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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

SPLAT! {Scrapy Land}

Welcome to my project for the 12th Scrapy Land Challenge! 

The Challenge is open until March 1. 
The theme is "SPLAT! (paints, inks, sprays - whatever medium brings SPLAT to mind) and using any die manufacturer which Scrapy Land sells" (electronic die cuts do not qualify)Scrapy Land sells over 40 brands of dies, including overseas products, and most are at a discount.
  plus free shipping over $45!

My cards feature the following Scrapy Land dies.
(for all the dies used, please see the product list at bottom of post)
Scrapy Land Marvelous Squares (Majestic Elements) S4-383 by Spellbinders
Scrapy Land Luscious Labels One (Nestabilities) S4-426 by Spellbinders
Scrapy Land Bitty Blossoms S5-086 by Spellbinders
Scrapy Land Chloe Stem by Memory Box
Scrapy Land Catalina Border (floral) MBD98123 by Memory Box
Scrapy Land Border Duo 2 by Impression Obsession
The same acrylic paint technique was used on a Halloween card here.


SPLAT! technique: 
Two pieces of glossy cardstock (white or colored), glossy side up. 
Squirt, drizzle or drop colors of acrylic paint onto ONE of the pieces of cardstock. 
Carefully place the other glossy CS shiny side down onto the paint, so that the paint becomes the filling in your “sandwich”. Lightly slide the 2 pieces about 1/4 - 1/2 inch against each other so that the paint is moved around a bit. 
Set sandwich down onto flat surface. 
Using BOTH hands, firmly hold the same corner on both pieces and pull apart. Set wet papers paint-side UP to dry.

NOTE: Pearlized and Metallic acrylic paints provide the most interesting effects. If using glitters or beads to paints prior, add them to the paints prior to application AS SHOWN BELOW.
The interior of this card uses two of the borders from the IO Border Duo 2.


I was going to make two flat cards and one full of froufrou - honest I was!
I made the card below for fellow blogging friend Paula of "Look, I'm Stamping".
Although we frequently Skype, the card was hand-delivered when we met in person at the Stampfest by the Bay Convention 2 weeks ago.
Paula is on the right with beautiful red hair, sparkly eyes and a gorgeous smile.

I couldn't contain myself - flowers were crying out to be created!

(love the Chloe Stem by Memory Box - it brings happiness and pleasant curves to floral projects)

When heat embossing on surfaces like this, be sure to use an anti-static bag of some sort (like Embossing Buddy) prior to stamping the image, otherwise the textures will grab some of the EP.

Did you notice that the Border Duo 2 and Catalina Border have been layered and heat embossed?


The following card is my favorite because of the Amethyst colors:

A tiny jewel peeks out of the arrangement:

I still love how the Pearl EP slightly changes the Catalina Border here. It is the same cardstock as the frames, but heat embossed. The Catalina Border is versatile - use it as a border, or cut it up.

We SL designers love being inspired by your projects at Scrapy Land Challenge! Enter as often as you like!

Products Used:

  • Scrapy Land Marvelous Squares (Majestic Elements) S4-383 by Spellbinders
  • Scrapy Land Luscious Labels One (Nestabilities) S4-426 by Spellbinders
  • Scrapy Land Bitty Blossoms S5-086 by Spellbinders
  • Scrapy Land Chloe Stem by Memory Box
  • Scrapy Land Catalina Border (floral) MBD98123 by Memory Box
  • Scrapy Land Border Duo 2 by Impression Obsession
  • Spellbinders Scallop Labels One
  • Cardstock: Black Glossy, Medium and Pale gray, charcoal, Almost Amethyst, Pink, Pale Plum, White
  • Image: Penny Black "Single Rose" 3577K, sentiment "Infinite Beauty" by IO
  • Embossing Powders: Sparkle N Sprinkle Silver EP179, Pearl EP123 (on floral arrangement pieces and border)
  • Martha Stewart: Laurel Leaf and Deco Fans Punch around the Page
  • Acrylic Paints: (mine are OLD OLD Luna Lights and Createx Pearlescent paints) Dick Blick still sells Createx in an assortment of textures and colors.

Fun Challenges to which my cards have been entered:

  1. Fan-Tastic Tuesday #73 Anything Goes With a Die Cut - 2/23
  2. Papertake Weekly (Feb 17) Bingo (diagonally ribbon-free-blooms - thin black metallic ribbon on the middle card on both borders, and pretty pink leafy ribbon on the first card - both have flowers embossed either on the inside or out, and the one card also has a hand-made floral arrangement ) 2/23
  3. Party Time Tuesdays #195 Anything Goes - leave 2 comments 3/3
  4. Through the Craft Room Door - (Feb 17-23) Anything Goes
  5. Top Tip Tuesday - (Feb 17) Use Rubber Stamps Only (The rose is stamped and heat embossed on each card - the "business size" card also has a stamped and heat embossed sentiment on the inside - shown above. Technique tip for the paint is shown near the top of the post. The other tips are shown above in photos for heat embossing on textured surfaces, the die cutting and using EP on die cuts). 2/23 
  6. Country View Challenges P1 - Feb 1, "Drips and Drops" - paint was drizzled and dropped onto black glossy cardstock and smooshed with another sheet of black glossy. Technique shown near top of blog post 3/1
  7. Sparkle N Sprinkle - P1 - Feb 1 "Anything Goes with EP" (used silver EP on rose, Pearl EP on the floral arrangements, sentiment and borders) 3/1
  8. Crafting from the Heart - #47 Anything Goes 2/22

Lots of Stamping Hugs,
(like my signature? The colors and water resemble the paint technique in my cards!)

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Eleven Cards - One Die Set {Scrapy Land}

Hi!and a special welcome to new follower Marlene Atkinson.

The icky germies have pretty much left our home, and the ME and CMP which became activated because of the viruses, are now also abating! Yippee! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers - it meant so much!

I'm so excited to show you ELEVEN different cards using a single Sue Wilson die set. Sue's "border and corner" die sets are fun and easy to use on any card size. The borders look fabulous even on small cards. All my cards are from ONE of the sets:

Welcome to my projects for the 11th Scrapy Land Challenge! 

The Challenge is open until February 15. 
The theme is "ANYTHING GOES using any die manufacturer which Scrapy Land sells" (electronic die cuts do not qualify)Scrapy Land sells over 40 brands of dies, including overseas products. Each week different items are on sale.

(pssst! there are always so MANY items on sale, that I have learned to look for products alphabetically by manufacturer name in the Sale Section).

  plus free shipping over $45!

My card features the following Scrapy Land dies.
(for all the dies used, please see the product list at bottom)
To see all the beautiful Sue Wilson Border-Corner-Tag die sets, click here
My eleven cards use this set:

Sue Wilson - French Collection
Corner, Border, and tags

All cards are made with old, long-forgotten products from my stash: 
designer papers, stamp sentiments, and 3-D stickers, 
making these cards relatively fast to put together.

First are some samples of using the corner element only.

Corner element facing down:

Corner element in the four corners:

Corner element used as a medallion (or doily):

Next are "business size" cards using the border as a double border 
(top and bottom):

One is dry embossed:

The other is distressed lightly with ink:

Below are two cards using only one border on the same size cards 
(one is light green with distressed inks, the other is a darker green without the ink):

Now to see cards using the tag only. 
The tag can be cut up to use the elements as background pieces on gift tags, 
or even horizontally for a pretty layer behind other layers:

Assortment of using the variations of die cuts:

These cards are size 5x7. The border was cut on both ends to accommodate the smaller size.

Here I glued the tag onto red CS and then trimmed around the die by hand:

Tag die cut with 3-D sticker:

Tag and Single border:

While Sue Wilson is known for her large, beautifully elegant cards, my card designs show her dies are great for colorful, fun designs as well, to make quick and great-to-mail cards, too (using a single postage stamp)!

Products Used:

  • Scrapy LandSue Wilson - French Collection - Corner, Border, and tags
  • Scrapy Land - Sue Wilson - Spanish Collection - Corner, Border, and Tags (background for a sentiment on top)
  • Scrapy Land - Sue Wilson - Italian Collection - Umbria (the round section with the medallion card)
  • Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large (Large, meaning they are fatter) (used with tags for sentiments)
  • Spellbinders Floral Ovals (for sentiment)
  • Martha Stewart Holly Leaves punch around the page (one of my favorite punches!)
  • KandCompany papers and stickers
  • SU solid cardstock colors - assorted.
  • Inks: Assorted VersaFine and Distress Dye Base inks

Fun Challenges I'm playing in:

  1. A Gem of a Challenge - #137 Lots of Layers 2/12 (2/14)
  2. Sister Act - #91 Anything Goes 2/4
  3. Winter Wonderland - (Jan 30) Lots of Layers 2/4
  4. Completely Christmas #48 Make a Square or Rectangular Card 2/5
  5. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #3 - Anything Goes 2/13
  6. Crafting from the Heart - #45 Anything Goes 2/8
  7. Craft Your Passion Challenge - #247 - Anything Goes 2/8
  8. Clear it Out Challenge - (Feb 8) Anything Goes - stash is all "virginal" - old patterned papers, old stickers, old lacy ribbon - and 6 month old virginal die cut set 2/9

Warm Florida Stamping Hugs,