OMG … talk about dragging my feet, Christmas will be here in just 3 more days and thankfully, I am all ready. I just need to post these final cards and then I can breathe and get ready for my classes in the New Year! 🙂 Here are my ideas using our latest products and a few old templates I used with them!
Okay, that’s it from me. I am wishing you the very best Christmas and a very Happy New Year! See you next year and until then … Happy Embossing! 🙂 Donna
Oh my gosh, Christmas truly is just around the corner and I’ve got so much to show you! I hope you have had a chance to look at Kerry’s two new videos … all about our new release of paper and cut-outs … and just look at these samples from her:
And there’s lots more! Here is Barbara’s adorable Penguin card using some of the new Christmas papers and Templates #L9617 and #L9521:
LI friend Karie continues her “12 Days of Christmas” and confesses it is a slow work-in-progress. 🙂 She did manage to show off three more “days” here:
Karie’s Day 2. Two Turtle Doves, LI Template #L923.
Okay, now don’t go away, stay tuned, because I will upload some of my card ideas tomorrow and then it’s almost Christmas! Gad, does time fly or what? Hmmmmmm … I must be having fun. Sure hope you are too! Holiday hugs, 🙂 Donna
Good morning everyone. Actually, it’s the “third day of Christmas” but go with me on this one and pretend it’s the first day because I just have to show off this cute idea from Karie. She is following the “12 Days of Christmas” song for her card theme and, for example, this one is being sent along with some pear recipes! How cute is that? I love it. Do you have your cards done; finished your shopping yet; wrapped those gifts; and, are ready to go? Will you hate me if I say, “Mine is all done!” Hurrah. 🙂 Now I have time to play! 🙂
We have lots of fun ideas coming up and I hope you will tune in often to see what we have in store for you. I hope you have looked at the new products and have tried some of the new Cut-Outs and Card Expressions. Here are a couple of samples from Barbara. She has done a fabulous job and her first one is with the gnome Cut-Out and isn’t he adorable? Gnomes are everywhere and here at LI is no exception. Take a look:
Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to see what’s next from these two very talented girls! Go to the Home Page and look at the fun new things we have to inspire you and start crafting. Happy Holidays, 🙂 Donna
Can you smell fall in the air and turkey in your oven yet? Boy, I sure can and I am looking forward to roasting a turkey and eating all the goodies that go with it. I’ve got just a few projects to share today before a new release is on its way. If you have signed up for the L.I. Newsletter, then you know that we are going to have some beautiful new Christmas Papers and wonderful ideas from Kerry coming out soon! So stay tuned! In the meantime, here are some great ideas to inspire you:
Karen Harper has been a long time friend of mine and great embosser. She just sent me these two fun projects she has done for Thanksgiving and, of course, I have to add them to this blog because they are all about the turkey!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Gobble Gobble. 🙂 Donna
Good evening one and all. Have I told you how much I love Halloween? I love watching the little kids come trick-or-treating! However, for the last 30 years we have had not one single trick-or-treater come to our door … not one! We have a very long, very dark driveway some 300 feet from the street and it’s a horrible climb! Ugh So, in sharing a holiday that I dearly love, here are a few ideas from Barbara, Kaye, and Karie:
Boo-To-You from all of us at Lasting Impressions. 🙂 Donna
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:
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!):
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
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
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
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 – Back View.
Donna’s Bee Explosion Box – Inside.
Here are the supplies I used to make my Bee Explosion Box:
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:
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
We are so excited for camp. I hope you can join us, whether you are new to embossing or a pro, we’re going to have lots of fun. Gather your friends and watch live or at your convenience. Camp Calendar will be posted soon.
To register, purchase the Camp Emboss-a-Lot Supplies. You’re welcome to come for the week or 3. However there is a special offer if you purchase all 3 weeks. You will also receive a BONUS journal full of project photos, recipes & more.
If a template had been released prior, we have listed them separately in the Camp Emboss-a-Lot shop found under “catalog”. We have also placed other optional items like buttons, etc.
Order soon to save your place. We will send additional camp details the end of this week.
It has been so much fun to think outside of the box and re-purpose a few templates using our new Starry papers. The papers and color selection totally change the look of these templates. I no longer see just a Christmas Star or Bell, but now I see Love of Country. Happy Embossing!
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Let Freedom Ring
L9325 – Bell S472 – 3 Stars Ladybug Red Linen Vintage Stripes, Newsprint, Blueberry Pie Doodle Stars Dark, Red Wagon Scattered Stars, Baby’s Breath Solid, Rusty Bucket, Red Wagon Watercolor Dots, Red Wagon Doodle Dots, Blueberry Pie Mini Dots, Blueberry Pie Mini Gingham
Happy Birthday Card
S472 – 3 Stars
Tea Stained Solid, Baby’s Breath Solid, Blueberry Pie Doodle Stars Dark, Blueberry Pie Mini Gingham, Red Wagon Doodle Stars Light, Red Wagon Mini Dots, Red Wagon Graph, Colored Impressions (for the tags)
Freedom Bell Gift Tag
L9325 – Bell S472 – 3 Stars
Ladybug Red Linen Vintage Stripes, Blueberry Pie
Scattered Stars, Red Wagon Mini Dots, Red Wagon Mini Stripes, Red Wagon Polka
Dots, Rusty Bucket
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
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:
Thank you for stopping by. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
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:
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.
I look forward to showing you my Spring/Easter ideas this weekend, so please check back with us again soon. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
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:
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
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
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.
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
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!
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:
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
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
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!
See you tomorrow for more Valentine samples. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
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:
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.
With much embossing joy and heartfelt Valentine Wishes, 🙂 Donna
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
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
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
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!
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!
The Poinsettia Teacup is also a new template and, once again, Barbara and I made a couple of samples:
Donna’s Poinsettia Teacup, LI Template #L9817. And here’s LI’s version, using the template design as part of a tag kit:
You can find these new templates and kits on LI’s Home Page. I hope you will try them. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
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:
Here is my Easel version:
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:
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:
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.
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.
Here’s a Bat that you might use in February and say, I’m batty for you.”
And, I personally used this one to say another birthday was coming so, “Beware.”
And this smiling pumpkin I sent to my granddaughter just because she’s so darn cute!
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
Oh my goodness … have you seen the latest from Lasting Impressions? I am so “impressed” with these adorable decorated crayon boxes! Take a peek:
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
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:
Barbara has been working on ideas using the new “wood” cardstock and here’s a couple of samples from her:
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:
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 email@example.com or at Luv2Emboss@aol.com. I would love to see them! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
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
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
Good morning everyone. Lots of fun stuff coming out from LI including this new class by Kaye. Look at these amazing cards:
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
Good evening everyone. My classes are now complete and everyone enjoyed playing with LI’s new template “Barney” … me included! I’ve paired him above with one of LI’s new wood papers, Barn Wood White Washed. I really like how it turned out. Take a look at these cute examples from Barbara. She’s done a great job of show casing Barney!
I enjoyed Barney so much that I made a Gable Box while I was visiting Lasting Impressions last week using Barney on one of the four sides of the box:
Do you have your Barney yet? I guarantee he will put a smile on your face. He’s a happy guy.
Good afternoon everyone! I am back from my trip to Lasting Impressions in Utah and I have lots to share with you, including some very fun card samples. First … “thanks a ton” to my dear Utah Sister, Kaye, for having me in her home for a week. I don’t think we missed a day of laughing ourselves silly. And laughter is so healing and I’ve heard that you can lose weight by laughing and if that’s true, I should be very skinny. Here’s a typical meal for Kaye and I:
Oh gosh, these sundaes were so good and I so enjoyed my stay with Kaye, her puppy Scooter, and cats Luna and Mustache.
