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April 2011

Stampin' Up! Sneak Peak Swaps: Four Frames and Paisley Petals

It just occurred to me that I didn't share the swap cards from our last DOstamperSTARS monthly meeting.  What was I thinking?  As they are fabulous cards using the 2011 Idea Book and Catalog Sneak Peak products: Four Frames stamp set and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper.  For details on how to order these two awesome products see the Spring Is Blossoming promotion.  


Ann Truenow






Gayle Klingelhoets


Bobbi Peterson



Jan Carlson



Laurie Zoellmer


Pixie Elletson

Didn't they do a great job?!  You can receive awesome swap cards like these when you join my DOstamperSTARS team.  Not local to problem!  I support both local and long distance demonstrators in the following ways:

1. Yahoo Group - for meeting and swapping RSVP's
2. Team Blog - for creative, business tips, announcements and training
3. Weekly Creative Challenges
4. Monthly Local Meetings & Swaps (for anyone local or long distance who are unable to attend, I videotape the presentations and make & take how-to's to post on my team blog) and (for swapping - my long distance gals send me their cards before the meeting and I swap and send them back to them)
5. Each new demonstrator receives three of my personal classes for free (a Stamping class, a Big Shot class and a Demonstrator Monthly Meeting Class)
6. DOstamperSTARS can purchase my classes for a deep discount. Class kits do not include stamped images in accordance with Stampin' Up! policy)
7. Monthly Recognition program
8. No pressure, enjoy at your own pace!

I have a special gift for anyone joining my team
now through April 30th...

Your choice of either
the Word Play stamp set or the Bring on the Cake stamp set

Ready to join now...sign up here!

SSC#045: Fabulous Florets Singing in the Rain Inspiration



Taking inspiration from this week's DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge Music Mania, we have Singing in the Rain for you.  What a fun and upbeat movie.  It just makes me smile!  Check out this movie clip on YouTube -  I'm sure it will have you smiling too!

Speaking of smiling...I hope this Stampin' Up! 2011 Summer Mini sneak peak card makes you smile as well!  It uses the soon to be released Fabulous Florets stamp set and Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper.


1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
(bold items = 2011 sumer Mini Catalog starts 5/01/11)

StampsFabulous Florets, Happy Greetings
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Stazon Jet Black
Paper:   Daffodil Delight Texture & Whisper White, and Beyond The Garden Designer Series Paper
:  2-1/2" Circle Punch, 5/8" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

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

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawn's Reminders

1-14StripedGet a variety of ribbon at a great price by participating in my ribbon shares. NEW RIBBON SHARES RECENTLY ADDED!

Check out all my product shares HERE!




Control Freaks: NEW On the Grow and Blossom Bouquet Punch

Blog Tour Pic 
It's that time of the month again...Control Freak Blog Tour Time!  This month we're sharing sneak peaks from Stampin' Up!'s 2011 Summer Mini Catalog (to be released May 1st).  I'm stop #8 of 11.  If you're coming from Deb Currier's blog - welcome!  (If you arrived before April 20th - all tour sites may not be "live" yet)

First up is a couple of One-Layer Cards using the new stamp set, On The Grow.  I have a saying..."sometimes less is more".  These two cards, fit the bill!



Stamp in Stazon Jet Black ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.  Color with inkpads (Perfect Plum, Old Olive and Baja Breeze) and a blender pen.  Add a 1/8" Taffeta Very Vanilla Ribbon and you are set to go.   I'm not the best with watercoloring - but I'm happy with the way these turned out.  They make me smile!

Now on to an Envelope Holder with Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch...This could be used for a gift card, money, candy, small gift packaging, etc.


I'd like to introduce you to the NEW Stampin' Up! Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch!  With one punch you can choose from three images.  Love it!  I used it to create a Decorative Paper Clip to keep the envelope closed.  Just slip it off to open the envelope.



Woohoo - here's the surprise inside!  I used two of the three Blossom Bouquet punch images (along with other punch shapes) to create an embedded embossed card. 


1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawn's Stamping Supplies

Stamps:  All Holidays, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Perfect Plum
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer, 1/2" Circle, 3/4" Circle, Boho Bouquet, Itty Bitty and Scallop Trim Border Punches, 1/2" Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads, Crumb Cake Medium Envelope, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot, Square Lattice Texture Embossing Folder, paper clip

I hope you enjoyed your stop here.  Now it's time to move on to the fabulous Lisa Young's Blog.


Video: Sanding your Stampin' Up! Solid Image Stamps

As many of you have fallen in love with Stampin' Up!'s Easter Blooms stamp set (121905w or 122057c), I've been receiving some questions on how to get a clean, crisp image of the girl.  That is a great question! 


This gives me the opportunity to share an easy tip on prepping solid image stamps.  Have you noticed that when you ink up stamps like the girl, that the ink pools on them, which makes it hard to get an evenly stamped image? 


Well, Stampin' Up! Sanding Blocks to the rescue!  Just use them to "sand off" the manufacturing residue and you'll be set to go.  Watch the video for a quick demonstration. VIDEO:  Prepping your Stampin' Up! Solid Image Rubber Stamps w/Dawn O



Now you can enjoy clean, crisp evenly stamped images for all of your rubberstamps! 

