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Notes for the new 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog

Ooh - I'm so excited for tomorrow's official release of the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog!!  I know you're excited too, as you've been sharing your excitement and wish lists with me.

So I thought I would take a minute and review some housekeeping items for tomorrow:

1.  I will be updating my blog tomorrow morning with links to the new 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  Plus new wish list, stampin' supply list, etc!

2.  Online ordering will not be activated until 12:00pm (mountain time).  From Stampin' Up!:  Online Ordering will be down on Friday, June 1, from midnight to noon (MT) while we transition the system to the new 2012-2013 annual catalog

3.  I know many of you are so excited for the new Stampin' Trimmer (me too!).  However, this product is not quite ready for release.   Here's what Stampin' Up! says:  As we completed the final enhancements to this product, we knew it would not be available June 1. However, we included the photos and product information in the 2012-2013 annual catalog because the Stampin' Trimmer is on its way soon!

I will be sharing new projects and videos all weekend long, so be sure to stop back to check out all the goodies!

Just one more sleep until the new catalog!

Enjoy~Dawn O



Stampin' Up! Retiring: Flower Fest Retro Rollerskate Card

Oh my gosh...take a look at this Retro Rollerskate!  This was my friend Kelly's card at a shoebox swap I attended a few months ago.  I immediately knew my Big Shot Club Members would love it and they did!!

Not sure who imagined a Rollerskate from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Stocking die...but it was a stroke of genius!!

With a little Flower Fest stamping to add a 70's Retro feel, this card is ready to roll!  (ha - get it!)  Flower Fest is retiring, and TODAY is the last day to get it.  Plus if you already have the Butterfly Punch - you're gonna need this stamp set too.  As Flower Fest has a matching butterfly image!


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WATCH the video for tips:  Stampin' Up! Rollerskate Card



Dawns Stamping Supplies
(Red= Retiring TODAY!)

Stamps: Bring on the Cake (121899w or 121958c) and retired Flower Fest (122278w or 122280c)
Ink: Stazon Jet Black (101406), Regal Rose Classic Ink (105211), 2011-2013 In Color Stampin' Write Markers-Wisteria & Pool (119801), Regal Rose Stampin' Write Marker (Brights Collection-119702)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Regal Rose (105130), Wisteria Wonder (122922), Basic Black (121045)
Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Holiday Stocking Die (124098), 1/2" Circle Punch(119869), 3/4" Circle Punch (119873), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (119861), Corner Rounder (119871), 1-1/4" Square Punch (119865) Crop-a-Dile (retired), Silver Brads (retired), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Wisteria Wonder Bakers Twine (125576)

Check out some other fun Flower Fest ideas...


Flower Fest Scallop Easel Card & Video



Flower Fest Telescope Card & Video



TODAY is the Last Day to Order from the 2011/2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog.

Stampin' Up! Retired Stamps Lists (available until May 31st)

Stampin' Up! Retired Accessories List (available until May31st or while supplies last)

SHOP Stampin' Up! Retired Products
For an easier shopping experience,
when in my store, be sure to click Show: All, on the right


Dawn's Product Shares for 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog

You've been asking.  And now it's ready.  Dawn's 2012-2013 NEW Product Share Offerings!

What better way to experience the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog's new Designer Series Paper, Ribbon and Embellishments, than sharing the cost with others?  That's exactly what a product share is.  As you reserve your share, I save a spot for you.  When a share fills up, I collect your payment, then order the product.  It's then split it up between the share participants and I send it to you.

Also back this year will be a limited supply of my popular DSP Swatchbooks.  These take a alot of time to put together, so I'm not sure how long I will be offering them this year.  Definitely June and July.  Then we'll see after that.  But don't wait.  If you think you want one, put your reservation in right away.

Here are my 2012-2013 Product Share Offerings...

To reserve a spot in Dawn's Product Shares, please EMAIL ME directly at [email protected]

For multiple shares - contact me for a shipping quote (a Priority Mailing Envelope can hold quite a bit).

Please include the following information in your email:
1.  Full Name
2.  Mailing Address (United States addresses only)
3.  Which share(s) you would like to reserve (see choices below)  
4.  Email for Paypal invoicing
When your shares fill, I will email a Paypal (*) invoice to you to complete the payment process.  I will then place my order with Stampin' Up!  Upon it's arrival, I will sort, cut, wrap/assemble, package and mail. This can take upwards to 10 business days.
(*) I use Paypal for all my billing needs.  However, a paypal account is not required to make your payment.  Just an email address and credit or debit card is all you need.  When you receive my paypal invoice, you can choose to pay using your paypal account funds or by credit/debit card.  Just follow their SUPER EASY instructions to make your payment via the method that is most convenient for you. 
All ribbon shares are wrapped around chipboard to ensure wrinkle free ribbon. In addition...all shares are protected by cello bag packaging, ensuring safe and dry delivery!







