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October 2011

Twix Candy Scallop Purse Video

Are you looking for candy packaging ideas that won't break the bank?  Learn a fun way to wrap Twix Fun Size Candy bars with this adorable Scallop Purse!  Co-workers will squeal with delight to find these stylin' Twix Candy Scallop Purses on their desks.   

As promised, this little candy purse comes together in just minutes, as shown in the video below!!  Get out your Big Shot and Scallop #2 Die and let's get wrapping!

Twix-Scallop-Purse  Twix Candy Scallop Purse by Dawn O



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

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (#115370), Starburst Jumbo Wheel (#124090)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (#119669)
Paper:   Real Red (#102482), Lucky Limeade (#122926), Whisper White (#100730), Christmas Lane Simply Scrappin' Kit (#124007)
Accessories:  Big Shot (#113439), Scallop #2 Die (#113469),  Modern Label Punch (#119849), Small Oval Punch (#120908) Large Oval Punch (#119855) Mini Silver Brads (#104336), Stampin' Dimensionals(#104430), Mat Pack (#105826), Paper Piercing Tool (#116631)

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

Don't forget to stop by the up to 60% off CLEARANCE RACK!

Enjoy~Dawn O


Wanna make FUN projects like this one? 

Well you can, by joining my DOstamperSTARS team!  We made this project at my last demonstrator Camp-a-Rama event.  We always have so much fun at these events.  As hobbyiest demonstrator, Gayle Klingelhoets can attest to.  When asked "what do you like about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator?, here's what Gayle had to say...

I Love -----

Getting all the Demonstrator Perks like:

  • I get a Special invites to Regionals- The mini conventions held in a nearby city.
  • I get Special invites to Dawn’s Demonstrator meetings!
  • I get Special access to Stampin up demonstrator site
  • I get 20% off and other Special deals!

Notice the word Special appears in all of these!  Stampin Up! does make their demonstrators feel Special!

 All of these demonstrator perks are priceless as I get:

  •  new ideas
  •  new business tips
  •  introduced to new techniques and new tools and supplies
  •  meet new demonstrators and see what they are doing
  •  fun outings with demonstrator friends
  •  Oh, and the Swaps! They are the best with the group of DOstamperSTARS demonstrators in my circle!

Thanks for sharing Gayle.  Sounds like fun, doesn't it?  Well it is!  There's still time to take advantage of the $100 Stampin' Up! Product Bonus when you join in October 2011.  That means you'll receive $440 worth of product/supplies for only $175.  Oh my gosh - if you're a bargain hunter, you can't beat that with any store coupon!

Join the FUN Now!


Control Freaks: Holiday Candy Wraps!



Welcome to the Control Freaks October 2011 Tour (officially starts October 20th). We are thrilled to have you join us today. Our tour is nice and short, and features some of your favorite Control Freaks Stampers, sharing projects made with Stampin' Up! products. In fact, if you started in the middle of the tour, you may have just come from fellow freaker Very Mary Brown's blog.

Our theme for this month is:  Wrap it Up!  Bows, Boxes and Bags for the Holidays

I decided to focus on Holiday Candy Wraps.   I'm always looking for ways to give out little treats that are quick and easy.  These two candy wraps fit the bill.  Great for co-worker treats, stocking stuffers, teacher treats and more! 

BTW - I have how-to videos for each of these projects ready to go.  So be sure to stop back in a couple of days to see trips and tricks!

Hershey Nuggets Very Merry Wrap


Wrap up some Hershey Nuggets (stamped w/Cherry Cobbler & Wild Wasabi on Very Vanilla with my Stamp-a-ma-jig), slip them into Stampin' Up!'s Small Cello Bag, add a topper/backer in Wild Wasabi, decorate it with the adorable Winter Wishes Stitched Felt and Holly Berry DSP and you're good to go!  Who wouldn't want to receive this?  Actually - it's so cute, they might not want to open it! added 10/22/2011 - CLICK HERE


Twix Candy Scallop Purse


How cute is this little Real Red Twix Candy Scallop Purse?  SO cute!  Get out your Scallop #2 Die and get cutting!  Talk about quick and easy - this candy purse comes together in just minutes!!   It's decorated with the Starburst Jumbo Wheel (Cherry Cobbler ink) and Designer Paper from the Christmas Lane Simply Scrappin' Kit!  Stamp Merry Christmas (from Teeny Tiny Wishes) with Cherry Cobbler, punch it out with the Modern Label punch, add a couple of the new Mini Silver Brads and you're ready to wrap your Twix Candy in style! added 10/21/2011:  CLICK HERE


Well, that wraps up this stop of the tour. I hope you enjoyed my Holiday Candy Wraps and be sure to stop by in a couple of days for the how-to videos. 

Now on to more Stampin' Up! holiday inspiration from my fellow Control Freak, Holly Jolly Jan Tinklenberg You're gonna love her projects too!


