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June 2015

VIP Sneak Peek: RMHC Sprinkles of Life Cupcake

Each year Stampin' Up! has a stamp set designated as the Ronald McDonald House Charities set.  For each set purchased, they donate $3.00 to RMHC.  This year's set, Sprinkles Of Life couldn't be any cuter!  Plus, it matches a brand new punch called Tree Builder

Sprinkles of Life & Tree Builder Punch card shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

 What's New

Sprinkles of Life & Tree Builder Punch card shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

DOstamping VIP Members received this project sheet PDF a couple of weeks ago in their bi-weekly newsletter, along with 3 other projects!  In each VIP newsletter, I share 4-6 ideas for your inspiration. How can you receive project inspiration?  Two ways...

  1. When you Shop With Me, you'll be added to the list!  (NOTE:  be sure you allow your demonstrator to contact you when you create your account.  If you don't, then I won't have access to your contact information and I won't be able to send you catalogs, thank you's or add you to my VIP Member list)  
  2. When you Join My Team, you'll receive the same inspiration via our STARS private blog.  That's right - you won't miss a thing! (plus 2 free stamps when you join during June!)

Sprinkles of Life & Tree Builder Punch PDF shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

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I just had to laugh about today's card.  It's actually one of my favorite layouts.  I've used it before for classes and swaps, and it looks like it's become a favorite of others as well.  How do I know?  Well, take a look at what I received from fellow demonstrator, Jolene Harms.  I had to chuckle when I received it.  Great minds think alike!

Sprinkles of Life & Tree Builder Punch card shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup (Jolene Harms swap)

I love it...of course I would! 

Enjoy~Dawn O


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6/16 Weekly Deals: Punches and Ribbon, oh my!

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.

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Perfect Peacock Anniversary

Perfect Peacock Anniversary card by Dawn Olchefske  #dostamping #stampinup

If ever there was an image begging to be colored, it's this majestic peacock on a branch. The Perfect Peacock stamp is not a typical image I would purchase.   As much as it begs to be colored, it's really too much coloring for me.  However, a dear friend of my collects peacocks and I just had to get it! 

Perfect Peacock Anniversary card by Dawn Olchefske  #dostamping #stampinup

This past weekend she and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. So I finally put stamp to paper and did a little experimenting with coloring.  As coloring is not my forte, it did take a couple tries.  Initially, I embossed the peacock in gold (for their 50th) and started coloring.  But the color wasn't popping the way I had hoped it would.  So "take two" seemed to work and here's what I did:

  • Start with a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Shimmery White cardstock (it's my preferred paper to use when I'm coloring with water...notice I didn't say watercolor.  I'm so not a watercolorer!)
  • Stamp Perfect Peacock with Versamark ink and heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.
  • Color using Aqua Painters (I prefer mine a bit more on the dry side, so I have more control)
    • Color wash peacock with Tempting Turquoise ink, let dry
    • Add details to feathers/body with Island Indigo and Elegant Eggplant inks
    • Color wash flower with Wisteria Wonder ink, let dry
    • Add details to flowers with Elegant Eggplant
    • Color wash leaves with Pear Pizzazz ink, let dry
    • Add details to leaves with Old Olive ink
    • I did add another layer of Island Indigo ink to the feathers, as I wanted the color to be a little more intense

Perfect Peacock Anniversary card by Dawn Olchefske  #dostamping #stampinup
I'm pleased as a peacock on how this turned out (I know, I could resist)!  It did take a little time to find what would work, but once I got in my coloring rhythm, it went pretty fast.  I would make another one (if the occasion called for it).  

Actually, I thought the peacock could be stamped in a single color and would make great thank you cards. Hmm...I think I'll have to put some together for her.

Enjoy~Dawn O 


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HSDT Fun Fold #5: Watercolor Wings Tunnel Card

Here's the next video in my Fun Fold Card Series and it features the Tunnel Card Fun Fold. It was one of three projects we did at my Stamping Club Class last month.  We used Occasions Catalog products (Birthday Balloon stamp set).  However, for today's video, I reached for some new product...Watercolor Wings Bundle and Fluttering Texture Impressions Folder.

Watercolor Wings Tunnel card Fun Fold HSDT video series by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

I kept the front of the card pretty clean and simple.  But boy, it packs a wow!  The new Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is awesome and a must-have!  I didn't want the texture over the entire card, so I had to do a little fadoodling to figure out to do it (tips shown in the video).  Love the results!

Watercolor Wings Tunnel card Fun Fold HSDT video series by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

Here's a closer look at the smaller butterfly from the Watercolor Wings Photopolymer Bundle

  • Stamp outline image with Elegant Eggplant
  • Stamp inside details with Wisteria Wonder
  • Die cut with Butterflies Framelit
  • Add the new Silver MetallicThread (tips shown in video)
  • Adhere to card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Watercolor Wings Tunnel card Fun Fold HSDT video series by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

As pretty as the front of the card is, the even bigger wow is when you open it up to reveal the "tunnel" on the inside of the card.  

