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August 2012

Stampin' Up! Howl-o-ween Project Kit Promotion extended to 9/16!

Woohoo...exciting news and a quick video!

Stampin' Up! just announced...
Because of the terrific response we’ve received to this special offer, and because of the seasonality of the project kit, we are extending the Howl-o-ween Project Kit promotion through September 16, 2012!


Yeah - This gives you two more weeks to join and receive this fantastic project kit (a $60  value)!


ALSO - my very own Printer's Tray just arrived from Stampin' Up! today!  That's right, I had a couple people join my team this month, so I earned one too! 

Welcome to new DOstamperSTARS Michelle A and Sammi P (who also get a Printer's Tray Kit from Stampin' Up!)!!

As I had just finished editing ten videos to share with my DOstamperSTARS group, I already had my video camera out and ready to go.  So I started recording the unwrapping of the kit.  You get to see my first-hand reaction to the kit, up close and personal.  I've not done a video like this before, so I'm a little bit hesitant about sharing it.  But I'm throwing caution to the wind and hope you enjoy it.  

WATCH VIDEO:  Stampin' Up!'s Howl-o-ween Printer's Tray Kit!


That was kind of fun!  Like I said on the video, if you've been on the fence about joining in on the FUN of Stampin' Up! might be the time for you!

If you have questions, feel free to contact me.  Or if you're ready...



Holiday Collection Framelit Ribbon Wow Card!

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Today's DOstamperSTARS Holiday Camp-a-Rama card was a swap I received at convention from Sami Brown.  Wow - I totally fell in love with her Holiday Collection Framelit Ribbon card and immediately knew it had to be one of the projects at this event!

I only made a couple slight modifications to the card.  To see her original card, check out Sami Brown - Sammi's Stampin' Spot.

I created a video for tips on how to create this card.  Check it out below.

WATCH VIDEO:  Holiday Collection Framelit Ribbon Wow Card


Dawn's Stamping Supplies

Holiday Collection Framelits (127814)

Print PDF for full list of Holiday Collection Framelit Ribbon Card Stamping Supplies and Measurements


Michelle, Patsy, Sue, Kim and Gayle
enjoying making the Holiday Collection Framelit Ribbon card!


Don't forget...Friday, August 31st is the last day to join and take advantage of the August Stampin' Up! Offer...FREE Howl-o-ween Printers Tray Project Kit.  

Stampin' Up! FREE Spooktacular Project Kit Offer!


Join today and start saving on your stamping hobby.

I look forward to welcoming you to my team!!

Dawn O



Cocoa Packet Holder Candy Sticks

Wow -  you guys are lovin' the Scentsational Season Cocoa Packet Holder with Candy Sticks I posted on Tuesday.  I've received tons of comments and emails...thank you!! 

In addition, I've received lots of inquiries regarding the candy sticks.  The chocolate covered candy sticks are called "Peppermint Sticks" by Bodgon's Chocolates.  I found them at Walmart.  Some have found them at Oriental Trading.  Or try googling Reception Candy Sticks.

Enjoy~Dawn O


Easy Scentsational Season Cocoa Packet Wow Video!

Here's another DOstamperSTARS Camp-a-Rama Event project that was a big hit...the super easy Scentasational Season Cocoa Packet Holder.  According to DOstamperSTAR Laurie was a big WOW and she can't stop talking about it.

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stampin up, dostamping, dawn olchefske, demonstrator,scentsational season bundle. cocoa packet holder

For this project, I enlisted the help of fellow demonstrator, sideline Jolene Jacobs.  I designed the cocoa packet and she added the stamping.  What a great team!

And yes - I did make a video.  In's my 10-Minute Tuesday Video (that I know many of you have been asking when I would be doing these again.  I'm gonna try my best to get back on track.  I didn't realize that you guys LOVED them and was missing them.)

What's a 10-Minute Tuesday video?  That's when I videotape a project from beginning to end.  They generally take longer for me to videotape and edit.  For my other videos, I usually only share tips and how-to's that don't seem obvious from the project photo.   

WATCH 10-Min Tuesday VIDEO:  Easy Cocoa Packet Holder Wow!


