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

Thursday, October 31, 2013

SNS Winter Wonderland - November 1 Release

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's pretty golden Winter Wonderland theme tag.

Are you color challenged? Do you prefer not having to purchase expensive cardstock? If so, the techniques on this tag are for you.
My project today uses only one color of cardstock - WHITE!
This makes it affordable while producing an elegant look.


But business first!
This month we are featuring two marvelous stamp sets by artist Rosiland Solomon. The Winter Wonderland rubber stamp set is also available digitally here. The pretty Flourishes Two rubber stamp set creates some lovely, interesting backgrounds.

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This tag is made from several layers. The bottom white layer has been coated with Gold Detail embossing powder EP168. The layer with white holly leaves is the same white paper. The top layer has been stamped with VersaMark Ink   and heat set with more Gold Detail embossing powderThat layer was trimmed and distressed around the edges. After distressing the edges with more VersaMark Inka little Gold Tinsel embossing powder EP385 was heat set to gild the frame. To further distress, Dimensional Glue was squeezed around the edges very lightly, and pretty Aztec Gold ultrafine glitter was applied. In person, this "three-part" distressing produces a striking effect:  

Below, a little Twinkling Clouds Sparkle N Soft Flock SS107 was applied with Brushable Glue. After drying, I colored the sparkling flock with a Tombow Marker, to give the bunny a furry appearance, and shade certain areas for detail. The deer on the left is also colored with the marker, but without the Twinkling Clouds. The only coloring medium was a single Tombow marker for the doe and bunny.
It really makes a difference:

More Twinkling Clouds Sparkle N Soft Flock SS107 was applied with Dimensional Glue in the tree branches for a softer, snowy look. 

Brushable Glue was painted on the trunks and some snowy elements in the background. Diamond Dust sparkly glitter G1116 was dredged on to make a spectacularly glitter-full creation. The darker conditions below reveal the shadows of the Sparkle N Soft on the bunny and branches:

The back is not plain by any means!
Once again, only white cardstock was used.
Gold Detail embossing powder covers the layers and sentiment:

Three layers create the ornate tag topper:

TIP: If you prefer not using inks on the inside of your embossing folders, emboss your cardstock and then use VersaMark Ink on the embossed piece. By heat embossing with DETAIL EMBOSSING POWDER, every crevice is nicely covered, and the dry embossed areas are plainly visible. SNS carries over 25 colors of detail embossing powders.

Do you see the 3 layers of Fanciful Flourish by Spellbinders? 

The front "layer" (shown above) is actually two gold embossed flourishes, adhered back-to-back with Brushable Glue, so that the gold shows front and back. 

On the flip side (shown left) a third Flourish is attached to adorn the back side of the tag, and to hide the ribbon which was woven through the front.

Having the 3 layers provides good support for the tag as well.

The following products were used on this project:

Old Paper Dye Ink
Cardstock: White
White Lace, Ribbon
Tombow Marker Color 990
Spellbinders Fantastic Flourish Two S2-009
Spellbinders Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles LG S4-143
MS Holly Leaves PATP
EKS Corner Rounder
Swiss Dot embossing folder
Sakura Pen Touch Gold Pen

Participating in these fabulous challenges!

  1. Created with Love - #64 Anything goes (11-2)
  2. Corrosive Challenge - #186 Tic Tac Toe - diagonal "bling, image, layers" (11-9)
  3. Challenges 4 Everybody - #32 Anything Goes - (11-8)
  4. Tammy's Scrappin' Corner - #Anything Goes (11-2)
  5. Party Time Tuesdays - #144 Anything Goes (11-4)
  6. Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes (11-4)
  7. Tip Top Tuesday - #113 Seasons - Winter (tip is about detail EP & embossing folders) (11-3)
  8. Use It Tuesday - #66 Critters - (doe and bunny) (hoarded supplies from the past Aztec Gold Glitter and the white ribbon - both had never been opened)
  9. Crafty Girls Challenges (4 Krafty Girls) - #5 Anything Goes - (11-14)
  10. Charisma Cardz Challenge - #43 Anything But Cards - (11-5)

Thanks for stopping by today,


Belinda said...

Wow!!! These are just stunning!!! I love the gold it is just beautiful.


April said...

Gorgeous tag! The white and gold is so elegant. What beautiful sparkle! Great job!

Karen Petitt said...

Absolutely stunning. There is something so very elegant about cream and gold. Have visited the ladies on the list, thank you for sharing your creations and for the chance to win some yummy goodies! xx

Mayras Designs said...

This is stunning Donna ! I love each and every one of your projects ! They are each beautiful , and this one is equally amazing !!!


maria's knutselplezier said...

What a wonderful Christmas wonderland art work, I love it every piece is unique and wonderfull , I really admire your stampingwork and your sparling accents!!!


Sue said...

This is stunning Donna, such a beautiful design. The gold sparkle looks amazing with the white.
hugs Sue xx

craftieodmae said...

WOW !!!!Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Another stunning beauty Donna. I love how you "colored" with embossing powders. It gives such an elegant result. Full of sparkle and shine - just gorgeous.

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

This is a really elegant tag all done in gold and white. The top scroll is so striking too. And I love how you used only part of the stamp.....very unique. Fantastic work.

KarinsArtScrap said...

these are beautiful Donna.

gr karin

Anne Temple said...

Wow, your tag is stunning! Love the gold and white.

craftin-dawn said...

Stunning! Fab works of art! Thanks for joining us this week at Created With Love Challenges for our ANYTHING GOES Challenge!

Pat K said...

WOW, stunning tag Donna. The gold, white and lovely lace are fabulous with this gorgeous scene, making winter elegance. hugs, Pat K xx

cotnob said...

Absolutely stunning Donna, such a beautiful design - the gold sparkle looks amazing on the white and you have managed to include so many fabulous details.

Elaine Stark said...

Beautiful tag. A great tip too. I love the gold and white theme. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

Sandy said...

Fabulous and glitzy! Thank you for joining us at PTT Anything Goes Challenge this week! Good Luck! - Sandy - DT Member

Eret said...

Donna, whare to you get your brilliant ideas. I love how you used the corner die cut on top of your tag. Very clever!
Your tag is totally stunning. Love this gold sparkle and lovely lace around your tag. Fantastic work!

Pat said...

Great monochromatic effect. Love what you've done.

pam said...

fantastic tag Donna, beautiful image and love all the gold detail & sparkle.
hugs pam

Stampsnob. said...

So lush and rich .......beautiful work............Lis

Chris Hanselman said...

Great tag. Love it. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Created With Love Challenges


Bernardine Cuttino said...

Oh my, love your header, so crisp and beautiful. This creation is stunning and rich in the gold embossing. So perfect for the holidays.

Cat's sCrap said...

Gorgeous tag. Sensible choice of colours. Bravo !

Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.

Hugs from France.

Kraftyscot (Donna) said...

Gorgeous creation...thanks so much for joining us over at Crafty Girls!
Hugs Donna DT xx

crafty-stamper said...

gorgeous tags love the white and the gold embossing looks very elegant and expensive -thanks for joining us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner
Carol DT x

crafty-stamper said...

gorgeous tags love the white and the gold embossing looks very elegant and expensive -thanks for joining us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner
Carol DT x

barbara macaskill said...

I am speechless! What a gorgeous tag!!! I love how you only used one color and the gold glitter is amazing!!! SPARKALISCIOUS all the way! TFS!

Pam said...

Beautiful. At first glance I thought you had stamped the scene in green and I thought that was pretty but as I looked further I realized the golf embossing and how elegant that made the entire project look. Elegant and beautiful.

Dawn said...

WOW WOW WOW!!! This is so stunning, Donna! The gold and white is so elegant. A beautiful image and it looks so amazing embossed in gold. And I LOVE how you have used the flourish die - so creative and clever!! It is always such a pleasure to visit your blog :) Hugs, Dawn

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful Donna. Love the white and gold - stunning!

Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Donna, was für eine wundervolle Gestaltung. Dein Projekt gefällt mir sehr, sehr gut. Vielen Dank für die Möglichkeit so einen wunderschönen Stempel zu gewinnen. Ich bin ganz verliebt in den Winterwonderlandstempel Ich liebe solche idyllischen Szenen sehr. Da kann ich so wunderbar zur Ruhe kommen. Das ist gut für die Seele.
Ich habe alle Blogs besucht und vielleicht habe ich ja Glück......Ganz liebe Grüße Hugs Silvi

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Really beautiful work - all that glitter and sparkle is gorgeous.
Caroline xxx

SD pooja said...

Gorgeous !! Sparkling gold looks fab !

Unknown said...

WoW what beautiful tag so elegant thanks for sharing.

Kat W said...

Wow, you really showed how to make something really special just from white cardstock! I love all the glitter and sparkle - so Christmassy :-)
Big hugs, Kat xx

Julie Z said...

Fabulous tag De!! All that sparkling gold and white is just SO stunning! And I LOVE your pics in the middle (and end) of the post that REALLY show the sparkle - fabulous shots. I know it must be SO sparkly in person!
Wonderful details - gorgeous tag Donna!!

Winterseve said...

Fantabulous!! How beautiful this is! I love the gold on gold! I can't wait to recreate this idea.

Carol Hurlock said...

Wowie this is amazing Donna. I just love all that rich, elegant gold. It's pure eye appealing candy. And who doesn't love candy-this is the non-fattening kind!!! lol You really made this sparkle. It's a winter wonderland delight. I am in complete awe. Just beautiful!
Bear Hugs,

Jean Bullock said...

Great embossing. The cards are beautiful.

Lady Bug Stampers said...

OMG Donna this tag is just spectacular. I love it. Love all the glitter and glam. Love the way you put the sentiment on the back and embossed that as well. Great tag!! Thanks for joining in the fun at Created With Love challenges.
Linda K. DT.

Jessica said...

Stunning, and you're right the gold is perfectly elegant with that cream! This is a work of art. Thanks for sharing the inspiration at Use It Tuesday.

KT Fit Kitty said...

All I can say is... BEAUTIFUL! These are so stylish and elegant - love the gold - so rich and full of texture.

Gerlinde said...

Such a beautiful tag! Love all the gold embossing - makes it very elegant! I have loved all the work done by the designers with this image - they are all a great big WOW!

Margaret said...

Beautiful tags. Love the gold. Thanks for playing with us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner for this challenge.
Margaret, DT

Anonymous said...

WOW fabulous creation, great tip too!
Thanks for Playing along with us this time at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

Sharon said...

Absolutely beautiful Donna. I love gold and white together - so classy and the designs are stunning.
Have a lovely week.
Hugs Sharon. x

McCrafty's Cards said...

These are so classy and elegant Donna, you always make such beautiful sparkly projects and they are always such a pleasure to view.
Kevin xx

brenda said...

Morning to you, just popping in for my virtual and generic c/p visit to see your latest creations, say hello and hope you have a good week.

B x

Monica said...

Sorry that I have missed out on your posts... this is just divine, sparkly, gorgeous, lovely, shiny, class and the works. LOVE everything about it including the corner.

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my goodness, these are a golden glittery dream! Your embossing is so perfect. I dearly love the woodsy snow scene. Also, your layering of the flourishy dies is a super idea. Utterly gorgeous, Donna!

Sasha said...

Amazing work, Donna, I love your beautiful sparkly tag!

Thank you for your kind thoughts during my absence xx

Debi said...

Beautiful, Donna.

Unknown said...

Stunning work De, love the gold and glitter...real Christmas colours.xx

Sue said...

Donna, gorgeous tag, you had me at the gold, but the scene and sparkle don't hurt either! Add that beautiful lace, and wowzers, this is one beautiful tag.....lucky recipient!


NanaConnie said...

How did I miss this one? Oh, I didn't do the hop this time. :-D I love gold and white together for holiday cards and projects. Everything you've done is so gorgeous, I don't know where to start with my comments! The lace is exquisite and the filigree on the top is so delicate. Love the sentiment. Fantastic embossing, of course. Wish I was getting a gift from you just so this tag would be on it. :-D

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hello, Donna, I just want to thank you for the sweet comments you leave on my blog. I am having a down day today and your kind words really touched me. Thank you - I am sending hugs your way.

crafty-stamper said...

Hi Donna back again to say thank you for entering your gorgeous tags into the Crafty Girls challenge
Carol DT x

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow Donna, this is such a beautiful and elegant tag. Its a wonderful scene and I love the gold you have used.
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Renate said...

Lovely creation! Thanks for joining us at Charisma this week. Don't forget to stop by later today for another challenge. ;-)

nwilliams6 said...

Wow - these are elegant and beautiful! Wow!!!!!!!! I am glad I dropped by so I could see this! Hugz!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Donna, somehow I missed these gorgeous golden tags! (not sure how, but it happens) Wow these are so beautiful! Have a great weekend, hugs, Shirleyxx

Shirley said...

Donna, your project is lovely beyond words! The lace is awesome and your art work is beautiful!!

Regan said...

Lovely tags! The gold is just stunning! Thank you for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge!

Shannon White said...

Wowzers!! Such a Gorgeous Tag Miss Donna! Love the Amazing gold embossing and pretty lace too! 8-)


Bernardine Cuttino said...

Stopping by to leave you some luv and thank you for your prayers.
Blessings hugs

*Vicki* said...

Hello my friend! WOW!! This is such a jaw dropping gorgeous creation! Really love the gold and glitz here! Such a perfect peaceful Christmas design! Thanks for sharing! HUGS

cghundley said...

Amazing work on your tag!
Gorgeous embossing and
Carla from Utah

Denise Bryant said...

This is so elegant in gold and white! Love the sparkle!