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


Little Baby Bumblebee

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“Not a single bee has ever sent us an invoice.”

~Pavan Sukhdev, UN Nations Economics and Biodiversity Report

Good Morning and Welcome Back to Stamping Peace!  We have had “computer issues”…the internet connection comes and goes on a daily basis.  This was the first morning this week that it has been “on.”  I’d like to be able to blog from the new cell phone that my dad gave me (I’ve never had one), but I don’t know how to.  Does anyone have that techno saavy under their belt?  I’d appreciate any advice.  Thanks!

Isn’t this a cute stamp!  It comes as a single in the Occasions Catalog.  Special thanks to my neighbor and friend, Whitney, who let me stamp it on a recent visit.  I colored the stripes with Crushed Curry.  The ribbon is Hello Honey, but it matches perfectly.  If you here last week you know that we have a new baby girl in one of our stamping classes!  This card is for her auntie.  : )

Baby, We’ve Grown!

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“Only love can be divided endlessly, and still not diminish.”

~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Yesterday we saw the “grandmother card” celebrating the new baby in our midst, and today we have the card for Mom.  It was made with the Baby, We’ve Grown stamp set, and if you’re familiar with the set, there is only one baby owl on the stamp with the Mom and Dad owls.  I did some masking to add another baby owl. (Masking is when we cover up part of the stamp with masking tape, ink it, and then take off the masking tape before stamping the image.)  The banner was made with the Geometrical stamp set, with Night of Navy and Melon Mambo Inks.  Again, congratulations to mom Lucy and family.  We all send our love and look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!  xoxo

Welcome Baby Abigail!

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“You were created to be completely loved and completely lovable for your whole life.”

~Deepak Chopra

One of our stampers, Lucy, had a baby last week and we can’t wait for her to come to stamping class next month so we can all hold baby Abigail and love her!  This card was made for the grandmother, Lorraine, also a stamper, and is a “color me” card for her and her grandson, who is the adoring big brother.  I’m crossing my fingers that they have received it in the mail by now, before seeing it here on the blog!   It uses the Geometrical Stamp Set for the banner and the sentiment, and the retired Storybook Friends stamp set for the animals.  Cardstock and ink colors are Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo. (Special thanks to Mimi Colwell for the sweet design, minus the stars on the bottom.  She made it in red, white and blue for a “Star Card” Challenge we had back in July.) The inside sentiment comes from the Simply Celebrate (“Enjoy”), Something to Say (“the”) and Baby, We’ve Grown (“Sweet Baby”) stamp sets.

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 St. Patricks Day 012The envelope was decorated with the Simply Stars and Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Stamp Sets.  Sending Congratulations and Blessings to the family!  xoxo

Something for Baby

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“The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.”

~Margaret Carty

Good Morning!  This is one of the cards that we made at our Team Meeting this past Saturday.  It’s a Mary Fish design…isn’t it cute!  The inside says “for your cute little someone.”  I was trying to showcase two new stamp sets…”Something for Baby” (thanks for the loan, Mimi!)  : )  and “Something to Say” and two new papers…”Lullaby” Designer Series Paper and “Hello Honey” Cardstock.  Also the new ribbon, here in “Hello Honey” and the Hello Honey ink for the sentiment.   The base paper is Coastal Cabana, as is the ink for the baby carriage.  I “fussy cut” the carriage, but there are dies to do this job for us.  (They were sitting in a box that my friend Mimi brought over, but I somehow overlooked them.)   It’s always nice to have a baby card on hand, just in case!  : )  Have a great day, Dawn

P.S.  I wish I had my camera with me yesterday when I was walking the dog…we were on a quiet back road and four baby groundhogs came out of some tall grass and trees to investigate us.  A trash truck turned onto the road and the mother came out making a high pitched noise and all the babies scurried under a car that was parked in a driveway.  They were the cutest little guys!