Dawn's Stamping Supplies

Scentsational Season Bundle (129945w or 129946c)

updated 8/30...Print PDF for full list of Scentasational Season Cocoa Packet Holder Stamping Supplies and Measurements 

I've received lots of inquiries regarding the candy sticks.  The chocolate covered candy sticks are called "Peppermint Sticks" by Bodgon's Chocolates.  I found them at Walmart. 

updated 8/31: Also found at Oriental Trading


Here's some more pictures from the event...


Jolene demonstrating the how to stamp the mug in two colors and sharings LOTS of Scentsational Season ideas!


Somehow this was the messiest station.  Hard to even find the sample on the table.  No still was fun!


Don't too can participate in my DOstamperSTARS events and swaps.  Plus, when you join in August (only 5 days left), you'll receive...

Stampin' Up! FREE Spooktacular Project Kit Offer! 


Join today and start saving on your stamping hobby.

I look forward to welcoming you to my team!!

Dawn O


Mary Fish: Perfectly Preserved Bundle Flower Jar

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My sweet friend Mary Fish sent me this Perfectly Preseved Bundle card after the Stampin' Up! convention.  I immediately knew it would be a perfect card for the DOstamping Holiday Camp-a-Rama and asked her permission to use it.  Of course, she said yes.  Thanks Mary!


Here's some gals enjoying Mary's card.  With all the Stampin' Up! Framelit projects we were doing at this event, we needed 9 Big Shots!  Here was a station with 3 of them.


Stampin' Supplies

Stamps:  Perfectly Preserved Bundle w/Framelits (129943w or 129944c)
Ink:  Stazon Jet Black, More Mustard, Raspberry Ripple, Pacific Point
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, Orchard Harvest DSP
Big Shot:  Cannery Framelits (127822),  Bitty Banner Framelits (129267)
Accessories:   Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

To purchase the supplies to make this card...SHOP ONLINE WITH DAWN O


Only one week left of the...
Stampin' Up! FREE Spooktacular Project Kit Offer! 


Join today and start saving on your stamping hobby.


Dawn's Product Shares


"I Want it All" Annual Catalog 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 (94 sheets)
  • Goodie Embellishment Share


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.  Here's what you get:

  • Candlelight DSP - 6 pieces (6"x6")
  • Snow Festival DSP - 6 pieces (6"x6")
  • Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP - 6 pieces (6"x6")
  • Festival of Prints DSP - 12 pieces (4-1/2" x 6-1/2") 
  • Core'dinations Card Stock - (4) 6x6 pieces each of three colors
  • Champagne Glimmer paper - 1 piece (6"x6")
  • Orchard Harvest DSP - 6 pieces (6"x6")
  • Orchard Harvest Fabric - 3 pieces of  6"x8" swatches
  • Candlelight Fabric - 3 pieces of  6"x8" swatches
  • 3-1/2" Tulle Ribbon - 2 yds each three color
  • 1/4" Sweater Trim - 2 yds each of three colors
  • 7/8" Cotton Ribbon - 2 yds
  • 1/2" Striped Ribbon - 2 yds
  • Flourish Designer Frames - 1
  • Designer Ribbon Slides - 2
  • Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons - 2
  • Jumbo Sticky Rounds - 2
  • Gusseted Cello Bags - 4
  • Snow Festival Printed Tags - 5 tags
  • Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt - 1
  • Season of Sweets Designer Kit - 1 set
  • Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit - 1 set
  • Noel Notes Simply Sent - 1 set
  • Sealed with Love Simply Sent - 1 set

As one recent customer told me..."I was just so delighted to receive my first-ever product shares from you!  They are AWESOME and I will definitely be a repeat customer in your product-sharing." -Suzie C

See more Product Share selections (ribbon, paper, goodies, etc) and instructions for reserving your share today!


As always - thank you!

Dawn O

Stampin' Up! Extends 31% Off Digital Sale Through September 14!



Good news: Stampin' Up! has decided to extend the 31% Off Digital sale until September 14

This just in...We know you are wrapping up summer stuff, getting everybody back to school, and things are busy. Now you can have a little more breathing room to finish your projects to send them off to print services. And don't forget about the 31 digital content items on sale too.  Snatch up your favorites before September 14.      

