2013 Stampin' Up! Convention Awards

Wow - what an awesome awards night at the 2013 Stampin' Up! Convention!  But before I share that, I want to take a minute to look back in time...(insert dreamy harp music).

2004 Stampin' Up! Convention, Dawn Olchefske, DOstamping

Here's me at my first convention - 10 years ago

As Stampin' Up! recalls and celebrates 25 years, it's moved me to look back to when I started Stampin' Up! and my very first convention 10 years ago. I didn't know anyone at the time, but who knew that 10 years later, some of my dearest friends would be forged from our connection to Stampin' Up!  

Also who knew - as extraordinary women like Mary Polcin from Wi crossed that stage 10 years ago inspiring me to actually build a business, that I too would be crossing that very same stage for extraordinary accomplishments myself.  

Also who knew - that I would be just like Mary and inspire others.  I was stopped by many of you as you thanked me for sharing, inspiring, educating you and more!  I was moved to tears many times with your stories and appreciation for what I do.  (I'm misty-eyed just writing this now)

On a more lighter note - it was fun to walk around with one of my DOstamperSTARS, Gayle Klingelhoets for her very first convention...who told everyone she was my bodyguard and photographer.  What a hoot!


Finally...onto the awards night.

2013 Stampin' Up! Convention, awards night, stampin up, dawn olchefske, dostamping, DOstamperSTARS

back: Connie, Robyn, Jenny
front: Jan, Laurie, Dawn (me), Gayle

First off, thanks to the fast feet of DOstamperSTAR, Jan Carlson...she snagged some front row seats.  Always fun to sit in the front row.

Not only was I celebrating 10 years with Stampin' Up!, $400k career milestone, Acheiver Bonus and Grand Vacation earner (to Western Caribbean), but I acheived some very special awards as well.  Take a look...

2013 Stampin' Up! Convention, awards night, stampin up, dawn olchefske, dostamping - 5th-Place-Sales

Top 10 in Sales - #5

2013 Stampin' Up! Convention, awards night, stampin up, dawn olchefske, dostamping, 7th-Place-Promotions
Top 10 in Promotion - #7

2013 Stampin' Up! Convention, awards night, stampin up, dawn olchefske, dostamping, Founders circle

Founders Circle Acheiver - Top 100 demonstrators

Thanks to all my awesome customers, DOstamperSTARS, family and friends who supported me this year.  You're all the bestest and I love ya all!!

So here's to the next 10 years...DREAM BIG!  Because with a dream, a plan and can DO anything!

Enjoy~Dawn O

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The NEW Stampin' Trimmer is HERE!

I know many of you have been patiently waiting for Stampin' Up! NEW Stampin' Trimmer.  Well - it's here!!!



Stampin' Trimmer (#126889) features: 

Introducing the new and improved Stampin' Trimmer! Although paper trimmers are a common crafting tool, this trimmer was designed  exclusively by paper crafters for paper crafters AND because it was made by Stampin' Up!, you know it's a cut above the rest!

Features of the All-New Stampin' Trimmer

  • An extra-wide 6-1/4" cutting base and an extended 14-1/2" ruler
    • The extra-wide cutting base provides a large work area and is marked in 1/4" (4 mm) increments, allowing for small measurements. 
    • The right-side grid helps you measure and cut very thin strips.
    • The extended cutting arm has a stabilizing leg to provide a sturdy and steady cutting surface for longer cuts. 
    • When fully extended, the extended cutting arm sits flush with the  trimmer base, providing more accurate and consistent measurements across the entire surface.
    • The cutting base and track include a full ruler, incorporating  measurements down to 1/16" and grid lines that mark each quarter inch. 
    • All rulers and measurements on the base are printed under a plastic cover so your measurements won't wear off.
    • The base has nonskid feet, which keeps the Stampin' Trimmer securely in place on your work area.
  • A full 12" cutting and scoring track
    • The extra-long cutting track has space at the top and bottom so you  don't have to take the cutting and scoring blades out when you're not  using them. 
    • The track gives you enough space to cut or score a full 12" (30.5 cm) without having to remove or switch out handles. 
    • The cutting track locks in place for secure storage or transport. 
    • The track includes an insertion point for cutting and scoring blade  handles so you can easily insert handles into the cutting track.
  • Specially designed handles and cutting track to ensure straight cuts
    • The hook on the scoring and cutting blade handles keeps the handles stable so the cuts are as straight as possible.
    • Handles come in two colors: dark for cutting, light for scoring. 
    • The precision tip on the cutting blade allows you to pinpoint precisely where you're cutting.
    • The point on the side of each handle shows you where the blade will  cut, making it easy to see exactly where your cuts and scores will  begin.
  • Storage compartment under base
    • The storage compartment holds scoring and cutting tools such as a  Bone Folder, Simply Scored Stylus, extra scoring and cutting blades, and even business cards. 
    • Separate compartments within the storage compartment keep your tools organized, and the clear cover makes it easy to see what you've stored.
  • See below for a quick video from Stampin' Up! Brian Pilling

WATCH VIDEO: Introducing the NEW Stampin' Trimmer


The reviews are in from DOstamperSTARS!

