“There is magic in long-distance friendships.  They let you relate to other human beings in a way that goes beyong being physically together and is often more profound.”

~Diana Cortes

I love our hobby!  We can shower our friends with the simplest gifts, but dress them up to make them into a very special gift.  This was a tag topper I made for Beth Mills, my amazing downline over in Downeast Maine.  She holds stamping classes at a school near Dennysville, so if you’re over that way you don’t want to miss them!  The flowers and leaves were made with the Botanical Builder Framelits (the crumb cake branches are made with the Petals & More Framelits…you may have to click on the picture to see them) and the “friend” sentiment was made with the Lovely Words Thinlits.

Have a great day…we’re off to finish our display at the Bangor Garden Show!  Here’s a picture from yesterday…the plants go in today.  : )   Peace, Dawn xoxo


Candy Bag Topper

“The paradox of gifts:  I know what I have given you.  I do not know what you have received.”

~Dr. Sun Wolf

Good Morning Stampers!  Need a great little gift idea?  I needed a couple this past week-end so got these great Maine-made chocolates (from the Nature’s Place aisle at Hannaford) and made a bag topper with a home-made gift bag to put them in.  I used Cool Treats stamp set for the sentiment and Flourish Thinlits Dies for the leaf and berries.  The chocolates (made down on the coast in Rockland) come in different flavors, so the colors can be changed up:

Such a fun little gift to make and give!  Maybe your state/country has some locally made food item that you can do the same with?  The possibilities are endless!  : )

Speaking of gifts, I was given a surprise gift, two times over this week.  I have been entering stamping challenges for the inspiration they provide, and this week an Earth Day card that I made and sent to the Festive Friday challenge was chosen as a “fave”.  Thank you to the team for that, but most importantly, for the inspiration you provide!

FF#001 Festive Friday Faves

For the very first time, I sent the same card to two different challenges, and it was also chosen as a special mention by the Global Design Project.  GDP was the very first challenge I started entering…I love the fact that it is global, an effort of worldwide peace, in my thinking!  So thank you to the Global Design team and again, more importantly, thank you for all the inspiration you’ve provided the past few years.  It’s appreciated very much!


(I know there is a way to put these badges on the sidebar of blogs, but I don’t know how to do it!)

Last but not least, a shout out to Mary in Ohio who wrote me the kindest email (I printed it out and put it on my fridge!), thanking me for some blog posts.   You made my day Mary, and I thank you very much! ❤  Have a great day everyone, I’m off to help my oldest son, Jonathan, set up for the annual garden show.  Peace, Dawn xo


“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”

~Mother Teresa

Last weekend at Mass, our priest addressed the Opiate Addiction Crisis we have here in Maine (and in the world).  He said “we aren’t going to arrest our way out of this problem, we aren’t going to treat our way out of this problem, we have to love our way out of this problem.”  He has put together an interfaith healing service for all those affected by the opiate crisis, including victims, families, the medical community, the law enforcement community (he got to meet the Duck of Justice at the Bangor Police Department!)  : )  and all that would like to help make a difference.  This will take place on April 25th, 2018, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor, Maine.  There will be speakers, music, educational literature and refreshments.  If you are local, you may want to support Fr. Anthony’s efforts by attending.  I was trying to think of what I could do to help us “love our way out of this problem” and decided to make some cards to give to Fr. Anthony to use as he sees fits in his ministry to the crisis.  It’s a very small thing, but hopefully it will help in the effort to “love our way out of this problem.”  I started with this design lay-out from and will give that card to Fr. Anthony.  Then I made some simpler ones without the background label from the Deco Labels Framelits that he can use however he sees fit in his ministry for the Opiate Addiction Crisis.

I looked it up on-line, and internationally, silver is the awareness color for overdose and its effects.  Purple is the awareness color for opiate addiction.  So those are the colors I used when designing this card.  The hearts are cut out with the Sunshine Thinlit Dies, the flowers are from the Jars of Love Stamp Set and the sentiment is from the Petal Palette Stamp Set.  The background is made with the Burlap Background Stamp.  I love that stamp, it adds instant texture!  You may have to click on the picture to see it.  Joseph wrote out the bag topper for a set of four cards, with stamped envelopes.  We’d like to add something else to the gift bag…any ideas?  Are you using some of your cards to support an effort?  I’d love to hear about it so our family can pray for your efforts.