Another thank you to L.I. Owners Kerry and Lane Hill who provided me with a huge crafting table, light box, cardstock and templates to play with all week long and, play I did! Here’s a photo of Kerry and Lane with one of the cards I made and I can’t wait to share the silly story behind this snowman card below. Thank you Kerry and Lane:
Okay, now some card samples including this snowman! When I first used this template in my classes, and being a “California Beach Gal” all my life, I didn’t realize that those white, fluffy things on either side of the snowman’s face were ear muffs. I know, I know but, I saw them as some sort of snowballs stuck to the side of his head and the bar going across the top was his hat! Good grief.:-( Well, once a snow bunny in my class pointed out that they were ear muffs, I got it and came up with this card. Trust me, a much better version than my original one!
Here are more card samples I made while at Lasting Impressions:
I have lots more to share but running out of steam with a whole lot of laundry to do. Sometimes, you need a vacation from the vacation! More later. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Good afternoon everyone! I’m feeling particularly cheerful today … even with this hot, hot, hot weather (did I mention it’s hot here in San Diego?) because I am heading to Utah for a week. First I will attend a Trade Show for three days and enjoy a couple of classes and then I’m off to see my friend Kaye at Lasting Impressions. We have big plans, Kaye and I, including talking about the new L.I. templates coming out. Have you all seen the new Alpha Template, “W is for …” featuring the cutest Whale! OMG, I had such fun playing with the whale today and I have so many ideas running through my head on how to use him/her. Here’s just a couple of samples from Teammate Barbara and from Me! 🙂
Have you seen what’s next? An Adorable reindeer just in time for “Christmas in July.” They decided to call him “Barney” after the new Barn Wood Collection, now available at L.I. Go to the Home Page and look for the new Chalk Art Board and the adorable Round Tags that are available, with Barney! And, if you are in the North Salt Lake area, please join Kaye, at Lasting Impressions, for her Embossing Class on Thursday, July 19th at 6:30 p.m. I can’t wait to take her class! Come play! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
OMG … I see things moving really, really fast this year! Here I sit in Texas in full view of the LBJ lake (which is gorgeous BTW) and totally forgot to post holiday cards on the Blog before I left San Diego! Good grief. Thankfully, I am supported by a wonderful teammate who sent me two adorable cards:
Really nice job, Barbara. Thank you so much. I love the new papers!
More when I get back to San Diego. In the meantime, I’m having a “whale of a time” here in Texas. Happy 4th of July! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Good morning everyone. Have you had a chance to see the beautiful new papers yet? Oh my goodness, I love the barn wood look. Check out the “Farmhouse Collection” for a quick peek and then look at the individual colors in single sheets. It’s hard to choose a favorite as they are all so beautiful. Here’s a card that Kaye recently created for a L.I. customer. I love the distressed look, don’t you? Amazing job Kaye! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Kaye’s L.I. Temp #L9064 United We Stand. The paper is Barn Wood –
Blueberry, Red Wagon and White Washed and Walnut Distress
Life is not always a “picnic” at my house and this month was quite a challenge! We decided to install new flooring and OMG … I’m simply too old to do this … that’s what I learned anyway. 🙂 We have a small, but comfortable, house and for almost two weeks we lived in the living room with a large dining room table, a huge hutch, AND an enormous Grandfather Clock (or so it seemed) all sitting in the middle of the room! However, the floors are done and I love them!
Okay, back to crafting and why I am mentioning this latest challenge. My craft room and supplies have been covered in dust and I only just discovered most of it. I would laugh but I am too exhausted! So forgive me as I finally post these two adorable Father’s Day Cards from Barbara and a couple of cards I made because, quite frankly, I was having crafting withdrawals. Back to cleaning! 🙂 Happy embossing and Happy Father’s Day Weekend. 🙂 Donna
Good morning everyone. April is coming to an end and in anticipation of Spring and Mother’s Day, I’ve created a few cards using L.I.’s Colored Impressions Software. I use the program almost daily and in my humble opinion, every cardmaker should own a copy! Take a look at these examples using the fun “Simply Square” backgrounds you will find listed on the software:
Last but not least, let me remind you that Kaye, at Lasting impressions, is having another wonderful embossing class on Thursday evening, May 3, at 6:30 p.m., if you are in the area. Here is what Kaye is doing for her class.
I hope these examples will inspire you to go pick up your stylus and make something springy and beautiful. Enjoy, 🙂 Donna
Good morning everyone. Today I have some sweet projects to share with you from Kaye, at Lasting Impressions, and L.I. Design Team Member Barbara! The first is the latest Touch of Spring card kit from Kaye using Template #B222, with matching envelopes! You can order your kit by clicking on Catalog/New Product from the Home Page. It’s a beautiful kit and quite frankly a very easy image to emboss and use over and over again with other templates!
Next Blog, I have some fun ideas using Colored Impressions Software that I hope will inspire you to purchase a copy of this amazing software if you don’t already own it. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Ooops … I was so excited about the Oval Flower kit yesterday, I neglected to mention that Kaye, at Lasting Impressions, is having an embossing class on Thursday, April 5th, at 6:30 p.m., if you happen to be in the North Salt Lake, Utah area. Here are her beautiful projects:
Space is limited so reserve your spot now. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Happy Easter everyone! Have you ever obsessed over an image and you just keep embossing it again and again and truly don’t know when to stop? Well, I am obsessed with the latest Card Kit that Kaye at Lasting Impressions created … AND I CAN’T STOP! LOL I see myself embossing the Oval Flower Template (L945) for so many occasions and I particularly love using the Paint Chip Cards with it. I have to be honest, I have had these Paint Chip Cards for quite some time and never got around to using them. Now … I CAN’T STOP USING THEM TOO! Oh no … see where this obsession is going? LOL Here are some samples I did yesterday:
Please don’t let me obsess alone. Go buy a kit and let’s see what you can do with this wonderful Oval Flowers template. It’s a keeper in my book … book of embossing that is! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Good morning everyone! I have exciting news from L.I. Have you seen the latest Card Kit entitled Spring Blossoms (see below)? Absolutely beautiful. Check it out on the Home Page. I love the colors and the use of Vellum! And if you haven’t seen the new Easter Chalkboard, take a look at it as well. You can order the kit and/or extra boards. I just finished a class with 11 classmates making their very own Chalkboards and it was a really fun project. Easter is just around the corner so don’t delay in ordering your own Chalkboard! See my version below and Hoppy Easter. 🙂 Donna
OMG … I just got a peek at Design Team Member Barbara’s Spring and Easter card ideas and I just have to share. She has really out done herself with these templates and I, for one, am so impressed. See if you don’t agree with me. Embossing Joys, 🙂 Donna
Good morning everyone and have you had the chance to look at Lasting Impressions wonderful Double Sided Cardstock yet? I am so excited and can’t wait to play! Here are a couple of great ideas to get you motivated by Kerry and please come back soon to see some more samples from Kaye, Barbara and I using these beautiful new papers! Happy embossing, 🙂 Donna. P.S. Take a look at the really cute Easter Card Kit Kaye created at the bottom of this post. Oh my heck is all I’m saying. So cute and it’s on sale now AND if you are in the area, please consider attending Kaye’s Class on Thursday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m. to make these two adorable cards. Look for details on the Home Page.
Good morning! Have you seen the beautiful new cardstock from Lasting Impressions? OMG … these gorgeous red paper designs are even more beautiful in person! I decided to make a shaker card and I’m pleased how it turned out:
I also made a Valentine Candy Holder and a stand-up Valentine Card:
Donna’s Valentine Candy Holder, L.I. Temp #L9462.
Kaye, at Lasting Impressions had a very successful card class last week, so much so, she sold out her Valentine Kit. Kudos to you Kaye! She made an additional card for the L.I. showroom, along with some very cute tags:
Be sure and check out the Home Page for other beautiful tag ideas. Happy Valentine’s Day! With embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Good morning everyone and how about some “Hugs & Kisses” for your Valentine? Barbara made this adorable card using L.I. Templates L9634, L1039 and S891. I love how she added her own smiley faces and sentiments! Here are some more wonderful Valentine ideas from Barbara: Embossing joys, with hugs and kisses, 🙂 Donna.
Good morning everyone. 🙂 Kaye, at Lasting Impressions, is teaching a wonderful Valentine Class, with beautiful new red cardstock that you just have to see to believe. Her class begins at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, February 1st. if you happen to be in the area, please give Kaye a call to save your spot! Here’s a sample of what you will be doing AND, if you can’t attend, think about ordering a Valentine Kit and make these beautiful projects yourself. Embossing joys and Valentine Hugs, 🙂 Donna
Hi everyone. Donna Lane here and if you have “followed me” on either L.I.’s Blog, my own personal Blog (http://donna-luv2emboss.blogspot.com/) or found me on Pinterest, then you know I love to make greeting cards! I also teach classes here in San Diego, California. I started embossing almost 20 years ago when I attended a craft show in San Diego and watched Lorie Jacobs demonstrate the technique. I knew I was hooked from that moment on. LOL
Today I am sharing some Valentine Cards with you and if you have any questions, or care to comment, please feel free to send me an email at LUV2EMBOSS@aol.com. I would love to hear from you. Happy Embossing, 🙂 Donna.
Hmmmmmm, I can smell that turkey roasting already, can you? I love Thanksgiving and not just because I love turkey but, it’s also time to reflect on what we are most grateful for in our lives. Family and friends, of course, is right up there on top of my list and I bet you have lots to be grateful for as well. I’m grateful that my design teammate is so on top of things and has made these two adorable cards for the blog. Take at peek at what Barbara created and look at a few “oldies but goodies” I manage to find this morning while counting my “crafting blessings.” Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 🙂 Donna
Okay, okay … so it’s not quite winter yet but, here in San Diego, this much cooler weather is a blessing! And how I wish I could play in the snow. Hopefully, these adorable winter cards from L.I. customer and friend, Janell, will inspire more than a few of you to get busy with your winter cards:
I am told that Janell used a die for her shaker card but you can easily use L.I. Love Jar, Temp #L9356 and “stretch” the length a bit to make it work for a shaker card! I love the idea and this adorable Santa and snowman image, don’t you?
Another one of my favorites from Janell is this really cute Flamingo Card below and the photo does not do it justice because what you can’t tell from this photo is the We R Memory Keepers’ Clearly Bold White Dot paper is see-thru. Trust me, it’s stunning in person with the clear white dot background … like snow falling outside your window. Hmmmmmm, what do I know … we don’t get snow here in San Diego but, I can use my imagination. LOL How about you? Great job, Janell, and thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Oh my goodness … I find myself dragging my feet these days. Do you ever feel that way too? I think it has to do with our crazy weather here in San Diego … at least that’s my excuse. Halloween is around the corner and while teammate Barbara has some darling Halloween Cards made, I’ve only just begun. Seems ridiculous since my Halloween decorations have been up for a month! Where are my cards? LOL Thankfully, I had extra time over the weekend and came up with a few ideas:
Happy October everyone! OMG … this year is going by way too fast. However, I am delighted to see October arrive because it’s my birthday month and one of my favorite holidays. Here’s just a peek of fun things coming up this month:
Barbara’s Ghost/Cat Basket, L.I. Template #’s L9422 and L9540.
What is your favorite holiday and are you making some Halloween Cards? We would love to see them. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Good morning everyone. i can’t quite believe I am finally saying this but, “Fall is in the air” and OMG it feels soooooo good! To help celebrate our cooler weather, here are some adorable fall cards from our Design Team at Lasting Impressions. Enjoy and happy Fall embossing. 🙂 Donna
Good afternoon everyone. Kaye at Lasting Impressions had a class last week using L.I. Template #L9372, entitled “Just Because.” Here is the very fun card she created for her class:
I love the yellow and grey cardstock she used and the very clever layout. Don’t you just love polka-dots? Then Barbara and I decided to add our two cents, “just because,” and came up with these two samples:
Don’t you love the pink and orange colors and the clever way she used the sentiment. Now here’s my version:
I used the Colored Impressons’ Software to print and emboss the “Just Because” wording and then left just enough space on the bottom of my card for the rest of the sentiment I wanted to add. I embossed the “orange” image twice … once on orange cardstock and then a second time I cut out sections of the orange for the image done using Peach cardstock and layered the sections on top. I used L.I. Template #L9790 for the leaves. I hope you will give this very fun template a try and come up with your own version, just because! Happy embossing, 🙂 Donna
Hello everyone from a very hot San Diego! Yep, we are experiencing weather in the high 90’s and 100’s and I could sure use some cold weather! Speaking of which, recently I pinch a winter project I saw on a company called Simple Stories (https://simplestories.com) and I knew I had to do it using Lasting Impressions’ beautiful cardstock. The original project was designed by Julie Johnson from Paisleys & Polka Dots, for Simple Stories, and what a beautiful, fun project it turned out to be and she’s a fabulous designer. Here is my version of her Winter Snowmen. I so enjoyed putting it together:
Good morning everyone. Yep, it’s still hot, hot, hot in San Diego and I definitely have the fans blowing, ice cold lemonade in one hand and my stylus in the other … trying to complete part 2 of my Christmas Card samples. I hope we’ve inspired you to emboss a few and stay cool!
Time to add some wonderful card inspirations from Barbara! What a great job she does and I bet you will want to go emboss some Christmas Cards of your very own once you take a peek at these. I know I did!
Good morning everyone. This is Donna … once again reporting from a very hot San Diego! 🙂 Thankfully, I have an indoor passion that I can do all day long … yep, in front of a very big fan, with the A/C blaring! 🙂 Here is “part 1” of my Christmas ideas with more coming soon. I hope they will inspire you to go play in front of your fan! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Good morning everyone. I do hope you all enjoyed the 4th. Having lived in a foreign country for a couple of years … one with a lot of “have nots” … I so appreciate our great country. And here’s some Christmas tags from Barbara that I hope you all with enjoy! With much Christmas joy, 🙂 Donna.
Happy July everyone. I decided to start our “Christmas in July” cards and projects by showing you some ideas from my crafting buddy Jan. She’s almost as nutty as I am about cardmaking (almost)! Take a look at her adorable projects and I will be back all this month with more fun ideas for you to try. With a little Christmas Joy, 🙂 Donna
Good morning all. July is just around the corner and I am struggling with “Christmas in July” ideas because here in San Diego we are having 90+ degree weather! The other day it was actually 101 in my patio. OMG … what is the rest of our summer going to be like? 🙂 As the design team is getting their act together and thinking about Christmas, here are a few oldies but goodies that might help jingle your bells and get you embossing along with us:
Please check back with us in July as we start posting new ideas for your holiday cards and projects AND … don’t forget Kaye’s class at Lasting Impressions on Thursday, July 6th at 6:30 p.m. If you are in the neighborhood and want to attend, please call the office as space is limited and trust me, you don’t want to miss this very fun class to start your holiday projects.
Father’s Day is just around the corner and once again … I am so behind! Kaye, at Lasting Impressions, had a very successful “Dads and Dudes” Class recently and I hope some of you were able to attend. Here are some Father’s Day Card examples from design teammate Barbara and crafting buddies Nettie, Jan and me. I hope they will inspire you to pick up a stylus and go make a card or two for that special guy in your life. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
I love Spring Time when flowers start to bloom and here in San Diego, we are once again having summer weather! Design Team Member Barbara has been busy creating some darling Spring Time Cards. Take a look!
