It’s a Hippo, It’s a Cow

When I first saw the Sale-a-Bration products I didn’t much care for the Hippos but they quickly became a favorite. And then when I saw other demonstrators turning them into cows I was hooked.


For this card I stamped one of the hippps on white card stock and colored with Blends. To create the bubbles on the black cardstock I traced different sized circular items with a white gel pen. I also drew in some lines inside the circles. Then using blue and pink Blends I colored over just portions of the white lines. This gives the appearance of the iridescent colors seen in bubbles. I added some Opal Round embellishments which look like bubbles. The green cardstock is the new In Color Parakeet Party. The sentiment is from the stamp set Charming Sentiments which is an all occasion assortment and has coordinating dies that cut right around the words. The dies include some extra fun cut outs.


Again I used Parakeet Party for this card with the DSP simulating grass. It’s so easy to turn those hippos into cows. I used a black Blends marker to color in the spots and Petal Pink Blends for the faces and stomachs.


The extra dies for the goggles, scuba gear, sunglasses and umbrella give the hippos so much personality.

There are just a few weeks left of Sale-a-Bration. If you love the hippos too you can get it free with a qualifying order.

True, right! The battery packages are the worst to try to get open.

August CD Calendar

Just a quick post to share this months CD calendar page. I used the retired set Birds and Branches.  I have a bird feeder in my backyard which is easy to see from my living room and sun room. I love watching the many birds who come numerous times a day. There haven’t been as many lately. I don’t know if they have flown off to other parts of the country or not. It’s been so hot in Florida I would escape to a cooler climate too. And that is what I just did. I am Kentucky visiting my son and family. I left 90 degree weather to the 70’s. Their weather had been in the 90’s also and just this week dropped. Perfect.

There are additional items added for Sale-a-Bration products which you can select FREE with a qualifying order of $50 or more. You can see them in my online store here

Happiness Abounds with Vellum Layering Designs

I have to say that Happiness Abounds has become one of my favorite sets in the annual catalog. I have made so many cards just using the cut out flowers from the Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper. They are gorgeous and make the prettiest cards. But I finally decided I needed to make a card and actually use the flower stamps in the set. I hadn’t used the new Vellum Layering Designs yet so decided to pair it with the flowers. There are 3 different designs printed on vellum, 4 sheets of each design. I especially love the script.

I stamped the flowers and leaves and colored with Blends. The word “friend” was fussy cut and popped up with a mini dimensional.



April – July CD Calendars

When you find yourself out of the habit of doing something it’s harder to get back into doing it. Things like working out or going to church or even stamping. I have to admit that I kind of lost my mojo for stamping for awhile and along with that keeping up my blog. But with the new catalogs out and seeing so many wonderful cards I am finding joy in my craft room again. So this first post in awhile will be catching up the CD Calendar pages beginning with April.


This was an easy page to make using some Designer Series Paper with daisies and adding a punched out daisy using the Medium Daisy Punch and the retired Leaf Punch.


For the May calendar page I used the Painted Poppies stamp set since American Poppy Day is in May. It is a day to honor and remember those who served and died for our country in all wars.


Seascape stamp set and dies were used to make this page. I was sad to see these retire.


July always brings thoughts of fireworks and our American flag and it’s not always easy to find something new. It is also a time for celebrations and picnics and that calls for ice cream! I used Sweet Ice Cream stamp set and coordinating punch which is now retired.



Awesome “Join SU” Special

Stampin’ UP is offering an awesome special when you join between May 3 and May 31. In addition to getting to choose $125 of whatever you want for only $99 they are adding $66.50 of Bonus In Color products.  That’s right – you get $165.50 in Stampin’ Up product for just $99 (and Stampin’ Up pays the shipping!).  I welcome anyone who wants to join my team. Most people join for the discounts just as I did 18 years ago. There is no requirement that you have classes.  You can just simply enjoy getting the discount. From the time you join through the end of the first full Stampin’ Up! quarter, you can take advantage of demonstrator discounts of 20% and other benefits. By joining in May you will have until the end of September to reach your first quarterly minimum of $300 in sales to stay active and you will renew for another quarter. If you decide you don’t want to continue there is no penalty. And you are free to rejoin at any time.