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NEW 2012-2013 Designer Series PAPER SHARE: $22.99 (+5.15 shipping if not a local pickup)

This share includes (94) 6x6 pieces of paper including:

  • 12 Designer Series Papers
  • 2 Specialty Designer Series Papers
  • FREE Bonus = NEW In Color Patterns Stack


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NEW 3/8” Stitched Satin RIBBON SHARE: $11.49 (+$2.00 shipping if not a local pickup)

This share includes approx 2 yards of each 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon in the FIVE Brand NEW In colors: Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green



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NEW 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain RIBBON SHARE: $12.49 (+$2.00 shipping if not a local pickup)  

This share includes approx 2 yards of each Brand NEW 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in 10 colors:  Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi



photo coming soon



NEW Goodie Pack Embellishments SHARE: $8.49 (+$2.00 shipping if not a local pickup)

This 22 piece share includes three different Brand NEW Embelishments.

  • 10 In Color Dahlias (2 of each color)
  • 6 Naturals Designer Buttons (2 of each design)
  • 6 Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (2 of each design) 



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NEW "I Want it All" Bundle: $49.99 (+5.15 shipping if not a local pickup)

When you get it all, you SAVE 10%! This Bundle includes the following shares:

  • 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Share
  • 3/8 Stitched Satin Ribbon Share
  • Designer Series Paper Share
  • Goodie Embellishment Share



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  NEW Simply Scrappin' Kit SHARE: $26.99 (+5.15 shipping if not a local pickup)

This share includes (60) 6x6 sheets of Self-Adhesive Die Cuts, Designer Series Paper and Card Stock. You will receive (15) 6x6 pieces from each of the four Brand NEW Simply Scrappin' Kits.

Not only are these kits great for scrapbooking, but they are also perfectly coordinated for cardmaking too. The papers and die cuts are awesome and I know you will love what you receive in this share.



NEW 3x6 2012-2013 DSP SWATCH BOOKS: $20.99 (+5.15 shipping if not a local pick up)

15 swatchbooks to include:  (12) Designer Series Paper, (2) Specialty Paper and the NEW In Color Pattern Stack from the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog

 (note: picture is from from a prior year swatch book offering) WATCH a short video about my swatchbooks (shows 2011-2012 DSP)

Demonstrators: I've been doing swatchbooks for several years with my downline and they are a GREAT tool for workshops! Includes all of the paper as described in the above 6x6 Designer Series Paper Share, but sized at 3x6 and divided as follows:

  • Each DSP paper pack will be assembled (assembly provided) into it's own swatch book with a coordinated cardstock cover and labeled with the name, item number & price of the paper pack (along with the colors that coordinate with it).

How I use them for my businesss...I punch a hole in each pack and group them on a large binder ring, (2" rings not included). With so many swatchbooks, I recommend having two rings This makes it easy to add new swatchbooks (from the upcoming mini catalogs) or to remove one when you want to feature it at a workshop. LOVE THEM! Now you can get them too!

Additional Ribbon Shares can be found on my PRODUCT SHARE page

Join my Team and not only enjoy Stampin' Up! benefits, but my benefits as well.  Which include discount pricing for Product Shares and Classes!

Enjoy~Dawn O

Retiring Stampin' Up!: Autumn Days Ideas

Autumn Day's is another one of my favorite stamp sets that is on Stampin' Up!'s Retired Stamps List.  It's actually a very versatile set.  Especially if you're looking for masculine.  But it's even great for Christmas too!  With only two days left to get Stampin' Up! retired merchandise, you'll want to take a look below.  Then be sure to add it to your retired wish list and get it before it's gone, gone, gone!

Only available until May 31st:


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This first project is one I did for my Big Shot Club this month. It features a great Double Embossing Technique. Be sure to stop back later for a how-to video featuring a brand new stamp set!

Edited to add Video Link:  Double Embossing Wow!

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I absolutely adore this Christmas card from a couple years ago.  It went out to some very special people.  I don't generally make a lot of time consuming cards like this one, but some people are really worth it, don't you think?

Details for the card above and below can be found at Autumn Days Christmas Cards

Now, this next one is more my everyday style!

