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Guest Designer: Ann Truenow & Because I Care

Today I'd like to introduce you to one of my DOstamperSTARS, Ann Truenow.  She is a Supervisor from Kimball, MN (Just east of St. Cloud).  Ann celebrated her Stampin' Up! two year anniversary this past spring and her business is booming.  

Here's how Ann got started as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Ann was looking for fundraising opportunities and contacted me to see if I would be willing to do a Stampin' Up! fundraiser.  Of course I would.  So we met at a coffee shop to discuss how it would.  She brought her sister with - who was going to participate in the fundraiser too.  As we started to discuss the logistics, her sister mentioned that maybe Ann should become a demonstrator.   Ah - duh, Dawn!!  I mean - of course she should!  Ann had done several parties with me before and she would be great.  What was I thinking, not offering her the opportunity!  Shame on me!

Sometimes we get so caught up in the routine of doing things, we just plain forget.  So if you are just like Ann (or have a sister like Ann's), you too should sign up to joinTalk to your demonstrator (or me) and start having fun now!

On to Ann's cards from our last DOstamperSTARS Shoebox Swap & Pizza Party:

Ann-Flower 

Shoebox Swap Card - for this card, Ann had us using the THUMPING technique
Directions:  Ink your stamp up in the lighter color, Marina Mist.  Then use the Concord Crush Stampin' Write marker and "thump" (bounce) color onto your stamp.  Then stamp onto your cardstock.  Fun technique - thanks Ann!


Ann-Flower-Leader 

This is Ann's "Leader Swap" card.  Because Ann is one of my Leaders, she participates in my leadership swap too!  These cards are "step-it-up" cards.  A few more layers, maybe a special embellishment, etc.

Check out Ann's Stampin' Up! Blog!

Thanks Ann for your friendship, leadership, hard work and always postive attitude (which will take you far)!
 

Stamping Supplies
Stamps:  Because I Care (hostess level one)
Ink:  Marina Mist, Concord Crush Marker, Pear Pizzazz Marker
Paper:   Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black  Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper
Accessories:   Marina Mist 1/8"  Ribbon, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, Big Shot, Large Oval & Scallop Oval Punches


Introducing Bobbi Peterson

Today I'm introducing you to Bobbi Peterson.  Bobbi will be celebrating her one year anniversary as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator next month.  She has been so much fun to get to know.  And let me tell you...I got to know her fast!  No sooner did she sign up, she also registered for convention.  So she was my convention buddy last year!

Bobbi had been stamping for many years and it was a natural step for her to take to sign up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  She found me on the internet.  I guess my story touched her.  We hit it off right away!

Speaking of hitting...

She totally hit the ground running and has had a great first year.  She even had a stamp camp before her Stampin' Up! starter kit arrived.  She has a loyal group of customers/friends who continue to attend her awesome stamp camps.  She's kind, caring, genuine and fun to be with!! 

Living a couple hours away from me, she only attends my quarterly meetings.  We've grown very fond of her and miss her during the other months (though we love her swap cards she sends)!

BobbiStamps

Bobbi-Island-Floral 
Island Floral Die and Favorite Thoughts Stamp Set


Tropical-Party-Bobbi
Isn't this just beautiful?!  Very clever window card!  (Tropical Party Stamp Set and Lattice Embossing Folder)


 Bobbi's-Display

Here's some cards she brought to share with us! 

Thank you Bobbi - we love it when you come!!!!

Enjoy~Dawn O

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Well Scripted, Gotta Have it!!

Today, I'm sharing a couple of cards using the Well Scripted stamp set.  It's from the 2010 Occasions Mini catalog and comes in both clear and wood mount. 

I have to say - hands down...this will be the stamp set I will miss the most from this catalog.  It's a must have for any stamper!

Both of these cards were made my friend Bobbi Peterson, one of my DOstamperSTARS

Bobbi
Bobbi 
Thanks for sharing Bobbi!

OK - if you don't already own Stampin' Up!'s Well Scripted stamp set - You've got less than a week (until April 30th), to get it!  It's a perfect compliment to almost any card!! 

Enjoy~Dawn O

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Guest DOstamperSTAR: Jenny Maetzold

Today I want to introduce you to one of my DOstamperSTARS, Jenny Maetzold.  Jenny would describe herselft as a hobby demonstrator.  She's been stamping and scrapbooking for years (longer than me) and was a club member of mine for a few years.  Now as a demonstrator, she has her own club and is enjoying the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. 

At each of our DOstamperSTARS get-togethers, I encourage everyone to bring something to share (business or creative idea).  At our March meeting Jenny shared some wonderful creative ideas with us and I just have to share her with you!

Jenny 

Jenny's Swap Card

Brayer-Technique
Brayer Technique Cards

 

Fox&Friends-Notes
Fox & Friends 3x3 notecards using the Hostess Level I Pattern Paper Pack

 

In-Loving-Arms


This framed Scrapbook Art is such a beautiful piece of art and a beautiful story too!  Jenny shared with us that for each of her kids, she takes a picture of her husband holding them high in the air with one hand.  As his father did to him and his grandfather did to his father (as shown in the pictures in the frame).  Awww-isn't that an adorable story that definitely needs to be preserved!

