Altered Gifts

Ok...so, most of my friends and family know that I LOVE creating altered note pads. Composition note pads can be found at just about any department or office supply store and with a little imagination, some adhesive and pretty paper you will have the perfect gift for the person that loves to write.

Start out with a standard composition pad. Any size will work.

This one is from is from Office max and is usually under $2.00.

Choose your designer paper and card stock.  You'll need:

 2 pieces of paper cut 7" X 9 3/4". Be sure to measure your book and cut accordingly.
2 pieces cut 7 1/2" X 9 3/4" (if you want the inside lined)

Add adhesive around the edges ( I prefer scor tape or using the Scotch ATG with acid free tape)

Once the covers are in place you can distress the edges for a vintage look if you choose.

You can add stamped sentiments, metal embellishments, ribbons.....the options are endless.
{{The stamp set on this owl note pad is from papertreyink.}}

This is one that I created recently .......  because OWLS are so cool right now.  

Find this in my ETSY shop by clicking HERE!

Thanks for letting me share today.  Now I really MUST work on that Christmas list!

~Donna K



Today is a good day.  Sunny and beautiful, crisp...cool weather but not freezing at the moment AND
I get to venture to Raleigh with Big Joe & Sandie to meet up with a silly bunch of fun people to enjoy a Carolina Hurricanes Game.  Hockey is a big deal at our house and one of the ONLY sports I care to watch in person or on the telly.  

I just thought I'd mention...I feel very fortunate and blessed to have good health, friends and family in my life to share these fun times with.

Let's Go Canes!!!

Enjoy your day...enjoy your life, it's the only one you get!



12 Days of December Blog Party with Einat Kessler

I came across a post on Facebook that mentioned a "blog party"  
I thought...why not?!  Everyone loves a party, right?

Click here to find out more about this party and to join in on the inspiration and the fun! Day two has been posted and Einat Kessler is so talented I just know you'll love following along.

 For our Day 2 mission our task was to write about our funniest or weirdest holiday dinner.  I can't say that I can even think of a weird one or even one that is all that hilarious...kinda boring, huh?!  We have Seafood Gumbo and Cheesy rolls every Christmas.  Some people think that is "weird" because it's not the usual traditional meal.  However...we LOVE it and I LOVE that my hubby prepares it!  So...if Seafood Gumbo is funny or weird...perhaps I'll win today's prize?! 

Hope your day has been wonderful.  

~Donna K


Easy Peasy Yummy Sandwich Cookie Recipe

I thought I'd share this amazingly simple cookie recipe.  I make these every year at holiday time.  They always seem to be a favorite no matter who tries them.  

I picked up this recipe on the Taste Of Home website.


  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 sleeve (4 ounces) round butter-flavored crackers
  • 1 cup white, semisweet, or milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening


  • Spread peanut butter on half of the crackers; top with 
  • remaining crackers to make sandwiches. Refrigerate.
  • In a double boiler over simmering water, melt 
  • chocolate chips and shortening, stirring until smooth. 
  • Dip sandwiches and place on waxed paper until chocolate hardens.

  • Yield: 9 servings. 

Warning....you will not be able to eat just ONE!


Craft Show Goodies

Craft Show Goodies available for Sale 
Quantities are Listed

Snowman Hugs & Kisses ~ XOXO

Minty Fresh Snowman Treats

$2.50 each ( 3 1/4" x 2" approx. size)

6 Available


Holiday Candy Sticks

Assorted Candy Sticks 

$1.50 each (if you purchase more than 6 ~ $1 each)

Red, White, Green (Mint M&M) Qty 5
Brown, Red, Pink (Dark Chocolate) Qty 9
Blue & White (York Peppermint Patty) Qty 14

Santa's Sweet Pillow Boxes

Each Box has a fun sized treat inside. These boxes can be untied so you can add an additional gift.

Approximate Size 3" x 2"
$2.00 each

4 available


A Christmas Greeting with Something for Eating
Pillow Box treats with fun sized candy inside.

Approx Size 3"x2"  
Qty 5 Available

***Payment by paypal only.  
Shipping will be included on your invoice.
Please email me for any questions.  

Pick up available for local customers.


Did someone say Happy Hour?

