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

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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

Snowfall Thinlits Dies

“In seed-time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”

~William Blake

Winter stole in overnight…time to stay indoors and stamp! : )  This is a card we made yesterday at our stamping classes.  It was inspired by Artisan stamper Emma Goddard.  I changed up the snowflake colors (hers were gold), the snowflake stamp and the sentiment (hers was a tag tied across the card with twine).  You can see her card and other beautiful creations at the Coastal Crafter. The background is a wash made on watercolor paper.  Just wet the paper with the aquapainter and then paint it with ink pressed into the cover of your Gorgeous Grape ink.  Let it completely dry before stamping the snowflakes, which are from the Beautiful Blizzard stamp set.  The white snowflakes are cut from glitter paper and the new Snowfall Thinlits Dies (available only in November).  The sentiment is from an old set called “Holly Jolly Greetings.”  The card is gorgeous, but the “real thing” is pretty gorgeous too.  This was my backyard when we woke up this morning.  Enjoy the day and have a great weekend!  Peace, xo Dawn

 

Blending it Up!

“Peace is the father of friendship.”

~African Proverb

We have two stamping classes for our Peace Stampers today and the door prize will be a blender pen.  Everyone that attends gets a little something so that everyone is a winner.  The “little something” this time is something from my Orlando trip, I can’t wait to share some new product with everyone, and share all the beautiful memories!

We’re getting snow here in central Maine tomorrow, so I pulled out the new “Beautiful Blizzard” stamp set to decorate the tags for the door prizes.  The “Peace” sentiment comes from an old set called “Holly Jolly Greetings.”

The 12:30 class today is full, but we have one opening at tonight”s 6:00 p.m. class.  If you would like to come stamp, just let me know!  We will be making a Thanksgiving card, an Advent/Winter Card and a Christmas card.  : )

Peace, xo Dawn