If you want more information let me know.  If decide you want to join you can do that by going to my online store at


Have a wonderful weekend.



March CD Calendar

Just a quick post today to share the CD calendar for this month. The idea for the cute gnome came from another demonstrator but I am not sure who it was. The beard is a leaf die and the hat is the Christmas tree punch. The feet are from a leaf punch. March is always one of the most difficult months to come up with an idea so this was perfect. 

I’ll be back soon with more cards.

Social media has been filling up with support for Ukraine by posting pictures of their flag and the national flower, the sunflower. This one is especially beautiful. If I had the sunflower stamp set I would make a sunflower card. Let’s pray this war ends quickly.

20% off Selected Items in March


  • The Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine will be available for purchase at a 20% discount.
  • A number of select stamp-and-die bundles that are compatible with the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine will also be available for purchase at a 20% discount.
  • For this promotion only, we’ve brought back the previously popular Art Gallery, Celebrate Sunflowers, and Garden Wishes bundles. They will only be available in their bundle form during this promotion, so make sure to snag ‘em while you still can!
  • The Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and select compatible bundles can be bought together or separately.
  • There is no limit on the number of Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machines you can purchase during this promotion. In fact, having more than one machine is ideal for workshops, classes, and other events!
  • Products are available in all markets while supplies last. Offer may vary from market to market based on product availability. No backorders or substitutions will be allowed.
  • The stamp-and-die bundles that can be found in a current catalog will be replenished until they retire. When they do retire, the bundles will be added to the Retiring List.
  • Due to supply chain challenges, this promotion may be altered or ended early. We will post a Current Update with further information if this is anticipated. 

If any of these have been on your wish list March is the time to get them. You can order from my online store by clicking the link below or here.

My youngest son had a birthday a few weeks ago. A BIG birthday! He turned 50. How does that happen so quickly? There was a party planned and my oldest son who lives in KY came as a surprise. It was great fun and of course I loved having all three of my kids together.


My son-in-law, Don, me, Jason, Jeff, Lynn Ann and my grandson, Alex

Have a Blessed weekend.

February CD Calendar

All Together Promotion Including New Skin Tone Blends

Stampin' Up! All Together Early-Release products. Shop with Dawn Olchefske #dostamping #howdSheDOthat #stampinblends-400

All Together Promotion Details:

  • Dates: February 1 – May 2, 2022
  • All Together products can also be added to a starter kit.

Includes the following products:

  • 160263 Here Together Bundle* (save 10% stamp set & dies)
    • 158634 Here Together Stamp Set
    • 159278 Here for You Dies*
  • 160039 All Together 6×6 Designer Series Paper
  • 160940 Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends Collection (or 2-pack sets)
  • 160941 All Together Collection* (includes all of the above products)
  • * these exclusive products are only available while supplies last



Here Together Bundle    $48.00      #160263

All Together DSP. 6″ x 6″    $11.50    #160039


Natural Tones Blends Markers    $45.00    #160940   (can be ordered by individual set)

I have not ordered anything yet from this promotion but it’s on my wish list.  Here are a few samples created by demonstrator BC Wright.

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These beauties were created using the Natural Tones Blends and the alcohol technique.

Have a blessed day

Cactus Cuties

I do love a stamp set that has a coordinating punch and this new mini catalog has several. My last class focused on cards with punches including this one made with the Cactus Cuties bundle.




Below is the list of products I used for the card. The pot was stamped with Cinnamon Cider ink which I neglected to add to the list.The gingham check DSP is retired product as are the little embellishments on the cactus. Those are from the sprinkles that coordinated with the ice cream cone set in a previous catalog.

A friend sent this to me this morning.
It was a bit chilly this morning here in Florida!
Thanks for stopping by and stay warm!

