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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Besties With Edith {Scrapbook Stamp Society}

Hello, Friends! 
And a very special welcome to new google followers: DarnellBonnie, GEM23g, and Petra Swart.

Today's My Besties card is dedicated to Edith, and uses my newest Flower Tutorial.

(Who is Edith? Click here to discover how you can brighten someone's day).
Edith is recovering from recent brain surgery, undergoing physical therapy, and awaiting radiation and chemo treatments.

Today is also my final "official" card as part of Sherri Baldy's Scrapbook Stamp Society's design team.

Today's card share uses Sherry Baldy's darling "Wendy Puppy Love" image, available here.

She is colored with Copic Markers, sitting in a garden of glitter and Prima Flowers (new Flower Tutorial). There is also lace attached all the way around the scalloped oval (smile).


This month, the theme at Path of Positivity Challenge is all about Dreams.

Lots of "things" flavor our dreams.

Certain life events, education, upbringing, health, positive (and/or unsavory) relationships, and DESIRE are some of the things which affect our dreams.

Having dreams can keep us motivated to constantly seek the Good in Life, even if our Dreams are not fully realized. It can be easy to blame others for our unfulfilled Dreams, or to blame certain life experiences.

But I have learned that Dreams are flexible. They are those creative moments in our lives that cause us to see possibilities. We can make goals to help us on our Journey in meeting our Dreams face-to-face. The important thing is to keep moving and to allow our Direction (and Dreams) to change as challenges and opportunities present themselves.

Instead of viewing stumbling blocks as obstacles, those "blocks" may actually be BUILDING blocks to bring us to a different place, fulfilling an "UNKNOWN DREAM" which has always resided in our hearts.

For me, I would not have discovered the wide world of Beauty found in our Internet Community, had I not become critically ill, and home-bound. I've altered my dreams, and pressed forward, knowing that GENUINE BEAUTY is always beckoning me forward, to the most Beautiful of Dreams. Thanks for being part of my Pursuit.

There is nothing so Dreamy as following the Path, and creatively embellishing it with what is in our hearts.

Such sweetness! 

Thanks for stopping by today. 
Don't forget to take a peek at my newest Flower Tutorial.

Products Used:

Sherry Baldy's Wendy Puppy Love digital Image
Sparkle N Sprinkle Glitters: Crystal Ice, Lator Gator Microfine, Mountain Mint Microfine, Chunky Diamond Dust.
Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue
Copic Markers
Lace, Buttons
Spellbinders: Detailed Scallops 5x7 S6-004, Grand Rectangles Nestabilities, Grand Scallop Ovals Nestabilities
Martha Stewart: Flourished Lace PAP, Butterfly punch
Cheery Lynn B147 Olive Branches
Papers: Neenah Solar White, Georgia Pacific White, Stampin Up Blue, SU Aqua, DPs from stash.
Old, Old Prima Flowers (from Terry)

Fun Challenges Submitted to:

  1. The Cutie Pie Challenge - #73 Use a Cute Digi (Darling little girl with puppy!) 7/19
  2. Path of Positivity - #16 Dreams - (please see my words toward the bottom of my post) 8/7
  3. My Besties Friendship - #3 Use a My Besties (freebie offered) 8/3
  4. My Besties German Challenges - #5 Anything Goes 8/15

stamping hugs,


KarinsArtScrap said...

its such a very beautiful card Donna and so sweet.
Gr Karin

Desire Fourie said...

Donna this is just pure delight from the super cute image to the darling pink flowers not to speak of the lovely lace touches.
So pleased my fellow South African, Petra Swart has become a follower here of your awesome creativity.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

April said...

Really beautiful and sparkly! Love it much! xo

coldwaters2 said...

Beautiful card Donna such a wonderful, colourful creation, loving both the image and flowers.
lorraine x

Eret said...

Fabulous flowers and even more stunning card. Love the lace and this pretty glitter. Everything abot yourr card is gorgeous, Donna.

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wwo Donna, what a lovely card (again) what a sxeet little lady and here puppy dog, you can only love this image it's so sweet, beautiful coloured and great sparkle!! I love it!!


Mayras Designs said...

Beautiful Donna !!!! This is so sweet. Perfect colors and design . I always love what you create !!! Hope you are having a wonderful summer !!

Charlene Mitchell said...

Donna, what a gorgeous card for Edith. Your colouring is fantastic and those flowers are so beautiful! Will have to bookmark or print your flower tutorials - thanks so much for sharing these simple instructions!

Sharon said...

This is gorgeous Donna. The image is beautiful and I love the embellished design.
Hope you are well and having a lovely week.
Hugs Sharon. x

Stampsnob. said...

