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March 2015

Swaps: Sheltering Tree Inspiration

Create your own friendship-scape with flowers, bikes, and trees. The Sheltering Tree Two-Step stamps give you so many creative options.  Combine individual stamps to build the final image you want in the colors you want.  Great for all occasions all year-round.  Check out these fabulous Sheltering Tree swap cards from my fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrators...

2015 Occasions Sheltering Tree swaps share by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Joey Hartman)

Control Freak Swap: Joey Hartman 

2015 Occasions Sheltering Tree swaps share by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Becky Roberts)

 Control Freak Swap: Becky Roberts

2015 Occasions Sheltering Tree swaps share by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Betty Weisbrich)

 Stamp Share for Leaders Swap: Betty Weisbrich
cased: Linda Heller

2015 Occasions Sheltering Tree swaps share by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Lisa Schultz)

Stamp Share for Leaders Swap: Lisa Schultz

2015 Occasions Sheltering Tree swaps share by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Julie Davison)

Control Freak Swap: Julie Davison 

2015 Occasions Sheltering Tree swaps share by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

 Stamp Share for Leaders Swap: Unknown

2015 Occasions Sheltering Tree swaps share by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Carmen McNamera)

Stamp Share for Leaders Swap: Carmen McNamera 

2015 Occasions Sheltering Tree swaps share by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Brenda Hukriede)

Stamp Share for Leaders Swap: Brenda Hukriede

 

Sheltering-Tree

Sheltering Tree Photopolymer Stamp Set


Enjoy~Dawn O

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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

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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...

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DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge #124: Altering Sheer Perfection Vellum

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

DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge DSC#124 #dostamping #stampinup

 

Altered Sheer Perfection Vellum Sale-a-Bration Card shared by Dawn Olchefske for DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge DSC#124 #dostamping #stampinup

Today's sketch is a good basic sketch, great for both beginners and experienced card makers.  I decided to keep it simple and use some pattern paper for the focal point. I hadn't had a chance to work with the new Sale-a-Bration Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack, so today was the day to play.

Altered Sheer Perfection Vellum Sale-a-Bration Card shared by Dawn Olchefske for DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge DSC#124 #dostamping #stampinup

If you come in closer, you can see that the flowers look white and yellow.  That's not because of careful coloring.  That's so not in my wheelhouse.  I actually tried a few things to get the look I was going for. 

Altered Sheer Perfection Vellum technique shared by Dawn Olchefske for DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge DSC#124 #dostamping #stampinup

  • First I tried dry embossing the back side with a Simply Scored Stylus
  • Not quite what I was looking for, so instead I colored the back side of the vellum with 2014-2016 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow).
  • That was closer to what I was looking, but still not exactly what I envisioned. 
  • Then I thought, "hmm...what if I do both?  Ooh...you may be onto something Dawn."
  • Here's what I did...color first, then dry embossed.  I was giddy with the results.
  • (Note: the backside doesn't look so great, but the front...oh, so pretty!)

Altered Sheer Perfection Vellum Sale-a-Bration Card shared by Dawn Olchefske for DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge DSC#124 #dostamping #stampinup

It's hard to capture the final look and feel.  But trust me...this card just begs for you to touch it.  In fact, I can't stop rubbing my hands over the flowers.  

The greeting from Simply Wonderful and Baker's Twine from the In Color Accessory Pact are both Sale-a-Bration choices, which ends in just 10 days. 

You're Simply Wonderful ~Dawn O

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Want to see another way to alter Sheer Perfection Vellum?  Check out Stampin' Up!'s video below.

