Quick And EZ Birthday Card

Using the Crazy full-size stamp sets and some simple masking techniques allows for a very quick and easy card.

Ahead of time I have stamped, masked, and die cut card fronts using these Crazy Dogs and cats from Tim Holtz and Stampendous. I color them as I sit nearby while my hubby watches another DIY episode on HGTV. Creating a stash of go to card fronts for an easy card.

The happy is from a MayMayMadeIt Big Time Sayings stamp set. While stamping for a project I go ahead and stamp images or sentiments from the same stamp set using my scraps and then cut them out using my Brother ScanNCut or fussy cutting! I prefer the ScanNCut! I keep these in a small drawer to have on hand. Happy goes on a number of cards so I can stamp birthday or anniversary as needed…

The birthday sentiment is from another MayMayMadeIt stamp set called Brew-Tiful. Be check it out it’s a must have in my opinion.

The stitched dies are from Pink and Main. This is another must have as I can quickly use these to make additional layers for my card fronts using my scraps from other projects. No drawers of unused scraps, when you take a few minutes to use what you have for future craft or card. Craft smart not hard!

This card was put together in under 10 minutes this morning. I added all the layers to a precut and scored A2 card base and stamped the Birthday sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed week!

Donna Lee


Masculine Birthday Cards

Happy New Year! Nothing like starting another year to get me in the mode of making more birthday cards.

Masculine cards do not come easy to me. Last year I found these two Darice embossing folders for $0.99 each at Tuesday Morning and they scream masculine so I splurged and added them to my craft supplies. I used Co’ordinations card stock and a sanding block to make tie pattern pop. Super easy and I love the color variation.

A go to stamp set is Crazy Dogs for me. These pups also scream masculine when used with the right papers. The sentiments came from MayMayMadeIt.com on the Sassy Birthday Grouped Sentiments stamp set. The cup cake is an older Close To My Heart stamp set.

I intentionally keep the inside of my masculine cards simple and this sentiment stamp set is great for that.

My ScanNCut makes fussy cutting nonexistent and that makes for quick cards!

On my second card I wanted to use the scrap from the 6X12 Co’ordinations card stock I had left over. I adore this mustache embossing folder. I stamped, scanned and cut my stamped images and this card was done in a few minutes.

Again, I used the Sassy Birthday Grouped Sentiments stamp set from MayMayMadeIt.com on the inside of my card.

The Happy Birthday banner is Close To My Heart.

Thanks for taking a peak at my blog today. I hope you are inspired to make a few cards yourself and share them in the comments.


Donna Lee

Scrapbook Expo Duluth GA 2017 – Saturday Card Swap

This was my first time participating in a card swap at Scrapbook Expo. It was $20 to participate and we came away with a lot of ideas, 15 cards, a goody bag with paper, stamps, and a colored pencil. Also another bag of Basic Grey bling!

There is a theme for the swap and this swap was embossed. I used a Cuttlebug Birthday embossing folder at I borrowed from a friend for all of my backgrounds. My stamps were the Crazy Birds and Dogs from Tim Holtz. This is my favorite of all the cards I made.

What I love about these stamps is that you can use them on printed paper or just on white card stock. I used the accessories stamp set to add a little extra to my cards.

I kept the cards pretty simple using ribbons from my stash, twine, and a few markers and glitter pens.

It’s easy to dress these birds, dogs, and cats up using some ink pads to distress the embossed backgrounds. I spent a few hours embossing my backgrounds and then stamping and cutting my Birds and dogs. After I had all the pieces, assembly was easy and I did a few at a time as I had time.

I have more to share, but will have to show those to you in another post and some of my favorite cards in the swap! Have a blessed day!

Donna Lee

Poppy’s Prayer

Last night I shared this short Periscope of a hand made mini album that I made to preserve a letter that my Poppy (grand father) wrote to me on my 20th birthday. 

Preserving and sharing our voice and in this case the voice of one who spoke much into my life for future generations is important! No one can share your life like you can. I pray you are inspired to share and speak your life into your future generations.


Bible Art Journaling Advent Illustrated 2015 Genesis 1:31

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. Genesis 1:31

I love that God takes time to look at everything He had made, and saw that it was not just good but very good! We need to make sure that we are following the Lords example and taking time to look at everything He created and even those things we create with the gifts we are given and appreciate how very good they are!

As we journey through advent preparing to receive the Word who became flesh and is the light of men, let’s live intentionally to make time to see creation and what our hands, heart, mind, body and spirit creates and see how unique each one is and how wonderful the Creator is who is our author and finisher of our faith.

I used a light coat of !liquitex professional matte medium on this page and dried it using my heat gun, careful to keep the heat gun moving so not to burn the page. 

I started with my tree of life in the center that is a Hero Arts clear stamp. I used gelatos to color my stamp and then lightly sprayed with water and immediately stamped it. I dried it again and then went in with my water color pencils to add more color and details using a paint brush with just a little water to move the color around the stamped image.

My focus scripture is highlighted in pink water color pencil. The rest on my background is gelatos. I highly recommend these! They do not bleed through the pages and nor do my water color pencils. 

Next I used stamped images of these animals that were fussy cut to be used as mask for card making and scrap book pages of an old stamp set called In The Wild from Stampin Up. I used the mask to trace the outline of the image of each animal lightly with my black water color pencil. Once I had them traced I used other water color pencils to add more details and shading and then activated the color using my paint brushes cleaning and drying between each color. 

Art journaling is fun! Bible Art journaling takes the Word into a new creative exploration of the scriptures. As I was working on each animal I found myself thinking about what it might have been like for God as he designed the giraffe! That long neck and super tall and lanky legs. I think giraffes are very comical to look at and watch and so I know God has a great sense of humor! God thought of everything we needed and everything that has life needed! He is all in the details. Next time you look at an animal look at the details. Zoom in and allow the Spirit to show you how grand our God is!

I am trying to not over think these journal entries. I am reading the scriptures and letting the Holy Spirit to flow in and out of me in the process and enjoy this time of creating based on Gods word for my life. 

I doubt that I will read these scriptures again and not recall this time of creating this journal entry in my bible. I have a lot of different bibles and I am journaling in a few of them to have enough to pass down to each grand child. The Lord willing, I will have plenty of time to journal in each of their bibles. 

Blessings and His Peace,

Donna Lee

Rivers Of Living Water


John 7:37-39 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Today I am sharing a small painting done on black canvas paper. This is my second attempt at painting waterfalls. I am happy enough with it to use it as a wedding card for a very special couple who married this weekend.

This painting and my first one in my art journal come after doing a bible study on the Holy Spirit.

Blessings and His Peace,
Donna Lee


Bring Back Our Girls – Art Journal 1:9


Today’s post breaks my heart, but once I heard about this horrific event and the monsters who claim to have kidnapped nearly 300 girls and intend to sell them I had to do something. I’ve been praying for them ever since I heard about it and wanted to take part in something that would benefit these precious daughters of God.

I learned about this from a mixed media artist, Jessica Sporn that I follow. You can see her post here. I would have loved to donate a piece of art to help raise $ for these girls, however I have limited craft time and knew I could not get it done in time to participate in this auction. I decided to do what I knew I could that would most benefit these sweet girls. PRAY (pray until something happens).


I believe that prayer with faith in God changes lives, so I am consciously praying for each of these girls for His hedge of protection for them physically and emotionally, his provision for their rescue, and for their captors to be apprehended and brought to justice.

We don’t have a large amount of financial resources to donate to help fund the rescue efforts, but I do have a few blogs that I can write on and bring awareness to their plight and ask people to pray and do what they can to help these precious girls.

I am always inspired by Jessica Sporn and her original post in the link above is what inspired both of the pieces that I have combined into my Art Journal entry for this week.

Crafting Notes: The smaller piece above I started by painting an abstract drawing using my Grumbacher water colors (I love these!). I did this part of the painting on a piece of watercolor paper on my lunch hour in my car. I could not get these sweet girls off my mind and while I painted I prayed. It started off with a bang, but then I hit a creative brick wall. So it sat until this past Saturday…

I started my 8X5.5 Art Journal entry with some gesso and again I was inspired to paint something abstract. I gave into it and painted it. I let it dry for a few days and then made a stencil using a Tim Holtz clock die. It worked okay, but I was not terribly happy with it. Later I added another stencil layer just stippling some white gesso over it, but again I was not excited with how it was looking. You can see the white framing my smaller piece.


Saturday morning I woke up before my sweet Grandson did and had a few minutes to myself. I prayed while making my coffee and started mulling over these two pieces of abstract art I had on my crafting island. G and I went up to my studio after breakfast and I was able to finish a card, figure out how the sketch feature on my Silhouette works (so excited about the possibilities that exist), and I got inspired to finish both of my projects in one Art Journal entry!

I went to work online looking for some images to trace. I found the image of this sweet girl and knew she was just what I needed for this project. I traced her with charcoal paper and applied a layer of white gesso on her as a base coat over the water color painting on my smaller canvas. I used a black permanent marker to outline her. I then designed her dress using permanent markers and doodling with a few different bright colors. Once I had her dress done I painted her legs and arms neck and face. I went darker with her hair and finished her by coloring the feather in her hair with a matching permanent marker. I love the way she turned out (below) and went back and cut myself a stencil of her for future projects. It was time to take G and a puppy to the park so I added a layer of gel medium to my smaller canvas and let it dry while we were gone for some much needed exercise and fun.

Time is of the essence for these girls and the clock is ticking. I had this clock stamp in my supply bag so I stamped it twice on the mini canvas. I wanted to add some texture so I used my star stencil and a Heidi Swapp stencil with some paint and some texture paste. I pray that they can see the stars at night and know that their families and other all over the world have not forgotten them and that they are calling out to God as all of us are. The texture paste adds good dimension and a lot of texture. I like to use the old cream rub ons on this paste.


Call To Action: Life has its share of ups and downs and unfortunately for these beautiful girls this is life threatening and altering. We know the One who can save them and deliver them from harm. I pray that you will join me in praying for them and trusting our Jehovah to keep his hedge of protection around them, deliver them from evil, and provide for their safe return home and physical and spiritual well being. God can take the worst of circumstances and turn them into good.

Thank you for stopping by today and for joining me in praying specifically for these daughters of the most high God. He alone is worthy to be praised.

Blessings and His Peace,
Donna Lee

The auction is complete and it exceeded its goal by 334%! That is just awesome! You can click on the link near the top to see all the wonderful pieces that were donated and auctioned for these sweet daughters. Thanks be to God!