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In The Woods

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep.  But I have promises to keep.  And miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.”

~Robert Frost

This is exactly what my backyard looked like this morning…snowing with a light dusting of snow on the trees.  This tree was made with the “In the Woods” Framelits Dies.  I saw a video on You Tube that suggested putting sequins under the “flaps” of the tree to keep them open.  I haven’t tested it out by mailing the card yet, but it sounds like a good tip!

I may need to take a break from the computer for awhile in order to prepare for Christmas, it’s getting overly busy here, so enjoy the Advent anticipation until we are together again!  Peace, Dawn xo

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Starbucks Cards

“Coffee is a hug in a mug.”

~Author Unknown

Did we have a great Thanksgiving weekend?  One of our highlights on Thanksgiving Day was that we were able to drive down to the Gardiner Rest Stop where our middle son works as an Assistant Manager of Food and Beverages, and have a quick visit with him on his coffee break.  Even though he had to work on Thanksgiving, we were so happy to get to see him!

Most of his work involves the Starbucks part of the rest stop, so that inspired me to go home and make some “Starbucks” cards for him!  I used the “Merry Cafe” stamp set, Coffee Cups Framelits Dies and Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper (DSP).

Before I sign off, I’d like to welcome Kynlee to our Stamping Peace family!  Happy Stamping Kynlee, and all!  xo Dawn

Cards from friends!

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“What can I give him, poor as I am?  If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;

If I were a wise man, I would do my part; Yet what I can I give him:  give my heart.”

~Christina Rossetti

Happy Feast of the Epiphany again!  We celebrated it Friday but we celebrate it in our churches this weekend.  Today I’d like to showcase some of the beautiful cards I received over the Christmas season.  The dove was made by Nancy Farrell, a dear friend I have made through this blog.  This is the kind of person Nancy is…when I mentioned my friend Barbara who is fighting cancer, Nancy crocheted her a prayer shawl and sent it to her, despite the fact that she has never met Barbara, or me, in person!  Thank you for the clean and simple card Nancy, so appropriate for “Stamping Peace!”  On a side note, Barbara just found out this past week that her cancer has spread and would like the prayers to keep coming.  We have a prayer chain for her, if you’d like to be on the three month rotating schedule, just let me know, or if you’d just like to offer some prayers for her, it would be appreciated.  Barbara has lived down south for the past two years, but lived here in Maine for thirteen years.

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Here is another sweet “clean and simple” card, made by friend and Stamping Peacer Michele.  Michele does not have the use of her left arm or hand so does all her stamping one-handed.  She is one amazing young woman!  Thank you for the cute card Michele, and thank you for the video from your mom, capturing your reaction to your new Big Shot that you got for Christmas!!!

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This beauty (I love plaid anything) was made by my friend, neighbor and Stamping Peacer (and Michele’s best friend!), Whitney.  Whitney is an avid stamper and makes beautiful cards for all her family, extended family and friends.  She is another amazing young woman!  Thank you for the gorgeous card Whitney and thank you for sharing so many of your wonderful creations with me.

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This pretty card was made by friend and side line, Beth Mills.  Beth holds amazing stamping events over in the Downeast area of Maine (I’m in central Maine).  I will post the dates here on the blog when she hosts an event in case anyone wants to travel over to Dennysville for a fun-filled day of stamping!  Thank you for the beautiful card Beth, and for sharing your great talents.

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This showstopper was made by my friend and sideline, Mimi, who you may have seen, had a birthday yesterday.  Mimi is incredibly talented and inspires me in so many ways.  Thank you for this beautiful card Mimi!  Hope you had a nice birthday!

Thanks for visiting some of us “Stamping Peace” stampers today, have a wonderful day!

Cheers, Dawn

Joyful Nativity

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“Today is the Three Kings Day,

a day to give away the treasures of heart to the ones we love.”

 Today ends the 12 days of Christmas, I hope your season has had some moments of joy.  : )

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I learned how to make this card with the Joyful Nativity stamp set on a video made by stamper Jennifer Spiller.  Very striking!

