Archive | February 2016

A Cheerful Critter for #GDP025

Global Design Project #025 Colour Challenge

“May we LIVE all the days of our life.”

~Jonathan Swift

The Global Design Project has a challenging color challenge for us this week over at

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The Daffodil Delight Cardstock is embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  I turned it sideways so it would resemble chicken wire! : )  The chick is stamped from the Cheerful Critters stamp set.  This is a color combination that I would never have considered without working with a challenge.  I love how challenges broaden our horizons!  Thanks, Global Design Project!

This is the first card I made, after my husband suggested that I add a stripe of yellow!

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The elephant is from the Patterned Occasions stamp set and the inside sentiment is from the Oh My Goodies stamp set.

Stamping Peace,




Number of Years for PPA289!

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“A possibility was born the day you were born and it will live as long as you live.”

~Marcus Solero

We have a leap year baby in our family who is turning 21 this year!  21 in leap years, 84 in “real time” and we’ll be celebrating with a big party this weekend!  I had planned to make the birthday card today, and was happy to see a new Paper Pals color challenge to use for inspiration (  The colors are Night of Navy, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzaz for the PPA289 challenge.

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For the butterfly and spots on the bottom of the envelope I used the Watercolor Wings stamp set, for the bow on the flowers on the envelope I used the Celebrate Today stamp set and for the flowers and the sentiment I used the Number of Years stamp set.  The Number of Years set is such a great “go to” set, along with the Large Number Framelits for cutting out numbers!

We have another birthday in the family today, her card will be added to my previous butterfly post.  Happy Birthday Ashley!  Love, Dawn

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“They seemed to come suddenly upon HAPPINESS as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods.”

~Edith Wharton

The challenge this week over at is a “Case the Designer” challenge.  I made the same card twice, just turning over the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper on the base, and changing the sentiments from the Watercolor Wings Stamp Set.  The butterfly, also stamped from the Watercolor Wings stamp set, is cut out with a Butterflies Thinlits Die, and the cardstock and ink colors are Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride and Mossy Meadow.  I purposely cut the DSP so that there would be a little line of hearts on the very top….adds a sweetness factor!  The Mossy Meadow scallops on the bottom of the paper inspired a scallop punched bottom on the Watermelon Wonder “Inset Tag” (just made up that phrase!)  : )    Thank you Michelle Last and Global Design Project, for another bout of inspiration!

Next Day Edit:  I had to make a  birthday card today, so made another butterfly card.  I had an epiphany to add some green dots to the background of the striped DSP!  The Birthday Girl sentiment is from the new Sale-A-Bration “Hello” stamp set.  : )

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#FabFri81 Stamping Challenge

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”

~Amelia Earhart

We’re adventuring into new waters today with the Fab Friday Stamping Challenge over at   It’s offered by a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators every other Friday.  This was a “frilly” design that I decided to take in a whole new direction.  Instead of a paper doily I substituted the Scallop Punch and instead of a flowery button I substituted a Compass Star from the Going Global Stamp Set.  The sentiment is heat embossed and is from the Best Day Ever stamp set.  I tried heat embossing it after I had used the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder on the Dijon strip, but then I tried heat embossing before dry embossing and that worked much better.  The black Compass Star Designer Series Paper is from the Going Places DSP Stack.  Cardstock Colors are Basic Black, Delightful Dijon and Very Vanilla.  Thanks, Fab Friday, for a fun challenge! Hope our Stamping Peacers and Blog Friends can play along. xo Dawn

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Sending Good Thoughts To You

IMG_20160219_185204“The bravest battle that ever was fought; Shall I tell you where and when?  On the maps of the world you will find it not; It was fought by the mothers of men.”

-Joaquin Miller

This is the beautiful prayer shawl that our dear blogging friend, Nancy Farrell, made for my friend Barbara.  Barbara is battling ovarian cancer that has spread to other organs and all your kind prayers and acts of love are appreciated so very, very much.

The card that Nancy included with the shawl is gorgeous too.  The flowers are made with the Simple Stems stamp set and the sentiment is from the Perfect Pennants stamp set.  Thank you again Nancy.  Barbara wrote me that you are another “angel on earth”, such a “loving and caring person that is a blessing to her, sending a complete stranger such a nice gift.”  Thank you again Nancy!

Because You’re Awesome!

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“Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to “jump at de sun,” We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.”

~Zora Neale Hurston

We are going places with this gorgeous new marbled paper from the “Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack!”  I just love this rich color explosion…it reminds me of “jumping at de sun!”  This PPA288 design from the Pals Paper Arts was perfect for showing it off.


This is the card I came up with using that design.  The sentiment is cropped from the new Botanicals For You “just for you” stamp.   Before inking the stamp, I covered the word “just” with masking tape.  After inking it, I removed the tape before stamping the sentiment onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  The sentiment inside the card is from the same stamp set.  I chose it because so many people have been SO awesome to pray for my friend Barbara who is battling cancer.  One of our dear blogging friends, Nancy Farrell in New York, even made Barbara a prayer shawl.  So much love to someone many of you don’t even know.  I can never thank you enough.

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The stripe is embossed with the Houndstooth Embossing Folder.  Cardstock and ink colors are Lost Lagoon, Delightful Dijon and Mossy Meadow.

Have a great weekend!  Dawn

Balloons for #GDP023

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

~Jeremiah 29:11

The Weekly Global Design Project has provided another great burst of inspiration with a theme challenge of “Balloons” this week.  I just happened to have a piece of “balloon paper” from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper that floated right into this project, along with other scraps I had laying around on my little table that is home to my paper cutter.   For a “scrappy” little thing, the card turned out okay!  The Mint Macaron base is textured with the Boho Chic Embossing Folder.  The sentiment comes from the Suite Sayings Stamp Set and is cut out with an Ovals Collection Framelit Die.  The thin black scrap is from the “It’s My Party” DSP Stack.  It’s glued onto a scrap of Pool Party Glitter Ribbon.  Inside the sentiment says “Hooray!  Hoorah!” and is going to go out to our middle sons girlfriend, who just got a new hospital job in her field of psychology.  We are so proud of her accomplishments!

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Have a great week,


A Lemon for #GDP022

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“He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.”

-Psalm 103:3

  I needed two “gentlemen’s” cards this week and the challenge over at the Global Design Project com provided the perfect inspiration!

I used the new “Apple of My Eye” stamp set for this challenge.  I immediately thought of the lemon stamp when looking at this challenge.  Not sure why, but maybe because of two big “lemony” situations this past week (my friend Barbara’s cancer spreading and another friend that had a heart attack while shoveling snow on Tuesday!)  I’ve been setting up a prayer effort for Barbara and almost 150 people have joined in the gift of having at least one person a day say a decade of the rosary for Barbara’s healing journey.  It is just awesome how kind and giving people are.  If you can, please remember Barbara and her hubby and four sons in your prayers.  The “Hang in There” sentiment in the card below comes from the new Sale-A-Bration “Honeycomb Happiness” stamp set.  I cut the lemons out with a Starburst Framelit Die, it adds extra texture and pizzaz to the card!  The striped paper is the new thin envelope paper.  Ink Colors are Mint Macaron and Crushed Curry.  The yellow stripe is embossed with the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder.  The stripe was so pretty, I hated to cover it up!  I made matching envelopes, using just half of the lemon stamp and a smaller leaf that is in the set.

Stamping Classes will be held here next Monday morning, Monday evening and Tuesday morning.  We’ll be using the Apple of My Eye stamp set.  Looking forward to seeing all the Stamping Peacers!  Have a beautiful weekend, enjoy the snow that is coming! xo Dawn

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Just For You #GDP021

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“…go out in joy and be led forth in peace.”

~Isaiah 55:12

This is a quick card I made for this weeks Global Design Project, which is a color challenge.

I chose to focus on the Bermuda Bay, with a piece of Bermuda Bay designer series paper from the Perfectly Artistic DSP that is offered free in the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Catalog until March 31st.   It didn’t photograph well, but it really is Bermuda Bay!  : )   Melon Mambo comes in on an “It’s My Party” Enamel Dot and on the Bakers Twine, and I dotted the “j” on the new Botanicals for You “just for you” stamp with a little flower stamped with Wisteria Wonder Ink.  This stamp set is also available free in the Sale-a-Bration catalog with a $50.00 order.  The “just for you” is heat embossed with black embossing powder.  Hope you have the time to hop over to and check out all the fun projects this week!  Stamping Peace, Dawn

P.S.  This card was made for a care package for a friend with cancer.  Please pray for Barbara as she prays and works for healing.