Friday, July 11, 2014

Where Bloggers Create 2014

Hi, I'm Donna.  Welcome everyone to my blog and crafting studio.  I'm so excited to be participating in the 6th annual 'Where Bloggers Create' party hosted by the lovely Karen Valentine from My Desert Cottage.  I want to take a moment to thank Karen for putting together this wonderful event.  It is a perfect time for renewing old friendships and celebrating new ones.  Karen is a very talented lady who redesigned my blog several years ago.  To this day I still enjoy the timeless design.

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 create handmade cards with rubber stamps and digital images.  It is a hobby I picked up six years ago.  Donna's Designs has been featured in Creating Vintage Charm, Artful Blogging, Romantic Homes, Gatherings, Rubber Stamp Madness and Old Fashioned Living.

When the time came to redo the room I created a basic layout and off I went to research what would work for my space without going to the expensive of having custom cabinetry.  I envisioned a light an airy space in a neutral color.  The cabinets I selected are from Ballard Designs and were installed by my darling husband.  On their site they have a design your space guide, which will help you figure out exactly what you need to custom-fit your space.

Shall we take a tour?  I should warn you there are lots of photos, but at the end there is a giveaway!

As you step into the room to the right I have my multi-functional printer as well as my computer for doing digital work, blogging and photography.  Above the printer is a Pottery Barn Craft Organizer which holds 'general' gift wrap most of the year and then 'seasonal' wrap at Christmas time.  The cute cubbies hold scraps of ribbon and twine.

Shelves store bottles of glitter glass (it is too pretty to be hidden away) as well as Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist sprays.  Ikea Rajtan glass jars hold frequently used embellishments for card making.

The credenza holds office supplies, files, label maker and software books.

A 3-drawer hutch works perfectly for my everyday stamp sets.  I spent quite a bit of time thinking and re-thinking about how I should store them ... LOL!  They are within reach and grouped by theme.  My seasonal stamps are kept in another area.

The beautiful box and topiary are from the Unique Box Boutique on Etsy.

A few loose background stamps are kept on top.

The hutch drawers house scrapbooking tape ...

Copic markers ...

Adhesives, paints, gamsol, etc.

Shall we see what is in the other credenza?  The first set of drawers hold colored pencils, markers, chalks, and distressing items.  Each drawer is labeled for easy access.

In the middle set of drawers we have tools, embossing, chipboard and Zutter supplies.

The drawers on the right hold all kinds of seam binding, ribbons and twine.  I have tried to organize the ribbons by color.

This next cabinet is my favorite!  It has 8 pull out drawers and is very efficient for holding all those embellishments and doo-dads!  Each drawer is labeled for quick access.

 In here we have the following:

StazOn, Distress, Brilliance, VersaMagic and Kaleidacolor ink pads.

Shimmerz Paints and embossing powders in all colors.

A whole drawer filled with glitters and perfect pearls!

Pearls and rhinestones of all kinds ...

Roses are a must ...

Seasonal accessories ...

Hardware such as brads, charms and ribbon slides ...

Memory glass, frames, SU hodgepodge hardware and overflow seam binding.

On top is my 'ink & embellishment station'.  These are all of my Stampin' Up! inks and embellishments. The carousals are also from SU.

Lots of ink refills for watercoloring.

Roses are the theme in my craft studio.

I don't believe a girl can ever have too many drawers!  I have a confession - it took me quite a while to pick out the knobs for this cabinet.  I looked everywhere and then finally came across these metal Fleur de Lis knobs with gold gild.  They screamed buy me!

A vintage cupboard holds more stamping supplies. 

The top shelf has all kinds of envelopes, clear boxes for packaging and cellophane bags. 

Here we have assorted folded cards, 6" x 6" paper pads, and card kits. 

Several shelves hold Stampin' Up paper packs.  The stacks are colored coded making it easy to find what you need.

On the bottom there are a couple of plastic boxes, which hold more paper roses.

I've decorated the top of the cabinet with a rose garland.  A Longaberger basket draped with a lace edged napkin holds paper roses.

This pocket organizer I picked up for a few dollars and decorated it with lace, pearls and seam binding.  The slots are perfect for holding tags.

A while ago I shared with you my lace ribbon project.  You can see that post here.

A few handmade items I have picked up over the years.

If you haven't already met Cheops he is my constant companion.  He oversees everything that goes on and is part of the quality control team!

Oh, I can't forget to show you my vintage framed memo board.  One side is magnetic covered with fabric and when you flip it over the other is a chalkboard.  The pattern is 'document' and you can find a similar fabric at Ballard Designs.

Silk and lace gillyflowers were made by my friend Jennelise.

Last summer I picked up this vintage Shabby chic basket for overflow stamps.  The gorgeous fabric liner is a wonderful inspiration.

As you can see, I am a very organized stamper.  Let's take a peek at what is on my desk.