  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new trimmer it was sooo worth the wait - Stacy
  • It's worth every penny of the $29.95 and it now has to be one of my FAVORITE NEW STAMPIN' UP! PRODUCTS...IT IS JUST PLAIN AWESOME! - Bobbie
  • I agree, the new stampin trimmer is THE BEST!!  Cuts like butter. Love how the score tool and the cutting tool are extended and out of the way...this (trimmer) is outstanding on getting the job done! - Debbie
  • I agree with everyone as well.....  I received my trimmer last Tuesday & I just love it! - Robin

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Stampin' Up! Awards, Advisory Board and Thank You!

This past year was a highlight of my Stampin' Up! career.  I had an outstanding year and have so many things to be thankful for. 

My family & friends...they continue to believe in me and give me the space I need (emotional and physical) to be successful.  Thank you!

My customers...both long distance and local, you lift me up everytime I see you and each time you choose me to do business with.  Thank you!

My downline...both long distance and've become my friends and stamping buddies.  I'm so glad you've joined my stamping family.  Thank you!

My fellow demonstrators...I can't even count how many of you took the time to say hi, or share your story or to tell me how I inspired you.  You touched my heart!  By Saturday, I was so emotionally overwhelmed by your kindness that I had a hard time keeping it together (as I am, even writing this today).  I'm thrilled to have made a difference in your lives.  Thank you!

My Advisory Board, what a year! The seven new friends I made on this journey are near and dear to my heart.  I can't say enough about this special experience and I'm so glad I took it with each of you.  Thank you!

Stampin' Up!...what a wonderful company to be associated with.  It was a joy to get to know the corporate team this year.  Thank you Shelli Gardner for believing in me.  Thank you Pam Morgan for your guiding wisdom.  From Demonstrator Support to my Business Development Advisor,'re all the best.  Thank you!

On to the special gifts from Stampin' Up! 2012 Convention Awards Night...


The purse is from earning Founder's Circle!  Founder's Circle is Stampin' Up!'s recognition for the Top 100 Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.  This is my 5th year in a row to earn this special recognition.


The yellow wrapped box contained this beautiful wallet.  Awarded for my 8th place achievement in Sr Associate Promotions!


In the Tiffany & Co blue box was this special recognition for serving on the Stampin' Up! Advisory Board this past year.  It's so beautiful.  When I look at it, I'll be reminded of this special year that I spent with my new friends and the opportunity I was given to make a difference!


One of the perks of serving on the Stampin' Up! Advisory Board was reserved front row seating.  Here we are at Awards Night...Deb Valder, Denise Sullivan, Dawn Olchefske (me), Josee Smuck, Laura Bartos, Missy Shipman, Susan Elise Morton.   

Thanks for an awesome year!
Dawn O


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Stampin' Up! Convention 2012, Awards Night

Woohoo, Thursday was a fun day at the Stampin' Up! Convention 2012. 


Shelli Gardner (CEO & Co-Founder of Stampin' Up!) at Convention 2012

The morning general session with Stampin' Up! staff greeting us with a huge line of high 5's, was so cool!  An awesome convention song and video.  I hope they post it on YouTube, as you gotta see it!

There was a guest speaker, Jason Dorsey.  He was awesome, both fun and educational. 

Then I was off to Make and  Takes.  Followed by a couple of organized swaps, fabulous classes and a sneak peak at MDS2 - it's gonna be awesome!

Denise, me, laura, meg
(Denise, me, Laura, Meg)

Then Awards night.  They did it Oscars style...great job!  There was even a "red carpet" area for photo ops.  he he...don't we look like rock stars?!  I have to say, Stampin' Up! does an awesome job of making us feel special.

I'm so delighted and thrill with my business this past year.  And YOU, my customers and downline help make it happen...THANKS! 

Me-FC Purse
(The Founder's Circle Purse!!)

As you know...I did earn Founder's Circle, top 100 Stampin' Up! demonstrators.


But in addition, I also recognized in one of the top 10 categories!  I've never been in the top 10 before, but I thought I might have a slim chance for the Sr Associate Promotion Catagory.  And sure enough - I was #8.  At least I think I was 8.  I was so excited to hear my name called, I wasn't paying enough attention to the number.  Woohoo - super
exciting!  ( that I relook at the picture...duh #8!)  Very cool to see your name on the screen!!

(2011/2012 Stampin' Up! Advisory Board...Deb, Susan Elise, Josee, Missy, Laura, Meg, me, Shelli and Denise behind Shelli.)

In addition, the outgoing Advisory Board was recognized for our service and asked to give a 2-minute "speech" on our AB experience.  So it was a busy and rewarding night!

I hope you enjoyed this little mini overview of the day - thanks!!

Dawn O


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