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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Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Swingin' Besties

Clear It Out Challenge - 12-2014

And a special hello to you, my blogging friends and to new followers DarcyOlga and KristyLee

I fall in love all over again -- so glad to "be a girl" - every time I play with
My Besties designs.
This particular Sweetie depicts
me thinking of you.

Isn't she so sweet? Love the little swing with flowers growing on the rope handle.
Did you know hundreds of My Besties images are now available as stamps?

Sherri Baldy's Swingin' Besties IMG103 (digital image)
Her little swing needed something to hang from... so...

I visited Beccy Muir's FREEBIES at Beccy's Place and chose this pretty Blossom Branch.
After placing the two branches with Sherri Baldy's Swingin' Bestie, I cropped some of the blossoms and copy-and-pasted them so that they were falling around the image, and along the grass.

used with Beccy Muir's free Blossom Branch (digital image)
To see my tutorial for step-by-step directions in how to "digitally mask" and "cut-and-paste" images, please click here.

Aren't those delicate little flowers just perfect for this Swingin' Besties image?

Here is a close-up of Beccy's beautiful Blossom Branch

The SNS Green Iris Ultrafine Glitter is actually clear (colorless) with a tiny amount of green blended in, but for some reason, the digital camera picked up all the green which apparently reflected off the colorless. In real life, it looks much less "blue" so that the olive cardstock beneath shows through. The leaves are also coated with the same color glitter, but with a lighter color green cardstock beneath it.

Thanks for stopping by! It is such a pleasure crafting and being back at my computer again!

Products Used:

  • Sherri Baldy's Swingin' Besties IMG103 (digital image)
  • Beccy Muir's free Blossom Branch (digital image)
  • Copics: R00, R20, RV21, G43, G20, YG93, YG11, YG0000, E50, E43, E04, YG06, B24, YG03, YG91, YG63, G21
  • Ink: Peeled Paint Distress Dye, Pearlescent Orchid Brilliance pigment.
  • Embossing Folder: Couture Creations "Walrus and Carpenter"
  • CardStock: Neenah Solar White, Pink, Celery, Olive
  • Sparkle N Sprinkle Green Iris Ultrafine Glitter
  • Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue
  • Spellbinders: Labels 25 (S5-077), Grand Labels 23 (LF-347), Grand Scallop Ovals (LF251)

Submitted to the following fun challenges!

  1. My Besties Challenges - #May 12 "Something Old, Something New" (New Besties IMG103, old Beccy Muir image and old ribbons and glitter color from my stash) 5/24
  2. Beccy Muir Challenges - #May "Use a Beccy Muir Image" (Blossom Branch duplicated, and flowers from the branch fallling) 5/31
  3. Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenges - #41 Anything Goes with Spring Theme - 5/25
  4. Glitter n' Sparkle Challenge - #84 "Female" 5/17
  5. Besties Germany Challenge - #3 Spring 6/15
  6. A little bit crafty ALBC Challenge - #May "Flower Power" - 6/1

Stamping (and swinging) hugs,


Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow this is pure delight Donna. So beautifully coloured and designed. The cherry blossom branch is fabulous and I love the pretty flowers. Overall a stunning feminine design.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

KarinsArtScrap said...

this is gorgeous Donna, so beautiful done.
glad you can do something again and make cards.

gr karin

Michelle said...

What an absolutely beautiful card and lovely greens too - Love it - Michelle x

vic said...

Aww Donna this is just gorgeous and I have to say one of the sweetest stamps I've seen :) beautiful colouring I'm loving the greens!!
Vic x

Benzi said...

Donna, the image is so adorable and you've made a beautiful card. Love the sparkle and all the wonderful flowers. Super duper work.

Benzi said...

I meant to say I'm glad you're feeling well enough to make a card. Take care.

Abfabdesigns said...

Soooooo cute Donna love it so much
Hugs xxx

craftieodmae said...

