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Alternate Idea for Sale-a-Bration FREE Card Tin!

Today I'm sharing another FREE Sale-a-Bration choice...the possibly overlooked gold and white Card Tin (I looks yellow in the photo, but it's actually gold and looks beautiful!)  

Many of my customers have asked if we carry empty card tins.  Now you have a chance to stock up on them for FREE (with a $50 or more order during Sale-a-Bration).

Stampin' Up! FREE Sale-a-Bration card tin shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping 

Sale-a-Bration Card Tin

  • White tin box with printed metallic gold stripes
  • 9 customizable card divider tabs
  • 6-3/4" x 5-1/2"
  • FREE with a $50 or more order!

What a beautiful way to store handmade cards for all occasions OR...

Create a beautiful recipe storage tin!  This would make for a great bridal shower gift (everyone at the shower could bring a recipe to share with the new couple).  Add the couple-to-be's initials to it for a personalized gift.  It would also make for a great housewarming gift.   

  Stampin' Up! FREE Sale-a-Bration card tin receipe box shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping 

Sale-a-Bration Card Tin Recipe Box

  1. Die cut five rose shapes from Whisper White cardstock using Rose Garden Thinlits.  
  2. Place roses on tin cover to determine placement, then trim off any overhanging pieces.  Adhere with Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Let dry.  (Tip:  use an adhesive eraser to remove any unwanted adhesive)
  3. Die cut letters from Basic Black cardstock using Large Letters Framelits.  Adhere with Fine Tip Glue Pen.
  4. Stamp "recipe cards" using Archival Basic Black ink and Labeler Alphabet

  Stampin' Up! FREE Sale-a-Bration card tin receipe box shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping 


   Stampin' Up! FREE Sale-a-Bration card tin receipe box shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping 

What a nice way to remake the Sale-a-Bration Card Tin into something the special couple will treasure for a lifetime!

How do you get your hands on it?  Place an order of $50 or more (before shipping/tax) and you can choose this Sale-a-Bration FREE set!  Start decorating your card tins today...Shop Here 

Enjoy~Dawn O

Looking for measurements? 

Rose Garden Thinlits Dies sizes shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

Large Letter Framelits Dies sizes shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup

Looking for all of Stampin' Up!'s Framelit and Thinlit measurements?
Check it out, along with printable PDF's!

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Stamping Supplies (click on the products to shop online)

Stampin' Up! FREE Sale-a-Bration card tin shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping 


Sale-a-Bration...It's the time to Join!

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Join Dawn's DOstamperSTARS

What are DOstamperSTARS?

That's the name of our stamping community...STARS for short. I enjoy welcoming new STARS to my group. We're from all over the United States. As you're considering joining Stampin' Up!, you may have questions about how I would support you in your Stampin' Up! endeavors. I offer a variety of ways to connect, learn, grow and to have FUN!  Such as:

  • Exclusive Team Blog - reminders, tips, inspiration & more
  • Private Facebook Groups - These are private groups where you can share to your hearts content with like-minded stampers! 
  • Swapping Opportunities
  • Blog Hop Opportunities
  • Meetings - both local and online/virtual
  • Recognition & Incentives
  • surPRIZE Patrol on Facebook - you never know when they are coming!
  • Training available for workshops, clubs, classes, recruiting, tradeshows, blogging and more!
  • Additional support/coaching available

We have a great community of STARS that share and answer each other's questions on our private facebook groups.  If you're looking for fun, a positive atmosphere, a place to grow and share...then you'll fit right in!

Hobbyists are welcome!

  • Psst...did you know?  80% of my DOstamperSTARS Team are Happy Shoppers - purchasing for themselves (and family and friends too).  That's'll fit right in!  
  • I welcome the hobbyist who's looking to be a "happy shopper" (and save money), as well as those of you that want to build a business (and make money).
  • There's room for both and everyone in between. 

When you join during the Sale-a-Bration promotion, not only will you get the fabulous starter kit for only $99 (and free shipping), but you also get to choose TWO FREE STAMP SETS (that's a value up to $104 - wow!)

Learn more about here

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Guest Artist: Jessica Howe Stampin' Up! Framed Wall Art

Oh my gosh - you guys are going to love today's feature project.  It's a framed wall art piece made by DOstamperSTARS Jessica Howe.  She shared it at our last month's get-together and she just blew everyone away with what she created! 


Here's Jessica proudly displaying her project.  It's it gorgeous!!

For close up pictures, tips and a supply list, be sure to visit Jessica's Inkin' Your Way blog.  Thanks for sharing your talent with us Jessica!


