Saturday, November 2, 2013

Baby shower thank you cards

Another batch of baby cards…this one is for a great friend having her first boy in a couple months.  I was sad not to be there for the shower, but excited to send these fun cards to her to use.  I like to make these type of thank you cards using the smaller 3 1/2 x 5 size “note card”. 



  • Stamp Set: Nursery Necessities (retired), thank you (retired)
  • Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Not Quite Navy (retired), Pool Party, Whisper White
  • Ink: Pool Party, Not Quite Navy (retired)
  • Extras:  ribbon (from stash)
  • Tools: star punch (retired), square punch (retired), scallop square punch (retired), scallop edge border punch (item #119882, p. 181)

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Custom Birthday Party

Anyone who knows me knows that I have birthday party phobia.  It has more to do with the philosophy of birthday parties in general than it does with the the planning and execution.  Anyway, one thing I do love is to mess around in My Digital Studio (MDS) software, creating invitations, party favors, cupcake toppers, etc. 

My friend Michele asked for some help with her daughter’s 3rd birthday so I jumped at the chance to copy some great ideas she forwarded to me from pinterest. 

Here’s the invitation (important details have been changed to protect innocent girls everywhere):

Alexa 3rd birthday invite with polka dots_for blog-001

I got the little gymnastics girl image from this seller on etsy.

Simple and cute!  I got a few little circles ready for her to use for cupcake toppers or gift bag tags:

alexa 3rd birthday circles-001

She can punch them out with the 1 3/4 inch punch and layer them with the scallop circle punch

Cute stuff!  I’d love to do a custom order for you!  Or if you’d like to create your own, try My Digital Studio for free!  It is very intuitive and can be used for so many things…single scrapbook pages, albums, cards, invitations, anything you can print at home or have it custom printed by Stampin’ Up!. 

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Custom Cards for Kids!

My great friend Michele requested a batch of birthday cards for kids so I told her to check out my pinterest board for kids cards and here’s what she picked:


Birthday side step card: cased from Mimi Hornberger


Whale Birthday: Cased from Mama Mo Stamps



Minnie Mouse: I think this idea comes from Susan Wohlfert, sorry no link here.



Angry Bird in space: cased from Andi Potler

My kids were so excited to see the angry bird and minnie mouse cards so I’m sure any kid would love to get a fun card like this in the mail from grandma, auntie, or a friend.

If you would like me to make you a custom order, contact me for details!

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

20 cards for $30

Just released this week!  Get one before it sells out.
new stampin up everyday occasions cardmaking kit, dostamping, dawn olchefske
Stampin' Up! introduces the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit! It is designed for the new card maker by providing a simple, fun experience at a great price.  However, it's a great kit for both beginning and experienced stampers alike!  It also makes the perfect gift for that creative someone in your life (friend, daughter, niece, mother, etc)
new stampin up everyday occasions cardmaking kit, dostamping, dawn olchefske (kit contents)
The kit contains everything necessary (except: adhesive and scissors) to create 20 beautiful cards for almost any occasion, and it comes in a beautiful box to store them in.
  • 7 piece stamp set
  • 1 clear block
  • 2 Stampin' Spots
  • Cardstock and envelopes for 20 cards
  • Twine, buttons, clips and more
  • Die-cut paper embellishments
  • Full-color Tips & Tricks brochure
  • A cool, storable, giftable box
Print: Everyday Occasions PDF Flyer (includes pictures of the finished cards)
Why go to the store when a birthday, graduation, wedding or even a time for expressing gratitude comes up? The Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit! puts cards for all of those occasions right at your fingertips, and best of all, they'll be handmade!
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Choose your own adventure…

For the past 9 years, I have been teaching paper crafting classes in my home pretty regularly, but lately I’ve been asking friends and class attendees to host a class at their own house with their own group of friends—like a private crafting party.  It brings a whole new level of camaraderie and fun to the class since mostly everyone who attends already knows each other. 

Last month, my friend Karissa hosted a class at her house, and I let her choose the card designs that she wanted me to prepare for the class.  Here’s what we did:



cased from Kimberley Van Diepen


cased from Kimberley Van Diepen



cased from Michele Last

These were all fun cards, and most had the option of swapping out greetings for something other than birthdays.

