Archive | May 2014

Merry Monday Challenge

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“Our difficulties do not define us.  They simply strengthen our ability to overcome troubles.”

~Maya Angelou (R.I.P.)

This week’s Merry Monday Challenge was hosted by Debbie Henderson, a Maine stamper who lives up north.  The challenge was to use Christmas food on a Christmas Card.  If you would like to challenge your creativity, come play along!  I have a difficult time finding the time to play, and I always have troubles with my designs, but I always learn so much (by my mistakes!) when I play.  Just go to to play along.  They ask that you enter your link through a blog so that they can comment.  You can create a blog for free at   If you have time, come play!!!  : )

I had two choices in my stamp collection for this challenge…candy canes or this little gingerbread boy.  I have a friend that doesn’t celebrate Christmas, but likes to come over and make Christmas cookies, so I made this with her in mind.   It’s a double-duty card…she’ll be able to remove the tag from the front of the card and use it on a gift!  I made the tag with a framelit from the “Chalk Talk” set.  I traced around the outside of the metal edge to get a larger size.  Same thing with the little red tag around the opening at the top of the tag.  Now, I can’t decide to add a doily or not…what do you think?

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I’m off to stamp this morning with Joseph’s Special Ed. class…always so much fun!  Tomorrow we have our Spring Stamping Peace Team Meeting.  I’ll post pictures of both events next week.  Have a great week-end!  Stamping Peace, Dawn

A Fishy Father’s Day Card : )

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 “I love my father as the stars – he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart.”

~Terry Guillemets

This was our final project at my downline, Beth Mills’, stamping class this past Sunday.  We used one of this month’s Paper Pumpkin sentiment stamps for the sentiment on the front, and one from Delightful Dozen on the inside.  All the other stamps are from “By the Tide.”   My card has an extra seahorse on the top left because I didn’t stamp the coral and sentiment far enough to the left.  I had already attached it to the Crumb Cake base before I realized my error, so I couldn’t turn the Very Vanilla cardstock over and restamp it.  Isn’t it great how we can disguise our mistakes!  : )  The green is Old Olive and the blue is Midnight Muse.  We used a blender pen and a little bit of Old Olive to add a “green sheen” to the fish that is popped up on dimensionals.  Such a great “masculine card.”  Thanks Beth!  Stamp it up, Dawn

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An Apron Full of Flowers

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“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy

the whole time to have such things about us.”

~Iris Murdoch

This is another project from my downline, Beth Mills’, class this past week-end.  We were able to choose our own sentiments for the card, and I chose ones from “Petite Pairs” that are appropriate for giving to the employees of my son’s landscaping business. Yesterday I made six of these cards for “the crew” and I thank my neighbor, Whitney, for loaning me her “Secret Garden” stamp set.

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The flash on my camera washed the colors out a bit (they are more vibrant in real life), but they are Rasberry Ripple, Gumball Green and Daffodil Yellow.   The base cardstock and the ribbon are both Rasberry Ripple.  The large Oval Punch is used to punch out the “arms” of the apron.  The ribbon is glued under the Scallop Trim Border on the top.

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The Rasberry Ripple  “pocket” is 1 3/4″ x 4 1/4″, with the Scallop Trim Border glued to the back.  Tuck a package of seeds into the pocket and isn’t this the sweetest card ever?  Thanks Beth!  : )    Stamping Peace, Dawn

Sunshine on our shoulders : )

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“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

~J. M. Barrie

Good Morning!  I hope you had a nice Memorial Day week-end.  On Sunday I was able to take a trip with my friend and “downline”,Terry, and attend a stamping event that Beth Mills (another friend and downline team member) hosted in DownEast Maine.  One of our projects was this scrapbook page.  The sun was made with the Circle Framelits and the little Banner Punch.  The Daffodil Yellow Circle with 12 little banners has a matching Crushed Curry circle and 12 banners underneath, attached with dimensionals.  The clouds were made with a Word Bubble Framelit and the butterflies were made with the Beautiful Wings Embosslits.  The flowers on the bottom were all punched with the Petite Petals punch, the Boho Blossoms Punch, and the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  The “grass” was cut with the Fringe Scissors.  (For a close-up view, just click on the picture. ) These are photos of “my men.”  On the left is Jonathan and Joshua on our vacation to Florida at ages 4 and 2  (they are now 26 and 24).  On the top right is Joseph on our vacation to Cape Cod in 2008.  On the bottom right is Jonathan and hubby on our vacation to Mont St. Anne in Canada in 2002.  These pictures are sure bringing me some sunshine…happy memories!   Thanks Beth!   : )  Happy Scrappin’,  Dawn

Try, Try again! : )

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“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.”

