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June 2009

Bright Delights Rubons

One of my favorite products from the 2009 Spring Summer Idea Book & Catalog is the adorable "Bright Delights" Rub-on's (which are still available)!  For this card, I combined the owl from the rub-ons with by favorite card design from the catalog (pg 8).  I thought it was clever the way the ribbons were attached using the horizontal slot punch.


Supplies used:  Retiring "Bright Delights" Rub Ons (1138587 for $11.95), Really Retro stamp set, Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip (textured), Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss & Whisper White Cardstock, Chocolate Chip & Pacific Point Classic Ink, Tangerine Tango & Kiwi Kiss 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon,Curly Label & Horizontal Punches, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Stampin' Up! Backgrounds I Texturz Plate, Stampin' Dimensionals



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Accordion Flower Rosette Tutorial

I've received several questions on my Flower Rosette card from the Tour de Freaks Blog Tour early this month.  So here goes a picture tutorial for you - hope it helps!



1" x 12" strip of Designer Series Paper - accordion/fan fold and attach ends together



"Push" flat and add a Pop-up Glue Dot to center to secure



Add embellishment to the front, then add a Pop-Up Glue Dot to the back and secure to your card.




Enjoy~Dawn O

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Tour de Freaks Blog Tour Drawing

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THANK YOU everyone for your overwhelming response to our Tour de Freaks Blog Tour. I enjoyed reading your comments and so appreciate all of the wonderful responses! 

A few people had questions about the Flower Rosette Card, so I'll be posting a quick tutorial for that technique.  Watch for my next post.

On to the drawing....


"Great job, Dawn! It's amazing how many of you control freaks I found on my own - and now I have a few more I've added to my bookmarks. Thanks for doing this cool tour for us. Love the rolling marble technique - my daughter used to do it while in preschool, and it's fun to see it in stamping! My fave has got to be the cute bandaid box. Brings back memories of being a kid in rural New York, heading to our campsite by the lake for the summer, armed with a couple of packs of Pop Rocks for entertainment on the ride there! Nice job on all of your posts."

Cheryl - if you could send me your address, I'll pop these projects in the mail to you!

Join us next month on July 20th for the New Catalog Tour de Freaks!

Dawn O

Welcome to June's Tour de Freaks Blog Tour

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Welcome to the Tour de Freaks Blog Hop! We are so excited to have you join us today on our first Tour de Freaks Blog Tour! This month we are featuring stamps sets that will be retiring on June 30th.  Our tour is nice and short. We have 12 stops on the tour featuring some of your favorite Control Freaks Stampers.

Woohoo, I'm excited to share a variety of projects with you today.  I hope you enjoy them!

In sure to leave a comment on this post, because I'll be drawing a name (who knows, it might be your name).  You'll receive ALL FOUR of the projects I'm sharing today!  So get those comments going.

First up are two cards featuring the retiring stamp set "Great Grads". 

This card is quick & easy, and features the retiring Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper & the Top Note Die.


Supplies:  Retiring "Great Grads" stamp set, Basic Black cardstock and ink, Whisper White Cardstock, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Top Note Die, Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals.

The second "Great Grads" card was a project I did at my last Technique Tuesday class and has a lot of features:  Punched grad cap, "Rolling Marbles" (a fun background technique) and the retired Riding Hood Red Patterns Designer Series Paper cut with the Top Note Die.

Rolling Marbles Technique

  1. Use a rectangle plastic container with a lid (I used a clamshell storage case, the kind that stamps are stored in)
  2. Add a couple of drops of ink refills to the container (Real Red, Basic Black)
  3. Place 3 marbles in the container.  Close the lid and shake the marbles around in the ink.
  4. Open the container and adhere piece of cardstock on the lid (just use a couple strips of snail - you want to be able to easily remove it)
  5. Flip the container over and roll the "inked marbles" over the cardstock to create the desired look.
  6. Remove cardstock, let dry (will dry quickly).  Add to your project.
  7. See sample below


Supplies:  Retiring "Great Grads" stamp set, Basic Black cardstock, Classic Ink & Refill, Riding Hood Red cardstock and Ink Refill, Whisper White Cardstock, Riding Hood Red Patterns Designer Series Paper, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Top Note Die, 1-3/4", 1-3/"8 & 1-1/4" Circle Punches, Large Oval Punch (for hat), Riding Hood Red 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Vintage Brads & retiring Black Hemp Twine & marbles for the background technique

My next card features a fun Flower Rosette!
(For Flower Rosette Tutorial - SEE THIS POST)

RosetteCardA what's retiring on this card?  The Rockabilly Speciality Designer Series Paper, that's what's retiring!  This paper is double sided and one side has glossy features to it.  It ROCKS!