Enjoy~Dawn O

Got other stamping questions - feel free to leave your questions, by posting a comment on this post.  If you're receiving this via your email or reader on the title above to visit my website comment section.


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Video: Easter Blossoms Double Card and Emboss Resist

Last summer, I received a swap card from my friend Kelly Acheson.  I'm calling it a "Double Card".  I totally fell in love with the way it opened and was waiting for right stamp set to come along to duplicate it.  When I saw the Easter Blossoms stamp set in the 2011 Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog, I knew right away that I wanted to make her card. 

By the way - there is only a couple weeks left to get this stamp set - so don't forget to order it by April 30th.




In the video below, you'll see how to do the Emboss Resist technique, as well as how-to make the double card. VIDEO:  Emboss Resist and Double Card Techniques - Dawn O




1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
(bold items = 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog ends 4/30/11)

Stampin-Up-Easter-Blossoms StampsEaster Blossoms (#121905w or #122057c)
:  Versamark, Daffodil Delight
Paper:   Daffodil Delight & Whisper White
Accessories:  Word Window Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, 1-1/4" Daffodil Delight Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Pearl Jewels, Stampin' Sponges, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool,  Stampin' Dimensionals


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

Enjoy~Dawn O



1-14StripedGot Ribbon?

No? Well get a variety of ribbon at a great price by participating in my ribbon shares. NEW RIBBON SHARES ADDED! Check out all my product shares HERE!






Another V-Latch Card: Four Frames Matches Element of Style

I can't get enough of this fun "V-Latch" card.  Today I'm using the Sneak Peak Four Frames stamp set and paired it with the current Elements of Style stamp set.  They look great together - a wonderful match!


To see the how-to's for the V-latch card...check out this weeks' Tuesday 10-Minute Video.  Actually it's only a 5-minute video.


1.RubberstampBW Dawns Stamping Supplies
(bold items = Sneak Peak Special ending 4/30/11)

StampsFour Frames, Element of Style
Ink:  Not Quite Navy
Paper:   Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist, River Rock and Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Decorative Label Punch (#120907), 3/4" x 15/16" Oval Punch (#120908), 5/8" Marina Mist Grosgrain Ribbon, Pearl Jewels, Blender Pen, Paper Trimmer, Stampin' Dimensionals

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

Enjoy~Dawn O



Stampin' Up! Magazine: Easter Blossoms and Faux Mother of Pearl

Today's card is a perfect example of my answer to the most frequest question I get asked by potential Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  What is that question, you ask?  "Where do you get your ideas?"  That's easy...from Stampin' Up!

Today's card features a 2011 Occasions Mini stamp set called, Easter Blossoms and a shimmery technique called Faux Mother of Pearl.


This gorgeous card came directly from Stampin' Up!...that's right.  All Stampin' Up!demonstrators receive a  magazine each month called Stampin' Success.  It's a fun mail day when it arrives!  Actually...a new one should be arriving any day now.  So exciting!  Every time I receive one, I dog ear the pages of the creative ideas I want to use for my upcoming classes and workshops (and of course, I'll share with you too!)  I might find a new layout, a new technique or an "old" technique with a new twist, a color combo and more!  I just never know what I'll find, but there is always something I can use in my business.  Just another perk of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and a just another example of the many ways Stampin' Up! supports us as demonstrators! VIDEO:  Faux Mother of Pearl with Stampin' Up! Easter Blossoms



1.RubberstampBW Dawns Stamping Supplies
(bold items = 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog ending 4/30/11)

StampsEaster Blossoms
Ink:  Stazon Jet Black, Baja Breeze, Rose Red
Paper:   Jet Black, Baja Breeze, Rose Red, Basic Black & Whisper White cardstock
Accessories:  Big Shot, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, 1/2" Rose Red Seam Binding, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Blender Pen, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals, Plastic Wrap

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

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawn's Reminders


Join my team and start receiving your Stampin' Success Magazines!


Last day for your FREE Love Sparkles Photo Wallet Instructions PDF!  Order $50 or more and receive it as my gift to you!  Love Sparkles Simply Scrappin' Kit still available in Clearance Rack.


Just a few spots open for my April 30th Summer Sampler Demonstrator Event.  Click here more information.

SSC#044: New Toys in the House! On the Grow Sketch

It's a DOstamperSTARS Sketch Pad Thursday Challenge.  I received my Stampin' Up! pre-order last week and I've been playing with my new toys!  Oops, I'm mean working.  No, I mean stamping.  As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator...I guess it's all the same.  Either way...I've been having fun with a new 2011 Summer Mini stamp set called "On The Grow" (available May 1st).  SO not a typical stamp set I would purchase.  But I decided to "grow" outside-the-box and give it a try.  AND...I love it!

Here's the sketch...


Here's my card...



Other new stuff includes: 

Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch - this is no ordinary punch.  With just one punch - you get THREE shapes!
Baker's Twine - comes in THREE colors: White, Cherry Cobbler/White and Early Espresso/White (shown above)


1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
(bold items = sneak peak 2011 Summer Mini Catalog starts 5/01/11)

StampsOn The Grow
:  Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
Paper:   Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede & Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Early Espresso/White Baker's Twine, Pearl Jewels, Blender Pen,  Stampin' Dimensionals

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

Enjoy~Dawn O


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