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January 2011

Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration Sneak Peak: Punch Bunch

Wanna sneak peak?  Of course you do! 

I've been having so much fun with the upcoming Stampin' Up! Punch Bunch stamp set, from the Sale-a-Bration promotion.  This stamp set is one of your free choices when you place a $50 order or host a $300 workshop.  STARTS tomorrow...January 25th!!!

Here's a card that I did for a swap with my DOstampersTARS and my Sale-A-Bration parties this month.  Actually - Saturday was my first SAB party and everyone enjoyed making this card.  I love Sale-A-Bration parties, because it's so much fun giving free product to my customers - it just makes me smile!!!


This is a great stamp set for the punch enthusiast!  And aren't we all punch enthusiasts?!  The images from this stamp set fit several of Stampin' Up!'s popular punches!  It's a must-have!

Also, the pattern paper is free too!  It's called Ice Cream Parlor and comes with (9) 12x12 sheets of 3 different double-side patterns and (2) 12x12 sheets of adhesive die cuts.

RubberstampBWDawns Stamping Supplies

(bold items = from 2011 Sale-a-Bration Brochure)

StampsPunch Bunch
Ink:  Pacific Point
Paper:   Whisper White, Peach Parfait and Pacific Point cardstock and Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Big Shot, Clear Scallop Square Die, Scallop Square Punch, 1/2" Poly Stitched Peach Parfait Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Have a great Sale-a-Bration!
Dawn O

Challenge Thursday: SSC032 Eat Chocolate Surprise!

Welcome to Challenge Thursday!  Today's challenge is Sketch Pad #SSC032 provided by DOstamperSTAR Jan Carlson!!


Sometimes you just need some quick cards and this sketch is perfect for that!  Feel free to join us by leaving a comment with a link to your sketch interpretation.


My card is a 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" square card, that features Stampin' Up!'s new Eat Chocolate and You're a Gem stamp sets, both from the 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog.  I put my greeting (#4 piece on the sketch) inside my card, as well as a fun surprise!


The greeting is from You're a Gem and is punched with the 3/4" x 15/16" oval (#120908, a carry over from the 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog).

Dawns Stamping Supplies

(bold items = from 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog)

Stamps:  Eat Chocolate, You're a Gem
Ink:  Early Espresso
Paper:   Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Neutrals Pattern Designer Series Paper Pack
Accessories:  Corner Rounder, Round Tab Punch, 3/4"x 15/16" Oval punches, 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

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

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawns Reminders

1-8TaffetaWant all of the 13 colors of 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

Only a couple spots left in that share.  Check out that and all my product shares here!





Controlfreak Tour: Petal Cone and Blossom Petals Love!

Blog Tour Pic

Welcome to the Control Freaks January 2010 Tour.  We are thrilled to have you join us today. I'm your 10th stop this month.  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 Wendy Janson's blog - welcome! 

Our theme for this month is, From the Heart -- Cards, Gifts and Projects for Valentine's Day.

My projects this month focus on some of my favorites from Stampin' Up!'s 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog.  So let's get started!

First up...Petal Cone Die Heart Pouch!


I love the way this turned out!

RubberstampBW Dawns Stamping Tips - for Petal Cone Heart

1.  I cut two Petal Cones with the Big Shot and left them flat.  (When you fold on all of the score lines, they'll make a "cone box").  When you don't fold them, they have a heart shape.  Just another great use for this fun die!!!

2.  Then I ran it back through the Big Shot with the Lots of Love Letterpress Plate.  I didn't use any ink, I just wanted the texture.  See close up below.

3.  Use Sticky Strip and 5/8" Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon to trim out the top of the heart pouch.

4.  Use Sticky Strip on the "tabs" to adhere two sides together.

5.  Decorate and enjoy! (see tips below)


The flowers were created with the new Stampin' Up! Build a Blossom stamp set and matching Blossom Petals Punch.  I attached them to a 3/4" circle "base".  Then topped off with 1/2" circle and a Pearl Jewel.  The "love" is from Tiny Tags stamp set and punch with the Jewelry Tag Punch.  The ribbon trim is 5/8" Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon.


