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

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Spirit {Scrapy Land}

Welcome to my project for the 8th Scrapy Land Challenge! 
And a special welcome to new follower Pauline Steward.

The Challenge is open until January 4. 
The theme is "HOLIDAY THEME using any die manufacturer which Scrapy Land sells" (electronic die cuts do not qualify)Scrapy Land sells over 40 brands of dies, including overseas products, and most are at a great discount.
  plus free shipping over $45!

My card features the Sue Wilson Spanish Collection - Seville and the following dies.
Spellbinders Long Classic Rectangles Large S4-142
Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Squares 

The Inkadinkacling sentiment is stamped with white pigment ink and embossed with Sparkle N Sprinkle EP107 Sparkle.

The Impression Obsession Snowflakes are die cut from the silver liner found on peanut cans, then layered and held together by a silver brad.

The Impression Obsession Pine Branch has been embossed with a little Sparkle EP and then Chunky Clear and Silver Glitter were added.

LOVE this die: Memory Box String of Bells. It is covered with Silver Ultrafine Glitter (isn't it so pretty with those darling little swinging clappers bringing movement to the banner?)

We are looking forward to seeing your pretty Holiday Creations at the Scrapy Land Challenge.

Products Used:

Scrapy Land Sue Wilson Spanish Collection - Seville
Scrapy Land Memory Box String of Bells
Scrapy Land Impression Obsession Pine Branch
Scrapy Land Impression Obsession Snowflakes
Spellbinders Long Classic Rectangles Large S4-142
Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Squares
Stamp: Inkadinkaclings (no name #60-60083)
Embossing Powder: Sparkle N Sprinkle EP107 Sparkle
Inks: SU Whisper White Pigment, Brilliance Sky Blue Pearlescent
Paper: Navy Blue, White, Tin Liner off a Planters Peanut Can
Glitter: A-Line Stamping brand Silver Opaque Ultra Fine Glitter, Off-brand Chunky Clear Glitter

Challenges I'm Playing In:

  1. Cards Galore Encore Challenge - Merry Christmas and Anything Goes - 01/01
  2. Die Cut Divas - Snow and Christmas/Holidays - (my pine branches are covered with glittery snow) 01/01
  3. Crafty Creations Challenge - #278 Something to "die for" - must use die cuts - 12/23
  4. Double Click Skittles - #11 Happy Holidays - 12/23 (Jan 10)
  5. A Gem of a Challenge - #134 Anything Christmas - 1/6
  6. Sentimental Sundays - #237 Anything Goes with a Sentiment - (stamped sentiment in white ink and used EP) 12/23
  7. Artistic Inspirations - #122 Anything Goes Christmas - 12/21
  8. Card Mania - #62 - Christmas 12/26
  9. Get Creative Challenges - #4 Blue Silver White (I have used Navy Blue - the photos look black, but the Cardstock is navy blue) 12/31
  10. Incy Wincy Designs - (week of Dec 15) Anything Goes Christmas - 12/21
  11. Monday Morning Challenge - #1 Anything Christmas or Winter - 12/29

Thanks for visiting!
Stamping Hugs,

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Christmas Cheer {Scrapy Land}

Welcome to my projects for the 7th Scrapy Land Challenge!
a CAS tutorial using this pretty die.

This card trio features the beautiful Die'sire - Christmas Present die cut set
With the festive embossed ribbons, this die cut set is great for elegant birthday and anniversary cards.
Die-sire Create-a-Card dies are from the United Kingdom, 
making them more expensive in the US, however, most dies are sold below the MSRP at the Scrapy Land on-line store.

NOTE: Dies coming from the UK and Europe are more expensive due to the high cost of shipping from the distributor to the U.S. retailer.

The Challenge is open until December 14. 
The theme is ANYTHING GOES using any die manufacturer which Scrapy Land sells (electronic die cuts do not qualify)Scrapy Land sells over 40 brands of dies, including overseas products, and most are at a great discount
  plus free shipping over $45!

My Projects use the following Scrapy Land die cuts:
(please see product listing below for other dies used)

The Memory Box String of Bells (shown below) is cut from gold glossy cardstock. 
This card uses a not-quite-salmony color called Mountain Rose. Galaxy Gold Brilliance ink and Mountain Rose dye ink have been applied to the white panels.  


Below my card also uses Sue Wilson die cuts (also out of the UK):
Both are marked down 5% at this time.

The base also uses:
Impression Obsession Christmas bell die cut in gold glossy
Spellbinders Grand Scallops
SU roses ribbon border
Sparkle N Sprinkle Palm Green Cosmic embossing powder

Close Up of the Die-sire die cuts: 

This die is connected as a single piece 
        (ensuring perfectly placed cuts), 
                but cuts two separate shapes shown below.

I was surprised that this die does not have a cutting edge around the outside of the die. 

It must be trimmed by hand, or have a previously die cut shape ready before using the Die'sire die. 

So I have created a flat, "clean-and-simple" card tutorial below to show how this die is easily utilized. If mailed in a rectangularly shaped envelope, the finished card will use a single stamp:


The sentiment can be placed on the back of a card when this sort of design is created:

Because the bells on the back were adhered with Xyron 150 applicator, some of the stickiness stays around the edge of the die cut. Some clear glitter sticks to that stickiness and makes the die cut look prettier. You probably cannot see that unless the photo is clicked on to enlarge.


DOING THE HAPPY DANCE to have "found" my gold and silver glossy cardstock - long forgotten - it was purchased some 10 years ago from Marcos Papers and was still in its original packaging.

Do you ever re-discover a long-ago-purchased item still in the original packaging?

Thanks for visiting! I always appreciate your thoughts and comments.

Do you read my blog posts via e-mail? Sometimes I mention to "click to enlarge" or to "leave a comment". To participate in those activities, just click on the title of the email to come directly to my blog post. Then click on photos to enlarge them, or leave a comment. Thank you!

Stamping Hugs,

Products Used:
Scrapy Land Sue Wilson Spanish Collection - Valencia
Scrapy Land Sue Wilson Spanish Collection - Corner, Border and Tag
Scrapy Land Sue Wilson Spanish Collection - Cordoba
Scrapy Land Die'sire - Christmas Present
Scrapy Land Memory Box String of Bells
Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Squares LF127
Spellbinders Grand Labels One LF161
Spellbinders Grand Decorative Labels One LF018
Spellbinders Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles (LG) S4-143
Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Oval (SM) S4-141
Impression Obsession Bells
EKSuccess Corner Punch
Stamps: IO Warmest Thoughts, SU Elegant Cheer, SU Merry Christmas
Brilliance Inks: Pearlescent Lime, Gold Galaxy, Rocket Red
Other Ink: Mountain Rose Dye Base, VersaMark
Sparkle N Sprinkle embossing powder: Detail Gold, Palm Green

Challenges Entered:

  1. Christmas Card Challenges - #53 Anything Goes - 12/6
  2. Fan-Tastic Tuesday - #64 - Anything Embossed (dry embossing in each design and wet embossing on 2 of the cards) 12/10
  3. My Creative Moments Monday Morning Creative Challenge - #1 Anything Christmas or Winter - 12/27
  4. Craft Hoarders Anonymous - #21 Celebrate the Season Hoarded Items - My Christmas cards use hoarded SU rose ribbon which was purchased over a year ago and never used. It also FINALLY uses pretty Gold Glossy cardstock (I actually forgot about it - it was purchased from Marcos some 10 years ago and was in the original packaging when I RE-discovered it last month!) 12/14
  5. Emerald Faeries Challenge - #62 Red and Green (card #2) 12/31
  6. Seemacrafts Challenge - December - "Christmas" 12/31
  7. Sweet Stamps Challenge - #198 Christmas Spirit 12/7

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gaudy Project of the Decade {Scrapy Land}

Welcome, dear friends, and to newest follower Patti Senter!

This project deserves the Gaudy Project of The Year Award!

     it could not get any gaudier
               I can't believe I'm showing it,
                     but here is my latest project for
the new Scrapy Land Challenge -- 

A Number Ten Size Can repurposed as a decorated cookie container to be mailed.
     The cookies will be protected in the can,
          stay nice and fresh,
               and the decoration will suffice as Christmas wrap!

The Challenge is open until November 30. 
The theme is ANYTHING GOES WITH TEXTURE using any die manufacturer which Scrapy Land sells (electronic die cuts do not qualify)Scrapy Land sells over 40 brands of dies, including overseas products, and most are at a great discount
  plus free shipping over $45!

The Cookie Container uses the following die cuts:

All the dies are from Scrapy Land:

Impression Obsession Pine Branch

The Matte Snowflakes are a smooth texture in contrast to the glittered Poinsettias.
The Lumiere Paints showcase the underlying mulberry paper, and give a pearly look.

Some of the papers for the Poinsettias are textured.
There are four sizes of glitter used to show more texture.

All die cuts were adhered with Alleen's Quick Dry Tacky Glue.
They dried rather quickly - even the chipboard snowflakes.

The lid has layers of the Pine Branch, stuffed with silver mesh.
The lace was sprayed with lavender and turquoise spritzes from a company who is no longer in business.

The lid also sports an old floral pick from Michaels. I cut it apart. Using the same blue paint, I painted the pine tree portions and dredged with Sparkle N Sprinkle Tinsel Shape Glitter. Martha Stewart chunky glitter was used on top of the painted silk holly leaves. An assortment of glitters was used on the pine branch die cuts.

Thanks for checking out my GAUDIEST EVER project - I certainly learned a lot playing with all the supplies!

Path of Positivity Challenge - Gratitude:

Every December, our "Cookie Group" puts together a huge box of decorated cookies to send to a Vietnam War Vet who suffers from PTSD, deafness, and other war-related disabilities. We are so grateful to do this special thing for him. He lives in a remote area of the country without any of the conveniences we take for granted. He walks four miles to town to pick up his mail, uses a generator as necessary for "power", removes icy snows from the roof his log home, hunts and cures his own meat, grows and stores his own vegetables. This gentle soul knows he is a danger to others, and is most comfortable living alone, and in a "community" where most of his neighbors share similar challenges also "courtesy" of Vietnam. I've been blessed to meet him on occasion when he visits a nearby farm to help his family out. These visits are decreasing, as traveling by bus and train are becoming increasingly taxing to his PTSD. He loves receiving our goodie packages. Each of the cookies are in paper decorated packaging, have their own recipes included, and according to his words, "makes me feel like I'm home for the holidays". He enjoys sitting by the fire at night, munching the goodies, and re-reading the recipes, even tho he does not bake.

WE ARE GRATEFUL for all the people who have sacrificed and served in some capacity to help others and/or to serve our country.

It takes so little to bring GRATITUDE to our own hearts - simply by doing small, thoughtful things for others, which in turn, brings GRATITUDE to their own dear hearts.

At the risk of being sappy - your cyber friendship brings GRATITUDE to my heart.

Stamping Hugs,

  1. Clear it Out - Nov 18 Challenge and Stash is Anything Goes with Paper Crafting - I have used long forgotten mulberry paper, first time use for the Poppy Stamps Blooming Poinsettia, first time use of the Lumiere Paints (in my stash at least 8 years) 11/24
  2. Craft-Room Challenge - #89 - Anything 3D (lots of dimension in my project) 11/24
  3. Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Nov 11 Colour Choice BLUE, WHITE, SILVER (silver mesh ribbon and glitter, assorted blue papers, blue paint, white snowflakes)11/24
  4. Through the Craft Room Door - TTCRD Nov 18-24 - Anything Goes 11/24
  5. All Crafts Challenge - Oct/Nov - Anything But Cards - 12/1 (check tab)
  6. Craft Hoarders Anonymous - #20 Box it Up! - repurposed #10 can for packaging cookies, hoarded items were forgotten copper mulberry paper, Lumiere paints (in my stash at least 8 years), old floral pick, and first time use of Poppy Stamps Blooming Poinsettia 11/30
  7. Path of Positivity - #20 Gratitude (please see paragraph in my post) 12/1
  8. The Pink Elephant - #TPE277 "ANYTHING BUT A CARD" 11/24
  9. Unstampabelles Challenges - #41 Box it Up! Create a box/container and document how it was made (shown above) 11/28
  10. Dream Valley Challenges - #95 Anything Goes 11/27

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Snowy Fun Christmas {Scrapy Land}

Hi, Blogging Friends! 
And a special welcome to new follower Barb Burgess.
It is time for a new ANYTHING GOES Scrapy Land Challenge!

The Challenge is open until November 16. 
The theme is ANYTHING GOES using any die manufacturer which Scrapy Land sells (electronic die cuts do not qualify)Scrapy Land sells over 40 brands of dies, including overseas products, and most are at a great discount
  plus free shipping over $45!

Since it never snows in Florida (well, except for that time 2 years ago and in 1977), I created this snowy wintry scene on paper using 3 Sue Wilson's beautiful dies and 1 Spellbinders die.

My card uses the following die cuts:

All the dies are from Scrapy Land:
  1. Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Basic Frames Set A California Collection CED1103
  2. Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Seville Spanish Collection CED1203
  3. Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Holly Accessory Kit - Festive Collection CED3014
  4. Spellbinders Elegant Labels Four (outside frame)

The Sue Wilson Die (in white) has been inked with Lavender Pearl just to show you the embossed detail. This die set comes with 4 gorgeously shaped dies.

The background colors are navy blue, but they appear black (for some reason) in the photos. The snowy background is a Cuttlebug EF colored with Brilliance Moonlight White ink.

The Sue Wilson Festive Collection with Holly Accessory Kit contains several sizes of leaves and berries:
The glitter is from Tulip Treasures and Sparkle N Sprinkle. The mica flakes are from Stampin' Up! The two frilly white layers are the same shade of white, but the camera must have picked up the reflection or dry glue color, yellowing the top layer slightly. In real life, they look the same, but one is sparkly.

Please join us at Scrapy Land Challenge this month! 
The prize is great, and badges are awarded as well! 
You may enter as many times as you like.
Products Used:
Challenges Playing In:
  1. Fairy Tale Stampers #46 Something New - (The Snowman image is new, and so are the 3 Sue Wilson Die Cuts 11/15
  2. Use Your Stuff #160 - Snow (Snowman, and snowing background) I've had this image for a few years, and this is the first time it has seen ink LOL 11/9
  3.  Art By Miran - #18 Anything Goes 11/13
  4. One Crazy Stamper - Nov "Anything Goes" 12/1
  5. The Artistic Stamper Challenge - Nov - Christmas Is Coming - Must use rubber stamp (the Joy stamp and the little scene stamp are both by Inkadinkadoo and stamped with Paris Dusk ink) 12/1
  6. Bearly-Mine Challenges - Nov - Christmas - 12/1
  7. Craft Your Passion - #238 Bright and Sparkly - (I used 2 colors of glitter, and 2 sizes of glitter, and the iridescent sparkly mica flakes) 11/10
  8. Crafty Cardmakers and More - ##126 Cut It Out (used 4 die cuts shown above)
  9. Dream Valley - #94 Getting Ready for Christmas 11/11
Stamping Hugs,

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Some Fun Halloweenie Cheer

Is the title of my blog post an oxymoron? 

Inspired by Benzi Stampz, Barb Harmon, Terry Weigand, and Scrapy Land this year I made some Halloween cards to send to friends. It's the first time I've done this, and it sure was fun! The cards are all single-postage-stamp mailable (I did it! I did it!).

Above are 5" x 7" cards with Impression Obsession's image and Taylored Expressions Mini Leaves.  I used a Spellbinders oval to cut the orange layer, and cut it unevenly (and vertically) to create a layered pumpkin look behind the Spellbinders scallop oval.

Prima Flowers in Olive complement the green in the stamped image.

 (I love these 2 challenge blogs!)
We are encouraged to use black and orange and to use some sort of stashed away Halloween stuff!

  • I finally used my Martha Stewart Jack O Lantern border punch after purchasing it 2 years ago at a Michael's clearance. 
  • The Stampa Rosa (now Stampington) spider web stamp was purchased at a used stamp sale over 6 years ago for 75 cents! It has never been used and was feeling neglected. 

Do you have old stuff that has still not been used?

A Martha Stewart spider web punch has only been used once before (also purchased at a clearance years ago).

The Papertrey Ink "Superstition Stamp Set" (cute sentiments, hat and black cat) are courtesy of friend Terry Weigand.

The insides are just as fun and colorful!

Products used:

Scrapy Land Spellbinders Decagons
Scrapy Land Taylored Expressions Mini Leaves

Scrapy Land Dee's Distinctively IME-117 Flourish Set 4
Spellbinders Grand Labels
Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Ovals
Martha Stewart Jack O Lantern border
Martha Stewart Spider Web PAP
Impression Obsession Stamp
Papertrey Ink "Superstition Stamp Set"
Computer Generated Sentiments
Stampa Rosa (now Stampington) spider web stamp

Challenges submitted to:

  1. A Gem of a Challenge - #131 Trick or Treat (Halloween) 11/6
  2. Artistic Inspirations Challenge - #114 Halloween 11/7
  3. Crafts 4 Eternity - #199 Halloween 10/30
  4. Creative Corner Challenges - (Oct 24) Halloween 10/31
  5. Creative Moments - #54 Anything Goes/Halloween 11/3
  6. Dream Valley - #93 Halloween 11/2
  7. Clear it Out Challenge - (Oct 21) Halloween 10/27 (please see blurb highlighted in blog post)
  8. Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog - #22 Something Spooky 11/7
  9. Shopping our Stash Challenges - #174 Halloween 10/27  (please see blurb highlighted in blog post)
  10. Jo's Scrap Shack - FFC #63 Haunted Wishes - 10/31

Thanks for visiting today!