I'm not quite sure why I'm thinking of appletinis before 9am, but I couldn't help myself.  I've been thinking of some fun and simple cards for the adults on my list and this is what I came up with.  Fun and sassy, don't you think?

I've had this stamp set for a few years.  It's from MFT and it's called "Merry Christmas"  I'm thinking it may be retired, but not quite sure.  They have wonderful stamps if you've never shopped there, you might want to give it a look-see.  

From this angle you can see how I used the Diamond Glaze on the drink and the red decoration.  It adds some shimmer and depth to the card without making it too chunky.  A simple candy stripe bow and viola!

This card is available in my ETSY shop or you can contact me if you'd like to place an order. 

Don't forget you can find Created by DonnaK on Facebook.

Have a sassy day...I'm off to run errands.  I guess that Appletini will have to wait.



Happy Birthday USMC

No artsy post for me today......Today the Marine Corps celebrates 236 years.  Thank you to all of the Marines who dedicate their lives to serving our country.  I'm proud to be the wife of a Marine for 29 years!  ~Semper Fi 

Big Joe as a baby Marine back in 1981

Iraq ....Deployment.....again..

Retirement Ceremony August 2011

Have a fantastic day today!


45 Sleeps Until Christmas ~ Fun Size Santa Surprise

Yes...it's TRUE...45 *sleeps* until Christmas.   I worked like a little elf on these super fun Santa treats yesterday. So fun and festive..a great hostess gift, party favor or stocking stuffer.    

The red Santa suit is cut with a pillow box die from Sizzix.
Wrapped up in a white satin bow.
Black card stock for the belt, shimmer silver glitter paper for the buckle and add two little rhinestones.
Tuck in a fun size candy for the perfect Santa Surprise.

Thanks for letting me share.  
Have a fabulous day...



There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Here's a peek at a few things I have been working on this weekend.  More Graphic45 paper, this time in the "Magic of Oz" collection.  This particular collection of paper is in a Halloween theme, but I thought it would be nice for some holiday gifts.  The stamped *Courage* sentiment is from Verve.   

 Journaling is always popular and these altered composition books offer plenty of writing/drawing space.  {This journal is approximately 9.75" X 7.5"}

A journal with a nifty tag (I added sparkles to her ruby slippers because Dorothy wouldn't want them any other way) ...  what a cool way to say Merry Christmas, eh?!  These items will be available at the upcoming craft shows on November 19.

Be sure to stop by and say hello on Facebook or check out my ETSY shop by clicking HERE.
Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!



Teacher's Week in Donna K's Studio Corner continued....again!

Yikes!  I wonder if anyone is thinking...  "Geeze!  Another post of Teacher items?"  But...I do have a good reason.  Holidays are coming up and Teacher gifts are never out of style.  So, here's one last post this week to share with you what I've created.   My table is filling up and I'm getting more and more excited about the craft shows coming up.  

Quite a collection of cards, tags and note pads, don'tcha think?!

These are altered mini spiral note pads.  I picked them up at Staples and they cut them in half for me at the store.  These are just PERFECT for the purse or desk top.  

The inside has been covered as well to coordinate with the outside paper.

More tags...they are so fun and versatile!  Add them to any gift or give as is.  These tags are great for scrapbook pages as well.  That's all I have for today.  

I hope you are enjoying your Friday.  It's time for a much needed coffee break.  Until next time...

PS...don't forget you can find me on Facebook and ETSY


Teacher's Week in Donna K's Studio Corner continued....

Altered note pads galore this week with more Graphic45 paper.  I can't get enough of these papers.  This composition book is one of my favorites...wait...I think I say that too much.  "One of my favorites"  How about this is *another* of my favorites?  That's better.  I covered the back and inside covers of this book, adorned the outside with ribbon and a "token" that says Knowledge.  Perfect for the teacher who spends so much time with the little people in our lives.  I added a metal eyelet and seam binding for a closure, this book can be stuffed with notes, photos, memos etc...

The back shows a better view of the eyelet and ribbon closure.

AND then...I made a small note spiral pad along with a card to match.  

The papers used are all Graphic45 aside from the craft card stock.  The stamps are by Papertrey Ink.

I hope you enjoy your day...Stay tuned for a little treat later this week.  Snowman Kisses in the making!



Teacher's Week in Donna K's Studio Corner

I am having such fun with my newest Graphic45  "An American Primer" paper stack that I picked up at Betty's store in Greensboro this summer.  I was in the area celebrating my birthday and did some shopping ....courtesy of Big Joe....whatta guy!

 I thought this selection would be fantastic to use it for teacher gifts and cards and I think I was right.  
Just love that vintage feel of Graphic45 papers and accessories.

I really love the mini composition note pad that is shown in this set.  The ribbon closure along with the gingham bow and button add the perfect touch.

Here are a few of the things I created...stay tuned for a few more teacher gifts later this week.  Some of these items are available for purchase in my ETSY shop.  All of them will be available at the upcoming craft shows on November 19.  I'll post more information on those shows for you local folks who might want to journey out and say howdy!

Thanks for allowing me to share my creations with you.  Enjoy your day!



Sometimes You Just Need to Organize

I've been working like crazy on items for upcoming craft shows the past few weeks. This week has been dedicated to Teacher Items (to be posted soon). But... I HAD to stop.  Take a breather and straighten out some of my supplies.  

Ribbon has always been a difficult thing for me to store.  I've tried, bins, a drawer, baggies and finally I decided to use an idea I saw out there on someone's blog, but can't for the life of me remember who.  It recommended using balsa wood to store ribbon so...that's what I did. 

{{ I think that I should have used a bit sturdier wood, maybe beech wood.  I may change to that if the balsa doesn't hold up for me. }}

I put my ribbon in bunches by color and went from there.  My small storage unit with three drawers was crammed full of ribbon that was way too over loaded.  I had a hard time finding anything, but  is now nice and neat.  My "after" pics show just how nice it is.  I wish I had taken "before" pics.  

The first drawer is my "extra" and bulky ribbons, this will actually be the bottom drawer now.
The middle drawer will actually be used the most and my top drawer, how cool is this?!
The third drawer will be my second most used drawer, holding my seam binding and twines.

 I'm quite pleased with this little project and now I must get back to work.  Today is pumpkin hunting day and I have a lot to do before we start out in search of the perfect jack o lantern to carve.

Hope you have a GREAT day today!

~Donna K


I Believe in Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I was busy all day yesterday whipping up some treasures to support awareness and to honor those fighting the fight.  I lost my dear grandmother to breast cancer in 1994.  Several people I know personally have won the battle and are proud survivors.  As I created these note pads, cards and tags yesterday I thought of each of them and how much their battle has meant to those who love them. 

The large books in the back are altered composition books.  Such fun to create and make your own.  You can pick them up at just about any store, the usually come in black and white for around $1.00 and with some creativity they become a beautiful way to write down your thoughts.

The cards you see in these photos are stamped with the Unity Stamp of the Month.  This particular kit is October 2011  "Faith, Hope, Love...live by it" If you haven't tried Unity stamps you should.  I'm really becoming a fan of these amazingly well crafted rubber stamps.

I Believe in Pink ~Audrey Hepburn ( Unity Stamp)

The small altered composition books are stamped with Paper Trey Ink's "Take Note" stamps and lastly the tag is stamped with Verve's "Believe" set.  The paper is from Me & My Big Ideas "Mambi" pack and the punches are Stampin' Up.  I was all over with my supplies on these projects, but I had such fun and thought you might enjoy what I came up with.  

Cherish today and those you hold dear.  


For more information on these items or upcoming craft shows please contact me.  


Too Cute to Spook

Hello and Happy Fall ya'll!  Is it really October 11th already?  Oh my...where has month...week...YEAR gone?  I keep reminding myself that things will slow down, but I'm not very convincing.  

Ok, getting down to business.  A "too cute to spook" card with the sweetest little munchkin ever!

Baby Andrew wasn't about to give up his bottle for the photo shoot!  

I was working on a card order for a friend this week..it goes in the mail today, but I wanted to share with you what I came up with.  First...a vintage looking card with a Too Cute message.  I picked up this stamp in the craft section at Walmart.  


BOO cards that were created from the two left over pictures I had.  Love that sweet little face inside the O for a personal touch.  

So...Boo!  to you...and have a fantastic rest of the week!