Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog & Giveaway


Hi blogging friends,

Today I am joining the 3rd annual Grow Your Blog party at Vicki's place.  If you are new to Donna's Designs I hope you will take a few minutes to look around or stop back after the party.  Let me tell you a little bit about myself.  I create handmade cards with rubber stamps and digital images.  It is a hobby I picked up seven years ago.

These are just a few of my favorites ...





My craft room began as a bedroom and has since evolved into my crafting studio/office.  It is not a large space, but I have tried to make the most of it so that everything is within reach and accessible when my 'mojo' is flowing.  I do my best to explain how I create my cards and always include a supply list for your reference.


Donna's Designs has been featured in Creating Vintage Charm, Artful Blogging, Romantic Homes, Gatherings, Rubber Stamp Madness and Old Fashioned Living.


On my blog I also share with you my passion for gardening.  As you stroll through my gardens you will see native plants which attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  As you tour and take in all the architectural elements I have incorporated into my gardens; whether it is the gazebo, arbor, trellises, pond or the fountain, I'm sure you will find something you like.




From time to time I will share some of my vintage china.  I have been collecting pieces for many years.  Tea time is usually on Tuesday.

My husband and I have a love for Ocicats and currently we are blessed with a chocolate-silver named Cheops.  He will pop in occasionally to say 'hello'.


For this special party I am giving away a sterling silver heart locket.  Isn't this just sweet and perfect for Valentine's Day?




All you need to do to enter the drawing is leave a comment on this post by midnight on Saturday, February 14, 2015.

I will pick the lucky winner on Sunday, February 15th using random.org.  Everyone is welcome to enter, including International bloggers.

Thank you Vicki for hosting this lovely party.  Please stop over to 2 Bags Full to visit the other participants.  I do hope you will consider becoming a follower of Donna's Designs so you don't miss a thing!  You can also follow me on Facebook.

Now, let's party!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Snowflake Flip It


On this blustery cold day I have a snowflake flip it card to share with you.  I'm just loving the beautiful Stampin' Up! thinlits die!

I started with a piece of 5 7/16" x 10" Brushed Silver paper and went under the knives on one side of the die to create a flip on the front of the card.  This allows me to have a bigger card and more space on the inside for a greeting.


The snowflake was decorated with Surf glitter paper, Soft Sky and Brushed Silver.  A rhinestone accents the center.  Silver glitter snowflakes fall down the left side of the card.  On the right side, I adhered snowflake paper to Soft Sky then wrapped a piece of organdy ribbon around them with a triple loop bow.  


The inside greeting was stamped in Marina Mist and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I also stamped a silver snowflake.  It was a little too difficult to flip the card open and try to take a picture holding the camera - sorry about that  :-(

Have you been keeping warm these last couple of days?  Our thermometer currently reads -9 degrees ... brrr!!!  Hey, after living on top of a mountain in Vermont a little cold won't hurt this gal.

Have a super day!  Thank you for stopping by.








Stamps:  SU Serene Snowflakes, Northwoods Vintage The Chill of Winter (Inside)  
Paper:  Brushed Silver, Soft Sky, DCWV The Winter Matstack Designer Paper, Recollections Surf Glitter Paper, Shimmery White
Ink:  Marina Mist with Clear EP; Snowflake - VersaMark with Silver EP
Accessories:  SU Snowflake Card Thinlits Die, Ribbon Trends 1/4" White Organdy Ribbon, Recollections Silver Glitter Snowflakes, Kaiser Silver Rhinestone, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, 1" Circle Punch, Creative Memories Corner Rounder, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Flip It Card
Card Size:  4 1/8" x 5 3/8"  

Monday, January 5, 2015

Shutterfly Calendar for 2015

Hi everyone,

In late December I decided to make my own 2015 calendar to use in my craft studio.  The fact that I had a coupon from Shutterfly for a free 8" x 11" photo wall calendar sealed the deal!

The calendar was so easy to put together and it only took me like 15 minutes.  I chose an array of pictures - some from the garden and others from places we traveled.




When it arrived I was so impressed by the print quality.  The paper is heavy weight and the spiral-bound binding is very sturdy.  To check out Shutterfly's calendar section, click here.



I've created Shutterfly photo books in the past.  You can see that post here.

So for just $5.99 (the price of shipping) I was very happy with the finished product.  I most definitely will be creating another calendar for next year.

Thank you for stopping to visit me!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Toasting the New Year!


Hi blogging friends,

New Year's marks a new beginning.  New people to meet, new adventures to enjoy and new memories to create.  I hope the first few days of 2015 have brought you much happiness.

Today I'm sharing my New Year's cards.  I started with a black onyx metallic card and layered it with Spellbinders Captivating Squares cut from Brushed Gold paper.  The digital image is from PaperElement (I totally love it!) and was cut using a large classic square die.  I scattered a few mini gold star brads before taping it down.

A Happy New Year tag was created from a JustRite custom tag die.  The Shimmery White paper was sponged with Brilliance Galaxy Gold to coordinate.  A black eyelet was attached and the tag hangs from a piece of gold cording.  A bow was made from 5/8" sheer gold metallic ribbon.  I added a little bit of shimmer to the champagne with a clear Spica pen.


Something a little different this year.  Do you send out New Year's cards?  I'm off to pull out my Valentine's Day stamps so I can get a jump on things.

Wishing you a magical year!