Happy Feast of the Epiphany,

Dawn

Pretty Pines

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“Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers.”

~Kahlil Gibran

We only have one pine in our backyard, but it’s still pretty!  What is also pretty is the Christmas Pines and Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies…here are some of the projects I made with them this season:

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I had seen a project similar to this on-line, but it was a long, thin unembossed card that looked like it would make a great money-holding card.   I love the little copper mini pinecones!  They add quite a “bump”…I hand-delivered these cards. : )

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I love the “chalkboard” look of this card.  I have since watched a Stampin’ Up! video that shows how to get an even more “chalky” look.  One technique is to gently drag a sponge with white craft ink across the black cardstock before stamping, and the other technique is to rub it with the embossing buddy to leave the white “dust”.

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I made this clean and simple card at one of Beth Mills events over in Dennysville.  I love the matching envelope!

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I made alot of these belly bands to decorate packages with, but I didn’t get any photos of them with the gifts.

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I made this card over at Beths as well.  I love the new Cable Knit Embossing Folder!  It adds such a feeling of warmth.  Tip:  Spritz your cardstock with water before running it through the Big Shot.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects today.  This was my favorite set from the Holiday Catalog.  I know it will continue to get lots of use, living here in “the Pine Tree State.” : )   Have a great day, Dawn.  P.S.  This stamp set and thinlits may still be ordered, but not as a bundle.  The thinlits are earmarked as “low inventory”.

 

Happy 2017!!!

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“And now let us welcome the new year full of things that have never been.”

~Alfred Lord Tennyson

Happy New Year, Stamping Friends!  I’ve been off the computer for over a month, busy as a bee preparing for the Christmas season.  We’re still celebrating until Epiphany on Jan. 6th, but I’m trying to get caught up a little bit.  I have missed you!  This New Year card was made from the inspiration of the Artisan 2016 blog.  I came across the artisans through “the pink rooster” blog, lots of talent there for inspiration!  This uses the “It’s A Celebration” set from the Stamping Up! Holiday Occasions catalog (that is being replaced today by the new Occasions catalog for winter/spring.)  Stamping Peacers, I have your new catalogs ready for you for our next class which will be held on Jan. 17th!

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I hope everyone has had a beautiful holiday season.  Our three boys went out by themselves this year to cut our tree, and then went out to lunch together.  First time without mom and dad and I think they did a tremendous job!  We have a tradition in our home…one year the “men” get to cut a tree at Piper Mountain Tree Farm, and the next year I can cut a hemlock tree in the wild.  (They aren’t fond of my “Charlie Brown” trees!) : )

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This was a birthday gift for our nephew…I put his birthday card directly on a belly band to decorate the package!

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These were our projects for our December stamping class.  A “Santa’s sack” candy holder, made with the envelope punch board (I learned this project from Beth Mills, who teaches classes in the Downeast Maine area), gift card holders (also learned this one from Beth), and a Christmas card.

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This is an old project that I keep going back to.  I think these snowmen are SOooo cute! : )

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I saw a video of this project on the internet, it is made with the easy “diaper fold”.  They are quick and fun to make!

Again, Happy New Year!  Hope you have a fun year stamping and spreading some love and cheer to the world.  As Mother Teresa used to say “every act of love is an act of peace, no matter how small.”  “See” you soon!   Love, Dawn.

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Retro Sketch #208

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy.  They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

~Marcel Proust

I’m grateful for all the different design teams that offer such great stamping challenges.  I usually only have time to play the Global Design Project, but this week I’ve had extra stamping time.   This is the second time I’ve tried out a sketch over at http://retrosketches.blogspot.com/ and they are fun…WAY outside my box, but I love all the bits and pieces!

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The plaid and the green Designer Series Paper (DSP) are both from the Adventure Bound paper stack.  The pine bough is from the Ornamental Pine stamp set and is stamped in Mossy Meadow ink.  I wiped the ink off the bottom twig and colored it with an Early Espresso marker.  The “Thank U” is stamped in Cherry Cobbler Ink and is from the A Round Array stamp set.  This will make a great thank you card at Christmas!

Happy Wednesday!  Dawn