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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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Looking in all the Right Places?

Greetings! And Big Hugs to you each! It took me a month to create these cards, but slowly, if I am persistent, in one-to-five minute increments, I do manage to accomplish things around the house and in my craft room. Hopefully better days are around the corner. Thanks for your kind friendships, endearing thoughts, and for keeping in touch.

Today's cards are silly, inspired first by my husband for our 46th wedding anniversary last month. The other four are "thinking of you" and "birthday" cards. 

Colored simply with Copic Markers and Distress Inks, each card was stamped in a different color VersaFine Clair ink and heat embossed with clear detail EP. All the cards contain the same elements, except the sentiments differ:

Purple Lovers "Thinking of You" (inside "Enough about me - thinking of you and wondering what you have been up to." The front sentiment always makes me laugh:

The Penny Black border actually only cuts on one side. The stitched side needed to be hand cut:

Blue & Tan Birthday card for Color Hues Color Challenge:

Jacky's Anniversary card - he's been such a marvelous person, friend, hubby, lover and caregiver over the decades. Yes, the inside is mushy (giggle):

Green Thinking of You with a different front sentiment. Each card was dry embossed with the same striped folder. This card and the purple one were also inked:

Lastly, the pink birthday card:

Thank you for not giving up on me, and for visiting today! I miss you all!

Products: Images: Bear in Trash Stamps by Judith, Dot Peg Stamps by Judith, Digital Sentiment, 2 fun sentiments by Custer's Last Stamp, Dies: SW Double Pierced Squares CED5509, SW Pierced Flags CED4304, IO Small Grass Die178-C, IO Grass DIE038-J, Penny Black Border Edgers 51-231, Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklets, SU punch, Other: Copic Markers, Distress Inks, VersaFine Clair Inks, Clear Detail EP, Embossing Folder by Tonic "Simple Stripes".

Fine Challenges I'm playing in:

  1. DRU Challenge #192 AG with metal die they carry 5/13 (Dies: SW Double Pierced Squares CED5509, SW Pierced Flags CED4304, IO Small Grass Die178-C,  IO Grass DIE038-J, Penny Black Border Edgers 51-231, Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklets) 05/15 (sep post)
  2. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2219 AG 05/16 (sep post)
  3. Critter Crazy Challenges #62 AG with a critter 06/01 (sep post)
  4. Color Hues Color Challenge #40 Blue and Tan 05/15 (blue and tan card shown)
  5. Crafty Animals #61 Anything with an Animal 05/27
  6. A Perfect Time to Craft #5 AG 06-01
  7. Classic Design Challenge #5 AG 06-01 (2 thinking of you, 2 birthday, 1 anniversary)
  8. Crafty Friends #155 Animals 06/01 (scroll down)
  9. The Paper FunDay Challenges #41 06/01 (anniversary card for hubby)

Stamping Hugs,

Friday, February 04, 2022

Turner Syndrome Card Auction!

 Lori has posted her Turner Syndrome Card Auction! It opened at 9AM this morning. Check out the beautiful cards (for all occasions) that your fellow crafters have donated for this worthy cause.

TS Card Auction

if for any reason you are unable to place a bid on the Instagram Site, please send it with all your relevant info to Lori at

Enjoy being inspired by all the wonderful cards, and supporting a worthy cause as well!

For more information about Lori's journey and the card auction, please click here.



Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Black and White and one other color

Happy New Year to my dear blogging buddies! I hope 2022 is especially good to each and every one of you, and your families, too. Allsorts Challenge  has a theme of Black and White and one other color theme this time. From my unfinished box, I've finally completed two partially-made items  - both using Red Tones as the 3rd color.

Both cards contain designer papers adhered on red cardstock in a triangle format, given by a friend during a stamping get together (years ago). Two unique images were selected - both utilize heat embossing on all images. It was fun using old border punches and old dies - neglected but loved all the same. Because I have trouble making traditional A2 cards, I used the A2 backings, and embellished with shapes and borders.

The Paula's Best Dress is an old, old, old, never-before-been-used (at least 15 years?) stamp, embossed in white detail powder, and enhanced a bit with a quickie glue pen and sparkling red glitter:

One of my all time favorite stamps, and one I never tire of using, is the Inkadinkadoo carousel horse:

Stamped with Nocturne Versafine Clair (my favorite stamping ink), and heat embossed with clear detail EP, the horse was colored with distress inks and colored pencils blended with gamsol.

Thanks for visiting! And thanks to Allsorts Challenge  for the inspiration!

Products: Black-White-Red Carousel Horse Copics, SB Labels 5, SW Double Pierced Bkgrnd Rectangle, MS Star Edge Punch, Inkadinkadoo Greetings & Horse,  Black-White-RedArt Deco Dress Paula's Best Dress, Beccy Muir sentiment (Doris & Daphne), SB Labels Ten, LifeStyle-Quickutz Nesting Lace Ovals, MS Chevron edge punch

Challenges I'd like to play in please:

  1. Allsorts Challenge #657 Black and White and One Color 1/8
  2. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2201 AG 1/8
  3. Critter Crazy Challenges #58 AG with Carousel Horse 1/31
  4. Classic Design Challenge #1 AG 1/31
  5. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #173 AG 1/16

Stamping Hugs, 

Friday, October 01, 2021

Happy Holidays with Jan's Digi Stamps

I am excited to share that Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge will resume on November 1! To get ready, how about reacquainting yourself with the Challenge Rules and become inspired by seeing the newest work of her design team!

Jan is one of those easy-going spirits who enjoys sharing her memories through a vintage, yet contemporary, style. Not only are her PNGs (and JPGs) easy to use individually, they are fun when making a scene, involving several images.

Today's share is a fast-and-easy Christmas card, using a single element from Jan's new "Santa's Jalopy" set which is currently 25% off. 

Still not able to hold a pen for long, I opted for the pre-colored image, and made a slight shadow with colored pencils and gamsol.

It felt great using glitter again!

Hoping you will visit her shop today!

Using one of the little "now drifts" in the set, I placed it behind the pole for some extra dimension.

Products Used:

Stamps: Jan's Digi Stamps "Santa's Jalopy", Jan's Digi Stamps "Reindeer" (sentiment), Dies: Anna Griffin Slimline Concentric AG-1239H, Pierced Shape, MS Snowflake Punch, Other: Clear Glitter, Cloud Blue Prismacolor pencil.

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I would like to play in the following Challenges, please:

  1. World Wide Open DT Challenge #9 "AG DT" 10/15
  2. Classic Design Challenge #10 "AG" 11/1
  3. Love to Craft Challenges #63 AG (11-10 sep post)
  4. AI Art Impressions Challenge #313 Slim Line Cards (toward bottom of post) 10/15
  5. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2139 10/5
  6. Sweet Stampin Challenge (Sept 25) Christmas in September 10/9 (sep post)
  7. Merry Little Christmas Challenges #39 Anything Christmas 10/30 (sep post)
  8. The Holly and the Ivy Challenges #102 Anything Christmas 10/10 (sep post)

Stamping Hugs,