2015 Sale-a-Bration

What I Love: Sale-a-Bration Starts Tomorrow

Do you think it's a coincidence that Stampin' Up! named one of their Sale-a-Bration free choices "What I Love"?  When what we all love is...Sale-a-Bration time, and it starts tomorrow, January 5th!  

Another thing I love is swapping!  With a new catalog comes lots of swaps.  I'm currently working on some of mine, but a few have already been mailed out and I'm anxiously awaiting their return.  Here's one of my Sale-a-Bration swaps I created using the free choice stamp set, What I Love.

What I Love Sale-a-Bration stamp set card created by Dawn Olchefske, #dostamping #stampinup

I haven't picked up Perfect Plum in a long time, so I decided to use that as my main color and coordinate it with Wisteria Wonder and Wild Wasabi.  The tag measures 2" x 4", then punch with the Ornate Tag Topper Punch.  I finished off the tag with Wild Wasabi Seam Binding and Whisper White Bakers Twine.

What I Love Sale-a-Bration stamp set card created by Dawn Olchefske, #dostamping #stampinup

Here's how the What I Love flowers were created:

  • Outline image, stamp with Perfect Plum ink
  • Inside image, stamp with Wisteria Wonder Ink
  • Leaves, stamp with Wild Wasabi ink
  • Finish off with a White Perfect Accents

Milwaukee On Stage Display What I Love Sale-a-Bration stamp set shared by Dawn Olchefske, #dostamping #stampinup

The What I Love Sale-a-Bration stamp set actually comes with three coordinating images to create a fuller, deeper flower.  I snapped this photo at the Milwaukee On Stage event in November.  The card really caught my eye and I fell in love with the flower image right away.  I think it's a must-have choice with your $50 order.

So...you're new to Stampin' Up! and you're wondering what all the fuss is about with this Sale-a-Bration thing.  

  • It's Stampin' Up!'s annual sales event where not just hosts earn free product, but customers can too!
  • With your qualifying order of $50 or more - you can choose 1 Sale-a-Bration product.  Choose 2 with $100 and so on!
  • There's more rewards for hosts too.  Starting at $250 party/order, you earn an additional $25 in Stampin' Rewards!
  • If you're interested in joining my awesome DOstamperSTARS community of hobbyists and demonstrators, then there's an extra $35 in product for you when you join starting tomorrow.

I've been getting lots of inquiries about joining my team.  I'd love to have you join my stamping community!  Whether you'd like to be a "happy shopper", earn a little money to pay for your hobby or start a Stampin' Up! career, there is a place for you on my team!  We're a fun group of stampers who enjoy not only crafting, but each other too!  You'll receive a warm welcome and more when you join us!  Want to learn more?  Check out the links below:

More Sale-a-Bration details, brochure PDF and Occasions Catalog PDF will be available tomorrow.

NOTE:  the Online Store will be offline between 12am and 2am (MT) while Stampin' Up! transitions to the new catalog.  You'll be able to start shopping at 2am (MT).

Enjoy~Dawn O


Last day to get in on my first round of Occasion Product Shares  2016 Occasions Catalog I Want it All Product Share offered by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

What a tremendous response to my Occasions Catalog Product Share offering.  Particularly the I Want it All share.  You guys want it all.  And why not!  A product share is a perfect way to try a little bit of everything.  Then get full packages, once you've decided on your favorites.

Check out all the details on my Product Share page.  Then get your reservation in today to be in my first round.



DOstamperSTARS Thank You Cards & Gifts

Lately, I've been showered with cards and gifts from my DOstamperSTARS (my Stampin' Up! family)!  First off - getting cards in the mail...isn't that just the best!  Every time I open one of their cards, I'm blown away by their generosity and talents!  Today, I'm sharing them with you. 

DOstamperSTAR card shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Laurie Zoellmer)

Laurie Zoellmer

 

DOstamperSTAR card shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Connie Plaumann)

Connie Plaumann

 

DOstamperSTAR card shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Allison Swink)

Allison Swink

 

DOstamperSTAR card shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Linda Bareis)

Linda Bareis

 

DOstamperSTAR card shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Laurie Zoellmer)

Last but not least...I received a box of goodies from Laurie Zoellmer.  Not only is Laurie a STAR, but she's my personal assistant (some of you may have heard from her) AND she's a dear friend of mine.  She's going through a lot right now and she definitely should not have been sending gifts to me.  But that's the kind of person she is...amazing!

I've ever so grateful to these gals and all of my STARS. They enrich my life ever so much!

Enjoy~Dawn O

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Simply Wonderful: Bridal Shower Congrats

If you're anything like me, you've probably got some spring weddings and bridal showers on your calendar.  Today's card using the Sale-a-Bration Simply Wonderful stamp set is perfect for either occasion.  But I think I really like it for a bridal shower, as I sometimes have a hard time coming up with something for bridal showers.

