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

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hearts {Sweet Stamps}

Welcome New Google Follower Debbie, and all my sweet blogging friends!
I hope the bad germies which have plagued our home this week, have avoided your homes.

Today I'm showing my 3rd project as Sweet StampsJanuary Guest Designer

The Sweet Stamps Blog challenge this week is HEARTS. Please visit the Sweet Stamps Blog to see the beautiful inspiration the Sweeties have designed for you! 

Today's project uses Sweet Stamps' Scalloped Heart stamp image, and Sweet Cuts Elegant Leaves die.

First, the back of my Valentine was created:

Now for the front:

To create the glittery heart:

  1.  Use double-stick adhesive the size of your image. 
  2. Peel off one side of the protective coating and adhere to white cardstock (or whatever color you wish to use).
  3. Die Cut your shape.
  4. Pull off the remaining protective layer from your double sided adhesive.
  5. Dredge with MicroFine Glitter (I used Cloud Nine from SNS).
  6. After burnishing the glitter into the adhesive (it only takes a little bit of glitter), brush off the excess glitter.
  7. Stamp image onto burnished glitter.
  8. The Scalloped Heart stamp image is really delicate and ornate, so I stamped with Royal Purple Staz-On ink, let dry, and then used a Dove Blender Pen to draw off color from Lyra Watercolor Crayons. 
The watercolor is applied directly to the glitter.

Because stickers do not adhere very well to glittered surfaces, Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue was applied to the back part of the self-adhesive jewels. After applying them to the glitter, I dredged the top of the jeweled stickers with more microfine glitter so that the clear sticker portion between the jewels would not show - the microfine glitter sticks to it.

It's a sweet little card! 

The Sweeties are looking forward to seeing your creations at their challenge, too!

Products Used:
Sweet Stamps' Scalloped Heart stamp image 
Sentiment: SU Elegant Greetings image
Sweet Cuts Elegant Leaves die.
Spellbinders Labels Eight
Life Style Nesting Hearts
Life Style Nesting Lace Hearts
Paper: White, Lavender, Purple
Ink: Royal Purple Staz-On, Imperial Purple VersaFine
Lyra Watercolor Crayons
Dove Blender Pen

Challenges I've entered:

  1. Amuse Challenge (Blessings Ink) - Jan 18 - HEARTS theme (my heart and my sentiment are hand stamped)  1/25
  2. The Craft Place Blog - Jan 18 - Love-Valentine's Day theme 2/1
  3. My Time To Craft Challenge - #275 Love is all Around - 1/23

Thanks for visiting!
Stamping Hugs,


Sarah said...

This is so pretty Donna, love the gorgeous colours xx

Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Donna,

deine Herzkarte gefällt mir sehr gut. Ein wunderschönes Valentinsgeschenk was mit viel Liebe zum Detail gestaltet wurde von dir. Ich wünsche dir einen guten Start in die neue Woche. Ganz liebe Knuddelgrüße Hugs Silvi

Sue said...

This is gorgeous Donna, I love the colours, pretty design and the sparkle looks so beautiful.
Sorry to hear you have been unwell, I hope you are starting to feel better now.
hugs Sue xx

brenda said...

Morning Donna,

What an absolutely Divine creation, you have created such a lovely Vintage feel and it could be a card gracing one of London's antique curio shops.

Hope you are doing OK.

B x

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is really awesome and so pretty Donna. I adore the colours and glitter.

coldwaters2 said...

What a beautiful creation such wonderful colours and design I love it Donna
lorraine x

Paula said...

Glitter and gem stones, what's not to love? It's a great card Donna, hope you are feeling better. My DH is starting to get sick, so I am avoiding him.

Sue said...

What a stunning card.

Hope you feel much better. Sue

Shona Erlenborn said...

Another gorgeous creation Donna. Love the muted colors that you achieved with the water color on top of the Cloud Nine. Goes so well with the purple background. Love the sparkly embellishments and the inside of the card is as elegant as the front! Beautiful! Hope you've gotten over the germies!

Lori Kobular said...

Absolutely gorgeous Donna!! I love that heart stamp and it looks great with all the glitter!!

Pamellia said...

Holy cow Donna, I am loving this! I'm completely hypnotized by all the dazzling glitter and gorgeous flourishes! What a stunning make! hugs :)

SD pooja said...

Beautiful ! I loved the shape ,lovely diecuts and the shimmer is just fab !

Lisa said...

Wow, Donna, this is stunning!! The glittery heart looks amazing!! I love the details!! And your tutorial is fabulous!! What a gorgeous project this is!! Love, love it!! Have a great day :)

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Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous heart design Donna, with lots of wonderful sparkle and beautiful soft colour. I hope you are doing well, Hugs, Shirleyxx

Sandy Fredrick said...

What a beautiful design, I love the heart shape and all the wonderful glitter and bling. Thanks again for sharing your creative talents with us as our guest designer.

Donna Maligno said...

Love the color and all that luscious glitteriness,

April said...

Gorgeous card! I love all the sparkle and wonderful details! Great job!

pam said...

Hi Donna, hope you are feeling better..
Beautiful heart design, love the colours with your gorgeous glitter, beautiful sentiment..
Hugs Pam

Sue said...

Gorgeous! LOVE all that sparkle. Who knew you could color over glitter! Love your tutorial, great instructions, beautiful Valentine.


Verna Angerhofer said...

This is absolutely gorgeous and I love how you explained how you created it too. Your work is fantastic!

Anne Temple said...

Wonderful shaped card and I love how you mirrored the die cut image. Thanks for telling us your secret :-).

Karen said...

Donna, this is beautiful in so many facets! The color palette itself is gorgeous... and the abundance of sparkles and sweet design make it all the lovelier. The pink flourish is such a delicate and pretty accent. SweetStamps is truly blessed to have you this month.. and I honestly wouldn't be surprised if they wanted you to stay long term. :o) Gorgeous work! I hope you're feeling much better, my friend! (I zipped you a feel-better email a few days ago, which I hope reached you!) Have a sparkly night!

Hugs and blessings,

Stampsnob. said...

Stunning donna Your attention to detail is wonderful making the overall card perfect.....Lis

NanaConnie said...

This is incredible, Donna! No matter how many times I see that fabulous glitter technique, it just leaves me speechless (and you know that's saying something for me!) Love your color combo.
I promise I'm going to get caught up on my visits to fav blogs now that I'm back online. :-D

Jean Bullock said...

I love this, Donna. So pretty. I had no idea you could stamp on glitter like that. I pinned.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, Donna! This is gorgeous! Sparkle, sparkle - I love it! Your die cuts look fabulous and I like these colours! Appreciate the tips you give us!

So sorry you've been under the weather - I hope the germs leave soon and that you will feel better. Some of these germs have been trying to catch me too, but so far I have been avoiding them. Sending healing hugs, dear friend!

KT Fit Kitty said...

P.S. Just came from SS blog and you look fabulous in your photo!

nwilliams6 said...

Pretty heart Donna! Lovely work and techniques. Hugz

Shelly Schmidt said...

Gorgeous card- love the Purple and the glitter is amazing! The leaf die cut is wonderful, and love the jewels : )

Leslie Miller said...

There's that wonderful painting on glitter technique again with such stunning results! Beautiful heart stamp! Love how you placed the flourishes and the gems. A purely delightful treat for the eyes! No bugs here. Hope you're feeling okay, Donna.

Shirley said...

Good morning Donna, wow I am not a heart person at all but this has certainly given me inspiration to maybe use some of the hearts I have got. A very precious looking make.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Petra Swart said...

Oh, how pretty, Donna!!! Love your fabulous glitter heart on the purple bg!!! The delicate leaves look so beautiful and I love the bling!! The subtle watercolouring on the glitter is stunning!!! Beautiful, Donna!!!

Have a great day - hope you're feeling better by now!!!

cotnob said...

Another beautiful card Donna and even more fabulous techniques - your die cut leaves and pretty gems finish your card perfectly.
I hope you are OK.

Becky said...

Gorgeous. I love this sweet card.

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Donna, what a special card for somebody special , I really love it!! Great colours , great cardshape, great flowers on it, and great sparkle!!


Donna K said...

Absolutely lovely, Donna! The lavender color is so elegant and all that shimmer is just perfect. Thanks for the tip on dredging your piece through the glitter again after adhering it to cover the sticky pieces. Great tip...wonderful work! Hope everyone is feeling better at your house. The germies have come and gone here. Have a great day today. ~Donna K

Roxie said...

Beautiful card, the lavender looks great and I really like the combo of the image and die.

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful heart card and love all the sparkle and gems -Hope your feeling better -the bugs laid out half our family over Christmas :(
Carol x

Danielle Vincent said...

Oh my .... how elegant and gorgeous this is. I LOVE shaped cards and this one is stunning! Thanks for joining us this week at MTTC.