Archive | April 2016

Fear not! Starfish Card

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“Sow little deeds of kindness, little words of love, Make our earth an Eden, Like the heaven above.”

~Julia A. Carney

Good Morning!  This is a variation of a Brandi Cox card.  I wasn’t feeling inspired by the starfish in the Picture Perfect stamp set, so I went looking for cards using it.  For the beach I used the “You’ve Got This” stamp set.  The starfish is stamped with So Saffron for the first stamp and Baked Brown Sugar for the second layer.  The water is a torn strip of Lost Lagoon and the base is Pool Party stamped with Lost Lagoon.  The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set.

Have a happy weekend,


Sewing Technique

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“Follow what you love, and it will take you where you need to go.”

~Natalie Goldberg

If you read my blog post yesterday, you know that I tried to move from thinking about snow to thinking about the warmth of summer.  And then it turned around and snowed, hard, for two hours yesterday afternoon!  It took us by surprise, not being forecast, but  I was thankful for it only because it made me want to stop my chores and make a card. : )  I got adventurous and got out my sewing machine and tried the technique of sewing on a card.  I’ve always wanted to try it and I think it was perfect for this little 4″ card.  The plaid paper is from the Adventure Bound Paper Stack, the Embossing Folder for the top of the card is Houndstooth, and the stamp is from the Banner Blessings stamp set.  I used a Retro Sketch as the inspiration for the card design.

Wonderful for #GDP033

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“In the depths of winter I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer.”

~Albert Camus

We went over to Sugarloaf on Sunday afternoon and the skiing was still great.  Spring is trying to make an appearance, but we’ve still got some winter there!   But when Monday morning rolled around and I was thinking about the color challenge at the Global Design Project, I didn’t want to think snow, I wanted to think summer!


This isn’t a color combination that I would normally ever turn to, so it was fun to play with the colors. : )

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The seashell came from the “By the Tide” stamp set and the starfish came from the “Picture Perfect” stamp set.  I chose the designer paper from the Neutrals Paper Stack because it reminded me of a fishnet. : )  Hope your week is warm and wonderful!  Thanks for stopping by, xo Dawn.

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Shine for #GDP032

“Shine like stars in the universe.”

~Phil. 2:15

Hi Stamping Friends!  This weeks Global Design Project is a “Case the Designer” challenge, and this is my card:

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It’s good to be back, I’ve missed you.  Was out all last week helping our oldest son, Jonathan, set up for the Bangor Garden Show.  This week I’ve been recovering…Jonathan WON the garden show, plus he got another award for “Best Use of Color.”  The second place winners had a red and white striped carnival booth, I will send this card to them!  This photo was a week ago Monday when we started setting up…

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After four days it looked like this:

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The theme of the show was “Carnival.”  Jonathan and hubby built this “carnival cart”…

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It was so nice to see all the flowers and the flowering bushes that Jonathan spent several months forcing in a greenhouse!

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Thanks to everyone who was able to come down to see us at the show.  If you weren’t able to stop by, hope you enjoy these pictures! xoxo Cheers, Dawn

Nature Congrats! for #GDP031

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“Acting deals with delicate emotions.  It is not putting up a mask.  Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.”

~Jeanne Moreau

Good Morning and thanks for popping by!  I always look forward to Monday mornings to see what the weekly Global Design Project over at will bring.  This week it is a Theme Challenge and the theme is “Nature”.

I wanted to combine the challenge with a card for a young friend that was in a play over the weekend.  It was a bit of a challenge to combine the two, and I only had a half an hour, but I think it turned out pretty good.  When I went to put the top panel on, though, it wanted to be tilted, even though I didn’t originally plan it to be that way.  The “congrats” sentiment came out a tiny bit crooked and I didn’t have time to redo it, so the “artsy” angles hide it a bit!  Our family starts setting up this morning for a big Garden Show that our oldest son Jonathan has an exhibit in this coming weekend, so that is why I’m so pressed for time.  It’s going to be a super busy week so I’m not sure if I’ll be back on line.  If not, just a reminder to Stamping Peacers…our childrens class is this Friday, and regular classes are next Monday morning, Monday night and Tuesday morning.  Back to the card, the mask was made with the Mustache framelit.  The eyes were cut out with a little framelit from the Chalk Talk collection.  The feathers were cut out with the Feather Framelits.  The DSP is the new Botanical Gardens collection.  Colors are Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Old Olive and Cajun Craze.  Okay, sorry to rush but I’m off to the Cross Center!  Have a fantastic week!


Fashionably Old Fashioned for Retro Sketch #209

“Arrange whatever pieces come your way.”

~Virginia Woolf

This is the third time I have played along with the Retro Sketches Challenge but I never exactly knew what the word “retro” means.  I had to laugh when I was doing the daily crossword paper in the newspaper yesterday and came across the clue “fashionably old-fashioned” and figured out the answer was “retro”.  : )

I made this card for a friends 15 year old son who just redecorated his room.  He picked out the paint color (gray), picked out new curtains and bedspread, and used old vinyl records as some of the picture frames on a wall of photos.  He sent me a photo (they live out of state), so I thought it warranted a card in the mail!  What tickled me about this card is the mini silver soda pop top ( a retired Stampin’ Up! embellishment) down in the left hand corner.  The young man that will be receiving this card used to collect soda pop tops when he was a little boy, so hopefully he’ll catch that little piece of nostalgia! : )

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This is the inside of the card, stamped with “the winner” (Basic Gray) and “1” (Hello Honey) from the Blue Ribbon Stamp Set.  The border (Lost Lagoon)  is stamped from the retired Daydream Medallions stamp set.  I caught an edge from the “1” stamp, so I covered the mistake with three stars from an In-Color Sequin Assortment.  It looks like they were supposed to be there!  : )

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All the Designer Series Paper (DSP) on this 5″ x 5″ card is from last years “Moonlight” Paper Stack.  The (Lost Lagoon) blue ribbon and (Hello Honey) Best sentiment are from the retired Blue Ribbon stamp set.  The “simply wonderful” sentiment is from this years “Simply Wonderful” Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  The gray and white Bakers Twine is from an old Paper Pumpkin kit.  This was a fun card to make.  I love all the different pieces of these retro sketch designs!  Hope you can give it a try over at

Have a great day,  Dawn

Love is Kindness

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“Think of the world you carry within you.”

~Rainer Maria Rilke

Good Morning!  Hope you are enjoying warmer temperatures than we are having in Maine today. : )  I made this card for a color challenge but something is wrong with my computer and I can’t link into challenges!  It’s made with the Love is Kindness Stamp Set.  This is a “men’s version” of the card, and here’s a “ladies version”.  : )  Have a great day, full of kindness!  Fondly, Dawn

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