Monday, May 8, 2017

Butterfly Basics

Hi blogging friends,

It seems like my mojo is back and I've settled into a routine again (let's hope it lasts).  I've already seen butterflies fluttering around in the garden, which is my inspiration for today's card.


The ferns were stamped in Wild Wasabi and the middle one was stamped off first on scrap paper.  A pretty butterfly was colored with markers, cut out using a Memory Box die and popped up on the card.


I really didn't need to do a lot of stamping on this one.  The layered Spellbinder dies do most of the work :-)


As I visit people I see quite a few gals have stopped blogging.  It does take time and dedication.  I hope to continue to share my creations with you.

Thank you for stopping to visit me.

See you in a few days ...








Stamps:  SU Butterfly Basics, Memory Box Cherry Blossom Set (Valley Butterfly)
Paper:  Sprint, Bashful Blue, Shimmery White
Ink:  Wild Wasabi, StazOn Stone Gray, Stampin' Up Markers
Accessories:  Aqua Painter, Spellbinders Devine Eloquence Dies, Memory Box Cherry Blossom Set
Technique:  Watercoloring  
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lotus Blossom

Hi there,

My card today features a Sale-A-Bration set I acquired a couple of years ago entitled 'Lotus Blossom'.  It's always nice to have thank you cards on hand.


This gorgeous stamp creates a pretty hand painted look.  I stamped image 1 in Rose Red ink, image 2 in Rose Red after stamping off once on scrap paper and finally image 3 in Regal Rose after stamping off once on scrap paper.  The stem was stamped in Wild Wasabi ink.


I decided to keep the card simple and just add a pink silk bow.


A few leaves accent the inside corner in Pear Pizzazz.  Thank you was stamped in Rose Red and embossed with clear embossing powder.


It looks like we are going to have a wet and dreary week.  My mulch was delivered on Saturday and I'm eager to get the gardens prepared for spring.

Have a wonderful evening and stay dry!



Stamps:  SU Lotus Blossom, Elegant Thank You, Best Blossoms
Paper:  Solar White Linen, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Ink:  Rose Red, Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories:  May Arts 1/8" Pink Silk Ribbon, Clear Spica Pen, Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight #3, Spellbinders Labels Eight #5
Technique:  Two-Step Stamping
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Monday, May 1, 2017

Squirrel Nesting Box

Hello friends,

As I slowly emerge from hibernation, just like the garden critters do, I decided to add a squirrel nesting box to the yard.  We have a line of mature trees along the side of our property which is the perfect place for it.  I always see the squirrels running up & down these trees and jumping from branch to branch.

Since there are so many bird feeders and houses I thought it was about time I took care of the squirrels too.  Now, I didn't mention anything to my husband about it.  Some things are better off left unsaid.  So, when the box arrived and he saw the return label as Duncraft he said to me "What did you buy?"  My response was "I'm going to need your help with putting this up."  He then did the eye roll with a shake of his head.

I started by lining the inside with dried leaves and twigs.  It's all ready for their new home.


Hubby then roped the box around the tree to make it easier to fasten it.


He doesn't think they will use it ...


The very next day I said let's go check out the new box.  Sure enough there was a squirrel hanging out in the tree.  He wasn't in the box, but things sure do look promising.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed and I'll let you know if I see any babies.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Elegant Lilacs

Hello friends,

As the lilac bushes begin to form buds they have inspired me to create this card.  The pretty purple lilac images were cut using the Spellbinders Devine Eloquence dies.  I just love the elegance and beauty of these pieces.


The image was layered onto a piece of white cardstock using the vine die and popped up.  Everything was adhered to a light purple card base.



Perfect plum ink was used to stamp the inside sentiment.  It was embossed with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.  Another lilac graces the lower corner of the card.


Can you smell their fragrance?  Oh, I so anticipate the smell of lilacs!

Thank you for stopping to visit me.  I truly appreciate all your wonderful comments.








Stamps:  Lilacs by Tangles Treasures, Precious Treasure by Impression Obsession
Paper:  Purple Lace, Recollections Purple Passion, Whisper White
Ink:  Perfect Plum with Clear EP
Accessories:  Spellbinders Devine Eloquence Dies
Technique:  Embossing
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Early Spring in the Garden

Hello my friends,

It has been a while since I've had the opportunity to post.  The past couple of weekends have been filled with garden clean up.  I'm happy to write the first blooms have arrived.  

It's always uplifting to see color again in the garden.

The beginning of a new season ...


Lots of bright blues and purples ...




The very entertaining chipmunks are back.  I enjoy watching them scurry about the yard with their cheeks filled with gathered nuts and seeds.

Peonies are starting to emerge.  A new variety I planted in the fall called 'Terrific Gal'.  They will have a double row of ruffled rose petals with a wonderful fragrance.


Finches and sparrows are gathering twigs for their houses.  Bird nests are appearing in the trees ... they are singing a song.


Magnolia buds so pretty against the blue sky.


There is so much to look forward to ... spring is in the air.

Wishing you a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Shabby Chic Gift Bag

Hello friends,

Today I'm sharing one of the gift bags I made a while ago.  I'm a huge lover of all things packaging! I think making your own packaging shows someone how much they mean to you.  


The bag measures 5.25" x 3.25" x 8.5" and has a coordinated gift tag.


A pretty doily was adhered to the front and distressed with inks.  Happy Birthday was stamped in brown ink and layered onto a piece of pink cardstock and popped up.


Stamped butterflies, a flourish and cottage roses accent the doily.  All I need to add is a piece of tissue paper.

Yesterday we were hit hard by the winter storm with about 22" of snow.  The high today was 24 degrees ... brrr.  I'm so ready for spring to arrive!

Wishing you a warm and cozy evening.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Simply Poppies

Hello there,

I've been daydreaming of spring and can't wait to see the first sprouts appear in the garden.  Our snow is starting to finally melt :-)

Today's card was created using the Spellbinders Filigree Delight dies.  I just love the delicate filigree look and kept the card simple.


The poppies were stamped in StazOn Stone Gray ink and colored with markers with a blender pen.  StazOn is a permanent ink so it does not bleed when you use a blender pen.


A bow was created from cream lace trim with a flat back pearl.


The inside sentiment I've had for years and finally got around to inking it.


You can find all the supplies I used listed below.

Thank you so much for stopping by Donna's Designs.  I sincerely appreciate your feedback and kind comments.








Stamps:  SU Simply Sketched, JustRite Shoes Vintage Labels Six, Stampendous! Relax Enjoy
Paper:  Old Lace, Blush Blossom, Shimmery White
Ink:  StazOn Stone Gray, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, ColorBox Frost White
Accessories:  Cream Lace Trim, Wild Orchid Crafts Cream Flower Flat Back Pearl, Spellbinders A2 Filigree Delight, Spellbinders Labels Four #2 and Labels Four Small #2, Blender Pen, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

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
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