WATCH VIDEO: Sale-A-Bration Papers Coloring Techniques

 

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

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Dawn's Stamping Supplies

Glue Dots
$4.95

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

Just Released...Dawn's Just Cards TO GO Class 

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 Rhonda B recently shared,

I was looking for something to do to earn a little extra money after I retire...My wonderful sister, Rose, talked me into going along with her to a "stamp camp". I kept telling her, "I can't do this" and all she would ever say back was "YES YOU CAN".....Once there, I enjoyed myself and really enjoyed making cards. The cards lead into the paper crafts...and what a stress reliver it is! Although I am only in it as a hobbiest, we do craft shows every spring and fall. I have a few coworkers that keep me busy too. So Thanks to my wonderful sister, Rose, that is how I got connected to the DOstamper STARS too! 

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 - tomorrow we're having a Virtual Gathering on facebook - woohoo!  From sharing creative ideas and tips, swaps, business tips and more...we have a fabulous and 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! 

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March 2015 Just Cards Buffet TO GO Class is Ready for YOU!

After the last couple of month's of Just Cards Buffet TO GO Class selling out so fast, I decided to make a few extra kits this month. I think you're gonna enjoy this month's class.  

Featured stamp sets: 
 
 
 
If you don't want to miss out, be sure to sign up for my Monthly Subscriber option (listed below).
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March 2015 

(scroll down to view availability of past month's offerings)

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

  • Card Buffet TO GO Fee: $24.99 for 8 pre-cut card kits, includes postage/paypal fees
  • US mailing addresses only
  • Available while supplies last
  • Kits are typically available on the 2nd Thursday of the month 
  • Monthly Subscribers are given priority (see below on how you can be a monthly subscriber)
  • All sales are final
  • Click Buy Now button below to purchase your Class Kit

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Get your JUST CARDS BUFFET TO GO CLASS today! 

  

NOTE:  Within 24-48 hrs of your purchase, your class kit will be mailed and you'll receive an email notice with your card kit PDF.

NOTE: If you have trouble with the Buy Now button, click here

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Monthly Subscriber Information:

Don't want to miss Dawn's "Just Cards" Buffet TO GO Class each month?  Become a monthly subscriber!  Monthly Subscribers receive a special 3-Day Advance Notice of the class availability (before they are made available to the public). This ensures monthly subscribers can get their class kit before they are sold out.  In addition, subscribers are guaranteed to receive a full selection of the card offerings (see #1 below).  After 3-days, any remaining class kits will be made available to the public.

Contact me today to become a Monthly Subscriber (with your full name, mailing address and phone #):  DOstamping@yahoo.com

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Here are the details for Dawn's "Just Cards" Buffet TO GO Class:

  1. You'll receive a variety of the card kits shown. You'll receive at least 5 or more different card kits, of which some you'll receive two of, for a total of 8 card kits. (Cards may not be hand selected, as they are packaged randomly.)  However, monthly subscribers will be guaranteed a full selection of card offerings.
  2. Card kits include envelopes and the pre-cut card pieces and accessories for you to complete your card.  Adhesive is not included.
  3. Details instructions are NOT provided.  Once the class is mailed to you, you will receive an email notice that will include the card kit PDF.  The PDF will include a photo and supply list for each card.  Be sure to save the PDF to your computer to assist you in completing your card.  If you need detailed instructions, this class may not meet your needs.
  4. Die cutting and shape punching will be completed for you (without stamped images).  However, most border punching is NOT provided.
  5. Texture embossing will be completed for you as well, except when stamping first is necessary. 
  6. Stamped images are NOT included in the card kits.  This is in accordance with Stampin' Up! copyright/angel policy.   If you do not have a specific stamp set used for a card, you may purchase them in my online store or you can substitute like-size or styled images.

If you have any questions or want to be a monthly subscriber, contact me at dostamping@yahoo.com

Thank you!

Dawn Olchefske
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator 

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Here's what people are saying...

