Archive | February 2018

Stamping Class Today!

“[We] must always be curious.”

~Walt Whitman

When I get a new stamp set I will sometimes get curious and google the name of it and see what others have done with it.  I did that with the new “Petal Palette” stamp set (that I absolutely love, love, love) and this is a card I cased from Sue Plote.  I made a few changes but I really liked the lay-out.  We will be making three cards with this stamp set this afternoon at our monthly stamping class (not this card).  If you look close on the white paper, you can see lines that I made with the scoring tool, but there is a new embossing folder that makes these stripes.  Always new and fun products with Stampin’ Up! : )

Have a great day!

Peace, Dawn

Thinking of You!

“If I had a single flower for every time I think of you, I could walk forever in my garden.”

~Claudia Adrienne Grandi

The Heartfelt Blooms is another free with a $50.00 purchase stamp set with Stampin’ Up!  I needed a quick and easy card so I made this up with the old Square Lattice Embossing Folder as the background.  This stamp gives a photographic image, can’t wait to start playing with it!


“Why should we think upon things that are lovely?  Because thinking determines life.  It is a common habit to blame life on the environment.  Environment modifies life but does not govern life.  The soul is stronger that its surroundings.”

~William James

I saw a lovely card similar to this one (but it was white on white) made by a guest stamper on Brian King’s stamping blog and I liked it so much I went and bought the sentiment die, Lovely Words, which the sentiment is part of , and got the stamp set Lots of Lavender which is free right now with a $50.00 purchase!  The background is the old Square Lattice Embossing Folder that I used on yesterdays card and it will also be on tomorrows card.  I did make an error on this card, cutting off the ends (by mistake) of the sentiment that connect it to the outside Crumb Cake Heart, but it’s a very small 3″ x 3″ card so I will be making more!  The tiny hearts were punched with the old Confetti Hearts punch.  I photographed the card amidst the flowers that hubby gave me for Valentines Day, but here is the card on its own:

Have a lovely day!  Dawn

Bubble Over!

“May all our troubles be bubbles.”


Good Morning and I hope everyone had a great week-end.  We had a little birthday luncheon for my brother-in-law yesterday and I was finally able to play with the new “Bubble Over” stamp set to make his card.  I stamped the bottom part of the bottles twice so it would look like there is liquid in the bottles.  The background is made from a very old embossing folder called “Square Lattice.”  I have used this folder over and over and it taught me not to wait to get a new embossing folder because once they are gone from the catalog, they are gone!  The red band is embossed with the “Softly Falling” Embossing Folder.  The little red stars are the new enamel shapes…my first time using them and just love them.  They add texture and pop!  The inside sentiment is from one of last years stamp sets called “Suite Sentiments.”

Matchbook Valentine Project

A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,
A song is no song ’til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay –
Love isn’t love
‘Til you give it away.
~Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music, “You Are Sixteen (Reprise)”


We’ll be giving away these little bits of love tomorrow at the Assisted Living Center.  I made 30 of them this morning…a quick and easy project.  There is a Ghiradelli Chocolate on the inside…

To make them, cut a piece of cardstock 2 3/4″ x 8 1/2″.  Score at 1 7/8″, 2 3/4″, 5″ and 5 1/2″.  Fold the bottom and staple.  Embellish.  There’s still time before tomorrow to make some surprises for those that you love!  Have fun, Dawn.

For the New Scouts

“In assisting his ‘neighbour’ every day to the best of his ability, and keeping truth, honesty and kindness perpetually before him. the Boy Scout, with as little formality as possible, is pleasing God.”

~Lord Baden Powell

This week is the birthday of Boy Scouting in America and troops are celebrating everywhere with different activities.  Our Pack and Troop will be assisting at Mass Saturday afternoon and then we have an awards banquet afterwards.  These are cards I made for our two new Scouts who made Scout rank last month. (The ranks of Boy Scouts are Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, Eagle).  Each rank comes with its own requirements and Merit Badge requirements.  The boys already received their rank patch but in these little Old Olive envelopes will be “Good Turn Coins” which the boys put in their pocket.  When they have done their good deed for the day, they switch the coin to their opposite pocket.  The little pocket was made with the Love Notes Framelits Dies.

This card design was inspired by one of the many card design challenges that can be found on the internet every week.  I used photos from a big Scout trip we took this past weekend to the annual Klondike Derby for Boy Scouts held every year on the Maine coast at Maine Maritime Academy.  It was cold (11 degrees) but so much fun!

The base of the card is embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder and the sentiment, “our friendship is a very happy thing” is from an old Sale-A-Bration set called “A Happy Thing”.  (The two Scouts in the photos are best friends.)  The sentiment on the inside of the card is also from a very old set called “Happy Day” that some of my earliest stamping friends will have.  Another sentiment I considered was “Best.Day.Ever.” but we were at the event for three days so it was knocked out of the running. : )  The inside looked a little plain so I added a small strip of Pacific Point Cardstock.

And finally, since this card will be presented at a banquet of 125 people, I wanted the envelope to be embellished.  I used the new “Celebrate You” thinlits that are offered free with a $100.00 purchase in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  The “ribbon” on the side of the envelope is made with cardstock.

Enjoy the day!  Peace, Dawn



Watercoloring with Ink

“There is nothing of this heart more proved than true friendship.”

~St. Thomas Aquinas

I love the striped heart in the new “Heart Happiness” stamp set but because I don’t have that set (yet), I decided to try painting one with an aquapainter and some ink.   Combined with some embellishments and a heart from the new “Sure Do Love You” stamp set, I was pleased with the results.  To paint with inks, just squeeze the cover of the ink pad before opening it so that a round spot of ink gets pushed onto the underside of the cover.  After opening the inkpad, use that underside of the cover as your palette and have some fun with your creativity!



Thank You Michele!

“Smiles are the souls kisses.”

~Minna Thomas Antrim


Don’t we all smile when we receive cards in the mail?  This one came from our stamping friend Michele, who moved to Arizona this past fall.  We miss her at stamping classes but we still keep in touch!  Michele is an amazing young woman…she is a one-armed stamper but she sure can crank the Big Shot!!!  Her mom bought her a Big Shot a couple of years ago for Christmas and sent me the video of Michele opening it…priceless!!!  Such great memories we have in the stamping world!!! : )

Happy 30th Birthday Jonathan!

“The first fact about the celebration of birthdays is that it is a good way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, that it is a good thing to be alive.”

G.K. Chesterton

Yesterday was our oldest son, Jonathan’s, 30th birthday. (I can’t believe we are old enough to have a thirty year old!)  Jonathan owns a landscaping business that does snow removal in the winter, so I wanted a snow theme for his birthday card.  These snowflakes were cut out with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  There is something for every season in this set, I just love it!  And here we are, getting ready for a big snowstorm tomorrow!  : )

The “30” was cut with the “Large Numbers Framelits Dies”, and a wonderful thirty years it has been.  Thank you Jonathan!

Peace, Dawn