KAYE’S NOVEMBER CLASS

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

FALL AND WINTER IDEAS

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

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

 

LI Christmas Truck Card Kit.

 

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

 

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

 

Donna’s Candle Box, LI Template #L9813.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

MORE FROM DONNA!

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

 

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

Here is my Easel version:

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Kaye’s November Card Class.

Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

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LI Template #L9531.

 

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

 

LI Template #L9412.

 

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

LI Template #L9619.

 

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

LI Template #L9533.

 

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

 

LI Template #L9420.

 

LI Template #L9527.

 

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

 

 

100 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS!

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

Lasting Impressions’ Crayon Gift Boxes.

 

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

FALL IS COMING!

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

HOW TO CARVE A PERFECT PUMPKIN

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Donna’s Perfect Pumpkin, LI Temp #L9416.

 

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

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

CARD IDEAS FROM BARBARA!

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

KAYE’S NEXT EMBOSSING CLASS!

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

 

 

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

 

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

IT’S ALL ABOUT BARNEY!

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Donna’s Barney, LI Temp #L9815.

 

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!

 

Barbara’s Barney Tag, LI Temp #L9815 with “Vintage Love Plaid” background.
Barbara’s Barney, LI Temp #L9815 with Christmas Eve Linen background.

 

Barbara’s Barney, LI Temp L9815 with background printed with Colored Impression’s Software.  Adorable!

 

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:

 

Donna’s Gable Box, LI Temps #L9081 Snowman and S874 Fir Tree.
Donna’s Gable Box, LI Temp #L9815 Barney.

 

Donna’s Gable Box, LI Temp #L9226 Dashing Through The Snow.
Donna’s Gable Box, LI Temp #L9817 Poinsettia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have your Barney yet?  I guarantee he will put a smile on your face.  He’s a happy guy.

Embossing joys,   🙂  Donna

 

THANKS A TON & PLENTY TO DO

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Barbara’s Thanks a Ton, L.I. Temp #L9214.

 

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!

Donna’s Snowman with ear muffs, L.I. Temp #L9519, with Senti-Metal “Have an Ice Day.”

 

Here are more card samples I made while at Lasting Impressions:

Donna’s Watering Can, L.I. Temp #L9005.
Donna’s Watering Can2, L.I. Temp #L9005.
Donna’s Watering Can3, L.I. Temp #L9005.
Donna’s Fir Trees, L.I. Temp #L9601 and #S874.
Donna’s Lantern, L.I. Temp #L9814.

 

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

A WHALE OF A TIME … COMING YOUR WAY!

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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!  🙂

Barbara’s Whale1, L.I. Temp #L9812.

 

Barbara’s Whale2, L.I. Temp #L9812 and #S711.  I love that sun!

 

Barbara’s Whale3, L.I. Temp #L9812.

 

Donna’s Whale, L.I. Temp #L9812.

 

Donna’s Whale Step Card, L.I. Temp #L9812, along with Colored Impressions’ Software.

 

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

Barney the Reindeer, L.I. Temp #L9815.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY … ALMOST!

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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:

Barbara’s 4th of July Card, L.I. Temp #L9182.

 

Barbara’s 4th of July Pup, L.I. Temp #L9579 and #L9115.

 

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

NEW CARDSTOCK AND PATRIOTIC CARD BY KAYE

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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
Ink. 

 

A NOTE FROM DONNA

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Donna’s Picnic, L.I. Temp #L9309 and Colored Impressions’ Software for the Ant.

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!

Donna’s flooring.

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

 

Barbara’s Puppy, L.I. Temp #L9579.
Barbara’s Seahorses, L.I. Temp #S879.
Donna’s Thank You Dad Pencil, L.I. Temp #L9808 and L9221 for DAD.
Donna’s Thank You, L.I. Temp #L9717.
Donna’s One in a Melon, L.I. Temp #L9309.
Donna’s Blast Off … (Inside: enjoy your special day), L.I. Temp #L9811.

SPRING TIME & COLORED IMPRESSIONS SOFTWARE

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Donna’s Mother’s Day Card, L.I. Temp #L9463, #B216 and #L9046.

 

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:

 

Donna’s Happy Birthday, L.I. Temp #L926 plus Colored Impressions Software.  The background checks leave a white square in the center for you to pop-in any design!  And, as with most backgrounds, you can change the color, using the software!

 

Donna’s Buzzin’ Bee, L.I. Temp #L9369 and Colored Impressions Software.  Here’s an example of changing the color of this design off the software.  I changed the dot-colors in order to keep a yellow-bee theme going!  I also used the software to add the sentiment.

 

Donna’s Hello Spring Gardening, L.I. Temp #S454 and Colored Impressions Software.  I think this card could be used for Father’s Day by switching the wording out to “RELAX” and on the inside add something that says, “Put that lawn mower and those gardening tools away and relax and enjoy your special day!”

 

Donna’s Simplify, L.I. Temp #S660 and Colored Impressions Software.  This is a good example of how to make a small template design look lots bigger!  The wording is a reminder that we should all simplify our lives and take time to smell the roses!

 

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.

 

Kaye’s May Embossing Class, L.I. Template L9463.

 

I hope these examples will inspire you to go pick up your stylus and make something springy and beautiful.  Enjoy, 🙂 Donna

SWEET PROJECTS

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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!

 

 

Here is Barbara’s Sweet Pineapple card using L.I. Temp Nos. L9807, S886, and W5020.  The Gingham paper is a perfect match for these sweet treats.

 

Here is Barbara’s Watering Can using L.I. Temp Nos. L9008 and L945.  I love the soft colors Barbara chose for this card.

 

And here is Barbara’s Thank You card using L.I. Temp Nos. L945, S582, and B216.  Don’t you just love the yellow and purple colors and the cute Scribble border she used.

 

Here’s another adorable sweet version of L.I.’s Pineapple template #L9807 from Barbara.

 

And lat but not least, here’s a closeup look at Barbara’s Doodle Tag, L.I. Temp #L945.

 

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

 

LASTING IMPRESSIONS’ EMBOSSING CLASS

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Donna’s Oopsy Daisy, L.I. Temp #L9573 and #W5019.

 

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:

 

Kaye’s April “Bunches of Thanks” Embossing Class.

 

Space is limited so reserve your spot now.  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

A LASTING IMPRESSIONS’ OBSESSION!

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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:

 

Donna’s Oval Flowers, L.I. Temp #L945 and Spring, L.I. Temp #W5001, with Dungaree Paint Chip Card, Coral Bells Chalky Dots, Yellow Daisies Chalky Dots, Gentle Breeze Aqua Chalky Dots, Garden Moss Damask, Powdered Sugar and matching buttons.

 

Donna’s Just Because, L.I. Temp #L9372 and Scribble, L.I. Temp #B216, with Mud Pie Brown Paint Chip Card and Coral Bells Paint Chip Card.

 

Donna’s Oval Flowers, L.I. Temp #L945, with Coral Bells Chalky Dots, Powdered Sugar, Yellow Daisies Chalky Dots, Garden Moss Damask, Coral Bells Paint Chip Card and matching buttons.

 

Donna’s April Showers, L.I. Temp #L9114 and Oval Flowers, L.I. Temp #L945, with Gentle Breeze Aqua Paint Chip Card, Toadstool Tan, Gerber Daisy Chalky Dots, Powdered Sugar, Garden Moss Damask and matching button.

 

Donna’s So Sweet, L.I. Temp #W5020 and Pineapple, L.I. Temp #S866, with Lime Fizz Paint Chip Card, Gentle Breeze, Yellow Daisies, Garden Moss, Powdered Sugar, and Gerber Daisy, with matching button.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink for distressing the edges.

 

Donna’s Oval Flowers, L.I. Temp #L945 and Scribble, L.I. Temp #B216, with Yellow Daisies Paint Chip Card, and Chalky Dots, Garden Moss Damask, and Vellum Cardstock and buttons.

 

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

SPRING BLOSSOMS

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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

 

L.I. Spring Blossoms Card Kit.

 

Donna’s Easter Chalkboard from Lasting Impressions.

SPRING INTO EASTER!

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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

 

Barbara’s Peep Basket, L.I. Temp #L1008, L9185 and S811.  I love the new double-sided cardstock Barbara has used on this card and the way she layered the torn paper.  The brads on the flowers are so cute and the little birdie is just the right punch of color.  🙂

 

Barbara’s Think Spring Rabbit, L.I. Temp #L9740 and S569.  OMG … just looking at this rabbit makes me laugh!  He’s going to really enjoy that carrot I betcha!  🙂

 

Barbara’s Crack-up Chicks, L.I. Temp #L9744.  These chicks really “crack” me up!  LOL  I love the pink and yellow cardstock, don’t you?  And I’m a huge fan of polka dots … and baby chicks!  🙂

 

Barbara’s carrot eating bunny, L.I. Temp #L9741 and L1087.  This little bunny is adorable with his bow tie and pot filled with carrots.

 

Barbara’s Easter, L.I. Temp #L9746, L9744, L9571, L9741 and Senti-metal “Happy.”  Isn’t Barbara clever … cutting the wording out and mounting them with her little newborn chick?  And, don’t you love it that she turned one of the corners over so you can see the “other side” of the cardstock.  Really nice!

ALL BRAND NEW PAPERS!

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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.

 

Kerry’s Potted Flowers, L.I. Temp #L1087.

 

Kerry’s Meow Cats, L.I. Temp #L9578.

 

Kerry’s Spring Daisies, L.I. Temp #L969S & i186.

 

Kaye’s Bunny Love Card Kit.

HAPPY VALENTINE SHAKER, HEART CARD, AND TAGS

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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:

 

Donna’s Valentine, L.I. Temp #L9630 and #S669.

 

I also made a Valentine Candy Holder and a stand-up Valentine Card:

Donna’s Valentine Candy Holder, L.I. Temp #L9462.

 

Donna’s Stand-Up Valentine, L.I. Temp #L9586. The heart has a cardstock fold-down brace behind it so it stands up alone.  The hearts are from two Lawn Fawn Die sets.  I used 3-d Scribbles T-Shirt Paint for the lettering.

 

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:

 

Kaye’s Valentine Fan, L.I. Temp #L9459.  i love the soft look of this card!  it is so elegant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaye’s Valentine Tag, L.I. Temp #L9459.
Kaye’s Valentine Tag, L.I. #L9459.

 

Be sure and check out the Home Page for other beautiful tag ideas.  Happy Valentine’s Day!  With embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

MORE VALENTINE LOVE

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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.

 

Barbara’s Valentine Wagon using L.I. Templates L9115, L9545, L9462 and S669.  I love how bright and cheerful this card is!  And that wonderful red wagon!

 

Barbara’s Pink Heart using L.I. Templates L9460 and L9635.  The pink and grey papers go so well together and I love the small heart layering!

 

Barbara’s dotted heart using L.I. Templates L9545 and L9457.  I love the vibrant colors!

 

Barbara’s Heart Flowers using L.I. Template L9629.  This is truly one of my all time favorite templates and notice that Barbara used our brand new red cardstock which looks gorgeous.  I love it!  🙂

 

Barbara’s Hearts using L.I. Template S669 and Love Rub-on sentiment.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

VALENTINE CLASS AT LASTING IMPRESSIONS

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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

 

Kaye’s Class Projects and Valentine Kit.

 

NOTE FROM DONNA

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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.

Donna’s “In My Heart,” L.I. Template #L9462.

 

Donna’s “Glitter Elegance,” L.I. Templates #L9781 and #L9462.

 

Donna’s “Valentine Mail,” L.I. Template #L9544.

 

Donna’s “Love,” L.I. Templates #L9454 and #L9627.

 

Donna’s “Sending Our Love,” L.I. Template #L9694.

 

Donna’s “Stuck on You,” L.I. Template #L9805.
Donna’s “Love Me, Love Me Not,” L.I. Template #L9690.

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Barbara’s 2017 Christmas Card using L.I. Temp #L9521.

 

All of us at Lasting Impressions want to wish you Happy Holidays, a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

 

Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

IT’S TURKEY TIME!

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Donna’s November Coaster Calendar, L.I. Temp #L9236.

 

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

 

Barbara’s T-Day Hat, L.I. Temp #L9542.
Barbara’s T-Day Hat2, L.I. Temp #L9542.
L.I. Acorn, L.I. Temp #L9535.
L.I. Cider, L.I. Temp #L9538.
L.I. A Day of Thanks, L.I. Temp #L9540.
L.I. Fall, L.I. Temp #L9537.
L.I. Pumpkin Patch, L.I. Temp #L9536.
L.I. Turkey Time, L.I. Temp #L9539.

LET THE WINTER BEGIN!

