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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Shabby Chic Valentine Tags

Hello everyone,

The sweetest time of the year is just around the corner.  I have been busy making all kinds of Valentine's Day tags and can't wait to show the love!

The pretty Shabby Chic paper was cut out using the Poppy Stamps Main Street Tags set.

Love was stamped and embossed on each heart and finished with a glittered heart brad.  The hearts were popped up to add dimension.

The back of each tag has a tiny heart in the lower right corner.  I left them blank for a personal message.

Are you looking for more sweet inspiration?  I'll be sharing more Valentine's Day tags later this week.  It's never too early to think about your Valentine!

Have a sweet evening  :-)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Let's Make Roller Bottles

Hi everyone,

Roller bottles are so simple to make and great for on the go!  What better way to enjoy your favorite scents and create gifts for your friends.  I purchased 10 ml bottles since they fit perfectly in my purse. I highly recommend you use a roller bottle with a metal ball, especially if you are using any type of citrus oils.  Metal roller tops help oils glide on smoothly.

You will need:
  • 10 ml glass roller bottles
  • Fractionated coconut oil or carrier oil of choice
  • Small funnel or pipettes (optional)
  • Therapeutic-grade essential oils
For 10 ml bottles, I usually use 15 drops of essential oil and then fill the rest with carrier oil.  For kids' blends, I suggest reducing that to 5-10 drops.  I prefer to use fractionated coconut oil because it does not stain your clothes and lasts longer than other oils.  Essential oils do not have an expiration date; although, once mixed with a carrier oil they take on the expiration date of that carrier.  Keep in mind citrus oils can be photosensitive.  It is advised to wait a minimum of 6-12 hours before exposing skin where you have applied citrus oils to UV rays or sunlight.

Vinyl labels can be created for your bottles or use stickers or rub-ons to personalize them.

Do you have any special recipes or blends you like to use?  I always keep a bottle of calming at my desk for those stressful days.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Oh Deer!

Hello everyone,

The new year is already upon us and I hope yours is off to a great start!  Everything here is still covered in a blanket of pretty snow, which inspired my creation.

When I first saw the Stampin' Up In the Meadow set I knew I had to have it.  There are so many scenes you can create using these stamps.

The deer and branches were all stamped in StazOn Saddle Brown onto Shimmery White paper.  I then colored the deer with Prismacolor pencils and sponged the sky in Bashful Blue.

I used a VersaMarker pen so I could precisely dab the branches where I wanted the glitter to stick as well as around the grass and ground.  Next, I sprinkled heat & stick powder and used a heat gun until it turned clear then finished with dazzling diamonds.  I wish you could see it better in the photos.

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with family and friends.

And now we welcome the new year.  Full of things that have never been.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

Stamps:  SU In the Meadow
Paper:  Natural Linen White, Bordering Blue, Shimmery White
Ink:  StazOn Saddle Brown, Bashful Blue, Prismacolor Pencils
Accessories:  Spellbinders Labels Eight #5, Gamsol
Technique:  Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5") 
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