Archive | November 2013

Stamping Surprises on Black Friday

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“The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic His giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.”

~St. Nicholas of Myra

Greetings from Stamping Peace on Black Friday.  My, there are a lot of “elves” of St. Nicholas that are busy today, preparing for the season of giving!  I have been stamping the day away, getting ready for the Feast of St. Nicholas on Dec. 6th.  To learn more about this great saint, hop over to   You will find anything and everything you ever wanted to know about Nicholas and his feast day, as well as activities, cooking projects, prayers, traditions, etc.

This St. Nicholas card was made with the “Santa’s List” stamp set and the circle framelits.  The whisper white base card is stamped with cherry cobbler ink , and with a two way glue pen and “dazzling diamonds”, his beard, hat trim and shirt cuffs sparkle.  Glue the gumball green and polka dotted designer series paper together before cutting out the circle.   Use two framelits at once to create the gumball green “frame” around the circle cut-out.  The red paper is cherry cobbler.

Have a fun stamping week-end,


P.S.  Today begins a new “blog candy” give-away.   Every time you post a comment between now and Dec. 25th, your name will be put into a drawing for Stampin’ Up! product.  I love hearing from you!

Happy Thanksgiving from Stamping Peace

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“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”

-Sarah Ban Breathnach

Happy Thanksgiving to my Dad in Florida, Fr. Cyr, my brothers and their families, my in-laws and their families, Miss Pat and Mimi, Beth and Terry, Sue H. and Johanna, Whitney and Laurie, Marlene and Patti, Lorraine, Lori M. and Charlotte, Sue. M., Val and Mark, MaryJane and Joe, Linda and Carolyn Downeast, the Porters in Massacusetts, New York Nancy and Brenda in Indiana, Kathy in California, Jennifer in Maryland, Rebecca in Georgia and all who stop by our quiet little spot on the web to share in our love of stamping and papercrafting, our love of life and our love of God.   Today, in gratitude for your companionship and support, we have some blog candy to draw for….. let me draw the name….

BETH MILLS!   LOL!  I just introduced you to Beth in yesterday’s post!  (Lorraine, I was thinking “Lorraine” when I put my hand in the bowl…I know you were sure you were going to win…I tried!)  Beth, I will bring your blog candy to you when I see you next week-end.  (New York Nancy and Brenda in Indiana, I thought for sure one of you would have been the name drawn, you were the top commenters on the blog and had the most entries into the drawing.  I love hearing from you both!)

A warm welcome to Chris in North Carolina, a new Stamping Peace blog follower.  May you be blessed in your visits to us up here in Maine.

Today’s card was made and given to me by my friend and neighbor, Whitney.   This is the sweetest card, Whitney…looks like the square framelits got a work-out!  Thank you so much.  : )

Wishing everyone a spirit of thanksgiving and a peaceful Thanksgiving celebration,

Fondly, Dawn


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“And he took bread, GAVE THANKS and broke it, and gave it to them…”  – Luke 22:19

“In the original language, “he gave thanks” reads “eucharisteo.”  Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelopes the Greek word for grace, charis.  But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning “joy.”

Charis.  Grace.  Eucharisteo. Thanksgiving.  Chara. Joy.

A triplet of stars, a constellation in the black.”

-Ann Voskamp (from her book, One Thousand Gifts)

Good Morning from Stamping Peace.  Eucharisteo! (pronounced U-Ka-Ris-stay-o)  A beautiful word,  a beautiful thought, a beautiful action.  What are you thankful for?  Today I am thankful for my friend and downline, Beth Mills, who made this card and sent it to me.  It was a total surprise and I am enjoying it immensely.  Thank you Beth!  Beth is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in DownEast Maine, over in the Pembroke/Dennysville area.  You’ll want to look her up if you’re over that way…she holds monthly stamping classes!  : )

For this card, Beth used the Truly Grateful and Tags 4 You Stamp Sets.  Paper is Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.  The inks, I think, are Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Crushed Curry.  A gorgeous combo Beth.  I should have taken a picture of the inside of the card, because it is a work of art too!   Thanks again, what a delight to get “real” mail.  : )

Hope everyone is having fun preparing for the Thanksgiving feasting tomorrow,


Chalk Talk

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“One act of thanksgiving, when things go wrong with us,

is worth a thousand thanks when things are agreeable to our inclinations.”

~Saint John of Avila

Good Morning from Stamping Peace.  Chalk Talk is “in fashion”…we even have a stamp set by that name.  But today’s chalk talk is a free download over at  There are thanksgiving sayings to choose from, as well as some Christmas ones.  Just grab some Whisper White Cardstock, click on the link above and have fun printing off some free home décor!

Speaking of giving thanks, have you heard of “the Joy Dare?”  It is an invitation to join in eucharisteo (giving thanks) to train ourselves to give thanks in all things.  We write three things a day that we are thankful for and it turns ordinary life into a song of praise!  Some friends and I started it a year and a half ago but you can also do it in community over at or get ideas at (search “Joy Dare”)…todays prompt is “three gifts preparing.”

Giving thanks for snow falling, pies assembling and blog candy awaiting,  : )


A thanks GIVING tree


“The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything.  He who has learned this knows what it means to live….He has penetrated the whole mystery of life:  giving thanks for everything.”

~Albert Schweitzer

Good Morning from Stamping Peace.  Hope you had a wonderful week-end!  Yesterday I went out and cut some dogwood branches,  got out some “Very Vanilla” cardstock, hopped over to and printed out some beautiful leaves for our thanks GIVING tree.  Each leaf has a scripture verse on the front, and we write what we are thankful for on the back side.  We began this tradition back in 2008 on my side of the family.  We all write one thing we are thankful for, and then I read them and everyone tries to guess who wrote each one.  We save them and reread a few of them each year.  Good memories.  : )

To find the leaves on, go to the “Free Tools” bar on the left side of the screen.  It will be the first post and is called “When you’re tired of missing Jesus (with The Printable.)”  Scroll down and you’ll see where you can download the leaves.  It takes a few minutes for them to download but it’s worth the wait!

Cheers,  Dawn

Warm Wishes

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“Snowmen fall from heaven…unassembled.”

-Author Unknown

Good Morning from Stamping Peace.  We are supposed to get some snow flurries tonight and tomorrow morning and we’re feeling the excitement!  My son Jonathan, who owns “Summersweet Landscaping”, bought a snowblowing business two days ago to augment his plowing business, so we have had a lot of conversations surrounding snow this week.  : )   And I have been making some of these cute snowmen cards for the upcoming craft fair.  The papers are Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Smoky Slate.  The inks are Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, Staz-On Black and Pumpkin Pie.  When I was making these cards, the little tiny heart popped off the acrylic block and went rolling away.  I was down on my hands and knees searching everywhere for that tiny piece!  I would recommend the set in wood instead of clear.  : )

Did anyone get to join in on the “Christmas on the Farm” webcast yesterday?  If you missed it, you can still watch it over at Ann Voskamps blog…  The chat between Ann and author Liz Curtis Higgs lasts for one hour so you’ll want to make a cup of tea and relax!   Ann Voskamp wrote the book “One Thousand Gifts”, which had a profound healing effect on me when I read it nine months after my mom passed away from pancreatic cancer.  I highly recommend it.   Liz Curtis Higgs has written many books about women of the Bible (“The Bad Girls of the Bible”) and 5 or 6 children’s books that my boys loved as they were growing up.  They are both extra-ordinary women and their webcast is a great prelude to the Advent season.

Enjoy the day and hope you can stamp some peace over the week-end!


Wonderful Blessing

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“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”  

~Luke 2: 6-7

Good Morning from Stamping Peace.  Today we are showcasing another single stamp, called “Wonderful Blessing”, available on-line or from your demonstrator.  I used Midnight Muse Ink, Paper and Ribbon (the striped paper is a piece of retired designer paper I had).   The card is cut out with the largest of the Circles Framelits.  It’s hard to see in the picture, but I added a little bling (rhinestones) on the star and in the manger.  It’s a very sweet and simple card.

If you aren’t busy today, join me at noontime for a live Advent webcast with Liz Curtis Higgs (an author who I mentioned awhile back…she wrote the children’s book “A Pumpkin Patch Parable”) and author Ann Voskamp at Ann’s Canadian farmhouse.  You can pick up the webcast at   I think it’s going to be very beautiful.  Until then, I’m off to my son Joseph’s special ed. class to teach a stamping project!  Have a good day.  : )

Stamping Peace,


Two Heads Are Better Than One : )

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“Two heads are better than one.”


