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Kerry’s Loads of Love Truck, LI Template #L9413..


Good morning once again and this is my last post of Valentine ideas!  🙂  I hope the cards have inspired you to purchase some of the beautiful new papers from Lasting Impressions and to make a few Valentine Cards to send to friends and love ones.  I’m busy doing just that!  Here is what I have for you today.  First up is a very fun slider card made by my best crafting buddy, Jan.  She recently purchased a slider mechanism from Lawn Fawn and with the new LI papers, she created this beautiful card.  She’s become a real expert at this technique and I love what she has done.  If you look closely you will see that there are little pockets at both ends of the slider where Jan put her sentiments.  Great job Jan!


Jan’s Slider, LI papers, Template #L9632 and slider from Lawn Fawn.
Jan’s Slider as it appears pulled “opened.”


Next up are some versions of the Truck Kerry used to create her Valentine above.  Barbara made the Door Hanger you will find in “Valentine Ideas Day One,” and last year, Kaye made her Christmas Truck:


Kaye’s Christmas Truck, LI Templates #L9413 and #L9226.  I love the “snow.”  🙂  Here are two Trucks Barbara made besides her adorable door hanger:


Barbara’s Truck, LI Templates #L9413 and #L9462.  I think the checked bumpers are so adorable!


Barbara’s Truck of Kisses, LI Templates #L9413, #L9634, and #S669.  OMG, I love the smiley faces.  Nice job, Barbara!  And finally, here is my version of a Valentine Truck:


Donna’s Valentine Truck, LI templates #L9413 and  #S776.  I used the Card Expressions for the “thanks,” and Colored Impression’s software for “a load of thanks” sentiment.


If these are not enough to inspire you, here are a few “oldies but goodies” from years past!  Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.  With Valentine hugs, 🙂  Donna


Donna’s In My Heart, LI Template #L9462.


Donna’s Savor this Day, LI Template #L9586.


Donna’s Sending Our Love, LI Template #L9694.


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Good afternoon everyone.  Today is day two of LI Valentines.  I had so much fun creating new ideas with our latest release of beautiful cardstock.  I am particularly fond of this release because it reminds me of cardstock I used when I first started with LI some 19 years ago!  Amazing it has been that long.  Here are my ideas.  I hope they will inspire you.  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna


Donna’s Thanks Hearts, LI Template #L1037 and Card Expressions’ “thanks” sentiment.


Donna’s Thinking of You, LI Template #L9358 and Card Expressions’ “thinking of you” sentiment.


Donna’s He Loves Me, LI Templates #L9462 and #L9632.


Donna’s Key to my Heart, LI Template #L9357 and Senti-Metal “Keys to a Happy Life: Love, Laughter, and each other.”


Donna’s Heart Fleur, LI Template #9696 and Card Expressions “thinking of you.”


Donna’s LOVE, LI Templates #L9633, #L1039 and #L1039 for the small flower.


Donna’s Love Notes, LI Templates #L9462 and #S669.


Donna’s True Love, LI Template #L9632.


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Donna’s Home Wood Project for January using LI Cardstock.


It has recently been brought to my attention, twice no less, that I neglected to show off my January HOME wood project.  It’s crazy but I feel like the year is already whizzing by and I somehow missed the entire month of January.  Where did it go?  And for the last week, time has really flown by as Barbara and I are busily embossing some “sweet” ideas to show you for Valentine’s Day, using LI’s beautiful cardstock!  Here are cards from Barbara and I will post my cards tomorrow.  So stay tuned!


Barbara’s 3 Hearts, LI Template #L9459.  Three is company and never a crowd when it comes to this lovely template!
Barbara’s Big Heart #1, LI Templates #L9460 and #S669.  I love the new wood grain paper she used!
Barbara’s XOXO heart, LI Templates #L9545 and #L9692.  I am a HUGE fan of pink and brown!  I can’t help it.  🙂
Barbara’s Heart Fleur, LI Templates #L9696 and #L9462.  I love the new flower and wording background paper Barbara used here.  Gorgeous card, so elegant!  🙂


Barbara’s Valentine Letter, LI Template #L9544.  This template design has been around for quite some time and definitely a keeper for any letter you might send!
Barbara’s Lavender Heart, LI Templates #L9453 and #L9462.  I love the papers Barbara used for this card … especially the small flower print in the bow!  So pretty.  And here’s the same bow from this template that Barbara used for a Valentine last year!  It’s fun to use “parts” of a template and mix it up!  Great job, Barbara!


