Archive | December 2015

A Christmas Surprise

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“All that we behold is full of blessings.”

~William Wordsworth

I had the surprise of my life this month.  I found out that my nocturnal seizures of the past 40 years, that I have been medicated for, are caused by a food allergy to pumpkin, squash, cucumbers and melon (the cucurbit plant family).  At first we thought it was a theobromine problem (I drink a lot of tea), but thankfully, it wasn’t that.  It is very strange to go from a “sick” person with epilepsy to a very healthy person overnight, but I am thanking God that the mystery is solved.  All the symptoms make sense now, but I had never heard that food allergies can cause seizures until this past October when I started researching epilepsy.  It only took me 40 years, but better late than never!  I started keeping a food log, had a reaction, saw an allergist, and the rest is history.  It’s the best Christmas present I could have ever received!  I have so much to be thankful for, including great friends who made these beautiful cards for me this Christmas season…fun sled and skis from Terry, super-cute tree and matching wooden tree from Patti, little green elf card from Whitney, very merry tree from Nancy, clever tree drawn by Joseph and beautiful ornament card from Mimi.  I know the time and the love that goes into making home-made cards and I appreciate every single one of them, thank you my stamping friends.  Merry Christmas!

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Trying out the “Salt Technique”


“A beauty lights the fading year.”

~Phebe A. Holder, 1890

Happy Birthday to my hubby, Tim and Happy 6th Day of Christmas!  We have had two weeks to enter Global Design Project #16 over at, and I am glad of it.  With Christmas and with hubby on vacation this week, I haven’t had time to stamp until yesterday during our big snowstorm (we got 8″).  It’s been such a busy, but memorable Christmas season and I hope you’ve been able to enjoy time with loved ones.

I’ve always wanted to try the “salt technique” and Bibi Cameron’s “Case the Designer” card inspired me to finally do it.  I started with the circle that the word “Joy” is on (I tried mounting it on every color in the card, but not one of them looked right).  After wetting some watercolor paper, just add a few drops of ink from an ink refill bottle, then sprinkle salt all over the whole thing.  (I didn’t have any watercolor paper so the ink didn’t spread out as much as it would have).   When it is dry, just wipe off the salt.  As you can see in the close-up photo,  it makes a beautiful texture.  For this project I used Island Indigo Ink.  I tried Rasberry Ripple as well, but the texture wasn’t as pronounced.  Hope you enjoy the rest of the 12 Days of Christmas!

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Homemade Christmas Star

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“The biggest, happiest birthday party in the whole world!”

~Internet graphic

Hi Stamping Friends, I hope you are having a memorable Christmas season.  It’s the little things, isn’t it?  Like this card that came for Joseph from our very own “New York Nancy.”  Nancy has been following our Stamping Peace blog almost from the beginning and although we have never met in person, I know that when we do, it will be like we’ve always known each other.  Stampers are like that!  We love the card Nancy, thank you so much!

Another little thing this Christmas is this Christmas Star that I made for  Jonathan’s tree.  I saw it in the holiday catalog and knew it would be the perfect gift for our landscaper son!  We have a very large red-twigged dogwood in the front of the house and I used some of it’s branches for the star.  Now Jonathan will always have a piece of that dogwood, even after it is gone!  : ) That’s his tree on the left (from Piper Mountain) and our tree on the right (you may have seen it on an earlier post when we went out in the woods to cut it)!  Hope you’re having a great snow day today with the storm swirling outside.  : )

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How To Make A Gift Bag

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“The giving of gifts is not something man invented.  God started the giving spree
when he gave a gift beyond words, the unspeakable gift of His Son.”
-Robert Flatt-

Homemade gift bags are beautiful and so easy to make.  Start with a 12″ square of paper or newspaper.  Fold in 3″ on the left and right sides.  Fold bottom in 3″.  Unfold the sides, lay the paper flat and fold the top down 2″.  Unfold the bottom and cut a slit 3″ up from the bottom.  Glue the bottom 3″ of the side flaps to the bottom 3″ flap.   That is one half of the bag.  Repeat the whole process with another 12″ square of paper.  Fit the two pieces together (one nests inside the other) and glue the sides and bottom.  For the handles, cut two pieces of ribbon 18″ long.  Punch two holes 1″ from the top of the bag and 1 1/2″ from the sides.  Thread the ribbon through and tie knots on the inside of the bag.  Ta da!

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Designer Vellum Treat Bags

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“The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.”

~Pierre Corneille

Sheets from the new 6″ x 6″ Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack makes gorgeous mini treat bags!  I used double-sided tape to adhere the two treat bag pieces (glue would show through).  Tip:  after the strip of tape is down, just scrape the tip of the red covering with a fingernail and then it can be lifted off.

Along with the beeswax votive candles that I make (shown in a post last week), I make these little tea lights.  Washi tape around the outside dresses them up for gift giving!  I order my beeswax from Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, along with wicks, molds, tins…everything needed for home candle making.  It’s a fun, easy and very practical hobby!

The stamp I used on the white tissue papered gift is from a retired stamp set called “Delightful Decorations”.  The gold ribbon is the 5/8″ Satin Ribbon.

In this second photo below, on a “to-from” tag you will see a cute little “Bow Paper Clip Embellishment” that is coming in the new Occasions catalog.  They are so sweet!  Stamping Peace-ers…if you missed the Christmas gatherings last week, I have your new catalogs here at the house.

Have a great weekend!  xo Dawn

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Remarkable You in Pink

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“Friendship is like a beautiful garden…the more you put into it, the more it grows.”


Good Morning!  Last month when I was finally able to get the Remarkable You stamp set when it went on sale, I searched the internet to see what people had been making with the set.  I found two stunning cards that I wanted to try out the set with.  Usually when I CASE (copy and share everything) I’ll improvise or change an element to make the card my own, but there was no changing anything on this beauty.  It is another terribly time consuming card like yesterday’s, but boy is it worth it.  Starting with the stripe on the Pink Pirouette base…it’s Basic Black Cardstock with a stripe of White Glimmer Paper and then a stripe of vellum that all the lilies and leaves are attached to.  The lilies and leaves are heat embossed with silver on vellum and then the color is sponged on.  Pink Pirouette is sponged onto the flowers and Cucumber Crush onto the leaves.  So gorgeous, I just love it!  It is a Sabrina Radick design.

A shout out to my friend “Miss Pat” in California today…Happy Birthday Pat!  May your day be full of wonderful moments and may your year be blessed with every good under heaven.  And may you always get a little “you” time for some creative stamping!

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“It’s your birthday to-day, so why are we waiting?
Without further delay, Let’s start celebrating.”
~Norman Wesley Brooks

One of the stamping blogs that I follow is Brian King in Atlanta, Georgia, and today is his birthday.  Happy Birthday Brian, you are remarkable with all those layers on your cards and my go to color for birthday cards today is Tip Top Taupe! : )  Mention your go-to birthday card color on Brians blog today and you’ll be eligible to win all kinds of great blog candy!

Today’s  card is made with the Remarkable You stamp set and the “stained glass” technique.  It uses Stampin’ Up! Crystal Effects, which is sort of a liquid glue that dries clear.  The green stem and yellow in the middle of the lily are painted with Crystal Effects that I colored with a drop of refill ink.  Everything is done on the back side of a clear window sheet.  Once the green and yellow are dry, add more crystal effects and sprinkle it with Dazzling Diamonds.  The Deb Valder video that I watched recommended putting the dazzling diamonds in a little Pampered Chef shaker jar that has a strainer on the top, but I didn’t have that.  I can see how it would distribute the glitter more evenly, though.  This technique is very time consuming, but it is well worth it…it makes for a very striking card.  Deb’s card had beautiful black ribbon on it, but I didn’t have that either, so I used Baker’s Twine and some 1/8″ black ribbon and I like it just as well.

I made a set of four of these cards for gift giving…here’s a picture before I finished the top of the bag….

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#GDP015 Theme Challenge: Celebrate!

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“Christmas celebrates the awesome and amazing fact that God is grander, wiser and more mysterious than we could have ever imagined.”

~Dan Schaffer

I’ve been working on this card for the past month with different challenges over at the Global Design Project…  It started out back with #GDP011, which was a  Christmas Theme Challenge, when I made the front of the card…

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Then came #GDP012, which was a Case the Designer (Brian King) Challenge, and I made the back of the card:

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The card has been sitting on the shelf since then, waiting for inspiration and motivation, which came with this week’s Theme Challenge of “Celebrate.”  Those of us who celebrate Christmas are waiting to celebrate this….

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I just love how this card turned out.  It is VERY heavy…like a miniature cardboard book…  and it’s perfect for Advent (front panel), Christmas (inside panel) and Epiphany (back panel).  Thanks, Global Design Project, for inspiring such a unique card!


Rudolph Punch Art Tag

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“Hey, what do you say we both be independent together, huh?”

~From Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

I saw this cute punch art but didn’t have the correct punch for Rudolph’s white underbelly, so I improvised and it still turned out pretty cute!  The “Merry” sentiment is from Holly Jolly Greetings.   Hope you had a nice week-end! xo Dawn

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That’s the Ticket!

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“Who, being loved, is poor?”

~Oscar Wilde

Meet Hubby and Youngest Son, enjoying the beautiful decorations on our shopping trip to Southern Maine (you may have seen the gorgeous lights at LL Bean on yesterday’s post!)  We saw a lot of Christmas sparkle, but today’s card is some Valentine sparkle for #GDP014 over at

As soon as I saw this week’s design challenge I thought of the “That’s the Ticket” stamp set.  There is a Christmas ticket, but I felt Valentine jibes coming on!

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The “ticket” is heat embossed in gold, as is the stripe on the top and the little row of cupid’s arrows from the Project Life “Point & Click” stamp set.  The Very Vanilla 4″ base card is embossed with the “Pretty Print” Embossing Folder.  It’s hard to see in the photo but the red heart, punched with an Itty Bitty Punch, and the red around the 3″ center square are both made with the sparkly red glimmer paper.  It was fun to switch holidays for a few minutes, and as always, fun to play along with the Global Design Project.  Hope to see you over there!