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

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,


Sue said...

This is gorgeous Donna. Such a sweet image and fabulous colouring, I especially love her hair! Your design and detailing is all so pretty and the added sparkle looks wonderful.
hugs Sue xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

Well, I would say you are going "out" with a bang as you surely hit this right out of the ball park with beauty and great layout. I just adore what you did!

cotnob said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Donna, such a beautiful image and so many pretty details - I love all of your fabulous sparkle.

Jean Bullock said...

What a pretty card. Love the layout, panel shapes and embellishment. Perfect for the beautifully colored image. Well done ... as usual!

Karen Petitt said...

So perfectly pretty in pink! A really gorgeous card Donna.
So sorry I've not visited for such a long time but I do know you understand why I go missing at times - this past week I have posted every day. Next week will not be anywhere near as busy.
Hope you are keeping well huni Karen xx

Stampsnob. said...

Just looking at the drawing is enjoyable , then each step you took does it such justice Love the finished product............Lis

Shona Erlenborn said...

Another amazing card Donna! Love the image, the coloring and the line of bling at the base of the card. OK,confession! - I can't and don't do stitches!!, so your's is all the more amazing! Just beautiful!

NanaConnie said...

Gorgeous coloring, Donna! Love the sparkle and that lace is just too lovely. Wonderful stitching -- something I really need to try one of these days. :-D

creativearts said...

Amazing card! They are going to really miss your beautiful cards on this site. But, you can only do so much! Spring has finally arrived so hoping to get out there and soak up some sun while I piddle in the flower gardens! Have a beautiful spring!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Donna what a stunning sweet sparkling card !! I love it in all his details!!!


McCrafty's Cards said...

Hi Donna, this is just so gorgeous, I like the adorable image, your fabulous colouring and always your beautiful embellishments
Kevin xx

pam said...

hi Donna, stunning card, love your beautifully colored image, your colors and sparkly embellishments, great design.
pam x

Donna Maligno said...

Such a sweet card! I have that die and, if you'll pardon the play on words, "love" it. It's very versatile. Love all the glitter and lace - soft and sweet .

KT Fit Kitty said...

Oh, this is spectacular, Donna! Love all the details and your beautiful colouring of the image. Of course the glitter too! All the layering is done so beautifully and I really like that border of heart gems! I could look at this for a long time and see something new - like the stitching I just noticed - gorgeous! Wishing you a wonderful day, dear friend!

Sarah said...

What a fabulous card and fabulous stitching too. I love the colour combination here and such a sweet image. Thanks for playing with us at AYLI and Good Luck!! Sarah

Unknown said...

Hi Donna, what a cute card! Love your colours, the're so springlike, just lovely! Thanks for being my newest follower! My style is totally different from what you make, so I really appreciate you joining my blog. I do make cards too. I have a cardmaking blog called: I must admit though, that my heart goes out to mixed media at the moment, much more than making cards. I amd your follower now too. Have a great Sunday, hugs Frea

Amelia said...

Hi Donna this card is gorgeous. The little girl is so cute and pretty! Love the layout and sparkle too. Have a wonderful week.

Sarah said...

Thank you for joining my happy band of followers...I look forward to getting to know you!! Have followed you right back in return and spent a while having a browse at your lovely work!! xx

crafty-stamper said...

love the image with her odd socks lol fabulous colouring and love the pink sparkle and stitching
Carol x

Leslie Miller said...

Donna, this is soooooo cute! I could just sink right into it, especially with your totally amazing coloring! I love how you added some pink to her her hair. I mean, it really is just completely unbelievably beautiful. All the sparkle and pretty elements I could look at for hours. They're going to miss you at SSS. BTW, I do like to mix up my stitching, too. My machine does so many more stitches that I need to use once in a while, but the straight and zig zag are definite faves.

KarinsArtScrap said...

what a gorgeous project you have made Donna.
Only sad to see you go but I can understand it.
Hope to see you on blogland and on facebook.

gr karin

April said...

What a cute image and so well colored! I love the stitched pieces and sparkle too!

Abfabdesigns said...

Beautiful cute image ,the colouring is great the sparkle is stunning ,just live it all ,I'm sure they will miss all of your lively creations
Hugs xx

Linda said...

Beautiful,, just beautiful. Love this image, your coloring is fantastic. I love all your details. This card is a winner Thanks for joining us at The Stamping Boutique

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card thanks for joining us at sister act this time and hope to see you next time

Benzi said...

Yes, you're going out with a bang. Wow! What a beautiful card. Did you say stitching was easy? I wish!!! You do it beautifully. I love your image and all the bling blang. Just an adorable card, De.