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Click to view more photos of Shelley's Autumn Day's Gift

So long Autumn Days, we'll miss you!

Enjoy~Dawn O


Only TWO DAYS Left!

Stampin' Up! Retired Stamps Lists (available until May 31st)

Stampin' Up! Retired Accessories List (available until May31st or while supplies last)

SHOP Stampin' Up! Retired Products
For an easier shopping experience,
when in my store, be sure to click Show: All, on the right

Coming Soon: Stampin' Up! New Firm Foam Classic Stampin' Pads

With the release of the Retired Accessories List last month, it was announced that Stampin' Up! would be updating their Classic Stampin' Pads with a new Firm Foam design.

I've been receiving a lot of questions about the change and have been answering them on a one on one basis so far.  But as the last day of ordering retired product is fast approaching (May 31st, only 5 days away), I thought I should share some more information about this exciting new change.  That way, you can make a decision on which ink pad is the right fit for you (whether the retiring current ink pad, retiring current Stampin' Spots or the upcoming new Firm Foam Pad).

First off, I want to clarify...

The only thing changing is the pad itself.  The inkpad case looks the same and will have the same functionality as it currently does.  However, starting on June 1st, you'll notice a few changes which are outlined below.  


With the introduction of the Stampin' Up! 2012-2013 Annual Catalog, we have made exciting changes to our Stampin' Pads.

We'll be introducing NEW Stampin' Up! Firm Foam Ink pads! They change your stamping experience for the better.

We know you're going to love these new Stampin' Pads!  Just look at all the exciting benefits listed below:

  • Provide better ink coverage for your stamps!
  • Light-tap stamping produces flawless images!
  • Pad stays juicier for longer resulting in better ink pad longevity!

In addition, our new Stampin' Pads

  • Have a crisply printed, glossy label on the top of the pad that is easier to read and that will not fade or chip off!
  • Come with color name labels in all four languages (English, Spanish, French, and German)-just choose your language, peel it off the back, and add it to the side of the pad for easy identification!
  • Use the same patented flip-top case design that stores the inking surface upside down, so the pad surface stays moist!
  • Are available in all colors, including our exclusive In Colors!

Please note: Five ink colors have undergone formula changes to improve functionality and color stability with the new firm foam pads. These colors are:

  • Basic Black
  • Basic Gray
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Tempting Turquoise

All five colors of the reformulated inks have been fully tested and approved. While using the new ink formula in the old Stampin' Pads is fine, we do not recommend using the old ink formula in the new firm foam pads. Any current color refills purchased after April 30, 2012, will contain the new formulated ink.*

* However, the new ink formula for Basic Gray, Perfect Plum, and Tempting Turquoise will not be available until June 1. In addition, the Neutrals, Subtles, and Brights ink color collections will not contain the newly formulated ink for Basic Gray, Perfect Plum, and Tempting Turquoise until June 1.

If you have additional questions, be sure to contact me.

Enjoy~Dawn O 


Update on Retiring Ink Pad Availability

Some individual Classic Stampin' Pads and Classic Ink Refills are sold out already (be sure to check the Retired Accessories List).  However, the Assortment Packs are currently still available:

Classic Stampin' Pads by Collection:

119714 Brights
119712 Subtles
119713 Regals
119715 Neutrals

Classic Stampin' Spots by Collection:

119694 Brights
119692 Subtles
119693 Regals
119695 Neutrals

Classic Ink Refills by Collection:

119698 Brights
119696 Subtles
119697 Regals
119699 Neutrals


Dawn's Product Shares

Yes, I've update my Product Share page.  Be sure to check it out.  I think you're gonna love it.  NOTE:  Photos will be updated in June.



DOstamperSTARS: Masculine Challenge Favorites

I started a Monthly Creative Challenge for my DOstamperSTARS group.  Each month a theme is selected.  Members submit their creative ideas and my group votes on their favorites.

This month the theme was Masculine.  Here are few of their favorites, enjoy!!

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Created by:  Connie Plaumann


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Created by Josie McGaw


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Created by: Jan Carlson


Didn't they do a great job?!  I have amazing gals in my wonderful group of DOstamperSTARS!  I look forward to sharing more of their creations with you as we continue our Monthly Creative Challenges.

Or you can participate in our Monthly Creative Challenges and more, when you join my team.  Joining Stampin' Up! is easier than ever.  For only $99.00 you can choose your very own customizable kit and sign up in just three easy steps! 

Join the Fun NOW!


