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April 2013

FREE MDS Digital Download: Playful Polka Dots

Stampin' Up! just surpassed 20,000 fan on their My Digital Studio's Facebook Fan Page!

To celebrate and say thank you, they are giving away the Playful Polka Dots Digital Kit for FREE! Get yours by Tuesday, April 23th. 

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The Playful Polka Dots Digital Kit includes:

  • 4 designer series paper patterns
  •  55 embellishments
  • one 8 1/2" x 11" template
  • co-ordinating colors included in this download are Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Rose Red

Haven't tried out My Digital Studio out yet?



Awesome Kit: Dolled Up Birthday Kit

In February, Stampin' Up! posted three projects on their Facebook page and asked everyone to vote on their favorite . The winner? The Dolled Up Birthday Kit created by Chris G. of Ohio!

Now you can order the awesme Dolled Up Birthday Kit  and get enough supplies (excluding adhesive) to create six gorgeous birthday cards perfect for the girly girls in your life.

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The Dolled Up Birthday kit includes the following:

  • Dolled-Up Birthday Clear-Mount Stamp (1)
  • 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Crumb Cake Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • 2" x 4-1/4" Very Vanilla Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes (6)
  • Tea Lace Paper Doilies (6)
  • Dress Up die-cuts (6)
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Spot (1)
  • Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim (6 pieces)
  • Sponge Dauber (1)

To assemble one card, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Place the stamp rubber side up and ink with the Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Spot.
  2. 2. Stamp “Happy Birthday” at the bottom of the card front.
  3. Ink the Sponge Dauber with Soft Suede ink and gently antique the doily and the edges of the dress form.
  4. Adhere the pieces to the card front in this order:
    1. Doily
    2. Very Vanilla Cardstock
    3. Dress form
    4. Flower

Add some adhesive and you have everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 (item 133913)!




Two Ways to Get More Stampin' Up! Product!

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Calling all stampers!  Ever wish you had more money to spend on Stampin' Up! products?  

Between April 15 and May 30 we have two ways for you to earn more Stampin’ Up! “money,” which means more free products for you!  Here's how...

1.  Host a $350 party or place a $350 order - earn $30 more!

  • Host a $350 party and earn an additional $30 in Stampin' Up! "money" (total $85.00)
    • Remember: you can have a party anywhere in the US.  Just contact me for a HOSTESS CODE, then invite your friends to place an online order that will be shipped directly to them.
    • You'll received the hostess Stampin' Up! Rewards based on their totals orders and yours too.
    • Contact me to get your very own HOSTESS CODE today!
  • Place an order of $350 or more and earn an additional $30 in Stampin' Up! "money (total $85.00)!

2.  Purchase the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit and receive $30 more for you to choose in Stampin' Up! merchandise for a total of $155, still for only $99.00!  Additional benefits include:

  • Enjoy 20% discount on your future Stampin' Up! purchases 
  • Access to my exclusive DOstamperSTARS blog and private Facebook group, as well as Stampin' Connection (a SU exclusive community).
  • And more!

Learn about Stampin' Up!

Learn about my fabulous DOstamperSTARS

As always...when you JOIN with Dawn (that's me!), you'll receive a welcome gift (tote, pen, notepad and 5-card sampler pack) - to help you get started!  In addition, you'll get 2 free classes (local to attend, long distance will be mailed).

Join the many gals who I welcomed to my DOstamperSTARS community this month!  You can even order NEW Sneak Peek products found HERE

Need more me at [email protected]



QC Part 2: Secret Garden Feels Goods

As promised, here's another Quick & Cute card using the same focal point as yesterday's Secret Garden Feels Goods card and yet, acheiving a different look.

First I want to correct the measurements I shared yesterday.  It seems my hands type faster then my brain thinks (anyone else have that problem?)  Here's the correct measurements:

  • 2" x 3-3/4" Whisper White
  • 3/4" x 3-3/4" Tea For Two Designer Series Paper

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Are you like me?  You've got your stamping supplies out, so you may as well make a second card before putting everything away.  For this card, by just rotating the position of the cardstock, the same white and Tea For Two DSP pieces (from yesterday) will give you a completely different look. 

NOTE: I did change up the "orange" color for this card and used Tangerine Tango instead of Calypso Coral (don't ask me why...I'm sure I had a pretty good reason at the time).  The more I look at the combo below, the more I think Halloween...hmm. 


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 So...let me know which one you prefer?

The landscape QC #1 (right) or portrait layout QC #2 (left)?

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawn's Stamping Supplies:


Don't Forget...Stampin' Up! Specials and New Arrivals 


QC Part 1: Secret Garden Feels Goods

This week's Quick & Cute card features one of my favorite "go-to" layouts.  Often times when I have a creative block, I gravitate to one of my favorite layouts to help get the creative juices going. 

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The key to this layout is the focal point, which measures:

Oops - these measurements have been updated (thanks Barbara!)

  • 2" x 3-3/4" Whisper White*
  • 3/4" x 3-3/4" Tea For Two Designer Series Paper*
  • matted with 3" x 4" Basic Black cardstock

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DAWN'S TIP:  Stamp two extra flowers on whisper white scrap.  Hand cut the the smallest and middle flower sections.  Add to card with Stampin' Dimensionals

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for QC Part 2.  I'll share another card using same supplies (well mostly) but acheiving it a completely different look.  

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawn's Stamping Supplies:



Coming Soon: New WOOD MOUNT Cases!

Introducing Stampin' Up!'s new wood-mount stamp set cases!

WATCH VIDEO: New Wood-Mount Cases
(watch the 60-second video closely for a couple more sneak peeks too!) 


I squealed with delight to see today's announcement!  These new cases are similar to our clear-mount boxes and fit perfectly on the shelf right next to them. They also have the images and stamp set name on the spine to make your search for the right set even easier. 

Starting May 31 all wood-mount sets will come in this new packaging (with the exception of incentive stamps).   

Get ready for all the exciting new products in the 2013/2014 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog--especially the new wood-mount boxes!

Enjoy~Dawn O




On another note...when is spring coming to MN? Look what I woke up to today...7" of snow and counting.  Just keep smiling, just keep smiling (:



Just Smile: Happy Whale, Cloudy Day Big Shot Card

Happy Whale Card

From the must-have Cloudy Day Texture Impressions Embossing Folder, to the Large Scallop Edgelit Waves,  the clever greeting twist (from Oh Whale stamp set) and the Happy Whale itself, today's product is basically a monochromatic card that gives a surprise pop of color with the red heart.  

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This  picture captures a lot of the details of this card.  It's a card that makes me just smile!  How about you?
Enjoy~Dawn O

Dawn's Stamping Supplies:
(Most of today's supplies can be found in the Stampin' Up! 2013 Spring Mini Catalog)