Donna this is such a sweet tribute to Edith , when you did the broken leg card for me it is very special and will always be in view This card is beautiful ...........Lis

pam said...

adorable image Donna, love the beautiful colours and embellishments you have used.

JD/ Jill said...

She's adorable! Such a sweetface, and you have made a lovely card with her...

Brenda said...

Another gorgeous creation!!! Love your "new" flowers from your old flowers and your tutorial is awesome. Beautiful coloring and lots of fun elements as always :)

Sue said...

Beautiful card.

Jane Savage said...

Wonderfully pretty card, Donna! Love that gorgeous Bestie image! All that fabulous glitter gives the design a really ‘magical’ feel!
My prayers and thoughts are with Edith! She sounds like an incredibly brave and inspirational lady! xx

cotnob said...

This is a beautiful card Donna, such a gorgeous image and pretty colors and details. I love your fabulous flowers, thank you for the detailed tutorial on how to make them all.

Shona Erlenborn said...

Such a sweet creation for Edith! The little girl with her little doggy friend. I'm sure Edith will treasure it. Love all the lace and sparkle touches and the flowers are awesome. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Anne Temple said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Love everything about it.

SD pooja said...

So sweet !loved the shine /glitter n pretty blooms !

Monica said...

Hi Donna,

I managed to enter your comment box... this card is so sweet and I love the colours and the flowers smile at me.

We have to look for a new home now as the deal we were trying to close fell through. I am sure something better is in store.

Lots of love,


Mrs A. said...

What a gorgeous card to bow out with. Love the colours and the finished inside of the card. The card you just commented with on my blog has gone o Edith too. Hugs Mrs A.

Petra Swart said...

Oh, this is such a sweet card, Donna!!! I love all the pink - the flowers and butterflies are so pretty!! There is such a lot of lovely detail to appreciate on this card!!! This will surely brighten Edith's day!!!

Have a super Friday!!!

Pat said...

Donna, I am always in awe of your creations. Every one of your elements merge together to make a beautiful card. Love it! And your thoughts on dreams is perfect for the Path of Positivity challenge this month. Thanks for playing again!

MaryH said...

A beautiful post to go with this very beautiful card dedicated to Edith. Love this Sweet little girl and her delightfully sweet little cocker puppy. Such exquisite coloring and those gorgeous flowers...this is sure to uplift Edith. Your post was equally uplifting, and so insightful with the thought that had you not had some 'dark gray' in your life's journey, you wouldn't have discovered blogging and brought back the 'sunshine'. We are the author of our own dreams, and it takes work to see these to fruition. We can only blame ourselves if we make excuses as to why it didn't happen. There's always a reason, and if we work hard, the dreams don't fulfill, then it's because there was another - better plan for our lives. Thanks for the thoughts tonight. TFS such a pretty card as well Hugs

Kristi said...

Beautiful work, Donna! What a treat for the eyes!♥

Unknown said...

beautiful thanks for joining us at besties UK - Carol UK DT xx

Davinia said...

aww this is so cute! thank you for joining us at My Besties UK challenge blog and good luck! Hugs Davinia x

aussie aNNie said...

Outstanding and the cheerful look of this wonderful creation...

The Journey is the Start

Sternenglanz said...

A Fantastically beautiful card!


Thank you for your contribution to the MBF




Gertrude said...

Donna deine Karte ist wunderschön, danke dass du bei der My Bestie Challenge Deutschland mitmachst,
schönes Wochenende wünsche ich dir

glg Gertrude

kraftyplannergurl said...

such a beautiful besties card love the flowers

thank you so much for entering the UK Besties Challenge 'Anything Goes/Ribbons & Lace'

Hugs Kerrie
UK Besties DT

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Holy Hannah Banana! Wow, what another gorgeous creation my friend. But then who am I kidding, all your work is absolutely incredible. This serves as a beautiful end to another adventure of yours, this time with The SSS. Though I don't know what they are going to do without you as no one could ever fill your shoes!

Then to also find out that you've entered it into this month's challenge over at the Path of Positivity, well that just made my day. I have it on my 'to do' list to work on my midway inspirational piece for dreams. I had an idea or two but thank you for inspiring me to also talk about the change of direction of my own dreams. I have had many dreams that have been unfulfilled but it doesn't mean that one gives up on them, it merely means a course correction.

Thanks for such inspiring words and thank you for linking up to this month's challenge over at the Path of Positivity!


crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous card love the beautiful image,dies and embellishments and love all the glitter
carol x

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Donna just wanted to pop by and thank you for your lovely comment on my blog I really appreciate it, once again can I tell you that this is a beautiful card.
lorraine x

nwilliams6 said...