If you are in the Denver area and would like to host a private paper crafting party for your friends, let me know!  I’d love to set something up.  Or if you’d like a “to go kit”  you can assemble at home I can do that too!

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Hello, Kitty!

About a year ago my friend Michele asked me if I could make her some hello kitty tags for her daughter’s birthday party goody bags.  I came up with this simple design and made a batch of 20 or so and sent them to her—they were so cute!


So…when my daughter had to go to a birthday party today I searched for this photo I took last year and made another one for her to attach to her gift for the party girl.


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  There is something about dressing up as something or someone (alter-ego!) that makes this holiday stand out.  Plus there’s candy. 

Every year, I try to get some new Halloween craft ideas going, but every year about this time someone asks me about my cute holiday banners and I end up spending my crafting time cutting out tons of kits.  So back by popular demand, 3 years running (I think), here are my banners for September, October, and December.


Here’s a close up:



Here’s spooky:



The merry banner is missing a little ornament piece at the bottom that one of my kids ripped off.  But they’ve held up really well over the past few years.

Would you like a banner?  Just contact me and let me know!  Banners are $12 each and come unassembled.  All you need is a glue stick and 10-15 minutes to put it together.

  • September—Autumn
  • October—Spooky
  • November—Thankful (not pictured)
  • December—Merry

I have kits for Jan-May as well, but I’m not cutting kits for those yet.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Another baby shower!

My crazy friend Amber just had her 5th baby last week, and about two days before she went into labor, we had a baby shower for her.  Instead of a lot of darling little baby girl clothes in 0-6 month sizes, we organized a meal prep type of party.  What busy mom wouldn’t like a freezer full of meals for family?  I think the time between 3-6 pm is the WORST time of day for babies and toddlers which means getting dinner ready can be a huge challenge.  Or at least it always has been for me!

We settled on a list of meals, then I added up the ingredients and listed them on signupgenius, along with sending this invitation that I created in My Digital Studio (MDS) download it for free!:

amber's shower invite_2-001

Can you get over the qr code!!  I was totally geekin’ out when I figured out how to add that!  I think it is especially nice for people who can seem to make the connection between the paper mail and the electronic world. 

We had about 15 people show up and everyone just hung out for the first little while.  Then we started on the meals with just 2 or 3 of us in the kitchen.  Eventually there was a gaggle of people stirring and chopping and handling raw chicken.  It was lots of fun!  We sent Amber home with 14 meals. 

Here’s the “It’s a Girl” banner I sent home with Amber as well.  It’s kind of hard to see because of the striped lighting:


A few close ups of the letters:





Here’s the little favors I made for the guests.  They’re supposed to look like grocery bags.  : )


I used the fancy favor box die and the leftover scallop circles from cutting the pennant banner so they came together very quickly.

Supplies for banner:

  • Cardstock: Peach Parfait, Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
  • Designer Series Paper:  Just Add Cake (retired)
  • Extras:  Grommets (retired), Pennant Banner Die (retired), Serif Essentials alphabet die (retired), ribbon (from stash)
  • Tools: Big Shot Die & accessories (113439), scallop circle punch by Marvy, 2 1/2 inch circle punch (120906), crop a dile by We R Memory Keepers

Supplies for favor boxes:

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Bridal Shower Favors

So my 3rd grader’s teacher got engaged at the beginning of the school year and is getting married in late June.  As the end of the school year approached, a few of us moms thought it would be fun to do a little class party/bridal shower for her.  There were so many fun things about this but here are some highlights:


One of my favorite details of the party, of course, was the little favor boxes I made from the purse die and the matchbox die.  These were for the kids (I know that 3rd graders can not fully appreciate the effort that went into these, but I know the teacher did :).  Seriously, did these not turn out to be the cutest things ever!!

Here’s the kids all lined up in the hallway to surprise her.  We gave the boys top hats and bow ties and the girls wore flower halos and white gloves.  Once we yelled surprise, we put a veil on her and she walked down the “aisle”


We invited her fiancé to be in on the surprise:


Look at the little girls’ faces in the background while they hugged.  One of them squealed and said, “This is the best day of my life!”