Yes, we realize that this change doesn't go along with our little "31 theme," but . . . who cares? When we're talking SALE, 45 days is better than 31!  Don't you think?

What's on sale?

Print Product:  ALL cards, photobooks, individual pages, and tags. That's right: print any photobook, board book, swatchbook, individual pages, greeting card, postcard, trifold card, or tag-all for 31% off.

Digital Downloads:  Some of our best digital content.  30 downloads and 1 content disc. Yup, that equals 31. 


Digital Content

Retail Price

31% Off Price


Floral District Collection Disc

$  23.95

$ 16.53


Night and Day Designer Series Paper

$    4.95

$   3.42


Candid Frames

$    2.95

$   2.04


Check This Out Page Templates

$    4.95

$   3.42


Blossom Builders Embellishments

$    5.95

$   4.11


It's All Me Kit

$    9.95

$   6.87


Whimsical Note Journal Template

$    1.95

$   1.35


Pinwheel Daily Calendar Template

$    9.95

$   6.87


Party Animal Kit

$    9.95

$   6.87


Autumn Traditions Kit

$    9.95

$   6.87


Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Ensemble

$  14.95

$ 10.32


Playful Polka Dots Kit

$    9.95

$   6.87


World Traveler Photobook Template

$  17.95

$ 12.39


Storybook Specialty Designer Series Paper

$    4.95

$   3.42


Joyful Times Kit

$    9.95

$   6.87


One Great Year Digital Kit

$    9.95

$   6.87


Limited Edition Embellishments

$    2.95

$   2.04


Walk in the Park II Kit

$    9.95

$   6.87


#HASHTHIS Stamp Brush Set

$    7.95

$   5.49


Book of Birthdays Swatchbook Template

$  12.95

$   8.94


Travel Journal Kit

$    9.95

$   6.87


Get it Done Kit

$    5.95

$   4.11


Sweetly Nested Framable

$    4.95

$   3.42


Delight in the Day Photobook Template

$  19.95

$ 13.77


Blast Off Ensemble

$  19.95

$ 13.77


Little Milestone Birthdays Greeting Card

$    7.95

$   5.49


Designer Gift Cards

$    4.95

$   3.42


And a Happy New Year Photocard Template

$    1.95

$   1.35


Thanks Tons Greeting Card Template Set

$    2.95

$   2.04


Sending Glad Tidings Designer Tags Kit

$    7.95

$   5.49


Gratitude Framable Designer Template

$    1.95

$   1.35


Give it a try!



Perfectly Preserved Nugget Jar Box: Wow Make & Take

Today we'll move onto the Perfectly Preserved Bundle, which is one of several bundles of coordinated product available in the Holiday Mini Catalog Stampin' Up! has bundled the Perfectly Preserved stamp set and Cannery Set Framelits together to save you 15% - woohoo!


Above:  Kay Kalthoff doing her fabulous Nugget Jar Box presentation

Below:  DOstamperSTARS Debbie and Heidi enjoying their make and takes!


As this meeting was open to demonstrators outside my group, Kay Kalthoff and several of her downline joined us.  Kay's group has been joining us for several Camp-a-Rama's.  So I invited her to design a make & take and display samples for our meeting and she selected the Perfectly Preserved Bundle.  She enlisted the help of her downline, Mary Alice Bellis and they WOW'd us!

Here's the make & take they came up with...a Nugget Jar Box!

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Just brilliant and stickin' cute!  As I know you're gonna want the instructions, here you go...

Nugget Jar Box Stamping Supplies   

Stamps:  Perfectly Preserved Bundle w/Framelits (129943w or 129944c)
Ink:  Early Espresso (for banner), Lucky Limeade (for 2 jars)
Orchard Harvest DSP (2) 1-1/4"x 1-3/4" (for jar toppers)
Orchard Harvest DSP (4) 1" x 3" (for nugget wrap)
Orchard Harvest DSP 1-1/4" x 1-1/2"  (score at 1/4" & 1-1/4") for box "cover"
Very Vanilla 1-1/2" x 4-1/2" (box - *see scoring measurements below)
Very Vanilla 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (use for stamping two jars and banner greeting)
Lucky Limeade (scrap for banner)
Big Shot:  Cannery Framelits,  Bitty Banner Framelits
Accessories:  Simply Scored, Large Oval Punch, 15" Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Post it Notes (punch with Large Oval Punch to use as template for unching "window" in jars)

*Scoring for the box:  With the 4 1/2" side up against the top of the score tool, score at 1 1/2" and 3".  With the 1 1/2" piece at the top of the score tool, score at 1/4" and 1 1/4"


Nugget Jar Box Instructions

1.  Stamp the two jars with Lucky Limeade ink, and greeting with Early Espresso onto quarter panel of Very Vanilla cardstock.

