Archive | April 2018


“When [we] hear false identities whispered in [our] ear, replace them with [our] real identity:  LOVED.”

~Chris Stefanick

Good Morning Stampers!  Hope you had a great weekend.  We had an indoor camp-out with the Boy Scouts and it was a blast!  Todays card was made for Chris Stefanick, an internationally acclaimed author and speaker who spoke to a sold-out audience in Bangor, Maine last Thursday night.  Whatever your faith, he has a one minute video that’s worth watching on   It’s all about loving ourselves and it’s pretty powerful!  Anyway, we took our Boy Scout Troop to see him, so this is the card we are going to send him.  The layout is from this weeks Global Design Project at, along with inspiration from GDP Designer Brian Kings take on the layout.


I used the Painted with Love Designer Series Paper, an old Heart Embosslit, and an old Stampin’ Up! stamp set called “One Big Meaning.”  Thanks for the inspiration Global Design Project and Brian King!   Have a peaceful day,  xo Dawn

An Epic Run

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

~Steve Prefontaine

Good Morning Stampers!  My son Joseph and I made this card the day of the Boston Marathon last week.  We were tracking a fellow parishioner, Tracy Guerrette, who was chosen to run with the first group of elite women runners.  She gave it her all, despite the rainstorm and 30 mph headwinds that day.  She finished 25th out of thousands and thousands of runners!!!  Yay, Tracey!!!  For the card, we used the beautiful Painted with Love DSP and the Sale-A-Bration “Epic Celebrations” stamp set.  Three cheers for our local champion!!!

Have a peaceful day, xo Dawn

Little Notes

“Do small things with great love.”

~Mother Teresa

Hi Stamping Friends!  Have you had a chance to try out the sweet little “Whisper White Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes?”  I was able to play with them yesterday and they are such a sweet little size!  This small shell is from the “So Many Shells” stamp set.  The “For You” sentiment is from that set as well, and the “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set.  I tried to double stamp the sentiments with the retiring Marina Mist and the in-color, Berry Burst, but I think I need new glasses!  : )   The squares are cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies and are up on dimensionals.

Have a peaceful day!  xo Dawn

Freshly Made Sketches #333

“Visitor’s footfalls are like medicine, they heal the sick.”

~African Proverb

I used the sketch over at for this Thinking of You card.  It’s for a close friend who is going to have a biopsy done next week.  I used an old Stampin’ Up stamp set called Regarding Dahlias that  I also used for the very first card on this blog back in 2013! The sentiments are from the So Many Shells stamp set.  Both the dahlia and the pink pirouette circle are cut out with the Layering Circles Framelits Dies.

I wanted to use pink because that is a healing color.  I always head to Pink Pirouette but  I think Powder Pink (the color of the little bow) will be my new go-to pink for Get Well Cards since Pink Pirouette will be retiring!  The dahlia was inked with Basic Grey and sponged with So Saffron, with Pink Pirouette in the center.  The sentiments were stamped with Basic Grey.

The sentiment on the back of the card was a Hobby Lobby sale item I picked up a few months ago.

Thank you for your congratulations here on the blog yesterday and on my Facebook page for our son Jonathan’s second place win at the Bangor (Maine) Garden Show this past week-end.   Our whole family appreciates your kindness!  This photo is part of the booth that he had across from his display.  Have a peaceful day everyone!  xoxo Dawn

Courage for CAS(E) This Sketch #268

“Healing takes courage and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.”

~Tori Ames

This card will be sending a little courage to my brother’s fiance.  She battled uterine cancer and got the “all clear”, but now the doctors think it may have gone into her back.  Waiting for tests!  For this card I used the Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set, the Support Ribbon Framelits Dies and the Layering Squares Framelits Dies.  The lacy white paper is a gift I received from my dear on-line friend, Nancy Farrell.  She attending OnStage and sent me a whole package of goodies from the event.  Thank you so much Nancy!!!  For the design layout I used the sketch over at

I hope everyone had a great week-end.  We were having fun at the Bangor (Maine) Garden Show.  Our son, Jonathan, and his Summersweet Landscaping/Hardscaping/Maintenance/Lawn Care crews won second place!  It’s so much work but there’s no feeling like walking into spring after a long Maine winter!  Have a peaceful day, Dawn xoxo



“There is magic in long-distance friendships.  They let you relate to other human beings in a way that goes beyong being physically together and is often more profound.”

~Diana Cortes

I love our hobby!  We can shower our friends with the simplest gifts, but dress them up to make them into a very special gift.  This was a tag topper I made for Beth Mills, my amazing downline over in Downeast Maine.  She holds stamping classes at a school near Dennysville, so if you’re over that way you don’t want to miss them!  The flowers and leaves were made with the Botanical Builder Framelits (the crumb cake branches are made with the Petals & More Framelits…you may have to click on the picture to see them) and the “friend” sentiment was made with the Lovely Words Thinlits.

