Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Shelving Rock Falls

Hi blogging friends,

Last Saturday was such a beautiful day we decided to take a ride to Shelving Rock Falls, which is a 80-foot cascade that lies to the east side of Lake George.  It was an easy hike with a path that leads to a gorgeous waterfall.  It was a day to get out and breathe some fresh air.

I hope you will enjoy the waterfalls and scenery as I take you on a brief tour.



The carriage road will take you to the dam above the falls.


A short scramble downhill to the base of the falls.









The falls cascades over large protrusions of ledge, with a deep pool beneath.





The foot path beside Shelving Rock brook.


We came to a wooden foot bridge.



The beautiful serene lake so peaceful.


As we were heading back, we noticed this brush-like group of pines in the foreground, which will vie to someday become the mature pines behind them.  


We enjoyed a beautiful waterfall with a lakeside hike.  I hope you're not too tired from the trip.

Thank you for stopping by to visit me! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

To Have Faith


The creation I'm sharing with you today was made for my friend Roseanne in sunny Florida.  The base card is Old Lace, which is a deeper shade than Very Vanilla.  I paired a spring green from Baer Designs with Pink Pirouette.  The layer of Pink Pirouette was embossed with the Anna Griffin Rosa embossing folder (one of my favorites).  Next, I wrapped a piece of vintage lace around both pieces before mounting.

Using the Spellbinders Timeless Rectangle #3 die, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla and popped it up.  The bird image is from Vintagebyme on Etsy.  Friends was stamped in StazOn Stone Gray, punched out using the Stampin' Up jewelry tag punch and sponged with Brilliance Pearlescent Beige ink around the edges.


I finished the card with a triple loop bow using May Arts pink silk ribbon and glued a baby pink wild rose in the center.


The inside verse was also stamped in StazOn Stone Gray.  The butterfly was done in Going Gray and colored with Pink Pirouette with an aqua painter pen for softness.  I added a little sparkle with a clear Spica pen.


Thank you for your friendship Roseanne and for being so sweet.  You always assist me with my Facebook troubles ... LOL!








Stamps:  Vintagebyme Digital Image, JustRite Fleur De Lis Labels Twenty, Impression Obsession Faith Wings
Paper:  Old Lace, Baer Designs Green, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Sentiments - StazOn Stone Gray; Butterfly - Going Gray (colored with Pink Pirouette with Aqua pen); Sponging - Brilliance Pearlescent Beige
Accessories:  May Arts 1/8" Pink Silk Ribbon, Vintage Lace, Clear Spica Pen, Anna Griffin Rosa Embossing Folder, Wild Orchid Crafts Baby Pink Wild Rose, SU Jewelry Tag Punch, Spellbinders Timeless Rectange #3 Die, Spellbinders Labels Eight #4 & #5 (Inside), Bow-Easy
Technique:  Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Where Bloggers Create Winner!

Hello blogging friends,

I want to thank everyone again for entering my giveaway.  It's finally time to announce the winner.  The winning # using random.org was 36 - Terry from Goin' Over the Edge. 


Congratulations Terry, I have sent you an email so if you could please respond with your address I will get this pretty necklace in the mail to you.


Hugs to all those who entered and for taking the time to comment on my craft studio.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Early Morning


Hi blogging friends,

I hope you're having a good week.  It has been quite warm and humid here and my allergies have been acting up.  The other day I created a Stampscapes card for a dear friend.  It is a layout I have done before, but added the little crane to the scene.

On a piece of Kromekote glossy paper I stamped the images in StazOn Stone Gray.  Using a 1 3/8" circle punch and a Post-it note I created a mask for the moon.  The sky was sponged with Adirondack Cloudy Blue, Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue and Night of Navy.  I then removed the Post-it note.


The water was sponged with Adirondack Cloudy Blue, Marina Mist, Distress Tumbled Glass and Distress Bundled Sage.  Water ripples were stamped in Marina Mist (stamped off once on scrap paper).  The rocks were colored in Going Gray and Basic Gray with a touch of ColorBox Frost White.  I finished the front by adding some Angel Wings Shimmerz Paint to the water.


The inside sentiment was stamped in Marina Mist and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The trees were stamped in StazOn Stone Gray.


I would like to thank everyone who stopped by to visit my craft studio and for your lovely comments.  If you didn't sign up for my giveaway you have until Saturday, July 26th.









Stamps:  Stampscapes Pines & Rocks, Pines & Rocks Small, Crane in H20, Water Pattern Small, Infinite Beauty by Impression Obsession
Paper:  Abysse, Soft Sky, Shimmery White, Kromekote Glossy
Ink:  Images - StazOn Stone Gray; Sky - Adirondack Cloudy Blue, Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Night of Navy; Water - Adirondack Cloudy Blue, Marina Mist, Distress Tumbled Glass, Distress Bundled Sage; Rocks - Going Gray, Basic Gray, ColorBox Frost White; Water Ripples - Marina Mist (stamped off once); Sentiment - Marina Mist with Clear EP
Accessories:  1 3/8" Circle Punch, Post-it Note, Angel Wings Shimmerz Paint, Spellbinders Labels Eight #5
Technique:  Embossing, Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Friday, July 11, 2014

Where Bloggers Create 2014

Hi, I'm Donna.  Welcome everyone to my blog and crafting studio.  I'm so excited to be participating in the 6th annual 'Where Bloggers Create' party hosted by the lovely Karen Valentine from My Desert Cottage.  I want to take a moment to thank Karen for putting together this wonderful event.  It is a perfect time for renewing old friendships and celebrating new ones.  Karen is a very talented lady who redesigned my blog several years ago.  To this day I still enjoy the timeless design.


