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, April 17, 2014

Deviled Easter Eggs :-)

What does your family do with all those hard boiled eggs after Easter? 

My family has a fun solution which gets the kids in on the action - a valuable contribution to those Easter Dinners, too!

Without Paprika:

For the recipe to make these fun deviled eggs, visit our Family Recipes here. Any time a little creative colors are wanted, these are fun to make - whether it is for team sports, holidays, or just because!

Happy Easter hugs to you, my dear blogging friends.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter {Sparkle N Sprinkle}

Welcome newest followers Frea KoningsSarah, and Kristi, and to all my sweet blogging friends. Here in central Florida, we are enjoying a splendidly gusty April day with winds from the southeast. My poor snap dragons and petunias are taking a beating!

Today's card share is from a cute Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp set. 

Some of the images are available digitally.
The rest are on the Celebrate Life Rubber Stamp Set.

matching cut file

A long-forgotten Spellbinders set (Fancy Tags One) was used for the sentiment, which was then distressed with distress ink and Opaline Cosmic embossing powder.

Beautiful on its own, the Spellbinders Elegant Labels Four was smooshed with VersaMark and embossed with more Opaline Cosmic embossing powder. The effect is a pearly, slightly opalescent appearance. I so wish the photography would have picked that up, instead of the over-kill around the colored sky, which was distressed with a VersaMarker and more Opaline Cosmic embossing powder. The camera has picked up the darkness rather than the opalescent quality. NOT FAIR! 

Maybe you can see it a little better here? 
(that silvery appearing stuff is actually a creamy iridescence.)

The outside frame is adhered with white dimensionals.
The interior mat is adhered with glue.
The bunny panel has double dimensional adhesive to pop it up a bit higher.

Love those tee-tiny white rose buds from Lavish Laces
Her products are so sweet and reasonably priced.

Sweet little card - and the dies actually made it very easy.
Smooshing VersaMark for EP is not very difficult, either! (giggle)

Fun to make, the image was colored with copics, and a little Daisy Velvet Glitter on the flowers, butterfly and the big carnation.

Products used:
Sparkle N Sprinkle "Celebrate Life" #457P4
Sparkle N Sprinkle Opaline Cosmic embossing powder EP359
Sparkle N Sprinkle Daisy Velvet Glitter (microfine) GM2019
Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue #540
VersaMark Ink
VersaFine Deep Lagoon (sentiment)
Distress Ink Tumbled Glass (distressed edges)
Spellbinders Labels thirteen S4-248, Elegant Labels Four S6-005, Fancy Tags One S4-235
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Copic Markers
Cardstock: White, Neenah Solar White, Aqua
Flowers and Lace from Lavish Laces
Tulle, Dimensional Adhesive

Fun Challenges in which this card this card is entered:

  1. Craft Your Passion Challenges - #209 Bunnies, Chicks and Eggs - my card uses all 3 elements 4/21.
  2. Crafty Bloggers Network - April - Die Cuts or Dry Embossing - 4 die cuts were used in my creation 5/5.
  3. Eureka Stamps Challenges - #85 Happy Easter - 4/20 (used Easter image, inside message)
  4. Ooh-la-la-Creations - #154 Easter/Spring 4/26
  5. The Pink Elephant Challenge - TPE246 "Easter" - 4/20
  6. Through the Purple Haze - #37 "Anything Goes" - 4/19
  7. Victorine Originals Challenges - #81 "Easter" - ?
  8. Whoopsidaisy Challenge - "Easter" 4/19
  9. Fairy Tale Stamper - #37 Bingo - 5/3 (top row Lace, Die Cut, Flowers and Diagonal Lace, Glitter, Text)
  10. Hobby Cutz - #43 Bingo - 4/19 (first column Lace, Punch, Die Cuts and Diagonal Die Cuts, Tamp, Flowers)
  11. The Alphabet Challenge - "E is for Easter" 4/25

thank you for stopping by today!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Little Miss I-Love-Spring {Scrapbook Stamp Society}

Welcome, dear blogging friends, and new followers Pam, Kim, Gina, Mary Mac.

Today's post is bittersweet - it is my final post as "permanent guest designer" at the Scrapbook Stamp Society where My Besties rule. I've enjoyed the privilege of posting on the SSS blog for over a year, and will miss working with DTC Sher and all the amazing artists on the team, but there are just not enough hours in the day... you know how it goes.

So on to this little cutie

She is in Love with Spring! 

Spring has sprung 
Little Miss I-Love-Spring 
has Spring Fever, 

hence all the loving hearts growing just for her! 

Do you have Spring Fever?

A little bling is just below the scalloped edge (Frosted Carmen Glitter and Heart Bling).

Little Miss I-Love-Spring (IMG205) is colored with Copic Markers.

This week's challenge at "As You Like It" is all about stitching (faux or real). 
Sewing on cards is about the only sewing I do (smile). 
It's fun and easy and provides great texture.
I can never decide whether I prefer straight stitching or zig-zag so in this case, both styles were used on three panels. Do you have a favorite style?

MFT "Love" die cut is covered with Sparkle N Sprinkle's Princess Rose sparkly cosmic EP. It covers so completely with one coat you'd never know it was applied to white cardstock.

Little Miss I-Love-Spring is embellished with SNS Bubble Gum glitter, as are the flowers.

I love coloring these little My Besties images - brings out the little girl in me (as if I need help).

Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Products Used:

  • Sherri Baldy's My Besties IMG205
  • Card Size A7 (5" x 7")
  • Cardstock: K and Co, pale aqua, neon lime, cranberry, Neenah Solar White
  • Dies: Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles S4-306, MFT "love" die cut, IO Bow die cut
  • Copics: E53, E00, E31, E41, E35, RV20, RV02, RV000, RV23, RV11, Colorless, B0000, B000, B01, B02, G43, G20, R81, R20, Y00, Y08, YR07, YG06, YG11, G20, G43, R20, R81
  • SNS Bubble Gum Ultrafine Glitter G1088
  • SNS Frosted Carmine Velvet Glitter GM2011
  • SNS Princess Rose embossing powder EP387
  • Lace, Stitching, Recollections bling on a roll (hearts), Recollections roses
  • Cuttlebug hearts embossing foldler

This darling card is submitted to the following Challenges:

  1. Sister Act Card Challenge - #52 Anything Goes 4/17
  2. The Stamping Boutique - #12 Distress It (layer distressed with ink, another with Zutter distrezz-it-all) 4/17?
  3. 4 krafty girlz challenges - #15 "Anything Goes" 4/16
  4. As You Like It - #25 - Favorite Style of stitching and why (explained up in the body of my post with your blog link) 4/24
  5. My Besties Design Team Germany - #1 Anything Goes - 4/13
  6. Natalie and Amy's Challenge - #19 Embossing - 4/30 - (dry embossed cranberry panel and wet embossed "Love" sentiment in pink
  7. Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #24 Anything goes (digital image) 4/18
  8. Stampinpearls Challenge - April - Anything Goes 4/30
  9. SplitcoastStampers - #SC483 - sketch

Stamping Hugs,