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! 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Valentine Rose

Hello friends,

I have a card to share with you today.  This was made for a special gal, who after battling cancer, is now paying it forward by helping to build the spirits of other cancer patients.  I think she deserves a medal!

The roses were stamped in Pretty in Pink & Regal Rose, then cut out.  I used an aqua painter on the lighter areas.  Star Dust Stickles were added to both the rose and bud for a little shimmer.  The leaves were done in Mellow Moss & Old Olive.

Pure sweetness ...

A bow was created using 1/2" Pink Pirouette seam binding.  I thought a silver glittered heart would look elegant in the center.

A peek inside ...

Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Wishing you quiet moments with the one you love ...

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  SU A Rose is a Rose, PSX Happy Valentine's Day
Paper:  Natural White Linen, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Rose - Pretty in Pink & Regal Rose; Leaves - Mellow Moss & Old Olive; Sentiment - Basic Gray
Accessories:  Pink Pirouette 1/2" Seam Binding, Recollections Silver Heart Glittered Brad, Star Dust Stickles, SU Mini Heart Punch, Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles Die, JustRite Custom Dies, Aqua Painter, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Two Step Stamping
Card Size:  4 1/2" x 6 1/4"

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Our Little Pippin

Hello my friends,

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love cats.  After losing our precious Cheops life hasn't been the same.  So I have been keeping a secret!

We now have a new member of the family, a fawn Ocicat.  He is just the most adorable, handsome kitty!  After going back and forth with names we finally decided on 'Pippin'.  If you are not familiar with the breed it is a cross between a Siamese and an Abyssinian and looks like it stepped right out of the wild!

The rarest and most exotic colors in Ocicats are the 'champagne' colors (blue, fawn, lavender, blue silver, fawn silver and lavender silver).  Pippin's coat is fawn spotted on a pale ivory agouti ground.  His cute nose and paw pads are pink.   

Below are pics from his first photo shoot.

He still had his baby fur in these pictures.  As he matures his spots will be more pronounced.

All paused, and posed ...


Pippin celebrating his 4 month old birthday!  He is growing up quickly and is so full of energy.  He is involved in everything I do.  

After a day of running around and playing fetch he is tired ... zzzzz

For now, Pippin is not allowed in my craft room.  There are way too many shiny objects, rolls of ribbon and trinkets. 

Remember, no one owns an Ocicat they own you!
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