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July 2012

Stampin' Up! Reminders: Reason to Smile and August Specials

It's July 31st and it's the last day to get Stampin' Up!'s Reason to Smile $5.00 stamp set.  With a $50 order, you can have this stamp set for only $5!  NOTE:  After today, it's gone forever!

Remember...You will not be automatically prompted to enter the $5 Item Number for a qualifying purchase.  So be sure to enter one of these item numbers after your order reaches $50 or more: 

  • Wood Mount 131274
  • Clear Mount 131275

More Reason to Smile details HERE

More Reason to Smile samples HERE


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Dawn's Stamping Supplies

StampsReason to Smile, Perfectly Penned (122890w or
Ink/Paper:  Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Baja Breeze and Whisper White
Accessories:  3/8" Stitched Satin Primrose Petals, Stampin' Dimensionals


August Stampin' Up! Specials Sneak Peak


1.  Earn a Free Howl-o-ween Printer's Tray Project Kit!

Halloween-Printer-TrayStarting tomorrow August 1st, when you join Stampin' Up!, not only can get the fabulous $99 Stampin' Up! Starter Kit (completely customizable), But also...

a 20 % discount on Stampin' Up! products

free access to Stampin' Connection

invitations to Stampin' Up! events (like convention)

product sneak peaks

FREE demonstrator magazine filled with beautiful photos and project ideas!

and more!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for all the boo-tiful details!

2.  Digital Sale Coming in August

Printed Digital Products and select Digital Downloads will be on sale starting tomorrow.  Be sure to check back to see all of the details!


Taking Reservations for 2012 Holiday Mini Product Shares

NOTE:  I've been experiencing technical difficulties yesterday and today.  My power went out yesterday and today I'm having trouble with my email service.  If you emailed a Product Share Reservation to me over the weekend and haven't received a response from me, I will be responding this afternoon.  Thank you for your patience as I work though these difficulties that are out of my control.

In the meantime - you can still reserve a share.  Here's where you'll find Dawn O's Product Share information:

1.  Holiday Mini Shares

2.  Annual Catalog Share


August 2012 - Just Cards Buffet TO GO Monthly Subscribers

You 3-day Advance Special notice is being sent this afternoon.  Keep an eye out for it.


Thanks~Dawn O

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Stampin' Up! 2012 Holiday Mini Product Shares Coming Soon

I've been receiving inquiries about my Holiday Mini Shares.  Yes - I'll be offering them. 

Coming Soon...2012 Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Shares!

There's a lot of fun new products in the new 2012 Holiday Mini Catalog.  So, I have several shares for you to try out.  My first share order will be going in August 1st!  Check out my share offerings below, then email me to get on the list!

I Want It All - Holiday Edition Share is $42.99 (add $5.15 if not a local pick-up).  You would need to spend nearly $300 to purchase all these items indvidually so this is a GREAT way to touch and feel everything.  Includes a sampling of 30 products including 6x6 Designer Series Paper (note:  one DSP will be sized at 4-1/2" x 6-1/2"), Ribbon and Trim, Printed Tags, Fabric, Felt Accents, Core'dinations Card Stock, Designer Kits, Metal Accents and more. 

6x6 All Paper - Holiday Edition Share is $19.49 - includes the DSP, Glimmer Paper, Core'dinations Card Stock and the Simply Scrappin Kit.  Note:  one DSP will be sized at 4-1/2" x 6-1/2") - (add $5.15 if not a local pick up)

6x6 Basic Paper (no SS Kit) - Holiday Edition Share is $12.49 - includes the same as above but without the Simply Scrappin Kit for (add $5.15 if not a local pick up)

3x6 DSP Swatchbooks - Holiday Edition is $11.99 (add $3.00 if not a local pick-up) includes DSP, Glimmer/Core'dinations Cardstock and Simply Scrapping Kit swatchbooks for a total of 7 books (Note: one DSP swatchbook will be sized at 4-1/2" x 3-1/4").  What's a swatchbook?  WATCH a short video about my swatchbooks  (Annual Catalog swatchbooks still available too)

Ribbon & Trim Sampler - Holiday Edition is $15.99 - includes all 8 Holiday Ribbon/Trims (add $3.00 if not a local pick up)

NOTE:   I can combine shares to save on shipping costs. 

ALSO:   You can combine my other Product Shares too!!  Check them out on my Product Share Page

I am taking sign-ups for the first rounds of shares now.  Email me at [email protected] with your full name, address and paypal email address.  List the shares your interested in.  I will put you on the list.