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Donna’s Lickety Splits Shaker Card, L.I. Temp #L9017.

 

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:

Janell’s Santa and Snowman Shaker Card, L.I. Temp #L9770.

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?

 

Janell’s Poinsettia Card, L.I. Temp #’s L9356, L9037 and L9327.  Isn’t this gorgeous?
Janell’s Flower Jar, L.I. Temp #’s, L9356, L9758, and S415.

 

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

Janell’s Flamingo, L.I. Temp #L9803.

 

IS IT FALL YET?

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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:

 

I really like the spooky cemetery look of this template and the cute rod iron fence.  I actually printed the fence using our Colored Impressions’ Software and then embossed it.  I tore the brown paper to create a nice edge above the wording which I also printed and embossed.  I most often finish the look of my cards with my faux stitching and I think it adds here a little something on a white card base.  Donna’s Happy Haunting Cemetery, L.I. Temp #L9616 and #S544.

 

OMG … I saw this sentiment on a sign and I knew I had to use it on a card!  I haven’t stopped laughing.  Donna’s Broom Frog, L.I. Temp #L9802 and #L9726.

 

Who doesn’t like a witches’ brew and does anyone remember the song?  Donna’s Potion #9, L.I. Temp #9339.

 

My craft friend Jan made this beautiful card, printing the image from our Colored Impressions’ Software, in black and white, and she colored the image with her Copic Markers.  The Software is a great tool to use with your markers or colored pencils.  Didn’t she do a fabulous job?  Jan’s Happy Harvest Card, L.I. Temp #L9144.

 

And here’s another example of Jan’s creativity, using once again the Software and her Copic Markers.  I posted this card on our Father’s Day Blog but  I think it would make a great Fall Card, don’t you?  Jan’s Father’s Day Scarecrow, L.I. Template #L1023.

 

Last but not least, here’s an “oldie but goodie” Fall card I did years ago. I can only imagine how great this design would be using today’s L.I. beautiful cardstock!  Donna’s Fall Pumpkin, L.I. Temp #L9418.

 

Happy fall everyone!  With embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

HAPPY OCTOBER!

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Donna’s October Coaster Calendar, L.I. Template #L9071.

 

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:

 

Kaye’s Thursday Night Card Kit, L.I. Template #’s L9532, L9425 and L9725. Contact L.I. for more class info.

 

Kaye’s Moon and Bats, L.I. Template #S851 and wording Template #W5008.

 

Barbara’s Ghost/Cat Basket, L.I. Template #’s L9422 and L9540. 

 

Barbara’s Ghost, L.I. Template #’s L9154 and L9422.

 

Barbara’s Trick or Treat Bag, L.I. Template #’s L9671 and S487.

 

What is your favorite holiday and are you making some Halloween Cards?  We would love to see them.  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

FALL IS IN THE AIR

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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

Kaye’s Pumpkins, L.I. Temp #L9613.
Barbara’s Apples, L.I. Temp #L9538.
Barbara’s Pumpkin Sign with Candy Corn Flowers, L.I. Temp #L9533 and #L9676.
Barbara’s Bushel of Apples, L.I. Temp #L9540.
Barbara’s Apple Cider, L.I. Temp #L9538 and #L9617.
Donna’s Sweet Corn, L.I. Temp #L9541.
Donna’s Fall, L.I. Temp #L9677.
Donna’s Perfect Pumpkin, L.I. Temp #L9416.
Donna’s School Days, L.I. Temp #L9240 and #S571.

JUST BECAUSE

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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:

Kaye’s Just Because, L.I. Template #L9372.

 

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:

Barbara’s Just Because, L.I. Template #L9372.

 

Don’t you love the pink and orange colors and the clever way she used the sentiment.  Now here’s my version:

Donna’s Just Because, L.I. Template #L9372.

 

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

WINTER SNOWMEN

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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:

 

Donna’s Winter Snowmen Project using L.I. Temp #’s S677, S853, L9265, L9252, L9227, L9441, L9461, and Colored Impressions’ Software for the wording.

 

Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

CHRISTMAS IN JULY DONNA’S CARDS – PART 2

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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!

 

Donna’s Happy Holly Days, L.I. Temp #L9599.

 

Donna’s Joy, L.I. Temp #S556.

 

Donna’s Warm Wishes using Copic Colored Image, L.I. Temp #L997.

 

Donna’s Noel, L.I. Temp #S527.

 

Donna’s Santa and Noel, L.I. Temp #S751 and #S529.

 

Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

 

CHRISTMAS IN JULY CONTINUES WITH BARBARA!

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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!

Barbara’s Snow Gal, L.I. Temp #L9435.

 

Barbara’s Snowman, L.I. Temp #L9598.

 

Barbara’s Oh Christmas Tree, L.I. Temp #L9680.

 

Barbara’s Tall Hat Snowman, L.I. Temp #L9342.

 

Thanks for stopping by!  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

CHRISTMAS IN JULY DONNA’S CARDS – PART 1

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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

Donna’s Dasher, L.I. Temp #L9608.
Donna’s North Pole, L.I. Temp #L1029.
Donna’s Hope, L.I. Temp #L9597.
Donna’s Beary Christmas, L.I. Temp #L940.
Donna’s Dove, L.I. Temp #L923 and #L9244.

 

CHRISTMAS IN JULY TAGS

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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.

Barbara’s robin tag, L.I. Temp #L9769.
Barbara’s Christmas Stocking, L.I. Temp #L9592.
Barbara’s Ho Ho Ho Tag, L.I. Temp #L9773.
Barbara’s Candle Tag, L.I. Temp #L9774.
Barbara’s Joy Ornament Tag, L.I. Temp #L9767.
Barbara’s Tree Stocking, L.I. Temp S831,
Barbara’s Santa & Snowman, L.I. Temp #L9770.
Barbara’s Christmas Piglet, L.I. Temp #L9768.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY — READY, SET GO!

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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

 

Jan’s Door Hanger, L.I. Temps #S677, L1001, L9179.
Jan’s Gift Tag, L.I. Temp #L9327.

Jan’s Santa Tags, Temps #L921, L1064, L901.

 

Jan’s Holly, L.I. Temp #L9513.

 

Jan’s Step Card, L.I. Temps #L9440, L9036, S466.

 

Jan’s Gable Box, L.I. Temp #L9019.

 

Jan’s Gift Bag, L.I. Temp #L9179.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY OLDIES BUT GOODIES!

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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:

Donna’s Jingle all the way!

 

Barbara’s Reindeer.

 

Barbara’s Reindeer#2.

 

Donna’s Snowman.

 

Donna’s Christmas Delight Pudding.

 

Kaye’s July Card Class.

 

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.

Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

FATHER’S DAY!

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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

 

Barbara’s Father’s Day Dino, L.I. Template #L9765.

 

Barbara’s Father’s Day “DAD,” L.I. Template #M14.

 

Barbara’s Best Dad, L.I. Template #L9610.

 

Nettie’s Like Father Like Son, L.I. Template #L9291.

 

Jan’s Father’s Day Scarecrow, L.I. Template #L1023.

 

Donna’s Lighthouse, L.I. Template #L9061.

 

Donna’s Father’s Day Birds. L.I. Template #L9650.

Donna’s Father’s Day Tie, L.I. #L9749.

 

Donna’s Dad’s Tools, L.I. #L9123.

 

SPRING TIME AT LASTING IMPRESSIONS

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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 Spring Pup, L.I. Templates #L9579 and #L9111.
Barbara’s Party, L.I. Template #L9660.
Barbara’s Bunnylicious, L.I. Template #L9742.
Barbara’s Spring Thank You, L.I. Templates #L9717 and #L9572.

Barbara’s Thank You Bunches, L.I. Template #L9565. 

And thank you Barbara for your beautiful inspirations!  Embossing Joys, 🙂 Donna

 

AND THE EASTER PARADE CONTINUES!

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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 Cottontail Bunny, L.I. Template #L1041.

 

Barbara -s Tulip, L.I. Template #L9564.

 

Barbara’s Bunny Basket, L.I. Templates #L9743, L9275, and L9742.

 

Barbara’s Smiling Eggs, L.I. Template #S644.

 

Barbara’s Easter Basket, L.I. Templates #L9745 and L9114.

 

Let the parade begin!  With joy, happy embossing.  🙂  Donna

 

HOPPING ALONG

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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.

 

Donna’s Egg Bunny, L.I. Template #L9186.

 

Donna’s Carrot Catch, L.I. Template #L9747.

 

Donna’s Crackin Eggs, L.I. Template #L9744.

 

Donna’s Peek-a-Boo Slider, L.I. Template #L9275, from the front.

 

Donna’s Peek-a-Boo Slider, L.I. Template #L9275 (inside). You can google Peek-a-Boo Slider Cards and/or visit Utube for easy instructions or copy/paste this link below. I did resize my card since my bunny image is small.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhrg2zc5ocA.  

 

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

WHAT A WHOPPER!

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Donna’s Whopper, L.I. Template L9305.

 

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:

 

Donna’s Hello Daisy, L.I. Templates M19, L9188.

 

Donna’s Hi Lady, L.I. Templates M19, L9188.

 

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!

 

Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

 

 

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

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Barbara’s Valentine Gumball Hearts, L.I. Template #L9778

 

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!

Embossing joys and Valentine hugs, 🙂 Donna

L.I. Template #L9453
L.I. Template #L9629
L.I. Template #L9451
L.I. Template #L9585
L.I. Template #L9633
L.I. Template #L9454
L.I. Template #L9452
L.I. Template #L9378
L.I. Template #L9462
L.I. Template #L9634

CHRISTMAS WISHES

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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

 

Kaye's Christmas Tag
Kaye’s Christmas Tag
Kaye's money tree
Kaye’s money tree
Barbara's Poinsettia
Barbara’s Poinsettia
Marian's Red Robin
Marian’s Red Cardinal
Barbara's Reindeer
Barbara’s Reindeer
L.I. Christmas Cake Delight
L.I. Christmas Cake Delight
L.I. Christmas Wreath
L.I. Christmas Wreath
Donna's Poinsettia
Donna’s Poinsettia
L.I. Snowgal
L.I. Snowgal
L.I. Frosty's Hat
L.I. Frosty’s Hat
Donna's Christmas Thank You
Donna’s Christmas Thank You

 

AUTUMN GREETINGS

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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

Barbara's Puppy Patch, L.I. Templates #L9579, L9533
Barbara’s Puppy Patch, L.I. Templates #L9579, L9533
Barbara's Pumpkin Platter, L.I. Templates #L9416
Barbara’s Pumpkin Platter, L.I. Templates #L9416
Barbara's Turkey Door Hanger, L.I. #L9151
Barbara’s Turkey Door Hanger, L.I. #L9151
Donna's Pumpkin Harvest, L.I. Template #L9613
Donna’s Pumpkin Harvest, L.I. Template #L9613
Kaye's Fall Card Kit - Please See Home Page for details.
Kaye’s Fall Card Kit – Please See Home Page for details.

TRICK OR TREAT CONTINUES!

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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!

 

Donna's Hi Ghost, L.I. Template #L9071 and L9533.
Donna’s Hi Ghost, L.I. Template #L9071 and #L9533.
Donna's Bat, L.I. Template #L99619
Donna’s Bat, L.I. Template #L99619 and #S544
Donna's Rip, L.I. Template #L9525 and L9323
Donna’s Rip, L.I. Template #L9525 and #L9323
Donna's Polka Dot Bat, L.I. Template #L9317 and #S544
Donna’s Polka Dot Bat, L.I. Template #L9317 and #S544
Donna's Love Potion Bubble Bath, L.I. Template #L9421 and #L9339
Donna’s Love Potion Bubble Bath, L.I. Template #L9421 and #L9339
Donna's Witch Way, L.I. Template #L9614 and #L9414
Donna’s Witch Way, L.I. Template #L9614 and #L9414

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

TRICK OR TREAT!

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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::

Barbara

 

Barbara's Trick or Treat Bag, L.I. #L9671
Barbara’s Trick or Treat Bag, L.I. Template #L9671
Barbara's Mummy, L.I. Template #L9425
Barbara’s Mummy, L.I. Template #L9425
Barbara's Trick or Treat Pumpkin Bags, L.I. Template #L9671 & #L9672
Barbara’s Trick or Treat Pumpkin Bags, L.I. Template #L9671, #L9672, and #S545
Barbara's Witch Tag, L.I. Template #L9421
Barbara’s Witch Tag, L.I. Template #L9421
Barbara's Halloween Graveyard, L.I. Template #L9421, L9525, and S704
Barbara’s Halloween Graveyard Door Hanger, L.I. Template #L9421,#L9525, and # S704

Happy Halloween Embossing, 🙂  Donna

TRICK OR TREAT ANYONE?

