Monday, April 30, 2018

Diamond Fold Birthday Card

I love to create cards with unique folds.  The standard portrait or landscape card is nice but a fancy fold card just makes a statement!

I often cruise Pinterest looking for inspiration and found a Diamond Fold Card.  After reading through tutorials, it seemed the card usually came out as a 4" x 4" square but I wanted a slightly bigger card so I followed directions from this Blog: Crafty Maria's Stamping Blog and added a 1/4 inch, making my card 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" square; just right for a standard A2 envelope (4.25" x 5.5").

Here is the front of my card.  I created a Birthday Card and used the Photo Play Collection Pack 12"X12"‑French Flea Market.  The papers in this Pack are gorgeous!

Instead of leaving the front as a diamond shape, I used one of the cut outs provided in the paper pack and adhered to the diamond on the front.  

I stamped the sentiment  on a plain white piece of cardstock and adhered inside; to the back of the diamond shape.

I added a lace paper doily, cut in half, on either side of the fold and also placed a whole paper doily right underneath the oblong cut out.  Presto....a beautiful Diamond Fold Card.  Give this fold a won't be sorry and it's very easy to create.

Till next time, Happy Crafting!


I support the following card challenges:  Always Happy Birthday Card Challenge

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Wooden Crate of Daisies

Hello Everyone!  I hope all is well with you and yours.

I love box cards and when I came across the tutorial for this sweet wooden crate of daisies I couldn't resist creating it myself.

The tutorial can be found on the Mixed Up Craft Site here:  Daisy Week.  This lovely lady has a wonderful talent for creating unique fold projects and this daisy box is no exception.  I followed her instruction but added my own spin on things.

I used beige 110 lb. cardstock for the crate base and sent the strips through the Cuddlebug using a wood grain embossing folder.  I inked the strips with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  For the flowers, I used an unbranded daisy die set I purchased from AliExpress and hand cut the stems from green cardstock.  The stems were a little too flimsy for my liking so I glued strips of paper together to give the stems some strength.   I colored the centers of the flowers with a yellow alcohol marker (Ohuhu Markers on Amazon).

I cut a circle using an unbranded circle die set I purchased on AliExpress and stamped a sentiment from the Scrapbooking Queen for the front of the box card.  I needed a place to write a sentiment so I cut out 2 mats, inked the edges with Vintage Photo, stamped the sentiment from a CardzTV Stamp Set and attached to the back of the flower crate.

This lovely daisy crate can be used as a shelf or desk sitter; it will also fold flat for mailing.  It will fit into a stand A2 card sized envelope.

I hope you enjoy my post today.  Till next time, Happy Crafting!


**I support the following challenges:  Always Happy Birthday May ChallengeCreative Knockouts Card Challenge - Friendship

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

It's Birthday Time

Today I'm sharing these adorable digital images I recently purchased from Bugaboo Stamps.  I created Birthday cards and I do believe the lady in the bikini is my favorite!

I downloaded the digis from Bugaboo and uploaded to Cricut Design Space.  I then used the Cricut to print and cut the images.  I added color to the images with colored pencil and used mineral spirits to blend the color.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in Salty Ocean to color the mat under the Beach Lady, used a polka dot patterned paper for the cake and ran 2 different pieces of cardstock through my Cuddlebug using 2 different embossing folders for the coffee cup.  I mounted everything on card bases that measures 4.5" x 5:5"; a standard A2 size card.

I'm pleased with how they turned out - they were a fun project.

I support the following Challenges:  Always Happy Birthdaycrafty Cardmakers Challenge #211: No Patterned PaperCreative Knockouts Challenge #245 Humorous

Monday, April 23, 2018

Art Journal Page - Sing Your Song

I've recently discovered Art Journaling (yeah..I know....I'm a little behind the trend) and have decided to start keeping one.  I enjoy mixed media and it seems the thing to do is keep an Art Journal to assist with the experimenting of different mediums and keep track of progress.  

Here is my first official Art Journal, the Strathmore Softcover 500 Series Mixed Media Art Journal: ( Dick Blick Art Products )

And here is my first official 2 page layout in my new Mixed Media Art Journal:

I had great fun creating the layout.  The bird image is from the Cricut Baby Shower cartridge, the birdhouse comes from the Cricut April Showers cartridge and the branch with flowers from the Cake Basics cartridge.  

I used acrylic paints for the background colors, white gesso with a piece of bubblewrap for the circle texture.  Ranger archival ink was used with an unbranded foliage stamp, with the border stamp from IndigoBlu (a Limor Webber Design) and the lettering stamps from Echo Park.  Mixed Medium Gel was used over the images to create a non-porous surface so details with archival pens could be used as well as sealing the entire layout.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll follow this blog and come back soon.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Watercolor Illustrations: Fruits and Veggies

Hello Everyone!  I hope all is well with you and yours!

