Advent Banner

“He (Jesus) says that the only chains that matter are fear and hate, because they chain our souls.  If we do not hate anyone and do not fear anyone, then we are free.”

~from The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

This is a banner I am making for the first week of Advent, which starts this weekend.  The first week of Advent symbolizes “Hope”, the second week “Faith”, the third week “Joy” and the fourth week “Peace.”  My huge prayer for Advent is that we are all freed from any fear or any hate that we may hold in our hearts.

For the banner I used the Buffalo Check Background Stamp and the Stamparatus.  A winning combination that makes it quick and easy to make banners.  And how about the new Gorgeous Grape ink and cardstock…it’s one of my all time favorite Stampin’ Up! colors!  Now, just three more banners to make.  : )

Peace,  xo Dawn

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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

Starbucks Cards

“Coffee is a hug in a mug.”

~Author Unknown

Did we have a great Thanksgiving weekend?  One of our highlights on Thanksgiving Day was that we were able to drive down to the Gardiner Rest Stop where our middle son works as an Assistant Manager of Food and Beverages, and have a quick visit with him on his coffee break.  Even though he had to work on Thanksgiving, we were so happy to get to see him!

Most of his work involves the Starbucks part of the rest stop, so that inspired me to go home and make some “Starbucks” cards for him!  I used the “Merry Cafe” stamp set, Coffee Cups Framelits Dies and Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper (DSP).

Before I sign off, I’d like to welcome Kynlee to our Stamping Peace family!  Happy Stamping Kynlee, and all!  xo Dawn

Thanksgiving Recipe

“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.”

~American Indian Saying

 

One of our Thanksgiving traditions the past several years is to make this warm drink in remembrance of colonial days.  I’m sending it along with some pies to our family celebration, which I’m unfortunately going to miss because Jonathan, our oldest son, is sick. : (   I just love the new Buffalo Check Background Stamp for dressing up Mason Jars! I used a stamp from the Christmas Pines set to make the “rosemary” on the tag. Here is the recipe:

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

4 fresh rosemary sprigs

6 cups cranberry pomegranate juice

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

4 whole allspice

  1.  For rosemary simple syrup:  In a small saucepan combine the water, sugar and rosemary.  Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Remove from heat; let steep 1-2 hours.
  2. In a large saucepan stir together rosemary simple syrup, cranberry-pomegranate juice, vinegar and allspice.  Heat over medium heat until warm.  Using a slotted spoon, discard rosemary and allspice. If desired, garnish with additional fresh rosemary sprigs and orange slices in punch bowl.  Makes 8 cups.

Try it if you dare!  : )  Happy Thanksgiving! xo Dawn

 

Thanksgiving Treats

 

“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.”

W.J. Cameron

 

These Thanksgiving Chex Mix Treat Holders were made with the Fry Box Die we had about four years ago.  I’ve been looking through the annual catalog and what we have for treat holders now are the Petite Treat Framelits and the Wood Crate Framelits.  Moral of the story:  when we see something we like in the catalog, we need to snatch it up before it’s gone!  And the perfect opportunity is coming this Friday with Stampin’ Up’s On-line Extravaganza.  In the meantime, wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!  When we go around the table (there will be 18 of us in front of the fireplace at Sugarloaf Mountain) I’ll be giving thanks for having all of you in my life to share creative ideas with.  Thank you for your visits and for all that you share on-line and with others.  Every act of love is an act of peace! xo Dawn

P.S. I took this picture out my dining room window yesterday during the snowstorm.  More snow forecast for this afternoon…we’re definitely going to have a white Thanksgiving, which is great for us since we are going to a family members house on a ski mountain! : )

Advent Tags

 

“Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving others with God’s own love and concern.”

~Mother Teresa

Advent (the four weeks before Christmas) begins a week from this coming Sunday.  Those of you that have been following my blog for a long time (welcome new friends Gail and Bente!) know that I volunteer at an Assisted Living Center every week and have a Communion Service for them.  At Christmas time we have a little party and everyone receives a gift, which they absolutely love!  I do a “letter to St. Nicholas” with them every year during Advent so that I know what they want for Christmas.  Their wishes go on the back of a tag which is hung on the “Giving Tree” at church.  Someone will take the tag, buy the gift and bring it back, all wrapped and ready for the party.  These are the tags I made for this years tree.  They are made with the old “Seasonal Lantern” stamp set.  The sentiment is from the old “Holly Jolly Greetings” stamp set.  New product is the Gorgeous Grape Ribbon.

Peace, xo Dawn

Snowfall Thinlit Dies

“The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination.”

~Terri Guillemets

There is “real” snow in the forecast three times this week but I’m having fun making paper snow with the Snowfall Thinlit Dies (only available during November).  This is an adaptation of a Jan Chapman card which I’m going to use as Hanukkah cards for my Jewish friends.  The background is sponged with Night of Navy and Blueberry Bushel inks.  The snowflakes and sentiment are stamped with Night of Navy (Beautiful Blizzard Stamp Set) and the larger snowflakes are cut from silver foil paper.  I couldn’t get a great picture without sunlight but it’s a striking “clean and simple” card!

Peace, Dawn