Archive | March 2014

Blog Candy Winner!

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“Good Times Never Seemed So Good.”

~Neil Diamond (from Sweet Caroline song)

Today I’m celebrating one year as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator with my daily half gallon of water with mixed fruit in it!  : )  I want you to celebrate with me too, so I  have put all the names of those who comment on our blog and all those who attend stamping classes at my home into the running for some blog candy…the Simply Celebrate Stamp Set.  Let me pick a name….

                                                           LORRAINE S. of Orrington, Maine

Baaaahhhhh!  This is so funny… I chose the name as I’m typing this and I had already posted the berry water picture.  Lorraine is the one that I originally saw do this about a year and a half ago.  It took me awhile to catch on to the practice, but now that it’s ingrained, I don’t see me ever going back to not drinking water.  Congratulations on winning the blog candy Lorraine, and I’m so glad you’re back in Maine so we can stamp together again!  : )

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As a gift to myself to celebrate my first anniversary as a demonstrator and as a small business owner, I got a subscription to Food Matters TV today.  I spoke about it last week on the blog.  It’s amazing…over three hundred documentaries and videos about health matters, along with recipes and all kinds of different things.  I just watched an interview with Dr. Joseph Mercola that was excellent, and then I watched one of David Wolfe’s “cooking videos” that showed how to make a chai tea for adrenal health.  Everything can be watched on computer or tv (but I’m not sure how the tv part works because we don’t have cable and I would imagine that is probably necessary) and it’s awesome!  (  I will try to mention a few things here and there as I learn them (like drinking half our body weight in ounces of water a day…) With peace and celebration and wellness, Dawn


Memo Pad Cover

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“Memo:  When the solution is simple, God is answering.”


Memo:  Sale-a-Bration ends Monday (as well as the Best Of 25 stamp set promotion).  Our last chance to get free products like this pretty Designer Series Paper!  This cute little memo pad cover was made with the Sale-A-Bration DSP and given to me by my friend and Stamping Peace Team Member, Beth Mills.  Beth holds stamping events over in the Down East area of Maine.  : )  For the memo pad cover, the base piece of paper is cut at 3 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ and scored at 2″ and 5 3/4″.  The DSP is cut 1/4″ smaller than each section.  Beth cut a little flower from the DSP paper and placed it on a little scallop for a cute as a button closure tag.  I just love this little project…so cute to give to a co-worker or to a student.  Thanks Beth!  And Happy Belated Birthday Beth and Happy Birthday to Mark, another one of our Stamping Peace Team Members.  Have a great day!

Get Well Soon

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“Drinking water is like washing out our insides.  The water will cleanse the system, fill us up, decrease our caloric load and improve the function of all our tissues.”

~Kevin R. Stone

I made this beautiful Get Well Card last spring at a class given by my upline, Stace Coombs.  It was my very first time using the huge Swallowtail stamp and I didn’t get quite enough Staz-On black ink on it, but it is still stunning!  After stamping with black on white paper, we used a sponge to apply the Daffodil Yellow ink in the middle.  We then sponged Primrose Petals pink ink on the remainder of the paper….such a beautiful technique!  At class the card was a Mother’s Day card, but since my mom has passed, I used the “get well soon” stamp from the Delightful Dozen stamp set.  The card is going to one of the elders at the Assisted Living Center that I volunteer at each week.  When I arrived yesterday, one resident was suffering dizziness and wanted to go to the hospital.  I think her dizziness was from dehydration, but after two weeks of drinking half my body weight in ounces of water a day (about a half gallon) and having every health ailment I had either heal or begin healing, I think a lot of our health ailments may be caused by lack of proper hydration.  I am totally in awe of the difference the rehydration has made for me, along with coconut oil for moisturizing my body.  It’s wonderful!   Happy Stamping and Happy Hydration, Dawn  : )

Miracles Happen

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“The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.”

~G.K. Chesterton

Recently a family friend with diagnosed with a serious illness.  This is the card that I made for him this morning. (Displayed in the next room that I finished spring cleaning.  I decided that as I finish each room, I’m treating us to fresh flowers in it. We can have spring indoors even though it’s snowing outdoors!)  : )  For the card  I used a Stampin’ Up! blank notecard and put some of Joseph’s artwork on the front.  Inside I made a flower to mimic Joseph’s flower from the Blossom Punch and the 1 1/4″ Scallop Punch.  For the stem of the flower I used a stamp from “Summer Silohuettes” and the leaf is part of a stamp from “Gifts of Kindness” that I colored with a Garden Green Marker.  I left room on the bottom of the card for all of us to sign it and to invite our friend to the Food Matters TV Official Launch with a Free Worldwide Online Party where the Food Matters Movie and presentations from some of the top wellness experts in the Natural Health Revolution can be watched for free until the end of March.  I HIGHLY recommend them (for what that is worth!)   Check them out at

