Archive | August 2014

Happy Holiday Happy!

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“Blessed are the happiness makers.”

~Henry Ward Beecher

This is another project from the new Holiday Catalog and the new stamp set “Mingle All the Way.”[p. 17]  The sentiments are colored with Stampin’ Up! markers.   I used the Alphabet Rotary Stamp [p.191 in the Annual Catalog (AC)] for the little nametag banners on the sides.  The heart is on the rotary, I just wiped off the Smoky Slate ink and filled in the heart with a Real Red marker.  The little pieces of DSP on the bottom of the tags are from the Moonlight paper stack [p. 185 AC].  The little red strips are scraps I had from old Christmas DSP.   I don’t have the 1/2” circle punch, so I used a regular paper punch for the circle on the top of the tag.  Have a wonderful holiday week-end!  Maybe we will all have some time to minister to someone with a home-made card.  : )


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“Taking JOY in life is a woman’s best cosmetic.”

~Rosalind Russell

Good Morning!  Today is the day that the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog goes live.  This is a card that I made straight from the catalog and is made with a new set called “Wondrous Wreath.”  I’ll be putting in our first holiday order on Monday in case you are interested in starting to prepare for Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas before we begin our fall classes.  The dates for fall classes are Sept. 15&16 (please note date change), Oct. 20&21 and Nov. 17 & 18, 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  We have a lot of fun…hope you can join us!

Halloween Treat Bags

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“The purpose of life is to discover your gift.  The meaning of life is to give it away.”

~David Viscott

I always was taught that the purpose of life is to love and be loved, but I liked the quote anyway. : )  And won’t these little treat bags be fun to give away!  I watched a video on how to make them over on Angie Juda’s website,  It starts with a 5″ x 10″ piece of cardstock, scored 1 1/4″ on both sides (portrait) and 4″ on both sides (landscape).  The sentiment is from a brand new stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog, which goes live tomorrow, called “Mingle All the Way.”  The bat is from a SU 2013 stamp set called “Halloween Hello.”  The circle is punched from the 2 1/2″ circle punch and it’s base are two Labels Collection framelits glued together. (I didn’t have the Deco Label Framelits that Angie used).  I also didn’t have any Cajun Craze ribbon to match the DSP (Designer Series Paper), so I used the Cajun marker and colored Pumpkin Pie ribbon.  No one would ever know!  (In the video Bermuda Bay and Tangerine Tango papers/ribbons/ink are used).  The bat is raised up with a dimensional, as is the sentiment.  The bag holds a Reeses peanut butter cup (the large square package) perfectly. (the sides of the bag are short).

Just a reminder that Stampin’ Up!’s “short and sweet” deal ends tomorrow.  Sign up to be a hobby or business demonstrator for the usual price of $99.00, but pick out $150.00 worth of products of your choice for your starter kit!  It also includes free shipping.  With this promotion we welcomed Marlene to the team this week.  So happy to have you join the family Marlene!  : )  She will receive a 30% discount on her next order, and 20% on all orders after that.  Sweet!

A Pumpkin Blooming

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“What do girls do who haven’t any mothers to help them through their troubles?”

~Louisa May Alcott

In response to that quote I would have to say, “we thank God for sending us friends!”  My friend Mimi went on a trip recently and brought me home a little gift from Teavana, all decorated up with this beautiful tag that she made.  Thank you so much Mimi.  The tea is divine! The tag was cut out with the oval framelits and the pumpkin was punched with the oval punch.  The pumpkin pieces are embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  The flowers are stamped with the “Too Kind” stamp set and the greens are stamped with the “Summer Silhouettes” stamp set.  Such a beautiful tag, Mimi!

An Apple for the Teacher

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“If we have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.”

~Margaret Fuller

 At our children’s stamping/cooking/sewing class on Wednesday, the girls made this card to give their teachers an “apple” on the first day of school!  They used a stamp from the “Best of Fall” set that Stampin’ Up! put out last year.  The base card is embossed with the new polka dot folder (love it!)  The sentiment on the inside, “What a beautiful thing, the gift of you” is from the “Gifts of Kindness” set.  What a beautiful thing, to minister to others through cards!

Here are the girls in my backyard, holding the jars of carrot pickles that they made at class…our next generation of Laura Ingalls Wilder/Tasha Tudors.  : )  Great job girls!  Our next children’s class is on Sept. 12th.  This class is full, but if you know of a child that would like to start a class with her (or his) friends, just let me know.  : )   Have a good week-end, Dawn

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Celebrate Amazing Spectacular Fantastic You!

