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March 2010

DOdesigner: Pixie's Thomas the Train Card

Today I'm featuring Pixie Elletson from my DOstamperSTARS group.  Her grandson LOVES trains and of course Pixie has "fed" this love!  What else is a grandma have to do?

She has brilliantly used Stampin' Up! paper and punches to create this one-of-a-kind handmade card of Thomas the Train.

Thomas The Train

How stinkin' cute is that?! 
Say - she has the directions! 
Go check out her blog,
The Pixinator

Speaking of trains & grandsons...I took this cute picture of my grandson Max this weekend.

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See what else he's holding that goes everywhere with him...let me introduce you to Puppy!  Clever name, huh!

He's a got a few favorite stuffed animals, all with "clever" names.  Here's how the conversation goes

Umma (that's me):  Max, what's your dog's name?

Max:  Puppy

Umma:  Max, what's your cat's name?

Max:  Kitty

Umma:  Max, what's your seal's name?

Max:  Sammy, the seal (from the book)

Umma:  Max, what's your wolf's name?

Max:  Wolfie

Umma: Max, what's your tiny puppy's name

Max:  Pokey Little Puppy (from the book)

So, there you go!  You've met all 5 of his little stuffed friends.  If he could - he'd take all 5 of them with him everywhere he goes.  But for now - it's only Puppy, Kitty and Pokey Little Puppy.  Wolfie and Sammy stay at our house waiting for Max's visits!
 

Enjoy~Dawn O

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Controlfreaks Spring Blog Tour

Welcome to the Controlfreaks Spring Blog Tour!  Robin wowed you with some fabulous projects. And now I'm excited to share a couple of fun Daisy projects with you today. 

  

When I think of spring, I think of flowers.  Especially Daisies!  So, I decided to have some fun playing with Stampin' Up!'s Flower, Daisies Die #2 (for the Big Shot) and came up with a couple of outside-the-box ways for using the die cuts.  One of the cool features about the Daisy die is you get THREE different sized Daisies from it!  Gotta love that!

   

 So, while I was playing with the Daisy Die, I was reminded of dry embossing with die cuts.  I've seen a few samples of the dry embossing with punch-outs & die cuts, but I wanted something that would create an even deeper impression.  So, using the smallest Daisy flower, I handmade my own Texturz Plate!  Woohoo - so exciting. 

   

Here's my custom made "Daisy Texturz Plate".  A little worn from wear, but still works.  Ain't it cool?

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Here's my card...

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Supplies:  Picture This (Hostess Level One from Occassions Mini), Basic Black cardstock and ink, Crushed Curry cardstock and Ink, Whisper White Cardstock, Sponge Dauber, Big Shot, Flower-Daisies #2, Impressions Pad, Silicone Rubber Pad, Curly Label Punch, Black Gingham Ribbon, thin chipboard

  

 

WATCH VIDEO to learn how to make your own Custom-Made Texturz Plates!

 

  

For my next project, I used the middle sized Daisy.  For durability, I die cut it with heavier cardstock - like Confetti Cream (which is a heavier weight than Stampin' Up's Whisper White).  I used the Daisy cut-out as a "mask" to randomly sponge "daisy shapes" on my card.  I LOVE the way this turned out!  PLUS - SO easy!

  

Here are Dawn's Daisies!

  

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Supplies:  Big Shot, Flower-Daisies #2, Pumpkin Pie cardstock and ink, Crushed Curry cardstock and ink, Whisper White, Sponge Daubers, Whisper White Satin & 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbons, 5/16" Jumbo Brads

WATCH VIDEO to learn how to do Reverse Masking

 

So - did you like?  I hope you enjoyed this stop on the Controlfreaks Spring Blog Tour.  Now on to your next stop, the marvelous Lisa Martz!

 

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I'm having a Chocolate Chit Chat tonight and I know several of you have other obligations and are unable to make it.  Though - you'll miss out on a fun night!

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GIFT FROM DAWN when you join my DOstamperSTARS team...

  • When you join my DOstamperSTARS team during from now thru Mar 31, 2010) my Gift to you is...Your choice of any TWO of the following items:

    • 6x6 Designer Series Paper Sampler (123 sheets includes: 18 DSP from main catalog) $30 value (only a couple left - so be the first to join my team!)
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    As a member of my DOstamperSTARS Team, all members have access to my support and additional opportunities & resources to help you grow your business:

      • 1.    Monthly DOstamperSTARS meetings includes:

        a.    Creative and Business Tips/Presentations

        b.   Make & Takes

        c.    Swapping

        d.   Card Contest

        e.   Occasional Guest Speakers

        f.     Occasional Shoebox Swaps

        g.    Quarterly Demonstrator Stamp Camp & Recognition

        2.    "New Demonstrator" Program

        a.    Orientation and Ongoing Training

        b.   Three Free Classes (for training purposes)

        c.    Gift from my Gift Basket - (choose paper, stamp set, etc. Choices vary. This choice not available with any other offers)

        d.   DOstamperSTAR discounts on my classes & camps

        3.    Access to online support & training (see details below)

        a.    DOstamperSTARS Video Blog

        b.   DOstamperSTARS YahooGroup

        c.    DOLeadership Team - Business builders group

        d.   DOblogging Team - Resources for Bloggers

        e.   And of course ME!

