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Sale-a-Bration Sneak Peak: Sprinkled Expressions and My Upcoming Event

I can't believe it...it's only two more weeks and it will Sale-a-Bration time!  If you're new to Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-Bration is the time of year that Stampin' Up! gives away free product with orders of $50 or more.  In fact - for every $50 increment, you can choose a free Sale-a-Bration product (several to choose from).  In fact, today's card is a sneak peak of one of the stamp sets you can choose, Sprinkled Expressions.

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Oh my gosh...isn't this a super cute card!  It could be used for SO many different things.  Of course for congratulations, but also a kids birthday, elementary school graduation, sports awards, etc!

Punch Art Medallion (punch list)

119850 - 1-3/4" Circle Punch (stamped with Pacific Point)
114526 - Circles #2 Die (2nd largest circle) - Real Red
118874 - 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (Pacific Point)
121810 - Petal Cone Die (Pacific Point)

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Wanna make this card?

Then join me at my next event...
Celebrate the New Year with Dawn O!

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Get your year started off on the right foot with projects inspired by Stampin' Up!'s 2012 Occasions Mini & Sale-a-Bration products!

Try your hand at the brand new Framelits, Edgelits and more!  PLUS - lots of new project displays from my fellow Control Freaks, DOstamperSTARS, QCSwappers and my MN Stamp & Share Leader friends!

Choose from:

  • Fri, January 13th (open from 5:30-8:30pm)
  • Sat, January 14th (open from 9:30am to 12:30pm)

Fee:  $10 or (FREE with a $35.00 order)...includes:

  • 4 Make & Take Projects
  • Sale-a-Bration Catalog
  • Introducing...Butt Bingo!
  • LOTS of prizes - something for everyone!!

Bring a friend new to me, join a stamping or Big Shot club or join my DOstamperSTARS team and get more prize tickets!

RSVP: 

Hope to see you there~Dawn O

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Come to Bethlehem, Quick Tip Video For Clear Sharp Images

Do you sometimes get "splotchy" stamped images?  I sometimes do, especially with solid image stamps.  In today's Quick Tip Video, I share tips on getting clear, sharp images for successful stamping

Actually, this all started when I received a question from a reader...

Question:  How do you get such a clear sharp image from your stamps? I always have to make 3 or 4 attempts before I get an image that I'm proud to use. If you have a secret, are you willing to share? The quality of the SU stamps is so much better than others, but
I'm still having trouble. Thanks . . . Vivian

Answer:  That's a good question. But here are some suggestions...

1. I do make sure I ink up my stamp really good. (also make sure you your inkpads aren't drying out)
2. I hold my stamp on the paper/cardstock for awhile - like 3-4 seconds
3. For solid stamps - I lightly sand them before using for the first time. It seems to remove the manufacturing film and lets the rubber "grab" the ink better.

But sure enough, no sooner did I respond to her question, I too was having trouble getting a good image for this card.

Come-to-Bethlehem

I kept getting "splotchy" images.  It does seem like the larger, more solid the image is, it takes a little more finesse to get a good image.  Even with the tips above, you still might have some areas which would tempt you to toss it out.  On the video I share some tips for "saving" your splotchy images.  Get out your blender pens!  

1.video-30Video:  Tips for Clear Sharp Stamp Images 

 

 

 

1.Rubberstamp-40Dawns Stamping Supplies

Stamps:  Come to Bethlehem  (118732w or 120591c)
Ink:  Night of Navy (102977)
Paper:   Night of Navy (100867), Whisper white (100730) and Notecards & Envelopes (107311)
Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Lattice Square Texture Impressions Embossing Folder (119976) Modern Label Punch (119849), Rhinestone Jewels (119246), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Blender Pens (102845)   

Enjoy~Dawn O

 


Customize Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper with Glitter!

Today's card features a Quick Tip Video (just 2 minutes)!  Learn how to customize Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and take your card from drab to FAB!

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I know - the glitter doesn't show up well in the picture above.  Take a look at the ornaments below.  Isn't it COOL?!  Such an easy and quick way to take your card up a notch!

