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, 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  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.


Stamping Class Tomorrow!


“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”

~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tomorrow we have stamping class at my house and we’ll be trying out the new copper paper and copper embossing powder on this autumn card.  If you aren’t signed up and would like to stamp, just let me know.  We meet once a month and make three cards, have some refreshments and enjoy one another’s company!

Harvest Pears for #GDP054

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest reaped, but by the seeds planted.”

~Robert Louis Stevenson

Hi Stampers!  It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been on the computer, and that’s because I’ve been canning our garden, along with 12 quarts of applesauce from our next door neighbors apple tree!  It’s nice to be able to take a break from the kitchen and get back to stamping.  And what stamp set did I reach for…one featuring food! : )  It’s the new “Fresh Fruit” set in the Annual Catalog.  I was just playing around with it and made this banner for this weeks challenge over at


Happy Together for #GDP049

“Be strong… and believe in miracles because anything…anything can happen.”

~Marlo Javidando

These summery colors are the stars over at this week!  The “to the lovelely pair” pears are stamped with Silhouettes & Script, the “congratulations” is from “Something to Say” and is heat embossed with gold embossing powder, the background “splatters” are stamped with Gorgeous Grunge, along with the lines that the pears are sitting on.  The gold “ties” are cut out with the Sunshine Wishes Dies, and the little heart is from the new In Color Enamel Shapes.  The sentiment on the inside of the card is heat embossed in gold and says “happy together”, which is from “A Dozen Thoughts” stamp set.  Thank you for the weekly inspiration Global Design Project!  Happy Stamping, Dawn  P.S.  Stamping Peacers…our next classes will be on August 29th and 30th.  Looking forward to seeing you.  xoxo


Celebrating for #GDP048

“Every day is a good day.  There is something to learn, care and celebrate.”

~A. Ray

Good day, stampers!  Hope you are having a fabulous summer.  Busy here…made this card on Monday and just getting on the computer to post it!  The challenge this week over at is a “case the designer.”  I went looking for balloons and came up with these.  It’s so funny where challenges lead us, I had never used this stamp before, but for some reason it just popped out at me.  I love how challenges inspire and stretch us.


The balloon image is from the 2013 Ronald McDonald “Tag It” stamp set, the background dots are from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set and the happy birthday sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  Cardstock and ink colors are Blackberry Bliss and Garden Green.  Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer, Dawn.