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December 2008

Heck of a Deal! Stampin' Up! Retired List 10% Off, plus my 20% off, plus FREE shipping


Just wanted to send out a quick reminder!

Wanna save lots on your retired wish list?  What am I saying...of course you do! 


For one-week only (until 12/15) ...I'm offering an additional 20% off retired stamps! (yes that's right - over & above the 10% Stampin' Up! offer!).  Plus - You can get free shipping on orders of $70.00 or more!  All details can be found here:

PLUS - if you purchase $150 or more...not only will you receive the above special pricing and free shipping, you will also receive hostess rewards - check it out here!

This offer is only valid by placing your order directly with Dawn at (online ordering will not accept this offer). 


7th Day of Christmas: Box in a Bag Project

Here was another hit from last week's stamping club class.  The Box in a Bag project.  I can't believe I wanted so long to make these bags.  There are so easy and pretty quick too!

stampin up, dostamping, dawn olchefske, demonstrator, box in a bag 

Aren't these cute?!  You can find a wonderful tutorial for them on Splitcoaststampers.  Here's the link:

Supplies used:  Ski Slope DSP (on the left) and Holiday Treasures DSP(on the right), Little Snow Flurries, Riding Hood Red Cardstock, Baja Breeze Ribbon, Build-a-Brad, Round Tab, 1/4" Circle punch & Scallop Edge Punches, Sticky Strip.


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6th Day of Christmas: Santa Punch Art Tutorial

Last year I came across an adorable Punch Art Santa.  He's so darn cute, I just knew my club members would love making him.  So last week at my club member Technique class, I finally got a chance to share him!

I used Real Red, Baja Breeze and Ski Slope Designer Series Paper, along with Whisper White and Blush Blossom for Santa.


Here's a 6x6 scrapbook page version:


Now on to the "How To":



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Retired Stamps, 10% Off AND Free Shipping!



Woohoo!  An early present from Stampin' Up!

The Retired Stamps List is here!  PLUS...


Plus, if you order between now and December 23rd, you'll receive 10% off retired stamps, AND free shipping an any and all purchases of $70 or more!!! 

Combine your orders with your friends and if they total $150 or more, you'll also receive hostess benefits (free hostess set and free Stampin' Up! merchandise)

Download the lists:

Retired List - Alphabetically

Retired List - Numerically

See below for Retired List with 10% off

Dormant List

PLUS - if you've read this'll get an even better offer from myself! 

For one-week only (until 12/15) ...I'm offering an additional 20% off retired stamps! (yes that's right - over & above the 10% Stampin' Up! offer!)

 This offer is only valid by placing your order directly with Dawn at (online ordering will not accept this offer). 


Enjoy~Dawn O

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5th Day of Christmas: Big Shot, Big on Christmas

I sure love using my Big Shot Die Cutting machine!  It's so much fun and makes papercrafting easy and fast! 

This card would have been cute without the snowflake, but now it's super cute with the addition of the Big Shot Snowflakes #2 Original Die (#113460 for $15.95).


This project also features the adorable Frosty Day Designer Series Paper (#113057 for $9.95) from the Holiday Mini Catalog.


Supplies used:  Stampin' Up! Big On Christmas stamp set, Big Shot Machine, Snowflakes #2 Die, Bashful Blue, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Frosty Day DSP, Various Markers, Bashful Blue Gingham Ribbon, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Crop-a-Dile 

Enjoy~Dawn O

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4th Day of Christmas: Winter Post & Cracked Glass

When I first saw the Winter Post stamp set in the Holiday Mini Catalog...I knew that I wanted to try the Cracked Glass technique with it.  This is such a cool technique.



Stamp your image on cardstock, then cover the who piece with Versamark Ink.  Heat emboss with Glassy Glaze Enamel (#1004177 for $4.75).  When cooled, cover again with Veramark and Enamel, and heat.  Do this for a total of 3 layers.  Put in freezer to cool (5 minutes).  Then bend cardstock to create cracks.


Supplies used:  Winter Post stamp set, Ruby Red & Chocolate Chip Cardstock and Ink, Very Vanilla & Kraft Cardstock, Basic Brown Ink and Versamark Ink.  Glassy Glaze Enamel, Powder Pals, Heat Tool, Chocolate Taffeta Ribbon.

Enjoy~Dawn O

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3rd Day of Christmas: Black Ice & Bleach Out

One of last month's Technique Tuesday class projects was this fun card.  It has a lot of clever features, like the special fold.  This is called a "Z" fold (as you can see by the picture).


The actual technique we used was Bleach Out.  First you stamp and emboss an image, then use bleach to "paint" out the area you want to be white.

For this project, I wanted the embossing to be black, but also glittery.  So I combined black embossing powder with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to create my own embossing powder, which I'm calling "Black Ice".

Here's a better look at the embossing


It's very pretty irl.  I love the way it turned out and so did my club members. 

Supplies used:  To You & Yours stamp set, Kraft, Not Quite Navy, Confetti White, Baja Breeze Cardstocks, Versamark & Not Quite Navy Inks, Black EP, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Embossing Buddy, Powder Pals, Heat Tool, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Wide Oval Punch

Speaking of clubs, I'm forming clubs for next year right now.  There are so many benefits/priviledges of joining a club:  Free Catalogs, member-only classes, stamp camp discounts, special VIP events, etc.  If you want more info - check it out here.  If you're ready to join now - contact me at

Enjoy~Dawn O

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2nd Day of Christmas: Big Shot Santa & Instructions

If you've attended any of my Holiday Stampin' Up! Parties, then you've made this project.  The Big Shot Santa!  He's just adorable!


This project was shared by Shelli Gardner, Co-Founder & CEO of Stampin' Up! at the Stampin' Up! convention in July.  Yes - that's right...even Shelli stamps!

Well actually, with the exception of some punches...this Santa is made entirely with the Big Shot.  It uses the Pennant Die, Join the Cheer Die, and Scallop #2 Die (which has two sizes of scallop shapes which I'll refer to as large and small)

Here are the Step by Step instructions:

  • Cut the Red hat with the Pennant Die (small pennant)
  • Cut one Blush Face with the Scallop #2 (the large scallop)
  • Cut 6 White small scallops with the Scallop #2 (5 beard, 1 hat)
  • Cut "JOY" with the Join the Cheer Die
  • Punch 1" White for Eyes
  • Punch 1/2" Black for Eyes
  • Add White Gel Pen to the Eyes
  • Punch 1-1/4" for Nose (attach with Dimensionals)

Enjoy~Dawn O

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