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October 2011

Free Big Shot, Join Stampin' Up!...If not now, when?

We're giving away a FREE Big Shot when you join Stampin' Up! and my DOstamperSTARS team!

SO, what ARE you waiting for?  The right time to join?  Well, it's now!  Why?

  1. FREE Big Shot or $100 Product Bonus, (plus FREE Shipping)
  2. ONLY $175 investment for $440 in Stampin' Up! product/supplies (includes product bonus)
  3. That's 60% off - WOW
  4. RISK FREE for 5 months, before you'll need to fullfill your first quarterly minimum
  5. Do your Holiday Shopping with your Demonstrator discount!

Join my DOstamperSTARS for a fun, no-pressure Stampin' Up! experience.  Whether you're a hobby or career demonstrator you'll enjoy getting your Stampin' Up! product at a discount, swapping opportunities, online resources and more!

Here's what DOstamperSTAR Bobbi has to say:

We have a great group, love to have fun, but most of all just love to stamp and scrapbook. We also have a very energetic upline with Dawn as our leader. You will totally love her...and our group.


I'd like to welcome new DOstamperSTAR Danielle McRoy (from NY).  Take your cue from Danielle and join now too!

Tips for signing up online...

  1. Join Online ...Sign Up Link
  2. Use name as appears on your Social Security card
  3. Be prepared.  You may plan your alternative choices by completing the hard copy starter kit form first.  Standard or Digital
  4. Complete the online joining process
  5. FYI - the product bonus is a separate order you'll place later...see below for instructions

Once you've completed the above steps, Stampin' Up! will send you a password so you can log in to the Demonstrator Web Site where you'll find an abundance of tips, ideas, and training to help you.

Product Bonus Instructions:
Approximately one hour after you complete your online IDA, you’ll receive a second email from Stampin' Up! that will explain how to order your FREE Big Shot or up to $100 in Stampin’ Up! products—tax and shipping are free!  You'll have until November 30th to place your FREE $100 order.  So don't feel rushed to decide on your free item(s) right away.

Happy Stamping~Dawn O

A Few Halloween Swaps

I was organizing my Swap Cards last night and found a couple of fun Halloween Cards that I hadn't shared yet.  I hope you enjoy the talents of my fellow demonstrators!


Card Artist: Dean Lenneman
Stamps:  Out on a Limb (#123822w or #123824c) and Teeny Tiny Wishes (#115370)



Card Artist:  Peggy Goetzke
Stamps:  Festive & Fun (#123742w or #123744c), Jack of All Trades (#122620w or #122622c) 



Card Artist:  Pixie Elletson
Stamps:  Wicked Cool (#118738w or #c120600)
Other:  Sweet Treat Cups (#116802),  Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper (#122351



Card Artist:  MaryBeth Hughes
Stamps:  Warmest of Wishes (hostess set #122670w or #122672c) available to you with a $150 online order or more.  Or hostess an in-home workshop or book party! 

Contact me to schedule a night of fun & stamping with your friends!

I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!

Enjoy~Dawn O

Easy Events with Stampin' Up! Big Deal

Today's card was one of the favorites from my "Just Cards Buffet" class last week.   It's clean and simple styling makes this a perfect card for anyone to make (beginner or experienced stamper) I chose a newer stamp set from Stampin' Up! called Easy Events.  Which happens to be one of the stamp sets you can choose when you get the fabulous Stampin' Up! Starter Kit (see more details below). 

Check out the "sugary" frosting.  Just use a 2-Way Glue Pen to add Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  Looks yummy!!


My "Just Cards Buffet" classes are the last Tuesday of each month.  The next one is November 29th.  If you live west of the Twin Cities, I invite you to join us for this FUN and EASY class.  Sorry - this class does not have a TO GO option.

