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

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Blog Candy Winners!

Instead of awarding one of the new Sparkle N Sprinkle Stampette Sets to my followers who left comments, I'm excited to award TWO Stampette Sets for two lucky people!


the other is the Christmas Basket set.

Congratulations to:

Verna Angerhofer 
Lynne Platt

If you will visit my profile and click on "e-mail" to send me your mailing addresses by Friday Sept 30, I can snail mail your sets!

To all my friends, I am undergoing a lifestyle change per Doctor's Orders. Sadly, this means retiring from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Staff effective the end of this month. It's been a privilege "meeting" all SNS's remarkable customers, and enjoying your company during our bingo games, contests and blog hops.

I hope you'll still drop by my personal blog. Beginning next month I hope to be offering blog candy on a monthly basis.

As always - those stamping hugs,

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Magical Winter Moments Blog Hop & Blog Candy

You're here! The final blog in the Sparkle N Sprinkle Magical Winter Moments Hop! WELCOME! (((( hugs )))) How's that for an enthusiastic reception?

Did you hop here by way of Kim Jaime, our newest Shoppe Instructor? If so, you're right on track. Otherwise, you may wish to start from the beginning to become eligible for a fabulous grand prize and three "mystery" prizes!

Do you love glitter? Me, too. It's especially good if you are as"boo-boo" prone as I am in creating cards. Glitter covers a multitude of mistakes. :-)

How not to start a blog post: **apologizing**. I promise in real life this is a pretty card with all the sparkly glitter, shimmery embossing powder, and reflective mirror cardstock (CS). No matter what I did in photographing it, or what magic was used in my software, this card remained aloof and uncooperative. It just would not glisten, sparkle or reflect! (no squealing allowed) :-D

Mirror Cardstock creates phenomenal effects! Standing at an angle so the camera and my face didn't reflect in it was a bit difficult. In person, the ornament is very shiny and pretty. Sparkle N Sprinkle carries several colors of mirror card stock - available in individual sheets, or in packets.

To further torture you, here is another tragic photo which shows a little of the glistening Gold Tinsel EP used in the layer around what is supposed to be TRUE GREEN cardstock LOL. It's fun converting plain, inexpensive cardstock into amazing designer cardstock! Honest! it really is pretty in person LOL - just take a piece of cardstock decide how much will show as a mat or layer, apply VersaMark Ink in that area, pour on your EP and heat. The rest of the CS remains as it was. It also makes adhering the layers a little easier because the center is not "coated" with a resistant covering.

The panel background was created by randomly stamping and embossing with Gold Detail EP, the holly bunch from our brand new Christmas Basket Stampette set. With a Sakura Glue Pen, glitters Elegant Emerald, Cerise, and Fantasy Gold became my coloring medium of choice. 

OK, your torture is now complete LOL. Seriously, I cannot apologize enough for how poorly this card photographed. Hopefully you know me well enough to know that if I say it is absolutely, glisteningly pretty, you know it's true.

Thanks for withstanding the icky photos. Now that your maltreatment on my blog is complete, here comes the part you've been waiting for. To qualify for the Blog Candy drawing for a free Christmas Basket Stampette set, just leave a comment below and become a follower of my blog. To become eligible for the Hop's grand prize and 3 mystery prizes, leave the same comment below (LOL) and return to the SNS Home blog. When there, please leave your answer to the following question:

With Autumn festivities upon us, and Chanukah and Christmas soon here, what is your favorite holiday activity? 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Asian Cards with Embossing and Mica Powders

One of my great loves in creating cards is using embossing powders. I recently created a few cards in honor of Kim's 7th wedding anniversary, each one slightly different, using an assortment of stamps, EPs, mica powders - but all the same colors. The first one uses open rice sheaths in clear detail embossing powder found at Sparkle N Sprinkle. Next the Asian Characters were stamped and embossed with SNS gold detail powder. The edge was torn and embellished with more gold EP.

This card was cut with decorative cutters (another oldie but goodie in my stamping closet) The teal green leaves are stamped with VersaMark ink and then rubbed gently with the mica powders. This step is done after all the embossing is complete.
It's always a pleasure celebrating someone's special day, isn't it? I'll be making more backgrounds with the EPs, and listening to those "old" tools crying out in my stamping closet.

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

It's a Color Combo Swap with FS friends

Hi! Our Florida Stamp Group is doing a color-combo swap taken from Definitely not colors I would choose to use together!

So where to start? I'm still in the "using old stuff" mode, so out came the Tria Inks and glossy cardstock. Anyone remember those Tria Inks which came out long before Tim Holtz thought of creating alcohol inks?

This sunny background was created with my Tria Inks in magenta, orange, lime green and a silver Krylon Pen, in a technique we called "polished stone" (back in the day LOL).  Even the Sun stamp is old, old, old from The Artful Stamper in California. I'm happy to see they are still in business. It's stamped in another old old item - Sepia Brown Memories Ink. The green isn't showing up particularly well, but everything else is. The "new thing" on the card is Sparkle N Sprinkle Evening Glow glitter adhered with Brushable Glue to make it stay put.

(To see the details better, just click on the photo.) As the verse claims, "It's the small things in life that are the most precious." Ahhhh, that includes using OLD STUFF in the craft closet. :-)
Thanks for stopping by!