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, October 29, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The Florida Stampers are leafing it this month - we created cards using leaves. The leaves could be anywhere on the card, and used in any manner (stamped, stickers, designer paper, die cuts, etc). Hence my Clean and Simple card.
The Vellum has dry embossed leaves on it (that's why the leaf veins appear white). Under the vellum is a white piece of cardstock with randomly smooshed chalk (pastels). The chalk was applied with a highly technical device called a cotton ball. :-)
The inside image is stamped with another oldie crying out to be used: Memories solvent based dye ink pad Barn Red color. Then image is entirely colored with chalks (one of my favorite coloring mediums). I prefer the softer look of watercolors when applying the chalks. That's why the color is deliberately outside of the lines.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Fellow Florida Stamper Sharon Field drew my attention recently to a wonderful Sketch site - Creative Sketches. One Sketch in particular became October's Sketch of the Month for our Florida Stampers Group. This A6 size card will be mailed to swap partner Sandy Meier.
To see the sketch cards created by the Creative Sketches Group, just click here.
Monday, October 17, 2011
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 Hope Love Faith set is to Lynne Platt (for some reason her e-mail did not notify her of her previous win), and Ellie Cornell has won the Christmas Basket set!
Friday, October 14, 2011
Originally displayed in March 2009, for use of embossing powders as coloring agents, this card also utilizes paper pieces, assorted sizes of Tear-ific Tape and Glitter to create the look of several layers.
Do you ever look back on your cards and see a difference in your style, techniques or ability? I sure do! This was made prior to my life with Spellbinders LOL
One of my favorite SNS images is this Christmas Dove called "Nestle in for Christmas". My card was created for and published in Cardmaker's Sketchbook Christmas Celebration book released in 2009. It was my one and only publication submission LOL.
The directions are not in the card gallery at SNS because it is property of Cardmaker, however, I've grocery listed the products used. The Cardmaker sketch was specific: card had to be 8" x 5", but this easily could be done on a standard A2 size card, with less glitter being shown.
Are the winter doves in your area white? Living in central rural Florida, we enjoy an abundance of feathered creatures. Inspiration comes from my stamping room window. Our doves range from a blue grey to dark tan. So this little guy is not the traditional white.
(Just click on the card to see more detail)