We had some food and treats for everybody:




We played a funny game of Mad Libs using the story of how they met, and then read it aloud to them using all the verbs, adverbs, adjectives, etc. the kids suggested.  It made for a very interesting story!

Then we played a wedding version of “cranium” that I made up, including how to spell kiss backwards, charades for “first dance”, and pictionary for “honeymoon”. 



The parents all contributed towards a group gift—which was a bunch of fun camping stuff from REI and some outdoor games.


Then we presented them with an album we had put together with pages from each student with thoughts about weddings and marriage, as well as a drawing of the bride on her wedding day.  The questions included, “what happens at a wedding”, and “how do you get someone to fall in love with you?”  The answers were hilarious—and captured the personalities of the kids in a way she’ll never forget!



The kids and the wedding couple had a great time!

Of course, I am working on some pages to add to the album for her with photos from the party.  I’ll probably post some of those in the next few days.

All photos were taken by the amazingly talented Amber Allen of Echo by Amber, who happens to be their wedding photographer and one of my bff’s.  Oh, and her son is in the class too.  : )Convenient, I know! 

The party was a collaborative effort of 5 or 6 moms that all did so much to make it fun for the kids and the wedding couple!  I am lucky to be part of a great school community!

Thanks for letting me share this fractionally crafty post!


Monday, April 29, 2013

Oh, Whale! Baby thank you cards

For as long as I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I have given sets of baby thank you cards at every baby shower I have been to (which has been a lot in the past 8+ years!).  This set is for a friend having a shower this weekend:


When I do big sets of cards I try to keep things simple since I know I’ll have to do whatever it is 20, 30, or 50 times.  This set of 20 came together pretty easily—especially since the whale was die cut (after stamping), and the waves are from a stamp “wheel”.  I have love, love, loved the patterned paper from the spring catalog, Sunshine and Sprinkles (item #126922).  I might have to get an extra pack or two before the spring catalog ends May 31st.


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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Something for Everyone—retiring stamp sets & accessories

something for everyone

Every year, Stampin’ Up! retires a portion of the stamp sets and accessories in the current catalog to make way for the next new thing.  This year there are discounts of up to 60% off accessories and supplies (including MDS content discs)!

Here’s the link to the retiring stamp sets (available until June 3).  Here’s the link to the retiring accessories (available until June 3, or while supplies last, some items already sold out!). 

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

You’re gonna want this! Dolled-Up Birthday Kit

So Stampin’ Up has been posting projects on Facebook and having people vote on their favorites—this cute little card won and now you can get it as a kit!

all dolled up

The Dolled-Up Birthday kit includes the following:

  • Dolled-Up Birthday Photopolymer Stamp (1)
  • 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Crumb Cake Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • 2" x 4-1/4" Very Vanilla Cardstock (6 pieces)
  • Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes (6)
  • Tea Lace Paper Doilies (6)
  • Dress Up die-cuts (6)
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Spot (1)
  • Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim (6 pieces)
  • Sponge Dauber (1)

Get everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 (item 133913) Adhesive not included.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Daisy Scout Leader Thank You

Any Girl Scouts out there?  My daughter is just finishing up her first year as a Daisy Scout.  She had a great time!  There are 2 leaders in her troop of 18-19 girls, so we collected money for some gift cards for them and had the girls sign an extra large card for each leader to say thanks.


The flower is in the colors of the Daisy “learning petals”.


  • Stamp Set: Curly Cute (item # 117014 annual catalog p. 138)
  • Cardstock: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Garden Green, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red
  • Ink: Basic Black craft ink
  • Extras: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, small oval punch (retired), full heart punch (for the “pennant” ends of the thank you banner), scallop trim border punch (item# 118402 annual catalog p. 183), Square Lattice Embossing Folder (item"# 119976 annual catalog p. 189),

Do you need a thank you card for your Girl Scout leader?  Order a custom card from me by emailing me at

Have you made something cool for your girl scout or her leaders?  I’d love to see some other ideas.  Leave me a comment with your link.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

April Stamp Class Samples: Dads!

