Monday, September 21

Plunging into Mojo Monday

Good morning Stamping F R I E N D S...

Well, it feels fresh and fall like here in the Boston area and I am enjoying the weather. I have not settled into my stamping regemine quite yet and find it very difficult to get to everything easily. I miss my old stampin' space so much, because everything was out and at eye level. I feel like I am back 10 years when I first began making cards. I know I sound like a brat but I am finding it very, very hard to create anything worth I have gone back to basics and using challenges and digging out my first supplies. PUNCHES!

This card was done using MOJO MONDAY for a sketch inspiration and my  friends over at CAS Colours and Sketches for a color scheme. I will be sending this card out to someone I like a little! LOL and I hope it cheers them up, while they transition into a new life chapter. Have a great start to your week, and go STAMP! Hugs ~Donna

Tuesday, September 8

MOJO MONDAY in September

Happy Monday everyone! I am so happy to actually be consistent for a feels great. Yes it is difficult to just grab what I need but i have learned now to be more contemplative about what I will create instead of just letting it happen!

Today's card was made using the MOJO MONDAY sketch inspiration and the need for a sympathy card. I used DSP too! For those of you who know me a bit better I RARELY use DSP but it is in a good place for me to try it! I created the focal point using the Corner Garden stamp set and blender pens to color it. I ended by sponging the edges in Old Olive.

I hope you all had a great weekend, and I look forward to stamping sooner than later and will see you later this week. ENJOY!

Thursday, September 3


Hey everyone....first of all I need to be forgiven for not saying THANK YOU to all of you who had written comments over the past 12 weeks. I am so sorry that I didn't say THANK YOU yesterday, but to be honest I had not opened my dashboard to see all the well wishes. You guys are the best and so sweet to think of me in such kind thoughts. Humbly..... thank you!

Now, for stamping YIKES! It is difficult for me to find my MOJO but I am not giving up and I am going to push on! Design layout is a problem right now so everything looks blah to me. Also, I have very few stamp sets because of the PURGING I did when I moved. That being said I do have a few sets from the new Occassions Catalog and although they are Christmas themed I am using them to practice for a shoe box swap luncheon I am going to in a few weeks. THUS!  You have the Nutty Nutcracker!

I wanted to do him on black and use bright colors. Well bright maybe over exaggerated but he is colorful none the less. And after I made him for the focal point on the front of my card I decided instead to use him on the inside of the card and create a snow globe around him. Cute enough, right? Now I need to purchase some sentiments....'cuz they are missin'

Enjoy your day and have a great weekend....see you all MONDAY when I try out MOJO Monday!


Stampin' Up! HOLIDAY CATALOG 2015 first card of the season!


Well, I MADE A CARD! LOL! It was so strange, first of all I have no stampin' studio, sad face! Next even though my "stuff" is in an armoire I have no place to stamp where that piece of furniture is located. Then, my tools and accessories are it was complicated to say the least and NOW I CAN THOROUGHLY sympathize with all of you who work like that. OUCH!

Anyway, once I dusted off my rusty fingers I was ready to go, only to realize I NEED MORE STUFF! LOL!

The NEW Holiday Catalog that runs from September 1~January 4, is filled with stuff I must have and I only pre ordered so that means I need to order today! I wanted to get the precision plate SO BAD and made a mistake and ordered the magnetic platform once again! YIKES my brain is rustier than my fingers! But that's ok it will all come back RIGHT?

Ok so let's see about this card. I used the Red Foil Sheets (just $4.00) for the sentiment from the NEW Dies called Seasonal Thin Framelit Dies and then stamped the image of the pine bow from Peaceful Wreath on Whisper White cardstock then embossed the whole piece with the NEW Woodlands Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I also cut the front edge of the card about 1" shorter and added the NEW 1/8" Striped Ribbon as a border embellishment! Love it!

ENJOY your day it feels great to be playing again!~hugs Donna

Red Foil Sheets 139607
Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 139673
Peaceful Wreath Stamp Set 139794

Friday, August 28

HELLOOOOOOO are you angry?

Hi everyone! Well, I have finally got all my "stuff" unpacked and I think I am just about ready to do some stampin'! I placed an order this week and it is due on my front step on Tuesday Sept 1st!

Well, as you all know by now I left my awesome stampin' room that could hold 24 people in a class, and now have THIS "armoire" as my stampin' space.

Yes, I could be a little sad but everything I NEED is here including card stock dies, and BIG SHOT in the bottom cabinet! I still have enough room to teach classes in my kitchen and I can have three gals at the island and four more at a folding that WORKS RIGHT?

I am way rusty and have been looking at old posts from years ago here on my blog and of course PINTEREST to get inspired but I hope I will have something for you next week. Hugs and thanks for waiting....Donna

Wednesday, July 8

OOPS I forgot to tell you!

Hey everyone, I can not believe it has been over a month since I posted.....well tons of news here I guess. First, I woke up one day and decide for yucks to put my home on ZILLOW.....well in two days I received tons of calls, 5 offers and a sale. YIKES!

So, second because of that I had a HUGE HUMONGOUS yard sale and still need to do another! This was just one lane of the sale, my entire yard, garage and shed were filled!