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Donna's Hi Ghost, L.I. Template #L9071 and L9533.
Donna’s Hi Ghost, L.I. Template #L9071 and L9533.

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

BRAND NEW TEMPLATES & LOTS OF FUN!

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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.

 

 

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Barbara's "F is for ..." frog, L.I. Template #L9802.
Barbara’s “F is for …”, L.I. Template #L9802.

Isn’t he adorable … googly eyes and all.  🙂  Then Barbara made a second card with the new flamingo.  Have a look:

Barbara's Flamingo, L.I. Template #L9803.
Barbara’s Flamingo, L.I. Template #L9803.

And here’s Barbara’s version of the new cactus template (which we both love!):

Barbara's Cactus, L.I. Template #L9805.
Barbara’s Cactus, L.I. Template #L9805.

Now my turn!  First I made a frog card and I am so loving this new Gingham paper!

Donna's Frog, L.I. Template #L9802.
Donna’s Frog, L.I. Template #L9802.

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!

Donna's Flamingo, L.I. Template #L9803.
Donna’s Flamingo, L.I. Template #L9803.

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:

Donna's Braid Card, L.I. Template #L9805.
Donna’s Braid Card, L.I. Template #L9805.
Donna's Cactus, L.I. Template #L9805.
Donna’s Cactus, L.I. Template #L9805.
Donna's Cactus Sentiment, using C.I. Software.
Donna’s Cactus Sentiment, using C.I. Software.

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.

Donna's Succulent Coloring Kit Sample from L.I.
Donna’s Succulent Coloring Kit Sample from L.I.

Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

 

A NOTE FROM DONNA

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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:

L.I. Class with Donna and Kaye, July 2016 at Lasting Impressions.
L.I. Class with Donna and Kaye, July 2016 at Lasting Impressions.

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:

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Donna’s Thanks Card, L.I. Template #L9642
Donna's Smile Card, L.I. Template #L9642
Donna’s Smile Card, L.I. Template #L9642
Donna's Hello Braid Card, L.I. Template #L9642
Donna’s Hello Braid Card, L.I. Template #L9642

And Blog Teammate Barbara was inspired to make her very own braid card and here is what she came up with (adorable!):

Barbara's Bunny Card, L.I. Template @L9642
Barbara’s Bunny Card, L.I. Template @L9642

Here are a few more samples I did during my stay at L.I., using the braid technique:

Donna's Gingham Hello Card, L.I. Templates #L9642 and #L9137
Donna’s Gingham Hello Card, L.I. Templates #L9642 and #L9137
Donna's Gingham Fall Basket Card, L.I. Template #L9528
Donna’s Gingham Fall Basket Card, L.I. Template #L9528

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

 

SAY IT WITH FLOWERS!

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Me3 for blogger  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.

Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

 

COMING SOON!

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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:

Donna's Hello Card for upcoming Class and Kit using L.I. Template #L9642
Donna’s Hello Card for upcoming Class and Kit using L.I. Template #L9642

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.

Donna's Hello Sunshine, L.I. Template #L9642.
Donna’s Hello Sunshine, L.I. Template #L9642.
Donna's Smile Flower, L.I. Template #L9642.
Donna’s Smile Flower, L.I. Template #L9642.
Donna's Hello Card2 using L.I. Template #L9642.
Donna’s Hello Card using L.I. Template #L9642.

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

Barbara's Trailer, L.I. Template #L9761.
Barbara’s Happy Camper, L.I. Template #L9761.

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO TOWN?

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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!

Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

SUMMER FUN

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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.

 

Barbara's Summer Fun, L.I. Template #L9260.
Barbara’s Summer Fun, L.I. Template #L9260 and S509.
Barbara's Popsicles, L.I. Template #S439
Barbara’s Popsicles, L.I. Template #S439.
Barbara's Cool Ice Cream, L.I. Template #S440.
Barbara’s Cool Ice Cream, L.I. Template #S440.
Barbara's Popsicle Kisses, L.I. Template #
Barbara’s Popsicle Kisses, L.I. Template #S439.
Barbara's Cool Birthday, L.I. Template #
Barbara’s Cool Summer, L.I. Template #S439.
Barbara's
Barbara’s Sweet Life, L.I. Template #S439.
Barbara's
Barbara’s Enjoy the Flavor, L.I. Template #S439.

IT’S A DONUT DAY!

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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!”

Happy embossing, 🙂  Donna

Barbara's Pink Donut, L.I. Template #S885.
Barbara’s Pink Donuts, L.I. Template #S885.
Barbara's Blue Donut, L.I. Template #S885.
Barbara’s Blue Donut, L.I. Template #S885.

 

Barbara's Orange & Blue Donuts, L.I. Template #S885.
Barbara’s Orange & Blue Donuts, L.I. Template #S885.
Donna's Pink Donut, L.I. Template #S885.  The inside says, "go shopping" and has a gift card.
Donna’s Pink Donut, L.I. Template #S885. The inside says, “go shopping” and has a gift card.
Donna's Donut Worry, L.I. Template #S885.
Donna’s Donut Worry, L.I. Template #S885.
Donna's Orange Jelly, L.I. Template #S885.
Donna’s Orange Jelly, L.I. Template #S885.

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MORE FATHER’S DAY/GUY IDEAS!

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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

Donna's Necktie, L.I. #L9749.
Donna’s Necktie, L.I. #L9749.
Donna's Pocket Tools, L.I. #L9123.
Donna’s Pocket Tools, L.I. #L9123.
Donna's Tent, L.I. #L9222.
Donna’s Tent, L.I. #L9222.
Donna's BBQ, L.I. #L9306.
Donna’s BBQ, L.I. #L9306.

WEDDED BLISS

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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:

 

Kaye's Wedded Bliss.
Kaye’s Wedded Bliss. L.I. Template #L9588 with Powdered Sugar Cards, Hugs & Kisses Mixed Dots, Gray Canvas,  Pink Mini Dots, Oatmeal Buttons and Sentiment printed on White Vellum.
Kaye's Two Hearts As One.  L.I. Template #1037 with Baby's Breath Polka Dots, Daylily Mini Dots, Daylilly Mini Stripes, Sweet Pea Mini Dots and printed Sentiment on White Vellum.
Kaye’s Two Hearts As One. L.I. Template #1037 with Baby’s Breath Polka Dots, Daylily Mini Dots, Daylilly Mini Stripes, Sweet Pea Mini Dots and Sentiment on White Vellum.
Kaye's Always & Forever with Seaside Grosgrain Ribbon and Brads.
Kaye’s Always & Forever with Seaside Grosgrain Ribbon and Brads.
L.I. Template #L9383.
L.I. Template #L9383.
L.I. Template #L9382
L.I. Template #L9382
L.I. Template #L9384
L.I. Template #L9384
L.I. Template #L9378
L.I. Template #L9378

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.

Donna's Wedding Card, L.I. Template #L515
Donna’s Wedding Card, L.I. Template #L515

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

 

MOTHER’S DAY AND FATHER’S DAY!

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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

 

Donna's Vacuum Card, L.I. Template #L9196.
Donna’s Vacuum Card, L.I. Template #L9196 with Colored Impressions’ Software for the sentiment and hand drawn faux stitching lines.

 

Donna's Happiest Mother's Day Card, L.I. Template #L9790.
Donna’s Happiest Mother’s Day Card, L.I. Template #L9790 and Colored Impressions’ Software for the inside sentiment.

 

Donna's Mother's Day Card, L.I. Template #L9790.
Donna’s Mother’s Day Card, L.I. Template #L9790 and Colored Impressions’ Software for the sentiment.

 

Barbara's Mother's Day Card, L.I. Template #L9348.
Barbara’s Mother’s Day Card, L.I. Template #L9348.

 

Donna's Scooter, L.I. Template #L9258.
Donna’s Scooter Card, L.I. Template #L9258 and Colored Impressions’ Software.

 

Donna's Tool-riffic Father's Day Card, L.I. Template #L9123.
Donna’s Tool-riffic Father’s Day Card, L.I. Template #L9123 and Colored Impressions’ Software.

NEW CARDSTOCK, TEMPLATES, CARD KITS & MORE!

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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:

Embossing Card Kit and Printed Bow Patterns
L.I. new Kit & Printed Papers

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:

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L.I. new Cardstock and Templates
Barbara's L.I. Template #L9790.
Barbara’s L.I. Template #L9790.
Barbara's L.I. Template #L9790.
Barbara’s L.I. Template #L9790.
Barbara's L.I. Templatte #L9787 and
Barbara’s L.I. Templatte #L9787 and #L9269
Debbie's L.I. Template #L9456
Debbie’s L.I. Template #L9456
Kaye's L.I. Template #L9660.
Kaye’s L.I. Template #L9660 with French Blue Quatrefoil, French Blue Reversed Polka Dots, French Blue Mini Dots, Black Canvas, Candles Flames embossed on Daylilly Solid, Happy birthday printed on Off-White Vellum, and name printed on Natural Canvas.

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:

Kaye's Lasting Impressions'  Mother's Day Class Kit.
Kaye’s Lasting Impressions’ Mother’s Day Class Kit.

Please visit Lasting Impressions Home Page to see more fun projects, card kits, templates and beautiful paper!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

 

EGG-STRA SPECIAL EASTER CARDS!

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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

Donna's Eggstra Special Egg, L.I. Template #S644
Donna’s Eggestra Special Egg, L.I. Template #S644
Donna's Rabbit Gumball Machine.  L.I. Template #L9778.
Donna’s Rabbit Gumball Machine. L.I. Template #L9778.
Donna's You're Earresistible.  L.I. Template #L9467.
Donna’s You’re Earresistible. L.I. Template #L9467.
Donna's Easter Basket.  L.I> Template #L9094 and Lawn Fawn Tote Bag Die.
Donna’s Easter Basket. L.I. Template #L9094, #i199 and Lawn Fawn Tote Bag Die.

And check out the new papers, templates, and kits on the Lasting Impressions’ Home Page.

New Papers & embossing templates for scrapbooking, cardmaking and papercrafting.

 

COMING UP DAISIES!

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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:

Donna's M16 Gerbera Daisy.
Donna’s M16 Gerbera Daisy in Pink & Black..
Donna's M16 Gerbera Daisy Trifold Front.
Donna’s M16 Gerbera Daisy Trifold Front – “He loves me, he loves me not.”
Donna's M16 Gerbera Daisy Trifold Inside.
Donna’s M16 Gerbera Daisy Trifold Inside.
Lasting Impressions M16 Gerbera Daisy.
Lasting Impressions M16 Gerbera Daisy.
Donna's M6 Gerbera Daisy.
Donna’s M6 Gerbera Dais using a belly band..
Donna's M16 Gebera Daisy in Gray.
Donna’s M16 Gebera Daisy in Gray.

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

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

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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

Barbara's L.I. Template # L9781 and #L9457.
Barbara’s L.I. Template # L9781 and #L9457.
Barbara's L.I. Template #L9782 and L9453.
Barbara’s L.I. Template #L9782 and L9453.
Barbara's L.I. Template #L9780, #L9635, and #L9457.
Barbara’s L.I. Template #L9780, #L9635, and #L9457.
Barbara's L.I. Template #L9453 and L9782.
Barbara’s L.I. Template #L9453 and L9782.

 

VALENTINE BANNER 2

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Barbara's Valentine Banner using L.I. Templates Nos. L9356, L9453, L9457, L9460, L9632, L9635.
Barbara’s Valentine Banner using L.I. Templates Nos. L9356, L9453, L9457, L9460, L9632, L9635.

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

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Barbara’s Valentine X using L.I. Template #’s L9460, L9632, and L9635.
Barbara's Valentine Heart   using L.I. Template #L9457.
Barbara’s Valentine Heart using L.I. Template #L9457..
Barbara's Valentine X using L.I. Template #'s L9356, L9635.
Barbara’s Valentine X using L.I. Template #’s L9356, L9635.
Barbara's Valentine X using L.I. Template #L9453.
Barbara’s Valentine X using L.I. Template #L9453.

 

VALENTINES FROM LASTING IMPRESSIONS!

