More Scrapbook Expo Duluth GA 2017 Card Swap #2

Today I want to share a few more of my cards that were swapped at Scrapbook Expo Duluth, GA Saturday Card Swap. My next post will have a few of the cards that were being swapped and then the winner card and my personal favorite who was 2nd place I think.

The theme for this swap was embossed. I started with Cuttlebugs 5×7 Happy Birthday embossing folder borrowed from my friend, Edna. 

It’s worth purchasing and I plan to do so, because it’s a perfect first layer to any birthday card. It easily makes two backgrounds for an A2 card (4.25″X5.5″). It also has great potential for Scrapbook pages no matter what style of scrap booking you do.

On to my cards! I used ribbon, twine, stamps, die cuts, inks, markers and card stocks from my stash of supplies. I was determined that I was not purchasing anything new to create cards for this swap. Each card is different as I am easily bored making more than 5 of anything.

What I appreciate about these “crazy” stamps is that you can make them for people of all ages, stages of life! They are easily dressed up or down. They are very relatable, as they are illustrated with a wide variety of emotions. They are sure to bring a smile and laughter to who ever they are sent to. The accessories stamp set is gravy and worth every penny you spend on it. It adds more smiles, laughter, and stretches all three stamp sets to almost every holiday, situation, and personalities you and I want to celebrate!

Enjoy and be crafty and send a card to someone this week that you have made.  

I am off to put my StampinNScrappin studio back together after a forced need for new floors. It’s been a process, but we are almost done. The studio has new paint, new layout, and yes, new floors! My children have been a great help and I am forever thankful for each of them.

More videos to come in the future and more crafts, cards, and Scrapbook layouts to share soon!

Scrapbook Expo is really fun. They have great vendors and the staff is really great. I encourage you to attend one near you in you thefuturea d participate in a class or two and do the swap. 


Donna Lee


2017 Scrapbook Expo Duluth Georgia Card Swap

Getting a few cards made for this year Scrapbook Expo Card Swap on Saturday here in Duluth Georgia. Be sure to check out my previous two post for additional cards.

I am enjoying this Darcie’s Fairy Tales stamp set. I am keeping the coloring simple and using a simple color pallet. 

 The background is Sizzix Paisley embossing folder. This card swap theme is embossing folders or bling. I plan to add a little bling once I get them all done. 

The heart shape was cut from Stampin Up! Heart dies using my scrapsof gold paper. 

Happy stamping to all!
Donna Lee

Holy Spirit Intercede – Bring Back Our Girls Art Journal 1:11


Today’s Art Journal entry is dedicated to the nearly 300 young women who were kidnapped and reportedly being sold into slavery by Islamic militants in Nigeria. I am praying for these girls to be rescued and returned home. I don’t know how long it will be before God answers or how it will come to pass, but I do believe it will happen. I do not count on my prayers for these sweet girls, but rather on the interceding of the Holy Spirit to pray according to the will of God.

1 Kings 13:6 And the king said to the man of God, Entreat now the favor of the Lord your God and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me. And the man of God entreated the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored and became as it was before.

The above scripture is one of the times where we see the power of God come immediately in response to prayer. When that happens it’s amazing and we are in awe of our God.

Maybe your like me and you have daily, sometimes hourly conversations with Abba for long periods of time and nothing happens! It wasn’t that long ago I had been praying for my Poppy who was bed bound with Parkinson’s for a very long time. Poppy was a wonderful prayer warrior. He prayed and praised our Lord continuously. Sometimes out loud while working on our cars, bikes, in the garden, or taking care of the yard. Always at night time.

Poppy was an active man. He was a postman and he walked his route in Miami for 30+ years. Carrying a mail bag, peddling a mail cart, and then just pushing the cart. Always doing something! He’d watch the news or a football game sometimes, but it wasn’t long before he was nodding off to sleep. He needed that time of rest to restore his energy for the rest of the day.

I thought for Poppy to be bed bound was torture. Top that off with losing the ability to swallow and speak. I had many conversations with the Father about how this disease could be allowed to afflict him in such a horrendous fashion. To me, Poppy was Jesus with skin on. He always had something good to say. He always had numerous praises to God on his lips. He was faithful, hard working, responsible, giving, and willing to sacrifice for others. How could God let him suffer?

I begged, pleaded, and cried out unto The Lord for many years on Poppies behalf. I prayed for strength for my Granny as she was his caretaker. All of those prayers and my sweet, beloved, and wonderful Poppy just continued to deteriorate for year after year. I could not understand why God was not answering our prayers.

One day many years after Poppy had passed away I was telling The Lord how thankful I was for Poppy and Granny. The Holy Spirit choose that moment to tell me why Poppy had laid in the bed for so long. I heard the Spirit speak that even though Poppy couldn’t talk to us, he was still praying and praising The Lord. He was offering up prayers for my family and future generations as I had heard him do many many times in my life.

We have two wonderful grandchildren now. Both of them were born very premature and we needed Gods intervention for them. I know The Lord heard Poppies prayers from the heart and was so gracious to answer them with tiny but perfectly healthy grandchildren!

Romans 8:26-27 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

My Poppy didn’t have a view into the future to know how to pray, but he did have the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit who intercedes on his and our behalf.

It’s my hope to keep bringing awareness of this situation about these young women so that others will join me in praying for their safety, their emotional well being, their safe return home, and the capture of their captors to bring judgment upon them for their crimes.

I recently read that prayer is the ministry and everything else flows out of it. Imagine what would happen in the Kingdom if we bombarded the Father with daily, unceasing prayer! Please join me in praying for these young women and the world and her leaders. If we as the people of the world who are called by His name will humble ourselves and pray and seek His face as turn from our sinful ways, He will hear from Heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land. 2Chronicles 7:14

Craft Notes:
My acrylic painting of the Cross was inspired by a print of a cross painting that hangs in one of the ladies bathrooms at my church.

I used Gesso on mixed media paper and acrylic paints.


I came across this image of a woman’s head with an Africa map as her hair on Google and printed it out. I love this imagery. We are the people who make up our Nations! Let us join together in our belief in God Our Provider to bring back our girls!


I wrote my title using a paint pen, white acrylic paint, and sharpies.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Blessings and His Peace!
Donna Lee

#Bring Back Our Girls


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

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

Christmas Gift Tag Swap 2013 – Video

Hello Crafty Friends,

Happy Saturday! I hope you are up for some Christmas Holiday Gift Tag or Card inspiration, because I have a video to share with you all of 15 tags I received in a Swap.

Several of the designers from She’s A Sassy Lady and The Bug Bytes participated in the 2013 Christmas Tag Swap this year and we were not disappointed! Just go grab a cup of coffee or some hot herbal tea and sit down in your comfy chair and watch this video of the 15 tags I received from some wonderful crafters!

Click HERE to see the video!

I’ll be back on Monday to share my Christmas tag in a video tutorial that was part of this swap! Enjoy and be inspired to create after you see what these fellow paper crafters came up with!


Donna Lee

November 2013 Specials

Stamp Of The Month November



Close To My Heart Cricut Collections Work Well Together

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I have a short video for you to watch from Close To My Heart showing you just a few ways to cross the three unique Cricut a Collections to make your cards, 3D projects, and scrapbook layouts absolutely adorable!

Click HERE to watch the video.

If you are interested in learning more about these three collections from Close To My Heart please click the link HERE.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Have a blessed and crafty day!

Donna Lee