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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Stampin' Up! 2010 Convention Awards Night - Founders Circle 2010

I'm humbled to have acheived Stampin' Up! 2010 Founders Circle again this year.  This is the 3rd year for me and I can hardly believe it.  It's such a special honor that recognizes your hard work throughout the Stampin' Up! year. 

When you arrive at convention and check-in for your awards...this is where you are told you have achieved the Founders Circle honor and given the Founders Circle "purse".  However, it's not until Awards Night, that you find out what your Demonstrator of the Year number is.


Shelli Gardner, CEO and Co-Founder of Stampin' Up!


I earned #61 Demonstrator of the Year - woohoo!  I'm on the left next to Shelli!  Thank you Stampin' Up! for recognizing our hard work!!  What a great company to be a part of.  Shelli's done a wonderful job building a loving, caring, people embracing company!!

Enjoy~Dawn O

Blog Awards Thank You!

I've received several blog awards lately and I wanted to say THANK YOU!  I really appreciate your recognition of my blog!


Received from:

Martha Lucia Gomez
Cheryl Wilcox
Sue Dean
Lisa Young
Gretchen Barron

Oops - I'm missed:  Tammy Fite



Received from:

LeeAnn Greff

Thank you ladies.  I'm honored that you selected me for these awards!  If I forgot someone, just let me know.

Enjoy~Dawn O


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Stampin' Up!: Happy Together stamp set

Here's an adorable card made with my new Stampin' Up! stamp set, Happy Together!  In fact, I received this stamp set as an award for my recruiting efforts last year.  It was on my wish list anyways, so I was excited that I got it for free!  Just another demonstrator perk!

I took my color combo from the Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper - Crushed Curry & Pumpkin Pie.


It's such a cheery card.  Don't you just wanna smile?  I made a dozen of these to keep on hand for upcoming birthdays!  Who knows, maybe you'll get one. 

Supplies:  Happy Together, Crushed Curry & Pumpkin Pie cardstock and Ink, Whisper White cardstock, Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper #115675, Crushed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon 115614, 1-1/4" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle, Scallop Circle punches, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Enjoy~Dawn O




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Stampin' Up! Convention: Awards Night


What a fun Awards Night at the 2009 Stampin' Up! convention!  One of the benefits of earning a place in Founders Circle is that you get to sit in a reserved section up front (along with a guest).  I really enjoy sitting up front at convention, but it is generally difficult to find a seat up front unless you get up early and are at the door before it opens.  Anyone who knows me - knows that I am so not a morning person.  So this is a treat for me!

I was very anxious about whether I would be in the top 100 this year.  Of course after checking in and receiving the notice I was in the top 100, that was a huge relief and great excitement.  So what's the big deal about awards night.  That's when you find out where you ranked. 

I'm humbled & thrilled to say that I am #38!!! 


Here's group #31-40.  I would have cropped off the camera man, but then you wouldn't see Shelly Gardner (Co-Founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!).  She's way to the right!

Then the night ended with one of my favorite Minnesota groups...Tonic Sol Fa!  As always, they were fabulous!


What a fabulous "day one"!



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2008 Stampin' Up! Convention & Tonic Sol-Fa

Hmm...let me set the scene.

So - you're going to your annual Stampin' Up! convention (it's your 5th one!)  It's awards night and you've just received an unexpected, but awesome award (demonstrator of the year #41) and you're flying high.  What could top that?!

Well - Shelli gets up to announce the entertainment for the night.  She starts to describe the group who's about to take the stage and I look at my convention buddy  Laurie and say, "I think I know who she is talking about".  Next thing I know, my favorite MN State Fair a cappella group is on the stage!  I went wild - to say the least.


They were awesome and I'm sure they made some new fans that night!

My husband and I have watched them "grow-up" at the MN State Fair for several years now.  We have several of the CD's and have gone to many of their local performances in Hopkins and Buffalo, MN.  If you want to see them in person (which I highly recommend) - they are at the MN State Fair today and tomorrow, check the schedule here: MN STATE FAIR BANDSHELL SCHEDULE

Can't make it to the fair?  Check out their website for schedule and CD's!

Wanna hear them singing a "Stampin' Up!" song?  Of course you do!  It's a hoot...check it out here: 

More pics...



They were the best to put up with us Stampin' Up! people.  The line was long for their autographs and pictures.  This is a group shot with my roommates.


Just me and Shaun!

Thanks Stampin' Up! and Tonic Sol-fa for the best awards night entertainment ever!!!


Stampin' Up! Convention - Check In Day

This was my 5th Stampin' Up! convention...what a blast!  I traveled with one of my downline, Laurie Z.  She was the best convention buddy ever!  It was her first convention and she was so much fun to be with, to watch her experience her first convention.  (There is nothing like your 1st convention!)

Here she is checking in to get her convention bag (aren't they adorable this year?!), and receive her "My 1st Convention" pin.


After getting our convention bags, which by the way, are filled with Stampin' Up! goodies...stamp sets, pen, convention notebook, convention pin and more, we move on to the awards booth.

Here I am waiting for my sales, recruiting and incentive trip awards and pins.


Look at that goofy look on my face...completely unaware of what is coming next...THE PINK PURSE!  What does that mean?  Well - the top 100 demonstrators earn recognition of Founder's Circle and receive THE PURSE, cash & a trip to St. George, UT.  My heart went to my toes when he brought out the purse.  I could hardly believe it.  I'm just a demonstrator from a small MN town (population 742) - how could that be possible?  A lot of hard work!  I guess I did have a great year.  A BIG thanks goes out to my customers, club members and demonstrators (and my SAM) - you all ROCK!

So here's the purse...


What a whirlwind check-in day!