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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

L.I. Template #L9453 using Gray Quatrefoil, Pink Canvas Dark, Canvas Natural, Gray Tweed, Hugs and Kisses Plaid, Mini Dots, Yellow Daisies Damask and Lime Fizz Damask.
L.I. Template #L9453 using Gray Quatrefoil, Pink Canvas Dark, Canvas Natural, Gray Tweed, Hugs and Kisses Plaid, Mini Dots, Yellow Daisies Damask and Lime Fizz Damask.
L.I. Template #L9782 with Natural Canvas, Pink Mini Stripes, Lime Fizz Damask, and Yellow Daisies Damask.
L.I. Template #L9782 using Natural Canvas, Pink Mini Stripes, Lime Fizz Damask, and Yellow Daisies Damask.
L.I. Template #L9780 using Hugs and Kisses Plaid and Pink Canvas Damask.
L.I. Template #L9780 using Hugs and Kisses Plaid and Pink Canvas Damask.
L.I. Template #L9777 using Hugs and Kisses Mixed Dots, Pink Canvas Pink Dark and Canvas Natural.
L.I. Template #L9777 using Hugs and Kisses Mixed Dots, Pink Canvas Pink Dark and Canvas Natural.
L.I. Template #L9779 using Pink Hearts, Canvas Gray, Gray Tweed, Hugs and Kisses Mixed Dots, Pink Mini Gingham, and White Vellum.
L.I. Template #L9779 using Pink Hearts, Canvas Gray, Gray Tweed, Hugs and Kisses Mixed Dots, Pink Mini Gingham, and White Vellum.
L.I. Template #L9781 using Hugs and Kisses Grunge, Pink Mini Gingham, White Vellum, Pink Canvas Dark, and Lime Fizz Damask.
L.I. Template #L9781 using Hugs and Kisses Grunge, Pink Mini Gingham, White Vellum, Pink Canvas Dark, and Lime Fizz Damask.
L.I. Template #L1037 using Gray Graph, Hugs and Kisses Mixed Dots, Pink Canvas Light, Pink Canvas Dark, and Line Fizz Damask.
L.I. Template #L1037 using Gray Graph, Hugs and Kisses Mixed Dots, Pink Canvas Light, Pink Canvas Dark, and Line Fizz Damask.
L.I. Template #L9778 using Canvas Natural, Canvas Gray, Pink Mini Stripes, Pink Mini Dots, Pink Canvas Light, Pink Canvas Dark, Hugs and Kisses Mixed Dots, Gray and White Bakers Twine, and Raspberry Button.
L.I. Template #L9778 using Canvas Natural, Canvas Gray, Pink Mini Stripes, Pink Mini Dots, Pink Canvas Light, Pink Canvas Dark, Hugs and Kisses Mixed Dots, Gray and White Bakers Twine, and Raspberry Button.

 

 

CRAYON BOXES ARE HERE!

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Oh what fun … have you seen the new Crayon Boxes from Lasting Impressions?

Valentine Crayon Box es by Lasting Impressions and their new cardstock release.
Valentine Crayon Boxes by Lasting Impressions and their new cardstock release.

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).

Kaye's Hearts & Kisses card class  kit.
Kaye’s Hearts & Kisses card class 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

A VALENTINE PENNANT

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Barbara's Valentine Pennant using L.I. Template numbers:
Barbara’s Valentine Pennant from Lasting Impressions

Yesterday I received in the mail this wonderful Valentine Pennant from Design Team Member Barbara.  Wow, wow, wow!  Here’s what each individual flag looks like up close:

Barbara's Valentine L9544 and L9453.
Barbara’s Valentine from Lasting Impressions L9544 and L9545.
Barbara's Valentine Hugs, L
Barbara’s Valentine Hugs from Lasting Impressions L9462 and L9635
Barbara's Valentine Flower L9461
Barbara’s Valentine Flower from Lasting Impressions L9461
Barbara's Valentine XOXO, L9692
Barbara’s Valentine XOXO from Lasting Impresisons L9692
Barbara's Valentine Flower, L9461
Barbara’s Valentine Flower from Lasting Impressions L9461
Barbara's Valentine Kisses from Lasting Impressions L
Barbara’s Valentine Kisses from Lasting Impressions L9462 and L9635
Barbara's Valentine Love from Lasting Impressions L
Barbara’s Valentine Love from Lasting Impressions L9545 and L9356

Thank you, Barbara, for such a wonderful pennant.  I love it!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

 

VALENTINE LOVE

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Today I want to share some Valentine Love.  These cards were made with templates we currently have in stock and several of them are on sale.  So go to the home page and check out our sale items.:

Barbara's Valentine using Template #L9453 and #L9462.
Barbara’s Valentine using Template #L9374 and #L9462.
Barbara's Valentine using Template #L9374
Barbara’s Valentine using Template #L9374.
Donna's "Bendi" Valentine using Template #L9459 and #L9182.
Donna’s “Bendi” Valentine using Template #L9459.
Donna's "Bendi" inside using Template L9182.
Donna’s “Bendi” inside using Template L9182.
Donna's Valentine using Template #L9462.
Donna’s Valentine using Template #L9462.
Donna's Valentine Swak using Template #L9634.
Donna’s Valentine Swak using Template #L9634.
Donna's Valentine Shaker using Template #L9356.
Donna’s Valentine Shaker using Template #L9356.
Donna's Valentine using Template #L9628 and #L9462
Donna’s Valentine using Template #L9628 and #L9462.

Happy embossing!  🙂  Donna

NEW TEMPLATES – NEW PAPER!

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Barbara's January Coaster Calendar.
Barbara’s January Coaster Calendar. using Penguin Template #L9521.

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.

NEW Valentine papers and embossing templates
NEW Valentine papers and embossing templates

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!  🙂

Kaye's Our Hearts Are Locked together, Template #L9462
Kaye’s Our Hearts Are Locked together, Template #L9462 with SM133S, Strawberry Creme, Stormy Day Gray Damask, Pink Peonies Damask, Powdered Sugar, Canvas Green and a Pearl embellishment.
Kaye's I Love You, Template #9627 with SM107S, Ladybug Red Polka Dots, Ladybug Red Damask, Canvas Black, Powdered Sugar, Strawberry Creme, Cinnamon Buttons, and Black Licorice Stitched Ribbon.
Kaye’s I Love You, Template #9627 with Ladybug Red Polka Dots, Ladybug Red Damask, Canvas Black, Powdered Sugar, Strawberry Creme and Cinnamon Buttons.
Kaye's Doodle Hearts Template #9462 with Pink Posy Solid, Canvas Gray Dots, Canvas Natural, Powdered Sugar, Stormy Day Gray Damask, Gerber Daisy Pink Damask and Pearl embellishment.
Kaye’s Doodle Hearts Template #L9627 with SM107S, Ladybug Red Polka Dots, Canvas Black, Powdered Sugar and Black Licorice Stitched Ribbon.
Kaye's Doodle Hearts Template #9462 with Pink Posy Solid, Canvas Gray Dots, Canvas Natural, Powdered Sugar, Stormy Day Gray Damask, Gerber Daisy Pink Damask and Pearl embellishment.
Kaye’s Doodle Hearts Template #9462 with Pink Posy Solid, Canvas Gray Dots, Canvas Natural, Powdered Sugar, Stormy Day Gray Damask, Gerber Daisy Pink Damask and Pearl embellishment.

Happy embossing!  🙂  Donna

CHRISTMAS DELAY DAY 3

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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

 

Donna Lane's L.I. Template #L9770 front
Donna Lane’s Santa L.I. Template #L9770 front
Donna Lane's Santa L.I. Template #L9770 inside
Donna Lane’s Santa L.I. Template #L9770 inside
Donna Lane's Brrrr Snowman L.I. Template #L9771
Donna Lane’s Brrrr Snowman L.I. Template #L9771
Donna Lane's Peace Robin L.I. Template #L9766
Donna Lane’s Peace Robin L.I. Template #L9766
Donna Lane's Christmas Robin L.I. Template #L9769
Donna Lane’s Christmas Robin L.I. Template #L9769
Donna Lane's Rudolph L.I. Template #L9768
Donna Lane’s Rudolph L.I. Template #L9768

CHRISTMAS DAY 2 IDEAS

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Barbara's Brrrrr, L.I. Template #9771
Barbara’s Brrrrr, L.I. Template #9771

Good morning everyone.  Design Team Member Barbara has done it again with these cute card samples:

Barbara's Mittens, L.I. Template #L9776
Barbara’s Mittens, L.I. Template #L9776
Barbara's Deer, L.I. Template #L9768
Barbara’s Deer, L.I. Template #L9768

I love the new papers and new templates.  Have you tried them yet?  Look for more ideas on Monday.  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK ALOT LIKE CHRISTMAS!

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Barbara's Joy Birds, L.I. Templates #L9766 & L9769
Barbara’s Joy Birds, L.I. Templates #L9766,  L9769 & L9772

Oh my goodness, Design Team Member Barbara has really been busy playing with Lasting Impressions’ new Christmas Templates and cardstock and she has made some adorable tags.  Take a look at these:

Barbara's Joy Ornament Tag, L.I. Template #L9767
Barbara’s Joy Ornament Tag, L.I. Template #L9767
Barbara - Blog Bird Tag
Barbara’s Bird Tag, L.I. Template #L9769
Barbara's Christmas Candle, L.I. Template #L9774
Barbara’s Christmas Candle, L.I. Template #L9774
Barbara's Ho Ho Ho Tag, L.I. Template #L9773
Barbara’s Ho Ho Ho Tag, L.I. Template #L9773
Barbara's Santa & Snowman Tag, L.I. Template #9770
Barbara’s Santa & Snowman Tag, L.I. Template #9770
Barbara's Merry Tag, L.I. Template #S884
Barbara’s Merry Tag, L.I. Template #S884
Barbara's Santa Pig, L.I. Template #L9768.  Note: Barbara thought this cute little deer design made a great pig!  I have to agree.  :-)
Barbara’s Santa Pig, L.I. Template #L9768. Note: Barbara thought this cute little deer design made a great pig! I have to agree. 🙂

Stay tuned as there is more to come from Barbara.  Thank you Barbara for some really great Christmas Tags!  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

A DINO-MITE CELEBRATION!

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We will soon be celebrating Christmas with our new Christmas Templates and paper.  Here’s just a peek of things coming soon::

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So, keep checking back with us and until next week, here are some dino-mite cards from Barbara and I:

Barbara

Barbara's Celebration #L9762 & #L9765
Barbara’s Celebration #L9762 & #L9765
Barbara's Dino #L9765
Barbara’s Dino #L9765
Barbara's D is for ...#L9764
Barbara’s D is for …#L9764 & L9765
Barbara's Dino2 #L9765
Barbara’s Dino2 #L9765

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Barbara & Donna's Celebrate #L9660 & #L9762
Barbara & Donna’s Celebrate #L9660 & #L9762
Donna's Dino #L9765
Donna’s Dino-mite #L9765
Donna's Dragon #L9764 Inside reads: Feel better soon!
Donna’s Dragon #L9764
Inside reads: Feel better soon!
Donna's Dino Tag #L9765
Donna’s Dino Tag #L9765 & #L9099

We hope you will celebrate the art of embossing with us and design your own dino-mite cards!  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

 

THANKSGIVING BLESSINGS

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November Calendar

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.

Barbara - Candle Pumpkin2
Barbara’s Candle Pumpkin #L9763
Barbara's Give Thanks #L9760
Barbara’s Give Thanks #L9760
Barbara's #L9760 & L
Barbara’s Pumpkin, Leaf, Flower #L9760 & L9686
Donna's Give Thanks #L9760
Donna’s Give Thanks #L9760
Donna's Thanks #L9760
Donna’s Thanks #L9760

Tomorrow I have more to “celebrate” and also some “dino-mite” cards. So, stay tune and happy embossing.   🙂  Donna

NEW FALL CLASS, KIT & CARD SAMPLES

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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!

Kaye - Pumpkin Candle

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.

Kaye - Thanksgiving Blessings

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.

Kaye - TY Pumpkin

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.

Kaye - Get Well Soon

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.:

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Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

AUTUMN NOTE FROM DONNA

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L.I. Template #L9071

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:

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L.I. Template #L9686

Then I made this simple card using the second leaf on the template:

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L.I. Template #L9686

Design Team Member Barbara came up with her own leaf design and she did a terrific job:

Barbara - Fall Leaves

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

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L.I. Template #L9468

 

A NOTE FROM DONNA

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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:

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Template L9673 Embossed from 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:

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Template L9673 Shaker

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!

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Template L9675 Shaker

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:

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The perfect blend of love & marriage.  Congrats!

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 FUN

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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:

Barbara - Pink Popsicle

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:

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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

 

See for Yourself…

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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?

Cardmaking Printed Patterned Paper
Cardstock paper, perfect for embossing and papercrafting projets

BEAUTIFUL NEW PAPERS!

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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.

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Grape Fizz Damask & Coral Bell Damask
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Gerber Daisy Pink Damask & Chalky Dots and Garden Moss Green Damask
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Yellow Daisies Damask & Midnight Sky Black Damask

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

JUNE’S CARD KIT

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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:

Kaye - June Card Kit

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):

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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.