Thanks for stopping by, have a beautiful day!  Peace, Dawn




“A boy carries out suggestions more wholeheartedly when he understands their aim.”

~Robert Baden-Powell (founder of Boy Scouts)


Good Morning Stampers!  I hope you had a great week-end!  I spent Saturday and Sunday mornings selling Camp Cards (Discount Cards to area businesses ) with the Boy Scouts outside of Sam’s Club.  For every card they sell, they get half the money ($2.50) towards their registration to Boy Scout Camp this summer.  The boys all did very well, so last night I made this card for them to send to Sam’s Club to thank them for letting us sell outside the store.  It was freezing cold (high 20’s ) but we are appreciative of the opportunity (and thankful of everyone who purchased one)! ❤  I used the sketch from to design the card.  I used the Burlap Background Stamp, the old Great Outdoors stamp set for the tent, the Waterfront stamp set for the ground and the sentiment came out of an old Paper Pumpkin kit.  Thanks for the inspiration Fab Friday!   Peace, Dawn xo

CAS(E) This Sketch #267

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Amy Koenders design this week over at looked so simple, but it took me a few tries to get something I liked.  The sentiment is from the old stamp set “Enjoy the Little Things” and is heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I know that “all that glitters is not gold”, but even though the photo doesn’t show it, the gold does glitter on this card!  : )   Have a great week-end! Peace, Dawn xo

Fusion: Peace Begins With Me Pilgrimage

“We don’t think about pilgrimage in this country.  The idea of taking a six week walk is totally foreign to most Americans.  But it’s probably exactly what we need.”

~Emilio Estevez

I have never sent fan mail to the movie industry, but this card will be a first.  I made it to send to Emilio Estevez for his movie “The Way”.  It stars his dad, Martin Sheen and three other actors who are making their way across northern Spain (wine country, hence the grapes on the card) : )  on pilgrimage on “The Way”, also known as the “Camino de Santiago” (The Way of St. James).  It’s a 500 mile trek that pilgrims have been making for 1000 years.   The movie inspired me to suggest a “Peace Begins With Me” pilgrimage to my Boy Scout Troop and we are planning a 25 mile route to all six churches in our parish over Memorial Day Week-end. : )

I used the design lay-out from this weeks

for this card.  I used the old “Market Fresh” stamp set, along with Gorgeous Grunge, the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, Stampin’ Up! markers and the Brick Wall Embossing Folder.  The cardstock is Mossy Meadow, which is coming back into the line-up with the new color refresh in June.  Yay!  : )  Have a great day, Peace, Dawn xo

How To Make A Gift Box

“Love is, above all, the gift of oneself. “

~Jean Anouilh

Yesterday I showed you the “April Showers Bring May Flowers” gift bag I was making.  One of the gifts in the bag was this little box filled with garden seeds. (It fits three packages comfortably).  This is how to make the box:

Solid Color Cardstock: 5 1/4″ x 11″    Designer Series Paper:  1 3/4″ x 4″  and 3″ x 4″

Score the long sides (portrait) a half inch on each side.  Turn the cardstock to a landscape position and score at 2″, 2 1/2″, 7 1/4″ and 7 3/4″. Cut off the two sections down to 2 1/2″ and the two little squares between 7 1/4″ and 7 3/4″ so that it looks like this:

Add the Designer Series Paper and then fold on all score lines and glue the sides and bottom together.  Tuck your gift inside and tie with a ribbon.  SOoo cute!!!  (I had originally made this as a Christmas box with a flap inside for a gift card.  Go to December 2014 on the sidebar and it’s the second post down).   Happy Gift Giving!  Peace, Dawn  xo  P.S.  Like yesterday, this is retired Stampin’ Up! paper.  I’m trying to use up some of my old supplies before the new annual catalog comes out in June! : )