A Few of My Favorite Things plus NYC Trip

When I get a new catalog I pour over the pages and mark the product that I love with a sticky note. I try to limit how much love I find because I can’t buy it all. But you know what happens. You see someones post of a card using a stamp set you didn’t think you liked and all of a sudden you have to have it! Here are some of my favorite things from the new January – June Mini Catalog.

Hello Ladybug Bundle.  #157699   $32.25

Cactus Cuties Bundle   #158058   $31.50

Happy Hedgehogs Bundle   #157985    $32.25

Cloud Punch   #157749  $18.00

Bough Punch  #157711  $18.00

Have you noticed a pattern in what are my favorites? I love punches!                                                        But there are other products on my favorite list.

Kite Delight  #157748   $18.00

How cute is this card using the Kite Delight stamp set and the Cloud Punch!


On the Horizon Bundle  #157779   $50.25

Best Delivery   #158026   $17.00

Daffodil Daydream   #157795   $54.75

Mischievous Mice   #158070   $12.00 (Host Set only available when earning Host Rewards)

What are your favorites?  If you don’t have a catalog and would like one please let me know. And remember with Sale-a-bration you can earn free product with qualifying orders. 

The week before Christmas I went to New York City for 3 days with my friend and Stamin’ Up upline Catherine Harwood. Up to this point I had only spent one day there many years ago. I went to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island so really didn’t see a lot of the city. It has always been a dream of mine to go to a Broadway show there and to see the city all decorated and lit up at Christmas.  So I have to backtrack to last year when To Kill a Mockingbird was canceled from the season of Broadway in Orlando due to Covid. Catherine and I both have season tickets with our daughters and we were so disappointed. Then in June of last year I saw an ad about Broadway in New York opening back up and Jeff Daniels was going to come back and do 3 months only of his role in To Kill a Mockingbird. October – December. I asked Catherine if she had any interest in going and within a half an hour we bought tickets to the play, reserved a hotel, and both had enough points to get a free Southwest flight. I was so excited. Checking items off my bucket list. Covid was getting worse again and a few days before we were scheduled to leave on Dec. 17th many Broadway shows were being cancelled. We even talked about not going if our play wound up being canceled. But we had also bought tickets to the 9/11 museum and of course there were all of the Christmas decorations to see so with our supply of masks and hand sanitizer off we went. It was even more than I dreamed it would be. 

The tree with all the lights was even more beautiful than any picture can capture. The ice skaters were on a lower level and without a ticket to skate you could not go down to that level. And with so many people you couldn’t stand and watch them. Staff members were telling you to take your photo and move on. That was a little disappointing as I would have liked to watch them skate. We were very careful about wearing our masks but occasionally would quickly take them off for a photo if we weren’t in a crowd of people.

We did so much walking. The bottom left photo is of course in Times Square. The bottom right photo is eating a giant corn dog which was half hot dog and half mozzarella cheese. We were at an outdoor Christmas market in Central Park. 

Macy’s in NYC is nothing like our local Macy stores. It rained on and off this day but we trudged on. So much to see, so little time. The decorations in the store were stunningly beautiful. There were trees with owls and squirrels that moved. I was amazed at the escalators. Most were the old wooden ones.  

I didn’t take a lot of photos at the 9/11 museum.  Photos were prohibited in many of the areas and I just didn’t think appropriate at times.  We were a little early for our ticket admission time of 10:00 AM and had to stand outside in line for a half hour in 39 degree weather. It really was the only time I felt cold. The bottom right photo is the piece of steel support between the 93rd and 99th floor of the tower and where one of the planes hit. It was later identified by a serial number on the metal. 

I have always thought Jeff Daniels an amazing actor and he didn’t disappoint. The play was 3 hours of brilliant and thought provoking entertainment.  Celia Keenen Bolger who played the daughter, Scout, won the Tony award for best actor in 2019.  (Jeff Daniels was nominated but didn’t win. I think he should have.)  At the end of both acts Scout says, “All rise.” What she is really saying is that we are our own judge and what we do and how we behave matters in this world.

Have a great day!