Thanks~Dawn O


Sharing DOstamperSTARS: Anything New Creative Challenge

This month's DOstamperSTARS Creative Challenge theme was Anything New!  Members submit their creative ideas and my group votes on their favorites.  Again, this month there was a three-way tie for their top favorites, which I'm sharing today.

created by:  Cheryl Owczarek
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create by:  Judy Strickling

created by:  Laurie Zoellmer
(check out her blog:

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 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!


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Control Freaks Tour July 2012: Watercolor Winter Ensemble


Welcome to the Control Freaks July 2012 Tour. 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 friend and fellow freaker, Barb Mullikin's Blog

Our theme for this month is: "New Holiday Creations or Convention Swaps".  Projects featuring stamp sets/accessories from the brand new Stampin' Up! 2012 Holiday Mini Catalog.  Here we go...

Watercolor Winter Ensemble

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Two of my favorite holiday stamp sets from this catalog are Watercolor Winter and Greetings of the Season.  So I combined them for these cards. 

Watercolor Winter Notecard

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This is a quick and easy, clean and simple card using Stampin' Up!'s Notecards and Envelopes.  At 5" x 3-1/2", they are a little smaller than a standard 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" card.  Perfect for tucking in a holiday gift bag or mass producing.

Watercolor Winter Holiday Card

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This monochromatic card has a few details that invite you in for a closer look... 

  1. There is just a touch of glitter to give it a winter look. 
  2. The texture in the background is from a NEW Texture Embossing Folder for the Big Shot, Lacy Brocade (my new favorite folder!!).  I did swipe some Crumb Cake Ink onto the folder before I ran it through the Big Shot.  I like the 2-tone look.
  3. There is sponging of Early Espresso on the textured and stamped panels, giving the illusion of a frame.
  4. The matting of the front panel really makes it pop!

edited to add: I received a lot of questions on how to make this card.  Check out the video here: Sponged Frame Watercolor Winter Video

Watercolor Winter Mini Treat Tote Box

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This little box is the perfect size for some candy or even jewelry.  It uses only a half sheet of cardstock and is tied off with the NEW Crumb Cake Scallop Tulle Ribbon.  Plus - I only used 2 glue dots to hold the entire box together.

Watch Video: Mini Treat Tote Box Video 

Dawn's Stamping Supplies

Stamps:  Watercolor Winter, (129724w or 129727c), Greetings of the Season (128030w or 128033c)
Ink:  Early Espresso (126974), Always Artichoke (126972), Crumb Cake (126975)
Paper:  Crumb Cake (119686), Notecards and Envelopes (107311)
Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Lacy Brocade Texture Impressions Embossing Folder (123130), Simply Scored (122334), Small Oval Punch (120908), Scallop Tulle Ribbon (127840), Linen Thread (104199), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (102023), Stampin' Sponge (101610), 2-Way Glue Pen (100425), Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Well, that wraps up this stop of the tour. I hope you enjoyed my Stampin' Up! New Holiday Catalog Creations. Now on to more, from fellow Control Freak and Artisan Award Winner, Wendy Weixler (woohoo!).  I'm sure you're gonna love her fabulous projects!



Aug 18th Camp-a-Rama: Come Meet Patsy Wagonner & More!

Calling all Minnesota Stampin' Up! Demonstrators (or even WI, IA, SD, ND)!  You are in for special treat when you attend the upcoming "Stampin' Through The Holidays" Camp-a-Rama event on August 18th.  Why?  Because we have some fabulous speakers and presenters.

Let me introduce to my friend and fellow demonstrator...

(me and Patsy)

Patsy Waggoner
will be our special guest speaker.  My friend Patsy not only has earned many incentive trips and is a Founder's Circle Achiever, but...she was also just named to the Stampin' Up! Advisory Board!  She is an Executive from Alexandria, MN and has been a demonstrator for 14+ years and has lots of experience to share!

Her blog:  Stamps to Die For

Here is a picture of her with her fellow Advisory Board Members and Shelli Gardener

New AB
(Patsy Wagonner, Heather Summers, Desiree Spent, Amy Storrie, Ronda Wade, Mary Fish & Shelli Gardner)

Here are the details for this fabulous event...

