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Dawn Olchefske

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Stampin’ Up! Magic

Well, first let me say, I’m an accountant. Does that say it all? What do YOU think of when someone says they’re an accountant? Hmmm…let’s see: four eyes, numbers, boring, pocket protector, taxes (yuck!) and my all-time favorite “bean counter”. I actually had a business card with the title Chief Bean Counter, aka: Controller.

However, I don’t just identify myself as an accountant. I also think of myself as a woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, Girl Scout, mentor, leader, and the list goes on. But the one thing I never thought I would consider myself is an “artist”.

I have to admit, I have been called creative from time to time, but that’s just a magician’s trick. It’s all an illusion. You’ve heard of arts and crafts, I’m talking Girl Scout style. That I can do. You’ve also probably heard the term “Creative Accounting”. I can do that too. And of course there’s the “Thinking outside of the box” phrase. Boy, I really can do that. I even own a sweatshirt that says “A Little Creativity… It Makes a World of Difference”. OK, I’ll admit it. I’m a wanna be. I like to think I’m creative. But an artist – no way!

The only art class I took in school, was the required basic art in 7th grade. I tried hard, but failed miserably. I can’t draw, paint, sculpt, etc. You don’t want to be my partner in Pictionary.

So, when my sister dragged me to her neighbor’s Stampin’ Up! workshop, I had no idea what I was in for. I had never really stamped before – other than to stamp the Girl Scout symbol onto newsletters and craft projects (it was the only stamp I owned). So my vision of stamping was very narrow. Wow, was I in for a surprise!

I didn’t know it then, but in that one night, POOF! (that was the magic wand) my life literally changed. I HAD to have the catalog/idea book. I placed a large order and of course I HAD to have my own workshop. My workshop was a great success – over $750. Woohoo, this stamping thing was so exciting! I started making cards for every occasion, even unheard of holidays like, “Fun Mail Week”. I’m sure my friends thought I had gone crazy. Nine months later, I had another workshop and decided I NEEDED to be a demonstrator. So one year from my introduction to Stampin’ Up!, I was now a demonstrator.

I got off to a running start with 5 workshops and met the Stampin’ Start goal. Yeah - MORE FREE STAMPS! Then I started having Stamp Camps in my home aka Hedgehog Hideaway. People actually came and they even come back. I felt like Sally Fields, “You like me, you really like me”. It was true. Everyone loved my projects & cards and was calling me talented and artistic. These are words that I never thought would apply to me.

Of course, I still don't believe them. I tell them it is the magic of the stamps and you don’t have to be artistic to be a stamper. And I still really believe that. But I am coming to terms with people complimenting me. Sometimes it actually brings tears to my eyes. My husband keeps telling, “How many people have to tell you that you’re good before you believe it?” I am starting to believe in my “artistic” ability. Though, I have come to define it in a different way. I have identified that I have a eye for color and layout, and for me that is the magic in my cards.

So, now it’s been several years since that fateful, magical night. I’ve had a lot of magic happen along the way, including trips to the Mexican Rivera, Bermuda, Palm Springs, Memphis, Orlando, Hawaii, Southern Caribbean, Nashville, Alaska, San Antonio, Disney World, Fiji, Mediterranean, Thailand, Greece, Maui and more! * I can’t wait to see what new magic will happen in my future.

Oh, by the way, I’m adding artist to my list.

Dawn Olchefske
Proud Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator
Plymouth, MN

*The claims published here are not representative of typical Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. The level of sales to achieve this result requires significant work and is accomplished by a substantially small percentage of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators