Monday, April 24, 2017

Elegant Lilacs

Hello friends,

As the lilac bushes begin to form buds they have inspired me to create this card.  The pretty purple lilac images were cut using the Spellbinders Devine Eloquence dies.  I just love the elegance and beauty of these pieces.

The image was layered onto a piece of white cardstock using the vine die and popped up.  Everything was adhered to a light purple card base.

Perfect plum ink was used to stamp the inside sentiment.  It was embossed with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.  Another lilac graces the lower corner of the card.

Can you smell their fragrance?  Oh, I so anticipate the smell of lilacs!

Thank you for stopping to visit me.  I truly appreciate all your wonderful comments.

Stamps:  Lilacs by Tangles Treasures, Precious Treasure by Impression Obsession
Paper:  Purple Lace, Recollections Purple Passion, Whisper White
Ink:  Perfect Plum with Clear EP
Accessories:  Spellbinders Devine Eloquence Dies
Technique:  Embossing
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Early Spring in the Garden

Hello my friends,

It has been a while since I've had the opportunity to post.  The past couple of weekends have been filled with garden clean up.  I'm happy to write the first blooms have arrived.  

It's always uplifting to see color again in the garden.

The beginning of a new season ...

Lots of bright blues and purples ...

The very entertaining chipmunks are back.  I enjoy watching them scurry about the yard with their cheeks filled with gathered nuts and seeds.

Peonies are starting to emerge.  A new variety I planted in the fall called 'Terrific Gal'.  They will have a double row of ruffled rose petals with a wonderful fragrance.

Finches and sparrows are gathering twigs for their houses.  Bird nests are appearing in the trees ... they are singing a song.

Magnolia buds so pretty against the blue sky.

There is so much to look forward to ... spring is in the air.

Wishing you a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Shabby Chic Gift Bag

Hello friends,

Today I'm sharing one of the gift bags I made a while ago.  I'm a huge lover of all things packaging! I think making your own packaging shows someone how much they mean to you.  

The bag measures 5.25" x 3.25" x 8.5" and has a coordinated gift tag.

A pretty doily was adhered to the front and distressed with inks.  Happy Birthday was stamped in brown ink and layered onto a piece of pink cardstock and popped up.

Stamped butterflies, a flourish and cottage roses accent the doily.  All I need to add is a piece of tissue paper.

Yesterday we were hit hard by the winter storm with about 22" of snow.  The high today was 24 degrees ... brrr.  I'm so ready for spring to arrive!

Wishing you a warm and cozy evening.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Simply Poppies

Hello there,

I've been daydreaming of spring and can't wait to see the first sprouts appear in the garden.  Our snow is starting to finally melt :-)

Today's card was created using the Spellbinders Filigree Delight dies.  I just love the delicate filigree look and kept the card simple.

The poppies were stamped in StazOn Stone Gray ink and colored with markers with a blender pen.  StazOn is a permanent ink so it does not bleed when you use a blender pen.

A bow was created from cream lace trim with a flat back pearl.

The inside sentiment I've had for years and finally got around to inking it.

You can find all the supplies I used listed below.

Thank you so much for stopping by Donna's Designs.  I sincerely appreciate your feedback and kind comments.

Stamps:  SU Simply Sketched, JustRite Shoes Vintage Labels Six, Stampendous! Relax Enjoy
Paper:  Old Lace, Blush Blossom, Shimmery White
Ink:  StazOn Stone Gray, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, ColorBox Frost White
Accessories:  Cream Lace Trim, Wild Orchid Crafts Cream Flower Flat Back Pearl, Spellbinders A2 Filigree Delight, Spellbinders Labels Four #2 and Labels Four Small #2, Blender Pen, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Chocolate Strawberry Lip Balm

I hope you are having a fun filled weekend!  Today I have some Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Lip Balm to share with you.  It's so easy to whip up a small batch and during the winter my lips become so dry.  Yes, it is still winter here and we have snow on the ground.  

For these tubes I mixed beeswax, coconut oil, Vitamin E oil, dark chocolate oil and strawberry oil with a hint of mica for a delicious lip balm.  This was my first time using mica.  It adds a hint of shimmery color to your lips.  This particular one also has a bit of silver in it.  Remember, a little goes a long way.

The items I purchase when making my lip balms are unsweetened, do not use any nut derived oils, are vegan friendly and cruelty free, and are free of gluten, soy, alcohol and parabens.

Full of sweetness without the calories!

So pucker up!

I'm so happy to have tomorrow off.  I've never been much of a procrastinator, but I've been putting off organizing my closet and I think it's time to tackle the task.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Purple Valentine Hearts

Hello blogging friends,

I'm back with more Valentine's Day tags.  I hope you're feeling the love!

These were made using the Spellbinders Nested Heart die and some pretty lilac patterned paper.  The smaller heart was cut with the Classic Hearts die.  Be Mine was stamped and embossed in Perfect Plum ink.  The edges were inked with Pale Plum.  The little heart was popped up to give dimension.

A Kaiser misty rose was adhered to the top with 1/4" satin white ribbon.  

Did you know you can find Donna's Designs on Facebook and Instagram?  I would love for you to follow my crafting journey.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Cozy Tea ...

It's been a long time since I have shared tea with you ... way too long.

This dainty teacup was my choice for today with it's pretty bouquet of pink roses.

I'll be sipping my favorite organic white rose tea.

I've already decorated for Valentine's Day and will share that with you another day.

My love for mercury glass continues ...

A dreamy heart jeweled holder with a rose candle is perfect for tea day.

I'm hoping 2017 will allow us to have more time together for tea and crafting.

Happy Tea Day!

This week I am sipping with ...

Friends Sharing Tea @ Bernideen's Tea Time
Tuesday Cuppa Tea @ Antiques and Tea Cups
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