I love all your designs and they are so easy to complete. - Gladys

Just wanted to confirm that I received the beautiful ...card buffet to go and can’t wait to see what’s up for (next month)!!  Mahalo and have a great week! - Sandy

"Oh Dawn! How BEAUTIFUL!," is what I squealed when I opened your...Buffet TO GO Class! All perfectly cut, beautiful papers, trimmings, and even the PDF for the ideas, just exquisite! Your kit came to me perfectly mailed and quickly! Thank you so very much for offering this great kit!  I look forward to buying more kits from you! Big, huge, inky hugs, -Megan

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Past Kits availability:

Dec 2014 Card Buffet Class TO GO offered by Dawn Olchefske, #dostamping #cardmakingkits #stampinup

 December 2014

 

  DOstamping Card Buffet Class TO GO, November 2014

 November 2014 

on sale for only $19.99

 

DOstamping Card Buffet Class TO GO, October 2014

October 2014

on sale for only $19.99

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Petal Potpourri, Lovely Amazing You & SAB In Color Accessory Pack

I received my Lovely Amazing You Photopolymer Stamp Set the other day and had to crack it open right away.  I'm totally lovin' the font for the greetings plus you can't go wrong with feathers too (another image in this set).  I immediately put it into action with these two cards, pairing it with the Occasions stamp set, Petal Potpourri and the new SAB In Color Accessory Pack.  Check it out... 

Petal Potpourri Bundle (save 15%) card with Lovely Amazing You photopolymer (Feb Release) card created by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

 

Petal Potpourri Bundle (save 15%) card with Lovely Amazing You photopolymer (Feb Release) card created by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

This is the first one I made, inspired by a card a saw on Pinterest.  I like the basic layout, but I wanted to take it up a notch.  Sometimes I need a "practice" card first before I start to get the feel of a stamp set.  Do you do that too?

Petal Potpourri Bundle (save 15%) card with Lovely Amazing You photopolymer (Feb Release) card created by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

By turning the "side stamped panel" into a tag, I get a completely different look to the card.  Now I'm really happy with the card - it makes me smile.  I hope it makes you smile tool, as it's one of the cards included in my March Just Cards Buffet TO GO class that will be ready to purchase tomorrow (Thursday, 3/19)...stop back then.

Petal Potpourri Bundle (save 15%) card with Lovely Amazing You photopolymer (Feb Release) card created by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

If you look closely, you'll notice a strip of Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack.  I'm lovin' this paper that is not just for Valentine's Day.  When you flip it over - ALL the designs are black & white.  I added Hello Honey ink with a sponge dauber, creating a custom paper for my project.  

You're Lovely & Amazing~Dawn O

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Meet the STARS

Speaking of Pinterest...Meet Linda B

My sister introduced me to Pinterest 3 years ago. At that same time I moved to a new town/state and was looking for something to fill my time (I am an empty nester now). I saw some cute Christmas cards (SU stamp set) and thought I would like to try that. Needless to say, I was hooked. I was spending so much, I thought I would become a demo to save money. I picked Dawn since I was following her blog and she has a "sweet voice" on her videos and cute grandkids! I don't have any customers, but am keeping my extended family supplied with cards (and OWH)

Are you an "emptynester" like Linda?  In fact, I was an empty nester when I joined too.  I was looking for something to fill those empty hours, yet be a creative outlet too.  I joined for the discount (as most do!) and look where I am today...wow!  

We'd love to welcome you to our community of STARS.  You can learn more about the STARS and Stampin' Up! here.

Join Stampin' Up! during Sale-a-Bration and choose an bonus gift of...

Two 2015 Sale-a-Bration items
OR
One Project Kit from 2015 Occasions Catalog (5 to choose from)

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3/17 Weekly Deals, Additional Sale-a-Bration Items added, Paper Pumpkin Video

Weekly Deals

We've got some fabulous deals for you this week! To take advantage of 25% savings, be sure and add this Week's Deals to your shopping bag.

weeklydeals from Stampin' Up! #dostamping #craftingsupplies

 


GuestSTAR: Mackenzie Fuchs Swap Angel

Today I'm sharing a couple of cards made by DOstamperSTAR Mackenzie Fuchs. She was a "swap angel" for our last swap (filling in for someone else at the last minute).  She rose to the occasion with flying colors.  Every time I walk past my display with her cards - I just have to smile.  She has such a talent and I'm so glad she was able to be our swap angel. Take a look...
 