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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!

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This last one is a gift tag and no software!  It’s completely embossed using Templates #L9571 and #L9379:

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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

ALL ABOARD!

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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.

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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

NEW CARD CLASS & KIT

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Father's Day and Any Occassion Card Kit & CLASS

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

GRADUATION KIT

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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:

Kaye - Grad Card Congratulations

Kaye - Grad Card with Scroll

Kaye - Grad Card Money Holder

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!

Happy embossing, 🙂  Donna

NEW LASTING IMPRESSIONS’ CLASSES!

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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

BIG BIRD!

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  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

GUY CARDS!

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  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:

s857

s857

L9289

L9297

s856

L9293

L9290

We’d love to see your favorite guy card in our gallery!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

 

SPREAD YOUR WINGS – AND FLY!

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  My friend Cin recently found a card she liked on Pinterest (Scrapbook & Cards.com) and she told me she thought it would make a very cute embossed card!  So, here’s the original version Cin saw:

Adorable, right?  Here’s my embossed version using Template #M26:

Here are a couple more “bird ideas” to inspire you to spread your wings … or pick up a stylus … and make a bird card of your own!

And last, but not least, here’s a chicken, couped up in her wired cage, on a sunny day!  I wonder if she’s stuck here in San Diego with this heat?  🙂

Embossing joys from Donna!

SPRING FLOWERS

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  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

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

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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:

  S732

  L9189 & S763

   L9572

  L9570

  L9570

  S711, L9571, i199, i197, L9650, L9378, L930

Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

LAST BUNNIES HOPPIN'

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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

 

BUNNIES ARE STILL HOPPING

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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

STILL HOPPIN' ALONG

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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.

HOP, HOP, HOPPIN' ALONG!

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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



SPRING IS HERE … AND HERE COMES THE BUNNY!

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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!

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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:

#L1039

#L9700

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:

#L1093

#L9354

#L9462, “Love” Senti-mental & stamped faces from Peachy Keen Stamps.

#L9462

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  I sure did!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

FROM AUSTRALIA!

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  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.

Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

Gingerbread House

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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

SPREAD SOME JOY

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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!

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  Happy Holidays everyone.  Boy this month is going fast.   I barely got my own Christmas cards made and then I made some reindeer cards for my oldest daughter to hand out:

  LL9168

Then my youngest daughter just handed me her Christmas card and it’s just darling:

  L9512

It’s such fun sharing a craft I love with my children.  Merry Christmas!

Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

QUEST DESIGNER FROM BRAZIL!

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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:

L9300

L9579

L9292

L9680

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

Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!

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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!

Embossing “joys,” Donna.

MISSING IN ACTION (updated)

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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). 

Template #L9535.  Cardstock:  Chocolate Print, Old Lace Solid, Chocolate Paisley, Artichoke Library.  Distressed ink.

Template #S791 and L9315.  Cardstock:  Weathered Beet Solid (retired), Lemon Tart Solid, Celery and Willow (both retired).

Templates #S791, L9321.  Cardstock:  Weathered Beet Solid, Terra Cotta Solid, Willow, and Sugar Peas (all retired cardstock).

Templates #L9320, L9315, and L9263.  Cardstock:  Accordion A2 Card base, Citrus Solid, Lemon Tart Solid, Garden Tool (retired), Fudge, Willow, Beet Read, and Terra Cotta Solid.

ENJOY LIFE … ONE SCOOP AT A TIME!

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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 

http://thinkingstamps.blogspot.com/

Here’s Sarah’s card “Enjoy one scoop at a time.”  Look how cute she finished the inside of her card as well.  I love that!  Then look at my embossed versions below.

Here’s my embossed versions using L.I. Templates #M10, #L9373, S440, and Colored Impressions Software:

Thanks Sarah for giving me the opportunity to “case” your adorable card.  I really enjoyed the challenge.  Happy embossing!  🙂  Donna

HAIR GEL CARD

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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

MORE CHRISTMAS IDEAS!

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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:

Barbara:  L9178, L9435, L9328, and L9168

And Nettie’s:  L9435, L9253

Happy Embossing!  🙂  Donna

 

 

HAVE A DREAMY DAISY DAY!

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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

SNOW-ONE LIKE YOU!

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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

L9429

L9429

L9439

L9428

L9437

L9512

L9435

L9521

 

L.I. SALE!

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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

http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001AnHPMy4x7rSjhYUcUsAeYu632PFjGud86kacg1gCDYFd3yywnz1Nf7iRETQsbkWstu9kFIKNTlTY0Dzf_sIkBiVKB-254qKbA4NGjWE_YYPgYIBiHvljv9F2150GxXrpcOEaa7Z4InxGdiTiuWfG7JZK8KVOfmuOORwFhNZc8V0=

CHRISTMAS IN JULY – PART 2

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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!

  L9592

  L9728

  L9680

And these from Nettie.  The first one is my favorite!

  L9758

  L9727, L9757 and L9265

  L9168

Embossing holiday joys!  🙂  Donna

CHRISTMAS IN JULY?

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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!

Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

  L9168

  L1026

ZOO-PEN-DOUS!

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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 FLOWERS

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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

IT'S REALLY BEEN A ZOO HERE!

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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

NEW TEMPLATES and PAPER PART 2

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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:

Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

THE THRILL OF NEW "TOYS"

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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

Spring has sprung …

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Spring has sprung, May Flowers are here, and I’m definitely enjoying the new templates and cardstock from Lasting Impressions.  Have you looked them over yet?  Maybe you have some to play with and we’d love to see your cards and projects.  Don’t be bashful about uploading them in our User Gallery.  Here’s a few ideas from the Design Team and our good friend Kaye, at Lasting Impressions:

From Barbara:  #L9114, #L9758

Kaye and her wonderful Doodle Tags:  #L9262, #L9756, and #L9757

 

And from Nettie:  #s857, #L9291, #L9757, #L9758, #L9756, #L9060, #L9700, L9123

 

Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS

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We have all heard the saying, “April Showers Bring May Flowers,” but did you know that it always brings Mother’s Day right behind those showers?  Wow … time sure flies when you are having fun, doesn’t it?   I thought the Design Team better get hot and give you some ideas to celebrate the mother-in-you, or your own special mom.  And … bring on those umbrellas.  With much embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

From Donna:  L9114

From Barbara:  L9348, L1087, L9137

CUPCAKE DAY FROM DONNA!

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Yesterday the theme for my embossing class was “cupcakes.”   We embossed with templates L9373 (Sweet Day), L9600 (Christmas Cupcake and Gum Drops), and L9742 (Bunny Cupcake).  Here’s a look at the card projects:

This card is a flat 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″.  I used Chocolate Truffle cardstock for the base and then I used a Decorative Labels 8 Nestie with “Swirlicious” cardstock on top.  Then I took a 3 x 5″ white recipe card, scored it in half and mounted it on the front so that the recipe card opens for any sentiment you might want to write inside.  I used the Colored Impressions Software for the cupcake and the “Happy Birthday” wording on the outside.  I faux stitched and inked the edges of the recipe card and added a tiny pink L.I. button to the flower.

          

This is a Twist Turn card that I found on U-Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cSseHu8imY).  It’s really quite simple once you see how it’s done!  The inside of my card reads:  “May your Christmas be filled with cupcakes and gumdrops!”  I used Sweet Tomato Blizzard, Sweet Tomato Plaid, Citrus Checks, Raspberry, Fudge, Split Pea Solid, Powered Sugar and two small red L.I. buttons.

This one is called a Flip Card and you can find dozens of samples on U-tube.  It’s called a flip card because the middle piece flips side-to-side, back-and-forth when you pull the ribbon-edges of this flat card.  I used the Colored Impressions Software and “reduced” the size of the cupcake to add the smaller version, of the cupcake, to the flip side of the card.  I used a Labels 9 Nestie for my center flip section and Cupcake Shoppes cardstock.

This card is similar to the Happy Birthday cupcake above … same idea but I used a bunny template instead.  Chalked the ears and cheeks and added a tiny white L.I.  button.  The pink flower is Guava Wash and the carrot is Citrus Checks and Limeade Solid cardstocks.

This is a 5 x 5″ card, using Chocolate Solid as the base, Chocolate Fleur, Fudge, Cupcake Shoppes, Cornflower Pinstripe, Powdered Sugar, and Colored Impressions Software.  My granddaughter came to the class and brought her Vegan Cupcakes for dessert!  You might say, “We all had a sweet day!”

Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

EASTER IS ON ITS WAY!

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Hi there.  Donna here … and the bunny is coming … and I do mean the one with the fluffy tail and egg basket!  🙂  Here’s just a couple of Door Hangers to get you started and tomorrow, after my “cupcake class,” I will have some more ideas to show you!  Pick up your stylus and get “hoppin’ down the bunny trail.” 

  Isn’t this just the cutest?  Barbara just sent me this door hanger, using Bunny template #L9467, and she had the sweetest little bunny button and Doodle Gift Tag, on the envelope, I just had to stick them on the door hanger too!  I love the raspberry and pink papers she used.  Below is an older one Barbara made me, a couple of years ago, using chicken template #S811 and you could easily use chicken template #L9370 also:

  I love it that she used that shredded paper you can buy to put in your Easter baskets.  Adorable, Barbara!  I made one, below, using an oldie but goodie Easter template #L9094:

  This one was particularly easy because I used the Colored Impressions’ Software, printed the template images out on cardstock and then embossed the chicken, egg, bunny and eggs.  That made the images pop!  Then I used small rings to hang the wording section, template #W5018, added some ribbon, and L.I.’s buttons, and wa-la … a keeper for sure!  I can’t speak for everyone, but for me … I could not accomplish what I do, with my card creations, without Colored Impressions’ Software.  And it’s so easy to use.  You can still download the program from the Home Page.  Look for it … it’s hoppin’ wonderful.  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

CARDS FROM GUEST TARA!

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   I happened to cross-paths with a fellow embosser while doing some Internet searching for card ideas and wow … I found Tara!  She says she has been embossing for quite some time and I believe it when I look at her wonderful cards.  Tara says she has more than 50 card ideas to share with us and here’s a look at a few that I found on her blog, www.urbanhoot.blogspot.com, using Templates L9467, L9368, L9470, and L9185.   Gosh,  I hope she comes back to share more real soon.  Thank you Tara!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

MARCH CARD IDEAS FROM DONNA!

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We are having 80 degree weather here in San Diego and it’s just beautiful outside.  In spite of the fact that I’d rather be outside, I did manage to  finish a couple of card shares, with more to come, using L9370, L9470 (Chick & Eggs), L9742 (Cupcake Bunny Placecard), and L9467 (my favorite umbrella bunny):

  The inside of my bunny card reads:  When times are tough, friends are your umbrella.  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

MARCH IDEAS FROM BARBARA!

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Happy March!  Is it just me or does this year seem to be going way too fast?  Even Easter comes early!  The Design Team has some really cute cards to show you and I hope they will inspire you.  Here’s a look at some from Barbara using S857,  L9370, L9460, L9467 and L9470.  Tomorrow I’ll show you some from Nettie, so stay tune … you will not want to miss them!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

A BEARY SPECIAL BOX

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I believe I mentioned I belong to a Yahoo embossing group called Embossing Exchange and every month one person hosts the challenge, chooses a template design; and, sends “embossed pieces” of that design to every member who has signed up for the challenge.  It’s an opportunately to make a card or project using the same piece in several different ways.  This month, our host chose a very old favorite of mine, #S797 Bear.  I’ve loved this bear for years and I remember when I first “used him” to surprise some friends of mine who were coming for lunch.  Here’s what I had sitting at each place setting:

  I purchased a little box at Michaels.  I decorated the outside of the box using L.I. template designs and embossed my little bear … standing him up-right.  Before tieing the ribbon, I put a heart button inside and glued this little poem to the bottom of the box:

“This is such a little gift that you can never see.  The reason it’s so special, it’s just for you from me!  Whenever you are lonely or you feeling blue, you only have to hold this gift and know I’m thinking of you.  You never can open it; please leave the ribbon tied.  Just hold the box close to you, it’s filled with love inside.”

Now while this little bear may long be retired, trust me … there are lots of templates you can use to decorate your box.  Give it a try and then make one for a special friend.  They will love it, I know … mine sure did!  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

FLOWERS FOR YOU!

