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April 2015

HSDT Fun Fold #3: Pinwheel Card Tutorial on Splitcoaststampers! (retired list update)

I'm excited to announce, I'm the Guest Tutorial Author on Splitcoaststampers today!   I'm sharing a Pinwheel Fun Fold Card tutorial for Splitcoaststampers. Woohoo!

Painted Blooms Fun Fold card shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup 

With one sheet of Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (8" square), you'll amaze your friends!  In fact, even your kids can make Pinwheel cards.  

Last month when Max (7) and Sam (5) were spending some time with us, they saw some of my Pinwheel Fun Fold samples laying out (the ones I made for this tutorial) and asked if they could make one too.  Of course I said, yes!  In no time at all, they had their Pinwheel cards done and were decorating the inside with a variety of stamps.  They were SO proud!  I just love being able to craft with them and to see their smiling faces as they create something with their own two hands. Ah, warms my heart.  But I want the details right?  Here you go...

Pinwheel Fun Fold:

  • 8" square of Designer Series Paper
  • Diagonal score all four sides at 3"
    • Note: if you don't have a Diagonal Score Board, try the Envelope Punch Board and line up to the 3-3/8" mark for the diagonal score (thanks Barb!)
  • Cut out "triangles" where the score lines crossed over each other
  • Flip paper over and "straight" score at 1" on all four sides - but only down to where the triangle was cut out.
  • " Valley" fold 3" scored lines, "mountain" fold 1" score lines
  • Fold card together like a box top, tucking under the last fold

Painted Blooms Fun Fold card video shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

More Details:

  • Inside panels measure 4" square Whisper White, 4-1/8" square Wild Wasabi.
  • Belly band"strip is 1" x 11" Daffodil Delight.  
  • Medallion is the 2" (Whisper White) & 2-1/2" (Wild Wasabi) Circle Punches.  
  • Cotton Twine is attached with my Handheld Stapler trick shown in last week's Box Stand Fun Fold video
  • Oh - and it fits in Stampin' Up!'s medium envelope too!!

To see a photo tutorial, visit my Pinwheel Fun Fold Tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.  

Or watch my How'd She DO That? video below.  Be sure to watch until the end, as you won't want to miss all the extra samples, from simple to the "stepped-up" version shown above...just sayin'!

WATCH VIDEO: Pinwheel Fun Fold, huh?  Let me know what you think by leaving a comment...thanks!

Now's the time to stock up on this stunningly beautiful Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper from the 2015 Occasions Catalog, which ends June 2nd.

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawn's Stamping Supplies



It's that time of year again!  Time to say goodbye to retiring products from the 2014-2015 annual catalog.  I did update my post yesterday with an additional easy-to-read, view by page # Retired List.  

For all "retired list" options, and details about retiring products and availability, be sure to check yesterday's Retired List post.  That will be the post I'll continue to keep updated.

Note from Dawn (that's me!):  

I know yesterday's shopping experience was difficult for many of you.  Stampin' Up!'s servers were overloaded, but that doesn't make for a pleasant shopping experience, does it?  If you've given up, you still have another option...that's me!!  I's the "old-fashion" way.  But that's what I'm here serve YOU!  Feel free to contact me ( with your order list and payment option (be sure to include your full name, address and phone # where I can contact you), and I can process your order for you.  

Here's what one of my customers had to say yesterday:

Thank you, thank you for your excellent customer service! represent the best component of the organization.  I appreciate you.


Stampin' Up! Retired Lists: up to 50% off, While Supplies Last!


It's that time of year again!  Time to say goodbye to retiring products from the 2014-2015 annual catalog.   Each year Stampin' Up! retires products to make way for the new.

Transition Information

  • Starting today, you can order retiring products until June 2nd or while supplies last.
  • Selected products discounted up to 50% off, supplies will go fast. 
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamps, Stampin' Up! will keep producing retiring stamps until May 26th
  • However, accessories are only while supplies last (NOTE: popular accessories tend to sell out fast, so don't delay)
  • Get out your wish lists and be sure to get your favorites before they are gone!
  • New 2015/2016 Annual Catalog will be available June 3rd

Retiring List: Stamps & Accessories

These lists will be updated daily to show the availability of all retiring products. Download the PDF for a quick reference, or use the Excel file to sort the list by product name, price, page number, discount, availability, or product type. 

