Archive | May 2018

Peace Begins With Me Pilgrimage


“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.”

~Psalm 84:5

Good Day!  Hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend.  We took our Boy Scout Troop on a “Peace Begins With Me” pilgrimage to all six churches in our parish over the weekend. The three day hike encompassed four towns and covered 26 miles.  At each church, I stamped their homemade “passports” with a different “peace” themed stamp (all Stampin’ Up! stamps) and everyone received a Holy Medal of the church’s namesake Saint to hang on their walking sticks.  It was such a great experience.  We’re already planning next year’s pilgrimage!

We had a different devotion at each church…a “Peace” Prayer Service, the Stations of the Cross, Adoration, Silent Prayer with Organ Music played by one of our Scouts, Examination of Conscience and the Rosary.  Our recurring teaching was:

“If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations.

 If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities.

 If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors.

 If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home.

 If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.”

From Lao_Tse, a chinese philosopher from 6 B.C.

Have a peaceful day,  Dawn (pictured with my brother)





CAS(E) This Sketch #272

“While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary.”

~Matt Bevin

We went out for brunch on Mother’s Day with some of my husbands family.  One of my sister-in-laws totally surprised me with a box of beautiful white chocolate and dark chocolate dipped strawberries.  I wanted to make a strawberry themed thank you card for her, so I used today’s “Case This Sketch” challenge for inspiration.

For this card I used the old “Market Fresh” stamp set for the strawberries.  I masked off part of the stamp and just stamped the fruit and not the sentiment that is above it on the stamp.  The sentiment comes from the “So Many Shells” stamp set.  I used Wink of Stella (a glitter pen) for the very first time on the red strawberries.  It adds a fun touch!  I tried to add a lemon lime twist bow above the red strawberries (which are popped up on dimensionals) but it surprisingly didn’t look good.  All the strawberries I painted with the Stampin’ Up! aquabrush.

Here is the sketch from ….hope you can play along!  Have a peaceful day,  xo Dawn


Weather Together

“There is nothing more vital to the bond you share with someone than simply being there for them.”

~Suman Rai

Hi Stamping Friends!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend!  We were away for our godson’s graduation from St. Joseph’s College and it was alot of fun.  That’s my hubby, Tim, on the left and my oldest son, Jonathan, on the right.

The day after, my college friend, Miss Pat, arrived from California.  Our first stop was Starbucks, and the madness began…too much fun!

She was here for a funeral so we only got one night together, but I loaded all my stamping gear in the trunk, drove south to a quaint little Bed and Breakfast called the Brewster Inn in Freeport (home of L.L. Bean) and we made cards, including the one posted today.  That is the stamp set I chose with my Demonstrator Credit for sales during Sale-A-Bration.  It’s called “Weather Together” and the coordinating dies are called “Umbrella Weather”.  We were talking and laughing so much, I forgot to slant the raindrops on the right.  I used last years catalog photo for inspiration and added the Watercolor Wash Stamp for background texture and added the ribbon on the bottom.

Have a peaceful day,  xoDawn


“Happiness is like potato salad…when shared with others it’s a picnic.”


It was so much fun to play with the “Picnic With You” stamp set and the “Picnic Basket Builder Framelits Dies.”  I created this scene for   Such a great summer card with Marina Mist, Real Red, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzaz, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray.    This is the challenge sketch…hope you can play along at

Have a peaceful day,  xo Dawn

Watercolor Words

“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.”

~Douglas Pagels

Good Morning Stampers!  If you’ve been stamping for awhile, you’ll be familiar with this “Curvy Keepsake” Box (a retired die).  The tag was made with the Watercolor Words Stamp Set, with a little “Gorgeous Grunge.”  There’s a little “welcome to Maine” gift inside for my friend “Miss Pat” who is coming to Maine this weekend.  It’s so much fun to make little surprises with our stamping hobby!

Have a peaceful day,  xoDawn

Just Breathe.

“Just as the outgoing tide returns to the ocean side…so the gift of outgoing friendship comes back to the giver.”

~Kathy Long

This card is a CASE from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog (p. 161), using the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set and the Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies.  It’s fun to think of the relaxing days of summer during the busy gardening days of spring!  I have to start getting all our gardens ready to plant so I might be missing days of blogging here and there, but I’ll be thinking of you!

Have a peaceful and productive day!  xo Dawn

Stamping Class Today!

“There are people whom one loves immediately and forever.  Even to know they are alive in the world with one is quite enough.”

~Nancy Spain

Good Morning Stampers!  Stamping class is this afternoon at 1:00 p.m.  We’ll be making a Mother’s Day Card, an Easel Card and a Tulip Card.  If you’d like to join us, just let me know!

Thank you to Nancy Farrell in New York for this beautiful card.  She made it at the OnStage event in Connecticut last month with products from the new bundles available this month.  I meet such beautiful people through this blog!

Thanks for visiting and have a peaceful day,



You Are Blessing To Me

“Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things.”

~Author Unknown

Good Morning Stamping Friends!  This is a second card I made with yesterdays layout from   You, Stamping Peace visitors, are a blessing to me, and I thank you for your visits and comments! ❤


~Numbers 6: 24-25

Good Morning Stampers!  This card was inspired by the sketch over at    For the first time ever, I got a few “non-Stampin’ Up!” stamps…only because I had a gift card at Hobby Lobby…and this sentiment stamp is one of them.  I needed a card for the leader of an eight week pilot program I just finished at our parish.  The program is called “Endow” and the first guide we studied in the program was centered around Pope John Paul II’s “Letter to Women”.  He extolled the “feminine genius” and the gifts women bring to the world.  It was lovely!  For this card,  I used the Stampin’ Up! Layering Ovals and don’t we love those In-Color Bitty Bows!   Cardstock colors are Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.  Here is the challenge sketch:

Have a peaceful day,  xo Dawn