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April 2009

Technique Tuesday: Matchbox Die & Jumbo Grommet (Tutorials)

The last project we did for April's Technique Tuesday Class was with the Matchbox Die.  I received a similiar swap in my last Controlfreaks swap group.  I adapted it to the supplies I had on hand.


OK - so if you don't yet have the Matchbox Die from the Occasions Mini catalog (#114890, $42.95) - you'll want to get it!  And if you order it this month, you can choose an "Under $10" Item for free! AND get a free catalog if you order it online!  Woohoo!

How To:  Matchbox Die Assembly

For my "To Go" class packets - here's a couple of little tutorials on how to assemble your box and use the new Basic Jumbo Gromments  (also from the Occasions Mini Catalog #114348, $6.95 for 5 of four colors, total of 20).

Step #1:  Fold on all scored lines, then fold inward the "sides" as show in the photo.



Step #2:  Fold the "ends" to "wrap over" the preforated corners.  The very tips of the ends should be folded the opposite way.  These small "tabs" are what keeps the box together without adhesive.



Step #3:  Use Sticky Strip to adhere the cover together, then slide the box into it.




How to:  Basic Jumbo Grommets

Step #1:  Press the grommet into the flower.  TIP:  Use the mat pack to protect your surface.


Step #2:  Turn over and hammer the "prongs" flat.  Use the mat pack again to protect your surface.


Step #3:  Thread both ribbon ends up through the center of the grommet and tie off.



Enjoy your quick and EASY matchbox!

Supplies use:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Matchbox Die, Flower Embosslet, Parisian Breeze Designer Specialty Paper, Baja Breeze Cardstock, Sticky Strip, Basic Jumbo Grommet, Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Crafters Toolkit (for mat pack and hammer)

Thanks for stopping by~Dawn O

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Smile Max!

It was my Grandson Max's 2nd birthday today!  We'll be celebrating on Saturday...we can't wait.  In the meantime - I was looking at pictures from Easter and just had to share.  I think the pictures speak for themselves.




Doesn't he have the sweetest SMILE?

Hmm...check this out.  This is what he does when you say, "SMILE FOR THE CAMERA!"


In case you need a closer look...

The funny thing is...he actually THINKS he's smiling!  He makes us laugh every time!

I hope his "smile" brighten's your day!

Enjoy~Dawn O

Under the Stars: Flying Bear!

OK - ever since Brent Steele demonstrated the "Flying Bear" card at the 2008 Convention, I've been wanting to do it at one of my Technique Tuesday classes.  I've been trying to figure it out.  But I just couldn't wrap my head around the concept as he described it.  So I stopped trying and just made it work.


Here are the steps I used to create the card - hope it makes sense!

Step #1


Start with stamping the bear three times(from Under the Stars stamp set #111556, $29.95). 

Step #2:

Cut out the "full bear" without the arms.  Then cut out each arm (make the arms longer as shown in the picture below). 


Step #3:

You'll need a "stick".  I used leftover chipboard.  Attach both of the arms to the stick with a brad.


Step #4:

Stamp the bear onto the front of your card (WITHOUT the arms).  At his mouth, make a "slit" wide enough to slide the stick into.


Step #5:

Use brads to attach each arm to the card.


Step #6:

Add Stampin' Dimensionals to the back side.  NOTICE: the dimensionals on either side of the stick.  TIP:  notice the half circle punch-out at the bottom of the card - (this is so you can grab the stick to move up and down).


Step #7:

Add Stampin' Dimensionals to the back side of the bear that was cut out from Step #2.  TIP:  Use 2 stacked dimensionals at the top of the head and the bottom of the body.  (This is so the stick has room to move up and down). 


Step #8: 

Adhere the bear to the front of the card.


Step #9:  Make your bear fly by moving the stick up and down. 


Supplies:  Under the Stars stamp set, Summer Sun, Confetti White, Basic Brown, Summer Sun, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip Ink, 3/4" Circle Punch, Chipboard, Brads, AquaPainter, Hemp Twine, Star Designer Brads.

Enjoy~Dawn O

DOshopping online - click HERE


Manhatten Flower Textured Impressions Die: Vellum & Glitter

Here is one of this month's projects from my Technique Tuesday Class.  I love all of the samples I've been seeing of the Manahatten Flower Impressions Die being used with vellum cardstock and thought, hmm...what if I add glitter?  You know, glitter makes everything better!  What do you think?


