Thanksgiving Card

“We need a community to help us reach our goal.  Faith is not an individual journey; it’s a team sport.  We need each other.  We are on this journey together.”

~Allen Hunt

If you are reading this right now, thanks for being a part of the stamping community.  We have such a fun hobby that is connecting us with each other and with people all over the world!

Sometimes when we need a card in a hurry, it’s easy to let some designer series paper do the work for us.  This paper is from the “Come To Gather” series.  This color combo, inspired by the DSP, is Pretty Peacock, Pear Pizzaz and Cajun Craze.

Thank you for the comments, texts, emails and calls about our dog, Teddy.  He is doing great physically. Emotionally he is having his ups and downs adjusting to his “new normal.”  He was a little wary of the snow on the steps this morning!  It was snowing like crazy and I was out grocery shopping with some Scouts for our camping trip this weekend.  Crazy fun!!!

Have a stampin’ good weekend!


Dawn xo

Time to Make Thanksgiving Cards!

“We are at our best when we are grateful.”

~Matthew Kelley

I am still playing with the beautiful “Come To Gather” Designer Series Papers! This stunning color combination above is Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie and the retired “Peek-a-boo” Peach.

This is a monochromatic card that we just finished making at one of the two stamping classes that I hold at my home each month.  We used the new “Day of Thanks” stamp set and the leaf was cut from the “Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies.”

Have a great weekend, hope you have fun plans.  I will be camping out with 300 Boy Scouts at Acadia National Park!!! : )



Come To Gather!

“Gratefulness isn’t hard.  Forgetting to be grateful is what makes life hard.”


Hello Stampers!  It has been a long time since I have blogged, because I have just a tiny bit of space left on this free blog (thank you WordPress!)  I hope you had a fun summer and are having a beautiful autumn (we are supposed to get a little snow tonight here in Maine!) : )

This is a card and treat box I made for the November Maine Stampers Blog Hop.  You can follow the monthly hops on my Facebook Business Page, which you can find by searching “Stamping Peace” on Facebook! Hope to see you over there!  I’ve started to post a few projects over there as well.

For the card above, the little leaves were stamped with a stamp from the “Colorful Seasons” stamp set.  The image in the circle is a piece of DSP from “Come To Gather”. The sentiment is from the “Gather Together” Stamp Set and the leaf is cut from a “Gathered Leaves” die.

The treat box is made from the fun new “Mini Curvy Keepsakes Box Dies”.  The leaves are cut from the “Gathered Leaves” dies.  There is a little chocolate treat inside. : )

Happy Stamping and please say a little prayer for our dog. He had a leg amputated last week due to bone cancer and he is still adjusting to a “new normal.”  He has made great progress in just one week…he can now go DOWN, and up, stairs, so that is huge!

Peace, Dawn xo

Lenten Card for As You See It Challenge #195


“Lent is a time for greater love.”

~Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Lent begins in just two days, on Ash Wednesday.  We’ve been planning the things we are going to give up as we go “into the desert” for 40 days, as well as things we are going to do.  I found a great planning sheet to help plan one cleaning project a day so that the whole house is clean for Easter.  If you need it, I can email it to you!

This card was designed with a sketch from the “As You See It” Challenge at  I was shooting for a clean and simple card, but ended up using alot of different sets…the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies, the Large Letters Framelits Dies, the old Crosses of Hope Stamp Set, the Labeler Alphabet Stamp Set, the Burlap Background Stamp and the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set.  This is the inside of the card:

And here is the sketch I used to design the card:


Yesterday my Scout Troop burned last year’s palms from the families of the six churches in our parish.  The ashes from the palms will be used on Ash Wednesday at the same six churches.  Here’s a few of the Scouts…

Hope you have a fruitful Lent, if it is part of your faith tradition.

Peace from snowy Maine!


Merry Christmas Stamping Friends!

“For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

~Luke 2:11

Merry Christmas Stamping Friends!  From our house to yours, I hope you have a wonderful celebration with family and friends.   Love, Dawn

Birthday Banner and Stamparatus Tips


“The first fact about the celebration of birthdays is that it is a good way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, that it is a good thing to be alive.”

~G.K. Chesterton

Happy 23rd Birthday to our precious Joseph!!!  This is a banner I made for his birthday dinner tonight.  The theme of our decor this year is Buffalo Check! : )  I’m going a little crazy with the Buffalo Check Background Stamp but I just love it!  For Joseph’s party, I was able to find matching buffalo check paper goods, so it’s looking pretty festive around here!  He has four of his Scouting buddies coming over, and family, so it will be a fun celebration.  We even found buffalo check tote bags to give to his Scouting buds for their Scout Books and Scout gear.  Too much fun!

As I said yesterday, the stamparatus makes it really easy to make buffalo check banners.  Just a couple of tips:

#1:  If you have a cat, don’t leave the stamparatus open and unattended.  Cats think the rubber mat is a marvelous scratching pad!

#2:  It takes me three inkings to get the dark black that I like on colored cardstock.  Moral of the story:  use the stamparatus to get perfect alignment every time.  (With white cardstock I can get the right coverage in one try.)

For Joseph’s Birthday Card, I used a partial CASE of a Tina Rappe layout.  I was even able to find matching buffalo check wrapping paper.  Three cheers for The Party Store!  The card uses the So Santa stamp set, and I used the long “arrows” from the Warm Hearted Hostess Stamp Set to create a border on the inside of the card.

Have a great weekend!  Peace, xo Dawn

Experimenting with Brusho

“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.”

~John Burroughs

This was my very first try with Brusho Crystals.  As you can see, I need more practice, but the beautiful snowflakes from the Snowfall Thinlits Dies saved the day!  The sentiment is from the Spirited Snowmen stamp set, and the silver sentiment matte is from the Petals & More Thinlits Dies.  I’m sending it as a sympathy card to Sister Bernadette at the monastery where I am an Oblate.  Her beloved beautiful white dog, Daisy Mae, recently passed and we’re all missing her!

If you are in the Northeast, enjoy this beautiful snowy stamping day!  I took this picture two days ago, but it looks just the same today. 🙂  xo Dawn