Oct & Nov CD Calendars

It’s so true, what they say about time going so quickly as you get older. In a few blinks of my eyes I totally missed posting anything in October. Ugh!  

I actually have 3 classes coming up to do the calendar for next year. I give them to all of my family and several of my friends every year – 20 total. And it has become on of the best attended classes I do. 




September CD Calendar & New Specials

I’m going to start this post with the CD Calendar but be sure to read all the way to see what’s new and what’s on sale. Lot’s going on.

Isn’t this the cutest little squirrel? He looks a bit mischievous doesn’t he? It’s from the stamp set Nuts About Squirrels.  As you can see below this is 2-step stamping. The outline stamp is paired with the stamp for the “fill-in”. I have even seen some cute cards using this set and turning the squirrels into mice. Super cute and the versatility of the set makes it a great buy for only $17.

I use to hate squirrels because there are so many and they were constantly getting into my bird feeders. But I have come to change my opinion especially after having a blonde squirrel in my yard daily. And for the most part I have kept the squirrels away from my bird feeder. All except “Rusty” which my friends named. He learned to get on the roof and jump to the top of the feeder and then hang on to get to the seed. At first I tried to scare him away but then decided if he was that smart and that hungry to leave him alone. No other squirrel has been smart enough to figure out his method of getting to the feeder.

Rusty use to be more red but I think the Florida sun has lightened him up.

Stampin’ Up! September Weekly Deal Special

Every week in the month of September, Stampin’ Up! is offering a selection of discounted products. Discounts and product selection will vary from week to week.

    • Week 1: September 1 – 7
    • Week 2: September 8 – 14
    • Week 3: September 15 – 21
    • Week 4: September 22 – 28
  • Promotion ENDS September 28.
  • Product options and discounts vary based on inventory availability.

This Week’s specials:

I had never even noticed the Kraft Note Cards & Envelopes in the catalog. And then my friend and upline, Catherine, gave me a card she made using them. You get 20 note cards and envelopes and 1 box to put some in for a great gift idea. At $8 that makes each card only 40 cents. 

Perfect Partners

Bundle and save during this exclusive sale! These six new dies coordinate with sets in our current catalogs. These die sets can be purchased separately or in a bundle with their coordinating stamps at a 10% bundle savings. Available only for a limited time and while supplies last! If you have the stamp set you can order the coordinating die. 


Did you even know that Stampin’ Up! sells logo items? There is a link on my online store for the available items. One of the newly added is this beanie. It is so stinkin’ cute! 


Have a great weekend. It’s coming up. As for me, I will be working on my stamp room. I just had it painted today and everything is a huge mess.


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 www.bethdaniels.stampinup.net.


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