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Good afternoon everyone.  Donna here once again.  I hope you all had the opportunity to see Kaye’s Explosion Box.  Perhaps you ordered a kit so you can make one too!  Well, I can tell you, from personal experience, those Explosion Boxes can be lots of fun and I’ve made several!  🙂  Most recently I made one for Kaye to share at LI using the Busy Bee Paper Collection.  With Kaye’s box you will get the pattern to make more boxes and why not give mine a try or design your own.  Here are photos and a list of supplies that I used.  Have fun and get beezy!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

Donna’s Bee Explosion Box – Front View.
Donna’s Bee Explosion Box – Side View.

Donna’s Bee Explosion Box – Back View.

Donna’s Bee Explosion Box – Side View.

Donna’s Bee Explosion Box – Inside.

Here are the supplies I used to make my Bee Explosion Box:

TEMPLATES:  L9369 Bee, S750 Bee, L9827 Beehive, L9111 Flower, S682 Shovel, S683 Rake

CARDSTOCK:  Bee Keeper, Honeycomb Yellow Daisies Dark, Honeycomb Leafy Green Dark, Honeycomb Inch Worm Dark, Honeycomb Forest Floor Dark, In The Garden Small, Rusty Bucket, Blackbird Solid, Powder Sugar, and Vellum.

CARD EXPRESSIONS 16, 17, and 18

IN THE GARDEN TAGS, LI Buttons, Baker’s Twine, Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen Ink, White and Black Scribbles Fabric Paint, and black and white pens for “faux stitching.”


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Good morning everyone.  Donna here with some fun ideas.  Perhaps you saw Kerry’s latest video for “Make-Over-Monday” in which she showed how to use a simple Sketch to make an adorable card layout!  Kerry used an older template, LI #L9572, and was inspired to use a flower from that template that Kaye made.  So, let’s first look at the card that was the inspiration for Kaye’s flower.  If you have LI Idea Book 35, you will find it on Page 6.  Here is the original card idea designed so many years ago:

Unfortunately, while the layout is wonderful, the papers are no longer available but, THE GOOD NEWS … the template is and we have some great ideas we would like to share with you!  First, here is a beautiful card from Kaye:

Kaye’s Make-Over Card, LI Template #L9572.  I love Kaye’s layout and the beautiful new papers from the “Splash” line that she used.  Great job Kaye.  And here’s the Doodle Tag she made, again using that same template:
Kaye’s Doodle Tag, LI Template #L9572.  Adorable!  And here are two samples from Barbara:
Barbara’s Make-Over Card, LI Template #L9572.  New papers, new color, new design … what’s not to love?  And here’s another sample:
Barbara’s Make-Over2 Card, LI Template #L9572.  Great job, Barbara, and here are my three cards:
Donna’s Make-Over Card, LI Template #L9572.  I have a feeling I may make several of this one because look how cute the Doodle Tag looks on front of the card and I used a Card Expression for the Happy birthday. There are lots of Card Expressions to choose from.  Check them out!  Here’s my second card:
Donna’s Make-Over2 Card. LI Template #L9572.  For some reason, this card reminds me of the beach!  I can smell the ocean breeze!
Donna’s Tag, LI Template #L9572.

I hope you will all check out this really great template, on the Home Page at Lasting Impressions, and make a “Make-Over” card for yourself.  I would love to see what you come up with.  And, don’t wait until “a Monday” to show me!  Happy Embossing, 🙂  Donna


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Good afternoon everyone.  If you have the time, please go to the LI Home Page and look at the adorable Card Kits now available.  These kits will go quickly so make sure you get one soon!

Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna




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Good afternoon everyone.  It’s a beautiful day here in San Diego and I hope it’s lovely where you are also.  Do you have Easter plans?  I know I do and I just hard boiled 3 dozen eggs to decorate on Sunday.  I can hardly wait.  If you are not preparing for Easter yet, or boiling eggs, perhaps you have had a chance to look at the new templates, the card samples, and beautiful papers that have just been released.  Do you have a favorite?  I love the new boots and I can only imagine what might be done with the adorable Llama template.  “Lllma tell you,” I have some ideas.  🙂

We want to wish you all a very Happy Easter, no matter what you are doing, and I shall leave you with these last two truck door hangers from Barbara.  They are incredible!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna


Barbara’s Bunny Truck, LI Templates #L9413, #L9185, #L9740 and #i199.
Barbara’s Bunny Truck2, LI Templates #L9413, #L9186, #L9272, #L9743 and #L9742.