Speaking of DOstamperSTARS Get-Togethers...

Our next one is a special event on October 1st.  One of our tri-annual Camp-a-Rama's...Wrap Up Your Holidays!  If you're a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, or interested in the Stampin' Up! opportunity, you are invited to attend this fun event!

We have demonstrators coming from MN, WI and IA!  Only a few day's left to register and we're over 75% filled.  Sign up today!

Oh and stop back tomorrow for the announcement on our final guest speaker.  You're gonna love her!

RSVP now to hold your spot.  Registration ends September 15th!!

Holiday Gift: "Jingle All the Way" Frame or Glass Block that packs a WOW!

Today I'm sharing two different projects using the same Stampin' Up! supplies:  Jingle All the Way Decor Elements and 1-1/4 Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

If you're looking for an easy-to-do, no stamping, economical gift that packs a big WOW...this is it!!

First up is a blast from the past, as I bring out of storage (so to speak), a fun project I did with my DOstamperSTARS demonstrator group two years ago.  Let me tell you...they were a huge hit!!  In addition, I made several of them as gifts for family and friends.  Everyone raved about them!!


Don't remember these "Jingle All the Way Glass Blocks" from 2008?  Then, check out the glass block project details here

Next up is another take on the same project - just a different medium.  Well, actually the same medium.  Both "Jingle All the Way" vinyl's were applied to glass.  However - today's version is actually a dollar store frame (glass section measures 4x4).


This is DOstamperSTAR Jan, who was the recipient of my Holiday Gift Exchange at our DOstamperSTARS Camp-a-Rama this past weekend (more pics to share coming soon).

Dawns Stamping Supplies

-Jingle All the Way (small red #114707)
-1-1/4" Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
-4x4 Frame (from dollar store)

Purchase the Stampin' Up! supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE

Enjoy~Dawn O


Dawn's, Did you know...

...about Stampin' Up!'s Definitely Decorative product line?  Featuring our line of Decor Elements vinyl images (including exclusive hostess choices), Decor Accents foundation pieces and Decor Stencils...view in my online store here

Stampin' Up! On Board Books, Heart Tag

I'm getting ready for my DOstamperSTARS downline meeting tonight.  I always look forward to my monthly demonstrator meetings.  Whether they are hobbyists (or what I call preferred buyers) or business builders, I SO enjoy being around them ALL.  They energize me with their enthusiam and love for Stampin' Up!

So using the new On Board Heart Books from Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog was a natural choice for one of our make & takes.  Each book has 8 "pages" for only $4.95.  What a bargain!



Look at the Sweet Pea Stitched Felt Flowers!  Are they adorable?  Great texture element.   Also a great bargain at $7.95 for 52 pieces (found in Occasions Mini Catalog).

Dawn's Stamping Tips
1.  Trace the On Board Book Heart onto Sweet Pea Designer Paper and cut
2.  Apply Anywhere Glue Stick to your chipboard piece
3.  Use Sanding Block on the outer edges
4.  Sponge Coordinating Color (Taken With Teal) on the outer edges
5.  Use Pop-up Glue Dots to adhere Sweet Pea Stitched Felt Flowers

Supplies:  Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack (what a bargain at $24.95 for 48 sheets!), Sweet Pea Stitched Felt, Rose Red Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Taken With Teal Classic Ink, Stampin' Sponge, Anywhere Glue Stick, Big Shot, Serif Essentials Alphabet Dies, Sanding Block, Pop Up Glue Dots   

If you've ever thought about joining Stampin' Up!, now is a great time.  With the Starter Kits (two to choose from) on sale at 15% off, PLUS a free stamp set ( up to $47.95 value), you can't beat it!  Join Stampin' Up! NOW and become part of my DOstamperSTARS group.

Enjoy~Dawn O


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Build-a-Bear Workshop Name Frames - Oh so CUTE!

Hey - did you know?  I was selected by Stampin' Up! as one of 60 demonstrators to test Build-a-Bear Workshop (BABW) Parties.  So I got in gear and made up some cutes samples. 

Of course - when I think of BABW, I think of my grandsons Max & Sam. Aren't they cute?!


Here's a cute name frame I made for each of them to match their rooms.  I just love the way they turned out!!



I first cut a chipboard bear so they would be sturdy.  Then decorated the bears using the Pawsitively Prints Designer Series Paper (#118060) and cardstock to match.  The clothes were die cut with the Beary Essentials Bigz Die (#117978).  The cap and star was cut with Beary Boy Sizzlit Die (#117981).  The letters were cut with my new Alphabet Simple Letters Bigz Dies (#115960) - LOVE 'EM!