Barbara’s Love Valentine, LI Templates #L9782 and #L9453.  Adorable.  And here’s Barbara’s last Valentine card sample:
Barbara’s Big Heart #2, LI Templates #L9469, #S669 and #B216.


See you tomorrow for more Valentine samples.  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna




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Donna’s February HOME project using LI cardstock.


Good morning everyone.  It’s a chilly, rainy morning for us here in San Diego and a great day to stay inside, nice and warm, and emboss!  🙂  Don’t you just love the new Valentine Card Kit by Kaye?  I do hope you are going to her class, if you are in the area!  I love the new papers and both Barbara and I have some great Valentine ideas to show you very soon.  In the meantime, however, Kerry recently created two really nice cards using the new cardstocks and I love them both. Take a look below.  Kaye just sent me two very cute masculine card ideas (and “boy” don’t we need those ideas), and also a couple of very cute ideas from LI customer Angie.  Take a look at these wonderful ideas:


Kerry’s card using distressed ink, Card Expressions for the sentiment, and new cardstock from their latest release.  Beautiful job of layering!  🙂


Kerry’s card using LI new cardstock from their latest release and Card Expressions for the sentiment.


Kaye’s Masculine Gift Tag using new LI cardstock and new Card Expressions, “Thinking of you.”


Kaye’s Restaurant Gift Tag using LI new cardstock and Colored Impressions Software.


Angie’s Teacup bursting with spring flowers! LI Template #L9817.


I love Angie’s color choices in this Valentine Teacup version, don’t you?  Really nice job, Angie, and who doesn’t love a nice heart-filled cup of tea!  🙂  Thank you so much for your adorable ideas.

Stay tuned for Valentine ideas from Barbara and me!  Here is just a peek at the Door Hanger Barbara just sent me.


Barbara’s Valentine Truck. LI Templates #L9413.  Wow, right?


With much embossing joy and heartfelt Valentine Wishes, 🙂  Donna



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Happy New Year everyone.  We’ve got lots of fun things coming out this year from Lasting Impressions.  I love the new paper collection and Kerry and Kaye have been busy making card samples to show these gorgeous papers off.  And if you are in the North Salt Lake area, on Thursday, February 7th, it’s your lucky day because Kaye is having a very fun Valentine’s Class, at 6:30 p.m., using these new papers!  Hurry … seats and kits are limited and they are going fast!  Please call the office to reserve your space or order your kit! Here are the projects Kaye will be doing:

Stay tuned because Barbara, Kaye, and I will have some fun Valentine cards and projects coming soon. Get your stylist ready, turn on your lightbox, and let’s make some love … cards that is!   Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna 



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Donna’s Wood & LI Cardstock Project for December.


Just wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from all of us at Lasting Impressions and a very Happy New Year!  See you in 2019.  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna and LI Design Teammates Kaye and Barbara!


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Donna’s HOME Mr. Waddles.


Did you know that Lasting Impressions is not “just a one trick pony!”  There are so many thing you can do, i.e., emboss, of course, with more than 1800 brass templates; make greeting cards and other craft projects with their beautiful cardstocks; and, there are endless ways and ideas using their MemoryMixer Scrapbook program … not to mention their Colored Impressions Software also! Oh my goodness, the list goes on and on!  I, for one, craft with Lasting impressions almost every day.  The project above is just one of my recent endeavors.  I purchased some wood letter blocks and the race was on to replace the “O” in the word HOME.  This idea came from a company called Foundations Decor and along with another company called The Wood Connection, I managed to fill the “O” spot with 12 different images and here’s the kicker … all images are covered with Lasting Impressions’ Cardstock!  Yep … every last one of them.  Here, for example, is Mr. Waddles and he is the most special image, out of the twelve, because he was actually created, and gifted to me, by LI Blog Design Team Member Barbara!  She used some older LI cardstock and embossed with LI Template #L9348 (flower petal) for his feet and LI Template #L9816 (wreath bow) for his necktie.  Isn’t he adorable?  I love him!

