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July 2011

Stampin' Up! My Friend Convention Swap

Tomorrow I'll be in Salt Lake City for the 2011 Stampin' Up! Annual Convention.  I'm so excited, as I'll be seeing lots of my friends from around the United States and Canada.  Plus, I'll be rooming with my DOstamperSTAR friends, Laurie, Jan & Jenny.  We're gonna have a blast.  We'll try to check in every once in awhile to give you the Stampin' Up! scoop.

Here's one of my swap cards using the new stamp set "My Friend" (#122585w or #122587c) and the awesomely new "Lace Ribbon Border" punch. 

It was also the Make and Take at my event last Saturday.  Which, by the way...was a huge success.  Thank you to everyone that stopped by.  Lots of retired items went out the door and of course lots of oohing and aahing over new products too!  Everyone who placed an order will receive a gift in their order.  Anyone that placed an order was entered in a drawing for prizes.  Here's the list of winners:

  • Jaime T = Build a Blossom stamp set AND Blossom Builder Punch
  • Nancy S = NEW Designer Printed Brads
  • Jeni H = NEW Designer Printed Brads
  • LuAnn = NEW Designer Printed Brads
  • Carol R = NEW Designer Printed Brads
  • Lynn S = NEW Designer Printed Brads
  • Carol B = NEW Designer Printed Brads
  • Randy D = NEW Designer Printed Brads
  • Jane M = NEW Designer Printed Brads
  • Mary B = NEW Stampin' Up! 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog
  • Jean K = NEW Stampin' Up! 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog

Everyone who placed an order at the event is a winner too, as you'll receive an item from my prize wheel.  My hubby did the spinning for you!!

NOTE:  I've received LOTS of inquiries about whether I'll be offering my retired items for sale online.  Not at this time, but maybe in the future.  Thanks for asking!!


1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
(bold items = new from 2011/2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog )

StampsMy Friend
Ink:  Pool Party, Island Indigo
Paper:   Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White cardstock
Accessories:  Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Rhinestone Jewels, 2-way Glue Pen 

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

Enjoy~Dawn O


Product Share Updates

If you sent me a Product Share reservation before today (July 12th), you should have received a paypal invoice from me (all of which have been paid - thank you).  Those shares have been ordered and should arrive later this week/early next week.  When I'll sort, cut, package and mail.  If you haven't heard from me yet, please send me another email request.

Thank you to everyone who is participating in the shares.  They are a huge success.  Round 1 included several rounds of ribbon and paper (you're loving the new ruffled ribbon).  I'm opening up round 2 and you can email now for invoicing next week.

Click for Product Share choices


Dawn's Reminders:

Mosaic Tile Stamping with Stampin' Up! The Open Seas

You won't get seasick with today's card.  It uses Stampin' Up!'s newer circle dies (3 inch #122125  and 3-1/2 inch #121811) to create a ships port hole!  I saw a similiar card made by fellow demonstrator Kari Metzger and just knew my Stamping Club members would love it!!


This card also features a very cool technique using your leftover rubber pieces, called Mosaic Tile Stamping. So gather up your rubber scraps and follow my tips or check out my video below.


1.PushPin-Note-Reminder-35 Dawn's Stamping Tips:  Mosaic Tile Stamping

  1. Cut some leftover rubber into small pieces of varying sizes
  2. Mount onto Acrylic Block E (or wood block).  Tip:  arrange pieces so pretty close to each other.
  3. Now ink it up with VersaMark ink
  4. Stamp it over an image you have already pre-stamped and colored
  5. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder and let cool
  6. Sponge Early Espresso over entire image (be sure to get into the "cracks")
  7. Wipe clean with a paper towel.
  8. Enjoy!


