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.


Happy 2017!!!


“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!


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!) : )


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


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.


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


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.


A Christmas Surprise

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“All that we behold is full of blessings.”

~William Wordsworth

I had the surprise of my life this month.  I found out that my nocturnal seizures of the past 40 years, that I have been medicated for, are caused by a food allergy to pumpkin, squash, cucumbers and melon (the cucurbit plant family).  At first we thought it was a theobromine problem (I drink a lot of tea), but thankfully, it wasn’t that.  It is very strange to go from a “sick” person with epilepsy to a very healthy person overnight, but I am thanking God that the mystery is solved.  All the symptoms make sense now, but I had never heard that food allergies can cause seizures until this past October when I started researching epilepsy.  It only took me 40 years, but better late than never!  I started keeping a food log, had a reaction, saw an allergist, and the rest is history.  It’s the best Christmas present I could have ever received!  I have so much to be thankful for, including great friends who made these beautiful cards for me this Christmas season…fun sled and skis from Terry, super-cute tree and matching wooden tree from Patti, little green elf card from Whitney, very merry tree from Nancy, clever tree drawn by Joseph and beautiful ornament card from Mimi.  I know the time and the love that goes into making home-made cards and I appreciate every single one of them, thank you my stamping friends.  Merry Christmas!

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Homemade Christmas Star

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“The biggest, happiest birthday party in the whole world!”

~Internet graphic

Hi Stamping Friends, I hope you are having a memorable Christmas season.  It’s the little things, isn’t it?  Like this card that came for Joseph from our very own “New York Nancy.”  Nancy has been following our Stamping Peace blog almost from the beginning and although we have never met in person, I know that when we do, it will be like we’ve always known each other.  Stampers are like that!  We love the card Nancy, thank you so much!

Another little thing this Christmas is this Christmas Star that I made for  Jonathan’s tree.  I saw it in the holiday catalog and knew it would be the perfect gift for our landscaper son!  We have a very large red-twigged dogwood in the front of the house and I used some of it’s branches for the star.  Now Jonathan will always have a piece of that dogwood, even after it is gone!  : ) That’s his tree on the left (from Piper Mountain) and our tree on the right (you may have seen it on an earlier post when we went out in the woods to cut it)!  Hope you’re having a great snow day today with the storm swirling outside.  : )

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Hot Chocolate Holder

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“Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off.  It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time.”

~Henri Frederic Amiel

This is a Hot Chocolate Holder that is made with the Envelope Punch Board.  Start with a piece of Designer Series Paper cut at 6 3/4″ square and punch and score at 3″.  The version that I saw had the top flap cut off so that the hot chocolate packet is visible, but mine is going through the mail so I like it all tucked away.  The belly band is Mossy Meadow  cardstock (I tried Pool Party but the green makes a bolder impact!) and is embossed with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  The “jolly” is made with the new Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies and it is a “double jolly” (two glued together) to give it a little bit of height.

Happy Hanukkah

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“The darkness of the whole world cannot swallow the glowing of a candle.”

~Robert Altinger

These are the cards I made for our Jewish friends.  Both families have one Christian spouse (“merry”) and one Jewish spouse (&bright).  The blue color theme is for Hanukkah and it’s my version of a Leena Gersa card.  I just love my new Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set.  It’s so versatile!

The fry boxes each hold a homemade candle that I made over the weekend. (I get my bees wax through Brushy Mountain Bee Farm if you are so inclined to make candles.  It’s fun and it’s easy. I make votives, tea lights and 4 oz. tin cans with clear covers).  I’m just waiting on my back-ordered wooden Snowflake Elements to decorate the front of the fry boxes.  (I called Stampin’ Up! yesterday and the embellishments have arrived in the warehouse, they are now being sorted for delivery.)   May the lights of Hanukkah and Christmas burn bright! (The photo below is our oldest son’s house, four doors down from us…he decorated all by himself…his little gift to the neighborhood!)   : )

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Crumb Cake, Real Red and Old Olive


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“Chill December brings the sleet, blazing fire and Christmas treat.”

~Mother Goose

When I sat down for the weekly Global Design Project, which is a color challenge this week, I had decided to make a Hot Chocolate Holder.  I was excited to finally get out the Chevron Punch, which has been sitting on the shelf for over a year, and some Old Olive Washi Tape which had also been previously unopened.  Things started to fall apart, however, when I needed some Old Olive Bakers Twine for the button, and discovered I was out.  Not to be deterred, I unraveled some strands from the Two-Tone Trim.  The very last thing I did was stamp the sentiment and it came out crooked!  So, I tried again.

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I only had one piece of red ribbon (left over from a kit), so I tried this brown piece that came from I don’t know where.  I thought it was too over-powering, so I decided to scrap the whole Hot Chocolate project and move onto making tags for my customers Sale Week Orders.  This was so simple, but finally, something I liked!  Do you ever have those days???  I hope you have some time to play with the GDP#13 challenge over at

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My very favorite Christmas Project

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Turkeys 005“…the French plums blushed in modest tartness from their highly decorated boxes.”

~Charles Dickens

Well, plums will not fit into THESE highly decorated little boxes, but a Ritter European Chocolate Bar will, along with a gift card in a special little pocket that tucks in right on top of the chocolate.  I saw this project over on Dawn Griffiths website and just fell in love with it.  These are the measurements:

Cherry Cobbler Cardstock:  5 1/4″ x 11″   Designer Series Paper:  1 3/4 x 4″ and 3″ x 4″

Whisper White Cardstock for the gift card pocket:  2″ x 6″

Score the cherry cobbler paper a half inch on each side (portrait) and score it at 2″, 2 1/2″, 7 1/4″ and 7 3/4 inches (landscape).  Cut off the two little sections up to 2 1/2″ (portrait)  and the two tiny squares between 7 1/4″ and 7 3/4″.  Add the Designer Series Paper and then fold on all score lines and glue the bottom together on the sides.  Then, fold the Whisper White paper up to form a pocket, glue the sides.  Fold the top skinny little piece toward the back, cut a little strip off from it and then glue it inside in the space between the 7 1/4″ and 7 3/4″ folds.  Add a chocolate bar (or whatever), add a gift card, tie with a ribbon and embellish.  CUTIE PATOOTIE!!!

Have a merry week-end,


Elf Fry Box

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“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

~Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca

My neighbor and special friend, Whitney, brought the instructions for this cute project to me last week, so I made it for her birthday on Saturday!  The hats are made with the Tree Punch and rounded on the bottom with the large Oval Punch.  The ears are made with the Bird Punch and the hair and collar are made with the Boho Blossoms Punch.  The sentiment is stamped with the Oh My Goodies stamp set.  The cherry cobbler box is made with the Fry Box Die.  So cute!  : )