I was touched by Jenny's sharing at this meeting, as I am with her friendship!  She's been very sweet in sharing with me what it means to her to be able to attend our meetings.  With a husband, four children and many committments, it's something she looks forward to each month.  I get misty-eyed thinking that I'm able to provide such meaningful and appreciated events for my downline friends.  But I couldn't do it without the support of my downline and their contributions to each of our fabulous meetings!  From sharing, display boards, creative and business presentations, helping with setup and clean up, DOstamperSTARS are the BEST!!


Join my fabulous DOstamperSTARS team and you too can look forward to getting together with my team each month.  For Long Distance Demonstrators...All presentations are videotaped and shared on our DOstamperSTARS Video Blog - so you can feel like you're there too! 

PLUS...If you join now, you will also receive TWO FREE Technique DVDs from Stampin’ Up!, each packed with technique demonstrations that you can use to help start your Stampin' Up! Business!  Check out JOIN MY TEAM & DOstamperSTARS to learn more about the wonderful benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and a my awesome DOstamperSTARS benefits too!  Ask me about my special gift to new demonstators!

Or if you’re ready to join my DOstamperSTARS, Join NOW with my password: dostamping

Enjoy~Dawn O ________________________________________________________________________

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DOdesigner: Pixie's Thomas the Train Card

Today I'm featuring Pixie Elletson from my DOstamperSTARS group.  Her grandson LOVES trains and of course Pixie has "fed" this love!  What else is a grandma have to do?

She has brilliantly used Stampin' Up! paper and punches to create this one-of-a-kind handmade card of Thomas the Train.

Thomas The Train

How stinkin' cute is that?! 
Say - she has the directions! 
Go check out her blog,
The Pixinator

Speaking of trains & grandsons...I took this cute picture of my grandson Max this weekend.

 MaxTrain

See what else he's holding that goes everywhere with him...let me introduce you to Puppy!  Clever name, huh!

He's a got a few favorite stuffed animals, all with "clever" names.  Here's how the conversation goes

Umma (that's me):  Max, what's your dog's name?

Max:  Puppy

Umma:  Max, what's your cat's name?

Max:  Kitty

Umma:  Max, what's your seal's name?

Max:  Sammy, the seal (from the book)

Umma:  Max, what's your wolf's name?

Max:  Wolfie

Umma: Max, what's your tiny puppy's name

Max:  Pokey Little Puppy (from the book)

So, there you go!  You've met all 5 of his little stuffed friends.  If he could - he'd take all 5 of them with him everywhere he goes.  But for now - it's only Puppy, Kitty and Pokey Little Puppy.  Wolfie and Sammy stay at our house waiting for Max's visits!
 

Enjoy~Dawn O

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DOstamperSTARS: Last of the Swaps!

Here are the last, but not the least of the swaps from our February DOstamperSTARS meeting. 

Our next meeting is coming up on Thursday, March 25th.  Our swap theme is "Use it Up!"  You know - you've got Designer Series Paper and accessories laying around.  Stop hoarding them and use them up!  My Leadership Team is organizing the make & takes and presentations for this meeting.  I'm so excited to see what they have planned!  You guys ROCK!

Gayle

Look what Gayle did - she used the Petals of Plenty Embossing Folder and Frost White Shimmer Paint on her background!  Did you know...both of these products (from the Holiday Mini catalog) are still available to order?!  Well they are! 

Both Gayle's card (above) and Pixie's card (below) use the Welcome Neighbor 6x6 Designer Series Paper Pack which is FREE with a $50 purchase!

Pixie

Here's Pixie's Easel Card with the fun "grass" at the bottom.  Love all of the details with the Build-a-Brad, the extended Word Window punch out and of course Bling with Dazzling Diamonds!  (Find measurements for Easel Card here)

Enjoy~Dawn O

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DOdesigner: Jessica Howe & Wonderful Mother

Here's a fun pocket card that one of my DOstamperSTARS, Jessica Howe made with my all-time favorite Designer Series Paper, Razzleberry Lemonade.  She also used the Razzle Dazzle stamp set along with Well Scripted from the Occasions Mini Catalog.

JessicaA

JessicaB

Dawns Stamping Tips
1.  The "pocket" is created with the Big Shot and Pennant Die (small pennant), along with the insert using the Top Note Die.
2.  The greeting is punch using the Wide Oval Punch and matted with two Melon Mambo Scallop Oval punches (how clever!)
 

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Enjoy~Dawn O

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DOdesigner: Jan Carlson & Messages for Mom

One of my favorite swaps cards from our last DOstamperSTARS meeting was made by Jan Carlson.  Before I get to her cards, I want to mention that Jan is a huge help at my DOstamperSTARS meetings, but especially this last meeting.  I can pretty much hand off most anything to her and she'll "get 'er done"!  Thanks Jan!!

OK - on to her cards...

Jan

Isn't this a great springy card?  I love the colors and the unique layout.  Way to go Jan!

Because Jan is a member of my Leadership Team, she also made a step-it-up card.  Look at all the details on this card!  Ain't it great?!

Jan 
 
Thanks for a great job Jan!  If you'd like to see more of Jan Carlson's work, check out her Stampin with Jan blog.

Enjoy~Dawn O

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