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1.video-30QUICK TIP VIDEO:  Customize Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper

 

 

1.Rubberstamp-40Dawns Stamping Supplies
(Bold = From 2011 Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog )

Stamps:  Perfect Punches  (117022w or 120516c)
Ink:  Riding Hood Red (111836)
Paper:   Riding Hood Red (111348), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Whisper white (100730) and Silver Glimmer Paper (124005)
Accessories:  1-1/4" Circle Punch (119861), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (119860), 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (119854), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (102023), Powder Pal Trays (102197), 2-Way Glue Pen (100425), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Enjoy~Dawn O

 


DOstamping Celebrates Day #3: Love & Care Framed Lined Notecard Video

Yes, I know...Day #3 is late.  My day completely got away from me and since there was the Control Freaks tour yesterday...I gave myself permission to let it slide.  Wow, that is so unlike me.  But it's good for me to let go sometimes.  Ok - that's too much information for you :).  Let's get on with the celebrating!

On to day #3 of our DOcelebration! Today's card took another cue from YOU my readers.  Remember DOcelebration Day#1?  I asked you, "What is your favorite new Stampin' Up! In-Color?"  Well, over 100 people shared their favorite (yes, I read them all.  I always read all my comments).  It sounds like for many of you, your favorite new color is the same as mine...Wisteria Wonder.  However, I was suprised at the number of people who said Calypso Coral was their favorite.  I have to admit, that it is my least favorite.  In fact, I hadn't even opened my inkpad yet.  The horrors!!  So, what do you think I did?  Yes - I opened up my pad and got stamping!  Take a look...

Love & Care Hand Drawn Framed Notecard

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I needed to make a large number of Thank You cards for customer orders and product share customers this month.  I really wanted to use my favorite Stampin' Up! hostess stamp set "Love & Care" (from the Stampin' Up! Summer Mini Catalog ending August 31st).  So I combined it with Calypso Coral (and Lucky Limeade) and it didn't turn out half bad.  

Most times my stamping style is what I call "middle of the road".  But I also like clean and simple stamping too.  And this simple one-layer notecard fits the bill.  What I like best about this card is the hand-drawn frame that was done with a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.  I was inspired by a few other cards I had seen that had a hand-drawn frame.  For mine, I created my own template and I did a "quick tip" video to show you how I did it (includes tips for the frame, clear block positioning and huffing).

To watch a how-to demonstration...
1.video-30 Video: LOVE & CARE FRAMED LINED NOTECARD VIDEO

   

1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
(From 2011 Stampin' Up! Summer Mini Catalog )

StampsLove & Care Hostess stamp set
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Basic Black
Paper:   Whisper White Notecards and Envelopes (#107311) 
Accessories:  Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, 4-1/4" x 2-3/4" tracing template

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

Enjoy~Dawn O

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Today's prize is more of my favorites...

Love & Care Hostess stamp set, Notecard & Envelopes
 AND yes, today's project too!

Love&Care-Prize 

How to Enter: Leave a comment on this blog post.  Share what is your stamping style.  Are you clean and simple, over the top or middle of the road (like me)?

If you're new to leaving comments and wondering how - click here to learn how

ALL drawings will take place end of day on Wednesday, August 24th.

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  • Get organized for your next order by filling out a WISH LIST
  • New STAMPIN' UP! HOSTESS REWARDS PROGRAM gives you more options
  • Place a $50 or more online order and earn free stamps with my DOstamping LOYALTY REWARDS PROGRAM
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    DOstamperSTARS Sketch Pad Challenge: Stampin' Up! On The Grow #SSC052

    Yes, again with my favorite, Stampin' Up!'s On the Grow stamp set.  Are you getting sick of it yet?  I hope not.  Today's card is a Sketch Pad DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge...provided by Jan Carlson.  She does a great job with our sketches...thanks Jan!

    With a sketch like this one, plus a simple and fast coloring technique (which I share below)...this card went together pretty fast!  Check it out...

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    Flower#2b 

    The Designer Series Paper is called Elegant Soiree (#117163) and is retiring!  I'll be sad to see it go.  It's a beautiful paper and will be missed.  Be sure to get it now before it's gone for good on June 30th.

     

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    So how did I color the flowers?

    I know I didn't invent this technique.  But I don't know if there is a name for the "coloring technique" I used on the flowers. Maybe we can call it "Blended Lines".  Hmm...that sounds good, what do you think?  See below for my how-to tips...

     

    1.PushPin-Note-Reminder-35 Dawn's Stamping Tips - Blended Lines

    1.  Stamp a line image with Perfect Plum ink

    2.  Use a blender pen and immediately blend the lines of the flower images.  Meaning, pull the ink from the stamped flower lines inwards to "fill" the flower with color.  Act quickly before the ink dries.

