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

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Thinking of You Warmly


I have made a freebie digital sentiment for you to use in any layout. 

First, if you enjoy the freebies, will you please give me a little feedback about this one? I have made it in 6 colors thinking it might be nice on the front of a card as well as for the interior. The colored renditions have a shadow on them, so they won't look very nice directly on colored digital paper, but the black one will.

My question is: Do you like the option of colored sentiments, or should I not take time to make them?

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.

This little sentiment is suitable for any encouragement, special day, celebration or even just as a thinking of you card.

digi hugs,

Monday, January 20, 2020

Anything Goes at Jan's Digi Stamps #6

Welcome, blogging friends!
I hope you are well, and enjoying winter activities.
(to my Australian friends, your country is in my prayers).

It's time for our ANYTHING GOES Challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps where a $10 store credit is given to a winner every challenge!


JDS is having a Design Team Call.

Details HERE.

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Jan's darling Across the Miles 603J reminds us that children thrive on receiving snail mail!

Earth Tone Copic Markers worked really well with this sweet little vintage boy in fun blue denim colors. Old Paper Distress inks allows bright colors to be used on a vintage piece, by toning down the bright white areas.

The flourishes are inked with faded jeans distress ink, and the Abstract Square die cut around the map is textured with navy glitter. To darken the outlines of the little boy image, I traced the black lines with a navy blue colored pencil from my Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 Color Pencils set and applied Gamsol to bleed the color a little bit. The same technique could be used with Prismacolor pencils.

Fellow crafter Marie Berquist shared fun denim designer papers with me, perfect for the vintage "travel-like" denim layers and those cute little corner details.
For the corner embellishments, I followed Desire Fourie's tutorial for creating fun embellishments using 2-sided paper.

The background papers were distressed with Barn Door Distress Ink to add more red tones to the setting.

Products Used:
  • Jan's Digi Stamps darling Across the Miles 603J
  • Navy Glitter (the abstract shape square)
  • Copic Markers, Distress Ink (Old Paper and Faded Jeans)
  • Background map stamp
  • Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles S4-306, Spellbinders Shapes - Abstract S4-001, Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish Die

Challenges I'd like to support please:

  1. Allsorts Challenge #555 "More than a Single Word Sentiment" (on the map are digitals stamped "across the miles and Missing you" 1/26 (sep post)
  2. World Wide Open DT Challenge #1 AG DT 2/15 (sep post)
  3. Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges #2003 AG 1/27 (sep post)
  4. The Male Room Challenges #127 Anything Masculine Goes 1/22 (sep post)
  5. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #123 5th Anniversary AG 1/27 
  6. Crafty Friends #127 AG 
  7. Crafty Cardmakers #248 AG 1/27
  8. As You Like It (Jan 16) AG Show Us Your Style 2/1

On a Personal Note:
Yesterday, Bright and Early,
as the sun colored the morning sky, through the tree line:

All the dark "patches" in the oak tree below, unfortunately, are mistletoe.

Happy Mail Day Hugs,

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Lavinia World - Every Dream Starts With A Wish

Welcome, everyone, and a special shout out to my newest follower Corry!
I hope this finds you well and appreciating the smallest of magical moments.
Those precious moments usually appear where we least expect them!

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 

revolves around the fairy who is picking up the pieces of a bloomed out flower. Like we all do, she is dreaming of the new beginnings at the same time that "things" appear to be falling apart. 

It's a simple card using Love as the catalyst.
This Love is represented by our heart-felt endeavors.
Green represents the promise of new growth.

White Glittered paper holds the recessed delicate heart frame. Bright Meadow Green Glitter is on the scallop heart frame. The Fairytale LAV389 image is stamped with Verdant VersaFine Clair and heat set with clear EP. Every Dream LAV573 was stamped with Rain Forest Versafine Clair and heat set with clear EP that has glitter in it:

Dimension and Embossing Powder - clear EP on the fairy, and clear EP that has glitter on the words. The Green glittered frame around the outside of the card is popped up with a die cut green fun foam piece:

Glittery Wings pick up the colors in the journal-style sentiments:

If you play in our Challenge BLOG, you may participate using any brand of stamp, as long as it is clear or rubber - not digital.
So let's see your beauties!

Products Used:

  • Lavinia World Fairytale LAV389
  • Lavinia World Every Dream LAV573
  • Lavinia World Verdant VersaFine Clair
  • Lavinia World Rain Forest Versafine Clair
  • Mowed Lawn Distress Ink
  • Embossing Powders: Clear with Glitter and Clear Detail
  • Glitters: Green Opaque, Dark Salmon Opaque, Pale Semi-Transparent Salmon
  • Dies: Tonic Studios Lovely Arch Squares Die Set, QuicKutz Lifestyle Nesting Hearts and Nesting Scallop Hearts,
  • Paper: SU Shimmer (I don't see the shimmer though), Green, Salmon, SSS White Glitter cardstock (for heart frame).
  • Green Fun Foam to pop up the green frame and heart.
Wishing you a great day!


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