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“It is never too late to be what we might have been.”

~George Eliot

This was our third and final project at Beth Mills’ stamping workshop this past Sunday in Downeast, Maine.  We used the Flower Patch and Fabulous Four stamp sets, glued everything to a doily and clipped the doily to the gift bag.  That way, whoever receives the whole shooting match can remove the doily and use the banner on another gift or on a card.  The gift that keeps on giving!  Thanks, Beth!

Be {YOU} tiful!

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“We are pure potential.”

~Martin De Maat

This was our second project at Beth Mills’ class this past week-end.  Gotta love that Flower Patch set (and matching framelits).  We also used the new Polka Dot Embossing Folder on the front of the card.  So bright and beautiful!  One tip that Beth shared with us is that we should stamp flowers in three’s (or odd numbers, just like in landscaping!)

This morning we have our monthly children’s class for eight fourth grade girls.  We’ll be making a back to school card for our stamping project, carrot pickles for our cooking project, and we will start learning to sew our nine-patch doll quilts for our sewing project.  Too much fun!  What are your plans for today?  We’ll be thinking of you!


Stamping Downeast!

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“Don’t bunt.  Aim out of the ball park.”

~David Ogilvy

One of our Stamping Peace Leaders, Beth Mills, always “hits it out of the ballpark” with her projects.  On Sunday four of us traveled to DownEast Maine for Beth’s monthly workshop.  As always, we made some awesome cards, had some fellowship with some very funny ladies and enjoyed a spread of delicious food (which included homemade veggie pizza!)  This was our first project and we used the Hardwood stamp, stamped with Lost Lagoon and colored with Pool Party and Baked Brown Sugar (BBS) markers.  It was cut with the 2nd largest Oval Framelit (not counting the scalloped framelit), and the Lost Lagoon oval behind it was cut with the largest Oval Framelit.  The shells are from “By the Tide” and were stamped in Baked Brown Sugar.  The top seashell is glued down and the starfish and the sea urchin are up on dimensionals.  The divots on the side of the Whisper White frontpiece were punched with a hole punch, 1/2″ and 1 1/2″ up from the bottom.  The “nautical rope” is the new thicker Baker’s Twine in BBS.  When the smaller oval was punched for the “thanks” sentiment, we traced around the inside of the framelit with a BBS marker before popping the piece out.  Thanks for that new tip Beth, and thanks for a grand day!

Pinecones for Merry Monday

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“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”

~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Good Morning and Welcome to Stamping Peace!  This week’s challenge at Merry Monday is to make a Christmas Card with pinecones, greens and plaid ribbon.  I didn’t have a pine cone stamp, so made my own using the “wing” on the Bird Punch.  The cardstock is Soft Suede and each piece is sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The background paper on the right is Very Vanilla, embossed with the new Zigzag embossing folder.  The DSP (Designer Series Paper) is from the new “Color Me Autumn” collection in the new Christmas catalog.  Those are sitting on Real Red and Soft Suede and the base card is Mossy Meadow.  This is the first time I’ve used the Mossy Meadow cardstock and ribbon and I love it!!!  The sentiment on the inside of the card says “peace and love” from the Good Greetings set and is embossed in gold.  This card was so fun to make…even though I didn’t have the pine cone stamp set or greens or the plaid ribbon, “the creative effort” was good therapy!

Have a great week-end,


You Make Me Happy!

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“We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yesterday, Joseph, my little guy with Down’s Syndrome (well, not so little, he’s 18 now), got new “walking shoes” for school.  He cannot tie laces and for five years our shoe store has had just one choice in men’s Velcro sneakers.  This year there were two choices…the regular white sneakers and some black walking shoes.  Joseph chose the black and said to me, “thank you.  you’re precious!”  He was grinning from ear to ear until he took them off at bedtime.  That boy sure makes me happy!  : )

This is one of the cards that we made at this week’s stamping classes.  It uses the new Blackberry Bliss cardstock and ink, the Flower Shop and the Perfect Pennants stamp sets and the Butterflies Sizzlit.  The little leaves are made with the Bird Punch.  Many said that the color is gorgeous “in person”, when they hadn’t thought so when they saw it in the new annual catalog!

Last week Pope Francis asked us Catholics to reduce our use of technology.  I’ve been trying to comply!  I do plan to continue blogging, but maybe three days a week instead of five.  Haven’t quite figured that all out yet.  Hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer!  xo