Bumblebee – 12X12 Scrapbook Layout With Altered Flowers Using Gelato’s

Hi Fellow Crafters!

It’s been a very busy and eventful 2014 so far so I am pretty far behind in my Scrapbooking. I want to thank Sheila for having me over on her blog at She’s A Sassy Lady. Today I am sharing a 12X12 layout of our grand daughter on this past Halloween. She is the most adorable Bumblebee ever. I love this age and her sweet innocence and a wee bit of attitude sometimes. She make us smile, laugh, and keeps us on the move when she and her big brother are here at our house.



Don’t sweat layouts, this 12X12 page is super simple and ever so easy to make using Close To My Hearts Artbooking and Art Philosophy cartridges.  My font came from my PC and I used my Silhouette to weld and cut it.


I started out with this adorable photo I captured Halloween night at our church festival.  I printed it out as a 5X7 and matted it on some black card stock.  I added this little heart (bling) that I picked up at a scrapbook convention last summer.


I cut my honeycomb overlay to use as my backdrop on the bright yellow card stock from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge at 11 inches from some basic black cardstock.  I adore this Artbooking cartridge simply for the overlays! It has a wealth of other items on it too, so be sure to check it out if you do not own it yet.


These great little flowers were cut from Close To My Heart Art Phlosophy Cricut cartridge at 1.5 inches from a glossy textured card stock. They are so easy to alter and add bling to using Faber Castell Gelato’s. I do love these gelato’s because they are easy to travel with and you can use a water pen. Michael’s sells these by the way and I was able to use my coupon.


I added a little Gelato in yellow to the outside edges of my flowers and then barely wet my paint brush and moved the watercolor paint around the edge of each petal.


A litte ink on the edges of each petal using my favorite chalk ink. A little liquid glue in the center and then add your bling. I am using some glass glitter from Stampin Up that I’ve had a few years, so I am not sure its still available. So easy to make and so CUTE! I adhered them to my layout with several glue dots after allowing them to dry overnight.


I wanted to pick up on the orange color of the title and its also in my grandsons Optimus Prime costume so I made two more flowers using yellow and orange gelato’s and on one of them I added the white gelato to make it a little more distressed. I like how they both turned out.


These two flowers need some bling too, so I went looking for some micro beads in my closet and added them using the same glue and allowing them to dry overnight. I love being able to use up some of my stash.

I printed this photo of my son and his sweet family from Halloween night. It’s rare that I get them all together and have my camera ready so I was happy, happy, happy to get this picture!

I added my thoughts around the edge of my overlay using a fine tip black marker and this layout was complete! With the right tools, a little basic paper, and some inexpensive bling you can have your pictures scrapped for future generations to enjoy for a very long time.


Thanks for coming by today and have a great Easter and time with your family and friends! Don’t forget the camera and some extra batteries too!

Donna Lee


You Have Turned My Mourning Into Dancing – Art Journal 1:6

Today’s Art Journal entry was inspired by Tracy Weinzaple Mixed Monday event. The April challenge over on the Facebook Page is to create using a song as inspiration.  My song is This Is How We Overcome.  We have had a very tragic event touch our lives this year and we are grieving the loss of one we loved and opened our home to for a time a couple of years ago. It’s been a difficult time to say the least, but with the Holy Spirits help and the comfort of God I am able to move forward and dance!


I love the Sermon On The Mount (The Beatitudes) and was listening to them on Bible Gateway one morning on my ride to the office and decided to do some searching for teachings on this sermon by Jesus.  I came across some Podcast by Joyce Meyer and have been able to listen to two of them (I think there 4 or 5 total). I love the way God uses people to speak to our hearts and give us exactly what we need as we need it.

My page is covered with some tissue paper from 7 Gypsies that has destinations all over the world printed on it in different fonts. It adds a great base for my background and some texture.  As I was looking for the media I would use on this weeks art journal entry, I was reminded that the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for all the world to hear.  It’s part of the Great Commission we believers are given. The Gospel is to be shared all over the earth by those of us who love, know, and worship Him. I went searching in my studio closet and found some old tools that are great for adding texture.  Our study time sometimes needs a dusting off and perhaps we need to look in our closets or resources that are available to us that we may not have used before.  That said, I use the Word to measure everything that comes from the Preachers and speakers I hear or listen to. It’s a great measuring rod.


I heated up the little heart shaped stamp pad that easily attaches to the stylus and then stamped it on this flat stamp and held it firmly for a minute or two. Using some black Stazon ink I was able to add another layer and some visual texture.  I love that when I am working in my Art Journal I don’t have to stress over each element being ‘perfect’. It’s a place I can work and try different techniques (old and new) and not stress over it.  My prayer time with Jesus is that way. I can just pour my heart out about anything and everything.  He knows me better than I know myself, and I am greatly comforted by that.


I used some purchased stencils and a few home made stencils.  I love the way my home made dancer turned out.  I laid my hand made stencil down and taped the edges and then used a MS Dauber and some gesso to fill the space. After some drying time and adding my title I was ready to use more of the stencils on my dancer and the page. The stars that are blue are made with some modeling paste that has a glossy finish and I added some turquoise paint to it for color. I also used some bubble wrap with acrylic paints.