FYI - this cute card will be one of the carryover cards I'll be offering on November 29th!  RSVP for the November Class HERE


1.Rubberstamp-40Dawns Stamping Supplies

Stamps:  Easy Events (#116958w or #123225c)
Ink:  Stazon Jet Black (#101406)
Stampin' Write Markers:  Melon Mambo (#121074), Pink Pirouette (#120969),  2011/2013 In Color Assortment (#123002)
Paper:   Whisper White (#100730),
Accessories:  Big Shot (#113439), Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#117335), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (#118309), Rhinestone Jewels (#119246), Mini Glue Dots (#103683), 2-Way Glue Pen (#100425), Dazzling Diamonds (#102023), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

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

Don't forget to visit the STAMPIN' UP! CLEARANCE RACK for bargains up to 60% off!

Earn FREE STAMPS when you shop with Dawn!  Learn about my DOstamping Loyalty Rewards Program

Enjoy~Dawn O


Only TWO days left to get the BIG SHOT, BIG DEAL Stampin' Up! special! 

1. Did you know...there's a NO-RISK "TRIAL PERIOD" when you join Stampin' Up!?  Yes - that's right! Stampin' Up! gives you till the end of your first full calendar quarter before your first order deadline (only $300). That means, when you join in October, you have at least months, until March 31st, to enjoy Stampin' Up! demonstrator benefits.  Wow - that's a long time with this bargain starter kit in your hands before you "need" to do anything.

2. Did you say BARGAIN? Yes, I did! For only $175, you'll receive $440 worth of Stampin' Up! products and supplies this month...includes the $100 October 2011 Big Shot or Product Bonus with no shipping or sales tax.

3. I thought I could only get the Big Shot this month and I already have one? That's even better, because now you can purchase up to $100 in Big Shot Dies or ANY Stampin' Up! product on your wish list instead! It's YOUR CHOICE!

4. What if I don't do anything by the end of my first calendar quarter, Mar 31st? Then you simply walk away with NO consequence and you get to keep the deeply discounted & bonus products that came with your starter kit!

5. Can I get hostess benefits when I'm a demonstrator? YES, YES, YES! Any order(s) you submit that are $150 or more, will qualify for hostess benefits. PLUS - you'll receive your demonstrator discount too.

When you Join My Team, the above Easy Events card is one of 5 cards you'll receive from me in my Easy Events set sampler.  Along with some other fun goodies too!!

Don't miss out on the Big Deal!!  Sign up today!

Answers to your Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamp Questions, $100 Bonus ONLY 3-Days

Woohoo - There must be some bakers out there!  As I was flooded with questions about yesterday's Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps & Recipe post.

Q.  Could you provide a PDF version of Missy's Best-Ever Snickerdoodle Recipe?
A.  YES - I've updated yesterday's post to include the PDF version.  But here's the Snickerdoodle PDF Link too.

Q.  Are these similiar in size to a sugar cookie?

Q.  For pressing them AFTER backing, do you do it right away?
A.  YES, remove the cookie sheet from the oven and immediately stamp the cookies!

To purchase a set for yourself or gifts for others, click Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps

Enjoy~Dawn O


Only 3 more days to get your $100 Stampin' Up! Product Bonus 

Oh my -  you guys are excited about this promotion!  And who could blame's an awesome deal ($175 for $440 worth of product/supplies)!  I've been busy this week answering your questions and getting to know so many of you.  It's been a lot of fun talking to all of you. 

Throughout this month, I've shared several stories and thoughts from my awesome downline family of DOstamperSTARS Today I thought I share something about me and how Stampin' Up! has affected my life...

"About 8 years ago, my husband and I moved from a large suburb to a small rural town in MN, population 750. (What was I thinking? Apparantly, I'm a city girl and didn't know it.) At the same time I signed up with Stampin' Up! for the discount. Which was a blessing as there was no place close to purchase quality papercrafting supplies. Then I decided, what the heck, maybe I should have some workshops. But I didn't know anyone! So I hit the pavement and started meeting people. I would venture to say, that without Stampin' Up! I wouldn't have met very many people outside of my tiny neighborhood (as I'm an introvert - YES, it's true). I would probably be very unhappy.  Now I know 100's of people locally and 1000's globally - all thanks to Stampin' Up!"

If someone would have told me 10 years ago that I would be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would have said, "Are you crazy?!"  To even consider joining a direct sales company, be successful at it and thinking my JOB is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and lovin' way, not me.  After all, I'm an accountant (for 25 years)!