Good Morning from Stamping Peace.   Yesterday I made six of these Sympathy Cards, designed by Mary Fish, for my first ever craft fair in December.  I need your help… should I offer them individually or in a package of two?  What should the price be?  I have no experience in this area!  Each card sports an antique brad on the sentiment banner and has a custom-made envelope to go with it.  It is a 5″ x 5″ card made with the “Simply Sketched” Hostess Stamp Set.  I used Soft Suede Paper and Ink, along with Coastal Cabana and Very Vanilla Paper.  The embossing is done with the Pretty Print Embossing Folder.

And what about our 2013 Stamping Peace Christmas Card?  It is another 5″ x 5″ card, studded with rhinestones.  What would be a fair price for this card?  Thanks so much for your help!


Our Stamping Peace card is made with the “Christmas Star” single stamp that is available until Jan. 31rst.  You won’t find it in the Annual Catalog or the Holiday Catalog but only on-line or from your demonstrator.  I used Midnight Muse ink and paper, and a whole lot of rhinestones!  It is a Brian King design.  When I stamped the star, it didn’t seem dark enough for me, so I went over the whole thing with a marker.  I folded the star on all the white lines so that it pops up.  It’s so beautiful!

Have a peaceful day,


Blessing Mix

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“May God in His wisdom and infinite love, look down on you always from heaven above.

May He send you good fortune, contentment and peace, and may all your blessings forever increase.”

~Susan Branch

Welcome to Stamping Peace.  Hope everyone had a relaxing week-end.  We were invited to the beautiful Maine coast with friends to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary and the 37th Anniversary of our first date!  : )

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As you can see in the top photo, we even did a little stamping project while we were away!  We made little Thanksgiving tags with the Truly Grateful and Tags Four You Stamp Sets to attach to bags of Blessing Mix.  The tags were cut out with the Chalk Talk Framelits Dies.  The ribbons were stapled onto the top.

The recipe for Blessing Mix is:  2 cups Bugles, 2 cups pretzels, 1 cup nuts or seeds, 1 cup dried fruit, 1 cup candy corn, 1 cup M&M’s and Chocolate kisses.  You can find the recipe and free downloadable tags that explain what each ingredient symbolizes at  There are four designs to choose from.  There is also a recipe and tags for Christmas Blessing Mix.

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Our Monday Morning Stamping Class also made tags for Blessing Mix, and got a bag to take home with them.  Happy Thanksgiving ladies!  : )

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Baby Card

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“Making the decision to have a child ~ it’s momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart

go walking outside your body.”

~Elizabeth Stone

Welcome and Good Morning from Stamping Peace!   And welcome to the world baby James, baby Daniel, baby Jaxson and baby Aspen, all born in the last two months.  : )   This card for baby James was so fun to make…I used the Circle framelits to make the rattle, and the Label framelits and Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder for the polka dotted background.  The color of the paper, ink and ribbon is Pool Party.  The sentiments are from Petite Pairs.  The top of the rattle is dusted with “Dazzling Diamonds,” and the trim on the rattle is made with the Scallop Trim Border Punch.

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And here’s another fun project…baby wrapping paper!!!  The stamp set is retired, but the pool party and early espresso ribbons are in the current Stampin’ Up! catalog.   I can’t wait to make more of this, but I never seem to have enough hours in the day…does anyone else have that problem?

This is a blog candy month, so if you leave a comment, your name will  be put into the drawing for some Stampin’ Up product on Thanksgiving Day.  : )

Does anyone follow Brian King’s blog?  He earned the “Rising Star” trip with Stampin’ Up! and he has pictures today.  This company is so amazing, it really pampers its demonstrators.  I feel blessed to be part of the whole thing.  Come join my team and enjoy the perks, too!  I just earned a $400 grab bag of retired products for participating in a Book-A-Thon at the beginning of the month.  In one day, demonstrators booked 15,643 events.   So many people coming together to make cards and papercrafts to brighten the lives of others…it’s wonderful to be a part of it all!  : )

Thanks for stopping by today…have a great week-end!

Stamping Peace,