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Giving Thanks!

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“Evermore THANKS.”

~Shakespeare

Good morning and Happy white Thanksgiving!!!  I’ve read that we shouldn’t talk about ourselves in our stamping blogs, but I’m going to depart from that advice as we each ponder what we are thankful for today.   I just measured twelve inches of pretty new snow out our back door and it’s still coming down.  My two older boys left at 3:00 a.m. to plow and I’m so grateful that we live in a small town where it’s safe to send them off in the middle of the night!  They will be gone all day, as well as the two loyal crew members that snowblow for Jonathan’s business, Stan and Chris.  They will miss their Thanksgivings so that others can enjoy theirs.  EXTREMELY grateful to them and to all who are out working today.  Also very, very grateful to the Pearsons, the Wilders and the Widins, who invited Joseph and I to share their Thanksgivings with them.  It warms my heart to have such thoughtful friends.  Hubby is making his way home from our nephew’s funeral in Holland and we’ll have our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.  Our nephew worked for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons over at The Hague and yesterday his colleagues had a beautiful commemoration service for him.  You can watch it on my Face Book page if you’d like to share in giving tribute to an amazing young man who traveled the globe working tirelessly for the safety of us all.  He was just 39 years old and passed from colon cancer.

This is the card that I sent to the Stamping Peace Leaders.  I’m so grateful for them and to all my stamping friends who allow me to enjoy such a fun hobby in my retirement.  It is said that for our health and fulfillment we should have three social groups that we are part of.  You, my blogging friends, are part of one of my social groups and I thank you for all the support that you give me as I go about learning the art of stamping.  Thank you so much for sharing a couple minutes of your days with me.  I am truly grateful for you.

May God Bless you on this Thanksgiving Day,

your friend, Dawn

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Halloween Treats

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“From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night,

good Lord, deliver us.”

~Scottish Prayer

We’re all ready for All Hallows Eve tomorrow night, and it turns out that Merry Everything and Mingle All the Way, the first two stamp sets that we got from this years Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, led the way in the preparations.  We live on a quiet dead-end street and only get about a dozen treat or treaters, so we don’t have too much to do in the way of getting ready, but it’s still a lot of fun!  Traditionally, children dress up as a favorite saint in celebration of All Saints Day on Nov. 1st.  What saint would you like to be?  Have a Happy All Hallow’s Eve!

Stand-Up Christmas Cards

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“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”

~Ferdinand Foch

We definitely have some souls on fire in the stamping world!  So much talent and energy being channeled into ministering to others through cards and papercrafts…it’s wonderful!  The card on the left is one that I made at Beth Mills’ workshop, and the card on the right I made at the Maine Stampers Day in Augusta last month with Jean Tarrio.  Both women are on fire in the stamping scene…so talented!  For the four panel card, cut the cardstock to 5 1/2″ x 11″.  Score it at 2 3/4″ and 8 1/4″ and then turn it over and score it at 5 1/2″.   The Garden Green panels are 2 3/8″ x  4 1/4″ and Very Vanilla panels are 2 1/4″ x  4″.  A Grunge stamp is used on the background of each panel, along with stamps from the Ornamental Pine stamp set (a favorite set of a lot of us Mainers who live in the “Pine Tree State.”)  : )   The new Confetti Stars punch was used on the top of the card, and the “legs” on the bottom of both cards were punched out with the Decorative Label punch.  We used the Bakers Twine as a bellyband on the pine card.  On Jean’s card, we used the new Festival of Trees and Merry Everything stamp sets and the Nordic Noel DSP.   They are such unique cards..alot of fun to make.  Thank you Beth and Jean!

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