I know it’s kind of early for a Father’s Day card, but May is sooooo busy for people that I thought I’d throw it into the mix for my April class.  You can see my other class samples by clicking on the links—Mother’s Day, Graduation, Teacher Appreciation/Thank You, & yesterday’s post--Wedding.

I saw the idea on pinterest, not sure who originated it, but here’s one link from Heather Klump again.  She does great work!



  • Stamp Set: Retired sentiment set
  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Retired Designer Series Paper
  • Ink: Basic Black
  • Extras: Petite Pennants Builder Punch (item#122361, annual catalog p. 185, 3/4 inch circle punch (item #119873, annual catalog p. 184)

If you’re local to me, call or email me to get details about the class and sign up. If you see something you like that you want me to make and send by mail, just ask!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April Stamp Class—Wedding

I got married almost 12 years ago, and our wedding colors were just black and white.  Somehow my husband, his family, and groomsman all ended up wearing blue accents, and my family all ended up in red.  Not sure what happened there.  Since then, I have always gravitated towards black and white themed wedding cards.  Here’s another  card we are doing in class this month.  Click the links to view the other cards from class: mother’s day, graduation, and teacher appreciation.

I CASED this one from Heather Klump.



  • Stamp Set: Apothecary Art (item#125525 wood, 125527 clear, annual catalog p. 102; retired sentiment stamp

apothecary art

  • Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, retired DSP
  • Ink: Basic Black
  • Extras:
    • white ribbon (retired)
    • labels collection framelits (item #125598, annual catalog p.191)
    • Big Shot with multi-purpose platform and cutting pads (item#113439, annual catalog p. 186)

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April Class Samples: Teacher Appreciation/Thank You

For most of my classes I usually have 4 samples and everyone makes two of each, but for my “buffet” class, I have 5-6 samples and then people can choose how many of each they want to make.  Since this class is mostly event/holiday related, it’s nice for everyone to be able to customize their projects to what they need.  Here’s the Mother’s Day Sample, and the graduation sample, and next is the thank you card for teachers, coaches, carpool drivers, etc. that deserve some appreciation for all they do.



  • Stamp Set: retired sentiment stamp
  • Cardstock: crumb cake, pool party
  • Ink: basic black
  • Extras:

pop up posies kit

    • Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (S-A-B promotional paper--no longer available)
    • Vine Street Embossing Folder (S-A-B promotional item—not currently available)

The card features the pop up posies designer kit.  The kit comes with the brown paper tags, flower layers—3 different colors, brads, twine, and a stamp too.  It’s a great value and you can use the flower embellishments on so many things.  I only used 5 layers of the flower for this card, but it’s designed to use 10 layers. 

If you’re local to me, call or email me to get details about the class and sign up.  If you see something you like that you want me to make and send by mail, just ask!

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Monday, April 8, 2013

SMASH! Have you seen this yet?

Stampin’ Up! released some great  new items you can purchase separately or in a kit to make your own cool smash book.  What is a smash book?  It’s an on the go journal/doodle/scrapbook that is perfect for capturing the little things that make your life what it is.

Here’s the kit:


Epic Day This and That Journal—60 printed sheets, spiral bound, chipboard cover (item#131268, $10.95)

epic day this and that journal

Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper—12 x 12 size, 2 each of 6 double sided designs (item# 130814, $10.95).

epic day this and that dsp

Remember This and That Rotary Stamp—dates and clever phrases on a rotary dial (item #130133 $5.95)

epic day this and that rotary stamp

Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers—tabs, frames, banners, arrows, etc on semi gloss paper designed to fit with your journal (item#131271 $4.95)

epic day this and that stickers

Epic Day This and That Washi Tape—low tack patterned tape in three designs and widths (item #131269 $4.95)

epic day this and that washi

BUNDLE THE WHOLE THING AND SAVE 15%!  Item#133350 $32.08.  All five This and That products!  Bundle Price good through April 30.

epic day this and that bundle

I think this kit would make an AWESOME gift for a graduating senior or someone headed off on a summer adventure, starting a new job, or even fun to pass around at summer camp! 

Get your kit before the 30th to save 15%! 

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