My blog is called "Creative Smiles" because my designs are the result of incorporating mistakes. With fumble fingers that drop whatever they are holding - repeatedly, it takes a lot of giggles, smiles and creative patience during my crafting process. xx

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Chillin' with my Snowmies - Jan's Digi Stamps

 I may be chillin' but not with my snowmies! I feel for all of you in the areas where several feet of snow has changed EVERYTHING in your worlds! Hoping your homes are unharmed, and that you are snug and safe.


This darling little snowman set is the cutest ever! I couldn't stop coloring Jan's "SNOWMIES" because they made me happy! The Merry Christmas sign affords a break in the snowmies' bodies, so they can either wear a sweatshirt or be "au naturale"! LOL

 Today's cards are for the mid-month reminder of November's Anything Goes Challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps!  If you use a JDS image in your card, please mention it. There is a 2nd draw specifically for those who use one of Jan's fun images.

Snowmies is debuting at $3.75 instead of its regular $5 price. There are 3 charming black-and-white images, 3 beautifully colored images, and 3 fun sentiments in this set.


December's Sale includes all 50 of Jan's Holiday Stamps. Be sure to take advantage of her beautiful 2022 freebie Ornaments 2022!

While there are many fun frame dies on the market, I used one sweet scalloped rectangle die for the outside, and then a different shaped die for the inside, to create these frames:


Also on these cards, I used a freebie "font" called Freebie Font WWFlakes. Instead of an alphabet, you get some 30 different snowflakes which can be made itty-bitty or as large as your font numbers will take you, in order to create all kinds of fun accessories for your winter scenes.

SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

While some of my stamping friends industriously make several of the same design, I'm unable to make duplicate cards without it becoming a tedious chore. Do you find that to be the case? Or are you able to make lots of the same card? These are all utilizing the same sketch, so I think that counts. My other crafting deficiency is that I forget EVERY-SINGLE-TIME to set out my papers, embellies, colors PRIOR to coloring, so then I spend a lot of time trying to mix and match after the images are colored. Are you organized and efficient? Or do you fall into my category of trying to find things that look good together after the images are colored?

My only planning was in making glittery frames and using stencils LOL
Since several companies are featuring "flocking, fluff, and fuzzy stuff" again, I got out my Flocking that contains glitter, and put it on two outfits for these cuties.

BF (before fuzziness) giggle:
(psst! the heart brad was heated and dipped into embossing powder that contained glitter)

AFU (after fuzzy'ing up!) more giggles:
(both red and white were used on this card)


Debuting next we have non-traditional in purple and pink fashion statements:



Finally
We have the red-green outfits. And NOOOOOOOOO, these snowmies are NOT sitting on grass. It is FANTASY SNOW to coordinate with their attire, in case you couldn't guess (more giggles):


I hope you enjoyed this rainbow of snowmies. "We" (Snowmies and Myself) were greatly entertained in selecting our fashion colors! Don't forget to play in the Challenge!

Products Used: Stamps  Jan's Digi Images: Chillin' with my Snowmies,  Freebie Font WWFlakes (for the snowflakes), SU En Francais bkgrnd stamp, IO CAC Screen, Dies: SB Labels 23, SB Wonky Rectangles, IO border die #18V, Tonic Mixed Edge Rectangles, MS Starlight Punch, MS Lace Punch, MS Heart Punch, Other: Express-it cardstock, Alcohol Markers (Copics, CopicMultiliner, PrismaColor), Glitter cardstock, assorted stencils, assorted Distress & Oxide inks, VersaFine Clair, Flocking, embossing powder.

I'd like to play in the following Challenges please:

  1. World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #11 AG DT 12/15
  2. Pammie's Inkie Pinkies #2247 AG 11/28
  3. Crafty Catz #614 Christmas 11/23
  4. A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge #11 AG 12/1
  5. Classic Design Challenge #11 AG 12/1
  6. Crafty Friends Challenge #161 Christmas 11/28 
  7. CD Sunday Plus Challenge #97 AG using downloadable products ( I used digital stamp with a font that makes snowflakes) 12/1
Stamping Hugs,


Monday, November 07, 2022

A Cardinal Christmas Wreath - Jan's Digi Stamps

December's Sale includes all 50 of Jan's Holiday Stamps, including the 2022 freebie!

Hello, my friends! May this find you well, and looking forward to the upcoming celebrations.

 Today is the November kick-off Anything Goes Challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps! 

