Archive | October 2014

Happy Halloween, Blogging Friends!

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“Come with me All Hallow’s Night.  We’ll frighten everyone in sight!”

~Early 19th Century Saying

Well, let’s frighten everyone with our saintliness on this Eve of All Saints Day!  : )   Now, I know you’ve seen these super-cute Halloween burlap bags all over the Stampin’ Up! world, but I just made these this afternoon for my family, and they were SO MUCH FUN to make!  They are from the September Paper Pumpkin Kit and I can’t say enough about how fun it is to have the stamps, ink, twine, sequins, tags, bags, stickers and clothespins all come in one little kit.  It even had the dimensionals to attach the tags to their colorful backings (and there are still 9 tags left over!)  A great little treat for Halloween!   The trick would be to have one for every single one of you…wish I could do that.  I hope you have a fun and un-frightful evening!!!

Halloween Treats

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“From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night,

good Lord, deliver us.”

~Scottish Prayer

We’re all ready for All Hallows Eve tomorrow night, and it turns out that Merry Everything and Mingle All the Way, the first two stamp sets that we got from this years Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, led the way in the preparations.  We live on a quiet dead-end street and only get about a dozen treat or treaters, so we don’t have too much to do in the way of getting ready, but it’s still a lot of fun!  Traditionally, children dress up as a favorite saint in celebration of All Saints Day on Nov. 1st.  What saint would you like to be?  Have a Happy All Hallow’s Eve!

Spotlight on some special friends : )

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“Treat your friends as you do pictures, and place them in their best light.”

~Jennie Jerome Churchill

I have some very special friends that like to craft.  The first is my friend and neighbor, Whitney.  She designed and made this adorable Halloween card…it’s the cat’s meow, Whitney!!!

And then there are all my special friends in Joseph’s class at the high school.  Today they made some witches brooms, which they thought was very appropriate since the high schools mascot is a witch!  You all “swept” right through that project like pros!  Nice job! It was so good to see you all and I will be back to your class next month.  We’ll be making a fun Thanksgiving project!  Love, Mrs. MacKay (Dawn)


Witches Brooms

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“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.”

~Iris Murdoch

These are little lollipop treats that we are making at our children’s class this afternoon!  First, color the lollipop sticks with a black Sharpie.  To make the “broom”, use two coffee filters, folded in half and then folded in quarters.  Cut off a half inch strip from the bottom, and then cut slits about 1 1/2″ up.  Wrap it around the lollipop, using a glue dot on the lollipop stick and then one to close the “skirt” in the back.  The tag is made with the new Merry Everything Stamp Set and Note Tag Punch.  It is tied with Linen Thread.  The little box that the lollipop sits on is made with a piece of 3 1/2″ Crumb Cake Cardstock.  Score it 1″ all around and then cut four slits up to the score line.  Use the smallest circle in the set of Circles Framelits to cut out the middle.  Fold the edges and glue shut.  Voila!  Good to the last bite!  You can find step by step pictures for these instructions on Susan Itell’s blog.  It’s a fun little project!  : )   Hope you have a wildly creative week-end, Dawn.

Eat, Drink and Be Scary!

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“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.”

~Emily Dickinson

The new Four Feathers stamp set and Framelits are going to be a classic (in my humble opinion).  Sometimes we just need some feathers!  These are made with the silver glitter paper and vellum that is heat embossed.    The sentiments are from the new Holiday Invitation stamp set.  The Halloween “mask” is made from the new Mustache Framelits Die and the eyes are cut out with one of the little framelit dies from the Chalk Talk Framelit Dies.   I had seen this card design on a Design Board at the Maine Stampers Day and it took me quite awhile to figure out how to make those eyes!  The “starry night” on the top of the card was punched out with the new Confetti Stars Punch.  There are a couple of tips for using the punch.  Click on “Home” at the top of the blog and then scroll down a few entries and you will see the post about the Confetti Stars Punch (with photos).  We will be making this card at our classes next week…a chance to use lots of new products!  There is one opening on Monday night and two openings on Tuesday night.  Hope to see you!  Cheers, Dawn   P.S.  Disclaimer:  Eat, Drink and Be Scary refers to drinks as in hot cider, not cold martinis. : )

Convention Project

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“The imagination needs moodling ~ long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.”

~Brenda Ueland

Last night I was tucked into bed with a nice cup of tea and the new Stampin’ Success magazine, all ready to soak up some new ideas and have some idle time to dream about Christmas projects.  Since I live in Maine, a “Hello from Maine, Professor Penny!” subtitle caught my eye at the end of the magazine.   I was wondering if I would know the demonstrator, so imagine my surprise when I kept reading and saw that the little blurb was from Dawn MacKay.  Ha ha!  I vaguely remember writing that response to a question that Professor Penny had put out to demonstrators.   I’m still chuckling about it this morning!  : )

This card was made by my friend and very first downline, “Miss Pat.”  When she and I went to Stampin’ Up’s 25th Anniversary Convention, this little ghost was a project we were shown on the big screen.  (I think at convention the project was debuting some new Designer Series Paper…I can’t remember!)  Over a year of “happy idling, dawdling and puttering” on Pat’s part lent the inspiration for her to add a few embellishments and create this card for me.   Soooo cute, Pat!

