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A Fun Fold for Fable Friends

“Let us love the world to peace.”

~Eileen Elias Freeman

Hi, and Peace, Stamping Friends!  For those that practice the exercise of Lent, I hope it is going well!  So far so good here at the MacKay home, but after a week into it, there are some things we are definitely missing!  We are looking forward to Sunday, a “mini-Easter”, when we will allow ourselves the day off!  And speaking of Easter, I made some of these cute Easter cards this morning with the new “Fable Friends” stamp set and the Stitched Labels Framelits.  As for the “fun fold”, one of our stamping friends brought this fold to me at our last stamping class and I tried to recreate it.  Start with a 12″ x 4″ piece of cardstock.  Score at 2′, 4′, 8″ and 10″.  Then using the diagonal score plate, score and “x” from 2″ to 6″ and from 6″ to 8″.  Fold in the “x”‘s so that everything is under the diamond in the middle.  It sounds complicated but it really is very easy once you do it.  I practiced with computer paper first.  The yellow square in the middle is 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4”.

Yesterday my 88 year old neighbor came over and asked it I would make her a card for her grand-niece, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.  I looked up the color for that particular cancer, and it is dark blue.  I used “Blueberry Bushel” cardstock and the Ribbon of Courage stamp set and very quickly made up this card.  I had seen one similar to this on Brian King’s website awhile ago.  I didn’t have time to look it up, but I’m sure it had more layers than this! : )

While I had everything out, I decided to make a purple version for friend Becky, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at Christmas.  Thank you for your prayers for her!  On Monday she had a CT scan and the spots on her liver are gone, the spot on her peritoneum is gone and the mass on her pancreas has shrunk.  She asked that we keep praying!

This is a card that I cased from crafty-rootes.com on the internet.  On the inside it says “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” and I wrote “May the luck of the Irish and the blessings of God be with you always!” in order to turn the “Good Luck” sentiment into a St. Patrick’s Day card.  : )  I used the “Amazing Life” stamp set and a die from the Wonderful Floral Romance Framelits Dies.

This picture is from last Saturday when we took Joseph (far left) and some of the Scouts snowshoeing at Sugarloaf Mountain.  We’re trying to enjoy all the snow before it leaves us. : )

Here’s view of Sugarloaf Mountain, a huge ski destination here in Maine, before we snowshoed into the woods.  It was a gorgeous day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday!

Peace, Dawn

 

 

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Wishing You Well, Take Two : )

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

When I posted earlier I realized I had gotten Brian Kings layering design wrong, so I had to go and fix it.  THIS is what the layers should look like!  xoxo

 

Wishing You Well

“When ‘i’ is replaced by ‘we’, even ‘illness’ becomes ‘wellness.'”

~Sushan R. Sharma

I’m a fan of Brian King’s layering style, and this card draws on one of his recent creations over on stampwithbrian.com.   I just went back and looked at his card because this one just didn’t look like I remembered in my head, and his green borders are thinner…that makes all the difference in the world.  Oh, so much to learn, but we’ll get there!  : )

This morning I needed a quick and easy card to send to a friend who was recently hospitalized, so I pulled out the “Wishing You Well” stamp set for the first time. (Brian’s card was a totally different stamp set).  The bow is just gorgeous with it’s light and dark shades!  There is a little flower stamp to add to the spray, but I just drew in some cherry cobbler “berries.”  The cherry cobbler background was given some texture with the “Subtle” embossing folder.  The base of the card is gray granite and the green is shaded spruce.  Have a beautiful day, we’re off to the post office!  xo Dawn

Freshly Made Sketches #333

“Visitor’s footfalls are like medicine, they heal the sick.”

~African Proverb

I used the sketch over at http://www.freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com for this Thinking of You card.  It’s for a close friend who is going to have a biopsy done next week.  I used an old Stampin’ Up stamp set called Regarding Dahlias that  I also used for the very first card on this blog back in 2013! The sentiments are from the So Many Shells stamp set.  Both the dahlia and the pink pirouette circle are cut out with the Layering Circles Framelits Dies.

I wanted to use pink because that is a healing color.  I always head to Pink Pirouette but  I think Powder Pink (the color of the little bow) will be my new go-to pink for Get Well Cards since Pink Pirouette will be retiring!  The dahlia was inked with Basic Grey and sponged with So Saffron, with Pink Pirouette in the center.  The sentiments were stamped with Basic Grey.

The sentiment on the back of the card was a Hobby Lobby sale item I picked up a few months ago.

Thank you for your congratulations here on the blog yesterday and on my Facebook page for our son Jonathan’s second place win at the Bangor (Maine) Garden Show this past week-end.   Our whole family appreciates your kindness!  This photo is part of the booth that he had across from his display.  Have a peaceful day everyone!  xoxo Dawn

Courage for CAS(E) This Sketch #268

“Healing takes courage and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.”

~Tori Ames

This card will be sending a little courage to my brother’s fiance.  She battled uterine cancer and got the “all clear”, but now the doctors think it may have gone into her back.  Waiting for tests!  For this card I used the Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set, the Support Ribbon Framelits Dies and the Layering Squares Framelits Dies.  The lacy white paper is a gift I received from my dear on-line friend, Nancy Farrell.  She attending OnStage and sent me a whole package of goodies from the event.  Thank you so much Nancy!!!  For the design layout I used the sketch over at http://www.casethissketch.blogspot.com

I hope everyone had a great week-end.  We were having fun at the Bangor (Maine) Garden Show.  Our son, Jonathan, and his Summersweet Landscaping/Hardscaping/Maintenance/Lawn Care crews won second place!  It’s so much work but there’s no feeling like walking into spring after a long Maine winter!  Have a peaceful day, Dawn xoxo

        

Get Well Wishes for #GDP039

“A cheerful heart is good medicine.”

~Proverbs 17:22

The challenge this week over at http://global-design-project.com is a theme project and here is what I hope will be a soothing card for someone when needed, made with the Serene Silhouettes Stamp Set, the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and the Spring Flowers Embossing Folder:

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Have a great weekend, Stamping Friends! Cheers, Dawn

P.S.  I don’t get the ads on the bottom of my blog posts, but I’m told that you do, since I use a free blogging site.  I hope they are all appropriate ads!

Hello Spring!

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“How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.”

~George Elliston

Good Morning from Maine and welcome to all of our visitors from Brian King’s blog!  What a funny surprise when I checked his blog this morning to see the weekly Global Design Project and discovered my photograph.  Thanks, Brian!  If you don’t already play along with the Global Design Project, come join us…it’s a lot of fun and really helps the creative process.

We have stamping classes today and tomorrow at my house, and this is one of the cards we are making.  This is the Circle of Spring stamp set and the little pink line on the bottom is from the Sale-A-Bration Hello stamp set.  The inside sentiment is from Suite Sayings and says “Wishing you all the beautiful blessings of Easter.”

If you follow my blog, you have heard about my friend Barbara who has uterine cancer that has spread to colon, liver and lung.  She has four boys, the youngest in 8th grade, so we are really praying hard for her healing.  This morning she is in surgery for the colon cancer and we are praying that the doctors can remove every speck.  Thank you again to our faithful blog reader and friend, Nancy Farrell, who crocheted Barbara a prayer shawl which I posted earlier.  This is a card that I made this weekend for Barbara.  It’s made with the Tag It Stamp Set.

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