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September 2011

Spooky Bingo Bits w/Stampin' Up! Peekaboo Frames Video

I know, I's been forever since I've posted.  It's been crazy playing catch up since I returned home from my Founder's Circle Trip and Stampin' Up! Advisory Board Retreat.  In addition, I've had 3 workshops, a Just Cards Buffet class, Big Shot Club, prepping for my large demonstrator event for tomorrow, plus a couple of accounting clients (yes, I'm still doing accounting) AND I got a nasty sinus infection too!  Unfortunately, something had to give and it was my blog.  Thank you to those of you who checked in with me.  It means a lot to me that you care and were missing me.  I was missing you too.  Ok - enough of that and on to the sharing!

Today's card is SO cool!  It's a Spooky Bingo Bits card using Stampin' Up!'s new Peekaboo Frames Die (from the 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog).  It was one of three projects I did for my Big Shot Club class on Tuesday and it was a huge hit!!


Peekaboo-Frames-side VIDEO:  Spooky Peekaboo Frame Card by Dawn O


(FYI - excuse the sound of my voice, I'm on the mend from my sinus infection)

1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
(Bold = From 2011 Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog )

Stamps:  Spooky Bingo Bits (#123944w or #123946c), Delightful Dozen (#122650w or #122652c)
Ink:  Basic Black, Cajun Craze
Paper:   Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper (hostess #122381)
Accessories:  Big Shot (#113439), Peekaboo Frames (#124587), 1-3/8" Square Punch (#119877), Modern Label Punch (#119849), Silver Brads (#104336)

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

Enjoy~Dawn O


Did you know...

1.  When you join my awesome DOstamperSTARS Stampin' Up! group, you too can take my club classes for only $5 or less!  Whether you're local or long distance - you can participate in all my club classes (stamping and big shot). 

2.  Most of the gals in my group are hobby demonstrators!  That's right.  Joining Stampin' Up! does not commit you to doing workshops.

3.  My group connects in many ways, from my team blog and yahoo group to local meetings, swaps and videos.  Whether local or long distance, hobby or business demonstrator - there is many ways for you to connect & learn! 

4.  You can sign up and just "give it a try".   Check out my JOIN MY TEAM page for more info.

Got questions - contact me at [email protected]


MN State Fair: Sam and Max on a Stick Easel Card

One of my favorite places to visit is the Minnesota State Fair.  We don't go every year, but we did go this year.  We pretty much eat our way through the fair.  My favorites are the corn dogs (the ones made out of corn bread batter - yum!), mini donuts, cheese curds and fresh strawberries with cream.  My husband's favorites are the foot long hot dogs with grilled onions, deep fried candy bars on a stick and cotton candy (yes, cotton candy).

This year we got to tag along with our grandsons Max and Sam.  Which meant we spent some time in the Kiddie Midway.  Here's some pictures of the day...


Their favorite ride was the Ferris Wheel.  It was the first time either of them went on it and they really enjoyed it.  Check out their smiles...priceless!


I wanted them to have a little token of the day, so I put together a fun little "picture on-a-stick".  Attached it to a simple easel card and put it in the mail for a fun little surprise for them.  I think they are gonna love it!  Hmm...I should have made two of for each.  What was I thinking?!


1.PushPin-Note-Reminder-35 Dawn's Stampin' Tips:  Simple Easel Card

Easel cards are SO easy.  ANY size card can be turned into an easel card

1.  Fold any size card in half
2.  Then fold the top of your card in half again (folding to the inside of your card)
3.  Attach a little "stop" to the inside of your card (for the easel to rest again) 
4.  Viola...instant easel card!!

Normally, I would have attached a picture or decorative front layer to the bottom half of the outside of the card.  But for this card - I used the retired Horizontal Slot Punch to create two "holes" to hold my "picture-on-a-stick" to the card.  This way, they can pull the stick out and play with it.  he he!!

Here are some links to other easel card ideas:

Totally Tess Calendar Easel Card

Max's Birthday Invite Easel Card

Jill's Friend Photo Easel Card

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawn's Reminders...

  • Want your very own 2011/2012 STAMPIN' UP! IDEA BOOK & CATALOG?
  • Get organized for your next order by filling out a WISH LIST
  • New STAMPIN' UP! HOSTESS REWARDS PROGRAM gives you more options at discounted hostess prices!!
  • Place a $50 or more online order and earn free stamps with my DOstamping LOYALTY REWARDS PROGRAM (orders of $150 receive THREE STARS and Stampin' Rewards too!
  • Want all the new ribbon and paper? Check out my hugely popular PRODUCT SHARES and get a little of each! HOLIDAY MINI SHARES now available!!
  • September 23rd "Just Cards" Buffet - RSVP NOW!