~William E. Hickson

Good Morning and thank you for all of your lovely comments yesterday on how to “fix” the card that I had made for the Merry Monday Challenge.  Do you ever have a card that just “isn’t right?”  I had an image in my head of a clean and simple card, but I guess I’m just not a simple girl!  (Just ask my husband…he’ll tell you I’m complicated!)  So, I added more leaves, another layer on the poinsettia, and a red base.  MUCH better!  : )  (I just wish I could delete my original entry and put this one in, but the site doesn’t allow you to do that, at least not that I have figured out.)  At least I’m at peace with the card now!  : )

So, it’s cloudy here in Maine today, I’ve got beans baking in the oven, hubby and Joseph are burning brush next door, Jonathan and Joshua are out mowing, and now I can spend a couple of hours stamping…life is good!  We have friends that have come up from Massachusetts for the long week-end, so we’re looking forward to a visitation to their camp this evening.  I hope you have a wonderful long week-end.  On this Memorial Day week-end, may God bless all the fallen veterans and all who have passed on.

Talk with you on Tuesday, and until then, if you have a project that just “isn’t right”…try, try, try again!  Peace, Dawn  : )

Merry Monday Challenge

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“We don’t have the power to make life “fair,” but we do have the power to make life joyful.”

~Jonathan Lockwood Hute

This card was made with the “Joyful Wishes” stamp set, as an entry for this week’s “Merry Monday” challenge. (The sentiment is from “That’s the Ticket” stamp set and the candy dots are from the Brights Collection).   Are you going to be stamping over this long week-end, and do you need a little inspiration to get your creative juices flowing?  Then hop on over to Merry Monday at where this week’s challenge is to make a Christmas Card with flowers on it.  I love how this DSP and the Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder coordinated, but I’m not happy with how I placed the leaves.  Any suggestions?  Have fun stamping this week-end!  : )   Cheers, Dawn  P.S.  If you are over at Merry Monday, you’ll see this card without the leaves and the sentiment…I was originally going for a “clean and simple” look without a sentiment because I was going to make it into a thank you card instead of a Christmas Card, but then I thought it looked TOO plain and did a makeover!  : )

Envelope Decor

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“Have nothing in your home that you don’t know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

~William Morris

Envelopes are useful, but they can be beautiful too! Who wants to give a naked envelope?  Well, our stamps sure can liven things up!  This envelope décor was stamped with the Summer Silhouettes stamp set and the “So Sorry” stamp set.  It’s for a gift certificate to the dog groomer for one of our Stamping Peace Team Members (one of my best friends) who came over to visit two nights ago.  While she was here, her dog jumped into our little garden pond (that hasn’t been cleaned out from the fall and winter yet) and came out NOT smelling like flowers.  Right after that, my next door neighbors granddog came over, sniffed her pant leg, lifted his leg, and did his business on her.  (She had just come from Dog Obedience Class so she must have had a dog smell!)  It was horrifying (but kind of funny at the same time!)  I want my friend to come back again, so hopefully this pretty envelope and it’s contents will make everything better.  (Thanks for being such a good sport Mimi!)  : )  Have a nice Memorial Day week-end everyone.  Peace, Dawn  P.S.  Kathy, if you go to the “Home” tab and then scroll back to “Holding Memories Close”, I’ve answered your questions.  Go for it!  : )

Blow-Out Sale and 50% off Paper Pumpkin

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“I am slightly impulsive, sometimes organized and always in search of a bargain!”

~Lisa Snowden

Good Afternoon!  This is my second post today.  I sent an e-mail to some of the stampers I know, but I don’t have everyone’s e-mail, so maybe you’ll see the opportunities for some bargains after reading this!  Starting today, Stampin’ Up! is having a “blow-out sale” on some retiring stamps and accessories…up to 50% off some products.  You can check them out on the Stampin’ Up! homepage (sorry I don’t know how to add links to the blog yet.)  The other news is that Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up! CEO) sent a video to all the demonstrators offering 50% off the June paper pumpkin box if we signed up by tomorrow.  Some demonstrators got confused and started offering that promo to customers, so now it is open to everyone.  Just go to if you are interested in that and enter the promo code “shellideal”.   Happy bargain shopping!  Dawn

Card for the Ronald McDonald House

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“Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.”

~Wilfred Grenfell

Good Morning and if you are new to our Stamping Peace Blog, welcome! (Welcome “Bling In It!”)  We have an awesome Stamping Peace Demonstrators Team (7 of us!) and we meet quarterly.  When we had our Winter Team Meeting, we decided that for our Spring Meeting, we would all make a card to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. (Stampin’ Up!’s charity of choice).  This is my card. It was made with the Embellished Events stamp set (the cake and the sentiment on the envelope) and the Delightful Dozen stamp set (the inside sentiment). I used Island Indigo and Very Vanilla Cardstock and the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper. For the birthday cake I used the Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral and Summer Starfruit Markers.  The circle framelits were used to make the circles on the front of the card.  Such a fun card!  : )   If you would like to make a card for our packet going to the Ronald McDonald House, just let me know.  They are due on May 31st.  Peace, Dawn

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