Archive | December 2013

Happy New Year’s Eve from Stamping Peace

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“May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door.”

-Irish Blessing

Happy New Year’s Eve from Stamping Peace!  Here’s a little sneak peak of some vellum from the new Stampin’ Up!  “Occasions” catalog debuting on Jan. 3rd.   I made this little striped slider to fit over an envelope with tickets to Beauty and the Beast at the Cross Center for Joseph for Christmas, but it was looking pretty festive for a New Years Eve post!  I also used it to make a candy dish with gold Lindt chocolates in it, but forgot to take a picture of it before giving it away.  It just goes to show, vellum isn’t JUST for cards anymore!  : )

Have a safe and fun New Years Eve…we’ll be thinking of you as we make fondue and play “Loaded Questions!”

Stamping Peace,


Warm Wishes…or Cold?

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“If I read a book and it makes my body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.”

-Emily Dickinson

Thank you for visiting Stamping Peace.  With that quote, I don’t know whether to offer warm wishes, or cold, on this beautiful snowy morning!  Definitely food for thought.  : )   Hopefully everyone is with power, I haven’t heard the news yet.  This card is made with one of my favorite stamp sets, “Snow Day”.  It is a birthday card for hubby, who turns 54 today.  Happy Birthday Tim!  The stamp set will be unavailable after Jan. 2nd, so let me know if it is on your ” Happy New Year to me” wish list. : )

Happy 6th Day of Christmas,


Little Gifts for my Downline (co-workers)

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“The unthankful heart finds no mercies, but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”

-Henry Ward Beecher

Thanks for visiting Stamping Peace.   I don’t know what this heavy snowfall is going to bring come morning, as far as electricity and internet connection is concerned, so I’m posting tonight, just after midnight.  These are some little gifts I made up for my downline (the kind, caring and creative stampers who have signed on with Stampin’ Up! under me).  They are new stamping cases (decorated with the paperstack DSP and some ribbon that is on the sale rack) that contain a little surprise.  Merry Christmas Pat, Beth and Terry!  We are all separated by many miles, but I consider each of you a “heavenly blessing” and feel like we are a big family.  Can’t wait to see you.  : )

And to everyone else, Happy 6th Day of Christmas!

Stamping Peace,


Merry Christmas from Stamping Peace


“Let us love the world to peace.”

~Quoted in The Angel’s Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Merry Christmas from Stamping Peace!   Hopefully everyone has made it through the ice storm and has had power restored.  We miraculously didn’t lose our electricity, but we lost internet connection for four days.   We did draw the blog winner on Christmas morning, even though we couldn’t share the results.  And the winner is… Brenda in Indiana!  Congratulations Brenda, I always look forward to your lovely comments.  If you would e-mail your address I will send your blog candy (a package of clear envelopes) right out.  : )   Our e-mail is  Please write “Blog Candy Winner” in the subject line.

Did anyone give cards as gifts?  We gave packages of cards to every family member and they were very pleased with them.  It’s so satisfying to give hand-made gifts.   Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to make enough cards to send out to everyone on our usual Christmas mailing list, so if you didn’t receive one, the above card is for you.  My husband Tim says I have to start making Christmas cards now for next year, so I’m off to stamp!  Have a wonderful afternoon my stamping and blogging friends.  : )

Merry 5th Day of Christmas!


Nativity Tags and Bags

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“The magic of Christmas is not in the presents, but in His presence.”

Merry Christmas Eve from Stamping Peace.   There is a 4:00 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph’s if you would like to come celebrate Christ’s birth with us.    “Mary Christ Mass” Stampers and Blogging Friends!

Stamping Peace,


P.S.  Blog Candy Winner will be drawn tomorrow.  Leave a comment to have your name entered…and check back because I always respond to your comments.  : )

Recordable Christmas Cards

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“You are out of my sight, but you will never be out of my heart.”

-Rashida Rowe

Good Morning from Stamping Peace.    Since my mom passed away two years ago this past July, I have had only one regret.  And that is that we didn’t record her voice.  In this age of technology, how we failed to think of that is beyond me.  She was battling pancreatic cancer for 3 1/2 years, so it’s not as if we didn’t have time!  So, if you haven’t guessed already, these are recordable Christmas cards that we made for the family this year.  When I saw them on sale with Stampin’ Up!, I knew they were the perfect card for us!  I’m two short, so hopefully they are still in the sale bin. (The sale is running until supplies are gone.)  Do you have all your Christmas cards finished?  : )

Stamping Peace,


A Cute, Quick and Easy Gift

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“The love in our hearts wasn’t put there to stay, love isn’t love till it’s given away.”