Max's uses: Close to Cocoa, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Brilliant Blue, Brocade Blue and Pumpkin Pie. 
Sam's uses: Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, Close to Cocoa Basic Black & Chocolate Chip.

FYI - The frames fit a 4x6 photo

I'm so excited to give these to them for Christmas!

Enjoy~Dawn O


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Tour De Freaks November Blog Hop Tour: Gift Giving!

Welcome to the November Tour de Freak Blog Hop tour which officially starts November 20th!  We are so excited that you have joined us today on our Sixth Blog Tour.  This month we are featuring Gift Giving Ideas!  

Our tour is nice and short and features some of your favorite Control Freaks Stampers. You may have come here by way of Erin's Blog.  If so, welcome!  At the end of my post you will be directed to the next stop so make sure to keep on reading and don’t forget to click through on to the fabulous blog of Janine Tinklenberg.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the tour!

I decided to feature Gift Packaging.  You know...all those little things you find at the $ store.  Well - you need something FUN to put them in.

First up - Lotion and Nail Care


Luckily these products match Stampin' Up!'s Orchid Opulence cardstock and Ink! 


For the nail care gift, I just altered the package label and added some Organza Ribbon and silver cording. 


For the lotion, I made a 2-4-6-8 box (from 8 1/2 x 11).  Stenciled the snowflakes with Orchid Opulence ink using the Vintage Ornaments II stencil and a sponge.

TIP:  decorate the cardstock before scoring or cutting.


The white snowflake is die cut using the Merry Details Sizzlets Die and attached with a Ice Circle Rhinestone Brad.

Now..something for the kids.  Penguin lotion, notes and ornaments!


I found these adorable Penguin items at the $ store and just had to have them!  I thought - not only would they make great stocking stuffers, but that I could make some matching punch art ornaments. 

OK - so you have to know...I've never made my own punch art.  I mostly just copy others and have been amazed by their creativity.  SO....


Viola - Aren't these stickin' cute?!  I can't believe how adorable they turned out.  They even got husband approval.  I made them into ornaments to attach to the packaging.


I used vellum cardstock to wrap both of these gifts.  I made a vellum open "envelope" for the post-it notes


For the Lotion - I just wrapped vellum around the bottle, leaving a couple inches at the top.  Scrunched the top together and wrapped in Tempting Turqoise Ribbon and attached the penguin ornament!

I thought about stamping on the vellum (which would be cute), but I liked seeing the item through the vellum.  Sometimes less is more!

Well, that's it for me.  I hope you enjoyed this stop on the Tour De Freaks Tour.  Be sure to visit the next stop with Janine Tinklenberg We look forward to seeing you again on December 20th for our next Tour de Freaks Blog Tour!




Crystal Glitter: Boo Boxes and Spooky card

At my last DOstamperSTARS meeting we had several people volunteer to demonstrate some fun ideas.  I videotaped everyone's presentation (for our DOstamperSTARS video blog), but only got pictures of Jan's projects.  What was I thinking?  I'll have to do better next time.

Today I'm sharing Jan's projects.  She showed us how to use Crystal Effects and Cosmo Fine Glitter to create some awesome BLING!



Aren't these awesome?  Thanks Jan for your BLING demonstration!

Don't forget my DIGITAL SATURDAY Open House this Saturday 10/10/09 - open from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  Stop by for a quick My Digital Studio demonstration.  Stay for food and a make & take.  Plus everyone will receive a card made with My Digital Studio! Let me know if you're coming so I can have a FREE project packet ready for you. 
 Enjoy~Dawn O

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DOdesigner Shelley: Autumn Days Card and Composition Book

Before I share today's project, I want to tell you a little bit about Shelley. She's what I call a Stampin' Up! Preferred Buyer.  What's that?  Well, basically that is what most people refer to as a Hobby Demonstrator...but who wants to be called that?  Preferred Buyer makes you sound like someone special and she is (as is all of the Preferred Buyers on my DOstamperSTARS team).

What makes Shelly even more special is her charming personality and the permanant SMILE she has on her face.  She is such a happy, delightful person.  I'm so pleased that Shelley joined my group last year. She makes me happy everytime she walks into the room.  PLUS...yes, there's more...she's an awesome cook!  She brings the most wonderful desserts to our meetings. 

Well...on to her fabulous 3-D project with matching card.  She picked the AUTUMN COLLECTION and used the Autumn Days stamp set.  I just LOVE this composition book that she made.  Didn't she do a fabulous job?!


Look at the detail on the Pheasant - isn't that beautiful?



Great job Shelley - thank you so much for sharing!

Enjoy~Dawn O


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