Archive | March 2019

Hold On To Hope

“I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word.”

~the Blessed Mother


Happy Feast of the Annunciation…only 9 months until Christmas! : )  This card was made with the Hold On To Hope stamp set from the Annual Catalog.  I’ve been wanting this set for a very long time, and got it just in time for the arrival of a friends baby.  (I got a call at 3:00 a.m. a few weeks ago to babysit while she went to have her second daughter…it was so exciting!)  Welcome to the family, little one! xoxo

This is the floor we sealed over the weekend with five of our Boy Scouts, among other service projects at the Transfiguration Hermitage here in Maine.  Hope you had a great weekend! xo Dawn


Florentine Filigree

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.”

~Psalm 143:8

It’s a crazy good Lent going on at our house this year.  If Lent is part of your life, I hope it’s bringing the changes you want to see!  So, this was my first try with the new Florentine Filigree set and I love the soft  “old-fashioned” look.  I changed the sentiment, replacing “you” with “God”…the card is for the Sisters at the hermitage where I am an Oblate.  We’re taking some of the Scouts to the hermitage this weekend to do some service work.  Can’t wait, it’s such a beautiful and peaceful spot. (100 acres of land).  Have a great weekend!

Peace, Dawn

P.S.  As of this post, I only have 2% space allowed left on this free blog.  Not sure what to do next…I’m not good with technology!  Any ideas?


Feast Card for As You See It Challenge #196

“We are born to love, we live to love, and we will die to love still more.”

~St. Joseph

Happy Feast of St. Joseph! This is my second post today.  I wanted to make a card to celebrate today’s solemnity. (A Solemnity is a “high feast” in the Church).  A symbol for St. Joseph is a staff growing lilies out the top, so I wanted to try to reproduce that.  I think we came close?  This is the inside of the card:

I used the color challenge from this week’s As You See It Challenge at for this card.  Last week I was chosen as their Featured Artist with a Lent card I had made…that was a fun surprise! Thank you, As You See It!  This is the current challenge, which lasts for two weeks:

If you have time to play with it, have fun!



Flowering Desert

“What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.”

~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I love the new Flowering Desert stamp set!  For me, it’s perfect for this season of Lent, where I go “into the desert” for 40 days.  Last night my women’s study group started back up for another 8 weeks and I made this recipe card to go with the refreshments.  I found the layout over at Song of my Heart Stampers, since I wasn’t too sure what to do with all the little pieces.  For the desert floor I used the old Work of Art stamp set.

I was so happy to see our group back together after a long winter break and I wanted to give them a little Lenten gift.  They each received a book, with homemade wrapping paper.  I masked the cross and then stamped the Gorgeous Grunge paint platters.

These were the little 3″ x 3″ cards I made to go with the gift.  The Flowering Desert stamp set is really getting a workout here in snowy Maine! : )

Peace and Happy Stamping,



A Fun Fold for Fable Friends

“Let us love the world to peace.”

~Eileen Elias Freeman

Hi, and Peace, Stamping Friends!  For those that practice the exercise of Lent, I hope it is going well!  So far so good here at the MacKay home, but after a week into it, there are some things we are definitely missing!  We are looking forward to Sunday, a “mini-Easter”, when we will allow ourselves the day off!  And speaking of Easter, I made some of these cute Easter cards this morning with the new “Fable Friends” stamp set and the Stitched Labels Framelits.  As for the “fun fold”, one of our stamping friends brought this fold to me at our last stamping class and I tried to recreate it.  Start with a 12″ x 4″ piece of cardstock.  Score at 2′, 4′, 8″ and 10″.  Then using the diagonal score plate, score and “x” from 2″ to 6″ and from 6″ to 8″.  Fold in the “x”‘s so that everything is under the diamond in the middle.  It sounds complicated but it really is very easy once you do it.  I practiced with computer paper first.  The yellow square in the middle is 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4”.

Yesterday my 88 year old neighbor came over and asked it I would make her a card for her grand-niece, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.  I looked up the color for that particular cancer, and it is dark blue.  I used “Blueberry Bushel” cardstock and the Ribbon of Courage stamp set and very quickly made up this card.  I had seen one similar to this on Brian King’s website awhile ago.  I didn’t have time to look it up, but I’m sure it had more layers than this! : )

While I had everything out, I decided to make a purple version for friend Becky, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at Christmas.  Thank you for your prayers for her!  On Monday she had a CT scan and the spots on her liver are gone, the spot on her peritoneum is gone and the mass on her pancreas has shrunk.  She asked that we keep praying!

This is a card that I cased from on the internet.  On the inside it says “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” and I wrote “May the luck of the Irish and the blessings of God be with you always!” in order to turn the “Good Luck” sentiment into a St. Patrick’s Day card.  : )  I used the “Amazing Life” stamp set and a die from the Wonderful Floral Romance Framelits Dies.

This picture is from last Saturday when we took Joseph (far left) and some of the Scouts snowshoeing at Sugarloaf Mountain.  We’re trying to enjoy all the snow before it leaves us. : )

Here’s view of Sugarloaf Mountain, a huge ski destination here in Maine, before we snowshoed into the woods.  It was a gorgeous day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday!

Peace, Dawn



Lenten Card for As You See It Challenge #195


“Lent is a time for greater love.”

~Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Lent begins in just two days, on Ash Wednesday.  We’ve been planning the things we are going to give up as we go “into the desert” for 40 days, as well as things we are going to do.  I found a great planning sheet to help plan one cleaning project a day so that the whole house is clean for Easter.  If you need it, I can email it to you!

This card was designed with a sketch from the “As You See It” Challenge at  I was shooting for a clean and simple card, but ended up using alot of different sets…the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies, the Large Letters Framelits Dies, the old Crosses of Hope Stamp Set, the Labeler Alphabet Stamp Set, the Burlap Background Stamp and the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set.  This is the inside of the card:

And here is the sketch I used to design the card:


Yesterday my Scout Troop burned last year’s palms from the families of the six churches in our parish.  The ashes from the palms will be used on Ash Wednesday at the same six churches.  Here’s a few of the Scouts…

Hope you have a fruitful Lent, if it is part of your faith tradition.

Peace from snowy Maine!


Happy 6th Stampin’ Up! Birthday!

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.”

~Helen Keller


My 6th Birthday with Stampin’ Up! is this month, and what better gift than three new team members!!!  A warm welcome to Nancy, Marti and Gloria! ❤   And welcome to all who have joined our blog family this past month!

We made this simple and sweet card yesterday at card class.  We were trying out the new Rectangle Stitched Dies…how did we craft without them!!! The stamp set is the new Amazing Life set from the new Occasions Catalog.  Such a versatile set! (Concentrate on the cute cake and we won’t see the gray shadow on the card…TOO much sunshine in the room when I took the photo.)  : )

Hope you have a great weekend with some stamping fun!

xo Dawn