmas card of the Holiday Season using the Dry Embossed technique
- Polar Party stamp set
CS: Raspberry Ripple CS & Be of Good Cheer DSP, 
Big Shot: Argyle emboss folder, Top Note
Accessories: Water coloring, blender pens, dazzling details

Floral Framelits Box- inspred by Erica Cerwin's tutorial.
this box fits 12 cards and envelopes!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Love the NEW Holiday Catalog? Come & Unleash Your Holiday Creativity!

Whitney’s Stampin’ Studio-Holiday Class Series
Join us for our Countdown to the Holidays Series Class
Get started on your Holiday cards, gifts and decor
and have over 25 projects for the Holidays!

Holiday Series Class schedule
*Each class will be offered in 2 sessions a Friday night & a Sunday am offering you a more flexible schedule. Class projects will be the same at each weekend class.

Class #1: Friday, August 24th, 6:30 pm or Sunday, August 26th, 10am
·        Holiday Stamp-A-Stack!  Create12 cards with envelopes from 4 different designs; 3 of each design.  We will be using all the newest products from the New Holiday Catalog.
·        $25.00 Class Fee
·        Class fee is due no later than August 12th
Class #2: September 21st-6:30pm & September 23 Sunday 10am
·        Stamp Camp using product from the Candlelight Suite Series; Cards, 3D & more
·        $22 Class Fee
·        Class fee is due no later than September 3rd
Class #3: Friday, October 19th, 6:30pm or Sunday, October 21st, 10am
·        Exclusive projects to be announced
·        $25 Class Fee
·        Class fee is due no later than  October 1st
Class #4: Friday, November 16th, 6:30pm or Sunday, November 18th, 10am
·        Exclusive projects to be announced
·        $22.00 Class Fee
·        Class fee is due no later than Nov 1st
Select a class bundle that fits your schedule!
·         Register and pre-payment in advance for all 4 classes and receive a $20.00 product gift certificate
·         Register and pre-payment in advance for 3 classes receive a $15.00 product gift certificate
·         Register and pre-payment in advance for 2 classes receive $10.00 product gift certificate
·         If you are a CURRENT-BIG SHOT CLUB MEMBER in that month, you will receive $5.00 off EACH class IN ADDITON TO the pre-paid class series bundle incentives listed above! Bundles must be pre-paid to receive incentives.

*NOTE: You must provide your own adhesives.
Registration and pre-payment are required or late fees will apply.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Holiday Catalog is here!

Click here to view

Check out the amazing 2012 Holiday catalog chock full of 
beautiful Holiday products and projects!
Join Whitney's Stampin Studio for our 
Holiday Class Series
Go to my events page here for details!