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DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge No. 224: Stamp Case Tool Box

DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge #224 - Color My World #crackedpotstamper

Time for the DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge, this week it is a "Color My World" Challenge. 

This week I was inspired by this fabulous color combination-I absolutely adore it

I love being able to re-purpose and recycle a stamp set case into a tool kit for my adhesives and other goodies. Everything that I need fits securely inside and I've even included a check list to make sure everything gets back into it. Genius! I know, right?

Stampin' Up! Repurposed Stamp Case Tool Box created by Dawn Thomas #crackedpotstamper 

What did I use to create this beauty? (scroll down to bottom for complete supply list and links)

Stamp Set: none

Paper: Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper, Glimmer Paper-Assortment Pack (SOLD OUT)

Ink: none

Accessories: Large Letters Framelit Dies

It's All in the Details:

  • This is a great project because it is easy to put together and super handy. I made one for my tools that I need to have nearby while I am creating i.e. snips, assorted adhesives, etc. 
  • I made a second for my swaps that I will taking with me to OnStage in Minneapolis-which I can hardly wait to get there and see all my Stampin' Up! friends.

Stampin' Up! Repurposed Stamp Case Tool Box created by Dawn Thomas #crackedpotstamper



Always take the scenic route.

Dawn



My Project Supply List (click on products to shop online)

 

  Stampin' Up! Repurposed Stamp Case Tool Box created by Dawn Thomas #crackedpotstamper


Just want to shop? Not a problem, my store is open 24/7!

LOVE A DEAL?  You can save on several great NEW Stampin' Up! bundles here.

Want to browse the products that are still available from the Holiday catalog, click here.

And the CLEARANCE ITEMS are here.

But if you WANT THE BEST DEAL OF ALL!  

It's the Ultimate Bundle...the Stampin' Up! starter kit is for you!

It's super simple.

  • Pick out the products you want! $125 worth of goodies for only $99 plus tax. Stampin' Up! will pay the shipping (great deal)
  • No obligation to sell or recruit-unless you want to
  • at least a 20% discount on ALL purchases
  • NO STRINGS attached

Please contact me, if you have questions otherwise Click here to Start your adventure for just $99. 

I would love to be a part of your adventure!

Statement of the Heart...

"To love what we do and share what we love, 

as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments...

in this we make a difference." 

 


DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge No. 223: Moon Baby Quilt

DOSstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge No. 223-sketch pad #crackedpotstamper

Time for the DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge, this week it is a "Sketch Pad" Challenge. 

This week I was inspired by quilts. I saw this sketch and it reminded me of the quilts my grandmother made for each of us.

I love the colors and the sweet little sparkly creatures  on this card. Bunnies and lambs and bears, oh my!

Yes I know the plural for more than one lamb is sheep but that didn't flow as well...so I opted for lambs.

Moon Baby card created by Dawn Thomas for DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge No. 223 #crackedpotstamper #stampinup

What did I use to create this beauty? (scroll down to bottom for complete supply list and links)

Stamp Set: Moon Baby    

Paper: Falling in Love Designer Series Paper, Tip Top Taupe, Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla

Ink: Basic Gray

Accessories: Clear Wink of Stella, Metallic Enamel Shapes

It's All in the Details:

  • Lots of layers means Stampin' Dimensionals...love these little hexagon shaped sticky foam
  • little Wink of Stella adds just the right amount of glitter
  • Top it all off with a few Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes and it ready for any baby

Moon Baby card created by Dawn Thomas for DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge No. 223 #crackedpotstamper #stampinup



Always take the scenic route.

Dawn



My Project Supply List (click on products to shop online)


One more thing...

I forgot to mention the sweet sentiment inside...take a peek!

Moon Baby card created by Dawn Thomas for DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge No. 223 #crackedpotstamper #stampinup
 Don't you just love it!?!


Shop with Dawn

Just want to shop? Not a problem, my store is open 24/7!

LOVE A DEAL?  You can save on several great NEW Stampin' Up! bundles here.

Want to browse the products that are still available from the Holiday catalog, click here.

And the CLEARANCE ITEMS are here.

But if you WANT THE BEST DEAL OF ALL!  

It's the Ultimate Bundle...the Stampin' Up! starter kit is for you!

It's super simple.

  • Pick out the products you want! $125 worth of goodies for only $99 plus tax. Stampin' Up! will pay the shipping (great deal)
  • No obligation to sell or recruit-unless you want to
  • at least a 20% discount on ALL purchases
  • NO STRINGS attached

Please contact me, if you have questions otherwise Click here to Start your adventure for just $99. 

I would love to be a part of your adventure!

Statement of the Heart...

"To love what we do and share what we love, 

as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments...

in this we make a difference." 

 

 


What is a Cracked Pot?

  • What is a "Cracked Pot"
  • What does a "Cracked Pot" have to do with stamping?

These are questions I get asked pretty regularly. 

And the answer could be very different depending on whom you ask, as it could have several different meanings.

But here is my reason, please sit back and enjoy the story.

The Cracked Pot: A Story for Anyone Who's Not Quite Perfect

A water bearer in India had two large pots hanging at the ends of a pole that he carried across his neck. One of the pots was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house. The other pot had a crack in it, and by the time it reached its destination, it was only half full. Every day for two years the water bearer delivered only one and one-half pots of water to the master's house.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments-perfect to the end for which it was made. The poor little cracked pot was ashamed of its imperfections and miserable that it could accomplish only half of what it had been designed to do. After two years of what the imperfect pot perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer and said, "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."

"Why?" asked the bearer, "What are you ashamed of?"

"Well, for these past two years, I have been able to deliver only half a load of water each day because this crack in my side allows water to leak out all the way back to the master's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all this work without getting the full value of your efforts," the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path." Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot noticed the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because half of its load had leaked out once again.

Then the bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path and not on the other pot's side? That's because I've always known about your flaw and took advantage of it by planting flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day as we walked back from the stream, you watered those seeds, and for two years I have picked these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's table. Without you being just what you are, he would not have had this beauty to grace his house."



 

And that my friend, is why I chose the name Cracked Pot, because we are all "cracked" in one way or another. But despite our flaws and cracks we can accomplish many beautiful and wonderful things, I happen to use my gifts to make others happy with a few simple tools of ink, paper and stamps. I hope that you remember this story and use your talents accordingly because the most beautiful things in life often come from the broken pieces.

 

story of the #crackedpotstamper

 

If you would like to use your talents to spread happiness using stamps, ink and paper, I would to have you join my community of "cracked pots".

It's super simple.

  • Pick out the products you want! $125 worth of goodies for only $99 plus tax. Stampin' Up! will pay the shipping (great deal)
  • No obligation to sell or recruit-unless you want to
  • at least a 20% discount on ALL purchases
  • NO STRINGS attached

Please contact me, if you have questions otherwise Click here to Start your adventure for just $99. 

I would love to be a part of your adventure!

Stampin' Up! Statement of the Heart...

"To love what we do and share what we love, 

as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments...

in this we make a difference." 


DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge No. 222: Watercolor Pencils-Tasty Trucks

DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge No. 222 #crackedpotstamper

Time for the DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge, this week it is a "Product Spotlight" Challenge. 

This week I was inspired by the endless possibilities of these  FABULOUS Watercolor Pencils. 

I had never used Watercolor Pencils before but I can honestly say I am hooked! I love love love them!

When I look at this card, I instantly have a huge smile on my face :o)

I'm not sure if it is the fact that it combines several of my favs...cupcakes, the color pink, sparkles, etc

DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge No. 222-Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils Tasty Trucks card created by Dawn Thomas #crackedpotstamper

What did I use to create this beauty? (scroll down to bottom for complete supply list and links)

Stamp Set: Tasty Trucks (only available until March 31, 2017: Sale-a-Bration)   

Paper: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper

Ink: Basic Black Archival Ink

Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen

It's All in the Details:

  • Melon Mambo: 4-1/4" x 11", scored & folded at 5-1/2"
  • Basic Black: 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Whisper White: 3-3/4" x 5" (front) and 4" x 5-1/4" (inside)
  • Watercolor Paper: stamped, colored and fussy cut then adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals

TIP: Add a touch of Wink of Stella on the cupcakes...because everything is better with a little sparkle!

DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge No. 222-Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils Tasty Trucks card created by Dawn Thomas #crackedpotstamper



Always take the scenic route.

Dawn



My Project Supply List (click on products to shop online)


Just want to shop? Not a problem, my store is open 24/7!

LOVE A DEAL?  You can save on several great NEW Stampin' Up! bundles here.

Want to browse the products that are still available from the Holiday catalog, click here.

And the CLEARANCE ITEMS are here.

But if you WANT THE BEST DEAL OF ALL!  

It's the Ultimate Bundle...the Stampin' Up! starter kit is for you!

It's super simple.

  • Pick out the products you want! $125 worth of goodies for only $99 plus tax. Stampin' Up! will pay the shipping (great deal)
  • No obligation to sell or recruit-unless you want to
  • at least a 20% discount on ALL purchases
  • NO STRINGS attached

Please contact me, if you have questions otherwise Click here to Start your adventure for just $99. 

I would love to be a part of your adventure!

Statement of the Heart...

"To love what we do and share what we love, 

as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments...

in this we make a difference." 

 


Quick and Easy Nugget Treats

Need a quick and easy treat for someone?

A special little token of appreciation?

A little extra "thank you" for your favorite service person? I know my nail lady loves it when I bring her chocolate goodies.

Hershey Nugget treats created by Dawn Thomas #crackedpotstamper Stampin' Up!

These were some from this fall and Christmas. 

Holiday Hershey Nugget treats created by Dawn Thomas Stampin' Up! #crackedpotstamper


Here is how simple these are to make...

  • Wrap Hershey nuggets in Designer Series Paper (1"x3"), adhere with SNAIL or Fast Fuse or whatever you prefer
  • Tray for nuggets: cut card stock (1-7/8"x5") and score 1/4" from edge on each of the long sides
  • Slide tray and nuggets into cellophane bag (2"x8"-item #141703), tie top closed with baker's twine
  • Give away & enjoy making someone's day a little nicer!

These little goodies are always a hit at the craft sales or when given as little gifts to co-workers, teachers, etc.

Hope you give this a try.

Always take the scenic route,

Dawn


Product List


DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge #221: Basket Builder Framelits-Love My Peeps

DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge #221

Time for the DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge, this week it is a "Home Sweet Home" Challenge. 

This picture reminds of one of the many things that I love about the Easter season...

C-A-N-D-Y!!

  • marshmallow bunnies (but they have to be a little stale and crunchy)
  • mini robin's eggs
  • chocolate eggs
  • chocolate bunnies
  • pretty much anything that is chocolatey or pastel colored.

Love My Peeps Basket Builder Framelits card created by Dawn Thomas for DSC#221 #crackedpotstamper

I love the colors and glimmer included on this card. 


What did I use to create this beauty? (scroll down to bottom for complete supply list and links)

Stamp Set: Sunshine Sayings and Hardwood

Paper: Sale-a-Bration Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack, Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper, Sweet Sugarplum, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White 

Ink: Tip Top Taupe

Accessories: Basket Builder Framelits, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Layering Oval Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Burlap Ribbon

It's All in the Details: the fantastic thing about this card is that there is very little stamping...it is mostly layering images that have been die cut.

  • The Hardwood background was stamped off once - to create a subtle image
  • The Designer Series Paper was cut on the diagonal to give the gingham a different look. And I like it!
  • I die cut the word love four times (3 from whisper white plus 1 from Sweet Sugarplum), adhered them together with the Fine-Tip Glue pen AND then added a thick layer of glue on top of the Sweet Sugarplum layer to give it an embossed and glossy look.

Love My Peeps Basket Builder Framelits card created by Dawn Thomas for DSC#221 #crackedpotstamper



Always take the scenic route.

Dawn



My Project Supply List (click on products to shop online)


It's the Ultimate Bundle...the Stampin' Up! starter kit is for you!

It's super simple.

  • Pick out the products you want! $125 worth of goodies for only $99 plus tax. Stampin' Up! will pay the shipping (great deal)
  • No obligation to sell or recruit-unless you want to
  • at least a 20% discount on ALL purchases
  • NO STRINGS attached

Please contact me, if you have questions otherwise Click here to Start your adventure for just $99 plus tax. 

I would love to be a part of your adventure!

Statement of the Heart...

"To love what we do and share what we love, 

as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments...

in this we make a difference." 

 


DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge #220: Celebrating You

Time for Thursday Challenge - Woo Hoo!!

This week it is a "Color My World" Challenge.

This is the Inspiration.

Stampin' Up! DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge #220

And this is my interpretation.

If this card looks familiar to you, it is because I chose to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) the cattie. 

I absolutely loved the original (which you can find on page 11 of the 2017 Occasions catalog) and I knew immediately that I had to recreate it with a few minor changes.

BTW, if you don't have the catalog and you want one, please leave me a comment and I will mail one out to you.

Stampin' Up! DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge #220 card created by Dawn Thomas #crackedpotstamper



What did I use to create this beauty? (scroll down to bottom for complete supply list and links)

Stamp Set: Birthday Blast

Paper: Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Shimmery White and Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper

Ink: Soft Sky

Accessories: Metallic Foil Doilies, Blushing Bride Baker's Twine, Enamel Shapes-Subtles and Rhinestones

It's All in the Details: Less is more, I kept it very simple.

  • Sahara Sand:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2"-scored & folded at 4-1/4".
  • Shimmery White: 4" x 5-1/4" 
  • Soft Sky (banner): 1-1/2" x 5"
  • Blushing Bride Glimmer: punch 2" circle

TIP: Punch banner piece first and then stamp sentiment second - which is opposite of what I usually do.



Always take the scenic route.

Dawn



Stampin' Up! DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge #220 card created by Dawn Thomas #crackedpotstamper

Dawn's Supply List




 

Just want to shop? Not a problem, my store is open 24/7!

LOVE A DEAL?  You can save on several great NEW Stampin' Up! bundles here.

Want to browse the products that are still available from the Holiday catalog, click here.

And the CLEARANCE ITEMS are here.

But if you WANT THE BEST DEAL OF ALL!  

It's the Ultimate Bundle...the Stampin' Up! starter kit is for you!

It's super simple.

  • Pick out the products you want! $125 worth of goodies for only $99 plus tax. Stampin' Up! will pay the shipping (great deal)
  • No obligation to sell or recruit-unless you want to
  • at least a 20% discount on ALL purchases
  • NO STRINGS attached

Please contact me, if you have questions otherwise Click here to Start your adventure for just $99. 

I would love to be a part of your adventure!

Statement of the Heart...

"To love what we do and share what we love, 

as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments...

in this we make a difference."