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Donna’s Carrot Truck, LI Templates #L9413 and S477.


Since Christmas, Barbara and I have been creating some fun cards and projects using LI’s truck template, #L9413. As you know, Barbara made a really cute door hanger this month and I decided to fill the truck with dirt loaded carrots on the way to market.  A sneaky bunny slipped inside and I sure hope there are some carrots left for Farmer McGregor to sell.  🙂  Here are some other cards I made this month.  I hope they will inspire you to make some of your own:


Donna’s Hello Daisy, LI Templates #M19 and #L9188, along with Colored Impressions Software.  While M19 is a retired template, by using Colored Impressions Software, you can still print the background image, change the sentiment to fit your card and add your embossed daisy.  Easy peasy!


Donna’s Rose, LI Templates #L9631 and #M24,  mounted on a LI’s Paint Chip Card.  I have used this rose image over and over again in so many different ways AND in different directions!  Yep, just flip it and you have:
Donna’s Rose rotated version.  Here is another version of this rose done by LI Customer Lou, in Kentucky!  I think it’s the perfect sympathy card:


Lou’s Sympathy Rose, LI Template #L9631.  Thank you Lou for your beautiful card!


Donna’s Flower Group, LI Template #L9021.













Donna’s Birthday Party, LI Templates #L9660 and #L9111.


Donna’s Thank You, LI Templates #L9111 and #L9190.  Once again I used Colored Impressions Software to print my sentiment.  I doubled the layers for the butterfly and the flower and “pinched” the leaves.


Donna’s Bloom Flower, LI Templates #L9654 and #L9111.  I added the daisy print to the inside of my card and I also copied it to my envelope … making it all match!  And lastly …


Donna’s Thanks Daisy, LI Templates #L9575 and #L9111.


Thank you for stopping by.  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna


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Kaye’s April Card Class, LI Templates #S477 and #L9009.


Good afternoon everyone!  Kaye’s class is tomorrow night and oh how I wish I could be there.  I just love her little bunny and those adorable eggs (above)!  I am also in love with Barbara’s cards this month.  Look at these:


Barbara’s Spring Flowers, LI Template #L9021.  This card definitely speaks “Spring.”  Soft pastel colors.  Just lovely!


Barbara’s Bunny Wagon, LI Templates #L9272, #L9749 and #L9115.  This is definitely my favorite card this month!  I love it that Barbara filled the wagon with this adorable chubby bunny and her carrots.  The flower background paper is just perfect and don’t you love the flower in Ms. Bunny’s hair?  So cute.  🙂


Barbara’s Ladybug Daisy, LI Template #L9465.  This template has been a long time favorite of mine and I love it that Barbara paired it with one of our “Paint Chip” cards.  I love, love, love the colors and the ivy looking background paper.  Great job, Ms. Barbara!


Barbara’s Chick Wagon, LI Templates #L9115 and #L9744.  OMG, just when I thought Barbara’s wagon card above could not be any cuter, she comes up with her Chick Wagon!  It really puts a smile on my face.  I love the gingham background paper and the flowered wagon!  Just adorable.  What does one chick say to the other?  “You crack me up.”  LOL


Last but certainly not least, here is a look at Barbara’s Easter Door Hanger.  And, lucky me, I just received it in the mail.


Barbara’s Bunny Truck, LI Templates #L9413 and #L9740.  Isn’t this cute?  I love everything about this door hanger.  Thank you Barbara!


I look forward to showing you my Spring/Easter ideas this weekend, so please check back with us again soon.  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna


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Donna’s HOME Bunny!


