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, January 25, 2013

Lovey Dovey Sparkly Poo


It's beginning to look a lot like Valentine's Day -

hearts and flowers
cupids and arrows,
candy and sweets and
all that "lovey dovey stuff".



This is my first "distressed" style card having curled corners, distressed panels, mismatched heart panels (on satiny design paper), tulle, and lots of stitching and glitter. (SO sorry about the photography - the card had to be mailed, and I ran out of sunny opportunities in the house)

Dont'cha love all the romantic and "corny" sayings that accompany Valentine's Day?

My Heart Beats for you:


Not enough afternoon light indoors today, so off to the front porch with Lovey Dovey, in pursuit of afternoon sunshine. Yesterday morning it was 36, so I pulled off the covers on the geraniums and used them to prop up my card.

The right side of the card is "squiggled" with VersaMarker and then embossed with SNS Sparkle Embossing Powder to give it a little pizzazz. The verse is from Stampin Up!'s "elegant cheer" set.

The Hampton Art image is stamped with black Staz-on ink and colored with a Dove Blender (how appropriate) and watercolor crayons on top of SNS Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter.

Time for another syrupy-sweet Valentine message:

Happiness is
 a friend like you:


Kuddos for the beat-down geraniums after being covered for 3 days. They are in a 20" pot.
(they deserve at least SOME recognition, don't they?)


Hard to believe but this love-lorn card has been entered in the following fabulous challenges:


C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - #191 Valentine's Day
Charisma Cardz - #3 - Hearts & Flowers (must have both)
Craft Us Crazy - #35 Celebrate Love or Are You Seeing Red?
Little Miss Muffet - #53 Hearts and Flowers
Bunny Zoe - January 14 Anything Goes
Lady Anne's Monday Anything Goes Challenge (Jan 14-Feb 11)
Created With Love Challenges - #25 Anything Goes
Cutie Pie Challenge - #36 Use 3 Different Textures (velvet glitter, tulle, embossing powder, satin cardstock, cloth stitching)
Fashionista Challenge - #11 - Dominant Color Red
Victorine Originals Challenge #51 - Valentines/Red, White and Pink (my pink is in the star and DP)

dies:
SB - scallop heart die
SB - rose creations die
SU - triple flower punch
MB - Riviera corner
LS - nesting hearts
LS - lace doily hearts

stamps: 
hampton art
stampin' up!

EP & Glitter:
sparkle n sprinkle

Thanks for stopping by,
always stamping hugs but today's hugs are full of Florida Sunshine, too,




Wednesday, January 16, 2013

AMAZINGLY-Fancy Folds Blog Hop

Hi! Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Amazingly-Fancy Folds Blog Hop, where you will see some imaginative designs, and have a chance at winning great prizes. If you did not arrive here by way of the incredibly talented Cammy Vietzke, you may wish to start at the SNS Home Blog, where prize details are explained - multiple prizes are being given away with winners being announced on Monday, January 21. You are cordially invited to visit all the designers' blogs:
Donna Ellis (you are here) - and Keri Brown.

First, a brief word from our sponsors (LOL)

(to view another booklet made with this template, please click here)

To view this month's SNS specials just click here.

We now return to our regularly scheduled program:

I know what you're thinking -- "that doesn't look so fancy"  but I promise it's a bit fancy.

It all started with Kelly Gettelfinger's YouTube video creating something she called a "Waterfall Mini Album".

(thanks for the great idea, Kelly).

Kelly's mini album looked like it would make an interesting card! (and it does)

Please click on any of the photos to enlarge details.

Start with one piece of
12" x 12" cardstock
For a complete tutorial in creating this card/album base, 


The booklet/mini album can be designed very simply, or with more intricate embellishments.
Either way, it is fun to make!

The folded card booklet measures 3" x 4".
Let's untie it.



The spine on this embellished version is 1/2"


Turn the first "accordion folded" page.
The accordion folds are what create the "waterfall" feature.


Below are columns 1 and 2, still folded up.

..

Pull down on the first column and see the strip facing the front cover:


Top Panel of Column 1 
Panel is dry embossed and brushed with 
Lavender Pearlescent Brilliance Ink
Butterfly enhanced with Eggplant Glitter:


Center Panel of Column 1 
Photo Corners also with Eggplant Glitter:


Bottom Panel of Column 1:
Pearl Stickers had the tacky adhesive which shows through.
Tip: Sprinkle glitter on top of your rhinestone and pearl stickers 
to cover the clear adhesive between jewels.


Turn the now-opened Column One to the back side:


Back Side of Column 1 revealed 
and
Closed front of Column 2 shown:


Top of Back Side of Column 1:
Tip: Staz-on inks actually look more vibrant when stamped on top of Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter.


Middle Panel of Back Side of Column 1:
Circle behind Eggplant Glitter Circle is embellished with Parisian Mist Glitter.
The green photo corners were covered with transparent Starfire glitter.


Bottom Panel of Back Side of Column 1
Starfire Glitter on edges, Cloud Nine under inked sentiment:



Pull down the Waterfall feature for Column Two:


Front Top for Column Two
Parisian Mist glitter in adhesive behind lace and on the adhesive of
the pearl flourish sticker:



Middle Panel for Column Two
Transparent Starfire Glitter on edge of hummer panel:


Bottom Panel for Column Two:


This is the back side of Column Two, which is also the back side of the Waterfall Booklet.




I hope you enjoyed the ideas in this project
and the SNS Fancy Folds Blog Hop.
Thanks for hopping, and for your wonderful support.

We have one more designer in this fun blog hop. Keri Brown's card is so gorgeous, you'll want to take a peek, and see how pretty it is so you can make one, too! Just click here to see Keri's card.

We would love for you to comment about the hop, cards, or products on the SNS Home blog.
or

and of course
I love when you leave me a little sugar in the form of a comment. To leave a comment and become eligible for the prizes, just scroll down to the tiny word "comments" below my signature, and click on it.

Challenges are listed at the bottom of this post.

The following SNS products were used in the booklet:
(to see the other products, please scroll to the bottom of this post)

Hummingbirds and Flowers Set 451
Heart With Wings 3579-451A
Smallest Things 3582-451A
Bahama Woodstar Hummer 3583-451P
Flying By 3581-451AA
Pansy Set #479 (sneak peek - set only available through classes at Conventions)
Nature Set #478 (sneak peek - set only available through classes at Conventions)
(Set 478 has a sister set which is a larger set, has larger images, and more images. It is set  467 Nature)
Eggplant Glitter G1066
Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter GM2000
Starfire Glitter G1017
Parisian Mist Glitter G1037
Brushable Glue 540
Super Adhesive Sheets SAS02
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye 99710

Other Products used in the booklet:

SB Petite Scalloped Oval S4-141
SB Rose Creations
SB Carnation Creations
SB Labels Five S4-229 (hummingbird)
SB Labels Thirteen S4-248
SB Classic Scallop Squares Lg S4-127HL
MS PATP Floral Crochet Deep Edge Punch
MS Lace Heart Edge Punch
MS Heart Seal Punch
MS Flourish Lace Punch
MS Lacy Doily Edge Punch
MS Garden Gate Punch
SU Scallop Circle Punch
EKS 1 1/4” Circle Punch
EKS large butterfly Punch
CL Tropical Flourish
CL Fanciful Flourish
Pearl stickers
Lace, Ribbon
Photo Corners
Craft Concepts Secret Garden EF
Pearl Flourishes and Stickers
Cardstock: DCWV Latte, Heidi Grace double green, White

Inks:
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye
VersaFine Imperial Purple pigment
Staz-on Royal Purple Dye
Shabby Shutters Dye
Milled Lavender Dye
Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender pigment

This card is entered in the following challenges:

ATC's and Cards with Attitude - #31 Add a tag or Sentiment - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - #24 Butterflies
Card Makin Mamas - Anything Goes Inspiration (Jan 12)
Daring Cardmakers - The 'Frill' of it All - (Jan 11)
Delicious Doodles Challenges - #18 Anything Goes Fave Colors (purple, lavender)
Inspire Me Fridays - #91 Anything Goes!
Totally Papercrafts Friday Challenges - #149 Ribbon
Allsorts Challenges - #189 Dies and Punches
Drunken Stampers - #112 All that Glitters
613 Avenue Create - #2 Anything Goes



Always a sweet hug for you,


Friday, January 11, 2013

Clean and Simple House Mouse - blog candy winner

It's a bright sunshiny day here in Central Florida, with amazing weather and happily chirping birds. Wish I could share it with everyone.

What I **can** share is the winner of the blog candy from this post. I enjoyed reading all the scenarios you shared. 

The name my husband drew from the basket is: Amy#8546 of The Tigers Haven

As promised, I have contacted Amy to let her know she won three Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp sets. Thanks for playing! (and we will do it again).

Today's card share is a sweet little House Mousie CAS - clean and simple - get well card. 

Except for the tail, these vibrantly colored, adorable characters were colored with chalks. My friends know that I don't do anything quickly. But this was very quick and easy to put together. The background was also chalked.



Aren't these little guys the cutest?

It was difficult, but I managed not to include a single embellishment, except to apply Crystal Lacquer to the bandaids. Does that count?

Thanks for visiting. 

This little CAS card has been submitted to the ABC Challenge - ABC11 Clean and Simple challenge (badge shown in top tab)

and to a brand new Challenge Blog called Creative Creations Challenges. Their first challenge is called #1 Anything Goes. (Congrats to their new design team, too)

Get Well Hugs for everyone who is under the weather,



Sunday, January 06, 2013

The Lilac Snowman and Blog Candy

Blog Candy! Awarded January 11 to Amy#8546 of The Tigers Haven

Bloggers who have glitter running through their veins share something ELSE in common. 

They lament that the sparkliness of their beloved glitter cannot be captured well in photography. 

Alas, are you my Glitter Sister? Do you share the Sorrow? 


Still, there is nothing which begins to match the enthusiastic, lively spirit of Glitter. So it makes me very happy that Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter by Sparkle N Sprinkle pleads with my other art supplies to include her in every card possible. In this case, my Lyra Watercolor Crayons heard Cloud Nine's cry, and asked to include her. So we all worked together to create this fun card.



The technique is found on the SNS Site:
Copics on Velvet Glitter - coloring on Glitter
Outline Stickers, Markers and Velvet Glitters
Staz-on Ink and Velvet Glitter (several tips in one tutorial)
Watercoloring on Velvet Glitter


I stamped on top of the velvet glitter with Rubber Cottage's Snowman inked in Ultramarine Staz-on ink. The shading was accomplished by pulling the color off Lyra watercolor crayons with a Dove Blender Pen, and applying directly to the glitter. Easy to manage the color, easy to apply the shading.

TIP: the Dove Blender allows you to control how much moisture gets on the glitter so the underlying adhesive is not affected.

So what does The Lilac Snowman have to do with Blog Candy? He wants to gift someone with three Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp sets. You don't have to follow my blog (though I love it when you do). Just leave a comment about why the Lilac Snowman is reveling in the gently falling snow, or catching snowflakes with his little snowy tongue. The winner will be announced here on January 11. If your e-mail addy is available through your comment or blogger, I will also contact you privately if your name is drawn from the basket. If no one responds within the week, then another name will be drawn.

Sparkle N Sprinkle Supplies:
SNS Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter (microfine) GM2000
SNS Super Adhesive Sheets SAS02 (double sided)
SNS Double Sided Tear-ific Tape SAT01
Dove Blender Pen

Other Supplies:
Rubber Cottage Snowman
SB Grand Labels Twenty-Three
MS Holly punch
Lyra Watercolor Crayons
Wallpaper (designer paper LOL)
White and Blue cardstock
ribbon, lace, pearl flourish sticker

Thanks for stopping by! My card is entered in the following awesome Challenges:


Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge - #24 Snowmen
Creative Belli Blog - #160 Winter-Snowmen (old ribbons & lace)
Card Mania Challenges - #11 Winter Wonderland
Scrap It Girl - January Bling, glitter, Shine and Sparkles
Dream Valley Challenges - #48 Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - #28 Let It Snow
Eclectic Ellapu - "Snow Much Fun"
Love to Create - #47 "Winter Wonderland"
Artistic Inspirations - #22 A Bit Of Sparkle-Anything Goes


Sparkly, Glittery hugs,