Merry, Merry Christmas!

Merry, Merry Christmas friends!

Lots of changes in our lives in 2012.  As I look back and say to myself, "Where has the time gone?" I smile, laugh and cry {just a little} at some of the memories our family has made.  

I'm looking forward to 2013 and some challenges that I've put into place for myself.  Not resolutions....challenges.  One thing I can promise is that I'm not even going to try and say that I'll blog more.  I've come to the reality that I'm really NOT a very good blogger.  

It's ok... I accept that with a smile.  

Our humble little family room tree.
It's tall and skinny... 
but there are 30 years of holiday memories those branches. 

My "attempt" at instagram.  
The stemware was a gift from a very special girl a long time ago.
Can't imagine Christmas without them on display.

Ornaments honoring my three service men.  

Big Joe, USMC
Andrew, USAF
Joey, ARMY

Oh...those precious, hand crafted ornaments that make me cry every single year. 

Wishing each of you a very happy, blessed holiday season.  
If you are fortunate enough to be with your loved ones, hug them tightly!

Be happy, be blessed!

Donna K


Fun Gift Card Holders with a Coffee Theme

I had so much fun with these coffee theme Gift Card Holders.

They were fun to make...

They are cute...

And perfect for the coffee lover!  

All you need to do is add the gift card from your favorite coffee shop!!

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Have a lovely day today...it's the only today you get!


A Little Caterpillar Turns ONE!

How about these {Personalized} Thank You Goodie Bags?

What a fun birthday party theme, eh? 

Who knew that such an adorable book would be the theme for SO many birthday parties?!

I had so much fun with these party invites and favors.

Thank you Pinterest for helping me out with the ideas. 

You can find more ideas on my Caterpillar Board by clicking HERE.

Go ahead, check it out, feel free...pin it, share it...make it yourself!

Personalized Apothecary Jar Tags

A HUGE Banner for an adorable little guy.
These flags were 5" X 7" each. That's jumbo!

I added the caterpillars here and there but tried not to get too "themey"

Yes, "themey" is a word.

High Chair Banner in vibrant colors. 

Happy Birthday to you Holden.  The baby boy with the HUGE smile!

You can find more photos on my Facebook page.  Or...you can simply email me with any questions you may have.

Enjoy today!

~Donna K

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brown bags are not just for lunches

I have this habit of collecting embellishments and sometimes I want to create a super chunky, layered card.  That's all fine and good, but then.... I have the task of what to put it in.  Clear cello wrappers are pretty, but when you have a card that is a bit more vintage a clear bag won't cut it and  a plain envelope  just won't do.  

Try altering a lunch sack to suit your needs!

This fall birthday card is actually very simple, but makes a big, bold statement with the flowers I chose to put on front.  These flowers are a mixture, but a portion of them were from the Brenda Walton collection from K & Co.

As you can see it's pretty thick...it measures almost 1" including the button. 

Measure your card ~ This card is a standard A2 size measuring just over 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

I chose the seeing spots embossing plate and placed it in the middle of the sack with the folded closed end at the bottom. The embossing goes through the entire bag, so it's pretty on both sides. 
I then scored the bag (leave it folded up) at 4 3/4" and crease it.
The edges were cut using the Big Shot and the scalloped scallop die from MFT.
Run adhesive along the open side edges and that flap on the back, but leave the top open! 
Yes, I got carried away and sealed the entire thing!  

I just tucked a doily and used a piece of twine to make a simple bow and there she is!  
Simple, pretty and inexpensive!  Of course if you plan to mail this I would recommend using a rigid mailer or padded envelope for safe travel.  

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That's it for me today..... I hope this post inspired you in some way!

Be happy and make someone's day, send them a card!

Donna K


Not my usual post....

As I'm sure you've noticed if you follow my blog ......  that.....my posts have been few and far between.  A busy summer and a busy part time business is the only thing I can blame it on other than the fact that I'm just NOT a great writer.  Big surprise, eh? NOT

So...for today I wanted to share a piece of art work that my daughter created.  She is an amazing artist and is currently attending UNCW as a full time art student...throw in a little German Language and her job and boy, she's got it going on!  (yes, proud momma here)

She texted me a photo of a project that they were required to create.  Something 3D using foam poster board.  She mentioned that she had to use three textures, one color and that she got a thumbs up from her peers on the critique.  I'm sure there were more detailed directions, but that's the gist. 

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So...for me...I was blown away by the fact that foam backed poster board could be so beautiful.  Who knew?  

Thanks to the lovely Cass B for allowing me to brag about her work a bit.  You can see some of her hobby on her website, All Things CAB.   If you stop by, be sure to mention that I sent you!

Hope you enjoy!  Happy Sunday!
~Donna K


Super Hero Mini Albums

A really fun and easy way to create a personalized gift for any occasion.  This occasion just happened to be a birthday party for 6 year old twins!

I started out with coaster sets from the clearance spot at Michael's.
My goal was to make these two small books for my niece and nephew's 6th birthday. 
I wanted something small and sturdy for them so that they could look at them over and over. 

These ended up being 12 little pages of pictures.  Most of the pictures were Halloween ones because of their theme party this year.  

I added buttons, brads, layers of distressed edge papers and of course some ribbon. 
I chose to hand stamp just a few sentiments. 

 Most of the papers I used were from the materials I had from their banner, invites and party favors, an easy peasy way to use those scraps. 

You can see more of the Super Hero items over at Lake Cottage Dreams by clicking HERE.