Shop: Retired Stamps and Accessories

Note: Many of the In Color Products and 12x12 card stock products are sold.  The lists above are updated.


My Digital Studio Announcement

Retired List MDS

After careful evaluation and consideration, Stampin’ Up! has determined that as of May 31st, they will no longer offer MDS or its associated professional print services.  See here for My Digital Studio FAQ's

Retiring List: MDS - 30% off on all MDS Products

Shop: My Digital Studio


4/21 Weekly Deals: Ornate Tag Topper, Framelits & More

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

Dawn's Favorite

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

Woohoo - April's Just Cards Buffet TO GO Class was popular with my monthly subscribers this month...only 7 class kits left.  So get your class today, before they run out!  I think you're gonna enjoy this month's class.  

Now Available - April 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 mostly available on the 2nd Thursday/Friday of the month (with some exceptions)
  • 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

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 )

Featured stamp sets: 


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 #):


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

Thank you!

Dawn Olchefske
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator 


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


Butterflies Thinlits Have Landed - Get Yours Today! 

NOTE:  The annual Stampin' Up! Retired List is coming tomorrow!

HSDT Fun Fold #2: Birthday Bash "Box Stand" Card

This week's Fun Fold HSDT Video is a fun one that anyone would love to receive!  Make your cards "stand out" with this easy-to-make unique Box Stand Fun Fold card for birthdays and more!  It folds flat for mailing but when opened, reveals a fun "box stand" feature.

Many moons ago - I did a similar card for a Stamp Camp.  The orientation was a "portrait" card and now 10 years later I wondered how a "landscape" card might work/look.  So I put on my accountant visor, got out a pencil and went to work play on recalculating the measurements for such a card.  When it all came together, I was giddy with delight! 

Box Stand Card Fun Fold HSDT video series by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

I selected the 2015 Occasions Catalog Specialty Designer Series Paper called Birthday Bash.  A closer look reveals some gold foil features on two sheets - which I used on this card. 

Box Stand Card Fun Fold HSDT video series by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

Box Stand Card Fun Fold HSDT video series by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

Box Stand Card Fun Fold HSDT video series by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

closed view (will fit in Stampin' Up!'s medium envelope)

Be sure to check out the How'd She DO That? video for tips and tricks, as well as LOTS more samples for Dads & Grads, Birthdays and Brides!

WATCH VIDEO: Box Stand Fun Fold Card by Dawn O


Well - what do you think of the Box Stand Fun Fold Card?  Be sure to leave a comment; I love hearing from my readers.

Thanks for stopping by~Dawn O


Dawn's Box Stand Fun Fold Card Measurements

Box Stand - Landscape (shown above) 

  • Pop Up Card: 4" x 3-1/4" (stamped panel), 4-1/4" x 3-1/2" (mat)
  • Box Piece: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"
  • Create slit in box piece at 4-1/4" mark, cut from 1" to 4-1/2" 
  • Score 3/4", 2-1/8", 2-7/8, 4-1/4" (same as slit), 5-5/8, 6-3/8" & 7-3/4"
  • Designer Series Paper (optional):
    • (four) 5-1/4" x 1-1/8" strips
    • (two) 5-1/4" x 1/2" strips 

Box Stand - Portrait (as shown in video)

  • Pop Up Card: 5-1/4" x 2" (stamped panel), 5-1/2" x 2-1/4" (mat)
  • Box Piece: 4-1/4" x 11"
  • Create slit in box piece at 5-1/2" mark, cut 1" to 3-1/4"
  • Score:  1", 2-3/4", 3-3/4, 5-1/2" (same as slit), 7-1/4, 8-1/4" & 10"
  • Designer Series Paper (optional):
    • (four) 4" x 1-1/2" strips
    • (two) 4" x 3/4" strips


Dawn's Stamping Supplies


Butterflies Thinlits Have Landed - Get Yours Today! 

The Butterflies have Landed!

After a (very) long migration, the Butterflies Thinlits Dies have landed in Stampin' Up!'s warehouse and are now available for purchase!

