“THE ART OF really living IS giving.”

~Ann Voskamp

Hi stamping friends and welcome to the season of Thanksgiving and “thanksliving.”  I hope you have beautiful plans for the week upcoming.   We’re making plans for a family celebration, but also for 13 birthdays between now and Dec. 30th!  This is one birthday card that I made with this weeks challenge over at http://www.global-design-challenge.com.  I used the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper.

I’ve made a few Thanksgiving cards…


which was from a design I had made for a retro sketch challenge a couple of weeks ago…


This is a card I had designed for a stamping class last week (and for one of those 13 birthdays coming up!)  : )


And this was another card that I designed for last weeks stamping class:


And last but not least, a package I wrapped with the Moroccan DSP:


Have a wonderful week!  xo Dawn

Owl fun for #GDP060

“Friends, they are kind to each other’s hopes.  They cherish each other’s dreams.”


The challenge this week over at http://www.global-design-project.com is a “Case the Designer” project with a fun card by Brian King.  Brian is always coming up with “outside the box” cards, including this one!  I wanted to use some sort of creature on my card and chose this owl (that always makes me smile) from the “Howl-0-ween Treat” stamp set.  I wanted to hang the owl upside down from the garden green bar, or have him popping in from the side, but his little owl feet were too cute to hide!  Thanks for the inspiration Brian!


Treat Packages


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

~Ruth Ann Schabacker

These little treat pouches are so cute and so easy to make.  It is called a “diaper fold”.  Start with a 6″ square of paper.  Fold one corner to the opposite corner so that you have a triangle.  Place the triangle in front of you and fold the left corner to the right and the right corner to the left, just like you would fold a cloth diaper.  Fold the top flap down and glue a sentiment to the front.  (We used the Tags 4 You Stamp Set).  Two peppermint patties fit in these perfectly and they could be made for any holiday!  Have fun, Dawn

#GDP059 and Retro Sketch Challenges

“Live each season as it passes.”

The weather turned cold this afternoon, so out came the stamps!  : )  I combined two challenges today…a theme challenge of animals/pets over at http://www.global-design-challenge.com/ and a cute tag sketch over at http://retrosketches.blogspot.com/. I don’t own any animal stamp sets, so this little deer from an old Stampin’ Up! set called Warmth & Wonder fit the bill nicely.  The sentiment is from Day of Wonder, another old Stampin’ Up! set.  The DSP is the new Warmth & Cheer DSP Stack and the Garden Green strip is embossed with the new Cable Knit Embossing Folder.  Hope you have  some spare time to enter a challenge…they are so much fun!  Happy Stamping, Dawn.


Treat Pumpkins


“…it is not JOY that makes us grateful; it is GRATITUDE that makes us joyful.”

~Brother David Steindl-Rast

I made these cute little pumpkins with Stampin’ Up’s! Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die for some family members that we are so grateful to have in our life!   Happy weekend, Dawn

Retro Birthday Card

“This world belongs to the enthusiastic.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

One thing I’m enthusiastic about is challenges.  I rarely get over to the weekly retro sketch challenges at retrosketches.blogspot.com/, but I just love them!  This is my 5″ square card based on this sketch, using the new “Warmth & Cheer” DSP Stack.  Plaids are my all-time favorite papers so I know I’m going to have lots of fun with this paper stack!


Thankful for #GDP058

“Think and wonder, wonder and think…”

~Dr. Seuss

Happy Autumn from Maine!  I looked out my window at sunrise two days ago and saw this flaming gorgeousness…


Hope you are enjoying the beautiful foliage as much as we have been here!  I’ve been out in the garden for the past month, along with two camping trips with the Boy Scouts (without tents!), but today I finally had a morning to stamp.  I made a card for the challenge over at http://global-design-project.com.  I started out with the Acorny Thank You Stamp Set, but after many combinations of acorns, ended up using only the “thankful” banner from that set.  I used two older sets, Truly Grateful and For All Things for the interior sentiment and the remainder of the front of the card.


I started out making a “fall” card, but ended up with a Thanksgiving card!  Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to our Canadian friends! : )  Tip:  For a little contrast on this monochromatic card front, I stamped the 3″ background “frame” on Whisper White cardstock, everything else on Very Vanilla.