Happy 30th Birthday Jonathan!

“The first fact about the celebration of birthdays is that it is a good way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, that it is a good thing to be alive.”

G.K. Chesterton

Yesterday was our oldest son, Jonathan’s, 30th birthday. (I can’t believe we are old enough to have a thirty year old!)  Jonathan owns a landscaping business that does snow removal in the winter, so I wanted a snow theme for his birthday card.  These snowflakes were cut out with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  There is something for every season in this set, I just love it!  And here we are, getting ready for a big snowstorm tomorrow!  : )

The “30” was cut with the “Large Numbers Framelits Dies”, and a wonderful thirty years it has been.  Thank you Jonathan!

Peace, Dawn


Let’s Par-Tea!!!

“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.”

~Chaim Potok


Peace be with you my friends!  I’ve had alot of fun playing with the new Stampin’ Up! Winter Wonder Embossing Folder during the three week deep-freeze we had here in Maine. : )  This is a card I made with it using the Merry Cafe Stamp Set.  The “steam” coming from the cup was made with the new “Swirly Snowflakes” Thinlits Dies.  We won’t be making this one at class tomorrow, but we’ll take a look at it and some others for a little inspiration when looking at new products. : )  The cardstock colors are Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride and Whisper White.



Happy Birthday Mimi!


“Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.”


It’s my good friend Mimi’s birthday today and I hope all the happiness she brings to others comes back to her today.  She teaches me so much, including this cute reindeer made with an EOS lip gloss as his nose!  She made me one for Christmas and I turned around and made 20 of them for all my nieces and sisters-in-law.  If you number your Circles dies from the smallest first, the reindeer is made with #1 for the eyes, #3 for the hole in the middle of the nose, and #5 for the head and nose.  The antlers are made with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.   Thank you for all that you do Mimi!!!


Note:  The bag is a clear envelope and I made the “bag” topper with the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set.  The EOS lip balm is the Summer Star Fruit Flavor and I used Watermelon Wonder Ink to match.  I also made some with Rasberry Lip Balm and Melon Mango Ink to match.

Back to Mimi’s birthday card, it’s a Mary Fish design made with the Birthday Blast Stamp Set in the new Occasions catalog.  It’s hard to see, but the blue strip on the bottom is heat embossed in gold with the words “Celebrate You”.  There is a coordinating Die called “Star Blast Edgelits” that I used with the Birthday Blast Stamp Set to decorate her package.  Fun!   Have a Happy Saturday and Happy Birthday Mimi!  Cheers, Dawn.


Retro Birthday Card

“This world belongs to the enthusiastic.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

One thing I’m enthusiastic about is challenges.  I rarely get over to the weekly retro sketch challenges at, but I just love them!  This is my 5″ square card based on this sketch, using the new “Warmth & Cheer” DSP Stack.  Plaids are my all-time favorite papers so I know I’m going to have lots of fun with this paper stack!


Celebrating for #GDP048

“Every day is a good day.  There is something to learn, care and celebrate.”

~A. Ray

Good day, stampers!  Hope you are having a fabulous summer.  Busy here…made this card on Monday and just getting on the computer to post it!  The challenge this week over at is a “case the designer.”  I went looking for balloons and came up with these.  It’s so funny where challenges lead us, I had never used this stamp before, but for some reason it just popped out at me.  I love how challenges inspire and stretch us.


The balloon image is from the 2013 Ronald McDonald “Tag It” stamp set, the background dots are from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set and the happy birthday sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  Cardstock and ink colors are Blackberry Bliss and Garden Green.  Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer, Dawn.

Seascape for #GDP046


“Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me:  If we choose the simple things and find joy in natures simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard.”


This beautiful beach is Sand Beach in Acadia National Park here in Maine.  We visited it recently with our out-of-town guests.  Hope you are having a wonderful summer!

The challenge this week over at is a design challenge:

And this is my card:

#GDP046 002



Nothing is dearer to an old father than a daughter.” – Euripedes

My dad, who is a champion candlepin bowler, turns 80 this week.  I made this card for him and used the party theme from this week’s Global Design Project for inspiration.  (  Our computer is on the blink again (we keep losing internet connection), so it will be a miracle if I can get this post shared via my phone!
I made the candlepin bowling pins and bowling ball with the Work of Art stamp set.  The words come from the Number of Years stamp set and the “80” is cut with the Large Numbers Framelits.  The card bases are cut with the Circles Framelits.  I wanted a round base to compliment the round bowling ball!  Happy Birthday Dad!  Love, Dawn