Barbara’s Thank You Bunches, L.I. Template #L9565.
And thank you Barbara for your beautiful inspirations! Embossing Joys, 🙂 Donna
Team member Barbara has been busy playing with the new cardstock from Lasting Impressions. And while this bunny with the cute cottontail is an oldie, it is one of my favorites! Look at these cute samples. Which one is your favorite?
Barbara’s Smiling Eggs, L.I. Template #S644.
Let the parade begin! With joy, happy embossing. 🙂 Donna
Easter will be here next month and I’ve started my cards … have you? I have to admit, there are times when I forget how much fun it is to emboss! Then I pick up a stylus, grab a template, and some of the new Lasting Impressions’ paper, and before ya know it, I am in love with embossing all over agaiin!. Here are some cards I made this morning.
Be sure and check the Home Page, under Templates/Spring Time, for some really adorable Easter Templates and look at our brand new cardstock. Now hop along and go make some beautiful Easter cards. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Our weather here in San Diego has been so crazy … crazy enough to turn a simple cold into a whopper … and I do mean a HUGE WHOPPER. As I am healing from this miserable cold (and now my hubby has it), here’s a quick look at one of my very favorite templates from Lasting Impressions. I can’t begin to tell you how many cards I have made using M19, Sketch Frames. First I use the Colored Impressions’ Software to print the basic layout on white cardstock and then I add an embossed image. Here are two examples of this very easy, and very quick, idea:
Let your imagination run wild and see how many L.I. embossed images you can mount on this layout … and make a few whoppers of your own!
Hi everyone. Christmas is behind us; the New Year has begun; and, gosh it’s February already and a great time to make someone’s day by sending them a homemade card to let them know they are loved and appreciated. Have you make any Valentines yet? If you haven’t had a chance to do so, here are some card ideas that I hope will inspire you. So, pick up your stylus, your templates and cardstock and do some embossing. A card filled with love can be sent any time of the year … go spread some love!
Christmas to me is all about family, friends, and sharing the holiday spirit. Here are just a few “oldies but goodies” I would like to share with you and from all of us at Lasting Impressions … we are wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy, Healthy, Crafty New Year! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Oh my goodness, how time flies! Christmas is around the corner and Fall is upon us everywhere but in San Diego! We are still having lovely summer weather and Christmas shopping is the last thing on my mind. I think I’m in trouble! 🙂 Here’s a look at some Fall ideas before Barbara and I start posting Christmas. And why haven’t we done that already? Because the winter holidays are sneaking up on me while I’m running around in shorts! Yikes. Happy Fall Embossing, 🙂 Donna
Good morning everyone! Halloween continues at our house and I now have my decorations up and I am ready to send my Halloween Cards! Here are a few of my card ideas and I hope they will inspire you!
Don’t forget Kaye’s class, Thursday night, if you live in the Utah neighborhood. Look on the Home Page for further details. If you have any questions about the cards above or you live near me, in San Diego, and care to join me in a class, please e-mail me at Luv2Emboss@aol.com. Happy Halloween Embossing, 🙂 Donna
Good morning everyone. Will you have Trick or Treaters this year at your home? I live in San Diego and the driveway to my house would have the best athlete gasping for air at the top! It’s long and steep. Consequently, we do not have any trick or treaters on Halloween night! The driveway “scares” most people … even little kids! I am not happy, of course, so I decorate my house anyway, and make lots of Halloween cards to make up for the lack of kiddos! 🙂 And do I still buy candy? Of course … just in case someone actually makes it to the top! LOL Here are some adorable over-the-top card ideas from Barbara and look for my Halloween Cards in the next couple of days::
Good morning and guess what’s coming next month? Yep, one of my favorite card holidays … Halloween. I love to make Halloween cards and projects and Barbara and I will be displaying some samples real soon. And Kaye, at Lasting Impressions, in North Salt Lake, Utah, has a Halloween class coming up if you are in the neighborhood. So stayed tune for some Trick or Treat fun. I can’t wait. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Hi everyone and Happy Labor Day Weekend. I hope most of you had the time off from work and if you did, perhaps you were busy doing what Barbara and I were doing … laboring over these adorable new templates from Lasting Impressions. They are such fun. Take a look at this card Barbara created with the new frog template.
Isn’t he adorable … googly eyes and all. 🙂 Then Barbara made a second card with the new flamingo. Have a look:
And here’s Barbara’s version of the new cactus template (which we both love!):
Now my turn! First I made a frog card and I am so loving this new Gingham paper!
Then I struggled a little with the Flamingo (my mind is a blank, having just come back from vacation), but finally noticed a card on Pinterest that gave me just the right idea for this cute pink bird! The sentiment is from My Favorite Things and I couldn’t have said it better!
Last but certainly not least, here are my last two cards, using the cactus template. The first card is one I did in my classes, over the weekend. I’ve love braided cards and I recently shared that technique while visiting Lasting Impressions. For the second card, the front white cardstock actually flips up for the message inside. The card is flat like a postcard. I used Colored Impressions’ Software for the sentiment inside:
You can find all the wonderful L.I. products both Barbara and I used on these cards by going to the Home Page. Please also take a look a the new Coloring Card Kits! They are so much fun. I recently did the Succulent Kit because I was so enjoying the new cactus template and couldn’t get enough of the cute design. These kits contain 8 cards and matching envelopes … ready for you to color. I will be sharing how I color these Coloring Kits in my next Embossing Chat. In the meantime, have fun shopping.
Hello everyone! I am back from a very long driving vacation and one of the highlights of my trip was a stop in North Salt Lake, Utah to visit Lasting Impressions where I taught a class with some of my dear friend Kaye’s regulars:
Oh my goodness did we have fun. Kaye’s gals are all so nice and I was made to feel so welcome! We put together the following cards:
And Blog Teammate Barbara was inspired to make her very own braid card and here is what she came up with (adorable!):
Here are a few more samples I did during my stay at L.I., using the braid technique:
There are still a few “Say It With Flowers” kits available and the braid technique is such a fun way to dress up your card. Please take a look at all the beautiful new papers from Lasting Impressions and stay tune for some really cute card samples using the brand new templates! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Good morning everyone! Donna here and I am actually in North Salt Lake, Utah! It’s a bit warmer than in San Diego, I have to say. If any of you have taken Kaye’s embossing classes, here at Lasting Impressions, than you know what a beautiful and special person she is and she’ll be joining me Thursday night in a class I am going to teach. I feel so honored to be here and I hope if you live in the area that you come play with me. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and you only need to call the office to reserve your space, and buy your kit. The class is FREE! I hope to see you.
Good morning one and all. As my arrival at Lasting Impressions gets closer and closer, I can hardly contain the excitement! Embossing has always been my crafting first love and using these brass templates from Lasting Impressions has always been a joy. Here’s a peek at just one of the cards I will be doing in my class on July 21st:
In the class you will learn how to “braid” your card, emboss and scuff your flowers, and mount them on beautiful new cardstock from Lasting Impressions. I’ve used this particular template many times and the class will use it on three projects so watch for the class announcement that will be posted soon! Here’s a few samples of how I used this flower template, in the past, and a couple of other ideas that I pinched from stamped card ideas displayed on Pinterest. I knew they would be great using this flower template.
I know you will find many beautiful and fun ways to use this flower template from Lasting Impressions. I hope those of you who live in the Salt Lake area can join me for a very fun class! I’m looking forward to meeting you … in person! I leave you with this great card idea from my teammate Barbara. I thought, “How appropriate,” as I will soon be on the road and on my way to Utah! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Guess who is coming to town? Well, it’s not Santa but, I am very excited to tell you … it’s ME! I will be teaching a card class at Lasting Impressions and I hope if any of you are in the area you will come and take my class on Thursday, July 21st, at 6:30 p.m. We are planning on just the one class but, if there is enough interest, we can add a day class as well. Please make your reservation as soon as possible since space is limited. More details and card photos will be posted soon so stay tuned and I hope to see you!