Open-Sea-Mosaic-CU VIDEO:  Mosaic Tile Stamping


1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
(bold items = new from 2011 Summer Mini Catalog )

StampsThe Open Seas(#123030w or #123032c)
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Marina Mist
Paper:   Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla cardstock and Nautical Expedition Designer Series Paper (#122343)
Accessories:  Big Shot, 3" & 3-1/2" Circle Dies, Crop-a-Dile, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Cutter Tool, Clear Block E, Gold Brads, Early Espresso Baker's Twine #123124, Blender Pen, Stampin' Sponges, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Toold, Stampin' Dimensionals   

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

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawn's Reminders:

July 8th Catalog Kick-Off: Dawn's Annual Blow-Out Event

Tomorrow's the day!! If you live near the Twin Cities, you won't want to miss my Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog Kick-Off & Blow Out Event.  I've got hundreds of retired stamp sets, ribbon, cardstock and DSP, inks and more!!!

Dawn's Annual Blow-Out Event



Date: Friday, July 8th
Time: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Where: Dawn's House, Waverly, MN
(just west of Twin Cities, off of Hwy 12)
email me for directions

 Visit my retired sale area to make your purchases of retired products from my huge selection of stamps, paper, accessories and more. Then visit my new sale area to see samples of new products, complete a free make and take, and view the new 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog.  New catalogs will be available for purchase (or pick up your free catalog with club membership or hostess workshop date). I will be taking orders from the new catalog that day too. See special below

BLOW OUT SPECIAL: You will receive a 50% credit back on your "retired sale" purchases, to be used against your "new catalog orders" made that day!

$50 new catalog order BONUS:  Choose a FREE stamp set from my BONUS BASKET

Woohoo - what a deal!

Drawings will take place throughout the event. You'll receive tickets for the following: bringing a friend (new to me), making a purchase, joining a club, booking a party and more!!

FYI - this event will be open to the public. So come early for the best selection!

Click here to RSVP
and to Reserve a FREE Make & Take Packet

See you there~Dawn O


Dawn's Product Share Update

DSP Shares - Only two spots left in round two
3/8" Ruffled Ribbon - just starting round five
1/2" Scallop Dots - 3 spots left in round three
3/8" Taffeta - 3 spots left in round two
5/8" Satin - 4 spots left in round two
1/2 Poly Stitched - 2 spots left
His & Hers - 2 spots left

See my Product Share Details here, then be sure make your reservation soon.  I'm putting in my next share order tomorrow!


New Stampin' Up! Hostess Benefits Program

Two words...Simple and Flexible!  That describes the new and exciting Stampin' Up! Hostess Benefits program.  Which gives you more options than ever before when you host or place an order for $150 or more.  That includes ONLINE ORDERS too!

It has two features, hostess dollars & 50% off items.

NEW BENEFITS CHART (click image to enlarge)


Hostess Dollars

  • Workshops or online orders that total $150 or more, will earn Hostess Reward Dollars
  • You can apply these Dollars to purchase exclusive hostess products (see pages 10-15 in the Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog) or other catalog merchandise at full price
  • Stampin' Up! has discounted the price of hostess products to make your Hostess Dollars go farther

50% Off Item(s)

  • In addition to Hostess Dollars, workshops or online orders that total $400 or more, will have the opportunity to purchase any full-priced catalog item for 50% off! 
  • At $500 or more -  you'll get additional 50% off items!
  • Yes - you can choose anything in the catalog at half price, including stamp sets, accessories, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Color Caddy, Many Marvelous Markers and more (does not include MDS printed items)!

I'm so excited about this new program.  Plus - did you see the new hostess exclusive product selection?  They are all so fabulous, it's hard to decide what to get! 

Feel free to EMAIL ME, if you have any questions about the new Hostess Benefits Program.


Dawn's Reminders:


Best of Everthing Control Freak Swap

Wow 2011/2012 Product Shares are going like hotcakes!
It looks like your favorites are the new 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, new 1/2" Scallop Dotted Ribbon, updated 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon and the I Want it All 6x6 DSP!  Check out my updated PRODUCT SHARE offerings here!


"All I want for you is the best of everything."  Isn't that just the best thing you could say to a person?  I think so.  It's one of the reasons the new stamp set, Best of Everything is one of my favorites from the new 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog.

This was my swap card from the recent Control Freaks swap. 