My next project is 3x3 Blossom Petals Valentine!


Yes - it's only 3x3.  The scallop square on the back is a carry-over die from the Holiday Mini Catalog called Scallop Squares Duo #120903 (it cuts two sizes of scallop squares...this one is the larger of the two). 

Lightbulb1 I was giddy when I discovered it would fit in our Mini Square Envelopes #107309.  LOVE IT!!

I had fun adding the new Frames Tulips Texture Embossing Folder to the bottom of the card AND the flap on the envelope.  I sponged a little regal rose ink on the envelope to make it pop. 


Here's a group shot to give you a feel for the size of these projects.  The Petal Cone Heart Pouch measures about 6x6 and of course the Love Valentine is 3x3. 

Colors for both projects include:  Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery & Very Vanilla cardstock and Regal Rose and Old Olive Classic Ink

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, Barb Mullikin



Stampin' Up! Thanks for Caring: Paula Beecher

Oh my gosh, Paula made this awesome card at the last DOstamperSTARS Shoebox Swap, that used Stampin' Up!'s "Thanks for Caring" stamp set.  I think a few of us were a little intimated with it, as she used the new Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink on it and most of us hadn't used it yet.  Let me tell you - SO FUN, LOVE IT!!  You'll have give it a try.

A little hard to see - but if you look close, there are touches of the Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink - Illuminated Top Coat

Dawn's Stamping Tips

  • Pearlized Accent Ink adds shine to your projects
  • Includes brush applicator so you can apply it in small, detailed areas (similiar to nail polish)
  • Stamp image, then brush on Pearlized Accent Ink
  • Available in 4 colors: Illuminate Top Coat, Gold Lamé, Moonlight, and Silver Fox
  • Illuminate Top Coat adds subtle illumination
  • .3 fluid ounces per bottle
  • Dries fast

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

Stamps Thanks for Caring
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand
Paper:   Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Soft Subtles Pattern Designer Series Paper Pack
Accessories:  Baja Breeze 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Stampin' Sponge, Decorative Label Punch, Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink - Illuminated Top Coat, Stampin' Dimensionals


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

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawn's Reminders

Coming Soon - FREE STAMPS
Stampin' Up!'s annual Sale-a-Bration starts January 25th.  Purchase $50 and receive a free stamp set.  Host a $300 Stampin' Up! party and receive a free stamp set.  Watch for more details soo!!!


Stampin' Up! Thanks for Caring: Bobbi Peterson

Today I'm sharing a card made with one of my most favorite stamp sets.  "Thanks For Caring" from the Stampin' Up! 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog.  Though it's my favorite, I haven't had time to use it yet.  But my friend and DOstamperSTAR, Bobbi Peterson has and it's beautiful!


Stampin-up-Thanks-for-Carin Dawns Stamping Supplies
(bold items = from 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog)

Stamps Thanks for Caring
Ink:  Always Artichoke Classic Ink
Paper:   River Rock, Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper
 Rose Red 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Big Shot, Framed Tulips Texture Impressions Embossing Folder

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

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawns Reminders


Do you like the Springtime Vintage products shown above?  Besides the "I Want it All" Kit, my Springtime Vintage Suite Kit Share is the most popular of my 2011 Occasions Mini Product Shares.
ROUND #2 =  taking reservations now!

Click here for:  Dawn's 2011 Occasions Mini Product Share 


2011 Stampin' Up! Leadership Was Awesome!

Awesome, Wow, Amazing, Inspiring and Best-Ever!!  That describes Stampin' Up!'s 2011 Leadership Conference.  

Stampin' Up! outdid themselves this year.  At every turn there was something new, a little surprise, amazing classes, inspiring speeches and more!