Summer has definitely come to San Diego … in a very BIG way! We’ve had temperatures in the 100’s all week long and today it will be “just” 90+ so I am looking forward to that. “What?” you say. I know, crazy, huh? Well Barbara’s summer images sure make it easier … at least on the eye. Take a peek at these adorable cards she made with some very fun “oldies but goodies!” Happy embossing and stay cool, 🙂 Donna.
Oh my goodness … did you know there’s an actual day to celebrate donuts? Last Friday was National Donut Day and in celebration of that event, Lasting Impressions has made their very own donut template. If you haven’t seen it yet, please take a look on the home page. It’s really cute.
Design Team Member Barbara and I got right to it and made several examples to inspire you to make your own donuts … the paper kind anyway. 🙂 I hope you will get a donut template for yourself and go make some donuts. I don’t know about you, but all this talk about donuts has made me hungry! I say, “Life is short … go eat some donuts!”
Good morning. It’s a cloudy day here in San Diego and perfect weather to stay indoors and do some crafting. I just finished teaching a couple of classes and I don’t know about you but, for me, guy cards are hard to make! Here are a few ideas I came up with over the weekend. Do you have a favorite guy card? Happy embossing, 🙂 Donna
Do you know someone getting married this June? If so, why not pick up a stylus and embossed a card for that special couple. Here’s just a few inspirations:
I have to admit, I’ve had quite the chuckle finding some of these older wedding-themed cards (last 4 cards above) because as I went through my stash, I came across an old favorite that mind you, at the time I made this card, I thought it was a really wonderful.
You can tell by the template number that this one is REALLY old. But I’ve used the design over and over again and I would like to think I have improved from this very early version … gosh, I hope so! LOL Do you save a copy of your cards and look back at them and wonder, “What was I thinking?” Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Good morning. Time flies doesn’t it? Mother’s Day is next Sunday and Father’s Day is right behind it. So, here are a couple of card ideas to get you, hopefully, motivated! I just finished teaching a class where laughter was the theme and I could not pass up this “oldie but goodie” vacuum image! I thought you could even use it for Mother’s Day or a birthday gift card … inserting a coupon inside for free housekeeping! I know I wish someone would give me a day free from dusting … and vacuuming! 🙂 Have a great week and if time permits, make some cards! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Good morning everyone. If you haven’t looked at Lasting Impressions home page recently, or received their Newsletter, than you may not know there’s a lot going on at Lasting Impressions. Here’s just a peek:
This soda kit is absolutely “delicious” and the cardstock for the bows is adorable. I can’t wait to get mine. I love the double-sided paper, don’t you? Next we have new templates! Here are a few sample cards:
And last, but certainly not least, I just have to show you Kaye’s Mother’s Day Class samples. It sold out immediately and I am not surprised. Take a look at these beautiful cards:
Please visit Lasting Impressions Home Page to see more fun projects, card kits, templates and beautiful paper! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Oh my goodness … Easter is almost here and I am rushing around to get my Easter Cards all done. You too? Here are some ideas I hope will inspire you to get busy on your own projects. HAPPY (almost) EASTER. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
And check out the new papers, templates, and kits on the Lasting Impressions’ Home Page.
I think everyone loves flowers and I love using one of my favorite L.I. Templates, #M16, the Gerbera Daisy. We were recently asked to give some examples using M16 and it is my pleasure to show you just a few:
I hope you will give M16 Gerbera Daisy a try. I usually embossed it twice and double layer the daisy. I’ve recently become sequin addicted, hence the green sequins on this last example. Just to be different, I used a circle punch on the gray center and I used my Copics N3 to color the dots in the center. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
One of the wonderful things about love is that it can happen any time and Lasting Impressions’ new love templates are love designs waiting to happen! 🙂 You can use them for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or birthday, or just to send someone special a love note that you are thinking of them. Here are a couple of cards lovingly done by Barbara: Great job, Barbara. Embossing love, 🙂 Donna
Good morning! Barbara has another adorable Valentine Banner today! Banners are such fun to make and she did a really nice job with some older templates, some of which you will find on sale now! So check them out and make your own banner to surprise that someone special for Valentine’s Day! Happy embossing. 🙂 Donna
Wow … I really, really love this new paper from Lasting Impressions. If you have purchased same, then you know what I mean. I have always loved pink and gray together, Here are some wonderful examples using the newest templates and paper and I’ll be back very soon with some more ideas from Barbara and I. Happy embossing. 🙂 Donna
Oh what fun … have you seen the new Crayon Boxes from Lasting Impressions?
Aren’t these boxes adorable? You can get your very own set of 4 for just $3, plus shipping. The cardstock is double-sided and ready to cut out. And if you live near Lasting Impressions, please join Kaye’s class on Thursday, February 4th, at 6:30 p.m., to put together the kit that is included in her class for just $19.95 (per kit).
The class does include one of these adorable Crayon Boxes, templates and brand new cardstock. Check out the Home page for further details and make your reservation today as space is limited. I shall be there in spirit and keep watching the Blog for more can’t-live-without ideas! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Happy New Year everyone! While Barbara and I are busy making Valentine Samples for you to see, take a moment to look at the new paper and templates from L.I. Here’s just a sneak peek and you will find them all on the Home Page.
And here’s a few Valentines from Kaye at Lasting Impressions using some of the older templates still available in inventory. Be sure and check out our sale section to get some of these at a great reduced price! 🙂
Good morning! You know the phrase “life happens?” Well, life happened at our house recently which set me way back in doing what I had hoped to accomplish on the blog last week.. Forget the hassle that normally occurs around this time of year! I am talking about things more close to home. First my 15 year old computer finally bit the dust! So, off I go to buy a new one and a whole new learning curve followed. The good news … Colored Impressions Software loaded on my new Microsoft Windows 10 perfectly! Hurrah. So not all is lost but a lot of programs I use daily are lost forever! 🙁 Then my darling husband got sick and I do believe he is trying to give me whatever he has. Oh noooo! I finally did manage, with my new computer, to download a few last minute Christmas ideas for you to see. Keep in mind that it is never to late to start on Christmas cards. What I’ve noticed over the years, more and more people are either not sending cards and/or not making them. 🙁 So, in my classes, we do a Christmas card idea every month. Here are a few I have in mind for my classes in 2016. I hope you like them. Happy embossing and a very Merry Christmas from the Lasting impressions’ Design Team. 🙂 Donna
Thanksgiving is almost here and boy am I ready for turkey, dressing, and gravy, oh my! Teammate Barbara and I have been very busy, with Lasting Impressions, putting together some card samples using the latest products.
Tomorrow I have more to “celebrate” and also some “dino-mite” cards. So, stay tune and happy embossing. 🙂 Donna
Hi everyone. Happy Fall. I’m excited to share with you some wonderful fall card samples and if you are in the area, Kaye is teaching another class, at Lasting Impressions, on Thursday, Nov 5th at 6:30 p.m., and it’s a good one! 🙂 Be sure and sign up right away or order your kit today!
Template #L9763 with the following cardstock: Mud Pie Brown Damask, Toadstool Tan Damask, Snickerdoodle, Garden Moss Green Damask, Citrus Solid, Alabaster Damask, Root Beer Buttons, SM119C Senti-Metal and Antique Linen Distress Ink.
