Friday, November 16, 2018

Mini Muslin Gift Bag Holder

Hello Crafters,

Today I have a super easy project to share with you.  I've had these Stampin' Up Mini Muslin Bags forever and finally decided to use one for a gift card holder.  Tell me why did I wait so long?

For You was stamped in StazOn Timber Brown on a Spellbinders Gold Labels Four Die.  A little Brilliance Pearlescent Beige was added to the edges.  I then popped it up on a Labels Four Small Die cut from Close to Cocoa Paper.  The tag was hung from Baker's Twine.

I created a bow using Winter White seam binding and added the kraft paper leaf dipped in wax.  These I had purchased several years ago on Etsy.  

I think I'm addicted to these bags now!  My mind is swirling with ideas.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend as we start to think about the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Stamps:  JustRite Shoes Vintage Labels Six
Paper:  Close to Cocoa, Shimmery White
Ink:  StazOn Timber Brown, Brilliance Pearlescent Beige
Accessories:  SU Mini Muslin Bags, Winter White Seam Binding, Baker's Twine, Gold Labels Four #1, Labels Four Small #4, Hole Punch
Technique:  Sponging
Bag Size:  4" x 5 1/2"

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Dusting ...

Our first dusting of snow arrived last night ...

It feels as though autumn came and went so quickly.

It was a late start and now the leaves are crisp and speckled with snow.

The gardens last hurrah.

A new season is beginning.  The thermometer is at 26.8 degrees.

The pond has a thin glaze, but the Koi do not mind.

It's official, hot cocoa season has arrived.

Thank you for stopping to visit.

Stay warm!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Share the Message 2018 Winner

Hi everyone,

It's time to pick our Share the Message blog candy winner.  I would like to thank Karin and Jeanne for entering.  The # selected using was 2 - Jeanne at Reba Li Creates.

Congratulations Jeanne!  Please email me your address using the link on my right sidebar and I will get these pretty pink items in the mail to you next week.  Thank you for your support ladies.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Autumn Prayer Candle

Hello and thanks for stopping by!  I have something a little different to share with you.  The other day I created an autumn prayer candle using the Stampin' Up Vintage Leaves Set with matching Framelits Dies.  

I started with adhering a vintage tea dyed doily to the glass candle.  The leaves were stamped in Close to Cocoa, sponged with various inks and cut out using the matching dies.  I did spritz them using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold.  The tips were glued together then I used a small hole punch so I could string a piece of linen thread through them and wrap the thread around the glass.

To finish the project, a piece of ivory seam binding was wrapped around the jar with a triple loop bow.  The center was accented with an antique brad.

These candles would make great centerpieces on your table or sitting on a shelf.  I've started creating other designs for the holidays.

Stamping has been quite challenging with Pippin.  Just this morning he took off running with one of my sponges ... LOL!

I'm sending prayers to all of those dealing with Hurricane Michael.  Stay safe and see you soon!

Stamps:  SU Vintage Leaves
Paper:  Shimmery White
Ink:  Close to Cocoa, Rich Razzleberry, Dusty Durango, Distress Wild Honey, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, YoYo Yellow
Accessories:  Ivory Crinkled Seam Binding, 4" Vintage French Lace Doily, Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist, SU Linen Thread, SU Leaflets Framelits Dies, Bow-Easy, Glass Prayer Candle
Technique:  Sponging  

Monday, October 1, 2018

Share the Message 2018 Giveaway ...

Hi everyone,

I've been gone for way too long.  Life has been so busy and Pippin is now over a year old!  I thought it was important that I post about 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month'.  Breast cancer, and other types of cancers, have touched so many of our lives in one way or another.  Let us spread the word about early detection and mammography.

To help promote breast cancer awareness month, I will be giving away a Be You Notebook & Pen, Pink Ribbon Heart Key Tag and Notepad with Magnetic Closure.

All you need to do to enter the drawing is be a follower of my blog, like Donna's Designs on Facebook and leave a comment on this post by Saturday, October 13, 2018.

I will select a winner on Sunday, October 14, 2018 using and will give the winner 48 hours to contact me via email.

Please spread the word to your family and friends about October being 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month' and the importance of being screened.  If you know someone dealing with the disease, I encourage you to reach out to them - your support would mean everything.  This is a cause I am passionate about and I'm proud to display my pink ribbon this month.

Good luck and thank you for joining this cause.

Faith . Love . Hope . Believe

Friday, May 25, 2018

Welcome Spring Blooms

Hello friends,

I can't believe how long it has been since I last posted.  Time has been flying by and Pippin is growing up fast.  The gardens are looking great!  Would you like to see what has been blooming over the past month or so?  Please come along and stroll with me.

Purple tulips looked so stately this year.

Magnolia blooms in pretty hues of pink.  They remind me of tissue paper flowers.

Pear tree covered in white blossoms.

The violets have taken over.  Carefree and spreading their wings ...

Brunnera 'Jack Frost' with beautiful forget-me-not like flowers and frosty heart shaped leaves.  A spring favorite of mine.

I have five different varities of lilacs now.  The old fashioned variety has started to fade.

Cleome by the fountain.

Pulmonaria so bright and cheery.

The ever so dainty bleeding hearts.

Iris 'Cristata' blooming in front of the pond.

I just love this time of year.  All the blooms make me smile.  I will be back to share some photos of Pippin with you.

Don't forget you can follow Donna's Designs on Facebook.

Wishing you a happy and safe Memorial Day!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

S'mores Parfaits

Hi everyone,

Happy Sunday!  I have been MIA lately and have a good excuse for that.  Our little Pippin is growing up so fast and I want to spend every minute that I can with him during these early months.  Also, he is way to active right now to let me do any crafting - soon that will change.

Today I want to share with you some gluten free & dairy free S'mores Parfaits I made.  I used a recipe from Gluten Free Palate and tailored the ingredients based on my diet.  This recipe yields 4 single servings.

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch (gluten free)
  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of non-dairy butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (gluten free)
  • Kinnikinnick Graham Style Crackers (gluten free & dairy free)
  • So Delicious CocoWhip!  
  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, whisk together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and almond milk.
  2. Continue stirring until mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Boil for approx. one minute then add non-dairy butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Remove pan from heat and let cool until it reaches room temperature.
  5. Spoon crushed graham crackers into glass jars or bowls (reserve some for topping later).
  6. Add pudding over graham cracker layer.
  7. Place jars in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  8. Top with non-dairy So Delicious CocoWhip!
  9. Sprinkle leftover graham cracker crumbs on top.
  10. Enjoy!

These 1/5 liter glass Weck jars are so adorable!  You can find them at World Market.

Pretty layers of sweetness ...

I didn't have any, but you could add some tiny gluten free marshmallows to the top.

Wishing you a week filled with treats! 
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