When:  Saturday, August 18th
Time: 9am to 3pm  (check in at 8:30am)
Where:  Waverly, MN KC Hall

Download Registration Flyer

Come and get familiar with many of the fabulous new product in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog.  Join us as we Stamp Through the Holidays.  Visit the product playground,
complete lots of make & takes,  see wow demonstrations, receive a Goodie Bag and more!!  What a great way to start off the Holiday Mini Catalog Season!!

  • 8-10 Holiday Mini Catalog projects (cards, treat holder, ornament and more)
  • Product Playground & Prizes!
  • Special Guest Speaker - Patsy Waggoner
  • Several Demonstrator Presentations
    • Kay Kalthoff
    • Jan Carlson
    • Jolene Jacobs
  • Goodie Bag!
  • Lots of display boards (bring your camera)!
  • Food  (Breakfast Donuts, Lunch & bottled water)

Fee: $53 ($43 for DOstamperSTARS members)
Registration: RSVP & payment due by July 31st

We are over half-filled.  There is only room for 50, so register as soon as possible to reserve your spot!

Got questions? - feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Sign up today:  Download Registration Flyer


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Stampin' Up! Awards, Advisory Board and Thank You!

This past year was a highlight of my Stampin' Up! career.  I had an outstanding year and have so many things to be thankful for. 

My family & friends...they continue to believe in me and give me the space I need (emotional and physical) to be successful.  Thank you!

My customers...both long distance and local, you lift me up everytime I see you and each time you choose me to do business with.  Thank you!

My downline...both long distance and've become my friends and stamping buddies.  I'm so glad you've joined my stamping family.  Thank you!

My fellow demonstrators...I can't even count how many of you took the time to say hi, or share your story or to tell me how I inspired you.  You touched my heart!  By Saturday, I was so emotionally overwhelmed by your kindness that I had a hard time keeping it together (as I am, even writing this today).  I'm thrilled to have made a difference in your lives.  Thank you!

My Advisory Board, what a year! The seven new friends I made on this journey are near and dear to my heart.  I can't say enough about this special experience and I'm so glad I took it with each of you.  Thank you!

Stampin' Up!...what a wonderful company to be associated with.  It was a joy to get to know the corporate team this year.  Thank you Shelli Gardner for believing in me.  Thank you Pam Morgan for your guiding wisdom.  From Demonstrator Support to my Business Development Advisor,'re all the best.  Thank you!

On to the special gifts from Stampin' Up! 2012 Convention Awards Night...


The purse is from earning Founder's Circle!  Founder's Circle is Stampin' Up!'s recognition for the Top 100 Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.  This is my 5th year in a row to earn this special recognition.


The yellow wrapped box contained this beautiful wallet.  Awarded for my 8th place achievement in Sr Associate Promotions!


In the Tiffany & Co blue box was this special recognition for serving on the Stampin' Up! Advisory Board this past year.  It's so beautiful.  When I look at it, I'll be reminded of this special year that I spent with my new friends and the opportunity I was given to make a difference!


One of the perks of serving on the Stampin' Up! Advisory Board was reserved front row seating.  Here we are at Awards Night...Deb Valder, Denise Sullivan, Dawn Olchefske (me), Josee Smuck, Laura Bartos, Missy Shipman, Susan Elise Morton.   

Thanks for an awesome year!
Dawn O


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Convention 2012 Videos: Lip Dub and Highlights!

Remember my last convention post and I hoped Stampin' Up! would post the Convention 2012 opening song and video to YouTube.  Well they did and you just have to see it!  I just know it will make you smile!

I can tell that Stampin' Up! employees had a blast creating this lip dub video for the 2012 Convention 2012. Featuring the awesome theme song "I am...," with vocals by Jessie Funk and lip dub by Stampin' Up! home office staff. 

WATCH VIDEO: Stampin' Up! Convention 2012 Lip Dub!


Woohoo!  Wasn't that FUN, FUN, FUN?!!!

Also - be sure to check out the 2012 Convention Highlights Video too!

WATCH VIDEO:  2012 Stampin' Up! Convention Highlights


Highlights from yet another fabulous Stampin' Up! event—Convention 2012!

I have the best job ever!!

Enjoy~Dawn O




Stampin' Up! Hostess Set: Carry On, Now Available

Stampin' Up! just announced...

Starting July 23rd, the Carry On Hostess stamp set (pg 203 of Annual Catalog) is available for ordering again with qualifying online orders or stamping parties of $150 or more.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Here's a couple of Control Freak swaps featuring the Carry On hostess stamp set


Created by:  Jason Casper



Created by Liz Shultz


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