Oh gosh, April is here already.  The birds are singing, the flowers are beautiful and our San Diego weather could not be better.  And guess what?  The bunny is headed our way.  To prove that, Barbara has made some absolutely adorable tags for spring and Easter.  Take a look:


Barbara’s Bunny Tag, L.I. Tamplates #L9185 and #L9190.  I love the new pink flower background and the adorable bow on the bunny.
Barbara’s Ladybug Tag, L.I. Templates #L9465 and #L9190.  Our beautiful new flower background paper is perfect for this Lady!  Great job with the twist-apart tag.
Barbara’s Chick, L.I. Templates #L9744 and #L9190.  I think this is my favorite tag!  I love the flower shell and the papers all work so well together.  That chick is adorable and looks like Easter to me!  🙂


Barbara’s Ladybug Tag, L.I. Templates #L9188 and #L9190.  Again, our new flower paper works so well as a background!
Barbara’s Red Rose Tag, L.I. Template #L9379.  Gorgeous!
Barbara’s Happy Birthday Tag, L.I. Templates #L9348 and #L9190.  Barbara also used a sentiment from our Card Expressions.  Be sure and check them out.


I am sure you all will agree, Barbara did a great job with her tags.  Stay tune because in a day or two I will post the cards she did.  Barbara was truly on a roll.  Embossing Spring Joys, 🙂  Donna


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Good afternoon everyone.  Wow, have you seen the latest paper release from Lasting Impressions?  Oh my goodness, beautiful flowers, lovely backgrounds, and gorgeous colors!  Please visit the Home Page for a closer look and take a peek at the latest card kits and Spring Banner.  And don’t forget, if you are in the neighborhood, Kaye has an embossing class next week on April 4th at 6:30 p.m.  Give the office a call to reserve your spot and come play!

The Design Team has some wonderful ideas coming up next week and while you wait, here is a beautiful card, designed by Kaye, using some of the new papers and, a couple of card ideas from LI customer Angie.  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

Kaye’s Flower Group, LI Template #L9021.
Angie’s Bunny Truck, LI Templates #L9413 and #L9275.


Angie’s Easter Eggs, LI Templates #S644 and #L9470.


Angie’s 3 bunnies, LI Template #L9275.


Angie’s Bunny/Egg Truck, LI Templates #L9413, #L9275 and #S644.


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Donna’s St. Pat’s Truck, L.I. #L9413.


Good evening everyone.  I can’t sit down and eat my dinner without wishing you all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I had such fun creating this truck card, loaded with gold, for my family and I feel very lucky to have so much good in my life.  A healthy family, good friends, and corned beef and cabbage roasting on the stove.  Oh yum!  🙂  I have a couple of card ideas to share with you this evening, along with one from Kaye, Barbara, and my crafting buddy Jan.  I hope you had an opportunity to play this weekend also and you have something yummy cooking on your stove.  Be sure and check back with us next week when teammate Barbara and I will have some more fun ideas coming up using the templates and new cardstock now available on the Home Page.  Until then … happy embossing, 🙂  Donna.


Barbara’s Curly Stem Flower, LI Template #L9622.


Kaye’s “Thinking of You,” L.I. Template #L9622.


Jan’s Big Daisy, L.I. Template #L9484.
Na’s Poppies, L.I. Template #L9642.


Donna’s Spring Daisies, L.I. Template #L9622.


Donna’s Twisted Easter Tags, L.I. Templates #L9190 and #L9747.


Donna’s Tea Pot, L.I. Template #L9655.


Donna’s Daisy, L.I. Template #L9622.


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Donna’s HOME Leprechaun.


Did you know that a leprechaun is a mischievous elf of Irish folklore usually believed to reveal the hiding place of treasure if caught.  Well, on our way back to San Diego, from a car show in Yuma, Arizona recently, my husband and I ran right smack into a rainbow and I lived to tell it.  🙂   However, there was no Leprechaun or his pot of gold at the end of that rainbow.  Needless to say, I was disappointed but, not so much so that I wouldn’t display this adorable Leprechaun my husband cut out of wood for me to decorate with Lasting Impressions beautiful cardstock!  I think it’s pretty cute, don’t you?  And what about this really cute Clover Truck Door Hanger that teammate Barbara made for me?  I think there’s a challenge there and I’m off to create my own Clover Truck.  In the meantime, take a peek at Barbara’s Hanger below!  It’s a keeper and I’m “green” with envy and embossing like mad.  BTW, this truck template is available right now, along with some other wonderful templates, and a great new paper release.  Visit the Home Page and check it all out.  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna


Barbara’s Clover Truck, LI Template #L9413.