“Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving others with God’s own love and concern.”
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
“Peace is the father of friendship.”
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
“In the coldest February, as in every other month in every other year, the best thing to hold on to in this world is each other.”
I’ve really been mixing up the old with the new lately. This quick and easy winter card was made with the new Winter Wonder Embossing Folder, but I paired it with some old 2012 ribbon. (I adore Stampin’ Up! ribbon…very high quality). The sentiment is also from an old set called Curly Cute. The Night of Navy small “snowflake” was made from a die from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.
The inside of the card also uses some old supplies. The “Wishing You” sentiment comes from the “Holly Jolly Greetings” stamp set, the little snowflake comes from an old hostess set called “Warmth & Wonder” and the “Peace” greeting comes from “Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies.” I know that some of my older stamping friends have some of these sets and we like to use both the old and the new! : )
Have a wonderful day! Peace, Dawn
“And now let us welcome the new year full of things that have never been.”
~Rainer Marie Rilke
Happy New Year! This is actually the Christmas card that I made for my sideline, and then liked it so much that I made it for most of my Christmas cards. It can easily be a New Years card, though! It’s a modification of a Lisa Gersa design, using Wisteria Wonder, Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss Inks. The circle was sponged with a stencil made out of a piece of cardboard. The snowflake stamp is from the Holly Jolly Greetings Stamp Set, my favorite stamp set of the holiday catalog!
Wishing you peace in this new year,
“The biggest, happiest birthday party in the whole world!”
Hi Stamping Friends, I hope you are having a memorable Christmas season. It’s the little things, isn’t it? Like this card that came for Joseph from our very own “New York Nancy.” Nancy has been following our Stamping Peace blog almost from the beginning and although we have never met in person, I know that when we do, it will be like we’ve always known each other. Stampers are like that! We love the card Nancy, thank you so much!
Another little thing this Christmas is this Christmas Star that I made for Jonathan’s tree. I saw it in the holiday catalog and knew it would be the perfect gift for our landscaper son! We have a very large red-twigged dogwood in the front of the house and I used some of it’s branches for the star. Now Jonathan will always have a piece of that dogwood, even after it is gone! : ) That’s his tree on the left (from Piper Mountain) and our tree on the right (you may have seen it on an earlier post when we went out in the woods to cut it)! Hope you’re having a great snow day today with the storm swirling outside. : )
“Hey, what do you say we both be independent together, huh?”
~From Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
I saw this cute punch art but didn’t have the correct punch for Rudolph’s white underbelly, so I improvised and it still turned out pretty cute! The “Merry” sentiment is from Holly Jolly Greetings. Hope you had a nice week-end! xo Dawn
“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”
This is another tag that we are going to make at our Stamping Christmas Parties next week. I saw it on page 34 in the Holiday Catalog. I changed the snowflake color to Mint Macaron, changed the sentiment to “Wishing You Joy” and added a banner to the back of it. I took one and turned it into a card with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. I am having too much fun with this new Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set, sold as a bundle with the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies which I’ve also been using right and left. I just love to make holiday projects and prepare for Christmas! Last night we traveled two hours south to the LLBean “Mother Store” for a little holiday excursion and this picture is part of the lights that greeted us. Joseph’s mouth dropped open…it was beautiful!!!
“The darkness of the whole world cannot swallow the glowing of a candle.”
These are the cards I made for our Jewish friends. Both families have one Christian spouse (“merry”) and one Jewish spouse (&bright). The blue color theme is for Hanukkah and it’s my version of a Leena Gersa card. I just love my new Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set. It’s so versatile!
The fry boxes each hold a homemade candle that I made over the weekend. (I get my bees wax through Brushy Mountain Bee Farm if you are so inclined to make candles. It’s fun and it’s easy. I make votives, tea lights and 4 oz. tin cans with clear covers). I’m just waiting on my back-ordered wooden Snowflake Elements to decorate the front of the fry boxes. (I called Stampin’ Up! yesterday and the embellishments have arrived in the warehouse, they are now being sorted for delivery.) May the lights of Hanukkah and Christmas burn bright! (The photo below is our oldest son’s house, four doors down from us…he decorated all by himself…his little gift to the neighborhood!) : )