Stamps:  Happy New Year (computer generated)
Paper:  Onyx Metallic, Brushed Gold, PaperElement Happy New Year Digital, Shimmery White
Ink:  Sponging - Brilliance Galaxy Gold
Accessories:  Target 5/8" Sheer Gold Metallic Ribbon, Recollections Mini Star Brads, SU Basic Eyelet in Black, JustRite Custom Tag Die, Spellbinders Captivating Squares #4, Large Classic Squares #6, SU Gold Cording, Clear Spica Pen
Techniques:  Sponging
Card Size:  4 3/4" x 4 3/4"

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Memory Jar for 2015

Hi everyone,

For the New Year I decided to make a memory jar.  This is not a new concept, but a great idea I saw on FB.  I plan to write down all the "good things" that happen in 2015 and place them in the jar throughout the year ... then open the jar on New Year's Eve.  It will be nice to unfold each piece of paper and reminisce about all the good stuff that happened during the year instead of the bad.  We remember the big memories, but it's the little joys in life that we tend to forget.

My jar is ready to go ...


I have a notepad from digital paper in the shape of a mason jar.  I will write my memories on the back of each sheet.  Now, this is a memory jar and not for resolutions!


If you'd like to create a memory jar all you need is a mason jar.  Decorate it with lace, ribbon, yarn, string and bling.


I used a Tim Holz idea-ology word band on the top of my jar.


Create a notepad from scrap paper - just let your imagination go wild!  You can even use a fun theme.  I used some beautiful images called 'Vintage Jars' by the Iralamija Shop. 


The pink rose on top of the lid is polymer clay with a magnet attached to the bottom.  A simple way to dress up the top of your jar.


Are you creating anything special for the New Year?  If so, please share in the comments section - I would love to hear about it!

Wishing you all love, peace and prosperity for 2015!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

'Twas the Night Before Christmas


Let the excitement begin! I can't believe it is Christmas Eve already.  Before I get started on making hors d'oeuvres and preparing the prime rib, I have another card to share with you.  

On a piece of Kromekote glossy paper I stamped the images in StazOn Black.  I created a mask for the moon by cutting a piece of paper with a small classic circle die.  The background was sponged in Adirondack Cloudy Blue, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist and Adirondack Denim.  After letting it dry and keeping the mask on I spritzed the paper with Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist.  The corners were rounded and the image was mounted to a piece of Night of Navy.  White organdy ribbon was wrapped around the layers with a triple loop bow and silver glittered star brad.

Peace was cut from Marina Mist paper using the Spellbinders peace sentiment.  It was glued to the front of the card to finish it off.


The inside of the card is a combination of Scalloped Labels One & Labels One.  The sentiment was stamped in Marina Mist and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The branches were done in StazOn Black.   


I'm off to prepare some things in the kitchen.  Michael went to work this morning so it's just Cheops and I.  I'll be back a little later to visit you.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!!








Stamps:  SU Wandering Words, A Wish for Peace, Stampscapes Crooked Limb (097E)
Paper:  Solar White Linen, Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Kromekote Glossy White, Whisper White
Ink:  Images - StazOn Black; Sponging - Adirondack Cloudy Blue, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Adirondack Denim
Accessories:  1/2" White Organdy Ribbon, Recollections Silver Glittered Star Brad, Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist, Creative Memories Corner Rounder, Spellbinders Peace Sentiment, Small Classic Circle #6, Scalloped Labels One, Labels One #6, Bow-Easy 
Techniques:  Embossing, Sponging
Card Size:  4 3/4" x 4 3/4" 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Christmas Lantern


Good evening friends,

These past few days have been so hectic!  It is my busiest time at work and will continue like that until after the first of the year.  My card for you today uses a pretty digi by Fred, She Said

The Christmas Poinsettia Lantern was printed and cut using a Spellbinders Gold Labels Four #3 die.  Crystal Effects was added to the flame and the flowers were accented with a clear Spica pen - neither show up in the photos  :-( 

The focal image was mounted to a piece of Soft Sky, which was also cut from a Gold Labels Four die.  Everything was popped up onto a piece of Gilded Christmas paper by Miki.  You can see the collection at Studio Girls Scrapbookgraphics.

Two circles were cut using the small and large classic circles dies and the greeting was stamped in StazOn Black.  A triple loop bow was made from 1/2" Soft Sky seam binding with a cream flat back pearl in the center.



Here is a look at the inside.  I used a sentiment from the Christmas Blessing set by Our Daily Bread Designs.  A poinsettia flower was adhered to the corner


I don't know about you, but there were so many Christmas cards I wanted to make this year. Unfortunately, I didn't start early enough.  I plan to finish the projects I already started and put them aside for next year.

Last night I noticed Cheops' eye infection has come back so we are giving him drops again twice a day for seven days.  I'm praying this time it will clear up for good.

Blessings ...








Stamps:  Christmas Lantern by Fred She Said, Our Daily Bread Designs Christmas Blessing, SU To You & Yours
Paper:  Solar White Linen, Soft Sky, Gilded Christmas Designer Paper by Miki, Whisper White
Ink:  StazOn Black
Accessories:  1/2" Soft Sky Seam Binding, Wild Orchid Crafts Cream Flower Flat Back Pearl, Crystal Effects, Clear Spica Pen, Spellbinders Gold Labels Four #3 & #4, Small Classic Circles #2 & Large Classic Circles #2, Bow-Easy 
Techniques:  Digi
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
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