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Good morning everyone.  A couple of blogs ago I mentioned Kaye’s wonderful Explosion Box and in case you missed that box, here it is:


Kaye’s Explosion Box Kit.  Mine is slightly different on the outside but basically the same inside:
Donna’s Version of Kaye’s Explosion Box Kit.


Donna’s Version of Kaye’s Explosion Box Kit Inside.


I have two reasons for mentioning this Explosion Kit once again.  First, it’s a fabulous design and there are a few left to buy.  Go get one!  Very easy to follow.  Secondly, the Kit comes with the Explosion Box Template to make more using maybe a Halloween theme, a Christmas theme, hey how about Easter?  I can see bunnies hopping all over this project.  Kaye’s Box inspired me to update my Halloween Explosion Box of many years ago!  I’m posting it here in case you missed it before but let me admit one thing … after seeing Karie’s amazing card fold, I told her she made mincemeat out of my Box!  LOL  Here’s a peek at mine (again!):


Donna’s Halloween Explosion Box Top.  


Donna’s Halloween Explosion Box Sides (4).  


Donna’s Halloween Explosion Box Inside First Layer.  This is what you see when you open the box.  There are two “hidden” layers!


Donna’s Halloween Explosion Box, Layer 2 Candy Corn.  


Donna’s Halloween Explosion Box, Layer 2 Witches’ Brew.  


Donna’s Halloween Explosion Box, Layer 2 Meow Cat.  


Donna’s Halloween Explosion Box, Layer 2 RIP.  


Donna’s Halloween Explosion Box, Layer 3 Bat Tag “Trick or Treat.”


Donna’s Halloween Explosion Box, Layer 3 Haunted House.  


Donna’s Halloween Explosion Box, Layer 3 Witch.  


Donna’s Halloween Explosion Box, Layer 3 Ghost and Pumpkin.


And there you have it.  All 3 layers held together by the lid.  The first layer is 12 x 12″ and the second layer is 10 x 10″.  I did NOT make several of these BUT I did teach a class!  If you are wondering where that 3 layer is, it is underneath on the backside of layer 2.  Some images I printed directly from our Colored Impressions’ Software and all are embossed.  Next up … some wonderful ideas from Barbara so stay tune!  Embossing Joys, 🙂  Donna


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Good evening everyone.  Please join me in welcoming Karie to our Blog.  She has amazed us with a wonderful project that I just have to share with you.  Karie calls it her Halloween Card Fold Card and here’s the template:

Karie says she leaves one side of square “D” decorated for the front cover of her card and one side of square “C” for an individual message and signature.  Here is a sample of how the inside of her card looked:

On the reverse side, she added these additional images, plus a blank square:



The “Witches poem is on the front cover and tied with an orange ribbon.  Quite a project, huh?  Karie said she worked for days and made several.  Thank you so much for sharing this amazing card with us, Karie.  Here are the template numbers for the images Karie used:

  • L9424 – Frankie
  • L9532 – Skelly
  • L9319 – Mummy
  • L9067 – Scarecrow
  • L9415 – RIP
  • S456 – Ghost
  • L9542 – Jack-O-Lantern
  • L9421 – Witch
  • L9339 – Caldron/Potion
  • L9317 – Flying Bat
  • L9669 – Spider & Web

Now pick up a stylus, templates and paper, and make some Ghosts and Goblins!  We would love to see what you do.  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna


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Good afternoon everyone!  I am so behind and Christmas is creeping up on me and speaking of “creeping,” stay tuned for some “creepy” and fall cards and projects coming soon.  In the meantime, however, I wanted to post some ideas from our viewers who participated in our Camp-Emboss-A-Lot.  Oh my goodness, wasn’t that fun and have you noticed that Kerry has continued with her video classes on our home page?  Check it out and here’s some darling projects and a big THANK YOU for all of you who participated in Camp-Emboss-A-Lot.  Happy Embossing, 🙂  Donna

Sharon’s Camp Gnome Sweet Gnome
Tami’s Camp Christmas Gnome
Tessa’s Camp Bee Happy
Sharon’s Camp Let it Snow
Marian’s Camp Christmas Gnome
Sharon’s Camp Tiki Feathers
Tessa’s Camp S’mores
Sharon’s Camp Sandals
Sharon’s Camp Tiki Flowers
Tessa’s Camp Beehive
Tessa’s Camp Bucky
Tessa’s Camp Ladybug & Bee
Sharon’s Camp Flowers
Tessa’s camp Tiki Thanks Flower
Tessa’s Camp Merry Christmas
Sharon’s Camp Bucky
Donna’s Camp Flowers with new Coconut Template
Sharon’s Camp Bee Candy
Tessa’s Camp Tiki
Tessa’s Camp Tiki Tags
Sharon’s Camp ladybug
Tessa’s Camp Tiki Flowers
Tessa’s Camp Bee
Sharon’s Camp Tags
Tessa’s Camp Bee Jars



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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