Merry Christmas Stamping Friends!

“For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

~Luke 2:11

Merry Christmas Stamping Friends!  From our house to yours, I hope you have a wonderful celebration with family and friends.   Love, Dawn

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In The Woods

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep.  But I have promises to keep.  And miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.”

~Robert Frost

This is exactly what my backyard looked like this morning…snowing with a light dusting of snow on the trees.  This tree was made with the “In the Woods” Framelits Dies.  I saw a video on You Tube that suggested putting sequins under the “flaps” of the tree to keep them open.  I haven’t tested it out by mailing the card yet, but it sounds like a good tip!

I may need to take a break from the computer for awhile in order to prepare for Christmas, it’s getting overly busy here, so enjoy the Advent anticipation until we are together again!  Peace, Dawn xo

Wishing You Well

“When ‘i’ is replaced by ‘we’, even ‘illness’ becomes ‘wellness.'”

~Sushan R. Sharma

I’m a fan of Brian King’s layering style, and this card draws on one of his recent creations over on stampwithbrian.com.   I just went back and looked at his card because this one just didn’t look like I remembered in my head, and his green borders are thinner…that makes all the difference in the world.  Oh, so much to learn, but we’ll get there!  : )

This morning I needed a quick and easy card to send to a friend who was recently hospitalized, so I pulled out the “Wishing You Well” stamp set for the first time. (Brian’s card was a totally different stamp set).  The bow is just gorgeous with it’s light and dark shades!  There is a little flower stamp to add to the spray, but I just drew in some cherry cobbler “berries.”  The cherry cobbler background was given some texture with the “Subtle” embossing folder.  The base of the card is gray granite and the green is shaded spruce.  Have a beautiful day, we’re off to the post office!  xo Dawn

Invitations

“The more we praise and celebrate our life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

~Oprah Winfrey

 

I am making multiples of this card for a Boy Scout function, so I made a template of the “flap” because it is such an odd shape.  The layout came from a hobby demonstrator I met at the pool at convention in Orlando…thank you Tracie Salo!  Her card was made with cherry cobbler cardstock and  had a larger, round snowflake that was just beautiful.  This pretty snowflake came from the Snowfall Thinlits Dies and the sentiment was cut from the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies.

Wishing you a week full of hope,   xo Dawn

Birthday Banner and Stamparatus Tips

 

“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

Happy 23rd Birthday to our precious Joseph!!!  This is a banner I made for his birthday dinner tonight.  The theme of our decor this year is Buffalo Check! : )  I’m going a little crazy with the Buffalo Check Background Stamp but I just love it!  For Joseph’s party, I was able to find matching buffalo check paper goods, so it’s looking pretty festive around here!  He has four of his Scouting buddies coming over, and family, so it will be a fun celebration.  We even found buffalo check tote bags to give to his Scouting buds for their Scout Books and Scout gear.  Too much fun!

As I said yesterday, the stamparatus makes it really easy to make buffalo check banners.  Just a couple of tips:

#1:  If you have a cat, don’t leave the stamparatus open and unattended.  Cats think the rubber mat is a marvelous scratching pad!

#2:  It takes me three inkings to get the dark black that I like on colored cardstock.  Moral of the story:  use the stamparatus to get perfect alignment every time.  (With white cardstock I can get the right coverage in one try.)

For Joseph’s Birthday Card, I used a partial CASE of a Tina Rappe layout.  I was even able to find matching buffalo check wrapping paper.  Three cheers for The Party Store!  The card uses the So Santa stamp set, and I used the long “arrows” from the Warm Hearted Hostess Stamp Set to create a border on the inside of the card.

Have a great weekend!  Peace, xo Dawn

Advent Banner

“He (Jesus) says that the only chains that matter are fear and hate, because they chain our souls.  If we do not hate anyone and do not fear anyone, then we are free.”

~from The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

This is a banner I am making for the first week of Advent, which starts this weekend.  The first week of Advent symbolizes “Hope”, the second week “Faith”, the third week “Joy” and the fourth week “Peace.”  My huge prayer for Advent is that we are all freed from any fear or any hate that we may hold in our hearts.

For the banner I used the Buffalo Check Background Stamp and the Stamparatus.  A winning combination that makes it quick and easy to make banners.  And how about the new Gorgeous Grape ink and cardstock…it’s one of my all time favorite Stampin’ Up! colors!  Now, just three more banners to make.  : )

Peace,  xo Dawn