A stamping friend asked me about the difference between Stampin’ Up’s Black Ink Pad and the Staz-On Black Ink Pad.  The Staz-On is on the left.

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This is totally off-topic, but I spent an hour last night watching the first of an 11 day documentary about cancer.  I’ve spent the last 6 1/2  years reading books, articles, blogs, etc. on the subject of cancer (after my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer) and the video that I watched last night summarized a lot of information that I have come across.  It is excellent.  I have a free blog so I cannot post the video here, but I will post it on our Stamping Peace Facebook page in case you would like to watch it or share it with someone.   Have a great day my friends!  Pax, Dawn

Week-end Card Warrior

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Good Friday Morning!  As we head into the week-end, I was reminded in my bedtime reading last night that we are called to be instruments of comfort to one another.  Some of us are week-end card warriors but here are some additional suggestions from author and illustrator Karla Dornacher:

“PRAYER:  It can be done any time and anywhere and should precede any other gifts of comfort!

FOOD:  It nourishes not only the body but also comforts the soul.  We could prepare a meal and drop it by~ tape a verse to the dish, such as “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)

FLOWERS:  They reflect God’s beauty and bring comfort to the eye.  We could pick a bouquet or order one from the florist, if our budget allows.

SNAIL MAIL:  There’s just something so heartwarming about finding a note or card in the mail.  Whether we create our own card, buy one, or just write a note on plain paper, the message will be appreciated.

QUIET:  If we’re looking for a way to bring comfort to someone with small children, we can offer to take care of her children for two or three hours or more.”

~from Savor This Moment by Karla Dornacher  (with my edits of “we” for “you”…)

The image and quote are from Down a Garden Path by Karla Dornacher

Have a relaxing and creative week-end…I hope we’ll all have a little time to stamp some peace and comfort for someone.  xo Dawn


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“Do not fear, I will help you.”

~Isaiah 41:13

Good Morning!  Every month I design a “clean and simple” project for Joseph’s Special Ed. Class to stamp, but yesterday I got some help when I saw this card on Mary Fish’s Blog Hop.  I knew the minute I saw it that  it would be the perfect card for them.  They will be able to draw on the face…I can’t wait to make it with them later this month!  The “BOO” stamp and the little orange sequin came from September’s Paper Pumpkin Kit.  There is a similar “Happy Halloween” stamp that I put inside the card, along with a tiny orange ghost from the new Holiday Home stamp set.  The leaves (there is a silver glitter leaf in back of the white one) are cut with the Autumn Accents Bigz (p. 232 in the Annual Catalog).  For the “spooky mist” in the background, I sponged some white Craft Ink (p. 210 AC)   Sponge most of the ink onto some scrap paper first, the white is a little tricky to work with.  And if you stamp “Boo” first, you’ll want to let it dry awhile before sponging the background.  (I ruined the first card I did, but was able to cover it up and make a different card with the base.)  : )  Have a fearless, creative day!  Dawn

Hello Fall!

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“The Universal Call to Holiness calls us to be the very best that we can be.”

~Rev. Brad Morin

I wasn’t at my best yesterday and I apologize.  I posted before reading my “Saint of the Day” e-mail and the quote that I used was not in line with yesterday’s Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  The lady who designed this card is at her best though…Ann Schach. I tried to duplicate  her “country” feel, but think I need to go a little heavier on sponging the edges of the images.   The Fall Fest pumpkins are stamped with Gorgeous Grunge in Crumb Cake ink, and are sponged on the edges with Soft Suede ink.  Other ink colors are Cajun Craze, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow and Crushed Curry.  I used this card as a thank you note.  If you make it, you may want to make sure you have some time on your hands.  It takes awhile, especially those little tiny Linen Twine bows!  : )  Have a nice day, Dawn.

Stand-Up Christmas Cards

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“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”

~Ferdinand Foch

We definitely have some souls on fire in the stamping world!  So much talent and energy being channeled into ministering to others through cards and papercrafts…it’s wonderful!  The card on the left is one that I made at Beth Mills’ workshop, and the card on the right I made at the Maine Stampers Day in Augusta last month with Jean Tarrio.  Both women are on fire in the stamping scene…so talented!  For the four panel card, cut the cardstock to 5 1/2″ x 11″.  Score it at 2 3/4″ and 8 1/4″ and then turn it over and score it at 5 1/2″.   The Garden Green panels are 2 3/8″ x  4 1/4″ and Very Vanilla panels are 2 1/4″ x  4″.  A Grunge stamp is used on the background of each panel, along with stamps from the Ornamental Pine stamp set (a favorite set of a lot of us Mainers who live in the “Pine Tree State.”)  : )   The new Confetti Stars punch was used on the top of the card, and the “legs” on the bottom of both cards were punched out with the Decorative Label punch.  We used the Bakers Twine as a bellyband on the pine card.  On Jean’s card, we used the new Festival of Trees and Merry Everything stamp sets and the Nordic Noel DSP.   They are such unique cards..alot of fun to make.  Thank you Beth and Jean!

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