Archive | November 2015

Another Path to Peace for #GDP012

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“All that we behold is full of blessings.”

~William Wordsworth

Last week I made the front of this card with the shepherd and sheep traveling a path of peace, and this week I’ve made the back with the three Kings traveling the path of peace for the Global Design Project Challenge.  This week it is a “Case the Designer” challenge and  I’ve turned Brian Kings hill of snow into a hill of sand. : )

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The “peace” on the little road of peace was made by masking off the single word from the longer sentiment in the “All Ye Faithful” stamp set.  This card is being made as a little mini crèche to display during Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.   Hope you can play along this week over at  Stamping Peace, Dawn.


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“Grateful, grateful, truly grateful, I am.”

~John Bucchino

This was a card that we made at stamping classes last week and was our first attempt at “dry embossing.”  The technique, which can be found on YouTube, uses a handmade template made with three thicknesses of the cardboard that is in the back of a package of Designer Series Paper (DSP) and leaves a blank space in whatever embossing folder we are using.  (Just cut out the design you want left blank with an exacto knife…in this case it was a rectangle to accomodate the Woodgrain embossing folder, but it can be a circle, it can be the outline of a tree, an acorn…anything we want!  On this card it left a space for the beautiful “Thankful” stamp from the new “Six Sayings” hostess stamp set.  I added some of last year’s wooden embellishments inked with Cajun Craze and Tip Top Taupe and some gold cord to complete a card to express how thankful I am to you, my Stampin’ Up! friends, for sharing your artistry and your friendship.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Dove of Peace Gift Tag

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“Fill us all with peace.”

~Advent Bulletin

Good Morning!  This was our backyard at 5:00 this morning.   We heard the city plow go by before that and everyone flew out of bed to see how much snow we had…the first snow is always so exciting!  It is like a blanket of peace falling from the sky.    This tag has an aura of peace as well.  It was inspired by a card that Shawn over at Shawnstamps made for the Global Design Project last week, and is a prototype that I made this weekend for tags for our “Giving Tree” at church.  The Giving Tree is put up during Advent (the four weeks before Christmas) and parishioners take a tag, bring it home and purchase a gift suggestion that is written on the back of the tag.  We then bring the gift back to church, with the tag attached to the front of the gift, and  then the gifts are distributed to different organizations in our area.  The tag is made with the Dover of Peace Stamp Set, heat embossed with silver on vellum.  The background is stamped with Marina Mist Ink with a stamp from the Work of Art set.  The little sliver of DSP (Designer Series Paper) on the bottom is from the Season of Cheer paper.  The “To/From” stamp is from the Cozy Christmas stamp set.

Enjoy the first snow today…a perfect day for stamping some peace! xoDawn

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Sideline cards

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“The great work of living is living with others.”

~from the film “Desperate Crossing”

One of our Thanksgiving traditions is to watch the documentary film “Desperate Crossing”.  This quote comes from the final words in the film…”the Indians taught the Pilgrims that the great work of living is living with others.  That is the true importance of the Pilgrim story.”  The narrator then goes on to tell what happened to each character and he says that William Bradford, governor of Plymouth colony, and Massasoit, Leader of the Wampanoag Indians when the Pilgrims arrived, kept peace between them for the rest of their lives.  What came after is another story, but we had a good beginning.  Interesting stuff!

These are my Thanksgiving cards for my “sideline” (formerly known as “downline”, but I never cared for that term!)    Yesterday I read the term “sideline” on Debbie Henderson’s blog, and I’ve adopted it.  Thanks Debbie!

I made this card back in August, inspired by either Leena Gersa or Understand Blue (funny funny lady, I don’t even know her name even though I read her blog!), and just love it. (I went back on their blogs to try to find the original card, but couldn’t find it).  Her card had the leaf panel, I just added to it.   I sectioned off the card with Frog Tape of all things, then sponged Marina Mist onto the rectangle.  Then I stamped with the “En Francais” background stamp, then heat embossed the three “Vintage Leaves” with white embossing powder.  I then sponged Pear Pizzaz and Cajun Craze over the leaves.  The postmark stamp and the “dotted line” are from the “Butterfly Basics” stamp set, and the sentiment is from the “For All Things” stamp set.  The first card I made with Cajun Craze candy dots, but after running out, I had to switch to homemade “dots” made with a hole punch.  : )  Now that I see the card up on the computer screen, I see that I should have put the dots up in the left hand top corner for balance.  So much to learn! : ) (Or, I may have been covering up a smudge, I can’t remember) : )  Have a great week-end, Dawn

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The Path to Peace for #GDP011

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“…be led forth in peace.”

~Isaiah 55:12

The challenge this week over at is a theme challenge and the theme is “Christmas”.

I wanted to make a simplistic one layer card for the simple Gospel story, but that didn’t work out.  It needed a border.  My husband asked why I created a dark card for Christmas and I told him it’s a dark week with all the terrorist activity, but like the shepherd, we are walking the path of peace to Bethlehem.  (The word Bethlehem means “House of Bread”).  The “house of bread” for our family is the catholic church (the word “catholic” means “universal”).  There we find Jesus, the Prince of Peace, in Scripture, in the Eucharist (we believe the Eucharist (communion bread) is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus), in the priest (on the altar), and in the people of the congregation.  In Him we find peace and order, conversion of our hearts, minds and souls, faith, hope, love and friendship.  We are then sent out to serve the Lord in many different ways, including forming our homes into a “domestic church”.  Peace begins at home!  Where do you find your peace?  So, the inside of the card, which I have yet been able to find the time to finish yet, will have gold added to the color palette, along with the Jesus, Mary and Joseph stamp from the Come All Ye Faithful stamp set.  The inside left panel of the card will feature the Three Kings from the same stamp set.   The sentiment will be on the back of the card so that it can be displayed as a mini crèche.  The front panel during Advent and the inside panels during Christmas and Epiphany.  Thank you Global Design Team, for another great challenge, and thank you for putting the spotlight on my Thanksgiving card last week!  We had taken our Boy Scout Troop camping for the weekend in Acadia National Park (along with 450 other Boy Scouts) so that we could help the Friends of Acadia group rake the carriage trails, clean out all the fire pits in the campground, work on trails, etc.  There isn’t cell coverage in the park, so when we drove out to take the boys to Mass in Bar Harbor Sunday morning, I was able to check e-mail.  I was able to get a glimpse at only one e-mail before my phone went dead, and it was a congratulations from Brian King.  Such a fun surprise before learning about the Paris tragedy later that morning.  We pray for the conversion of hatred in all it’s forms and yay for the Global Design Project for its efforts to bring us together in peace from all parts of the globe!  Stamping Peace, Dawn

Edit:  I realized that I should have titled my Christmas Card “A Way of Peace” instead of “The Way to Peace”.  As a priest once told us in his homily (sermon)…”the spiritual life is like a big wagon wheel…God at it’s center and each spoke representing a path to God.  There are many paths but one God.”  My path has been through the Catholic tradition, but I hope we can keep trying to educate one another about our different paths!


Acorny #GDP010

“…And merry when the great winds sing, through autumn’s woodlands brown.”

~William Hewitt

Brian King commented that this week’s design over at the Global Design Project was a simple one, and he was right.  I took one look at it and thought “acorn!”  I knew I wanted to showcase an acorn from the new “Acorny Thank You” stamp set.  Then I looked through my small collection of Thanksgiving stamps and saw the background stamp in “Truly Grateful.”  I thought I’d use some dots for an embossing folder to compliment the dots on the acorn, but then I saw the Arrows Embossing folder and decided it would compliment the grain in the background stamp on the little squares.  Since I didn’t have time to play around with colors, I decided to go with a monochromatic color scheme with Tip Top Taupe, Sahara Sand and Early Espresso.  Great fun as always over at  Hope to see you over there!  Here is my card for #GDP010:


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“We are each other’s HARVEST…we are each other’s MAGNITUDE and BOND.”

~Gwendolyn Brooks

My friend Mimi made these cute sugar cone cornucopia’s for an event that we attended this weekend.  The end is curled behind the tag made with a stamp from the Lighthearted Leaves set so that it really does look like a mini cornucopia.  So cute!  They were filled with fruit.  Hope you had a nice weekend!

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“Money is of no value; it cannot spend itself.  All depends on the skill of the spender.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our Sale Week Orders have arrived and are tagged and ready to go!  This batch of tags were made by making a baby wipe into a stamp pad.  Just drop three colors of ink (I used  Olive, Saffron and Coral) onto a baby wipe and stamp directly onto it.  The “To:” stamp is from the collection of stamps in the September Paper Pumpkin Kit and the wreath is made with the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set.   Happy Stamping and peacebewithyou!

In Colors Card for #GDP009

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“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

G.K. Chesterton

Joseph’s smile says it all after enjoying a flight yesterday at the Bar Harbor (Maine) Airport.  A United Airlines pilot spent the day with our Boy Scout Troop, instructing them in aviation and taking them up for a flight for their Aviation Merit Badges.  This morning I wanted to make a card for the pilot, and decided to combine it with this week’s Global Design Project’s color challenge.

I do not have an airplane stamp in my collection, so I went with another mode of transportation that Joseph loves, which is his bicycle (built for two).  We’ll cleverly combine the concept of bicycle to airplane in our note to the pilot!

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I didn’t want a lot of color for a “guy card”, so slipped in the Mint Macaron with a little flower punched from the Boho Blossoms Punch, and added a Watermelon Wonder “Blossom Accent” embellishment on top of the punched flower and the flower on the stamp from the “Postage Due” stamp set.  I was able to make an envelope for the 5 1/2″ card with Stampin’ Up’s! new Envelope Paper.  This was another fun challenge…hope you can give it a try over at

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