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,



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


“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



Freshly Made Sketches #331

“Music!—who loves it not? Who has not felt his soul soothed and softened by its sweet influence?”

~F.B., “Notes of Music,” 1848

Good Morning!  This card was made for this weeks “Freshly Made Sketch.”  I used the “Sheet Music” Background Stamp, the “Flourish Thinlits Dies”, and an old stamp set called “Loving Thoughts” for the Sentiment.  The base for the sentiment was cut with a die from the “Petals & More Thinlits Dies.”  Here is the sketch if you would like to play along at  Have a wonderful day!  Peace, Dawn  xoxo

More Tranquil Tulips

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.”

~Ruth Stout

Good Morning!  And it surely is a good morning…it’s raining, our snow is being washed away, and I can see about two inches of tulip leaves in the garden.  Hooray!!!  I was playing with the Tranquil Tulips stamp set again yesterday…the perfect set for this time of year, and I cased this card from The Paper Pixie.  The only change I made was to add some white enamel dots.  A tip:  the tulip stems are made with the stamp that has three stems on it, not from single stems.  The bases of the tulips are stamped off so that they are lighter.  Ink Colors are Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzaz and Dapper Denim.  The sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  I rarely make a one layer card, but this one is a beauty!  Peace, Dawn xoxo

AYSI Challenge #172 – Serenity

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

~Benjamin Franklin


This card is supposed to look like a book…a little diary.  It’s for a niece that would like to become a writer when she grows up.   I used the colors from a challenge at along with the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper, the Labeler Alphabet Stamp Set, the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch and a Bitty Bow Embellishment.  There is still one more day until the challenge ends if you would like to play along!

Last week I was off the computer for Holy Week but alot was happening while I was gone…I was awarded these badges for a couple of cards I made!  Thank you to the teams for choosing my work and for all their inspiration!  Challenges are alot of fun…hope you can join in.  Have a great day!  Peace, Dawn xoxo


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

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

Transfiguration Hermitage

“Go courageously to do whatever you are called to do.”

~St. Francis De Sales

Good Monday Morning!  Those that know me well know that I am an Oblate at the Transfiguration Hermitage in Windsor, Maine.  I’m also a wife and mother, so I have the best of both worlds!  As an oblate I join the Sisters in daily prayers (the Liturgy of the Hours) but from home, do the work of God in my community, and have an opportunity to meet with the Sisters and an Oblate Group once a month.  The Hermitage is an hour from my home, so I don’t get over every month, but a newsletter comes in the mail every month.  When the newsletter arrived last week, there was a page of photographs, including the robin on this card, taken by a new candidate at the Hermitage, Esther, who recently arrived from Indonesia.  I haven’t been able to meet her yet, so I made her this “welcome to America, welcome to the Hermitage” card with one of her photographs.  The card is a bit “busy”, but I think she will like it.  The little “hi” stamped greeting is from the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set, the ribbon is a Sale-A-Bration item, and the silver branch sprig is made with the Petals & More Thinlits.  The little holes on the top of the tag are made with the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits.  The robins have arrived, so spring must be on the way, even though we are getting a northeaster tomorrow and Wednesday! : )  Peace, xoxo Dawn

Roses In Winter

“Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.”

~Jim Carrey

Now that winter has descended upon us again (we got a foot of snow here in Maine yesterday), it’s lovely to think of flowers!  In particular, this rose that my friend “Miss Pat” watercolored.  I showed a set of cards on Monday that I made with the rose, but here’s a totally different way to showcase it.  Our Stampin’ Up! art supplies coordinate so beautifully with it!  Included here are Island Indigo and Sweet Sugarplum cardstocks, Candy Dots (Subtles) and the beautiful new Very Berry Ribbon from the Occasions catalog.

Yesterday I took a picture of what our backyard looked like during the Northeaster’, this is what it looks like today.  Much better…the sun is out!  : )