Just use a Two-Way Glue Pen and add glitter!


Supplies used:  All Holidays stamp set, Almost Amethyst & Vellum cardstock, Basic Black Ink, Big Shot Die cutting Machine, Manahatten Flower Textured Impressions Die, Two-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Wishper White Satin Ribbon

Enjoy~Dawn O

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Envelope Scrapbook: Good Morning Sunshine DSP

As you can probably tell - Max (our grandson) is such a delight to us!  Who ever thought being a Grandmother would be sooo wonderful.  He's actually turning two this week!

For part of my Minneapolis Regional Presentation I showed additional envelope scrapbooks made with different size envelopes.  This one was made with Stampin' Up! Medium Square (5-1/2 x 5-1/2)envelopes for Max's 1st birthday and features the fun Good Morning Sunshine Designer Paper and Hooray Designer Hardware. 



Tip for envelope inserts:  Be sure to size them at least 1/2" smaller than the envelope you're using.  This will make it easier to slide in and out,  without tearing your envelope.



We taught him "SO BIG" months ago, but we got it on camera finally!  Perfect for his first birthday!


Notice the Ribbon...I used it like a "belly band" (so it slips off).

I have one more to share for a Mother's Day theme, so watch for that.

Enjoy~Dawn O

DON'T FORGET...Today is the last day for Dawn's Anniversary Special.  Check it out HERE!

Reminder: Dawn's Anniversary Special on Big Shot or $100 & more orders

Just a few days left for Dawn's Anniversary Special! 

Qualify to receive Dawn's Fabulous Anniversary Gifts and more when you purchase the Big Shot or place an order of $100 or more.  Plus earn hostess benefits when your order totals $150 or more.

This offer is available via Dawn Olchefske, Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator.  Does not include online orders.  Contact Dawn directly to place an order and qualify for GIFTS/BENEFITS.  Or call 612-269-5540.

Offer ends Monday, April 20th, so act fast!

See Dawn's Anniversary Specials HERE


A Few Days Left: $50 off Stampin' Up! Starter Kit (Plus: sign up for SU Convention!)

Just a quick reminder:

To receive $50 off the fabulous Stampin' Up! Starter Kit, and to get your Stampin' Up! business started (or start saving on your Stampin' Up! purchases), your paperwork must be received by Stampin' Up! no later than Monday, April 20th. 

PLUS - if you get signed up by April 20th...You'll also qualify for Dawn's Anniversary Gift

 Receive any Stamp Set in the current catalogs for free (up to $47.95 value) - Dawn's Anniversary Gift (for the first 3 recruits)

Receive a Hostess level one or two stamp set - Dawn's Anniversary Gift (for all new recruits)

Enter Drawing for Additional Hostess Stamp Set

Contact me for the and I'll forward you the paperwork and fax you the application that requires my signature.  Act fast...All paperwork mut be completed manually and be mailed/received by Stampin' Up! no later than April 20th

for more information on becoming a Demonstrator click on these links: 

Join My Team & DOstamperSTARS



It's registration time for Stampin' Up!'s Annual Convention which will take place in Salt Lake City, August 5th thru 8th.  So there's another reason to join Stampin' Up! now! 

Here's a link to some pictures of us having a great time at last year's convention:

Join me for the best time EVER!  I'm registered for Track #3.

Dawn O

Reminder: April 18th Dawn's Anniversary Stamp-A-Stack (Only 5 Spots Left)


Dawn's Anniversary Stamp-A-Stack!

Make 15 cards, 3 of 5 Designs

(Designs range from male and female birthday, thank you and friend cards)

Everything is pre-cut ready to go.  All tools and adhesive supplied!

Download:  Stamp-A-Stack Flyer 

Date:  Saturday, April 18th

Time:  Three Sessions to Choose From

    #1 - 9:30 to 1:30pm  FULL

    #2 - 2:30 to 5:30pm  FULL

    #3 - 6:30 to 9:30pm  ONLY 5 SPOTS LEFT

Where:  Dawn's House

Fee:  Special Anniversary Price...Only $20 (club members $15, DOstamperSTARS $10)

RSVP:  By April 17th


We're gonna have FUN!!!

FYI - if you really want to come, but can only come to one of the full sessions, let me know and I'll see what I can work out.