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December 2010

Ho Ho Hostess Apprecation Event: MDS Invitation and Make & Takes

I held my Annual Hostess Appreciation event this past Sunday.  Actually, it was supposed to be the Sunday before, but here in Minnesota, we got slammed with LOTS of snow that day.  So I had to reschedule.

I created the invitation using My Digital Studio.  I love the way it turned out!  If you were in my clubs or had a workshop in 2010, you were invited to my special event.


Here are the projects everyone got to make:


They made a Christmas Card, Fancy Favor Double Stacked Gift Box and a Gift Card Holder.

If you don't recognize the pattern paper, that's because it's from a retired Simply Scrappin' kit.  But you could use Stampin' Up!'s Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper instead.  The poinsettia's were made with the 5-Petal Flower Punch,.  The greeting is from the Contempo Christmas stamp set.  If you'd like more information on the gift box and gift card holder see the links below for measurements and videos:

Fancy Favor Double Stacked Gift Box

Gift Card Holder

If you'd like to attend my Annual Hostess event, consider joining a club and having a workshop with me in 2011.  If you live in the west of the Twin Cities, I'm booking parties for Sale-A-Bration now! 

What is Sale-a-Bration?
Well, just the most fun time of the year for stamping!  When you purchase $50 of Stampin' Up! product, you receive a free product from the Sale-a-Bration brochure (purchase $100 and get two products and hostesses with $300 in sales, receive a free product too!).  This year, not only can you choose stamp sets, but there is also a ribbon/button pack, Designer Series Paper with Quick Accents, a My Digital Studio CD and more!!

Contact me to book your Sale-a-Bration party now!

Happy Holidays ~ Dawn O


Stampin' Up! is coming to Minneapolis! Open to Guests!!!

Woohoo!!  Have you ever thought about attending a Stampin' Up! event?  Well, If you live near Minneapolis, MN, you CAN!! 

Just announced from Stampin' Up!...

We are pleased to announce that you may invite a guest to attend the Minneapolis, Minnesota regional seminar with you! Whether your guest is an avid stamper or just starting out, she'll enjoy trying out stamping techniques and creating Make & Take projects.

The Minneapolis seminars will be held: 

  • Friday, February 11
  • Saturday, February 12

Stampin' Up! Regional Seminar in an all-day event and SO much fun to attend, they are $75.00 and include lunch, make & takes, lots of displays and demonstrations, and MORE!.  Plus, you'll get a chance to meet Shelli Gardner, as she usually attends!

I've already registered for Saturday as well as a lot of my downline and I've loved for you to attend too!  Space is limited - so let me know right away if you want to attend too!!

Enjoy~Dawn O

Last of Christmas Cards are in the Mail!

Yesterday, I mailed the last of my Christmas cards.  I sent over 350 cards, so they went out in shifts.  In addition, my new recruit "Welcome Packets" went out too!  That was a ton of mailing!  It feels good to check that off my list and I hope everyone enjoys them!




When making that many cards, I needed a dozen or so designs, so I don't get bored making just one design.  Here is the cards for our family & friends, which we sent about 70 of them.



Dawns Stamping Supplies

  Winter Post 
Ink:  Early Espresso
Paper:   Naturals Ivory & Very Vanilla
Accessories:  2-Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds and Stampin' Dimensionals

Purchase the Stampin' Up! supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE

I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family!  Stay safe and warm!
Enjoy~Dawn O


 FINAL INSTALLMENT of Dawn's 12 Weeks of Christmas

12-weeks-of-xmas Week #12 is going out tomorrow. Did you miss Weeks #1-11?  No worries, as you'll receive links to them too!  GET ON THE LIST before it's too late!  

Controlfreak Tour: Oh Sew Suite for My Digital Studio

Blog Tour Pic

Welcome to the Control Freaks December 2010 Tour.  We are thrilled to have you join us today. I'm your first stop this month and am excited to kick things off!  Our tour is nice and short, and features some of your favorite Control Freaks Stampers.  In fact, if you started in the middle of the tour, you may have just come from Lisa Young's blog - welcome! 

This month's theme is Stampin' Up! 2011 Mini Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs Sneak Peak.

I'm so excited that Stampin' Up! is releasing 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog My Digital Studio downloads!  Wow - that's a mouthful to say. There will be several to choose from and I chose to use the Sweet Stitches Designer Series Paper download for my tour projects this month.  Let's get started...

