Archive | September 2015

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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Strawberry Jam Tag

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“But not alone at Christmastime comes holiday and cheer, for one who loves a little child has Christmas all the year.”

~Florence Evelyn Dratt

I have a goddaughter who just loves our homemade strawberry jam.  This one’s for her!  The jar is decorated with a silver doily, red glitter paper punched with a flower punch and the strawberries from the new Market Fresh stamp set.  I don’t know which was more fun…growing the strawberries, making the jam or decorating the jar! : )

Dropping In to say Hi!

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“O good gigantic smile of the old earth this autumn morning!”

~Robert Browning

This is a Mary Fish CASE (Copy and Share Everything) with the new Acorny Thank You  stamps and Acorn Builder punch.  All I did was change up the white background piece with a left-over piece of whisper white embossed with the new Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  If you are new to stamping, Mary Fish is one of the “big fish” in the stamping world and does some great “clean and simple” cards.  Tip for lining up the acorns to the acorn punch:  punch out a template on a scrap paper and then use it when stamping the acorn images.  Just fit the stamps snugly into the template and stamp.  Then when you punch out the stamped images they are perfectly lined up!

Happy Weekend,


Homemade DSP

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“Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard.”

~Walt Whitman

These apples are ripening, but need more work with the aquapainter!  The pail is perfect though, with a watermark stamp from Work of Art stamped in Smoky Slate (stamped off first).   What I want to show is the homemade DSP (Designer Series Paper) on the Pear Pizzaz Cardstock.  It’s hard to see in the picture, but it was first stamped with the tiny fine splatter stamp from Georgeous Grunge and then with a little leaf.  I stamped off most of the ink before stamping this.  It looks great “in person!”  So, when we don’t have that DSP that we need, we can always make our own!  This pail of apples was from one of the “Best Of” series from last year.  I was told that some of our area Apple Orchards are opening this weekend.  Autumn is definitely on the way! : )

A Fun Technique

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“Delicious Autumn!”

~George Eliot

Good Morning and Welcome back to Stamping Peace!  I learned this technique a few weeks ago from Leena Gersa and it’s a fun and easy one.  Just sponge a row of yellow ink, a row of orange ink and a row of red ink.  Stamp the leaf images (this leaf is from the “For All Things” stamp set) with clear embossing powder and heat with the heating tool.  Then, sponge brown ink over everything.  The clear embossed images will resist the ink.  Voila!

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