Stampin' Up! Spice Cake Paper Rosettes Medallion Club Card

I attended a wonderful MN Leaders Stamp and Share meeting a couple of weeks ago and I received an awesome Spice Cake Rosette Medallion swap card from Christine Pierce, a fellow demonstrator.  I just couldn't stop admiring the card, so I got out my brand new Simply Scored Scoring Tool and adapted it for my Stamping Club Class this month.  The only change I made was changing it from landscape to portrait. 



Isn't it gorgeous?!  Learn how to make paper rosettes with your Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Scoring Tool  Simply Scored Paper Rosettes



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

Stamps:  Medallion (#115223), Hand-Penned Holidays (#124310w or #124312c)
Ink:  Soft Suede, Pool Party
Paper:   Soft Suede, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Spice Cake Designer Series Paper (#124003)
Accessories:  Simply Scored (#122334), Big Shot, Circles #2 Die (#114526), 1/2" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Clear Rhinestone Brads, Sticky Sheets (#114300), Sticky Strip  

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

Enjoy~Dawn O


Get a free Simply Scored when you join Stampin' Up! in October!

Yes - that's right.  If you already own or don't want a Big Shot...instead, Stampin' Up! will give you $100 in free product (no tax or shipping!).  So how would you spend your $100?  Would you get the new Stampin' Up! Simply Scored?!  Or maybe some Big Shot dies?!

Hmm...In fact, everyone who joins my team this month will get this card and more!!  That's right - you'll receive three free classes (which includes this card), plus my Easy Events Set Sampler AND a fun surprise too!  These are my welcome packets I give to ALL my new demonstrators, anytime you join my fun DOstamperSTARS team!!

Today, I'd like to welcome new DOstamperSTARS, Cheryl Owczarek! 

Learn more about the October Stampin' Up! Starter Kit promotion going on right now!

Get your Simply Scored now; and start making and sharing fabulous projects like this one!

10-Minute Tuesday Video: Stampin' Up! Haunted Forest and Black Pearls

Ooh - I'm lovin' today's 10-Minute Tuesday Video card!  It a Halloween card that features an easy Spotlighting technique using Stampin' Up!'s Haunted Forest stamp.  Plus learn how to create Black Pearls!

Get out your black permanant marker and change your pearls from white to black in no time at all.  Hmm...what other permanant color markers do you have?  Custom color pearls to your project colors for lots of fun!! 

This card was inspired by a swap card I received from Natalie Swartout.  Thanks Natalie!  10-Minute Tuesday: Stampin' Up! Haunted Forest & Black Pearls


Oops - there is a typo on the video.  The Basic Gray piece should measure 3 1/4" x 3 1/2"

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

StampsHaunted Forest (#123841)
Ink:  Stazon Jet Black (#101406)
Paper:   Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Saraha Sand, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Pick your Poison Designer Series Paper (#124001)
Accessories:  1-3/4" Circle Punch (#119850), 2010-2012 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (#119801), Basic Pearls (#119247), Black Permanant Marker (non-SU)-used to color pearls.  

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

Don't forget the CLEARANCE RACK too!!

Enjoy~Dawn O


Attention Hobby Stampers!

The October Big Shot Deal (or $100 in Stampin' Up! product) is for you too!  Stampin' Up! and DOstamperSTARS loves Hobby Stampers!  Yes - you can join Stampin' Up! and stay connected, save money and more until Mar 31st.  If you submit $300 in orders between now and then,  you can renew for another 3 months (until June 30th).  It's up to YOU!

Learn More!



Santa Punch Art & Treat Bag

If you're anything like me, you love Punch Art!  Well, today's project is a double treat.  As it's a Santa Punch Art and a Treat Bag too!


Isn't this so stinkin' cute?!  My friend Kelly Acheson shared this with me at Founder's Circle.  She's so sweet!

Here's what you need to make the Santa Punch Art...


1.Rubberstamp-40Dawns Stamping Supplies

Punch list:
Ornament Punch (#119847)
Large Oval Punch (#119855)
Extra Large Oval Punch (#119859)
Owl Builder Punch (#118074)
Bird Builder Punch (#117191)
1/2" Circle Punch (#119869)
Square Scallop Punch (#119884) - for tag
1" Square Punch (#124094) - for tag

Stamp set:
Tags till Christmas (#120847w or #121169c)

Narrow Cellophane Bag (#124134)
Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine(#123125)
Glue Dots (#103683)

Texture was added using the Big Shot & Texture Impressions Embossing Folders on the following:

1) Real Red Extra Large Oval uses the Snow Burst Embossing Folder (#124096)

2) Whisper White Ornament uses the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder (#119277)

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

Enjoy~Dawn O


Who needs a Big Shot? 

Wow - I guess I can't help myself.  Most everytime I sit down to make a card, I seem to reach for my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine!

If YOU need a Big Shot - get yours for FREE when you join Stampin' Up! this month.  Already got one...then instead, get $100 worth of Dies or Folders (or any Stampin' Up! product).  PLUS no shipping or sales tax!

Got questions or need more info, contact me or find more information here.