They're here!  Butterflies Bundle by Stampin' Up! #dostamping #stampinup

Remember, you can take advantage of two special offers through April 30: 

Purchase any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted prices (links updated)

Find Butterflies Bundle Inspiration here

Get yours today!

NOTE:  Stop back later today.  I've got a new Fun Fold video for you!!


DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge #128: Feel Goods with Reverse Mask Stamping

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


When I saw this week's Thursday Challenge I was kind of stumped.  My first thought was of the "sunshine" greeting from the Feel Goods stamp set.  Then to create the sunshine.  And it hit me...there's a "sunshine" stencil (mask) in the Hooray It's Your Day Card Kit.  So that's where I started.

Reverse Mask Stamping technique card created by Dawn Olchefske for DOstamperSTARS Challenge Thursday DSC#128 #dostamping #stampinup 

When I started playing around with the mask, I found I wasn't really getting the look I was going for...the rays AND a sun. Then it hit me...use the mask like a stamp, which is where the "reverse mask stamping" comes in to play. Here's what I did...

Reverse Mask Stamping

  • Ink up the mask itself using ink refills (Daffodil Delight & Rose Red) and Stampin' Sponges. Randomly dab on the color.
  • Liberally spritz the inked up mask with water (spritzer came with the kit - woohoo!)
  • Place a piece of Watercolor Paper onto mask, press and hold to make sure the paper absorbs the ink and water.
  • Remove paper from the mask and delight in your awesomeness!
  • (Hmm...I'm feeling a How'd She DO That? video coming in the future.  What do you think?)

Reverse Mask Stamping technique card created by Dawn Olchefske for DOstamperSTARS Challenge Thursday DSC#128 #dostamping #stampinup

NOTE: Let dry before stamping the greeting.  Also...I recommend stamping the greeting with Stazon Jet Black Ink.  I tried the Memento ink and the results were disappointing; not nice and crisp like the Stazon.

Now that I've cracked open the Hooray It's Your Day Project Kit, I may have to play with it some more!

Enjoy~Dawn O


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


Dawn's Stamping Supplies


Remember...from the day the Butterflies Thinlits are available again (hopefully Friday) through April 30, Stampin' Up! is bringing you two special offers:


Butterflies Thinlits Update & Swap Inspiration

I know you all are anxiously awaiting the arrive of the Butterflies Thinlits Dies.  I have a list of several of you that I'll notify directly when they are ready to order.  Today was supposed to be that day however, there is a new update from Stampin' Up!...

We have received notice from our supplier that the container with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies was finally unloaded from the ship; however, there is a shortage of trucks, which has delayed the container being picked up. We have secured a truck to pick up the container, and, as of now, it is scheduled to be delivered to Stampin' Up! on Friday. We will post an update as soon as they are available.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to await their arrival!


In the meantime, I thought I'd share some Butterfly Bundle Inspiration for you.  I've had these swaps for awhile and have been saving them for just the right time to share.  I think today is a good day for that, don't you?.  As usual, these fabulous cards come from Control Freaks, Stamp Share for Leaders, DOstamperSTARS and other fellow demonstrators. 

Butterflies Bundle swap cards shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Caroline van der Staaten)

Butterflies Bundle swap cards shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Connie Tumm)

Butterflies Bundle swap cards shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Diane Rosburg)

Butterflies Bundle swap cards shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Jan Viktora)

Butterflies Bundle swap cards shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Jodi Levesseur)

Butterflies Bundle swap cards shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Jodi Levesseur)

Butterflies Bundle swap cards shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup(Karen Titus)

Butterflies Bundle swap cards shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Laurie Zoellmer)

Butterflies Bundle swap cards shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Lisa Petricka)

Butterflies Bundle swap cards shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Lynn Anderson)

Butterflies Bundle swap cards shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Melissa Davies)

Butterflies Bundle swap cards shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Rachel Tessman)

Butterflies Bundle swap cards shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Susan Campfield)

Butterflies Bundle swap cards shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Adele Heffern)

Butterflies Bundle swap cards shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Susan Miller)

Wow,15 cards! Aren't they incredible?  So many things that you can do with the Butterfly Bundle?

Enjoy~Dawn O


Remember...from the day the Butterflies Thinlits are available again through April 30, Stampin' Up! is bringing you two special offers: