Archive | March 2018

Easter Package

“For I remember it is Easter morn and life and love and peace are all new born.”

~Alice Freeman Palmer

I made a card similar to this recently, and now have made it as a treat bag topper.  The gold heat embossed sentiment is from the Suite Sentiments stamp set.  The flower is made from the Botanical Builders Dies, with gold accents from the Petals & More Die Set.  The “peace” is made with the Christmas Greetings Dies.  The gift bag is a Stampin’ Up! product as well.  The handles are made by placing two circle dies on the (unfolded) cardstock, so that the fold is in the middle of the dies.  Place the top plate of the Big Shot on only half of the dies so that the half below the fold is cut.  I tried it on a piece of scrap computer paper before cutting into the cardstock.  It’s a fun little added feature!

I hope you have a beautiful week next week. If you are looking for a good book to read during Holy Week (or any week)  I highly, highly recommend “Saint on Death Row, the Story of Dominique Green” by Thomas Cahill.  It is a short book (142 pages), but life changing.  It was assigned reading for the Oblate group I belong to at the Transfiguration Hermitage and it is incredibly powerful, just unforgettable.  I hope you’ll be able to read it.  See you after Easter!  Peace, xo Dawn

Easter Baskets : )

“Easter is the only time it’s okay to put all of your eggs in one basket.”


We’ll be making one of these Easter baskets at our stamping class next Tuesday.  The first two from the left are made with last years “Basket Bunch” stamp set and “Basket Builder” framelits.  Should be fun!

Have a great day, hopefully this is our last snow storm!  Peace, xo Dawn

An Easel Card!

“Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart.”

~Anthony J. D’Angelo

This was my first attempt ever at making an easel card.  My friend and fellow stamper, Patti, had made one for me so I was able to look at it and figure out how to make one…so easy!  The hard part was figuring out how to make the BigZ Top Note Die cut so that there is a fold at the top (it cuts out one panel).  Come to find out, that is very easy.  Fold a piece of cardstock in two and then put the top plate of the Big Shot below the fold so that the fold is not cut.  Then score the front half in the middle and fold it backwards.  Glue the top half of a single panel to the backward fold.  A fun card and fun to make!

Have a great day!  xoxo Peace, Dawn


“[We] can complain because roses have thorns, or [we] can rejoice because thorns have roses.”


Good morning stampers!  Yesterday I used the Detailed Floral Thinlit Die for the very first time, so I turned to the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog for some direction.  I cased (copy and share everything) this design while changing the color, adding the vertical greeting and adding my friend Miss Pat’s watercolored rose.  My tip is to add the vertical greeting before you glue the designer paper down. (This is from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack).  I decided to add a vertical greeting after the card was finished and had to take the bow out in order to stamp.  It was quite a job trying to thread the ribbon back through when everything around it was glued down.  : )

Have a great day!  xo Peace, Dawn

Thank You for #FabFriday133


~Luke 22:19

If I had a “mantra” it would be the word “eucharisteo” which translates “he gave thanks.”  Graciousness was taught to me by my parents and by the nuns all through my school years, and now I’m trying to pass that wisdom on to my group of Boy Scouts.  This thank you is going to the Outdoor Center at Sugarloaf Mountain where our Troop went snowshoeing two weekends ago.  We received such a great welcome and such friendly service, we want to thank them for all their hard work in keeping the lodge, the trails and the warming hut available to us.  I used the design from and then I looked for some paper that would look “snowy” and found this in the new Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.  The sentiment is from an old stamp set called “Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set.”  It’s a very straight forward card so the only tip I have for you is that I glued the small piece of DSP on to some whisper white cardstock to give it some additional weight so I could raise it up with some dimensionals.  This is the challenge from Fab Friday if you would like to give it a try:

Have a great day! xo Dawn

CAS(e) this Sketch#263 for St. Patrick’s Day!

“May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow,
and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”
~Irish Blessing

Good Morning Stamping Friends!  I wanted to make a St. Patrick’s Day card for my Irish Mother-In-Law, but I have just one teeny tiny stamp for that holiday.   However, using the CAS(e) this Sketch card challenge ( and some hearts, I was able to get ‘er done.  : )  This is the sketch:

Any hearts will do, this happens to be made with the retired “Fashionable Hearts” Embosslits.  The stem is stamped from a stem in the “Tranquil Tulips” stamp set, fussy cut, and turned over so that the ink doesn’t show.  The sentiment is from the “Me = Grateful” stamp set (part of the sentiment was masked off).  The Garden Green strip is 1″ wide, and the Crumb Cake strip is 3/4″ wide.  The circle was made with the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies and Soft Suede Cardstock.   I added Crumb Cake to the inside of the card with a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” sentiment from the “Teeny Tiny Wishes” stamp set.  The DSP is from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  According to hubby I have the wood grain upside down, but I liked the lighter section of the paper showing (there is a dark spot under the shamrock).  : )  Happy St. Patricks Day!  xo Dawn

Tranquil Tulips

“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. “

~Marianne Williamson

Yesterday the UPS man arrived during the snowstorm (now that’s dedication!) and  these tulips came in a hostess set called “Tranquil Tulips”.  I had fun playing with them this morning (while it was snowing again). : )  This card was inspired by the design from last weeks “Case this Sketch.”  I thought I was being clever by masking the bottom of the tulip stems and leaves so I could stamp the sentiment directly on the card (as I had learned over at but when I did, it came out a little bit crooked!  Not to be deterred, I covered it up with a 1″ strip of Whisper White cardstock and restamped the sentiment which is from the Loyal & True Stamp Set. : ) The little 3/4″ wide Dapper Denim rectangles on the sides of the sentiment are cut from a strip of Color Theory DSP Stack.  And speaking of covering up mistakes, the “White Perfect Accents” were added because I got a little smudge of black ink from my thumb on the card.  The large one on the bottom was the perfect size to cover it!  : )

This is another card I made while practicing with the Tranquil Tulips stamp set.  I used the colors from the Fab Friday Stamp Challenge…Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Old Olive and Soft Suede.  Not colors I would choose for a tulip card, but therein lies the challenge!  : )  I combined the tulips with the “Jar of Love” Stamp Set, and so that it wasn’t sitting in space, I masked off the bottom of the jar with a second jar that I had stamped and cut out, and stamping over that, stamped a large watercolored oval with a stamp from the “Perpetual Birthday Calender” stamp set.  One little spot didn’t get inked, so I covered that with two beautiful glitter enamel dots.  I guess todays post is all about what to do when you make mistakes.  LOL!!!  I’ll keep practicing because we’ll definitely be using this set at our next stamping class.   Have a great day!  xo Peace, Dawn

Wishing Peace to FMS328

“Peace begins with a smile.”

~Mother Teresa

Good afternoon stamping friends.  If you’re in the path of this nor’easter, hope you are still smiling!  I’m smiling because I looked for another challenge this morning and found a great sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches at   Linda Callahan from “Stampin’ Seasons” drew the clean and simple sketch, which she said reminds her of a baseball diamond.  Our baseball diamonds here in Maine are also covered in snow Linda, but I was thinking spring when I covered this one with a flower! : )   Here is Linda’s sketch:


For my card, I used the Botanical Builder Framelits and the Christmas Greetings Thinlits.  I should have moved the sentiment over, it didn’t register in my brain that it was supposed to touch the square!  The color inspiration came from this little message that I saw recently on the internet.  I loved the color combo so I took a picture of it to save for a rainy (or snowy) day.  : )

So, we’ve had 20 inches of snow fall since yesterday, and it’s still coming down!  A friend down the road has lost power, but we haven’t yet.  It’s great stamping weather!  Here’s what it looks like in our backyard today.  Stay safe and warm, and happy stamping!  Peace, xo Dawn


“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”


This is my second post today.  It is snowing like crazy and I’m not sure if I’ll have computer service tomorrow.  We lose it alot during weather events, because as the repairman explained to me, our street is the absolute outer limit of their service range.  So, I’ll just post tomorrow’s card today!  The other day I shared a little bit about the Hermitage where I am an Oblate.  We have a new candidate that came all the way from Indonesia this past fall, and just this month we had another candidate arrive from Africa.  I went searching for a card challenge this morning to help design a card for her and found a great sketch challenge at


Wide cards seem to be all the rage right now, and the Berry Burst Ribbon in the Occasions catalog is all the rage with me right now! : )  I used it with the Botanical Builder and Petals & More Framelits and the brightest colors I could find:  Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Lemon Lime Twist.  Trying to think Spring during this Northeaster we’re having!  : )  xo Peace, Dawn


“I wish that for every extra candle on your cake, you receive an extra reason to smile.”


I had quite the fun surprise when I learned that I was the “Featured Artist of the Week” over at the “As You See It” challenge last week!  Thank you to the team for voting for my card.  xoxo

“And our Featured Artist is: Dawn MacKay”

“Dawn’s beautiful card was layer after layer of loveliness! She had everything including colour, texture and gorgeous design elements in her effective entry! The design team loved the whole mix and especially the vertical elements, combining Gorgeous Grunge with Timeless Textures! “

That is just so fun, thanks again “As You See It” team!  : )

This week the challenge at “As You See It” is a Collection Challenge calling for “Bits and Pieces” of all the following elements:

My rainbow is on the cake and candles, which was stamped with “Embellished Events”, the very first stamp set I ever bought. : )  The stamp did alot of gymnastics as I bent back each section to ink it up with ink pads!  The confetti behind the candle flames (which are the stars) is from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.  The letters are made with the Bigz Alphabet Typeset which I haven’t used for years and was glad to have the opportunity to use it again!  Hope you can play along at

Here we go again with another northeaster!  More stamping time, and more outdoor snow time.  This past weekend we took our Boy Scout troop snowshoeing at the Outdoor Center at Sugarloaf Mountain in Western Maine.   It snowed the whole day and we had a fantastic time!  One in our group is a forester and he showed us how to harvest chaga from a birch tree.  We made some tea with it and it was very sweet and mild, not what I had expected.  It’s always an adventure with the Scouts. : )