Archive | March 2015

Shower Invitation

“Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!” – Amanda Bradley

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“One cannot have too large a party.”

-Jane Austen

This is a shower invitation made by our very own Sue Hayes…one of our creative and talented Stamping Peace stampinistas!  Sue used the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and the Filigree Frame Embossing Folder.  Beautiful, Sue!

Happy Easter Bunny!

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“…and then the day came when the risk to remain tight inside a bud became more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

                                                         – Anais Nin
This is the new “Happy Easter Bunny” single stamp in the Occasions Catalog.  I had so much fun making them in every color under the sun.  I made them as “Color Me” cards.  If you have received one, have fun coloring!

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Bloom!

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“Each day comes bearing its own gifts.”  
 -Ruth Ann Schabacker

This is my first post from my phone We’ll see how it goes!  This card was given to me by Whitney, my friend and neighbor.  I just love her color choices!

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Little Baby Bumblebee

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“Not a single bee has ever sent us an invoice.”

~Pavan Sukhdev, UN Nations Economics and Biodiversity Report

Good Morning and Welcome Back to Stamping Peace!  We have had “computer issues”…the internet connection comes and goes on a daily basis.  This was the first morning this week that it has been “on.”  I’d like to be able to blog from the new cell phone that my dad gave me (I’ve never had one), but I don’t know how to.  Does anyone have that techno saavy under their belt?  I’d appreciate any advice.  Thanks!

Isn’t this a cute stamp!  It comes as a single in the Occasions Catalog.  Special thanks to my neighbor and friend, Whitney, who let me stamp it on a recent visit.  I colored the stripes with Crushed Curry.  The ribbon is Hello Honey, but it matches perfectly.  If you here last week you know that we have a new baby girl in one of our stamping classes!  This card is for her auntie.  : )

May You Always Walk in Sunshine

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“May the road rise up to meet you.  May the wind be always at your back.  May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again; may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

~Traditional Gaelic Blessing

Good Morning! We have a pretty card to see today that our friend Mimi sent to my family this week.  She sponged the blue sky and then used a white gel pen to add snow.  She masked the bottom for the hill of snow.  Although some more beautiful snow is expected tonight and tomorrow, we’re walking in sunshine this morning!  Thank you Mimi!

Baby, We’ve Grown!

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“Only love can be divided endlessly, and still not diminish.”

~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Yesterday we saw the “grandmother card” celebrating the new baby in our midst, and today we have the card for Mom.  It was made with the Baby, We’ve Grown stamp set, and if you’re familiar with the set, there is only one baby owl on the stamp with the Mom and Dad owls.  I did some masking to add another baby owl. (Masking is when we cover up part of the stamp with masking tape, ink it, and then take off the masking tape before stamping the image.)  The banner was made with the Geometrical stamp set, with Night of Navy and Melon Mambo Inks.  Again, congratulations to mom Lucy and family.  We all send our love and look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!  xoxo

Welcome Baby Abigail!

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“You were created to be completely loved and completely lovable for your whole life.”

~Deepak Chopra

One of our stampers, Lucy, had a baby last week and we can’t wait for her to come to stamping class next month so we can all hold baby Abigail and love her!  This card was made for the grandmother, Lorraine, also a stamper, and is a “color me” card for her and her grandson, who is the adoring big brother.  I’m crossing my fingers that they have received it in the mail by now, before seeing it here on the blog!   It uses the Geometrical Stamp Set for the banner and the sentiment, and the retired Storybook Friends stamp set for the animals.  Cardstock and ink colors are Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo. (Special thanks to Mimi Colwell for the sweet design, minus the stars on the bottom.  She made it in red, white and blue for a “Star Card” Challenge we had back in July.) The inside sentiment comes from the Simply Celebrate (“Enjoy”), Something to Say (“the”) and Baby, We’ve Grown (“Sweet Baby”) stamp sets.

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 St. Patricks Day 012The envelope was decorated with the Simply Stars and Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Stamp Sets.  Sending Congratulations and Blessings to the family!  xoxo

Happy St. Patricks Day!

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“C’ead Mile Failte!”

(A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!)

Yesterday we learned how to make a shamrock with a heart punch, thanks to Nancy in New York, and today here are some shamrocks made with the Pansy Punch (green) and the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (gold).  We could also use the little heart punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to make little shamrocks too!   Happy St. Patrick’s Day as we remember the story of Patrick… At age 16 he was taken from his home in Britain and was sold as a slave in Ireland.  After six years working as a shepherd, he heard God tell him in a dream that a ship was ready for him.  So, he stole away and found the ship, ready and waiting.  He made his way home, became a priest and then a bishop, and then dreamed that he was wanted back in Ireland.  So back he went, converted the druids and established churches all over Ireland.  He taught Three Persons in One God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) by using a shamrock as a visual aide.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Top ‘O The Mornin’!

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“Dia Beannacht Leat!”

(God Bless You!)

These great cards were made by our stamping friend Nancy Farrell in New York.  Thank you for sending us a photo, Nancy!  My friend Sue had told me to use a heart punch to make shamrocks and now I see that the hearts make a perfect shamrock.  I like how Nancy added the extra hearts to make the shamrocks three dimensional.   I’m not sure if this was a heart punch or the smallest heart in the heart dies.  Nancy?

Love that lemon!

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“The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.”

~Daniel J. Boorstin

Good Morning!  I’ve been having a time of it with our internet connection, but it has returned.  This is another card that we made at this weeks stamping classes. (But not one that we are making at this afternoons Childrens Class.)  I just love that lemon stamp from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!  The lemon and two of the leaves are raised up on dimensionals, as well as the whole smaller green panel.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Regals DSP Stack and coordinating colors are Crushed Curry and Old Olive.  We didn’t have enough Glue Dots for everyone, so I made some with the hole punch and some Crystal Effects!

On an entirely different note, Jonathan (my oldest son who owns Summersweet Landscaping), his Gardenista, Maria, and I went to the Boston Garden Show yesterday!  It was so nice to have a peek at spring after the 119″ of snow we have had this winter.  (And to have lunch with my Goddaughter, Erika, who is always a little burst of spring!).   But, back in Maine and back to more snow tonight and tomorrow!  : )

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At our Children’s Class this afternoon we will be making the Easter Card below, we’ll be learning how to make Irish Soda Bread for St. Patricks Day, and we’ll be quilting our doll quilts!  Hope you have a creative week-end, and if you create a St. Patricks Day card this week-end, send it to me at theoblatelife@ymail.com and I’ll post some of them on our blog on St. Patrick’s Day!  : )

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