Archive | September 2015

Autumn Tree

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“Every day is a special day, a day in which to give the very best within us every day we live.” ~Gladys Adkins

This was another card that we made at stamping classes this week.  It’s a Mary Fish design that I changed from white, black and red to vanilla, black and Dijon.  I also changed the fold from the top to the left.  The leaves are colored with a chalk marker.  Everyone chose different sentiments for the inside of the card, I chose “Celebrate Today.”   Thanks for stopping by, hope you have time to stamp a little piece of yourself for someone today!  Cheers, Dawn

Lighthearted Leaf

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“The heart of autumn must have broken here, and poured its treasure out upon the leaves.” ~ Charlote Bates

We’ll be “adult coloring” this leaf and making this card at our stamping classes this morning, tonight and tomorrow morning.  It’s a card that Stampin’ Up! convention goers were able to make this summer.  Since we weren’t able to go to convention this year, convention is coming to us!  Hope you can join us, we have two openings for tonight’s class.  xo Dawn

Prettiest Envelope Yet!

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“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”

~Kenji Miyazawa

Oh, the pain of forgetfulness!  I forgot to add this picture of the envelope that went with the card that I posted yesterday.  I think it’s the prettiest envelope I’ve ever clothed. (We stampers don’t usually send naked envelopes!) : )  Happy Weekend, friends.  xoDawn

What Style Is This?

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“Peace is God’s dream, his plan for humanity, for history, for all creation.”

~Pope Francis

I came across this quote recently and had to search for the paper I had written it on this morning in celebration of Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States.  Welcome Pope Francis!

Do you know the name of this style of cardmaking?  It is my favorite and I’ve recently been studying it over at Cards by Sylvia.  This is as close as I could get to one of her cards…I didn’t have all the stamps that she used.  For this I used Work of Art and En Francais for the background stamps, Vintage Leaves for the leaves, An Open Heart for the bird and Butterfly Basics for the postal stamp.  Ink colors are Pool Party, Pear Pizzaz, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Early Espresso.  I used a blender pen to color the bird with Hello Honey and Soft Suede inks.   I’m hoping it is a sparrow because Joseph used this card to write a thank you to the waitress we had at the Stone Sparrow Café, a sweet little restaurant in Veazie (Maine) that seats just 18 people.  Joseph and I went there last week as part of a reading lesson.  He read the entire menu to me, front and back.  I was so proud of him!  And here I would like to welcome Stamper Dog to our blogging family.  Stamper Dog, Joseph is our 19 year old son, born with Down’s Syndrome.  I am homeschooling him for his 5th year of high school.  He’s awesome! : ) P.S.  The new Writing Notes Background Stamp was used to make the notebook paper on the inside of the card.

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Baby Wrapping Paper for GDP#003

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“A baby is born with a need to be loved ~ and never outgrows it.”

~Frank A. Clark

This week’s Global Design Project Challenge is a Theme Challenge and the theme is “Baby!”  I love to give books for baby gifts, so I made some wrapping paper with the Gorgeous Grunge and Work of Art Stamp Sets.  The plaid wrapping paper is made with Marina Mist and Wisteria Wonder Inks.  Between the lines of plaid are the very thin lines of Gorgeous Grunge in Smoky Slate, stamped off.  The polka dotted paper is made with Melon Mambo and Tangelo Twist inks.  The background ink spatters are stamped in Smoky Slate.  The tags are made with the Blue Ribbon Stamp Set and the sentiment is from the “Baby, We’ve Grown” stamp set. I masked the sentiment so that the baby pacifier wouldn’t be covered by the blue ribbon.  Hope you can play along with GDP#003 at


Happy Birthday, Everyone!

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“Write it on our hearts that every day is the BEST day of the year.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yesterday was the birthday of my oldest friend, Lisa.  We have been friends since we were 9 months old…for almost 55 years!  This was the inside of the card that I made for her, and features the new “Happy Birthday, Everyone” Hostess stamp set.  If you are interested in having it in your collection, please contact me for details.  Ink colors used are Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Sahara Sand.  Hope you had a nice weekend and Happy Monday!  Dawn

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September Cards for Stamping Peace Downline

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“Life is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return? ~ Margot Fonteyn

I learned how to make these leaves and card (this is a variation) from a Leena Gersa YouTube video… click “home” and scroll down and you can see how it is done.   I made these for the amazing Stamping Peace downline and every single one came out different…each a unique creation…so much fun! (DownEast Stamping Peacers, yours are in the mail!)   The background is made with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set…love it, use it all the time!  The leaf is from the new Vintage Leaves stamp set and the heart was punched from the Owl Builder Punch.  The gold cord is in the new Holiday Catalog and the sentiment is from an old Hostess set called Simply Sketched.

I can’t believe it is Friday already.  Have a nice weekend, hope you’ll have a little time to stamp some peace to someone!  Cheers, Dawn

Joseph’s Bookmark

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“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~Charles W. Eliot

I edited yesterday’s blog post to include Joseph’s bookmark after I had taken it off the card made for him and for the Global Design Project, but a lot of people had seen the post before I edited it so I’m reposting it here.   When Joseph put the round bookmark into his book it was a little awkward for him, so I mounted it on a square base and then it was much easier for him to handle.  I think it turned out so cute! : )

Detachable Book Mark for GDP#002


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“The lover of life makes the whole world into his family.”

~Charles Baudelaire

Yesterday was a big day…the second Global Design Project Challenge #GDP002 was revealed and it was the first day of homeschooling for me and our son Joseph who graduated from the special education program at our high school in June. (That’s our funny boy at the bottom of this post, posing for a picture after snitching his buddy Caleb’s shades.) : )  For the Global Design Project I decided to make a first day of school card for Joseph, with a detachable bookmark.  While he was doing some seatwork out came the Dictionary Background stamp, the Writing Notes Background Stamp and the new Howl-A-Ween stamp set.  The black strip is Washi Tape, and the blue strip is a stamp in the Butterfly Basics set.  The little hearts are punched from the Owl Builder Punch and the little Marina Mist blue striped banner, made to match the Marina Mist chevron (cut in half) ribbon on the bookmark, is from an old Sale-a-Bration set called Banner Blast. The slit for the ribbons was punched with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch (punched twice side by side to make it wider).  It was such a fun card to make but did I ever make a mess with all the supplies I pulled out!  Joseph was tickled with the card and already has the bookmark in his latest Boxcar Children book. : )  Speaking of books, have you read “The Book Thief” or seen the movie with Geoffrey Rush?  I love the part when he says “Your majesty.”  This is the sketch challenge that the talented Teneale Williams provided for us this week…hope you can play along at

Edit:  I ended up putting Joseph’s round bookmark onto a square base this morning.  It seems easier for him to use.

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