I am creating watercolor illustrations of fruits and veggies with the thought of framing them and hanging around my kitchen.  They are small , measuring approximately 5" x 5".  I wonder if I should have made them bigger......or purchase a large frame and add more than one inside the frame.

Honestly, I'm very new to this medium (watercolor) and was frightened to go any larger than 6" x 6".  I've got to get out of my comfort zone and just go for it!!  I sketched all the images, using the inspiration I found by googling pics of watercolor fruits and veggies.   I hope you can tell what they are :p

The illustrations measures approx. 4.5" x 5".  I used the Tansai Gambi watercolors on Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper.  Stay tuned for more fruits and veggies!



Thursday, April 19, 2018

Graphic 45 Botanica Bella Note Card Set

I love paper, all kinds of paper and especially vintage, shabby, old world paper.  I'm a huge fan of Graphic 45 and put several of the G45 collections on my Christmas Wish List last year.  I was blessed with the Botanica Bella Deluxe Collectors Edition and I just broke into it last month.  I wanted to use it but just couldn't make myself open that glorious paper know the when you break a $20's gone in no time.

I created the cards by adding different elements such as ribbon, brads, buttons, die cuts, and distress inks.  They turned out lovely, a couple of the cards could be considered masculine.  

I left sentiments off the fronts except for 1 card, the insides are also without sentiments so they could be used as note cards or I can stamp a sentiment if requested.

This set is listed in my Etsy Shoppe, thanks so much for stopping by today.  

Till Next Time,


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Unique Fold Cards

Today I'm sharing a a couple of unique fold cards.  These cards were so fun to make and they look exceptionally nice.  They are the standard A2 (4.25" x 5.5") size although they can be created any size you like.

First up is the "Impossible" card that is sweeping the internet.  There is lots of inspiration on Pinterest; I learned this technique by watching Maymay Made It on YouTube.  She has loads of great tutorials.  This card has lots of dimension and layers...perfect for Mother's Day!

The next card is a Center Easel Card of sorts.  I got the inspiration for this one by scrolling Pinterest however Maymay had easel card tutorials on her Youtube channel as well.  This would make a darling Mother's Day Card.

Till Next Time,


I support the following Challenges:  Creative Knockouts Challenge #241 Lots of Layers

Excited About My New Endeavor

Hello and allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Donna and I live in Central Florida, married to a Veteran of the Armed Forces and we have grown children.  I have always crafted in one form or another for as long as I can remember.  I knit, crochet; I've dabbled in glass arts, mosaics and most recently I've fallen in love with paper crafting and Mixed Media.  

Thanks for stopping in for a read and a look 'round.  This is something new for me and I'm excited about the opportunities I hope to generate with my blog and my Etsy Shoppe.  I plan to update this blog at least twice a week with projects, tutorials, product reviews and plenty of pictures.  

I have recently re-opened my Etsy Shoppe, which can be found here:  Divinity Designs by Donna  Please stop by and take a look at my latest additions.  I'm adding items slowly and hope to have everything listed by week end.  

In the meantime, here is a little note card I created for fun.  It represents how I'm feeling at this very moment:  Let's Chill.  This notecard is an A2 size; measuring 5.5" x 4.25".  I used watercolor pencils to color in the stamped images and created a little beach scene.  I'm dreaming of summer, swimming and just laying in a hammock!  

I'm looking forward to the next post and until then, stay safe and be kind.


** I support the following card challenges:  Crafty Cardmakers Card Challenge #209 - WaterCardzTV Anything Goes Challenge #42

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

It's Springtime!

I love the Spring....Pretty flowers, fresh air, baby bunnies, chicks, ducklings...and of course rain showers.

I created this Spring Themed card using my Cricut Cutting Machine and the Nate's ABC's cartridge (which is also available on Design Space for those who have the subscription).  I used 110 lb Neenah Solar White cardstock for the base and clouds along with various cardstock papers for the design elements.

I love to paper's kinda my thing for this moment so this card was a delight to put together.  The boots, umbrella, puddle and cat tail were all paper pieced creating lots of layers and dimension.

I support the following card challenges:  Crazy Challenge #272 SpringCreative Knockouts Challenge # 241 - Lots of LayersCrafty Cardmakers Challenge #209 - WaterCardzTV Anything Goes Challenge #42

Monday, April 16, 2018

Hello Gorgeous

Hi Everyone!  I hope all is well with you and yours.  Over the weekend, I was busy creating cards and I thought up this card after seeing a post on Facebook about flamingos walking the streets in Key West.  It's a note card that I have left blank inside; I will add a sentiment when I'm ready to send.

It is a standard A2 card (4.25" x 5.5"), I used an unbranded stamp set from AliExpress, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in the color Peacock Feathers was used for the water, and the following colors of Ranger / Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink was used for the flamingo and the grasses:  Pink Peony, Tea Rose and Fern Green.

I hope it brings you a smile - reminds me of a Florida Summer!

I support the following card challenge:  Cardztv Anything Goes Challenge # 42Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #209 Water