Watercoloring with Ink

“There is nothing of this heart more proved than true friendship.”

~St. Thomas Aquinas

I love the striped heart in the new “Heart Happiness” stamp set but because I don’t have that set (yet), I decided to try painting one with an aquapainter and some ink.   Combined with some embellishments and a heart from the new “Sure Do Love You” stamp set, I was pleased with the results.  To paint with inks, just squeeze the cover of the ink pad before opening it so that a round spot of ink gets pushed onto the underside of the cover.  After opening the inkpad, use that underside of the cover as your palette and have some fun with your creativity!




Thank You Michele!

“Smiles are the souls kisses.”

~Minna Thomas Antrim


Don’t we all smile when we receive cards in the mail?  This one came from our stamping friend Michele, who moved to Arizona this past fall.  We miss her at stamping classes but we still keep in touch!  Michele is an amazing young woman…she is a one-armed stamper but she sure can crank the Big Shot!!!  Her mom bought her a Big Shot a couple of years ago for Christmas and sent me the video of Michele opening it…priceless!!!  Such great memories we have in the stamping world!!! : )

My Black Ice Accident

“Love is happiness given back and forth.”


I love this little sentiment that is part of one of my oldest stamp sets called “Delightful Dozen.”  I posted this cardfront last week (in pink), but thought I’d show the inside after we made it with a darker color at stamping class this week.   The little heart glued in the sentiment was made with the  Stampin’ Up! Confetti Hearts Punch.  Isn’t it fun to think of all the people we want to send Valentine’s to!


I wasn’t going to post this next picture, but we’ve had two fatal accidents involving black ice in our area in the past week.  This is my Subaru Forester after I hit black ice on the top of a hill on January 4th.  I was not hurt, thanks be to God, but my car was a total loss.  There was a bit of comedy amidst the trauma of it all when a young woman who stopped to help (my oldest son, Jonathan, was with me) yelled to someone up on the road…”it’s a young man and a dog!”  Then she looked back in and yelled back “and an old lady!”  When I crawled out I looked at her and said “I’m not old! : )   Anyway, I’m just sending out a caution to beware of black ice!

Have a wonderful day!  Peace, Dawn





Sure Do Love You

“May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.”

~Irish Blessing

As long as the present snowfall stays light, this is a card we will be making at card class this afternoon.  The warm words come from the new “Sure Do Love You” Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set.  It’s complimented with some new pretty Designer Series Paper called “Painted With Love.”  Inside, I used some of the DSP to cut out a tiny heart with the new “Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies”.   The little doily that the hearts are sitting on is made with the new “Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies.”  The sweet little “candy hearts” are also from the “Sure Do Love You” set.   Hope you’ll be sending out, and receiving, some warm words this Valentine season!   Peace, Dawn.

Two “Cased” Cards


“Very much within our REACH, and meant for us to SHARE, once-in-a-lifetime moments, encountered EVERYWHERE.”

~Grace E. Easley

The first stamping blog that I ever came across was Becky Roberts “Inking Idaho” blog.  This is one of her cards that I cased (“case” in the stamping world means “copy and share everything”).  I just loved the simplicity of this card.  My hearts ended up a little higher than hers, but I’ll try again with the fun new Sealed With Love stamp set. : )


A newer blog that I follow is “shawnstamps”.  I saw this card that he made and loved the “frilly” hearts made with the new Love Notes Framelits Dies.  The only thing I changed was to tie the ribbon into a bow, he had the strings loose and hanging.  Have a great day!  Peace, Dawn

Soft and Bright Valentine Cards


“The poetry of the heart is never dead.”

~John Keats

Shalom!  Last weekend I was able to travel over to Dennysville in Downeast Maine for a Beth Mills Stamping Event.  These are two of the Valentine Cards that I made (we also made three other cards that I will post tomorrow).   If you ever get a chance to attend one of her classes, they are always amazing!



Sending Love


“Love is the epiphany of God in our poverty.”

~Thomas Merton

We’re usually thinking a month ahead when we’re stamping for holidays, so tomorrow at card class we’ll be making this Valentine card with the new “Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack”.  The class is full, but if you and your friends would like to start up a class, just let me know.  We meet once a month and make three projects! xoxo Dawn