For me, this was a very special event as I was given the opportunity to give back and share my experience with Social Networking.  I totally enjoyed presenting the class with my Stampin' Up! co-presenter Chad Williams.  I was thrilled beyond belief with the response from everyone.  Several times I was moved to tears, as many of you shared how I touch your lives everyday (particularly at 1:00pm when my email subscribers receive their daily dose of DOstamping!)  Wow - I really got to see and hear the impact of social networking, just amazing!

Here's some pictures from my presentation:



Me (Dawn Olchefske) and Chad Williams (Stampin' Up! co-presenter)



I get back to my room and look what my wonderful husband sent me!  He's a keeper!


I'll share more of my Leadership Conference experience throughout the week.  So stay tuned!

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawn's Reminders


Don't forget to get your 2011 Occasions Mini Product Shares and Ribbon Share TOO.
Whether you're looking for a small sampling or you want it all, there is something for everyone's budget!

ROUND #2 =  taking reservations now!

Click here for:  Dawn's 2011 Occasions Mini Product Share 


Stamp That Tune SSC031: Blossom Petal Builder Punch

It's another Thursday Challenge and today it's a "Stamp That Tune" Challenge! 

Be inspired by Marie Osmond's Paper Roses Album Cover.  Or listen to the song for inspiration.  Either way - join us by leaving a comment with a link to your Paper Roses creation!



Here's my card...

stampin up, dostamping, dawn olchefske, demonstrator, easter, build a blossom, blossom builder punch 

Isn't this gorgeous?!  If I do say so myself!

I was drawn to how the flowers "climbed" up the side of the album cover, so that's where I started.  Using the new Build-a-Blossom stamp set and matching Blossom Petal Builder Punch, I created three flowers stamping Regal Rose Ink on Pretty in Pink cardstock.  I sponged a little ink on the edges to make the flowers "pop" a little bit more.  Then finished the flowers off with a pearl jewel.

The Certainly Celery base is textured with the brand-new, absolutely-gorgeous, must-have
Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.   Then I added a little depth by sponging the raised edges with Old Olive Ink.

Blossom-Petals Dawns Stamping Supplies

Stamps:  Something to Celebrate (retired), Build a Blossom (121923w or 121994c)
Ink:  Regal Rose (105211), Old Olive (102277)
Paper:    Whisper White (100730), Pretty in Pink (100459)  and Certainly Celery (105125) 
  Blossom Petal Builder Punch (121808), 1/2" Circle (119869), 3/4" Circle Punch (119873), Large Oval Punch (119855), Scallop Oval Punch (119856), Big Shot (113439), Framed Tulips Texture Impressions Embossing Folder (121809), 3/8" Pink Taffeta Ribbon (122981), Stampin' Sponges (101610), Pearl Jewels (119247) and Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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

Enjoy~Dawn O


More ideas for Build a Blossom Punch and Framed Tulips Texture Impressions Folder:

Textured Impressions Folder: Framed Tulips Squared with video
Blossom Petal Builder: Punch Tip with video
Blossom Petal Builder: How to Assemble with video

Stampin' Up! Manager's Reception: Yeehaw!

Yeehaw!  I just got back from the awesome Stampin' Up! Manager's Reception at the Wild Horses Saloon in Nashville, TN.  We had the best food EVER!  Down home-cooked style food and yummy dessert (I only ate half - but so good).  It was a great time with fun music and hooking up with my friends from all over the United States.

Stampin' Up! Managers were also treated to a cool new stamp set to be released with the 2011 SUMMER MINI Catalog.  It's a travel themed set.  (Sorry - can't show it to you now).  Plus, we received our Leadership tote/purse...SUPER DUPER ADORABLE!

The Opryland Convention Center (more like a small village) - is HUGE!  It's shops, hotels, restaurants and convention center all under one roof.

Well, I've got a huge day tomorrow for the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference and need my rest.  I'll try to share more as I can.  But check back next week for lots of pictures and more!

Thanks for stopping by!