SAB Simply Wonderful card created by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

To attach the Best Year Ever ribbon, I just used Stampin' Up!'s Handheld Stapler and stapled it in a couple places to the Pool Party Deco Label Framelit die cut.  Makes this a QC card and perfect for those who are bow challenged.  Don't forget to add the Silver Mini Staples to your shopping bag when you purchase the Handheld Stapler.

Enjoy~Dawn O 

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The STARS are waiting for you...!

When you purchase the Starter Kit during Sale-a-Bration - just a couple days left (ends Tuesday), you'll receive a bonus of your choice!

Details:

  • Customize your Starter Kit your way! For just $99, you get:
    • Your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin' Up! products
    • A business supply pack valued at $50
    • That's a total value of $175
  • Plus choose one of the following options for free!
    • Option #1: Receive a FREE Simply Created Project Kit from the occasions catalog with your Starter Kit.
    • Option #2: Receive 2 FREE Sale-A-Bration items of your choice with your Starter Kit.

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Meet newly married Michelle A...,

In high school, a friend and I found a locally-owned stamp shop and started pooling our money to buy supplies. Around that time, my mom came across a lady at work that sold SU! on the side, so she bought me my first SU! sets for Christmas. After that, I went to college and hobbies kind of fell to the wayside. After college, I started scrapbooking & in doing so met a gal that was a hobby demo. I really loved her work and products, so I bought a few things from her over the course of a few years (usually right at Sale-A-Bration). We lost touch, and I decided to try it out myself. I "googled" uplines and found Dawn.  I picked her because she had something about hedgehogs on her site, and I love hedgehogs. We met in person, and hit it off, and the rest is history. 

Michelle has since moved, but we still get to connect via my online community of STARS.  DOstamperSTARS are located all over the United States.  We have occasional local meetings (Twin Cities area), but mostly we gather online.  From sharing creative ideas and tips, swaps, business tips and more...we have a fabulous time.   The STARS are a supportive community that is looking forward to giving you a warm welcome!

Need more information about Stampin' Up! & my DOstamperSTARS?  Learn more here

Are you Ready?  Become a STAR Today! 

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Petal Potpourri Bundle with SAB Simply Wonderful

OK, I have to admit...at first glance of the Petal Potpourri Bundle (with Flower Medallion Punch), I told myself I didn't need another flower punch  & stamp. But I ended up getting it anyways (the attraction of the "bundle" savings is just too much for the accountant in me - ha!)  And guess what?  Once I started playing with it, I decided I really liked it after all.  Does that happen to you?

Petal Potpourri Bundle (save 15%) card with SAB Simply Wonderful card created by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

Today's QC cards are a Petal Potpourri Bundle catalog "case" (copy and share everything).  Sometimes to just get the creative juices going with a stamp set, I like to pull out the catalog and copy Stampin' Up!'s sample .  I was inspired by the one shown on page 23 of the 2015 Occasions Catalog.

Petal Potpourri Bundle (save 15%) #dostamping #stampinup

You'll notice that mine is not exactly the same.  I "Dawn-ified" it.  Meaning, I put my own twist on it.

Petal Potpourri Bundle (save 15%) card with SAB Simply Wonderful card created by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

I wanted to use the buttons from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack and couldn't decide on a color combination, so I created two cards:

  • Calypso Coral & Crisp Cantaloupe
  • Pistachio Pudding & Rich Razzleberry (with Crushed Curry)
  • Leaves are Wild Wasabi 

Petal Potpourri Bundle (save 15%) card with SAB Simply Wonderful card created by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

Ooh - if you look close at the white "tag", you'll see that it has grid lines on it.  That's the Project Life 4" X 3" Grid Cards (cut down to 4" x 2-1/2").  They come in a pack of 50.  I think I may be reaching for these more often as I really like the subtle look of the grid lines.  It adds a little visual texture to the card. 

The greeting is from the Sale-a-Bration Simply Wonderful stamp set - it's filled with several wonderful greetings and is only available with a $50 purchase for a few more days(ends March 31st).

Which one do you like?  Calypso Coral or Pistachio Pudding?

Your Stamping Friend~Dawn O

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Join the STARS during Sale-a-Bration - ends March 31st

When you purchase the Starter Kit during Sale-a-Bration, you'll receive a bonus of your choice!

  • Customize your Starter Kit your way! For just $99, you get:
    • Your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin' Up! products
    • A business supply pack valued at $50
    • That's a total value of $175
  • Plus choose one of the following options for free!
    • Option #1: Receive a FREE Simply Created Project Kit from the occasions catalog with your Starter Kit.
    • Option #2: Receive 2 FREE Sale-A-Bration items of your choice with your Starter Kit.

