Buffalo Check meets the Stamparatus

“A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible.”

~Welsh Proverb

Good Morning!  Have you seen the new Buffalo Check Background Stamp in the new Occasions Catalog?  It is so much fun!!!  I used it to make this banner as decor for my upcoming stamping classes.  My husband didn’t quite get why I was so excited to get this stamp, but I just love buffalo plaid!

I’ve been playing with the Picked for You apple stamp set for weeks now, it’s one of my all-time favorite sets.  It takes some practice, but it is so versatile.  I’ve made all kinds of cards with it, treats, door prizes, this banner….I’ll be able to show you more next week after stamping classes!  Peace! Dawn xo

 

 

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Back To Stamping!

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

~Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

Happy Back-To-Stamping!  My Fall Stamping Classes are starting soon and are all filled up.  If there is more interest just let me know and I will start up another class!  One of the stamp sets that we will be using is the new “Picked For You” set.  I watched a Jenny Hill video to learn how to use this three step apple stamp from the set.  I used an aquapainter to muddle the colors.  I used Real Red, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry Inks on watercolor paper.  After cutting the apple out, I rolled it in the Cherry Cobbler ink pad to define the edges.  It’s a fun fall set to play with!  xoDawn

 

Happy Summer!

“A life without love is like a year without summer.”

~Swedish Proverb

 

Are we having a wonderful summer, stamping friends?  I wonder what everyone has been up to!  I’ve been on two exciting Boy Scout Camp-Outs, spent a week with 400 Scouts at Katahdin Scout Reservation, and had lots of fun days at the lake!  I don’t stamp much in the summer because the humidity affects the paper (no air conditioning here in Maine).  If you look at the top of the wavy green bottle on my card, made with the Bubble Over Stamp Set, you will see what I mean about the humidity!

This layout is from a card I saw on Artisan Stamper Charlet Malletts blog “Painted Orange”.  She had used Brusho for the background but I instead sponged on some Daffodil Yellow ink, and added some Calypso Coral bubbles.  I also added this lemon lime ribbon and a different lemon segment.  I love the summery look of this card so much that I made 12 of them! (Six for a Card Swap).  I hope you are able to do a little stamping this summer.

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Wishing you peace,

Dawn

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

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“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 https://casethissketch.blogspot.com ….hope you can play along!  Have a peaceful day,  xo Dawn

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