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Flores Suaves

Flores Suaves is another one of my "go-to" stamp sets. I'll bet you don't recall seeing this stamp set - unless you have been to one of my downline meetings, come to one of my card classes, or have the Spanish Supplement. Yes Virginia, the Celebrando Creatividad Hispanic catalog (some refer to it as the Spanish Supplement) also retires tonight at midnight. The good news is that there is also an MDS/Digital Download available here!
So using the retiring InColors markers, I began with this card.
Then, because I hadn't used the Peach Parfait color yet (I did stamp the butterfly inside using Concord Crush), I added the script in Peach Parfait - I wanted to use ALL FIVE retiring colors on this card. So, this bumped the card up just a bit with the masking technique (let me know if you want this technique demonstrated at YOUR workshop!).

And finally, because I did want to add some of the Concord Crush to the front of the card, I added some Concord Crush Stitched Poly ribbo…

Pocket Silhouettes

Pocket Silhouettes has always been one of my favorite stamp sets. I'm going to miss it when it retires on Thursday. It's one of my "go to" stamp sets. As you can see by looking at the stamp set here, it comes with four different silhouettes and two different sayings. PERFECT for "thank you" cards, along with "thinking of you" cards. It can even be used without the sayings for a nice note card. It is so easy to make a nice card with this stamp set. OH - and did I mention that it is also available in MDS? Click here to purchase the digital download.
So today, I have been playing with this set. Here are two of the cards I made with that set.
Do you recognize the green color? You should! It has been one of my favorite InColors for the past two years! That's right - Pear Pizzazz is also retiring on Thursday. I'm having to say "good-bye" to quite a few... But I'll also get to say "hello" to quite a few NEW ones on Friday! :…

May 31st and June 2nd...

Crafters -
Can you believe it is almost May 31st? Many of my favorite stamp sets are retiring on that date. Several items have already sold out (don't worry - they won't sell out of the stamp sets - Stampin'Up! makes those!).
Then June 1st is the very next day! Funny how that whole calendar thing works, huh?  :)  Seriously though, the new catalog is effective at 12:00 noon Mountain Time (which is 2:00 pm Eastern). If you haven't yet seen the catalog, let me know! I have them here. OR, once Stampin'Up! is up and ready to go on June 1st, you can see it online. Here is the link on my Demo Website for the CURRENT catalog. It should be updated for the new catty when it goes live.
And then, Saturday, June 2nd from 9a-12p, following that whole calendar thing again. YOU get to come to my home and make a card, look over my retired items, participate in drawings (you must be present to win), and generally have a good time visiting with friends. AND, if you are a customer/new …

Leadership 2013...

...has been announced! Who wants to go?!


Wow! I am just RUNNING headlong into technology, aren't I?  (smile)
I'm sure you have noticed, my "Like" my Facebook page is on the left. Well, did you notice the "Follow me on Pinterest" on the right? YUP! I finally joined!
Okay, in reality I've seen Pinterest, I've seen the buttons on others blogs and websites, but hadn't really looked at it. Why does it seem that there just aren't enough hours in the day for all the FUN stuff? At my card class on Saturday, my friend Rhonda apparently looks at Pinterest. She told me that I should really think about putting some of my cards there.
So I've placed a handful of cards on it. What do you think?

And here are a couple of cards that were made at a one of my card classes.

Both cards are very easy to recreate. Punches, some paper and just one stamp. When my new stampers did the Thoughts and Prayers card with the markers - they couldn't get over how easy it was to do - and with such a GREAT result…

Change to Stampin'Up!'s Policy

Crafters -
As many of you know, I just rejoined Stampin'Up! after waiting six months (their rules, not mine). Believe me, every time I called them, emailed them or had contact with them, I let them know that I thought six months was a little long. Everyone does things for different reasons, and I won't get into all of that right now, but sometimes changes need to be made.
Well, Stampin'Up! listens to their demonstrators (I'm confident I'm not the only one who contacted them about this). They are changing the 6-month waiting period to just 90-days! While this didn't help me, because it was not effective until this month, it may help someone else.
There is not a card or creative post today. We worked on 5-yards of mulch this evening. Team Stock completed it within 6 hours! And I'm a little tired...  :)  But in a good way. I'll be back at crafting tomorrow - remember the old catalog ends on the 31st. You have but a week to order from the retired lists. Here&#…

Almost out of time...

Crafters -
May 31st is fast approaching. And the "old" catalog expires then. Here's a card I did when I had my retired items sale last month. The first one is just the plain old version. The second one uses an embossing folder and markers. Just took a minute more to complete. Click on the individual pictures to enlarge them for more detail.

Upsy Daisy is retiring. The Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP) is retiring. And one of my all-time favorite embossing folders, Finial Press, is retiring. You can click on any of these to be taken to my online store and you can order them there (you can also call me if you'd prefer). Once the DSP and/or embossing folders are gone, they are gone; they use up the stock on hand and they do not make more. The Upsy Daisy stamp set will be available until May 31st. That's because Stampin'Up! makes their own stamp sets, so they will be able to provide those through the end of the list


Making a Difference!