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This is Joseph’s artwork that I took a picture of, reduced in size, and printed off.  I think it is beautiful!!!  (Proud mama here)  : )

Okay, going off subject again here but I want to share the “recipe” (I made it up!) for a smoothie that I made for breakfast this morning…my taste buds are still tingling… 1 small banana, 1 small ripe Bartlett pear, 5 strawberries and organic apple juice.  Blend it all up in the blender and oooh la la!  (I drank the entire thing…four glasses!)  David Wolfe (one of the top names in the natural health revolution…just like we have top names in the stamping world) mentions on his 14 minute video “What To Eat During A Day” on that it’s much easier on our digestive system and the nutrients make it into our cells quickly if we drink our breakfast by making a smoothie.  It sounded like sound advice to me!

Peace and Miracles,  Dawn

Kindness Matters

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~Cleveland Amory

When I went to the Stampin’ Up! Convention last summer, I flew home from Salt Lake City on the “red-eye” and my seatmate was a very kind woman named Robin from Virginia Beach.  We hadn’t crossed paths at convention, but we sure had a lot of convention memories to share.  We stayed awake all night talking and when we landed on the East Coast, she gave me this card.  It’s such an unusual lay-out that I have saved it for a “pattern.”  I just got the Dictionary stamp set this month and I can’t wait to try it out!  The flowers are from the Serene Silhouettes set in the annual catalog and the butterflies are cut from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit.  I’m not sure what the sentiment is from…do you know?  Still thinking spring here, even though we’re getting 4-8″ of snow tomorrow.  In all truth, I’m looking forward to a snow day…I’m going to take a break from spring cleaning and get back into the stamptuary for a day!  (If you are in the throes of spring cleaning, I’m commiserating with you.)  : )  Peace and Kindness, Dawn

So Glad We Are Here For Each Other : )

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“A single rose can be our garden…a single friend, our world.”

~Leo Buscaglia

I’m still spring cleaning…I finished the bedroom this week-end and bought myself some flowers at the market to celebrate all the  hard work.   I’m trying to get permission to paint the room a nice soothing pale pink, but hubby isn’t going for it, and he’s got the three boys to back him up so I’m not sure if it will fly or not.  But don’t those boring walls need some color?? (I need girl power here)  : )   Gracing the pretty flowers is another card “out of the archives.”  (for a close up of the card, click on the picture and then wait a minute…or two…and it will enlarge.  At first it gets so large that you can only see a corner of the picture, but then after it finishes loading it will adjust to screen size).   I just love the folds of this card…I learned the technique at a stamping class of my upline, Stacey Coombs, last year.  Just cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ the long way, fold in half, and then fold the top layer back on itself.  The little rectangle with the butterfly is glued half on and half off and measures 2″ x 2 3/4″.  The sentiment is from a 2013 Sale-A-Bration set (which means it is no longer available), but the butterfly is part of the Papillon Potpourri set.  The inside of the card is embellished with some ribbon and a 1″ slice of DSP (Designer Series Paper).  Speaking of spring cleaning, I’m still spring cleaning my body…Day 12 now of drinking half my body weight in ounces of water daily.  The whole family is on it now and we’re drinking 6 oz. of water on the hour every hour for ten hours.  (A little more than that for Tim and Jonathan…but me and Josh and Joseph all weigh about the same).  The results have been amazing with a big landmark for me this morning…this is kind of gross, but I was excited…now my “spit” is completely watery and not “heavy.”  There’s a simple test to see if we need more water in our diet…first thing in the morning, spit into a glass of water.  If “threads” hang down, it’s phlegmy and you’re invited to become a “water warrior” with us!  Peace and Rehydration, Dawn  : )

Check out Mary Fish’s Blog today!

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“Your’re moments away from your escape…”


“Your monthly birthday gift for someone has arrived!”

After I finished posting our blog today, I hopped over to check out Mary Fish’s “Stampin’ Pretty” blog. She has two little videos that are MUST-SEES!  She made two of the CUTEST little “commercials” for Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin craft kits.  I’m thinking they would make perfect birthday gifts for my nieces/sisters-in-laws, etc….get one a month and save them for gift giving. WOW!!! I’ve always skipped over Paper Pumpkin, but with Mary Fish’s little videos, I now see the possibilities! Thank you Mary Fish. : )  I received a Paper Pumpkin free at convention last summer (above) but didn’t open it because I was going to give it to my sister-in-law for a birthday gift. (it’s everything to make a sweet little photo album).  It never occurred to me to sign up and get one a month to give away for gifts (duh!)  Each month the box holds something different…a craft or a set of cards to make…  If you’d like me to sign you up to receive Paper Pumpkin once a month, just let me know.  I think it’s $19.95 a month…I’ve got to check!  Cheers, Dawn