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