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


Scrapbook Expo 2017 Saturday Card Swap Ideas

Back for another card for the Duluth, Georgia Saturday Scrapbook Expo Card Swap. Keeping it simple and will add some bling later once I have them all done.

This is a Darcie’s Fairy Tales stamp set. The stamped images were fussy cut. Really need that ScanNCut! 

A Sizzx Paisley embossing folder, a label cut form gold scraps, and the perfect sentiment from MayMay Made It Just Wanted You To Know stamp set.

Stamping is much more satisfying using the Misti. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to stamp.

Happy stamping!

Donna Lee

Be Still And Know I Am God – A2 Card

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a quick card that I made using some of my Gelli prints & a two of my favorite stamps.


My friend and I got together and made some gelli prints a few weeks ago. It’s so much fun! You never know what you are going to get, but it’s a great way to play with color and then find ways to use your prints.


I used the Gelli print on the left in the first photo and the above stamp with some Stazon ink for my focal point.


I inked the edge of my stamped image and then mounted it on some white card stock. I used another Gelli print to add a layer to the front of my card base and mounted the stamped image at an angle.


I stamped a favorite verse of mine and embossed it with Navy ink and clear embossing powder.

I took a scrap of the piece I used to stamp my main image on and used a scalloped edge border punch to decorate the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Donna Lee

FAITH 101 – Art Journal 1:7

Wow, it’s been a busy 2 weeks! Not to mention a very emotional couple of weeks as well, but I will share about that later as I am sure it will make it’s way into my art journal. I am letting go and allowing the Holy Spirit to be my guide in this art journal journey. The study of The Word has been amazing in itself and such a great comfort and very energizing at times. If you been on this type of journey, there is almost always some spiritual warfare going on when we dig deeper into The Word. Dealing with that has been hard, but I am turning it all over to God to handle moment by moment. I am behind, but we will see what tomorrow brings!

Last weeks page was finished last Sunday, but I had to journal it and that did not happen until early this morning as I waited for my Grandson to get up.

From an art perspective, this entry was about using some resist embossing and some new stencils with paints, charcoal pencil, and a sharpie. I worked on some shadows and was pleased with what I accomplished, however I realize I have some work to do in this area.

The Word study was FAITH.


We all are given a measure of faith. Faith can and should manifest itself in our everyday lives. Below are ways that were revealed to me.

Faith in the power of prayer. Paul prayed with faith and had a faith filled expectation (power of expectation) that God would do what He promised.

Isaiah 29:14 ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will set aside the understanding of the experts. Because Gods foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and Gods weakness is stronger than human strength” 1 Cor 1:25 We cannot rely on the worlds wisdom or power, but only on our Abba with our measure of faith and exercising our belief in Him. Expect God to do what He has promised.

Pray Gods promises back to him (remind him) with faith and expectation that He is going to fulfill His promises. Refuse to have a wait and see attitude! Voice your expectation to Him who is waiting to show you mercy and is rising up to show you compassion. IS 30:18


The backside of this page was sprayed with some paint spray that has a little shimmer to it. I started with a great stencil that has large dots on it and the gray/silver metallic spray paint. I over sprayed it and let sit on the page and stencil for a few minutes as I wanted the paint to puddle. I like how it worked! Sorry I did not take a photo before adding more layers to show you the full effect.


I put down a positive stencil of a woman and one of a bird in a cage with some flower vines on it, and sprayed with a lilac shimmer paint. It worked perfectly around the woman but not so great on the bird cage.


An art journal is the best place to learn what works and what does NOT work so it’s all good and fun! Things don’t always happen the way we planned or prayed for in life and sometimes it works out and sometimes not so much. My faith in God is what keeps me grounded and steady. When life goes horribly against all that I want or have prayed for, I want to scream. Instead I choose to get quiet and get on my knees. What I cannot handle, I know that my Heavenly Father can.

While I am waiting on The Lord I am staying spiritually fit. I do this with several daily doses of His Word. I pray constantly. All day long when things are happening or thoughts are in my head or I feel something in my heart or spirit, I ask Him about it and give it over to Him. And last but not least I wait with a positive expectation for His provision and blessings and make time to be still and listen for Him to speak. IS 40:31 says that we who wait upon The Lord will renew our strength, soar on wings like eagles, run and not grow weary, walk and not faint. This is where the energy comes from. Faith pleases God! Hebrews 11:6 says He is the rewarder of those who seek him. When we are seeking and serving The Lord his provision is coming.

Romans 14:23 reminds us that everything we do that is not in faith we do in sin! Ouch!!! Pray before you act or commit. If you do not have His peace about what you prayed about, do not do it! He is faithful to guide you and will give you His peace if you seek him and ask Him. PUSH – Pray Until Something Happens.

Our faith must be firmly and deeply rooted in Gods Word. Know His promises. A tree that will see many generations has strong and deep roots. Our roots need to be firmly planted in The Word. Expect (wait patiently, preparing) for Him to give what you have asked for or to show you what you did not ask for that is better than your request. We don’t always know what or how to pray in circumstances, but we have the Holy Spirit who intercedes and prays on our behalf.


I like owls! When I see or think about owls, wisdom comes to mind. The Word says to ask God for His wisdom and he will give it to you! Luke 21:15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
1 Cor 1:30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
Ephesians 1:17
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
Wisdom is a fantastic word study to do. To get started follow this link.

After I sprayed a little blue shimmer paint and dried it with my heat gun I used my new stencil with some brown paint. One owl each for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Owls are watching. They stay focused and are aware of what is going on around them. If you are listening, you will hear them. We have the presence of the Holy Spirit to watch for us on this earth. He is our guide until God will send the Son to resurrect his church. If we are disciplined, staying focused, and listening we will hear Him and our lives will be blessed for it.


Let us hold fast to the confession of our faith! Heb 4:14 Trust only in The Lord. 2 Cor 5:7 Live by faith. I added these children to this page to represent our childlike faith. Dispute or rebuke your doubts or negative thoughts by confessing Gods promises for your life and others. Faith in Him allows us to wait patiently. Heb 16 Faith works through love – Gal 5:6 Faith produces results. Luke 7:50 We are healed by faith. Luke 17:19.

I have been fascinated with gears. As I added these to this page and embossed them with clear embossing powder, I was pondering how God has used all the twist and turns in my life to mold me into who I am today. Everything works together for the good of those who trust in Him. As we believe, so we become! Faith is a deal changer and worth your time to study it. I use a few different bibles and concordances and Strongs Concordance. Looking at the Hebrew and Greek words for faith is eye opening and I encourage you to do this. I try to not spend time focused on the past, except to see where I was and praise God for where he has moved me to. The past is good for knowing what choices not to make again, but it’s easy to dwell there in the familiar territory and get in murky mud of past grief and mistakes. Instead see them as gears for moving you into the person He has destined you to be.

I pray that you have a blessed week and a week filled with opportunities to seek Him and do what you love.

Donna Lee

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”


How Marvelous – The Beginning Of My First Art Journal

Today, the journey of my first Art Journal begins. A month filled with sorrow and grief following Nate White taking his God given life is almost passed.

Grieving the loss and the life on one you’ve loved is a process.

Moments of unbelief, sheer terror of his physical and mental suffering that took him to the place of desiring death over life.

Just like this page of creative and artistic expression, life takes on many layers, turns, scars, and beauty. Jesus said in John 16:33 … In this world, we will have trouble (tribulation) but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

In worship today we sang Chris Tomlin’s How Marvelous song. “He (Jesus) took my sin and my sorrows.

He made them His very own. He bore the burden to Calvary and suffered and died alone.

When with the ransomed in glory, His face I at last shall see. Twill be my joy through the ages to sing of His love for me.

How marvelous, how wonderful and my song shall ever be. How marvelous, how wonderful is my Saviors love for me!

Nothing we experience here is larger than the saving power, grace and love of Jesus Christ. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

Blessings and His peace to you!
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