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One of my favorite templates is #L9565.  I love this little vase bouquet.  It’s still available and a much loved design.  Here are a few samples I’ve done using this great template.  I love to do “faux stitching” and I do it often, as I’ve done on the cards below.  I enjoy mixing different techniques with my embossing and these cards are a good example of adding a stamp for the sentiment and some Nestibilities.  The third card I actually saw something similar on Pinterest and I knew I had to make one using this vase template!  I embossed just one of the flowers from the vase … making the stem longer.  I again added a stamped sentiment and some Nestibilities.  I love how it turned out and it’s fun to see how many different ways you can use one template design.  I hope you will give this one a try.  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Lasting Impressions and the Design Team.  I want to share with you this adorable card that Design Team Member Barbara sent me.  She knows how much I love the turtle template (L9755) and she paired him with a heart template (L9735) for Valentine’s Day.  Oh that clever girl … see how she embossed the stem of the heart template directly onto the Chocolate Truffle Cardstock and then scuffed it so it shows up real nice.  Then she embossed the hearts, scuffed them, cut them out, and then mounted them on the stem.  She used Savanna Cardstock for the little guys’ shell and I like how that turned out, don’t you? 

 Thank you so much, Barbara, for this cute card … I love it.  Oh, BTW, there’s a sale going on, here at L.I., so be sure and check out the Home Page and treat yourself to something “calorie free” while I go have a sweet treat from my sweetheart.  Embossing joy,  🙂 Donna

FROM THE HEART

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I love L.I.’s Whimsical Heart Template (M22).  And what better time to use it!  I like the fact that this design can be used for any occasion and in lots of different colors.  I made up a few to give away as a set.  I hope if you own M22, you will be inspired to make some of your very own.  I love the way it turned out in our new Caribbean Cardstock.  Which one is your favorite?  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

BE MY VALENTINE

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Lasting Impressions has some wonder Valentine Templates and some great Valentine ideas like the one currently displayed on the Home Page.  I made this card last year when this neat February 14th template first came out (L9733).  The flowered paper was one of my all time favorites and it’s now retired, but I couldn’t help using some from my stash.  The heart punch is from Martha Stewart.  Here’s a few more ideas from The Design Team.  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

Nettie: 

       

       

Barbara: 

       

           

Heidi and Donna:

       

MY HEART'S IN STITCHES!

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Good morning.  Are you getting ready for Valentine’s Day yet?  Well, Lasting Impressions would like to make you an offer your heart won’t be able to resist!  Take a peek at their latest Kit.  It’s stitchingly good and a great deal!  See the Home Page for details and order yours today.  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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L9095 Happy New Year from Lasting Impressions.  Time to make those new year’s resolutions; do some major house cleaning; make new friends, but keep the old; AND, create beautiful cards in 2013.  I’m burning both ends of my stylus and mailing my thank you notes this week for all the wonderful Christmas gifts I received.  I wish you all a happy, healthly, new year from the Design Team and we hope you will be inspired by Nettie’s adorable dresser with cute images from Lasting Impressions.

Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

MORE CHRISTMAS CARDS PART 2

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We have a rainy day here in San Diego … an anomaly, I can assure you!  And a great day for staying indoors and finishing my Christmas cards.  I hope these cards will inspire you to do the same. 

From Lasting Impressions: L9331 (above), L9600, L9608, and L9328,

And from Nettie:  L927, L9002, L9360, L9223, L9521 and S410

And from me:  L9252, L9520, and L9166

Happy Holidays everyone.  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

MORE CHRISTMAS IDEAS

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 Christmas will be here before we know it and I hope some of our ideas have you picking up your stylus and creating some wonderful cards.  Here are a few more ideas.  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

 L9439

 L9428

 L9685 and one I “pinched” from Sharon:    

  L9331   

JINGLE ALL THE WAY

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 I love the sound of Christmas bells, don’t you?  And I love a challenge where you take one template and see how many different ways you can use it.  Here are some examples using Lasting Impressions Bell Template #L9432 and be sure and look at our Christmas and Winter Templates, NOW ON SALE, to find just the right design for your Christmas holiday projects and cards!  Embossing Joys, 🙂  Donna

     

     

     

MORE CHRISTMAS FROM NETTIE

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  Nettie always finds a way to make me smile and this card really made me laugh.  Here’s a few more ideas from Nettie.  Happy embossing!  🙂  Donna

        

     

     

     

     

A CHRISTMAS SCRAPBOOK

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For all you who love to scrapbook, Nettie sent me this adorable book for Christmas.  She found some holiday themed chipboard at Michael’s and look what she came up with!  Now I’m off to make my own book.  I hope you will try one too.  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

   

   

     

   

   

   

 

THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING!

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  Thanksgiving is just a week away and turkey sounds so good, doesn’t it?  I have been busy creating Christmas cards and Nettie’s “Deck the Halls” really got me in the mood.  She used both L9594 (Ornaments) and L9241 (Deck the halls).  I decided to make up several different cards … all using the ornaments and here is what I came up with.  If you have this template (which is still available), I’d love to see your ideas.  Christmas joys, 🙂  Donna

       

       

Take a peek at Nettie’s Wall Hanging.  Once again, an adorable project made with L.I. Coasters, L9607 (Poinsettia), L9521 (penguins), and L9324 (Leaves & Berries).  The wording is M14 and M15 Alphabets:

GOBBLE TIL' YA WOBBLE

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     Every Thanksgiving I tell myself not to eat fast and before I know it … I’ve gobbled til’ I wobbled.  LOL  Here are just a couple of ideas for November and I absolutely love the way Nettie used her fall scarecrow!  Don’t you love L.I.’s new Caribbean Turquoise Cardstock?  I sure do.  Wow Nettie … great job!  Stay tuned for some really neat Christmas ideas coming up next!  We’ve got some goodies to show you.  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna 

Templates used on Donna’s card above:  L9427 (Turkey), S568 (Give Thanks), S802 (Leaves), and Nestibilities’ Labels Sixteen.

Nettie:  L9067 (Scarecrow), L9263 (Pumpkin), and L9236 (Turkey).

        

L.I.:  L9611 (Tree), L9540 (Basket), L9537 (Fall), and L9535 (Acorn).

    

  

WE ARE ALL EARS!

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 We are all ears … ears of corn that is (L9541) … and anxious to hear from you and see your Autumn and Winter card ideas and projects.  Please feel free to upload a few in our User Gallery.  Here’s a few more Autumn ideas from L.I. and our Design Team.  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna.

L.I. ideas:  Template #L9536

#L1085

From Nettie:  #L529 (hat), S568 (give thanks) and L9755 (T is for …)

#L9146 (wheat/pumpkins), L9190 (tag) and L9263 (apple)

     

#M13 (banner), L9263 (Fall) and L9704 (happy)

#L9263 (nut), S541 (happy birthday),  M15 (nutty) and Wonky Nestibility

MORE AUTUMN AND T-DAY

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Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here with Christmas just around the corner.  Here are a few more Autumn ideas we thought you might enjoy.  Embossing joys!

L9538 Acorn

L9541 Corn Stalks

L9612 Acorn and M12 Thx

L9611 Tree and S572 Thanks

L9540 Basket and L9533 Hi Sign

 

L9542 T-Day Hat

 

L9539 Turkey

WHEN AUTUMN LEAVES …

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When October rolls around, I start celebrating my birthday the entire month and this October was no exception!  Team member Barbara sent me this adorable birthday turtle card using L9755 (turtle) L9359 (hat) and L9577 (flowers).  Isn’t it cute?  And L.I.’s tiny buttons are just a perfect fit.   I hope, while I was “gone,” you all made some adorable Witch Shoes (available on the Home Page) and we’d love to see your shoes in our User Gallery!  With Autumn coming, here’s what I was busy doing.  I love this card cut … it’s called a Concertina Card … and I had such fun filling the spaces with great templates and paper from L.I. 

                          

             

Templates:  L9144 (flower, bird, pumpkin), L9315 (flower pot, pumpkin), and S415 (flowers).  Cardstock:  White 12×12 card base – purchased elsewhere, Savanna (green dotted), Split Pea Solid, Lemon Tart Checks and Wash, Sunflower Solid, Citrus Checks and Solid, Watering Can Solid, Lamp Post Limeade Dots, and Weathered Black.  Colored Impressions’ Software for wording, brown pen for faux stitching, misc yellow ribbon, and L.I. Buttons.

Do not let this card scare you away!  LOL  There are lots of “how to” samples on the internet and it’s really a very simple and fun card to make.  Try one!

Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

P.S. HALLOWEEN VIDEO AND MORE!

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  Okay, okay … I know I said, “no more Halloween,” but I just found this really nice video on Lasting Impressions’ products and I just can’t pass up sharing it with all of you!  Take a look at this video and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!  And P.S.  … give these ideas a try.  They are adorable, fun and I’m off to try a few myself!  P.S.S.  Did you happen to see the cute Halloween cards that L.I.  just posted?  Oh my gosh, they are so cute and the “shoes” are adorable.  Please check out these new Halloween ideas on the Home Page for details.  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

AUTUMN IDEAS #1

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Autumn is coming … I can feel it in the air.  Yep, even in San Diego, where our weather is always perfect.  We don’t get the beatiful shades of autumn on our trees, however.  So making cards, with autumn colors in mind, is as close as it gets for me!  Here are just a couple of ideas from Barbara and Nettie.  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

Template L9151 (cute card & door hanger) from Barbara:

     

Templates M8 (ovals), L9263 (leaves/wording), and L9022/L954 (for jar & sunflowers).  Beautiful Fall cards from Nettie!

     

 

LAST OF HALLOWEEN

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   Have you ever tried a Step-Card?  If you haven’t had the pleasure yet … they are really fun to make and very addictive.  You can find several examples on U-Tube and this adorable one was done by my good friend Jan.  While the left side of the card (looking at this photo) is a single cut/layer with L.I.’s #L9033 Boo-to-You Ghost, the right side is cut with steps leading to the top and Jan has slipped some pumpkins (#L1085), a cat (#S704), and a bat (S457) in between the steps.  Cute, huh?  I made this Step-Card last year for Autumn:

 The template on the left side of the card is truly one of my favorites (#L9144) and still available for purchase.  Wait until you see next time what I did with this same template, using a “Concertina” cut.  Here are my last Halloween cards to show you.  I belong to a group of embossers called “Embossing Exchange ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Embossing-Exchange/?yguid=196616442),”   and one of the members made this adorable card.  Take a peek at Sharon’s card using #L954 jar, L9045 bottle, L9531 bones, and L9619 bat.  She did a fabulous job, don’t you think?

Here’s a door hanger and card from Design Team Member Barbara:

  Barbara used Templates #L9424 and L9670 with Weathered Black, Black Dotted Hyacinth, Lily Pad Solid, Watering Can Solid, Colored Impressions’ Software, L.I. Coaster, Kiwi Ribbon, Scuffers and Chalk.

 Barbara used Template #L9674 with Lily Pad Plaid and Solid, Black Dotted Hyacinth, Weathered Black, Citrus Wash, Scuffers, Chalk, Black Ink Pen for faux stitching, and Nestabilities Labels Eight.

I hope everyone has a fun Halloween.  The little goblins will be here before we know it.  Next up?  Autumn, Thanksgiving, and Christmas so stay tuned.  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

BACK TO HALLOWEEN!

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Aren’t Halloween cards fun to make?  This one is so silly and this little bat (L9619) is one of my favorites.  Here are some more of my favorites that I hope will inspire you to go make something spooky!  And hey … take a look at our sale items, on the Home Page, because L.I. has a great deal right now on some really fun Halloween Templates.

Here are two from Nettie using Blackbird #L9727 and Ghost #L9674:

       

And here are some oldies but goodies using Boo Crew #L9318, Witch Way #L9614, Frankie Says #L9424, and Got Spooked #L9071 :

     

                   

Happy embossing from Donna and The Design Team.  🙂

SECRET DOOR CARD

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  There are many different ways to design your card, besides your normal A2 card shape, i.e., the Twisted Pocket Halloween Card I showed you last time.  One of my new favorites is called the Secret Door Card.  If you do an internet search, you will find many samples of this card “trick,” and the videos will help you understand how the card actually opens if it’s not clear in the photos below.  We’ve been experiencing extremely hot weather, here in San Diego, so for my last embossing class, which had an ice cream theme, we made this Secret Door Card and we had an ice cream social after class.  Both ice cream and card were a hit!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

     

     

Supplies:  Templates – L9260 (Minis), S440 (Ice Cream Cone), and I199 (Flower).  Cardstocks – Fudge, Powdered Sugar, Poppy Solid, Strawberry Creme, Lilly Pad Solid.  Colored Impressions’ Software for wording, Scrappy Tab2 (Pink & Brown), Scuffers, and L.I. Buttons & Thread.

HALLOWEEN CARDS!