I love every thing a bout this one, and the glitter just tops it off!!!!!

April said...

So sweet and gorgeous! Love it! xo

Stampsnob. said...

She is so happy that you are well enough to make her beautiful..........Lis

pam said...

hi Donna, so glad you feel well enough to make this adorable card, love the beautifully coloured image, gorgeous layout and embellishments.

Sue said...

Such a gorgeous card Donna. I love the sweet image coloured so beautifully and all your detailing with the added sparkle looks wonderful.
hugs Sue xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

Stunningly beautiful and so perfectly colored!

Sharon said...

Donna, this is so gorgeous. Love the image and the added branch and swing. A beautifully embellished design.
Hugs Sharon. x

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Donna, I love the design all the sparkle and the gorgeous flowers.
Kevin xx

Paula said...

Yeah! So happy to see a card from you Donna. And it so pretty! Love the sparkle and the colors are great.

Beccy said...

What an absolutely beautiful card Donna, you've done an amazing job! Gorgeous colours, gorgeous design and a very clever merge of the images. Fabulous!

Karen said...

Now that little cutie pie is so sweet and so kind - she must be our lovely Donna! Beautifully coloured and embellished - a truly beautiful card my lovely friend Karen xx

Brenda said...

So glad you're better and crafting again!!! What a gorgeously stunning card! Adorable image and awesome coloring job too. Thanks for the tutorial!

Unknown said...

gorgeous, stunning and a great delight to see...xxxx

Lizzidroege said...

so beautiful..lizzi sss dt

ShersL84bed said...

In love with this! Donna you are so creative. your style is so beautiful. Love your talent.

Smiles Sher

Artesania said...

Hi Donna your card is awsome ,the colouring is breathtaking and the gorgeous flowers too.
I am very proud that you join our My-Bestie challenge this month .the theme ia Anything Goes +Option Birthday ,Wedding.But your card fits with everything ,she is so beautiful !Love it!
Hugs Gudrun DT Coordinator

Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Donna,

ich bin begeistert von deiner wunder, wunderschönen Karte. Sie ist so liebevoll gestaltet. Es gibt so viele wunderschöne Details zu entdecken. Vielen Dank für die Teilnahme an der 3. My Bestie Challenge Deutschlands.
Dein Tutorial ist wunderbar und ich lerne sehr viel neues. Dafür herzlichen Dank.
Ganz liebe Grüße Hugs Silvi

SD pooja said...

Yes She is darn CUTE !! Loved the swing with pretty flowers ,beautiful card Donna !

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, Donna, this is gorgeous! I am so happy you were able to get back to crafting. This card is so beautiful. Love how you used Beccy's branch and incorporated it with the swing - and your colouring is so pretty. Love all those gorgeous flowers too! Another winner, Donna! I hope you have more good days and more time in your craftroom. Sending lots of prayers for your good health.


Eret said...

Adorable image, lots of sparkle and pretty flowers - what more can you wish on a card. Donna, you made another stunning card. I love every little detail on it. The way you used Beccy's image is awesome. These branches look like they are meant to be with this lovely Besties girl.

Anne Temple said...

This is beautiful! Love the colors and the way you combined the different images. Love the falling blossoms too.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Donna, She is a sweetie and your card is gorgeous. Love the vibrant greens and beautiful layers. The flowers are so wonderful. I hope you are OK, take good care, Hugs, Shirleyxx

Gertrude said...

Donna deine Karte ist soo schön, freue mich dass du bei der Herausforderung der My Bestie Challenge Deutschland Teilnimmst
glg Gertrude

NanaConnie said...

Donna, This is an incredible card! Love the sparkle, of course, and even more, I love how you combined the images and let the blossoms "fall" around her. Great tutorial on digital 'cropping' -- unfortunately, I have to upgrade my entire system before I can get a version that will let me do all those things. It's on the list for this upcoming summer. Hoping you're feeling better, my friend.

