Monday, 25 May 2015

Reminder: Back Up Your MDS! And How to find the Product Key.

Hello all,

Just a friendly reminder to everyone who purchased My Digital Studio that you need to back up all your downloads and your MDS programme itself.  Remember too to make a note of your MDS Product Key in case you wish to reinstall it on another computer.  This is URGENT.

Not sure where to find your Product Key?  Here's how.

1.  Open MDS, open any project.  
2.  Go to the HELP tab, then About MDS.
3. Click the Support Tab, and you'll see the product key.
4. Take a screen shot and upload the screenshot to the external hard drive/disc/USB you are saving everything to.

Please do this before the end of the month.  

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Sneak Peek #1 - Hostess Sets!

One of the best perks of being a Demonstrator is that I get my hands on the new catalogue first - and I love it!  I've only had it less than a week, but already my copy of the 2015-16 catalogue is decidedly dog-eared and has highlighter scribbles all through it, LOL.  I still keep finding things I overlooked on the first 100 flips through!
At Convention, we were shown the new Hostess sets.  What are hostess sets?  They are a perk for our Hostesses, because these special stamp sets can only be purchased using the Stampin' Rewards earned  by hosting a party that has a qualifying amount of sales.  Or who has a large enough personal order.
Want to see some cute samples by Katie Adams (from Stampin' Up! home office in the USA)?  These pics aren't great, as I took them from the overhead screens while Katie was onstage.

There are five new Hostess sets in the upcoming catalogue, though I only have photos of three, as the other pictures didn't work out.  What other new products can you spy?

Stamp:  A Whole Lot of Lovely  
Katie showed us how to make this gorgeous tag - I can't wait to try this technique myself.  I spy new glassine sheets for the bag, too.  So many cute gift wrapping ideas in this catalogue!

Stamp: Best Thoughts
This is such an elegant image, perfect for watercoloring.  And did you know that aside from watercolour paper, our white shimmer paper is also excellent for watercoloring?

Stamp:  Floral Wings
This butterfly stamp is a two-step stamp.  Isn't it pretty?  Katie showed us how to make the personalised notebook to match the card.  Love how easy it is to make simple, heartfelt gifts with cardstock, ink, stamps and a little glue.
I have some spaces available for parties from 2nd June if you'd like the chance to earn these gorgeous stamps - truly, once you see all the fantastic new products in the catalogue, your wish list will well and truly get you Stampin' Rewards.  I can also see a few classes making notebooks too....I'll be planning some classes shortly so watch this space!
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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Going, Going, Gone!

Have you ordered what you need from the retiring list yet?  It's been about a week since I updated what was sold out - WOW!

Here it is:

Baby, We've Grown (Clear)
By the Seashore (Clear)
Forever Floral (Clear)
From My Heart (Clear)
Love & Sympathy (Wood)
Nuts About You (Clear)
Pleasant Poppies (Clear)
Polka-Dot Pieces (Clear)
Postage Due (Clear)
Stippled Blossoms (Clear)
Sumthin' Sumthin" (Clear)
The Great Outdoors (Clear)

Undefined Stamp Carving Replentishment
Embellishments :
Sweet Treat Cups
⅛" taffeta ribbon Bermuda Bay
Stampin' Emboss powder Early Espresso

2013-15 In Colour ink Refills 
Coastal Cabana
Crisp Cantaloupe
Pistachio Pudding
Strawberry Slush
Baked Brown Sugar
Encore Metallic Gold & Silver ink refills
Neutrals Classic Ink Refills

Stampin' Write Markers:
Cherry Cobbler
Crumb Cake
Pumpkin Pie
Rich Razzleberry

12 x 12 Cardstock
Blushing Bride
Cherry Cobbler
Crumb Cake
Daffodil Delight
Early Espresso
Marina Mist
Pumpkin Pie
Rich Razzleberry
Very Vanilla
Night of Navy
Old Olive
Real Red
In Colour 2013-15 kit

A4 Cardstock
Baked Brown Sugar
Brushed Silver
Coastal Cabana
Crisp Cantaloupe
Naturals Ivory
Pistachio Pudding
Strawberry Slush

Cardstock & Stampin' Pads In Colour 2013-15 Kit
Paper Stack Backgrounds Regals
Paper Stack Backgrounds Brights

Big Shot Bigz Top Note Die
Boho Blossoms Punch
Scallop Border Punch
Small Oval Punch

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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Convention 2015 Wrapup

Some of my roomies at Convention - L-R:  Jan McNaulty (, me, my downlines Maree and Michelle.

What a week!  This past week has been quite hectic for me.  I am, like many of you, involved in my children's schools and activities, run a busy household, and work part time in addition to my Stampin' Up! business.  There were Parent Support Group emails to write; Thing 1's braces were removed; I donated some artwork of mine and Stampin' Up! product to a raffle being run by some mothers from Thing 4's school;  we have a boisterous 4 month old puppy who needs exercising twice a day; and then I went away to the Gold Coast for four days  for Convention.

It is probably not surprising I felt quite guilty, knowing that while I was away Thing 3 would be attending her first school camp, Thing 1 was fencing in a school competition on the other side of town all day on Saturday, the puppy had puppy school and Thing 2 had a sleepover to attend.  And weather forecasts predicted thunderstorms during that period.  So I was wondering whether I ought to go at all, even as I was driving down the highway, with my downline Michelle at my side and my suitcase in the back of my car.

But as soon as I arrived at out hotel and met up with my roomies all that melted away.  I was able to just look forward to a few days of friendship, inspiration, learning and laughter.  I needed this mini break for myself.  

I will have a few sneak peeks to show you over the next few posts, as I upload and edit my photos from Convention.  But let me assure you - I've come back recharged and ready for the new Catalogue!

Here's my downline Michelle with the advance copy of the NEW CATTY we were given at Convention!!!  It goes live on 2nd June 2015.

Remember to get your own copy at our New Catalogue Launch:

I'll leave you with one sneak peek:  new IN COLOURS!

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