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June 2012

FREE Patio Party Products

There's only two days left to get your FREE Patio Party Suite Products!

That's right!  Not only can you get the new Stampin' Up!'s $99 fully customizable Starter Kit (heck of a deal, worth up to $190), but when you join Stampin' Up! in ALSO get select products from the brand new Patio Party Suite (value up to $48) - see below.


Here's a couple of ideas using some Patio Party products...

Created by Natalie Swartout
(greeting from Itty Bitty Banners stamp set)



Created by Patsy Waggoner
(greeting from World Treasures stamp set)



Created by Stephanie Leider
(greeting from Itty Bitty Banners stamp set)

I'd love to have you join my team.  If you have any questions or need help planning out your starter kit, feel free to contact me.

Thanks~Dawn O

More Betsy's Blossoms

Today's Betsy's Blossoms swap cards feature a color combo using the new 2012-2014 In Colors Midnight Muse and Gumball Green.



Created by Barb Mullikin



Created by LeeAnn Greff



Created by Robin Spinner

To purchase, click on the Stampin' Up! products listed below:

Thanks for Shopping with Dawn O


Product Shares Continue...

3-8StitchedSatinBy far - the most popular share is for the new 3/8" In Color Stitched Satin Ribbon, as featured on the cards above.  This ribbon is so soft and easy to tie.  This share comes with 2 yards of all five new In Color Stitched Satin Ribbon, as shown.

The second most popular share is the I Want it All Share.  Which includes four shares:  3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon Share, Designer Series Share, Goodie Embellishment Share and 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Share...Priced to save you 10%!

Join a Product Share today!


News Updates From Stampin' Up!

Here are a few updates from Stampin' Up! from the past couple weeks...just thought you would like to be in-the-know.


Cost increase for 2-Way Glue Pen
June 27, 2012

Due to an unexpected cost increase from our supplier, the cost for the 2-Way Glue Pen will increase from $3.50 as listed in the current annual catalog to $4.50. This price increase will be applied starting June 27, 2012. We apologize for this inconvenience.



Stampin' Trimmer
June 27, 2012

We have been working on the Stampin' Trimmer (item 126889) for a long time and are excited for this new cutting tool, exclusive to Stampin' Up! We don't have any new information yet, but we are working with the supplier to solidify the arrival date and a date that we will begin taking orders.      

It is on its way. We will keep you informed of the progress for delivery and let you know as soon as the trimmer arrives.



Fancy Flower Punch Unavailable
June 22, 2012

The Fancy Flower Punch (item 118073) is unavailable until further notice. We recently received a shipment that did not meet in-house quality testing. We are working on a solution with our supplier and will keep you informed with any new information.


Sorry for any inconvenience.  I'll do my best to keep you posted on when the Stampin' Trimmer and Fancy Flower Punch are available to order.

Thank you~Dawn O


District Floral & Betsy's Blossoms Card Ideas & Pinwheel Wreath

Today I'm sharing swaps I received using the new District Floral Designer Series Paper and Betsy's Blossoms stamp set.  They are from DOstamperSTARS, Control Freaks and Stamp Share for Leaders groups.  I'm so fortunate to belong to these awesomely talented stamping groups!


DOstamperSTARS Swap:  Bobbi Peterson



Control Freak Swap:  Lisa Martz



Stamp Share for Leaders Swap: Natalie Swartout

District Floral Pinwheel Wreath-Jan

Last, but not least...DOstamperSTARS Jan Carlson shared this awesome District Floral Pinwheel Wreath at our least meeting.  Isn't it cool?  What a fun summer wreath! Thanks for sharing Jan!

To purchase, click on the Stampin' Up! products listed below: 

Thanks for Shopping with Dawn O




Dawn's Product Shares Update


There is still room for you in my popular paper, ribbon and swatchbook product shares.  Several to choose from.  Be sure to check out my Product Share details and ordering information here.



DOstamperSTARS Shoebox Swap

We had a DOstamperSTARS Pizza Party Shoebox Swap meeting last month.  It's always fun to get-together with everyone.  It gives everyone a chance to see old friends and meet new ones, and of course stamp!

Here's a few pictures from the meeting:




Cheryl & Jolene (guest)



Heidi, Robin, Peggy & Bobbi


Laurie & Jan


I'll share more of our swaps over the next few days.  So be sure to stop back!


I'd also like to welcome several new DOstamperSTARS

Alele C
Debbie D
Marieke H
Marie S
Valery G

You too can join this month, just like Alele who "decided to join just because the current offer for joining is irresistible."

The current offer is irresistible, as when you join with the brand new $99 Starter Kit, you also receive select products from the brand new Patio Party Suite (value up to $48.85), when you join Stampin' Up! in June.

Join the FUN Today

I'd love to welcome you to my DOstamperSTARS Team!

Got questions?  Feel free to contact me.

