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

More from On Stage Live in Orlando!


“Love it. Live it. Share it.”

~Stampin’ Up!

Yesterday I shared some photos of some of the wonderful people I met at On Stage Live in Orlando last week.  I have a few more photos today.  The picture above shows half of the Main Stage room where we met for general sessions.  So much excitement filled that room every time we got together!

One of the things that Stampin’ Up! did for us at OnStage Live was to host a “Meet and Greet” for stampers in the Northeast.  We met on Friday afternoon in a big conference room, and were then divided up by states.  These are some of the stampers we met that were there from Maine.  I had only met one of them before this, so it was nice to make some more new friends.  We’ll have to have a “Maine event” and get together again!

Stampin’ Up! really spoiled us with gifts at this convention.  When we registered on Wednesday we were given this beautiful box which was filled with everything pictured here, along with our nametag and a letter telling us if we were to go up on stage for recognition.  I received my 5 year Anniversary Pin in March and was supposed to go on stage, but I decided not to.  Now I wish I had! : )

Here’s our nametag that was in the box, and the stamp set that I won for Prize Patrol.  Throughout the convention, different numbers come up on the jumbotron screens (after a drum roll), and whoever has that number, gets a great prize!  This “Part of My Story” stamp set will be coming in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog in January.

These are some of the other prizes we received…more stamp sets, another great bag, a tool case and a pack of gingham paper!

I had the best roommate!  We had never met before the trip, but she was so great, and she was a pro at getting those Uber drivers!!!  She gave me all these sweet treats!  Thank you Dawn A., and thanks for being such a wonderful traveling companion!

During the lunch break the first two days of convention there was a big “suitcase” of stamping supplies in the middle of our lunch tables.  We made two projects the first day, and two the second.  We had alot of fun and met lots of new friends!  Our first project was made with the new “Needlepoint Nook” collection coming in the January 2019 Occasions Catalog…

The second project (I haven’t folded up the pizza box yet), was made with a new collection coming called “Classic Garage”…

On the second day we made this beautiful card from the new collection coming called “Happiness Blooms”…

And last but not least, we made this gorgeous Valentine card with the new “All My Love” collection that will also be coming out in the new Occasions Catalog.

We just had so much fun, met so many wonderful people, learned new tips for our businesses and made memories to last a lifetime.  I’m so glad I went, and I’m glad to be home again with my family and my cat, “Sr. B.!”  The next event is in April, and the closest On Stage Locals to us in Maine will be Atlantic City, New Jersey, or Quebec, Canada.  If anyone is going, please comment and let me know!!!   Stamping Peace, xo Dawn

Back To Stamping!

“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”

~Laura Ingalls Wilder


Happy Back-To-Stamping!  My Fall Stamping Classes are starting soon and are all filled up.  If there is more interest just let me know and I will start up another class!  One of the stamp sets that we will be using is the new “Picked For You” set.  I watched a Jenny Hill video to learn how to use this three step apple stamp from the set.  I used an aquapainter to muddle the colors.  I used Real Red, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry Inks on watercolor paper.  After cutting the apple out, I rolled it in the Cherry Cobbler ink pad to define the edges.  It’s a fun fall set to play with!  xoDawn


Peace Begins With Me Pilgrimage


“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.”

~Psalm 84:5

Good Day!  Hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend.  We took our Boy Scout Troop on a “Peace Begins With Me” pilgrimage to all six churches in our parish over the weekend. The three day hike encompassed four towns and covered 26 miles.  At each church, I stamped their homemade “passports” with a different “peace” themed stamp (all Stampin’ Up! stamps) and everyone received a Holy Medal of the church’s namesake Saint to hang on their walking sticks.  It was such a great experience.  We’re already planning next year’s pilgrimage!

We had a different devotion at each church…a “Peace” Prayer Service, the Stations of the Cross, Adoration, Silent Prayer with Organ Music played by one of our Scouts, Examination of Conscience and the Rosary.  Our recurring teaching was:

“If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations.

 If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities.

 If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors.

 If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home.

 If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.”

From Lao_Tse, a chinese philosopher from 6 B.C.

Have a peaceful day,  Dawn (pictured with my brother)