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 create handmade cards with rubber stamps and digital images.  It is a hobby I picked up six years ago.  Donna's Designs has been featured in Creating Vintage Charm, Artful Blogging, Romantic Homes, Gatherings, Rubber Stamp Madness and Old Fashioned Living.


When the time came to redo the room I created a basic layout and off I went to research what would work for my space without going to the expensive of having custom cabinetry.  I envisioned a light an airy space in a neutral color.  The cabinets I selected are from Ballard Designs and were installed by my darling husband.  On their site they have a design your space guide, which will help you figure out exactly what you need to custom-fit your space.

Shall we take a tour?  I should warn you there are lots of photos, but at the end there is a giveaway!

As you step into the room to the right I have my multi-functional printer as well as my computer for doing digital work, blogging and photography.  Above the printer is a Pottery Barn Craft Organizer which holds 'general' gift wrap most of the year and then 'seasonal' wrap at Christmas time.  The cute cubbies hold scraps of ribbon and twine.


Shelves store bottles of glitter glass (it is too pretty to be hidden away) as well as Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist sprays.  Ikea Rajtan glass jars hold frequently used embellishments for card making.



The credenza holds office supplies, files, label maker and software books.


A 3-drawer hutch works perfectly for my everyday stamp sets.  I spent quite a bit of time thinking and re-thinking about how I should store them ... LOL!  They are within reach and grouped by theme.  My seasonal stamps are kept in another area.


The beautiful box and topiary are from the Unique Box Boutique on Etsy.



A few loose background stamps are kept on top.



The hutch drawers house scrapbooking tape ...


Copic markers ...


Adhesives, paints, gamsol, etc.


Shall we see what is in the other credenza?  The first set of drawers hold colored pencils, markers, chalks, and distressing items.  Each drawer is labeled for easy access.





In the middle set of drawers we have tools, embossing, chipboard and Zutter supplies.




The drawers on the right hold all kinds of seam binding, ribbons and twine.  I have tried to organize the ribbons by color.





This next cabinet is my favorite!  It has 8 pull out drawers and is very efficient for holding all those embellishments and doo-dads!  Each drawer is labeled for quick access.


 In here we have the following:


StazOn, Distress, Brilliance, VersaMagic and Kaleidacolor ink pads.


Shimmerz Paints and embossing powders in all colors.


A whole drawer filled with glitters and perfect pearls!


Pearls and rhinestones of all kinds ...


Roses are a must ...


Seasonal accessories ...


Hardware such as brads, charms and ribbon slides ...


Memory glass, frames, SU hodgepodge hardware and overflow seam binding.


On top is my 'ink & embellishment station'.  These are all of my Stampin' Up! inks and embellishments. The carousals are also from SU.


Lots of ink refills for watercoloring.


Roses are the theme in my craft studio.


I don't believe a girl can ever have too many drawers!  I have a confession - it took me quite a while to pick out the knobs for this cabinet.  I looked everywhere and then finally came across these metal Fleur de Lis knobs with gold gild.  They screamed buy me!



A vintage cupboard holds more stamping supplies. 



The top shelf has all kinds of envelopes, clear boxes for packaging and cellophane bags. 


Here we have assorted folded cards, 6" x 6" paper pads, and card kits. 


Several shelves hold Stampin' Up paper packs.  The stacks are colored coded making it easy to find what you need.


On the bottom there are a couple of plastic boxes, which hold more paper roses.


I've decorated the top of the cabinet with a rose garland.  A Longaberger basket draped with a lace edged napkin holds paper roses.


This pocket organizer I picked up for a few dollars and decorated it with lace, pearls and seam binding.  The slots are perfect for holding tags.




A while ago I shared with you my lace ribbon project.  You can see that post here.




A few handmade items I have picked up over the years.



If you haven't already met Cheops he is my constant companion.  He oversees everything that goes on and is part of the quality control team!


Oh, I can't forget to show you my vintage framed memo board.  One side is magnetic covered with fabric and when you flip it over the other is a chalkboard.  The pattern is 'document' and you can find a similar fabric at Ballard Designs.


Silk and lace gillyflowers were made by my friend Jennelise.


Last summer I picked up this vintage Shabby chic basket for overflow stamps.  The gorgeous fabric liner is a wonderful inspiration.




As you can see, I am a very organized stamper.  Let's take a peek at what is on my desk.


Paintbrushes fill a decorated mason jar.



A whitewashed basket holds pretty paper roses.



Paper clips come in handy for all kinds of things.


A few handmade cards I have created.





I also enjoy creating Stampscapes cards.




Thank you for stopping by to visit me and for taking the tour (are you blurry-eyed now)?  I would love your feedback and any suggestions you may have.  I'm thinking about putting some shelving up.  I'm looking forward to visiting other artists and finding inspiration from their spaces.


I'm also hosting a giveaway for this beautiful vintage style ivory rose and pearl necklace.  It was created by the wonderful Julie Weingarten from JoolaDesigns.



All you need to do to enter is be a follower of Donna's Designs and leave a comment on this post by Saturday, July 26, 2014.

I will select a winner on Sunday, July 27, 2014 using random.org.  If you don't have a blog, please be sure you leave a way for me to contact you.



If you would like to see more places Where Bloggers Create, please stop over and visit Karen.  Lots of fun awaits!
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