  • Friends: A Stampin' Up! Twist of Fate!

    Today I'm sharing a project I designed for my sister Jill.  She called me a couple of months ago to help her put together a photo craft project that she wanted to do at a dinner she was having for her friends.  At the dinner she wanted to take a group picture and add it to the project. 

    The first thing that came to my mind was an easel card.  So I designed the basic template to fit a 4x6 photo.  Then we worked together with the stamp sets she had and put a plan together for the look of the card.  She did a nice job decorating the card and her friends LOVED it!  Even the ones who never stamped before.  Here's how the card turned out...

    stampin up, dostamping, dawn olchefske, demonstrator, vintage vogue, photo easel card 

    stampin up, dostamping, dawn olchefske, demonstrator, vintage vogue, photo easel card 
    My sister is in the front middle

    Now on to the twist of fate...

    See the gal in the front row, all the way to the right.  Let me introduce her to you...her name is Monica Vollmuth.  Little did she know, the Stampin' Up! party she had 9 years ago introduced me to the world of stamping!  In fact - she couldn't even remember having the party and repeatedly denied it.  After much convincing - she started to recall it. 

    The story even gets more twisted...I really don't even know Monica.  She's my sister Jill's neighbor.  I was never invited to that party 9 years ago.  My sister made me go, because the invitation said to "bring a friend".  Ha - who knew what twist of fate that night would bring and how it would impact my life.  Well, I got to thank her that night.  Thank you Monica, and Jill for making me go!  My life has forever changed since that magical night!

    What's the morale of my story...well, if your sister (or friend) says you need to go somewhere with her...maybe you should go!  You just never know what will happen!

    Happy Stamping~Dawn O


    1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
    (From 2011/2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog )

    Stamps:  Vintage Vogue (#117690w or 118598c) - greeting is from an unknown retired set
    Ink:  Not Quite Navy
    Paper:   Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede, Well Worn Designer Series Paper (#122359)
    Accessories:  Vintage Tags(#118763), Vintage Trinket (#118764), Rhinestone Jewels (#119246), Stampin' Dimensionals   

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

    Thank you~Dawn O

    2011 Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle: St George, Utah

    Well I'm off to my 4th Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle trip to St. George, Ut.  This is an all-expense paid four night trip for Stampin' Up!'s Demonstrators of the Year.  I'm so humbled to be spending time with this amazing group of women, including Shelli Gardner, CEO and Co-Founder of Stampin' Up!.  Along the way, I've met some of my best friends here as well as some amazing women I'm honored to call my friends!  Take a look...

    L to R:  Me, Barb Mullikin, Kelly Acheson, Penny Thomas, Mary Fish, France Martin

    Jill Hilliard and Me

    Me, Kelly Acheson, Barb Mullikin, Jane Wike

    Patty Bennett, Kelly Acheson, Deb Moczek, Ruth Bingle, Debbie Naylor, Me

    Missy Shipman, Barb Mullikin, Glenda Travelstead, Ruth Bingle, Rebecca Burnzweig


    Me, LeeAnn Greff, Kelly Acheson

    Me, Ruth Bingle & Patty Bennett

    AND of course...

    Shelli Gardner & Me

    Me and Shelli Gardner (CEO and Co-Founder of Stampin' Up!)

    First all of all - look at all the smiles.  That's all we do the entire, laugh, chat and relax!  Though - looking at these pictures I get a little misty-eyed going down memory lane.  These women really are amazing.  They inspire me, lift me up, make me laugh and are just down right extraordinary.  I'm so blessed to have them in my life. 

    I'm all packed and ready to go, including my 125 swaps (yes, you read that correctly).  I'll be checking in every once in awhile throughout the week.  So check back to see what's happening at this year's Founder's Circle event.


    Dawn's Reminder...


    Have you checked out my DOstamping Resource Library lately?  Remember - I have over 200 links to tutorials, videos, stamping tips and more!  More are added each month..hop on over!

    Enjoy~Dawn O  

    New MDS Download: Spook Central Designer Ensemble

    Look how "Spooky" cute this new Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio (MDS) download is!  I love everything about this Spook Central Designer Ensemble (#127589 for $12.95). 


    It includes: 18-piece stamp brush set, 4 DSP patterns, 15 embellishments, 1 greeting card template, 1 postcard template, 8-1/2 x 11" decor template (with a coffin pattern!!).

    If you're into the Halloween season - you're gonna love it! 

    Remember you don't have to own My Digital Studio to take advantage of this fabulous Spook Central Designer Ensemble download.  Other graphic systems and MS Word will also work.  You can only purchase it online, but can immediately download it to your computer and start playing with it right now!