Cheerful Critters DOstamperSTARS swap by Mackenzie Fuchs share by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup 
 
Simply Wonderful DOstamperSTARS swap by Mackenzie Fuchs share by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup 
Didn't she do a fabulous job?!  Be sure to check out her blog Do All Things (she shares her craft room re-do, it's awesome!)

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Meet Mackenzie...

I had been looking for a place to go and make cards because I did not have a lot of supplies so I googled "card making classes mn" and Stampin' Up! popped up. After finding the demonstrator in my area I saw that she had an upcoming card class and I emailed her asking if I could join. After attending the class and wanting EVERYTHING in the catalog, I ended up placing a few orders over the course of a few days. I was hooked!

So I started to think about the demonstrator opportunity in the back of the catalog--was it for me? I'm not the most outgoing person and my network isn't very large so I wasn't sure I would be able to sell to other women! I did know one thing though, I wanted everything in that beautiful catalog! I started researching what it meant to be a demonstrator and found some great blogs about how you don't have sell to others to be a demonstrator, you can join to enjoy the demonstrator discount (be a "happy shopper"). My heart fluttered! I could have my cake and eat it, too?! Yay! I contacted Heidi, my demonstrator, and asked her what she thought.  Before we could even meet to talk about it, I just signed up!  I couldn't wait to get my order(s)!

It has been a year now and I am in love with all the ways Stampin' Up! takes care of their demonstrators

  • preorders for all the new catalogs
  • events where I can meet up with other women that love what I love
  • all the opportunities to stay inspired
This truly is a unique opportunity and its so easy to find inspiration! I always like to tell people that I love Stampin' Up! because everything coordinates. I used to go to the local craft stores and see many, many cute things I'd like to use but then I realized how they are all in different collections and none of those collections coordinate. That just doesn't work for me; I need to know that all my supplies are going to work well and play nice together.
If you're thinking of joining Stampin' Up!--DO IT! You won't regret it and you will fall even more in love with stamping (and save some money in the process). 

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

I think she said it perfectly!  Are you like Mackenzie and want to be a "Happy Shopper"?  Then joining now may be the right time for you.  During Sale-a-Bration (ends March 31st), you can select an additional gift of either...

Need more information?  Learn more here

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

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HSDT Video: Flower Pot Hexagon Punch Window Card

Wow - you all really liked the Hexagon Punch Sale-a-Bration card I shared here.  I did too.  I couldn't stop playing with it.  So I pulled out another favorite DSP of mine, the Flower Pot Designer Series Paper (just in time for spring)!

QC Hexagon Punch card using Flower Pot DSP created by Dawn Olchefske (with HSDT video) #dostamping #stampinup

This is one of the cards that will be included in my Just Cards Buffet TO GO class (to be available next week).  If you want to be one of the first people to get my March class - be sure you're on my Monthly Subscriber list, so you can receive advance notice!  Contact me for more information.  

QC Hexagon Punch card using Flower Pot DSP created by Dawn Olchefske (with HSDT video) #dostamping #stampinup

The Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack is a perfect accent for this card.  With a star, flower & heart shapes, you can make a card for almost any occasion. 

QC Hexagon Punch card using Flower Pot DSP created by Dawn Olchefske (with HSDT video) #dostamping #stampinup

I had tons of fun playing around with different color combinations and the Petite Pairs stamp set greetings.  Can't decide which is my favorite.  For tips on making this card, be sure to watch the How'd She DO That? video below (HSDT). 

WATCH VIDEO: Quick & Cute Hexagon Punch Card

 

So - what do you think?  Cool, huh?  A perfect card for using up your Designer Series Paper scraps! 

Sending Many Thanks~Dawn O

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