Thursday, March 19, 2015

Movie Time


Hi blogging friends,

In January, Rochester Rocs held their yearly best local movie theatre contest and I'm thrilled to announce the Star Theatre of Dansville won again!  This hometown theatre first opened their doors on June 4, 1921 showing 35mm black and white silent films.  In the mid 80's the theatre closed and then reopened in 1994 by the 'Schmidt' family (my cousins).  The Star Theatre went from 35mm platter mounted projection to digital projection and Dolby digital surround sound.

Below are some photos of the marquee throughout the years.




and this is what the marquee looks like today ...


The inside of the theatre is gorgeous and has been fully restored.  Let's take a peek ...





I can just see myself watching an old Marilyn Monroe movie on the big screen enjoying some buttery popcorn!

So my card to congratulate Edgar and the team was inspired by the marquee.  I've combined Coredinations Pearls paper with Black Tie Glitter paper and Recollections Cherry.  The banner was created using the Papertrey Ink Notched Star Banner die.  The individual stars were cut from the PTI Seeing Stars dies.


SU's 'That's the Ticket' set came in handy for the movie tickets, which were punched out with the Ticket Duo punch.  I also found some Ideo-ology film strip ribbon, which I fastened to the front using mini star brads.


Congratulations was stamped inside with StazOn Black and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I added a small Star Theatre banner with a glittered star.


A big shout out to the Star Theatre for winning Rochester Rocs!  You have created a wonderful piece of history in downtown Dansville.

Hugs to Chuck, Edgar, Lois & Carl.








Stamps:  SU That's the Ticket, Well Scripted
Paper:  Black Linen, Coredinations Pearls, Black Tie Glitter, Recollections Cherry Glitter, Basic Black
Ink:  StazOn Black with Clear EP
Accessories:  Ideo-ology Film Strip Ribbon, Recollections Mini Star Brads, SU Bitty Banner Dies, Papertrey Ink Notched Star Banner Die, Papertrey Ink Seeing Stars Dies, Spellbinders Labels Eight #4 & #5 (Inside), SU Star Punch, SU Ticket Duo Punch
Technique:  Embossing
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Memorial Bookmarks

Hi everyone,

I have something a little different to share with you today.  A friend asked me if I could make him some memorial bookmarks.  After taking a peek at the sample he had, I thought "sure, why not give it a try."  Well, I am very pleased with how they turned out.  

I created a template, inserted the photo, and typed the obituary on the front.  I kept playing around with the fonts until I was satisfied (I'm kind of crazy like that!)


On the back are the dates with a verse.  I added a few white butterflies.


Since I don't have a laminating machine I took a drive over to our local office supply store to have them done.  It only took 4 laminating pouches to do all 12 bookmarks.  Now they will be protected and always look brand new.  What a great way to honor a loved one and cherish the precious memories you once shared!

I packaged them in a pretty glassine bag, which was embossed using a damask embossing folder.


I'm so happy I could help out a co-worker and try something new for a change.  He liked them so much he even sent me flowers  :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

This week I am joining ...

Inspire Me Monday @ Create with Joy

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Vintage Richelieu

Hello everyone,

I can never resist a pretty piece of china!  Anything pink or purple always catches my eye and I love to mix and match them for a unique tablescape.


Today I am sharing with you a Royal Doulton Richelieu plate from England.  The pattern is H4957. What makes this piece so special are the hand painted daisies with a soft lavender background.  I also love the elegant gold scrolls and leaves.


It has such a pretty backstamp.


I've paired it with a vintage lusterware teacup and saucer from Japan.  Another wonderful find with a footed base!


The kettle is on and I will be sipping an enchanted white rose blend.


I always look forward to tea time and trying different teas, but somehow I tend to keep going back to my favorite white rose.    


Perfect for a spot of tea on a cold day.


With all the snow we have received I find myself dreaming about springtime.

Thank you for enjoying a cuppa tea with me  :-)

This week I will be joining ...

Tea Time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
Friends Sharing Tea @ Bernideen's Tea Time
Rose of Inspiration @ The Enchanting Rose 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique

Sunday, February 15, 2015

GYB 2015 Winner!

Hi everyone,

Wishing you a blessed Sunday.  I want to thank everyone who entered my Grow Your Blog giveaway.  It's finally time to announce the winner.  The winning # using random.org was 3 - Merle from Merlesworld.


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


Thank you to all those who entered and for taking the time to leave a comment on my GYB post.  

I'm hoping to enjoy a relaxing day with some crafting.  Poor hubby will have to clean more snow.  To all my friends in the Northeast - stay warm!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Valentine's Day Palace


Hello my friends,

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!  Before the game gets underway, I have a Valentine's Day card to share with you using some Memory Box supplies.  I wanted to create a subtle background using the Adornment stencil.  A piece of Very Vanilla paper was cut to size; I placed the stencil over it and spritzed the background using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold - Ooh La La, how pretty!  It's extremely difficult to see in the photo, but the pattern is there.


Next, I cut and assembled the Palace Oval Frame and popped it up off the background.  A precious heart was cut from Pink Pirouette paper.  Of course, I had to add some Star Dust Stickles to it.  A silver rhinestone accents the bow.  The word love was cut using an Elizabeth Craft Designs die.  I like how it fits perfectly in the frame.


Happy Valentine's Day was stamped and embossed using Close to Cocoa ink.  The little heart was filled with Cotton Candy Stickles.  I thought it needed something else so I added a musical note.


Enjoy the game tonight.  I really don't care which team wins.  Do you have a favorite?  We are going to a friend's house who always puts on a spread.

They are predicting more snow this evening.  Here's hoping the drive to work in the morning won't be too bad.



Stamps:  PSX Happy Valentine's Day (E-2471), JustRite Musical Notes Labels Twenty
Paper:  Natural White Linen, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Background - Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold; Sentiment - Close to Cocoa with Clear EP
Accessories:  Kaiser Silver Rhinestone, Star Dust & Cotton Candy Stickles, Spica Pen in Sand, Memory Box Palace Oval Frame Die, Precious Hearts Die, Adornment Stencil, Elizabeth Craft Designs Love Die
Technique:  Embossing
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

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!

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