Enjoy~Dawn O


Sharing DOstamperSTARS: Red, White & Blue Cards

This month's DOstamperSTARS Creative Challenge theme was Red, White & Blue.  Members submit their creative ideas and my group votes on their favorites.  There was a three-way tie for their top favorites, which I'm sharing today.

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Created by Jan Carlson


stampin up, dostamping, Patriotic Cards, DOstamperSTARS, Connie Plaumann

Created by Connie Plaumann
(card details can be found on Connie's Blog)


stampin up, dostamping, Patriotic Cards, DOstamperSTARS, Judy Strickling

Created by Judy Strickling

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.

Join my teamJoining 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!


 I'd love to welcome you to my DOstamperSTARS Team!

Join the FUN Today



Controlfreaks Blog Tour: New Stampin' Up! Creations


Welcome to the Control Freaks June 2012 Tour (officially starts June 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, you may have just come from fellow freaker, Lisa Martz's Blog

Our theme for this month is: "New Catalog Creations".  Projects featuring stamp sets/accessories from the brand new Stampin' Up! 2012-2013 Annual Catalog.  Here we go...

Papillon Potpourri 

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First on my list was Stampin' Up!'s NEW Elegant Butterfly Punch and matching stamp set, NEW Papillon Potpourri.  For the butterfly - all I did was stamp on Pool Party with Pacific Point ink and punch...that's it.  So easy!

The cute little doily is from the NEW Large Delicate Doilies Sizzlet...LOVE IT!  It has three sizes of doilies - this one being the smallest.  Add a birthday greeting for Petite Pairs, punched with 1-1/4" Circle Punch.

The pattern paper is from NEW International Bazaar Designer Series Paper.  Colors are Tangerine Tango, Pool Party and Pacific Point.  I would have never thought of that combination and I love it!!


Happy Hour


Another first on my list was Stampin' Up!'s NEW Happy Hour stamp set.  I can see so many uses for this set and can't wait to play with it some more. 


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For today, I made a tall glass of lemonade, made with NEW Summer Starfruit and a NEW Midnight Muse umbrella!  Hmm...that sounds good.  The doily is from the same Delicate Doilies Sizzlet I used on the first card.  This is the largest size.  The "banner" was cut with the Petal Cone Die.

ALL NEW Paper:  Patio Party Designer Series Paper, 2012-2013 Patterns Stack DSP, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse

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How cute is this?  I used the same doily and wrapped it around a lemonade packet.  Tied it off with the fun NEW 1/4" Stitched White Ribbon.  Then finished off with the greeting from the NEW Itty Bitty Banners stamp set, cut with the NEW Bitty Banners Framlit.

Well, that wraps up this stop of the tour. I hope you enjoyed my Stampin' Up! New Catalog Creations. Now on to more  from my friend and fellow Control Freak, Barb Mullikin. I'm sure you're gonna love her fabulous projects!






Triple Time Stamping Video: Creative Elements and NEW Naturals Designer Buttons

I've recently rearranged my stamping room and office, combining them together (lovin' it!).  While I was cleaning and reorganizing, I came across some old projects from when I first was introduced to Stampin' Up! 10 years ago.  In addition, I came across a card online that reminded of this technique and I thought I'd bring it "back from the past"!

My "old" project featured a technique that was shared with me at one of the first Stampin' Up! parties I attended.  Stamping all three layers at the same time.  When you "pull them apart", you could use them on different projects, scrapbook pages or all on the same card.  Kind of a play on the Double Time Stamping Technique.  I don't think there was a name for it back then, so I'm referring to it as Triple Time Stamping

The card below is one of the projects we did for my Monthly Stamping Club last week.  It features the Easy Triple Time Stamping Technique.  It was a huge hit!!  FYI - my stamping club is available for online club members too!  Join anytime!

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The dimensions are as follows:

Very Vanilla

  • 2" x 3-1/4"
  • 3" x 4-1/4"
  • 4" x 5-1/4"

Early Espresso

  • 2-1/4" x 3-1/2"
  • 3-1/4" x 4-1/2"
  • 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" (fold for card base)

But you'll want to check out the video for tips on stamping and assembling today's card.

VIDEO:  Easy Triple Time Stamping Technique


Dawn's Stamping Supplies

Stamps: Creative Elements (122645w or 122647c), Petite Pairs (122495w or 122497c)
Ink: Crumb Cake (126975), Early Espresso (126974)
Paper: Early Espresso (119686), Very Vanilla (101650
Punches:  2-1/2" Circle Punch (120906)
Accessories:  NEW Naturals Designer Buttons (127554), Early Espresso Bakers Twine (127554)


Dawn's Product Shares Update


I've been receiving emails wondering if there is still openings for my popular Product Shares.  YES - there is room for you!  I've started and filled many rounds of both paper and ribbon shares. 

Spots tend to fill up within a week or less, so get your reservation in soon!

If you would like to participate in a Product Share,

be sure to visit my


for pricing, pictures and reservation details.

Thank you, Dawn O