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

Hello from the cold north. I wish this little cutie could be swinging out here in my yard, but she'd be freezin! LOL. The card is too cute. Love how you always share your knowledge with everyone. I don't do the digis yet. Will keep this in mind if I ever do. Love ya.

Kaija said...

Stunning card!Thanks for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge
Gr.Kaija DT-member

KarinsArtScrap said...

and I forgot to say

Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

KarinsArtScrap said...

and I forgot to say

Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

Blankina said...

Wow your card is simply amazing!
LOve the image, colouring and sweet details, just perfect.
So glad you have joined My Bestie Deutschland challenge, hope to see you soon,
HUgs Blankina

Sue said...

Hi Donna, first of all those beautiful pink roses and satin on your blog header are stunning!

Now, onto this adorable little one. She is so darn cute and colored up to perfection. Love how you used the cherry blossom branch. Those flowers are awesome and look so gorgeous, like she is in the garden swinging. Lovely papers and details.

Good to see you back.


Shirley said...

DE, She is too too sweet and cute for words! I really love your branch add and where you 'planted' the blossoms too! The whole card says celebrate the feeling! Beautiful!!

MaryH said...

She is simply beautiful. Love the soft shades of pretty greens & the lovely blossoms hanging over her swing. Also the sparkly bits that make this truly outstanding. Thanks for the digi tutorial. Will be back later to check that out, as it is something I really need to learn how to do. Hope you're feeling back up to par now. Miss you. Hugs. TFS & Happy Sunday.

Nela said...

Gorgeous creation in beautiful colours!
So glad you have joined My Bestie Deutschland challenge!
Nela xx

~ Jo ~ said...

Gorgeous card! Love that sweet image and those beautiful flowers!

Sue said...

Hello again Donna, it's lovely to be able to pop back for another look at your gorgeous card so that I can say thank you for taking part in A Little Bit Crafty Challenge this month.
hugs Sue xx

Shona Erlenborn said...

What a gorgeous creation Donna. Such a happy little image and your color combination is stunning!

Embellishments said...

Oh WOW Donna, I missed this one! She is super sweet! Your coloring is amazing. I thought the branch was part of the stamp! Very creative again :-) One day I have to try the digi masking technique :-) You are one talented lady!!! GORGEOUS card!
Hugs, Steff

Helga said...

Oh ! What an adorable, beautiful card. Perfect colored - all the details makes a wonderful look !
I'm happy that you join My Besties Deutschland challenge
Good luck
Helga DT

Clarissa Schupp said...

What a lovely project, love all the bling on it. Thank you so much for sharing this little beauty at our challenge.
xoxo Clarissa

cotnob said...

This is such a gorgeous card Donna, I love your sweet image and your colouring is beautiful. Fabulous details and the added sparkle looks wonderful.

Unknown said...

Thank you De, for joining in at our challenge at Scrapbook Stamp Society .... it's a stunning creation. cheers, Annie [DT]

Jerri Jimenez said...

Donna, she is so adorable! Your coloring is absolutely amazing! I love the combination of the branch with the swing, a fun and adorable design!

Marrie said...

Hello Donna,

What a lovely card your colouring is so beautiful!!

Hugs Marrie

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, how utterly darling! Sweet, sweet, SWEET! You do the BEST Copic coloring. Love every little bit of this. Those beautiful leaves and the pretty blossom branch... wow!!

Angela said...

Wow your card looks so amazing and your colouring is really fantastic.
Thanks for joining us at our Challenge by
My Besties Deutschland Challenge
Hope to see you again,hugs and greetings
Angela DT

nwilliams6 said...

What a darling image and gorgeous flowers and details! This is amazing! hugz!

Engelchen said...

Very nice card :)
Thank you so much for joining us at My Besties Deutschland.

LG Geesje

chanya13 said...

Beautiful !!! Love colours and image. Thanks for joining us at Clear it Out!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT