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.

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

One More Christmas Card Featuring Joys Of The Season and Artbooking Cricut Cartridges

Hello Crafty Friends! Welsome to my Stampin N Scrapin studio!

Today I want to share just one more Christmas card that is easy to make using the Joys Of The Season Cricut cartridge. I’ve cut the Rocking Horse card on the page below at 5.37 inches using my Gypsy.


I cut the card base using DCWV card stock from the Joys Of The Season Cricut cartridge.

I set the width of my card to 8.5 inches and the Gypsy set the height for me. Cricut Craft Room will do the same.

Using my Gypsy, I was able to size my rocking horse to fit perfectly over the cut out on the front on my card. My rocking horse and it’s layers are all cut at 1.75 inches. I cut the blackout, shadow, and the layers. On the layers I used the hide contour feature to hide different pieces so that I could cut the tail and mane in a different color. Below is a picture of all my layers.


I use a Scor Pal to score my card base.


I used a piece of DCWV glitter card stock behind the window. This gets covered up on the inside of the card.

Now it’s time to adhere the layers of the rocking horse. For these small pieces I prefer to use my glue pen or Tombow Liquid Mono Adhesive.


The brown shadow has Stampin Dimensional’s on it to pop it up. The Stampin Up dimensional are the perfect height for this.









His saddle, bridle, mane, tail and the accent piece are next. I used DCWV card stock and was able to use up some scraps to make all of this card except for the card base.









For my sentiment I went to the Close To My Heart Artbooking Cricut collection. It’s cut at 4.25 inches. I did NOT use real dial size. It’s cut from a scrap of Recollections Foil paper from Michael’s.









I wish each of you a blessed and Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year!


Donna Lee


Video Canvas Subway Art Tiles Tutorial – Featuring Close To My Heart

It’s so easy to make a personalized gift using the 6X6 Canvas Squares from Close To My Heart and just a few other products.

To watch the video click HERE.

Here is a look at the canvas used in this video. Just click on the picture to go to my website.


Have a blessed and crafty day!

Donna Lee