As I was making this dancer stencil, I thought of King David who danced before the Lord.  Talk about a man who had many ups and downs in life.  Tragic events and consequences galore! God says that he was a man after His own heart.  God knew what choices David would make (good and awful) and loves him anyway. That is the God we love and serve. He loves us despite our sinful nature. How blessed (happy) are we who love Him! King David was a man that learned to ‘begin again’ after a tragic event.  He was not going to give up because he made up his mind that it was not ever an option.

When bad things happen we get a choice of attitude. We can begin again or we can allow our circumstances to make us bitter. We have to choose to be an ‘overcomer’ of our current circumstances.  When we are in the process of mourning (death, loss of job, dissolved marriage, family struggle, strife at work, betrayal) we cannot see what God is doing. I think this is because we are focused on mourning.  We can rest assured that God is working in the midst of our grieving and is right there with us.  Calling out to God was all that I could do in this last loss of a loved one.  I was going through the motions of living daily life, but inside I felt empty and numb.  I was in disbelief, the WHY mode, the anger, and then sheer grief of the loss and his suffering.

For me and I think others, this mourning process can be a time of spiritual growth.  The only ONE who could possibly help me was my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  King David understood this. All you have to do is spend time reading or listening to Psalms. The only comfort that helped me was the comfort of God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4  When we are willing to go through the grieving process with Him, there is a testimony in the making. Anytime there is a testimony, it means there was a test. We learn obedience to God in the midst of our mourning. Hebrews 5


I used a small clear butterfly stamp from a Fancy Pants to remind me of the cycle of life and the hope of Heaven.  We have to hold firm to the truth of God’s Word. Joseph had a dream about his life and unfortunately for him shared it with his family. As a result of that he was sold into slavery and suffered much.  In the midst of his tragedies (yes more than just one!) he remained faithful to God he believed in a knew intimately. It would have seemed easier at times to give up, but he knew God was faithful and even if it cost him his life his mind was made up that he was going to be obedient to God. God understood that Joseph had what it took to survive the tragedies that would come upon him and all of that part of the world.  He needed one who would be steadfast, faithful, and obedient even unto death.  God promoted him and eventually reunited him with his family.  God not only restored Joseph, but promoted and blessed him many times over.

As I think about David and Joseph and the obstacles that they had to overcome I know the ONLY way that they could be an overcomer was by the power of God himself.  It takes a person who humbles himself before the Lord. On the back of my art journal entry this week I added the 2nd verse of the chorus to my inspiration song as well as some characteristics of one who is meek (gentle) minded.  While none of us are perfect, we know that God’s help and our faithful obedience we to can be an overcomer and do great things for the Kingdom of God here on earth as it will be in Heaven.


What I’ve learned in this journey is that I do not know the answers to all of my WHY questions, but I do know the ONE who can turn my mourning into dancing.

The Journey Of The Test – Art Journal Entry 1:2

It’s in the challenging times of our life that we find out where our weaknesses are. We quickly come to realize that what we thought we had or where we thought we were is not enough to hold us together in the midst of a life test.


It can be that in our test we will find our testimony if we are willing to travel the road laid out before us. Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the whole person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

Not all choose or are willing to go this journey of the test. A lot of people choose to escape it. To escape is to run. We do not have to run from the test in our lives, we are able to travel all of life’s test and rewards because we serve Jehovah who is for us and goes with us and thankfully before us. It’s our journey in the difficult times of life that God will show us His ways.

Psalm 19:8-14 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes. The reverent fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even than much fine gold; they are sweeter also than honey and drippings from the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is Your servant warned reminded, illuminated, and instructed; and in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his lapses and errors? Clear me from hidden and unconscious faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then shall I be blameless, and I shall be innocent and clear of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my firm, impenetrable Rock and my Redeemer.


When uncertainty enters our life we must return to the core of what we KNOW to be true. There is no greater way to get back to the core of who you are than to follow the instruction of The Lord.

Psalm 37:5-6 Commit your way to the Lord,Trust also in Him,And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,And your justice as the noonday.

If we are to lay hold of the prize and make it ours we must not allow the extreme highs or extreme lows to dictate our actions. We must be temperate in all things and bring our entire being into discipline according to the Word.

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.


When evil has seemingly won against you or one you love remember this from Genesis 50:20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

Our strength for the test is not in us. When we are weak, He is strong. Pray without ceasing. In our prayer life and time in the presence of our Savior is where we become less and He becomes more. It’s His strength in and through us that turns a test into a testimony.

Blessings and His Peace,
Donna Lee

“May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand”


12 Tags 2014 – Equals Two Masculine Cards!

Hello Fellow Crafters,

Last night I saw the link to Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 on Facebook and decided to see what I could create using his technique for March.


My grandson was in my Stampin Studio playing with my second sons Lego’s so I had some time to stamp! I can always use some masculine cards, so I went with one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! stamp sets, Classic Pickups and the tree line is from another favorite, Noble Deer. I used a favorite paper pack from Cosmo Cricket, Wanted Collection that I still have in my paper stash. I pulled two of the Distress Inks (Vintage Photo and Old Paper) and a few markers.


