Archive | April 2014

Catalog Premiere

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“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

St. Augustine

Monday morning my upline, Stace Coombs, traveled with me to Marlborough, Massachusetts for the Stampin’ Up! Catalog Premiere.  We stopped in Portland, Maine, for lunch at  Saeng Thai House, a little hole in the wall on Congress Street that has great food.  (That’s me with an order of Pad Thai Noodles).  : )


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Next we stopped in York, Maine for a little shopping at Stonewall Kitchen’s “mother store.”

This was our hotel in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

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Since we had been in the car for five hours, we decided to take a little time and get some exercise in the pool.

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Then we headed off to the mall where the live telecast was going to be shown.

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The live telecast from Long Beach, California,  began at 7:00 p.m.

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And what we had been waiting for ~

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The 2 1/2 hour presentation was awesome.  Shelli Gardner, founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up! spoke, and then staff gave presentations on stamps, paper and ink.  There were five prize patrols, I think, but our color wristbands weren’t chosen.  However, everyone got a free stamp set upon leaving the theater!

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A Trip Downeast

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“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”


Yesterday three of our Stamping Peace Leaders, along with another Stamping Peace stamper, went on an adventure to Pembroke School in downeast Maine for a super fun stamping event led by Beth Mills.

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Here’s Beth, teaching us the masking technique for one of the Wetlands card (above) that we made.  You’re an awesome demonstrator Beth, we love your classes!

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Beth always goes the extra mile to give a helping hand, this time to Linda, one of her downline demonstrators.

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And this time to our Terry (minus her beautiful long braid that recently went to Locks for Love)  and Mimi (a.k.a. “Vanna”) and some Downeast stampers.

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This was the rowdy corner, led by another of Beth’s downline, Linda, on the left.  Donna, on the right, just doesn’t know what to think of those who would travel two hours for some downeast hospitality!  : )

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This is the teachers lounge, where Beth puts on a delicious spread of refreshments for us every month.  Here’s Lorraine, enjoying one of the Keurig coffee choices!  Beth made a chocolate cake, fresh strawberries, cheese and crackers and onion dip (my favorite) and chips.  Thank you for a fun afternoon Beth!  : )

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On the way home, Mimi took us on a scenic route through the Black Woods.  It’s a beautiful land preserve with hiking trails….

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and lots of little ponds for fishing and day use.  Thanks for showing a new section of Maine Mimi!  : )  (Caution:  I’ve been told not to drive the Black Woods at night because there are no lights and it’s very dark, not to drive it in the fog because it’s very curvy in places, and also not to drive it in the winter because a lot of the roadway is in the shade and it’s gets icy.  I hear it’s a gorgeous ride in the fall.  There wasn’t any foliage at all for us yesterday, but it’s a beautiful, peaceful drive.) From start to finish, it was a great day.  Thank you to everyone who added to the fun…including Caroline, who had to leave early.  Happy Birthday to your son, Caroline!   See you all next month over there in Downeast Maine!!!  : )    Cheers, Dawn











A Look Back

Looking back at some projects made with some of the retiring stamp sets…

Gently Falling Purple and Blue 001      Halloween Cards 009

Sympathy Card 001  Thanksgiving Muslin Bag 001Wine Tag 001Thankful Scrapbook Page 001

File Folder Card 007 Team Meeting Card 004Get Well Cards 002Stampin' Up! 005

Team Meeting Make and Takes 004April Class Projects 001 Easter Treats 002

…each project brings back so many memories of good times with stamping friends and makes me smile!   Today is the last day to order retiring sets with free shipping.  Please let me know if you’d like me to order you anything.  Have a great week-end, Dawn

Birthday Box

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“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his greatest surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t.”

~Henry Ford

One of our nephews has a birthday today, and this is the box I made for his gift.  The bottom is 11″ x 6 1/2″, scored at 1 1/2″ all the way around.  The two lines on the short ends are clipped up to the score line.  Fold the score lines, sticky strip the corner squares and fold into a box.  The box lid is 4 4/8″ x 9 1/8″, scored on all sides at 1/2″.  The two lines on the short ends are clipped to the score line, same as the box bottom.  Fold the score lines, sticky strip the corner squares and fold into a lid.   The bottom sides are decorated with DSP (designer series paper) and the top has a hole cut out and clear window sheet glued to the back.  It looks like a hard project, but it’s surprisingly simple!

Some of the retiring products have already sold out, so if you haven’t picked up what you’ve been wishing for, now is the time!  There is free shipping today and tomorrow.   Hope you are having a great April Vacation week!   Cheers, Dawn

Easter Blessings

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“Prayer, fasting and all other Christian undertakings are good in themselves; however, the performing of these things is not the end of our life because they are only the means.  The true goal of the Christian life is to acquire the Holy Spirit.”

~Saint Seraphim of Sarov

Easter Sunday was so full of wonder and awe, especially when I broke my Lenten fast by sampling some dairy, wheat and sugar!  I couldn’t make myself eat the bacon or ham, though.  I guess time will tell if the fast turned me into a vegetarian.   The water “regime” (drinking half of our body weight in ounces a day) is going great.  I think this is the 37th day of drinking a half gallon a day.  I feel like a totally different person, healthwise, since starting the water, the plant based diet and using coconut oil on my skin.  Small changes that have brought huge results.  I highly recommend them if you have any health problems. And, an added bonus…I lost five pounds.  I think all the water makes me feel full.

There was another surprise here (besides the instant garden I spoke of yesterday) on Easter morning. Before we left for church, Tim gave me a beautiful Easter corsage. Well, actually it was a boutonniere. Tim said he went to the florist on Friday to order a corsage, but he couldn’t remember the word. So he pointed to his lapel and said to the lady “I need one of those flowers that you wear.” She said “you mean a boutonniere?” and he said “yes, that’s it!” It wasn’t until he left the florist and was driving home that he remembered it was called a corsage. When he went to pick it up the next morning they were too busy to change it, so I got a beautiful white carnation with a white bow…I loved it! It was such a fun (and funny) surprise!

I’m posting Beth’s card again today because when Word Press posted the blog to Face Book yesterday, it went with the boys picture instead of Beth’s card.   Thank you to those of you who ordered Stampin’ Up! retiring products yesterday.  It’s fun to see what everyone is interested in.  Some favorites that are leaving us are the Delightful Dozen sentiment set, Gently Falling (Leaves) stamp set, the Tulips Embossing Folder and The Scallop Border Punch.  There is free shipping this week in case you’d like anything.

It’s April vacation this week and today Joseph and I are off for an adventure at the library.  Have a great day!  Dawn

Retiring Products

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“May Easter Day To thy heart say, “Christ died and rose for thee.”  May Easter night On thy heart write, “O Christ,  I live for thee.” ~ Anonymous

This beautiful card came from my friend and downline, Beth Mills, who holds stamping classes over in Downeast Maine.  Thank you Beth!  I ended up making these for everyone in my husbands family, but with the coastal cabana ruffled ribbon (the only one I have).  I love the pink, though!   Well, this is a big week in the Stampin’ Up! world.  The retiring products list was announced this morning and all orders this week, April 21-25, will have free shipping.  I sent the lists to my stamping friends and customers, but they can be found on the Stampin’ Up! website.  The retiring products will be available while supplies last.  Now I’m really curious about what will come out in the new catalog in June!  Demonstrators will get a sneak peak (and the new catalog) at a Catalog Premiere next Monday.  The live telecast that  Maine demonstrators may attend will be in Marlborough, Massachusetts.  Should be exciting!  I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter Sunday yesterday and hope you continue to enjoy the surprises that the Easter season brings.  I had quite a surprise when I looked out my living room window yesterday.  Tim and the boys had moved all the trees and flowering shrubs and flowers from the recent Garden Show out into the backyard to give me a gorgeous garden for a day.  (They’ve been stored in the garage and had to go back into the garage last night).   Thanks guys!

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Happy Easter!

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“For I remember it is Easter morn, And life and love and peace are all new born.”

~Alice Palmer

Happy Easter to you with this little treat holder made with the Backyard Basics Stamp Set and Dies Set (graciously loaned to me by my friend Mimi) and the Designer Frames Embossing Folder (graciously loaned to me by my friend Laurie.)  Whisper White paper was stamped with the Hardwood stamp with Crumb Cake Ink.  The Pistachio Pudding leaves were cut with the Little Leaves Sizzlet.  The top of the treat holder was punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  The butterfly is from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and sponged with Coastal Cabana Ink.  The egg is also sponged with Coastal Cabana.  The flower is stamped with a Petite Petals stamp with the middle colored with a Daffodil Yellow marker and then sponged with So Saffron ink.  The “hardwood” strip is 1 7/8″ x 11″ and scored at 4 1/2″ and 6 1/2″.   Have a blessed day friends!  Dawn