Happy St. Valentine’s Day Stamping Friends!

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”

~Zora Neale Hurston


Hello Stamping Friends!  And welcome to those of you who have joined our little Stamping Peace family in the past couple of months.  I hope everyone is having alot of fun making Valentines for your loved ones!

I’ve been away for quite awhile, busy with those Boy Scouts of mine!  But I’m happy to share with you the news that Joseph (our youngest son that has Down’s Syndrome), after 9 years, passed his Eagle Board of Review last month and is now an Eagle Scout!!!  He was so very proud, he’s wanted to be an Eagle Scout like his older brothers!  His best friend, Caleb (on the left), also accomplished Eagle the same night Joseph did.  Yay!!!  I’m a proud and happy mother and Scoutmaster! This photo was taken minutes after they came out of their Boards of Review.  I can’t say enough good things about Scouting…it is SO good for boys (and now girls too can have their own troops).   I have another Scout working on his Eagle rank before his 18th birthday in March, and giving me more gray hair in the meantime! LOL!!!  : )

So, here’s another Valentine, made with the middle part of the heart from the pink Valentine above (an Ashley Van Camp design).  The pink card I made with watercolor paper but the blue and purple card is made on thick white cardstock.  The sentiment fell off the block so is a little crooked…it’s not a new cling stamp that NEVER has that problem!  : )

I have made a ton of these cutie pies.  I gave them out at all my stamping classes in January as a “party favor”, and I’m going to give them out to the residents at the Assisted Living Center that I volunteer at.  There is a chocolate behind the tea bag, and the tea bags I found in the “Nature’s Place” aisle in our grocery story.  On the back of the tag it says “I’m ape over you”….such a fun new stamp set!

Soooo, this card has a little story behind it.  There was a woman demonstrating the new “So Hoppy Together” Sale-A-Bration stamp set at convention in Orlando in November.  She was showing us how to mask the frogs so they could stand together and the “girl” frogs hand sort of ended up in the wrong position!  The woman’s face turned beet red and the thousands of us in the audience were roaring with laughter.  I couldn’t tell you what her card looked like, but I made up this one as a joke to showcase to my stamping classes.  So silly, but funny!

Two friends have recently been diagnosed with cancer.  If you could say a little prayer for them, every little bit helps!  Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer and Becky with pancreatic cancer.  I made this card for Mary, to send along a little St. Peregrine, Patron Saint of Cancer patients, medallion that I found on-line at St. Patricks Guild.

This is the back of the says…”help me, guide me, in this fight, give me courage, strength and might.”


This is a Rhonda Griffith design that I tweaked a little bit by using a cardstock base instead of a foil base.  It showcases the new “All My Love” Designer Series Paper (DSP) so beautifully, and the little frogs are just plain fun to work with!



Until next time,  I hope you get time to stamp some love.



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!