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 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  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!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Snowflake Flip It

On this blustery cold day I have a snowflake flip it card to share with you.  I'm just loving the beautiful Stampin' Up! thinlits die!

I started with a piece of 5 7/16" x 10" Brushed Silver paper and went under the knives on one side of the die to create a flip on the front of the card.  This allows me to have a bigger card and more space on the inside for a greeting.

The snowflake was decorated with Surf glitter paper, Soft Sky and Brushed Silver.  A rhinestone accents the center.  Silver glitter snowflakes fall down the left side of the card.  On the right side, I adhered snowflake paper to Soft Sky then wrapped a piece of organdy ribbon around them with a triple loop bow.  

The inside greeting was stamped in Marina Mist and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I also stamped a silver snowflake.  It was a little too difficult to flip the card open and try to take a picture holding the camera - sorry about that  :-(

Have you been keeping warm these last couple of days?  Our thermometer currently reads -9 degrees ... brrr!!!  Hey, after living on top of a mountain in Vermont a little cold won't hurt this gal.

Have a super day!  Thank you for stopping by.

Stamps:  SU Serene Snowflakes, Northwoods Vintage The Chill of Winter (Inside)  
Paper:  Brushed Silver, Soft Sky, DCWV The Winter Matstack Designer Paper, Recollections Surf Glitter Paper, Shimmery White
Ink:  Marina Mist with Clear EP; Snowflake - VersaMark with Silver EP
Accessories:  SU Snowflake Card Thinlits Die, Ribbon Trends 1/4" White Organdy Ribbon, Recollections Silver Glitter Snowflakes, Kaiser Silver Rhinestone, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, 1" Circle Punch, Creative Memories Corner Rounder, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Flip It Card
Card Size:  4 1/8" x 5 3/8"  

Monday, January 5, 2015

Shutterfly Calendar for 2015

Hi everyone,

In late December I decided to make my own 2015 calendar to use in my craft studio.  The fact that I had a coupon from Shutterfly for a free 8" x 11" photo wall calendar sealed the deal!

The calendar was so easy to put together and it only took me like 15 minutes.  I chose an array of pictures - some from the garden and others from places we traveled.

When it arrived I was so impressed by the print quality.  The paper is heavy weight and the spiral-bound binding is very sturdy.  To check out Shutterfly's calendar section, click here.

I've created Shutterfly photo books in the past.  You can see that post here.

So for just $5.99 (the price of shipping) I was very happy with the finished product.  I most definitely will be creating another calendar for next year.

Thank you for stopping to visit me!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Toasting the New Year!

Hi blogging friends,

New Year's marks a new beginning.  New people to meet, new adventures to enjoy and new memories to create.  I hope the first few days of 2015 have brought you much happiness.

Today I'm sharing my New Year's cards.  I started with a black onyx metallic card and layered it with Spellbinders Captivating Squares cut from Brushed Gold paper.  The digital image is from PaperElement (I totally love it!) and was cut using a large classic square die.  I scattered a few mini gold star brads before taping it down.

A Happy New Year tag was created from a JustRite custom tag die.  The Shimmery White paper was sponged with Brilliance Galaxy Gold to coordinate.  A black eyelet was attached and the tag hangs from a piece of gold cording.  A bow was made from 5/8" sheer gold metallic ribbon.  I added a little bit of shimmer to the champagne with a clear Spica pen.

Something a little different this year.  Do you send out New Year's cards?  I'm off to pull out my Valentine's Day stamps so I can get a jump on things.

Wishing you a magical year!

Stamps:  Happy New Year (computer generated)
Paper:  Onyx Metallic, Brushed Gold, PaperElement Happy New Year Digital, Shimmery White
Ink:  Sponging - Brilliance Galaxy Gold
Accessories:  Target 5/8" Sheer Gold Metallic Ribbon, Recollections Mini Star Brads, SU Basic Eyelet in Black, JustRite Custom Tag Die, Spellbinders Captivating Squares #4, Large Classic Squares #6, SU Gold Cording, Clear Spica Pen
Techniques:  Sponging
Card Size:  4 3/4" x 4 3/4"
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