Template #L9760 with the following cardstock: Midnight Sky Black Chalky Dots, Midnight Sky Black Damask, Canvas Natural, Powdered Sugar, Toadstool Tan Damask, Yellow Daisy Damask, Garden Moss Green Damask, Orange Fizz Damask, Antique Linen Distress Ink, Paper Scuffers, and handwritten banner.
Template #L9763 with the following cardstock: Toadstool Tan Doodle Frame Card, Citrus Solid, Garden Moss Green Damask, Mud Pie Brown Damask, SM119C Senti-Metal, Root Beer Buttons, and Paper Scuffers.
Template #L9323 with the following cardstock: Mud Pie Brown Paint Chip Card, Mud Pie Brown Damask, Orange Fizz Damask, Orange Fizz Chalky Dots, Garden Moss Green Damask, Powdered Sugar, Root Beer Buttons, and Antique Linen Distress Ink.
Here’s Kaye’s Fall Kit. You can find the details on the Home Page.:
Happy almost Halloween and Autumn is on its way … or so they say. Here in San Diego we are still having very hot weather and sometimes it’s hard to get my crafting juices flowing when it’s 100 degrees outside!
I recently got this new leaf template to play with and me, the shaker-maker, made this card:
Then I made this simple card using the second leaf on the template:
Design Team Member Barbara came up with her own leaf design and she did a terrific job:
I really like Barbara’s color choices, her use of twine, and adorable L.I. buttons, don’t you? Definitely fall looking.
Lastly, I am leaving you with this cute umbrella card because I am praying for rain. Trust me, if I knew how to do an Indian Rain Dance … I would be dancing and playing in the puddles. Happy embossing, 🙂 Donna
Something you may not know about me … I love shaker cards! I truly can’t make enough of them. When I saw what Kaye was doing in her next class, Thursday at 6:30 p.m., I knew I had to make a ghostly shaker. Hurrah! First, here’s a look at the ghost image printed off the Colored Impressions Software:
Easy peasy to do and I embossed and mounted the pumpkin so it would pop. Next, here’s the shaker card I made from the same image:
This time I embossed and cut the pumpkin separately; used a transparency behind it; and, filled the pumpkin with colored sequins. Here’s a look at the other Halloween Template Kaye is using in her class. Notice the ghost is filled with small white sequins!
I’ve recently become a sequin addict! I’m not kidding. I think they are a great inexpensive embellishment and here’s another shaker I did using Template L9489:
There’s really no end to shaker cards that you can make using Lasting Impressions wonderful brass templates. Now go sign up for Kaye’s class and make some Halloween fun! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Summer is definitely upon us and it’s a great time to have some summer fun! As my teammate Barbara and I received a stack of L.I.’s new patterned papers to play with, we got started right away and I have to say, I am very happy with the results! Here are a few ideas including this very cute popsicle one (s439) from Barbara which shows off some of the great colors we now have:
I used some older summer templates and made these 6 cards. Whether you choose to print the template design right off the Colored Impressions’ Software (as I did in the first card) or completely embossed the template, if you own it (as I did in the second shaker card), you can get great results with our new papers. Templates: L9215, L9113, M10, L9308, s509, and L9307:
Hmmm, sure wish I could fit in that bikini! Isn’t it adorable? Let me also remind you of Kaye’s class coming up on Thursday. Sign up and go play with the new papers. I bet you like them! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
The new paper colors and patterns are so fun and easy to work with, I thought you’d like to see them for yourself. I’ve shown them below… all 19 yummy colors and 4 versatile patterns. For the Garden Tool Tan lovers, check out the New Toadstool Tan. Which color is your favorite?
Hi everyone. I hope you have had a chance to look at Lasting Impressions’ new papers! I’m about to leave on a trip to Texas but I just had to share with you my delight in playing with these new 76 beautiful patterns and colors! Oh my gosh … you won’t believe how nice they emboss and scuff! Here’s just a couple of quick cards I did today because I was in a “butterfly mood,” and I can’t wait to share some more ideas with you when I return.
Be sure and take a look at Kaye’s new “Christmas in July Class” coming up on Thursday, July 9th and reserve your spot or buy a kit if you are unable to attend. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Kaye is having another card class, at Lasting Impressions, on Thursday, June 4th, at 6:30 p.m. I am so excited to tell you about it. For those of you in the neighborhood, I hope you have signed up to save your spot for this very fun and informative class. For those of you who are unable to attend, be sure and order your kit today before they are all gone. Here’s just a peek at the cards you will be doing in the class:
For the class, you will be making these 3 cards and Kaye will also introduce you to L.I.’s Colored Impressions’ Software. You won’t believe all you can do with this wonderful program. I use it almost every day! 🙂 One of the things I like most is the ability to switch around the images. For example, in the card “Just for you” above, I used the wording and replaced the image to make this card below with Template #L9565 (flower vase):
This card was completed in minutes! Then using Template #L9571, as Kaye has done in the kit, I made some additional samples. These first two cards were made by using the software to increase the number of flowers I wanted to use. I simply printed the images twice, embossed the images, added my faux stitching, a L.I. button, and ink dots! Quick and very easy.
Did you notice the wording? Very easy to do using Colored Impressions’ Software! This next card is also printed off the software. I bet you thought I used a die for the scalloped rectangle. Nope … I actually used Template #L9665 and printed the rectangle using the software. Then I dropped the flowers (#L9571) in the middle of the rectangle, embossed them, and mounted some grass below the stems. I added my faux stitching and a cute L.I. button and it’s done!
This last one is a gift tag and no software! It’s completely embossed using Templates #L9571 and #L9379:
I hope you will give the Software a try. It’s ready for purchase and download on the Home page. Once again, if you are near L.I., try this class with Kaye. She’s a wonderful teacher! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
If you don’t have Lasting Impressions’ Colored Impressions’ Software, buy it now while it’s on sale! It includes 1,699 wonderful template designs and it’s the best card making software, I think, you can buy! 🙂
This easy-to-use card making software allows you to quickly and easily make cards, gift tags, invitations, etc. Once printed you can emboss the designs if desired. Card making will never be the same! Designs are created to work in connection with Lasting Impressions’ embossing templates, however templates aren’t required. You can create your own custom card sizes, re-color the designs to suit your card, and personalize your message using the fonts on your own computer! Here’s a birthday card I created last night, in minutes, for my grandson using the software and Template #L9292.
I’d love to hear from those of you who already have the software. I use it every day. So … all aboard, let’s play! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
We have another card class coming up for those of you who live near L.I. And the good news … if you don’t live nearby, you can still buy the kit and make these adorable projects right in your very own home! The template #L9632 is included in the kit, along with the cardstock and embellishments. Go to the Home Page and click on “New Kit” for all the details and hopefully, we will see some of you at Kaye’s next class on Thursday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. Call now to save your spot and/or buy a kit before they are all gone! Happy embossing! 🙂 Donna
Oh my goodness … we have a wonderful new kit to share with you from Lasting Impressions. And the Mother’s Day Kit is also still available if you didn’t get your’s yet!
With graduation just around the corner, the timing of this new kit could not be better. Take a look at these really cute ideas:
Don’t you just love the graduation hat and diploma scroll? The Kit Includes supplies to make 3 cards:
Template #L9060 Class of….
Black & Straw Hat Thread
3 Foldover Cards & Envelopes
Lampost Black Cardstock
Powdered Sugar Cardstock
1 Package Black Licorice Brads
1 Sheet Sentiment Banners
The kit would normally sale for $12 but right now it’s on sale for just $8.50 and includes the #L9060 Template! The optional templates that were used, #L980 (Dots in a row) and #B258 (Plaid/Stripe), are available for purchase.
Head on over to our Home Page to get your Graduation Kit now before they are gone, gone, gone! And to you graduates … congratulations!
