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 random.org.  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!

35 comments:

Kathryn said...

beautiful necklace! Enjoyed visiting your blog today! :)

Patty Antle said...

Lovely cards, Donna and your gardens are just beautiful too. I look forward to reading more about your creative endeavors.

Merlesworld said...

Your blog is full of pretty things today.
Merle..........

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful cards Donna! I am a long time follower here, happy to see that Grow Your Blog is back again! Can't wait to do some hopping to discover more creative and fun blogs! I love seeing your pics of your handsome Cheops, and thanks for the chance to win the lovely necklace!

Create With Joy said...

Donna, I'm already a friend/fan and I'm so glad to see you at the party again! What a lovely locket! Please include me in the drawing and hope you make lots of new friends this year!

P.S. Hope you'll be joining us for another year of creativity and inspiration at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy! :-)

Create With Joy
http://create-with-joy.com

Sunshine Girl said...

Wow you have some beautiful items on your blog and what a big collection of Stampin Up stamps I spy in your bookcase there! I am joining you via Grow Your Blog and will be back to visit you again soon! Have a great day. Sunshine Girl - Grow Your Blog section 24.

Thearica said...

Donna, your blog is gorgeous! and so are your handmade cards! If I did not already have so many things that I delve in to, I might just have to start a card making stash of supplies!

Love the locket and would love to win! I would wear my grandchildren around my neck should my name be drawn. :)

Joyce Clark Frank said...

As one of my favorite hobbies is creating handmade cards, your blog has always given me great ideas. Please include me in your give a way. Blogging is a great way of finding new friends with the same hobbies.
http://joycesloveoflife.blogspot.com

KarinsArtScrap said...

Wel I looking at you blog for 5 years now Donna and I still like and love it.
Over the years I saw beautiful, gorgeous and stunning cards and pictures from your garden and from the woods and mountains.
thanks for giving a vieuw in your craftroom and from the outside.

Gr Karin

KarinsArtScrap said...

And I forgot to say what a gorgeous hearthanger Donna so I'm crossing my fingers.
Thanks for the change.

Gr Karin

Vikki Hooks said...

I'm new here, but I think I'm gonna like it here

Terry said...

Hi Donna, I loved seeing your favorite cards. There's so much detail, they're fabulous! I adore your photos too.

kathyinozarks said...

Hello Donna, your blog is so beautiful-and love your handmade cards and lovely photos.
the heart locket is just gorgeous-yes a perfect gift for February
If you get the chance my giveaway for the party is some of my handmade papers
enjoy the party
Kathy

Becky said...

Hi Donna;
I must say I love your craft space and love your garden. So enjoy stopping by here during the year.

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...
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Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Hello Donna

I found you through Grow Your Blog event. I enjoyed reading about you and your blog :). Your cards are lovely, your craft space makes me jealous, your garden is fabulous and your blog is stunning!

Have a happy GYB! Hugs and best wishes from your newest follower, Asia

If you'd like to visit me back and find out more about my blog Under a Creative Spell, that would be fab!

Maggie said...

Beautiful paper crafting, Donna! I love to do paper crafts, also (stop by and visit my blog, too :-))

The silver locket is so lovely--thanks for the chance to win it!

Alexis Borsboom said...

What a lovely space you've made....both your garden and your blog!

t_ktl at yahoo.com

KimM said...

What an absolutely gorgeous blog! Your creations are amazing. I'm visiting from GYB party. Best wishes for a year filled wth lovely inspiration.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Donna, I'm visiting you today via the GYB party. I love your blog and your creations are just beautiful! I joined your blog via google friend connect. I do hope that you will stop by my blog Julie's Lifestyle so that we can become new blog friends and enter my giveaway I have too. Thanks for the chance to win your lovely necklace.
Hugs, Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

Gill said...

Lovely to meet you - I like your lily of the valley card, my favourite flower!
Thank you for a fabulous giveaway

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

Hi Donna..visiting from GYB...and will be following... we seem to have alot of same interests.. I love your gazebo and fountain!
Cheri, the quilting nanny
quiltingnanny(at)yahoo(dot)com

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your studio blew me away. You certainly know how to maximize your space. You have gorgeous pieces in your studio. I can see why so many magazines want to photograph it.

Your cards are over the top. I was simply amazed by them.

I was also very impressed with your gardens. And that gazebo is TO DIE FOR. Yes, I love it. I really enjoyed visiting your blog. It was a genuine breath of fresh air.

http://alteredbooklover.blogspot.com/2015/01/grow-your-blog-blog-hop-event.html

Sue Kosec said...

You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

Happy crafting!
SuZeQ

Heather said...

Hi Donna! I'm visiting via GYB. Your studio space is just beautiful as is your papercrafting! Are those all Stampin Up! stamps??? That's quite a collection!

Lija Broka said...

HI Donna, I am already a follower so no consideration needed. Great garden by the way! I don't think I would have the patience (which is a strange thing to say as I spraying my orchid every morning at the moment! but hey ho each to their own). And you are definitely on your way to becoming famous with all those publications. Well done.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

HI, I'm a textile artist, visiting, via GYB, from St. John's, NL Canada. Your work is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Nice to meet you! I love your cat - he's gorgeous. I have had at least one cat all my life but last year my DH developed an extreme allergy so now our Cosmo lives with our son and his wife. How I miss him! Thank you so much for inviting us over for a visit with you.

Mokki said...

Your cards are lovely. I really enjoyed seeing the photos of those beautiful flowers too. I miss summer!

Arianna Macy said...

The necklace is so sweet! I love lockets, but I don't have one right now, so I'd love to win.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Your cards are just gorgeous. I look forward to seeing your designs. will be following on Bloglovin. Thanks for the opportunity to win the pretty heart.

AFistfulof Lemons said...

Your craft room.. it is a dream!! And the necklace is so pretty! I'm so glad to have found your blog via the blog hop!
- afistfuloflemons @gmail

suziqu's thread works said...

Lovely to meet you here Donna. Your cards are just gorgeous and love your collage of flowers created from your garden which is beautiful!
I too am a passionate gardener and derive much of my inspiration from being in it and surrounded by nature and the beauty of the roses and flowers there.
You have such a pretty blog and thanks for sharing it all with us.
You may like to look at my creativity and gardens also!

PennySue Sprinkles said...

I'm so glad I happened upon your blog... what a blessing. You are so talented. I love the Valentine card. Thanks for the chance to win the sterling silver heart locket. Sprinkles of Blessings to All!

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

What a beautiful blog & necklace! Great blog! It's my first time here... nice to "meet" you and so many other amazing crafters. God bless!

ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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