#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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Acorny #GDP010

“…And merry when the great winds sing, through autumn’s woodlands brown.”

~William Hewitt

Brian King commented that this week’s design over at the Global Design Project was a simple one, and he was right.  I took one look at it and thought “acorn!”  I knew I wanted to showcase an acorn from the new “Acorny Thank You” stamp set.  Then I looked through my small collection of Thanksgiving stamps and saw the background stamp in “Truly Grateful.”  I thought I’d use some dots for an embossing folder to compliment the dots on the acorn, but then I saw the Arrows Embossing folder and decided it would compliment the grain in the background stamp on the little squares.  Since I didn’t have time to play around with colors, I decided to go with a monochromatic color scheme with Tip Top Taupe, Sahara Sand and Early Espresso.  Great fun as always over at  Hope to see you over there!  Here is my card for #GDP010:


Lighthearted Leaves Cornucopia

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“We are each other’s HARVEST…we are each other’s MAGNITUDE and BOND.”

~Gwendolyn Brooks

My friend Mimi made these cute sugar cone cornucopia’s for an event that we attended this weekend.  The end is curled behind the tag made with a stamp from the Lighthearted Leaves set so that it really does look like a mini cornucopia.  So cute!  They were filled with fruit.  Hope you had a nice weekend!

Really Cute Candle Box!

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“In every thing give thanks.”

~1 Thess. 5:18

One more Thanksgiving project, as today will be our celebration.  Hubby made it safely home from Holland early this morning and my older boys made it in last night at 8:00 p.m. after moving snow for 17 hours.  I’m so thankful to have my guys home safe and sound!

This cute little tealight candle box was made by my super talented downline, Beth Mills and I found the directions for it on “Stamping with Simone” in Victoria, Australia.  The cardstock is cut at 4 1/2″ x 7 3/4″.  Score the short side at 1 1/4″ and 3 1/4″.  Score the long side at 1 1/4″, 3 1/4″, 4 1/2″ and 6 1/2″.  Punch the three sides on the left end of the long side with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Cut out the two little squares on the left edge.   Decorate the box and then fold all the edges and glue the sides of the box.  Fill with a small tealight candle and use a brad as a little “doorknob” to close the box.   Sooo cute!  Thank you Beth!

Happy Black Friday!