Thanksgiving Recipe

“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.”

~American Indian Saying


One of our Thanksgiving traditions the past several years is to make this warm drink in remembrance of colonial days.  I’m sending it along with some pies to our family celebration, which I’m unfortunately going to miss because Jonathan, our oldest son, is sick. : (   I just love the new Buffalo Check Background Stamp for dressing up Mason Jars! I used a stamp from the Christmas Pines set to make the “rosemary” on the tag. Here is the recipe:

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

4 fresh rosemary sprigs

6 cups cranberry pomegranate juice

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

4 whole allspice

  1.  For rosemary simple syrup:  In a small saucepan combine the water, sugar and rosemary.  Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Remove from heat; let steep 1-2 hours.
  2. In a large saucepan stir together rosemary simple syrup, cranberry-pomegranate juice, vinegar and allspice.  Heat over medium heat until warm.  Using a slotted spoon, discard rosemary and allspice. If desired, garnish with additional fresh rosemary sprigs and orange slices in punch bowl.  Makes 8 cups.

Try it if you dare!  : )  Happy Thanksgiving! xo Dawn



Thanksgiving Treats


“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.”

W.J. Cameron


These Thanksgiving Chex Mix Treat Holders were made with the Fry Box Die we had about four years ago.  I’ve been looking through the annual catalog and what we have for treat holders now are the Petite Treat Framelits and the Wood Crate Framelits.  Moral of the story:  when we see something we like in the catalog, we need to snatch it up before it’s gone!  And the perfect opportunity is coming this Friday with Stampin’ Up’s On-line Extravaganza.  In the meantime, wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!  When we go around the table (there will be 18 of us in front of the fireplace at Sugarloaf Mountain) I’ll be giving thanks for having all of you in my life to share creative ideas with.  Thank you for your visits and for all that you share on-line and with others.  Every act of love is an act of peace! xo Dawn

P.S. I took this picture out my dining room window yesterday during the snowstorm.  More snow forecast for this afternoon…we’re definitely going to have a white Thanksgiving, which is great for us since we are going to a family members house on a ski mountain! : )

Stamping Classes Tomorrow!

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

~John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Two days before I left for Orlando I spent the day stamping to prepare for two stamping classes that we have tomorrow.  I played with the “Country Home” set and tried different color combinations.  This is a versatile set in that regard!  We’ll be making a Thanksgiving card with this set at class, along with two other projects.

This card isn’t finished…I haven’t decided if I want to cut the image out or add some colored cardstock behind the image, but I like the blue pitcher!

Wouldn’t this make a beautiful thank you card at Christmas time!

This last card was a “case” (copy and share everything) from Emma Goddard at Coastal Crafter.  I would never have thought to use pink with this stamp set!  She used Copper Shimmer Paint and a different tag, but either way, it’s such a sweet card!

If you are local, tomorrow afternoon the class is full but there is one opening  tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m.  Come stamp with us, we have alot of fun!!!     Stamping Peace, xo Dawn

#GDP059 and Retro Sketch Challenges

“Live each season as it passes.”

The weather turned cold this afternoon, so out came the stamps!  : )  I combined two challenges today…a theme challenge of animals/pets over at and a cute tag sketch over at I don’t own any animal stamp sets, so this little deer from an old Stampin’ Up! set called Warmth & Wonder fit the bill nicely.  The sentiment is from Day of Wonder, another old Stampin’ Up! set.  The DSP is the new Warmth & Cheer DSP Stack and the Garden Green strip is embossed with the new Cable Knit Embossing Folder.  Hope you have  some spare time to enter a challenge…they are so much fun!  Happy Stamping, Dawn.


Thankful for #GDP058

“Think and wonder, wonder and think…”

~Dr. Seuss

Happy Autumn from Maine!  I looked out my window at sunrise two days ago and saw this flaming gorgeousness…


Hope you are enjoying the beautiful foliage as much as we have been here!  I’ve been out in the garden for the past month, along with two camping trips with the Boy Scouts (without tents!), but today I finally had a morning to stamp.  I made a card for the challenge over at  I started out with the Acorny Thank You Stamp Set, but after many combinations of acorns, ended up using only the “thankful” banner from that set.  I used two older sets, Truly Grateful and For All Things for the interior sentiment and the remainder of the front of the card.


I started out making a “fall” card, but ended up with a Thanksgiving card!  Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to our Canadian friends! : )  Tip:  For a little contrast on this monochromatic card front, I stamped the 3″ background “frame” on Whisper White cardstock, everything else on Very Vanilla.



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“Grateful, grateful, truly grateful, I am.”

~John Bucchino

This was a card that we made at stamping classes last week and was our first attempt at “dry embossing.”  The technique, which can be found on YouTube, uses a handmade template made with three thicknesses of the cardboard that is in the back of a package of Designer Series Paper (DSP) and leaves a blank space in whatever embossing folder we are using.  (Just cut out the design you want left blank with an exacto knife…in this case it was a rectangle to accomodate the Woodgrain embossing folder, but it can be a circle, it can be the outline of a tree, an acorn…anything we want!  On this card it left a space for the beautiful “Thankful” stamp from the new “Six Sayings” hostess stamp set.  I added some of last year’s wooden embellishments inked with Cajun Craze and Tip Top Taupe and some gold cord to complete a card to express how thankful I am to you, my Stampin’ Up! friends, for sharing your artistry and your friendship.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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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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