Have you heard the sayings...

  • If mama ain't happy ain't nobody happy
  • Happy wife, happy life! has Stampin' Up! affected my life? One word...HAPPY!  Doesn't that say it all?!

If you want to do what makes YOU happy, you'll take a leap of faith and join Stampin' Up! today, like Valerie Joy Kreilick (from NV) did this week!  Welcome Valerie!

Contact me at [email protected] or call 612-269-5540 to see how joining Stampin' Up! can make your life HAPPY!!


Stampin' Up! Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps! & Snickerdoodle Recipe

Yesterday, as I was preparing for my DOstamperSTARS Downline Shoebox Swap Meeting, cookies were baking in the kitchen!  Oooh - nothing better than the smell of freshly baked cookies! Just thinking of them now, I can imagine their aroma filling my house...aaah!

I was anxious to try out my friend Missy Shipman's Best-Ever Snickdoodles recipe.  Let me tell you...she wasn't lying.  They are the BEST-EVER!!


What made them even better was the fun we had stamping them with the new Stampin' Up! Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps!  SO MUCH FUN!  We were giddy with delight as we stamped each cookie.  Though, for this recipe, we stamped them right away after they baked.  Two recipes are included with your Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamp (sugar cookie and shortbread cookie) and which are stamped prior to baking.

Here's a short video about Stampin' Up!'s new product.  Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps by Stampin' Up!



Cookie-PressSo - if you're a baker, you gotta have these fun stamps.  Or if you know someone who enjoys baking, The Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps would make a great gift or stocking stuffer! 

Purchase your Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps in my online Stampin' Up! store


Enjoy~Dawn O



Oops - I almost forget.  Do you want Missy's Best-Ever Snickerdoodle Recipe?  Of course you do!  Well, Missy gave me permission to share it with you.  The sweet person that she is!  So, I've got it here for you.  I formatted it, one for you and one for a friend.  So be sure to share!  Here you go:  Download Missy's Best-Ever Snickerdoodles

added:  If you're having trouble downloading the above, try the PDF version

added:  Click HERE for additional questions and answers about Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps


Only 4 Day's left to get a $100 Stampin' Up! Product Bonus!

I'd like to welcome two more DOstamperSTARS, who will be getting a $100 product bonus from Stampin' Up!, just for joining this fabulous company! 

Connie Plauman, (from Wisconsin)
Deb Ross, (from Hawaii)

JOIN these gals and many more across the United States.  But act fast, as time is ticking away.  Learn More


Stampin' Up! 2011 Founder's Circle

Today I received an awesome reminder of my time spent at he 2011 Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle event, our group photos from the event.  Which made me realize...I never shared any of my photos.  So today, I thought I'd do some sharing!

Boy oh boy, this year's event was the best ever.  I don't know how the Stampin' Up! event staff continues to surprise and delight us, but they do!


Welcome Dawn!!
This was on my room door when arriving.
Yes - we get our very own room.  What a luxury!


We got to play Plinko for daily prizes!!



Welcome dinner with my team "The Crumpets" ( Colleen Vassos, Karen Trelfa, Dee Yates, Karen Bernhardt, Karen Duke, Jennifer Campbell and Me)



Hanging with my friends Patty Bennett and Ruth Bingle!



More friends, Dena Rekow, Terry Wise, Barb Mullikin!



Make and Take #1
(yes, new stamp set coming in 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog called "Tea Shoppe"!




My dear friend, Patsy Waggoner doing her make and takes with Mary Fish and Deb Valder.  This picture gets me misty-eyed (in a good way).  I was SO thrilled that Patsy achieved the top 100.  She SO deserved it! 



Shelli Gardner (CEO and Co-Founder of Stampin' Up!), doing a little stamping with her daughter Sara.



Share night group photo (I'm way over to the left/front)



Barb Mullikin, Kelly Acheson, Me & Jane Wike



Me and Bonnie Thurber (Stampin' Up! staff and dear friend)



Me sweet adorable friend, Miss Penny Thomas!!



