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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Friday, February 17, 2012

Christmas Follows Valentine's Day, Right?

Hi! Thanks for stopping by. I'm delighted to have made a card for some wonderful on-line challenges. 

Ever receive store-bought cards which are just too pretty to be put in the neighborhood recycle bin? This card is one of those. Recycled "in-house", this card front has only been altered slightly with blue ink, VersaMark and Sparkle Embossing Powder, and of course, lots of layers and embellishing.


A very talented Girl Friend invented a spectacularly-easy-to-use Bow Maker called Craft-Dee BowZ. Even my fumble fingers make perfect bows everytime. While it is designed for children and adults, she also made some adjustments for "handi-capped" people such as myself. Thank you DeeDee!


Sparkle EP allows use of the VersaMark Pad and/or VersaMarker, to get in those special spots. Here a small 1" cube was smooshed across the bulk of the snow, and then the marker did the areas around the children and sky, so they remained glitter-less. Much easier than glue, Sparkle EP will never rub off, either. 



This card has been submitted to the following fun challenges:
Christmas Card Challenges #11 - Sketch
Christmas Inspirations - Challenge 41/2012 Anything Goes
Christmas Crafting Challenge - Blue, Silver, White
Crafter's Companion #21 - Anything Goes
Pretty Little Ribbon #7 - Anything Goes
Totally Paper Crafts #104 - Ribbons and-or Bows

Thanks for visiting!
Stamping Hugs,






Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Oldies in more ways than one...

Greetings! Hope the world has been treating you well these past several weeks.


Just a quick post sharing a challenge card done with a few on-line friends. We were to use only "old" art supplies - nothing new. There could be no die cuts or other "modern" embellishments.


Here I used Tria Inks (from the days before Alcohol Inks) on white glossy, stamped with Memories Sepia Brown. The image is from Stamp Camp. It's old, too LOL. 


The embellishment is a plastic buckle which was coated with PSX Holographic EP (you KNOW that's old). Background stamp is Stampers Anonymous with Brilliance ink - both old - yes, so everything on this card is at least five years old. Some of it is more than 10 years old. The sad part is that some of the items are "virginal," having never been used before LOL


Thanks for stopping by!
Stamping hugs,