Matchbook Valentine Project

A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,
A song is no song ’til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay –
Love isn’t love
‘Til you give it away.
~Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music, “You Are Sixteen (Reprise)”


We’ll be giving away these little bits of love tomorrow at the Assisted Living Center.  I made 30 of them this morning…a quick and easy project.  There is a Ghiradelli Chocolate on the inside…

To make them, cut a piece of cardstock 2 3/4″ x 8 1/2″.  Score at 1 7/8″, 2 3/4″, 5″ and 5 1/2″.  Fold the bottom and staple.  Embellish.  There’s still time before tomorrow to make some surprises for those that you love!  Have fun, Dawn.


For the New Scouts

“In assisting his ‘neighbour’ every day to the best of his ability, and keeping truth, honesty and kindness perpetually before him. the Boy Scout, with as little formality as possible, is pleasing God.”

~Lord Baden Powell

This week is the birthday of Boy Scouting in America and troops are celebrating everywhere with different activities.  Our Pack and Troop will be assisting at Mass Saturday afternoon and then we have an awards banquet afterwards.  These are cards I made for our two new Scouts who made Scout rank last month. (The ranks of Boy Scouts are Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, Eagle).  Each rank comes with its own requirements and Merit Badge requirements.  The boys already received their rank patch but in these little Old Olive envelopes will be “Good Turn Coins” which the boys put in their pocket.  When they have done their good deed for the day, they switch the coin to their opposite pocket.  The little pocket was made with the Love Notes Framelits Dies.

This card design was inspired by one of the many card design challenges that can be found on the internet every week.  I used photos from a big Scout trip we took this past weekend to the annual Klondike Derby for Boy Scouts held every year on the Maine coast at Maine Maritime Academy.  It was cold (11 degrees) but so much fun!

The base of the card is embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder and the sentiment, “our friendship is a very happy thing” is from an old Sale-A-Bration set called “A Happy Thing”.  (The two Scouts in the photos are best friends.)  The sentiment on the inside of the card is also from a very old set called “Happy Day” that some of my earliest stamping friends will have.  Another sentiment I considered was “Best.Day.Ever.” but we were at the event for three days so it was knocked out of the running. : )  The inside looked a little plain so I added a small strip of Pacific Point Cardstock.

And finally, since this card will be presented at a banquet of 125 people, I wanted the envelope to be embellished.  I used the new “Celebrate You” thinlits that are offered free with a $100.00 purchase in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  The “ribbon” on the side of the envelope is made with cardstock.

Enjoy the day!  Peace, Dawn



Watercoloring with Ink

“There is nothing of this heart more proved than true friendship.”

~St. Thomas Aquinas

I love the striped heart in the new “Heart Happiness” stamp set but because I don’t have that set (yet), I decided to try painting one with an aquapainter and some ink.   Combined with some embellishments and a heart from the new “Sure Do Love You” stamp set, I was pleased with the results.  To paint with inks, just squeeze the cover of the ink pad before opening it so that a round spot of ink gets pushed onto the underside of the cover.  After opening the inkpad, use that underside of the cover as your palette and have some fun with your creativity!



Thank You Michele!

“Smiles are the souls kisses.”

~Minna Thomas Antrim


Don’t we all smile when we receive cards in the mail?  This one came from our stamping friend Michele, who moved to Arizona this past fall.  We miss her at stamping classes but we still keep in touch!  Michele is an amazing young woman…she is a one-armed stamper but she sure can crank the Big Shot!!!  Her mom bought her a Big Shot a couple of years ago for Christmas and sent me the video of Michele opening it…priceless!!!  Such great memories we have in the stamping world!!! : )

Happy 30th Birthday Jonathan!

“The first fact about the celebration of birthdays is that it is a good way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, that it is a good thing to be alive.”

G.K. Chesterton

Yesterday was our oldest son, Jonathan’s, 30th birthday. (I can’t believe we are old enough to have a thirty year old!)  Jonathan owns a landscaping business that does snow removal in the winter, so I wanted a snow theme for his birthday card.  These snowflakes were cut out with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  There is something for every season in this set, I just love it!  And here we are, getting ready for a big snowstorm tomorrow!  : )

The “30” was cut with the “Large Numbers Framelits Dies”, and a wonderful thirty years it has been.  Thank you Jonathan!

Peace, Dawn

Stampin’ Up! Lots to Love Box

“Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the ribbons.”

~Ruth Ann Schabacker

Untie the ribbons, or in this case, open the box! : )   This box with the new Lots to Love Box Thinlits Dies was featured on the Stampin’ Up! Facebook Page.   As soon as I saw it I sat right down and cased (copy and share everything) it with a young niece and nephew who come to spend a morning with me every week for home-ec lessons.  We sew, cook and stamp!  Let me tell you, they were mighty pleased with this box that they made with the Love You More and Hardwood Stamp Sets.  I should have photgraphed it at an angle so it would be more obvious that it is a box.  For a more professional picture, please head on over to the Stampin’ Up! Facebook page.  Have a great week-end!

Peace, Dawn

My Black Ice Accident

“Love is happiness given back and forth.”


I love this little sentiment that is part of one of my oldest stamp sets called “Delightful Dozen.”  I posted this cardfront last week (in pink), but thought I’d show the inside after we made it with a darker color at stamping class this week.   The little heart glued in the sentiment was made with the  Stampin’ Up! Confetti Hearts Punch.  Isn’t it fun to think of all the people we want to send Valentine’s to!


I wasn’t going to post this next picture, but we’ve had two fatal accidents involving black ice in our area in the past week.  This is my Subaru Forester after I hit black ice on the top of a hill on January 4th.  I was not hurt, thanks be to God, but my car was a total loss.  There was a bit of comedy amidst the trauma of it all when a young woman who stopped to help (my oldest son, Jonathan, was with me) yelled to someone up on the road…”it’s a young man and a dog!”  Then she looked back in and yelled back “and an old lady!”  When I crawled out I looked at her and said “I’m not old! : )   Anyway, I’m just sending out a caution to beware of black ice!

Have a wonderful day!  Peace, Dawn