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Meet Elizabeth... 

In 2002 a friend held a party - I was hooked.  I ended up joining in 2004, so that i could have it all!  Eventually my original upline dropped and though I never was super huge, my business kinda floundered with moves and hurricanes and life, so I quit too. But after about 6 months I decided I couldn't live without this rubber crack and rejoined up as a STAR! I love the encouragement, ideas and support of the STARS community. I'm glad I found you (Dawn)!  You're encouraging, supportive, and creative as all get out but not pushy. You care about us which is why your business does so well.

From sharing creative ideas and tips, swaps, business tips, surPRIZE Patrol and more...we have a fabulous community of stampers.   I look forward to giving you a warm welcome!

Need more information about Stampin' Up! & my DOstamperSTARS?  Learn more here

Are you Ready?  Become a STAR Today! 

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HSDT Video: 7 Ways to Color Irresistibly Yours Specialty Paper!

There is only 5 days left (ends March 31st) to get your free Sale-a-Bration Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This white paper with a glossy white pattern is perfect for coloring using a variety of techniques—coloring reveals the pattern. (12” x 12" Acid free, lignin free. 12 sheets: 2 each of 6 designs.)  As promised, I have seven ways to show you for coloring this paper.     

Take your Irresistibly Yours paper from this...

Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper #stampinup #SAB2015

to this...

7 Ways to color the FREE Irresistibly Yours Specialty Paper from Stampin' Up! shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping

7 Ways to Color Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper 

  1. Sponging (see sample here here)
  2. Stampin' Write Markers
  3. Stamp & Sponge (see a sample here)
  4. Ombre Sponging effect
  5. Stamping
  6. Random Brayering
  7. Stamp & Brayer (see sample here)

Be sure to check out the How'd She DO That? video for Emboss Resist Tips

WATCH VIDEO: 7 Ways to Color Emboss Resist Technique

  

I'm sure there are even more ways for coloring the Irresistibly Yours paper .  Have fun playing and discovering.  That's half the fun of stamping, right?

Enjoy~Dawn O


Suggested Tools:

Stamping Sponges

 


 

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HSDT Video: Something Lacy Meets Irresistibly Yours DSP

One of the three projects my club members made this month featured the Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper called Irresistibly Yours.   If you haven't gotten this paper yet (free with $50 order) or if you haven't played with it yet...it's so much fun! 

Something Lacy background stamp meets Irresistibly Yours Specialty Paper from Stampin' Up! shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping

The card we made was inspired by my friend and fellow demonstrator, Linda Heller.  Her brilliant stamping and brayer technique idea was just awesome and I knew I had to share it with my club members.  Above is my take on her card.

Stamp Brayer Combination Resist Technique

  • Using Something Lacy background stamp, stamp onto Irresistibly Yours paper with Memento Ink
  • Press scrap paper over stamping to remove excess ink
  • Use a paper towel or tissue to remove the rest of the excess ink from the embossed areas
  • Ink up brayer with Soft Sky ink
  • Brayer ink over entire panel.  Repeat until you get the desired shade of color
  • Use paper towel to remove the excess ink that "resisted" over the embossed areas
  • Stand back and admire your handiwork!

Something Lacy background stamp meets Irresistibly Yours Specialty Paper from Stampin' Up! shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping

Just a little bling with the Something Borrowed Embellishments.  It adds just the right touch to finish off this beautiful card. (Side note: my sister, Jill is in one of my clubs and she tried to call "dibs" on sending this card to one of our cousins who is getting married soon.  Well, she may get two of the same card!)

See it in action...

WATCH VIDEO: Irresistibly Yours Resist Technique

 

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for more ways to add color the the Irresistibly Yours paper!

Enjoy~Dawn O 

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DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge #125: Beautiful Bunch Easter Card

It's time for another DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge.  This week we're having a Home Sweet Home Challenge!  

DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge DSC#125 #dostamping #stampinup

For today's Thursday Challenge, my eyes were immediately drawn to the Melon Mambo Gerber Daisies.  So I reached for the Beautiful Bunch stamp set & matching Fun Flower Punch and did my best to create them with stamps, ink & paper. See what you think...

Beautiful Bunch Easter card created by Dawn Olchefske for DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge DSC#125 #dostamping #stampinup

I created the flowers as follows:

  • Stamp flower image with Melon Mambo ink onto Pink Pirouette cardstock - twice
  • Stamp flower image with Rose Red ink onto Melon Mambo cardstock - twice
  • Punch all four flowers with Fun Flower punch
  • Stamp flower image Tangerine Tango onto Daffodil Delight cardstock - twice
  • Punch the center of the flowers with the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch
  • Assemble the flowers with two flower punch outs and one center.
  • Enjoy!