Crafters -
Some of you have heard me tell about how I began cardmaking. For those of you who haven't, this post is for you.
WAY back when I went to a scrapbook party. It was actually in August 2001. Had a BLAST! And I began this papercrafting journey. Fast forward a couple of years. I was a member of MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) which is a WONDERFUL program if you are a mom of a young one! So I had other moms as friends who had younger children.
One night, my friend Laura and I were at our local scrapbooking store at an Open Crop. She was making cards and I was scrapbooking. Because we were both in MOPS, we began talking about this and that. During the discussion, we began talking about sending a card to each of the moms for her birthday. Of course the scrapbooking store had their dies for us to use, so I used them! I didn't know how to make a card that would be a "normal" card, so I just used one of the die cuts. It cut four small squares out of the front of the card…

"The Cult" as My Husband Calls It... :)

My husband, who is just the nicest guy in the world, refers to my crafting as "the cult." He says it in fun - never ever begrudging me any crafting time (or money!). He also tells me that by me staying busy with the crafting, that it keeps me out of the bars - HA!  Like that is a problem with me - NOT!
Hubby is always teasing me about "did you get any new members in your cult?" and such. ANYWAY, some friends of mine, have been thinking about signing up as demonstrators. As husband and wife, they can BOTH sign up with the spouse being the "supporting demonstrator." My husband is also signed up that way. So they have been thinking about it. I had told them to go through the catalog - yes, they have the new one - and do their wish list. Not the things like "well.... it might be nice to have this or that...." not that type of wish list. A real, live "I want this" type of wish list. With the items you know you will purchase and use. Wi…

Today's Card Class...

Today's card class was a big hit with those who came. According to my blogger stats, many of you enjoyed looking at the picture of the three card designs too! THANKS! I LOVE seeing those numbers!
The Christmas card was the favorite design of one - LOVE that 3D effect and it was so easy too - and the masculine card was fun with the origami shirt and modified Z-fold card.
And Geneva won the stamp set. Of course, I didn't remember that part until about 30 minutes ago - WELL after she left. :)  I just spoke with her and told her. She was pleased! And I think it is a stamp set that she does not have!
Upcoming events: June 2nd - New Catalog Open House/Retired Items Sale, at my home 9a-12p. No need to RSVP - just come as you are. Make a card, look at the new catty, get some good deals on my retired items! June 9th - "Mini" Downline meeting - hope to see you here if you are thinking about becoming my newest downline member! July 7th - Christmas in July card class (details here)


Thinking About Joining Stampin'Up!?

Crafters -
Stampin'Up!'s Starter Kit is now $99 and YOU get to pick the items in your starter kit. Several of you have expressed an interest in the Starter Kit and I just sent you an email. If you have been "lurking" and not quite sure on it yet, then this posting is for you!
I am going to have a "mini" downline meeting on Saturday, June 9th from 2pm until 5pm, for those who are thinking about signing up with Stampin'Up! as my newest recruit! I have invited a couple of my demonstrator friends (who were my former downline) to attend as well. My friends will be here from 2p-4p. YOU will have my attention from 4p-5p to ask any questions you may have about what you saw, what we did, how we did it, and anything else you may wish to ask about becoming a demonstrator.
IF you are interested in attending, and yes, we will be making cards, please let me know by Saturday, June 2nd so there will be enough cards for everyone to participate. If you wish to attend, but c…

Isn't the NEW CATALOG wonderful?

We had an orthodontist appointment yesterday and I knew it was going to be a few minutes (new brackets, changing the colors of the wires - the boy went with RED), so I brought along my new catalog.
Again, just WOW! Stampin'Up! has lowered the price to $4.50 and it is such a deal! I must have picked up about a million new  ideas while I sat in the waiting room just looking through it! And, I thought this was really cute, the waiting area is very bright and allows lots of natural light in the room. So I'm just sitting there, minding my own business, with lots of seats around me - I have NO idea how THAT happened - does that EVER happen at a medical office? Anyway, this mom walks in with her child. They sat across the room from me. After the daughter's name was called, the mom got up and came right over and sat next to me - all those empty chairs, but I was the one with the new catty. I think she liked the catalog too!  :)
It looks like it will be a beautiful day here in Centra…

I have the NEW Catalogs!!!!

And they are just fabulous! Now, Stampin'Up! advised that they cut out a number of pages and used lighter weight paper to help cut the costs - but the end result is just as wonderful as the catalogs from previous years! I was so pleased to hold this new catty!  :)
And just wait until you see the new items in the catty! WOW! I have already started my Wish List. Can't wait until June 2nd for my new Catalog Workshop/Retired Items Sale. AND I delivered several catalogs to my customers today!(Remember, if you place an online order of $50 or more in merchandise during the month of May from me, you'll receive a Certificate at the end of the month in the amount of the normal shipping charges to be used on a future order AND the new catalog now!)
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Happy Mother's Day!

Crafters -
Today is May 13th and it is Mother's Day. This morning, our son woke up and gave me his store-bought card. He picked out a wonderful card. Then I was served Cinnabon cereal, complete with him pouring the milk for me, I made my cup of coffee and we enjoyed breakfast together - WITHOUT THE TV SET ON!!!!   :)  The boy even read me the comics - wasn't that sweet?
Then the best part happened. He said "mom, why don't we make a Mother's Day card for you?" Well... what could I say? Of course! He told me that he was going to use his own stamps (he has several!).
SO, this is what his work area looked like while he was crafting. And here is the final result

Let me assure you, THIS card will be treasured for years to come.

...his mother treasured all these things in her heart. - Luke 2:51b

AND, he had ink on his fingers - as the saying goes "If there is ink on my fingers, there's a smile on my face." When I told him that, he smiled. What a wonderful gi…

May 19th Card Class

Crafters -

Here is a picture of the cards that we will be making on Saturday, May 19th. My new upline, the fabulous Sandi, suggested I post a group picture of the cards so you can see what you will be making. That part is new for me. I typically post the cards AFTER the card class. So what do you think?

We will be doing some very fancy folding on two of the cards, embossing, punches, designer series papers, and just some fun time with some retiring items. 

And just like my earlier post, all I could think of was "Stamps, and Markers, and Embellishments, OH MY!" and "DSP, (Sizzix) Die Cuts, and Punches, OH MY!" while I was making these cards. These are some of my favorite stamp sets that will be retiring, along with several of my favorite DSPs. And I just cannot believe that the Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is retiring as well. That is one of my all-time favorites! Did you notice how it was used on the Cajun card (Anniversary/Wedding)?

The deadline …

Saturday's Cool Fold Card - to be seen later... :)

**UPDATE: Crafters - I'll be posting a group photo of the three cards that you will be making on Saturday. After emailing with the designer of the card, I'll be posting a revised picture. Group picture is here. There are still a few spots open for the May 19th class. Deadline to register and pay is Wednesday, May 16th.

Dawn's May Special, $99 Starter Kit, and a Cool Fold Card (soon...)

Crafters -
One of my friends placed an online order with me. My FIRST order since I just rejoined as a demonstrator. Isn't she just the nicest person for doing that?! THANK YOU!
Oh, and she placed a larger order - I think it was larger than either of us expected (ok, so really, I KNOW it was larger than either of us expected - we spoke earlier - she got SUCH good deals!). ANYWAY, to thank her for placing that order, I wanted to do something nice for her. So, after talking with her, she is going to receive a Certificate from me for her shipping charges. That way, she has some extra money to use on the NEW catalog! And yes, she is also getting the new catalog!
As you know, the Stampin'Up! Statement of the Heart is "To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments... in this we make a difference." Since my friend made a difference to me by placing that first order since I have rejoined, I'd like to share a gif…

AAAAAAAA - The New Catalog!!!!!!

Oh My Gosh! Because I'm a demonstrator, I was able to view the new catalog online this morning. Did you hear my SCREAM!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!  :)
For those of you who like "The Wizard of Oz" (one of my favorites, although I haven't watched it in a while, gonna have to fix that!), anyway - all I could think of was "Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, OH MY!" except it was "Stamps, and Stamp Pads, and Markers, OH MY!" and "Cardstock, and DSP, and Embellishments, OH  MY!" and then "(Sizzix) Die Cuts, and Punches, and (MDS) Downloads, OH MY!"
Now, we are sworn to secrecy, so I cannot show it to you. BUT I cannot wait until June so I can place my first order!!!!!
Remember, if you place a $50 merchandise order on my online store (you can click here to go there), I'll make sure you have a new catalog. I'll call/email you when they arrive so you can come over to pick yours up!
BUT don't forge…

I'm ba-ack!

Crafters -
GREAT news! I just rejoined the Stampin'Up! family. I'll be updating this blog throughout this week. But in the interim, just so you know: my class schedule will remain the same dates and the same cost. The only change will be that you can ORDER Stampin'Up! products from me.My Stampin'Up! Demonstrator website is: www.DawnStock.StampinUp.netThe Stampin'Up! Starter Kit is now just $99 and YOU get to pick the items in YOUR starter kit. I chose 18 packages of cardstock and 1 Sizzix diecut! If you are interested in joining now, go to my Demonstrator website and click "Join Now" - everything is online and you can enter your selections right away. OH and did I mention? SU! has already sent my new starter kit to me! In about 2 hours, it was processed. Talk about FAST service, huh?
Dawn's ONLINE Special from May 1 through May 15: If you place an online order through my website of $50 merchandise or more, I'll make sure you receive a new 2012/2013 c…