In Kanab, UT at the Stampin' Up! manufacturing facility.  Jane, Barb, Kelly, Ruth & me.



Also in picture during lunch.  The ground of this park is made of grounded up recycled rubber from Stampin' Up!



My buddies at the park, Barb, Kelly, Me and Jane!



My team "The Crumpets" again with our "trophies".  The final event was held at a golf course and found us zipping around in golf carts competing in fun and silly team activities!  SUPER FUN!!


Here's me doing the Fastest Stamper activity!  And I was FAST!  Not neat, but fast!



Advisory Board, front: Susan Elise Morton, Josee Smuck, Missy Shipman, Deb Valder, Meg Wheeler.  Back:  Me, Denise Sullivan, Laura Barto



Pillow gifts!!  We needed an extra suitcase to bring it all home.

I'm so thankful for to be part of Stampin' Up!  It's awesome to be part of a company that SO appreciates their demonstrators and takes the time to honor us in a fun and personal way!!

Also thank you to my loyal customers and club members.  As well as to my awesome downline -  you're the best!

Thank you~Dawn O


Are you thinking about joining Stampin' Up! this month to get the FREE $100 Product Bonus? 

Never in a million years would I have thought I'd be a "career" demonstrator (see Types of Demonstrators).  I joined to get the discount and to save money.  Look at me now - it brings tears to my eyes to look back on my accomplishments.  

In fact, one of my new demonstrators just asked me before she joined, "Are you it in for the long haul?"  As she was looking to join with someone who would still be around for awhile, that's a great question!

My answer is YES! I am in it for the long haul.  When you're looking for an upline, you want someone who is knowledgeable, experienced, easy to get along with and FUN! But most of all - someone who will be there for you, without pressuring you. I hope I'm all that...I know I certainly try my best. I DO know...with 8 years as a demonstrator, earning 6 incentive trips, 4 years in the Top 100/Founder's Circle, a successful stamping blog and serving on the Advisory Board, I bring a lot of experience to the table that I'm very willing to share with any of the demonstrators in my group. Plus - I've got some nice little handmade goodies for you when you sign up!

Whether you want to save or earn money, now's the TIME TO JOIN!


Hershey Nuggets Very Merry Wrap Video

OK - yesterday's candy packaging was for the women at the office.  So today's packaging can be used for the guys.  Who am I kidding?  The gals will want it too!  You can't go wrong with this Hershey Nuggets Very Merry Wrap.  It would even make a great stocking stuffer too!

stampin up, dostamping, dawn olchefske, demonstrator, hershey nugget, its a wrap, packaging

This project uses the Stampin' Up! stamp set, It's a Wrap Holidays.  Like the original, It's a Wrap stamp set - it's designed to use with "sticker labels" (30 on a sheet).  However - I really don't care for the look of the stamped image on the labels.  The labels don't seem to take the ink really well.  Plus - for this project, I wanted it stamped on Very Vanilla.  SO - I made my own "labels".  A "regular" label size is 1" x 2-5/8".  But I like 1" x 3-1/8" for wrapping the nuggets. 

In the video below - I show you my way for wrapping the nuggets as well as a quick demonstration on how to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig.  In my opinion, the Stamp-a-ma-jig is a must-have when using these stamp sets.  Very Merry Nugget Holder



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

StampsIt's a Wrap Holidays (#122770w or #122772c), Tiny Tags (#118091w or #118592)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (#119669), Wild Wasabi (#109014)
Paper:   Very Vanilla (#101650), Cherry Cobbler (#119685), Wild Wasabi (#100052), Holly Berry Specialty Designer Series Paper (#124004)
Accessories:  Stamp-a-ma-jig (#101049), Window Sheets (#114323), Dotto (#103305), Jewelry Tag Punch (#117190), Winter Wishes Stitched Felt (#124108), Small Cello Bag (#103104), Mini Glue Dots (#103683)

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

Enjoy~Dawn O


Wow - there's a lot of FUN things going on this month with Stampin' Up!  So I thought I would run down a quick summary with links for you...

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