2.  Cut out with the Cannery Set Framelits using the Big Shot.  Also die cut out 2 jar
toppers using scraps of Orchard Harvest DSP  (measuring 1-1/4" x 1-3/4" each) and adhere them to the jars.

3.  Cut the stamped greeting and Lucky Limeade scrap using the Bitty Banner Framelits and Big Shot

4.  Use the Large Oval Punch and the punched post-it's to create a window in the two jars.  (Tip:  Use the punched post it note as a template guide for where you want to punch the window)

5.  Attach the scored box to the jars with Mini Glue Dots (you may have to cut a small notch out of the bottom of the box, so it doesn't show through the jar "windows".

6.  Wrap 4 candy nuggets with DSP and Mini Glue Dots.  Put into box

7.  Adhere box cover to the front and back jars with Mini Glue Dots (this keeps nuggets from falling out)

8.  Tie the Early Espresso 1/8" Ribbon around the jar toppers.  (Tip: use a glue to
keep the ribbon in place while tying)

9.  Adhere the stamped banner to the Lucky Limeade Banner.  Then attach to the box
with a Mini Glue Dot

I want to thank Mary for designing such a wonderful project and for Kay sharing it at our meeting.  Everyone loved it!

ALSO - Kay has posted a Nugget Jar Box Video on her blog. 

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawn's Reminders


DOstamperSTARS Camp-a-Rama: Howlstooth and Scaringbone

The theme of the DOstamperSTARS Camp-a-Rama was Stamping Through the Holidays.  I'll begin with the Stampin' Up! halloween themed product suite called Howlstooth and Scaringbone


DOstamperSTAR Jan Carlson immediately came to mind for this product line.  Halloween is one of her favorite times of year and I knew she'd be up for designing some projects and a display.


We both had been eyeing the Toxic Treats Box in the 2012 Holiday Mini Catalog (pg 24).  So Jan went to work to figure it out and came up with this...

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She also created this card and additional display items too.  Take a look...

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stampin up, dostamping, dawn olchefske, demonstrator, toxic treats, jan carlson

Here's a close-up of the "black rhinestones".  TIP:  Just use a black permanent marker to color the rhinestones.  What a great "spooky" touch!

Stamps:  Toxic Treats (127898w or 127901c)
Ink:  Stazon Jet Black
Paper:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango, Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP (126906)
Accessories:  Big Shot, Lacy Brocade TIEF (127819), 2-1/2" Circle Punch, 1/2 Striped Satin Gray Ribbon (127837), Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals




Didn't she do a great job?  Thanks goes out to Jan for all your help with designing, prepping and presenting at this event!  I can ALWAYS count on her...she's the best!


Dawn's FAQ

Q:  Some of you asked: "How can a long distance demonstrator participate in DOstamperSTARS meetings like this one?"

 A:  That's a good question.  As you wouldn't be able to physically attend our get-togethers, there are other ways to be involved or to participate. 

  • Swapping!  We swap at every meeting.  Just send your swaps to me and I'll send them back to you after the meeting.
  • Videos!  I tape the presentations made at meetings and post them on our DOstamperSTARS Blog. 
  • Projects!  Yes, you can receive the meeting projects too!  I have a TO GO option available to anyone who can't make it.

So whether you're local (MN) or long distance, you too can participate in DOstamperSTARS get-togethers!

If you've been thinking about joining Stampin' Up! is a great time to join and receive a free Halloween Printer's Tray Project Kit!  As always, the Stampin' Up! starter kit is bargain priced at $99.00

and you'll be able to join in the fun at our next get-together!  

I look forward to welcoming you to our DOstamperSTARS!