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  OMG, as I’ve mentioned, I love, love, love Halloween.  My husband laughs at me because while I’m decorating like a mad woman on a broom stick, we live in a house a good distance from the street so we don’t ever get trick-or-treaters!  Nonetheless, I decorate FOR ME and I love sending out spooky cards!  Here’s a few from Nettie and I.  Now go pick up your broom … or stylus … and get busy creating some delightfully spooky cards yourself!  Embossing Joys, 🙂  Donna

     

     

Nettie used:  S487 (Candy Corn), L9033 (Boo to You) , L9619 (Ghost), L9673 (Ghost Greetings and Pumpkins), L9674 (Ghost), and L9755 (T is for …).  Nettie used a stamp for the Trick-or-Treat wording.  Very spooky and oh so cute.

     

I made a Twisted Pocket Card with a template I’ve never used before.  It’s L9442 (Halloween Friends), along with L1017 (Ghost) and L9616 (Cemetery Scene).  Your paper is 4 1/4″ x 11″ and you score from the upper left-hand corner … down to the lower right-hand corner and fold.  Then fold the whole thing in half and you will have two pockets … one on the front (which I pasted shut for this card) and one inside to hold candy.

HALLOWEEN #2 – HANGERS!

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  Guess you know I’m not talking about your typical clothes hanger!  Here are some really cute hangers from the Design Team.  Check them out:

Barbara:

     

Heidi:

           

Nettie:

Door Hangers are such fun to make and everyone loves to receive them.  Try using cardboard, foam board, or coasters to mount your hangers.  And then … let your imagination run wild … or scary!  Halloween is truly one of my favorite times to create.

Templates:  L1017 (Ghost & Pumpkin), L930 (Fence), L9318 (Boo Crew & Colored Impressions’ Software), L1068 (Boooooo Ghost), S457 (Bats), L9043 (Halloween Ghost), L9418 (Fall), S852 (Pumpkin), L9619 (Bat), L9442 (Munsters), L9673 (Ghostly Greetings), L9674 (Boo Ghost).

Next?  How about some really cute spooky cards?  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

HALLOWEEN TREATS

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  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays for making cards!  There are just so many fun designs to choose from and this cute little ghost (L9534), by Barbara, is just one of them!  I thought we’d start off by displaying a couple of Halloween “treats” created by the team just in case you want to buy some candy early!  Then, stay tuned as we continue all month to display our Halloween ideas and before you know it … Halloween will be one of your favorite cardmaking holidays too … just like me!  Embossing joys, Donna

 Heidi’s treat bag, filled with candy corn, couldn’t be easier!  Add a pumpkin (S852), use your Colored Impressions’ Software for the wording and it’s done!  Just imagine all the other Halloween designs you could use in place of the pumpkin.  Here are a couple of very cute pumpkin treats from Nettie:

  Isn’t this guy adorable (L9672)?  And here’s a side view, along with another candy Treat Box (L9672 also) from Nettie:

                 

Nettie’s Sucker Holder is 5 1/2″ x 2″ and the Treat Box is 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2.”   My candy “Pocket Sleeve” is made using one of L.I.’s “Trace & Trim” Templates and L9723 and was a real snap to make, using some of Tim Holtz Distressed Inks around the edges:

REMEMBER … SCHOOL IS "IN"

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The school year has begun once again and I’d like to take a moment to remind you of some really “cool” school cards and projects from Lasting Impressions and the Design Team.  It used to be a gifted apple made you teacher’s pet for the day, but now we’ve become much more creative!  Take another look at these cute ideas from Heidi, L.I., Nettie, and a little magnet from me!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

   

   

   

 

WHO DOESN'T LIKE CHOCOLATE?

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If you like chocolate like I do, then grab L.I.’s chocolate template #L9367 and have some calorie-free strawberries, dipped in chocolate no less, without gaining an ounce!  Here’s a couple of examples using that yummy template and I bet you can come up with a few ideas of your own.  The first one I did looks a lot like the recent Accordian Card on the Home Page and I just changed the last section a bit to add a strawberry!  Here’s what I mean:

         

Remember, this is an Accordian Card so there are two or three attached sections to decorate, depending on how you use it.  Accordian Cards are so fun to play with and you can find a selection of them, on the Home Page, under “Shop.”

Here’s a single fold A2 card from Heidi:

Even without the chocolate, these strawberries look so good!  Why not pick up a basket, attached a Doodle Tag and give some strawberries away or heck … take them home, dip them in chocolate and treat yourself!

   Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

 

WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM!

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Believe it or not, summer is almost over, but you sure wouldn’t know it by the weather we all have been experiencing.  I say, good time to stay indoors and emboss or maybe have some ice cream!  Here’s the last of our summer ideas before we start showing you some really neat holiday ideas.  Ice cream anyone?

   

Barbara used the following Templates and Cardstocks to make her summer cards.  Aren’t they cute?  She used Doodle Tag Templates L9262 and L9260 along with S711 (sun) and i129 (package).  She used several different Cardstocks: Lily Pad Plaid and Solid, Cornflower, Blue Jeans Wash, Sunlight, Beach Ball, Weathered Black, Ice Cream Truck, Smooth Sailing Solid and Dots, Basket Weave Checks, Fudge Solid and Tangerine.  She also used Colored Impressions Software, L.I. Buttons, Thread, and Scuffers and a Shrinky Dink Sheet for the “cherry on top!” 

   

Heidi made her cute summer cards using Templates S440 and S439 along with some Nesties and the following Cardstocks:  Guava Solid, Powdered Sugar, Caribbean Dots, Sunflower Solid, Hyacinth Dots and Solid, Basket Weave Solid, and Weathered Black.  Scuffers and Senti-Metal “Thanks,” along with a black pen for the faux stitching.

You may have noticed we are featuring some Card Kits on the Home Page.  I decided to make a card with the accordian style card that unfolds.  The first photo is the card front, and the other 3 photos are sections on the “inside.”

   

   

Donna’s Templates:  L9485, L9310, S440, L9125 Circle #3, and M6 Rectangle #5, with the following Cardstocks:  Accordian Card #ACBN Brown Notebook, Powdered Sugar, Strawberry Creme, Cherry Almond Creme, Citrus Checks, Caribbean Dots, Lily Pad Solid, and Fudge.  Scuffers, L.I. Buttons and Thread, and Colored Impressions Software.  I used a Single Fold Card #A2OP Orange Paisley and Nestie’s Labels 14 for this last card:

 

Remember to enjoy life … one scoop at a time!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS!

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I just came back from a 4,000+ mile driving trip and you can bet I took a lot of pictures.  Lasting Impressions’ new Camera Template (L9753) will sure come in handy when I put my photos in a scrapbook!  The Template is so cute and Nettie and I put together a couple of samples for you to look at and hey … go pick up your camera and start shooting or embossing, as the case may be.  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

Nettie used Templates L9753 (camera), L9705 (smile) and L964 (dots) with the following cardstock:  Weathered Black, Powdered Sugar, Raspberry Creme, and Watering Can Solid.  Scuffers and Black Licorice Stitched Ribbon.

I used Template L9753 (camera) with the following cardstock:  Sunlight, Lemon Tart Checks, Citrus Checks, and Weathered Black.  Scuffers and Black Licorice Stitched Ribbon.

I saw a smiliar card on Splitcoast Gallery and I thought the sentiment was so cute so here’s my version using Templates L9753 (camera) and S569 (banner) with the following cardstock:  Lily Pad Vine, Powdered Sugar, Weathered Black, Blushing Solid, and Watering Can Solid.  Scuffers, L.I. Buttons, and Melon Velvet Ribbon.

MORE TEMPLATE IDEAS

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We love the latest new template release … can you tell?  Here are some more great new ideas from the Design Team.

Nettie:

  

Template:  L9748 Dahlia.  Paper:  Powdered Sugar, Citrus Dots, Raspberry Creme, Sunburn, Lily Pad Dots, Caribbean Plaid, L.I. Buttons, Ribbon, Scuffers, and Senti-Metal for wording.

Donna:

   

Templates:  L9755 (Turtle), L9350 (Open Rose) and L9479 (Telephone).  Paper:  Powdered Sugar, Split Pea Checks, Split Pea Solid, Weathered Nutmeg, Citrus, Lily Pad Solid, Lamp Post Limeade Dots, Weathered Black, Weathered White, Blushing Solid.  Colored Impressions’ Software for Wording, Scuffers, and L.I. Buttons and Thread.

Heidi:

     

 

Templates:  L9572 Swirl/Circles, M34 Alphabet, and L9751 Bride for the dot border.  Paper: White Chocolate, Chocolate Truffle, Raspberry Creme, Strawberry Creme, and Powdered Sugar.  Root Beer button and Scuffers.

Templates:  L9572 Swirl/Circles, L9573 Camera (heart), L9574 Flower in Vase (sentiment).  Paper:  Weathered Beet Red, Weathered Sunflower, and Chicken Coop.  Scuffers.   

Templates:  L9572 Swirl/Circles, S711 Sun, and L9755 Turtle.  Paper: Cornflower Fleur, Powdered Sugar, Limeade Plaid, Chocolate, White Chocolate, Lemon Tart and Black Licorice Brad and Scuffers.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

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  Happy 4th of July from all of us here at Lasting Impressions.  Did the holiday creep up on you like it did me?  We are about to leave on a driving trip vacation, but I wanted to leave you with just a couple of Red, White and Blue ideas:

            

Templates:  L9749, L9751, L9064, L967, L9065, and L9437.  While some of these templates have long been retired, with the Colored Impressions’ Software you can easily create, for example, the striped pattern (L967) I used for the shirt tie or the wording I used in the first card sample.

Cardstock:  Powdered Sugar, Poppy Solid and Sweet Tomato, Blue Jeans Check and Blue Jeans Solid, Weathered Nutmeg, and Cornflower Pinstripe.  Scuffers, Black and Red Pen for faux stitching lines, Distressed Ink,  L.I. Buttons and Thread.

Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

WELCOME LITTLE ONE!

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Today Nettie shares her baby card with us and no sooner said than done … she added a couple more alphabet templates to our brand new turtle template.  Isn’t this just the cutest card?

Templates:  L9394 Horse, L9755 Turtle, L9715 Elephant.

Supplies:  Lengthy Notecard, L.I. Buttons, L.I. Rub-on and Scuffers.  Black pen for minor details and chalk. 

Cardstock:  Caribbean Plaid, Caribbean Dots, Lily Pad Solid, Lily Pad Dots, and Watering Can Solid.

I have to say, this new little turtle is fastly becoming one of my favorites.  How about you?  Thanks Nettie for this great card!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

PLAYING WITH MUMS

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Do you like flowers like I do?  I mean Brass Template flowers, of course!  🙂  The new Mum Template (L9750) from Lasting Impressions is a great design and it lends itself to another kind of embossing technique … wet embossing with Embossing Paste.  Have you tried Embossing Paste yet?  Well, if you haven’t this is a great place to start!  And, did I mention glitter?  Oh boy … I’m in bling heaven!  Here’s a look at my three cards using this beautiful new Template:

  This first card is done with white Embossing Paste and glitter.  I wish you could see how it “sparkles.”  I scuffed the “mum” and added 3 pearls for additional bling.  I used Lily Pad Dots and Blue Jeans Cardstock.  The green and blue are so pretty together.

  This one is done in Orange Embossing Paste and glitter and I used the same paste and glitter on “mum.”  Citrus Solid and Lamp Post Solid Cardstock.

  Now this version is hand-embossed and doesn’t it look pretty?  I scuffed the flower and mounted in on Strawberry Creme and Raspberry Truffle cardstock.  I love it.

Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

IT'S ALL ABOUT TURTLES!

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Barbara loves the new “t is for …” turtle template and you can’t deny how very cute he/she is!  Following the alphabet, we now have an “A” for alligator (L9649), “E” for elephant (L9715), “G” for giraffe (L9395), “H” for Horse (L9394), “M” for monkey (L9700), “T” for turtle (L9755), and more to come!  We’d love to see what you can do with any of these alphabet templates and here’s a peek at Barbara’s cute turtles!

            

#1 card:  L9755 with Lily Pad Reverse Vine, Limeade Solid & Plaid, Chocolate Truffle, Scuffers, Kiwi Ribbon, and Nestibility Labels 8.

#2 card:  L9755 Turtle, L9537 Stitching and Rectangle, and L9577 Flower with Hyacinth Dots, Limeade Damask, Guava and Lemon Tart.  Scuffers.

#3 card:  L9755 Turtle, L9577 Flowers, L9571 Tulips, L9650 Bird, and i169 Ladybug with Lengthy Notecard and Split Pea Wash, Savanna for the shells, Limeade Solid, Weathered Nutmeg, Sunlight and Weathered Black Cardstocks.  Scuffers and Colored Impressions’ Software for the wording.

