Friday, September 19

Back from a long time Away

Hi stamping friends. This card is for you . Hopefully it will be the first to the road of getting back on a schedule of Stampin' regularity.  I want to say thank you to all of my friends who have stood by while I have been taking care of my dad. I also want to thank all of you for the sweet messages of encouragement, support and now condolences. It has been a long journey but it has been fruitful, leaving me with lots of memories and smiles. I appreciate everything you are to me, my stamping friends. Thanks!

Now, for my first card back and I must say I am a little rusty, but here is an interpretation for Just Add Ink's theme this week. Fall is beginning to color the countrysdie here in new England and these colors can be found in the bright sunshine almost everywhere you look here. Enjoy and see you Monday!

Friday, August 15

Burlap Blended Bloom

Good weekend everyone! Last night I had a class and yes we are still using Blended Bloom! We did several cards with the technique of black and white using the Journal Pens from Project Life that we saw demonstrated at convention. They are so easy and the girls loved the idea. Then we masked the Bloom and sponged to make a bright card in Tangelo Twist and So Saffron. But today I wanted something a bit more muted and neutral so I grabbed my Burlap Ribbon and designed from there. So, HEY THERE what do you think? Have a great weekend and I'll be back soon....hopefully sooner than later!

Monday, August 4


HEY there friends!I have a lot of gabbing to do today and lot's to share with you too!  It has been a long time and you know why...but all is good and I was able to get into my stamp room this morning.  So, before I prepared for my upcoming class I got inspired with MOJO MONDAY and created their sketch. The White Satin Ribbon is back so I used that for a bow and then added a button from the idea at PAPER PLAYERS!  MAKE MY MONDAY  has a bird theme challenge today. Ok so you are saying to yourself, I didn't see that bird in the NEW catalog? Well, you'd be right but this is from Touch of Nature my all time secretly loved stamp set that I have never been able to part with. It is from 2005!  WOWZA! Anyway the NEW stamp set called
An Open Heart would work PERFECTLY! I just don't have it yet!

I also used the Scallop Tag Topper Punch and can I say I just LOVE it too! Hey how do pronounce "scallop" where you come from. I say sCALLup but I bet some of you say sCALlop like GAL right! I am from New England and we have the Scallop Festival going on right now....ok so a little side trip in my mind...let's get back to the card!

Are you enjoying some of the NEW embossing folders like the ones shown here? Super cute! Finally the sentiment that I used is from the NEW set that I received at Convention called Amazing Birthday, it is not something I probably would have picked for myself from this catalog, but I just can't say how excited I am to have been S U R P R I S E D when I used it. Here I took a scrap piece from this card using BLENDBILITIES and stamped over the colors in Memento Ink to create the shading. You can bet I will be looking at more sets with this technique in mind when I browse my catalog next time! Ooops  one last thing...see the curl on the corner of the paper? Well slide your fingernail between a couple of the layers of cardstock fibers and gently pull it appart. Then use out piercing tool to curl the paper! A little jazz is all it takes! Well, have a great week everyone. ~Hugs and ENJOY!

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