Jun 15, 2017

Eastern Beauty with Guest Designer: Donna Wicks

Hello my friends,

One of the most beautiful blessings I have with Stampin'Up! is meeting amazing crafters that LOVE the art of stamping and love people. 

One of these remarkable women in my life is Creative Donna, as I lovingly call her. 
She has been an inspiration for years since we met in StampinConnection (the demo's website) and we have seen and embrace each other several times.

I invited her today to share her talent and ideas with you.

Please welcome her!

Hello, everyone!

I am so delighted to have been invited by Jessica to be an occasional guest designer to her blog (she's a gem, isn't she?!)!

I've chosen to make some cards using the beautiful new Eastern Beauty Bundle along with some of our new 2017-2018 In-Colors!!

Mix and match any of the dies together.  When die cutting, layer one die inside of another.  You will create a huge variety of your own beautiful designs.

To "easily" add color, adhere a solid piece of colored card stock to the underside of the intricately die cut shape (see Lemon Lime Twist circle at the top of the card).

Glue your colored die cuts right on top of each other or pop some up with dimensionals.  There is an abundance of fun possibilities with every thinlit.

In the above card, I'd die cut the largest medallion and then used my paper snips to snip at each point, thereby freeing it from the card stock, and then glued it onto a Dapper Denim circle (Layering Circles Framelits).

I used brayers to create the prettily inked bottom half of the card front.  I love how crossing over the Lemon Lime Twist with the Dapper Denim gave me a green shade on the card!

This beautiful card, on a Very Vanilla card base, was actually cased from "Lisa Curcio."  I love those rich, regal colors used here, as well as the so-easy-to-use vinyl stickers (Eastern Gold vinyl stickers).  The 1  3/8" squares were easily die cut with the Layering Squares framelits.  This card comes together so quickly, is beautiful and can be used for many occasions.

I store my thinlits on a magnetic sheet (Stamp-n-Storage).

Those at the bottom are each grouped together with three separate thinlits which you can work with. Those can be mixed and matched between each other to create different looks, or, can be used individually on your project, just as they are.

The first two pairs on the sheet are fun too.  The outermost thinlits cut their shape out completely through your card stock.

Those on the inside cut into your paper on the outer edges of the shapes, but there is no cutting edge on the inside edge of the thinlits so those shapes will not be released from your card stock. The effect looks like four and six "raised petals" on your card stock.

But, if you nestle those pairs together and run them through the Big Shot, the partial shape will be on the inside of the "entirely cut out shape/frame," around it!  So cool, I love it!  (See the large flower burst on my first card.  Only the "petals" were cut out of the card stock.  That die is the largest one on my magnetic sheet, in the lower right corner.)

Such fun; no kidding!

I hope you will get to playing around with your own dies; have fun!

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I'm so glad you stopped by!  Thank you, Jessica, "for having me!"

Happy Stamping,

Donna Wicks, Independent Demonstrator
Stampin' Up!


  1. Yayyyyyyyyyy, Donna! Congrats on being a Guest Designer :-D I love all these cards, hard to pick a favorite...but I have to say I didn't want to order those gold stickers at first, but I'm wanting to more and more now! I love how they can be used on a relatively simple card like your third one, and give such an elegant touch. Thanks for sharing this inspiration!

    1. Hello! So nice to see you! Thanks so much for stopping to check out my "debut blog post!!" and certainly for leaving your fun and kind comments!!! Those stickers surprised me; they really are plentiful and are super sturdy (thick) yet don't show much of a sticker-border as they are cut closely to the image. I am happy I gave them a try, honestly! Thanks for the love and hugs, K!! Hugs to you!

  2. Great post! Thank you Jessica for inviting Donna! So creative indeed. Thank you Donna for all the good tips and ideas, as always. You are such an inspiration. Great cards. Louise Cyr (Cartes Mamilou)

    1. It is indeed my joy Louise! She is such a talentd blessing!!

  3. Lovely cards Donna!! I always enjoy your creations!! Love the great tips too!!! Hugs :)

  4. Donna, your cards are beautiful. Jessica, I'm so glad you invited Donna to be a guest stamper. I hope I get to see both of you at a Stampin' Up event soon. :)

    1. Thanks so much Brenda!! I am so happy to "see you here!" Thank you for your lovely comments and, I totally hope we will all meet up at a Stampin' Up! event SOON, TOO! Hugs! xo

  5. Louise, it is FABULOUS to see you posting to me over here!!!! Thank you so much for your kind words; you are always welcome for my tips!!!! Big HUGS! :)

  6. So glad that you invited Donna as a guest stamper, Jessica! Donna, I just love your samples - I'll be 'casing' your 2nd one - love the brayer idea!! You're so talented, my friend. It's wonderful to see you showcased here.

    1. Thanks Deborah for leaving her your love. Donna is so deserving. She shines bright and warms the hearts of many!

  7. Thank you, both!!! Deborah, thanks so much for your comments! I am just delighted that you love that second card, especially; we just made that one at a workshop party, too! Thanks for your love! Stay well! xo

  8. I love all of the fun ways you've used this suite, Donna! Thank you Jessica, for showcasing this sweet stamping friend!

  9. Thank you so much Amy! I'm so glad you stopped by and appreciate your kind words (Woot!)!! Cheers!

  10. Donna, I truly believe you are priceless. Thanks for sharing your many gifts with so many friends. You are so loved and admired by all. Thanks again.

  11. Jessica, it's friends like you that help us to share and grow (and have a great time)! Thank you so much for this special honor; I had so much fun today hearing from so many (also via e-mails)! Such fun, thanks bunches! xo

  12. Hi, Donna your card is super cute! Love the color combo and all the layers! Oxox Marni

  13. I'm so glad you like them, Marni, and that you stopped by to visit and comment (yay!)!! Thanks so much! Hugs! xo

  14. Wonderful cards, Donna! You did a great job showing the beauty and versatility of this product suite. I think the blue and green card is my favorite. 😀

  15. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving sweet comments! It's fun to know which your favorite is, too! Thanks, Andrea!!


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