An Epic Run

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

~Steve Prefontaine

Good Morning Stampers!  My son Joseph and I made this card the day of the Boston Marathon last week.  We were tracking a fellow parishioner, Tracy Guerrette, who was chosen to run with the first group of elite women runners.  She gave it her all, despite the rainstorm and 30 mph headwinds that day.  She finished 25th out of thousands and thousands of runners!!!  Yay, Tracey!!!  For the card, we used the beautiful Painted with Love DSP and the Sale-A-Bration “Epic Celebrations” stamp set.  Three cheers for our local champion!!!

Have a peaceful day, xo Dawn

Congrats for #GDP070


“These are the days of miracle and wonder.”

~Paul Simon

A week ago Joseph (our youngest son) went for his Board of Review and became a Life Scout.  Now he will begin to work towards his Eagle rank.  It has taken him seven years, versus a friend that just accomplished the same rank in two years… we’re  a little slow in our world of Down’s Syndrome, but we get the job done!  : )  So, after this amazing milestone, I wanted to make Joseph a card for his scrapbook and used this weeks Global Design Project for inspiration.  This weeks challenge over at is a design challenge:

And this is the card I came up with:


Owl fun for #GDP060

“Friends, they are kind to each other’s hopes.  They cherish each other’s dreams.”


The challenge this week over at is a “Case the Designer” project with a fun card by Brian King.  Brian is always coming up with “outside the box” cards, including this one!  I wanted to use some sort of creature on my card and chose this owl (that always makes me smile) from the “Howl-0-ween Treat” stamp set.  I wanted to hang the owl upside down from the garden green bar, or have him popping in from the side, but his little owl feet were too cute to hide!  Thanks for the inspiration Brian!


Nature Congrats! for #GDP031

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“Acting deals with delicate emotions.  It is not putting up a mask.  Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.”

~Jeanne Moreau

Good Morning and thanks for popping by!  I always look forward to Monday mornings to see what the weekly Global Design Project over at will bring.  This week it is a Theme Challenge and the theme is “Nature”.

I wanted to combine the challenge with a card for a young friend that was in a play over the weekend.  It was a bit of a challenge to combine the two, and I only had a half an hour, but I think it turned out pretty good.  When I went to put the top panel on, though, it wanted to be tilted, even though I didn’t originally plan it to be that way.  The “congrats” sentiment came out a tiny bit crooked and I didn’t have time to redo it, so the “artsy” angles hide it a bit!  Our family starts setting up this morning for a big Garden Show that our oldest son Jonathan has an exhibit in this coming weekend, so that is why I’m so pressed for time.  It’s going to be a super busy week so I’m not sure if I’ll be back on line.  If not, just a reminder to Stamping Peacers…our childrens class is this Friday, and regular classes are next Monday morning, Monday night and Tuesday morning.  Back to the card, the mask was made with the Mustache framelit.  The eyes were cut out with a little framelit from the Chalk Talk collection.  The feathers were cut out with the Feather Framelits.  The DSP is the new Botanical Gardens collection.  Colors are Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Old Olive and Cajun Craze.  Okay, sorry to rush but I’m off to the Cross Center!  Have a fantastic week!


Dream Big for #GDP029

“Heal the past, live the present, dream the future.”

~Mary Engelbreit

What an unusual color combination to work with in the springtime!  The color challenge over at the Global Design Project at this week is certainly different, but I combined it with another challenge, the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge, and it was the perfect duo!

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I had a “big dream” for today’s card, but I also had a big dream this Easter weekend.  When my father-in-law and mother-in-law were first married, they were living overseas.  My mother-in-law decided to make her new husbands favorite pie…lemon meringue.  If you’ve ever made this pie, you know that it is labor intensive, and that meringue is always tricky.  Well, she slaved over this pie in a tiny little kitchen, and was quite proud of her accomplishment.  When my father-in-law tasted it, he remarked, “it’s good, but it’s not like my mothers.  She made “birds” on the meringue.”  Needless to say, my mother-in-law has NEVER made him another lemon meringue pie.  So, as they were coming to my house for Easter dinner, I decided to attempt a lemon meringue pie.  I wanted the meringue to “bead”…my mom always told me that was the sign of a good meringue.  Guess what…the big dream came true…it beaded!!!  : )  Ha ha, we dream big, but we enjoy the small things.  : )  Hope you had a beautiful Easter or Spring weekend. xoxo

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And here’s my card for the two challenges, made with the “Enjoy the Little Things” stamp set and the Arrows and the Boho Chic Embossing Folders:

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The card is 5″ square, so I had to make an envelope to fit it!

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Have a wonderful week,


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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

~Jeremiah 29:11

The Weekly Global Design Project has provided another great burst of inspiration with a theme challenge of “Balloons” this week.  I just happened to have a piece of “balloon paper” from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper that floated right into this project, along with other scraps I had laying around on my little table that is home to my paper cutter.   For a “scrappy” little thing, the card turned out okay!  The Mint Macaron base is textured with the Boho Chic Embossing Folder.  The sentiment comes from the Suite Sayings Stamp Set and is cut out with an Ovals Collection Framelit Die.  The thin black scrap is from the “It’s My Party” DSP Stack.  It’s glued onto a scrap of Pool Party Glitter Ribbon.  Inside the sentiment says “Hooray!  Hoorah!” and is going to go out to our middle sons girlfriend, who just got a new hospital job in her field of psychology.  We are so proud of her accomplishments!

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Have a great week,