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Sideline cards

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“The great work of living is living with others.”

~from the film “Desperate Crossing”

One of our Thanksgiving traditions is to watch the documentary film “Desperate Crossing”.  This quote comes from the final words in the film…”the Indians taught the Pilgrims that the great work of living is living with others.  That is the true importance of the Pilgrim story.”  The narrator then goes on to tell what happened to each character and he says that William Bradford, governor of Plymouth colony, and Massasoit, Leader of the Wampanoag Indians when the Pilgrims arrived, kept peace between them for the rest of their lives.  What came after is another story, but we had a good beginning.  Interesting stuff!

These are my Thanksgiving cards for my “sideline” (formerly known as “downline”, but I never cared for that term!)    Yesterday I read the term “sideline” on Debbie Henderson’s blog, and I’ve adopted it.  Thanks Debbie!

I made this card back in August, inspired by either Leena Gersa or Understand Blue (funny funny lady, I don’t even know her name even though I read her blog!), and just love it. (I went back on their blogs to try to find the original card, but couldn’t find it).  Her card had the leaf panel, I just added to it.   I sectioned off the card with Frog Tape of all things, then sponged Marina Mist onto the rectangle.  Then I stamped with the “En Francais” background stamp, then heat embossed the three “Vintage Leaves” with white embossing powder.  I then sponged Pear Pizzaz and Cajun Craze over the leaves.  The postmark stamp and the “dotted line” are from the “Butterfly Basics” stamp set, and the sentiment is from the “For All Things” stamp set.  The first card I made with Cajun Craze candy dots, but after running out, I had to switch to homemade “dots” made with a hole punch.  : )  Now that I see the card up on the computer screen, I see that I should have put the dots up in the left hand top corner for balance.  So much to learn! : ) (Or, I may have been covering up a smudge, I can’t remember) : )  Have a great week-end, Dawn

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Prettiest Envelope Yet!

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“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”

~Kenji Miyazawa

Oh, the pain of forgetfulness!  I forgot to add this picture of the envelope that went with the card that I posted yesterday.  I think it’s the prettiest envelope I’ve ever clothed. (We stampers don’t usually send naked envelopes!) : )  Happy Weekend, friends.  xoDawn

What Style Is This?

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“Peace is God’s dream, his plan for humanity, for history, for all creation.”

~Pope Francis

I came across this quote recently and had to search for the paper I had written it on this morning in celebration of Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States.  Welcome Pope Francis!

Do you know the name of this style of cardmaking?  It is my favorite and I’ve recently been studying it over at Cards by Sylvia.  This is as close as I could get to one of her cards…I didn’t have all the stamps that she used.  For this I used Work of Art and En Francais for the background stamps, Vintage Leaves for the leaves, An Open Heart for the bird and Butterfly Basics for the postal stamp.  Ink colors are Pool Party, Pear Pizzaz, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Early Espresso.  I used a blender pen to color the bird with Hello Honey and Soft Suede inks.   I’m hoping it is a sparrow because Joseph used this card to write a thank you to the waitress we had at the Stone Sparrow Café, a sweet little restaurant in Veazie (Maine) that seats just 18 people.  Joseph and I went there last week as part of a reading lesson.  He read the entire menu to me, front and back.  I was so proud of him!  And here I would like to welcome Stamper Dog to our blogging family.  Stamper Dog, Joseph is our 19 year old son, born with Down’s Syndrome.  I am homeschooling him for his 5th year of high school.  He’s awesome! : ) P.S.  The new Writing Notes Background Stamp was used to make the notebook paper on the inside of the card.

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Stampin’ Up! Get Well Card

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“We are so fond of one another because our ailments are the same.”

~Jonathan Swift

Come make this card at our next stamping classes on Aug. 24th & 25th!  This is the new “Get Well Soup” single stamp…the first thing I ordered out of the new annual catalog.  We all need a get well card on hand, I’ve unfortunately needed two in the past week.  When I sat down to design this card, I knew I wanted to use pink pirouette cardstock because pink is such a healing color.  St. Joseph’s medical facility where I go for mammograms is painted pink inside and I always get such a calming feeling when I’m in there.  (I tried to paint our bedroom pink, but hubby said no go!)  The sentiment and bowl of soup are heat embossed in gold, which doesn’t show up so great in the picture.  The little hearts on the spoon are colored in with a pink pirouette marker.  The white background paper is stamped with the “En Francais” background stamp, which may be a retired stamp.  It just looked “too white” without something added to it.  I think this card turned out SO pretty, and I hope you’ll come make it with us!

What a Challenge!

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“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”

~Hans Christian Anderson

Well, I started with a little flower, but this card needed a big flower!  I was so happy with the sponging (So Saffron) over the “En Francais” background stamp, that I didn’t want to start over, so I just topped the Simply Sketched Flower with a Tangerine Tango flower from Simple Stems.  Next time I would use a sponge dauber to add some shading to the large flower (since I don’t own any Blendabilities markers yet).  The Old Olive stem is also from Simple Stems.  A little tip about sponging…I start on a piece of scrap paper and use circular motions to get the ink spread evenly onto the surface of the sponge.  The sentiment is from a retired set called “From this Day Forward.”

This card I made for two Stamping Peace challenges.  One is for the Stamping Peace Leaders…to make a “Love Storm” card for their spouse (and devise a clever way to deliver it).  The challenge comes from a dare in my favorite magazine “MaryJanes Farm”…to create a love storm (any act of kindness or service).  Can’t wait to hear the stories that will come with the cards!  : )   The other challenge comes at the request of some of our Stamping Peace stampers who aren’t leaders.  They wanted a challenge of their own.  So, theirs is to make a card with a butterfly on it.  For this card I used the Butterfly Sizzlet, with Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  Ladies, if you don’t have a butterfly stamp or the butterfly sizzlet, you can pop one (or two or three!) out at class next week to take home with you.  : )  Have fun stamping!