Thursday, November 28, 2019






The Year-End Closeout Event Is Almost Here!

Stampin’ Up!’s Year-End Closeout is almost here! 
Beginning December 3 and while supplies last, you can save big on a selection of retiring and surplus items including holiday catalog items, stamp sets, and Paper Pumpkin past kits. 
Make sure to shop early to avoid missing out! 
Supplies are limited and popular items will sell out quickly!
This amazing sale ends on January 2.

Don't Miss Out! 

If you have your eye on something in the Holiday catalog that you really want, don't wait!  Sale starts December 3- so place your order early!   


Monday, November 25, 2019

2019.11.25- Looking Up Card Kit...a fun fold!

This is a card I made using some of the elements from the FABULOUS Looking Up Card Kit.  

This is a fun fold card too! 

Here is the inside view:


I colored the grass with assorted green toned Stampin' Blends. 

Then I grabbed a sponge and assorted blue-toned inks to create a sky. 

Then I cut the piece up into three pieces and adhered to each of the panels as shown. 

A quick stamped greeting and some pre-printed pop-out pieces from the kit make this card in a snap! 

I added some black jewels for added interest. 

Here is a look at this FABULOUS kit, item #149651, found on page 202 of the annual catalog. It is an all-inclusive kit to make 15 cards with envelopes as well as a block, ink pad, stamp set, pop-outs, glue dots, embellishments and more!  Check this out:

Friday, November 22, 2019

November 22 2019....Inspiration Friday....Thanks Big Time....

Check out this super cute card I made using the Animal Outing stamp set!  Isn't it cute!  Here is a close up view of the stamp set:

The card base is seaside spray. 
The dsp is the 2019-2021 in color stack
The ink is Seaside Spray. 
The embossing folder is the Hammered Metal 3D
The ribbon is the Seaside Spray scalloped linen ribbon
The dies for the focal image where the Layering Squares

Here are closeups of those products:


And here is a final look at my card....and a couple of Stampin' Up! samples: 

Monday, November 18, 2019

Online Extravaganza.....Nov 20-22 only....while supplies last....

Good Morning Everyone!

Here is the info for the online extravaganza sale coming on Wednesday.

Check out the deals.....if you want to order anything contact me prior to 10 pm on Tuesday.  I will be placing order first thing on Wednesday.

Alternately you can order yourself on Wednesday at my new website:  Just click on the shop now button.

Enjoy the fabulous deals!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Thursday November 7....Tutorial Thursday.....Friend Like You Bundle.....Color Blocking Tutorial

Hey Everyone!  

Just popping in today to share a quick and simple card made with the GORGEOUS Friend Like You Bundle- item #151084 found on page 124 of the annual catalog. 

This first card features:

  •  a basic black card base 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4 
  •  strips of bright scrap paper 1x4 have then adhered to the card base.  
  • The die-cut flowers are cut from black cardstock, adhered on top; making a shadow effect.  
  • A quick greeting cropped with the stitched square die and a piece of bakers twine complete this quick and easy card.  

Here is a close-up of the bundle: 

Isn't it FABULOUS!  

Here is another, softer card I made with this set....which is cased directly from the catalog: 

Here are the details: 

  •  the card base is soft seafoam 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 scored at 5 1/4 
  • The cattail image is stamped multiple times across the top using Soft Seafoam ink 
  • Flowers are die-cut from white card stock and adhered on top of the stamped flowers
  • A strip of Calypso Coral DSP covers the lines underneath and adds a bright pop of color. 
  • The mat layer is Soft Seafoam and the focal image is Whisper White. 
  • The cattail image is stamped using the selective stamping technique- meaning each part of the stamp is selectively inked with a different color marker. 
  • A quick greeting and some sparkly embellishments and a ribbon bow finish this soft pretty card. 
Check out the catalog for other cool samples using this bundle like these: 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Wednesday November 6, 2019...Retro Rewind Wednesday.....

This week I purchased an awesome retired Stampin' Up! stamp set from a friend who was clearing out some unloved stamps.  

I had never seen this set before, called Sassy Stems from 2002.  

I thought it was cute, and decided to purchase it to make some quick and easy, retro thank you cards for customers. 

Since it was a retired stamp set....why not use some retired cardstock and inks here's what I came up with. 

The cardstock colors are Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush and Whisper White.  

The ink colors are Memento Black. 