I cut my tags from some vanilla card stock using the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.


I created two tags just like Tim did, using the second generation stamp method for the 2nd one. Above is the first stamped tag that I’ve used as the focal point on my A2 sized card (4.5″X5.5″). I hand colord the tree line stamp using my markers. The enjoy the ride sentiment is from Close To My Heart, but no longer available. I added some string and two brads and one of the coordinating elements from the Wanted Collection. I also distressed the edges of my tag using a distressing tool.


Above the 2nd generation stamped tag. I added a little chalk using a blender pen to add some additional texture to the tag. I switched up my papers for the card front and inked the edges of the papers and the base of my card.


I always do a test stamp before I stamp on my project and on my work island was a piece of tissue paper. So I stamped my pick up on it. I liked the way it looked, so I fussy cut it and used it inside my card with a little vellum adhesive.Using this stamp on some tissue paper for a gift is a great idea! I do love this stamp set and being that I live in a house full of men, it’s very appropriate even years later!


Thanks Tim for the inspiration and the technique! Anytime I can get a two for one is always a good deal!

I appreciate your stopping by my blog today and hope you found something to inspire your creative spirit. Have a fantastic week!

Donna Lee

Valentine Cards

It’s been awhile since I posted here due to some technical difficulties with WordPress. I hope you’re all warm, safe, and at home with your loved ones on this very cold winter night in NE Geirgia. We are having a terrible snow storm here that has many many people stranded on the highways and all the motels are full. It’s bad, so please say a prayer for folks caught in this mess and no place to sleep but their cold cars.

I started out with this die cut from Close To My Heart Artbooking Cricut cartridge. It’s a scrap that I had in my stash so I decided to use it for a small Valentines card. You can see it measures at approximately 2.75″X 5.5″.

I folded it in half and used a bone folder to crease it.

You can see that I used some scraps from various 6×6 paper stacks and two punches. One is the owl punch from Stampin Up and the other is a large heart border punch from EK Success. Punches make for easy and quick cards. This is the perfect size for a Valentine or a gift card.

I assembled my cute little owl and mounted him close to the inside, bottom left edge of the card. I did this so that I could use my We Are Memory Keepers hole punch to punch out the areas for his google eyes to show up. I have also inked up my sponge with some coordinating Rose ink and inked the front and inside of my card.

I put my hearts of various sizes and pattern papers on the front right of my card. So once I had the owl inside my card I place tiny glue spots on Tombow glue on his eyes and gently shut the card. This put the glue on the inside of the front and I quickly used my hole punch to punch places for his eyes to show through. Once I had the holes I added my google eyes. Super easy and cut.

For another touch I made a easy slide to hold my card shut. I used a heart border punch from Stampin Up and a .50″X6″ scrap of more of this card stock.


Here is one last look at the insides of the card.


Valentine Happiness With ArtBooking Cricut Collection and Silhoutte

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a quick card for one of my loves! I’ve started with some textured vanilla card stock cut at 8.5 x4.25. I’ve scored it and it’s ready for some pretty papers and embellishments!


The next layer is cut at 4×4. Using scraps from older paper stacks I picked up from LSS.


Next is the heart overlay from CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge. Cut at 3.75 inches.


I used some 3D foam tape from CTMH on the back of this cute overlay. I love that you get two widths of it, .25 an .50 of an inch. Perfect for all your projects! The vanilla card stock is cut at 1 7/8 X 3 7/8 inch.


A little chalk ink around my mat in Chestnut Roan (yep favorite color).


Next up is this cute little tag from one of my scraps! Love it! I have the song hello My Name is by Matthew West in my heart and head this AM. So when I was browsing my stack of scraps I knew I had to use this one. You see my loves are fabulous! I needed a little banner so I fussy cut one from another scrap.


Here is the finished card front! I adore this heart overlay.


Here is a view from the side show you the dimension the 3d Foam Tape offers.


Working on the inside I am using a heart border punch and heart frame that I use with my CuttleBug.


I want my inside sentiment to say “you are fabulous” so I am going to use my Silhouette for that.


This is the first font cut I’ve done and it cuts beautifully!


I love the way this looks! You can achieve the same using your Cricut and your favorite font and the weld feature.

I used a Two Way Glue Pen to adhere the sentiment to the heart and the inside of my card. Now for a little stamping using the You Are My Happy stamp set and Chocolate ink  from Close To My Heart.


Thanks for hanging out with me today! I hope you are being blessed daily. Have a happy and crafty day!

Donna Lee

Celebration Layouts Made Easy Using Artbooking Cricut Cartridge

Today is my 50th Birthday! Whoosh that went fast, but I have had some incredible celebrations over the years.

Scrapbooking these memories is super easy today using one of my favorite Cricut cartridges. Artbooking from Close To My Heart makes Scrapbooking, art journaling, car making, and all paper crafts so much fun and oh so easy.

Take a look at tips short video and get inspired to scrap or life book your previous and future celebrations!

Enjoy and be blessed!

Donna Lee