Holiday Wreath Punch Art and Front Door Card Video

One of the many fun things about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is SWAPPING!  That's when you create a bunch of the same card and swap them with other people.  First off - it's just fun to make cards.  Secondly - it's fun to swap with your friends.  Lastly - It's GREAT to get a variety of cards, which can be inspiration for your future card making. 

Today's card is one of those cards.  I received this Holiday Wreath Punch Art Card from my friend and fellow demonstrator Lorri Heiling.  It promptly went on display and my customers totally fell in love with it.  I made just a few minor changes (added the stamping on the door and moved the ribbon).   Thanks for sharing your talent Lorri!!

Wreath-Door-Punch-Art  Holiday Wreath Punch Art w/Door Card



Click HERE for the "Bunny Bow" Tutorial


1.Rubberstamp-40Dawns Stamping Supplies

Stamps:  Woodgrain (#117100)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso 
Accessories:  1" Circle Punch (#119868), 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (#119854), 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (#118874), Owl Builder Punch (#118074), Sponge Daubers (#102892), 1/2" Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (#120992), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430), Glue Dots (#103683)

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

Don't forget the Clearance Rack!

Enjoy~Dawn O


Do you like swapping? 

If so...the Stampin' Up! Big Shot Deal could be right for you!  Join my team and enjoy monthly swapping opportunities!  Our next one is October 27th - come and join us!

Stampin' Up! Letterpress: Fancy Fan Friend Card and Video

My friend Deb Valder sent me this lovely Fancy Fan Letterpress card.  I totally fell in love with it and knew I'd be doing it at my next Big Shot class.  Thanks for your friendship Deb!

Letterpress-Fancy-Friend  Fancy Fan Letterpress Card



1.Rubberstamp-40Dawns Stamping Supplies

Stamps:  Button Buddies (#122735w, #122737c), Four Frames (#123440w, #123442c), Friendly Phrases (#126149w, #126151c)
Ink:  Basic Black, Pool Party, VersaMark
Paper:   Pool Party, Whisper White, 2011-2013 Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (#122384)
Accessories:  Big Shot (#113439), Fancy Fan Letterpress (#123129), Perfect Pennants Die (#123126), Circles #2 Die (#114526), Brayer (#102395), Decorative Label Punch (#120907), 3/8" Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon (#122975

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

Enjoy~Dawn O


As I'm speaking to several people about the awesome FREE Big Shot promotion going on right now, I'm hearing some common questions.  Here's one I thought I share with you, as you might be thinking the same thing...

Do I have to do what you do?

The answer is a big fat NO!  In fact, one of the many things I LOVE ABOUT STAMPIN' UP! is that I get to run my business "MY WAY". After all, I'm the boss!! If I want to stamp in my pajamas, I can. If I want to take a day off and spend it with my grandchildren, I can. I often tell new demonstrators not to model their business after mine, but to find what works for them and their family. I encourage them to go to Stampin' Connection (a online community for Stampin' Up! demonstrators) to meet other demonstrators and discover how others run their businesses. Find little bits here and there, put their own twist on it and make it their own and run their business THEIR WAY!

In fact - Michelle Heikens, one of my DOstamperSTARS puts it this way...
"I like the ability to choose between hobbyist or true demo or anywhere in between depending on your time, interest and resources."

Well said Michelle and SO true.  That's the beauty of Stampin' Up! With our low quarterly minimums (only $300/quarter), anyone can join and it can ebb and flow with your life.

Join the FUN and get started NOW!



Big Shot: Stampin' Up! Holiday Stocking Card

Oh my gosh- I'm already starting with the Christmas cards.  I hope it's not too soon!  Here's a super easy card to make with Stampin' Up!'s new Holiday Stocking & Stocking Accent Dies  for the Big Shot.

1.PushPin-Note-Reminder-35Dawn's Stamping Tip

Turn a die cut into a folded card...Placement on the die is the trick for this card.  Place the folded edge of a 12x6 piece of Whisper White cardstock (folded in half) at the top of the die, just below the edge of the stocking shape.  Then cut with the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.  That way you preserve the folded edge for your card.

Note:  this will not fit into a regular size envelope, but will make a perfect addition to any wrapped present sitting under your tree!

Christmas Lane Simply Scrappin' Kit - by Stampin' Up!

I used contents from the Christmas Lane Simply Scrappin' Kit which you can find in the 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog.  This is such an adorable kit and it's not just for scrapbooking, but for card making too!  Kit includes:  (2) 12x12 sheets each of Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede & Early Espresso (total of 8), (3) sheets each of two patterns of double-sided Designer Series Paper (total of 6), (2) 12x12 sheets of self-adhesive die cuts.

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

While there - don't forget to visit the recently added-to CLEARANCE RACK for deals up to 60% off!!  Start your holiday shopping early!

Enjoy~Dawn O


Get a FREE Big Shot in October!

Don't forget, when you join Stampin' Up! in October, you'll receive a free Big Shot or $100 in Stampin' Up! merchandise!!!

You can't go wrong with a special like this.  At the very least, you can save money and gain some new stamping/scrapbooking supplies at a really great price!

I'd love to have you join my DOstamperSTARS team!  What do you say?  Is the time right for you?  If so - sign up now!