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Friday, February 01, 2013

Friendship Booklet

Do you ever have "sappy" days? You know, those days where nothing but those sappy "lovey" thoughts are in your mind? I'm having one of those lovey days. 

There are no adequate words for Most of what happens in Life - 
Or so it seems to me - 
my heart is always touched by much more than just seeing someone's card, 
   craft or 
      scrapbook layout -

and I become deeply humbled by the Beauty being shared.

We see beyond the Touchable, 
and know 
there is far more there than

 "mere" Friendship,

 "mere" Love,

 "mere" Anything.

Directions for making this booklet may be found here.

This booklet-card is for a lovely friend I met through our Florida Stampers group. The Graphic 45 "A Ladies' Diary Collection" paper and old Anna Griffin stamps inspired this friendship mini waterfall booklet. 

These beautiful papers made assembling the booklet Pure Joy.  

A few Embellishments made it fun to coordinate. 

But the words...

   ... eluded me still.

So I used simple one liners...



   a single word...

Thanks for stopping by today! And thank you for sharing your artwork with me through your wonderful blogs. I try to return each of your visits when your sweet comments are left so I know where your blog is.

To see another, more embellished mini waterfall booklet I made, please click here. The tutorial is also at that link.

This booklet is submitted to the following challenges:

Crafty Ribbons - #38 Anything Goes With Ribbons (two ribbons tie the booklet together)
It's All About The Vintage and Beauty -  #36 Lace and Pearls
Sarah Hurley Challenge - #77 Anything But a Card (booklet)
Crafts and Me Challenges - #118 Favorite Embellishment (Lace)
Crafty Creations - #207 Anything But a Card (booklet)
Creative Belli Challenge - #162 Rhinestones (2 yo pink heart rhinestones on booklet cover)
Simon Says - Anything Goes Jan. 30
The Perfect Sentiment - PSC64 Anything Goes with a Die-Cut (sentiment with die cut - Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Square, trimmed edges on front)
Creative Craft Challenges2 - #2 Bling it Up (rhinestone hearts)
Die Cuttin' Divas - #100 Anything Goes with a Diet Cut (3 Spellbinders dies used)

Always Hugs,


Linda Wescott said...

This is stunning work Donna, I'm sure your friend will be delighted to received such a treasure. Hugs lin

NanaConnie said...

Oh, my, Donna! How incredible! Just gorgeous. OK, now give me a minute to recover my senses and get my DT hat on. I'm absolutely tickled that you shared this in our "Use a Die cut and Sentiment" challenge at Perfect Sentiment this week. See you again soon.
NanaConnie DT

Tammy said...

WOW, Donna your booklet-card is absolutely STUNNING!! Beautiful images and gorgeous papers! Your friend will cherish it! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for stopping by with your sweet comment!
Hugs, Tammy

Debi said...

Donna this is just a lovely, sappy, wonderful friendship card. I've never made a mini waterfall book, but yours is so beautiful I may have to try one. Love the papers and the words you chose, both on the card and in your blog description. TFS

Dawn said...

Wow! Your booklet is incredible!! The papers are amazing. Wonderful sentiments and beautiful lace. I love the die cut edges and rhinestone hearts on the cover too. Really beautiful.

Hugs, Dawn

McCrafty's Cards said...

Wow Donna, this is stunning I like everything about it!!!!
Kevin xx

Pat K said...

WOW, what an incredible booklet-card Donna. Every page is a work of beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Belli Challenge. hugs, Pat K x

Shona Erlenborn said...

Well here it is - a 5 lb bag of sugary sweet comment! Those DPs are just gorgeous and how on earth did you manage to stamp those tiny little words, then die cut them and then stencil them? I'm going to have to give this idea a try. You're amazing, Donna!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow gorgeous Donna ! The sentiments, papers, lace & pearls that you have chose & worked with turned into such a gorgeous feminine creation. The post is written & illustrated so beautifully. Love your blog title, background & falling hearts! What a wonderful spot to visit:) Have a great weekend, Shirleyx

snappy scrappy said...

Gorgeous!thanks for playing along with us at DCD!! Lee-Ann :)

creativearts said...

Well, De, you have done it again! This mini booklet is so lovely using the Graphic 45 paper and I love how you added the Anna Griffin words. I'm sure your stamping friend will absolutely love this booklet!

Paula Bee said...

Absolutely beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at The Perfect Sentiment!

April said...

Your book is beautiful, Donna! Great work. I don't know how I missed the card below! That is gorgeous too! Way to go, girl!

pam said...

this is beautiful Donna, your friend will love this keepsake. pam

Mandy said...

Oh wow Donna your booklet card is beautiful, so elegant and pretty.
I wanted to thank you for your lovely comment and hopping over from Simon Says Stamp to visit me & also thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp :)
hugs Mandy xx

Leslie Miller said...

There is much love and beauty in this heartfelt creation. Sometimes fewer words are the most effective. Your friend will feel very well loved when she receives this work of art.

Monica said...

How Donna,
This book is pretty, pretty, pretty with the most beautiful collection of papers and embellies. Your friend will love it.
And thanks for all the kind words you have been leaving me - you know how to bring a smile on my face.

Lisa Carroll said...

What a stunning project! So many gorgeous details and textures.. love the soft romantic colors, too! :) Thanks for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! xo

Anne Temple said...

Absolutely stunning!

fatmonica said...

This is a gorgeous book.Thanks for joining us at Sarah Hurley's Challenge Blog.

Vicky said...

This is soooooooo completely stunning, love all the different textures, its just so beautiful.

Thank you Donna so so much for your lovely comment on my blog regarding my Crafts & Me Challenge card, it means the world sweetie.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Julie Z said...

Wow - this is fabulous Donna! Love the soft colors and such great details (as always!) I'm sure your friend must have LOVED this!!

Ciska said...

What a gorgeous project Donna, your friend is sure to love it! Such a great vintage feel, I love it :)

Berni Cuttino said...

Donna, this is so gorgeous, simply precious vintage/retro feel. In love with all of the details and emellishments. Thanks for stopping by and leaving the lovely comments.

2amscrapper said...


2amscrapper said...

what a beautiful creation!

Asha said...

Oh my! This is simply stunning! Chock full of vintage goodness. The more I look the more I see. I'm looking forward to your next sappy day! Thanks for sharing your talent so generously.
xxx Asha
Sunny Summer Crafts

Anonymous said...

Hi Donna!! WOW!! This is absolutely a treasure my friend!! Stunning papers and style!! I love your project!! Thanks for sharing!!HUGS :)

Shirl said...

How elegant and delicate is this creation Donna. Gorgeous.

I have the Ladies Diary collection but I only stroke mine ... will have to use ... maybe!!!!

Hugs Shirley x x

Mira said...

Oh I just love this! Don't know what else to say :)
Exept thanks for joining us at It's All About The Vintage And beauty.

Shea said...

Oh Donna, you may not post something every day, but when you do, WOW! This booklet is just out of the park GORGEOUS! And so inspirational, too. Your colors are so soft and lovely, just the kind that make me want to look at this all day long. I've seen waterfall booklets and thought "pretty," but yours makes me think "I want to make this too!" So thank you for your generous link to the directions - you've inspired me to make one for my daughter. I'm putting this in my faves folder right NOW. Beautiful!

Melanie said...

This is amazing!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "bling it up" challenge & good luck in the draw…
Hope to see you again in our next challenge.

(DT Creative Craft Challenges)

mixamatoasties said...

Lovely creation.

Thanks for joining with us at Creative Craft Challenges this time.


Candy said...

