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June 2008

6/17 - Stampin' Up! Announces a NEW Product Line Today!

How Exciting!

We just heard from Shelli Gardner, the owner of Stampin’ Up! that on July 1st SU will launch a new product line called “Decor Elements”.  This new line is self-adhesive vinyl wall art, which is an addition to our Definitely Decorative line.  It will have its own catalog.  So don’t worry – our 2008 Fall Winter Idea Book and Catalog will remain the same great resource you've come to rely on for awesome papercrafting ideas. 

The even better news is that Stampin’ Up! will be launching new product additions sooner and quicker without waiting for the semi-annual catalog release dates.  So stay tuned for future new product launches.

In the meantime...check back tomorrow for lots more information about Decor Elements!

I'm excited!


Technique Tuesday - Gift Card Enclosure

I received a swap last fall from a fellow Demonstrator, Shawn N.  She did this really cute Holiday Gift Card Enclosure and the inside was so dang clever.  I knew I had to share it with my club members and this month was the month!  With graduations, Father's Day and summer Weddings, gifts cards make for a quick and easy gift.  But sometimes they can seem impersonal.  So make this clever enclosure card and your recipient will feel special!

This project uses two punches to create a clever "pocket" for your gift card.  The Word Window punch and the 1 1/4" circle punch.






  • Score 11 x 4 1/4 Very Vanilla Cardstock at 2 3/4", 5 1/2", 8 1/4"
  • Fold in half
  • Punch out two Word Windows along the folded edge (only go 1/2 way in, keeping about 3/8" in from each edge.
  • Punch out 1 1/4" half circle between the two previous punches
  • This is where I like to "test" my gift card to make sure the "window" is wide enough - if not - just go back over it with the Word Window punch to make wider.
  • Adhere the center sections together - only on the two sides - keeping to the outer edges (so your card will fit in the "pocket" you just created.
  • Now adhere the other two ends to the inside of your card measured 6 x 4 3/4 (fold in half).
  • Decorate and enjoy!




Bye bye retiring stamp set - Carte Postale w/matching jumbo wheel Leaves ala Carte

Color - Bashful Blue, So Saffron & Very Vanilla


Technique Tuesday - Flower Pot Sucker

What do you get when you combine a Dum Dum sucker, Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper and Die Cut Blooms (both from the Occasions Mini Catalog)?

This adorable Flower Pot Sucker!


My friend Terri G shared this with me.  She always has awesome ideas!  I just knew my Hedgehog Stamping Club Members would love it (and they did)!  This was one of the 3 projects we did at my Technique Tuesday - Members Only Class.

Here's a few tips on how to create this fun project:

Fold a 2" x 6" piece of DSP in half

From the folded edge, score 1/2" and 2 1/4"

To create the diagonal slant of the flower pot.  Cut from the 2 1/4" scored line to the folded edge, 1/2" in on either side.


Open up and add a small square of cardstock to bottom of flower pot to give it a little more "weight".  I used the 3/4" square punch.


Fold DSP into flower pot shape. Pierce holes for brads.  Put in one of the brads.



Put sucker into the flower pot and then secure with 2nd brad.



Wrap a pop-up glue dot around stick and adhere Die Cut Bloom flower.  Add ribbon and you're done!


Ronald McDonald House Charities - Did you know?

...that each year Stampin' Up! designs a stamp set and donates $2.00 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) when you purchase the stamp set "Just Like You" found on pg 92.  Ain't that cool?  I love that about Stampin' Up!  So this stamp set will be retiring as of August 10th

...that the Designer Series Paper "Flowers for You" found on page 169, was designed to coordinate with this stamp set.  Given that the stamp set will retire, it's a good bet that this cute DSP will probably "retire" too.  Colors that coordinate with this paper are:  Lovely Lilac, Certainly Celery, Regal Rose & Tempting Turquoise.

(c) Stampin' Up! 1990-2008


Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin' Up! Retired List is Here

You've all been waiting and now it's here!  It's Stampin' Up!'s semi-annual retired stamp set list.  These sets will only be available for purchase until August 10th!  So check it out to see if any of your must-have's are on the list.

Retired List - Alphabetical

Retired List - Numerical

Watch for some of my favorite "retired" samples - I'll be sharing them with you over the next few weeks.

ALSO - Check back on the 25th - I'll have a special announcement!


Technique Tuesday - Spinning Star Card & Tutorial

Here's a card I did for my Technique Tuesday class for my Stamping Club Members.  I enjoy using punches on cards because they're quick and fun.  This card features the star punches - both large and small to create a fun "spinning star"!

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stampin up, dostamping, dawn olchefske, spinning star tutorial

Supplies used:  Great Grads, East Coast Prep DSP, Real Red Cardstock and  Ink, More Mustard, Tempting Turquoise & Whisper White Cardstock, Gold Brads, Lg & Sm Star Punches & Stampin' Dimensionals.

Here's the tutorial for the "Spinning Star":

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Punch Small Star, then punch Large Star centering the negative space of the small star in the large star punch.

stampin up, dostamping, dawn olchefske, spinning star tutorial

stampin up, dostamping, dawn olchefske, spinning star tutorial

stampin up, dostamping, dawn olchefske, spinning star tutorial

Punch an additional "full" large star (turquoise) and a small star (red). 

stampin up, dostamping, dawn olchefske, spinning star tutorialLayer the small star with a Stampin' Dimensional on top of the large star. 

stampin up, dostamping, dawn olchefske, spinning star tutorial


"Push" the mustard star over the red star so that it is "sandwiched" between the turquoise and red star.  It can now spin!

stampin up, dostamping, dawn olchefske, spinning star tutorial

Enjoy~Dawn O


Use the image below to pin the Spinning Star Tutorial to Pinterest

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