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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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Leather and Lace

Hi! Do you have a stash of partially started or partially completed card parts in a drawer somewhere? Waste Not Wednesday has a great Challenge to use up those forgotten things. Today's card share was a dark brown panel, with a clear embossed stamp image, waiting for someone to do something with it. I wonder who that someone might be? The image is from PSX - remember the company? I used a technique known as Brilliance Smoosh, using embossing powder and Brilliance Ink pads.


The image was stamped on dark cardstock with Versamark ink. After heating, Sparkle n Sprinkle's Clear Detail Embossing Powder acts as a resist, allowing the brown CS to remain dark under the embossed image. The coloring technique is a fun, easy application of the Brilliance Inks listed near the bottom of this post. They are simply "smooshed" on. For small details, a barely-wet paint brush may be used to pull color off the pads, or a reinker.


The above photo shows the shininess of the inks and EP. It's a little difficult to capture with a camera. The Cosmic Copper is on the flourish as well.





The Moon Light White Ink is a creamy white opaque color which shows up nicely against dark cardstock and darker colors of Brilliance Inks.


In this photo, the various colors of blue, copper, and gold can be seen against the dark cardstock, and complement one another.

On the far right of the card,  the ivory Fleur De Lis Borderabilities die cut is cut in half lengthwise.


Thanks to girlfriend Loretta for gifting me the pretty velvet ribbon. It has an ivory crocheted lace detailing on the right of it.

Card size is A7. Click on any of the images to better see colors or details.

Thanks for stopping by!





Products are listed below:

Pesto Dye Ink
Old Paper Dye Ink
Hazelnut Dye Ink
Cosmic Copper Brilliance Ink
Galaxy Gold Brilliance Ink
Moon Light White Brilliance Ink
Sky Blue Brilliance Ink
SNS Clear Detail Embossing Powder
MS Laurel Leaf Punch
MS Small Butterfly Punch
SB M-Bossabilities EL-002 both sides
SB Fleur De Lis Square S4-318
SB Labels Eight S5-019
SB Borderabilities Fleur De Lis S4-213, cut in half lengthwise
Cheery Lynn Tropical Flourish B127
PSX Post Card Collage, retired
Cardstock: Dark Brown, Peach-Light Orange, Cream, Ivory, Umber
Adhesive Rhinestones
Lace-Velvet Ribbon

This card is submitted to the following challenges:

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #186 No Rules!
Fussy and Fancy Challenge - #74 Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - Challenge #154 Bling it On! (rhinestones)
Lady Anne's Challenges - Anything Goes
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge - #51 Texture
Fashionista Challenge - Anything Goes Week Two
Make It Monday - Challenge #112
For Fun Challenges - Brown Orange Cream (in the cardstocks)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Nothing Says It Better Than Chocolate

YAY!!! I made another card! Even better... I didn't have to read any directions this time! LOL -- AND... I used my little Janome Sew Mini again!

Happiness is found in the little things in life, like having some control over one's hands, and being able to sit up without support.

I was especially inspired this week by the House Mouse and Friends Challenge Blog.


It is all about ATC Turnabouts. An ATC Turnabout is taking your finished ATC and placing it on a card.

The ATC was created using the House Mouse "Chocolate Delight" image. It was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and the solvent blender marker also by Prismacolor.




My card is also detailed using the Unscripted Sketches Challenge #180 Sketch.

All the Challenge links to which this card is submitted are shown below.

Here is a close-up of the Green Nugget Glitter. The base of the card is done in ivory CS. One-half inch double sided Tear-ific Tape was applied to the far right edge. The protective layer was then pulled off, exposing the ultra stickiness. Next the the sewn together background pieces were adhered, carefully lining up the punched border with the Tear-ific tape.

After the base layer was attached, the glitter was spooned on, and burnished. I like using wax paper for burnishing, unlike naked fingers, because it slides right over intricately-cut borders and die cuts.