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
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
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: http://stampawaywithme.blogspot.com/2012/06/free-download-fishing-vest-cut-file.html
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
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
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:
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
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 (http://www.suzieqpapercrafts.com):
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
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.
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
Happy Spring everyone. Design Team Member Barbara has been very busy creating some darling bunny cards and I have some of my own that I will be showing you later. Here’s a look at what’s been keeping Barbara busy.
You can find all of these templates on the Colored Impressions Software: S811, L9396, L9742, L9747 and L9467. Embossing Bunny Joys! 🙂 Donna
Happy Valentine’s Day one and all. I just want to show you some very fun Valentine Card designs that can honestly be used any time of the year when you want to send some love! One in particular that I only just received, from my friend Shirley, goes to show you that you don’t always have to use red on a Valentine’s Card! Here is Shirley’s beautiful card (#L9357) done in two of my favorite colors: Chocolate and Caribbean.
Isn’t this nice? I also just received a very cute card done by our very own Design Team Member Barbara:
This elephant is so adorable (#L9715). And, here’s a couple more from Barbara:
Thank you Shirley and Barbara.
I made up a couple of old L.I. designs and while some of these templates might be retired, don’t forget that you can now download the latest version of Colored Impressions’ Software, find the template in the program, and just print it and use the design like a die-cut. The software is a great buy and so easy to use. Here are my card samples:
#L9462, “Love” Senti-mental & stamped faces from Peachy Keen Stamps.
I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. I sure did! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
I recently attended a Craft & Hobby Association Convention (CHA), in Anaheim, California, with my friend from Australia.
Julie and I spent a week looking at new craft product and then she came home with me to San Diego for two weeks. Of course, we crafted every day and Julie enjoys creating her own backgrounds using Lasting Impressions’ Templates. I thought you might enjoy seeing what she does with one simple template (L9023), four different ways.
If you look real close you can see that Julie used the same template for her background on the thank you card above. The wording is L.I. #S582.
Here you can see the background more clearly in this second version.
On this third version Julie used embossing paste and flocking on top of acetate. Once the paste was dry, she cut around the design and painted it from the backside using acrylic paint. She then mounted it on the card. She also used a Thank You Senti-mental.
Here’s Julie’s 4th card. Once again the background is embossed. The template is then laid on double sided sticky paper, embossed with paste and glittered. Once dry, she mounted it on the background paper and added the Sent-mental.
You can see more of Julie’s techniques and cards on her web site at: http://www.thestencilspecialist.blogspot.com/
Thank you so much, Julie, for your wonderful ideas! Please come back to us soon.
My friend Jan is as nutty about L.I. as I am … well almost! She just made this adorable Gingerbread House and I knew I had to make one too. Believe it or not, she used 17 different L.I. templates, a punch, fancy decorative scissors and a Nestibility. Oh my goodness, this will be a hard act to follow. 🙂 I thought you might enjoy seeing the finished product. Here’s a look at Jan’s house:
Isn’t this just the cutest thing? Jan used the following templates:
M7 for the roof, L9378 and L9697 hearts, L1003, L9045, L522, L1056, L9195, and L9135 for the small flowers. L9378 for the bird, i197 for the worm, i168 for the bee, i167 for the butterfly, L941 for the birdhouse, L1056 for the bucket of flowers, L9135 for the pot of flowers, and L1056 for the leaves. Whew.
Thank you Jan for this wonderful inspiration and a great use of Lasting Impressions’ Templates. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Happy New Year everyone. I received the nicest Christmas Card from Kaye at Lasting Impressions using L.I. “Joy” Template #L1028.”
I loved it so much, I decided to try and use the wording on other cards and here are my card samples:
All very basic and so easy to do. I have more ideas floating around in my head! The “Joy” template is available for purchase. Get one today and try your hand in embossing a cute design of your own. Download your card sample in the Card Gallery, and spread some joy yourself. Thank you Kaye for the inspiration. Embossing “joys,” Donna.
Happy Holidays everyone! There’s something you may not know about me (beside loving Lasting Impressions)! I used to live in Brazil. Surprised? My Portuguese is awful today, but imagine my surprise when I found a gal who speaks Portuguese, loves Lasting Impressions as much as I do, and she lives in Brazil! It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Lidia Torres:
Hi. I’m Lidia and I am Brazilian and live in Sāo Paulo with my husband. I teach preschool at an American school. I love scrapbooking and my favorite technique is dry embossing with LI templates 🙂 Here’s just a small sample of the cards I love to make:
Don’t you love the way Lidia “frames” her card designs? She uses the borders found on the Colored Impressions’ Software under “Simply Square.” The tree lights are so cute on this last card. I hope you will come back soon, and show us more of your cards, Lidia. Obrigada (thank you)! And if any of you would like to see more of Lidia’s creations, please take a peek at her blog at: galeriadepapel.blogspot.com
Happy Monday! Did you all download the new 2013 version of the Colored Impressions Software? Oh my goodness … you will now have 1699 template designs to use. And in my opinion, it’s truly the very best cardmaking software out there. If you have not had a chance to see what I am talking about, please go to the Home Page and click on the Colored Impressions Software window and read the installation information carefully and watch the great tutorials. If you have the older versions, by installinig this new one you will gain 250 more template designs that show up in “living color” thanks to our talented Kerry! She has worked really hard to bring you this new version and I know you will all enjoy it.
Now then … here’s a funny story. Last year my classes used a template (L9519) that was NOT on the software program yet. We had the hardest time trying to figure out this design. We thought the top thing was a hat that we didn’t much care about.
It never dawned on us that this cutie is wearing ear muffs! Here he is in “living color” from the new software version. The first sample is just printed onto white cardstock and then embossed. My font is called “Frosty.” With the second sample, I just printed his face and embossed the face and separately added the embossed cardstock pieces:
Whichever version you prefer, my point is that once I saw him on the software, I could see exactly what each piece represented and the ear muffs were truly apparent. Now take a look at some “Joy” that Nettie brought into my life while I’ve been recouperating. She used L.I. Template #1001 to make these beautiful cards. She truly is a genius when it comes to card designing. Four entirely different looks with the very same template!
I want to apologize for the long delay in updating you all with new and fun ideas from Lasting Impressions. I’m recovering from a complete knee replacement and doing well but I’ve sure missed cardmaking. I hope the samples below will not only put you in a fall/winter mood but will also make up from my “missing in action.” The first couple of cards are from Errinne, followed by other ideas from Lasting Impressions, and my friend Shirley! There’s more to come as the holidays approach so stay tuned. Enjoy, 🙂 Donna
Templates #L9612 and M12. Cardstock: Wheat Field (retired), Fudge, Split Pea Solid, Savanna, Lemon Tart Solid, and Powdered Sugar.
Templates #L9611 and S572. Cardstock: Savanna, Lemon Tart Solid, Sunflower Solid, Fudge, Split Pea, Powdered Sugar, and Beet Red (retired).
I am often asked where I get my card ideas. Honestly, the Design Team Members and the folks at L.I. are my biggest inspirations. I also do a lot of searching on card sites. In fact, I saw a card recently on Pinterest and I knew I had to make one like it. Sarah is a very talented stamper and you can look at her ideas on her blog at
Have you ever made a card using hair gel? Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? I recently did a class using hair gel and everyone loved it so much, I thought I would share the idea with you. Here’s the card I did using L.I. Templates #L9366 and #L1042:
The bottom photo is the inside of my card and I did the same design on my envelope. Now both of these templates have long been retired, but all is not lost. If you have Colored Impressions Software, that’s all you really need! The card base is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ folded in half. The white card is 5 x 7 1/2″ folded in half. You can print the fish on the inside of the white card, using the Software, and use a Nestie Oval Die to cut out the oval shape on the front of the white card. Now before you fold and seal your white card, you will need a plastic bag (3×4″ at Michael’s) with a little hair gel inside. You do not need much so be careful not to over-fill. Attach the plastic bag to the inside of your oval hole and then close the white card up … sealing the bag inside with those cute little fish! Now attach your white card to the front of your base card (I used Caribbean Chevron cardstock) and it’s done. I used the Colored Impressions Softward and a scalloped Nestie Die for my wording and the little shell from the #L1042 “By the Sea” template. It was very fun to do. Try one! Happy gel embossing! 🙂 Donna
Hi everyone! You would not believe what’s been keeping me busy and away from cardmaking … catching pesty animals in my husband’s woodshop! But I’m in luck because both Barbara and Nettie have created some darling Christmas ideas. And here they are:
I have been dreaming about the big Daisy Template (L9484) ever since it first appeared on the Home Page Sale. So, of course, I HAD to make a card using that very idea. Here’s what mine looks like:
First I mounted the Raspberry Cream Chevron Cardstock on white cardstock. Then I embossed the pieces, added ribbon and a cute sentiment stamp which says, “Dreaming of Summer Days.” Then I used Colored Impressions’ Software program to decorate the inside of the card AND the envelope by printing a smaller version of the daisy:
I’ve been adding a strip of color to the bottom inside of my cards and I really like that “finished” look. Now you are wondering about those silly white dots, aren’t you? Well, I am a nut for Scribbles 3D Paint (at Michael’s) and I use the dots frequently on my cards. For this card, I put them on the top of the daisy where I had embossed dots and on the strip you see here. I love “faux stitching” so I did a little around the inside of my card and the envelope below.
I hope you all have a dreamy Daisy Day. I’m off to emboss another daisy or two or gosh, maybe a whole bouquet of them! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
There truly is snow-one like our customers and friends at Lasting Impressions. Take a look at these oldies-but-goodies Christmas ideas. Some templates are retired but I hope these ideas will inspire you. And for those of you that own these templates … go play! Happy embossing, 🙂 Donna
Hi everyone! You have until Wednesday, August 7th to take advantage of a 20% sale going on right now at Lasting Impressions! Great time to get some templates and some of the new papers. I just love the way the Raspberry Cream Chevron cardstock looks with the big daisy template (L9484), don’t you? Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Donna here and once again I’m pushing Christmas, but I just have to share these cute ideas from Barbara and Nettie. First take a look at these from Barbara. Don’t you love the reindeer in a pink sweater!
And these from Nettie. The first one is my favorite!
Can you believe I’m even talking about Christmas already? Oh wow … it’s only 5 months away! How is that possible? It’s not too soon to be thinking about what you are going to do for your own Christmas Card this year. Here are just two ideas I came up with today and keep watching for more ideas, from the Design Team, in the weeks to come!
I was out of town last week and when I got home, late Tuesday night, a darling monkey was waving me “hi,” from Nettie and Barbara sent me a whole wagon full of animals. I thought you might enjoy seeing both cards:
Nettie did a blue version of this adorable guy, a blog or two ago, and I got the pink version. Being a girlie-girl, I love this new Raspberry Cream Cardstock from Lasting Impressions. Nettie used Template #L9700 “M is for …,” for the monkey! Here’s Barbara’s card:
I couldn’t resist pairing this card with an “animal” of my own … my little mouse … for this photo. He looks like he wants to join them in the wagon! LOL Barbara used the Zoo Template #L9214 and Wagon Template #L9115. The wagon has long been discontinued, but it has always been one of Barbara’s favorite to “fill-up” and mine too! Isn’t this card adorable?
Thank you Nettie and Barbara for making my day! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Summer is almost here and while I’ve enjoyed my “jungle adventure,” I thought I better get on with it and show off some of the other new Lasting Impressions’ templates. Here’s a look at some ideas using the Summer Flowers template #L9758:
From Barbara: L9757, L9758, S883
This card definitely looks like summer to me! I love how Barbara spelled-out “hello,” using the new “Just saying” template.
Here she has used “Just saying” once again for a very cute “hello friend.”
This one definitely speaks of summer … a day on the beach in Hawaii, maybe!
From Donna: S883, L9758, L9756
This card is similar to the “peek” you get on the Home Page that Kerry designed. I love the new Kumquat and Watering Can papers together. And doesn’t the white daisy just pop out? I love it! 🙂 You will see me use Scribbles 3-D Paint on my cards (the little white dots in the corner). I can’t tell you exactly why I use those 3 dots so often, but I do!
One of the neat things about the Chevron Template, you can use it like I have here … embossed, or remember that you can use Embossing Paste and also, what I like to do, use Tim Holtz Distressed Inks with a finger dobber and tap the color on the zig-zag design as I did in the previous Father’s Day Card Blog with the fishing hat. Go back and look!
I sent this Thank You card to my buddy Kaye at Lasting Impressions. I’m showing off several elements. I cut the zig-zag out of the Lily Pad Chevron paper (I love that idea); I faux stitched it with some dashes; and, layered it twice with mounting tape. I used a Spellbinder Nestie to frame my Raspberry Cream Stripes daisy and used 3 black L.I. buttons. There’s those darn 3 Scribble dots in the corner, along with some faux squiggle-lines that I drew. The wording is done with the Colored Impressions’ Software.
Thanks for looking at the new Summer Flowers template. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
Hi … Donna here! Lasting Impressions has really had their hands full completing orders for their amazing new papers and templates. Me? I’m a girl “gone wild” over the Zoo Template (L9214) and I can’t seem to stop! LOL Here are a few more ideas, along with a couple of animal cards from Barbara and a door hanger from Heidi.
Here’s the inside of the card above, using Colored Impressions’ Software:
And from Barbara: L9369, L9757 and L9657, S879
Heidi’s Door Hanger (this would be so cute for a new baby’s room!):
We have more ideas to come using our newest papers and templates! So stay tuned. Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna
The Design Team has been having so much fun with L.I.’s new templates and cardstock. I hope you’ve had a chance to play with some too! I’ll be adding more and more ideas so keep watching. Here are a couple of very cute ideas from Heidi.
I love Dad: L9749
See you later alligator: L9757 and L9649
I love you turtle: L9757 and L9755
Heidi has me thinking “animals,” so here’s a couple from me! L9715, L9757, L9214 & M26:
Okay, so call me crazy, but I love it when Lasting Impressions comes out with new toys for me to play with. Here’s just a sample of the fun I’ve been having the last couple of days with new paper and new templates. First I did a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day verion of this card using #L9274, #L9221, #L9757, and #L9756. I cut the zig-zag from the new Chevron cardstock and I dabbed Distress Ink on the embossed Chevrons in the Powdered Sugar (white) cardstock background. It’s very simple to use Colored Impressions Software for the wording inside the sentiment bubble. Notice I also layered the zig-zag border on the bottom of each card and faux stitched it on the Father’s Day Card. I really like the look of the faux stitching:
Next I used a Nestibility (Grand Labels Twenty-Three) for my basic A2 card, and templates #L9143 (chair) and #L9302 (crown). I’m in love with the new “Dotty Dots” cardstock!
I love L.I.’s Tie Template, #L9749, and I came up with this idea for a Father’s Day card, but you could also use it for a masculine birthday card:
I used the following new cardstocks (and some older), but truly you can use any of the new papers and they are all wonderful with each other, and they are delightful to work with:
Lamp Post Solid, Stripe, and Lamp Post Limeaide Dots; Raspberry Cream Stripes, Solid, and Chevron; Watering Can Dotty Dots; Lily Pad Chevron and Solid; Sunflower Circles; Powdered Sugar; Caribbean Solid and Dotty Dots; and, Kumquat Dotty Dots. I hope you will enjoy using the new cardstock and templates as much as I have. I have more to share later this week. So stay tuned! Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna