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July 2008

Stampin' Up! Retiring "Year After Year" - Already?

One of my customers asked me the other day... 

"Year After Year - Already?"  Meaning..."I can't believe that it's on the retired list already!"  Yep - that's correct. 

Admittedly, I didn't care for the stamp set when it first came out.  But I did borrow some images from my downline, Dave.  I found that I enjoyed playing around with the set.  The images are quite easy to use and offer a great variety for use throughout the year - hence the name!

"Year After Year" can be found on page 60 of the Stampin' Up! Spring Summer Collection.  Only available until August 10, 2008.  So order yours now!


(c) Stampin' Up! 1990-2008

This card is my favorite from the set.  It was one my swap cards from last year's convention.  Speaking of swap cards - I've got to getting going on my swap cards for this year's convention at the end of the month...yikes!

Watch for more "Year after Year" samples.


Bye-Bye Polka Dots & Petals

I love this card.  I actually cased it from a past Stampin' Up! Idea Book & catalog.  I changed the colors and the stamp set, but kept the layout the same.  I love that about the Idea Book & Catalog.  Copying is encouraged!

It uses the soon to be retired Polka Dots & Petals stamp set.  The punched flowers are from the retired Spring Flower Bouquet Punch.  Colors:  Old Olive, Regal Rose, So Saffron.


(c) Stampin' Up! 1990-2008

Are your favorite stamp sets retiring?  Get them now before it's too late!


Stampin' Up! starts their 20th year & Dawn's "Join My Team" Special

It's a new year for Stampin' Up!, which started July 1st.  PLUS - Did you know...that it's Stampin' Up!'s 20th Anniversary year?  What an exciting year this is gonna be!  You'll want to be a part of the celebration!

Plus - It couldn't be a better time to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!

Three perks of starting with Stampin' Up! in the next 5 days!

1.  FROM DAWN - "JOIN MY TEAM" SPECIAL:  You'll receive an additional stamp set from Dawn Olchefske (that's me)!  Choose ANY one stamp set from the current catalog. ($40+ value)  Set will be awarded to you when you complete your first quarterly minimum.  ONLY FIVE DAYS TO SIGN-UP (ends July 13th)

2.  FROM STAMPIN; UP!:  You'll receive an extra case of catalogs (8).  Your starter kit includes a case of the current catalogs - Spring Summer Collection.  In additional,  you'll receive another case of catalogs - Fall Winter Idea Book and Catalog by August 11th.  That's a $28+ value!  (promotion ends 8/08/2008)

3.  Your first quarterly minimum won't be due until 12/31/2008 - yeah, that's right.  Ask me how, now!

Check out my Demonstrator Opportunity page for more information

Join my team now!  Dawn


Bye-Bye Polka Dots & Paisley

One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is FREE stamp sets. 

There are MANY ways for SU Demonstrators to earn FREE stamps...getting hostess benefits on your own personal orders, accomplishing various goals throughout the year, earning GREAT REWARDS (a program to earn free Stampin'  Up! merchandise) and much more. 

Then there are the times when a FREE stamp set just shows up at your door - surprise,'s a gift from Shelli Garnder, CEO & Co-founder of Stampin' Up!  Just a little thank you!  Ain't that cool?

Well - "Polka Dots & Paisley" was just one of those stamps sets - A gift from Shelli!  I put mine to good use and made tons of samples with my free stamp set. 

Below are a couple of samples using "Polka Dots & Paisley" found on page 86 in the Stampin' Up! 2008 Spring Summer Collection.


Sample cased from Stampin' Up! website for Demonstrators

(c) Stampin' Up! 1990-2008


This was one of my card swaps from the 2007 Leadership conference in Houston, TX.

Wanna know more about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator?  Check out the Demonstrator Opportunity herePLUS - GET A FREE STAMP SET (offer from Dawn Olchefske), WHEN YOU SIGN UP IN THE NEXT FIVE DAYS (ends July 13th)!

Technique Tuesday Sneak Peak


Here's a sneak peak at one of the projects I have prepared for my Hedgehog Stamping Club Members.  If you're a Hedgehog Club Member - you too, can join me for my Technique Tuesday class for only $5!  Take four classes and the fifth one is FREE.  Unable to attend - sign up for the "to go" option. 

New clubs are forming now for August/September start dates.  Check out my club information here!


Date:  July 8th (open house style 4:30-8:30pm)

OR make-up session, July 9th (open house style 6:30-8:30pm)

See ya soon~Dawn

Introducing Stampin' Up! 2008-2009 In Colors!


Here they are...all six new Stampin' Up! 2008-2009 In Colors!  See pics below for color swatches and comparisons to other SU Colors. These colors will be available in the new 2008 Fall Winter Idea Book and Catalog. For now - here's a sneak peak!








7/9/08 edited to add:  I am thrilled that so many of you have enjoyed viewing my new In-Color charts/comparisons and that you find these so valuable!   It's always so much fun getting new toys and I love sharing them with everyone!

I've received tons of requests from fellow bloggers to copy/use my photos on their own blogs/websites/newsletters, etc.   If you wish to share the new In-Colors on your blog/website/newsletter, I grant permission to use the first photo only and then you may provide a link to this post to view the rest.  Thank you for your cooperation and especially to those who have contacted me directly for permission.