Love the vintage look and feel of this booklet. Beautiful!
The way I got my ribbon to pleat that way on my Blue Bird Card, I took vintage seam binding and wet it, crumpled it and let a heavy object sit on it overnight while it dried. I then made a bow with the crinkled ribbon. Then on the Design Paper I adhered double-sided Scor-Tape and as I lay the ribbon down I let it stayed crinkled and then adhere the bow.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

This is so beautiful and your sentiments make me want to touching!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

This is so beautiful....and I love your expressions and sentiments. cherry

Sylvia said...

Beautiful book, Donna, everything is so perfect and just lovely! Hope you had a beautiful weekend! Happy Tuesday!

debby4000 said...

Oh my this absolutely beautiful.

Eret said...

Hello Donna. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your lovely comments. It is so nice to know that someone likes what I do :)
Your creations are stunning Donna. Love your work. I've never seen a booklet like this. It's gorgeous. Love your use of papers and your beautiful design. I'm sure your friend is so happy to have it.
About the tea bag holder you asked for. I made my own template for it but similar thing is on sale at (search for "Time for Tea Bag").
Looking forward to seeing your gorgeous cards.

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Hello Donna, your creation is out of this world. Looks as though it has been a labour of love. It is stunning with all the detailing. Thank you for sharing with us at It's all about the Vintage "lace & pearls" challenge. Wishes, Suzanne x

Lindsey said...

This is so gorgeous and romantic! Fabulous project. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Creations Challenges this week! Join us tomorrow for our new fun challenge.

Berni Cuttino said...

Hi DE, came back to take another loook, this is so stunning and elegant.

Shelby said...

Gorgeous work and oh so vintage! Love it


Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

This is Beautiful Donna. I love all your details. WOW!!!

Crafty Kitten said...

What a stunning project this is. Such gorgeous images. Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafty Ribbons in our Anything Goes with Ribbon challenge this time.
Dawn xx

Shannon White said...

Oh My Goodness Miss Donna!! This is Absolutely Gorgeous!! You have a Very Lucky friend in-deed! Anyone would be thrilled to receive such a Beautiful treasure!! Wowie!! Just Love every Amazing detail Lady! 8-)


Berni Cuttino said...

Hi DE, so glad I was able to bring some inspiration for your creativity in your home. Your are a sweetie.

Linda said...

Drop Dead Gorgeous Ms de! I love the colors they are so Romantique. I really favor your paper choice. My eyes were captivated by all the different textures of lace and the pearls ou la la. Give me more to look at.

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Donna this is absolutely stunning. I am so thrilled you are using that beautiful paper. I love it so and have two pads of the 12 x 12 and one of the 8x8 and can't bring myself to cut it yet. I will. I need to sleep on it for several nights to dream something wonderful to use it Your project is so lovely and will touch your friends heart. I love this and need to look into making one myself. Thanks for the inspiration.
Bear Hugs,

aussie aNNie said...

Stunningly gorgeous wow factor. Love your definition of a 'sappy day'. Love your blog and have been meaning to pop in for a while after seeing something on Beccy's have joined you as a new member..luv aussie aNNIe..xx

E. Marie said...

Donna, this is so gorgeous!! Sappy or not, I love what you have created.

Carolyn said...

Hello DEAR friend. I opened this link from your email asking if I had received your card and this post brought tears to my eyes. This is a gorgeous card that will be treasured for years to come.
I feel soooo fortunate to have a friend as kind, thoughtful and generous as you.


jaine the basement gal. said...

How absolutely gorgeous and your words are so touching too. Well done. Thanks for joining the challenge with Sarah Hurley.

Johanna said...

So gorgeous creation Donna! Beautiful papers and embellishments. Thanks for joining us at the It's all about the vintage and beauty challenge :o)

cardmaking bird said...

Beautiful project Donna - and thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment. Hugs, Marie xx

Audrey Ann said...

GASP!!! So much beauty in one place all put together masterfully as only you can. Beautifully done!

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

What a beautiful vintage project, your friend will surely love all the love you put into it.. beautiful!

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