Blog Name

Why is my blog called "Creative Smiles"? My designs are the result of covering up mistakes. My fumble fingers drop whatever they are holding - repeatedly. Hence, the giggles and smiles of creative patience all throughout my crafting process. xx

Monday, February 24, 2020


Did you know that font size and style affects who actually reads your blog posts? 

The smaller your font, 
               the more difficult it is to read, 
                             slowing down readers of all ages. 

The larger the font size, 
               the more easily visitors can read your blog
                          and the more quickly they can read it.

But more importantly,
               the larger the font size,
                          the more likely visitors are to actually read
                          what you write.

Did you know you can permanently change your blog post fonts, and still be able to manually manipulate them if you want to?


Go to the draft side of your blog...
  1. If you contribute to more than one blog, be sure the correct blog has been chosen.
  2. On the left, click on THEME.
  3. When the THEME Window pops up, you will see what your blog looks like “Live on Blog” and what it looks like on “Mobile” devices.
  4. Under LIVE ON BLOG is an orange tab that says CUSTOMIZE.
  5. Click Customize.
  6. You are now on the BLOGGER THEME DESIGNER page.
  7. On the left, choose ADVANCED.
  8. In the column immediately to the right, at the top, is the option PAGE TEXT. Select it.
  9. To the right you will see FONT choices. There are 7 universal fonts at the top, and several more decorative Web Fonts under. You may choose any of those fonts. Keep in mind that the “fancier” the font is, the more difficult it is to read for international visitors, and for people with eye problems.
  10. Choose your font by clicking one time on it to highlight it.
  11. Under those choices, you also have the options to “bold” it or “Italicize” the font.
  12. Next to the B and I is a number. Try choosing anywhere from 16 to 24. If the number you want is not available, you may manually type it in, and Blogger will automatically adjust the font to that size.
  13. If you have a blog with a colored background, You might consider changing the color of your text to WHITE or a very pale choice.
  14. Just above the gray bar where all your choices are, on the top right side, is an orange button that says APPLY TO BLOG. Click that.
  15. Then you can go back to blogger, and check out your blog. You may change your fonts, styles and sizes as often as you like.

NOTE: when typing your draft in Blogger, it will automatically appear as chosen TIMES font. Any time you want to correct a font issue in your post (especially as a result of copy-and-paste from a document), simply highlight the portion of text you are working on. Then go up to the tool line (to the right of the “COMPOSE/HTML” words. You’ll see 2 curved arrows, and then a “F” (for FONT). Click on F and select DEFAULT FONT. To the right of F is “T” for sizing. Click on that and choose NORMAL. Now your selected writing will be in your chosen font style and size. 

I hope this helps!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Speekski Designs at Do-Al(l) Kreatives AND A FREEBIE!

I won the fabulous Do-Al(l) Kreatives challenge recently, and part of the prize is guest designing this month!  Thank you for inviting me, DAK designers!
This month's sponsor is Sheepski Designs and the theme is:

Feminine + Monochromatic

My 5x7 card features Andrea Norris' pretty pensive Coffee Break digital stamp.

Colored with Blue tone Copic Markers, I die cut an enlarged image to make a close up of this lovely stamp.

More of my Great Aunt's 1930's vintage lace was used. It always makes me feel close to her using her sewing stash from long ago. How nice it was the perfect color for my card! Of course, I could not pass up adding a little glitter to the sentiment and leaves.

Card interior:

Products Used:
  • Sheepski Designs Coffee Break digital stamp
  • Papers: Mariposa Matstack, Aqua, White
  • Glitter (clear with a little aqua added)
  • Punches: MS Decco Fans edge, MS 3-in-1 Hydrangea, SU Label, SU corner rounder
  • Dies: Surprise Creation pierced scallops, SB Bitty Blossoms
  • Prills
  • Tumbled Glass Distress Ink

A little gift to you:

I have made a freebie digital sentiment for you to use on the inside or outside of your projects. NOT for commercial use, please. Use it on any of your projects, including projects involving any design teams you might be on.

Click on the image to bring it to full size, then right click and do a SAVE.
Enjoy! One is for birthday, and the other for any day.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Challenges I would like to play in please:

  1. Sheepski Designs FB Challenge AG + Option Love 2/19
  2. World Wide Open DT Challenge   AG DT 3/15
  3. QKR Stampede Challenge #385 AG 2/20
  4. Alphabet Challenge Blog (2-14) Challenge W Anything you Wish 2/28 (birthday wishes)
  5. Digi Choosday Craft Challenge Wk 6 (Feb 11) AG 2/23
  6. Classic Crafty FB Challenge (Feb) AG 3/1 (30% off)
  7. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2006 AG 2/17
  8. The Paper Girls Challenge #193 Birthdays 2/16
  9. Allsorts Challenge Blog #559 Use Dies and/or Punches 2/22 (Punches: MS Decco Fans edge, MS 3-in-1 Hydrangea, SU Label, SU corner rounder -- Dies: Surprise Creation pierced scallops, SB Bitty Blossoms)
  10. A Bit More Time to Craft #110 AG 3/1

stamping hugs,

Thursday, February 13, 2020

It's a Beautiful Day to Embrace Love - Lavinia World #20

Welcome, friends, to my humble blog.
It is my sincerest hope that you are each doing well, and that your families are enjoying good health.

Today's post includes a project "outside" my normal creative-style box, using new-to-me techniques, so I'm going to point out my boo-boo that I did not fix. Maybe you will learn from me, so you won't do the silly thing I did.

It is time for a new
Lavinia World Challenge!

Details of our Lavinia World ChallengeWinner receives
a $15 gift certificate to the Lavinia World store. Submissions can be placed either on our Lavinia World Challenge blog which has an ANYTHING GOES theme using ANY brand clear or rubber stamp - no digitals. Or you may play in our friendly Facebook Group called Anything Lavinia if using ANY Lavinia Product in your creationEither way, we enjoy seeing your artwork!

Today's story 

It's time for all creation to re-awaken to Love's own song! 
Trinity Fairy says we are to bring the Color of Caring to all the inhabitants of our precious planet!

I started by die cutting my own masks. To do this I used NON-HEATABLE-NON-EMBOSSABLE acetate sheets. These are much easier to die cut than the more durable acetate. The detailed stencil on the right is from my stash.

Sorry, I did not take photos.

My boo-boo's.

  1. Next, I applied the circle mask to my 6.75" x 4.75" white panel and put the stencil on top, distressing here and there with Antique Linen ink, and a bit more with Scattered Straw ink.
  2. Using Fairy Spells stamp, I randomly stamped with Walnut ink. HINT: Next time, I will leave more open space by stamping the background fewer times.
  3. With Walnut ink and a finger dauber, I pulled color from the center off the round mask outward. HINT: Next time, I will make the color more intense and pull it out slightly more, for more drama.
  4. Using another finger dauber and Spun Sugar Pink ink, I brought out more color from the center of the mask, in a starburst fashion, so some areas extend further out than other areas. HINT: Next time, I will make a greater fluctuation of the colored areas.
  5. After Removing the round stencil/mask, I applied the negative stencil/mask on top. Line up the circle. I placed another mask on top of that open circle. With Spun Sugar ink, I created detail on the magical "moon" and pulled Scattered Straw color INWARD toward the center of the circle.
  6. Finally I stamped the fairy with Pinecone Versafine Clair ink. Immediately, I realized my mistake. Do you see it?


Probably many of you know better than I - because my Logic works "backwards" when it comes to figuring things out. But it seems to me that once I figured out where I wanted the moon, I should have stamped the fairy FIRST, THEN applied the moon mask and carefully pulled colors around the fairy, so the moon would not show through her hair. Our should I have simply colored her white hair a darker color than the moon? What is the correct answer for remedying this design error? Thanks for your feedback.

Close up of the boo-boo:

With Pinecone Versafine Clair ink, I stamped the sentiment on vellum, and heat set with clear embossing powder. The sentiment is already distressed around the letters. Also, please notice the little stars floating to the heavens from her horn, reaching out to the universe for anyone who will listen to the Call:

The dragonfly brad was made hot with my heat tool and then dipped into a bottle of EP to change the color from hot yellow to bronze. I especially like embossing powders that contain mica powder for this technique. A Sakura Quickie Glue Pen added glitter to her wings. The edges of the card are distressed with Golden Meadow Versafine Clair ink and heat set with a champagne colored EP that has lots of light glitter colors in it.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you will upload at least one submission to our challenge for an opportunity to win a $15 store credit. AND IF YOU KNOW THE ANSWER TO MY QUESTION ABOVE, will you please let me know either via email or in a comment below? Thanks.

Products Used:

Challenges I would like to support please:

  1. Addicted to Stamps and More #376 Anything Goes 2/19
  2. Wednesday's Creative Inspirations Challenge (Feb 5) Anything Goes 3/4
  3. Unicorn Challenge #51 Anything Goes 2/28
  4. Classic Design Challenge #2 Anything Goes 3/1
  5. Love to Craft Challenge #43 Anything Goes 3/1
  6. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2006 AG 2/16

Fairy Kisses,


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