First up is my Thanks Sew Much Card
That's "custom-made" Designer Series Paper you see in the background of my card - from My Digital Studio.  The "paper" is a combination of two of the new Sweet Stiches digital patterns and I added NINE Melon Mambo brads to it.  I would never do that IRL - but when you're crafting digitally, you can throw everything and the kitchen sink at it!!! 

My card is actually a hybrid, as I added "real-life" stamping and embellishments afterwards.  The sewing maching image is from a new stamp set called Sew Suite and is stamped in Melon Mambo on So Saffron.   



The button brad is from our new Sweet Stitches Fabric Designer Brads pack (includes four of six designs) - SEW CUTE!!!

Speaking of Buttons and freakin' cute are these Button Jars?  I'm just giddy over them!  Wouldn't they look cute sitting on your crafting table?  



The "labels" on both of these jars were printed using my printer and My Digital Studio.  They came from one of the patterns of the Sweet Stitches download, which has lots of "button" labels to choose from.  However, to fit on my jars, I needed to size them a bit smaller.  A great feature of digital crafting. 

I finished them off with our new Pom Pom Trim at the top and viola - FREAKIN' ADORABLE!


Well, that wraps up this stop of the tour.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Now on to more sneak peaks from my wonderfully talented friend, Gretchen Barron. 


Filled with Love Bundle: Adorable Valentine Box

Check out this adorable Valentine Box made with the Filled with Love Bundle products.  Ain't it cute? 


 Stamping Supplies

:  Stamps Filled with Love
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:   Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Whisper White cardstock, Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack
 Old Olive 5/8” Satin Ribbon,  Bitty Buttons , Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals® , Aqua Painter®, Full Heart Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Big Shot™, Box #2 Bigz™ XL Die

Purchase the Stampin' Up! supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawn's Reminders

Filled with Love  (December 17, 2010-January 24, 2011)

Get a FREE package of Bitty Buttons--a $4.95 value--when you purchase a Filled with Love Bundle, including the Filled with Love Stamp Set and exclusive Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack!

The Control Freaks are Coming: December 20th!


Need a break from the Holidays?  Then stop by on Sunday for another Control Freaks Blog Tour! 

This month you'll be wowed and inspired as the Control Freaks share Sneak Peaks from Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs!  Coming soon, December 20th. 

Haven't seen a Control Freak Tour?  Where have you been?  Click here to take them again and again!

Stampin' Up! Bitty Buttons: Free with "Filled With Love" Bundle

Do you love free Stampin' Up! product?  Purchase the "Filled with Love" bundle and receive FREE bitty buttons. These clear embellishments are the perfect touch to your valentine treat and cards!

Print:  "Filled with Love" Flyer




Wood-Mount Item 

Wood-Mount Price 

Clear-Mount Item 

Clear-Mount Price 

Filled with Love Bundle:
Contains the Filled with Love Stamp Set and    Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack 





Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack (non-bundled):
12 sheets total, three 12" x 12" sheets of two double-sided designs in Real Red and Pretty in Pink 






From December 17, 2010, through January 24, 2011, your can get a FREE package of Bitty Buttons (a $4.95 value) when you purchase a Filled with Love Bundle. The Filled with Love Bundle contains the Filled with Love Stamp Set (in wood- or clear-mount) and the exclusive Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack. When combined with the Bitty Buttons, you'll have the makings for some adorable Valentine's cards, like the one below:


Stamping Supplies

Stamps:  Stamps Filled with Love
Ink:  Old Olive,  Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:   Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Whisper White cardstock, Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack
 Old Olive 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Thread, Bitty Buttons, Scallop Border Punch, Small Heart Punch      

Purchase the Stampin' Up! supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE

Enjoy~Dawn O

Sketch Challenge: Build a Cupcake and New Punch!

It's Challenge Thursday again!  Today's Challenge is a sketch provided by Jan Carlson.  Also - I received some new toys!  That's right - new stamp sets and paper from the soon-to-be-released 2011 Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog.  I was just inchin' to use some of it.  So here's a sneak peak for ya!

I started with the new Sweet Stitches Designer Series Paper.  I liked the way one of the patterns was similiar in style to the adorable little flower image that came in the Create a Cupcake stamp set.  Plus, it gave me a chance to use my new Build-a-Cupcake Punch too!



Dawns Stamping Supplies
(bold items = from 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog)

Stamps:  Create a Cupcake
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi and Basic Black
Paper:   Whisper White, Melon Mambo & Tempting Turquoise cardstock and Sweet Stitches Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Build a Cupcake Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Silver Brads & Stampin' Dimensionals

Purchase the Stampin' Up! supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE

Enjoy~Dawn O