Hope you have a *Super* day today! 
Thanks for stoppin'

~Donna K


Birthday Banner in the Works

Happy Birthday Max & Emmy

My niece and nephew turn six this month...

Here is a little peek at what I've been working on. 

Happy Birthday Banner with vintage flair. Super Hero is the theme, but my sister didn't want things to be so matchy, matchy.   Notice the "S" logo that separates Happy - Birthday?  Sometimes a little goes a long way when having a party.   I mixed up papers, buttons, twines and ribbons.  Layers of embossed papers and metal embellishments so that each flag of the banner is a little different.  FUN.

Stay tuned.  I have more goodies to post and I also requested party pics from my sister which will most likely be much better than my closet door photos!  Work with whatcha got though, right?

Happy Tuesday!

Donna K


T"rain" Concert

Train Concert 2012, Raleigh Amphitheater

This is no creative post for sure...
but it's summer so that's ok, right?
I had a great time with my sweet hubby 
in Raleigh on Friday night,  though.  
Train live...in the pouring rain. 
My favorite song of the night.... I can't get it out of my head.  "Mermaid" 
A wonderful weekend and I'm still smiling!
Hope you are too!  Happy Monday!

~Donna K


July Card Swap - Get Well - Something Old, Something New

I'm fortunate enough to be part of a fun group of gals who get together once a month to create and enjoy new products from StampinUp!  Someone from the group hosts the party each month and this month you had the option of participating in a card swap.  Theme - Get Well.

The fun part about a doing swap is that you get challenged to create something you'd be proud to give away AND you receive some lovely cards that inspire your creativity and that you can have on hand to give if the occasion arises that you need a card real quick!  

For this swap I used craft card stock for the base of the card.
White paper to line the inside and for the the top of the outside as well.
Twitterpated Paper from StampinUp! on the bottom. 
I covered the bottom portion of designer paper with sheer vellum paper and stamped 
the Get Well sentiment with Staz on jet black.
The Get Well sentiment is included in the Perfectly Penned set.
Floral stamp is also from StampinUp! and is dated 2000.  I'd say retired most likely...ya think?
My sister in law picked up a box of goodies at a yard sale and this set was in it so I wanted to try something old and something new on these cards.  
I used Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green ink and viola!  

For an added touch I try to stamp the envelope or lining of my cards with something coordinating.  You'll see the little leaf in the inside right corner of these cards.  

Thanks for stopping by and for letting me share.  I hope you have a group near by who inspires you and makes you laugh...if you don't have one, you should consider starting one!  

~Donna K


Hello RaSonda@Lake Cottage Dreams!

July 12th....already?!  Where has the summer gone?  I have no idea, but while you're thinking about that grab a cup of coffee and prepare to read up on a post from someone very near and dear to my heart.

Thank you, RaSonda for taking time out of your busy schedule to create a post for us!

Much Love....

Hi Created by DonnaK readers! I'm Rasonda from Lake Cottage Dreams and I am so honored to be here sharing one of my home decor crafts with you guys.

One of my main goals in decorating is building character using easy and cheap methods. I live in a home that severely lacks character, charm, coziness... or anything else that may start with a 'C'. It is very builder grade and fairly new so I have been trying to learn how to create my own charm. Since we moved into our home I have learned that there are many inexpensive ways to add character to your home without breaking your budget. Some little tricks I have found along the way are...

Adding quarter round to your base boards to create a customized look.

Using punches of color throughout your home for added warmth.

Decorating with hints of your personal style or things that represent you and your family.

Mounting board and batten or bead board for dimension.

Another way to build character is by making changes to basic things you have laying around your home. Adding fabric to the back of cubby shelves is a super easy and inexpensive way to shake things up and add some color. What you will need for the project is...

*Different sized cubby shelves {I know they sell they at Target and Wal Mart for a decent price, but since these things hit their peak a few years back I see them all over at thrift stores and garage sales}

*Thumb tacks

*Different colored and patterned fabric pieces {I had some leftover from another project and I bought some of the fabric squares from Jo Ann Fabrics They are about $2 smackers for a 12 x 12 piece}



*Measuring tape

First, measure your cubbies and cut out your pieces of fabric. I actually just traced around the cubby with a pencil and cut along my pencil line.

Pull the fabric taut and inset a thumb tack in a corner... you may need to tap it with the hammer. Place a tack in each of the four corners using proper spacing as to not split the wood or let the tack show. Then as you pull your fabric taut place more tacks at halfway points in between each set of tacks. Depending on your fabric you may need to insert more tacks all the way around the square.

Last, You will need to trim off any excess fabric that may hang out of the edges {that is if you are terrible at measuring like I am!}. Finally, cut out notches out where your screws will go and you are ready to hang.

Mount your "like new" freshened up shelves and display all the fun things that encapsulate the room, you, and your family. 

Thanks so much for having me DonnaK, and thanks so much to your readers. I hope you guys had as much fun reading as I did swinging by!!


I am ONE{sie} High Chair Banner

Just a quick post today.  Our middle son is in town for a few days and it's not often that we get to have all three of our kids in the same house at the same time so it's short and sweet but I wanted to show you this cute little high chair banner I created.    

I personally love it...

There are 4 tiny T's....layers of papers in greens and aquas with pops of white. 

The banner is for an Alligator theme party and you gotta LOVE the tiny gator on the onesie, right?!

And that's all I have today.....you'll be pleasantly surprised by a special guest blogger I'm featuring later this week.  She's a MUCH better writer than I am and oh so talented!

Have a wonderful day...
Donna K