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

Monday, September 30, 2013

Snow One Like You - 2 Sparkly Ways To Win!

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's October 1 Release,
my dear blogging friends, and my newest followers - Penny and "Fit Kitty",  - and my latest friends from Bloglovin and other Readers!

2 chances to win

the 1st with our "Snow One Like You" Release Contest
the 2nd with the SNS monthly challenge!

As you discovered last month, Sparkle N Sprinkle has changed things up a bit. At the beginning of each month, one or two new affordably-priced sets will be featured on our Facebook Page, Blog, Jazzy Jill's Technique Video for the month, Designers' Blogs, and our Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges Blog, where the monthly theme is always "Anything Goes with Glitter, Embossing Powder and/or Flocking." (There are three winners each month, badges and awards too!)

But Today...
 Sparkle N Sprinkle is releasing a darling little "Snow One Like You" set created by artist Beccy Muir. Jazzy Jill is also releasing the new Technique Video kit for October which uses this sweet new set. Click here for details about the monthly Technique Video Club.

For a chance to win the Snow One Like You stamp set and an embossing powder and a glitterwe are kicking things off with our 2nd Mystery Designer Party!

At the same time we are releasing a pretty new Flourishes Set #516 by artist Rosiland Solomon, created by popular demand from our designers and customers (thank you for the suggestions).

How to Party with Us:

On one of the participating blogs below, a Commenter will be selected to receive the prize
Snow One knows who the Mystery Designer is, so you may wish to visit each blog to leave a comment.

The winner will be announced on October 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

Emmy van den Heuvel (Debuting Designer)
Mayra Duran-Hernandez (Debuting Designer)
Eret's Kaardimaania (Debuting Designer)
Donna Ellis (so happy you're here!)
Jill Jacobsen (October's Technique Video)

A shared Reveal Day with artist Beccy Muir and her fabulous designers so you can gain even MORE wonderful ideas in using this sweet set! To see what Beccy's digi team has created using these images, please click here.


This darling Snow One Like You Set#515 and the pretty Flourishes One set #516 are available available  at 20% off 
as part of our Snow One specials. 
Just use the code SNOWONE20 in the COMMENTS SECTION 
when checking out in the SNS on-line store 
to receive these brand new sets at 20% off.
Promotion valid through October 3.(sorry, credit card customers only. Total will be manually adjusted. Or phone the SNS shoppe on Wednesday and ask them to manually adjust the charge on the phone for you).

Did you know Silver is very difficult to photograph? No matter what the light conditions, I could not capture the real colors. The card looks amazing in person!

The entire back panel is made using Pretty Silver Lightning EP which actually contains beautiful glitter. 

It's a detail EP, so you would not think that a single coat would cover white cardstock so completely, but it did.

The sentiment is embossed in the same EP, and is glittery as well, yet the pretty detail of the calligraphy in the letters is still clearly visible.

First I cut the pretty heart border from white cardstock, smooshed on the VersaMark, and dumped on the EP to heat set.

when using EPs that contain other ingredients, shake well before using and "dredge" the area being covered.

The effect really is quite exquisite.

The metallic layer which looks blue is actually a silvery lavender - the same color as the little snowman.

Every layer but the metallic cardstock has lots of glitter.

To achieve these looks, check out my complete directions here.

It was fun making this card!

Even the white background behind the woven ribbon is all glittery!

The Reflection (silver) Velvet Glitter 
the Cloud Nine (white) Velvet Glitter 
are both shaded with
 Pearlescent Lavender Brilliance pad. 


All of the Velvet Glitters can be distressed and altered in color, yet retain their glittery sparkle. 

They also feel very soft, and won't come off the card once adhered. 

Where the silver and white velvet colors meet, is a narrow layer of glue topped with Sparkle N Sprinkle's new Diamond Dust Chunky Glitter.

The texture of the glitter in the Silver Lightning EP shows up best below, but the colors are much darker than the actual card:

Products Used:

SNS "Snow One Like You" stamp set #515
SNS "Flourishes One" stamp set #516
SNS Silver Lightning Detail EP with Glitter in it (EP262)(background with heart border)
SNS Starfire Ultrafine Glitter (G1017) (base white card)
SNS Silver Leaf Tinsel GT3004
SNS Diamond Dust Chunky Glitter G1116
SNS Copics: YR16, R35, B16, BV04, 0, R32, Y08, B63, E35
SNS 3/4" Tear-ific Tape (double sided)
SNS Super Adhesive Sheets SAS02

3/4” Light Silver Satin Ribbon (RRR)
SB S140 Petite Oval Small (2 largest)
SB S4-110 Classic Ovals Large (largest)
SB S4-356 Floral Ovals (largest)
SB S4-190 Labels 4
MS Loops Heart Punch Around the Page
SU Oval Punch
SU Oval Scallop Punch
Platinum Brilliance Pearlescent Ink
Lavender Brilliance Pearlescent Ink
Cardstock: White, Metallic Lavender

This card has been submitted to the following wonderful challenges:

  1. Crimbo Crackers - #51 Christmas Embossing (lots of Silver Embossing Powder) ends Oct 9
  2. Simon Says Monday's ChallengeSay It With Stamps - (a single word or a lot!) Sometimes a single word says it all - ends Oct 7
  3. Crafts4Eternity - #143 Anything Goes - ends Oct 4
  4. Cute Card Thursday - #288 Pretty Ribbons - ends Oct 3 (3/4" satin ribbon woven in card)
  5. Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges - #98 Punches and Dies - (7 dies and punches) ends Oct 4, ann'd Oct 11
  6. Paper Pretties Challenge - #277 No Patterned Paper - (only contains white and silver blue CS) ends Oct 2.
  7. ChristmasCardChallenges - #44 Anything Goes Christmas -ends Oct 6
  8. Scribble and Scrap - #2 Anything Goes - ends Oct 11

Thanks, always, for stopping by.
Snowy Hugs,

Sunday, September 29, 2013

September Blog Candy Winner

Good Morning, dear blog friends. Just a quickie note - 21 sweet Commenters noticed my Clever Chloe Twins were without sparkly EP or Glitter.

I put those 21 names in an email folder and used - #5 popped up - that would be Verna Angerhofer!

Verna, thanks for your encouraging comments on my blog - they mean so much to me. Two Sparkle N Sprinkle Halloweenie stamp sets will be mailed to you. Will you please e-mail me your snail mail addy?

Thank you! And thanks to everyone who leaves a little sugar about my cards, too.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Clever Chloe Twins - Two Simple Cards and Blog Candy

A hearty September Fifteenth Welcome to you, my blogging friends, and my newest followers - Jackie, Christina Marfa, Emmy, Anita, - and my latest friends from Bloglovin and other Readers!

May I introduce Clever Chloe by artist Sherri Baldy?

Some of the most amazing digi images are available at Scrapbook Stamp Society - from just way too cute, to beautifully realistic, and fabulous fantasies - so whatever you think you want (or don't know what you want, yet!) hop on over and see what's new.

Today I'm using the Clever Chloe partially-colored image to show how quick and easy cards can be assembled in no time! (Sorry the purple vines are showing up as black below - not sure why)

All the papers are older neglected items from my stash, and the card is a simple 5x7 fold, it came together so easily! Even though the coloring is the same in both images, the subtle shading around the Spellbinders dies changes the look.

Even the leaves are from two papers - a darker olive to provide a bit of drama. Chloe is sporting a nice cool seersucker sun dress because she is visiting us in very hot, humid Florida - it's the perfect attire!

Her headband, dress, ribbons on her shoes are all colored. Just the ruffle, glasses, flowers and buttons need a little touch up to customize your creation.

Have you noticed anything unusual about these two cards, considering who created them? If you can guess, your name will go into September's Blog Candy drawing. (remember, no need to follow my blog to win)

One last look at the twins:

Thanks for stopping by! The Blog Candy Drawing will be at the end of September.

Stamping hugs,