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)





Stamping Class Today!

“There are people whom one loves immediately and forever.  Even to know they are alive in the world with one is quite enough.”

~Nancy Spain

Good Morning Stampers!  Stamping class is this afternoon at 1:00 p.m.  We’ll be making a Mother’s Day Card, an Easel Card and a Tulip Card.  If you’d like to join us, just let me know!

Thank you to Nancy Farrell in New York for this beautiful card.  She made it at the OnStage event in Connecticut last month with products from the new bundles available this month.  I meet such beautiful people through this blog!

Thanks for visiting and have a peaceful day,



An Epic Run

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

~Steve Prefontaine

Good Morning Stampers!  My son Joseph and I made this card the day of the Boston Marathon last week.  We were tracking a fellow parishioner, Tracy Guerrette, who was chosen to run with the first group of elite women runners.  She gave it her all, despite the rainstorm and 30 mph headwinds that day.  She finished 25th out of thousands and thousands of runners!!!  Yay, Tracey!!!  For the card, we used the beautiful Painted with Love DSP and the Sale-A-Bration “Epic Celebrations” stamp set.  Three cheers for our local champion!!!

Have a peaceful day, xo Dawn


“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”

~Mother Teresa

Last weekend at Mass, our priest addressed the Opiate Addiction Crisis we have here in Maine (and in the world).  He said “we aren’t going to arrest our way out of this problem, we aren’t going to treat our way out of this problem, we have to love our way out of this problem.”  He has put together an interfaith healing service for all those affected by the opiate crisis, including victims, families, the medical community, the law enforcement community (he got to meet the Duck of Justice at the Bangor Police Department!)  : )  and all that would like to help make a difference.  This will take place on April 25th, 2018, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor, Maine.  There will be speakers, music, educational literature and refreshments.  If you are local, you may want to support Fr. Anthony’s efforts by attending.  I was trying to think of what I could do to help us “love our way out of this problem” and decided to make some cards to give to Fr. Anthony to use as he sees fits in his ministry to the crisis.  It’s a very small thing, but hopefully it will help in the effort to “love our way out of this problem.”  I started with this design lay-out from and will give that card to Fr. Anthony.  Then I made some simpler ones without the background label from the Deco Labels Framelits that he can use however he sees fit in his ministry for the Opiate Addiction Crisis.

I looked it up on-line, and internationally, silver is the awareness color for overdose and its effects.  Purple is the awareness color for opiate addiction.  So those are the colors I used when designing this card.  The hearts are cut out with the Sunshine Thinlit Dies, the flowers are from the Jars of Love Stamp Set and the sentiment is from the Petal Palette Stamp Set.  The background is made with the Burlap Background Stamp.  I love that stamp, it adds instant texture!  You may have to click on the picture to see it.  Joseph wrote out the bag topper for a set of four cards, with stamped envelopes.  We’d like to add something else to the gift bag…any ideas?  Are you using some of your cards to support an effort?  I’d love to hear about it so our family can pray for your efforts.

Thanks for stopping by, have a beautiful day!  Peace, Dawn



Color Blocking for #GDP133

“No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way.”

~Robert Baden-Powell (founder of Boy Scouts)


This weeks color challenge at the Global Design Project  is a combination of Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide and Crumb Cake.  I needed a card for a father-son duo that went on our Boy Scout Snowshoeing Trip last month, so I decided to use the challenge colors and color block the photo.  I added some dry embossing with the Lightly Falling Embossing Folder to resemble snow. (It snowed the entire four hours we were out in the woods).  The snowflakes were cut with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.

If you know of any young men ages 11-18, Boy Scouting may be a good recommendation for them.  It is such a great program, it can change a boy’s life!



A big thank you to the team at the Global Design Project for choosing my Earth Day Card last week as a special mention.  It’s always an honor to have a card recognized!  On another note, the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products list is coming out this afternoon…always an exciting event to take a look see!  Peace, Dawn xo


#GDP132 and #FF0005


“The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”
—John Paul II

“Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution” will be celebrated on April 22nd.  If we can all do just one thing to help the effort, what a difference we will make!

I’ve seen stampers make just one card for two different challenges, but I had never tried it before making this card for the Global Design Challenge and the Festive Friday Challenge

For the Global Design Project Challenge I knew I wanted to use the Petal Palette Stamp Set, so decided to use it to also make an Earth Day Card for Festive Friday.  It was my first time trying out the Garden Trellis Embossing Folder and I think it paired really well with Petal Palette!  The little flower is a die in the Petals & More Thinlits, as is the base for the sentiment.  The sentiment is stamped with the Labeler Alphabet Stamp Set.  Counting down to April 22nd!   In the meantime, a shout out to our Stampin’ Up! friends who are attending OnStage this weekend.  Have a wonderful time! Peace, Dawn xo