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

Scrapbook Expo Card Swap 2017 Duluth GA

This years (2017) Saturday card swap theme is using embossing folders or bling. I had some time in my stampin studio this weekend with the older grands and was able to make three cards for the swap. I decided I need to keep it simple and if I have time I can always add more bling at the last minute.

I have Darcie’s Fairy Tales stamp set that hadn’t been inked from last years Expo shopping so I gave it some ink love using Memento Black ink and my Misti. 

Simple coloring with markers, gel pens, and Wink of Stella clear pen. A paisley Sizzix embossing folder ran through my Cuttlebug on Neenah White 110# card stock once. The sentiment is from a MayMay Made It stamp club set. I think it’s called Wanted You To Know but that may not be correct.

Using scraps of gold card stock I cut a label to mount this adorable Unicorn on. I had to fussy cut this stamped image, but maybe a ScanNCut will be in my future soon. 

Happy stamping to all! I

I’ll be back with another card soon!

Donna Lee

Christmas Gift Tag 2013



Hello Friends!

Thanks for popping by my StampinNScrapin studio today! 

Thanksgiving Day is almost here and that almost always mean shopping is soon to be started or I hope for some of you it means its soon to be finished! Either way, the wrapping of the gifts is soon to start and that means you are going to need some gift tags to dress up those great gifts for family and friends.

This year I was invited to participate in a Christmas Tag swap with some of the designers at She’s A Sassy Lady and The BugBytes. These ladies are very talented and I so appreciate their labor of love. To see the video of all their gift tags click HERE.



I’ve made a short video for you showing you how I put this tag together.  Click HERE to view it.

Lets get to the details of the cuts for this tag.

Tag – Art Philosophy at 6″

Merry Christmas – Wild Card at 2.18″

Reindeer – Gypsy Wanderings (Hide Contour feature used) 3.25″

Poinsettia’s – Winter Wodland 1″

25 – A Childs Year (Welded)

Cuttlebug and snowflake emossing folder and sanding block

Cricut Expression

PC Gypsy or CCR



Thanks for coming by today and 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



Swing Card ~ Artiste Cricut Cartridge


Hello and thank you for coming by my blog today! Today’s project is from Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut cartridge. I am going to share one of the Swing Cards on page 52 of the Artiste manual. I cut it at 5.5 inches.


The accent piece is on page 48 using the Card feature with the Shift key on. Super card with a lot of pop and so very quick to make.


My paper choices came from my stack of scraps left over from the Artiste Mini Album that I made recently. You can see that HERE. Here is a look at my scrap pile on just of a little corner of my Scrapin Island that is a huge mess.


You can see that I am taking She’s A Sassy Lady advice and cutting two of these Swing cards at the same time. One that you need now and one for your stash of cards when there is no time to stop and make one.


I cut my accent piece at 2.25 inches but you could cut it at 2.5 to fill in the entire space. I prefer a layered look. I cut one at 2.5 and will show use it on the inside of one of my cards so you can see the difference.



Inside the first opening I have layered the 2.5 in square with a 2.25 square of coordinating card stock. The Chantilly card stock pieces are cut at 1 7/8 in by 1 1/4 inch. all of them are inked and you can pop up the colored card stock or keep it flat. I love layers and dimension myself. One does have to consider mailing this card, so keep that in mind too. 😉


I added one more piece that is 5/8 in by 2.5 and ran it through my PC Cuttlebug (one of my Fav tools) with a Stampin Up Textured Impressions Adorning Accents folder that has these tiny adorable hearts on it.


These dimensions will work for the front of your card too. Lets get to the inside! You need a printed piece of paper that can be double sided or plain on the opposite side so that that you have room to write a good size note. Mine is from Prima Collections Madeline stack and is cut at 4X5.25 in. Score it at 2 inches. Ink it up and fold in half print side up with fold on the right under your first fold.


One more piece for the inside needs to be cut at 2×5.25. I ran it through my Cuttlebug using a Honeycomb embossing folder by Cuttblebug.


Now for a few embellishments and a sentiment. I have two Stampin Up punches that make the most adorable embellishments for cards, scrapbook pages, and mini albums. I am going to use both of them today. They are the Two Way Bird Punch and the older butterfly.


It’s so easy to use up some great scraps using punches. I love my Cricut and all my cartridges, however I still use my go to punches. For the sentiment I used the Harvest Happiness stamp set and the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart. The scalloped oval was cut at 1.25 inches using scraps on my Scrapin Island and then stamped using Melon Mambo ink.


Remember I cut this Swing Card twice at the same time, so I was able to make two fun and cheerful cards from the same cutting with my Gypsy and Expression. Here’s the 2nd card!



June Specials
The June stamp of the Month is called A Flowering Bunch (s1306A) and coordinates with the Artiste cartridge. You can get this stamp set (valued at $17.95) for only $5 if you place an order of $50 or more.


Receive a free My Creations® mini banner in June! Make it a “banner” day by placing a $25 order that includes a qualifying stamp set to receive your free mini banner. The mini banner includes 10 chipboard pennants in 4 different shapes with 9 jump rings for hanging. Use the mini banner as a decoration for your parties and get-togethers this summer for many “banner” days!
Dates: Offer valid June 1–30, 2013.


Mini Album #2 ~ Artiste Cricut Cartridge

Hello, my name is Donna Lee from! I am so glad to be here on She’s A Sassy Lady! Thank you Sheila for inviting me to share my affection and addiction to paper crafting. Today, I am going to share just one of the adorable Mini Albums that is on the Cricut Artiste cartridge from Close To My Heart. Today’s mini album is on page 59 and is cut at 3.8 inches.


Lets get started! I design using my Gypsy or Cricut Craft Room (FREE). This tutorial is using the PC Gypsy.

I set my height to 3.8 inches and choose the 3D Object key. I used it on shift and regular to get the front and back covers of the album. The double sided paper for this album is Chantilly from Close To My Heart. It’s perfect for a little girl or big girly girls album! Using double sided paper that is a heavier weight allows you to maximize your paper when making a mini album, as you do not have to use chipboard. At the end of this post I will show you this same mini album complete with decorations for each page that I used chipboard instead double sided paper. If I am using a lighter weight paper, I will use chipboard for the base of my album and utilize the multi-cut feature on the Cricut/Gypsy/CCR.

For this paper I used a High speed and High pressure setting on my Cricut Expression. My blade setting is at 6. My mat is well used and has been sprayed with goo gone and allowed to soak, scrubbed with a brush and brillo pad (I cut very intricate buttons using glittery paper – oh what a mess this mat was) and wiped clean with a smooth cloth. Its sticky again and cuts perfectly!

Cutting page 1 and 2 is super quick. You can easily double up this project and cut two albums at the same time. This is the Accent 1 key using it with and without Shift key.


Pages 3 and 4 are super fast and again very easy to double up on one 12X12 mat. Use Accent 2 key with and without the Shift key. It’s so easy!

Pages 5 and 6 are cut using the Accent 3 key with and without the Shift key. That’s it you have cut all the pages just like that! Less than 20 minutes to design and cut. I spent more time agonizing over paper than that. LOL

We are ready to assemble. There are tic marks to tell you where to fold and then crease using a bone folder. When I’m using patterned paper I don’t hide the tic marks and unless you are really familiar with this mini album I recommend that you don’t hide them on the first one or two you make.
I made to folds using the tic marks and this album is ready to ink and decorate! Oh how I love this cartridge!

I love ink on my projects and my scrapbook pages and mini albums are no exception. I use a dye ink that coordinates with my paper and sponge. I do this to all the pieces.

Here she is, all inked up! So let’s talk about matting each page. My method is to measure each page and leave a minimum of an 1/8 of an inch on each side. This album fastens with precut holes so you have, to measure from the right of the holes to far right edge of each page. I decorate the front and back of each page. cut, including the covers.

So easy to do once you know the measurements and have a good paper trimmer and coordinate cardstock or patterned paper.

This took a little bit of time, but its therapy for me so I just enjoy the process of choose mat sizes, colors, and journaling tags!
I want to share with you this same mini album, that I cut from the Flirty Close To My Heart Scrap Booking kit. It’s completely decorated with all the embellishments and ready for the newest baby that’s to arrive in our family!

For the front cover I used the font on the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge that is also from Close To My Heart. The keys are Font and Font Layer. I love how this turned out! I used the weld feature on my PC Gypsy to weld her name together using upper and lower case letters. Add some bling and a Complements Dimensional element (owl) from the Scrapbooking kit and a stamp from Close To My Hearts, Its Your Day stamp set and the cover is complete.

More pages!


You see that I used embossing folders with my PC Cuttlebug.

Using a Scrapbooking or coordinated kit helps speed up the Scrapbooking process. I love using the kits to make pages, albums, and full layouts. On this page I used some Nestabilities dies to make these flowers with some Diamond Stickles from Ranger. Using different tools and techniques is a lot of fun and creates a very interesting album.

More embossing, using punches to make this adorable owl in perfect coordinating colors and some easy journal tags using a stapler. These papers are just gorgeous!

I enjoy using the tools that I have to make things that I like and hope others will enjoy. Using a few of my favorite punches, some bling, die cuts, and miniature clothes pins are perfect embellishments for any mini album.

I love incorporating some Kraft colored card stock into my projects and these dies from Nestabilities made great use of some scrap Kraft card stock I had left.
The album is complete and ready to wrap up for the expectant parents. To close the album I used the Velcro Dots from Close To My Heart.
Thank you for reading through this long post! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it and most of all are inspired to create and use all the tools you have and love! Happy crafting!