Thirdly, I had to go find someplace to live, and now I am purging and packing. I am leaving my awesome beautiful stamping area to fit all that I can take into a small armoire Can you all SAY awwww...yes I am depressed. I had to really purge my stamping stuff because I will not have one inch more than the armoire to store everything in our new place.

 Hopefully it won't be too much longer....ok so it will be another month before I can get back to stamping....anyone need some stuff, or want to help me pack !LOL!

Friday, May 29


Hi Stampers! One thing about my Stampin' Up! craft area that I enjoy the most, is seeing all my supplies neat and orderly. Okay, so I am a little OCD but aren't we all! LOL.

But and this is a big BUT, I hate that when I put my punches into the storage unit I have that is made by a company called Stamp n Storage the labels are all upside down. Also, because I am on the older side of life it hurts my brain when I look at the upside down images and try to convert them to right side up so I know what they are!  I decided today to remove all my labels!..... and here is how I did it. ENJOY!

Thursday, May 28


Hey stamper friends. Well, I received my box of goodies yesterday and here is my first card made with BRAND NEW items.

First, I love this NEW color called TIP TOP TAUPE! It is a little softer than Early Espresso but compliments it well. I think if you stamp off once it will match the ribbon more closely. The ribbon is definitely lighter than the ink as you can plainly see here on the card. The bottom section of the card is sponged in Tip Top Taupe, the flower image is stamped in Early Espresso and the Everything Eleanor swirl is stamped in TIP TOP TAUPE so you can see the different colors together. I think this is the first time in 10 years that I don't think the ink and ribbon match exactly, they compliment one another but are not the same intensity. Very off for Stampin' UP! That being said I still like it a lot!

The New ribbon is very light weight so here I teamed it up with our Satin Ribbon and it looks nice.  I will be playing with this set called BEST THOUGHTS and see what other techniques I can use with it. I tried two today but they just didn't work with the image so I will be going back to my drawing board.

Have any of you got the NEW CATTY YET? Hmmmmm....I don't mean to be negative but it is "little", for sure. I mean 60 pages smaller....YIKES. I looked at an old 2006 one today and that thing had some meat to it! LOL! Anyway I will be interested to hear some chatter about image quality in the new catty as well as paper weight for the pages.

Enjoy your day!~hugs. STAMPIN' UP! BEST THOUGHTS, NEW 2015 Stampin' UP!, Stampin' UP! 2015 Catalog, TIP TOP TAUPE

Wednesday, May 20


Hey stampers! Have you noticed I have been using some upcoming retiring items on my last few cards! LOL! I want to use up my Pistachio Pudding Card Stock so I have created another card with that color! I also have used my favorite Framelits called Labels Collection which I love to use as a frame for images. Here I have stamped the image with Gorgeous Grunge and Papillon Potpourri two sets which remain in the 2015-2016 catalog. Enjoy!

Today's challenge is for PAPER PLUNGE...favorite retiring things   PLEASE go try their challenge today with your favorite!

Tuesday, May 19


Hey stamper friends...I have another video for you today on how to make a Ribbon Rosette to embellish your cards. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 13

Tuesday, May 12

Heart Shape Hinged Cage Card

Hey Stampers! Here is another Hinged Box Design I made but this time in a Heart Shape. What a fabulous Wedding card! I used a folded piece pf cardstock with the Butterfly Framelit to create a card too. I did not remove the chads on the back piece so I could write on it. I used a piece of glassine behind it with tombo so the chads would not fall out. ~Enjoy!

Friday, May 8

Mother's Day Beauty

This project makes a wonderful Mother's Day Presentation card or Wedding WOW!
I will probably have a video tutorial for the box and card eventually, but for now I wanted to show how a card and box can be made "LACEY" using the Butterfly Thinlits! I used the same idea as the Lace Basket but with a different execution from a few years ago. I have made a new tutorial too, using the Butterfly instead of the Doily Die. ~Enjoy your weekend!

SU ONLY~Mother

Thursday, April 30

Swallowtail butterfly stamp idea

Hi stampers I have a sneak peak of a NEW tutorial for you using the SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY STAMP....GO AND SEE
the card here

Wednesday, April 29


Hey Stampers! Today I have made a card for my daughter's upcoming birthday. I used the opportunity to make it in the designs and colors of two challenges that I have not done in awhile. I always use the challenges as a starting point and add my own creativity. So for Freshly Made I added my tags and flower focal point to fall off the edges a bit. I also used the color scheme for a fresh spring pallet from Color Throw Down. This is also a FABULOUS Mother's Day Card! perfect for the challenge at Stampin' Royalty~Enjoy!
 Stampin Royalty,   Freshly Made and Color Throw Down

This card is a wow but easy to make once you have your design.....the petals are colored easily in less than 30 seconds by sponging a 3"x4" piece of cards in Pear Pizzaz, Soft Sky, And Blushing Bride, then punch out all the petals in less than 3 minutes. Use a toothpick to add tombo and place on your card. Then add centers in So Saffron..... This is .really quick and makes a Class Friendky card class.