    3.  Step it up, by adding Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the flowers with a 2-Way Glue Pen

     

    1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
    (bold items = 2011 Summer Mini catalog)

    Stampin-Up-On-The-Grow StampsOn The Grow (#123075w or 123077c)
    Ink:  Perfect Plum
    Paper:   Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
    Accessories:  Big Shot, Scallop Squares Duo, Framed Tulip Textured Impressions Folder, Small Oval Punch, Neutral Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals  

     

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

    Enjoy~Dawn O

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    Stampin' Up! Framed Tulips Squared Video

    Last week I shared a square On the Grow card using Stampin' Up! Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Since then - I've received several inquiries on how I made it square instead of the standard rectangle.  Let me tell you - it's SO easy to do.  Be sure to check out the quick video.

    1.video-30 VIDEO:  Stampin' Up! Framed Tulips Squared

     

     

    Here's another example of the square Framed Tulips:

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    The flowers in the center are embossed using the new Stampin' Up! Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with vellum cardstock.  I used our neutral brads to attach it to the So Saffron scallop square (Scallop Squares Duo #120903) - no adhesive.

    The "Hello" is from the Happy Greetings stamp set (2011 Summer Mini Catalog) and is punched with the newer small oval punch (#120908)

    Isn't this cute?  What a wonderful way to say "Hello"!


    1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
    (bold items = 2011 Summer Mini catalog)

    StampsHappy Greetings (#12331w or 123313c)
    Ink:  So Saffron
    Paper:   So Saffron, Whisper White, Vellum cardstock
    Accessories:  Big Shot, Scallop Squares Duo, Framed Tulip Textured Impressions Folder, Small Oval Punch, Neutral Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals  

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

    Enjoy~Dawn O

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    Last Chance - Print Accessory Retired List PDF (some on sale for up to 40% off)
    Last Chance - Print Definitely Decorative Retired List PDF
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    The Open Seas Father's Day Card - Shadow Block Stamping

    The minute I saw the new Stampin' Up! "The Open Seas" set, I thought of the Shadow Block Stamping Technique.  Really - any stamps that lend themselves to a "collage" look, work great for Shadow Block Stamping.

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    1.PushPin-Note-Reminder-35 Dawns Stamping Tip - Shadow Block Stamping

     1. Ink up Clear Block D in Crumb Cake ink
    2. Stamp onto Very Vanilla cardstock
    3. Stamp additional images "collage style" over the "shadow" created in previous step

    Click here for another example Shadow Block Stamping and a short video

     

    1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
    (bold items = 2011 Summer Mini catalog)

    StampsThe  Open Seas (#123030w or #123032c), Teeny Tiny Wishes (#115370)
    Ink:  Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake & Early Espresso
    Paper:   Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla cardstock
    Accessories:  Early Espresso Baker's Twine (#123124) Punches:  3/4" Circle, Word Window, Metallic Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals  

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

    Enjoy~Dawn O


    Lattice Die and Square Lattice Embossing Folder: A Perfect Match!

    What could be more perfect?  Stampin' Up!'s Lattice Die with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  Ever since I've been seeing the "embedded embossing" technique floating around...I've been wanting to pair these two together. 

    Then I came across Rosemarie Diehl's beautiful card on Stampin' Connection (a community for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators) and I got my inspiration for today's card.  

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    1.PushPin-Note-Reminder Dawn's Stamping Tips - Embedded Embossing

    1.  Adhere die cuts or punch outs to a piece of 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" cardstock (I used the "Lattice" die cut)
    2.  Run through Big Shot with the "Square Lattice" Texture Embossing Folder
    3.  Enjoy the textured "quilted" look to it!

    Also - Look what I finally used in the center of the Fun Flower...a "button" shape from the Sweet Buttons Embosslit.  With one pass thru the Big Shot - you can cut and emboss 6 darling button shapes!  So dang cute!!

     

    1.RubberstampBW Dawns Stamping Supplies
    (bold items = from 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog)

    Sweet-Buttons-121813 StampsOccasional Quotes (Hostess Level Two)
    Ink: Basic Black
    Paper:   Wild Wasabi, Baja Breeze and Whisper White cardstock
    Accessories:  Big Shot, Fun Flowers Die, Sweet Buttons Embosslit, Lattice Die, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Whisper White Organza Ribbon (my personal favorite),  Stampin' Dimensionals  

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

    Enjoy~Dawn O

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