Here's some Tunnel Card details:

  • Only uses two 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" sheets of card stock.
  • The "window" piece is scored at 2-1/8, 4-1/4" & 6-3/8"
  • Die cut a window in the center of the window piece (I used Oval Collection Framelits)
  • The "base" piece is stamped before folded in half (tips shown in the video)
  • Only adhere the left panel and the right panel of the window piece to the base piece.
  • Decorate the front of the card as you like
  • See a demonstration in the video below (watch until the end for three more samples)

WATCH VIDEO: Watercolor Wings Tunnel Fun Fold Card


Comment left on my YouTube channel:  Another way to only emboss where you want could be to let the top plate cover only the part you want embossed ie: not covering the whole embossing folder.  (Thanks goes to Louise Rolf!)

So...what do you think about Tunnel cards?  Fabulous, right?!

Thanks for stopping by~Dawn O


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

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

June 2015 - sold out

June 2015 Card Buffet class TO GO by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup 

Here's a list of the stamp sets used for this month class:

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.

In addition, four of the cards are using the new In Colors.  I recommend the ink and paper pack bundle, which is specially priced - basically includes a pack of assorted cardstock for free!



  • 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 (also...scroll down to view past kits availability)


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:  [email protected]


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 all 7 card offerings (the 8th will be a duplicate of one).
  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 [email protected]

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


DOstamperSTARS Thursday Sketch Challenge #136: Watercolor Wings Bundle

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

DOstamperSTARS Sketch Challenge #136 #dostamping #stampinup

New Watercolor Wings card by Dawn Olchefske for DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge #136 #dostamping #stampinup

Look ma, no ribbon!  I didn't use any ribbon on this card...very unlike me.  But there is still plenty going on with today's card.  New products include - Watercolor Wings Bundle(with Bold Butterfly Framelits) and Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.   And I'm lovin' both of them!!

New Watercolor Wings card by Dawn Olchefske for DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge #136 #dostamping #stampinup

Stampin' Up! made classic butterflies even better by putting them in a Two-Step Stampin' set. Two-step sets have a base image and overlay images that you can combine over the base image. Use the colors and images you want to create the butterflies you want.  For this one, I used three stamps.

Here's how to create the butterfly:

  1. Stamp solid butterfly image with Daffodil Delight
  2. Stamp the outline butterfly image with Calypso Coral
  3. Stamp the inside detail image with Calypso Coral, but first stamp off on a scratch piece of paper (I thought it was a little dark when I didn't stamp off).
  4. Experiment with different color combinations and "stamping off"

Want to see it in action?  Be sure to stop on by on Saturday.  I'm sharing another Fun Fold video using this stamp set and texture folder.  Besides the fun fold, I'll be sharing tips for using the new products as well.  You won't want to miss it!

Enjoy~Dawn O


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Ding!  That's the sound of another new STAR!

There's no better time to join Stampin' Up! and the STARS than with a new catalog launch!  And if that isn't enough, Stampin' Up! has sweetened the deal with an additional two free stamp sets of your choice.

Special Starter Kit Offer details:

  • June 2-30th
  • Purchase the Stampin' Up! $99 Starter Kit (choose $125 of merchandise of your choice)
  • PLUS you'll get to choose two stamp sets of your choice!
  • Which stamps do you get to choose from? That's the best part: you get to pick any stamp set from the new annual catalog!


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6/9 Weekly Deals: Pansy Punch, Ribbon and TIEF's

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  

May Paper Pumpkin Alternative Ideas Video: Birthday Bundle Kit

May 2015 Paper Pumpkin alternate ideas by Dawn Olchefske  #dostamping #stampinup

If you're not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber,  now is a great time to give it a try and get 50% off your first two months (for new subscribers). Offer ends soon...June 10, 2015

Offer Details: Use the code SAVE50 to join Paper Pumpkin by June 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included). 

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If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you've been enjoying the new May 2015 kit, Birthday Bundle.   Which included:

  • Birthday Bundle stamp set
  • Island Indigo Stampin' Spot
  • Supplies to create six cards and four bags
  • See Birthday Bundle video by Stampin' Up! on how to complete the projects that come with the 

Also - as a subscriber, you can purchase additional Paper Pumpkin kits and refills here

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Birthday Bundle Alternative Ideas - Dawn O

May 2015 Paper Pumpkin alternate ideas by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

This first thing I thought of when I saw the Birthday Bundle Bag was...bunny ears.  I know, weird huh?  But I went with it and I'm pleased with the results.  Stickin' cute, huh?!

May 2015 Paper Pumpkin alternate ideas by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

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May 2015 Paper Pumpkin alternate ideas by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

Here's an out-of-the-box idea for you...use the balloon stamp to create flowers!  How fun is that?  I was giddy when I tried it and I really like the cheerful look of the flowers.  Check out the video below so you can give it a try!

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Want step by step instructions for both of these projects?  PRINT: May Paper Pumpkin Alternative Idea PDF 

WATCH VIDEO: Birthday Bundle Alternative Ideas by Dawn O



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