Saturday, July 19


Well another convention has come to an end but not without lots of laughs, friendships made, and memories to hold on to. Here is an Embossed Sampler I made for all the girls to hang in their stamp rooms at home to remind them of the great time we had. I hope we all remember to INSPIRE, CREATE and SHARE! Thanks all of you for stopping in. 

Friday, July 18


Well, Convention is in full gear and we are having fun, learning some new ideas, and have a secret or two too! I can't wait to see what Stampin' UP! has in store for us today...but I want to show you what is in the last box first!
The "YOU" box is actually a sleeve that slides over the folded TRIANGLE BOXES to create another fun gift packaging idea. This little box has four compartments that each hold a small gift of things like chapstick, candy, band-aids or other small items that you may want to have at hand during convention. They all fold up onto one another to create a decorative rectangular box. So adorable and  Yes! I have a TUTORIAL! in my ON LINE CLASS STORE too!

Thursday, July 17


In case you missed yesterday's post here is what the pillow gift tower of goodies looks like. You already had a sneak peek at the first BOX. But, I have to confess, it wasn't exactly a box. It was a box with multiple layers fused together so it would not open. I used Tombo to adhere all the edges and then covered it in ModPodge to make it sturdy! I used  2014 IN COLOR card stock, some Designer Vellum and Embossing Folders to create fun texture and patterns. WHY did I do that you ask! Because I wanted a fun base for this.....

I bought a battery operated candle and made the second box to hold it! The second box is a simple 2",4", 6" 8" box decorated with a cover and embossed panels.

 I hope you are having a fun Stampin' day and be sure to come back tomorrow to see the fun idea I hid in the "YOU" box!


Convention has been lots of fun so far especially surprising Robbie from Inkedx2 !  Here is a picture of the tower of gifts I made for my original Chat Room Gals! We have been friends for a while and even though we come from different places like Boston, Maryland, Chicago, and Nebraska we made the trip once more for our 3rd convention together! I hope you will be a little excited too as you see the treats unveiled! I know I promised to show you what the CUBES were ALL ABOUT but you will have to wait just one more day to see that first treat because the girls haven't opened it yet!~Enjoy and I will be back tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 16

CUBE BOXES and .....

Hey Stampers! I know a lot of you are getting ready for convention and won't get a chance to peruse any blogs for at least a few days, but for those of you who remained at home here are some boxes I have been working on. They are just 4"x 4" boxes decorated in DSP and the luscious NEW IN COLORS! Aren't they awesome. What a fun way to give a gift! Glue them shut and use them for .....oh wait I want to tease you just a bit so be sure to comeback tomorrow and see what they hold!

Saturday, July 12

Stampin' UP! Convention ideas

Hey Stampers! I bet a lot of you are gearing up for Convention next week right? Well, I love watching the hubbub on the stamping blogs as you prepare for a fun couple of days. I like to get into the excitement too by creating some fun I N S P I R A T I O N for Convention treats and Decorations.

There is nothing more fun than decorating your hotel room doors to show off Stampin' Up! Materials and see the hallways come alive with beautiful ideas. Last year the girls on my hall did an awesome job so I took my old dry erase board to INSPIRE you and decorated it for this year's  INSPIRE, CREATE, SHARE convention theme and will use it in my Stamp Room! I even made a little magnet with the theme logo! For the flowers I used some of the new In Colors too they mix so well with the softer colors of last year's pallet. Have fun all you Convention Bound Stampers and don't forget to post for all those who remain at home!

Monday, June 23


Today's card still features some BLENDABILITIES that we as demonstrators get to use and will be out for all of you shortly, so keep watching for more examples that will wet your whistle for when they become available!  Here  I used the sketch over at MojoMonday for my layout. I used the Obre Rainbow Technique to create just a little color over the all white embossed layers to add some interest on the Flower focal point and Banner.You can see more examples as you scorll below! ~Enjoy!

Sunday, June 22

One Layer Masked Blendabilities

It seems like I have been doing a lot of Sympathy Cards lately, but I have needed more than usual. This week my Dad's classmate, brother in law, friend passed away. He like my dad was 90 and had just returned home to Delaware from visiting my dad here in Boston. He was strong and vibrant and it was a shock to all of us. Here is one of the cards I made for a cousin.