For My Grandsons: Mickey Mouse Punch Art Card

Since we've returned from the Stampin' Up! incentive trip to Disney World with our grandsons Max and Sam, they are still talking about their delightful experience.  I was so thrilled that we could give them this experience.  I dare say...if I hadn't earned a free trip to Disney World through Stampin' Up!, we probably wouldn't have made the trip at their young age.  As it turn out...the visits with the Disney Characters created a lot of memories for those two little boys.  And me too, as I watched their surprise and delight throughout the trip.  Just priceless! 

As they both had birthdays recently, Max turned 5 and Sammy turned 3, I made them each a Mickey Mouse Punch Art card with a little surprise inside.  They were a hit.

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What you'll need: 

119850  1-3/4" Circle Punch
119868  1" Cirlce Punch
Heart Punch- retired
118074  Owl Builder Punch
Curly Cute stamp set- retired
On Your Birthday stamp set- retired
Colors:  Real Red, Basic Black & Daffodil Delight
Mini Glue Dots & Stampin' Dimensionals

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Isn't this cute?  Max knew what it was right away...chocolate!  That's right.  I picked up some Disney Character Chocolate Coins while at Disney World.  He popped it in his mouth so fast, his mom didn't even realize there was chocolate in the card. Below is Sam pretending to read his card - how cute!



I do have a few tips for making a successful Mickey Mouse, so be sure to check out the How'd She DO That? video below.

Minnie Mouse Tip:  just move Mickey's bow tie to the top of the head and you now have Minnie Mouse!!  I show a sample of her in the video - at the end.

WATCH VIDEO:  Micky Mouse Punch Art Card


My card was inspired by my friend and fellow demonstrator Kay Kalthoff.  Her card was on display in the hospitality room at the Boardwalk Resort at Disney World.  Thanks for sharing Kay!

If you're a Mickey Mouse Collector, check out this online community (click on photo below):


The Mickey Mouse Collectionary..."hope anyone checking out our site will enjoy looking at all the amazing collectibles ever created.  Looking at the older, nostalgic items we want them to bring back many fond memories as a child or another time in your life.  We also want people to learn about Collectibles as we point to where those items are for sale anywhere on the internet. "

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawn's Reminders   




Super Easy Double Pocket Pouch Video!

As promised on the Control Freaks blog tour yesterday, today I'm sharing how to make a super easy Double Pocket Pouch.  You'll amaze yourself on how quick and easy it is to make. You'll amaze your friends who will find themselves the recipient of such a cute little gift!

The paper I'm using is called Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper.  Only available for 10 more days until May 31st (or while supplies last).  It's also on sale for 25% off.  In fact, several retiring DSP's are on sale.  Check it out...

122360 Flirtatious Specialty DSP $12.95 25% $9.71
122342 Beyond the Garden DSP  $10.95 25% $8.21
122351 Frightful Sight DSP $10.95 25% $8.21
122354 Pocketful of Posies DSP $10.95 25% $8.21
122355 Domestic Goddess DSP $10.95 25% $8.21
122357 Beau Château DSP $10.95 25% $8.21
124339 Just Add Cake DSP $10.95 25% $8.21
122349 Letters to Santa DSP $10.95 25% $8.21

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If you want to follow along in the video below, you'll need the following:

Click to watch:  Double Pocket Pouch Video


So, how did you like that?  Ain't it cool?  It's definitely been a hit at my classes this month.  If you want to get project kits like this one in the mail each month, you'll want to check out my Long Distance Classes TO GO Club.  Or if you're a local stamper (Waverly, MN), join one of my fabulous Local Clubs!  Check out all of my CLUB OPTIONS.  One is sure to be right for you!

Dawn's Stamping Supplies

Stamps: Elements of Style (118611w or 120045c)
Ink: Soft Suede (115657)
Paper: Soft Suede (115318), Baja Breeze (111352), Whisper White (100730), Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper (122357)
Tools: Simply Scored (122334), Diagonal Plate (125586)
Punches: 1-1/4" Circle (119861) , 1-3/8" Circle (119860) , 1-3/4" Scallop Circle (119854), Small Oval (120908)
Accessories: Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon (117289)

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawn's Links and Reminders

  • Purchase the Stampin' Up! supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STAMPIN' UP! STORE
  • Retired Stamps and Accessories Lists, add them to your wish list before they are gone, gone, gone on May 31st
  • 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 Customer Loyalty Rewards Program
  • Join Stampin' Up! for only $99. Choose your own custom starter kit!

    Thank you for your support - Dawn O!