The Stampin' Write marker colors are Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush and Soft Sky. 

The embellishments are also retired- the artisan pearls. 

Quick and easy....but fun playing with something new....and hand stamped thank you cards with handwritten messages to thank my customers for their orders.  Yay! 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Tuesday November 5, 2019...EVERYONE MESSES UP.....

I recently held a product based class for the Friend Like You bundle.  I was creating cards for this class and I was having "ONE OF THOSE DAYS!"  

You of those days where the simplest of ideas is impossible to make know, where whatever can go wrong will go wrong.  Yep, that was me!

Now I am preluding these cards with this statement....these cards are far from perfect....and were a hot mess. Why am I posting these cards? The answer is show you that we ALL have "ONE OF THOSE DAYS" 

The plan for this class was to do three clean and simple cards, and three cards with one technique, and three more cards with a simple background technique ( I will show you the technique cards in a future post) 

So....the clean simple quick and easy cards.....

  Here was the first one of three: 

The idea was great....the execution....not so much....I should have used my STAMPARATUS!  

The background splotch is fine....but the image and the greeting are faded and had I used my stamparatus, I would have been able to stamp them again so they were dark and crisp.  

Ok fail number one. Don't sweat the small stuff Shel....move on....

Then I went on to the next card: 

Did I learn my lesson from the first card?   NOOOOOOO!   Did I dig out my stamparatus....NOOOOOO!

My splotch is once again focal image faded and sparce!  Darn it !  

And to top it off I stamped the greeting fine but hit it with my hand and smudged it across the bottom of the page!  

Man I was not happy! 

But did you know there is a partial fix?  Yep!  Take a couple of deep breaths....restamp the greeting on scrap card stock and mat it on black to cover up the hot mess.  

The focal image....nothing I could do with that....move on Shel...move on. 

Fail #2

So the final card for the set of three...

Again great background splotch....faded focal image and really badly messed up the greeting; that was once again restamped and covered up!  Geesh!  

Fail #3

Now I am gonna be totally honest here....after these three I simply got up and walked away from my craft table.  I was frustrated and mad as a wet hen.  

How could I  mess up three seemingly simple cards!!!  

Moral of this story:  No one is perfect....everyone messes up...everyone has a bad stamping day.....and if you have the stamping tools (stamparatus) PLEASE USE THEM.  

Yes they are a mess.....but life is messy sometimes.....and I like to show you all, that every one of us messes up. 

Had these clean and simple cards been stamped properly they would have been gorgeous....but I messed up three times! 

After I walked away, did some dishes and cleaned out my kitchen cabinets, I went back and had a very productive afternoon.....I just needed to reset.   

So when you have a bad stamping day....walk away....take your frustration out on dishes and cabinet cleaning.....reset....and then go back to stamping.....and remember.....EVERYONE MESSES UP. 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Monday November 4, 2019....Magnolia Memory Cards and new meaning to the phrase quick and cute!

 The cards that are featured in today's post are cards that were made in my Mini Magnolia product based card class last week.  

We had a great time creating cards with the Magnolia Memory cards and more pack, the Petal Pink organdy ribbon and the Magnolia Blooms stamp set.   

This first card  is a gift card holder.....the black portion flips up to reveal....

Cool beans!  I love this one.....took a bit more work than the others but everyone loved it! 

Next up....a simple no greeting card- use it for any occasion!  We stamped the magnolia bud images on Petal Pink cardstock and then colored them with Stampin' Blends:

Next, a simple magnolia bloom colored and fussy cut.....and a greeting panel that has multi-generation stamping:

Next, a clean and simple thank you card with one magnolia bloom:

Not sure what happened when photographing this one.....sorry for the faded pic.....but you still get the gist of it.....simple and special....a quick and easy Happy Birthday: 

And finally, a congratulations card with a jaunty angled knot: 

And just because it coordinates and is so dang pretty, one last look at Friday's Christmas card made with these same products:  

Magnolia Blooms Photopolymer Stamp Set152729
What better way to say happy birthday, congratulations, or thank you than with a beautiful magnolia flower? The images and sentiments in the versatile Magnolia Blooms Stamp Set come together in an elegant way to express your heartfelt wishes. Also available in French.