I masked off  Very Vanilla Card along the edges using masking tape to create a clean bright VV border. Then I masked a circle and used BLENDABILITIES  to create a somber sunlit sky using the same technique found in my OMBRE CLASS. I maksed the blended circle and created a dark black outline using Staz On ink and a sponge. I finished it with a sentiment stamp from the Hostess Stamp Set  Bloom in Hope.

I created a Flower using the Pansy Punch and colored the card stock for that first with Blendabilities Ombre Technique.

Today's challenge uses the ONE LAYER CARD theme from Our Daily Bread Designs

Monday, June 16


Today's card is done using the sketch at Mojo Monday and some new colors from Stampin' UP! I used the NEW Blackberry Bliss and embossed it dry and then heat embossed it to make a subtle texture and shimmer for the panels. Then I covered Hello Honey with Fancy Foil Designer Vellum to make a statement in the center. Finally adding flower blossoms and pearls on each gold circle and flower bouquet helped soften the over all look of the card.

Saturday, June 14


Today's card is for CLEAN&SIMPLE  and I used a 1" piece of Whisper White Cardstock and colored it with the spectrum of Stampin' UP's! NEW Blendabilities from left to right. Then I cut the strip into 2 3/4" pieces to make rectangles and layered them to create a rainbow (of sorts) using the sketch from C&S of several things across the card!~Enjoy


Wednesday, June 11


Today's card is for several challenges all with a "MANLY" theme. As you know my dad is 90 and needs a lot of care but I wanted to honor him with a hand made card. As I began to design it I remembered when I was a little girl, how much I enjoyed playing at the beach while he fished. I combined the two themes of soft sandy colors in a bubble of imagination that reminded me of my childhood and the over the top catch my dad would bring back to the shore to filet! Combining the two creates a one layer punch of color card. Have a great day!~ENJOY!


Tuesday, June 10


Hey friends....Today is the first time since February that I have had a Monday morning to myself and what better way to celebrate than to make a MOJO MONDAY card! I took a little poetic license here with the sketch and created a male love U card!

 I used Fancy Foil Designer Vellum and Early Espresso Card Stock for the main colors and embossed Pool Party with a folder design we no longer carry (gotta love it, see my brain is still not working well LOL) and then I used Gold Encore ink to stamp my Gorgeous Grunge Stamp set (I know we still have that!) to finish it all off! Enjoy your Monday, ~Donna

Sunday, June 8


Hi friends! I have a cool idea for you to play around with or to use if you are going to CONVENTION and are doing an MDS SWAP!

When you make a standard "hands on card" you can use it in MDS by pasting it into a photo box on a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card layout. This card looks like a bra card photographed on a black background, but it isn't!!!! 

I used the landscape option for my card and added a Basic Black Card Stock Layer to it (the background that you see). Then I loaded a photo box and plugged the "jpeg" of my "real" card into it, (the bra) and finally I added a text box and punch for the sentiment. When it is all done it makes a cool 3D looking card that is actually only ONE LAYER! It can easily be printed in quantity to SWAP and to show off what you can do in MDS especially if you are in an MDS SWAP! When you get home show your ladies, too. Can't you just see the options for Holiday Cards this season! ~Enjoy!

Friday, June 6


Someone asked me to create a CUSTOM BOX for some fundraiser sets that she makes, so while I was doing that I decided  to make a NEW updated box and cover set. It will hold a set of Standard sizes Stampin' Up cards and Envelopes. If you want my sleeker, older NOTE CARD BOX then check it out too here. 

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Tuesday, June 3


I had a minute to get my fingers a bit inky this morning while putting in laundry, and although it has no layers and uses whatever it was on my stamping table I still like it! I opened my brand new Stamp Set that I don't even know the name of yet, and stamped in Staz On and then I grabbed a piece of leftover Framelits Die for a mask and sponged with ink that was right there. It happened to be Pear Pizzaz and Pool Party. I am not even 100% sure they are not retired. Oh man my brain is fried. But the sentiment is perfect for remembering all of you my cyber buddies! Enjoy your day!