Also - look at the new hostess Designer Series Paper, Cheerful Treat on this card.  Isn't just adorable.  It's another one of my new favorites.  The colors are just yummy!  With our new hostess program - it will only cost you $8 worth of your hostess dollars.  With $150 party or online order, you'll earn $25.00 in hostess dollars to spend on exclusive discounted hostess items OR anything from the catalog.  Isn't that great?  The choice is yours!    

1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
(bold items = new from 2011/2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog )

StampsBest of Everything (#123534w or 123536c)
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Concord Crush, Lucky Limeade
Paper:   Melon Mambo, Concord Crush, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White cardstock and Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper (Hostess Item #122381)
Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Pearl Jewels, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals  

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

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawn's Quick Links

Shop Online

New 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog

New Product Shares - filling FAST!

Join Stampin' Up! for only $99

Happy 4th of July and Uncle Sam Punch Art

This card just makes me smile!  Uncle Sam is such an iconic symbol for our 4th of July holiday.  With Stampin' Up! Punches - you can make your own Uncle Sam punch art in no time at all.



Update to our power outage...

Thank you to all of you who have sent us well wishes.  As of 11:00am Sunday morning, we got our power back.  The outage did affect our water/sewer as well - so that was no fun.  We were actually just getting ready to call a friend to see if we could shower at their home and the electric company truck pulled up our driveway. 

The basement is cleaned up and basically dried out.  The house is getting back in order pretty quickly, as our family is coming over today after the parade.

Also thank you to everyone who sent us a message regarding my husband's work status with the State of MN.  Everyone has been so kind and supportive.  I want you to know that we are just fine.  Short of this lasting several months, we will manage.  However - there are many state employees and people who receive services via the state who will not be able to manage their way through a shutdown.  I pray that our representatives will come to a compromise quickly, so everyone will be able to return to work (including the companies who are feeling the trickle down effect) and for even more others to continue receiving the services they so desparately need.

Again - thank you for your support!


Dawn's Quick Links

Shop Online

New 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog

New Product Shares - filling FAST!




Our Power Outage

Hey everyone, just thought I would let you know what's going on at the Olchefske household. 

First off - our power is out.  We had a couple nasty storms pass through our area last night and the power went out.  After 16 hours of outage, we discovered that everyone around us got their power back at 10:30pm last night (only 4 hrs of outage).  But not us - seems odd.  We're still without power.  The unfortunate thing is our sump pump can't pump and the back up pump isn't working (only when you need it, it fails).  So our basement is filled with water - ugh!  Luckily (or not lucky), this has happened several times before and 95% of everything we have down there is up on blocks.

We just got hooked up on a back-up generator loaned to us by a friendly neighbor.  So after getting the pump working, then the fridge and freezer hooked to it, I got power to the computer - yeah!!

I see I got tons of orders for ribbon and paper shares - thank you so much (you guys are the best!!)  If you haven't received a confirmation email from me yet...I'll be working on them this afternoon. 

Secondly - my husband works for the State of MN.  So if you've been following the news lately, you might already know that the State of MN is shut down.  He was "laid-off" as of Friday.  Of course - we're hoping the lay-off doesn't last too long.  But you never know.    Send positive thoughts this way!  In the meantime, I think he'll be getting some things scratched off his "honey do" list (he he!).

Thanks for your support~Dawn O


2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog is here!

It's here, it's here - woohoo!

Stampin' Up! 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog
(July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012)

2011-12 SU Catalog

Download:  2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog (PDF File - large)
View: 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog (flash file)
Download: 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog Stampin' Supplies (PDF)
Download: Wish List


Remember, online shopping begins at NOON (Mountain Time).


Want a hard copy of your very own?

For only $10.00 (includes priority mailing)
Purchase a 2011/2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog

BONUS From Dawn

When you place your first order with me of $75.00 or more, (within 30 days of purchasing a catalog), you'll receive...
1 yard each of the NEW 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon (5 colors)


FREE STAMPS when you Shop With Dawn!

LoyaltyRewards-160Orders of $50 or more qualify for my DOstamping Loyalty Rewards Program. More info HERE!



Dawn's 2011-2012 Product Shares

Spots are filling fast.  Join a product share now and get a variety of ribbons, paper or both!  Check out the options and details on my Product Share Page