Crosses of Hope Meets Petal Palette

“May the blessing of Light be on you, light without and light within…”

~Irish Blessing

Hello Stamping Friends!  It rained yesterday morning so I was finally able to sit down and make some cards.  A friend, Sister Elizabeth, had asked me to make a card for her parish priest, who is retiring, so this is the card I made for her.  It was the same lay-out as another card I had made earlier this Spring, which was a CASE from Ann Schach.  This card uses an old set, Crosses of Hope, along with the Petal Palette set and some Gorgeous Grunge.  Cardstock colors are Sweet Sugarplum and Night of Navy.  The inside sentiment says “Congratulations on your Retirement” from the Wild About Flowers Stamp Set.

Have a peaceful day, xo Dawn


Enjoy Life Stamp Set

“Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.”

~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

This is the new “Enjoy Life” stamp set that we used at yesterday’s stamping class.  The images are heat embosssed with white embossing powder and then sponged with Coastal Cabana ink.

I hope everyone is finding a little time to stamp during this busy planting season.  I’m still busy with my son’s landscaping business but hope to be back to stamping in a couple of weeks!

Have a peaceful day,  xo Dawn

Peace Begins With Me Pilgrimage


“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.”

~Psalm 84:5

Good Day!  Hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend.  We took our Boy Scout Troop on a “Peace Begins With Me” pilgrimage to all six churches in our parish over the weekend. The three day hike encompassed four towns and covered 26 miles.  At each church, I stamped their homemade “passports” with a different “peace” themed stamp (all Stampin’ Up! stamps) and everyone received a Holy Medal of the church’s namesake Saint to hang on their walking sticks.  It was such a great experience.  We’re already planning next year’s pilgrimage!

We had a different devotion at each church…a “Peace” Prayer Service, the Stations of the Cross, Adoration, Silent Prayer with Organ Music played by one of our Scouts, Examination of Conscience and the Rosary.  Our recurring teaching was:

“If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations.

 If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities.

 If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors.

 If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home.

 If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.”

From Lao_Tse, a chinese philosopher from 6 B.C.

Have a peaceful day,  Dawn (pictured with my brother)





CAS(E) This Sketch #272

“While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary.”

~Matt Bevin

We went out for brunch on Mother’s Day with some of my husbands family.  One of my sister-in-laws totally surprised me with a box of beautiful white chocolate and dark chocolate dipped strawberries.  I wanted to make a strawberry themed thank you card for her, so I used today’s “Case This Sketch” challenge for inspiration.

For this card I used the old “Market Fresh” stamp set for the strawberries.  I masked off part of the stamp and just stamped the fruit and not the sentiment that is above it on the stamp.  The sentiment comes from the “So Many Shells” stamp set.  I used Wink of Stella (a glitter pen) for the very first time on the red strawberries.  It adds a fun touch!  I tried to add a lemon lime twist bow above the red strawberries (which are popped up on dimensionals) but it surprisingly didn’t look good.  All the strawberries I painted with the Stampin’ Up! aquabrush.

Here is the sketch from ….hope you can play along!  Have a peaceful day,  xo Dawn


Weather Together

“There is nothing more vital to the bond you share with someone than simply being there for them.”

~Suman Rai

Hi Stamping Friends!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend!  We were away for our godson’s graduation from St. Joseph’s College and it was alot of fun.  That’s my hubby, Tim, on the left and my oldest son, Jonathan, on the right.

The day after, my college friend, Miss Pat, arrived from California.  Our first stop was Starbucks, and the madness began…too much fun!

She was here for a funeral so we only got one night together, but I loaded all my stamping gear in the trunk, drove south to a quaint little Bed and Breakfast called the Brewster Inn in Freeport (home of L.L. Bean) and we made cards, including the one posted today.  That is the stamp set I chose with my Demonstrator Credit for sales during Sale-A-Bration.  It’s called “Weather Together” and the coordinating dies are called “Umbrella Weather”.  We were talking and laughing so much, I forgot to slant the raindrops on the right.  I used last years catalog photo for inspiration and added the Watercolor Wash Stamp for background texture and added the ribbon on the bottom.

Have a peaceful day,  xoDawn


“Happiness is like potato salad…when shared with others it’s a picnic.”


It was so much fun to play with the “Picnic With You” stamp set and the “Picnic Basket Builder Framelits Dies.”  I created this scene for   Such a great summer card with Marina Mist, Real Red, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzaz, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray.    This is the challenge sketch…hope you can play along at

Have a peaceful day,  xo Dawn

Watercolor Words

“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.”

~Douglas Pagels

Good Morning Stampers!  If you’ve been stamping for awhile, you’ll be familiar with this “Curvy Keepsake” Box (a retired die).  The tag was made with the Watercolor Words Stamp Set, with a little “Gorgeous Grunge.”  There’s a little “welcome to Maine” gift inside for my friend “Miss Pat” who is coming to Maine this weekend.  It’s so much fun to make little surprises with our stamping hobby!

Have a peaceful day,  xoDawn