Super cute image and great coloring! Great flowers and lace too. Awesome work! Hugz!!!

Helen said...

Love it! Great card.

Thanks for joining us at the Cutie Pie Challenge.

Helen x

Stamping With Bibiana said...

so pretty card and the little girl is adorable with those big eyes

Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Donna,

eine wunderschöne Karte hast du gestaltet. Ich bin begeistert von der Coloration und den vielen Details die es zu entdecken gibt. Vielen Dank für die Teilnahme an der My Besties Challenge Deutschland. Liebe Grüße Silvi

Sue said...

A stunningly beautiful card. Love all the layers, colors, and that sweet image of the girl and her pup!
So very thankful for you, these cards have brightened some dark days. Can't wait to see this one in person!!!!! LOVE IT.


jimlynn said...

Donna, thanks so much for the sweet comment on my blog - and you have a new follower too!!! Number 290!
I've just been scrolling through your blog and love all your creations so much.......just like this one! SO very pretty and the flowers are beautiful!!! Love the shimmer and shine on this. A gorgeous card!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hi, Donna, just popping in to say Hello! Thank you for the kind comment on my blog - I wanted to come over and see what you've been up to! This card is gorgeous! Love the flowers you made and I really enjoyed the tutorial too - I am going to try this - as soon as I find some time! Take care, my friend! Sending big hugs your way!

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is so gorgeous Donna, I like the image all the sparkle and the design, Thanks for joining in with us at Besties Uk Challenge Good luck
Kevin xx

Shirley said...

Donna, she is adorable and will be loved for sure! I really love what you did with the sparkle for her! The flowers are wonderful and so is your tutorial for flowers too! I really like the added lace too! Hope it's cooler where you are!!

Blankina said...

Wow, such a pretty card , love all the bling and how you have coloured the MB image, great to see you at My Besties Deutschland, hope to see you soon,
Hugs Blankina

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow Donna, another gorgeous design with luscious details. Love your flowers and the image is a cutie. Sorry I missed this post, life has been crazy busy these days. Thanks for your visits :) Hugs, Shirleyxx

8kidsandstillfindtimetocraft said...

Beautiful creation .. thanks for joining us over at My Bestie's UK challenge blog and good luck ... Anita DT x

Kreatives von Andrea said...

What a such wonderful card, i love all the details and the motive is so nice colored and very cute...

Thanks for join us at MyBesties Friendship

Nice greetings from Andrea from Germany DT My Besties Friendship.

Desire Fourie said...

Back with my DT hat on:
Donna your have really summed up Dreams so beautifully here and your creation complements it perfectly. Thank you for always support us over at Path Of Positivity with your wonderful positive outlook on life.
This is so perfect for our DREAMS theme this month. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
{Path of Positivity DT Member}
{Would love you to visit my blog and join my 900 Follower Give-Away. Thank you so much, if you have already entered, and good luck.}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Benzi said...

Donna, you are the most uplifting person I know and your post was just wonderful to read.

Your card is adorable with the inside being as wonderful as the outside. What a pretty place to write a note. Your embellies and layers are always a delight to see.
Awesome creation!!!

UTs Hobby Time said...

Such a darling creation. Love the layering, flowers, butterflies and colors.

Sue said...

This delightful and beautiful card arrived for Edith and she was in awe of how very pretty it was. She owwed and ahhhed over it, read your note and then placed it back in the envelope and said I am taking this to pulmonary rehab in the morning to show the nurses, they won't believe that someone made this........I think she loved it!!!!!! ha ha. Thank you Donna, for another smile today!!!

Big Hug

Amelia Breytenbach said...

This is such a sweet and pretty card Donna! Love all the bling and gorgeous lace.

Artesania said...

Wooooow what a stunner ,this card is gorgeous and i am proud to show your beautiful card on the My-Besties Deutschland Design Challenge this month.Have of fun and good luck at the challenge.
Hugs Gudrun DT

Suze said...

Love the all the glitter Donna. Thanks for joining the Dreams challenge at Path of Positivity Challenge and sharing your thoughts on Dreams and what they meant to you.

Nela said...

Totally adorable!
So glad you joined us in the current My-Besties Deutschland
Design Challenge!
Nela xx

Hazel said...

I love your card and your positive story of dreams. Hazel x

Stampsnob. said...

She is lovely Such a pretty card........Lis

creativearts said...

.usual, a very lovely card and I love your embellishments, You are amazing.

Carol Hurlock said...

"Dream Big or Go Home"
Love this quote. I fall asleep at night dreaming of my next creation. It's when I get my best Your card is so sweet. The image just melts your heart. The flowers are darling. It sparkles perfectly. Have a wonderful blessed day!
Bear Hugs,