My point here is, think out of the box using Lasting Impressions to create something wonderful for yourself or someone you love or your family and friends.  There’s really no trick to it.  It’s easy and so much fun.  I will be sharing the rest of my “HOME” with you as the months go by so stay tuned and in the meantime, all of us at Lasting Impressions are wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna


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KAYE’S NOVEMBER EMBOSSING CLASS HAS BEEN MOVED TO WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH AT 6:30 P.M.  Please call the office if you have any questions.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  Please let us know if you are planning to attend.  Thank you so much.  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna


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Good morning everyone and for us in San Diego, it’s a foggy good morning.  🙂  No better time than the present, with the chill in the air (and I can’t see to drive anywhere!), to do some crafting.  Yep, lets make a card!  🙂

There are a couple of new releases if you have been to the LI Home Page and a new “look” for Lasting Impressions.  I have been excited about the truck template (L9413) for some time.  The template has been around for a while but re-released as a kit and it’s adorable.  Kaye did a great job of designing this one and I urged her to try a “Snow Marker” on the tires and tree.  You can find Snow Markers on-line or at your favorite craft store as it is not included in the kit itself, but both templates (Truck L9413 and Sleigh L9226) are included, along with cardstock and envelopes to make 4 cards.  Cute, huh?  I so love this card!


LI Christmas Truck Card Kit.


Box of Candles (L9813) is a brand new template and here are samples by Barbara and I.  We both really like this new one, I bet you will too.  It has been so popular that a re-order has been made because the template is currently out-of-stock.  I am not surprised!


Barbara’s Candle Box, LI Template #L9813.  I love it that Barbara used LI’s Sea Foam Gingham and Polka Dot papers. Here’s my version:


Donna’s Candle Box, LI Template #L9813.


The Poinsettia Teacup is also a new template and, once again, Barbara and I made a couple of samples:


Barbara’s Poinsettia Teacup, LI Template #L9817.  I love the look of her teacup with the “Hugs and Kisses” plaid paper.  Beautiful.  And, here’s my version:


Donna’s Poinsettia Teacup, LI Template #L9817.  And here’s LI’s version, using the template design as part of a tag kit: 

LI’s Poinsettia Tag Kit, LI Template #L9817.


You can find these new templates and kits on LI’s Home Page.  I hope you will try them.  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna


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Hi again!  Now that I have wished you a very late Halloween, I want to keep the pumpkin rolling with a few additional comments.  Kaye, at Lasting Impressions, recently design a Card Kit that I immediately fell in love with and decided to tweak it a bit, since I had the pumpkin template, and turn it into an Easel Card.  If you have never made an Easel Card, it’s really quite simple.  It’s basically an A2 card with an additional score line.  Here’s Kaye’s Kit and, by the way, it’s on sale so go grab one:


Kaye’s Card Kit, LI Template #L9530.  It comes with the template and cardstock, including the envelopes, to make 4 cards.

Here is my Easel version:

Donna’s Easel Card, LI Template #L9530.
Donna’s Easel Card side view.
Donna’s Easel Card standing.


Start with your 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card base, scored at 4 1/4″ and again, only on one end, at 2 1/8″.  That second score line will give you the “easel” you need when you bend it in an upright position.  The card design itself will be glued to that bottom half of your easel.  Hopefully, you can see what I mean in the middle photo above.  The dotted paper in front is mounted high enough so that the front edge of the card rests against the edge of the dotted paper!

If you are in the North Salt Lake area, you might want to take one of Kaye’s monthly classes.  She is amazing!  Last month she turned an adorable, long-legged chicken into a crow … I kid you not!  🙂  Here is her Crow Tag:

Kaye’s Crow LI Template #L9370 and Corn #L9541.  Unfortunately, this kit is sold out.


Of course, I had to give this idea a try and I turned my “chicken” into a 4 1/2″ square crow Card.  Here’s my version:

Donna’s Crow, LI Template #L9370 and Corn Template #9541.


Thank you Kaye for giving me permission to pinch your wonderful ideas.  I hope if any of you have these templates, you will give them a try and if you are in the area, please join Kaye for her November class on the 7th at 6:30 p.m.


Kaye’s November Card Class.

Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna