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 31, 2014

Mermaid Kisses - Sparkle N Sprinkle February Reveal

Warm greetings to all my blogging friends, and to
Maria, Barb, Sally, Gloria and new Blog Lovin' followers.

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's February 1 Reveal
with three opportunities to win (details below).
directions for this card are here.


If you enjoy on-line challenges, the SNS February challenge is live with four chances to win. You may use any compay's images. The theme is always 
"Anything Goes with Glitter, Embossing Powder and/or Flocking."

Spunky and Bug #523

We hope you enjoy all the new
SNS products in 2014
less expensive stamp sets
our own line of digital stamps
cut files to match our stamp sets
an exclusive line of designer papers
to match our glitters and embossing powders.

Mermaid Kisses #529

This month we are featuring three fun new stamp sets by artists 
Michelle Perkett and Beccy Muir.

The Mermaid Kisses stamp set is available on line.

It is also included in Jazzy Jill's Technique Video for the month.

Spunky and Rocco #526
Three Winners (one for each new stamp set) will be selected by during the Designers Mystery Party. Winners will also get to choose one Glitter and one Embossing Powder to go with their new stamp set.

How the Mystery Party works:

On Three of the participating blogs below,
a Commenter will be selected to receive the prize
No one knows who the three Mystery Designers are, so you may wish to visit each blog to leave a comment.

The winners will be announced on February 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

Emmy van den Heuvel
Cristina Ojeda
April Williams
Anne Temple
Anita Scroggins
Donna Ellis
Shona Erlenborn
Eret Pank
Mayra Duran-Hernandez
Marie Berquist
Jazzy Jill

Each of the three stamp sets are available at 20% off.
Promotion valid through February 3. 
You may also phone the SNS Shoppe to place your orders.

Below is a close up of the pretty Princess Rose Cosmic Embossing Powder - It is creamy-pearly-glittery (is that a good word?).  Velvet Sparkle Embossing Powder was applied around the inky distressed areas with a VersaMarker and then heat set. In real life, it is very sparkly, and not as "bumpy" as our regular Sparkle EP. My Mermaid's "fins" are textured with it as well. 

All of the sparkle is exclusively accomplished with embossing powders.
It will not rub off and helps create "depth" with color.

I apologize for not better capturing the amazing Sparkle.

For the last week
SOMEONE sent down a bunch of NORTHERN winter weather, which has blotted out the Sunshine we are so well known for here in Florida!
(giggle) We are such wimps down here.
"Distressing" with EPs covers up mistakes and is lovely in person.

more sparkle:
My computer-generated sentiment uses GarineldonNo01 font (an on-line freebie). The letters resemble a moving ocean.

one more sparkly look, just in case you haven't seen any sunshine for the past week:

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope to begin regularly visiting blogs again when the bingo game is completed.

Sparkle N Sprinkle Products Used:
Mermaid Kisses Stamp Set 529 + computer generated sentiment
Copic Markers - R02, R00, R20, R35, R21, E00, E43, E35, BG49, BG34, BG00, YG06, Y32
Moss Star Embossing Powder EP430 (very sparkly)
Mediterranean Star Embossing Powder EP429 (very sparkly)
By The Lake Cosmic Embossing Powder EP400 (sparkly and pearly)
Princess Rose Cosmic Embossing Powder EP387 (sparkly and pearly)
Decorative Elements Tear Drop Circles S4-344
Standard Circle Small S4-116
Labels Eleven S4-246
Itty Bitty Blossoms
Martha Stewart: assorted leaves, scallop edge punch
Dye inks for distressing
Cardstock: Pink, Turquoise, Celery, White, Neenah White, Green Vellum
Embossing Folder by Cuttlebug for 5x7 card

Path of Positivity Challenge - Generosity - When we recognize how truly incredible and remarkable every creature is, we become More than what we were, and can bring a Generosity and Beauty to the world we otherwise could not.

Challenges this card is entered in:

  1. Path of Positivity Challenge - #10 Generosity - my statement is just above this section. 2/3
  2. Crafty Catz Weekly - #216 Anything Goes 2/6
  3. Fairytale Challenge - #86 More Than 2 Colors - (pink, Turquoise, Green, Coral + skin does not count) 2/14
  4. 4 Crafty Chicks - #179 Anything Goes - 2/6
  5. 4 Crafty Girls - #10 - Anything Goes - 2/5
  6. Paper Crafting Journey - EMBOSS THAT! - (4 colors of EP - on the image, distressed around edges of both images, and all that glitter is actually EP) 2/10
  7. The southern Girls Challenge - "It's All New" (love your challenge name). (New Mermaid Stamp, New Shell Bead embellishment, New Princess Rose and Velvet Sparkle EP, New Copic Colors, New Dec. Tear Drop Circle die cut) 2/6?
  8. Creative Moments Challenges - #35 Anything goes Add Some Sparkle - lots of sparkly EP and rhinestone flourish. 2/10

warm, cozy hugs from Freezing-UNsunny Florida!
(bad weather go away!)


Anne Temple said...

Beautifully done! Love the embossed background and the piece of netting is perfect.

Shona Erlenborn said...

Really! Creamy-pearly-glittery - is that a word - yes for Miss Donna - and I think you nailed it yet again! A beautiful creation. Love her hair the most - jaw-dropping!

Mayras Designs said...

This sure is a gorgeous card Donna !!! The mermaids colors are stunning !!!! Always inspired by your creations !!!


Cristina said...

Such a beautiful card. I love the pink and the blue together. It is a very elegant card. Amazing work!!


Unknown said...

WoW Donna I luv your card the teal my favorite color realy adds beauty to this stamp.....I luv all the bling just adds more WoW

Belinda said...

Beautiful as always!!! I love all our beautiful details and the rich bold colors are just stunning!!


Winterseve said...

So pretty! It is soft and bold all at once. The techniques and elements you used are divine. Thank you for such a beautiful example of use of the set.

jimlynn said...

Jaw dropping gorgeous!!!!! I love all the shine on this and your coloring of the mermaid is splendid! So beautiful.

Carmen-Sunshine said...

Wow the embossed background really ties the whole card together. It really gives the feeling of the ocean.

Shirley said...

This is lovely, Donna! I really like how you embossed and layered all of it. The rose and shell are perfect for her and she is drop dead gorgeous!

April said...

So beautiful and sparkly! Love it!

Bernardine Cuttino said...

Hi Luv, sending hugs that you are doing well. This is so fun for those warm days to come. Fab colors and sparkles and beautiful composition

Carmen said...

You did a great job with this card. Love it! The colors are glorious and you make me want to drool with all of the embossing and sparkles sigh it is fab. Off to check out the other ladies projects.

Jean Bullock said...

So pretty and I love the sparkly pearly embossing powders. The dry embossed background is way cool and the coloring on the mermaid is lovely.

Linda Gibb said...

I like your different take on the mermaid. I really like the shadow effect around her body. Very different & nice!

SD pooja said...

lovely mermaid ! I loved the glittered layering and embossed bg !

Sue said...

Such a beautiful card Donna. I love the pretty image, your colouring is fabulous and all the detailing you have added is so gorgeous.
hugs Sue xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow Donna what a gorgeous card.
so beautiful designed and decorated.
beautiful colours you have used.

gr karin

Unknown said...

Beautiful card all your sparkle, the cheesecloth sticking out of the corner, and your coloring:) That little nautilus shell in the corner is adorable!

Bianca said...

That´s a wonderfull card and such a pritty coloration! I also love that glittering papers they make your card look like under the sea. Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, Donna! Absolutely gorgeous! I love how you coloured the image and added the sparkle - so beautiful! I really like how you used the gauze netting too. There are so many other awesome details here - and I love them all! Wishing you a wonderful day!

gobarb26 said...

De. This card is beautiful! I see what you told me about having lots of layers. It is a great look but I don' t know if I can do that. I have tried, but I am pretty much in a rut for design creativity! ♥️

craftieodmae said...

Eye popping gorgeous, I love all the glitter and the beautiful details!

Roey said...

when do you find the time??? so beautiful, I love your color choices! thanks

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Very beautiful design Donna with such a sweet mermaid. All your glitter and layers are fabulous along with the colours. I hope you are doing well, take good care, hugs, Shirleyx

barbara macaskill said...

This is absolutely Spark-a-luscious!! LOVE all the glitter and shine!!! TFS!

Brenda said...

where to begin with all it's awesomeness!!! love, love, love the tealy color and how you did her hair. the scallops on the bottom are perfect and fabulous netting!!!

Benzi said...

Over the top gorgeous, De!! Gosh, you have so much awesome sparkle and I love your mermaid. The colors are so cool and I like the embossing folder as it looks sanded. I always love cheesecloth on cards. Super creation.

Angie said...

Cute & sparkly card! Thanks for joining us Crafty Girls Challenges! Angie-DT

Kat W said...

Well that's my sparkle fix for the day! It looks gorgeous especially on the mermaid tail... but why is sparkle sooo hard to photograph?!
I love the gem swirl too and the netting - really works well with the mermaid image :-)
Big hugs, Kat xx

Roseanna C said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful card.

Karenladd said...

Gloriously gorgeous! All the sparkle is just so fun and the gemstones remind me of water droplets!

crafty-stamper said...

love the beautifully coloured image,embossing and bling flourish and love all the texture
Carol x

Pat said...

Love your color choices.

Pam said...

So many things to love about you card. The color palette, the shine the bling. Love love love it.

Frann said...

Donna, everything about this card is beautiful! Your choice of colors and use of embossing powders, the swirly ocean evoking embossing folder background, the cheesecloth netting, the sparkling flourish, and the little botanical cluster with the shell-it just blows me away.

Desire Fourie said...

Donna is so beautiful. Love the underwater colouring. This is so perfect for our GENEROSITY theme this month. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
{Path of Positivity DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Monica said...

She is adorable, Donna. Love the blues here. Another stunning creation from you. Sorry that I have been caught up and could not visit.
Hope you are keeping well.

cotnob said...

This is a gorgeous card Donna, such a pretty image and so many lovely details. Fabulous embossed panel and I love the scalloped border resembling waves - the pink and turquoise combination is beautiful.

tilly said...

I like your mermaid and the fab waves,thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz

NanaConnie said...

Gorgeous card, Donna, and I adore the mermaid! Good to see the glitter is back. :-D Even though I just don't do rubber stamps any more, I may just have to get the "gray hair" skunk. That's just tooo cute to resist.

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my! If you haven't captured the sparkle well then I can't imagine how amazing this must be in real life! I always love how many interesting and fabulous design details you manage to add to a card without it looking over crowded. The gauze and the rhinestone swirls on this are perfect for your underwater scene. You've WOW'd me again, Donna!

Gina H said...

Gorgeous card! The details created so much depth! I love the bling & the mesh & the color of her fins & the glittery highlights...Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

A stunning creation Donna! The mermaid, all the sparkle and colours are just gorgeous. love your card.

MaryH said...

Well Donna, this is one sparkly Lady for sure. Especially when photos are enlarged. Love this image & will have to check out this new glitter as well. You certainly showed it superbly on this card with all the glamourous embellishments, the blue rhinestone swirls, the EF swirly background, the pretty pink scallops around her pretty self..this is just gorgeous. Thanks for the link to the pretty font also. Will be checking that out. Hope your Sunshine has returned by now, lots of hugs and TFS!

Lady Liberty said...

OMG Donna, What a beautiful card. I want to live in her world. Love the colors she is so bright and cheery. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing. Hugs

Lori Turner said...

Donna, what a gorgeous card you've made! I love the embossed swirls, cheesecloth and all that wonderful glitter! Thanks so much for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week xoxoxo

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Donna, what a beauty!!! I really , love this mermaid, sitting so peacefull looking at us, great colours and design, your background is very beautifull too, the whole picture looks amazing!!!


pam said...

Wow Donna, how did I miss this adorable card, such a beautifully coloured image, gorgeous colours and a fabulous design.
pam x

Eret said...

This sentiment on your card goes perfectly to you. You are Extraordinary, Special, Incredible! Fabulous card, Donna! Love this pink EP and this beautiful and sparkly sea scene you have created this pretty Mermaid. Really stunning work of art!

Jenny said...

Eine sehr schöne Karte. Gefällt mir gut.Danke für Deine Teilnahme bei Fairy tale Challenge.

creativearts said...

Wow! This card is spectacular and you should certainly win some of the challenges you entered. So much glitter and seeing all of your cards, De!

KandA said...

Such a gorgous card. Love the image and the gorgous colours. Thanks for joining us at the PCJ challenge xx

Dorothy S said...

What great coloring!

Monica said...

Hello Donna,
This is a delightful mermaid...
It has been coloured really well and I like it's simplicity...
You made me laugh about my glueless card with the use of clueless as a word. You are so funny. I tied the knot first and then pushed in the stems. The roses were a bit clumsy but some how I managed to make them stay put.

My card making seems to have slowed down,,, want to pursue my dream project.

Hope you are well.


TantiK Creation said...

Amazing! This card is so beautiful. Love the colours and every detail on it. Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge.

Pat K said...

Stunning card Donna. Gorgeous image and lovin the turquoise & gold. hugs, Pat K x

Sue said...

Wow, love mermaids, have a fascination with them really. What a beautiful card. Love how you used the rhinestone swirl, looks like water splashing up, clever girl. Sparkly water at that! Always so much to look at and enjoy on your cards, Donna.


Sue said...

Wow, love mermaids, have a fascination with them really. What a beautiful card. Love how you used the rhinestone swirl, looks like water splashing up, clever girl. Sparkly water at that! Always so much to look at and enjoy on your cards, Donna.


Anonymous said...

Wow! Very sparkly! I love this card - fingers crossed for you. Leona (Creative Moments DT)

chanya13 said...

Beautiful card!!! Love colour combo, embossed background and gorgeous image perfectly coloured.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hello, dear Donna. Just came from Paper Crafting Journey - your card was a Top Pick over there and I wanted to say CONGRATS - well deserved! I love this card!


KT Fit Kitty said...

Hello, dear Donna. I just nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. Please visit to see my blog post. Have a wonderful day!


Michelle said...

hi Donna. firstly let me say thanks for following my blog and your lovely comment on my card. I'm now a follower of your lovely blog. secondly this card is beautiful I love everything about it. just amazing Michelle x

Shirley said...

How seductive does she look Donna. She really has come to bed eyes. lol

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x