~ Susan Branch

Good Morning from Stamping Peace.   Joseph made these little gift bags for his teachers and bus driver.  He used black Staz-On Ink and the sentiment he stamped is from the “Christmas Messages” stamp set. The mini muslin bags are  from Stampin’ Up’s Holiday Catalog.  They are a handy little thing to have around…just change the sentiment to fit any occasion when you need a quick and easy gift!

The Holiday Stamp Carry-over list has been announced.  Just to give you a heads up, the snowman set is not carrying over (one of my favorite sets!)  When the Holiday Catalog expires on Jan. 2nd, these sets will still be available~ Joyful Christmas (poinsettia), Evergreen Wood (trees) 2012, Greetings of the Season (sentiments), Christmas Collectibles (ornaments) and the coordinating punch, Very Merry Tags, Tags 4 You, Oh, Goodie!, Festive Flurry (snowflakes) and their framelit dies, Jewish Celebrations (2012), Christmas Messages (sentiments).  I’ll be sending this list (with photos) out to the Stamping Peace Stampers, if anyone else would like it e-mailed, just let me know.

Joyful Tidings,


Thank You Students!

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“Everyone has, inside himself…what shall I call it?  A piece of good news!  Everyone is…a very great, very important character.”

~Ugo Betti

I’d like to say hello to some very great, very important characters…the students in my son Joseph’s class at the High School.  Hi everyone!  I am writing to you on my blog as I promised you I would, and I am showing all my stamping friends the beautiful card that you made for me.   I love it because it is homemade by you,  and because you all took the time to sign it for me.  I hung it up on the wall in my home and I will save it to remind me of all the good times that we have together each month when we craft together.  I can’t wait to come back in January and make the hot chocolate sliders with you!  Until then I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.  Thanks again for having me into your classroom.

Sometimes when I’m not in your classroom at school, I take a classroom with me.  This was at the Orrington School last week-end, where I had a table in their “Holiday Marketplace.”  This is the table and chairs I brought with me so that the children in attendance could stamp a piece of wrapping paper.  I think children and  you young adults enjoy stamping just as much as grown-ups do!

Thanks again and I will see you next month.  Fondly, Dawn

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Stress Relief Tip

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“Forth to the wood did merry men go, to gather in the mistletoe.”

~Sir Walter Scott

Good Morning from Stamping Peace.   In a Time Management talk that I listened to, I learned a great tip.  If we plan out our day, on paper, in half hour increments, all those things that we want to do and our brain hashes and rehashes until they are done are out of our head and our brain relaxes, knowing that they will be done.  I’ve been practicing it and it works so thought I’d share that with you this morning!   I’m off to stamp with Joseph’s class this morning,  they really love to create a project once a month, as do my Boy Scout Troop for their prayer partners, as do our groups of Stamping Peace stampers, and maybe you will too if you give it a try!  Check out our class schedule and come join the fun in January.   We make three projects each month.   : )   Todays project is another poinsettia card (I’m pretending it’s mistletoe to match the quote), : )  made with the Joyful Christmas stamp set, and stamped on vellum and embossed with gold embossing powder.  Real red candy dots brighten up the center of the flower and Soft Suede candy dots punctuate the sentiment.  This is one of Mary Fish’s beautiful clean and crisp designs.  It’s striking as is, but next time I will emboss the whisper white paper with the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder to add some more texture.  The cardstocks are Soft Suede, Real Red and Whisper White.

Hope you are enjoying the preparations and traditions of preparing for the Christ Child!

Stamping Peace, Dawn

Poinsettia Card

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“For somehow, not only at Christmas, but all the long year through, the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.”

~John Greenleaf Whittier

Good Morning from Stamping Peace.  Isn’t this card a beauty!  It is pictured in Stampin’ Up’s holiday catalog and was the choice of our newest Stamping Peace Stamper for his Christmas cards.  Yes, we have a gentlemen in our midst!  : )   He came over Monday night to use the Big Shot (in return I got to use his gold ink pad)  and to make these cards, so I made two myself.   The poinsetta is from the “Joyful Christmas” stamp set and is embossed with gold embossing powder, as is the silver Frosted Finishes Embellishment in the center.  The “merry” is cut out with the Expressions thinlets and  gold foil paper (remember to use waxed paper between the thinlet and the foil or cardstock for an easier time of removing the letters.)  The Whisper White cardstock (4″ x 4″) is embossed with the Pretty Print Embossing Folder and sponged with gold ink.  There is another piece of white cardstock under that piece and it is 4 1/4″ square.  The base for the card is 5″ x 10″.   All of these supplies are from the Holiday Catalog which expires at the end of the month, so please let me know if you need anything.

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                                               This was the Stamping Peace table at the Holiday Marketplace last Saturday.  : )

Have a beautiful day, and don’t forget to leave a comment so that you will be in the running for some blog candy.  Last month’s gift was a package of cherry cobbler cardstock.  : )