Have a great day…we’re off to finish our display at the Bangor Garden Show!  Here’s a picture from yesterday…the plants go in today.  : )   Peace, Dawn xoxo

Candy Bag Topper

“The paradox of gifts:  I know what I have given you.  I do not know what you have received.”

~Dr. Sun Wolf

Good Morning Stampers!  Need a great little gift idea?  I needed a couple this past week-end so got these great Maine-made chocolates (from the Nature’s Place aisle at Hannaford) and made a bag topper with a home-made gift bag to put them in.  I used Cool Treats stamp set for the sentiment and Flourish Thinlits Dies for the leaf and berries.  The chocolates (made down on the coast in Rockland) come in different flavors, so the colors can be changed up:

Such a fun little gift to make and give!  Maybe your state/country has some locally made food item that you can do the same with?  The possibilities are endless!  : )

Speaking of gifts, I was given a surprise gift, two times over this week.  I have been entering stamping challenges for the inspiration they provide, and this week an Earth Day card that I made and sent to the Festive Friday challenge was chosen as a “fave”.  Thank you to the team for that, but most importantly, for the inspiration you provide!

FF#001 Festive Friday Faves

For the very first time, I sent the same card to two different challenges, and it was also chosen as a special mention by the Global Design Project.  GDP was the very first challenge I started entering…I love the fact that it is global, an effort of worldwide peace, in my thinking!  So thank you to the Global Design team and again, more importantly, thank you for all the inspiration you’ve provided the past few years.  It’s appreciated very much!


(I know there is a way to put these badges on the sidebar of blogs, but I don’t know how to do it!)

Last but not least, a shout out to Mary in Ohio who wrote me the kindest email (I printed it out and put it on my fridge!), thanking me for some blog posts.   You made my day Mary, and I thank you very much! ❤  Have a great day everyone, I’m off to help my oldest son, Jonathan, set up for the annual garden show.  Peace, Dawn xo


“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”

~Mother Teresa

Last weekend at Mass, our priest addressed the Opiate Addiction Crisis we have here in Maine (and in the world).  He said “we aren’t going to arrest our way out of this problem, we aren’t going to treat our way out of this problem, we have to love our way out of this problem.”  He has put together an interfaith healing service for all those affected by the opiate crisis, including victims, families, the medical community, the law enforcement community (he got to meet the Duck of Justice at the Bangor Police Department!)  : )  and all that would like to help make a difference.  This will take place on April 25th, 2018, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor, Maine.  There will be speakers, music, educational literature and refreshments.  If you are local, you may want to support Fr. Anthony’s efforts by attending.  I was trying to think of what I could do to help us “love our way out of this problem” and decided to make some cards to give to Fr. Anthony to use as he sees fits in his ministry to the crisis.  It’s a very small thing, but hopefully it will help in the effort to “love our way out of this problem.”  I started with this design lay-out from and will give that card to Fr. Anthony.  Then I made some simpler ones without the background label from the Deco Labels Framelits that he can use however he sees fit in his ministry for the Opiate Addiction Crisis.

I looked it up on-line, and internationally, silver is the awareness color for overdose and its effects.  Purple is the awareness color for opiate addiction.  So those are the colors I used when designing this card.  The hearts are cut out with the Sunshine Thinlit Dies, the flowers are from the Jars of Love Stamp Set and the sentiment is from the Petal Palette Stamp Set.  The background is made with the Burlap Background Stamp.  I love that stamp, it adds instant texture!  You may have to click on the picture to see it.  Joseph wrote out the bag topper for a set of four cards, with stamped envelopes.  We’d like to add something else to the gift bag…any ideas?  Are you using some of your cards to support an effort?  I’d love to hear about it so our family can pray for your efforts.

Thanks for stopping by, have a beautiful day!  Peace, Dawn




“A boy carries out suggestions more wholeheartedly when he understands their aim.”

~Robert Baden-Powell (founder of Boy Scouts)


Good Morning Stampers!  I hope you had a great week-end!  I spent Saturday and Sunday mornings selling Camp Cards (Discount Cards to area businesses ) with the Boy Scouts outside of Sam’s Club.  For every card they sell, they get half the money ($2.50) towards their registration to Boy Scout Camp this summer.  The boys all did very well, so last night I made this card for them to send to Sam’s Club to thank them for letting us sell outside the store.  It was freezing cold (high 20’s ) but we are appreciative of the opportunity (and thankful of everyone who purchased one)! ❤  I used the sketch from to design the card.  I used the Burlap Background Stamp, the old Great Outdoors stamp set for the tent, the Waterfront stamp set for the ground and the sentiment came out of an old Paper Pumpkin kit.  Thanks for the inspiration Fab Friday!   Peace, Dawn xo

CAS(E) This Sketch #267

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Amy Koenders design this week over at looked so simple, but it took me a few tries to get something I liked.  The sentiment is from the old stamp set “Enjoy the Little Things” and is heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I know that “all that glitters is not gold”, but even though the photo doesn’t show it, the gold does glitter on this card!  : )   Have a great week-end! Peace, Dawn xo