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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Shabby Chic Valentine Tags

Hello everyone,

The sweetest time of the year is just around the corner.  I have been busy making all kinds of Valentine's Day tags and can't wait to show the love!


The pretty Shabby Chic paper was cut out using the Poppy Stamps Main Street Tags set.


Love was stamped and embossed on each heart and finished with a glittered heart brad.  The hearts were popped up to add dimension.


The back of each tag has a tiny heart in the lower right corner.  I left them blank for a personal message.


Are you looking for more sweet inspiration?  I'll be sharing more Valentine's Day tags later this week.  It's never too early to think about your Valentine!

Have a sweet evening  :-)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Let's Make Roller Bottles

Hi everyone,

Roller bottles are so simple to make and great for on the go!  What better way to enjoy your favorite scents and create gifts for your friends.  I purchased 10 ml bottles since they fit perfectly in my purse. I highly recommend you use a roller bottle with a metal ball, especially if you are using any type of citrus oils.  Metal roller tops help oils glide on smoothly.




You will need:
  • 10 ml glass roller bottles
  • Fractionated coconut oil or carrier oil of choice
  • Small funnel or pipettes (optional)
  • Therapeutic-grade essential oils
For 10 ml bottles, I usually use 15 drops of essential oil and then fill the rest with carrier oil.  For kids' blends, I suggest reducing that to 5-10 drops.  I prefer to use fractionated coconut oil because it does not stain your clothes and lasts longer than other oils.  Essential oils do not have an expiration date; although, once mixed with a carrier oil they take on the expiration date of that carrier.  Keep in mind citrus oils can be photosensitive.  It is advised to wait a minimum of 6-12 hours before exposing skin where you have applied citrus oils to UV rays or sunlight.


Vinyl labels can be created for your bottles or use stickers or rub-ons to personalize them.


Do you have any special recipes or blends you like to use?  I always keep a bottle of calming at my desk for those stressful days.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Oh Deer!

Hello everyone,

The new year is already upon us and I hope yours is off to a great start!  Everything here is still covered in a blanket of pretty snow, which inspired my creation.

When I first saw the Stampin' Up In the Meadow set I knew I had to have it.  There are so many scenes you can create using these stamps.


The deer and branches were all stamped in StazOn Saddle Brown onto Shimmery White paper.  I then colored the deer with Prismacolor pencils and sponged the sky in Bashful Blue.


I used a VersaMarker pen so I could precisely dab the branches where I wanted the glitter to stick as well as around the grass and ground.  Next, I sprinkled heat & stick powder and used a heat gun until it turned clear then finished with dazzling diamonds.  I wish you could see it better in the photos.


I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with family and friends.

And now we welcome the new year.  Full of things that have never been.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~



Stamps:  SU In the Meadow
Paper:  Natural Linen White, Bordering Blue, Shimmery White
Ink:  StazOn Saddle Brown, Bashful Blue, Prismacolor Pencils
Accessories:  Spellbinders Labels Eight #5, Gamsol
Technique:  Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5") 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

DIY Lip Balm Holders

Hello friends,

It's Christmas eve - how exciting!  I don't know about you, but this time of year I love everything peppermint ... candy canes, ice cream, cocoa and even lip balm.  A while back I made some homemade Peppermint Lip Balm as gifts and thought I would share my project with you.



Packaging your homemade lip balm is so fun and easy to do!  Sometimes the holiday inspiration you need can be found right in your own backyard.  I love to use natural elements like pinecones and Baker's twine to create beautiful gifts.

You Will Need
  • Kraft paper or cardstock
  • Hole punch
  • Baker's twine or thread
  • Small pinecones and/or sprigs
  • Hot glue gun
  • Stamps, ink or rub-on stickers
  • Pen or marker
To Make
  • Cut Kraft paper 3"W x 4" H.
  • Write the name of your lip balm at the top (if you prefer you can computer generate the name before cutting your paper).
  • Punch two holes approx. 1" apart in the center of the card.
  • Thread Baker's twine from back to front and tie a bow.
  • Use hot glue to piece together a pinecone and sprig.
  • Arrange the cluster on card and use hot glue to secure everything in place.
  • Add stamped images or rub-ons to embellish.

Just like my previous post, these lip balms also make great stocking stuffers and can be made in so many different flavors.

Wishing you a magical Christmas eve and a Merry Christmas!
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