Archive | August 2015

Bushels of Cuteness

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“…doing our part to make this world a cuter place to live in.”

~Susan Branch

Welcome back to Stamping Peace, where our card ministries are celebrated!  Hope you had a great week-end and hope we all had a little time to make this world a cuter place to live in.  : )

Do you ever see a card or project that draws you toward a certain stamp set?  This was the card that had me ordering the Sprinkles of Life stamp.  Every year Stampin’ Up! has a stamp set that is set apart in the catalog and a certain amount of profits from that set are sent to the Ronald McDonald House.  It’s a cause dear to my heart since I had to travel to Baltimore (from Maine) for one of our son Joshua’s surgeries back in 1995, and stay there for four weeks.  We looked into staying at the Ronald McDonald House until some friends invited us to stay with them.  It’s a great cause and a great service to those of us in need.

I saw this card back in May or June ( when the set first debuted, and have had it in the back of my mind ever since.  Finally the time was right to make it and I just love, love, love it…it’s SO cute!  Punching out all the little apples from the Tree of Life punch is a little work, but it’s worth it.  The bow was made on my fingers and if you go to “Home” at the top of this page you can then scroll down a few posts and see a picture of how to make it.  This is the new “Delightful Dijon” cardstock, along with Real Red and Whisper White.  The basket, which is also used for the bottom of a cupcake, is stamped on Sahara Sand cardstock and the little bird is punched out of Early Espresso cardstock.  The ink is Early Espresso and I colored the stems of the apples with an Early Espresso marker.  I cut these banners free hand, but there is a new Triple Banner Punch that will do the job for us!

Hope your day is full of love and light,  Dawn

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“Precious jewel, you glow, you shine, reflecting all the good things in the world.”

~Maya Angelou

Good Morning and Welcome Back to Stamping Peace, where your card ministry is celebrated!  Yesterday Joseph and I, with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, were making little 2 3/4″ square cupcake birthday cards that we saw months ago on Becky Roberts blog, and then we made wrapping paper with the circle stamp in the Work of Art stamp set.  I always struggle with how to get those stamps all back in the case, so when the puzzle was finally solved, I took a picture so that we can keep it in the case for future reference!

Sending love for a weekend full of creativity,  Dawn

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Autumn Leaves

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“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

~Humphrey Bogart

Good Morning!  Today we welcome two new Hobby Demonstrators to our Stamping Peace family, Marlene and Jeanne.  Enjoy the perks Marlene and Jeanne, and may your stamps always be wet!  : )  We also welcome our newest stamper, born last spring…we love having her join us at our stamping classes!

Todays project is some autumn leaves that are made with the new Vintage Leaves stamp set.  Just stamp the leaves and then put some orange and green (or colors of your choice) ink on your silicone craft mat.  I just stamped the whole ink pads right onto the mat.  Then spritz the two colors with some water.  Take the leaves that you’ve stamped off and swish them in the ink.  It should be done with watercolor paper but I used regular cardstock (white) and it still worked pretty well.  Happy Stamping!  Dawn

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Howl-A-Ween #2

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

~Early 19th Century Saying

I don’t think we’re going to frighten a soul with this cute little owl!  : )  When we made pillow boxes (shown yesterday) with this new “Howl-A-Ween” set at Monday’s stamping classes, we discovered that this unusual humid weather we’ve had for the past week had made the cardstock “soggy” and it was hard to fold the score lines on the boxes.  Tuesdays class had an option of trying the box, or making this card after I explained the humidity problem.  Surprisingly, everyone except one stamper decided to still try the new pillow box die.  We folded the score lines before embossing the boxes and that made a difference.  The stamper that did choose to make the card called it her “Harry Potter Card” because of the hat!  : )

Note:  This stamp set, washi tape, embossing folder and ribbon will be available in the new Holiday catalog which goes live on Sept. 1st.

Stamping Peace from me to you,


Howl-A-Ween Fun

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“Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the ribbons.”

~Ruth Ann Schabacker

Take a peek at this new purple ribbon coming in the new Holiday Catalog on Sept. 1st.   I just love the new color addition into the Halloween palette!  Also coming is this cute stamp set called “Howl-A-Ween”, this new black, purple and orange Washi Tape, a square pillow box die that made this box and a new 6″ x 6″ embossing folder called Woodland Textured Impressions.  Can you see the birch trees embossed on the box?  Also coming is a great new Fine Tip Glue Pen that I used to adhere the black glitter to the “Boo!”  Inside the cap is a piece of metal that fits down into the metal tip of the glue pen.  Pretty slick!  We made these pillow boxes at stamping classes yesterday and I’ll be making them for our trick or treaters.  We only get about a dozen children at our door so we can really treat them!  I know it’s early to be thinking about Halloween, but if time continues to fly like it did this summer, it will be here before we know it.  And as in everything, the preparations are as fun as the actual event!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping Peace, have a great day.  Cheers!  Dawn

School Days

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“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.”

~Carl Sagan

School begins tomorrow for my friends son in California…didn’t this summer go by at the speed of lightning!  I saw this cute little apple on a blog hop last week, made by Michelle Gleason, and I decided to make one for Joseph and for some of my local nieces and nephew for the first day of school.  I have some of Stampin’ Up!’s cute reindeer paper clips to put in them (they were on the sale rack a couple of weeks ago).  The apple was made with the Curvy Keepsake Box die.  The leaves are made with the new Vintage Leaves stamps and dies.  The ribbon is mossy meadow, as is the green cardstock and ink.

I hope you had a wonderful week-end.  We had a great time on our sea kayaking trip.  It’s a lot more strenuous than lake paddling!  Here’s our guide, Dave (who is also our neighbor), giving us some lobster trivia after we found a lobster trap washed up on a little beach that we stopped at to rest and to have a snack.  And there’s Joseph with his buddy, having a grand old time! : )

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Freshly Made Sketches #200

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“There is something which gives radiance to everything.  It is the idea of something around the corner.”

~G.K. Chesterton

Freshly Made Sketches is a weekly challenge that is always something to look forward to “around the corner.”  Thanks to all who organize and bring it to us each week!  You may want to play along at…it’s a lot of fun and a great inspiration for our cardmaking.  This week is the 200th sketch, so there also some prizes involved!  The card I made features some of Stampin’ Up’s new Designer Series Paper called “English Garden” and another bow made on my fingers.  See my earlier post for a picture of how to wrap the ribbon…this one uses two fingers for each loop instead of one shown in the photograph.  In case you can’t see what is on the little tag hanging off the bow, it says “Happy 200th!”  The “Happy” is stamped with a stamp from “Teeny Tiny Wishes.”

This is my second post today because I’ll be away tomorrow, off on a sea kayaking trip.  It’s something that is on my husband’s “bucket list!”  Have a great week-end.  Stamping Peace, Dawn