        4.    Product Display Share Opportunities

        5.    Long Distance Support "Program"

        6.    DOdesign Team

        7.    Tradeshow/Expo Booth Opportunities

        8.    Monthly/Quarterly Recognition Program/Rewards

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    1.  20% discount  (30% discount on your first order within 45 days)

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    Looking forward to stamping with you!

    Dawn Olchefske, [email protected]

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    Blog Challenge Green: How about a Frog!

    My DOstamperSTARS are having some creative challenges going on and one of them is to make a card using the color GREEN.  My first thought was of frogs.  So below is a card I did at one of my Getting Punchy Classes last summer that was a HUGE hit!

     

     

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    FrogRecipe 

     

    Dawns Stamping Tips
    Eyes:  Use 1/2" White & 1/4" Black, layered on Small Oval (retired).  Then 3/4" green circles are layered behind the eyes and the small oval
    Word Bubble:  Use the Wide Oval punch and the "Sliver Technique" to get the "hook" for the Word Bubble.
    Mouth:  Draw with black marker

    Supplies used:  Full of Life (111500), Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, ink & marker, Big Shot & Top Note Die, Gold Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals.  For punches, see recipe card

    Enjoy~Dawn O

     

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    How-To Video: Triangle Tri-Fold Card

    I posted a Triangle Tri-Fold Card earlier this month and have received some questions on how to do the diagonal scoring needed for this card.  I also did this card for my Technique Tuesday Stamping Class.  So for the "TO GO" class packets and to answer your questions, I put together a video.

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    If you have trouble viewing this video, click Triangle Tri-Fold Card to watch it on YouTube.

     Dawn's Stamping Supply List:  
    · Vintage Labels stamp set (FREE with $50 order)
    · Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Pale Plum Cardstock
    ·Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper
    · Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink
    · 22" Old Olive Satin Ribbon
    · Scallop Border Trim Punch (FREE with $50 order), Scallop Corner Punch, Scallop Circle Punch
    · Paper Trimmer w/Scoring Blade
    · Big Shot Die Cut Machine & Beautiful Wings Embosslit
    · Stampin' Sponge
    · Stampin' Dimensionals

    Dawn's Stamping Tips     
    Download:  Triangle Tri-Fold PDF Instructions

    Enjoy~Dawn O

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    Controlfreaks & Spring are Coming: Mar 20th

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    Spring...I thought it would never come.  MN is finally starting to warm up, the snow is pretty much gone.  Just a few small piles here and there! 

    To celebrate one of my favorite seasons, SPRING is the theme for our next Controlfreaks BlogTour.  So, stop on by on March 20th for some fabulous Controlfreaky Spring Projects. 




    Stampin' Up! Mini Milk Carton Birdhouse & Video

    I've been inspired by tons of Stampin' Up! Mini Milk Carton birdhouses!  They are everywhere and SO adorable!  Just had to make one, but I wanted it to be a decoration for an Easter tree. 

    My mom used to do an Easter tree.  She'd find a branch in the yard.  Stick it in a vase and hang cute little decorations on it.  She would have loved this little Milk Carton Birdhouse!

    stampin up, dostamping, dawn olchefske, easter, packaging, milk carton die, bird builder punchHere's a video  on "how to assemble a birdhouse."  You find a SUPER QUICK tip for folding the Mini Milk Carton too.  You'll be amazed at my genious! LOL!

     

    Dawn's Stamping Supplies:

    NEW Vintage Vogue stamp set, Soft Suede, Bashful Blue & Old Olive cardstock, Bashful Blue & Old Olive Classic Ink, 1-1/4" Circle, NEW Extra Large Two-Step Bird & Scallop Border Punches, Crop-a-Dile, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, NEW Mini Milk Carton L Die, Stampin' Up! Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals, Raffia & Candy Eggs

    Enjoy~Dawn O

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    DOstamperSTARS: Last of the Swaps!

    Here are the last, but not the least of the swaps from our February DOstamperSTARS meeting. 

    Our next meeting is coming up on Thursday, March 25th.  Our swap theme is "Use it Up!"  You know - you've got Designer Series Paper and accessories laying around.  Stop hoarding them and use them up!  My Leadership Team is organizing the make & takes and presentations for this meeting.  I'm so excited to see what they have planned!  You guys ROCK!

    Gayle

    Look what Gayle did - she used the Petals of Plenty Embossing Folder and Frost White Shimmer Paint on her background!  Did you know...both of these products (from the Holiday Mini catalog) are still available to order?!  Well they are! 

    Both Gayle's card (above) and Pixie's card (below) use the Welcome Neighbor 6x6 Designer Series Paper Pack which is FREE with a $50 purchase!

    Pixie

    Here's Pixie's Easel Card with the fun "grass" at the bottom.  Love all of the details with the Build-a-Brad, the extended Word Window punch out and of course Bling with Dazzling Diamonds!  (Find measurements for Easel Card here)

    Enjoy~Dawn O

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