Apples Everywhere

“We can’t compare an apple to an orange.  It will cause alot of self-esteem issues.”

~Craig Sheffer


Thanks for stopping by!  I’m still on the “apple kick”…Picked For You was the first set I bought from the new Annual Catalog and I’ve been playing with it for two months!  It’s an incredibly busy time of year (four of my Scouts are working on Eagle Projects!), so I searched the internet for some ideas for this set.  The card by Su Mohr was stunning and I recreated it here, just adding some sequins and changing the word “teacher” to “friend.”  This card uses the “Swirly Frames” stamp set for the outside frame, the “Bokeh Dots” stamp set for the background, the “Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies” (which coordinates with the Colorful Seasons stamp set) for the branch, the Lemon Builder Punch for the leaves (which are stamped with the Bokeh Dots stamp) and the “Waterfront” stamp set for the “friend” sentiiment.  Ink colors are Granny Apple Green for the frame and background, Early Espresso for the apple stem and sentiment, and Real Red, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight for the apple.  The sequins are from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment….a total must-have for crafting, in my opinion! : )

Last week I had posted about a banner I had made with the Picked For You and Buffalo Check stamp sets.  Here it is in it’s place at my son’s house down the street, which is where I am holding stamping classes this year while my husband builds me some cupboards for my stamping supplies at my house.

A note about the “Picked for You” stamp set.  The tops of the apple stamps, including the stem, have a notch in them.  The notch should be at the top when stamping.  Otherwise, your stem will look like a palm tree!  We sure have some good laughs at stamping classes! (Love you Marlene!)  Have fun, xo Dawn


Sideline cards

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“The great work of living is living with others.”

~from the film “Desperate Crossing”

One of our Thanksgiving traditions is to watch the documentary film “Desperate Crossing”.  This quote comes from the final words in the film…”the Indians taught the Pilgrims that the great work of living is living with others.  That is the true importance of the Pilgrim story.”  The narrator then goes on to tell what happened to each character and he says that William Bradford, governor of Plymouth colony, and Massasoit, Leader of the Wampanoag Indians when the Pilgrims arrived, kept peace between them for the rest of their lives.  What came after is another story, but we had a good beginning.  Interesting stuff!

These are my Thanksgiving cards for my “sideline” (formerly known as “downline”, but I never cared for that term!)    Yesterday I read the term “sideline” on Debbie Henderson’s blog, and I’ve adopted it.  Thanks Debbie!

I made this card back in August, inspired by either Leena Gersa or Understand Blue (funny funny lady, I don’t even know her name even though I read her blog!), and just love it. (I went back on their blogs to try to find the original card, but couldn’t find it).  Her card had the leaf panel, I just added to it.   I sectioned off the card with Frog Tape of all things, then sponged Marina Mist onto the rectangle.  Then I stamped with the “En Francais” background stamp, then heat embossed the three “Vintage Leaves” with white embossing powder.  I then sponged Pear Pizzaz and Cajun Craze over the leaves.  The postmark stamp and the “dotted line” are from the “Butterfly Basics” stamp set, and the sentiment is from the “For All Things” stamp set.  The first card I made with Cajun Craze candy dots, but after running out, I had to switch to homemade “dots” made with a hole punch.  : )  Now that I see the card up on the computer screen, I see that I should have put the dots up in the left hand top corner for balance.  So much to learn! : ) (Or, I may have been covering up a smudge, I can’t remember) : )  Have a great week-end, Dawn

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Farewell El Faro

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“A dreamer… it’s a mind that looks over the edges of things.”

~Mary O’Hara

We’ve said good-bye to the ship, hopefully we’ll say hello to some survivors.  My husband graduated from Maine Maritime Academy and now occasionally works on the ship there through his work.  He had seen two of the Mainers that were on El Faro down at the academy in the past.  We believe in miracles and are praying for one.

This is a Mary Fish card that we made at stamping classes last week.  This was my first try and isn’t the prototype we used, but I forgot to take a picture of the other one and have already sent it out!  We ended up using a wider stripe on the bottom, from Work of Art, and the rectangle was lowered a bit (this one is a little too high).  The original Mary Fish Card used the Washi Tape Stamps for the stripe.

Hope you had a nice weekend!  I had a big birthday (55), will have to find a picture to share when we meet again!  Believe, Dawn

Lighthearted Leaf

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“The heart of autumn must have broken here, and poured its treasure out upon the leaves.” ~ Charlote Bates

We’ll be “adult coloring” this leaf and making this card at our stamping classes this morning, tonight and tomorrow morning.  It’s a card that Stampin’ Up! convention goers were able to make this summer.  Since we weren’t able to go to convention this year, convention is coming to us!  Hope you can join us, we have two openings for tonight’s class.  xo Dawn

September Cards for Stamping Peace Downline

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“Life is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return? ~ Margot Fonteyn

I learned how to make these leaves and card (this is a variation) from a Leena Gersa YouTube video… click “home” and scroll down and you can see how it is done.   I made these for the amazing Stamping Peace downline and every single one came out different…each a unique creation…so much fun! (DownEast Stamping Peacers, yours are in the mail!)   The background is made with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set…love it, use it all the time!  The leaf is from the new Vintage Leaves stamp set and the heart was punched from the Owl Builder Punch.  The gold cord is in the new Holiday Catalog and the sentiment is from an old Hostess set called Simply Sketched.

I can’t believe it is Friday already.  Have a nice weekend, hope you’ll have a little time to stamp some peace to someone!  Cheers, Dawn

Hello Fall!

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“The Universal Call to Holiness calls us to be the very best that we can be.”

~Rev. Brad Morin

I wasn’t at my best yesterday and I apologize.  I posted before reading my “Saint of the Day” e-mail and the quote that I used was not in line with yesterday’s Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  The lady who designed this card is at her best though…Ann Schach. I tried to duplicate  her “country” feel, but think I need to go a little heavier on sponging the edges of the images.   The Fall Fest pumpkins are stamped with Gorgeous Grunge in Crumb Cake ink, and are sponged on the edges with Soft Suede ink.  Other ink colors are Cajun Craze, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow and Crushed Curry.  I used this card as a thank you note.  If you make it, you may want to make sure you have some time on your hands.  It takes awhile, especially those little tiny Linen Twine bows!  : )  Have a nice day, Dawn.

Some Fall Cards

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“It takes courage to grow up and be who we really are.”

e.e. Cummings

Some have grown up to be amazing paper crafters and I just love to see everyone’s work!  These projects are all from the Maine Stampers Day that our Stamping Peace group went to recently.  In the back are the fry box favors that we received when we picked up our nametags.  (they were filled with delicious no-bake cookies)  : )   In the middle is Linda’s card on the left (a Thanksgiving card using the Autumn Accents Bigz Dies) and our Katherine’s card on the right (a thank you card using the Butterfly Sizzlets, the Bird Punch and the Hardwood stamp).  In the front is our Beth Mills’ card, using the new Seasonally Scattered stamp set.  She used a fun technique…sponge daubers on the stamp to add different colors.  Beautiful work everyone!

This is off subject, but I am Catholic in religion (the word catholic means “universal”) and the Pope, Pope Francis, has asked for prayers.  The group that the U.S. started airstrikes on today has targeted him for assassination and he would like prayers for protection.  He is asking for one Hail Mary….Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of they womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.   Thanks, may we all know safety and peace.

Fall is here!

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“October gave a party, the leaves by hundreds came ~ the chestnuts, oaks & maples ~ their costumes all aflame.  Miss Weather led the dancing, Professor Wind the band, the guests were all aflutter & danced off hand in hand.”

~Aster George Cooper

Good Thursday morning and Happy (belated) Birthday to my good friend and stamping buddy, Val!  Today’s card reflects the leaves I have started to see on my morning walk with my granddog and was designed by the uber-talented and fellow Stamping Peace Leader, Beth Mills.  Beth used one of the beautiful new borders from the “Bordering Blooms” set down the the right side of the card, but I don’t have that set (yet!)  : )  The base card stock is Hello Honey, the inks are Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso.   The leaves and the sentiment were stamped with the new “For All Things” set.  The mossy meadow cardstock is embossed with the woodgrain embossing folder.  We made this card at our four stamping classes this week and everyone had the choice of “Grateful for You” or “Hello Fall” for the inside sentiment.  They are included with the “For All Things” set.  I want to thank all who started the fall season stamping with us…every class is so fun and so different!

Hello Fall!

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The heart of autumn must have broken here, and poured its treasure out upon the leaves.”

~Charlote Bates

Good Friday morning!  I’ve missed our blogging community this last week…hope all is well for all.  : )   This little 4″ card is one that I made with our Boy Scouts last night for their prayer partners at the local assisted living center.   Although the elders do not get out much, these cards will give them a little touch of fall in their rooms!  We used the new “For All Things” stamp set, along with some “Color Me Autumn” Designer Series Paper.   Base cardstock is Mossy Meadow and Cajun Craze.  Ink colors are Crushed Curry, Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow.  Autumn is bearing down on us here in Maine…a few red leaves here and there, plummeting morning temperatures…it’s glorious weather for walking the dog early every morning!

Tomorrow, nine of us Stamping Peace Leaders are traveling to Augusta for an all day stamping event.  Please pray us safe.  Have a wonderful week-end!  xo