Well, considering I don't have any Easter stamps, I think this came out pretty good (don't you think?)

Happy Easter~Dawn O

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Check out more "Home Sweet Home Challenge" inspiration from DOstamperSTARS (click on their links below) :

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Now Available - March 2015 Just Cards Buffet TO GO class offered by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

Dawn's Just Cards TO GO Class 

There's a few class kits left.  Get yours here

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Join the STARS during Sale-a-Bration!

When you purchase the Starter Kit during Sale-a-Bration, you'll receive a bonus of your choice!

Details:

  • Dates: January 6 through March 31
  • Customize your Starter Kit your way! For just $99, you get:
    • Your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin' Up! products
    • A business supply pack valued at $50
    • That's a total value of $175
  • Plus choose one of the following options for free!
    • Option #1: Receive a FREE Simply Created Project Kit from the occasions catalog with your Starter Kit.
    • Option #2: Receive 2 FREE Sale-A-Bration items of your choice with your Starter Kit.

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As Robyn R recently shared,

I think I must have met Dawn shortly after she started (12 years ago). I've been her customer since then. Every time I would host a party, she would ask me if I wanted to join. I always wanted to, but I'm not big on talking in front of groups and I'm not very pushy about asking people to buy. When I quit my 9-5 job (two years ago), I found that I missed being around people (I love my family but ...) so I called Dawn and signed up. I can't say that my business is booming (yet), but I love what I do. My only regret is that I didn't do it years ago!

My community of STARS are located all over the United States.  We have occasional local meetings (Twin Cities area), but mostly we gather online.  In fact - this past weekend we had Virtual Gathering on facebook - woohoo!  From sharing creative ideas and tips, swaps, business tips and more...we had a fabulous time.   The STARS are a supportive community that is looking forward to giving you a warm welcome!

Prefer a "local" connection?  Contact me at dostamping@yahoo.com and we can try to connect you with a STAR who is more local to you.

Need more information about Stampin' Up! & my DOstamperSTARS?  Learn more here

Are you Ready?  Become a STAR Today! 

#dawnolchefske #dostamping #stampinup #joinsu #dostamperSTARS #homebasedbusiness

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GuestSTAR: Peggy Goetzke's Fabulous Swaps

Today I'm sharing a couple of cards created by DOstamperSTAR Peggy Goetzke.  She's  one of my "long distance" STARS, meaning she's not from the Twin Cities area.  Well over 70% of the STARS are not local to me, they are located all over the US.  

So how do we stay connected?  Good question.  Two ways...

  1. Facebook (our private DOstamperSTARS group is a favorite place to "hangout") - we just had a fun STARS Virtual Gathering last night with games, prizes, creative and business sharing!!
  2. Swap opportunities.  

Whether near or far - all STARS can participate in one of the most favorite activities of a Stampin' Up! demonstrator...swapping!   Peggy's swap cards caught my attention in our last round of swapping and I'm showcasing them today.   Her Best Day Ever card is fun and whimsical and the Adventure Awaits card is perfect for the "sailor" in your life!  I think you'll enjoy them too!

2015 SAB Best Day Ever shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Peggy Goetzke swap) 
Peggy's Supplies

2015 Occasions Adventure Awaits share by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Peggy Goetzke swap)

Peggy's Supplies

What do you think?  Great job, right?!  

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Meet Peggy G...

I'm Peggy Goetzke from IA. As soon as I saw a catalog I was hooked. Best thing is immediate gratification unlike needlework, etc. It can also be done anytime (no weather problems), no need for special clothes., etc.  

I've been a demonstrator for 19 years. I do a few craft shows, classes, and have had a monthly group. My gals have been with me for years and by far, most want cards. They are advanced stampers. Though, I'd like to get into scrapbooking more, as I have 50 years of things to record. I always want to do more, but..I have a young enthusiastic mind trapped in a old body and run out of energy too quickly.

My absolute favorite thing is learning everything new. When the Big Shot came out it was one thing I was sure I did not need. How wrong I was. I also enjoy meeting other demonstrators and sharing ideas, support, questions, etc.  I can’t say enough good things about my upline (Dawn), who does an awesome job supporting her downline. I like meeting other STARS and sharing with them on our Facebook community, etc, Meeting fellow STAR Bobbi was a real gift! We’re stamping BFF’s now.

Become a STAR, Join Stampin' Up! with Dawn Olchefske

I think she said it perfectly!  Are you like Peggy...hooked on the Stampin' Up! Catalog?  Then joining now may just be the thing for you.  During Sale-a-Bration (ends March 31st), you can select an additional gift of either...

Need more information?  Learn more here

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