My fingers dropped the ATC when applying it to the background, making it crooked. I tried masking that problem with hand-made flowers in the bottom left corner. LOL

Challenges this card is submitted to are:

Products used in this project include:

Sparkle N Sprinkle Green Nugget Glitter G1065
1/2" Tear-ific Tape by SNS
Chocolate Delight with Maxwell, Amanda, Mudpie (HMJR1069)
Long Classic Rectangles S4-142 by Spellbinders
Carnation Creations S5-049 by SB
Rose Creations S5-050 by SB
Fanciful Flourish by Cheery Lynn designs
Shabby Shutters Distress Ink
Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Prismacolor Pencils
DCWV Latte matstack
Stampin' Up! corner notch punch
Martha Stewart Lace Flowers punch





Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy a beautiful week!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Music is not Just for the Birds

Good Morning! My fingers finally completed a project which was begun last March LOL

First of all:  ACK! NO GLITTER!

This little 3.25" x 3.25" booklet opens into an accordion style card, using the same template as a pink booklet here.

The booklet opens about 18" long. Depending how deep the spine is, more photos or dimensional items can be added.







Those of you who know me will appreciate my brainlessness - I had forgotten how to use the most fundamental of tools and had to become reacquainted by reading directions for the Grand Calibur, Eyelet Setter, and threading my sewing machine! Sheesh, the mind is a terrible thing to waste - but HONEST, Mom! It's not my fault!

The first thing seen when the book opens is a tab of flowers cut from the MS punch. Pull the tab to open the booklet.



The "birdie" booklet is inspired by friend and fellow "Stampin' Seestah" Sandy (Cheesy). Sandy gifted me with the Colorbok Truffle paper stack one day. Sorry it took so long to show my appreciation!

And YES I used my little Janome Sew-Mini again - I love it.

 This booklet is entered in 9 challenges listed below. The "Oldie But A Goodie Challenge" was not only "inspired by a song" but had to utilize at least one item not used for 6 months. Actually, that was easy for me, since I haven't been able to do anything for six months. But the paper stack, two SB dies, Copper rhinestones, and stamps from set SNS Bird Swirl #432 were all over 6 months old, having never been used.

Did you know Sandy is a die-hard air guitarist? (ducking here)


Because I am homebound these days, I used what was on hand. So what did I learn?


Prismacolor Solvent Blender Marker blends not only their brand markers, but also Prismacolor Pencils and Copic Markers!

and...






Life Style cookie cutter dies are a fabulous deal for the price, creating awesome layers, but difficult for fumble fingers to use easily.




Will I purchase more? Probably, because they are wonderful for layering purposes.

Thanks for stopping by today!







The following Sparkle N Sprinkle images and sets were utilized. All of them are on special this month:

3424-427V Music Background

3498-432A Friendship Wings

3504-432AA Tweet

462S Zendoodle Rainbow (rainbow, cloud, birds, sing)


Also used:
Colorbok Truffle 12" x 12" paper stack
Chip Board for cover and binding
Tattered Rose Distress Ink
Old Paper Distress Ink
Copic Markers Prismacolor Pencils
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Martha Stewart Enchanted Heart Punch
SB Fleur De Lis Square S4-318
SB Labels Four S4-190
SB Shapeabilities Pendants Fleur De Lis S4-204
Cheery Lynn vine die
LifeStyle Cookie Cutter dies
CB embossing borders
EK Success punches
Lace, Ribbons, Rhinestones and Eyelets

This project was submitted to the following challenges:

Party Time Tuesdays - #89 Anything But a Card
Anything Goes Challenge - #77 Animals (birds)
Creative Card Crew - #21 Birds
Deep Ocean Challenge - #36 - Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge - #21 Bling Baby, Yeah!
Oldie But a Goodie - Inspired by a Song
        ("Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd 1975)
     and an unused item 6 months old:
        (Truffle paper pack and 2 of the SB dies)
Bloggers Challenge - Take Flight
Crafty Mess Challenges - #19 Anything Goes
The Stamp Man - Butterflies, Birds and Bees
        (birds used here)