Stampin' Up!'s photopolymer stamps
* Are totally transparent clear stamps for perfect image placement.
* Have just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time.
* Cling like crazy to our clear blocks so you don't have to worry about slipping.
* Save space—you need only one set of blocks for all your photopolymer stamps (blocks sold separately).
* Come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 6 photopolymer stamps
Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): d

Petal Pink 5/8" (1.6 Cm) Organdy Striped Ribbon149441
Our Petal Pink 5/8" (1.6 cm) Organdy Striped Ribbon is a delicate organdy craft ribbon with Petal Pink edges. The ribbon is an easy way to add style to your projects. Tie it, loop it, wrap it, cut it. We have the styles you love in the colors you want.

* Product colour: Petal Pink
* 5/8" (1.6 cm)
* 10 yards (9.1 m)

Here are the product details, direct from the brochure: 

Product Number: 152728 
Price: $13.50 
10 double-sided designed cards; 10 blank note cards and 10 envelopes
folded card: 4-1/4" x 3-1/4" ; envelope: 4-1/2" x 3-1/2" 

Contact me if you live in Canada and would like to order some of these great cards: or 204-452-9907

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Saturday November 2, 2019....Experience Creativity Brochure....

Are you a Beginning Stamper?  Then you'll enjoy the new Stampin' Up! Experience Creativity Brochure, designed just for you!  Dawn Olchefske, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator #dostamping #stampinup #experiencecreativity #cardmaking #stamping

This small brochure (just 16 pages) is designed for the Beginner Stamper, but is loads of fun for any stamper!  These kits are GORGEOUS!

Most of these products are exclusive to this brochure, and not found in any catalog.  Some of the products are complementary to other products/suites in the Annual Catalog.

These items will be available until June 2, 2020 
 Looking Up Card Kit

You can create beautiful all-occasion cards in minutes using the Looking Up Card Kit.
Perfect for everyone and every skill level!
Makes 15 cards; folded card size: 4” x 6”

Looking Up Card Kit includes:
  • Looking Up Stamp Set
  • Clear acrylic block
  • 15 card bases: 3 each of 5 designs
  • 15 printed envelopes
  • Ink spot, embellishments, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Delightful Day Tags Kit

It will be a delightful day for the recipient who receives a tag and gift you make using the Delightful Day Tags Bundle.
The bundle includes everything you need to make fun tags plus Mini Pizza Boxes--the perfect packaging for a cookie or small gift!

Stampin' Up! Experience Creativity Beginner Brochure | Delightful Day Tags shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup #handmade #cardmaking #stamping #papercrafting
Stampin' Up! Experience Creativity Beginner Brochure | Delightful Day Tags shared by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #stampinup #handmade #cardmaking #stamping #papercrafting
  • Delightful Day Photopolymer Stamp Set—11 stamps
  • Tags & More Accessory Kit—supplies to make 10 tags
  • 8 Mini Pizza Boxes
  • Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Clear Block C

WATCH VIDEO: Delightful Day Tag Kit:

WATCH VIDEO: Looking Up Card Kit
If you're looking to "dip your toe" into the world of stamping, a card kit is the way to go. It has everything you need!

Friday, November 1, 2019

November 1, 2019....Fast and Fabulous Friday....

So...this happened!  Cute right!  

I was teaching a class last week that was marketed as a Mini Magnolia Product Based Class.  
The attendees prepaid for the class and I ordered in the products and designed ten cards using these products.  - I will share those with you tomorrow :)

The class used the Magnolia Blooms (mini photopolymer set); the Magnolia Lane Cards and More pack - both found in the Experience Creativity brochure as well as the gorgeous Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon from the Annual Catalog.  

During the class I had an AHA idea popped into my head that I just had to try.....well this card was my idea.....why could I not make these into Christmas Cards simply by coloring the preprinted flowers with my Real Red Stampin Blends and adding a Christmas greeting!!!  

Here is a close up look at the Experience Creativity is chock full of simple and easy ideas and products that make gorgeous cards in a snap!

 Here is a close up of the cards I card was the one in the top left corner....the only change I made was to color the flowers which took about 60 seconds and stamped a Christmas greeting instead of the suggested Thank You. 

Here are the product details, direct from the brochure: 

Product Number: 152728 
Price: $13.50 
10 double-sided designed cards; 10 blank note cards and 10 envelopes
folded card: 4-1/4" x 3-1/4" ; envelope: 4-1/2" x 3-1/2" 

Contact me if you live in Canada and would like to order some of these great cards: or 204-452-9907