“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

How To Make A Gift Box

“Love is, above all, the gift of oneself. “

~Jean Anouilh

Yesterday I showed you the “April Showers Bring May Flowers” gift bag I was making.  One of the gifts in the bag was this little box filled with garden seeds. (It fits three packages comfortably).  This is how to make the box:

Solid Color Cardstock: 5 1/4″ x 11″    Designer Series Paper:  1 3/4″ x 4″  and 3″ x 4″

Score the long sides (portrait) a half inch on each side.  Turn the cardstock to a landscape position and score at 2″, 2 1/2″, 7 1/4″ and 7 3/4″. Cut off the two sections down to 2 1/2″ and the two little squares between 7 1/4″ and 7 3/4″ so that it looks like this:

Add the Designer Series Paper and then fold on all score lines and glue the sides and bottom together.  Tuck your gift inside and tie with a ribbon.  SOoo cute!!!  (I had originally made this as a Christmas box with a flap inside for a gift card.  Go to December 2014 on the sidebar and it’s the second post down).   Happy Gift Giving!  Peace, Dawn  xo  P.S.  Like yesterday, this is retired Stampin’ Up! paper.  I’m trying to use up some of my old supplies before the new annual catalog comes out in June! : )

Boho Chic Embossing Folder

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“Don’t ever save anything for a special occasion.  Being alive is the special occasion!”


Good Morning and a special welcome to Cre8te Cards, a new blogging friend that has joined our Stamping Peace Family!

For this card, I wanted to try out the new Boho Chic Embossing Folder.  Now the Marina Mist cardstock definitely makes a statement!  I used the Work of Art stamp set to create this background for the leaf, stamped in Sahara Sand.  I wasn’t satisfied with that blank white area on the right, so I stamped the whiteness away before sending this card off with a charitable donation for a friends cause! (but didn’t get a photo).  I had seen this leaf layout on, his was purple and pink with a watercolor wash background and a different sentiment.  His base was purple, but not embossed.  I am really liking this embossing folder!  It’s hard to see in the photo, but the leaf and the sentiment are both heat embossed in gold.

Freshly Made Sketches #200

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“There is something which gives radiance to everything.  It is the idea of something around the corner.”

~G.K. Chesterton

Freshly Made Sketches is a weekly challenge that is always something to look forward to “around the corner.”  Thanks to all who organize and bring it to us each week!  You may want to play along at…it’s a lot of fun and a great inspiration for our cardmaking.  This week is the 200th sketch, so there also some prizes involved!  The card I made features some of Stampin’ Up’s new Designer Series Paper called “English Garden” and another bow made on my fingers.  See my earlier post for a picture of how to wrap the ribbon…this one uses two fingers for each loop instead of one shown in the photograph.  In case you can’t see what is on the little tag hanging off the bow, it says “Happy 200th!”  The “Happy” is stamped with a stamp from “Teeny Tiny Wishes.”

This is my second post today because I’ll be away tomorrow, off on a sea kayaking trip.  It’s something that is on my husband’s “bucket list!”  Have a great week-end.  Stamping Peace, Dawn



May Baskets

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“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.”

~Luther Burbank

Happy Monday!  Stamping Classes begin this morning and one of our projects is this “May Basket” which may be used for Mother’s Day, a May birthday or just to say “thinking of you!”  They were inspired by a project on Shelli Gardner’s blog,

The Adventure Begins

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“Spring hangs her infant blossoms on the trees. 

Rock’d in the cradle of the western breeze.”

~William Cowper

Good Morning!  This is another card with the new “Adventure Awaits” stamp set.  It’s hard to see, but I used a white gel pen to cover up the glue lines.  The sentiment is heat embossed with white embossing powder.   It is for a forestry student from the University of Maine who has just joined the staff of our son’s landscaping company (on the lawn mowing arm of the company).  I don’t think there are any bloopers on this card, and I was so excited to discover the perfect paper for a forestry student!

P.S.  I just learned something…when you open a post, don’t click on the name of the picture, but on the name of the post. (Ha!  I learn something new every day…)  : )

Birthday Calendar

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“Dwell in possibility.”

~Emily Dickinson

This is the new Perpetual Birthday Calendar kit that debuted in the new Occasions Catalog.  There are all kinds of embellishments included so that we can decorate each page as we want to.  Just one tip…some pages have 31 lines, some 30, 28…we have to make sure we remember how many days are in the month we are working on!  This is a nice and easy project to work on during todays snow day while I recover from the running of the Boy Scout Klondike Derby this week-end in below zero wind chill…brutal!  : )  Hope you had a great week-end!

Particularly Pretty Pine!

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“A friend is someone we turn to when our spirits need a lift, a friend is someone we treasure for our friendship is a gift.  A friend is someone who fills our lives with beauty, joy and grace, and makes the whole world we live in a better and happier place.”

~Jean Kyler McManus

My friend Terry sent this beautiful card and I just love it.  The Woodgrain Embossing Folder “sets the tone” on the Early Espresso brown base and plaid ribbon is the perfect compliment to pine.  I’ll have to ask Terry if she sponged the brown tips onto the pine stamp, or colored them with a marker.  I like how the rounded corners on the right hand side of the card soften the whole image.  It’s just beautiful sitting on my kitchen windowsill…thank you Terry!

Gifts for an Awesome Downline : )

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“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good day to you, my friends!  Today’s project is to show you that the empty stamp cases from Stampin’ Up! make great little gift boxes.  I made these for my downline back in September by adding a piece of designer paper, some ribbon and a homemade tag.  Inside were some rhinestones for a little “grateful for you” gift.  We have so much fun together!

I hope everyone had a great holiday week-end.  We took some Boy Scouts camping and helped get one of the campgrounds in Acadia National Park ready for winter.  It’s an awesome service project that we participate in every year.   A great big thank you to the “Friends of Acadia” non-profit group for organizing it.

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A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way

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“One kind word can warm three winter months.”

It is winter and it’s cold (28 degrees this morning) but it actually felt warm on our morning walk, until we got home and my ears and cheeks started burning in the warm house!  What a storm…there are trees and branches down EVERYWHERE from 14 inches of heavy, wet snow on Sunday.  Our street is still closed with a huge tree and power lines down across the road.  Joseph got back to school today though, we walked down to the main road to catch the bus.   I heard Orrington got power restored this morning…hooray!!!

It’s definitely been good “stamping weather” and one thing I’ve been busy on is these card and gift box sets with the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.  I came across them on “My Little Craft Blog’s” You Tube Station.  The box opens from the top and holds five little chocolate bars.  We’ve got a paper shortage here at the moment, so the card is Very Vanilla and the box is Whisper White.  The ribbon was Daffodil Yellow and I wanted it to be Crushed Curry, so I colored it with a Crushed Curry marker, and no one would ever know the difference!

Have a great day,