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If any of you live in the Salt Lake, Utah area, please check out their new classes every first Thursday of the month.

  Kaye is not only a lovely person, both inside and out, but she has worked for Lasting Impressions for many years and is a great embosser and teacher.  She would love to have you join her classes so watch for the scheduling of her next class and give her, and embossing, a try.  You will love both!  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna


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  Did I mention to you that I was going to Texas for a couple of weeks?  Well, I know people say that everything is bigger in Texas but this Roadrunner is HUGE.  He’s actually in New Mexico … Fort Stockton, on our way to Texas.  But, he’s still HUGE and I thought it would be fun to share him with you.  Believe it or not, he’s 11 feet high!

While I’m gone, Design Team Barbara sent me these wonderfully yummy summer birthday cards and I thought you might like to see them too.  Funny how she just happened to find matching background paper that went so nice with L.I. cardstock and L.I.’s ice cream (s440) and popsicle (s439) templates

  I love the way she used the alphabet template to add wording to her flags.

  Here she used the same layout with the ice cream template.  Great color combinations, don’t you think?

  And here’s the popsicle again and it looks so refreshing and “cool.”  Last, but not least, here’s a similar layout using the ice cream cone again:

Since it’s about 100 degrees here in Texas, I could sure go for a popsicle or ice cream cone about now!  Thanks Barbara for these wonderful inspirations.  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna


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  I don’t know about you but, I find guy cards just the hardest to create.  I was searching on the internet the other day, looking for ideas, and I came upon this cute A2 card size vest and I decided to use it for my next class:

You can find the pattern here:

The inside of the vest I created using the Colored Impressions Software:

Here’s some more ideas for guys/men/boys:








We’d love to see your favorite guy card in our gallery!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna



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  My friend Cin recently found a card she liked on Pinterest (Scrapbook & and she told me she thought it would make a very cute embossed card!  So, here’s the original version Cin saw:

Adorable, right?  Here’s my embossed version using Template #M26:

Here are a couple more “bird ideas” to inspire you to spread your wings … or pick up a stylus … and make a bird card of your own!

And last, but not least, here’s a chicken, couped up in her wired cage, on a sunny day!  I wonder if she’s stuck here in San Diego with this heat?  🙂

Embossing joys from Donna!


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  Are you ready for spring?  I sure am but suddenly, here in San Diego, we are having summer already!  We’ve been in the 90’s all week long.  Time to stay inside with the A/C going!  Here are a few spring flowers to brighten your day … indoors!  🙂

First I tried Barbara’s blue tulip card in Raspberry Cream because my recent class theme was all about that rich raspberry color.  Here’s a little gift bag, below, I made using Sugar Blossom cardstock with those same rich colors.  The daisy template is #L9188.  Then I used the Colored Impressions’ Software to reduce the tag size of #L9206 and added the “To” and “From” to the tag and matched the raspberry color of the flowers.  Took me seconds to do! The little gate is a Memory Box Die that I love to stick in my designs whenever I can!  I’m obsessed with that gate and not ashamed to admit it.  LOL

Next I made a matching card to go with this gift bag.  Again I stayed with the raspberry colors and I used the daisy once again, #L9188 with flower #L9256.  My sentiment says, “Life is BRIGHTER with you in it.”  I first saw this design when team member Nettie made a similar card.  She’s so darn creative and I love her cards!  Here’s my version:

The inside of the card looks like this (I love that ladybug!):

One L.I. friend (and mine too!) sent me this card below and while it’s not raspberry in color, I love the Caribbean papers she used (#L9137).  Thanks Marian for your beautiful card:

So now I’m inspired to do my spring card in Caribbean colors (see how easily I am inspired?):

Wow … Nettie’s design looks great in any color … don’t you agree?  I hope you will try your own in these lovely spring colors.  More spring ideas coming up along with next month’s guy cards!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna


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Easter is now behind us and spring flowers are starting to sprout!  Here in San Diego we are having the nuttiest weather!  It’s pouring rain at night, kinda gloomy during the day, windy at times, and next week it will be warm again … in the 90’s.  Crazy, huh?  It sounds like good indoor weather to me and the Design Team is busy creating spring ideas.  Here’s just a few from Barbara to get the ball rolling:


  L9189 & S763




  S711, L9571, i199, i197, L9650, L9378, L930

Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna


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Well, Easter is now just around the corner and I hope you have completed your Easter Cards!  Here’s the last two samples I have to show you.  One I did with a very old Lasting Impresisons’ Template, #S689 and one Barbara did, #L9272.  If you don’t own these two templates, remember you can print them off of the Colored Impressions’ Software!  Enjoy and Happy Easter.  🙂 Donna



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Things are still hoppin’ around my house.  Are you ready for Easter?  While I don’t have small children at home any more, my husband and I still decorate eggs and I’m looking forward to it.  Here’s just a few more wonderful ideas to inspire your Easter cards:

I just got this card from Barbara.  Adorable, right?  She used the Bunny Cupcake (L9742), Carrot (L9747) and Chicken (S811).  I love it that she used one of our newer papers, Lily Pad Chevron.  🙂  Thank you, Barbara, I love this card!  Now here’s a look at some wonderful card ideas from one of our previous guest designers, Sue Ingram (


Please visit Sue at her web site for more of her wonderful card ideas.  She’s a very talented lady.  Brilliant job, Sue!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna


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Good morning everyone.  Bunnies are still hoppin’ along around our house, with Easter coming up on its heels (or bunny pads) and I thought I would show you one last bunny card I made and then some oldies but goodies.  I hope they inspire you!

Donna’s Life is Sweet Gift Card:

This is the inside of the card (above).  I used the Colored Impressions Software to copy the bunny (L9467) onto a small white envelope … the size of a gift card.  The envelope slips out from the Martha Stewart decorative border punch.  Here’s a look at some other ideas:

This is Barbara’s Easter Chicks (L9650 & L9470).  Isn’t it cute?  I love it that she used L.I.’s Lily Pad Reverse Vine cardstock for the grass with a torn edge.  Nice job!

Nettie never ceases to amaze me with her card ideas and here’s just a few from her:

The last one is Nettie’s adorable March Calendar that she did a few years ago!  She’s so clever.  Nettie used templates L9745, L9094, and L9272.

And from our Brazilian fiend, Lidia, look at her adorable Bunny Tags.  She used templates L9740 and L9466:

Happy Easter everyone and thanks for stopping by.  Mother’s Day and Spring Flowers are up next so stay tuned.  Embossing bunny joys, 🙂 Donna.


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All week I’ve been playing with bunnies and now I have bunnies everywhere!  Here’s just a few:

And you might remember this one I made last year … one of my favorites!

Then I found this adorable quote from Winnie-the-Pooh and I knew exactly how I was going to use it.  Isn’t the plaid bunny and the Hedgehog adorable?

I used the following templates:   i114, L1005, L9003, L9094, L9740, L9743, and L9746. Now then, the really neat thing about the updated Colored Impressions’ Software … if we do not have one of these templates currently in our inventory, you can always print the design from the software and use it like a die-cut as I did with the Easter Basket above.  I hope you’ll try a bunny of your own!  Bunny joys, 🙂  Donna