Next up?  Some very pretty mums!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

New Templates — New Designs!

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The Design Team has been working with the latest new templates and they are wonderful, to say the least.  Here’s a peek at Nettie’s ideas using the new Tie template from Lasting Impressions.  Isn’t her “tie one on” wine bottle tag cute?

     

#1 Supplies:  L9749 (tie), L9658 (for pocket), B258 (lines), and M4 (stitching), with  Old Lace, and Caribbean Solid, Scrapbooks on the Go (Moments Remembered), and Forest Green Buttons and Scuffers.   

#2 Supplies:  L9749 (tie) with Powered Sugar, Blue Jeans Dots, Lily Pad Solid, Lily Pad Reverse Vine, and Poppy Solid.  Scuffers, wire hanger, and Colored Impressions for wording.

#3 Supplies:  L9749 (tie), L9752 (scallops), L9707 (#1), 3/4″ circle punch, 1 1/4″ circle and corner rounder.  Caribbean Plaid, Caribbean Solid, Powered Sugar, and Poppy.  Scuffers and Colored Impressions’ Software for wording.  The tag is 3″ x 8.5″ and folded at the top at 2.5″ and punched to go over bottle top.

Tomorrow … it’s all about “turtles” so stay tuned!  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

BRAND NEW TEMPLATES!

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Good morning!  Did you get the latest copy of the “Touch of Embossing Newsletter?”  We’ve got new templates for you!  Please check them out, on the Home Page, under “New Product.”  Here’s a peek at some darling examples of what to do with this new set of templates and be sure and order your’s soon!  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

 

              

     

SCRAPPY CARD KITS – THE BUZZ

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  Good morning!  Just a reminder to take a look at the Home Page and check out the Scrappy Card Kits and the paper sale.  I’ve been enjoying the Scrappy Cards and one in particular.  The template has been around for quite some time and I have no idea how I missed owning it myself.  “What’s the Buzz,” number L1087, is a great design and I hope to show you more card ideas using the templates that come in the Scrappy Card Kits.  Here’s my version of “the Buzz!”

Template L1087.  Cardstock:  Powdered Sugar, Fondant, Blue Jeans Solid, Lemon Tart Dots, Basket Weave Checks, Cornflower Pinstripe, Split Pea Solid.  L.I. Scuffers, Colored Impressions’ Software (for the bee), Black Pen, and Tim Holtz Distressed Ink.

Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

FRESH SPRING FLOWERS SET

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  I have an embossing friend who made a set of cards, a couple of years ago, that I fell in love with and wanted to “pinch.”  Well, as time went on, I never got around to duplicating the set and now the template/cardstock she used is no longer available at Lasting Impressions.  You know the saying … “You snooze, you lose?”  Or, “a day late, a dollar short?”  Well, that’s me sometimes!  🙂

  So, I contacted my friend Shelly and asked her if I could duplicate her cards using current template/cardstock.  She said, “Yes!”  Hurrah.  Here’s my version of Shelly’s beautiful set of cards and I bet you will want to “pinch” them too.

       

   

Template #L9350.  Cardstock:  Caribbean Dots, Powdered Sugar, Sunflower Circles, Limeade Wash, Guava Dots, Blushing Solid, and Chocolate Solid.  L.I.’s Ribbon, Scuffers and Colored Impressions’ Software for wording and Banana Cream Stripe Doodle Tag.

You can see more of Shelly’s creative talent on her blog at:  http://paperandflowers.blogspot.com/

Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE GUYS!

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I find cards for guys really hard to make, don’t you?  With Mother’s Day behind us, the Design Team will be working on masculine card ideas for men.  Father’s Day is June 17th so you have plenty of time to get some cards made!  If you have any to show off, please feel free to upload them into the User Gallery.  Here’s just a few to get you going:

  

 

  

     

Templates used:  L9123 Tools, L9221 My Dad, L9103 Golf Clubs, M10 Surf’s Up and L9637 and S879 Seahorses.  The Clubs have a “Wobble” behind the square so the clubs “swing/wobble.”  The “Nailed it” and “Mr. Fix-It” are both Gift Card Holders.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

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Design Team Members Barbara and Heidi live miles from one another … in fact, several states!  However, recently they got together and made a few projects.

Aren’t these cute?  I can’t say enough about “Doodle Tags.”  They make the perfect gift card.  The girls did a great job and we all want to wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day and I leave you with a fun project I did last year for Mother’s Day.  It’s a Never-Ending-Card and if you have never made one … you must give it a try.  I will explain the technique later for those of you interested or if you just can’t wait, you can do an internet search and find lots of wonderful examples.  Here’s mine and it was most definitely a work of love!

        

With the help of several wonderful L.I. templates and a very cute stamp from Penny Black, my Mother’s Day Card was really fun to make.  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

CORNER PAGE BOOKMARKER

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Recently, we received the cutest idea for corner page bookmarkers and I have had such fun making some up for family and friends.  There are hundreds of designs you can choose from, using the Colored Impressions’ Software (see Home Page Sale) or emboss the bookmarkers like I did and just use the software for the wording.  Here’s just a small sample of the ones I made:

                    

For softcover books (photo #1), I started with a 3″ square piece of cardstock.  Find the center on 3 sides and place a pencil mark at 1 1/2″ on all 3 sides and score from the sides to the center top.  Fold your score lines and basically, that’s your bookmarker.  On the backside of the bookmarker, I covered the newly made triangle with another piece of cardstock to keep it together and make it look nicer.  Then decorate the front side.  I used a 4″ square for a larger bookmarker for hardbound books (photo #2 Smile).  I’m in love with template L9665 and I also used S415, S827 and M26.  Add some L.I. Ribbons and Buttons and there you have it.  A nice Mother’s Day gift idea or how about a bookmarker for yourself!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

SPRING TIME IDEAS

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The Design Team has been busy creating Spring Time Ideas.  We hope they will inispire you.  Also be sure and look at the latest TOE Newsletter and the great Scrappy Card Kits now on sale until Tuesday, May 8th!  Here’s what we’ve been up too:

  Barbara’s Mother’s Day Card: L9632, L9097 with White Chocolate, Caribbean Vine & Dots, Citrus Checks & Dots, Lily Pad Dots and Smooth Sailing Ribbon, Scuffers, and Brown Pen.

 Guest Erinne’s Welcome Spring Card: L9469 with Cabana, Hyacinth Solid, Citrus Solid and Lily Pad Dots.  Scuffers, Ribbon and Colored Impressions Software for wording.  Thank you Erinne!

           Nettie’s Spring Flowers Cards:  L9704 with Powdered Sugar, Citrus Dots and Solid, Caribbean Dots and Plaid, Lemon Tart Dots, and Limeaide Solid.  Scuffers, L.I. Buttons, and Thread.

              Donna’s Clocks:  L9498, L9262 with Caribbean Plaid, Dots, and Solid, Powdered Sugar, Raspberry Creme, Strawberry Creme, Lily Pad Dots, Citrus Solid, Chocolate Solid, and Weathered Black.  Colored Impressions Software for wording, Scuffers, Buttons, and Black Pen for “Stitching.”

 

COASTER PLANT HOLDER

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There are so many fun ideas using coasters and here is one of my favorites:

     

                           

This idea is great for Mother’s Day or a special friend.  It takes 5 coasters in all.  The 5th coaster is the bottom piece, covered with cork, and you punch 6 holes along the sides of each coaster in order to “shoe-lace” the sides together.  Add your 4″ plant and a cute Doodle Tag and you are all set with a great gift!  I used the following templates and paper: L9665, L9484, L9571, and i199 for Doodle Tag.  Cardstock: Lily Pad Vine, Plaid, Solid, and Reverse Vine.  Creamsicle Vine, Citrus Solid, Raspberry Creme, Powdered Sugar, Chocolate Truffle.  Scuffers, L.I. Buttons, Thread, Brads, Petal Pink Doodle Tag, and Colored Impressions’ Software for wording.

   Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

COASTER CALENDARS FINALE!

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Good morning from the Design Team.  We want to show you all 12 coaster calendars and remind you that you can download the small calendar we used at:  http://www.redcastle.com/software/fw/printcal.htm

Choose the size 2.250 width and 1.562 height if you want your calendars to look as displayed here:

       

       

       

       

Any one of these would make a great card too!  We hope you will give our coaster calendars a try.  They really are fun to make.  Embossing joys, 🙂 Donna

 

 

SPRING FLOWERS PART 2

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Here are some fun Spring cards from the Design Team.  Enjoy, 🙂 Donna

   

Barbara’s Watering Can Card:  Templates L9182, L9097, M26, S711, and L9571 with Cherry Almond Creme, Strawberry Creme, Citrus Solid, Lemon Tart Wash, Raspberry Creme, Sunlight, Lily Pad Dots, and Watering Can Plaid.   L.I. Scuffers, Buttons, Thread and Chalk.

Barbara’s Chick Card:  Templates S811, M9, L9571 and M26 with Lemon Tart Dots, Watering Can Solid, Hyacinth Solid, Caribbean Solid, Raspberry Creme, Strawberry Creme, Lily Pad Solid, and Lily Pad Plaid.  L.I. Scuffers, Buttons and Thread and Chalk.

   

Nettie’s Birthday Card:  Templates L9571, L9115 with Powdered Sugar, Raspberry Creme, Strawberry Creme, Lemon Tart Solid, Lily Pad Solid, and White Chocolate.  L.I. Scuffers and Pearl White Brads.

Nettie’s Mother’s Day Card:  Templates L9126, L9188, L9654 and S415 with Powdered Sugar, Lily Pad Solid, Caribbean Dots and Plaid, and Solid, Lemon Tart Solid.  L.I. Scuffers, Thread, and Colored Impressions Software for wording.

Heidi’s Watering Can Card:  Templates i197, L9136 and L9571 with Caribbean Dots, Watering Can Solid, Poppy solid, Lemon Tart Solid, Weathered Black, Lily Pad Solid and Plaid and Guava Solid.  L.I. Scuffers and black pen for faux “stitching.”

       

Donna’s Spring Bloomer Card:  Template L9571 with Powdered Sugar, Chocolate Truffle, Sunflower Distressed Dots, Lily Pad Vine and Solid, Citrus Solid, Split Pea Solid, and Creamsicle Vine.  L.I. Scuffers and Buttons.  Wording by Whipper Snapper Stamps, and black pen for faux “stitching.”

Donna’s Have a tree-rific day Card:  Templates L9571, S711, and M26 with Powdered Sugar, Hyacinth Solid, Sunflower Distressed Dots, Citrus Solid, Split Pea Solid, Chocolate Solid, Lily Pad Vine and Solid.  L.I. Scuffers, Colored Impressions Software for Wording and Black Pen for faux “stitching.

SPRING FLOWERS

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As promised, here are some fabulous Spring Flower ideas from Lasting Impressions.  Please check the Home Page for a great deal on Incher Templates.  Go shopping!

Templates:  L9479 Tele, L9350 Open Rose, L9346 Circle Flowers, L9348 Large/Small Flowers, and S415 Flowers (my personal favorite!).  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

THIS OR THAT and SOME OLDIES!

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Good morning.  Now that Easter is over, I’m finding more Easter ideas and some oldies to share with you.  Take a peek at these and spring has definitely sprung, here in San Diego.  So watch for more spring ideas next week!  Embossing joys, 🙂  Donna

     

Guest Cin used L9744 and L9094

    

Guest Erinne used L9094 with L1008.  Check out Erinne’s new Blog site for more fun ideas using Lasting Impressions’ Templates:   http://www.designsbythelightofthemoon.blogspot.com/

     

           

L9402, L9236, L9465, L9562 and L9666.

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

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Happy Easter from all of us at Lasting Impressions!  Next up?  Watch for our Spring Flowers and Mother’s Day ideas coming soon!  Embossing joys, 🙂

                                    

 

EMBOSSING PROJECTS BY NETTIE

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  I can’t say enough about Design Team Member Nettie’s creativity!  She recently sent me two projects that I just HAVE to share with you all.  First the little one:

http://www.lastingimpressions.com/xcart/product.php?productid=37164&cat=253&page=1     

Nettie purchased one of L.I.’s paper packs (Sunshine) and from that packaging … she was able to create this cute card.  She simply cut the front off of the package and used it as background paper for her card and then mounted that design on top of an actual matching piece of cardstock (Sunburn).  The chick template is #S811.  Lesson learned:  Save everything … even the colorful packaging!  🙂

Her second project is really clever.  Nettie found some plastic coffee mugs on a close-out sale and the cups had a sleeve between the layers so she could add L.I