Pat said...

Donna this is absolutely stunning. Love the colors and all the beautiful emblishments. Outstanding card. Love everythng about it.

SD pooja said...

Lovely card..I loved the colors n layering a lot.

Silvis Kreativstube said...
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Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hello dear Donna, this is just a gorgeous card. I like the adorable image, your fabulous colouring. The Bling Bling on the roses is so great. Thank you for joining the 1. My Bestie Challenge Germany. I hope you come back next month.I wish you all the best and have a happy Eastertime. Hugs and Knuddel Silv

craftieodmae said...

WOW!! This gorgeous card has it all, love it! The flowers, the sketch and the glitter!!!

Anne Temple said...

This is gorgeous! Love the design with the scallops at the bottom. And, of course, all the glittery goodness you added. I'm sure they are sad to see you leave.

Blossom Cards said...

lovely card thanks for sharing with SBBC Rachel DT

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow Donna, there is just so many beautiful little creative touches to feast on hear. You have also coloured her so wonderfully.
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Unknown said...

This is an adorable Design, thank you for sharing with us over at Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge we would love you to join in with us again next week for another fab challenge....
Suzy B Owner Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge Blog

Artesania said...

Fabulous card,so adorable coloured! Thank you so much for join us at My-Besties Deutschland challenge !
Hugs Gudrun DT

Engelchen said...

Thank for joining at My Besties Deutschland.
LG Geesje

Sharon said...

This is gorgeous Donna. I love the image and the design and embellishments are beautiful.
If you look on my blog there is a picture of Nellie on my side bar (I have just moved her to the top). She was my parents dog and she was the most beautiful dog you could ever wish to meet, in looks and in temperament. Not a week goes by where I don't look at her and remember her. The gorgeous picture of her was painted by a neighbour and it is such a true likeness.
So... I wanted my blog to have a name which reflected something that meant a lot to me, so I called it Nellies.
After all, it sounds so much nicer than Sharon's handmade cards!!!
Take care Donna.
Hugs Sharon. x

Mayras Designs said...

What wonderful , fun , and bright colors you used on this pretty card !!! Lovely and sweet !!


Gertrude said...

Deine Karte ist wunderschön gemacht.
Danke dass du bei der Deutschland My Bestie Challenge mitmachst
glg Gertrude

Shirley said...

Hi De, She is adorable and as always, great instructions too! I know how hard leaving must be and about how 'time flies' too! Love how you painted her too! Die cuts are fantastic and spotted the IO bow! A really beautiful card!!

I have blog candy for a card and/or donation to little girl receiving chemo for Leukemia.

Sue said...

Pink is definitely your color. She is adorable and colored up to perfection. Sweet lace and flowers are so beautiful. Love your stitching, don't do enough of that, need to think of it more often. And your signature glitter sure looks great on this beautiful card. So very pretty, Donna.

ps: your angel signature gif is beautiful.

Kristi said...

WOW! This is absolutely stunning! What a burst of happy and color! Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment recently! I'm off to check out more of your work!

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Gorgeous creation, just love her hair!

Thank you for sharing with us at Natalie & Amy's this month, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Jane Savage said...

Gorgeous girly card, Donna! Love both styles of stitching! It’s something I must get around to trying (when I can find the power cable to my sewing machine!!) xx

K8 said...

Wow, this is stunning Donna!!! Love the colors and all that sparkle!! Just a amazing card!!! Ty for the comment, hugs Kate xx

Paula said...

great card Donna, so much detail packed onto it. I am sorry I did not know you were on that DT, I would have visited the site.

Unknown said...

Adorably delightful card So gorgeous is the image from

8kidsandstillfindtimetocraft said...

Beautiful creation ..Thankyou for joining us at the crafty girls challenge blog..good luck ..Anita DT

Hazel said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely creation for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 24: anything goes - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

Carol Hurlock said...

Oh Donna-she is so super sweet. I love all the glittery goodness. Those flowers just jump out and speak to me. I never got the wonky squares die. I love how they look. I trying to be not tempted into purchasing
Bear Hugs,

Suzette said...

Sweet image and project, thanks for playing over at As You Like It Challenge.

Suzette x

Monica said...

Oh how LOVEly, all those pink flowers and delightful image and the love flowers to match.

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Your take is so different on the sketch, I'd say you made one of your own (and that is meant as a compliment in case it somehow comes off otherwise). Love the 'love' and those pretty glitter flowers. Pretty lace too. I can only imagine how much glitter you have floating through the house!