Paintbrushes fill a decorated mason jar.

A whitewashed basket holds pretty paper roses.

Paper clips come in handy for all kinds of things.

A few handmade cards I have created.

I also enjoy creating Stampscapes cards.

Thank you for stopping by to visit me and for taking the tour (are you blurry-eyed now)?  I would love your feedback and any suggestions you may have.  I'm thinking about putting some shelving up.  I'm looking forward to visiting other artists and finding inspiration from their spaces.

I'm also hosting a giveaway for this beautiful vintage style ivory rose and pearl necklace.  It was created by the wonderful Julie Weingarten from JoolaDesigns.

All you need to do to enter is be a follower of Donna's Designs and leave a comment on this post by Saturday, July 26, 2014.

I will select a winner on Sunday, July 27, 2014 using  If you don't have a blog, please be sure you leave a way for me to contact you.

If you would like to see more places Where Bloggers Create, please stop over and visit Karen.  Lots of fun awaits!


CraveCute said...

My goodness, this is just gorgeous! What a beautiful space to dream and create in!

Lisa Gordon said...

Oh my goodness, Donna, this is truly a dream come true. Your spaces are amazing. Not only does everything appear to be incredibly organized, but it is so beautiful. I so enjoyed seeing this!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Oh my goodness is the perfect reaction! I'm impressed and amazed and I'm smiling knowing where the two cards from you came from! You've created a wonderful space to work and it looks attractive and inviting to be in! Thank you for the peek!

Deborah Montgomery said...

Such an amazing crafting space. So organized and so many beautiful things to create with. It looks like a craft store, only prettier! Great giveaway too!

Becky said...

wow Donna, your space is just fabulous! You are so organized..Awesome give away too :)

Chris said...

You have a fabulous craft studio! I love how organized you have everything! Not only organized but everything is so pretty! Thank you for sharing!

KarinsArtScrap said...

Donna this is a stunning room.
You can come and design my room but I share it with my husband.
Love the shabby chic style, you can be proud of your room and beautiful and perfect organized.

And thanks for let us look into your room.

And thank you for the change on thid gorgeous neckless.

Gr karin


What a lovely place to create! Your studio is truly an artist's wonderland. Why I could get lost in there for days and never want to emerge! I'm at my creative best when my nest is organized and feathered with sweet treasures, as is yours. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous studio and your organizing ideas with us! Cindy from

Darlene said...

OMG your studio is just beautiful ... so soft & feminine! Love how everything coordinates and you can see it was all put together with organization and a loving heart! I've been a follower of yours for some time now and you always give me a comforting feeling when I come to visit! Happy Day to you and thanks for the tour!

Laurel Stephens said...

What a beautiful and practical space. Your storage is just amazing!! Thanks for sharing your studio with us.

Lily's Lace said...

What a beautiful space! I love the colors you've used, very girly which I love. Man oh man how long did it take you to organize all of your goodies! It looks perfect with everything in it's special place. What a great place to create! Great post!

sweet violets said...

Wow, your space is the Holy Grail of paper crafting!!! Very neat and organized!!! A soft and sweet place for creating!!!

boulderdamcottage said...

Hi Donna from one Scorpio to another! All said is SO true! lol the good the bad and well you know :) Anyway I love your space, neat, clean, organized and just gorgeous! Some very neat ideas for me now, and I thank you! I will be ripping up my space yet again lol, inspiration overload today for sure! I am a new follower and by email as well, thank you for sharing! hugs and a great one today! kat =^.^=

Karen Valentine said...

Donna your studio is so lovely!!! The organization that you have given it is absolutely wonderful! I bet you know where each and every supply you own is!!! (and you have some truly fabulous supplies!) Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us and allowing us to be inspired!!!

Kathy said...

You have amassed a whole craft store just waiting for your muse to come out and play. Your organization is amazing.

GranthamLynn said...

You space is so pretty. I love the white. Someday I am hoping to have my space more collected with matching bins and things. At least all the same color.
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful space. I would love to win the necklace. I'll follow you. Come by and see my space.

Maureen said...

What a beautiful, organized space... oh my gosh, those roses look real! Love the drawers filled with so many wonderful supplies.

Your cards are lovely; I must Follow so I can come back to see more. So glad to have found you through Karen's party!

Oh and Hi! Cheops! You look a bit like my Sheba!

Rita Barakat said...

Wow gorgeous room! So feminine! I am loving all those drawers! I would love to do that to my cabinets it would be so much more efficient!!! Love it!

Blessings, Rita

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Your studio is beautiful and you are super organized. I wish my drawers would look like yours, sigh. Your supplies are amazing. Thank you for the lovely tour.
Please give sweet Cheops a hug and a little treat from me :).

Anonymous said...

Wonderful studio Donna. Enormous selection of stamps. Great glitter glass storage shelf too. Thanks for the tour. Karen.x

Susanne said...

Your space is beautiful. The whitewashed Longaberger baskets and that fabulous 8 tray cabinet really caught my eye. Was the cabinet custom built?

Poppy said...

Hi Donna,

A very soft and pretty and feminine space, that inspires you to create all the wonderful things you do!


Moments of Grace said...

Donna, your space is so beautiful This is my first visit to your blog but I am definitely a new follower. Thank you for your lovely inspiration.


Maureen Hayes said...

I truly wish my own studio was half as lovely and shabby chic as yours! You have done an amazing job at making it both functional and pretty. Thanks so much for the peek and for the awesome giveaway as well. I think your kitty is adorable, I have my own kitty, Scrappy, who oversees all my crafting as well.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a beautiful space, Donna! I love how everything is so wonderfully organized. Love all your stamps and inks. I think I would have a hard time choosing which to use for a project! You've got some great storage pieces, too, with the basket and the canvas pocket hanging. Did you make that? I have been thinking of getting a canvas shoe organizer to use on the back of my door in my creative space. I have such a small room that utilizing this area better would be helpful. Thanks for the tour!

Ricki Treleaven said...

WOW WOW WOW~ I would love to come to a craft party in your pretty studio and learn how to make crafts! I'm not very crafty, unfortunately. Your space is so pretty and so girly! I'm intrigued by the distress ink. What do they do??? So curious.

The mason jar with your paintbrushes is the cutest thing I've ever seen. I would love to make a few for my studio!

Thanks for the generous giveaway. What a pretty necklace!

Thanks for the tour of your pretty studio!

Ricki Jill

PS I'm your newest follower.

Cathy said...

What a lovely creative space! Beautiful color scheme and awesome organization.

Denise said...

A dream of a craft room,looks like a beautiful store there is so goodies.What a blessing for You.Hugs Denise

Laurel Stephens said...

What a pretty, soft, feminine creative space. Thank you for the tour!

Diana Seal said...

Oh, I'm blown away! Amazing beautiful creative space, so wonderfully organized!
Thanks for sharing!

Lori said...

I love the shabby chicness of this room! It's just beautiful. You're so well organized. I've picked up some ideas to use for my room---thanks for sharing your gorgeous space.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Yes indeed Donna, you are an organized stamper! You have so many wonderful supplies and I love how you have organized them! The rose theme is perfect in your beautiful space. Fabulous that you have been featured in so many magazines! Well deserved I might add. Love the necklace! So love this tour!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful creative space, worthy of a magazine for sure. I love your creations, I can see why you have been published so much. I will be back when I can stay longer and get some of your ideas. I am now following you. Enter me to win the beautiful necklace. I am Janet from Graceful Rose.

Unknown said...

So beautiful, love ur taste and how organized u are!

Tammy...ClothandPatina said...

Now that is beautiful organization! Your space certainly is magazine worthy! Love your supervisor, sure is a cutie!

Thanks so much for sharing ♥

Terry said...

Love all of your photos. Your craft room is gorgeous! You are well organized, which is key to being able to enjoy everything you have. :-) No wonder everything you make looks so great!

Mari Brown and Colourblob said...

Really nicely done post and tour, you have a very lovely place to create your cards. All greatly organized and placed with lot of care. Cheops looks a very cuddly studio mate : )

Art and Sand said...

There is so much going on in your space that I love so I will be back to look over and over again to get ideas.

BTW, I love those fleur de lis knobs .

edy said...

Lovely and thought out space.....
Thank you for sharing

Patty Antle said...

Your cards are so pretty, Donna. I always enjoy seeing them. You sure have a great stock of supplies and yes, well organized! Thanks for sharing!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

I know that this beautiful space must have taken years to collect and create and it is just beautiful, Donna! I just love all of your organizing ideas - they are as pretty as your beautiful creations. I would never want to come out of this beautiful room! xo Karen

Leslee said...

What a fabulous space to create in!!!!! So organized.

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome room, Donna! I am in awe of your organizational skills! Your cards are beautiful!
I am already a long-time follower here!

Unknown said...

Your room is beautiful and very organized! I just love it! I do not have a blog, but my email is Daphne

Tammy said...

Your space is lovely as is your work! I especially love your memo board. Thanks for sharing! My email is

A Joyful Cottage said...

Your creative space is wonderful, Donna. I scrolled back through your post to try to take it all in, and got so many great ideas for my own room. Love the pocket organizer, the cabinets, and how you have everything so wonderfully organized. Your space is as pretty as it is functional. Thanks for sharing at WBC. I'm happy to be a new follower. ~ Nancy @ A Joyful Cottage P.S. Your creations are beautiful, too. You're so talented.

Helena White said...

Your studio is gorgeous! I love your storage and how organized you are. Simple perfect and your creations are stunning. I'm so glad I stopped by. Greetings from a new follower...

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