Supplies:  Really Retro stamp set, Textured Kiwi Kiss and Real Red cardstock, Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock and ink, Rockabilly Speciality Designer Series Paper, 1/4" Real Real & Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon, Black Gingham Ribbon, Horizontal Slot Punch, 1/2" & 3/4" circle punches, 5/16" Neutral Jumbo Brads, Pop-up Glue Dots & Stampin' Dimensionals

Speaking of ROCKS, here's my last project...I covered a band-aid tin with the Rockabilly DSP, loaded the handle with tons of ribbon (all retiring with the exception of the white & black 1/4" grosgrain), then added a black embossed focal point from the retiring stamp set "It's a Sign".  Opens to find a fun candy surprise!


Supplies:  Retiring "It's a Sign" stamp set, Kiwi Kiss & Riding Hood Red cardstock, Versamark Ink, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Ribbon:  Riding Hood Red & Kiwi Kiss 5/8" Striped Grossgrain, Dress Up & Pigtails Originals, Basic Black & Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain, Kiwi Kiss Satin & Pop Rocks Candy (found at Target)



I hope you enjoyed this stop on the Tour De Freaks. Your next stop is the marvelous Lisa Martz. We look forward to seeing you again next month for our next Tour de Freaks Blog Tour!

Announcement: Tour de Freaks

Blog Tour PicI am thrilled to announce an upcoming online event... some of the very talented ladies in the Control Freaks Swap group are going to be doing a monthly

blog tour!

Our Tour de Freaks, will take place on the 20th of each month.

Trust me when I tell you that you will be wowed by this talented group of ladies!

Different members of our group will be participating each month. June will feature  Connie Babbert, Gretchen Barron,  Patty Bennett, Mary Brown, Julie Dinn, Cindy Major, Lisa Martz, Dawn Olchefske, Melanie Schulenberg, Janine Tinklenberg, Shona Watson and Wendy Weixler!

These incredibly talented ladies will be featuring their favorite Stampin' Up! products that are on the Last Chance List.

Tune in on June 20th to begin YOUR tour with us!

Dawn O!

Top Note: Apron Dress Card

Another June Technique Tuesday card...This card idea was shared by Denise Jorgenson at the April MN Leader Stamp and Share.  She flew in and WOWed us with tons of great ideas.  Thanks Denise!

Here's the second of three projects:  Apron Dress Card




Supplies used:  Great Friend stamp set (greeting), Whisper White, Riding Hood Red & Vellum Cardstock, Bella Rose Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, 1 1/4" Circle punch (for neck line), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Top Note Die, Buttons #5 (for the collar), Scallop Edge Punch

Enjoy~ Dawn O

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Top Note: Faux Alligater Purse

In April, I attended an awesome event called MN Leader Stamp and Share.  My friend Terri Gaines organizes this fall and spring event for Sr Supervisors and above.  It's a great event with LOTS of sharing, picture taking opportunities and general FUN!  I always come away inspired and rejuvenated!

So for June's Technique Tuesday Class, I used projects shared at this event.

Here is the first of three Projects:  FAUX ALLIGATER PURSE

Georgia G shared her presentation she did at the Orlando Regionals in January.  This cute purse made with the Top Note Die and a fun embossing technique.  Thanks for sharing Georgia!!


Supplies used:  Sanded Background Stamp, Ruby Red & Chocolate Cardstock, Ruby Red Classic Ink, 3/4" Circle Punch, Star Designer Brads, Top Note Die, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Crop-a-Dile, 1/4" Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon, Versamark Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Bone Folder, Heat Tool

Enjoy~Dawn O

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DOstamping Can't Miss Summer Events!

Are your summer weekends already booked up?  I know mine are.  Well no worries - I've moved my SUMMER CAMPS to Tuesdays.  Download: My Summer Event Schedule

Join me this summer at my lake home for some...

All camps  are $15.00 and will include "reference punch cards" (see discount options below)  Choose from the following camps:

Tues, June 30th, open house style, 5:00-9:00pm
Have fun making cards with punches!!  We'll make 4 cards using punches in a fun way!  Make an "iPod" card,Popsicle card and more.


Tues, July 14th, open house style  5:00-9:00pm
Have fun using Stampin' Up! punches & Big Shot Die Cutting machine to make flowers for your cards and scrapbooks. 

Tues, Aug 18th, open house style  5:00-9:00pm
Using Stampin' Up! punches we'll create some fun animal cards.  Make a Lion, Mermaid and more!

GETTING PUNCHY - All Three Camps! 
Take all 3 classes and get $10 off  ($35 for all three).

Place a $35 order at each camp and get each camp for FREE!

Unable to attend all problem.  I'll package up a "to go" pack with all of the punches pieces for you to make at home.  If you would like it mailed to you - add $2.50 for each class.   NOTE:  in accordance with Stampin' Up! policy, stamped images cannot be included in "to go" packs.

Contact me now to reserve your spot!

Hope to see you this summer!

Dawn O

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Updated Last Chance Accessories List

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