If you use a JDS image in your card, please mention it. There is a 2nd draw specifically for those who use one of Jan's fun images.

Jan's images are easy to use because most of her sets embrace the same style, so they mix-and-match. Jan has a slightly vintage, slightly contemporary way of expressing her memories, and the enjoyable things of life.


The new Red Cardinals set is one that can be used all season long.

In this case I've combined it with her beautiful 2022 "freebie" set "Ornaments". 

Each year, Jan's tradition is to gift the rest of us with a lovely new Christmas set to help jump-start our holiday card making. 

Be watchful! They are limited editions, and disappear on Christmas Night in the year of their release!



Jan's "Banners and Bow" was created for celebrating. 

She has provided both orange and red to encompass the holiday season, as well as the black-and-white version for anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions.

To Make This Project:

First I created a "round ring" in my word processor. 
Then I placed the cardinals-on-twig image from Red Cardinals onto the ring. 
Select the long twig and small holly bunch repeatedly copying-and-pasting them around the ring. If your word processing doc allows, do a "select all" and "group" everything in place. Add the ribbon bow from the "Banners and Bow" set. Finally, place the sentiment from "Ornaments 2022" in the center. Make your wreath as full or as skinny as you like by adding more greenery (or even copying the entire wreath, making it slightly smaller then pasting atop the original wreath for a fuller look). Be sure to save your digital work in the same folder as your digital sets so you'll find it easily another time.
Below are the images I've used:


I must confess this is a "cheater" card. Jan's gorgeously precolored images were used, and then highlighted for additional depth:

Here is a simple card made using "my" wreath:


Who can resist a bit of sparkle?

Lots of dimension make this 5x7 creation extra festive:


Try playing with your free word processor if you don't have special software, to "layer" your digital projects. Once you've tried it, the technique becomes easier each time you play.


Don't forget to play in the Challenge!


Products Used:  Jan's Digi Images: Red Cardinals 4025 (new and on sale),  Banners and Bow 4015, AND the sentiment is from BEAUTIFUL FREEBIE SET "Ornaments 2022" (will be removed from the store on Christmas Day).     Dies: Sue Wilson Australian Collection "Melbourne" CED 8105, Memory Box Meridian Border 98134 (Copic Markers, Distress Ink, glitter paper, stash papers)

I'd like to play in the following Challenges please:

  1. World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #10 AG DT 11/15
  2. Pammie's Inkie Pinkies #2245 AG 11/14
  3. Crafty Catz #613 AG with 3 or more layers (one card 4 layers, one has 6 layers) 11/10
  4. A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge #11 AG 12/1
  5. Classic Design Challenge #11 AG 12/1
  6. Crafty Friends Challenge #161 Christmas 11/28 
  7. My Time To Craft #494 All Creatures Great or Small 11/11
  8. CD Sunday Plus Challenge #96 AG using downloadable products ( I used 3 digital stamp sets, making a holiday wreath. The sentiment and bow are downloaded from other sets - all three sets are listed above) 11/14
  9. Allsorts Challenge #701 Sparkle & Shine 11/11
  10. Tic Tac Toe Challenge #186 I am using the middle column with "red - sparkle - holly" for my creation: 11/10

Monday, October 17, 2022

Tweet Friends at Christmas - Jan's Digi Stamps

 

Hello, my friends! Hope Life is treating you well. If you live in an area that celebrates seasonal changes, this post is for you! It's all about Autumn and Holidays! Today I'm GUEST DESIGNING for Jan's Digi Stamps! It is the October mid-month Anything Goes Challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps! If you use a JDS image in your card, please mention it. There is a 2nd draw specifically for those who use one of Jan's fun images.

October's Sale is an all-inclusive HOCUS POCUS SALE!


Jan's images are so much fun to work with! I made a monochromatic winter snowbird scene by using the darling vine wreath set below.



First, I chose the blank black-and-white version of the wreath and cropped off everything except the little bird on the branch below the wreath. Be sure to make a copy of the digital before you crop the image. I copy and pasted the little bird and "flipped" the image so the new scene shows bird friends enjoying one another's company.


The birds and berries are colored with dark blue and gamsol.
The twig is the lighter blue:


For a little dimension, a dark gray was used:


The festive holly frame was die cut, dry embossed, and distressed with Faded Jeans color ink. The darling sentiment is from one of Jan's older sets Holiday Sleigh.

The interior uses the Winter Snowbirds again, and another sentiment from the Holiday Sleigh set.


Products: Jan's Digi Images:Winter Snowbirds (new and on sale),  Holiday Sleigh 3355 (sentiments), Dies: Spellbinders labels One for sentiment and Sue Wilson Festive Collection Ornate Holly Framed Noel CED 3073, Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 Color Pencils and Gamsol, Faded Jeans Distress Ink.


I'd like to play in the following Challenges please:

  1. World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #10 AG DT 11/15
  2. Pammie's Inkie Pinkies #2242 AG 10/24
  3. A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge #10 AG 11/1
  4. Classic Design Challenge #10 AG 11/1
  5. The Alphabet Challenge (Oct 7) "N is for Nature" 10/20
  6. 52 Christmas Card Throwdown (Oct 15) Christmas Critters (using Jan's Winter Snowbirds) 10/21
  7. Crafty Friends Challenge #160 Use More than One Die 11/1 (I used: Spellbinders labels One for sentiment and Sue Wilson Festive Collection Ornate Holly Framed Noel CED 3073)
  8. CD Sunday Plus Challenge #96 AG using downloadable products ( I used 2 digital stamp sets, cropping one and making it look like two friends talking instead of being a single bird as part of a wreath. The sentiment is downloaded from another set - both sets are listed above)

Stamping Hugs,


Monday, October 03, 2022

Rustic Autumn Wreath - Jan's Digi Stamps

  Lovely Autumn Colors in a Wreath - about the only way we experience Fall here in central Florida! I am guest designing for  Jan's Digi Stamps again today!

(Note: because a Cold Front pressed down from up north about 50 miles further south than anticipated, my husband and I escaped the horrific damage caused by Hurricane Ian with only minor rain, winds and brief power and internet outage. But our heart goes out to our neighbors further south. The devastation we anticipated in our area hit them instead. First Lady of Florida Casey DeSantis has created a special Disaster Fund for Florida's residents impacted by Hurricane Ian. If you are thinking of donating, will you please consider this site which is dogeared especially for this cause https://www.volunteerflorida.org/donatefdf/   To volunteer: 850-414-7400 or info@volunteerflorida.org)



Hello, my friends! Hoping you are doing well, and that Mother Nature is treating you nicely with her weather and delights. Today I'm GUEST DESIGNING for Jan's Digi Stamps ! It is the kick-off for the October Anything Goes Challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps! If you use a JDS image in your card, please mention it in your upload. There is a 2nd draw specifically for those who use one of Jan's fun images.

October's Sale is an all-inclusive HOCUS POCUS SALE!

Today's card features two of Jan's beautifully pre-colored images (with some Copic Marker highlights in gray/brown, orange, golden yellow on my end).


Jan's images are so much fun to work with! I made a wreath using her fall branch above, and placed a bow with leaf at the bottom:



Two layers are dry embossed and inked, and the third layer is heat embossed with an embossing powder color called "Timber". It's shiny brown on top, and from an angle, has orange flecks in it.


Products: Images from Jan's Digi Stamps: Wisps of Autumn 647, Banners and Bow 4015Tonic Layered Leaves 1441e Embossing Folder, Craftwell Delicate Dots EF,  Sue Wilson Frames & Tags - Grace CED4313 die set, Spellbinders Grand Large Scallops, Spellbinders Grand Ovals; Mahogany, Walnut, Tea Dye, Old Paper, Antique Linen Distress Inks, Copics, 

I'd like to play in the following Challenges please:

  1. World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #9 AG DT 10/15
  2. Pammie's Inkie Pinkies #2240 AG 10/9
  3. A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge #10 AG 11/1
  4. Classic Design Challenge #10 AG 11/1
  5. Double Trouble #122 "Leafin' it Up to You" 10/16
  6. Crafty Friends Challenge #160 Use More than One Die 11/1 (I used: Sue Wilson Frames & Tags - Grace CED4313 die set, Spellbinders Grand Large Scallops, Spellbinders Grand Ovals)
  7. Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog #78 Autumn or Halloween 10/28
  8. Scrapping for Fun #217 Autumn 10/28
  9. CD Sunday Plus Challenge #95 AG digital 10/15 (this is downloaded, cropped, recreated, and merged to include two different sets. I hope I understood the nature of your challenge)
  10. The Four Seasons #Oct 1 Anything Goes Fall 10/28

Sending Warm Autumn Hugs your way,