    View latest downloads available for purchase

    View My Digital Studio Catalog

    Enjoy~Dawn O 






    10 Min Tuesday Video: Stampin' Up! Dark & Dreary with Embossing Folder Technique

    Wow - it's been a long time since I've done a 10-Minute Tuesday Video.  You're in for a spooky treat for today.  It's a Halloween card using Stampin' Up!'s Dark & Dreary stamp set.  The card was inspired by a swap I received from Carrie McCoy at the 2011 Stampin' Up! Convention.  I saw her trading her card and I literally chased her down because I just had to have one!!  Ain't it cool?!


    I bet you're thinking...10-minutes, no way!  Well...maybe 15 minutes.  But yes - this is a surprisingly easy card to make. 

    Here's what is featured in this video:

    1.  Heat emboss Textured Impressions
    2.  Coloring with Sponge Daubers
    3.  Pleated Ribbon Technique

    Get out your Big Shot and heat tool, and let's get stamping!! VIDEO:  10 Min Tuesday - Heat Embossed Stampin' Up! Texture Folder for Halloween


    1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
    (From 2011/2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog )

    Stamps:  Dark & Dreary (#120837w or #121151c)
    Ink:  Versamark, Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie
    Paper:   Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
    Accessories:  Big Shot (#113439), Vintage Wallpaper Folder (#120175), Brayer (#102395), Heat Tool (#100005), Black Embossing Powder (#109133), Powder Pals (#102197), 5/8" Satin Basic Black Ribbon (#117285), Sponge Daubers (#102892), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

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

    Enjoy~Dawn O


     Dawn's Reminders:


    Another Guest Presenter for Oct 1st: Kelly Acheson

    Remember when I suggested I had one more surprise up my sleeve for the upcoming Oct 1st - "Wrap Up Your Holidays" Camp-a-Rama DOstamperSTARS Demonstrator Event?  Well - the last guest presenter has been finalized and I'm excited to announce that my dear friend Kelly Acheson (from Wisconsin) has agreed to grace us with her presence...woohoo!   

    (Kelly and I at the 2011 Mpls Regional Seminar)

    I met Kelly three years ago at our first Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle event and became fast friends.  She has a very successful Stampin' Up! business as evidence by her placement at #10 Demonstrator of the Year for 2011!!!  She'll be sharing her Stampin' Up! story and more with us!  If time - she'll even share a creative project too!

    In addition to Kelly Acheson, Mary Haugen and Patti Chesky...DOstamperSTARS Laurie Zoellmer and Jan Carlson round out our presenters.  OK - maybe I'll do a quick presentation too!

    Not only that - you'll see a variety of displays, make 8-10 fabulous holiday projects, enjoy a yummy breakfast of muffins, scones, juice and coffee, plus a homemade lunch and lots of prizes too!!

    Event Details and RSVP link can be found in my Events Calendar.

    If you're not a demonstrator and you're looking for a fun stamping event, you can join me on September 23rd for Dawn's "Just Cards" Buffet I'm so excited to introduce this new event into my monthly schedule.  More details here!


    Sep 23rd, Introduction to Dawn's "Just Cards" Buffet Class

    Lately it seems like I've been just aching to do some basic stamping and card making.  I'm always so focused on the next technique class or the next cool Big Shot project, that I'm feeling like I'm missing out on making fun basic cards!  Well, no more!   Here's a new monthly class I'll be offering.  If you live in or west of the Twin Cities, I'm sure you're gonna love it!!!

    Introduction to Dawn's NEW "Just Cards Buffet" Class

    Date:  Friday, September 23
    Time:  5:30 PM - 9:00 PM (open house style)
    Fee:  $16 for 8 cards ($1.50 for each additional card)

    I'm introducing a new event in my monthly schedule and I know you're just gonna love it! Give a it a try tonight. Then it will move to it's permanent time slot on the last Tuesday of every month.

    Do you wanna just make cards? Is your card stash getting slim? Then this is the class for you!

    Just like a food buffet, you can pick and choose which cards you'd like to make, and how many of them.  Your $16 fee covers a minimum of 8 cards.  You can make more, if you have time, at $1.50 per card.  All supplies, tools and envelopes are included!

    Each month there will be at least 16 card design choices with several designs that will be carried over each month to the next card buffet event. Varieties will include lots of birthday choices (as I know you want lots of theses), thank you's and seasonal occasions.

    This event is open will be open from 5:30-9:00pm. Arrive by 7:00pm at the latest, to ensure time to complete at least 8 cards.

    Great event for beginners and experienced alike!

    RSVP here