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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








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LI Template #L9531.


Happy Halloween everyone!  No bones about it, I am very late in wishing you all a spooky day, filled with sweet treats and joyful children.  I have no idea where this month has gone but, for me, I’ve added another birthday!  Here are some ideas I used for Halloween in the past and remember, while they might look like Halloween to you, you could use them all year long by being creative with your sentiments.  For example, the skeleton above, you could use this one and say inside, “No bones about it, I forgot your birthday!”  And for the witch below, send it to a little girl or boy and say, “I’m stirring up a witch’s brew to wish you a magical birthday filled with surprises.”  Add some googly eyes to make them giggle.


LI Template #L9412.


Here’s a Bat that you might use in February and say, I’m batty for you.”

LI Template #L9619.


And, I personally used this one to say another birthday was coming so, “Beware.”

LI Template #L9533.


And this smiling pumpkin I sent to my granddaughter just because she’s so darn cute!


LI Template #L9420.


LI Template #L9527.


There are lots and lots of Boo-tiful templates from Lasting Impressions and, if you haven’t already, purchase the Colored Impressions’ Software, buy it and get a colorful look at all there is to play with.  Happy Halloween!  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna




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Oh my goodness … have you seen the latest from Lasting Impressions?  I am so “impressed” with these adorable decorated crayon boxes!  Take a peek:

Lasting Impressions’ Crayon Gift Boxes.


Aren’t these the cutest way to give a gift for Halloween, for Fall or for Christmas?  What I love is that the boxes are double sided and the inside of the box is just as colorful and fun as the outside of the box.  They are simple to put together and ready to decorate.  Visit the Home Page’s “New Products,” under the catalog section, and order your boxes today!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna


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Good afternoon everyone.  I know it may not seem like Fall to a lot of you and, certainly it does not here in San Diego, but the kids are now back in school and the Fall Season begins!  For those of you that live in Utah, perhaps you attended Kaye’s August or September Card Classes.  Both were amazing.  Here’s a peek at what she did:

Kaye’s August Card Class using L.I. Templates #L9465 & #L988.  This Kit has sold out.


Kaye’s September Card Class using L.I. Templates #L9708 & L9538.  This Kit is still available for purchase.  Check the Home Page.


Barbara has been working on ideas using the new “wood” cardstock and here’s a couple of samples from her:

Barbara’s Popsicle Tag using L.I. Templates #S439 & #L9632.  I love her color scheme and all the ribbons!
Barbara’s Flower Pot, L.I. Templates #L1055 & #L528.


Barbara’s Thank You using L.I. Templates #L980 & #L945.  I love the Blueberry flowers.  This card looks so rich!


I decided to make samples from Kaye’s September Card Class Templates.  Here is what I did with the Plant Kindness Template and the Apple Cider Jug:

Donna’s Plant Kindness using L.I. Template #L9708. I love the soft colors and the Gingham paper!


Donna’s Apple Cider Jug using L.I. Template #L9538.  I used red and green sequins to fill in with the tiny apples I made using Colored Impressions Software.  I embossed the jug and then cut the center out to make it a shaker card.


Do you have Fall Projects in mind?  If so, and you would like to possibly see them on the Blog, please send me your ideas at dndlane@aol.com or at Luv2Emboss@aol.com.  I would love to see them!  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna


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Donna’s Perfect Pumpkin, LI Temp #L9416.


Fall is just around the corner and that means pumpkin time.  How do you carve your pumpkins?  My favorite way is with a pair of scissors, a great pumpkin template design and some cardstock!  🙂  Here are a few carved pumpkins from the past.  Now go pick up a knife … oooops, I mean a stylus … and a pair of scissors AND create!   Embossing joy, 🙂  Donna

Barbara’s Bushel of Apples, LI Temp #L9540.
Kaye’s Pumpkins, LI Temp #L9613.
L.I. Pumpkin Patch, LI Temp #L9536.
L.I. Fall, Temp #L9537.
Donna’s Fall Card, LI Temp #L9418.
    Jan’s Happy Harvest Card, LI Temp #L9144.
Donna’s Happy Haunting Cemetery, LI Temp #s L9616 and S544.
Barbara’s Pumpkin Sign with Candy Corn Flowers, LI Temp #s L9533 and L9676.
Donna’s Pumpkin Harvest, LI Template #L9613.
Donna’s Rip, LI Temp #s L9525 and L9323.
Barbara’s Pumpkin Platter, LI Temp #L9416.
Barbara’s Puppy Patch, LI. Temp #s L9579, L9533.
Donna’s Hi Ghost, LI Temp #s L9071 and L9533.
Barbara’s LI Temp #L9763.
Kaye’s LI Pumpkin Temp #L9763.
Kaye’s LI Pumpkin Candle Temp #L9763.


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Oh my goodness, I just got these adorable, beautiful card ideas from Barbara!  I want to make every one of them. You will too!  🙂  Take a look.  Great job, Barbara, and thanks for the wonderful inspirations!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna


Barbara’s Deer in the Fir Tree Forest, LI Temp #s L9601. S874 and L9264. I love how Barbara tore the “snow” to make layers among the trees.  Layering the fir trees really gives them life.


Barbara’s Lantern, LI Temp #L9814. I love the colors!


Barbara’s Wreath, LI Temp #L9816.  I love the tiny sequins she used for the berries!


Barbara’s Fir Tree Forest, LI Temp #s L9601, S874, and L9671. Can you feel the chill in the air?  Nice touch with the moon, Barbara!



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Good morning everyone.  Lots of fun stuff coming out from LI including this new class by Kaye.  Look at these amazing cards:



Kaye’s August Embossing Class & Kit. LI Temp #s L9465 (Daisy & Ladybug) and L988 (Flower & Leaf).


Kaye has done a fabulous job highlighting these two templates!  The first one is actually a shadow box in that the frame, which she dotted with a thin black pen, is mounted on the flower image.  And I have always loved the black and white graph paper but I’ve never used it!  Wow … trust me, I will now.  Kaye’s class, if you are in the neighborhood, is on Thursday, August 16th at 6:30 p.m.  Please contact the office to make your reservation as seating is limited.  If you are unable to attend, you can purchase a kit, with full instructions, ON SALE NOW.  Go to the Home Page and click on “Kits.”  I will be thinking of ya, Kaye, and wishing I were there taking your class.  Stay tuned for more fun cards and projects coming up!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna