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

Friday, February 28, 2014

March Reveal - Sparkle N Sprinkle

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Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's March 1 Reveal.

Happy Smiles to all my dear blogging friends and to new followers
Carmen, Barb, Jenny, Maria, Tanti K, Gabriela, Michelle, Danielle, Gabriela, Leeann and Naomi

This month Sparkle N Sprinkle is featuring five versatile stamp sets.
Two of the sets are perfect for Christmas.
Many SNS customers said they promise themselves to make Christmas cards but something always comes up. So this month's technique kit uses the pretty Red Cardinal drawn by Rosiland Solomon.

The Winter Cardinal stamp set is available by itself on line.
It is also included in Jazzy Jill's Technique Video for the month.
AND it can be purchased as a digital image.

The first of the month also means a new challenge at SNS Creative Challenges where the theme is always 
"Anything Goes with Loose Glitter, Embossing Powder and/or Flocking."

click here for complete directions to my card 
it was actually a simple card because the embossing makes it look great!

Debuting stamps sets (please click image to enlarge)

Born to Shop #554
also available as a digital image here
(also available as a digital image here)

Iris Frame #532
Springtime Spunky #537

How the SNS Mystery Party works:

On Five of the participating blogs below, a Commenter will be selected to receive a prize
No one knows who the five Mystery Designers are, so you may wish to visit each blog to leave a comment. Winners will also get to choose one Glitter and one Embossing Powder to go with their new stamp set.  Winners will be announced on March 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

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

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

I did it! I made a card which folds flat!
proudly taking a bow before the audience - and laughing at myself

Even with the two layers of extra thick Stardream Cardstock, it weighs an ounce, so can be mailed in a single-stamp envelope, folded with the top flap closed, or with the Z-fold left in tact. 
My card is 6" tall and 7" wide when the Z-fold is left in place.
Or it may be folded "in half" and is only 6" x 5.25".
I'll "cheap out" with a rectangular envelope so the Post Office will accept it.

Not sure what type of fold this actually is because the card completely morphed on its own.
Can it be counted as a Z-fold?

Like everyone else, I want to make my Christmas cards a little all year long, so my card uses the new Cardinal and Peace images. 

The Cardinal is stamped with Rhubarb Stalk Memento ink and colored with Copics. With this color ink, there is no dark outline to the stamp. 

Also used are stamps from two other SNS Christmas sets (listed below). They have been heat embossed with Tuscan Sun and Tuscan Star EP. To add a touch of red and green to the aged gold, Chantilly Glitter was added to the distressed panel in front, and the greenery in the other 2 panels.

(Wahhh! the glitter colors do not show up in the photography - so sorry!)

 I dug out some Stardream cardstock which had not seen the light of day for at least 5 years and decided to use a gold-brown motif for a change. That luscious brown is laced with gorgeous metallic gold throughout! It's beautiful!

The cardinal on the front is looking out over his winter wonderland at his friend on a distant tree.

Where the fold is between the sentiment and winter wonderland, I created a bit of a "hinge". There are actually 2 folds 1/8" apart. This accommodates the thick Stardream Cardstock Layers and prevents the 2 panels from rubbing against the glitter on each side.

Standing up:

Sparkle N Sprinkle Products Used:
Spellbinders: Grand Stately Circles, Grand Labels Four
Copic Markers: R05, R29, R56, R59, W03, G21, G94, YG67
Ink: Antique Linen (Distress), Galaxy Gold (Brilliance), Rhubarb Stalk (Memento)
VersaMark Ink
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, Brown-Gold Stardream, Gold Stardream
Embossing Powder: Tuscan Sun EP414, Tuscan Star EP426
Glitter: Chantilly G1041, Fire Engine Red G1007
Brushable Glue #540

Challenges this card is playing in:

  1. ABC Christmas Challenge (Feb 19) - D is for Die Cuts (3 die cuts used) 3/3
  2. Christmas Card Challenges #13 - Anything Goes Christmas 3/1
  3. Fab N Funky Challenges #205 - Christmas  3/3
  4. Craftin' Desert Divas (Feb 24) - Glitter it Up - 3/1
  5. Crafty Cardmakers #110 - Come Fly With Me (must use bird) 3/1
  6. Crafty Girls Challenges #12 - Anything Goes 3/3
  7. Little Miss Muffet Challenges - #80 - Anything Goes 3/3
  8. Jellypark Challenges - "Things With Wings" - 3/12
  9. Stampin' for the Weekend - "Sparkle N Shine"{lots of EP (2 colors) , and lots of Glitter (2 colors) sorry that my camera could not capture all the glitter and shine very well - 3/12

Warm Florida Hugs,

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

March Blog Candy and Giant Moving Sale - FABULOUS PRICES

Hello, dear blogging friends.

I don't usually do this but...

This is strictly for those who visit my blog,
so share the info with your friends. 

I hope you enjoy this opportunity!

Actually - there are 2 deals if you read to the bottom.

My friend in New Jersey is moving to Florida! 

She is retiring and selling all the stock from her store!


All my blogging friends get to use the coupon code:


Using that code gives you 50% off the prices shown.

Everything listed on her website appears at full retail price.
During check out process, when the discount code is requested,
prices will be adjusted.

Please don't be afraid of the shipping charges. They will also be adjusted. Your credit card or PayPal will be adjusted so that you pay the least expensive shipping price Lynne can give you. You can also contact the Lynne by clicking on the PINK "contact seller" button at the bottom of her web site for specifics.

Lynne's store name is Paper and Stones.


e-Bosser Retail $229.99
SALE $99.99 + SHIPPING (24lbs)
brand new in original packaging
only two left

Some of the items in her store are:

Heartfelt Creations
Cheery Lynn
JustRite Stampers
Sparkle N Sprinkle
May Arts Ribbon
Assorted Embellishments
GCD Studios 48 die cuts
Rub Ons
Handmade Jewelry and supplies

Many, MANY items have not been uploaded to the store yet, so feel free to contact Lynne to ask what else she may have. She will email a list of products which are not yet been uploaded.

Lynne has donated a $25 gift certificate as my March blog candy!
Drawing will be March 30 (one day before the end of the month).
That means you will actually be able to get $50 worth of product.
Shipping will be the responsibility of the winner.

Happy Shopping!

(I am not receiving anything in return for sharing this info)

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Blog Candy Winner!

I am so bad bad bad!

        How bad?

                 Hanging my head in shame bad.

It is February 9 and I still have not awarded my January blog candy.


I could say it is not my fault, but we all know it is ...

       That bad old Bingo Game at SNS is absorbing every waking moment!
                  LOL Seriously, the Bingo Game is fun to do -
                               but I forgot to do my own house-keeping in the process.

Here is the prize:

There were 60 comments, nearly all from regular blog visitors (thank you so much) chose:

So you'll need to go back to January 1, post to find out who the winner is.


          Who would EVER do such a mean-spirited thing.

The winner is:  


Yippee, Kitty!
Will you please e-mail me your mailing address so I can get your prize mailed?

thank you!