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

Birthday Banner and Stamparatus Tips


“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

Happy 23rd Birthday to our precious Joseph!!!  This is a banner I made for his birthday dinner tonight.  The theme of our decor this year is Buffalo Check! : )  I’m going a little crazy with the Buffalo Check Background Stamp but I just love it!  For Joseph’s party, I was able to find matching buffalo check paper goods, so it’s looking pretty festive around here!  He has four of his Scouting buddies coming over, and family, so it will be a fun celebration.  We even found buffalo check tote bags to give to his Scouting buds for their Scout Books and Scout gear.  Too much fun!

As I said yesterday, the stamparatus makes it really easy to make buffalo check banners.  Just a couple of tips:

#1:  If you have a cat, don’t leave the stamparatus open and unattended.  Cats think the rubber mat is a marvelous scratching pad!

#2:  It takes me three inkings to get the dark black that I like on colored cardstock.  Moral of the story:  use the stamparatus to get perfect alignment every time.  (With white cardstock I can get the right coverage in one try.)

For Joseph’s Birthday Card, I used a partial CASE of a Tina Rappe layout.  I was even able to find matching buffalo check wrapping paper.  Three cheers for The Party Store!  The card uses the So Santa stamp set, and I used the long “arrows” from the Warm Hearted Hostess Stamp Set to create a border on the inside of the card.

Have a great weekend!  Peace, xo Dawn


“I wish that for every extra candle on your cake, you receive an extra reason to smile.”


I had quite the fun surprise when I learned that I was the “Featured Artist of the Week” over at the “As You See It” challenge last week!  Thank you to the team for voting for my card.  xoxo

“And our Featured Artist is: Dawn MacKay”

“Dawn’s beautiful card was layer after layer of loveliness! She had everything including colour, texture and gorgeous design elements in her effective entry! The design team loved the whole mix and especially the vertical elements, combining Gorgeous Grunge with Timeless Textures! “

That is just so fun, thanks again “As You See It” team!  : )

This week the challenge at “As You See It” is a Collection Challenge calling for “Bits and Pieces” of all the following elements:

My rainbow is on the cake and candles, which was stamped with “Embellished Events”, the very first stamp set I ever bought. : )  The stamp did alot of gymnastics as I bent back each section to ink it up with ink pads!  The confetti behind the candle flames (which are the stars) is from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.  The letters are made with the Bigz Alphabet Typeset which I haven’t used for years and was glad to have the opportunity to use it again!  Hope you can play along at

Here we go again with another northeaster!  More stamping time, and more outdoor snow time.  This past weekend we took our Boy Scout troop snowshoeing at the Outdoor Center at Sugarloaf Mountain in Western Maine.   It snowed the whole day and we had a fantastic time!  One in our group is a forester and he showed us how to harvest chaga from a birch tree.  We made some tea with it and it was very sweet and mild, not what I had expected.  It’s always an adventure with the Scouts. : )



Gift Bag Topper

“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


Good Saturday Morning!  I’ve shown this card that I cased from Ann Shach (love, love, love it!) and I’ve shown how I package up sets of four cards to give as gifts, but I forgot to give you the bag topper measurements.  In the top photo, the Night of Navy Cardstock measures  6″ x 2 ¾”.  Score the short end at 1 ⅜”.   The Pool Party piece is cut at 5 ¾” x 1 ⅛” and the Whisper White is cut at 5 ½” x ⅞”.  It makes a beautiful gift!

Have a wonderful weekend, xo Dawn

Felt like Spring For A Minute!

“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.”

~Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

It was Spring for a minute when we went to Boston on Wednesday, so when I needed a birthday card yesterday, I searched for some tulips!  : )  I used this week’s “Case This Sketch” layout for inspiration.  There was also a “masking” challenge floating around the internet this week, so on the envelope I masked off the sentiment so there was just the bouquet of tulips.  And on the inside of the card I masked off everything except for just a few tulips. (I forgot to take a picture before we wrote on the card and I missed the daytime lighting for the photos so sorry for the poor photo quality).  It’s fun to use challenges for inspiration!  Have a great day. xo Peace, Dawn

Bubble Over!

“May all our troubles be bubbles.”


Good Morning and I hope everyone had a great week-end.  We had a little birthday luncheon for my brother-in-law yesterday and I was finally able to play with the new “Bubble Over” stamp set to make his card.  I stamped the bottom part of the bottles twice so it would look like there is liquid in the bottles.  The background is made from a very old embossing folder called “Square Lattice.”  I have used this folder over and over and it taught me not to wait to get a new embossing folder because once they are gone from the catalog, they are gone!  The red band is embossed with the “Softly Falling” Embossing Folder.  The little red stars are the new enamel shapes…my first time using them and just love them.  They add texture and pop!  The inside sentiment is from one of last years stamp sets called “Suite Sentiments.”

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!